Friday's Major League Baseball Capsules
Saturday, June 25, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) — Brian Bixler raced home on shortstop Alexei Ramirez’s throwing error to start a four-run 14th inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago White Sox 9-5 on Friday night in their first game since manager Jim Riggleman resigned.
Riggleman stepped down after a 1-0 win over Seattle on Thursday, upset he couldn’t get a conversation with general manager Mike Rizzo about the team picking up his option for 2012. The stunning move came with the Nationals playing their best ball of the season, and interim manager John McLaren led Washington to its 12th victory in 13 games.
Davey Johnson, a senior adviser with the Nationals who managed the Mets to the 1986 World Series title, has talked to Rizzo talked about the job and is considered a top candidate.
Bixler reached on an infield hit against Matt Thornton (0-4) and stole second. Ian Desmond hit a grounder to Ramirez, whose low throw hopped past first baseman Mark Teahen as Bixler scored to give the Nats the lead.
Roger Bernadina then singled in an insurance run and Ryan Zimmerman added a two-run double.
Collin Balester (1-0) pitched two innings of scoreless relief for the win.
Angels 8, Dodgers 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Erick Aybar hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning and Howie Kendrick added a solo shot, rallying the Angels to the victory in the Freeway Series opener.
Dan Haren (7-5) bounced back from his worst loss of the season in his previous start, allowing three runs and 10 hits in six innings. His RBI single in the second was the Angels’ first run.
The Angels notched their fourth win in five games.
Rubby De La Rosa (3-2) gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings for the Dodgers.
Rockies 4, Yankees 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Jason Giambi hit a long homer against his former team and Ubaldo Jimenez overcame early wildness to pitch seven impressive innings for Colorado.
Troy Tulowitzki homered and Todd Helton hit an RBI single for Colorado.
The Rockies were swept by the Yankees in a three-game series in 2004, their only other trip to the Bronx.
A.J. Burnett (7-6) became the first pitcher in Yankees history to strike out four batters in one inning when he followed up three ineffective innings with the major league record-tying performance in the sixth.
Jimenez (3-7) allowed two runs and four hits to lower his road ERA to 2.16 in six starts this season. Huston Street got three outs for his 23rd save.
Rays 5, Astros 1
HOUSTON (AP) — James Shields became the first pitcher in Tampa Bay franchise history to throw three straight complete games.
Shields (8-4) allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked one. He is the first pitcher since Toronto’s Pat Hentgen in 1997 to have six complete-game wins through the first 76 games.
Evan Longoria hit a two-run shot before B.J. Upton connected to give Tampa Bay back-to-back homers for the first time this season in the Rays’ four-run third inning.
Wandy Rodriguez (5-4) allowed five runs in six innings for Houston.
Pirates 3, Red Sox 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jose Tabata and Lyle Overbay each had two hits and an RBI to lead the Pittsburgh to the victory.
Paul Maholm (4-8) beat an American League team for the first time in nearly two years by surviving 5 1-3 eventful innings. Joel Hanrahan worked a perfect the ninth to pick up his 21st save as the Pirates (38-37) won their third straight to climb back above .500.
Boston starter Jon Lester (9-4) pitched six solid innings but failed to become the AL’s first 10-game winner, giving up three runs, two earned.
The Red Sox left 11 men on base while dropping their third straight to a National League team.
Brewers 4, Twins 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Prince Fielder doubled in the go-ahead runs with two outs in seventh inning to raise his NL-leading RBI total to 65, leading Milwaukee to the comeback win.
Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer off Randy Wolf (6-4) to give Minnesota a 3-2 lead in the sixth, but Fielder answered the next inning off Jose Mijares.
Twins starter Scott Baker (5-5) had his personal three-game winning streak snapped after leaving two on for Mijares. John Axford pitched the ninth for his 17th straight save and 20th this season.
Blue Jays 5, Cardinals 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Bautista’s major league-leading 23rd home run in the top of the ninth inning helped Toronto snap a four-game losing streak.
Bautista’s one-out drive off Fernando Salas (4-2) barely cleared the wall in right field. He has homered in the last two games after hitting only one in a 22-game stretch.
Colby Rasmus and Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals, who have lost 10 of 13 and are 1-3 without injured Albert Pujols.
Jason Frasor (2-1) worked a perfect eighth against the top of the St. Louis order and Frank Francisco finished for his eighth save in 11 chances.
Orioles 5, Reds 4, 12 innings
BALTIMORE (AP) — Derrek Lee led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a home run to give the Orioles the victory.
Lee sent a 1-2 pitch from Jose Arredondo (0-3) into the seats in left field to end the marathon. It was Lee’s first homer since May 8 and fifth overall.
Cincinnati missed a chance to take the lead in the top of the 12th when Joey Votto was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first on a two-out double by Jay Bruce.
Mike Gonzalez (1-1) worked the 12th for the Orioles, who led 4-0 after four innings.
Rangers 8, Mets 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Matt Harrison pitched seven strong innings and Adrian Beltre snapped a 13-game homerless drought to help Texas get the win.
Michael Young and Josh Hamilton also connected for the AL West-leading Rangers. It was the 100th career homer for Hamilton.
Harrison (6-6) gave up one run and seven hits, improving to 3-2 with a 1.43 ERA over his last six starts.
Beltre’s 13th homer of the season, his first since June 8, capped a three-run outburst in the first off Mike Pelfrey (4-6).
Giants 4, Indians 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andres Torres scored the deciding run from third base on Aubrey Huff’s long foul out in the sixth inning, and the Giants overcame another erratic start by Jonathan Sanchez.
Torres also homered and singled twice to help the Giants rally from three runs down and win their major league-leading 16th one-run game at home. San Francisco has won three straight following a season-high five-game losing streak.
The Giants managed only six hits but took advantage of two errors by Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana to score three unearned runs off starter Carlos Carrasco (7-4).
It was a tough night all around for the Indians, who lost outfielder Shin-Soo Choo to a possible hand injury.
Santiago Casilla (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win and Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.
Phillies 1, Athletics 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ben Francisco’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth lifted Philadelphia to the win.
In a game in which rookie starters Vance Worley and Guillermo Moscoso took no-hitters into the sixth, neither team got a runner to third until the ninth.
Shane Victorino walked to start the inning against Brian Fuentes (1-8). He went to second on Domonic Brown’s one-out single to right. Both runners advanced on Brian Schneider’s grounder to first. Francisco then hit a high bouncer over third baseman Scott Sizemore’s head to drive in Victorino.
Michael Stutes (3-0) pitched a perfect ninth to get the win for the Phillies.
Philadelphia’s Worley allowed one hit in six innings, tying for the longest of his eight career starts.
Moscoso gave up two hits in a career-high seven innings.
Diamondbacks 7, Tigers 6
DETROIT (AP) — Wily Mo Pena hit a towering solo home run in the eighth inning, powering Arizona to the victory.
Pena, called up from the minor leagues earlier this week for his first big league stint since 2008, hit a two-out homer an estimated 454 feet over the left-field fence off David Purcey (1-1). The ball landed in the final rows of seats under the big scoreboard at Comerica Park.
Esmerling Vasquez (1-1) pitched a scoreless seventh for Arizona. David Hernandez worked the eighth, and J.J. Putz finished for his 21st save.
Mariners 5, Marlins 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez allowed two hits and a run over eight innings and Franklin Gutierrez delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh for Seattle.
It was considered a home game for the Marlins, who relocated the three-game series to Seattle due to a conflict at Sun Life Stadium because of a U2 concert.
It was the first time since the inception of the designated hitter in 1973 that National League rules were used in an American League ballpark. Each starting pitcher batted for the first time in Safeco Field history. The Mariners, wearing their road grays, started the game at the plate.
Hernandez (8-6) struck out 10 and walked two.
Ricky Nolasco (4-4) got the loss.
Cubs 6, Royals 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tony Campana reached on a bunt single and scored the go-ahead run on an error in the ninth inning, leading the Cubs to the win.
With one out, Campana popped up a bunt against Aaron Crow (2-1) that third baseman Mike Moustakas appeared to catch at his shoetops. Plate umpire Jeff Kellogg ruled it hit the grass and Campana was safe at first.
Campana went to third on D.J. LeMahieu’s single to right and came home when Kosuke Fukudome hit a bouncer that went off the glove of second baseman Chris Getz for an error. Starlin Castro added an RBI single that helped send the Royals to their sixth straight loss.
Sean Marshall (4-2) pitched a perfect eighth.
Padres 11, Braves 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tim Stauffer had a career-high nine strikeouts over seven effective innings and San Diego worked over Petco Park and Atlanta.
It was the most runs scored at home this season by the Padres, who have struggled at their spacious downtown ballpark. Jesus Guzman hit his first big league homer when he batted for Stauffer in the six-run seventh, a 395-foot, two-run shot off the facade of the second deck in left field.
It was the third straight win for the Padres, who finally scored some runs for Stauffer (3-5). He came in getting the worst run support in the majors, an average of 2.15 runs when he’s in a game.
Derek Lowe (3-6) allowed five runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Braves.