Yanks' Robertson fails to close the deal against Rays
NEW YORK — Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer off fill-in closer David Robertson in the ninth inning, falling down on a twisted ankle as he finished his swing, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Wednesday night.
Robertson (0-1) escaped a bases-loaded jam the previous night in his first save chance since taking over for injured star Mariano Rivera. But one night later, New York got a chilling dose of real-life reality without Rivera.
With the Yankees clinging to a 1-0 lead, Sean Rodriguez singled through the left side on Robertson's first pitch and went to third when pinch-hitter Brandon Allen singled to right on the next delivery.
Ben Zobrist walked and, one out later, and B.J. Upton hit a sacrifice fly to tie the score. Joyce then put the Rays ahead.
Fernando Rodney (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Blue Jays 5, Athletics 2
At Oakland, Calif., Adam Lind hit a two-run homer after being demoted from the cleanup spot before the game, and J.P. Arencibia and Edwin Encarnacion each hit solo drives to lead Toronto.
Brandon Morrow (4-1) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings and won his fourth straight start, outpitching Tyson Ross (1-3) in a matchup of former college stars from nearby California who were 2006 teammates.
Mariners 2, Tigers 1
At Seattle, John Jaso lined a single over Detroit's drawn-in infield in the eighth inning to drive in Michael Saunders with the tiebreaking run and Jason Vargas pitched eight strong innings for the Mariners.
Jaso's single off reliever Duane Below was hit so hard shortstop Jhonny Peralta barely had time to react before it was landing in the outfield grass and Saunders was jogging home with the go-ahead run. Saunders had led off the eighth inning with a pinch-hit double down the left-field line.
Angels 6, Twins 2
At Minneapolis, Ervin Santana pitched 71/3 innings and got some run support from the Angels' offense for the first time in his past six starts.
Santana (1-6) gave up two runs and six hits and Albert Pujols had two hits and two RBIs for Los Angeles, which took two of three from the Twins. Mike Trout had two doubles, two RBIs and scored twice and Howie Kendrick added three hits for Los Angeles.
White Sox 8, Indians 1
At Cleveland, Jake Peavy coasted for six innings before giving up a run in the seventh and Adam Dunn homered, leading Chicago to an easy win over AL Central-leading Cleveland and a split of the teams' four-game series.
Royals 4, Red Sox 3
At Kansas City, Mo., Bruce Chen picked up his first victory of the season, Alcides Escobar drove in the go-ahead run and Kansas City held off Boston.
Chen (1-4) gave up three runs and seven hits in 62/3 innings while striking out five and walking none. The Royals were winless in his first six starts this season.
Dodgers 6, Giants 2
At Los Angeles, pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a go-ahead three-run triple for the Dodgers off Tim Lincecum, one inning after San Francisco's Nate Schierholtz ran into a critical out that helped kill a Giants rally.
The Dodgers have won six of their past seven series at home heading into a day off today before Colorado arrives for a weekend series.
Jamey Wright (2-2) pitched two perfect innings and struck out two for the victory.
Lincecum (2-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out eight, including NL home run leader Matt Kemp three times, and walked two in losing for the first time since April 16 against Philadelphia.
Reds 2, Brewers 1
At Milwaukee, Joey Votto's RBI double broke a scoreless tie in the ninth, and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers.
Drew Stubbs singled off Brewers closer John Axford (0-2) with two outs, and Votto lined a ball over the glove of second baseman Rickie Weeks to score Stubbs from first. Brandon Phillips then hit a bloop single, driving in Votto.
Cubs 1, Braves 0
At Chicago, Paul Maholm outpitched Tim Hudson to win his fourth straight start and Bryan LaHair hit a go-ahead single in the seventh inning for the Cubs.
Maholm (4-2) allowed three hits in seven innings and combined with James Russell and Rafael Dolis on a four-hitter.
Mets 10, Phillies 6
At Philadelphia, Ike Davis hit a three-run homer, Andres Torres also connected and New York completed its first three-game sweep in Philadelphia in six years.
Rockies 6, Padres 2
At San Diego, left-hander Christian Friedrich pitched six solid innings to win his major league debut and Jason Giambi and Wilin Rosario hit RBI doubles off the top of the fences to help Colorado rally for the win and snap a five-game losing streak.
Pirates 4, Nationals 2
At Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen had four hits, including his second home run in two nights, to lead Pittsburgh.
Brad Lincoln (2-0) earned the win in relief of starter Erik Bedard, who was lifted three pitches into the second inning due to back spasms.
Marlins 5, Astros 3, 12 innings
At Houston, Omar Infante's bases-loaded, two-run single in the 12th inning lifted Miami past Houston.
Logan Morrison singled in the 12th before a walk by Giancarlo Stanton. Greg Dobbs grounded into a force out at second and left runners on the corners. Reliever David Carpenter (0-2) walked John Buck with two outs to load the bases and set up Infante's game-winner.
Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 2
At Phoenix, pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter lined a go-ahead double in the sixth inning, Allen Craig homered to cap a four-run burst in the ninth and St. Louis completed a three-game sweep.
David Freese had three hits as St. Louis won its fourth in a row.