Last Update on July 31, 2014 01:00 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- A pair of National League division leaders were able to avoid three-game sweeps in Florida this afternoon.
In St. Petersburg, Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh) gave up just three hits in seven stellar innings as Milwaukee cooled off Tampa Bay 5-0 to end a three-game skid. Martin (mahr-TEEN') Maldonado tied a career high with four RBIs to help the Brewers deal David Price his first loss in seven decisions.
The Rays fell for just the second time in 13 games and failed in their bid to reach the .500 mark for the first time since April.
Over in Miami, Washington put together a three-run eighth to beat the Marlins 4-3. Jayson Werth snapped a 1-1 tie with a sacrifice fly before Ian Desmond's two-run double gave the Nationals a three-run cushion. Tanner Roark (ROH'-ahrk) allowing one run in seven innings as the Nats ended the Marlins' six-game winning streak.
The only other major league division leader in action this afternoon was the Oakland Athletics, who absorbed an 8-1 beating at Houston. Dallas Keuchel (KY'-kul) tossed a four-hitter in his fourth complete game of the season, tying Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead. Robbie Grossman belted a two-run homer to cap the Astros' six-run first.
The A's currently lead the AL West by two games over the Angels, who are in Baltimore tonight.
San Francisco ended a six-game skid and dropped Pittsburgh two games behind the NL Central-leading Brewers. Chris Stewart's passed ball in the seventh inning brought home the go-ahead run in the Giants' 7-5 win over the Pirates. Gregor Blanco (GREG'-ur BLAHN'-koh) singled home the tying run and was 3-for-3 with two RBIs as the Giants temporarily climbed to within 2 1/2 games of the NL West-leading Dodgers.
Los Angeles later hosts the Atlanta Braves, who will try to stay a half-game behind the NL East-leading Nationals.
Elsewhere in the majors:
-- Paul Goldschmidt and Didi Gregorius hit two-run homers in Arizona's 5-4 decision over the Reds in Cincinnati. Reds starter Alfredo Simon yielded just two runs in seven innings but came up short in his third attempt at his 13th win of the season.
-- Daniel Murphy hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the fifth inning before the New York Mets tacked on five runs in the seventh to crush Philadelphia 11-2. Lucas Duda smacked a two-run shot and Zach Wheeler pitched into the seventh as the Mets took the rubber match of the three-game set.
UNDATED (AP) -- There were a couple of trades engineered today involving major league pitchers. The St. Louis Cardinals have picked up right-handed Justin Masterson from Cleveland for outfield prospect James Ramsey, and the Boston Red Sox have dealt left-hander Felix Doubront (doo-BRAHNT') to the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named. Masterson has compiled a 4-6 record with a 5.51 earned run average in 19 starts this season, while Doubrant is 2-4 with a 6.07 ERA in 17 games.
Also in the majors:
-- Arizona Diamondbacks infielder Eric Chavez has announced his retirement, ending his 17-year major league career at the age of 36. The lefty-hitting infielder hit .268 with 260 homers and 902 RBIs in 1,615 major league games. Chavez had been on the disabled list since June 9 because of a sprained left knee.
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) -- Dallas rookie defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence will miss at least two months after breaking his right foot during a one-on-one drill with tackle Tyron Smith in Tuesday's practice.
Coach Jason Garrett says Lawrence would return to Dallas for surgery on Thursday.
Speaking of Smith, the Cowboys have signed him to an eight-year, $98 million contract extension that theoretically locks up the Pro Bowl left tackle through the 2023 season. The extension includes a $10 million signing bonus and $40 million in guaranteed money.
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced they will retire Joe Greene's No. 75 during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Nov. 2.
The Hall of Fame defensive end was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1969 NFL draft. He helped Pittsburgh win four Super Bowls during his 13-year career as the heart of what became the "Steel Curtain" defense. The 10-time Pro Bowler was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1987.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge has rejected an attempt by seven former professional football players to intervene in a tentative class action settlement of concussion claims that would cost the NFL at least $765 million.
The players object to the settlement, calling it a "lousy deal" for ex-players whose symptoms don't qualify them for compensation. Judge Anita Brody's order says players who object to the deal can raise their concerns at a fairness hearing scheduled for Nov. 19, or opt out of the settlement.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Hendrick Motorsports has picked Greg Ives to be Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s next crew chief.
Ives was the race engineer for Jimmie Johnson's record run of five consecutive championships and will return to Hendrick Motorsports next season as crew chief for NASCAR's most popular driver. He will replace Steve Letarte, who is stepping down at the end of the year for an analyst job with NBC Sports.