MLB Wrap: Braves erupt in 14th, top Fish

MLB Wrap: Braves erupt in 14th, top Fish
July 8, 2013, 11:45 pm
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MIAMI -- Justin Upton broke a tie by driving in two runs when he doubled in a six-run 14th inning for the Atlanta Braves' first hit since the sixth, and they beat the Miami Marlins 7-1 Monday night.

Five Miami relievers combined to retire 24 consecutive Atlanta batters before Reed Johnson walked to start the 14th against Chris Hatcher (0-1). Jason Heyward walked with one out, and Upton's double scored both runners.

Gerald Laird hit a two-out, two-run single. Chris Johnson hit an RBI single with the bases loaded, and another run scored when the ball skipped past left fielder Justin Ruggiano for an error.

Seven relievers for the two teams combined to retire 30 straight batters from the eighth to the 13th. David Carpenter (2-0) pitched two innings and escaped a jam in the 13th (see full recap).

Scherzer earns no-decision in Tigers' win
CLEVELAND -- Max Scherzer remained unbeaten and Victor Martinez hit a two-run double in the 10th inning as the Detroit Tigers extended their lead in the AL Central with a 4-2 win over the second-place Cleveland Indians on Monday night.

Martinez doubled off Matt Albers (2-1) as the Tigers won three of four in the series and moved 3 1/2 games ahead in the division.

Drew Smyly (4-0) worked out of a jam in the ninth for the win, and Joaquin Benoit pitched the 10th for his seventh save, striking out Mike Aviles with runners at first and third to end the game.

Scherzer, attempting to become the first pitcher since Roger Clemens in 1986 to open a season 14-0, finished with a no-decision. He allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. The presumed AL starter in next week's All-Star game will take his perfect record into a start on Saturday against Texas (see full recap).

Three-run seventh lifts surging Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon feels his team reached an important regular-season milestone.

Yunel Escobar and Ben Zobrist homered during a three-run seventh inning and the surging Rays improved to a season-high 10 games over .500 by beating the Minnesota Twins 7-4 on Monday night.

"The thing I like is that we're 10 games over," Maddon said. "You've got to go to 10, then you've got to go to 15, etc., etc. The major takeaway from tonight is the fact that we're 10 games over. We're playing, probably, our best baseball right now," (see full recap).

Guthrie, Royals cruise past Yankees
NEW YORK -- Jeremy Guthrie neatly handled a nemesis and a long rain delay to pitch into the seventh inning, Billy Butler homered and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees 5-1 Monday night.

All-Star Alex Gordon, David Lough and Johnny Giavotella each had RBI doubles, and Alcides Escobar added a run-scoring triple to help the Royals end a five-game skid against New York.

Guthrie (8-6) held a Yankees starting lineup that had only four players that were with the team on opening day to just three hits over six innings that included a 59-minute delay for a sun shower-hailstorm in the fourth (see full recap).

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