Baseball roundup

Athletics continue nose dive

Baker, Tolbert lift Twins past slumping Indians

Associated Press / June 7, 2011

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Matt Wieters had two hits and an RBI, and Brian Matusz earned his first victory of the season as the Orioles beat Oakland, 4-2, last night in Baltimore to extend the Athletics’ losing streak to a season-high seven games.

Adam Rosales homered for the A’s, who have lost 15 of 19 to fall a season-worst seven games under .500 (27-34). Rosales was playing in his first game of the year after a stint on the disabled list with a broken right foot. Gio Gonzalez (5-4) took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, and nine hits in seven innings.

Matusz (1-0), who spent the first two months of the season on the DL with a strained oblique muscle, allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The lefthander was lifted in the sixth after giving up successive one-out singles to Kurt Suzuki and pinch hitter Scott Sizemore, who was recalled from Triple A Sacramento hours earlier. Jim Johnson entered and got Rosales to bounce into a 1-6-3 double play.

Johnson retired the side in order in the seventh, Koji Uehara worked a perfect eighth, and Kevin Gregg a perfect ninth for his 11th save.

Twins 6, Indians 4 —Scott Baker survived a shaky start and Matt Tolbert drove in two runs as visiting Minnesota extended its season-high winning streak to five games by defeating Cleveland, which lost its fifth in a row.

Baker (3-4) bobbed and weaved his way around trouble and stayed in until the eighth, allowing three earned runs and nine hits.

Josh Tomlin (7-3) lasted six innings for the Indians, who led the AL Central by seven games as recently as May 23 but dropped their seventh straight at home. Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Michael Brantley added a solo shot for Cleveland.

Brewers 7, Marlins 2 — Prince Fielder homered and drove in four runs to help visiting Milwaukee complete its first four-game sweep since August 2008.

Zack Greinke (5-1) allowed two runs in seven innings. He won his fifth consecutive decision and lowered his ERA to 4.83.

The Marlins lost a season-worst fifth in a row. They’ve dropped eight of 10 since sweeping the Giants. Javier Vazquez (3-5) lasted only four innings and left trailing, 6-2. His ERA rose to 6.50.

Fielder hit a three-run homer, his 14th, and added an RBI single. Ryan Braun had two hits and scored twice for the Brewers.

Tigers 13, Rangers 7 — Brennan Boesch had two of visiting Detroit’s four home runs against Texas while setting career highs with five hits and five RBIs, and Max Scherzer (7-2) pitched long enough for his first win in nearly a month.

Scherzer gave up five runs and eight hits in five innings. All of Detroit’s homers came off Colby Lewis (5-6), who gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings. Andy Dirks and Alex Avila also homered for the Tigers.

Nelson Cruz extended his hitting streak to 10 games for Texas with a pair of two-run homers, giving him 14 for the season.

Phillies 3, Dodgers 1 — Cliff Lee hit double-digit strikeouts for the sixth time this season, fanning 10 in seven shutout innings and leading host Philadelphia over Los Angeles.

Lee (5-5) allowed seven hits and walked only one, while continuing to strike out batters at a career-best rate. He has 15 career games with double-digit strikeouts — six this season.

Antonio Bastardo tossed a scoreless eighth. Ryan Madson allowed Andre Ethier’s RBI groundout in the ninth before finishing for his 13th save.

The Phillies scored two runs in the third off Ted Lilly (4-5). Wilson Valdez doubled to lead off the inning and scored on Placido Polanco’s single. Ryan Howard ripped an RBI single to right later in the inning for a 2-0 lead. Lilly struck out four and allowed five hits in six innings.

Carlos Ruiz’s RBI double off the left-field wall off Mike MacDougal in the eighth made it 3-0.

Rays 5, Angels 1 — David Price took a shutout into the eighth inning, Justin Ruggiano homered and drove in three runs, and visiting Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles.

Price (7-5) allowed five hits and one run in seven-plus innings, struck out seven, and walked none. The lefthander struck out the side in the fifth. Tyler Chatwood (3-3) gave up nine hits and five runs in seven innings.

Reds 8, Cubs 2 — Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs, and host Cincinnati sent Chicago to its seventh straight loss.

Matt Garza (2-5) came off the DL and lasted four innings, allowing four runs. Mike Leake (5-2) had an RBI single off Garza, who hadn’t pitched since May 17 because of a sore elbow.

White Sox 3, Mariners 1 — Paul Konerko homered and John Danks (1-8) pitched into the eighth inning for his first victory of the season, leading host Chicago over Seattle.

Danks pitched 7 1/3 innings and only allowed one unearned run on seven hits. He struck out six and walked one. Seattle rookie starter Michael Pineda (6-3) took the loss. Royals 3, Blue Jays 2 —Eric Hosmer hit a game-ending single in the 11th inning, helping host Kansas City beat Toronto to snap a four-game losing streak.

Joakim Soria (4-3), who was removed from the closer’s role May 30, picked up the victory. He did not allow a hit in two innings

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