Pagan, Giants stun Rockies
Inside-the-park homer wins game in the 10th
San Francisco Giants' Angel Pagan, center foreground, celebrates with Andres Torres after hitting an inside-the-park two-run home run off Colorado Rockies pitcher Rafael Betancourt during the tenth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Saturday, May 25, 2013. The Giants won 6-5. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Angel Pagan became the first San Francisco player to end a game with an inside-the-park homer, connecting with a runner aboard in the bottom of the 10th inning yesterday to give the Giants a thrilling 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Troy Tulowitzki homered leading off the 10th to put the Rockies ahead 5-4, but Colorado closer Rafael Betancourt (1-2) walked Brandon Crawford to open the bottom half.
Guillermo Quiroz sacrificed before Pagan sent a long drive that hit the base of the oddly angled wall in right-center and bounced high over the head of right fielder Michael Cuddyer. The speedy Pagan raced around the bases and slid home ahead of the relay.
The last major leaguer to hit an inside-the-park home run that ended a game was Rey Sanchez for Tampa Bay on June 11, 2004 – also in a 10-inning victory over Colorado, according to STATS.
The previous Giants player to do it was Hall of Famer Bill Terry on Aug. 24, 1931, when the club was in New York. His drive beat the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, STATS said.
It was Betancourt’s first blown save in 11 chances this season.
Carlos Gonzalez homered among his three hits and drove in two runs for the Rockies.
Dodgers 5, Cardinals 3
Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs, Mark Ellis lined a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and Los Angeles defeated St. Louis to snap the Cardinals’ three-game winning streak.
The last-place Dodgers, who had lost five of seven, blew a two-run lead before Ellis’s two-out hit off Seth Maness (3-1) scored Carl Crawford from first base to make it 4-3.
Paco Rodriguez (1-2) earned his first major league victory, getting three outs on 10 pitches. Brandon League worked the ninth to earn his 10th save in 12 chances.
The NL Central-leading Cardinals tied the game at 3 on David Freese’s broken-bat RBI double and Pete Kozma’s infield single in the sixth.
REDS 5, CUBS 2
Todd Frazier drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a single, and Cincinnati used another big inning to beat Chicago for its fifth straight victory.
The Reds have won 13 of 16, surging to a season-high 13 games over .500 at 31-18. It’s their best start since 1995, when they reached the NL Championship Series.
Cincinnati scored four times in the sixth off Travis Wood (4-3), extending its domination of the NL Central’s last-place team. Chicago has lost a season-high six consecutive games.
PIRATES 5, BREWERS 2
Pedro Alvarez hit two home runs, Andrew McCutchen also went deep and Jeff Locke pitched six shutout innings to lead Pittsburgh over Milwaukee.
Neil Walker added a solo home run for the Pirates, who won for a second time in Milwaukee this season. They are 9-47 at Miller Park since 2007.
Locke (5-1) gave up three hits and struck out a season-high seven to win his fifth straight decision. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts.
Mike Fiers (1-3), starting in place of an ailing Kyle Lohse, gave up four runs and five hits in four innings. Carlos Gomez homered twice for Milwaukee, which is 5-17 in May and hasn’t won back-to-back games since April 29-30 at home against Pittsburgh.
Braves 7, Mets 5, 10 inn.
Braves 6, Mets 0
Light-hitting pitcher Mike Minor homered for his first two RBI in the majors and struck out 10 as Atlanta posted its second win in a matter of hours, beating New York for its eighth straight victory.
Earlier, Dan Uggla hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and the Braves won in the resumption of a game suspended because of rain Friday night after eight innings with the score tied.
Minor (6-2) then pitched 7 1∕3 innings of three-hit ball, sending the Mets to their fifth loss in a row overall and eighth straight at Citi Field.
Minor was hardly a force at the plate coming in – he was a paltry 8-for-108 (.074) in four seasons, striking out in exactly half of those at-bats. He perked up for his first two-hit game in the majors.
Nationals 5, Phillies 3
Michael Young scored the go-ahead run from first base on a single in the eighth inning, and Domonic Brown homered and hit an RBI double as Philadelphia beat Washington.
The win evened the three-game series and gives the Phillies another chance to reach .500 in today’s finale – when they can also catch the Nationals for second place in the NL East.
Young walked and came home on Delmon Young’s single to the right-field corner, stretching his hand across the plate to beat Bryce Harper’s throw to break a 3-all tie. Pinch-runner Michael Martinez then scored on Brown’s double to right-center.
ORIOLES 6, BLUE JAYS 5
Danny Valencia hit a two-run homer and Adam Jones added a solo shot to help the Orioles beat R.A. Dickey and the Blue Jays.
The Orioles won for the fourth time in five games following a season-long six-game losing streak.
Valencia connected off Dickey (4-6) with a second-deck drive in the third inning. Jones chased last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner with an even longer drive in the seventh, his ninth of the year and third in three games.
The Orioles lead the majors with 68 home runs this season, including nine in the past three games.
Freddy Garcia (1-2) allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings to win for the first time since Aug. 15, 2012, when he beat Texas while pitching for the New York Yankees.
ANGELS 7, ROYALS 0
Josh Hamilton and Hank Conger homered to back Billy Buckner’s first major league win since 2009, and the Angels beat the Royals for their seventh straight victory.
The resurgent Angels have outscored opponents 54-18 during their longest winning streak of the season.
The slumping Royals have lost 15 of 19, including seven straight at home. They have scored three runs or fewer in 12 of those defeats to drop a season-low four games below .500 at 21-25.
Conger’s opposite-field shot leading off the sixth inning was the first hit off Jeremy Guthrie (5-3), who dropped his third consecutive outing after going a Royals-record 18 starts in a row without a loss.
YANKEES 4, RAYS 3, 11 INN.
Lyle Overbay homered with two outs in the 11th inning, and the Yankees rallied late to beat the Rays.
Overbay drilled a 1-0 pitch from Josh Lueke (0-2) into the right-field seats to give New York the lead.
Ivan Nova (2-1), who made his first relief appearance after returning from a right triceps injury and being moved from the Yankees’ rotation to the bullpen, struck out James Loney and got an inning-ending grounder from Matt Joyce with the bases loaded in the 10th.
Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 11th inning for his 18th straight save to start the season.
The Yankees scored twice in the ninth against struggling Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney to pull even at 3.
TWINS 3, TIGERS 2
Joe Mauer homered and had three hits, helping the Twins snap a 10-game losing streak with a victory over the Tigers.
The Twins scored three runs in the first, and that was enough. P.J. Walters (1-0) went six innings, allowing two runs and eight hits.
Four relievers finished, with Glen Perkins pitching the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Athletics 11, Astros 5
Josh Donaldson had four hits and Oakland beat Houston.
Chris Young had three hits and drove in two as Oakland’s bats came alive for a season-high 18 hits, and the A’s scored their most runs in a month. Every Oakland hitter drove in at least one run. Brandon Moss had a home run as well for the A’s, who improved to 8-0 this season against the Astros.
White Sox 2, Marlins 1
Conor Gillaspie hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning to score Dewayne Wise, lifting Chicago over Miami.
Derek Dietrich homered in the top of the ninth to spoil Jake Peavy’s shutout bid, but in the bottom half, Gillaspie drove in Wise to give the White Sox their eighth win in 11 games.