MLB ROUNDUP: Cardinals lose, can't make up ground on Pirates
Jered Weaver earned his second win of an injury-plagued season with help from a five-run second inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 5-1, to extend their winning streak to seven.
Meanwhile, the Cardinals couldn’t take advantage of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ nine-game winning streak coming to an end and remained two games behind the Pirates for first place in the NL Central.
Three-time NL MVP Albert Pujols played his first game against his former club and was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk as the designated hitter, while Mark Trumbo started at first base.
Weaver (2-4) allowed a run, six hits and no walks over seven innings.
Lance Lynn (10-3) gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings, striking out eight. The 26-year-old right-hander has dropped back-to-back outings for the first time in 1? big league seasons.
ATHLETICS 8, CUBS 7: Derek Norris hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning and Oakland rallied to beat Chicago and regain the AL West lead.
Josh Donaldson and Chris Young also homered to put the A’s a half-game ahead of Texas, which lost 9-2 at Seattle.
Alfonso Soriano hit a three-run homer and Welington Castillo drove in three runs for Chicago.
RED SOX 4, PADRES 1: Brandon Snyder hit a bases-loaded double and John Lackey struck out six over eight strong innings for Boston in a win over slumping San Diego.
Lackey (6-5) scattered six hits and walked one while moving above .500 for the first time since late in 2011. The only run Lackey allowed was a solo homer by Jesus Guzman in the seventh.
San Diego rookie Robbie Erlin (1-1) threw 93 pitches over 3 2-3 innings before getting pulled after Snyder’s bases-clearing double in the third put Boston up 3-0.
DODGERS 8, ROCKIES 0: Clayton Kershaw tossed a four-hitter for his second shutout of the season and rookie sensation Yasiel Puig had three more hits, including a solo homer, to lead the Dodgers to a win over the Rockies.
The 22-year-old Puig also added a double and a single to raise his average to .443 this season.
Kershaw (7-5) kept the Rockies off balance all night, even top hitter Michael Cuddyer, who had his franchise-record 27-game hitting streak halted after going hitless in four plate appearances. Cuddyer flied out to Puig in right to end the game.
The hard-throwing Kershaw had eight strikeouts and walked none. He only allowed one runner to get to second base all evening.
BREWERS 4, NATIONALS 0: Stephen Strasburg had hitters flailing at curveballs for seven scoreless innings, getting all eight of his strikeouts with the same pitch in a magnificent outing that was wasted when the Brewers scored off the Nationals bullpen.
Strasburg put on a gem of performance that dropped his ERA to 2.24 and nearly overshadowed the game’s actual outcome. Once again, the Nationals’ bats abandoned him, and Juan Francisco’s two-run double in the eighth started a scoring spree off Drew Storen (2-2) as the Brewers snapped a six-game losing streak.
Brewers starter Wily Peralta had his own shutout in the making until he left during the sixth inning with a strained left hamstring.
BRAVES 11, MARLINS 3: Chris Johnson’s two-run, go-ahead double was the big hit in a four-run sixth inning that helped the Braves to a win over the Marlins.
The Braves set a season high with 16 hits and matched their high for runs.
The game was tied at 3 before the Braves opened the sixth with three straight hits off Dan Jennings (0-1), loading the bases. Two batters later, Chris Johnson gave Atlanta the lead with his double.
Kris Medlen (6-7) gave up three runs in six innings to earn the win.
METS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Jeremy Hefner and the Mets handed Patrick Corbin his first loss, sending the NL West leaders to their season-worst fifth straight defeat.
Josh Satin hit an RBI double that put the Mets ahead 2-1 in a seven-run seventh inning.
Hefner (3-6) outpitched Corbin (9-1) as the Diamondbacks continued a most curious streak — their starting pitchers are 0-11 in 24 games since June 5. Arizona fell to 1-7 on its road trip.
TIGERS 7, BLUE JAYS 6: Torii Hunter drove in the tiebreaking run with a two-out infield single in the eighth inning as Detroit rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Blue Jays.
Hunter had four singles and Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run home run, his 26th, as the Tigers snapped a three-game losing streak.
Colby Rasmus homered and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays.
Omar Infante singled off Neil Wagner (1-3) to begin the eighth, moving to second on Alex Avila’s sacrifice bunt and taking third on Austin Jackson’s deep fly ball. Hunter followed with a comebacker that bounced off Wagner and rolled to shortstop Jose Reyes, whose throw to first was late.
WHITE SOX 5, ORIOLES 2: Adam Dunn and Conor Gillaspie homered, John Danks pitched into the eighth inning and Chicago snapped Baltimore’s four-game winning streak.
The White Sox ended a five-game skid and avoided falling a season-high 16 games below .500.
Danks (2-5) earned his first win since June 8 against Oakland, pitching seven-plus innings and allowing two runs and six hits while striking out four.
YANKEES 7, TWINS 3: Robinson Cano homered for the third straight game and Phil Hughes gave up one run on six hits in seven innings, lifting New York over Minnesota.
Cano followed up a two-homer performance Monday by going 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and Alberto Gonzalez had two hits and three RBIs. New York has broken out for 17 runs in the first two games of the series to end a five-game skid.
Samuel Deduno (4-3) gave up three runs on five hits in six innings for the Twins, who lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
MARINERS 9, RANGERS 2: Kendrys Morales homered twice and tied a career high with six RBIs to lead Seattle past Texas. Morales had a solo home run in the first and a three-run shot in the fifth off rookie Justin Grimm. Morales added a two-run single in the sixth.
Joe Saunders (6-8) won for the first time in eight regular-season starts at Rangers Ballpark. The left-hander allowed two runs — one earned — and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings.
Seattle’s Raul Ibanez, who hit 10 homers in June, had a solo shot for his 20th homer of the season. Grimm (7-6) gave up six runs and seven hits in four innings.
RAYS 8, ASTROS 0: David Price pitched three-hit ball for seven innings in his return from the disabled list and Desmond Jennings homered and drove in four runs to lead Tampa Bay’s romp.
Price (2-4) had missed the last 44 games with a left triceps strain in his first-ever stint on the DL. But he showed no signs of rust, allowing a season-low for hits with 10 strikeouts.
Three relievers combined to finish the four-hitter.
Jennings, who finished with three hits, had a two-run single in the fourth to make it 3-0 and his two-run homer in the sixth pushed the lead to five runs.
INDIANS 6, ROYALS 5: Carlos Santana and Asdrubal Cabrera each drove in a pair of runs, and Cleveland took advantage of some wild pitching to beat Kansas City.
Mark Reynolds and Jason Giambi also drove in runs for the Indians, who capitalized on eight walks by Royals starter Luis Mendoza and the Royals’ bullpen to win their fifth straight game.
Royals reliever Tim Collins (2-3) walked the only two batters he faced in the seventh, Aaron Crow walked another to load the bases and Santana came through with a go-ahead sacrifice fly.