Trout tiebreaking homer lift Angels over Jays 10-6

AP, TORONTO

Tue, Jul 03, 2012 - Page 19

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Rookie Mike Trout hit a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning, and Mark Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo added two-run shots as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-6.

Trout led off the eighth with a blast to center against Francisco Cordero (3-5) as the Angels spoiled Toronto’s Canada Day party and disappointed the crowd of 34,853.

One out later, Albert Pujols singled and Trumbo, named an All-Star reserve before the game, followed with a drive to left, his 20th homer this season.

Trout went two-for-four with a walk and scored three times, raising his American League-leading average to .339.

Jason Isringhausen (3-0) worked one inning for the win, despite allowing J.P. Arencibia’s tying home run in the seventh, and Los Angeles earned a split in the four-game series.

YANKEES 4, WHITE SOX 2

In New York, Robinson Cano hit a tiebreaking two-run homer after wasting a chance with the bases loaded his first time up against Gavin Floyd and New York beat the White Sox for a series split between division leaders.

Eric Chavez connected for a two-run drive in the second inning, helping New York raise their major league-leading total to 124 home runs. The power surge helped make Phil Hughes a winner on the Yankees’ 66th Old-Timers’ Day.

Coming off eight scoreless innings in his previous start, Hughes (9-6) gave up two quick runs in the first inning. He then settled in nicely to limit the hard-hitting White Sox to just three more hits over his final seven innings.

Cano homered in the third off Floyd (6-8).

INDIANS 6, ORIOLES 2

In Baltimore, Maryland, Justin Masterson pitched seven innings of five-hit ball, and Shelley Duncan homered and hit two doubles for Cleveland.

Aaron Cunningham also homered for the Indians, who took three of four from the Orioles.

Jim Thome went zero-for-four in his Baltimore debut. Acquired on Saturday in a trade with Philadelphia, the 41-year-old slugger struck out twice and grounded out twice against the team with which he broke into the majors in 1991.

All-Star selection Adam Jones drove in a run and scored one for the Orioles, who have lost five of six and nine of 12.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Tigers 6, Rays 2

‧ Red Sox 2, Mariners 1, 10 inns

‧ Twins 10, Royals 8

‧ Athletics 3, Rangers 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, SAN FRANCISCO

Angel Pagan hit a game-ending double that right fielder Jay Bruce misplayed in the wind with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the San Francisco Giants a four-game series split with a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Buster Posey poked a pitch from Jose Arredondo (4-2) down the right-field line that bounced into the stands for a two-out double. Then Pablo Sandoval was walked intentionally to set the stage for a wild finish.

The crowd let out a sigh when Bruce drifted under Pagan’s fly ball to right until those whipping gusts along the bay carried the ball over his head. The 42,039 from the sold-out stands at AT&T Park erupted, Pagan tossed his helmet and the Giants streamed out of the dugout in celebration.

BREWERS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, pinch runner Carlos Gomez raced home following two throwing errors after he stole second base in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Milwaukee over Arizona.

Gomez entered after Aramis Ramirez drew a leadoff walk from Patrick Corbin (2-4). With one out, Gomez swiped second and jumped to his feet as the throw from catcher Miguel Montero ended up in center field. Outfielder Gerardo Parra picked up the ball, but threw wildly to third, allowing Gomez to score the winning run.

NATIONALS 8, BRAVES 4

In Atlanta, Georgia, Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in four runs and Gio Gonzalez scuffled for his sixth straight road victory to help Washington beat Atlanta.

Gonzalez (11-3) capped his second All-Star selection, despite allowing five hits, four runs and four walks in five-plus innings.

Washington, who have won four of five, took a 4-0 lead in the first off Tim Hudson (6-4). The NL-leading Nationals are 10-2-1 in their last 13 series matchups against the Braves.

In other NL action, it was:

‧ Cardinals 5, Pirates 4

‧ Cubs 3, Astros 0

‧ Marlins 5, Phillies 2

‧ Padres 2, Rockies 0

‧ Dodgers 8, Mets 3

ALL STAR LINEUP

Reuters

Texas slugger Josh Hamilton has been handed a place in the starting line-up for the Major League Baseball All Star game after he drew a record 11.07 million votes.

Hamilton’s votes blew past Jose Bautista’s previous record of 7.4 million last season to highlight the group of starters named on Sunday for the Mid-Summer Classic.

The 2010 American League Most Valuable Player, who is is batting .314 with 25 homers, has battled addiction to drugs and alcohol and has recovered from an off-season incident in which he apologized to the Rangers for a moment of weakness when he drank at a bar.

The Rangers will have seven players in the game, including starting catcher Mike Napoli and third baseman Adrian Beltre. The New York Yankees have starters Derek Jeter, making a 13th appearance, second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Toronto’s Bautista, Detroit Tigers first baseman Prince Fielder and the Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz also join the lineup.

In the National League, the San Francisco Giants lead the way with starting catcher Buster Posey, third baseman Pablo Sandoval and outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto, the Atlanta Braves’ Dan Uggla, the St Louis Cardinals’ Rafael Furcal and Carlos Beltran, along with the Los Angeles’ Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, round out the lineup.

Pitchers include San Francisco’s Matt Cain, the New York Mets’ R.A. Dickey and Washington’s Stephen Strasburg in the NL, along with Detroit’s Justin Verlander, Yankees C.C. Sabathia and the Los Angeles Angels’ Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson in the AL.