Lannan dominates former team as Phils beat Nationals
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, right, is tagged out by Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley trying to steal second base during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper kisses his bat before an at-bat during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. Harper was walked by Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher John Lannan. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Phillies' John Lannan pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, July 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Phillies' Domonic Brown hits an RBI-single off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Phillies' John Lannan pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Monday, July 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Philadelphia Phillies' Ben Revere, left, steals third base as Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman leaps for the throw during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Dan Haren wipes his face after walking Philadelphia Phillies' Darin Ruf with the bases loaded to score Jimmy Rollins during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Washington Nationals' Dan Haren pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
John Lannan tossed four-hit ball over eight innings against his former team, Ben Revere had three hits and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals, 3-2, last night.
Lannan (2-3) had four strikeouts in his longest outing in four years. The lefty registered 12 groundouts to beat the team he played for his first six seasons in the majors.
Jonathan Papelbon allowed two runs in a shaky ninth to earn his 19th save in 23 tries.
Dan Haren (4-10) came off the disabled list and took the loss after missing two weeks because of right shoulder inflammation. Haren allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings, striking out a season-high seven.
Revere and Jimmy Rollins, the 1-2 hitters in Philadelphia’s lineup, were 5-for-9 with three runs and one RBI.
Brewers 4, Reds 3
Carlos Gomez robbed Joey Votto of a potential go-ahead homer with a spectacular catch in center field in the ninth inning, saving Milwaukee’s victory over Cincinnati.
Jonathan Lucroy homered for the third consecutive game for last-place Milwaukee, which had dropped three of four. Jean Segura had three hits off Homer Bailey in the right-hander’s first start since his second career no-hitter.
But Gomez made the biggest play of the game when he made a perfectly timed jump to grab Votto’s drive to center for the final out of the game, sending a charge through the crowd on an otherwise sleepy night at Miller Park.
Kyle Lohse (5-6) pitched into the seventh inning for his fourth consecutive winning decision.
Braves 7, Marlins 1, 14 inn.
Justin Upton broke a tie by driving in two runs when he doubled in a six-run 14th inning for Atlanta’s first hit since the sixth, and the Braves went on to beat Miami.
Five Miami relievers combined to retire 24 consecutive Atlanta batters before Reed Johnson walked to start the 14th against Chris Hatcher (0-1). Jason Heyward walked with one out, and Upton’s double scored both runners.
Gerald Laird hit a two-out, two-run single. Chris Johnson hit an RBI single with the bases loaded, and another run scored when the ball skipped past left fielder Justin Ruggiano for an error.
Seven relievers for the two teams combined to retire 30 straight batters from the eighth to the 13th. David Carpenter (2-0) pitched two innings and escaped a jam in the 13th.
Rangers 8, Orioles 5
Ian Kinsler capped a six-run sixth inning with a bases-loaded double, and Texas beat Baltimore in a rematch of last year’s AL wild-card game.
The victory thrust the Rangers 15 games over .500 (52-37) for the first time since May 25. It also improved their road record to 25-18, best in franchise history after 43 games.
Kinsler had four RBI, including three in the sixth against former teammate Scott Feldman (0-1) when the Rangers turned a 3-2 deficit into an 8-3 lead.
Derek Holland (7-4) allowed five runs, three earned, and 10 hits in 62∕3 innings for Texas. He struck out Matt Wieters and major-league home run leader Chris Davis three times apiece.
Royals 5, Yankees 1
Jeremy Guthrie neatly handled a nemesis and a long rain delay to pitch into the seventh inning, Billy Butler homered and Kansas City beat New York.
All-Star Alex Gordon, David Lough and Johnny Giavotella each had RBI doubles, and Alcides Escobar added a run-scoring triple to help the Royals end a five-game skid against New York.
Guthrie (8-6) held the Yankees to just three hits over six innings that included a 59-minute delay for a sun shower-hailstorm in the fourth.
Leading 5-1, closer Greg Holland was needed in the ninth when Lyle Overbay walked and Luis Cruz singled to start the inning against Luke Hochevar. Holland gave up a hit to Chris Stewart to load the bases. But Holland struck out Eduardo Nunez, Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte to end it for his 21st save.
Rays 7, Twins 4
Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist homered during a three-run seventh inning and surging Tampa Bay beat Minnesota.
Escobar had a leadoff tie-breaking homer in the seventh off Samuel Deduno (4-4), who departed after Desmond Jennings followed with a triple. Caleb Thielbar entered and got one out before Zobrist gave Tampa Bay a 6-3 lead with a two-run shot.
Alex Torres (3-0) pitched a perfect seventh for the Rays, who have won nine of 10 and moved to a season-best 10-games (50-40) over .500. Escobar also had a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Fernando Rodney got the final two outs to pick up his 20th save after an RBI single by Pedro Florimon off Jamey Wright.
Tigers 4, Indians 2, 10 inn.
Max Scherzer remained unbeaten and Victor Martinez hit a two-run double in the 10th inning as Detroit extended its lead in the AL Central with a win over second-place Cleveland.
Martinez doubled off Matt Albers (2-1) as the Tigers won three of four in the series and moved 3½ games ahead in the division.
Drew Smyly (4-0) worked out of a jam in the ninth for the win, and Joaquin Benoit pitched the 10th for his seventh save, striking out Mike Aviles with runners at first and third to end the game.
Athletics 2, Pirates 1
Bartolo Colon allowed one run over seven innings and Oakland won for the ninth time in its past 12 games.
The 40-year-old Colon (12-3) shook off a tough-luck 3-1 defeat in his previous start to win for the ninth time in his last 10 outings. He outdueled Jeff Locke, who had a personal eight-game winning streak snapped. Locke (8-2) lost for the first time since his first start of the season April 10.
Colon moved into a tie for second in the majors in victories, and has the second-most wins by a 40-year-old in A’s history. He allowed seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts.