MLB roundup: Francisco backs up his talk

Published: Saturday, June 23 2012 12:27 a.m. MDT

Mets pitcher Frank Francisco celebrates the win with Josh Thole after Friday's game.

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NEW YORK — Ike Davis received a bit of help from the New York Yankees on his three-run homer and Frank Francisco closed out the Mets' 6-4 victory Friday night after calling their crosstown rivals "chickens."

Justin Turner had a two-run single and the Mets scored five runs in the first inning off Andy Pettitte (3-3) with two outs after a rainstorm delayed the start of the season's second Subway Series by 53 minutes.

Davis followed Turner's hit with a fly to right that a leaping Nick Swisher got his glove on. But when he hit the wall, the ball was nudged off the top of the fence and over for a 5-0 lead.

Still, the homer-happy Yankees rallied with three late drives to set up a chance to see Francisco.

Alex Rodriguez hit his 641st homer and Andruw Jones also connected for the Yankees against Jonathon Niese (5-3). Robinson Cano added a two-run shot off Miguel Batista in the eighth to cut it to 6-4 after David Wright had an RBI double in the seventh.

PIRATES 4, TIGERS 1: At Pittsburgh, A.J. Burnett pitched six shutout innings to win his seventh consecutive start and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the fifth time in six games.

ORIOLES 2, NATIONALS 1: At Baltimore, Jason Hammel pitched eight innings of five-hit ball and had a career high-tying 10 strikeouts.

BLUE JAYS 12, MARLINS 5: At Miami, Jose Bautista homered and drove in three runs and Kelly Johnson also had three RBIs.

TWINS 5, REDS 4: At Cincinnati, Ryan Doumit and Ben Revere each had four hits to hand the Cincinnati Reds their season-high fourth straight loss.

BREWERS 1, WHITE SOX 0 (10 INNINGS): At Chicago, Zack Greinke pitched three-hit ball over nine innings and Rickie Weeks drove in the lone run with a single in the 10th.

RANGERS 4, ROCKIES 1: At Arlington, Texas, Roy Oswalt pitched efficiently into the seventh inning in his first start of the season and the Texas Rangers won their seventh straight.

INDIANS 2, ASTROS 0: At Houston, Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff triple and Michael Brantley drove in a run late to back up a strong start by Ubaldo Jimenez.

BRAVES 4, RED SOX 1: At Boston, Jair Jurrjens made an impressive return to the majors by limiting the Boston Red Sox to one run and three hits.

CARDINALS 11, ROYALS 4: At Kansas City, Mo., Carlos Beltran hit two two-run doubles in his return to Kauffman Stadium and the St. Louis Cardinals pounded Vin Mazzaro.

PADRES 9, MARINERS 5: At San Diego, starting pitcher Clayton Richard settled down after a rough start and drove in three runs.

ANGELS 8, DODGERS 5: At Anaheim, Calif., rookie sensation Mike Trout hit a go-ahead homer and scored from first base on a single as the Los Angeles Angels rallied from an early five-run deficit against Chad Billingsley.

GIANTS 5, ATHLETICS 4: At Oakland, Calif., Yoenis Cespedes couldn't come up with any heroics after the A's gave up four runs in the top of the 9th inning. Tim Lincecum fanned eight batters in six innings.

National League

DIAMONDBACKS 6, CUBS 1: At Phoenix, Jason Kubel hit a two-run homer and five relievers filled in for scratched starter Joe Saunders.

Umpire hit in head by broken bat

CINCINNATI — The barrel of a broken bat hit plate umpire Jerry Layne on the left side of the head Friday night, forcing him to leave a game between the Minnesota Twins and Cincinnati Reds in the fourth inning.

Layne, a 23-year veteran, was checked by Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek at Great American Ball Park and taken to a hospital for tests to make sure he didn't break any bones on the side of his face.

"There was no cuts or anything like that," said Randy Marsh, Major League Baseball's director of umpiring. "Dr. Kremchek checked him out. Not sure if there's a concussion — doesn't think he was concussed — but he has a very sore area on his face."

Layne got X-rays and an MRI test that came back normal.

Devin Mesoraco's bat cracked as he hit a grounder off Minnesota's Nick Blackburn.

SANTANA GIVEN KEY TO CITY: Mets ace Johan Santana has been honored by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for pitching the first no-hitter in team history.

Bloomberg gave Santana the key to the city before the Mets played the crosstown-rival Yankees on Friday night, telling the left-hander "it doesn't open any doors."

Santana threw his no-hitter June 1 against the Cardinals in the franchise's 8,020th game.

RAYS-PHILLIES POSTPONED: Once again, the Tampa Bay Rays are having weather problems in Philadelphia.

In their first trip back to the city since the historic Game 5 of the 2008 World Series that was played over two separate days, the Rays were forced to sit through a 2-hour, 48-minute rain delay before Friday's scheduled game against the Philadelphia Phillies was postponed.

The game has been rescheduled for Sunday as part of a day-night doubleheader, with the opener scheduled to start at 11:05 a.m. and the nightcap slated to begin at 4:35 p.m.

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