MLB ROUNDUP: Hot-hitting Brown lifts Phillies
June 04, 2013 10:30 AM

Domonic Brown hit his eighth homer in eight games to back Kyle Kendrick’s six-hitter, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 on Monday night.

Delmon Young and Erik Kratz also went deep for the Phillies. Brown, the NL player of the month for May, continued his torrid hitting by going 3-for-4. He had 12 homers and 25 RBIs last month and already has connected twice and driven in six runs in June. He leads the NL with 17 homers.

Kendrick (6-3) retired his last 15 batters and beat the Marlins for the 12th time in 14 decisions. He lowered his ERA to 3.12 with his second complete game of the season and fourth in his career.

The Phillies trailed 2-0 before scoring three in the fifth and chasing Tom Koehler (0-4) with four in the sixth.

Kendrick hit his first career triple and drove in a run with a grounder.

 

REDS 3, ROCKIES 0: Bronson Arroyo limited the NL’s most prolific offense to four singles in eight innings, and Jay Bruce had a two-run homer among his three hits to lead Cincinnati over Colorado.

The Reds have three shutouts in their last four games. They’ve blanked six of their last 21 opponents, tying them with St. Louis and Pittsburgh for the league lead with nine shutouts this season.

Arroyo (6-5) allowed only one runner to reach second base while throwing 86 pitches. Aroldis Chapman gave up a walk and fanned three in the ninth, getting his 15th save in 17 chances.

Bruce scored on Todd Frazier’s single in the fourth off Tyler Chatwood (3-1) and hit his ninth homer off left-hander Josh Outman in the eighth. Chatwood left with a sore triceps after pitching four innings.

 

CARDINALS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Lance Lynn pitched seven solid innings, and St. Louis got home runs from Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran in a victory over Arizona.

Lynn (8-1) allowed one run and five hits, struck out six and walked one. He improved to 8-1 for the second consecutive season while becoming the third National League pitcher to reach eight wins, trailing Patrick Corbin’s league-leading nine for the Diamondbacks.

Molina hit a leadoff drive in the fifth on the same day he received a one-game suspension from Major League Baseball for making contact with umpire Mike Everitt during an argument Sunday. The All-Star catcher appealed the decision.

Molina’s fourth homer lifted St. Louis to a 5-0 lead. He finished with two hits and two RBIs.

Arizona starter Trevor Cahill (3-6) was charged with five runs and nine hits in five innings.

 

DODGERS 2, PADRES 1: Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke homered, and Yasiel Puig had a successful major league debut in Los Angeles’ victory over San Diego.

Stephen Fife (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in 5 1-3 innings to earn his first major league win. The right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier in the day to replace lefty Chris Capuano, scratched because of a strained left triceps.

Brandon League earned his 12th save in 15 chances.

Puig batted leadoff and went 2-for-4 with two singles, including one in his first at-bat. The 22-year-old Cuban defector also was brought up on the same day left fielder Carl Crawford went on the disabled list with a strained hamstring.

With a runner on in the ninth, Kyle Blanks flied out to right and Puig fired to first base for a game-ending double play.

Eric Stults (4-5) pitched seven solid innings in a hard-luck loss. Chase Headley had an RBI single for the Padres, who had won five straight games at Dodger Stadium dating to last season, including a three-game sweep in April.

 

INTERLEAGUE

ATHLETICS 10, BREWERS 2: Coco Crisp had a leadoff homer among his four hits, and Tommy Milone pitched in at the plate to help Oakland beat Milwaukee.

The surging A’s have won four consecutive games and 15 of 17 to move a season-high 11 over .500 at 35-24.

Milone (6-5) allowed five hits, struck out four and didn’t issue a walk in seven strong innings. He also took advantage of a rare chance to bat in an interleague road game, going 2 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Crisp, who reached base five times in six plate appearances, hit his 10th career leadoff homer. Brandon Moss belted a solo shot in the second.

Brewers starter Marco Estrada (4-3) lasted four innings, giving up five runs and nine hits. He departed with a left hamstring strain and is day to day.

Rickie Weeks hit a two-run homer for Milwaukee.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

YANKEES 7, INDIANS 2: Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam for his first homer of the season, Brett Gardner had a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning, and New York beat Cleveland to spoil Nick Swisher’s first game back in the Bronx.

Andy Pettitte lasted only 4 2-3 innings in a wild return from the disabled list — his 500th career start. Shawn Kelly (3-0) got the win and Mariano Rivera retired Swisher on a fly to left with a runner on second for his 20th save in 21 chances, securing New York’s second win in nine games.

Yankees designated hitter Travis Hafner, wearing Swisher’s old No. 33, homered against his former team in the seventh off Justin Masterson (8-4), who matched a season high by allowing seven runs.

Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera had to be helped off the field after straining his right quadriceps running out a grounder in a three-run fifth. Manager Terry Francona said Cabrera is likely headed for the disabled list.

Swisher was greeted warmly when he came to the plate for the first time in the first inning, and again when he took his position at first base in the bottom half. He played for New York for four years before signing with Cleveland in the offseason.

 

ASTROS 2, ANGELS 1: Chris Carter homered, Erik Bedard pitched seven strong innings for his first victory of the season, and last-place Houston completed a four-game sweep of Los Angeles.

Brandon Barnes drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning as the Astros finished a perfect six-game road trip with their seventh win over the big-budget Angels in 10 meetings this season.

Joe Blanton (1-9) picked up his AL-worst ninth loss for the Angels despite matching his career high with 11 strikeouts and allowing just three hits in eight outstanding innings.

Jose Veras struck out Hank Conger with two runners on in the ninth for his 11th save.

Bedard (1-2) hadn’t won in his last 11 starts dating to last season, but the veteran lefty gave up just five hits and a run despite entering the night with a career 7.08 ERA at Angel Stadium.

 

MARINERS 4, WHITE SOX 2: Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer and Joe Saunders pitched into the seventh inning to help Seattle send Chicago to its seventh consecutive loss.

It’s the longest slide for Chicago since dropping seven in a row in September 2011.

Tom Wilhelmsen, who had blown three of his last four save opportunities, gave up a two-out RBI single to Adam Dunn in the ninth but earned his 13th save.

Saunders (4-5) returned to his winning ways at Safeco Field, allowing one run and five hits in 6 1-3 innings. Saunders is 10-1 at the Mariners’ ballpark. The lone loss came in his previous home start against Texas on May 24, when he gave up eight runs in five innings.

Chicago’s John Danks (0-2) allowed four runs — three earned — and seven hits in six innings in his third start of the year.

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