KILL - MR 6/30

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By JAY LeBLANC
June 30, 2008

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Marlins 4, Diamondbacks 3

The Marlins rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth off D-Backs closer Brandon Lyon to improve to 42-39 on the year. Hanley Ramirez smashed his 18th home run of the season to tie the game, but the Marlins apparently wanted no part of extra innings. Jeremy Hermida followed with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored the winning run on an RBI single by Jorge Cantu. The Marlins’ rally spoiled an outstanding outing by Arizona starter Dan Haren, who allowed just an unearned run while fanning seven over his seven innings of work. Stephen Drew hit his 11th longball of the year in the loss.


INTERLEAGUE

Nationals 3, Orioles 2

Ronnie Belliard slugged a two-run, walk-off home run off Orioles closer George Sherrill in the bottom of the 12th to lift the Nats to victory over their regional rival. Sherrill retired the first two Baltimore hitters before walking pinch-hitter Dmitri Young and then serving up Belliard’s blast. Adam Jones had given the O’s the lead in the top of the frame with an RBI single. Washington’s Jason Bergmann and Baltimore’s Jeremy Guthrie each pitched seven innings of one-run ball in their no-decisions.

Tigers 4, Rockies 3

The surging Tigers completed a three-game sweep of the slumping Rockies behind a solid performance by lefty Kenny Rogers, who allowed three runs over his six innings of work to pick up his sixth win. Detroit, a preseason World Series favorite, now has a winning record for the first time this year at 41-40. Dane Sardinha provided the winning margin with a two-run triple in the sixth. Marcus Thames had three hits for the Tigers, while Curtis Granderson, Clete Thomas, Miguel Cabrera and Edgar Renteria had two apiece. Troy Tulowitzki went deep for Colorado.

Astros 3, Red Sox 2

Mark Loretta’s pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the bottom of the eighth off Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima lifted Houston to victory. Astros starter Brian Moehler held the Red Sox in check, allowing just one run on a Manny Ramirez homer over his 5 2/3 innings of work and leaving with a 2-1 lead. However, Houston reliever Oscar Villareal promptly served up a solo shot to Dustin Pedroia to tie the game and set the stage for Loretta’s heroics. Geoff Blum homered off Red Sox starter Josh Beckett, who allowed two runs over seven innings in the no-decision.

Mariners 9, Padres 2

Ichiro Suzuki went 5-for-5 and scored a pair of runs and Adrian Beltre and Jeff Clement both went deep as the Mariners sailed past the Padres. Jose Lopez, Raul Ibanez, Jose Vidro and Jeremy Reed chipped in with two hits apiece as the M’s accumulated 18 in total. Erik Bedard was the beneficiary of all the offense, pitching 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball en route to his fifth win of the season. Jake Peavy allowed three runs on 10 hits in six innings of work to take the loss. Padres reliever Bryan Corey came on in relief of Peavy and coughed up four runs without recording an out.

Angels 1, Dodgers 0

John Lackey allowed just three hits while striking out nine and came within an out of a complete game as his Angels edged the Dodgers. Derek Lowe nearly matched Lackey, holding the Angels scoreless except for a second-inning run courtesy of a Mike Napoli RBI single that scored Juan Rivera. He allowed five hits and struck out seven in seven innings of work as he fell to 5-8 on the year. Francisco Rodriguez fanned James Loney with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win and earn his 32nd save of the year.

Twins 5, Brewers 0

Kevin Slowey was masterful, tossing a complete-game three-hit shutout while fanning nine to pick up his fifth win of the season. Delmon Young hit a two-run shot in support of Slowey, Carlos Gomez smacked an RBI triple and Alexi Casilla and Jason Kubel also knocked in runs in the win. Ben Sheets allowed five runs on seven hits in his seven innings of work to take his second loss, though he did fan seven batters.

Cardinals 9, Royals 6

Catcher Jason LaRue homered, tripled and knocked in four runs to lead the Cards to victory over their in-state rivals. Albert Pujols slugged his 17th home run of the season, while Rick Ankiel and Chris Duncan each had two hits and an RBI. Royals starter Brian Bannister got shelled for seven runs on nine hits in his 4 2/3 innings of work to fall to 7-7 on the year. Mark Grudzielanek went 4-for-5 with three runs scored for Kansas City, while teammates Esteban German, Mark Teahen and Joey Gathright contributed two hits apiece in the loss.

Giants 11, Athletics 1

Rich Aurilia homered and knocked in five runs in support of Jonathan Sanchez, who picked up his eighth win of the season by tossing seven innings and allowing just one run on four hits while fanning six. John Bowker went 3-for-4, scored three runs and knocked in a pair, while Ray Durham chipped in with a pair of doubles and an RBI. Joe Blanton was tagged for seven runs on eight hits in his four innings of work as he fell to 4-11 on the year.

Reds 9, Indians 5

Edwin Encarnacion went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI and Adam Dunn crushed a three-run bomb as Cincinnati won this round of the battle of Ohio. Jerry Hairston, Jeff Keppinger and David Ross had two base knocks apiece in support of starter Bronson Arroyo, who bounced back from an ugly outing last time out to toss six strong innings, allowing two runs (one earned) while striking out six en route to his fifth win. Aaron Laffey gave up five runs in his five innings of work to take the loss. Grady Sizemore and Ben Francisco went deep for Cleveland.

Rangers 5, Phillies 1

A pair of rookies lifted the Rangers over the slumping Philllies, as Chris Davis’ second-inning solo shot proved to be the winning run as Eric Hurley cruised to his first big-league victory. Hurley allowed one run on five hits in his 5 2/3 innings of work, striking out three and walking two, while Davis’ home run was his second since his recent call-up from triple-A. Ian Kinsler had three hits for the Rangers while Josh Hamilton and Ramon Vazquez each had two hits and an RBI and Michael Young knocked in a pair of runs. Ryan Howard knocked in the lone Phillies run on a sixth-inning single.

Blue Jays 1, Braves 0

A.J. Burnett allowed just four hits and fanned 11 over seven shutout innings to pick up his eighth win of the year. Jo-Jo Reyes was the tough-luck loser, allowing the lone Toronto run in the sixth when Alex Rios doubled in Marco Scutaro. Reyes allowed six hits in his seven innings of work as he fell to 3-6 on the year. The Jays bullpen did its job, as Scott Downs pitched a scoreless eighth before B.J. Ryan slammed the door shut in the ninth for his 16th save. Gregor Blanco had two hits for the Braves in the losing effort.

Mets 3, Yankees 1

The normally erratic Oliver Perez was brilliant yesterday, holding the Bronx Bombers to just one run on three hits while retiring eight by way of the K in his seven innings of work. Pedro Feliciano followed with a scoreless eighth, and Billy Wagner nailed it down in the ninth to earn his 18th save of the year. Luis Castillo had three hits and an RBI, Endy Chavez had three base knocks of his own and scored a run, and Carlos Delgado chipped in with his 14th longball of the year. Wilson Betemit went deep for the Yankees in the loss.

Rays 4, Pirates 3

Shawn Riggans had three hits - including his fourth homer of the year - and knocked in a pair of runs to lead the Rays to victory. Willy Aybar also went deep in support of Andy Sonnanstine, who allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over seven innings to pick up his ninth win of the year. B.J. Upton, Carlos Pena and Jason Bartlett had two hits apiece for the Rays, and Troy Percival pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 19th save. Jack Wilson had two hits and scored two of the Pirates’ three runs. Tom Gorzelanny pitched well for Pittsburgh, picking up a no-decision after allowing two runs over six innings while fanning eight.

White Sox 5, Cubs 1

Mark Buehrle dazzled the Cubs in his seven innings of work, holding them scoreless on six hits while fanning five as he evened his record at 6-6. The ChiSox tallied all their runs on longballs, as Carlos Quentin hit a solo shot in the fourth, Brian Anderson smacked a two-run jack the following inning and Jim Thome slugged a two-run shot of his own for some insurance runs in the eighth. Sean Marshall pitched well for the Cubs in the loss, allowing three runs on five hits while fanning five in his seven innings of work.

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