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Houston Gives Sox Zip

Houston Astros' L.J. Hoes, right, looks to the umpire as Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew shows the ball in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Houston. Hoes was safe on the steal. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Houston Astros' L.J. Hoes, right, looks to the umpire as Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew shows the ball in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013, in Houston. Hoes was safe on the steal. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Houston (ap) — Brett Oberholtzer threw seven shutout innings, and L.J. Hoes scored twice to lead the Houston Astros to a 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

Oberholtzer (2-0) allowed four hits while walking two and striking out two. In his first two career starts, Oberholtzer has thrown 14 scoreless innings, allowing seven hits.

Hoes and Jonathan Villar each had two hits for the Astros, who snapped a four-game losing streak.

Houston took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Robbie Grossman, scoring Hoes who led off with a single and stole second.

White Sox 8, Yankees 1

Chicago — Alex Rodriguez blooped a single in his first at-bat of the season hours after being hit with a long suspension, but that was it for the embattled slugger as Chicago snapped a 10-game losing streak with a win over struggling New York.

Rodriguez was suspended through 2014 by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis case, a punishment he is appealing.

That clearly was the biggest story on a day when New York’s Derek Jeter went back on the disabled list because of a strained right calf and Andy Pettitte (7-9) got knocked out early. Alex Rios drove in four runs, Alexei Ramirez added four hits and Jose Quintana (6-3) pitched into the seventh for the White Sox.

Tigers 4, Indians 2

Cleveland — Alex Avila’s three-run homer in the ninth inning off closer Chris Perez rallied Detroit to its ninth straight win, beating Cleveland.

The Tigers were three outs away from having their lead in the AL Central cut to two games before their comeback against Perez (4-2), who had converted 11 consecutive save opportunities.

Royals 13, Twins 0

Kansas City, Mo. — Jeremy Guthrie pitched a four-hitter and Eric Hosmer drove in a career-high five runs to help Kansas City rout Minnesota.

The Royals, who have won 12 of their past 13 games, scored a season-high 13 runs.

Angels Sign
Well-Traveled Willis

Anaheim, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels have signed veteran left-hander Dontrelle Willis out of the independent Atlantic League.

The Angels assigned the two-time All-Star and former NL Rookie of the Year to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday.

The 31-year-old Willis had a league-leading 2.56 ERA in 14 starts with the Long Island Ducks this season.

National League

Braves 3, Nationals 2

Washington — Justin Upton led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking homer, and NL East-leading Atlanta extended its winning streak to a season-high 11 games by beating fading Washington.

Freddie Freeman drove in Atlanta’s first two runs with a pair of singles in the third and fifth. Reliever David Carpenter (3-0) earned the win by retiring all five batters he faced.

Upton’s 20th homer came on a 3-2 pitch from Tyler Clippard (6-2), who replaced Stephen Strasburg to begin the eighth.

Dodgers 3, Cardinals 2

St. Louis — Zack Greinke pitched into the seventh inning and raised his batting average to .405 with an RBI single, helping Los Angeles win its 15th straight on the road with a victory over St. Louis.

Nick Punto was productive subbing for injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers got an RBI apiece from Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis while matching the Cincinnati Reds’ 15-game run in 1957. They’re two wins shy of the NL mark set by the 1916 New York Giants.

Greinke (9-3) allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings for his 100th career victory, allowing two hits in the third, fourth and fifth but no runs. Paco Rodriguez earned his second career save with a perfect ninth.

Adam Wainwright (13-7) gave up three runs in seven innings and failed in his third straight attempt at winning his 14th.