MLB roundup: Throwback Nats rally, sweep Giants

Published: Thursday, July 5 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper scored the winning run when first baseman Brandon Belt couldn't dig out a short-hop throw on a potential double-play ball in the ninth, and the Washington Nationals completed a sweep Thursday with a 6-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on a night of fond memories of the 1924 World Series.

It was throwback night in the nation's capital, and the "Senators" topped the "New York Giants" with a two-run rally off Santiago Casilla (2-4). The NL East leaders recovered from a four-run deficit and have won four straight and seven of nine.

Tyler Clippard (2-2) pitched the ninth to get the win for the Nationals, who scored 24 runs in the three-game series.

MARLINS 4, BREWERS 3: At Milwaukee, Carlos Lee doubled and scored in his Miami debut, Mark Buerhle struck out a season-best eight over 72/3 innings and the Marlins earned a split of the four-game series.

PIRATES 2, ASTROS 0: At Pittsburgh, Jeff Karstens scattered four hits over eight innings, striking out a season-high eight against just one walk as the Pirates completed their first four-game sweep of the Astros at home since 1979.

BRAVES 7, CUBS 3: At Atlanta, Jason Heyward and Brian McCann each hit a two-run homer in the first inning, helping Mike Minor beat the Chicago Cubs. Minor (5-6) held the Cubs without a hit until the fifth and gave up three runs, two earned, and three hits in 61/3 innings overall.

CARDINALS 6, ROCKIES 2: At St. Louis, rookie right-hander Lance Lynn tossed six shutout innings and Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran drove in a pair of runs apiece.

DODGERS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Phoenix, Scott Van Slyke and Elian Herrera hit solo home runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Arizona to its sixth straight loss.

PADRES 2, REDS 1: At San Diego, Everth Cabrera hit a bases-loaded single in the ninth inning after rookie Yasmani Grandal hit a leadoff triple to give the Padres a season-high sixth straight win.

METS 6, PHILLIES 5: At New York, David Wright singled off Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting the New York Mets to a comeback victory that preserved R.A. Dickey's 11-game winning streak.

American League

WHITE SOX 2, RANGERS 1: At Chicago, rookie Jose Quintana allowed two hits in eight stellar innings, Kevin Youkilis came through again with a go-ahead homer and the Chicago White Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers.

TIGERS 7, TWINS 3: At Detroit, Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to break a tie and Delmon Young followed with a solo shot to lift the Detroit Tigers to a split of the four-game series.

INDIANS 3, RAYS 1: At Cleveland, Josh Tomlin pitched seven stellar innings and Shin-Soo Choo, Michael Brantley and Travis Hafner homered.

Tampa Bay's Luke Scott tied the club record by going 37 consecutive at-bats without a hit.

ROYALS 9, BLUE JAYS 6: At Toronto, Luke Hochevar won for the third time in four starts after leaving the game with a sprained ankle and Eric Hosmer had three RBIs.

ANGELS 9, ORIOLES 7: At Anaheim, Calif., Kendrys Morales had three RBIs on a 3-for-4 outing for the Angels while Matt Wieters had four RBIs for the Orioles as both teams had 11 hits.

Darvish, Freese win All-Star fan vote


CHICAGO — Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese are headed to the All-Star game after fans voted them into Tuesday's showcase in Kansas City.

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