Britton gets it done despite streak ending, as O's down Nats
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 25, 2016 05:16 PM
Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado (13) slides home past Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos to score on single by Jonathan Schoop during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in Washington. The Orioles won 10-8. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON (AP) — Baltimore closer Zach Britton saw his remarkable streak of 43 straight games without allowing an earned run end, then shut down Washington's ninth-inning rally to preserve a 10-8 victory that moved the Orioles within one game of the lead in the American League East.
Victory over their local rivals put the O's right on the tail of joint AL East leaders Toronto and Boston, which both lost.
Washington's lead in the National League East was trimmed to a still comfortable seven games while the Central-leading Chicago Cubs maintained their huge lead by completing a three-game road sweep of San Diego.
Los Angeles' Rich Hill made an impressive first start for the Dodgers, leading them to a shutout victory over San Francisco that widened the gap between the NL West's top teams to three games, while the New York Yankees improved their long-shot playoff hopes with a shutout win at Seattle.
Baltimore looked like recording a comfortable win against Washington, only for the hosts to rally with five runs in the ninth inning; four from a Daniel Murphy grand slam.
Britton gave up another run, and his mistake saw the Nationals put runners on first and second bases with one out, but Britton ended it when he got Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending double play.
Chicago's Kyle Hendricks pitched six effective innings to guide the Cubs to a 6-3 win at San Diego.
Hendricks struck out eight and left with a majors-best 2.19 earned run average. He has allowed no more than three earned runs in 17 straight starts.
At 81-45, the Cubs are 36 games over a .500 winning percentage for the first time since 1945.
Los Angeles' Rich Hill pitched six dominant innings to lead the Dodgers over San Francisco 1-0.
Hill was out with a blister on his left middle finger when the Dodgers acquired him from Oakland on Aug. 1. In his first start, he threw 81 pitches.
The only run of the game came from a Justin Turner homer in the fourth inning. He has hit 20 homers since June 10.
New York's Masahiro Tanaka won his fourth straight start, guiding the Yankees to a 5-0 win at Seattle.
Tanaka pitched seven scoreless innings and got the better of former Japan League teammate Hisashi Iwakuma, who started for the Mariners.
Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez kept up his torrid stretch with his seventh home run in the past nine games, and also had a double and an intentional walk.
Miami's Jose Fernandez pitched seven scoreless innings and appeared to injure himself with his last pitch as the Marlins beat Kansas City 3-0 to end the Royals winning streak at nine.
Fernandez pulled up after striking out Christian Colon to end the seventh, and rubbed his right knee before limping to the dugout.
He had nine strikeouts to increase his season total to 213, breaking the Marlins' record of 209 set by Ryan Dempster in 2000. Fernandez also had the Marlins' first two hits, hiking his batting average to an impressive .286.
St. Louis hit three homers off New York starter Jacob deGrom and beat the Mets 8-1.
Matt Carpenter set the tone, hitting a leadoff home run in the first inning, while Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty also went long as the Cardinals accumulated 19 hits for the game, matching their season high.
Roughed up for the second straight start, deGrom allowed 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was tagged for a career-worst eight runs in his previous start.
Houston's Evan Gattis hit his 20th home run of the season as the Astros beat Pittsburgh 5-4 to make it five wins in six games.
Astros starter Collin McHugh had been in a 0-4 rut over his previous five starts, but got through five steady innings to take the win.
Texas' Yu Darvish hit only the second homer by a Rangers pitcher, contributing to a 6-5 win against Cincinnati.
Darvish's solo shot to center field was one of three homers by the Rangers, who wasted a three-run lead before rallying late. It partly made up for his disappointing pitching performance as he let a 5-2 lead slip and gave up six walks.
Adrian Beltre hit a two-run double in the eighth inning, snapping a 5-5 tie.
Oakland's Kendall Graveman pitched into the seventh inning to become the Athletics' first 10-game winner this season and steer the team to a 5-1 win against Cleveland.
Tampa Bay came back from a three-run deficit and then won 4-3 against Boston thanks to a two-out winner in the 11th inning by Luke Maile.
The Los Angeles Angels ended an 11-game road losing streak by beating Toronto 8-2, led by six scoreless innings from starter Matt Shoemaker.
Philadelphia's Jerad Eickhoff gave up two runs in six innings to guide the Phillies to a 5-3 win at the Chicago White Sox.
Milwaukee matched its moderate season-high of four straight wins by defeating Colorado 7-1, powered by two home runs from Ryan Braun.
Detroit's Miguel Cabrera homered among his four hits, leading the Tigers to a 9-4 victory over Minnesota.
Arizona's Brandon Drury drove in Jake Lamb with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, giving Arizona a 10-9 win against Atlanta.