MLB roundup: Rookie Panik helps Giants end Nationals’ streak
WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals’ winning streak ended at a team record-tying 10 games as San Francisco rookie Joe Panik hit his first major league home run and sent the Giants to a 10-3 romp on Friday night.
Panik went 4 for 5 in his first four-hit game, highlighted by his three-run shot to center field.
Tim Hudson and four relievers quieted the bats of the Nationals. During its streak, Washington had seven one-run victories, five come-from-behind wins, and five walk-offs.
Hudson (9-9) allowed one earned run over 5 1/3 innings for his first win since July 19. Javier Lopez, Jean Machi, Sergio Romo and Juan Gutierrez finished for the Giants, who have won six of eight.
Doug Fister (12-4) threw six innings and uncharacteristically gave up a pair of homers — Nos. 12 and 13 this season.
ATHLETICS 5, ANGELS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. — Sonny Gray ended a monthlong losing streak, pitching into the ninth inning and leading Oakland over the Los Angeles Angels.
Coco Crisp hit his 15th career leadoff home run, and Stephen Vogt added a solo shot for Oakland in the opener of a three-game series. Sam Fuld hit a go-ahead triple in the sixth inning, and the A’s pulled within one game of the AL West-leading Angels.
Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton homered for Los Angeles.
Gray (13-7) allowed three runs and six hits over 8 1/3 innings. Sean Doolittle recorded the final two outs for his 19th save, fanning pinch-hitter Chris Iannetta with the bases loaded to end it.
YANKEES 4, WHITE SOX 3
NEW YORK — Martin Prado hit an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the New York Yankees over the Chicago White Sox.
Facing a full-count pitch from Daniel Webb (5-4) with the bases loaded, Prado lined a hit up the middle to complete the Yankees’ comeback from three runs for their fourth win in 11 games.
Prado hit a two-run homer in the third, and Jacoby Ellsbury had an RBI double in the fifth off John Danks after Chicago’s Jose Abreu connected for a three-run shot in the first against Shane Greene.
David Robertson (2-4) struck out two in a perfect ninth.
CUBS 4, ORIOLES 1
CHICAGO — Jake Arrieta shut down his former team, holding Baltimore to four hits in seven innings, and Javier Baez homered again as the Chicago Cubs beat the Orioles.
Baez hit his sixth homer in his 18th game since getting called up from Triple-A, Luis Valbuena also homered, and Logan Watkins and Arismendy Alcantara each drove in runs with singles as the Cubs snapped AL East leading Baltimore’s four-game winning streak.
The Orioles traded Arrieta to Chicago with reliever Pedro Strop in a multiplayer deal last season.
Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 34th homer, a solo shot off Arrieta (7-4) in the seventh.
PHILLIES 5, CARDINALS 4
PHILADELPHIA — Ryan Howard drove in a pair of runs, and Kyle Kendrick overcame a rocky first inning to lead Philadelphia over St. Louis.
Ben Revere, who entered the day second in the National League in hitting, went 3 for 4 to raise his average to .315. Chase Utley and Marlon Byrd also drove in runs for Philadelphia, which won its third in four games.
Matt Adams homered and Matt Holliday drove in two runs for the Cardinals.
ASTROS 5, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND — Jon Singleton hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, and Houston took advantage of sloppy defense to beat Cleveland.
Singleton’s home run off Cody Allen (4-3) capped the four-run inning that began with two errors by the worst defensive team in the majors.
Catcher Roberto Perez’s throwing error allowed the go-ahead run to score in a rally that started with a throwing error by first baseman Carlos Santana.
MARINERS 5, RED SOX 3
BOSTON — Austin Jackson’s bases-loaded double with two outs in the ninth inning keyed a five-run rally, and Seattle sent Boston to its sixth straight loss.
Red Sox closer Koji Uehara (5-4) held a 3-0 lead with two outs and a runner on first before the Mariners broke loose. Seattle ended a nine-game losing streak at Fenway Park.
The Mariners had managed only two hits through the first eight innings.
Dominic Leone (6-2) pitched one inning of relief for the victory and Fernando Rodney got his 37th save.
ROYALS 5, RANGERS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas — Rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura struck out six in six innings for his 10th victory, and Billy Butler and Josh Willingham had inning-starting homers in AL Central-leading Kansas City’s win over Texas.
The hard-throwing Ventura (10-9) allowed one run, four hits, and three walks.
Greg Holland worked a scoreless ninth for his MLB-leading 40th save in 42 opportunities after Wade Davis retired all three batters he faces to extend the majors’ longest active scoreless streak to 22 2/3 innings.
PIRATES 8, BREWERS 3
MILWAUKEE — Josh Harrison homered and drove in a career-high five runs, leading Pittsburgh past Milwaukee.
Andrew McCutchen also homered for Pittsburgh, which had lost nine of 12 going into the series against the NL Central-leading Brewers.
Jeff Locke (5-3) pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs and two hits. He walked six, but stranded five runners.
BRAVES 3, REDS 1, 12 innings
CINCINNATI — Justin Upton hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning, rallying Atlanta over Cincinnati after Braves left-hander Mike Minor came up four outs short of a no-hitter.
Upton’s 25th homer off Manny Parra (0-1) gave Atlanta its seventh victory in eight games.
David Hale (4-4) pitched out of a two-on threat in the 11th. Craig Kimbrel got the last three outs for his 38th save in 42 chances.
PADRES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PHOENIX — Josh Collmenter came two outs away from a complete game, holding San Diego without an earned run on four hits over 8 1/3 innings in Arizona’s win.
The Diamondbacks snapped a six-game losing streak.
Collmenter (9-7) also tied his career high for strikeouts with eight and didn’t walk a batter.
TWINS 20, TIGERS 6
MINNEAPOLIS — Eduardo Escobar had a career-high five hits, including a homer and a triple, and Minnesota batted around twice in a rout of Detroit.
The 20 runs are the most by a team in a major league game this season.
Danny Santana had a homer and four RBIs, and Oswaldo Arcia and Trevor Plouffe also homered for the Twins, who scored six runs in the second inning and nine in the sixth to drop the Tigers to 2½ games behind Kansas City in the AL Central race.
DODGERS 6, METS 2
LOS ANGELES — Dan Haren overcame a leadoff homer by Curtis Granderson and a pair of failed sacrifice bunt attempts to help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the error-prone New York Mets.
Haren (11-10) allowed a run and three hits in seven innings, striking out six and walking none. The victory was his third in four starts after going 0-5 with a 10.03 ERA in his previous five outings.
RAYS 8, BLUE JAYS 0
TORONTO — Drew Smyly pitched a two-hitter and retired his final 19 batters for the first complete game of his career, leading Tampa Bay over struggling Toronto.
Evan Longoria homered and drove in three runs, and Wil Myers also connected as the Rays began a stretch of 26 straight games against AL East opponents.