NEW YORK Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter led off with consecutive homers and the New York Yankees held off the Mets 9-8 Saturday night to sweep the two-ballpark, day-night doubleheader.
In the first game at Yankee Stadium, Roger Clemens (8-5) earned his 301st victory, and Hideki Matsui hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high five runs in the Yankees' 7-1 win.
The Yankees built a 9-0 lead in the nightcap at Shea Stadium, only to see the Mets nearly come all the way back. Raul Gonzalez's three-run double off Mariano Rivera in the eighth cut it to 9-8, but Rivera finished for his 13th save in 14 chances.
Brandon Claussen (1-0) won in his major league debut for the Yankees, and Tom Glavine (5-8) took the loss.
Jeremy Griffiths (0-1) lost the opener.
Giants 8, Athletics 7
SAN FRANCISCO Pedro Feliz singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, and Barry Bonds homered as San Francisco rallied from an early six-run deficit to beat Oakland.
The game was expected to be a pitchers' duel between Kirk Rueter and Barry Zito, but it turned into a slugfest featuring 30 hits including Bonds' 635th homer.
The A's loaded the bases in the top of the 10th, but Felix Rodriguez (4-0) struck out Eric Byrnes to end the threat.
Neifi Perez led off the bottom half with a single against Keith Foulke (4-1). Grissom also singled, and Foulke hit Bonds with a pitch to load the bases.
Feliz chipped Foulke's next pitch into center field, easily scoring Perez.
White Sox 7, Cubs 6
CHICAGO D'Angelo Jimenez hit an RBI single to score Magglio Ordonez as the White Sox beat the Cubs 7-6 Saturday and handed their cross-town rivals another ninth-inning loss.
Jose Valentin's ninth-inning homer on Friday gave the White Sox a 4-3 win.
On Saturday, Aaron Rowand hit a two-run homer in the eighth to tie the game at 6-all. Ordonez was walked by Juan Cruz (1-3) to lead off the ninth and when Carlos Lee flied to right, he raced into second.
Mike Remlinger replaced Cruz and, after a strikeout and an intentional walk, Jimenez singled and Ordonez beat the throw home.
Billy Koch (4-4) pitched the ninth to win for a second straight game.
Reds 5, Indians 4
CLEVELAND Rookie Rainer Olmedo's RBI single capped Cincinnati's two-out, two-run rally in the ninth inning.
Olmedo had four RBIs for the Reds, who have won a major league-leading 20 games in their final at-bat.
The Reds were down to their final strike in the ninth against Danys Baez (0-6) when Adam Dunn doubled. Russell Branyan followed with a double to almost the same spot to tie it 4-4.
Olmedo followed with a bloop single to left.
Chris Reitsma (7-2) pitched the eighth, and Scott Williamson worked the ninth for his 18th save.
Expos 4, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO Rookie Claudio Vargas pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning as Montreal beat Toronto.
Carlos Delgado hit his major league-leading 26th home run for the Blue Jays.
Vargas (5-3) allowed four hits, struck out four and walked one in 6 1-3 innings.
Four pitchers finished the five-hitter with Rocky Biddle pitching the ninth for his 22nd save in 25 opportunities.
Toronto starter Doug Davis (4-5) allowed three runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.
Astros 2, Rangers 0
HOUSTON Jeriome Robertson won his fifth straight decision and Adam Everett's RBI single snapped a scoreless tie in the fifth inning as Houston beat Texas.
The Astros again turned to their stellar bullpen after Robertson (6-3) held Texas to five hits through six-plus innings. Brad Lidge escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the seventh, Octavio Dotel needed only five pitches to get through the eighth, and Billy Wagner finished for his 22nd save in 24 chances.
After pitching four hitless innings, Tony Mounce (0-2) gave up both Houston runs in the fifth.
Devil Rays 9, Braves 7
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Damian Rolls drove in three runs to back the pitching of Victor Zambrano as Tampa Bay stopped a four-game losing streak.
Zambrano (5-4) allowed six runs on eight hits, walked six and struck out six in six innings. Jesus Colome pitched two scoreless innings and Lance Carter worked the ninth for his 13th save in 18 chances.
Rolls had an RBI single and a two-run double in his first two at-bats against Shane Reynolds (5-3). Aubrey Huff and Marlon Anderson each had two RBIs for Tampa Bay.
Phillies 9, Orioles 5
BALTIMORE Jim Thome homered, doubled and scored two runs as Philadelphia defeated Baltimore.
Ricky Ledee and Tomas Perez also homered, and Placido Polanco had four hits and three RBIs to help the Phillies to their seventh win in eight games.
The interleague game attracted 49,549 fans the most ever to see a game at Camden Yards.
Brett Myers (7-6) earned the win despite giving up five runs and 10 hits in six innings.
Orioles starter Pat Hentgen (1-5) pitched five innings, allowing seven runs, nine hits and five walks.
Twins 5, Brewers 2
MINNEAPOLIS Torii Hunter and Corey Koskie spoiled Dave Burba's season debut with solo homers as Minnesota beat Milwaukee.
Hunter went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Luis Rivas went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Twins, who won for just the fourth time in 14 games.
Scott Podsednik was 2-for-4 and drove in two runs for the Brewers, who lost to Twins starter Kenny Rogers (7-3) for the second time in six days.
J.C. Romero and LaTroy Hawkins each pitched an inning, and Eddie Guardado pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances.
Burba (0-1), who turns 37 on July 7, scattered nine hits and three runs over 5 2-3 innings in his first major league outing since last Sept. 28, when he was with Cleveland.
Marlins 10, Red Sox 9
BOSTON Mike Lowell hit a three-run homer in the ninth as Florida rallied to overcome another big Boston inning.
One night after Boston scored a record 10 runs before making an out in a 14-run first inning, the Red Sox took a 9-2 lead with seven runs in the sixth. But the Marlins scored four in the eighth and four more in the ninth.
Nate Bump (1-0) earned the win in his major league debut. He allowed two runs in 2 1-3 innings.
Braden Looper pitched the ninth for his 14th save.
Brandon Lyon (3-4) blew his first save in 10 opportunities, giving up three singles including an RBI hit by Ivan Rodriguez before Lowell hit an 0-2 pitch into the Boston bullpen with two outs in the ninth.
Cardinals 13, Royals 9
KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jim Edmonds hit two more homers and had four hits as St. Louis snapped Kansas City's five-game winning streak.
Edmonds went 4-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs. He has five homers in the last four games for the Cardinals.
Neither starter made it out of the fourth inning.
Kansas City's Jeremy Affeldt (4-4) came out after giving up a single and a walk to start St. Louis' three-run fourth.
St. Louis' Jason Simontacchi left with a lead, but didn't go the required five innings to get the win. The win was awarded to Jeff Fassero (1-3), St. Louis' fourth pitcher out of six.
Diamondbacks 7, Tigers 0
DETROIT Rookie Brandon Webb pitched a seven-hitter and Luis Gonzalez drove in three runs as Arizona won a franchise-record 10th straight game.
Webb (4-2) threw 102 pitches 68 strikes and struck out two and walked one. He got 21 groundball outs, including a game-ending double play.
Jeremy Bonderman (2-12) allowed five runs three earned and seven hits in six innings.
Rockies 5, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH Colorado twice turned infield errors by Pittsburgh into multirun innings to back Denny Neagle's effective pitching and hold off the Pirates.
Neagle (2-1), making his third start since missing most of the season with a sore elbow, won in Pittsburgh for the first time since Aug. 9, 1999.
Preston Wilson's two-run double keyed Colorado's three-run third inning against Kris Benson (5-8), who struggled again in losing for the fourth time in five decisions.
With runners at the corners and two outs in the ninth, Jose Jimenez retired Aramis Ramirez to end it and earn his 19th save.
Padres 6, Mariners 0
SEATTLE Jake Peavy pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and Rondell White hit a three-run home run as the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 6-0 Saturday night.
Peavy (8-5) won his fourth straight start and fifth in six tries, keeping the Mariners in check with a fastball in the 90s. He struck out five and walked none.
Jesse Orosco, making his 1,218th relief appearance, got two outs in the ninth. After walking Bret Boone, Jay Witasick came on and walked Edgar Martinez before finishing San Diego's fourth shutout.
Mark Kotsay and Sean Burroughs added solo homers for the Padres, who at 27-55 have the second-worst record in baseball but beat the team that leads the majors with a 52-27 mark.
White came up in the seventh with runners on first and second. Donaldo Mendez had hit a leadoff single and, after Kotsay flied out, moved to second on Mark Loretta's sacrifice.
Seattle manager Bob Melvin had Ryan Franklin (6-6) intentionally walk Ryan Klesko, and White lined a 1-1 pitch into the visitors' bullpen in left for a 6-0 lead.
Franklin crouched at the mound with his head between his knees while White rounded the bases. Then Franklin stood and started for the dugout as Melvin signaled for reliever Rafael Soriano.
Angels 3, Dodgers 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. Kevin Appier pitched six solid innings, and Tim Salmon and Shawn Wooten homered Saturday night as the Anaheim Angels beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 in the Freeway Series.
The win before a sellout crowd of 43,726 was the Angels' third straight over their National League opponent from some 35 miles up the freeway, including Appier's 6-3 win against Kevin Brown last Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers won the first two games of that series, and the Angels have taken the first two of this weekend's three-game set in Anaheim.
Appier (6-4) held the Dodgers to one run on six hits. He struck out three and issued just one walk, which was intentional.
Troy Percival pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 16 opportunities.
Salmon led off the sixth with his 10th homer, hitting an Kazuhisa Ishii pitch into the Angels bullpen in left field. After Garret Anderson flied out, Wooten drove an Ishii fastball into the seats just inside the left-field pole for his fourth homer.
Ishii (7-3) gave up three runs on six hits in 5 1-3 innings, with three strikeouts and one walk.
The Dodgers had tied it 1-all in the fifth when David Ross looped a two-out single over second base to score Adrian Beltre from second.
Bengie Molina's RBI double to right-center in the second inning, one of his three hits, drove in Anaheim's first run after Troy Glaus singled with two outs.
Appier escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. Paul Lo Duca singled with one out, Shawn Green doubled and Mike Kinkade was intentionally walked. Beltre grounded to first, and Scott Spiezio threw wide to the plate trying for the force on Lo Duca. But Molina managed to stretch and stop the ball. He bobbled it but threw his leg back and touched the plate just before Lo Duca got there.
Ron Coomer then grounded into a forceout to end the threat.
The Angels had a runner of their own thrown out at home in the fifth, when Spiezio tried to score on Benji Gil's double to right-center.
Los Angeles second baseman Alex Cora, who was charged with an error on his relay throw to the plate in the second inning, was right on target in the fifth, when his relay cut Spiezio down at the plate.
NOTES: Unlike past years of the Freeway Series, when the crowds at Anaheim seemed about evenly split between Dodgers and Angels fans, the Angels fans greatly outnumber those for the visitors from Los Angeles. Fans sporting Angels' red seemed to make up about 80 percent of the crowd of 43,726 for Saturday's game. The Angels added many fans during their drive to the World Series title last year. ... After being shut out 3-0 by the Angels on Friday night, the Dodgers held a team meeting for about an hour before Saturday's game. Asked what the session was about, manager Jim Tracy said, ''Nothing special.'' ... High school SS Brandon Wood, the Angels' No.1 draft pick who signed last week, took batting practice and fielded grounders before the Anaheim players took the field for their pregame routine.
© 2018. All Rights Reserved. | Contact Us