CHICAGO – Ian Kennedy struck out nine in six strong innings and Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer to lead the San Diego Padres past the Chicago White Sox 4-1 on Friday night.
Cameron Maybin hit his first home run of the season and Alonso finished with three hits as the Padres ended Chicago’s three-game winning streak.
Kennedy (4-6) allowed one run and four hits with three walks. The lone run was set up by Maybin’s mental lapse in the fourth inning.
Padres closer Huston Street pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 16 opportunities. Nick Vincent and Joaquin Benoit backed up Kennedy with a scoreless inning apiece. Kennedy has struggled to get help from San Diego’s offense. He struck out the side in the fifth and Conor Gillaspie leading off the sixth.
White Sox starter John Danks (3-5) followed an impressive outing against the Yankees with seven effective innings against the Padres. Danks allowed two runs and scattered eight hits. He struck out four and walked one.
Danks pitched eight shutout innings last Saturday but ended up with a no-decision in Chicago’s loss to the Yankees.
NATIONALS 9, RANGERS 2: In Washington, Ian Desmond keyed a 15-hit attack with a three-run homer and Stephen Strasburg pitched six solid innings for Washington.
BRAVES 3, MARLINS 2: In Miami, Julio Teheran pitched 7 1/3 innings and scored the tying run in the seventh to help Atlanta move a game ahead of Miami atop the NL East.
TWINS 6, YANKEES 1: In New York, Ricky Nolasco pitched six solid innings for his first win in more than a month, Oswaldo Arcia homered and threw out a runner at home plate, and light-hitting Minnesota flexed some muscle.
ROYALS 6, BLUE JAYS 1: In Toronto, Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain homered, Jason Vargas won for the first time in three starts and Kansas City won its second straight and handed Toronto its second consecutive loss.
ASTROS 2, ORIOLES 1: In Huston, Jonathan Villar broke an 0-for-26 slump with a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning and the Houston extended its winning streak to seven games in the annual Major League Baseball Civil Rights game.