Oswalt’s first start spells end to Philly’s 8-game run
Atlanta 6, Cincinnati 4: Jason Heyward doubled home two runs with two outs in the 10th inning, rallying the Braves past the Reds, restoring a little of their rapidly vanishing lead in the NL East. Atlanta moved 3½ games ahead of second-place Philadelphia. Reds closer Francisco Cordero (3-4) walked two batters in the 10th. Heyward worked the count full, then hit a sinking liner that diving left fielder Jonny Gomes couldn’t catch, allowing both runners to score.
Billy Wagner got out of a two-on threat in the 10th, earning his 24th save in 29 chances by fanning Drew Stubbs for the final out.
Kelly Johnson and Miguel Montero homered in a five-run sixth inning, and the Diamondbacks stopped a seven-game losing streak. Montero also doubled, singled and drove in four runs for last-place Arizona, which won for the first time since finishing a three-game sweep of the struggling Mets last Wednesday in Arizona. New York wasted David Wright’s two long homers and five RBIs, done in by a dreadful relief outing from left-hander Raul Valdes (2-3) after another shaky start by Mike Pelfrey. Valdes gave up hits to all four batters he faced, turning a one-run lead into a 9-5 deficit in 14 pitches.
Miguel Tejada found himself in a pennant race and back at shortstop when he reported to the NL West-leading San Diego Padres on Friday. Manager Bud Black wasted no time in plugging Tejada into a key spot in the lineup for the first-place Padres against the Florida Marlins on Friday night, batting him fourth behind All-Star slugger Adrian Gonzalez.
WASHINGTON — Roy Oswalt’s first game as a Philadelphia Phillie left ample room for improvement.
Craig Stammen carried a shutout into the seventh inning and the Washington Nationals roughed up Oswalt in his Philadelphia debut, halting the Phillies’ eight-game winning streak with an 8-1 victory Friday night.
“I came out amped up, held the ball a little tight,” said Oswalt, who absorbed his major league-leading 13th defeat. “Didn’t really start feeling better until the last two innings. Didn’t really go my way.”
Oswalt (6-13), a former 20-game winner acquired from Houston in a four-player trade Thursday, allowed five runs — four earned — and seven hits in six innings. He hit two batters.
Pitching in a meaningful game in the NL East, where the Phillies are chasing first-place Atlanta, instead of for the fifth-place Astros was a big change for Oswalt.
“It’s different for sure,” he said. “This team is good from top to bottom. It’s good to get on a pitching staff with (Roy) Halladay and (Cole) Hamels and the other guys. It’s hard to gain 30 games overnight.”
It was another tough start against Washington for Oswalt, who lasted only 21⁄ innings, yielded four runs and was ejected for arguing balls and strikes when he faced the Nationals in Houston on May 31.
Opinions on Oswalt’s effort varied — even in the Nationals clubhouse.
“I don’t think Roy was as sharp as he normally is,” Washington’s Adam Dunn said.
Added Nyjer Morgan: “Same Oswalt. He’s got electric stuff. We just jumped right on him.”
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel isn’t worried about how Oswalt transitions to his new environment.
“His stuff was good. (Oswalt) was having a little trouble with his command. … They kind of ambushed us from the start,” Manuel said. “I like his stuff. He’s going to be fine.”
Oswalt also had a forgettable first atbat as a Phillie. Roger Bernadina charged what might have been a single to right and threw Oswalt out at first.
Stammen (3-4) went 61⁄ innings, and gave up one run and five hits.
Jayson Werth homered for the Phillies.
Adam Kennedy had a season-high four hits for the Nationals.
Tampa Bay 3, New York 2: Wade Davis shrugged off a rocky start to pitch seven innings and Matt Joyce hit a three-run homer as the Rays pulled within one game of the AL East-leading Yankees with their 11th win in 12 home games. Derek Jeter singled and Nick Swisher homered to begin the game against Davis (9-9), who settled to limit the Yankees to one hit — Robinson Cano’s sixth-inning, broken-bat single — and three walks over after that.
Lucas Harrell pitched six strong innings in his major league debut, Dayan Viciedo had three hits, and the White Sox won their 12th straight at home. Chicago is 19-1 at home since June 9. With scheduled starter Daniel Hudson traded in the afternoon, the White Sox purchased the contract of Harrell (1-0) from Triple-A Charlotte.
Jhonny Peralta hit two homers in his first game since being traded, and the Tigers withstood a grand slam by David Ortiz in the ninth. Peralta hit a solo homer in the second inning and a two-run shot in the fifth.
Jose Bautista hit a grand slam, his major league-leading 31st home run, Fred Lewis added a solo shot and the Blue Jays won for the sixth time in seven games. Toronto has homered in 11 consecutive games, hitting 27 over that span, and leads the major leagues with 157.
Matt Capps worked a scoreless ninth inning for a save in his first appearance with the Twins. Capps, acquired from the Nationals the previous night, gave up a two-out single to Chone Figgins before striking out Casey Kotchman. Jim Thome and Alexi Casilla homered in support of Scott Baker (9-9).