PHILADELPHIA » A change of scenery has done Jerome Williams well.
Jimmy Rollins homered and Williams tossed eight strong innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
"I’m just happy that I’m actually doing the job that I’ve been doing," Williams said. "My stuff was there. It’s just I wasn’t using it right. I think I’m using it right now."
Williams (2-0), a former star at Waipahu High, continued his fine form with Philadelphia, his third team this season. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits while setting a season high for innings. He was claimed off waivers Aug. 10 from Texas and has a 1.77 ERA since coming to the Phillies after pitching to a 6.71 ERA prior to his arrival in Philadelphia.
Ben Revere had a pair of hits and an RBI for Philadelphia, which took two of three from the Cardinals for consecutive series wins for the first time since April.
Jhonny Peralta and Oscar Taveras had a pair of hits for St. Louis, which lost for just the third time in 11 games.
Justin Masterson (2-2) was lifted after giving up five runs and six hits in three innings. His ERA ballooned to 7.43 ERA in five starts since the Cardinals acquired him from Cleveland on July 30.
"It’s frustrating, but I’m trying to stay positive," Masterson said. "It’s my responsibility to pitch better. It’s a hard thing when you’re not doing it."
Williams won the battles against two former University of Hawaii players, striking out pinch hitter Greg Garcia in the fifth inning and getting Kolten Wong to ground out three times and pop out once.
METS 11, DODGERS 3
LOS ANGELES » Lucas Duda homered twice, drove in a career-high five runs and was involved in New York’s first triple play in more than four seasons, allowing a grieving Bartolo Colon to breeze to a victory over Los Angeles.
Colon (12-10) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings and struck out five in his first start since his mother, Adriana, died on Monday from breast cancer.
REDS 5, BRAVES 3
CINCINNATI » Alfredo Simon pitched seven strong innings to earn his first win in eight starts since the All-Star break and Todd Frazier homered for Cincinnati in a win over Atlanta.
BREWERS 4, PIRATES 3
MILWAUKEE » Mike Fiers held Pittsburgh to two hits in seven innings for his fourth straight win since coming up from Triple-A, and Milwaukee avoided a three-game sweep at home.
PADRES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 4
PHOENIX » Yasmani Grandal homered and drove in four runs, Ian Kennedy won in his second game back at Chase Field, and San Diego beat Arizona.
ROCKIES 7, MARLINS 4
DENVER » Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and Christian Bergman pitched into the seventh to earn his first major league win, helping Colorado defeat Miami.
ANGELS 9, ATHLETICS 4
OAKLAND, Calif. » Josh Hamilton homered and drove in three runs, Mike Trout also went deep and Los Angeles regained the best record in baseball, beating Oakland.
Erick Aybar had two hits and two RBIs and Kole Calhoun finished with three hits for the Angels, who ended a five-game losing streak to the Athletics in Oakland.
The Angels maintained their one-game lead in the AL West over the Athletics.
INDIANS 3, ASTROS 1
CLEVELAND » Trevor Bauer took a shutout into the seventh and won for the first time since July 18, leading Cleveland to a victory over Houston.
YANKEES 7, WHITE SOX 4, 10 INNINGS
NEW YORK » Pinch hitter Brian McCann lined a three-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning, and New York beat Chicago to complete a three-game sweep.
MARINERS 8, RED SOX 6
BOSTON » Dustin Ackley had three hits and scored three runs, Seattle’s bullpen was sharp for the second straight day and Seattle handed Boston its eighth straight loss.
RANGERS 3, ROYALS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas » Scott Baker won as a starter for the first time in more than three years and Texas beat AL Central-leading Kansas City to avoid a series sweep.
TIGERS 13, TWINS 4
MINNEAPOLIS » Victor Martinez homered and had four RBIs, leading Detroit past Minnesota.
RAYS 2, BLUE JAYS 1, 10 INNINGS
TORONTO » Evan Longoria singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning, and Tampa Bay beat Toronto.
CUBS 2, ORIOLES 1
CHICAGO » Tsuyoshi Wada allowed Steve Pearce’s leadoff homer in the seventh inning for Baltimore’s only hit, and Chicago beat AL East-leading Baltimore for a three-game sweep.