By TIM WHITMAN
June 23, 2008
Mets 3, Rockies 1
Colorado starter Greg Reynolds was the tough-luck loser, tossing seven strong innings and holding the potent Mets offense to three runs on six hits. Carlos Beltran provided the winning margin with a two-run blast in the third inning. David Wright drove in speedster Jose Reyes for the other New York run. Yorvit Torrealba provided the only offense for the Rockies with a solo homer in the seventh.
Rangers 5, Nationals 3
Texas starter Vicente Padilla notched his 10th win of the season with a solid seven-inning performance. Padilla allowed three runs on five hits, including round-trippers to Willie Harris and Ronnie Belliard. Five different batters plated runs for Texas in support of Padilla. Nationals hurler John Lannan pitched well in a no-decision, lasting six innings and striking out six while limiting the Rangers to two earned runs on four hits. Brandon Boggs and Ian Kinsler both connected for solo shots off Lannan. Texas closer C.J. Wilson secured the win to earn his 15th save.
Brewers 7, Orioles 3
Prince Fielder left the yard twice and the Brew Crew homered a total of four times to power past the O’s. Corey Hart and Bill Hall provided the other two jacks. Manny Parra was the beneficiary, getting his seventh win despite tossing five very shaky innings that included six walks and five hits. Kevin Millar drove in two of the Baltimore runs. O’s starter Garrett Olson was stuck with his third loss after allowing four earned runs on four hits in his five innings of work.
Yankees 4, Reds 1
Andy Pettitte kept the Reds’ bats quiet for six innings, allowing just four hits on the way to his eighth win. Jason Giambi powered the Bombers’ offense as he had three hits, scored two runs and drove in a pair on the day. “The Sandman,” Mariano Rivera, preserved the win with a four-out save. Cincinnati rookie Johnny Cueto fanned seven Yankees, but allowed a single run in the fifth inning and ended up as the tough-luck loser. Ken Griffey Jr. blasted his eighth homer of the year - number 601 in his illustrious career - off reliever Kyle Farnsworth.
Braves 8, Mariners 3
Mark Teixeira certainly ate his Wheaties yesterday morning. The Braves first baseman launched three pitches over the wall and drove in four runs in an impressive offensive display. Teixeira homered in the second, fourth and seventh innings. Brian McCann also connected for his 14th home run of the season in the contest. Atlanta starter Tim Hudson cruised to his eighth win, tossing seven shutout innings and conceding only four hits and four free passes. His counterpart, Carlos Silva, took the loss as he struggled through four innings, coughing up nine hits and four earned runs. The recently recalled Jeff Clement hit his first major league jack, a two-run shot in the ninth inning.
Angels 3, Phillies 2
The Angels put up all three of their runs in the second inning, but it was enough to hold on for their 46th victory. Gary Matthews Jr. supplied an RBI single, and then first baseman Casey Kotchman deposited a Cole Hamels offering over the outfield wall to put the Halos up 3-0. Hamels ended up going seven innings and didn’t allow another run after the three-run second. He allowed six hits and fanned four in the outing. The Phillies’ offense couldn’t get anything going against Jered Weaver, who pitched into the sixth, limiting Philadelphia to one earned run on four hits with six K’s. Closer Fransico Rodriguez maintained his A.L. lead in saves by closing out his 30th game, though he walked a batter and allowed a hit in the process.
Blue Jays 8, Pirates 5
The Toronto offense overcame two errors to beat the Pirates 8-5. Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay and Scott Rolen knocked in two runs apiece. Rolen’s two-run bomb in the sixth inning provided insurance runs but the Jays didn’t end up needing as four Toronto relievers combined to toss four scoreless innings to preserve the win. Pirates starter Ian Snell made it through just four innings while allowing four earned runs on eight hits and four free passes.
Astros 3, Rays 2
Brandon Backe outpitched fireballer Scott Kazmir for his fifth win of the year. Backe lasted into the seventh inning, limiting the explosive Rays to two runs courtesy of an Evan Longoira homer. Kazmir couldn’t make it through the sixth as he served up home runs to Hunter Pence and Carlos Lee. Lee’s two-run rocket proved to be the game-winner. Houston closer Jose Valverde slammed the door with a perfect ninth to earn his 18th save.
Red Sox 5, Cardinals 3
St. Louis took Boston into extra innings as the Red Sox barely avoided the sweep. Jonathan Papelbon blew his fourth save of the year, allowing a run on a two-out double to pinch hitter Adam Kennedy. It was a great pitchers’ duel between Jon Lester and former Red Sox hurler Joel Pineiro. Lester went for 7 1/3 innings, limiting the Cards to two runs on nine hits. Pineiro tossed seven solid innings, holding Boston to two runs on seven hits. Aaron Miles collected five hits but was left on base every time for St. Louis. Dustin Pedroia had four hits and Kevin Youkilis homered twice, including a walk-off two-run shot in the 13th inning.
Royals 11, Giants 10
Big league-caliber pitching was definitely optional in this contest. Kansas City starter Kyle Davies reminded everyone why Atlanta let him go as he managed to record only four outs in his start, allowing five earned runs on six hits. Randy Winn and John Bowker led the way for the Giants offense. Winn had four hits and drove in three while Bowker knocked in three runs on three hits. The Royals were led by Mike Aviles’ three RBI and leadoff man David DeJesus’ two ribbies. Closer Joakim Soria cleaned up the mess for Kansas City to notch his 20th save. Surprisingly, there were no home runs among the combined 30 hits.
Twins 5, Diamondbacks 3
Livan Hernandez dazzled the D-backs for seven innings, holding them to one earned run on nine hits while fanning five. The Twins did all of their scoring in the fifth inning. Brian Buscher and Alexi Casilla each had two-run singles in that inning to beat the struggling Brandon Webb. Webb lost his second straight decision, allowing five runs to fall to 11-4 on the year. It took closer Joe Nathan only eight pitches to secure his 19th save on the year.
Athletics 7, Marlins 1
Justin Duchscherer quieted the Marlins for his fourth straight victory. He was dealing in his impressive 7 2/3 innings, yielding only six hits and one earned run while fanning three. Duchscherer’s only blemish was a first-inning home run to Jeremy Hermida. He was helped out by an all-around effort from his offense, led by Emil Brown’s two RBI. Carlos Gonzalez had two stolen bases, including a gutsy theft of home, reminiscent of “Sandlot” legend Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez.
Tigers 5, Padres 3
It took Justin Verlander 115 pitches to get through his 5 1/3 innings thanks to his five walks and 10 K’s. He allowed two runs on five hits in his outing and earned his fourth victory. San Diego starter Randy Wolf made it through six innings and fanned 10 batters of his own while holding the highly-compensated Tigers to two earned runs. The Padres committed two errors on the night, accounting for the two winning runs. Magglio Ordonez and Ivan Rodriguez both sent balls into orbit for Detroit. Ordonez’ solo shot was part of a three-RBI night for him. Adrian Gonzalez now finds himself in third place in the N.L. home run race after slugging his 21st jack of the year.
Dodgers 4, Indians 3
Los Angeles scored four runs off Cleveland starter Paul Byrd in the first inning, highlighted by a two-run Russell Martin homer. Byrd made the necessary adjustments and tossed six more innings, holding the Dodgers scoreless. Cleveland put together one solid inning against Dodgers starter Chad Billingsley in the third, but couldn’t come up with anymore offense thereafter. Ryan Garko led the way for the Indians with two hits and an RBI. The L.A. bullpen tossed four impressive innings after Billingsley left, keeping the Tribe scoreless and conceding just one hit.
Cubs 7, White Sox 1
Cubs starter Ryan Dempster scattered 10 hits and allowed just one run over eight-plus innings of work to improve to 9-2 on the season as the North Siders completed the sweep of their Windy City brethren. Aramis Ramirez blasted a two-run shot off White Sox starter Javier Vazquez, who fell to 7-5 after yielding four runs in his six innings of work. Derrek Lee and Eric Patterson each had two hits and two RBI in the win. Joe Crede knocked in the lone White Sox run with a seventh-inning single.
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