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Colon’s third shutout leads A’s over Angels

Bartolo Colon pitched a four-hitter for his third shutout this season and center fielder Coco Crisp robbed Albert Pujols of a home run to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels, 6-0, yesterday.

Eric Sogard hit a two-run homer to back Colon (13-3), who struck out five and walked one. The 40-year-old right-hander, making his first start since returning from his third All-Star game, tied Max Scherzer and Adam Wainwright for the major league lead in wins while reducing his ERA to 2.52. Colon is 10-1 with a 1.46 ERA over his last 12 outings.

TIGERS 4, ROYALS 1

Miguel Cabrera and Andy Dirks homered as Detroit beat Kansas City to avoid being swept.

Doug Fister (8-5) picked up the victory with six strong innings, yielding a run, while allowing six hits and striking out five and walking one.

INDIANS 7, TWINS 1

Justin Masterson took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, Michael Brantley hit a bases-loaded triple and Cleveland beat Minnesota to avoid a three-game sweep.

Masterson (11-7) had faced the minimum through six, allowing only a hit batter, when Brian Dozier led off the seventh with a broken-bat blooper to center field that dunked in under the glove of a sliding Drew Stubbs for a double.

RAYS 4, BLUE JAYS 3

Luke Scott and Kelly Johnson hit back-to-back home runs, Evan Longoria also went deep and Tampa Bay survived a late scare to beat Toronto, completing a three-game sweep.

The surging Rays have won 13 of their past 14 games and 20 of their past 24. After starting the season 14-18, Tampa Bay is a major league-best 44-23 since May 8.

Rays right-hander Chris Archer (5-3) pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight decision, improving to 4-0 with an 1.62 ERA in his past six starts, including his first career shutout against Houston on July 14.

Orioles 4, Rangers 2

Chris Tillman (12-3) pitched eight effective innings in his return from the All-Star game and surging Baltimore beat Texas to sweep a three-game series between 2012 playoff teams.

Matt Wieters had two hits and scored twice to help the Orioles (56-43) move a season-high 13 games over .500 with their seventh victory in eight games.

MARINERS 12, ASTROS 5

Nick Franklin hit his first career grand slam in Seattle’s big second inning to back up a scoreless start by Felix Hernandez, and the Mariners rolled past Houston for their season-best sixth straight victory.

Hernandez (11-4) scattered four hits with seven strikeouts over six innings to lower his AL-leading ERA to 2.43. He is 6-0 in his last 10 starts and hasn’t lost since May 25.

INTERLEAGUE

WHITE SOX 3, BRAVES 1

Left fielder Casper Wells robbed Reed Johnson of a home run in the eighth inning to help Chicago beat Atlanta.

With the White Sox leading 3-1, Wells leaped up against the left-field wall to make a spectacular catch and rob Johnson of the game-tying homer. It was one of several great defensive plays by the White Sox.

Alex Rios added two hits and an RBI for Chicago and Jose Quintana scattered nine hits in 52∕3 innings for the win.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Dodgers 9, Nationals 2

Matt Kemp returned to the lineup with a home run and a double in the same inning and Los Angeles completed a sweep of Washington.

Activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, Kemp led off the second with a homer and then doubled home Andre Ethier in a seven-run inning against Jordan Zimmermann (12-5), quickly turning a much-anticipated matchup of All-Star aces into a rout.

Clayton Kershaw (9-6) allowed only two hits – solo homers by Jayson Werth – over seven innings with nine strikeouts and no walks, putting his major league-best ERA at 2.01.

PIRATES 3, REDS 2

Jeff Locke (9-2) allowed only an infield single through six innings and Pittsburgh beat Homer Bailey (5-9) to salvage the final game of its series with Cincinnati.

The second-place Pirates left town with a three-game cushion over the NL Central-rival Reds, who won the first two games of the series.

METS 5, PHILLIES 0

Matt Harvey (8-2) struck out 10 in seven overpowering innings, and David Wright and Juan Lagares each hit a home run upheld by video review to lead New York over Philadelphia.

Marlon Byrd followed Wright’s first-inning homer off the dark metal railing atop the new left-field wall with a no-doubter into the second deck against Cliff Lee (10-4) for the Mets’ first back-to-back homers of the season.

CARDINALS 3, PADRES 2

Adam Wainwright worked eight sharp innings for his National League-leading 13th win and Allen Craig ended the game with a leaping catch at the left-field wall as St. Louis beat San Diego.

Craig has 12 hits and six RBI during a seven-game hitting streak for the Cardinals, who took two of three in both series against the Padres this season. The St. Louis defense turned three double plays behind Wainwright (13-5), who allowed two runs with seven strikeouts and two walks.

DIAMONDBACKS 3, GIANTS 1

Paul Goldschmidt hit a sacrifice fly and a double against All-Star Madison Bumgarner, Cody Ross added a late two-run single, and first-place Arizona held off a late rally by San Francisco to avoid a three-game sweep.

The Diamondbacks snapped a three-game skid with their first victory of the second half.

Randall Delgado (2-3) won in his first career start at AT&T Park, and Goldschmidt’s first-inning sac fly got things going against the World Series champions. Arizona threw out Buster Posey at the plate in the sixth.

BREWERS 1, MARLINS 0, 13 INN.

Caleb Gindl hit his first career home run in the bottom of the 13th inning and Milwaukee shut out punchless Miami for the third consecutive game.

Miami has gone a club-record 37 innings without a run, the longest drought by a major league team in 28 years. The Houston Astros were held scoreless for 42 consecutive innings in July 1985, according to STATS.

ROCKIES 4, CUBS 3

Tyler Chatwood (6-3) pitched six solid innings, Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead single and Colorado beat Chicago to win the three-game series.

Rex Brothers allowed a run in the ninth before earning his fifth save.

Starlin Castro had four hits for the Cubs, matching a career high, and Anthony Rizzo homered.

Edwin Jackson (6-11) settled down after a rough start to go seven innings. His three-game winning streak was snapped.

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