Blue Jays power past the Rangers

Associated Press / April 26, 2011

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Corey Patterson and Jose Bautista homered on consecutive pitches, tough-luck starter Kyle Drabek finally got another victory and the visiting Blue Jays beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, 6-4, last night.

Patterson’s three-run shot off Colby Lewis (1-3) with two outs in the fifth was followed by Bautista’s 405-foot blast to left — his majors-leading eighth homer. After pitching coach Mike Maddux visited the mound, Adam Lind drew a walk and Juan Rivera followed with his first homer of the season for a 6-0 lead.

Drabek (2-0), a 23-year-old rookie and Texas native, had gotten a no-decision in three consecutive starts that the Blue Jays won after he had pitched into at least the sixth. The righthander gave up three runs and five hits in six innings against the Rangers.

Texas designated hitter Michael Young extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an RBI double off the right-field wall that made it 6-3 in the sixth. Ian Kinsler also had a run-scoring double in the inning.

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 0 — Ian Kennedy threw a three-hitter in the first complete game of his major league career, outpitching Cliff Lee to lift host Arizona to a victory that ended Philadelphia’s five-game winning streak.

Kennedy (3-1) struck out 10 — including Jimmy Rollins to end the game — and walked none. He had come home early from the team’s trip for the delivery of he and his wife’s’ first child, Nora Rose, at 2:04 a.m. on Sunday.

Chris Young and Gerardo Parra homered off Lee, both on the first pitch of an at-bat. Lee (2-2) gave up four runs on five hits in seven innings, matching his season high with 12 strikeouts, one shy of his career high, and walking one.

Marlins 5, Dodgers 4 — Omar Infante lined a two-out RBI single that left fielder Jerry Sands misjudged in the ninth inning, capping a two-run rally that helped Florida beat Los Angeles in Miami.

Both runs were unearned. Scott Cousins’s two-out grounder scooted under the glove of shortstop Jamey Carroll for an error to score the tying run.

Chris Coghlan was then intentionally walked to load the bases, and Infante lined a 1-0 pitch to left. Sands started in, braked and leaped, and the ball sailed over his glove.

Pirates 4, Nationals 2 — Brandon Wood’s two-run double in his first game for Pittsburgh was part of a four-run fourth inning, and the Pirates defeated Washington in front of a sparse crowd at soggy PNC Park.

Paul Maholm retired the final 13 batters he faced in seven strong innings as Pittsburgh made up the original series opener that was postponed by rain Friday. Maholm (1-3) allowed four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in winning for the first time this season.

Angels 5, Athletics 0 — Jered Weaver struck out 10 and won his sixth straight start in Los Angeles’s victory over visiting Oakland.

Padres 5, Braves 3 — Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the 13th inning to lift San Diego past Atlanta.

Reds 9, Brewers 5 — Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer, Bronson Arroyo pitched effectively into the seventh, and Cincinnati used a six-run third inning to beat host Milwaukee.

Rockies 5, Cubs 3 — Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro committed three errors in the second inning and Colorado won in Chicago.

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