Baseball Roundup: Yankees’ Streak Ends
Baltimore Orioles catcher Caleb Joseph, left, tags out Tampa Bay Rays' Desmond Jennings at home plate in the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Chicago Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan catches a fly ball hit by Cincinnati Reds' Brayan Pena in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in Cincinnati. Chicago won 3-0. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
Detroit — Rick Porcello pitched eight impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers snapped New York’s five-game winning streak Tuesday night, beating the Yankees 5-2.
Porcello (15-8) joined teammate Max Scherzer as the American League’s only 15-game winners, allowing two runs and nine hits. The 25-year-old right-hander threw a shutout in his previous start against Tampa Bay, and he blanked the Yankees until Jacoby Ellsbury’s homer in the fifth.
Ellsbury added another solo shot in the eighth.
Brandon McCarthy (5-3) dealt with some uncharacteristic control problems in the second, and he ended up allowing five runs and nine hits in 61⁄3 innings.
Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for Detroit for his 28th save in 34 chances. First baseman Miguel Cabrera made two nice plays to close out the win.
J.D. Martinez had three hits for the Tigers
Orioles 4, Rays 2
Baltimore — Jonathan Schoop singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Caleb Joseph had two RBIs as Baltimore beat fading Tampa Bay.
Nelson Cruz had two hits and drove in a run for the AL East-leading Orioles, who improved to 10-4 against Tampa Bay. Baltimore relievers gave up one hit over the final 41⁄3 innings.
Evan Longoria had two RBIs for the Rays, who have lost seven of 10 since reaching the .500 mark on Aug. 15. Tampa Bay stranded nine and had two runners thrown out at the plate.
With the game tied at two in the sixth, Schoop delivered a two-out RBI single off Grant Balfour (1-6). Balfour signed with Baltimore in January, but the contract was voided when he failed the physical.
Royals 2, Twins 1
Kansas City, Mo. — Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, giving Kansas City a win over Minnesota and helping the Royals avoid their first three-game skid since mid-July.
The Royals had been shut down all night by the Twins’ Ricky Nolasco, who scattered three hits over seven innings. But after going quietly in the eighth, the AL Central leaders managed to break through against closer Glen Perkins (3-1) in the ninth.
Alcides Escobar led off the inning with a blooper to shallow right for a single, and Gordon followed by swatting the second pitch he saw over the right-field wall for his 10th homer of the season.
Wade Davis (7-2) earned the win with a perfect ninth inning in relief.
Astros 4, Athletics 2
Houston — Chris Carter hit his 32nd homer, a three-run drive in the eighth inning that lifted Houston over Oakland.
Oakland starter Jason Hammel had retired 10 straight batters when he was replaced by Luke Gregerson (3-3) for the eighth inning. Robbie Grossman reached on an error by first baseman Stephen Vogt with one out and Gregerson hit Jose Altuve with a pitch.
Carter then launched a 90 mph fastball onto the tracks atop the wall in left field to put Houston on top.
Phillies 4, Nationals 3
Philadelphia — Freddy Galvis and Darin Ruf homered and Carlos Ruiz drove in go-ahead run with an eighth-inning sacrifice fly to lead Philadelphia over Washington.
Ken Giles (3-1) struck out the side in a scoreless eighth to help the Phillies to their fifth win in six games.
Asdrubal Cabrera homered for the Nationals, who lost consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 4-5.
Cole Hamels took a lead into the eighth before giving up a leadoff homer to Cabrera. The left-hander was lifted for Giles after that batter, finishing with three runs allowed on eight hits with five strikeouts and a walk.
Gio Gonzalez (6-10) gave up three runs on six hits in six innings to extend his winless streak to nine starts.
Mets 3, Braves 2
New York — Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer and ran down one ball after another in center field, sending Dillon Gee and New York over Atlanta.
Gee stopped the longest losing streak of his career at five games, outpitching Alex Wood in the opener of a three-game series. Lagares, rated one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, scurried from gap to gap and finished with seven putouts.
Pirates 5, Cardinals 2
Pittsburgh — Pinch-hitter Ike Davis launched a tiebreaking, three-run homer off Seth Maness in the eighth inning, lifting Pittsburgh over St. Louis.
The Pirates won after reigning NL MVP Andrew McCutchen left in the fifth inning because of discomfort in his left ribs. Recently on the disabled list because of a rib problem, the center fielder ran into the wall earlier in the game.
Davis sent a 2-2 pitch from Maness (5-3) deep over the fence in right-center for his ninth home run of the season and his third as a pinch-hitter.
Cubs 3, Reds 0
Cincinnati — Travis Wood pitched six innings of two-hit ball against his former team for his first win in two months, leading Chicago over Johnny Cueto and Cincinnati.
Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run shot and Anthony Rizzo connected for his 30th homer for the Cubs, who have won four in a row for the first time since June 30-July 4.
Cincinnati was shut out for the 12th time this season. Cueto (15-8) struck out eight in 61⁄3 innings in his second straight loss after winning seven consecutive decisions.
Wood (8-11) struck out five and walked one.