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MLB: Red Sox’s Mike Napoli surprises Yankees

June 29, 2014 - 12:05am

NEW YORK — Mike Napoli stunned Masahiro Tanaka by hitting a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Jon Lester and the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 2-1 Saturday.

Napoli had struck out in his previous two at-bats before lining an opposite-field drive into the first row of the seats in right. Napoli, who also homered off Tanaka at Fenway Park in late April, raised his right arm as he rounded first base.

Lester (9-7) held the Yankees hitless until the sixth. He gave up an unearned run and five hits in eight innings, striking out six and walking two. Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.

Tanaka (11-3), the top winner in the majors and AL ERA leader, allowed seven hits in a complete game, striking out eight and walking one.


MIAMI — Josh Donaldson’s two-out RBI single scored the go-ahead run from second base in the 14th inning to lift Oakland.

For the second game in a row, the Athletics won despite squandering a 4-0 lead. They also overcame a blown save by Sean Doolittle, whose streak of 26 2/3 scoreless innings ended when Miami tied it in the ninth on Casey McGehee’s single.


SAN FRANCISCO — Zack Cozart drove in two runs with a tiebreaking single and surging Cincinnati scored five times with two outs in the 11th inning to beat San Francisco.

Chris Heisey followed with a two-run triple and Billy Hamilton added an RBI double, all but sealing the Reds’ fourth straight victory and seventh in eight games.

The NL West-leading Giants have dropped three in a row and 14 of 18.


LOS ANGELES — Zack Greinke became the third NL pitcher to reach double digits in victories, and Los Angeles had four RBI doubles during a six-run second inning.

Greinke (10-4) allowed a run and four hits over seven innings, struck out 10 and did not walk a batter as the Dodgers won for the 11th time in 15 games.


TORONTO — Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer, Chris Sale pitched seven innings and Chicago beat Toronto.

The White Sox won back-to-back games for the first time since winning two straight over San Francisco on June 17 and 18. Chicago had dropped 11 of 14 before the consecutive victories.


BALTIMORE — Desmond Jennings opened the game with the first of Tampa Bay’s three home runs off Wei-Yin Chen, and the Rays got an impressive performance from former Orioles pitcher Erik Bedard.

Tampa Bay built a five-run lead in the fourth inning, then held off a late comeback bid to improve to 3-8 against the Orioles this season.

NATIONALS 3, CUBS 0, 1st game

NATIONALS 7, CUBS 2, 2nd game

CHICAGO — Adam LaRoche and Wilson Ramos homered, Blake Treinen earned his first major league win and Washington completed a sweep of a day-night doubleheader.

The Nationals tagged Jeff Samardzija (2-7) for six runs over five innings to salvage a four-game series split.

Gio Gonzalez pitched two-hit ball over seven innings for Washington in the first game. Gonzalez (5-4) had his way with one of the weakest lineups in the majors, outperforming Dallas Beeler in the right-hander’s major league debut.


HOUSTON — Ian Kinsler hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning to rally Detroit past Houston after Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 13 batters.

The Tigers trailed by one before Kinsler connected off Jerome Williams (1-4) for a 4-2 lead. Kinsler also had a double in his seventh straight multihit game and 33rd this season.

BRAVES 10, PHILLIES 3, 1st game

BRAVES 5, PHILLIES 1, 2nd game

PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Doumit homered and Tommy La Stella had two doubles and drove in a pair of runs in the second game to lead Atlanta to a doubleheader sweep of Philadelphia.

Chris Johnson had three hits with an RBI and Justin Upton had two hits and drove in a run for the Braves, who have won five of six


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — David Freese drove in three runs, Albert Pujols had two RBIs and Los Angeles beat Kansas City