Around the Bases: Bartolo Colon shuts out Rangers

Ronald Martinez

The Pirates regained a share of the lead in the NL Central, while the Red Sox won their 16th game out of their past 19.

Red Sox 5, Yankees 1: Jon Lester turned in a dominant performance, allowing one run on three hits over eight innings. The southpaw has impressed since mid-July, going 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA over his last 12 starts. Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes and Shane Victorino each had multi-hit games for Boston, who have won 16 of their past 19.

The Red Sox have been terrors on the basepaths over the past month:

Reds 7, Brewers 3: Joey Votto and Shin-Soo Choo each blasted two runs homers, helping Cincinnati keep pace in the NL Central. The pair each went 2-for-3 with a walk and three RBIs, while Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier both had two hits. Homer Bailey threw seven strong innings, allowing three runs on five hits.

Blue Jays 4, Orioles 3: Colby Rasmus smashed a two-run homer in the seventh, his second homer in two days after being activated from the disabled list. Moises Sierra plated two runs with a double, while Anthony Gose had a two-hit performance. The Orioles have lost five of their past seven.

Athletics 1, Rangers 0: Bartolo Colon shutout the Rangers for eight innings, holding Texas to seven hits while fanning seven:

Yu Darvish struck out ten over seven innings, but surrendered a Brandon Moss RBI-double in the top of the first. Darvish has been excellent this season, but has been a tough-luck loser on a number of occasions:

Marlins 3, Mets 0: Henderson Alvarez threw seven shutout innings to pick up his fourth victory and Logan Morrison drove in a pair of runs.

Pirates 2, Cubs 1: Marlon Byrd and Jose Tabata hit solo homers, providing the offense for Pittsburgh. Two runs were all Gerrit Cole needed, who held the Cubs to one run on five hits over seven innings, striking out seven. The Pirates have won five of their past six.

Royals 1, Tigers 0: Prince Fielder was thrown out at home to end the game, attempting to score from first on an Omar Infante double. Alex Gordon picked up the ball in the corner, making a quick throw to Alcides Escobar. Escobar made a strong relay to Salvador Perez, who had a great catch-and-tag to end the game:

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Ervin Santana threw 6 2/3 shutout innings, holding the Tigers to five hits. Eric Hosmer hit a RBI-triple in the first, but was thrown out at home later in the inning.

Braves 2, Padres 1: Kris Medlen won his fourth straight start, shutting out the Padres for 7 2/3 innings. Medlen held San Diego to four hits, walking two while striking out five. Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3, blasting a solo homer in the bottom of the sixth.

Mariners 4, Cardinals 1: James Paxton won his second MLB start, tossing six shutout innings against the Cardinals. Franklin Gutierrez cracked a two-run double in the fifth, while Kendrys Morales added a solo homer in the eighth. St. Louis only had three hits, but Matt Carpenter hit his league-leading 50th double of the year.

Indians 8, White Sox 1: Ubaldo Jimenez threw 8 1/3 strong innings, allowing one run on eight hits. The starter fanned eight White Sox, only issuing one walk. Lonnie Chisenhall clubbed a three-run homer, while Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana each drove in a pair of runs.

Jimenez has been electric since the All-Star break:

Angels 6, Astros 2: Jered Weaver turned in a quality start, picking up his tenth win of the season. Weaver joined Nolan Ryan as the only Angels pitchers to reach double-digit wins in eight straight seasons.

Mets 3, Marlins 1: Daisuke Matsuzaka earned his first victory with the Mets in the second game of the double-header, holding the Marlins to one run on two hits.

Diamondbacks 9, Rockies 2: Aaron Hill and Gerardo Parra each drove in three runs, helping Wade Miley earn his 10th victory of the year.

Giants 19, Dodgers 3: The San Francisco offense exploded 19 runs on 22 hits, the most runs Los Angeles has ever surrendered at Dodger Stadium. Hunter Pence drove in seven runs, the first Giants player to drive in seven at Dodger Stadium in 20 years:

Rays 7, Twins 0: Desmond Jennings, Evan Longoria and  Yunel Escobar each had multi-hit performances, leading the Rays to their third straight win. * Rays pitchers combined to shutout the Twins after rain delayed the game for two hours in the fourth inning.

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