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MLB ROUNDUP



Published: Wed, July 4, 2007 @ 12:00 a.m.

MLB ROUNDUP

Tuesday’s other games

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Red Sox 4, Devil Rays 1

BOSTON — Daisuke Matsuzaka got as much support from Julio Lugo as he had gotten from the Red Sox in any of his six previous starts, pitching eight shutout innings. Matsuzaka (10-5) struck out nine while allowing four hits and one walk, preserving the shutout by fanning Akinori Iwamura for the third time with a runner on third in the eighth. Lugo went 2-for-3, his first hits since June 14, and drove in two runs. Carlos Pena of the Devil Rays hit his 19th homer in the ninth off Jonathan Papelbon.

Yankees 8, Twins 0

NEW YORK — Chien-Ming Wang won his fifth straight decision and Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer for New York. Alex Rodriguez played third base for New York, one night after leaving the game with a strained left hamstring. The two-time MVP went 0-for-4 with a strikeout but looked comfortable in the field, starting an important double play with a fine pickup on the backhand side. A resurgent Bobby Abreu had three hits for the second consecutive game, helping New York win for the fourth time in 13 games. Derek Jeter had three hits and two RBIs, and Melky Cabrera added a two-run single.

Royals 17, Mariners 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Billy Butler homered and doubled and drove in six runs as Kansas City handed John McLaren his second loss in two games as Seattle manager. Butler, who will probably return to the minor leagues when regular DH Mike Sweeney comes off the disabled list, had a three-run home run in the six-run first inning and a bases-loaded double in the four-run second. Ryan Feierabend (1-3) allowed 10 runs in just 11⁄3 innings in his seventh major league start.

White Sox 5, Orioles 1

CHICAGO — Javier Vazquez threw his 21st career complete game and Jim Thome hit a three-run homer to lift Chicago over Baltimore. Thome broke open a one-run game with two outs in the fourth inning when he hit his 12th homer, making it 5-1. It was Vazquez’s first complete game since Sept. 5 of last season in a road loss to the Red Sox.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Cubs 3, Nationals 1

WASHINGTON — Carlos Zambrano won his third consecutive start for Chicago, while Alfonso Soriano again hurt his former team with two hits and two runs scored. Zambrano (10-6) allowed one run and three hits. He struck out eight and walked four in 62⁄3 innings. He tied Milwaukee’s Ben Sheets and Los Angeles’ Brad Penny for most wins in the NL. Soriano went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI in Monday’s win. Soriano, who batted leadoff for the Nationals last season, went 2-for-4 with a stolen base Tuesday. Bob Howry got the last two outs for his third save. Chicago is 5-0 against Washington this season and has won 10 of 11 overall.

Rockies 11, Mets 3

DENVER — Former Met Kaz Matsui had a career-high five hits and Ryan Spliborghs hit his first grand slam to lead Colorado. Garrett Atkins added a two-run home run and had three RBIs for the Rockies, while Matt Holliday had two hits and two RBIs. Matsui, a second baseman who played for the Mets from 2004 to 2006, was 5-for-5, all singles. The benefactor of the 18-hit attack was Aaron Cook (5-5), who won for the first time since May 26. He limited the Mets to three runs, two earned, and seven hits over eight innings. Jason Vargas (0-1) was called up from Triple A New Orleans to replaced injured starter Oliver Perez. He gave up nine runs and 11 hits in 31⁄3 innings. Ramon Castro was 2-for-3 with a home run for New York, which had won eight of 12.

Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 1

ST. LOUIS — Stand-in starter Yusmeiro Petit pitched into the sixth inning in place of injured Randy Johnson and Arizona backed him with three home runs. Chris Young, Chad Tracy and Mark Reynolds connected for the Diamondbacks, who ended a three-game losing streak and silenced a team that had scored 11 runs each of its last two games. Albert Pujols went 3-for-3 with a walk for St. Louis but Todd Wellemeyer (2-1) was victimized by two first-inning errors and surrendered all three homers in three innings, his shortest outing in seven starts since joining a beat-up rotation. Petit (1-1) arrived about three hours before the game to take Johnson’s spot in the rotation after the 43-year-old lefty was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the third time this season because of a back injury. The 22-year-old right-hander allowed a run and five hits in 51⁄3 innings for his second career victory.

Associated Press


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