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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- Big Papi was a big hitter, and that was really his only duty for most of his 20 major league seasons.
So when David Ortiz retired last year after more than 2,000 games as a designated hitter, baseball lost one of the few remaining players who rarely played the field.
Going into the 45th season since the designated hitter was approved for the American League, more managers now appear willing to spread around the DH starts instead of putting the same player in that slot just about every day.
There were 135 players who got DH starts for the 15 AL teams last season. That is an average of nine players per team, the same number that would fill an entire batting order.
“A lot of teams have gotten away from just a strict DH, and revolve it and give guys off days without really giving them off days,” Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said.
And that may even be the case now for the Royals, whose lineup for more than a decade — including two World Series in the first half of the 1980s — featured Hal McRae , among the first players to spend most of his career as a DH. Kansas City more recently had Kendrys Morales (2015-16) and Billy Butler (2011-14) filling that role pretty much on an everyday basis.
Morales’ 139 DH starts last season matched Ortiz with Boston for the most, but he left for Toronto and a big free-agent deal.
“I’ve enjoyed it, having Billy Butler and Kendrys Morales the last couple of years just as a DH because they were both very productive guys for our team,” Yost said. “But I do see the advantage of being able to give guys half-days when the opportunity presents itself.”
Only five players started more than 100 games at DH last year, with some managers using that slot to keep key position players in the batting lineup while providing them an occasional day off from the field.
The DH spot also allowed slugging first baseman Albert Pujols to play 152 games for the Los Angeles Angels even while dealing with a foot issue through last season. He started 124 of those games as the designated hitter.
“At the very least he can be an everyday DH for us, and we need his bat in the lineup,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said this spring. “You don’t want to risk what he does in the batter’s box to get him to play first base a certain amount of games.”
The 37-year-old Pujols, who still has five seasons left on his contract, would prefer to be in the field when possible. He has played 1,704 career games at first base, and only 339 as a DH.
“I’d rather play. I don’t like (DH) much, but you have to get used to it,” Pujols said. “The last couple of years, I got used to it.”
Victor Martinez, a 38-year-old former catcher, started 138 games as Detroit’s DH last season. Nelson Cruz was Seattle’s starting DH for 107 games, and in right field for 48 other games.
“You see a lot of teams that just kind of use the rotating DH and use it as a time to get guys a day off,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “The way (Cruz) does it, and goes about it, works great for us. We have an investment in Nelson and we certainly need him out there as many days as possible.”
During the first season of the DH in 1973, when there were only 12 AL teams, eight used the same DH for more than 100 games, according to baseball-reference.com. A ninth team had the same DH for just more than half of the 162-game season.
Last year, nine of 15 teams used the same DH for more than half of the time. Tampa Bay used a league-high 16 players in that slot, and the White Sox 15. No surprise Boston and Kansas City needed only four players in the DH role.
Among the 10 Yankees DHs was Alex Rodriguez, who got a team-high 57 starts at that spot before retiring last August at age 41.
While Ortiz spent most of his career as a DH, and Edgar Martinez played two-thirds of his games over 18 seasons with Seattle (1987-2004) in that role, other players weren’t solely hitters until late in their careers.
Hank Aaron returned to Milwaukee and served as the DH for the then-still AL Brewers for his last two MLB seasons (1975-76) before retiring at age 42. Dave Kingman, another slugger, was Oakland’s DH his last three seasons (1984-86).
“You’re still going to have the David Ortiz, or the one guy who’s just a guy you want his bat in the lineup and that’s all he’s going to do, and he wraps his arms around it and he’s great,” Scioscia said. “They’re still going to crop up because I think that there’s always that veteran player that can acclimate himself to that and still be productive offensively, but maybe in the field not so much.”
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NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Trout has an MVP problem: He needs more help.
Widely considered baseball’s best all-around player, with modern metrics consistently supporting that assertion, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder has been runner-up in the American League three of the past four years.
The only time he took home the prize was 2014, when the Angels won 98 games and the AL West. They came in third place the other three seasons, leaving Trout to finish second despite his outstanding numbers.
It’s a similar scenario this year. Trout led the league in runs (123), on-base percentage (.441) and wins above replacement (10.6), as calculated by Baseball-Reference.com. But he did all that for a fourth-place team that went 74-88 and was never in the playoff hunt.
With other top contenders on clubs that reached the postseason, Trout could be denied yet again — perhaps in favor of dynamic outfielder Mookie Betts or retiring bopper David Ortiz from AL East champion Boston.
“It’s not really defined a certain way, so people are going to have opinions different ways. For me, I think it should go to someone that is on a winning team and has a chance to go to the playoffs,” Cleveland slugger Mike Napoli said. “But then again, you can’t take away from people that really can’t control other people having down years and you having a really great year. So I think you can go either way.”
Over in the National League, it shapes up much the same.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs, who led the majors with 103 wins, are joined in the MVP discussion by Daniel Murphy from NL East champion Washington and rookie shortstop Corey Seager of the NL West champion Dodgers. Some of their stiffest competition comes from players on losing clubs: Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman and Cincinnati’s Joey Votto.
Both Cy Young Award races are close, too, with Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello, Jon Lester and Max Scherzer among those in the mix.
Poor teams have produced MVPs before — Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson (1987) and Texas shortstop Alex Rodriguez (2003) even won for clubs that came in last place.
But until Washington slugger Bryce Harper was a unanimous winner in the NL last season, nobody in either league had been elected MVP from a team that missed the playoffs since Albert Pujols with St. Louis in 2008.
“Is it the best player in the particular league? When you look at the numbers, Trout obviously is the best player and that’s hard to argue,” said Dave Roberts, a strong candidate for NL Manager of the Year in his first season running the Dodgers.
“But for a winning team, there’s got to be some weight put on that and what that particular person means to that particular winning team. I kind of fluctuate season to season,” he added.
Voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is conducted before the postseason begins Tuesday, and results will be announced in November.
Here are our choices for all the big awards:
AMERICAN LEAGUE MVP
The nod goes to Trout (29 HRs, 100 RBIs, 30 for 37 in steals, .991 OPS) despite his team’s flaws. He scored 17 percent of the Angels’ runs this season, the highest percentage for an AL player since Rickey Henderson with the 1985 New York Yankees.
Taking nothing away from his achievements, Betts (31 HRs, 113 RBIs, 26 for 30 on steals, .897 OPS) benefited from hitting in a loaded Boston batting order, while Trout had little protection outside of Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun. It’s not fair to look past Trout simply because the Angels pitched poorly and fielded a thin lineup.
But if Betts wins, no complaints.
NATIONAL LEAGUE MVP
Some of the stats for Bryant and Rizzo are incredibly identical. They both batted .292 with a .385 on-base percentage, while Bryant had 39 homers and 102 RBIs to Rizzo’s 32 homers and 109 RBIs. Bryant also led the league in runs (121) and WAR while providing versatility on defense. He wins MVP honors one season after he was the NL Rookie of the Year. Arenado and Murphy warrant a close look, too, though.
AL CY YOUNG
Tigers ace Justin Verlander (16-9, 3.04 ERA) nips Boston right-hander Rick Porcello (22-4, 3.15) and 2014 winner Corey Kluber (18-9, 3.14). Verlander led the league with 254 strikeouts and a 1.00 WHIP while throwing a few more innings than either of the other two. Porcello was fantastic but relied more on his defense, fanning 189.
NL CY YOUNG
Clayton Kershaw’s back injury might be the only reason this is a race — but it’s a close one. Some wonder whether Lester (19-5, 2.44) and Cubs teammate Kyle Hendricks (16-8, 2.13) could split first-place votes and knock each other out after running 1-2 in ERA. Freeman said he favors Hendricks, while Philadelphia first baseman Ryan Howard went another way and picked Scherzer.
We think Howard’s got it right.
Washington’s ace went 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA while leading the league in strikeouts (284), innings (228 1/3) and WHIP (0.97). He even matched a major league record with 20 Ks in one game. Neither Lester nor Hendricks reached 200 strikeouts or 205 innings.
AL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Two months in the majors are not enough for Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, even with 20 home runs and a 1.032 OPS in 201 at-bats. Detroit right-hander Michael Fulmer (11-7, 3.06 ERA, 159 innings) is the pick — but check out overlooked Houston reliever Chris Devenski (2.16 ERA and 104 Ks in 108 1/3 innings).
NL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
At one point it appeared this could be quite a race between a trio of talented young shortstops. Seager, however, ran away with it when Trevor Story and Aledmys Diaz got hurt.
AL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Terry Francona wins with Cleveland for the second time in four years. His team overcame several significant injuries in winning the AL Central over World Series champion Kansas City and a Detroit squad that outspent the Indians by $107 million on player payroll.
NL MANAGER OF THE YEAR
Roberts edges Terry Collins of the New York Mets. Both clubs were severely depleted by health problems and still made the playoffs, but the Dodgers were four wins better and won their division.
A look at the American League wild-card game between the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays:
Schedule: Tuesday, at Toronto, 8:08 p.m. EDT (TBS).
Season Series: Blue Jays won 10-9.
Orioles: RF Michael Bourn (.264, 5 HRs, 52 RBIs with Diamondbacks and Orioles), CF Adam Jones (.265, 29, 83), 3B Manny Machado (.294, 37, 96), DH Mark Trumbo (.256, 47, 108, 170 Ks), C Matt Wieters (.244, 17, 66), 1B Chris Davis (.221, 38, 84, 88 BBs, 219 Ks), 2B Jonathan Schoop (.267, 25, 82), LF Hyun Soo Kim (.302, 6, 22), SS J.J. Hardy (.269, 9, 48).
Blue Jays: 2B Devon Travis (.300, 11, 50), 3B Josh Donaldson (.284, 37, 99), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (.263, 42, 127), DH Jose Bautista (.234, 22, 69), C Russell Martin (.231, 20, 74), SS Troy Tulowitzki (.254, 24, 79), RF Michael Saunders (.253, 24, 57), CF Kevin Pillar (.266, 7, 53), LF Ezequiel Carrera (.248, 6, 23) or Melvin Upton Jr. (.238, 20, 61 with San Diego and Toronto).
Orioles: RH Chris Tillman (16-6, 3.77 ERA, 140Ks).
Blue Jays: RH Marcus Stroman (9-10, 4.37, career-high 204 IP).
Orioles: LH Zach Britton (2-1, 0.54, 47/47 saves, 18 BBs, 74 Ks), RH Brad Brach (10-4, 2.05, 2 saves, 92 Ks), RH Darren O’Day (3-1, 3.77, .214 BA against), RH Mychal Givens (8-2, 3.13, .220 BA against), RH Vance Worley (2-2, 3.53) RH Oliver Drake (1-0, 4.00, 21 Ks in 18 innings), LH Brian Duensing (1-0, 4.05), RH Tommy Hunter (2-2, 3.18 with Indians and Orioles).
Blue Jays: RH Roberto Osuna (1-6, 2.68, 36/39 saves), RH Jason Grilli (7-6, 1.29, 81Ks in 59 innings with Atlanta and Toronto), LH Brett Cecil (1-7, 3.96), RH Joe Biagini (4-3, 3.06 in 60 games as a rookie).
A single-elimination showdown between AL East foes that battled to the final day of the regular season to determine which one would host this game. … Toronto and Baltimore tied for second place at 89-73, four games behind division champion Boston. … This is the first postseason meeting between the teams, who have been in the same division since the Blue Jays were born in 1977. … Orioles went 4-6 in Toronto this season but took two of three there last week, winning the final two games of a pivotal series after losing six of their previous seven road games against the Blue Jays. Baltimore got a two-run homer from Kim in the ninth inning to win one game and a stout performance by Jimenez in a 4-0 victory. … Toronto outscored the Orioles 97-81 overall in 19 meetings. … Machado and Donaldson have clashed in the past, most recently last year. … Tillman went 1-0 with a 3.63 ERA in four starts against the Blue Jays this season. … Trumbo hit only one home run in 80 plate appearances against Toronto. … Blue Jays have won nine of the past 15 meetings, outscoring the Orioles 83-65. … Since moving into Rogers Centre in 1989, Toronto has gone 136-86 there against Baltimore. … The Blue Jays hit 29 home runs in the season series, while Baltimore had 28. … This is Martin’s ninth trip to the playoffs in 11 major league seasons. He has made it with four teams (also the Dodgers, Yankees and Pirates). … The winner heads to Texas to play the AL West champion Rangers in a best-of-five Division Series beginning Thursday.
Orioles: Baltimore has excelled under manager Buck Showalter, who took over in July 2010. After 14 straight losing seasons, the Orioles are in the playoffs for the third time in five years. They lost to the Yankees in 2012 ALDS and advanced to ALCS in 2014 before being swept in four games by Kansas City. … This team is built for power. Trumbo led the majors in homers and five of his teammates hit at least 22. Baltimore topped the big leagues with 253 home runs, 28 more than runner-up St. Louis. … Bourn is a threat on the bases, but the Orioles had only 19 steals — the fewest since the 1972 Detroit Tigers swiped 17. … Orioles went 52-38 at home and 39-42 on the road but finished with a 4-2 mark on their season-ending trip to Toronto and Yankee Stadium. … Baltimore won its final five series away from home. … Orioles went 21-16 in one-run games and 6-2 in extra innings.
Blue Jays: After snapping a 22-year postseason drought in 2015, Toronto reached the playoffs for the second straight season under manager John Gibbons. The last time the Blue Jays did that was a three-year run from 1991-93 that ended with back-to-back World Series titles. … The Blue Jays went 13-16 in September and October, their first losing month since April (11-14). … Toronto averaged an AL-worst 3.69 runs per game in September and October, a full run off their season average of 4.70. … Blue Jays starters were strong down the stretch, allowing no more than one earned run in 12 of the final 17 games. The bullpen struggled, however, blowing leads five times in a seven-game stretch that ended Oct. 1. … The Blue Jays went 46-35 at home, the fourth-best mark in the division. … Toronto has never played in the wild-card round before. … Toronto has several pending free agents, including Bautista, Encarnacion, Saunders, Cecil and RHP R.A. Dickey.
— Mister Perfect. Britton converted every one of his 47 save opportunities this season and allowed only four earned runs, none after Aug. 24. If the Orioles have a lead in the eighth or ninth inning, they’ll feel pretty good about Britton locking it down.
— Missing Benoit. Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit went 2-0 with a 0.38 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 23 2/3 innings after being acquired from Seattle on July 26, but tore his left calf running in from the bullpen during a bench-clearing scrap with the Yankees on Sept. 26. He was ruled out for two to three weeks.
— RISP-Y Business. Toronto hit .249 with runners in scoring position, the worst mark among AL playoff teams. Over the final eight games, the Blue Jays were 13 for 66 (.197) with one double in those situatio
AP Baseball Writers Noah Trister in Detroit and Janie McCauley in San Francisco, and AP freelancer Amy Jinkner-Lloyd in Atlanta contributed to this report.
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NEW YORK (AP) — His playing days dwindling, Mark Teixeira gave himself a moment to savor Wednesday night and rescued the New York Yankees in the process.
Teixeira hit a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Yankees staved off playoff elimination at the last possible instant with a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
“That’s as good as it gets right there,” said Teixeira, set to retire after this season.
Boston clinched the AL East title nearly 30 minutes before Teixeira connected, thanks to Toronto’s 3-2 loss against Baltimore. But a five-run comeback by New York in the ninth prevented its longtime rival from celebrating on the Yankee Stadium field.
“It’s an unbelievable moment,” manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s a great moment for him, and it’s a great moment for us.”
The victory by the Orioles put the Yankees on the brink of wild-card elimination following a surprising charge late this season. New York had only one infield hit and trailed 3-0 heading into the ninth, with Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel (2-5) jogging in from the bullpen on a misty and blustery night in the Bronx.
Kimbrel, however, gave up a leadoff single to Brett Gardner and issued three straight walks, the last forcing in a run.
Red Sox manager John Farrell turned to Joe Kelly, who struck out Starlin Castro and retired Didi Gregorius on a foul popup. With the Yankees down to their last out, Teixeira launched a 99 mph fastball on an 0-1 count into the New York bullpen in right-center.
“You don’t want a wall-scraper in an 8-0 game to be your last one. You want a walkoff grand slam against the Red Sox,” Teixeira said. “I’ll still be trying the next four games, but if it happens to be my last one, it will be pretty special.”
Yankees relievers raised their arms in excitement, and Teixeira puffed his cheeks and spread his arms wide as he rounded first base. The 36-year-old slugger, in his 14th big league season, tossed his helmet as happy New York players poured out of the dugout to swarm him at home plate.
“I’m going to take away a lot of memories. This will be one of the best,” Teixeira said. “That’s as good as I can hit a ball.”
New York (82-76) guaranteed its 24th consecutive winning season, the second-longest streak in major league history behind the Yankees’ run of 39 straight from 1926-64.
It was the team’s first game-ending slam since Alex Rodriguez on April 7, 2007.
Meanwhile, the Red Sox walked back to their bench and quietly cleared out of the dugout, an awkward way to mark their second division crown in four years. But once they returned to their clubhouse, they let loose and celebrated with the traditional beer and bubbly.
“Can’t let one inning deter our whole season,” outfielder Mookie Betts said.
James Pazos (1-0) earned his first major league win, and the Yankees remained four games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card with four to play.
Though the final score in Toronto was posted on the out-of-town scoreboard, the Red Sox hardly seemed to notice as players draped their arms over the dugout railing and rooted for Kimbrel in the ninth.
Red Sox executives, however, jumped out of their front-row seats next to the Boston dugout and rejoiced when the Blue Jays’ game ended, giving Boston its eighth AL East title.
Betts snapped a scoreless tie when he chopped a two-run double over third base in the eighth inning. David Ortiz scored moments later on Gary Sanchez’s passed ball.
Boston, which had already secured at least a wild-card spot in the playoffs, will open its postseason schedule Oct. 6 seeking a second World Series crown since 2013. The team’s first opponent has not been determined yet.
“You never want to see a team celebrate on your home field, or celebrate at all, so we’ll take that as a positive tonight,” Teixeira said in the clubhouse, where he was congratulated by Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.
ORIOLES 3, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Hyun Soo Kim hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Roberto Osuna, and Baltimore beat Toronto to move within one game of the AL wild-card-leading Blue Jays.
With Toronto ahead 2-1, Jonathan Schoop singled with one out, pinch-runner Michael Bourn stole second and Kim homered on a 3-2 pitch into the visiting bullpen in right.
Osuna (3-3) has five blown save chances, including two in his last three appearances.
Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 46th home run, a solo drive off Jason Grilli in the eighth. Brian Duensing (1-0) got one out, and Zach Britton finished for his 47th save.
TIGERS 6, INDIANS 3, 5 INNINGS
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the fifth inning, moments before the game was halted for good, and Detroit came away with a rain-shortened victory over Cleveland to keep pace with Baltimore in the AL wild-card race.
Detroit trails the Orioles by one game for the AL’s second wild card, and the Tigers certainly caught a break in this one. The rain was a factor throughout the evening — there was also a delay during the third inning — and it was certainly coming down when Detroit began its rally in the fifth.
With two on and one out, Cabrera hit a line drive over the wall in right off Joseph Colon (1-3) for his 36th homer. Blaine Hardy (1-0) won in relief of Michael Fulmer.
ROCKIES 2, GIANTS 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Samardzija gave San Francisco a chance to grab momentum after a big offensive outburst a night earlier, but the playoff-hopeful Giants wasted it with a costly dud.
Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood (12-9) struck out nine in eight innings and outdueled Samardzija (12-11), shutting down San Francisco a day after the Giants pounded 19 hits in a 12-3 win.
San Francisco dropped to 1 1/2 games behind the Mets for the top wild card and remained a game up on St. Louis for the second spot after the Cardinals lost to Cincinnati.
Adam Ottavino got his sixth save.
PIRATES 8, CUBS 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Jaso hit for the cycle and drove in five runs in Pittsburgh’s victory over Chicago.
Jaso tripled off reliever Pedro Strop in the seventh inning for the first cycle in the history of PNC Park and the first for the Pirates since 2004. Jaso’s final hit was a fly ball to center field. He hesitated rounding second base, but went on and the throw from Albert Almora Jr. was up the baseline.
Jaso accomplished the feat in just four at-bats. The last Pirate to hit for the cycle was Daryle Ward on May 26, 2004, in St. Louis. The last Pirates’ home cycle was by Jason Kendall on May 19, 2000, against the Cardinals at Three Rivers Stadium.
Against Chicago starter Jake Arrieta (18-8), Jaso singled in the second inning, hit a three-run home run in the fourth and doubled in the fifth. Arrieta went five innings and allowed 10 hits and seven runs, both season highs.
Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (5-4) allowed one hit and struck out four in six innings.
Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer, his 32nd of the season.
RANGERS 8, BREWERS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and AL-leading Texas beat Milwaukee for its major league-best 49th come-from-behind victory.
Texas (94-65) moved closer to home-field advantage with a 1 1/2-game lead over Boston for the best record in the American League.
Jonathan Lucroy, the catcher traded from Milwaukee to Texas on Aug. 1, reached to start the eighth on a two-base error when the ball ricocheted off the glove of center fielder Hernan Perez. Delino DeShields came on as a pinch-runner, and after Mitch Moreland walked, he scored the tying run when Elvis Andrus greeted reliever Tyler Thornburg with a single to center.
Gomez then hit a 418-foot homer to left, his 13th this season. It was the eighth in 31 games for the Brewers’ former two-time All-Star since joining the Rangers last month after being released by Houston. He had a three-run homer on Tuesday night, that one traveling 444 feet.
Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer in the first for the Rangers, his 32nd.
Jeremy Jeffress (1-0) worked the final two innings, winning for AL West champion Texas five days after being reinstated by Major League Baseball from the restricted list following a drunken driving arrest last month and then a three-week stint in an inpatient rehab clinic.
Corey Knebel (1-4) was the loser.
ROYALS 5, TWINS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon keyed an eighth-inning rally and Kansas City beat Minnesota, but the Royals were still knocked out of playoff contention.
The defending World Series champs were eliminated when Baltimore beat Toronto.
Morales’ ground-rule double to right scored Jarrod Dyson, who had doubled and stole third. Gordon’s single scored Whit Merrifield and pinch-runner Billy Burns.
Taylor Rogers (3-1), the fourth of five Twins pitchers, took the loss after allowing three runs, three hits and two walks while retiring only one of the six batters he faced.
Joakim Soria (5-8) worked a scoreless eighth to pick up the victory. Wade Davis got his 27th save.
METS 5, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins walked half a block alongside a hearse carrying their ace away from Marlins Park at the start of a funeral motorcade, then peeled away with watery eyes to go back inside and play.
Drained by four days of grieving Jose Fernandez’s death in a boating accident, Miami didn’t have much left for the New York Mets. Jay Bruce hit his 32nd home run, James Loney also homered and New York helped their NL wild-card chances by beating Miami.
The Marlins’ loss in their home finale eliminated them from playoff contention. Despite high hopes this year, they still haven’t been to the postseason since 2003.
Set Lugo (5-2) went 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs.
Jose Urena (4-9) allowed five runs in five innings.
MARINERS 12, ASTROS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Seattle beat Houston to keep pressure on the other AL wild-card contenders.
Cano’s career-best 36th home run, a drive off Doug Fister (12-13), landed in the first row of the Crawford Boxes in left field. Cano has nine homers and 25 RBIs in 19 games against Houston this season.
Kyle Seager added another three-run drive in the eighth, his 30th home run this season.
James Paxton (6-7) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, striking out eight.
Fister gave up five runs and five hits over 1 1/3 innings in the shortest start of his big league career. George Springer and Evan Gattis homered for Houston.
PADRES 6, DODGERS 5
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Hunter Renfroe hit the first home run in Petco Park history to land on the roof of the brick warehouse in the left-field corner and drove in four runs to lead San Diego.
With one out in the third, Renfroe drove a two-run homer off Jose De Leon onto the top of the Western Metal Supply Co. building, a remnant from the skid row neighborhood that made way for Petco Park, which opened in 2004. It went an estimated 435 feet.
The Dodgers lost despite hitting three home runs off rookie Luis Perdomo (9-10). Ross Stripling (5-9) allowed a run in three innings.
REDS 2, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Duvall’s two-run single was all Cincinnati needed to beat St. Louis.
The Reds’ third win in their last four games dealt a blow to the Cardinals’ playoff hopes. St. Louis lost ground in the race for the two NL wild cards.
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani (9-5) allowed one runner in each of the first four innings, but only once during that span did the Cardinals have anyone in scoring position. He stranded five runners, including two in the sixth, his last inning. He allowed six hits and one run.
It was the fifth quality start out of six in DeSclafani’s career against the Cardinals. He improved to 4-1 with a 2.13 ERA against St. Louis.
Duvall drove in his 101st and 102nd RBIs with his third-inning single. He has seven RBI in the series.
Raisel Iglesias earned his fifth save in six opportunities with two innings of relief.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, NATIONALS 0, 5 INNINGS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shelby Miller threw five shutout innings, Jean Segura had three hits to reach 200 for the season and Arizona beat Washington Nationals a rain-shortened game.
The start of the game was delayed 33 minutes by rain and was called with one out in the top of the sixth inning after waiting out a second delay of 70 minutes.
The NL East-champion Nationals have lost two of three to the last-place Diamondbacks and seven of their last 11 games overall.
Miller (3-12) capped an otherwise forgetful season with one of his best outings of the year, allowing five hits with one walk and striking out five to earn his first win since June 20.
Gio Gonzalez (11-11), Washington’s projected No. 3 starter in the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, struggled in his final tune up before the postseason.
WHITE SOX 1, RAYS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Todd Frazier hit his 40th home run, Miguel Gonzalez waited out a rain delay to throw 8 1/3 dominant innings and Chicago beat Tampa Bay.
Frazier set a career high and became the seventh White Sox player to reach the homer milestone when he connected off knuckleballer Eddie Gamboa (0-2) with two out in the seventh. Frazier is hitting .391 (18 for 46) during a 12-game hitting streak.
Gonzalez (5-7) returned after a 1 hour, 16-minute delay in the third inning and retired 18 of 19 before being lifted after Logan Forsythe’s one-out single to left in the ninth. David Robertson got the final two outs for his 37th save in 44 tries.
The game also was delayed 21 minutes before the start. It was 57 degrees at first pitch and rain came and went amid blustery conditions as a tiny crowd watched Chicago win its fifth straight. The game itself lasted only 2 hours, 10 minutes.
BRAVES 12, PHILLIES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer, Daniel Castro had three RBIs and Dansby Swanson also drove in two runs, leading Atlanta past Philadelphia.
Mike Foltynewicz (9-5) pitched two-hit ball over five innings in his first start since Sept. 12, when he left a game against Miami with a left calf contusion.
The Braves won for the ninth time in their last 10 games. They have 21 victories in 34 games since Aug. 21, bouncing back from a dismal start.
Adam Morgan (2-11) lasted five innings, giving up 10 hits and nine runs.
ANGELS 8, ATHLETICS 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun homered, Alex Meyer earned his second major league win and Los Angeles held off a late rally from Oakland to sweep the three-game series.
Meyer (2-3) limited the A’s to two runs and five hits over four innings. J.C. Ramirez pitched a perfect ninth to convert his second save.
Mike Trout was hit by a John Axford fastball in the back of his left shoulder in the eighth inning and was removed from the game.
Ross Detwiler (3-3) took the loss.
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HOUSTON (AP) — Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer, Jon Lester threw seven scoreless innings and Hector Rondon and Aroldis Chapman finished off the Chicago Cubs’ 2-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
It was Bryant’s first career game against the team that passed on him with the first pick in the 2013 draft to take starter Mark Appel, who was traded to Philadelphia this offseason before ever playing in the majors. Bryant, taken second in that draft, gave Houston an up-close look at what could have been when he smacked his 37th homer off Joe Musgrove (2-4) to put the Cubs up 2-0 in the fifth inning.
Lester (16-4) allowed seven hits and struck out seven for his seventh straight win. He hasn’t lost since July 3, hasn’t allowed a run in three of those starts and gave up just one run in four others in that span. Rondon took over for the eighth and struck out two before Aroldis Chapman struck out one in a perfect ninth for his 13th save. The Cubs are major league-best 90-50.
MARLINS 4, DODGERS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez tied a career high with 14 strikeouts, overshadowing Clayton Kershaw’s return from injury in Miami’s victory over Los Angeles.
Fernandez (14-8) gave up three hits and three walks in seven shutout innings. It was the fifth time he has struck out 14, and third this season.
Kershaw (11-3) had not started for the Dodgers since June 26 because of a mild disk herniation in his back. He threw 66 pitches, 46 for strikes, and allowed two runs and five hits over three innings. The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP struck out five and did not walk a batter.
J.T. Realmuto homered for Miami, which improved to 5-0 against the NL West leaders this season. Yasmani Grandal hit his 25th homer in the ninth for the Dodgers, who tried to rally against Fernando Rodney before A.J. Ramos came in and closed it out for his career-best 33rd save.
YANKEES 7, RAYS 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Teixeira broke open the game with a fourth-inning grand slam, and New York beat Tampa Bay on a soggy night to extend its winning streak to six.
Matching their longest streak this season, the Yankees closed within one game of Baltimore and Detroit for the second AL wild card.
New York, in an unfamiliar role of chaser after a 9-17 start, has moved a season-high 10 games over .500 with an unexpected spurt that followed the release of Alex Rodriguez and the trades of Carlos Beltran, Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Ivan Nova.
Gary Sanchez, one of the Baby Bombers brought up from the minors as part of the youth movement, hit his 12th home run in 31 games, a drive into Monument Park behind the center-field fence in the third.
There were stoppages of 21 minutes in the fourth and 22 minutes in the sixth caused by brief light rain. As a downpour began in the ninth, umpires stopped play with a 2-2 count on Brad Miller after singles by Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria off Dellin Betances put runners at the corners. Betances stayed in after a 51-minute delay, and struck out Miller. Logan Morrison hit an RBI single, and Betances struck out Stephen Souza Jr. at 12:11 a.m. for his career-best 10th save.
Adam Warren (2-1) was the winner, and Blake Snell (5-8) the loser.
RED SOX 13, BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO (AP) — A milestone win for Rick Porcello gave the Boston Red Sox some breathing room atop the AL East.
Porcello pitched seven innings to become the first 20-game winner in the majors, Hanley Ramirez hit a three-run homer and the Red Sox increased their AL East lead to two games by routing the Toronto Blue Jays 13-3 on Friday night.
Xander Bogaerts homered and Dustin Pedroia had three hits and four RBIs as the Red Sox used 18 hits to rough up the sloppy, slumping Blue Jays in the opener of a pivotal three-game series between the division’s top two teams.
Porcello (20-3) allowed two runs and six hits to become Boston’s first 20-game winner since Josh Beckett in 2007.
“It’s definitely a huge honor,” Porcello said. “It’s hard to win one game in the big leagues, let alone 20. I’m definitely very proud of that.”
Porcello has worked at least seven innings and held opponents to three earned runs or fewer in nine consecutive starts, the longest streak by a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez did it in 11 straight in 2000.
“Just a model of consistency,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He keeps rolling along and we play with a lot of confidence. His execution has been outstanding. He’s pitching with average velocity but his location is tremendous.”
Porcello said he had received a number of congratulatory text messages, but had one he was going to respond to right away.
“I’ve got to call my parents,” he said. “That’s first and foremost.”
Porcello came in 6-7 with a 5.27 ERA in 15 career games against Toronto but kept the Blue Jays in check.
The Red Sox broke it open by scoring six runs in a 10-batter seventh. Bogaerts hit a leadoff drive off Scott Feldman, his 18th. Three batters later, Ramirez connected off Feldman, his 22nd. Pedroia capped the rally with a two-run single off Ryan Tepera.
Boston (79-61) surpassed its win total from a last-place finish in 2015, when it went 78-84.
Toronto, which was swept in a three-game series at Yankee Stadium earlier this week, fell to 1-6 in September. The Blue Jays had won six of their previous eight against the Red Sox.
“We haven’t necessarily been playing good baseball the last week but I still believe,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said.
Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada (8-8) allowed four runs, three earned, and six hits in 2 1/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. The last time Estrada failed to finish three innings was June 30, 2015, also a home loss to Boston.
“He was off, no question about it,” Gibbons said. “He lives on the edges and he was just missing.”
Estrada is 3-5 with a 5.32 ERA in nine starts since being named an All-Star for the first time. He missed the All-Star Game after being placed on the disabled list because of a sore back.
“Nothing went our way today and obviously it started with me,” Estrada said.
INDIANS 5, TWINS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Napoli hit a mammoth home run on the first pitch of the fifth inning to give Cleveland the lead, and the Indians beat Minnesota maintain their six-game lead in the AL Central.
The Indians won for the ninth time in their last 11 games, but a concern came up when starter Danny Salazar was removed after four innings due to tightness in his right forearm.
Napoli’s drive off Tyler Duffey (8-11) was estimated by the Twins at 456 feet, landing in the third deck above left field. That followed Byron Buxton’s two-out, two-run homer that tied the game against Salazar in the fourth. Joe Mauer also went deep and Brian Dozier added an RBI double, but the Twins have lost 23 of their last 29.
Joe Colon (1-1) completed the fifth inning for the victory and Cody Allen finished the ninth for his 27th save in 30 attempts.
TIGERS 4, ORIOLES 3
DETROIT (AP) — Victor Martinez hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and Detroit beat Baltimore to pull even with the Orioles for the American League’s second wild card.
Michael Fulmer pitched seven solid innings, and the Tigers won after blowing a 3-0 lead. The Orioles tied it in the eighth when Adam Jones hit an RBI single, but Martinez led off the bottom half with a drive to right-center field off reliever Brad Brach (8-3).
Alex Wilson (3-0) got the win even after allowing the tying run in the eighth. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 40th saves. He’s tied with Baltimore’s Zach Britton for the AL lead.
J.D. Martinez hit a two-run single in the fifth to give Detroit a 3-0 lead, but Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer the following inning to start Baltimore’s comeback.
METS 6, BRAVES 4
ATLANTA (AP) — Kelly Johnson had a pinch-hit double to drive in the go-ahead run in New York’s four-run eighth inning, and the Mets overcame a four-run deficit to beat Atlanta for their sixth straight win.
Curtis Granderson, who hit a two-run homer in the sixth, had a run-scoring single to tie the game. Johnson’s double down the right-field line off Maurico Cabrera drove in Asdrubal Cabrera.
Johnson was traded from Atlanta to the Mets on June 8 and has twice made the Braves pay for the move. His 11th-inning, pinch-hit homer gave the Mets a 1-0 win over Atlanta on June 25.
The surging Mets lead St. Louis by a half-game for the second NL wild card. The defending NL champions have won 15 of 19 to match their season high at nine games over .500.
Hansel Robles (6-4) worked a scoreless seventh. Jeurys Familia pitched around Adonis Garcia’s leadoff double and a two-out walk to Nick Markakis in the ninth for his major league-leading 48th save.
Matt Kemp homered for Atlanta. Maurico Cabrera (3-1) was the loser.
GIANTS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 6, 12 INNINGS
PHOENIX (AP) — Pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinson’s one-out single in the 12th inning drove in Brandon Belt with the go-ahead run, and San Francisco held off Arizona.
The Giants maintained their half-game lead over the Mets for the top NL wild card and moved within four games of the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.
San Francisco reliever Cory Gearrin got three outs for his third save. In an unorthodox move, manager Bruce Bochy put Gearrin in left field for one batter so lefty Javier Lopez could face left-handed hitter Jake Lamb.
After a walk to Lamb, Gearrin returned to the mound. He became the first Giants pitcher to play the field since 2007.
Lamb tied it 6-all with a pinch-hit homer off Santiago Casilla in the 10th after Hunter Pence scored on a wild pitch in the top of the inning.
Pence had four hits and made an outstanding catch in the right-field corner in the bottom of the ninth.
Joe Nathan (2-0) escaped an 11th-inning jam in a game that lasted 5 hours, 23 minutes.
Dominic Leone (0-1) took the loss. Arizona used 26 players, including 12 pitchers — both franchise records.
NATIONALS 5, PHILLIES 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trea Turner hit his second home run of the game with two outs in the ninth, a solo shot that lifted Washington past Philadelphia.
It was the first multihomer game for the rookie, whose two-run drive in the seventh put Washington up 4-1. Cameron Rupp hit a three-run homer off Koda Glover to knot the score in the eighth and set the stage for Turner’s ninth-inning heroics.
Facing Frank Herrmann (0-2), Turner ripped a 1-2 pitch over the wall in center field.
Mark Melancon (2-1) worked the ninth for Washington.
CARDINALS 4, BREWERS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter and Stephen Piscotty hit two-run homers in the fourth, Carlos Martinez pitched seven solid innings and St. Louis beat Milwaukee.
St. Louis trailed 3-0 when Martinez started the rally with a two-out single that was followed by Carpenter’s 19th home run, a walk to Kolten Wong and Piscotty’s 21st homer.
Martinez (14-7) gave up nine hits and two earned runs and was helped by three double plays.
Seung-Hwan Oh worked around a leadoff walk in the ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances.
Jimmy Nelson (7-14) allowed both homers and five hits in six innings.
Scooter Gennett’s two-run homer in the third gave the Brewers a 3-0 lead.
WHITE SOX 7, ROYALS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Rodon struck out a season-high nine over six innings, Adam Eaton doubled twice and scored two runs and Chicago beat Kansas City.
Rodon (7-8) fanned Paulo Orlando with the bases loaded on his 116th pitch to end the sixth inning and move to 5-0 in his last seven starts.
Kendrys Morales had a two-run single in the first inning for Kansas City, which has dropped six of nine and remained four games behind the second wild card.
Eaton doubled to lead off the first and fifth innings off Yordano Ventura (10-10) and scored each time on Melky Cabrera RBIs. Tyler Saladino had three hits and drove in two runs in Chicago’s third straight win over a playoff contender.
REDS 4, PIRATES 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jose Peraza’s sacrifice fly snapped a ninth-inning tie and lifted Cincinnati past Pittsburgh, ending the Reds’ five-game losing streak.
Eugenio Suarez hit a leadoff single off closer Tony Watson (2-5), advanced to second on Ramon Cabrera’s sacrifice bunt, took third on Tyler Holt’s single and scored on Peraza’s liner to center field.
Andrew McCutchen tied it for the Pirates in the eighth with a sacrifice fly off Raisel Iglesias (3-1). Iglesias hit the first two batters in the ninth with pitches but escaped a bases-loaded jam by getting Josh Harrison to pop out and pinch-hitter Adam Frazier to fly out.
Joey Votto had three hits for the Reds, Suarez had two and Brandon Phillips hit his 10th home run, a leadoff shot in the seventh off Jared Hughes that put Cincinnati ahead 3-2.
RANGERS 2, ANGELS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Adrian Beltre broke an eighth-inning tie with his 440th home run, and Texas topped Los Angeles for its second victory in six games.
Yu Darvish pitched three-hit ball into the seventh to help the Rangers boost their AL West lead to 9 1/2 games over Houston.
Andrelton Simmons drilled a tying triple for the Angels, who have lost three straight.
After the clubs traded runs in the seventh, Beltre connected for his 27th homer off J.C. Ramirez (1-1).
Matt Bush (7-2) struck out Jett Bandy to strand Simmons on third. Sam Dyson pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.
MARINERS 3, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma pitched into the seventh inning to match his career high with 15 wins as Seattle beat Oakland.
Nori Aoki and Mike Zunino homered, and Nelson Cruz added an RBI double to help the Mariners move within 3 1/2 games of the second AL wild card.
Iwakuma (15-11) allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings to snap a four-game losing streak and become the third Japanese-born pitcher with multiple 15-win seasons. Iwakuma, who also had 15 wins in 2014, struck out five and walked one.
Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his 14th save.
Bruce Maxwell had three hits for Oakland, including an RBI double. The loss eliminated the A’s (60-80) from playoff contention, the earliest that’s happened since 1997.
Daniel Mengden (1-7) went five innings and is winless since June 27.
ROCKIES 4, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Tyler Chatwood had two important hits, including a two-run triple, while pitching Colorado past San Diego.
Charlie Blackmon homered in the second inning after Chatwood’s leadoff single against Luis Perdomo (7-9). Chatwood also tripled in the seventh past a drawn-in outfield, extending the lead to 4-1.
Making his second start since returning from a back injury, Chatwood (11-9) allowed one run and four hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five, improving to 3-0 against the Padres this season.
Adam Ottavino earned his third save.
DJ LeMahieu extended his career-best hitting streak to 26 games for Colorado.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes homered with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the New York Mets a 2-1 victory over the Miami Marlins on Monday night.
Jose Reyes dashed home to score the tying run in the eighth on a dangerous collision at the plate. Two innings later, Cespedes, who sat out Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia after his nagging right quadriceps flared up, launched a no-doubt drive to left-center on a 1-1 pitch from Nick Wittgren (4-3).
The Mets pulled even with Miami for second place in the NL East. With its seventh victory in nine games, New York remained 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the league’s second wild card.
Rookie left-hander Josh Smoker (1-0) struck out two in a perfect inning for his first major league win.
CARDINALS 6, BREWERS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Stephen Piscotty scored on a throwing error in the ninth inning after Carlos Martinez struck out a career-high 13, leading the St. Louis past Milwaukee.
With two on and nobody out in the ninth, Yadier Molina dropped down a bunt. Reliever Tyler Thornburg (5-5) threw to third base for a force out, but Jonathan Villar’s throw to first was wild, allowing Piscotty to score.
After Martinez held Milwaukee to one run over six innings, the Brewers scored four runs in the seventh to take a 5-3 lead. St. Louis tied it in the eighth on a two-run homer by Randal Grichuk off Corey Knebel.
Seung Hwan Oh pitched a perfect ninth for his 14th save. Miguel Socolovich (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up his first win.
Jedd Gyorko and Kolten Wong each hit solo home runs for the Cardinals.
INDIANS 1, TWINS 0, 10 INNINGS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis’ 10th-inning single scored Chris Gimenez as Cleveland handed Minnesota its 11th straight loss.
Kipnis lined a 1-0 pitch from Brandon Kintzler (0-1) with one out to left-center to finally break up the scoreless game.
Abraham Almonte pushed a bunt past Kintzler and beat the throw to first to start the inning. Gimenez fouled off two bunt attempts before poking a single through the right side with Almonte moving to second.
Third baseman Miguel Sano fielded Rajai Davis’ slow roller. Third base umpire Ron Kupla ruled Sano tagged Almonte and the call was upheld after a Cleveland challenge.
Kipnis then hit the second pitch from Kinztler for the game-winner.
Zach McAllister (3-2) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th, retiring Max Kepler on a fly ball to end the inning.
TIGERS 4, WHITE SOX 3
DETROIT (AP) — Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift Detroit.
Justin Upton also went deep for the Tigers, who pulled within a game of Baltimore for the American League’s second wild card.
Detroit trailed 3-2 after a solo homer in the seventh by Chicago’s Tyler Saladino, but Saltalamacchia’s towering drive to right-center off Nate Jones (5-3) put the Tigers ahead.
Justin Wilson (4-4) got the win in relief, and Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 37th save in 40 chances.
Saladino drove in all three Chicago runs. James Shields allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.
RED SOX 9, RAYS 4
BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello had a simple answer to why he can’t think about his current success.
He knows there are a lot more important things he’s helping the Boston Red Sox chase.
Porcello became the majors’ first 18-game winner and the first Red Sox pitcher in 70 years to open a season 13-0 in Fenway Park, going seven solid innings in Boston’s 9-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
“When you look at the standings we’re still chasing so there’s nothing to be complacent about. You still have to gain ground on Toronto. We’re not in first place right now,” the right-hander said. “That’s how I kind of view it. I don’t look at it as a personal level: ‘I’m doing well so I can relax.’ We’re still fighting so we can get where we have to be.”
Mookie Betts hit his 30th homer, a solo shot, and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who hold the AL’s first wild-card spot but had lost four of five.
Brock Holt had three hits and drove in two runs, Travis Shaw had three hits and Chris Young added a tiebreaking two-run double for Boston.
The Rays, buried in last in the AL East, have lost three of four.
Porcello (18-3) allowed three runs and six hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk to become the first Boston pitcher since Dave “Boo” Ferriss finished 13-0 at home in 1946 to start a season by winning his initial 13 decisions in Fenway.
“Rick has been a model of consistency,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia missed the game after a death in the family, but he’s expected back Tuesday.
Matt Andriese (6-6) took the loss, giving up a season-high seven runs in four-plus innings. Evan Longoria had two sacrifice flies for the Rays, who split a four-game series against the Red Sox at home last week.
“I just wasn’t at my best, so it’s kind of what happens when you leave some elevated pitches up there,” Andriese said of facing the majors’ top scoring team. “It’s a good hitting lineup and they made me pay.”
The game was tied 2-2 after three innings before Boston took charge with three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth.
“Really impressed with the offense that they came right back and got two quick runs to tie it back up,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “But after that Porcello seemed to kick it in gear and they kind of had Matt’s number a little bit.”
Young lined his two-run double past third baseman Longoria, moving the Red Sox ahead 4-2. Longoria seemed to mistime the speed of the liner, raising his glove a bit late. Holt added an RBI double.
After the Rays cut it to 5-3, Betts lined a run-scoring double into the left-field corner. He scored on Shaw’s infield hit.
Betts homered over the Green Monster, hitting a billboard with the ball bouncing onto the field.
NATIONALS 4, PHILLIES 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tanner Roark threw seven impressive innings, Jayson Werth hit a solo homer and Washington beat Philadelphia.
Roark (14-7) allowed four singles and struck out five. Marc Rzepczynski tossed a perfect eighth and Mark Melancon finished off the four-hitter.
Phillies rookie Jake Thompson (1-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings. It was the longest and best of his five career starts.
Werth lined a solo shot to left in the first against his former team.
Bryce Harper raced home from first on Anthony Rendon’s single to left-center to make it 2-0 in the first. Clint Robinson and Trea Turner had RBI singles off Frank Herrmann in the ninth.
CUBS 8, PIRATES 7, 13 INNINGS
CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Montero hit a game-ending RBI single in the 13th inning, and Chicago rallied for a wild win over Pittsburgh.
Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo set the stage for Montero’s clutch swing with consecutive RBI singles against Jeff Locke (9-8), plating the tying run. After Ben Zobrist was walked intentionally, Montero lined a clean single into left field.
Rob Zastryzny (1-0) got his first major league win despite allowing Josh Harrison’s sacrifice fly in the top half of the inning. Jorge Soler and Willson Contreras homered for the Cubs, and Javier Baez collected four hits.
Pittsburgh had won eight straight road games. It fell 1 1/2 games back of St. Louis for the second NL wild card.
BLUE JAYS 5, ORIOLES 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit his fourth homer in two days and Jose Bautista also went deep in support of Marco Estrada, leading Toronto past Baltimore.
The Blue Jays lead the third-place Orioles by four games in the AL East. Baltimore has lost four out of five and is clinging to the second wild card.
Donaldson hit a solo homer in the fourth to tie it 1-1. The AL MVP had three homers in a 9-6 win over Minnesota on Sunday.
Estrada (8-6) allowed one run and four hits with four strikeouts over seven-plus innings. The Blue Jays have won three of his four starts against the Orioles this year.
J.J. Hardy provided Baltimore’s only run with his eighth homer in the third.
Baltimore left-hander Wade Miley (8-11) allowed three runs and five hits while tying a season high with nine strikeouts over seven innings.
ROYALS 8, YANKEES 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dillon Gee kept the Royals’ momentum going with six sharp innings, Alcides Escobar hit a three-run homer and Kansas City beat the New York Yankees.
Gee (6-7) allowed only four hits and a run in the latest impressive start by the Royals’ staff, helping the reigning World Series champions win for the 18th time in 22 games.
Lorenzo Cain, Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon drove in runs off Michael Pineda (6-11) during a five-hit salvo in the first inning. Pineda then retired 15 straight before getting into a two-on, no-outs jam in the seventh that led to Escobar’s homer off reliever Blake Parker.
Starlin Castro drove in two runs for the Yankees, the second in a four-run eighth inning that forced Kansas City manager Ned Yost to summon fill-in closer Kelvin Herrera.
RANGERS 6, MARINERS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings and Carlos Beltran homered among three hits, helping Texas beat Seattle.
The American League-leading Rangers won the first of six straight games at home against the two teams chasing them in the AL West and dropped the Mariners into third place, a game behind Houston and 9 1/2 back of Texas.
Darvish (5-3) easily outpitched fellow Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma for his third straight win, leaving to a standing ovation with a 6-1 lead in the seventh after throwing 110 pitches, the most since his return from Tommy John surgery.
Sam Dyson struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 30th save, giving Texas 13 strikeouts.
Iwakuma (14-10) lost his third straight start while matching his shortest outing of the season at three innings.
ASTROS 6, ATHLETICS 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered, Joe Musgrove and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as Houston beat Oakland.
Musgrove (2-2) struck out seven, walked three and allowed three hits over 5 1/3 innings, and then Luke Gregerson, Pat Neshek and Brad Peacock closed things out. Musgrove had allowed 13 runs over his last two starts.
Houston closed within two games of the second AL wild card with the win and Baltimore’s loss.
A’s starter Sean Manaea (5-9) left after 3 1/3 innings with a right rhomboid strain.
Altuve hit his second homer in two games to lead off the sixth and extend Houston’s lead to 3-0.
Alex Bregman hit a two-run single and Carlos Correa had an RBI single as part of a three-run seventh.
ROCKIES 8, DODGERS 1
DENVER (AP) — Jon Gray pitched six scoreless innings, Nick Hundley hit a two-run homer and the Colorado beat NL West-leading Los Angeles.
Gray (9-6) surrendered four hits and struck out eight in a crisp performance for his first win since Aug. 2. He was helped out by centerfielder Charlie Blackmon, who made a sliding catch in the fifth to thwart a big inning.
DJ LeMahieu had a two-run double in a five-run seventh that turned a pitching duel into a rout.
Kenta Maeda (13-8) was electric once again at Coors Field — except for a hanging slider to Hundley in the fourth. The right-hander with the quirky delivery allowed four hits over five innings. Maeda has a 2.12 ERA in three starts at the hitter friendly park.
ANGELS 9, REDS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each hit one of the Angels’ five home runs in a win over Cincinnati.
Trout went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs, joining Alex Rodriguez as one of two players to score 100 runs five times before his age-25 season.
Pujols hit his 586th homer, tying Frank Robinson for ninth on the career list.
Kole Calhoun was a triple short of the cycle, and C.J. Cron homered among his three hits for the Angels.
Matt Shoemaker (9-13) allowed two runs and seven hits over seven innings. After giving up a two-run homer to Joey Votto in the first, Shoemaker settled in to win his third straight decision.
Dan Straily (10-7) allowed seven runs in 2 2/3 innings.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Francisco lefty Matt Moore lost his no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning on a soft, clean single by Corey Seager, and the Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 Thursday night.
Moore’s try ended on his 133rd and final pitch — he missed most of the last two seasons after Tommy John surgery. He was immediately pulled after Seager’s hit plopped onto the grass in shallow right field.
Giants center fielder Denard Span sprinted for two outstanding catches, including a leadoff grab in the ninth, to give Moore a chance.
Moore earned his first win for the Giants since they got him in a trade with Tampa Bay on Aug. 1.
Moore nearly gave San Francisco a major league record five straight years with a no-hitter. And he almost became the first Giants pitcher to no-hit the archrival Dodgers since 1915, when New York’s Rube Marquard stopped Brooklyn.
NATIONALS 4, ORIOLES 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer allowed two hits over eight innings, Bryce Harper had a two-run double and Washington avoided a four-game home-and-home sweep.
Scherzer (14-7) struck out 10 and did not walk a batter. He retired 12 straight after Adam Jones’ fourth-inning double and 21 of 22 before Mark Trumbo’s leadoff single in the eighth.
Jayson Werth’s solo home run staked Washington to a 1-0 lead. Daniel Murphy’s RBI double in the eighth came before Harper’s second hit helped the Nationals pull away.
The Nationals had lost four straight including three in a row to the Orioles, who won twice in Baltimore before the teams shifted to Washington.
Ubaldo Jimenez (5-11) allowed one run and five hits over six innings.
Trumbo stole second base with two outs in the eighth, but J.J. Hardy flied out to deep center field on Scherzer’s 95th and final pitch. Mark Melancon allowed one hit in the ninth.
METS 10, CARDINALS 6
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright lost his glove trying to tag out Yoenis Cespedes and lost the game, too, when Alejandro De Aza homered and drove in five runs for New York.
Seth Lugo (1-2) pitched five scoreless innings for his first big league win. The Mets took two of three to win their first series at Busch Stadium since 2008.
Brandon Moss hit two home runs for the Cardinals and Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty also connected.
The Mets led 3-0 in the fifth when Wainwright (9-8) and Cespedes were involved in a bizarre play.
Cespedes tried to go from first to third on a bloop single by James Loney. When several Cardinals chased the ball, Wainwright covered third base. Cespedes slid and his cleat pinned Wainwright’s glove to the bag — he would’ve been out, but when Wainwright pulled away his hand, the mitt stayed stuck under Cespedes’ foot. Because Wainwright didn’t control the ball, Cespedes was called safe in a ruling upheld by replay. Moments later, De Aza hit a three-run homer to make it 7-0.
BRAVES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Wisler, called up from Triple-A in time to start for Atlanta, didn’t allow Arizona a hit for six innings.
The 23-year-old Wisler (5-11) allowed a run and two hits with four strikeouts and three walks in eight innings. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth inning for his 12th save.
Paul Goldschmidt broke up Wisler’s no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the seventh. Goldschmidt scored on Chris Owings’ groundout.
Robbie Ray (7-12) was the loser.
ANGELS 6, BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Albert Pujols reached the 100-RBI mark for the 13th time, the fifth player in history to achieve the feat, Mike Trout had three hits and drove in four runs, and Los Angeles beat Toronto.
Jered Weaver pitched 5 2/3 innings to snap a three-start losing streak and help the Angels win consecutive games for the first time since Aug. 2-3.
The Angels also prevented J.A. Happ from becoming the first 18-game winner in the majors. After winning 11 straight decisions, Happ (17-4) suffered his first lost since June 10 at Detroit. He allowed four runs and six hits in five innings.
One day after his 584th home run moved him past Mark McGwire into sole possession of 10th place on the career list, Pujols joined Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Alex Rodriguez and Babe Ruth as the only players with 100 or more RBIs in 13 seasons.
RANGERS 9, INDIANS 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Hamels allowed only two singles over eight innings for his 14th victory, Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat with Texas and the AL-best Rangers beat Clevelandin the opener of a four-game series matching division leaders.
Hamels (14-4) retired 19 straight batters after Francisco Lindor’s two-out single to left in the first. The only other baserunner for the Indians was Carlos Santana after a leadoff hit in the eighth, though he was stranded at second after advancing on a passed ball.
Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor also homered for the Rangers (75-53).
Josh Tomlin (11-8) lost his fifth consecutive start in August.
ROYALS 5, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Alcides Escobar homered and drove in two runs to lead surging Kansas City past Miami.
Salvador Perez and Kendrys Morales also drove in runs. The defending champion Royals have won 15 of 18 to pull within four games of the second AL wild card spot.
Edison Volquez (10-10) pitched five innings and allowed two runs, both unearned, and three hits.
The Royals’ bullpen, which has been a successful formula for the reigning two-time AL pennant winners, pitched four scoreless innings to push its franchise-record scoreless streak to 38 2/3 innings — the best in the majors since 2002-03 when San Francisco tossed 39 1/3 straight.
Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.
Tom Koehler (9-9) was the loser.
PIRATES 3, BREWERS 2, 10 INNINGS
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit a home run and a pair of RBI singles, including the tiebreaker in the 10th inning, and Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee to stop a nine-game skid at Miller Park.
McCutchen has 44 RBIs in 56 career games at Miller Park, his highest total at any opposing park.
McCutchen homered into the second tier of seats in left field off Wily Peralta in the first for his 18th home run of the season. He then hit an RBI single that beat the shift in the third.
Pinch-hitter John Jaso blooped a single off Carlos Torres (2-3), advanced on a sacrifice, took third on a ground out and scored on McCutchen’s liner through the right side of the infield.
Antonio Bastardo (2-0) picked up the win in relief, and Tony Watson pitched a scoreless 10th for his eighth save.
RAYS 2, RED SOX 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Enny Romero earned his first major league save, relieving with two outs in the ninth inning and fanning Boston slugger David Ortiz to give Tampa Bay a four-game split.
After Tyler Sturdevant struck out Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. to begin the ninth, Romero was summoned. Romero sent Ortiz to the ground with a high-and-tight 1-2 fastball, then got him to look at strike three. A day earlier, the 40-year-old Ortiz reached 30 home runs and 100 RBIs. Ortiz was rested for the final day of an 11-game road trip that saw Boston go 7-4. The Red Sox, who began the day tied with Toronto for the AL East lead, lost the final two games of the series.
Mikie Mahtook ended a stretch of 34 hitless at-bats with a go-ahead double in the seventh off Drew Pomeranz (10-10). Jake Odorizzi (9-5) improved to 6-0 in eight starts since the All-Star break. He gave up one run and five hits in seven innings.
WHITE SOX 7, MARINERS 6
CHICAGO (AP) — Todd Frazier tied it with an RBI single in the seventh inning and lifted Chicago past Seattle with a line drive down the left-field line in the ninth.
Adam Eaton led off the ninth with a bloop single off Nick Vincent (3-4) and went to second on Tim Anderson’s sacrifice. Jose Abreu was walked intentionally before Frazier’s liner over third scored Eaton, leading to a pileup of players behind the pitcher’s mound.
David Robertson (4-2) worked around a walk and two incidents of fans running on the field in the ninth that delayed play for several minutes.
Robinson Cano hit his 29th home run and the Mariners wasted a solid return off the disabled list by James Paxton in their third straight loss.
TIGERS 8, TWINS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — James McCann had a three-run homer and finished with four hits, Daniel Norris pitched into the seventh inning and Detroit completed a sweep for Minnesota’s seventh straight loss.
The Tigers are 10-2 against the Twins this year. They have won eight in a row at Target Field.
Norris (2-2) struck out five in 6 1/3 innings, allowing six hits without a walk in his longest and strongest start this season. He took a shutout in the sixth, surrendering RBI singles by Robbie Grossman and Eduardo Escobar over his last two innings.
Francisco Rodriguez struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 35th save. Jose Berrios (2-4) was the loser.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Randal Grichuk hit a grand slam to cap a six-run burst in the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals stopped the Cubs’ 11-game winning streak, beating Chicago 8-4 on Saturday.
After a run-scoring wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the eighth put the Cardinals ahead 4-2, Grichuk connected.
Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko also homered for St. Louis.
Addison Russell hit his 14th homer for the NL Central-leading Cubs.
Alex Reyes (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to get the win.
St. Louis starter Luke Weaver gave up two runs on four hits in his major league debut. The 22-year-old was lifted for a pinch hitter after four innings and 85 pitches.
Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1) allowed five runs while getting only two outs.
Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks struck out 12, matching a career best, in seven innings. He gave up five hits, including two homers. His ERA rose slightly from 2.17 to 2.19.
YANKEES 8, RAYS 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge became the first teammates to hit home runs in the first at-bats of their major league debuts in the same game, sparking New York past Tampa Bay.
And New York’s 24-year-old newbies did it back-to-back in a five-pitch span during the second inning.
Called up before the game as part of a youth movement that led to Alex Rodriguez’s release, Austin batted seventh and sliced a 2-2 fastball from Matt Andriese (6-4) to the opposite field. The 331-foot drive down the right-field line landed in the first row over the short porch, about 3 feet fair.
Judge drove a 1-2 changeup 446 feet off the railing above a sports bar in center field and into the netting above Monument Park. Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer in fifth for a 6-3 lead, and Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius also went deep.
Brad Miller homered twice for Tampa Bay, a three-run drive and a solo shot off Masahiro Tanaka (9-4).
INDIANS 5, ANGELS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Mike Clevinger took a no-hitter into the sixth inning to get his first major league win and Cleveland one-hit Los Angeles.
Andrelton Simmons got Los Angeles’ only hit on a grounder with two outs in the sixth. Shortstop Francisco Lindor got his glove on the ball while ranging to his right, but it bounced into left field for a single.
Clevinger (1-1) was removed after that to a standing ovation. The right-hander allowed one run, struck out three, walked four and threw 91 pitches. Clevinger was drafted by the Angels in 2011 and traded to the Indians three years later for reliever Vinnie Pestano.
Matt Shoemaker (6-13) allowed five runs in six innings for the Angels, who have dropped nine straight, their longest losing streak since 1999.
GIANTS 6, ORIOLES 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner snapped a five-start winless streak with seven shutout innings, Denard Span had four RBIs and San Francisco beat Baltimore.
Bumgarner (11-7) had lost five of his previous seven decisions. He allowed just three hits, struck out eight and allowed three walks.
The victory kept the Giants alone atop the NL West, a game ahead of Los Angeles. The Orioles fell out of first place in the AL East, a half-game behind Toronto.
Span sparked the Giants with two-run singles in the second and sixth innings. Both came with two outs.
Santiago Casilla faced one batter to get his 27th save. Kevin Gausman (3-10) was the loser.
DODGERS 8, PIRATES 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson homered and Los Angeles had 17 hits and a pair of successful challenges in victory over Pittsburgh.
Pederson had his 17th homer, a two-run shot and finished with three hits. Corey Seager also three hits and an RBI, and Los Angeles overcame a 3-1 deficit by scoring in each of the first six innings.
Jung Ho Kang hit his 12th home run for the Pirates.
After Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy was forced from the game in the second inning with right hip stiffness, Josh Fields, Julio Urias (3-2), Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez, Josh Ravin and Kenley Jansen combined to hold Pittsburgh to one run over 7 1/3 innings. Jansen got his 35th save.
Gerrit Cole (7-8) gave up 12 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
PHILLIES 6, ROCKIES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco hit a three-run homer, then was in the middle of a testy exchange that led to the benches clearing and a pair of ejections in Philadelphia’s victory over Colorado.
On a hot, humid evening with a gametime temperature of 93 degrees and a heat index of 105, tempers flared in the fourth inning. Rockies starter Tyler Anderson (4-4) plunked Franco on the leg with his first pitch. Franco, who homered in his previous at-bat, stayed at home plate and stared out at Anderson while players from both teams barked at each other. Anderson moved toward Franco and appeared to tell him to go to first base and that he didn’t hit him intentionally.
No punches were thrown but both Anderson and Rockies manager Walt Weiss were ejected by plate umpire Eric Cooper. Anderson had to be restrained while walking angrily back to the dugout.
Philadelphia’s Cesar Hernandez had two hits to extend his on-base streak to 20 games.
Daniel Descalso and Tony Wolters homered for Colorado, and Carlos Gonzalez extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 19 games.
Jerad Eickhoff (8-12) was the winner, and Jeanmar Gomez finished for his 30th save.
METS 3, PADRES 2, 11 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Wilmer Flores drove in the winning run when rookie second baseman Ryan Schimpf made a wild throw to plate in the 11th inning, and New York brushed off two stunning homers to beat San Diego.
Just called up from the minors, Gabriel Ynoa (1-0) pitched a perfect inning to win his major league debut after Jacob deGrom gave the Mets a dominant start. Flores finished with three hits, and the defending NL champions (58-58) won for only the fourth time in their last 17 home games.
Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers each hit a tying homer for the Padres. Myers connected off All-Star closer Jeurys Familia with two outs in the ninth.
Neil Walker singled against Brandon Maurer (0-3) leading off the 11th and alertly hustled to third with one out on James Loney’s soft single to left field as the Padres, caught in a defensive shift, scrambled to cover the bag. With the infield playing halfway, Flores hit a grounder over the mound that was fielded in front of second base by Schimpf. Rather than try for an inning-ending double play, Schimpf fired home and his throw sailed well wide as Walker slid in safely.
BLUE JAYS 4, ASTROS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, Aaron Sanchez pitched seven innings to help Toronto end Houston’s winning streak at four.
Sanchez (12-2) survived a shaky first inning to win for the first time since July 25 against San Diego. Jason Grilli pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 26th save.
Josh Donaldson homered off Collin McHugh (7-10) in the first, his 28th of the season. Toronto has won seven of nine meetings with the Astros this season.
Houston’s Jose Altuve had two hits, a double and a triple, giving him 997 for his career. Altuve has reached safely in 43 straight road games.
NATIONALS 7, BRAVES 6
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, rookie Reynaldo Lopez pitched seven innings for his first major league win and Washington beat Atlanta.
Trea Turner had three hits, including a homer and one of Washington’s three triples. Ben Revere had the other two and drove in a run for the NL East leaders.
The Nationals played their fifth straight game without injured right fielder Bryce Harper and first without former closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was released before the game to make room on the roster for Lopez (1-1). The right-handed Lopez allowed one run and five hits.
Mark Melancon got the final three outs for his 33rd save. Rob Whalen (1-1) was the loser.
TWINS 5, ROYALS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier hit his 25th home run of the season and the 100th of his career, leading Tyler Duffey and Minnesota past Kansas City.
Dozier has 17 homers since June 25, most in the majors over that span. He also doubled and scored twice to held the Twins end a four-game losing streak. Robbie Grossman also homered.
For the second time this season, the Twins homered three times off Royals starter Dillon Gee (4-6).
Eddie Rosario’s two-run shot in the fifth inning put the Twins ahead 4-1. Dozier followed him with a towering drive deep into the second deck in left.
Duffey (8-8) won for the third time in three starts this month. Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless eighth, and Brandon Kintzler finished for the save.
WHITE SOX 8, MARLINS 7
MIAMI (AP) — Dioner Navarro scored the go-ahead run on a strikeout, capping a bizarre eighth-inning comeback in Chicago’s comeback victory over Miami.
The White Sox blew an early 4-0 lead and trailed 7-6 to start the eighth. They rallied against Kyle Barraclough (6-3) with the help of a walk, two wild pitches and Justin Morneau’s first pinch-hit of the year, a double. After Morneau tied it, the Sox had runners at the corners with two out. Melky Cabrera took a weak swing at a 2-2 pitch in the dirt, but the ball skipped away from catcher J.T. Realmuto, allowing Cabrera to reach first while Navarro came home from third.
White Sox starter James Shields allowed 10 hits and seven runs in three-plus innings. Chris Beck (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first career victory, and David Robertson earned his 29th save.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 25th homer for the Marlins, and Martin Prado added a three-run shot. Dan Coats hit his first career homer for Chicago.
TIGERS 2, RANGERS 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Casey McGehee had four of Detroit’s 14 hits against Cole Hamels, Matt Boyd pitched seven scoreless innings and the Tigers beat AL-leading Texas to snap a five-game losing streak.
Boyd (4-2) limited the Rangers to two hits with three strikeouts and two walks in his longest start this season. The left-hander is 4-0 his last six starts.
Detroit opened the fifth with three consecutive singles, McGehee leading it off and scoring on a hit by Victor Martinez for a 1-0 lead. McGehee added an RBI double an inning later.
The 14 hits were the most ever allowed by Hamels (12-4), who also walked three, but the Tigers left 11 runners on base against him, seven in scoring position. The lefty benefited from a double play, two outfield assists and a pickoff for his final out of the game.
Shane Greene worked the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 36 chances.
MARINERS 4, ATHLETICS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz homered, leading Seattle over Oakland for its seventh victory in eight games.
Cruz hit his 29th home run leading off the fourth inning. Seth Smith singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the fifth, and Cano hit the next pitch from Kendall Graveman (8-8) over the center-field wall for his 26th homer.
Hisashi Iwakuma (14-7) pitched into the sixth for his eighth win in the last nine starts. Edwin Diaz retired three batters for his sixth save.
Khris Davis homered for the second consecutive day for Oakland.
RED SOX 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3
BOSTON (AP) — Brock Holt hit a two-run homer, Sandy Leon had a solo shot and Boston beat Arizona.
Rookie Andrew Benintendi and Dustin Pedroia each had two hits and drove in a run for Boston. The Red Sox have won two in row after losing four of five.
Robbie Ross Jr. (2-2) worked an inning of relief for the win after starter Clay Buchholz gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a spot start. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 19th save.
Archie Bradley (4-8) allowed six runs — four earned — in 5 1/3 innings.
REDS 11, BREWERS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run home run during an eight-run sixth inning in Cincinnati’s victory over Milwaukee.
The Reds had seven hits in the inning, and Milwaukee added two errors and a wild pitch by starter Zach Davies (9-5) that led to a run.
Joey Votto had four hits and two RBIs, and the Reds finished with 16 hits.
Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun hit a solo homer off Dan Straily (8-6) in the sixth. Scooter Gennett had four hits for Milwaukee, and Martin Maldonado also homered.
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NEW YORK (AP) — His pregame tribute ended by a storm, Alex Rodriguez soaked in repeated cheers during his final game in pinstripes, getting one more hit for the New York Yankees and returning to third base one last time.
On a night filled with nostalgia as the Yankees and Rodriguez turn to uncertain futures, baseball’s most notorious star of the last two decades drove a 96 mph fastball from Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer into the right-center field gap in the first inning of New York’s 6-3 victory Friday.
And with the sellout crowd of 46,459 chanting “We want A-Rod!” the 41-year-old designated hitter trotted to third base for the first time in 15 months at the start of the ninth inning as the organist played “Thanks for Memory.” He was replaced after a leadoff strikeout, hugging his teammates. A-Rod ran back on the field for more hugs after the final out, grabbing a handful of dirt from the infield.
Rodriguez grounded out, struck out and bounced out again on the first pitch in his last at-bat. The 1-for-4 night left him with a .200 average, nine homers and 31 RBIs in his 12th and final Yankees season.
Rodriguez has 696 home runs, fourth on the career list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). Rodriguez said last Sunday he had accepted an offer to play one final home game and then become a team adviser through 2017, tasked with mentoring young players.
Starlin Castro had four RBIs for the Yankees, hitting a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth off Archer (6-16) that gave CC Sabathia (7-9) his second win since mid-June. Dellin Betances got the save.
CUBS 13, CARDINALS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Szczur hit two home runs and Chicago won its 11th straight game, backing Jake Arrieta and battering St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright.
Willson Contreras launched a three-run shot to cap a five-run second inning, and Javier Baez and Jorge Soler also went deep to make things easy for Arrieta (14-5).
The Cubs’ winning streak is their longest since a 12-game run in 2001. They pulled 14 games ahead of scuffling St. Louis in the NL Central and improved the best record in the majors to 73-41.
Szczur and Kris Bryant each had three hits. The Cubs roughed up Wainwright (9-7) for seven runs and chased him after two innings, tying his shortest outing in 245 career starts.
Arrieta pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning and gave up four hits overall.
Stephen Piscotty and Jedd Gyorko homered for the Cardinals.
RED SOX 9, DIAMONDBACKS 4
BOSTON (AP) — Hanley Ramirez hit two three-run homers, and David Ortiz also homered to help Boston rout Arizona.
Boston scored four runs in each of the first two innings, ending a streak of 14 scoreless innings by the Diamondbacks’ starting pitchers. Arizona committed two first-inning errors.
Ortiz had three hits, including his 1,000th extra-base hit with Boston. It was all the run support needed for David Price (10-8), who struck out eight in eight innings to pick up the win.
Patrick Corbin (4-12) lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs and nine hits, including both of Ramirez’s homers. Rickie Weeks homered for Arizona.
ASTROS 5, BLUE JAYS 3
TORONTO (AP) — Joe Musgrove pitched seven innings for his first major league win, Teoscar Hernandez homered for his first big league hit and Houston beat Toronto.
Designated hitter Evan Gattis had four hits, including two doubles. Hernandez had two hits and reached base three times, and Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve each had two RBIs each to help Houston extend its winning streak to four.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 300th home run and Michael Saunders had his career-high 20th for Toronto. Encarnacion has 32 home runs this season to tie Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo for the major league lead.
Making his second career start, and facing the team that drafted him in 2011, Musgrove (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits. Pat Neshek handled the eighth and Will Harris worked around Encarnacion’s homer in the ninth for his 12th save. Francisco Liriano (6-12) was the loser.
INDIANS 13, ANGELS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rajai Davis and Jose Ramirez each stole three bases to help Cleveland tie the franchise record with eight, and Brandon Guyer drove in five runs against Los Angeles.
Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor added steals for Cleveland to match the record that was first accomplished on Aug. 27, 1917, against the Washington Senators. The eight steals allowed also are the most in club history for the Angels.
Guyer homered in the second and had two-run singles in the fifth and eighth. Ramirez was 3 for 5 with a home run — extending his hitting streak to 16 games — and Kipnis was 4 for 5 for the AL Central leaders.
Carlos Carrasco (8-6) won for the first time since July 20. Tyler Skaggs (1-1) gave up seven runs in five innings for the Angels. Albert Pujols drove in two runs and Kole Calhoun homered.
Los Angeles has lost eight in a row, its longest losing streak since 1999.
PHILLIES 10, ROCKIES 6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Howard hit a grand slam and drove in five runs to help Jake Thompson earn his first major league victory and lead Philadelphia past Colorado.
Charlie Blackmon hit three solo home runs and D.J. LeMahieu also went deep for Colorado.
Howard extended his franchise record with his 14th grand slam, launching a 1-0 pitch from Jon Gray (8-6) into the bullpen in right-center field to break a 3-3 tie.
Thompson (1-1) earned his first win in his second career start after allowing three runs and two hits with six strikeouts and three walks in five innings. He accomplished a rare feat when he recorded four strikeouts in one inning, becoming the first Phillies pitcher to have four strikeouts in one inning since Doc White did it against Brooklyn in the fifth inning on July 21, 1902.
PADRES 8, METS 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Ryan Schimpf hit a grand slam and added a two-run shot in San Diego’s victory over New York.
Jabari Blash and Christian Bethancourt also homered early to help the Padres hand the Mets their fourth straight loss and sixth in seven games. The defending NL champions (57-58) fell below .500 for the first time since April 17.
One day after getting swept at home by last-place Arizona, the Mets again failed to look like legitimate wild-card contenders. San Diego, which has alternated wins and losses since July 26, jumped out to a 5-0 six batters into the game — including Schimpf’s grand slam. Logan Verrett (3-8) was the loser.
BRAVES 8, NATIONALS 5
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jace Peterson, Freddie Freeman and Anthony Recker homered and Atlanta beat Washington to snap a 14-game losing streak in the nation’s capital.
Atlanta hadn’t won in Washington since Sept. 10, 2014, and was 0-6 against the NL East leaders this season.
Mike Foltynewicz (6-5) allowed four runs over 5 2-3 innings to help Atlanta win for the 11th time in 17 games. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 13 tries. Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg (15-3) struggled at home again, surrendering six runs in 5 1/3 innings.
REDS 7, BREWERS 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Homer Bailey struck out 11 in six scoreless innings in his third game back from Tommy John surgery in Cincinnati’s victory over Milwaukee.
Adam Duvall hit his 27th home run and Billy Hamilton stole three bases to push his major league-leading total to 51.
Bailey (2-1) struck out Jonathan Villar looking to open the game and finished by fanning the side in the sixth. He allowed three hits.
Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson (6-12) labored through five innings, allowing three runs off six hits and three walks. Ramon Flores hit a solo shot in the eighth, and Manny Pina hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth for the Brewers.
ROYALS 7, TWINS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yordano Ventura won consecutive starts for the first time in two months, Kendrys Morales homered in his return from a one-game suspension and Kansas City beat Minnesota.
Ventura (8-9) struck out nine in seven innings, allowing four hits, one walk and three runs, pitching the Royals to their fifth win in the last six games.
Miguel Sano homered for the fifth time in the last seven games and Brian Dozier hit a two-run shot, giving Twins starter Kyle Gibson (4-7) a one-run lead he took into the fifth inning.
Salvador Perez’s bat broke on a two-strike, two-out, two-run bloop single with the bases loaded that gave the Royals a 4-3 lead. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe awkwardly backpedaled for the slowly rising ball, but it cleared his head and landed in front of diving shortstop Jorge Polanco.
ATHLETICS 6, MARINERS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yonder Alonso hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning off rookie Joe Wieland and Oakland ended Seattle’s winning streak at six games.
Khris Davis added his career-high 28th home run, Marcus Semien matched his career high with four hits and Stephen Vogt had an RBI double to help the A’s win for the fourth time in five games.
Sean Manaea (4-7) gave up three hits, walked three and struck out four. Ryan Madson retired three batters for his 25th save.
Wieland (0-1) was the loser. Kyle Seager homered for Seattle.
WHITE SOX 4, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Rodon pitched six innings for his first victory since May and Chicago beat Miami.
Adam Eaton tied a career high with four hits for Chicago in its first game in Miami since 2004.
Rodon (3-8) allowed one run and three hits while striking out four and walking three in a 122-pitch outing. David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 34 chances.
Andrew Cashner (4-9) was the loser.
ORIOLES 5, GIANTS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mark Trumbo regained the major league lead with his 33rd home run and Baltimore moved back into first place in the AL East.
Trumbo’s two-run homer in the third inning off Giants starter Matt Cain (4-7) traveled an estimated 441 feet.
The Orioles’ win, coupled with the Blue Jays’ 5-3 loss to Houston, moved Baltimore back into first place by a half-game over Toronto. The Giants retained their one-game lead in the NL West over the Dodgers, who lost 5-1 to Pittsburgh.
Chris Davis led off the fifth with his 24th homer for the Orioles, who are 4-4 on a 10-game road trip that ends Sunday in San Francisco.
Matt Wieters and Adam Jones had RBIs in the Orioles’ two-run second.
Denard Span drove in San Francisco’s first run with a third-inning double. Brandon Belt added an RBI single in the ninth.
Dylan Bundy (6-3) allowed one run and three hits in 5 2-3 innings for Baltimore. Zach Britton got the final three outs for his AL-leading 36th save.
PIRATES 5, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer homered to lead newcomer Ivan Nova and Pittsburgh.
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BOSTON (AP) — Alex Rodriguez got the raucous booing he expected and the victory his team needed.
Rodriguez drove in a run with a bases-loaded dribbler, capping a three-run rally in the eighth inning that lifted the New York Yankees over the Red Sox 4-2 on Thursday night and sent New York’s polarizing designated hitter out of Boston with one last victory.
“It was a lot of fun to be out there,” Rodriguez said after his only start in the series. “Kind of a funny hit at the end. Not how I pictured it when I woke up this morning, but definitely I’m glad that run came in and we won the game.”
Rodriguez is set to play his final game for New York on Friday night at Yankee Stadium against Tampa Bay. The slumping 41-year-old will then be released and become an adviser and instructor for the team.
Rodriguez was 0 for 4 and loudly jeered throughout the game, which turned in the Yankees’ favor on a crucial fielding mistake that allowed them to overcome a 2-1 deficit and take two out of three in the series.
Rodriguez lined out, popped out and struck out before his tapper in front of the plate in the eighth rolled maybe 10 feet — far enough for Brett Gardner to score from third and put New York up 4-2.
“That’s how I’m going to remember it — the RBI,” Rodriguez said. “I’m not going to tell anyone how it came.”
Rodriguez has started twice in 18 games since July 22 and is in a 4-for-41 slide. He sat Tuesday in the opener and flied out as a pinch hitter in the Yankees’ 9-4 win Wednesday — his first at-bat in more than a week. Manager Joe Girardi fulfilled an earlier promise to put him in the lineup Thursday and said he wasn’t going to pinch-hit for Rodriguez in the eighth.
“I really thought he might hit a ball in the seats tonight,” Girardi said. “But it ends up being a big run. It really does.”
The RBI for Rodriguez came after the Red Sox intentionally walked Chase Headley with one out. And it punctuated the frustration for Boston fans who had just seen former Red Sox star Jacoby Ellsbury, booed almost as loudly as Rodriguez, hit a fly ball to left field that rookie Andrew Benintendi misread with the bases loaded.
“It went in the lights, but that’s no excuse. I should have caught it,” Benintendi said. “It’s just one of those things. Not much you can do about it. I tried to put my glove up where I thought it was going to be.”
The ball went past Benintendi, allowing two runs to score on what was originally ruled a sacrifice fly and error. After the game, it was changed to a two-run double.
The Yankees’ other run came on Austin Romine’s solo homer to left in the third.
Dellin Betances earned his third save, striking out Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts with runners at the corners to end it.
Luis Cessa (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings. Brad Ziegler (0-3) got the loss.
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up one run and three hits in seven innings.
Hanley Ramirez drove in both runs for Boston with a single in the first and an RBI double in the fifth off Michael Pineda.
Ramirez later was knocked down in a collision by Gary Sanchez while trying to field a bounced throw at first base. Ramirez was checked by a trainer and stayed in the game.
CUBS 4, CARDINALS 3, 11 INNINGS
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo drew a bases-loaded walk from Zach Duke with two outs in the 11th inning and Chicago beat St. Louis for its 10th consecutive victory.
Pinch-hitters Willson Contreras and Jorge Soler led off with singles against Duke (2-1) and Dexter Fowler walked to load the bases with one out. Kris Bryant struck out before Rizzo took a 3-1 pitch inside to give the Cubs their longest winning streak since getting 12 straight in 2001.
Mike Montgomery (4-5) allowed a single and two walks to load the bases in the 11th before striking out Matt Carpenter. He won for the first time for Chicago since being acquired from Seattle last month.
The Cardinals fell 13 games behind Chicago in the NL Central and lost Matt Holliday in the 10th after he was hit on the right hand by Mike Montgomery’s 94 mph fastball.
ORIOLES 9, ATHLETICS 6
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit a grand slam for his major league-leading 32nd homer and drove in five runs to help Baltimore beat Oakland.
The Orioles had been shut out for 17 straight innings and lost their lead in the AL East following three consecutive one-run losses in the series before Trumbo sparked them.
The All-Star slugger hit an RBI single in a three-run fourth, then connected the next inning for his third career grand slam.
Chris Tillman (15-4) allowed two runs over seven innings for his first victory since July 21. He’s Baltimore’s first 15-game winner since Bud Norris and Wei-Yin Chen in 2014.
Zach Britton retired three batters for his AL-leading 35th save of the season and his 37th consecutive dating to last season. The A’s loaded the bases in the ninth after a replay overturn before Britton got Danny Valencia to ground out to end it.
Andrew Triggs (0-1) was the loser.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Last-place Arizona rattled New York’s Noah Syndergaard with four more stolen bases, then broke it open in a six-run sixth inning that included Chris Owings’ bases-loaded triple.
Braden Shipley (2-1) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings in his fourth big league start to help the Diamondbacks sweep the three-game series. Zack Godley and Dominic Leone finished the five-hitter.
After brushing aside Syndergaard (9-7), the Diamondbacks began their sixth-inning burst against Jon Niese with Tuffy Gosewisch’s leadoff homer. Owings had his second straight three-hit game, finishing with a single, double and triple.
Arizona had 13 stolen bases in the series — one shy of Baltimore’s season total, three more than the Diamondbacks’ previous mark for any series and the most in a three-game series against the Mets. Paul Goldschmidt had two of them, and Socrates Brito and Shipley one each.
Runners have swiped 36 bases in 40 tries against Syndergaard this year and are 51 for 56 against him in his career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
ROYALS 2, WHITE SOX 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danny Duffy pitched his first complete game to win his eighth straight decision, and Cheslor Cuthbert had two hits and drove in a run in Kansas City’s victory over Chicago.
Duffy (9-1) limited the White Sox to seven singles, struck out six and walked none. He has not lost since June 6 and has a 1.73 ERA in his past five starts.
Cuthbert tripled home Jarrod Dyson in the sixth. Dyson was initially called out trying to steal second, but the Royals appealed and the call was overturned. Cuthbert then scored the go-ahead run on Eric Hosmer’s single off Carson Fulmer (0-2).
ASTROS 15, TWINS 7, 1ST GAME
ASTROS 10, TWINS 2, 2ND GAME
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Gattis homered and had four RBIs, Carlos Correa went deep for the third straight game and Houston Astros beat Minnesota 10-2 to sweep a split doubleheader.
Houston had 16 hits after a season-high 19 in a 15-7 afternoon victory. The doubleheader was necessitated by a rainout Wednesday night, a game Minnesota led 5-0 in the third before the storms hit.
Jose Altuve had four hits in the first game and was 1 for 4 in the second. He leads the majors with a .365 batting average and has reached base in 41 straight road games.
Chris Devenski (1-4) won the second game for his first major league victory.
Tommy Milone (3-4) was the loser.
In the opener, Altuve also had three RBIs and three runs, and Marwin Gonzalez tied a career high with four hits. Doug Fister (11-7) was the winner, and Jose Berrios (2-3) the loser.
Kennys Vargas homered from each side of the plate for Minnesota.
ROCKIES 12, RANGERS 9
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez had a bases-clearing double in a five-run, eighth-inning rally and Colorado held on to end AL West-leading Texas’ winning streak at five games.
After David Dahl drew a bases-loaded walk from Matt Bush with two outs to tie it at 9, Gonzalez doubled into the left-center gap.
Texas tied it at 7 when Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland hit back-to-back homers to start the seventh. Elvis Andrus had an RBI double later in the inning after twice failing to get down a bunt, and another run came home on Ian Desmond’s grounder to make it 9-7.
But Colorado rallied in the eighth when lefty Jake Diekman (3-2) gave up a walk and consecutive singles to left-handers before Bush relieved him.
Scott Oberg (1-1) was the winner, and Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth for his first save.
Charlie Blackmon homered, doubled and singled twice for Colorado. Rougned Odor had an RBI triple and a two-run homer for the Rangers.
INDIANS 14, ANGELS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Napoli was 4 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs, Lonnie Chisenhall drove in four and Cleveland routed Los Angeles in game delayed by rain in the fourth and seventh innings.
Indians designated hitter Carlos Santana left with a contusion on the right side of his head after being struck by a foul ball while standing in the dugout during the fifth inning. Santana hit his 25th homer to lead off the first inning.
Napoli’s three-run homer, his 29th, highlighted a four-run fifth. He had an RBI double in the second. Chisenhall added a three-run double when Cleveland scored five times in the first.
Corey Kluber (12-8) allowed three runs in six innings.
Mike Trout homered in the first for Los Angeles, which has dropped seven straight — its longest losing streak since 2010. Jhoulys Chacin (2-6) was the loser.
PIRATES 4, PADRES 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie Jameson Taillon pitched three-hit ball for eight innings, David Freese drove in two runs and Pittsburgh beat San Diego.
Taillon (3-2) struck out four and walked two. Neftali Feliz got two outs in the ninth, and also gave up a single and a walk. Tony Watson got his fourth save by striking out Jabari Blash.
Josh Harrison hit a leadoff double in the first off Christian Friedrich (4-8) and scored on Freese’s single. Freese had an RBI double in the third and scored on Gregory Polanco’s single. Harrison singled home a run in the fourth. Starling Marte snapped an 0-for-12 streak with two hits.
BREWERS 11, BRAVES 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Garza won his third straight start, and Chris Carter, Scooter Gennett and Hernan Perez homered in Milwaukee’s victory over Atlanta.
Garza (4-4) allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings.
Roberto Hernandez (1-1) was the loser. Erick Aybar homered for the Braves.
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BOSTON (AP) — Benched from the starting lineup once again as his finale approaches, Alex Rodriguez pinch hit and flied out in the seventh inning of the New York Yankees’ 9-4 comeback win against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.
New York said Sunday that Rodriguez, a 41-year-old designated hitter with 696 home runs, will be released following Friday’s homestand opener against Tampa Bay.
Red Sox star David Ortiz limped off in the ninth inning after fouling a pitch off his right shin.
Chants of ‘We Want A-Rod”! echoed around the park at the start of the seventh. He was greeted by loud boos when he stepped out of the dugout to face Matt Barnes. They were louder when he was announced and again when he trotted back to the dugout after his flyout to right field.
Rodriguez has just one start and eight at-bats in 17 games since July 22 as New York traded veterans and turned toward a youth movement. He hadn’t appeared in a game since Aug. 2.
Rookie Gary Sanchez had four hits, including his first major league home run. Didi Gregorius also homered for New York.
Tyler Clippard (1-0) pitched one inning for his first victory with the Yankees since being acquired from Arizona last week. Fernando Abad (1-6) was the loser.
CUBS 3, ANGELS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Hammel won his career-best fifth straight start, pitching four-hit ball over six scoreless innings, and Chicago beat Los Angeles for its season-high ninth straight win.
The major league-leading Cubs matched their longest streak since Aug. 6-15 of last year and moved a season-best 30 games over .500 (71-41).
Hammel (12-5) struck out six, walked two and helped himself at the plate when he singled and scored in the fifth against Ricky Nolasco (4-9) to make it 2-0. Addison Russell made it 3-1 with a solo homer off JC Ramirez in the eighth. Dexter Fowler chipped in with two hits, including an RBI double.
Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save in five chances since the Cubs got him in a trade with the New York Yankees last month.
The Angels, last in the AL West, matched a season high with their sixth straight loss.
GIANTS 1, MARLINS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Two days after Brandon Crawford battered Miami with seven hits, he homered in the fourth inning to help San Francisco win a series for the first time since the All-Star break.
Crawford tied an NL record with seven hits in the opener of the three-game set. In the finale, he put San Francisco ahead with his 11th homer leading off the fourth.
Miami hitting coach Barry Bonds was ejected for the first time this season in the sixth inning for arguing about balls and strikes.
The Giants finished 4-5 on their trip and improved to 8-16 since the All-Star break. They have a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
Jeff Samardzija (10-8) pitched 5 2/3 innings to best former Notre Dame teammate David Phelps (5-6). Four relievers completed a five-hitter. Santiago Casilla pitched around Ichiro Suzuki’s two-out double in the ninth, striking out J.T. Realmuto for his 26th save.
Suzuki singled and doubled to increase his career hits total to 3,002.
PHILLIES 6, DODGERS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freddy Galvis hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, Ryan Howard added a three-run, pinch double in the ninth and Philadelphia beat Los Angeles.
Ryan Howard added a three-run, pinch double in the ninth.
Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth, even with the Dodgers down 3-2, and loaded the bases. Howard hit the bases-clearing double to right for insurance runs in the victory that dropped the Dodgers a game behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West.
Elvis Araujo (2-1) pitched one inning for the victory. Scott Kazmir (9-6) was the loser.
ATHLETICS 1, ORIOLES 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ross Detwiler and John Axford combined on a seven-hitter and Oakland beat Baltimore to knock the Orioles out of first place in the AL East.
Called up from the minors earlier in the day, Detwiler (1-0) allowed six hits over a career-high eight innings and struck out two while leading the A’s to their third consecutive one-run win over the Orioles.
Marcus Semien and Yonder Alonso hit consecutive doubles in the third inning for the game’s only run.
The Orioles entered the day percentage points ahead of Toronto, but fell a game behind the Blue Jays.
NATIONALS 7, INDIANS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth hit a three-run home run, Anthony Rendon had a two-run double and Washington’s offense broke out in a victory over Cleveland.
Werth was 2 for 3 and had three runs. Rendon and Ben Revere each went 2 for 4.
It was a welcome output on a day that left-hander Gio Gonzalez (8-9) allowed four runs and seven hits, including a home run by Francisco Lindor, and struck out five in five-plus innings.
Recently acquired closer Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for the save.
Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin (11-5) allowed seven runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.
PADRES 4, PIRATES 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Travis Jankowski capped San Diego’s scoring with a straight steal of home in the eighth inning, and Edwin Jackson limited Pittsburgh to two hits in seven innings.
Jankowski took off during catcher Eric Fryer’s return throw to pitcher Antonio Bastardo and scored standing up when Fryer could not handle Bastardo’s low throw to the plate.
Jackson (3-2) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Jordy Mercer’s leadoff single. The 14-year veteran struck out seven and walked three while raising his career record against the Pirates to 10-3. Miami released Jackson on June 2, and San Diego promoted him from Triple-A El Paso on July 17.
Ryan Vogelsong (1-2) was the loser.
BLUE JAYS 7, RAYS 0
TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ became the first 16-game winner in the major this season, combining with three relievers on a four-hitter in Toronto’s victory over Tampa.
Happ (16-3) allowed four hits, all singles, to win his 10th consecutive decision. Joe Biagini, Jason Grilli and Ryan Tepera worked an inning each to complete Toronto’s seventh shutout.
Troy Tulowitzki homered and had a season-high five RBIs, and Justin Smoak also connected for the Blue Jays. Tulowitzki hit a two-out, three-run homer off Blake Snell (3-4) in the first inning.
CARDINALS 3, REDS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta homered to back up a second straight dominant start by Jaime Garcia in St. Louis’ victory over Cincinnati.
Carpenter’s shot in the first inning was his second leadoff home run of the season and 11th of his career. Peralta’s solo homer in fourth was the 200th of his career.
Garcia (9-8) needed only 85 pitches to get through eight-plus innings. Seung-Hwan Oh finished for his 10th save.
RANGERS 5, ROCKIES 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre singled in two runs in the eighth inning, and Texas rallied late for the third straight game against Colorado.
The first two comebacks were in Denver, where the Rangers had a three-run ninth for a 4-3 victory and erased a three-run deficit in the eighth inning of a 7-5 win. Texas extended its winning streak to five.
In the first of two games in Texas, Colorado rookie David Dahl had a tying two-run triple in the eighth to extend his career-opening hitting streak to 16 games. He scored the go-ahead run on Ryan Raburn’s sacrifice fly. The Rockies have lost six of theor last seven games.
Jake Diekman (3-1) allowed Dahl’s tying hit before 30-year-old rookie Matt Bush pitched a perfect ninth for his first big league save.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, METS 2, 12 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Hernandez hit his first major league homer in the 12th inning to lift Arizona Diamondbacks past New York.
Hernandez was recalled from Double-A Mobile after Arizona placed catcher Welington Castillo on the paternity list Tuesday. Playing his first game this season, Hernandez drove a sinker from Jerry Blevins (4-2) down the left-field line.
Randall Delgado (3-1) pitched two perfect innings for the victory.
The Mets’ Kelly Johnson forced extra innings with a two-run homer in the ninth off Jake Barrett. The blown save was Barrett’s fourth in eight chances.
BREWERS 4, BRAVES 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Carter hit a three-run homer, Chase Anderson won his third straight decision in Milwaukee’s victory over Atlanta.
Anderson (7-10) allowed two runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings. Tyler Thornburg picked up his fourth save in eight chances with a perfect ninth.
Carter homered off Joel De la Cruz (0-5) in a four-run third. Ryan Braun singled in the first run and then Carter cleared the bases with his 26th homer.
De La Cruz left after getting hit in the right knee by Orlando Arcia’s two-out grounder in the fourth.
ROYALS 3, WHITE SOX 2, 14 innings
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain’s two-out single in the 14th inning scored Christian Colon from second base.
Colon opened the inning with a single and Paulo Orlando sacrificed him to second. Cain laced a single to center to score Colon, ending the 4-hour, 34-minute game, the longest by the Royals this season.
Dillon Gee (4-5), the eighth Kansas City pitcher, struck out three in two perfect innings to pick up the victory. Matt Albers (2-5) was charged with the loss.
Jarrod Dyson led off the 13th inning with a triple, but the Royals failed to get him home. Dan Jennings struck out the next three batters: Drew Butera, Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar.
MARINERS 3, TIGERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his 28th homer in the eighth inning after Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander dueled through the first seven, and the Mariners completed a three-game sweep.
Cruz hit a 1-1 pitch from Justin Wilson (2-4) over the batter’s eye 421 feet away to help the Mariners get their season-high sixth straight victory.
Hernandez and Verlander each pitched seven innings of one-run ball in a battle of former Cy Young Award winners. Hernandez struck out eight and allowed three hits and four walks, while Verlander allowed seven hits and struck out six.
Leonys Martin added an insurance run on an RBI single later in the eighth.
Arquimedes Caminero (1-0) pitched the eighth and earned the victory. Nick Vincent finished for his second save.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Francisco Lindor singled to break up Max Scherzer’s no-hit bid and scored in the seventh inning, and Trevor Bauer pitched the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Jose Ramirez went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the seventh and an RBI single in the ninth. Lonnie Chisenhall drove in Ramirez in the seventh while Cleveland cracked Scherzer after Bauer kept the Nationals at bay.
Bauer (8-5) allowed four hits and no runs and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings opposite Scherzer’s attempt to record his third no-hitter. Scherzer (12-7) retired 19 of the first 20 batters before struggling in the seventh, and the right-hander finished with 10 strikeouts.
Cody Allen improved to 21 for 23 in save opportunities for Cleveland.
Terry Francona was not feeling well enough to manage Cleveland after complaining of chest pain before the game. He was replaced by bench coach Brad Mills, but the team said the decision was precautionary.
RED SOX 5, YANKEES 3
BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello continued to dominate at Fenway Park with eight solid innings, Matt Barnes cleaned up a mess created by closer Craig Kimbrel and Boston held on to beat New York.
Kimbrel walked in a run with the bases loaded in the ninth before handing off to Barnes, who struck out Mark Teixeira for his first save.
Porcello (15-3) allowed two runs and struck out six. He improved to 11-0 in 12 starts at home this season.
Luis Severino (1-7) allowed five runs and seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. It was his first start since being demoted to the minors in May.
CUBS 5, ANGELS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant hit his 28th home run, John Lackey outpitched friend and former teammate Jered Weaver, and Chicago beat Los Angeles for its eighth straight victory.
Willson Contreras also homered and Ben Zobrist added an RBI double for the major league-leading Cubs, who won their 70th game and moved a season-high 29 over .500.
Kole Calhoun homered on Lackey’s third pitch, but the former Angels right-hander later retired 12 straight. Lackey (9-7) allowed three hits over eight innings, and all six of his strikeouts were looking.
Weaver (8-9) gave up four earned runs and another one that was unearned when he dropped a throw to first base for an error during the Angels’ fifth straight loss.
RANGERS 7, ROCKIES 5
DENVER (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit a two-run double, Elvis Andrus added a tiebreaking single and Texas scored four runs in the eighth inning to beat Colorado.
Alex Claudio (3-1) threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Sam Dyson earned his 25th save in 28 chances.
The Rangers, who have won four straight and nine of 12, finished their road trip 5-3. The teams head to Texas to begin a two-game set Wednesday.
Tyler Chatwood allowed two runs and struck out a season-high eight for the Rockies, but Scott Oberg (0-1) gave up four runs in the eighth.
Charlie Blackmon homered and Nolan Arenado had two RBIs for Colorado, which has lost five of six.
RAYS 9, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Drew Smyly pitched six innings to win his second straight decision, Logan Forsythe hit a solo homer and Tampa Bay defeated Toronto.
Evan Longoria reached base four times, scored twice and drove in three runs for the Rays. Forsythe had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice as the Rays roughed up Toronto’s bullpen, scoring six runs off two relievers.
Tampa Bay finished with 15 hits. Smyly (4-11) allowed two runs and six hits, improving to 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in five career games at Rogers Centre. Erasmo Ramirez pitched three innings for his first major league save.
Marco Estrada (7-5) gave up three runs, two earned, in five innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, METS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Greinke won in his return from a six-week stay on the disabled list, Michael Bourn hit a go-ahead triple in the seventh inning and Arizona rallied past New York.
Paul Goldschmidt and late substitute Brandon Drury each homered for Arizona. The Diamondbacks also stole five bases, with a double steal setting up Bourn’s two-run liner that erased a 3-2 deficit.
Neil Walker hit his 20th home run for the wild card-contending Mets, who missed a chance to post back-to-back wins for the first time in more than a month.
Greinke (11-3) earned his eighth straight victory. The Arizona ace had been out since June 28, when he strained his left side while batting.
Greinke gave up three runs in six innings. It was the first time he faced the Mets since losing the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series last October with the Dodgers.
Jake Barrett closed for his fourth save.
Steven Matz was in position for just his second win in 13 starts before Mets reliever Hansel Robles (5-4) got tagged.
MARLINS 2, GIANTS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Tom Koehler pitched two-hit ball for seven innings to help Miami blank San Francisco, which fell into a first-place tie with the Dodgers in the NL West.
Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI double and Marcell Ozuna’s groundout in the first provided the scoring one night after the Giants won 8-7 in 14 innings.
Fernando Rodney, filling in for injured closer A.J. Ramos, earned his 19th save in 21 opportunities.
Koehler (9-8) struck out six and is 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA over his last four starts.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was back in the dugout after missing Monday’s game with an irregular heartbeat following an overnight stay in the hospital.
Brandon Crawford was hitless in four at-bats for San Francisco, one night after his decisive RBI single in the 14th inning made him the first major leaguer in 41 years to get seven hits in a game.
Matt Moore (7-8) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings.
San Francisco had been alone in first since May 15.
DODGERS 9, PHILLIES 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner homered, and Los Angeles beat Philadelphia to pull even with the Giants atop the NL West.
The Dodgers (64-49) are a season-best 15 games over .500 and have won four in a row. They were a season-high eight games behind the Giants on June 26.
Kenta Maeda (11-7) yielded three runs in five innings, and Kendrick had three RBIs.
Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez (8-4) has not won in his last five starts. He gave up nine runs and 11 hits, including all three Dodgers homers.
Aaron Altherr and Freddy Galvis homered for Philadelphia.
PIRATES 6, PADRES 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a tiebreaking homer and Chad Kuhl pitched six innings for the win after being called up from the minors as Pittsburgh defeated San Diego.
Polanco’s three-run drive off Luis Perdomo (5-6) put the Pirates ahead 5-2 and keyed a four-run sixth that included Francisco Cervelli’s RBI double.
Kuhl (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits. David Freese had three hits and scored three runs for the Pirates, who remained three games out of the second NL wild card.
Tony Watson earned his third save.
Wil Myers and Jabari Blash homered for the Padres.
BRAVES 2, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tyrell Jenkins pitched six strong innings, Nick Markakis and Adonis Garcia each drove in a run in the seventh and Atlanta beat Milwaukee.
Jenkins (2-2) allowed one run and three hits in his sixth major league start. The right-hander has a 1.00 ERA over his past three.
His only costly mistake came on Ryan Braun’s home run in the fourth. Mauricio Cabrera pitched the ninth for his third save.
The victory was the Braves’ 10th in 14 games, including six in the last seven.
Wily Peralta (4-8) was the hard-luck loser after returning from the minors Monday.
ASTROS 7, TWINS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Altuve had four hits following a brief absence from the lineup, and Carlos Correa homered and drove in four runs to help Houston beat Minnesota.
Altuve was given the night off Monday, ending the longest active streak in the majors at 202 consecutive games played. He didn’t miss a beat one day later, going 4 for 4 with a run and an RBI.
Correa hit a two-run shot and tied his career high for RBIs. Houston had gone seven games without a home run before he connected early off Hector Santiago (10-6).
Mike Fiers (8-5) gave up three home runs but benefited from Houston’s productive night at the plate. Ken Giles closed for his second save.
Robbie Grossman and Brian Dozier hit back-to-back homers for the Twins.
WHITE SOX 7, ROYALS 5, 10 INNINGS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and Justin Morneau had four hits to lift Chicago over Kansas City.
Frazier is tied for the major league lead with 31 home runs, and this one came on the first pitch from Kelvin Herrera (1-4) after a single by Jose Abreu and a double by Morneau.
David Robertson (3-2) blew a save in the ninth when Alcides Escobar’s two-out single scored pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson.
Dan Jennings struck out Eric Hosmer for his first career save.
White Sox ace Chris Sale is 0-3 in five starts since a July 2 victory over Houston. He gave up three runs and seven hits in the first 2 1/3 innings but did not allow a hit after that. He threw 115 pitches in seven innings.
REDS 7, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Duvall drove in two runs and Tyler Holt hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning that sent Cincinnati past St. Louis.
Holt’s double off Matt Bowman (1-4) broke a 4-all tie. Holt then scored from second on an infield hit after second baseman Matt Carpenter bobbled a barehanded attempt to get speedy Billy Hamilton.
Duvall’s two-run single in the third broke a career-worst 0-for-18 skid. Michael Lorenzen (2-0) won in relief of Brandon Finnegan, and Raisel Iglesias got his first save.
Hamilton stole three bases and has nine steals in his past three games.
Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals.
ATHLETICS 2, ORIOLES 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jake Smolinski reached base four times and scored the deciding run in the third inning, and rookie Zach Neal earned his first win as a starter when Oakland held on to beat Baltimore.
Danny Valencia and Khris Davis each drove in a run as the A’s won consecutive games for the first time since July 26-27 to keep Wade Miley (7-10) winless in an Orioles uniform.
Smolinksi finished with two hits and two walks as Oakland won its second straight one-run game against the AL East leaders.
Neal (2-1) allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings and retired 16 of the 18 batters he faced to win his second career start and first since May 25. He gave up Adam Jones’ homer in the fourth and a double to Jonathan Schoop leading off the sixth.
Neal’s only other win in the majors came in relief against San Francisco on June 28.
Liam Hendriks, John Axford and Ryan Madson completed the three-hitter. Madson worked the ninth for his 24th save.
MARINERS 6, TIGERS 5, 15 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager had two key hits that tied the score, Mike Zunino lofted a game-winning sacrifice fly and Seattle rallied twice to beat Detroit in 15 innings for its season-high fifth straight victory.
Victor Martinez gave the Tigers a 5-4 lead when he opened the 15th with his 20th home run. But the Mariners came back against closer Francisco Rodriguez (1-3) and took advantage of a pivotal error by left fielder Justin Upton.
Seager hit a three-run homer off Justin Wilson in the eighth and tied the game again with an RBI single in the 15th before Adam Lind scored on Zunino’s fly to center.
Ariel Miranda (1-0), scheduled to start Thursday for the Mariners, entered in relief and gave up Martinez’s homer but wound up with his first major league win.
Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez homered off Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki tripled off the wall for his 3,000th hit in the major leagues, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone as the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 10-7 Sunday.
The 42-year-old Suzuki got his big hit in the seventh inning. He became the first player born in Japan to reach 3,000, and joined Paul Molitor as the only players to hit the mark with a triple.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 24th homer and Christian Yelich and Mathis had three hits and three RBIs each for the Marlins. Nolan Arenado homered twice and drove in five runs for Colorado. Arenado leads the NL in home runs (29) and RBIs (87).
Adam Conley (8-6) allowed six runs in five innings. Fernando Rodney worked the ninth for his first save since coming to Miami on June 30 and 18th overall.
Jon Gray (8-5) was roughed up for eight runs on 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Suzuki was hitless in his first three at-bats of the game before he tagged Chris Rusin.
Suzuki launched a long drive to right field that carried just beyond the reach of leaping Gerardo Parra, and breezed into third standing up.
Suzuki is in his 16th season in the majors. He had 1,278 hits while playing nine years in Japan before becoming the American League Rookie of the Year and MVP with Seattle in 2001.
YANKEES 3, INDIANS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka rebounded from two rocky outings, Didi Gregorius homered and New York held off Cleveland after announcing that Alex Rodriguez will play his final game in pinstripes this week.
Mark Teixeira, two days since disclosing his own plans to retire at the end of the season, hit an RBI double and dove toward first base to complete a crucial play on defense. Dellin Betances got four outs for his second save as New York took two of three from the AL Central leaders.
Cleveland, which remained two games ahead of Detroit, has dropped five of seven. Cleanup hitter Mike Napoli was ejected by plate umpire Lance Barrett after getting called out on strikes in the eighth inning.
Hit hard by the Mets in a Subway Series loss last week, Tanaka (8-4) was lifted with a 3-0 lead following Rajai Davis’ leadoff double in the seventh. Carlos Carrasco (7-6) also bounced back from a poor outing and turned in seven solid innings for the Indians, who tried to rally late.
About two hours before the first pitch, the 41-year-old Rodriguez and the rebuilding Yankees announced the slumping slugger will play Friday night against Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium and then be released. After that, he plans to become a special adviser and instructor with the team next year.
ORIOLES 10, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Manny Machado became the second player in major league history to homer in the first, second and third innings, driving in a career-high seven runs in a victory over Chicago.
Machado hit a two-run homer in the first and a three-run shot in the second off James Shields (5-14). Shields allowed four homers while getting four outs.
Machado hit another two-run homer in the third off Matt Albers. According to STATS, the only other player to do that was Carl Reynolds of the White Sox on July 2, 1930, at the Yankees.
Chris Davis followed Machado’s second homer with his own and J.J. Hardy added a two-run shot before Shields left to boos. The Orioles have hit a major league-best 168 homers this season.
Dylan Bundy (5-3) stuck out a career-high nine in six innings.
CUBS 3, ATHLETICS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kyle Hendricks pitched into the eighth inning for his fifth win since June and Chicago beat Oakland to complete a three-game sweep.
Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler homered off A’s starter Sean Manaea (3-7). Bryant’s home run was his 27th this season, one more than the two-time All-Star had in 2015 when he was the NL’s rookie of the year.
The Cubs’ seventh straight win improved them to a major league-best 69-41 and marked their 10th series sweep this season. That topped their mark from a year ago, and increased their lead in the NL Central to 11 1/2 games over St. Louis.
Hendricks (11-7) was dominant against an A’s team that had dropped seven of eight going into the day. Chicago’s right-hander allowed three hits over 7 1/3 innings, struck out four and retired 17 straight before Marcus Semien’s one-out home run in the eighth.
Pedro Strop retired two batters and Aroldis Champan pitched the ninth for his third save since arriving in a trade from the New York Yankees on July 25.
NATIONALS 1, GIANTS 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tanner Roark and the Washington bullpen outdueled Madison Bumgarner, and Wilson Ramos homered to lift the Nationals over San Francisco in a matchup of NL division leaders.
Washington won twice in the three-game series. Last weekend, the Giants took two of three at home.
Bumgarner (10-7) gave up just two hits, including Ramos’ 18th homer in the seventh inning.
Roark (12-6) gave up five hits in seven innings. His last pitch came with runners on second and third, and center fielder Ben Revere made a spectacular, over-the-shoulder catch to rob Brandon Belt.
Shawn Kelly retired the Giants in order in the eighth, and Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 31st save. Melancon converted his first save opportunity since he was acquired in a trade with Pittsburgh on July 30.
DODGERS 8, RED SOX 5
Rob Segedin set a Dodgers record with four RBIs in his major league debut, Adrian Gonzalez hit his 300th career home run and Los Angeles beat Boston.
With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Segedin hit a 2-0 pitch from David Price (9-8) over center fielder Mookie Betts’ head for a two-run double, his first big league hit in his second at-bat.
Segedin came up again with two outs in the fifth and the bases loaded, and he lined a single to right to give the Dodgers a 6-2 lead. He was lifted in a sixth-inning double switch.
Jesse Chavez (1-0) got the win with 1 1/3 innings in relief. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 34th save.
Howie Kendrick and Justin Turner added solo homers for Los Angeles.
METS 3, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Neil Walker hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the top of the ninth, and New York beat Detroit to avoid a series sweep.
The Mets were victimized by some bad luck when the Tigers tied it with back-to-back infield singles in the seventh, but after escaping the eighth thanks to a Detroit baserunning blunder, New York retook the lead when Walker went deep off Francisco Rodriguez (1-2).
Anibal Sanchez pitched eight impressive innings for the Tigers, and Jacob deGrom was strong for the Mets in the finale of this three-game series. Addison Reed (3-2) got the win in relief, and Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 39th save in 41 chances.
Michael Conforto homered for the Mets in the seventh.
RANGERS 5, ASTROS 3, 11 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Ian Desmond hit a tiebreaking single in the 11th inning and Texas beat Houston for the 11th time in 13 meetings this season.
Texas took two of three in the weekend series and extended its AL West lead to 7 1/2 games over the Astros. Houston went 2-5 on its and has lost eight of its last 10 games.
After Shin-Soo Choo led off the 11th with a double, Desmond followed with a single against Chris Devenski (0-4). Rougned Odor later hit an RBI double. Matt Bush (5-2) pitched the 10th, then struck out George Springer with runners on the corners in the 11th.
TWINS 6, RAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Sano homered twice and drove in four runs and Minnesota beat Tampa Bay to take two of three in the series between the teams with the AL’s worst records.
Sano put the Twins up 3-1 on a three-run shot off Matt Andriese (6-3) in the third and added a solo drive during the ninth against Ryan Garton. Sano also became the first player to hit a ball off the roof at Tropicana Field, which opened in 1998, in the first when his pop fly hit 210 feet above the playing surface before being caught by third baseman Evan Longoria.
Kyle Gibson (4-6) gave up two runs, six hits and walked four over five innings. Brandon Kintzler, the Twins’ fourth reliever, pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
Nick Franklin and Longoria homered for the Rays.
PHILLIES 6, PADRES 5
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tommy Joseph’s had a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning, and Philadelphia turned the first triple play in Petco Park.
Rookie shortstop Jose Rondon’s throwing error on Cesar Hernandez’s grounder leading off the seventh against Brad Hand (3-3) allowed the Phillies’ hitter to reach second base safely. Hernandez scored the tiebreaking run two outs later on Joseph’s single to left.
The Padres were gifted two walks to open the bottom of the seventh. But then pinch-hitter Jabari Blash hit into the ballpark’s first triple play. Blash smoked a grounder to third baseman Maikel Franco, who stepped on the bag and fired to second baseman Hernandez to erase Rondon, and Hernandez’s relay to first beat Blash by a step. It was the Phillies’ first triple play since 2009.
Jerad Eickhoff (7-12) pitched six innings, surrendering five runs and five hits with five strikeouts. Jeanmar Gomez worked the ninth for his 29th save.
Ryan Schimpf capped the Padres’ three-run sixth with a game-tying 326-foot, two-run homer. Dickerson’s seventh homer of the year in the fourth pulled the Padres to 5-2.
BRAVES 6, CARDINALS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Foltynewicz worked six strong innings, and Nick Markakis and Erick Aybar had two RBIs apiece to help Atlanta beat St. Louis.
Matt Kemp added two hits and an RBI for the Braves. They took two of three games from St. Louis, outscoring the Cardinals 19-8 the last two games. Atlanta has the worst record in the majors at 41-70, but has won seven of its last 11 overall.
Foltynewicz (5-5) gave up a run and six hits. In his previous three outings, he allowed 14 earned runs in 16 1-3 innings. Jim Johnson earned his eighth save in 11 chances.
Adam Wainwright (9-6) had a rare off-day against Atlanta, surrendering three runs in the first and second.
REDS 7, PIRATES 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Major league steals leader Billy Hamilton swiped four bases, had three hits and scored three runs, leading Cincinnati past Pittsburgh.
Hamilton helped the Reds avoid a series sweep. The center fielder with 43 stolen bases this season also made a leaping, backhanded catch that drew applause from the Pittsburgh fans.
Dan Straily (7-6) gave up two earned runs and three hits in six innings, walking none and striking out four. Straily didn’t allow a hit until Matt Joyce hit a 442-foot homer in the fifth. Josh Harrison later homered off Straily. Gerrit Cole (7-7) fell to 0-6 lifetime against the Reds.
MARINERS 3, ANGELS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — James Paxton took a four-hitter into ninth inning before he was forced from the game after being hit on the left arm by a line drive, and Seattle beat Los Angeles.
Mike Freeman, making his Mariners debut after being called up earlier in the day from Triple-A Tacoma, had his first two major league hits, including an RBI single to cap a three-run fourth inning.
Paxton (4-5) was on the verge of his first career complete game when he was hit with one out in the ninth by the line drive from Andrelton Simmons, who reached on the infield single.
Tom Wilhelmsen got the final two outs for his first save. Paxton struck out six with one walk in 8 1/3 innings. Matt Shoemaker (6-12) was the loser.
ROYALS 7, BLUE JAYS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Yordano Ventura pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Kendrys Morales hit a grand slam, and Kansas City beat Toronto.
Ventura (7-9) was 0-5 in seven starts since a June 17 victory over Detroit. He limited the Blue Jays to one run and five singles in 6 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out four.
Morales’ third career grand slam and his first since July 30, 2012, while with the Los Angeles Angels came off left-hander Brett Cecil with two out in the eighth.
Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman (8-5) allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, BREWERS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Jake Lamb and Phil Gosselin each hit two-run homers during a five-run fifth inning to help Arizona beat Milwaukee.
Lamb got his 24th homer for a 5-3 lead against starter Jimmy Nelson (6-11), and Gosselin delivered a pinch-hit homer off reliever Michael Blazek to make it 8-3. The Diamondbacks matched the single-inning club record for extra-base hits with five.
Daniel Hudson (2-2) won by getting the final out in the fifth in relief of starter Archie Bradley.
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TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ won his eighth straight decision, Devon Travis homered and the Toronto Blue Jays used a seven-run fifth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 Saturday and take sole possession of the AL East lead for the first time since early April.
Kevin Pillar had two hits and drove in four runs to match his career high. Major league RBIs leader Edwin Encarnacion drove in his 89th run.
Toronto won for the 16th time in 22 games. It had not been alone atop its division since a 2-0 start. Pedro Alvarez hit a solo homer for the Orioles. They matched a season high by losing their fifth straight and fell a half-game behind the Blue Jays.
Happ (14-3) allowed one run and three hits in seven-plus innings, walked three and matched his season high with 11 strikeouts. Yovani Gallardo (3-3) was the loser.
MARINERS 4, CUBS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Leonys Martin hit a go-ahead, two-run double off new Chicago closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning, lifting Seattle past the Cubs.
Wade Miley (7-8) took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before allowing Kris Bryant’s single and Javier Baez’s RBI groundout.
Jake Arrieta (12-5) walked Mike Zunino and Shawn O’Malley starting the eighth, pinch-hitter Luis Sardinas sacrificed against Hector Rondon, and Nori Aoki grounded to third, where Bryant threw out pinch-runner Guillermo Heredia at the plate, a call upheld in a video review.
Making his third appearance for the Cubs since he was acquired from the New York Yankees, Chapman allowed Martin’s double to left-center that put Seattle ahead 2-1. Martin stole third and scored on a wild pitch, and Seattle added a run in the ninth. Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 25th save.
GIANTS 5, NATIONALS 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joe Panik hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and San Francisco beat Washington to snap a three-game losing streak.
Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer in the third for the Nationals, who couldn’t protect an early 3-0 lead hours after acquiring All-Star closer Mark Melancon from Pittsburgh to replace the struggling Jonathan Papelbon.
San Francisco loaded the bases against former Giants reliever Yusmeiro Petit (3-2) with one out in the seventh to bring up Panik. The Giants won for only the third time in 14 games since the All-Star break.
Derek Law (4-1) pitched the seventh for the win. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.
ROCKIES 7, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Jorge De La Rosa earned his 100th career victory and Colorado eventually caught up with Bartolo Colon, beating New York in the rain for their fifth straight win.
The Rockies improved to 12-4 since the All-Star break and won despite losing NL home run leader Trevor Story to a jammed left thumb. He seemed to get hurt on a scrambling slide in the fourth, exited early and X-rays on the rookie shortstop were negative.
On the day the Mets retired Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza’s No. 31, the Mets lost their fourth in row. The 43-year-old Colon (9-6) faltered in his first start on three days’ rest since 2005, and slugger Yoenis Cespedes left in midgame because of a nagging quad injury.
Colorado retired New York’s last 16 batters. Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected in the ninth after umpires overturned their original call and took away a home run from Wilmer Flores, ruling a fan reached over the wall and prevented left fielder David Dahl from making a catch.
DJ LeMahieu drove in three runs and Dahl hit his second homer since making his big league debut this week, helping the Rockies reach .500 for the first time since late May.
De La Rosa (7-7) gave up two runs in six innings. He is 100-82.
ANGELS 5, RED SOX 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer, Hector Santiago survived a rocky five innings to win his sixth consecutive start, and Los Angeles beat Boston.
Santiago (10-4) has won seven consecutive decisions, but struggled throughout his latest effort, needing 119 pitches to get through five innings. He gave up only four hits, but walked and struck out six.
Boston’s Drew Pomeranz (8-9) gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
The Red Sox got a leadoff home run from Mookie Betts and added a second run in the first on Hanley Ramirez’s RBI single, but couldn’t score again. Four relievers held Boston scoreless over the final four innings, with Houston Street earning his ninth save.
RAYS 6, YANKEES 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Drew Smyly struck out Alex Rodriguez three times en route to stopping an 11-start winless streak, and Tampa Bay sent New York to its third straight loss.
Smyly (3-11) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, and Alex Colome worked the ninth to get his 24th save. Tampa Bay is 7-5 since losing 24 of 27.
Rodriguez, out of the starting lineup the previous six games, struck out in all four of his at-bats. The 41-year-old designated hitter has two hits in last 26 at-bats, dropping his season average to .206.
Tampa Bay’s Brad Miller hit a solo homer in the first, and Curt Casali had a two-run drive during the third. Tim Beckham made it 6-2 on a two-run shot in the seventh.
Brett Gardner and Chase Headley homered for the Yankees. Nathan Eovaldi (9-7) was the loser.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, DODGERS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Braden Shipley pitched six scoreless innings for his first major league victory and Jean Segura hit a leadoff home run to help Arizona beat Los Angeles.
Shipley (1-1), Arizona’s 2013 first-round draft pick, held the Dodgers to five hits in his second career start. The Diamondbacks won for only the third time in 11 games.
Segura hit Scott Kazmir’s third pitch of the game over the left-field fence for his fourth leadoff home run of the season. He added an RBI double in the second.
Kazmir (9-4) gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Joc Pederson hit his 15th home run, and second in two nights, with two outs in the ninth inning for Los Angeles. Jake Barrett got the final four outs for his third save.
MARLINS 11, CARDINALS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Christian Yelich and Jeff Mathis each had three hits and drove in two runs in Miami’s victory over St. Louis.
Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run home run and Martin Prado had a two-run double for the Marlins. They drew even with the Cardinals at 56-48 for the second NL wild-card spot.
Miami outfielder Ichiro Suzuki remained at 2,998 hits, going 0 for 2 after entering as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. Suzuki is 2 for 16 on the homestand that concludes Sunday.
David Phelps (5-5) was the winner in relief. St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia (7-8) took the loss.
Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double in the fourth inning.
RANGERS 2, ROYALS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Texas past Kansas City.
Moreland’s 17th homer landed in the second deck of seats in right field.
Brooks Pounders (1-1) had gotten the first two outs in the ninth before Moreland homered for the fourth time in five games. He had two homers Thursday night when Texas won 3-2 in the series opener.
Matt Bush (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings, with one strikeout. Both starting pitchers, Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy and Rangers lefty Martin Perez, allowed one run over seven innings.
PADRES 2, REDS 1, 10 INNINGS
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adam Rosales homered leading off the 10th inning to give San Diego the victory over Cincinnati.
Rosales sent a 2-2 pitch from Jumbo Diaz (0-1) over the fence in left-center field for his eighth homer of the season.
San Diego relievers Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer and Brad Hand (3-2) each threw a scoreless inning.
Matt Kemp was in the original lineup before he was scratched shortly before the game. San Diego later announced Kemp had been traded to Atlanta in exchange for Hector Olivera.
TIGERS 3, ASTROS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Jose Iglesias drove in the winning run with an infield single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Detroit past Houston.
With the Astros up 2-1, Houston closer Will Harris (1-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth but then walked Justin Upton. Tyler Collins singled and James McCann drove him in with another single.
Iglesias then hit a grounder between first and second base. First baseman Jason Castro ranged to his right to field it, but Iglesias beat Harris to the bag while Collins scored.
Justin Verlander (11-6) threw a complete game and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out 11.
BREWERS 5, PIRATES 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hernan Perez drove in three runs with a two-run homer and an RBI single, lifting the Milwaukee past Pittsburgh after the Pirates dealt closer Mark Melancon to Washington.
Shifted to third in the batting order because Ryan Braun was sidelined by with right-side tightness, Perez hit a two-run homer in the first off rookie Jameson Taillon (2-2).
Chase Anderson (6-10) gave up an unearned run and four hits in five innings, striking out a season-high seven. Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his 26th save, allowing Jordy Mercer’s RBI single.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis also homered for Milwaukee. Gregory Polanco homered for Pittsburgh.
PHILLIES 9, BRAVES 5
ATLANTA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson pitched into the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double to help Philadelphia beat Atlanta.
Atlanta, the majors’ worst team, put on a clinic of bad baseball in the eighth while Philadelphia scored four runs without a hit. Hunter Cervenka issued four walks, Ryan Weber hit a batter and two infielders committed an error to bring a chorus of boos from the fans.
Hellickson (8-7) allowed nine hits, three runs and one walk and struck out two in 5 2/3 innings.
Braves starter Julio Teheran (3-9) was the loser.
INDIANS 6, ATHLETICS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis, Jose Ramirez, Abraham Almonte and Mike Napoli homered in Cleveland’s victory over Oakland.
Cleveland broke a 2-all tie with a four-run fourth in which Almonte and Napoli homered. The rally came after Oakland’s Billy Butler tied the game with a home run in the top of the inning and flipped his bat several feet from home plate, a move the Indians quickly answered.
Josh Tomlin (11-3) allowed two runs in seven innings. Dillon Overton (1-2), recalled from Triple-A Nashville before the game, gave up five runs and 10 hits, including three homers, in 3 1/3 innings.
WHITE SOX 6, TWINS 5, 10 INNINGS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dioner Navarro hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning to drive in Avisail Garcia and lift Chicago past Minnesota.
Garcia led off with a double against Fernando Abad (1-4), and scored easily when Navarro drove a fastball from Abad to the left-field corner.
Michael Ynoa (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his first win of the season, David Robertson pitched the 10th for his 25th save.
Chicago’s Justin Morneau homered and hit an RBI double against his old team. Eduardo Escobar homered for Minnesota.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer, Jon Lester pitched 7 2/3 innings and the Chicago Cubs stopped an eight-game losing streak against the New York Mets with a 5-1 victory on Monday night in a rematch of last year’s NL Championship Series.
With one out and two on in the third inning, Rizzo fouled off five straight 2-2 pitches from Steven Matz before driving a changeup deep into the right-center bleachers for his 22nd homer.
Lester (10-4) allowed one run — Wilmer Flores’ leadoff homer in the seventh — and four hits in his first win in a month. Matz (7-6) was charged with four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings, dropping to 0-5 in his last nine starts.
MARLINS 3, PHILLIES 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jose Fernandez tied a career-high with 14 strikeouts, and Martin Prado hit a solo homer off Brett Oberholtzer (2-2) in the 11th.
Fernandez pitched 6 1/3 innings and became the pitcher to reach 500 strikeouts in the fewest innings: 400.
Christian Yelich hit an RBI double off Jeanmar Gomez with two outs in the ninth and scored on Marcell Ozuna’s single.
Kyle Barraclough (6-2) pitched one inning, and A.J. Ramos finished for his 30th save, retiring Maikel Franco on a game-ending flyout to the warning track
TIGERS 1, TWINS 0
DETROIT (AP) — Matt Boyd (1-2) allowed three hits in six innings, sending last-place Minnesota to another loss just hours after it announced the firing of general manager Terry Ryan.
Justin Upton homered in the second. Three relievers finished for the Tigers, with Francisco Rodriguez pitching a hitless ninth for his 26th save.
YANKEES 2, ORIOLES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez hit his 696th career homer — his first since June 18 — Ivan Nova (7-5) grinded through six innings and Aroldis Chapman hit 105 mph while locking down his 19th save.
The No Runs DMC triad, possibly in its final days with Andrew Miller and Chapman rumored to be on the trade block, covered the final three innings to extend its scoreless streak to 22 innings. The Yankees are 18-1 when all Dellin Betances and the other two relievers pitch in the same game.
Kevin Gausman (1-7) also allowed Brian McCann’s sacrifice fly in the third and fell to 0-1 in three starts against New York this season despite a 1.31 ERA over 20 2/3 innings.
REDS 8, BRAVES 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Zack Cozart, Joey Votto and Eugenio Suarez all homered in the fourth inning of a matchup between the NL’s two worst teams.
The Reds (35-58) have taken three of five this season against the Braves, who have the majors’ worst record (32-61). Atlanta is 19-31 at Great American Ball Park, including five losses in its last six games.
Matt Wisler (4-9) has given up five homers in his last two starts.
Brandon Finnegan (5-7) allowed two runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.
CARDINALS 10, PADRES 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Leake (7-7) had his second straight double-digit strikeouts game with no walks, joining Bob Gibson (1968-69) as the only St. Louis pitchers to accomplish the feat, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Leake struck out a season-best 11, allowing one run and six hits in six innings.
Pinch-hitter Matt Adams’ two-run double keyed a four-run sixth. Randal Grichuk and Jedd Gyorko connecting in consecutive at-bats in the seventh, and Stephen Piscotty homered into the third deck in left in the eighth.
Christian Friedrich (4-6) gave up four runs — three earned — and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
ROYALS 7, INDIANS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jarrod Dyson hit a grand slam off Jeff Manship following a pair of walks by Bryan Shaw (1-4), capping a seven-run rally in the eighth.
Corey Kluber scattered five hits and took the mound to begin the eighth with a 2-0 lead. But manager Terry Francona and trainer James Quinlan came from the dugout and pulled Kluber because of a right calf cramp on a night with a 90-degree gametime temperature.
Luke Hochevar (2-2) worked a scoreless eighth, and Wade Davis got the final out for his 20th save.
ATHLETICS 7, ASTROS 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yonder Alonso drove in three runs with a pair of two-out hits to back Kendall Graveman’s fifth consecutive win, and the Athletics beat the Astros.
Khris Davis hit his fourth home run in three games, Marcus Semien had two hits and scored twice while Ryon Healy added an RBI double for the A’s.
Oakland has won three of four since the All-Star break.
Graveman (6-6) allowed three runs over seven innings to earn his second straight win over Houston. Dyan Dull retired three batters and Ryan Madson pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
Starter Mike Fiers (6-4) allowed six runs over 3 2/3 innings to remain winless in five career starts against Oakland.
MARINERS 4, WHITE SOX 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Adam Lind hit a three-run pinch-hit homer in the ninth inning to give the Mariners an improbable comeback victory over the White Sox, handing Chicago its fifth consecutive loss and wasting a dominant performance by Chris Sale.
Seattle, which had managed just one hit in eight innings off Sale, rallied against closer David Robertson (0-2), who had recorded 13 straight save opportunities.
Sale, bidding to become the first 15-game winner in the majors, allowed just a first-inning single en route to eight scoreless innings.
David Rollins (1-0) pitched the ninth inning for the win.
ANGELS 9, RANGERS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout hit a three-run homer to help the Angels rally from four runs down and beat the Rangers.
With the score tied 5-5 in the seventh, Jeff Bandy was hit by a pitch from Keone Kela (1-1) to start the bottom of the inning and moved to third on Simmons’ double. One out later, Calhoun hit a fielder’s choice to second, driving in Bandy with the go-ahead run, and Trout followed with his homer over the left-field fence.
J.C. Ramirez (2-3) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win, and Cam Bedrosian got the last three outs.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- A look at what’s happening all around the majors Thursday:
It’s the final day of the All-Star break, and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is approaching. Contenders needing a closer are sure to be asking the Yankees about left-hander Aroldis Chapman. San Diego’s Drew Pomeranz or Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi could wind up in new rotations. Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy are among the top bats that could move, as well.
TOUGHER ROAD AHEAD
The Cubs raced to a big lead in the NL Central behind a bevy of All-Stars, but also while playing the second-easiest schedule in the majors, per Baseball Reference . The next few weeks should be a bit tougher. Chicago returns from the All-Star break with three games against AL-leading Texas and then plays the Mets, Brewers, White Sox and Mariners to close out July — all but Milwaukee are over .500 and competing for playoff spots. Chicago is up seven games on the Cardinals in the Central after going 2-8 in its final 10 games before the break.
The Rangers rotation will get a boost shortly after the break when right-hander Yu Darvish returns from the disabled list to start Saturday against the Cubs. Darvish missed the beginning of the season following Tommy John surgery and only made three starts before going back on the DL on June 9 with shoulder discomfort. The Japanese ace made two recent rehab starts with Double-A Frisco during his most recent DL stint, allowing five earned runs in seven innings.
Anthony Gose has tumbled from the majors all the way to Double-A this season following a demotion Wednesday. The Tigers outfielder was sent to Erie after he was in an altercation with Triple-A Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon during a game over the weekend. Gose has hit .209 in 30 games with the Tigers and .185 in 50 games with the Mud Hens this season. “After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our organization’s expectations of him,” Tigers general manager Al Avila said in a statement. “Most importantly, Anthony’s transfer to Erie is a move to give him a fresh start to his overall performance as he works his way back to Detroit.”
David Ortiz is set to get booed at Yankee Stadium, Chris Sale is ready to resume striking out Kris Bryant and the Kansas City Royals are facing a rugged road back to the playoffs.
Now that the All-Star fun is finished, a look at what’s on deck as Major League Baseball makes the turn and heads home toward October:
PENNANT PUSH: All eyes will be on Joe Maddon and his Cubs as they chase their first World Series crown since 1908. They’re in prime position so far — Jake Arrieta, Bryant and Co. hold the biggest lead at the break, up seven games over St. Louis in the NL Central.
The Cubs have never won a title while at Wrigley Field. All those past failures? “That’s something we don’t really discuss very often,” Arrieta said.
Only one division race closer than five games: The AL East, with Baltimore up two on Boston and Toronto. Ortiz got a lot of love this week, but what Big Papi really wants is one more swing in the postseason. The Red Sox begin the second half Friday night in the steamy Bronx.
Quite a scramble is shaping up for wild-card spots — 18 teams are within five games of the slots. World Series MVP Salvador Perez, All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer and the defending champ Royals are hovering at 45-43.
DEAL OR NO DEAL: Will Aroldis Chapman soon be closing somewhere else? Can Jonathan Lucroy catch on with a contender? How about Carlos Gonzalez? Could Drew Pomeranz or Jake Odorizzi be starting a new chapter?
Plenty to track before the Aug. 1 deadline to make trades without waivers. Last year, a lot of big names moved in the final week — Yoenis Cespedes, Johnny Cueto and Troy Tulowitzki, among them.
This year, several elite teams need bullpen help. The Yankees have two of the top targets in Chapman and Andrew Miller. A few more wins might quiet all the trade noise, Miller said.
“We can shut down those rumors, and I think that’s the goal. That’s what need to do. That’s what we should do,” the lefty said.
HEAL OR NO HEAL: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Craig Kimbrel come out of the break on the disabled list, as do Felix Hernandez, Michael Brantley and several Texas pitchers.
How fast the likes of Jordan Zimmermann, Wade Davis, Matt Carpenter and others can effectively come back might determine how far their teams go.
The defending NL champion Mets had already lost captain David Wright and former ace Matt Harvey for the season and power-hitting Lucas Duda for a long time when slugger Yoenis Cespedes and hard-throwing Noah Syndergaard recently got hurt in the same game.
“I don’t want it to sound like woe is me,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, “but woe is us.”
STEP IT UP!: Andrew McCutchen, Prince Fielder and Giancarlo Stanton are among several stars who slumped through the first half. Jose Bautista, Jason Heyward and Dallas Keuchel also have been shaky.
All over the majors, All-Stars who haven’t performed that way get 2½ months to return to form.
A big second half by Justin Upton could propel Detroit in the playoff chase, same for Yordano Ventura in KC and Adam Wainwright in St. Louis.
FLY, BALL, FLY: Giancarlo Stanton is done putting dents in the Western Metal Supply Co. building at Petco Park. Time now for mere mortals to swing away.
Home runs are at a point that rivals the peak of the Steroids Era, but Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t worried that PEDs are juicing performances.
The increase “takes place against the backdrop where Major League Baseball does 22,000 drug tests a year,” he said.
The ball tends to travel when temperatures heat up — former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel used to call this “hittin’ season.”
“It always goes back and forth, and you never know when it’s going to kind of take the swing the other way,” Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said.
DATES TO WATCH: Coming up, Ken Griffey Jr. (in a Mariners cap, not a backward lid) and Mike Piazza (Mets hat) step to the Cooperstown podium for their Hall of Fame induction speeches on July 24.
Later, the Atlanta Braves play for the last time at 20-year-old Turner Field (Oct. 2 vs. Detroit) before moving to a suburban ballpark.
Also in range: Ichiro Suzuki needs 10 hits to reach 3,000 in the majors and Alex Rodriguez is five home runs shy of No. 700.
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PHOENIX (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tyler Goeddel hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies completed their first sweep at Chase Field in 10 years with a 9-8 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
The Diamondbacks went up 7-4 in the seventh inning on Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run double, but the Phillies rallied with four runs in the eighth to go up 8-7.
Jean Segura tied it in the bottom half on an infield single, but the Diamondbacks allowed Jeanmar Gomez (3-2) to escape a jam in the ninth.
Peter Bourjos, who earlier had a two-run homer, hit a two-out single off Silvino Bracho (0-2) in the 10th and moved to third on Cody Asche’s single. Goeddel followed with a line drive to right for the go-ahead run.
Brett Oberholtzer worked around a single in the 10th for his first save.
YANKEES 9, RANGERS 7
NEW YORK (AP) — Brian McCann hit a tying, three-run homer off Sam Dyson, Didi Gregorius capped a six-run ninth inning with his two-run shot and the New York Yankees rallied past Texas.
Down 7-2 and in danger of falling 10 games behind AL East-leading Baltimore, the Yankees began their comeback when McCann homered off Cesar Ramos in the eighth.
Rob Refsnyder singled off Matt Bush leading off the ninth, Jacoby Ellsbury singled and Dyson (1-2) relieved.
Brett Gardner singled and Refsnyder came home when center fielder Ian Desmond bobbled the ball for an error. After Alex Rodriguez lined out, McCann homered into the right-field bleachers, Starlin Castro walked and Gregorius lined the ball into the right-field seats for his first career game-ending homer.
Luis Cessa (1-0) allowed one run in three innings for his first big league win.
CUBS 9, REDS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo legged out his first inside-the-park homer — another unusual moment in a series full of oddities — and Chicago finished a three-game sweep to get back on solid footing after a rough week.
The Cubs went 1-6 last week, hurt by an injury-depleted lineup and a balky bullpen. With thousands of Cubs fans in the stands at Great American Ball Park for each game, they pulled off an invigorating sweep.
Rizzo drove in three runs in the first inning off left-hander Cody Reed (0-2) with the Cubs’ first inside-the-park homer since 2011, when Tony Campana circled the bases against Cincinnati. Left fielder Adam Duvall cut in front of center fielder Billy Hamilton but couldn’t get to the ball, which deflected off Hamilton’s face. He was examined and left the game.
Kyle Hendricks (6-6) gave up Duvall’s 22nd homer and went 6 2/3 innings. He also drove in a run with a squeeze bunt.
ASTROS 10, ANGELS 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jose Altuve went 4 for 5 and scored four runs to help Houston complete a three-game sweep.
It was the second time Houston has swept Los Angeles in the last two weeks. The Astros finished the six games with 37 runs. It was also Houston’s eighth straight win over their AL West rivals, extending the longest winning streak against Los Angeles in franchise history.
Houston has gone 35-20 since May 1, the third-best mark in the AL in that span.
Altuve, who extended his career-high on-base streak to 32 games, was a home run shy of the cycle and finished the series 8 for 14 with two RBIs and six runs.
Dallas Keuchel (5-9) limited the Angels to three runs and six hits over six innings to win his second straight decision.
Jered Weaver (6-7) pitched into the sixth inning but left after giving up a one-out solo home run to George Springer.
NATIONALS 4, METS 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy homered twice, tormenting his former team yet again, and Washington completed a three-game sweep of the New York Mets.
Max Scherzer (9-5) cruised against New York’s sputtering offense, allowing two hits with 10 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. He retired 18 in a row before Brandon Nimmo’s single in the eighth and finished with at least 10 strikeouts for the fourth straight game.
Murphy homered off Logan Verrett (3-5) in the second for a 1-0 lead and golfed a two-run drive in the eighth. He matched his career high with 14 homers and helped Washington win its fourth in a row.
The Mets went 23 innings without scoring before James Loney’s two-run homer in the ninth off Shawn Kelley.
RAYS 4, RED SOX 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Moore pitched seven spotless innings and Brandon Guyer homered and drove in two runs in his return from a three-week stint on the disabled list to lead Tampa Bay.
Moore (4-5) allowed three singles, walked two and struck out five to outpitch David Price (8-5), the former Rays ace who fell to 1-3 in five career starts against his old team.
Guyer, who missed 23 games with a left hamstring strain, led off the second inning with his seventh homer. He doubled down the left-field line to make it 4-1 in the third.
Moore, meanwhile, held the Red Sox hitless until Christian Vazquez singled leading off the sixth. Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts followed with hits to load the bases with one out, but David Ortiz popped up and Hanley Ramirez hit a routine fly that ended the threat.
ROYALS 3, CARDINALS 2, 12 INNINGS
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Alcides Escobar hit a go-ahead RBI double just inside the right-field line in the 12th inning and Kansas City outlasted St. Louis.
Escobar drove in the first run of the game with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the eighth. His fly to shallow right off Seth Maness (0-2) fell just in front of Stephen Piscotty, whose homer leading off the 10th tied it at 2.
Chien-Ming Wang (5-0) worked two scoreless innings for Kansas City, which survived blown saves by Wade Davis and Joakim Soria, stranded 19 runners and used all of its bench players. The Royals are 39-50 in the I-70 interleague series but 14-12 at 11-year-old Busch Stadium.
Whit Merrifield put Kansas City ahead in the 10th when a potential double-play grounder was booted by second baseman Matt Carpenter and Merrifield got an RBI. He also doubled with one out in the 12th.
BLUE JAYS 5, ROCKIES 3
DENVER (AP) — Aaron Sanchez allowed one run in eight innings and Josh Donaldson homered to lead Toronto.
Sanchez (8-1) allowed six hits, struck out three and walked two in extending his unbeaten streak to 12 games.
The Blue Jays won their first series ever in Denver and their first overall since June 13-16, against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Roberto Osuna gave up RBI doubles to Mark Reynolds and Daniel Descalso and put the tying run in scoring position with one out in the ninth. He hit Charlie Blackmon to load the bases before he struck out Cristhian Adames to end the game.
Tyler Anderson (0-2) allowed the homer to Donaldson with two outs in the third inning and an RBI single to Troy Tulowitzki two batters later to give Toronto a 3-0 lead.
ORIOLES 12, PADRES 6
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 23rd homer and drove in four runs as AL East-leading Baltimore won its seventh straight.
The Orioles tied the 1996 Oakland A’s for the most homers in June, 55. Overall, the Orioles lead the majors with 124.
The Orioles hit four home runs in sweeping the two-game series, including three in Tuesday night’s 11-7 win.
Trumbo hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning and a two-run double in the ninth. Manny Machado had two hits and three RBIs, and pitcher Yovani Gallardo (3-1) singled twice and scored a run.
Christian Friedrich (4-3) allowed six runs, four earned, and five hits in five innings.
TIGERS 10, MARLINS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit one of Detroit’s three homers to lead the Tigers past Miami.
Cabrera hit his 18th homer of the season in the fourth inning, tying Billy Williams at No. 48 on baseball’s career list with 426.
Steven Moya and Jarrod Saltalamacchia cleared the fence in consecutive at-bats in the fifth, giving Detroit an 8-2 lead.
Marlins reliever Dustin McGowan gave up all three homers, matching a career high.
The Tigers built a cushion right away with a four-run first, getting two runs on Victor Martinez’s single off Tom Koehler.
Daniel Norris (1-0) struck out a career-high eight and gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings.
Koehler (6-7) allowed five runs and eight hits in three innings.
INDIANS 3, BRAVES 0
ATLANTA (AP) — Danny Salazar threw seven innings, Lonnie Chisenhall hit his second homer of the series and Cleveland won its 12th straight.
Cleveland swept its fourth straight series to extend the majors’ longest winning streak this season.
The Indians need one more win to match the longest winning streaks in franchise history. They won 13 straight in 1942 and 1951. They had another 12-game streak in 1922.
Jason Kipnis broke a scoreless tie with a two-run single in the fifth.
Salazar (10-3) was dominant, allowing five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. He lowered the AL’s second-best ERA to 2.22 while winning his sixth straight start.
Braves right-hander Joel De La Cruz (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett for his major league debut, allowed three runs in six innings.
BREWERS 7, DODGERS 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Junior Guerra allowed two hits over eight innings, Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer and a two-run double and Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run shot to help Milwaukee spoil Brock Stewart’s major league debut.
Braun’s two-run homer off Chris Hatcher in the seventh inning gave Guerra some extra cushion, but the 31-year-old rookie right-hander didn’t need it.
Guerra (5-1) allowed Corey Seager’s double in the first and Yasiel Puig’s single in the fifth. After he walked Adrian Gonzalez in the first, Guerra retired 21 of the next 23 batters, striking out seven.
Guerra received a no-decision at Dodger Stadium on June 16 in his previous start against the Dodgers. He allowed five runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings then.
Stewart (0-1) retired the side in order in the first, but the Brewers scored five times on six hits in the second. The 24-year-old right-hander regrouped and held the Brewers scoreless for the next three innings. He struck out seven and walked two, throwing 95 pitches.
WHITE SOX 9, TWINS 6
CHICAGO (AP) — James Shields broke out of a slump with 6 2/3 innings against one of baseball’s worst lineups, helping Chicago beat Minnesota.
Shields (3-9) allowed one run and eight hits in his first win since he tossed seven scoreless innings for San Diego at Milwaukee on May 12. The right-hander got hit hard after he was acquired by Chicago in a trade June 4, going 0-2 with a 15.80 ERA in his first four starts.
Todd Frazier, Brett Lawrie and Tyler Saladino homered for the White Sox, who improved to 7-1 against the Twins after losing 4-0 in the series opener on Tuesday. Saladino and Tim Anderson each had two hits and two RBIs.
Ricky Nolasco (3-6) was charged with seven runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings in his second straight loss.
Nate Jones got one out for his second save.
ATHLETICS 7, GIANTS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jed Lowrie and Yonder Alonso each hit two-run homers and Oakland took advantage of San Francisco’s sloppy play to win its third straight game in the Bay Bridge series.
Sean Manaea (3-4) pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and Billy Burns drove in two runs for the A’s, who have won six of seven and will go for a sweep in the two-city series against their cross-bay rivals on Thursday night.
The Giants committed three errors that led to four unearned runs and botched a few other plays in the field that left starting pitcher Jake Peavy (4-7) fuming on the mound. Peavy allowed seven runs — three earned — and five hits in 3 1/3 innings, but could have had a better fate with more support from his fielders.
PIRATES 8, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Sean Rodriguez doubled in consecutive at-bats and drove in four runs, David Freese hit a solo home run and Pittsburgh beat Seattle.
Rodriguez was responsible for breaking the game open in the fifth inning with a three-run double into the left-field corner off Seattle reliever Donn Roach. Rodriguez doubled an inning earlier off starter Wade Miley (6-4) to score Starling Marte.
Freese got it all started with a solo home run on the first pitch of the second inning. It was a three-run inning for Pittsburgh, capped by a two-run double from Josh Harrison.
All that offense backed a strong start from rookie right-hander Jameson Taillon (2-1), who pitched six innings, giving up just one run and six hits.
Philadelphia Phillies’ Odubel Herrera, second from right, slaps the helmet of Peter Bourjos (17) after Bourjos scored against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 10th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Phoenix. The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks 9-8. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined for three innings of perfect relief for the second straight game, Rob Refsnyder hit a tiebreaking single and the New York Yankees took advantage of three errors to rally past the Minnesota Twins 5-3 Friday night.
Masahiro Tanaka (5-2) beat the Twins for the second time in seven days, allowing three runs and seven hits in six innings.
New York’s “No Runs DMC” relief trio improved to 11-0 when all appearing together, with Chapman striking out three batters on 11 strikes — for his 14th save in 15 chances. His first 10 pitches were all 100 mph or more on the scoreboard before freezing Kurt Suzuki with a changeup for a called third strike.
Making his first big league start since April 25, Tommy Milone (0-2) allowed four runs — three earned — six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.
INDIANS 7, TIGERS 4
DETROIT (AP) — Jason Kipnis hit two of Cleveland’s four triples and the Indians continued their season-long dominance of Detroit.
The Indians are now 7-0 against the Tigers this season. Detroit had won 16 of 20 at home and was coming off a four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners.
Danny Salazar (9-3) struggled with his command, walking five in 5 2/3 innings, but held the Tigers to three runs on four hits.
Jordan Zimmermann (9-5) allowed seven runs on nine hits in a season-worst 3 2/3 innings. After posting a 1.50 ERA in his first seven starts, Zimmermann has allowed at least six runs in four of his last seven.
WHITE SOX 3, BLUE JAYS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Melky Cabrera homered, Todd Frazier drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the seventh, and Chicago beat Toronto.
The White Sox started a six-game homestand on a winning note after taking three of four at Boston, while the Blue Jays lost for the fourth time in five games.
Cabrera drove a solo homer off Aaron Sanchez in the fifth and finished with three hits against his former team.
Frazier broke a 2-2 tie with a sharp single to left with two outs in the seventh against Jesse Chavez (4-2) after Tim Anderson led off with a double under third baseman Josh Donaldson’s glove.
David Robertson escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances. He struck out Edwin Encarnacion swinging at a low 3-2 fastball and retired Michael Saunders on a popup to end the game.
Nate Jones (3-2) worked a scoreless inning in relief. Carlos Rodon gave up two runs and six hits while pitching into the sixth.
ORIOLES 6, RAYS 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones homered to start a four-run sixth inning, and Baltimore handed Tampa Bay its eighth straight loss.
Manny Machado marked his return from a four-game suspension by hitting his 18th home run in the eighth for the Orioles. Machado received the suspension for charging Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura on June 7.
After falling into an early 3-0 hole, the Orioles finally got their first baserunner against Matt Moore (3-5) in the fifth inning and turned the game around in the sixth.
Jones got the AL East-leaders within a run with his 14th homer, Chris Davis added a two-run single and a Tampa Bay throwing error made it 5-3.
Rookie Ashur Tolliver (1-0) got two outs in the sixth to earn his first major league win and Zach Britton worked the ninth for his 22nd save.
Corey Dickerson homered for the last-place Rays.
PADRES 13, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Wil Myers drove in five runs and Melvin Upton Jr. hit a pair of two-run homers as San Diego scored in each of the first eight innings and spoiled the start of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine weekend.
The National League’s top-scoring team in June kept at it, hitting four homers. San Diego is averaging 5.86 runs in the month.
Myers had a solo shot off Cody Reed (0-1) in the first, singled home a run and had a bases-loaded double. Adam Rosales also had a solo homer.
Colin Rea (4-3) got the win by going five innings and allowing four runs, only one earned.
The Reds honored their 1976 World Series championship team on the field pregame, and players wore throwback uniforms to the days of the Big Red Machine. Pete Rose, who will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame and have his No. 14 officially retired over the weekend, was the last player introduced.
RED SOX 8, RANGERS 7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and Dustin Pedroia scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch as Boston rallied past Texas.
Betts’ 15th homer came with two outs off Matt Bush (2-1), who had just taken over after pinch-hitter Sandy Leon had an RBI double on the 11th pitch of his at-bat against Jake Diekman. Pedroia then walked, went to third on Xander Bogaerts’ single and came home on the wild pitch.
The Red Sox trailed 6-0 early after starter David Price allowed 12 hits in only 2 1/3 innings.
Heath Hembree (4-0) worked a scoreless eighth before Koji Uehara struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.
MARINERS 4, CARDINALS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Adam Lind hit a game-winning three-run home run in the ninth inning off St. Louis closer Trevor Rosenthal as Seattle snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Mariners opened the ninth with a double by Kyle Seager and a walk to Dae-Ho Lee. Lind reached down and drove a 1-1 pitch out to right field for his fourth career walk-off home run. It was the third home run allowed this season by Rosenthal (2-3) and his third blown save.
St. Louis had scored three times in the eighth inning without the help of a base hit. Seattle reliever Joaquin Benoit issued three walks and a hit batter and Kyle Seager’s error on Matt Holliday’s hard ground ball allowed two runs to score.
Donn Roach (1-0) got the last five outs to get his first win.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, ROCKIES 9
DENVER (AP) — Yasmany Tomas homered twice and drove in four runs, Michael Bourn had a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning and Arizona rallied for the win.
Jean Segura had three hits and scored the winning run for the Diamondbacks, who have won seven of their last eight.
Tomas’ solo shot with one out in the ninth off Carlos Estevez (1-5) tied the game. Segura doubled one out later and Bourn singled him home with a sharp liner to left.
Estevez also got the loss in Arizona’s 7-6 win Thursday night.
Tomas hit a three-run homer in Arizona’s six-run seventh for his third career multihomer game.
Josh Collmenter (1-0) pitched to one batter in the eighth and Brad Ziegler worked a shaky ninth for his 16th save.
ATHLETICS 7, ANGELS 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning to lead Oakland past Los Angeles.
Davis connected off of Fernando Salas (3-4) for his second home run of the series and his 18th of the season.
Ryan Dull (2-2) pitched one inning for the win. Ryan Madson earned his 14th save in 17 chances by getting Albert Pujols on a ground out with two runners on.
Pujols hit 573rd career homer for the Angels, who lost their fifth straight to fall a season-worst 12 games below .500 (31-43). Pujols tied Harmon Killebrew for 11th on the career list with his 13th of the season — first since June 5.
GIANTS 5, PHILLIES 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jake Peavy threw seven strong innings in another solid start, Brandon Belt hit a three-run double and Angel Pagan had three hits as San Francisco beat Philadelphia.
The Giants trailed 2-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Belt cleared the bases with a shot to center off Elvis Araujo (1-1).
San Francisco has won 12 of its last 13 games and 31 of 40, tying a record for the best 40-game clip in franchise history (June 12-July 21, 1954).
Peavy (4-6), 1-5 with an 8.21 ERA over his first nine starts, is 3-1 with a 1.94 ERA in his last six after allowing two runs and seven hits in seven innings.
Santiago Casilla got Tyler Goeddel to ground out for the final out for his 17th save after loading the bases.
The Phillies have lost 10 of their last 11.
PIRATES 8, DODGERS 6
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Joyce homered and doubled among his three hits as Pittsburgh snapped Los Angeles’ six-game winning streak and gave Pirates manager Clint Hurdle his 1,000th career victory.
Joyce drove in two runs while filling in for right fielder Gregory Polanco, who sat out with lower leg discomfort. Jung Ho Kang also homered as the Pirates won for just the third time in 16 games.
Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager had four hits to extend his hitting streak to eight games.
Neftali Feliz (2-0), the fourth of six Pirates pitchers, retired all five batters he faced and Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth for his 21st save in 22 opportunities.
Nick Tepesch (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits in just four innings.
METS 8, BRAVES 6
ATLANTA (AP) — James Loney hit a three-run homer, Travis d’Arnaud drove in three runs and the New York Mets survived Atlanta’s six-run fifth inning.
The Mets led 8-0 after Loney’s three-run homer in the fifth. Steven Matz almost blew the lead as he allowed six runs on eight hits in the bottom of the inning.
Brandon Snyder hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer and Adonis Garcia had a two-run double in Atlanta’s big inning.
Hansel Robles (2-3) threw 2 2/3 perfect innings to stop the Braves’ comeback. Jeurys Familia recorded the final four outs for his major league-leading 25th save.
Braves rookie right-hander Aaron Blair (0-5) allowed eight runs and seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings, leaving his ERA at 7.99.
CUBS 5, MARLINS 4
MIAMI (AP) — Rookie Willson Contreras homered and drove in three runs to help Chicago snap its season-high four-game losing streak.
Contreras hit a two-run homer in the Cubs’ four-run first inning. His RBI single in the seventh put the team with the best record in the majors ahead to stay. He’s batting .412 with eight RBIs after seven games in the big leagues.
While Contreras again excelled as a reinforcement for the injury-hampered NL Central leaders, they endured another setback when second baseman Ben Zobrist left the game after he was hit by a pitch on the left ankle.
Four pitchers held the Marlins to two hits, including Justin Bour’s grand slam.
Trevor Cahill (1-2) threw a scoreless sixth and Hector Rondon retired all four batters he faced for his second four-out save in a row, and his 13th overall.
Mike Dunn (0-1) retired only one of the five hitters he faced in the seventh.
ASTROS 13, ROYALS 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — George Springer hit a grand slam and a triple in Houston’s nine-run first inning against Edinson Volquez, and the Astros routed Kansas City.
Springer finished with five RBIs, and Colby Rasmus had four hits, including a homer in the eighth, scored three runs and drove in two.
Marwin Gonzalez, Carlos Gomez, Jason Castro and Rasmus all had RBI singles in the first off Volquez (7-7), who retired only three of the 15 batters he faced with 12 scoring, ballooning his ERA more than a full run to 5.15. He gave up eight hits and walked three.
Dallas Keuchel (4-9) picked up only his second victory since April 15.
BREWERS 5, NATIONALS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Keon Broxton each hit home runs off Max Scherzer and Milwaukee extended Washington’s losing streak to a season-high six games.
Scherzer (8-5) allowed five runs on five hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out 10, throwing 117 pitches.
Jeremy Jeffress hit the first batter in the ninth and then allowed Daniel Murphy’s hit with two outs, putting runners at the corners. Wilson Ramos struck out swinging, giving Jeffress his 20th save in 21 chances.
Carlos Torres (1-1) picked up the win with a 1-2-3 sixth.
Nieuwenhuis struck out swinging in the first and third, but then drove a 2-1 pitch from Scherzer well over the wall in right-center for a two-run homer in the sixth.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Locke followed consecutive horrible starts with 6 2/3 scoreless innings, Erik Kratz hit his first home run since 2014 and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco 1-0 on Monday night, ending the Giants’ eight-game winning streak.
Locke (6-5) allowed five hits, no walks and struck out three, helping the Pirates to their second win in 12 games. He had allowed 18 runs and 20 hits over 8 2/3 innings during his previous two outings.
Madison Bumgarner (8-3) was the tough-luck loser, allowing one run in eight innings while having his seven-game winning streak snapped. The left-hander had his 12th straight start allowing two earned runs or fewer and gave up five hits while striking out eight and walking two.
It was Bumgarner’s second complete game this season and the 12th of his career.
Kratz’s shot with two outs in the fifth popped out of Angel Pagan’s glove and fell into the first row of seats when the leaping left fielder crashed into the fence. It was his first home run since a two-homer game for Kansas City in August 2014.
Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances.
CARDINALS 3, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta homered against John Lackey, and St. Louis stopped a five-game slide by holding off Chicago.
Aledmys Diaz added an RBI single and Jaime Garcia (5-6) pitched into the seventh inning as the Cardinals got back on track following their first winless homestand of at least two series since 1983. It was their first trip to Wrigley Field since they were eliminated by the Cubs in their NL Division Series last year.
Lackey (7-3) allowed three runs over six innings against his former team, but Garcia and two relievers held the major league-leading Cubs in check.
Seung Hwan Oh got four outs and Trevor Rosenthal worked a shaky ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances. Jason Heyward popped out with runners on the corners to end it.
DODGERS 4, NATIONALS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw yielded six hits over seven dominant innings to earn his ninth victory in 10 starts, and Los Angeles beat Washington for its fourth straight victory.
Washington scratched Stephen Strasburg about 80 minutes before game time due to an upper back strain, depriving Chavez Ravine of a tantalizing pitchers’ duel with Kershaw (11-1).
Pitching in 96-degree heat, the Dodgers’ ace still added eight strikeouts to his major league-leading 141, fanning Bryce Harper three times. Kershaw didn’t walk a batter and got through a tricky seventh inning to remain unbeaten since May 1.
Kenley Jansen became the Dodgers’ career saves leader in the ninth. He surpassed Eric Gagne with his 162nd save, including 20 this season in 23 chances.
Late replacement Yusmeiro Petit (2-1) pitched six solid innings of five-hit ball in his first start for the NL East-leading Nationals, who have lost three straight.
Justin Turner homered and drove in two runs, and Joc Pederson also went deep in the Dodgers’ sixth win in seven games. Los Angeles (39-33) is a season-high six games over .500.
WHITE SOX 3, RED SOX 1, 10 INNINGS
BOSTON (AP) — Jose Abreu doubled home two runs off Boston closer Craig Kimbrel with two outs in the 10th inning after Chicago escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth.
Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the eighth time in 26 games. Boston has lost five of eight.
Zach Duke (2-0) wriggled out of the ninth to get the win. David Robertson worked the 10th for his 17th save.
Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright pitched nine innings, giving up only an unearned run and five hits. He lowered his AL-best ERA to 2.01.
Abreu doubled off Kimbrel (0-3) after Avisail Garcia walked and J.B. Shuck singled.
INDIANS 7, RAYS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor and Juan Uribe homered in the eighth inning to lift Cleveland over Tampa Bay.
Lindor hit the first pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (7-5) to break a 4-all tie. Uribe homered in his third straight game, a two-run shot off Ramirez.
Carlos Santana also homered for the AL Central leaders, who have won four straight.
Evan Longoria’s two-run homer in the first and a solo shot by Brad Miller in the sixth helped Tampa Bay build a 4-2 lead, but the Rays dropped their fifth in a row.
Bryan Shaw (1-3) struck out the side in the eighth, and Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 14th save.
Tampa Bay right fielder Mikie Mahtook sustained a broken left hand when he was hit by Josh Tomlin’s pitch in the second.
TIGERS 8, MARINERS 7, 12 INNINGS
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Upton hit a line drive over the left-field wall in the 12th inning for his second home run of the game, lifting Detroit past Seattle.
Upton connected on a 2-2 pitch from Vidal Nuno (0-1) leading off the 12th.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer for the Tigers in the first that cleared a brick wall in right-center, bounced off a concrete concourse and out of Comerica Park. Upton’s first homer of the night, a two-run shot that cleared a second tier of bushes beyond the center-field wall, gave Detroit a 7-6 lead in the seventh.
Cameron Maybin had a two-run triple for the Tigers, and Aníbal Sanchez (4-7) worked a scoreless inning for the win.
Kyle Seager and Adam Lind homered for the Mariners.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shelby Miller threw 6 2/3 sharp innings, Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer and Arizona beat reeling Philadelphia to complete a four-game sweep.
Miller (2-6) allowed one run and five hits, striking out five in his first start since May 24. He had been on the disabled list with a sprained right index finger.
The Phillies went 0-6 on their first winless homestand of six or more games since September 1964, when they went 0-7 at Connie Mack Stadium before losing three more games in a historic collapse from first place.
Jeremy Hellickson (4-6) allowed three runs and four hits before getting an out.
Brad Ziegler pitched out of trouble in the ninth for his 15th save this season, converting his 43rd opportunity in a row.
ROCKIES 5, MARLINS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Mark Reynolds hit two homers to help power Colorado past Miami in a record-setting home run contest.
Trevor Story, Nick Hundley and Charlie Blackmon also went deep for the Rockies, who salvaged the finale of a four-game series.
Marcell Ozuna homered twice and Giancarlo Stanton hit one for the Marlins. The eight solo homers accounted for all the runs in the game, setting a major league record. The previous mark was five.
Stanton’s home run, his 13th of the season, was his first in 16 games.
The eight home runs were also the most in a game at Marlins Park since it opened in 2012. Five of the game’s first 13 batters connected.
Jorge De La Rosa (4-4) allowed three runs in six innings to earn the win. Carlos Estevez got his fourth save.
Marlins reliever Brian Ellington (1-1) took the loss after Paul Clemens yielded three runs over five innings in his season debut and first start since Sept. 28, 2013, with Houston.
RANGERS 4, ORIOLES 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo hit a go-ahead, two-run single, Ian Desmond homered halfway up the hill in center field and streaking Texas beat Baltimore in a makeup game matching the American League’s top two teams.
Texas extended its season-best winning streak to seven games, the last four being one-run decisions. Since the makeup of an April 17 rainout counted as a series, the AL West leaders stretched their club record to 10 consecutive series wins — the longest in the AL since Tampa Bay’s 10 in a row three years ago.
Desmond’s 11th homer was a solo shot in the third, an inning before Bobby Wilson had a sacrifice fly and Choo followed by lining a single off Kevin Gausman (0-5) for a 4-3 lead.
Shawn Tolleson (2-2) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Derek Holland. Tony Barnette threw two shutout innings before Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances, including 12 straight since taking over as the closer on May 18.
ASTROS 10, ANGELS 7
HOUSTON (AP) — Doug Fister threw seven solid innings and Jose Altuve, Jason Castro and Carlos Correa homered to help Houston beat Los Angeles.
Fister (8-3) gave up two runs and four hits in earning his seventh straight win. The Astros have won Fister’s last 10 starts.
Pat Neshek got two outs for his first save.
Altuve hit a 431-foot solo homer to center field in the fourth to give the Astros a 7-0 lead. Jhoulys Chacin (2-3) walked five while allowing six runs in two innings.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Belt homered, Joe Panik hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Sunday for their eighth straight win.
Jake Peavy (3-6) pitched six solid innings to win for the third time in four starts. Belt hit his team-leading 10th homer off Jake Odorizzi, and Panik delivered in a key situation for the second straight game with his run-scoring single against Xavier Cedeno (3-2) during San Francisco’s four-run eighth.
Panik is just 2 for 14 through three games of San Francisco’s weeklong road trip, but both hits broke late-inning ties. He hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning of Saturday’s 6-4 win over Tampa Bay, which has lost four straight.
CUBS 10, PIRATES 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Prized prospect Willson Contreras crushed the first pitch he saw in the major leagues for a two-run home run, Kyle Hendricks struck out a career-high 12 in six innings and Chicago completed a sweep of Pittsburgh.
Contreras, called up from Triple-A on Friday, pinch hit for Hendricks in the sixth and sent A.J. Schugel’s changeup an estimated 415 feet to center. The cheering crowd didn’t let up until the 24-year-old Venezuelan catcher obliged with a curtain call.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hit consecutive home runs in the third and Javier Baez added a solo shot for the Cubs, all off rookie Jameson Taillon (1-1).
Josh Harrison’s solo home run was the lone blemish off Hendricks (5-6), who walked none and allowed seven hits.
ORIOLES 11, BLUE JAYS 6
BALTIMORE (AP) — Matt Wieters homered and drove in four runs, and Baltimore outslugged Toronto to provide right-hander Chris Tillman with his ninth straight victory.
Baltimore amassed a season-high 19 hits against Marcus Stroman (6-3) and five relievers in the deciding matchup of the three-game series between AL East contenders.
Wieters went 4 for 5 with three doubles. Jonathan Schoop contributed a homer and three RBIs, and Chris Davis had three hits and scored three runs.
The Orioles were without two-time All-Star Manny Machado, who began a four-game suspension for charging the mound on June 7.
Tillman (10-1) allowed four runs and five hits in five laborious innings.
BRAVES 6, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Julio Teheran tossed a one-hit masterpiece, pitching the Braves to a surprising three-game sweep of the scuffling Mets.
Nick Markakis homered and drove in two runs for Atlanta, which has won five straight for the first time since the first five games of last season. Freddie Freeman had four hits and the Braves finally mustered some offense in support of Teheran (3-7), who yielded only Michael Conforto’s clean single leading off the third inning.
New York right-hander Jacob DeGrom, pitching on his 28th birthday and as a dad on Father’s Day for the first time, gave up three runs and five hits in six innings.
ANGELS 2, ATHLETICS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver pitched a three-hitter, leading the Angels to the victory.
Weaver (6-6) had given up 11 earned runs over his last 11 1/3 innings before helping Los Angeles to its fifth win in six games against the A’s this season. The right-hander struck out one and walked one.
It marked just the fourth time in 14 starts this season that Weaver had gone past the sixth inning.
Carlos Perez homered for the Angels. Albert Pujols drove in the other run.
Oakland starter Eric Surkamp (0-5) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.
MARLINS 3, ROCKIES 0
MIAMI (AP) — Tom Koehler pitched around six walks in six innings and three relievers combined for three perfect innings, helping Miami to the win.
Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run drive in the sixth inning for his 13th homer. The Marlins (37-32) climbed five games above .500 for the first time since May 8, 2014, and they’ll try for a four-game sweep Monday.
Koehler (6-6) threw only 48 of his 92 pitches for strikes but allowed just two hits before departing for a pinch hitter in the sixth. A.J. Ramos pitched the ninth for his 31st save in a row, including 22 this year.
Tyler Anderson (0-1), making his second career start, was charged with two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
DODGERS 2, BREWERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal walked with the bases loaded to end the game, and the Dodgers got another strong start from rookie Kenta Maeda.
Grandal took a 3-2 pitch for from Tyler Thornburg (3-2) that missed high and outside.
Adrian Gonzalez started the ninth-inning rally with a one-out single before moving to second on Trayce Thompson’s single. Howie Kendrick later walked to load the bases.
Kenley Jansen (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth, and the Dodgers won for the sixth time in seven games.
Maeda gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings.
PADRES 6, NATIONALS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drew Pomeranz allowed three solo homers in six innings and Adam Rosales drove in two runs, helping San Diego to the victory.
Pomeranz (6-7) struck out seven and walked one. The left-hander had lost four of his previous five decisions.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances.
Michael Taylor went 4 for 4 with two homers for Washington. Danny Espinosa also went deep.
Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (3-6) was charged with six runs, five earned, and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
RED SOX 2, MARINERS 1
BOSTON (AP) — Boston left-hander David Price snapped a personal three-game losing streak by pitching eight sharp innings, and Mookie Betts hit a go-ahead homer.
Betts also had two singles for the Red Sox, who have won two in a row after dropping four of five.
Franklin Gutierrez hit a solo homer for the Mariners. He sparked their series-opening victory with two homers and six RBIs.
Price (8-4) gave up one run and eight hits. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save.
Edwin Diaz (0-1) got the loss.
INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 2, 10 INNINGS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez hit an RBI single with two out in the 10th inning, lifting Cleveland to the three-game sweep.
Ramirez’s bases-loaded hit off David Robertson (0-1) skipped past first baseman Jose Abreu and into right field for Cleveland’s second last-at bat win of the series. The AL Central-leading Indians improved to 7-2 against the White Sox, including six straight wins.
Cleveland’s Rajai Davis had four hits and scored two runs, including the game-winner. Dan Otero (2-0) struck out Abreu with a runner on first to end the 10th.
RANGERS 5, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jurickson Profar hit a two-run single in the eighth, helping Texas to its sixth straight win.
It was Profar’s first pinch-hit at-bat this season.
The Rangers improved to 14-4 this month and a major league-best 16-4 in one-run games this season.
St. Louis has lost five in a row — all at home. It was the first winless homestand of at least two series for St. Louis since 1983.
Tony Barnette (4-2) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances.
Matt Bowman (1-2) got the loss.
ROYALS 2, TIGERS 1, 13 INNINGS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Cheslor Cuthbert singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 13th inning, giving Kansas City the win.
The Royals won six of seven on their homestand and lead the American League with a 25-8 home record.
Chien-Ming Wang (4-0) allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings to pick up the victory. Kyle Ryan (1-2), who was just promoted from Triple-A Toledo, got the loss.
TWINS 7, YANKEES 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ervin Santana pitched into the eighth inning to earn his first victory since May 14 and Minnesota avoided a four-game series sweep.
Eduardo Escobar’s two-run triple keyed a four-run sixth inning as the Twins snapped a five-game losing streak. Max Kepler and Brian Dozier homered and Brandon Kintzler got the final four outs for his second save.
Brian McCann homered twice and Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single for the Yankees. Nathan Eovaldi (6-4) lost his second straight start.
Santana (2-7) allowed two earned runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings.
ASTROS 6, REDS 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena homered, helping Houston to the win.
Mike Fiers (5-3) allowed four hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings. He departed when Jay Bruce’s line drive hit him in the thigh for a single. Chris Devenski took over and allowed one hit in 3 1/3 innings for his first save.
Cincinnati left-hander Brandon Finnegan (3-5) yielded four runs in five innings, snapping a streak of five straight games where he lasted at least six innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA — Archie Bradley pitched six strong innings and drove in a run to lead Arizona.
Arizona has won six of eight and will try for a sweep of the four-game series on Monday.
Bradley (3-3) allowed an unearned run and three hits, snapping a personal three-game losing streak.
Zach Eflin (0-2) rebounded nicely from a shaky major league debut, yielding two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tim Lincecum made a winning return to the majors, restarting his career after nearly a year away with six sharp innings and several ovations as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 7-1 Saturday.
Sporting a bright red hat and Angels jersey that was in stark contrast to the black and orange he wore across the Bay Bridge for nine seasons with San Francisco, Lincecum gave up one run and four hits.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner hadn’t pitched in the majors since last June 27. He had hip surgery in September, signed with the Angels in May and made three starts in the minors.
Mike Trout homered, doubled and drove in three runs to help Los Angeles to its third win in four games. Ryan Dull (1-2) lost in relief.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Arizona ace Zack Greinke won his seventh straight start by pitching three-hit ball for eight innings.
Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and Nick Ahmed homered for the Diamondbacks. Greinke (10-3) allowed one run, struck out six and walked one.
Odubel Herrera homered for the Phillies, who have lost five in a row and 22 of 28. Jerad Eickhoff (4-9) allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Brad Ziegler closed for his 14th save of the season and 42nd straight dating to May 2015.
GIANTS 6, RAYS 4
ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) — Joe Panik had four RBIs, including a tiebreaking three-run homer in the ninth inning that sent San Francisco to its seventh straight win.
Panik hit a two-out drive off Alex Colome (1-2) for the NL West leaders.
Hunter Strickland (3-0) won in relief. Cory Gearrin allowed Logan Forsythe’s solo homer in the ninth before getting his second save.
Evan Longoria, Brad Miller and Logan Morrison also connected for Tampa Bay.
PADRES 7, NATIONALS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers had three hits and drove in three runs, keying a six-run rally in the eighth inning that carried San Diego to the victory.
Myers, who homered in the first against Max Scherzer, tied it at three with a two-run double off Felipe Rivero that landed just in front of diving center fielder Michael Taylor. After Matt Kemp was intentionally walked to load the bases, Rivero (0-3) fielded Brett Wallace’s comebacker but bobbled it before throwing it wide of catcher Wilson Ramos for an error that allowed Jon Jay to score the go-ahead run.
Kevin Quackenbush (4-3) allowed an RBI single in one-third of an inning for the win.
CUBS 4, PIRATES 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and David Ross homered, powering Chicago to the victory.
The major league-leading Cubs (46-20) improved to a season-high 26 games above .500 while the Pirates lost for the ninth time in 10 games.
Jon Lester (9-3) won his fifth straight start. Rizzo and Bryant each hit their 16th home run, and Ross made it 4-3 with a solo drive in the sixth that chased Jonathon Niese (6-4).
The only damper for the Cubs was Dexter Fowler leaving the game because of discomfort in his right hamstring.
Hector Rondon got four outs for his 12th save in 14 chances.
BRAVES 4, METS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Ender Inciarte used his speed to help Atlanta to its fourth straight win, matching its longest streak this year.
Jeff Francoeur and Tyler Flowers homered for the Braves, who overcame a 3-0 deficit. Dario Alvarez (1-0) got two outs for his second big league win and Jim Johnson earned his first save this year.
With the score 3-all, Inciarte doubled against Addison Reed (1-1) leading off the eighth. Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked and Francoeur flied to Curtis Granderson in medium right. Granderson looked back Freeman, and then threw softly to second, prompting Inciarte to take off for third.
Inciarte then scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch that bounced only 10 feet from home plate.
DODGERS 10, BREWERS 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner hit a three-run drive for his third homer in two nights, helping Los Angeles rally for the win.
One night after hitting two solo homers and a game-ending single in the 10th inning, Turner ignited the Dodgers’ comeback by sending a 1-1 pitch from Chase Anderson (4-7) high over the left-field wall for his ninth homer of the season.
Joc Pederson and Howie Kendrick also homered for the Dodgers. Chris Hatcher (4-3) earned the victory with 2 1/3 shutout innings.
ROYALS 16, TIGERS 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kendrys Morales drove in five runs with four hits, and Kansas City cruised to the victory.
The Royals’ 21 hits and 16 runs were season highs. It got so bad that Tigers utilityman Andrew Romine was summoned to pitch with one out in the eighth.
Kansas City’s Edinson Volquez (7-6) allowed five runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Justin Upton hit a two-run homer for Detroit. Matt Boyd (0-2) was lifted after 3 2/3 innings, yielding seven runs and eight hits.
RANGERS 4, CARDINALS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ian Desmond hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, sending the Rangers to their fifth consecutive win.
Texas won its franchise-record ninth consecutive series — the Rangers beat the Cardinals 1-0 on Friday to begin the three-game set. The Cardinals have lost four straight.
The Rangers scored twice in the eighth and ninth innings.
In the ninth, closer Trevor Rosenthal (2-2) hit Robinson Chirinos with a pitch to load the bases, and then Kevin Siegrist walked Shin-Soo Choo and allowed Desmond’s fly ball to left.
Shawn Tolleson (1-2) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Jake Diekman got his second save.
RED SOX 6, MARINERS 2
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered to lead Rick Porcello and the Red Sox.
Bogaerts, who entered the day leading the AL in batting, also singled while raising his average to .352.
Adam Lind homered for the Mariners.
Porcello (8-2) improved to 6-0 at home this year. He allowed two runs and eight hits.
Adrian Sampson lost in his major league debut, giving up four runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.
ORIOLES 4, BLUE JAYS 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop homered, doubled and singled while Yovani Gallardo and the Baltimore bullpen helped end Toronto’s four-game winning streak.
Manny Machado got three hits for the Orioles, and then dropped his appeal of a four-game suspension for charging Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura earlier this month.
Gallardo (2-1) allowed two runs in five innings. He hadn’t pitched since April 22 because of shoulder tendinitis.
Zach Britton earned his 21st save, getting Josh Donaldson to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.
R.A. Dickey (4-8) fell to 0-5 against Baltimore while with the Blue Jays.
YANKEES 7, TWINS 6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth inning and New York, boosted by Alex Rodriguez’s 695th career homer, rallied past Minnesota.
The Yankees scored three times in the ninth for a 7-4 lead. Aroldis Chapman gave up back-to-back homers to Eduardo Escobar and Kurt Suzuki with two outs in the bottom half before getting his 13th save in 14 chances.
Byung Ho Park homered and drove four runs for the Twins.
Andrew Miller (4-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Fernando Abad (1-1) took the loss.
INDIANS 13, WHITE SOX 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Napoli homered during a five-run first inning as Cleveland became the latest team to tee off on James Shields.
Rookie Tyler Naquin homered and drove in a career-high four runs, and Juan Uribe also connected for the Indians.
Shields, making his third start since being traded from San Diego to Chicago, was tagged for eight runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Shields is 2-9 overall this year. He is 0-2 for the White Sox, giving up a whopping 21 earned runs in just 8 2/3 innings.
Danny Salazar (8-3) won his fourth straight start, allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings.
MARLINS 9, ROCKIES 6
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton singled in his first three at-bats to give his lowly average a boost, and the Marlins totaled 17 hits in the win.
Stanton beat the shift with an opposite-field single in the first inning, setting up Miami’s first run. He singled and scored in the third and fifth, giving him five hits in the past two games to hike his average from .193 to .210.
Five Marlins regulars are batting over .300, among them J.T. Realmuto, whose four hits included a three-run homer that caromed off the home-run sculpture.
Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood pitched just 1 2/3 innings because of back spasms. Eddie Butler (2-4) replaced him and was rocked for six runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Dustin McGowan (1-2) pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings for the win.
ASTROS 5, REDS 4, 11 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer hit an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift Houston to the victory.
Jason Castro and Colby Rasmus hit consecutive singles off Josh Smith (0-1) with one out before Springer’s grounder rolled just out of reach of diving shortstop Zack Cozart and into the outfield.
Marwin Gonzalez and Evan Gattis each hit a two-run homer for Houston, and Adam Duvall tied it with a two-run shot for Cincinnati in the ninth. The series opener also went into extra innings, with the Reds winning 4-2 in 11 on Friday night.
Scott Feldman (4-3) allowed two hits in two scoreless innings for the win.
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BOSTON (AP) — The top of Boston’s lineup seems to be getting on base in high numbers nearly every game.
David Ortiz keeps knocking in a lot of those runners, too.
Ortiz added two more RBIs to his torrid start in what he says will be his final season, Mookie Betts had two hits and drove in two runs and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Saturday.
The three players in front of Ortiz reached seven times.
Xander Bogaerts got three hits a day after his 26-game hitting streak ended, Dustin Pedroia had a hit and a walk and Betts doubled and singled to set up Ortiz.
“It’s not just him every day,” Betts said. “It’s him a lot. It’s not just him every day. That just shows how our lineup is built.”
The 40-year-old Ortiz entered the day leading the majors in RBIs and raised his total to 53, helping Boston snap a three-game losing streak. He announced his retirement on his birthday in November.
“He’s done it for so long,” Betts said. “He just knows how everything goes. It’s fun to be a part of more than amazing. He’s got more left, too.”
The Blue Jays had won nine of 11.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright (6-4) gave up three unearned runs, five walks and three hits in five innings, striking out three, but was lifted due to a high pitch count.
Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 13th save.
Marcus Stroman (5-2) gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings. He’s allowed at least six in three of his last four starts.
Leading 5-4 in the sixth inning, Boston benefited from an overturned review on a play at home plate.
Betts doubled into the left-corner and Blake Swihart tried to score from first, but was called out by plate umpire Jerry Meals. After a lengthy review, it was ruled Swihart touched the plate before catcher Russell Martin’s tag.
“There’s a huge difference between a one- and two-run lead, gives a little breathing room to the guy on the mound,” Boston manager John Farrell said.
Ortiz’s broken-bat, two-run single with runners on second and third gave Boston a 3-0 edge in the third.
“You got to be careful early in the game. The plan was let’s make him hit our pitch or if we walk him,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
Justin Smoak’s RBI single in the fourth sliced it to 3-1 before Betts’ run-scoring single pushed Boston back in front by three in the bottom half.
Toronto then cut it to 4-3 in the fifth when Wright struck out Michael Saunders for what would have been the final out, but the ball bounced off catcher Ryan Hanigan’s glove for a passed ball.
Ryan Goins scored from third and Jose Bautista from second when Hanigan threw late to first with the plate left uncovered.
DETROIT 7, WHITE SOX 4
DETROIT (AP) — J.D. Martinez homered and drove in three runs, Mike Pelfrey ended an 18-start winless string and the Detroit Tigers beat Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 7-4 Saturday.
During the game, the White Sox announced they had acquired former All-Star pitcher James Shields and cash from San Diego for two players.
White Sox left fielder Jason Coats, making his major league debut, exited in the seventh inning after colliding with center fielder J.B. Shuck. Coats was bleeding from a cut in his mouth, was tested for a concussion and was listed as day to day.
Martinez hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth that helped Pelfrey (1-5) post his first win since last Aug. 12. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in six innings, striking out three. Francisco Rodriguez got the final out for his 14th save.
Sale (9-2) failed again to become the first 10-game winner in the majors. He allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, and is now 0-2 in his last three starts.
INDIANS 7, ROYALS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit one of Cleveland’s three home runs, leading the Indians into first place in the AL Central with a win over the Kansas City Royals.
Lindor, whose two-run homer came in the seventh inning, became the first Indians player to record three extra-base hits in a game this season. He also started an outstanding defensive play in the ninth. Playing in a shift near second base, he made a backhand stop of Kendrys Morales’ hard-hit grounder and flipped to third baseman Jose Ramirez, who was playing behind second. Ramirez threw to first for the out.
Tyler Naquin hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Mike Napoli started the four-run inning with a solo homer.
Josh Tomlin (8-1) bounced back from his first loss of the season and allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings. Ian Kennedy (4-4) gave up five runs in six innings.
DODGERS 4, BRAVES 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw held Atlanta to three hits over six innings and Los Angeles’ bullpen closed things out to help the Dodgers beat the Braves.
Kershaw (8-1) struck out four and walked one in his shortest outing of the season. Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen pitched an inning each.
Atlanta starter Bud Norris (1-7) held the Dodgers to a run on three hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked four.
Kershaw scored the game’s first run after beating out an infield hit in the third. He went to second on a walk, and then scored on Justin Turner’s two-out single.
CUBS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Hammel allowed one hit over seven innings and snapped a tie with a two-run single to lead the sizzling Chicago Cubs past the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Dexter Fowler added his 17th career leadoff home run, Anthony Rizzo hit his 13th homer and Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 10th save for the Cubs, who have won four straight and 10 of 11.
Arizona went up 2-0 on Jake Lamb’s 10th homer in the first following a walk. But Hammel (7-1) settled down and allowed only one more walk, retiring his last 13 batters
The D-backs walked David Ross intentionally to load the bases in the fourth. Hammel responded with a grounder up the middle that got by Edwin Escobar (0-2), hit second base and darted into right field to cap a three-run inning.
REDS 6, NATIONALS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Stephen Strasburg gave up Joey Votto’s two-run homer and limped off the field a few pitches later, and the Cincinnati Reds overcame a pair of rain delays while rallying to beat the Washington Nationals for their fourth straight win.
Adam Duvall hit Shawn Kelley’s fourth pitch for a tiebreaking three-run homer following a 64-minute rain delay in the bottom of the eighth, extending Cincinnati’s best winning streak of the season.
Strasburg walked Zack Cozart to start the bottom of the sixth inning, gave up Votto’s homer, and grabbed his right calf on a pitch to Brandon Phillips. He left a few pitches later, limping slightly.
Jay Bruce also homered off Strasburg, who fanned 10 and became the first Nationals pitcher to strike out 1,000 in his career.
Ross Ohlendorf (4-4) got the win, while Felipe Rivero (0-2) took the loss.
ASTROS 6, ATHLETICS 5, 12 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa had three hits and his RBI single with one out in the 12th lifted the Houston Astros over the Oakland Athletics.
After Jed Lowrie hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth for Oakland, the Astros came back to win.
George Springer started Houston’s 12th with a double off Ryan Madson (2-2) and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jose Altuve. Correa then shot a single down the right-field line to give Houston its seventh win in eight games.
Scott Feldman (3-3) plunked Khris Davis with two outs in the 12th before a single by Yonder Alonso. But Feldman retired Marcus Semien to end the inning.
METS 6, MARLINS 4
MIAMI (AP) — Michael Conforto ended an 0-for-20 skid with an RBI single in the eighth and scored the tiebreaking run on pinch hitter Matt Reynolds’ two-out single later in the inning to help the New York Mets rally past the Miami Marlins.
Conforto also hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth. The left fielder was a last-minute addition to the lineup when slugger Yoenis Cespedes was scratched because of a sore right hip, the latest in a wave of injuries for the Mets.
Jim Henderson (1-2) retired the only batter he faced in the seventh. Addison Reed pitched around a single in the eighth to extend his scoreless streak to 13 1/3 innings. Jeurys Familia gave up a two-out RBI single to Christian Yelich in the ninth before earning his 34th consecutive save, including 18 this year.
David Phelps (4-4) took the loss.
BREWERS 6, PHILLIES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Domingo Santana hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning, Jonathan Villar went deep for the third straight game and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies.
Santana connected off Hector Neris (1-3) leading off the eighth for his fourth homer and first since returning from the disabled list on Friday. Villar had three hits and two RBIs.
Will Smith (1-0) tossed a perfect seventh to earn the win. Tyler Thornburg had a 1-2-3 eighth and Jeremy Jeffress finished for his 15th save in 16 tries.
Tommy Joseph and Cesar Hernandez each hit homers for the Phillies, who have lost eight of nine and 12 of 15.
PIRATES 8, ANGELS 7
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco and Matt Joyce hit home runs during a five-run seventh inning, Jeff Locke got his career-best fourth straight win and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Los Angeles Angels.
Polanco made it 4-3 by leading off the seventh with a 461-foot drive to right field, his ninth, off Fernando Salas (2-2). Joyce pinch hit for Locke and capped the rally with a three-run shot to center field off Greg Mahle that made it 8-3.
Locke (5-3) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings. He had two strikeouts and no walks. Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 18 opportunities.
RED SOX 6, BLUE JAYS 4
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz added two more RBIs to his torrid start in what he says will be his final season, Mookie Betts had two hits and drove in two runs and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 40-year-old Ortiz entered the day leading the majors in RBIs and raised his total to 53, helping Boston snap a three-game losing streak. He announced his retirement on his birthday in November.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright (6-4) gave up three unearned runs, five walks and three hits in five innings, striking out three, but was lifted due to a high pitch count. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 13th save.
Marcus Stroman (5-2) gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings.
RAYS 7, TWINS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Longoria homered for the third straight game, and Matt Andriese worked five innings in a rain-shortened start to pick up his fourth win as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins.
Longoria’s fifth-inning home run was one of four for the Rays on the cloudy day, and the second of three allowed by Twins starter Ervin Santana (1-5). Steven Souza Jr.’s three-run shot off Santana in the fourth put the Rays ahead for good, and Logan Morrison’s two-run homer in the seventh against Michael Tonkin put the game out of reach to give Tampa Bay its second consecutive win.
Hank Conger — who came in hitting .188 with one homer — had a solo shot in the third.
Andriese (4-0) allowed three runs, one unearned, in five innings — his shortest start this season, thanks in part to a 70-minute rain delay in the sixth.
YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 6
BALTIMORE (AP) — Starlin Castro and Austin Romine each had two RBIs, Alex Rodriguez had three hits and the New York Yankees squandered most of a seven-run lead before escaping with a victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
New York led 7-0 before the Orioles hit three homers in a six-run seventh. Andrew Miller entered in the seventh and worked two perfect innings. After Rodriguez hit an RBI single in the ninth, Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his ninth save in nine tries.
New York finished with 16 hits, one short of its season high.
Ivan Nova (4-3) took a three-hit shutout into the seventh, but didn’t get another out.
Tyler Wilson (2-5) lasted four innings, giving up five runs and seven hits for Baltimore.
GIANTS 5, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Johnny Cueto worked around a season-worst five walks to post his ninth win, tying for the major league lead, as the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cueto (9-1) allowed a run on four hits in six innings with one strikeout. He hadn’t walked more than two in any of his first 11 starts for his new team. Cueto is among four nine-game winners, joining Stephen Strasburg, Jake Arrieta and Chris Sale. Six of Cueto’s victories have come on the road.
Five Giants relievers combined to give up just one hit.
Adam Wainwright (5-4) allowed two runs in seven innings. The Cardinals were held to one run for the second straight game.
RANGERS 10, MARINERS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus homered, Rougned Odor scored twice in his return from a seven-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners.
Odor got a standing ovation when introduced before his first at-bat. He was reinstated before the game after serving Major League Baseball’s penalty for slugging Toronto’s right fielder in the testy home game May 15.
It was the fourth game in a row the Mariners trailed by three runs after the first inning. Their only victory in that span was the biggest comeback in franchise history, overcoming a 10-run deficit after five innings Thursday to win 16-13 at San Diego.
Rangers lefty Martin Perez (4-4) allowed three runs over six innings. Nathan Karns (5-2) was gone after the first two batters in the fifth reached, and eventually scored.
PADRES 4, ROCKIES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers homered, singled and doubled, missing the cycle by a triple for the second time in four games, and Derek Norris hit a two-run homer to lead the San Diego Padres past the Colorado Rockies.
Earlier in the day, the Padres sent right-hander James Shields and $29 million to the Chicago White Sox for two prospects, capping one of the more miserable weeks in team history. The deal came three days after Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler criticized the last-place team’s recent performances as being “embarrassing” and “pathetic,” and called out Shields for his poor start Tuesday at Seattle.
Andrew Cashner (3-5) snapped a personal three-game losing streak. Chad Bettis (4-5) allowed four runs and 10 hits in five innings, struck out three and walked one.
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BOSTON (AP) — R.A. Dickey took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays stopped Xander Bogaerts’ 26-game hitting streak and the Boston Red Sox, 5-2 Friday night.
Bogaerts went 0 for 3 and walked twice, with the Fenway Park crowd booing when he didn’t see a strike in the eighth inning. Bogaerts came up again with two runners on base and two outs in the ninth and, after taking three straight balls to begin the at-bat, struck out against Roberto Osuna to end it.
Boston tied its longest losing streak of the season with its third consecutive defeat. The Red Sox have lost six of their last nine games.
One start after no-hitting the Red Sox for 5 1/3 innings, Dickey (3-6) didn’t give up a hit until David Ortiz opened the sixth with a double. Osuna got his 13th save.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer off David Price (7-2) in the first inning.
DODGERS 4, BRAVES 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager hit three solo homers, the second driving in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves.
It was the second multi-homer game of Seager’s career, with the young shortstop blasting two against the Cardinals on May 15. He became the first Dodgers rookie with three homers in a game since Don Demeter on April 21, 1959, against the Giants at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Kenta Maeda (5-3) allowed two runs — one earned — and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 16th save.
Julio Teheran (1-6) took the loss.
REDS 7, NATIONALS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suarez got his third homer in two games with the help of a replay overturn, and the Cincinnati Reds spoiled manager Dusty Baker’s homecoming by overpowering the Washington Nationals.
The Reds matched their season high with their third straight win — only the third time they’ve put together that long of a streak. Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall hit solo shots for Cincinnati.
Suarez’s RBI single started Cincinnati’s four-run second inning off left-hander Gio Gonzalez (3-4), who has lost his last three starts. Brandon Finnegan (2-4) gave up five hits, including Jayson Werth’s solo homer, in 6 1/3 innings.
RANGERS 7, MARINERS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre homered, doubled and drove in five runs, leading Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers over the Seattle Mariners in a matchup of AL West leaders.
Texas and Seattle, who play six times in 10 days, went into the game tied for the division lead. The Rangers have won five of six overall.
Beltre hit a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run double in the third.
Darvish (2-0) gave up three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking one while throwing 88 pitches. Last week, the All-Star ace made his first start since August 2014 and Tommy John surgery, allowing one run and three hits over five innings to beat Pittsburgh.
Taijuan Walker (2-6) allowed six runs and nine hits, including a homer by Jurickson Profar, in five innings.
CUBS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — John Lackey struck out nine while pitching into the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs pulled away late to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks for their ninth win in 10 games.
Lackey (6-2) combined with three relievers on Chicago’s sixth shutout, scattering five hits over 6 2/3 innings.
Anthony Rizzo drove in the game’s first run with a two-out double in the sixth off Archie Bradley (2-1) that center fielder Chris Owings misjudged. The Cubs then scored five times with two outs in the eighth. Addison Russell and Javier Baez each hit two-run doubles against Silvino Bracho.
Chicago improved to 7-1 on its 10-game homestand and 38-15 overall, the best record in the majors. The Diamondbacks lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
METS 6, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Noah Syndergaard gave up a homer to Marcell Ozuna on a 100-mph fastball, but struck out nine in seven innings to help the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins.
Syndergaard (6-2) allowed two runs, which increased his ERA to 1.91, third-best in the majors. James Loney, acquired last week in a trade with San Diego, broke a 2-all tie in the seventh with a two-run homer, one of three for the Mets.
Ozuna pulled a Syndergaard fastball for his 11th homer in the second inning and drove in both of Miami’s runs. Asdrubal Cabrera hit his fifth homer for New York, and backup catcher Rene Rivera hit his second.
Tom Koehler (3-6) took the loss for the Marlins.
INDIANS 6, ROYALS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Salazar allowed one run and struck out nine in eight innings, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals.
Yan Gomes homered in the second and Tyler Naquin hit his first major league home run in the seventh for the Indians. Salazar (6-3) held Kansas City to three hits and was in command, other than giving up Drew Butera’s leadoff homer in the third.
The Indians have won four of five over the defending World Series champions and trail the AL Central-leading Royals by a half-game. Francisco Lindor’s RBI single in the third off Edinson Volquez (5-5) broke a 1-all tie and sparked a three-run rally.
ORIOLES 6, YANKEES 5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis homered, Hyun Soo Kim and Mark Trumbo had three hits apiece and the Baltimore Orioles rallied to beat the New York Yankees.
After the Yankees used three home runs to build a 5-2 lead, Baltimore turned it around against Nathan Eovaldi and the New York bullpen. The Orioles scored three runs in the sixth inning to pull even, then used two singles and a run-scoring groundout by Manny Machado to go ahead in the seventh.
Mychal Givens (5-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and Zach Britton worked the ninth for his 16th save.
Carlos Beltran, Alex Rodriguez and Austin Romine homered for the Yankees, who have lost seven of 10. Dellin Betances (2-3) took the loss in relief.
ANGELS 9, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jered Weaver allowed two runs over six innings and Kole Calhoun homered to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Weaver (5-4) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one, giving up consecutive homers to Starling Marte and Jung Ho Kang leading off the second. Weaver had been 1-4 with a 6.43 ERA in his previous six starts.
Kole Calhoun, Johnny Giavotella, Yunel Escobar, Mike Trout, Carlos Perez and Shane Robinson each had two of the Angels’ 14 hits. Los Angeles scored in each of the first four innings.
Francisco Liriano (4-5) gave up seven runs — six earned — 10 hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. He has lost four times in five starts, walking 19 in that span.
PHILLIES 6, BREWERS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cameron Rupp homered and doubled and Andres Blanco also went deep to help the Philadelphia Phillies snap their season-worst seven-game losing streak with a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Andrew Bailey (3-0) pitched 1 2/3 hitless innings of relief to earn the victory and help Philadelphia end an eight-game skid to the Brewers at home that spanned three seasons. Jeanmar Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances
Jonathan Villar homered for the second straight night for Milwaukee, which lost for just the fourth time in 11 games. The Brewers had won four in a row on the road.
Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson (5-4) had his shortest outing of the season, allowing six runs on seven hits in four innings.
TIGERS 10, WHITE SOX 3
DETROIT (AP) — James McCann had three hits, including a triple and a homer, and the Detroit Tigers went on to beat the Chicago White Sox.
The Tigers, who won for the second time in seven games, lost Miguel Cabrera in the seventh inning to lower-back tightness. The team listed him as day-to-day.
Jordan Zimmermann (8-2), who hadn’t pitched in 12 days due to a groin strain, lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He walked two and struck out three.
Carlos Rodon (2-5) allowed four runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings.
ASTROS 12, ATHLETICS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis tied a career high with four hits, including a homer, and had four RBIs on Friday night as the Houston Astros jumped on Oakland starter Jesse Hahn for seven runs in the first inning and cruised past the Athletics.
The Astros were up 2-0 with two outs in the first when Tyler White drove in a run with a single. The inning looked to be over after that, but a fly ball hit by Tony Kemp to the warning track in right field bounced in and out of the glove of Chris Coghlan for a two-run triple. Jake Marisnick’s RBI single made it 6-0 and Hahn (2-3) was chased when George Springer, the 10th batter of the inning, drove home another run with a single.
Houston starter Doug Fister (5-3) yielded four hits and struck out three in six scoreless innings for his fourth straight win.
GIANTS 5, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Johnny Cueto worked around a season-worst five walks to post his ninth win, tying for the major league lead, as the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cueto (9-1) allowed a run on four hits in six innings with one strikeout. He hadn’t walked more than two in any of his first 11 starts for his new team. Cueto is among four nine-game winners, joining Stephen Strasburg, Jake Arrieta and Chris Sale. Six of Cueto’s victories have come on the road.
Adam Wainwright (5-4) allowed two runs in seven innings. The Cardinals were held to one run for the second straight game.
RAYS 4, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brad Miller hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays ended a five-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Evan Longoria hit his second homer in as many games for the Rays, who won for just the third time in 14 games. Logan Morrison also homered.
Erasmo Ramirez (7-4) and Xavier Cedeno combined for 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for Tampa Bay, and Alex Colome got five outs for his 13th save in as many tries.
Ricky Nolasco (2-4) allowed three runs — two earned — while throwing a season-high 7 2/3 innings for the Twins.
PADRES 4, ROCKIES 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Kemp hit a three-run homer estimated at 458 feet, matching the longest at Petco Park, and Drew Pomeranz pitched seven innings of two-hit ball as the San Diego Padres bounced back from Thursday night’s meltdown to beat the Colorado Rockies.
The Padres won a night after a bullpen meltdown so big that manager Andy Green called it “borderline inexplicable.” The Padres blew a 12-2 lead to the Seattle Mariners, who scored 14 times in two innings to win 16-13. It was the biggest comeback in Mariners history and the biggest collapse in Padres history.
Pomeranz (5-5) shut down the Rockies through seven, striking out eight and walking two.
Melvin Upton Jr. scored on a straight steal of home in the fourth.
Chris Rusin (1-4) took the loss.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor started serving his suspension Friday for punching Toronto’s Jose Bautista after the penalty was reduced from eight to seven games.
Odor was out of the lineup for the series opener against Pittsburgh. He will be eligible to return June 4 when Texas is home against Seattle.
Bautista was suspended one game, and he was serving that Friday, when the penalty was upheld a day after his appeal was heard.
The Rangers promoted former top prospect Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock, and he was in the lineup against the Pirates as the leadoff hitter playing second base. Odor had been leading off.
Odor’s penalty was cut by Major League Baseball special assistant John McHale Jr. The appeal over Odor’s role in a May 15 brawl between the Rangers and Blue Jays was heard Tuesday. The league disciplined 14 players and staff over the melee in Arlington .
“I tend to live by the decision and move on,” Texas manager Jeff Banister said. “I don’t get caught up into thinking something’s fair or not. We live with it and move on.”
The team has also placed right-handed pitcher Shawn Tolleson on MLB’s Family Medical Emergency List. That leave is a minimum three days and a maximum seven days.
Tolleson, who has 11 saves but lost his role as the Rangers closer after four blown saves, is going to be with his father, who is battling colon cancer. Tolleson is from the Dallas area.
“I’m not going to speculate what impact there’s been on any of his performance at all,” Banister said. “I know that right now at this moment, there’s a time and need for Shawn to go be with his father. That’s real. I’m going to honor that. I’m going to respect that.”
Odor punched Bautista in the jaw in the top of the eighth inning of the May 15 game after Bautista made a hard takeout slide at second base on Odor, which started the bench-clearing brawl. Bautista was on base after being hit with a pitch.
The only other Texas player suspended was shortstop Elvis Andrus, and he has already served his one-game suspension.
Profar hit .284 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 41 games at Triple-A Round Rock this season. The switch-hitter played primarily shortstop for the Express before moving to second base earlier this month. His first game at second base was May 17, the same day the suspensions were announced.
The 23-year-old Profar has a career .231 batting average over 94 major league games with Texas in 2012 and 2013.
“This has been two years-plus since he’s been back on a major league field,” Banister said. “I’m sure there’s a flood of emotions for him, excitement, anxiety. It’s tough. I think he’s probably equipped better to handle it because he’s been here before. So it’ll be fun for him, fun for us to watch.”
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Piscotty hit a grand slam off Max Scherzer during a five-run third inning and Jaime Garcia quieted the Washington Nationals lineup as the St. Louis Cardinals won 6-2 on Friday night.
Coming off consecutive ineffective starts, Garcia (4-4) held Washington to two runs and seven hits over seven innings.
Scherzer (5-4) allowed two earned runs in each of his previous three starts including his 20-strikeout gem on May 11 in a victory over Detroit. That version didn’t show early against St. Louis. He walked four batters and allowed five runs, all by the third inning.
Danny Espinosa’s second home run in as many games broke up Garcia’s shutout bid in the fifth. Bryce Harper went 1 for 4 after hitting the go-ahead home run in Washington’s 2-1 series-opening win Thursday.
Greg Garcia homered for St. Louis.
METS 6, DODGERS 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson homered leading off the bottom of the ninth to give New York the victory.
Chase Utley, who was booed all night in his return to Citi Field, hit a tying three-run double off Jeurys Familia with two outs in a four-run ninth inning for the Dodgers.
New York took a 3-0 lead in the first against Julio Urias and chased the 19-year-old after 2 2/3 innings in his major league debut.
But in a non-save situation, Familia (2-0) failed to hold a 5-1 lead.
New York moved back into the NL East lead, by percentage points over Washington.
ROYALS 7, WHITE SOX 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Hosmer had three hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs as Kansas City rallied.
The White Sox used five pitchers in the Royals’ four-run seventh with Matt Albers (1-4) taking the loss. The inning included Brett Eibner’s double, his first major league hit, and Whit Merrifield’s two-run single.
Royals starter Danny Duffy retired the first 16 batters he faced on 59 pitches before giving up five runs on his next 17 pitches.
Peter Moylan (2-0) picked up the victory with a scoreless seventh.
ANGELS 7, ASTROS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout had a three-run double and Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in a big third inning to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros.
The home run was the 570th of Pujols’ career, moving him past Rafael Palmeiro and alone into 12th on baseball’s all-time list. Pujols is now three behind Harmon Killebrew for 11th.
Matt Shoemaker (3-5) struck out 11 without walking a batter, holding the Astros to seven hits, all singles. He left after allowing two hits with one out in the ninth. Cam Bedrosian gave up a two-run single to Colin Moran.
Right-hander Matt Fiers (3-3) took the loss.
PIRATES 9, RANGERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jonathon Niese outpitched Cole Hamels with six strong innings, ending the Texas left-hander’s career-best winning streak at 12 games in Pittsburgh’s interleague victory.
Andrew McCutchen had one of four home runs for the Pirates, who won their fifth straight and spoiled Jeff Banister’s first game against the organization he spent his first 29 years in pro baseball with before becoming Texas manager last season.
Hamels (5-1) gave up eight hits and six runs — five earned — in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing since the start before throwing a no-hitter in his final appearance for Philadelphia last July 25. He came to the Rangers in a trading deadline deal six days later.
Niese (5-2) threw five shutout innings before Adrian Beltre’s leadoff homer in the sixth.
BLUE JAYS 7, RED SOX 5
TORONTO (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit two home runs and drove in five runs as Toronto snapped a five-game home losing streak.
The reigning AL MVP was 4 for 5, starting the scoring with a first-inning solo shot, and then providing the winning margin with a two-run drive, his 13th of the year in the eighth.
Justin Smoak added a solo shot in the fifth inning. Joe Biagini (2-1) got four outs and Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 11th save.
Koji Uehara (2-2) worked the eighth inning for the Red Sox, allowing Ezequiel Carrera — starting for the suspended Jose Bautista — to reach on a bunt before surrendering the home run to Donaldson.
CUBS 6, PHILLIES 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jorge Soler, David Ross and Kris Bryant hit long home runs to back Jon Lester and lead Chicago to a victory on a rainy afternoon.
The big drives helped the Cubs win their third straight after dropping eight of 12, and they came before two late delays — for 56 minutes in the top of the seventh inning and for 37 minutes at the start of the ninth.
Soler broke a 1-1 tie with his shot halfway up the video board in left leading off the fourth. Ross added a three-run homer off the Nuveen sign beyond the left-field bleachers in the inning to give the Cubs a 5-1 lead, and Bryant chased Adam Morgan (1-3) with a towering shot to start the fifth.
Lester (5-3) rebounded from his shortest start of the season by giving up two runs — one earned — and six hits while pitching into the seventh.
BRAVES 4, MARLINS 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Markakis hit a tie-breaking, two-run single off third baseman Martin Prado’s glove with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth inning to give Atlanta a rare home win.
The Braves snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to only 3-20 in home games. They began the day tied with Minnesota for the majors’ worst record.
Ian Krol (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning and Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.
Only an overturned call kept the eighth inning alive and made the decisive at-bat by Markakis possible.
His liner off David Phelps (3-3) was initially ruled an error on Prado before it was changed to a hit.
BREWERS 9, REDS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Aaron Hill hit two solo homers, Jonathan Lucroy added a solo shot and drove in three runs, and Milwaukee outslugged Cincinnati, handing the Reds their 11th straight loss.
The Brewers chipped away at an early three-run deficit before surging ahead with a four-run fourth. Hill homered to left off John Lamb (0-3) to lead off the inning, and Lucroy capped the scoring with an RBI ground-rule double.
Hill’s second homer came in the fifth off reliever Dayan Diaz for a three-run lead.
Hill and Jonathan Villar both had three hits, two runs and two RBIs to support starter Zach Davies (2-3).
YANKEES 4, RAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez homered for the first time since coming off the disabled list and Masahiro Tanaka pitched seven shutout innings for New York.
Rodriguez returned Thursday after missing three weeks with a strained right hamstring. His sixth homer of the season and 693rd overall came off Chris Archer during a three-run sixth.
Tanaka (3-0) scattered two hits and struck out four to run his career-best unbeaten streak to 11 consecutive starts, dating to last season.
Kirby Yates allowed Steve Pearce’s two-out solo homer in the ninth before Aroldis Chapman got the final out.
Carlos Beltran homered in the eighth for the Yankees.
Archer (3-6) allowed four runs — one earned — and four hits in eight innings for the Rays.
ORIOLES 6, INDIANS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Chris Davis’ RBI double broke a seventh-inning tie, Manny Machado went 4 for 5 and Baltimore Orioles ended a four-game losing streak.
Mark Trumbo followed Davis’ clutch hit with a two-run homer, his AL-leading 15th of the season, and a lineup tweak by Orioles manager Buck Showalter woke up a slumbering offense that scored nine runs in its losing streak.
Dylan Bundy (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for his first major league win. Zach Britton pitched a perfect ninth for 13th save.
Cleveland scored in the second, fourth and fifth to tie the game, but Machado doubled off Zach McAllister (2-2).
ROCKIES 5, GIANTS 2
DENVER (AP) — Tyler Chatwood threw seven masterful innings, Charlie Blackmon had one of Colorado’s three run-scoring doubles and the Rockies beat San Francisco to end the Giants’ 10-game winning streak against NL West teams.
It was San Francisco’s longest streak versus the division since capturing 10 straight in August 1982.
Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story had RBI doubles in a game that was delayed 42 minutes at the start by weather.
San Francisco starter Matt Cain left in the second inning with a strained right hamstring. He was replaced by Albert Suarez (1-1), who took a grounder off the left leg in the third but stayed in the game.
Chatwood (6-3) found success at Coors Field after being so dominant on the road. He scattered four hits, walked none and allowed one unearned run.
PADRES 10, DIAMONDBACKS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Yangervis Solarte homered from both sides of the plate and the San Diego Padres used 18 hits to rout the Arizona Diamondbacks and snap a four-game losing streak.
Matt Kemp and Derek Norris each hit a home run and drove in three, and Wil Myers added an RBI double for the Padres, who won for just the third time in their past 11 games.
Christian Friedrich (1-1) threw seven shutout innings, allowing three hits with five strikeouts and a walk for San Diego.
Arizona starter Robbie Ray (2-4) lasted only 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs and nine hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Brandon Drury and Jake Lamb homered for Arizona, which has dropped four straight.
TIGERS 4, ATHLETICS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nick Castellanos homered and Cameron Maybin doubled in a run, giving rookie Michael Fulmer more than enough support in the Detroit Tigers’ victory over the Oakland Athletics.
James McCann and J.D. Martinez also drove in runs for the Tigers, who have won nine of 11. Ian Kinsler was a home run shy of the cycle.
Fulmer (4-1) retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced, with Khris Davis’ single with two outs in the second inning the only smudge of an otherwise dominating performance. He gave up three hits over 7 2/3 innings, walking one and striking out three.
A’s starter Sean Manaea (1-3) gave up three runs on nine hits in six-plus innings.
TWINS 7, MARINERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Robbie Grossman’s bases-loaded double keyed a five-run third inning and Pat Dean pitched effectively for seven innings for his first major league victory to pace the Minnesota Twins past the Seattle Mariners.
Dean (1-1) allowed two runs on four hits and struck out eight and walked none in his second start and fourth appearance since being called up May 11.
Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (4-4), who entered with a 2.21 ERA, was tagged for six runs on eight hits in six innings.
Miguel Sano and Joe Mauer each had solo homers for the Twins, while Franklin Gutierrez homered for Seattle in the first inning.
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NEW YORK (AP) — J.A. Happ pitched seven strong innings, Edwin Encarnacion and Devon Travis had two-out RBIs, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees 3-1 on Thursday to win the three-game series.
CC Sabathia was the tough-luck loser for New York, allowing just two unearned runs. Alex Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his first game since going on the disabled list May 4 with a strained right hamstring.
Happ (6-2) allowed one run on three hits in seven innings with five strikeouts and three walks. He has given up three earned runs or fewer in 19 of his last 20 starts.
Sabathia (3-3) retired the first seven batters before an error by shortstop Didi Gregorius on Travis’ grounder with one out in the third. Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save.
NATIONALS 2, CARDINALS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit a slump-busting home run, Danny Espinosa also went deep and Washington got seven strong innings from right-hander Joe Ross.
Washington trailed 1-0 in the sixth inning before Harper ended a 4-for-33 skid with a no-doubt-about-it shot into the upper deck, far beyond the wall in right field. It was his 12th homer of the season, the first since May 13.
The light-hitting Espinosa snapped the tie in the seventh with a drive to right. Batting eighth, Espinosa came in with a .199 batting average and three home runs.
Both homers came off Mike Leake (3-4), who won his previous three starts while allowing only two runs over 21 innings.
Ross (4-4) gave up one run and six hits over seven innings.
ASTROS 4, ORIOLES 2
HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer homered twice and the Houston Astros set a major league record for strikeouts in a three-game series, finishing a sweep of Baltimore.
Houston starter Lance McCullers (1-1) allowed just one hit — a home run to Mark Trumbo — and had 10 strikeouts in five innings, helping the Astros break the major league record for strikeouts in a three-game series with 52. The previous mark was 47 by Washington earlier this season.
Ken Giles gave up an RBI single to Manny Machado in the ninth but still finished up for his first save of the season.
Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman (0-2) allowed four runs and five hits — including three homers — in five innings.
BREWERS 6, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar homered and Milwaukee earned its first sweep in Atlanta.
The Brewers began the three-game series with a 6-14 road record, but they found the right matchup at Turner Field. Atlanta is 2-20 at home, worst in the majors.
Rain delayed the game 1 hour, 17 minutes in the seventh inning.
Wily Peralta (3-5) gave up seven hits and Carlos Torres pitched the last two innings to earn his second save.
Braves starter Matt Wisler (2-4) had a tough fourth, intentionally walking Martin Maldonado with two outs to get to Peralta, whose two-run bloop single made it 2-2.
Wisler allowed six hits, three runs, two walks and struck out seven in six innings.
ROCKIES 8, RED SOX 2
BOSTON (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez, Trevor Story and Dustin Garneau hit two-run homers and Colorado stopped Jackie Bradley Jr.’s 29-game hitting streak.
The win ended a three-game losing streak by Colorado and it ended a four-game winning streak for the Red Sox. Bradley’s major league-best streak was halted when he went 0 for 4 after moving up to the leadoff spot for the first time this season.
Jon Gray (2-2) gave up a two-run home run to David Ortiz in the first, but pitched six scoreless innings before leaving in the eighth.
Clay Buchholz (2-5) took the loss. He pitched three perfect innings before things came apart in the fourth, when he gave up Gonzalez’s homer with the other two coming the following inning.
PIRATES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Harrison came off the bench to hit a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning put Pittsburgh ahead for good.
It gave the Pirates a 5-3 lead.
Reliever A.J. Schugel (1-1) got his first major league win after he had surrendered the lead inherited from starter Gerrit Cole in the top half of the inning. Schugel gave up a two-run single to Paul Goldschmidt in his only inning of work.
Arizona starter Patrick Corbin (2-4) took the loss. He was responsible for both runners that scored on Harrison’s double, which was hit off reliever Jake Barrett.
Cole hit a 409-foot, three-run homer in the third inning to left-center field.
MARLINS 9, RAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jose Fernandez struck out 12 in seven innings Thursday and won his sixth straight start for Miami.
Fernandez (7-2) struck out eight of the last 10 batters he faced and struck out every hitter in the Rays lineup at least once. The 23-year-old right-hander from Tampa gave up six hits in beating his hometown Rays for the first time in three tries.
Adeiny Hechavarria and Chris Johnson homered for the Marlins, who won three of four in their annual series against the Rays.
Hechavarria’s third home run drove in the final two runs of a three-run second inning off Rays starter Drew Smyly (2-6), who gave up five runs on six hits while striking out four in six innings. Johnson made it 5-0 with his second homer an inning later, Johnson’s first hit in 22 interleague at bats.
Brandon Guyer homered off Fernandez in the third.
WHITE SOX, ROYALS, PPD
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox game at the Kansas City Royals was postponed because of rain on Thursday night.
No makeup date was announced, but it will not be rescheduled as part of this series.
It was the second rainout this season for the Royals.
White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez and Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, the two scheduled starters Thursday, will pitch Friday.
The White Sox are in first place in the American League Central, holding a two-game lead over the Royals and a half-game advantage over the Cleveland Indians.
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia delivers against the Toronto Blue Jays during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker hit his ninth home run, tying for the major league lead, Matt Harvey won his second straight start and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Wednesday night to stretch their winning streak to six.
Walker’s third-inning homer off Jon Moscot (0-2) extended the Mets’ lead to 3-1 and tied the team record for home runs in April.
Harvey (2-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out a season-high seven, and Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
WHITE SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 0
TORONTO (AP) — Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh, helping Chicago win its sixth straight.
Jose Quintana (3-1) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings for Chicago, which leads the major leagues with five shutouts and is 10 games above .500 for the first time since Sept. 25, 2012. Quintana allowed five hits and walked three.
Marco Estrada (1-2) gave up one hit through six innings but was knocked out in the seventh.
TIGERS 9, ATHLETICS 4
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander (3-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, and J.D. and Victor Martinez both homered.
Sonny Gray (3-2) lasted only two innings in the shortest start of his big league career. He gave up four runs, two hits and four walks, throwing 65 pitches. Detroit had lost seven of its previous nine, scoring more than three runs only once in the prior seven games.
ORIOLES 3, RAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Joey Rickard hit a three-run home run and Chris Tillman (2-1) tied his career high with nine strikeouts, giving up two hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings to beat Tampa Bay for the second time this season.
Rickard homered in the fifth against Matt Moore (1-2), who allowed three runs and three hits in seven innings with nine strikeouts. He has lost two straight starts after going unbeaten in seven in a row dating to last season.
Zach Britton finished for his fifth save.
RED SOX 9, BRAVES 4
BOSTON (AP) — Dustin Pedroia had a grand slam and a solo homer, and David Ortiz had three doubles to pass Red Sox greats Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx on the career extra-base hits with 1,119 as Boston won its fourth straight.
Freddie Freeman homered end the Braves’ homerless streak at 15 games, the longest since the 1946 Boston Braves went 16 in a row.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright (2-2) allowed two runs — one earned — and three hits in seven innings.
Bud Norris (1-4) got just four outs, giving up six runs and seven hits.
ANGELS 4, ROYALS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout hit a tying two-run homer, Yunel Escobar hit a go-ahead solo shot in the sixth inning and Andrelton Simmons also went deep to power Los Angeles over Kansas City.
Escobar, the Angels’ leadoff hitter, drove Chris Young’s 3-1 pitch to center field for his third homer of the season leading off the sixth to put the Angels ahead 3-2. He had four hits in Tuesday night’s 9-4 victory.
Simmons ended the scoring in the seventh with his first homer as an Angel. His other 31 came with the Atlanta Braves, who sent the two-time Gold Glove shortstop to the Angels in a trade for Erick Aybar in November.
Fernando Salas (1-1) got the victory in relief and Joe Smith got three outs for his second save in as many chances.
RANGERS 3, YANKEES 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus had a tiebreaking RBI triple and Texas beat New York even after former Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez hit his 100th homer in the stadium.
A-Rod’s 690th career homer gave him triple digits in the Rangers’ ballpark. He hit 86 at home for Texas from 2001-03 and has 14 more in 65 games as a visitor there — first with Seattle before his big deal with the Rangers, and after being traded to the Yankees.
Andrus tripled into the right-center field gap in the sixth, a ball that rolled to the wall after Rougned Odor drew a two-out walk off CC Sabathia (1-2), to snap a 2-all tie.
Martin Perez (1-2) struck out three while allowing two runs and six hits over six innings.
PIRATES 9, ROCKIES 8, 12 INNINGS
DENVER (AP) — Jordy Mercer hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 12th inning, and Pittsburgh continued its mastery of Colorado with a marathon win.
Kyle Lobstein (2-0) pitched three scoreless innings and Mark Melancon pitched the bottom of the 12th for his fifth save for Pittsburgh, which has won eight straight in Denver.
Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado each hit their ninth homers, and Mark Reynolds and Gerardo Parra also went deep for the Rockies.
Gregory Polanco homered in the seventh inning and drew a walk off Carlos Estevez (0-1) before Mercer’s double.
CARDINALS 11, DIAMONDBACKS 4
PHOENIX (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched into the sixth inning for his first win and hit a three-run triple in St. Louis’ fifth straight offensive outburst for another win over Arizona.
St. Louis scored 18 combined runs in two games to close out a sweep over San Diego and had 15 in splitting the first two against Arizona.
The Cardinals kept bashing, knocking around Patrick Corbin (1-3) and finishing with 14 hits, four by Stephen Piscotty.
Wainwright (1-3) gave up homers to Brandon Drury and Paul Goldschmidt but ended his worst start since 2012 behind the Cardinals’ big run support.
MARLINS 2, DODGERS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Nicolino gave up two hits in 7 1/3 innings in his season debut to lead Miami over Los Angeles for its fourth straight win.
Nicolino (1-0), just recalled from Triple-A New Orleans, walked two and struck out two. He didn’t allow a runner past first base and retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced.
Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna hit RBI singles in the first inning off Scott Kazmir (1-2) to provide the scoring.
The Dodgers have dropped three straight and saw their scoreless streak extended to 14 innings.
ASTROS 7, MARINERS 4
SEATTLE (AP) — Jose Altuve opened the game with his third leadoff homer of the season, doubled twice and scored three runs to help Houston avoid a sweep with a victory over Seattle.
Evan Gattis added three RBIs for Houston.
Robinson Cano and Adam Lind had solo homers for Seattle, which earlier in the day announced a pending ownership shift from majority owner Nintendo of America to the team’s minority owners.
Houston’s Collin McHugh (2-3) allowed two runs and five hits with one walk, but needed 101 pitches over five innings. Hisashi Iwakuma (0-3) allowed five runs and seven hits with two walks on 93 pitches in five innings.
INDIANS 6, TWINS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Francisco Lindor drove in three runs and Cleveland spoiled the big league debut of Jose Berrios with a victory over Minnesota.
Carlos Santana had three hits and the Indians avoided losing to the Twins on a walk-off hit for the third consecutive night. Cody Allen picked up his seventh save in seven tries after giving up a game-winning hit to Miguel Sano in the ninth inning on Tuesday night.
Berrios (0-1), the top pitching prospect in the Twins farm system, gave up five runs and six hits with five strikeouts in four innings. Byung Ho Park hit his fifth homer of the season and Danny Santana had three hits and an RBI for Minnesota.
PHILLIES 3, NATIONALS 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson (2-1) allowed two hits over seven innings and struck out eight, and Jeanmar Gomez pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Gio Gonzalez (1-1) fell behind on Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly in the sixth. The Phillies made it 2-0 an inning later with an unearned run on a throwing error by third baseman Anthony Rendon, and Carlos Ruiz homered off Sammy Solis in the eighth.
GIANTS 13, PADRES 9
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt was a homer short of the cycle and drove in five runs, Hunter Pence drove in a pair on three hits and San Francisco completed a three-game sweep.
Jeff Samardzija (3-1) allowed a season-high five runs in 5 2/3 innings and snapped a tie with a two-run single for the Giants, who won their fifth in six games.
Andrew Cashner (1-2) gave up six runs — three earned — four hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings.
New York Mets Neil Walker hits a first-inning RBI single in a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)