Cubs, White Sox continue losing ways

2013-08-04T21:00:00Z 2013-08-22T21:41:22Z Cubs, White Sox continue losing waysThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 04, 2013 9:00 pm  • 

A.J. Ellis hit an RBI single, Stephen Fife pitched into the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their franchise-record road winning streak to 14 games with a 1-0 victory over the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field.

A day after rookie Yasiel Puig hurt his thumb trying to make a catch, another Dodgers star was hurt. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez exited the game in the seventh inning after he tumbled into the stands catching a fly ball. He held his right shoulder as he walked off the field.

The Dodgers haven't lost on the road since July 6 in San Francisco. The NL record for consecutive road wins is 17, accomplished by the New York Giants in 1916. The last team to win 14 straight road games was the Detroit Tigers in 1984.

The Dodgers also swept the Cubs in a series of four or more games in Chicago for the first time since 1988.

The Cubs haven't scored for 23 straight innings. They last scored a run in the fourth inning of their 6-2 loss to the Dodgers on Friday.

Detroit 3, White Sox 2 (12 inn.): Torii Hunter's RBI single in the 12th inning gave the Tigers a victory and extended Chicago's losing streak to 10 games.

Miguel Cabrera, who has been dealing with hip and abdominal problems, led off the Detroit 12th with a pinch-hit single. Matt Tuiasosopo ran for him and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Jackson. Hunter, who entered late in the game as a replacement, lined a single to left-center off Dylan Axelrod (3-8) to win it.

Bruce Rondon (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for his first career win.

The Tigers have won 12 of 13.

Adam Dunn homered and had four hits for the White Sox. Paul Konerko added a solo homer in the ninth to force extra innings. Chicago has lost 10 straight for the first time since June of 1976.

St. Louis 15, Cincinnati 2: Matt Carpenter broke his 0-for-23 slump with a bases-loaded double during the decisive rally, and the Cardinals ended a tough trip on the upswing by drubbing the Reds.

The Cardinals went 3-8 on a trip that included seven straight losses,  four of them in Pittsburgh, allowing the Pirates to overtake them for the NL Central lead. Even during their worst trip of the season, the Cardinals maintained their knack for beating the Reds.

St. Louis took two of three at Great American Ball Park and has won its last six series against Cincinnati. The Cardinals lead the season series 8-4.

Pittsburgh 5, Colorado 1: A.J. Burnett scattered eight hits and Russell Martin provided some rare run support for the right-hander with a three-run homer that led the Pirates over the Rockies.

Burnett (5-7) struck out nine and walked one in his first complete game of the season and 23rd of his 15-year career. He threw 110 pitches, including 83 strikes.

Cleveland 2, Miami 0: Scott Kazmir and three relievers combined on a four-hitters, and the Indians won for the 10th time in 11 games.

The shutout was the 15th for the Indians, most in the American League. They took two of three games in the series despite scoring a total of only six runs.

Seattle 3, Baltimore 2: Seldom-used Henry Blanco hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning off Wei-Yin Chen to put the Mariners on top of the Orioles.

Batting ninth in the lineup, the 41-year-old Blanco sent an 0-2 pitch into the left-field seats to erase a 2-1 deficit.

Kansas City 6, N.Y. Mets 2: Ervin Santana scattered five hits and allowed one run in six innings, and the surging Royals took advantage of sun-splashed skies to down the Mets, winning the three-game interleague series.

The Royals won for the 11th time in 12 games, helped by a pair of flyballs that right fielder Marlon Byrd lost in the glare. Both came during a three-run fifth, with one falling for a double and the other glancing off his glove for an error.

Boston 4, Arizona 0: Felix Doubront pitched seven shutout innings to continue his run of strong starts and Jacoby Ellsbury drove in two runs to lift the Red Sox over the Diamondbacks.

It was Boston's seventh win in nine games, completing a 5-2 homestand. The AL East leaders play 16 of the next 19 away from Fenway Park, beginning Monday night in Houston.

Tampa Bay 4, San Francisco 3: Wil Myers homered and four relievers allowed one hit over 4 1/3 scoreless innings to help the Rays top the Giants.

Alex Torres (4-0) started the bullpen parade by replacing Roberto Hernandez with two outs in the fifth and struck out two over 1 1/3 innings. Jake McGee worked a perfect seventh and Joel Peralta left Hunter Pence stranded at second after a two-out double in the eighth before Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 27th save.

Minnesota 3, Houston 2: Justin Morneau and Oswaldo Arcia homered as the Twins edged the Astros for a three-game sweep.

Four Minnesota relievers combined for four scoreless innings, sending Houston to its fourth straight loss.

Arcia led off the seventh with a home run that broke a 2-all tie. He connected against Brad Peacock (1-4), who was promoted from Triple-A to make the start and struck out 10.

Milwaukee 8, Washington 5: Jeff Bianchi lofted a single that dropped just behind a drawn-in infield, breaking a tie and capping a five-run sixth inning in the Brewers' win over the Nationals.

With the score tied 4-4 and runners at second and third, Bianchi's soft bloop off Fernando Abad (0-3) dropped in back of second base as Anthony Rendon raced back to make a play. It allowed Khris Davis to score easily from third and Juan Francisco to just beat the throw home with a perfect slide.

Texas 4, Oakland 0: Derek Holland gave up four hits in eight stellar innings, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland each hit a home run and Ron Washington became the winningest manager in team history as the Rangers blanked the A's.

Adrian Beltre had two hits and drove in a run for Texas, which as won six of seven to move within 2 1/2 games of the AL West Division-leading Athletics.

Toronto 6, Los Angeles Angels 5: Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with two-out singles in the ninth against Dane De La Rosa after closer Ernesto Frieri was lifted as the  Blue Jays rallied past the Angels to avoid a four-game sweep.

Toronto rallied with two runs in the eighth, as Angels manager Mike Scioscia used five pitchers to get out of the inning - including Wilson and Frieri, who was called upon to attempt a four-out save.

San Diego 6, N.Y. Yankees 3: Ian Kennedy won his San Diego debut, his first victory in more than two months, and Everth Cabrera, facing a 50-game suspension in baseball's latest drug scandal, had two hits and two RBI as the Padres downed the Yankees.

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