Rookie Brian Matusz won his third consecutive start, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Josh Beckett and the fading Boston Red Sox 5-2 on Tuesday night to cap a memorable first month under Manager Buck Showalter.
Luke Scott hit his career-high 26th homer, had two RBIs and scored twice to help the Orioles extend their winning streak to four. Baltimore went 17-11 in August, 17-10 with Showalter in the dugout.
The Orioles last had a winning August in 1997 - the most recent season in which they finished above .500.
Matusz (7-12) allowed two runs, six hits and a walk in six-plus innings. The left-hander struck out six, including David Ortiz three times.
Koji Uehara, the third Baltimore reliever, retired all five batters he faced to earn his fifth save.
Jed Lowrie homered for the Red Sox, who have dropped three straight. Beckett (4-4) gave up three runs, two earned, and seven hits in seven innings.
Around the AL
Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer and Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher also went deep for the Yankees, who beat up on Oakland again in a 9-3 win. The victory moved the Yankees back into sole possession of first place. ... With Manny Ramirez standing in the on-deck circle ready to pinch-hit, A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer off Frank Herrmann in the ninth inning to lift the White Sox to a 4-3 win over the Indians. ... Delmon Young had two hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh, to lift the Twins to a 4-3 win over the Tigers. ... Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur said he was traded to the Rangers. The AL West-leading Rangers have been looking for a right-handed hitter to come off the bench for the final month of the season.
Around the NL
Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman was too fast to hit in his big-league debut, throwing 102 mph during one perfect inning, and the Reds beat the Brewers 8-4, wrapping up the best August by any team in the majors. Joey Votto drove in three runs with a pair of doubles off Yovani Gallardo (11-7), hearing "MVP!" chants each time he reached. ... Wandy Rodriguez pitched seven innings and three relievers completed the three-hit shutout as the Astros again beat the slumping Cardinals, 3-0. Hunter Pence drove in two runs in Houston's three-run fourth inning. ... Garrett Jones, Koyie Hill, and Neil Walker each homered as the Pirates routed the Cubs 14-7. ... Chad Tracy singled home Hanley Ramirez with the winning run as the Marlins beat the Nationals 1-0 in 10 innings. ... David Ross hit his first career grand slam to cap a seven-run inning made possible by Luis Castillo's error, and the Braves routed the Mets 9-2. Ramirez singled with one out off reliever Drew Storen, then stole second. After Gaby Sanchez drew a walk, Tracy singled to left. ... Nationals rookie ace Stephen Strasburg will have Tommy John surgery on Friday to rebuild his injured right elbow, and is expected to be sidelined for 12 to 18 months.
The Associated Press