Braves 3, Nationals 0
A dominant start by Atlanta Braves right-hander Gavin Floyd came to
an abrupt end due to an apparent elbow injury, putting a damper on
the Braves' 3-0 victory over the Washington Nationals. Floyd, who
missed nearly all of 2013 and the start of 2014 while recovering
from Tommy John surgery, was locked in a pitching duel with
Washington's Jordan Zimmermann, allowing just two hits through six
But after the first pitch of the seventh inning, his 64th of the
game, Floyd (2-2) called for the Atlanta trainer, flexed his elbow
and then walked off the mound.
Third baseman Chris Johnson drove in all three runs on fourth, and
eighth inning singles.
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Yankees 6, Blue Jays 4
David Phelps pitched seven effective innings as the New York Yankees
lifted three sacrifice flies and stole four bases while extending
their home winning streak over the Toronto Blue Jays to 16 games
with a 6-4 victory.
Phelps (3-4) helped the Yankees win for the seventh time in nine
games by allowing two runs and six hits while equaling his longest
outing of the season. He had a season-high seven strikeouts, walked
two and threw 72 of his season-high 115 pitches for strikes.
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Tigers 2, Royals 1
Anibal Sanchez held Kansas City to one first-inning run in seven
innings despite failing to record a strikeout for the first time in
his career as the Detroit Tigers ended the Royals' 10-game winning
streak with a 2-1 victory.
Right fielder J.D. Martinez hit a go-ahead, solo home run in the
fourth and first baseman Miguel Cabrera smacked a run-scoring double
for Detroit (37-32).
Left-hander Danny Duffy (4-6) took the loss for the Royals (39-33)
despite limiting the Tigers to three hits in seven innings.
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Indians 5, Angels 3 (10 innings)
Nick Swisher's grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 10th
inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles
The Angels took a 3-1 lead in the top of the 10th, but designated
hitter Swisher belted his fifth home run over the wall in right
field with the bases loaded to end the game. Rookie left-hander Kyle
Crockett (1-0) picked up his first major league win.
With two outs in the top of the 10th Albert Pujols punched a single,
scoring two runners and giving Los Angeles a 3-1 lead.
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Pirates 4, Reds 3 (12 innings)
Russell Martin drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom
of the 12th inning to force in the winning run as the Pittsburgh
Pirates beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3.
Left-hander Tony Cingrani (2-8) hit shortstop Clint Barmes with a
pitch and walked Martin, the veteran catcher, on five pitches to
force in the winning run as the Pirates snapped a three-game losing
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco hit a solo home run, his 10th of the
season, to left field off Pirates closer Jason Grilli with one out
in the ninth inning to tie the score at 3-3 and force extra innings.
Barmes had the eighth four-hit game of his career but first since
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Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1
Milwaukee right-hander Yovani Gallardo continued his mastery of
Arizona and third baseman Aramis Ramirez had two hits and drove in a
run in the Brewers' 4-1 victory over the Diamondbacks.
Gallardo (6-4) gave up one run on five hits in seven innings to
improve to 8-0 in his career against the Diamondbacks. He struck out
four and did not walk a batter.
Ramirez doubled and scored in a two-run fifth inning and singled in
a run in the sixth off right-hander Chase Anderson (5-2), who gave
up five hits and three runs (two earned) in six innings.
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Padres 4, Mariners 1
The San Diego Padres erupted for four runs in the seventh inning
against Seattle Mariners reliever Dominic Leone and defeated the
Mariners 4-1 at Petco Park.
The Padres were trailing 1-0 entering the seventh when first baseman
Tommy Medica and center fielder Cameron Maybin started the
game-winning rally with the Padres first back-to-back triples ever
at Petco Park, to tie the contest.
Pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia singled home Maybin to give the Padres
the lead, and shortstop Everth Cabrera, whose fifth-inning error led
to Seattle's lone run, lined a two-run single to center to make it
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Mets 1, Marlins 0
Zack Wheeler pitched his first career shutout, and third baseman
David Wright homered to lead the New York Mets to a 1-0 victory over
the Miami Marlins.
Wheeler (3-7), a 24-year-old right-hander, allowed just three hits,
all singles, and one walk.
The Mets turned three double plays, and Wheeler struck out eight.
Miami (36-36) failed to advance a runner past first base. New York
(33-40) won its second straight game.
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Rays 5, Astros 0
Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria hit back-to-back home runs in the
seventh inning, and Chris Archer pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings as
the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Houston Astros 5-0. Archer (4-4)
allowed three hits and two walks, struck out eight and didn't permit
a runner to reach third base.
The only Astro to reach second was Jose Altuve, who swiped second
twice, his American League leading 25th and 26th stolen bases.
Kiermaier notched up his fourth homer of the season while Longoria
connected on his team-leading ninth.
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Phillies 4, Cardinals 1
Ryan Howard homered for the 10th time in 27 regular-season games at
Busch Stadium and drove in three runs as the Philadelphia Phillies
kept up their best stretch of the year with a 4-1 win over the St.
Howard lofted a two-run homer just over the left-field wall and just
to the right of the foul pole off Shelby Miller with one out in the
top of the sixth, giving the Phillies (33-38) a 4-0 lead.
It was Howard's 14th homer of the year. Rookie right-hander David
Buchanan (3-3) allowed only four hits and one run in 7 2/3 innings,
walking one and fanning four.
Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter broke up Buchanan's shutout
bid with a two-out RBI single in the eighth. St. Louis (39-34)
dropped 4 1/2 games behind first-place Milwaukee in the National
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A's 4, Red Sox 2
Scott Kazmir threw seven strong innings, Yoenis Cespedes hit his
14th home run of the season, and the Oakland A's beat the Boston Red
Kazmir (9-2) won his fourth decision in a row, striking out eight,
walking none and allowing just two runs on four hits.
The A's won their third straight game and moved a season-high 17
games over .500 at 45-28, the best record in the major leagues.
Boston (34-39) saw their three-game winning streak end. Boston
second baseman Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer in the sixth
inning to cut Oakland's lead to 3-2 but Oakland added a run in the
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Twins 4, White Sox 2
Joe Mauer's RBI double with two on and nobody out in the eighth
inning helped lead the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over the
Chicago White Sox.
Twins starter Yohan Pino at 30 years and 175 days became the oldest
player in team history to make his big-league debut.
With the game tied at two entering the bottom of the eighth,
shortstop Danny Santana and second baseman Brian Dozier chopped
singles through holes in the infield to put runners on the corners
with nobody out.
Mauer came through with a double down the left field line to score
Santana. Mauer singled and doubled in four plate appearances and
drove in two as Minnesota snapped a season-long five-game losing
streak. (Editing by Ben Everill/Sudipto Ganguly)
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