The Associated Press
Jun. 23, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — David Ortiz hit a leadoff home run in the 10th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6 on Sunday to avoid a four-game sweep.
Ortiz was the only Boston starter without a hit until lining a 1-2 pitch from Fernando Abad (2-3) over the wall in left-center.
The Red Sox had to go extra innings after letting a 6-1 lead slip away. The A's scored three runs in the eighth, then Stephen Vogt and pinch-hitter John Jaso homered in the ninth against Koji Uehara (3-1). The closer had converted 31 consecutive save opportunities dating to 2013.
The A's had won five straight before Ortiz's 17th homer bailed out Boston's bullpen.
Mike Napoli and David Ross also homered for Boston, which had been limited to two runs or fewer in eight straight games.
ORIOLES 8, YANKEES 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Tillman tossed seven innings of four-hit ball and the Baltimore Orioles handed Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka his second major league loss.
Jonathan Schoop homered off Tanaka (11-2) for the second time and fellow rookie Caleb Joseph capped the scoring with his first career homer. J.J. Hardy hit a three-run double for the Orioles, who spoiled Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium and took two of three from their AL East rivals.
New York slugger Mark Teixeira left in the eighth after getting hit on his left foot by an 85 mph slider from T.J. McFarland. Teixeira hobbled toward first, then slammed his helmet to the ground in anger before heading into the dugout. X-rays were negative, manager Joe Girardi said.
Tillman (6-4) snapped a two-start skid, though he pitched well in those outings, and improved to 6-0 on the road — though he entered with a 6.33 ERA away from home.
ANGELS 5, RANGERS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rookie Matt Shoemaker won his fifth straight decision, C.J. Cron and Kole Calhoun homered in the fourth inning against Yu Darvish, and the Angels completed a three-game sweep.
Cron went deep for the third straight game, helping the Angels pull within five games of AL West-leading Oakland. Shoemaker (5-1) allowed a run and eight hits in 7 2-3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks.
Joe Smith allowed Brad Snyder's two-out homer in the ninth before Chris Gimenez grounded out to end the game. Snyder entered in the fourth after first baseman Donnie Murphy left because of soreness in his left knee.
Darvish (7-4) allowed five runs and five hits through six innings, striking out nine and issuing four walks — three of them to No. 7 hitter Hank Conger.
TIGERS 10, INDIANS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched six strong innings, Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three runs, and the Detroit Tigers beat Cleveland for a three-game sweep.
The Tigers, swept in a three-game series at Progressive Field last month, have won four in a row overall.
Scherzer (9-3) bounced back from one of the worst outings of his career. The reigning AL Cy Young winner allowed 10 runs in four innings against Kansas City on Tuesday.
Cabrera hit his 13th homer in the first off Josh Tomlin (4-5), added an RBI single in the third and drove in a run with a grounder in the fifth when Detroit scored seven times.
RAYS 5, ASTROS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yunel Escobar drove in two runs during a three-run sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Houston.
Escobar hit a two-run single and Sean Rodriguez had an RBI grounder off Dallas Keuchel (8-5) to give the Rays a 4-2 lead in the sixth.
The Rays are 8-18 over their past 26 games, including five wins in seven games against Houston.
Juan Carlos Oviedo (3-2) got two outs in the sixth for the win. Joel Peralta pitched the ninth for his first save.
ROYALS 2, MARINERS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rookie Roenis Elias pitched neatly into the seventh inning, Mike Zunino homered and the Seattle Mariners defeated Kansas City for a three-game sweep.
After winning 10 straight to move into first place in the AL Central, the Royals have dropped four in a row, three of them by 2-1 scores.
Elias (7-5), a 25-year-old left-hander from Cuba, limited the Royals to one run and five singles over 6 2-3 innings.
Zunino hit his ninth home run, tops among AL catchers. He connected off Yordano Ventura (5-6) leading off the seventh to break a 1-all tie.
Fernando Rodney, pitching for the fourth straight day, earned his 21st save in 23 chances.
TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer had two hits and two RBIs, and the Minnesota Twins complete their first four-game sweep against the White Sox in 20 years.
Anthony Swarzak and Casey Fien combined for three shutout innings of relief and Jared Burton earned his first save since May 30, 2013, with a perfect ninth.
Gordon Beckham and Jose Abreu had two RBIs apiece for the White Sox, who have lost eight straight games against AL Central rivals.
The Twins last swept Chicago in a four-game series June 9-12, 1994.
Phil Hughes (8-3) lasted just five innings but got the win. In his last eight starts versus the Twins, John Danks (6-6) is 0-6 with a 6.18 ERA.
REDS 4, BLUE JAYS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched eight effective innings and the Cincinnati Reds beat Toronto after Blue Jays stars Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista exited early because of injuries.
Lawrie sustained a broken right index finger when he was hit by a pitch in the second. The team didn't immediately announce how long the infielder would be out.
Bautista left because of tightness in his left leg. The All-Star outfielder had a single and a sacrifice bunt before leaving.
Cueto (7-5) gave up three runs — one earned — and leads the NL with a 1.86 ERA. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his 13th save.
Todd Frazier broke a 2-all tie in the fifth with a two-run homer off R.A. Dickey (6-6).
METS 11, MARLINS 5
MIAMI (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer and the New York Mets matched a season high with 17 hits to beat the slumping Miami Marlins.
Jonathon Niese (4-4), who has been plagued by poor run support this year, won for the first time since May 22. He allowed less than four earned runs for the 19th consecutive start, giving up three in six innings.
Niese drove in a run with a suicide squeeze bunt, and David Wright had an RBI for the sixth game in a row.
Rookie Anthony DeSclafani (1-2), making his fourth major-league start, gave up seven runs in 3 2-3 innings and departed with a 7.59 ERA.
NATIONALS 4, BRAVES 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tanner Roark won his fourth straight start, Denard Span had an RBI double and the Washington Nationals beat Atlanta for a split of the four-game series between NL East rivals.
The Nationals improved to 3-7 against Atlanta. They increased their division lead over the Braves to 1 1/2 games.
Roark (7-4) went 5 1-3 innings, allowing a run and four hits. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
Atlanta's Evan Gattis went 0 for 3 to snap his 20-game hitting streak.
Ervin Santana (5-5) went six innings, giving up three runs and six hits.
CARDINALS 5, PHILLIES 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mark Ellis drove in two runs, including the go-ahead score with a bunt, and the St. Louis Cardinals got a scoreless effort from their bullpen to beat Philadelphia.
Ellis broke a 3-all tie with a safely squeeze bunt in the fourth. He added an RBI single in the sixth. He is hitting .193 with 12 RBIs in 41 games.
Carlos Martinez (1-3) allowed three runs over five innings.
Nick Greenwood, Sam Freeman, Pat Neshek and Trevor Rosenthal combined for four innings of two-hit scoreless relief. Rosenthal got his 22nd save in 25 chances.
Cody Asche drove in all three Philadelphia runs with a bases-loaded double in the second. Jimmy Rollins had a 15-game hitting streak snapped.
Kyle Kendrick (3-7) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings.
PIRATES 2, CUBS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Cumpton pitched seven scoreless innings, Travis Snider hit a solo homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cubs.
Cumpton (3-2) won his third straight decision. He allowed two hits and two walks while striking out four.
Pirates closer Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.
Gregory Polanco had his hitting streak snapped at 11 games. The Pirates' rookie leadoff hitter had a hit in his first 11 major league games. He was 0 for 3 with a walk.
Jason Hammel (6-5) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.
BREWERS 6, ROCKIES 5
DENVER (AP) — Aramis Ramirez homered and drove in two runs, and the Milwaukee Brewers continued their road dominance with a win over Colorado.
Milwaukee swept the Rockies to finish 6-1 on a road trip that started in Arizona. The Brewers' 27-15 record and .643 winning percentage away from home is the best in the majors.
Kyle Lohse (9-2) allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings to win consecutive starts for the first time in a month.
Francisco Rodriguez settled down to get his 25th save in 27 chances.
Wilin Rosario homered among his four hits and had three RBIs for Colorado, which has lost six straight and fell to 6-14 in June.
Rockies rookie right-hander Tyler Matzek (1-2) was roughed up in the second.
DODGERS 2, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched six solid innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Padres soon after San Diego's general manager Josh Byrnes was fired.
Ryu (9-3) won for the sixth time in seven starts since missing more than three weeks with shoulder inflammation.
Byrnes had been San Diego's GM since October 2011. The Padres went 76-86 in his first two seasons and are 32-44 and 13 1/2 games back in the NL West this season.
Adrian Gonzalez and Dee Gordon drove in runs against Eric Stults (2-10).
J.P. Howell pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings and Brian Wilson got two outs before Kenley Jansen finished off the four-hitter by pitching the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 chances.
GIANTS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Madison Bumgarner gave up just two infield singles while pitching into the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants beat Arizona.
Through eight innings, Bumgarner (9-4) allowed only Cody Ross' dribbler to the left of the mound in the second inning. Bumgarner left after an error by shortstop Brandon Crawford and then Ender Inciarte's single off the glove of third baseman Pablo Sandoval in the ninth.
Sergio Romo gave up Martin Prado's RBI single but got his second save in two nights and his 22nd save in 26 opportunities.
Diamondbacks rookie Mike Bolsinger (1-3) allowed a run and five hits in 7 2-3 innings.