MLB: Beckett flirts with no-hitter
DETROIT ó Josh Beckett did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the seventh inning and David Ortiz hit a two-run double, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 10-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday night.
The Red Sox, though, lost Kevin Youkilis to a freak injury in the eighth inning. He was stretching for a throw at first when Josh Anderson appeared to step on the back of his right ankle.
Beckett (6-2) gave up a single to Curtis Granderson with two outs in the seventh to end the no-hit bid. Beckett retired 18 straight batters after walking Placido Polanco with one out in the first until he walked Magglio Ordonez with one out in the seventh.
“He finally gave me a pitch that wasn’t on a corner ó everything had been on the black all night,” Granderson said. “Everyone knows what is going on ó there are scoreboards all over the stadium, so we could all see that we didn’t have any runs and didn’t have any hits.”
The Tigers broke up the shutout with five unearned runs in the eighth.
Angels 8, Blue Jays 1
TORONTO ó Jered Weaver had a career-high 10 strikeouts, and Bobby Abreu homered.
Weaver (5-2) has an ERA of 1.64 in his past six starts.
Rays 9, Royals 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ó Jeff Niemann took a perfect game into the fifth inning and wound up with a two-hitter, and Ben Zobrist hit a grand slam.
Niemann (5-4) retired the first 14 batters before Mark Teahen lined a two-out single to center in the fifth. The right-hander struck out a career-high nine and walked one in his first complete game.
Kansas City closer Joakim Soria got two outs in the eighth in his first outing since being sidelined May 7 with a right rotator cuff strain.
Rangers 4, Yankees 2
NEW YORK ó Scott Feldman pitched into the seventh inning to win his third consecutive start and Texas leapfrogged New York for the best record in the American League.
Feldman (5-0) allowed two runs, one earned, and five hits in 61/3 innings.
Athletics 5, White Sox 3
CHICAGO ó Bobby Crosby and Landon Powell hit back-to-back homers and Jason Giambi also connected.
Indians 10, Twins 1
MINNEAPOLIS ó Cliff Lee cruised through eight innings for Cleveland.
Lee (3-6) turned in his 10th straight quality start, six innings or more and three runs allowed or less, picking up only his second victory since April 16. The left-hander was handed just 30 runs over his first 11 appearances from the third-highest scoring team in the league.
Jhonny Peralta’s three-run homer against rookie Anthony Swarzak (1-2) was the big hit, part of a two-out, five-run surge in the third inning.
Mariners 3, Orioles 2
SEATTLE ó Franklin Gutierrez tripled with one out in the bottom of the ninth before Adrian Beltre singled him home.
Gutierrez’s drive banged off the top of the wall in left-center just beyond the reach of leaping center fielder Adam Jones. Jim Johnson (2-3) then intentionally walked both Ichiro Suzuki, who had earlier extended his hitting streak to 27 games, and Russell Branyan to load the bases for Beltre.
Cubs 3, Braves 2 (11 innings)
ATLANTA ó Pinch-hitter Micah Hoffpauir blooped an RBI single to left field in the 11th inning.
Derrek Lee started the 11th by drawing a walk from Jeff Bennett, then pulled off a nifty bit of baserunning to reach second. On a routine fly to left, Lee caught Matt Diaz off guard by tagging up and just beating a delayed throw to the bag.
Lee stopped at third on a single by Reed Johnson but came home when Hoffpauir looped a single just over the head of third baseman Chipper Jones.
Both starters ó Chicago’s Ted Lilly and Atlanta’s Derek Lowe ó pitched seven strong innings.
The Braves, held to one hit through the first four innings by Lilly, rallied to tie it on Brian McCann’s run-scoring single in the sixth and Jones’ pinch-hit double in the seventh.
Brewers 9, Marlins 6
MIAMI ó Ryan Braun homered and Milwaukee scored three runs on walks to snap its five-game road skid.
The Brewers scored six runs in the fifth inning, three on bases-loaded walks by reliever Hayden Penn, who came in for rookie Sean West (0-3) with runners on first and second.
Astros 6, Rockies 4
HOUSTON ó Hunter Pence had a solo homer and two RBI singles as Houston won its fourth straight.
Phillies 5, Padres 1
SAN DIEGO ó Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer and Philadelphia earned its sixth straight win.
Dodgers 1, Diamondbacks 0
LOS ANGELES ó Chad Billingsley scattered four hits over six innings and Casey Blake hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth.