The Juice: Mariano Rivera blows save as White Sox sweep, Tigers and Braves extend winning streaks

Kevin Kaduk
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Get me rewrite: Chicago's retirement gift for the great Mariano Rivera?

How about a broom?

Despite heading into the series as one of the worst teams in baseball, the Chicago White Sox finished off a sweep of the New York Yankees on Wednesday night when Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run, two-out triple for a 6-5 victory. The big blow came off Yankees reliever Adam Warren, but it wouldn't have been possible were it not for Adam Dunn's game-tying RBI single off Rivera in the bottom of the ninth. The White Sox were down to their last strike on both occasions. It was the third time in 38 chances that Rivera has blown a save this season.

''You don't expect to tie it up off the greatest closer ever, but I guess with our team that makes perfect sense,'' Chicago's Paul Konerko said, smiling.

While Rivera's unique farewell tour has been great, it's becoming increasingly clear he could get the same playoff-less sendoff that old Yankee Stadium got in 2008. Wednesday's loss dropped New York to 11 1/2 games out of first place in the AL East and seven games out of the second wild card spot.

As for A-Rod, he went 1 for 5 with a strikeout as the union announced it had formally appealed his 211-game suspension.

Detroit's 1-2 punch: There are few things harder in baseball than containing Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder for an entire baseball game. The Cleveland Indians learned this again on Wednesday as Cabrera hit a big two-run homer in the eighth inning, paving the way for Fielder's two-run double in the 12th. End result: A 6-5 win that gave the Tigers their 11th straight victory and put them in position to sweep the four-game series with a win on Thursday. With their bullpens unable to maintain a lead this series, the Indians are close to only focusing on the wild card race. They're six games behind Detroit in the AL Central.

Objects in mirror are not closer than they appear: Wave goodbye, Washington. Not that there was any previous doubt, but the Atlanta Braves put the NL East in a complete sleeperhold after turning a three-run eighth inning into a 6-3 win over the Nationals on Wednesday. Not only did the victory complete a sweep at Nationals Park for the Braves, it went for their 13th straight win and extended their division lead over second place Washington to a stunning 15 1/2 games. No other team in baseball leads their division by more than six.


Reds 6, A's 5: Six days of rest does nothing for Bartolo Colon, who gives up five runs and seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings of work. The A's have lost six of seven.

Cubs 5, Phillies 2: A career night for journeyman Donnie Murphy as he hits two homers, including a three-run shot that put Chicago ahead for good in the ninth and helped end a five-game losing streak.

Mets 5, Rockies 0: Matt Harvey uses 106 pitches to record the first complete game shutout of his young career.

Orioles 10, Padres 3: Chris Davis hits his MLB-leading 41st homer, a three-run, tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning that traveled 453 feet at Petco Park.

Mariners 9, Blue Jays 7: Toronto's J.A. Happ gives up seven hits and seven runs over four innings, but still turns in the feelgood story of the night. It was his first start since May 7, when he suffered a skull fracture after being hit with a line drive from Desmond Jennings.

Pirates 4, Marlins 2: Pittsburgh's fourth straight win and Miami's fourth straight loss leads into Thursday's matinee, which features what should be a must-watch pitching matchup between Gerrit Cole and Jose Fernandez.

Royals 5, Twins 2: Danny Duffy's return from Tommy John surgery was effective (seven strikeouts over 3 2/3 innings) though far from efficient (93 pitches). Royals pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts.

Red Sox 7, Astros 5: Stephen Drew's three-run homer in the ninth gives Boston its sixth come-from-behind win in its last seven victories.

Dodgers 13, Cardinals 4: Los Angeles totals a season-high 18 hits after a Carl Crawford line drive forces St. Louis starter Shelby Miller to leave after just two pitches. (Good news for Redbirds fans: X-rays were negative.)

D-backs 9, Rays 8: Martin Prado's two-run single in the eighth proves to be the game-winner in a roller coaster game that featured 28 total hits.

Rangers 10, Angels 3: One night after stealing a season-high six bases, Texas comes right back and breaks that mark with seven. Leonys Martin had three of them, so pick him up if he's available and your fantasy team needs a late push with swipes.

Brewers 6, Giants 1: Late trouble from Madison Bumgarner dooms San Francisco.

''We have to get better at that. It's one thing giving up the stolen base. You're not going to change your whole game plan to shut down the running game, but you have to try to contain it. They have some guys there that can run, but they shouldn't be running with the ease they are against us.'' — Angels manager Mike Scioscia

Is that Chase Utley or an Eagles linebacker? Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro still might not know as this collision saw him carted off the field with an ankle injury. Give the guy credit, though: Navarro hung onto the ball and Utley was out.

• Atlanta's B.J. Upton had his first four-hit game of the season and it raised his average to a season-high .198. Yeesh.

• The Astros blew a three-run lead on Wednesday, one night after blowing a five-run advantage.

• Andrew McCutchen is batting .359 at PNC Park this season.

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