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|Wednesday, 13 August 2014 15:05|
With out in the seventh, Chicago first baseman Jose Abreu fielded Joe Panik's broken-bat grounder to easily throw out Blanco. Giants manager Bruce Bochy challenged the play, and umpires ruled Flowers' left leg was illegally blocking the plate before the ball arrived.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura argued the call and was immediately ejected, setting off an epic protest in which he repeatedly kicked dirt on the plate.
San Francisco snapped a five-game losing streak and Jake Peavy (1-3) won for the first time since April 25 with Boston. Peavy had lost 12 consecutive decisions, the longest skid of his career.
Jose Quintana (6-9) took the loss.
RED SOX 5, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) - Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs to help the Boston wrap up its first winning road trip of more than three games this season.
Anthony Ranaudo became the first Boston rookie to start his career 2-0 since Justin Masterson won his first three in 2008 and the Red Sox finished their eight-game trip with five wins.
Skip Schumaker and Cincinnati starting pitcher Mike Leake each hit their second home runs of the season, but the Reds still ended their seven-game home stand with a 3-4 record after opening by sweeping a two-game interleague series against in-state rival Cleveland.
Burke Badenhop and Junichi Tazawa each pitched one perfect inning before Edward Mujica overcame back-to-back leadoff singles in the ninth for his third save.
Ranaudo allowed eight hits and four runs with one walk and one strikeout in six innings.
Leake (9-11) lasted five innings.
INDIANS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2, Game 1
CLEVELAND (AP) - Zach Walters' one-out homer in the ninth inning gave Cleveland a win in the first game of a doubleheader.
Walters, acquired at the trade deadline from Washington for Asdrubal Cabrera, hit a 1-2 pitch from Randall Delgado (1-3) that narrowly cleared the wall in right field.
Walters was called up from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday when outfielder David Murphy and designated hitter Nick Swisher went on the disabled list with injuries. The home run was the fourth of his career.
Cody Allen (4-2) worked around a two-out walk in the ninth.
Trevor Bauer, pitching against the team that took him with the third pick of the 2011 draft, allowed two runs and struck out nine in a career-high eight innings.
TWINS 3, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON (AP) - Joe Mauer homered to break a scoreless game and Kyle Gibson gave up one run in 7 2-3 innings for Minnesota.
Mauer hit a 2-2 pitch into the right field bullpen off Brett Oberholtzer (4-8) to make it 1-0. He extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a first inning single.
Gibson (11-9) scattered six hits, striking out four, and allowing one earned run.
Minnesota extended the lead to 3-0 in the eighth inning when Kennys Vargas hit a two-run single into the left field gap off reliever Josh Fields.
Chris Carter singled in a run for Houston.
Glen Perkins pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his 30th save.