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Nationals Drop Rockies 5-1 – MLB Roundup For June 13th

Washington Nationals v Colorado Rockies - Getty Images
Washington Nationals v Colorado Rockies – Getty Images

UNDATED (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have never won more than nine straight games at Great American Ballpark since moving there in 2003, but they’ve surpassed that streak at Wrigley Field by completing a three-game sweep.

The Reds picked up their 12th consecutive win at the Friendly Confines as Mike Leake and Todd Frazier led a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Frazier snapped a 1-1 tie with a solo homer in the seventh to back Leake, who allowed three hits over eight innings.

Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 19 chances.

The previous record for consecutive wins by a visitor at Wrigley was 10, a mark set by the St. Louis Cardinals (1943-44) and matched by the New York Giants (1950-51) and Montreal (1982-83), according to STATS.

Also in the majors, Alfredo Aceves (ah-SEH’-vehs) allowed a run and four hits in six innings to pitch Boston past Tampa Bay 2-1. Daniel Nava (NAH’-vah) hit a two-run homer in the third inning to help the Red Sox win despite just five hits.

Brandon Moss homered twice while driving in three runs to power Oakland past the New York Yankees, 5-2. Dan Straily looked good for 6 2/3 innings, yielding just two runs and three hits to help the Athletics take over the AL West lead, one game ahead of Texas.

Erick Aybar (EYE’-bahr) hit a bases-loaded triple and Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) homered while the Los Angeles Angels scored six times in the seventh to turn a 4-2 deficit into a 9-5 win over the Orioles in Baltimore. Hank Conger homered, Pujols had three hits and Howie Kendrick contributed two doubles to help the Angels avert a three-game sweep. Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 21st homer for the Birds.

Jason Kipnis and Mike Aviles homered as Cleveland beat Texas 5-2. Ubaldo Jimenez (oo-BAHL’-doh hih-MEH’-nehz) helped the Indians win their second straight since an eight-game skid by holding the Rangers to one run over five-plus innings.

The Kansas City Royals took the rubber match of their three-game series with Detroit by scoring twice in the ninth and once in the 10th to beat the Tigers 3-2. Lorenzo Cain tied it with a two-out, two-run homer before Eric Hosmer singled home the winning run.

Lucas Duda (DOO’-dah), David Wright and Marlon Byrd hit solo homers as the New York Mets won for only the second time in their last nine games, defeating St. Louis 5-1. Dillon Gee held the Cardinals to a run and six hits while striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings.

Martin Prado (mahr-TEEN’ PRAH’-doh) doubled home the tiebreaking run while Arizona was scoring four times in the 12th to beat the Dodgers 8-6 in Los Angeles. Cody Ross and Miguel Montero each had four of the Diamondbacks’ 20 hits, and Gerardo Parra chipped in three hits and two RBIs.

Starling Marte (mahr-TAY’) had a career-high four hits and scored four times as Pittsburgh outscored San Francisco 12-8. Neil Walker and Alex Presley homered for the Pirates, who set season highs for runs and hits.

Ross Ohlendorf held Colorado to a run and two hits in six innings of Washington’s 5-1 verdict over the Rockies. Ian Desmond had three RBIs to help Ohlendorf win his Nationals debut.

Edinson Volquez tossed seven innings and Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer as San Diego beat Atlanta 5-3 to complete a three-game sweep. Volquez held the Braves to a run and six hits while striking out a season-high nine, one start after surrendering career highs of nine runs and 11 hits in 2 1/3 innings.

Philadelphia has a five-game losing streak after Clete Thomas went 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles in Minnesota’s 4-3 triumph over the Phillies. Thomas tied the game with a double in the eighth before scoring the winning run on a wild pitch later in the inning.

Jonathan Lucroy hit a bases-loaded triple in the first inning and had four RBIs as Milwaukee hammered Miami 10-1. Carlos Gomez raised his average to .326 by going 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Houston had just three hits before erupting for six runs in the ninth inning to beat Seattle 6-1. Chris Carter put the Astros ahead with a two-run homer and Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) added a two-run single after Jeremy Bonderman shut them down for the first eight innings.

The threat of bad weather forced the postponement of the White Sox home game against Toronto. No makeup date has been announced.

San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro (SKOO’-tah-roh) is out indefinitely after injuring his left pinkie finger.

Scutaro was hit on the hand by Pittsburgh pitcher Tony Watson while batting in the seventh inning of an 8-2 loss on Tuesday night. X-rays were negative. Scutaro says he has some ligament damage near the tip of the finger.

Manager Bruce Bochy (BOH’-chee) said the team will wait a few days to see if Scutaro’s injury responds to rest and treatment. There is a chance he could play this weekend when the Giants are in Atlanta.

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2014 major league season will begin down under.

MLB has announced the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will play a two-game series at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22 and 23. It will be the first time Australia has hosted a big league game.

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