MLB roundup: Rare feat lifts Cardinals

Published: Saturday, July 28 2012 12:31 a.m. MDT

Oakland Athletics' Seth Smith (15) runs toward first after he doubled in two runs against the Baltimore Orioles during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Friday, July 27, 2012, in Baltimore. The Athletics won 14-9. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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CHICAGO — Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina and Lance Berkman were part of St. Louis' power show as the Cardinals became the first team in eight years to hit a home run in each of the first five innings and went on to beat Chicago 9-6 Friday.

Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig also connected off Travis Wood (4-6), whose five homers allowed matched the Cubs record.

Carpenter put St. Louis ahead 7-6 when he homered on the first pitch of the fourth, and Craig homered in the fifth. The previous team to homer in each of the first five innings was Houston against Colorado on Oct. 2, 2004, according to STATS LLC.

PADRES 7, MARLINS 2: At Miami, Miami natives Yasmani Grandal and Yonder Alonso powered the Padres as Grandal hit a bases-clearing triple and Alonso drove in two runs to back the pitching of Kip Wells (2-3).

BRAVES 6, PHILLIES 1: At Atlanta, Brian McCann hit a three-run homer off Cole Hamels and Ben Sheets continued his impressive comeback, winning his third straight start.

BREWERS 6, NATIONALS 0: At Milwaukee, Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez homered to back another fine pitching performance by Mike Fiers as the Milwaukee Brewers snapped a seven-game losing streak.

PIRATES 6, ASTROS 5: At Houston, Drew Sutton scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to propel Pittsburgh.

REDS 3, ROCKIES 0: At Denver, Bronson Arroyo pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Ryan Ludwick scored twice and the Cincinnati Reds earned their eighth straight victory.

DIAMONDBACKS 11, METS 5: At Phoenix, Josh Collmenter pitched six innings and drove in a run during Arizona's six-run second inning.

DODGERS 5, GIANTS 3 (10 INNINGS): At San Francisco, Hanley Ramirez's 2-run home run in the top of the 10th proved to be the difference.

American League

YANKEES 10, RED SOX 3: At New York, Curtis Granderson and Yankees fans gave Ichiro Suzuki a grand welcome to the Bronx.

Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin hit two-run homers and Granderson capped the scoring with an eighth-inning grand slam.

BLUE JAYS 8, TIGERS 3: At Toronto, Carlos Villanueva won his fourth straight start and Travis Snider hit a two-run home run.

ATHLETICS 14, ORIOLES 9: At Baltimore, Jemile Weeks hit an RBI single to give Oakland the lead during a six-run ninth inning against All-Star closer Jim Johnson in a game that featured 31 hits and lasted four hours.

TWINS 11, INDIANS 0: At Minneapolis, Scott Diamond tossed a three-hitter while Justin Morneau and Josh Willingham hit three-run homers.

WHITE SOX 9, RANGERS 5: At Arlington, Texas, Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run single before leaving the game after an outfield collision.

ANGELS 3, RAYS 1: At Anaheim, Calif., Albert Pujols had three hits, including a two-run double and Dan Haren won his second straight start since coming off the disabled list.

MARINERS 6, ROYALS 1: At Seattle, John Jaso drove in four runs and Blake Beavan pitched into the seventh inning.

Greinke traded from Brewers to Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Zack Greinke has been traded by the Milwaukee Brewers to the Los Angeles Angels for rookie shortstop Jean Segura and two minor league pitchers.

The Angels also sent right-handers Ariel Pena and RHP Johnny Hellweg to Milwaukee in the deal announced Friday night before Los Angeles played Tampa Bay.

By landing Greinke, Los Angeles acquired perhaps the most prized pitcher available before Tuesday's trade deadline. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner is 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts for Milwaukee this season.

The 28-year-old right-hander can become a free agent after the World Series.

TWINS PUT PLOUFFE ON DL: Trevor Plouffe has been scratched from the Minnesota Twins' lineup and placed on the disabled list after aggravating a right thumb injury during batting practice before a game against the Cleveland Indians.

Alexi Casilla was inserted into the lineup at second base, and Jamey Carroll moved to third for Friday's game. Plouffe hasn't played since he hurt the thumb during a July 20 game against Kansas City.

Danny Valencia, who was replaced by Plouffe at third base early in the season, is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Rochester today. Valencia hit .250 with seven home runs and 37 RBIs since joining Rochester on May 10.

PALMEIRO IN A HALL OF FAME, JUST NOT COOPERSTOWN: Rafael Palmeiro is now a member of the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame. He hopes someday Cooperstown comes calling as well.

But he's not going to grovel.

Palmeiro said he's "done lobbying" baseball's writers and that his numbers on the field speak for themselves.

Palmeiro was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame on Friday in Jackson. The 47-year-old played at Mississippi State during the 1980s, when he and Will Clark were part of a formidable lineup that led the Bulldogs to the College World Series.

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