By JAY LeBLANC
June 26, 2008
Braves 4, Brewers 2
Kelly Johnson had two hits and three RBI in support of starter Jorge Campillo, who allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings while striking out six to pick up his third win of the year. Rickie Weeks doubled and tripled and knocked in one of the Brewers’ two runs. Mike Gonzalez fanned two in the ninth en route to his second save.
Nationals 5, Angels 4
Jesus Flores smacked a walk-off RBI single off Angels reliever Scot Shields with one out in the ninth to win it for Washington. Flores’ liner into the right-center field gap scored Elijah Dukes, who had singled to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a Lastings Milledge ground out. Millege slugged his seventh home run of the year in the win, while Nats starter Tim Redding pitched six innings of two-run ball but ended up with a no-decision. Casey Kotchman had two hits and two RBI for the Angels, while teammate Erick Aybar had two hits of his own and crossed the plate twice.
Cubs 7, Orioles 4
Jim Edmonds went yard and knocked in two runs and teammate Geovany Soto contributed three RBI as the Cubs bested the O’s at Wrigley. Ted Lilly picked up with win by allowing four runs over seven innings, Carlos Marmol protected the lead and Kerry Wood slammed the door for his 20th save. Lilly helped his own cause with two base knocks in the contest. Jay Payton left the yard twice and drove in four runs for Baltimore. O’s starter Matt Albers coughed up four runs while recording just one out.
Red Sox 5, Diamondbacks 0
Tim Wakefield had the knuckleball fluttering last night as he held the Diamondbacks scoreless on two hits over seven innings of work to pick up his fifth win of the year. Wakefield out-dueled future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, who allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings while striking out five. Kevin Cash slugged a three-run homer in the win, Mike Lowell had two hits and scored three runs, and Coco Crisp and Dustin Pedroia had two base knocks apiece.
Giants 4, Indians 1
Barry Zito reverted to his 2002 form last night, tossing 6 2/3 strong innings and holding the Tribe to a run on four hits while striking out four and walking no one to improve to 3-11 on the year. Jose Castillo had three hits, including a home run, in support of Zito, while teammate John Bowker also went deep. Aaron Rowand chipped in with two RBI.
Yankees 10, Pirates 0
Joba Chamberlain dominated the Pirates over his 6 2/3 innings of work, shutting them down on six hits and a walk while striking out seven en route to his first win as a starter. Bobby Abreu had three hits, including a three-run bomb, Derek Jeter went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and Robinson Cano launched his fifth longball of the year in the win. Jack Wilson went 3-for-3 for Pittsburgh.
Rays 15, Marlins 3
Carl Crawford smacked two home runs and knocked in five as Tampa Bay rode a 10-run fifth-inning to a blowout win over their in-state rivals. Evan Longoria had three hits, including his 13th home run, while Ben Zobrist also went deep in support of Rays starter James Shields, who tossed seven innings of one-run ball en route to his fifth win. Marlins rookie Ryan Tucker got knocked around for seven runs in four innings but was one-upped by Eulogio de la Cruz, who coughed up six runs (five earned) without retiring a single batter.
Rangers 3, Astros 2
Recently promoted catcher Max Ramirez hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning to put the Rangers up 3-2, and shockingly, these high-powered offenses were held scoreless for the rest of the game. Ian Kinsler and Frank Catalanotto each had two hits and scored a run for Texas. Astros pitcher Shawn Chacon, apparently upset about a demotion to the bullpen, was suspended indefinitely after allegedly grabbing general manager Ed Wade by the throat during a confrontation before the game.
Phillies 4, Athletics 0
Kyle Kendrick shut down the A’s over eight innings, allowing just four hits and a walk while striking out four to pick up his seventh win of the year. Chase Utley went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple, Chris Coste knocked in a pair of runs on two hits and Pedro Feliz had two hits, an RBI and a run scored. Ryan Howard went 0-for-5 with two K’s and left five men on base.
Dodgers 5, White Sox 0
Eric Stults tossed a complete-game shutout, holding the White Sox to just four hits while striking out three and walking one en route to his second win of the year. He also helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly during a three-run fourth. Blake DeWitt had two RBI for the Dodgers, while teammates Andre Ethier and Russell Martin knocked in a run apiece.
Tigers 8, Cardinals 7
Rick Ankiel slugged two home runs for the Cards, but it wasn’t enough as Gary Sheffield lifted the Tigers to victory with a game-winning RBI single - his fourth hit of the night - in the ninth. Carlos Guillen went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI for Detroit, while teammates Curtis Granderson, Placido Polanco, Magglio Ordonez and Miguel Cabrera each had two hits. Skip Schumaker went deep in the loss for St. Louis.
Reds 6, Blue Jays 5
Jay Bruce’s RBI sac fly in the top of the 10th lifted Cincinnati over Toronto in a game that also saw Ken Griffey Jr.’s 602nd career home run. Every Reds starter had a hit in the game and five knocked in at least one run. Joe Inglett and Adam Lind went deep for Toronto, while Alex Rios had three hits and Marco Scutaro and Vernon Wells chipped in with two apiece. Francisco Cordero shut down the Jays in the bottom of the tenth for his 15th save.
Mets 8, Mariners 2
David Wright went deep twice and teammate Jose Reyes added a three-run jack of his own as the Mets mauled the Mariners. John Maine allowed two runs on five hits over six innings en route to his eighth win of the season. M’s starter Miguel Batista got smacked around for eight runs in 2 2/3 innings, though only four were earned.
Royals 4, Rockies 2
Luke Hochevar allowed two runs on seven hits over eight innings and closer Joakim Soria slammed the door shut in the ninth for his 21st save as Kansas City cruised past Colorado. Ross Gload had three hits and two RBI for the Royals, David DeJesus had two hits and knocked in a run and John Buck had two base knocks and a run scored. Brad Hawpe went deep in the loss for Colorado.
Twins 9, Padres 3
Greg Maddux’ winless streak is now up to nine starts as he was tagged for seven runs (six earned) in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Twins. Minnesota’s Carlos Gomez, who was less than a year old when Maddux made his big league debut, had three hits, two RBI and a run scored as the Twins won their eighth straight. Brendan Harris and Craig Monroe went deep in support of Glen Perkins, who allowed three runs over five innings to pick up his fourth win.
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