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Sunday's MLB Interleague Capsules

Sunday's MLB Interleague Capsules

June 20th, 2011 in News

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Marlins lost both their manager and another game.

James Shields threw a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts in his second consecutive complete game, Casey Kotchman had a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays handed the reeling Marlins their 10th loss in a row, 2-1 on Sunday.

Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez unexpectedly resigned before the game, and the last-place Marlins dropped to 1-18 in June. Bench coach Brandon Hyde managed Sunday, but the club will begin a search for an interim manager.

Rodriguez was the first Puerto Rican-born manager in major league history.

Shields (7-4) has a major league-best five complete games this season, and was coming off a 4-0 shutout over AL East-leading Boston on Tuesday.

Matt Joyce singled to open the eighth against Ryan Webb (1-4) and went to second when the reliever threw out Evan Longoria at first after misplaying a potential double-play grounder. Kotchman then made it 2-1 with a single down the third-base line off Randy Choate.

Marlins starter Chris Volstad is winless in 10 straight games - including six losses. He gave up one run and six hits in seven innings. His last win came on April 26.

Cardinals 5, Royals 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Albert Pujols sprained his left wrist trying to make a tag at first base, but St. Louis recovered to beat Kansas City on Skip Schumaker's ninth-inning homer.

Pujols was injured in the sixth and the three-time NL MVP left the game. He will be evaluated on Monday, an off day for St. Louis. Pujols went 3 for 3 with his 17th home run.

After leadoff hitter Dan Descalso got thrown out trying to stretch a single in the 9th, Schumaker connected off Tim Collins (3-4), the fifth Royals pitcher.

Leading off the ninth, Alcides Escobar hit his first home run on a 3-2 pitch from St. Louis reliever Fernando Salas (4-1), who got the win despite his second blown save in 15 attempts.

Mariners 2, Phillies 0

SEATTLE (AP) - Jason Vargas tossed a three-hitter for his second shutout of the season, outdueling Philadelphia left-hander Cole Hamels.

Vargas (5-4) not only kept pace with Hamels, he exceeded and outlasted him in his third career complete game. He allowed just two singles and six base-runners. After a two-out walk to Carlos Ruiz in the fourth, he retired the next 15 straight batters.

Hamels (9-3) was denied a chance at becoming the first pitcher in the majors to reach 10 wins. It also ended his career-best five-game win streak. He gave up two runs on seven hits in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked none.

Tigers 9, Rockies 1

DENVER (AP) - Justin Verlander threw a four-hitter for his second straight complete game, and Brennan Boesch and Miguel Cabrera each homered for Detroit.

Verlander (9-3) has four complete games, matching his total from last year. He retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced to help the Tigers salvage the finale of the weekend series.

In his last start against Cleveland on Tuesday, the hard-throwing righty came within five outs of tossing his second no-hitter of the season.

Ty Wiggington homered and Troy Tulowitzki had two hits for the Rockies, who got a less-than-stellar outing from Aaron Cook (0-2). Cook allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings.

Yankees 10, Cubs 4

CHICAGO (AP) - Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning and New York routed Chicago in the finale of their first series at Wrigley Field in eight years.

Brett Gardner added his first career leadoff homer for the Yankees, who have won eight of 10 since they were swept by Boston in a three-game series at home. Swisher finished with four RBIs and Alex Rodriguez helped spark New York's offense with three hits and a walk.

Alfonso Soriano hit his 14th homer and Aramis Ramirez had four hits for Chicago, which dropped the last two games of the series after winning four of five. Sean Marshall (3-2) pitched a perfect seventh, but failed to record an out in the eighth and was charged with two runs.

Soriano's three-run shot off CC Sabathia (9-4) made it 4-1 in the third inning, but that was it for the Cubs.

Red Sox 12, Brewers 3

BOSTON (AP) - Kevin Youkilis hit a three-run homer to highlight Boston's six-run first inning and Tim Wakefield held Milwaukee to three hits over eight innings.

Dustin Pedroia had a solo homer and drove in two runs, and Marco Scutaro hit a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who won for the 13th time in 15 games.

Nyjer Morgan and Prince Fielder homered for Milwaukee, which lost its fifth in seven games.

Wakefield (4-2) struck out six and walked one in posting his 183rd career win with Boston.

Yovani Gallardo (8-4) was tagged for eight runs - five earned - on nine hits, walked two and struck out four in three-plus innings.

White Sox 8, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX (AP) - Phil Humber pitched effectively into the eighth inning, Paul Konerko homered for the third straight game and A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run double to lift Chicago.

Konerko hit a solo homer to match Harold Baines for 56th on the career list with 384, Alex Rios added a solo shot off Josh Collmenter (4-3) and Alexei Ramirez drove in two on a pair of groundouts. Pierzynski capped a five-run eighth inning with his bases-clearing double, sending Humber (7-3) to his fourth straight win.

Chicago took two of three in the desert to win its first series over Arizona in three tries, a good way to head into a three-game series against the crosstown rival Cubs starting Monday.

Braves 4, Rangers 2

ATLANTA (AP) - Jason Heyward hit a two-run single in the third inning and Freddie Freeman added an RBI double in the seventh to help Jair Jurrjens earn his ninth victory for Atlanta.

The Braves snapped a two-game losing streak, while Texas dropped its ninth in 13 games.

Jurrjens (9-3) allowed one run, seven hits, two walks and struck out four in 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander lowered his NL-best ERA to 2.11.

Craig Kimbrel earned his 19th save in 24 chances for Atlanta.

Alexi Ogando (7-2) lost his second straight start after giving up five hits and three runs - one earned - with one walk and three strikeouts.

Indians 5, Pirates 2, 11 innings

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cord Phelps hit his first major league homer in the 11th inning, a three-run shot that gave Cleveland a three-game sweep.

Carlos Santana also connected and the AL Central leaders improved to 23-12 at home by pulling out a game that was delayed by rain in the eighth inning for 1 hour, 57 minutes.

Shin-Soo Choo singled off Tim Wood (0-1) with one out in the 11th for his third hit and stole second. Wood intentionally walked Santana to bring up Phelps, who came to bat hitting .100 (2 for 20) since being called up from Triple-A Columbus on June 8.

Tony Sipp (3-0) worked a scoreless 11th to help Cleveland win its fifth in seven games.

Athletics 2, Giants 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Landon Powell hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth, his first homer of the season, to help Oakland complete a three-game sweep of the World Series champions.

Powell, making a rare start in place of catcher Kurt Suzuki, was hitless in two at-bats against Matt Cain before going deep off reliever Jeremy Affeldt (1-1).

Trevor Cahill (7-5) pitched eight innings to win for the first time since May 9. Oakland's right-hander, who was 0-5 in his previous seven starts, had seven strikeouts.

Cain left with his fifth no-decision of the season, ending a three-game winning streak. He retired 14 straight during one stretch.

Twins 5, Padres 4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Drew Butera's single scored Delmon Young in the bottom of the ninth as Minnesota rallied to extend its winning streak to seven games.

Young led off the ninth with an infield single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Butera's grounder bounced off the glove of diving third-baseman Chase Headley and into left field, allowing Young to score.

Alex Burnett (2-4) pitched one inning for the win. Chad Qualls (3-3) took the loss.

Twins starter Francisco Liriano struck out eight over seven innings, while San Diego's Dustin Moseley allowed three runs - one earned - in 6 1-3 innings.

Dodgers 1, Astros 0

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dioner Navarro homered off reliever Wilton Lopez in the eighth inning to help Los Angeles avoid a three-game sweep.

After a scoreless duel between Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda and Houston's Bud Norris, Navarro hit a 2-0 pitch from Lopez (1-3) into the pavilion seats in right-center. Matt Guerrier (3-3) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and Javy Guerra got three outs for his second save.

Kuroda allowed three hits over seven innings and struck out six. The right-hander was 0-5 with a 4.39 ERA in his previous five starts.

Norris three 99 pitches over six innings, allowing one hit and striking out five.

Orioles 7, Nationals 4

WASHINGTON (AP) - Mark Reynolds had three hits, including a home run, to help Baltimore end Washington's eight-game winning streak.

J.J. Hardy also homered and Craig Tatum drove in two runs to back starter Chris Jakubauskas (2-0), who pitched five innings for the win and had his first two major league hits. He allowed three runs and six hits, striking out six and walking one.

In his first start since coming off the DL, Tom Gorzelanny (2-5) allowed five runs - four earned - and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings

Washington's eight-game winning streak was its longest since June 2005.

Reds 2, Blue Jays 1

CINCINNATI (AP) - Miguel Cairo hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Carlos Villanueva, ending Cincinnati's streak of 16 scoreless innings.

The Reds got their first win over an AL team this season after dropping their previous five interleague games against Cleveland and Toronto.

Bronson Arroyo (6-6) gave up five hits, including Aaron Hill's homer, in a season-high eight innings. Arroyo had lost his last three starts and five straight decisions against Toronto.

Villanueva (4-1) lost for the first time since Aug. 17, 2009, with Milwaukee, where he was a reliever the last two years.

Angels 7, Mets 3

NEW YORK (AP) - Tyler Chatwood finally got some runs and pitched seven scoreless innings, and Erick Aybar hit a bases-loaded triple for Los Angeles.

Vernon Wells hit a solo homer and two RBI singles for the Angels, who didn't score a run for Chatwood in any of the right-hander's three starts since May 27.

Chatwood (4-4) allowed four hits and four walks in seven innings. He threw a career-high 117 pitches before Alberto Callaspo pinch-hit for him in the top of the eighth.

Mets starter Jonathon Niese (6-6) lost for the first time in five starts since May 24. He was charged with four earned runs and gave up eight hits before he was relieved in the fifth.