Dodgers Defeat Rockies In Rainout – MLB Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — Sunday's major league action was highlighted by a pair of wonderful pitching performances in St. Petersburg and San Diego, with both tossed by the road team.
Felix Hernandez allowed just four hits and struck out a career-high 15 in just seven innings as Seattle blanked Tampa Bay 5-0. Hernandez lowered his ERA to 2.39 but wasn't involved in the decision after winning his previous five starts. He left in a scoreless tie after throwing 100 pitches.
The Mariners didn't score until the ninth when Endy Chavez hit an RBI single and scored on a two-run triple by James Jones before Kyle Seager added a two-run double.
Jordan Zimmermann tossed his third career shutout and sixth complete game in Washington's 6-0 shutout of San Diego. Zimmermann had a perfect game until Alexi Amarista hit a one-out single in the sixth. The Nationals' starter allowed just one other hit and finished with 12 strikeouts.
Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer and Danny Espinosa went 3-for-4 with two RBIs as the Nationals moved into a virtual three-way tie with Atlanta and Miami in the National League East.
In other major league action:
— Brandon Moss's grand slam capped a six-run third inning as Oakland pounded Baltimore 11-1. John Jaso (JAY'-soh) added four RBIs to support Scott Kazmir, who allowed four hits while fanning seven in seven shutout innings for the AL West leaders.
— The Angels completed a three-game sweep as C.J. Wilson carried a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning of a 4-2 decision over the Chicago White Sox. Josh Hamilton drove in three runs to help Wilson get his seventh win.
— David Ortiz crushed a three-run homer off Joba (JAH'-bah) Chamberlain with one out in the ninth to send Boston to a 5-3 win at Detroit, ending the Red Sox's five-game skid. Mike Napoli also homered for the Bosox, who dropped their first five meetings with the Tigers this season.
— Chris Carter and Jon Singleton each hit their first career grand slams to power Houston to a 14-5 victory over Minnesota. The only other time two Astros players hit grand slams in the same game was July 30, 1969, at New York when Denis Menke (MEHN'-kee) and Jimmy Wynn both hit slams in an 11-run ninth inning against the Mets.
— Kansas City squeaked by the Yankees 2-1 in the rubber match as Lorenzo Cain and Mike Moustakas drove in runs for the Royals. The Royals have won their last seven games started by James Shields, who limited the Yankees to an unearned run and six hits in six innings.
—Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits and scored twice to help Cleveland edge Texas 3-2. Chisenhall singled and scored in the fifth and sixth innings, while raising his average to .365, highest in the majors among players with at least 150 plate appearances.
— Pedro Strop (strohp) threw a wild pitch that allowed the go-ahead run to score in the eighth inning to give the Marlins a 4-3 win over the Cubs, ending Chicago's five-game winning streak. Garrett Jones hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the eight before's Strop's wild toss allowed Giancarlo Stanton to score.
— Chase Anderson is the first pitcher since 1998 to win his first five major league starts after recording a career-high eight strikeouts and allowing two runs in seven innings of Arizona's 6-5 win against Atlanta. The Braves led 2-0 until David Peralta (peh-RAHL'-tah) and Paul Goldschmidt hit two-run homers in a six-run seventh.
— Gregor Blanco hit a go-ahead, two-run double and had three RBIs as San Francisco completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets 6-4. The Mets suffered their sixth straight loss despite Curtis Granderson's two-run homer and three RBIs.
— The Dodgers were 6-1 winners over Colorado in a game stopped by rain after the Dodgers scored four times in the sixth. Matt Kemp lined a two-run triple, Jamie Romak added a two-run double and Clayton Kershaw struck out nine while allowing a run and three hits over five innings.
— Aramis (uh-RAH'-mihs) Ramirez drove in the only run of the game with a ground out in the seventh to give Milwaukee a 1-0 win over Pittsburgh. Yovani Gallardo (gy-AHR'-doh) got the win by scattering four hits and striking out eight over seven innings.
— Jaime Garcia and two relievers combined on a three-hitter as St. Louis earned its second straight 5-0 victory in Toronto. Matt Carpenter and Jhonny (JAH'-nee) Peralta homered to support Garcia, who allowed three hits in seven innings of his first victory in three starts.
— Homer Bailey gave up six hits in eight innings and delivered the go-ahead, two-run single as the Reds beat the Phillies 4-1 in Cincinnati. Billy Hamilton added a two-run homer for the Reds, who won their second straight since a three-game losing streak.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland will be lost to the Texas Rangers for about three months after undergoing ankle surgery. He was trying to play through the pain in his left ankle while Prince Fielder recovers from neck surgery last month.
The Rangers are a banged up club with about a dozen players sidelined by an array of injuries.