Baseball roundup: Cody Ross lifts Red Sox again

Published: Thursday, July 19 2012 11:49 p.m. MDT

BOSTON — Cody Ross hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Boston Red Sox a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night.

It came one night after Ross hit three-run homers in consecutive innings of a 10-1 win.

Matt Thornton (2-6) got one out, but left with runners on first and second before Addison Reed faced Ross, who hit a 1-1 pitch into the Green Monster seats.

RAYS 6, INDIANS 0: At St. Petersburg, Fla., David Price became the AL's first 13-game winner and B.J. Upton had three RBIs.

Price (13-4) allowed two hits over seven innings. The All-Star left-hander had seven strikeouts and three walks. Wade Davis pitched the final two innings and completed a two-hitter for the Rays.

TIGERS 5, ANGELS 1: At Detroit, Max Scherzer struck out nine and got plenty of run support as Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila homered to lead Detroit.

The Tigers won the four-game series and have 10 victories in their last 12 games. The Angels have won just five of their last 13 games.

ORIOLES 4, TWINS 3: At Minneapolis, Mark Reynolds' two-run single in the eighth inning backed a strong performance from Wei-Yin Chen.

Chen (8-5) gave up three runs and six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings for his first win since June 17, and Jim Johnson picked up his 28th save in 30 chances for the Orioles.

ATHLETICS 4, YANKEES 3: At Oakland, Calif., Yoenis Cespedes hit a two-run homer in the first inning and A.J. Griffin shut down one of baseball's best lineups for five innings to snap a nine-game skid at home to New York.

Seth Smith added a two-run single in the third for the A's, who won for the 11th time in 13 games to move a season-best four games over .500 at 48-44 — the first time the club has been there since it was 28-24 on May 31, 2010.

MARINERS 6, ROYALS 1: At Kansas City, Mo., Felix Hernandez won his fourth straight decision and Jesus Montero homered and drove in four runs to lead Seattle.

Hernandez (8-5) is 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his past seven starts since a loss to San Diego on June 12. While he leads the majors with 143 strikeouts, Hernandez struck out only three, tying his season low. He allowed one run and eight hits, throwing only 89 pitches in eight innings.

National League

REDS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 6: At Cincinnati, Brandon Phillips homered and had five RBIs, then scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Todd Frazier's single to help the Cincinnati Reds rally from a six-run deficit.

METS 9, NATIONALS 5: At Washington, David Wright homered twice and had five RBIs and R.A. Dickey won his league-leading 13th game.

Dickey (13-1) pitched 71/3 innings to break a streak of rare ineffectiveness this season. After throwing consecutive one-hitters last month, Dickey had won just one of four starts — getting no-decisions in three of them. In his past two, he gave up five runs in each game.

BRAVES 3, GIANTS 2: At Atlanta, Freddie Freeman and David Ross hit home runs and the Atlanta Braves made the most of their three hits.

Tim Hudson (8-4) helped an Atlanta bullpen drained by Wednesday night's 9-4 loss in 11 innings. He gave up eight hits and two runs in 71/3 innings to outpitch Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner (11-6).

CUBS 4, MARLINS 2: At Chicago, Paul Maholm pitched eight innings, Alfonso Soriano homered and the Cubs ruined Mark Buehrle's return to Chicago.

Maholm (8-6) allowed one run and four hits to win his fourth consecutive start, matching a career best.

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