Around baseball: Nationals take two straight from Tigers

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Nationals 5, Tigers 4: Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano combined for shutout relief after Dan Haren nearly squandered a four-run lead, and host Washington completed a two-game sweep yesterday.

Detroit starter Doug Fister (4-1) had an RBI single in the second off Haren, but the Nationals made it 5-1 in the bottom half on consecutive run-scoring singles by Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche. Fister gave up four earned runs, eight hits and four walks in three innings.

Haren (4-3) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings, and he gave up a three-run homer to Matt Tuiasosopo in the sixth.


Yankees 3, Rockies 1: CC Sabathia and five relievers held Colorado to four hits, and Robinson Cano added a solo homer for visiting New York. Cano also had an infield single in the third for his 1,500th hit.

Mets 3, Pirates 2: Center fielder Juan Lagares robbed Andrew McCutchen of a go-ahead hit in the top of the ninth inning, then pinch-hitter Mike Baxter — hitting for Lagares — singled in the bottom half to lift host New York. It was Baxter’s second game-winning pinch-hit in three days.

Rays 5, Blue Jays 4, 10 innings: Luke Scott drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 10th inning to give Tampa Bay the win. Scott fell behind 0-and-2 before taking four straight balls from Brad Lincoln.


• Reds minor-league pitcher Daniel Tuttle has been suspended for 100 games after a third violation for a drug of abuse under baseball’s minor-league drug program. The 22-year-old right-hander had eight starts last season for class-A Dayton and has been on the disabled list this year since April 4. Tuttle had been suspended 50 games for a second violation in July 2011.

• The Blue Jays optioned left-hander Ricky Romero (0-2, 12.46 ERA) to triple-A Buffalo after he gave up three run-scoring singles and lasted just one-third of an inning in a 10-4 loss at Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Romero lost his spot in the rotation spot after a poor spring training and remained in Florida to work on mechanics. He was called up on May 4.

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