MLB ROUNDUP: Strasburg hurt in Nations' win
Craig Stammen pitched four perfect innings after ace Stephen Strasburg left with a strained muscle on his right side, and the Washington Nationals beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 Friday night.
Strasburg lasted two innings before leaving the shortest outing of his career.
Denard Span tripled twice and scored two runs for Washington, which snapped a two-game skid and trimmed its second-place deficit in the NL East to 4ﾽ games behind the Braves.
Strasburg left with a 2-1 lead. He allowed two hits and one run — a homer by Freddie Freeman — with no walks and two strikeouts. Stammen (3-1) shut down the Braves from there.
Tyler Clippard escaped a bases-loaded jam in the seventh and Drew Storen worked a scoreless eighth before Rafael Soriano converted his 15th save in 18 chances.
BREWERS 8, PHILLIES 5: Jonathan Lucroy went 5-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs as Milwaukee battered a struggling Cole Hamels to beat Philadelphia and snap its longest losing streak of the season at six games. Yovani Gallardo (4-5) overcame a shaky first inning to stop a four-game skid, the worst of his career. Yuniesky Betancourt added three hits and an RBI for the Brewers, who finished 6-22 in May to tie the 1969 Seattle Pilots (August) for the worst month in franchise history. Hamels (1-9) gave up seven runs (six earned) on a career-worst 12 hits.
CUBS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 2: Scott Hairston hit a grand slam, Matt Garza got his first victory of the season and Chicago extended its winning streak to five games by defeating Arizona. Alfonso Soriano had a two-run homer and Cody Ransom added a solo shot for the Cubs, who have won five straight for the first time since winning seven in a row from July 31 to Aug. 6, 2011.
MARLINS 5, METS 1: Jacob Turner pitched seven scoreless innings in his season debut and Marcell Ozuna had three hits to help Miami halt a nine-game losing streak with a win over New York. Pinch-hitter Jordan Brown hit a two-run double, and Ed Lucas and Jeff Mathis each drove home a run in the pivotal seventh as the Marlins won for the third time in 19 games.
DODGERS 7, ROCKIES 5: Los Angeles recovered from a ninth-inning blown save and scored two runs off Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt in the top of the 10th to beat slumping Colorado. Carl Crawford scored from third on Luis Cruz’s hard comebacker that bounced off the back leg of Betancourt (1-3) and dribbled toward the third base side. Juan Uribe followed with a run-scoring single. Brandon League (1-2) picked up the win.
ORIOLES 7, TIGERS 5: Chris Dickerson hit a three-run, game-ending homer with two outs in the ninth inning, capping an four-run uprising against Jose Valverde that carried Baltimore past Detroit. Valverde entered in the ninth inning with a 5-3 lead after starter Max Scherzer retired the final 16 batters he faced. Nick Markakis led off with a homer before Adam Jones singled and took third on a single by Chris Davis. Valverde (0-1) then retired Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy on popups before Dickerson hit a 2-1 pitch into the bleachers in right-center.
RAYS 9, INDIANS 2: James Loney homered twice, four Tampa Bay pitchers combined on a one-hitter and the Rays endured nearly five hours of rain delays before winning their sixth straight win in a game that began on Friday night in May ended early Saturday in June. Scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m., the game was delayed three times before finally resuming at 12:13 a.m. — 2 hours, 39 minutes after the third and lengthiest delay.
ATHLETICS 3, WHITE SOX 0: Bartolo Colon tossed a five-hitter a week after turning 40, and the Athletics beat the White Sox in a game that took only 2 hours, 14 minutes. Colon (6-2) struck out and three and walked none for his 11th career shutout.. John Jaso was the first baserunner for either team to reach second when he doubled against Dylan Axelrod (3-4) leading off the eighth inning. Josh Reddick followed with an RBI double, and Coco Crisp added a two-run single to back Colon’s stellar start.
YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1: Throwing at up to 94 mph after two months of decreased velocity, CC Sabathia matched his season high with 10 strikeouts while pitching into the eighth inning to stop the Yankees’ season-high, five-game losing streak. Out since injuring his right wrist March 5, Mark Teixeira made his season debut and was 0-for-3 with a walk. Kevin Youkilis, sidelined by a back injury since April 27, was 1 for 4 with an RBI single in the fifth. Sabathia (5-4) ended a five-game winless streak.
MARINERS 3, TWINS 0: Hisashi Iwakuma struck out five in 7 2-3 innings and Kendrys Morales homered to lead Seattle over the Twins. Iwakuma (6-1) gave up seven hits and walked two and Jesus Sucre added two hits and an RBI for the Mariners. Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his 12th save. Minnesota’s Pedro Florimon had three hits and Chris Parmelee had two.
RANGERS 7, ROYALS 2: Derek Holland struck out eight and Nelson Cruz hit a long tiebreaking three-run homer and the Rangers beat the weary Royals. Holland (5-2) allowed two runs, one earned, over seven innings to wrap up his undefeated May. The left-hander was 4-0 in his six May starts, matching a career best for wins in any month. Wade Davis (3-5) had a season-high eight strikeouts with no walks in what was otherwise another tough start against Texas, giving up six runs and 10 hits in five-plus innings.
ASTROS 6, ANGELS 3: Jason Castro’s leadoff homer triggered a three-run fourth and Dallas Keuchel pitched seven effective innings, leading the Astros to a victory over the Angels. Keuchel (2-2) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out four and walked none in the opener of a four-game series. The 25-year-old left-hander was making his fifth start after beginning the season in the bullpen.
PADRES 4, BLUE JAYS 3: Clayton Richard earned his first win of the season by pitching two innings in relief and Jesus Guzman singled home the winning run with two outs in the 17th to give San Diego a victory over Toronto. Richard (1-5) came on to start the 16th and gave up one hit and struck out two in two innings. Rookie Jedd Gyorko’s third hit of the night, a one-out single, caromed off third base into shallow left. Gyorko was sacrificed to second by Richard and scored when Guzman singled up the middle off Todd Redmond (0-1). The game lasted 4 hours, 58 minutes.