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Around the Bases: High scoring affairs and a captain's return ruined

Scores and notes from around baseball's Monday games.

Christian Petersen

Phillies 2, Mets 1: The Mets just could not get any good news on Monday. After finding out that Jeremy Hefner would undergo Tommy John surgery and, worse, that Matt Harvey might join him on the operating table, New York was dominated by Cliff Lee. Lee went eight innings, allowing just one earned run on five hits and a walk while striking out seven. Zach Wheeler matched him on hits, walks, and strikeouts, but gave up two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. That turned out to be the difference.

Athletics 8, Tigers 6: You certainly can't say this game wasn't exciting. At least one run scored in every inning as the Tigers fell behind, then came back to tie the game, then fell behind, then came back to tie the game, then fell behind and couldn't quite make it back. Down 8-5 in the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers had two one-out singles before an RBI groundout cut the deficit to two and brought Omar Infante to the plate as the tying run. There was no bottom-of-the-ninth  magic this time, however, as Infante grounded out to end the game. Meanwhile, Miguel Cabrera hit his 43rd home run to move just three behind Chris Davis.

Blue Jays 5, Yankees 2: The Yankees welcomed Derek Jeter back to the lineup once again and Alex Rodriguez hit his 650th career home run, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Jays. R.A. Dickey allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings, and the Blue Jays' offense scored three runs in the fifth to break a 2-2 tie and help secure a victory. The victory ended a seven-game losing skid for Toronto.

Cardinals 8, Reds 6: It was a tale of big innings in this game. The Reds led off scoring with a four-run second inning before the Cardinals came back with three runs of their own in the third. Though Cincinnati tacked on a run apiece in the sixth and eighth, it was the Cardinals five-run seventh frame that made the difference. With the Pirates off on Monday, the Cardinals now hold a half game lead to stand all alone atop the NL Central.

Royals 11, Rays 1: Monday's game was a makeup of a May contest between the two teams that was snowed out. The Rays probably would have rather played in the snow if they knew this would be the result of the makeup game. Jeremy Guthrie pitched a solid five innings for Kansas City while the Royals bullpen combined to hold the Rays to just a hit and a walk over the next four frames. Sal Perez hit a three run homer for the Royals and Billy Butler reached base in all five of his plate appearances, including a solo home run of his own.

Astros 10, White Sox 8: These two squads put on a great performance as Chicago tried hard to come back from a deficit and managed to tie the game. But the Astros of all teams could not stop scoring. Houston only put a zero on the board in three innings, thwarting any comeback attempt by the White Sox until the sixth inning when Chicago threw five runs on the board to take an 8-7 lead. Houston tied it up the next inning. Back-to-back home runs from Matt Dominguez and Chris Carter in the ninth helped seal Chicago's victory.

Rockies 6, Giants 1: By the time San Francisco got on the board, this game was all but over. Juan Nicasio shut down the Giants for six innings, allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out nine batters. Meanwhile the Rockies scored five runs off Barry Zito, who received another shot in the rotation with Chad Gaudin on the DL. An additional Rockies run made it a 6-0 game before the Giants finally scored a run in the ninth inning.

Diamondbacks 6, Padres 1: Brandon McCarthy may not be having his best season, but he was excellent Monday. McCarthy threw seven innings of five-hit ball, allowing just one unearned run while striking out five hitters. Eury De La Rosa finished the Padres off with two hitless innings of his own, striking out four San Diego batters. The Padres could not get good wood all night, failing to collect a single extra base hit.

Rangers 8, Mariners 3: For pitching seven innings, Joe Saunders was awfully bad Monday. He allowed seven earned runs on nine hits and three walks. He wasn't fooling the Rangers at all: Saunders struck out exactly zero batters. The Mariners scored a couple runs in the third inning and tacked on one more in the fourth on a Kyle Seager home run. That wasn't enough to topple a Texas offense led by three Elvis Andrus hits and a three-run homer off the bat of A.J. Pierzynski.

Dodgers 6, Cubs 2: Zack Greinke was excellent for the Dodgers, but Yasiel Puig was, too. Greinke came within an out of a shutout, walking two and striking out nine. But Brian Bogusevic doubled in two runs to spoil the feat. Meanwhile Puig had three hits, including a 439-foot home run in the eighth inning. Greinke helped his own cause, singling to left in the fourth inning to drive in the only run he'd need.

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