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Giants win at Detroit with Peavy in command

September 6, 2014

DETROIT (AP) — San Francisco pitcher Jake Peavy was in such dominant form that he even resumed after a rain delay of almost three hours and steered the Giants to an 8-2 win over Detroit in Friday’s key interleague clash of playoff aspirants.

The victory moved the Giants within two games of the National League West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, while the Tigers slipped two games behind American League Central leader Kansas City, which prevailed in a defensive struggle against the New York Yankees.

New York missed an opportunity to make up some ground on runaway AL East leader Baltimore, which lost to Tampa Bay, while the key NL clash saw Milwaukee end a run of nine-successive defeats by beating St. Louis, which had won its previous six.

San Francisco scored six runs in three innings and led 6-0 when a severe storm came through, delaying the game for two hours and 40 minutes. When play resumed, Peavy (4-4) surprisingly went back to the mound and did not give up any earned runs in his six innings.

Kansas City capitalized on Detroit’s defeat by beating the Yankees 1-0, with a superb performance by pitcher James Shields.

Two starts after putting in one of his worst outings this season against New York, Shields (13-7) showed his best by retiring his first 11 batters. It was one of his two 11-batter stretches of the game, and he induced 12 groundouts in 8-1/3 scoreless innings.

Nori Aoki’s run-scoring single in the third proved the winner as the Royals notched a fourth-straight win and moved 17 games over a .500 record for the first time in 25 years.

Baltimore remained 9-1/2 games ahead of New York atop the AL East after a 3-0 loss at Tampa Bay.

Rays’ starter Alex Cobb and two relievers combined for Tampa Bay’s AL-best 19th shutout this season.

Cobb didn’t get the decision despite going seven innings and allowing two runs or less for the 11th consecutive start; a team record. He gave up only one walk and struck out six.

Reliever Brad Boxberger (4-1) pitched a perfect eighth to take the win.

Milwaukee finally got back on the winners’ list by beating St. Louis 6-2, closing back within three games of the NL Central-leading Cardinals.

Scooter Gennett had a two-run single in the third inning and drove in another run with a double in the fifth.

Brewers’ starter Mike Fiers (5-2) gave up two runs in 6 2-3 innings, improving to 5-1 since being called up from the minors.

Los Angeles’ Kole Calhoun had three hits and scored four times, sliding into home for the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to give the Angels a 7-6 victory over Minnesota.

Calhoun singled to start the 10th, and two walks loaded the bases. A fly ball by Erick Aybar was caught by Oswaldo Arcia but his throw from right field to home plate was a bit off line and not in time for catcher Josmil Pinto to tag the speedy Calhoun.

The Angels moved six games clear atop the AL West.

Washington’s Rafael Soriano blew another save, and an error by Bryce Harper on a routine fly ball in the 11th inning led to the go-ahead runs, giving Philadelphia a 9-8 win over the Nationals.

The Phillies rallied from a five-run deficit with two unearned runs in the eighth and then three in the ninth off Soriano, who was booed off the field as his late-season slump continues.

Then came a pair of runs in the 11th, which started with a two-base error when Harper ran smack into center fielder Denard Span, who had clearly called for a fly ball.

The Nationals stayed seven games clear atop the NL West because Atlanta lost 11-3 at Miami.

Marlins starter Jarred Cosart (4-1), who came into the game with the lowest ERA (0.65) in the majors over the past four weeks, retired 13 batters in a row during one stretch and allowed two runs in 7-2/3 innings, with six strikeouts and only one walk.

Marcell Ozuna had four hits and four RBIs for the Marlins, who had a season-high 18 hits.

Houston’s Chris Carter hit his 36th homer of the season and drove in three runs against his former team to help the Astros beat slumping Oakland 4-3.

Carter added an RBI single, Jon Singleton also homered and Jose Altuve had two hits for Houston, unbeaten in three games since firing manager Bo Porter on Monday. It was the Astros’ fifth-straight win overall, two shy of their season high.

The A’s had the best record in the majors a month ago but have gone 7-17 since and a wild-card berth increasingly looks like their only passage into the playoffs.

Los Angeles’ Dan Haren pitched well on two extra days of rest to steer the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over Arizona.

The game between Pittsburgh and the Chicago Cubs was suspended by rain with the game tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning and will resume on Saturday.

Cleveland’s David Murphy drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning to five the Indians a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Boston’s Yoenis Cespedes had four hits, including a game-winning single that capped a three-run 10th inning, as the Red Sox rallied to beat Toronto 9-8.

New York’s Curtis Granderson and Travis d’Arnaud each hit three-run homers and drove in four runs, powering the Mets to a 14-5 thrashing of Cincinnati and a third-straight victory.

Seattle’s Kendrys Morales hit two of his team’s four homers as the Mariners beat Texas 7-5, handing the Rangers their seventh-straight loss only hours after manager Ron Washington resigned unexpectedly.

Colorado’s Tyler Matzek pitched his first career shutout, steering the Rockies to a 3-0 win against San Diego.

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