The Commercial Appeal
Arizona tops Nats in 11-inning duel
WASHINGTON — Didi Gregorius drove in the goahead run with a bunt single in the 11th inning and Aaron Hill homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 in 11 innings Thursday night to salvage the finale of a three- game series.
Josh Collmenter (4- 0) pitched the 10th inning and Heath Bell picked up his 14th save as the Diamondbacks snapped a three-game losing streak.
Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals.
Arizona’s Patrick Corbin, who came in 9-0, and Stephen Strasburg matched up for seven innings with each allowing two runs.
Arizona’s starting pitchers are 0-7 in 19 starts since Wade Miley won on June 5.
Cubs 7, Brewers 2 at Milwaukee: Matt Garza struck out 10 in seven solid innings and Dioner Navarro hit a three-run homer, sending Chicago over Milwaukee.
Garza (3- 1) had his third consecutive strong outing. The right-hander allowed one run on eight hits and a walk while throwing 101 pitches.
Garza, who can become a free agent after the season, is expected to be one of the top pitchers available on the trade market as the July 31 nonwaiver deadline approaches.
The Cubs broke the game open with four runs in the third, capped by Navarro’s seventh homer.
Milwaukee made a pair of errors and all the runs in the inning off Wily Peralta (5- 9) were unearned.
Mets 3, Rockies 2 at Denver: Marlon Byrd hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and threw out a runner from right field in the ninth to lead New York past Colorado in a makeup game for the one that was snowed out on April 17.
With the Mets trailing 2-1, Byrd drove a fastball from reliever Matt Belisle (4-5) into the seats in leftcenter.
That was just about the extent of the offense for New York with slugger David Wright receiving a rest.
Starting pitcher Jeremy Hefner drove in the team’s other run on a groundout.
The fourth-place Mets finished 7- 4 on a four-city road trip that took them to three time zones.
The Mets have won eight of 12 overall.
Angels 3, Tigers 1 at Detroit: Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and Los Angeles beat Detroit for its ninth straight victory over the Tigers.
Mike Trout had four hits and was in the middle of the decisive rally for the Angels, who completed a three-game sweep. Jered Weaver pitched seven strong innings in a tight duel with Detroit righthander Doug Fister.
Rangers 2, Yankees 0 at New York: Derek Holland tamed a team that often tagged him, pitching a two-hitter as Texas finished up an impressive road trip by beating New York.
Jurickson Profar homered and scored twice, while fellow rookie Engel Beltre got two hits in his first big league start.
Texas went home leading the AL West after going 5-1 on its swing to St. Louis and Yankee Stadium.
Holland (6-4) threw his sixth career shutout it was the lowest-hit shutout by a visiting Rangers pitcher against the Yankees since the Texas franchise moved from Washington for the 1972 season.
Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 4 at Boston: Jon Lester pitched into the eighth inning before leaving with an apparent injury, and Dustin Pedroia homered in a seven-run second to help Boston beat Toronto in the opener of a four-game series.
Toronto, which reeled off 11 straight wins this month, had won 12 of its past 14 games and 15 of 19 to close within 6 games of the AL East-leading Red Sox.
Then the Blue Jays ran into Lester.
The left-hander retired 10 straight to begin the game and didn’t allow a hit until the fifth. He came out after giving up consecutive singles to start the eighth and running the count to 3-0 on Emilio Bonifacio.
Twins 3, Royals 1 at Minneapolis: Samuel Deduno pitched seven sharp innings and one of Justin Morneau’s two doubles drove in Minnesota’s first run, sending the Twins to victory over Kansas City.
Deduno (4-2) gave up only five hits and, more importantly, one walk. He struck out three and let only eight fair balls leave the infield. Jared Burton pitched a scoreless eighth, and Glen Perkins notched his 20th save in 22 tries.
The Twins even managed to beat Jeremy Guthrie (7- 6). The right-hander topped them twice earlier this season.