Orioles win 4-2 to maintain AL East lead
AP Thursday, July 24, 2014, 12:08 am TWN
ANAHEIM, California -- Baltimore's recalled pitcher Miguel Gonzalez held Los Angeles scoreless for the first seven innings to set up a 4-2 win for the Orioles at the Angels on Tuesday, maintaining their four-game lead atop the American League East division.
The Angels' crosstown rivals, the Dodgers, also lost at Pittsburgh, dropping them a game below National League West leader San Francisco.
Among other key results, Milwaukee edged Cincinnati to open up its lead in the NL Central and Houston beat majors-leading Oakland in a 12-inning game.
Baltimore's Gonzalez (5-5) allowed only three hits in 7 2-3 innings, justifying his call-up from the minors.
Jonathan Schoop homered, and J.J. Hardy hit two RBI doubles for the Orioles, who struggled against Angels' starter Hector Santiago but got on top of his replacement Mike Morin (2-3).
Pittsburgh hit three early homers off Josh Beckett in his return from a hip injury, setting up a 12-7 win over the Dodgers.
Beckett allowed four runs in 3 2-3 innings. Three came from solo home runs by Neil Walker, who had three RBIs, Ike Davis, who had three hits, and Gregory Polanco who broke out of a slump and later hit a tiebreaking two-run single.
Pirates' reliever Justin Wilson was ejected in the seventh after hitting Justin Turner with a pitch in a tit-for-tat reprisal for Andrew McCutchen being hit by Jamey Wright.
Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Brewers a 4-3 win over Cincinnati.
It was Lucroy's second homer of the game and the second walkoff homer of his career, both against the Reds.
Francisco Rodriguez (4-3) pitched the ninth to earn the victory which moved Milwaukee 1-1/2 games clear atop the NL Central.
Houston's L.J. Hoes homered with one out in the top of the 12th to give the Astros a 3-2 win at Oakland.
Hoes connected off Fernando Abad (2-4) to give Houston its third-straight win over the A's for the first time in franchise history.
Oakland missed several chances to move a season-high 25 games over .500.
Tampa Bay's Yunel Escobar hit a two-run double as part of a five-run fifth inning that lifted the Rays to a 7-2 win at St. Louis.
Evan Longoria added a solo homer in the ninth for Tampa Bay, which won a season-best sixth-straight game.
Rays' starter Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings.
Miami's Jacob Turner made a strong claim for a permanent return to the Marlins' rotation by setting up a 6-5 win at Atlanta.
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