MLB Playoff Capsules
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jake Peavy took a no-hitter into the fifth inning to outpitch playoff rookie Stephen Strasburg, and the San Francisco Giants won their ninth consecutive postseason game by beating the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday in an NL Division Series opener.
The intense Peavy won the 2007 Cy Young Award but never has been much of an October performer, going 0-3 with a 9.27 ERA in five previous starts. But maybe the Giants’ aura rubbed off on him, because the 33-year-old right-hander threw 5 2-3 scoreless innings in Game 1, allowing only two hits.
Buster Posey, Joe Panik and Brandon Belt drove in San Francisco’s runs.
Game 2 is Saturday, with Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann — who threw a no-hitter in the regular-season finale — facing Tim Hudson.
ORIOLES 7, TIGERS 6
BALTIMORE (AP) — Delmon Young drove in three runs with a pinch-hit double, and the Baltimore Orioles picked apart Detroit’s shoddy bullpen once again during a four-run rally in the eighth inning to beat the Tigers 7-6 for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five AL Division Series.
Baltimore will try for a sweep in Game 3 Sunday at Detroit, when Miguel Gonzalez starts against the Tigers’ third straight Cy Young winner in David Price.
A day after the Orioles battered Detroit relievers while scoring eight runs in the eighth for a 12-3 win, they came back from a three-run deficit.
It was 6-3 with one out in the eighth when reliever Joba Chamberlain hit Adam Jones with a pitch and gave up a single to Nelson Cruz before Steve Pearce singled in a run.
Joakim Soria (0-1) entered and walked J.J. Hardy to load the bases for Young, who cleared the bases with a liner into the left-field corner.
CARDINALS 10, DODGERS 9
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Carpenter hit a go-ahead, three-run double off a wilting Clayton Kershaw in an eight-run seventh inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals rallied for a 10-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a fiery NL Division Series opener.
St. Louis overcame a five-run deficit against Kershaw and held on when Trevor Rosenthal blew a fastball past Yasiel Puig with a runner on third to end a back-and-forth game that lasted nearly four hours.
In a matchup of 20-games winners, Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright hit Puig with a pitch leading off the third, triggering a bench-clearing scrum. There was shoving and shouting, but no punches were thrown.
Wainwright succumbed first on the mound, allowing six runs and 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings. But Kershaw failed once again in the postseason.
ROYALS 4, ANGELS 1, 11 INNINGS
ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the 11th inning, and the surprising Kansas City Royals took a 2-0 lead in the AL Division Series with a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Alex Gordon had an early run-scoring single and Salvador Perez added an RBI infield single in the 11th for the Royals, who became the first team in major league history to win three straight extra-inning playoff games.
In its first postseason appearance since 1985, Kansas City’s playoff roll just can’t be slowed by the majors’ best regular-season team. Hosmer had three hits and scored two runs as the Royals moved to the brink of the AL Championship Series.
Game 3 in the best-of-five series is Sunday in Kansas City, where Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson faces James Shields