MLB roundup: Tigers double Twins 0
Ramon Santiago of the Detroit Tigers slides into third base safely as Jamey Carroll of the Minnesota Twins applies a tag during the fifth inning on May 26, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFP)
Final Score: Detroit 6, Minnesota 3
Minneapolis, MN - Andy Dirks hit two doubles, drove in two and scored two as the Detroit Tigers took a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins in a rainy second game of a three-game series. Prince Fielder went 4-for-4 with an RBI while Miguel Cabrera drove in two and scored once for the Tigers, who have taken the first two games of this set after getting swept by Cleveland. Max Scherzer (4-3) gave up three runs on six hits with nine strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings to grab the win. Denard Span and Justin Morneau each hit a solo home run for the Twins, who have dropped four straight. Carl Pavano (2-4) was touched for all six runs on 10 hits in just 4 1/3 innings to suffer the loss.
Final Score: Kansas City 4, Baltimore 3
Baltimore, MD - Eric Hosmer finished with three hits, including a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth, to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the middle installment of a three-game series on Saturday at Camden Yards. Hosmer finished with two RBI, while Billy Butler added a solo blast for the Royals, who snapped a three- game skid. Greg Holland (1-2) got the victory after inducing a double play from Adam Jones to end the seventh and Jonathan Broxton fired a scoreless ninth for his ninth save of the season. Pedro Strop (3-2) took the loss after serving up Hosmer's go-ahead single in the eighth. Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy each launched solo shots in the setback, the second in the last three games for the O's.
Final Score: New York 9, Oakland 2
Oakland, CA - Mark Teixeira homered twice and drove in five runs Saturday afternoon, leading the New York Yankees to a 9-2 win over the Oakland Athletics. Teixeira had four of New York's 14 hits, Robinson Cano added a solo homer and Derek Jeter tied George Brett for 14th place on the all-time hits list with a pair of singles. CC Sabathia (6-2) struck out four and snapped a two-start losing streak after allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks in seven innings. The Yankees took the opener of this three- game series 6-3 on Friday and have won four in a row. Josh Reddick homered for the A's, who have lost four straight. Bartolo Colon (4-5) gave up six runs on nine hits and struck out three in six innings to take the loss against his former team.
Final Score: Chicago 14, Cleveland 7
Chicago, IL - Dayan Viciedo went 3-for-5 with a home run and a career-high five RBI to help power the Chicago White Sox to a 14-7 stomping of the Cleveland Indians. Paul Konerko went 4-for-4 with two RBI and Alex Rios had three hits, including a two-run homer in the eighth, and three RBI for the White Sox, winners in eight of their last nine. Jake Peavy (6-1) gave up seven runs on six hits and fanned nine over 6 1/3 innings to come away with the win. Jason Kipnis had a pair of two-run blasts and Michael Brantley drove in three for the Indians, who have lost two in a row since sweeping the Detroit Tigers May 22-May 24.Derek Lowe (6-3) was pegged with the loss after giving up eight runs on 10 hits in just 2 1/3 innings.
Final Score: Boston 3, Tampa Bay 2
Boston, MA - A pinch-hitting Jarrod Saltalamacchia clubbed a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the second installment of a three-game series at Fenway Park. Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney (2-1) walked Daniel Nava to begin the ninth and pinch-hitter Nick Punto bunted him into scoring position before Saltalamacchia launched a home run to right-center field. It was the first blown save of the season for Rodney in 16 opportunities.
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 5, Seattle 3
Seattle, WA - Alberto Callaspo hit a pinch-hit grand slam to lead the LA Angels of Anaheim to a 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners in the third game of a four-game set. Albert Pujols had a solo home run while Mark Trumbo added three hits and a run scored for the Angels, who have won five straight. Jerome Williams (5-2) pitched six innings and gave up three runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts to win for a fifth time in his past six decisions. Dustin Ackley, Justin Smoak and Mike Carp each drove in a run for the Mariners, who have dropped four of five. Felix Hernandez (4-4) was charged with all five runs on 10 hits over six innings in the loss.
Final Score: New York 9, San Diego 0
Flushing, NY - Johan Santana tossed his ninth career shutout and first in close to two years as the New York Mets blanked the San Diego Padres, 9-0, in the third test of a four-game set at Citi Field. Santana (2-2) last tossed a shutout on August 12, 2010 against the Colorado Rockies before undergoing left shoulder surgery in September of that year, which forced the lefty to miss the entire 2011 campaign. The two-time Cy Young award winner allowed just four hits on Saturday and didn't issue a walk while striking out seven to extend his personal unbeaten streak to seven games. Scott Hairston belted a three-run blast and Mike Nickeas added a grand slam in the eighth for the Mets, who have won four of their last five. Clayton Richard (2-6) was charged for four runs on five hits and three walks over six innings of work. Yonder Alonso extended his hit-streak to nine games with a single in the first, but the Padres fell for the fifth time in their last six tries.
Final Score: Washington 8, Atlanta 4
Atlanta, GA - Chad Tracy ripped the go-ahead pinch-hit RBI double as part of a two-run sixth inning and the Washington Nationals pulled out an 8-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the middle tilt of a three-game series at Turner Field. Danny Espinosa finished 2-for-5 with a three-run home run, Bryce Harper ripped a solo shot, Rick Ankiel added a pinch-hit RBI triple and Adam LaRoche contributed a pair of RBI for the Nationals, who have won five of their last six games. Stephen Strasburg (5-1) blew a 4-0 lead and left the game after five innings, but he was bailed out by his offense in the sixth to come away with the win. He allowed four runs on six hits and four walks while fanning six. Tyler Clippard got the final two outs in the ninth to earn his third save of the season. Dan Uggla clubbed a two-run homer, while J.C. Boscan and Juan Francisco added RBIs for the Braves, who have dropped six straight games. Kris Medlen (1-1) allowed two runs on three hits to take the loss.
Final Score: Miami 5, San Francisco 3
Miami, FL - Logan Morrison drove in two runs and Mark Buehrle pitched into the eighth inning as the Miami Marlins took a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants in the third portion of a four-game set. Giancarlo Stanton had two doubles and scored twice, while Donovan Solano added two hits and an RBI for the Marlins, who have won the past two games after losing a pair. Buehrle (5-4) gave up just two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings to win his fourth straight decision. Gregor Blanco had three hits and an RBI for the Giants, who have lost three of four. Madison Bumgarner (5-4) was touched for five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over six innings.
Final Score: Pittsburgh 3, Chicago 2
Pittsburgh, PA - Matt Hague was the embodiment of taking one for the team on Saturday. Hague was hit by a pitch from Cubs' reliever Rafael Dolis (2-4) with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, giving Pittsburgh a rather painful 3-2 victory over Chicago in the middle tilt of a three-game set at PNC Park. Jose Tabata started the rally with a single up the middle and Josh Harrison walked. Andrew McCutchen then struck out and Pedro Alvarez flied out, which allowed Tabata to tag up and go to third. Harrison hustled to second on defensive indifference and Neil Walker drew a walk to load the bases, Hague battled Dolis to a full count before being drilled by a 96 mile-per-hour fastball to give his team the victory in walkoff fashion and make a winner out of Joel Hanrahan (2-0), who worked a perfect top of the inning. Alvarez had an RBI single and Walker knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly for the Pirates, who have won the first two games of this series.
Final Score: Cincinnati 10, Colorado 3
Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Chris Heisey and Ryan Ludwick both hit three-run homers to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 10-3 rout of the Colorado Rockies on Saturday. Brandon Phillips went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Joey Votto hit a pair of doubles and scored a run for the Reds, winners in seven of their last eight. J.J. Hoover (1-0) picked up his first major league win after shutting down Colorado in 1 1/3 innings. Cincinnati's bullpen combined for 5 1/3 shutout innings. Tyler Colvin had two hits and a pair of RBI and Wil Nieves drove in a run for the Rockies, losers in seven of nine. Jeremy Guthrie (2-3) was pegged with the loss after giving up six runs -- two earned -- on 10 hits over five innings.
Final Score: Philadelphia 4, St. Louis 0
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Kyle Kendrick breezed through the St. Louis lineup Saturday night, throwing just 94 pitches for his first career shutout and leading the Phillies to a 4-0 win. Kendrick (1-4) earned his first win in his sixth start of the season, giving up seven hits and no walks while striking out four. He threw 70 of his 94 pitches for strikes, pushing the game along to a finish shy of 2 1/2 hours. The Phillies will go for a four-game sweep Sunday when ace Roy Halladay goes against Adam Wainwright. Jaime Garcia (3-3) struck out six batters in six innings but took the loss after giving up four runs on six hits and two walks. Unable to solve Kendrick, the Cardinals fell to 5-11 in their last 16 games.