Cumberland Times-News

June 27, 2013

Diamondbacks top Nationals in 11th


Cumberland Times-News

CUMBERLAND — ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON — Didi Gregorius drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single in the 11th inning and Aaron Hill homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 Thursday night to salvage the finale of a three-game series.

Miguel Montero led off the 11th with a ground-rule double off Craig Stammen (4-3). A.J. Pollock ran for Montero and Cody Ross bunted him to third. After Jason Kubel drew a walk, Gregorius bunted down and Pollock ran on contact, scoring the go-ahead run as Gregorius beat the throw at first.

Josh Collmenter (4-0) pitched the 10th inning and Heath Bell picked up his 14th save as the Diamondbacks snapped a three-game losing streak.

Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals.

Arizona’s Patrick Corbin, who came in 9-0, and Stephen Strasburg matched up for seven innings with each allowing two runs.

Strasburg gave up six hits while striking out four and walking two as he threw 113 pitches. Corbin allowed five hits while striking out six and walking two.

Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4

BOSTON — Jon Lester pitched into the eighth inning before leaving with an apparent injury, and Dustin Pedroia homered in a seven-run second to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night.

Toronto, which reeled off 11 straight wins this month, had won 12 of its past 14 games and 15 of 19 to close within 6 1/2 games of the AL East-leading Red Sox.

Then the Blue Jays ran into Lester (8-4), who was charged with four runs on five hits with five strikeouts and three walks in winning for just the second time in his last eight starts.

The left-hander retired 10 straight to begin the game and didn’t allow a hit until the fifth. He came out after giving up two singles to start the eighth and with a 3-0 count on Emilio Bonifacio.

Red Sox manager John Farrell came darting out of the dugout as the infielders crowded around Lester. Moments later, Lester walked off the field and Junichi Tazawa came on in relief.

Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

Mets 3, Rockies 2

DENVER — Marlon Byrd hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and threw out a runner from right field in the ninth to lead New York past Colorado in a makeup of a snowed-out game April 17.

With the Mets trailing 2-1 and a runner on, Byrd drove a fastball from reliever Matt Belisle (4-5) into the left-center seats. That was about the extent of the offense for New York with star slugger David Wright receiving a rare rest. Starter Jeremy Hefner drove in the team’s other run.

Cubs 7, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE — Matt Garza struck out 10 in seven solid innings and Dioner Navarro hit a three-run homer, sending Chicago to a victory over Milwaukee.

Garza (3-1) had his third consecutive strong outing. The right-hander allowed one run on eight hits and a walk while throwing 101 pitches.

The Cubs broke the game open with four runs in the third, capped by Navarro’s seventh homer. Milwaukee made a pair of errors and all the runs in the inning off Wily Peralta (5-9) were unearned.

Rangers 2, Yankees 0

NEW YORK — Derek Holland tamed a team that often tagged him, pitching a two-hitter as Texas finished an impressive road trip with a win over New York.

Jurickson Profar homered and scored twice, while fellow rookie Engel Beltre got two hits in his first big league start. AL West-leading Texas went 5-1 on its trip to St. Louis and Yankee Stadium.

Angels 3, Tigers 1 (10)

DETROIT — Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and Los Angeles beat Detroit for a three-game sweep and its ninth straight victory over the Tigers.

Mike Trout had four hits and Jered Weaver pitched seven strong innings in a tight duel with Detroit right-hander Doug Fister.