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C.C. Sabathia outpitches Maddux in Cy Young battle

Sunday, June 15, 2008

By The Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- C.C. Sabathia outpitched Greg Maddux in a matchup of Cy Young winners, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the San Diego Padres 7-3 on Sunday.

Ben Francisco hit a three-run homer and Grady Sizemore a solo shot, his ninth homer in 16 games, as Cleveland took two of three in the interleague series.

Coming off a five-hitter against Minnesota on Tuesday, Sabathia (5-8) struck out 10 and allowed three runs and six hits over eight innings. His 14th game of double-digit strikeouts helped him past Charles Nagy for fifth place in Indians history with 1,239.

Maddux (3-5) fell to 0-2 in seven starts since May 10, when he became the ninth pitcher to win 350 games. The 42-year-old didn't issue a walk for the seventh time in 15 starts this season, but wasn't as sharp as usual. The four-time NL Cy Young winner hit a batter, threw a wild pitch, and even made an uncharacteristic error that led to three unearned runs.

Yankees 13, Astros 0

HOUSTON (AP) -- Chien-Ming Wang pitched five scoreless innings before spraining his right foot running the bases, and Alex Rodriguez hit a three-run homer in New York's rout of Houston.

Wang (8-2) pulled up as he rounded third on Derek Jeter's two-run single during the Yankees' eight-run sixth inning. He hopped the rest of the way home and pointed to his right foot after scoring. A trainer rushed from the dugout to check on him and Wang was helped off the field.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Wang would undergo tests on Monday in New York to determine the severity of his injury. He said Wang was wearing a soft cast and was on crutches.

Rodriguez hit his 185th homer as a Yankee later in the New York sixth, tying Paul O'Neill for 16th on the franchise's all-time list. Rodriguez reached 1,540 RBIs on the home run, passing Joe DiMaggio and tying Willie Stargell for 40th all-time.

Roy Oswalt (5-7) gave up seven runs on eight hits and matched season highs in walks (four) and pitches (117).

Red Sox 9, Reds 0

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Coco Crisp kept Boston's depleted lineup rolling by driving in four runs, and Jacoby Ellsbury homered and stole two more bases for a Red Sox rookie record in a victory over the Reds.

The Red Sox hit four homers in their most lopsided victory of the season. J.D. Drew, Ellsbury and Crisp connected off Homer Bailey (0-3), who has lost each of his three starts this season.

Josh Beckett (7-4) turned the big lead into his first career victory over the Reds, who hit him hard the two times he faced them with Florida. Beckett allowed six hits -- three by Joey Votto -- in seven innings.

Manny Ramirez sat out the last two games with a sore right hamstring, and David Ortiz was in Boston taking care of a sore wrist. Boston kept the wins coming -- 12 in its last 16 games. Rockies 5, White Sox 3

CHICAGO (AP) -- Brad Hawpe hit a go-ahead home run, Aaron Cook earned his career-high 10th win and Colorado hung on to beat Chicago.

The White Sox loaded the bases against Brian Fuentes in the ninth on Juan Uribe's leadoff single and two two-out walks. With two outs, Joe Crede hit a pop fly to left that Matt Holliday nearly dropped as he avoided colliding with shortstop Carlos Quintanilla.

Holliday made a barehanded catch, cradling the ball against his chest and the Rockies escaped with their eighth win in 11 games.

Hawpe's solo drive off Jose Contreras (6-5) in the sixth put Colorado ahead 4-3 after Jermaine Dye tied it with a two-run shot in the fifth, sending the White Sox to their fifth loss in six games.

That was just enough to make a winner of Cook (10-3), who allowed three runs and 10 hits while striking out three and walking two in six innings.

Cubs 7, Blue Jays 4

TORONTO (AP) -- Ted Lilly allowed one hit over six scoreless innings, Derrek Lee drove in three runs and Aramis Ramirez homered for the Cubs.

Lilly (7-5) won for the sixth time in seven decisions dating to May 3 and has a 3.81 ERA over that span. He struggled with his control but kept wiggling out of jams.

Chicago blew open the game with four runs in the seventh, most of the damage coming off Blue Jays starter Jesse Litsch. He was charged with five runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings, falling to 7-3 on the season.

Rangers 8, Mets 7

NEW YORK (AP) -- Kevin Millwood held the Mets to five hits over six innings to earn his first road win since last Father's Day and Texas held on to win the first game of a doubleheader.

Ramon Vazquez hit a two-run homer and had four RBIs for the Rangers, who also got home runs from Ian Kinsler and Milton Bradley.

Millwood (5-3) improved to 3-0 in four starts since returning from a groin injury May 29. Other than allowing long homers to Carlos Delgado in the fourth and Carlos Beltran in the sixth, he kept the ball mostly in the infield with meek grounders.

C.J. Wilson gave up two runs in the ninth on singles by Beltran and pinch-hitter Ramon Castro before getting Damion Easley to fly to left with runners on first and second for Wilson's 13th save in 15 tries.

John Maine (6-5) allowed five runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Tigers 5, Dodgers 4

DETROIT (AP) -- Nate Robertson pitched six shutout innings, Marcus Thames and Brandon Inge hit back-to-back homers and Detroit won its sixth straight.

Robertson (5-6) allowed four hits and walked none, winning for the fourth time in five starts. Carlos Guillen had three hits and an RBI for Detroit, which finished with 14 hits.

The Dodgers scored four runs in the ninth inning but Todd Jones got Juan Pierre to fly out to center with a runner on second to earn his 12th save.

Russell Martin hit a two-run homer and Jeff Kent had an RBI single for Los Angeles, which has lost five straight.

Cardinals 7, Phillies 6, 10 innings

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Rick Ankiel scored from second on the Philadelphia Phillies' second error at first base in the 10th inning, giving St. Louis the win over Philadelphia in a National League matchup.

The game was marred by a potentially serious injury to Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina in the ninth. Molina was removed on a stretcher and wearing a neck brace after getting run over on a tag play in the top of the inning. Molina was taken to a hospital for evaluation of neck and back pain.

Ankiel reached with two outs on second baseman Chase Utley's wild throw to reliever Tom Gordon, who was covering the bag. After Troy Glaus singled, Gordon (5-4) again had to cover the bag on Chris Duncan's grounder between first and second. He missed the ball as he ran across the base.

Skip Schumaker homered and doubled to wrap up a seven-hit series and Glaus added a two-run shot for his sixth homer of the month. Anthony Reyes (2-1) worked a perfect 10th.

Marlins 9, Rays 3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Ricky Nolasco came within one out of the first complete game of his career, and Mike Jacobs and Wes Helms hit three-run homers Sunday to power the Florida.

Nolasco (7-4) allowed three runs and six hits to win for the sixth time in his past seven decisions and tie Mark Hendrickson for the team lead in victories. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 and walked one.

Jacobs and Helms each homered off Edwin Jackson (4-6), who made his last start before he's expected to begin a five-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl on June 5.

Brewers 4, Twins 2

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer, Seth McClung scattered four hits and the Brewers snapped a six-game losing streak in interleague play dating to last season.

Relievers Brian Shouse, Guillermo Mota and Salomon Torres, who picked up his eighth save, each pitched a hitless inning after the bullpen gave up 13 runs the last two games.

Cameron had been 6-for-45 before his at-bat in the sixth, when he hit a fastball from Twins starter Scott Baker (2-2) into the Brewers bullpen for a 3-2 lead.

McClung (4-3) has given up just five earned runs total over his last three starts.

Pirates 5, Orioles 4, 10 innings

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Adam LaRoche singled in the tiebreaking run off George Sherrill in the 10th inning, and the Pirates beat Baltimore 5-4 to end a run of seven straight interleague defeats.

Brian Roberts hit a tying homer for Baltimore in the ninth, but the Orioles couldn't complete a three-game sweep during a series in which they repeatedly fought from behind.

Sherrill (2-2) opened the 10th by walking Jason Bay. After a single by Ryan Doumit put runners on the corners, Jason Michaels struck out before LaRoche singled to right.

Matt Capps (1-2) blew his third save in four games but got the win.

Athletics 5, Giants 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Eric Chavez had three hits and two RBIs to help Oakland complete its second consecutive sweep of San Francisco.

Dana Eveland (5-5) gave up a run and six hits in 6 2-3 innings for the A's, who have won six straight over the Giants and four of five overall. The left-hander walked three and struck out five in his first road win since April 25 at Seattle.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances in the A's first save opportunity in 17 games, their longest streak since the 1981 season.

Kevin Correia (1-4) was activated from the disabled list to make his first start since getting only one out on April 26 against the Cincinnati Reds. He went 5 1-3 innings, allowing five runs and seven hits. He walked two and struck out four as the Giants lost for the fifth time in six games.

Royals 8, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX (AP) -- David DeJesus hit his first career grand slam and had a career-high five RBIs, helping the Royals win for the second time in three games against Arizona.

Gil Meche (4-8) went 7 1-3 innings for his first victory since May 15, a span of six starts. He allowed three runs on four hits, striking out a season-high 10 and walking one.

Micah Owings (6-5) went 5 1-3 innings, allowing a season-high seven runs and eight hits. He won his first four starts but has struggled since then, and has allowed 21 earned runs in 19 innings over his last four starts.

Nationals 6, Mariners 2

SEATTLE (AP) -- Rookie Kory Casto's pinch-hit, three-run homer off the foul pole broke an eighth inning tie and led Washington past Seattle.

The Nationals swept their first three-game series since last September and handed the Mariners their seventh consecutive home loss. It is the longest home losing streak for the Mariners since they lost eight straight in 1996 at the Kingdome.

Casto, who had been 0-for-14 in his previous five games, hit his first career homer came off reliever Mark Lowe (1-3). Washington recalled Casto on June 3 from Triple-A Columbus.

Reliever Jesus Colome (2-1) picked up the win. He threw two scoreless innings.



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