MLB: Rockies knock off Reds
August 31, 2013 10:40 AM

Todd Helton homered twice and matched a career high with six RBIs to power Colorado to a 9-6 victory over Cincinnati on Friday night.

The loss dropped the Reds 3ᄑ games behind Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the NL Central.

Jorge De La Rosa (15-6) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings to win his fifth consecutive start. He improved to 9-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 13 home starts this season.

Helton’s 28th career multihomer game and first since 2011 left him one hit shy of 2,500.

The first of his two three-run homers came in the fourth off Bronson Arroyo (13-10), roughed up for six runs and nine hits over 3 1-3 innings in his shortest outing of the season. He issued a one-out walk in the first, ending a 30-inning string without one, and had his four-game winning streak snapped.

Helton homered again in the seventh off reliever Logan Ondrusek, his 11th of the season. Both times, Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario hit successive singles to set the table for Helton, who also had six RBIs against the Dodgers on May 29, 2003.

 

GIANTS 1, DIAMONDBACKS 0: Tim Lincecum pitched six spotless innings and third baseman Pablo Sandoval made a diving play to save San Francisco against Arizona.

Angel Pagan doubled and scored in the first during his first game back from a long stint on the disabled list. Three relievers closed it out for the Giants, who handed Randall Delgado (4-5) a hard-luck loss and won for the 10th time in their last 12 games at Chase Field.

Arizona loaded the bases against Lincecum in the sixth, and A.J. Pollock hit a sharp grounder past third. Sandoval had it played just right, though. He backhanded the ball as he hit the ground, got to his feet and threw to first for the third out.

Lincecum (8-13) allowed six hits and two walks.

Javier Lopez and Santiago Casilla set up Sergio Romo for his 33rd save.

 

DODGERS 9, PADRES 2: Yasiel Puig had four hits and two stolen bases after getting benched in his previous game, and Adrian Gonzalez hit a pair of two-run homers to help Los Angeles beat San Diego.

The Dodgers moved 10ᄑ games ahead of second-place Arizona in the NL West, matching their largest cushion of the season.

A.J. Ellis homered in the seventh inning immediately after Gonzalez’s second of the game. Hanley Ramirez’s two-run double preceded the back-to-back homers off reliever Anthony Bass.

Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier threw out Nick Hundley at the plate in the top of the inning.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-5) tied Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke for the team lead in wins, allowing a run in 6 1-3 innings following his first back-to-back losses in the majors. The South Korean lefty also drove in the Dodgers’ first run with a double.

Eric Stults (8-12) gave up four runs and eight hits over 5 1-3 innings. He is 0-5 in his last eight outings.

 

BRAVES 2, MARLINS 1: Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Julio Teheran topped Jose Fernandez in a matchup of young right-handers to lead Atlanta over Miami for its fifth straight win.

The 21-year-old Fernandez (10-6) took his first loss since July 7 but allowed only one hit after Freeman’s homer. He gave up three hits in six innings.

The Marlins have lost five straight.

The 22-year-old Teheran (11-7) yielded one run and four hits in 6 1-3 innings. Each starter had eight strikeouts.

With closer Craig Kimbrel unavailable after pitching in three straight games, Anthony Varvaro got six outs, including a perfect ninth, for his first career save.

Fernandez led off the third with a triple, the first of his career, and scored on Christian Yelich’s single.

 

PHILLIES 6, CUBS 5: Michael Young had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and Philadelphia rallied past Chicago in Ryne Sandberg’s return to Wrigley Field.

Kevin Frandsen had two hits and scored two runs after entering in the sixth. Chase Utley added a two-run triple.

Philadelphia improved to 9-6 since Sandberg was promoted to interim manager when Charlie Manuel was fired on Aug. 16. The Hall of Fame second baseman spent most of his playing career with the Cubs and was cheered all day long in his first trip to Chicago since he was elevated to the top spot in Philadelphia.

Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz homered for the Cubs, who built a 5-0 lead against Roy Halladay. Starlin Castro had two RBIs and Kevin Gregg (2-4) took the loss.

B.J. Rosenberg (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his 23rd save.

 

METS 3, NATIONALS 2: Ike Davis hit a two-run homer, Daniel Murphy scored from second on a grounder, and Dillon Gee allowed two runs over 7 2-3 innings to help New York beat Washington.

Gee (10-9) gave up six hits, struck out three and walked one, outpitching Jordan Zimmermann as the Mets won for the third time in nine games.

The Nationals, trying to work their way into the NL pennant race, lost for just the second time in 10. Washington is 6ᄑ games behind Cincinnati for the second wild card.

Wilson Ramos and pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi homered for the Nationals. Zimmermann (15-8) went 7 2-3 innings but remained tied with Adam Wainwright for the NL lead in wins.

LaTroy Hawkins earned his sixth save.

 

INTERLEAGUE

ANGELS 5, BREWERS 0: Jered Weaver tossed six sharp innings and Grant Green hit a three-run double that led Los Angeles over Milwaukee.

The Angels made their first trip to Miller Park since April 2007, when they played the Indians in a game moved due to heavy snow in Cleveland.

This was the Angels’ first appearance against the Brewers at Miller Park since sweeping a three-game series in June 2002.

Weaver (9-7) allowed just three singles, striking out three and walking three. He escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth, and the Brewers stranded 13 runners overall.

Wily Peralta (8-14) allowed three runs on four hits in six innings. He has lost five of his last six decisions.

Kole Calhoun hit a solo home run, his fifth.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 5: Ichiro Suzuki hit a two-run homer, and Robinson Cano singled in two runs during a five-run fifth inning that helped New York pick up an ineffective CC Sabathia and beat Baltimore.

Alfonso Soriano connected for a two-run shot in the fourth off Miguel Gonzalez (8-7), and Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single in the seventh inning of a late August game that felt more like October.

In a playoff-race twist, Mark Reynolds had three hits, including an RBI double when the Yankees batted around in the fifth. Last year he helped Baltimore reach its first postseason since 1997 with seven homers and 11 RBIs in seven games against New York beginning on Aug. 31.

An August pickup by New York from Cleveland this season, Reynolds was right in the mix as the Yankees gained ground in the wild-card race. They began the day 1ᄑ games behind the Orioles, who trailed Oakland by 3ᄑ for the second AL wild card.

Sabathia (12-11) lasted just 5 2-3 innings and yielded five runs and seven hits.

 

TWINS 3, RANGERS 2: Chris Herrmann hit a tying, two-run homer to break up Yu Darvish’s no-hit bid in the seventh inning, Justin Morneau followed with a home run, and Minnesota beat Texas.

Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak on a night when it looked as if the strikeout-prone Twins had no chance against the AL’s strikeout leader.

Instead, Darvish (12-6) had a third straight start without a win and the right-hander’s home run total jumped to 22 after the Japanese ace allowed 14 his entire rookie season.

Twins starter Liam Hendriks (1-2) got his second career win by holding Texas to one earned run in six innings. Glen Perkins struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 31st save in 34 chances.

 

RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 3: Ryan Dempster returned from his suspension for hitting Alex Rodriguez and pitched into the seventh inning, leading Boston over Chicago for its fifth win in six games.

David Ortiz snapped an 0-for-23 slump with a two-run single for the AL East leaders.

Dempster (7-9), penalized five games for plunking A-Rod on Aug. 18, held Chicago hitless through the first four innings. He allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Koji Uehara struck out two in the ninth for his 15th save in 18 opportunities. He worked 1 1-3 innings in his 20th straight scoreless appearance.

Hector Santiago (4-8) took the loss as Chicago opened a 10-game road trip.

 

TIGERS 7, INDIANS 2: Victor Martinez doubled twice and drove in two runs to lead Detroit to a win over Cleveland in a game stopped after seven innings because of rain.

AL Central-leading Detroit opened a 7ᄑ-game lead over second-place Cleveland despite slugger Miguel Cabrera being pulled from a second straight game. Cabrera left after two innings because of irritation in his abdominal area. He struck out in his only at-bat.

Rick Porcello (11-7) allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2-3 innings, walking two and striking out three. He was replaced by Al Alburquerque with the bases loaded and two out in the sixth.

Zach McAllister (7-8) gave up five runs and six hits in 3 2-3 innings for the Indians.

 

ATHLETICS 4, RAYS 3: Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer and Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead double in the eighth to lead Oakland over Tampa Bay.

Jarrod Parker dueled with David Price to run his unbeaten streak to 17 straight starts, matching Catfish Hunter’s Oakland record set from June 2-Sept. 3, 1973. The A’s pulled within two games of the first-place Texas Rangers in the AL West, and moved ahead of Tampa Bay in the wild card.

Price (8-6) lost for the first time in nine starts since July 12 against Houston.

Parker came out for the eighth at 100 pitches, but gave way to winner Ryan Cook (6-3) after allowing the first two hitters to reach.

Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his 34th save.

 

BLUE JAYS 3, ROYALS 2: Mark Buehrle pitched seven shutout innings to win his sixth straight decision, and Toronto ended Kansas City’s winning streak at five games.

Adam Lind drove in two runs for the Blue Jays, who have won 10 of 14 against K.C. since 2011.

The Royals, who came in six games behind Oakland for the second AL wild-card berth, lost for the first time since Aug. 24 against Washington, the final defeat in a seven-game skid.

Buehrle (11-7) allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five to match his longest winning streak since 2005, when he won a career-best nine consecutive decisions.

Ervin Santana (8-8) allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits in seven innings.

 

MARINERS 7, ASTROS 1: Taijuan Walker did not allow an earned run over five innings in his major league debut, and Dustin Ackley had a career-high four hits with four RBIs as Seattle beat Houston.

The 21-year-old right-hander, rated the fifth-best prospect in baseball, yielded two hits and one run with two strikeouts and a walk. Walker (1-0) retired the first eight batters he faced.

The Astros were up by one in the fourth before Ackley tied it with an RBI single. Seattle led by two in the fifth before a single by Ackley made it 5-1. A run-scoring single in the ninth gave Ackley four RBIs to tie a career best.

Houston starter Brad Peacock (3-5) was tagged for seven hits and five runs in 4 2-3 innings.

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