Dodgers win on just two hits, 1-0 A's catcher Suzuki returns
SAN DIEGO — The way Chad Billingsley and the bullpen pitched, the Los Angeles Dodgers got by with just two hits.
Russell Martin hit an RBI single in the sixth inning and the Dodgers beat the first-place San Diego Padres, 1-0, yesterday for a three-game sweep and their season-high seventh straight victory.
Billingsley pitched into the eighth and combined with two relievers for a four-hitter. The Dodgers, playing their second game without hitting star Andre Ethier, won for the 12th time in 15 games.
"We got about everything we could today out of what offense we put together," manager Joe Torre said. "It was all about pitching."
Los Angeles' only other hit was a seventh-inning single by Ronnie Belliard.
The Padres' margin atop the NL West is down to a half game over the San Francisco Giants, who come in for a two-game series starting tonight. The Dodgers are two games back.
Billingsley (4-2) shut down the Padres over 7 1/3 innings, allowing just four singles, striking out six and walking one. Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
Padres starter Wade LeBlanc (2-1) allowed only two baserunners the first five innings, both on walks.
"I blinked," LeBlanc said. "I was trying to keep up with Billingsley and trying to make the pitches that he was making and I blinked."
GIANTS 4, ASTROS 3
Barry Zito earned his sixth win of the season, Aaron Rowand hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and host San Francisco finished a three-game sweep over Houston.
Andres Torres homered, doubled and scored twice for the Giants. Zito (6-1) scattered six hits over seven innings while striking out four with one walk. Carlos Lee homered for Houston.
ROCKIES 2, NATIONALS 1
Brad Hawpe hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth, and host Colorado won after Jeff Francis struck out six and allowed one run in seven innings in his first start since September 2008, as arm issues kept him sidelined.
Pinch hitter Seth Smith began the winning rally in the eighth by drawing a walk off Tyler Clippard (7-2). Carlos Gonzalez singled, Dexter Fowler bunted and Hawpe hit a deep fly ball.
REDS 7, CARDINALS 2
Scott Rolen homered and drove in three runs, helping host Cincinnati move a half game ahead of St. Louis for the Central Division lead following its seventh win in eight games.
Rolen hit a two-run homer and a run-scoring single off Brad Penny (3-4), who had never lost at Great American Ball Park.
CUBS 4, PIRATES 3
Pinch-hitter Xavier Nady lined a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and host Chicago rallied to its first victory over Pittsburgh after seven straight losses.
Sean Marshall (2-1) worked a scoreless eighth in relief of Ted Lilly for the win.
MARLINS 10, METS 8
Pinch-hitter Chris Coghlan hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and host Florida completed its first four-game sweep since August 2006.
New York cut the margin to 7-6 before Coghlan's homer off Fernando Nieve. Ricky Nolasco (4-2) allowed two earned runs in six innings for the win.
BRAVES 13, DIAMONDBACKS 1
Tim Hudson (4-1) gave up three hits in eight innings and Martin Prado hit two home runs to lead host Atlanta to its fifth win in six games.
Prado had four hits and drove in three runs, while Eric Hinske and Troy Glaus also had homers for Atlanta.
PHILLIES 4, BREWERS 2
Cole Hamels (4-2) pitched into the seventh inning despite giving up back-to-back home runs to Casey McGehee and Corey Hart, and Philadelphia completed a three-game sweep of host Milwaukee.
Hamels helped out on offense, too, delivering a sharp RBI double in the second. Hamels gave up six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.
TWINS 6, YANKEES 3
Jason Kubel hit a stunning grand slam off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the eighth inning and Minnesota snapped a nine-game losing streak against host New York.
Rivera replaced Joba Chamberlain (1-2) with the bases loaded and a 3-1 lead and walked Jim Thome. Kubel pulled a drive into the seats in right, startling the crowd of 46,628.
RAYS 2, MARINERS 1
Sean Rodriguez delivered a seventh-inning RBI double off Cliff Lee (1-2) and Gabe Kapler added an eighth-inning sacrifice fly as host Tampa Bay beat Seattle.
In the eighth, Carl Crawford tripled into the left-field corner, just beyond the reach of Michael Saunders, and scored on Kapler's sacrifice fly.
TIGERS 5, RED SOX 1
Ramon Santiago hit a two-run homer and Armando Galarraga was sharp in his first start of the season, helping host Detroit win two of three against Boston.
Galarraga (1-0) gave up one run on three hits over 5 2/3 innings, while John Lackey (4-2) allowed five runs on nine hits and four walks over seven innings for Boston.
ANGELS 4, ATHLETICS 0
Joel Pineiro pitched a three-hitter for his sixth career shutout, Bobby Abreu hit a two-run homer and host Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of Oakland.
Pineiro (3-4) struck out five, walked one and threw just 98 pitches.
INDIANS 5, ORIOLES 1
Jake Westbrook worked around nine hits for his 13th career complete game, and Cleveland beat host Baltimore.
Westbrook (2-2), who didn't pitch at all last season while recovering from reconstructive right elbow surgery, struck out eight and walked none.
ROYALS 5, WHITE SOX 3
Brian Bannister pitched six strong innings, Jose Guillen drove in three runs and host Kansas City beat Chicago.
Bannister (2-3) retired 13 of 14 in one stretch. Guillen had an RBI single in the Royals' three-run fourth, then singled home two more in the fifth.
BLUE JAYS 5, RANGERS 2
Brandon Morrow (3-3) allowed two runs and eight hits in six-plus innings, Jose Bautista homered for the third time in two games and host Toronto beat Texas to complete a three-game sweep.
Toronto turned four double plays and extended its winning streak to four. Morrow struck out eight.