Baseball roundup: Oakland is really hot in July; Quentin gets new deal with Padres
OAKLAND, Calif. — Seth Smith hit a tying homer in the ninth inning, Coco Crisp singled home the winning run in the 12th and the surging Oakland Athletics rallied from four runs down to stun the New York Yankees 5-4 on Sunday and complete a four-game sweep.
Smith homered to center with one out in the ninth off closer Rafael Soriano to help the A's sweep the Yankees in a four-game series at the Oakland Coliseum for the first time. The Athletics improved to 14-2 in July, the best record in the majors.
The AL East-leading Yankees had not been swept in a four-game series since May 2003 against Toronto.
TIGERS 6, WHITE SOX 4: At Detroit, Miguel Cabrera homered twice, reaching 300 for his career and helping the Tigers finish a three-game sweep of Chicago. Detroit wrapped up a 6-1 homestand against the White Sox and Los Angeles Angels.
ORIOLES 4, INDIANS 3: At Cleveland, Zach Britton pitched six shutout innings, J.J. Hardy drove in three runs and Baltimore beat Cleveland for its fifth straight win.
BLUE JAYS 15, RED SOX 7: At Boston, Brett Lawrie hit the game's first pitch for one of Toronto's four homers and the Blue Jays tagged Jon Lester for a career-worst 11 runs to complete a three-game sweep of Boston.
MARINERS 2, RAYS 1: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Blake Beavan scattered four hits over eight innings and Seattle edged Tampa Bay to finish a 5-2 road trip. Jesus Montero and Brendan Ryan each had an RBI double for the Mariners, who took two of three from the Rays.
TWINS 7, ROYALS 5: At Kansas City, Mo., Ryan Doumit homered from both sides of the plate and drove in four runs to lead Minnesota over Kansas City. Doumit became the third Twins player to go deep from each side in a game. The others were Chili Davis (1992) and Roy Smalley (1986).
ANGELS 7, RANGERS 4: At Anaheim, Calif., Albert Pujols and Bobby Wilson homered, and Mike Trout scored a run in his 14th consecutive game to set an AL rookie record, Los Angeles Angels over Texas to win the three-game series.
NATIONALS 9, BRAVES 2: At Washington, Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in three runs, and Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina each had three hits and two RBIs as Washington beat Atlanta split a four-game series between the top two teams in the NL East.
CARDINALS 7, CUBS 0: At St. Louis, Lance Lynn won his 12th game with six mostly spotless innings, and Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran homered on consecutive pitches to put the finishing touches on the St. Louis Cardinals' victory that completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs.
PIRATES 3, MARLINS 0: At Pittsburgh, Jeff Karstens pitched seven crisp innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the surging Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins for their fifth consecutive win.
DODGERS 8, METS 3 (12): At New York, pinch-hitter Matt Treanor had a two-run single in a five-run 12th and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the fading New York Mets to finish a three-game sweep.
REDS 2, BREWERS 1: At Cincinnati, Wilson Valdez drove in the tying run and scored the go-ahead run to back Johnny Cueto's seven solid innings as the Cincinnati Reds wrapped up one of the best homestands in franchise history with a win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
PHILLIES 4, GIANTS 3 (12): At Philadelphia, Jimmy Rollins hit an RBI single to lift Philadelphia past San Francisco. John Mayberry Jr. hit two solo homers for the last-place Phillies, and Nate Schierholtz hit a pair of solo shots for the NL West-leading Giants.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, ASTROS 2: At Phoenix, Jason Kubel homered for the sixth time in five games, Chris Young added a three-run shot as Arizona beat Houston to complete a high-scoring, three-game sweep.
PADRES 3, ROCKIES 2: At San Diego, Will Venable drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Everth Cabrera had two hits and scored twice as San Diego beat Colorado.
SAN DIEGO — Carlos Quentin has agreed to a $27 million, three-year contract with the San Diego Padres that includes a no-trade clause.
The outfielder, making $7,025,000 this year under his current deal, gets $9.5 million in each of the next two seasons and $8 million in 2015. The contract includes a $10 million mutual option for 2016 which would have a $3 million buyout if he has 320 starts or more from 2013-15.
The 29-year-old Quentin had arthroscopic right knee surgery during spring training and missed the first 49 games of the season. But he homered five times in his first six games for the Padres after being activated from the disabled list on May 28.
HERNANDEZ APOLOGIZES TO INDIANS: Roberto Hernandez reintroduced himself to Cleveland Indians teammates and apologized for deceiving them. The right-hander, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, was contrite and remorseful Sunday as he confessed to the entire organization and its fans that he pretended to be somebody he was not for the past 12 years.
"I want to say I'm sorry," Hernandez said through interpreter Charisse Dash. "I thank God I am here and have been given a new chance."
Hernandez said he was grateful to the organization for supporting him after he was arrested in the Dominican Republic in January outside the U.S. consulate as he tried to renew his visa. That's when it was discovered his name was Hernandez and he is 31 years old, three years older than listed.
The former All-Star revealed that the real Carmona is actually a "distant cousin," but that it was Hernandez who hatched the plan to take his name and claim he was only 17 when he signed with the Indians in 2000.
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