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Game roundup: Tigers' Porcello blanks A's

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Rick Porcello pitched a four-hitter for his second consecutive shutout Tuesday night, running his scoreless innings string to 25 1/3, and hot-hitting J.D. Martinez clubbed a two-run home run to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 3-0 victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics.

Porcello blanked the Texas Rangers on three hits in his previous start for his first career shutout and turned in only the third complete game of his career Tuesday, throwing just 95 pitches. The right-hander did not walk a batter nor did he strike one out. Porcello became the first Detroit pitcher to throw consecutive shutouts since right-hander Jack Morris in 1986.

Martinez, subbing for injured designated hitter Victor Martinez a second straight night, hit a first-pitch changeup from lefty Brad Mills (1-1) into the left field seats one out after second baseman Ian Kinsler led off the sixth with a single. It was Martinez's 10th home run of the season.

Angels 8-7, White Sox 4-5

Even though Angels starter Jered Weaver (9-6) allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings against a team he usually dominates, he still earned a win as Los Angeles completed a doubleheader sweep at Chicago.

Kole Calhoun (2-for-4) and Howie Kendrick (2-for-3) each scored twice and drove in two runs for Los Angeles in the nightcap. Calhoun hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning.

In the opener, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to turn a 3-0 deficit into a 4-3 lead -- Trout's just clearing the fence in left field for a three-run shot.

Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (9-2) allowed the 26th homer of the season by Chicago rookie first baseman Jose Abreu in the first inning, but he gave up only one other hit in his eight-inning outing.

Rays 2, Yankees 1

David Price struck out nine in seven innings, and Tampa Bay extended its winning streak to four games with a victory over New York in the Bronx.

Price (7-7) held the Yankees to one run on four hits and three walks while winning for the third time in four starts. He nearly joined Nolan Ryan (six times), Randy Johnson (five times) and Pedro Martinez (three times) as the only pitchers with six consecutive double-digit strikeout games.

Rays first baseman James Loney hit the go-ahead home run off New York right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (5-6) to open the sixth inning.

Braves 5, Mets 4

Four Atlanta relievers combined to retire 15 of the game's final 16 hitters, helping the Braves top New York for their sixth straight victory.

Rookie Shae Simmons (1-0) picked up his first major league win by retiring all five batters he faced.

Andrelton Simmons' two-run single in the fourth inning gave Atlanta a 5-2 lead. Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy homered for the Mets.

Orioles 8, Rangers 3

Steve Pearce, Nelson Cruz and Caleb Joseph all homered for Baltimore, which continued its power surge.

The Orioles hit four homers Monday in a 7-1 win over Texas, three of which came in the first two innings. Baltimore also got three homers in the first two innings Tuesday.

Cruz, who swatted his 26th of the season, and Pearce hit solo homers. Joseph's two-run shot gave the Orioles the lead for good in the second inning. Baltimore spot starter T.J. McFarland (1-1) gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings and left with an 8-2 lead.

Blue Jays 4, Brewers 1

Drew Hutchison struck out a career-best 10 and Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus hit home runs as Toronto defeated Milwaukee.

The Blue Jays, who wore red uniform tops in honor of Canada Day, snapped a three-game losing streak and gave the Brewers their second consecutive loss before a crowd of 45,088 in Toronto.

Hutchison (6-6) held the Brewers to three hits, two walks and one run in seven innings. Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 13th save of the season.

Pirates 3, Diamondbacks 2

Starling Marte hit a tying two-run double in the ninth inning, then scored the winning run on pinch hitter Ike Davis' single as Pittsburgh rallied past visiting Arizona.

Diamondbacks left-hander Wade Miley carried a two-hit shutout into the ninth but was lifted after giving up back-to-back singles to Neil Walker and pinch hitter Gregory Polanco to start the inning. Closer Addison Reed (1-4) blew a save for the fourth time in 23 chances.

Marte drove a double off the top of center field fence to tie the score. After Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked, Davis lined a single to right to score Marte and give the Pirates their eighth win in 10 games.

Nationals 7, Rockies 1

Jayson Werth had two hits and three RBIs, and Stephen Strasburg allowed just one run in 7 2/3 innings as Washington beat visiting Colorado. The Nationals won their fourth game in a row.

Werth entered the game hitting .135 in his last 13 games, but he had an RBI double in the first and a two-run double in the fourth.

Strasburg (7-6) improved to 6-2 at home as he struck out eight and walked one.

Cubs 2, Red Sox 1

Luis Valbuena drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly off Boston closer Koji Uehara in the ninth inning, then made a game-saving stop to end the game.

Uehara (3-2) yielded a leadoff single to first baseman Anthony Rizzo before shortstop Starlin Castro moved the runner to third with a double to left. Valbuena brought Rizzo home with a fly to shallow right.

Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 11th save of the year, getting help from a diving stop by third base Valbuena with a runner at second. Valbuena threw out Dustin Pedroia at first base, and the call was confirmed by a video review.

Marlins 5, Phillies 4 (11 innings)

Ed Lucas hit a one-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead Miami to a win over visiting Philadelphia.

The winning rally started when pinch hitter Jeff Baker singled off Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus and was bunted to second by Christian Yelich. That set the stage for Lucas, who went the other way and lofted a soft liner just over the head of first baseman Ryan Howard. It was Miami's seventh walk-off hit of the season.

The Marlins snapped a four-game losing streak.

Twins 10, Royals 2

Minnesota erupted for three runs in the fourth inning and five more in the sixth en route to a blowout of visiting Kansas City.

Shortstop Eduardo Nunez led the offensive charge for the Twins with three hits, including a solo home run to lead off the sixth and an RBI single in the fourth. Designated hitter Kendrys Morales, catcher Kurt Suzuki and left fielder Chris Parmelee also had multi-hit games for the Twins, who had lost six of seven entering play Tuesday.

Twins first baseman Joe Mauer left in the fifth inning due to a right oblique strain. He will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

Mariners 13, Astros 2

Hisashi Iwakuma rebounded from two rough starts by working six strong innings, and Seattle turned a tense affair on its ear with a seven-run sixth inning in a rout at Houston.

Iwakuma (6-4) allowed five earned runs in each of his previous two starts, surrendering 17 hits over nine innings during that stretch. He reclaimed his masterful form against the Astros, allowing one run on seven hits with seven strikeouts. Iwakuma did not issue a walk.

James Jones, Kyle Seager and Dustin Ackley each had three hits for Seattle. Seager and Robinson Cano drove in three runs apiece.

Giants 5, Cardinals 0

Right-hander Tim Lincecum followed up his no-hitter with eight innings of shutout ball, and San Francisco beat visiting St. Louis in the opener of a three-game series.

Third baseman Pablo Sandoval belted his 100th career home run, a two-run shot in a three-run fourth inning, and right fielder Hunter Pence had two hits and scored twice, highlighting an eight-hit Giants attack.

Pitching for the first time since no-hitting the San Diego Padres last Wednesday, Lincecum (7-5) allowed four hits in his 113-pitch effort. He walked two and struck out six.

Padres 8, Reds 2

Seth Smith had three hits, including his ninth homer, Carlos Quentin drove in three runs with a 416-foot homer and a sacrifice fly, and San Diego collected a season-high 16 hits in a rout of visiting Cincinnati.

Eleven Padres, including all nine starters, had a hit. Quentin, Yasmani Grandal and Alexi Amarista each had two hits.

The offensive breakout enabled right-hander Ian Kennedy (6-9) to halt his personal losing streak at three. Kennedy, who also had a run-scoring single, allowed one run on seven hits and a walk with five strikeouts over six innings.

Indians 10, Dodgers 3

Cleveland turned a triple play that sparked two video reviews, and the Indians rolled to a victory at Los Angeles.

Indians right fielder David Murphy went 3-for-4. Left fielder Michael Brantley, second baseman Jason Kipnis, first baseman Nick Swisher and catcher Yan Gomes added two hits apiece. Chisenhall, Swisher, Gomes and Murphy each added two RBIs.

On the triple play, Brantley caught an Adrian Gonzalez fly ball and threw out Dee Gordon at the plate. Gomes then fired to second to catch Yasiel Puig, who was originally called safe. The call at the second was reversed after a review, and the call at the plate stood.
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