MLB: Milwaukee Brewers beat Tampa Bay Rays to extend NL Central lead
Last Updated: 31/07/14 9:22am
The Milwaukee Brewers took advantage of the trade deadline speculation swirling around Tampa Bay ace David Price to beat the Rays 5-0 on Wednesday night and extend their lead at the top of the NL Central.
Price took the mound despite continuing speculation he would be dealt before Thursday's deadline, but the Brewers got to him early while their own starter, Yovani Gallardo, ripped through the Tampa Bay line-up, retiring 19 out of 20 at one point to cool the red-hot Rays.
The win puts Milwaukee two games clear of the Pittsburgh Pirates, beaten 7-5 by the San Francisco Giants, and 2.5 clear of the St Louis Cardinals, who made a big move in the trade market by dealing for Cleveland ace Justin Masterson but then went out and suffered a 12-1 mauling at the hands of the San Diego Padres.
Wednesday’s MLB results:
Orioles 4 Angels 3
Red Sox 1 Blue Jays 6
Cubs 4 Rockies 6 (10)
Reds 4 Diamondbacks 5
Indians 2 Mariners 0
Tigers 7 White Sox 2
Astros 8 Athletics 1
Royals 3 Twins 2
Dodgers 3 Braves 2 (10)
Marlins 3 Nationals 4
Mets 11 Phillies 2
Padres 12 Cardinals 1
Giants 7 Pirates 5
Rays 0 Brewers 5
Rangers 3 Yankees 2
With the Giants winning, the Los Angeles Dodgers needed extras and a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves to preserve their three-game lead in the NL West, triumphing after a wild pitch from David Hale allowed Justin Turner to reach scoring position, before Matt Kemp's single brought him home in the 10th.
Atlanta's loss gave the Washington Nationals a 1.5 game edge in the NL East after they enjoyed a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins, a game that turned in the eighth inning when Washington scored three after Denard Span's bunt single stood up on review.
A night after they lost in 16 innings, the Colorado Rockies prevailed in 10, beating the Chicago Cubs 6-4, while the New York Mets routed the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2 and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4.
The picture at the top of all three American League divisions remains largely unchanged after Wednesday's play.
Adam Jones' 21st home run of the season helped the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels, but the Toronto Blue Jays, 2.5 games back in the AL East, kept pace by beating the Boston Red Sox 6-1, completing a sweep.
The Angels remain 2.5 games back on the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics after they too suffered defeat, losing 8-1 to the Houston Astros, who lit up Jason Hammel for six runs in a wild first inning.
In the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers beat the Chicago White Sox 7-2 to stay five games clear of the Kansas City Royals, who beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2.
Corey Kluber needed just 85 pitches to throw a complete-game shutout as the Cleveland Indians beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0, while the Texas Rangers edged the New York Yankees 3-2 in Arlington.