Rookie Jesse Hahn gave himself a nice present on his 25th birthday and his teammates gave him far more run support than he needed. Hahn held St. Louis to one run and four hits in seven innings and Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable each homered and drove in four runs to lead the San Diego Padres to a 12-1 victory Wednesday night. Yangervis Solarte, obtained from the New York Yankees in the trade for Chase Headley, had four hits and the Padres tied their season high with 16. The Padres fell one run shy of their season high.
Matt Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night for their season-best fifth straight victory. Kemp scored the Dodgers' first two runs of the game, including his 11th homer leading off the second. Pinch-hitter Justin Turner singled to open the 10th and took second on a wild pitch by David Hale (3-3). The Braves tied the game 2-2 on Justin Upton's home run off closer Kenley Jansen leading off the ninth.
Texas Rangers starter Colby Lewis did a bit of reminiscing when he noticed the stands filling up while he warned up in the bullpen before the game. The veteran right-hander went out and provided a promising flashback performance against the New York Yankees, even after another leadoff homer by Brett Gardner. The Rangers clinched their first series in a month with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night. Lewis retired the last 13 batters he faced in seven strong innings, much like the 2010 AL championship series when he beat the Yankees twice - including the Game 6 clincher at home that got Texas to its first World Series.
After missing a game with an injured finger on his right hand, Nick Castellanos returned to the lineup - and realized his swing felt a bit better. ''I've been using a lot of top hand, kind of rolling over pitches I should stay through,'' Castellanos said. I really didn't try to do too much.'' Castellanos homered and drove in four runs, and the Detroit Tigers scored six runs in the first inning en route to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night. Castellanos' three-run homer capped Detroit's early outburst.
Corey Kluber threw a three-hitter to outpitch Felix Hernandez for his first career shutout and Cleveland defeated the Seattle Mariners 2-0. ''Obviously, it's a challenge going up against one of the best pitchers in the game,'' Kluber said. ''We all look forward to challenges so it's nice to come out on top.'' Kluber's outstanding performance came hours after the Indians traded opening-day starter Justin Masterson to St. Louis. Kluber was so dominating, manager Terry Francona never had a reliever warm up.
As his winless streak stretched toward a third month and his ERA continued to climb, Mark Buehrle began to have doubts. Would he eventually snap out of the slump and contribute to Toronto's surge in the AL East? ''I guess the older you get, you get a little bit concerned,'' he said after earning his first victory in 10 starts since June 1, beating the Boston Red Sox 6-1 on Wednesday night. Dioner Navarro had three hits and three RBIs to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to their fifth consecutive victory and complete a sweep of the slumping Red Sox.
For much of the first half of the season, the Baltimore Orioles were selective and cautious with their use of rookie Kevin Gausman. Now that things are getting serious, Gausman has become a fixture in a starting rotation that has thrust the Orioles into first place in the AL East. Gausman pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Adam Jones homered and the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 on Wednesday night for their seventh win in nine games. From April through mid-July, Gausman bounced between Baltimore and the minor leagues to keep his innings-count down.
The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. ''We will never raise the white flag,'' Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. Anybody who stands next to me in the dugout knows that will never happen.'' Protecting themselves in case the 29-year-old Masterson left as a free agent after the season, the Indians traded the right-hander on Wednesday to the St. Louis Cardinals. The trade of Masterson could be followed by other moves by the Indians, who entered Wednesday 6 1-2 games behind first-place Detroit in the AL Central and in a scramble with five other teams for the league's second wild-card spot.
Jean Machi and the San Francisco Giants ended their six-game losing streak in the most wacky way. A timely, heads-up glance by Machi helped San Francisco take advantage of a huge baserunning blunder by Pittsburgh, and the Giants tagged out of two runners who wandered away on the same play to beat the Pirates 7-5 Wednesday. Almost like Little League, a rundown, playing a game of 'Pickle.''' San Francisco stopped a skid that matched its longest of the season, and avoided the club's first winless homestand of at least seven games in the 15-year history of AT&T Park. The Pirates, who had won three in a row, led 5-4 in the sixth when Chris Stewart drew a one-out walk with runners on second and third.
In at least one category, Dallas Keuchel is Clayton Kershaw's equal. For at least one three-game series, Houston was better than Oakland. Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning that sent the Astros past the Athletics 8-1 Wednesday. Keuchel (10-7) pitched his fourth complete game of the season, tying Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead.
The Orioles apparently won't give up some of their young arms to get pitching help this season, and that likely means Jon Lester won't be coming to Baltimore. Dan Duquette, Baltimore's vice president of baseball operations, said Wednesday that he has no intention of dealing away young pitching talent before the non-waiver trade deadline ends Thursday afternoon. ''Some of the long-term prospects for our pitching we think are very valuable for the long-term sustainability of the organization,'' Duquette said. I think with our young pitchers we would be conservative and we would try and give them a prolonged trial in the big leagues before we would trade them.'' So if the Boston Red Sox want young pitchers such as Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy or Hunter Harvey for Lester, they will have to look elsewhere.
For a young pitcher such as Zack Wheeler, the most promising performances can come on days he doesn't have his best stuff. Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to back up Wheeler's sixth straight strong start, and the Mets routed the Phillies 11-2 on Wednesday afternoon. Wheeler (6-8) gave up two runs and seven hits with four strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings - the sixth consecutive outing in which he allowed two runs or fewer. The Mets sent 10 men to the plate in the seventh inning, scoring five insurance runs off the Philadelphia bullpen to take two of three in the series.
As the Washington Nationals prepared to take the field with a three-run lead in the ninth, they braced themselves for another comeback bid by the feisty Miami Marlins. This time the Nationals held on - barely. Drew Storen allowed two runs before securing the final out for his first save since August 2013, and Washington averted a series sweep by snapping Miami's six-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory Wednesday. ''That's a good team over there,'' the Nationals' Ian Desmond said.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers finally got timely hitting to go with their strong pitching.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Left-hander Wade Miley didn't feel all that great. Against the Reds, it didn't matter.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- - Vin Scully is staying in the booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The announcement was made in Korean, Spanish and English by players Hyun-Jin Ryu, Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner on the Dodger Stadium video board in the second inning of Tuesday night's game against Atlanta.