MAJOR LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Lincecum no-hits Padres for second time
Tim Lincecum pitched his second no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in less than a year, allowing only one runner Wednesday and leading the San Francisco Giants to a 4-0 win.
Lincecum totally shut down the weakest-hitting team in the majors, striking out six and walking one. He retired the final 23 batters after walking Chase Headley in the second inning.
The 30-year-old Lincecum (6-5) threw 113 pitches for this win. Last July 13 at San Diego, he threw 148 pitches while holding the Padres hitless.
The right-hander became the second pitcher in major league history to twice no-hit the same team. This was the third no-hitter in the majors this year.
Lincecum went 2-for-3 with a walk and scored twice. Buster Posey got four hits, including a double, and drove in two runs.
Ian Kennedy (5-9) allowed four runs on nine hits over 6 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out eight.
BREWERS 9, NATIONALS 2: Scooter Gennett had a grand slam and five RBIs, Khris Davis added a solo shot, and Milwaukee roughed up ace Stephen Strasburg in a rout of Washington. Homer-prone starter Marco Estrada (7-4) allowed just two hits — and no homers — and pitched effectively into the seventh for the Brewers, who bounced back a day after falling 4-2 in 16 innings to Washington. Davis finished with three RBIs. Strasburg (6-6) was tagged for eight hits and seven runs in 4 2-3 innings. It matched a career-worst outing for Strasburg, who also allowed seven earned runs in a two-inning start against Miami on July 12, 2013.
CARDINALS 9, ROCKIES 6: Matt Adams homered and drove in two runs, Matt Holliday had three hits, and St. Louis rallied to beat Colorado. Drew Stubbs homered and Justin Morneau had two hits for the Rockies, who finished their homestand 1-5. The game featured the major league debuts of both starting pitchers. St. Louis’ Marco Gonzales was sharp early before faltering. Colorado’s Yohan Flande also started well before getting hit hard in his last inning. Pat Neshek (2-0) pitched an inning in relief to earn the win. Trevor Rosenthal got four outs for his 23rd save in 26 chances.
MARLINS 3, PHILLIES 2: Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run double for Miami, and Henderson Alvarez threw 6 2-3 strong innings. Alvarez (5-3) allowed two runs — one earned — and seven hits. He is 3-0 with an 0.78 ERA in his last seven starts. Steve Cishek struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save in 19 tries. A.J. Burnett (5-7) gave up three runs and five hits, striking out eight in seven innings. The Marlins have won two of the first three in the four-game set. They had lost eight of their previous nine games in Philadelphia.
REDS 4, CUBS 1: Mat Latos pitched seven impressive innings for his first win of the season and Jay Bruce had two run-scoring doubles that led Cincinnati. With the wind blowing in on a cold summer night, Devin Mesoraco’s five-game homer streak came to an end. The Reds catcher was tied with Adam Dunn, Ken Griffey Jr., Johnny Bench, George Crowe and Ted Kluszewski for the franchise record. Latos (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in his third start after beginning the season on the disabled list. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances. Edwin Jackson (5-8) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings for Chicago, which has dropped four of five.
YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 3: Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run, Hiroki Kuroda won for the first time in four starts and the New York Yankees beat Toronto to snap a four-game skid. Kuroda (5-5) won for the first time since May 28, at St. Louis, allowing three runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings. He gave up a home run to Jose Reyes on his first pitch. David Robertson got five outs for his 18th save in 20 tries. Drew Hutchison (5-6) is 0-3 with a 9.22 ERA in three starts against the Yankees this season.
ANGELS 6, TWINS 2: Garrett Richards pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning to win his fourth straight decision, and Los Angeles earned its fifth straight victory. Erick Aybar got two hits and stole two bases as Los Angeles won for the 14th time in 16 games at Angel Stadium, moving to a season-high 10 games over .500 at 43-33. The Angels are unbeaten on their homestand, matching their longest winning streak of the year. Oswaldo Arcia homered for Minnesota, which has lost seven straight road games for the first time since September 2011.
RED SOX 5, MARINERS 4: David Ortiz hit the 449th home run of his career in the first inning, added a line drive RBI single off the wall in the third, and Boston avoided a sweep in Seattle. Ortiz connected for a two-run shot off the windows of the cafe in right field at Safeco Field against Hisashi Iwakuma (5-4). Clay Buchholz (3-4) got the win and Koji Uehara earned his 16th save in 17 tries.
ORIOLES 5, WHITE SOX 4: Nelson Cruz hit a tying grand slam in the eighth inning and David Lough scored the winning run on a wild pitch in the 12th, sending Baltimore over Chicago. There was a rain delay of more than an hour after the ninth inning ended. Nick Hundley opened the bottom of the 12th with a walk off Daniel Webb (4-2) and Lough entered as a pinch-runner. Lough took third on a single by Nick Markakis and scored easily when Webb uncorked a pitch that got past catcher Tyler Flowers.
DODGERS 5, ROYALS 4: Wade Davis plunked A.J. Ellis with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning, sending Los Angeles past Kansas City. Jamey Wright (3-2) threw 2 2-3 scoreless innings. Brian Wilson handled the ninth in place of closer Kenley Jansen for his first save since April 12, 2012. Davis (5-2) had not allowed a run in 22 1-3 innings spanning his last 20 outings.
INDIANS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Corey Kluber gave Cleveland a much-needed quality start, pitching seven effective innings to help beat Arizona and end a four-game losing streak. The Indians ran through their bullpen in a 14-inning game the night before Kluber (7-5) gave them a lift. Michael Brantley homered and had two RBIs against Chase Anderson (5-3).
ATHLETICS 8, METS 5: Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run double, slumping Brandon Moss had a two-run homer and Oakland jumped all over an ineffective Zack Wheeler and New York. Coco Crisp homered and had three hits as the AL West leaders built an eight-run cushion for Brad Mills (1-0), who took a shutout into the seventh inning for his first major league victory in almost two years. Oakland rebounded from its most lopsided loss of the season to split the two-game interleague series, boosting the best record in baseball to 48-30.
BRAVES 4, ASTROS 0: Justin Upton homered for the second straight game and had three RBIs and Alex Wood pitched seven scoreless innings to help Atlanta beat Houston. Shae Simmons and Juan Jaime finished the three-hitter as the Astros were shut out for the 10th time this season. The Braves had just two hits when Upton launched his 16th homer, a two-run shot in the seventh off Collin McHugh (4-6). Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman left in the eighth after being hit by a pitch on what appeared to be his right elbow. There was no immediate update on his injury. Wood (6-6) was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his first start since May 4.