Damon plays hero in victory
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Johnny Damon lost a grand slam to a video review in the seventh inning, then hit a game-ending home run in the ninth that lifted the Tampa Bay Rays over the Seattle Mariners 8-7 Sunday.
Damon connected for a leadoff shot in the ninth on the first pitch from Dan Cortes (0-2), sending his 11th homer of the season into the right-field seats.
The Rays trailed 5-4 in the seventh when Damon launched a drive to right-center field. First ruled a home run, the umpires changed the call to a three-run double after a video review.
After blowing an early four-run lead, Seattle tied it at 7 during the eighth when Wily Mo Pena hit a long two-run homer to center off James Shields.
Yankees 3, Twins 0
At Minneapolis, Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 5 in his return to the lineup, but Curtis Granderson hit an inside-the-park home run and New York took three of four from Minnesota.
Mark Teixeira also homered and Ivan Nova (13-4) pitched seven shutout innings for the Yankees, who had Rodriguez for the first time since July 7.
Tigers 8, Indians 7
At Detroit, center fielder Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at the plate to complete a game-ending double play and first-place Detroit completed a three-game sweep of Cleveland.
Delmon Young and Victor Martinez homered in the Tigers' seven-run third inning.
Red Sox 6, Royals 1
At Kansas City, Mo., Jon Lester curbed the Kansas City Royals on three hits for six-plus innings and Jason Varitek tripled for the first time in more than four years.
Carl Crawford and Darnell McDonald hit solo home runs for Boston.
White Sox 10, Rangers 0
At Chicago, Gavin Floyd pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Brent Lillibridge and Alex Rios hit two-run homers, and Chicago took two of three from the AL-West leading Texas.
Chicago finished its first winning homestand (5-4) since June 3-12.
Blue Jays 1, Athletics 0
At Oakland, Calif., Luis Perez pitched brilliantly in his first big league start, combining with Casey Janssen on a one-hitter, and Jose Bautista connected for his majors-best 36th home run for Toronto.
Bautista broke up a scoreless game with a deep drive into the left-field bleachers on the 10th pitch he saw from Guillermo Moscoso (6-7) leading off the seventh.
Angels 7, Orioles 1
At Anaheim, Calif., Jerome Williams pitched seven stellar innings to get his first major league victory in almost six years, Peter Bourjos homered for the third straight game and Howie Kendrick also went deep, leading Los Angeles to three-game.
Williams (1-0) posted his first victory in the majors since Sept. 25, 2005 with the Chicago Cubs, after losing his previous eight decisions.
Giants 6, Astros 4, 11 innings
At Houston, Pablo Sandoval hit a tie-breaking two-run homer with two out in the 11th inning to propel San Francisco.
The score had been tied 4-4 since the fourth inning and the Giants missed several chances to take the lead until Sandoval's 15th homer off Mark Melancon (6-4).
Jeremy Affeldt (2-2) pitched two innings for the victory. He has allowed one earned in 17 1/3 innings since the All-Star break.
The Giants stranded 12 base runners, including seven over the final five innings. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Astros, equaling their longest of the season.
Brewers 6, Mets 2
At New York, Prince Fielder drove in the go-ahead run on a botched potential double-play grounder in the eighth and Yovani Gallardo shut down the Mets for seven innings, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a victory for their first series sweep in New York.
Casey McGehee homered off R.A. Dickey in the fourth and Ryan Braun had three hits, an RBI and scored twice after stealing bases for the Brewers.
Cardinals 6, Cubs 2
At Chicago, Albert Pujols hit his 31st home run and Yadier Molina homered twice as the St. Louis Cardinals beat Chicago.
Pujols had four hits and took the National League lead in homers. Matt Holliday added three hits and John Jay homered, doubled and scored twice for St. Louis.
Braves 1, Diamondbacks 0
At Atlanta, Tim Hudson combined with two relievers on a five-hit shutout, Alex Gonzalez homered and Atlanta completed a three-game sweep of slumping Arizona.
The Diamondbacks have lost five straight to match their longest skid of the season.
Reds 5, Pirates 4
At Pittsburgh, Cincinnati scored twice in the ninth inning to hand All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan his second loss in three days and take two of three from Pittsburgh.
Ramon Hernandez hit an RBI-single to tie the game with one out in the top of the ninth and Dave Sappelt scored on Brandon Phillips' fielder's choice.
Rockies 5, Dodgers 3
At Denver, Kevin Millwood pitched seven strong innings for his first big league win in nearly a year and Seth Smith hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh, leading Colorado to snap a string of 17 straight Sunday losses.
The Rockies hadn't won on Sunday since beating the Chicago Cubs 9-5 on April 17.
Nationals 5, Phillies 4, 10 innings
At Washington, Ian Desmond hit a tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning, then Jonny Gomes was nicked by a pitch from Brad Lidge with the bases loaded in the 10th and Washington broke Philadelphia's streak of eight straight winning road series.
It was the second improbable victory in three games for the Nationals. They beat the Phillies, who have the best record in the majors, with a six-run rally in the ninth Friday night.
Padres 4, Marlins 3
At San Diego, Nick Hundley tripled leading off the bottom of the ninth and scored on Will Venable's bases-loaded single to give San Diego a four-game sweep of Florida.
The Padres swept the seven-game season series. Overall, San Diego has won eight straight against the Marlins.