Washington’s Ross Detwiler pitched seven scoreless innings as the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Thursday, staying 2.5 games clear atop the National League East standings.
Detwiler (6-4) gave up just three singles and retired his final 14 batters.
Adam LaRoche had a homer, three hits and two RBIs.
Phillies starter Cole Hamels (11-6) allowed eight hits in seven innings. The All-Star has only one win in his past seven starts and has lost both outings since signing a US$144 million, six-year contract last month.
REDS 9, PADRES 4
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer to lead surging Cincinnati to their 13th win in 14 games, beating San Diego.
Frazier had three RBIs to help push the Reds to 23 games over .500 (64-41) for the first time since Sept. 4, 2010.
Cincinnati starter Johnny Cueto (14-5) gave up two homers for the first time in more than two months, but only allowed eight hits and one walk with nine strikeouts in 7-1/3 innings.
The Reds chased Padres starter Ross Ohlendorf (3-2) while sending 12 batters to the plate during a six-hit, six-run second inning. Ohlendorf also was called for a run-scoring balk before leaving after just 1-2/3 innings, the shortest outing by a San Diego starter this season.
METS 9, GIANTS 1
In San Francisco, Ronny Cedeno drove in five runs to match his career high, while Jason Bay had only his second multi-RBI game this year as New York beat San Francisco.
In taking three of four from the Giants, the Mets won their first series in a month.
New York starter Chris Young (3-5) allowed one run in seven innings.
San Francisco starter Barry Zito (8-8) gave up seven runs in 4-1/3 innings.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Braves 6, Marlins 1
‧ Rockies 8, Cardinals 2
AP, ARLINGTON, Texas
Texas slugger Josh Hamilton drove in four runs to power the Rangers to a 15-9 win over the Los Angeles Angels in an American League run-fest on Thursday.
The Rangers broke an 8-8 tie by scoring four runs in the seventh, including Hamilton’s two-run double, and added three in the eighth.
Ryan Dempster — acquired from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday — made his first Rangers start and had a fortunate no-decision after allowing eight runs in just 4-2/3 innings.
Roy Oswalt (4-2) threw two scoreless innings in relief for the win.
Angels reliever David Carpenter (0-1) took the loss.
ATHLETICS 4, BLUE JAYS 1
In Oakland, California, Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer as Oakland downed Toronto, moving above L.A. and into second place in the AL West, 4-1/2 games behind Texas.
In other AL play, it was:
‧ Twins 5, Red Sox 0
‧ Royals 7, Indians 6, 11 innings