A Dozen For Lynn...Dodgers' Lead Shaved To Half-Game 07/26/13
July 26, 2013
UNDATED --Lance Lynn returned to his sharp early season form and pitched the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals past Philadelphia 3-1 for his 12th victory. He allowed one run over seven innings.
Lynn is 12-5. He had dropped four of his previous five decisions and was 3-4 in his past eight starts before facing Philadelphia.
He gave up just five hits and one run to the slumping Phillies, who've lost five straight.
St. Louis has the most wins in the majors at 62 and is a season-high 25 games over .500.
In other NL action:
-- Cincinnati downed Los Angeles 5-2, cutting the Dodgers' lead in the NL West to a half-game over Arizona. Jay Bruce hit his 21st homer and Xavier Paul added a solo shot for the Reds.
-- Aaron Hill homered and drove in two runs to lead Arizona past the Chicago Cubs 3-1. Wade Miley won his seventh game.
- Rob Brantly scored on a wild pitch to break up a scoreless game in the eighth inning, Donovan Solano homered in a four-run ninth, and the Miami Marlins overcame a 93-minute rain delay to beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3.
-- John Buck drove in three runs to lead the Mets to a 7-4 win over NL East leading Atlanta. A missed call by the umpires helped the Mets score three times in the sixth and led to the ejection of Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez.
-- Bryce Harper slammed a two-run walkoff home run in the ninth inning to give Washington a 9-7 win over Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh forced the bottom of the ninth by scoring four runs in the top of the inning off Nats closer Rafael Soriano. The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Nats.
-- Carlos Quinten homered as part of a 16 hit attack and drove in three runs to help San Diego outscore Milwaukee 10-8.
Over in the AL:
-- Jake Peavy outpitched Justin Verlander in the Chicago White Sox' 7-4 win over Detroit. Peavy pitched into the eighth inning, giving up four runs on four hits, including three homers to improve to 8-4. He's been the subject of trade rumors as the July 31 deadline approaches. Verlander got roughed up for seven runs on 11 hits in six innings to fall to 10-8, matching
-- Hiroki Kuroda (hih-ROH'-kee kuh-ROH'-duh) continued his brilliant July pitching by scattering six hits in seven innings of the Yankees 2-0 win over Texas. Kuroda improved to 10-6 and is 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA in four July starts.
-- Kansas City outscored Baltimore 7-1. Jeremy Guthrie pitched six solid innings and Billy Butler homered for the Royals, who completed a 5-2 homestand.
-- Mark Buehrle (BUR'-lee) pitched a two-hitter and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a season-worst seven-game losing streak, beating the Houston Astros 4-0. The last-place Blue Jays had been 0-6 since the All-Star break.
-- The L.A. Angels routed Oakland 8-3. The Athletics' lead in the AL West is down to three games over Texas. Mark Trumbo's two-run double keyed a four-run fifth inning for the Angels.
-- Seattle scored six runs in the second inning and coasted by Minnesota 8-2. Hisashi Iwakuma (hih-SAH'-shee ih-wah-KOO'-muh) hurled six shutout innings for his 10th victory.
-- Tampa Bay and Boston were rained out at Fenway Park. The Red Sox remain a half-game in front of the Rays. The game will be made up Monday, which had been an off day for both teams.