Pettitte shines as A-Rod sits
Andy Pettitte and two relievers combined on a three-hitter as the New York Yankees beat the host Florida Marlins, 5-1, last night without a slumping Alex Rodriguez.
With Rodriguez benched for the first time this season with what he and the team called “fatigue,’’ the Yankees regrouped after two losses at home to the woeful Washington Nationals.
Derek Jeter had two hits after being out of the starting lineup the last two games with a sore left ankle, and Melky Cabrera homered for New York.
Pettitte (7-3) pitched seven innings, struck out seven, and walked none.
Pettitte’s RBI double in the second highlighted a three-run inning for the Yankees. Cabrera homered in the fourth to give New York a 5-0 lead.
Rodriguez is batting .145 (8 for 55) in June. He’s in an 0-for-15 slump, and is hitting .212 with nine homers and 26 RBIs.
Tigers 10, Brewers 4 - Marcus Thames hit a pair of two-run homers as Detroit rallied to beat visiting Milwaukee in a rain-shortened game that ended with one out in the bottom of the seventh.
The game was also halted by rain for 2 hours 3 minutes in the fourth inning after Detroit took the lead, and featured two replay home run reversals.
The Tigers took a 7-4 lead in the fourth, despite having a replay call go against them. With two outs and a man on first, Dusty Ryan lined a pitch down the left-field line that bounced back onto the field. It was called a home run, but after Milwaukee manager Ken Macha argued, the umpires looked at the replay and ruled it a double that tied the game at 4. Adam Everett singled to center to score Ryan and Curtis Granderson homered.
Thanks to the night’s first replay, Miguel Cabrera tied the game at 3 in the third. Cabrera’s drive to left was ruled to have bounced off the top of the fence. But the umpires looked at it on replay and it was ruled a home run, Cabrera’s 13th.
Cubs 8, Indians 7 - Ryan Theriot hit a bad-hop single with two outs in the 10th inning as host Chicago, saved by Derrek Lee’s late homer, rallied from an early seven-run deficit to beat Cleveland.
Lee homered twice, including a solo shot with one out in the ninth off former Cubs ace Kerry Wood that made it 7-7. The Cubs beat Luis Vizcaino, whom they released this season.
The Cubs trailed, 7-0, against Cliff Lee going into the fifth and were still down, 7-2, in the eighth.
Mariners 4, Diamondbacks 3 - Ken Griffey Jr. hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Rob Johnson drove in Chris Woodward with the go-ahead run to give host Seattle a dramatic victory over Arizona.
Rockies 7, Pirates 3 - Jason Marquis (9-4) shut down visiting Pittsburgh over 8 2/3 innings as Colorado won for the 14th time in 15 games. The Rockies are 16-5 since manager Jim Tracy replaced Clint Hurdle May 29 to inch above .500 (34-33) for the first time since April 11.
Cardinals 10, Royals 5 - Albert Pujols hit a two-run single when the Royals pitched to him and Ryan Ludwick hit a grand slam after they didn’t and walked Pujols intentionally, helping visiting St. Louis beat its in-state rival.
Reds 4, White Sox 3 - Brandon Phillips hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly as host Cincinnati ended a nine-game losing streak against Chicago.
Mets 5, Rays 3 - Fernando Nieve allowed one run in six innings and Brian Schneider hit a three-run homer to lead New York over visiting Tampa Bay.
Orioles 7, Phillies 2 - Milton’s Rich Hill pitched into the seventh inning and singled in the go-ahead run, leading visiting Baltimore to its third straight win.
Twins 5, Astros 2 - Kevin Slowey became the majors’ second 10-game winner as host Minnesota moved above .500 for the first time since May 14.
Nationals 2, Blue Jays 1 - Adam Dunn hit a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning to give host Washington its season-high third straight win.
Angels 5, Dodgers 4 - Juan Rivera hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth and Brian Fuentes got his AL-leading 19th save as the host Angels extend their winning streak to a season-high eight games.
Athletics 7, Padres 5 - Orlando Cabrera doubled in two runs in the eighth to lift visiting Oakland over San Diego, the Padres’ 17th interleague loss in 21 games.
Rangers 6, Giants 4 - Fred Lewis hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth to power host San Francisco.