Season-high 9th straight win for Braves
July 7, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
ATLANTA -- Andrelton Simmons drove in four runs, Aaron Harang won his third straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 Saturday for their season-high ninth straight victory.
Justin Upton added a two-run homer and a third RBI for the Braves, who have won 11 of 12 and are 11 games over .500 for the first time this season.
Harang (8-6) has a 3.00 ERA over his last three starts after allowing nine hits and four runs with one walk and one strikeout in eight innings.
Arizona, which has dropped eight of 12, lost its 53rd game, most in the majors.
Simmons had an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the fourth. He drove in his fourth run with a groundout in the seventh to make it 10-4. It marked the third time in his career and second time this season that the Atlanta shortstop has had four RBIs in a game.
The Diamondbacks had led 3-0 in the first on Goldschmidt's RBI double, Montero's RBI single and Gerardo Parra's RBI single.
Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli made a throwing error in the 11th inning that allowed Josh Willingham to score from second base, giving the Minnesota Twins a 2-1 victory over New York.
With the bases loaded, Trevor Plouffe hit a dribbler to reliever Matt Thornton (1-1). The left-hander flipped it to Cervelli for the forceout at home.
Cervelli then tried for the double play but his throw sailed way over the head of first baseman Mark Teixeira and Willingham raced home with the winning run.
Tampa Bay's Chris Archer came within two outs of a complete game, holding the Detroit Tigers to six hits in the Rays' 7-2 victory.
The Rays broke the game open with three runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth, and the Tigers never mounted much of a rally against Archer (5-5). The 25-year-old right-hander allowed solo homers to Alex Avila in the seventh and J.D. Martinez in the ninth.
Nelson Cruz went a career-best 5 for 5, including a solo home run and a bad-hop single that scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and Baltimore beat Boston to split a day-night doubleheader.