Stealing Signals: Bizarro AL East

Orioles 7, Rays 4 – I’m still getting accustomed to the idea of Baltimore and Tampa Bay high up in the AL East while it still lasts. O’s starter Garrett Olson threw six shutout innings and was propelled by an Aubrey Huff jack and two more Melvin Mora RBIs to the win.

Mets 5, Pirates 4 (F/11) – This is a bad trend: Mets bullpen blows lead again, but this time David Wright bails them out with an RBI single in extra innings after they blow a 4-2 lead handed them by Johan Santana.

Angels 2, A’s 0 – Unlikely 5-0 starter this year? The Halos’ Joe Saunders. He gave up four hits in eight innings before handing it over to Francisco Rodriguez for the save. Greg Smith got the complete game loss after Brandon Wood scored on a wild pitch and Chone Figgins scored on a Gary Matthews ground-out.

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 0 – Roy Halladay knows how Greg Smith feels. Jon Lester throws eight shutout innings and then Halladay loses when Vernon Wells drops a single by Kevin Youkilis, allowing the very slow David Ortiz to score all the way from second.

Dodgers 7, Marlins 6 – The offense bails out Derek Lowe, who gave up a 6-1 lead, with Jeff Kent driving in what became the winning run. Kent drove in three of the Dodgers’ seven runs; Andre Ethier scored three times.

Brewers 10, Cubs 7 – Mike Cameron returns from his suspension for stimulants, stimulates Brewers line-up by scoring twice and driving in two more runs. Bill Hall, Corey Hart, and J.J. Hardy all had three hits to get Ben Sheets to 4-0 despite giving up seven walks and four runs.

Rockies 3, Giants 2 – Only a balk could get Colorado to put one over on Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum in the seventh inning. Catcher Chris Iannetta scored on the debated call, only fitting as he was the first player to homer off Lincecum this year earlier in the game.

Photo: AP/Rob Carr


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