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 the Washington Nationals roughed up the Chicago Cubs without recently traded Jeff Samardzija for a 13-0 victory Saturday.
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.
Washington posted a season high in runs and hits (19), including eight doubles but no home runs.
Gonzalez (6-4) allowed four hits, while striking out seven and walking one. He’s now thrown 29 consecutive scoreless innings against Chicago and 22 overall.
BREWERS 1, REDS 0
CINCINNATI — Matt Garza threw a two-hitter for his fourth career shutout, and the Brewers ended their four-game losing streak by beating the Reds.
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.
Garza (6-5) has been one of the Brewers’ best starters lately, going 4-1 in his last seven games. He retired the first 12 batters in order before Brandon Phillips led off the fifth with a single for Cincinnati’s first hit.
He allowed two walks and fanned nine while going the distance for the first time this season.
Right fielder Ryan Braun struck out swinging in the first inning, and then left the game in the second with spasms in his lower back.
RAYS 7, TIGERS 2
DETROIT — Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer came within two outs of a complete game, holding the Tigers 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.
Anibal Sanchez (5-3) took a no-hitter into the fifth, but things unraveled quickly for the Detroit right-hander. He allowed seven runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings, with four walks and a strikeout.
Logan Forsythe homered for Tampa Bay.
MARLINS 6, CARDINALS 5
ST. LOUIS — Pinch-hitter Jeff Baker’s RBI hit with two outs in the ninth inning helped Miami rally to beat the Cardinals.
Casey McGehee fouled off five full-count pitches from Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal (0-4) before getting the tying hit.
Christian Yelich’s three-run homer off Seth Maness in the sixth began Miami’s comeback from a four-run deficit that snapped the Cardinals’ three-game winning streak.
Mike Dunn (6-4) worked a scoreless eighth and Steve Cishek finished for his 19th save in 21 chances.
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 the Rockies snapped a five-game skid by holding off the Dodgers.
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.
The Dodgers turned this into a game with a five-run seventh, but Adam Ottavino put the brakes on the rally.
Dan Haren (8-5) gave up a season-high eight runs in 5 1-3 innings.
PIRATES 3, PHILLIES 2
PITTSBURGH — Edinson Volquez allowed one run in seven sharp innings and Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer in the first to lead the Pirates to a victory over the Phillies.
Volquez (7-6) had an RBI groundout with the bases loaded in the second inning.
David Buchanan (4-5) found his stride after the second and kept the Pirates at bay until he was lifted in the sixth. Philadelphia’s starter was charged with three runs and six hits and a walk.
Marlon Byrd stranded five men on base in his first two at-bats but homered in the ninth.
Cody Asche homered in the fourth for Philadelphia.
BRAVES 10, DIAMONDBACKS 4
ATLANTA — Andrelton Simmons drove in four runs, Aaron Harang won his third straight start and the Braves beat the Diamondbacks for their 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.
Arizona, which has dropped eight of 12, lost its 53rd game, most in the majors.
Atlanta took a 7-3 lead with a five-run fourth off Mike Bolsinger (1-5).
MARINERS 3, WHITE SOX 2 (14)
CHICAGO — Brad Miller hit an RBI double in the 14th inning, and the Mariners beat the White Sox for their 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.
Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win and Fernando Rodney got three outs for his 25th save in 27 chances.
Logan Morrison and Michael Saunders had three hits apiece for Seattle, which has won 11 of 14 overall. Felix Hernandez pitched eight sharp innings for the Mariners.
TWINS 2, YANKEES 1 (11)
MINNEAPOLIS — Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli made a throwing error in the 11th inning that allowed Josh Willingham to score from second base, giving the Twins 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.
The victory snapped a seven-game home skid against the Yankees and was just Minnesota’s fourth win against New York in 17 games at Target Field.
Brian Duensing (2-2) pitched around a Carlos Beltran single in the 11th.
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 the Red Sox a victory over the 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.
Reliever T.J. McFarland (1-2) was the loser.
Koji Uehara (4-2) worked a perfect ninth and Stephen Drew hit his first home run since the World Series for Boston.
The Orioles’ two runs came on third baseman Xander Bogaert’s two-out error in the third inning.
Lester allowed two unearned runs and five hits in eight innings, striking out seven with no walks.