WASHINGTON (AP) Denard Span scored from second on third baseman Jordan Pacheco’s throwing error in the ninth inning, and the Washington Nationals stretched their winning streak to 10 games with a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.
Five of Washington’s last six wins have come in its final at-bat, and the streak is tied for the franchise record. Kansas City is the only other team to win 10 consecutive games this year.
Rafael Soriano (4-1) pitched a scoreless ninth for the Nationals, who swept three-game series against the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates before winning all four games of this series.
Oliver Perez (2-3) got the loss for the Diamondbacks.
RAYS 1, TIGERS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – David Price allowed only a first-inning RBI triple to Brandon Guyer in his first start against his former team, and Alex Cobb and the Rays beat the Tigers to avoid a three-game sweep.
Ben Zobrist reached on a throwing error by shortstop Eugenio Suarez scored on Guyer’s hit. Price then retired his final 23 batters, nine on strikeouts, to finish an eight-inning complete game.
Cobb (9-6) scattered two hits, walked two and struck out six over seven innings, improving to 7-0 in his last 10 starts. After Brad Boxberger worked out of an eighth-inning jam, Jake McGee got three outs for his 14th save and complete a four-hitter.
Price (12-9), traded to the Tigers as part of a three-team deal on July 31, got a standing ovation while taking his warmup throws before the bottom of the first.
ANGELS 2, RED SOX 0
BOSTON (AP) – Matt Shoemaker pitched one-hit ball into the eighth inning, helping the Angels complete a four-game sweep at Fenway Park.
Shoemaker (12-4) struck out nine before a two-out walk to Mookie Betts in the eighth ended his night. Will Middlebrooks’ two-out double in the seventh was Boston’s only hit in its fifth consecutive loss.
Jason Grilli pitched the ninth for his 12th save of the season and first with the Angels since coming to Los Angeles in a deal with Pittsburgh on June 27.
The Angels have won four straight and eight of nine, taking a two-game lead over the A’s into this weekend’s series at Oakland.
Boston’s Rubby De La Rosa (4-5) pitched 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs and eight hits. He also tied his career high with eight strikeouts.
CUBS 2, GIANTS 1
CHICAGO (AP) – After two days, the first upheld protest in nearly 30 years and another rain storm, the Cubs held on for the win in the completion of their suspended game against the Giants.
Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer on Tuesday held up when the teams played the final 4 1/2 innings of a game the Cubs thought they had won 2-0 before Major League Baseball opted for a suspension.
A short rainstorm caused a delay of more than 4 1/2 hours after the grounds crew couldn’t put the tarp down quickly. The umpires said the field was unplayable and called it at 1:16 a.m.
But the Giants protested, and MLB ruled that the tarp had not been properly put away after its previous use. The game was suspended.
Thursday’s start was delayed 1 hour, 57 minutes by another downpour before Chicago could bat in the bottom of the fifth.
Tsuyoshi Wada (3-1) earned the victory for the Cubs, while Ryan Vogelsong (7-9) took the loss. Hector Rondon worked a scoreless ninth for his 19th save in 23 opportunities.
YANKEES 3, ASTROS 0
NEW YORK (AP) – Brandon McCarthy pitched a four-hitter and the Yankees avoided a three-game sweep, beating the Houston Astros 3-0 Thursday.
New York won for just the third time in 10 games. Chase Headley hit an early two-run double and the Yankees backed McCarthy with flawless fielding.
McCarthy (5-2) outpitched Dallas Keuchel (10-9) as they both threw complete games without a walk.
McCarthy struck out eight in his fourth career shutout and first this season. He was 3-10 with Arizona before being traded to the Yankees in July.
Keuchel gave up seven hits and struck out five.
BRAVES 8, REDS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) – Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bases-loaded single during Atlanta’s decisive third inning, and the Braves extended their offensive resurgence.
Atlanta put it away early, sending 11 batters to the plate in the third for five runs. Jason Heyward got it started with a single off David Holmberg (0-1) and drew a bases-loaded walk that finished the rally. Upton singled home a pair of runs during the inning and later added a sacrifice fly.
Julio Teheran (12-9) went six innings and allowed four hits by the Reds, who have lost six in a row.
The Braves have won six of their last seven games, scoring at least seven runs four times. They remain seven games behind Washington in the NL East.
TWINS 4, INDIANS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kennys Vargas homered and sparked rallies with two other hits, leading the Twins past Corey Kluber and the Indians.
Phil Hughes (14-8) struck out eight over seven innings to forge a four-way tie for the American League lead in victories, with Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer and Scott Kazmir.
Trevor Plouffe put the Twins back in front with a two-run double in the sixth.
Kluber (13-7) had his winning streak stopped at six, despite eight strikeouts over seven innings.
Rookie Zach Walters homered for the third straight game for the Indians.