Slumping Yankees fall short

Fill-in Lillibridge grabs spotlight for White Sox

Associated Press / April 27, 2011

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Late substitute Brent Lillibridge made two spectacular catches in a row to save the White Sox in the ninth inning, and Gavin Floyd pitched Chicago to a 3-2 victory last night in New York over the suddenly slumping Yankees.

Lillibridge entered as a pinch runner in the eighth and scored on Paul Konerko’s go-ahead homer off struggling setup man Rafael Soriano (1-1).

Lillibridge stayed in the game in right field and, with two runners on in the ninth, raced back to the wall to make a terrific catch of Alex Rodriguez’s opposite-field drive, robbing the slugger of a game-tying hit that probably would have left runners at second and third with one out.

Robinson Cano then hit a line drive to right and Lillibridge charged in, making an all-out dive to snag the ball for the final out.

Floyd took a three-hitter into the ninth but was pulled after Derek Jeter led off with an infield single. Curtis Granderson sacrificed against Matt Thornton, and Mark Teixeira worked a walk.

Mariners 7, Tigers 3 — Miguel Olivo homered and Felix Hernandez extended his dominance of host Detroit in Seattle’s win.

Hernandez (3-2) beat the Tigers for the seventh straight time, allowing three runs — two earned — on four hits in six innings.

Indians 9, Royals 4 — Justin Masterson won his fifth straight start, a stunning personal turnaround from last season, Jack Hannahan homered twice, and Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run shot, leading host Cleveland over Kansas City.

Masterson (5-0) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. A year ago, the righthander started 0-5, lost 11 straight games over two seasons and went winless over a stretch of 17 starts — a club record of futility.

Blue Jays 10, Rangers 3 — Adam Lind homered twice and drove in five runs for visiting Toronto, which got off to a fast start over AL West-leading Texas.

Lind had an RBI single in Toronto’s five-run outburst in the first off Matt Harrison (3-2). Lind then homered leading off the third and hit a three-run homer the next inning for his fifth career multihomer game.

Angels 8, Athletics 3 — Alexi Amarista hit a two-run double on the third pitch he ever saw in the major leagues and added a sacrifice fly, and Howie Kendrick had three hits and scored three runs for Los Angeles in a victory over visiting Oakland.

Tyler Chatwood (2-1) pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on five hits, including Conor Jackson’s first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the third.

Rockies 4, Cubs 3 — Todd Helton hit two home runs to help Colorado win at Chicago.

Jorge De La Rosa (4-0) allowed one earned run in seven innings and Huston Street gave up a solo homer to Alfonso Soriano leading off the ninth before closing out the Cubs for his ninth straight save to start the season.

Marlins 4, Dodgers 2 — Mike Stanton drove in two runs, Chris Volstad pitched seven innings, and Florida beat Los Angeles in Miami.

Gaby Sanchez homered and Hanley Ramirez added a pair of hits and scored two runs for the Marlins, who have won seven of eight.

Astros 6, Cardinals 5 — Bill Hall’s ninth-inning RBI single lifted host Houston over St. Louis.

Brian Bogusevic came home on a wild pitch by closer Mitchell Boggs (0-1) earlier in the inning. He singled before advancing to second on a passed ball. Michael Bourn bunted and reached first on an error by Boggs that got Bogusevic to third.

Braves 8, Padres 2 — David Ross hit two home runs and Jair Jurrjens threw his first complete game in Atlanta’s victory in San Diego.

Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer in the first inning to tie Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle for second place among switch-hitters with 1,509 RBIs.

Mets 6, Nationals 4 — Josh Thole had three RBIs, including a two-run double that put the Mets ahead in the sixth inning, and New York ran its winning streak to five games with a victory in Washington.

Giants 3, Pirates 2 — Darren Ford scored on a fielder’s choice in the 10th inning and came home with the tying run as a pinch runner in the eighth, helping San Francisco snap a season-high four-game losing streak with a victory in Pittsburgh.

Brewers 3, Reds 2 — Rickie Weeks, Ryan Braun, and Prince Fielder all hit solo homers and host Milwaukee beat Cincinnati for the first time in five games this season.

Diamondbacks 7, Phillies 5 — Daniel Hudson doubled in two runs to help earn his first victory of the season and host Arizona ended Roy Oswalt’s string of 10 consecutive winning decisions by beating Philadelphia.

The Twins-Rays game was postponed because of heavy rain in the Twin Cities.The game is scheduled to be made up tomorrow night as part of a day-night doubleheader.

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