Pop-fly single gives New York Yankees 3-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds
July 22, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits and scored the winning run in the ninth inning off Brian McCann's pop-fly single that dropped near three Cincinnati Reds in shallow right field, giving the New York Yankees a 3-2 victory Sunday.
Ellsbury and Derek Jeter each had an RBI single for the Yankees, who finished a three-game sweep in their first series after the All-Star break. Ellsbury also stole two bases and made a sliding catch in center field that saved a run. He reached safely all five times up, including a leadoff single in the ninth off Aroldis Chapman (0-3).
The Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal as Los Angeles salvaged the finale of a three-game series with a 4-3 win.
The Dodgers pulled into a virtual tie for first place with San Francisco in the NL West despite a so-so outing from Clayton Kershaw, whose run of seven straight starts allowing one or fewer runs came to an end. Yasiel Puig did not play after getting hit by a pitch on the left hand a day earlier and the Dodgers finished without Hanley Ramirez, who was taken out in the ninth — also after getting struck on the left hand.
At Toronto, Melky Cabrera hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning as the Blue Jays beat the slumping Texas Rangers 9-6.
Cabrera drove in three runs and finished 3 for 5, his 13th multi-hit effort in the past 28 games, as the Blue Jays won their first series since sweeping a two-game set against Milwaukee on July 1-2.
The Detroit Tigers downed the Cleveland Indians 5-1 to avoid a four-game sweep after Drew Smyly allowed four hits in seven innings and Torii Hunter hit a two-run homer.
Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester allowed no earned runs for the third time in four starts as Boston blanked Kansas City 6-0 to complete a three-game sweep of the Royals.
In other games, Odrisamer Despaigne came within four outs of the first no-hitter in San Diego's 46-year major league history as the San Diego Padres edged the New York Mets 2-1, the Houston Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 11-7, the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Minnesota Twins 5-3, the Los Angeles Angels overcame the Seattle Mariners 6-5 and the Oakland Athletics trounced the Baltimore Orioles 10-2.
The Miami Marlins beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2, the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Colorado Rockies 5-3, the Washington Nationals edged the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4, the Braves thrashed the Philadelphia Phillies 8-2 and the Arizona Diamondbacks were 3-2 winners over the Chicago Cubs.