Schilling returns to rotation in loss for Red Sox

Posted: Friday, August 26, 2005

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Curt Schilling gave up six runs and nine hits in his first start since April and Kansas City beat Boston 7-4 on Thursday night, the Royals’ fourth win in five games since snapping a franchise-record 19-game losing streak.

Schilling (5-6) went five innings in his first start since April 23, a loss to Tampa Bay. He walked one and had five strikeouts.

The six-time All-Star went on the disabled list on April 29 with a right ankle bruise after going 1-2 in three starts. He missed 69 games, then was 4-3 with nine saves in 11 opportunities while filling in for injured closer Keith Foulke. It was his first regular bullpen work since 1992.

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 2

NEW YORK — Gary Sheffield and Alex Rodriguez hit consecutive first-inning homer to back another strong start by New York’s Shawn Chacon.

Chacon improved to 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA with the Yankees after going 1-7 with a 4.09 ERA for Colorado. He pitched out of two bases-loaded jams to earn his third straight victory, allowing six hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking four.

Athletics 11, Tigers 1

DETROIT — Barry Zito (12-10) allowed four hits in six scoreless innings, and Mark Ellis, Dan Johnson and Jay Payton homered. The A’s won their second straight after dropping seven of nine and scored their most runs since an 11-0 win over Kansas City on Aug. 7.

Mike Maroth (11-12), who had won three straight decisions, had his worst outing of the year, lasting just 3 2-3 innings. He gave up a season-high eight runs and 10 hits.

White Sox 2, Twins 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Timo Perez hit a go-ahead single in the 10th after Geoff Blum doubled off Jesse Crain (9-3) and pinch-hitter Pablo Ozuna bunted to the pitcher. Crain’s throw to third beat the runner but third baseman Luis Rodriguez missed the tag.

Jon Garland pitched 7 2-3 innings and was in position to tie the Angels’ Bartolo Colon for the AL lead in wins at 17 before Minnesota rallied in the ninth against Dustin Hermanson (1-2) on Michael Ryan’s two-out line drive that deflected off first baseman Paul Konerko’s glove and rolled down the right-field line for an RBI double.

Mariners 8, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas — Jeff Harris (1-1), a 31-year-old rookie drafted 11 years ago, limited Texas to just four singles and an unearned run over seven innings in his second career start, getting defensive help from four double plays.

Ichiro Suzuki hit his third career grand slam for Seattle, a drive in a five-run ninth.

Orioles 2, Angels 0

BALTIMORE — Rodrigo Lopez scattered seven hits over seven innings and Javy Lopez hit a two-run homer as Baltimore snapped a five-game losing streak.

Rodrigo Lopez (13-7) struck out five, walked one and worked out of several jams in helping the Orioles avoid a three-game sweep. He is 5-1 with a 1.70 ERA in seven career games against the Angels.

Indians 12, Devil Rays 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Ronnie Belliard hit his first career grand slam during a seven-run third inning to lead Cleveland.

Jose Hernandez went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for Cleveland, which stayed less than a percentage point behind the New York Yankees and Oakland in the AL wild-card race. The Indians have won seven of eight.

National League

WASHINGTON — Ken Griffey Jr. reached 30 homers in a season for the first time since 2000, Brandon Claussen won his fifth straight decision by becoming the latest unheralded hurler to shut down Washington and the Reds beat the Nationals 5-3 Thursday.

Cincinnati won seven of its first 35 on the road, but it’s 16-7 since, including taking two of three in Washington. On June 30, the Nationals were a majors-best 30-13 at RFK Stadium, but since then they’ve gone 6-14 and lost five of six home series.

Marlins 3, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE — Juan Pierre hit a tiebreaking single off Jose Capellan (0-1) with two outs in the 10th, stole his 42nd base and scored on Jeff Conine’s single.

Antonio Alfonseca (1-1) got the win with a perfect ninth inning, and Todd Jones pitched the 10th for his 29th save.

Brewers hard-luck left-hander Doug Davis was denied of his 10th win for the 12th straight time despite allowing just one earned run on five hits in seven stellar innings.

Cardinals 6, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH — Jim Edmonds and Albert Pujols homered in the first to get St. Louis off to its customary fast start in Pittsburgh, and Tony La Russa passed Sparky Anderson to move into third place on the manager wins list with 2,195, trailing only Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763).

Matt Morris (14-5) allowed two runs and nine hits in seven innings, improving to 6-0 at Pittsburgh in seven career starts, and Jason Isringhausen got four outs for his 34th save. Pujols’ homer was his 16th at PNC, the most among opposing players, and St. Louis improved to 10-3 against the Pirates this season.

Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1

PHOENIX — Pedro Martinez took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and Victor Diaz homered and added a sacrifice fly for New York.

The Mets completed their first four-game sweep in more than two years and have won eight of their last 10 to move within 1 1/2 games of Philadelphia in the NL wild-card race. New York beat Arizona 14-1 and 18-4 the previous two games.

Martinez (13-5) snapped his two-game losing streak, limiting Arizona to two hits in six innings. He had six strikeouts to pass Mickey Lolich for 15th place on the career list with 2,835. The right-hander also walked four and hit a batter.

Rockies 5, Dodgers 4

LOS ANGELES — Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer, Aaron Cook won his third straight start, and Colorado beat Los Angeles for its first series victory at Dodger Stadium since August 2001.

Dustan Mohr and Aaron Miles also homered to help the Rockies take two of three from the Dodgers. Colorado entered the series with a 7-24 record in its last 31 games in Los Angeles, including an 0-3 mark this season.

Cook (3-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. Brian Fuentes worked the ninth for his second save in two nights and 23rd in 26 chances.

Brad Penny (6-8) was the loser. The Dodgers have lost four of their last five to drop a season-worst 13 games below .500. They trail NL West-leading San Diego by 6 1/2 games.

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