The Associated Press
Jul. 30, 2016
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched a five-hitter for his first complete game since 2014, Xander Bogaerts homered and drove in three runs, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 on Friday night.
Porcello (14-2) struck out three while winning his sixth straight start — also for the first time since 2014 — and eighth consecutive decision. He became the majors' fourth 14-game winner, joining Baltimore's Chris Tillman, the Chicago White Sox's Chris Sale, and Washington's Stephen Strasburg.
Porcello hasn't lost since May 17 and he's pitched five or more innings in 29 straight starts dating back to last Aug. 26.
Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered to help Boston end a four-game losing streak.
Tim Lincecum (3-4) continued to struggle in his comeback attempt, giving up four earned runs and five hits with four walks. He was removed after giving up Bradley's homer leading off the sixth.
The loss ended the Angels season-high seven-game home winning streak.
CUBS 12, MARINERS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester recovered from a rut of bad starts, pitching six shutout innings to help Chicago rout Seattle for its third straight victory.
Jason Heyward and David Ross homered and the NL Central leaders improved to 10-5 since a 1-9 slump.
Seattle lost in its first trip to Wrigley Field since 2007. The Mariners let infielder Luis Sardinas pitch the eighth, and he threw a perfect inning.
Lester (11-4) had lasted just 16 innings over his previous four starts, going 1-1 with a 10.13 ERA. That skid came after he had gone 9-3 with a 2.03 ERA in his first 16 starts. Lester gave up four hits, struck out seven and walked two. He was already done when there was a 74-minute rain delay in the seventh.
Chicago's Kris Bryant reached base all five times he came up. He singled twice, doubled and walked twice. Hisashi Iwakuma (11-7) was the loser.
CARDINALS 11, MARLINS 6
MIAMI (AP) — Tommy Pham homered and drove in three runs in St. Louis' victory over Miami.
Kolten Wong had three hits and drove in two runs and Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a two-run homer for St. Louis. The Cardinals have won four of five and lead the Marlins by a game in the NL wild-card standings.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki went 0 for 4 to remain at 2,998 career hits.
Martin Prado homered and drove in three runs, and Marcell Ozuna also homered for the Marlins.
Mike Leake (8-8) was the winner. Jose Urena (1-3) took the loss.
BLUE JAYS 6, ORIOLES 5
TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki hit solo home runs in the first inning, Marco Estrada snapped a four-start winless streak and Toronto beat Baltimore.
Encarnacion reached base three times and scored twice to help the Blue Jays win the opener of a three-game series between the top two teams in the AL East, cutting Baltimore's division lead to a half-game. The Orioles have lost four straight.
Estrada (6-4) allowed four runs, three earned, and five hits in six innings.
Joaquin Benoit worked the seventh, Jason Grilli gave up Manny Machado's solo home run in the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 22nd save.
Mark Trumbo's two-out double gave Baltimore a 2-0 lead in the top of the first but the Blue Jays answered with a trio of solo shots in the bottom half against Kevin Gausman (2-8).
ROCKIES 6, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Chatwood kept winning on the road, Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in four runs and Colorado beat New York for its fourth straight victory.
Mark Reynolds also homered for the surging Rockies. They are 11-4 since the All-Star break and have moved within four games of Miami for the second NL wild-card spot.
Chatwood (10-6) improved to 6-0 with a 1.30 ERA away from Coors Field this season. The 26-year-old is 4-6 with a 5.69 ERA at home.
Gonzalez matched a season-high hitting streak of 11 games with an RBI double in the first. He hit a 448-foot, three-run drive in the ninth for his 21st homer.
Steven Matz (8-7) was the loser.
RANGERS 8, ROYALS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor homered twice, and A.J. Griffin pitched into the sixth inning in Texas' victory over Kansas City.
Jurickson Profar also went deep for the Rangers, and scored three runs.
Odor hit a solo homer in the first that put AL West-leading Texas up 3-0 against Edinson Volquez (8-9). That 443-foot drive into the second deck of seats in right field came a night after Odor's 465-footer that is the longest in his career. He had another solo shot in the seventh, his 21st of the season barely clearing the 8-foot wall in right.
Griffin (4-1) struck out one and walked two in 5 2-3 innings.
Eric Hosmer homered for the defending World Series champion Royals. They dropped 10 games behind Cleveland in the AL Central.
BREWERS 3, PIRATES 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Junior Guerra limited Pittsburgh to four hits over 8 2/3 innings, and Chris Carter hit a two-run home run in Milwaukee's victory.
The Pirates managed Andrew McCutchen's RBI groundout off Guerra (7-2), who departed with two on and two outs in the ninth. Jeremy Jeffress got Jung Ho Kang to ground out to third on one pitch to record his 25th save in 26 chances.
Guerra's scoreless streak was snapped at 20 innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Pirates rookie Steven Brault (0-1) gave up three runs and seven hits over six innings.
INDIANS 5, ATHLETICS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Abraham Almonte scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in Cleveland's four-run seventh inning in the Indians' comeback victory over Oakland.
Cleveland erased a 3-1 deficit after being held to four hits through six innings. Jason Kipnis' bases-loaded single tied it, and Almonte scored from third on Ryan Dull's wild pitch one batter later.
Carlos Santana homered in the sixth for Cleveland.
Cody Anderson (2-4) pitched a scoreless seventh. Cody Allen worked out of ninth-inning trouble for 20th save. Kendall Graveman (7-7) was the loser.
Josh Reddick and Khris Davis hit back-to-back homers in the sixth for Oakland.
TIGERS 14, ASTROS 6
DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Collins and Justin Upton each hit a three-run homer, helping Detroit beat Houston for its fourth straight victory.
James McCann added a solo shot in the eighth and Cameron Maybin had three hits and scored three times. Jose Altuve and Jake Marisnek homered for Houston. The Astros lost for the third time in four games.
Matt Boyd (2-2) allowed three runs on four hits in five innings. He walked one while striking out six. Collin McHugh (7-7) didn't make it out of the second inning.
RAYS 5, YANKEES 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi pitched masterfully into the seventh inning, Logan Forsythe and Corey Dickerson hit solo homers in the first, and Tampa Bay Rays cooled off New York.
The Yankees had won eight of 11 to close within 3 1/2 games of Boston for the second AL wild card.
Odorizzi (5-5) struck out five and allowed six hits over 6 2/3 innings. Alex Colome entered with two on and one out in the ninth, and got two straight outs for his 23rd save.
Ivan Nova (7-6) gave up five runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings.
TWINS 2, WHITE SOX 1, 12 INNINGS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Joe Mauer drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift Minnesota over Chicago.
Dan Jennings (4-3) hit Eddie Rosario with a full-count pitch to lead off the 12th. One out later, Byron Buxton walked. Reliever Tommy Kahnle then came on and walked Brian Dozier and Mauer to push across the winning run. Trevor May (2-2) pitched a perfect 12th.
Adam Eaton put the White Sox on the board early when he led off the game with a long home run to right-center field. After that, however, only one White Sox runner reached second base against Nolasco.
Kennys Vargas drove in a run with a blooper to short right field in the sixth. However, Miguel Sano, who had doubled, ran through a stop sign at third base and Eaton's throw easily beat him to the plate.
BRAVES 2, PHILLIES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Tyrell Jenkins earned his first career victory, pitching six innings and helping the Atlanta beat Philadelphia.
Jenkins, acquired in the November 2014 trade that sent Jason Heyward to St. Louis, began the game with a 6.43 ERA and 26 baserunners allowed in his first three career starts, a span of 14 innings.
Jenkins (1-2) did a lot better against the Phillies, allowing one unearned run on four hits and four walks. He struck out four.
Jim Johnson, the fourth Atlanta pitcher, earned his fifth save in eight chances. Vince Velasquez (8-3) gave up seven hits, two runs, two walks and struck out five in six innings.
NATIONALS 4, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Washington Nationals turned the first triple play in their 12-season history, holding on in the eighth inning to help preserve a strong outing by Max Scherzer.
The Giants loaded the bases in the eighth with two walks sandwiched around a single. Brandon Crawford then lined an 0-1 pitch from Sammy Solis to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who had entered the game moments earlier as a defensive replacement.
Zimmerman quickly stepped on first base for the second out then threw to third baseman Anthony Rendon to catch Denard Span to complete the triple play. The Nationals didn't get to keep the ball from their milestone play, however. Rendon casually flipped it into the stands after the play.
Scherzer (11-6) had lost four of his five career starts against the Giants and a no-decision in Game 4 of the 2012 World Series before holding San Francisco to one run over seven innings.
All of Washington's runs came off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (9-7).
DODGERS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 7
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasmani Grandal's RBI single capped a five-run, seventh-inning rally that carried Los Angeles to a wild win.
Joc Pederson and Chase Utley each hit two-run home runs in the deciding rally as the Dodgers erased a 7-3 deficit and improved to 17-9 since June 26.
Three batters after Corey Seager doubled against Zac Curtis (0-1), Grandal hit a 2-1 pitch from Randall Delgado into center field, scoring Seager from third with the tiebreaking run.
Los Angeles pulled one game behind the division-leading Giants, the closest the Dodgers have been to first place since May 15.
Los Angeles sent 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the seventh, a half-inning after the Diamondbacks sent 11 men to the plate and scored seven runs.
Paul Goldschmidt capped a three-hit night with a bases-loaded double off Pedro Baez (3-2) that finished off the Diamondbacks' rally.
Reds 6, Padres 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eugenio Suarez tied a career-high with four RBIs and Brandon Finnegan pitched six scoreless innings as Cincinnati beat San Diego.
Suarez had a run-scoring double and single to pace the Reds to their third victory in four games as the Padres were blanked for 12th time this season, tops in the majors.
Michael Lorenzen and Blake Wood worked the final three innings to preserve the shutout.
San Diego, which grounded into four double plays, also had its 25-game home run streak snapped that tied the National League record set by the 1998 Braves.
Finnegan (6-8) scattered four hits and sidestepped a few early jams before settling in. He walked three, but he struck out five in recording his third win in his last four decisions.
San Diego's Edwin Jackson (1-1) gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings.