roundup: Cubs boost win streak to eight
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[August 12, 2016]
CHICAGO -- Jason Hammel extended his winning streak to five
and the Chicago Cubs completed a four-game season sweep of the Los
Angeles Angels with a 3-1 victory on Wednesday night.
Hammel (12-5) allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two
through a seven-inning outing. He also had a fifth-inning hit and
scored a run.
The victory was the eighth straight for Chicago (71-41) and second
in a row over Los Angeles (49-64) in the abbreviated Wrigley Field
Hammel has not lost since Aug. 1. Aroldis Chapman struck out the
side in the ninth for his 24th save and fourth with the Cubs.
The Cubs broke the ice with two outs in the third to claim a 1-0
lead. Kris Bryant doubled to the left field wall and scored on
Anthony Rizzo's bouncer into right. They made it 2-0 in the fifth as
Hammel singled to right, reached second on a wild pitch and scored
when as Dexter Fowler bounced a one-out double down the left field
Phillies 6, Dodgers 2
LOS ANGELES -- Freddy Galvis hit a three-run homer and Ryan Howard
added a three-run double to lift Philadelphia over Los Angeles.
The defeat cost the Dodgers a share of first place in the National
League West. The San Francisco Giants retained sole ownership with a
1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins earlier on Wednesday.
Elvis Araujo, who was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on
Tuesday, got the win in relief. Araujo (2-1) allowed one hit and hit
one batter in his lone inning, the sixth.
Araujo replaced starter Jeremy Hellickson, who left the game after
five innings with back tightness. Hellickson retired the final 13
batters he faced, collected seven strikeouts and permitted just one
run and three hits.
Left-hander Scott Kazmir suffered his third successive loss. Kazmir
(9-6) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in six-plus
innings while striking out six.
Nationals 7, Indians 4
WASHINGTON -- Jayson Werth had a three-run homer and a double and
scored three times, and Anthony Rendon added two doubles to help the
Nationals earn a split of the series between division leaders.
The Nationals pounded out 11 hits despite playing their third
straight game without right fielder Bryce Harper, who remains
sidelined with a stiff neck.
Washington broke a 4-4 tie with a three-run fifth. Daniel Murphy had
an RBI double in the inning, and Rendon added a two-run double.
Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer for Cleveland and Jose Ramirez
had three hits, extending his hitting streak to 14 games.
A's 1, Orioles 0
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Ross Detwiler pitched eight shutout innings in
his return to the major leagues and Oakland defeated Baltimore.
Detwiler (1-0) was called up Wednesday from Triple-A Nashville and
made his A's debut and first major-league start since May 14, 2015,
with Texas. He gave up six hits, struck out two and walked none. A's
right-hander John Axford pitched a scoreless ninth for his second
save of the season.
The Orioles, who lead the major leagues with 170 home runs, have
scored a combined three runs against the A's in three one-run
losses. Baltimore fell out of a tie for first place with Toronto in
the American League East and trails by one game.
Yonder Alonso went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI double for the
Royals 3, White Sox 2 (14)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lorenzo Cain delivered a two-out, RBI single in
the 14th inning for his fifth career walk-off hit as Kansas City
Cain's ingle to center scored Christian Colon, who started the
inning with a single. Paulo Orlando's sacrifice bunt moved Colon to
Dillon Gee (4-5), who was slated to start Saturday at Minnesota,
pitched two innings to pick up the victory.
Rangers 5, Rockies 4
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adrian Beltre singled with the tying run on
third base and winning run on second in the eighth inning to lead
Texas past Colorado for its fifth straight win.
The RBIs were Nos. 1,536 and 1,537 for Beltre, who tied Joe DiMaggio
for 47th all time. The 37-year-old, who is batting .411 with five
RBIs in his past four games, hit the second pitch he saw off
right-handed reliever Adam Ottavino into center to score Mitch
Moreland and Shin-Soo Choo.
Elvis Andrus struck out to start the Rangers' eighth, but Moreland
reached on an error by Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds. Boone
Logan (1-2), who took the loss by allowing two unearned runs, then
hit Choo to put runners on first and second with one out. Ian
Desmond, who had two RBIs, advanced the runners with a groundout.
With first base open, Colorado manager Walt Weiss elected to walk
Beltran intentionally to load the bases for Beltre, who drove the
ball past diving shortstop Cristhian Adames.
Blue Jays 7, Rays 0
TORONTO -- Troy Tulowitzki homered and had five RBIs, J.A. Happ
struck out seven in six scoreless innings for his 10th straight win
and Toronto beat Tampa Bay.
Justin Smoak also homered and Melvin Upton Jr. stole three bases for
the Blue Jays (65-50) in the rubber match of the three-game series.
Happ (16-3), who held the Rays (46-67) to four hits and two walks,
won for the 10th time in his past 11 starts.
Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer in the first inning against Blake
Snell (3-5). After walking to force in a run in the second,
Tulowitzki hit an RBI single in the sixth against Danny Farquhar to
stretch the lead to 6-0. Ryan Garton replaced Farquhar and allowed
Smoak's 13th homer of the season in the seventh.
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Cardinals 3, Reds
ST. LOUIS -- Jaime Garcia delivered another long, efficient outing
when St. Louis needed it. After going eight shutout innings on
Friday, he pitched eight more against Cincinnati.
Garcia (9-8) allowed six hits and two runs, walking one and fanning
four before leaving after Joey Votto doubled and Adam Duvall singled
to start the ninth. Seung Hwan Oh relieved Garcia and induced a
5-4-3 double play ball from Eugenio Suarez that scored Votto, then
fanned Tony Renda to polish off his 10th save in 11 chances.
St. Louis started the scoring in the first as Matt Carpenter lofted
the 11th leadoff homer of his career over the wall in right-center
field for his 15th homer of the season. Brandon Moss upped the
Cardinals' lead to 2-0 in the third with a two-out double to right
that scored Carpenter, who tripled to left center with one out.
Jhonny Peralta hit a solo shot in the fourth, the 200th homer of his
Padres 4, Pirates 0
PITTSBURGH -- Edwin Jackson limited Pittsburgh to two singles in
seven dominating innings and an alert Travis Jankowski pulled off a
rare steal of home for San Diego.
Jackson and relievers Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer didn't allow a
Pirates runner past second base during the combined two-hitter.
Jankowski accomplished one of the baseball's rarest plays -- a steal
of home that wasn't part of a double steal -- in the eighth inning.
After Jankowski doubled and moved to third on a grounder, he saw
catcher Eric Fryer casually throwing the ball back to reliever
Antonio Bastardo and took off for the plate, sliding in safely.
Yankees 9, Red Sox 4
BOSTON -- Starlin Castro's two-run double capped a five-run seventh
inning for New York against Boston at Fenway Park.
Didi Gregorius and Gary Sanchez each slugged solo home runs, and
Austin Romine, Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley each added RBIs for
the Yankees (57-56), who avoided falling below .500 for the first
time since July 17.
Alex Rodriguez was greeted with boos when he entered as a
pinch-hitter for Aaron Hicks with two on and nobody out in the
seventh inning but flied out to right field. The 41-year-old
Rodriguez, who will play his final game with the Yankees on Friday
in New York before being released, is scheduled to start Thursday's
Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2
NEW YORK -- Oscar Hernandez hit his first major league home run
leading off the 12th inning and Arizona edged New York at Citi Field
for its third straight win.
The Mets (57-56) have lost four of five and are 10-18 since July 8
but remain just 2 1/2 games behind the Miami Marlins and St. Louis
Cardinals in the race for the second National League wild card.
Hernandez, who was recalled from Double-A Mobile on Tuesday to
replace starting catcher Welington Castillo (paternity leave), was
hitless in his first four at-bats before homering down the left
field line against left-hander Jerry Blevins (4-2).
Jean Segura went 3-for-5 with a walk and two stolen bases while
scoring Arizona's first two runs. Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-4 and
drove home Segura both times.
Mets starter Bartolo Colon allowed one run and seven hits and one
walk while striking out a season-high eight in seven innings.
Brewers 4, Braves 3
MILWAUKEE -- Chris Carter hit a three-run homer as Milwaukee snapped
Atlanta's four-game winning streak.
Atlanta's Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with two homers and a walk.
He hit solo shots in the fourth and eighth innings, each time
drawing the Braves within a run of Milwaukee, which scored all of
its runs in the fourth behind Carter's team-leading 26th home run of
Giants 1, Marlins 0
MIAMI -- Giants starter Jeff Samardzija beat David Phelps in a
pitching duel between former Notre Dame teammates, helping San
Francisco win two games in the three-game series.
Brandon Crawford provided the big blow by going deep in the fourth
inning for his 11th homer of the season.
Santiago Casilla earned his 26th save, working around a two-out
double by Ichiro Suzuki.
Samardzija (10-8) snapped a three-game losing streak, pitching 5 2/3
scoreless innings. He allowed three hits -- all singles -- and three
walks while striking out three.
Phelps fell to 5-6 despite yielding just the one run in five
MINNEAPOLIS -- Houston received a reprieve from the weather. The
Astros trailed the Twins 5-0 in the third inning before the game was
delayed by rain. After a lengthy delay, the unofficial game was
rained out, and it will be made up in its entirety as part of a
day-night doubleheader Thursday.
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