Worley shutout maneuvers Pirates straight past Giants, 5-0
July 31, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
SAN FRANCISCO -- Pittsburgh's Vance Worley pitched his first career shutout to guide the Pirates to a 5-0 win over San Francisco on Monday, closing within two games of the lead in the National League Central division.
The Pirates made up ground on NL Central leader Milwaukee, which lost a low-scoring game at Tampa Bay. It was a similar story in the NL East, where leader Washington blew a lead in the bottom of the ninth to lose at Miami, cutting the Nationals' division lead over second-placed Atlanta to half a game.
In the American League, majors-leading Oakland lost to a struggling Houston side that had lost its previous five games, and Toronto romped past a disappointing Boston to close in on the AL East lead.
Pittsburgh's Worley (4-1) had only thrown one previous complete game in his career, but went the distance against the Giants, showing admirable control by issuing only one walk.
Four Pirates drove in a run off Giants starter Madison Bumgarner (12-8) in the first inning, and Josh Harrison added a homer in the second to account for all the scoring.
Tampa Bay pitcher Jake Odorizzi won his third consecutive start to steer the Rays to a 2-1 win over Milwaukee.
Odorizzi (7-8) allowed one run in seven innings to beat the team that drafted him in 2008.
Tampa Bay took a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning when James Loney drove in two runners with a two-out, bases-loaded single off Kyle Lohse (11-5).
Tampa Bay's Florida rival Miami also won, surging past Washington with four runs in the ninth inning to win 7-6.
The Marlins trailed 6-1 in the seventh and Washington closer Rafael Soriano (2-1) took the mound in the ninth with a 6-3 lead but blew the save.
Casey McGehee led off with a four-pitch walk, Garrett Jones doubled and Marcell Ozuna hit an RBI single. Jarrod Saltalamacchia's sacrifice fly made it 6-5, and a wild pitch advanced Ozuna to second base.
Adeiny Hechavarria ended an 11-pitch at-bat with a tying triple and Donovan Solano was hit by a pitch.
Jerry Blevins replaced Soriano on the mound and got the second out with a strikeout, but Jeff Baker then lined the winning hit over the head of the left fielder.
Houston's Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez all hit home runs as the Astros beat Oakland 7-3.
Carter hit a monstrous three-run shot in the third to give the Astros a lead, and Castro and Krauss went back-to-back in the sixth, with Castro's homer a two-run shot. Two batters later, Dominguez also cleared the fences.
Toronto's Melky Cabrera hit a left-handed and a right-handed homer and drove in five runs as the Blue Jays routed Boston 14-1.
Cabrera homered after Jose Reyes led off the game with a walk, and he made it 9-0 in a nine-run sixth inning with a three-run homer.
Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (9-10) had a season-high 10 strikeouts, allowed one run and one walk in seven innings. Against the Red Sox this season he's 3-0 with 21 strikeouts and only two walks.
Atlanta's Ervin Santana pitched eight scoreless innings as the Braves blanked San Diego 2-0.
Arizona's Nick Ahmed hit an RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning to give the Diamondbacks a 2-1 win over Cincinnati and extending the franchises record to 13-0 in games that go at least 15 innings.
New York's Travis d'Arnaud went 3 for 4 with a three-run homer to power the Mets to a 7-1 win over Philadelphia.
Texas' Yu Darvish struck out eight in seven innings to guide the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the New York Yankees.
Chicago's Tsuyoshi Wada earned his first big league win, pitching seven strong innings to lead the Cubs past Colorado 4-1.