By The Associated Press
DENVER – Prized prospect Drew Pomeranz threw five shutout innings in his major league debut and Ty Wigginton homered, helping the Colorado Rockies to a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Pomeranz (1-0) was a key piece in the deal that sent ace Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland at the trade deadline. He showed why the Rockies coveted him, allowing just two singles.
The 21-year-old lefty from Ole Miss threw only 63 pitches before leaving in the fifth. Pomeranz is three weeks removed from an emergency appendectomy.
Edinson Volquez (5-5) was effective in his first start since July 5, not allowing a hit until Wigginton’s homer to left in the fourth. He later gave up an RBI single to Jordan Pacheco.
Wigginton wasn’t in the original starting lineup. But when Carlos Gonzalez was scratched with lower back stiffness, Wigginton went in to play left field.
Jason Hammel, a starter turned reliever, pitched four innings to earn his first save of the season. He allowed a solo homer to Joey Votto in the ninth.
Pomeranz hasn’t pitched all that much since he was acquired in the five-player deal with the Indians in late July. Because a drafted player can’t be traded within a year of his signing, Pomeranz wasn’t allowed to join the Rockies organization until Aug. 17. He made a start for Double-A Tulsa that night, throwing seven scoreless innings.
A few days later, he underwent an appendectomy that slowed his promotion to the bigs.
Upon his return, Pomeranz threw three scoreless innings for Tulsa last week before having his contract selected by the Rockies on Sunday.
Although Pomeranz wasn’t overpowering, he kept the Reds off balance with an effective changeup and a 91 mph fastball.
And when Pomeranz found himself in trouble early, he found a way to wiggle free by getting the Reds to ground into double plays in the second and third innings.
This was precisely the type of performance Rockies manager Jim Tracy envisioned from Pomeranz. Tracy caught a glimpse of him during spring training and was instantly intrigued, even asking around about the pitcher who was hitting around 95 mph with his fastball.
Brewers 3, Phillies 2: Ryan Braun singled in the go-ahead run in the seventh and the slumping Milwaukee Brewers rallied for a much-needed victory over the Philadelphia Phillies that snapped their skid at five.
Cardinals 6, Braves 3: Yadier Molina had three hits, including a three-run double, and the Cardinals moved back into the playoff picture by completing a three-game sweep of the slumping Braves.
Nationals 8, Astros 2: Stephen Strasburg allowed one run over three innings in his second start back, and the Nationals hit three consecutive home runs.
Marlins 4, Pirates 1: Javier Vazquez added to his last-season surge by pitching six scoreless innings, helping the Marlins complete a season sweep of the Pirates.
Padres 7, Diamondbacks 6: Nick Hundley homered and the Padres snapped the Diamondbacks’ franchise-record home winning streak at 15 games.
Giants 8, Dodgers 1: Madison Bumgarner won his fourth straight start, Pablo Sandoval doubled home the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and San Francisco avoided a three-game sweep.
Rays 9, Red Sox 1: James Shields came within two outs of his 12th complete game this season, B.J. Upton hit his first grand slam for Tampa Bay Rays.
Yankees 6, Angels 5: Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson homered, New York scored two key runs when Peter Bourjos dropped a fly ball in the seventh inning.
Rangers 8, Athletics 1: C.J. Wilson scattered five hits over eight shutout innings, Adrian Beltre homered twice to reach 301 for his career.
Tigers 2, Twins 1: Doug Fister pitched seven scoreless innings in another terrific start for Detroit and Jose Valverde set a team record with his 43rd save.
Blue Jays 6, Orioles 5: Converted pitcher Adam Loewen hit his first major league home run against his original team to help Toronto beat Baltimore.
Indians 7, White Sox 3: Ubaldo Jimenez threw six effective innings and Luis Valbuena homered in Cleveland’s victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Royals 2, Mariners 1: Alex Gordon hit a pair of RBI doubles and four Kansas City pitchers combined to hold Seattle to six hits.