Scherzer shuts down Angels
Max Scherzer struck out nine and got plenty of run support as Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila homered to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-1 Thursday.
Detroit won the four-game series and has 10 victories in its last 12 games. The Angels have won just five of their last 13 games.
Scherzer (9-5) gave up only one run — on Mike Trout’s homer in the sixth inning — three hits and four walks over seven innings.
Jerome Williams (6-7) allowed five runs and nine hits over six-plus innings. Williams has lost five straight starts for the first time in his career.
Prince Fielder provided a spark with his bat and hustle in the second inning. He hit a flare down the left-field line and rumbled to second, sliding ahead of the tag. Fielder scored the game’s first run on Jhonny Peralta’s two-out double and Avila made it 3-0 on the next pitch with his sixth home run.
Danny Worth’s RBI double brought Peralta home for a four-run cushion in the fourth inning. Cabrera cracked a pitch to left for his 21st homer to put Detroit ahead 6-0 in the fifth.
Trout struck out in his first two at-bats against Scherzer, then struck back with his 14th homer in the sixth to allow the Angels to avoid being shut out. The hot-hitting rookie has scored in 11 straight games, pulling within two of matching the franchise-record streak set by Jim Edmonds in 1995.
Rays 6, Indians 0: At St. Petersburg, Fla., David Price became the AL’s first 13-game winner, B.J. Upton had three RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Cleveland Indians.
Price (13-4) allowed two hits over seven innings. The all-star left-hander had seven strikeouts and three walks.
Upton hit a three-run double off Ubaldo Jimenez (8-9) during a four-run sixth that put the Rays up 5-0. After getting two outs, Jimenez loaded the bases before giving up Upton’s shot down the third-base line. Upton scored on Carlos Pena’s RBI single.
Orioles 4, Twins 3: At Minneapolis, Mark Reynolds’ two-run single in the eighth inning backed a strong performance from Wei-Yin Chen and rallied the Baltimore Orioles to a victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Chen (8-5) gave up three runs and six hits with five strikeouts in seven innings for his first win since June 17, and Jim Johnson picked up his 28th save in 30 chances for the Orioles.
Cole De Vries allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts in six innings for the Twins, who led 3-2 going into the eighth inning. But Minnesota’s normally reliable bullpen faltered, with Anthony Swarzak giving up a soft single to Reynolds that put Baltimore in front.
Reds 7, Diamondbacks 6: At Cincinnati, Ohio, Brandon Phillips homered and had five RBIs, then scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning on Todd Frazier’s single to help the Cincinnati Reds rally from a six-run deficit to pull out a win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Arizona led, 6-3,with one out in the seventh when reliever Bryan Shaw (1-4) walked pinch-hitter Xavier Paul and leadoff batter Drew Stubbs. Wilson Valdez’s grounder skipped under the glove of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt for a run-scoring error, setting up Phillips’ game-tying two-run double to left-centre field.
Phillips moved to third on Jay Bruce’s groundout to Goldschmidt against reliever Mike Zagurski and scored on Frazier’s single to left off of reliever Brad Ziegler.
Braves 3, Giants 2: At Atlanta, Freddie Freeman and David Ross hit home runs as the Atlanta Braves made the most of their three hits to beat the San Francisco Giants to avoid a sweep.
Tim Hudson (8-4) helped an Atlanta bullpen that was drained by Wednesday night’s 9-4 loss in 11 innings. He gave up eight hits and two runs in 7 1/3 innings to outpitch Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner.
The NL West-leading Giants’ five-game winning streak ended with their first loss since the All-Star break. They began the day a season-best three games ahead of the second-place Dodgers.
Mets 9, Nationals 5: At Washington, David Wright homered twice and had five RBIs and R.A. Dickey won his league-leading 13th game and the New York Mets broke a six-game losing streak with a win over the Washington Nationals.
Mariners 6, Royals 1: At Kansas City, Mo., Felix Hernandez won his fourth straight decision, Jesus Montero homered and drove in four runs as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Kansas City Royals. Hernandez (8-5) is 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his past seven starts since a loss to San Diego on June 12.
Cubs 4, Marlins 2: At Chicago, Paul Maholm pitched eight innings, Alfonso Soriano homered and the Cubs beat the Miami Marlins, ruining Mark Buehrle’s return to Chicago.