Aoki shines but Brewers lose

Kyodo, AP

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki had an impressive outing Saturday, going 3-for-4 with four stolen bases, but his team fell in an 8-6 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Aoki hit a pair of singles and a double. He flied out and was hit by a pitch in his other plate appearances.

“Stealing bases is part of my game. I aim aggressively for the next base,” said Aoki, who stole second base three times and third once.

“It would have been great if the team had won, but I want to just be prepared for next time. I made a contribution, so hopefully I can use this to motivate me going forward.”

Brewers pitchers allowed 14 hits and Chicago rallied for the win.

Dayan Viciedo homered and drove in four runs and Alex Rios hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning.

With the game tied 6-6, Gordon Beckham led off the seventh against Jose Veras with a single and stole second. After an intentional walk to Paul Konerko, Rios put Chicago up for good.

“Those guys should be guys that every time we bring them in there they’re making good pitches to get people out,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of his bullpen.

“Putting up that zero that we need so much to give our offense a chance.”

Reds 6, Twins 0

In Cincinnati, Johnny Cueto remained unbeaten in June by pitching seven innings and driving in a pair of runs with a squeeze bunt and a bases-loaded groundout.

Phillies 7, Rays 6

In Philadelphia, pinch hitter Jim Thome hit a home run leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Phillies over Tampa Bay after Jonathan Papelbon blew his first save in 18 chances this season.

Hideki Matsui went 1-for-5 for the Rays with a run scored.

Cardinals 8, Royals 2

In Kansas City, Matt Holliday and Allen Craig paced another big game for the St. Louis offense, and Adam Wainwright took advantage of the robust run support in the Cardinals’ victory over the Royals.

Blue Jays 7, Marlins 1

In Miami, Edwin Encarnacion hit a tiebreaking homer in the top of the ninth, Colby Rasmus had a grand slam later in the inning, and Toronto handed the Marlins their sixth straight loss.

Rockies 11, Rangers 7

In Arlington, Texas, Tyler Colvin and Chris Nelson had consecutive two-out, two-run singles in an early outburst for Colorado, and the Rockies held on for a victory that ended the Rangers’ seven-game winning streak.

Pirates 4, Tigers 1

In Pittsburgh, Brad Lincoln allowed two hits and a run in six innings, Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and the Pirates beat Detroit for their sixth win in seven games.

Astros 8, Indians 1

In Houston, rookie Dallas Keuchel pitched a complete game and J.D Martinez and Jordan Schafer hit consecutive homers in the Astros’ four-run fifth inning.

Dodgers 3, Angels 1

In Anaheim, Chris Capuano outdueled Ervin Santana with seven gritty innings.

Nationals 3, Orioles 1

In Baltimore, Edwin Jackson took a one-hitter into the seventh inning, Adam Roche homered and the Nationals beat rookie Chen Wei-yin and the Orioles.

Red Sox 8, Braves 4

In Boston, Will Middlebrooks had a solo homer among his three hits and drove in two runs, and Franklin Morales gave the Red Sox another decent start.

Yankees 4, Mets 3

In New York, Raul Ibanez tied the game with a three-run homer, and pinch hitter Eric Chavez came through with a go-ahead shot moments later.

Giants 9, Athletics 8

In Oakland, Brandon Belt hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning, Buster Posey added a two-run drive in the seventh, and San Francisco backed Madison Bumgarner’s fourth straight win with just enough offense.

Mariners 5, Padres 1

In San Diego, Felix Hernandez pitched seven impressive innings and hit a two-run double.

Ichiro Suzuki went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles for the Mariners.


Diamondbacks 10, Cubs 5

In Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt fell a single shy of the cycle, Justin Upton homered, and Arizona climbed above .500 for the first time since May 4.