MLB roundup: LA Angels shut down Tampa Bay Rays, 2-0

Jason Vargas allowed two hits over seven innings as the Los Angeles Angels held off the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-0, on Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Rays have lost four of five, and are on top of the AL wild-card standings with Oakland. The Angels have won five of six.

Vargas (8-5) gave up a leadoff double to Desmond Jennings in the first and Ben Zobrist’s sixth-inning infield single. The lefthander struck out seven and walked three.


The Rays’ Jake Odorizzi (0-1) gave up one run and four hits in five innings.

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Luis Jimenez and Kole Calhoun each drove in a run for the Angels.

Tigers 7, Athletics 6 — Torii Hunter hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting host Detroit over Oakland and boosting the Tigers after Max Scherzer was denied his 20th win and Miguel Cabrera limped off with an injury.

Scherzer gave up six runs in five innings. The no-decision left him with a 19-1 record.

Cabrera departed in the fifth inning after hurting his abdomen while making an awkward slide trying to stretch a single into a double. But he insisted he would be able to play in Detroit’s next game.


Royals 3, Twins 1 — Bruce Chen bounced back with a solid start and Kansas City completed a sweep for its fifth straight win, beating host Minnesota and handing the Twins their fifth loss in a row.

Chen (6-2) gave up one run and five hits in 5 innings. Kelvin Herrera and Will Smith combined for 2 innings of scoreless relief.

Mets 11, Phillies 3 — Carlos Torres carried a two-hit shutout into the seventh inning for host New York in a victory over Philadelphia.

Daniel Murphy had four hits, Eric Young Jr. got three hits, and Anthony Recker added a two-run homer on his 30th birthday as the Mets busted loose for their most runs since beating Washington, 11-0, in the first game of a July 26 doubleheader.

Three days after making a brief relief appearance, Torres struck out six and walked none in 6 innings.


Braves 3, Indians 1 — Brian McCann hit a three-run homer, Kris Medlen pitched seven scoreless innings, and host Atlanta completed a sweep of Cleveland.

McCann went deep in the third after Justin Upton kept the inning going with a two-out single. Upton had to leave the game in the sixth after being struck on the left hand by a pitch, but X-rays were negative. He is day to day.

Brewers 4, Pirates 0 — Yovani Gallardo pitched seven sharp innings to beat host Pittsburgh once again and Aramis Ramirez homered against his former team as Milwaukee won.

Nationals 9, Marlins 0 — Jayson Werth and Ian Desmond each hit a three-run homer, powering host Washington to its eighth victory in nine games.

Mariners 3, Astros 2 — Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run homer after Nick Franklin gave Seattle an early lead with a solo shot and the Mariners held on for a victory over host Houston, ending a six-game skid.