MLB roundup: Hafner lone blip for Strasburg

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg simply shrugged. Two starts, two wins, 22 strikeouts and millions of fascinated fans. One dazzling debut -- and a pretty fair encore. It's been quite a start for baseball's newest attraction. But while America ...

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Stephen Strasburg simply shrugged.

Two starts, two wins, 22 strikeouts and millions of fascinated fans. One dazzling debut -- and a pretty fair encore.

It's been quite a start for baseball's newest attraction. But while America buzzes about him, this Nationals treasure isn't buying the hype.

"Just another week, you know?" Strasburg said.



On Sunday, Washington's pitching powerhouse learned that life on the road isn't always smooth. Coming off a 14-strikeout opening act, Strasburg had more trouble with Cleveland's mound than Indians hitters during his second major league start, leading the Nationals to a 9-4 win.

Strasburg (2-0) allowed just two hits, one a leadoff homer in the second inning by Travis Hafner, who turned on one of the right-hander's 100 mph fastballs. He struck out eight and walked five before leaving to a chorus of boos in the sixth as Washington ended Cleveland's four-game winning streak.

The 21-year-old capped a whirlwind first few days in the majors. His dominating start against Pittsburgh was followed by an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman." He has been the subject of incessant sports talk radio shows, and seems to be on every TV station.

In the second, Hafner tied it at 1 with a laser shot into the Nationals'bullpen.

"With a guy like that, you have to look fastball," Hafner said. "He obviously has great stuff. He's really good."

Phillies 5, Red Sox 3

BOSTON -- Cole Hamels cooled off Boston's surging lineup with seven strong innings, helping Philadelphia salvage the finale of the weekend series.

Raul Ibanez hit a two-run homer for the Phillies, who snapped a six-game road losing streak with just their eighth win in their last 24 games overall.


Angels 6, Dodgers 5

LOS ANGELES -- Hideki Matsui had three hits and drove in two runs, Jered Weaver pitched into the seventh inning and the Angels swept an interleague Freeway Series at Dodger Stadium for the first time.

Torii Hunter and Mike Napoli homered for the Angels, who improved to a season-best six games over .500 at 36-30 with their 10th win in 12 games.

Marlins 6, Rays 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Chris Volstad pitched six solid innings to stop a personal six-game winless streak and Florida got two RBIs from rookie Mike Stanton in the victory.

Yankees 9, Astros 5

NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada hit a grand slam for the second straight day, Robinson Cano connected for his 100th career homer and the Yankees completed a three-game sweep.

Giants 6, Athletics 2


SAN FRANCISCO -- Aubrey Huff hit a pair of two-run homers, Matt Cain extended his winning streak to four consecutive starts and the Giants finished off a three-game series sweep.

Royals 7, Reds 3

CINCINNATI -- Zack Greinke struck out 12 in a five-hitter, ending a four-start skid and leading Kansas City over Cincinnati.

Mets 11, Orioles 4

BALTIMORE -- David Wright hit two homers, Chris Carter and Jason Bay also connected, and New York beat Baltimore for a three-game sweep.

Tigers 4, Pirates 3

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Detroit over skidding Pittsburgh.

Rangers 7, Brewers 2


MILWAUKEE -- Colby Lewis scattered three hits over eight innings and added a key two-out single with the bases loaded to lead Texas over Milwaukee.

Rockies 10, Blue Jays 3

DENVER -- Jeff Francis pitched seven innings to earn his first home win in two years and Colorado beat Toronto to complete a three-game sweep.

Mariners 4, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO -- Felix Hernandez came within one out of a complete game, Jose Lopez doubled in the go-ahead run and Seattle beat San Diego to snap a five-game losing streak.

Cubs 1, White Sox 0

CHICAGO -- Ted Lilly took a no-hitter into the ninth inning before pinch-hitter Juan Pierre led off with a single, and the Chicago Cubs held on to beat the White Sox 1-0.

On a night when the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks were saluted for their Stanley Cup championship, Lilly and Gavin Floyd put on a splendid display of pitching.


Floyd flirted with a no-hitter of his own for the White Sox before Alfonso Soriano doubled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Chad Tracy followed with a single, producing the only run.

That took care of Floyd's run at history -- but Lilly was still going and the tension began to mount as he inched closer to the 14th no-hitter in franchise history and first since Carlos Zambrano's gem against Houston on Sept. 14, 2008, in Milwaukee.

National League

Diamondbacks 7, Cardinals 5

PHOENIX -- Chris Young rescued Arizona's much-maligned bullpen with his second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning that gave the Diamondbacks a 7-5 victory over the Cardinals.

Albert Pujols drove in three runs for the Cardinals, who trailed by three going into the ninth before rallying to tie it on a wild pitch by winner Esmerling Vasquez (1-2).

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