Around the Bases: Braves remain unstoppable, Mariano does not

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Your happenings and scores from around baseball on Wednesday.

Scores and happenings from around the MLB on Wednesday, August 7.

Mets 5, Rockies 0: Matt Harvey pitched his first career complete game and the Mets' probably couldn't have asked for a much better performance. Harvey allowed just four hits while striking out six Rockies hitters and walking none. Jhoulys Chacin had a nice game of his own as he gave up two runs in seven innings, but he couldn't keep up with Harvey's sterling performance.

Pirates 4, Marlins 2: The Marlins struck first with two runs in the fourth inning against Charlie Morton, but that was all the offense they would see against the Pirates' starter. An Andrew McCutchen homer in the bottom of the fourth cut the lead in half, and the Bucs went ahead with two runs in the fifth inning. Pittsburgh would tack on one more run in the eighth, but it proved to be unneeded as the Fish's offense flopped.

Cubs 5, Phillies 2: With the game tied 2-2 in the seventh inning and the Phillies having already scored one run in the game, Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro preserved the tie at the cost of his well-being, hanging onto the ball during a home-plate collision with Chase Utley. Navarro would leave on a cart, but the Cubs would go on to win after scoring three runs in the top of the ninth inning.

Braves 6, Nationals 3: Maybe Atlanta really can't lose anymore. The Braves finished a series sweep of the Nationals with their 13th consecutive victory. Washington had a chance to pull this one out with the game even at three runs apiece after seven. However, Atlanta scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a lead they would not reliquish. The Braves are now 15.5 games ahead of the second-place Nats for the NL East lead.

Mariners 9, Blue Jays 7: One could forgive Toronto if they thought they may have had this game wrapped up after scoring seven runs between the second and third innings to take a 7-2 lead. However, the Mariners had a big inning of their own in store, scoring six runs in the fifth inning, capped off by a two-run Humberto Quintero homer. Neither team would score after that as Seattle took the win.

Orioles 10, Padres 3: Chris Davis hit his 41st home as the Orioles routed the Padres in a game that was actually tied after seven innings. Davis crushed a no-doubter in the eighth to plate three runs to put Baltimore on top before the team went on to score another four runs. Jedd Gyorko hit a three run blast of his own in the sixth inning to bring in all of San Diego's runs.

Reds 6, Athletics 5: Jay Bruce hit a two run homer as the Reds held a strong 6-2 lead following five innings. However, a three-run sixth inning for the Athletics put the team right back in the game. The Reds tough bullpen put up a spectacular performance over 3.2 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out seven to preserve the one-run lead and the win.

Royals 5, Twins 2: The Twins managed to take the lead on two separate occasions Wednesday, but it was the Kansas City offense that kept scoring. Minnesota drew first blood with a run in the first inning, then went up 2-1 with another run in the top of the fourth inning. Alex Gordon led off the bottom of the fourth with a home run to bring the score back to even, and Alcides Escobar hit an RBI single later in the inning to take the lead. The Royals would score two more runs, but the Twins picked up just four hits over the remaining five innings.

Tigers 6, Indians 5 (14 innings): Danny Salazar, called up to make a spot start for the Indians, may have given up four runs, but he did it over 7.2 innings while striking out ten batters. Doug Fister allowed just two runs over six innings while striking out eight for the Tigers. A Prince Fielder two-run double in the 14th would end up being the decider. Michael Bourn drove in a run in the bottom half of the 14th, but it wouldn't be enough to match the Tigers.

Dodgers 13, Cardinals 4: Shelby Miller left the game after just his second pitch when a Carl Crawford liner struck him on the elbow. That would be the beginning of the end for St. Louis. Jake Westbrook, originally scheduled to start Thursday, came in unprepared to relieve Miller and would up allowing nine runs over 4.2 innings. There was no coming back from that for the Cardinals. Andre Ethier and Skip Schumaker each picked up three hits and four RBI for the Dodgers.

White Sox 6, Yankees 5 (12 innings): Preserving a 4-3 lead, Mariano Rivera blew his last-ever save opportunity in Chicago. Gordon Beckham doubled with two outs, then scored the tying run on an Adam Dunn single. Despite that, it still looked like the Yankees might win after a Robinson Cano solo home run to lead off the 12th inning. Yanks reliever Adam Warren secured the first two outs in the bottom half of the inning with no trouble, but allowed to consecutive baserunners to reach on singles. An Alejandro De Aza triple brought in both runs for the walkoff victory.


Red Sox 7, Astros 5: The Astros were in a position to upset the AL East-leading Red Sox, holding a 5-4 lead in the ninth inning. Houston reliever Josh Fields allowed two of the first three batters in the ninth inning to score before Stephen Drew hit a line-drive three-run homer to take the 7-5 lead. Brett Wallace hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth, but that was all the offense the Astros could muster that inning as Junichi Tazawa shut them down.

Brewers 6, Giants 1: Brewers outfielders made no fewer than three spectacular catches to hold the Giants to just three hits and one run as the San Francisco offense continues to be absent. Defensive blunders let to Madison Bumgarner being saddled with four earned runs in seven innings of work. Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada gave up no runs on one hit and no walks in five innings, striking out six.

Rangers 10, Angels 3: The Rangers won their fourth straight and moved into a tie for first place in the AL West with the A's by taking down the Halos at the Big A. The Angels were not without pop:

But the Rangers were able to rack up 10 runs on 16 hits, including doubles by Leonys Martin, David Murphy and Elvis Andrus and a home run by Adrian Beltre. Tommy Hanson gave up five earned runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out three.

Rays 8, Diamondbacks 9: It was a slugfest in the desert. The Rays took 3-1 and 8-7 leads in the game, but the D-backs kept clawing back. Martin Prado was 4-for-4 with a double and a home run, driving in four of Arizona's nine runs. On the Tampa Bay side, Matt Joyce was 3-for-3 with a double and two walks. The Rays picked up 16 hits and put the go-ahead run on base in the top of the ninth, but Brad Ziegler was able to hang on for his seventh save.

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