Cards rally past Rays
By: By The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Skip Schumaker doubled with one out in the ninth inning over a drawn-in outfield, driving in the winning run and capping the St. Louis Cardinals’ 5-4 rally over the Tampa Bay Rays from a three-run deficit.
Chris Perez (1-0) retired the bottom of the Rays’ order in only five pitches in the ninth.
Gary Glover (0-2) walked .132-hitting Jason LaRue to start the bottom of the ninth and Cesar Izturis reached on an infield hit with one out before Schumaker lofted a drive over the head of left fielder Carl Crawford.
In other interleague games Sunday, it was Cincinnati 6, Cleveland 4; Houston 5, Texas 4; the Chicago White Sox 13, San Francisco 8; Arizona 4, Detroit 0; Boston 11, Milwaukee 7; Colorado 6, Minnesota 2; Kansas City 9, Florida 3; Atlanta 5, Oakland 2; Mets 11, Yankees 2; Seattle 3, San Diego 2; Toronto 6, Philadelphia 5; Washington 2, Baltimore 1; and the Los Angeles Angels 10, the Los Angeles Dodgers 2.
In the only National League game, the Chicago Cubs beat Pittsburgh 4-3.
Cubs 4, Pirates 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Reed Johnson hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly and Chicago batters walked seven times against Phil Dumatrait (1-2).
Alfonso Soriano also drove in a run on a fly and Kosuke Fukudome and Ronny Cedeno had RBI singles to help the Cubs beat the Pirates for the eighth time in nine meetings this season.
Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for the Pirates.
Cubs starter Jason Marquis (2-3) won for the first time since April 19, allowing two earned runs on four hits in six innings. Bob Howry, Carlos Marmol and Kerry Wood finished with three scoreless innings. Wood pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.
Braves 5, Athletics 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Yunel Escobar had three hits, including a go-ahead, two-run single, and Omar Infante added a two-run triple in the eighth inning.
The A’s had at least one baserunner in every inning but left runners stranded at third base in the second, sixth, seventh and eighth. The A’s were 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position in their last five games before adding to their scoring woes in Sunday’s loss.
Jo-Jo Reyes (2-1) gave up eight hits and two walks but only two runs in five innings. Justin Duchscherer (3-3) gave up three runs on seven hits in five innings.
Yankees 11, Mets 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Oliver Perez shut down the slumping New York Yankees, Jose Reyes homered for the second consecutive game and the Mets cruised to an 11-2 rout Sunday night for a rain-shortened sweep of their crosstown rivals.
Ryan Church also homered and Moises Alou drove in three runs for the Mets, who beat Chien-Ming Wang and won a series at Yankee Stadium for only the second time since interleague play began in 1997. They took two of three in 2005.
Reds 6, Indians 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Adam Dunn homered for the fourth straight game, and Joey Votto finished off Cliff Lee with the first pinch-hit homer of his career to cap the Reds’ three-game sweep.
Lee (6-1) came into the game having allowed only four earned runs and one homer all season. Edinson Volquez (7-1) gave up four hits and a pair of runs in six innings, raising his earned run average from 1.12 to 1.33.
Astros 5, Rangers 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Miguel Tejada had three hits to lead the Astros.
Brandon Backe (3-5) retired the first nine batters of the game and didn’t give up a run until allowing consecutive homers to Milton Bradley and David Murphy in the seventh.
The Rangers crept within 5-4 on Frank Catalanotto’s RBI double in the eighth. Jose Valverde, who got four outs for his 12th save in 15 chances, retired Michael Young to end the inning.
White Sox 13, Giants 8
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the eighth as a pinch-hitter, lifting the White Sox to their fifth straight win.
Chicago got three straight one-out singles off Tyler Walker (1-2) in the eighth to load the bases. He then struck out Brian Anderson before Swisher stepped into the box and produced his second hit of the series.
Matt Thornton (1-0) gave up three runs in relief but earned the win. Nick Masset got his first major league save.
Diamondbacks 4, Tigers 0
PHOENIX (AP) — Randy Johnson pitched seven scoreless innings for his 288th career victory, and Arizona improved to a major league-best 28-16.
The 44-year-old Johnson (4-1) went a season-long seven innings to win his fourth straight decision, allowing six hits and a walk and striking out five.
Detroit starter Nate Robertson (1-5) retired 10 of the first 11 men he faced before giving up a pair of two-out hits in the fourth.
Red Sox 11, Brewers 7
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz homered twice and drove in four runs for the Red Sox.
Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run homer and Dustin Pedroia also homered for Boston, hitting a solo shot ahead of Ortiz’s first of the game.
Ryan Braun hit his 12th and 13th homers, J.J. Hardy had a two-run shot and Prince Fielder added a solo homer for the Brewers, who lost their fifth straight.
Josh Beckett (5-3) pitched seven innings, allowing six runs — all on homers — six hits, while striking out nine and walking one.
Carlos Villanueva (2-5) took the loss for Milwaukee.
Rockies 6, Twins 2
DENVER (AP) — Jeff Francis won for the first time this season and Todd Helton homered and drove in three runs, helping the Colorado Rockies beat the Minnesota Twins 6-2 Sunday in the rubber match of their three-game series.
Francis (1-4) struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings for his first regular-season win since Sept. 23, at San Diego. In his previous three starts in May, Francis was 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA — including giving up eight runs and 13 hits in 4 2/3 innings during his last start at Arizona.
Kevin Slowey (0-4) gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings for the Twins.
Royals 9, Marlins 3
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Guillen homered and drove in four runs and Zack Greinke went six innings.
The Royals won for the sixth time in seven games. Florida remained atop the NL East despite finishing the week with only one victory in six games.
The Royals built an early 6-0 lead for Greinke (5-1), who gave up three runs, matching the most he has allowed since Aug. 4. He also went 2-for-3 with a double and an infield single, hiking his lifetime average to .375 (3-for-8).
Rookie Burke Badenhop (1-3) lasted only three innings. He allowed seven hits and six runs, five earned, and his ERA rose to 6.75.
Mariners 3, Padres 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Jose Lopez lined a two-out, two-run double in the eighth for the difference.
Heath Bell (0-3) took the loss.
Arthur Rhodes (2-0) got the final out of the eighth to get the victory, and J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his fifth save in seven chances.
Blue Jays 6, Phillies 5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lyle Overbay’s three-run pinch-hit homer and Shannon Stewart’s two-run double helped the Blue Jays beat the Phillies in a game that was delayed twice by rain.
Ryan Howard gave the Phillies a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning with his 10th home run.
After the inning ended, the game was stopped by rain for 2 hours, and 4 minutes. A second delay of 39 minutes halted the game in the sixth inning. When play resumed, Toronto ace Roy Halladay made his first relief appearance since July 2, 2001. He pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up a hit. He struck out two. Halladay last pitched on Thursday.
Jason Frasor (1-0) picked up the win for the Blue Jays. B.J. Ryan earned his ninth save in nine opportunities despite surrendering a two-out solo homer to Pat Burrell.
Rudy Seanez (2-3) took the loss for Philadelphia.
Nationals 2, Orioles 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rookie John Lannan took a three-hitter into the eighth inning, Cristian Guzman homered, and the Nationals ended Baltimore’s four-game winning streak.
Lannan (4-4) allowed one run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings, the longest he’s lasted in 15 career starts. The left-hander struck out five, walked one and lowered his ERA to 3.40.
Jon Rauch got three outs for his 10th save.
Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie (2-4) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings.
Angels 10, Dodgers 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Napoli homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs to power the Angels over the Dodgers.
The Angels took two of three in the “Freeway Series,” including Friday night’s opener.
Napoli hit a three-run home run off Derek Lowe (2-4) in the second inning and added a solo shot against Scott Proctor in the sixth for his 10th homer. Napoli had an RBI single in the fourth and finished 3-for-4.
Jered Weaver (3-5) held the Dodgers to two runs through 5 1/3 innings. He gave up five hits, struck out seven and walked two. Relievers Jose Arredondo, Justin Speir and Chris Bootcheck shut out the Dodgers the rest of the way.