Mexican Jaime García, of the St. Louis Cardinals, and Cuban Gío González, of the Washington Nationals, ended Wednesday’s day with pitching performances in the Major Leagues.
Garcia (9-8) needed only 85 pitches and with offensive support from Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta, both homers, led the Cardinals to a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Peralta, who is hitting .345 so far in August, hit 200 career home runs.
Garcia pitched eight solid innings and 19 of his 24 outs were four strikeouts and 15 groundouts to the infield. The Aztec has allowed only two runs in the last 16 innings he has worked.
Headswept off the mound Anthony DeScalfini (6-1), his first loss of the season, while South Korean reliever Seung-Hwan Oh recorded his 10th save of the season.
Puerto Rican Yadier Molina singled in the sixth inning for the Cardinals and reached 23 consecutive games on base, the longest streak for a St. Louis team catcher since Gene Tenace did it with 35 between the 1981 and 1982 seasons .
Eugenio Suarez hit a solo shot in the fourth inning for the Reds, his first since July 25.
In Washington, the Nationals defeated the Cleveland Indians 7×4 in an Interleague game, with a good performance by Cuban Gío González.
It is true that Gío (8-9) allowed four runs and seven hits, including a two-run homer by Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor, but he knew how to masterfully come out of difficult moments to defeat starter Josh Timlin (11-5) ).
Gío was saved a lot by the homer hit by his teammate Jayson Werth, with two men on base in the second inning.
José Ramírez had three hits for the Indians and extended his hitting streak to 14 straight games.
In the afternoon, in Miami, the local Marlins fell 1×0 to the San Francisco Giants but Ichiro Suzuki hit a single in the fifth inning to set another personal record with the ‘fish’.
The 42-year-old Ichiro thus reached 3,001 career hits with a line drive that hit Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija (10-8), finally the winning pitcher.
The Japanese surpassed Puerto Rican and Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente on the all-time list and took 29th position on the hits list.
Now that Ichiro has passed Clemente (3,000) in hits, next on the list are Al Kaline (3,007) and Wade Boggs (3,010).
The Asian outfielder joined the ‘3,000 Hit Club’ with a seventh-inning triple in a game against the Rockies at Coors Field last Sunday.
For his part, two days after mistreating them with seven hits, Brandon Crawford was once again the hero on this day for the Giants with a home run that was definitive to take the victory and the three-game Californian team 2-1. .
Crawford tied an NL record with seven hits in Game 1 of the three-game series as his Giants beat the Marlins 8×7 in 14 innings on Monday.
The Giants leave this trip through the East with a record of 4-5 and a negative balance after the All-Star Game of 8-16.
The Giants entered the day tied for the NL West lead with the Dodgers.
The disaster was for the also starter David Phelps (5-6), while the Dominican closer Santiago Casillas hung the zero in the ninth and scored his save number 26 of the tournament.
In other results, Blue Jays to Rays 7×0, Phillies to Dodgers 6×2, Padres to Pirates 4×0, Brewers to Braves 4×3, Cubs to Anelinos 3×1 and Yankees to Red Sox 9×4. (AFP).