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Baseball Today

By The Associated Press


Wednesday, June 3

Chicago Cubs at Atlanta (7:10 p.m. EDT). Chicago’s Ted Lilly and Atlanta ace Derek Lowe each go for their seventh win. Lilly went 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA in six May starts while Lowe was 4-2 with a 3.76 ERA last month.



—Chase Utley and Ryan Howard, Phillies, hit consecutive home runs in the fifth inning to lead Philadelphia to a 5-3 victory at San Diego.

—Roy Oswalt, Astros, had a season-high eight strikeouts over seven solid innings in Houston’s 4-1 win over Colorado.

—Hanley Ramirez, Marlins, had three hits and scored twice to help Florida beat Milwaukee 7-4.

—Jim Thome, White Sox, hit his 550th career homer in Chicago’s 6-2 victory over Oakland.

—Joba Chamberlain, Yankees, allowed two runs in a career-high eight innings to help New York beat Cleveland 5-2.

—Francisco Cordero, Reds, pitched a scoreless ninth inning in Cincinnati’s 5-3 victory over St. Louis, earning his 14th save in 14 chances and 28th in a row dating to last July.

—Rich Hill, Orioles, threw seven sharp innings to lead Baltimore to a 1-0 win over Seattle.

—Andy LaRoche, Pirates, drove in three runs as Pittsburgh rallied to beat the New York Mets 8-5.

—Billy Buckner, Diamondbacks, tossed six scoreless innings and Arizona beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2.


Adam Jones and George Sherrill came up big against their former team, helping the Baltimore Orioles beat the Seattle Mariners 1-0. Jones doubled and scored the only run, and Sherrill earned his 11th save in 13 chances. The Orioles sent former ace Erik Bedard to the Mariners for top outfield prospect Jones, reliever Sherrill and three other players in 2008.


The New York Yankees played error free for the 18th straight game in a 5-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians, surpassing Boston’s major league mark of 17 set in 2006. New York’s last error came on May 13 at Toronto when shortstop Ramiro Pena misplayed a groundball.


The Pittsburgh Pirates scored five runs in the eighth inning to beat the New York Mets 8-5 on Monday night. Adam LaRoche and Jack Wilson had three hits apiece for Pittsburgh, which came back from a 5-0 deficit to win for only the second time in six games. ... Hanley Ramirez and Jeremy Hermida had RBI singles in Florida’s five-run sixth inning and the Marlins rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 in Miami.


“One of the finest young pitchers in our game and he leaves after one inning and the bullpen’s got to pitch eight. I mean, that’s a great opportunity for us.” — St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa after Cincinnati’s Edinson Volquez could only go one inning due to numbness in two fingers on his pitching hand in the Reds’ 5-3 victory.


June 3

1918 — Dutch Leonard of the Boston Red Sox pitched his second no-hitter, blanking the Detroit Tigers 5-0.

1932 — Lou Gehrig became the first American League player to hit four home runs in a game, helping the New York Yankees beat the Philadelphia A’s 20-13. The accomplishment was overshadowed by the resignation of John McGraw as manager of the New York Giants.

1954 — Henry Thompson of the New York Giants hit three home runs and drove in eight runs in a 13-8 win against the St. Louis Cardinals. Willie Mays drove in the other five runs with two homers.

1971 — Ken Holtzman of the Chicago Cubs pitched his second no-hitter, beating the Cincinnati Reds 1-0.

1978 — Dave Johnson became the first major leaguer to hit two pinch-hit grand slams in a season. His grand slam in the ninth inning gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1989 — Los Angeles and Houston played 22 innings at the Astrodome in the longest night game in National League history — 7 hours, 14 minutes. The Astros won the game on Rafael Ramirez’s RBI single off Jeff Hamilton, normally the Dodgers’ third baseman. When the game ended, Fernando Valenzuela was playing first and Eddie Murray was at third.

1989 — Nolan Ryan pitched his 11th career one-hitter and struck out 11 as Texas beat Seattle 6-1. It was Ryan’s 16th low-hit game (no-hitter or one-hitter), breaking Bob Feller’s record of 15.

1995 — Pedro Martinez of Montreal pitched nine perfect innings against San Diego before giving up a leadoff double to Bip Roberts in the 10th inning of the Expos 1-0 win.

2003 — Sammy Sosa was ejected in the first inning of Chicago’s 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays after umpires found cork in his shattered bat.

2006 — Damion Easley hit three homers and had seven RBIs in Arizona’s 13-9 victory over Atlanta.

2008 — Randy Johnson took sole possession of second place on baseball’s career strikeout list after getting the Milwaukee Brewers’ Mike Cameron to go down swinging in the first inning. It was Johnson’s 4,673rd career strikeout, breaking a tie with Roger Clemens and leaving the Arizona Diamondbacks’ veteran behind only Nolan Ryan, who had 5,714 strikeouts in his career.

Today’s birthdays: Travis Hafner 32; Jose Molina 34.

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