Scherzer outduels Greinke; Tigers win 4-1
AP Friday, July 11, 2014, 12:05 am TWN
DETROIT, Michigan -- Max Scherzer pitched seven impressive innings, outdueling Zack Greinke and helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-1 on Wednesday.
Detroit was without sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez, but the American League Central-leading Tigers scored two runs in the first inning and Scherzer (11-3) made the lead hold up. The All-Star right-hander allowed a run and four hits. He struck out seven and walked two.
Greinke (11-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out eight without a walk.
Washington's Doug Fister allowed two runs over seven innings as the Nationals hit three solo homers in a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Wilson Ramos, Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth connected for the Nationals, who took control early and cruised to the finish in this interleague matchup between first-place clubs.
Hunter Pence homered and drove in two runs for San Francisco and Matt Cain pitched six strong innings as the Giants downed the Athletics 5-2 to spoil Jason Hammel's debut for Oakland.
Cain (2-7) allowed two runs and five hits for his first win since May 15 against Miami. He struck out four and walked two to help the Giants snap Oakland's six-game winning streak.
Hammel (0-1), acquired by the A's along with fellow right-hander Jeff Samardzija from the Chicago Cubs last week for three top prospects, disjointed the thumb on his glove hand but stayed in the game.
At Cincinnati, Alfredo Simon became the National League's first 12-game winner and Billy Hamilton added to his sensational series with a tiebreaking triple, leading the Reds over the trade-depleted Chicago Cubs 4-1.
The Reds won their fifth in a row — matching their season high — and moved a season-best seven games over .500. They'll try for their first five-game sweep since 1976 on Thursday.
Met's right-hander Dillon Gee pitched into the eighth inning after two months on the disabled list and Travis d'Arnaud hit a two-run homer as New York beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 for their first four-game winning streak in a year, while at Cleveland Jacoby Ellsbury's two-out homer in the 14th inning sent the New York Yankees to a 5-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
Boston's Daniel Nava doubled home the tying run in the ninth inning and scored off Brock Holt's single as the Red Sox came back from a four-run deficit to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 and end a four-game losing streak.
In other games, Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning as the Los Angeles Angels edged the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7, the Arizona Diamondbacks claimed a 10th-inning win over the Miami Marlins 4-3, the Colorado Rockies beat the San Diego Padres 6-3 and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4.
The Houston Astros climbed out of last place in the AL West with an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers, the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1, the St. Louis Cardinals downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 and the Minnesota Twins were 8-1 winners over the Seattle Mariners.
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