Phillies 20, Cardinals 2 – Todd Wellenmeyer gives up back-to-back-to-back jacks to Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Pat Burrell in the first inning with two outs to open the game and the gates fly open. Wellenmeyer gave up eight runs in 3.1 innings (the Phillies had a 9-run fourth) and three Cardinals (reliever Russ Springer, third base coach Jose Oquendo, and manager Tony La Russa) get tossed. Infielder Aaron Miles throws a 1-2-3 9th inning for the Cards (ironically, the only three-up, three-down for St. Louis the whole game.)
A’s 5, Giants 1 – Barry Zito breaks the 10-loss barrier of discontent, fittingly, to his former team across the Bay. Mark Ellis goes 2-for-4 and Jack Cust drives in two in support of Greg Smith, who pitches five innings, giving up his only run on a steal of home by Omar Vizquel.
Braves 5, Angels 2 – No Chipper? No problem. Atlanta’s third baseman got hit in the eye with a foul ball during batting practice, but his replacement Omar Infante had an RBI double (as did Jeff Francoeur) and Gregor Blanco drove in two off Jon Garland.
Tigers 5, Dodgers 0 – Armando Galarraga throws seven innings and Freddy Dolsi finishes off the last two to shut out the sinking Blue Crew. Marcus Thames started the fifth with a two-run homer off Derek Lowe to get on the board, and Magglio Ordonez capped the scoring in the eighth with his own two-run jack after the benches cleared when Cory Wade hit Carlos Guillen.
Rays 7, Marlins 3 – What is the Florida/Tampa Bay series called? Does it have a catchy cliche name yet, like the Swamp Series or something? Either way, with both teams competitive in their respective divisions, it’s actually got some juice this year. The Rays take the opener thanks to two-RBI nights from both Eric Hinske and Dioner Navarro.
White Sox 5, Rockies 4 – The South Siders come back on the Colorado crew with a three-run seventh, spurred by a two-run single from Juan Uribe, who later scored the go-ahead run on an A.J. Pierzynski infield hit. Gavin Floyd got the no-decision after being all-or-nothing, giving up four home runs (two to Ian Stewart, and two more to Brad Hawpe and Willy Taveras).
Blue Jays 3, Cubs 2 – A.J. Burnett has a rough first inning with a lot of pitches, but gets help and evens his record out at 6-6 after Scott Rolen and Matt Stairs go back-to-back against Sean Gallagher.
Twins 10, Brewers 2 – Three RBI apiece from Justin Morneau and Alexi Casilla, plus pitcher Kevin Slowey helps his own cause in a National League park: he got two hits and drove in two of his own, while giving up only two runs in eight innings.
Yankees 2, Astros 1 – Joba Chamberlain goes six strong, giving up one run, and Derek Jeter homers to get the lead for good. Derek Jeter actually got a clutch hit lately? Wow.
Mets 7, Rangers 1 – We saw the “Dr. Perez” side of Oliver Perez last night, as he threw seven innings of one-run work and drove in a couple of runs himself. That sole Texas run came off of the bat of Josh Hamilton, who sent it into the seats.
Reds 3, Red Sox 1 – Jay Bruce and Adam Dunn take Sox pitcher Justin Masterson deep, and that’s enough run support for Aaron Harang to get his first win in a month.
Photo: AP/Tom Gannam
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