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Johnson, Yankees play like millionaires vs. Cardinals

Posted: Sunday, June 12, 2005

 

  New York Yankees starting pitcher Randy Johnson hurls during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in their interleague game in St. Louis Saturday, June 11, 2005. AP Photo/James A. Finley

New York Yankees starting pitcher Randy Johnson hurls during the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals in their interleague game in St. Louis Saturday, June 11, 2005.

AP Photo/James A. Finley

ST. LOUIS — Randy Johnson and the New York Yankees responded to Joe Torre's tongue-lashing with a performance worthy of a $200 million team.

Johnson outpitched Mark Mulder in a matchup of two of the game's best left-handers, and Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez each had two RBIs in a 5-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.

The victory was only the third in 11 games on a season-high 12-game trip for the Yankees, whose sloppy three-error performance in an 8-1 loss Friday night prompted the angry New York manager to call a closed-door meeting.

Johnson (6-5) allowed four two-out hits in seven innings to bounce back from losses in consecutive starts. He got his 252nd win to pull ahead of Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson for 41st place on the career list. Johnson struck out seven and walked none.

Cubs 7, Red Sox 6

CHICAGO — Todd Walker had three hits against his former team and Henry Blanco delivered a go-ahead sacrifice fly to help the Cubs rally for a victory.

Walker singled off Wade Miller (2-2) in the sixth inning for his third hit, raced to third on Todd Hollandsworth's double past third and scored on Blanco's fly to center for a 5-4 lead.

Hollandsworth added an RBI single in the eighth and finished with three hits and three RBIs.

Braves 5, Athletics 3

ATLANTA — John Smoltz pitched his first complete game in six years and Andruw Jones hit a pair of two-run homers.

Brian McCann, 21, added his first major league homer for the Braves, who started four rookies. The 28-year-old Jones was the oldest everyday player in the lineup.

Smoltz (5-5) gave up five hits in his 48th career complete game and first since April 30, 1999, against Cincinnati. He struck out four, walked three and threw 106 pitches.

Nationals 2, Mariners 1

WASHINGTON — Jose Guillen's bases-loaded single snapped a seventh-inning tie and propelled the Nationals to their ninth straight win.

The Nationals' winning streak is the franchise's longest since the Montreal Expos won 10 straight from June 6-16, 1997. Washington improved to 12-1 on a 14-game homestand that concludes Sunday.

John Patterson (3-1) allowed a run on six hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out five to win for the first time in six starts since April 26.

Astros 6, Blue Jays 3

HOUSTON — Morgan Ensberg hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, leading the Astros to their fourth straight victory.

The Houston bullpen wasted another strong start by Roger Clemens, but Ensberg's 14th homer gave the Astros 10 wins in 15 games, as well as their first four-game winning streak since the first week of the season.

Chris Burke hit a one-out single in the ninth and stole second. After Scott Schoeneweis (2-2) intentionally walked Craig Biggio, Miguel Batista came in and got Lance Berkman on a fly to center field before Ensberg's homer.

Marlins 6, Rangers 5

MIAMI — Alex Gonzalez led off the seventh inning with a go-ahead home run, and Kenny Rogers failed to win for the first time in nine starts.

Gonzalez homered to left on a 2-1 pitch off reliever Juan Dominguez (0-1), capping the Marlins' comeback from a 5-0 deficit. It was Gonzalez's fourth homer of the season.

The Rangers have lost a season-high five straight games.

John Riedling (3-1), the fourth of six Florida pitchers, got the win. Todd Jones struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities.

Reds 10, Orioles 1

CINCINNATI — Felipe Lopez hit his second career grand slam off Daniel Cabrera (5-5) and singled home two more runs for the Reds.

Given a big early lead, Brandon Claussen (3-3) held the AL's top hitting lineup to three hits over a career-high eight innings. The left-hander lost his shutout when Sal Fasano homered with two outs in the eighth.

Adam Dunn added a two-run shot for the Reds, who have homered 15 times in the last five games against Tampa Bay and Baltimore.

Pirates 18, Devil Rays 2

PITTSBURGH — Jose Castillo homered and drove in five runs to support Oliver Perez's seven effective innings, and the Pirates reached .500 after June 1 for the first time since 1999.

Pittsburgh, winning a season-high fourth in a row, opened a 3-0 lead in the first against Scott Kazmir (2-5) to back Perez (5-4) in his fourth consecutive victory. Perez struck out 10 and retired 13 in a row at one point while limiting Tampa Bay to five hits and one run over seven innings.

The Pirates won their ninth in 12 games on a homestand that wraps up Sunday and are 30-30 — the latest in a season they've been at .500 since September 1999. They are 22-14 since falling a season-worst eight games under .500 at 8-16 on May 2.

Tigers 6, Rockies 4

DENVER — Brandon Inge hit a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning, Rondell White had three hits and drove in two runs, and the Tigers beat the Rockies.

Detroit didn't waste any time after managing one run in its previous two games, scoring twice in the first inning on a fielder's choice and Craig Monroe's run-scoring single. The Tigers had four hits in the inning, three short of their total the day before, and finished with 12 to end a six-game losing streak to Colorado.

Mets 5, Angels 3, 10 innings

NEW YORK — Cliff Floyd hit a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning and Marlon Anderson had a tying inside-the-park home run in the ninth, lifting the Mets to a comeback victory over the Angels.

Floyd connected on a 3-2 pitch from reliever Brendan Donnelly (4-2) after just missing a homer earlier in the at-bat. It was his 15th homer of the season and came after he had struck out three times.

Twins 5, Dodgers 3

LOS ANGELES — Justin Morneau homered and drove in four runs, Torii Hunter added a solo shot and the Twins beat the Dodgers.

Carlos Silva (5-3) allowed three runs and seven hits, including homers by Jason Grabowski, Hee-Seop Choi and Jeff Kent in six innings. Silva, the only pitcher in the Twins' rotation averaging fewer than five runs of support per outing, won consecutive starts for the first time this season after being staked to a 4-0 lead. He struck out two and walked one.

Padres 2, White Sox 1

SAN DIEGO — Ramon Hernandez homered with one out in the ninth inning to tie it, and Damian Jackson had a bases-loaded single as the Padres rallied to beat the White Sox.

The NL West-leading Padres won for just the third time in 10 games, a span in which they've scored just 21 runs.

Royals 8, Diamondbacks 5

PHOENIX — Emil Brown had three doubles among his career-high four hits, John Buck hit a two-run homer and J.P. Howell made an impressive major league debut in Kansas City's victory.

The Royals collected 18 hits — 14 off Brad Halsey (4-4) in the worst start of his career — to snap a two-game skid and improve to 3-2 on their road trip. Terrence Long drove in three runs with three hits. David DeJesus and Tony Graffanino also had three hits for Kansas City.

Indians 7, Giants 6

SAN FRANCISCO — Ronnie Belliard had three hits, a homer and drove in two runs, helping the Indians become the latest team to beat up on Giants ace Jason Schmidt (3-3).

Grady Sizemore and Victor Martinez also had two RBIs apiece to back Jason Davis (3-2), who allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings.

The Indians assured themselves of at least a .500 finish on their season-high 12-game road trip, winning for the sixth time with one game left.

National League

PHILADELPHIA — Pat Burrell's three-run homer in the seventh inning led the surging Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.

Bobby Abreu added a two-run homer for the Phillies, who have won 14 of 16 and are a season-best seven games over .500 (35-28).



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