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AL-leading Tigers blank Astros 2-0 in sixth straight win

AP, DETROIT, Michigan

MAJOR LEAGUES

Max Scherzer allowed just three hits and struck out nine over eight innings as the American League-leading Detroit Tigers blanked the Houston Astros 2-0 on Monday for their season-high sixth straight victory.

Rajai Davis broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh and Victor Martinez hit a solo homer in the eighth, while catcher Alex Avila threw out two runners in the late innings for the Tigers and Scherzer (4-1) earned his fourth consecutive win.

Houston have now lost three in a row and have the worst record in the majors.

Also in the AL, Eduardo Escobar homered to lead off the 10th inning against Cleveland closer John Axford as the Twins beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0.

Escobar, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, connected on a 1-0 pitch from Axford (0-3), driving it over the wall in right for his first homer since June last year and fourth of his career.

In other AL games, the Mariners downed the Athletics 4-2 and the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 4-1.

In the National League, Matt Carpenter’s two-run double in the fifth inning helped carry the St Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 win over the Braves, who lost their seventh in a row.

Desperate to beef up their offense, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez batted pitcher Aaron Harang eighth and put second baseman Ramiro Pena in the ninth spot. Pena had two hits, including a seventh-inning homer that brought the Braves within a run, but they could not overcome a 4-0 deficit.

Exploiting Atlanta’s shaky defense, Carpenter doubled in two runs and Matt Holiday followed with a run-scoring single before Peter Bourjos had an RBI single in the sixth to extend St Louis’ lead.

In other NL games, the Miami Marlins edged the New York Mets 4-3, the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-10 over 13 innings, the Milwaukee Brewers trounced the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-0 and the Washington Nationals shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 and the San Diego Padres took 12 innings to beat the Kansas City Padres 6-5.

In interleague play, Jose Reyes hit a leadoff homer and J.A. Happ allowed three hits over five innings as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0, the Chicago White Sox edged the Cubs 2-1 over 12 innings and the Colorado Rockies downed the Texas Rangers 8-2.

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