MLB roundup: Konerko smashes three homers
CHICAGO ó Paul Konerko hit a career-high three home runs, including a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning, to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 10-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.
Konerko, who drove in a career-high seven runs, became the 12th player in White Sox history to hit three homers in a game. Jose Valentin was the last White Sox to hit three home runs in a game on July 30, 2003.
“It was one of those days where I didn’t feel all that different going into it,” Konerko said. “It was just having good at-bats and making good decisions. … A couple of those balls don’t go early in the year, and that’s what you wait for hopefully in the summer here.”
The White Sox made a trade before the game, acquiring reliever Tony Pena from Arizona for minor league infielder Brandon Allen.
Pena was 5-3 with a 4.24 ERA in 37 games for the Diamondbacks this season.
Allen, a former member of the Kannapolis Intimidators, was hitting .282 with eight homers and 43 RBIs in 62 combined games with Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. Allen, 23, entered the season as the sixth-ranked prospect in the organization according to Baseball America.
Rays 3, Blue Jays 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. ó Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning.
Toronto’s Scott Rolen tied it in the eighth with a single that extended his career-best hitting streak to 24 games.
Orioles 12, Mariners 4
SEATTLE ó Luke Scott had a career-high six RBIs.
Red Sox 5, Athletics 2
BOSTON ó Josh Beckett became Boston’s second 10-game winner and Jason Bay hit his 20th homer.
Scott Hairston broke Beckett’s streak of 23 innings at home without an earned run when he homered in the first.
Tigers 8, Royals 5
DETROIT ó Marcus Thames hit a three-run homer to back Justin Verlander, who struck out 11 to run his AL-best total to 141, the most by a Detroit pitcher before the All-Star game in 37 years.
Yankees 10, Twins 2
MINNEAPOLIS ó CC Sabathia allowed one run and three hits in seven innings
The bottom third of the Yankees order had seven hits and six RBIs. Scott Baker (6-7) gave up five runs and nine hits in three innings.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 0
MILWAUKEE ó Adam Wainwright came within two outs of his first career shutout and Ryan Ludwick and Colby Rasmus homered for St. Louis.
Wainwright worked out of bases-loaded jam in the second and didn’t allow a hit after the fourth inning until Casey McGehee’s infield hit leading off the ninth.
It was the third time in the last nine games Milwaukee has been shut out.
Reds 4, Phillies 3
PHILADELPHIA ó Ramon Hernandez hit a tiebreaking RBI single off Brad Lidge in the ninth inning.Brandon Phillips hit two homers and had three RBIs to help the Reds rebound from the worst loss in franchise history.
“It really woke us up,” Phillips said of Cincinnati’s 22-1 loss Monday. “We came in, said we have to wake up, do the little things and we can’t let the same things happen.”
Joey Votto doubled leading off the ninth against Lidge. After Phillips sacrificed, Laynce Nix was intentionally walked and Hernandez followed with a liner to center.
Pirates 6, Astros 3
HOUSTON ó Jack Wilson hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs for Pittsburgh.
Giants 3, Marlins 0
SAN FRANCISCO ó Barry Zito pitched into the ninth and Juan Uribe hit a two-run shot.
Diamondbacks 4, Padres 3
PHOENIX ó Doug Davis got his first victory in a month.
Rockies 5, Nationals 4
DENVER ó Clint Barmes hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning for the Rockies, who had tied the game with a three-run fourth.
Washington went ahead 4-1 in the third on a three-run homer by Ryan Zimmerman.