Tigers notch seventh straight win


Mon, May 16, 2011 - Page 19


Brad Penny pitched eight scoreless innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 3-0 in the American League on Saturday for their seventh straight victory.

Detroit scored three runs in the first inning and that proved enough.

Penny (4-3) issued no walks in eight innings. Jose Valverde struck out two in a hitless ninth, earning his 10th save.

Jeff Francis (0-5) pitched all eight innings for Kansas City, allowing seven hits.


In Arlington, Texas, Maicer Izturis hit a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning to lift Los Angeles over Texas.

Izturis hit a liner to left off Darren Oliver (1-4) that drove home catcher Jeff Mathis, who led off the ninth with a single before a sacrifice bunt by Peter Bourjos.

Angels closer Jordan Walden worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save in nine chances. Scott Downs (1-0) faced only one batter to get out of the eighth and take the win.

Texas starter Dan Haren wound up without a decision and is -winless in his past five starts despite a 1.93 ERA that is second-best in the leauge.


In St Petersburg, Brad Bergesen pitched his first shutout to steer Baltimore past Tampa Bay.

Bergesen (1-4) picked up his first victory of the season and improved on his previously dire 0-5 record with a 9.13 ERA in five career starts against Tampa Bay.

Baltimore took a 4-0 lead when Jake Fox hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Wade Davis (4-3). Mark Reynolds also homered for the Orioles.


In New York, Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game as Boston downed New York on a night when much of the drama was off the field.

Longtime star Jorge Posada asked to be taken out of the New York lineup after the slumping designated hitter was dropped to No. 9 in the batting order. A person familiar with the discussion between Posada and the team said that he “refused” to play.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Athletics 6, White Sox 2

‧ Blue Jays 9, Twins 3, 11 Innings



Martin Prado homered and drove in three runs to extend his form surge and lead the Atlanta Braves to a 5-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.

Prado and Nate McLouth hit back-to-back homers in the first inning for the only runs allowed by Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton (1-2) in five innings.

Braves starter Jair Jurrjens (5-0) took a perfect game into the seventh inning and wound up giving up three hits in 7 1-3 innings to beat the Phillies for the second time in a week. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in six starts.

Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his ninth save.


In Cincinnati, Johnny Cueto took a shutout into the eighth inning to steer Cincinatti past St Louis.

Cueto (2-0) didn’t allow a Cardinal to reach second base until the seventh.

Ramon Hernandez hit solo homers on each of the first two pitches he saw, while Brandon Phillips drove in three runs for the Reds, who moved into the NL Central’s first place alone for the first time since April 18. Kyle McClellan (5-1) took the loss.


In Washington, Anibal Sanchez pitched eight scoreless innings as Florida came out on top of Washington in a minimum-score game.

Sanchez (3-1) struck out nine and improved to 7-0 lifetime against the Nationals, as the Marlins won their eighth straight at Washington.

The sole run came from Mike Stanton’s seventh-inning homer.

Marlins closer Leo Nunez gave up a walk and a single to start the ninth, then escaped the first-and-second jam for his 14th save in 14 chances.

Livan Hernandez (3-5) matched Sanchez for six innings before taking his third straight loss.

Giants 3, Cubs 0, 6 innings, rain

In Chicago, Ryan Vogelsong pitched six scoreless innings in a rain-shortened game for his first career shutout and San Francisco beat Chicago. Vogelsong (3-0) struck out seven in his first complete game.

In other NL action, it was:

‧ Padres 9, Rockies 7

‧ Brewers 8, Pirates 2

‧ Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 0

‧ Astros 7, Mets 3