Baseball roundup: Yanks turn first triple play in 42 years, still lose

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By The Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer and later grounded into the Yankees’ first triple play since 1968 as the Oakland Athletics stopped New York’s six-game winning streak, 4-2 Thursday.

Dallas Braden (3-0) and Yankees star Alex Rodriguez got into a shouting match after the top of the sixth inning. Braden was upset that Rodriguez had cut across the pitcher’s mound while returning to first base after a foul ball, a supposed breach of baseball etiquette.

Braden had to be restrained by manager Bob Geren after jawing with Rodriguez. Braden threw his glove against a wall and kicked a stack of paper cups when he went into the dugout.

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After the histrionics came history in the bottom of the sixth. Suzuki hit a sharp grounder to Rodriguez, who stepped on third base and threw to Robinson Cano at second. Cano’s relay to first baseman Nick Johnson barely beat Suzuki.

The Yankees had gone 6,632 consecutive regular-season games without a triple play. Their last one was on June 3, 1968, with first baseman Mickey Mantle catching the final out on a ball hit by Minnesota’s John Roseboro.

Indians 8, Twins 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Mitch Talbot turned in another strong start for Cleveland, and the Indians finally got some hits in their victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Talbot (2-1) followed his first major league win, a complete game last weekend against the Chicago White Sox, with six impressive innings. He held the Twins to two hits and no earned runs to keep them from sweeping the three-game series.

The Indians, who were last in the league in batting average and slugging percentage entering this game, matched their season high with eight runs.

Reds 8, Dodgers 5

CINCINNATI — Scott Rolen hit a go-ahead, two-run double to spark a seventh-inning rally and rookie Mike Leake earned his first major league victory in the Cincinnati Reds’ 8-5 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Leake was making his third professional start — all in the major leagues this year. He went seven innings and became the first Cincinnati starter to win this season.

The Reds came from behind twice for their seventh victory of the year.

Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez left in the sixth after straining his right calf while running out a single. It was not immediately known how long the slugger will be sidelined.

Rockies 2, Nationals 0

WASHINGTON — Livan Hernandez was impressed when he got an up-close look at Ubaldo Jimenez during a brief stint as teammates with the Colorado Rockies in 2008.

Hernandez was even more wowed by Jimenez as an opponent Thursday.

Jimenez followed up his no-hitter by tossing 7 1-3 shutout innings, Miguel Olivo and Ian Stewart hit solo homers for the first runs allowed this season by Hernandez, and Colorado beat the Washington Nationals 2-0.

Marlins 5, Astros 1.

HOUSTON — Anibal Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Cody Ross drove in two runs and the Florida Marlins snapped Houston’s four-game winning streak with a 5-1 win over the Astros.

Sanchez (1-1) allowed nine hits in 6 2-3 innings and struck out only one, but Houston stranded eight runners and didn’t score until the seventh. Chris Leroux pitched a scoreless eighth and Leo Nunez struck out the side in the ninth.

Mets 5, Cubs 2

NEW YORK — Johan Santana fought through mild trouble for six innings to keep the game scoreless before David Wright came through with an RBI double, and the New York Mets beat the Chicago Cubs 5-2 for their first series win of the season.

Jeff Francoeur broke an 0-for-24 slump with an RBI single in the Mets’ four-run sixth. Ike Davis had three hits and New York took three of four from the Cubs after dropping its first four series this season.

Francisco Rodriguez got five outs for his first save of the year. He entered with the bases loaded in the eighth and allowed a sacrifice fly before striking out pinch-hitter Tyler Colvin to end the inning.

Phillies 8, Braves 3

ATLANTA — Jamie Moyer gave up no earned runs in six innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the weak-hitting Atlanta Braves 8-3 to win the season’s first series between the NL East rivals.

The Braves took a .227 team batting average into the game after being shut out 2-0 by Roy Halladay on Wednesday night.

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