Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 28, 2011
The baseball roundup …
PHILADELPHIA — Cliff Lee tossed a two-hitter for his third consecutive shutout and the Philadelphia Phillies beat Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox 5-0 Tuesday night.
In a series hailed as a potential World Series preview, Lee (9-5) and the Phillies dominated the opener.
Domonic Brown and Shane Victorino each hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia, which improved its major league-leading record to 50-30.
Lee didn’t allow a hit until Marco Scutaro led off the sixth with a line-drive single to left-center. The left-hander ran his career-best scoreless streak to 32 innings with his ninth career shutout and fourth this year.
Beckett (6-3) gave up five runs and five hits in six innings, his worst outing of the season. Beckett entered with a major league-best 1.86 ERA and left at 2.20.
Mets 14, Tigers 3
DETROIT — Jason Bay and Carlos Beltran hit grand slams in consecutive innings — after the Mets had gone nearly two years without one — and New York moved back above .500.
The Mets (40-39) have a winning record for the first time since they were 3-2 in early April.
Yankees 12, Brewers 2
NEW YORK — Mark Teixeira homered and had four RBIs for the Yankees, and Nick Swisher hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run second inning.
From New York’s first batted ball, when Nyjer Morgan got twisted up in center field and fell trying to catch Curtis Granderson’s fly, the Brewers never appeared to get comfortable in their first trip to Yankee Stadium since 1997.
Rays 4, Reds 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Evan Longoria hit a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning to lift Tampa Bay to the win.
Longoria, who has struggled at home this season, sent an 0-1 pitch from Logan Ondrusek (3-3) into the left-field seats for his fifth homer in the last eight games. The All-Star third baseman has just three homers and four RBIs in 24 games at Tropicana Field in 2011.
Cardinals 6, Orioles 2
BALTIMORE — Kyle Lohse pitched five shutout innings in a performance shortened by rain, and the Cardinals got solo home runs from Colby Rasmus and Matt Holliday.
It was only the second win in seven games for St. Louis since three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols was placed on the disabled list with a broken left wrist. The Cardinals were off Monday after being swept at home in a three-game series against Toronto.
Lohse (8-4) gave up four hits and was aided by two double plays. He threw only 69 pitches before a thunderstorm stopped play for 28 minutes with St. Louis ahead 4-0 in the top of the sixth.
Pirates 7, Blue Jays 6
TORONTO — Alex Presley hit his first career home run, Andrew McCutchen also went deep, and Pittsburgh held on for its first interleague road win in more than two years.
Kevin Correia (10-6) allowed four runs and five hits in six innings for the Pirates, who have won five of six. Correia is 8-2 with an 2.69 ERA in 10 road starts this season.
Giants 13, Cubs 7, 1st game
CHICAGO — Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand each drove in three runs and San Francisco won the first game in a day-night doubleheader.
The Giants’ offensive outburst surpassed their season high of 12 runs, which they set at St. Louis on June 2. They also stretched their winning streak to six games.
Ryan Vogelsong (6-1) got the win despite allowing a season-high six runs — three earned — and matching his high for the season with four walks in five innings.
Cubs starter Doug Davis (1-7) left after just 4 1-3 innings, allowing 12 hits, 10 runs and walking three.
Carlos Pena hit a two-run homer for the Cubs. Blake DeWitt had two singles and three RBIs.