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MLB ROUNDUP: Giants' Bumgarner tosses gem

by The Associated Press on August 27, 2014 10:39 AM

Madison Bumgarner pitched a one-hitter and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 3-0 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.

The two-time All-Star retired the first 21 batters before Justin Morneau doubled down the right field line to end the bid for perfection. That was the only baserunner Bumgarner (15-9) allowed. He fanned the next three batters and matched his career high of 13 strikeouts.

San Francisco’s husky left-hander was attempting to follow Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter at AT&T Park on June 25 against San Diego with another milestone. His 103-pitch gem helped the Giants remain in a wild-card spot. They hold the second wild-card spot, two games behind the Cardinals and 1½ ahead of the Pirates and Atlanta.

Buster Posey homered twice for San Francisco.

 

PADRES 4, BREWERS 1: Tyson Ross pitched 6 1-3 strong innings, Abraham Almonte had two RBIs, and San Diego snapped Milwaukee’s five-game road winning streak.

Ross (12-12), the Padres’ lone All-Star, extended his franchise record with his 13th consecutive quality start. He gave up one run and four hits with six strikeouts and two walks.

Joaquin Benoit pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances.

Ross is 6-6 with a 1.96 ERA during his quality start streak, which dates to June 21. He has 86 strikeouts and 24 walks in that stretch.

Jimmy Nelson (2-5) worked five innings for Milwaukee and allowed four runs — two earned — on five hits, with seven strikeouts in losing his third straight.

 

METS 3, BRAVES 2: Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer, sending Dillon Gee and New York to a win over Atlanta.

Gee (5-6) stopped the longest losing streak of his career at five games, outpitching Alex Wood (9-10) in the opener of a three-game series. Lagares, one of the best defensive center fielders in baseball, scurried from gap to gap and finished with seven putouts.

One of them was spectacular — he robbed Wood of a base hit with a diving, tumbling grab in shallow center to end the third inning.

Streaking slugger Justin Upton went 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a walk for Atlanta.

 

DODGERS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 5: Matt Kemp homered, and Los Angeles scored six runs in the fourth inning, thanks in large part to two overturned out calls, in a win over Arizona.

With the game tied at 2, the Dodgers hit five consecutive singles off starter Trevor Cahill (3-9) in the fourth. The Dodgers led 4-2 when A.J. Ellis singled to center field. The throw beat Carl Crawford to home plate, but an umpire initiated a review on whether catcher Miguel Montero was blocking the plate. That led to the crew seeing that the ball was in his other hand. The initial out call was overturned.

The next batter, pitcher Roberto Hernandez, was called out at first base on a bunt past the pitcher’s mound. But Mattingly challenged that call, and Hernandez was ruled safe, allowing Justin Turner to score. Dee Gordon’S single and a sacrifice fly from Adrian Gonzalez brought in the last two runs of the inning.

Hernandez (8-9) pitched six innings and allowed three runs on six hits to improve to 2-1 with the Dodgers.

 

PHILLIES 3, NATIONALS 2: Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf homered, and Carlos Ruiz drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to lift Philadelphia over Washington.

Ken Giles (3-1) struck out the side in a scoreless eighth to help the Phillies to their fifth win in six games. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 33rd save in 35 chances.

Asdrubal Cabrera homered for the Nationals, who lost consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 4-5.

Gio Gonzalez (6-10) gave up three runs on six hits in six innings to extend his winless streak to nine starts.

 

CUBS 3, REDS 0: Travis Wood pitched six innings of two-hit ball against his former team for his first win in two months, leading Chicago past Johnny Cueto and Cincinnati.

Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run shot and Anthony Rizzo connected for his 30th homer for Chicago, which has won four in a row for the first time since June 30-July 4.

Cincinnati was shut out for the 12th time this season.

Cueto (15-8) struck out eight in 6 1-3 innings in his second straight loss after winning seven consecutive decisions.

Wood (8-11) struck out five and walked one in his first victory since he pitched eight innings in a 3-0 win at Philadelphia on June 15.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

ROYALS 2, TWINS 1: Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, helping Kansas City beat Minnesota and avoid its first three-game skid since mid-July.

The Royals had been shut down all night by Ricky Nolasco, who scattered three hits over seven innings. But after going quietly in the eighth, the AL Central leaders managed to break through against closer Glen Perkins (3-1) in the ninth.

Alcides Escobar led off with a blooper to shallow right for a single, and Gordon followed followed with his 10th homer.

Wade Davis (7-2) earned the win with a perfect ninth inning in relief.

 

ASTROS 4, ATHLETICS 2: Chris Carter hit his 32nd homer, a three-run drive in the eighth inning, tolift Houston over Oakland.

Oakland starter Jason Hammel had retired 10 straight batters when he was replaced by Luke Gregerson (3-3) for the eighth. Robbie Grossman reached on an error by first baseman Stephen Vogt with one out, and Gregerson hit Jose Altuve with a pitch.

Carter then launched a 90 mph fastball onto the tracks atop the wall in left field to put Houston on top.

Josh Fields (4-6) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Chad Qualls did the same in the ninth for his 15th save.

 

ORIOLES 4, RAYS 2: Jonathan Schoop singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and Caleb Joseph had two RBIs as Baltimore beat fading Tampa Bay.

Nelson Cruz had two hits and drove in a run for the AL East-leading Orioles, who improved to 10-4 against Tampa Bay. Baltimore relievers gave up one hit over the final 4 1-3 innings.

Evan Longoria had two RBIs for the Rays, who have lost seven of 10 since reaching the .500 mark on Aug. 15. Tampa Bay stranded nine and had two runners thrown out at the plate.

 

TIGERS 5, YANKEES 2: Rick Porcello pitched eight impressive innings to set a career high for victories, and Detroit snapped New York’s five-game winning streak.

Porcello (15-8) joined teammate Max Scherzer as the American League’s only 15-game winners, allowing two runs and nine hits. The 25-year-old right-hander threw a shutout in his previous start against Tampa Bay, and he blanked the Yankees until Jacoby Ellsbury’s homer in the fifth.

Ellsbury added another solo shot in the eighth.

Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for Detroit for his 28th save in 34 chances. First baseman Miguel Cabrera made two nice plays to close out the win.

Brandon McCarthy (5-3) allowed five runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.

 

RED SOX 11, BLUE JAYS 7: Mike Napoli and Allen Craig homered in a seven-run 11th inning, and Dustin Pedroia homered and had four RBIs in Boston’s win over Toronto.

Boston broke away from a 4-4 tie for its second straight victory following an eight-game losing streak. Toronto fell to 6-16 in August and, at 66-66, dropped to .500 for the first time since May 15.

Mookie Betts singled off Casey Janssen (3-2) to begin the 11th and was called out at second on Christian Vazquez’s sacrifice, with the call overturned after a challenge by Red Sox manager John Farrell. Janssen was charged with an error when he bobbled Brock Holt’s bunt, loading the bases for Pedroia, who singled in two runs.

Sergio Santos came on and got a strikeout before Napoli hit a towering three-run homer into the fifth deck.

 

INDIANS 8, WHITE SOX 6: Zach Walters hit a two-run home run in the 10th inning. Pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall doubled to lead off the 10th against Jake Petricka (0-4), and after failing to sacrifice Chisenhall to third, Walters hit a 3-2 pitch well into the right-field bleachers to give the Indians the lead.

Bryan Shaw (5-3) pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings in relief for the win, keeping Cleveland 5½ games behind Kansas City in the AL Central.

Chicago lost its seventh straight and saw Petricka give up a go-ahead home run in his second consecutive appearance.

 

MARINERS 5, RANGERS 0: James Paxton pitched into the seventh in a bounce-back start, and Robinson Cano hit his 12th home run in Seattle’s win over Texas.

Paxton threw a career-high 118 pitches and came an out away from tying his career high with seven innings pitched. The rookie lowered his ERA to 1.71, the best mark for a pitcher in his first 11 major league starts since 1990.

Cano’s towering two-out home run in the first opened the scoring and was his 71st RBI of the year.

 

INTERLEAGUE

ANGELS 8, MARLINS 2: Mike Trout had an RBI double and Albert Pujols added a two-run single during Los Angeles’ five-run fourth inning in a win over Miami.

The Angels regained sole possession of the majors’ best record at 78-53.

Matt Shoemaker (13-4) yielded two hits over seven scoreless innings as the Angels moved one game ahead of Oakland in the AL West.

Trout slowed his August slump with three hits, and Efren Navarro drove in two runs as the Angels pounded 16 hits in their 10th victory in 14 games.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-9) gave up 10 hits in 3 1-3 innings while dropping his third straight start for the Marlins.

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