Ninth-inning homer helps Orioles beat Yankees, avoid sweep
On-deck batter Chris Davis (19) congratulates Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones and Nick Markakis after Markakis scored on Jones' ninth-inning, game-winning, two-run, home run off New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in a baseball game, Sunday, July 7, 2013, in New York. It was only Rivera's second blown save of the season. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Adam Jones hit a two-run homer off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Yankees, 2-1, yesterday, ending New York’s longest winning streak of the season at six games.
A healthy Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven innings of three-hit ball for the Yankees, but they were unable to finish off a three-game sweep after Baltimore took all three games from them at Camden Yards last weekend.
David Robertson worked a 1-2-3 eighth and Rivera (1-2) entered looking to reach 30 saves for the 15th time, which would break a tie with Trevor Hoffman for the major league record.
Rangers 5, Astros 4
A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer and Nelson Cruz had a tie-breaking single in the fifth inning to lead Texas.
Five Texas relievers, including right-hander Joakim Soria in his first appearance in nearly two years, pitched a scoreless inning apiece after rookie starter Justin Grimm couldn’t get an out in the fifth.
Cory Burns (1-0) got the win, and Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th save in 30 chances a day after making his sixth All-Star team and second in two seasons with Texas.
Athletics 10, Royals 4
Josh Reddick homered and drove in four runs to cap a big series for Oakland, Jed Lowrie and Eric Sogard also went deep and the Athletics beat Kansas City.
A.J. Griffin (7-6) rebounded from a miserable start against the Cubs to go five innings for the A’s. The only damage he allowed came on solo homers by George Kottaras and Alex Gordon.
Jesse Chavez earned his first career save with four scoreless innings of relief.
Indians 9, Tigers 6
Michael Brantley’s two-run homer in the eighth inning off Al Alburquerque helped Cleveland snap a seven-game skid against Detroit and trimmed one game off the Tigers’ lead in the AL Central.
Brantley hit a solo homer in the sixth and had a career-high five RBI. He drove a 3-1 pitch from Alburquerque (1-2) over the wall in right as the Indians recovered after their bullpen blew a five-run lead.
Blue Jays 11, Twins 5
Todd Redmond pitched one-hit ball over five innings for his first major league win and Toronto hit three home runs to beat slumping Minnesota.
Rajai Davis hit a three-run homer and Jose Reyes and Colby Rasmus also connected for the Blue Jays, who have won 10 of the last 13 against Minnesota.
Redmond (1-1) allowed two runs, with three walks and four strikeouts.
Aaron Hicks and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins, who have lost seven of eight.
Rays 3, White Sox 1
David Price went the distance to win his second straight start since returning from an injury as Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of Chicago.
Price (3-4) worked around eight hits, walking none and striking out five. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner spent 47 days on the disabled list with a strained left triceps, then came back and struck out 10 in seven shutout innings against Houston.
The Rays have won eight of nine to move a season-high nine games over .500.
Nationals 11, Padres 7
Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper added three hits and two stolen bases, and Washington sent San Diego to its ninth straight loss.
Stephen Strasburg (5-6) allowed four runs over six innings. He matched his season high with nine strikeouts as the Nationals won their fourth in a row, the last three over San Diego.
Zimmerman’s slam off Robbie Erlin (1-2) put Washington ahead 5-1 in the third inning. Two batters later, Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer.
PHILLIES 7, BRAVES 3
Freshly chosen All-Star Domonic Brown homered, tripled and drove in two runs, leading Philadelphia over Atlanta.
Ben Revere hit a two-run triple for Philadelphia, which took two of three from the NL East-leading Braves.
Chris Johnson homered and Brian McCann got three hits for Atlanta, which has lost 10 of 15 road games. McCann finished 9-for-12 in the series and is batting .512 (22-for-43) over his last 11 games.
Jonathan Pettibone (5-3) allowed one run on five hits in 51∕3 innings while tying his career high with six strikeouts.
Kris Medlen (6-8) gave up a season-high six earned runs in 51∕3 innings.
METS 2, BREWERS 1
Jeremy Hefner allowed one run on two hits over seven innings and the Mets turned two throwing errors by Milwaukee third baseman Juan Francisco into a pair of unearned runs.
Josh Satin had two doubles and a single for the Mets, scoring one run and driving in the other to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.
Hefner matched his career high with eight strikeouts.
Bobby Parnell, who came on with a runner on first and two outs in the eighth, finished for his 15th save.
CUBS 4, PIRATES 3, 11 INN.
Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro had a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, lifting Chicago to a victory over the Pirates that dropped Pittsburgh into a tie atop the NL Central.
Anthony Rizzo sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single. He advanced on Alfonso Soriano’s single and went to third when Pirates catcher Russell Martin threw the ball into center field while trying to pick Rizzo off second.
Luis Valbuena was walked intentionally before Navarro’s fly ball to right off Bryan Morris (4-3) gave the Cubs their seventh win in the last 11 games.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, ROCKIES 1
Patrick Corbin gave up three hits in eight innings to finally get his 10th victory and Arizona beat Colorado for its fifth straight win and a dominant three-game sweep of the Rockies.
Corbin (10-1) struck out 10 in his seventh attempt at win No. 10. The 23-year-old left-hander, picked a day earlier for the All-Star team, also hit an RBI double as the Diamondbacks outscored the Rockies 22-2 in the series.
Starter Roy Oswalt (0-4) exited with what initially was called a strained left hamstring in the second. It could be worse than that, however, because he said he “heard something pop.”
CARDINALS 3, MARLINS 2
Lance Lynn outpitched Marlins All-Star Jose Fernandez for his 11th win and Matt Holliday homered as St. Louis wrapped up a three-game sweep.
Lynn (11-3) worked seven strong innings in 87-degree heat and matched All-Star Adam Wainwright for the team lead in wins. He struck out seven, fanning Giancarlo Stanton all three times.
The 20-year-old Fernandez (5-5) worked six innings a day after getting the nod as the Marlins’ lone All-Star and gave up three runs on four hits and a season-high four walks. He hadn’t allowed more than two earned runs in his previous six outings.
DODGERS 4, GIANTS 1
A.J. Ellis hit a three-run double in the ninth inning, All-Star Clayton Kershaw made a third straight stellar start and the Dodgers handed San Francisco its 11th loss in 13 games.
Kershaw (8-5), a candidate to start the All-Star game for the National League, wasn’t as sharp as he’d been in his previous two starts but still only allowed one run over eight innings. Hanley Ramirez doubled and tripled to extend his career-high hitting streak to 18 games while rookie Yasiel Puig added two hits, including a single that started the rally in the ninth.
Mariners 3, Reds 1
Joe Saunders (7-8) pitched seven efficient innings and Nick Franklin and Justin Smoak each homered to lift Seattle over Cincinnati.
A day after the Reds scored 13 runs, they managed just six hits and a run off Saunders. The left-hander allowed only two baserunners to reach third in the first six innings and retired 11 consecutive batters before Chris Heisey doubled into the left field corner with one out in the fifth inning.