MLB roundup: New York holds off Baltimore
BALTIMORE ó Baltimore first baseman Aubrey Huff muffed a seventh-inning popup down the right-field line that produced two unearned runs, and the New York Mets beat the bumbling Orioles 6-4.
Three Baltimore errors led to three tainted Mets runs, helping Mike Pelfrey (5-2) earn his first win in more than five weeks.
Bobby Parnell started the bottom of the ninth with a 6-2 lead and allowed back-to-back singles before being replaced by Francisco Rodriguez. Both runs came around to score, increasing Parnell’s ERA to 3.20.
Rodriguez gave up a bases-loaded walk to Ty Wigginton and a run-scoring groundout to Brian Roberts, then struck out Adam Jones with two runners in scoring position for his 17th save in 18 opportunities.
Reds 7, Braves 2
CINCINNATI ó Laynce Nix drove in three runs and Brandon Phillips had three hits on a soggy field.
A 1-hour, 54-minute delay forced starter Aaron Harang out of the game in the third inning. Braves starter Jair Jurrjens went only two innings before the rain ended his day.
Atlanta’s Chipper Jones singled, snapping an 0-for-21 slump that was the second-longest of his career. He ended up with three hits.
Willy Taveras snapped his 0-for-32 slump with a single. It was the longest drought by a Reds position player since Denis Menke went 33 at-bats without a hit in 1973.
Red Sox 8, Marlins 2
BOSTON ó David Ortiz homered to start a six-run fourth inning, then added a two-run single to finish it.
Ortiz, who did not homer in the first six weeks of the season, now has five for the year ó four of them in the last nine games. His batting average is back up to .210 ó still 73 points below his career average.
Yankees 5, Nationals 3
NEW YORK ó Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and matched a career high with four hits, leading CC Sabathia to a victory.
Sabathia (6-4) held Washington in check after light-hitting Anderson Hernandez’s three-run homer in the fifth gave the Nationals the lead.
Brewers 7, Indians 5
CLEVELAND ó Yovani Gallardo won for the third time in four starts despite walking a season-high six.
The Indians went hitless in 14 tries with runners in scoring position and left 12 runners stranded overall until Travis Hafner hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth to make it 7-5.
Rangers 6, Astros 1
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Ian Kinsler, 4-for-33 with no RBIs the previous eight games, homered twice.
Cardinals 11, Tigers 2
ST. LOUIS ó Albert Pujols hit his fifth home run in five games ó and the longest homer at Busch this season.
Pujols also drew his major league-leading 19th and 20th intentional walks before lining his 23rd homer an estimated 446 feet over the left field wall to start the sixth. Chris Duncan followed with a 418-foot shot.
Royals 5, Diamondbacks 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó Gil Meche pitched a four-hit shutout and Mark Teahen had three hits and drove in a run.
Meche (4-5) improved to 14-4 in interleague play. His .778 winning percentage against the National League tops all active pitchers with at least 20 interleague starts.
Twins 8, Pirates 2
MINNEAPOLIS ó Glen Perkins won his first start off the disabled list and Joe Mauer backed him with his second four-hit game of the season.
The Twins improved their interleague record to 6-1.
Blue Jays 8, Phillies 3 (10)
PHILADELPHIA ó Scott Rolen singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays went on to score four more runs.
The Blue Jays rallied for a run in the ninth to tie it when fill-in closer Ryan Madson walked Lyle Overbay with the bases loaded to make it 3-3.
Rays 12, Rockies 4
DENVER ó Tampa snapped the Rockies’ 11-game winning streak with a franchise-best 11 extra-base hits.