The Associated Press
Jun. 11, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Adam Wainwright became the NL's first nine-game winner and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Tampa Bay 1-0 on Tuesday night, the Rays' third straight shutout loss.
The Cardinals have three consecutive shutouts for the first time since April 2013. St. Louis, with 13 shutouts this season, was coming off 5-0 victories over Toronto on Saturday and Sunday.
Tampa Bay has been blanked an AL-leading 10 times. The Rays, who have lost 14 of 15, have not scored in 28 innings.
Wainwright (9-3) scattered seven hits over seven innings. Trevor Rosenthal got four outs, including a bases-loaded pop fly by Matt Joyce in the eighth, for his 17th save.
Matt Holliday put the Cardinals ahead with his fourth homer, a long drive to left-center in the sixth off tough-luck loser Jake Odorizzi (2-7).
ANGELS 2, ATHLETICS 1, 14 INNINGS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Collin Cowgill hit a two-out homer in the 14th inning and Los Angeles outlasted Oakland for its fifth consecutive victory.
Josh Hamilton drove in Mike Trout in the sixth for the Angels, who bounced back after Yoenis Cespedes kept it tied in the eighth by cutting down Howie Kendrick at the plate with a 300-foot throw on the fly from deep down the left-field line.
Cowgill connected against Jeff Francis (0-1), driving a two-strike pitch just over Cespedes' head into the bullpens beyond left field.
Nick Punto doubled and scored the tying run on Jed Lowrie's sacrifice fly in the eighth for the A's, who have lost four of six. Los Angeles trimmed Oakland's lead in the AL West to 2 1/2 games.
Cory Rasmus (2-0) pitched two hitless innings for Los Angeles' maligned bullpen, which yielded one run in eight innings.
YANKEES 3, MARINERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury lined an RBI single on an 0-2 pitch to score Derek Jeter with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, sending New York past Seattle.
Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 14 games — the longest for a Yankees player since Jeter's 19-game streak in 2012 — and gave New York its fourth victory in 11 games. Ellsbury's hit came after Jeter's ground-rule double ended the night for Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (4-3), who had not been threatened since the first inning.
Dellin Betances (4-0) got the win in relief of starter Vidal Nuno despite giving up the lead in the seventh on Dustin Ackley's RBI single.
TWINS 4, BLUE JAYS 0
TORONTO (AP) — Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run, Kevin Correia won for the first time in four starts and Minnesota beat Toronto.
Newly signed slugger Kendrys Morales had two hits and scored a run as the Twins avoided falling a season-worst five games below .500.
The Blue Jays were shut out for the third time in four games.
Correia (3-7) allowed six hits, walked one and struck out one in six innings. It was his first scoreless outing since Aug. 27, 2013, with seven innings against Kansas City.
J.A. Happ (5-3) lost for the second time in three starts for Toronto, allowing four runs, three earned, and six hits in 3 2-3 innings. He walked three and struck out three.
ROYALS 9, INDIANS 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Vargas cooled down hot-hitting Cleveland, Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer and Kansas City held on to beat the Indians.
Hosmer also drove in a run during a four-run fourth inning. Alex Gordon homered in the eighth and Mike Moustakas hit a two-run shot later that inning as the Royals (32-32) moved back to .500 by matching their second-best run total of the season.
Vargas (6-2) gave up six hits and hit three batters with pitches, but didn't allow a run until Jason Kipnis drove in a pair with a two-out double in the eighth. Aaron Crow got four outs for his first save of the season.
Corey Kluber (6-4), who dominated the Royals earlier this season, allowed six runs — three earned — and six hits over five innings.
RED SOX 1, ORIOLES 0
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brandon Workman allowed one hit over 6 2-3 innings, and Boston beat Chris Tillman and the Baltimore Orioles for its second win in eight games.
Mike Napoli's third-inning RBI single was all the offense the Red Sox needed to come out on the positive end of a pitchers' duel for the first time this season. Boston was 0-18 when scoring fewer than three runs.
Workman (1-0) walked one and struck out four in earning his first win as a starter since last July. The right-hander held the Orioles hitless until Ryan Flaherty singled with two outs in the sixth.
Baltimore's only other hit was a single by Steve Pearce in the ninth off Koji Uehara, who earned his 13th save.
Workman will have a hearing Friday on his appeal of a six-game suspension. He was disciplined for intentionally throwing in the "head area" of Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria on May 30.
Tillman (5-3) seven hits in six innings. It was his first loss in six starts since May 11.
Manny Machado started at third base for the Orioles despite receiving a five-game suspension and a fine for intentionally throwing his bat in Sunday's game against Oakland. Machado appealed the suspension, batted second and went 0 for 4, making the final out on a strikeout.
The game was twice delayed by rain, both times in the second inning, for a total of 1 hour, 33 minutes.
NATIONALS 2, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Doug Fister flipped the script from his previous start in San Francisco during the 2012 World Series, tossing seven scoreless innings to help Washington beat Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner and the Giants foiled Fister and the Detroit Tigers 2-0 in Game 2 of their Series sweep. The rematch at AT&T Park played out in Fister's favor.
Jayson Werth and Denard Span each drove home a run in the fifth to snap Bumgarner's career-best, six-game winning streak. Werth also threw out a runner at the plate from right field in the sixth.
Fister (5-1) allowed eight hits and walked one in his fifth straight win.
Tyler Clippard escaped a jam in the eighth and Rafael Soriano gave up a run in the ninth before earning his 13th save. Washington has won three in a row and nine of 11.
Bumgarner (8-4) yielded eight hits in seven innings. He hadn't lost since April 28 against San Diego.
CUBS 7, PIRATES 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs to lead Chicago over Pittsburgh, spoiling Gregory Polanco's much-anticipated debut.
Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Francisco Liriano, who left in the fourth with discomfort on his right side. Rizzo also doubled and scored in the fourth and hit an RBI double in the seventh, a drive to deep right-center that struck Polanco's left wrist as the touted rookie tried to make the catch.
Polanco went 1 for 5 after getting called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, where the right fielder was leading the International League with a .347 batting average and 49 RBIs in 62 games.
Pinch-hitter Luis Valbuena's two-run double off Casey Sadler (0-1) broke a 3-all tie in the sixth.
Travis Wood (6-5) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings.
Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer for the Pirates.
DODGERS 6, REDS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh Beckett allowed two hits in six shutout innings, Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run single and Los Angeles defeated Cincinnati in a game delayed more than 2 hours by rain.
Beckett (4-3) also singled in a three-run fifth for the Dodgers, who have won three straight and four of five. The right-hander, who had endured two consecutive 2-1 losses since his no-hitter May 25 in Philadelphia, finished with seven strikeouts and one walk.
Mike Leake (3-6) allowed five runs and a season-high nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. Leake, who lost seven games last season, had seven strikeouts and one walk.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 1 for 3 in his return from the disabled list after missing 23 games.
BRAVES 13, ROCKIES 10
DENVER (AP) — Andrelton Simmons hit his first career grand slam as part of a seven-run first inning, and Atlanta outslugged Colorado at Coors Field.
Evan Gattis had a home run among his three hits and Freddie Freeman also homered for the Braves, who set season highs for runs and hits (16).
Atlanta slugger Justin Upton left early with a strained left hamstring. He is day to day.
The teams combined for 29 hits and neither starter made it out of the fifth. David Hale (2-0) pitched 2 1-3 innings of relief for the win. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances.
Wilin Rosario homered for Colorado, which has lost 10 of 11 and 15 of 18 to fall six games under .500. Juan Nicasio (5-5) allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings.
PHILLIES 5, PADRES 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A.J. Burnett threw 7 1-3 sharp innings and Marlon Byrd hit a three-run homer in Philadelphia's victory over San Diego.
Back from a 1-5 trip that left them tied with the Cubs for the worst record in the NL, the Phillies opened a six-game homestand with their 13th win at Citizens Bank Park.
Burnett (4-5) allowed two runs and three hits to earn his first win since May 20. Jonathan Papelbon left the bases loaded in a scoreless ninth to record his 300th career save, becoming the 26th pitcher to reach that mark. He has 14 consecutive saves after blowing his first try.
Will Venable hit a solo homer for the Padres. Ian Kennedy (5-7) gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings.
METS 6, BREWERS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Teagarden hit a grand slam in his Mets debut, Daniel Murphy had a two-run shot and New York beat Milwaukee to snap a six-game skid.
Called up from Triple-A Las Vegas on Sunday to replace demoted catcher Travis d'Arnaud, Teagarden connected for his second career slam after Marco Estrada walked the bases loaded in the sixth.
Daisuke Matsuzaka (3-0) pitched six effective innings and Murphy homered off Estrada (5-3) in the third.
Before the game, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said manager Terry Collins' job is secure after the team returned from a 4-7 road trip a season-worst seven games under .500.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, ASTROS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Bronson Arroyo pitched seven strong innings and Aaron Hill had two late RBIs for Arizona.
Arroyo (6-4) matched Houston starter Brad Peacock through seven innings before the Diamondbacks scored two runs off Josh Fields (1-4) in the seventh.
Hill hit a sacrifice fly in the inning and Cody Ross knocked him in with a double to right-center after an error by Astros shortstop Jonathan Villar. Hill added a run-scoring double in the eighth inning to put Arizona up 4-1.
Paul Goldschmidt also homered and Addison Reed worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save. Arizona has won six of eight.
Jon Singleton had three hits for the Astros.
MARLINS 8, RANGERS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Christian Yelich set career highs with four hits and four RBIs as Miami beat Texas for its record-tying 13th consecutive interleague victory.
Yelich's single in the seventh inning sent home two unearned runs and put the Marlins ahead to stay.
The 13-game interleague winning streak matched the major league record shared by the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, who both reached that mark in 2004. The Marlins wrap up their two-game set in Texas on Wednesday.
Bryan Morris (5-0) struck out two in 1 1-3 scoreless innings. Steve Cishek worked a perfect ninth with two strikeouts for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Jason Frasor (1-1) took the loss.