Baseball roundup

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Associated Press
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BOSTON ó Adrian Gonzalez drove in three runs with a single and double in a 10-run seventh inning against his former team and the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox rolled to a 14-5 win over the struggling San Diego Padres on Monday night.
Gonzalez boosted his major league-leading RBI total to 67 since the Padres, unable to give him a lucrative contract, traded him to the Red Sox in the offseason for three top prospects. He went 3 for 5 to increase his batting average to .353, also the best in the majors.
Tied at 3 going into the seventh, Gonzalez drove in the go-ahead run with a one-out double. After Kevin Youkilis flied out, the Red Sox scored nine more runs.
San Diego, which began the day with a major league-low .232 average, has dropped a season-high six straight games. Cory Luebke (1-2) got the loss.
Matt Albers (2-3) pitched 11/3 scoreless innings for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who won for the 14th time in 16 games to remain 11/2 ahead of the New York Yankees.
Cubs 6, White Sox 3
CHICAGO ó Carlos Zambrano kept his cool this time after a tough first inning and Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer to lead the Cubs to the victory.
The first matchup of six this season between the crosstown rivals with losing records drew a crowd of 36,005 to U.S. Cellular Field. White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected in the sixth inning after apparently arguing that a ball hit near the plate by Alexei Ramirez should have been ruled foul.
Braves 2, Blue Jays 0
ATLANTA ó Tim Hudson took a one-hitter into the ninth inning and hit his second career home run, powering Atlanta to the win.
Hudson (6-6) allowed two hits, walked one and struck out a season-high eight, including the 1,600th of his career. He connected off Ricky Romero (6-7) for a two-run homer with two outs in the seventh.
Toronto has lost five of seven.
Hudson retired 20 straight batters before Mike McCoy walked to lead off the ninth and advanced to second on Yunel Escobarís infield single.
Craig Kimbrel struck out Corey Patterson, Jose Bautista and Adam Lind to earn his 20th save in 25 chances.
Yankees 5, Reds 3
CINCINNATI ó Alex Rodriguez keyed a four-run first with an RBI single and rookie Ivan Nova handled the NLís most prolific offense for eight innings, leading New York over Cincinnati.
The Yankees have won nine of 11, moving a season-best 13 games over .500 at 42-29.
New York started fast against left-hander Travis Wood (5-5), who made an unexpected start. Originally scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, he was moved up a day when Johnny Cueto showed up with a stiff neck.
Rangers 8, Astros 3
ARLINGTON, Texas ó Adrian Beltre had a pair of RBI singles among his three hits, Josh Hamilton hit a two-run triple off the wall and the Rangers opened the Lone Star Series with a victory.
The AL West leaders scored in each of the first three innings, quickly settling back in at home after a 3-7 road trip wrapped a stretch of playing 17 of 20 games on the road.
Orioles 8, Pirates 3
PITTSBURGH ó Nick Markakis had three hits and Jake Arrieta moved into a tie for the American League lead in wins as Baltimore pounded Pittsburgh. Arrieta (9-4) gave up three runs over five innings and even added his first major league hit to became the first Orioles pitcher to reach nine wins by June 20 since Sidney Ponson in 2003.
Rockies 8, Indians 7
CLEVELAND ó Jason Giambiís gigantic three-run homer in Coloradoís six-run fifth inning off Fausto Carmona sent the Rockies over Cleveland, the Indiansí first loss in seven interleague games this season.
Giambiís 440-foot shot against Carmona (4-9) lifted the Rockies.