MLB ROUNDUP: Reds win fifth straight
Shin-Soo Choo hit two homers and four pitchers combined on an 11-hit shutout Wednesday night to help the Cincinnati Reds extend their winning streak to a season-best five games by beating Miami, 4-0.
Choo hit solo homers in the fourth and sixth inning, giving him nine this season. The multi-homer game was his second in eight days and ninth of his career.
Mike Leake (3-2) went 6 2-3 innings and pitched around nine hits. The Marlins had 14 baserunners but stranded 12 and hit into two double plays.
That gave the crowd of 14,866 little to cheer about, and the biggest roars came when highlights of the Miami Heat’s playoff victory over the Chicago Bulls two miles away were shown on the video scoreboard.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, BRAVES 3: Paul Goldschmidt hit three doubles, Eric Chavez drove in three runs and Arizona beat Tim Hudson and Atlanta. Cody Ross added an RBI double as the Diamondbacks won the final two games of the series after a 10-1 loss in the opener. Hudson (4-3) had been 7-0 in nine career starts against Arizona before he got tagged. He allowed five runs and eight hits in five innings — he’s given up 11 runs over 8 2-3 innings in his last two starts.
CUBS 6, ROCKIES 3: Jeff Samardzija hit a two-run home run and pitched eight strong innings for his first win since opening day and Chicago beat Colorado. David DeJesus led off the first inning with a home run and Anthony Rizzo had two hits for the Cubs, who won back-to-back series for the first time this season. Reid Brignac hit a pinch-hit homer for the Rockies, who finished a 2-4 road trip. The Rockies have not won back-to-back games since a season-high eight-game winning streak April 12-20.
CARDINALS 4, METS 2: Rookie Shelby Miller followed up his nearly perfect one-hitter with 5 2-3 scoreless innings and St. Louis scored the go-ahead run in the seventh on a wild pitch in a victory over New York. Rick Ankiel’s two-run homer off rookie Seth Maness (3-0) tied it in the top of the seventh and was his first against the team that converted the former left-handed pitcher to an outfielder in 2005.
DODGERS 3, NATIONALS 1: Zack Greinke pitched 5 1-3 strong innings in his first start since April 11 and Los Angeles beat Washington. Greinke came off the disabled list earlier in the day, returning three weeks sooner than expected from a broken left clavicle after a confrontation with San Diego’s Carlos Quentin last month. The right-hander was expected to be out eight weeks. He underwent surgery on April 13 to fix the injury with a metal plate used to stabilize the break. Greinke (2-0) made one rehab appearance last Friday for Class A Rancho Cucamonga, and the Dodgers decided he was ready to rejoin them. Ross Detwiler (2-4) gave up two runs and six hits in three innings — his shortest outing of the season. The left-hander walked two and struck out none. The Nationals fell to 3-5 when he starts. Detwiler is 0-6 in six career road starts against NL West opponents.
MARINERS 12, YANKEES 2: Raul Ibanez again treated Yankee Stadium as his personal playground, hitting a grand slam and two-run homer to help Seattle rout New York. Ibanez’s slam came during a seven-run first inning. Yankees backup shortstop Alberto Gonzalez got the final out in the ninth inning in his first professional pitching appearance. The Mariners chased Phil Hughes (2-3) after he got only two outs in the first. Trying to preserve his bullpen, Yankees manager Joe Girardi had Brett Marshall throw 108 pitches in his big league debut, then brought in Gonzalez. Ibanez has connected three times in the first two games of his return to the ballpark in which — last year at 40 years old — he electrified crowds in late September and October with several key homers in the Yankees’ run to the AL championship series.
RED SOX 9, RAYS 2: Jon Lester stayed unbeaten, Stephen Drew hit his second career grand slam and Boston roughed up AL Cy Young winner David Price and Tampa Bay. Price (1-4) departed from the marquee pitching matchup because of left triceps tightness during Boston’s eight-run third inning, which Drew finished with his towering homer off Jamey Wright. Coming off a one-hit, complete game shutout of Toronto, Lester (6-0) allowed two runs in seven innings to help end the Rays’ season-best six-game winning streak.
RANGERS 6, ATHLETICS 2: Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, leading Alexi Ogando and Texas over Oakland. Ogando (4-2) didn’t allow a hit until Eric Sogard’s leadoff double in the sixth inning. Lance Berkman hit a two-run single and Adrian Beltre added an RBI single a day after hitting a 10th-inning home run as the Rangers won their first series in Oakland since Sept. 20-22, 2011. Dan Straily (1-2) took the loss.
ASTROS 7, TIGERS 5: Brandon Barnes caught Miguel Cabrera’s bases-loaded drive against the wall in right-center field for the final out, and Houston avoided a season sweep against Detroit. Carlos Corporan hit a tiebreaking double in the top of the ninth for the Astros, who lost their first six meetings with the Tigers by a combined 50-12. Jose Veras pitched the ninth for his fifth save in seven chances. Hector Ambriz (1-2) got the win. Al Alburquerque (0-1) gave up Corporan’s hit.
WHITE SOX 9, TWINS 4: Adam Dunn homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs, powering Chicago past Minnesota. Dunn hit a pair of two-run shots for his 35th career multihomer game. He’s hit three home runs in the last two games and has nine this year. Dayan Viciedo also went deep for the second straight day, helping Dylan Axelrod (1-3) pick up his first victory this season. Mike Pelfrey (3-4) was hit hard yet again, failing to record an out in the fifth.
ROYALS 9, ANGELS 5: Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run double and Billy Butler capped his most productive series of the season with a two-run single, leading Kansas City over Los Angeles. Wade Davis (3-3) was charged with four runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings in the rubber game of the series. Barry Enright (0-2) gave up four runs, five hits and two walks in two-plus innings, leaving with the bases loaded and none out in the Royals’ seven-run third.
INDIANS 10, PHILLIES 4: Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer, Nick Swisher and Mike Aviles also went deep to back Corey Kluber, and Cleveland beat Philadelphia. Corey Kluber (3-2) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings. He rebounded nicely after allowing eight runs in 4 2-3 innings against Detroit in his previous start. A day after rookie Jonathan Pettibone held the Indians in check, Cole Hamels got roughed up by one of the league’s highest-scoring offenses. Cleveland had been in a slight funk, scoring just seven runs in its previous four games. Hamels (1-6) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings. The three-time All-Star and 2008 World Series MVP has a 4.61 ERA, and the Phillies are 1-8 in his starts.
PADRES 8, ORIOLES 4: Alexi Amarista homered and doubled twice as San Diego matched its season-high with 17 hits, beating Baltimore for a two-game sweep. Everth Cabrera had four hits and a walk, and Jedd Gyorko had three singles for the Padres, who are 13-6 after a 5-15 start.
BLUE JAYS 11, GIANTS 3: J.P. Arencibia and Adam Lind each hit two-run home runs, Ramon Ortiz won for the first time since 2011 and Toronto won its season-high fourth straight game, beating San Francisco. Ortiz (1-1) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings for his first win since 2011. He had not won as a starter since April 2007.