Tuesday's MLB Interleague Capsules
Thursday, June 23, 2011
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cliff Lee threw a six-hitter for his second straight shutout and the Philadelphia Phillies got homers from Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard in the fourth inning of a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.
The Cardinals have totaled two runs on 11 hits in their first two games without injured Albert Pujols, expected to miss six weeks with a fractured left wrist. It didn’t help that they’ve faced two of the game’s best, with Roy Halladay giving up four hits in six innings on Tuesday.
Kyle Lohse (7-4) worked eight innings to match his season best, allowing three runs on seven hits with no walks or strikeouts. He struggled only in the fourth when Rollins led off with his seventh homer and Howard hit a two-run shot and his 16th overall with one out following a single by Chase Utley.
Utley added an eighth-inning sacrifice fly for the NL East-leading Phillies, who’ve won 10 of 12 and will go for a three-game sweep on Thursday with Roy Oswalt facing Chris Carpenter.
Mets 3, Athletics 2, 13 innings
NEW YORK (AP) — Brad Ziegler hit Justin Turner with a pitch with two outs in the 13th inning to force in the winning run and New York ended Oakland’s six-game winning streak.
Lucas Duda had a one-out single in the 13th off Ziegler (2-1). Daniel Murphy, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the 11th, singled to left. One out later, Jose Reyes was intentionally walked.
Turner then was grazed on the left thigh with Ziegler’s first pitch. He turned to home plate umpire Alan Porter, looking for the call that gave the Mets their first walk-off win of the season.
Bobby Parnell (2-1) pitched one inning in a rain-delayed game that took 4 hours and ended after midnight.
Angels 6, Marlins 5, 10 innings
MIAMI (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit a two-out RBI single in the 10th inning, and an uncharacteristic succession of clutch hits helped Los Angeles beat Florida.
The Angels went 5 for 14 with runners in scoring position after going 2 for 26 in those situations in the first two games of the series.
The Marlins have lost 12 consecutive games decided by one run, a franchise record. They’re 2-20 in June, tying the franchise record for most losses in a month, and 1-2 since 80-year-old Jack McKeon took over as interim manager.
Angels right fielder Torii Hunter left the game in the fifth inning with bruised left ribs after he made a running catch and then hit the right-field wall hard. X-rays were negative, and the four-time All-Star’s status is day to day.
Bobby Abreu walked to lead off the 10th against Burke Badenhop (1-1) and took second on a groundout. Trumbo came up with his third hit when his hard grounder took a bad hop past shortstop Hanley Ramirez, and a sliding Abreu scored.
Jordan Walden (1-1) got the win.
Michael Kohn pitched a perfect 10th for his first save in two chances.
White Sox 4, Cubs 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Peavy returned from the disabled list to get the victory, A.J. Pierzynski had a two-run triple and the White Sox beat the Cubs to win two of three in their first series this season.
With the help of some strong work by their bullpen, the White Sox held on for the victory and have won 17 straight interleague series.
Peavy (3-1), activated before the game after being sidelined by a groin strain, went 5 1-3 innings, giving up seven hits. He was driven out in the sixth when he gave up Carlos Pena’s 14th homer and three straight singles that pulled the Cubs within a run.
Reliever Chris Sale struck out Koyie Hill before Kosuke Fukudome lined a ball off his glove for a single loading the bases. But the 22-year-old Sale got 21-year-old Starlin Castro on a grounder to third to end the inning.
Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton notched key strikeouts and Sergio Santos pitched the ninth with two strikeouts for his 14th save in 16 chances.
Doug Davis (1-6), who beat the Yankees last week for his first win, allowed eight hits and four runs — three earned — in five innings.
Nationals 2, Mariners 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — John Lannan and Washington Nationals found yet another novel way to keep their winning ways going, beating Seattle with a pair of unearned runs off Erik Bedard.
The Nationals scored in the first and fourth with the help of errors against the game’s top interleague pitcher to win for the 10th time in 11 games.
The win puts Washington at .500 for the first time since May 11. The franchise hasn’t been at break-even this late in the season since finishing with a .500 record in 2005, its inaugural season in the nation’s capital.
Lannan (5-5) allowed three hits and one run over 5 2-3 innings. Henry Rodriguez, Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen shut down the Mariners the rest of the way, with Storen pitching the ninth for his 18th save.
Bedard (4-5) got a hard-luck loss for his superb night’s work. He allowed three hits over six innings, and his 10 strikeouts were his most since May 2008.
Indians 4, Rockies 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Tomlin came through with another quality outing and designated hitter Travis Hafner hit a two-run homer for Cleveland.
Tomlin (9-4) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. He has gone at least six innings in 14 of 15 starts, and a minimum of five in all 27 as a major leaguer.
Hafner, sorely missed by the Indians when he was on the disabled list, homered in the sixth off Jason Hammel (4-7) and the Indians avoided being swept in three straight by Colorado.
Ty Wigginton’s second homer, a two-run shot in the seventh, got the Rockies close but Vinnie Pestano and Tony Sipp got the Indians to the ninth for closer Chris Perez, who retired Wigginton on a routine fly to center with the tying run at second for his 18th save.
Diamondbacks 3, Royals 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ian Kennedy pitched six strong innings and Xavier Nady hit an RBI double for Arizona.
Kennedy (8-2) allowed one run and eight hits, while striking out four and walking two to lower his ERA to 2.90. In his past 13 starts, he is 7-1 with a 2.16 ERA.
The NL West-leading Diamondbacks scored three runs on four hits in the fifth against Jeff Francis (3-8). Nady’s double down the left-field line scored Wily Mo Pena with the first run.
Willie Bloomquist, who played last year for the Royals, singled home Miguel Montero with the second run. Ryan Roberts’ sacrifice bunt scored Nady with the final run.
Eric Hosmer’s triple in the seventh off Micah Owings scored Chris Getz, who had three hits for the Royals.
J.J. Putz, who blew a lead in his previous opportunity, worked a scoreless ninth to pick up his 19th save in 22 opportunities.
Astros 5, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matt Downs had a tiebreaking pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning when Houston scored four runs off closer Neftali Feliz.
Houston had four hits off Feliz (0-1) to avoid being swept in the first half of the Lone Star Series.
Carlos Lee greeted Feliz with a double and scored on a double by Chris Johnson before an infield single by Jason Michaels. Johnson scored on a passed ball before Downs’ fourth homer of the season, the first by any Astros player in nine games.
Downs has reached safely in nine of his last 12 pinch-hit appearances (four hits, four walks and a hit by pitch). This one gave the Astros (28-48), who have the worst record in the majors, their 10th victory in their final at-bat.
Mark Melancon (5-1) pitched a perfect ninth after being given a lead.
Padres 5, Red Sox 1, 7 1/2 innings
BOSTON (AP) — Will Venable hit a leadoff home run and Clayton Richard some support for a change, lifting San Diego over Boston in a game delayed by rain four times before it was called after 7 1/2 innings.
It was the second straight win for San Diego after a season-worst six-game losing streak. The Padres finished their road trip at 3-6.
Adrian Gonzalez hit four singles against his former team to raise his major league-leading average to .359 and drove in Boston’s run. The Red Sox lost for the fourth time in 18 games.
The Padres entered the day with the majors’ worst batting average at .233. They scored their runs on seven hits, but benefited from wildness by John Lackey (5-6).
Richard (3-9) lasted through both of the delays during the game, giving up one run and eight hits over five innings to snap five-game losing streak.
Rays 6, Brewers 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kelly Shoppach hit a two-run home run in the second and Elliot Johnson added a three-run shot in the seventh.
Rays starter David Price (8-6) struck out 10 in eight innings, giving up two runs, five hits and a walk. Price threw 120 pitches and still was hitting 96 mph on Miller Park’s radar gun in the eighth.
B.J. Upton’s RBI single gave Tampa Bay the lead in the sixth inning.
Brewers starter Shaun Marcum went only three innings after leaving his most recent start with a hip flexor injury. Reliever Marco Estrada (1-5) lost.
Braves 5, Blue Jays 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Beachy had a career-high 11 strikeouts in his return from the disabled list, Dan Uggla and Brian McCann hit two-run homers, and Atlanta completed a sweep of Toronto.
Beachy had been on the disabled list since May 14 with a strained left oblique. After one rehab appearance in the minors, the rookie right-hander returned to the Braves with a flourish, eclipsing his previous best of nine strikeouts in two other starts.
He had the Blue Jays completely baffled over his six-inning stint, getting all but one of his Ks on swinging strikes. Toronto managed just four hits off Beachy (2-1), including a third-inning homer by Jose Bautista.
Jo-Jo Reyes (3-6) took the loss.
Yankees 4, Reds 2
Reds 10, Yankees 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Leadoff hitter Chris Heisey homered three times, getting Cincinnati’s slumping lineup going, and Johnny Cueto allowed only two hits in seven innings, leading the Reds to a doubleheader split with the Yankees.
In the opener, Jorge Posada ended the second-longest homer drought of his career with a two-run shot, sending the Yankees to a win.
Heisey started the second game with his first career leadoff homer. He also had two-run shots off Brian Gordon (0-1) and Hector Noesi in his first multihomer game.
Cueto (5-2) gave up Nick Swisher’s solo homer and Alex Rodriguez’s single. The right-hander pitched out of a bases-loaded threat in the seventh, retiring Posada on a groundout to preserve a 4-1 lead.
The Reds pulled away by batting around for three runs in the bottom of the inning, and Heisey homered for the third time in the eighth. Teammates made him take a curtain call, and fans chanted his name when he went back out to left field.
He became the third Reds player to homer three times in the leadoff spot, joining Pete Rose and Jay Bruce.
The Yankees won the first game without Rodriguez or first baseman Mark Teixeira in the starting lineup. Posada played first base and made the difference.
Posada’s tiebreaking homer off Mike Leake (6-4) ended his stretch of 126 at-bats without one. His last homer was April 23.
Freddy Garcia (6-6) gave up two unearned runs in seven innings. Yankees third baseman Ramiro Pena committed three errors, including two in the fifth inning that gave the Reds two unearned runs.
Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 22 tries. He has a record 66 career saves in interleague games, including 22 straight since 2006.
Tigers 7, Dodgers 5
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Casper Wells opened the game with one of four home runs by Detroit and defensive replacement Austin Jackson made an over-the-shoulder catch on Dioner Navarro’s bases-loaded drive for the final out.
Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez also homered. So did Don Kelly, who connected as a pinch-hitter for Ordonez in the eighth inning.
Jose Valverde struck out pinch-hitter Casey Blake and retired Navarro on the fly ball for his 17th straight save.
Al Alburquerque (4-1) struck out four and walked two in 2 1-3 innings.
Ted Lilly (5-7) gave up six hits and six runs in 4 2-3 innings, struck out eight and walked one.
Pirates 5, Orioles 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Orioles’ Blake Davis made an error in his major league debut, allowing Pittsburgh to score the tying and go-ahead runs.
Josh Harrison’s ground ball to second with two outs and runners on second and third in the fifth went through Davis’ legs, and Brandon Wood and Michael McKenry scored on the error.
Andrew McCutchen had two hits, a run and an RBI for Pittsburgh (37-37), which took the final two games of the series following a four-game losing streak and to reach .500.
Kevin Correia (9-6) tied for the major league lead in victories, and Joel Hanrahan became just the third Pirates pitcher to record 20 saves before the All-star break.
Baltimore starter Zach Britton (6-5) has won only once since May 1. The rookie allowed five runs — three earned — on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in seven innings. He also went 2 for 3, meaning Orioles pitchers are 7 for 15 this season.