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  • M's Iwakuma extends road scoreless streak

  • DETROIT — Hisashi Iwakuma extended his scoreless innings streak on the road to 25 and Seattle's Justin Smoak homered off Justin Verlander in the Mariners' 8-0 victory on Wednesday.
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  • DETROIT — Hisashi Iwakuma extended his scoreless innings streak on the road to 25 and Seattle's Justin Smoak homered off Justin Verlander in the Mariners' 8-0 victory on Wednesday.
    Iwakuma (13-6) matched his career high going eight innings, giving up just four hits and one unintentional walk. His 25-inning scoreless streak on the road matches a franchise record.
    Verlander (13-11) allowed three runs, four hits, walked three and struck out six over seven innings. He was hoping to win consecutive starts for the first time in more than three months.
    The AL Central-leading Tigers had won three straight and six of seven to close in on their third straight division title. Seattle had lost eight of nine.
    Iwakuma, who became an All-Star this year in his second season, joined Randy Johnson (1994) and Brian Holman (1989) as Mariners who have thrown 25 straight scoreless innings on the road.
    Smoak's solo shot — his 17th homer — gave Seattle a 3-0 lead in the sixth.
    Angels 5, Athletics 4, 11 innings
    At Oakland, Calif., Josh Hamilton hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning then put the Angels ahead with a sacrifice fly in the 11th.
    Hamilton connected against Grant Balfour, who blew his third save of the season. Jesse Chavez (2-4) was the loser.
    Mike Trout added a two-run home run for the Angels, who won for the fourth time in five games.
    Rays 4, Rangers 3
    At St. Petersburg, Fla., Desmond Jennings had an RBI single in the 12th inning and Tampa Bay took over the top spot in the AL wild-card race.
    Texas has a half-game lead over Cleveland, which lost at Kansas City, for the second wild card.
    Orioles 5, Red Sox 3, 12 innings
    At Boston, Chris Davis hit a tiebreaking two-run single with two outs in the 12th inning to lift Baltimore.
    Matt Wieters had two RBI doubles for Baltimore, which closed to one game of Texas for the AL's second wild-card spot.
    Royals 7, Indians 2
    At Kansas City, Mo., Bruce Chen worked five innings and Salvador Perez doubled home two runs for Kansas City.
    Chen was pulled in the sixth after giving up a single to Michael Bourn and walking Nick Swisher to lead off the inning.
    Twins 4, White Sox 3
    At Chicago, Scott Diamond pitched into the seventh inning for his first win since June, and Minnesota avoided a three-game sweep.
    Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3
    At Toronto, Vernon Wells had a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning and Mariano Rivera earned a four-out save as New York rallied from three runs down to snap a four-game skid.
    Robinson Cano drove in the Yankees' first run in this three-game series with a one-out single in the eighth. Alfonso Soriano followed with an RBI double, helping New York avoid falling farther behind in the AL wild-card race.
    National League
    Mets 5, Giants 4
    At New York, Josh Satin hit a two-run single to cap a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Mets past San Francisco.
    Shut down by Matt Cain for almost eight innings, the makeshift Mets lineup put together a surprising comeback. Pinch-hitter Zach Lutz had an RBI double and Juan Centeno, making his major league debut, knocked in a run with a single off closer Sergio Romo (4-8).
    Satin had three RBIs, including a sacrifice fly against Cain in the eighth. Vic Black (2-0) pitched a perfect inning for the win.
    Gregor Blanco hit a two-run homer for San Francisco.
    Padres 3, Pirates 2
    At Pittsburgh, Logan Forsythe and Rene Rivera delivered consecutive RBI singles in the ninth inning off Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon and the San Diego Padres rallied for a victory.
    Diamondbacks 9, Dodgers 4
    At Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt homered and the Arizona Diamondbacks blew the game open late to prevent Los Angeles from clinching the NL West title.
    Yasiel Puig hit a solo home run calculated at 442 feet for the Dodgers, who have lost five of six and get one more chance to clinch in Arizona in the series finale today.
    Braves 5, Nationals 2
    At Washington, Justin Upton and Dan Uggla each homered in a three-run sixth inning, and the Braves rallied past the Nationals, lowering their magic number for clinching the NL East title to two games.
    Brian McCann and Jordan Schafer also drove in runs as the Braves snapped a three-game skid. Atlanta has not won the division since 2005, the last of 11 straight titles.
    Cardinals 4, Rockies 3
    At Denver, Adam Wainwright pitched effectively into the eighth after a shaky start and helped himself at the plate with three hits as the Cardinals beat the Rockies to expand their lead in the NL Central race.
    Wainwright (17-9) gave up two runs in the first and then found his groove to earn his 17th win, second-most in the NL this season.
    Marlins 4, Phillies 3, 10 innings
    At Philadelphia, Ed Lucas homered in the 10th inning to lift the Marlins to a victory over the Phillies.
    The Phillies loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning but could not score after Roger Bernadina struck out and Freddy Galvis grounded out to end it.
    Brewers 7, Cubs 0
    At Milwaukee, Sean Halton hit his first career grand slam, Tyler Thornburg allowed just two singles over six innings, and the Brewers beat the Cubs.
    Interleague
    Reds 6, Astros 5, 13 innings
    At Houston, Jay Bruce's two-run double in the 13th inning put Cincinnati ahead for good.
    Rookie base-stealing specialist Billy Hamilton got his first three career hits, had four steals, an RBI and scored the go-ahead run in his first major league start.
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