MLB roundup: Cabrera lifts Yankees over Texas
NEW YORK ó Melky Cabrera hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees overcame yet another poor start by Chien-Ming Wang to beat Texas 8-6.
The Yankees rallied from a 5-1 deficit and took two of three from the AL West leaders in another game of home run derby at the new Yankee Stadium.
Johnny Damon started it with a leadoff shot for New York, Nelson Cruz finished Wang in the fifth with a long drive, and Ian Kinsler’s solo homer for Texas in the sixth made it 6-all.
Angels 6, Blue Jays 5
TORONTO ó Howie Kendrick dashed home with some daring baserunning, scoring the go-ahead run on a ninth-inning double play.
With Kendrick at third, Erick Aybar grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. Kendrick raced home as the second out was made at first, sliding in ahead of the throw from first baseman Lyle Overbay, who hesitated after making the catch and didn’t appear to see that Kendrick had made a late break for the plate.
Trailing 5-2 after seven innings, the Blue Jays tied it with a three-run eighth against the Angels’ beleaguered bullpen, which came in with a major league-worst 5.68 ERA.
Twins 11, Indians 3
MINNEAPOLIS ó Jason Kubel hit a pair of three-run homers to back Scott Baker, who pitched seven innings.
Kubel’s first homer capped a four-run first against Fausto Carmona.
Red Sox 6, Tigers 3
DETROIT ó Jason Bay’s bases-loaded double keyed a six-run third inning and the Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of Detroit.
Tim Wakefield has beaten the Tigers 16 times, more than any other active pitcher.
Athletics 7, White Sox 0
CHICAGO ó Jason Giambi hit a three-run homer and Brett Anderson pitched seven impressive innings.
Aaron Cunningham, a former Chicago prospect who played in Kannapolis, added a two-run shot in the ninth for Oakland.
The White Sox were shut out for the major league-worst eighth time this season, and Gordon Beckham went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his debut.
Oakland has started four rookie pitchers in a row for the third time in team history, the last coming in 1996.
Rays 3, Royals 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ó B.J. Upton hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth and James Shields allowed two runs over eight innings.
Pirates 11, Mets 6
PITTSBURGH ó Jason Jaramillo drove in a career-high four runs and the Pirates completed a rain-shortened, three-game sweep.
Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with three runs, a walk, an RBI and a stolen base.
Carlos Beltran, playing his first game in five days because of a stomach virus, homered and doubled.
Mike Pelfrey (4-2) allowed a career-worst nine runs ó eight earned ó and nine hits in 32/3 innings.
Phillies 3, Dodgers 0
LOS ANGELES ó Cole Hamels pitched a five-hitter for his third career shutout.
Marlins 4, Brewers 3
MIAMI ó Josh Johnson hit a three-run shot for his first career homer and pitched into the eighth inning.
John Baker had an RBI single in a four-run fourth.
Cardinals 3, Reds 1
ST. LOUIS ó Chris Carpenter pitched a three-hitter for his first complete game in more than two years and Albert Pujols took care of the offense with a two-run homer and RBI double.
Carpenter (4-0) needed just 95 pitches for his first complete game since Sept. 11, 2006.
Rockies 10, Astros 3
HOUSTON ó Garrett Atkins broke out of a slump with two homers and Colorado snapped a four-game losing skid.
Giants 4, Nationals 1 (2nd)
WASHINGTON ó Matt Cain (7-1) won his fifth straight decision, and San Francisco broke a 1-all tie in the fifth with a five-hit rally against Ross Detwiler.NOTES
ATLANTA ó The Cubs-Braves game was postponed by rain Thursday following a delay of 2 hours, 20 minutes before the first pitch. The game was rescheduled for June 22 in Atlanta.
Carlos Zambrano is now scheduled to start today’s series opener at Cincinnati.
CARACAS, Venezuela ó Colorado catcher Yorvit Torrealba’s 11-year-old son and brother-in-law were released by kidnappers a day after being abducted.
The two were abducted while driving to the boy’s school along with a relative of the boy’s mother, Venezuelan authorities said in a statement.
The kidnappers demanded $466,000 in ransom, but none was paid, said Wilmer Flores Trossel, head of Venezuela’s federal police.
MIAMI ó Florida placed right-hander Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list because of shoulder discomfort.Red Sox
DETROIT ó David Ortiz doesn’t think that his season-long slump has anything to do with his eyes. At this point, though, he’s willing to try just about anything.
Ortiz is hitting .187 with just one home run this season.
“I’ve been thinking about getting my eyes checked ó for real,” he said. “My vision has always been 20-20, and I’m not feeling anything crazy, but I’m going to get it checked out.”
MINNEAPOLIS ó Travis Hafner declared he was ready to return from the disabled list.