Marlins Take 3 Of 4 From Braves – MLB Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — The Miami Marlins finished taking three of four in Atlanta by rallying with a run in the ninth off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel in a 3-2 victory. The loss drops the Braves a game and a-half back of idle Washington in the NL East race.
It's just the second in 10 series that Miami has won at Turner Field. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-ah) drove in the go-ahead run. Salty went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Kimbrel fell to 0-2.
Marlins closer Steve Cishek (SEE'-chehk) earned his 24th save in 27 chances, retiring Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward on fly balls in the ninth.
In action around the majors:
— Nori Aoki (a-OH'-kee) singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 2-1 marathon win over Cleveland. Indians starter Corey Kluber (KLOO'-bur) had a perfect game bid broken up with a one-out single in the seventh inning by Omar Infante (in-fahn-TAY').
— AL East-leading Baltimore blanked Seattle 4-0. Wei-Yin Chen and Darren O'Day combined on the five-hit shutout. Chen improved to 11-3 after winning his fourth straight start. Delmon Young hit a three-run homer.
— AL Central-leading Detroit held off the L.A. Angels 6-4. Max Scherzer improved to 12-3. He struck out 11 in seven innings. Nick Castellanos hit a two-run double in the sixth for the Tigers. That's his 24th double, which leads all rookies.
— Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Jeff Samardzija (suh-MAHR'-juh) got more run support than he has had all season in a 13-1 rout of the Houston Astros. Jed Lowrie had three hits and drove in a run for the A's, who have the best record in baseball at 63-38.
— Marcus Stroman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as Toronto shutout the Red Sox 8-0. Shane Victorino's bloop single to lead off the seventh broke up the no-hit bid and was the only hit for Boston. Juan Francisco had the big day at the plate with four runs batted in. Stroman struck out seven and walked two in seven innings of work. The rookie right-hander improved to 5-1 with a 1.54 ERA in seven home starts.
— Brandon McCarthy delivered another strong pitching performance in the Yankees 4-2 win over Texas. He gave up a run on four hits in six solid innings to improve to 2-0 with a 1.45 ERA since being acquired from Arizona earlier this month. Fellow newcomer Chase Headley provided an RBI single in New York's sixth win in seven games.
— Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Khalid Davis all homered in Milwaukee's 9-1 rout of the New York Mets. Matt Garza allowed two hits over eight innings to even his mark at 7-7. The Brewers have won four straight.
— Hector Noesi allowed three hits over 7 2-3 innings and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 victory over Minnesota.
— The light-hitting San Diego Padres rapped out 14 hits in their 13-3 rout of the Chicago Cubs. Rene Rivera had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs.
— Chase Utley's tie-breaking single in the fifth inning proved to be the difference as Philadelphia edge San Francisco 2-1. The win helped the Phillies avoid a four-game sweep at home. The NL West-leading Giants completed a 5-2 road trip.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have reacquired first baseman Kendrys Morales in a trade with the Minnesota Twins for minor-league pitcher Stephen Pryor. Morales spent under seven weeks with the Twins, who signed him to boost their lineup as a designated hitter but used him often at first base with Joe Mauer (MAW'-ur) injured. Morales hit .234 in 39 games with 11 doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs.
In other baseball news:
— Former baseball star Chuck Knoblauch (NAHB'-lahk) has been charged with misdemeanor assault after authorities in Houston say he hit and pushed his ex-wife. Knoblauch was released on $10,000 bond. His first court date is set for July 30. The four-time All-Star previously served a year of probation after being convicted of hitting his previous wife in 2010.