MLB ROUNDUP: Pagan's burst lifts Giants
Angel Pagan became the first San Francisco player to end a game with an inside-the-park homer, connecting with a runner aboard in the bottom of the 10th inning Saturday to give the Giants a thrilling 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Pagan was thinking triple out of the box. Once he rounded second and saw third base coach Tim Flannery waving him home, he shifted into another gear.
“I know two things: I'm going to score and Flannery is going to score with me,” Pagan said. “He's amazing. I'll be honest with you, I was running out of gas a little bit around third. He helped me to get there.”
Troy Tulowitzki homered leading off the 10th to put the Rockies ahead 5-4, but Colorado closer Rafael Betancourt (1-2) walked Brandon Crawford to open the bottom half.
Guillermo Quiroz sacrificed before Pagan sent a long drive that hit the base of the oddly angled wall in right-center and bounced high over the head of right fielder Michael Cuddyer. The speedy Pagan raced around the bases and slid home ahead of the relay.
“I thought it was going over the fence,” said Pagan's teammate, Hunter Pence. “Inside the park is the last thing you think of. All we could do is watch him run and hope he was safe.”
The last major leaguer to hit an inside-the-park home run that ended a game was Rey Sanchez for Tampa Bay on June 11, 2004 — also in a 10-inning victory over Colorado, according to STATS.
The previous Giants player to do it was Hall of Famer Bill Terry on Aug. 24, 1931, when the club was in New York. His drive beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1, STATS said.
It was Betancourt’s first blown save in 11 chances this season.
Carlos Gonzalez homered among his three hits and drove in two runs for the Rockies.
Buster Posey had three hits and scored twice for the Giants, who ended a four-game slide against the Rockies. Sergio Romo (3-2) gave up Tulowitzki’s 10th homer.
“It was a well-played game,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. “The walks hurt us. You don't think about it when the ball comes off the bat, but with the configurations of the park, it can bounce anywhere.”
REDS 5, CUBS 2: Todd Frazier drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly and a single, and Cincinnati used another big inning to beat Chicago for its fifth straight victory.
The Reds have won 13 of 16, surging to a season-high 13 games over .500 at 31-18. It’s their best start since 1995, when they reached the NL championship series.
Cincinnati scored four times in the sixth off Travis Wood (4-3), extending its domination of the NL Central’s last-place team. Chicago has lost a season-high six consecutive games.
Homer Bailey (3-3) gave up a pair of runs in six innings. Aroldis Chapman had a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances.
Cincinnati has won 16 of the last 18 games in the series. The Reds are 19-5 against the Cubs over the last two seasons, including 7-1 this year.
BRAVES 7-6, METS 5-0: Light-hitting pitcher Mike Minor homered for his first two RBIs in the majors and struck out 10 as Atlanta posted its second win in a matter of hours, beating New York for its eighth straight victory.
Earlier, Dan Uggla hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning and the Braves won in the resumption of a game suspended because of rain Friday night after eight innings with the score tied at 5.
Minor (6-2) then pitched 7 1-3 innings of three-hit ball on a blustery night, sending the Mets to their fifth loss in a row overall and eighth straight at Citi Field.
Minor singled in the third and hit a two-run drive inside the left field foul pole off Dillon Gee (2-6) that broke a scoreless tie in the fifth and touched off a five-run burst.
The Braves got six straight hits in their surge, including doubles by Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons.
The teams took 42 minutes to complete the resumption, and there was a 36-minute break between games.
The suspended game picked up right where it left off, at the start of the ninth inning. There was no national anthem, fans were scattered in the stands and it was cloudy and windy with temperatures in the low 50s.
Freddie Freeman, who homered Friday night before the rain came, drew a leadoff walk from Brandon Lyon (1-2) in the 10th and took third on a double by Brian McCann.
Uggla, who hit a late home run the previous night at Citi Field, followed with his tiebreaking single. B.J. Upton later squeezed home pinch-runner Jordan Schafer.
Anthony Varvaro (2-0) pitched a scoreless ninth. He worked the eighth a day earlier and gave up two runs that made it 5-all.
Craig Kimbrel escaped a two-on, no-out jam for his 15th save in 18 tries.
PHILLIES 5, NATIONALS 3: Michael Young scored the go-ahead run from first base on a single in the eighth inning, and Domonic Brown homered and hit an RBI double as Philadelphia beat Washington.
Young walked and scored on Delmon Young’s single, stretching his hand across the plate to beat Bryce Harper’s throw and break a 3-all tie. Pinch-runner Michael Martinez then scored on Brown’s double.
The runs came off Drew Storen (0-1), the latest failure for the Nationals’ bullpen.
Chad Durbin (1-0) got two outs for the win. Jeremy Horst pitched out of an eighth-inning jam and Jonathan Papelbon earned his ninth save.
Brown and Erik Kratz homered on consecutive pitches in the second.
Johnathan Pettibone, a rookie yet to lose a decision over seven starts, matched his career high with six strikeouts while scattering nine hits and three runs. He allowed single runs in the third, fourth and fifth.
Adam LaRoche homered and hit an RBI single for the Nationals.
DODGERS 5, CARDINALS 3: Adrian Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs, Mark Ellis lined a go-ahead double in the sixth inning, and Los Angeles snapped St. Louis’ three-game winning streak.
The last-place Dodgers, who had lost five of seven, blew a two-run lead before Ellis’ two-out hit off Seth Maness (3-1) scored Carl Crawford from first base to make it 4-3.
Paco Rodriguez (1-2) earned his first major league victory, getting three outs on 10 pitches. Brandon League worked the ninth to earn his 10th save in 12 chances.
Cardinals starter John Gast left in the second because of left shoulder tightness.
RED SOX 7, INDIANS 4: Pinch-hitter Mike Carp drove in the tying run with an eighth-inning double and then scored on a double by Dustin Pedroia as Boston rallied for a victory over Cleveland.
The Red Sox scored four times off reliever Vinnie Pestano (1-1), who took over with Cleveland leading 4-3 in the eighth.
Junichi Tazawa (4-2) struck out two in a hitless eighth and Andrew Bailey got three outs for his sixth save in seven chances.
Boston starter Jon Lester struck out a season-high eight in seven innings.
ORIOLES 6, BLUE JAYS 5: Danny Valencia hit a two-run homer and Adam Jones added a solo shot to help Baltimore beat R.A. Dickey and Toronto.
The Orioles won for the fourth time in five games following a season-high six-game losing streak.
Valencia connected off Dickey (4-6) with a second-deck drive in the third inning. Jones chased last year’s NL Cy Young Award winner with an even longer drive in the seventh, his ninth of the year and third in three games.
The Orioles lead the majors with 68 home runs this season, including nine in the past three games.
Freddy Garcia (1-2) allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings to win for the first time since Aug. 15, 2012, when he beat Texas while pitching for the New York Yankees.
ANGELS 7, ROYALS 0: Josh Hamilton and Hank Conger homered to back Billy Buckner’s first major league win since 2009, and Los Angeles beat Kansas City for its seventh straight victory.
The resurgent Angels have outscored opponents 54-18 during their longest winning streak of the season.
The slumping Royals have lost 15 of 19, including seven straight at home. They have scored three runs or fewer in 12 of those defeats to drop a season-low four games below .500 at 21-25.
Conger’s opposite-field shot leading off the sixth inning was the first hit off Jeremy Guthrie (5-3), who dropped his third consecutive outing after going a Royals-record 18 starts in a row without a loss.
Buckner (1-0), who hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2010, limited the Royals to two hits over five innings.
YANKEES 4, RAYS 3: Lyle Overbay homered with two outs in the 11th inning, and New York rallied late to beat Tampa Bay.
Overbay drilled a 1-0 pitch from Josh Lueke (0-2) into the right field seats to give New York the lead.
Ivan Nova (2-1), who made his first relief appearance after returning from a right triceps injury and being moved from the Yankees’ rotation to the bullpen, struck out James Loney and got an inning-ending grounder from Matt Joyce with the bases loaded in the 10th.
Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect 11th inning for his 18th straight save to start the season.
The Yankees scored twice in the ninth against struggling Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney to pull even at 3.
TWINS 3, TIGERS 2: Joe Mauer homered and had three hits, helping Minnesota snap a 10-game losing streak with a victory over Detroit.
The Twins scored three runs in the first, and that was enough. P.J. Walters (1-0) went six innings, allowing two runs and eight hits.
Four relievers finished, with Glen Perkins pitching the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Detroit’s Doug Fister (5-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings.
Jhonny Peralta homered for the Tigers.
ATHLETICS 11, ASTROS 5: Josh Donaldson had four hits and Oakland beat Houston.
Chris Young had three hits and drove in two as Oakland’s bats came alive for a season-high 18 hits, and the A’s scored their most runs in a month. Every Oakland hitter drove in at least one run. Brandon Moss had a home run as well for the A’s, who improved to 8-0 this season against the Astros.
A’s starter A.J. Griffin (5-3) allowed four runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings. He gave up three home runs.
Jason Castro and Matt Dominguez each belted two home runs for the Astros. It was the first time two Houston teammates have had multi-home run games since July 25, 2005, when Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman each had two.
Lucas Harrell (3-6), who has lost four straight, allowed six runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout in a season-low 1 2-3 innings. Harrell has allowed five or more runs in three of his last five starts, and in two starts against Oakland this season, the right-hander has allowed 14 runs in six innings.
WHITE SOX 2, MARLINS 1: Conor Gillaspie hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning to score Dewayne Wise, lifting Chicago to a win over Miami.
Derek Dietrich homered in the top of the ninth to spoil Jake Peavy’s shutout bid, but in the bottom half, Gillaspie drove in Wise — who had come in as a defensive replacement — to give the White Sox their eighth win in 11 games.
Peavy (6-2) struck out five and allowed six hits in the complete-game effort, his longest outing of the season.
Ryan Webb (1-3) gave up Gillaspie’s single to take the loss for Miami, which dropped its fourth straight game and 11th in the last 13 games.
Alexei Ramirez gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the third.