A's 8, Angels 4
Right-hander Jeff Samardzija pitched seven strong innings, and
Oakland continued its push for an American League wild-card playoff
berth with a 8-4 victory over Los Angeles.
The A's increased their
lead in the American League wild-card race to one game over the
Kansas City Royals and are now three games ahead of the Seattle
Samardzija (5-5) gave up an unearned run in the first inning,
snapping his streak of 16 scoreless innings, but he blanked the
Angels over the next six frames.
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Padres 1, Rockies 0
Eric Stults and four relievers blanked the Rockies on 10 hits and
Rene Rivera provided the game's only run with a first-inning double
as the San Diego Padres defeated Colorado 1-0.
The win, the Padres' second shutout victory in four games and third
in their past eight at Petco Park, enabled San Diego to tie its
single-season record for wins at Petco Park.
The Padres are 47-32 at home, including a 7-1 mark on the current
homestand and a 23-7 record since the All-Star break at home.
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Pirates 1, Braves 0
Pittsburgh left-hander Francisco Liriano pitched six scoreless
innings in a 1-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.
Liriano (7-10) allowed only three hits and walked four, struck out
seven and helped the Pirates reduce their magic number to two games
over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Liriano got the only run he needed from center fielder Andrew
McCutchen, who led off the sixth inning against Atlanta starter
Aaron Harang with a line-drive homer, his 24th, into the left-center
Cardinals 8, Cubs 0
St. Louis right-hander Adam Wainwright threw seven shutout innings
while becoming the major league's second 20-game winner this year,
and the Cardinals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-0.
Wainwright (20-9) scattered three hits, struck out eight and walked
The Cardinals (88-69) maintained a 2-1/2 game lead over Pittsburgh
atop the National League Central with five games to play.
Royals 2, Indians 0
Danny Duffy pitched six scoreless innings, combining with three
relievers on a seven-hitter, as the Kansas City Royals beat the
Cleveland Indians 2-0.
With the win, Kansas City pulled to within one game of Detroit for
first place in the AL Central.
Left-hander Duffy (9-11) gave up six hits with five strikeouts and
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Yankees 5, Orioles 0
Derek Jeter opened his final series at home by driving in three runs
as the New York Yankees blanked the Baltimore Orioles 5-0.
After going hitless in 28 at-bats, Jeter is 9-for-21 with six RBIs
in his final run of games at home before he retires.
He drove in three runs for the first time since Sept. 9, 2012
against Baltimore and did so at home for the first time since Aug.
1, 2012, also against the Orioles.
White Sox 2, Tigers 0
Chris Bassitt recorded his first major-league win and Tyler Flowers
homered for the game's only runs as the Chicago White Sox silenced
the American League Central Division-leading Detroit Tigers 2-0.
Bassitt (1-1) scattered six hits in 7 2/3 innings, walking one and
striking out three.
Flowers' home run was his sixth in 13 games and 15th of the season,
giving the White Sox a 2-0 lead in the second.
Blue Jays 14, Mariners 4
J.A. Happ pitched seven innings and Danny Valencia drove in three
runs with a first-inning triple as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated
the Seattle Mariners 14-4.
The Blue Jays had homers by right fielder Jose Bautista, left
fielder Kevin Pillar and center fielder Anthony Gose.
The Blue Jays chased Mariners starter James Paxton (6-4) in a
Rangers 4, Astros 3
Rangers 31-year-old rookie Guilder Rodriguez got his first major
league hit and his first game-winning RBI, driving home the go-ahead
run in the Texas Rangers' 4-3 victory over the Houston Astros.
The seventh-inning drive glanced off the glove of leaping shortstop
Jonathan Villar to break a 3-3 tie.
Diamondbacks 6, Twins 2
Josh Collmenter allowed two runs in 6-1/3 innings, and the Arizona
Diamondbacks defeated the Minnesota Twins 6-2.
Collmenter (11-8) retired the first seven batters he faced and
allowed only one run through the first four innings before Arizona
broke the game open with a five-run fifth.
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