Jason Giambi became the second-oldest player to hit three homers in a game and tied his career high with seven RBIs, leading the Colorado Rockies past the Phillies, 7-1, last night in Philadelphia.
Jhoulys Chacin was the beneficiary of Giambi’s turn-back-the-clock display. Chacin (5-2) allowed one run and four hits, striking out a season-high nine in seven innings.
Making a rare start because first baseman Todd Helton had a stiff back, Giambi went deep in his first three at-bats. The 40-year-old former AL MVP entered 3 for 26 (.115) this season with one home run and four RBIs.
With two chances to match the major league record of four homers in a game, Giambi struck out looking against Scott Mathieson in the sixth and went down swinging against J.C. Romero in the ninth.
Stan Musial is the oldest player to connect three times in a game. He was 41 when he did it against the Mets on July 8, 1962.
Mets 1, Nationals 0 — Manager Jim Riggleman and visiting Washington both got shut out — he didn’t get any answers from the umpires, his team didn’t score any runs.
The Nationals were blanked by New York for the second straight day, held without a hit by Dillon Gee (3-0) until pitcher Livan Hernandez singled with two outs in the sixth.
The afternoon ended with Riggleman hollering at the umpires after a disputed call at first base in the ninth inning. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo verbally confronted the umps in a tunnel underneath the stands after they walked off the field.
The arguments started soon after Laynce Nix doubled with one out in the ninth. Jayson Werth followed with a hard one-hopper that third baseman Justin Turner snagged. His throw appeared to pull first baseman Daniel Murphy off the bag but first base umpire Phil Cuzzi called Werth out.
Yankees 13, Orioles 2 — CC Sabathia scattered seven hits over eight shutout innings, Nick Swisher drove in four runs, and New York swept a pair in Baltimore.
Mark Teixeira and Eduardo Nunez homered for the Yankees, who won their third straight after a six-game skid.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 2 — J.P. Arencibia hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, Juan Rivera also connected, and host Toronto handed Tampa Bay its fourth loss in six games.
Diamondacks 2, Braves 1 — Josh Collmenter blanked Atlanta for six innings to run his scoreless streak to 21 and host Arizona handed Jair Jurrjens (5-1) his first loss of the season.
Cardinals 4, Astros 2 — First-year starter Kyle McClellan became the National League’s first six-game winner and backup catcher Gerald Laird hit a two-run double as host St. Louis swept a two-game series from Houston.
Giants 3, Dodgers 1 — Madison Bumgarner (1-6) came within an out of his first major league shutout and earned his first victory of the season, and Freddy Sanchez drove in two runs to help San Francisco get past host Los Angeles.
White Sox 8, Indians 2 — Gavin Floyd pitched seven solid innings and Carlos Quentin homered as host Chicago rocked Fausto Carmona for the second time this season and swept the two-game set from Cleveland.
Royals 2, Rangers 1 — Jeff Francoeur’s RBI single in the 10th inning lifted host Kansas City over Texas, snapping the Royals’ five-game losing streak.
Mariners 2, Angels 1 — NineTorii Hunter lost Carlos Peguero’s fly ball with two outs in the ninth inning in the sun, allowing Jack Cust to score and lifting host Seattle to a sweep of a two-game series with Los Angeles.
Twins 11, Athletics 1 — Justin Morneau homered and had three hits, Rene Rivera hit his first home run in nearly five years, and Minnesota routed host Oakland for its third straight win.
Padres 1, Brewers 0 — Orlando Hudson hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to give San Diego the walkoff win over Milwaukee.
Cubs 5, Marlins 1 — Casey Coleman had a career-high seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 shutout innings, and Chicago completed a two-game series sweep in Miami.
Pirates 5, Reds 3 — James McDonald pitched into the seventh inning and Neil Walker doubled home a pair of runs, leading Pittsburgh to a sweep of the two-game series, its first in Cincinnati since 2003.