Damon loses grand slam, but hits game-winning HR

Posted Aug. 21, 2011, at 8:22 p.m.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Johnny Damon lost a grand slam to a video review in the seventh inning, then hit a game-ending home run in the ninth that lifted the Tampa Bay Rays over the Seattle Mariners 8-7 Sunday.

Damon connected for a leadoff shot in the ninth on the first pitch from Dan Cortes (0-2), sending his 11th homer of the season into the right-field seats.

The Rays trailed 5-4 in the seventh when Damon launched a drive to right-center field. First ruled a home run, the umpires changed the call to a three-run double after a video review.

After blowing an early four-run lead, Seattle tied it at 7 during the eighth when Wily Mo Pena hit a long two-run homer to center off James Shields.

Kyle Farnsworth (5-1) pitched a perfect ninth as the Rays won for the 10th time in 12 games.

Yankees 3, Twins 0

MINNEAPOLIS — Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 5 in his return to the lineup, but Curtis Granderson hit an inside-the-park home run and New York took three of four from Minnesota.

Mark Teixeira also homered and Ivan Nova (13-4) pitched seven shutout innings for the Yankees, who had Rodriguez for the first time since July 7.

Nova allowed five hits and struck out five to rebound from a poor start in Kansas City and Mariano Rivera picked up his 33rd save in 38 tries.

Joe Mauer had three hits for the Twins, who lost starter Nick Blackburn in the second inning because of a strained right forearm. Phil Dumatrait (1-2) got the loss in two innings of relief.

Tigers 8, Indians 7

DETROIT — Center fielder Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at the plate to complete a game-ending double play and first-place Detroit completed a three-game sweep of Cleveland.

Delmon Young and Victor Martinez homered in the Tigers’ seven-run third inning.

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his 37th save in as many tries, but it wasn’t easy. He walked Fukudome to start the inning and then hit Jason Donald on an 0-2 pitch. Jack Hannahan bunted the runners over, before pinch-hitter Matt LaPorta lined to center field and Jackson threw a perfect strike to get Fukudome by a step.

Cleveland’s Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1) took the loss, giving up eight runs in 3 1-3 innings, but Rick Porcello couldn’t take advantage, allowing five in 3 2-3. Phil Coke, the fifth of seven Tigers pitchers, got the win to improve to 2-8.

White Sox 10, Rangers 0

CHICAGO — Gavin Floyd pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Brent Lillibridge and Alex Rios hit two-run homers, and Chicago took two of three from the AL-West leading Texas.

Chicago finished its first winning homestand (5-4) since June 3-12.

Floyd (11-10) coasted with a big lead. He allowed just three hits, struck out six and walked one.

The Rangers have dropped three of four after winning the first six games on their 10-game road trip.

Derek Holland (11-5) lost for the first time in five decisions since the All-Star break. The left-hander gave up five runs and eight hits in 3 1-3 innings.

Blue Jays 1, Athletics 0

OAKLAND, Calif. — Luis Perez pitched brilliantly in his first big league start, combining with Casey Janssen on a one-hitter, and Jose Bautista connected for his majors-best 36th home run for Toronto.

Bautista broke up a scoreless game with a deep drive into the left-field bleachers on the 10th pitch he saw from Guillermo Moscoso (6-7) leading off the seventh.

Perez (3-2) didn’t allow an Athletics runner until Cliff Pennington drew a five-pitch walk to start the sixth. Jemile Weeks later singled up the middle to load the bases, but Perez induced an inning-ending double play by Coco Crisp with his final pitch.

Janssen struck out five in three innings, earning his second save in three chances this season and ninth of his career.

Angels 7, Orioles 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jerome Williams pitched seven stellar innings to get his first major league victory in almost six years, Peter Bourjos homered for the third straight game and Howie Kendrick also went deep, leading Los Angeles to three-game.

Williams (1-0) posted his first victory in the majors since Sept. 25, 2005 with the Chicago Cubs, after losing his previous eight decisions. The 29-year-old Hawaiian-born right-hander allowed a run and six hits over seven innings, struck out six and walked none.

Brian Matusz (1-6) threw 84 pitches over four innings, giving up six runs and eight hits.

Torii Hunter’s hitting streak ended at 18 games (0 for 5) after Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones robbed him of a home run in the fourth.

Brewers 6, Mets 2

NEW YORK — Prince Fielder drove in the go-ahead run on a botched potential double-play grounder in the eighth and Yovani Gallardo shut down the Mets for seven innings, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 victory Sunday for their first series sweep in New York.

Casey McGehee homered off R.A. Dickey in the fourth and Ryan Braun had three hits, an RBI and scored twice after stealing bases for the Brewers.

Milwaukee won three straight in Queens to send the Mets six games under .500 for the first time since May 4 with a thorough display of superior baseball this weekend. Shaun Marcum stifled New York on Friday in a 6-1 win. Fielder and the Brewers rallied Saturday after blowing a late six-run lead for an 11-9 victory, and Gallardo (14-8) gave up six hits in the finale to match a career high for wins.

The NL Central-leading Brewers have won eight of nine on the road to improve to 29-36 away from home.

Braves 1, Diamondbacks 0

ATLANTA — Tim Hudson combined with two relievers on a five-hit shutout, Alex Gonzalez homered and Atlanta completed a three-game sweep of slumping Arizona.

The Diamondbacks have lost five straight to match their longest skid of the season.

Hudson (13-7) allowed only three hits with three walks and seven strikeouts in seven scoreless innings. Jonny Venters pitched the eighth before Craig Kimbrel escaped trouble in the ninth to earn his 39th save.

Right-hander Josh Collmenter (7-8) gave up only four hits and one run in seven innings but saw his streak of road starts without a win extended to nine.

Reds 5, Pirates 4

PITTSBURGH — Cincinnati scored twice in the ninth inning to hand All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan his second loss in three days and take two of three from Pittsburgh.

Ramon Hernandez hit an RBI-single to tie the game with one out in the top of the ninth and Dave Sappelt scored on Brandon Phillips’ fielder’s choice.

Joey Votto added a three-run homer for the Reds. Jose Arredondo (3-3) pitched two perfect innings in relief and Francisco Cordero survived an eventful ninth to earn his 26th save.

Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen each hit two-run homers for Pittsburgh, which had been 52-0 when leading after eight innings.

Hanrahan (0-3) gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in 2-3 of an inning to blow a save opportunity for just the third time this year.

Giants 6, Astros 4, 11 innings

HOUSTON — Pablo Sandoval hit a tie-breaking two-run homer with two out in the 11th inning to propel San Francisco.

The score had been tied 4-4 since the fourth inning and the Giants missed several chances to take the lead until Sandoval’s 15th homer off Mark Melancon (6-4).

Jeremy Affeldt (2-2) pitched two innings for the victory. He has allowed one earned in 17 1-3 innings since the All-Star break.

The Giants stranded 12 base runners, including seven over the final five innings. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Astros, equaling their longest of the season.

Brandon Belt hit a three-run homer in the second inning and had a career high four hits for the Giants.

Rockies 5, Dodgers 3

DENVER — Kevin Millwood pitched seven strong innings for his first big league win in nearly a year and Seth Smith hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh, leading Colorado to snap a string of 17 straight Sunday losses.

The Rockies hadn’t won on Sunday since beating the Chicago Cubs 9-5 on April 17.

Chad Billingsley (10-10) went 7 2-3 innings for the Dodgers, allowing five runs on three hits. He struck out seven and walked five.

Rafael Betancourt got three outs for his second save in five chances.

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