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Mariners' Roenis Elias solid on Thursday but takes loss vs. Sox
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:12 pm ET) Making a spot start for the Mariners, left-hander Roenis Elias pitched fairly well against the White Sox on Thursday. Elias allowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter, but the Mariners lost the game 4-2.

Elias (4-7, 4.20 ERA) surrendered an unearned run in the first inning, but then he gave up two runs in the third and another in the fifth. All-in-all, it was a strong showing for Elias. But the Mariners did not give him much run support to work with, as they were held off the scoreboard through the first six innings.

This was Elias' first big-league outing since the beginning of July, as he had been toiling in the minor leagues for the last six weeks or so. 


White Sox RP David Roberts makes quick work of Mariners for save
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:05 pm ET) White Sox closer David Robertson retired the side in order, working a scoreless ninth inning to protect the 4-2 win over the Mariners on Thursday. Robertson needed just 10 pitches, en route to his 27th save of the season.

Robertson has now converted four consecutive save chances.


In rematch, White Sox SP Carlos Rodon beats Mariners
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(11:01 pm ET) White Sox starter Carlos Rodon tossed another fine outing against the Mariners on Thursday. Rodon allowed two runs on three hits over six-plus innings. He walked three and struck out five, earning the victory in the 4-2 win.

Rodon (6-5, 4.15 ERA) blanked the Mariners over his first six innings. Rodon started the seventh inning, but he walked the first batter he faced and then gave up a two-run home run to Franklin Gutierrez for the only damage against him.

On Saturday, Rodon took a no-decision against these same Mariners. But Thursday he was able to pick up the victory. In five August starts, Rodon went 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA.


Nationals' Jonathan Papelbon survives shaky outing for 21st save
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:45 pm ET) Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon allowed a run to score in the ninth inning, but was able to bounce back and close out the 4-2 victory over the Padres on Thursday. Papelbon picked up his 21st save of the season, and his fourth as a member of the Nationals.

Papelbon has now given up three runs in eight outings since coming to Washington in a trade at the end of July. Overall this season, he is a perfect 21-for-21 in save opportunities and owns an impressive 1.85 ERA.


Padres SP Andrew Cashner effective, but takes loss Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:42 pm ET) Padres starter Andrew Cashner pitched well against the Nationals on Thursday, but the Padres were unable to offer much in the way of offensive support. Cashner allowed three runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out six, but the Padres dropped the game 4-2.

Cashner (5-13, 4.05 ERA) kept the Nationals scoreless over the first four innings, and the Padres gave him an early 1-0 lead. But he got into trouble in the fifth inninng, when he hit a batter with the bases load, and then gave up an RBI single. Cashner then gave up a solo home run to Jayson Werth in the sixth.

All-in-all, it wasn't a bad outing for Cashner. In five August starts, Cashner went 1-3 with a 3.72 ERA.


Nationals SP Joe Ross dazzles in victory on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:36 pm ET) Nationals rookie starter Joe Ross enjoyed an excellent outing against the Padres on Thursday. The young right-hander allowed one unearned run on just one hit over six solid innings. He walked two and struck out seven, en route to the 4-2 victory.

Ross (5-5, 3.24 ERA) posted the finest start of his young career, as this was the first time he did not allow an earned run in any of his 11 outings. 

Ross made six starts in August and did not fare all that well. He went 3-2 with a 5.03 ERA in August.


Nationals CF Denard Span (hip) going back to DL on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:30 pm ET) Two days after being activated from the disabled list, Nationals center fielder Denard Span is heading back to the DL on Thursday. The Nationals placed the oft-injured Span on the 15-day DL with left hip inflammation. 

Span missed about six weeks with back tightness, and this latest ailment appears to be related to that injury. It is not yet clear if Span will need more than the minimum 15 days before returning.

The Nationals will announce a corresponding roster move on Friday.


Rays RP Brad Boxberger K's the side for 31st save Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:25 pm ET) Rays reliever Brad Boxberger needed 14 pitches to strike out the side, preserving the 5-4 win over the Twins on Thursday. Boxberger picked up his 31st save of the season with the impressive showing.

This was a solid outing for Boxberger, who had allowed a run in each of his previous three appearances.


Rays' Drew Smyly knocked around but gets no-decision Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:21 pm ET) Twins starter Drew Smyly was bailed out by his offense on Thursday, though he did not factor in the final decision. Smyly went 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Smyly was given a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but he allowed the Twins to creep back into it. He allowed a run in each of the second and third innings to tie the game. Then he gave up two runs in the fourth, including a solo home run to Eduardo Escobar. Smyly left the game trailing 4-2.

But the Rays were able to rally back and get Smyly off the hook, as they went on to win 5-4.

In three starts since returning from the disabled list, Smyly is 1-1 with a 5.14 ERA.


Twins' Tommy Milone unable to hang on to lead in loss Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(10:14 pm ET) Twins starter Tommy Milone was roughed up a bit in his outing against the Rays on Thursday. The left-hander allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, as the Twins lost by a score of 5-4. 

Milone (6-4, 3.86 ERA) got off to a bad start, as he allowed the Rays to score twice in the first inning, including a solo home run by Logan Forsythe.

The Twins rallied to take a 4-2 lead over the next few innings. But Milone gave up another run in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Milone last pitched on Sunday, working the 12th inning and picking up his first-career save in a 4-3 win over the Orioles. In three starts since returning from the disabled list, Milone is 1-1 with a 4.93 ERA


 
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