Toronto's Happ stable after taking line drive to head

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive and taken off the field on a stretcher during Toronto's 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

The Blue Jays said Happ was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where he was alert and undergoing tests. Nursing supervisor Natasha Keller told The Associated Press that Happ had been admitted to the hospital and was in stable condition.

In a frightening scene at Tropicana Field, Desmond Jennings' second-inning liner caromed squarely off the left side of Happ's head with a loud "thwack!" that could be heard up in the press box.

The ball went all the way into the bullpen in foul territory halfway down the right field line. Happ dropped face down at the front of the mound, holding his head with his glove and bare hand.

The pitcher was taken to a hospital for tests but the Blue Jays had no update on his condition immediately after the game, manager John Gibbons said.

Twins 6, Red Sox 1

At Boston, Scott Diamond allowed three hits in seven innings and Ryan Doumit hit his first homer of the season in Minnesota's victory over Boston.

Diamond (3-2) gave up a single in each of the first three innings, didn't allow a runner past first base and retired the last 15 batters he faced. He struck out two and walked none.

Astros 7, Angels 6

At Houston, Chris Carter's three-run homer put Houston ahead in the third, and Astros held on to end a six-game skid.

The road woes continued for the Angels, who have dropped eight of their past 10 away from Anaheim.

Indians 1, Athletics 0

At Cleveland, Zach McAllister and two relievers combined on a shutout and Cleveland scored an unearned run in the fifth inning for their eighth win in nine games.

McAllister, Rich Hill and Chris Perez limited the highest-scoring offense in the majors to six hits and did not allow a runner to reach second base.

Orioles 4, Royals 3

At Baltimore, Matt Wieters drove in three runs, including the tiebreaker in the eighth inning, and Baltimore rallied to beat Kansas City on a soggy night at Camden Yards.

National League

Phillies 6, Giants 2

At San Francisco, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard homered to help Philadelphia beat Tim Lincecum (2-2) and San Francisco.

Utley had three hits and two RBIs, Howard reached base four times and Kyle Kendrick (4-1) pitched seven strong innings to win his third consecutive decision. The right-hander extended his scoreless streak on the road to 25 innings before giving up a sacrifice fly to Angel Pagan in the third.

Reds 5, Braves 4

At Cincinnati, Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo hit two-out homers in the ninth inning to rally Cincinnati to victory.

Mesoraco connected for his first career pinch-hit homer off Craig Kimbrel (0-1), who blew a save for the second time in five days. Kimbrel went to a full count on Mesoraco before the catcher homered into the first row in center.

Cubs 2, Cardinals 1

At Chicago, Travis Wood pitched impressively into the seventh inning to outduel Lance Lynn, Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer and Chicago snapped St. Louis' six-game winning streak.

The Cardinals' streak was their longest since an eight-game run July 11-21, 2010.

Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 3

At Los Angeles, Paul Goldschmidt hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning off closer Brandon League and Arizona sent last-place Los Angeles to its sixth straight loss.

League (0-2) walked Gerardo Parra to open the ninth and struck out Didi Gregorius. Goldschmidt fouled off five full-count pitches before driving his seventh home run into the left-field pavilion.

Padres 5, Marlins 1

At San Diego, Eric Stults pitched seven-hit ball into the seventh inning, Will Venable hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs, and resurgent San Diego sent Miami to its fifth loss in seven games.

Stults (3-2) walked two and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings as the Padres won for the 10th time in 13 games. San Diego, which began the season 5-15 and has won eight of its last nine at Petco Park, improved to 15-18.

Interleague

Mets 1, White Sox 0, 10 inn.

At New York, Matt Harvey pitched one-hit ball for nine innings in a nearly perfect performance and the New York Mets permitted just one baserunner all game in beating the Chicago White Sox.

Harvey allowed only an infield single by Alex Rios with two outs in the seventh — he was safe, barely. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 and was pulled when the game went to extra innings.

Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter lined an RBI single with one out in the 10th off Nate Jones (0-3).

Brewers 6, Rangers 3

At Milwaukee, Yuniesky Betancourt's eighth homer of the season capped a five-run first inning and Milwaukee snapped a season-high five-game losing streak.

Pirates 4, Mariners 1

At Pittsburgh, Jeanmar Gomez pitched five shutout innings while making a surprise spot start to help Pittsburgh down Seattle in an interleague game.

Andrew McCutchen went 4 for 4 with an RBI-double and Garrett Jones hit a two-run homer in the eighth to pad the lead. Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 13th save.

Rockies 2, Yankees 0

At Denver, Jorge De La Rosa pitched six scoreless innings in a steady rain and Carlos Gonzales hit his seventh homer in Colorado's win over New York.

Despite a stellar start from Hiroki Kuroda, the Yankees lost their fifth straight game at Coors Field, dating to an interleague series in 2002. They were swept in a three-game set in 2007 in their last trip to Denver's downtown ballpark.


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