MAJOR LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Gomez saves Brewers with grab
Center fielder Carlos Gomez robbed Joey Votto of a potential go-ahead homer with a spectacular catch in the ninth inning, saving Milwaukee’s 4-3 victory over Cincinnati on Monday night.
Jonathan Lucroy homered for the third consecutive game for the last-place Brewers. Jean Segura had three hits off Homer Bailey (5-7) in the right-hander’s first start since his second no-hitter in 10 months.
Gomez made the biggest play of the game when he made a perfectly timed jump to grab Votto’s drive for the final out, sending a charge through the crowd on an otherwise sleepy night at Miller Park.
Kyle Lohse (5-6) pitched into the seventh for his fourth consecutive win. Francisco Rodriguez finished for his ninth save and No. 303 of his career, tying Doug Jones for 22nd on the major league list.
Chris Heisey homered for Cincinnati, which has lost three of four.
METS 4, GIANTS 3: Eric Young scored on shortstop Brandon Crawford’s fielding error with two outs in the 16th inning, and New York outlasted San Francisco in a game that ended early this morning. Young singled with one out and stole second. After he advanced to third on Daniel Murphy’s groundout, lefty Javier Lopez entered and intentionally walked David Wright. Crawford couldn’t handle pinch-hitter Anthony Recker’s grounder, allowing Young to score and handing New York its first win in a game that went at least 15 innings after losing its first three this season. This one lasted 5 hours, 26 minutes. It was the longest game in time and innings the Giants had played this season.
PHILLIES 3, NATIONALS 2: John Lannan tossed four-hit ball over eight innings against his former team, Ben Revere had three hits and Philadelphia beat Washington. Lannan (2-3) had four strikeouts in his longest outing in four years. The lefty registered 12 groundouts to beat the team he played for his first six seasons in the majors. Jonathan Papelbon allowed two runs in a shaky ninth to earn his 19th save in 23 tries. Dan Haren (4-10) came off the disabled list and took the loss after missing two weeks because of right shoulder inflammation. Haren allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings, striking out a season-high seven.
DODGERS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Zack Greinke gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings in his first game against Arizona since last month’s bench-clearing brawl, and Los Angeles snapped the Diamondbacks’ five-game winning streak. Greinke (7-2) struck out seven and walked two in his fourth straight win. He also had a career-high three hits. Hanley Ramirez singled three times to extend his career-best hitting streak to 19 games and was one of five Dodgers with an RBI. Los Angeles, winner of 13 of 16, tied its season high with 17 hits — 16 of them singles. Randall Delgado (1-3) allowed three runs and 11 hits in six innings. Andre Ethier also had three hits as Los Angeles climbed within 3ﾽ games of the first-place Diamondbacks in the NL West.
BRAVES 7, MARLINS 1: Justin Upton broke a tie by driving in two runs when he doubled in a six-run 14th inning for Atlanta’s first hit since the sixth against Miami. Five Miami relievers combined to retire 24 consecutive batters before Reed Johnson walked to start the 14th against Chris Hatcher (0-1). Jason Heyward walked with one out, and Upton’s double scored both runners. Gerald Laird hit a two-out, two-run single. Chris Johnson added an RBI single with the bases loaded, and another run scored when the ball skipped past left fielder Justin Ruggiano for an error. Seven relievers for the two teams combined to retire 30 straight batters from the eighth to the 13th. David Carpenter (2-0) pitched two innings and escaped a jam in the 13th.
ROCKIES 4, PADRES 2: Tyler Chatwood took a shutout into the seventh inning and Colorado handed skidding San Diego its 10th consecutive defeat. Wilin Rosario hit a two-run double to help the Rockies end a three-game slide with their second victory in eight games. They have won nine of 11 against San Diego this season. Chatwood (5-2) allowed two runs and five hits in a season-high 6 2-3 innings. Rafael Betancourt worked the ninth for his 12th save in 13 opportunities, retiring pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay with two on to end it. Edinson Volquez (6-7) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. The Padres have lost 16 of 20 since winning a season-high seven straight to move two games over .500 on June 17.
RANGERS 8, ORIOLES 5: Ian Kinsler capped a six-run sixth inning with a bases-loaded double, and Texas beat Baltimore in a rematch of last year’s AL wild-card game. The victory thrust the Rangers 15 games over .500 (52-37) for the first time since May 25. It also improved their road record to 25-18, best in franchise history after 43 games. Kinsler had four RBIs, including three in the sixth against former teammate Scott Feldman (0-1) when the Rangers turned a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 lead. Derek Holland (7-4) allowed five runs, three earned, and 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings for Texas. He struck out Matt Wieters and major-league home run leader Chris Davis three times apiece.
TIGERS 4, INDIANS 2: Max Scherzer remained unbeaten and Victor Martinez hit a two-run double in the 10th inning as Detroit extended its lead in the AL Central with a win over second-place Cleveland. Martinez doubled off Matt Albers (2-1) as the Tigers won three of four in the series and moved 3ﾽ games ahead in the division. Drew Smyly (4-0) worked out of a jam in the ninth for the win, and Joaquin Benoit pitched the 10th for his seventh save, striking out Mike Aviles with runners at first and third to end the game.
RAYS 7, TWINS 4: Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist homered during a three-run seventh inning and surging Tampa Bay beat Minnesota. Escobar had a leadoff tiebreaking homer in the seventh off Samuel Deduno (4-4), who departed after Desmond Jennings followed with a triple. Caleb Thielbar entered and got one out before Zobrist gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead with a two-run shot. Alex Torres (3-0) pitched a perfect seventh for the Rays, who have won nine of 10 and moved to a season-best 10-games (50-40) over .500. Escobar also had a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to pick up his 20th save after an RBI single by Pedro Florimon off Jamey Wright.
ROYALS 5, YANKEES 1: Jeremy Guthrie neatly handled a nemesis and a long rain delay to pitch into the seventh inning, Billy Butler homered and Kansas City beat New York. All-Star Alex Gordon, David Lough and Johnny Giavotella each had RBI doubles, and Alcides Escobar added a run-scoring triple to help the Royals end a five-game skid against New York. Guthrie (8-6) held the Yankees to just three hits over six innings that included a 59-minute delay for a sun shower-hailstorm in the fourth. Leading 5-1, closer Greg Holland was needed in the ninth when Lyle Overbay walked and Luis Cruz singled to start the inning against Luke Hochevar. Holland gave up a hit to Chris Stewart to load the bases. But Holland struck out Eduardo Nunez, Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte to end it for his 21st save.
MARINERS 11, RED SOX 4: Felix Hernandez held the Red Sox to two runs and six hits over seven innings and Raul Ibanez hit his 22nd home run in leading Seattle to a victory over Boston. Hernandez (9-4) walked two and struck out six, maintaining his 2.69 ERA, second lowest in the American League behind teammate Hisashi Iwakuma’s 2.60. Hernandez allowed two or fewer runs for the 13th time in 19 starts. Ibanez’s home run — on a 0-2 pitch from Boston starter Jon Lester (8-5) — broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth. It was the 41-year-old’s seventh go-ahead home run and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. Seattle pounded out 15 hits in winning for the fifth time in seven games.
CUBS 8, WHITE SOX 2: Matt Garza pitched seven strong innings, Alfonso Soriano homered and scored four runs, and the Chicago Cubs pulled away late to beat the White Sox. Dave Sappelt had a career-high four hits, while Soriano had three. Luis Valbuena drove in three runs, hitting the tiebreaking two-run double and scoring during a five-run eighth. Garza (5-1), meanwhile, came through with another terrific outing. He’s 4-0 in his last five starts after allowing two runs — one earned — and five hits, striking out six without a walk.