Red Sox cool off Rays...Dodgers rally for another win
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers kept a pair of winning streaks alive by staging an impressive late-innings rally in Toronto on Tuesday.
The Dodgers won for the 22nd time in 27 games by turning an 8-3 deficit into a 10-9 win over the Blue Jays in Toronto. The Jays were clinging to an 8-6 lead in the eighth until Adrian Gonzalez launched a three-run homer and Andre Ethier (EE'-thee-ur) hit a solo shot two batters later.
Gonzalez, Ethier and Mark Ellis each finished with three RBIs in the Dodgers' fifth consecutive victory, which keeps them atop the National League West standings, just a month after they fell 9 ½ games behind Arizona. Los Angeles also owns a nine-game road winning streak, its longest in nine years.
The Diamondbacks remain a half-game behind the Dodgers after A.J. Pollock and Eric Chavez drove in three runs apiece in a 10-4 pounding of the Chicago Cubs. Patrick Corbin is 12-1 after holding the Cubs to a run and four hits in six innings.
Boston stayed atop the American League East by dealing Tampa Bay just its third loss in 21 games.
Jon Lester struck out eight while yielding two runs and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings as the Red Sox beat the Rays 6-2 to stretch their division lead to 1 ½ games. Shane Victorino swiped home on a double-steal in the third inning to put the Red Sox ahead to stay. Jose Iglesias (ih-GLAY'-see-uhs) put the game out of reach with a two-run single in the eighth.
Wil Myers and Evan Longoria hit solo homers for Tampa Bay, which ended a six-game winning streak.
Elsewhere on the diamonds, Shelby Miller scattered three hits in six shutout innings as St. Louis beat Philadelphia 4-1. Allen Craig had two RBIs in the Cardinals' 10th victory in 13 games.
Devin Mesoraco went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer as Cincinnati ripped San Francisco 9-3 in the opener of a doubleheader. Zack Cozart also went deep while going 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored.
The Giants halted a three-game skid and gained a split as their bullpen tossed 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief in a 5-3 win against the Reds. Pablo Sandoval doubled home a pair of runs in the first inning to put San Francisco ahead to stay.
Gerrit Cole poked an RBI single and combined with three relievers on a three-hitter as Pittsburgh handed Washington its fifth straight loss, 5-1. Pedro Alvarez homered and Russell Martin had three hits to back Cole, who gave up just a run and two hits in seven innings to help the Pirates pick up their third straight win and move 20 games over .500.
Carlos Torres gave up a leadoff homer to Andrelton Simmons before blanking Atlanta over six innings to lead the New York Mets to a 4-1 triumph over the Braves. Torres also tied the game with an RBI single in the third before Ike Davis laced an RBI double to spark the Mets' three-run sixth.
Baltimore's season-high five-game winning streak is over after former Oriole Bruce Chen held them to a run in six innings of Kansas City's 3-2 win over the Birds. Greg Holland surrendered Adam Jones' RBI triple with nobody out in the ninth before preserving the victory.
The New York Yankees blew a 3-0 lead before scoring twice in the ninth off closer Joe Nathan to beat Texas 5-4. The Rangers had been 51-0 when leading after eight innings before Eduardo Nunez hit a game-tying triple and Brent Lillibridge singled him home.
The Rangers still trail the AL West by three games to Oakland after the Athletics blew a 4-2 lead in the ninth inning of a 5-4 loss at Houston. Brandon Moss belted a two-run homer to put the A's ahead 4-2 in the eighth, but the Astros tied the game on a two-run blast by Matt Dominguez before Jonathan Villar scored the winning run on catcher Derek Norris' throwing error.
Rick Porcello tossed seven shutout innings and Detroit took advantage of four errors to score three unearned runs in a 6-2 win over the White Sox. Jhonny Peralta hit a solo homer and an RBI single to help Porcello win his third consecutive start and stretch the Tigers' lead in the AL Central to 3 ½ games over Cleveland.
Kyle Seager had three hits and an RBI in the Mariners' eighth straight victory, a 4-3 decision over the Indians. Seager also participated in a double-play that nailed the potential tying run at the plate in the ninth inning.
Minnesota blew a 3-2 lead in the ninth before erupting for seven runs in the 10th to beat the Angels 10-3. Ryan Doumit (DOH'-miht) doubled home the tiebreaking run, Chris Hermann followed with a grand slam and Pedro Florimon added a two-run blast to cap the extra-inning rally.
Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in his major league debut to help Miami double up Colorado 4-2. Rookie Jose Fernandez limited the Rockies to two runs and five hits while fanning eight in seven innings.
Nick Hundley was 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs as San Diego topped Milwaukee 6-2. Will Venable also homered to support Tyson Ross, who allowed one run in six innings for his first big league victory in over a year.
Grilli goes on DL...Surgery for Marquis...A setback for Carpenter...Cabrera sits
UNDATED (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates will spend the next two weeks without their closer as they try to secure their first playoff berth in 21 years.
The Bucs have placed National League saves leader Jason Grilli on the 15-day disabled list with a right forearm strain. The All-Star suffered the injury in the ninth inning of Monday's win over Washington.
Grilli has left the team to return to Pittsburgh and will be examined by team doctors. The All-Star right hander is 0-1 with a 2.34 ERA and 30 saves.
Manager Clint Hurdle said Mark Melancon (meh-LAN'-sehn) will assume the closer's role in Grilli's absence.
Meanwhile, another contender has bolstered its bullpen. The Baltimore Orioles have acquired Francisco Rodriguez from the Brewers for minor league infielder Nick Delmonico.
The 31-year-old Rodriguez is 1-1 with 10 saves and a 1.09 ERA in 25 appearances this season. He saved a major league-record 62 games in 2008.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp thinks suspended Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun should be stripped of his 2011 National League MVP award. Kemp finished second to Braun in the balloting that year before Braun tested positive for elevated testosterone. Major League Baseball attempted to suspend Braun for the failed drug test, but the penalty was overturned by an arbitrator who ruled Braun's urine sample was handled improperly. Braun agreed Monday to a 65-game suspension for unspecified violations of baseball's drug rules and labor contract.
The Brewers have replaced Braun on their 25-man roster, recalling outfielder Khris Davis from Triple-A Nashville. Davis is hitting .176 in 15 games with Milwaukee this season.
In other major league news:
— San Diego Padres manager Bud Black says starting pitcher Jason Marquis (mahr-KEE') has a completely torn ligament in his right elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery as soon as next week, ending his season. Marquis opened this season 9-2 but lost three straight decisions over his final six starts before landing on the disabled list on Sunday.
— St. Louis right-hander Chris Carpenter has been slowed in his attempt to come back from neck and shoulder nerve damage and will skip his next rehab start. Carpenter has experienced numbness in his right hand since allowing four runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings for the Cardinals' Triple-A club at Memphis on Saturday.
— Reigning American League Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera sat out the Detroit Tigers' game against the Chicago White Sox because of an injured left hip. Cabrera left Monday night's 7-3 win over Chicago in the fifth inning with what the team initially called a sore hip flexor muscle. Tigers manager Jim Leyland wouldn't say Tuesday how concerned the team is about Cabrera's injury or if putting him on the disabled list is a possibility.
— All-Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) is reportedly close to agreeing to a mega-money deal with the Red Sox. A person with knowledge of the talks says Pedroia is in the process of agreeing to a deal with Boston adding $100 million over seven seasons through 2021.
— Matt Garza will make his Texas Rangers debut Wednesday night against the New York Yankees, two days after being acquired from the Chicago Cubs. Garza was 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts for the Cubs.
— Mariners manager Eric Wedge missed his second straight game Tuesday against Cleveland, a day after suffering a dizzy spell during batting practice that landed him in the hospital. Wedge continued to undergo tests on Tuesday after spending a night in a hospital.
— Former major league All-Star Tony Clark has been promoted to deputy executive director of the baseball players' union, giving ailing head Michael Weiner a No. 2 official who could take over if his health worsens. Weiner announced last August that he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and said last week that his condition deteriorated in June. The 41-year-old Clark joined the union staff as director of player relations in March 2010.
Ellis signs with Mavs
UNDATED (AP) — The Mavericks have signed free agent shooting guard Monta (MAHN'-tay) Ellis to a reported three-year contract worth between $25 and $30 million. Ellis will start alongside fellow free-agent pickup Jose Calderon after averaging 19.2 points for Milwaukee last season.
Also in the NBA, the Golden State Warriors have officially added center Jermaine O'Neal to their roster, signing him to a one-year package worth $2 million. The six-time All-Star started four of his 55 games for Phoenix last season, averaging eight points, five rebounds and 1.4 blocks. The 17-year veteran is expected to serve as a backup to Andrew Bogut (BOH'-gut).
Jags' running back gets green light
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Practice begins Friday for the Jacksonville Jaguars, and the club got some good news yesterday as running back Maurice Jones-Drew was cleared by team doctors to practice. He underwent surgery last December to correct a problem that caused him to miss the last 10 games of last season.
He missed all of the team's offseason workouts and OTAs in the spring, but had vowed he would be ready for the start of training camp. Jags coach Gus Bradley says the club will be smart in how it uses the NFL's 2011 rushing leader.
Cundiff signs with Jets
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with veteran kicker Billy Cundiff. He will compete with Nick Folk for the job in training camp. Cundiff was last with the San Francisco 49ers, who signed him during the playoffs last January to compete with a struggling David Akers but didn't play.
A Pro Bowl pick in 2010, Cundiff is now with his 12th organization since being signed as an undrafted free agent by Dallas in 2002.
The New York Jets also placed wide receiver Santonio Holmes on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
Bills release Anderson.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have released defensive lineman Mark Anderson just one year after he signed a four-year deal with the team.
Anderson agreed to a 4-year, $21 million contract with Buffalo last year after a 10-sack performance with New England in 2011. But his injury-plagued season saw him play in just five games with 12 tackles and one sack.
Devils and Sabres ink players
UNDATED (AP) — Veteran forward Jaromir Jagr (YAH'-oh-meer YAH'-gur) has landed with another team. He has been signed by the New Jersey Devils to help fill the void left when Ilya Kovalchuk (EEL'-yah KOH'-vul-chook) retired recently.
The 41-year-old Jagr split last season with Dallas and Boston, scoring a combined 16 goals and 19 assists in 45 games. He is the NHL's active leading scorer.
Also in the NHL, Buffalo has re-signed netminder Matt Hackett and forward Luke Adam to one-year contracts.
Griffith dies at 75
UNDATED (AP) — Former welterweight champion Emile Griffith has passed away at the age of 75. The International Boxing Hall of Fame says he died at an extended care facility in Hempstead, N.Y., where he was being treated for dementia.
Griffith's Hall of Fame career was overshadowed by the death of opponent Bennie Paret from injuries in the ring in 1962. The fight took place on national TV and Griffith knocked out his bitter rival in the 12th round to regain the welterweight title. Paret went into a coma and died from his injuries 10 days later.