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Iwakuma shuts down Braves

AP

Lloyd McClendon’s unusual lineup left the Seattle manager answering questions about his team’s scoring potential.

As it turned out, Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners’ stingy bullpen didn’t need much offense.

Iwakuma combined with two relievers on a six-hit shutout and the streaking Mariners beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Wednesday.

Cole Gillespie and Kyle Seager hit run-scoring singles. Seattle has won five straight, matching its longest winning streak of the season.

Willie Bloomquist had a single and a walk as he started at first base for the first time in four years and hit leadoff for only the second time this year.

Iwakuma overcame an early start — 9:10 a.m. in Seattle — and Atlanta’s heat to dominate the Braves. The first-pitch temperature was 29 C.

Iwakuma (4-2) gave up only six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. The right-hander was sharp, throwing 71 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

“I knew I needed to focus more than regular games because of the heat,” Iwakuma said through a translator. “I was just trying to focus and get quick outs to go deeper in the game and that’s what I was able to do.”

Mike Minor (2-4) allowed only one run in seven innings, but Atlanta fell to 0-6 in interleague games.

Cardinals 5, Royals 2 (11)

In Kansas City, Matt Carpenter had a career-high five hits, including the go-ahead double in the 11th, and St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak.

Twins 6, Brewers 4

In Minneapolis, Oswaldo Arcia drove in four runs, including the go-ahead run in the seventh inning to spark the Twins.

Marlins 5, Rays 4

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Donovan Solano hit a three-run homer off David Price to help Miami extend Tampa Bay’s longest losing streak in nearly five years to nine games.

White Sox 2, Dodgers 1

In Los Angeles, John Danks and three relievers combined on a two-hitter and Leury Garcia hit his first major league home run.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Blue Jays 8, Tigers 2

In Detroit, Adam Lind doubled twice to drive in three runs and Melky Cabrera added a homer and three hits, lifting Toronto past the Tigers.

Angels 4, Astros 0

In Houston, Garrett Richards stuck out nine to match his career best over eight excellent innings.

Athletics 7, Yankees 4

In New York, Yoenis Cespedes homered twice, Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking shot in the seventh and Oakland overcame a four-run deficit to beat skidding New York for its fifth straight victory.

Ichiro Suzuki was 1-for-3 with a run for the Yankees.

Orioles 6, Rangers 5

In Arlington, Texas, Nick Markakis hit a home run and a go-ahead single, and Chris Davis homered for Baltimore against his former team.

Indians 7, Red Sox 4 (12)

In Cleveland, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer with one out in the 12th to give the Indians a win over Boston.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Giants 3, Reds 2

In Cincinnati, Michael Morse and Juan Perez homered with two outs in the sixth inning and San Francisco ended the Reds’ season-high four-game winning streak.

The Giants won for the 10th time in 13 games, improving the best record in the majors to 38-21.

Padres 3, Pirates 2

In San Diego, the Padres had only one hit — Everth Cabrera’s bunt single in the first inning — and still beat Pittsburgh thanks to Francisco Liriano’s wildness.

Liriano (1-6) walked six and struck out seven in five innings.

Cubs 5, Mets 4

In Chicago, Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and the Cubs outlasted New York in a mistake-filled game that featured a combined 13 pitchers.

Mets starter Daisuke Matsuzaka worked 4⅓ innings and allowed four runs on four hits, walked five and struck out two in a no-decision.

Nationals 8, Philles 4

In Washington, Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 in seven innings and the Nationals kept Philadelphia’s bats quiet in a rain-interrupted contest.

Diamondbacks 16, Rockies 8

In Denver, Miguel Montero drove in a career-high six runs and Paul Goldschmidt hit a go-ahead, three-run double in the eighth against Colorado.