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Game roundup: Scherzer wins 14th, Tigers beat Pirates

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Aug 14 2014 11:14:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 15 2014 12:34:49 AM CDT
Baseballs, sports, MLB

DETROIT -- Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 14 batters and collected his American League-leading 14th victory as the Detroit Tigers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Thursday.

Scherzer (14-4) out-dueled Francisco Liriano while coming up one strikeout shy of his career high. Scherzer, who has struck out 10 or more batters six times this season and 24 times in his career, didn't give up a run on three hits in eight innings.

J.D. Martinez drove in Detroit's first two runs with a solo home run and a bases-loaded walk. Nick Castellanos added a two-run single for the Tigers, who have won two straight following a four-game losing streak

Pinch hitter Gaby Sanchez hit a two-run homer off reliever Phil Coke in the ninth for the Pirates.

Liriano (3-9) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings while recording nine strikeouts.

Dodgers 6, Braves 4

ATLANTA -- Los Angeles improved to 40-26 away from home with a victory over Atlanta that completed a 6-3 trip.

The Braves made it interesting against the Dodgers' bullpen, leaving two runs in scoring position when Kensley Jansen struck out B.J. Upton to end the game.

The Dodgers haven't had a losing road trip all season.

Adrian Gonzalez was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, while Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with a walk, stole two bases and scored four runs. Yasiel Puig also was 3-for-4 and made the defensive play of the game by crashing into the fence to rob Freddie Freeman of extra bases in the sixth inning.

Royals 7, Athletics 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Nori Aoki's two-run triple in the five-run seventh inning put Kansas City up to stay in its win over Oakland.

The Royals, who have won 11 of 13 in August, batted around in the seventh. Aoki drove a first pitch down the right-field line to score rookie Christian Colon, who had three hits, and Jarrod Dyson.

Dyson singled home the first run of the inning, while Billy Butler capped off the scoring with a two-run single.

Royals right-hander Aaron Crow (6-1) collected the victory, while Greg Holland got the final two outs for his American League-leading 36th save as the game ended with the bases loaded.

Brewers 6, Cubs 2

CHICAGO -- Right-hander Mike Fiers scattered three hits and struck out 14 over six shutout innings as Milwaukee salvaged a series split.

Fiers (2-1) picked up his second win since last Saturday's call-up from Triple-A Nashville as he scattered three hits and walked just one.

Scooter Gennett doubled in two first-inning runs, Khris Davis homered and scored twice while Elian Herrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

Nationals 4, Mets 1

NEW YORK -- Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper each hit two-run homers and Stephen Strasburg threw seven strong innings for a rare road win as Washington completed another Citi Field sweep of New York.

The Nationals have won 11 straight games at Citi Field against the Mets dating to June 30, 2013. It is the longest winning streak by a Mets opponent in New York in team history. The Atlanta Braves won 10 straight at Shea Stadium from June 12, 1991 through Sept. 1, 1992.

Strasburg entered with a 1-8 record and a 5.25 ERA in 12 road starts this season but had little trouble dispatching the Mets, who got just two runners into scoring position. The right-hander improved to 9-10, allowing an unearned run, three hits and two walks while striking out eight.

Red Sox 9, Astros 4

BOSTON -- Boston erupted for seven runs in the sixth inning and roared from behind to its fourth straight win.

The Astros have never won a game at Fenway Park, falling to 0-8 all-time.

Dustin Pedroia stroked two of his three hits and capped the big inning with a two-run double as the Red Sox, also winners of five of their last six, turned right-hander Scott Feldman's once-promising night into a nightmare.

Included in the rally were an RBI single by Will Middlebrooks, snapping an 0-for-12 and 3-for-29 skid, and a bases-loaded walk by Jackie Bradley Jr., who stood at the plate in a 1-for-40 funk. He drew his first walk since July 24.

Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 4 (10 innings)

MIAMI -- Marcell Ozuna hit a walk-off double in the 10th inning to lead Miami over Arizona.

The Marlins' winning rally came against reliever Bradin Hagens (0-1), who was making his major league debut. Hagens walked his first batter -- first baseman Garrett Jones -- on four pitches and allowed a single to Jeff Mathis. That set up Ozuna for his winning hit.

Marlins reliever Mike Dunn (10-5) earned the win. Dunn, who pitched two scoreless innings, set a franchise single-season record with 10 wins by a reliever.

Cardinals 4, Padres 3

ST. LOUIS -- Pinch-hitting with the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the eighth, Jon Jay slammed a two-run double off the center field wall as St. Louis jumped into second place in the National League Central with a win over streaking San Diego.

The Cardinals stayed two games behind first-place Milwaukee and leapfrogged Pittsburgh in the division and for the first wild-card spot. The Padres lost for just the fourth time in 15 games and saw their five-game winning streak end.

Tony Cruz started the rally with a single, one pitch after his apparent swing and miss at a 3-2 pitch from reliever Alex Torres (1-1) was ruled a foul ball. Pinch hitter Daniel Descalso walked and third baseman Matt Carpenter singled to fill the bases, setting the stage for Jay's game-winning hit off reliever Nick Vincent.

Rays 6, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Logan Forsythe and Evan Longoria each hit two-run homers and combined for five hits and five RBIs in Tampa Bay's victory over Texas.

The Rays scored two runs in each of the second, third and fifth innings in support of right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi (9-9), who picked up the victory by holding the Rangers to two runs, four hits and one walk while striking out seven in seven innings.

Forsythe went 3-for-4 with a home run in the second inning and Longoria went 2-for-4 with a home run in the fifth.

Rockies 7, Reds 3

DENVER -- Charlie Culberson hit a three-run homer and Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven effective innings to lift Colorado over Cincinnati.

De La Rosa (12-8) allowed five hits and three runs. Culberson, starting in place of slumping Josh Rutledge, hit his homer in the fifth when the Rockies scored for the fourth straight inning and built a five-run lead.

Coors Field has proven to be a nightmare for plenty of pitchers but not De La Rosa, who has said his breaking pitches move too much on the road but are easier to throw for strikes at Coors Field. He is 8-2 there with a 3.30 ERA this season in 12 starts and 43-14 with a 4.08 ERA at Coors Field in 76 career games (72 starts).