Veteran Philadelphia pitcher Jamie Moyer took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, extending his dominance over Florida and giving the Phillies a 3-0 win over the Marlins in the National League on Thursday.
Philadelphia scored two runs off a wild pitch on the way to avoiding a three-game sweep, putting the Phillies three games clear of Florida atop the NL East.
The 45-year-old Moyer allowed only two hits in eight innings, trimming his ERA from 4.56 to 4.12. He remained perfect against Florida — 9-0 in nine career starts.
Cubs 3, Braves 2, 11 innings
In Chicago, pitcher Jeff Ridgway hit Reed Johnson with the bases loaded in the 11th inning, giving Chicago victory over reeling Atlanta.
The Braves have lost six straight and fell to 7-24 on the road this season. They have lost their past 21 one-run games on the road since August, matching the longest such streak in major league history.
Chicago’s Jim Edmonds tied it at 2 with a one-out solo homer in the ninth, setting the stage for the comeback victory.
The bases were loaded before Ridgway came into the game, and subsequently struck Johnson.
Reds 6, Cardinals 2
In Cincinatti, Brandon Phillips hit a three-run triple in a four-run seventh inning which secured a win for Cincinatti over St. Louis.
The Reds loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh. A walk delivered the go-ahead run and Phillips followed with a drive down the right-field line.
Brewers 9, Astros 6
In Houston, Ben Sheets struck out a season-high nine batters as Milwaukee downed Houston.
Mike Cameron and Corey Hart homered for the second straight game as the Brewers took two of three in the road series.
D’backs 5, Mets 4, 10 innings
In New York, closing pitcher Billy Wagner blew his third consecutive save chance as New York lost to Arizona.
The All-Star closer squandered a two-run lead in the ninth inning.
Padres 9, Dodgers 0
In San Diego, the home team scored five first-inning runs in a win over Los Angeles.
Padres pitcher Jake Peavy combined with three relievers on a five-hitter in his first start in nearly a month since being sidelined by a strained right elbow.
Pirates 7, Nationals 5
In Pittsburgh, Ryan Doumit hit another home run in Pittsburgh’s win over Washington.
In the three-game series, the Pirates catcher went 9-for-11 with four home runs, two doubles and seven RBIs to help the hosts win two of three.
Giants 10, Rockies 7
In Denver, Fred Lewis hit a three-run homer to help San Francisco avoid being swept by Colorado.
Giants second baseman Ray Durham picked up his 2,000th career hit.
Mike Lowell hit his second grand slam of the season to trigger the Boston Red Sox to yet another home win on Thursday, beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-2 in the American League.
The Red Sox are 18-3 in their past 21 games at Fenway Park. Their 28-7 home record is the best in the majors, but their 14-20 mark away from home is the worst of the six divisional leaders going into a six-game road trip that started yesterday.
Indians 12, Twins 2
In Cleveland, Ben Francisco and Jamey Carroll had four hits apiece to lead injury-depleted Cleveland over Minnesota.
Even with five key players from last year’s AL Central champion team on the disabled list, the Indians had 18 hits.
Second baseman Carroll went 4-for-4 with an RBI and was 8-for-9 in the three-game series. Francisco went 4-for-5 with three RBIs.
Yankees 4, Athletics 1
In Oakland, California, Hideki Matsui hit a grand slam on his 34th birthday and that was all the runs New York needed to beat Oakland.
Pitcher Andy Pettitte move into a tie for fourth place on the New York Yankees career wins list. Pettitte bounced back from giving up a career high-tying 10 runs last Saturday to shut down the A’s and tie Ron Guidry with his 170th victory in Yankee pinstripes. Pettitte allowed only one run in a season-high eight innings.
New York was held scoreless until the sixth inning, when Matsui hit his fifth career grand slam.
Tigers 2, White Sox 1
In Detroit, Miguel Cabrera hit a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning as Detroit completed a three-game sweep of Chicago.
Cabrera hit a 2-1 pitch into the stands in right-center field for his ninth homer of the season, ending a game that lasted only two hours and four minutes.
Royals 6, Rangers 5
In Kansas City, Missouri, Alex Gordon and Mike Aviles each hit two-run homers as Kansas City avoided a three-game sweep by Texas.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
’SO CONSISTENT’: The victory gave the world No. 1 and world No. 2 a 21-1 win-loss record and their fourth title of the season after successes in Brisbane, Dubai and Doha Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Sunday cruised to their fourth women’s doubles title of the season at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome in their first tournament back since the suspension of the WTA Tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The top seeds took just 63 minutes to complete a comprehensive 6-2, 6-2 victory over unseeded German-Romanian duo Anna-Lena Friedsam and Raluca Olaru at the Foro Italico. It was the Taiwanese-Czech pairing’s first outing since they won the Qatar Open in February. “After five months, you don’t know what to expect,” Strycova told the WTA Web site.
ANOTHER SCANDAL: Searches focused on several riders, including Dayer Quintana, a source said, while the two being held were reportedly a doctor and physiotherapist French police on Monday detained two people as part of an investigation into suspected doping in the Arkea-Samsic team at this year’s Tour de France, prosecutors announced. The probe is the first significant one in several years for the repeatedly scandal-hit tour, which on Sunday wrapped up in Paris with a victory for 21-year-old Tadej Pogacar, who became the youngest winner in more than a century. Prosecutor Dominique Laurens in Marseille said in a statement that an investigation was being carried out into a “small part” of France-based Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody. Laurens added that the two