Major League Roundup
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The major-league roundup …
BOSTON ó Will Venable hit a leadoff home run and Clayton Richard some support for a change, lifting the San Diego Padres over the Boston Red Sox 5-1 Wednesday in a game delayed by rain four times before it was called after 71/2 innings.
It was the second straight win for San Diego after a season-worst six-game losing streak. The Padres finished their road trip at 3-6.
Adrian Gonzalez hit four singles against his former team to raise his major league-leading average to .359 and drove in Bostonís run. The Red Sox lost for the fourth time in 18 games.
The Padres entered the day with the majorsí worst batting average at .233. They scored their runs on seven hits, but benefited from wildness by John Lackey (5-6).
Richard (3-9) lasted through both of the delays during the game, giving up one run and eight hits over five innings to snap five-game losing streak.
Rays 6, Brewers 3
MILWAUKEE ó Kelly Shoppach hit a two-run home run in the second and Elliot Johnson added a three-run shot in the seventh.
Rays starter David Price (8-6) struck out 10 in eight innings, giving up two runs, five hits and a walk. Price threw 120 pitches and still was hitting 96 mph on Miller Parkís radar gun in the eighth.
B.J. Uptonís RBI single gave Tampa Bay the lead in the sixth inning.
Brewers starter Shaun Marcum went only three innings after leaving his most recent start with a hip flexor injury. Reliever Marco Estrada (1-5) lost.
Yankees 4, Reds 2
CINCINNATI ó Jorge Posada ended the second-longest homer drought of his career, connecting on a two-run shot.
Posadaís tiebreaking homer in the sixth off Mike Leake (6-4) ended his stretch of 126 at-bats without one.
New York moved a season-high 14 games over .500 at 43-29. The Yankees have matched their season high with four straight wins, and have 10 victories in their last 12 games.
Freddy Garcia (6-6) gave up two unearned runs in seven innings against Cincinnatiís struggling offense.
Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 22 tries. He has a record 66 career saves in interleague games, including 22 in a row since 2006.
Tigers 7, Dodgers 5
LOS ANGELES ó Casper Wells opened the game with one of four home runs by Detroit and defensive replacement Austin Jackson made an over-the-shoulder catch on Dioner Navarroís bases-loaded drive for the final out.
Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez also homered. So did Don Kelly, who connected as a pinch-hitter for Ordonez in the eighth inning.
Jose Valverde struck out pinch-hitter Casey Blake and retired Navarro on the fly ball for his 17th straight save.
Al Alburquerque (4-1) struck out four and walked two in 2 1-3 innings.
Ted Lilly (5-7) gave up six hits and six runs in 42/3 innings, struck out eight and walked one.
Pirates 5, Orioles 4
PITTSBURGH ó The Oriolesí Blake Davis made an error in his major league debut, allowing Pittsburgh to score the tying and go-ahead runs.
Josh Harrisonís ground ball to second with two outs and runners on second and third in the fifth went through Davisí legs, and Brandon Wood and Michael McKenry scored on the error.
Andrew McCutchen had two hits, a run and an RBI for Pittsburgh (37-37), which took the final two games of the series following a four-game losing streak and to reach .500.
Kevin Correia (9-6) tied for the major league lead in victories, and Joel Hanrahan became just the third Pirates pitcher to record 20 saves before the All-star break.
Baltimore starter Zach Britton (6-5) has won only once since May 1. The rookie allowed five runs ó three earned ó on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts in seven innings. He also went 2 for 3, meaning Orioles pitchers are 7 for 15 this season.