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MLB roundup — Sept. 9

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Monday’s American League results

Orioles 4, Yankees 2 — Chris Tillman took a three-hitter into the eighth inning and the host Baltimore Orioles beat the New York Yankees on Monday night in a game that featured an on-field confrontation between the teams’ managers. With the victory, the Orioles moved within 1 ½
games of idle Tampa Bay for the second AL wild card. The Yankees fell three games behind Tampa Bay. Tillman (16-5) allowed two runs and four hits in seven-plus innings. He walked none and struck out nine, matching his career high. Both dugouts emptied briefly after the first inning, when Orioles manager Buck Showalter angrily exchanged words with Joe Girardi after the Yankees manager apparently said something to Baltimore third-base coach Bobby Dickerson.

Twins 6, Angels 3 — Trevor Plouffe went 2 for 3 and drove in the tying and go-ahead runs as the Minnesota Twins snapped a 10-game home losing streak with a victory over the visiting Los Angeles Angels. Plouffe’s two-run, two-out double in the fifth inning tied the game 3-3, and his bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the seventh made it 4-3 as the Twins won at home for the first time since Aug. 15, avoiding the longest home losing streak since the franchise started in Washington in 1901. The home skid was the Twins’ longest since moving from Washington in 1961.

Monday’s National League results

Cubs 2, Reds 0 — Left-hander Travis Wood beat Cincinnati for the first time in his career, repeatedly pitching out of threats for seven innings, and the visiting Chicago Cubs stalled the Reds’ weeklong surge with a victory. Wood (9-11) finally beat the team that traded him after the 2011 season. He was 0-4 in his career, including three losses this season. He allowed six hits and fanned seven. Kevin Gregg gave up a double in the ninth while earning his 31st save in 35 chances. Ryan Sweeney and Luis Valbuena homered off Bronson Arroyo (13-11), who had won his last four starts against the Cubs.

Nationals 9, Mets 0 — Gio Gonzalez was inches from a no-hitter and the Washington Nationals hit five home runs, including long balls by their first two batters, in a rout of the host New York Mets. Gonzalez held the overmatched Mets hitless into the seventh before pinch hitter Zach Lutz broke up the bid with a soft single for New York’s only hit. Lutz swung at the first pitch of the inning and hit a looper that landed on the first-base line, taking out a chunk of chalk well behind the bag. First baseman Adam LaRoche made a diving attempt as the ball hit the dirt, but it squirted by and into foul territory along the right field line. First-base umpire John Hirschbeck correctly called it fair, and Gonzalez (10-6) paused behind the mound to stare in his direction.

Braves 5, Marlins 2 — Evan Gattis drove in two runs to highlight Atlanta’s highest-scoring inning in more than a month, and the Braves snapped a four-game slide by beating the host Miami Marlins. Justin Upton, Freddie Freeman and Gattis all doubled to lead off what became a five-run fourth, Atlanta’s biggest inning since a five-run fifth against Philadelphia on Aug. 2. Kris Medlen (13-12) was the beneficiary that night against the Phillies and again on Monday, getting the win after allowing six hits and two runs in 6 ⅓ innings.

Monday’s interleague results

Pirates 1, Rangers 0 — Clinching their first winning season since 1992, rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole had a career-high nine strikeouts over seven innings to outpitch Yu Darvish and lead the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates to a victory over the Texas Rangers. The Pirates (82-61) didn’t get a runner to second base against Darvish (12-8) until Marlon Byrd’s two-out double in the seventh. He came home when Pedro Alvarez followed with a double. Pittsburgh had lost a season-high four games in a row since getting their 81st victory last Tuesday at Milwaukee to guarantee their first non-losing season in more than two decades.

Associated Press


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