MLB Scores and More, May 19: Robinson Cano, David Ortiz go deep; Elvis Andrus, Joey Votto are perfect,

Rick Yeatts

Saturday’s scores

Cubs 8, Mets 2: Scott Feldman continues his impressive work this season with 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Mets scattering seven hits and a walk while striking out six. The Cubs righty also drove in two runs with a double in the fourth inning. Nate Schierholtz and Anthony Rizzo both hit solo home runs for Chicago.

Indians 5, Mariners 4: In a game filled with late-inning drama, Mark Reynolds bases-loaded grounder made the difference, scoring Jason Kipnis just ahead of Brendan Ryan’s throw to the plate. Ryan hit a two run home-run in the eighth off Zach McAllister to break up the Indians’ shutout and Raul Ibanez and Justin Smoak went back-to-back in the ninth to tie the game.

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 2: Robinson Cano went deep twice for New York with two-run blasts in the third and the fifth off Brandon Morrow and Travis Hafner added another two run shot in the eighth. David Phelps went seven innings allowing just one run on six hits and three walks and striking out eight.

Angels 12, White Sox 9: The Angels got the best of the White Sox despite being out hit in this slug-fest, raking up twelve runs on twelve hits and ten walks. Chicago got seventeen hits but just two walks. Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run home run and drove in two more runs and Mark Trumbo contributed a solo shot, three runs scored and two RBIs to lead the Angels attack.

Reds 10, Phillies 0: Bronson Arroyo shut the Phillies out for 7 2/3 innings allowing five hits and two walks with six strikeouts as the Reds crushed the Phillies. Joey Votto went 4-4 with a homer, two walks, two RBIs and two runs scored and Ryan Hanigan contributed a three run blast in the second.

Rays 10, Orioles 6: The Rays found themselves in a deep hole after a four-run first inning that featured back-to-back shots from Adam Jones and Chris Davis, but TampaBay rallied behind Matt Joyce’s hot bat. The Rays' right fielder drove in five runs, including a two-run shot in the third and a two-run double in the ninth which gave Tampa Bay the lead and the win.

Astros 4, Pirates 2 (11 innings): Houston tied the game up in the eighth on a Chris Carter single and got the winning run on a close play at the plate as Jason Castro just beat out Neil Walker’s throw to the plate in the eleventh. J.D Martinez gave the Astros some insurance with an RBI single one batter later and Jose Veras closed things out in the bottom of the inning.

Diamondbacks 1, Marlins 0: Brandon McCarthy threw a complete game, three-hit shutout to beat the Marlins. Gerardo Parra’s first inning solo home run on the first pitch of the game was the only run scored on Marlins’ starter Tom Koehler, who went six innings and allowed three hits and two walks with punching out seven.

Red Sox 12, Twins 5: David Ortiz went deep twice and drove in six runs to the Red Sox rout of the Twins. Daniel Nava hit a two-run home run and drove in three. Dustin Pedroia went 2-3 with two walks, three runs scored and an RBI and shutdown a potential Twins rally in the sixth by ranging into short right field for a fly ball and then gunning down the tagging Ryan Doumit at the plate.

Braves 3, Dodgers 1: Chris Capuano shut the Braves out for seven innings but back-to-back home runs from Evan Gattis and Aldreton Simmons in the eighth spoiled his strong effort. Matt Kemp earned himself a spot on the highlight reels with a leaping catch that robbed Jason Heyward of a home run in the first.

Brewers 6, Cardinals 4 (10 innings): John Axford bailed himself out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth with a huge strike out against Daniel Descalso to send this game into extra innings and earned the win when Jeff Bianchi’s two-run single gave the Brewers the lead in the tenth.

Rangers 7, Tigers 2: Elvis Andrus went 5-5 at the top of the Rangers’ line up scoring three runs and driving in two. Texas got a fast start out of the gate, chasing Tigers’ starter Anibal Sanchez out of the game in third with six early runs against the Detroit righty. Justin Grimm gave Texas a solid 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and one walk.

Rockies 10, Giants 2: Dexter Fowler and Wilin Rosario lead the Rockies offense as they batted Giants starter Tim Lincecum around. Fowler went 3-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Rosario hit a two-run home run of the former NL Cy Young winner in the fifth. Tyler Chatwood earned the win in his return to the majors despite some shaky command, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing one run on seven hits and four walks with four strike outs.

Padres 2, Nationals 1: Eric Stulz got the best of Jordan Zimmerman in this pitcher’s duel, but both starters were at the top of their game here. Zimmerman went eight innings allowing two runs- one unearned- with seven hits and no walks against six strike outs. Stulz also went eight, giving up just one run on four hits and two walks while striking out five. Everth Cabrera’s eighth inning RBI single off Zimmerman was the difference

Athletics 2, Royals 1: Oakland gets another close victory over the Royals. This time it was Tommy Milone getting the win with six innings of one-run ball on five hits and three walks and Erwin Santana getting the tough loss after allowing two runs on four hits and three walks over seven innings. Brandon Moss’ RBI triple in sixth gave the Athletics with the game-winner.

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The Big Three

The Cardinals have placed Jaime Garcia on the DL with shoulder pain. It is tough loss for St. Louis. Garcia is 5-2 over nine starts and 55 1/3 innings this year with a 3.58 ERA but it could mean that the one of the team’s top pitching prospects, Michael Wacha, will get a shot at making the major league rotation. Wacha was rated the 76th best prospect in the game by Baseball America coming into the 2013 season and he has a 1.89 ERA in eight starts at AAA Memphis, which all the more impressive when you consider the run environment in the Pacific Coast League.

The Yankees have picked up former Rays infielder Reid Brignac after he was designated for assignment by the Rockies. Brignac has struggled in the past two seasons, hitting .250/.294/.375 in 53 plate appearances with Colorado this season. He replaces Alberto Gonzalez to give the Yankees some much needed infield depth and an extra left-handed bat. Of course, now that he is with the New York, Brignac can reasonably be projected to hit .270/.340/.480 and surge to a career high 15 home runs and 65 RBIs, earning him a few random MVP votes.

The Mets are watching Ike Davis closely and if the struggling first baseman doesn’t show them something today against Travis Wood and the Cubs he could find himself in AAA Las Vages some time this week. Davis is hitting just .156/.238/.259 with four home runs in 151 plate appearances, giving Mets fans flashbacks to this date last season when he was sporting an eerily similar .518 OPS. Demotion is probably the wrong approach here, however. What the Mets need to do is knock Davis out prior to the team’s next road trip, change all of the team’s calendars to read July 19, place him in a hospital bed and explain that he has missed two months in a coma and boy, are they glad he is ok and ready to get back on the field. Then they can sit back and watch the .888 OPS roll in.

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