Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum was nearly unhittable as he led the San Francisco Giants to a 3-0 win over the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Saturday.
Lincecum allowed just two hits in seven innings, while striking out 10 as he edged Javier Vazquez in an intriguing pitching duel and helped San Francisco keep the heat on the National League West-leading Arizona Diamondbacks.
Jeff Keppinger blasted a home run in the first inning, while Nate Schierholtz and former Marlin Cody Ross also scored, capitalizing on sloppy play by the Marlins.
Schierholtz led off the fifth inning with a double and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Marlins outfielder Logan -Morrison. Schierholtz then scored on a wild pitch by Vazquez.
Another wayward pitch by Vazquez in the sixth inning allowed Ross to advance to second base after hitting a lead-off single and he later scored on a two-out double by Aubrey Huff.
REDS 13, PADRES 1
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Miguel Cairo and Ryan Hanigan each homered twice as the Cincinnati Reds powered their way to victory over the San Diego Padres.
The Reds won their fourth straight game with their biggest home run splurge of the season. -Cincinnati hit seven homers off starter Tim Stauffer and the Padres bullpen.
Stauffer (7-9) gave up five homers in only three innings, matching Woody Williams’ club record for most allowed in a game. Stauffer also gave up three in a 9-8 loss to the Mets on Monday last week.
Reds starter Homer Bailey (7-5) gave up six hits in seven innings, including Kyle Blanks’ homer.
In other NL play, it was:
‧ Cubs 8, Braves 4
‧ Phillies 11, Nationals 3
‧ Diamondbacks 6, Mets 4
‧ Rockies 6, Cardinals 1
‧ Dodgers 6, Astros 1
‧ Brewers 1, Pirates 0
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Jorge Posada hit a grand slam and drove in six runs in his first game since being benched six days ago as the New York Yankees ended the Tampa Bay Rays’ five-game winning streak with a 9-2 victory on Saturday.
Curtis Granderson hit his 33rd homer to tie Jose Bautista for the MLB lead and Robinson Cano had two hits and scored twice to help the Yankees rebound from a loss to the Rays on Friday night.
Posada hit a bases-loaded single off Jeremy Hellickson (10-8) in the second to give New York a 2-0 lead. He singled in the fourth and then hit his 10th homer and 10th career slam in the fifth off Brandon Gomes.
Phil Hughes (3-4) pitched six effective innings, but is still in -jeopardy of being dropped from the rotation after struggling in his return from a three-month break because of right shoulder inflammation.
In other AL play, it was:
Indians 3, Twins 1
Tigers 6, Orioles 5
Blue Jays 11, Angels 2
Rangers 7, Athletics 1
Mariners 5, Red Sox 4
White Sox 5, Royals 4