MLB: Tribe takes two from Tigers
Corey Kluber came within an out of a complete game, striking out 10 to lift the Cleveland Indians over the Detroit Tigers 6-2 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader. In the second game Carlos Santana hit a tiebreaking, bases-clearing double with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the Cleveland Indians to a 5-2 win Saturday night that sealed a sweep of the doubleheader.
In game one Kluber (10-6) allowed seven hits — three by Miguel Cabrera — and one walk. He was relieved by Bryan Shaw in the ninth after equaling his career high of 114 pitches.
Kluber’s only career complete game was April 24 against Kansas City.
Drew VerHagen (0-1) allowed three runs and five hits, lasting five innings in his major league debut. He struck out four of his first six batters, but the 23-year-old right-hander didn’t fan another hitter after that bright start.
Cleveland’s Yan Gomes had three hits and scored three runs on his 27th birthday.
The Indians have won four straight, three in a row at Detroit, to pull within 4 ½ games of the AL Central-leading Tigers.
BLUE JAYS 4, RANGERS 1: Marcus Stroman pitched seven shutout innings to snap a three-start winless streak, Dan Johnson had two RBIs and the Toronto beat Texas.
Melky Cabrera had three hits as the Blue Jays won for the first time in four games.Toronto had lost nine of 11 coming in.
Stroman (5-2) allowed four hits, all singles, walked none and struck out five, improving to 4-1 with a 1.73 ERA in six home starts.
Texas, which stopped an eight-game losing streak with Friday’s 5-1 victory, has not strung together consecutive wins since beating Minnesota on June 27 and 28 and has the worst record in the major leagues at 39-58.
RED SOX 2, ROYALS 1: Rubby De La Rosa pitched seven solid innings and Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking homer to lift Boston to a victory over Kansas City.
It was the sixth win in seven games for the defending World Series champions, who are looking to climb from the AL East’s basement.
De La Rosa (3-2) had another strong start in Fenway Park, giving up one run on five hits, walking four and striking out two. He worked out of trouble most of his outing.
Danny Duffy (5-10) allowed two runs — one earned — on six hits in 6 2-3 innings. It was his fifth loss in six starts, but he’s allowed two or fewer runs in four of the losses.
All-Star Koji Uehara got his 20th save in 22 chances.
WHITE SOX 4, ASTROS 3: Tyler Flowers had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning to lead Chicago to a victory over Houston.
George Springer hit his 20th home run, a solo shot, and Jose Altuve had a two-run double for the Astros.
Flowers had his first three-hit game since April 24. He is 6 for 9 in his last three games after going 10 for 112 in his previous 34.
White Sox starter Hector Noesi (4-7) gave up three runs in six innings. Zach Putnam earned his third save and second in two nights after Jake Petricka allowed a walk and infield hit in the ninth.
Dallas Keuchel (9-6) allowed four runs and 12 hits in five innings. He was 7-2 with a 3.13 ERA in his previous 10 road starts.
RAYS 5, TWINS 1: Pushing the Tampa Bay Rays back toward .500 might be David Price’s way of dampening trade rumors.
The All-Star left-hander pitched eight scoreless innings to win five straight starts for the first time in his major league career, and Tampa Bay beat Minnesota for their fourth consecutive victory.
Price (10-7) gave up four hits, matching his season low, and struck out nine to increase his major league-leading total to 173. He got in trouble only once, giving up consecutive singles to Chris Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar in the fifth before Eduardo Nunez grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Jake McGee got two outs for his eighth save in nine chances, completing a five-hitter.
ORIOLES 8, ATHLETICS 4: Adam Jones matched his career high of five RBIs to back Wei-Yin Chen, as Baltimore topped Oakland.
Jones hit a three-run home run in the first and had a two-run single in the fourth. Baltimore's All-Star center fielder also walked and scored in the third.
Nick Markakis added four hits, while Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy also homered for the AL East-leading Orioles.
Chen (10-3) allowed three runs over five innings with four strikeouts in an uneven outing while winning his third consecutive start. The left-hander improved to 4-0 in five career starts against the A's.
Brandon Moss hit his team-leading 22nd home run for Oakland.
YANKEES 7, REDS 1: Brandon McCarthy earned his first win for the Yankees with an impressive debut in pinstripes, and Brett Gardner drove in three runs from the leadoff spot to send New York past Cincinnati.
Carlos Beltran homered, Kelly Johnson hit a two-run single and the Yankees ended Alfredo Simon’s six-game winning streak in the right-hander’s first outing since the All-Star game.
New York won the first two in a three-game interleague series, leaving Cincinnati with five straight losses on the road.
Acquired from Arizona in a July 6 trade, McCarthy (1-0) struck out nine and walked none over six innings in his second start for the Yankees and first at home. He threw 71 of 99 pitches for strikes, improving to 3-0 in his last four outings after winning only once in his initial 16 starts this season.
CARDINALS 4, DODGERS 2: Matt Adams homered to cap a four-run first inning, and St. Louis beat Los Angeles to send All-Star Zack Greinke to losses in consecutive regular-season starts for the first time in nearly four years.
Joe Kelly (2-1) gave up four hits, struck out four and walked one in his second outing since a three-month stint on the disabled list caused by a strained left hamstring. He retired his last 13 batters as the Cardinals won for the eighth time in 10 games.
Kelly didn’t get a decision on July 11, when he gave up six runs over three innings during the Cardinal’s 7-6 win at Milwaukee.
Trevor Rosenthal, the Cardinals’ third reliever, got his 30th save in 34 chances when Andre Either grounded into a game-ending double play.
NATIONALS 8 BREWERS 3: Matt Garza was knocked out in the first inning of his shortest major league start, and Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos drove in three runs apiece to lead Washington over Milwaukee.
Garza (6-7) faced eight batters and got just one out, allowing four singles, a double and two walks in the shortest of his 211 big league starts dating to 2006. His previous low was 1 1-3 innings at the Marlins on June 18, 2010, according to STATS.
Garza had been 4-2 with a 2.35 ERA in his previous eight outings, but Saturday’s effort caused his season ERA to rise from 3.69 to 4.04. He dropped to 0-3 with a 7.33 ERA in six career starts against the Nationals.
Tanner Roark (9-6) gave up one runs and six hits in seven innings with five strikeouts. In his first full season as a starter, he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 13 of 19 outings.
PHILLIES 2, BRAVES 1: Cole Hamels held the Braves to four hits through seven innings, Jimmy Rollins hit a two-run homer, and Philadelphia beat Atlanta.
Hamels (4-5) won for the second time in three starts, giving up one run, striking out nine and walking none. He threw 71 of 95 pitches for strikes.
Rollins’ 12th homer, coming off reliever Shae Simmons (1-1), made it 2-0 in the seventh.
Atlanta, which had a three-game winning streak snapped, cut its deficit to 2-1 in the seventh inning on Chris Johnson’s RBI double.
Jonathan Papelbon earned his 21st save in 23 chances, needing only five pitches to retire Andrelton Simmons on a groundout, Freddie Freeman on a lineout, and Justin Upton on a popup.
Grady Sizemore reached base four times, going 3 for 4 and scoring on Rollins’ homer.
GIANTS 5, MARLINS 3: All-Star Tim Hudson pitched into the eighth inning and got the run support he needed as San Francisco beat Miami.
Hunter Pence drove in two runs and Pablo Sandoval had three hits for the Giants, who have won four of five.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his National League-best 23rd home run for Miami, which has lost six straight.
Hudson (8-6) came into the game with just five runs of support in his last five starts, but the Giants jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the fourth inning, which was enough for the 39-year old veteran.
Marlins All-Star starter Henderson Alvarez (6-5) departed with a bruised left shin after being hit by a grounder by Joe Panik in the third.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, CUBS 3: Miguel Montero hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the fifth, Paul Goldschmidt added a two-run homer, and Arizona beat Chicago.
Goldschmidt, with Montero a National League All-Star, went 3 for 3. He also scored three runs and walked twice, raising his batting average to .314.
Wade Miley (6-6) went seven innings, allowing three runs and seven hits, striking out seven with one walk. He is 3-0 in his last four starts.
The Diamondbacks tagged Cubs starter Travis Wood (7-9) for seven runs — five earned — on eight hits. He lost his third straight start.
PADRES 6, METS 0: All-Star Tyson Ross threw seven shutout innings, and light-hitting San Diego hit three homers in a victory that snapped New York’s’ four-game winning streak.
Ross (8-10) allowed only four hits in his first start following his first All-Star appearance. He struck out six and issued three walks. Three relievers pitched the final two innings to seal the Padres’ seventh shutout.
Yasmani Grandal, Will Venable and Seth Smith homered as San Diego won for the third time in 11 games. The Mets had won nine of 11.
New York’s Dillon Gee (4-2) worked five innings, allowing four runs and five hits in his second start since missing two months with a strained right lat. Gee struck out eight with no walks.