Blue Jays edge Yankees 8-7, snap skid

EIGHTH TIME’S A CHARM::Colby Rasmus’ three-run homer in the ninth ended a seven-game slump, while in Denver the Colorado Rockies routed Los Angeles 10-0

AP, NEW YORK

Wed, Aug 29, 2012 - Page 19

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Colby Rasmus hit a three-run homer off Rafael Soriano with two outs in the ninth inning and Toronto took advantage of Derek Lowe’s wild pickoff throw in the 11th to beat New York 8-7 on Monday night, snapping a seven-game losing streak.

Moments after Rasmus’ drive put Toronto ahead 7-6, Derek Jeter tied it with a home run off Casey Janssen. The last-place Blue Jays stopped an eight-game slide at Yankee Stadium.

Yorvit Torrealba had a two-run shot and Adam Lind also went deep in his first plate appearance for the banged-up Blue Jays since coming off the disabled list. Toronto had dropped a season-worst eight straight on the road.

Robinson Cano homered twice and Nick Swisher hit a two-run drive for New York.

Torrealba singled leading off the 11th for his third hit and pinch-runner Mike McCoy scampered to third when Lowe’s pickoff attempt got past first baseman Eric Chavez and rolled into foul territory up the right-field line. Lowe (8-11) was charged with an error.

After a strikeout, Adeiny Hechavarria hit a slow grounder toward third. Jayson Nix charged the ball and McCoy waited until Nix threw to first, then dashed home.

Darren Oliver (3-2) pitched two hitless innings for the win, Toronto’s first at Yankee Stadium since May 23 last year.

RANGERS 6, RAYS 5

In Arlington, Texas, Adrian Beltre was three-for-three with a home run and four RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning, for Texas.

Elvis Andrus scored on Beltre’s single to give the AL West leaders a series-opening win. Nelson Cruz also homered and Mike Olt added an RBI for Texas.

Derek Holland (9-6) got the win, giving up five runs — three earned — and six hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.

Relievers Alexi Ogando and Mike Adams, and closer Joe Nathan struck out six of the nine hitters they faced in working perfect seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Nathan earned his 23rd consecutive save opportunity and 26th this season.

Tampa Bay ace David Price (16-5) snapped a stretch of 12 consecutive quality starts in which he had pitched at least seven innings. The lefty, who entered with a majors-low 2.28 ERA and tied for the league lead for victories, did not make it to the fifth, giving up six runs on 10 hits in four innings.

In eight career regular-season starts against the Rangers, Price is 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA. In four starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, his ERA is 10.26.

MARINERS 1, TWINS 0

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Felix Hernandez struck out five in a five-hitter and Eric Thames hit a homer in the eighth inning for Seattle.

Hernandez (13-5), who picked up his 23rd career complete game and ninth shutout, has not lost a decision since June 12. Franklin Gutierrez went one-for-two with two stolen bases in his first game since June 28 because of a concussion.

Liam Hendriks (0-7) gave up three hits and struck out six in nine innings, his only blemish the homer to Thames.

Joe Mauer had a single and Justin Morneau had a triple for the Twins, who have lost 14 of their last 17.

Hernandez threw a perfect game against Tampa Bay on Aug. 15 and has allowed one earned run or fewer 16 times this season.

In other AL action, it was:

‧ Red Sox 5, Royals 1

‧ Athletics 3, Indians 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, DENVER, Colorado

Jeff Francis and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as the Colorado Rockies beat Los Angeles 10-0 on Monday night to spoil the Dodgers debut of Josh Beckett.

Beckett (0-1) was acquired in a nine-player megadeal deal with the Boston Red Sox over the weekend. His career in Los Angeles got off to an inauspicious start as he gave up a leadoff homer to Tyler Colvin on his second pitch, a 91-mph fastball that Colvin hit into the second deck.

The righty allowed three runs over 5-2/3 innings as the Dodgers fell 2.5 games behind idle San Francisco in the NL West.

Francis (5-4) scattered three hits in five innings and struck out a season-high six batters. Relievers Josh Roenick, Rex Brothers and Matt Belisle closed out the game. Belisle pitched 1-2/3 innings to earn his second save this season.

CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 3

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Matt Holliday hit a tiebreaking home run and Kyle Lohse won his eighth consecutive decision, leading the Cardinals to a victory over the Pirates.

Holliday led off the sixth inning with his 24th homer, a drive to right field off A.J. Burnett that put St Louis ahead for good at 3-2.

Lohse (14-2) pitched five innings before being lifted following a 34-minute rain delay in the top of the sixth. He allowed two runs and five hits while striking out three and walking none.

Lohse has not lost in 13 starts dating to June 15 and raised his career record against Pittsburgh to 9-2.

Burnett (15-5) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5-2/3 innings with three strikeouts and one walk.

BREWERS 15, CUBS 4

In Chicago, Illinois, Aramis Ramirez hit two of Milwaukee’s five homers to lead the Brewers to a victory over the Cubs.

Ramirez, who played for the Cubs from 2003 to last year, hit a two-run shot in the fifth and a solo homer in the ninth as Milwaukee beat Chicago for the sixth straight time.

Ramirez’s second homer followed a three-run shot by Ryan Braun that landed on Waveland Avenue, his NL-leading 35th of the season. Braun had four hits and five RBIs.

Corey Hart followed Ramirez with another shot that reached Waveland, giving Milwaukee back-to-back-to-back homers for the first time since Sept. 7, 2007, in Cincinnati.

The Brewers sent 14 batters to the plate and tacked on nine runs and eight hits in the ninth, finishing with a season-high 21 hits. Utility player Joe Mather got the final out of the inning for Chicago.

In other NL action, it was:

‧ Padres 3, Braves 0

‧ Reds 3, Diamondbacks 2