White Sox rough up Yankees
A.J. Pierzynski homered twice, Paul Konerko and Alexei Ramirez also connected, and the Chicago White Sox pounded the Yankees so hard Friday night that host New York brought in outfielder Dewayne Wise to pitch in a 14-7 romp.
A night after the White Sox rallied to win on Dayan Viciedo’s three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, they made it a short and sour major league debut for Yankees starter Adam Warren.
By the end, the Yankees brought in Wise for his pro pitching debut. Throwing a 79-mile-per-hour fastball, he retired Konerko and Alex Rios to close a four-run ninth inning. Gene Michael was the last position player to pitch for the Yankees at home, in 1968.
Rookie Jose Quintana (3-1) fell behind, 4-0, in the first inning, then hung in to give the White Sox their fourth straight win in a matchup of AL division leaders.
Rays 4, Tigers 2 — Desmond Jennings homered twice and David Price tied for the AL lead with his 11th win by outpitching Justin Verlander in Tampa Bay’s victory over visiting Detroit.
Diamondbacks 9, Brewers 3 — Aaron Hill hit for the cycle for the second time in 12 days for visiting Arizona, becoming only the second major leaguer to hit for two cycles in one season since 1900, according to STATS LLC. The first was Brooklyn’s Babe Herman in 1931.
Mets 9, Dodgers 0 — R.A. Dickey allowed three hits over eight innings to become the major leagues’ first 12-game winner, Daniel Murphy drove in five runs, and visiting New York sent Los Angeles to its season-worst sixth straight loss.
Reds 5, Giants 1 — Mike Leake pitched a nine-hitter for his first career complete game and homered off Matt Cain as Cincinnati won in San Francisco.
Marlins 6, Phillies 2 — Josh Johnson (5-5) pitched six strong innings to help host Miami win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month and keep Cliff Lee (0-5) winless on the season.
Pirates 14, Cardinals 5 — Pittsburgh snapped a sixth-inning tie and pulled away at St. Louis behind homers from Clint Barmes, Alex Presley, and Garrett Jones in a four-run frame. Andrew McCutchen had four of the Pirates’ season-high 19 hits, the last a three-run homer in the ninth.
Orioles 9, Indians 8 — Host Baltimore broke out of its offensive funk by overcoming Cleveland’s season-high 16 hits. Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer for the Orioles and Ryan Flaherty singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh. It was the first time in 11 games that Baltimore scored more than three runs.
Rangers 4, Athletics 3 — Craig Gentry’s bases-loaded triple in the eighth capped a four-run rally for host Texas and gave Matt Harrison his 11th victory, tying for the AL lead. Harrison (11-3) threw a season-high 121 pitches, allowing two runs and eight hits.
Blue Jays 7, Angels 5 — Adam Lind had a pair of homers and Yunel Escobar provided a tiebreaking double in the seventh to propel host Toronto. The Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak and halted the Angels’ winning streak at four games.
Rockies 10, Padres 2 — Jeff Francis (1-1) became the first Rockies starter to earn a win since June 4, tossing six scoreless innings in the romp in Denver.
Cubs 4, Astros 0 — Paul Maholm (5-6) pitched into the ninth inning to earn his first win in seven weeks and host Chicago hit three homers.
Royals 4, Twins 3 — At Minneapolis, Luis Mendoza (3-4) allowed one run over a career-high eight innings and Salvador Perez homered as Kansas City won its fourth in a row.