Nationals 9, Giants 2
Right-hander Stephen Strasburg won his third consecutive start and
remained unbeaten in his career against the San Francisco Giants,
pitching an economical six innings of one-run ball in the Washington
Nationals' victory in a matchup of division leaders.
Denard Span had two doubles and a triple, and shortstop Ian Desmond
drove in career-high five runs with a single, a double and a triple
as the Nationals (33-29) won for the eighth time in 10 games.
The win in the opener of a four-game series provided a happy
homecoming for the Nationals' Matt Williams in his first return to
San Francisco (42-22) as a major league manager. Williams was a
four-time All-Star as a member of the Giants in the 1980s and '90s.
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Angels 4, A's 1
Garrett Richards allowed one run on four hits in seven innings to
lift the Los Angeles Angels to a win over the Oakland A's.
Mike Trout had two RBIs for Los Angeles.
It was also a big win for the Angels (35-28), who won their fourth
in a row to move within 3 1/2 games of first-place Oakland (39-25)
in the A.L. West. Even with Monday's win, the Angels have lost five
of seven games to the A's this season.
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Indians 17, Rangers 7
Lonnie Chisenhall exploded for three home runs and tied a Cleveland
club record with nine RBIs in the Indians' victory over the Texas
The Cleveland third baseman was 5-for-5 with two two-run home runs,
in the second and fourth innings, and a three-run blast in the
eighth. He also had a run-scoring single and drove in a run with a
Cleveland improved to 33-31 and Texas fell to 32-32.
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Blue Jays 5, Twins 4
Kevin Pillar blooped a single to right field in the bottom of the
ninth to drive in the winning run as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated
the Minnesota Twins.
With first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hitting a three-run homer in
the first and shortstop Jose Reyes adding a solo blast in the fifth,
the Blue Jays (39-26) snapped a string of two straight shutout
Danny Santana and second baseman Brian Dozier hit solo home runs to
begin the game for the Twins (29-33), who have lost two in a row.
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White Sox 6, Tigers 5
Jose Abreu broke out of a 1-for-17 slide by launching a two-run home
run and going 2-for-4 in the White Sox's win over the Tigers.
The homer, off Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello in the fifth, made
it 5-2 White Sox a half-inning after the Tigers tied it 2-2 on a
solo homer by rookie shortstop Eugenio Suarez.
With the win, Chicago (32-33) pulled within 3 1/2 games of
division-leading Detroit (33-27) and has three more chances to make
up ground in the series.
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Orioles 4, Red Sox 0
Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Ryan Flaherty each homered, and
right-hander Bud Norris threw eight shutout innings as the Baltimore
Orioles scored a victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Jones finished 3-for-4, and Markakis ended up 2-for-4, with his big
hit being the two-run homer in the fifth that gave the Orioles
(32-30) a three-run lead against Boston ( 28-35) starter Jake Peavy.
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Mariners 3, Rays 0
Second baseman Robinson Cano hit a two-run double, and made a key
defensive play to lead the Seattle Mariners to a win over the Tampa
Seattle (34-29) scored three times in the third inning against
pitcher David Price, and Cano raced up the middle to grab a slow
chopper by Desmond Jennings and threw him out in the fourth.
The Mariners have won eight of nine while the Rays (24-41) have the
worst record in baseball.
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Dodgers 6, Reds 2
Scott Van Slyke homered twice and collected a career-high three
hits, and Dan Haren allowed two runs in five innings, lifting the
Los Angeles Dodgers to a victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Van Slyke, making just his third start in center field, went 3-for-3
with four RBIs while right fielder Yasiel Puig returned to the
starting lineup for Los Angeles (34-31) and went 1-for-4 with a walk
and run scored.
Left fielder Ryan Ludwick homered for Cincinnati (29-33).
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Pirates 6, Cubs 2
Andrew McCutchen doubled, homered and drove in three runs, and
Charlie Morton allowed one run in seven innings as the Pittsburgh
Pirates downed the Chicago Cubs.
Travis Snider and third baseman Pedro Alvarez had two hits each for
the Pirates (30-33).
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Braves 3. Rockies 1
Gavin Floyd broke a six-game losing streak, allowing one run in 6
2/3 innings, on a home run by Corey Dickerson, to help Atlanta beat
Chris Johnson finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Braves (33-29)
who sent Colorado (29-34) to their 14th defeat in the last 17 games.
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Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3
Houston second baseman Jose Altuve had three hits and drove in a
run, and Dexter Fowler added three hits and scored twice, leading
the Astros to a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Altuve hit an RBI double and scored in the second inning as the
Astros grabbed a 4-0 lead off Arizona (28-38) right-hander Josh
Jarred Cosart (6-6) gave up five hits and three runs in six innings
for the Astros (29-36).
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