LOS ANGELES, April 11, 2013 — Runs. Runs. Runs. Four teams scored 10 or more runs on Wednesday and four teams scored eight runs. Here is a sample of what happened yesterday in baseball.
The San Francisco Giants beat Colorado for the second day in a row. Barry Zito pitched seven innings with four strikeouts and no earned runs. Buster Posey went 3 for 5 for San Francisco with a single, double, triple, three RBIs and two runs. The Rockies’ Jeff Francis gave up seven runs, four earned, in the first two innings. Final Score: San Francisco 10, Colorado Rockies 0.
Brandon Moss went 3 for 4 with a homerun and a triple for Oakland, as they defeated the Anaheim Angels in Anaheim. Albert Pujols went 4 for 4 before being lifted for a pinch hitter, Hank Conger, in the eighth inning. Joe Blanton fooled the A’s, giving up 10 hits, two walks and six earned runs with zero strikeouts. Tommy Milone did not pitch well either for Oakland, but wound up with a win just the same. Final Score: Oakland Athletics 11, Anaheim Angels 5.
The Reds dropped their first series of the year to the St. Louis Cardinals and they got chased out of town. Reds starter, Homer Bailey gave up a gigantic seven earned runs in five innings. Jake Westbrook, on the other hand, went the entire game without giving up a run for his first shutout of the year. It was Westbrook’s fourth career shutout, but first since 2006. Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter had a 4 for 5 day with his first homerun this season. Final Score: St. Louis Cardinals 10, Cincinnati Reds 0.
Derek Holland pitched a good game for Texas with eight innings pitched and two earned runs, but two runs is all Tampa Bay would need. Matt Moore and four others combined to shutout the Rangers, including Fernando Rodney, who picked his first save of the season. Final Score: Tampa Bay Rays 2, Texas Rangers 0.
Mark Buehrle gave up six runs, 5 earned, in 4 1/3 innings for the Blue Jays. Fortunately for Toronto, Detroit decided to give up seven more runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Every hitter other than Adam Lind had at least one hit for the Blue Jays. The Detroit bats were hot early, but the Toronto bullpen allowed only three runners over the final four innings. Final Score: Toronto Blue Jays 8, Detroit Tigers 6.
The Pirates lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Jonathan Sanchez gave up nine, count ‘em, nine runs, all earned, in 3 1/3 innings pitched. That is a lot of runs from which to come back. The Pirates were looking to sweep, but A.J. Pollack went 4 for 5 two homeruns, both off Sanchez, and a double. Pollack also scored three runs and drove in four runs. Wade Miley went 7 2/3 inning pitched with two earned runs and five strikeouts. Final Score: Arizona Diamondbacks 10, Pittsburgh Pirates 2.
The Nationals beat the White Sox on Wednesday. Jordan Zimmerman went seven innings with two earned runs and four strikeouts. Bryce Harper hit his fourth homerun of the season, while Ian Desmond went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a triple. Gavin Floyd found himself on the business end of the Nationals’ offensive and gave up five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Rafael Soriano picked up his fourth save of the year. Final Score: Washington Nationals 5, Chicago White Sox 2.
Rain delayed the Baltimore Orioles’ game against the Red Sox in Boston for 41 minutes in the bottom of the fifth with the scored tied, 3-3. Boston scored two after the delay on Daniel Nava and Jerrod Saltalamacchia solo homeruns. In the top of the ninth, Baltimore mounted its comeback and scored five runs off Boston’s closer, Joel Hanrahan. Manny Machado hit what would become the game winning homerun, a three run shot, off Hanrahan. Final Score: Baltimore Orioles 8, Boston Red Sox 5.
Atlanta swept the Marlins in their three game series in Miami. Alex Sanabia took the loss for Miami while giving up six earned runs in five innings. Evan Gattis hit his third homerun for Atlanta and Braves’ third baseman Juan Francisco went 3 for 4 with his first homerun of the year. Mike Minor went 5 2/3 innings with four strikeouts. He walked one and gave up four hits without surrendering a run. Final Score: Atlanta Braves 8, Miami Marlins 0.
The New York Mets’ Jeremy Hefner gave up five first inning runs to the Phillies and New York could never recover. All three of the Mets runs came off solo homeruns. John Buck hit his fifth and Lucas Duda slugged two homeruns for New York. Kyle Kendrick pitched well enough to get the win, but did give up eight hits and two walks in six innings. Dominic Brown and Chase Utley each hit their second homeruns for Philadelphia and Laynce Nix hit a pinch hit homerun. Final Score: Philadelphia Phillies 7, New York Mets 3.
The Kansas City Royals won a tight game against the Minnesota Twins. Both teams’ starters turned in fine outings, but both also failed to pitch into the sixth inning. Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur hit homeruns and Salvador Perez went 3 for 4 at the plate for Kansas City. Joe Mauer went 2 for 4 with a double for the Twins. Final Score: Kansas City Royals 3, Minnesota Twins 0.
Carl Crawford score two runs and continued his good start in Los Angeles, going 2 for 4 with his first homerun and first triple. A.J. Ellis also hit his first homerun of the season, a two run shot. Chad Billingsley returned from his stint on the disabled list to throw six innings with one earned run. Nick Hundley went 4 for 4, but the Padres were only able to score one run from those hits. Final Score: Los Angeles Dodgers 4, San Diego Padres 3.
The Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners for the second straight day and have scored 24 runs against Seattle in those two wins. Brad Peacock started for Houston and went five innings with three earned runs and three strikeouts to get the win. Chris Carter hit his third homerun in two days for the Astros. Final Score: Houston Astros 8, Seattle Mariners 3.
Brewers at Cubs was postponed due to inclement weather and will be part of a double header at Wrigley on July 30. Yankees at Indians was postponed due to rain.
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