MLB ROUNDUP: Lee shines in win over Red Sox
Cliff Lee pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and Jonathan Papelbon earned his first save at Fenway Park as a Red Sox opponent on Tuesday night, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-1 victory over Boston.
Michael Young and Domonic Brown homered for the Phillies, and Erik Kratz singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning to snap Boston’s four-game winning streak.
Lee (6-2) allowed a first-inning run and then retired 22 of the next 23 batters to win his fourth consecutive decision. He struck out eight to match his season high and walked none.
Ryan Dempster (2-6) allowed two runs on six hits and three walks, striking out four in seven innings for Boston.
Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save. The Red Sox closer from 2005-11 — including their 2007 World Series title — he entered to a chorus of boos and without the theme song “Shipping up to Boston” he used for much of his career in Boston.
RAYS 7, MARLINS 6: Desmond Jennings drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Tampa Bay to a victory over Miami.
The Rays came back from an early 4-0 deficit and won their third in a row. The Marlins lost their seventh straight game.
Kelly Johnson opened the ninth with an infield single and took second on Evan Longoria’s single off Mike Dunn (1-1). With two outs, Jennings singled against Chad Qualls.
Fernando Rodney (2-2) got the win.
Jennings, Luke Scott and Yunel Escobar each had three of Tampa Bay’s 16 hits.
REDS 8, INDIANS 2: Xavier Paul singled home a pair of runs in the first inning, and the Cincinnati completed a two-game home sweep of the Indians.
The intrastate rivals now head to Cleveland for two more games. The Indians lead the all-time series 42-41.
The Reds have won 14 of their past 17 games overall, leaving them with the second-best record in the majors at 33-19. They trail NL Central-leading St. Louis.
Cleveland has dropped five straight — matching its season high — and seven of eight.
Mat Latos (5-0) handled a slumping lineup, allowing one run in 6 1-3 innings. The Indians have been outscored 33-14 during their losing streak. The Reds had 18 hits, one shy of their season high.
BRAVES 7, BLUE JAYS 6: Brian McCann hit two home runs, including a solo shot in the 10th inning that lifted Atlanta over Toronto.
McCann and rookie Evan Gattis hit back-to-back homers off Ramon Ortiz in the sixth, giving the Braves a 6-5 lead. The Blue Jays tied it on J.P. Arencibia’s RBI double in the seventh.
McCann connected for a leadoff drive in the 10th against Thad Weber (0-1) for his sixth home run. It was McCann’s first multihomer game of the season and the ninth of his career. Jordan Schafer also homered for the Braves.
CARDINALS 4, ROYALS 1: Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer against his former team, rookie Tyler Lyons made another dazzling start and St. Louis beat Kansas City for the Royals’ 10th consecutive home defeat.
The only two hits that Lyons (2-0) allowed over seven innings were to Billy Butler — a two-out RBI double in the first inning and a bloop single in the seventh.
Matt Carpenter and Matt Holliday added solo homers in the sixth off the Royals’ Ervin Santana (3-5) as the Cardinals (34-17) improved to a major league-best 20-9 on the road.
NATIONALS 9, ORIOLES 3: Adam LaRoche homered twice and drove in four runs, and Washington enjoyed a rare offensive outburst at the expense of Baltimore.
LaRoche, Tyler Moore and Roger Bernadina connected off Orioles rookie Kevin Gausman (0-2). LaRoche added a solo shot in the eighth off Troy Patton.
It added up to the Nationals’ highest-scoring performance since a 10-3 win over Miami on April 15.
Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 17th homer for the Orioles, and J.J. Hardy also went deep.
Nathan Karns, in his major league debut, gave up three runs, five hits and two walks in 4 1-3 innings.
ATHLETICS 6, GIANTS 3: Derek Norris hit a two-run homer in the second, Jarrod Parker pitched seven strong innings and Oakland beat San Francisco for its fifth straight victory.
Adam Rosales homered in the eighth for the A’s to snap an 0-for-24 funk since he connected against Kansas City on May 17.
Hunter Pence homered in the ninth and hit an RBI single in the first to give Mike Kickham a lead before he took the mound for his major league debut.
Parker (3-6) reached seven innings for the third straight start.
The 24-year-old Kickham (0-1) was tagged for four runs on four hits in 2 1-3 innings with three strikeouts and four walks as the Giants lost for the seventh time in their last eight road games.
ROCKIES 2, ASTROS 1: Michael Cuddyer had three hits, including an RBI single in the ninth inning that gave Colorado a win over Houston.
Troy Tulowitzki doubled off Astros closer Jose Veras (0-4) to start the ninth and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Cuddyer followed with his single, which sailed just out of reach of leaping third baseman Matt Dominguez.
Tulowitzki had an RBI single in the first. Chris Carter tied it in the fourth with an RBI grounder.
DODGERS 3, ANGELS 0: Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game in the major leagues, Luis Cruz hit his first homer of the season and the Dodgers beat the Angels in the second game of the Freeway Series.
Ryu (6-2) struck out seven and walked none. The left-hander from South Korea retired 19 consecutive batters during one stretch.
His six victories lead all rookie pitchers in the majors, while his 71 2-3 innings pitched lead all rookies this season.
PADRES 6, MARINERS 1: Edinson Volquez pitched into the eighth inning and Jedd Gyorko and Alexi Amarista each homered, leading the Padres over the Mariners.
The teams split the two-game set in Seattle, but will be right back at it today in San Diego for two more games.
Gyorko hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Seattle starter Brandon Maurer (2-7) and Amarista followed with a solo shot an inning later.
Seattle’s bats got very little done against Volquez (4-5), and its lineup lost its most potent punch after right fielder Michael Morse had to leave the game in the fifth inning with a right quadriceps strain.
METS 2, YANKEES 1: David Wright and Lucas Duda hit RBI singles off Mariano Rivera in the ninth inning, and the Mets rallied past the Yankees to beat baseball’s career saves leader only hours after honoring him at Citi Field.
Matt Harvey and Hiroki Kuroda locked up in an entertaining pitchers’ duel that went to the ninth with the Yankees leading 1-0 on Lyle Overbay’s run-scoring single. But all three batters to face Rivera (0-1) got hits, handing him the first blown save of his farewell season in 19 chances.
The Yankees have lost three in a row for the first time this year.
TWINS 6, BREWERS 5: Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the 14th inning, lifting Minnesota to a victory over Milwaukee.
Jean Segura went 6-for-7 — all singles — to raise his batting average to an NL-leading .366 but Milwaukee lost for the fourth straight time and 20th in 25 games.
Ryan Doumit, Josh Willingham and Aaron Hicks homered for the Twins, which have won three of four after dropping 10 straight.
Burke Badenhop (0-2) was the loser.
Ryan Pressly (2-0) pitched two perfet innings of relief to earn the victory.