Morse, Bumgarner Put Bummer On Twins
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Michael Morse doubled three times and drove in four runs, Madison Bumgarner stayed unbeaten in May and the San Francisco Giants beat the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
Gregor Blanco had three hits while filling in for leadoff man Angel Pagan and Hunter Pence homered for the Giants, who improved to 6-0 in interleague games this year and improved their majors-leading record to 32-18.
Bumgarner (6-3) earned his fourth straight win while relying mainly on his fastball and slider to baffle the slumping Twins. He struck out 10 with no walks and allowed only two runners past second base.
It was a far different result than Bumgarner got in his only other appearance against Minnesota in 2011 when the left-hander was knocked out of the game after retiring one batter.
The Twins are back at it today, beginning a 4 game home stand against the Texas Rangers. Today's coverage begins at 12:40 with the pre-game, 1:10 first pitch on 1340 KROC AM.
Beckett of the Dodgers pitches a no hitter
UNDATED (AP) — Josh Beckett's major league career appeared in jeopardy just a few months ago, but he's thriving right now.
The Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander struck out Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley with his career-high 128th pitch to complete the first no-hitter of the season and the 21st in team history. Beckett struck out six and walked three as the Dodgers whipped the Phils 6-0.
Beckett's career was almost derailed last year by a nerve condition that left him unable to feel his fingertips. He began this season on the disabled list before tossing his first career no-hitter, and the first by a Dodger since Hideo Nomo in 1996.
Beckett outpitched former teammate A.J. Burnett, 11 years after the two helped the Marlins win the World Series.
Justin Turner hit a solo homer and Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with two RBIs to support Beckett's third win of the season.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Adam Wainwright became the National League's first eight-game winner by allowing only five hits and matching a career high with 12 strikeouts over eight innings of the Cardinals' 4-0 shutout at Cincinnati. Kolton Wong and Tony Cruz each had two hits and an RBI as St. Louis won for the ninth time in 11 games to stay within 1 1/2 games of first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
— The Brewers beat the Marlins 7-1 as Jimmy Nelson pitched 5 2-3 scoreless innings in his season debut for Milwaukee. Ryan Braun had four hits, including a double and triple for the Brewers.
— San Francisco completed a three-game sweep as Michael Morse doubled three times and drove in four runs to lead the Giants to an 8-1 rout of Minnesota. Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 and surrendered just three hits in seven innings to help the Giants improve to a major league-leading 32-18.
— Julio Teheran lowered his ERA to 1.77 by giving up just four hits while striking out seven in six scoreless innings of Atlanta's 7-0 rout of Colorado. All the runs came via the long ball as Evan Gattis collected three RBIs with a pair of homers before Justin Upton and Chris Johnson added two-run blasts.
— Daniel Murphy dropped a throw on a force play at second with two outs in the ninth, allowing the Diamondbacks went on to beat the New Yorkers 2-1 in Game 1 of a doubleheader. Chris Owings homered for the Diamondbacks, who turned five double plays.
— The Mets earned a split and ended a three-game skid as Daisuke Matsuzaka hit an RBI single and allowed three hits in six innings of a 4-2 triumph over Arizona in the nightcap. Daniel Murphy atoned for his ninth-inning error in the opener by going 3-for-4 with an RBI single in Game 2.
— Ian Desmond hit a pair of run-scoring singles and Washington halted a four-game skid by topping the Pirates 5-2 in Pittsburgh. Doug Fister allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings to outpitch Francisco Liriano, who is winless in 14 consecutive regular-season starts since last Sept. 10.
— J.A. Happ won his third straight start and Edwin Encarnacion homered as Toronto downed Oakland 3-1 to complete a three-game sweep. The Blue Jays picked up their sixth consecutive win and sent the A's to their season-high fourth straight loss.
— Baltimore earned a four-game split with Cleveland as Manny Machado and Nelson Cruz homered in the Orioles' 4-2 triumph against the Indians. Steve Pearce had three hits and Miguel Gonzalez held the Indians to two runs and four hits in six innings.
— Alex Rios tripled and drove in three runs as the Rangers beat up on the Tigers again for a 12-4 win. The Rangers scored 35 runs in taking three of four in Detroit.
— Pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez smacked a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh inning of Tampa Bay's 8-5 win over Boston. The Red Sox have dropped 10 straight, their worst skid since an 11-game victory drought in 1994.
— Masahiro Tanaka rebounded nicely from his first major league loss and improved to 7-1 by working into the seventh inning of the Yankees' 7-1 win over the White Sox in Chicago. Derek Jeter had four hits, Brett Gardner hit a two-run single and Brian Roberts added a solo homer.
— Dallas Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and allowed just an unearned run in Houston's 4-1 verdict over the Mariners. George Springer and Marc Krauss hit two-run homers to back Keuchel's second complete game in three starts.
— The Angels put together a three-run seventh before Chris Ianetta homered in the eighth inning to give Los Angeles a 4-3 win over Kansas City. Jason Vargas exited with a 3-0 lead in the seventh before Mike Trout hit an RBI double and scored on David Freese's two-run single.
— Ian Kennedy limited the Cubs to a run and two hits in six innings of San Diego's 4-3 win over the Cubs. The Cubs were trying to complete their first series win since last September in Cincinnati.
Napoli heads to DL
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have put first baseman Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained finger and recalled right-hander Brandon Workman from Triple-A Pawtucket. Napoli has been playing with an injured fourth finger on his left hand, along with nagging hamstring and calf issues. He also missed games Wednesday and Thursday due to flu-like symptoms. He is hitting .260 with five homers and 22 RBIs this season.
Asche goes on DL
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have placed third baseman Cody Asche on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. He was hitting .258 with eight doubles, four home runs and 18 RBIs in 40 games. Asche injured his hamstring in Friday night's loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cubs name Ramirez player/coach
CHICAGO (AP) — Guess who is back in organized baseball? If you said Manny Ramirez, you would be correct. The Cubs have announced that Ramirez is coming back to baseball as a player-coach for the team's Triple-A club. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement that Ramirez "is not and will not" be on the Cubs' major league roster, but that he will serve as a mentor to Chicago's minor-league hitters in Des Moines, Iowa.