Saturday's Major League Baseball Capsules
Sunday, July 3, 2011
SEATTLE (AP) — San Diego’s Cameron Maybin walked after just three balls were thrown by Seattle’s Doug Fister and came around to score the only run of the game on Antonio Gonzalez’s fifth-inning single, sending the Padres past the Mariners 1-0 on Saturday night.
With one out in the fifth, Maybin walked when a pitch was called high by home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi. A video review of the at-bat by official scorer Dan Peterson confirmed the count should have been 3-2 when Maybin walked.
No argument was made by anyone on the field and the stadium scoreboard showed a three-ball count before Fister (3-9) delivered the pitch.
Maybin scored when Gonzalez’s one-hopper skipped off shortstop Brendan Ryan’s glove and into left field.
Cory Luebke (2-2) allowed two hits in six innings for San Diego, and Chad Qualls, Mike Adams and Heath Bell each got three outs to complete the two-hitter. Bell earned his 24th save in 25 chances.
Giants 15, Tigers 3
DETROIT (AP) — Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford homered in a five-run first inning and Miguel Tejada had a grand slam in a five-run third after a long rain delay.
The game was delayed by a thunderstorm in the third inning for 2 hours, 36 minutes, and it ended after midnight.
Barry Zito (2-1) pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk. He pitched on short rest and stayed in the game despite the long delay, going about 3 hours between pitches in the second and third innings. Zito won Tuesday at Arizona in his first start after being on the disabled list with a sprained right foot.
The NL-West leading Giants have won nine of their last 11 games.
Max Scherzer (9-4) allowed nine runs — six earned — on six hits and three walks over two-plus innings.
The Tigers, losers of four of five, have given up at least 14 runs three times during the slump.
Phillies 5, Blue Jays 3
TORONTO (AP) — Roy Halladay pitched an eight-hitter against his former team to win his sixth straight decision.
Halladay (11-3), who took the mound in the bottom of the first to a standing ovation from the crowd of 44,078, spent the first 12 years of his career with the Blue Jays before being traded to Philadelphia in December 2009.
Chase Utley hit a go-ahead homer for NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies.
Toronto’s Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 26th home run, but the Blue Jays still lost for the 10th time in 13 home games.
Blue Jays manager John Farrell and reliever Jon Rauch were both ejected in a wild top of the ninth. Luis Perez (1-1) got the loss.
Yankees 5, Mets 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Bartolo Colon pitched six shutout innings in his return from the disabled list and Eduardo Nunez had another big game at the plate, helping the Yankees earn their season-best seventh consecutive victory.
Jose Reyes left after two innings with tightness in his left hamstring, taking the starch out of the Mets.
The Yankees touched up rookie Dillon Gee (8-2) with four straight sharp hits in a four-run sixth before a Citi Field-record crowd of 42,042.
Nunez hit a solo homer off Tim Byrdak in the ninth to make it 5-0. Filling in for injured Derek Jeter at shortstop, Nunez also had a pair of doubles after going 4 for 4 in Friday night’s 5-1 victory.
Colon (6-3) allowed five hits.
White Sox 1, Cubs 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Phil Humber, backed by strong defense, pitched shutout ball for seven innings and Juan Pierre singled in the only run, lifting the White Sox to the victory.
Humber (8-4) allowed five singles while improving to 5-1 with a 2.47 ERA in his last six starts. Matt Thornton pitched a perfect eighth and ninth for his third save in seven chances.
Matt Garza (4-7) yielded only four singles in his first complete game with the Cubs and seventh of his career.
Cubs manager Mike Quade was ejected in the second inning for arguing a call at second on one of three double plays turned by the White Sox in the first three innings.
The White Sox have now beaten the Cubs 15 times in their last 20 meetings and are 4-1 this season.
Brewers 8, Twins 7
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter George Kottaras capped a four-run ninth inning with a go-ahead RBI single that sent Milwaukee to the unlikely victory.
The Twins collected 13 hits in the first four innings while building a 7-0 lead. They had one hit the rest of the way.
Minnesota reliever Matt Capps (2-4) surrendered five hits while recording just two outs in the ninth.
Takashi Saito (1-1) got the win and John Axford earned his 21st save as Milwaukee snapped a four-game slide.
Michael Cuddyer and Danny Valencia homered for the Twins.
Angels 7, Dodgers 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver got a measure of payback against Clayton Kershaw six days after a tough-luck loss in their previous matchup and Vernon Wells homered for the Angels.
Weaver (19-4) won his fourth straight decision over six starts, allowing a run and four hits through eight innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. Last season’s major league strikeout leader reduced his AL-best ERA to 1.92, giving up his only run in the fifth on Trent Oeltjen’s sacrifice fly.
Kershaw (8-4) was charged with a season-high seven runs — six earned — and nine hits in six innings with 10 strikeouts. It was the first time in the left-hander’s four-year career that he has reached double digits in three consecutive starts, and he increased his season total to 138 — seven more than Philadelphia’s Roy Halladay.
Diamondbacks 4, Athletics 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chris Young had three hits and four RBIs, including a two-run homer.
Joe Saunders (5-7) pitched seven-plus innings for Arizona, yielding two runs and eight hits while improving to 12-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 18 career starts against Oakland. That’s his most wins against any single team.
Willie Bloomquist singled twice and scored, helping the Diamondbacks to just their second win in six games.
Scott Sizemore had two hits and an RBI for the A’s, who have dropped seven of 10.
Josh Outman (3-3) allowed seven hits and walked three in six innings.
David Hernandez pitched the ninth for his third save in four chances.
Rockies 9, Royals 6
DENVER (AP) — Mark Ellis had three doubles in his second game with the Colorado Rockies, who also got a home run from Troy Tulowitzki.
Ellis, Todd Helton and Tulowitzki each drove in two runs for Colorado, which finished with a season-high nine extra-base hits. Helton hit his 543rd double in the eighth, tying him with Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn for 24th on the career list.
Alex Gordon had four hits and two RBIs for Kansas City, which has dropped five straight. Wilson Betemit had a pinch-hit three-run homer in the fourth.
Royals starter Kyle Davies (1-7) lasted just three innings in his first start since May 16.
Greg Reynolds (3-0) made it through five innings for the Rockies, yielding five runs and eight hits. Gordon hit an RBI single off Rafael Betancourt in the ninth before Huston Street came on and got Jeff Francoeur to pop up for the final out, earning his 24th save.
Rays 5, Cardinals 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Casey Kotchman hit a three-run double and scored on Justin Ruggiano’s homer during a five-run sixth inning, leading Tampa Bay to the victory.
Kotchman’s big two-out hit off Kyle McClellan (6-5) put the Rays ahead 3-1.
Jeff Niemann (3-4) allowed one run and nine hits in six-plus innings for Tampa Bay.
Lance Berkman put the Cardinals up 1-0 with his 21st homer in the fourth. He had two homers in Thursday night’s 9-6 win at Baltimore.
Marlins 9, Rangers 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Hanley Ramirez hit a grand slam and solo shot for a career high-tying five RBIs, helping the Marlins overcome Josh Hamilton’s two homers.
Logan Morrison also homered for the Marlins, 5-6 since Jack McKeon took over as interim manager on June 20. Steve Cishek pitched 2 2-3 innings for his first big league victory.
Florida knocked out Derek Holland (6-4) with a five-run first.
Red Sox 10, Astros 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Darnell McDonald hit a three-run homer, pinch-hitter Yamaico Navarro went deep for the first time and Boston picked up its third consecutive victory.
Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez and Kevin Youkilis each had three hits and drove in a run for the Red Sox. Andrew Miller (2-0) yielded two runs in six innings.
Navarro hit a solo shot in the seventh for his first major league homer. McDonald’s drive in the eighth landed on the train tracks atop the wall in left field and stretched the lead to 9-3.
Houston starter J.A. Happ (3-10) left with two outs in the seventh and was charged with five runs and seven hits. The last-place Astros have dropped 13 of 17.
Braves 5, Orioles 4
ATLANTA (AP) — David Ross hit his second career grand slam and Atlanta extended its winning streak to five.
Tim Hudson (7-6) pitched six innings and center fielder Jordan Schafer made a couple of nice defensive plays for the Braves, who have won 10 of 12 overall. Craig Kimbrel worked around Matt Wieters’ one-out single in the ninth to earn his 24th save.
Mark Reynolds hit two first-pitch homers for Baltimore, and Nick Markakis also went deep. Jake Arrieta (9-5) pitched five innings, yielding five runs and six hits.
Indians 3, Reds 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer and Frank Herrmann took over after Indians starter Fausto Carmona took a tumble, pitching three scoreless innings Saturday for his first big league win.
The Indians are 5-0 against their intrastate rival, one win away from the first sweep in the interleague series’ history.
Carmona fell hard while running out a grounder in the third inning, leaving the game with a strained right thigh. Herrmann (1-0) retired nine of the 10 batters he faced.
Brantley followed Carmona’s fall with his first homer in nearly a month off Homer Bailey (3-3).
Vinnie Pestano escaped a two-on threat in the ninth, fanning Scott Rolen for his first save in four tries.
Pirates 5, Nationals 3, Game 1
Nationals 4, Pirates 3, Game 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivan Rodriguez drove in the go-ahead run as a pinch-hitter in the eighth, and the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Saturday night to earn a doubleheader split.
Rodriguez’s single to right scored Rick Ankiel to cap a two-run rally. Pinch-runner Brian Bixler had tied the game on a double steal, taking third and then coming home when catcher Eric Fryer’s throw went into left field for an error.
In the first game, Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning, and James McDonald had a strong outing in the Pirates’ 5-3 victory. That win put Pittsburgh two games over .500 for the eighth time this season, but they are now 0-8 trying to get to three above the break-even mark.
Ryan Mattheus (1-0) pitched the eighth inning to get the win in Game 2, and Drew Storen handled the ninth for his 20th save.
Tony Watson (0-1) took the loss in the nightcap for the Pirates.
Pittsburgh’s Brad Lincoln, recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to pitch the second game, allowed two runs over six innings in his season debut.
The opener was tied at 2 when Jones and McCutchen took Sean Burnett (3-5) deep in the eighth.
McDonald allowed two runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings before giving way to Jose Veras (2-2), who pitched 1 2-3 innings.
Joel Hanrahan gave up a run in the ninth but still got his 24th save in 24 chances this season, tying the club record for consecutive saves.
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