The Cleveland Indians snapped the New York Yankees’ three-game winning streak on Tuesday, with pinch-hitter David Dellucci’s eighth-inning three-run homer lifting them to a 5-3 victory.
Dellucci’s blast came off New York reliever Joba Chamberlain and was only the second career home run off the young Yankee pitcher.
Chamberlain had allowed just three earned runs in 36-and-a-third career innings since making his MLB debut last August, but Delucci’s homer proved decisive.
A dejected Chamberlain blamed the defeat on a bad pitch.
“I tried to get in,” Chamberlain said of the pitch, which Dellucci hit over the wall in right. “You got to give credit where credit is due. Dellucci did what he is supposed to do. The worst thing is I let my team down and that’s the most frustrating part to me.”
It was the first time the Yankees had lost this season after having led at seven innings. They fell to 26-5 in games when Chamberlain pitches.
New York manager Joe Girardi, however, did not blame his pitcher.
“When you make a mistake sometimes, it can cost you,” Girardi said.
“You tip your cap to a guy who doesn’t miss a mistake. It’s not where Joba wanted it but you go back to work tomorrow. You’re going to have some tough losses like this during the season.”
He added: “Your character shows up the next day in how you bounce back.”
Jhonny Peralta also homered for the Tribe while reliever Rafael Perez (1-1) picked up the win.
White Sox 7, Twins 1
Gavin Floyd’s no-hit bid lasted until the ninth this time. Joe Mauer doubled with one out off Chicago’s young right-hander for the Minnesota Twins’ only hit and Floyd had to settle for a 7-1 victory on Tuesday as the White Sox ended a six-game losing streak.
Floyd (3-1) was taken out to a standing ovation after Mauer’s double to left-center and Bobby Jenks came on to get the final two outs.
Floyd, who held Detroit hitless for 7 1-3 innings on April 12 before Edgar Renteria singled, walked three and struck out four. The only run the Twins could muster was aided by an error on Chicago left fielder Carlos Quentin in the fourth inning.
Rays 5, Blue Jays 4
At Toronto, Andy Sonnanstine won his fourth straight start, Eric Hinske homered, and Tampa Bay beat Toronto, snapping the Blue Jay’s five-game winning streak.
Sonnanstine (5-1) allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings, becoming the fastest five-game winner in Tampa Bay’s 11-year history. He walked one and struck out two. Dan Wheeler worked the seventh and eighth while Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
The Rays broke a three-game losing streak, while the Blue Jays lost for the first time since April 30 at Boston.
Hinske, a rookie of the year with Toronto in 2002, crushed an A.J. Burnett (3-3) pitch off the centerfield restaurant in the sixth for his seventh homer.
In other games, it was:
• Red Sox 5, Tigers 0
• Angels 5, Royals 3
• Athletics 4, Orioles 2
• Rangers 10, Mariners 1
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Chipper Jones hit his 10th homer, Jair Jurrjens pitched six strong innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Tuesday to improve the National Leagues’ best home record.
Mark Kotsay added two hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs. Kotsay also delivered the defensive play of the game in the fifth inning, making an over-the-shoulder catch at the warning track of Tadahito Iguchi’s drive.