Baseball roundup: Rays down Greinke, Angels

Published: Monday, July 30 2012 1:14 a.m. MDT

Tampa Bay's Ryan Roberts, right, is caught in a rundown by the Angels' Howard Kendrick in the ninth inning on Sunday. of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Sunday, July 29, 2012. The Rays won, 2-0. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Zack Greinke was outpitched by Jeremy Hellickson in his Los Angeles Angels' debut, losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 Sunday.

Obtained Friday from Milwaukee, the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings and struck out eight.

Greinke (0-1), eligible for free agency after the season, was 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts with the Brewers.

ORIOLES 6, ATHLETICS 1: At Baltimore, rookie Wei-Yin Chen struck out a career-high 12, Matt Wieters hit a three-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles beat Oakland to avoid a three-game sweep. It was a rare setback for the A's, who fell to 18-4 this month.

TIGERS 4, BLUE JAYS 1: At Toronto, Jhonny Peralta hit two home runs, Doug Fister pitched eight innings and the Detroit Tigers beat Toronto to avert a three-game sweep. The Tigers had lost three in a row and four of five to fall out of the AL Central lead.

TWINS 5, INDIANS 1: At Minneapolis, Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer, Brian Duensing threw six smooth innings as a late fill-in for Francisco Liriano and the Minnesota Twins finished a three-game sweep of Cleveland.

MARINERS 7, ROYALS 6: At Seattle, Felix Hernandez shook off a line drive to his left wrist and threw seven strong innings. Seattle swept Kansas City in a four-game set for the first time since May 2001.

RANGERS 2, WHITE SOX 0: At Arlington, Texas, Scott Feldman tied a career high by pitching eight shutout innings, and Texas snapped a two-game skid with a victory over the Chicago White Sox. David Murphy had three hits, including a double, and Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz each scored a run.

RED SOX 3, YANKEES 2 (10): At New York, Pedro Ciriaco blooped an RBI single in the 10th inning for his latest big hit as Boston squeaked out a victory moments after manager Bobby Valentine was ejected. Felix Doubront held the Yankees scoreless until Russell Martin homered leading off the seventh inning. Martin also hit a tying single with two outs in the eighth off closer Alfredo Aceves (2-6), who went the rest of the way for the win.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

REDS 7, ROCKIES 2: At Denver, Cincinnati posted its 10th straight win and matched its best streak in 14 years, with Mat Latos pitching eight strong innings and Drew Stubbs homering. The Reds' winning streak is their longest since they took 10 in a row in 1998 and is two short of the franchise record.

ASTROS 9, PIRATES 5: At Houston, the Astros ended their team-record losing streak at 12 games, beating Pittsburgh behind three hits and three RBIs from Marwin Gonzalez. Hours after Houston traded third baseman Chris Johnson to Arizona — the Astros' fifth deal of the month — Jordan Schafer homered and drove in three runs.

DODGERS 4, GIANTS 0: At San Francisco, Clayton Kershaw pitched a five-hitter for his second shutout of the season, and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the NL West leader. Luis Cruz drove in two runs, and Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier, James Loney and Mark Ellis had two hits apiece for Los Angeles.

NATIONALS 11, BREWERS 10 (11): At Milwaukee, Michael Morse hit a tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning, then delivered a two-run double in the 11th that sent the Washington Nationals over Milwaukee. The Brewers have lost nine of 10.

BRAVES 6, PHILLIES 2: At Atlanta, Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones homered off Roy Halladay, and the Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep of the last-place Philadelphia Phillies. Atlanta has won five straight.

METS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Phoenix, R.A. Dickey rebounded from his first loss in three months to gain his National League-leading 14th win, and the New York Mets beat Arizona for just their third victory in 17 games.

MARLINS 5, PADRES 4 (10): At Miami, with scouts from about a dozen teams watching, Josh Johnson tied a career high with six walks as the Miami Marlins rallied from a two-run deficit and beat San Diego in 10 innings.

CUBS 4, CARDINALS 2: At Chicago, Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning that lifted the Chicago Cubs over St. Louis. The Cubs are 12-3 in their last 15 home games.

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