• Blue Jays take down Red Sox
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     | July 30,2014
     
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    Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman delivers to the Boston Red Sox during the first inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday.

    BOSTON — Marcus Stroman had his second solid start against Boston in five days, Colby Rasmus hit a solo homer and the Toronto Blue Bays beat the Red Sox 4-2 on Tuesday night.

    Anthony Gose had a tiebreaking two-run double for the Blue Jays, who won for the ninth time in 11 games and improved to 9-3 against the Red Sox this season.

    Xander Bogaerts homered and Dustin Pedroia added an RBI double for Boston, which has dropped all five games in Fenway Park against Toronto.

    The Red Sox lost for the seventh time in eight games.

    Stroman (7-2) held Boston to one run and six hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking two. He took a no-hitter into the seventh last Thursday before giving up Shane Victorino’s leadoff single for his only hit allowed in seven innings.

    Rubby De La Rosa (3-4) gave up three runs on nine hits in six innings.



    Rays 5, Brewers 1

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Cobb struck out 12 in eight innings and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs Tuesday night, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the Rays’ 11th win in 12 games.

    Zobrist hit his ninth home run in the sixth inning for the only run off Milwaukee starter Matt Garza. Zobrist’s double in the eighth off reliever Will Smith (1-3) put the Rays ahead for the first time. Pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe followed with another RBI double and the Rays went on to a four-run inning.

    Cobb (7-6) gave up three hits and two walks in winning his third straight start. The right-hander is 5-0 in his last six starts.

    Garza gave up five hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out two.

    The Brewers, who have lost four of five, have scored two runs and had 12 hits in their last three games while striking out 30 times.



    Reds 3, Diamonbacks 0

    CINCINNATI — Mike Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run — a rare commodity for the Reds these days — leading Cincinnati to a 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

    The Reds won for only the second time in 11 games since the All-Star break. The offense has been the biggest problem, scoring only 20 runs — by far the fewest in the majors over that span. Leake (8-9) pitched in that way, too.

    His single off the glove of diving third baseman Martin Prado drove in a run in the second off Trevor Cahill (1-8), who has yet to win as a starter this season. Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena also had RBI singles off Cahill, who fell to 0-6 in seven starts this season.

    A Reds lineup already missing first baseman Joey Votto and second baseman Brandon Phillips — both on the disabled list — also was without right fielder Jay Bruce, who went on bereavement leave for his grandfather’s death.

    Both teams wasted chances during Arizona’s 2-1, 15-inning victory in the series opener on Monday, which depleted the bullpens.

    Leake gave Cincinnati’s relievers a chance to recover by giving up five hits in 7 2-3 innings.

    Leake pitched out of a couple of early threats.

    Didi Gregorius tripled with one out in the third but was stranded. The Diamondbacks got runners to second and third with the help of a pair of errors in the fourth, but Leake retired the next two. The Diamondbacks stranded another runner on third in the seventh.

    Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 25 chances. He extended his streak of at least one strikeout in 45 consecutive appearances, a major league record for a reliever.

    ON DECK

    Diamondbacks: Kirk Gibson needs one more win to tie Bob Melvin (337) for most by a Diamondbacks manager. ... Left-hander Wade Miley (6-7) starts the final game of the series before Arizona returns home to face Pittsburgh. Miley is 3-1 with a 2.94 ERA in his last five starts.

    Reds: Right-hander Alfredo Simon (12-5) tries for his first win since being chosen for his first All-Star team. In two starts since then, he’s 0-2 and has given up seven runs — five earned — in 9 1-3 innings. ... The Reds start a series in Miami on Thursday.

    TRAINER’S ROOM

    Diamondbacks: Second baseman Aaron Hill was back in the starting lineup after being limited to one pinch-hitting appearance in the last two games because of a bruised right hand. ... Right-hander Bo Schultz was called up from Triple-A Reno to restock a bullpen depleted by two extra-inning games in the last three. Outfielder Alfredo Marte was optioned.

    Reds: Right-hander Logan Ondrusek resumed throwing. He’s been on the 15-day disabled list since July 22 with a sore pitching shoulder. ... Manager Bryan Price said Left-hander Manny Parra hasn’t pitched since July 20 because he’s had a stiff back. ... Reliever Curtis Partch was called up from Triple-A Louisville to take Bruce’s spot while he’s on bereavement leave.



    Phillies 6, Mets 0

    NEW YORK — Cole Hamels pitched eight shutout innings and finally got some run support when Chase Utley hit a grand slam as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Mets 6-0 on Tuesday night.

    Hamels (6-5) has won three straight starts for the first time in almost two years. He retired the final 13 batters to lower his ERA to 2.55. In his last three outings, he has 27 strikeouts and one walk.

    For a while, it looked as though this one might end like his last two, 2-1 wins over the Braves and Giants. But with the Phillies up 2-0 and two outs in the seventh, Mets starter Dillon Gee (4-4) suddenly lost his control.

    Gee left with the bases loaded and Josh Edgin came on for a lefty-lefty matchup. Utley drilled a 2-2 pitch into the upper deck in right field for his fifth career grand slam and first since 2010.

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