Orioles topple Indians


BALTIMORE – Erik Bedard remained unbeaten, Miguel Tejada homered and drove in three runs and the Baltimore Orioles rallied for a 9-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

Javy Lopez, Jeff Conine and Tejada each had two RBIs during a six-run sixth that erased a 4-3 deficit and gave Baltimore its sixth win in eight games.

Eduardo Perez and Victor Martinez homered for Cleveland. Martinez was 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 15 games, the longest in the major leagues this season.

Bedard (4-0) pitched six innings and joined Boston’s Curt Schilling and Atlanta’s Oscar Villareal as the majors’ only four-game winners. Bedard allowed four runs – three earned – six hits and two walks, striking out seven.

Martinez’s solo homer put Cleveland up 4-3 in the sixth, but rookie Fausto Carmona (1-1) couldn’t hold the lead. The Orioles sent 10 men to the plate, the third time in two games they’ve batted around against the Indians.

Angels 6, Twins 4

MINNEAPOLIS – Jose Molina’s two-out double drove in pinch-runner Maicer Izturis to break an eighth-inning tie and spark the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-4 win over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.

Adam Kennedy followed Molina with an RBI single against Jesse Crain (0-1), after shortstop Nick Punto’s throw home to get Izturis bounced away for an error and allowed Molina to move up.

Kevin Gregg (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake the night before, threw four strong innings of relief.

Francisco Rodriguez got four outs for his fifth save – a day after his club-record streak of 22 straight conversions ended. Brendan Donnelly put two on with two out in the eighth, but Rodriguez struck out Lew Ford.

Molina and Kennedy each had two hits and two RBIs for the Angels, who wasted a 9-4 lead and lost 12-10 in 10 innings on Wednesday night. Edgardo Alfonzo also had his first two hits of the season, the last a single off Crain with two outs that set up Molina’s hit.

Tigers 4, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. – Curtis Granderson drew a bases-loaded walk that brought home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, and the Detroit Tigers rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Thursday.

Brandon Inge drew a walk from Justin Duchscherer (1-1), filling in for regular closer Huston Street, on a 15-pitch at-bat that loaded the bases for Granderson.

A’s manager Ken Macha opted to stick with Duchscherer rather than immediately turn to reliever Kirk Saarloos, who had already been warming up for several minutes.

Fernando Rodney (1-0) pitched two innings, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to extend his scoreless streak to start the season to 7 2-3 innings. He struck out pinch-hitter Adam Melhuse to end it.

Magglio Ordonez led off the ninth with a single, pinch-hitter Alexis Gomez doubled and Chris Shelton singled to make it 3-2 with no outs before Carlos Guillen’s tying single.


National League

Nationals 10, Phillies 4

PHILADELPHIA – Frank Robinson got his 1,000th win as a manager Thursday night, with Nick Johnson hitting a pair of homers in the Washington Nationals’ 10-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 70-year-old Robinson is 1,000-1,095 in 16 seasons with Cleveland, San Francisco, Baltimore and the Montreal-Washington franchise. He became the 53rd manager to reach the milestone.

Johnson finished 4-for-4 with three RBIs and Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs.

Pat Burrell and Chase Utley had two-run doubles for the Phillies, who fell to 2-7 at home.

Reds 12, Brewers 8

MILWAUKEE – Brandon Phillips hit his first grand slam and added another shot for his first two-homer game to help the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 12-8 on Thursday night.

Trailing 6-2, the Reds scored 10 straight runs to make it 12-6, including five in the sixth when Phillips hit his two-out grand slam off reliever Mike Adams.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Brewers reliever Justin Lehr (1-1), who had just entered for starter Tomo Ohka, to give the Reds a 7-6 lead, Cincinnati’s first advantage since it was 2-0 in the second.

Phillips and Encarnacion, the seventh and eighth hitters, combined to go 4-for-8 with nine RBIs and five runs.

Milwaukee scored two runs in the eighth to make it 12-8. Chad Moeller hit a homer off Matt Belisle (1-0) and Carlos Lee drove in his 16th run of the season with an RBI single. With the bases loaded, reliever Todd Coffey struck out Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder to end the threat. The Brewers scored three in second and third to take a 6-2 lead. In between, Reds manager Jerry Narron was thrown out for arguing a call in the third inning.