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Game roundup: Cueto, Reds blank Cardinals, 1-0

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[September 12, 2014]  The Sports Xchange
CINCINNATI -- Johnny Cueto outdueled the Cardinals' Lance Lynn, allowing just three hits through eight innings, to lift the Cincinnati Reds to a 1-0 victory over St. Louis in the finale of a four-game series Thursday afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

The Cardinals (80-67) lead the National League Central by three games over the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates, who played at Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Cincinnati (70-77), which had lost six straight to the Cardinals, won the final three games to take the series.

Cueto (18-8) issued one walk and had seven strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman notched his 33rd save.

Lynn (15-9) was the hard-luck loser, allowing one run on three hits with a walk and six strikeouts in eight innings.

White Sox 1, Athletics 0

CHICAGO -- Chris Sale compounded Oakland hitting woes simply by being himself in Chicago's win at U.S. Cellular Field.

Unlike some recent outings, Sale was sharp from the outset. He dominated Oakland hitters for eight innings, allowing only two hits, to give the White Sox a series win in the finale of the four-game set.

Oakland has lost two straight, 13 of its last 18 games -- including 11 of the past 14.

Indians 8, Twins 2 (Game 1)

CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber pitched 8 1/3 strong innings and Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes homered to lead Cleveland to victory in the first game of a doubleheader at Progressive Field.

Kluber gave up two runs on eight hits, with seven strikeouts and no walks. Kluber is the first 15-game winner for the Indians since Cliff Lee in 2008.

Minnesota scored a run in the first inning on an RBI single by Kennys Vargas. Cleveland countered with eight unanswered runs until the Twins scored again in the ninth.

Indians 2, Twins 0 (Game 2)

CLEVELAND -- You win with pitching, and Cleveland on Sept. 11 pitched well twice and won twice.

T.J. House worked seven scoreless innings and Carlos Santana hit his second home run of the day and drove in both of Cleveland's runs as the Indians completed a doubleheader sweep of Minnesota at Progressive Field.

"We played two pretty crisp games," Indians manager Terry Francona said. "Doubleheaders are hard to win."

Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 2

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco completed preparations for its pending showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers in triumphant fashion, completing a three-game sweep of Arizona. The ninth consecutive home win allowed the Giants to move within two games of the idle Dodgers on the eve of the National League West showdown that begins Friday night in San Francisco.

Right-hander Jake Peavy continued a stretch of brilliant pitching by Giants starters, holding the Diamondbacks to one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Right-handers Yusmeiro Petit, Ryan Vogelsong and Peavy combined to limit the Diamondbacks to two runs on 12 hits over 21 1/3 innings in the series sweep, the Giants' first over the Diamondbacks at home since 2011.

Yankees 5, Rays 4

NEW YORK -- Chris Young hit a three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as New York went from being five outs from getting no-hit to pulling out a dramatic victory over Tampa Bay.

New York concluded a 5-4 homestand despite getting only four hits. The Yankees won in their last at-bat for the second time in a week and rallied from a four-run deficit for the second straight night.

The start of the comeback provided a scary moment when third baseman Chase Headley dropped to the ground after being hit in face by a fastball from Jake McGee (4-2). Headley was attended to for several minutes by trainer Steve Donahue and team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad before being helped off the field.

Nationals 6, Mets 2

NEW YORK -- Adam LaRoche homered and finished with three RBIs Thursday night, leading Washington to a win in New York.

The Nationals have won 13 straight games at Citi Field, the longest winning streak by a Mets opponent in New York in the Mets' 53-season history.

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With the victory, Washington reduced its magic number for winning the National League East to nine while moving a half-game ahead of the idle Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.

The Mets had their four-game winning streak snapped and fell six games behind Pittsburgh in the race for the NL's second wild card.

Pirates 4, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Francisco Liriano pitched eight shutout innings to earn his second straight victory Thursday night, as Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia.

Neil Walker went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Pittsburgh, which won for the sixth time in seven games. Already leading the race for the National League's second wild-card berth, they closed to within 2 1/2 games of the first-place St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

The Cards lost to the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the day, 1-0.

The Pirates closed out a 10-game road trip with a 6-4 record, and won for the third time in a four-game series against Philadelphia. They went 12-4 this season against the Phillies.

Red Sox 6, Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Clay Buchholz pitched effectively into the eighth inning and designated hitter David Ortiz drove in his 99th run as Boston snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Kansas City.

The loss dropped the Royals' lead to a half-game over idle Detroit in the American League Central, and the Cleveland Indians moved within four games by sweeping the Minnesota Twins.

Buchholz (8-8) muted the Royals on six hits and three runs (one unearned) in 7 1/3 innings while striking out seven and walking three. In winning his past three starts, Buchholz has allowed four earned runs in 22 1/3 innings. Buchholz has won his past six starts against the Royals dating to 2090.

Brewers 4, Marlins 2

MILWAUKEE -- Mike Fiers, who threw a pitch that sent Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton to the hospital, struck out eight in five scoreless innings and earned the win as Milwaukee beat the Marlins.

When hit in the face by a pitch with the Brewers up 4-0, runners at the corners and two outs in the fifth, Stanton dropped to the ground immediately, blood gushing from his face. The right fielder was carted off the field by paramedics and taken away by ambulance for treatment.

A team spokesman later said Stanton was undergoing X-rays and a CT scan at a local hospital.

Thanks in part to home runs from Ryan Braun and Matt Clark, Fiers (6-2) won for the sixth time in seven starts since joining the rotation Aug. 9.

Angels 7, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Los Angeles continued to play like the best team in baseball, finishing a three-game sweep of Texas with a win at Globe Life Park.

The middle part of the Angels' batting order provided much of the punch. David Freese and Erick Aybar had two RBIs each and pinch-hitter Grant Green added two RBIs in his lone at-bat in the top of the eighth inning.

The victory boosted the Angels' winning streak to eight, a feat they haven't accomplished since May 2013.


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