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Greinke dominates again


Greinke dominates again
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Zack Greinke struck out 10 in a six-hitter and became the majors' first six-game winner with his second shutout in four starts, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 3-0 home win over the Chicago White Sox last night.

More than 6,500 fans bought walk-up tickets - pushing the attendance over 21,000 - to watch Greinke pitch and he didn't disappoint.

The righthander baffled the White Sox all night, working inside and out, up and down, slow and fast. Greinke (6-0) didn't walk a batter, dropped his ERA to 0.40, and pushed his major league-leading strikeout total to 54 during his third complete game of the season.

A.J. Pierzynski and Scott Podsednik each had two hits for the White Sox , who had just three runners reach scoring position against Greinke.

Kansas City scored an unearned run in the second on Alberto Callaspo's single, and an inning later David DeJesus cracked a solo homer and Billy Butler delivered an RBI single.

Orioles 8, Rays 4 - Nick Markakis drilled a three-run homer and Brian Roberts added a two-run shot to help Baltimore prevail in St. Petersburg, Fla., and stop a six-game losing streak.

Indians 9, Blue Jays 7 - Josh Barfield singled home the go-ahead run in the 12th for visiting Cleveland, which blew a two-run lead in the ninth.

Twins 7, Tigers 2 - Francisco Liriano struck out nine and picked up his first win of the year when visiting Minnesota erupted for five runs in the seventh.

Rangers 6, Mariners 5 - Chris Davis lifted visiting Texas with a tiebreaking two-run homer off Felix Hernandez (4-1).

Angels 5, Athletics 2 - Torii Hunter drove in three runs for visiting Los Angeles and Joe Saunders (4-1) pitched six-hit ball into the seventh.

Phillies 6, Cardinals 1 - Ryan Howard hit his seventh career grand slam for visiting Philadelphia, tying Mike Schmidt's franchise record.

St. Louis center fielder Rick Ankiel was carted off the field in the eighth inning after crashing headfirst into the wall while chasing down a line drive to the gap. He was strapped to a gurney and fitted with a neck brace, and taken to an area hospital for overnight evaluation. X-Rays and a CT scan of Ankiel's head, neck, and back were negative.

Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 2 - Arizona turned the second triple play in franchise history, but the Dodgers got a homer and three RBIs from Manny Ram?rez. Los Angeles set a modern NL record by starting 11-0 at home.

Nationals 9, Astros 4 - Adam Dunn delivered a two-run single during a five-run sixth for host Washington and Ryan Zimmerman had four hits to extend his hitting streak to 22 games.

Mets 6, Braves 4 - Carlos Beltran slugged a pair of two-run homers and David Wright added a two-run shot of his own to power New York in Atlanta.

Brewers 7, Pirates 4 - Rickie Weeks had a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the ninth and Milwaukee scored six runs over the final two innings in Pittsburgh.

Cubs 4, Giants 2 - Ryan Theriot hit an early two-run homer to support Ryan Dempster (2-1), who pitched seven strong innings for host Chicago.

Marlins 3, Reds 2 - Host Florida won it in the 14th when Cincinnati shortstop Paul Janish committed a throwing error that allowed Ronny Paulino to score.

Rockies 9, Padres 6 - Chris Iannetta hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh for visiting Colorado.


Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 5, 2009

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