Guthrie sharp in O's win over Twins
MINNEAPOLIS — Mark Reynolds homered to start a five-run fifth inning and the Baltimore Orioles made a winner out of starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie with a 6-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
In his first start in 11 days, Guthrie, an Ashland native, pitched seven strong innings for the Orioles, who have won three straight for the first time since winning four in a row from June 6-10. Baltimore has outscored Minnesota 18-3 in the three games.
Justin Morneau had an RBI double for the Twins, who have lost six of seven and 18 of their last 23 overall. Minnesota is 21/2; games ahead of last-place Kansas City in the AL Central.
Guthrie (6-16), who has been dealing with some right shoulder soreness, allowed five hits and struck out five.
Kevin Slowey (0-2) allowed five earned runs in 42/3 innings.
Mariners 9, Indians 2
At Cleveland, Felix Hernandez shook off a hard fall on a fielding play to strike out 10, Wily Mo Pena drove in four runs and the Mariners chased Cleveland's Josh Tomlin before the sixth inning in a rout that left the Indians' playoff hopes flickering.
Hernandez (12-11) allowed two runs in six innings as the last-place Mariners took three of four from the fading-fast Indians. Cleveland dropped below .500 for the first time since April 3. The Indians are 61/2; games behind AL Central-leading Detroit, which plays at Tampa Bay tonight.
Athletics 6, Yankees 4
At New York, Coco Crisp homered twice and drove in five runs, going 4 for 4 with a three-run shot in the 10th inning that sent the Athletics to a win over the Yankees.
No. 9 batter Scott Sizemore was 4 for 4 with a tying double off CC Sabathia in the eighth and Oakland won at Yankee Stadium for the second consecutive night to clinch a series victory. The A's had lost 10 straight series against New York, an Oakland record for futility against any team.
Red Sox 13, Rangers 2
At Arlington, Texas, David Ortiz had an RBI single on the first pitch he saw in 10 days and scored twice in his return to Boston's lineup.
Carl Crawford, Jacoby Ellsbury and Adrian Gonzalez hit two-run homers in consecutive innings for the Red Sox, who took over first place in the AL East. Crawford matched a career high with his five RBIs.
Blue Jays 4, Royals 3
At Toronto, Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning, Jose Bautista added his major league-leading 37th homer and the Blue Jays beat the Royals.
Jesse Litsch (5-3) pitched one scoreless inning of relief for the win. Frank Francisco worked ninth for his 11th save.
Rays 3, Tigers 2, 10 innings
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Elliot Johnson had a game-ending fielder's choice in the 10th inning and the Rays beat the Tigers.
Joel Peralta (3-4) pitched a perfect 10th.
Angels 8, White Sox 0
At Anaheim, Calif., Jered Weaver pitched seven innings of four-hit ball in his first start since signing an $85 million contract extension, and Erick Aybar drove in three runs in the Angels' win over the White Sox.
Zach Stewart (1-3) allowed seven hits and seven runs while pitching into the seventh inning for Chicago, which missed a chance to move into second place in the AL Central for the second straight day.
Giants 2, Padres 1
At San Francisco, Carlos Beltran hit his first home run since being traded to San Francisco to powering the Giants.
Beltran, who was out with a wrist injury, returned to the starting lineup and homered off Tim Stauffer (8-10) in the fourth for his 16th of the season. The solo shot was the first of his career at AT&T Park.
Tim Lincecum (12-10) struck out seven and walked five in eight innings.
Mets 7, Phillies 4
At Philadelphia, Mike Pelfrey threw six effective innings, Nick Evans and David Wright homered and New York snapped a five-game losing streak.
Pelfrey (7-10) allowed three runs and nine hits. Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save this season and second in his career. He retired Carlos Ruiz on a grounder with two runners on to end it.
Pirates 2, Brewers 0
At Pittsburgh, Jason Grilli won his first game in nearly two years and four Pittsburgh pitchers combined on a five-hitter.
Aaron Thompson pitched 41/3 innings in his major league debut, allowing four hits while walking two and striking out one. He was on a pitch count after throwing just four innings in his previous two minor league starts.
Rockies 7, Astros 6, 10 innings
At Denver, Troy Tulowitzki scored from third on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning and Colorado completed a three-game sweep.
Tulowitzki reached on a one-out walk and went to third on Jonathan Herrera's single to center. After an intentional walk to Kevin Kouzmanoff, reliever Aneury Rodriguez (1-5) uncorked a wild pitch to Eliezer Alfonzo and Tulowitzki trotted home with the winning run.
Dodgers 9, Cardinals 4
At St. Louis, Juan Rivera homered and drove in three runs and Los Angeles completed its first road sweep of the season.
The Cardinals were outscored 24-7 in the Dodgers' first three-game sweep in St. Louis since Aug. 20-22, 1993, and have dropped seven of nine overall.
Diamondbacks 4, Nationals 2
At Washington, Arizona's Daniel Hudson fell one out short of his first career shutout.
Hudson (13-9) allowed nine hits, struck out six, walked none, had a run of 13 consecutive batters retired and threw 102 pitches. He had the Nationals blanked through 82/3 innings before giving up back-to-back homers to Laynce Nix and Jonny Gomes.
Marlins 6-2, Reds 5-3
At Miami, Joey Votto homered in both games of a doubleheader, and Bronson Arroyo pitched eight scoreless innings in the nightcap, leading Cincinnati to a split.
Logan Morrison returned from his demotion to Triple-A by homering in the Marlins' 6-5 victory in the opener.
Cubs 3, Braves 2
At Chicago, Alfonso Soriano homered, Randy Wells pitched effectively into the seventh and the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves.
Wells (5-4) held the Braves to one run and two hits over 6 2-3 innings, striking out six and improving to 4-1 in his career against Atlanta.