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Crawford swipes 6 bases in Rays win

Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford becomes fourth player to swipe six bases in a game

Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford (13) slides in safely ahead of a tag by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the eighth inning with his sixth...

Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford (13) slides in safely ahead of a tag by Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia in the eighth inning with his sixth...

Carl Crawford tied a modern major league record with six stolen bases to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 on Sunday for its first series win in the American League in nearly a month.
Crawford was 4-for-4 with an RBI and became the fourth player to swipe six bases in a game, joining Eddie Collins, Otis Nixon, and Eric Young. James Shields (3-2) shrugged off a shaky start to pitch into the eighth inning, and Tampa Bay won three of four, outscoring the Red Sox 30-15 and improving to 5-2 against its AL East rivals. The Rays had dropped six consecutive series since taking two of three from Boston when the teams met at Fenway Park the opening week of the season.
Brad Penny (2-1) took the loss.
Tigers 3, Indians 1: At Detroit, Justin Verlander struck out 11 and Curtis Granderson delivered another go-ahead hit as Detroit beat Cleveland. Verlander (2-2) allowed one run and two hits in seven innings. Last Monday, he fanned nine in seven shutout innings against the New York Yankees.
Granderson's RBI double in the seventh put Detroit ahead 2-1. On Saturday, Granderson hit a two-run homer in the eighth to beat the Indians. Cliff Lee (1-4) already has lost more games this season than he did last year, when he went 22-3 and won the AL Cy Young pitching award.
Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3: At Toronto, Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer and Alex Rios added a solo shot as Toronto completed a three-game sweep of Baltimore.
The Orioles have lost six straight and 14 of 17 following a 6-2 start. Baltimore is 0-12 this season when scoring fewer than five runs.
Scott Richmond (4-0) won his fourth straight start, allowing three runs - two earned - and five hits in seven innings, matching a career high. He walked two and struck out six. Richmond, who lowered his ERA to 2.67, has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his 10 major league starts, including five in 2008. Jesse Carlson worked the eighth and Scott Downs, pitching in his third straight game, closed it out for his third save. Baltimore right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (2-2) allowed six hits in eight innings, his second career complete game. He walked one and struck out three.
Royals 7, Twins 5: At Minneapolis, Jose Guillen homered and drove in four runs, rallying Kansas City past Minnesota after Twins starter Scott Baker carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning.
Guillen's three-run shot accounted for the first runs off Baker (0-4), who flirted with Minnesota's first no-hitter since 1999. But he gave up five consecutive hits in the seventh and failed to record an out as the Royals overcame their largest deficit this season to take two of three in the series. Kansas City starter Gil Meche (2-2) lasted six innings and a season-high 116 pitches after leaving his previous start at Toronto with lower back stiffness.
Mariners 8, Athletics 7, 15 innings: At Seattle, Jose Lopez blooped an RBI single in the 15th inning as Seattle, after pulling off a pair of late rallies, beat Oakland in the longest game in the majors this season. Kenji Johjima hit a tying homer in the ninth off Russ Springer, and Ichiro Suzuki's two-out single in the 13th capped a three-run comeback for Seattle. A throwing error by Dana Eveland (1-2), who started Friday night and pitched 4 2-3 innings, set up the winning run.
The game lasted 5 hours, 2 minutes. It was the longest game by innings and time in 2009, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
Jason Vargas (1-0), called up Saturday from Triple-A Tacoma, got the win. It was his first big league appearance since July 2007 with the Mets. Mike Sweeney and Jack Cust each hit a two-run homer for the A's.
Rangers 5, White Sox 1: At Arlington, Texas, Ian Kinsler hit another leadoff home run and Matt Harrison pitched five scoreless innings to help Texas beat Chicago. Kinsler's second leadoff homer in three games was the eighth of his career, already matching the Rangers record early in the All-Star second baseman's fourth season.
Harrison (2-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fifth by retiring Carlos Quentin on a flyout.
John Danks (2-2) went 5 1-3 innings and gave up 10 hits for the first time in his 64 career starts - all for the White Sox since being traded.
National League
Reds 5, Pirates 0: Johnny Cueto limited the Pirates to four singles while striking out nine batters in eight dominating innings as the Cincinnati Reds blanked Pittsburgh 5-0. Ramon Hernandez drove in three runs in the win as the Reds pitched shutouts in each of their two victories in the three-game series and now have won each of their four series on the road, where they are 9-4.
Their five shutouts in 24 games lead the majors and are only one fewer than last season's total. Cueto (2-1) was in control from the start, striking out three of the first four batters he faced. He now has allowed two runs in 26 2-3 innings over his last four starts _ an 0.67 ERA that lowered his season's ERA to 1.65.
Astros 7, Braves 5: At Atlanta, Michael Bourn had three hits, including a seventh-inning single to drive in the go-ahead run, as the Houston beat Atlanta to win a series in Atlanta for the first time in five years.
Bourn's bunt single was the first of four straight hits for the Astros in a three-run sixth inning. He broke a 4-4 tie by driving in Geoff Blum with a single off Peter Moylan in the seventh.
Bourn then stole second and third and scored on Carlos Lee's sacrifice fly. The Astros took two of three for their first series win at Turner Field since May 7-9, 2004.
Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 3: At Milwaukee, Prince Fielder and Mike Cameron hit back-to-back homers as Milwaukee beat Arizona to split their four-game series.
The Brewers squandered a three-run lead by giving up three homers in the seventh inning, but they regrouped. Chris Duffy hit an RBI groundout in the eighth, and Trevor Hoffman closed it out.
Fielder and Cameron connected early, and Corey Hart added an RBI single in the fifth off Diamondbacks starter Yusmeiro Petit to build a 3-0 cushion.
In other NL games: Cubs 6, Marlins 4; Giants 1, Rockies 0; Dodgers 7, Padres 3

Updated : 2021-08-01 12:36 GMT+08:00