Jays Pitcher Hurt in Win
Tampa Bay Rays' Desmond Jennings reacts while medical personnel attend to Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ after during the second inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 7, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Happ was hit by a line drive off of Jennings' bat. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)
St. Petersburg, Fla. — Blue Jays pitcher J.A. Happ was hit in the head by a line drive and taken off the field on a stretcher during Toronto’s 6-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays last night.
In a frightening scene at Tropicana Field, Desmond Jennings’ second-inning liner caromed squarely off the left side of Happ’s head in a loud “thwack!”
The ball went all the way into the bullpen in foul territory halfway down the right-field line. Happ dropped face down at the front of the mound, holding his head with his glove and bare hand.
Happ was taken to a hospital for tests but the Blue Jays had no update on his condition after the game, manager John Gibbons said.
Jennings ended up on third base with a two-run triple. Team trainers, paramedics and medical officials rushed to Happ’s aid as the ballpark fell into a hush.
Jennings stood with his hands on his head, and other players were visibly concerned as they watched Happ receive medical attention for about eight minutes.
Gibbons stood on the mound as Happ was strapped to a backboard and immobilized. The left-hander was lifted onto a stretcher and wheeled off the field through an opening behind home plate.
Just before he disappeared under the stands, Happ raised his right hand and waved. He received a standing ovation from the crowd, and the game resumed after an 11-minute delay.
Orioles 4, Royals 3
Baltimore — Matt Wieters drove in three runs, including the tiebreaker in the eighth inning, and Baltimore beat Kansas City on a soggy night at Camden Yards.
After blowing a three-run lead, the Orioles went back on top in the eighth. Adam Jones drew a leadoff walk from Tim Collins (1-1) and advanced when Luke Hochevar threw wildly to first base on a pickoff attempt. Wieters then lofted an opposite-field fly to left that landed just inside the foul line for a double.
It was the fourth win in five games for the Orioles, who moved within a game of first-place Boston in the AL East.
Indians 1, Athletics 0
Cleveland — Zach McAllister and two relievers combined on a shutout and the Indians scored an unearned run in the fifth inning for their eighth win in nine games.
McAllister, Rich Hill and Chris Perez limited the highest-scoring offense in the majors to six hits and did not allow a runner to reach second base.
McAllister (3-3) struck out four and walked one in 72∕3 innings.
Reds 5, Braves 4
Cincinnati — Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo hit two-out homers in the bottom of the ninth inning, rallying Cincinnati over Atlanta.
Mesoraco connected for his first career pinch-hit homer off Craig Kimbrel (0-1), who blew a save for the second time in his last three appearances. Kimbrel went to a full count on Mesoraco before the catcher homered into the first row in center.
Four pitches later, Choo hit his second homer of the game, giving him a team-leading seven. It was his second career game-ending homer.
Jonathan Broxton (1-1) retired three batters in the ninth for Cincinnati’s fourth win in five games.
Cubs 2, Cardinals 1
Chicago — Travis Wood pitched impressively into the seventh inning to outduel Lance Lynn, Nate Schierholtz hit a two-run homer and Chicago snapped the Cardinals’ six-game winning streak.
The Cardinals’ streak was their longest since an eight-game run July 11-21, 2010.
Wood (2-3) allowed one run and five hits while striking out eight in 62∕3 innings for his first win since April 27 at Miami.
Pirates 4, Mariners 1
Pittsburgh — Jeanmar Gomez pitched five shutout innings while making a surprise spot start and Pittsburgh downed Seattle.
Andrew McCutchen went 4 for 4 with an RBI-double and Garrett Jones hit a two-run homer in the eighth to pad the lead. Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 13th save.
Mets 1, White Sox 0 (10)
New York — Matt Harvey pitched one-hit ball for nine innings in a nearly perfect performance and New York permitted just one baserunner all game in beating Chicago.
Harvey allowed only an infield single by Alex Rios with two outs in the seventh — he was safe, barely. The right-hander struck out a career-high 12 and was pulled when the game went to extra innings.
Pinch-hitter Mike Baxter lined an RBI single with one out in the 10th off Nate Jones (0-3).
Mets reliever Bobby Parnell (3-0) retired all three batters in the 10th.