Hamels reaches 2,000 Ks as Rangers beat Seattle
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 13, 2016 02:09 PM
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels works against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Cole Hamels became the seventh active pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts as he helped the Texas Rangers beat division rival Seattle Mariners 6-4 on Sunday.
He picked up strikeout No. 2,000 in the third inning when he got Leonys Martin swinging. It was one of five strikeouts for Hamels, who allowed one run on four hits in seven innings. He joins C.C. Sabathia, Bartolo Colon, Felix Hernandez, Jake Peavy, John Lackey and Justin Verlander.
"I've got some pretty good company to pitch against since I've come up," Hamels said. "It's pretty fun to be able to pitch with those types of guys in this league in this generation that I've been able to come up with. It just kind of pushes us to see what we can do."
Mitch Moreland homered for the AL West-leading Rangers, who took two out of three games in the series against second-place Seattle to open a season-high five-game division lead. The Rangers have won seven straight series and 12 of their last 15 games.
"It's a good win for us, especially to play this team and how close we're probably going to be throughout the year in this division," Hamels said.
Francisco Lindor homered and drove in three runs in the first two innings as the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians in an 8-3 win over the Angels.
Lindor's three hits included a solo shot in the first and a bases-loaded single during Cleveland's four-run second.
At Toronto, the Blue Jays used five-run first inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-9, while Detroit rookie Michael Fulmer dominated on Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium, winning his fifth straight start while extending his scoreless streak to 28 1/3 innings to lead the Tigers 4-1 in New York.
The Nationals completed a three-game sweep with a 5-4 win over the Phillies, the Tampa Bay Rays had a 5-0 win over the Houston Astros, the Athletics ended a seven-game losing streak — and a nine-game road losing streak — with a 6-1 victory in Cincinnati against the Reds.
The league-leading Chicago Cubs clobbered the Braves 13-2 in Atlanta, with Jon Lester earning his fourth straight victory after allowing no earned runs in seven innings.
Lester (8-3) has allowed only one earned run with no walks in three wins this month, lowering his ERA to 1.89. He gave up five hits to the Braves, his high mark of the month, with seven strikeouts.
Chicago outscored Atlanta 21-4 in winning the final two games of the three-game series.
In the late game at San Francisco, Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer off rookie Julio Urias in the sixth inning to help Peavy earn his 150th career win, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1.
The Dodgers fell five games behind the first-place Giants in the NL West after losing the final two games of the series.
At Milwaukee, Zach Davies tossed six-plus strong innings of three-hit ball before the Brewers held on for a 5-3 win against the mistake-prone New York Mets, who played without ill manager Terry Collins.
He was seen by a trainer and Brewers team doctor after feeling sick before the game. Assistant general manager John Ricco said Collins was being taken to a hospital for precautionary tests.
The Royals beat the White Sox 3-1 in Chicago, and the Twins had a 7-4 win over the Boston Red Sox, with Max Kepler's first major league homer being a three-run shot in the bottom of the 10th inning that gave Minnesota the vitory.
In other games, the Diamondbacks beat the Marlins 6-0, the Colorado Rockies edged the San Diego Padres 2-1 and the St. Louis Cardinals capped a three-game sweep with an 8-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.