|Magglio Ordonez tracks his fifth-inning home run, a three-run drive that followed his solo shot two innings earlier. (Duane Burleson/Associated Press)|
Joe Crede hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning to hand Joba Chamberlain his first major league loss and give the White Sox a 7-6 win over the New York Yankees last night in Chicago to avoid a three-game sweep.
Carlos Quentin doubled with one out off Chamberlain (1-1) and Crede lined a single to left-center to score him. Chamberlain had given up just three runs - two earned - in 32 innings over 26 regular-season appearances since being called up last year.
Bobby Jenks (1-0) got pinch hitter Jorge Posada to ground into an inning-ending double play with two runners on in the top of the ninth to get the win in a game twice delayed by rain.
Trailing, 6-3, the Yankees tied it when Melky Cabrera hit a two-out, two-run homer off Gavin Floyd in the sixth, and Morgan Ensberg delivered a two-out RBI single off Scott Linebrink in the seventh.
Tigers 8, Rangers 2 - Magglio Ordoñez hit two of Detroit's five home runs as the Tigers finished off a convincing three-game sweep of visiting Texas.
The Tigers outscored the Rangers, 37-10, in the series and have won four in a row overall. Texas has lost seven straight.
For the second day in a row, Detroit's hitting was enough to overcome a bad outing by a key pitcher. After Kenny Rogers only lasted 3 1/3 innings in a 19-6 win Wednesday, Jeremy Bonderman needed 111 pitchers to get through 4 1/3 innings. Bonderman only allowed two hits, but hit a batter and walked a career-worst seven.
Indians sweep Royals, 9-6, 2-0 - Cliff Lee faced only two batters over the minimum while pitching a three-hit shutout that gave visiting Cleveland a doubleheader sweep.
Lee (4-0) struck out nine and did not issue a walk while shrinking his major league-best ERA to 0.28 as the Royals lost their seventh straight game.
In the opener, Grady Sizemore, Casey Blake, and Jason Michaels each had two RBIs for the Indians.
Orioles 8, Mariners 7 - Brian Roberts homered to open the eighth inning, capping visiting Baltimore's rally from a five-run deficit.
Rays 5, Blue Jays 3 - Tampa Bay concluded a three-game sweep of Toronto in Kissimmee, Fla., as Eric Hinske drove in a pair of runs. Andy Sonnanstine was strong over 6 1/3 innings to move to 3-1.
Braves 7, Marlins 4 - Chipper Jones celebrated his 36th birthday by going 3 for 3, including his seventh homer, to lead host Atlanta past NL East-leading Florida.
Athletics 11, Twins 2 - Donnie Murphy hit a pair of solo homers, and host Oakland jumped on Francisco Liriano (0-3) for six runs in the first.
Rockies 4, Cubs 2 - At Denver, Aaron Cook (3-1) pitched eight strong innings to win his third straight start, and Colorado broke a four-game skid while ending Chicago's six-game winning streak.
Nationals 10, Mets 5 - Felipe Lopez tied his career high with six RBIs with a grand slam and a two-run single, pacing host Washington to its fourth win in 20 games.
Astros 5, Reds 3 - Lance Berkman hit his 18th homer at Great American Ballpark - the most by any visiting player - and drove in three runs, leading Houston to its fifth straight win.
Phillies 3, Brewers 1 - Pat Burrell's two-run double broke an eighth-inning tie for visiting Philadelphia, and Tom Gordon (1-2) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to earn the victory.
Cardinals 6, Pirates 2 - Brian Barton put St. Louis ahead with a two-run single in the fifth, and Joel Piñeiro (1-2) took care of host Pittsburgh with seven effective innings.
Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 4 - Jeff Salazar hit a two-run homer and Conor Jackson also had a pair of RBIs, leading Arizona to the win in Los Angeles.
Giants 1, Padres 0 - Rich Aurilia homered off Chris Young in the seventh inning to keep Tim Lincecum (4-0) perfect this season and give San Francisco the victory in San Diego.