Dodgers stay hot with win in 10
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night for their season-best fifth straight victory.
Kemp scored the Dodgers' first two runs of the game, including his 11th homer leading off the second.
Pinch-hitter Justin Turner singled to open the 10th and took second on a wild pitch by David Hale (3-3). Kemp followed with the winning single to left.
J.P. Howell (3-3) got the win in relief, walking two and striking out one in one inning.
The Braves tied the game 2-2 on Justin Upton's home run off closer Kenley Jansen leading off the ninth.
Greinke allowed one run and five hits in eight innings while walking one. He was making his first start at home since June 28.
GIANTS 7, PIRATES 5
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Reliever Jean Machi and San Francisco took advantage of a huge baserunning blunder by Pittsburgh, tagging out two runners who wandered away on the same play and beating the Pirates to end a six-game losing streak.
The Giants stopped a skid that matched its longest of the season, and avoided the club's first winless homestand of at least seven games in the 15-year history of AT&T Park.
The Pirates, who had won three in a row, led 5-4 in the sixth when Chris Stewart drew a one-out walk with runners on second and third. Machi (6-0) got the ball back from the catcher and noticed Travis Snider had left second base, thinking it was a bases-loaded walk. Machi threw to shortstop Brandon Crawford to trap Snider in a rundown. Crawford tagged out Snider, then threw to Machi to catch Gaby Sanchez in a rundown when he broke home from third. Machi tossed back to third baseman Pablo Sandoval for the tag.
Justin Wilson (3-2) took the loss. Santiago Casilla, San Francisco's fifth reliever after Tim Lincecum's short start, earned his eighth save in 11 chances.
INDIANS 2, MARINERS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, outdueling Felix Hernandez and leading the Cleveland Indians over Seattle.
Kluber (11-6) gave three singles, struck out eight and walked none.
Hernandez (11-3) didn't allow a runner until Carlos Santana drew a leadoff walk in the fifth. Yan Gomes delivered a two-run double later in the inning.
Hernandez gave up four hits in seven innings. He has allowed two runs or fewer and pitched at least seven innings in 14 consecutive starts, a major league record.
Kluber's performance came hours after the Indians traded opening-day starter Justin Masterson to St. Louis.
ROCKIES 6, CUBS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs.
Colorado loaded the bases on two walks and Michael McKenry's third hit of the game before Barnes singled with one out against Wesley Wright (0-2). Drew Stubbs then scored on a wild pitch, helping the Rockies stop a three-game slide.
Rob Scahill (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for his second major league win and Adam Ottavino got three outs for his first career save.
Scahill was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs before the game, bolstering Colorado's bullpen after it used eight relievers in Tuesday night's 16-inning loss.
BREWERS 5, RAYS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yovani Gallardo gave up four hits in seven innings, Martin Maldonado tied a career high with four RBIs and the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers avoided a three-game sweep by beating David Price and Tampa Bay
Gallardo (6-5) retired 13 in a row at one point.
Price (11-8), the subject of trade speculation heading into Thursday's deadline for non-waiver deals, had his bid to win a team-record seventh consecutive start dashed after allowing four runs and seven hits over seven innings.
ORIOLES 4, ANGELS 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Kevin Gausman pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Adam Jones homered and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels for their seventh win in nine games.
Gausman (5-3) retired his first 14 batters he faced. Darren O'Day struck out two in a perfect eighth and Zach Britton gave up a single in the ninth before earning his 21st save.
Garrett Richards (11-4) gave up four runs in seven innings.
ASTROS 8, ATHLETICS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning that sent the Houston Astros over Oakland.
Keuchel (10-7) threw his fourth complete game of the season, tying Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead.
The Astros won the series from the AL West-leading Athletics.
Keuchel struck out five and walked three. Josh Donaldson hit his 23rd homer for Oakland's only run.
Jason Hammel (0-4) remained winless in four starts since the A's acquired him with pitcher Jeff Samardzija from the Cubs earlier this month. Hammel was 8-5 before the trade.
TIGERS 7, WHITE SOX 2
DETROIT (AP) — Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning to beat the Chicago White Sox.
Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer in the first and added an RBI single in the seventh for the Tigers, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Scherzer (13-3) allowed a run and five hits.
Hector Noesi (5-8) allowed six runs and 10 hits in six innings. Chicago slugger Jose Abreu singled in the seventh to extend his hitting streak to 19 games.
BLUE JAYS 6, RED SOX 1
BOSTON (AP) — Mark Buehrle pitched 6 2-3 innings to earn his first win in almost two months and Dioner Navarro had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over Boston for their fifth consecutive victory.
Buehrle (11-7) allowed one run on six hits to snap a six-game losing streak that matched the longest of his career.
Toronto has won eight of its last nine games.
Brandon Workman (1-4) fell behind quickly after being called up from Triple-A to replace trade bait Jon Lester.
Lester was originally scheduled to start for Boston, but the All-Star was scratched while his name is bandied about ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. As the Red Sox went down in the ninth, fans remaining from the sellout crowd chanted, "Jonny Lester!"
RANGERS 3, YANKEES 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Colby Lewis retired his final 13 batters in seven strong innings and the Texas Rangers clinched their first series victory in a month, beating the New York Yankees.
Brett Gardner led off the game with a homer for the second straight night, after homering twice in the series-opening loss for New York.
The Rangers had lost seven consecutive series since taking two of three against Minnesota from June 27-29.
Texas went ahead to stay with three runs in the first off Hiroki Kuroda (7-7).
Lewis (7-8) allowed four hits. Neftali Feliz worked the ninth for his third save in as many chances since reassuming the closer role after Joakim Soria was traded to Detroit.
Derek Jeter was 0 for 4 in his final game in Texas, where he was recognized in a pregame ceremony that included an on-field appearance by former President George W. Bush.
NATIONALS 4, MARLINS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Tanner Roark won his fourth consecutive start and Washington averted a series sweep by snapping Miami's six-game winning streak.
For the fourth start in a row, Roark (11-6) allowed one run in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 2.74.
Drew Storen allowed two runs in the ninth before retiring Reid Johnson on a forceout with two on for the final out to earn his first save since August 2013.
Jayson Werth, back in the lineup after missing one start because of a sore right ankle, put the Nationals ahead to stay with a sacrifice fly in their three-run eighth.
Denard Span stole two bases and scored twice.
Brad Hand (2-3) allowed three runs in seven-plus innings. NL RBI leader Giancarlo Stanton hit his 24th home run and Jordany Valdespin hit his second for the Marlins, who had won nine of their past 10.
METS 11, PHILLIES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to back up Zack Wheeler's sixth straight strong start, and New York routed Philadelphia.
The Mets sent 10 men to the plate in the seventh inning, scoring five insurance runs off the Philadelphia bullpen to take two of three in the series. Lucas Duda homered and had three RBIs.
Wheeler (6-8) gave up two runs and seven hits with four strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings. The 24-year-old right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in six outings in a row.
Jimmy Rollins, out of the lineup for the noon start after a night game, pinch-hit for Kendrick (5-11) to open the seventh and homered for the second straight day to pull the Phillies within 4-2.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer that kept Alfredo Simon winless since the All-Star game, and Arizona held on to take a series between two teams struggling to score runs.
Goldschmidt's 19th homer off Simon (12-6) gave the Diamondbacks two of three in the series. Simon has gone 0-3 since his first All-Star selection. Didi Gregorius added a two-run homer in the ninth.
The Reds fell to 2-10 since the All-Star break. Devin Mesoraco's three-run homer in the ninth off Addison Reed ended a streak of 11 straight games with three runs or fewer, Cincinnati's longest such stretch of futility since 1967.
Wade Miley (7-7) gave up seven hits and four walks in 6 2-3 innings, improving to 4-1 in his past five starts fpor Arizona. Reed earned his 26th save in 31 chances
ROYALS 3, TWINS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez triggered a go-ahead rally with a double in the sixth inning and made several spectacular plays behind the plate, helping the Kansas City Royals top Minnesota.
Jason Frasor (2-1) earned his first win since arriving from Texas by striking out Chris Colabello to leave the bases loaded in the sixth inning.
All-Star closer Greg Holland survived two wild pitches that sent Eduardo Nunez to third base by striking out Sam Fuld for his 28th save.
Phil Hughes (10-8) took the loss.
PADRES 12, CARDINALS 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Jesse Hahn held St. Louis to one run and four hits in seven innings and Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable each homered and drove in four runs to lead San Diego.
Yangervis Solarte, obtained from the New York Yankees in the trade for Chase Headley, had four hits and the Padres tied their season high with 16. The Padres fell one run shy of their season high.
Will Venable hit a three-run homer to right to cap the eight-run seventh. The Padres had five hits, three walks and a hit batter off three relievers in the inning.
Hahn (7-2) struck out three and walked two in winning his third straight start. The lanky righty retired the first seven batters.
St. Louis' Joe Kelly (2-2) went five innings, allowing four runs and seven hits while striking out five and walking one.