Porcello blanks Oakland

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers aren't just winning games this week. They are making history.

One night after Rajai Davis hit Detroit's first game-ending grand slam in 10 years, Rick Porcello significantly raised the bar.

In a 3-0 win over Oakland, Porcello became just the fourth pitcher in franchise history to throw a shutout without walking or striking out a batter, and the first since Dizzy Trout in 1944.

Porcello was slightly disappointed by his 95-pitch outing, even after learning how rare it was.

"In the last couple innings, I was hoping I'd get at least one strikeout," he said. "I didn't want to go out there and put up a zero. Still, with a game like this, I'm certainly not going to trade it in for anything."

Porcello recorded 17 groundball outs and 10 in the air while becoming the first major-leaguer to accomplish the feat since Baltimore's Jeff Ballard on Aug. 21, 1989. Porcello was eight months old when Ballard did it against Milwaukee.

"To be honest, it was pretty boring out there," said Torii Hunter, who didn't record an out in right field. "But that just shows you how great he was tonight. He was throwing that sinker right down the middle, and it was dropping out of the strike zone, and they were just beating it into the ground."

The A's got three singles and a double, and only got one runner to third base.

"Our guys were swinging at strikes, but everything was moving," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "He's got a good sinker and a good change-up, and now he's mixing in a good breaking ball to keep you off balance. That's just a very well-pitched game by him."

Porcello's night might have been historic, but it certainly didn't come out of the blue. He pitched his first career shutout in his previous start, beating the Rangers on June 26, and pitched six shutout innings against Cleveland on June 20.

"I don't want to jinx it," he joked when asked about his shutout streak. "All I know is that I'm throwing the ball really well right now, I'm making consistent pitches when I need them, and my defense is helping me out. I'm also getting some good breaks, which every pitcher needs."

Porcello (11-4) only had one career complete game before this stretch, but is now the first Tigers pitcher since Jack Morris to throw back-to-back shutouts. Morris threw three in a row in July, 1986.

"Obviously, Rick is throwing the ball extremely well right now," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He had a great curveball and changeup tonight, and the sinker was better than that. It makes my job a lot easier when the starter has only thrown 88 pitches through eight innings."

Brad Mills (1-1) took the loss for Oakland, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks in six-plus innings.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Miguel Cabrera walked, took third on J.D. Martinez's double and scored on a groundout by Hunter. Oakland, in the meantime, was becoming the latest team to struggle for answers against Porcello, managing only two hits in the first six innings.

Martinez, starting for the second straight night while Victor Martinez deals with soreness in his left side, made it 3-0 with a two-run homer in the sixth. After moving into the everyday lineup in early June, J.D. Martinez is hitting .376 with seven homers and 20 RBIs in 19 games.

"I threw him a change, and I think he was sitting on it," Mills said. "I certainly didn't locate it where I wanted it."

After that, the only suspense was if Porcello could finish off the shutout, and do it with a double-digit pitch count. He accomplished both, becoming the first Tigers pitcher to throw a shutout in under 100 pitches since Armando Galarraga in 2010. That was the game Galarraga had to face an extra hitter after first base umpire Jim Joyce blew the call on what should have been the last out in a perfect game.

GIANTS 5, CARDINALS 0

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tim Lincecum followed his second career no-hitter with another vintage performance, pitching eight sharp innings to lead San Francisco to the shutout.

Lincecum (7-5) allowed four hits, struck out six and walked two. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fourth and stayed out of trouble the rest of the way, helping San Francisco snap a four-game losing streak since his latest gem against San Diego.

Pablo Sandoval hit his 100th career homer to cap a three-run fourth, and the Giants scored twice in the fifth to chase Marco Gonzales (0-1) in the left-hander's second career start.

Gonzales gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. St. Louis has lost three straight and four of five.

RAYS 2, YANKEES 1

NEW YORK -- David Price came within one pitch of extending his remarkable strikeout streak in leading resurgent Tampa Bay past New York.

James Loney hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and the Rays matched their longest win string of the season. Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig's team record for doubles as the Yankees equaled their worst skid this year with their fourth loss in a row.

Price (7-7) struck out nine -- he fanned at least 10 in each of his previous five starts, and was trying to join Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat six straight times.

NATIONALS 7, ROCKIES 1

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Strasburg bounced back from his worst outing of the season with 7 2-3 dominant innings, and Jayson Werth had two doubles and three RBIs in Washington's fourth straight win.

Anthony Rendon added a two-run double for the Nationals.

Strasburg (7-6) tied his career high by allowing seven earned runs in 4 2-3 innings in his last start, and was 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA over his last three.

Tuesday night he struck out eight and walked one while giving up one run. The Rockies didn't get a runner past second until DJ LeMahieu's homer in the eighth.

He was lifted after walking Corey Dickerson with his 111th pitch of the night.

Christian Friedrich (0-3) allowed five runs in 3 1-3 innings for Colorado, which has lost 13 of 15.

PADRES 8, REDS 2

SAN DIEGO -- Seth Smith hit a home run and scored three runs and Carlos Quentin homered and drove in three runs to lead San Diego.

Smith had three hits as the Padres finished with a season-high 16 one night after managing just one hit in a 1-0 win over the Reds.

Ian Kennedy (6-9) pitched six strong innings, giving up one run and seven hits with a walk and three strikeouts to get his first win in nearly a month.

Quentin's two-run homer in the four-run, seventh inning was the key blow when the Padres extended their lead to 7-1.

Mike Leake (6-7) allowed three runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings.

ANGELS 8, WHITE SOX 4, 1ST GAME; ANGELS 7, WHITE SOX 5, 2ND GAME

CHICAGO -- Kole Calhoun homered and scored twice in the nightcap to help Los Angeles complete a doubleheader sweep of Chicago.

Howie Kendrick added two hits and scored two runs as the Angels won their second straight and moved to within 3 1/2 games of first-place Oakland in the AL West.

The Angels beat the White Sox 8-4 in the opener of a twin-bill quickly arranged after Monday's game was rained out and are 5-0 against Chicago this season.

Jered Weaver (9-6) worked 5 2-3 innings for the win, allowing nine hits while striking out six. Chicago starter Scott Carroll (2-5) took the loss after pitching six-plus innings and giving up seven runs on 10 hits.

In the early game, Albert Pujols hit his 509th home run, Mike Trout connected for a three-run drive and Garrett Richards (9-2) allowed two hits in eight innings.

Pujols' solo shot, his 17th homer of the season, came off starter Hector Noesi (2-6) and put the Angels ahead in a four-run fifth. Trout's homer tied the score earlier in the inning.

Jose Abreu hit his 26th home run in the first to give Chicago a 3-0 cushion.

MARLINS 5, PHILLIES 4, 11 INNINGS

MIAMI -- Ed Lucas' single scored the winning run from second base with one out in the 11th inning, snapping Miami's four-game losing streak and sending Philadelphia to its fifth straight loss.

The Marlins won their ninth consecutive game when Henderson Alvarez starts, matching the longest such streak with a pitcher in franchise history. Alvarez allowed two runs in seven innings.

Pinch hitter Jeff Baker singled to start the 11th inning against Justin De Fratus (2-1), advanced on a sacrifice and scored without a play on Lucas' opposite-field hit.

The Phillies overcame a 4-2 deficit in the eighth with back-to-back two-out homers by Marlon Byrd and Cody Asche off Kevin Gregg.

Bryan Morris (6-0) pitched two innings for the win.

The Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton singled home a run to increase his RBI total to 61, which leads the NL.

ORIOLES 8, RANGERS 3

BALTIMORE -- Nelson Cruz hit his 26th home run, and Steve Pearce and Caleb Joseph also went deep against rookie Nick Martinez to help Baltimore breeze past skidding Texas.

Pearce and Cruz delivered solo shots in the first inning and Joseph connected with a man on in the second. It was the third homer in two nights for Pearce, and Cruz hit his third in seven games on his 34th birthday.

Signed as a free agent to a one-year contract, Cruz is closing in on his career high of 33 home runs with Texas in 2009. He is already one homer short of matching his total last year with the Rangers, a season cut short by a 50-game suspension as part of the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal.

MARINERS 13, ASTROS 2

HOUSTON -- Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager had three RBIs apiece, James Jones added two and a seven-run sixth inning helped Seattle score a season high in runs.

Cano drove in two to give Seattle the lead in the first and hit the first of the five doubles in the sixth ining that tied a franchise mark and pushed the lead to 10-1.

Hisashi Iwakuma (6-4) went six innings, giving up a run on seven hits while striking out seven.

Jones' three hits included a triple. Seager doubled and hit a solo homer in the ninth as the Mariners also set a season-high with 18 hits.

Jarred Cosart (8-6) tied a season-high by allowing six runs on nine hits in 5 2-3 innings to end a four-game winning streak.

PIRATES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2

PITTSBURGH -- Starling Marte hit a two-run double to tie the game with one out in the ninth inning and then scored on pinch-hitter Ike Davis' single two batters later to propel Pittsburgh.

The Pirates were shut down for eight innings by Arizona starter Wade Miley before rallying in the ninth. Neil Walker and pinch-hitter Gregory Polanco started the inning with singles against Miley. One batter later, Marte hit a drive to the wall in center off closer Addison Reed (1-4).

Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked and Davis singled to right, scoring Marte easily.

Ernesto Frieri (1-3) earned his first win with the Pirates after working a scoreless ninth.

Miley allowed four hits in eight-plus innings, striking out 10. He is winless since May 10.

CUBS 2, RED SOX 1

BOSTON -- Luis Valbuena broke a ninth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly that carried Chicago past Boston.

Anthony Rizzo started the inning with a single off Koji Uehara (3-2) and went to third on a double by Starlin Castro. Valbuena then lined a shot to medium right field. Mookie Betts made the catch, but his throw was off line and Rizzo scored easily.

The double was the 37th extra-base hit for Castro, who entered the game tied with Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies for the major league lead among shortstops with 36.

Pedro Strop (1-3) pitched a perfect eighth and Hector Rondon worked the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.

TWINS 10, ROYALS 2

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer drove in two runs before leaving with an injury, Eduardo Nunez homered and Minnesota beat Kansas City.

Mauer extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a two-run double down the left-field line in the fourth inning, but was noticeably limping as he ran to second base. The team said he has a strained muscle on his right side and will be evaluated Wednesday.

Ricky Nolasco (5-6) earned his first win in five starts, allowing one run and eight hits in six innings.

Eric Hosmer had four hits for the Royals.

BRAVES 5, METS 4

ATLANTA -- Andrelton Simmons' two-run single sparked a three-run fourth that sent streaking Atlanta past Daisuke Matsuzaka and New York.

Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy hit two-run homers for the Mets, who have lost three straight and six of seven.

The Braves overcame a shaky start from Mike Minor to protect their half-game lead over Washington in the NL East. Atlanta has won six straight, its longest streak of the season.

Shae Simmons (1-0) took over for Minor in the fifth and pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Craig Kimbrel earned his 26th save by striking out Eric Young Jr., Granderson and Bobby Abreu in the ninth.

Matsuzaka (3-3) allowed five runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings. He has lost three straight starts.

BLUE JAYS 4, BREWERS 1

TORONTO -- Jose Bautista and Colby Rasmus hit solo home runs, and Drew Hutchison struck out a career-high 10 to snap a two-start losing streak for Toronto.

The Blue Jays ended a three-game losing streak, one shy of their season high, and won for the third time in 14 meetings with Milwaukee.

The Brewers had their four-game road winning streak end as they lost away from home for just the third time in 13 games.

Starting for the first time since leaving a June 22 game at Cincinnati with a strained left hamstring, Bautista gave the Blue Jays an early lead with a two-out blast off the facing of the second deck in the first inning. The homer was his first since June 6 against St. Louis.

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