Roundup: Kevin Youkilis slam beats Yankees
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Kevin Youkilis hit a grand slam, Paul Konerko homered, and Dewayne Wise had four hits Tuesday night as the White Sox rallied for the second straight game to beat the New York Yankees, 7-3, in Chicago.
Chicago, which fell behind, 3-0, in Monday night’s opener before winning, 9-6, trailed, 2-0, after one inning Tuesday in the matchup of division leaders.
With the score tied, 2-2, the White Sox loaded the bases in the fifth inning on Alexei Ramirez’s double, a walk, and single by Wise. Youkilis connected off Ivan Nova for his second grand slam at U.S. Cellular Field this season. He also cleared the bases in April for the Red Sox against the White Sox and Phil Humber.
Since joining the White Sox in a June trade with Boston, Youkilis has hit 11 of his 15 homers.
‘‘I think there is a rivalry in the past that I played on and that was blown out of proportion,’’ Youkilis said. ‘‘I think here, it’s not really that crazy.’’
Nationals 4, Braves 1 — Stephen Strasburg (15-5) struck out 10 batters and gave up one run in six innings in one of his final starts of the season to lead host Washington. For weeks, the impending shutdown of Strasburg has been the talk of baseball and though the Nationals haven’t said exactly what their limit for the star righthander is, it’s thought to be between 160 and 180 innings. After this start, his fourth straight win, when he gave up four hits and walked one, he has thrown 145⅓ innings.
Talk of his innings limit overshadowed discussion of the NL East race. Washington’s win gave the Nationals a seven-game lead over second-place Atlanta, their largest of the season.
Royals 1, Rays 0 — Eric Hosmer’s two-out single in the 10th inning drove in the only run as visiting Kansas City and Luke Hochevar won a classic pitchers’ duel over David Price to snap the Rays’ five-game winning streak.
Orioles 5, Rangers 3 — Nate McLouth’s two-run home run keyed Baltimore’s four-run fifth inning and the Orioles held off host Texas.
Giants 4, Dodgers 1 — Tim Lincecum bounced back from consecutive home losses with his third straight road win and visiting San Francisco increased its NL West lead to 1½ games over Los Angeles.
Tigers 5, Blue Jays 3 — Max Scherzer struck out eight in seven impressive innings and host Detroit took advantage of Ricky Romero’s wildness to hand the lefthander his 10th straight loss. Romero (8-11) gave up eight walks in 5⅓ innings.
Athletics 4, Twins 1 — Brett Anderson pitched seven innings in his first start since undergoing elbow surgery nearly 15 months ago and host Oakland turned a triple play behind him in the victory.
Mariners 5, Indians 1 — Felix Hernandez gave up one run in 7⅔ innings in the first start following his perfect game, Jesus Montero hit a three-run homer in Seattle’s four-run seventh inning, and host Seattle won its seventh straight.
Reds 5, Phillies 4 — Zack Cozart hit a tiebreaking homer on Jonathan Papelbon’s first pitch in the ninth, and visiting Cincinnati snapped a seven-game losing streak against Philadelphia.
Cardinals 7, Astros 0 — Adam Wainwright (12-10) matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in a five-hitter as host St. Louis beat Houston.
Rockies 6, Mets 2 — Jhoulys Chacin made an impressive return from an extended absence and Colorado backed him with a pair of sharp defensive plays to win in New York.
Brewers 5, Cubs 2 — Marco Estrada gave up two hits in six solid innings for his first win in almost a year for host Milwaukee.
Marlins 6, Diamondbacks 5 — Giancarlo Stanton hit a run-scoring single with two outs in the 10th inning as visiting Miami rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat Arizona.