Chamberlain coughs one up

Yankees reliever can't hold Indians in eighth

Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain can't believe he just gave up a three-run homer to David Dellucci in the eighth inning, giving the Indians a 5-3 lead. Yankees reliever Joba Chamberlain can't believe he just gave up a three-run homer to David Dellucci in the eighth inning, giving the Indians a 5-3 lead. (Julie Jacobson/Associated Press)
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Associated Press / May 7, 2008

Pinch hitter David Dellucci stunned the New York Yankees with a go-ahead homer off Joba Chamberlain, and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a 5-3 victory last night in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.

Dellucci's three-run shot with two outs in the eighth spoiled a strong start by Andy Pettitte and boosted a Cleveland offense that's been struggling mightily at the plate.

"I was just kind of out of whack out there," said Chamberlain (1-2). "You're not always going to be perfect."

It was only the second home run allowed in 37 career innings by Chamberlain, the hard-throwing reliever who has been nearly unhittable since reaching the majors last August. The Red Sox' Mike Lowell hit the other one Sept. 16.

Rafael Perez (1-1) tossed two scoreless innings for the win.

Dodgers 5, Mets 4 - Just 24 hours after hitting his first major league home run, Blake DeWitt got his first inside-the-park homer as host Los Angeles won for the 10th time in 11 games.

Kong-Chih Kuo (2-1) got the victory, striking out eight of the 13 batters he faced.

Rays 5, Blue Jays 4 - Andy Sonnanstine won his fourth straight start, Eric Hinske homered, and visiting Tampa Bay snapped Toronto's five-game winning streak.

Sonnanstine (5-1) allowed four runs and 10 hits in six innings, becoming the fastest five-game winner in Tampa Bay's 11-year history. He walked one and struck out two.

Dan Wheeler worked the seventh and eighth and Troy Percival pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Rangers 10, Mariners 1 - Josh Hamilton, Michael Young, and David Murphy drove in three runs each to support stingy starter Sidney Ponson (2-0) in Texas's rout over sinking Seattle.

The host Mariners lost for the sixth time in seven games before the smallest crowd (15,818) in Safeco Field history to move back into a last-place tie in the AL West.

Braves 5, Padres 3 - Chipper Jones hit his 10th homer, Jair Jurrjens (4-2) pitched six strong innings, and Atlanta beat San Diego to improve the NL's best home record.

The Braves have won four straight, all at home, where they improved to 12-4.

Athletics 4, Orioles 2 - Justin Duchscherer won his second straight start and Frank Thomas had two singles and scored twice as host Oakland beat Baltimore for its third straight victory.

Diamondbacks 6, Phillies 4 - Stephen Drew hit a three-run homer and Randy Johnson (2-1) earned his 286th victory as Arizona beat visiting Philadelphia in a matchup of NL division leaders. Drew's homer capped a five-run outburst against Adam Eaton (0-1) in the fourth inning.

Cubs 3, Reds 0 - Carlos Zambrano (5-1) allowed only three hits in eight innings, and Ronny Cedeno singled home a pair of runs that powered Chicago past host Cincinnati.

Zambrano gave up 3 singles and 3 walks, struck out 3 and lowered his earned run average to 1.80. Kerry Wood, pitching on the 10-year anniversary of his 20-strikeout game, gave up a bunt single and struck out two in the ninth, getting his fifth save in eight chances.

Marlins 3, Brewers 0 - Scott Olsen (4-1) allowed two hits in 8 2/3 innings, and Mike Jacobs hit a two-run homer to help Florida top Milwaukee in Miami.

Ryan Braun doubled in the fourth and Prince Fielder singled with two outs in the ninth for Milwaukee's only hits.

Pirates 12, Giants 6 - Nate McLouth homered twice and drove in three runs and Zach Duke (1-2) won for the first time in nearly a year to spark host Pittsburgh.

Cardinals 6, Rockies 5 - Braden Looper pitched into the ninth inning in the longest outing of his career and went 2 for 3 with an RBI, and St. Louis hung on to win in Denver.

Astros 6, Nationals 5 - Carlos Lee had the go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning and Lance Berkman had a career-high five hits to lead host Houston.

Angels 5, Royals 3 - Garret Anderson homered for the second straight game and drove in five runs to lift visiting Los Angeles.

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