Now that’s extra effort
Philadelphia 1, Cincinnati 0: Cole Hamels tossed sixhit ball into the eighth inning, Jimmy Rollins drove in the only run and the Phillies completed a fourgame sweep of the NL Central-leading Reds. It’s the first time Philadelphia has had consecutive 1-0 wins since April 18-19, 1913.
Johan Santana saved the Mets from a sweep with another spotless outing and rookie Ike Davis hit his latest titanic home run. Alex Cora and pinch-hitter Josh Thole delivered RBI singles with two outs, and Angel Pagan had three of New York’s 13 hits.
Matt Belisle’s bases-loaded throwing error led to two unearned runs in the eighth inning for the Padres, Everth Cabrera hit his first homer of the season in the ninth and the Padres averated a sweep at Coors Field. Scott Hairston matched a career high with four hits.
Vicente Padilla pitched eight innings of two-hit ball and James Loney hit a three-homer off Carlos Silva before the Cubs pitcher was ejected in the second inning, leading the Dodgers. The Dodgers took three of four from the Cubs, who are 9½ games back in the NL Central.
Travis Ishikawa drove in three runs, and rookie Madison Bumgarner took a shutout into the seventh inning. Buster Posey had two RBIs for the Giants, who finished their season-high 11-game road trip 7-4. On the road trip, Ishikawa was 11 for 29 (.379) with 10 RBIs.
Corey Hart hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Brewers a dramatic victory. The Pirates have dropped six straight.
The Marlins used six pitchers to wrap up a marathon 13-game road trip with a shutout win. Jorge Cantu doubled in a run. New York right fielder Jeff Francoeur goes head-over-heels into the stands trying to field a third-inning double by Atlanta’s Melky Cabrera on Sunday. Mets pitcher Johan Santana gave up five hits in seven innings as New York won.
Minnesota 6, Detroit 3: Carl Pavano pitched well into the eighth inning, keeping the Twins from falling further behind in the AL Central. Pavano is 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA in eight career starts against the Tigers. Detroit lost for only the third time in 20 home games since June 2. Pavano (10-6) improved to 5-0 in his last seven starts.
Jack Cust homered for the second time in three games, Adam Rosales added a two-run single and the Athletics kept the Angels reeling. Trevor Cahill (9-3), Oakland’s lone All-Star representative before closer Andrew Bailey was added to the AL roster Sunday, scattered five hits.
CC Sabathia allowed a run in seven innings and joined Tampa Bay’s David Price as the only 12-game winners in the league. The World Series champions are 56-32 and have a twogame lead over the Rays in the AL East.
Carlos Quentin hit a grand slam and a solo homer, and the White Sox surged into first place in the Central. During the seven-game homestand, Quentin was 7 for 13 with six home runs and 11 RBIs.
David Ortiz and Darnell McDonald each hit a home run, Daisuke Matsuzaka won for the first time in more than a month and the Red Sox won despite an injury to Adrian Beltre.
Jason Bartlett hit a game-ending single over a drawn-in outfield in the 10th inning. Carl Crawford homered for the Rays, who are 9-2 in July after going 11-14 during June.