Archer tosses two-hitter to key Rays in victory

NEW YORK — Chris Archer threw a two-hitter for his second shutout in three starts, outpitching Ivan Nova and leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 1-0 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday

Kelly Johnson had an RBI single off Nova (4-4) in the sixth to help the AL East-leading Rays improve to 24-5 since June 23, when they were in last place.

Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said before the game Archer (6-3) embraces the big moments, and he sure did at Yankee Stadium. The 24-year-old rookie with a Captain America lunchbox in his locker never threw more than 14 pitches in an inning and needed just 97 overall — 67 for strikes — for his second career complete game.

Astros 8, Blue Jays 6

At Toronto, Chris Carter hit a three-run home run, Justin Maxwell and Matt Dominguez added solo shots and Houston snapped a three-game losing streak.

Athletics 3, Angels 1

At Oakland, Calif., Derek Norris had a pinch-hit two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, leading Oakland to its second straight win and fifth in the last seven.

Jed Lowrie also drove in a run for the A's and Coco Crisp added two hits.

Tommy Milone (9-8) allowed four hits over seven innings, allowing one run. He walked four and struck out six.

Twins 4, Mariners 0

At Seattle, Brian Dozier and Justin Morneau homered, Samuel Deduno pitched seven scoreless innings and Minnesota got its fifth shutout of the season.

The Twins have won four of their last six games and are 6-3 since the All Star break.

Deduno (7-4) allowed three hits, walked three and tied his season high with six strikeouts. He has thrown seven innings in each of his last three starts, winning all three.

Indians 1, Rangers 0

At Cleveland, Michael Bourn homered to lead off the first inning for the only run of the game, and Justin Masterson took a shutout into the eighth inning, outdueling Texas' Yu Darvish in Cleveland's win.

Royals 1, White Sox 0

At Chicago, Wade Davis pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning, and Kansas City beat Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox for its fifth consecutive victory.

Davis (5-9) allowed four singles and walked three in his longest outing of the season. The right-hander was 0-4 with a 10.91 ERA in his previous four starts.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 3

At Baltimore, Stephen Drew hit two homers, drove in five runs and scored three times to power Boston past Baltimore.

Shane Victorino also connected for the Red Sox, who won for only the fourth time in 10 games to remain a half-game behind first-place Tampa Bay in the AL East. Boston stood atop the AL East for 60 straight days before falling into second on Friday night.

National League

Cubs 1, Giants 0

At San Francisco, Nate Schierholtz homered off former teammate Sergio Romo with one out in the ninth inning to lift Chicago over San Francisco.

Schierholtz worked a full count off Romo (3-6) before hitting a towering blast into the right field stands to hand Romo his second loss in as many games.

Starlin Castro added two hits for Chicago, which is 18-13 in its last 31 games.

Madison Bumgarner pitched eight shutout innings for San Francisco but left without a decision. The World Series champs have lost six of seven and are a season-high 11 games under .500.

Pedro Strop (1-0) pitched one inning for the win and Kevin Gregg worked the ninth for his 21st save to complete the five-hitter.

Nationals 4, Mets 1

At Washington, Bryce Harper, Ian Desmond and Denard Span all homered, powering the Washington Nationals to a win.

Dan Haren (5-11) pitched seven innings for his first win since May 9, allowing one run and three hits.

Braves 2, Cardinals 0

At Atlanta, Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run double in the eighth inning and Atlanta, boosted by Julio Teheran's sharp outing, beat St. Louis in a matchup of NL division leaders.

Teheran allowed two hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking one.

Pirates 7, Marlins 4

At Miami, Michael McKenry had a career-best four hits and drove in two runs and Neil Walker and Garrett Jones each added two RBIs in Pittsburgh's victory over Miami.

McKenry, who came into the night batting .191, raised his average 26 points with a double and three singles. Walker added three hits for the Pirates, the NL wild-card leaders who set the tone with three first-inning runs against Miami's Tom Koehler (2-6).

Padres 12, Diamondbacks 3

At Phoenix, Andrew Cashner threw six solid innings and hit his first career home run to help lead San Diego over Arizona.

Chris Denorfia and Chase Headley added back-to-back home runs, Yonder Alonso drove in four runs and Carlos Quentin had three RBIs for the Padres, who have won two of their last three and four of six.

Dodgers 4, Reds 1

At Los Angeles, Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up two hits over seven innings and retired his last 13 batters, Skip Schumaker hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, and Los Angeles beat Cincinnati.

Ryu (9-3) had nine strikeouts in a span of 13 batters. Cincinnati's run came on a homer by Jay Bruce in the second.

The Dodgers increased their NL West lead to 11/2; games over Arizona.

Brewers 7, Rockies 5

At Denver, Carlos Gomez had two hits and three of Milwaukee's five stolen bases, Juan Francisco and Jonathan Lucroy homered, and the Brewers held on to beat Colorado on a rainy night.


Tigers 10, Phillies 0

At Detroit, Miguel Cabrera homered in his first at-bat after returning from a hip injury and Detroit's Max Scherzer held Philadelphia to one hit in six innings to become baseball's first 15-game winner.

The visiting Phillies lost their seventh in a row.

Scherzer (15-1) threw only 75 pitches — he was one of several stars pulled early after the game got out of hand.

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