Quintana gets win as White Sox blank Blue Jays 4-0the Associated Press | June 30,2014AP PHOTO
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana works against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Sunday.TORONTO — Moises Sierra hit a solo home run, Jose Quintana won back-to-back starts for the first time this season and the Chicago White Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Sunday for their third straight win.
Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single as the White Sox posted their first shutout of the season and won three straight for the first time in more than a month. Chicago swept a home series against Cleveland from May 26-28. They’d gone 8-17 since before Friday’s 5-4 victory began the current streak.
Quintana (5-7) allowed three hits in seven innings, improving to 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in six starts against the Blue Jays. Quintana walked two and struck out seven.
Eric Surkamp worked the eighth and Jake Petricka finished.
Facing his former team for the second time, Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle (10-5) lost for the fourth time in five starts, allowing two runs and six hits in eight innings. He walked two and struck out five.
Buehrle lost four straight decisions for first time since losing four in a row for Miami from June 1-19, 2012. He has not won since June 1 against Kansas City.
Buehrle, who spent the first 11 seasons of his career with Chicago, beat the White Sox in Toronto on April 15, 2013.
Gordon Beckham hit a two-out double off Buehrle in the third and scored when Abreu followed with a first-pitch single to left.
Sierra, who began the season with Toronto but was designated for assignment on May 1, doubled Chicago’s lead with a one-out blast in the fourth.
Toronto’s Jose Reyes hit a one-out double in the eighth and, one out later, Edwin Encarnacion walked. Jose Bautista, who hadn’t played since leaving last Sunday’s game at Cincinnati with a strained left hamstring, pinch hit for Dioner Navarro, but grounded into a fielder’s choice.
Tyler Flowers capped the scoring with a two-run single off former White Sox closer Sergio Santos in the ninth.
Rays 12, Orioles 7
BALTIMORE — Matt Joyce homered twice, had a career-high five hits and drove in four runs to power the Tampa Bay Rays past the Baltimore Orioles 12-7 Sunday.
Tampa Bay totaled 11 extra base hits — five homers and six doubles. The Rays trailed 4-3 before Kevin Kiermaier and Logan Forsythe went deep during a seven-run sixth inning that sent many in the crowd of 32,665 scattering toward the exits.
Joyce doubled in the first inning, hit a solo shot in the third, singled in both the fifth and sixth innings and added a two-run drive in the seventh. His five hits and 12 total bases tied club records.
Although the Orioles finally got Joyce out in the ninth with the outcome already decided, his 5-for-6 performance upped his batting average 15 points to .274.
Astros 6, Tigers 4
HOUSTON — Scott Feldman threw six strong innings, Jose Altuve had three hits and two steals, and the Houston Astros held on for a 6-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
Feldman (4-5) allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk, while striking out four in his first win since May 26. The Astros have won three of their last four games.
Altuve leads the major leagues with 116 hits and has a career high 36 stolen bases. He set a franchise record with a stolen base in six straight games with his swipe of second base in the first inning.
Altuve also became the third player since 1904 with four straight games with multiple steals, according information from the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the Astros.
Tony Sipp got the last four outs for his first save.
The Astros jumped on Drew Smyly (4-7) early, plating three in the first.
Twins 3, Rangers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas — Kendrys Morales had a tiebreaking double off Texas closer Joakim Soria in the top of the ninth inning and the Minnesota Twins snapped a 10-game road losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Rangers on Sunday.
Morales’ line drive landed just inside the foul line in left field, and a leaping security guard avoided touching the ball, allowing pinch-runner Sam Fuld to score from first base.
A ground-rule double would have forced Fuld to stop at third, and Soria (1-3) struck out the final two hitters of the inning.
Kyle Gibson (7-6) matched a career high by going eight innings and scattering eight hits. Perkins struck out the side in the ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.
Mariners 3, Indians 0
SEATTLE — Felix Hernandez allowed one hit over eight innings while striking out nine, and Robinson Cano backed him with a two-run homer in the Seattle Mariners’ 3-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday.
Hernandez allowed just Lonnie Chisenhall’s single in the fifth inning and walked three in picking up his 10th victory of the season.
Fernando Rodney earned his 23rd save with a perfect ninth inning.
Cano snapped an 0-for-14 skid in the sixth inning, hitting a two-run shot to right off T.J. House to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead.
House (0-2) went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five.
Rockies 10, Brewers 4
MILWAUKEE — Colorado scored three runs in a wild fifth-inning sequence featuring two Milwaukee errors, and the Rockies avoided a season sweep to the Brewers with a 10-4 win Sunday.
Wilin Rosario took advantage of the gaffes with runners on first and second. His shot to third was booted by normally sure-handed third baseman Aramis Ramirez.
One run had already scored when the ball squirted into foul territory before shortstop Jeff Bianchi threw home high and offline trying to get Corey Dickerson. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy then threw errantly attempting to get Rosario at third and Rosario hustled home safely for a six-run lead.
Jorge De La Rosa (8-6) got the win despite allowing three wild pitches and hitting one batter. Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo (5-5) was tagged for 10 hits in five innings.
Pirates 5, Mets 2
PITTSBURGH — Pedro Alvarez homered and drove in three runs and Edinson Volquez pitched six shutout innings Sunday to propel the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-2 victory over the New York Mets.
Ike Davis had a two-run single against his former team in a three-run first off Bartolo Colon. Alvarez added an RBI double off Colon (8-6) in the inning.
Volquez (6-6) worked in and out of trouble, giving up eight hits and a walk. He struck out a season-high seven as the Pirates took three of four from the Mets.
New York had plenty of chances to score off Volquez, stranding 11 on base, including seven in scoring position. The Mets had men on base in every inning except the eighth.
The Mets scored twice in the ninth against Jared Hughes on Chris Young’s groundout to shortstop and Ruben Tejada’s RBI single.
Braves 3, Phillies 2
PHILADELPHIA — B.J. Upton tripled and drove in two runs Sunday to lead the streaking Atlanta Braves to a 3-2 victory over the Phillies and their first four-game sweep in Philadelphia in 50 years.
Gerald Laird had two hits with a double and RBI for the Braves, who won for the sixth time in seven games. It was the Braves’ first four-game sweep in Philadelphia since Sept. 24-27, 1964.
Marlon Byrd hit a pair of solo home runs for the slumping Phillies, who have lost eight of 10 to drop to 10 games under .500.
Aaron Harang (7-6) gave up two runs on 11 hits and two walks over seven innings.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth, working out of a jam for his 24th save in 28 opportunities.
David Buchanan (4-4) allowed three runs over five innings to snap his three-game winning streak.
Reds 4, Giants 0
SAN FRANCISCO — Homer Bailey made a strong bid for yet another no-hitter, shutting down San Francisco until Buster Posey’s two-out single in the seventh inning and pitching the Cincinnati Reds past the Giants 4-0 Sunday.
Bailey has thrown no-hitters in each of the last two seasons, and did it against the Giants at home last July 2. He came close to pitching the latest gem at AT&T Park — the ballpark was the scene of Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter Wednesday against San Diego.
Bailey (8-4) finished with a three-hitter as the Reds completed their first four-game sweep in San Francisco since doing it at Candlestick Park in 1972.
Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips, Brayan Pena and Skip Schumaker drove in runs as the Reds won their season-best fifth straight and eighth in nine overall.
The Giants were swept in a four-game series for the first time in their ballpark that opened in 2000.
Padres 2, Diamondbacks 1
SAN DIEGO — Rookie Odrisamer Despaigne won his second straight start and Cameron Maybin keyed a rare offensive outburst for the San Diego Padres, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1 Sunday to pop out of their one-day stay in last place in the NL West.
The Padres scored their most runs in four games. Through 81 games, they had scored one or fewer runs 27 times. They swapped places with the Diamondbacks, who had leapfrogged the Padres into fourth place after winning 3-1 Saturday night.
Despaigne (2-0), a 27-year-old who defected from Cuba last summer, held Arizona to one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings, walking four and striking out two.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 21st save in as many chances.
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