Shields outduels Santana
Pena’s homer helps Rays dampen Mets
Carlos Pena hit a tiebreaking homer off Johan Santana in the seventh inning, sending James Shields and the Tampa Bay Rays to a rainy 3-1 victory over the Mets yesterday at New York.
Shields allowed three hits in seven innings and retired his final 14 batters. He outpitched Santana, who was in fine form following the worst start of his career.
Both starters were lifted after a 73-minute rain delay in the top of the eighth. Dan Wheeler worked a perfect inning and J.P. Howell got three outs for his fourth save.
Ben Zobrist added a solo homer in the ninth.
Santana was tagged for nine runs and nine hits in three innings plus last Sunday, losing, 15-0, at Yankee Stadium.
Santana (8-5) squandered a 1-0 lead and took the loss, but didn’t allow a hit until Jason Bartlett’s one-out double in the fifth. He yielded three hits and three walks in 7 1/3 innings.
Gabe Kapler had an RBI double for the Rays, who snapped a three-game slide.
While Santana pitched well, the Mets reverted back to their early-season trend of not supporting him. Tampa Bay pitchers retired 19 in a row before Carlos Beltran’s two-out single in the ninth. Howell struck out David Wright to end it.
With the score tied at 1, Santana grooved a 92-mile-an-hour fastball to Pena leading off the seventh and he got all of it. The booming drive to right-center was Pena’s AL-leading 22d home run.
Cubs 6, Indians 5 - Kerry Wood stumbled again against his former team, allowing a tying single to Andres Blanco in the 13th and then throwing a wild pitch that allowed Blanco to score the winning run as visiting Cleveland fell for the fifth straight time.
Luis Valbuena hit his second homer of the game, a solo shot in the top of the 13th off David Patton (3-1), giving the Indians a 5-4 lead.
It was Wood’s fourth blown save in 12 chances and Cleveland’s AL-leading 13th blown save as a staff.
Orioles 6, Phillies 5 - Brian Roberts hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth off fill-in closer Ryan Madson as Baltimore won in Philadelphia.
Ryan Howard, who went to the hospital at 3:30 a.m. after his temperature reached 103.9 degrees, gave the Phillies a 5-3 lead with a three-run pinch homer in the seventh.
Dodgers 6, Angels 4 - Jeff Weaver outpitched little brother Jered in a duel that was mostly a dud, with neither making it through the sixth, as Los Angeles won in Anaheim, Calif., snapping the Angels’ seven-game winning streak.
Nationals 5, Blue Jays 3 - Willie Harris failed to get down a sacrifice, then couldn’t execute a hit-and-run, so instead he hit a two-run homer in the 12th as host Washington stretched its winning streak to a season-high four games.
Cardinals 7, Royals 1 - Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer, his 24th of the season, Khalil Greene added a three-run shot in the ninth, and Chris Carpenter (5-1) outpitched Brian Bannister to pace St. Louis in Kansas City, Mo.
Rockies 9, Pirates 7 - Chris Iannetta tied the game at 7 with three-run homer in the eighth, and Todd Helton hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth as host Colorado won its fourth straight game and 15th in 16 games.
Marlins 2, Yankees 1 - Josh Johnson (7-1) pitched seven innings of three-hit ball and Dan Uggla homered as Florida won in front of 46,427 fans, the third-largest crowd in Marlins history.
Mariners 7, Diamondbacks 3 - Wladimir Balentien hit his first home run in nearly two months and Jason Vargas (3-2) retired 17 straight Arizona batters at one point as Seattle rolled at home.
Athletics 6, Padres 3 - Adam Kennedy had four hits, including the first of back-to-back homers with Jack Cust in the eighth as Oakland won on the road.
White Sox 10, Reds 8 - Alexei Ramirez had four hits and four RBIs, including a tiebreaking three-run homer in the sixth as Chicago overpowered host Cincinnati.
Tigers 9, Brewers 5 - Miguel Cabrera and Placido Polanco homered and Alfredo Figaro won his major league debut in Detroit.
Astros 6, Twins 5 - Michael Bourn’s two-run homer capped a four-run rally in the seventh for visiting Houston.
Giants 2, Rangers 1 - San Francisco won it in the bottom of the 11th when Nate Schierholtz scored on a wild pitch by Jason Jennings.