Cincinnati Reds

Hernandez homers in ninth to lead Reds

Reds 2, Astros 1: Ramon Hernandez hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Reds a road victory over the Astros on Friday night.

Jose Valverde (0-1), who missed Thursday's game with a back strain, walked Edwin Encarnacion with one out in the ninth before Hernandez hit his first homer over the right-field fence. It was Valverde's first blown save of the year.

Nick Masset (1-0) pitched 11⁄3 scoreless innings to get the win and Francisco Cordero got three outs for his third save in three attempts.

Astros starter Roy Oswalt gave up five hits and struck out four over six scoreless innings. Oswalt left the game with a 1-0 lead and was on his way to improving his all-time record against the Reds to 24-1 before Hernandez's home run left him with a no-decision.

Cubs 8, Cardinals 7: After striking out three times earlier Friday, Alfonso Soriano golfed Chris Perez's low slider into the left-field bleachers for a two-run, eighth-inning homer to give the Cubs a home victory over St. Louis. Perez was kicking himself for not throwing the 1-2 slider in the dirt — and that might have been his only chance to keep Soriano from going deep. A notorious bad-ball hitter, Soriano has five homers in Chicago's first 10 games and two game-winning shots this week.

"It was very low but I like low pitches and I put a good swing on it," Soriano said. Then he laughed and added: "Well, not only low. I like everything. High. Inside. Away. Just throw something close to home plate and I'll hit it."

American League

Rays 6, White Sox 5: Former Lexington Legend Ben Zobrist hit a pinch-hit grand slam and Carlos Pena homered for the fifth time in six days to help the host Rays rally for a victory over Chicago. Zobrist hit his slam off Matt Thornton (0-1) after the Rays loaded the bases with two outs against White Sox starter Bartolo Colon.

Yankees 6, Indians 5: Derek Jeter hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and New York had five homers in a game for the first time since 2007, winning its first game at the new Yankee Stadium. Johnny Damon, Mark Teixeira, Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano also hit solo home runs. Jeter, the Yankees captain, led the club to four World Series titles and six AL pennants across the street. That his home run gave the Yankees their first win in their new home seemed appropriate.

"If anyone's going to hit a game-winning home run for the first win at the new stadium, it's going to be Derek," Teixeira said.

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