Lowe brings down Angels


LOS ANGELES – Derek Lowe allowed three hits in seven shutout innings for his first win since April 13, Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer, and the Dodgers beat the Angels 7-0 Sunday to complete a sweep of the three-game interleague series.

Lowe (2-3) threw 118 pitches before being lifted for a pinch hitter. The 32-year-old right-hander walked three, struck out seven and didn’t allow a hit after Garret Anderson’s single in the third, retiring 13 of the last 15 batters he faced.

Lowe gave up two earned runs or less in seven of his previous nine starts, but had only one win to show for his efforts. He went six straight outings without a victory – two losses and four no-decisions.

Astros 5, Rangers 0

HOUSTON – Taylor Buchholz pitched a five-hitter for his first career shutout as the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 on Sunday.

Buchholz (3-3) had lost his last two starts, allowing eight earned runs in each game. He walked none and struck out a career-high six in his first career complete game.

The Astros took two of three from the Rangers, but still have lost 11 of their last 16 games.

Brewers 5, Twins 3

MILWAUKEE – Carlos Lee’s two-run double keyed a four-run seventh inning to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota 5-3 on Sunday, hours after the Twins won funding for a new stadium.

Chris Capuano (5-3) won for the first time in four starts. The left-hander pitched seven innings, giving up three runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out four. Derrick Turnbow pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.


Indians 3, Pirates 2

CLEVELAND – Grady Sizemore singled home the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning to give Bob Wickman his first win in nearly four years, leading the Cleveland Indians over the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 Sunday.

The Indians won for the fifth time in six games and improved to 17-4 in interleague play the past two years.

Mariners 10, Padres 8

SEATTLE – Raul Ibanez and Carl Everett homered during an eight-run second inning to help Seattle beat San Diego 10-8 on Sunday and complete a three-game series sweep.

The Mariners swept their first series of the year – after losing all three games of a series at Oakland and dropping to a season-low eight games under .500.

The Padres, who began May by going 13-1, were swept in a series for the third time in their streaky season.

Nationals 3, Orioles 1

WASHINGTON – Pitching in and out of trouble, exhorting his teammates in the field and on the basepaths, Livan Hernandez snapped a seven-start winless streak Sunday, leading the Washington Nationals over the Baltimore Orioles 3-1.

Hernandez (2-5) limited Baltimore to one run in seven innings, despite giving up four walks and six hits, though all were singles. He hadn’t earned a victory since April 8 at Houston, his second start of the season; Hernandez’s last drought that long came in 1999.

Tigers 1, Reds 0

DETROIT – Placido Polanco’s pinch-hit single in the eighth inning broke a scoreless tie and Nate Robertson tossed 7 1-3 innings to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Cincinnati Reds 1-0 Sunday.

Robertson struck out seven, walked five and allowed three hits. Fernando Rodney (3-1) and Todd Jones combined to throw 1 2-3 hitless innings with Jones getting his 13th save in 14 opportunities. Jones set a franchise record with his 155th save with the Tigers, moving one ahead of Mike Henneman.

Rockies 5, Blue Jays 3

DENVER – Garrett Atkins drove in three runs with a bases-loaded double, Josh Fogg snapped a six-game winless streak, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

It was the fourth series sweep of the season for Colorado, which matched its best start after 44 games. The Rockies also started 25-19 in 1995.

Cardinals 10, Royals 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Albert Pujols homered in his third straight game and the St. Louis Cardinals beat Kansas City 10-3 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep and send the Royals to their ninth straight loss.

Kansas City (10-31) has the worst record in baseball and has been swept nine times this season. Pujols, who leads the majors with 22 home runs in St. Louis’ 44 games, reached the homer mark in the second-fewest games in baseball history. Barry Bonds did it in 43 games in 2001.

Cubs 7, White Sox 4

CHICAGO – Michael Barrett, booed for his punch that set off a melee the day before, delivered a game-tying triple and Jacque Jones followed with a two-run homer in the eighth Sunday as the Cubs rallied and beat the White Sox 7-4 to avert a sweep.

After he was run over at the plate Saturday by A.J. Pierzynski, Barrett got to his feet and punched the White Sox catcher in the jaw, setting off a brawl that led to four ejections and heated up an already passionate rivalry.

Giants 6, Athletics 0

OAKLAND, Calif. – Barry Bonds went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and an intentional walk and Matt Cain pitched a one-hitter in the San Francisco Giants’ anticlimactic 6-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday. Bonds remained at 714 home runs a day after connecting for a solo shot to tie Ruth for second behind home run king Hank Aaron’s 755.

Mark Sweeney hit a two-run double, Randy Winn singled in two runs and Ray Durham drove in a run on a groundout to help Cain (2-5) end a three-game losing streak. Cain got his second career complete game and first shutout, and San Francisco took two of three in the Bay Bridge Series to win its second straight series.

Devil Rays 3, Marlins 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Scott Kazmir allowed four hits and matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts in eight innings Sunday, leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to a 3-0 victory over Dontrelle Willis and the Florida Marlins.

Kazmir (7-2) held the Marlins to three singles and Miguel Cabrera’s fourth-inning double enroute to a career-best fifth straight win. At 22, he’s the youngest major league pitcher to win seven games this early in a season since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981.

Braves 2, D-backs 1

PHOENIX – Tim Hudson pitched eight scoreless innings to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 on Sunday.

Hudson (4-3) gave up six hits and three walks. He struck out five as Atlanta avoided its second three-game sweep of the season. The Diamondbacks finally scored a run in the ninth off Braves closer Chris Reitsma. Conor Jackson walked with one out, advanced to second on a groundout and scored on Eric Byrnes’ RBI double. Macay McBride then came on to get the final out for his first save of the season.

Mets 4, Yankees 3

NEW YORK – Billy Wagner bounced back from a dreadful performance and the New York Mets got consecutive home runs from Carlos Delgado and David Wright to edge the Yankees 4-3 Sunday night in their Subway Series finale.

Tom Glavine won his fifth straight start by pitching six strong innings and Wright hit a mammoth shot out of Shea Stadium, helping the Mets take two of three from their crosstown rivals.

All three games were decided by one run.

Derek Jeter hit a two-run single for the Yankees, who rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the ninth against Wagner on Saturday and won 5-4 in 11 innings.

But Mets manager Willie Randolph went right back to Wagner – as he said he would – and the All-Star closer worked out of a jam for his ninth save in 12 chances.