Monday's Major League Baseball Capsules
Originally published June 28, 2011 at 12:22 a.m., updated June 28, 2011 at 3:16 a.m.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Kemp had four hits, including his NL-leading 22nd home run, and the Los Angeles Dodgers routed skidding Minnesota 15-0 on Monday night.
The Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection in a Delaware court Monday, blaming Major League Baseball for refusing to approve a multibillion-dollar TV deal that owner Frank McCourt was counting on to keep the troubled franchise afloat.
Chad Billingsley (7-6) combined with three relievers on Los Angeles’ seventh shutout of the season. Casey Blake had a home run among his three hits for the Dodgers.
Billingsley allowed four hits and struck out four in six innings to win his second straight interleague start. The Dodgers set season highs for runs and hits (25).
Minnesota starter Nick Blackburn (6-6) lasted 4 1-3 innings, allowing eight runs — seven earned — and 13 hits as the Twins lost their sixth straight.
Angels 4, Nationals 3, 10 innings
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Maicer Izturis hit a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning and Los Angeles spoiled Davey Johnson’s debut as Washington manager.
Sean Burnett (3-4) gave up a one-out single to Alberto Callaspo and a ground-rule double by Peter Bourjos — his fourth hit of the game. An intentional walk to Bobby Wilson set the stage for Izturis.
Scott Downs (5-2) got the victory with a hitless inning.
The Angels were one out from winning in the ninth when closer Jordan Walden gave up a first-pitch homer to Danny Espinosa — the rookie’s third straight blown save and sixth in 23 chances overall.
Espinosa has 15 home runs, the most among major league rookies.
Johnson, who began his new job four days after Jim Riggleman’s abrupt resignation, is managing his fifth big league club at age 68 after stints with the Mets (1984-90), Reds (1993-95), Orioles (1996-97) and Dodgers (1999-2000). He took over a 40-38 team that had won 13 of 15.
Indians 5, Diamondbacks 4
PHOENIX (AP) — Orlando Cabrera homered off closer J.J. Putz with two outs in the ninth inning and Cleveland snapped a three-game losing streak.
Cabrera, who entered the game in the seventh inning in a double switch, just cleared the fence in left field after Arizona had tied it on Kelly Johnson’s RBI triple in the eighth. Lonnie Chisenhall, considered the Indians’ top minor league prospect, doubled, then singled in a run in his major league debut.
Putz (4-3) got Chisenhall and Lou Marson to fly out before giving up the home run. Rafael Perez (3-1) struck out the only batter he faced in the eighth to get the victory. Chris Perez threw a scoreless ninth for his 19th save in 20 opportunities.
Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer for Cleveland.
Padres 4, Royals 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer for San Diego and Mat Latos won for the first time in four starts.
The Padres, coming off consecutive series victories against Boston and Atlanta, have won five of six. The Royals have lost seven of nine.
Latos (5-8) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out six and walked two to win for the first time since June 5 against Houston. Heath Bell pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances, getting the final out after allowing consecutive two-out singles.
The Padres continued their domination of Jeff Francis (3-9), who allowed four runs, three earned, and five hits in five innings.
Francis dropped to 5-13 with a 5.65 ERA in 22 career starts against San Diego.
Braves 3, Mariners 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning for Atlanta.
Erick Bedard (4-6) fooled most of the Braves lineup before trying to sneak a high fastball past Freeman that turned into his ninth homer of the season.
Freeman’s homer made a winner out of Brandon Beachy (3-1), who struck out nine in six strong innings before turning it over to the Braves’ stellar bullpen. George Sherrill, Scott Linebrink and Eric O’Flaherty got through the seventh and eighth and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 26 chances.
Bedard was a hard-luck loser despite his 12th straight start giving up three earned runs or less. He gave up a first-inning homer to Brian McCann — his 14th of the season and fifth in the last eight games. He gave up four hits and struck out five.
Making his second start since coming off the disabled list, Beachy struck out nine and allowed three hits.
Reds 5, Rays 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jonny Gomes homered and Mike Leake pitched six strong innings for Cincinnati.
Gomes, the former Rays’ outfielder playing at Tropicana Field for the first time since becoming a free agent after the 2008 season, hit a solo shot during a two-run fourth that made it 4-0. Brandon Phillips, who had four hits and two RBIs, added a run-scoring single off Jeremy Hellickson (7-7) later in the inning.
Leake (7-4) scattered four hits, walked two and had three strikeouts in ending a personal two-start losing streak.
Sam LeCure worked two innings before Nick Masset pitched the ninth to complete the six-hitter.
Hellickson lost his fourth consecutive start, giving up four runs and eight hits in six innings. Over the right-hander’s skid, Tampa Bay has been outscored 20-1.
Cubs 7, Rockies 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Pena and Aramis Ramirez each homered twice to lead Chicago.
Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the first inning, doubled and scored in the fifth and homered leading off the seventh. It was his 24th career multihomer gamer.
Pena homered leading off the fourth and added a two-run shot in the fifth for his 20th career multihomer game. Pena and Ramirez both drove in three runs.
Cubs starter Matt Garza (4-6) went 7 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and five hits. He struck out six and did not issue a walk.
Rockies starter Jhoulys Chacin (8-5) lost for the first time in four decisions, allowing season highs with six runs, nine hits, three homers and seven extra-base hits in five innings.
Carlos Gonzalez homered twice for the Rockies and Todd Helton added a run-scoring single.
Tigers 4, Blue Jays 2
DETROIT (AP) — Jhonny Peralta hit a tiebreaking triple in the eighth inning and Victor Martinez drove in two runs to lead Detroit.
Max Scherzer struck out nine over seven innings and the AL Central leaders won their third straight, snapping Toronto’s three-game winning streak.
Adam Lind hit his 16th homer for the Blue Jays.
With one out in the eighth, Magglio Ordonez singled off Marc Rzepczynski (2-2). Shawn Camp came in to relieve Rzepczynski and Peralta sliced a liner into the right-center gap. After the Blue Jays intentionally walked Alex Avila, Ryan Raburn beat out a double-play ball to drive in a run.
Joaquin Benoit (2-3) picked up the win with a scoreless inning. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 18th save in as many attempts.