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Oakland Athletics win 6-1 to take series over Giants

AP, SAN FRANCISCO

MAJOR LEAGUES

Oakland remained on pace for their best-ever season and took bragging rights over Bay Area rival San Francisco by beating the Giants 6-1 on Thursday, thanks chiefly to All-Star pitcher Scott Kazmir striking out nine batters over seven scoreless innings, while there were a couple of important intra-division fights, with American League (AL) Central leader Detroit routing second-placed Kansas City, while Pittsburgh tightened the National League (NL) Central fight with a comfortable win at St Louis.

Oakland starter Kazmir (11-3) continued his banner year. He has yielded one run or none in 11 of 19 starts this season for a 2.38 ERA.

Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Stephen Vogt drove in three runs for the A’s, who have won seven of eight overall and matched the franchise record for the best win-loss ratio after 92 games, at 58-34.

The floundering Giants have lost 15 of their past 19 home games.

The Tigers established a season-high for runs just two days after scoring 14 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and took a 5.5-game lead over the second-place Royals in the AL Central.

Royals’ starter Jeremy Guthrie (5-8) gave up a career-worst eight earned runs after completing only four innings. He has now allowed 16 earned runs covering his past two starts.

Pittsburgh’s Edinson Volquez pitched a complete game to win his fourth straight start, steering the Pirates to a 9-1 win at St Louis.

Volquez (8-6) has a 0.90 ERA in winning four consecutive starts for the first time in his career.

Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Andrew McCutchen all drove in two runs for the Pirates, who avoided being swept in the four-game series.

The Cardinals played without All-Star catcher Yadier Molina, who tore a ligament in his right thumb on Wednesday and is expected to miss eight to 12 weeks.

Philadelphia completed a four-game road sweep at Milwaukee, piling on all their runs late to beat the Brewers 9-1.

Milwaukee pitcher Matt Garza (6-6) held the Phillies without a hit over the first six innings, before Jimmy Rollins finally got a single in the seventh.

It was Rollins who then sparked a seven-run eighth inning with a two-run single. The Phillies sent 12 batters to the plate in the eighth and got RBI ground-rule doubles from Ryan Howard and Cody Asche.

The Brewers are still clinging to the NL Central lead despite losing nine of their past 10 games.

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw had his run of scoreless innings ended at 41, but still put in another strong performance that guided the hosts to a 2-1 win over San Diego.

Kershaw won his eighth straight start and came within 18 innings of the major league record set by fellow Dodgers Orel Hershiser, who threw 59 consecutive scoreless innings in 1988.

Chase Headley ended his streak with a homer in the sixth inning, leaving Kershaw tied with Luis Tiant for the fifth-longest scoreless streak in the expansion era (since 1961).

The Dodgers’ crosstown rivals, the Angels, won in contrasting style, piling on the runs to win 15-6 at Texas.

Atlanta avoided a four-game sweep at New York, beating the Mets 3-1, with Aaron Harang winning his fourth straight start.

Cleveland’s Roberto Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut and Carlos Santana also connected as the Indians scored nine runs in the final two innings and beat the New York Yankees 9-3.

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