Saturday, August 1
Greinke, Dodgers beat Angels 5-3 with Guerrero's go-ahead HR
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zack Greinke won his fifth straight decision, Howie Kendrick homered in his first game against his former team, and the Dodgers beat the Angels 5-3 Friday night in the opening game of the Freeway Series.
Rookie Alex Guerrero hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fourth inning in support of Greinke (10-2), who allowed two runs and five hits in eight innings. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner, who leads the majors with a 1.41 ERA, had his consecutive scoreless inning streak snapped at a career-best 45 2-3 innings last Sunday in a no-decision against the Mets at New York.
Greinke, who spent the final two months of the 2012 season down the freeway in Anaheim before joining the Dodgers as a free agent, improved his home record with them to 23-5.
Kershaw, Greinke switch starts for Dodgers in Freeway Series
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw's next start for the Los Angeles Dodgers has been bumped to Saturday, and Zack Greinke has been moved up to start Friday night against the Angels.
The Dodgers announced the switch Friday about four hours before the Freeway Series opener.
Kershaw has a streak of 29 consecutive scoreless innings. His next start already had been delayed from Wednesday due to soreness in his left hip.
Greinke's streak of 45 2-3 consecutive scoreless innings ended Sunday against the Mets. He will pitch Friday night on regular rest for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers also added their recent trade acquisitions to their active roster: left-hander Alex Wood and relievers Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan.
Los Angeles put third baseman Justin Turner on the 15-day disabled list with a right thigh infection.
Salazar gives up 1 hit in 8 innings as Indians beat A's
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Danny Salazar pitched eight innings of one-hit ball, Michael Bourn doubled in the tiebreaking run in the eighth, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.
Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits, stole a base and scored the go-ahead run for the Indians, who lost eight of 11 before their streak.
Salazar (9-6) walked one and struck out four to end a personal two-game slide. He has a 1.53 ERA over his last four starts, spanning 29 1/3 innings.
Cody Allen got the last three outs for his 21st save.
Edward Mujica (2-3) took the loss.
Early homers for Rangers in 6-3 win over Giants, Bumgarner
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre homered as the Rangers beat San Francisco 6-3 Friday night in the Giants' first visit since clinching the 2010 World Series in Texas.
Madison Bumgarner (11-6) gave up both homers and helped ignite a benches-clearing fracas when he shouted something toward the Rangers bench at the end of the fourth inning. There were no ejections, punches thrown or contact made between players, who were kept separated by the umpires.
Andrus hit a two-run homer in the second to put the Rangers up 6-2. He doubled in the first, scoring then on Beltre's homer lined over the 14-foot wall in left field.
Nick Martinez (6-6) won for the first time in seven starts, allowing two runs with four strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings.
Leake will make his Giants' debut Sunday at Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Leake will make his San Francisco Giants' debut when the right-hander starts their series finale Sunday at Texas.
Acquired from the Cincinnati Reds late Thursday night, Leake is replacing 40-year-old Tim Hudson in the Giants rotation.
Hudson was placed Friday on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain.
San Francisco sent two prospects to Cincinnati for the 27-year-old Leake, who allowed only two earned runs winning his last four starts for the Reds. He threw eight scoreless innings in a win at St. Louis on Tuesday and is 9-5 with a 3.56 ERA in 21 starts this season.
Leake says he's excited to be with the Giants, who won three World Series titles in the previous five seasons.
Base-loaded walks lift Padres over Marlins 8-3
MIAMI (AP) — A.J. Ramos forced home the tiebreaking run with a bases-loaded, four-pitch walk in the 11th inning, Jedd Gyorko added a two-run single and the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 8-3 Friday night.
After the Padres decided not to deal any of their major players at the trade deadline, San Diego won for the sixth time in seven games and the 11th time in its last 15.
With the score 3-3, Will Venable singled with a soft liner against Ramos (0-3) leading off the 11th and advanced to third when catcher J.T. Realmuto's throw went into center field for an error.
Ramos struck out Yangervis Solarte, then walked three in a row, including Yonder Alonso with the bases loaded. Andre Rienzo walked Derek Norris with a full count, forcing in another run, and Venable singled for a 7-3 lead.
Angels send C.J. Wilson to DL, make no late move at deadline
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have placed left-hander C.J. Wilson on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow inflammation.
The Angels also recalled right-hander Drew Rucinski from Triple-A Salt Lake and optioned Efren Navarro to the minors.
Wilson is 8-8 with a 3.89 ERA this season for the Angels. He yielded six runs and six hits in four innings in a loss Tuesday to the Astros, who swept a three-game series with Los Angeles to reclaim the AL West lead.
Wilson's absence could open a rotation spot next week for right-hander Jered Weaver, who has been out for a month with hip inflammation.
Rucinski or Triple-A starter Nick Tropeano could take Wilson's scheduled turn in the rotation Sunday when the Angels finish a three-game Freeway Series with the Dodgers.
Parker leads LA Sparks to 88-77 win over Chicago Sky
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Candace Parker scored 31 points and all five starters reached double figures to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to their first road win of the season, 88-77 over the Chicago Sky on Friday night.
Kristi Toliver scored 11 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter as Los Angeles (3-14) outscored the Sky 14-4 in the final 4:18. Toliver started the decisive run with a 3-pointer and contributed six points. Parker had 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Parker, in just her second game of the season, hit 12 of 20 shots, 7 of 8 free throws, grabbed nine rebounds, had four assists and two blocks. The former MVP had 12 points in her return from a self-imposed rest for the first half of the season.
Elena Delle Donne had 21 points for the Sky (11-8) and Courtney Vandersloot tied her team record with 13 assists.
Jack Beckman has quickest Funny Car run in NHRA history
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Jack Beckman powered to quickest Funny Car run in NHRA history Friday night in qualifying for the NHRA Sonoma Nationals.
Beckman finished with a record time of 3.921 seconds at 323.43 mph in a Dodge Charger. He can certify the run as a national record by posting another run within one percent of that performance during the remainder of the weekend.
Teammate Matt Hagan, the season points leader, qualified second at 3.967 with the fastest Funny Car speed in history, at 325.77.
Antron Brown was the fastest in Top Fuel, Chris McGaha led in Pro Stock, and series leader Eddie Krawiec had the Pro Stock Motorcycle lead.
Brown also broke the track time record, finishing in 3.707 and 326.95. McGaha had a track-record time of 6.499 at 212.36 in a Chevrolet Camaro, and Krawiec finished in 6.843 at 194.27 on a Harley-Davidson.