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.
New York Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury bats during the ninth inning of the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, July 20. The Yankees defeated the Reds ...