MLB roundup: Eflin, Phillies shut down Pirates

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[July 23, 2016]  The Sports Xchange

PITTSBURGH -- Rookie right-hander Zach Eflin pitched a three-hitter Friday to lift the Philadelphia Phillies past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 at PNC Park.

Eflin struck out six and walked none in his first career shutout and second career complete game. He threw 100 pitches and faced just two Pirates batters over the minimum. He has a string of six starts in which he hasn't given up more than three earned runs while going at least six innings.

The Phillies scored a run in the sixth and one in the seventh before Cameron Rupp hit a two-run homer in the ninth. Philadelphia picked up its third win in eight games since the All-Star break and also broke a six-game losing streak at PNC Park.

Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole fell to 0-2 since he came off of the DL, although his numbers were good. He yielded one run and six hits in six innings, with seven strikeouts and one walk.

Mariners 2, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO -- James Paxton struck out nine over seven innings, Seth Smith doubled in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning and Seattle defeated Toronto.

Paxton, a left-hander, allowed three hits, including a home run, one walk and one run in the opener of a three-game series. Steve Cishek struck out three and pitched around a walk and a single in the ninth inning to earn his 23rd save.

Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada allowed seven hits, one walk and two runs in six innings. The right-hander struck out three and hit two batters.

Orioles 5, Indians 1

BALTIMORE-- Mark Trumbo hit a three-run homer in the first and Manny Machado added a solo shot in the third as Baltimore scored victory over Cleveland.

Trumbo's blast was his 29th of the season and Machado's solo shot -- his 20th -- stretched the lead to 5-0. Both homers came off Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer.

Those homers helped Dylan Bundy earn his first major league victory as a starter as the right-hander threw five strong innings. He allowed one unearned run on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks, an effort the Orioles desperately needed from a starter.

Twins 2, Red Sox 1

BOSTON -- Miguel Sano's RBI double in the sixth inning provided just enough offense for Minnesota in a win over Boston at Fenway Park.

Sano collecting three hits and Brain Dozier added his 17th homer of the year for the Twins.

Twins starter Kyle Gibson tossed eight one-run innings for the victory, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out six.

Padres 5, Nationals 3

WASHINGTON -- Matt Kemp hit two home runs and had four RBIs and Luis Perdomo, in the longest start of his short career, allowed just two runs in seven innings as San Diego beat Washington.

Kemp, who has 22 homers, now has nine multi-homer games in his career and two this season. He has six homers in the last five games and is one homer shy of the 23 he hit last season.

The fourth-place Padres, in the midst of a grueling road trip, snapped a four-game losing streak while the first-place Nationals lost for the fourth time in five games.

Mets 5, Marlins 3

MIAMI -- Jose Reyes, playing his first game in Marlins Park since 2012, had a major role in three New York rallies in a win over Miami.

James Loney added a two-run homer in the ninth, turning on a 95-mph fastball from reliever Fernando Rodney and pulling it to the upper deck in right field. He drove in Yoenis Cespedes, who was hit by a pitch with two outs.

Reyes, 33, played like his younger self, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Yankees 3, Giants 2

NEW YORK -- Chase Headley scored the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning on a throwing error by shortstop Brandon Crawford as New York overcame a hiccup by part of its late-inning relief trio and picked up a win over San Francisco.

The winning run scored on what seemed a certain double play when Austin Romine hit a chopper off Josh Osich over the mound and Crawford easily stepped on second to get the force on Mark Teixeira. Headley advanced to third on the force and when Crawford's throw sailed off first baseman Brandon Belt's glove, Headley raced home and got his left foot on the plate just ahead of the tag.

Reds 6, Diamondbacks 2

CINCINNATI -- Joey Votto hit a three-run homer and Tucker Barnhart added a solo shot, lifting Cincinnati over Arizona at Great American Ball Park.

Jean Segura got Arizona off to a good start with a home run leading off the game. But the Diamondbacks couldn't hold the early lead.

Reds right-hander Dan Straily allowed two earned runs and five hits through six innings.

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Royals 3, Rangers 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Danny Duffy threw 6 2/3 solid innings and Cheslor Cuthbert homered as Kansas City bested struggling Texas.

Duffy, who did not move into the rotation until May 15, yielded one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He is 5-0 in his past eight starts and has pitched into the seventh inning in his last five starts.

Yu Darvish gave up three runs, one unearned, on seven hits, while striking out 11 and walking one in six innings, throwing a season-high 91 pitches. Darvish is 0-2 in two starts since coming off the disabled list July 16.

Astros 2, Angels 1

HOUSTON -- Lance McCullers carried a shutout into the ninth inning in Houston's win over Los Angeles at Minute Maid Park.

McCullers allowed four hits and four walks while striking out a season-high-tying 10 batters. After escaping trouble in the fifth inning with a double play, McCullers retired nine consecutive batters, including striking out the side in the eighth, before issuing a pair of walks to open the ninth.

Astros closer Will Harris allowed an RBI single to Andrelton Simmons that scored Kole Calhoun yet preserved the victory with a strikeout of Ji-Man Choi. Harris recorded his 10th save on the season.

Cubs 5, Brewers 2

MILWAUKEE -- Dexter Fowler had four hits in his return from a six-week stint on the disabled list and Jason Hammel threw six solid innings to lead Chicago over Milwaukee at Miller Park.

Hammel allowed a pair of runs on four hits and a walk with a pair of strikeouts and earned a victory in consecutive starts for the first time since May 2.

In the lineup for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury on June 18, Fowler wasted little time to get back into a groove and belted Nelson's fifth offering off the batter's eye in center for his eighth home run of the season.

Tigers 7, White Sox 5

CHICAGO -- Miguel Cabrera finished 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and hit a go-ahead, two-run single to lift Detroit over Chicago.

Nick Castellanos went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Tigers erased a 5-4 deficit with three runs in the seventh inning. Detroit won its second straight game and improved to 6-2 against Chicago.

Jose Abreu went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs to lead the White Sox. Justin Morneau added a three-run home run as Chicago lost for the eighth time in the past nine games.

Rockies 4, Braves 3

DENVER -- Colorado hit two rapid-fire two-run homers in a win over Atlanta.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in the sixth, and two batters later, Trevor Story hit a two-run shot.

The Rockies survived a late Braves charge. Jace Peterson hit a two-run homer in the eighth to make it a one-run game, but struck out with the bases loaded in the ninth against closer Carlos Estevez to end it.

Cardinals 4, Dodgers 3 (16 innings)

ST. LOUIS -- Matt Adams' one-out homer in the bottom of the 16th inning early Saturday morning lifted St. Louis over Los Angeles at Busch Stadium.

Adams ripped an 0-1 pitch from Bud Norris, the Dodgers' ninth pitcher of the game, 444 feet over the Cardinals bullpen in right-center to end the 5-hour, 10-minute marathon.

Seth Maness worked a clean 16th for the win as the Cardinals won their fifth straight, tying a season high, and tied Miami for the second wild card spot in the National League.

Athletics 1, Rays 0

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Coco Crisp hit a walk-off single with one out in the 13th inning, lifting over Tampa Bay at the Oakland Coliseum.

The walk-off RBI was Crisp's eight of his career, six of those with the A's.

Rookie third baseman Ryon Healy lined a leadoff double down the left-field line in the 13th off right-hander Dylan Floro, the Rays' sixth pitcher of the game. Then with one out, Crisp lined an opposite-field single to left, bringing Healy home.

A's rookie left-hander Sean Manaea pitched eight shutout innings, allowing five hits while striking out seven and walking none. The innings pitched were a career high for Manaea, who had a no-decision.

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