Washington edged San Francisco 2-1 in Tuesday’s clash of National League divisional leaders, with Doug Fister pitching seven scoreless innings for the Nationals.
Also on Tuesday, Collin Cowgill’s 14th-inning homer lifted the Los Angeles Angels over Oakland, Minnesota extended Toronto’s sudden offensive slump and Taylor Teagarden hit a grand slam in his New York Mets debut to sink Milwaukee.
Fister (5-1) came into the game against the Giants with an appetite for vengeance after memories of the 2012 World Series, when he was the losing pitcher at AT&T Park in Game 2, and San Francisco went on to sweep the series.
He succeeded in taking that measure of revenge, pitching seven scoreless innings with only one walk to notch his fifth straight win.
Jayson Werth and Denard Span each drove home a run in the fifth inning, and Werth also threw out a runner at the plate from right field in the sixth.
The Los Angeles Angels also won 2-1, but in more dramatic style, with Cowgill hitting a two-out homer in the 14th to defeat Oakland.
Cowgill connected against Jeff Francis (0-1), driving a two-strike pitch just over Yoenis Cespedes’ head in left field, giving the Angels their fifth-straight win and moving them within 2.5 games of the Athletics atop the American League West.
Cory Rasmus (2-0) pitched two hitless innings for Los Angeles’ maligned bullpen, which yielded one run in eight innings.
Minnesota won 4-0 at Toronto, with the Blue Jays failing to score for the third time in four games.
Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run for the Twins, who avoided falling to a season-worst five games below .500.
Minnesota starter Kevin Correia (3-7) gave up no runs and only one walk in six innings. It was his first scoreless outing this season.
The New York Mets won 6-2 against Milwaukee to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Terry Collins.
Before the game, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson gave Collins the dreaded vote of confidence, with the Mets again struggling.
Taylor Teagarden, who was called up from the minors this week, hit a four-run grand slam and Daniel Murphy had a two-run shot for New York to account for all their runs.
The Mets’ crosstown rivals, the Yankees, were also winners, with a 3-2 victory at Seattle.
Jacoby Ellsbury lined an RBI single to score Derek Jeter with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.
Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 14 games — the longest for a Yankees player since Jeter’s 19-game streak in 2012. The winning hit came after Jeter’s ground-rule double ended the night for Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma (4-3), who had not been threatened since the first inning.
Kansas City pitcher Jason Vargas cooled down hot-hitting Cleveland and guided the Royals to a 9-5 win.
Vargas (6-2) gave up six hits and hit three batters with pitches, but did not allow a run until the eighth.
Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer and also drove in a run during a four-run fourth inning as the Royals (32-32) moved back to .500 by matching their second-best run total of the season.
Miami won 8-5 at Texas to take their 13th consecutive interleague victory, matching the major-league record.
The 13-game streak matched the record shared by the Yankees and Tampa Bay, who both reached that mark in 2004. The Marlins were to have a chance to make the record their own when they played Texas yesterday.