Jays hardly blue after rally
They come back to win with 6-run 9th inning
Matt Stairs scored the winning run after a bases-loaded walk and the Blue Jays scored six runs in the ninth inning last night in Toronto to beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 12-11.
With Tampa Bay leading, 11-6, Chad Orvella walked Aaron Hill, then gave up RBI doubles to Adam Lind and Jason Phillips to make it 11-8. Shawn Camp came in and walked Howie Clark. After getting Alex Rios to ground out, Vernon Wells laced a two-run double to left that scored Phillips and Rios and made it 11-10.
Stairs tied the game with an RBI double off Casey Fossum (3-6) before Tim Corcoran intentionally walked Frank Thomas. After a passed ball allowed the runners to advance, Troy Glaus was intentionally walked. Hill walked on five pitches, forcing Stairs home.
"You would like to think we could get three outs with a five-run lead," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
Yankees 7, White Sox 3 -- Alex Rodriguez homered and drove in three runs to lead visiting New York.
The Yankees broke a 1-1 tie with four runs in the sixth, making a winner of rookie Tyler Clippard (3-1).
Rangers 7, Tigers 4 -- Victor Diaz hit a grand slam in the first inning for victorious Texas off Nate Robertson as the visiting starter didn't retire a batter.
Robertson (4-6) was done after six batters and 30 pitches.
Angels 5, Twins 1 -- Kelvim Escobar pitched a three-hitter for his second complete game of the season as host Los Angeles claimed its fifth straight victory.
The AL West-leading Angels are off to the best start in franchise history at 38-22 and are a major league-best 24-8 at home.
Mariners 5, Orioles 4 -- Seattle scored four times in the seventh at Safeco Field in claiming its fourth straight win.
Ichiro Suzuki sliced a two-out double just inside the left-field line to score Ben Broussard with the go-ahead run.
Padres 1, Dodgers 0 -- Marcus Giles singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and Trevor Hoffman moved within one save of becoming the first big leaguer with 500 for his career as host San Diego reclaimed first place in the NL West.
Los Angeles's Jason Schmidt, sidelined since mid-April with bursitis in his right shoulder, held the Padres to one hit in six scoreless innings.
Diamondbacks 4, Giants 3 -- Chris Young homered to left-center with one out in the 10th inning at Chase Field, lifting surging Arizona to its 10th win in 11 games.
Randy Johnson's strikeout of Ray Durham to end the fifth moved the Diamondbacks lefthander into second place on the all-time list with 4,605 behind Nolan Ryan's 5,714.
Braves, 3-1; Marlins, 5-1 -- This doubleheader in Atlanta was a tale of two improbable pitching performances.
Just back from the minors, Florida's Rick Vanden Hurk took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in the nightcap for his first career win. A few hours earlier, Atlanta's Buddy Carlyle pitched one-hit ball over seven innings for his first victory since 1999, then was shipped back to the minors.
Phillies 4, Mets 2 -- Chase Utley hit a leadoff homer in the 11th inning and drove in three runs for visiting Philadelphia.
Cardinals 4, Reds 3 -- Pinch hitter So Taguchi singled over a drawn-in outfield in the ninth inning for his second straight game-winning hit for host St. Louis.
Brewers 7, Cubs 5 -- Ryan Braun, Corey Hart, and Tony Graffanino each hit solo home runs and Claudio Vargas won for the first time in a month for host Milwaukee.
Pirates 7, Nationals 6 -- Xavier Nady hit a double and a sacrifice fly, both with the bases loaded, and Shawn Chacon got his first win as a starter this season to help lift Pittsburgh in Washington.
Astros 4, Rockies 1 -- Lance Berkman drove in two runs and Wandy Rodriguez pitched five strong innings to lead Houston in Denver.