The Associated Press
Aug. 05, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chris Johnson drove in a pair of runs and Alex Wood pitched six strong innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to their 10th straight victory, 4-1 over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night.
Wood (2-2) allowed one run on two hits in his fourth major league start. The unorthodox 22-year-old rookie left-hander, who configures his body in an unusual way during his delivery, struck out three and walked two.
Johnson, who entered leading the league in batting, hit a two-run single in the first to stake the Braves to an early lead. Justin Upton and B.J. Upton each had a pair of hits with a double apiece for Atlanta, which matched its season-best winning streak.
Philadelphia managed just four hits while dropping its fifth straight and 13th in the last 14.
Cliff Lee (10-5) matched his shortest outing of the season. The left-hander gave up four runs — three earned — on eight hits in five innings to lose for the third consecutive start.
PIRATES 5, ROCKIES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A.J. Burnett scattered eight hits and Russell Martin provided some rare run support for the right-hander with a three-run homer to lead Pittsburgh over Colorado.
Burnett (5-7) struck out nine and walked one in his first complete game of the season and 23rd of his 15-year career. He threw 110 pitches, 83 for strikes.
The Pirates, who have the best record in the major leagues at 67-44 following 20 consecutive losing seasons, maintained their 1½-game lead in the NL Central over St. Louis.
Colorado starter Juan Nicasio (6-6) struggled for a second consecutive start, giving four runs and six hits in 4 1-3 innings with three walks and four strikeouts.
DODGERS 1, CUBS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — A.J. Ellis hit an RBI single, Stephen Fife pitched into the sixth inning and Los Angeles extended its franchise-record road winning streak to 14 with a win over Chicago.
The Dodgers haven't lost on the road since July 6 in San Francisco. The NL record for consecutive road wins is 17 by the New York Giants in 1916. Detroit was the last to win 14 straight in 1984.
The Cubs haven't scored for 23 straight innings.
Fife (4-3) struck out five and allowed seven hits in 5 1-3 scoreless innings. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his 17th save in 20 opportunities.
Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva (2-8) allowed a run and two hits in six innings.
CARDINALS 15, REDS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Carpenter broke his 0-for-23 slump with a bases-loaded double during the Cardinals' decisive rally, and St. Louis ended a tough trip on the upswing by beating Cincinnati.
The Cardinals went 3-8 on a trip that included seven straight losses — four of them in Pittsburgh, allowing the Pirates to overtake them for the NL Central lead.
Carpenter's two-run double off the wall completed a five-run rally in the sixth against Mike Leake (10-5) and two relievers. Matt Adams, David Freese and Tony Cruz homered for the Cardinals, who have scored 13, 13, 3 and 15 runs in their last four games.
Lance Lynn (13-5) allowed two runs on four hits in eight innings. He struck out 11.
BREWERS 8, NATIONALS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jeff Bianchi lofted a single that dropped just behind a drawn-in infield, breaking a tie and capping a five-run sixth inning as Milwaukee beat Washington.
With the score tied 4-4 and runners at second and third, Bianchi's soft bloop off Fernando Abad (0-3) dropped in back of second base as Anthony Rendon raced back to make a play. It allowed Khris Davis to score from third and Juan Francisco to just beat the throw home with a perfect slide.
John Axford (5-4) allowed a home run to Adam LaRoche in the top of the sixth but nothing else to earn the win. Jim Henderson pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 18 chances.
Milwaukee snapped a three-game losing streak.
INDIANS 2, MARLINS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Scott Kazmir and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and Cleveland beat Miami for its 10th win in 11 games.
The shutout was the 15th for the Indians, most in the American League. They took two of three games in the series despite scoring a total of only six runs. The Indians, who are chasing AL Central-leading Detroit, begin a four-game series at home Monday against the Tigers.
Lonnie Chisenhall and Michael Brantley drove in the Indians' runs, and that was enough for Kazmir (7-4). Making his 200th career appearance, the left-hander allowed two hits in six innings.
Nathan Eovaldi (2-2) allowed only one run in seven innings but left after throwing 105 pitches.
ROYALS 6, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Ervin Santana scattered five hits and allowed one run in six innings, and surging Kansas City beat New York.
The Royals won for the 11th time in 12 games, helped by a pair of flyballs that right fielder Marlon Byrd lost in the sun. Both came during a three-run fifth, with one falling for a double and the other glancing off his glove for an error.
Mike Moustakas hit a solo homer for the Royals, who completed an 8-1 road trip.
Santana (8-6) has three wins and a no-decision in his past four starts.
Zack Wheeler (4-2) gave up four runs — three earned — and issued five walks in five innings.
PADRES 6, YANKEES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ian Kennedy won his San Diego debut, his first victory in more than two months, and Everth Cabrera, facing a 50-game suspension in baseball's latest drug scandal, had two hits and two RBIS as the Padres beat New York.
The Padres took two of three from the Yankees, who got only 2 2-3 innings out of Phil Hughes.
Kennedy (8-4), acquired from Arizona on Wednesday, hadn't won since June 1 at the Cubs. He allowed two runs and four hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out six and walked four.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.
Hughes (4-10) allowed five runs and six hits while striking out one and walking one.