The Washington Times - June 20, 2008, 08:45AM

By TIM WHITMAN


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NATIONAL LEAGUE

Dodgers 7, Reds 4

Matt Kemp had a big day for the visiting Dodgers, going 2-for-5 with three RBI. James Loney swatted three hits and every starter contributed at least one base knock in the win. Making his first start of the year, Eric Stults performed well for L.A., holding the Reds to one run over six frames. Stults K’d five and allowed only five hits. Reds former ace Aaron Harang was tagged for his 10th loss with five shaky innings. He allowed five runs on 10 hits, striking out just two batters in the process. Brandon Phillips had two hits and knocked in two of the Cincinnati runs on a seventh-inning single.

 

INTERLEAGUE

Twins 9, Nationals 3

Twins hurler Glen Perkins tossed eight lucky innings, holding the struggling Nats’ offense to three earned runs while allowing 10 hits. Michael Cuddyer and Brian Buscher both plated two runs on two hits. Shawn Hill was battered by the Minnesota attack, lasting only 3 2/3 innings while coughing up six earned runs on 10 hits. Dmitri Young left the park off Perkins in the eighth for the only homer of the game.

Yankees 2, Padres 1

Joba the Great pitched into the sixth inning and struck out nine Padres but did not factor into the decision. He was matched by San Diego starter Josh Banks, who held the streaking New York offense to two earned runs on four hits during his 5 1/3 innings of work. Alex Rodriguez drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Mariano Rivera struck out the side for his 20th save.

White Sox 13, Pirates 8

Big league-caliber pitching was definitely optional in this slugfest. A combined 21 runs were posted on 25 hits as everyone got in on the action. Jermaine Dye led all batters with six RBI, including a solo shot and a seventh-inning grand slam. Orlando Cabrera wasn’t too far behind, knocking in four runners on the strength of a three-run blast. Nate McLouth and Freddy Sanchez drove in three runs apiece for Pittsburgh. Starter Phil Dumatrait was punished for nine earned runs during his five-inning outing. Chicago starter Gavin Floyd was credited with the win, tossing 5 2/3 innings while allowing seven runs (only one earned) and fanning six Pirates.

Brewers 8, Blue Jays 7

Dave Bush cruised through eight innings against his former team, limiting the Toronto offense to one run on two hits. However, it took three Milwaukee pitchers and 45 total pitches to finish off the final frame. Russell Branyan and Prince Fielder both went deep for the Brew Crew and Corey Hart added two RBI on two hits. Jays starter A.J. Burnett was thumped for eight earned runs on eight hits as he barely made it through five innings.  His offense almost got him off the hook, putting up six runs in the bottom of the ninth including a Lyle Overbay two-run dinger and a Joe Inglett grand slam.

Rangers 5, Braves 4

Texas starter Scott Feldman showed some potential, going seven solid innings and holding the Braves to two earned runs on five hits. Brandon Boggs helped stake him to a two-run lead with a three-run dong in the sixth. Closer C.J. Wilson came on to shut the door but coughed up two quick runs to Atlanta. Shortstop Michael Young provided the walk-off heroics with a one-out single to drive in Ian Kinsler.

Royals 4, Cardinals 1

Zack Greinke was remarkable in his seven-inning effort as he allowed only two hits, including a Rick Ankiel solo homer, while whiffing seven. The Kansas City offense was carried by Mark Teahen, who plated three runs on three hits, including his seventh round-tripper of the year. The Cardinals’ batters were confounded all game, combining for only two hits and fanning a total of nine times. Royals closer Joakim Soria easily earned his 18th save with a 1-2-3 inning.

Diamondbacks 2, Athletics 1

Another pitchers’ duel came down to the wire. Justin Upton’s eighth inning jack broke a 1-1 tie and gave the D-backs their 39th win. Upton and Chris Young each had two hits to lead the weak but victorious offensive effort for Arizona. Doug Davis held the A’s to one run in his six innings of work. He only allowed three hits and K’d eight in the no-decision. The Arizona bullpen pitched three more perfect innings to preserve the victory. Oakland’s Greg Smith allowed one run on three hits over five innings while striking out four.

Orioles 7, Astros 5

The Baltimore bats jumped all over Houston starter Shawn Chacon, posting six runs on eight hits and four walks. Ramon Hernandez, Alex Cintron and Aubrey Huff all went deep with solo homers while Kevin Millar and Jay Payton each drove in two runs the old fashioned way. Brian Burres picked up his sixth win by tossing 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball. Former O Miguel Tejada drove in two runs and connected for his 10th jack, while Hunter Pence launched his ninth longball of the year and Lance Berkman notched three hits in the loss. George Sherrill continues to excel in the closer’s role, slamming the door on the Astros for his 24th save.

Rays 8, Cubs 3

Carl Crawford’s grand slam highlighted a seven-run seventh-inning that lifted the Rays over the Cubs in a battle of two of baseball’s best teams so far this year. Chicago’s normally reliable Carlos Marmol failed to record an out while allowing four earned runs in that seventh frame, while Scott Eyre fared little better, giving up three of his own while retiring just one Rays hitter. Crawford finished with three hits on the night, while Derrek Lee did the same for the Cubbies - minus the game-altering grand slam, of course.

Rockies 6, Indians 3

The normally erratic Jorge De La Rosa (see: 6.52 ERA) fanned 10 Cleveland batters while allowing three runs over his six innings of work to pick up the victory. Matt Holliday had two hits and two RBI for Colorado, while Willy Tavares had three hits, two runs and a stolen base. Jeff Baker went deep for the third consecutive game and Brian Fuentes pitched a scoreless ninth for his 13 save. Casey Blake had three hits for the Indians, while Ben Francisco knocked in a pair of runs.

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