Baseball Roundup: Beltre hits a pinch-hit three-run home run to lift Texas over Cleveland


CLEVELAND (AP) — Pinch-hitter Adrian Beltre hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning to lift Texas over Cleveland, 5-2.

Beltre didn’t start for the fourth straight game due to a tender hamstring, but he hit a 1-0 pitch from Joe Smith (1-1) over the center-field wall for his fifth homer, snapping the Rangers’ three-game losing streak.

Alexi Ogando (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings and Joe Nathan worked the 11th for his seventh save in eight tries.

Asdrubal Cabrera had four hits for Cleveland, which had its three-game winning streak stopped.

ORIOLES 8, RED SOX 2

BOSTON (AP) — Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer, Jason Hammel continued his strong start this season and Baltimore extended Boston’s recent home struggles.

Adam Jones added a two-run homer for Baltimore, which won its 10th in the last 12 games, and Hammel (4-1) held the Red Sox scoreless until he gave up two runs in the seventh.

WHITE SOX 3, TIGERS 2

DETROIT (AP) — Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer deep into the right-field seats off Jose Valverde in the ninth inning to lift Chicago over Detroit.

Dunn hit a 422-foot drive off Valverde (2-1) for his eighth homer this season and Paul Konerko also went deep for the White Sox.

ROYALS 5, YANKEES 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Felipe Paulino came off the disabled list to toss six shutout innings, Billy Butler drove in three runs and Kansas City beat New York.

Paulino (1-0) retired 11 straight to start the game and did not allow a ball out of the infield until Raul Ibanez singled with one out in the fifth. Paulino gave up only four hits and walked two while striking out six in his first start of the season.

A’s 4, RAYS 3 (12)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jonny Gomes came through against his former team, hitting a go-ahead homer in the 12th inning that lifted Oakland over Tampa Bay.

Gomes, who spent six seasons with Tampa Bay from 2003-08, hit his fifth home run of the season off reliever Joel Peralta (0-1) to stop the Rays’ six-game winning streak.

ANGELS 6, BLUE JAYS 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo homered, C.J. Wilson pitched effectively through eight innings and Los Angeles bounced back from consecutive shutout losses against Toronto to beat the Blue Jays with slumping slugger Albert Pujols on the bench.

Wilson (4-2) allowed two runs and six hits, including Adam Lind’s leadoff homer in the seventh, and struck out nine. Kyle Drabek (2-3) was charged with five runs, eight hits and five walks in five-plus innings.

National League Mets 4, D’Backs 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Johan Santana won for the first time in 20 months, finally getting some run support from his teammates as New York knocked off Arizona.

Mike Nickeas and Andres Torres each hit a two-run single to back Santana, who toughed out seven innings for his first victory since the two-time Cy Young Award winner had shoulder surgery in September 2010. Daniel Murphy went 4 for 4 for the Mets.

NATIONALS 7, PHILLIES 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez allowed one run over seven innings and Washington hit a season-high three home runs in the win over Philadelphia.

Jayson Werth hit a three-run drive, Chad Tracy connected with a man on and Ian Desmond had a solo shot for the Nationals, who have won seven straight over the Phillies dating to last year.

DODGERS 5, CUBS 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Capuano threw seven shutout innings and drove in two runs to lead Los Angeles past Chicago.

Capuano (4-0) held Chicago to three hits and struck out seven, extending his scoreless innings streak to 18 2-3. His two-run double in the second gave him his first RBIs since Aug. 24, 2007.

GIANTS 5, BREWERS 2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner shut down Milwaukee for seven innings and added an RBI double to win his eighth straight home start as San Francisco snapped a four-game skid.

Buster Posey and Brett Pill added RBI hits in a three-run sixth inning against Randy Wolf to give Bumgarner (5-1) all the support he needed.

ASTROS 8, CARDINALS 2

HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Johnson hit his first career grand slam, Bud Norris continued his dominance of St. Louis and Houston won its fifth straight for the first time since late 2010.

Jed Lowrie added a two-run home run for the Astros, who hadn’t won five straight since Aug. 22-26, 2010.

PIRATES 3, REDS 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Neil Walker hit his first homer since September and James McDonald put together another strong start to lead Pittsburgh over Cincinnati.

Alex Presley also homered for Pittsburgh and Joel Hanrahan worked a perfect ninth for his fifth save in relief of McDonald (2-1), who gave up one run and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. He walked two and struck out seven.

Marlins 4, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mark Buehrle threw a complete-game five-hitter and pinch hitter Greg Dobbs drove in the go-ahead run to lift the Miami Marlins to their season-high fifth straight victory with a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.

With a bullpen depleted due to overuse recently and closer Heath Bell getting demoted, Miami manager Ozzie Guillen was counting on Buehrle to pitch deep in the game, and he delivered.