Scherzer Strikes Out 11 In Win Over Angels; Other MLB Scores
Friday Jul 25, 2014 12:00am
Scherzer strikes out 11 as Tigers beat Angels
(ANAHEIM) - The day after the Detroit Tigers traded for Texas Rangers closer Joakim Soria, Joe Nathan made a point of showing why he is still manager Brad Ausmus' No. 1 option in the ninth inning. Nathan struck out the side on 12 pitches to secure Max Scherzer's 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series between two of the top three teams in the majors. The six-time All-Star posted his 21st save in 26 chances after Joba Chamberlain gave up a run on Josh Hamilton's sacrifice fly in the eighth. Nick Castellanos drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the sixth inning against Garrett Richards, and Scherzer won his fourth straight decision. Scherzer (12-3) tied teammate Rick Porcellos and New York's Masahiro Tanaka for the league lead in wins. He allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings and struck out 11. It was the fourth time this season and 22nd in his career that the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner had double digits in strikeouts. Richards (11-3) allowed four runs and seven hits over six innings with five strikeouts and two walks. The right-hander was 7-0 with a 1.25 ERA over his previous nine starts following a 9-5 loss at Oakland on May 30.
White Sox top Twins 5-2
(MINNEAPOLIS) - An impressive start from Hector Noesi was just a couple of pitches away from being something really special. Noesi allowed three hits over 7 2-3 innings, and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBI's to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. Noesi (5-7) gave up two runs, struck out three and didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning. Alexei Ramirez added two hits and an RBI for Chicago, and Jake Petricka went one inning to earn his fifth save in six chances. Phil Hughes (10-7) gave up two runs and four hits and struck out four for the Twins. But he left the game with a bruised right shin in the fourth inning when he was hit by a chopper off the bat of Adam Dunn. Hughes is listed as day-to-day. Danny Santana hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Twins, who couldn't touch Noesi for most of the game. Noesi didn't allow a hit until the fourth inning, when Trevor Plouffe reached on a bloop single that plopped down between three White Sox. He allowed only two runners in the first seven innings, and by the time the Twins got to him in the eighth, it was too late.
OTHER THURSDAY A.L. SCORES
Toronto 8 – Boston 0
NY Yankees 4 – Texas 2
Oakland 13 – Houston 1
Kansas City 2 – Cleveland 1
Baltimore 4 – Seattle 0
Padres blast Cubs in 13-3 win
(CHICAGO) – Tyson Ross kept mowing down Chicago Cubs hitters, long enough for San Diego's suddenly potent offense to carry the Padres to victory for the second straight night. Ross struck out a career-high 11, and the light-hitting Padres broke out for a season-best nine runs in the sixth inning in a 13-3 rout of the Cubs on Thursday night. Ross (9-10) allowed one run, five hits and one walk in six innings to reach a career high in wins. He went 3-2 in five July starts, but gave up just four earned runs in 35 innings. Rene Rivera had three hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs. Will Venable had three hits and two RBI's, helping the Padres, who finished with 14 hits. Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena and Chris Coghlan drove in Chicago's runs as Edwin Jackson (5-11) took the loss. He was pulled because of cramping in his right hand. He was followed by five relievers as Chicago lost for the 13th time in 16 games.
OTHER THURSDAY N.L. SCORES
Philadelphia 2 – San Francisco 1
Miami 3 – Atlanta 2
Milwaukee 9 – NY Mets 1
Detroit's Austin Jackson makes a catch in a game against the LA Angels (photo courtesy of The Associated Press).