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  • Moss, Athletics power past Astros

  • OAKLAND, Calif. — Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Jeff Samardzija more run support Thursday than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros.
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  • OAKLAND, Calif. — Brandon Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Jeff Samardzija more run support Thursday than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros.
    Jed Lowrie had three hits and drove in a run for the A's, who have the best record (63-38) in baseball and are a season-best 25 games over .500.
    Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star Break.
    Samardzija (2-1) gave up a leadoff single to Jose Altuve and then retired 10 straight before Carter's 20th home run put Houston on the board. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.
    Scott Feldman (4-8) lost his straight start, lasting 51/3 innings. He allowed six runs on nine hits, walking five and striking out four.
    Orioles 4, Mariners 0
    At Seattle, Wie-Yen Chen allowed five hits over eight innings, and Delmon Young hit a three-run homer to give Baltimore a victory over Seattle.
    Chen (11-3), who has won his past four starts, scattered five singles, walked one and struck out three. His 11 wins tie him for third-most in American League. On the road, Chen is 6-1 with a 3.94 ERA in nine starts.
    Darren O'Day finished with a routine ninth inning.
    It was Baltimore's eighth shutout. The Mariners have been shut out 12 times, tying Tampa Bay for the most in the American League.
    Hisashi Iwakuma (8-5), who had won his previous three decisions, lost for the first time since June 25. He went seven innings, allowing four runs and seven hits.
    Tigers 6, Angels 4
    At Anaheim, Calif., Nick Castellanos drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a double in the sixth inning, and Max Scherzer won his fourth straight decision, leading Detroit over the Los Angeles Angels.
    Scherzer (12-3) tied teammate Rick Porcello and New York's Masahiro Tanaka for the American League lead in wins. He allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings and struck out 11. It was the fourth time this season and 22nd in his career that he had double digits in strikeouts.
    Yankees 4, Rangers 2
    At New York, Brandon McCarthy threw six more solid innings, fellow newcomer Chase Headley delivered another timely hit and the Yankees beat the Rangers for their sixth win in seven games.
    Brett Gardner doubled, scored a run and drove in one as the Yankees kept up their push since the All-Star break.
    Texas fell to 3-17 in July and dropped 22 games under .500 for the first time since the final week of the 1988 season.
    Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 0
    At Toronto, Marcus Stroman and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Juan Francisco drove in four runs and came within a double of the cycle and the Blue Jays shut out the Red Sox.
    Stroman's no-hit bid ended when Shane Victorino blooped a single to center to lead off the seventh. One out later, Victorino was erased on Mike Napoli's double-play grounder.
    Stroman (6-2) only allowed two other baserunners on walks and struck out seven in seven innings. The rookie right-hander is 5-1 with an 1.54 ERA in seven home starts.
    White Sox 5, Twins 2
    At Minneapolis, Hector Noesi allowed three hits over 72/3 innings and Adam Eaton had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Chicago White Sox over Minnesota.
    Noesi (5-7) gave up two runs, struck out three and walked one. Alexei Ramirez added two hits and an RBI for Chicago and Jake Petricka went one inning to earn his fifth save in six chances.
    Royals 2, Indians 1, 14 innings
    At Kansas City, Mo., Nori Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift Kansas City over Cleveland after Indians starter Corey Kluber carried a perfect game into the seventh inning.
    Aaron Crow (5-1), the seventh Kansas City pitcher, earned the victory — striking out the side in a perfect 14th.
    Marc Rzepcynski (0-3) took the loss.
    Left-hander Marc Rzepcynski (0-3), who gave up the hit to Cain, took the loss.
    Kluber held the Royals to two hits, retiring the first 19 batters he faced before Omar Infante, who was in a 0-for-16 skid, lined a single to center with one out in the seventh.
    National League
    Phillies 2, Giants 1
    At Philadelphia, Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings and Chase Utley had a tiebreaking single in the fifth inning to lift the Phillies over the Giants.
    Hamels (5-5) got the better of Tim Hudson in a matchup between starters who have combined for seven All-Star appearances. The Philadelphia left-hander gave up six hits while striking out 10 and walking one.
    Hudson (8-7) gave up two runs in six innings although both were unearned. The right-hander struck out six and walked two.
    The Giants, who were looking for their first four-game sweep in Philadelphia since 1998, lost for just the second time in eight games.
    Marlins 3, Braves 2
    At Atlanta, Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, Henderson Alvarez won for the first time in three starts and Miami beat Atlanta.
    In taking three of four games, the Marlins won just their second road series in the last 10 against the Braves.
    Alvarez (7-5) gave up six hits, two runs and one walk with four strikeouts in eight innings. The Marlins are 13-3 in his last 16 starts.
    Padres 13, Cubs 3
    At Chicago, Tyson Ross struck out a career-high 11, and light-hitting San Diego broke out for a season-best nine runs in the sixth inning in a rout of the Chicago Cubs.
    Ross (9-10) allowed one run, five hits and one walk in six innings to reach a career high in wins. He went 3-2 in five July starts, but gave up just four earned runs in 35 innings.
    Brewers 9, Mets 1
    At Milwaukee, Matt Garza allowed two hits over eight innings to rebound from a horrendous outing, and Ryan Braun hit one of three homers for Milwaukee in a victory over the New York Mets.
    Jonathan Lucroy and Khris Davis also connected for the Brewers, who took a 6-0 lead after three innings against Dillon Gee (4-3) to win their fourth consecutive game.
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