Happy return for Martinez

Phillies rout Cubs in pitcher's comeback

August 13, 2009

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At times, Pedro Martinez looked like his old self. Mixing speeds and pitches and keeping hitters guessing, the three-time Cy Young Award winner made a successful return to the majors last night at Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

The Philadelphia Phillies gave their 37-year-old newcomer plenty of support, battering the Cubs, 12-5. Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins, and Raul Ibanez homered as the World Series champs sent Chicago to its fourth straight loss.

Martinez gave up seven hits and three runs with a walk and five strikeouts during a five-inning stint that saw him throw 99 pitches. His fastest pitch was clocked at 92 miles per hour.

Martinez’s 215th career win was his first since last Aug. 31 against Florida while with the New York Mets. He signed with the NL East leaders July 15, after pitching in the World Baseball Classic.

‘‘I’m feeling good. A little bit excited about just getting my feet wet out there,’’ Martinez said after exiting. ‘‘This is the first game, I’m looking forward to the next one, and hopefully I’ll correct some of the things that I didn’t do today.’’

Rollins and Ibanez connected for three-run homers off reliever Sean Marshall during an eight-run fourth inning that put the Phillies in control.

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3 — Alex Rodriguez lost feeling in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch in the 11th inning. Jorge Posada was so banged up that he compared the game to a boxing match. Derek Jeter’s bruised right foot felt so bad he actually acknowledged the injury.

This was one frightening victory for New York.

Robinson Cano drove in Rodriguez with a game-ending RBI single, and the Yankees capped a 6-1 homestand with a victory over Toronto.

Rodriguez and Jeter both had X-rays that were negative, and Posada’s right hand was swollen after a particularly brutal foul ball in the eighth inning.

A-Rod was already scheduled for a day off, but Jeter and Posada also might rest when New York opens a 10-game trip at Seattle tonight.

Giants 4, Dodgers 2 — Juan Uribe hit a game-ending, two-run homer with one out in the 10th inning and host San Francisco avoided a three-game sweep by archrival Los Angeles.

Brian Wilson (4-5) pitched 1‚ innings with four strikeouts for the win on a wild day in which the benches cleared and both Giants manager Bruce Bochy and bench coach — and acting manager — Ron Wotus were ejected in separate arguments.

San Francisco’s Pablo Sandoval took issue with an inside pitch from James McDonald in the fifth inning, gesturing and pointing at the pitcher.

Dodgers catcher Russell Martin then had words with Sandoval, and Edgar Renteria raced out of San Francisco’s dugout as both benches emptied. There were no ejections.

Rangers 5, Indians 0 — Rookie Tommy Hunter turned the shutout tables on host Cleveland, pitching into the eighth inning to lead Texas.

Hunter (5-2) gave up six hits and struck out five without a walk over a career-high 7„ innings as the Rangers earned their league-leading eighth shutout. Texas is 1Æ games behind the Red Sox in the AL wild-card race.

Twins 7, Royals 1 — Joe Crede hit a three-run homer in his return to the lineup and Francisco Liriano had his best start in two months as host Minnesota beat Kansas City.

Liriano (5-11), who last won June 28 at St. Louis, gave up one run and three hits — both tying season lows. He struck out eight.

Cardinals 5, Reds 2 — Chris Carpenter won his seventh straight decision and beat visiting Cincinnati for the third consecutive time, and Albert Pujols homered for the second game in a row for St. Louis.

Angels 10, Rays 5 — Gary Matthews Jr. put Los Angeles ahead with a three-run homer in the sixth, Howie Kendrick added another three-run shot in the seventh, and the Angels finished a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay in Anaheim, Calif.

Athletics 6, Orioles 3 — Landon Powell homered in Oakland’s four-run fourth inning, and the Athletics beat host Baltimore.

Braves 6, Nationals 2 — Adam LaRoche gave the Braves the lead with a seventh-inning homer, his second of the game, and host Atlanta continued its second-half surge by beating Washington.

Mets 6, Diamondbacks 4 — Cory Sullivan tripled twice and Gary Sheffield had two singles in his return to the lineup, helping visiting New York beat Arizona and avoid a three-game sweep.

Padres 6, Brewers 5 — Adrian Gonzalez hit a go-ahead double in a four-run seventh inning and visiting San Diego held on to beat reshuffled but still struggling Milwaukee.

Astros 14, Marlins 6 — Hunter Pence hit a pair of three-run homers for a career-high six RBIs, powering Houston past Florida in Miami.

Rockies 8, Pirates 0 — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and Carlos Gonzalez homered early, sending host Colorado to victory.

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