Game of the day: Oakland at Los Angeles Angels, 10:05 p.m. Jered Weaver (5-0) has been the best pitcher in the American League so far this season, and he will go for his sixth win in as many starts Monday against the Athletics. Weaver has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his five starts so far, and sports a league-best 1.23 ERA. Los Angeles (12-10) has lost four straight games since Weaver’s last start to fall back out of first place in the American League West, while Oakland (11-11) has won its last two. Left-hander Gio Gonzalez (2-1) gets the start for the A’s, coming off his worst start of the season. Gonzalez allowed four earned runs in six innings Wednesday against the Red Sox, raising his ERA from 0.47 to 1.80.
Other games to watch:
Los Angeles Dodgers at Florida, 7:10 p.m. The Dodgers (12-11) head east to open a three-game series against the Marlins (13-7) on Monday in a battle of two second-place teams. Right-hander Jon Garland (1-1) will pitch for Los Angeles, coming off a great start in which he earned his first win in his second stint as a Dodger. Garland allowed just one run on four hits in a complete-game win Wednesday over the Braves. Ricky Nolasco (2-0) is the scheduled starter for the Marlins, and Nolasco also had his best start of the year in his most recent outing. Nolasco allowed just four hits and struck out eight in seven shutout innings Wednesday against the Pirates.
Philadelphia at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. The Phillies (15-6) own the league’s best record thanks to their current five-game winning streak, and left-hander Cliff Lee takes the mound Monday night looking to make it six straight against Arizona (8-12). Lee (2-1) has allowed just two earned runs in his last 15 innings pitched, and he has won both of his career starts against the Diamondbacks. Right-hander Ian Kennedy (2-1) will start for Arizona, hoping to stop the Diamondbacks’ four-game losing streak.
Games you should have seen
New York Yankees 6, Baltimore 3, 11 innings . The Yankees (12-6) scored three runs on three infield singles in the top of the 11th inning to come back from a Mariano Rivera blown save in the ninth to beat the Orioles (8-12). Brian Roberts doubled to right field off Rivera with two outs in the ninth inning to plate Adam Jones with the tying run before Robert Andino was thrown out at the plate with what would have been the winning run. Russell Martin’s single to deep short in the 11th proved to be the winning hit.
Florida 6, Colorado 3. Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton hit a three-run home run to break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead Florida (13-7) past Colorado (14-7). Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had doubled in the top of the eighth to tie the game before Stanton’s blast. It was a pitchers’ duel early, as Florida starter Josh Johnson allowed one run on three hits over seven innings pitched, while Colorado starter Ubaldo Jimenez allowed three runs on one hit over his five innings.
Atlanta 9, San Francisco 6, 10 innings. Nate McLouth and Brian McCann each had RBI singles in Atlanta’s three-run 10th inning to help the Braves (11-12) complete a three-game sweep of the Giants (10-11). The deciding runs were charged to Giants closer Brian Wilson, whose ERA is now 9.82 after his breakout season last year. After Braves outfielder Jason Heyward hit a three-run home run to give Atlanta a 5-2 lead in the top of the seventh, the Giants scored four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a 6-5 lead. Atlanta second baseman Dan Uggla tied the game at 6 with a solo home run in the top of the eighth. The Braves won each of the three games in the series by three runs.
Stat you should know: 0 for 45. In each of his five starts this season, Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson has not allowed a hit in the first three innings. Opponents are 0-for-45 against him with 20 strikeouts. Johnson took a no-hitter into the sixth inning Sunday in the Marlins’ 6-3 win over Colorado.
Star of the day: Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields pitched a four-hit shutout Sunday in the Rays’ 2-0 win over the Blue Jays. It was Shields’s second consecutive complete game, and in his last two starts Shields (2-1) has allowed one run on eight hits with 16 strikeouts and three walks in 18 innings pitched.
Chatter: “Nothing works. I’ll keep plugging guys in and hope things come around, but now every day is like rewinding a movie and watching it again.” White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen after Chicago’s 3-0 loss Sunday against Detroit. The White Sox have lost 10 of their last 11 games, were shut out in their last two, and have scored three runs or fewer in each of their last nine losses.