Wells' big hit boosts Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jered Weaver struck out eight in nine innings in his first start since he was suspended for throwing at a batter, Vernon Wells singled home the winning run in the 10th and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0 on Friday night.
Torii Hunter led off the 10th with a single against rookie Dan Cortes (0-2), advanced on a wild pitch and came home when Wells lined a 2-2 pitch to left-center. The victory ended Seattle's three-game winning streak and sent the Mariners to their 17th loss in their last 19 games at Angel Stadium.
Angels closer Jordan Walden (3-3) pitched a perfect inning for the win.
Weaver appealed a suspension handed out Tuesday and was allowed to pitch. He scattered seven hits and lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.78. Weaver has allowed only one run over his last 30 innings against the Mariners.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 2
At Boston, reliever Boone Logan struck out Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded to end the fifth inning, and New York came back to beat Boston to win its eighth straight game and take over first place in the AL East.
Logan (3-2) was the first of five Yankees relievers who combined to throw 41/3 shutout innings after starter Bartolo Colon couldn't make it out of the fifth. Mariano Rivera was the last, pitching the ninth for his 29th save.
Rays 8, Athletics 4
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Jeff Niemann took a four-hitter into the ninth inning en route to winning his fifth consecutive decision for Tampa Bay.
Niemann (6-4) allowed four runs and seven hits over 82/3 innings. The right-hander was replaced by Kyle Farnsworth after giving up a pair of runs and three hits in the ninth.
White Sox 5, Twins 3
At Minneapolis, Carlos Quentin had two home runs and four RBIs, Mark Buehrle was sharp after a rough first inning, and Chicago snapped a six-game losing streak.
Buehrle (9-5) allowed three unearned runs and four hits over eight innings, extending his streak of allowing three runs or fewer to 17 straight games.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4
At Baltimore, Brett Lawrie got two hits and an RBI in his major league debut, Aaron Hill drove in two runs, and Toronto beat Baltimore.
Lawrie hit a run-scoring single in his first at-bat and singled in the eighth inning, missing a chance for a second RBI when Colby Rasmus was thrown out at the plate.
Tigers 4, Royals 3, 10 innings
At Kansas City, Mo., Brennan Boesch hit a go-ahead RBI single in the 10th inning lift Detroit past Kansas City.
Wilson Betemit led off the inning with a walk and pinch-runner Andy Dirks took second on a wild pitch by Aaron Crow (3-3) with one out.
Rangers 8, Indians 7, 11 innings
At Arlington, Texas, Josh Hamilton drove in the winning run with a two-out infield single in the 11th inning and Texas denied Ubaldo Jimenez a victory in his Cleveland debut.
Elvis Andrus sparked the game-ending rally with a two-out bunt single against Rafael Perez (4-2). Andrus advanced to second on Perez's wild pitch, and Hamilton hit a soft grounder to shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.
Braves 4, Mets 1
At New York, Dan Uggla extended his career-best hitting streak to 26 games with a two-run single in the eighth inning, Tim Hudson pitched seven stellar innings as Atlanta topped New York.
Rookie Freddie Freeman doubled twice to run his hitting streak to 19 games, a personal best. Hudson (11-7) allowed three hits in helping the Braves hand the Mets their fifth straight loss.
Cubs 4, Reds 3
At Chicago, Tony Campana drove in two runs with an inside-the-park homer and Chicago won its sixth straight.
It was the first major league homer for Campana, who also singled and doubled. He became the first Cub to hit an inside-the-park shot at Wrigley Field for his first homer.
Cardinals 3, Marlins 2
At Miami, Lance Berkman's second double of the game brought home Albert Pujols with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lead St. Louis.
Pujols doubled off Florida starter Anibal Sanchez (6-5) to lead off the inning, and Berkman drove Sanchez's final pitch of the game into center field to put St. Louis on top.
Padres 15, Pirates 5
At Pittsburgh, Chase Headley's grand slam highlighted San Diego's first four-homer game of the season, and the Padres handed the Pirates their eighth straight loss.
Headley's shot to right-center capped a six-run fourth inning and was the Padres' first grand slam of the season.
Brewers 8, Astros 1
At Houston, Yovani Gallardo allowed four hits over eight innings as Milwaukee got its ninth victory in 10 games.
It was Gallardo's seventh straight decision over Houston and boosted his career record to 10-2 against the Astros.
Nationals 5, Rockies 3
At Denver, Michael Morse homered and Ian Desmond had four hits, including a liner that hit Rockies starter Juan Nicasio in the head, to lead Washington.
Nicasio was struck in the second inning. The ball slammed into the right side of Nicasio's head with a smack and caromed away, rolling over the first-base line.
Nicasio (4-4) was taken to the hospital where he was undergoing tests, the Rockies announced.
Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 4
At Phoenix, Rod Barajas homered and drove in three runs, shortstop Dee Gordon made a rally-killing diving catch in the seventh inning and Los Angeles prevented Arizona from taking the NL West lead.
Phillies 9, Giants 2
At San Francisco, John Mayberry Jr. hit a two-run homer for his second clout in two games, Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence also homered, and Vance Worley won his sixth straight decision as Philadelphia won its eighth straight.
Victorino and San Francisco's Ramon Ramirez and Eli Whiteside all were ejected after benches cleared in the top of the sixth inning. Tempers flared after Ramirez hit Victorino in the back with a pitch.