x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Penny pitches a gem in his first game for Giants

Brad Penny pitched eight scoreless innings in his first appearance for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday to lead them to a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Brad Penny, making a winning debut for the San Francisco Giants, pitches against the Phillies.
Brad Penny, making a winning debut for the San Francisco Giants, pitches against the Phillies.

Brad Penny pitched eight scoreless innings in his first appearance for the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday to lead them to a 4-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Penny, who allowed just five hits to record his first win since July 24, was acquired by the Giants on Monday after clearing waivers with the Boston Red Sox.

The right-hander posted a 7-8 record with a 5.61 ERA with Boston before being placed on waivers and was snapped up by San Francisco as they prepare for a tight run into the post-season. San Francisco are just one game behind the Colorado Rockies, who beat the New York Mets 5-2 on Wednesday, in the National League wild card race. Elsewhere in the National League, the Atlanta Braves lost ground with an 8-7 defeat by the Florida Marlins despite a game-tying home run by Yunel Escobar in the ninth inning. Wes Helms gave the Marlins the key victory, delivering a game-winning home run in the bottom of the ninth.

The Central Division leaders, the St Louis Cardinals, had a 10-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers while the Chicago Cubs kept up the heat with a 2-0 defeat of the Houston Astros and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3. In the West Division, the cellar-dwelling San Diego Padres had a 7-0 win over their East Division partners in futility, the Washington Nationals, while the West's leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers, went down 4-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In the American League, the East Division-leading New York Yankees completed a series sweep with an emphatic 10-2 victory over the bottom club, the Baltimore Orioles. Alex Rodriguez topped his 2,500th career hit with a pair of two-run singles and the Yankees then had a seven-run ninth for their sixth successive win. The Boston Red Sox went down 8-5 to the Tampa Bay Rays, with the game tied until the Rays exploded for three runs in the bottom half of the eighth to pull themselves within five games of Boston, who lead the wild card race.

The Texas Rangers claimed their third successive win over the Toronto Blue Jays, a 6-4 victory that helped them make headway in the West Division and in the wild card race. * With agencies