MLB: Van Slyke leads the way
A review of Sunday's action in the Major League Baseball
Last Updated: May 21, 2012 7:15am
Scott Van Slyke: Hit a career-first home run
Rookie Scott Van Slyke pinch-hit his first career homer as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to beat the St Louis Cardinals 6-5.
Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth, James Loney singled in a run to reduce the deficit by one.
Van Slyke, hitting for Adam Kennedy, then completed the turnaround in the seventh when he belted a 3-0 fastball from Cardinals reliever Mark Rzepczynski deep to left field for a three-run shot.
The Washington Nationals also got some power from an unlikely source as Stephen Strasburg homered in a 9-3 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
It was the 23-year-old pitcher's first career homer, but, though he pitched five innings for the win, there was concern for the Nats as he had to leave the game after reporting tightness in his biceps.
Jesus Flores and Danny Espinosa also homered for Washington.
Washington's National League East rival Philadelphia Phillies suffered a second straight loss as the resurgent Boston Red Sox rode a strong performance from Josh Beckett for a 5-1 win.
Beckett allowed one run in just under eight innings, while Mike Aviles homered for the third game in a row and Jarrod Saltalamacchia went yard for the second straight game.
Max Sherzer struck out a career-high 15 batters to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Sherzer allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in seven innings.
Johnny Cueto also hurled seven innings of two-run ball to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-2 win over the Yankees in New York.
He out-duelled Yankees ace CC Sabathia, who allowed three runs in seven.
Tim Lincecum's struggles continued as he allowed four runs in four innings in the San Francisco Giants' 6-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics.
Josh Reddick belted his 11th home run of the year for the A's.
Adam Dunn hit his 14th long ball of the season and Jake Peavy pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings as the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0 to complete a series sweep of their rivals.
Tim Hudson shut down the Tampa Bays for almost eight innings to help the Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 win.
Jonathan Lucroy tied a franchise record with seven RBIs on two homers, one of which was a grand slam, as the Minnesota Twins destroyed the Milwaukee Brewers 16-4.
Starting pitcher Clayton Richard, batting as a pinch hitter, singled and scored in the 13th as San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2.
Colby Lewis pitched eight-plus innings of one-run ball and drove in two runs to lift the Texas Rangers to a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros, while Wade Miley's seven scoreless frames helped the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Kansas City Royals 2-0.
The New York Mets saw off the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5, the Florida Marlins beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 and the Seattle Mariners were 6-4 winners over the Colorado Rockies.