Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nats win 8th straight

ASSOCIATED PRESS Derek Jeter had an Aug. 8 hit taken away, and got splashed.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Derek Jeter had an Aug. 8 hit taken away, and got splashed.
AFTER THREE straight walkoffs, the Washington Nationals went for a cakewalk instead, scoring six runs in the third inning last night as they ran their winning streak to eight games with an 8-1 victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Stephen Strasburg (10-10) allowed one run and three hits over a season-high eight innings, and Asdrubal Cabrera's bases-clearing double blew the game open to give the Nationals an overdue breather in what is now their longest winning streak since August 2012.

Success had come with suspense for the Nats: four consecutive one-run games, including the last three decided by the final at-bat, and the last two in the 11th inning.

Strasburg struck out four to give him an NL-leading 198 for the season, besting his previous single-season high of 197 in 2012 - the year he was shut down early after returning from elbow surgery. He did just what the Nationals needed him to do: eat up innings to give an overtaxed bullpen some rest.

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The Nationals sent seven batters to the plate in the third before the Diamondbacks could record an out. Rookie Chase Anderson (7-5) faced six of them, allowing five singles and a walk before he was pulled in the shortest outing of his young career.

Jayson Werth's broken-bat single up the middle scored the first Nationals run, and Ian Desmond's single brought in two more. After Bryce Harper's single loaded the bases, Anderson was pulled for Eury De La Rosa, who gave up Cabrera's drive that took one bounce before hitting the wall in right-center.

Desmond also had a two-run single in the sixth to finish with four RBI. Werth had three hits.

David Peralta's first-inning home run accounted for all the scoring for the Diamondbacks, who have lost four straight.

In other NL games

* At Pittsburgh, Justin Upton hit a three-run homer and two-run single to spoil Andrew McCutchen's return as the Atlanta Braves beat the Pirates, 11-3. Pittsburgh has lost seven straight games, and Atlanta has won five straight. McCutchen went 0-for-4 after missing 2 weeks with fractured cartilage in his ribs.

* At St. Louis, J.J. Hoover hit Jon Jay with a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over Cincinnati.

In AL games

* At Boston, Chris Iannetta hit his second double of the game, a tiebreaking drive in the ninth inning off Red Sox closer Koji Uehara that sent the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-3 victory.

* At Chicago, Chris Tillman (10-5) threw eight strong innings and the AL East-leading Baltimore Orioles won their third in a row, beating the White Sox, 5-1. Chicago's Jose Abreu hit his 32nd homer, tying the Orioles' Nelson Cruz and Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the most in baseball.

* At New York, Chris Carter snapped a ninth-inning tie with a three-run homer that sent the Houston Astros to a 7-4 victory over the Yankees.

* At Minneapolis, Yan Gomes had three hits including a home run, rookie Tyler Holt pinch-hit a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth inning, and the Cleveland Indians rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-5.

* At St. Petersburg, Fla., Victor Martinez drew a bases-loaded walk in Detroit's three-run 11th inning to drive in the go-ahead run as the Tigers beat Tampa Bay, 8-6.

In interleague action

* At Miami, Giancarlo Stanton's two-out single in the ninth inning drove in the winning run as the Marlins beat the Texas Rangers, 4-3.

* At Milwaukee, Mike Fiers (3-1) pitched seven dominant innings and Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez each hit two doubles as the Brewers defeated the Toronto Blue Jays, 6-1.

* At Denver, Omar Infante went 4-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies.

Noteworthy

* Turns out, the hit that tied Derek Jeter with Honus Wagner came a day later than everyone thought. Major League Baseball made an official scoring change yesterday that took away an infield single from Jeter on Aug. 8 and instead charged Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana with an error. The Yankees said it was Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer who requested the play be reviewed by MLB. The change saved him two earned runs.

In other Jeter news, he was doused by injured pitchers CC Sabathia and Masahiro Tanaka in the clubhouse after accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge.

* Cleveland signed 38-year-old reliever Scott Atchison to a contract for next season. Atchison's deal includes a team option for 2016. Financial terms were not immediately available. Atchison is 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA.

* Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said that starter Ubaldo Jimenez is moving to the bullpen.

* St. Louis put second baseman Mark Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. Infielder Greg Garcia was recalled from Triple A.

* Houston reinstated outfielder Jesus Guzman (back spasms) from the disabled list and placed reliever Darin Downs (strained muscle on his right side) on the 15-day DL.

Associated Press
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