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Martinez's HR Leads Tigers Past Rockies; Other MLB Scores
Monday Aug 04, 2014 12:00am

Tigers shut out Rockies 4-0
(DETROIT) – Victor Martinez loves hitting homers, though even he had to laugh Sunday when he was asked about breaking out of a power slump with a pair of weekend three-run shots. His third-inning shot to left was all that Anibal Sanchez needed to finish off a weekend sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 4-0 victory Sunday. Before homering Saturday and Sunday, Martinez hadn't hit a ball out since July 3, a 16-game stretch that also included eight days off recovering from a back strain. However, he did hit .281 during his "slump", and the two this weekend gave him 23 on the season, only two short of his career high, so he's not too worried. Sanchez (8-5) became the third straight Tigers starter to dominate the Rockies, striking out a season-high 12 in seven innings. He only allowed two hits and a walk. Joba Chamberlain allowed one hit in a shutout eighth inning, and Joakim Soria did the same in the ninth. Jorge De Le Rosa (11-7) gave up four runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. All six hits came with two outs, but Detroit grouped three of them to create a big third inning. De La Rosa retired the first two batters of the third, but Rajai Davis' speed and some sluggish defense turned a routine single into a double. De La Rosa then hit Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera made it 1-0 with a single up the middle.


Twins club White Sox 16-3
(CHICAGO) – The Minnesota Twins just kept scoring, and rookie Danny Santana played a key role in their biggest offensive game of the year. Santana had five hits and four RBI's, and the Twins set season highs for runs and hits in a rain-delayed 16-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. Santana had two hits and two RBI's in Minnesota's nine-run eighth inning, when it sent 14 batters to the plate and had nine hits against three relievers. The five hits set a season high for the center fielder, who was one off his best for RBI's set June 7 against Houston. It just got worse for Chicago in the ninth, when Chris Parmelee, Oswaldo Arcia and Eric Fryer hit consecutive homers off White Sox reliever Andre Rienzo. It was the first time the Twins had three consecutive homers since July 12, 2001, at Milwaukee. Dayan Viciedo hit a two-run homer for Chicago, which was hurt by poor bullpen work. Javy Guerra (1-3), Taylor Thompson, Ronald Belisario, Eric Surkamp and Rienzo allowed a total of 15 runs and 18 hits over the final four innings. Thompson was sent down to Triple-A Charlotte after the game. Kyle Gibson (10-8) was the beneficiary of Minnesota's big day at the plate. The 6 foot 6 right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in seven innings while improving to 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA in his last four starts. Chicago starter Jose Quintana struggled through three errors and two rain delays (for a total of 45 minutes) in the first two innings. He managed to get through five innings on 116 pitches, leaving with a 3-1 lead thanks to a three-run fourth for the White Sox.


OTHER SUNDAY A.L. SCORES
Cleveland 4 – Texas 3
Baltimore 1 – Seattle 0
LA Angels 7 – Tampa Bay 5
Houston 6 – Toronto 1
Kansas City 4 – Oakland 2
NY Yankees 8 – Boston 7


Cubs top Dodgers 7-3
(LOS ANGELES) - After failing to get past the fifth inning for the fifth consecutive outing, Josh Beckett was beating himself up pretty badly after a loss to the lowly Chicago Cubs. The three-time All-Star was lifted with none out in the fourth after he gave up three hits, including a tiebreaking two-run homer by Chris Coghlan, and the Los Angeles Dodgers ended up with a 7-3 defeat on Sunday in the rubber game of the series. Beckett (6-6) is 3-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 10 starts since his no-hitter on May 25 at Philadelphia, and he has surrendered five homers in his first three starts off the disabled list after missing two weeks with a sore hip. One of his biggest problems, according to manager Don Mattingly, is the difficulty he has with his preparation between assignments. Matt Kemp trimmed Chicago's lead to 3-2 in the sixth with his 13th homer and fifth in six games. But Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo helped preserve the lead in the seventh by making a leaping grab of Carl Crawford's line drive and turning it into an inning-ending double play by trapping Drew Butera off second. Luis Valbuena hit his 10th homer of the year to help the Cubs cause. Edwin Jackson (6-11) allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out six and walked none. The right-hander was 0-4 with a 7.39 ERA in his previous seven starts since beating Pittsburgh 6-3 on June 20 at Wrigley Field.


OTHER SUNDAY N.L. SCORES
San Francisco 9 – NY Mets 0
Cincinnati 7 – Miami 3
Washington 4 – Philadelphia 0
St. Louis 3 – Milwaukee 2
San Diego 4 – Atlanta 3
Arizona 3 – Pittsburgh 2

Victor Martinez launches a three run homer against Colorado in Sunday series finale (photo courtesy of Kirthmon F. Dozier/DFP).
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