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2:09 AM, Aug 3, 2013   |    comments
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Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Nate McLouth hit a grand slam to help the Baltimore Orioles take an 11-8 win over the Seattle Mariners in the opener of a three-game series. Chris Davis clubbed his league-leading 40th home run of the season, while Adam Jones drove in three runs for the Orioles, who have won three of their last four games. Chris Tillman (14-3) won his fourth straight start despite giving up six runs on eight hits with three walks in 5 1/3 innings of work. Michael Saunders hit a two-run home run, while Humberto Quintero, Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse each added solo shots for the Mariners, who have lost four straight. Aaron Harang (5-10) was roughed up for seven runs on seven hits in just five innings to lose for a third time in his past four starts.

Final Score: Detroit 2, Chicago 1

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Doug Fister pitched an eight-inning gem as the Detroit Tigers won their season-high sixth straight game with a 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox in the opener of a three-game series between the first and last place teams in the AL Central. Fister (10-5) worked quickly and efficiently in winning his fourth straight start. The ground-ball specialist scattered seven hits and allowed just one run on Alex Rios' RBI single in the sixth. Despite throwing only 88 pitches, Fister was pulled in the ninth for Joaquin Benoit, who worked around a two-out walk in the ninth to close out the win in just over two hours (2:07). Jose Iglesias, acquired in a three-team trade on Tuesday, drove in a run in his first game as a Tiger and Austin Jackson added a solo homer for the division leaders. Hector Santiago (3-7) was the hard-luck loser after allowing two runs on six hits and one walk over seven innings. The bottom-feeding White Sox have been on the losing end a lot lately, as they matched a season-high with their eighth consecutive loss and fell 27 games under .500 (40-67) for the first time since ending the 1976 season with a 64-97 record.

Final Score: San Francisco 4, Tampa Bay 1

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - When Brandon Belt homered in the fifth inning, Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer didn't respond. Archer, with a serene presence on the mound, retrieved another baseball without much, if any, reaction. In Belt's next trip up in the seventh, he evoked a much more intense response from Archer. The right-hander, who had only given up one earned run over his four previous starts, tensed up on contact, then hopped with fleeting hope it'd find a glove until ultimately watching Belt's long fly ball hit the base of the center-field fence. Belt's triple broke a 1-1 tie and paved the way to a three-run rally that lifted the Giants over the Rays, 4-1 in the opener of a three-game series. Brandon Crawford followed Belt's triple with a two-run home run, his seventh of the season. Belt finished with three hits, two runs scored and two RBI to lead San Francisco to its third straight win. Madison Bumgarner (11-6) picked up his fourth win in five decisions after he gave up one run on seven hits with 11 strikeouts in seven innings. Archer (6-4) was tagged for four runs on seven hits and three walks in seven innings, while he took the loss for the first time in six decisions. Jose Lobaton had a double and his first career triple for the Rays, who lost their second straight game.

Final Score: Miami 10, Cleveland 0

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Jose Fernandez struck out a career-high 14 batters over eight scoreless innings as the Miami Marlins pounded the Cleveland Indians, 10-0, in the opener of a three-game interleague set. Fernandez (8-5) scattered three hits and walked just one batter to pick up his third straight win. The 21-year-old rookie became the first pitcher to strike out at least 13 batters in consecutive games since 2004 and the first rookie to accomplish the feat since Kerry Wood in 1998. Logan Morrison drove in four runs and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Donovan Solano had two RBI, while Adeiny Hechavarria and Jake Marisnick each had three hits and an RBI for the Marlins, winners in three straight. Ubaldo Jimenez (8-6) was tagged for five runs -- two earned -- on nine hits over four innings to absorb the loss. Cleveland had an eight-game winning streak snapped.

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