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Game roundup: Headley lifts Yankees past Rangers in 14

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 23 2014 04:21:11 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 23 2014 04:45:07 AM CDT
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NEW YORK -- Chase Headley came through in his fourth at-bat as a Yankee, hitting a game-winning single in the 14th inning as New York outlasted the Texas Rangers for a 2-1 victory Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.

The switch-hitting third baseman entered the game as a pinch hitter for Zelous Wheeler in the eighth and was hitless in his first three at-bats. With runners at first and third in the 14th, Headley singled into left field against Nick Tepesch (3-6). Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts easily scored, ending the 4-hour, 51-minute marathon.

After rounding first base, Headley was mobbed by his teammates, whom he met 4 1/2 hours earlier after being acquired from the San Diego Padres and flying in from Chicago. While doing his postgame interview, he was given a Gatorade shower by left fielder Brett Gardner.

The Yankees won for the 10th time in 16 games and improved to 4-1 on a 10-game homestand thanks to their third walk-off win of the season. They did so after tying the game in the 13th against Texas closer Joakim Soria on a base hit by Carlos Beltran.

Giants 9, Phillies 6 (14 innings)

PHILADELPHIA -- Brandon Crawford's three-run, 14th-inning double broke a 5-5 tie and sparked San Francisco past Philadelphia.

Catcher Hector Sanchez knocked in Crawford with a single.

The Phillies led 5-4 going into the ninth, but Giants first baseman Buster Posey tied the game with a solo homer to left off closer Jonathan Papelbon. It was Papelbon's third blown save in 26 opportunities this year.

George Kontos (3-0) won for the second night in a row, pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing a run in the 14th. Tim Lincecum recorded the last two outs for his first-ever save. He was the ninth pitcher used by the Giants.

Brewers 4, Reds 3

MILWAUKEE -- Jonathan Lucroy hit two home runs, including a walk-off, solo shot in the ninth inning, as Milwaukee rallied to beat Cincinnati.

Lucroy gave Milwaukee a 3-1 lead in the sixth with a two-out homer off right-hander Homer Bailey, but Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson couldn't preserve the lead in the seventh. Nelson hit Zack Cozart with a pitch to load the bases, and then plunked Ramon Santiago to make it 3-2 before giving way to right-hander Brandon Kinztler. Pinch hitter Chris Heisey delivered a game-tying sacrifice fly.

Lucroy finally broke the deadlock on a 1-1 offering from right-hander Sam LeCure (1-2).

Cubs 6, Padres 0

CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo hit two solo home runs, and right-hander Kyle Hendricks worked seven efficient innings for his first major league victory as Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak with a shutout of San Diego.

Hendricks (1-0), called up from Triple-A Iowa earlier in the day, allowed five hits in seven innings in his second big league start.

Rizzo made it 2-0 in the third with a leadoff, first-pitch shot to the back of the right-field bleachers. Rizzo homered off right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer in the seventh inning, giving him his seventh career multi-homer game. He leads the National League with 25 homers.

Pirates 12, Dodgers 7

PITTSBURGH -- Ike Davis had three hits, including his first home run since June 9, and Gregory Polanco and Neil Walker also homered and drove in three runs each as Pittsburgh outlasted Los Angeles.

Polanco, a rookie right fielder, delivered the big blow, a two-run single with two outs in the sixth inning off reliever Jamey Wright that snapped a 4-4 tied and keyed a four-run inning. Travis Snider singled in a run and Polanco scored on a wild pitch by Wright.

Pirates starter Vance Worley (3-1) got the win as he pitched six innings and gave up four runs -- one earned -- and seven hits while striking out five and walking two. It was the right-hander's first career victory against the Dodgers after giving up a combined nine runs in eight innings in his previous two starts.

Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3

TORONTO -- Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro homered in the sixth inning, and J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings as Toronto snapped Boston's five-game winning streak.

Happ (8-5) held Boston to seven hits and one walk while striking out four in six innings.

The Blue Jays used a pair of homers to score three runs in the sixth and take a 4-0 lead. Reyes led off with his eighth homer of the season. Melky Cabrera followed with a double and took third on Jose Bautista's fly out to right. Navarro then hit his seventh homer of the season.

Marlins 6, Braves 5

ATLANTA -- Donovan Solano had a career-best four hits, and Jacob Turner, banished to the bullpen in early June, was successful in his return to the rotation as Miami held on to beat Atlanta.

Solano, a second baseman who came in batting .234, had three singles, a double and a walk in a 4-for-4 game.

The Braves scored three times in the eighth inning, but Marlins closer Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save in 26 opportunities. He was helped by catcher Jeff Mathis throwing out pinch runner Jordan Schafer, who had been successful on 17 of his previous 18 steal attempts.

Indians 8, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Cleveland got four hits from first baseman Carlos Santana, including a home run, in a win over Minnesota.

Santana doubled in the second inning and scored the game's first run later in the frame. He bunted for a single against the shift in the third, then hit a mammoth home run in the fifth inning. He doubled again in the ninth to drive in the final two runs of the game for the Indians.

Cleveland right-hander Danny Salazar allowed one run on six hits and three walks in five innings, earning the win and improving to 2-4.

Rays 7, Cardinals 2

ST. LOUIS -- Tampa Bay extended its season-high winning streak to six games at the expense of St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright, who was knocked out after just 4 2/3 innings.

In his first start since the All-Star break, Wainwright (12-5) gave up six hits and six runs, two of which were unearned thanks to his fielding error in the fifth. He walked four, including three in the fifth, struck out four and hit a man in his second-shortest outing of the year.

Six players knocked in runs for Tampa Bay, with Evan Longoria capping the scoring with a two-out solo homer in the ninth. Left fielder Matt Holliday supplied a solo homer in the sixth to cap St. Louis' scoring.

Royals 7, White Sox 1

CHICAGO -- Mike Moustakas celebrated Greek Heritage Night with two home runs, helping Kansas City beat Chicago and snap a four-game losing streak.

The Royals, who hadn't won since the All-Star break, scored four runs in the sixth inning and amassed 14 hits. Kansas City had scored two combined runs in the previous three games.

Left-hander Bruce Chen (2-2), filling the rotation spot of injured left-hander Jason Vargas, went five innings and earned his second win against Chicago this season. Moustakas finished 3-for-5, belting his 11th and 12th homers.

Nationals 7, Rockies 4

DENVER -- Adam LaRoche's three-run shot in the seventh off Rex Brothers broke a 4-4 tie, and Washington sent Colorado to its seventh consecutive loss.

Brothers was brought in to face the left-handed-hitting LaRoche, who had not hit a home run in 80 at-bats against left-handers this season and was batting .238 (19-for-80) against southpaws. LaRoche drove a 2-0 fastball to right-center for his 13th homer of the season.

The Rockies built an early 3-0 lead against starter Jordan Zimmermann and were ahead 4-2 when the right-hander left after the fifth.

Diamondbacks 5, Tigers 4

PHOENIX -- Miguel Montero hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning, and Aaron Hill homered and had three RBIs as Arizona beat Detroit.

Ender Inciarte and David Peralta walked with one out in the eighth inning off Phil Coke (1-2) before Al Alburquerque entered and walked Paul Goldschmidt on four pitches with two outs. Montero, who leads major league catchers with 58 RBIs, then delivered his single to knock in Inciarte and Peralta.

Hill homered in the first inning and followed Peralta triples in the third and sixth innings with RBIs -- a sacrifice fly in the third and a groundout in the sixth.

Mets 3, Mariners 1

SEATTLE -- Starter Jacob deGrom scattered five hits over seven innings, and Lucas Duda provided a cushion with an eighth-inning home run that went 446 feet as New York beat Seattle.

DeGrom (4-5) allowed one earned run while striking out seven to give the Mets their first win at Safeco Field, where New York had lost its previous four games -- including a three-game sweep in 2005.

This was the third consecutive start in which deGrom has gone seven innings. He has not allowed more than one run in any of the three.

Orioles 4, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings and permitted just three hits in leading Baltimore over Los Angeles.

Gonzalez (5-5), recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Norfolk, did not allow a run until center fielder Mike Trout hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Gonzalez finished with five strikeouts and four walks while generating nine groundouts.

Shortstop J.J. Hardy and second baseman Jonathan Schoop drove in two runs apiece while going 2-for-4. Hardy hit two doubles and Schoop pounded a two-run home run.

Astros 3, A's 2 (12 innings)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- L.J. Hoes lined a tie-breaking solo home run with one out in the top of the 12th inning, and Houston held on to beat Oakland.

Hoes ripped left-handed reliever Fernando Abad's first pitch to left field for his third home run of the season. He entered the game batting .176 and went hitless in his first four at-bats before homering off Abad (2-4), who took the loss,

Left-hander Darin Downs (2-1) recorded one out to earn the win. Chad Qualls pitched a perfect 12th for his 11th save of the season.