Basebal roundup: Red Sox rally, then fall in extra innings
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | July 07,2014
BOSTON — David Lough tripled to lead off the 12th inning and scored on J.J. Hardy’s single as the Baltimore Orioles recovered after blowing a five-run lead to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-6 on Sunday.
Brad Brach (4-0) earned the victory with three innings of scoreless relief. He allowed one hit and one walk while striking out four. Zach Britton pitched the 12th for his 14th save.
Edward Mujica (2-4) worked a scoreless 11th before Lough lined a triple to the center field wall leading off the 12th. The next batter, Hardy, bounced one through the left side of the infield to give the Orioles the lead.
Hardy and Nelson Cruz each had three hits for Baltimore, which has won six of seven. Cruz had five hits Saturday in the second game of a day-night doubleheader and hit safely in seven straight at-bats before flying out in the fifth.
David Ortiz had four hits and Dustin Pedroia added three for Boston, which trailed 6-1 before scoring five runs in the seventh to tie it. Ortiz lined the ball to the left-field corner with one out in the 12th, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.
The Red Sox have lost five of six and fallen a season-worst 10 games below .500. Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. had two hits, threw out a runner at the plate and made a leaping catch to end the top of the ninth.
The Orioles scored in the fourth against Jake Peavy after Cruz led off with a double and scored when third baseman Xander Bogaerts fielded Delmon Young’s grounder and threw it into the stands behind first base. Young made it 2-0 in the sixth when he was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and eventually scored on Caleb Joseph’s sacrifice fly.
Boston cut it to 2-1 in the bottom half on Ortiz’s RBI single through the shifted infield. Baltimore scored four in the seventh on six singles and catcher David Ross’ error on a play at the plate.
After Stephen Drew struck out to start the bottom half, Ross homered and then the next four batters singled to make it a 6-4 game. Pedroia struck out, then Brian Matusz was brought in face Ortiz, who was 1 for 22 with 13 strikeouts in his career against the Orioles lefty.
Ortiz singled to make it 6-5, then Mike Napoli singled off Tommy Hunter to tie the game before Drew struck out to end the inning.
NOTES: Ortiz doubled in the fourth for his 1,708th hit in a Boston uniform. He passed Harry Hooper for seventh on the franchise list; Bobby Doerr is next with 2,042. Ortiz also had 393 hits with the Minnesota Twins. ... Xander Bogaerts snapped an 0-for-27 slump with a third-inning single. ... Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman was called up from Triple-A Norfolk to make the start. RHP Ramon Ramirez was designated for assignment to make room on the roster. ... Orioles RHP Bud Norris (groin) felt fine Sunday, a day after throwing a simulated game. Manager Buck Showalter said he’s leaning toward starting Norris on Tuesday against Washington. ... Acknowledging 1B Chris Davis (.201) is “scuffling,” Showalter gave him Sunday off. Showalter expects Davis to play Monday. ... Showalter brushed off Red Sox RHP John Lackey’s comments Saturday after Cruz’s five-hit game. Lackey said he had “nothing to say” about Cruz, apparently referring to his 50-game suspension a year ago for his role in the Biogenesis drug scandal. “We need to all make sure we check our own backyard before we start looking at somebody else’s,” Showalter said. ... Peavy has not won in 13 starts since April.
Yankees 9, Twins 7
MINNEAPOLIS — Jacoby Ellsbury homered, doubled and drove in four runs as the New York Yankees took a huge lead, then held off the Minnesota Twins 9-7 Sunday.
Down 9-0 in the fourth inning, the Twins began rallying and eventually and brought the potential winning run to the plate with two outs in the ninth. Kurt Suzuki grounded out with runners at the corners to end it.
Before the game, the Yankees traded lefty Vidal Nuno to Arizona for right-handed starter Brandon McCarthy. New York also cut outfielder Alfonso Soriano.
Derek Jeter and Ichiro Suzuki each had three hits for the Yankees, who have won 14 of 18 overall at Target Field.
Jeter drove in two runs and also fielded Suzuki’s grounder to finish off the win. This was Jeter’s last scheduled game in Minnesota, although he’s expected back later this month for the All-Star game.
Yankees closer David Robertson allowed a run on three hits in the ninth while posting his 21st save in 23 chances.
New York had lost nine of 11 before arriving in Minnesota. Catcher Brian McCann returned to the lineup after missing two games because of a sore foot and doubled home Jeter in the first.
Ellsbury’s three-run homer off Ricky Nolasco (5-7) capped a four-run burst in the second that made it 6-0.
Nolasco (5-7) lasted a season-low two innings as Minnesota lost for the 10th time in 13 games.
Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Trevor Plouffe had an RBI double in the fourth and Chris Colabello followed with a two-run homer, his second home run in three games since being recalled from the minors.
Plouffe added a solo home run in the eighth.
NOTES: Twins OF Byron Buxton, among the top prospects in the minors, played his first game with Class A Fort Myers after missing time with a sprained left wrist. Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan said Buxton would play center field and get two or three at-bats as he works his way back. ... The Yankees haven’t announced Monday’s starter after trading scheduled starter Nuno. New York opens a series at Cleveland against RHP Justin Masterson (4-5, 5.16). ... Minnesota will start RHP Kevin Correia (4-10, 4.94) when it plays at Seattle on Monday. The Mariners will use RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4, 3.33).
Indians 4, Royals 1
CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber allowed four hits and struck out 10 in 8 1-3 innings, and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes homered, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Kluber (8-6) took a three-hitter into the ninth before Eric Hosmer started the inning with a double. The right-hander, who gave up a solo homer to Mike Moustakas in the fifth, was pulled after striking out Salvador Perez.
Cody Allen recorded the final two outs for his ninth save.
Both of Cleveland’s home runs came off Danny Duffy (5-8) in the second. Santana led off the inning with a line drive that barely cleared the fence in right. Gomes followed with a two-run homer to center.
Mets 8, Rangers 4
NEW YORK — Zack Wheeler breezed into the seventh inning, Anthony Recker hit a three-run homer in a five-run first and the New York Mets beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 Sunday for a series win.
Lucas Duda had an RBI double and Juan Lagares a run-scoring single in the Mets’ biggest opening inning of the season, with all the runs scoring with two outs. New York then got only one hit off Nick Tepesch (3-4) until Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the sixth with a long ball to right field.
Daniel Murphy’s RBI double in the seventh made it 7-1, but reliever Gonzalez Germen allowed Alex Rios’ first homer in 46 games and Leonys Martin’s two-run drive before getting an out in the eighth.
Reds 4, Brewers 2
CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce emerged from the deepest slump of his career — 0 for 26 — with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning on Sunday, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Reds gained a game on the NL Central leaders by taking two of three in their series, moving to six back. Cincinnati has won 10 of 15 overall.
The Brewers have lost five of six but still have the NL’s best record and a comfortable lead.
Bruce hit a two-run shot with one out in the eighth off left-hander Will Smith (1-2), who took over for Yovani Gallardo.
Mat Latos (2-1) allowed two runs and four hits in a season-high eight innings. Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances.
D-Backs 3, Braves 1
ATLANTA — Wade Miley earned his first win since early May, Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Atlanta 3-1 on Sunday to end the Braves’ nine-game winning streak.
Miley (4-6) allowed one run on five hits and one walk in 6 2-3 innings. The left-hander was 0-3 in his previous nine starts and had not won since beating the White Sox on May 10. The win snapped his streak of five straight no-decisions.
Atlanta starter Alex Wood (6-7) allowed two runs on only three hits and three walks in seven innings. Wood’s big mistake was Goldschmidt’s homer off the foul pole in left field in the third inning.
B.J. Upton was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts to end his career-best 11-game hitting streak for NL East-leading Atlanta.
Before the game, the Diamondbacks traded right-hander Brandon McCarthy and cash to the Yankees for left-hander Vidal Nuno.
ChiSox 1, Mariners 0
CHICAGO — Hector Noesi pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning for his first win in a month, leading the Chicago White Sox to a 1-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Noesi (3-6) struck out five and walked two in 6 2-3 innings, a crisp performance against one of his former teams. The right-hander pitched for Seattle for parts of three seasons before he was cut in April.
Chicago finished with just two hits after it had four in Saturday’s 3-2 loss in 14 innings. But Conor Gillaspie scored on a wild pitch in the first and Noesi combined with two relievers on a five-hitter.
Eric Surkamp got Robinson Cano to fly out with the bases loaded for the final out of the seventh, and Jake Petricka pitched two innings for his third save in four chances.
Nats 2, Cubs 1
WASHINGTON — Ryan Zimmerman’s eighth inning single drove in the go-ahead run as the surging Washington Nationals capped a strong weekend with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.
Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann outdueled Jake Arrieta over six innings and left with a 1-0 lead. The Cubs tied it in the seventh on Starlin Castro’s sacrifice fly against Drew Storen.
Denard Span’s hustle turned a soft hit to right field off Pedro Strop (1-4) into a double leading off the eighth. Two outs later, the Cubs intentionally walked Adam LaRoche to bring up Zimmerman, who ripped a single to left that scored Span.
Tyler Clippard (6-2) pitched the eighth inning, and Rafael Soriano earned his 21st save for the Nationals, who have won seven of eight.
Washington took two of three games in the series, including 13-0 on Saturday to break Chicago’s four-game winning streak.
Marlins 8, Cards 4
ST. LOUIS — Henderson Alvarez worked seven stingy innings and started the key rally with the first of his career-best three hits, helping the Miami Marlins beat the St. Louis Cardinals 8-4 Sunday to take two of three from their spring training partners.
Casey McGehee extended his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games with an RBI single in the first. Marcell Ozuna had a two-run single in a three-run sixth that made it 4-0, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s three-run homer off Jason Motte put Miami up 8-1 in the eighth.
The first two games of the series were decided by one run.
The Marlins have won a franchise-record 10 straight games started by Alvarez (6-3), and they easily took the series finale despite stranding 14 runners. Alvarez is 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA during that stretch, allowing no more than two runs in any outing.
Bucs 6, Phillies 2
PITTSBURGH — Jeff Locke gave up just three hits and a walk in eight innings, and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed their first series sweep of the season with a 6-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Pittsburgh had failed to finish a sweep in eight previous tries this season. Philadelphia was swept for the eighth time. The Pirates (47-41) moved a season-high six games over .500, while the Phillies (37-51) fell a season-high 14 games below .500.
Locke (2-1) gave up two runs — one earned — and struck out four. He has made six straight quality starts since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on June 8.
A.J. Burnett (5-8) gave up three runs and five hits, walked two and struck out seven in seven innings in his return to Pittsburgh.
Angels 6, Astros 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Garrett Richards won his sixth decision in seven starts and had a career-high 11 strikeouts Sunday, leading the surging Angels to a 6-1 victory over the Houston Astros and completing a four-game sweep that extended Los Angeles’ home winning streak to 10 games.
Albert Pujols drove in the Angels’ first two runs with a bases-loaded single and Kole Calhoun homered, helping them go 15 games over .500 for the first time since ending the 2012 season at 89-73. The Halos swept a four-game set at home for the first time since July 2011 and are 21-3 at the “Big A” since May 17 their best 24-game stretch at home in franchise history.
Richards (10-2) allowed six hits over 7 1-3 innings, including an RBI single by Carlos Corporan in the seventh.
Collin McHugh (4-8) gave up three runs (two earned) and four hits through four innings.