Baseball Capsules: Kevin Youkilis bids farewell to Fenway in Red Sox 9-4 win
BOSTON - Kevin Youkilis said farewell at Fenway Park on Sunday, a 9-4 win over the Atlanta Braves helped by Cody Ross, who hit two homers and drove in five runs.
Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox for utilityman Brent Lillibridge and right-hander Zach Stewart after the game.
Youkilis was lifted for a pinch-runner after hitting a triple in the seventh inning. He was greeted with a hug from Nick Punto, who pinch-ran for him, and many of his teammates on the top step of the dugout.
The burly infielder, in his ninth season with the Red Sox, took his helmet off and waved to the crowd, blew a kiss and was urged to come out for a curtain call by his teammates before heading down the steps. He was given a lengthy standing ovation and the fans chanted "Yook."
Aaron Cook (1-1), gave up three runs two earned six hits and didn't walk or strike out anyone in five innings.
Braves starter Mike Minor (3-6) gave up three homers and allowed seven runs four earned in 4 2-3 innings.
MARLINS 9, BLUE JAYS 0
MIAMI (AP) Mark Buehrle pitched effectively for seven innings to become the winningest pitcher in interleague play, John Buck hit a three-run homer and the Marlins snapped a six-game losing streak with a win over Toronto.
Greg Dobbs had a two-run homer among his three hits for the Marlins, winners for just the third time in 18 games.
Buehrle (6-8) gave up seven hits in winning his 25th interleague matchup, breaking a tie with Freddy Garcia. Buehrle struck out seven.
Toronto starter Jesse Chavez (0-1) allowed six runs and seven hits in six innings while striking out six.
YANKEES 6, METS 5
NEW YORK (AP) Robinson Cano hit a tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees touched up R.A. Dickey for five runs in a victory over the New York Mets.
Nick Swisher had an early three-run shot against Dickey, who was coming off consecutive one-hitters making him the first major league pitcher in 24 years to accomplish that feat. But in a much-anticipated matchup at sold-out Citi Field, both he and Yankees ace CC Sabathia were missing their best stuff.
Cano drove a 2-0 delivery from Miguel Batista (1-2) over the home run apple in straightaway centre for his 16th homer and fifth in seven games. The Yankees won the final two games of the weekend series by one run to finish 5-1 against their crosstown rivals this season.
Including a sweep in the Bronx earlier this month, the Yankees have won five consecutive series against the Mets since May 2010.
Sabathia gave up nine hits in 5 2-3 innings. He was betrayed by his defence while yielding five runs one earned.
Boone Logan (2-0) gave the Yankees another splendid performance out of the bullpen. Rafael Soriano worked a scoreless ninth in the rain for his 15th save in 16 chances. The Yankees have won 14 of 18 road games.
TWINS 4, REDS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) Josh Willingham hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off shaky Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman, rallying Minnesota over the Reds.
Joe Mauer opened the ninth with a double off the left field wall against Chapman (4-4). Willingham followed with his 15th homer of the season.
Willingham's homer overcame Toronto's Joey Votto's eighth-inning, two-run homer that had given the Reds a 3-2 lead.
Minnesota left-hander Scott Diamond (6-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings.
RANGERS 4, ROCKIES 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Matt Harrison worked five scoreless innings for his 10th victory, Leonys Martin had a pair of extra-base hits for his first three RBIs in the majors and the Texas Rangers beat Colorado.
Martin, the Cuban defector who signed with the Rangers last year, had an RBI double in the second and a two-run triple an inning later.
Harrison (10-3) won his sixth consecutive decision. His outing was cut short because of tightness in his lower back that caused soreness in his left hip.
Alex White (2-6) lost his third straight decision.
Texas finished a majors-best 14-4 in interleague play, winning all six of its series against National League teams. The Rockies were 2-13 against the AL.
ORIOLES 2, NATIONALS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to interrupt Baltimore's agonizing offensive struggle, and the Orioles rallied to beat the Nationals.
Baltimore appeared headed for its third shutout loss in six games before Adam Jones led off the eighth with a single off Sean Burnett (0-1) and Wieters drove an 0-1 pitch over the centre-field wall.
Pedro Strop (4-2) got the final out in the eighth for Baltimore and Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his 22nd save.
TIGERS 3, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) Justin Verlander pitched a five-hitter, Quintin Berry hit a two-run shot for his first major league home run and Detroit avoided a sweep with a win over the Pirates.
Berry also scored the go-ahead run on Delmon Young's single in the eighth, an inning after Garrett Jones tied it with a two-run homer.
Verlander (8-4) had allowed only two infield hits through six innings before Pedro Alvarez singled with one out in the seventh. Jones followed with his homer.
Berry's homer off of Kevin Correia four pitches into the game was his first in 96 career big league at-bats. Austin Jackson singled ahead of Berry.
Chris Resop (0-3) got the loss.
RAYS 3, PHILLIES 2, 1ST GAME
RAYS 7, PHILLIES 3, 2ND GAME
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Brooks Conrad hit a pair of two-run doubles off winless Philadelphia ace Cliff Lee and Tampa Bay swept a day-night doubleheader.
Lee (0-4) allowed five runs and six hits in seven innings. The 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner hasn't won a game since last Sept. 26.
Brandon Gomes (2-2) earned the win with 2 2-3 scoreless innings.
In the opener, Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the eighth off Antonio Bastardo (2-2). Phillies starter Cole Hamels pitched three-hit ball for seven shutout innings.
David Price (10-4) went seven innings in Game 1 and gave up four hits, including Jimmy Rollins' homer in the sixth. Fernando Rodney pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.
ASTROS 7, INDIANS 1
HOUSTON (AP) Chris Johnson homered and drove in three runs and J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer to lead the Astros over Cleveland for their first series since taking two of three from the White Sox June 8-10.
Houston starter J.A. Happ (6-7) got his second consecutive win by allowing four hits and a run in seven innings.
Cleveland's Derek Lowe (7-6) gave up eight hits and three runs in 6 2-3 innings to leave him with just one win in his last seven starts.
CARDINALS 11, ROYALS 8
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Carlos Beltran had three RBIs, and Matt Holliday and Allen Craig each drove in two runs, powering St. Louis to a victory and its first three-game sweep in Kansas City since 2009.
Mike Moustakas had two home runs for the Royals, who gave up 41 hits and 30 runs to their state rivals in the three games.
With the Cardinals leading 7-6 in the eighth, Tim Collins (4-2) intentionally walked Rafael Furcal, loading the bases with one out. Craig then lined a two-run single into centre and Daniel Descalo went from first to third when Jarrod Dyson bobbled the ball for an error.
Victor Marte (1-1) got two outs in the sixth and faced one batter in the seventh for the win.
WHITE SOX 1, BREWERS 0, 10 INNINGS
CHICAGO (AP) Pinch-hitter Eduardo Escobar lined an RBI single in the 10th inning and the Chicago White made it an adventuresome afternoon, beating Milwaukee.
After the game the White Sox acquired All-Star infielder Kevin Youkilis and cash from Boston in a trade for infielder Brent Lillibridge and right-handed pitcher Zach Stewart.
Alejandro De Aza opened the White Sox 10th with a double off Manny Parra (0-2). Adam Dunn walked with one out and Escobar, batting for Lillibridge, singled.
Brian Bruney (1-0) walked two and struck out a pair in one inning.
PADRES 2, MARINERS 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) Edinson Volquez pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Alexi Amarista hit a two-run double as the Padres beat Seattle.
Volquez (4-7) was in command for 6 2-3 innings and was not hurt by the control issues that have hampered him this season.
Volquez, who leads the majors in walks with 55, walked three but was rarely stressed by the Mariners. The right-hander combined with three relievers for the five-hitter.
Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 10th save in as many chances.
Hector Noesi (2-9) extended his career-high losing streak to six games.
ANGELS 5, DODGERS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mark Trumbo drove in Albert Pujols with the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning, and the Angels won their season series with the Dodgers for the third straight year. Peter Bourjos hit an early two-run homer and Howie Kendrick added another RBI single in the seventh for the Angels, who won four of six in the Freeway Series.
Bobby Abreu and Dee Gordon drove in early runs for the slumping Dodgers, who have lost six straight series to the Angels.
Dodgers reliever Josh Lindblom (2-2) was the loser.
Scott Downs (1-0) pitched one hitless inning of relief, and Ernesto Frieri got four outs to earn his ninth save for the Angels, who have won 11 of 15.
ATHLETICS 4, GIANTS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Derek Norris hit a three-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning for his first major league home run, and the Athletics walked off with a stunning victory over the San Francisco Giants.
Norris hammered a full-count pitch from Santiago Casilla (1-3) over the left-field wall to help the A's avoid the first three-game sweep by San Francisco in Oakland.
It was Casilla's second blown save in 22 chances this season in place of bearded closer Brian Wilson.
Jim Miller (2-0) pitched 1 1-3 scoreless innings for the victory.
Buster Posey's two-run homer in the first was all the Giants could squeeze out against A.J. Griffin.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, CUBS 1
PHOENIX (AP) Wade Miley outpitched Matt Garza in eight strong innings, Justin Upton had three RBIs and Arizona completed a three-game sweep with a victory over the Cubs.
Miley (9-3) retired 20 of the first 21 batters he faced before giving up a homer to Alfonso Soriano in the seventh inning, then worked out of a jam in the eighth with runners on second and third.
Jason Kubel hit a solo homer off Garza (2-6) and Upton broke open a tight game with a two-run single through the left side off Manny Corpas in the eighth inning.