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Charging Orioles blank Toronto 4-0

MOVING CLOSER:The White Sox beat the Twins to move back into first place in the AL Central, while the Orioles moved to within a game of the AL East-leading Yankees

AP, TORONTO

Santiago (3-1) pitched five-plus innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out six and walked three. Santiago is taking Gavin Floyd’s spot in the rotation. Floyd is on the DL with a sore right shoulder.

In other AL play, it was:

‧ Angels 8, Athletics 3

‧ Mariners 4, Red Sox 1

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, WASHINGTON

Ross Detwiler allowed four hits in seven shutout innings and Adam LaRoche homered on Monday, giving the Washington Nationals their first winning season with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

The NL East-leading Nationals improved to 82-52. The club moved from Montreal to Washington for the 2005 season and went 81-81 that year. In 2008 and 2009, the team lost a combined 205 games, then finished 80-81 last year.

Detwiler (9-6) struck out three and walked three, allowing only one runner to reach third.

Jeff Samardzija (8-13) gave up a long home run to LaRoche to lead off the second.

Tyler Clippard allowed two hits and a two-out RBI single to Welington Castillo in the ninth. Clippard threw the ball away for an error and allowed pinch-runner Tony Campana to advance to second before striking out Josh Vitters for his 30th save in 33 opportunities.

PHILLIES 4, REDS 2

In Cincinnatti, Jimmy Rollins hit a three-run homer off Johnny Cueto during a cloudburst that sent fans scurrying for cover, leading Philadelphia over Cincinnati.

John Mayberry Jr added a solo homer off Cueto (17-7), who failed in his attempt to become the majors’ first 18-game winner. Cueto also lost a day game for the first time this season — he had been 11-0 in 13 afternoon starts.

Rookie right-hander Tyler Cloyd (1-1) got his first major league hit and win. He singled ahead of Rollins’ homer to extend the inning. The 25-year-old gave up four hits, including Jay Bruce’s 30th homer, and struck out nine in seven innings.

GIANTS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 8

In San Francisco, Marco Scutaro hit an RBI single in the 10th inning after Buster Posey’s tying double in the ninth as San Francisco rallied to beat Arizona.

Brandon Crawford beat out a single to short leading off the 10th and moved to second when Brett Pill dropped a sacrifice bunt. Angel Pagan grounded out to first to advance Crawford.

Scutaro sent the final fastball from Bryan Shaw (1-5) past diving third baseman Chris Johnson for San Francisco’s seventh walk-off win. Scutaro also doubled and scored the tying run in the ninth to help hand J.J. Putz his second straight blown save.

Sergio Romo (4-2) pitched a perfect 10th for the Giants.

ASTROS 5, PIRATES 1

In Pittsburgh, Brett Wallace had three hits, including a three-run homer, to lift Houston past struggling Pittsburgh.

Edgar Gonzalez (1-0) picked up his first win as a starter in more than four years, giving up a run on five hits in 5-1/3 innings as the Astros won for just the third time since interim manager Tony DeFrancesco took over two weeks ago. Gonzalez struck out five and walked just one.

Jeff Locke (0-1) ran into trouble early and never recovered as the Pirates dropped their fourth straight in the race for the NL’s second wild-card spot. Locke surrendered five runs in five innings to remain winless in five big league starts.

CARDINALS 5, METS 4

In St Louis, Rookie Joe Kelly pitched 6-2/3 effective innings and also doubled, and St Louis held off New York.

Kelly (5-6) allowed five hits and two runs.

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