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Mariners pitcher clubs grand slam in win

| Tuesday, June 24, 2008

NEW YORK -- Felix Hernandez hit the first grand slam by an American League pitcher in 37 years, then departed with a sprained ankle before he could qualify for a win in the Seattle Mariners' 5-2 victory over the New York Mets on Monday night.

Facing a fellow ace from Venezuela, Hernandez connected off Johan Santana with two outs in the second inning to give Seattle a 4-0 lead.

The opposite-field shot to right-center was the first home run by a pitcher in Mariners history, and the first slam by an AL hurler since Cleveland's Steve Dunning went deep against Oakland's Diego Segui on May 11, 1971, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Three innings later, Hernandez sprained his left ankle while trying to cover home plate on a run-scoring wild pitch. Carlos Beltran slid hard into the feet of Hernandez, who left the game one out short of being eligible for a win. After a painful warmup pitch, he had to be helped to the dugout by team trainers.

The Mets have dropped his last four outings, and the two-time Cy Young Award winner is 0-3 during that span.

Just before Hernandez homered, an error by third baseman David Wright extended the inning.

Diamondbacks 2, Red Sox 1

In Boston, Dan Haren was dominant over seven shutout innings, limiting Boston to just two hits and outpitching Josh Beckett.

The Diamondbacks, swept by Minnesota over the weekend, have won just seven of their past 21 road games. Boston dropped to 1-3 on its current six-game homestand after winning 19 of its previous 22 in Fenway Park.

Haren (8-4) walked one and struck out five in his best outing of the season, winning his fifth consecutive start.

Tony Pena allowed J.D. Drew's eighth-inning, bases-loaded sacrifice fly, but Manny Ramirez lined to third with two runners on to end the inning.

Brandon Lyon worked the ninth for his 16th save in 18 chances.

Angels 3, Nationals 2

In Washington, Garret Anderson's eighth-inning single drove in the go-ahead run, and Los Angeles rallied to defeat Washington.

The Angels' John Lackey allowed six hits and two runs -- one earned -- in eight innings, striking out six and walking one. Lackey (5-1) has lasted at least seven innings in all eight of his starts after missing the early part of the season due to injury.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 31st save.

Willie Harris had a home run and a triple and scored both runs for Washington, which lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Royals 8, Rockies 4

In Kansas City, Mo., Brian Bannister picked up his third straight victory, Mark Teahen hit a three-run homer, and Kansas City beat Colorado for its eighth win in nine games.

The Royals' hot streak has all come against National League clubs, and their 10-3 record is the best in interleague play.

Bannister (7-6), who is 3-0 in his last six starts, did not allow a hit until Jeff Baker's two-out single in the fifth. He matched a career high with six walks before the hit, but still worked through seven innings for the fourth time in his pat five starts. Bannister gave up three hits and three runs, all unearned, while striking out five.

National League

Brewers 4, Braves 1

In Atlanta, Ben Sheets gave up only four hits in a dominant complete-game performance, Mike Cameron hit a two-run homer, and the Brewers beat Atlanta.

Sheets (9-1) retired the final 16 batters for his National League-leading third complete game. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter.

Sheets won his fifth straight decision and is 6-0 in 10 road starts.

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