RANGERS 7, TIGERS 1
DETROIT — Max Scherzer’s unbeaten run ended Saturday night when the Texas Rangers tagged the Detroit All-Star with his first loss of the season, defeating the Tigers 7-1. Scherzer (13-1) was trying to become the first pitcher in the majors to start 14-0 since Roger Clemens in 1986. He allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, walking two and striking out six.
It was Scherzer’s first regular-season loss since Sept. 23, a span of 21 starts. Mitch Moreland’s two-run homer in the fourth gave Texas a 3-0 lead, and for once, the AL Central-leading Tigers didn’t back Scherzer with much offensive support. Derek Holland (8-4) allowed a run and five hits in seven innings. Adrian Beltre added a two-run homer in a three-run ninth for Texas.
INDIANS 5, ROYALS 3
CLEVELAND — Lonnie Chisenhall hit his first career grand slam, Scott Kazmir pitched into the seventh inning and the Indians beat the Royals. Chisenhall’s homer in the sixth broke open a 1-0 game and hit off the facing of the second deck in right field, landing in Kansas City’s bullpen.
Kazmir (5-4) allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings for his first victory since June 21 as the Indians won for the fifth time in seven games.
Miguel Tejada’s RBI single in the seventh broke a streak of 22 consecutive scoreless innings for Kansas City, which has lost four in a row.
Jason Kipnis’ sacrifice fly in the third gave Cleveland the lead against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie (8-7).
RAYS 4, ASTROS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Luke Scott had a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth inning and a two-run homer in the fifth, leading the Rays to a victory over the Astros. Roberto Hernandez survived a shaky first inning to post the Rays’ 14th straight quality start, going six innings and giving up three runs and six hits. He won for the first time in six starts since June 11. Hernandez (5-10) struck out six.
Wil Myers had two hits and scored twice for the Rays, who have won 13 of 15. Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.
Brett Wallace homered for the Astros, losers of 11 of 14.
Lucas Harrell (5-10) gave up Scott’s RBI single in the sixth.
BLUE JAYS 7, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE — J.P. Arencibia put Toronto ahead with a two-run single in the sixth inning, and the Blue Jays overcame home runs by Chris Davis and Adam Jones in a victory over the Orioles.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 25th homer, and Maicer Izturis had three hits to help the Blue Jays secure their fourth win in 11 games.
Davis increased his major league-leading home run total to 36 with his third long ball in three games.
Baltimore led 3-2 before the Blue Jays took the lead in the sixth against Jason Hammel (7-6).
Aaron Loup (4-3) got the victory with 1 1-3 innings of hitless relief.
TWINS 4, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK — Samuel Deduno pitched seven impressive innings and the slumping Twins finally figured out a way to beat the Yankees, hitting three home runs off Phil Hughes.
Trevor Plouffe, Ryan Doumit and Pedro Florimon connected against Hughes — all on 2-2 pitches. Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak with its second victory in 14 games, winning for the first time in six meetings with the Yankees this year.
New York won 32 of the previous 39 matchups, including a pair of playoff sweeps.
Beaten by Hughes earlier this month, Deduno (5-4) scattered six hits in his first start at Yankee Stadium. He struck out three, walked three and matched the longest outing of his career.
Hughes (4-9) tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in 7 1-3 innings.
ATHLETICS 3, RED SOX 0
OAKLAND, Calif. — A.J. Griffin and Grant Balfour combined on a seven-hitter in Oakland’s victory over Boston. Derek Norris homered and Yoenis Cespedes added an RBI single to help the division-leading A’s end a two-game losing streak and maintain their one-game lead over Texas in the West. Oakland reached 55 wins before the All-Star break for the first time since 1975. The A’s sputtering offense managed only one extra-base hit off Boston starter Jon Lester and one reliever, but made them hold up behind Griffin’s stellar outing. Shane Victorino singled twice for Boston, which had won four straight. Griffin (8-6) walked one and struck out three over eight innings to remain unbeaten in his last five starts. The Oakland right-hander pitched with runners on base in each of the first six innings and twice had to work out of two-on, two-out jams.
GIANTS 9, PADRES 0
SAN DIEGO — Tim Lincecum threw his first career no-hitter and the second in the majors in 11 days, a gem saved by a spectacular diving catch by right fielder Hunter Pence in the San Francisco Giants’ 9-0 win against the last-place San Diego Padres on Saturday night. Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, was the loser when Cincinnati’s Homer Bailey no-hit the Giants on July 2, the first in the majors this year.
Lincecum (5-9) was in control from the start, striking out 13 and throwing a career-high 148 pitches.
Still, he needed some help. Pence caught Alexi Amarista’s sinking liner with a full dive to end the eighth.
Lincecum had been struggling coming in, losing his previous four decisions and hadn’t won since June 4 against Toronto. He hadn’t won on the road since April 3 at the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Then again, he’d gotten only 12 runs of support in his last 10 starts.
The Padres remain the only team without a no-hitter.
DODGERS 1, ROCKIES 0
LOS ANGELES — Zack Greinke retired his first 13 batters before finishing a two-hitter to win his fifth straight start and lead Los Angeles past Colorado for their 14th win in 17 games.
The Dodgers were without rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig, who missed his first game since his promotion on June 3 because of a sore left hip. He was removed during the previous two games of this series for precautionary reasons. Greinke (8-2) struck out nine, walked one and got 14 groundball outs while recording his fourth shutout and 13th complete game in 245 career starts. He out-pitched Tyler Chatwood (5-3), who gave up a run in the first inning then nothing the rest of the way.
BRAVES 5, REDS 2
ATLANTA — Mike Minor struggled early before recovering to throw seven strong innings, and also hit a go-ahead double that led Atlanta over Homer Bailey and Cincinnati.
The Braves lost starting outfielders Jason Heyward, B.J. Upton and Justin Upton to injuries in the first two games of the series, but had success with their fill-ins. Jose Constanza, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett, started in left field and hit leadoff with Reed Johnson in center and rookie Joey Terdoslavich in right. The patchwork outfield combined for seven hits, including three by Constanza. Brian McCann and Dan Uggla hit home runs.
Minor (9-4) snapped a streak of five straight starts without a win. The left-hander allowed two runs on six hits and one walk — including only one hit in his last five innings. Minor’s two-run double in the fifth gave the Braves a 3-2 lead. Bailey (5-8) lost his second straight start since throwing his second career no-hitter on July 2. He faded after being given an early 2-0 lead, allowing four runs and 10 hits in six innings.
PIRATES 4, METS 2
PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen hit a tying home run and delivered a go-ahead single the next inning to rally Pittsburgh past New York for the Pirates’ third straight win.
McCutchen’s 10th homer made it 2-all in the sixth. He added an RBI single in the seventh off Greg Burke (0-2).
Justin Wilson (6-1) earned the victory in relief of starter A.J. Burnett. All-Star closer Jason Grilli worked a perfect ninth for his NL-leading 29th save. The victory assured Pittsburgh (56-36) of its best record at the All-Star break since 1975. Marlon Byrd and Eric Young had two hits apiece for the Mets, but New York’s bullpen faltered in relief of spot starter Carlos Torres.
CUBS 6, CARDINALS 4
CHICAGO — Matt Garza pitched into the seventh inning for his fifth consecutive win and Alfonso Soriano homered again, leading Chicago over St. Louis.
Garza allowed a season-high 10 hits in 6 2-3 innings, but held the NL’s highest scoring offense to two runs while improving to 5-0 with a 1.24 ERA in his last six starts. The right-hander struck out four and walked two. Soriano is batting .350 (21 for 60) with nine homers and 19 RBIs in his last 15 games.
Jon Jay had four hits and Matt Adams went 2 for 4 for St. Louis, which had won six of seven, including a 3-2 victory in the second game of the four-game series on Friday night.
Kevin Gregg allowed Jay’s two-out RBI single in the ninth before retiring Pete Kozma with runners on the corners for his 17th save in 19 chances.
Lance Lynn (11-4) was knocked out in the fifth inning in his second-shortest outing of the season.
MARLINS 2, NATIONALS 1, 10 INNINGS
MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton homered leading off the ninth inning to tie it and Ed Lucas beat out double-play relay in the 10th to lift Miami over Washington. Stanton connected against Rafael Soriano. Steve Cishek (3-4) struck out Scott Hairston and Ryan Zimmerman with runners on second and third to end the Washington 10th.
Adeiny Hechavarria opened the Miami 10th by reaching second when third baseman Chad Tracy fielded his chopper but threw the ball into stands. Craig Stammen (4-4) walked Jeff Mathis and Placido Polanco sacrificed both runners over. Justin Ruggiano was intentionally walked to load the bases. Lucas grounded to second baseman Steve Lombardozzi, who threw to shortstop Ian Desmond for the forceout at second. Lucas beat the throw to first as the winning run scored.
WHITE SOX 5, PHILLIES 4, 11 INNINGS, 1ST GAME. PHILLIES 2, WHITE SOX 1, 13 INNINGS, 2ND GAME
PHILADELPHIA — Michael Young hit an RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning to lift Philadelphia over Chicago, giving the Phillies a split of a day-night doubleheader. John Mayberry Jr. hit a tying, solo homer in the seventh off Hector Santiago, and All-Star Domonic Brown threw out Jeff Keppinger trying to score from second on Tyler Flowers’ single to left to end the top half of the 11th.
Simon Castro (0-1) walked Humberto Quintero leading off the bottom of the 13th and Jimmy Rollins then reached on a fielder’s choice. He advanced on Joe Savery’s sacrifice and scored on Young’s hit to right, sliding headfirst just ahead of Casper Wells’ strong throw to the plate.
Alexei Ramirez hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th inning to help Chicago win the opener 5-4.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, BREWERS 4
PHOENIX — Didi Gregorius hit one of Arizona’s three solo home runs and drove in the tying run during a three-run seventh inning that rallied the Diamondbacks past Milwaukee.
Miguel Montero and Jason Kubel also homered and Eric Chavez drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in the go-ahead run for the Diamondbacks, who have won three straight overall and all six meetings against Milwaukee this season. Jonathan Lucroy hit his 13th home run for the Brewers, who have lost four in a row. Will Harris (2-0) threw a perfect seventh inning in relief of Randall Delgado for the win. Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth for his third save overall and second in three nights. Brewers starter Kyle Lohse (5-7) allowed only five base runners in 6 1-3 innings, but all five scored.