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MLB roundup — Aug. 22

Thursday’s American League results

Twins 7, Tigers 6 — Chris Herrmann’s second RBI double of the game broke an eighth-inning tie and helped the Minnesota Twins beat host Detroit. With two out, Herrmann lined a ball into the right-center field gap. Center fielder Austin Jackson got a bad break on the ball, and just missed while attempting a shoestring catch. Doug Bernier scored from second to give the Twins the lead. Jared Burton pitched a scoreless eighth, and Glen Perkins got through the middle of the Tigers order in the ninth for his 30th save in 33 chances. Casey Fien (3-2) earned the win. Bruce Rondon (1-2) took the loss. Detroit had trailed 6-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, but rallied to tie it on Jackson’s three-run homer. That allowed Justin Verlander to extend his unbeaten streak against the Twins to 11 starts.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3 — Andy Pettitte pitched six effective innings, Curtis Granderson homered, and the host New York Yankees recorded their 10th consecutive victory against the Blue Jays. Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run single, and the surging Yankees took advantage of a missed call to win their fifth consecutive game and 10th in 12 overall. New York improved to 12-1 against Toronto this season with its second four-game sweep of the Blue Jays, and moved within 3½ games of the second AL wild-card spot. Pettitte (9-9) gave up four hits and three walks to win his second consecutive start after going 0-3 in his previous five.

White Sox 4, Royals 3 — Conor Gillaspie hit a solo home run in the top of the 12th inning to lift the Chicago White Sox, who rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the fifth inning.

Thursday’s National League results

Reds 2, Diamondbacks 1 — Shin-Soo Choo scored in the eighth inning on Arizona’s fourth wild pitch of the game, and the host Cincinnati Reds raced to an improbable win. Choo scored both Cincinnati runs, helping the Reds to their third win in the four-game series. Cincinnati (73-55) improved to a season-high 18 games over .500 and increased its lead over Arizona to seven games in the race for the National League’s second wild-card playoff spot. Choo singled to lead off the eighth against reliever Eury De La Rosa (0-1) and moved to second when De La Rosa’s pickoff attempt rolled away from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Todd Frazier sacrificed Choo to third, and Choo scored when ball four to Joey Votto was a wild pitch. Mat Latos (13-4) pitched eight innings for the win.

Dodgers 6, Marlins 0 — Clayton Kershaw allowed five hits in eight innings to lower his ERA to 1.72, best in the majors, and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers won their third game in a row. Kershaw (13-7) struck out six and walked three. Miami’s leadoff batter reached in five innings against the left-hander, but the Marlins hit into three double plays and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson made his first major-league appearance since undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery and pitched the ninth, allowing one hit and striking out two.

Nationals 5, Cubs 4 — Denard Span scored the go-ahead run on pinch-hitter Chad Tracy’s grounder in the 13th inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the host Chicago Cubs after Stephen Strasburg blew a three-run lead in the ninth. Span doubled leading off the 13th against Michael Bowden (1-3). He moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Steve Lombardozzi and came around on Tracy’s roller to the first-base side of the mound.

Phillies 5, Rockies 4 — Domonic Brown hit a game-ending RBI single to lift the host Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies scored twice in the eighth and ninth for their second come-from-behind win in as many days, They have won four of five to improve to 4-3 under Ryne Sandberg, who became the interim manager Friday.

Cardinals 6, Braves 2 — Joe Kelly pitched six effective innings and Matt Holliday broke out of a slump with two doubles to power the host St. Louis Cardinals. David Freese drove in two runs as St. Louis won for the fifth time in six games.

Associated Press


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