Nats' Loaiza beats Mets' Martinez in pitching duel

Posted: Wednesday, July 06, 2005

WASHINGTON — Esteban Loaiza outpitched Pedro Martinez, throwing eight strong innings to lead the surging Washington Nationals to a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the New York Mets.

Loaiza (5-5) allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked one for the Nationals, who have won seven of their last eight games.

Pirates 3, Phillies 0

PITTSBURGH — Kip Wells pitched a four-hitter in his third career complete game and started a three-run Pittsburgh fifth inning with a double.

Jason Bay hit a two-run homer and Matt Lawton added a run-scoring double to support Wells (6-8).

The Phillies lost their 12th in 16 games and got a big scare in the first when Jose Castillo's hit a line hit off right-hander Jon Lieber's right elbow. X-rays did not reveal any broken bones.

Brewers 6, Marlins 4

MIAMI — Russell Branyan, in the lineup for the first time since breaking a finger June 1, had three hits and two RBIs.

Geoff Jenkins added three hits and scored three runs for Milwaukee.

Marlins starter Josh Beckett (8-6) left the game in the third inning with a strained left side muscle. The injury will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Astros 6, Padres 2

HOUSTON — Brandon Backe ended a personal three-game losing streak, and Jason Lane hit a three-run homer as the Astros won for the sixth time in seven games.

Braves 5, Cubs 1

ATLANTA — Rookie Roman Colon outpitched Greg Maddux in his much-anticipated return to Atlanta.

Colon (1-4), making only his third career start, gave up seven hits and one run in seven innings.

Rockies 6, Dodgers 1

DENVER — Todd Helton tied the Colorado franchise record for home runs, and Jeff Francis pitched another fine game at Coors Field.

Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX — Albert Pujols drove in two runs with three hits — including his 22nd homer — to extend his hitting streak to 17 games for St. Louis.

Pujols had a 30-game hitting streak in 2003. Jeff Suppan (8-7) went 5 1-3 innings, allowing a run and five hits.

Reds 7, Giants 4

SAN FRANCISCO — Wily Mo Pena hit a go-ahead single in the sixth inning and drove in two runs, and Cincinnati won consecutive road games for the first time all season.

American League

NEW YORK — Jason Giambi hit one of four Yankees homers and doubled twice, and Randy Johnson gave New York a much-needed long outing on short rest in a 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

Alex Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield and Hideki Matsui also homered for New York.

Tigers 3, Indians 2

CLEVELAND — Mike Maroth cooled off Cleveland's hitters, and Detroit won for only the third time in 13 games.

The Indians, batting .297 and averaging 5.8 runs over their previous 29 games, lost for only the third time in 11.

Athletics 10, Blue Jays 7

TORONTO — Scott Hatteberg's two-run single in the 11th inning gave Oakland its 10th win in 11 games.

Bobby Crosby had an inside-the-park home run for the A's.

Mark Kotsay, Crosby and Eric Chavez led off the 11th with singles off Miguel Batista (4-1) before Hatteberg's hit. Kotsay, Nick Swisher and Dan Johnson also homered for the A's.

Gregg Zaun and Orlando Hudson homered for Toronto. Hudson grabbed his right hamstring then left following his homer that tied the game at 5 in the seventh.

White Sox 6, Devil Rays 4

CHICAGO — Frank Thomas hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the White Sox rallied to go 30 games over .500.

Scott Podsednik started the inning with a double, and Tadahito Iguchi singled before Thomas connected off Lance Carter (1-2) for his 10th homer in just 69 at-bats this season.

Cliff Politte (6-0) got the final out of the eighth, and Dustin Hermanson pitched the ninth for his 21st save. Jermaine Dye hit his 19th homer for Chicago, which improved to 56-26 and sent Tampa Bay to its seventh straight loss.

Red Sox 7, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas — Manny Ramirez hit his 20th career grand slam, and Boston also got home runs from David Ortiz and Bill Mueller.

Ramirez hit his third grand slam of the season in the third inning off Chris Young (8-5), tying him for the AL lead with 22 homers.

The 20 grand slams are the second-most in major league history, trailing only Lou Gehrig's 23. Hall of Famer Eddie Murray had 19.

Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (8-6) won his fourth straight decision. Gary Matthews had a two-run homer and Kevin Mench a two-run single for Texas.

Royals 8, Mariners 6

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — David DeJesus drove in three runs for the Royals, who had lost 14 of 16 and been shut out in three of their last four games.

D.J. Carrasco (4-3) went 5 1-3 innings for the win. Mike MacDougal got three outs for his 10th save.

Gil Meche (8-6) went three innings plus two batters and was charged with five runs and seven hits for Seattle.

Angels 2, Twins 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Bengie Molina drove in the go-ahead run with a homer to lead the Angels to their 12th win in 15 games.

Molina had two hits, including his seventh homer of the season that gave the Angels a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning.

Rookie Ervin Santana (3-3) allowed one run and five hits in five innings, struck out three and walked two. Francisco Rodriguez, the third reliever, pitched a hitless ninth and struck out three for his 16th save in 17 chances.

The Angels had a chance to increase their lead later in the fifth with two runners on, but Vladimir Guerrero broke his bat grounding into an inning-ending double play.

Scott Baker (0-1) gave up two runs and five hits in five innings, struck out five and walked two in his first major league start and second appearance.

The Angels tied the game at 1 on Guerrero's RBI groundout in the first.

The Twins, who had seven hits, took a 1-0 lead in the top of the inning on an RBI single by Joe Mauer.

Notes: Ten of Molina's last 17 homers have tied the game or given the Angels the lead. ... The Twins had won seven of their previous eight games. ... Twins LF Shannon Stewart went 3-for-5. ... Shortstop Macier Izturis dropped a pop up in the ninth inning, the Angels' first error in 14 games, a streak that tied the club record.

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