Game roundup: A's stop Royals' winning streak

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 13 2014 02:27:54 AM EDT
Updated On: Aug 13 2014 03:17:43 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Josh Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs, and Brandon Moss matched his career high with four hits as the Oakland Athletics pounded out an 11-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

The Royals' eight-game winning streak ended.

The A's bashed a season-high 20 hits, with seven players contributing multi-hit games. That made it easy for left-hander Jon Lester (13-7) to pick up his third consecutive victory since being acquired in a July 31 trade with the Boston Red Sox.

Donaldson, who upped his homer total to 25, belted out Bruce Chen pitches in the seventh and eighth innings.

Nationals 7, Mets 1

NEW YORK -- Washington tied a season high by hitting four home runs, and Doug Fister tossed seven shutout innings as the Nationals beat New York for the ninth consecutive time at Citi Field.

Bryce Harper's two-run homer in the second provided the Nationals the only offense they would need. Washington added five runs in the sixth on a leadoff homer by Anthony Rendon and two-run shots by Ian Desmond and Michael Taylor. It was the first career homer for Taylor, who singled in his first major league at-bat in the second inning.

Fister (12-3) allowed seven hits, walked none and struck out three while beating the Mets for the second time in six days.

Marlins 3, Cardinals 0

MIAMI -- Jarred Cosart pitched seven scoreless innings, and Donovan Solano slugged a two-run homer to lead Miami over St. Louis.

Cosart, acquired from the Houston Astros late last month, earned his first win as a Marlin.

Cosart (1-1) allowed just three hits, all singles, and one walk while striking out three. It was the right-hander's third start with Miami and his first since he sustained a left oblique injury that caused him to miss a turn in the rotation.

Dodgers 4, Braves 2

ATLANTA -- Los Angeles right-hander Dan Haren turned in his second consecutive strong start, and Carl Crawford continued his recent hot hitting, going 3-for-5 with a double and a walk.

Haren, who posted a 10.03 ERA over a five-game losing streak, showed that his bounce-back, three-hit outing against the Los Angeles Angels in his previous start was no fluke. Haren (10-9) gave up six hits and two runs over six innings against Atlanta, striking out seven and walking one.

The Dodgers are 5-0 against the Braves, which lost for the 11th time in 13 games.

Pirates 4, Tigers 2

PITTSBURGH -- Right-hander Edinson Volquez hurled six solid innings to reach double figures in victories as Pittsburgh sent Detroit to its fourth consecutive loss.

Volquez (10-7) allowed two runs and five hits to win his second start in a row and for the fourth time in his last five starts at PNC Park. Travis Snider of the Pirates had two hits, including an RBI double. He went 5-for-9 as Pittsburgh swept the two-game series.

Tigers rookie left-hander Robbie Ray (1-2), who was recalled from Triple-A Toledo before the game, took the loss. He lasted five-plus innings and gave up four runs and six hits.

Red Sox 3, Reds 2

CINCINNATI -- Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead, two-run home run in the eighth inning, helping Boston defeat Cincinnati for the eighth time in nine regular-season meetings.

With two outs and the tying run at second in the eighth, right-hander Jonathan Broxton threw a high and tight fastball to Cespedes for ball one. Cespedes launched Broxton's next pitch 433 feet to center to put the Red Sox ahead.

Broxton (0-1) entered the game ranked second in the National League with a 1.07 ERA and had not allowed a run in 39 of 45 appearances.

Cubs 3, Brewers 0

CHICAGO -- Kyle Hendricks worked 7 1/3 scoreless innings in his sixth major league start as Chicago beat Milwaukee.

Hendricks (4-1) allowed six hits, walked one and struck out five, claiming his second no-run performance, including a 6-0 victory over San Diego on July 22.

Chicago's Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Anthony Rizzo blasted his 26th home run of the season. Brewers starter Wily Peralta (14-7) was denied a shot at his sixth straight victory, leaving in the bottom of the seventh trailing 3-0.

Astros 10, Twins 4

HOUSTON -- Chris Carter belted two of Houston's three home runs in support of right-hander Collin McHugh, who limited Minnesota to one run on four hits over six innings.

The Astros' Jake Marisnick hit his first homer of the season, and Jose Altuve went 3-for-5 for his 51st multi-hit game. The multi-homer game was the sixth on the season for Carter, the most by a Houston player since Lance Berkman also had six in 2006.

Minnesota's Oswaldo Arcia homered in his first at-bat and in his last, recording his first multi-home run game of the season.

Padres 4, Rockies 1

SAN DIEGO -- San Diego right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne blanked Colorado on five hits over seven innings.

Corey Dickerson broke up the Padres' shutout bid with one out in the ninth with a home run off Padres Dale Thayer. The homer was Dickerson's third in three games.

The Padres made history Tuesday, starting seven Latin American players in a game for the first time in franchise history -- Cubans Despaigne, Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal; Rymer Liriano and Abraham Almonte from the Dominican Republic and Yangervis Solarte and Alexi Amarista from Venezuela.

Mariners 6, Blue Jays 3

SEATTLE -- Solo home runs by Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales led Seattle to a big lead before the bullpen held on against Toronto.

The Mariners pulled out to a 5-1 lead through six innings, but the Blue Jays made things interesting in the eighth. An RBI double by Jose Bautista and Adam Lind's sacrifice fly in his first game off the disabled list cut the lead to 5-3, but the Blue Jays' defense let them down in the bottom of the inning.

A wild pitch and a two-out error, both of them charged to reliever Aaron Loup, led to another Seattle run for a 6-3 lead going into the ninth.

Rangers 3, Rays 2 (14 innings)

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adam Rosales' bases-loaded, walk-off walk gave Texas a come-from-behind victory over Tampa Bay.

Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson didn't allow a run in his six-inning outing, leaving with a 2-0 lead. Joel Peralta gave up a two runs in the seventh, and Cesar Ramos (2-5) allowed the winning run by walking Rosales on four pitches to drive in pitcher Nick Martinez, who was serving as a pinch runner.

The Rangers' Leonys Martin had a career-high four hits. The Texas bullpen worked seven scoreless innings, with reliever Scott Baker (1-3) earning the win.

Angels 7, Phillies 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Los Angeles scored seven runs in the sixth inning, started with a home run by Kole Calhoun, in a win over Philadelphia.

Calhoun also drove in the seventh run of the inning with a single. Every Angel in the lineup either had a hit or scored a run in the inning, except for Mike Trout and Erick Aybar. Trout struck out twice in the inning.

All the offense benefited Angels starter C.J. Wilson, who got his first win since June 24. Wilson had an 11.03 ERA over his previous six starts, but gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks in 6 2/3 innings against the Phillies, improving to 9-8.

White Sox 3, Giants 2 (10 innings)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gordon Beckham singled home Moises Sierra with two outs in the top of the 10th inning, rallying Chicago past San Francisco.

After blowing a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the ninth, the White Sox regrouped against right-hander Santiago Casilla (1-2). Jordan Danks drew a one-out walk, then went to third on a single by Sierra.

After Sierra stole second, Danks got gunned down at the plate trying to score on Alejandro De Aza's groundball to second base. Beckham, who helped prevent a total Chicago collapse in the ninth with a brilliant defensive play, then stroked his difference-making RBI single up the middle.

Orioles-Yankees, postponed

BALTIMORE -- Baltimore and New York will make up a rainout game Sept. 12 as part of a doubleheader.

Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (2-2, 1.83 ERA) will come off the disabled list and start Wednesday. Right-hander Chris Tillman (9-5, 3.73 ERA) will start for the Orioles. Wei-Yin Chen, who was scheduled to start Tuesday, has been pushed back to Friday.

Diamondbacks-Indians, postponed

CLEVELAND -- The game between Arizona and Cleveland was postponed due to rain after a delay of 3 hours and 40 minutes. The game will be made up as part of a conventional doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 4:05 p.m. ET.

Tuesday's game was called with one out in the top of the fourth inning and the Indians leading 1-0. Cleveland scored in the bottom of the third on an RBI double by Jason Kipnis. No stats from the game will count.

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