June 16, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Jason Hammel (39) reacts with catcher Matt Wieters (32) after pitching a one hit shutout against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The Orioles defeated the Braves 5-0. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-US PRESSWIRE

MLB Recaps: Baltimore Orioles top Washington Nationals


Baltimore Orioles 2, Washington Nationals 1

Jason Hammel was terrific in the Orioles win, as he was able to outduel Jordan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals in the 2-1 victory. Hammel finished with a Game Score of 80 (a very high mark) after pitching eight innings of five-hit ball. He allowed just one unearned run while striking out ten batters and walking none. Mark Reynolds hit his sixth home run of the season, while the Nats offense was lead by Ian Desmond who got on base three times.

Pirates 4, Tigers 1

A.J. Burnett was fantastic in six innings, as the former AL East starter allowed just two hits in six shutout innings with three walks allowed and four strikeouts to his name to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to victory. The Tigers couldn’t get anything off of him, while Andrew McCutchen and Rod Barajas had a combined five hits between them.

Braves 4, Red Sox 1

Atlanta Braves starter Jair Jurrjens is getting back on track, and he was lights-out through 7.2 innings with just three hits, one run, and one walk allowed against the Boston Red Sox offense. Jason Heyward and Martin Prado had three hits each, and Heyward had two doubles to lead ATL to the win.

Twins 5, Reds 4

The Minnesota Twins were able to squeeze out a win in this one, with Glenn Perkins walking a tight line to nab his second save of the season after allowing two hits- but with two strikeouts- in the final frame. Ryan Doumit doubled and homered for four hits in total to help overcome a homer and a double from Reds outfielder Chris Heisey. Scott Rolen had three hits and homered for the Reds, while Ben Revere had four hits for Minnesota.

Mets 6, Yankees 4

The New York Mets emerged victorious in this Subway Series battle, and Frank Francisco backed up his strong words by grabbing saved number 18 on the season. The Yankees actually out-hit and out-homered the Mets, but games are won by runs.

Blue Jays 12, Marlins 5

The Miami Marlins floundered against the Toronto Blue Jays in a nightmarish outing for Anibal Sanchez, who had no answer for the likes of Brett Lawrie and Jose Bautista.

Rangers 4, Rockies 1

Roy Oswalt had a solid debut for the Texas Rangers and showed why he still has it. The solid veteran did give up nine hits, but he only allowed one run and one walk with six strikeouts through 6.2 innings.

Indians 2, Astros 0

Although Lucas Harrell outpitched Ubaldo Jimenez in this duel, the Indians won the game 2-0 behind a sac fly in the first inning and an eventful RBI single in the ninth.

Brewers 1, White Sox 0

The Milwaukee Brewers did not waste an excellent outing from Zack Greinke, but they did undo another great game from Chris Sale with the win. Greinke had a Game Score of 84, while Sale had a Game Score of 80. Greinke pitched what should have been a nine-inning complete game shutout, as he allowed just three hits and one walk. Sale tossed eight innings of four-hit, shutout ball with seven strikeouts and a walk allowed. Jesse Crain gave up the winning run in the tenth off of an RBI single from Rickie Weeks to drive in Nyjer Morgan. John Axford got the save.

Cardinals 11, Royals 4

The St. Louis Cardinals absolutely dominated the Royals in a putrid outing from K.C. starter Vin Mazzaro, who is certainly prone to these types of games. Matt Carpenter and Jon Jay were back in the line-up, and they scored two runs each. Matt Holliday had three hits, Carlos Beltran drove in four runs, and David Freese also knocked three hits.

Diamondbacks 6, Cubs 1

A Jason Kubel homer gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a 2-1 lead in the fourth, and the home team didn’t look back in the 6-1 win.

Angels 8, Dodgers 5

Ernesto Fieri and the Los Angeles Angels shut the door on the Los Angeles Dodgers in this rivalry matchup, with both pitching performances being unsavory. Andre Ethier and former Angels Juan Rivera and Bobby Abreu led the way for the Dodgers in the loss.

Giants 5, Athletics 4

The San Francisco Giants took a hold of this Bay Area rivalry (so many rivalry games) in what was a narrow finish and an eventful ninth inning. The Giants tied things up 3-3 in the ninth on a Brandon Belt double with Hector Sanchez and Gregor Blanco supplying RBI singles. The first to get a lead, the second to give some breathing room that would prove to be much needed after Josh Reddick hit a solo shot for the final run in the game as the A’s came up short on their comeback attempt.

Padres 9, Mariners 5

Ichiro Suzuki and Franklin Gutierrez did all they could for the M’s, supplying seven hits together in the first two spots of the Seattle line-up. Chase Headley and Clayton Richard drove in three runs each, while the venerable Will Venable scored three times and had three hits in a game that any lead-off hitter would be proud of.

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