The Associated Press
Jul. 08, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chris Davis ended a lengthy slump with a tiebreaking homer in the 11th inning, part of a six-run uprising that carried the Baltimore Orioles past the Washington Nationals 8-2 in Major League Baseball on Monday night.
Manny Machado had a career-high five hits, including a homer in the 11th, and Nelson Cruz hit his 28th home run to help the American League East-leading Orioles earn their seventh win in eight games.
Anthony Rendon homered for the Nationals, who lost for only the second time in nine games.
After Cruz led off the 11th with a broken-bat single off Craig Stammen (0-4), Davis worked the count full before launching a drive into the center-field seats to end a 2-for-38 funk. J.J. Hardy followed with a solo shot, Nick Markakis chased Stammen with an RBI double and Machado added a two-run drive off Aaron Barrett.
T.J. Macfarland (2-2) worked two scoreless innings for the win.
METS 4, BRAVES 3, 11 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Ruben Tejada singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning after Curtis Granderson hit a tying homer in the eighth as the Mets beat Atlanta.
David Wright went deep early, Travis d'Arnaud had an RBI double and Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched seven shutout innings for the Mets, who have won three of four.
Freddie Freeman had three hits and a walk for the Braves, who have lost two straight after a nine-game winning streak. Andrelton Simmons singled twice for his sixth straight multi-hit game.
Carlos Torres (4-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Juan Lagares doubled off Anthony Varvaro (3-2) with one out in the 11th, and Lucas Duda was intentionally walked before Lagares went to third on d'Arnaud's long fly to center. Tejada lined the next pitch up the middle and tossed his helmet aside after rounding first.
YANKEES 5, INDIANS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Greene allowed two runs in six innings for his first MLB win and All-Star Dellin Betances earned his first career save to help New York beat Cleveland.
Greene (1-0) didn't allow a hit until former Yankee Nick Swisher's two-out homer in the fifth. The 25-year-old right-hander was pressed into service after scheduled starter Vidal Nuno was traded to Arizona for right-hander Brandon McCarthy on Sunday.
Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Ichiro Suzuki had three hits apiece for New York.
Justin Masterson (4-6) continued to pitch poorly and was pulled without retiring a batter in the third. Cleveland's opening-day starter allowed five runs and six hits in two-plus innings.
Betances pitched the final two innings, giving closer David Robertson a rest day.
REDS 9, CUBS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jay Bruce played first base for the first time since high school and committed an error that let in a run, but later homered to help Cincinnati rally for the win in the opener of a five-game series.
Billy Hamilton drove in a career-high four runs with a single and a bases-loaded triple.
The Reds have won 11 of their last 16 games despite getting little production from injured first baseman Joey Votto.
Mike Leake (7-7) gave up a two-run homer by Anthony Rizzo and an unearned run off Bruce's error during seven innings. Leake is 8-2 in his career against Chicago, including 4-0 in his last four starts with a 1.71 ERA.
After Bruce's error let in a run that tied it 1-all in the fifth, he singled and scored on Devin Mesoraco's double off Edwin Jackson (5-9). Bruce hit a two-run homer off left-hander James Russell in the seventh, and Hamilton had his three-run triple in the eighth.
WHITE SOX 4, RED SOX 0
BOSTON (AP) — Scott Carroll pitched 6 2/3 innings of one-hit ball, and Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer to lead Chicago.
Making the eighth — and best — start of his career, Carroll (3-5) walked two and struck out five while shutting down the defending World Series champions. Adam Dunn hit a solo homer in the second inning and doubled and scored on Viciedo's home run in the fourth.
Clay Buchholz (3-5) allowed four runs on five hits and a walk, and struck out seven in seven innings. The Red Sox have lost six of seven and 12 of 17 to fall into last place in the American League East.
ROYALS 6, RAYS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Kansas City's James Shields sparkled in his return to Tropicana Field, limiting the Tampa Bay Rays to three hits and striking out 10 over seven innings.
Shields (9-4) spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Rays before being dealt to the Royals in December 2012 as part of a seven-player trade in which Kansas City sent 2013 American League rookie of the year Wil Myers and another top young prospect, Jake Odorizzi (4-8), to Tampa Bay.
Shields allowed singles to Ben Zobrist and James Loney in the first two innings, then worked through a jam in the third after giving up a one-out double to Kevin Kiermaier.
He retired 10 straight, six by strikeout, before hitting Evan Longoria with a pitch leading off the seventh.