|Friday's Interleague Capsules|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 08 June 2007 20:37|
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -Oakland's Shannon Stewart hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 10th against a makeshift San Francisco defense to lift the Athletics to a 5-3 victory Friday night.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy, out of position players on the bench, was forced to use left-hander Noah Lowry in the outfield after a collision at the plate in the 10th forced backup catcher Eliezer Alfonzo out of the game with a leg injury.
Feliz moved from third to catcher to make his major league debut behind the plate.
Stewart singled to left off Brad Hennessey (1-2).
Kiko Calero (1-4) got two outs in the ninth with the bases loaded for the win.
It was the first career appearance for Lowry at any fielding position other than pitcher. The last pitcher to play in the field was Jason Simontacchi of St. Louis when he played in left field in the ninth inning against Arizona on April 10, 2004, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Rookie Travis Buck had a career-high four hits, including two doubles, and drove in two runs as Oakland's offense bounced back a day after being one-hit by Boston's Curt Schilling.
Mets 3, Tigers 0
DETROIT (AP) - David Wright and Carlos Delgado homered and Jorge Sosa won for the sixth time as the New York Mets snapped a four-game losing streak.
Wright hit his 10th homer off Tigers starter Chad Durbin in the fourth inning to make it 1-0. Delgado put New York ahead 2-0 with his 10th homer in the seventh.
Sosa (6-1) scattered four hits over eight innings in his longest outing of the year. He struck out five and walked two.
Billy Wagner pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save.
Durbin (5-2) gave up three runs and six hits in eight-plus innings. He struck out four and walked one in his longest outing since April 25.
Yankees 5, Pirates 4, 10 innings
NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter hit a game-winning infield single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning as the New York Yankees extended a winning streak to four for the first time this season.
Robinson Cano doubled to left-center leading off the 10th against Matt Capps (3-3). He was sacrificed to third. Miguel Cairo followed with an infield single. After Cairo went to second on defensive indifference, Johnny Damon was intentionally walked and Jeter hit a slow bouncer that second baseman Freddy Sanchez couldn't come up with.
Chris Duffy hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run, putting the Pirates ahead 4-2 in the seventh when his catchable seventh-inning liner sailed over Melky Cabrera and bounced to the center-field wall.
The Yankees tied it in the bottom half on RBI singles by Jeter and Jorge Posada. Mariano Rivera (2-3) pitched his first two-inning outing of year in relief.
Pittsburgh lost for the seventh time in 10 games.
Orioles 4, Rockies 2
BALTIMORE (AP) - Nick Markakis hit a two-run homer to lead Baltimore.
Steve Trachsel (5-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings for the Orioles, who have won two straight following a five-game skid.
Both managers were ejected from the game by first base umpire Larry Vanover. Baltimore's Sam Perlozzo was tossed after arguing a balk call in the sixth inning, and Clint Hurdle was thrown out for disputing a check-swing strike call against Ryan Spilborghs in the eighth.
Chris Ray, the fourth Baltimore reliever, got four outs for his 13th save.
Markakis singled and scored in the first inning, then hit his ninth home run in the fifth to put Baltimore up 4-1.
Jeff Francis (5-5) gave up four runs and seven hits in seven innings for the Rockies.
Reds 4, Indians 3
CINCINNATI (AP) - Homer Bailey benefited from Cincinnati's three home runs, including the 577th of Ken Griffey Jr.'s career, to win his major league debut.
Brandon Phillips and Jeff Conine also homered in support of Bailey, Cincinnati's No. 1 pick in the 2004 draft. He allowed two runs and five hits with four walks and three strikeouts. He left after five innings with a 3-2 lead. David Weathers got the last four outs for his 12th save despite giving up a homer to pinch-hitter Ryan Garko in the ninth.
Cliff Lee (2-4) gave up four hits and four runs in six innings.
Griffey led off the sixth against Lee with a home run to right field, his 14th of the season, to give Cincinnati a 4-2 lead.
Nationals 8, Twins 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Dmitri Young had three hits and three RBIs for Washington.
Ryan Zimmerman added two hits and drove in two runs, and ex-Twin Cristian Guzman went 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs as the Nationals won for the fourth time in 10 games.
Jason Simontacchi (3-4), an ex-Twins farmhand, allowed four runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings.
Jason Kubel hit a three-run homer in the seventh for Minnesota, which has lost five of its past seven. Torii Hunter had two hits and drove in a run in the eighth.
Carlos Silva (3-7) gave up seven runs in three innings, his shortest start of the season, and allowed nine hits. He dropped to 1-6 in his past seven starts.
Astros 5, White Sox 2
CHICAGO (AP) - Chris Sampson (6-5) allowed six hits in 6 2-3 innings and Houston won despite the early ejections of right fielder Lance Berkman and manager Phil Garner.
Both struggling teams are far removed from the ones that met in the 2005 World Series 20 months ago. Houston's win was just its fifth in 21 games. The White Sox have lost 11 of 13.
Berkman, who is appealing a two-game suspension announced Friday by major league baseball for his outburst following an ejection earlier this week, was tossed again in the fourth inning for arguing a called third strike with Holbrook. Berkman had to be stopped from going back to the plate by Carlos Lee as Garner argued. Moments later Garner was also ejected.
The Astros took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Hunter Pence doubled and scored on a single by Luke Scott, who replaced Berkman.
Craig Biggio's 52nd career leadoff homer moved him 20 hits from 3,000 and gave Houston an early lead. Rangers 9, Brewers 6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Sammy Sosa was 3-for-5 with an RBI double that capped a four-run fourth inning for Texas.
Ian Kinsler homered to lead off the fourth, and Sosa's bloop RBI double gave Texas a 6-1 lead.
Mark Teixeira drove in three runs for the Rangers, who had lost 12 of 15 coming into the game. Teixeira left the game after the sixth inning with a sore left quadriceps injury.
Prince Fielder hit his NL-leading 22nd home run in the second for the Brewers. Fielder has seven homers over the last 11 games.
Milwaukee starter Chris Capuano (5-5) lost his fifth straight start. He gave up six runs and eight hits while walking four in four innings.
Angels 10, Cardinals 6
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Casey Kotchman drove in three runs, including two in a six-run seventh inning, for the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels used 10 batters and had seven hits in the seventh against three St. Louis pitchers. The first six batters reached on hits and they all scored.
Cardinals reliever Tyler Johnson (1-1) started the inning and faced four batters. He gave up three singles - including a two-run base hit to Kotchman - and a double.
The Angels tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth on a two-run single by Vladimir Guerrero, who finished 2-for-4 and has 17 hits in his past 41 at-bats.
Hector Carrasco (1-1) used four pitches to get through the sixth inning to earn his first victory. His last victory came last Oct. 1.
Royals 8, Phillies 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Mark Grudzielanek and Mike Sweeney homered in a six-run second inning to lead Kansas City over Philadelphia in its first visit to Kauffman Stadium since the 1980 World Series.
Scott Elarton (2-2) gave up three home runs, including Ryan Howard's mammoth two-run shot, but went five innings for the victory as the Royals snapped a seven-game home losing skid.
Closer Octavio Dotel came on with runners on first and second and one out in the ninth, and got Jimmy Rollins to hit into a double play for his third save.
Freddy Garcia (1-5) lasted only 1 2-3 innings for the Phillies, who had won six straight on the road.
Garcia, winless in eight starts since April 22, was charged with six runs and seven hits.
Marlins 14, Devil Rays 8
MIAMI (AP) - Hanley Ramirez had four hits and Jeremy Hermida hit a grand slam to start Florida's rally from a six-run deficit.
The Marlins trailed 8-2 after four innings, then scored 12 runs and reached .500 (31-31) for the first time since May 4.
Hermida's slam came in the fifth and the Marlins scored three in the sixth to take the lead.
Willingham hit a triple with the bases loaded in the seventh, while Miguel Cabrera and Dan Uggla each had two hits and drove in two runs for Florida.
Ty Wigginton and Delmon Young had three hits for the Devil Rays.
Red Sox 10, Diamondbacks 3
PHOENIX (AP) - J.D. Drew hit two three-run homers and drove in a career-high seven runs, and Josh Beckett improved to 9-0 with a five-hitter in Boston's first regular season visit to Chase Field.
Beckett matched his season high by going eight innings, allowing two earned runs and five hits without a walk. He struck out eight, also matching a season high. Beckett has tied the fifth-best start in franchise history, matching Sonny Siebert, who won his first nine decisions in 1971. The best start is Roger Clemens' 14-0 in 1986.
Julio Lugo led off the game with a homer off Doug Davis (4-7). With two on and two outs in the third, Drew hit his first homer off Davis. Drew hit a three-run shot in the sixth off Edgar Gonzalez. Drew doubled home a run in the eighth.
Mariners 6, Padres 5, 11 innings
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Raul Ibanez homered leading off the 11th inning, his fourth hit, to give Seattle the victory.
The Mariners, who blew a 5-0 lead, won for the 12th time in 17 games. San Diego's five-game winning streak was snapped.
Seattle's Yuniesky Betancourt hit an RBI single in the second inning to extend his career-best hitting streak to 19 games, the longest active streak in the majors. He also singled in the sixth. Jose Lopez, Ibanez and Kenji Johjima each had three hits for the Mariners, who had 16 hits and stranded 13 runners.
Ibanez homered to left-center on a 2-1 pitch from Cla Meredith (2-4). It was his second of the year.
Eric O'Flaherty (2-0) got the final out of the 10th for the win. J.J. Putz pitched a perfect 11th for his 16th save.
The Padres rallied for four runs in the seventh to tie it at 5.
Dodgers 4, Blue Jays 3, 10 innings
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pinch-hitter Olmedo Saenz hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th for the Dodgers.
Jeremy Accardo (1-2) came on in the 10th and walked Tony Abreu before Saenz batted for reliever Rudy Seanez and hit his fourth career walkoff homer and first since July 2, 2002.
Seanez (3-1) pitched 1-3 of an inning for the victory, the Dodgers' 12th in their last 15 home games.
Luis Gonzalez also hit a two-run homer for Los Angeles.
Matt Stairs tied the game in the ninth with a leadoff homer off Takashi Saito. The blown save was the first in 17 opportunities this season for Saito.
Gregg Zaun gave Toronto the lead in the top of the 10th with an RBI single.