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Game roundup: Marlins cool off Giants

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 20 2014 06:48:21 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 20 2014 06:48:24 PM CDT

MIAMI -- The Miami Marlins scored the winning run on a seventh-inning wild pitch, snapping a six-game losing streak by beating the San Francisco Giants 3-2 Sunday at Marlins Park.

The Giants saw their three-game winning streak end.

The winning rally started with a leadoff double to center by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, who advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Jeff Mathis.

Giants starter Tim Lincecum (9-6) then bounced a curveball on a 3-1 pitch to pinch hitter Reed Johnson. The ball got away from catcher Hector Sanchez, allowing Hechavarria to score from third.

The win went to Brad Hand (1-2), who is just 3-12 in his major league career. Hand went seven innings, allowing six hits, one walk and two runs, and striking out four.

Bryan Morris pitched a scoreless eighth, and closer Steve Cishek did the same in the ninth, earning his 21st save of the season.

Tigers 5, Indians 1

DETROIT -- Drew Smyly held Cleveland to one run and four hits in seven innings and Torii Hunter blasted a two-run homer as Detroit salvaged the finale of a four-game series.

Smyly (6-8) struck out six while winning his second consecutive start before relievers Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan pitched scoreless innings. Hunter, the right fielder, scored twice while center fielder Austin Jackson added two hits and scored a run.

The Tigers prevented the Indians from sweeping them in a four-game home series for the first time since at least 1914.

Catcher Yan Gomes' 13th home run in the seventh accounted for Cleveland's offense. Starting pitcher Josh Tomlin (5-7) allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Blue Jays 9, Rangers 6

TORONTO -- Melky Cabrera hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning and drove in three runs for Toronto.

Catcher Dioner Navarro also homered for the Blue Jays, who took the rubber match of three-game series.

Right fielder Daniel Robertson had four RBIs for the Rangers, including the two tying runs in the sixth inning.

Right-hander Todd Redmond (1-4) pitched one inning to pick up the win. Right-hander Neftali Feliz (0-1) took the loss after allowing the 12th homer of the season by Cabrera.

Yankees 3, Reds 2

NEW YORK -- Brian McCann had a bloop single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as New York completed a three-game sweep.

Center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury went 4-for-4 and started the ninth with a nine-pitch at-bat on pitches from Aroldis Chapman all clocked at 100 miles per hour or higher. He capped the at-bat by slapping a single to left field, then stole second and took third on a wild pitch on Chapman's slider.

Right after the wild pitch, the Reds pulled their infield in but first baseman Mark Teixeira struck out on a high fastball. McCann blooped a fly ball to short right field that fell between first baseman Todd Frazier and right fielder Jay Bruce, giving the Yankees their second walk-off win of the season.

Pirates 5, Rockies 3

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh was once again able to wait out the Colorado's starting pitcher and attack the bullpen.

Outfielder Andrew McCutchen knocked in the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh and second baseman Neil Walker added insurance two batters later with his 14th home run to propel the Pirates.

Walker finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored while leading his team to its second series sweep of the year.

Pittsburgh left-hander Jeff Locke worked six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks.

Red Sox 6, Royals 0

BOSTON -- Jon Lester pitched eight shutout innings as Boston completed a three-game sweep.

The left-handed Lester, making his first appearance since pitching one inning in the All-Star Game, improved to 10-7 and lowered his ERA to 2.50. He gave up four hits and two walk with eight strikeouts.

The Red Sox battered Kansas City starter Yordano Ventura (7-8) for a season-high six runs and nine hits over 4 1/3 innings, with four walks, a home run and a wild pitch. It was the only start this season in which he has not recorded a strikeout.

Astros 11, White Sox 7

CHICAGO -- Houston pounded out 17 hits, had three big rallies and still had to sweat it out in the late stages to prevent a Chicago sweep.

After three sixth-inning errors and a shaky bullpen contributed to a blown 7-3 lead, Houston answered in the seventh with four runs on four hits.

The Astros' first four hitters -- Jose Altuve, Enrique Hernandez, Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez -- combined to go 9-for-18 with seven RBIs and seven runs. Marwin Gonzalez also went 3-for-4.

Rays 5, Twins 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Tampa Bay scored four runs over the first three innings and wrapped up a three-game series sweep of Minnesota.

Twins starter Kevin Correia struggled from the first batter he faced, allowing a leadoff double on the second pitch of the game. Correia walked two batters before a single to right field by James Loney scored two.

A sacrifice fly by Ben Zobrist made it 3-0 in the second inning, and an RBI double by shortstop Yunel Escobar made it 4-1 through three innings.

The support was enough for Rays right-hander Chris Archer, who allowed three runs (one earned) over 6 1/3 innings.

Braves 8, Phillies 2

ATLANTA -- Rookie second baseman Tommy La Stella hit a three-run double in the third inning as Atlanta gave Alex Wood an early cushion in a rain-interrupted victory over Philadelphia.

Wood (7-7) retired the last 13 batters he faced and the only run against him was a home run by John Mayberry Jr. in the second inning. The left-hander allowed three hits, walked none and struck out eight in six innings.

La Stella, batting .297 after his first 46 games, is 6-for-7 with 13 RBIs when he comes up with the bases loaded. He went 2-for-4, giving him a .353 average (18-for-51) in his past 13 games.

Nationals 5, Brewers 4

WASHINGTON -- Right fielder Jayson Werth hit a game-winning double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

The hit down the left field line scored third baseman Anthony Rendon, who had reached on a fielder's choice after a Denard Span single. It was the 11th last at-bat victory of the season for the Nationals.

Rafael Soriano (2-0) picked up the win, while Rob Wooten (1-4) was tagged with the loss. The Brewers tied the game at 4 in the top of the ninth on a one-out single by Rickie Weeks (two hits) against Soriano.

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