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Jon Lester shuts down Giants as Red Sox win 7-0

Jon Lester shuts down Giants as Red Sox win 7-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jon Lester pitched into the ninth for his first victory in four tries this month, & the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox beat the San Francisco Giants 7-0 on Monday night after flying cross-country earlier in the day.

Stephen Drew & Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit RBI doubles, Shane Victorino added an RBI single & Will Middlebrooks had a sacrifice fly for Boston. The Red Sox chose to travel first thing Monday rather than late Sunday night after a 9-6 loss to the Yankees at Fenway Park.

Lester (11-7) allowed six hits, struck out three & walked two in Boston’s seventh shutout. He outpitched two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum (6-13) to snap a three-start winless stretch since a victory at Baltimore on July 28. Lester gave way to Brandon Workman after allowing a pair of one-out singles in the ninth.

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Ludwick gets RBI, Reds beat Diamondbacks 5-3

Ludwick gets RBI, Reds beat Diamondbacks 5-3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ryan Ludwick drove in his first run of the season with a double, & the Cincinnati Reds kept up their August surge, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Monday night for their seventh win in nine games.

The Reds moved 17 games over .500, matching their season high & keeping the pressure on Pittsburgh & St. Louis in the NL Central race.

It’s an significant series for Arizona, which now trails Cincinnati by six games for the final NL wild card spot. The Diamondbacks have won five of their last seven games.

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A-Rod HBP then hits HR in Yanks' 9-6 win over Sox

A-Rod HBP then hits HR in Yanks' 9-6 win over Sox

BOSTON (AP) — Alex Rodriguez was hit by a fastball his first time up & then homered to start a four-run sixth inning that rallied the New York Yankees to a 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected after storming out of the dugout to holler at plate umpire Brian O’Nora, who warned both benches immediately after Rodriguez was plunked by Ryan Dempster’s 3-0 pitch leading off the second inning. It struck his left elbow pad & ricocheted off his back.

”He should have been thrown out of the game,” Girardi said. ”Everyone knows it was intentional.”

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Seager hits RBI double in 9th, Mariners top Texas

Seager hits RBI double in 9th, Mariners top Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kyle Seager hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Texas Rangers 4-3.

The Mariners took two of three from AL West-leading Texas. They scored three runs in 7 1-3 innings against Rangers ace Yu Darvish in the series finale.

Texas closer Joe Nathan (3-2) took over to commence the ninth with the score 3-all & Endy Chavez led off with a single. Humberto Quintero sacrificed & Nick Franklin drew a two-out walk before Seager’s go-ahead hit.

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Cabrera's 40th HR leads Scherzer, Tigers over KC

Cabrera's 40th HR leads Scherzer, Tigers over KC

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit his 40th home run & had an RBI single to assist Max Scherzer become baseball’s first 18-game winner this season as the Detroit Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Sunday to win the five-game series.

The reigning Triple Crown winner became the third player since 1921 to have at least 40 homers & 120 RBIs while batting .350 or better through 116 games, joining Babe Ruth & Jimmie Foxx, according to STATS.

Scherzer (18-1) gave up two runs on five hits over eight innings. Scherzer & Roger Clemens are the pitchers since 1919 to have 18 wins in their first 19 decisions, STATS said. Clemens did it with the New York Yankees in 2001, when he finished 20-3.

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Jimenez takes no-hit bid into sixth as Indians win

Jimenez takes no-hit bid into sixth as Indians win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Once Ubaldo Jimenez received through the fifth without allowing a hit, he began thinking back to his no-hitter at Atlanta in April 2010.

He couldn’t assist it. Jimenez walked six batters that day.

He carried a no-hit bid into the sixth Saturday night, backed by home runs from Nick Swisher & Michael Bourn as the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1.

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Jimenez (9-7) didn’t allow a hit until Josh Donaldson lined a run-scoring single to shallow center with two out in the sixth, ending the pitcher’s night after 105 pitches. He struck out eight & walked five.

”Since I received in the fifth inning, it brought a lot of satisfactory memories of my no-hitter in Atlanta,” Jimenez said. ”Especially when I walked six guys in that no-hitter.”

Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs & Michael Brantley hit a pair of doubles for Cleveland.

A day after the Indians matched a season high with 13 stranded base runners, they took advantage of timely opportunities.

Swisher drove the first pitch from Dan Straily over the right-field fence for his 13th home run, staking Jimenez to an early lead in the first. Cabrera after added a run-scoring single before hitting an RBI double in the sixth.

Pitching on six days’ rest, Jimenez bounced back after taking a 7-2 loss to the Angels on Aug. 10 for his second straight defeat.

He hoped he could have talked manager Terry Francona into staying in the game if he’d kept the no-hitter going into the seventh.

”We established the fastball in the first inning,” he said. ”It’s not like I was wild. I was pretty much close in the strike zone. … I wanted to obtain out of the sixth inning without (more) damage.”

The A’s drew two walks from the right-hander in each of the third & fourth innings yet failed to capitalize.

Jimenez plunked Josh Reddick in the right shoulder with one out in the sixth & Rich Hill began warming up in the bullpen. Jimenez walked Yoenis Cespedes on his 101st pitch & received a mound visit from pitching coach Mickey Callaway.

Brandon Moss then struck out swinging before Donaldson singled.

The A’s didn’t do much more.

”Jimenez was at times effectively wild today,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ”He does have satisfactory stuff, he does have a lot of different pitches that you have to worry about. He walked some guys yet we couldn’t square him up.”

Coco Crisp flied out as a pinch-hitter with runners on the corners to end the eighth.

Bourn’s seventh-inning drive ended an 0-for-11 stretch for just his second hit in 21 at-bats during the team’s road trip.

Swisher added an RBI single & Jason Kipnis a two-run single in the ninth as the Indians won for the fifth time in the first six meetings with the A’s after sweeping a four-game set at home in May.

”To put up seven runs on a team like that, that’s doing something,” Swisher said. ”We received a lot of contributions from a lot of guys … adding on runs every inning & not just getting up early & coasting.”

Straily (6-7) extended his losing streak to five games. He is winless in six outings since being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on July 20, though he had received no run support in three of those outings since the All-Star break.

He allowed three runs & six hits, struck out seven & matched his season high with four walks over 5 2-3 innings.

Straily allowed Swisher’s one-out homer then struck out Kipnis before allowing back-to-back walks to Carlos Santana & Brantley. Pitching coach Curt Young made a mound visit when he went 2-0 to Cabrera, who then hit an RBI single to snap an 0-for-20 streak.

After Drew Stubbs doubled to start the Cleveland fifth, Gold Glove right fielder Reddick started a sensational double play when he caught Bourn’s liner & made the perfect throw to third to obtain Stubbs.

The sold-out Coliseum crowd of 35,067 booed former A’s fan favorites Swisher & Jason Giambi whenever they came to the plate.

”That’s crazy, man,” Swisher said. ”Me & G. both. I don’t obtain it, it is what it is.”

Cespedes went 1 for 3 with a walk on a day fans arrived more than four hours early to obtain his bobblehead.

Notes: The Indians scored in the opening inning for the first time since Aug. 3 at Miami & put up multiple runs in the first for the first time since July 24 at Seattle. … Crisp took batting practice yet didn’t start for a fourth straight game because of a sore left wrist, yet he stayed in the game at CF for the ninth. Crisp received a cortisone injection Tuesday & isn’t expected to start Sunday. … The Indians are 18-7 against the AL West with eight games to go. … A’s RHP Bartolo Colon is headed to the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a strained left groin after he was injure throwing on flat ground Friday. Oakland will recall lefty Tommy Milone from Triple-A to start the series finale Sunday. … Indians RHP Josh Tomlin, who hasn’t pitched all year as he works back from Tommy John surgery, received through his rehab outing with Double-A Akron with positive results. Francona said he likely won’t rejoin Cleveland until rosters expand in September.

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Rangers beat Hernandez, Mariners 15-3

Rangers beat Hernandez, Mariners 15-3

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Long before the Texas Rangers set a season high for runs, the AL West leaders had a huge inning against Felix Hernandez that put them ahead to stay.

Jurickson Profar hit an RBI single before scoring on a suicide squeeze in a five-run outburst against Hernandez, all the runs Texas managed in five innings against Seattle’s ace on the way to a 15-3 victory over the Mariners on Saturday night.

”I can’t put a finger on it, because there’s games when he’s really dominated us,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. ”One thing you have to do against King, & it was odd tonight, usually when he gets a lead, he knows how to take it home.”

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The Rangers finished off their huge night with an eight-run eighth in which Profar had another RBI single.

Profar had a nifty slide to score on the bunt by Leonys Martin that dribbled only a few feet in front of the plate in the second inning. Seattle catcher Henry Blanco pounced on the ball & reached back trying to tag Profar, who made an elusive move to slide around & slap the back tip of the plate.

”It was pretty close, yet I never tagged him,” Blanco said. ”You’ve received to expect anything. It was a satisfactory situation for them. Against a satisfactory pitcher like Felix, you’re trying to obtain as many runs as you can.”

Rookie left-hander Martin Perez (6-3) pitched into the eighth to win his third consecutive start in August, even after giving up single runs in each of the first three innings.

Perez had allowed exactly four hits in each of his previous three starts, including his first career complete game six days earlier.

The Mariners had four hits in the first two innings, when they built a 2-0 lead – usually plenty for Hernandez (12-6). He was 103-25 with a 2.80 ERA in his previous 170 career starts when Seattle scored at least two runs for him.

Hernandez had a season-high five walks & allowed five runs & five hits. The huge right-hander, who threw eight shutout innings last Sunday against Milwaukee, came in as the American League ERA leader, yet that mark went from 2.28 to 2.47 – higher than the 2.41 for Hiroki Kuroda of the New York Yankees.

”My pitches were flat, up & I was not getting ahead of them. It just started in the second inning. I tried to settle down,” Hernandez said. ”I was wild. It was just mechanics. I was too quick to the plate.”

Adrian Beltre led off the Rangers second with an eight-pitch plate appearance. Beltre shouted out to Hernandez, his former teammate & satisfactory friend, while running to first base on his sharp single to center.

Texas loaded the bases with another hit & a walk before Profar blooped an RBI single & David Murphy hit a two-run double to deep center. Elvis Andrus added an RBI single after Martin’s bunt for a 5-2 lead.

”Beltre received us going, & from that point on we just made contact & found some holes. It was a perfect situation right there to squeeze,” Washington said. ”With some luck, probably could have scored more runs. But I’m not going to be greedy. I’m going to take what we got.”

Hernandez hadn’t allowed more than three earned runs in his previous nine starts since June 20. He is 0-3 with a 5.55 ERA in four starts against Texas this season.

Kyle Seager homered & had an RBI single for the Mariners, who have lost 13 of 20. He extended his hitting streak at Rangers Ballpark to 13 games since May 2012.

Brad Miller led off the game with a double & scored on a single by Seager, who was picked off second base by Perez. Dustin Ackley had a single & stolen base in the second before scoring on Brendan Ryan’s single.

Seager’s 19th homer, a 409-foot shot into the second deck in right field, came in the third.

NOTES: It was Texas’ highest-scoring game at Rangers Ballpark without hitting a home run. The stadium is in its 20th season. … Murphy’s 16 career RBIs vs. Hernandez are more than any other player. … Craig Gentry pinch-hit for the Rangers for the fourth game in a row, & reached each time. He had a pinch two-run double in the seventh, & added an RBI fielder’s choice in the eighth in the No. 9 spot where Murphy started. … Beltre is 6 for 12 this season against Hernandez. The Rangers third baseman, who played five seasons in Seattle, was 3 for 15 previously.

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Lackey sharp into 7th as Red Sox beat Yankees 6-1

Lackey sharp into 7th as Red Sox beat Yankees 6-1

BOSTON (AP) — John Lackey’s won-loss record hardly shows how satisfactory he’s been for the Red Sox this season.

The team’s most dependable starter, Lackey held down New York’s resurgent offense & helped Boston break a three-game skid by beating the Yankees 6-1 on Saturday.

”I think in this case the record doesn’t show how well he’s pitched & how consistent he’s been,” manager John Farrell said. ”In a couple of occasions he’s pitched on the wrong day & gone up against a starter that’s held us in check. To his credit, he’s earning everything that he’s getting right now due to the commitment he’s made in the offseason & how well he’s pitched.”

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Lackey (8-10), who missed last season while rehabbing from elbow surgery, has held opponents to three or fewer runs while pitching at least six innings in 14 starts, the most such outings on the club.

”You can’t do a whole lot approximately that,” he said of his losing record. ”You’ve just received to go out & keep the game close. The record’s kind of out of my hands.”

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, David Ortiz homered & the Red Sox rebounded from a 10-3 loss with 14 hits.

”The biggest thing is our pitching & defense,” shortstop Stephen Drew said. ”If we have that, we have a chance to win every day.”

But on Saturday, Lackey received some extra run support, too. Four times in his previous seven starts, Boston didn’t score while he was in the game.

”Lackey was outstanding today,” said Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, booed loudly again during each at-bat. ”Threw the ball very well. He’s having a huge year for them. And Papi, he’s the heart & soul of that team. Obviously had another huge day.”

Ortiz, Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Carp & Daniel Nava each had two hits for the AL East leaders, who won for only the third time in nine games.

Lackey relied mostly on his fastball, slider & changeup. He gave up one run & six hits while walking three over 6 2-3 innings to halt a four-game losing streak, the longest of his career. He was 0-4 with a 4.96 ERA in his previous five starts.

”He seemed to obtain the huge out when he needed to,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ”We received some baserunners on him, yet he seemed to obtain the huge out when he needed to.”

Alfonso Soriano extended his hitting tear with two singles in four at-bats for the Yankees, yet was held without an RBI after matching a major league record with 18 over his previous four games. He is 15 for 22 (.682) in his last five games with five homers & nine runs scored.

The Yankees had scored 10 or more runs in three of their last four. New York lost for just the second time in seven games.

Hiroki Kuroda (11-8) matched a season high by giving up five runs – three earned – & 11 hits. He struck out six & did not walk a batter in 5 2-3 innings. The 38-year-old right-hander was 4-1 with a 0.94 ERA in his previous seven starts.

Leading 3-1 in the sixth, Boston added two runs & chased Kuroda. Jarrod Saltalamacchia had an RBI single & scored on Ellsbury’s double off the base of the right-field wall. Ortiz homered into the center-field seats off reliever Adam Warren in the seventh.

The Red Sox took advantage of an error & a missed call to jump ahead 3-0 in the fourth. With runners at the corners & one out, first baseman Lyle Overbay fielded Drew’s grounder & fired wide of second. Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez had to jump to catch the ball & threw late to first, with Ortiz scoring from third to make it 1-0.

Carp, who was safe at second, then stole third on the front end of double steal, though replays showed Rodriguez made the tag in time. Umpire Bill Welke, who ejected Carp for arguing a called third strike Friday night, pointed that he was safe. Middlebrooks & Ellsbury followed with consecutive RBI singles.

”With the runners on, I wanted to minimize the damage,” Kuroda said through a translator. ”But I couldn’t do that. … It was a offensive outing.”

Ichiro Suzuki’s run-scoring grounder cut it to 3-1 in the fifth. New York had runners on second & third with none out after a single by Overbay & a double by Chris Stewart, yet Lackey retired the next three hitters on grounders.

NOTES: Kuroda allowed a season-high 11 hits. … Robinson Cano went 0 for 4, snapping his 11-game hitting streak. … Yankees SS Derek Jeter, on the 15-day DL with a strained right calf, continued taking batting practice & fielding grounders at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., yet is not running the bases. … Boston 1B Mike Napoli was scratched from the original lineup because of a sore left foot. Farrell had planned to donate Victorino the day off because he’s had a sore hamstring, yet decided to play him with Napoli sidelined. The switch-hitting Victorino continued to hit right-handed against right-handed pitching due to the sore leg. … Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia turned 30. He fouled a ball off his left foot in the eighth & limped for a bit before finishing the at-bat. He was replaced on defense. Farrell said Pedroia was sore, yet a scan at the ballpark came back ”negative.” … Boston sends RHP Ryan Dempster (6-8, 4.50 ERA) to the mound against LHP CC Sabathia (10-10, 4.66) in the series finale Sunday night.

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