Strasburg stars in Nationals win

WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg struck out nine over seven innings, Ian Desmond homered in the seventh and the Washington Nationals beat the slumping Colorado Rockies 2-1 on Friday night.

Making his 14th start of the season, Strasburg (4-6) allowed one run and five hits for his first win since May 31. After DJ LeMahieu's RBI single in the third, Strasburg kept the Rockies scoreless.

Colorado lost its fifth straight.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a tying double with two outs in the sixth off Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood. Facing reliever Manny Corpas (0-2) leading off the seventh, Desmond swatted a 2-0 pitch to center for his 12th homer.

Mets 4, Phillies 3

At Philadelphia, Juan Lagares hit a go-ahead double, Jeremy Hefner pitched six effective innings and New York came back from a three-run deficit.

Hefner (2-6) gave up three runs — two earned — and 10 hits to help the Mets snap a five-game losing streak against the Phillies.

Eric Young Jr. had two hits, including a two-run single for the Mets, who have won three of four.

Brewers 2, Braves 0

At Milwaukee, Jean Segura homered and Wily Peralta allowed two hits in seven innings as Milwaukee registered its second shutout of the season.

Peralta (5-8) won for the second time in his last eight starts, giving up two singles to go with four strikeouts and four walks.

Diamondbacks 11, Reds 5

At Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt homered twice and Arizona beat Cincinnati in Johnny Cueto's worst outing in three seasons.

Goldschmidt drove in three runs to raise his NL-leading RBI total to 65. Gerardo Parra hit a leadoff home run for the Diamondbacks and Jason Kubel, doubled in a run and scored twice, tied his career high with four hits.

Padres 5, Dodgers 2

At San Diego, Chris Denorfia and Chase Headley each had two RBIs as San Diego touched up Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw.

Four relievers shut down the Dodgers after Clayton Richard left two pitches into his start with shoulder pain. Tim Stauffer (1-0) gave up one run in four innings for his first win since Sept. 16, 2011, and Huston Street secured his 15th save in 16 chances.

Marlins 6, Giants 3

At San Francisco, Marcell Ozuna hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning after tying it with an RBI single in the sixth, and Miami beat San Francisco for its ninth straight win at AT&T Park.

Ozuna also threw out Andres Torres trying to stretch a sixth-inning double into a triple. Torres left the game and was having X-rays on his right knee after a hard slide on the play.

Logan Morrison hit his first home run in nearly a year and also had an RBI triple for the Marlins, who haven't lost in San Francisco since July 28, 2010.

American League

Blue Jays 7, Orioles 6

At Toronto, Rajai Davis singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for their ninth straight win.

Chris Davis hit his major league leading 27th home run for the Orioles.

Yankees 6, Rays 2

At New York, Zoilo Almonte provided much-needed pop in his first major league start, homering and adding two singles for the Yankees.

Almonte started in place of slumping left fielder Vernon Wells and quickly delivered, a day after getting a pinch single for his first hit. The Yankees won for the third time in 10 games.

Indians 5, Twins 1

At Cleveland, Scott Kazmir allowed one run in seven strong innings and Jason Kipnis drove in three as Cleveland ended the Twins three-game winning streak.

Kazmir (4-4) gave up just a leadoff homer to Brian Dozier in the sixth and four other hits. The left-hander struck out seven, including five in his final two innings.

Red Sox 10, Tigers 6

At Detroit, Shane Victorino homered and hit three singles, driving in five runs to lead the Red Sox to the win.

Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer for Detroit, which nearly rallied from a 6-1 deficit but couldn't come through against the Boston bullpen. Jon Lester (7-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in 52/3 innings, but he won for the first time in seven starts.

White Sox 9, Royals 1

At Kansas City, Mo., Hector Santiago shut down the Royals' punchless offense for a career-best eight innings, and the White Sox roughed up Kansas City starter Jeremy Guthrie in a rout.

Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer and Alejandro de Aza added a two-run shot for the White Sox, who snapped a three-game skid with their best offensive output in nearly two weeks.

Athletics 6, Mariners 3

At Seattle, Yoenis Cespedes hit a pair of two-run homers and Bartolo Colon won his seventh straight start to spark the Athletics.

Cespedes homered in the first inning and again in the ninth for his third career multihomer game — all this month. Jed Lowrie and Coco Crisp also went deep for the Athletics, who maintained their one-game lead in the AL West over Texas.


Rangers 6, Cardinals 4

At St. Louis, Nelson Cruz snapped a ninth-inning tie with a two-run single through a drawn-in infield and Texas beat St. Louis in the opener of a series between 2011 World Series opponents.

The game drew a sellout crowd of 45,228 to Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals closed out the 2011 Series with wins in Games 6 and 7.

Cubs 3, Astros 1

At Chicago, Matt Garza pitched into the ninth inning and Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run since May 18 to lead Chicago over Houston after a rain delay that lasted 3 hours, 18 minutes.

Darwin Barney and Scott Hairston also homered for the Cubs, who had lost four of five. Barney was a triple short of the cycle.

Pirates 5, Angels 2

At Anaheim, Calif., Gerrit Cole pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning in his native Orange County, earning his third straight victory to open his major league career.

The Pirates' 22-year-old right-hander out of Orange Lutheran High School and UCLA dazzled the Angels in his first career road start, repeatedly hitting 100 mph on Angel Stadium's radar gun. He struck out five and retired 11 straight before Albert Pujols' leadoff homer in the seventh.

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