Major Leagues: Saturday’s roundup
Major League Baseball roundup …BOSTON ó Omir Santos hit a two-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the ninth inning, a drive that was initially ruled a double, and the New York Mets rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox.
The long flyball to left field bounced off the shelf above the Green Monster and was called a double. But after the umpires went into the tunnel for the television replay ó the first in Fenway Park history ó crew chief Joe West came out and signaled for a home run.
Pedro Feliciano (1-1) pitched the eighth. J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his second save, getting some fielding help from third baseman David Wright on a hard grounder down the line with a runner on first. Shortstop Ramon Martinez, who made two errors on Friday night, stabbed Mike Lowell’s hard grounder in the hole for the final out.
Papelbon (0-1) had been 11 for 11 in save opportunities.
Cardinals 5, Royals 0
ST. LOUIS ó Kyle Lohse threw eight innings of four-hit ball and the Cardinals shut out Kansas City for the second straight time, giving the rotation fifth straight dominant outing.
Lohse (4-3) struck out six with no walks, shaking off three straight losses to start the month. Cardinals starters have allowed one run in 362/3 innings during a five-game winning streak.
White Sox 4, Pirates 0
CHICAGO ó Clayton Richard struck out a career-high eight over six innings, Alexei Ramirez homered in his second straight game and the Chicago White Sox shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates again.
Richard (1-0) allowed four hits for his first victory since last August, and the White Sox won for the fourth time in five games. They haven’t allowed a run since a franchise record-tying 20-1 loss to Minnesota on Thursday.
Twins 6, Brewers 2
MINNEAPOLIS ó Joe Mauer had three hits, a homer and two RBIs to help Anthony Swarzak win his major league debut for the Minnesota Twins and ensuring Milwaukee’s first series loss in five weeks.
Swarzak (1-0) sprinkled five singles over seven shutout innings, walking two and striking out three.
Mauer hit his ninth home run ó his career high is 13 ó in just his 21st game, a two-out liner in the fifth against Braden Looper (4-3). Mauer scored three runs and drew a walk, too, and has hit in 18 of those 21 games since coming off the disabled list.
The Brewers won eight of their last 10 series, tying two, while surging to the top of the NL Central following a 4-9 start. This is their first two-game losing streak since the first two days of May.
Rockies 4, Tigers 3
DETROIT ó Todd Helton and Chris Iannetta homered to back an efficient performance by Jason Marquis, and the Colorado Rockies ended the Detroit Tigers’ seven-game winning streak.
Marquis (6-3) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk in 72/3 innings to win his second straight start. Randy Flores got the final out of the eighth and Huston Street pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six tries and the 100th of his career.
Orioles 2, Nationals 1
WASHINGTON ó Aubrey Huff drove in the tiebreaking run with a pinch-hit triple in the seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles made the most of three hits in a victory over the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals drew their second-largest crowd of the season (31,833) for this interleague matchup of teams located 40 miles apart on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway.
Rays 10, Marlins 3
MIAMI ó Evan Longoria hit a tiebreaking single in eighth inning to add to his major league-leading RBI total and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the hapless Florida Marlins.
Indians 7, Reds 6
CINCINNATI ó Asdrubal Cabrera drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, overshadowing Joey Votto’s remarkable return from a week of medical tests ó homers in his first two at-bats ó and rallying the Cleveland Indians past the Cincinnati Reds.
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