Jays submit to Cubs' Mitre

Posted: Thursday, June 09, 2005


  Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jeffrey DaVanon crashes into the wall as he tries to catch a ball hit for a triple by Atlanta Braves' Rafael Furcal in the fourth inning Wednesday, June 8, 2005 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) JOHN BAZEMORE

Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jeffrey DaVanon crashes into the wall as he tries to catch a ball hit for a triple by Atlanta Braves' Rafael Furcal in the fourth inning Wednesday, June 8, 2005 in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


CHICAGO — Sergio Mitre allowed two hits over seven shutout innings and added an RBI double off Roy Halladay to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0, avoiding a three-game sweep.

Mitre (1-1) retired the first 13 batters, getting 10 groundball outs and striking out three before Aaron Hill beat out a high chopper to third with one out in the fifth for an infield single.

Nationals 7, Athletics 2

WASHINGTON — Esteban Loaiza earned his first win in more than a month and Ryan Church, Brian Schneider and Vinny Castilla homered to help Washington win its season-high sixth straight.

Church had four hits and three RBIs, falling a double short of the cycle.

Marlins 5, Mariners 4

MIAMI — Dontrelle Willis became the major leagues' first 10-game winner and Carlos Delgado drove in all of Florida's runs to help the Marlins snap a four-game losing streak.

Willis (10-2) wasn't particularly sharp, giving up a season-high 10 hits and four earned runs in 6 2-3 innings. Still, he became only the third pitcher in Marlins' history to log 10 wins before the All-Star break.

Reds 11, Devil Rays 9

CINCINNATI — Wily Mo Pena homered in his first and last at-bats, giving Cincinnati a win against the AL's worst pitching staff, which blew a five-run cushion for the second straight night.

The Reds hit six homers, including back-to-back shots by Adam Dunn and Jacob Cruz in the eighth that cut it to 9-8. Then Danys Baez, who leads the majors with six blown saves in 13 chances, (4-2) let another one get away.

Phillies 2, Rangers 0

PHILADELPHIA — Pat Burrell's two-run single broke a scoreless tie and four pitchers combined on a five-hitter.

The Phillies have won 11 of 13, moving to a season-best four games over .500 at 32-28.

Angels 8, Braves 4

ATLANTA — Dallas McPherson matched his career high with three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run triple in the seventh inning.

The Braves have lost nine of 13 while dropping four straight series.

Pirates 6, Orioles 1

PITTSBURGH — Rob Mackowiak drove in four runs to support Kip Wells' latest strong start and Pittsburgh dealt Baltimore its first road series loss since August.

The Pirates led 3-0 in the first before Bruce Chen (5-4) got an out.

Yankees 12, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE — Alex Rodriguez became the youngest member of the 400-homer club and a change in the Yankees' routine got them back on track.

Manager Joe Torre went to drastic measures to snap his team out of its latest funk, canceling batting practice, sitting Hideki Matsui for the first eight innings and even getting ejected for arguing.

White Sox 15, Rockies 5

DENVER — Orlando Hernandez shook off a shaky start to win his sixth straight decision and Chicago had a season-high 22 hits to complete a three-game sweep.

Juan Uribe and Carl Everett each had three RBIs for Chicago, which joined Anaheim (2001) as the only AL teams to sweep at Coors Field.

Indians 6, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO — Scott Elarton won a road start for the first time in more than four years and Aaron Boone hit two home runs.

Elarton (3-2) held the Padres to one run and four hits in six innings as he won for the first time in 30 road starts. Elarton's last road win was May 6, 2001, at Montreal when he pitched for Houston. Since then, Elarton was 0-13 on the road.

Dodgers 3, Tigers 1

LOS ANGELES — Jeff Weaver outpitched Jason Johnson with seven innings of two-hit ball and Jason Grabowski hit a two-run homer.

Weaver (6-5) shrugged off Johnson's first major league home run and beat his former team for the first time, striking out seven and walking none. Brandon Inge, who doubled in the first, got Detroit's only other hit.

Twins 10, Diamondbacks 0

PHOENIX — Johan Santana threw a four-hitter to extend his remarkable road success and major league strikeout lead.

Jacque Jones homered and drove in three runs, while Shannon Stewart had a solo shot and scored three runs and Joe Mauer and Juan Castro each had two RBIs.

Red Sox 4, Cardinals 0

ST. LOUIS — David Wells threw eight innings of four-hit ball and the Boston Red Sox got big hits from David Ortiz and Jason Varitek.

The Red Sox avoided a three-game sweep in the World Series rematch, looking more like the team that swept the Cardinals last fall than the one that lost the first two games by a combined score of 16-3.

Royals 4, Giants 1

SAN FRANCISCO — Tony Graffanino tripled, drove in a run and scored twice and Matt Diaz added two RBIs.

Runelvys Hernandez (3-7) pitched six strong innings despite a light drizzle for most of the game and the Royals won consecutive road games for the first time since April 30-May 1 at Cleveland. Mike MacDougal pitched the ninth for his sixth save in eight chances.

National League

Astros 4, Mets 1

NEW YORK — Brandon Backe worked around a career-high six walks, and pinch-hitter Orlando Palmeiro homered to lead the Houston Astros past the New York Mets.

Craig Biggio and Jason Lane each had an RBI double for the Astros.

New York lost star catcher Mike Piazza to a bruised left wrist in the first inning after he appeared to be hit by a foul ball. X-rays were negative and he was day-to-day.

Backe (6-3) gave up four hits in six innings and struck out seven. Brad Lidge got the last three outs for his 14th save in 16 chances.

Mets starter Victor Zambrano (3-6) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

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