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UNDATED (AP) -- Max Scherzer became the majors' first 13-game winner of the season on Wednesday as he helped the Detroit Tigers end a four-game losing streak.
Scherzer is 13-3 after allowing a run and five hits in seven innings of a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. He carried a shutout into the seventh and won his fifth straight decision as the Tigers maintained baseball's largest division lead. Nick Castellanos (kas-tee-AH'-nohs) crushed a three-run homer while the Tigers scored six times in the first inning to keep their five-game edge over Kansas City in the AL Central.
The Royals halted a two-game skid as Alex Gordon went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 3-2 victory against Minnesota. Omar Infante also had three hits and scored in the Royals' three-run sixth.
Oakland still leads the AL West by 2 1/2 games following the Athletics' loss in Houston and the Los Angeles Angels' setback in Baltimore. The Astros were 8-1 winners against the Athletics behind the pitching of Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul), who tossed a four-hitter and tied Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead with four compete games. Robbie Grossman belted a two-run homer to cap the Astros' six-run first.
The Angels were unable to gain ground on the A's as Adam Jones crushed a two-run homer and Kevin Gausman worked seven innings of the Orioles' 4-3 triumph over Los Angeles. The Birds allowed just four hits in maintaining their 2 1/2-game lead over Toronto in the AL East.
The Blue Jays won their fifth in a row as Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) finally picked up his 11th victory in a 6-1 rout of the Red Sox in Boston. Dioner (dee-AH'-nur) Navarro went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to help Buehrle earn his first win in 10 starts since June 1.
A couple of National League division leaders were able to avoid three-game sweeps in Florida.
In St. Petersburg, Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh) gave up just three hits in seven stellar innings as Milwaukee cooled off Tampa Bay 5-0 to end a three-game skid. Martin (mahr-TEEN') Maldonado tied a career high with four RBIs to help the Brewers deal David Price his first loss in seven decisions.
The Rays fell for just the second time in 13 games and failed in their bid to reach the .500 mark for the first time since April.
Over in Miami, Washington put together a three-run eighth to beat the Marlins 4-3. Jayson Werth snapped a 1-1 tie with a sacrifice fly before Ian Desmond's two-run double gave the Nationals a three-run cushion. Tanner Roark (ROH'-ahrk) allowed one run in seven innings as the Nats ended the Marlins' six-game winning streak.
San Francisco ended a six-game skid and dropped Pittsburgh two games behind the NL Central-leading Brewers. Chris Stewart's passed ball in the seventh inning brought home the go-ahead run in the Giants' 7-5 win over the Pirates. Gregor Blanco (GREG'-ur BLAHN'-koh) singled home the tying run and was 3-for-3 with two RBIs as the Giants temporarily climbed to within 2 1/2 games of the NL West-leading Dodgers.
Los Angeles is hosting the Atlanta Braves, who will try to stay a half-game behind the NL East-leading Nationals.
Elsewhere in the majors:
-- Corey Kluber scattered three hits in his first career shutout and 11th win of the season as Cleveland silenced Seattle 2-0. Yan Gomes (gohmz) hit a two-run double in the fifth off Felix Hernandez, who retired his first 12 batters before falling to 11-3. Hernandez became the first pitcher in modern major league history to pitch at least seven innings and allow two runs or fewer in 14 straight starts.
-- Texas beat the New York Yankees 3-2 behind Colby Lewis, who surrendered two runs and just four hits in seven innings. The Rangers put together a three-run first as Elvis Andrus (AN'-droos) hit an RBI double before Adrian Beltre (BEHL'-tray) and Leonys Martin (lee-OH'-nihs mahr-TEEN') added run-scoring singles.
-- Paul Goldschmidt and Didi Gregorius hit two-run homers in Arizona's 5-4 decision over the Reds in Cincinnati. Reds starter Alfredo Simon yielded just two runs in seven innings but came up short in his third attempt at his 13th win of the season.
-- Daniel Murphy hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the fifth inning before the New York Mets tacked on five runs in the seventh to crush Philadelphia 11-2. Lucas Duda smacked a two-run shot and Zach Wheeler pitched into the seventh as the Mets took the rubber match of the three-game set.
-- Brandon Barnes singled home the tiebreaking in the 10th inning of Colorado's 6-4 verdict over the Cubs in Chicago. Michael McKenry had three hits and an RBI as the Rockies bounced back from Tuesday's 16-inning loss at Wrigley Field.
UNDATED (AP) -- There were a couple of trades engineered today involving major league pitchers. The St. Louis Cardinals have picked up right-handed Justin Masterson from Cleveland for outfield prospect James Ramsey, and the Boston Red Sox have dealt left-hander Felix Doubront (doo-BRAHNT') to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named. Masterson has compiled a 4-6 record with a 5.51 earned run average in 19 starts this season, while Doubrant is 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 games.
Also in the majors:
-- Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eric Chavez has announced his retirement, ending his 17-year major league career at the age of 36. The lefty-hitting infielder hit .268 with 260 homers and 902 RBIs in 1,615 major league games. Chavez had been on the disabled list since June 9 because of a sprained left knee.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Dallas rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot during a one-on-one drill with tackle Tyron Smith in Tuesday's practice.
Coach Jason Garrett says Lawrence would return to Dallas for surgery on Thursday.
Speaking of Smith, the Cowboys have signed him to an eight-year, $98 million contract extension that theoretically locks up the Pro Bowl left tackle through the 2023 season. The extension includes a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals cornerback Chris Lewis-Harris has received a two-game suspension without pay from the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Lewis-Harris can participate in preseason games and practices but can't play in a regular-season game until Sept. 21 at home against Tennessee.
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they will retire Joe Greene's No. 75 during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 2.
The Hall of Fame defensive end was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1969 NFL draft. He helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls during his 13-year career as the heart of what became the "Steel Curtain" defense. The 10-time Pro Bowler was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge has rejected an attempt by seven former professional football players to intervene in a tentative class action settlement of concussion claims that would cost the NFL at least $765 million.
The players object to the settlement, calling it a "lousy deal" for ex-players whose symptoms don't qualify them for compensation. Judge Anita Brody's order says players who object to the deal can raise their concerns at a fairness hearing scheduled for Nov. 19, or opt out of the settlement.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Hendrick Motorsports has picked Greg Ives to be Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s next crew chief.
Ives was the race engineer for Jimmie Johnson's record run of five consecutive championships and will return to Hendrick Motorsports next season as crew chief for NASCAR's most popular driver. He will replace Steve Letarte, who is stepping down at the end of the year for an analyst job with NBC Sports.
Sports Scores & Schedules
July 30, 2014 07:12 GMT
Tampa Bay 5 Milwaukee 1AMERICAN LEAGUE Tuesday's Games
Baltimore 7, L.A. Angels 6, 12 innings
Seattle 5, Cleveland 2
Chicago White Sox 11, Detroit 4
Toronto 4, Boston 2
N.Y. Yankees 12, Texas 11
Minnesota 2, Kansas City 1
Oakland 7, Houston 4Wednesday's Games
Oakland (Hammel 0-3) at Houston (Keuchel 9-7), 2:10 p.m.
L.A. Angels (Richards 11-3) at Baltimore (Gausman 4-3), 7:05 p.m.
Seattle (F.Hernandez 11-2) at Cleveland (Kluber 10-6), 7:05 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Noesi 5-7) at Detroit (Scherzer 12-3), 7:08 p.m.
Toronto (Buehrle 10-7) at Boston (Workman 1-3), 7:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 7-6) at Texas (Lewis 6-8), 8:05 p.m.
Minnesota (P.Hughes 10-7) at Kansas City (Duffy 5-10), 8:10 p.m.NATIONAL LEAGUE Tuesday's Games
Cincinnati 3, Arizona 0
Philadelphia 6, N.Y. Mets 0
Miami 3, Washington 0
Colorado 4, Chicago Cubs 3
L.A. Dodgers 8, Atlanta 4
San Diego 3, St. Louis 1
Pittsburgh 3, San Francisco 1Wednesday's Games
Philadelphia (K.Kendrick 5-10) at N.Y. Mets (Za.Wheeler 5-8), 12:10 p.m.
Arizona (Miley 6-7) at Cincinnati (Simon 12-5), 12:35 p.m.
Washington (Roark 10-6) at Miami (Hand 2-2), 12:40 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Morton 5-10) at San Francisco (Lincecum 9-7), 3:45 p.m.
Colorado (B.Anderson 1-3) at Chicago Cubs (T.Wood 7-9), 8:05 p.m.
Atlanta (A.Wood 7-8) at L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 12-6), 10:10 p.m.
St. Louis (J.Kelly 2-1) at San Diego (Hahn 6-2), 10:10 p.m.
Milwaukee (Gallardo 5-5) at Tampa Bay (Price 11-7), 12:10 p.m.
Atlanta 89, Connecticut 80
New York 80, Washington 76, OT
San Antonio 92, Chicago 74
Tulsa 80, Seattle 74
Phoenix 90, Los Angeles 69Wednesday's Games
No games scheduled=
MLSWednesday, July 30
Toronto FC at D.C. United, 7 p.m.
Colorado at New England, 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
New York at Real Salt Lake, 9 p.m.