Late Holliday gift in time for Cards
Posted: Thursday, June 24, 2010 5:46 pm
By: By The Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) — St. Louis’ Matt Holliday hit an RBI single off Kevin Gregg with two outs in the ninth inning, handing a 1-0 win to Chris Carpenter.
Holliday came up with runners on the corners and lined a full-count pitch into left field to give St. Louis the lead. Holliday’s homer streak ended at four games but the surging slugger had two hits and is 13-for-22 with 11 RBI in his last five games.
Randy Winn set up Holliday’s hit with a one-out single and moved to third on Felipe Lopez’s base hit to center with two down.
Carpenter (9-1) allowed three hits, walked four and struck out seven in eight innings, winning consecutive starts for the first time since April 27 and May 2. Ryan Franklin worked the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances, completing the four-hitter.
Ricky Romero, who matched Carpenter with eight scoreless frames, allowed eight hits — four by Albert Pujols — walked one and struck out five.
Winn finished with three hits for the Cardinals, who have won four of five.
Mariners 8, Cubs 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Cliff Lee struck out nine in his second consecutive complete game and Seattle won its sixth straight.
Rookie Michael Saunders homered and drove in four runs for Seattle. Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run single.
Lee (6-3) allowed nine hits and walked none in his American League-best fourth complete game this season and 17th for his career. He lowered his ERA to an AL-best 2.39.
The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner has 76 strikeouts against just four walks this season, an unheard of ratio of 19-to-1. Only one starter since 1901 has had a double-digit figure in that ratio over an entire season: Bret Saberhagen, who struck out 143 and walked 13 for Kansas City in 1994.
Saunders walked with the bases loaded during Seattle’s four-run fourth and hit an RBI double off Randy Wells (3-6) in the sixth. He hit a two-run homer in the eighth, setting a career high for RBIs.
Tyler Colvin hit his ninth homer for Chicago, which has lost four of five to drop to a season-low nine games under .500.
White Sox 4, Braves 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Quentin homered twice off Tim Hudson, and Mark Buehrle pitched out of numerous jams as Chicago extended its winning streak to eight games.
The White Sox (36-34) have won 12 of 13 and are two games over .500 for the first time since last August. The Sox are 12-2 in interleague play this season, 36-14 the last three years.
Despite allowing nine hits in six innings, Buehrle earned his major league-record 23rd interleague victory. Buehrle (6-6) is 9-0 with a 1.73 ERA in his last 12 starts against NL teams.
Hudson (7-3) allowed six hits in seven innings, but still surrendered more than three earned runs for the first time all season.
Quentin led off the seventh with his 11th this season and third in two nights. Batting .200 just last week, he is on an 11-for-25 tear.
Bobby Jenks worked the ninth for his 16th save in 17 attempts.
Royals 1, Nationals 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg set another strikeout record and also suffered his first major league defeat.
The hard-throwing right-hander struck out nine and allowed one run over six innings in his fourth start, but Washington lost 1-0 to Kansas City on Wednesday.
On the last better he faced, Strasburg (2-1) got his 41st strikeout. That broke a record held by Herb Score, who fanned 40 in his first four major league starts for Cleveland in 1955.
For the third time in four starts, Strasburg did not walk a batter. He lowered his ERA to 1.78 but allowed nine hits.
Brian Bannister (7-5) allowed five hits and walked two in six innings for the Royals, who snapped a five-game losing streak with the victory in the finale of their six-game trip.
Rockies 8, Red Sox 6
DENVER (AP) — Pinch-hitter Jason Giambi’s two-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon capped a three-run rally in the ninth inning and Colorado overcame an off night by ace Ubaldo Jimenez.
Giambi sent a 1-0 pitch into the right-field seats. Ian Stewart had tied it at 6 with a leadoff drive against Papelbon (2-4), who blew his second save in 18 chances.
Giambi’s shot was just the second homer by a lefty batter off Papelbon all year.
Manny Corpas (2-4) picked up the win with a scoreless inning of relief.
Jimenez, who was seeking his 14th win, was staked to an early four-run lead, which seemed safe considering he hadn’t allowed more than three runs in a start all season. But he gave up six runs and 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings against Boston in the worst game of his spectacular season.
Boston starter John Lackey allowed five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. He had two hits off Jimenez after entering the game 1 for 31 at the plate in his major league career.
Yankees 6, Diamondbacks 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Curtis Granderson led off the top of the 10th with a home run and Mariano Rivera got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the inning to give New York the victory.
Alex Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning tied the game at 5. Granderson greeted Carlos Rosa (0-2), the Diamondbacks’ fifth reliever, with a towering home run to right field.
Rivera (1-1), in his first two-inning appearance of the season, loaded the bases only to get Chris Young to foul out to the catcher, Adam LaRoche to pop up to third and then struck out Mark Reynolds.
The Yankees increased their AL East lead to 2 1/2 games because Boston and Tampa Bay lost to NL West foes.
LaRoche matched his career high with five RBIs.
Reds 3, Athletics 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, and Jay Bruce had a two-run single in his second straight three-hit game as Cincinnati swept the series.
The Reds salvaged a .500 road trip after losing all three at Seattle over the weekend.
Cueto (7-2) responded well after losing 1-0 to Cliff Lee and the Mariners on Friday at Safeco Field.
Cueto allowed seven hits, struck out four and walked two in seven-plus innings. Francisco Cordero saved his second straight game — his 19th in 24 chances.
The A’s lost for the seventh time in eight games and 10th in 12 to fall a season-high six games under .500 (34-40).
Marlins 7, Orioles 5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Edwin Rodriguez enjoyed a successful debut as Florida’s interim manager, getting home runs from Gaby Sanchez and Jorge Cantu in a comeback victory.
Florida made up a four-run deficit to earn its third straight win. The previous two came under Fredi Gonzalez, who was fired Wednesday morning after 3 1/2 seasons on the job.
Rodriguez was summoned from Triple-A New Orleans. In his first game as a major league manager, Rodriguez milked 119 pitches out of starter Ricky Nolasco (6-6) before calling upon his struggling bullpen to hold onto a 6-4 lead.
Corey Patterson had a season-high three RBI, and Luke Scott and Adam Jones homered for the Orioles, who have dropped 21 of 25 and are assured of losing an 11th straight series.
Baltimore rookie Brian Matusz (2-8) allowed six runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He is 0-8 in his last 12 starts.
Mets 5, Tigers 0
NEW YORK (AP) — R.A. Dickey pitched eight shutout innings and Jose Reyes homered to lead New York.
Dickey (6-0) won for the sixth time in seven starts. The former power pitcher’s knuckleball appeared to come alive in the fifth inning, when he got the first of his four strikeouts. He allowed four hits and two walks, and retired his final 13 batters.
The Tigers lost for only third time in 11 games.
The Mets won for the 21st time in 28 games and improved to 26-10 at home this season.
Reyes led off the first inning with a triple and also singled. He came around to score on David Wright’s double in the third, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead.
Jeremy Bonderman (3-5) allowed four runs and seven hits before leaving in the seventh without getting an out.
Angels 2, Dodgers 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Russell Martin was tagged out at second base an instant before Reed Johnson would have crossed the plate with the tying run in the ninth inning, allowing the Angels to escape with the win.
Moments after Matt Kemp was picked off second, the Dodgers lost their sixth straight game on their second baserunning blunder in a wacky ninth inning.
Pinch-hitter Jamey Carroll’s two-out single off Angels closer Brian Fuentes should have scored pinch-runner Johnson easily from second, but left fielder Juan Rivera alertly threw back to second base to get Martin, who had been on first.
Plate umpire Mike DiMuro immediately ruled Johnson hadn’t reached home in time — it was clearly the correct call — setting off an abashed celebration for the Angels after their fifth consecutive win over the Dodgers.
Fuentes earned his 12th save in 15 chances.
Joel Pineiro (7-6) allowed six hits while pitching into the eighth inning for the Angels.
Dodgers rookie John Ely (3-5) allowed three hits in seven innings. He has made six straight starts without a win.
Padres 5, Rays 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Will Venable, Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Headley homered to lead San Diego.
Venable broke a scoreless tie with a two-run shot in the fifth. Gonzalez hit a solo homer in the sixth for a 3-0 lead, and is 33 for 77 with seven homers and 20 RBI in June.
After the Rays rallied to make it 3-all, Jerry Hairston Jr. put the Padres ahead with an RBI single in the seventh off James Shields (6-7). Headley made it 5-3 on his solo drive in the ninth.
The slumping Rays held a players-only meeting before batting practice, which was called for by first baseman Carlos Pena. Tampa Bay, which got a solo homer from Sean Rodriguez during a three-run sixth, has gone 10-17 since May 23.
Phillies 7, Indians 6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins hit the first game-ending homer of his career, a two-run shot with one out in the ninth inning.
Trailing 6-5, the Phillies rallied against Kerry Wood (1-3). Brian Schneider led off with a walk and advanced to second on a groundout.
Rollins then hit a liner inside the right-field foul pole to win it. The 2007 NL MVP was 0 for 8 since returning from his second stint on the disabled list. He’s played in only 14 games this season because of a calf injury.
Schneider and Jayson Werth added solo homers for the Phillies.
Shin-soo Choo hit two two-run homers for the Indians.
The Indians went ahead 6-5 in the ninth off J.C. Romero (1-0).
The two-time NL champion Phillies are 6-3 since a 5-14 skid. Cleveland, which has the second-worst record in the AL, has lost four straight.
Rangers 13, Pirates 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Michael Young had three hits and drove in four runs playing only half the game and Texas extended the majors’ longest winning streak this season to 10 straight.
It is only the second time Texas has won at least 10 consecutive games. The team record of 14 in a row came in 1991.
Young’s two-run homer in the first off Paul Maholm (4-6) was his 10th of the season and second in two nights. Young added a single and scored in a five-run second inning, then had a two-run double in a six-run fourth that put Texas ahead 13-2. That was still the score when he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fifth.
Pittsburgh has lost 20 of its last 25 games overall, including 13 consecutive road losses.
Rookie reliever Alexi Ogando (3-0) pitched three scoreless innings and has won in all three of his major league appearances, allowing only one hit and no runs over 6 1/3 innings since making his debut last week.
Brewers 5, Twins 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rickie Weeks had a hand in all five Milwaukee runs and the Brewers overcame a club-record five wild pitches with a strong effort by the bullpen.
Weeks had three hits, drove in three runs and scored twice.
Manny Parra (2-5) won for the first time as a starter this season. He tied a 35-year team mark with four wild pitches, including one during an intentional walk.
Reliever Kameron Loe threw a fifth to set a team record for wild pitches in a game.
Rookie closer John Axford earned his sixth save and second in two nights. After giving up an RBI double to Joe Mauer with two outs, Axford struck out Justin Morneau for the second straight game to end it.
Minnesota starter Francisco Liriano (6-5) held the middle of Milwaukee’s order of Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun and Casey McGehee to 0 for 9 with five strikeouts.
Astros 6, Giants 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Brett Myers pitched seven effective innings and Jeff Keppinger had three RBIs as Houston snapped a five-game losing streak.
Myers (5-5) allowed three runs, one earned, and six hits. He also had two hits and drove in a run.
It was the shortest outing of the year for Giants starter Barry Zito (7-4), who yielded five runs and seven hits in four innings.
Carlos Lee hit an RBI single in the first and Keppinger added a three-run double in the second to help Houston build a 4-0 lead.
Matt Lindstrom pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save as the Astros ended a seven-game skid against the Giants this season.
The Giants rallied in the fifth, taking advantage of two errors by third baseman Chris Johnson.