Kuroda shutout leads Yankees to win

BATTLE OF PITCHERS::Texas almost held New York to a shutout as well, until Swisher and Teixeira belted in back-to-back homers, breaking the game wide open

AP, NEW YORK

Thu, Aug 16, 2012 - Page 20

AMERICAN LEAGUE

New York’s Hiroki Kuroda pitched a shutout as the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 3-0 in Tuesday’s meeting of American League divisional leaders.

The New York Yankees got consecutive homers from Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira in a victory over the Rangers.

Kuroda (11-8) held Texas hitless until an infield single leading off the seventh. He walked only two and struck out five in his second shutout of the season and fourth of his career.

The Yankees, too, were held in check until the seventh, when consecutive homers from Nick Swisher and Mark Teixeira broke the game open.

Texas’ All-Star Matt Harrison (13-7) took the loss.

WHITE SOX 3, BLUE JAYS 2

In Toronto, Jose Quintana snapped a five-start winless streak to steer Chicago to a rare win at Toronto.

Quintana (5-2) allowed two runs in 6-2/3 innings, helping the White Sox win at Rogers Centre for only the fourth time in six years.

Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez (7-10) allowed two earned runs in seven innings.

MARINERS 3, RAYS 2

In Seattle, Washington, Eric Thames’ two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Seattle victory and snapped Tampa Bay’s seven-game winning streak.

Kyle Seager started the winning rally with a single to right field off Tampa Bay closer Fernando Rodney (2-2). Chone Figgins pushed a bunt that first baseman Carlos Pena fielded. Pena glanced at second, pivoted and then threw wide of first base, allowing Seager to sprint to third and Figgins to advance to second.

Justin Smoak’s deep sacrifice fly scored Seager to tie the game 2-2.

Thames’ hit into short right field scored Figgins and made a winner of Stephen Pryor (2-0), who worked 1-2/3 innings.

ANGELS 9, INDIANS 6

In Anaheim, California, Zack Greinke won for the first time in four starts since being acquired by Los Angeles, delivering a victory over Cleveland.

Greinke (1-1) allowed eight hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked only one.

Albert Pujols homered and drove in four runs for the Angels.

Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez (9-12) gave up eight runs through four innings, matching a career-worst for earned runs allowed.

TIGERS 8, TWINS 4

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Miguel Cabrera became the first player to reach 100 RBIs this season with a run-scoring single as Detroit downed Minnesota.

With the game locked 4-4 in the sixth inning, Andy Dirks hit a solo home run off Brian Duensing (2-8) to put the Tigers ahead for good. Cabrera got his 100th RBI in the seventh, becoming the third player in Tigers history to collect at least 100 RBIs in five or more consecutive seasons.

Detroit starter Doug Fister (7-7) pitched eight strong innings, not allowing any earned runs and striking out seven.

In other AL play, it was:

‧ Royals 5, Athletics 0

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete game, steering the Giants to a 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals in Tuesday’s clash of National League title contenders.

Bumgarner (13-7) struck out six and walked one in his second complete game this season.

Brandon Belt had three hits and three RBIs for the Giants, who bounced back from the previous day’s 16-1 thrashing at the hands of the Nationals.

National League ERA leader Jordan Zimmermann (9-7) took the loss, ending a six-game winning streak, despite only allowing two runs.

DODGERS 11, PIRATES 0

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles’ Chad Billingsley pitched eight scoreless innings as the Dodgers matched their highest-scoring game of the season, routing the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 in the National League on Tuesday.

Billingsley (9-9) won his fifth consecutive start, allowing no runs and one walk.

He improved to 7-1 in his career against the Pirates.

The Dodgers have won five of six, pushing them to the top of the NL West. Pittsburgh have lost five of six.

Luis Cruz tied career highs for hits and RBIs with three each as Los Angeles beat the Pirates for the eighth straight time, dating to last season.

Pittsburgh’s Kevin Correia (9-7) took the loss. Going in, he had won seven straight decisions, tied for the longest active streak in the majors.

REDS 3, METS 0

In Cincinnati, Ohio, Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, and Cincinnati on their fourth game in a row, beating New York.

The NL Central leaders and the Mets were a combined 0 for 18 with runners in scoring position before Bruce connected.

Brandon Phillips drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Manny Acosta (1-3). Ryan Ludwick followed with single that sent Phillips to second, setting up Bruce’s winning shot.

Reds reliever Jose Arredondo (5-2) wound up with the win. In all, the clubs stranded a total of 24 runners on base.

CARDINALS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 2

In St Louis, Missouri, rookie Joe Kelly pitched into the seventh inning of what could be his final start for some time, guiding St Louis to victory over Arizona.

Kelly (3-5) gave up two runs in 6-1/3 innings and matched his career best with six strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 3.41 — trailing only Kyle Lohse’s 2.72 in the rotation. However Jaime Garcia is soon due back from injury, ending Kelly’s run as a starter. St Louis got home runs from Matt Holliday and Jon Jay.

Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy (10-10) made throwing errors on consecutive plays to help the Cardinals score two unearned runs in the seventh for a three-run cushion, and gave up both homers.

BRAVES 6, PADRES 0

In Atlanta, Georgia, Tim Hudson combined with three relievers to shut out San Diego, steering Atlanta to victory.

Hudson (12-4) allowed no runs and one walk in 6-2/3 innings and won his sixth straight decision.

Martin Prado had a three-run homer for the Braves, who began the day five-and-a-half games behind first-place Washington in the NL East, their biggest deficit since trailing by six games on July 5.

San Diego starter Clayton Richard (9-12) left the game trailing 3-0 in the seventh.

He gave up five runs in 6-1/3 innings.

In other NL play, it was:

‧ Phillies 1, Marlins 0

‧ Rockies 8, Brewers 6

‧ Astros 10, Cubs 1