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Game roundup: Samardzija wins debut for A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-hander Jeff Samardzija made a strong first impression in his debut Sunday afternoon for the Oakland A's.

Samardzija allowed just one run and four hits in seven innings, leading the A's to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at O.co Coliseum.

Samardzija, who came to the A's from the Chicago Cubs as the centerpiece of a five-player trade, struck out five and walked one. He struck out the side in the seventh inning and left the mound to a standing ovation from the crowd of 22,897.

The A's completed their first four-game series sweep of the Blue Jays since 1981 and first sweep of any length against Toronto since 2000.

John Jaso, Jed Lowrie, Stephen Vogt and Craig Gentry each had two hits for the A's, who scored once in the second inning, twice in the third and once in the eighth.

Dodgers 8, Rockies 2

DENVER -- Josh Beckett continued his eye-opening comeback and Los Angeles parlayed a five-run fifth inning into a win over Colorado.

Coming out of spring training, Beckett (6-5) was the fifth starter for the Dodgers and something of a question mark. He had not pitched since mid-May 2013 and had undergone season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on July 10. Beckett held the Rockies to three hits in five scoreless innings.

Indians 4, Royals 1

CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber pitched 8 1/3 dominating innings to lead Cleveland over Kansas City at Progressive Field.

Carlos Santana and Yan Gomes both homered for the Indians, who won two of the three games in the weekend series. The right-hander Kluber (8-6) did not need much help, holding the Royals to one run on four hits, with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

Kluber was relieved by Cody Allen with one out and a runner at second in the ninth inning. Allen got the last two outs to pick up his ninth save. Two of the four hits Kluber allowed did not leave the infield. The only run he allowed came on a homer by Mike Moustakas in the fifth inning.

Orioles 7, Red Sox 6

Left fielder David Lough started the 12th inning with a triple, and shortstop J.J. Hardy followed with a tiebreaking single that lifted Baltimore over Boston.

Lough began the 12th with a shot off Edward Mujica (2-4) that rolled all the way to the wall in center. Hardy then singled through the drawn-in Boston infield for his third RBI in the game.

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-6 and Hardy, Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, Manny Machado and Ryan Flaherty added two hits apiece for Baltimore.

Giants 5, Twins 3

SAN DIEGO -- Tim Lincecum didn't pitch his third no-hitter in less than a year against San Diego at Petco Park, but he gave it run.

Lincecum didn't allow a hit until San Francisco rookie Jake Goebbert singled to right with two out in the fourth inning and held the Padres to one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings. Lincecum threw the second no-hitter of his career against the Padres on June 25 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The first no-hitter of his career came against the Padres last July 13 at Petco Park.

Hunter Pence and Brandon Belt paced the Giants' offense. Pence was 3-for-4 with a double and scored three of San Francisco's four runs. Belt, whose two-run homer in the 10th won Saturday night's game, was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs.

Yankees 9, Twins 7

MINNEAPOLIS -- New York knocked around Minnesota starter Ricky Nolasco early in the finale of a four-game series at Target Field.

Nolasco (5-7) lasted just two innings, allowing six earned runs and seven hits.

The Yankees opened a 9-0 lead and collected 14 hits, 10 of which were singles.

Angels 6, Astros 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Right-hander Garrett Richards amassed a career-high 11 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings to lead Los Angeles over Houston at Angel Stadium.

Richards (10-2) permitted one run, one walk and six hits as the Angels won their fourth consecutive game and their ninth in a row at home. Kole Calhoun went 3-for-4, including a home run and two runs scored. The Astros' losing streak reached seven games.

The Angels built a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning on three hits, a sacrifice, a hit batter and an error against Collin McHugh. Albert Pujols lined a single to bring catcher Hank Conger and Calhoun home. Pujols moved into a tie for 41st in career RBIs with Hall of Famer Willie McCovey. Both have 1,555 RBIs.

Reds 4, Brewers 2

CINCINNATI -- Jay Bruce snapped a career-worst 0-for-26 slump with an eighth-inning, two-run homer off Will Smith (1-2) that helped Cincinnati defeat Milwaukee.

The homer, Bruce's eighth of the year and first since hitting two in San Francisco on June 26, sent the Brewers home with a 1-4 record on a five-game road trip.

The Reds collected three hits off Yovani Gallardo while grabbing a 2-0 first-inning lead.

Diamondbacks 3, Braves 1

ATLANTA -- Arizona got a two-run homer from Paul Goldschmidt and snapped Atlanta's nine-game winning streak.

The big first baseman went 2-for-3 and gave his team a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a two-run homer, his 16th home run of the season, against Atlanta starter Alex Wood. The two-out shot hit the left-field foul pole and scored pitcher Wade Miley, who walked to start the inning.

Miley (4-6) pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed one run, five hits and one walk with eight strikeouts.

Marlins 8, Cardinals 4

ST. LOUIS -- After spending the first five innings leaving baserunners all over Busch Stadium, Miami started collecting hits with men in scoring position. Scoring three runs in the top of the sixth inning and four more in the eighth, the Marlins blew open a tight game with St. Louis.

Pitcher Henderson Alvarez (6-3) scattered five hits in seven innings and allowed only one run, a solo homer by second baseman Kolten Wong with one out in the seventh. Alvarez, who walked one and fanned three, also started the sixth inning uprising with the second of his three singles.

Marcell Ozuna stroked a two-run single to left off reliever Nick Greenwood for a 3-0 Miami lead. Jeff Baker added the first of his two RBI singles three pitches later. In the eighth, Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed Baker's second run-scoring hit with a towering three-run homer to the seats in right off reliever Jason Motte. That made the score 8-1.

Mets 8, Rangers 4

NEW YORK -- Anthony Recker's three-run homer capped a five-run first inning and New York withstood a late Texas rally at Citi Field.

Zack Wheeler picked up the win by throwing 6 1/3 workmanlike innings for the Mets (39-49), who took two of three from the Rangers for just their third series win in 10 series dating to June 3.

New York batted around in the first inning against Rangers right-hander Nick Tepesch, who gave up all five runs with two outs.

Nationals 2, Cubs 1

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmerman had a two-out RBI single in the eighth inning to break a 1-1 tie and the Nationals took the deciding game of the three-game series.

Zimmerman smashed a single into left field off reliever Pedro Strop (1-4) to score Denard Span, who led off the eighth with his second double of the game. The winning pitcher was Tyler Clippard (6-2), who pitched a scoreless eighth. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 21st save.

The Cubs tied the score at 1 on a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning by Starlin Castro.

Pirates 6, Phillies 2

PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Locke pitched eight strong innings and Russell Martin hit a two-run double in the first inning to propel the Pirates over Philadelphia and spoil A.J. Burnett's return to Pittsburgh.

The Pirates took all three games to sweep the Phillies, the first of the season for Pittsburgh. Locke (2-1) allowed just two runs -- one earned -- and three hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Andrew McCutchen had two hits, including a triple that drove in the first run in a three-run eighth inning that put the game away. McCutchen scored on Starling Marte's single and Jordy Mercer hit a sacrifice fly for his fifth RBI of the series.

Burnett (5-8) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings in his first start at PNC Park since leaving the Pirates as a free agent at the end of last season.

White Sox 1, Mariners 0

CHICAGO -- The White Sox managed just one run and two hits, but that was enough against Seattle thanks to a strong performance from starter Hector Noesi and the bullpen.

Noesi (3-6) allowed just five hits in 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win. Jake Petricka pitched the final two innings for his third save.

The White Sox took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning without generating much offense. With two out and none on, Conor Gillaspie walked and Jose Abreu followed with a single to put runners on first and third. Gillaspie then came in to score as Adam Dunn drew a walk. Ball four sailed over the head of Seattle catcher John Buck for a wild pitch as Gillaspie raced home.

Rays 7, Tigers 3

DETROIT -- All-Star left-hander David Price threw 8 2/3 effective innings and got home run support from Matt Joyce and Desmond Jennings in Tampa Bay's victory over Detroit.

Tampa Bay collected 19 hits en route to its third consecutive win to conclude the four-game series. The Rays ended their 11-game road trip with a 9-2 record. They are 17-8 since June 11.

Rays shortstop Ben Zobrist and designated hitter Sean Rodriguez each collected four hits. Center fielder Jennings and first baseman James Loney added three hits apiece, and left fielder Joyce and catcher Jose Molina each had two hits.
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