Porcello earns another shutout, Tigers beat A's
AP Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
DETROIT -- Rick Porcello allowed just four hits for his second straight shutout to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday.
Porcello (11-4) only had one career complete game before blanking the Rangers on June 26, but is now the first Tigers pitcher since Jack Morris to throw back-to-back shutouts. Morris threw three in a row in July 1986.
Torii Hunter had an RBI grounder in the fourth inning and J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer in the sixth.
Giants ace Tim Lincecum followed his second career no-hitter with another vintage performance, pitching eight sharp innings to lead San Francisco to a 5-0 shutout of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lincecum (7-5) allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fourth and stayed out of trouble the rest of the way, helping San Francisco snap a four-game losing streak since his latest gem against San Diego.
Pablo Sandoval hit his 100th career homer to cap a three-run fourth inning.
In New York, David Price came within one pitch of extending his remarkable strikeout streak to lead a resurgent Tampa Bay Rays past the Yankees 2-1.
James Loney hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning as the Rays matched their longest win string of the season. Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig's team record for doubles as the Yankees equaled their worst skid this year with their fourth loss in a row.
The Washington Nationals downed the Colorado Rockies 7-1 for their fourth straight win after Stephen Strasburg bounced back from his worst outing of the season with 7 2-3 dominant innings, and Jayson Werth had two doubles and three RBIs.
Anthony Rendon added a two-run double for the Nationals.
At San Diego, Seth Smith hit a home run and scored three runs, and Carlos Quentin homered and drove in three runs to lead the Padres over the Cincinnati Reds 8-2.
Smith had three hits as the Padres finished with a season-high 16 one night after managing just one hit in a 1-0 win over the Reds.
The Los Angeles Angels swept the Chicago White Sox in a doubleheader 8-4 and 7-5, after Kole Calhoun homered and scored twice in the late game.
In other games, Ed Lucas' single scored the winning run from second base with one out in the 11th inning as the Miami Marlins edged the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4, the Baltimore Orioles downed the Texas Rangers 8-3, the Cleveland Indians defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-3 and the Seattle Mariners trounced the Houston Astros 13-2.
The Pittsburgh Pirates overcame the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2, the Chicago Cubs beat the Boston Red Sox 2-1, the Minnesota Twins downed the Kansas City Royals 10-2, the Atlanta Braves downed the New York Mets 5-4 and the Toronto Blue Jays were Milwaukee Brewers 4-1.
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