A.J. Ellis helps LA "walk" off with a win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — You've heard of a walk-off homer or a walk-off hit. But a walk-off walk? A.J. Ellis drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5. While the other major league teams were off doing their interleague thing, the Cardinals-Dodgers clash was the only NL contest on the docket.
Los Angeles' Adam Kennedy had four hits against his former team and James Loney drove in two runs.
Zito beats former team 8-6
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Barry Zito outdid his old Oakland team, Brandon Belt drove in three runs, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Oakland Athletics in the Bay Bridge Series opener 8-6.
Hector Sanchez had two RBIs to back Zito (3-1), who won the 2002 AL Cy Young Award across the bay in Oakland but left for a $126 million, seven-year deal with the Giants before the 2007 season.
Twins beat Brewers 11-3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Scott Diamond lost his scoreless streak. He still won his third straight start for the Minnesota Twins, who pounded the Milwaukee Brewers 11-3.
Diamond (3-0) gave up a run in the first, ending the 14-inning scoreless stretch he put together in two starts since he was called up from the minors. He went on to give up three runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer, his eighth of the season, Joe Mauer had three hits and three RBIs while Denard Span had four hits and three RBIs for the Twins.
Ryan Braun hit his 11th home run for the struggling Brewers, who went 1-3 on a short road trip earlier this week. Milwaukee had four errors.
Beltre homers to lead Rangers over Astros 4-1
HOUSTON (AP) — Adrian Beltre homered and drove in two runs and Michael Young broke out of a slump with two hits and an RBI to lift the Texas Rangers to a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros.
The Rangers were up 3-1 when Beltre belted his eighth homer, a two-out solo shot to left-center in the seventh inning. Beltre put the Rangers on top 1-0 in the third with a sacrifice fly. He also doubled in the fifth and scored on Young's double to make it 3-1.
Young entered the game in a 0-for-11 slide and was 5 for 41 with one RBI in his previous nine games.
Pettitte gets first win since 2010 as Yanks beat Reds 4-0
NEW YORK (AP) — Andy Pettitte pitched eight shutout innings for his first regular-season win since July 2010, leading the New York Yankees over the Cincinnati Reds 4-0.
Making his second major league start since ending his one-year retirement, the 39-year-old left-hander (1-1) limited the young, free-swinging Reds to four hits — all singles. With a fastball that reached 90 mph, an excellent cutter and a sharp curve, he struck out nine and walked one, throwing 78 of 115 pitches for strikes.
Given a 1-0 lead on Alex Rodriguez's RBI grounder in the fourth, Pettitte pitched well enough to make it stand up. Robinson Cano hit a solo homer off Bronson Arroyo (2-2) in the eighth and Raul Ibanez hit a two-run drive, his eighth homer of the season.
Millwood's 2-hit shutout beats Rockies 4-0
DENVER (AP) — Kevin Millwood tossed a two-hitter for his first shutout in nearly nine years and Mike Carp hit a solo homer, helping the Seattle Mariners snap a four-game skid with a 4-0 win over the Colorado Rockies.
It was also the 22nd complete game of the 37-year-old righty's career.
Millwood (2-4) comfortably cruised through this game and didn't surrender his first hit until two outs in the sixth. He struck out seven and walked one. He didn't allow a runner to reach third until the ninth inning, but got Carlos Gonzalez to line out to end the game.
The Mariners improved to 2-6 on their 10-game, four-city road swing.
Alex White (0-3) was the hard-luck loser, dropping his sixth straight start in a dubious string that dates back to Sept. 16.
Montero double helps D'backs beat Royals 6-5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Montero piled up three RBIs, driving in the go-ahead runs with a double in the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4.
The Royals had pulled into a tie in the seventh before Kelvin Herrera (0-1) gave up back-to-back singles to Willie Bloomquist and Justin Upton to start the eighth. Montero's second double of the game off reliever Tim Collins gave the Diamondbacks the lead.
Relievers Brad Ziegler (3-1) and Craig Breslow got the game to J.J. Putz, who worked around a two-out walk to Billy Butler in the ninth for his eighth save of the season.
Markasis HR lifts O's over Nats 2-1 in extras
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nick Markakis homered into the second deck in right field to give the Baltimore Orioles a 2-1 win in 11 innings over the Washington Nationals.
Markakis' blast off Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus (2-1) helped the Orioles improve to 6-2 in extra innings with all six victories coming on the road.
The first-place Orioles have won four straight.
Four Orioles relievers followed starter Jake Arrieta, including Kevin Gregg (2-1) in the 10th inning. Pedro Strop allowed two runners to reach in the 11th inning before finishing off the Nationals for his third save.
Arrieta matched his career-high with nine strikeouts. He allowed one run and six hits, walking one in seven innings.
Edwin Jackson matched him, allowing one run in eight innings with eight strikeouts and one walk.
Hudson pitches Braves past Rays 5-3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tommy Hanson pitched seven effective innings, Freddie Freeman drove in two runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3.
Hanson (5-3) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. Freeman had a run-scoring double and Brian McCann hit an RBI single that put the Braves up 4-2 in the fifth.
Chipper Jones left after seven innings because of a bruised left calf. The Braves' third baseman stayed in the game after B.J. Upton's hard one-hop infield single hit his leg in the third. Juan Francisco pinch-hit for Jones in the eighth.
James Shields (6-2) gave up four runs and seven hits over six innings for Tampa Bay. Luke Scott had two RBIs.
Jays use long ball to overwhelm Mets 14-5
TORONTO (AP) — J.P. Arencibia and Rajai Davis each hit two home runs, Yan Gomes hit his first career homer and the Toronto Blue Jays routed the New York Mets 14-5.
Trailing by nine runs, the Mets gave their weary bullpen a break by turning to catcher Rob Johnson to pitch the eighth inning. Johnson produced New York's only three-up, three down inning of the night, striking out Eric Thames to end it.
Arencibia's three-run home run in the first off Jon Niese (2-2) brought the left-hander's modest nine-inning scoreless streak to an end.
Ricky Romero (5-1) was the beneficiary of Toronto's power surge, winning for the first time in three starts. The left-hander allowed one run and three hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out six.
Hamels pitches Phils past Red Sox 6-4
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings, and Hunter Pence and Freddy Galvis homered to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to their sixth straight victory with a 6-4 win over the Boston Red Sox.
Hamels (6-1) gave up three runs on six hits while striking out nine and walking one. It was the sixth straight win for Hamels, who improved to 4-0 in five career starts against Boston.
Streaking Carlos Ruiz went 2 for 3 with a pair of RBIs for Philadelphia, which moved two games above .500 for the first time this season. Ruiz, who entered leading major league catchers in several offensive categories, is 11 for 17 in his last five games.
Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances.
Zambrano's arm lifts Fish over Tribe 3-2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Zambrano pitched seven strong innings to help the Miami Marlins open interleague play by beating the Cleveland Indians 3-2.
Miami broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez. All three Marlins runs were scored by batters who had started rallies with walks.
Zambrano (2-2) gave up four hits and two runs as he continued a strong first season in Miami after 11 years with the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander has a 1.96 ERA in eight starts since being acquired in a January trade.
Heath Bell worked the ninth for his fourth save in eight chances.
Reliever Tony Sipp (0-2) took the loss as Cleveland had a four-game winning streak broken.
Verlander flirts with no-no; Tigers beat Bucs 6-0
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander came within two outs of his third career no-hitter, allowing only Josh Harrison's ninth-inning single in the Detroit Tigers' 6-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 29-year-old Verlander, last year's AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner, nearly became the sixth major league pitcher with at least three career no-hitters. But with one out in the ninth, Harrison reached out and flicked a clean single into center field.
The crowd at Comerica Park, already on its feet, gave Verlander a big ovation and the right-hander quickly finished off the Pirates with a pair of groundouts. Verlander completed his gem with 12 strikeouts and two walks.
Cubs win 3-2 in Woods' finale
CHICAGO (AP) — Gordon Beckham hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning Friday and the Chicago White Sox overcame the loss of star Paul Konerko to beat the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in what was Kerry Wood's final major league game.
Beckham's solo shot and a two-run blast from Konerko in the first were the only runs allowed by Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija (4-2). Konerko suffered a laceration above his left eye and swelling when he was hit Samardizja pitch in the third inning and had to leave the game.
Wood, who began his major league career with the Cubs in 1998 and struck out 20 Houston Astros batters in his fifth major league start, took the mound in the eighth inning. He struck out Dayan Viciedo and made a curtain call to wave to cheering fans after facing just one batter. He announced his retirement after the game.
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