Gentry, Ogando lead Rangers over Red Sox, 5-1
Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli (12) can't handle the throw at first base, allowing a two-run RBI single, by Texas Rangers Craig Gentry (23) during the fourth inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Rangers Adrian Beltre and A. J. Pierzynski scored on the play.(AP Photo/LM Otero)
Craig Gentry had an infield hit that produced two runs and later hit a two-run homer as the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox, 5-1, last night.
The Rangers broke a 1-1 tie and went ahead to stay on the speedy Gentry’s infield hit in the fourth. He added his first homer in the eighth.
Alexi Ogando (3-2) pitched into the seventh inning for his first victory in five starts and the AL West-leading Rangers (19-11) clinched the series against the Red Sox (20-10), who still have the best record in the majors even after losing the first two games.
Ian Kinsler hit the first pitch thrown by John Lackey (1-2) into the left-field seats for his sixth homer this season, and 28th career leadoff shot.
The Rangers had the bases loaded with two outs in the fourth when center fielder Gentry hit a hard chopper. Third baseman Will Middlebrooks fielded the ball cleanly and made a strong throw that was a bit wide of first base, though Gentry clearly beat it. A second run scored on the throwing error when the ball got away from first baseman Mike Napoli.
Ogando struck out four and allowed one run in six-plus innings. The right-hander, who won his first two starts of the season before going 0-2 the last four, was gone after allowing a leadoff single to Middlebrooks in the seventh.
Rangers closer Joe Nathan, the third Texas reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his first appearance in eight days.
Lackey made his second start since coming off the disabled list because of a right biceps strain and winning in his return last Sunday. He hasn’t won consecutive starts since 2011, and has had plenty of struggles against the Rangers – he has a 6.01 ERA in his 37 career starts against Texas, the most by any active pitcher.
The big right-hander, a Texas native, allowed three runs and six hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked three.
On Kinsler’s leadoff homer, left fielder Daniel Nava was a long way in front of the 14-foot wall when he stopped, held his hands out and seemed totally confused while looking up for the ball. It landed several rows deep in the stands, an estimated 402 feet from home plate.
David Ortiz had a leadoff double in the second for the Red Sox, extending his majors-best hitting streak to 24 games, dating back to last season. He scored on a single by Nava to tie the game at 1.
Ortiz has hit in all 12 games he has played in this season since being activated from the disabled list, with an extra-base hit in 10 of his last 11 games.
Texas loaded the bases in the fourth on two walks and a single by A.J. Pierzynski. Then came Gentry’s infield hit before No. 9 hitter Leonys Martin drew a walk to re-load the bases. Kinsler hooked a long drive down the left-field line foul before his inning-ending comebacker to Lackey.
Tigers 17, Astros 2
Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs and tied a career high with six RBIs, leading the Detroit Tigers over the Houston Astros.
Cabrera went 4 for 4 with a walk. Last year’s Triple Crown winner is hitting .390 this season.
The Tigers have won eight of nine. Houston has lost five in a row.
Max Scherzer (4-0) gave up one run and three hits while striking out eight in eight innings. Lucas Harrell (3-3) gave up eight runs in 41∕3 innings.
MARINERS 8, BLUE JAYS 1
Dustin Ackley hit his first career grand slam, Michael Saunders homered twice and the Seattle Mariners roughed up reigning NL Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, beating the struggling Toronto Blue Jays.
Pitching on an extra day of rest as he tried to overcome neck and back soreness, Dickey (2-5) lost his third straight start. He allowed six hits, including a season-high three home runs.
Saunders homered on Dickey’s second pitch. The knuckleballer was booed by the crowd of 35,754 after Raul Ibanez hit a one-out triple in the sixth and scored on Kelly Shoppach’s double.
Hisashi Iwakuma (3-1) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings.
ORIOLES 5, ANGELS 4, 10 INN.
Steve Pearce’s RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning lifted the Baltimore Orioles over the Los Angeles Angels.
Baltimore also got homers from Manny Machado, J.J. Hardy and Nolan Reimold.
Freddy Garcia dazzled in his Orioles’ debut, holding the Angels hitless until Erick Aybar had a leadoff single in the seventh.
Garrett Richards (1-3), making his first relief appearance after five starts in place of the injured Jered Weaver, gave up a leadoff single to Adam Jones. Pearce later singled to right.
Tommy Hunter (1-1) pitched one inning to get the win.
INDIANS 7, TWINS 3
Scott Kazmir earned his first victory in three seasons, Nick Swisher homered in his first at-bat since missing three games with a sore shoulder and the Cleveland Indians beat Minnesota for their sixth straight victory.
Kazmir (1-1), a two-time AL All-Star who pitched in an independent league last season, allowed two runs in six innings. It was his first win since beating Tampa Bay on Sept. 19, 2010, while with the Angels.
The left-hander, who allowed eight earned runs in 81∕3 innings in his first two starts, struck out seven.
Swisher, who hadn’t played since Monday, homered off Kevin Correia (3-2) in the first.
YANKEES 4, ATHLETICS 2
Phil Hughes pitched eight shutout innings of four-hit ball for his first win of the season, and the New York Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics.
Chris Stewart and Lyle Overbay homered against Bartolo Colon (3-1), sending the A’s to their only loss in the right-hander’s six starts this year. Hughes (1-2) struck out nine and outpitched his former New York teammate for his first victory since Sept. 20 against Toronto.
Oakland has dropped 10 of 15.
ROYALS 2, WHITE SOX 0
Jeremy Guthrie ran his unbeaten streak to a club-record 17 consecutive starts with a four-hitter in the Kansas City Royals’ win over the Chicago White Sox.
Guthrie is 9-0 in the 17 starts, which started Aug. 8, 2012, against the White Sox. Paul Splittorff held the Royals’ record with 16 straight undefeated starts in 1977-78.
It was first shutout and fifth complete game for Guthrie (4-0).
Dylan Axelrod (0-1) gave up a two-run triple to Lorenzo Cain in the first inning.
Miami 2, Philadelphia 0
Jose Fernandez pitched one-hit ball and struck out nine in seven dominant innings, getting his first major league win in the Miami Marlins’ victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Marcell Ozuna hit his first career homer and Chris Valaika connected for the first time in three years to stop Cole Hamels (1-4).
Fernandez (1-2) allowed just a single by Freddy Galvis up the middle in the first. He then retired the next 17 batters.
Fernandez walked Galvis in the seventh, and followed that up by striking out Chase Utley, Ryan Howard and Delmon Young.
The 20-year-old Fernandez was lifted after throwing 82 pitches. Mike Dunn worked a perfect eighth and Steve Cishek finished off the one-hitter to get his fourth save in five tries.
NATIONALS 5, PIRATES 4
Stephen Strasburg struck out eight in seven innings and Washington won a game he started for the first time since opening day.
Tyler Moore hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning off Tony Watson (1-1). Wilson Ramos’ RBI single in the sixth tied the game at 4 after Pittsburgh built a two-run lead.
A day after striking out four times upon being activated from the disabled list, Ryan Zimmerman scored three runs.
Starling Marte and Clint Barmes each hit two-run homers for the Pirates.
Strasburg remained winless since his first start, allowing four runs and five hits.
Tyler Clippard (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth and Rafael Soriano got his 10th save.
CARDINALS 7, BREWERS 6
Jon Jay homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth, and Allen Craig and Daniel Descalso each hit home runs to power St. Louis.
Shane Robinson singled to center off Jim Henderson (2-1) and took second on center fielder Carlos Gomez’s fielding error. Robinson stole third and scored when Jay singled up the middle.
Jay hit a three-run home run in the second, Craig connected for a solo shot in the sixth and Descalso put the Cardinals ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh.
The Brewers trailed by one in the eighth when they got one-out singles that put runners on the corners. Norichika Aoki dropped a perfect bunt as pinch-runner Jeff Bianchi raced home and slid feet first, avoiding catcher Yadier Molina’s tag. Seth Maness (1-0) came on and got the Cardinals out of the jam, getting Jean Segura to hit into a double play.
REDS 6, CUBS 4
Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco each had a sacrifice fly in a four-run eighth inning, and Cincinnati rallied for the victory over Chicago.
Cincinnati had just one hit in the decisive rally, but took advantage of another woeful outing by reliever Carlos Marmol to secure its first winning road series of the season. The Reds held on for a 6-5 victory in the opener on Friday when Darwin Barney struck out with the bases loaded to end the game.
Alfonso Soriano hit a pair of two-run homers for the Cubs, who have lost four of five. It was Soriano’s 31st career multihomer game.
Shin-Soo Choo homered on the first pitch of the game. Jeff Samardzija went on to pitch six effective innings for Chicago.
James Russell got three outs before Marmol (2-2) came on to begin the eighth with a 4-2 lead. It was Marmol’s 453rd relief appearance with the Cubs, snapping a tie with Lee Smith for the franchise record.