MLB: Zimmerman’s streak ends
SAN FRANCISCO ó Ryan Zimmerman’s 30-game hitting streak ended when he went 0-for-3 with two walks, but Shairon Martis allowed two hits over seven sharp innings to remain unbeaten this season in the Washington Nationals’ 6-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Zimmerman never got the ball out of the infield, falling just short of Vladimir Guerrero’s franchise-record streak of 31 games for Montreal in 1999. After two groundouts and two walks against Barry Zito, Zimmerman grounded into a fielder’s choice against reliever Pat Misch in the ninth.
The Nationals’ rising star got a whole new appreciation for the greatness of Joe DiMaggio.
“It makes you realize how much better 56 is than 30,” Zimmerman said, referring to the San Francisco native’s record hitting streak in 1941. “That’s a long time. … To get a hit every single game, there’s got to be a little bit of luck involved.”
Pirates 5, Cardinals 2
PITTSBURGH ó The Pirates won behind Ross Ohlendorf’s two-hit pitching over six innings.
Ryan Ludwick went on the 15-day disabled list earlier in the day with a right hamstring injury.
Dodgers 9, Phillies 2
PHILADELPHIA ó Randy Wolf allowed one run and three hits, striking out eight in six sharp innings in his second career start against his former team. James Loney homered and drove in four runs.
Brewers 8, Marlins 6
MILWAUKEE ó Rickie Weeks homered for the third straight game.
Cubs 6, Padres 4, 71/2 innings
CHICAGO ó Alfonso Soriano hit his 53rd career leadoff homer and the Cubs won a rain-shortened game.
Soriano moved into a tie for second place on the all-time list with Craig Biggio. Ryan Theriot added two homers and Geovany Soto went deep for the first time this season in a game that was stopped following a 58-minute delay before the bottom of the eighth.
Astros 15, Rockies 11
DENVER ó Lance Berkman went 4-for-4 and the Astros finished with 24 hits in a victory over the Rockies.
Berkman drove in two runs and scored three times for the Astros, who were one hit shy of their franchise record for a nine-inning game set during the second matchup in a doubleheader against Atlanta on May 30, 1976. Geoff Blum matched his career high with five RBIs.
Mike Hampton (2-3) improved to 18-10 at Coors Field, the second-most wins by a left-hander in park history.
Reds 10, Diamondbacks 3
PHOENIX ó Brandon Phillips had four RBIs as the Reds improved to an MLB-best 13-5 on the road.
Twins 14, Tigers 10 (13 innings)
MINNEAPOLIS ó Joe Crede’s two-out grand slam in the 13th off Brandon Lyon beat Detroit hours after Dontrelle Willis made his first start of the season for the Tigers.
Justin Morneau greeted Willis by smashing a two-run homer in the first. Willis gave up eight hits, four runs and two walks in 42/3 inningsIndians 4, White Sox 0
CLEVELAND ó Cliff Lee threw seven scoreless innings, and Victor Martinez homered on Mark Buehrle’s seventh pitch of the game.
The four runs Cleveland scored doubled its output in Lee’s previous four starts combined. Lee, who hadn’t won since April 16, entered the day tied for the league lead in losses despite a 1.70 ERA in his last five starts.
Yankees 8, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO ó Brett Gardner hit his first major league homer and drove in three runs, and Andy Pettitte won for the first time in four starts.
The Yankees finished with 11 hits, including eight for extra bases, and improved to 11-0 when holding their opponent to three runs or less.
Rays 8, Orioles 6
BALTIMORE ó Willie Aybar hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth.
Jason Bartlett matched a career high with his fifth homer of the season for the Rays, who scored four times in the ninth off Bob McCrory and held on after the Orioles rallied.
Rangers 6, Mariners 5 (11 innings)
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Hank Blalock’s two-run double in the 11th inning rallied the Rangers to a win.
Wladimir Balentien’s RBI double in the top of the 11th had given the Mariners a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom half, Michael Young led off with a single off closer Brandon Morrow. Josh Hamilton walked and Blalock delivered one out later.
Angels 8, Red Sox 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. ó Matt Palmer overcame a shaky start before retiring the last 19 batters.
Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead three-run homer against Tim Wakefield, who is 0-6 with a 9.30 ERA in his last six road starts against the Angels.
Palmer (4-0) allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked two. The right-hander made his first three big league starts last season with San Francisco and lost all of them.
Athletics 7, Royals 2
OAKLAND, Calif. ó Jack Cust’s three-run double broke open a close game.