Freese's late home run beats Detroit

GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Published:

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- After a weekend filled with mostly miserable swings, David Freese surprised his teammates, the Angel Stadium fireworks crew and even himself when he hit a tiebreaking homer.

Nobody was stunned when another dominant pitching performance from the Los Angeles Angels kept them near the top of the majors.

Freese homered off Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning, and the Angels beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 Sunday for their third straight victory.

Freese's sixth homer of the season helped to finish a tense, pitching-dominated series between teams with two of the majors' top three records. Los Angeles took three of four in the series despite scoring just eight runs in its victories.

After the previous five batters struck out, Freese delivered one of the biggest hits in his up-and-down debut season with the Angels, driving a one-out pitch from Chamberlain (1-4) to the fake rock pile beyond the center field fence.

"I've taken some wonderful hacks over the last three games or so -- just some terrible swings," said Freese, who had been 5 for 31 on the Angels' homestand. "I put a good one on that. I guess they call them slumps because you always get out of them."

Everybody was a bit stunned: The Big A's customary blast of celebratory fireworks wasn't even launched until Freese had rounded the bases, much later than normal for a homer.

Erick Aybar scored from second base on Rick Porcello's poor pickoff throw in the fifth for the Angels, who improved the majors' second-best record to 63-41 in the finale of a 10-game homestand.

Hector Santiago and three Angels relievers combined on a three hitter as Detroit managed just one hit in its final 25 at-bats, getting just one baserunner after the first inning.

"If you can go five and keep us in the game, it's almost a guarantee they're going to come in and put up a zero," Santiago said of his bullpen. "We used to be scared if we left guys on base. Now it's like we just sit back and watch the rest of the game."

Joe Smith (4-0) pitched the eighth for Los Angeles, which got nine innings of scoreless, two-hit relief pitching in its three straight wins over Detroit.

Huston Street pitched the ninth for his third save in four appearances with his new club.

Victor Martinez had an RBI double in the first inning for the Tigers, who have lost nine of 10 at the Big A.

After a rough first inning, Santiago retired 14 straight Tigers in another strong start for the Angels. The left-hander yielded three hits while pitching into the sixth inning of his seventh straight appearance without a loss following his 0-7 start to the year.

Porcello pitched seven innings of five-hit ball for the Tigers, but left without his 13th victory, which would have matched St. Louis' Adam Wainwright for the major league lead. Porcello struck out six, including the last four batters he faced, and only allowed a runner to reach second base in the fifth inning, when Aybar and Kendrick had back-to-back singles.

Porcello then threw a pickoff attempt into center field, and Aybar alertly scampered all the way home when Austin Jackson and the Tigers' middle infielders forgot about the All-Star, failing to hustle the ball home.

"We've talked to Austin," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He knows that can't happen, and it certainly won't happen again. He's got to be aware of where that lead runner is. You can't take anything for granted. It's certainly not the way you want to give up the tying run, or any run at all."

Porcello acknowledged his own mistake as well.

"I just didn't execute the play," Porcello said. "You take a chance, backpicking at second base, but you know that kind of thing can happen. You really have to be on the money with that throw. I yanked the throw and pulled it, and it ended up being a pretty big play."

Santiago needed 28 pitches to get out of the first inning, though he allowed just one run. Ian Kinsler singled and eventually scored on Martinez's drive to the right-field wall.

RED SOX 3, RAYS 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- David Ortiz hit a three-run homer, and the Boston Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 3-2 Sunday to end a five-game losing streak and stop the Rays' longest winning streak in 10 years at nine games.

Ortiz's 25th home run came in the third off Chris Archer (6-6) after a walk and Dustin Pedroia's infield single. Ortiz's homer was his fifth in seven games and his 29th at Tropicana Field, most among visiting players.

Desmond Jennings hit a two-run double in the third against Allen Webster (1-0), who pitched 5 1-3 innings in his first major league appearance this season.

Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 21st save, striking out the last three batters.

BLUE JAYS 5, YANKEES 4

NEW YORK -- Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead single with two outs in the ninth, and Toronto rallied after wasting three leads for its first series win in the Bronx since Aug. 27-29, 2012.

After snapping a 17-game skid at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Toronto did not relent in the humidity. Jose Bautista reached on a fielder's choice against David Robertson (1-3) in the ninth, stole second without a throw and scored on Navarro's liner to center field.

Aaron Sanchez (1-0) gave up Carlos Beltran's tying RBI hit in the eighth. Munenori Kawasaki had put Toronto ahead with a sacrifice fly that followed Dellin Betances' two-base error on a pickoff attempt.

ATHLETICS 9, RANGERS 3

ARLINGTON, Texas -- John Jaso drove in three runs, helping Scott Kazmir and Oakland beat Texas.

Jaso had a run-scoring single during the Athletics' five-run second inning and added a two-run double in the fifth. Oakland's first three batters -- Jaso, Stephen Vogt and Yoenis Cespedes -- each had a double and a single, and Josh Reddick added three singles.

Kazmir (12-3) moved into a tie for the American League lead while allowing seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out two.

Adam Rosales had a two-run homer in the second for Texas, and Adrian Beltre added a solo shot off reliever Evan Scribner in the eighth.

Miles Mikolas (1-3) allowed seven earned runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings.

MARLINS 4, ASTROS 2

HOUSTON -- Garrett Jones and Marcell Ozuna homered for Miami, which completed a three game sweep. Houston has lost five in a row and eight of 10.

Patrick Henry graduate Marc Krauss started in right field for Houston and had a single in two at-bats.

Jones' homer capped a three-run first for the Marlins, and Ozuna padded the lead with his solo shot in the sixth. Miami has won seven of eight following a six-game skid.

Jacob Turner (4-6) allowed one run and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, and Steve Cishek allowed one run in the ninth before getting his 26th save.

Collin McHugh (4-9) gave up four runs and seven hits 6 1-3 innings with nine strikeouts.

TWINS 4, WHITE SOX 3

MINNEAPOLIS -- Sam Fuld hit a tiebreaking, two-run single off Javy Guerra in a three-run seventh inning, and Minnesota avoided a four-game sweep.

Danny Santana had two RBIs for the last-place Twins, who won for just the 11th time in their last 30 games.

Chicago led 2-1 in the seventh when Minnesota loaded the bases against Ronald Belisario (3-7).

Jared Burton (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning, and Glen Perkins retired Gordon Beckham on a bases-loaded flyout for his 25th save.

ANGELS 2, TIGERS 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- David Freese hit a tiebreaking homer off Joba Chamberlain (1-4) in the eighth inning, and Los Angeles won its third straight.

Erick Aybar scored from second base on Rick Porcello's poor pickoff throw in the fifth for the Angels, who improved the majors' second-best record to 63-41 in the finale of a 10-game homestand.

Hector Santiago and three relievers combined on a three-hitter. Joe Smith (4-0) pitched the eighth, and Huston Street finished for his third save since he was acquired from San Diego.

Victor Martinez had an RBI double in the first for the Tigers, who have lost nine of 10 at the Big A.

ORIOLES 3, MARINERS 2

SEATTLE -- Manny Machado lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th off Yoervis Medina (4-2), who was pitching on his 26th birthday. Adam Jones had led off with a double, and Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis walked.

Baltimore took three of four in the series, twice winning in extra innings. T.J. McFarland (4-2) worked one inning for the victory, and Zach Britton struck out the side in the 10th for his 20th save.

DODGERS 4, GIANTS 3

SAN FRANCISCO -- Carl Crawford hit an RBI triple to back Hyun-Jin Ryu's third straight victory, and the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers completed a sweep of the San Francisco Giants with a 4-3 victory Sunday night.

Ryu (12-5) moved within two wins of his rookie total last year and improved to 4-1 in five outings at AT&T Park, where in one dominant weekend the Dodgers made quite a statement to take over the NL West's top spot.

In his Giants debut, Jake Peavy threw a pair of wild pitches in the fifth as the Dodgers went ahead on Hanley Ramirez's RBI single ahead of Crawford's triple to the corner in deep right field.

Matt Kemp singled twice and the Dodgers leave the Bay Area with a 1 1/2-game division lead after outscoring the Giants 17-4.

San Francisco suffered its first three-game sweep in the rivalry since June 24-26, 2013, at Dodger Stadium. The last Dodgers sweep at AT&T Park came July 27-29, 2012.

PHILLIES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2

PHILADELPHIA -- Ryan Howard homered in his second game since a three-game benching and scored the go-ahead run on an overturned call at the plate as Philadelphia beat Arizona.

With the score 2-2 in the sixth, Howard walked with two outs against Vidal Nuno (0-2). Marlon Byrd popped up to short right field, where second baseman Didi Gregorius backpedaled slowly, settled under the ball and allowed it to kick off his glove and bounce toward center.

Ender Inciarte picked up the ball and threw to the plate, where catcher Miguel Montero blocked Howard's path. Umpire Dale Scott signaled out, but the call was reversed in a video review.

Roberto Hernandez (5-8) allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings, and Jonathan Papelbon pitched a two-hit ninth for his 25th save.

NATIONALS 4, REDS 2

CINCINNATI -- Doug Fister (10-2) allowed three hits in seven shutout innings and Adam LaRoche drove in two runs and Anthony Rendon added an RBI single in the ninth. Cincinnati has lost eight of nine since the All-Star break while hitting .178 (50-for-281) in that span.

Devin Mesoraco's two-run double in the ninth off Rafael Soriano allowed the Reds to avoid their 11th shutout loss. Soriano regrouped to get the final three outs for his 200th save.

The teams went the three-game series without hitting a home run, the first time in the 12-year history of Great American Ball Park that three consecutive games have been played without a home run.

METS 2, BREWERS 0

MILWAUKEE -- Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Jimmy Nelson (1-2), Duda's third homer in four days in Milwaukee.

Rookie Jacob deGrom (5-5) allowed four hits in 6 1-3 innings. Jenrry Mejia got his 15th save when Lyle Overbay grounded out with two on.

CARDINALS 1, CUBS 0

CHICAGO -- Adam Wainwright (13-5) allowed five hits in seven innings and Matt Holliday homered int he first off rookie Kyle Hendricks (1-1).

Trevor Rosenthal pitched the ninth for his 32nd save, completing a six-hitter.

St. Louis won two of three at the Cubs, who have not won a series at Wrigley Field since taking two of three from Miami from June 6-8. Chicago has lost 15 of 19 overall since July 15, the day they traded All-Star pitcher Jeff Samardzija to Oakland.

BRAVES 8, PADRES 3

ATLANTA -- Chris Johnson and Ryan Doumit each drove in two runs during Atlanta's six-run third inning.

Mike Minor (4-6) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings, and Atlanta roughed up Eric Stults (3-13 for six runs and six hits in six innings.

A few thousand fans arrived early to watch the Hall of Fame ceremonies on the Turner Field video board. Among the inductees were former Braves managers Bobby Cox and Joe Torre and pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux.

PIRATES 7, ROCKIES 5

DENVER -- Josh Harrison had four hits, including an eighth-inning homer on the first pitch by Rex Brothers (3-5) that broke a 5-5 tie. Gregory Polanco homered four pitches later.

Tony Watson (7-1) gave up a run in two innings of relief to get the win and Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 19th save.

SATURDAY

MARLINS 7, ASTROS 3

HOUSTON -- Patrick Henry graduate Marc Krauss started in left field for the Astros and went 2-for-3 in a 7-3 setback to the Marlins.

The Patrick Henry graduate hit his fourth double and also singled.

Jarred Cosart's next start will be about toning it down in the first two innings.

Plagued by early-inning jitters and command issues, Cosart gave up five runs in the first two innings, and the Houston Astros couldn't recover and lost to the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Saturday night.

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