MAJOR LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Barnes 'power' lifts Rockies
Brandon Barnes hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies rallied for the second straight day to stun the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Saturday.
Charlie Blackmon singled with two outs off Giants closer Sergio Romo (3-3) before Barnes lined a hit to center field. San Francisco's Angel Pagan misplayed the ball and it skipped to the fence as Blackmon and Barnes raced around the bases.
Barnes, who had a walkoff triple to beat the Dodgers on June 7, had flown out to center in three consecutive at-bats before helping Colorado extend its winning streak to four games.
It's the second consecutive blown save and fourth this season for Romo, who gave up five runs in the ninth inning of Friday's 7-4 loss to Colorado.
BREWERS 4, REDS 2: Ryan Braun hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to lift Milwaukee to victory.
With one out in the eighth inning, Scooter Gennett ended up with a double after blooping a ball to center that Billy Hamilton got his glove on but couldn't hold. Braun then drove the first pitch from reliever J.J. Hoover (1-5) over the right field fence for his 10th homer of the season.
Francisco Rodriquez pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 21st save in 23 opportunities. Will Smith (1-0) got the win despite giving up a game-tying home run to Hamilton in the eighth inning.
Reds starter Mat Latos went six shutout innings in his season debut, giving up two hits while striking out four. He started the season on the disabled list while recovering from elbow and knee surgeries.
Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo allowed one run on six hits in seven innings and struck out eight.
CARDINALS 4, NATIONALS 1: Matt Adams hit the go-ahead home run for the second straight game, connecting off Stephen Strasburg in St. Louis’ three-run seventh inning.
Adams snapped a 1-all tie with his sixth homer leading off the seventh, driving a 3-1 offering from Strasburg (6-5) over the wall in right-center. On Friday, he homered on his first swing since coming off the 15-day disabled list from a left calf strain, lifting St. Louis to a 1-0 victory.
Jayson Werth had an RBI double in the first for the Nationals, who managed just four hits for a two-day total of six. They will try to avoid a three-game sweep in the series finale Sunday.
St. Louis reliever Randy Choate (1-2) needed one pitch to escape a bases-loaded threat in the seventh after a strong start from Shelby Miller, who gave up four hits in 6 2-3 innings. Pat Neshek worked a perfect eighth and Trevor Rosenthal finished for his 19th save in 22 chances.
PHILLIES 7, CUBS 4: Jimmy Rollins singled in the fifth to pass Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt as Philadelphia's hits leader and Domonic Brown capped the inning with a three-run homer.
Rollins got hit No. 2,235 off Edwin Jackson, sending a 3-1 pitch into right field to open the fifth. The game was then delayed for an on-field celebration.
Chase Utley also homered for Philadelphia, which has won four of five following a dismal 1-8 stretch.
David Buchanan (2-3), in his fifth start for injured lefty Cliff Lee (elbow), allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.
Schmidt, a Phillies TV analyst for Sunday games, retrieved Rollins’ bat and greeted the 2007 NL MVP with a high-five and hug at first base. The Phillies then came out of the dugout to offer congratulatory hugs and handshakes.
PADRES 5, METS 0: Jesse Hahn earned his first big league victory, pitching one-hit ball for six innings and contributing an RBI single to help San Diego end a five-game losing streak.
Hahn and San Diego's bullpen limited the Mets to two hits: Ruben Tejada's infield hit leading off the first and Lucas Duda's bloop single down the left field line in the ninth.
Hahn (1-1) worked six innings and relievers Dale Thayer, Joaquin Benoit and Huston Street each went an inning.
Called up from Double-A to make his second appearance in the majors, Hahn struck out seven and walked three. The 24-year-old righty escaped his biggest jam by fanning Matt den Dekker with the bases loaded to end the fourth.
INDIANS 3, RED SOX 2: Jason Kipnis had three hits and Cleveland rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to snap a four-game losing streak.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley each had a pair of hits for the Indians, who had lost eight of their past nine games at Fenway Park. John Axford (2-3) earned the win with one scoreless inning in relief of T.J. House.
Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
Craig Breslow (2-2) took the loss, allowing two unearned runs and two hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
ROYALS 9, WHITE SOX 1: Danny Duffy matched a career high with nine strikeouts and Kansas City extended its winning streak to six games.
Duffy (4-5) scattered five hits over seven-plus shutout innings for Kansas City.
Mike Moustakas homered among his three hits as the Royals won their second straight in this weekend series.
The Royals scored five times in the fourth — four with none out — to chase Chicago starter Hector Noesi (2-5).
TIGERS 12, TWINS 9: Rookie Eugenio Suarez hit a leadoff homer and a run-scoring double in a seven-run third inning to lead slumping Detroit to victory.
The Tigers led 11-1 after six innings, but their struggling bullpen had trouble finishing off the game.
Detroit came into the game having lost 17 of 24 after a fast start to the season, but it was helped by another strong pitching performance. Anibal Sanchez (3-2) was charged with three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Sanchez was in complete control before he walked the leadoff hitter in the seventh and allowed a one-out RBI triple to Eduardo Nunez. Evan Reed then came in, and Nunez scored on a passed ball.
Samuel Deduno (2-5) lasted just 2 2-3 innings for Minnesota, which had won three in a row. The right-hander allowed seven runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked two.
ORIOLES 3, BLUE JAYS 2: Chris Davis homered to back Bud Norris’ effective pitching for Baltimore.
Davis hit a two-run shot off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (6-5) to put Baltimore up 3-1 in the fifth inning. It was the 11th homer of the year for Davis, who led the majors last year with 53.
Norris (6-5) gave up one run and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings to win his third straight start. The right-hander extended an impressive run by Orioles starters, who have allowed two runs or fewer in 13 of the last 16 games.
After Toronto closed to 3-2 in the eighth, Zach Britton got three outs for his seventh save.
ASTROS 7, RAYS 3: Matt Dominguez broke out of a slump with two hits that included a three-run double in Houston's big third inning.
Dominguez was 1 for 12 in the first three games of this homestand before singling in the second inning. The Astros led by one when he cleared the bases with his double in a five-run third inning that made it 5-1.
Jarred Cosart (6-5) allowed nine hits and three runs in seven innings in his longest outing since May 5.
Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer (3-4) was done in by an error and a lack of control in his shortest start this season. He allowed three hits and six runs — one earned — with three walks in three innings.
ANGELS 11, BRAVES 6: Kole Calhoun's bases-loaded single in the 13th inning drove in the go-ahead run and Los Angeles recovered after blowing a four-run lead in the ninth to beat Atlanta.
Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each had three hits, including homers back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, and drove in four runs.
Erick Aybar led off the 13th with his fourth hit, an infield single, and moved to second on catcher Gerald Laird's passed ball. David Hale (2-1) walked pinch-hitter C.J. Wilson and hit Chris Iannetta with a pitch to load the bases.
Calhoun's soft fly ball fell just in front of center fielder B.J. Upton, who attempted a sliding catch. Trout's two-run double and Pujols’ two-run single pushed the lead to five runs.
The teams combined to use 16 pitchers in a game that lasted nearly 5 hours.
Fernando Salas (4-0) pitched two scoreless innings.