|Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard leaps to catch a bouncing ball hit by Carlos Delgado and makes the out. (Bradley C. Bower/REUTERS)|
Brian Burres and Jim Johnson combined on a six-hitter and the Orioles beat the New York Yankees, 6-0, last night in Baltimore.
Burres gave up five hits and four walks with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings, and Johnson allowed the Yankees just one hit the rest of the way to pick up the first save of his career.
Ramon Hernandez and Aubrey Huff each drove in two runs and Kevin Millar homered for the Orioles. Brandon Fahey added two hits.
Ian Kennedy (0-2) had another rough outing for the Yankees, giving up four runs and five hits with five walks to raise his ERA to 9.64. New York lost its third straight.
It was the third straight win for the Orioles, who remained a half-game behind Boston in the AL East.
Baltimore took a 1-0 lead in the second on back-to-back doubles by Hernandez and Fahey.
Millar put the Orioles up, 2-0, with his third home run of the season, a 390-foot solo shot to left. Luke Scott and Huff walked and Hernandez's two-out double scored both runners to make it 4-0.
Rays 5, White Sox 0 - Andy Sonnanstine threw a three-hitter for his first career complete game and Tampa Bay beat Chicago in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The White Sox had just three singles, including a bunt hit, and didn't get a runner past second base. After two of the hits, Sonnanstine later got inning-ending double-play grounders.
Sonnanstine (2-1) struck out four and walked one.
Mark Buehrle (1-2) gave up five runs and 12 hits in seven innings for the White Sox.
Mets 4, Phillies 2 - Oliver Perez (2-0) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer, and visiting New York beat Philadelphia.
David Wright had a two-run double for the Mets, who won their fourth straight against Philadelphia after losing nine in a row over two seasons.
Twins 3, Indians 0 - Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer for Minnesota, and Nick Blackburn (1-1) made it stand up with 7 2/3 scoreless innings in Minneapolis.
Blackburn gave up eight hits without a walk and hit one batter. He ended four innings by inducing double-play grounders, including two by David Dellucci.
Athletics 6, Royals 5 - Kurt Suzuki singled home Chris Denorfia with the go-ahead run in the seventh and host Oakland knocked around Kansas City's bullpen for a second straight day.
Daric Barton went 3 for 5 with a single, double, and triple to make up for a critical fielding error in the second while five other players had two hits apiece for the A's, who set a season high with 16 hits.
Angels 4, Mariners 1 - Ervin Santana (3-0) allowed three hits over eight innings and retired 20 of his first 21 batters, leading host Los Angeles past Seattle.
Diamondbacks 10, Padres 3 - Chris Young singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh, and host Arizona tacked on six runs in the eighth to rout San Diego.
Braves 4, Dodgers 1 - Just hours after coming back from the minors, Chuck James (1-1) allowed one run in five innings and the Atlanta bullpen shut down visiting Los Angeles the rest of the way, leading the Braves to their third straight victory.
Cubs 13, Pirates 1 - Jason Marquis pitched six solid innings for his first victory of the season, Derrek Lee and Daryle Ward homered, and host Chicago beat Pittsburgh for its eighth straight win over the Pirates, including 5-0 this season.
Brewers 5, Reds 3 - Bill Hall's two-run double in the 10th kept visiting Milwaukee perfect (4-0) in extra innings this season. Guillermo Mota (1-0) pitched two perfect innings, and Eric Gagné finished off a combined four-hitter for his second save in the series.
Blue Jays 3, Tigers 2 - Alex Rios homered, Dustin McGowan (1-1) won for the first time this season, and Toronto beat Detroit, snapping a six-game home losing streak. Toronto's previous home win was April 6 in the wrap-up of a three-game sweep of the Red Sox.
Rockies 3, Astros 2 - Brad Hawpe singled in the go-ahead run in the fifth, Aaron Cook (2-1) pitched seven strong innings, and visiting Colorado beat Houston for its fourth win in a row.
Giants 3, Cardinals 0 - Tim Lincecum (3-0) pitched seven sharp innings and beat St. Louis for the second time in a week, leading visiting San Francisco.
Marlins 6, Nationals 5 - Wes Helms singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth for the Marlins.