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Nats rough up Lincecum, again…Athletics move into first place tie

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(AP) — The Washington Nationals, who had their team record-tying 10-game winning streak halted Friday night, got back into the win column Saturday with a 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants. Jordan Zimmermann improved to 9-5 with eight strong innings. He allowed a two-run home run to Hunter Pence in the first inning, then shut down the Giants. Zimmermann and Matt Thornton combined on a nine-hitter.

The Nats hit Tim Lincecum hard. He allowed six runs, four earned, in two and two-thirds innings. He’s 10-9. In his last seven starts against Washington, Lincecum is 0-6 and has permitted 34 earned runs in 32 2-3 innings.

Asdrubal Cabrera homered for the Nats, who have the best record in the NL at 74-54.

In other Saturday baseball:

— Oakland nipped the L.A. Angels 2-1 to climb into a first place tie in the AL West. Coco Crisp scored the go-ahead run in the eighth on a wild pitch from Joe Smith.

— Jeremy Guthrie gave up a home run on his first pitch and not much else, pitching the Kansas City Royals past the Texas Rangers 6-3 for their 24th win in 30 games. Alex Gordon hit his 15th homer for the Al Central leaders.

— Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and boosted Cincinnati’s struggling offense by hitting a double and scoring the only run as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0.

— St. Louis nipped Philadelphia 6-5 in 11 innings. Matt Carpenter hit a sacrifice fly in the 12th for the go-ahead run. The victory moves the Cards within a game of NL Central-leading Milwaukee.

— Pedro Alvarez homered twice to break out of a 5-for-34 slump, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-2. The Pirates beat Wily Peralta, who fell to 15-8.

— The NL West-leading L.A. Dodgers beat the New York Mets 7-4. Adrian Gonzalez tied a season best with five RBIs, including a go-ahead, three-run homer.

— Arizona beat San Diego 5-2. Didi Gregorius hit a three-run homer in the eighth for the go-ahead runs.

— Colorado needed 13 innings to beat Miami 5-4. Corey Dickerson hit his 19th homer and drove in the winning run in the 13th with a single.

— Rookie Jose Ramirez’s ninth-inning single lifted the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 win over Houston.

— The Chicago Cubs beat AL East leader Baltimore for the second straight day, 7-2. Chris Coghlan hit a bases-loaded triple in a four-run second inning. Chicago will try Sunday for its first series sweep since winning three straight at Boston from June 30 to July 2.

— The Yankees stopped the White Sox 5-3. Starter Hiroki Kuroda went six innings allowing two runs and striking out six to get the win.

— Kennys Vargas drove in a career-high five runs, Joe Mauer had three RBIs and Yohan Pino (PEEN’-oh) won his first start in more than a month as the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 12-4 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The Tigers won the nightcap, 8-6 as Jason Verlander evened his mark at 11-11.

— Jose Reyes singled home the winning run in the 10th inning as the Blue Jays beat Tampa Bay 5-4. The Rays played the game under protest as manager Joe Maddon protested the game in the fourth inning after umpires granted Toronto a replay challenge once the next play had begun.

— Dustin Ackley’s three-run homer capped a seven-run fourth inning in Seattle’s 7-3 win over the Red Sox in Boston. The loss is Boston’s seventh straight while the Mariners have won nine of 12.

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