Friday, July 6, 2012

Youkilis lifts Chicago past Texas in 10th

CHICAGO ? Kevin Youkilis hit a game-ending RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Chicago White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

In the 10th inning, Alejandro De Aza, who fouled a ball off his right knee during the at-bat, led off the inning with a walk against Rangers reliever Mike Adams (1-3) then stole second. On the ninth pitch, Youkilis ended the game with an RBI single to score De Aza and prompting the crowd to shout ?Youuuuk!? for the player acquired in a trade from the Red Sox on June 24.

Josh Hamilton homered for the Rangers, who had won their previous seven series.

Addison Reed (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th for the White Sox.

After a 19-2 drubbing by the White Sox on Tuesday, the Rangers scored three runs in the first inning off White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod. With two outs, Hamilton and Adrian Beltre hit back-to-back singles. Then Michael Young snapped an 0 for 13 skid with a two-run double and scored on Cruz?s RBI single. Axelrod threw 25 pitches in 97-degree heat in the first inning.

The White Sox came right back and scored four runs to take the lead. With one out in the second, Alex Rios doubled to right off Rangers starter Scott Feldman. Feldman then hit A.J. Pierzynski with a pitch. Dayan Viciedo followed with an RBI single, then Alexei Ramirez lined a single to right. Right fielder David Murphy?s throw short-hopped to catcher Mike Napoli.

Although he was in front of the plate and in position to tag Pierzynski out, Napoli got barreled over by Pierzynski and lost the ball. Gordon Beckham added a two-run double.

Hamilton led off the third with his 26th home run of the season to tie the game at four.

Axelrod rebounded after a rough first inning to pitch 5 2-3 innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits.

Feldman pitched six innings and allowed four runs on six hits.

Cardinals 4, Rockies 1: Adam Wainwright pitched six strong innings and Matt Holliday had three hits to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

Wainwright (7-8) gave up one run, struck out seven and allowed eight hits to help the Cardinals win for the third time in four games. He fanned seven of the first 13 hitters and threw a first-pitch strike to nine of the first 10 batters.

Wainwright was coming off one of his worst performances of the season. He gave up seven earned runs in five innings of a 14-5 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday.

Holliday, who went 3-for-4, is 33-for-64 (.516) with four homers and 19 RBI in his last 16 games.

Blue Jays 4, Royals 1: Carlos Villanueva pitched six shutout innings, Yunel Escobar drove in two runs and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

Every Blue Jays starter had at least one hit as Toronto won for the fourth time in six games. The Blue Jays are 6-1 against Kansas City this season and have won nine of the past 12 meetings dating to 2011.

Jeff Francoeur?s RBI triple in the seventh provided the only run of the game for the Royals.

Nationals 9, Giants 4: Ryan Zimmerman?s line drive to right-center kept going ? and going and going ? until it landed in the first row, highlighting another big Fourth of July for the resurgent third baseman and as the NL East-leading Washington Nationals beat the San Francisco Giants.

Zimmerman missed another home run by inches ? he had to settle for an RBI double ? on a humid day when the ball carried well at Nationals Park. He is 10 for 20 with four homers and 13 RBIs in six Independence Day games.


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