MLB roundup: Phils go deep, struggle in ninth

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Associated Press
WASHINGTON ó Philadelphia hit five solo home runs ó including three in the seventh inning ó during a 5-3 win over Washington on Tuesday.
The Phillies became the 12th team in major league history with a 30-homer foursome.Raul Ibanez went long for the 29th and 30th time this season and Chase Utley hit No. 30, joining Ryan Howard (38) and Jayson Werth in Philadelphia’s 30-homer club. Werth hit his 32nd.
Pedro Martinez (4-0) allowed three runs and seven hits over 62/3 innings. Brad Lidge, who had his 10th blown save in his last appearance, retired one batter before a single, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a walk.
Ryan Madson entered and retired Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn with the bases loaded to earn the save that usually belongs to Lidge ó forcing Charlie Manuel to backtrack on his pregame vote of confidence.
“When I say he’s my closer, I don’t tell lies, and I don’t like to go back on nothing,” Manuel said. “But the team and the game is bigger than my heart and is bigger than anything else, if you want to know the truth. Winning a game, that’s why I manage and that’s what comes first, and it was real tough for me to do.”
Braves 2, Astros 1
HOUSTON ó Javier Vazquez struck out nine in seven shutout innings and the Atlanta Braves snapped a five-game losing skid.
Adam LaRoche and Nate McLouth hit solo homers off Felipe Paulino.
Rafael Soriano gave up a run in the ninth but earned his 22nd save.
Miguel Tejada led off the ninth with a triple to center and scored on Hunter Pence’s single. Geoff Blum grounded into a double play and pinch hitter Aaron Boone lined out to end it.Marlins 4, Mets 2
NEW YORK ó Hanley Ramirez and Cameron Maybin hit long two-run homers. Carlos Beltran returned to the Mets’ lineup after missing 70 games and nearly hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning.
Rockies 3, Reds 1
DENVER ó Jason Marquis scattered four hits over 71/3 innings, and Eric Young Jr. hit his first homer.
The win moved the Rockies 19 games above .500 (79-60) for the first time in franchise history.
Cubs 9, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH ó Aramis Ramirez, Geovany Soto and Kosuke Fukudome had two-run hits as Chicago tied a major league record with eight consecutive hits to start the game. No team had done so in 19 years, when the New York Yankees did it against Baltimore on Sept. 25, 1990.
Cardinals 4, Brewers 3
MILWAUKEE ó Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer off Trevor Hoffman in the top of the ninth. Hoffman, trying to protect a 3-2 lead, walked Albert Pujols with one out before serving up a 2-1 pitch that Holliday drove over the wall in center.
Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 4
PHOENIX ó Ronnie Belliard hit the last of Los Angeles’ five two-out singles in the eighth inning, breaking a tie and giving the Dodgers a win.
Arizona tied a franchise record with five double plays.
Russell Martin singled off Blaine Boyer with one out in the eighth before Juan Pierre beat out a potential double-play grounder by a half-step to keep the inning alive.
Rafael Furcal singled to center and Matt Kemp had an RBI single, making it 4-2 before left-hander Daniel Schlereth (0-3) gave up an RBI single by Andre Ethier. Right-hander Esmerling Vasquez came in and pitched around Manny Ramirez, walking him on four pitches to load the bases for James Loney, who lined a single to left to tie the game.
Red Sox 10, Orioles 0
BOSTON ó Clay Buchholz pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, and Dustin Pedroia hit two of Boston’s season-high six homers.
David Ortiz hit his 269th homer as a designated hitter, tying him with Frank Thomas for the most by a DH.
Yankees 3, Rays 2
NEW YORK ó Nick Swisher hit his second home run of the game, connecting with one out in the ninth inning, and New York sent Tampa Bay to its seventh straight loss.
Derek Jeter moved no closer to the Yankees hit record held by Lou Gehrig. Jeter, in an 0-for-12 rut, is still four hits behind Gehrig’s total of 2,721.
Blue Jays 6, Twins 3
TORONTO ó John McDonald hit a three-run homer in a six-run sixth.
Athletics 11, White Sox 3
CHICAGO ó Jack Cust hit a three-run homer and Mark Ellis followed with a solo shot, fueling a five-run first inning.Rangers 11, Indians 9 (1st)
CLEVELAND ó Rookie Julio Borbon homered twice and Marlon Byrd went 4-for-4, including a three-run homer in the seventh inning.
Rangers 10, Indians 5 (2nd)
CLEVELAND ó Texas pulled within two games of Boston for the wild card. Byrd went 3-for-5.
Royals 7, Tigers 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. ó Kansas City’s bullpen pitched 41/3 scoreless innings and the Royals ended Detroit’s six-game winning streak.