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Tigers Blank Mets, Cubs Hold Off Padres, White Sox Trip Rangers In Ninth, Whitecaps Top the Captains

Detroit pitcher Max Scherzer
Detroit pitcher Max Scherzer

UNDATED (WHTC) --Max Scherzer outdueled his All-Star counterpart Matt Harvey as the Tigers shut out the Mets 3-0 at Citi Field.  Scherzer and Harvey were the starters for the Midsummer Classic in New York this season.  Scherzer struck out 11 over six innings of three-hit ball for his 19th win of the year, becomeing the third pitcher in MLB history to go 19-1.  He also knocked in a run for Detroit, which has won three-of-four.  Andy Dirks was 3-for-3 with a run scored in the win.  Joaquin Benoitpicked up his 17th save.  The Tigers have another go against the Mets this afternoon.  Game coverage begins at 12:40 P.M. on 1450 WHTC.


       Jeff Samardzija held the Padres to two runs on seven hits and struck out seven leading the Cubs to a 3-2 win over the Padres at Petco Park.   Samardzija improved to 8-and-4 and Kevin Gregg earned his 26th save.  Darwin Barney hit a home run as part of his three hits and drove in two runs.  Anthony Rizzo drove in the other Cubs' run.  Chicago ended a four-game losing streak.  The Cubs take on the Padres again this afternoon.


Josh Phegley's two-out single drove in the winning run for the White Sox in their 3-2 victory over the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field.  Adam Dunn hit his 29th home run and drove in two as Chicago rallied from a 2-0 deficit against Rangers ace Yu Darvish.  Nate Jones earned the win in relief to improve to 4-and-4.  The two teams meet again this afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field.


           The West Michigan Whitecaps put on a show on Saturday night, kicking off their final home stand of the regular season in style for a season-high sellout crowd at Fifth Third Ballpark.  The offense was boosted by home runs from Jeff Holm and Lance Durham, the pitching staff did not allow a runner to reach scoring position after the third inning, and the defense played errorless baseball in a resounding 6-2 win over the Lake County Captains.  West Michigan and Lake County are now in a virtual tie in the second-half standings, though both teams sit six games out of the Eastern Division wild card spot with fading hopes for the post-season.  Both teams try to keep their playoff hopes alive this afternoon.


       Matt Kenseth ran to his series-high fifth victory of the Sprint Cup season with a win at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night and clinched a spot in the Chase in the process.  Kenseth held off Kasey Kahne during the final 12 laps and joined Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer as those who have clinched a spot.  Juan Pablo Montoya finished third, followed by Brian Vickers and Joey Logano.  Johnson's points lead over Bowyer is down to 18 points with just two races left before the Chase begins, starting with next week's event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Story by:  Diane E Coston