Baseball roundup

Lincecum holds Phillies at bay

Beltran hitless in debut with Giants

Desmond Jennings (right) celebrates with Rays teammate Sean Rodriguez after Jennings scored in the seventh inning. Desmond Jennings (right) celebrates with Rays teammate Sean Rodriguez after Jennings scored in the seventh inning. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Associated Press / July 29, 2011

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Tim Lincecum threw six scoreless innings, Pablo Sandoval hit a solo homer, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Phillies, 4-1, last night in Philadelphia in their first game with Carlos Beltran.

The All-Star outfielder was 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his debut with the defending World Series champions, who won two of three against the major league-leading Phillies in a rematch of the NLCS.

Lincecum (9-8) showed no negative effects from the stomach illness that forced him to push his start back two days. He allowed three hits, struck out six, and worked around four walks.

The Phillies hadn’t lost consecutive games since June 4. They went a club-record 45 straight games without dropping two straight.

Brewers 4, Cubs 2 - Ryan Braun had three hits, including a home run, to lead host Milwaukee to a series sweep of Chicago.

The Cubs rode a three-game win streak into Milwaukee but struggled mightily in this series, scoring just four runs in three games. The last time the Brewers swept the Cubs in Milwaukee was May 3-5, 2005.

Shaun Marcum (10-3) pitched six innings to win his third straight for the Brewers. LaTroy Hawkins and Francisco Rodriguez each pitched a scoreless inning and John Axford recorded his 30th save in 32 chances.

The Cubs’ Randy Wells (2-4) took the loss, giving up all four runs on eight hits.

Rays 10, Athletics 8 - Desmond Jennings hit his first career home run and later added a two-run double in a seven-run seventh inning and Tampa Bay rallied from five runs down to stun host Oakland.

B.J. Upton and Evan Longoria also homered, helping make a winner out of righthander Wade Davis (8-7), who struggled early before settling down to retire 17 straight batters.

Conor Jackson had a two-run home run in the first inning when the A’s hit for the cycle with four straight batters, but Oakland’s bullpen imploded and wasted a solid outing by starter Rich Harden.

Rangers 4, Twins 1 - Matt Harrison worked into the eighth inning to cap his unbeaten July for host Texas and won a pitcher’s duel against Minnesota’s Scott Baker.

Harrison (9-7) allowed one run over 7 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and a walk.

Baker (8-6) struck out four with no walks while allowing two runs over seven innings

Mets 10, Reds 9 - Lucas Duda and Jason Bay each drove in three runs with bases-loaded doubles and visiting New York completed its first four-game sweep of reeling Cincinnati.

David Wright went 3 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to seven games (15 for 33, .455) since coming off the disabled list July 22.

Marlins 5, Nationals 2 - Mike Stanton homered for the second consecutive game and five relievers held host Washington to one run over 5 1/3 innings as Florida finished a three-game sweep. Stanton hit his 24th homer of the season and fourth in his last six games.

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 3 - Jesus Guzman had two RBIs and rookie Luis Martinez drove in the go-ahead run as host San Diego avoided a three-game sweep.

Blue Jays 8, Orioles 5 - Edwin Encarnacion and Eric Thames hit back-to-back home runs, Carlos Villanueva won for the first time in five starts, and host Toronto held off Baltimore.

Angels 12, Tigers 7- Mark Trumbo homered and drove in a career-high five runs to lift visiting Los Angeles over Detroit.

Pirates 5, Braves 2 - Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including a double in the fifth inning that gave Pittsburgh the lead and a two-run homer in the ninth that ensured a four-game split with host Atlanta.

Astros 5, Cardinals 3 - Wandy Rodriguez pitched seven innings and retired the last 13 batters he faced and Jason Bourgeois hit a tiebreaking double in the fifth inning to lead Houston in St. Louis.

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