Los Angeles Dodgers 5, Philadelphia Phillies 3 (F/12)
Matt Kemp had two hits Wednesday against the Phillies, and both were huge. Kemp had an infield single to drive in the tying run in the bottom of the 10th inning and won the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th. Starters Clayton Kershaw (8 IP, ER, 7 K) and Cliff Lee (8 IP, ER, 4 K) were both excellent, but this game came down to the bullpens and the Los Angeles center fielder’s prowess with the bat. Carlos Ruizhad another nice day for the Phillies, as he tallied two hits and drove in one of his team’s runs. It has to be nice for Dodger fans to see their superstar playing at his highest level once again following hamstring problems.
The Cardinals loaded the bases and even scored a run in the top of the ninth, but they ultimately fell short against the Brewers on Wednesday afternoon. Aramis Ramirez had three hits, while Corey Hart drove in a pair of runs. Adam Wainwright struck out nine and allowed just one earned run in seven innings. Needless to say, his team’s three errors did him in.
The Pirates outslugged the Rockies thanks to four home runs, and they did it all without a hit from Andrew McCutchen. Pedro Alvarez hit his 19th homer, while Garrett Jones went 3-5 with a home run and three RBI. Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez added to their home run totals in the loss. Despite the high score, the last runs were plated in the fifth inning.
This makes two straight banner days for the previously slumping Yonder Alonso. Alonso had two hits (both doubles) and drove in three runs to lead the Padres to victory. All four of Houston’s runs came courtesy of Matt Downs; the first baseman homered twice and added a single for good measure.
The Mets added a couple of runs in the ninth inning, but that didn’t stop them from enduring another loss at the hands of their division rivals. Jordan Zimmermann tossed six scoreless and walkless innings to gain the win, while Adam LaRoche clubbed a two-run homer. David Wright and Jason Bay each hit solo shots off ace reliever Tyler Clippard to account for the two late New York runs.
This loss brings the Reds back even with the Pirates in the NL Central. Jason Kubel homered twice, both off Reds starter Mat Latos, and drove in three of his team’s runs. Ian Kennedy was excellent for the D-Backs, going eight innings while allowing just one run and fanning seven. If you want to look for positives for Cincinnati, Drew Stubbs went 2-4 and drove in a run.
The Cubs plated four runs in the bottom of the seventh, which is good for them since the game wound up final after just another half inning thanks to weather. Starlin Castro went deep, while Jeff Baker chipped in with a pinch-hit single that scored a pair of runs. Emilio Bonifacio had a double and a triple in a losing cause.
This game was a low-scoring affair for a long time, but the Giants went nuts and scored six innings in the top of the 11th innings to get the win. Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco each hit three-run homers in the inning to put the game out of reach for Atlanta. Mike Minor and Ryan Vogelsong each went at least six innings and allowed one earned run apiece. Chipper Jones and Brian McCann homered in the loss.
What is with all these rain-shortened games? Hiroki Kuroda was great in the seven innings that weather permitted on Wednesday. The Yankee starter struck out five and only allowed four baserunners. Mark Teixeira fueled the offense with another home run and a pair of RBI. That makes seven homers in the last month for the New York first baseman.
Brandon Hicks stole the show with a walk-off home run against the mighty Rangers to win the game for Oakland. The A’s are now three games over .500, which has to be surprising to just about everyone. Nelson Cruz went 2-3 with a walk and RBI in the loss.
Doug Fister was masterful as his counterpart C.J. Wilson got beat around by the Tiger offense. Fister went eight innings, allowed one run and two hits, and struck out 10. Prince Fielder and Brennan Boesch each drove in two runs for the Tigers. Detroit remains hot and on the heels of the White Sox.
The Red Sox offense clicked on all cylinders to put away the paler Sox in easy fashion. Cody Ross had three hits, two home runs, and drove in six in the win. Adrian Gonzalez is beginning to look like his old self as well, going 3-4 with a home run and four RBI. Felix Doubront allowed just one run in six innings to lay claim to his 10th victory of the season.
An offense outburst by Cleveland put the Rays even further back in the competitive AL East. Carlos Santana homered and drove in four, while Asdrubal Cabrera came through with three hits. Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Kipnis also had multi-hit games and drove in runs in the win. The Indians remain in third place in the AL Central just a half-game back of the Tigers.
A walk-off solo homer from Billy Butler secured a win for the Royals, their only victory in this series against the Mariners. Lorenzo Cain also went deep, while Alex Gordon had three hits and drove in a pair. Ichiro Suzuki and Casper Wells each had three-hit games for Seattle, while Wells and Kyle Seager each homered in the loss.
The Orioles finally calmed down the recently surging Minnesota offense thanks to seven solid innings from Tommy Hunter. Hunter only allowed one run and did not walk a better despite also not striking anyone out. Adam Jones homered and drove in both Baltimore runs to overcome another double-digit strikeout performance from Francisco Liriano.