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Game roundup: Harper hits walk-off HR in 13th to lift Nats

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 07 2014 11:40:12 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 08 2014 01:31:43 AM CDT
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WASHINGTON -- Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer with no outs in the bottom of the 13th inning against reliever Carlos Torres to give the Washington Nationals a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets on Thursday in the finale of a three-game set.

Ian Desmond led off the inning with a walk and was on base when Harper connected for his fourth homer of the season.

The game-winning blast came just one day after manager Matt Williams told reporters there was no way Harper would be sent to the minors because of a recent slump. Harper had five hits in his last 28 at-bats before the homer.

The winning pitcher was Craig Stammen (2-4) and Torres (5-5) took the loss.

The Nationals lost their first five extra-inning games at home this year and are now 4-8 overall in such games. The Mets are 6-8.

Yankees 1, Tigers 0

NEW YORK -- Shane Greene pitched eight-plus outstanding innings to lead New York in the finale of a four-game series with Detroit.

Greene (3-1) continued an impressive run of starting pitching by the Yankees against the American League Central leaders by scattering five singles and allowing two runners past first base. He struck out five, walked three threw 64 of 99 pitches for strikes while getting 11 ground-ball outs.

Stephen Drew had an RBI ground-rule double for the Yankees, who scored 11 runs in the series and had eight singles against Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello (13-6).

The Yankees beat the Tigers in three games by getting effective starts from mid-season trade acquisitions Brandon McCarthy and Chris Capuano in victories against former Cy Young Award winners Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander. Hiroki Kuroda also matched David Price by allowing three runs in seven innings in Tuesday's 12-inning loss as New York's starters allowed a combined three earned runs in 27 innings.

Brewers 3, Giants 1

MILWAUKEE -- Wily Peralta became the first 14-game winner in the majors this season as Milwaukee beat San Francisco at Miller Park.

Peralta (14-6), a second-year right-hander, held the Giants to one run and seven hits in six-plus innings. He also set a career high with nine strikeouts and walked just one batter for his fifth consecutive victory.

Early on, it looked as if Peralta might not be on his game. He allowed the first three batters to reach in the first inning, then plunked Michael Morse with two outs before escaping the inning unscathed.

From there, he settled in quickly and held San Francisco to two hits and a walk in the next three innings.

The Giants' only run came in the fifth inning.

Cubs 6, Rockies 2

DENVER -- Javier Baez went 3-for-4 with two home runs and drove in four runs to power Chicago past Colorado at Coors Field.

The highly touted Baez had four hits in the series, including three home runs, and finished 4-for-14. Baez hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, an opposite-field shot to right-center field off Juan Nicasio, after a walk to leadoff hitter Chris Coghlan.

Kyle Hendricks, making his fifth major league start, pitched a career-high eight innings for the Cubs and allowed six hits. He induced 11 groundouts and lowered his ERA to 2.10.

Back-to-back home runs by Baez and Starlin Castro to open the sixth inning gave the Cubs a 4-1 lead in what proved to be the final inning for Rockies starter Yohan Flande (0-4). Castro's homer was his 12th of the season.

Reds 4, Indians 0

CINCINNATI -- Homer Bailey pitched seven shutout innings and Billy Hamilton went 2-for-4 with a triple and an RBI, lifting Cincinnati to a shutout victory over Cleveland at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati won three of four against Cleveland in the home-and-home interleague series. The teams split two games at Progressive Field on Monday and Tuesday nights.

Bailey (9-5) allowed four hits, walked one and struck out eight to post his first victory since June 29.

Phillies 6, Astros 5

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard hit a grand slam in a five-run eighth inning and Philadelphia rallied to defeat Houston.

Howard's slam came off reliever Tony Sipp and was the 13th of his career, extending his franchise record. His 18th homer of the season allowed the Phillies to complete a sweep of the three-game series.

Mario Hollands (2-1) worked two scoreless innings in relief for the win. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 27th save.

Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO -- Caleb Joseph homered in his fourth consecutive game and Miguel Gonzalez pitched six effective innings as Baltimore handed Toronto its fifth loss in the last six games. Joseph hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to make the difference.

The Orioles overcame a career-best 12 strikeouts by Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ to take the rubber match of the three-game series and open a five-game lead over the Blue Jays (61-55) in the American League East standings.

Happ (8-6) allowed five hits, one walk and two runs in eight innings. His previous career high in strikeouts was 10 (twice) and his previous best this season was eight.

Pirates 7, Marlins 2

PITTSBURGH -- Edinson Volquez continued his mastery of Miami, allowing one hit in seven scoreless innings, and rookie Gregory Polanco drove in four runs to lead Pittsburgh.

The right-hander improved to 6-0 with a 1.64 ERA in seven career starts against the Marlins. He struck out seven and walked three as he won for the first time in four starts since the All-Star break after winning his last four starts of the first half.

The Marlins had a scary moment in the seventh inning when Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer hit a line drive off the right side of left-handed reliever Dan Jennings' head. The ball struck Jennings with such force that it popped into the air and was caught behind second base by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton hit his National League-leading 27th home run, a two-out shot off rookie right-hander Stolmy Pimentel, to help the Marlins avoid being shut out.

Cardinals 5, Red Sox 2

ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright and St. Louis couldn't beat Boston last October. On Thursday night, however, Wainwright got a bit of revenge for two World Series losses. The right-hander pitched seven strong innings, and St. Louis took the rubber game in the rematch of last year's Fall Classic.

Wainwright (14-6) scattered seven hits and allowed two runs, walking two and fanning seven as he tied the Milwaukee Brewers' Wily Peralta for the most wins in the National League.

St. Louis (61-52) won for the fourth time in five games and stayed a game behind first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. It was the 12th loss in 15 games for the Red Sox.

Royals 6, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX -- Alex Gordon hit a two-run home run, and Jeremy Guthrie retired the final 19 batters in his first complete game of the year to help Kansas City beat Arizona at Chase Field.

Gordon homered in the third inning, and catcher Salvador Perez hit a two-run single in the third to stake Guthrie (8-9) to a 4-1 lead. Guthrie allowed two runs and seven hits to help the Royals complete a three-game series sweep.

The Royals (60-53) won for the seventh time in eight games and the 12th time in 15 to move into the lead for the second American League wild card. Kansas City sits 2 1/2 games behind the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers. Arizona (49-66) is 1-5 in its past six.

Athletics 3, Twins 0

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jon Lester pitched his fourth career shutout, and Stephen Vogt hit two-run homer, lifting Oakland A's to a victory against Minnesota in the opener of a four-game series at the Coliseum.

Making his second start for the A's since being traded July 31 to Oakland from Boston, Lester allowed just three hits and recorded his 11th career complete game. Lester struck out eight and walked two, improving to 2-0 with the A's and 12-7 overall. He threw 122 pitches.

The A's (70-44) beat Minnesota for the 10th straight time overall, the longest streak against the Twins in Oakland history, and for the fourth consecutive time this season. They beat the Twins (51-62) at home for the seventh straight time, tying an Oakland record.

Mariners 13, White Sox 3

SEATTLE -- Seattle extended its winning streak to three games behind four long balls while matching a season high for runs in a win over struggling Chicago.

Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Dustin Ackley and Endy Chavez all went deep for the Mariners, who kept pace in the AL wild-card race. Seattle is a half-game behind Kansas City in the race for the second wild-card spot.

Seattle starter Roenis Elias allowed two earned runs off two hits in 5 2/3 innings of work. He has not allowed more than two earned runs in any of his past four starts. White Sox starter Scott Carroll (4-7) gave up three of Seattleā€™s home runs on a night when he matched his season high for earned runs allowed -- seven.

Dodgers 7, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and leading the Dodgers to a shutout victory over the Angels at Angel Stadium.

Ryu, who last season pitched a two-hit shutout in his only other career outing against the Angels, nearly matched the feat but was removed after making 100 pitches.

The victory was the third in a row for the Dodgers over the Angels, who won the first game of the four-game, home-and-home series. The Dodgers (66-50) increased their National League West lead to 3 1/2 games over the San Francisco Giants. The Angels (67-47) fell three games behind the Oakland A's in the American League West, their largest deficit since July 24.