Padres spank Zito, Giants
By BERNIE WILSON
AP Sports Writer
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres were an angry bunch after getting no-hit by Tim Lincecum on Saturday night and losing for the 18th time in 21 games.
Being mad only goes so far, though.
The Padres found their long-lost hitting and pitching and rebounded by routing Barry Zito and the San Francisco Giants 10-1 Sunday.
Carlos Quentin hit one of San Diego’s four home runs and drove in three runs. Nick Hundley had a homer among his three hits and Chris Denorfia and Will Venable also went deep as the Padres avoided a four-game sweep by the defending World Series champions heading into the All-Star break.
“Yesterday was not good. When you get no-hit and you’re in the streak we’ve been, it’s not a good feeling,” manager Bud Black “The guys were angry. The guys have been angry. But anger doesn’t get you wins. You know what gets your wins? Making pitches and getting hits. Anger doesn’t do it.”
“Obviously as players and competitors we’re not happy with losing, and that’s why it’s been difficult,” he said. “But baseball’s a unique game where emotion plays some part, but not as much as in other sports. You can go and try as hard as you can out there and still not have what you want to happen, happen.”
The Padres had been outscored 23-3 in the first three games of the series, including a 9-0 loss Saturday night when Lincecum threw his first career no-hitter. The Padres, who had a promising turnaround derailed by a 10-game losing streak, won for just the fourth time in 20 games.
Zito (4-7), who went to high school in San Diego, had another road misadventure. He was chased without getting an out in the third inning and dropped to 0-6 with a 9.89 ERA in eight road starts. The Giants are 0-8 in his road starts. He allowed four runs and four hits while walking two and striking out none.
“My concentration wasn’t where it should be,” Zito said. “I threw too many pitches on the middle of the plate. The three homers is an indication of that.”
Zito gave up San Diego’s first three homers. Denorfia hit a solo shot an estimated 417 feet into the second deck in left field with one out in the first while Hundley and Venable connected back-to-back with two outs in the second. It was the third time the Padres hit consecutive homers this season.
It was Denorfia’s seventh, Hundley’s sixth and Venable’s 11th.
“When I’m at my best, I’m really pitch to pitch and I think sometimes when I scuffle it’s because I’m just getting out of the moment,” Zito said.
Quentin’s two-run homer with two outs in the fifth hit the balcony on the second level of the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left-field corner. It was his 12th and came off George Kontos. Everth Cabrera was aboard on a walk.
Quentin also hit an RBI double in the four-run third. Hundley and Venable hit consecutive RBI singles that inning.
The last time the Padres got solid hitting and pitching in the same game was June 28, when they won 9-2 at Miami, the first game of a nine-game road trip. The Padres then lost their next 10 games.
METS 4, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH — Dillon Gee pitched another gem against the Pirates, and John Buck hit a two-run single to lead the New York Mets to a 4-2 victory and avoid a sweep by Pittsburgh before the All-Star break.
Gee (7-7) allowed just one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings to the Pirates (56-37). He is 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in five career starts against Pittsburgh. Gee scattered five hits, struck out two and walked one.
Buck’s hit capped a three-run first inning against fill-in starter Gerrit Cole (4-3), who lost his third straight start after becoming the first Pirates pitcher since Nick Maddox in 1907 to win the first four of his career.
Buck, Eric Young Jr. and Marlon Byrd each had three hits for New York, which finished a 6-3 road trip.
Bobby Parnell earned his 17th save in 20 opportunities with a scoreless ninth.
NATS 5, MARLINS 2
MIAMI — Denard Span had three hits, including a tiebreaking two-out RBI double in the 10th inning, and Washington beat Miami.
Span was dropped from the top spot in the order for the first time this season, and he responded with three hits in the No. 7 position. He snapped a 1-for-20 slump with a two-out RBI double in the second inning, and singled in the fourth.
The defending NL East-champion Nationals averted a series sweep and snapped a three-game losing streak. Washington won despite going 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and hit .087 (4 for 46) in those situations during their trip.
Washington rookie Taylor Jordan remained winless in four career starts despite an ERA of 3.32. The Florida native allowed two runs in six innings.
Craig Stammen (5-4) pitched a perfect ninth. Rafael Soriano followed with a scoreless 10th for his 25th save.
Miami’s Henderson Alvarez gave up only two runs in 6 2-3 innings despite allowing nine hits and two walks. Steve Cishek (3-5) took the loss.
Miami snapped the Nationals’ franchise-record streak of hitting a home run in 86 consecutive series.
REDS 8, BRAVES 4
ATLANTA — Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in Cincinnati’s four-run third inning, Shin-Soo Choo also homered, and the Reds beat Julio Teheran and Atlanta.
Bruce led the Reds with three hits. Brandon Phillips had a two-run double in the ninth, and Choo had two hits and scored three runs as the Reds split the four-game series.
Reds right-hander Logan Ondrusek (3-0) threw two scoreless innings as the second reliever behind Tony Cingrani, who lasted only four innings.
Teheran (7-5) allowed five runs, seven hits and two walks in 5 1-3 innings.
Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla hit homers for Atlanta.
ROCKIES 3, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES — Michael Cuddyer hit a two-run homer and drove in another run to help Colorado defeat Los Angeles in the teams’ last game before the All-Star break.
The clubs split the four-game series, leaving Colorado with a 46-50 record. The Dodgers fell back to .500 at 47-47.
Jhoulys Chacin (9-4) allowed one run and six hits in six innings, struck out six and walked three. Rafael Betancourt pitched the ninth to earn his 15th save in 16 chances.
Ricky Nolasco (6-9) gave up three runs and eight hits over five innings of his home debut with the Dodgers.
Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig wasn’t in the starting lineup, but he singled as a pinch-hitter in the fifth and scored.
PHOENIX — Wily Peralta pitched seven effective innings, Logan Schafer homered and drove in two runs, and Milwaukee ended a four-game losing streak by beating Arizona.
The Diamondbacks won the first three games of the series, mostly by coming from behind.
The Brewers prevented the sweep by roughing up Ian Kennedy (3-6) early with a string of two-strike hits and a second straight strong outing by Peralta (7-9)
Carlos Gomez hit a two-run single in the first inning, and Jean Segura had three hits for Milwaukee, which ended a six-game losing streak to the Diamondbacks.
Miguel Montero homered for the second straight game, but Kennedy gave up four runs in the first two innings to remain stuck on 49 career wins for the seventh straight start.
Kennedy extended his scoreless streak to 19 1-3 innings before Montero hit his first pitch of the fifth for his eighth homer.
PHILS 4, WHITE SOX 3
PHILADELPHIA — John Mayberry Jr. hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting Philadelphia over the Chicago White Sox.
Chase Utley led off the 10th with a double and David Purcey (0-1) walked Jimmy Rollins. The runners advanced on Domonic Brown’s groundout and Darin Ruf was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Ramon Troncoso relieved and struck out Young. But Mayberry lined Troncoso’s first pitch up the middle for the winning run.
Antonio Bastardo (3-2) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the victory.
All three games in the series went extra innings. The teams played a total of 34 innings over 11 hours, 12 minutes, including a doubleheader on Saturday.
TIGERS 5, RANGERS 0
DETROIT — Justin Verlander held Texas hitless until the seventh inning, and the Detroit Tigers backed their ace with three home runs in a 5-0 victory over the Rangers.
Mitch Moreland’s two-out double to right-center broke up Verlander’s bid for his third career no-hitter. Verlander (10-6) left the game after the seventh with a tight right quad muscle, having allowed just one hit and three walks. He struck out three.
Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez and Jhonny Peralta hit solo homers off Texas starter Martin Perez (3-2). The Rangers finished with two hits.
Verlander was picked for the American League All-Star team but was replaced for Tuesday night’s event. He lowered his ERA to 3.50.
Hunter went deep in the first to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead, and Martinez and Peralta hit back-to-back homers in the fourth.
TWINS 10, YANKEES 4
NEW YORK — Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer a pitch after shortstop Eduardo Nunez made a two-out throwing error, and Minnesota took advantage of New York miscues and misfortune to beat CC Sabathia for the first time in six years and end more than a decade of misery in the Bronx.
Justin Morneau had three hits — two very well placed — as Minnesota took two of three from New York to win a series at Yankee Stadium for the first time since taking a set at the old ballpark in 2001. Still, the Twins are 9-31 in the Bronx since 2002.
They had even less success against Sabathia (9-8), going 0-11 in 12 games including the postseason after beating him on July 29, 2007. Sabathia gave up a season-high eight runs — three earned — and matched his low of four innings this year.
The Yankees (51-44) made two errors that led to five unearned runs. They also hit into four double plays.
Rookie Kyle Gibson (2-2) benefited from the sloppy play to earn his second win in four career starts. He pitched five-plus shaky innings, yielding three runs — two earned — on five hits and four walks.
Minnesota (39-53) finished 3-7 on a 10-game trip.
INDIANS 6, ROYALS 4
CLEVELAND — Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run double to cap Cleveland’s comeback in the sixth inning, and the Indians charged into the All-Star break with a three-game sweep of Kansas City.
Cabrera’s double off Tim Collins (2-5) led the Indians to their fourth straight win. At 51-44, they stayed 1 1-2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central. Cleveland has its most wins at the break since 2007 — the last time the Indians made the playoffs.
Reliever Rich Hill (1-1) got two outs in the sixth and closer Chris Perez — Cleveland’s fifth reliever — worked the ninth for his 13th save.
Indians All-Star second baseman Jason Kipnis drove in two runs.
Billy Butler had three hits for the Royals (43-49), who dropped their fifth straight.
ORIOLES 7, BLUE JAYS 4
BALTIMORE — Chris Davis hit his 37th home run to tie the AL record before the All-Star break, and Baltimore cruised past Toronto.
Davis doubled in two runs in the first inning and hit a two-run homer in the third to give him 93 RBIs, second-most in the majors behind Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera.
By going deep in a fourth straight game, Davis equaled Reggie Jackson’s AL mark of 37 homers before the break, set in 1969. The major league record is 39, by Barry Bonds in 2001.
Adam Jones homered and scored three runs for the Orioles. The home run was his 19th of the season and third in three games.
Scott Feldman (1-1) allowed three runs and five hits over 7 1-3 innings to earn his first win with the Orioles. After Maicer Izturis singled in a run in the ninth off Tommy Hunter, Jim Johnson got three outs for his 33rd save.
Izturis had three RBIs. Josh Johnson (1-5) yielded a career high-tying seven earned runs and seven hits in six innings.
RAYS 5, ASTROS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Chris Archer pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game in the majors and Tampa Bay beat Houston.
Archer (4-3) struck out eight and walked none in his 13th big league start, including nine this season.
Desmond Jennings homered as the Rays won for the 14th time in 16 games. Tampa Bay completed its most successful three-series homestand at 9-1, and went into the All-Star break in second place in the AL East.
Houston headed into the break with a 17-inning scoreless streak. The Astros have lost 12 of 15 and have the worst record in the majors at 33-61 during their first season in the American League.
MARINERS 4, ANGELS 3
SEATTLE — Hisashi Iwakuma won for the first time in over a month, and Seattle completed its first sweep of the season, beating the Los Angeles Angels.
Michael Saunders hit a two-run homer, and Raul Ibanez had an RBI double for the Mariners, who topped Los Angeles for the third straight day.
The Mariners have homered in 22 consecutive games, the longest streak in the majors since Atlanta’s 23-game run in 2006. Seattle’s string is the best by an AL club since Texas set the major league record with 27 in 2002.
Sluggers Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols went a combined 1 for 8 as the Angels went into the All-Star break at 44-49.
Iwakuma (8-4) gave up three runs in seven innings for his first win since June 10. He had allowed at least four runs in each of his prior five starts, losing three. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 19th save.
Saunders connected in the second off Joe Blanton (2-12) after Justin Smoak singled.
ATHLETICS 3, RED SOX 2
OAKLAND, Calif. — Josh Donaldson blooped an RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning, and Oakland beat Boston despite a stellar start by Red Sox rookie Brandon Workman.
Workman took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning of his first major league start. Coco Crisp broke it up with a leadoff infield single.
Workman had pitched only once in the majors, getting roughed up over two innings in relief at Seattle. He became the third rookie in four days to pitch no-hit ball into the sixth inning of his first big league start — Houston’s Jarred Cosart and Cleveland’s Danny Salazar did it in their major league debuts.
Donaldson hit a tying, two-run homer off Workman in the seventh, then singled with two outs in the 11th. Matt Thornton (0-4) lost in his Boston debut.
Ryan Cook (2-2) worked two innings and earned the victory for the A’s, who have won five of seven.
Dustin Pedroia and Brock Holt each drove in a run for the Red Sox, who haven’t won a series in Oakland since July 2006.
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