Adams homers again as Cardinals beat Nats 5-2
AP June 17, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
ST. LOUIS -- Matt Adams homered for the third straight game as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 5-2 Sunday for a series sweep.
Adams gave St. Louis a 2-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run shot off an 0-2 pitch, his sixth homer of the season. He has homered in all three games since coming off the disabled list with a torn calf muscle.
Jaime Garcia (3-0) pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and a run. Trevor Rosenthal got the final out for his 20th save.
Toronto's J.A. Happ pitched into the seventh inning and Dioner Navarro had three hits and two RBIs as the Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 for a four-game split.
Edwin Encarnacion also had three hits for the Blue Jays, who had totaled 15 runs in losing six of their previous eight games.
The American League East leaders take a 4 1/2-game lead into a three-game series at Yankee Stadium starting Tuesday. Ace Masahiro Tanaka starts the opener for New York.
Adam Jones homered and Nelson Cruz had three hits and his major league-leading 56th RBI for the Orioles.
At San Francisco, Justin Morneau hit a two-run double in the eighth inning as the Colorado Rockies came back to sweep a three-game series from the Giants with a 8-7 win.
Morneau's pinch hit highlighted a four-run rally for the Rockies, who scored in the ninth in each of the first two games of the series for the win.
Troy Tulowitzki had three hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs for the Rockies, who won extended their season-high winning streak to five.
The Oakland Athletics downed the New York Yankees 10-5 after Derek Norris and Coco Crisp each hit a three-run homer, while Paul Goldschmidt and Miguel Montero homered to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3.
Billy Hamilton led off the game with a home run, Brandon Phillips added a two-run shot in the first inning and Todd Frazier later hit his team-high 15th homer as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 13-4, the Seattle Mariners ended a five-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers edged the Minnesota Twins 4-3.
In other games, Travis Wood denied the Phillies a hit into the sixth inning as the Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia 3-0 to win a road series for the first time this season and the Miami Marlins overcame the Pittsburgh Pirates over 10 innings.
The Cleveland Indians edged the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in the 11th inning, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros 4-3, the Kansas City Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-3, the New York Mets downed the San Diego Padres 3-1 and the Atlanta Braves were 7-3 winners over the Los Angeles Angels.
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