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Pirates star Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run home run off Phillies starting pitcher David Buchanan during the first inning Saturday.
Pirates star Andrew McCutchen hits a two-run home run off Phillies starting pitcher David Buchanan during the first inning Saturday.
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PITTSBURGH — Edinson Volquez allowed one run in seven sharp innings and Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer in the first to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.


Volquez (7-6) had an RBI groundout with the bases loaded in the second inning as the Pirates moved a season-high five games over .500 at 46-41. The Pirates could’ve added to the 3-0 lead but Gregory Polanco Starling Marte each flew out with men on second and third.


McCutchen followed up Friday’s game, when he was a home run shy of the cycle, with the big hit off David Buchanan. McCutchen connected after Polanco with a single.


Nationals 13, Cubs 0


WASHINGTON — Gio Gonzalez pitched eight sparkling innings and Ryan Zimmerman tied a career high with four hits and drove in three runs as Washington roughed up Chicago without recently traded Jeff Samardzija.


Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon added three hits and two RBIs for the Nationals on a day the Cubs were forced to start Carlos Villanueva (4-6) following the trade of Samardzija, the scheduled starter, and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics.


Braves 10, Diamondbacks 4


ATLANTA — Andrelton Simmons drove in four runs, Aaron Harang won his third straight start and Atlanta beat Arizona for a season-high ninth straight victory.


Justin Upton added a two-run homer and a third RBI for the Braves, who have won 11 of 12 and are 11 games over .500 for the first time this season.


Harang (8-6) has a 3.00 ERA over his last three starts after allowing nine hits and four runs with one walk and one strikeout in eight innings.


Brewers 1, Reds 0


CINCINNATI — Matt Garza threw a two-hitter for his fourth career shutout, and Milwaukee ended its four-game losing streak by beating Cincinnati.


Despite a slump that matched their longest of the season, the Brewers maintained the best record in the league and a comfortable lead in the NL Central.


Aramis Ramirez singled home a run in the first inning off Homer Bailey (8-5), who gave up seven hits through eight innings. Two Brewers were thrown out at the plate.


Marlins 6, Cardinals 5


ST. LOUIS — Jeff Baker’s RBI hit with two outs in the ninth inning helped Miami rally to beat St. Louis.


Casey McGehee fouled off five full-count pitches from Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal (0-4) before getting the tying hit, with Donovan Solano running from first and just beating a relay to the plate that catcher Yadier Molina couldn’t quite handle.


Rockies 8, Dodgers 7


DENVER — Drew Stubbs hit a two-run homer, Jorge De La Rosa pitched six strong innings before giving way to a shaky bullpen and Colorado snapped a five-game skid by holding off Los Angeles.


The Rockies are 3-16 since June 16, with De La Rosa (9-6) accounting for each win. The lefty allowed two runs and three hits, all in the first inning. He then watched the bullpen almost completely unravel.


AMERICAN LEAGUE


Twins 1, Yankees 0


MINNEAPOLIS — Catcher Francisco Cervelli made a throwing error in the 11th inning that allowed Josh Willingham to score from second base, giving Minnesota a victory over New York.


With the bases loaded, Trevor Plouffe hit a dribbler to reliever Matt Thornton (1-1). The left-hander flipped it to Cervelli for the forceout at home.


Cervelli then tried for the double play but his throw sailed way over the head of first baseman Mark Teixeira and Willingham raced home with the winning run.


Rays 7, Tigers 2


DETROIT — Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer came within two outs of a complete game, holding Detroit to six hits.


The Rays broke the game open with three runs in the fifth inning and four in the sixth, and the Tigers never mounted much of a rally against Archer (5-5). The 25-year-old right-hander allowed solo homers to Alex Avila in the seventh and J.D. Martinez in the ninth.


Mariners 3, White Sox 2


CHICAGO — Brad Miller hit an RBI double in the 14th inning, and Seattle beat Chicago for a fifth win in the last six games.


Michael Saunders reached on an infield single against Ronald Belisario (3-5) and swiped second before Miller hit a drive into the gap in left-center for a ground-rule double. It was Miller’s first hit in six at-bats on the day.


Red Sox 3, Orioles 2


BOSTON — Jonathan Herrera had a pinch-hit, broken-bat single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Boston a victory over Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a day-night doubleheader to snap a three-game skid.


After poor hitting and fielding spoiled Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester’s attempt for a 10th win, the Red Sox rallied in the ninth.


Pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes legged out a leadoff infield single off reliever T.J. McFarland (1-2). David Ross then bunted Gomes to second before Herrera’s blooper over second base scored Gomes.


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