Dustin Pedroia fouled off nine of 13 pitches against Jered Weaver before lining a go-ahead, two-run single that helped the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 9-5 on Monday.
The loss was Weaver’s first of the season. Weaver (6-1), scratched on Sunday because of a stomach virus, gave up three runs, six hits, struck out six and walked one over six innings. He failed to become the first pitcher since 1891 to go 7-0 by May 2 or sooner. Sadie McMahon of the Baltimore Orioles from the American Association was the last to open 7-0 by the second day of May.
Adrian Gonzalez had a three-run double and Clay Buchholz (2-3) pitched 6-2/3 solid innings for the win.
YANKEES 5, TIGERS 3
In Detroit, Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning off closer Jose Valverde as New York handed Detroit its seventh straight defeat.
The Tigers rallied from a 3-0 deficit, tying it in the seventh on Alex Avila’s second solo home run of the night, but the Yankees broke through in their last at-bat against Valverde (2-1).
With runners on first and second and one out, Swisher singled up the middle and Mark Teixeira scored from second with a slide. Alex Rodriguez added another run when he scored from third on a passed ball by Avila.
In other AL action, it was:
‧ White Sox 6, Orioles 2
‧ Athletics 5, Rangers 4 (10)
Tom Gorzelanny allowed only three hits in eight sharp innings against a struggling San Francisco lineup and Michael Morse and Jerry Hairston Jr drove in runs for Washington to help the Nationals beat the Giants 2-0 on Monday.
Gorzelanny (1-2) hadn’t lasted eight innings in a game since Aug. 12, 2007, when he threw a shutout for the Pittsburgh Pirates against San Francisco.
Drew Storen pitched the ninth for his sixth save in six chances, closing out a game that took just two hours, two minutes — the fastest nine-inning game in the majors this season, according to STATS LLC.
Madison Bumgarner (0-5) retired Washington’s first 12 batters and didn’t allow an earned run but wound up with the loss because of two unearned runs in the seventh, his last inning. He allowed four hits.
The World Series champions were shut out for the third time in their last six games, including twice during this series, when Washington took three of four.
DODGERS 5, CUBS 2
At Los Angeles, Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 28 games with an infield single that capped a three-run fifth inning for Los Angeles.
Clayton Kershaw (3-3) pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and eight hits, including Alfonso Soriano’s major league-leading 11th homer leading off the seventh. The 23-year-old left-hander struck out four and did not walk a batter for the first time in seven starts this season.
Vicente Padilla pitched a perfect eighth and Jonathan Broxton did likewise in the ninth for his sixth save in seven attempts.
Ethier, halfway to the record 56-game streak Joe DiMaggio had in 1941, is three games shy of the Dodgers’ franchise record, set by Willie Davis in 1969.
MARLINS 6, CARDINALS 5
In St Louis, Mike Stanton hit a tying home run in the fifth inning, and tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth to lift Florida past St Louis.
Gaby Sanchez ended Kyle Lohse’s 22-inning scoreless inning streak with his first grand slam, also Florida’s major league-leading third of the year. Edward Mujica (3-1) allowed a walk in two scoreless innings and Leo Nunez finished for his 10th save in 10 tries after the Cardinals put two men on in the ninth.
The Marlins improved to 18-9 — the franchise’s best start — and are tied with the Phillies for the NL East lead.
Mitchell Boggs (0-2) allowed Stanton’s triple in the eighth to take the loss.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Pirates 4, Padres 3
‧ Braves 6, Brewers 2