The Associated Press
Aug. 09, 2014
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bartolo Colon pitched eight innings for his 200th career victory, Travis d'Arnaud homered, and the New York Mets held on for a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night.
Daniel Murphy recorded his fifth straight multihit game with two singles for the Mets, who have won 10 of 11 in Philadelphia.
Marlon Byrd homered, Grady Sizemore drove in two runs, and Ben Revere had two of the Phillies' nine hits. Revere is batting a major league-best .388 since June 26.
The 41-year-old Colon (11-9) joined Pedro Martinez and Juan Marichal as the only Dominican-born pitchers to reach 200 victories. He gave up one run and six hits, struck out six and walked none.
A.J. Burnett (6-12) surrendered 11 hits, tying a season high, and gave up five runs in his third consecutive loss. He struck out eight but fell to 0-4 with a 6.66 ERA in his last five starts.
ORIOLES 12, CARDINALS 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — J.J. Hardy hit two of Baltimore's season-high six home runs, and the Orioles cruised past St. Louis to move a season-high 17 games over .500.
Hardy hit a solo shot and a three-run drive for his 11th multihomer game. Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Ryan Flaherty also connected as Baltimore (66-49) reached double figures in runs for the first time since April 24.
Baltimore's Chris Tillman (9-5) gave up two runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He was pulled after a two-run drive to A.J. Pierzynski made it 12-2.
It was the Orioles' first win over the Cardinals in 11 years.
A three-run drive by Machado and Hardy's first home run helped Baltimore go up 5-0 against Justin Masterson (1-1) in the third. That propelled the AL East-leaders to their ninth win in 12 games.
RAYS 4, CUBS 3, 10 innings
CHICAGO (AP) — Kevin Kiermaier, who entered the game in the eighth inning, drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th to give Tampa Bay a victory over the Chicago Cubs.
Desmond Jennings went 2 for 5 with a homer, and Ben Zobrist went 3 for 5 as Tampa Bay won its second straight.
Brad Boxberger (3-1) blew the save in the ninth, but pitched a perfect 10th to get the win. Hector Rondon (3-4) took the loss.
In his Wrigley Field debut, touted Cubs prospect Javier Baez went 1 for 5 with a run scored and four strikeouts.
PIRATES 2, PADRES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco and Josh Harrison had three hits each, and Vance Worley outdueled Ian Kennedy as Pittsburgh edged San Diego.
The Pirates (62-53) moved a season-high nine games over .500.
Worley (5-1) struck a season-high seven in seven innings and gave up one run, five hits and a walk.
Kennedy (8-10) was pulled after six innings and allowed two runs — one earned — and seven hits.
Tony Watson preserved the one-run lead with a perfect eighth, and Mark Melancon earned his career-high 21st save by striking out the side in the ninth.
TIGERS 5, BLUE JAYS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Nick Castellanos tied the game with a two-run homer in the ninth inning, and Eugenio Suarez followed with a go-ahead shot as Detroit rallied to beat Toronto.
The Tigers trailed 4-2 entering the ninth against closer Casey Janssen. J.D. Martinez started the inning with a double. After an out, Castellanos homered on the first pitch. Two pitches later, Suarez gave the Tigers their first lead with a drive to center.
Janssen (3-1) was replaced by Aaron Loup after a two-out double by Ian Kinsler. The blown save was Janssen's third in 21 chances.
Al Alburquerque (3-1) worked 1 2-3 innings for the win. Joe Nathan finished for his 24th save in 29 chances, getting Josh Thole to foul out with the bases loaded.
Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez left in the fifth inning with a strained muscle in his right side. Left-hander Blaine Hardy took over for Sanchez, who allowed four runs and 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings.
MARLINS 2, REDS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi gave his second straight shutdown performance, holding Cincinnati to five hits over eight shutout innings, and Giancarlo Stanton hit his NL-leading 28th homer, powering Miami to a victory.
The Reds fell to 8-13 since the All-Star break.
Eovaldi (6-6) got his first victory since June 23, ending a streak of three losses and four no-decisions. He walked one and struck out six while going eight innings for the second time this season.
Devin Mesoraco doubled home a run in the ninth off Steve Cishek, who then fanned Zack Cozart with two runners aboard to get his 28th save in 31 chances. Todd Frazier had three of Cincinnati's seven hits.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the sixth inning off Mike Leake (9-10), and Stanton hit a solo shot in the seventh.
YANKEES 10, INDIANS 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Carlos Beltran hit a grand slam and drove in five runs as the New York Yankees broke out to support fill-in starter Esmil Rogers and beat sloppy Cleveland for their sixth win in seven games.
Derek Jeter tied Honus Wagner with his 3,430th hit in a five-run first inning against Trevor Bauer (4-7), and Beltran's 11th career slam highlighted a five-run sixth. The Indians, who have the majors' worst fielding percentage, prolonged both innings with errors in their fourth straight loss and seventh consecutive defeat in the Bronx.
The Yankees walked seven times in moving seven games above .500 for the first time this season (61-54).
Picked up off waivers July 31 after the Toronto Blue Jays cut him for the second time this season, Rogers (2-0) became the 12th player to make a start for New York.
Pitching in place of David Phelps (elbow inflammation), he allowed one run and four hits over five innings in his first start since Sept. 25 for Toronto.
Bauer allowed five runs and six hits in 3 1-3 innings.
BRAVES 7, NATIONALS 6
ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman hit two of Atlanta's four homers off Stephen Strasburg, and the Braves snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win over Washington.
Atlanta, which nearly blew a 7-0 lead, moved within 3½ games of the NL East-leading Nationals. Washington, which had won two straight and four of six, has dropped 21 of 30 to the Braves.
Strasburg (8-10) gave up two more homers than his previous career high. He allowed seven runs, seven hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in five innings, dropping to 1-3 with a 6.99 ERA in seven starts at Turner Field.
Ervin Santana (11-6) held the Nationals scoreless until the sixth, when Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI single and Anthony Rendon hit his 15th homer to make it 7-4.
Craig Kimbrel earned his 33rd save in 37 chances.
ROYALS 4, GIANTS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Billy Butler homered and drove in three runs, and right fielder Nori Aoki threw out two runners in the same inning as Kansas City beat San Francisco for its fifth straight victory.
The Royals, who haven't been in the playoffs since winning the 1985 World Series, hold a half game lead for the second AL wild card.
Butler, who is hitting .423 in the past seven games, homered with two out in the first off Madison Bumgarner (13-9). Bumgarner went the distance, allowing four runs on seven hits. He walked none and struck out five, but his road scoreless streak was snapped at 17 innings.
The Giants outhit the Royals 12-7, but self-destructed with three errors and base running blunders.
Jason Frasor (3-1), the second of five Royals pitchers, threw a spotless sixth. Greg Holland pitched a flawless ninth for his American League-leading 33rd save in 35 opportunities. It was Holland's 100th career save.
BREWERS 9, DODGERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rickie Weeks hit a three-run homer, and Gerardo Parra had two hits and two RBIs to lead Milwaukee over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers went ahead 3-2 in the top of the seventh, then Milwaukee capitalized on two errors by reserve shortstop Justin Turner and scored four runs in their half of the inning.
The first run in the seventh came on Martin Maldonado's squeeze bunt that scored Weeks. He bunted the ball toward Brandon League (2-3) who tried to flip it with his glove to catcher Drew Butera, but was late. Pinch-hitter Khris Davis reached on Turner's fielding error to load the bases. Carlos Gomez then reached on Turner's throwing error that allowed Mark Reynolds to score. Parra followed with a two-run single that gave Milwaukee a 6-3 lead.
Dodgers starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, acquired from Philadelphia on Thursday, was in line for the win when he needed just 65 pitches to get through six innings, retiring 17 straight. He struck out five and allowed three hits in the first inning.
Jeremy Jeffress (1-1) earned the win in relief.
ASTROS 4, RANGERS 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Robbie Grossman's two-run homer put Houston ahead in the eighth inning and the Astros held on to top Texas.
Chris Carter hit his 25th home run for Houston, which trailed 2-1 entering the eighth. Grossman, who finished with three hits, homered off of Neal Cotts (2-6) to put the Astros on top.
Gregorio Petit's double with two outs added an insurance run.
Jose Veras (2-1) threw a perfect eighth for the win. Chad Qualls allowed a run in the ninth and there were runners at first and second with one out when Daniel Robertson grounded into a double play to end the game and give Qualls his 13th save.
Houston has won six straight against the Rangers.
J.P. Arencibia hit a two-run homer in the first for Texas.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, ROCKIES 3
PHOENIX (AP) — David Peralta had two extra-base hits and stole home, Miguel Montero hit a three-run homer, and Arizona beat listless Colorado.
Montero homered off Tyler Matzek (2-7) in the first inning of the matchup between the NL West's two worst teams.
Peralta flashed his speed in the seventh. The rookie hit a run-scoring triple off Rex Brothers then raced home when catcher Michael McKenry lobbed the ball back to the mound. Peralta is the sixth Arizona player to steal home, first since Chris Young in 2007.
Chase Anderson (7-4) pitched five solid innings, giving up a leadoff homer to McKenry in the fifth inning and little else.
Corey Dickerson and DJ LeMahieu had run-scoring singles in the ninth inning for the Rockies, who have lost 10 of 12.
ATHLETICS 6, TWINS 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Scott Kazmir faced the minimum through six innings before running into trouble, Coco Crisp hit a bases-loaded triple, and Oakland held off Minnesota for its 11th straight win in the series.
The Twins last victory over the Athletics was at Minnesota on Sept. 10, 2013. The A's are 5-0 this year.
Kazmir (13-4) tossed just eight balls among his first 42 pitches through four perfect innings before Kennys Vargas broke up the bid with a single off shortstop Jed Lowrie's glove.
Sean Doolittle retired former A's slugger Josh Willingham on a called third strike to end it for his 18th save in 21 opportunities. The A's bullpen set an Oakland record with 28 2-3 scoreless innings.
Kyle Gibson (10-9) allowed six runs — five earned — and five hits, struck out three and walked a season-high five in five-plus innings while facing the A's for the first time.
MARINERS 4, WHITE SOX 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Zunino hit a three-run homer, Hisashi Iwakuma pitched seven innings, and Seattle beat the Chicago White Sox for its fourth straight victory.
Zunino moved into a tie for the major league lead in home runs by a catcher with his 18th.
Iwakuma (10-6) became the third Seattle pitcher with double-digit victories this season. The Japanese right-hander allowed one run and five hits, struck out three and walked none.
Iwakuma improved to 5-2 with a 2.04 ERA in his last eight starts. He has pitched at least seven innings in his last seven outings.
Fernando Rodney earned his 32nd save in 35 opportunities.
Dayan Viciedo continued his success against Seattle with an opposite-field solo homer on the first pitch he saw from Iwakuma in the fourth, but that accounted for all of Chicago's offense. The White Sox have lost four straight and six of seven.
Chicago's Jose Quintana (6-8) retired 12 of his first 14 batters before falling apart in the fifth.
RED SOX 4, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Napoli homered against former batterymate Jered Weaver, and Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run double, leading Boston over the Los Angeles Angels.
Allen Webster (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits over 6 2-3 innings in his third start since getting recalled from Triple-A.
Koji Uehara got three outs during a shaky ninth to earn his 24th save.
Weaver (12-7) lost for the first time since June 16, allowing four runs and seven hits through six innings after going 5-0 in his previous nine starts. The Angels' fourth straight loss matched their longest skid of the season and dropped them four games behind AL West-leading Oakland.