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Nationals’ Zimmermann gets 10th win

Jordan Zimmermann pitched eight innings to win his 10th game, Adam LaRoche had three hits including a two-run triple and the Nationals spoiled Roy Oswalt’s return to the majors with a 5-1 win over the Colorado Rockies last night.

Ian Desmond homered for the second straight game, and Denard Span and Steve Lombardozzi added a double and a single apiece for Washington.

Zimmermann (10-3) allowed an unearned run on six hits. He retired 16 straight in one stretch, throwing 112 pitches – 85 for strikes – while fanning nine and walking one.

Oswalt (0-1) went five innings in his Colorado debut, allowing four runs on nine hits. He struck out 11 and didn’t walk a batter.

METS 4, BRAVES 3

David Wright hit two solo homers and New York’s bullpen pitched five-plus scoreless innings to overcome an injury to starting pitcher Jonathon Niese in a victory over Atlanta.

Niese left the game in the fourth with left shoulder discomfort and the Mets trailing 3-2, but the Mets’ bullpen shut down Atlanta for the next 5 2∕3 innings.

Closer Bobby Parnell earned his 11th save in 14 chances by facing the minimum in the ninth.

CARDINALS 6, CUBS 1

Lance Lynn earned his 10th victory to tie for the NL lead and Matt Holliday homered and drove in two runs in St. Louis’s victory over Chicago.

Lynn (10-1) allowed a run on three hits in six innings with six strikeouts and has reached double digits in wins before the All-Star break both of his years in the rotation, going 11-4 last year and making the All-Star team. He joined teammate Adam Wainwright and Washington’s Jordan Zimmermann for the league lead.

Welington Castillo homered leading off the third for the Cubs.

PIRATES 5, REDS 3

Pedro Alvarez hit a solo homer, bases-loaded double and single to drive in all of Pittsburgh’s runs in a victory over Cincinnati and a split of their NL Central showdown.

The Pirates remain a half-game behind second-place Cincinnati after the four-game set.

Alvarez had an RBI single and his 16th homer off Homer Bailey. After Alfredo Simon (5-3) loaded the bases in the seventh, Alvarez doubled off left-hander Tony Cingrani to snap a 2-all tie.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RANGERS 4, ATHLETICS 3

Ian Kinsler put Texas ahead for the first time with a two-run single in the seventh and the Rangers held on for a series-clinching victory over AL West-leading Oakland.

Texas pulled within a game of the Athletics by winning three times in the four-game series.

Kinsler came to the plate right after Leonys Martin’s hustling infield single, getting to first base ahead of Sean Doolittle (3-2) when the pitcher was taking the toss from first baseman Brandon Moss. That loaded the bases with two outs, and Kinsler hit a full-count pitch through the middle of the infield.

RAYS 8, YANKEES 3

Evan Longoria homered twice and drove in three runs, and Matt Moore ended a personal three-game skid in Tampa Bay’s victory over New York.

Longoria reached 500 career RBI with a sacrifice fly in the third inning. He homered against Andy Pettitte (5-5) leading off the sixth and connected off Joba Chamberlain to open the eighth.

Yunel Escobar hit a two-run shot off Boone Logan later in the eighth. Tampa Bay had 14 hits after totaling 15 in a 6-2 win over Boston on Wednesday night.

TWINS 8, WHITE SOX 4

Brian Dozier’s two-run homer was one of a career-high four long balls hit off Chicago starter John Danks, and Minnesota finished their first three-game sweep of the season and their first over White Sox in three years.

INTERLEAGUE

ASTROS 7, BREWERS 4

Carlos Pena hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning to send Houston past Milwaukee.

Carlos Corporan struck out but reached on a wild pitch with one out in the 10th and J.D. Martinez followed with a double. Pena then launched the first-pitch homer off Michael Gonzalez (0-3) to the second deck in right field.

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