Roundup: Dodgers drive past Cubs
In Chicago, pinch-hitter Andre Ethier connected for a go-ahead, three-run homer off Ryan Dempster in the ninth inning, and the Dodgers stunned the Cubs on Thursday.
Alfonso Soriano hit two homers for the Cubs, including a three-run drive in the seventh that put Chicago ahead, 4-2. But it wasn’t enough to avoid a deflating defeat that dropped the Cubs into a first-place tie with idle Milwaukee in the NL Central. The Dodgers closed within 3 1/2 games of NL West-leading Arizona.
Matt Kemp’s homer off reliever Bobby Howry closed the gap to 4-3 in the eighth, and the Dodgers took the lead in the ninth against Dempster (2-5), who blew a save for the third time in 28 chances.
Joe Beimel (4-1) pitched 12/3 innings of hitless relief, and Takashi Saito got three outs for his 37th save in 40 chances.
Cubs starter Jason Marquis retired his first 14 batters and allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings on a muggy day. Derek Lowe gave up three runs, five hits and five walks in six innings.
Soriano hit his seventh leadoff homer this season and 39th of his career but Lowe escaped a big inning, thanks to a nice throw from catcher Russell Martin, who sat out Wednesday’s game with a sprained knee.
One out after Soriano’s homer, Derrek Lee singled and Daryle Ward walked. Martin fired to first to pick off Ward for the second out of the inning, and another walk to Mark DeRosa followed before Lowe struck out Jacque Jones. The Cubs also had first and third with two outs in the fourth before Marquis bounced out.
Loney homered to tied the score in the fifth and doubled for a 2-1 lead in the seventh. Soriano hit a three-run homer in the bottom half off Jonathan Broxton, who had given up only one homer in 712/3 innings this season.
Soriano leads the Cubs with 22 homers.
Tigers 3, White Sox 2
In Detroit, Sean Casey and Placido Polanco hit run-scoring singles off White Sox closer Bobby Jenks in the ninth inning, leading the Tigers to a win in Gary Sheffield’s return from the disabled list.
Detroit, which closed within three games of the wild card-leading New York Yankees, trailed, 2-1, entering the ninth. Sheffield, who hadn’t played since Aug. 21 because of an injured shoulder, went 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a walk.
Mark Buehrle allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings for Chicago, which lost for the sixth time in eight games overall and the 13th time in 15 road games.
Red Sox 7, Orioles 6
In Baltimore, pinch-hitter Jason Varitek singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and the Red Sox got home runs from David Ortiz and Coco Crisp.
Crisp had three hits and scored three runs, including the tiebreaker in the ninth, to help the Red Sox extend their AL East lead to 6 1/2 games over the idle New York Yankees. Boston has been in first place for 142 games, its longest streak since 1986.
Wearing throwback uniforms that paid tribute to the 1932 Baltimore Black Sox of the Negro Leagues, the Orioles got a home run from Kevin Millar and three hits from Tike Redman. But the new clothes couldn’t prevent Baltimore from meeting a familiar fate: It was the Orioles’ 14th loss in 16 games.