Quintana confounds O’s, Ks 12 in debut for Cubs
BALTIMORE — Jose Quintana dazzled in his debut for the Chicago Cubs, striking out a seasonhigh 12 in seven sharp innings to beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-0 Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Acquired by the World Series champions during the All-Star break from the Chicago White Sox for a playoff push, Quintana gave the Cubs exactly the kind of boost they hoped to get. The lefty ace allowed three hits, walked none and joined Matt Garza as the only pitchers in Cubs history to fan 12 in their debut.
NATIONALS 14, REDS 4: Daniel Murphy hit two of visiting Washington’s five home runs and had five RBI to lead the Nationals past Cincinnati.
Earlier in the day, looking to fortify a bullpen that has blown more than a third of its save chances, Washington acquired relievers Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle from the Oakland Athletics for righthander Blake Treinen and a pair of prospects.
Lefthander Jesus Luzardo and infielder Sheldon Neuse were sent to Oakland as part of the deal.
PHILLIES 5, BREWERS 2: Rookie Nick Williams hit his first career grand slam before visiting Philadelphia’s bullpen escaped two late-game jams for a win over Milwaukee.
ROYALS 4, RANGERS 3: Texas right fielder Shin-Soo Choo lost Lorenzo Cain’s routine fly in the sun, and the ball glanced off his glove for an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted host Kansas City over Texas.
PIRATES 4, CARDINALS 3: Adam Frazier’s game-ending single capped a two-run rally in the ninth inning that lifted host Pittsburgh over St. Louis.
ASTROS 5, TWINS 3: Mike Fiers struck out a season-high 11 over seven strong innings and Nori Aoki had two hits and two RBI to help Houston beat visiting Minnesota.
BRAVES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer and Brandon Phillips doubled three times, leading host Atlanta over reeling Arizona for a three-game sweep.
DODGERS 3, MARLINS 2: Justin Turner homered and singled to increase his batting average to .374, and visiting Los Angeles extended its winning streak to nine games by beating Miami.
MARINERS 7, WHITE SOX 6 (10): Nelson Cruz homered on a 3-0 pitch to lead off the 10th inning and visiting Seattle beat Chicago for a three-game sweep.
ANGELS 4, RAYS 3: Pinch hitter C.J. Cron connected for a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Angels escaped a jam in the ninth to hold off Tampa Bay in Anaheim.
PADRES 7, GIANTS 1: Hector Sanchez and Corey Spangenberg each hit a three-run home run off Jeff Samardzija and host San Diego took two of three from San Francisco.
ATHLETICS 7, INDIANS 3: Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer got just two outs in a four-run first inning and matched the shortest start of his big league career as host Oakland beat the Indians to complete a surprising sweep of the AL Central leader.
Jose Quintana looks strong in first appearance for Cubs, hurling seven shutout innings against Baltimore Sunday.