MLB: Mike Clevinger strikes out 12 as Indians beat Tigers 7-2

CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Clevinger matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in six innings, Oscar Mercado drove in two runs and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 on Wednesday night.

Clevinger (3-2) struck out the side in the first two innings and had nine strikeouts through four — one against each batter in Detroit’s lineup. The right-hander was lifted after 100 pitches and allowing one run on six hits in his third double-digit strikeout performance of the season.

Cleveland moved within four games of AL Central-leading Minnesota. It’s the closest the Indians have been to first place since May 14. Cleveland has won 10 straight over the Tigers and leads the season series 11-1.

Mercado, who leads AL rookies with a .286 batting average, gave Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the third with a double that scored Mike Freeman and Tyler Naquin.

Nicholas Castellanos scored on an RBI single by Jeimer Candelario to pull Detroit within 2-1 in the sixth.

JosÈ RamÌrez doubled to lead off the seventh inning, chasing Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull (3-9). With two out, Freeman beat out a bunt single and RamÌrez, who had stolen third, scored to make it 3-1 Cleveland.

After Castellanos hit a solo homer in the top of the eighth, the Indians broke the game open with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Pinch-hitter Greg Allen doubled home a pair, All-Star Francisco Lindor homered and Jason Kipnis had an RBI single.

Nick Wittgren worked the final 1 2/3 innings to pick up his second save.

Turnbull lost to the Indians for the fourth time in four starts this season. The right-hander pitched six-plus innings, giving up three runs with three strikeouts. Detroit has lost 23 of 27 games and has not recorded back-to-back wins since May 28-31.

Athletics 10, Mariners 2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Homer Bailey shook off a rocky start to go six innings in his Oakland debut and Mark Canha and Jurickson Profar each homered twice in a win over Seattle.

Chad Pinder and RamÛn Laureano also went deep as the A’s matched their season high with six home runs. They lost Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman to an ankle injury after two innings.

Oakland has won six straight and 12 of 14. The A’s have homered in a season-high 17 consecutive games.

Tim Beckham had two hits for Seattle. The Mariners have lost six straight.

Bailey (8-6) allowed seven hits and two runs for his fourth consecutive win and first since being acquired from Kansas City over the weekend. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Tommy Milone (1-4) allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Padres 3, Marlins 2

MIAMI (AP) — Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and two relievers got the final four outs to complete a three-hitter and help the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Wednesday night.

The Padres, who played their first game in 1969, are the only major league team never to have thrown a no-hitter.

After Starlin Castro homered leading off the eighth, Paddack (6-4) retired the next two batters and then departed. He struck out eight, walked one, threw 94 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.70.

Austin Hedges hit a two-run homer, his seventh, against Trevor Richards (3-11) to help San Diego break a four-game losing streak.

Paddack retired the first 15 batters before Cesar Puello reached on a throwing error by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. Pinch hitter Yadiel Rivera walked with two out in the sixth and was the only other baserunner against Paddack.

Kirby Yates pitched around back-to-back throwing errors to start the ninth for his 31st save. Castro’s two-out RBI single made it 3-2 before Yates struck out Curtis Granderson with two on for the win.

Brewers 5, Braves 4

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Josh Hader struck out Ozzie Albies with two outs and the tying run on third in the ninth to preserve the Milwaukee’s win over Atlanta.

Christian Yelich hit his 34th homer of the season. It was Yelich’s third home run in four games.

The Brewers got a two-run homer from Manny Pi’a’s in the second. Josh Donaldson hit a two-run shot for the Braves.

Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson (5-2) gave up only one hit, a double to Brian McCann in the second inning, in 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out three. Hader earned his 21st save.

Dallas Keuchel (3-3) allowed five runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

Cubs 5, Reds 2

CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish tossed six innings of two-hit, shutout ball to finally earn his first win at Wrigley Field in Chicago’s win over Cincinnati.

Kris Bryant and Addison Russell homered for the only hits off Sonny Gray (5-6) as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games.

Jason Heyward drove in two insurance runs with a double as the NL Central leaders took two of three from the Reds to win just their second series since sweeping St. Louis on June 7-9.

Darvish (3-4) also won for the first time anywhere since April 27 at Arizona as he struck out seven, walked none and hit two batters. The right-hander had 12 no-decisions and a loss in his previous 13 starts.

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five chances.

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