The San Francisco Giants finally got the better of Tim Hudson, beating the Atlanta pitcher and the Braves 8-2 on Friday.
Atlanta’s veteran pitcher Hudson (4-2) had been 6-0 with a 2.48 ERA against San Francisco dating back to 2006 and was cruising in this one, until the Giants batted around and scored six runs in the fourth inning.
San Francisco’s Matt Cain (2-2) pitched eight strong innings and also hit an RBI single during the game-changing fourth inning.
Also on Friday, rookie Shelby Miller pitched a shutout as St Louis beat Colorado and the New York Yankees’ bats lit up with a big win over Kansas City. Detroit’s sluggers Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera hit huge homers as the Tigers downed Cleveland.
Baltimore rallied to beat Minnesota in 10 innings and Arizona edged Philadelphia to win its fifth straight, while Boston’s Jon Lester shut out Toronto.
St Louis’ Shelby Miller gave up a leadoff single, then retired 27 in a row for his first career complete game, leading the Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over Colorado.
He gave up only one hit — the least by a Cardinals pitcher since Bud Smith tossed a no-hitter in 2001 — and had 13 strikeouts, tying a Cards rookie record.
New York’s Lyle Overbay hit a two-run homer and finished with five RBIs as the Yankees beat Kansas City 11-6.
Overbay finished with a career-high four hits, while Ichiro Suzuki had a two-run shot among his three hits as the Yankees delivered manager Joe Girardi his 500th win in pinstripes.
Detroit scored three runs in the second inning and three more in the fourth to set up a 10-4 win over Cleveland.
Prince Fielder’s long third-inning solo shot gave Detroit a 4-1 lead, while Cabrera’s three-run homer also carried a long distance.
Baltimore’s Manny Machado had a tiebreaking RBI single in a three-run tenth inning that completed the Orioles’ comeback 9-6 win at Minnesota.
Baltimore scored all their runs in the last five innings after trailing 6-0 to start the sixth.
Machado — who stayed in the game after fouling a ball off his ankle in the fifth — rolled a single into right field that scored Chris Dickerson and broke a 6-6 tie. Nick Markakis added a sacrifice fly and Adam Jones an RBI double to cap the scoring in the 10th.
Arizona’s Miguel Montero hit a tiebreaking homer to lead off the eighth inning as the Diamondbacks edged Philadelphia 3-2.
The Diamondbacks struggled, but scratched out a run in the seventh and went ahead when Montero hit the first pitch thrown by Mike Adams (1-3) in the eighth off the foul pole in right field.
Arizona starter Ian Kennedy gave up a leadoff homer and two runs in the first inning before settling down and lasting seven innings.
Boston’s Jon Lester pitched a one-hit complete game as the Red Sox broke a three-game skid and beat Toronto 5-0.
Just nine days shy of the fifth anniversary of his no-hitter, Lester retired the first 17 batters before Maicer Izturis hit a double with a ball that landed just inside the foul line.
Lester (5-0) allowed just one of the remaining nine batters to hit the ball out of the infield and finished with five strikeouts.
Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips homered and made a spectacular rally-busting play — using his left knee to get a forceout and start a double play — as the Reds beat Milwaukee 4-3.
Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma retired 16 straight batters over one stretch of a solid seven-inning outing, while Raul Ibanez homered for the first time in nearly a month as the Mariners beat Oakland 6-3.