|Dodgers catcher Russell Martin had plenty of company in the eighth. Lance Berkman was one of six Astros to score in the inning. (Ric Francis/Associated Press)|
The Dodgers' Hiroki Kuroda took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before the Houston Astros broke out for seven hits and six runs in the top of the eighth to pull out an 8-5 victory over Los Angeles yesterday.
Lance Berkman, Carlos Lee, and Hunter Pence had RBI singles against reliever Jonathan Broxton (1-1), and Brad Ausmus added a two-run single against the righthander as the Astros won for the eighth time in nine games. Houston also completed its first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium since September 25-27, 1992.
Michael Bourn capped the rally with a sacrifice fly, giving Houston a 7-3 lead.
Kuroda allowed a run and just one hit over 6 2/3 innings, struck out five, walked three, and hit a batter in his eighth big-league start after 11 seasons in Japan. The righthander was bidding to join Hideo Nomo as the only Japanese-born pitchers to throw a no-hitter in the majors.
Kuroda's no-hit bid ended when Pence slapped a clean single in the hole past third baseman Blake DeWitt with two outs in the seventh and the Dodgers leading, 2-0, on James Loney's two-run homer in the first. Pence went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, one of them on a ninth-inning double.
The Dodgers have lost four straight after winning 10 of 11.
Cubs 6, Diamondbacks 4 - Pinch hitter Daryle Ward delivered a two-run double in the eighth, rallying Chicago past Arizona for a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs' Reed Johnson tied it at 4 with a two-run homer off Juan Cruz with one out in the seventh. In the eighth, Diamondbacks reliever Tony Pena (0-1) intentionally walked pinch hitter Alfonso Soriano to load the bases with one out and set the stage for Ward, who drove the ball to right-center to make it 6-4.
Heavy rain and temperatures in the mid-40s delayed the start of the game by 58 minutes, and the expected starters, Cubs ace Carlos Zambrano and Arizona's Randy Johnson, had their assignments pushed back.
Mets 8, Reds 3 - Carlos Beltran and Ryan Church hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the fifth to support New York starter Oliver Perez.
Beltran went deep with a runner aboard, his first home run since April 24, before Church connected. The Mets hadn't hit back-to-back home runs this season before Saturday. They've now done it twice in two days.
Perez (3-3) got his first win since April 19, allowing just three hits, but also three runs, over six innings. He walked four and struck out eight. Reds rookie Johnny Cueto (2-4) gave up six runs over 4 2/3 innings to lose for the fourth time in five decisions.
Padres 6, Rockies 1 - Scott Hairston and Khalil Greene homered to spoil Colorado prospect Greg Reynolds's first start, leading host San Diego to its first series win in nearly a month.
Reynolds, the second overall pick in the 2006 draft, allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings in his big-league debut. He and the Padres' Chris Young (3-3) had been locked in a scoreless duel until Hairston hit Reynolds's first pitch of the sixth inning just a few feet inside the foul pole in left. Greene's two-run shot to left-center made it 4-0 with two outs in the sixth.
Marlins 5, Nationals 4 - Dan Uggla went deep twice - giving him five homers in his last seven games - and his go-ahead solo blast in the top of the eighth lifted Florida to its seventh straight win.
The Marlins have won all six of their games at Nationals Park, which opened this season, and their seven-game win streak overall is their best run since winning nine straight in August 2006.
Royals 4, Orioles 0 - Brian Bannister allowed Baltimore just two singles over eight innings, and host Kansas City earned its first win over the Orioles in 12 tries, a skid that dated to July 25, 2006.
Bannister (4-4) struck out five and walked two to end a personal four-game losing streak. He did not allow a runner to reach second. Joakim Soria tossed a perfect ninth to finish Kansas City's fourth shutout of the year.
Athletics 12, Rangers 6 - Emil Brown hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs as Oakland cooled off host Texas, which had won five in a row and 9 of 11.
The A's activated Rich Harden from the 15-day disabled list to make his first start since April 2, but he couldn't hold a four-run first-inning lead. Harden allowed five runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Mariners 6, White Sox 3 - In his first start since a near no-hitter last week, Chicago's Gavin Floyd was knocked around by host Seattle for five runs over 3 2/3 innings, including a two-run homer by Raul Ibanez.
Jose Lopez and Ichiro Suzuki each had three hits for the Mariners, who had lost five straight. Floyd (3-2) entered with a major league-leading opponent batting average of .149, but he gave up nine hits to one of the league's worst hitting teams.
Giants 4, Phillies 3 - Steve Holm hit a go-ahead, two-run drive in the bottom of the seventh for his first major league homer, and San Francisco held on to capture the rubber game of the series.
Brewers 5, Cardinals 3 - Ryan Braun hit a pair of solo homers and Jeff Suppan (2-2) pitched seven solid innings to lift Milwaukee to a home win over St. Louis.
Rain led to the postponement of three games. The Yankees and Tigers were washed out in Detroit, and a makeup date wasn't immediately announced. The two other rainouts - Braves-Pirates in Pittsburgh and Blue Jays-Indians in Cleveland - will be made up today in doubleheaders.