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A-Rod homers, gets hit by pitch in next at-bat

POSTED June 12, 2011 1:20 a.m.

Yankees 4, Indians 0
NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch after he homered, Bartolo Colon tossed two-hit ball into the seventh inning before getting hurt and New York beat Cleveland on a misty, windy afternoon.
Curtis Granderson hit his 20th homer to tie for the major league lead and Rodriguez got plunked by Indians starter Mitch Talbot a day after the benches cleared, adding another chapter to what has been a testy homestand for the Yankees.
It was the sixth time a New York batter has been hit on this homestand.
Talbot (2-3) was ejected after hitting A-Rod, but the Yankees didn’t respond in kind.
Instead, they sent Cleveland to its 13th loss in 17 games and left the Indians barely clinging to first place in the AL Central.
Colon (5-3), famously traded in 2002 by the Indians for three minor leaguers who went on to become All-Stars, was working on a gem against his first big league team. He limped off in the seventh after straining his left hamstring while covering first base.
Colon struck out six over 6 2-3 innings to win for the third straight start. Mark Teixeira also homered for the Yankees.
Red Sox 16, Blue Jays 4
TORONTO — John Lackey made up for a terrible first start in Toronto this season, No. 9 hitter Jason Varitek homered and drove in four runs and the Boston Red Sox routed the Toronto Blue Jays.
Lackey (4-5) delivered six strong innings in his second start since going on the disabled list after giving up nine runs in 6 2-3 innings against the Blue Jays on May 11. The right-hander struck out a season-high eight.
David Oritz hit a three-run homer and Dustin Pedroia drove in three runs as Boston amassed 18 hits. The Red Sox batted around twice and every starter drove in at least one run in piling up the most runs allowed by the Blue Jays this season.
Things got so bad for Toronto, utility man Mike McCoy pitched the ninth. McCoy, who had started at second base, threw a perfect inning.
Blue Jays starter Brandon Morrow (2-4) gave up a career-worst nine earned runs, 10 hits and three walks in 4 1-3 innings, his shortest outing this season.
Twins 8, Rangers 1
MINNEAPOLIS  — Scott Baker pitched a five-hitter for his fourth career complete game and Alexi Casilla had three hits and scored two runs, leading Minnesota over Texas.
Delmon Young had three hits and two RBIs for the Twins, who have won eight of 11.
Baker (4-4) struck out seven in his first complete game since Aug. 14, 2009.
Minnesota scored five times in the first against Colby Lewis (5-7), who allowed six runs and seven hits in 1 1-3 innings.
Brian Dinkelman had a two-run single for his first career RBIs.
Tigers 8, Mariners 1
DETROIT  — Max Scherzer found his form after three rocky starts, Austin Jackson tripled twice and Detroit beat Seattle to move within one percentage point of first-place Cleveland in the AL Central after being as many as eight games behind in early May.
Victor Martinez had three hits and two RBIs for the Tigers, and Jhonny Peralta smacked a two-run homer.
Scherzer (8-2) had struggled in his last three starts, but was back in charge against Seattle’s struggling offense. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits in seven innings to tie for the AL lead in wins.
Mariners rookie Michael Pineda (6-4) had the worst start of his brief career, giving up a career-high six runs — five earned — and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

 

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