MLB: Nationals surpass Pirates

August 19, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

NEW YORK: Pinch-hitter Scott Hairston had an RBI sacrifice fly in the last of the 11th against reliever Brandon Cumpton as the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates to sweep the three-game series.

The hit scored right fielder Jayson Werth, who led off the 11th with a double off the wall in left and went to third on a ground-out.

It was the second walk-off win in as many days for the first-placed Nationals (69-53) who won their sixth in a row while the Pirates (64-60) lost for the fifth straight game.

The winning pitcher was Ross Detwiler (2-2), who threw a scoreless 10th and 11th innings.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy homered and drove in five runs, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a sweep of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a victory.

Carlos Gomez hit his 20th home run as the Brewers (70-55) handed the Dodgers their first three-game sweep of the season.

The Brewers also unseated the Dodgers (70-56) for the National League’s best record.

A seven-run second inning powered the Kansas City Royals to a win over the Minnesota Twins in a rain-delayed affair. After a 30-minute delay to start the game, much of the contest was played in a light rain. The Royals clobbered Twins starter Tommy Milone, who was chased in the second inning, and increased their American League Central lead to 1 ½ games.

Adam Rosales drove in the winning run in the ninth inning with a walk-off RBI single that scored third baseman Adrian Beltre in the Texas Rangers’ comeback victory over the LA Angels.

Earlier in the ninth inning, first baseman Mike Carp had singled in the tying run for Texas (48-76), which halted a four-game losing streak.

Right-hander Huston Street lost the 2-1 lead in the ninth to suffer the defeat for Los Angeles (72-50), giving up his first run in 13 appearances since being acquired in a trade last month.

Pitcher Tim Lincecum was backed by four innings of overpowering shutout relief pitching, and Giants completed a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

After the Phillies put 11 runners on base against Lincecum (10-8) in the first five innings, left-hander Javier Lopez and righties Jean Machi, Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla combined to strike out nine while permitting only two singles and no walks over the final four innings.

Jumping out to a 5-0 lead before they made the second inning’s first out, the Cardinals maintained their grip on the National League’s top wild card spot with a win over the Padres.

Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright tied Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto for the league lead in wins.