Yankees rebound with rout
Posada, Pettitte team up to throttle Rangers
Jorge Posada hit a three-run homer, Andy Pettitte finally gave New York a quality pitching performance, and the free-swinging Yankees romped to a 9-2 victory over the Texas Rangers in New York last night.
Derek Jeter and Mark Teixeira each drove in a pair of runs, and Jerry Hairston Jr. added a solo homer for the Yankees.
The highest-scoring team in baseball has put up at least eight runs in four of its last five games.
Helped by a slew of double plays, Pettitte (11-6) allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings to win his third straight decision.
Alex Rodriguez came up hobbling after fouling a ball off his leg in the seventh, but remained in the game at third base for another half-inning. Then in the eighth, Posada took a foul ball off his gloved hand behind the plate.
Posada, who was eventually replaced by Jose Molina, bruised the joint on the ring finger of his catching hand, the same finger he hurt earlier this season. X-rays were negative.
Blue Jays 3, Rays 2 - Marco Scutaro scored the winning run on a wild pitch after Rays closer J.P. Howell loaded the bases with three walks, and host Toronto beat Tampa Bay.
Rod Barajas hit a tying pinch-hit homer off Howell (6-4) with one out in the ninth. After the three walks and with rookie Randy Ruiz up, Howell uncorked a wild pitch that bounced high and away from catcher Gregg Zaun, allowing Scutaro to score without a play.
Dodgers 6, Rockies 1 - Lefthander Randy Wolf and Los Angeles’s big bats got the best of host Colorado. Andre Ethier hit two of LA’s three homers and Wolf (9-6) scattered five hits over 7 1/3 terrific innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3 - At San Francisco, pinch hitter Bengie Molina hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning and the hosts rallied for past Arizona to win their second straight.
Angels 4, Tigers 2 - Torii Hunter hit an early two-run homer, Joe Saunders pitched five effective innings in his return to the Angels’ rotation, and host Los Angeles snapped its three-game skid.
Marlins 5, Mets 3 - Even with less than his best, Josh Johnson can still beat the Mets. The Florida ace gave up nine hits in six innings, but that was enough to keep him undefeated against visiting New York.
Johnson (13-3) trailed early but improved to 7-0 with an ERA of 2.30 in nine career starts against New York.
Indians 4, Royals 2 - Cleveland rookie David Huff (8-7) threw six solid innings, bouncing back from a bad outing and boosting the Indians in Kansas City, Mo.
Cardinals 3, Astros 2 - Joel Pineiro worked eight strong innings to win his seventh straight decision and host St. Louis jumped on Roy Oswalt early on the way to victory over Houston.
Pineiro allowed two runs on seven hits and Mark DeRosa’s two-run double capped a three-run first for the NL Central leaders, 15-3 in their last 18 games.
Phillies 4, Pirates 1 - Ryan Howard hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning after Philadelphia’s bullpen blew yet another lead and the division-leading Phillies bounced back from one of their toughest losses all season to beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Padres 12, Braves 5 - San Diego rallied during a six-run sixth inning, and Kevin Kouzmanoff added a two-run homer that sent the Padres to a rout in Atlanta.
Orioles 5, Twins 1 - Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven innings, Felix Pie homered, and Baltimore ended host Minnesota’s season-high, five-game winning streak.
Cubs 9, Nationals 4 - Milton Bradley homered and had three RBIS and host Chicago scored six runs in the eighth inning to beat Washington.
Reds 4, Brewers 3 - Pinch hitter Darnell McDonald hit an RBI double to drive in the winning run in the 10th inning, as Cincinnati won in Milwaukee.
Mariners 5, Athletics 3 - Jose Lopez homered, newly acquired Bill Hall drove in two runs, and Luke French won his third game for host Seattle.