The Sports Xchange

EditorsNote: Update 4 -- adding Dodgers Game roundup: Oakland's Kazmir earns 11th win

SAN FRANCISCO -- Scott Kazmir capped a brilliant personal first half with one of his best efforts of the season, striking out nine and shutting out the San Francisco Giants on three hits in seven innings in the Oakland Athletics' 6-1 victory over their cross-bay rivals Thursday afternoon.

The win allowed the A's to split two games in San Francisco after they swept two in Oakland to begin the four-game sequence Monday and Tuesday.

Kazmir (11-3) improved to 5-0 with a 0.93 ERA in seven daytime starts this season. The third-time All-Star allowed one or fewer earned runs for the fourth time in his last six starts and the 11th time in 19 starts this season.

Stephen Vogt drove in three runs with two singles, and Josh Donaldson belted a two-run homer for the A's, whose 58-34 record matches the best 92-game mark in Oakland history.

Red Sox 4, White Sox 3 (10 innings)

BOSTON -- Pinch hitter Mike Carp delivered the game-winning hit in the 10th inning, leading the Red Sox to a victory over Chicago, Boston's second walk-off win in as many days.

The White Sox's Conor Gillaspie tied the game with a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning off All-Star closer Koji Uehara.

Ronald Belisario (3-6) walked Boston pinch hitter Daniel Nava to begin the 10th, and Mookie Betts moved the runner to second with a sacrifice bunt. After an intentional walk to Stephen Drew, Carp's single to left plated Nava.

Cubs 6, Reds 4 (12 innings)

CINCINNATI -- Luis Valbuena's triple drove in the go-ahead runs in the 12th inning, lifting Chicago to a victory over Cincinnati on an emotionally charged afternoon at Great American Ball Park.

Cubs second baseman Arismendy Alcantara went 4-for-5 with a double and triple, his first career hits, and three RBIs.

Benches cleared in the top of the ninth inning when Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo approached the Reds dugout between innings. Rizzo was hit by a pitch in the first by Reds starter Homer Bailey. There were three hit batters in the game but no ejections.

Phillies 9, Brewers 1

MILWAUKEE -- Behind right-hander Matt Garza, Milwaukee took a 1-0 lead to the eighth inning, but the Phillies' offense exploded for seven runs in the eighth and two in the ninth.

Jimmy Rollins put the Phillies ahead with a two-run single to left. Ryan Howard added a run-scoring, ground-rule double, and Cody Asche hit a two-run, ground-rule double. Domonic Brown's RBI single capped the big inning.

Howard added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Orioles 4, Nationals 3