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Jones, Anderson help Braves beat Boston

Jones, Anderson help Braves beat Boston

Homers by Chipper Jones and Garret Anderson carried the Atlanta Braves past Boston 2-1 on Sunday, preventing a Red Sox sweep.
Pitching dominated the weekend series, with the teams combining for only nine runs in three games.
Rookie Tommy Hanson threw six scoreless innings, limiting Boston to two hits on another sweltering day at Turner Field and extending his scoreless streak to 20 innings.
Jones, mired in a 10-of-60 slump, took advantage when Brad Penny hung a breaking ball in the first, driving an opposite-field homer into the seats in left. It was the first homer since June 8 for the defending NL batting champion, whose average has slipped from .335 to .289 during his slide.
Tigers 4, Astros 3
At Houston, Brandon Inge hit a two-run homer off Jose Valverde with two outs in the ninth inning as the Tigers averted a sweep against the Astros.
Kaz Matsui's RBI double off Edwin Jackson in the seventh gave Houston a 3-2 lead.
Tim Byrdak retired two batters in relief of Russ Ortiz in the eighth and Valverde (0-2) started the ninth, looking for his seventh save. Placido Polanco and Miguel Cabrera each flied out before Valverde walked Marcus Thames.
Inge then drove a 1-0 pitch over the left-field wall for his 18th home run.
Royals 3, Pirates 2
At Pittsburgh, Kansas City Royals kept the Pirates from sweeping an interleague series for the first time since 2001.
David DeJesus hit a solo homer off Charlie Morton (0-1) and drove in two runs to support Zack Greinke (10-3), who gave up seven hits in 6 1-3 innings ahead of the 59-minute rain delay.
Rays 5, Marlins 2
At St. Petersburg, Florida, David Price allowed one run over 6 1-3 innings as the Rays beat the Marlins to complete a three-game sweep.
Price gave up two hits, five walks and had four strikeouts. The first overall pick in the 2007 amateur draft was coming off a pair of losses in which the left-hander was touched for 15 runs and 17 hits in 11 1-3 innings.
B.J. Upton homered for the Rays, who have won five in a row.
Reds 8, Indians 1
At Cleveland, Brandon Phillips celebrated his 28th birthday by leading the Reds over his former team.
Phillips broke out of a 1-for-16 slump with three hits, three runs and three RBIs as the Reds took two of three from their Ohio rivals to move back to .500 overall. Ramon Hernandez also had three hits and three RBIs for Cincinnati.
Phillies 5, Blue Jays 4
At Toronto, Chase Utley hit a two-run triple as the Phillies held on to edge the Blue Jays.
Chan Ho Park pitched two perfect innings before the Blue Jays threatened in the eighth against Ryan Madson. A single, an error and a two-out intentional walk loaded the bases for pinch-hitter Russ Adams, who popped out.
Nationals 5, Orioles 3
At Baltimore, John Lannan took a four-hitter into the eighth inning and Adam Dunn hit a colossal home run as the Nationals defeated the Orioles to avoid a three-game sweep.
Willie Harris also homered for the Nationals, and Josh Willingham had three hits and scored twice.
White Sox 6, Cubs 0
At Chicago, John Danks pitched seven shutout innings and Chris Getz stole home against Carlos Zambrano as the Chicago White Sox got another run on a bases-loaded infield fly rule to beat the Cubs.
Danks (6-6) allowed four hits and reliever Scott Linebrink completed the shutout as the White Sox won two of three before sellout crowds at U.S. Cellular Field. The teams split two games at Wrigley Field last week and still have a makeup game to play from a rainout in that earlier series.
The White Sox have won six of eight and the Cubs have lost six of seven.
Twins 6, Cardinals 2
At St. Louis, Francisco Liriano pitched seven strong innings and Justin Morneau hit a three-run home run in the Twins' win.
Joe Mauer singled his first two at bats for the Twins to hike his average to .400 before a double-play ball, a groundout and a strikeout dropped him to .394. Jason Kubel had three hits and an RBI and Brendan Harris had two RBIs to help Minnesota take two of three from St. Louis.
Joe Nathan got the last out for his 19th save in 21 chances and 14th straight.
Mariners 4, Dodgers 2
At Los Angeles, Jose Lopez had three hits including a two-run double as the Mariners beat the Dodgers.
Lopez, in his fourth game back with the Mariners after spending the previous six on the bereavement list because of the illness and subsequent death of his sister in Venezuela, was 8 for 12 with four RBIs in the interleague series.
Rockies 3, Athletics 1
At Oakland, California, Aaron Cook took a shutout into the ninth inning and won his fifth consecutive start as the Rockies defeated the Athletics.
Chris Iannetta, Carlos Gonzalez and Seth Smith each drove in a run for the Rockies, who completed their first sweep of the A's and their fourth sweep in June.
Angels 12, Diamondbacks 8
At Phoenix, Gary Matthews Jr. stole home and hit a three-run double as the Angels beat the Diamondbacks.
The Angels nearly blew a seven-run fifth-inning. Leading 9-2 in the fifth, they let the NL West cellar dwellers draw within 9-8 in the sixth before the bullpen closed the door. Los Angeles swept the three-game series and wrapped up interleague play with a majors-leading 14-4 record, including going 8-1 on the road.
Padres 2, Rangers 0
At Arlington, Texas, Chad Gaudin allowed one hit over eight scoreless innings and Scott Hairston snapped an 0-for-17 slide with a homer as the Padres won their first series in a month.
Gaudin gave up a single to Michael Young in the first and then retired 23 of the last 25 batters he faced, including the last 13.
National League
Giants 7, Brewers 0
At Milwaukee, Ryan Sadowski scattered four hits over six scoreless innings in his major league debut as the Giants avoided a three-game sweep.
Matt Downs hit his first major league homer and Nate Schierholtz had four hits, including a homer for the Giants, who snapped a six-game skid in Milwaukee after watching a 6-4 lead in the bottom of the ninth crumble Saturday night.


Updated : 2021-02-28 02:26 GMT+08:00