Game roundup: Colon, Mets stymie Mariners

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 24 2014 02:06:29 AM EDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2014 02:33:29 AM EDT

SEATTLE -- Bartolo Colon showed the rookie a thing or two about pitching on Wednesday when the 41-year-old New York Mets right-hander flirted with a perfect game before beating the Seattle Mariners and 21-year-old phenom Taijuan Walker 3-2.

Colon came within seven outs of the first perfect game in Mets history after retiring the first 20 batters he faced. Robinson Cano broke up the no-hit bid with a two-out single in the seventh inning.

New York closer Jenrry Mejia pitched a scoreless ninth, despite giving up two singles, to pick up his second save in a row and his 13th of the season.

Colon (9-8) was charged with two earned runs and gave up three hits in 7 1/3 innings. In 15 starts at Seattle's Safeco Field, he now has a 13-1 record and a 2.12 ERA.

Brewers 5, Reds 1

MILWAUKEE -- Mark Reynolds hit two home runs and Kyle Lohse worked into the seventh as Milwaukee finished off a three-game sweep at Miller Park.

Reynolds' two homers came as part of a 3-for-4 day and were just his second and third homers since June 2.

Lohse (11-4), meanwhile, matched Wily Peralta for the team lead with 11 victories by holding Cincinnati to a run and four hits with three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Twins 3, Indians 1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota, behind a terrific spot start from Anthony Swarzak and a three-hit effort from Danny Santana, took the rubber match of a three-game series.

Swarzak (2-0), starting in place of injured Kyle Gibson, allowed only one run and two hits in five innings.

Santana's one-out triple in the third inning was Minnesota's first hit. He scored one batter later when Sam Fuld singled to center. Santana also had a one-out single in the fifth inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Brian Dozier's bloop double into right field to give Minnesota the lead for good.

Rockies 6, Nationals 4

DENVER -- Jorge De La Rosa pitched into the eighth inning and Colorado ended its seven-game losing streak.

He held the Nationals to two runs (one earned) in a season-high 7 1/3 innings with no walks and a season-high 11 strikeouts.

The loss was just the second in eight games for the Nationals and ended their four-game winning streak. The Rockies won for just the seventh time in 32 games dating from June 16.

Yankees 2, Rangers 1

NEW YORK -- Brett Gardner hit a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the third inning, and David Phelps won his fourth straight decision as New York edged Texas in a rain-shortened game.

The game was delayed with one out in the fifth. The game appeared set to resume at 10:05 p.m., but umpires and managers seemed to think an area right off the first base bag was not properly dried.

Twenty-two minutes after the announced re-start time, the tarp was put back on the field. A few minutes later, the game was called.

Tigers 11, Diamondbacks 5

PHOENIX -- Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer, and Austin Jackson and Alex Avila added three RBIs apiece as Detroit beat Arizona.

Avila had a two-run double in the second inning off Trevor Cahill (1-7) and Jackson had a three-run double in a five-run fourth for a 7-0 lead. Cabrera had two hits, and his 15th homer of the season capped a four-run eighth inning for an 11-5 lead after Arizona got within two in the seventh.

Royals 2, White Sox 1

CHICAGO -- A strong outing by James Shields, plus another stifling relief performance from the bullpen, gave Kansas City its second straight win over Chicago.

Shields, who didn't get a decision, allowed one run through seven innings. Wade Davis (6-2) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and closer Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his 26th save.

A single to shallow center by Nori Aoki led to Mike Moustakas scoring the deciding run with one out in the ninth, but he would have been out had catcher Tyler Flowers held onto the ball after a great throw by center fielder Adam Eaton. Moustakas' slide at the plate jarred the ball out of Flowers' glove.

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 4

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista had two RBIs with a homer and a double, and R.A. Dickey pitched six innings as Toronto defeated Boston.

Dickey (8-10), a right-handed knuckleballer, allowed nine hits and four runs, including three in the first inning on the fourth home run in three games by David Ortiz.

Right-hander Aaron Sanchez, a 22-year-old who is rated as the top prospect in the Toronto organization, pitched two clean innings, the seventh and eighth, in his major league debut. He struck out two batters on called third strikes with curveballs.

Pirates 6, Dodgers 1

PITTSBURGH -- Francisco Liriano won for just the second time this season in 17 starts, and Josh Harrison's two-run double capped a four-run first inning as Pittsburgh beat Los Angeles.

Liriano (2-7) allowed only one run and four hits in seven innings. The left-hander's other win this season also came against the Dodgers, when he pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings May 30 at Los Angeles.

An ugly July continued for Dodgers starter Dan Haren (8-8), who allowed five runs in five innings. He lost all four starts this month with an ERA of 9.47.

Braves 6, Marlins 1

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman ended his season-long frustration against Miami with his first home run in nearly a month to lead Atlanta over Miami.

Freeman, Atlanta's All-Star first baseman, entered the game with a .088 batting average in 11 games against Miami this season. He changed his luck in the second inning with a long three-run home run for a 5-0 lead.

Ervin Santana (9-6) allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings and has won four of his last five starts. He struck out 10 -- the 13th time in his career he has produced double-digit strikeouts.

Rays 3, Cardinals 0

ST. LOUIS -- Right-hander Alex Cobb tossed seven shutout innings and knocked in the only run Tampa Bay needed as it swept a two-game interleague series from St. Louis.

Cobb (6-6) allowed five hits and whiffed 10 with no walks as Tampa Bay swept a two-city road trip for the first time in its 17 seasons. The Rays won three games in Minnesota to start the trip.

It was the eighth consecutive road victory for Tampa Bay, which also scored on Evan Longoria's sacrifice fly in the seventh and Brandon Guyer's single in the ninth.

Giants 3, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Madison Bumgarner pitched eight scoreless innings and Hunter Pence delivered a three-run double in the ninth to lift San Francisco over Philadelphia.

Pence blooped a double to right field with two outs after Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon (2-2), who blew a save Tuesday, hit a batter and walked two others to load the bases. Marlon Byrd's RBI single in the bottom of the inning gave the Phillies their run.

Bumgarner (12-7) needed only 93 pitches to breeze through eight shutout innings. He also went 1-for-3 at the plate to raise his average to .261.

Padres 8, Cubs 3

CHICAGO -- San Diego's newest arrivals -- Yangervis Solarte and Jeff Francoeur -- went a combined 3-for-7 with three runs scored to lead San Diego over Chicago.

Solarte, a second baseman acquired in Tuesday's trade with the New York Yankees, went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Francouer, a veteran right fielder called up from Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday, was 1-for-3 with a run and RBI.

Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy (8-9) worked out of a fifth-inning, bases-loaded jam and lasted six innings to pick up the win.

Angels 3, Orioles 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kole Calhoun's two-out, bases-loaded walk forced in the game-winning run in the eighth inning of Los Angeles' win over Baltimore.

Jered Weaver went eight strong innings to get the win, thanks to the Angels' two-run rally in the eighth that helped them avoid being swept in the three-game series.

New Angels closer Huston Street pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save with his new club.

A's 9, Astros 7

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Yoenis Cespedes hit two home runs and drove in a career-high-tying five runs, leading Oakland to a victory over Houston.

Cespedes, who won the All-Star Home Run Derby on July 14 for the second consecutive year, snapped a career-high-tying 25-game homerless streak, but he also appeared to hurt his right thumb in his third at-bat while grounding out softly to second base in the fifth inning.

Jed Lowrie also homered for the A's, and John Jaso went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk and two RBIs. Josh Reddick went 2-for-4 with a double and scored three runs in his first start since coming off the disabled list Tuesday.

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