Britton silences Yankees

Granderson helps earn split of doubleheader

Orioles rookie lefthander Zach Britton threw a career-high 120 pitches and allowed just four singles while fanning five Yankees. Orioles rookie lefthander Zach Britton threw a career-high 120 pitches and allowed just four singles while fanning five Yankees. (Joe Giza/Reuters)
Associated Press / August 29, 2011

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Curtis Granderson hit two of New York’s five home runs and rookie Ivan Nova won his 10th straight decision as visiting New York beat Baltimore, 8-3, last night for a split of a day-night doubleheader.

Granderson hit a three-run drive in the third inning and a solo shot in the seventh to take over the major league lead in homers (38) and RBIs (107).

In the first game, rookie Zach Britton allowed four hits over seven innings to lead the Orioles to a 2-0 victory.

The second game was tied at 3 before New York hit three straight homers in a four-run sixth. After Robinson Cano connected with a man on, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones also went deep.

Nova (14-4) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings, striking out seven and walking two. The righthander has won seven straight starts and is 10-0 in 11 outings since June 3.

In the first game, Britton allowed four singles, struck out five, and walked one before being pulled after throwing a career-high 120 pitches. It was a vivid contrast from his previous start against the Yankees, when he yielded nine runs and got only one out in a 17-3 loss July 30.

Britton (8-9) has given up only one run over 12 innings since coming off the disabled list (strained left shoulder) Aug. 22. Before going on the DL, he surrendered 23 runs in three starts.

Rays 12, Blue Jays 0 - David Price struck out a franchise-record 14 in seven dominant innings and Desmond Jennings hit a pair of solo home runs for visiting Tampa Bay.

Rays pitchers set a team mark by fanning 18 batters overall.

Diamondbacks 6, Padres 1 - Ian Kennedy pitched seven effective innings to become the NL’s first 17-game winner, Collin Cowgill hit his first career homer during a four-hit game, and Arizona beat San Diego in Phoenix for its sixth straight victory.

Brewers 3, Cubs 2 - Zack Greinke pitched effectively into the eighth to remain perfect at home, Corey Hart homered for the second time in as many days, and Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep of Chicago.

Greinke (13-5) improved to 10-0 at Miller Park and didn’t allow a hit until Marlon Byrd’s fifth-inning bloop. In the bottom of the inning, Greinke singled, stole second, and scored on Hart’s blast.

Twins 11, Tigers 4 - Luke Hughes hit two home runs to help host Minnesota snap a seven-game losing streak by pounding Detroit’s Brad Penny. Hughes drove in a career-high five runs as Penny gave up eight hits and seven runs in five innings.

Royals 2, Indians 1 - Bruce Chen (10-5) overcame a shaky first inning to win his career-high fifth straight start and lead visiting Kansas City past Cleveland.

White Sox 9, Mariners 3 - Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer in his season debut as Chicago completed a three-game sweep of host Seattle.

Cardinals 7, Pirates 4 - Kyle Lohse went a workmanlike five innings for his 100th career win as host St. Louis beat Pittsburgh.

Astros 4, Giants 3 - Matt Downs delivered a go-ahead single with one out in the 11th as visiting Houston beat San Francisco to salvage a four-game split.

Reds 5, Nationals 4 - Joey Votto led off the 14th with his second home run of the game lifting host Cincinnati over Washington.

Rockies 7, Dodgers 6 - Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in his first four runs since joining the Rockies last week and Colorado needed five relievers to hold off host Los Angeles.

Rangers 9 Angels 5 - Josh Hamilton broke out of a slump with a long two-run homer and the tiebreaking RBI single for host Texas.

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