MLB: Santana stifles Phillies
NEW YORK ó Johan Santana extended his dominant start to the season, striking out 10 in seven innings of two-hit ball, and the New York Mets scratched out a run Wednesday night on Pedro Feliz’s throwing error for a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
In their first visit to the Mets’ new ballpark, Citi Field, the Phillies wasted an excellent performance from previously struggling starter Chan Ho Park, who allowed one hit in six shutout innings.
Santana (4-1) lowered his ERA to 0.91 and won 1-0 for the second time in six starts this year.
Carlos Delgado chugged home from first base on his bad hip when Feliz threw away pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis’ infield single to third with two outs in the seventh.
Braves 8, Marlins 6
MIAMI ó Garret Anderson’s first three RBIs this season helped the Atlanta Braves end a four-game losing streak.
Chipper Jones and Omar Infante drove in two runs apiece, and Derek Lowe (4-1) won his third start in a row despite giving up six runs in five innings.
Florida’s Jorge Cantu tied a career high with five RBIs.
Cardinals 4, Pirates 2
ST. LOUIS ó Albert Pujols homered for the fourth time in five games and Chris Duncan’s two-run triple in the fourth inning was the go-ahead hit as the Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak.
Cubs 6, Astros 3
HOUSTON ó Rich Harden pitched into the eighth inning and Reed Johnson hit a bases-loaded triple for Chicago.
Aramis Ramirez added a solo home run for the Cubs, who have won five of six.
Rockies 11, Giants 1
DENVER ó Ubaldo Jimenez pitched seven strong innings to get his first win in a month for Colorado.
Brewers 15, Reds 3
CINCINNATI ó Ryan Braun hit his second career grand slam off Bronson Arroyo, who couldn’t make it through the second inning.
BOSTON ó Carl Pavano pitched his third strong game in three weeks, Victor Martinez homered and drove in four runs and the Cleveland Indians ended the Boston Red Sox nine-game home winning streak with a 9-2 victory Wednesday night.
The right-hander allowed two runs in six innings and lowered his ERA in his last four games to 3.75. It was 16.71 after his other two starts.
Blue Jays 13, Angels 1ANAHEIM, Calif. ó Roy Halladay became baseball’s second six-game winner.
Halladay (6-1) joined Kansas City’s Zack Greinke atop the victory list, dominating the Angels over eight innings. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Royals 9, Mariners 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo.ó Mark Teahen had three hits and drove in three runs, and Sidney Ponson made a strong case to stay in the rotation with 7 1-3 solid innings to lead the Royals.
Rays 4, Yankees 3
NEW YORK ó Carlos Pena homered leading off the 10th inning, and Tampa Bay survived a sudden downpour and Mark Teixeira’s tying, three-run double in the eighth.
Orioles 4, Twins 1, 6 inningsBALTIMORE ó Nick Markakis and Luke Scott homered, and Baltimore beat Minnesota t in a rain-shortened game that included four delays totaling 3 hours, 46 minutes.
The teams played a total of 1 hour, 27 minutes before the final stoppage occurred with one out in the top of the sixth.
Rangers 3, Athletics 2
OAKLAND, Calif. ó Elvis Andrus homered, Scott Feldman pitched six strong innings and Texas won its fifth straight.
David Murphy and Chris Davis each drove in a run for the Rangers, who have won six of their last seven road games.