UNDATED (AP) — Chicago White Sox fans declined to give Alex Rodriguez a warm and fuzzy ovation as he stepped to the plate for the first time this season. He was greeted to a chorus of boos that lasted through the first pitch he saw from pitcher Jose Quintana leading off the second inning.
Rodriguez also took the next pitch before hitting a bloop single just beyond the reach of left fielder Casper Wells. Rodriguez also went from first to third without any visible problem on a Vernon Wells double six pitches later, but the two were left stranded.
A-Rod struck out looking in his final at-bat to finish 1-for-4 in the Yankees’ 8-1 loss to the White Sox.
Alex Rios was the hitting star as Chicago ended a 10-game losing streak, going 2-for-4 with four RBIs. Quintana allowed a run and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings while outpitching Andy Pettitte, who was rocked for seven runs and 11 hits in just 2 2/3 innings.
Checking out the rest of the major league schedule, the Los Angeles Dodgers stretched their team-record winning streak to 15 games as Zack Greinke (GREHN’-kee) allowed just two runs while pitching into the seventh inning of a 3-2 win at St. Louis. Greinke also hit an RBI single that put the Dodgers ahead 3-1 in the seventh. The outcome gives L.A. a six-game lead over Arizona in the National League West and puts the Cardinals two games behind first-place Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
Brett Oberholtzer combined with two relievers on a five-hitter as Houston downed Boston 2-0, cutting the Red Sox’s lead in the American League East to a half-game over Tampa Bay. Oberholtzer held the Bosox to four hits in seven innings while lowering his ERA to 2.53.
Alex Avila belted a three-run homer while Detroit was scoring four times in the ninth inning to earn their ninth consecutive win, 4-2 at Cleveland. The Tigers batted around in the ninth and stretched their lead in the American League Central to four games over the Indians, who had won 11 straight at home.
Eric Hosmer belted a three-run homer and had five RBIs as Kansas City rolled to its 12th victory in 13 games, a 13-0 laugher against Minnesota. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) added four hits and two RBIs to back Jeremy Guthrie’s four-hit shutout. Guthrie and the Royals are within 3 ½ games of the Indians for the final AL wild-card berth.
Justin Upton belted a tiebreaking, solo homer in the eighth inning to give Atlanta a 3-2 victory in Washington and increase the Braves’ lead in the National League East to 13 ½ games over the Nationals. Freddie Freeman added three hits and two RBIs in the Braves’ 11th consecutive win.
Texas knocked off the Angels 5-2 as Alvis Andrus (AN’-droos) hit a two-run triple and Adrian Beltre (BEHL’-tray) added a solo homer. Martin Perez allowed just two runs in 6 1/3 innings to help the Rangers draw within two games of first-place Oakland in the AL West.
Mark DeRosa hit a tiebreaking, two-run single while Toronto was scoring three times in the eighth to beat Seattle 3-1. R.A. Dickey allowed just one run over 7 2/3 innings to improve to 9-11.
Jeff Francoeur (fran-KOORZ’) singled home the tiebreaking run while San Francisco put together a three-run eighth to beat Milwaukee 4-2. Brandon Belt went 3-for-3 and scored twice for the Giants.
Source: Associated Press