Padres 8, Indians 3 (10): Kevin Kouzmanoff may not have seen the irony, but the Indians certainly did.
Kouzmanoff's grand slam highlighted San Diego's five-run 10th inning, and the Padres beat the host Indians on Saturday night.
While the Padres were waiting for the big hit, a superb pitching effort kept them in the game. Cha Seung Baek, Heath Bell and Bryan Corey held the Indians to four hits. Baek and Bell combined to retire 23 of 24 hitters, including 19 straight.
Kouzmanoff, acquired from the Indians following the 2006 season, hit a 1-1 pitch off Edward Mujica (0-1) into the left-field bleachers for his 10th home run of the season and third career grand slam.
The third baseman, who put up big numbers throughout his minor-league career with Cleveland, was traded to San Diego for second baseman Josh Barfield a few months later.
Kouzmanoff didn't view his home run as revenge against his former team.
”I guess it's kind of bizarre that my first hit was a grand slam and now I'm playing my old team and I hit a grand slam,“ he said. ”It's not like I was out there getting payback against the Indians. I have no negative feelings about the Indians for making a business decision.“
Yankees 8, Astros 4: Mike Mussina pitched six solid innings for his 10th win and helped put the visiting Yankees three games above .500 for the first time this season. Alex Rodriguez needed some help from a fan in right field to get his 11th home run in the second inning. Hunter Pence tracked A-Rod's drive to the wall in right and leaped. Replays showed that it appeared the ball hit Pence's glove, but a man in the front row wearing an Astros jersey pushed Pence's glove out of the way with his glove and the ball dropped into the stands for the homer. Mussina (10-4) allowed three runs and six hits to reach 10 wins for the 17th straight season.
Rockies 2, White Sox 0: Willy Taveras stole a career-high five bases, spot starter Jorge De La Rosa pitched the best game of his career and the Rockies snapped Chicago's nine-game home winning streak. The Rockies won despite going 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Taveras failed to score a run despite his five swipes. He has 29 in 31 attempts this season, most in the National League and just five shy of his career high. De La Rosa struck out a career-high eight and allowed one hit and one walk in five innings.
Rays 4, Marlins 1: Matt Garza pitched seven strong innings and Jonny Gomes homered in his first at-bat since serving a five-game suspension for his part in a bench-clearing brawl, leading the host Rays to a victory over Florida. Garza (5-3) allowed one run and three hits, walked one and struck out three. Jason Bartlett's two-run single off Mark Hendrickson (7-5) snapped a 1-all tie in the fourth inning.