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MLB scores: Verlander back on track, Samardzija throw hardzija, Angels stop streaking

Jared Wickerham

Monday’s scores

Orioles 6, Nationals 2 - Jason Hammel dominated a Bryce Harper-less Nats lineup, continuing his string of strong outings against the DC club. He's now 6-0 in eight starts for his career.

Tigers 6, Pirates 5 - While the final score obscures Justin Verlander's return to dominance Monday. The right-hander fanned 13 in seven strong frames, putting his three-outing speed bump officially on the back-burner.

Reds 4, Indians 2 - The Tribe called up Nick Hagadone on Monday just in time for him to give up the game-winning homer to Joey Votto. Talk about good timing.

Astros 3, Rockies 2 (F. 12) - Just your average Jhoulys Chacin/Bud Norris pitching duel that continues into #weirdbaseball territory. Brandon Barnes ended it in the 12th when he got tired of spending his time on the bench.

Twins 6, Brewers 3 - The Brewers finished April by winning 12 of 15. They've won just five games since then. They were victimized by poor pitching again on Monday, this time in the form of Wily Peralta.

Cardinals 6, Royals 3 - Ned Yost can't have much time left in KC. The Royals have now lost 10 of 11 and probably couldn't hit a home run in Williamsport the way they're playing right now.

Rays 10, Marlins 6 - Rookie starters Jake Odorizzi and Jose Fernandez both didn't last long. Kelly Johnson hit two three-run jimmy jacks to ensure the win for Tampa Bay.

D'Backs 5, Rangers 3 (Gm. 1) - Tyler Skaggs was stellar for AZ, following in the footsteps of trade partner Patrick Corbin by fanning nine in six scoreless. Heath Bell recorded the "save" by allowing three to score in the ninth.

D'Backs 5, Rangers 4 (Gm. 2) - Yu Darvish was electric -- racking up 14 Ks -- but ran out of gas late. Cliff Pennington delivered the walk-off. If the Rangers lose Tuesday they'll suffer their first series sweep of the year.

A's 4, Giants 1 - It seems that all of San Francisco's starters have struggled with command and/or effectiveness this season. Madison Bumgarner developed a case of Marmol-itis on Monday, walking five and hitting a batter.

Mariners 9, Padres 0 - A four-hit shutout from former Friars right-hander Aaron Harang. What else would you expect from a guy with an 8.58 ERA through his first six starts?

Blue Jays 9, Braves 3 - Tim Hudson's sinker didn't do much sinking on Monday. Colby Rasmus and J.P. Arencibia both went deep off Atlanta's starter, paving the way for Mark Buehrle's second win.

Cubs 7, White Sox 0 - A two-hit shutout for Jeff Samardzija, the first goose egg of his career. Pretty sure his pitching powers are tied to his flowing locks. How else can you explain that terrible hair?

Mets 2, Yankees 1 - Good Phil Hughes appeared for the Yankees on Monday, but the good offense stayed at home. The Mets rallied past their cross-borough rivals in the eighth with an RBI single from Daniel Murphy.

Red Sox 9, Phillies 3 - Alfredo Aceves and Aaron Harang must have eaten the same breakfast. Boston's unlikely starter pitched well, allowing just one run in six innings. Tyler Cloyd wishes he had that breakfast.

Dodgers 8, Angels 7 - Opting to distance themselves from the Brewers, the Halos stopped their winning streak at eight. Up 6-1 at one point, the Angels slowly let the Dodgers back into the game. Adrian Gonzalez was 4-for-4.