Baseball Round-up 8/23


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Cain pitched seven strong innings and Joaquin Arias homered and drove in a career-high five runs as San Francisco completed its first three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium in five years with an 8-4 win on Thursday.

The Giants arrived in Los Angeles trailing the Dodgers by a half-game and they leave with their largest lead in a month. The Dodgers last got swept at home by the Giants April 24-26, 2007.

Cain (13-5) allowed one run and seven hits, struck out five and walked none to win his third straight.

D’backs sweep Marlins

Rookie Wade Miley pitched eight innings to earn his 14th victory, and Arizona beat Miami 3-0 to complete a sweep of the first home doubleheader in Diamondbacks history. Fellow left-hander Tyler Skaggs (1-0) made his major league debut in the opener, allowing two runs and three hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 3-2 victory.

Miley (14-8) gave up four singles, struck out five and walked one.

BREWERS 3, CUBS 2

Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 34th homer and Yovani Gallardo pitched seven strong innings as Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep of Chicago.

Gallardo (13-8) gave up two runs and four hits, with nine strikeouts and two walks.

BRAVES 5 NATIONALS 1

Kris Medlen pitched seven shutout innings in his latest winning performance and Martin Prado’s two-run double proved decisive to help the Braves end a four-game losing streak.

REDS 3. PHILLIES 2

Bronson Arroyo allowed three hits in eight-plus innings, and Jay Bruce homered to lead Cincinnati.

Arroyo, who was 0-6 with a 9.46 ERA in his last seven regular-season starts against the Phillies, improved to 6-1 with a 3.50 ERA in his last seven starts.

ROCKIES 5, METS 2

Wilin Rosario hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, and Colorado won its seventh straight victory at Citi Field.

Rosario also had a sacrifice fly, and DJ LeMahieu drove in a run with a squeeze bunt to help the last-place Rockies win their fourth straight and eighth in 11 games.

CARDINALS 4, ASTROS 2

Kyle Lohse pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to earn his seventh consecutive win for St. Louis.

Lohse (13-2) gave up two runs and retired his last 14 batters while improving to 7-0 with a 2.21 ERA in 12 starts since he dropped a 3-2 decision against Kansas City on June 15.

PADRES 4, PIRATES 2

Andrew Werner allowed two runs over six-plus innings in his major league debut and Carlos Quentin drove in three runs for San Diego.

The Padres swept the three-game series and have beaten the Pirates in 18 of 21 games.

American League A’s 5, Twins 1

Coco Crisp homered, hit an RBI double and scored three runs, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Minnesota Twins for their second straight winning series.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead two-run single in the third inning that held up for Tommy Milone, and Crisp also singled and stole his 28th base to give the A’s a much-needed boost.

RANGERS 12, ORIOLES 3

Adrian Beltre hit three home runs, including two in a nine-run fourth inning, and had five RBIs for the Rangers in a victory over the Orioles.

The power surge supported a solid effort by Derek Holland (8-6). The left-hander pitched seven innings, giving up three runs and five hits. He struck out five and walked three.

RAYS 5, ROYALS 3

James Shields took a three-hitter into the eighth inning, leading Tampa Bay over the Royals for the Rays’ 16th win in 21 games.

Shields (12-7) retired 12 in a row after Alcides Escobar’s two-out single in the third and allowed three runs and five hits in 7 2-3 innings. The right-hander struck out seven and walked one, improving to 4-0 with a 2.15 ERA in his last five starts.

WHITE SOX 2, YANKEES 1

Chris Sale struck out 13 in 7 2-3 stellar innings for his 15th victory, Alex Rios hit a go-ahead homer and the White Sox beat the Yankees to complete a three-game sweep.

Sale (15-4) outpitched New York’s Phil Hughes, allowing one walk and three hits, including Derek Jeter’s solo homer in the sixth — the Yankees star’s third homer in as many nights. Addison Reed worked the ninth for his 23rd save in 26 chances.

TIGERS 3, BLUE JAYS 2

Anibal Sanchez pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and Detroit held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Sanchez (2-3), acquired from Miami in a five-player deal last month, allowed one earned run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked two, leaving with the tying run on third base.

ANGELS 7, RED SOX 3

Jered Weaver rebounded from a terrible start by pitching seven solid innings, and the Angels beat the fading Red Sox.

Howie Kendrick hit a solo homer and Torii Hunter had a two-run single for the Angels.

Los Angeles slugger Albert Pujols left in the fourth inning with tightness in his right calf. He went 2 for 2 and scored a run.

Ryan Lavarnway and Mike Aviles had RBI doubles for Boston, which lost for the sixth time in eight games and fell to 6-14 in August.

Weaver (16-3) gave up two runs and seven hits, struck out five and walked one.

Boston’s Clay Buchholz (11-4) matched his season high for runs allowed, giving up seven in 5 1-3 innings. The 12 hits allowed equaled a career worst.