Dodgers edge Angels 2-1 with Haren in charge
AP August 8, 2014, 12:00 am TWN
ANAHEIM, California -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren did not allow a single base-runner over the first five innings. laying the foundation for a 2-1 win at the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday in the third game of the Freeway Series.
The win over their city rivals kept the Dodgers 2-1/2 games clear atop the National League West, ahead of San Francisco, which won at Milwaukee, while the Angels missed a chance to gain ground in the American League West after Oakland was beaten at home by Tampa Bay.
Elsewhere, Toronto ended a run of four-straight defeats by beating American League East leader Baltimore, closing the gap between the teams to four games.
Haren (9-9) gave up only three hits while pitching into the eighth inning to rediscover his best form after mixed recent performances.
Matt Kemp homered and Andre Ethier had an RBI double to account for all the Dodgers' runs and boost their majors-leading road record to 35-23.
Toronto's Drew Hutchison came within one out of his second career complete game, guiding the Blue Jays to a much-needed 5-1 win over Baltimore.
Hutchison (8-9) struck out eight and allowed just one hit, a solo homer by Chris Davis in the second. After that homer he retired 22 successive batters but was replaced after issuing a walk with two outs in the ninth.
Jose Bautista homered and drove in three runs and Melky Cabrera had three hits for the Blue Jays.
Tampa Bay's Jeremy Hellickson earned his first victory of the season by steering the Rays to a 7-3 win at Oakland, avoiding a series sweep.
Hellickson (1-1) allowed two hits and no walks in seven innings. After off-season elbow surgery, Hellickson had not won or even last five innings in his previous three starts this year.
Kevin Kiermaier hit a two-run homer for the Rays in the fourth inning; just the fourth homer this season conceded by A's starter Sonny Gray.
San Francisco's Michael Morse and Pablo Sandoval each drove in three runs to power the Giants to a 7-4 win at Milwaukee.
Morse had only eight RBIs in his previous 50 games but got the early runs to put San Francisco on top, and Sandoval added a two-run homer in the eighth.
Giants' starter Ryan Vogelsong (7-8) gave up one run in six innings to win consecutive starts for the first time since May.
New York's Chris Capuano outpitched Justin Verlander to led the Yankees to a 5-1 win over Detroit.
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