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Haren’s shutout helps LA close in on Rangers

Associated Press / September 11, 2011

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Dan Haren pitched a four-hitter for his fifth career shutout and retired 18 straight batters as the Los Angeles Angels climbed within 1 1/2 games of the AL West lead with a 6-0 victory over CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees last night in Anaheim, Calif.

Haren (15-8) went the distance for the 15th time in 253 career starts, striking out seven and walking none for the 13th time this season. He threw 113 pitches.

The three-time All-Star righthander held the AL East leaders to a pair of eighth-inning singles after giving up a ground-rule double to Derek Jeter on his second pitch of the game and a single by rookie Jesus Montero leading off the second.

Jeff Mathis and Torii Hunter homered for the Angels, who have won six of seven and are as close to first place as they’ve been since Aug. 10. They were a season-worst seven games out Aug. 17.

Tigers 3, Twins 2 - Brandon Inge hit his second walkoff home run of the season, extending host Detroit’s winning streak to eight games.

With two out in the bottom of the ninth, Inge hit a 2-and-1 pitch into the left-field stands off Glen Perkins (4-4).

Athletics 8, Rangers 7 - Pinch hitter Scott Sizemore’s grand slam in the sixth inning helped visiting Oakland end a nine-game skid against Texas.

Sizemore was sent in by manager Bob Melvin to hit for Eric Sogard, and he ripped Yoshinori Tateyama’s 1-0 pitch into the left-field seats for his first career grand slam.

Diamondbacks 6, Padres 5 - Chris Young and Lyle Overbay homered off Heath Bell in the ninth to send the game into extra innings, then Joe Thatcher walked in the winning run in the 10th to help Arizona stretch its franchise-record, home-winning streak to 15 games - the longest in the majors this season.

It was the 42d come-from-behind victory for the Diamondbacks.

White Sox 7, Indians 3 - Alex Rios hit Chicago’s first game-ending homer of the season, a grand slam in the 10th inning off Cleveland’s Chris Perez.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4 - Pinch hitter J.P. Arencibia hit an RBI single off closer Kevin Gregg as Toronto rallied to end Baltimore’s winning streak at three games. Jose Bautista hit his major league-leading 41st home run, a two-run blast in the first.

Rockies 12, Reds 7 - At Denver, Jordan Pacheco broke a fifth-inning tie with his first career homer and added a two-run single in the eighth for Colorado.

Cardinals 4, Braves 3 - Lance Berkman had a single, RBI double, and walk - reaching base seven straight times over two games - and host St. Louis inched closer in the NL wild card race. The Cardinals have taken the first two games of a three-game series to reduce Atlanta’s wild card lead to 5 1/2 games.

Marlins 3, Pirates 0 - Anibal Sanchez (8-7) pitched a one-hitter and tied his career high with 11 strikeouts to win for just the second time in his last 16 starts as Florida prevailed in Pittsburgh.

Astros 9, Nationals 3 - Wandy Rodriguez won his 11th game and Carlos Corporan drove in three runs to power Houston at Washington.

Cubs 5, Mets 4 - Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run single with two outs in the top of the ninth, rallying Chicago after the Cubs blew a three-run lead in the eighth.

Dodgers 3, Giants 0 - Dana Eveland combined with two relievers to throw a five-hitter, and Los Angeles knocked host San Francisco 9 1/2 games behind Arizona in the NL West.

Royals 4, Mariners 2 - Jeff Francoeur and Eric Hosmer homered and Filipe Paulino allowed two runs over seven innings to power visiting Kansas City.

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