MLB roundup: Hamel leads Phillies
Associated PressPHILADELPHIA ó Cole Hamels pitched seven effective innings, Jayson Werth and Pedro Feliz both had three hits and Philadelphia beat San Diego 9-4 on Thursday night.
One day after their 10-game winning streak ended, the NL East-leading Phillies moved 61/2 games ahead Atlanta and Florida with their 15th win in 17 games.
Kyle Blanks hit a two-run homer for San Diego, which has the second-worst record in the majors (37-59).
Hamels (6-5) allowed three runs and four hits, striking out six. He won for the second time in nine starts.
Kevin Correia (6-8) allowed eight runs and nine hits in 31/3 innings. It was his shortest outing in 20 starts this season.
The Phillies scored three runs in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth. Carlos Ruiz hit a solo homer in the seventh for the Phillies, who had 14 hits.
Giants 5, Braves 1
ATLANTA ó Barry Zito gave up three hits in seven innings and San Francisco avoided a four-game sweep.
The Giants improved to 2-5 on their 10-game trip while the Braves, who had a four-game winning streak end, finished a 6-2 homestand. They were denied their first four-game sweep of the Giants in Atlanta.
Zito (6-10) walked five batters but gave up one run, Yunel Escobar’s second-inning homer, and San Francisco scored four unearned runs in the eighth to break a 1-1 tie.
Mike Gonzalez (3-3), who had ligament-replacement surgery on his left elbow in May 2007, suffered a left forearm contusion when struck by Nate Schierholtz’s line drive to open the eighth inning.
Escobar has four homers and 13 RBIs in eight games since the All-Star break.
Atlanta starter Kenshin Kawakami gave up four hits and one run in five innings.
Cardinals 4, Nationals 1, 6 innings, rainWASHINGTON ó Adam Wainwright pitched six strong innings and Rick Ankiel broke a five-week homer drought as St. Louis snapped a three-game losing skid with a rain-shortened victory.
Wainwright (11-6) allowed one run and eight hits in the 19th consecutive start he has gone at least six innings. He walked one and struck out seven in his first complete game of the season and third of his career.
The game, a makeup of a May 3 contest postponed by rain, was called with one out in the top of the seventh after a 1-hour, 30-minute delay left the field unplayable.
There was a 76-minute stoppage in the fourth inning.
Adam Dunn had three hits for the Nationals, who had won two straight.
Ankiel led off the second with his sixth homer, and first since June 19.
Diamondbacks 11, Pirates 4 PHOENIX ó Miguel Montero doubled in the go-ahead run in a five-run seventh and pinch-hitter Chad Tracy capped the inning with a three-run home run, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 11-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Diamondbacks’ bullpen pitched four scoreless innings and retired all 12 batters it faced after Dan Haren had an off night, giving up four runs in five innings. It was the NL ERA leader’s shortest outing of the season and only the second in which he gave up more than three runs.
Mariners 2, Tigers 1
DETROIT ó Jarrod Washburn pitched seven scoreless innings for Seattle.
Washburn (8-6) allowed two hits and two walks as the Mariners won for the eighth time in 10 games. He is 5-1 with a 1.81 ERA in his last seven starts.
David Aardsma pitched a perfect ninth for his 24th save.
Rookie starter Luke French (1-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in 51/3 innings and struck out six.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the first on Mike Sweeney’s RBI double and made it 2-0 in the sixth on an run-scoring grounder by Wladimir Balentien.
Curtis Granderson pulled the Tigers within 2-1 with a two-out RBI triple in the eighth.
Indians 5, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO ó Rookie David Huff won for the first time in three starts and Shin-Soo Choo tripled home two runs for Cleveland.
Huff (5-4) allowed four runs and eight hits in 72/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four. Huff left after Kevin Millar cut Cleveland’s lead to one with a two-out homer.
Joe Smith came on and got Vernon Wells to ground out and Kerry Wood pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
The Indians chased Toronto rookie left-hander Marc Rzepczynski with a three-run fifth featuring Choo’s triple.
Toronto made it 4-3 on a two-run homer by Aaron Hill, who leads the team with 22.
Yankees 6, Athletics 3NEW YORK ó Mark Teixeira homered and drove in three runs, CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky start and New York extended its winning streak to seven with the rain-delayed victory.
Jorge Posada knocked in two runs and Phil Hughes tossed two perfect innings for his first major league save as New York increased its AL East lead to 21/2 games over idle Boston.