It wasn’t quite a perfect game. It wasn’t quite a no-hitter. But it was beautiful. One week after Philip Humber tossed a perfect game for the White Sox, Gavin Floyd went 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before Boston’s Dustin Pedroia singled to break up the bid. Floyd finished the game with 6 2/3 innings pitched, allowed three hits, one runs, and struck out nine. It was a gem.
The White Sox got their offense from an early Adam Dunn home run. His first inning, two run home run put the White Sox ahead for good. Boston struggled to even get a base runner. They finally walked in the fifth for the Red Sox first base runner.
Josh Beckett struggled in the first inning for the Red Sox but then settled down. He pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up six hit and three runs, and struck out eight. It wasn’t enough with Floyd dealing on an afternoon filled with thoughts of Humber’s perfect game last week. The White Sox won the game 4-1.
Detroit – 2
New York (A) – 6
With eight innings of solid pitching, C.C. Sabathia improved his record to 3-0 and helped the Yankees to their 12th win on the season. Derek Jeter picked up two more hits, Alex Rodriguez drove in two, and Curtis Granderson hit his 8th home run in the win.
Los Angeles (A) – 0
Cleveland – 4
Derek Lowe pitched 7 2/3 innings of three hit ball. He struck out just one and walked two, but didn’t give up a run. Albert Pujols went 0 for 4 in the game and saw his batting average drop to .216. The Indians’ Carlos Santana went 3 for 4 with double and a run scored.
Seattle – 2
Toronto – 7
The Mariners got their only two runs of the game on solo shots by Chone Figgins and Miguel Olivo. It was not nearly enough as Toronto erupted for seven. Edwin Encarnacion hit his third home run in three games, and Henderson Alvarez pitched six solid innings, allowing just one run.
Oakland – 2
Baltimore – 5
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Baltimore made their move. The O’s got two infield singles to start the game, then Matt Wieters doubled in the tying runs. Chris Davis was intentionally walked to set-up force plays at third and second. Wilson Betemit then promptly homered to give the Orioles the walk-off win.
Kansas City – 4
Minnesota – 7
Josh Willingham went 3 for 5 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, but finished a home run short of the cycle. It was Willingham’s first game back since the birth of his son. Bruce Chen got hammered in 2 2/3 innings. He gave up six runs on six hits and two walks.
Tampa Bay – 5
Texas – 2
Josh Hamilton hurt his back in the third inning and had to leave the game. It has been reported as a stiff back as of now. The Rangers couldn’t quite overcome the 5 runs allowed by Derek Holland. Texas took the lead in the first inning, but Tampa quickly came back and took the lead with three runs in the top of the second. They never looked back.
Houston – 5
Cincinnati – 6
Joey Votto and Jay Bruce helped the Reds squeeze past Houston on their power alone. Votto hit a home run and a double while driving in four, and Bruce hit his fourth home run in four games. Bruce’s home run was the deciding run in the game in the bottom of the eighth.
Arizona – 8
Miami – 4
Wade Miley was impressive as he didn’t allow a hit in the game until the sixth inning. Miley finished the game with 6 1/3 innings pitched, allowed just one hit and one run, and struck out six. Already leading 3-0, the Dbacks exploded for a five run fifth.
Pittsburgh – 3
Atlanta – 4
Tim Hudson‘s return wasn’t fantastic, but it was enough. He pitched five innings, allowed six hits, and gave up just two runs. The Braves scored a single run in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to put Hudson in line for the win, and they held on.
Chicago (N) – 5
Philadelphia – 1
Matt Garza was fantastic in his seven innings of work. He allowed just one hit, no runs, and struck out ten. Garza improved his record to 2-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.67. The Cubs scored three runs early in the game, and it was all Garza would need.
Milwaukee – 3
St. Louis – 2
A day after stormed ravaged the midwest, the Cardinals and Brewers faced off again. The Cards won the first two games in the series, but Milwaukee managed to avoid the sweep with Zack Greinke‘s solid performance. Greinke pitched six inning and allowed seven hits, but he only gave up one run.
New York (N) – 6
Colorado – 5
Ike Davis has struggled so far this season, but in the top of the eleventh in Denver, Davis was the hero. He singled in the go ahead run and helped the Mets past the Rockies. The Mets had actually taken the lead in the tenth, but the Rockies scored in the bottom of the tenth to keep the extras going.
San Diego – 1
San Francisco – 4
San Diego has yet to win a series this season, and the failed to do so again against the Giants. Despite winning the first game of the series, the Giants won the last two. Madison Bumgarner got his fourth straight win, and Pablo Sandoval went deep.
Washington – 0
Los Angeles (N) – 2
Chris Capuano was almost an afterthought during the offseason. The Dodgers needed veteran depth in the rotation, and Capuano was a gamble they were willing to make, but they never could have expected the gem he tossed yesterday. Capuano went 6 2/3 innings, allowed just three hits, and struck out nine.