A rare feat for Tulowitzki
Colorado's Troy Tulowitzki left nothing to chance in his shot at pulling off an unassisted triple play against the Atlanta Braves yesterday.
Kelly Johnson and Edgar Renteria singled for Atlanta in the seventh and were running on a 3-2 pitch when Tulowitzki caught Chipper Jones's line drive behind second base. The rookie shortstop stepped on the bag to double up Johnson and then tagged Renteria for the third out.
"It's amazing," Tulowitzki said. "It kind of just fell in my lap."
The Rockies avoided the sweep when Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning for a 9-7 victory.
Apparently unsure if he had completed the play properly, Tulowitzki went back and touched second again, then threw to first. Nothing to worry about -- the inning was already over.
It was the 13th unassisted triple play in major league history and first since Rafael Furcal did it for the Braves on Sept. 10, 2003, against the Cardinals.
It also was the second triple play in the Rockies' 13-year history. The first happened April 10, 2003, against St. Louis.
With one out in the 11th, Steve Colyer (0-1) walked Todd Helton, who set a club record with five. Holliday then drilled a 2-2 fastball over the fence in center field.
Blue Jays 7, Rangers 3 -- Alex Rios homered and Tomo Ohka pitched seven innings for his 50th major league win to lift host Toronto.
Ohka (2-2), who beat the Red Sox in his previous start last Monday, gave up one run and five hits, walked three and struck out two.
Ohka is second behind Hideo Nomo for career victories by Japanese-born pitchers. Nomo won 123 games in 11 seasons in the majors.
Matt Kata's second-inning single scored Frank Catalanotto but that was all the Rangers could manage against Ohka.
Phillies 6, Marlins 1 -- Jamie Moyer took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning and combined with two relievers for a four-hitter to power host Philadelphia.
Moyer had faced the minimum 20 batters when Miguel Cabrera broke up the no-hitter with a two-out double in the seventh. The hard liner went over third baseman Abraham Nunez's glove and down the left-field line. Moyer got Josh Willingham to line out softly to end the inning.
Moyer (3-1) struck out five and walked two in 7 1/3 shutout innings, leaving the field to a standing ovation.
Dodgers 5, Padres 4 -- Brady Clark hit a go-ahead double in the 17th inning as Los Angeles beat San Diego in the longest game in Petco Park's four-year history.
Clark's double into the left-field corner off rookie Justin Hampson (0-1) scored Wilson Valdez from first base with an unearned run. Valdez reached on a bunt when Pete Laforest, a third-string catcher who was playing first base, committed an error by letting a throw from catcher Rob Bowen hit off the top of his glove.
Chad Billingsley (2-0) pitched two innings for the win.
Indians 6, Orioles 1 -- Fausto Carmona pitched into the ninth inning and Casey Blake homered to lift host Cleveland.
Carmona (2-1) gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out one in a career-best 8 1/3 innings. He had a shutout before Aubrey Huff homered with one out in the ninth.
Trot Nixon and Jhonny Peralta had RBI singles and Shin-Soo Choo hit a sacrifice fly for the Indians in the eighth -- all off righthander Jeremy Guthrie -- to make it 6-0.
Angels 5, White Sox 2 -- Macier Izturis and Vladimir Guerrero hit back-to-back homers, and Kelvim Escobar allowed four hits over 7 2/3 innings to lead Los Angeles at Chicago.
Former Angel Darin Erstad hit a two-run homer in the third, but Escobar (2-1) held the White Sox in check after that, striking out three and walking one. He left after walking Ryan Sweeney with two out in the eighth. Francisco Rodriguez came in and struck out Erstad, then pitched the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.
Mets 1, Nationals 0 -- John Maine pitched seven sharp innings and Carlos Beltran homered for one of New York's three hits to lift the Mets at Washington.
Maine (4-0) struck out a career-high eight and allowed three hits in lowering his ERA to 1.35.
Diamondbacks 5, Giants 4 -- Orlando Hudson, who went 2 for 4 with three RBIs, hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh and host Arizona beat San Francisco for its fifth straight win.
Barry Bonds pinch hit with one out in the ninth for the Giants and drew a walk.
Tigers 4, Twins 3 -- Brandon Inge's leadoff homer in the ninth off Jesse Crain (1-2) powered host Detroit.
Brewers 3, Astros 1 -- Geoff Jenkins homered and Claudio Vargas (2-0) pitched out of bases-loaded jams in three straight innings to lead Milwaukee at Houston.
Reds 9, Pirates 5 -- Edwin Encarnacion's bases-loaded triple keyed Cincinnati's comeback from an early three-run deficit, and Aaron Harang (4-0) helped himself with a run-scoring single in a five-run fourth that turned a 4-1 Reds deficit into a 6-4 lead.
Mariners 5, Royals 1 -- Cha Seung Baek took a no-hit bid into the sixth, and Willie Bloomquist's two-out, two-run double in the seventh broke a 1-1 tie to spark Seattle past visiting Kansas City.
Devil Rays 5, Athletics 3 -- Rocco Baldelli and Elijah Dukes hit back-to-back home runs and Scott Kazmir (2-1) efficiently shut down host Oakland as Tampa Bay took two of three games in the series.