Carlos Pena homered twice and drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning to finish with six RBIs, helping the Tampa Bay Rays rally last night for a 10-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Pena hit a two-run homer off Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie in the first. He made it 5-5 in the seventh with a three-run shot off lefthander Jamie Walker, who entered the game after Guthrie retired the first batter of the inning.
The 2007 AL comeback player of the year when he hit 46 homers and drove in 121 runs, Pena has five homers in 10 games this season. He drew the bases-loaded walk off Dennis Sarfate (2-1) on a check swing that could have been called a third strike to put Tampa Bay ahead, 6-5.
"Hitting, winning. It's just contagious," Pena said after hitting his fourth and fifth homers of the season. "You flow with it, and today we swung the bat great."
The Rays broke it open with four more runs in the inning on B.J. Upton's two-run single, Eric Hinske's RBI double, and Shawn Riggans's run-scoring single - all off Greg Aquino, the fourth Baltimore pitcher.
Al Reyes (1-1) pitched two-thirds of an inning to get the win after being arrested early yesterday at a Tampa bar and charged with being in a fight that disturbed the peace.
Athletics 9, Indians 7 - Reigning AL Cy Young winner C.C. Sabathia gave up nine runs and 12 hits in his shortest outing in nearly two years, and visiting Oakland held on to beat Cleveland. Sabathia (0-2) was pulled after 3 1/3 innings, but by then Mark Ellis, Mike Sweeney, and Donnie Murphy had all driven in two runs apiece.
"It's definitely frustrating, not being able to go out and do your job," Sabathia said. "I just [stink] right now and [I am] not making good pitches."
Marlins 10, Astros 6 - Jeremy Hermida hit two of Florida's team-record six home runs as the visiting Marlins posted their fourth straight victory. Astros ace Roy Oswalt (0-3) gave up four home runs in a game for the first time in his career.
Braves 3, Nationals 0 - Tim Hudson (2-0) scattered three hits over eight innings, outpitching Nationals starter Matt Chico, as visiting Atlanta handed Washington its eighth straight loss.
Mets 4, Brewers 2 - Nelson Figueroa earned his first major league win in five years, retiring 14 straight batters at the start and pitching his hometown Mets past visiting Milwaukee. New York All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes came out after the fifth inning because of tightness in his left hamstring. The speedy Reyes grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the fourth.
Phillies 5, Cubs 3 - Pat Burrell hit a two-run homer and had a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning, helping host Philadelphia snap Chicago's five-game winning streak. Brett Myers (1-1) pitched eight strong innings to earn his first win since moving back into the starting rotation. The Phillies won without shortstop Jimmy Rollins for the first time in three tries. The 2007 NL MVP hasn't been in the starting lineup since he sprained his left ankle Tuesday.
Padres 7, Dodgers 5 - Jake Peavy beat Brad Penny for the second time in a week, and Trevor Hoffman struck out Jeff Kent with the bases loaded to finish San Diego's win in Los Angeles.
Cardinals 8, Giants 2 - Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and Kyle Lohse (2-0) logged another strong performance as visiting St. Louis won for the eighth time in 10 games.
Mariners 8, Angels 5 - Raul Ibanez hit two home runs off Jered Weaver, lifting Felix Hernandez and host Seattle.
Twins 5, Royals 0 - Livan Hernandez scattered seven hits over seven innings to win his third straight start as Minnesota beat host Kansas City. Carlos Gomez doubled, tripled, and drove in two runs for the Twins.
Pirates 1, Reds 0 - Jason Bay hit a home run in the sixth inning that gave host Pittsburgh a rain-soaked victory. Paul Maholm, John Grabow, Damaso Marte, and Matt Capps combined on a seven-hit shutout.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 2 - Eric Byrnes, Orlando Hudson, and Justin Upton hit two-run homers as host Arizona extended its winning streak to seven games. Brandon Webb (3-0) gave up two runs on four hits in eight innings.
Blue Jays 8, Rangers 5 - Lyle Overbay hit a three-run double, Vernon Wells drove in two runs, and visiting Toronto ended a three-game losing streak.