Roundup: Cubs erase 4-run deficit, clip Nationals
CHICAGO — Derrek Lee homered, Alfonso Soriano had a key RBI double before scoring the go-ahead run against his former team, and the Chicago Cubs rallied from four runs down Friday to beat the Washington Nationals, 6-4.
Playing for the first time against the team for which he hit 46 homers and stole 41 bases last season, Soriano tied the game with a two-out RBI double in the fourth inning. He scored Chicago’s fifth run on Cliff Floyd’s single.
Marlins 5, Padres 4
In Miami, Josh Willingham and Joe Borchard hit consecutive home runs to start the eighth inning, and Florida beat San Diego.
The back-to-back homers — the first this season by Florida — came off Scott Linebrink (1-1), who entered the game with a 4-3 lead.
Willingham hit his fifth homer on Linebrink’s first pitch. Borchard hit a 1-2 pitch for his fourth homer to put the Marlins ahead.
Braves 4, Dodgers 0
In Atlanta, John Smoltz beat the Dodgers for the first time in more than eight years, pitching seven shutout innings to lead Atlanta over Los Angeles in a matchup of first-place teams.
Brian McCann returned to the lineup with a two-run double, and Jeff Francoeur drove in Atlanta’s other runs with a fifth-inning single.
Cardinals 3, Astros 2
In St. Louis, Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fifth inning, and St. Louis ended a five-game losing streak.
Adam Wainwright (2-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings in his strongest outing since winning at Houston on April 6 in his first major-league start.
Rockies 6, Reds 5, 11 innings
In Cincinnati, Troy Tulowitzki’s two-out single snapped an 11th-inning tie, leading Colorado over Cincinnati.
Colorado overcame Ken Griffey Jr.’s 567th career homer and another bullpen meltdown to break its 12-game losing streak in Ohio.
Mariners 15, Yankees 11
In New York, Yuniesky Betancourt hit a tiebreaking two-run double in an eight-run fifth inning, and Seattle piled on the offense in a victory over the Yankees that ended New York’s three-game winning streak.
Jose Guillen, Kenji Johjima, Betancourt and Jose Lopez — the bottom four batters in Seattle’s starting lineup — combined to go 9 for 18 with 10 RBI, as Seattle scored its most runs in three years.
Athletics 5, Devil Rays 2
In St. Petersburg, Fla., Nick Swisher hit a tiebreaking three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to lead Oakland past Tampa Bay.
Shannon Stewart walked and Mark Ellis singled off Gary Glover (0-2) with one out in the ninth. Brian Stokes replaced Glover and struck out Eric Chavez before Swisher made it 5-2 by smashing a 2-2 pitch into the right field stands.
Rangers 7, Blue Jays 1
In Arlington, Texas, Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer, Brandon McCarthy pitched six sharp innings, and Texas beat Toronto to end a five-game losing streak.
McCarthy (2-4) allowed one run and two hits with four walks. He began the night with a 9.90 ERA, having allowed 17 runs over six innings in his previous three starts.
Orioles 3, Indians 2, 10 innings
In Baltimore, Nick Markakis singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, giving Baltimore a comeback victory over Cleveland.
Jay Payton homered and scored the decisive run for the Orioles, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Markakis drove in the final two runs for Baltimore, which improved to 2-14 when trailing after seven innings.
Red Sox 2, Twins 0
In Minneapolis, Tim Wakefield limited Minnesota to three hits in seven innings, and David Ortiz homered to lead Boston to its third straight win.
Wakefield (3-3) didn’t allow a runner past second base against the AL’s top-hitting team. J.D. Drew tripled in the ninth and scored on Coco Crisp’s single, and Jonathan Papelbon got the last three outs for his ninth save in 10 chances.
Tigers 6, Royals 3
In Kansas City, Mo., Justin Verlander maintained his mastery of Kansas City, and Detroit won its fifth straight.
Consistently in the 90s and sometimes reaching 100 mph with his fastball, the hard-throwing Verlander gave up seven hits and two runs in seven-plus innings. He struck out three and walked one.