Baseball Roundup

Detroit Miguel Cabrera (24) slaps hands with teammate Prince Fielder after hitting his second home of the game in the fifth inning against Texas on Sunday in Arlington. Cabrera finished with three home runs, but the Rangers won, 11-8.
Detroit Miguel Cabrera (24) slaps hands with teammate Prince Fielder after hitting his second home of the game in the fifth inning against Texas on Sunday in Arlington. Cabrera finished with three home runs, but the Rangers won, 11-8. John F. Rhodes/AP Photo

Rays 3, Orioles 1

Matt Moore isn't only breaking records set by Cy Young winner David Price, he's performing at a level that's drawing comparisons to a pretty good southpaw named Babe Ruth.

Moore pitched seven innings of five-hit ball to stay unbeaten, Luke Scott and Matt Joyce homered and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Moore (8-0) gave up one run, struck out three and walked one to become the first eight-game winner in the majors. The left-hander has won nine straight decisions, breaking the franchise record of eight set last year by Price.

Not only that, but the 23-year-old is the youngest lefty to start the season 8-0 since Ruth did it in 1917 at age 22.

"Historically speaking, it's been wonderful," Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Moore's season.

Moore is delighted with the results, especially because Tampa Bay is 9-0 in his nine starts.

"It's good for our team. That's the biggest thing we can take away from my record," he said. "On my days to pitch, we're winning all the games. That's the most important part. "

The Rays' ninth victory in 11 games left them a season-high three games over .500 (23-20) and lifted Tampa Bay into a third-place tie with skidding Baltimore in the AL East. The Rays had been in fourth since April 20.

"It puts us back in with a tie, standings-wise, which I think is important," Maddon said. "You got to get over each team that is in front of you before you can get back to the top. To come in here (and get a sweep) indicates how much better we've been playing."

Adam Jones had two hits, stole two bases and drove in a run for the Orioles, who have dropped five straight — all at home. Baltimore managed only five hits, none after the sixth inning.

"He's dealing right now," Jones said of Moore.

Baltimore was outscored 22-16 in the first two games of the series.

Chris Tillman (3-2) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.

Tampa Bay led 2-1 in the sixth inning when Joyce hit a drive that appeared to bounce off the wall near the right-field foul pole. First base umpire Dan Iassogna called it a fair ball but not a home run.

Showalter argued that it was a foul ball and Maddon contended it was a home run.

After a lengthy meeting, the umpires adjourned to watch a replay and returned with their decision: home run.

Moore and the Tampa Bay bullpen made the 3-1 lead stand up. Joel Peralta worked a perfect eighth and Fernando Rodney got three straight outs for his eighth save.

Neither team had a base runner until Yunel Escobar drew a two-out walk in the third. Desmond Jennings followed with an RBI double on a 3-2 pitch.

In the bottom half, Danny Valencia hit a leadoff double in his first at-bat with Baltimore but was stranded.

One inning later, Manny Machado was credited with a triple after Jennings and Joyce nearly collided on a line drive to right that ticked off Joyce's glove and rolled to the wall. Jones followed with a run-scoring single, then stole two bases but was left at third.

Scott connected in the fifth for a 2-1 lead. He has at least one RBI in nine of 13 starts this season.

Rangers 11, Tigers 8

David Murphy put Texas ahead with a three-run home run, and the Rangers spoiled a three-homer game from Miguel Cabrera with a win over Detroit.

Murphy's shot just over the fence in right field gave Texas an 8-7 lead and answered a bases-loaded double from Prince Fielder that put Detroit up by two in the sixth inning after the Rangers had walked Cabrera intentionally even though first base wasn't open.

Cabrera hit a three-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the fifth off Derek Holland, then went deep again in the eighth against Tanner Scheppers.

Cabrera, the 2012 AL Triple Crown winner and this year's leader in average and RBIs, went 4 for 4 with 5 RBIs and has 11 homers, one off the AL lead.

Robbie Ross (2-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the win, and Joe Nathan worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his 13th save. He has saved all 36 career chances against Detroit.

The Tigers led 4-1 after Cabrera hit a three-run homer over the Texas bullpen in right-center field in the third and added a solo shot to center off Holland, who had given up just two homers in 57-plus innings this year after setting a club record by allowing 32 homers last year.

The Rangers had wiped out that lead — and another one after Fielder's double — and were ahead 11-7 when Cabrera hit another solo homer to center off Scheppers.

Indians 6, Mariners 0

Justin Masterson struck out a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings and Michael Brantley homered and drove in four runs off Felix Hernandez and Cleveland toppled yet another former Cy Young Award winner with a win over Seattle.

Brantley hit a three-run homer in the second inning off Hernandez (5-3), who failed to go at least six innings for the first time this season.

Staked to an early lead, Masterson (7-2) was dominant for the second straight start. He allowed three singles, easily outdueled Hernandez and ran his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 19. He shut out the New York Yankees 1-0 on four hits in his previous outing.

The Indians improved to 7-1 against Cy Young recipients, knocking off Hernandez, R.A. Dickey, David Price, Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Bartolo Colon and Justin Verlander.

Athletics 4, Royals 3

Yoenis Cespedes hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning and the Athletics beat the Royals to complete a three-game sweep.

Cespedes hit his eighth homer, connecting against Kelvin Herrera (2-4).

Jerry Blevins (3-0) pitched one scoreless inning. Ryan Cook worked the ninth for his first save of the season.

Alex Gordon matched his career high of four hits for Kansas City. The Royals have lost 10 of 13 and fallen back to .500.

Angels 6, White Sox 2

Jason Vargas scattered four hits through seven scoreless innings, Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick each hit two-run doubles, and Los Angeles coaxed a pair of bases-loaded walks out of Jake Peavy in the fourth inning of a victory over the White Sox.

Vargas (3-3) struck out six and walked three while helping the Angels gain a split of the four-game series. Peavy (5-2) gave up four runs, four hits and five walks over six innings.

Alex Rios drove in Chicago's first run with an eighth-inning double against Dane De La Rosa. It extended Rios' hitting streak to 14 games, eclipsing his previous best in 2006 with Toronto.

National League

Braves 4, Dodgers 2

Ramiro Pena had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in a four-run eighth inning, Jordan Schafer drove in two runs and the Braves rallied against Los Angeles' beleaguered bullpen for a rain-soaked victory.

Kenley Jansen (1-3) was the loser for the second straight game, this time allowing one hit, two runs and a walk while getting just one out in a game twice delayed by rain for a total of 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Jansen began the eighth by allowing a single to Freddie Freeman and walking Brian McCann. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly brought in closer Brandon League for the first time in the series, but he fared no better than his teammate.

After Atlanta loaded the bases when third baseman Juan Uribe was charged with a fielding error on Andrelton Simmons' sacrifice bunt attempt, League gave up a tying RBI single to pinch-hitter Gerald Laird to make it 2-all. Pinch-runner B.J. Upton scored Pena's fly.

The Braves added two more runs off League on Chris Johnson's RBI single and a sacrifice bunt by Schafer.

Luis Avilan (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning, striking out one.

Padres 13, Nationals 4

Andrew Cashner pitched 6 2-3 strong innings and Kyle Blanks and Will Venable homered off Dan Haren to lead the Padres to a victory against the Nationals and a split of their four-game series.

Cashner (3-2) allowed three runs and seven hits, struck out six and walked one. The Padres tied their season high in runs and their 15 hits off four Nationals pitchers were two short of their season best.

San Diego's Yonder Alonso homered off Drew Storen leading off the eighth to finish 3 for 4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. It was his sixth homer.

The Nationals have lost two straight and six of nine.

Haren (4-5) got off to a rough start by allowing three runs in the first inning and was gone after the fourth-run fifth. Haren allowed nine hits while striking out five and walking two.

Phillies 3, Reds 2

Freddy Galvis and Erik Kratz each homered off closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth innings, rallying Philadelphia past Cincinnati for a stunning victory.

Chapman (3-2) blew his second straight save opportunity after converting his first eight chances this season.

Antonio Bastardo (2-1) pitched a scoreless ninth inning for Philadelphia.

Jay Bruce homered and Homer Bailey tossed seven scoreless innings for the Reds.

Joey Votto went 2 for 4 in extending his hitting streak to eight games. He is batting .515 (17 for 33) over the stretch.

Chase Utley's RBI single in the eighth inning snapped the Phillies' 16 scoreless innings skid.

Rockies 5, Giants 0

Juan Nicasio scattered three hits over six innings, Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki each drove in two runs and the Rockies won their first series over San Francisco in two years.

Dexter Fowler tied a career high with four hits to help the Rockies take three of four from the reigning World Series champions. Jordan Pacheco also drove in a run for Colorado.

Nicasio (4-1) shut down one of the top-hitting teams in baseball, striking out five and allowing only an intentional walk before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth.

Barry Zito (3-3) couldn't get on track as he turned in a second straight ineffective outing. He allowed 11 hits and five runs in 5 2-3 innings.

Marlins 2, Diamondbacks 1

Ricky Nolasco struck out 11 and the Marlins stopped a season-high seven-game losing streak by holding off Arizona.

The Diamondbacks scored once in the ninth. Mike Dunn, the Marlins' third pitcher of the inning, got pinch-hitter A.J. Pollock to ground out on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded to end it.

Marcell Ozuna broke a scoreless tie with a two-run double in the sixth.

Didi Gregorius had three hits for Arizona, which had won four in a row.

Nolasco (3-5) was coming off his worst start of the season, allowing six runs in five innings in a loss to Cincinnati on Tuesday.

Wade Miley (3-3) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out six.

Cardinals 4, Brewers 2

David Freese had an RBI in a four-run fourth inning to go with big plays at third base, and the Cardinals beat former teammate Kyle Lohse for the third time this season.

John Gast (2-0) won his second straight start in place of the injured Jake Westbrook and fellow rookie Seth Maness escaped a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the seventh to help the Cardinals win for the 14th time in 17 games.

Edward Mujica earned his 13th save in 13 chances after a third rookie, Trevor Rosenthal, gave up a hit in the eighth.

Lohse (1-5) has lost all three of his starts against St. Louis after going 16-3 for the Cardinals last season and then leaving in free agency when they opted to go with younger players. He gave up four runs in six innings, and is 0-4 overall in his last five starts.

Yuniesky Betancourt and Jeff Bianchi each drove in a run and Norichika Aoki had three hits and a walk for the Brewers, who have lost 14 of 17.

Interleague

Pirates 1, Astros 0

Jeff Locke allowed three hits over seven innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pirates won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Locke (4-1) won his fourth straight decisions and gave up one run or fewer for the fifth time in his past eight outings. He struck out four and walked three.

Alvarez's longball was his second of the series and third in eight games. It was the lone mistake by Astros starter Lucas Harrell (3-5), who lost his third consecutive decision despite allowing four hits and one walk in seven innings.

Off to their best 44-game start since 1991, the Pirates (26-18) have the National League's third-best record. They won despite the absence of outfielder Andrew McCutchen, who was a late scratch because of soreness in his right knee.

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