Cubs Down Giants, Braves Sweep Cardinals, ML Roundup


Published on July 29 2013 6:22 am
Last Updated on July 29 2013 6:59 am
Written by Millie Lange

Cubs Double Up Giants

(San Francisco, CA) -- Travis Wood did it at the plate and on the mound to help the Cubs clip the Giants 2-1 in San Francisco. Wood was 2-for-3 with a home run for Chicago, which swept the three-game series. On the hill, Wood stuck out seven in as many innings while allowing an unearned run for the win. Welington Castillo also went deep for the Cubs. Kevin Gregg picked up his 22nd save. Tim Lincecum struck out 10 but gave up both homers in seven innings for the loss. Lincecum was also 2-2 in defeat.  Pablo Sandoval knocked in the lone run for San Francisco, which has lost seven-of-eight.


Braves Complete Sweep Of Cardinals

(Atlanta, GA) -- Jason Heyward went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBI as the Braves completed a three-game sweep of the Cardinals with a 5-2 win at Turner Field. Kris Medlen allowed two runs over six innings to improve to 7-10 for Atlanta while Craig Kimbrel notched his 31st save. Chris Johnson was 3-for-4 with three runs as the Braves won their fifth in seven games. Shelby Miller allowed three runs, two earned, over 5 2/3 innings and fell to 10-7 for St. Louis. Miller was 2-for-2 at the dish with an RBI while Carlos Beltran was 2-for-4 and knocked in a run. The Cards had won five out of six prior to the sweep.


Royals Beat White Sox In 12 Innings For Sweep

(Chicago, IL) -- Alex Gordon clubbed a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the 12th inning as the Royals completed a three-game sweep of the White Sox with a 4-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field.  David Lough and Miguel Tejada plated a run each for KC, which has won six straight to reach the .500 mark at 51-51. Aaron Crow improved to 7-3 with the win after tossing a scoreless 11th. Greg Holland closed it out for his 27th save. Adam Dunn homered and Paul Konerko knocked in the other run for the Sox, who have dropped six of their last seven games. Donnie Veal suffered his first career loss.


Athletics Roll Angels

(Oakland, CA) -- Yoenis Cespedes was 3-for-5 with four RBI to help the Athletics rally past the Angels 10-6 in Oakland. Eric Sogard went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI and two runs for Oakland, which won the final three games in this four-game set.  Brandon Moss also knock in two runs for the A's, who were down 5-0 after the second inning. Jesse Chavez earned the win in relief. Howie Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo each drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which is 4-6 since the break. J.C. Gutierrez suffered the loss.


Mariners Hold Off Twins

(Seattle, WA) -- Nick Franklin homered twice and knocked in four runs as the Mariners held on to top the Twins 6-4 at Safeco Field. Michael Saunders also went deep for the Mariners, who earned a split in the four-game series. Erasmo Ramirez allowed four runs over six innings as he improved to 2-0. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save. Chris Colabello clubbed a two-run homer for Minnesota, which is 6-4 since the All-Star break. Kyle Gibson gave up five runs in five frames as he slipped to 2-3 with the loss.


Tigers Trounce Phillies

(Detroit, MI) -- Jhonny Peralta smashed a grand slam to power the Tigers over the Phillies 12-4 at Comerica Park. The Tigers scored eight runs in all during the sixth inning.  Miguel Cabrera and Jim Leyland were both ejected in the third for arguing balls and strikes. Austin Jackson was 2-for-4 with two runs scored for Detroit, which has won seven of its last eight. Victor Martinez and Matt Tuiasosopo each had two RBI in the win. Rick Porcello allowed three runs in six innings for the victory. Darin Ruf and Kevin Frandsen were both 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for Philadelphia, which has lost eight straight. Jacob Diekman suffered the loss in relief.


Indians Blank Rangers

(Cleveland, OH) -- Ubaldo Jimenez tossed eight innings of two-hit ball to pace the Indians to a 6-0 win over the Rangers in Ohio. Jimenez improved to 8-5 while striking out six and walking three. Mike Aviles lifted a two-run home run for Cleveland, which has won four in-a-row including back-to-back shutouts of Texas.  Yan Gomes went 3-for-4 with a run score and an RBI for the Tribe. Alexi Ogando allowed one run in 4 2/3 innings for the loss. Texas has lost four straight and 12 of its last 15.


Blue Jays Walk-Off On Astros

(Toronto, Ontario) -- Colby Rasmus singled in the winning run during the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 win over the Astros in Ontario. Edwin Encarnacion hit a sac-fly in the third for Toronto, which took three-of-four in the series. Todd Redmond struck out 10 in six innings of one-run ball for a no decision. Casey Janssen picked up the win. Brett Wallace belted a solo shot for Houston in the fourth for Houston, which has lost four-of-five. Jose Cisnero suffered the loss.


Red Sox Shut Out Orioles

(Baltimore, MD) -- Jon Lester struck out eight over seven scoreless innings as the Red Sox blanked the Orioles 5-0 in Baltimore. Lester improved to 10-6 on the season. David Ortiz belted a two-run homer for Boston, which won the final two of this three-game series. "Big Papi" finished 4-for-4 with a pair of runs. Jarrod Saltalamacchia also knocked in two runs for the BoSox.  Nick Markakis and Adam Jones each had a pair of hits for Baltimore, which has lost five-of-six.


Soriano Lifts Yankees Past Rays

(Bronx, NY) -- Alfonso Soriano singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Yankees past the Rays 6-5 in the Bronx. Soriano finished 4-for-5 with a two-run homer, while Derek Jeter went deep on the first pitch he saw in just his second game of the season. Jeter was out with a strained right quadriceps he suffered in his season debut on July 11. Ichiro Suzuki went 4-for-4 with an RBI for the Yanks, who avoided a three-game sweep by the Rays. Mariano Rivera was credited with the win after tossing a perfect ninth. Wil Meyers homered twice and drove in four runs for Tampa, which lost for just the second time in nine games since the All-Star break. Jake McGee fell to 2-3 with the setback.


Puig Guides Dodgers Over Reds In 11 Innings

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Yasiel Puig belted a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Dodgers over the Reds 1-0 at Chavez Ravine. Brandon League tossed the final two innings to pick up the win for the Dodgers, who won the final three of the four-game set and are 9-1 since the All-Star break. Starter Chris Capuano tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision. Tony Cingrani struck out 11 while giving up just one hit and a walk over seven shutout frames, but did not factor in the decision. Curtis Partch suffered his first-career loss. Cincinnati is 6-5 since the break.


Rockies Nip Brewers

(Denver, CO) -- Michael Cuddyer doubled in a run to tie the game and Nolan Arenado followed with an RBI single in the eighth, as the Rockies came back to beat the Brewers 6-5 in Denver. In the top half of the eighth, Yuniesky Betancourt gave the Brew Crew the lead with a two-run homer. Cuddyer, Troy Tulowitzki, Dexter Fowler and Corey Dickerson all left the yard for Colorado, which took two-of-three in the series. Matt Belisle picked up the win while Rex Brothers locked up his seventh save. Norichika Aoki also went deep for Milwaukee, which has lost three-of-four.  Jeff Bianchi knocked in two runs in the loss. John Axford suffered the setback in relief.


Nationals Hammer Mets

(Washington, DC) -- Wilson Ramos smacked a grand slam and drove in five runs total as the Nationals hammered the Mets 14-1 in DC. Denard Span went 4-for-4 with a two-run homer, three RBI and three runs scored, while Ian Desmond also went 4-for-4 with two RBI and scored three times for the Nats, who won the final three of the four-game set. Taylor Jordan struck out seven over six innings of one-run ball for his first career win. Marlon Byrd singled in the lone run for New York, which fell to 5-and-6 since the All-Star break. Carlos Torres was rocked for eight runs in three frames as he fell to 1-2.


Padres Defeat Diamondbacks

(Phoenix, AZ) -- Short of feeling sorry for the Arizona Diamondbacks, San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley had the slightest twinge of empathy in his voice Sunday when asked about what Arizona's hitters had to cope with facing pitcher Tyson Ross. "That didn't look fun at all," Headley said. Leaning on a mid-90s fastball and a devastating slider, Ross tossed eight scoreless innings as the Padres defeated the D-backs, 1-0, before a crowd of 24,864 at Chase Field.


Marlins Edge Pirates

(Miami, FL) -- Giancarlo Stanton smacked a go-ahead solo homer in the sixth inning as the Marlins held on to beat the Pirates 3-2 in the rubber match of a weekend series at Marlins Park. Ed Lucas and Donovan Solano also drove in a run each for the Fish, who have won five of their last seven.  Jose Fernandez struck out 13, which is a rookie franchise record, over eight innings of two-run ball as he improved to 7-5. Steve Cishek closed it out for his 22nd save. Russell Martin and Clint Barmes both had an RBI in the second inning for the Bucs, who are 5-5 since the All-Star break. Gerrit Cole fanned eight in seven frames, but allowed all three runs to fall to 5-4 with the loss.


Marlins' Martinez Resigns Amid Abuse Claims

(Miami, FL) -- Miami Marlins hitting coach Tino Martinez has resigned after allegations of abusive behavior. Martinez says he's sorry about this incident and his actions.

The "Miami Herald" reports that the first-year coach and former All-Star first baseman was the subject of complaints from players after unnecessary verbal and physical abuse. The report indicated that Martinez acknowledged grabbing rookie second baseman Derek Dietrich in the front of the jersey in an overreaction. The 45-year-old Martinez issued an apology for his actions and disputed reports that he had grabbed Dietrich by the neck. Martinez played 16 years in the majors, mostly with the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners.


Angels Place Pujols On DL

(Oakland, CA) -- The Los Angeles Angels placed slugger Albert Pujols on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his left foot.  The injury likely could end his season. The move is retroactive to July 27th. Pujols left the club on Saturday to have his left foot injury evaluated. Pujols is batting .258 with 17 homers and 64 RBI in 99 games this season, his second in Anaheim.

Sunday, July 28 Scoreboard


Miami Marlins 3, Pittsburgh Pirates 2

Washington Nationals 14, New York Mets 1

Chicago Cubs 2, San Francisco Giants 1

Los Angeles Dodgers 1, Cincinnati Reds 0 (11 inn)

San Diego Padres 1, Arizona Diamondbacks 0

Colorado Rockies 6, Milwaukee Brewers 5

Atlanta Braves 5, St. Louis Cardinals 2



Cleveland Indians 6, Texas Rangers 0

New York Yankees 6, Tampa Bay Rays 5

Toronto Blue Jays 2, Houston Astros 1

Boston Red Sox 5, Baltimore Orioles 0

Kansas City Royals 4, Chicago White Sox 2 (12 inn)

Oakland Athletics 10, LA Angels of Anaheim 6

Seattle Mariners 6, Minnesota Twins 4


MLB Interleague

Detroit Tigers 12, Philadelphia Phillies 4


Monday, July 29 Schedule (All Times Central)


6:05 p.m. - St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates

6:10 p.m. - New York Mets at Miami Marlins

6:10 p.m. - Colorado Rockies at Atlanta Braves

7:05 p.m. - Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs

9:10 p.m. - Cincinnati Reds at San Diego Padres



6:10 p.m. - Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox

6:05 p.m. - Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers

6:05 p.m. - Chicago White Sox at Cleveland Indians

9:05 p.m. - Toronto Blue Jays at Oakland Athletics


MLB Interleague

No Games Scheduled