Wednesday's MLB Capsules
Games played April 16, 2014
Originally published April 16, 2014 at 7:48 p.m., updated April 17, 2014 at 1:28 a.m.
NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda pitched the New York Yankees to a 3-0, 2-0 sweep of the Chicago Cubs in a chilly day-night-doubleheader Monday.
In the Cubs' first regular-season game at new Yankee Stadium, Tanaka (2-0) allowed two bunt hits in eight dominant innings and struck out 10 for his second straight start. Carlos Beltran homered in the first off Jason Hammel (2-1).
Michael Pineda (2-1) had a clean hand in his first outing since he was spotted with a mysterious brown goo on his right palm last week against Boston. He allowed four hits in six innings to beat Travis Wood (0-2).
Shawn Kelley and Adam Warren got saves for New York, which had not won by shutout twice in one day since April 9, 1987, against Kansas City, according to STATS. No team in the major leagues had done it since Minnesota swept Oakland on June 26, 1988.
The Cubs had not been blanked twice on the same day since Larry Jackson and Ray Sadecki pitched complete games for St. Louis on June 27, 1962.
Chicago was 9 for 61 (.148) at the plate, dropping its season average to .230, and struck out 17 times.
ORIOLES 2, RAYS 0
BALTIMORE (AP) — Miguel Gonzalez (1-1) and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, and Baltimore capitalized on two infield singles by Adam Jones.
Nick Markakis also had two hits for the Orioles, who outscored the Rays 10-1 in the rain-abbreviated, two-game series. Baltimore has won five of seven to reach .500 at 7-7.
Gonzalez (1-1) gave up three hits and three walks in five innings, and Tommy Hunter got three outs for his fourth save. Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi (1-2) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings.
INDIANS 3, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Yan Gomes hit a two-run triple, and Zach McAllister (2-0) allowed one run and four hits in six innings.
John Axford pitched the ninth for his fifth save for Cleveland, which had lost 18 of its previous 23 against Detroit.
Miguel Cabrera drove in both runs for the Tigers. Anibal Sanchez (0-1) gave up three runs — two earned — two hits and four walks in five innings.
ROYALS 6, ASTROS 4, 11 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered in the 11th to lift the Kansas City Royals over the Houston Astros.
Moustakas has been off to a tough start this season and was hitting .098 before his solo shot to the seats in right field off Jerome Williams (0-1) to lead off the 11th.
Jarrod Dyson singled and added an insurance run on a fielder's choice.
Danny Duffy (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and Greg Holland allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless 11th for his fifth save.
Jason Castro and Marc Krauss both had two-run homers for the Astros.
RANGERS 3, MARINERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Leonys Martin had a game-winning RBI single in the ninth inning as the Texas Rangers scored two unearned runs in a two-out rally against Fernando Rodney (0-1), beating the Seattle Mariners in a game that started as a battle of aces.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez struck out nine and had retired 10 in a row before Martin's leadoff triple in the eighth ended the big right-hander's night. Yu Darvish struck out eight in seven innings for the Rangers.
Pedro Figueroa (1-0) worked a perfect ninth for his first major league victory.
RED SOX 6, WHITE SOX 4, 14 INNINGS
CHICAGO (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run double off Chicago infielder Leury Garcia in the top of the 14th and the Boston Red Sox outlasted the White Sox in a game that lasted 5 hours and 17 minutes.
With the score tied at 4 after 13 innings, the White Sox ran out of pitchers after Daniel Webb threw 59 pitches in three innings, so manager Robin Ventura turned to Garcia (0-1) to start the 14th. Garcia is the first White Sox position player to take the mound since Casper Wells pitched a scoreless inning last June.
Garcia retired the first two batters, but then walked Daniel Nava and Jonathan Herrera, and Bradley followed with his big hit.
Chris Capuano (1-0) pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win. Burke Badenhop got the final out for his first save of the season.
REDS 4, PIRATES 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched his third career shutout against the team that beat him in the playoffs, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer that led the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 Wednesday for their first winning series this season.
Cueto (1-2) limited the Pirates to three hits and struck out a career-high 12 during his first shutout since 2011.
Francisco Liriano (0-3) threw balls on 10 of his first 13 pitches and allowed three runs, six hits and three walks in seven innings along with two wild pitches.
BRAVES 1, PHILLIES 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Julio Teheran (3-1) ) retired his first 12 batters and pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game in 38 career starts.
Evan Gattis homered among a career-best four hits. Cliff Lee (2-2) struck out 13 and pitched around 11 hits in a complete game, throwing a career-high 128 pitches.
METS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Dillon Gee (1-0) retired his first 14 batters and allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings as the Mets completed a three-game sweep.
Arizona finished an 0-6 homestand in which it led at the end of just one inning and dropped to 1-11 in home games, including a pair of losses in Australia that started the season. At 4-14, the Diamondbacks are off to their worst 18-game start.
Anthony Recker hit a solo homer off Brandon McCarthy (0-3), who gave up three runs, nine hits and three walks — two intentional — in 5 2-3 innings. Aaron Hill and Paul Goldschmidt homered off Jose Valverde in the ninth.
BREWERS 5, CARDINALS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wily Peralta (2-0) allowed one run and six hits in 6 1-3 innings as Milwaukee avoided a series sweep.
Milwaukee, which entered the series with a nine-game winning streak, had one run and six hits in losing the first two games to St. Louis.
Cardinals starter Joe Kelly (1-1) gave up an unearned run and three hits in four innings. He left in the middle of the fourth inning with left hamstring tightness after trying to beat out a bunt attempt in the top half.
NATIONALS 6, MARLINS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Jayson Werth's homer scored three unearned runs against Jose Fernandez as Washington overcome a 3-0 deficit.
Two errors in the sixth inning by Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia helped the Nationals. Pinch-hitter Zach Walters broke a tie in the eighth inning against Mike Dunn (0-2) with his second career homer — and his second in as many nights.
Drew Storen (1-0) got the final two outs in the seventh, and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his third save in as many chances.
Miami's Jose Fernandez allowed three runs — all unearned — four hits in seven innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks.
PADRES 4, ROCKIES 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Andrew Cashner pitched into the eighth inning and Chris Denorfia drove in two runs to lift the San Diego Padres over the Colorado Rockies.
Cashner (2-1) wasn't nearly as sharp as he was in his previous start when he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against Detroit on Friday before settling for a one-hitter with a career-best 11 strikeouts.
But the righty was resourceful as he consistently pitched his way out of trouble. Cashner gave up nine hits and allowed two runs — one earned — with five strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Justin Morneau went 3 for 3 and drove in both Rockies runs. Jorge De La Rosa (0-3) pitched a season-high six innings, allowing three runs — two earned — and seven hits.
GIANTS 2, DODGERS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a victory over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers and into first place in the NL West.
The struggling Sandoval came through after reliever J.P. Howell (1-1) intentionally walked Hunter Pence with two outs. Sandoval, who entered batting just .164, grounded into center field to score Joaquin Arias from second.
Jean Machi (3-0) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam earlier in the seventh for the win.
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