Saturday's Major League Baseball Capsules
Originally published May 20, 2012 at 12:05 a.m., updated May 20, 2012 at 12:45 a.m.
NEW YORK (AP) — Joey Votto hit a three-run homer, Jose Arredondo worked out of a ninth-inning jam for his first major league save and the Cincinnati Reds held off the New York Yankees 6-5 on Saturday.
New York scored twice off Sean Marshall in the ninth, but Reds manager Dusty Baker pulled his regular closer in favor of Arredondo and he got the job done.
Brandon Phillips got Cincinnati started with a run-scoring single and the Reds overcame Ivan Nova's career-high 12 strikeouts to improve to 2-2 during their five-game visit to both New York ballparks this week.
Making his first start at Yankee Stadium, Homer Bailey (2-3) pitched effectively into the seventh inning for the second consecutive outing. Cincinnati then turned it over to its normally lights-out bullpen and held on to hand New York its fourth loss in five games.
BLUE JAYS 2, METS 0
TORONTO (AP) — Brandon Morrow pitched his second shutout in four starts, blanking the Mets on three hits and leading the Toronto Blue Jays over New York.
Morrow (5-2) struck out eight and walked one to win for the fifth time in six outings. He has three career shutouts, including a victory over the Los Angeles Angels on May 3. Toronto matched its season high by winning its fourth in a row overall.
New York lost for the sixth time in nine games and saw starter Miguel Batista leave with a sore lower back after two scoreless innings. The right-hander warmed up for the third but had to be replaced by righty Jeremy Hefner (0-1), who was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo before the game.
PIRATES 4, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of two-run homers and A.J. Burnett pitched six solid innings to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.
A day after Detroit's Justin Verlander took a no-hitter into the ninth while shutting out the Pirates, McCutchen went deep twice off Tigers rookie Drew Smyly (1-1). It was McCutchen's sixth career multihomer game and second in three days. He has seven home runs on the season.
Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who stranded 10 runners. Burnett (2-2) allowed two runs and seven hits. Three relievers finished it off, with Joel Hanrahan pitching a hitless ninth for his ninth save. Fielder struck out swinging with a man on first to end it.
Josh Harrison, who broke up Verlander's no-hit bid Friday night, also had Pittsburgh's first hit off Smyly on a bunt single in the first. McCutchen followed with a long homer to left-center.
INDIANS 2, MARLINS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jeanmar Gomez pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning and Asdrubal Cabrera homered to lead the Cleveland Indians past the Miami Marlins.
Gomez (3-2) allowed two Marlins to reach base in an inning only once, striking out four over 6 1-3 innings. Cabrera connected off Anibal Sanchez (2-2) to put Cleveland ahead in the fourth inning. Three relievers finished off the Indians' third shutout of the season. Chris Perez struck out the side on 10 pitches in the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances.
Miami dropped to 13-5 in May, while Cleveland tied the three-game interleague series 1-1 by earning its fifth win in six games.
GIANTS 4, ATHLETICS 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ryan Vogelsong allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings and played a key role in San Francisco's go-ahead rally as the Giants beat the Oakland Athletics for the 11th straight time at home.
Vogelsong (2-2) retired the first 13 batters he faced and allowed only a soft single to right-center by Seth Smith with one out in the fifth. But he was still locked in a scoreless duel with Tyson Ross before the Giants broke through for four runs with help of a disputed call in the seventh.
Emmanuel Burriss led off the inning with an infield single, and Giants manager Bruce Bochy called back pinch-hitter Aubrey Huff from the on-deck circle to have Vogelsong try to lay down a bunt. Ross (2-4) threw high and tight and home plate umpire James Hoye ruled Vogelsong was hit by the pitch. The A's argued that the ball hit Vogelsong's bat.
Grant Balfour came in and walked Gregor Blanco on four pitches before striking out Brandon Crawford for the first out. Melky Cabrera followed with a sacrifice fly. Buster Posey extended the lead with a ground-rule double and Angel Pagan's single made it 4-0. Oakland manager Bob Melvin got ejected after arguing again with Hoye on his way to take out Balfour after Pagan's hit.
TWINS 5, BREWERS 4, 11 innings
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Trevor Plouffe hit a solo home run in the top of the 11th inning to lift the Minnesota Twins over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Plouffe's fourth homer of the season came off Manny Parra (0-1) with two outs. Parra had retired the first two batters before Plouffe connected on a 2-0 pitch that landed in the Brewers' bullpen.
Matt Capps, the fifth Twins reliever, got three outs for his ninth save while wrapping up the Twins' fourth straight win.
The Brewers threatened to win it in the 10th when Corey Hart singled with one out off reliever Jeff Gray (3-0), but Aramis Ramirez, whose two-run homer in the eighth tied the game, popped out to center to end the inning. It was the fourth straight loss for the Brewers, and sixth in seven games, dropping Milwaukee a season-worst eight games below .500.
RAYS 5, BRAVES 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb won his first start of the season, Matt Joyce hit a grand slam and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Atlanta Braves.
Cobb (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He retired his last 10 batters.
Cobb was recalled from Triple-A Durham on Friday night to replace Jeff Niemann, who is on the 60-day disabled list with an injured right leg. The 24-year-old righty went 3-2 in nine starts for Tampa Bay last season.
Joel Peralta pitched the eighth before Fernando Rodney got the final three outs for his 13th save. Randall Delgado (2-4) took the loss.
MARINERS 10, ROCKIES 3
DENVER (AP) — Jason Vargas threw seven strong innings, Kyle Seager homered and drove in three runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the free-falling Colorado Rockies.
One day after being victimized by Kevin Millwood's two-hitter — his first shutout in nine years — the Rockies looked lost against Vargas (5-3), who took a two-hitter into the seventh to help hand Colorado its 12th loss in 15 games.
And on a cold and damp day where the vendors' shouts of "Hot chocolate here!" drowned out the usual "Ice cold beer" screams, Rockies rookie left-hander Christian Friedrich (1-1) fizzled in his first start at Coors Field. After allowing just two earned runs over 13 innings in his two starts on the Rockies' recent West Coast swing, Friedrich was tagged for eight earned runs on nine hits in five-plus innings.
Royals 7, Diamondbacks 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas homered, Bruce Chen won his third straight start and the Kansas City Royals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Butler homered to left-center in the third with Alcides Escobar aboard. Butler also drove in Jarrod Dyson with a sacrifice fly in Kansas City's two-run fifth. Butler's eight home runs and 31 RBIs lead the Royals.
Moustakas sent his sixth homer of the season into the right-field bullpen in the fourth.
Chen, who has won three straight after starting the season 0-4, weaved his way into and out of trouble the first four innings. Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy (3-4) lost his fourth straight May start, giving up six runs on eight hits and a walk in 4 1-3 innings.
ORIOLES 6, NATIONALS 5
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Jones and Nick Markakis hit two-run homers and the Baltimore Orioles matched a season high with their fifth straight win.
Jones had three hits as the AL East leaders improved to 15-5 on the road. Washington lost its third in a row.
Jason Hammel (5-1) pitched 5 1-3 innings for the win, allowing four runs and six hits. Baltimore relievers Luis Ayala, Troy Patton and Pedro Strop combined for 2 2-3 scoreless innings. Orioles closer Jim Johnson allowed two-out home run in the ninth to Ryan Zimmerman, who had three hits. But Johnson but struck out Adam LaRoche for his 15th save in as many chances this year, and his 23rd straight.
The Orioles scored two runs in the second off Ross Detwiler (3-3).
RED SOX 7, PHILLIES 5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — David Ortiz homered, singled and drove in two runs to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 7-5 win over Philadelphia, snapping the Phillies' six-game winning streak.
Mike Aviles, Will Middlebrooks and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also homered for Boston, which won for the seventh time in nine games. Saltalamacchia went 3 for 4, needing a triple for the cycle.
Jon Lester (3-3) improved to 3-0 in four career starts against the Phillies despite matching a season high for hits allowed with eight and giving up four runs in six innings.
Freddy Galvis homered, and John Mayberry Jr., Hector Luna and Shane Victorino each had three hits for the Phillies as the teams combined for 26 hits. Joe Blanton (4-4) pitched a season-low 4 1/3 innings while surrendering seven runs — six earned — on nine hits.
WHITE SOX 7, CUBS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — John Danks pitched shutout ball into the seventh for his first win in nearly a month and Dayan Viciedo, A.J. Pierzynski and Adam Dunn homered as the Chicago White Sox beat the Cubs.
The White Sox made it two in a row over the Cubs and played without star first baseman Paul Konerko, who'd been hit near the left eye with a pitch Friday and had to leave the game. Konerko had a shiner Saturday, but tests revealed no major damage and he hopes to play again Tuesday.
Danks (3-4) got his first win since April 22, allowing three hits in 6 1-3 innings. Ryan Dempster (0-2) took the loss.
ASTROS 6, RANGERS 5
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Maxwell hit one of Houston's season-high three homers to put his team on top in the fifth inning and the Astros held on to beat the Texas Rangers.
Maxwell's second home run of the year, and first since his first at-bat as a member of the Astros earlier this season, came with one on and two outs in the fifth inning to make it 5-4. Chris Snyder had a solo shot in the third and Carlos Lee's two-run homer in the fourth helped close the gap.
The Rangers took an early lead thanks to a four-run third inning, highlighted by David Murphy's three-run inside-the-park home run.
Houston starter Lucas Harrell (3-3) yielded five hits and four runs — one earned — in 5 2-3 innings.
Derek Holland (3-3), who was pitching on four days of extra rest, allowed five hits and five runs in five innings in his shortest start of the season.
PADRES 3, ANGELS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Alexi Amarista scored San Diego's first two runs against his former team and then doubled in the go-ahead run off Dan Haren in the seventh inning to lead the Padres past the Los Angeles Angels.
Erick Aybar tied his career high with four hits, falling a home run short of the cycle. He had an RBI triple and scored a run. He singled with one out in the ninth and reached third with two outs before Dale Thayer struck out Ryan Langerhans to earn his fifth save in as many chances.
The Padres handed Haren (1-5) his fourth straight loss. Haren has lost seven of nine decisions dating to last season. He allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out five and walked one.
Luke Gregerson (1-0) took the loss.
DODGERS 6, CARDINALS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw outdueled Jake Westbrook with a six-hitter for his fourth career shutout, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Justin Sellers triggered a four-run seventh inning with his first home run of the season for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who improved the best record in the majors to 27-13.
Kershaw (4-1) got the seventh complete game of his career, striking out four and not allowing a runner past second base against an offense that came in leading the NL in team batting average, runs, homers, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. He did not walk a batter for the third time this season while lowering his ERA from 2.22 to 1.90. The reigning NL Cy Young winner is 14-1 with a 1.40 ERA in his last 19 starts at home.
Westbrook (4-3) was charged with four runs — three earned — and six hits in 6 1-3 innings.