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MLB Scores and More, May 26: Angel Pagan races to a walk-off; Mike Minor dominates Mets

Ezra Shaw

Friday’s scores

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 5: R.A. Dickey continues to struggle up north, allowing six runs on nine hits and three walks and giving up home runs to Adam Jones and Danny Valencia for his sixth loss of the year. Toronto got a second-inning home run from Emilio Bonifacio and rallied for two runs in the eighth, but still came up short.

Red Sox 7, Indians 4: It was a tough game for Michael Brantley. The Indians left fielder misplayed a Pedro Ciriaco fly ball that resulted in a double and put Ciriaco in position to score the game-tying run Mike Carp’s double. Dustin Pedroia then gave Boston the lead with the team’s third double of the eighth inning. Boston got some insurance when Brantley and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera both lost an easy pop out that would have ended the Red Sox big inning.

Angels 7, Royals 0: Jeremy Guthrie went six innings before he allowed a hit but lost his stuff late in the game for the loss. The Angels got a run on in fourth when Mike Trout walked, stole second and advanced on a throwing error, then scored on an Albert Pujols ground out. Hank Conger and Josh Hamilton both hit solo home runs and the Angels broke out for four runs in the eighth. Rookie starter Billy Buckner went five innings, holding the Royals scoreless on two hits and three walks. Kansas City has now lost four in a row and the Angels have won seven straight.

Giants 6, Rockies 5 (10 innings): Angel Pagan’s inside-the-park home run gave the Giants the win in a wild battle with the Rockies. The Giants fought back from an early four-run deficit to tie the game in the seventh on a two-RBI double from Andres Torres and it stayed tied into extra innings. Troy Tulowitzki homer in the tenth to put the Rockies up but Pagan’s mad dash brought San Francisco back for a second time.

Twins 3, Tigers 2: Joe Mauer went 3-4 with a home run to lead the Twins offense and P.J. Walters was solid in his major league debut giving the Twins six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and three walks. Jhonny Peralta homered for Detroit.

Reds 5, Cubs 2: Todd Fraizer tied the game up with his second RBI of the day and Derrick Robinson brought in Brandon Phillips with a perfect squeeze bunt to put the Reds ahead in a four-run sixth inning. Homer Bailey went six innings allowing two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight.

Yankees 4, Rays 3 (11 innings): The Yankees continue to get heroic performances from unlikely sources. Lyle Overbay’s two-out walk in the ninth led to the first of two runs to tie the game against struggling Rays closer Fernando Rodney and Overbay then hit a solo shot in the top of the eleventh to give the Yankees the win.

Pirates 5, Brewers 2: Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez and Neil Walker all went deep for the Bucs and lefty Jeff Locke threw six scoreless innings, extending his streak to fourteen, allowing just three hits and three walks while striking out seven.

Braves 7, Mets 5 (10 innings): In the continuation of Friday’s rain-delayed contest, the Braves got an RBI single from Dan Uggla and a B.J. Upton brought in an insurance run with a squeeze bunt in the 10th for the win.

Braves 6, Mets 0: After beating the Mets in the continuation of Friday’s game, the Braves got a big game from pitcher Mike Minor to blank the Mets in the second contest of the day. Minor threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out ten to earn the win. He also hit his first career home run to get the Braves rolling in their five-run fifth inning.

White Sox 2, Marlins 1: Conor Gillaspie was the walk-off hero for Chicago in this late inning drama. Jake Peavy held the Marlins scoreless into the ninth but a Derek Dietrich solo home run tied the game at one. Dewayne Wise doubled to start off the bottom of the ninth and Gillaspie got him in with a game-winning RBI single.

Athletics 11, Astros 5: The Athletics pounded the Astros with eighteen hits, including back-to-back home runs from Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss. Donaldson went 4-4 with two RBIs and two run scored to lead the barrage.

Phillies 5, Nationals 3: Delmon Young drove in Michael Young with an RBI single in the eight to break the 3-3 tie and Dominic Brown added some insurance with his second RBI of the day immediately after to push the Phillies past Washington.

Dodger 5, Cardinals 3: Mark Ellis’ RBI double in the sixth broke the tie and proved to be the game-winner for the Dodgers. Adrian Gonzalez went 3-3 with a home run, three RBIs, two walks and a run scored. Cardinals starter John Gast left the game with pain in his shoulder during the second inning.

Padres 10, Diamondbacks 4: Everth Cabrera drove in four runs, going 3-5 with a home run and a double to lead the Padres offense over the Diamondbacks. Eric Chavez homered and drove in three for Arizona.


The Big Three

Yesterday, Don Mattingly got the all-important vote of confidence from team President Stan Karsten following his harsh remarks to the club on Wednesday. As everyone knows, such votes of confidence are practically a sacred bond among team presidents and owners and no manager has ever received one only to be fired the next week after the team drops another six games.

The Nationals’ Danny Espinosa has been playing with a broken wrist since mid-April. He hasn’t been playing well, but he has been playing. Now that a CT scan has revealed the fracture, the Nationals’ second baseman will rest for several days in hopes that the pain will go down. If it doesn’t, fear not, he will be back on the field, gritting his teeth, playing through the pain and hitting .170, even if they have to take his arm off.

The Yankees will be getting Joba Chamberlain back soon. Thank god for that. It has been awful watching this Yankees team limp to a 14-8 record this month in his absence. With Joba back, the Yankees will no longer have to worry about how they can bridge the gap between their starters and Mariano Rivera. Breath easy Yankees fans; no more watching through your fingers as guys like Boone Logan, Adam Warren and David Robertson try to cobble together a few innings without blowing everything to pieces.