ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have addressed a need for help in the outfield by acquiring left-handed hitting Oswaldo Arcia from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a player to be named or cash.
It had been more than three weeks since an Oakland Athletics starting pitcher got a win. Kendall Graveman gave the rotation a needed strong out Thursday night, limiting Los Angeles to two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Athletics held on for a 5-4 victory over the Angels. Graveman (3-6) got the first win for an A's starter since June 1 after the rotation had combined to go 0-9 in the 17-game winless stretch.
Although one notable streak came to an end, the Arizona Diamondbacks still managed to pull out a win. Nick Ahmed had a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning and the Diamondbacks recovered after blowing a late lead to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-6 on Thursday night. Down 6-3, the Rockies rallied to tie it on D.J. LeMahieu's RBI bunt single in the eighth.
It's been quite the month for Derek Norris and the Padres' offense. Norris hit a three-run homer that completed San Diego's comeback, and the NL's highest-scoring team in June rallied for a 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night in a matchup of last-place teams. The Padres are 10-3 against Cincinnati in the past three seasons, their best record against any team.
All four of Garcia's homers this year and nine of 14 in his career have either tied the game or given Atlanta the lead. Garcia hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Addison Reed in the eighth inning and the Braves beat the New York Mets for the fourth straight time in a week, 4-3 on Thursday night. Atlanta has improved the worst record in the NL by winning seven of eight.
The Boston Red Sox were in danger of capping an awful month-long stretch by being swept in four games by the similarly struggling Chicago White Sox. Then they called on Craig Kimbrel to shut things down. Pitching two full innings for the first time in more than five years, the Red Sox closer got out of a bases-loaded jam with nobody out in the 10th, and Xander Bogaerts delivered the winning single in the bottom half to give Boston an 8-7 victory over Chicago on Thursday.
A little gift gave the Detroit Tigers a four-game sweep. Pinch runner Cameron Maybin easily scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Steve Cishek with two outs in the 10th inning Thursday and the Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4. Detroit swept a four-game set from Seattle for the first time since August 1980 at Tiger Stadium.
New York Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes should miss no more than a couple of games and pitcher Noah Syndergaard is expected to make his next start. A day after both players were hurt in a win over Kansas City, the Mets said Thursday that neither injury was significant. Cespedes, who's third in the NL with 18 homers, was not in the lineup Thursday at Atlanta after having a cortisone shot in his left wrist.
A makeshift lineup was more than enough for the San Francisco Giants. Joe Panik hit a bases-loaded triple, Mac Williamson launched a 446-foot home run and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Thursday for their 12th win in 14 games.
Freddy Galvis had struggled at the plate most of June, Ryan Howard was stuck in a season-long slump and Cesar Hernandez wasn't supposed to play at all. Together, they combined to help the Philadelphia Phillies end a nine-game losing streak Thursday with a 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins. Galvis homered and drove in a career-high five runs, Hernandez tied a career high with four hits and Howard homered.