|Chicago's A.J. Pierzynski restrains enraged Miguel Olivo before he reaches pitcher D.J. Carrasco (ed zurga/Associated Press)|
Xavier Nady homered and had a career-high six RBIs yesterday, rallying New York past the sloppy Los Angeles Angels, 14-9, in a back-and-forth game.
Mark Teixeira hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning, but the Yankees took advantage of clumsy defense by the Angels to score six times in the bottom half and complete its largest comeback this season.
Ivan Rodriguez's first homer for the Yankees started their unlikely rally from a five-run deficit against John Lackey. New York scored 10 unearned runs in its final two at-bats - the Angels unhappily tying a franchise record - as Los Angeles matched a season high with four errors.
Rodriguez hit a solo shot in the fifth. Nady's two-run double in the sixth helped New York cut it to 5-4.
The Yankees caught their first big break in the seventh when center fielder Gary Matthews Jr. tried for a running catch on Derek Jeter's drive to left-center and dropped the ball for an error.
Bobby Abreu followed with an RBI single. Three batters later, Nady (four hits) smacked a three-run shot off Jose Arredondo for his third home run since being acquired July 26 from Pittsburgh.
Rays 6, Tigers 5 - Carl Crawford hit a tying RBI single in the 10th inning and Carlos Pena drew a game-ending, bases-loaded free pass to give Tampa Bay a true walkoff victory over Detroit.
Tampa Bay took advantage of Fernando Rodney's wildness to put together the winning rally. Pinch hitter Willy Aybar led off with a walk, bringing Jason Bartlett to the plate. Bartlett squared to bunt, but was forced from the game when Rodney (0-3) plunked him on his right index finger. Shawn Riggans batted for Bartlett - and Rodney hit him with the next pitch.
Both runners advanced on Akinori Iwamura's sacrifice. B.J. Upton walked before Crawford hit a tying single into left field. One out later, Pena won it when took a 3-and-2 pitch, forcing home the winning run.
Tampa Bay scored three times against newly acquired Kyle Farnsworth to take a 4-3 lead in the eighth. Eric Hinske hit a solo homer and Upton had a two-run shot. Miguel Cabrera gave Detroit a 5-4 lead with a leadoff homer off closer Troy Percival in the 10th. Percival, who blew his third save in 27 opportunities, also gave up a tying solo homer to Curtis Granderson in the ninth.
Cubs 8, Pirates 5 - Reed Johnson and Alfonso Soriano hit back-to-back homers in the eighth as Chicago escaped with a victory after blowing a three-run lead to Pittsburgh in the top half of the inning.
Cubs starter Carlos Zambrano allowed just three hits, struck out two, and walked one while throwing just 82 pitches in five innings. He allowed an unearned run in the first and a leadoff homer to Brandon Moss in the second before settling down.
Royals 14, White Sox 3 - In a brawl-filled game featuring five ejections, Mike Aviles went 4 for 4 with a home run and Zack Greinke pitched well into the seventh as Kansas City knocked visiting Chicago from first place for the first time since May 16.
The Royals collected 19 hits, a season high, for the second consecutive game. The loss was Chicago's 19th in 28 road games.
There was a bench-clearing brawl in the fifth when KC catcher Miguel Olivo was hit by new pitcher D.J. Carrasco and charged the mound. Olivo, Carrasco, and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen were sent to the clubhouse once order was restored.
"I'm not going to bring a guy in that throws 85 miles an hour to hit somebody. I guarantee it," said Guillen. "I'll bring [Octavio] Dotel, I'll bring [Matt] Thornton. Then I will tell them to throw at them. That's the way I do business."
Twins 6, Indians 2 - Denard Span and Brendan Harris homered and Francisco Liriano pitched six scoreless innings in his return to the rotation, helping host Minnesota move into first in the AL Central.
Phillies 5, Cardinals 4 - Shane Victorino's three-run homer capped a four-run eighth inning and Brad Lidge survived a shaky ninth to stay perfect in save situations and preserve Philadelphia's win in St. Louis.
Nationals 4, Reds 2 - Washington rookie Collin Balester (2-3) allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings and Lastings Milledge hit his ninth home run as visiting Cincinnati fell to a season-worst 10 games under .500.
Padres 4, Giants 1 - Greg Maddux drove in a run, his first RBI in nearly two years, and pitched six strong innings for his 352d career victory as San Diego beat visiting San Francisco.
Mariners 8, Orioles 4 - Raul Ibanez's two-run single off Jamie Walker capped a three-run seventh inning as Seattle snapped a seven-game home losing streak.
Braves 5, Brewers 0 - Jorge Campillo threw seven shut out innings as Atlanta snapped Milwaukee's nine-game road winning streak.
Rockies 3, Marlins 2 - In Miami, Colorado took its first lead in the ninth when pinch hitter Seth Smith drove in Cory Sullivan with a single.
Astros 4, Mets 0 -Ty Wigginton homered to help Houston complete its first three-game sweep of visiting New York since September 1993.
Rangers 8, Blue Jays 4 - Gerald Laird homered twice and drove in four runs as Texas beat visiting Toronto.