Tuesday's Interleague Capsules

Jun 13, 2007 - 5:33 AM By PA SportsTicker

DETROIT 4, MILWAUKEE 0 ----------------------

DETROIT (Ticker) -- Justin Verlander pitched a no-hitter and struck out a career-high 12 batters in a 4-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The righthander faced three batters over the minimum in his second career complete game. He struck out the first two batters before J.J. Hardy flied out to right field on an 0-2 pitch to end it, sparking a wild celebration in the middle of the diamond.

The 235th no-hitter in major league history is the sixth in Tigers' franchise history and the first since Jack Morris held the Chicago White Sox hitless on April 7, 1984.

The 2006 Rookie of the Year's effort is the second no-hitter in the majors this season. Chicago White Sox lefthander Mark Buehrle tossed one against the Texas Rangers on April 18.

Verlander (7-2) walked three batters and received some good defense in the seventh, when right fielder Magglio Ordonez made a sliding catch coming in on a ball hit bay Corey Hart.

Brandon Inge gave Verlander all the runs they needed with a solo homer in the first inning off Milwaukee starter Jeff Suppan.

Detroit opened a 3-0 advantage in the sixth, when Curtis Granderson tripled to plate Inge and Placido Polanco hit a sacrifice fly to score Granderson.

Inge's seventh-inning single scored Craig Monroe for a 4-0 lead.

Suppan (7-7) pitched 6 1/3 innings, yielding four runs, seven hits and two walks with one strikeout.

BOSTON 2, COLORADO 1 --------------------

BOSTON (Ticker) -- J.D. Drew's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning made a winner out of starter Tim Wakefield and lifted the Red Sox to a 2-1 win in interleague play.

Wakefield (6-7) allowed one run, four hits and one walk while striking out three in eight innings for the Red Sox, who improved to 18-2 in interleague play at Fenway since May 22, 2005.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save of the season.

Colorado starter Aaron Cook (4-3) pitched will despite the loss, allowing two runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out four in 7 1/3 innings.

Colorado's Willy Taveras had his 15-game hitting streak come to an end.

FLORIDA 3, CLEVELAND 0 ----------------------

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Scott Olsen pitched seven brilliant innings and the Florida Marlins rode some late-inning heroics to once again defeat their 1997 World Series opponents, 3-0, in the opener of a three-game series.

Miguel Olivo provided the latest drama, breaking up a scoreless matchup between Olsen and Indians phenom Fausto Carmona (7-1) with a bases-clearing double with one out in the seventh inning.

The win continued a streak of good fortune for Florida, which swept a three-game series at home in the last meeting between these clubs in 2002.

Olsen (5-5) left after seven innings, yielding just three hits with six strikeouts against no walks.

Armando Benitez struck out two during a perfect eighth and Kevin Gregg tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 10th save.

PHILADELPHIA 7, CHI WHITE SOX 3 -------------------------------

PHILADELPHIA (Ticker) -- Chase Utley hit a two-run homer and a two-run single as the Phillies defeated the Chicago White Sox, 7-3 in interleague play.

Cole Hamels (9-2) overcame back-to-back homers by Chicago's Paul Konerko and Jermaine Dye to become the National League's first nine-game winner. The 23-year-old allowed just those two runs on six hits and struck out eight in eight innings.

Hamels, who also leads the league in strikeouts with 104, has pitched at least six innings in all but one of his 14 outings this season.

Reliever Geoff Geary, who allowed a solo homer to Luis Terrero, recorded the final three outs for Philadelphia.

Jose Contreras (4-7) took the loss after allowing seven runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. The White Sox's have lost 14 of their last 17 games.

WASHINGTON 7, BALTIMORE 4 -------------------------

BALTIMORE (Ticker) -- Ryan Zimmerman and Brian Schneider each hit two-run homers and Felipe Lopez had a key two-run double as the Nationals posted a 7-4 interleague victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Ryan Church hit a solo homer and Micah Bowie (3-2) pitched six solid innings for Washington, which scored six of its seven runs with two outs.

Trailing, 3-1, through two innings the Nationals scored two runs each over the next three to help salt the game away.

Bowie (3-2) allowed three runs, three hits and two walks. It was the first time the lefthander has pitched past 5 1/3 innings in his career. The 22-year old is 3-0 since being inserted into the starting rotation and Washington has won all five of his starts.

Chad Cordero picked up his ninth save this season and 100th of his career.

Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera (5-7) surrendered a season-high seven runs along with seven hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings. The Orioles have lost three straight and eight of their last 10.

PITTSBURGH 7, TEXAS 5 ---------------------

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) -- Jose Bautista, Adam LaRoche and Xavier Nady each homered and drove in two runs as the Pirates ended a three-game slide with a 7-5 victory over the Rangers.

Pittsburgh starter Zach Duke (3-6) tossed six efficient innings, allowing eight hits and two runs to win at home for the first time since September 17. Closer Matt Capps earned his third save.

Duke was aided by four double-play balls, including one in each of the first three innings.

Texas starter Kevin Millwood (2-6) went 4 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits and six runs to remain winless since April 13.

Prior to Tuesday, the Pirates were a season-low 11 games under .500, but none of that mattered as they earned their first-ever win against the Rangers in seven tries.

CINCINNATI 5, LA ANGELS 3 -------------------------

CINCINNATI (Ticker) -- Ken Griffey Jr. drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to lift the Reds to a 5-3 interleague victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Rookie Josh Hamilton added two hits and drove in a run as Cincinnati overcame an overpowering performance by Angels starter Kelvim Escobar, who struck out a career-high 14 in six innings.

While Griffey has 578 career home runs, it was his 89th career sacrifice fly to deep right field in the seventh inning off Darren Oliver that was the difference.

Rookie Jon Coutlangus (3-1) pitched a clean seventh to pick up the win. David Weathers recorded the final four outs for his 13th save.

Rookie Dustin Moseley (4-1), a former Reds draft choice suffered his first career loss.

Casey Kotchman and Gary Matthews Jr. each homered for the Angels.

TAMPA BAY 11, SAN DIEGO 4 -------------------------

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (Ticker) -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays scored three runs in the seventh inning to take the lead before Carlos Pena provided plenty of insurance with a grand slam in an 11-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.

The Padres' 41-year-old starter, Greg Maddux, used 78 pitches to work through 6 1/3 innings. He yielded four runs - three earned - and six hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Maddux departed after walking rookie Elijah Dukes with one out in the seventh with San Diego leading, 4-3, and in position to record his 339th victory.

However, Japanese rookie Akinori Iwamura and Brendan Harris followed with base hits to load the bases against Cla Meredith (2-5). After Carl Crawford struck out for the second out, Greg Norton plated two runners when Adrian Gonzalez failed to field a bad-bouncing ground ball for an error and a 5-4 lead.

Pena added an RBI double to cap the frame and capped a six-run eighth with the grand slam - his 14th homer of the season.

Casey Fossum (4-6), who worked a scoreless seventh, took the win.

NY YANKEES 4, ARIZONA 1 -----------------------

BRONX, New York (Ticker) -- Bobby Abreu hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Chien-Ming Wang tossed seven strong innings as the Yankees posted a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Wang (6-4) allowed one run, six hits and no walks while striking out two in seven innings. It is his fifth win in six starts.

Mariano Rivera fired a perfect ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances as the Yankees extended their longest winning streak of the season - seven games.

The home run was the fourth of the season for Abreu, who extend his hitting streak to a season-high 11 games.

Losing pitcher Brandon Webb (6-4) - the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner - allowed four runs - three earned - and five hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked two batters.

HOUSTON 5, OAKLAND 4 (11 INNINGS) ---------------------------------

HOUSTON (Ticker) -- Brad Ausmus' RBI single in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Houston Astros a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Adam Everett's one-out double to right-center off reliever Ron Flores (0-1) set the table for Ausmus, who lined a 3-0 pitch to left field. Oakland left fielder Jason Kendall had a chance to throw Everett out at the plate, but his throw was off target.

It was a fitting ending for Ausmus, who had three hits, including his first home run of the season, and drove in four of the team's five runs. Dave Borkowski (1-0) pitched two innings of scoreless relief to earn the victory.

Houston had the opportunity to end the game earlier.

Reliever Brad Lidge, recently restored to the role of closer, had a chance to earn his first save of the season.

He didn't get it, allowing a solo homer to Mark Kotsay to lead off the ninth inning to tie the game.

MINNESOTA 7, ATLANTA 3 ----------------------

MINNEAPOLIS (Ticker) -- Torii Hunter wreaked havoc with his bat and his legs, sparking a five-run fourth inning as the Minnesota Twins posted a 7-3 triumph over the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night.

Hunter doubled home a pair of runs, stole third base and trotted home on a throwing error to lead a fourth-inning comeback, giving Minnesota starter Kevin Slowey all the run support he would need in his first career home start.

Slowey (2-0) was good enough to earn his second straight win in his third career start, giving up three runs and seven hits with one strikeout in six innings.

Atlanta starter Kyle Davies (3-5) was hit hard for the third time in his last four starts, failing to make it through the fourth for the first time this season.

SEATTLE 5, CHICAGO CUBS 3 (13 INNINGS) --------------------------------------

CHICAGO (Ticker) -- Willie Bloomquist had the game-winning hit in the 13th inning as the Mariners posted a 5-3 interleague victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Kenji Johjima had three hits and scored twice and Jose Guillen had two, including a solo homer, for Seattle, which has won a season-high five straight and nine of 10.

With the score tied at 3-3 with two outs in the top of the 13th, the Mariners' Jose Vidro belted a double off the left field wall against reliever Will Ohman (0-4).

After Yuniesky Betancourt was intentionally walked to put runners on first and second, Bloomquist lined a single to right field, plating Vidro to give Seattle the lead. After an intentional walk to Ichiro Suzuki, pinch hitter Jamie Burke singled to right to make it 5-3.

Rookie Eric O'Flaherty (3-0) pitched 2 2/3 innings to collect the victory and closer J.J. Putz recorded his 19th save in as many opportunities.

KANSAS CITY 8, ST. LOUIS 1 --------------------------

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- The Kansas City Royals scored five runs in the first inning to as they rolled to an 8-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

Kansas City continued its hot hitting, following a season-high 17-run outburst on Sunday by pounding out eight hits to build an 8-0 lead after three innings.

Brian Bannister (3-3) scattered seven singles over seven scoreless innings to get his first home victory of the season and third straight overall.

Esteban German drove in three runs and Jason LaRue drove in two runs. Mark Teahen, Alex Gordon and German each had three hits in the game. Teahen fell a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.

Cardinals starter Brad Thompson (4-2) worked 4 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits, walking four with no strikeouts.

St. Louis' Scott Rolen collected the 1,500th hit of his career.

SAN FRANCISCO 3, TORONTO 2 --------------------------

SAN FRANCISCO (Ticker) -- Noah Lowry tossed six effective frames to lead the San Francisco Giants to a 3-2 victory against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lowry collected his first win since defeating the Astros on May 21 by allowing just two runs and four hits. The 26-year-old lefthander struck out five and walked four, as San Francisco clinched its first series win since sweeping Houston May 21-23.

Brad Hennessey picked up his third save of the season.

Blue Jays starter A.J Burnett (5-6) did not make it out of the fifth after straining his right shoulder striking out Ryan Klesko. Burnett allowed three runs - two earned - and six hits while striking out four in 4 2/3 innings.

Barry Bonds went 2-for-2 with a double and a pair of intentional walks for San Francisco.

Ryan Klesko celebrated his 36th birthday in style with two hits, including a double and a pair of RBI.

Alex Rios hit his 15th home run of the season for the Blue Jays.






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