A wild weekend for Giants
San Francisco sweeps; sits even with Colorado
Edgar Renteria hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning and the Giants pulled even in the National League wild-card race with Colorado, beating the Rockies, 9-5, yesterday for a three-game sweep in San Francisco.
The Giants moved into a tie with Colorado, six games behind first-place Los Angeles in the NL West. The Rockies lost their season-high fifth in a row.
San Francisco swept the Rockies at home for the first time since April 8-10, 2005. Last week, the Giants lost three of four at Coors Field despite leading every game.
Renteria homered with two outs to overcome a 5-2 deficit, connecting two pitches after Rafael Betancourt (0-1) relieved Franklin Morales. Renteria hit his eighth career grand slam and second in two years against Betancourt.
Twins 5, Rangers 3 - Pinch runner Carlos Gomez scored the go-ahead run as Minnesota scored three times in the eighth inning to beat Texas at the Metrodome.
Trailing, 3-2, in the eighth, the Twins used a walk, three singles, Nelson Cruz’s error, and a fielder’s choice to rally against Texas reliever C.J. Wilson (4-6). Gomez, who was running for Jason Kubel, scored on Mike Redmon’s fielder’s choice. Texas first baseman Hank Blalock tried to get Gomez out at the plate on the grounder, but the throw was high.
Yankees 8, White Sox 3 - Mark Teixeira homered and drove in four runs, Johnny Damon also went deep, and New York polished off a three-game Yankee Stadium sweep of struggling Chicago.
Derek Jeter scored three times for the AL East leaders, who boosted baseball’s best record to 82-48. They are 31-11 since the All-Star break, also the top mark in the majors.
Dodgers 3, Reds 2 - Matt Kemp homered for Los Angeles’s first run, then hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning to give his club the win over Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park.
The NL West leaders took two of three in the series, extending their lead over Colorado. No surprise at the outcome - the Dodgers are 22-4 against the Reds since 2006, their best mark against any NL team.
Marlins 6, Padres 4 - John Baker and Cody Ross each drove in two runs and Sean West won for the fourth time in his last five outings at Land Shark Stadium as Florida snapped a three-game losing streak by trimming San Diego.
West (6-5) gave up one earned run in six innings.
Angels 9, Athletics 1 - John Lackey pitched eight innings of five-hit ball for his 100th win and Torii Hunter and Kendry Morales hit three-run homers, as Los Angeles beat Oakland at Angels Stadium.
Cardinals 2, Nationals 1 - Adam Wainwright won his major league-leading 16th game and Albert Pujols had the go-ahead hit in the sixth inning, helping St. Louis complete a three-game sweep of Washington at Busch Stadium.
Phillies 3, Braves 2 - Carlos Ruiz hit a two-run, go-ahead double in the seventh inning and Joe Blanton pitched seven strong innings to lead Philadelphia past Atlanta at Citizens Bank Park.
Royals 3, Mariners 0 - Zack Greinke pitched a one-hitter, allowing only a second-inning single by Kenji Johjima, and Kansas City shut out Seattle at Safeco Field.
Greinke (13-8) retired the final 22 batters after Johjima’s two-out single.
Brewers 4, Pirates 1 - Shortstop Craig Counsell helped Milwaukee turn a season-high four double plays and drove in two runs as the Brewers beat Pittsburgh for the 21st straight time at Miller Park.
Orioles 5, Indians 2 - Brian Matusz pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, Felix Pie homered, and Baltimore topped Cleveland at Camden Yards.
Mets 4, Cubs 1 - At Wrigley Field, Nelson Figueroa struck out a career-high 10 and had an RBI single to lead New York to victory over Chicago.
Diamondbacks 4, Astros 3 - Dan Haren threw seven sharp innings at Chase Field and Justin Upton hit his 22d home run as Arizona completed a three-game sweep of Houston.