Strasburg wins 13th straight decision, Nats beat Phillies
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 11, 2016 01:52 PM
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg winds up during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park, Friday, June 10, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out 10 and won his 13th straight decision despite a rocky beginning, and the Washington Nationals rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-6 on Friday.
The Nationals scored in five straight innings after trailing 4-0 in the third. Wilson Ramos, Stephen Drew and Danny Espinosa homered off Jeremy Hellickson (4-4), and Daniel Murphy drove in three runs with a pair of doubles.
Tommy Joseph homered twice for the Phillies, which has lost 11 of 14.
Strasburg (10-0) labored early but finished strong, retiring the final 14 batters he faced after Joseph's two-run homer in the third. The right-hander allowed four runs, five hits with one walk over seven innings.
Strasburg's winning streak, already a franchise record, matches the longest in D.C. baseball history since Walter Johnson won 13 in a row for the Washington Nationals in 1924.
Alex Avila hit two of Chicago's season-high four home runs and the struggling White Sox beat Kansas City 7-5 to give a shaky Chris Sale his major league-leading 10th win and the Royals their eight straight loss.
The defending champions matched their longest losing streak since May 2013.
Sale (10-2) pitched into the seventh and got the victory despite giving up a season-high three home runs — two solo drives to Eric Hosmer and one to Salvador Perez.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a game-ending home run in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Orioles 4-3, ending Baltimore's winning streak at five.
Encarnacion hit an opposite field shot off Brad Brach (5-1) to begin the 10th and end an 0-for-19 slump.
Drew Storen (1-2) pitched one inning for the win.
Chris Davis hit a two-run homer and Jonathan Schoop added a solo blast for the Orioles.
Bud Norris pitched seven strong innings, Adonis Garcia and Tyler Flowers hit home runs and the Atlanta Braves beat Jason Hammel and the Chicago Cubs 5-1.
Making his second start since returning to the rotation, Norris (2-7) allowed one run on four hits and no walks with six strikeouts. He gave up only one hit in his last four innings.
Garcia and Flowers gave the weak-hitting Braves back-to-back homers for the first time this season
CC Sabathia pitched seven sharp innings, Brett Gardner sparked another scoring burst and the New York Yankees beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 for its fifth straight win.
Carlos Beltran and Didi Gregorius each added two hits for the Yankees, while Sabathia (4-4) gave up five singles, walked two and struck out four.
Clayton Kershaw struck out 13 in eight innings, Justin Turner hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2.
Kershaw (9-1) outdueled Johnny Cueto to improve to 7-0 over his last eight starts, and with 82 strikeouts to just three walks during that stretch since an April 26 loss to Miami.
Turner hit a 2-1 pitch from Santiago Casilla (1-2) to left field to start the ninth and the Dodgers shaved a game off the Giants' NL West lead to pull within three.
Pitcher Adam Wainwright, pinch-hitting because the Cardinals were out of positon players, hit a two-run, two-out double to spark a six-run 12th inning as St. Louis beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-3.
Also Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Houston Astros 4-3, the Boston Red Sox topped the Minnesota Twins 8-1, the New York Mets had a 2-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 7-5.