The Wrap: NL (Hosted Games)
NL Quote of the Night
"It wasn't an auspicious start for him."
-- Giants Manager Bruce Bochy on pitcher Barry Zito whose no-hit bid began with consecutive walks in the first inning
Giants starter Barry Zito carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning before picking up his third win in his past four starts. Zito left after the seventh having given up two runs and two hits while striking out a season-high eight. Andruw Jones broke up Zito's no-hit bid by hitting a two-run homer to knot up the game. Rangers starter Kevin Millwood turned in another quality start, allowing three runs in seven innings while striking out 10 batters, but still took the loss. Texas has now lost seven straight to the Giants and are winless in 11 games at San Francisco.
CC Sabathia left Sunday's game in the second inning with tightness in his left biceps as the Yankees fell to the Marlins despite putting together a rally in the ninth inning. Sabathia is listed as day-to-day and New York has no plans to run any tests on the big left-hander. With two runs in in the top of the ninth, Yankees pinch hitter Johnny Damon worked a walk which brought the winning run to the plate in the form of Derek Jeter but Jeter couldn't deliver, grounding out to end the game. Florida starter Chris Volstad earned the win as New York dropped consecutive series for the first time this month after losing four of its past five games.
Nationals starter Shairon Martis got tagged for four runs in the first inning and the team never fully recovered as the Nats saw their four-game win streak come to an end. Washington missed out on a chance to collect its first sweep of the season. The Blue Jays have now won nine straight games when they have scored six or more runs.
The Orioles won their fifth straight game by completing a three-game sweep of the Phillies. Brian Roberts was again the hero, singling in the winning run in the eighth inning off of Cole Hamels. Hamels pitched eight solid innings, striking out 10 but it wasn't enough as Baltimore starter Jeremy Guthrie earned his first win since May 25, a stretch of four starts. By sending Philadelphia to its sixth straight loss, the Orioles notched their first road series sweep in over two years and are 9-3 in interleague play this season.
The surging Cubs collected their fourth win in a row by completing a three-game sweep of the Indians. Sunday's win didn't feature the same late-game heroics as the previous two in the series as Chicago simply tagged Cleveland starter Jeremy Sowers for six runs in 4 1/3 innings. Rookie pitcher Randy Wells picked up his first career victory, giving up just two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings of work. Chicago third baseman Jake Fox went 1 for 3 with three RBI while catcher Geovany Soto hit a solo home run and drove in two runs.
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