Gausman goes from minors to major league win in single day
June 9, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
BALTIMORE -- Baltimore's highly regarded young pitcher Kevin Gausman earned his first major-league win as a starter after being called up from the minors earlier in the day, steering the Orioles to a 6-3 win over American League leader Oakland on Saturday.
The Athletics retained top spot in the AL despite the loss as nearest rival Toronto was beaten at home by St. Louis, ending a six-game winning streak.
Milwaukee maintained its five-game lead over St. Louis in the National League Central by defeating Pittsburgh, while majors-leading San Francisco rallied in the ninth to edge the New York Mets, and a grand slam in the eighth inning helped the Los Angeles Angels erase a four-run deficit and overrun the Chicago White Sox.
Baltimore's Gausman, the fourth overall pick in the 2012 draft, gave up one run and one walk in seven innings, finally winning as a starter in the majors at his seventh attempt. He was called up from the minor-league Norfolk Tides earlier in the day.
Adam Jones hit a solo homer in the first inning for Baltimore while David Lough — who entered the game batting just .184 — also cleared the fences.
Toronto missed a chance to go equal top of the AL when it was beaten 5-0 by St. Louis.
Cardinals' starter Shelby Miller did not allow a hit in the first five innings and finished with a three-hit shutout. He struck out five and walked one, and retired his first 13 batters.
Randal Grichuk hit his first career home run. That was the only run Blue Jays starter Mark Buehrle allowed in his seven innings, but St. Louis padded the lead over the final two frames.
Milwaukee's Matt Garza got through six shaky innings to win back-to-back starts for the first time in almost a year, guiding the Brewers to a 9-3 win over Pittsburgh.
Garza (4-4) limited the Pirates to three runs a day after they scored a season-high 15.
Lyle Overbay hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the fourth as Milwaukee turned a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead.
San Francisco's Michael Morse hit an RBI single with one out in the ninth inning after Hunter Pence's tying double as the Giants rallied to beat the New York Mets and their dismal bullpen 5-4.
Angel Pagan had three singles, two RBIs and reached base all five times against his former team. He reached again leading off the ninth when New York catcher Anthony Recker dropped the third strike and his throw pulled the first baseman off the bag. Mets manager Terry Collins challenged the play but lost.
Pence hit a tying double that scored Pagan and advanced to third on Buster Posey's fly ball. After an intentional walk, Morse sent a single to deep right field to bring in Pence for the winner.