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Game roundup: Belt's blast lifts Giants in 10th

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 06 2014 03:12:22 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 06 2014 03:12:23 AM CDT

SAN DIEGO -- Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer off San Diego reliever Dale Thayer in the 10th inning Saturday night to give the San Francisco Giants a 5-3 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

Belt, who returned from the disabled list Friday after missing 50 games with a broken thumb, followed a leadoff double by Hunter Pence with a 406-foot line drive into the right field stands on a 2-2 pitch.

The win stopped a three-game skid for the Giants, who were 6-18 in their past 24 games. The Padres had won five straight and are 10-6 in their last 16 games.

A's 5, Blue Jays 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Left-hander Scott Kazmir pitched seven strong innings, Josh Donaldson homered and Oakland defeated Toronto at Coliseum.

The A's beat the Jays for the third straight time and will go for a sweep in their four-game series Sunday afternoon when former Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija makes his Oakland debut. Kazmir (10-3) entered the game with a 5-1 record and 1.61 ERA at the Coliseum and pitched another gem in front of the home fans. He allowed just three hits and one run.

Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle (10-6) lost his fifth straight decision. He gave up three runs and 10 hits in six innings, including Donaldson's solo shot in the third inning and Alberto Callaspo's double in the fourth when the A's scored twice.

Angels 11, Astros 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Albert Pujols is climbing the home run ladder with each one he delivers. The latest boosted the first baseman another rung and propelled Los Angeles past Houston at Angels Stadium.

The homer was only part of the carnage. The Angels scored eight runs in the seventh inning, which lasted nearly an hour and was highlighted by three home runs.

Pujols now has 19 home runs this season and 511 in his career, which ties him with Mel Ott for 23rd all time.

Orioles 7-2, Red Sox 4-3

BOSTON -- Nelson Cruz hit his 27th home run of the season as part of a career-high five-hit night that powered Baltimore to a split of the day-night doubleheader.

In the first game, pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera drove in the winning run on a broken-bat single with one out in the ninth inning to help the Red Sox snap their three-game losing streak.

Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer in the nightcap for the Orioles, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Indians 7, Royals 3

CLEVELAND -- Michael Bourn homered and rookie left-hander T.J. House pitched into the seventh inning for his first major league win as Cleveland beat Kansas City at Progressive Field.

Bourn's solo home run leading off the third inning ignited a three-run rally and House was steady throughout his eighth appearance and seventh start for the Indians. In 6 2/3 innings, House (1-2) gave up three runs on nine hits, with three strikeouts and no walks.

Mariners 3, White Sox 2, 14 innings

CHICAGO -- Brad Miller drove in the winning run with a ground-rule double in the top of the 14th inning and Seattle outlasted Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field.

Mariners closer Fernando Rodney shut the door in the bottom of the 14th to give Seattle a split of the first two games of a three-game weekend series.

Miller, hitless in his first five trips to the plate, drove in Michael Saunders with one out in the 14th.

Pirates 3, Phillies 2

PITTSBURGH -- Edinson Volquez pitched seven strong innings to win his third straight start and Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer to lead Pittsburgh over Philadelphia.

Volquez (7-6) won for the sixth time in his last eight decisions after beginning the season 1-4. The right-hander gave up one run and four hits in seven innings with four walks and five strikeouts in improving to 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA in five career starts against the Phillies.

Jordy Mercer was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk for the Pirates, making him 9-for-14 with four doubles in July. Pittsburgh won for the 12th time in its last 16 games.

Marlins 5, Cardinals 4

ST. LOUIS -- Miami was down to its final strike on Saturday but still had enough to come back and beat St. Louis.

The Marlins were trailing 5-4 before Casey McGehee capped an 11-pitch at-bat with a single to right to score Donovan Solano from first base to tie it, and McGehee later scored on a pinch-single by Jeff Baker.

The Marlins claimed their 15th comeback victory this season but their first when trailing after eight innings. They had been 0-38 in those situations before Saturday.

Nationals 13, Cubs 0

WASHINGTON -- Gio Gonzalez won his third straight start with eight scoreless innings and Ryan Zimmerman had four hits and three RBIs as Washington erupted for six runs in the third inning against Chicago.

The Nationals won for the sixth time in seven games and are a season-high eight games above .500.

Jayson Werth and (three RBIs) and Anthony Rendon (two RBIs, three doubles) banged out three hits and Ian Desmond (two RBIs) and Wilson Ramos added two hits for the Nationals, who smashed out 19 hits, including eight doubles but no homers.

Rays 7, Tigers 2

DETROIT -- Kevin Kiermaier had two triples to drive in three runs, Logan Forsythe hit a home run and beat out a squeeze bunt for an RBI single and Chris Archer checked Detroit on six hits in 8 1/3 innings to help Tampa Bay hand the Tigers their second straight loss.

Archer (5-5) kept Detroit scoreless until Alex Avila hit his sixth home run of the season, with two outs in the seventh inning.

Archer also made two special defensive plays, spearing a line drive to center hit by Austin Jackson in the eighth and snagging a bullet ground ball by J.D. Martinez to end the sixth. Archer walked four and struck out four in his first complete game this year and third of his career.

Braves 10, Diamondbacks 4

ATLANTA -- After spotting Arizona three runs in the first inning, Atlanta stormed back to extend their winning streak to nine games.

Justin Upton's two-run homer in the sixth inning broke a stretch of 47 innings without a homer by the Braves and was only their third during the winning streak. Andrelton Simmons, who made two first-inning errors, matched his career high with four RBIs, and Freddie Freeman had a double and triple as part of the Braves' 14-hit attack.

Aaron Harang (8-6) needed 30 pitches as Arizona batted around in the first inning but steadied from there to work eight innings. He allowed nine hits and four runs (three earned).

Brewers 1, Reds 0

CINCINNATI -- Matt Garza tossed his fourth career complete-game shutout and Aramis Ramirez drove in the lone run with an RBI single in the first inning, lifting Milwaukee over Cincinnati.

The Reds were shut out for the 10th time this season as the Brewers snapped a four-game losing streak.

Garza (6-5) baffled the Reds, allowing just two hits despite entering the game with a 5.45 ERA against them in seven career starts. Reds starter Homer Bailey gave up two hits in the first inning, including Ramirez's two-out RBI single that put Milwaukee ahead 1-0.

Twins 2, Yankees 1, 11 innings

MINNEAPOLIS -- Backed by a quality start from Yohan Pino and five scoreless innings of relief, Minnesota snapped a seven-game home losing streak to New York.

Josh Willingham scored the winning run on an errant throw in the 11th inning by Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli.

Pino gave the Twins their first quality start of the series, going six innings and allowing one run and three hits and striking out three. It was Pino's first-ever start against the Yankees. The 30-year-old rookie entered the game 0-2 with a 6.32 ERA in three appearances for the Twins.

Rockies 8, Dodgers 7

DENVER -- Colorado survived a bullpen meltdown and held on to beat Los Angeles and break a five-game losing streak.

Jorge De La Rosa (9-6) allowed three hits and two runs in the first inning but then pitched five hitless innings. He handed the bullpen an 8-2 lead that nearly vanished as the Dodgers erupted for five runs in the seventh. Adam Ottavino snuffed out the rally, helping the Rockies win for just the third in 19 games and end a six-game losing streak against the Dodgers.

Drew Stubbs hit a two-run homer, Corey Dickerson hit a solo shot and Wilin Rosario drove in two runs as the Rockies again tormented Dodgers starter Dan Haren.

Rangers 5, Mets 3

NEW YORK -- Robinson Chirinos hit a three-run homer in the first inning and right-hander Colby Lewis gutted through six innings as Texas snapped two losing streaks.

The Rangers ended a six-game losing streak as well as a 10-game road losing streak dating to June 17. It was their longest road losing streak since a franchise-record 12-game skid in 2003.

Chirinos had two hits. Adrian Beltre homered and Alex Rios was 3-for-4 with an RBI double.

Lewis (6-5) dodged trouble most of the night and allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits.


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