Yankees scoop errorless mark

Associated Press / June 2, 2009
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Joba Chamberlain allowed two runs over a career-high eight innings and the New York Yankees set a record for consecutive games without making an error in a 5-2 victory against the Indians last night in Cleveland.

Chamberlain (3-1) retired the first 11 batters before Victor Martinez's home run in the fourth. He allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out five. Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.

New York played error free for the 18th straight game, surpassing the Red Sox' mark of 17 games set in 2006. New York's last error came May 13 at Toronto when shortstop Ramiro Pena misplayed a ground ball. The Yankees are 14-4 during the errorless streak.

"I just want us to make the plays we should make," said manager Joe Girardi. "Don't give extra base runners. If you do that, it's going to help our club tremendously."

Nick Swisher doubled home a pair of runs against Greg Aquino (1-1) and Alex Rodriguez singled home two more in a four-run seventh as the Yankees won for the 15th time in 19 games.

It was plenty of support for Chamberlain, who was making his first start at Progressive Field since midges swarmed him during the American League Division Series in 2007. This time, the midges didn't affect Chamberlain - and neither did Tribe batters.

The Indians ran themselves out of a scoring chance in the fifth, thanks to a tremendous diving catch Chamberlain turned into a double play.

With runners on first and second, he sprinted off the mound and stretched parallel to the ground to catch a popped bunt by Kelly Shoppach. Chamberlain stood and threw to second to double off Ryan Garko, capping the play with a shout and fist pump. Jamey Carroll was thrown out trying to steal to end the inning.

"It was quite a belly flop," Girardi said. "It's an unbelievable play. It changed the game."

Pirates 8, Mets 5 - Andy LaRoche had three RBIs and host Pittsburgh scored five runs in the eighth to storm past New York.

Adam LaRoche and Jack Wilson had three hits apiece for the Pirates, who came back from a 5-0 deficit to win for only the second time in six games.

Wilson Valdez had two hits and a career-high three RBIs for the Mets, who fell to 22-2 when leading after seven innings. New York's bullpen woes from 2008 reappeared, with J.J. Putz (1-4) failing to record an out against five batters, allowing four runs.

Marlins 7, Brewers 4 - Hanley Ramirez and Jeremy Hermida had RBI singles during a five-run sixth, and Jorge Cantu drove in a pair of runs for host Florida.

Eleven Marlins batted in the sixth, with the first eight reaching base. Jorge Julio (1-1) faced six batters and allowed five runs.

Cristhian Martinez (1-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings to earn his first major league win.

Phillies 5, Padres 3 - Chase Utley and Ryan Howard hit consecutive home runs in the fifth and Philadelphia beat host San Diego for its fourth straight win.

Adrian Gonzalez hit his major league-leading 21st homer in the sixth inning for the Padres, followed by Scott Hairston's shot that pulled the hosts to 4-3. The Phillies got an insurance run in the eighth when pinch hitter Greg Dobbs doubled with one out and scored on Shane Victorino's two-out bloop double.

Orioles 1, Mariners 0 - Milton's Rich Hill threw seven scoreless innings, Adam Jones scored the lone run, and George Sherrill earned the save for Baltimore in Seattle.

The Orioles sent former ace Erik Bedard to the Mariners for top outfield prospect Jones, reliever Sherrill and, three other players in 2008. While Bedard has been hampered by injuries, Jones and Sherrill have flourished in Baltimore.

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2 - Billy Buckner threw six scoreless innings and rookie Josh Whitesell hit a two-run double, leading Arizona to victory over Los Angeles at Chavez Ravine.

White Sox 6, Athletics 2 - Jim Thome's 550th career homer, a three-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, boosted Chicago past Oakland.

Astros 4, Rockies 1 - Roy Oswalt (2-2) had a season-high eight strikeouts over seven innings and Carlos Lee hit a two-run homer as Houston broke a four-game home losing streak.

Reds 5, Cardinals 3 - Laynce Nix had a pair of hits, including a two-run double in the fourth that put visiting Cincinnati ahead to stay.

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