3 Run Homer Lifts Nationals Past Rockies – MLB Roundup
UNDATED (AP)— The surging Tampa Bay Rays won their sixth in a row, and beat one of baseball's best pitchers in the process. The Rays beat Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2.
The Rays tagged Wainwright for four runs on six hits in four and two-thirds innings. Wainwright was trying to become baseball's first 13-game winner. Instead he fell to 12-5. Yunel (yoo-NEHL') Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double.
Evan Longoria added a solo homer in the ninth for Tampa Bay. The Rays have outscored teams 36-11 during their streak.
In other baseball:
— Chase Headley, just acquired in a trade from San Diego, came through with a storybook swing in his Yankees debut, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory over the Texas Rangers.
— AL East-leading Baltimore retained its four-game lead by doubling up the L.A. Angels 4-2. Jonathan Schoop homered and J.J. Hardy hit two RBI doubles. Miguel Gonzalez evened his record at 5-5 with the victory.
— In another 14-inning marathon, San Francisco outlasted Philadelphia 9-6. Brandon Crawford delivered a bases-loaded double to drive in the go-ahead runs. Tim Lincecum, usually a starter, got the final two outs in the bottom of the 14th for the Giants.
— Milwaukee nipped Cincinnati 4-3 to take a game-and-a-half lead over the Cardinals in the NL Central. Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to win it for the Brew Crew.
— Gregory Polanco broke out of a slump with a solo home run and a tiebreaking two-run single in the Pittsburgh Pirates' 12-7 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Polanco had been hitting just .133 in his previous 11 games.
— Cleveland won for the fourth time in six games since the All-Star break by routing Minnesota 8-2. Carlos Santana homered among his season high-tying four hits.
— J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings for his first victory in three starts, Dioner Navarro and Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) homered and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 7-3. David Ortiz hit a solo homer in the eighth, his third homer in two games and the 36th of his career at Rogers Centre. That matches Alex Rodriguez for the most by a visiting player.
— Aaron Hill drove in three runs and made a game-ending diving stop, Miguel Montero hit a two-run single in the eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers.
__ The New York Mets beat Seattle 3-1. Jacob deGrom allowed five hits and a run in seven innings to improve to 4-5. Lucas Duda (DOO'-dah) hit his 15th homer.
— L.J. Hoes homered with one out in the top of the 12th, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first win in four tries at the Coliseum this year.
— The Kansas City Royals topped the Chicago White Sox 7-1 behind a 14-hit attack. Mike Moustakas homered twice.
— The Chicago Cubs ended their five-game losing streak by blanking San Diego 6-0. Anthony Rizzo homered twice to become the first NL player with 25 homers.
— Adam LaRoche cracked a tiebreaking three-run home run in the seventh in helping Washington beat Colorado 7-4. That's his 13th home run. The Nationals have won four straight and opened a two-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East. But the Nationals lost their third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who suffered a hamstring injury. He's slated for an MRI today.
— Miami held off Atlanta 6-5. Donovan Solano had a career-high four hits and also reached on a walk as Miami took its second straight win over Atlanta to open the four-game series.
DENVER (AP) — Major league batting leader Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-WIT'-skee) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list by Colorado because of a left hip flexor strain. The move is retroactive to Sunday. Tulowitzki suffered the injury in a game against Pittsburgh Saturday.
The 29-year-old All-Star shortstop is hitting .340 and is third in the NL with 21 home runs.
In other baseball news:
— Texas Rangers catcher Geovany Soto (JEE'-oh-vah-nee SOH'-toh) was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, less than a week after he returned from right knee surgery. The last-place Rangers currently have 14 players on the DL.
— Baseball commissioner Bud Selig (SEE'-lihg) says he's "anxious" to look at the recommendations of a team of top orthopedists who are studying the uptick in elbow injuries among pitchers. A handful of experts, including Dr. James Andrews and New York Yankees team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad, are putting together a report to help baseball address the rash of reconstructive Tommy John surgeries.
— The Tampa Bay Rays have placed right-handed pitcher Joel (joh-EHL') Peralta on the 15-day disabled list with an undisclosed illness.
— The Athletics say owner Lew Wolff has agreed to a 10-year lease extension to stay in Oakland after reviewing several modifications made by the Oakland City Council. The Coliseum has hosted the A's since 1968 but the facility has recently had sewage and lighting problems.