(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports) —- They are called prospects, minor-league players who one day have a chance to play in the big leagues.
Some will make it.
A few will become stars.
Most will be out of the game in a few years, forgotten as if they never existed.
You see, for every John Smoltz who was moved as a prospect at the trade deadline, there’s many more John Bucks and Mark Teahens, farmhands that were supposed to bolster a franchise’s future while someone like Carlos Beltran leads their new team to short-lived glory.
For every David Price who’s traded at the deadline and leads the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers into the playoffs, there are countless veterans traded who never make a difference.
And for every Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier traded, there’s a World Series banner hanging at Wrigley Field, and an American League pennant flag waving in Cleveland.
This is the week contenders have to ask themselves whether they want a chance to be on the cover of Baseball America with the best farm system, or on the cover of Sports Illustrated celebrating a World Series championship?
You think the folks in Los Angeles will be content with a fifth consecutive NL West division championship if they fall short of the World Series for the 30th consecutive season?
How about in Houston? Think they’ll be wildly celebrating a 110-victory season if they’re sitting home early in October, still looking for the first championship in franchise history?
The Dodgers had a chance to acquire David Price or Cole Hamels two years ago at the trade deadline, and passed. They still have those prospects teams coveted – with shortstop Corey Seager becoming a two-time All-Star and pitcher Julio Urias undergoing major shoulder surgery – but no pennant.
The Astros could have traded the past eight months for Chris Sale or Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox, but passed.
Now, they each have clubhouses clamoring for their front offices to make moves. The Dodgers want Yu Darvish of Texas, along with at least another reliever. The Astros want Sonny Gray of Oakland, or at least one more reliever themselves.
Sure, there are no guarantees that any trade will be the elixir. Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo cringes when he sees hard-throwing Felipe Rivero, who they traded a year ago to the Pittsburgh Pirates for All-Star closer Mark Melancon. If the Nats still had Rivero, they would never have had the need to bolster their bullpen last week by grabbing Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson from Oakland.
The Melancon move only flopped because the Nats lost a heartbreaking Game 5 of the Division Series to the Dodgers, keeping them winless in postseason round play. Yet, the Nat had no choice but to get a closer last year, and Melancon was the best available. It was a move that had to be made.
If you ask Boston Red Sox GM David Dombrowski if he regrets trading hard-throwing prospect Randy Johnson back in 1989 to the Seattle Mariners for Mark Langston, the answer is a resounding no. The Montreal Expos were going for the playoffs, and Langston nearly got him there, going 12-9 with a 2.39 ERA, pitching 176 2/3 innings. It just turned out that Johnson made the Hall of Fame.
The Toronto Blue Jays, under former GM Alex Anthopoulos, were sitting in fourth place, 50-51, and eight games back in 2015, when he decided to go for the jugular. He acquired All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and veteran reliever LaTroy Hawkins on July 28 from the Colorado Rockies, and doubled down two days later by grabbing Price from the Detroit Tigers. They added outfielder Ben Revere and reliever Mark Lowe the final day.
The Blue Jays promptly won 43 of their next 61 games, won the AL East by six games, and came within two games of winning the American League pennant. They completely changed the landscape in Toronto, energizing a dormant fan base. Toronto drew an American League–leading 3.39 million fans a year ago and is leading the AL this year with 1.8 million fans.
Oh, and of those 11 prospects the Blue Jays traded away, only Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman (6-6 with a 5.03 in 20 career games) is remotely having the type of success anyone projected.
And too often, a prospect ends up panning out long after the acquiring team gave up on him. The Texas Rangers went for it in 2010, sending Justin Smoak to the Seattle Mariners as the centerpiece of a package for Cliff Lee.
Lee pitched the Rangers past the Yankees and into the World Series. Smoak did blossom into an All-Star – seven years later, for the Blue Jays, three years after the Mariners waived him.
“It’s crazy the way some clubs regard prospects now,’’ said one high-ranking club executive. “They’re like stocks. They don’t hold their value forever. Some stocks rise, some go to zero at the end of the year. We’re calling every young player a prospect, when the truth is there’s very few true prospects. It’s not like owning a house. The value doesn’t always hold. They’re not prospects forever.
“It comes down to whether you want to win now, like the Cubs and Indians did last year, or you just want to hold onto your prospects. No matter what those prospects do in the future, the Cubs don’t win a World Series and the Indians don’t get to the World Series without moving them.’’
In the words of Cubs president Theo Epstein: “If not now, when?’’
The Cubs, who were going to win the NL Central with or without closer Aroldis Chapman last year, traded Torres for three months of Chapman.
If not for the Chapman trade, the Cubs still are looking for their first World Series title in 109 years.
And if the Cubs don’t trade away top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease two weeks ago for White Sox ace Jose Quintana, they don’t win eight of their first nine games since the All-Star break, vaulting into a first place tie in the NL Central.
The Indians badly needed pitching help last year, and if they don’t acquire All-Star reliever Andrew Miller from the Yankees in a package that included Frazier, they may not reach the postseason. Without Miller, they had zero chance of reaching Game 7 of the World Series.
Today, the Indians are in first place in the AL Central, having sold more tickets than they did all of last year. And they still are seeking to trade prospects for reinforcements, just missing out on Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez before he was traded to Arizona.
The Diamondbacks and Rockies, each who realistically have only a chance at a wild-card berth with the Dodgers running away with the NL West division, realize that this is an opportunity that may not exist in a year. The Rockies are likely going to lose All-Star closer Greg Holland. Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt, both teams’ respective franchise players, are only guaranteed to be around through 2019.
Make no mistake about it, they are going for it.
The Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers are as stunned as their contemporaries that they’re hovering around the leader board. They’re not about to rip up their farm system and abandon their future. Yet, they’re still willing to trade at least mid-level prospects for a shot at the playoffs.
If not now, when?
The Dodgers, particularly now that three-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw is sidelined once again with lower back issues, must acquire a front-line starter. If they don’t believe in Gray with his history of injuries, then it’s Darvish, providing he even hits the market. If not Darvish, there’s former Cy Young winner Justin Verlander of the Tigers, with the Cubs lurking with preliminary talks.
Certainly, the Dodgers could find a spot for starter Lance Lynn, a pending free agent who the St. Louis Cardinals are expected to trade.
The Dodgers may be set up nicely for the future with their array of young talent, but their worst nightmare could be just around the corner, too. Kershaw has an opt-out clause in his contract after the 2018 season, which he is expected to exercise, testing the free-agent waters.
If the Dodgers want to keep their future Hall of Famer, it’s not a matter of giving him more money, but merely providing him a better chance to pitch in the World Series. No one wants to become the next Felix Hernandez, the Seattle Mariners’ six-time All-Star and Cy Young winner who has yet to pitch in the postseason.
Sure, winning can come at a price, too. The New York Mets traded away future All-Star pitcher Michael Fulmer to the Tigers in 2015, but Yoenis Cespedes led the Mets to the pennant. They lost to the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, who traded five prospects for starter Johnny Cueto and second baseman Ben Zobrist to win their first championships.
But go ahead, ask them if they have any regrets. Ask Brian Sabean if he regrets consistently flipping prospects to fortify three eventual World Series winners, with only Zack Wheeler (traded for Beltran in a failed 2013 playoff bid) truly coming back to haunt him.
This is the lightning round of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, and soon, we’ll know what every team is thinking.
The Pirates, who may have been sellers two weeks ago, have declared they will go for it now that they’re only three games back in the NL Central. The Royals, who looked like sellers two months ago, will keep the band together for one last hurrah now that they’re poised to either win the AL Central or a wild-card berth. And if the Rangers keep playing like they did in sweeping three games from the Tampa Bay Rays, Darvish just may not be going anywhere.
It’s the week that contenders and teams on the bubble must look in the mirror, and ask the one simple question:
If not now, when?
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run homer, Albert Pujols went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night.
Simmons hit his 10th homer of the season to left and put the Angels ahead 4-3 in the third inning after falling behind early. Pujols doubled to score Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout to start the four-run outburst.
Pujols became the 26th player to score 1,700 runs when he touched home plate after Simmons went deep. Pujols joins Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Alex Rodriguez and Willie Mays in amassing at least 600 home runs and 1,700 runs.
JC Ramirez (9-8) recorded his second win at home in 11 starts, striking out six while allowing one earned run and five hits in six innings.
David Price (5-3) gave up five earned runs and seven hits in five innings, allowing more than three earned runs for only the second time this year.
CUBS 3, CARDINALS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant raced home from first base on Anthony Rizzo’s bloop double, capping the Cubs’ three-run rally in the eighth inning.
Bryant also had a tying, broken-bat single during the comeback.
A classic pitchers’ duel between Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright kept it scoreless into the eighth.
After Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk hit two-out homers off Lester for a 2-0 lead, the Cubs came back.
Ben Zobrist’s RBI double with two outs made it 2-1 and chased Wainwright. Bryant greeted reliever Matt Bowman (2-4) with a single that tied it.
Brett Cecil then relieved and on a 3-2 pitch, Rizzo hit a looper to shallow left-center.
Lester (7-6) had a perfect game until Wainwright singled with two outs in the sixth. Lester gave up three hits and struck out 10 in eight innings.
Wainwright allowed two runs on four hits in 7 2/3 innings, retiring 14 straight at one point.
GIANTS 5, PADRES 4, 12 innings
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Backup catcher Nick Hundley singled in Kelby Tomlinson with two outs in the 12th for San Francisco.
It was Hundley’s fifth game-ending hit of his career and his first since July 11, 2014, with Baltimore.
One day after the teams played 11 innings in a game that lasted nearly 5 hours, the Giants and Padres had another extended battle.
Pinch-hitter Tomlinson reached on a fielder’s choice and took second on a wild pitch from Kevin Quackenbush (0-2). After Hunter Pence flied out, Hundley lined an 0-1 pitch over the head of left fielder Jose Pirela as Tomlinson rounded third and scored without a throw.
Eduardo Nunez had three hits and two RBIs, Hundley singled twice and San Francisco took advantage of an error by San Diego shortstop Allen Cordoba that led to three unearned runs.
Will Myers hit his second homer in two days as part of San Diego’s four-run fourth.
Josh Osich (3-1) retired five batters and struck out three in getting the win.
MARINERS 6, YANKEES 5, 10 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit a winning single off Adam Warren in the 10th inning, and Seattle beat New York after Edwin Diaz allowed a tying hit to Ronald Torreyes in the ninth.
Masahiro Tanaka had another shaky outing and New York trailed 4-2 before Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 32nd home run, a sixth inning drive against Steve Cishek. Matt Holliday’s sacrifice fly tied the score in the eighth, but former Yankees Robinson Cano homered against David Robertson leading off the bottom half.
Diaz blew a save for the fourth time in 22 chances when Didi Gregorius walked leading off the ninth, pinch-runner Jacoby Ellsbury stole second and Torreyes, starting because Starlin Castro’s hamstring injury is causing another trip to the disabled list, followed with a single.
Ben Gamel opened the 10th with a double against Warren (2-2), Cano was intentionally walked and Cruz lined a pitch to left for his AL-leading 75th RBI.
Tony Zych (4-2) pitched a perfect 10th, throwing called third strikes past Clint Frazier and Judge.
BREWERS 9, PHILLIES 8
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Domingo Santana singled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning after the Brewers blew a big lead, and Milwaukee snapped a season-worst six-game losing streak.
Ryan Braun homered and drove in four runs, and Travis Shaw also homered for the Brewers, who maintained a one-game lead over the Cubs in the NL Central.
Milwaukee led 8-1 after batting in the seventh and manager Craig Counsell removed Braun, who had missed the past three games with a wrist injury. The Phillies rallied to tie it with four runs in the seventh and three in the eighth.
Santana came through with a one-out single to left off Hector Neris (2-4) to score Hernan Perez and put Milwaukee back in front.
Jacob Barnes (3-1) gave up three runs and four hits in the eighth but ended up getting the win. Cameron Rupp tied the game with a three-run homer to right.
Corey Knebel pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save.
Herrera had four hits with a homer and a pair of doubles for Philadelphia, which had won three straight.
MARLINS 5, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — J.T. Realmuto hit a pair of two-run homers and a double, powering Miami to its second straight victory.
Miami won for only the third time in eight games, getting its first back-to-back wins since the All-Star break.
Realmuto connected in the second and sixth innings off Robert Stephenson (0-3), who made his first start of the season after 13 relief appearances. It was the catcher’s second career multi-homer game — he also had one in 2015.
Nick Wittgren (3-1) relieved starter Chris O’Grady in the fifth and got the win. Scooter Gennett singled home a run in the eighth off Junichi Tazawa, cutting it to 5-4. A.J. Ramos pitched the ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances.
NATIONALS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Bryce Harper homered and drove in two runs, Tanner Roark struck out a season-high 11 and Sean Doolittle stranded the potential tying run to preserve the Nationals’ win.
Roark (8-6) gave up two runs and three hits in seven innings for the NL East-leading Nationals.
Harper hit his 25th home run of the season on a full-count changeup from Anthony Banda (0-1), who lost in his major league debut.
Chris Iannetta hit a two-out RBI double in the bottom half, but the Nationals opened a 4-1 lead with a three-run sixth.
Harper hit a run-scoring double and scored on Ryan Zimmerman’s double, and Anthony Rendon beat out an RBI single that sent Zimmerman home.
ROCKIES 7, PIRATES 3
DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s German Marquez matched a career best with nine strikeouts in seven solid innings and also had a wayward pitch that fueled a near brawl.
Mark Reynolds added a pair of run-scoring singles and Charlie Blackmon scored after doubling in the third and tripling in the eighth.
Marquez (8-4) hit Andrew McCutchen with a pitch in the sixth inning, and the Pirates outfielder strode toward the mound before being headed off by home plate umpire Chad Fairchild and slowly taking his base. Going into the game, the Pirates had a major league-high 55 batters hit by pitches, including four by Rockies pitchers on Friday night.
In apparent retaliation, Chad Kuhl threw an inside pitch leading off the bottom of the sixth that narrowly missed Carlos Gonzalez. Players and coaches from both teams streamed onto the field and though there were some heated exchanges, no punches were thrown.
The Pirates had their six-game winning streak halted despite Josh Bell’s home run leading off the fourth.
Greg Holland got four outs for his major league-leading 31st save in 32 chances.
Kuhl (3-7) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.
DODGERS 6, BRAVES 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Taylor drove in three runs with a home run and a triple, and Corey Seager and Chase Utley hit solo home runs as the Dodgers snapped a two-game losing streak.
Ending the two-game hiccup which saw the Dodgers outscored 18-6, Los Angeles has won 32 of 38, and 19 of 22 at Dodger Stadium, for the best record in baseball. The Dodgers’ 67-31 mark is their best through 98 games since the Brooklyn Dodgers were 69-29 in 1942.
Taylor, who entered the game as part of a double-switch in the seventh, led off the bottom of the inning by driving an 0-1 pitch from Julio Teheran (7-8) into the left field bleachers, giving the Dodgers a 4-2 lead.
Taylor added a two-run triple off reliever Luke Jackson with two outs in the eighth for the final margin.
Dodgers starter Rich Hill (7-4) struck out eight as he held the Braves to two runs and six hits over 6 1/3 innings.
METS 6, ATHLETICS 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and New York rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat Oakland for its fourth consecutive victory.
Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda delivered a tying single with two outs in the eighth off left-hander Daniel Coulombe. Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the sixth to begin New York’s comeback, and Jose Reyes tripled twice.
Flores connected on a 96 mph fastball from Simon Castro (0-1), sending a line drive to left field for the second game-ending homer of his career. That sent a frenzied crowd of 39,629 home happy — hours after fans lined up early in the heat outside Citi Field to get their Noah Syndergaard as Thor bobbleheads.
Hansel Robles (6-1) tossed a hitless inning to win for the second straight day.
ROYALS 7, WHITE SOX 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered twice, and Salvador Perez, Brandon Moss and Jorge Bonifacio also went deep to lead Kansas City over the White Sox, extending Chicago’s longest losing streak in two years to eight games.
Melky Cabrera had his second four-hit game in a week and gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead with a home run in the third inning and an RBI double in the fifth.
In a game that began with a 99-degree temperature and 112 heat index, Mike Pelfrey took a two-hitter into the sixth but put leadoff man Lorenzo Cain on with his sixth walk. David Holmberg (1-3) relieved, retired Eric Hosmer on a flyout, then gave up three homers in an eight-pitch span.
Perez’s two-run homer tied the score, Moustakas homered two pitches later, Alcides Escobar grounded out and Moss homered for a 4-2 lead, a drive that would have gone 436 feet unimpeded. Whit Merrifield added an RBI single off Juan Minaya.
ASTROS 8, ORIOLES 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — Marwin Gonzalez stepped in for injured Colin Moran and delivered a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the sixth inning to propel Houston past Baltimore.
Moran fouled a ball off his left eye and had difficulty standing before being carted from the field. An update on his condition was not immediately available.
Gonzalez subsequently ended a nine-pitch at-bat by driving a 2-2 offering from Darren O’Day (1-3) over the right-field wall and onto Eutaw Street. It was Houston’s first pinch-hit homer of the season, and it capped a five-run uprising that wiped out Baltimore’s 4-1 lead.
Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel also homered for the Astros, who will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Sunday. Houston has won eight straight over the Orioles spanning two seasons.
Astros right-hander Collin McHugh allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings in his season debut and Francis Martes (3-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief.
INDIANS 2, BLUE JAYS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 10th inning and Cleveland defeated Toronto.
Lindor hit a 2-2 pitch from Danny Barnes (2-3) to right field for his 15th homer of the season just as a hard rain began to fall. Lindor dashed around the bases and was mobbed his teammates at home plate and was doused by several coolers of water.
The Progressive Field grounds crew put the tarp on the field while Cleveland’s players were still celebrating the victory.
Bryan Shaw (3-4) retired Kevin Pillar on a groundout with two on to end the 10th.
TWINS 6, TIGERS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson took a shutout into the eighth inning in his longest start of the season, Zack Granite had three of the Twins’ 14 hits, and Minnesota held off a late rally to beat Detroit.
The Twins have been rumored to be searching for starting pitching as the trade deadline approaches and Gibson (6-8), who entered the game with a 6.29 ERA, was a likely candidate to be replaced in the rotation. He looked like an ace Saturday until tiring after pitching into the eighth for the first time this season, and the Tigers rallied for five runs. Brandon Kintzler retired Andrew Romine on a grounder to get out of the inning and then pitched a scoreless ninth for his 27th save.
RANGERS 4, RAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Texas turned three Tampa Bay miscues into a three-run sixth inning and beat the Rays.
Elvis Andrus, who entered the series hitless in 16 at-bats, homered in his second consecutive three-hit game for the Rangers, who have won two straight following a five-game skid.
Andrew Cashner (5-8) gave up three runs and four hits over six innings. Alex Claudio, the third Rangers reliever, got four outs for his fourth save.
Chris Archer (7-6) allowed four runs, four hits and struck out 11 to set a team record with his 24th career game with double-digit strikeouts. David Price had 23 double-digit strikeout games with the Rays.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco homered, Chris Stewart added three hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a four-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers with a 4-2 victory on Thursday.
The Pirates have won 11 of 13 and moved within three games of Milwaukee in a division that’s tightened up since the All-Star break. The Brewers have lost five straight, cutting their lead to one game over the idle Chicago Cubs.
Polanco hit a solo shot off Jimmy Nelson (8-5) in the fourth inning, his ninth homer. Stewart scored the go-ahead run in the fifth on a single by Josh Harrison.
Jameson Taillon (6-3) struck out a season-high eight in 5 1/3 innings. Felipe Rivero worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save.
BRAVES 6, DODGERS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mike Foltynewicz pitched into the seventh inning and Atlanta stopped Los Angeles’ 11-game winning streak.
The Dodgers had won 31 of their last 35 but could not overcome another shaky start by Brandon McCarthy (6-4), who was bothered by a blister and could be headed to the disabled list.
Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run homer for the Braves, who jumped out to a 6-1 lead after four innings against McCarthy. Foltynewicz (8-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five.
Rex Brothers, Arodys Vizcaino and Jim Johnson held the Dodgers scoreless over the last 2 2/3 innings. Johnson closed for his 22nd save, helped by a splendid defensive play from second baseman Johan Camargo.
Freddie Freeman singled in two runs for Atlanta. Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer for Los Angeles.
The Dodgers had won 18 of their last 19 at home.
YANKEES 4, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Luis Severino pitched out of trouble to throw seven shutout innings, and Brett Gardner hit a solo home run off Felix Hernandez in New York’s victory over Seattle.
Severino (6-4) struck out six and allowed eight hits. Gardner connected against Hernandez (5-4) in the sixth. Other than that, Hernandez was as good as he’s been in 2017, striking out a season-high nine and pitching at least seven innings for the second time.
Aaron Judge added a broken-bat RBI single in the eighth, just his fourth hit in 29 at-bats since the All-Star break. The Yankees added a pair of runs in the ninth with two outs on second baseman Robinson Cano’s throwing error.
Three of New York’s four runs were unearned.
PADRES 5, GIANTS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin outpitched Madison Bumgarner, and Cory Spangenberg hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning that chased MadBum from his first home start in more than three months as San Diego defeated San Francisco.
Bumgarner (0-4) struck out five and walked one over 6 1/3 innings, taking his home mound for the first time since spraining his pitching shoulder in an April 20 dirt bike accident. The 2014 World Series MVP is winless after six starts this season. San Francisco is 0-6 in those games, having given the lefty ace just 10 runs of support.
Hunter Renfroe came off the disabled list and hit an early two-run homer to help Chacin win his third straight decision. Wil Myers added a run-scoring double as the Padres bounced back from an embarrassing 18-4 rout by the Rockies on Wednesday at Coors Field.
Chacin (9-7) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.
San Francisco loaded the bases against Brad Hand with two outs in the eighth, but Buster Posey flied out. Brandon Maurer finished for his 20th save, and San Diego has won 15 of the last 20 meetings in the rivalry dating to last year’s All-Star break.
BLUE JAYS 8, RED SOX 6
BOSTON (AP) — Justin Smoak hit a pair of homers and Steve Pearce drove in two runs when Boston second baseman Brock Holt lost his popup in the sun, giving Toronto a four-game split.
Including the 15-inning game on Tuesday with the Blue Jays, the AL East-leading Red Sox played 76 innings in about 144 hours — the equivalent of 8 1/2 games in six days.
Dominic Leone (2-0) earned the win. Francisco Liriano got just five outs but Toronto came back with four runs in the third to take a 5-3 lead against Doug Fister (0-4).
Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
DIAMONDBACKS 12, REDS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jake Lamb hit a pair of three-run homers and Patrick Corbin pitched into the eighth inning during an emergency start, sending Arizona over Cincinnati.
Arizona stabilized itself by taking two of three in the series. The Diamondbacks had dropped eight of nine heading into the set, falling behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot.
Lamb homered in the first inning off Luis Castillo (1-3) and again in the ninth for a career-high six RBIs.
Scheduled starter Taijuan Walker was scratched after his wife, Heather, went into labor Thursday morning. Corbin (7-9) was moved up a day and wound up with his first victory since June 16.
Arizona newcomer J.D. Martinez didn’t play, a day after a pitch bruised his hand.
METS 3, CARDINALS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Cardinals pitcher Trevor Rosenthal was late covering first base on a two-out grounder by Jose Reyes that turned into a game-winning single in the ninth inning for the New York Mets.
A leadoff walk and T.J. Rivera’s single put runners on the corners with two outs. Reyes then hit a grounder up the first base line, and Matt Carpenter fielded it cleanly well behind the bag. Rosenthal (2-4) was slow to leave the mound, and the speedy Reyes easily beat him to the base with a headfirst dive.
Addison Reed (1-2) pitched a perfect ninth.
ORIOLES 9, RANGERS 7
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones both homered and drove in three runs, and Baltimore rallied to beat Cole Hamels and Texas to complete a four-game sweep.
Mark Trumbo and Chris Davis also went deep for the Orioles, who trailed 5-1 in the fifth inning before coming back to hand Hamels (4-1) his first loss in 10 starts this season.
Baltimore hit 10 home runs in the series and outscored Texas 34-11. The Orioles’ four-game winning streak is their longest since a six-game run in early May.
Miguel Castro (2-1) worked the sixth for Baltimore after starter Wade Miley allowed five runs over five innings.
Mike Napoli homered for the Rangers, whose five-game skid matches their season high.
Adrian Beltre had two hits for Texas and has 2,985 in his career, tied with Sam Rice for 31st place.
Hamels brought a 21-inning scoreless streak into the game and extended it to 24 before Schoop homered in the fourth.
ROYALS 16, TIGERS 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brandon Moss drove in four runs, Mike Moustakas had three RBIs and Kansas City routed error-prone Detroit.
Eric Hosmer and Whit Merrifield homered for the Royals, who moved within 1½ games of first-place Cleveland in the AL Central. The 16 runs and 19 hits were season highs for Kansas City.
Detroit committed three errors in the Royals’ four-run first inning, when only one run was earned. It was the most errors the Tigers have made in an inning since May 1, 2010.
Michael Fulmer, the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year, threw 37 pitches in the first. The heat index was 107 when the game started.
Fulmer (10-7), who had won his previous four starts, was removed after facing 18 batters. He retired only eight, and eight scored. It was the shortest outing of his career.
Danny Duffy (6-6) was staked to an 8-0 lead, but struggled to make it into the sixth.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings for his major league-leading 15th victory and the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 Tuesday night for their 10th straight victory.
Kershaw (15-2) made his first start since the All-Star break, scattering seven hits and a walk to post his 11th win in a row.
The Dodgers, with the best record in baseball at 65-29, have won 30 of 34. This is the second 10-game winning streak of the season for the NL West leaders.
Relievers Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen closed it out. Jansen survived a deep fly by Matt Davidson to record his 24th save in 24 chances.
Chris Taylor had four hits and scored on rookie Cody Bellinger’s single in the first inning off Miguel Gonzalez (4-9).
NATIONALS 4, ANGELS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Bryce Harper went 4 for 4 with a homer, and he tripled and scored on Ryan Zimmerman’s tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning of Washington’s sixth straight victory.
Harper and Mike Trout traded first-inning homers, but Harper won the superstar duel with another spectacular offensive game in his 24-for-51 July. He barely missed hitting for the cycle when he was out by a few millimeters at second while trying to stretch a single in the third inning.
Trout went 1 for 4 with an RBI groundout in the ninth as the Angels rallied against new Washington reliever Sean Doolittle, who got a hairy save.
RED SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 4, 15 INNINGS
BOSTON (AP) — Hanley Ramirez hit drive out of Fenway Park in the 15th inning, giving Boston the victory in a rain-delayed game that ended at 1:09 a.m. Wednesday.
Ramirez connected for his 15th homer with one out off Mike Bolsinger (0-3), sending a drive over the left-field wall against the Blue Jays’ eighth pitcher. Hector Velazquez (2-1), Boston’s fifth pitcher, got the win.
The start was held up for more than an hour by thunderstorms, and both teams scored in the 11th to keep it going. The game itself took 4 hours, 59 minutes.
The Red Sox haven’t gotten a lot of rest lately. They lost in 16 innings to the Yankees on Saturday, then split a day-night doubleheader with New York on Sunday. Boston lost to Toronto 4-3 on Monday night — albeit in just nine innings.
CUBS 5, BRAVES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Willson Contreras hit a three-run homer, John Lackey earned his first win in a month and Chicago won its fifth straight game.
Rain delayed the start of the game for 2 hours, 30 minutes.
The defending World Series champion Cubs moved three games over .500 for the first time since winning at Miami on June 6. Chicago is 2½ games behind NL Central-leading Milwaukee.
Lackey (6-9) came off the disabled list to allow one run, five hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out one.
Sean Newcomb (1-5) lost his third straight start.
PIRATES 4, BREWERS 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison homered during a sixth-inning rally and streaking Pittsburgh welcomed outfielder Starling Marte back with a victory over Milwaukee.
Marte went 1 for 3 in his return from an 80-game suspension for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy. David Freese put the Pirates ahead to stay with an RBI single off reliever Oliver Drake (3-3) later in the inning.
Ivan Nova (10-6) survived six innings to get the win. Felipe Rivero worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth for his eighth save. Pittsburgh won its third straight and pulled within five games of the first-place Brewers in the crowded NL Central.
YANKEES 6, TWINS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bartolo Colon faltered in the fifth inning after a decent start by the burly 44-year-old, whose Minnesota debut ended with a two-run double by Gary Sanchez that sent New York on its way to a victory.
Making his 514th major league start and joining his 10th team, Colon allowed eight hits and four runs with no walks and three strikeouts. He left to a standing ovation with no outs in the fateful fifth, despite the lackluster box score line in the end.
Aaron Judge added an RBI single and Didi Gregorius hit a two-run home run off Ryan Pressly in the fifth after Colon was removed.
The sputtering New York bullpen stepped up with 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Luis Cessa, with Aroldis Chapman pitching a scoreless ninth for his 10th save. Chasen Shreve (3-1) picked up the win.
DIAMONDBACKS 11, REDS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Chris Herrmann capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run homer, and Arizona slugged its way past Cincinnati, shortly after trading for slugger J.D. Martinez.
Rey Fuentes added a pinch-hit, three-run shot in the seventh, All-Star outfielder Jake Lamb had a two-run triple and Arizona ended a five-game skid by tying a season high with nine extra-base hits — one from each spot in the order. The Diamondbacks had four doubles in the fifth, helping overcome Zack Cozart’s 10th homer of the season.
Amid muggy conditions and a 90-degree first-pitch temperature, Robbie Ray (9-4) lasted six innings for Arizona. Reds starter Sal Romano (1-2), recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier Tuesday to make his third career start, failed to retire a batter in the fifth.
ORIOLES 12, RANGERS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis homered in a six-run first inning, added a grand slam in the fourth and finished with a career-high six RBIs to help Baltimore breeze past Texas.
It was the 19th career multihomer game for Davis, making his fifth start since coming off the disabled list with an oblique strain. Baltimore’s cleanup hitter hadn’t gone deep since June 10 and has 16 home runs after hitting 38 last season.
The Orioles scored six runs against Tyson Ross (2-2) before making an out, and that was enough to send Baltimore to its second straight win over Texas following a three-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs.
Dylan Bundy (9-8) allowed one run and four hits in six innings to earn his first victory since June 24.
ASTROS 6, MARINERS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis homered twice to back up a solid start by Brad Peacock and help Houston over Seattle.
Gattis hit solo shots in the second and sixth innings off Sam Gaviglio (3-5) for the eighth multihomer game of his career.
Peacock (8-1) allowed three hits and one run while fanning nine in seven innings to tie the longest start of his career and earn his fifth straight win. Luke Gregerson got the last four outs for his first save.
Jose Altuve had three hits and drove in a run for the AL West-leading Astros, and Marwin Gonzalez added a hit in his first game at shortstop since All-Star Carlos Correa was placed on the disabled list with a torn thumb ligament on Tuesday.
TIGERS 9, ROYALS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nicholas Castellanos homered twice and drove in five runs, and Detroit scored five times in the second inning and cruised from there past Kansas City.
After trading slugger J.D. Martinez to Arizona for a package of prospects before the game, the Tigers proved they didn’t need him in the lineup — at least for one night — to win their fourth straight game.
Castellanos also tripled to finish a double shy of the cycle. Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs, and the Tigers, who began selling ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, still managed to give fill-in starter Matt Boyd (3-5) plenty of support in his return from the minors.
He outperformed Travis Wood (1-3), who allowed six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.
PHILLIES 5, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Maikel Franco had three hits, including a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, to help lift Philadelphia over Miami.
National League home run leader Giancarlo Stanton hit his 29th for the Marlins, who have lost four of five.
Franco’s homer to left field off Dustin McGowan (5-1) was his 14th of the season and it broke a 2-all tie. Nick Williams added a two-run homer in the ninth to cap the scoring.
Cameron Perkins drove in two runs for the Phillies and Pat Neshek (3-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory.
Hector Neris pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 12 opportunities.
CARDINALS 5, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wacha threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Matt Carpenter had four hits, and St. Louis beat New York.
Wacha (7-3) has won his last four starts. He struck out eight and walked one in his 99th career start.
The 26-year-old right-hander, who was ineffective last season, had not won four straight starts since the 2013 playoffs when he helped lead St. Louis to the World Series.
Wacha and the Cardinals capitalized on a shoddy Mets defense that let down starter Rafael Montero (1-6) with three errors. Montero allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings. New York has lost three straight and eight of 11.
GIANTS 2, INDIANS 1, 10 INNINGS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eduardo Nunez hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning and San Francisco snapped a three-game losing streak.
Pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie started the winning rally with a leadoff double against Cody Allen (0-5) to celebrate his 30th birthday. Denard Span then reached on a bunt single that sent pinch-runner Kelby Tomlinson to third.
That set the stage for Nunez, who grounded a single to right through a drawn-in infield to give the struggling Giants a rare win.
Sam Dyson (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
RAYS 4, ATHLETICS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Adeiny Hechavarria and Shane Peterson hit consecutive two-out RBI singles off closer Santiago Casilla in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay rallied to beat Oakland.
Steven Souza Jr. hit his second home run in two games while Logan Morrison walked and scored, helping the Rays to their fifth win in six games against the A’s.
Casilla (2-4) opened the ninth by retiring Evan Longoria on a grounder and getting Morrison to strike out swinging. Wilson Ramos then singled and pinch-runner Mallex Smith took second on a wild pitch. After Smith stole third, Casilla walked light-hitting Brad Miller before Hechavarria singled to right to drive in the tying run.
Peterson, in his second stint with the Rays this season, followed with his game-winning hit.
ROCKIES 9, PADRES 7
DENVER (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez lined a two-run double for his first extra-base hit in nearly a month, Gerardo Parra reached base five times and Colorado beat San Diego.
Mark Reynolds added a three-run homer in the first for the Rockies, who have won three in a row. It was also win No. 1,000 for Colorado at Coors Field.
Antonio Senzatela (10-3) regrouped from an erratic start to allow four runs, three earned, over five innings. His 10 wins are the most among rookies in the majors this season.
Greg Holland struck out the side in the ninth for his major league-leading 30th save.
It wasn’t exactly a memorable 25th birthday for Padres starter Dinelson Lamet (3-4) as he surrendered six runs, five earned, in four innings.
The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay.
The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a chance to actually celebrate their division titles in August, but without him, their World Series droughts may continue.
The Milwaukee Brewers, who got a gut-punch when the Chicago Cubs spent their All-Star break landing Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox, now have a chance to deliver their own right cross to the jaw.
The name is Sonny Gray, property of the Oakland Athletics, who’s looming as the biggest difference-maker at this year’s Major League Baseball trade deadline.
A year ago, the Cubs and Indians made their big moves by acquiring relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller, and riding them right through Game 7 of the World Series.
Gray could be that man this year.
Teams are ignoring Gray’s injury history, 10-15 record and 4.86 ERA the last 1½ years, and focusing on what he’s doing lately, yielding a 1.33 ERA the last four starts. When you can throw a 94-mph fastball, 90-mph slider, two curveballs for strikes, and are under club control through the 2019 season, you tend to get a lot of attention.
No wonder why Oakland A’s president Billy Beane and GM David Frost are being besieged with calls from contending clubs offering everyone from their top prospects to their groundskeeper.
Teams realize that Gray just may be the difference between an early vacation and your season being extended a month.
We don’t know where Gray and other impact players are headed just yet by the July 31 non-waiver deadline. And with all but the Chicago White Sox plausibly close to an AL wild-card slot, and three divisions up for grabs, the next two weeks will be fluid.
With that in mind, based on an informal survey of Major League Baseball executives and personnel by USA TODAY Sports, here are the potential deals we may see before August:
The Brewers may be the most aggressive team pursuing Gray, who pitched three years for Brewers pitching coach Derek Johnson at Vanderbilt. The Brewers, whose rebuild has suddenly been accelerated by their first-place status in the NL Central, not only have the prospects, but also a fiery owner wanting to land him.
“There’s an old saying, ‘Be careful what you wish for because you may get it,’ ’’ Brewers owner Mark Attanasio told reporters Sunday. “If you love your prospects too much, maybe that’s an issue, also.
“We have to make the right move, either way.’’
The Brewers still have to exercise caution, not thwarting their rebuild efforts because of their 4 ½-game lead over the Cubs. If they didn’t believe that the cost of Quintana was worth surrendering their elite prospects, would they give up three of their top 20 like Brett Phillips, Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes for Gray?
The Astros, 62-30, actually may be the team that most needs Gray. Sure, they’ll cruise to the AL West title with or without him, but with the way the Astros have dominated this year, anything short of a World Series berth will be a disappointment.
The Astros would prefer to land Detroit Tigers All-Star Michael Fulmer, and likely would include No. 1 prospect Francis Martes for him, but they inquired, just like the Cubs, and came up empty. If Fulmer is traded, the Tigers say, it won’t be until this winter when everyone can make a bid.
The Astros realize that Gray is the ideal front-line starter in this market to make a run for their first World Series title in franchise history, giving them a dynamic rotation with All-Stars Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers Jr.
Prediction: Gray goes to the Astros for starter Joe Musgrove, prized pitching prospect Forrest Whitley and outfield prospect Teoscar Hernandez.
It’s no secret that the Boston Red Sox committed a huge blunder trading third baseman Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers during the winter, and even a bigger one when they shelled out $95 million to Pablo Sandoval less than three years ago, only to designate him for assignment last week. It wound up costing them $6.8 million for every home run and $1.6 million every RBI.
They’re now going with a third-base platoon of Brock Holt and Deven Marrero, and are waiting for elite third base prospect Rafael Devers to arrive, but they need to take care of this black hole quickly as possible.
They are trying to decide between Todd Frazier of the Chicago White Sox, who’s a free agent after the season, and Miami Marlin Martin Prado, who still is owed $28.5 million after this year.
Prediction: The Red Sox would love to acquire Frazier and closer David Robertson to be Craig Kimbrel’s setup man, but it would cost No. 2 prospect Jason Groome and No. 9 prospect Michael Chavis. If they instead take reliever Tommy Kahnle and Frazier, they would have to give up only Chavis and a fringe prospect.
The Miami Marlins, who not only are up for sale, but open for business, are hoping to dump money by moving Prado and second baseman Dee Gordon, who’s still owed $51 million through 2021.
Sure, Giancarlo Stanton and the $295 million left in his contract is available, too, but they haven’t received a single call of interest. Stanton would be willing to waive his no-trade clause to return home to California. Yet, for the Dodgers or San Francisco Giants to acquire him, he’d likely have to agree to opt out of his contract in 2020. Sorry, that’s not happening.
The Marlins are drawing the most attention with veteran reliever David Phelps, with the New York Yankees, Red Sox, Brewers, Cubs, Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers showing the most interest.
And the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies have engaged in preliminary trade talks for Gordon.
Prediction: Phelps goes to the Red Sox, Gordon goes to Philadelphia, and outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna are traded this winter.
The trade blueprint teams had all along was to pick off all the Kansas City Royals’ potential free agents. The Royals went 7-16 in April, scoring just 63 runs, their fewest in a calendar month since April 1992.
Well, a funny thing has happened ever since. The Royals started winning and have climbed so far out of their hole that they actually have engaged in the bidding for Gray, too. They’re not expected to make a major move, but they’ve thwarted a whole lot of plans by hanging onto their players, making one last run.
The Tigers have begun winning since the break, but it’s too late. Tigers officials say they plan to move left-handed reliever Justin Wilson, outfielder J.D. Martinez and catcher Alex Avila. Wilson easily is drawing the most interest, with about 12 teams bidding for him, led by the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Prediction: The Astros acquire Wilson, who’s under control through 2018 for outfield prospect Derek Fisher.
Martinez is the most valuable position player available. He’s hitting .308 with 16 homers and a 1.025 OPS (on-base-plus slugging percentage) in his first 229 plate appearances this season.
The Dodgers, Red Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks have shown the most interest in the rent-a-player who’ll be a free agent after the season.
Prediction: The Diamondbacks, who have dropped 11 of their last 14 games, grab Martinez, giving up outfield prospect Socrates Brito and pitching prospect Curtis Taylor.
The Dodgers (64-29), a runaway train since April 27, going 54-17 and outscoring the opposition 388-227, are coasting to their fifth consecutive NL West title. It won’t be enough to satisfy their fans until they get to their first World Series since 1988.
They could use a starter like Gray, or even Justin Verlander, and a bat like Martinez’s, but it’s not imperative. Alex Wood will be their finest No. 2 starter behind Clayton Kershaw entering the playoffs since Zack Greinke. There’s no glaring hole in the lineup, particularly with Yasiel Puig’s improved play.
But, oh, how they could use a left-handed reliever to set up All-Star closer Kenley Jansen. They can grab Brad Hand of the San Diego Padres, Wilson of the Tigers or Jerry Blevins of the New York Mets with a phone call.
Sorry, this is Dodgers president Andrew Friedman running the show, and he’s always thinking big. Real big. And has his eye on a bigger prize.
Prediction: Friedman goes massive, and acquires Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed stud Felipe Rivero for, yes, top outfield prospect Alex Verdugo, and perhaps expands the package by including Willie Calhoun and Yadier Alvarez, too. Verdugo could be a star, but Rivero is absolutely filthy, yielding a .088 batting average with only five hits in 17⅓ innings since his first save on June 10. He would provide the Dodgers with the nastiest right-left bullpen combination in baseball.
So where does Hand wind up?
Ah, yes, the Tampa Bay Rays, who haven’t been to the playoffs since 2013, and could scare the living daylights out of anyone with their vaunted starting rotation.
Prediction: Hand goes to the Rays and the Padres’ overhaul continues by getting prospects Lucius Fox and Jesus Sanchez.
The St. Louis Cardinals, just like the Pirates, don’t necessarily want to surrender their playoff hopes. But they’re realistic. They are caught in no-man’s land. They’re really not in the NL Central race, but not out of it, either, simply loitering.
The Cardinals don’t plan to sell off, but won’t go bold either and pursue J.D. Martinez. They instead will try to at least plug a void for their biggest albatross – the bullpen. The Cardinals have lost 10 games this season, blowing two over the weekend, when leading after eight innings.
Prediction: The Orioles trade them right-handed reliever Brad Brach, who is earning $3.05 million this year and is under control one more season. The Cardinals give up starter Tyler Lyons, who will step right into the Orioles’ rotation, which is yielding an MLB-worst 6.02 ERA.
The Yankees, one of the biggest surprises the first half, were planning to be aggressive at the trade deadline, right up until losing 18 of their last 25 games before the All-Star break.
The Yankees sought Quintana, are in the Gray talks, and would like to pry first baseman Eric Hosmer from the Royals, too, but the Yankees’ strategy is nothing like those of their ancestors. They actually value their prospects.
They’re not about to junk their entire rebuilding project to try to win the AL East. They instead will make moves for the present, and future, without costing top prospects.
Prediction: The Yankees acquire Robertson from the White Sox and Prado from the Marlins, getting salary relief from each team, and giving up nothing more valuable than 22-year-old third baseman Miguel Andujar. If the price is right, they could grab Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso, too.
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DENVER (AP) — Hometown rookie Kyle Freeland came within two outs of the first no-hitter by a Rockies pitcher at Coors Field before surrendering a sharp single to Melky Cabrera in Colorado’s 10-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Freeland, who’s from Denver and grew up going to games at the hitter-friendly park, struck out the first batter of the ninth inning and then allowed Cabrera’s hit to left field on a 2-2 count.
The 24-year-old Freeland (9-7) threw 126 pitches. He was pulled immediately after the hit and left to a standing ovation. The lefty struck out a career-high nine, walked three and hit a batter.
Freeland was trying to throw the second no-hitter in Coors Field history. Hideo Nomo accomplished the feat in 1996 when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The only no-hitter in Rockies history was thrown by Ubaldo Jimenez in 2010 at Atlanta.
Edinson Volquez of the Miami Marlins pitched the lone no-hitter in the majors this season, doing it last month against Arizona.
Freeland even had an RBI single in the seventh for the Rockies’ last run.
Reliever Jordan Lyles got the last two outs to complete the one-hitter.
Pat Valaika drove in five runs, including a three-run homer as part of a five-run sixth that turned a 2-0 lead into a rout. Charlie Blackmon also hit a solo homer.
Carlos Rodon (1-2) was the loser.
ASTROS 19, BLUE JAYS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Carlos Correa homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs and Houston romped into the All-Star break, battering Toronto.
The runaway leaders in the AL West became just the fifth team in the last 40 years to reach 60 wins before the All-Star Game. They Astros joined the 1998 Yankees, 2001 Mariners, 2003 Braves and this year’s Los Angeles Dodgers, who got there Saturday. At 60-29, Houston heads into the break with a whopping lead in a division where no one else is over .500.
A day after his career-high 15-game hitting streak ended, Correa had four hits. The All-Star shortstop hit the 20-homer mark with his second of the day for his fifth career multihomer game and second this year.
Fellow All-Star Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis also homered for Houston. Altuve had three hits for the fifth consecutive game — he became the ninth major leaguer to do so in more than a century, and the first since George Brett’s record-tying six-game streak for Kansas City in 1976.
Gattis drove in four runs with two hits in Houston’s most-lopsided win of the season.
Brad Peacock (7-1) pitched six innings of shutout ball, holding the Blue Jays to five hits while walking five. The Astros hit three home runs in the second against J.A. Happ (3-6), the third time this season they’ve had at least three in an inning.
PIRATES 14, CUBS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Cervelli and Andrew McCutchen capped Pittsburgh’s 10-run first inning with consecutive homers off Jon Lester, helping the Pirates pound Chicago.
Cervelli drove in five runs and Jordy Mercer had two hits and three RBIs as the Pirates closed out a 5-2 road trip with their fifth win in six games. All-Star Josh Harrison homered in the ninth and Chad Kuhl pitched three innings of one-run ball in an emergency start after Jameson Taillon was scratched due to flu-like symptoms.
Pittsburgh sent 15 batters to the plate in its highest-scoring inning since it got 10 in the seventh against Colorado on May 17, 2009. It was the first time it scored at least 10 in the first inning since June 8, 1989, against Philadelphia.
Cervelli hit his third career grand slam into the basket in left with two out. McCutchen followed with a drive to left-center for his 17th homer, chasing Lester and drawing a smattering of boos from a frustrated crowd of 41,604 at Wrigley Field.
Chicago (43-45) heads into the All-Star break with a losing record for the first time since it was 40-54 in 2014. The Cubs were 53-35 at the break a year ago on their way to their first World Series title since 1908.
Lester (5-6) was charged with four earned runs and six hits in the shortest start of his 12-year major league career. A.J. Schugel (1-0), the second of three Pittsburgh relievers, pitched three innings for the win.
DODGERS 5, ROYALS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw tossed a six-hitter to become the majors’ first 14-game winner, Justin Turner homered twice, and NL West-leading Los Angeles beat defeated Kansas City to complete its major league-best 10th sweep and sixth straight victory.
The streaking Dodgers head into the All-Star break owning baseball’s best record of 61-29. They’ve won 18 of their last 19 at home, where they lead the majors with a 39-11 mark.
Kershaw (14-2) allowed two runs and six hits on 99 pitches, struck out 13 and walked none to set the Dodgers’ record for most wins at the break.
The All-Star left-hander, who won’t pitch in Tuesday’s showcase in Miami, is 10-0 over his last 13 starts, all Los Angeles victories. He allowed a run for the first time in four outings.
Danny Duffy (5-5) gave up five runs and six hits in seven innings. He struck out nine and didn’t walk anyone.
BREWERS 5, YANKEES 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Travis Shaw and Stephen Vogt both homered and Milwaukee increased its surprising NL Central lead, topping New York.
The Brewers have won nine of 11. At 50-41, they go into the All-Star break in first place for the fifth time in franchise history, 5 1/2 games ahead of the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs and St. Louis.
The Yankees (45-41) have not won a series since June 9-11 and are 3 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.
Shaw hit a three-run homer in the first off Masahiro Tanaka (7-8). Vogt added a solo shot in the second, his fourth since being plucked off waivers from Oakland two weeks ago.
Jimmy Nelson (8-4) pitched five-plus innings of three-run ball. Corey Knebel notched a four-out save, his 14th in 18 opportunities.
Clint Frazier homered for the Yankees, the rookie’s second shot in as many days and his third in just seven games since his debut.
NATIONALS 10, BRAVES 5
WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Rendon reached base four times, the Washington bullpen allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings, and the Nationals beat Atlanta.
Rendon scored twice and drove in a pair as the Nationals salvaged a split of the four-game series with the Braves to enter the All-Star break with a 9 1/2-game lead over Atlanta in the NL East.
Washington starter Joe Ross left the game with an apparent injury with one out in the fourth.
Reliever Matt Grace (1-0) allowed two runs, one earned, over 2 2/3 innings. Joe Blanton, Enny Romero and Matt Albers each threw a scoreless inning.
With Washington leading by one, Rendon provided an insurance run in the seventh. He walked, stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Tyler Flowers, and scored on a Matt Wieters’ sacrifice fly.
Atlanta rookie Sean Newcomb (1-4) allowed four runs on four hits over four innings.
TIGERS 5, INDIANS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Fulmer outpitched All-Star teammate Corey Kluber and Alex Presley hit a tiebreaking, two-run double and Detroit hung on late to salvage the series finale with Cleveland.
Fulmer (9-6) dominated Cleveland’s lineup until the seventh, when he gave up a two-run homer to Indians All-Star Jose Ramirez.
Detroit’s shaky bullpen barely held together over the last three innings. Shane Green worked out of a bases-loaded threat in the seventh and Justin Wilson did the same in the eighth while getting five outs for his 10th save in 11 tries.
Fulmer won’t pitch for the AL in Miami on Tuesday night, so he made the most of a nationally televised matchup against Kluber by beating the Central-leading Indians. He held Cleveland to one run and three hits over the first six innings and won his third start in a row.
Presley ripped his double just inside the left-field chalk in the sixth off Dan Otero after the Tigers loaded the bases against reliever Nick Goody (1-1), who replaced Kluber to start the inning.
The Indians were again without manager Terry Francona, who underwent a cardiac ablation to correct an irregular heartbeat and spent four days at the Cleveland Clinic. Francona is expected to rejoin the club following the All-Star break.
PHILLIES 7, PADRES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Freddy Galvis hit two of his team’s six home runs, Jerad Eickhoff threw five shutout innings, and Philadelphia topped San Diego.
Rookie Nick Williams began the run of homers with his first in the majors during the second inning.
Cameron Rupp followed two batters later with another solo homer and Galvis hit a two-run shot in the third inning. Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr added solo home runs in sixth and seventh innings respectively and Galvis went back-to-back after Altherr’s for his second of the game.
Eickhoff (1-7) returned from the disabled list with a strong start for the Phillies. He tied a season high with eight strikeouts and held the Padres to just five hits and a walk.
Trevor Cahill (3-3) struggled while striking out eight in five innings.
CARDINALS 6, METS 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong and Luke Voit homered and Lance Lynn pitched seven innings of three-hit ball to help St. Louis beat New York.
It was Lynn’s longest outing since May 23, when he threw 123 pitches in eight scoreless innings in a 2-1 loss to Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers. Lynn’s two strikeouts is a season low, but he needed just 93 pitches while facing two batters over the minimum.
Lynn (7-6) did not allow a runner past first and lowered his ERA to 3.61.
Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the eighth and John Brebbia pitched a scoreless ninth as the Cardinals finished a 6-4 homestand and moved into a tie with the Chicago Cubs for second place in the National League Central.
Steven Matz (2-2) gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, his shortest outing since June 3.
MARLINS 10, GIANTS 8
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, the second coming after A.J. Ellis’ tiebreaking two-run home run in the 11th inning, and Florida held on to beat San Francisco.
Miami blew a 7-4 lead when the Giants scored three runs off Kyle Barraclough in the eighth before Ellis and Stanton lifted the Marlins in extra innings.
J.T. Realmuto reached on shortstop Brandon Crawford’s throwing error leading off the 11th. After JT Riddle flew out, Ellis hit a tiebreaking two-run home run. It was Ellis’ first career pinch hit home run.
Stanton, who homered in the fifth off starter Johnny Cueto, then tacked on No. 26 against George Kontos (0-3).
The Marlins head into the All-Star break having won five of six.
Nick Wittgren (2-1) retired six batters for the win and A.J. Ramos pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
REDS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Homer Bailey went 6 2/3 strong innings, Scott Schebler doubled in the go-ahead run and Cincinnati beat Arizona, sending the Diamondbacks to their fifth loss in six games.
Bailey (2-2) gave up a run on seven hits in his fourth start since returning from February surgery to remove small bone spurs from his elbow. He struck out five and walked four.
A.J. Pollock homered for Arizona, his first since a six-week stint on the disabled list with a groin injury. Patrick Corbin (6-9) allowed two runs in six innings but took the loss. The left-hander scattered seven hits and matched his season high with nine strikeouts.
Raisel Iglesias pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 17 tries.
RAYS 5, RED SOX 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brad Miller hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Tampa Bay took three of the four from AL East-leading Boston.
Miller connected with two outs off Joe Kelly (3-1), sending a drive over the center field wall. Kelly had made a career-best 23 straight scoreless appearances.
Brad Boxberger (1-0) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth before Alex Colome got three outs for his 25th save.
Tampa Bay, at 47-43, has 13 more wins than last year at the All-Star break and trails the Red Sox by 3 1/2 games.
ORIOLES 11, TWINS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Adam Jones homered twice and drove in five runs to lead a 15-hit attack in Baltimore’s victory over Minnesota.
Ruben Tejada and Seth Smith each had three hits for the Orioles, who won their second straight and earned a split of the weekend series.
Max Kepler had a double and a triple and Robbie Grossman drove in two runs for Minnesota, which reached the All-Star break at 45-43. It’s only the second time in the past seven seasons the Twins have been above .500 at the break.
Ubaldo Jimenez (4-4) worked five innings for his third win in his past five starts. He allowed four runs in the second inning, but otherwise held off the Twins. Kyle Gibson (5-7) was the loser.
ANGELS 3, RANGERS 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — J.C. Ramirez outpitched All-Star Yu Darvish and Albert Pujols hit his 604th career home run as four Anaheim pitchers combined to beat Texas.
Ramirez (8-7) allowed two hits in six innings. Angels relievers allowed only one walk with Bud Norris earning his 13th save with a perfect ninth inning.
Ramirez made his 16th straight start since mid-April after his previous 108 career appearances in the major leagues were in relief. The 28-year-old was moved into the starting rotation after Los Angeles lost multiple starters to injury.
Darvish (6-8) gave up two runs while pitching 7 1/3 innings. He allowed three hits, fanning six and walking four in a start that cost him a potential appearance in Tuesday night’s All-Star Game.
MARINERS 4, ATHLETICS 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez rediscovered some of his past form allowing two hits over six dominant innings, and Nelson Cruz hit his 17th home run of the season to lift Seattle past Oakland.
Making his fourth start since coming off the disabled list late last month, Hernandez had the best command of his pitches perhaps all season.
Hernandez struck out a season-high eight, including a stretch with four of five outs retired via the strikeout in the fourth and fifth innings. Hernandez had better separation in the speeds between his fastball in the low-90s and a changeup in the mid-80s and an excellent curveball.
Hernandez (4-3) allowed only a third-inning double to Matt Joyce and a two-out single to Jaycob Brugman in the fifth. Daniel Gossett (1-4) was the loser.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco handled Detroit’s lineup for the second time in a week — striking out a season-high 11 and pulling off a rare nine-pitch, three-strikeout inning — and Lonnie Chisenhall hit a two-run homer, leading the Cleveland Indians to an 11-2 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night.
Carrasco (10-3) allowed two runs in seven innings to win his fifth straight decision. He limited the Tigers to one run in seven innings on July 1.
The right-hander also recorded an “immaculate inning” by striking out the side in the fifth on nine pitches. Carrasco is just the second pitcher in Cleveland history to do it, joining Justin Masterson (2014).
Chisenhall connected in Cleveland’s five-run third off Jordan Zimmerman (5-7), who remains winless since June 3.
Michael Brantley had four RBIs, Francisco Lindor drove in three and rookie Bradley Zimmer homered for the Indians, who played their fourth straight game without manager Terry Francona. He remains in the Cleveland Clinic following a heart procedure.
ASTROS 12, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — George Springer homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs as Houston rocked Aaron Sanchez in his return from the disabled list, propelling the Astros over Toronto.
Springer hit his 26th and 27th homers of the season, including a two-run shot off Sanchez (0-2) in the second inning. The All-Star outfielder had four hits, and the Astros improved their major league-leading record to 59-28.
Making his first appearance since May because of a blister on his pitching hand, Sanchez allowed a career-high eight runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Houston’s Carlos Correa extended the longest active hitting streak in the majors to a career-high 15 with his 18th homer in the first inning. Evan Gattis added his seventh homer in the seventh.
The support eased Charlie Morton’s (6-3) return to action. The right-hander, sidelined since May 24 with a right lat strain, gave Houston one-run ball over six innings, surrendering four hits to tie his season low.
BREWERS 9, YANKEES 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Jesus Aguilar homered twice and matched a Brewers record with seven RBIs, including a tiebreaking grand slam in the seventh inning that sent Milwaukee past skidding New York for its fifth straight victory.
The surprising NL Central leaders overcame a season-high five errors and a record-breaking homer by Aaron Judge to win at Yankee Stadium for the first time in exactly 21 years. Back then, the Brewers were still in the American League — they switched to the NL in 1998 and had dropped 14 of their last 15 in the Bronx, including a 10-game losing streak they snapped in this interleague series opener.
Rookie left-hander Josh Hader (1-0) struck out seven over three innings of effective relief for his first major league win.
The highlight for New York was Judge’s major league-leading 30th home run, which broke Joe DiMaggio’s record for most by a Yankees rookie set in 1936.
Struggling reliever Tyler Clippard (1-5) gave up Aguilar’s first career slam on a full-count fastball that gave Milwaukee an 8-4 advantage.
CUBS 6, PIRATES 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant hit two homers and drove in four runs, Anthony Rizzo went deep and Chicago beat Pittsburgh.
Rizzo chased Trevor Williams (3-4) with a two-run drive in the fourth that made it 3-0.
Bryant hit a solo shot against Jhan Marinez in the sixth that cleared the left-field bleachers and added a two-run drive in the eighth off Antonio Bastardo. He also had an RBI triple and finished with four hits, helping Chicago start the weekend series on a winning note after dropping six of nine.
Carl Edwards Jr. (3-1) threw 1 2/3 innings. Pedro Strop gave up an RBI single to Josh Bell in the seventh. But Koji Uehara retired the side in the eighth, and Wade Davis worked the ninth.
RED SOX 8, RAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hanley Ramirez each homered, Drew Pomeranz won his third consecutive start and Boston beat Tampa Bay.
Pedroia hit a two-run shot during a four-run third, and Bradley had a fourth-inning solo drive off Jake Odorizzi (5-4) as Boston took a 5-0 lead.
Pomeranz (9-4) limited Tampa Bay to two runs over six innings despite allowing six hits and five walks.
Steven Souza Jr. hit a solo homer in the seventh for the Rays, who beat Chris Sale and the AL East-leading Red Sox 4-1 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night. The Rays, third in the division, trail Boston by 5 1/2 games.
NATIONALS 5, BRAVES 4, 10 INNINGS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy’s one-out RBI single in the 10th inning capped Washington’s comeback victory over Atlanta.
Adrian Sanchez led off the 10th against Ian Krol (1-2) with his first major league hit and two batters later moved to third on Ryan Zimmerman’s single. Murphy lofted an opposite-field single over left fielder Matt Kemp’s head to win it.
Matt Albers (5-1) induced Kemp’s double play grounder to end the 10th to help the Nationals escape a two-on jam.
TWINS 9, ORIOLES 6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kennys Vargas had three hits, including a big two-run double in the fifth inning, hours after being recalled from the minors to help lead Minnesota over Baltimore.
Trevor Hildenberger (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for his first major league win as the Twins rallied from a 6-0 hole to send Baltimore to its fifth straight defeat. Vargas’ two-run double off reliever Miguel Castro (1-1) tied the score in the fifth, and Chris Gimenez’s RBI single completed the impressive comeback one batter later.
Manny Machado homered twice and had his second four-hit game of the year. Seth Smith also homered as he and Machado went deep back-to-back to lead off the game against Twins rookie Felix Jorge.
DODGERS 4, ROYALS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig homered, Chase Utley notched his 1,000th career RBI and NL West-leading Los Angeles beat Kansas City in the opener of the Royals’ first visit to Dodger Stadium since 2003.
The Dodgers won their fourth in a row behind Kenta Maeda (7-4). The Japanese right-hander gave up one run and four hits in five innings, struck out five and walked two while bouncing back from a poor outing.
Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn his 21st save in 21 chances. The Dodgers improved to a major league-best 37-11 at home.
Puig hit his 16th homer off Jason Hammel (4-8) in the sixth to make it 3-1.
DIAMODNBACKS 6, REDS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke threw seven scoreless innings and Paul Goldschmidt hit his 20th homer to help Arizona beat Cincinnati.
Arizona rebounded from a crushing 5-4 loss in Los Angeles a night earlier when closer Fernando Rodney blew a three-run lead in the ninth. The Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks, winning all three games by a run.
Greinke (11-4) allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked one. The right-hander is 9-0 at home, and the Diamondbacks are 33-13 — matching their victory total from last season.
Rodney got Tucker Barnhart to ground out to second for his 22nd save.
Joey Votto and Schebler homered in the ninth for Cincinnati. Tim Adleman (5-6) took the loss.
ROCKIES 12, WHITE SOX 4
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado homered and drove in five runs, German Marquez tossed seven strong innings and had two hits and Colorado’s slumbering offense awoke in a win over Chicago.
Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu also went deep as Colorado broke out of prolonged slump. The Rockies banged out a season-high 17 hits and were 7 of 14 with runners in scoring position. They hit just .226 and .216 with runners in scoring position while losing 12 of their previous 15.
Marquez (6-4) cruised through six innings before allowing Tim Anderson’s 451-foot two-run homer in the seventh. He allowed three runs and nine hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter while tossing a season-high 102 pitches.
Chicago’s Derek Holland (5-9) gave up seven runs and eight hits in just four innings in his first career start at Coors Field.
METS 6, CARDINALS 5
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Reyes and Jay Bruce hit solo home runs to help Jacob deGrom win his fifth straight decision, and New York beat St. Louis.
Bruce’s homer in the fifth broke a 4-4 tie. It was his 11th home run in 61 career games at Busch Stadium.
DeGrom (9-3) gave up four runs, all on solo homers, in seven innings. It was the first time in his career that deGrom gave up four home runs in a game, but it was good enough to tie his career-best winning streak set in 2014.
Addison Reed earned his 15th save in 17 chances.
RANGERS 10, ANGELS 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Hamels threw 7 2/3 innings and Adrian Beltre’s three-run homer highlighted a five-run second inning as Texas beat Los Angeles.
Hamels (4-0) allowed three singles, two to Albert Pujols, and one walk. He struck out six, matching his season high, in his third start since returning from the disabled list on June 26.
Ricky Nolasco (4-10) was rocked for eight earned runs in 1 2/3 innings and gave up back-to-back homers to Beltre and Rougned Odor. He entered the game with 15 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings that included his sixth career shutout.
MARINERS 7, ATHLETICS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his 300th home run and drove in five, James Paxton allowed two hits over seven innings and Seattle beat Oakland.
Paxton (7-3) did not allow a hit after Marcus Semien’s two-run double in the second. The left-hander matched a season high with nine strikeouts while walking three and hitting a batter.
Sean Manaea (7-5) gave up three runs and eight hits in seven innings.
MARLINS 6, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his 24th home run to back another strong start by Dan Straily (7-4), and Miami beat San Francisco.
J.T. Realmuto also homered and had three hits, Dee Gordon added four hits and JT Riddle drove in two runs to help the Marlins win the opener of their final series before the All-Star break.
The Marlins batted around during a four-run first inning highlighted by Stanton’s opposite field two-run homer off starter Matt Moore (3-9).
PADRES 4, PHILLIES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Austin Hedges hit a pair of solo homers and had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth, Jose Pirela also went deep and San Diego beat Philadelphia.
After Cory Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje hit singles off Hector Neris (2-3), Hedges fouled off a safety squeeze before hitting a fly ball to right-center that drove in the go-ahead run.
Padres starter Clayton Richard allowed one run and five hits in six innings before a 94-minute rain delay forced him out. Brad Hand (2-4) got four outs for the win and Brandon Maurer finished for his 18th save.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Jay connected for his third career pinch-hit homer and Ian Happ hit a tiebreaking, two-run single an inning later, helping the Chicago Cubs rally for a 7-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday.
The Cubs appeared to be headed for their sixth loss in eight games before Jay drove a 1-2 pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (4-3) over the wall in left-center for a tying three-run shot with two outs in the sixth. Jay then popped out of the dugout for a curtain call, obliging the crowd of 39,855 on a picturesque day at Wrigley Field.
Happ got his big hit in the seventh, driving in Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo with a bouncer up the middle against Tampa Bay’s drawn-in infield.
Pedro Strop (3-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win. Carl Edwards Jr. and Koji Uehara worked the eighth, and All-Star Wade Davis got three outs.
RANGERS 8, RED SOX 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Andrew Cashner held a hot Boston lineup hitless into the sixth inning, Rougned Odor hit an early two-run homer and Texas ended the longest winning streak in the majors at six games with a rain-delayed victory over the Red Sox.
Cashner (4-7) retired 10 straight batters before first baseman Pete Kozma’s error on a dropped throw kept the sixth going. The next batter, Xander Bogaerts, ended the no-hit bid with a two-run homer.
The right-hander allowed three hits, three walks and two unearned runs with four strikeouts in seven innings.
Boston, which had at least 10 hits and six runs in every game during the winning streak, missed a chance to be the first team to sweep a season series of more than three games against the Rangers since they moved to Texas in 1972. The Red Sox won the first five meetings this year.
After a delay of nearly 90 minutes to start the game, Odor’s 16th homer put Texas ahead 2-0 in the second. Carlos Gomez had a solo shot in the third.
Odor scored three times before leaving with a bruised left hand after the fifth inning, when he was hit by a pitch.
Doug Fister (0-2) gave up six runs — four earned — over 3 2/3 innings in his third start since Boston claimed him off waivers from the Angels.
DODGERS 1, DIAMONDBACKS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Wood pitched three-hit ball over seven innings to start the season 10-0 and NL West-leading Los Angeles beat second-place Arizona.
Wood became the first Dodgers starter to reach 10-0 since Don Newcombe in 1955, when the Brooklyn Dodgers won the first of the franchise’s six World Series championships.
The 26-year-old left-hander hasn’t lost since May 30, 2016 — a span of 13 starts. Wood struck out 10 and walked two.
Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 20th save in as many chances. He put the potential tying run on with a two-out single to Brandon Drury before striking out Chris Herrmann to end the game.
Arizona’s Zack Godley (3-3) gave up one run and three hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Yasmani Grandal’s RBI double to deep center field in the second scored Chris Taylor from first base.
ROCKIES 5, REDS 3
DENVER (AP) — Jon Gray hit his first career homer an estimated 467 feet — the farthest by any Rockies player this season — and pitched effectively into the sixth inning as Colorado beat Cincinnati on a sweltering night.
Pat Valaika had a career-high three hits, including a two-run homer and a run-scoring single with two outs in the eighth.
Gray’s two-run drive in the second was the longest among pitchers since MLB’s Statcast began tracking distances in 2015. Gray (2-0) also was solid on the mound, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs, two earned, in his second start since a broken bone in his left foot sidelined him for two months. Greg Holland threw a shaky ninth for his 28th save to help the slumping Rockies win for the third time in 14 games.
The game-time temperature of 97 degrees tied for the second-hottest home contest in Rockies history.
Scott Feldman (7-6) gave up four runs in five innings.
BLUE JAYS 7, YANKEES 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Dellin Betances forced in the go-ahead run with four walks in the eighth inning, and Toronto beat New York after wasting a five-run lead.
Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales hit back-to-back home runs in the third off Michael Pineda, who also allowed Kevin Pillar’s leadoff homer in the fourth. Russell Martin tied the score at 6 with a seventh-inning homer against Chad Green, then walked to drive in the go-ahead run in the eighth against Betances (3-4).
Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 29th home run, tying Joe DiMaggio’s Yankees rookie record set in 1936, and Ji-Man Choi homered in his Yankees debut.
Toronto took two of three from New York, which is 0-6-1 in its last seven series. Leading the AL East by four games on June 13 with a 38-23 record, the Yankees have lost 16 of their last 22.
Danny Barnes (2-2) threw 1 2/3 innings and Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth to convert his 20th consecutive save chance and 21st overall this season. Brett Gardner singled with two outs, and Osuna struck out Judge.
BREWERS 4, ORIOLES 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Garza pitched into the seventh inning and Keon Broxton hit a two-run homer to lift Milwaukee to a three-game sweep of Baltimore.
Garza allowed five hits and two walks with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings for his first scoreless outing of the season.
Oliver Drake, Jared Hughes and Corey Knebel completed the shutout with 2 2/3 innings.
Garza (4-4) ran into trouble in the second inning after the Orioles loaded the bases with no outs. The veteran right-hander escaped by striking out Ruben Tejada and pitcher Jayson Aquino (1-2) before getting Seth Smith to fly out to right field.
ASTROS 10, BRAVES 4
ATLANTA (AP) — George Springer drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Josh Reddick and Marwin Gonzalez each had three RBIs and streaking Houston beat Atlanta.
Houston has won four straight and 12 of 15 to improve to 58-27 overall, best in the majors. The first three batters — Springer, Jose Altuve and Reddick — went 8 for 15 with six RBIs in this one and hit a combined .581 in the two-game series with 15 RBIs in 31 at-bats.
Norichika Aoki doubled to begin the three-run seventh and chase Braves starter Jaime Garcia (2-7). Springer followed with a single, Altuve with a double and Gonzalez with a single to make it 7-4.
Chris Devenski (6-3) earned the win after walking one and striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.
ROYALS 9, MARINERS 6, 10 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer in the 10th, Alex Gordon added a two-out RBI single later in the inning and Kansas City completed a three-game sweep with a win over Seattle.
Perez drove the second pitch from reliever James Pazos (2-2) out to right field for his 17th homer. It was the third home run of the game for Kansas City, adding to earlier two-run shots by Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain.
Mike Minor (5-1) pitched the ninth to get the victory and Kelvin Herrera threw the 10th for his 19th save. Minor had a scare when Mike Zunino led off the ninth with a flyball to deep left field that Gordon caught one step in front of the wall.
Kansas City won for the sixth time in seven games and handed Seattle its seventh straight loss at home.
PIRATES 5, PHILLIES 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched six strong innings and drove in his first runs of the season with a tiebreaking two-run single to lead Pittsburgh over Philadelphia.
Cole (7-7) rebounded from a poor outing Friday against San Francisco and a shaky first inning against the Phillies, allowing two runs and seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. The right-hander struck out the side in his final inning.
Felipe Rivero, pitching on his 26th birthday, recorded his fifth save by striking out the side in a scoreless ninth.
Cole’s big hit came in the Pirates’ four-run fourth inning, when Pittsburgh also got some help from Ben Lively (1-4).
ATHLETICS 7, WHITE SOX 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sonny Gray pitched six mostly sharp innings for Oakland to beat Chicago for the second time in two weeks.
Jed Lowrie had three hits and two RBIs, Bruce Maxwell doubled in two runs and Jaycob Brugman homered to help the A’s to their second straight home win following eight consecutive losses at the Coliseum.
Gray (4-4) allowed a two-run homer to Matt Davidson, the only blemish during an otherwise strong outing. Todd Frazier also homered for the White Sox, a two-run shot in the ninth.
White Sox starter Mike Pelfrey (3-7) retired 10 batters and allowed four runs, falling to 0-6 in six career starts at Oakland.
PADRES 6, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cory Spangenberg hit a two-run homer, Luis Perdomo won his third straight start and San Diego got another rare road win, beating Cleveland as the Indians played again without manager Terry Francona.
Perdomo (4-4) allowed one earned run in five innings and continued his turnaround after a rough start this season. The right-hander didn’t get his first win until his 11th start and is 4-1 since June 12.
Carlos Asuaje drove in two runs and the Padres did just enough against starter Trevor Bauer (7-7) to improve to 14-26 on the road.
Francisco Lindor had three hits and two RBIs for the Indians, who dropped their second straight to the Padres, fell to 18-23 at home and are 2-11 in interleague play.
Francona missed his second consecutive game as he remains hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic. Francona, who was hospitalized twice last month, has been undergoing tests to determine what has been causing light-headedness and increasing his heart rate recently.
Team president Chris Antonetti said Francona will be away at least “a couple more days” and it’s possible he’ll miss the remainder of the team’s homestand before the break.
GIANTS 5, TIGERS 4
DETROIT (AP) — Ty Blach took a shutout into the seventh inning, and San Francisco held off a late Detroit rally.
The Giants led 5-0 before the Tigers scored four times in the seventh. Blach (6-5) was pulled after allowing a two-run single to Victor Martinez, and San Francisco needed three relievers to get through the inning. The Giants used five relievers in all, with Hunter Strickland pitching the eighth and Sam Dyson finishing for his third save.
The last-place Giants have won seven of their last eight games — after losing 12 of 13 before that.
Daniel Norris (4-7) permitted five runs and seven hits in four innings. Hunter Pence hit a two-run triple off Norris, who has lost his last three starts. Gorkys Hernandez added three hits.
ANGELS 2, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Parker Bridwell tossed six scoreless innings, Kole Calhoun hit his 12th home run and Los Angeles edged Minnesota to avoid a road sweep.
Bridwell (3-1) outpitched All-Star Ervin Santana while scattering four hits and stranding seven runners.
Cameron Maybin stole home on a double steal in the sixth, giving the Angels a two-run cushion that helped end their three-game losing streak.
Santana (10-6) allowed seven hits in his fourth complete game this season, most in the majors. He lost consecutive starts for the first time this year.
Brian Dozier’s run-scoring single in the seventh was all the Twins could muster on offense.
Bud Norris earned his 12th save in 14 opportunities.
MARLINS 9, CARDINALS 6
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, his 22nd career multihomer game, and Marcell Ozuna and Justin Bour also went deep as Miami beat St. Louis.
Stanton went 3 for 4 with a walk while driving in four runs. He has five hits in his last two games after starting the Marlins’ road trip in a 1-for-17 funk.
Dustin McGowan (5-0) gave up a run in 1 1/3 innings of relief. AJ Ramos earned his 15th save in 16 attempts.
Mike Leake (6-7) went 3 2/3 innings in his shortest outing of the season. Just three of the eight runs he allowed were earned.
NEW YORK (AP) — Defending champion Giancarlo Stanton will be the top seed in the Home Run Derby on Monday night at his home ballpark in Miami.
Stanton received the No. 1 seed after winning the event during All-Star week last year in San Diego. He will face New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez, the No. 8 seed, in the opening round at Marlins Park.
Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, who leads the majors with 29 home runs, is the No. 2 seed and will square off against seventh-seeded Justin Bour of the hometown Marlins. Another rookie, No. 3 seed Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is paired with sixth-seeded Charlie Blackmon of Colorado. No. 4 seed Mike Moustakas from the Kansas City Royals is matched against Minnesota slugger Miguel Sano, the fifth seed.
Major League Baseball announced the bracket Wednesday night. After Stanton, players were seeded based on their home run totals through Tuesday’s games. In the case of a tie, the higher seed went to the player who reached his current total first.
Red Sox ace Chris Sale makes his final appearance before the All-Star Game, putting him in line to potentially start for the American League next Tuesday in Miami. Sale (11-3, 2.61 ERA) enters a game against Tampa Bay with double-digit strikeouts in three of his past four outings, including seven scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts against Toronto last Saturday.
Fan voting online for the final spot on each All-Star roster ends at 4 p.m. EDT, and the two winners will be announced a few hours later on MLB Network. As of Wednesday afternoon, Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was leading the American League balloting over shortstops Xander Bogaerts (Red Sox), Didi Gregorius (Yankees) and Elvis Andrus (Rangers), and Rays first baseman Logan Morrison. Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was at the front of the National League field, followed by Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds and Marlins first baseman Justin Bour.
WHERE THERE’S SMOKE…
Justin Verlander’s once-secure future in Detroit has become increasingly uncertain. With the Tigers languishing below .500, the pressure may soon be on general manager Al Avila to trade some of his biggest stars, including the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner who debuted with Detroit in 2005. “Obviously, where there’s smoke, there’s fire,” Verlander said of the trade speculation, adding that “it’s just the way sports are now.”
Indians manager Terry Francona will miss at least a few more games as doctors try to pinpoint his medical issues. Francona was still at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday getting tests to determine what has been causing light-headedness and an increased heart rate over the past month. The 58-year-old Francona was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday. Team president Chris Antonetti said Francona could be sidelined for the remainder of Cleveland’s homestand before next week’s All-Star break. Francona is supposed to manage the American League All-Star team next Tuesday in Miami.
NL WEST SHOWDOWN
The Dodgers and Diamondbacks conclude a three-game series with a battle of left-handers: Los Angeles’ Rich Hill (5-4, 4.00) against Arizona’s Robbie Ray (8-4, 3.06). Hill dominated San Diego in his previous start, a promising sign after a first half of the season plagued by blisters and inconsistent performance. Ray was named to his first All-Star team Sunday, although he’s 1-1 with a 5.09 ERA over his past three starts.
Braves right-hander Mike Foltynewicz makes his first start since taking a no-hitter into the ninth inning against Oakland. The hard-throwing 25-year-old was pulled after Matt Olson’s leadoff homer on his career-high 119th pitch, and he got an extra day of rest ahead of his scheduled start against Washington. Foltynewicz (6-5, 3.83) was 3-0 with a 2.97 ERA in six starts last month.
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Scooter Gennett hit four home runs, matching the major league record, and finished with 10 RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds routed the slumping St. Louis Cardinals 13-1 on Tuesday night.
Gennett became the 17th player to homer four times in one game — and perhaps the least likely. A scrappy second baseman who was claimed off waivers from Milwaukee in late March, he began the night with 38 career home runs in five seasons, including three this year.
Josh Hamilton was the previous player to hit four home runs in one game, for Texas against Baltimore in May 2012.
The 27-year-old Gennett singled his first time up and then homered in four straight at-bats, including a grand slam. His 10 RBIs tied Cincinnati’s club record.
Gennett snapped an 0-for-19 slump during the Reds’ 4-2 win over the Cardinals on Monday. He went 5 for 5 on Tuesday and raised his batting average 32 points to .302.
Since being picked up by the Reds late in spring training, Gennett has played a utility role for Cincinnati. He started in left field Tuesday night.
Gennett hit an RBI single and his second career slam off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright (6-4)
Tim Adleman (4-2) gave up one run — on Stephen Piscotty’s homer — in seven innings.
ROYALS 9, ASTROS 7
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning after Kansas City rallied from a six-run deficit to snap Houston’s 11-game winning streak.
Moustakas drove an 0-1 pitch from Ken Giles (1-2) out to right field with Salvador Perez aboard. Moustakas had four hits and three RBIs.
Alex Gordon also homered for the Royals, his first since Sept. 25 — a span of 192 at-bats.
Kansas City trailed 7-1 in the fourth but fought back with a four-run eighth. Whit Merrifield hit a three-run double with two outs to tie it at 7.
Merrifield has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games. Giles blew his second save in 18 opportunities.
The Astros’ winning streak was the longest in the majors this season. They dropped to a major league-best 42-17.
Mike Minor (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Carlos Beltran hit his 429th home run for the Astros.
NATIONALS 2, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 14, outpitching Brandon McCarthy and leading Washington over Los Angeles in a game that ended with a testy exchange.
With a runner on second base, Koda Glover fanned Yasiel Puig for his eighth save and shouted in the direction of home plate. Puig walked toward the mound and twice appeared to ask Glover what he said.
Glover took off his cap and tossed aside his glove as players from both teams quickly intervened to keep the two separated. Nothing escalated before the squads headed off the field.
Both starting pitchers went seven innings and allowed only three hits. The first 11 outs for Scherzer (7-3) came on strikeouts.
Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy each had a sacrifice fly for the Nationals, who have won the first two games of this series between NL pennant contenders.
McCarthy (5-3), who lasted only four innings in his previous start because of a blister, walked two and struck out four.
ROCKIES 11, INDIANS 3
DENVER (AP) — Rookie pitcher Antonio Senzatela hit a three-run double and Mark Reynolds homered twice to drive in five runs for Colorado.
Carlos Gonzalez also hit a home run for the Rockies, who can sweep the two-game interleague set on Wednesday.
Bouncing back from a loss in his previous outing, Senzatela (8-2) allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one in continuing to lead major league rookie pitchers in wins this season while also opening the scoring for Colorado.
Mike Clevinger (2-3) allowed five runs in four innings for Cleveland.
ORIOLES 6, PIRATES 5, 10 INNINGS
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop tied it in the ninth inning with his second home run of the game and Mark Trumbo singled home a run in the 10th to rally Baltimore past Pittsburgh.
Baltimore trailed 4-1 after six innings and 5-3 in the ninth. Schoop’s two-run drive off closer Tony Watson knotted it at 5, setting the stage for Trumbo’s big hit.
Adam Jones singled with one out in the 10th against Wade LeBlanc (3-1) and took second when Manny Machado hit a fly ball to the warning track in left. Trumbo then lined a single to center, and Jones easily beat Andrew McCutchen’s throw to the plate.
Brad Brach (1-1) worked the 10th for the Orioles, who improved to 8-1 in extra innings.
RED SOX 5, YANKEES 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs and Andrew Benintendi later connected off struggling Masahiro Tanaka, powering Boston over New York.
The Red Sox made their first visit of the season to Yankee Stadium, and the matchup between the longtime rivals and top teams in the AL East had the feel of October, mostly because of the raw weather — low 50s, windy and damp.
Overpowering closer Craig Kimbrel struck out five in 1 1/3 innings for his 17th save in 18 chances. He fanned one batter on a wild pitch, and struck out big-hitting rookie Aaron Judge on a 99 mph fastball to finish it.
Playing at the new Yankee Stadium for the first time without now-retired slugger David Ortiz on the roster, the Red Sox launched a trio of long balls and moved within a game of first-place New York.
Tanaka (5-6) lost his career-worst fifth straight start. He’s been tagged for 27 runs and 11 homers in 22 2/3 innings during that span.
Drew Pomeranz (6-3) labored through a career-high 123 pitches in five innings to win his third start in a row.
CUBS 10, MARLINS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Anthony Rizzo drove in four runs and surging Chicago beat Miami for its season-high fifth straight win.
Arrieta (6-4) allowed two runs, struck out five and walked three in just his second win in the past month. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner retired 16 in a row over one stretch, showing signs of rounding into form after a bumpy start to the season.
Jason Heyward had three hits and two RBIs as the Cubs remained perfect since returning home after a winless six-game road trip. Kris Bryant reached four times, scored two runs and robbed Giancarlo Stanton of a hit with a diving stop on a grounder to third in the third.
Jeff Locke (0-1) cruised into fifth inning with a 1-0 lead and retired the first two batters before everything fell apart for the Marlins in a hurry.
WHITE SOX 4, RAYS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Avisail Garcia, Volmer Sanchez and Todd Frazier homered to help Chicago stop a five-game losing streak with a victory over Tampa Bay.
Chris Beck (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning to win in relief of Jose Quintana, who avoided becoming the first pitcher in the major leagues to lose eight games this season.
Garcia led off the seventh with a homer, snapping a 1-all tie against Chris Archer (4-4), who also gave up a leadoff homer to Sanchez on the fourth pitch of the game.
Jose Abreu added an RBI single in the eighth before Frazier led off the ninth with a homer off Ryan Garton.
David Robertson earned his ninth save in 10 opportunities.
ANGELS 5, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Kole Calhoun and C.J. Cron homered as Los Angeles beat Detroit.
Jesse Chavez (5-6) got the win, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Bud Norris struck out Alex Avila for his 11th save.
Daniel Norris (3-3) gave up four runs — three earned — and five hits in six innings. He struck out seven, but allowed two homers.
The loss ended Detroit’s four-game winning streak. Avila homered for the Tigers.
RANGERS 10, METS 7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a towering two-run homer that put Texas ahead to stay, and the Rangers ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over New York.
Nomar Mazara had four hits and also homered for the Rangers. Gallo’s 17th homer put Texas up 5-4.
Mets starter Jacob deGrom (4-3) pitched only four innings for his second straight start. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-0) got his first major league victory.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker went deep in the third for the Mets. In between those shots, Jay Bruce was robbed of a homer when Jared Hoying made a leaping catch just above the 8-foot wall in straightaway center.
BREWERS 5, GIANTS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chase Anderson pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, drove in a run and won his third straight game for Milwaukee.
Anderson (5-1) extended his scoreless streak to 21 2/3 innings with the win. He walked one, struck out four and helped the Brewers beat the Giants for just the third time in the last 17 games against them.
Anderson collected his first RBI of the season and the fifth of his career in the third with a double off the wall in left.
Hernán Pérez added a homer for Milwaukee.
The Brewers roughed up Matt Cain (3-5) with four runs in the second.
PHILLIES 3, BRAVES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Aaron Nola allowed a run over eight innings, Odubel Herrera doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth and Philadelphia survived a ninth-inning scare to beat Atlanta.
Nola (3-3) earned his first win since April 20 and became the Phillies’ first starter to pitch past the seventh inning this season. Pat Neshek struck out Adonis Garcia and ended the game on Kurt Suzuki’s popup to catcher Cameron Rupp for his first save.
Jaime Garcia (2-4) allowed three runs in 7 2/3 innings.
ATHLETICS 4, BLUE JAYS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jesse Hahn allowed an unearned run over six innings in his return from the disabled list, pitching Oakland past Toronto.
Khris Davis drove in two runs and Adam Rosales hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the fifth as the A’s overcame their major league-leading 59th error.
Activated before the game, Hahn (2-4) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. The right-hander also got plenty of help from Oakland’s shaky defense.
Santiago Casilla closed for his 10th save.
Marco Estrada (4-4) took the loss.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, PADRES 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Robbie Ray struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings and Chris Owings hit a three-run homer to help Arizona cruise past San Diego.
Jake Lamb drove in four runs, Gregor Blanco doubled twice and scored three runs, and the Diamondbacks won their seventh straight home game to equal a season high.
Owings’ career-high seventh of the season gave the Diamondbacks a homer in 10 straight home games for the first time since 2011.
Ray (6-3) had his scoreless streak stopped at 27 2/3 innings. The first of Hunter Renfroe’s two homers was the only run he allowed.
Dinelson Lamet (2-1) lasted just three innings. He gave up seven earned runs and nine hits with five walks.
The Padres lost their third straight and managed only three hits off Ray.
MARINERS 12, TWINS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager each hit a three-run homer, and James Paxton was effective enough for five innings to help Seattle defeat Minnesota.
Cano staked the Mariners to a 3-0 lead in the first and Seager’s shot capped a seven-run fourth that extended the lead to 12-2 as the Mariners won for the eighth time in nine games.
Paxton (5-0) missed most of May with a left forearm strain. He allowed three runs and five hits with three walks in his second start since coming off the disabled list.
Hector Santiago (4-6) lasted just 2 2/3 innings, yielding five runs and three hits with four walks, all of which came around to score. Twins catcher Chris Gimenez pitched the eighth, retiring all three batters he faced.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — George Springer hit two of Houston’s four home runs and the Astros matched their state rival for the longest winning streak in the major leagues this season at 10 games, beating the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday.
The Astros scored in all four innings pitched by Martin Perez (2-6) and tied a club record from 1989 with their 10th straight road win. Houston’s first sweep of Texas since July 2014 dropped the Rangers to 3-11 since their 10-game streak.
Defending AL West champion Texas (26-31) is 15 games behind the division-leading Astros, who have the major leagues’ best record at 41-16 — and six wins in seven games against the Rangers.
Brad Peacock (3-0) won a major league start for the first time since Sept. 2, 2014. He struck out nine in six innings, allowing two runs.
TIGERS 7, WHITE SOX 4
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Upton hit a game-ending, three-run homer, and the Detroit Tigers overcame Justin Verlander’s groin injury to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Sunday for a sweep of their weekend series.
Nicholas Castellanos was hit by a pitch from David Robertson (3-2), and second baseman Yolmer Sanchez then misplayed a potential double-play ball and was only able to get Miguel Cabrera at first. J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked, and Upton hit his 11th homer.
Martinez also connected for the Tigers, who have won four straight. Justin Wilson (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning.
Todd Frazier led off the third with his eighth homer, lifting the White Sox to a 2-0 lead, and Verlander left after a four-pitch walk.
CUBS 7, CARDINALS 6
CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ hit two homers, pinch hitter Jon Jay drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh with a single and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals to complete a three-game sweep.
Happ staked Chicago to a 6-4 lead with a solo homer in the third and a three-run drive in the fourth against Michael Wacha.
Jay, batting for reliever Pedro Strop (2-2), broke a 6-6 tie with his two-out single off Matt Bowman (1-2) in the seventh. Anthony Rizzo had three hits and scored the go-ahead run, and the Cubs (28-27) moved back over .500 with their 10th home win in 12 games. They also swept three from the Cardinals at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2006, and they did it after an 0-6 trip to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego.
Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer in the fourth off Kyle Hendricks. The Cardinals tied it with two in the sixth against Hector Rondon, only to lose for the eighth time in 11 games.
NATIONALS 11, ATHLETICS 10
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, sending the Nationals to the victory.
Matt Wieters and Michael Taylor added back-to-back homers off Frankie Montas during Washington’s five-run ninth, helping the NL East leaders improve to 5-1 on their nine-game West Coast trip.
But the Nationals nearly blew an 11-4 lead in the ninth, highlighting their continued trouble with closing out games. Koda Glover allowed the first five batters to reach before he was replaced by Shawn Kelley, who surrendered a grand slam by Matt Joyce with one out. Kelley then retired the next two batters for his fourth save in six tries.
Khris Davis had three hits and two RBIs for Oakland, including his 17th homer. Ryan Madsen (1-4) got the loss.
Washington right-hander Tanner Roark (6-2) allowed four runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings in his longest start of the year.
BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 2
TORONTO (AP) — Justin Smoak hit a tying two-run homer off Luis Severino in the sixth inning, Josh Donaldson homered against Tyler Clippard (0-3) in the eighth as Toronto gained a four-game split despite going 0 for 24 in the series with runners in scoring position
Matt Holliday hit an RBI double in the fourth off Marcus Stroman and a run-scoring double-play grounder in the sixth.
Joe Smith (2-0) struck out two in a perfect eighth, and Roberto Osuna pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 13th save.
MARLINS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5
MIAMI (AP) — A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking single on the 14th pitch of an at-bat against Archie Bradley in the seventh.
Tyler Moore hit a three-run homer and Derek Dietrich had a pair of sacrifice flies for Miami, which finished an 8-2 homestand.
Nick Wittgren (1-0) got two outs around a walk in the seventh. A.J. Ramos pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to remain perfect in eight save chances.
ROCKIES 3, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeff Hoffman cruised through seven innings for Colorado, and Trevor Story had two hits and two RBIs.
Hoffman (3-0) struck out nine after being called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill in for Tyler Anderson, sidelined by a left knee injury. The rookie right-hander allowed a run and San Diego’s only three hits as Colorado took three of four in the series.
Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 21st save in 21 chances, extending his franchise record for consecutive conversions to start a season.
Hunter Renfroe hit his 11th homer for San Diego, and Jarred Cosart (0-2) allowed three runs and six hits in four-plus innings.
BRAVES 13, REDS 8
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ender Inciarte tied his career high with five hits and drove in a career-high five runs.
Atlanta set a season high for runs. Danny Santana had four hits and three RBIs, including his first home run since being acquired from Minnesota on May 8, and Matt Adams homered for the third time in two games.
Cincinnati lost for the fifth time in six games. Zack Cozart homered twice and drove in five runs, but Amir Garrett (3-4) gave up nine runs and seven hits over 2 2/3 innings in his first start since May 23 after being sidelined with right hip inflammation.
Julio Teheran (5-4) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five innings.
PIRATES 11, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — David Freese drove in three runs, including an RBI single.
Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer, got three hits and scored three times to back rookie Trevor Williams (3-3), who gave up one run in a career-high seven innings. Freese and Francisco Cervelli each had three hits.
The Pirates turned four double plays and took two of three at Citi Field, their first road series win since late April in Miami.
Rookie Tyler Pill (0-2) allowed five runs in five innings. Two of the runs were unearned after left fielder Michael Conforto twice overthrew bases for errors.
RED SOX 7. ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Sale (7-2) struck out nine in six innings to win his sixth straight decision and Boston split the four-game series.
Andrew Benintendi had his first multihomer game. Boston broke a sixth-inning tie by scoring two unearned runs on a throwing error by catcher Francisco Pena, and Benintendi’s second homer made it 6-3 in the seventh.
Chris Tillman (1-3) gave up five runs — three earned — and six hits in six innings.
PHILLIES 9, GIANTS 7
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth off Derek Law (3-1) and Freddy Galvis homered from both sides of the plate. Odubel Herrera also went deep as Philadelphia earned its first series victory in six weeks.
Brandon Crawford homered and drove in four runs and Eduardo Nunez also connected for San Francisco, which has lost seven of 10.
Pat Neshek (1-1) tossed a scoreless inning, and Hector Neris got three outs for his fifth save.
BREWERS 3, DODGERS 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zach Davies (6-3) pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, Eric Thames hit his 15th homer and Milwaukee averted a three-game series sweep.
Corey Knebel struck out the side in the ninth around a walk for his fifth save.
Kenta Maeda (4-3) threw 92 pitches in working just four innings, allowing two runs and two hits.
INDIANS 8, ROYALS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Roberto Perez and Daniel Robertson hit two-run doubles off Eric Skoglund (0-1) in the second inning before a 1-hour, 50-minute rain delay in the bottom half.
Dan Otero (1-0) replaced Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer after the delay and allowed one hit over 2 1/3 innings to earn his first win since Sept. 22, when he also got the decision in relief against Kansas City.
Jason Kipnis homered and drove in two for the Indians. Robertson finished with three RBIs.
TWINS 3, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A video review overturned Ben Revere’s stolen base and changed the call to a caught stealing for the final out. with the replay determining he overslid second as shortstop Ehire Adrianza tagged him on his left foot.
Miguel Sano hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth Ricky Nolasco (2-6), who lost his fourth straight start.
Revere’s RBI single in the fourth off Jose Berrios (4-1) had given the Angels a 2-1 lead. Brandon Kintzler pitched the ninth for his 15th save
MARINERS 7, RAYS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Ariel Miranda (6-2) pitched a four-hitter, struck out a career-high nine and walked one in his first big league complete game as Seattle finished a series sweep.
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and Mike Zunino picked up two more RBIs in Seattle’s seventh win in eight games. Jarrod Dyson also drove in two runs.
Erasmo Ramirez (3-1) pitched 4 2/3 innings against his first major league team, allowing four runs and seven hits.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a grand slam for his 600th homer, becoming the ninth member of the club during the fourth inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
Pujols reached the milestone in theatrical style, putting a low pitch from Ervin Santana (7-3) into Angel Stadium’s short left-field porch for his 14th grand slam. He became the fourth-youngest player to reach the 600-homer club — and the first to join it with a slam. The Anaheim crowd roared while fireworks soared overhead for the 37-year-old’s ninth homer of the season and his 155th for the Angels.
The Dominican veteran is the first player to hit his 600th homer since Jim Thome in August 2011. With his ninth homer this season, Pujols has joined the club with Bonds (762), Aaron (755), Ruth (714), Rodriguez (696), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Thome (612) and Sammy Sosa (609).
Andrelton Simmons and Kole Calhoun hit back-to-back homers in the third inning for the Angels. Matt Shoemaker (5-3) pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning for his fourth victory in his last five starts.
Max Kepler homered for Minnesota.
MARLINS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Edinson Volquez threw the sixth no-hitter in Marlins history, facing the minimum 27 batters and beating the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Volquez (2-7) struck out 10, and the two baserunners who reached on walks were erased by double plays. He needed 98 pitches, the last of those striking out Chris Owings to complete the masterpiece. It was the Marlins’ first no-hitter since Henderson Alvarez pitched one against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 regular season.
It’s the first no-hitter in the majors this season, and the first time Arizona was no-hit since the Marlins’ Anibal Sanchez threw one on Sept. 6, 2006. Volquez was nearly knocked out of the game after only three pitches, when he collided with Diamondbacks leadoff man Rey Fuentes as he covered first and rolled his ankle. But the 33-year-old righty from the Dominican Republic stayed in.
Randall Delgado (1-1) gave up six hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings for Arizona.
ASTROS 6, RANGERS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carlos Beltran had three hits and drove in three runs as the Houston Astros extended their major league-best winning streak to nine in a row. Jose Altuve also had three hits for Houston, including a key solo homer to lead off the ninth.
At 40-16, the Astros have the best record in the majors and their best start in franchise history. They are 14 games ahead in the AL West over two-time defending division champion Texas, which is 3-10 since a 10-game winning streak that is still the longest in the majors this season.
Chris Devenski (4-3) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings after taking over for Lance McCullers in the fifth. Ken Giles worked the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances even while allowing an RBI single by Adrian Beltre.
Andrew Cashner (2-5) took the loss.
RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — David Price took a three-hitter into the eighth inning to earn his first win of the season, Hanley Ramirez homered and drove in three runs for the Boston Red Sox.
Price (1-0) allowed one run over seven-plus innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list with a strained left elbow. After belatedly launching his 2017 season with an uneven outing against the White Sox on Monday, Price looked every bit like a five-time All-Star against Baltimore. The left-hander gave up three hits, struck out seven and did not allow a runner past first base until Manny Machado led off the seventh with a home run.
Craig Kimbrel gave up a ninth-inning run, but picked up his 16th save.
Dylan Bundy (6-4) took the loss.
YANKEES 7, BLUE JAYS 0
TORONTO (AP) — Brett Gardner, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius all hit solo home runs in the eighth inning, leading Jordan Montgomery and the New York Yankees over the Blue Jays.
The Yankees tied the franchise record with four homers in an inning. Gardner led it off with a home run and then with two outs, Holliday, Castro and Gregorius connected in succession. Jason Grilli became the first reliever in Blue Jays history to allow four homers in a single inning.
This was the fourth time the Yankees have hit four homers in an inning — they last did it Oct. 1, 2012, against Boston. They first did it in 1977 at Toronto, with Cliff Johnson connecting twice and Lou Piniella and Thurman Munson once each.
Montgomery (3-4) gave up three singles in six innings for his first win since May 6 against the Cubs. Joe Biagini (1-4) allowed three runs in a career-high seven innings.
CUBS 5, CARDINALS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Slumping Kyle Schwarber hit his first career grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally the Cubs to a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Schwarber, who entered batting .163 and was dropped to the ninth spot in the lineup, hit the first pitch of the at-bat from St. Louis starter Mike Leake (5-4) deep into the bleachers in left-center. Javier Baez also homered for Chicago, which has won two straight following a six-game losing streak.
Hector Rondon (1-1) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win. Wade Davis got the final three outs for his 12th save.
Yadier Molina homered and Jose Martinez had two RBIs for the Cardinals.
BRAVES 6, REDS 5, 12 INNINGS
CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Adams hit his first career grand slam and connected again for a solo shot in the 12th inning, powering the Atlanta Braves to a victory over the Cincinnati Reds that ended their three-game losing streak.
Adams’ one-out homer off Blake Wood (0-4) saved the Braves after they blew a lead for the second day in a row. It was Adams’ fourth career multi-homer game, his first since 2014.
Jim Johnson (3-1) escaped a threat in the 11th and finished it off for the win, a day after he blew a lead in the ninth. The Reds rallied for a 3-2 lead in 10 innings on Friday night. The Braves won for only the second time in seven extra-inning games this season.
ATHLETICS 10, NATIONALS 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ryon Healy had two doubles and two homers, Jed Lowrie doubled twice and homered, and the Athletics beat the Washington Nationals.
A day after being outscored by 10 runs, the A’s got off to a fast start as Healy and Lowrie each hit two-run homers in the bottom of the first inning off starter Joe Ross (2-2). Healy also hit a long solo shot in a three-run seventh inning in which the A’s broke open a 7-4 game. It was Healy’s first career multi-home run game and the four extra-base hits tied a franchise record accomplished by 16 others since 1913.
Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer — his 16th — earlier in the seventh. Adam Lind homered for the Nationals.
Liam Hendriks (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.
ROYALS 12, INDIANS 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run homer, Jason Hammel settled down after a shaky start and the Royals routed the Cleveland Indians.
Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas had two-run doubles off Carlos Carrasco (5-3) during the Royals’ big inning, helping them overcome a 3-0 hole and ensure a series win over their division rival.
Hammel (2-6) gave up homers to Carlos Santana and Bradley Zimmer in the third, but he retired 15 of his next 17 batters before giving way to Mike Minor with two outs in the seventh. Hammel struck out seven without a walk for his first win since beating Cleveland on May 5.
PHILLIES 5, GIANTS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Lively pitched seven strong innings in his major league debut, Odubel Herrera drove in three runs in Philadelphia’s four-run seventh and the Phillies held on against the San Francisco Giants.
Tommy Joseph homered for the Phillies, who snapped a five-game losing streak while winning for just the seventh time in their last 33 games. Philadelphia avoided losing its 11th straight series, which hasn’t happened since the 1941 club did it.
Lively (1-0) became the first Phillies starter to earn a victory since Jeremy Hellickson on April 27 by allowing one run and four hits with three walks and no strikeouts.
Johnny Cueto (5-5) took the loss, allowing three runs in six innings.
METS 4, PIRATES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker hit a two-run homer against his former team and the New York Mets also got long balls from Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores in beating the Pittsburgh Pirates to stop a three-game slide.
Robert Gsellman (4-3) won his second consecutive start — likely his last before a move to the bullpen. The rookie right-hander tossed 5 1/3 effective innings before Fernando Salas escaped a first-and-third jam, and New York’s shaky relief corps nailed one down for a change. Jerry Blevins worked around an error in a scoreless seventh, and manager Terry Collins called on Addison Reed to get the final six outs. The substitute closer, filling in for injured Jeurys Familia, pitched out of trouble for his eighth save in 10 chances.
Pittsburgh rookie Josh Bell homered for the second straight game, and streaking Jordy Mercer doubled twice among his three hits. But the Pirates stranded 12 runners, and rookie starter Tyler Glasnow (2-5) lost to the Mets for the second time in seven days
TIGERS 10, WHITE SOX 1
DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann tossed six solid innings and the Tigers used four home runs to power past the Chicago White Sox.
Nicholas Castellanos and Alex Presley hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, and Alex Avila and Justin Upton also homered for the Tigers, who have outscored Chicago 25-6 in the first two games of the weekend series.
Zimmermann (5-4) won for the second time in six starts, allowing one run and seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Detroit has won four of five.
Miguel Gonzalez (4-6) lost his fifth straight road start, giving up six runs and 10 hits in six innings, including three of Detroit’s homers. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was ejected in the bottom of the first inning after he wasn’t allowed to challenge a play at first base.
ROCKIES 10, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit his 14th homer, Ian Desmond added a grand slam and the Colorado Rockies stopped the Padres’ season-high, five-game winning streak.
Tyler Chatwood (5-7) rebounded from his worst start of the season, allowing four hits over eight innings with eight strikeouts and one walk. Chatwood also had a pair of hits as the Rockies won for just the second time in six games. Jordan Lyles pitched a perfect the ninth. In his previous outing, Chatwood gave up six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Seattle.
Former Rockies righty Jhoulys Chacin (4-5) allowed four runs — three earned — and six hits in five innings, losing for the first time this year in five starts at home. The Padres had been on their longest winning streak since August 2015; they have not won six straight since June 2013.
DODGERS 10, BREWERS 8
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Taylor hit a go-ahead grand slam off Carlos Torres in a five-run ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied late for the second straight day to beat the Brewers.
Los Angeles led 4-3 in the seventh when Chris Hatcher walked the bases loaded and Josh Fields relieved. Travis Shaw drove Fields’ third pitch over the fence in left-center, and Hernan Perez homered two pitches later for an 8-4 lead.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against Torres (2-4). Corey Seager walked, and Yasmani Grandal hit a grounder to first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who threw to second trying for a forceout and hit Seager on the back for an error. Pinch-hitter Austin Barnes walked, Cody Bellinger walked to force in a run and Taylor homered off the batters’ eye behind the center-field fence.
MARINERS 9, RAYS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Zunino hit his first grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs to power the Mariners past the Tampa Bay Rays.
Zunino, sent down to Triple-A Tacoma for two weeks in May after struggling offensively, had a two-run double in the second, an RBI single in the fourth, and capped a five-run fifth with his slam that put the Mariners up 9-1.
Rookie right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2-1) allowed one run — a homer by Corey Dickerson to lead off the game — and four hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked none in his fourth start since being called up May 10.
Alex Cobb (4-5) was rocked for nine runs and 14 hits in five innings.
Nelson Cruz had three hits, including a solo homer, and Danny Valencia had four singles and scored three times for the Mariners, who won for the sixth time in seven games.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy and pitched six innings of four-hit ball, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Thursday for a four-game split.
Wainwright (6-3) struck out six and walked two, pitching out of two-on, one-out jams in the fourth and fifth, and extending his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings. Matt Bowman, Trevor Rosenthal and Seung Hwan Oh pitched an inning each to complete a five-hitter. Oh threw a one-hit ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.
Wainwright followed Paul Dejong’s second-inning single with a drive over the left-field bullpen for his 10th career homer. Wainwright has six hits and seven RBIs this season.
McCarthy (5-2) gave up seven hits in four innings, struck out six and walked one.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Zack Greinke allowed one earned run in seven innings to earn his seventh victory, and Arizona rallied to snap Miami’s four-game winning streak.
Nick Ahmed had three of Arizona’s six hits, including a two-run single in the eighth to put the Diamondbacks ahead. They won for the 13th time in the past 17 games.
Greinke (7-3), who moved into a tie for the NL lead in wins, struck out eight and allowed four hits. He also singled and scored the Diamondbacks’ first run as he improved to 5-0 in nine games against the Marlins.
Archie Bradley struck out Marcell Ozuna with two on to end the eighth. Fernando Rodney, who blew a save in Wednesday’s extra-inning win at Pittsburgh, completed a five-hitter by pitching a perfect ninth for his 14th save.
Jeff Locke allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings in his season debut for Miami, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. With the Marlins ahead 2-1, Kyle Barraclough (1-1) walked the first two batters in the eighth. The right-hander has given up 21 walks in 22 1/3 innings this season.
ORIOLES 7, RED SOX 5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Wade Miley allowed one run in seven innings, Mark Trumbo hit the first of Baltimore’s four home runs off Eduardo Rodriguez and the Orioles beat Boston.
Chris Davis and Adam Jones went deep for a second straight night and Jonathan Schoop capped the outburst with a three-run drive in the sixth that made it 7-1.
Miley (2-3) gave up five hits and a walk against the team he pitched for in 2015. Seeking his first win since April 14, the lefty did not allow a runner past first base after the second inning.
Rodriguez (4-2) allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings, and the four homers tied a career high. The former Orioles farmhand came in with a four-game winning streak and a 1.34 ERA in six starts at Camden Yards.
YANKEES 12, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — CC Sabathia won his fourth consecutive start, Aaron Hicks had a career-high six RBIs and Gary Sanchez homered twice to lead New York over Toronto.
Sabathia (6-2) allowed one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out seven and walked none. He has won four straight starts for the first time since April and May 2012.
Hicks hit a three-run double in the first, singled in the third, had an RBI double in the seventh and a two-run double in the ninth.
Sanchez homered in consecutive at-bats against Marco Estrada (4-3), a solo drive in the second and a two-run shot in the fourth.
Brett Gardner his 999th and 1,000th hits for the Yankees, who reopened a three-game lead in the AL East.
Estrada allowed a season-high seven runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
ROCKIES 6, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Reynolds and Nolan Arenado homered to back Kyle Freeland, and Colorado stopped a three-game losing streak with a win over Seattle.
Colorado closed out four straight games against the Mariners in interleague play by jumping on Yovani Gallardo (2-6) with four runs in the second inning. Reynolds provided the big blow with a two-run homer to deep left-center field, his 14th this season. Arenado led off the third inning with his 13th home run, and the Rockies stopped Seattle’s four-game winning streak.
Freeland (6-3) won for the third time in four starts despite hitting three batters. The only runs Freeland allowed came on Guillermo Heredia’s solo home run and the sacrifice fly where shortstop Jean Segura was hurt in the fourth inning.
Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
INDIANS 8, ATHLETICS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched six shutout innings and struck out 10 in his first start since May 2, and Cleveland scored four runs during a strange sixth inning to beat Oakland.
Kluber (4-2) had been sidelined with a strained lower back, an injury that kept Cleveland’s ace sidelined for a month. Despite the long layoff, however, Kluber looked like his dominant self, allowing just two hits and recording his 26th career double-digit strikeout game.
The Indians scored four runs — three unearned — off Jharel Cotton (3-6) in the wild sixth. The game was momentarily delayed when sprinklers in left field went on automatically.
Jharel Cotton (3-6) allowed five runs, one earned, and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out four.
BREWERS 2, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Chase Anderson pitched seven shutout innings and the Brewers benefited — temporarily, anyway — when a Milwaukee bat boy bumped into Mets infielder Wilmer Flores on a foul popup in a victory over New York.
NL Central-leading Milwaukee won the last two at Citi Field to salvage a four-game split.
Anderson (4-1) gave up three hits, walked one and struck out seven. In his previous start, he took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning to beat Arizona.
Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his fourth save. Flores homered in the eighth on reliever Jacob Barnes’ first pitch.
Zack Wheeler (3-3) allowed two runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six.
TWINS 4, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins turned their first triple play in 11 years and then rallied in the ninth inning on Jason Castro’s two-run single.
The Twins overcame two solo home runs from the Angels’ Kole Calhoun, while keeping Albert Pujols stuck at career home-run No.599. Pujols had one single in four at-bats.
Miguel Sano homered in the second inning for Minnesota.
Calhoun’s second homer of the game, off reliever Taylor Rogers (3-1), put the Angels up 2-1.
The Twins went ahead in the ninth against reliever Jose Alvarez (0-2). Jorge Polanco reached on an error, Eddie Rosario followed with a double, and Castro singled them both in. Bud Norris walked in a final run.
Brandon Kintzler got the last three outs for his 14th save.
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A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
The Red Sox visit Baltimore for a four-game series that runs through Sunday. The contentious rivalry between AL East foes ramped up this season when Manny Machado’s aggressive slide into Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia in late April led to dangerous inside pitches, harsh words and a warning from MLB officials to stop the feuding. At the center of the storm was Machado, currently in a terrible slump.
PRIMED FOR POWER
Angels slugger Albert Pujols gets his next shot at home run No. 600 when the Twins arrive in Anaheim. Pujols had a single in four at-bats Wednesday night against Atlanta, remaining at 599 homers. Rookie left-hander Adalberto Mejia (1-1, 4.64 ERA) makes his sixth major league start for a struggling Minnesota pitching staff that just gave up 40 runs in a three-game sweep by Houston. The Twins, who have lost four straight, served up six homers Wednesday to the streaking Astros.
SIGHT FOR SORE EYES
Cleveland ace Corey Kluber comes off the disabled list to make his first start since May 2 when the Indians host Oakland. Kluber, who has been sidelined with a strained lower back, is 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA. His return will be a welcome addition for a rotation that entered Wednesday with the highest ERA in the American League. He replaces right-hander Danny Salazar, sent to the bullpen with a 3-5 record and 5.50 ERA. Kluber was 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA last season and went 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA in six postseason starts. He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2014 and finished third in the voting last season.
After winning eight of their final nine games in May, the Blue Jays welcome the AL East-leading Yankees for the opener of a four-game set. “It would be nice to continue playing well right now,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “The timing would be perfect.” Toronto was 8-17 in April, but bounced back to finish May at 26-27 thanks to a barrage of home runs, 49 in all. “In the American League, especially in our division, you’ve got to hit home runs,” Gibbons said. “That’s the key.” Marco Estrada (4-2, 3.15 ERA) starts the first game against CC Sabathia (5-2, 4.42 ERA), seeking his 16th career win versus Toronto.
Miami has won four straight, its longest winning streak since last July, heading into a four-game series against visiting Arizona. Left-hander Jeff Locke makes his season debut in the opener vs. Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke (6-3, 3.24 ERA). Locke has been on the DL with left biceps tendinitis. After a difficult stretch when they went 4-19, the Marlins are winning with offense, scoring 73 runs in the past 10 games. Their latest victory Wednesday over Philadelphia came without slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who rested while recovering from hamstring cramps. He’s expected to return to the lineup against Arizona. “We’re playing better,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “Hopefully our best baseball is ahead of us.” Justin Bour hit 11 home runs for the Marlins in May.
ON A ROLL
Cardinals veteran Adam Wainwright (5-3, 4.20 ERA) pitches against Brandon McCarthy (5-1, 3.28) and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wainwright is 5-0 with a 3.21 ERA since his last loss on April 16.
COMING OFF A GEM
Chase Anderson (3-1) starts for the NL Central-leading Brewers in the finale of a four-game series at the New York Mets. Anderson had a no-hit bid going last Saturday until Nick Ahmed’s leadoff single in the eighth at Arizona. He set career highs with 11 strikeouts and 114 pitches in seven-plus innings during a 6-1 win. Zack Wheeler (3-2) goes for the Mets.
Mike Trout, who is on the disabled list rehabbing a thumb injury, is the leading All-Star vote-getter in the American League.
Despite the honor, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder might not be able to participate in the All-Star Game as he will be recovering from surgery on his torn ligament in his left thumb. Trout, who won his second MVP award in 2016, was well on his way to a shot at a third, as he leads the AL in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging (.742) and is tied for second in home runs (16).
Trout, who received 776,937 votes, was followed by New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (730,438) and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (602,238) for the most in the first ballot release.
In the closest race, New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (516,268) leads Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve (515,732) by a mere 536 votes.
Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts (337,473) is the third outfielder, followed closely behind by Indians’ Michael Brantley (333,703) and Red Sox teammate Andrew Benintendi (327,047).
The remaining AL leaders include: first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers (326,952); third baseman Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (369,069); catcher Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals (420,268); and designated hitter Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners (457,050).
Bryce Harper, who likely faces a suspension from Major League Baseball for his involvement in Monday’s brawl against the San Francisco Giants, is the leading All-Star vote-getting in the National League.
Harper, who received 900,079 votes, beat out Washington Nationals teammate and second baseman Daniel Murphy (669,643) for the most in the first ballot release.
The right fielder is batting .331 with 41 RBI and leads the NL with 44 runs scored and is tied for the league lead with 15 home runs. He is aiming for his fifth career All-Star selection and fourth fan-elected start. This would be the second time Harper led the NL in fan balloting (2015).
Joining him in the outfield is Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon (520,479) and Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward (344,166).
Filling out the infield — First baseman Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs (452,620); third baseman Kris Bryant of the Cubs (632,900); shortstop Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers (379,640) and catcher Buster Posey of the Giants (559,428).
The first American League update will be announced on Wednesday.
Brendan McKay is not yet ready to give up on his dream, even if baseball wisdom suggests it ends in the next month.
He’ll still envision himself peppering the short porch at Yankee Stadium with home runs one day, and beguiling hitters with a curveball he discovered almost by accident the next. He believes he can climb the ladders of professional baseball aided both by a left arm that dominates opposing hitters, and a gorgeous swing that has McKay, at 21, only now realizing his power potential.
Yet McKay knows his dual existence as a power-hitting first baseman and dominant left-handed starter may only last as long as he and the Louisville Cardinals can stay alive in the NCAA baseball regionals.
The Minnesota Twins are strongly considering selecting McKay with the first overall pick in the June 12 Major League Baseball draft, a slot with a maximum value of $7.7 million. And the Twins, McKay tells USA TODAY Sports, told him they like him more as a pitcher.
While the Twins’ plans remain fluid – regarding both McKay’s future and whether to draft him at all – McKay knows that once a big league team starts signing paychecks, the player’s wishes are secondary.
And so as Louisville opens NCAA play at home Friday against Radford, McKay will revel in his preference – both of the above – for at least one more weekend.
“The satisfaction of having a great day at the plate or on the mound – it’s tough to choose one or the other,” says McKay. “Doing both is the same fun to have.”
McKay’s situation – we won’t call it a plight, as he’s an impending multi-millionaire – along with that of California high schooler Hunter Greene has seized the draft spotlight this year, as an age-old scenario plays out, with millions of dollars at stake.
Or – against all odds – do both?
Greene, a power-hitting infielder who also has a 100-mph fastball, has a UCLA scholarship to fall back on, but is expected to be selected among the top five picks and begin his pro career on the mound. That means leaving behind a power bat that has been ranked near the top of the scouting scale, paired with an ability to play defensively in the middle of the diamond.
Regardless of how they fare professionally, McKay and Greene will have sizable signing bonuses in hand.
And that will provide some measure of comfort that they chose the right path – because there are times the scouting community can get it wrong, too.
“Sometimes, it might be fairly apparent which one of the two you’re better at, even if both are really good,” says Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo. “And sometimes it’s really difficult. And the team makes that decision for you.”
Trumbo knows how it goes: As a high school senior he was ranked 31st on Baseball America’s 2004 prospect list – as a pitcher. At 6-5, Trumbo had raw power as a hitter, but his 97-mph fastball attracted pro scouts and a scholarship offer from USC, which he expected to accept. Then, the Los Angeles Angels took an 18th-round flyer on him and bought him out of college with a $1.4 million signing bonus.
One problem: His physical exam revealed “wear and tear in the elbow more typical of someone considerably older than me,” Trumbo recalls. An audible was called: Trumbo would shelve pitching, and hit, instead.
Talk about your good breaks: Thirteen years later, Trumbo is a two-time All-Star, with 185 career home runs, and is slated to gross nearly $60 million in major league salary.
“You have to trust there’s a lot of people in the game who’ve seen and done things you haven’t, and are qualified to make that decision,” says Trumbo. “At the same time, there’s no science to it.”
Trumbo need only look across the Orioles clubhouse to see that.
As a high school senior in 2009, Mychal Givens had a 97-mph fastball and struck out 113 batters in 78 innings for Plant High School in Tampa. The Orioles saw his hitting ability and athleticism and thought, “Shortstop.” They drafted Givens in the second round, gave him an $800,000 bonus, and then watched him struggle to hit his weight in the low minors.
By 2012, Orioles player development director Brian Graham approached Givens with a shorter, alternate path to the majors – back on the mound. Givens, 27, is now in his third season as a major league reliever – with a 15-2 record – and pitched for Team USA’s championship squad in the World Baseball Classic.
“If you’re athletic, and you know your athletic ability, go out there and do both,” says Givens, who has struck out 11 batters per nine innings in his major league career. “Don’t let a team make it one-sided. Let them make the decision, but go work hard at both and whatever path it takes you, go ahead and pursue it.”
That’s McKay’s plan.
His baseball skill set is a testament to both natural ability and some fate. At 6-2 and 220 pounds, he’s solidly built for his positions, albeit lacking the length of lefty aces like Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner and David Price.
Scouts have raved about his hand-eye coordination, which he says he partially honed when his grandfather would babysit at his home in suburban Pittsburgh. Grandpa would pitch pingpong balls at McKay, who’d try to hit it armed with only a mini wooden bat.
His finest pro tool might be his curveball, which has helped him strike out 124 batters in 91 innings this season, and hold opposing hitters to a .181 average. The pitch is not a God-given gift, but rather courtesy a kid named David Lyons, who taught McKay the grip while both were 13-year-olds playing travel ball for the Beaver Valley (Pa.) Baseball Club.
Lyons went on to become a pretty good high school wrestler. McKay? He produced a 72-inning scoreless streak in high school on his way to Louisville.
His collegiate resume is bordering on historic. McKay is a shoo-in to become just the third three-time Baseball America All-American, the first since Greg Swindell and Robin Ventura some 30 years ago. He has a career 30-10 record, with 369 strikeouts in 297 1/3 innings.
McKay took the biggest stride forward with the bat this season, upping his home runs from six to 17, while batting .363 and posting a 1.186 on base plus slugging.
What does that mean come June 12? Well, with the scouting community lacking a consensus, McKay has heard no shortage of scenarios floated by potential employers.
And yes, some teams do entertain the concept of McKay on the mound and batter’s box after he signs, even if only in short-season rookie ball as his future comes into focus.
“It could be just for that initial summer,” says McKay, “but it’d be fun to be able to do both and see where it takes you.”
Either way, it will be a whirlwind for McKay, who figures to get the ball in one of the first two games of Louisville’s regional. The Cardinals (47-10) open Friday against Radford.
Greene saw his high school season end last week. Yet for both, draft day – and a fascinating future – will come quickly.
“It can be overwhelming at times, to the point you might be overthinking it,” says Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, the second overall pick in the 2012 draft who also shelved a 99-mph fastball after high school. “You just have to relax and enjoy the moment – because it comes very fast.”
And when your tools are as diverse as McKay’s and Greene’s, it affords the luxury of a backup plan.
“I was 100% certain that if I needed to pitch, I absolutely could,” says Trumbo. “It was always that bullet in my pocket, so to speak.”
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Springer reached base in all six plate appearances and hit two of Houston’s season-high six home runs to lead the Astros to their seventh straight victory, 17-6 over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez also went deep for the Astros, who scored 40 runs in the three games to set a franchise record for runs in a series of any length. They had 19 hits on Wednesday and 37 in the series.
Brian Dozier, Eddie Rosario and Jason Castro homered for the Twins, who have lost four straight. Hector Santiago (4-5) gave up six runs and eight hits and walked three in six innings, three days after he was an emergency fill-in during the 15th inning of a loss to Tampa Bay.
Springer’s two homers traveled an estimated 900 combined feet, including a moon shot off of Ryan Pressly in the six-run seventh inning that landed just short of the third deck in left-center field. That was measured at 473 feet, the second-longest homer in the majors this season behind a 481-footer by Arizona’s Jake Lamb on April 29.
Michael Feliz (2-0) got the win and left-hander Reymin Guduan also made his big league debut, allowing one run on two hits in two innings.
PADRES 2, CUBS 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Franchy Cordero tripled in the eighth and scored on Yangervis Solarte’s fielder’s choice and San Diego handed Chicago its season-high sixth straight loss.
Luis Perdomo and two relievers combined to hold the struggling Cubs to three hits. The rebuilding Padres won their season-high fourth straight game and swept the Cubs for the first time since Aug. 6-8, 2012.
The defending World Series champion Cubs, who were swept at the Dodgers during the weekend, finished their first winless trip of at least six games since Aug. 3-8, 2012, when they also lost three at Los Angeles and three at San Diego.
Overall the Cubs have lost seven in a row on the road.
Cordero, who made his big league debut on Saturday, tripled to right-center off Koji Uehara (1-3) leading off the eighth. Solarte hit a grounder to second baseman Ian Happ, whose throw home wasn’t in time to get Cordero.
Brad Hand (1-3) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and Brandon Maurer pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
ORIOLES 10, YANKEES 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones homered and drove in five runs, Chris Davis added a two-run shot and Baltimore beat Masahiro Tanaka and New York.
Baltimore took two of three from the AL East leaders after coming in with a seven-game losing streak. The Yankees have lost 11 straight series in Baltimore — the second-longest road skid in franchise history behind a 12-series drought at Oakland from 1985-91.
Back in the lineup after missing four straight games with a sore hip, Jones contributed an RBI double to a four-run third inning, hit a three-run homer in the fourth and drove in a run with an infield hit in the eighth.
Tanaka (5-5) lost his fourth straight start, extending the longest streak of his career. The right-hander gave up seven runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Yankees had 11 hits but stranded 11 and went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Kevin Gausman (3-4) allowed two earned runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking five and striking out four. He twice escaped bases-loaded, two-out jams to earn his second win since April 13 and provide hope for a starting rotation that was 1-9 since May 8.
CARDINALS 2, DODGERS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to back Carlos Martinez and give St. Louis a victory over Los Angeles.
Martinez (4-4) allowed one run and four hits while striking out nine as he pitched eight innings to help St. Louis snap a three-game losing streak.
Ross Stripling (0-3) lost for the first time since April 26 as he allowed Fowler’s seventh home run of the season, a 429-foot shot to right-center field. The Dodgers had their six-game winning streak end.
Seung-Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, PIRATES 5, 14 INNINGS
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Owings singled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning and Arizona outlasted Pittsburgh in a game that took more than 4½ hours to play — plus a 93-minute rain delay.
Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed homered for the Diamondbacks, who led in the ninth and 11th before finally putting away the Pirates. T.J. McFarland (3-0) pitched three hitless innings for the win.
Ahmed hit a solo shot in the 11th but Jordy Mercer tied the score in the bottom half with a home run of his own as steady showers began to fall. The game was delayed by rain after the 11th inning for 1 hour, 33 minutes.
David Peralta singled off Jhan Marinez (0-3) to start the 14th and advanced to second on Goldschmidt’s groundout. Jake Lamb was intentionally walked, and Peralta scored when Owings singled to right field.
Marinez, the last man in the Pirates’ bullpen, worked three innings in a game that lasted 4 hours, 40 minutes.
BLUE JAYS 5, REDS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Devon Travis hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the seventh inning, Luke Maile also hit a two-run home run, and Toronto beat Cincinnati to complete a three-game sweep.
Jason Grilli (2-4) pitched one inning for the victory as the Blue Jays won for the eighth time in nine games and finished May at 18-10. Toronto hit 49 home runs in May, going deep in 18 of its final 20 games.
Joe Smith worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna survived a shaky ninth for his 11th save. Scott Schebler homered on Osuna’s first pitch, his NL-leading 16th. A single, Ryan Goins’ fielding error, and a stolen base gave the Reds runners at second and third with one out, but Osuna preserved the win by striking out Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart.
Travis, whose 13-game hitting streak ended Tuesday, snapped an 0-for-6 slump by connecting off Wandy Peralta (2-1).
BREWERS 7, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Thames hit his first home run in three weeks, Keon Broxton also went deep against an ineffective Jacob deGrom, and Milwaukee beat New York for just its third win in 10 games.
Released by the Mets following a 50-game minor league drug suspension in 2009, Junior Guerra (1-0) defeated New York for the first time. He allowed four hits in six scoreless innings, struck out four and walked three, baffling batters with his splitter.
In his previous outing, deGrom (4-2) threw 118 pitches and became the first Mets starter this year to reach the ninth inning. Against the Brewers, he allowed seven runs, eight hits and five walks in four innings, raising his ERA from 3.23 to 3.97. The right-hander has given up multiple homers in four starts, double his 2016 total.
ATHLETICS 3, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Sean Manaea allowed three hits in seven innings, Chad Pinder homered twice and drove in all three Oakland runs, and the Athletics defeated Cleveland.
Manaea (4-3) retired the first 10 hitters before Francisco Lindor homered with one out in the fourth. He gave up singles to Daniel Robertson and Edwin Encarnacion, along with a walk to Jose Ramirez.
Pinder, the Athletics’ No. 9 hitter, hit a solo homer in the third and broke a 1-all tie with a two-run shot in the fifth.
Mike Clevinger (2-2) gave up both home runs.
Trevor Plouffe drew a leadoff walk in the fifth before Pinder hit a 2-2 pitch into the bleachers in left field to cap the first multi-homer game of his career.
Santiago Casilla worked the ninth for his eighth save.
MARLINS 10, PHILLIES 2
MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bour hit two home runs, increasing his season total to 15, and Miami completed its first series sweep of the season by beating Philadelphia before a sparse crowd.
Marcell Ozuna hit his 14th homer for the Marlins, who have won four games in a row, their longest winning streak since last July.
Dan Straily (4-3) struck out 10, allowed one earned run in 6 2/3 innings, and benefited from the offensive support to win his third start in a row.
The Phillies (17-34), off to their worst start since 1961, went 6-22 in May. That’s their fewest wins in a month since June 1997. Aaron Nola (2-3) lost his third start in a row. He gave up four runs and needed 73 pitches to get through three innings — his shortest outing of the year.
The Marlins were contending for the worst record in the majors before their recent turnaround, and plenty of room remains on the bandwagon. Announced attendance was 15,197, lowest of the season in Miami, and a head count put the actual crowd at 1,590, perhaps the smallest in the five-year history of Marlins Park.
NATIONALS 3, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out 11 in a five-hitter and Washington beat San Francisco to complete a three-game sweep.
Ryan Zimmerman hit his 15th homer, a three-run shot off Matt Cain (3-4) in the first inning that stood up as Scherzer (6-3) went the distance for the first time this season.
The Nationals played without slugger Bryce Harper, who began serving a three-game suspension for his role in Monday’s bench-clearing brawl between the teams. Harper initially was suspended four games but had the penalty reduced and agreed to drop his appeal.
Scherzer retired 10 straight to begin the game. He didn’t walk a batter for the second time this season on the way to his seventh career complete game.
Cain lost his third straight.
RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit a tiebreaking single in Boston’s four-run sixth inning and Drew Pomeranz struck out eight in his second straight win, helping the Red Sox beat Chicago.
Sandoval went 3 for 4 in his first game since he was activated from the disabled list Tuesday after being sidelined by a sprained right knee. It was an encouraging sign for the Red Sox, in need of some help at the plate with Dustin Pedroia on the DL due to a sprained left wrist.
Chicago wasted five scoreless innings from Mike Pelfrey in its second consecutive loss after winning four of five.
Anthony Swarzak (2-1) replaced Pelfrey, and the Red Sox jumped all over him. Christian Vazquez hit a two-run double to make it 4-1.
Pomeranz (5-3) allowed one run and seven hits in a season-high seven innings. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side for his 15th save in 16 chances, finishing Boston’s eighth win in 10 games.
RAYS 7, RANGERS 5, 10 INNINGS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Logan Morrison and Derek Norris homered in a three-run 10th inning to cap a late Tampa Bay comeback against Texas.
Kevin Kiermaier tied the score with two outs in the ninth with a first-pitch homer off closer Matt Bush. The 10th-inning drives came off Sam Dyson (1-6), who began the season as the Rangers’ closer.
Stephen Souza Jr. hit a two-run homer in the second, his fifth in eight games. It came off Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who made his first major league start at age 32 following 12 seasons in the minors.
Austin Pruitt (4-1), just recalled from Triple-A Durham, earned the win with two hitless innings. Alex Colome gave up a run but got his 15th save.
Elvis Andrus had three hits and two RBIs for Texas.
TIGERS 6, ROYALS 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton each hit a two-run double with two outs in the third inning, and Detroit held off Kansas City.
Royals starter Ian Kennedy (0-5) walked the bases loaded before giving up the doubles on consecutive pitches.
Victor Martinez and Alex Avila homered for the Tigers, who completed a 4-7 road trip.
Kennedy was pulled after allowing five runs in three innings. He is 0-7 in 13 starts since he last won on Sept. 11.
Warwick Saupold (1-0) tossed three scoreless innings in relief, and Justin Wilson closed for his fifth save.
ANGELS 2, BRAVES 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eric Young Jr. made his first home run of the season a timely one, hitting a solo shot in the eighth inning to lift Los Angeles over Atlanta.
Angels slugger Albert Pujols remained at 599 home runs. He had one single in four at-bats.
Matt Kemp hit his 250th career homer for the Braves.
Young, called up Monday to replace injured star Mike Trout, connected off reliever Arodys Vizcaino (1-1), who had made 12 consecutive scoreless appearances.
Blake Parker (1-2) worked a hitless inning in relief, and Bud Norris got two outs for his 10th save.
MARINERS 5, ROCKIES 0
SEATTLE (AP) — James Paxton and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as Seattle blanked Colorado.
Paxton (4-0), activated from the disabled list before the game, retired 16 of his first 17 batters, allowing only a two-out infield single in the third inning. Making his first start since May 2, the left-hander struck out Pat Valaika to open the sixth, then gave up consecutive singles, ending his 74-pitch outing.
Paxton had been sidelined with a strained forearm. He struck out six and walked one.
Steve Cishek retired all five batters he faced and James Pazos worked the eighth. Nick Vincent finished up.
Rockies rookie Antonio Senzatela (7-2) permitted four runs in five innings while striking out seven. He lost for just the second time in 11 starts.
Danny Valencia had a two-run double.
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CHICAGO (AP) — This wasn’t the way Chris Sale pictured his return to Chicago. With the way the Red Sox swung the bats, it didn’t make much of a difference.
Sale had a shaky first start back in his former home, but Deven Marrero hit two of Boston’s season-high six home runs in a 13-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland also went deep. The Red Sox won for the seventh time in nine games after an anticipated duel between aces never materialized.
Sale (6-2) got a warm reception from the crowd and a rude welcome from his old team. The five-time All-Star gave up six runs and 10 hits — both season highs — over five innings in his first appearance against the White Sox.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve given up six runs and still been in a pretty good mood after the game,” Sale said. “That says a lot about my guys behind me.”
Marrero drove in five runs and doubled his career home run total. After hitting two in his first 59 major league games, he went back-to-back with Betts in a four-run second inning and chased Jose Quintana (2-7) with a three-run drive in the third that made it 7-3.
Bradley bumped the lead to 10-6 in the fifth with a three-run drive off Dan Jennings after Chicago cut it to one.
Bogaerts added a solo homer in the eighth and finished with four of Boston’s 16 hits. Moreland knocked a two-run homer off Juan Minaya in the ninth to make it 13-7.
Craig Kimbrel worked the final 1 1/3 innings for his 14th save in 15 chances, and the Red Sox picked up the win after dropping two in a row.
Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson homered for Chicago, but the White Sox took the loss after winning four of five.
Dealt to Boston last winter for a package of prospects that included highly regarded slugger Yoan Moncada, Sale was looking forward to pitching against his old friends. He got a standing ovation when he trotted to the mound in the first inning.
But it was a rough night overall for the lanky left-hander. He threw 111 pitches and was consistently behind in the count, though he finished with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Manager John Farrell said the ballpark “played extremely small.” But Sale blamed his rough outing on a lack of command, not the conditions.
Quintana got pounded for seven runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings. It was his shortest outing since he lasted one inning against the New York Yankees on Sept. 2, 2013.
“We’re just going to have to keep grinding it out,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s not the stuff. The stuff’s the same. It’s the command and the execution. If we can get that back on track, I think Q’s going to be who he is, which is a very effective major league pitcher.”
The 2016 All-Star has allowed 15 runs, 18 hits and four homers in his past two starts. And his ERA has jumped from 3.92 to 5.60.
“We were both off,” Sale said. “I think people were expecting something a little different. But they came to a 7 o’clock batting practice session.”
ANGELS 9, BRAVES 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his 599th career homer during the Angels’ nine-run third inning.
Pujols moved to the brink of his latest milestone with a three-run shot off Bartolo Colon (2-6) early in Los Angeles’ biggest inning of the season.
The 37-year-old slugger has homered in back-to-back games for the first time this year. He can become the ninth player in baseball history, and fourth-youngest, to reach 600 homers with his next shot.
Parker Bridwell (1-0) earned his first major league win, pitching six-hit ball into the seventh inning.
Matt Kemp and Tyler Flowers homered for Atlanta.
DODGERS 9, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chase Utley, Logan Forsythe and Chris Taylor combined to reach base 11 times and totaled six runs, helping the Dodgers rally for their sixth straight win.
Utley finished a homer shy of the cycle. Forsythe reached five times, including three walks, and Taylor reached three times.
Adrian Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly and Utley’s RBI double started the Dodgers comeback in the third. Enrique Hernandez tied it at 3 with a single, and Paul DeJong’s throwing error on the same play scored Utley to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.
Brandon Morrow (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Michael Wacha (2-3) needed 77 pitches to get through three innings, the shortest outing for a St. Louis starter this season. The Cardinals have dropped 10 of 13.
NATIONALS 6, GIANTS 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched into the seventh inning to win for the first time since April 27 as Washington beat San Francisco.
Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner had three hits apiece for the NL East leaders, who won their fourth in five games. Jayson Werth added two hits and a bases-loaded walk, and Michael A. Taylor had two RBIs.
One night after a bench-clearing brawl that resulted in suspensions for Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (four games) and Giants reliever Hunter Strickland (six games), the teams played without incident. Each player appealed his penalty.
The only reminder of the fight came when Harper was booed by the AT&T Park crowd every at-bat. The slugger went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts and twice left the bases loaded. He was the only Washington starter without a hit.
Gonzalez (4-1) allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. He also singled home a run.
Koda Glover earned his seventh save in eight chances.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (1-7) gave up three runs and nine hits over four innings.
ASTROS 7, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Altuve had four hits and two RBIs, Mike Fiers struck out eight over six innings in his bid to retain a spot in Houston’s banged-up rotation, and the major league-leading Astros earned their sixth straight victory.
Alex Bregman homered and drove in two runs, providing further support for Fiers (2-2) in his best of 10 starts this season.
Fiers fell behind 2-0 in the first when Eddie Rosario drew a bases-loaded walk and Byron Buxton followed with an infield single, but Astros hacked their way back against Jose Berrios (3-1).
Buxton had two hits and drove in a run. Berrios gave up five hits and four walks in five innings, the shortest of his four starts this year.
PADRES 6, CUBS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Austin Hedges homered and drove in four runs, and the Padres handed the Cubs their fifth straight loss.
Hedges hit a two-run homer and a two-run double as the Padres clinched the three-game series against the struggling Cubs. Rookie Dinelson Lamet (2-0), one of San Diego’s top prospects, struck out eight while pitching five innings of two-run ball.
Kyle Schwarber homered for Chicago, and Eddie Butler (2-1) allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
INDIANS 9, ATHLETICS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer struck out an AL-best 14 in seven innings, leading Cleveland to the win.
Bauer’s career-best strikeout total was one shy of this season’s major league-high of 15 by Washington’s Stephen Strasburg against San Diego on Saturday.
Bauer (5-4) allowed three runs and seven hits with one walk. Four Cleveland pitchers combined to strike out 19, tying a franchise record for a nine-inning game.
Rookie Bradley Zimmer had a career-high four RBIs for the Indians, hitting a two-run double in the fourth and a two-run homer in the eighth.
Sonny Gray (2-2) allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings for Oakland, which dropped a season-high seven games below .500.
YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday each homered twice, Aaron Judge drove in two runs and the Yankees received a solid pitching performance from Luis Severino.
Gardner set the tone for the AL East leaders by connecting on the third pitch from Chris Tillman (1-2), who had not allowed a home run in his previous four starts this season.
Holliday went deep in the first inning and again in the third for his 22nd career multihomer game. Gardner’s second solo shot sparked a three-run fourth that made it 8-0.
Severino (4-2) gave up one run and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Trey Mancini had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who have lost eight of nine and 14 of 18.
METS 5, BREWERS 4, 12 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce lined a game-ending single in the 12th inning and the Mets rebounded to beat the Brewers 5-4 after shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera allowed the tying runs to score in the seventh when he flubbed a bases-loaded popup with two outs.
Wily Peralta (5-4) pitched a perfect 11th in his fourth relief outing since he was dropped from Milwaukee’s rotation in mid-May, but then allowed a single to pinch hitter T.J. Rivera leading off the 12th. Michael Conforto walked and Jose Reyes grounded into a forceout that left runners at the corners.
With the infield at double-play depth, Bruce singled up the middle to end a game that lasted 4 hours, 24 minutes.
Josh Smoker (1-2) pitched three scoreless innings in New York’s third straight win.
The NL Central-leading Brewers lost for the seventh time in nine games.
MARLINS 7, PHILLIES 2
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his third homer since moving into the No. 2 spot in the batting order, a change that has revived Miami, which won its third game in a row.
Marcell Ozuna also homered for the Marlins, whose modest winning streak is their longest since mid-April.
Stanton hit a two-run homer, his 14th, in a five-run third. Since he moved up to the No. 2 spot, Stanton is 12 for 29 (.414) with three homers and seven RBIs in seven games, and the Marlins are 5-2 while outscoring opponents 48-22.
Both starting pitchers departed with injuries. Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez (2-5) left in the second inning because of a right elbow flexor strain, and Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino exited after three scoreless innings due to a bruised left index finger.
Dustin McGowan (2-0) replaced Nicolino and allowed one run in three innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, PIRATES 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray pitched a four-hitter in his first career complete game.
Ray (5-3) struck out 10, walked none and threw 115 pitches. The left-hander set a career high by winning his third straight start and has pitched 23 2/3 scoreless innings during that run, all on the road, while also beating the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.
Chris Owings snapped a scoreless tie with a double in the sixth inning, and the Diamondbacks ended a three-game losing streak.
Ivan Nova (5-4) allowed three runs in seven innings, losing for the just the second time in nine starts.
ROYALS 1, TIGERS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Skoglund pitched 6 1/3 innings of two-hit ball in his major league debut, helping the Royals beat Justin Verlander and the Tigers.
Skoglund, a 2014 third-round draft pick out of Central Florida, struck out five and walked one. The left-hander was promoted from Triple-A Omaha when the Royals placed Danny Duffy on the disabled list Monday with an oblique strain.
Verlander (4-4) left after seven innings, allowing one run and six hits. He struck out five and walked one.
Eric Hosmer hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth for Kansas City, and Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 14 opportunities.
MARINERS 10, ROCKIES 4
DENVER (AP) — Kyle Seager homered and drove in four runs for Seattle, and Robinson Cano also connected.
Jean Segura had four hits and Ariel Miranda (5-2) pitched five solid innings to help the Mariners sweep two games in Denver. It was just the Rockies’ third loss in 17 series and first since April 24-27 against Washington. They also fell out of first place in the NL West, dropping a half-game behind the streaking Dodgers.
Ben Gamel, who replaced slugger Nelson Cruz in the second inning, and Guillermo Heredia each had three of Seattle’s season-high 19 hits.
The Mariners jumped on Rockies lefty Tyler Anderson (3-5). Seager hit a two-run homer in a three-run second, and his two-run double in the third helped the Mariners go up 6-0.
RANGERS 9, RAYS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus had a career-high five RBIs for Texas, including a tying three-run homer in the seventh inning.
Andrus’ two-out drive deep into the visiting bullpen ended a stretch of five scoreless innings from the Tampa Bay bullpen after Matt Andriese left in the second with a mild groin strain.
Jared Hoying’s liner off the top of the wall in right came with the bases loaded and one out in a four-run eighth against Chase Whitley (1-1), breaking a 5-5 tie. After a sacrifice fly from Shin-Soo Choo, Andrus’ single to left scored two more.
Keone Kela (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth, and closer Matt Bush had a perfect ninth in a non-save situation.
BLUE JAYS 6, REDS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning for Toronto, and Josh Donaldson belted an upper-deck drive.
All six Toronto runs came on homers. Jose Bautista and Russell Martin also connected for the Blue Jays, who have hit 47 homers in May.
Cincinnati’s Zack Cozart hit two solo home runs and Joey Votto had a third.
Morales broke a 4-all tie with a two-run blast off Blake Wood (0-3), his 10th.
Joe Smith (1-0) worked one inning for the win and Roberto Osuna finished for his 10th save. Toronto has won seven of eight.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports) —- This could be the trade deadline everyone has dreamed of, flooded with sexy names, All-Star starting pitchers, and a surplus to overhaul the playoff landscape.
Sure, at the moment the two-team wild card format has plenty of dreamers hanging around the fringes of contention – in the American League, no team is further than 4 1/2 games out of a playoff slot entering Monday.
The Chicago White Sox still are the only team who have publicly declared that they’re selling off their best pieces, with an operator standing by ready to take your offer. Yet, several races – notably the AL West and NL East – have the potential to turn into runaways. Certainly, so much can change in the next two months.
As we take Turn 1 at the Major League Baseball Speedway, here are the top 25 trade candidates based on the player’s probability of being traded, and value:
1. Closer David Robertson, Chicago White Sox: Remember when the White Sox were trying to almost give away Robertson all winter, and nearly traded him to the Washington Nationals for 19-year-old left-hander Jesus Luzardo and minor-league infielder Drew Ward, while willing to eat nearly half of his contract? Well, Robertson has since yielded just 11 hits and struck out 28 in 19 2/3 innings. Considering the Nats still need a closer, and the New York Mets are desperate for one, the price tag continues to climb, particularly knowing that Robertson is under control through 2018. He’ll definitely be gone by July 31.
2. Starter Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics: The A’s finally have a healthy stud on their hands, and whoever lands him will have him under control through 2019. Anyone who saw his increased velocity and 11 strikeouts in just seven innings against the Miami Marlins are salivating. The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros were paying attention. The A’s can act coy, but they want to move him while they have great value on their hands.
3. Starter Jose Quintana, White Sox: OK, he’s certainly not pitching like an ace these days (2-6, 4.82 ERA), but he’s still a guy who has pitched 200 innings four consecutive years and has a career 3.49 ERA. And he’s anything but a rental, owed a team-friendly $33 million through 2020.
4. Right fielder J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers: There will be no position player on the market with more value than Martinez, who’s tearing it up since opening the year on the DL, hitting .288 with eight homers, 17 RBI and a 1.202 on-base plus slugging percentage in his first 17 games. The Tigers have yet to determine whether they’ll trade him, but considering they want to go younger and cheaper, he’s the ideal player to start their transition phase should they continue to struggle.
5. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals: The Royals will be shopping all of their potential free agents, and no one has more value than Cain, a premier defensive center fielder getting on base at a .355 clip. The only downside is he’s a free agent after the season.
6. Starter Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins: Let’s face it, the Twins’ success is throwing a wrench into their rebuilding project. They would love to trade Santana (7-2, 1.75 ERA), knowing his value will never be higher, but this darn winning is getting in the way. Still, as long as the front office has the stomach for it, they’ll move Santana, knowing it’s the right move for organization’s future.
7. Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins: The Marlins wouldn’t be stupid enough to trade Ozuna, 26, who’s having another outstanding year (.306, 12 homers, 34 RBI) and is under control for two more years, would they? Sure, it’s the Marlins. Ownership was infuriated at former manager Dan Jennings for even playing him two years ago, not wanting to start his arbitration clock. He would bring in a nice haul ransom for an organization that needs to hit the re-set button.
8. First baseman Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals: The Royals don’t want to take the chance of him walking away and getting nothing in return, so will trade him, and hope to re-sign him in the off-season. A three-time Gold Glover, Hosmer has just five homers but is batting .300.
9. Starter Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays: History stands rudely in the way of Cobb finishing the year with the Rays with free agency just five months away. Melvin Upton is the only player to ever finish out his entire rookie contract with the Rays without being extended or traded. Considering the Rays have no intention of extending Cobb, he will be dealt. He’s having a solid year, 4-4, 3.67 ERA, but most important, he is healthy again.
10. Shortstop Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds: He’s the best offensive shortstop in baseball these days with a ridiculous slash line of .344/.422/.569, and still is an elite defender. He’s a free agent at the season’s conclusion, and the ideal trade chip for the Reds.
11. Closer Tony Watson, Pittsburgh Pirates: He may not be the ideal closer for contenders, but this lefty can fit into the back end of anyone’s bullpen. The Pirates have a history of trading away closers before hitting free agency, and Watson will be no different.
12. Reliever Brad Hand, San Diego Padres: Scouts are enamored with the lefty’s stuff, striking out 38 batters in 29 2/3 innings. The beauty of Hand also is that he’s earning just $1.375 million and is under control through 2019.
13. Starter Chris Archer, Rays: The Rays aren’t necessarily motivated to move him, but they will certainly listen, and see if anyone meets their steep asking price. The Chicago Cubs – who traded Archer to Tampa Bay in 2011 – are enamored with him, and who doesn’t love that he’s under control through 2021 at $30.25 million after this year.
14. Second baseman Jed Lowrie, Athletics: He may be 33, but he’s ranked among the top five of all second basemen with his .293 batting average and .837 OPS. He also comes with a friendly $6 million team option.
15. Reliever Kelvin Herrera, Royals: Just the latest closer to come through Kansas City that’s appetizing to every contender. The two-time All-Star is having a mediocre start, yielding 22 hits in 21 innings, but striking out 22. The Royals don’t have to trade him, since he’s under control through 2018, but it certainly increases his value.
16. First baseman Yonder Alonso, Athletics: He’s having a breakout year, as he has emerged as a completely different hitter with more home runs (14) in 148 plate appearances than he did in 934 plate appearances in 2015 and 2016. For someone looking for power, and believing his rejuvenation is real, he may be an ideal fit.
17. Third baseman Mike Moustakas, Royals: Is there a more ideal fit than Moustakas being traded to the New York Mets? Moustakas, who’s a free agent at the season’s conclusion, has 13 homers and 26 RBI. The Mets badly need the help. The question is whether they believe they can be in the race to make it worthwhile.
18. Reliever Pat Neshek, Philadelphia Phillies: Neshek, 36, is pitching as well as he ever has in his career, yielding a 0.98 ERA, allowing just 13 hits and three walks in 18 1/3 innings. The way relief pitching is coveted these days, who wouldn’t want him?
19. Starter Jason Vargas, Royals: Vargas has never had more value since joining the Royals, going 6-3 with a 2.39 ERA. Who knows how long it will last, but the Royals would be foolish to find out. This is the final year of the left-hander’s four-year, $32 million deal and he could provide nice depth for a contender such as the Yankees.
20. Third baseman Todd Frazier, White Sox: The White Sox don’t want him to be part of their future, have no need for him, but sure could use him performing better. He hit 40 homers with 98 RBI last year, but this year is batting just .181 with six homers and 21 RBI. He could be a cheap fit for the Mets too, if the White Sox pay a portion of his $12 million contract.
21. Closer A.J. Ramos, Marlins: He has a 4.67 ERA, and he’s walking too many hitters, but still this is a guy who saved 72 games in 2015-2016. He also is under control through the 2018 season.
22. Outfielder Matt Kemp, Atlanta Braves: The Braves got him in a straight salary dump with the San Diego Padres when they moved Hector Olivera, but the Braves are the ones reaping the dividends. He is hitting .305 with 20 homers and 66 RBI in 95 games since the trade, and batting .337 with eight homers and 27 RBI this year. He still is owed $21.5 million a year through 2019, but if the Braves swallow a significant part of the contract, they could find some takers, particularly in the AL.
23. Second baseman Yangervis Solarte, Padres: Who can’t use an impact infielder who’s not making much money? Solartes’ value has dropped after his career year of a year ago, hitting just .245 with a .671 OPS, but makes just $2.5 million this year, $4 million in 2018 with a $5.5 million club option in 2019.
24. Reliever Ryan Madson, Oakland A’s: He’s had a nice bounce-back season, with a 0.96 ERA, yielding 16 hits in 19 innings, but still is overpaid at $7.5 million a season through 2018. If the A’s eat some of the money, he’ll be a nice addition to anyone’s bullpen.
25. Starter Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates: If the Pirates are serious about moving him, Cole would jump to the head of the class. He not only is a bona fide ace, but under control through 2019. It will take a ransom to acquire him.
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BOSTON (AP) — Manny Machado hit a long three-run shot for his third homer of the series and the Baltimore Orioles capped four tense days at Fenway Park with an 8-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.
Machado hit a 466-foot drive over the Green Monster during a five-run fourth inning. Seth Smith had four of Baltimore’s 17 hits.
In a four-game set marred by beanballs, brushbacks and racial rancor, the finale was a sedate affair decided in the fourth when the Orioles turned a two-run deficit into a 6-3 lead. Tyler Wilson (2-1) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings while making a spot start because scheduled pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez was forced to come out of the bullpen Wednesday.
Boston right-hander Kyle Kendrick (0-1) made his season debut and allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings. Dustin Pedroia homered for the Red Sox— the first of the year for the 2008 AL MVP.
NATIONALS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 11 to bounce back from his worst outing this season, helping Washington to the victory.
Scherzer (4-2) allowed one run and two hits in seven innings. He also was 2 for 3 at the plate, driving in Washington’s first run with a second-inning infield single that pitcher Braden Shipley could not pick up with his bare hand.
The NL Cy Young Award winner struck out the side in the fourth and the seventh, the only two innings he allowed a hit. He gave up Jake Lamb’s homer in the seventh.
Matt Albers pitched the eighth, Joe Blanton gave up Paul Goldschmidt’s leadoff homer in the ninth and Enny Romero finished the four-hitter for his second major league save.
Shipley (0-1) gave up three runs, five hits and six walks in four-plus innings.
RAYS 5, MARLINS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tim Beckham homered twice for the second time in eight days, driving in four runs to lead Tampa Bay to the win.
Matt Andriese (2-1) struck out eight over seven innings to match his longest outing this season. Dee Gordon hit a run-scoring single off Chih-Wei Hu in the ninth before Alex Colome got the final out for his eighth save.
The Rays won three of four games to take the Citrus Series between the intrastate rivals, winning twice before small crowds in Miami before returning home to mostly-empty Tropicana Field on Wednesday and Thursday.
Miami right-hander Dan Straily (1-2) allowed four runs and three hits in five innings.
BREWERS 5, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jesus Aguilar’s first major league home run broke a seventh-inning tie, sending the Brewers to the victory against banged-up Cardinals.
Cardinals right fielder Stephen Piscotty departed after the second inning with a strained right hamstring and center fielder Dexter Fowler came out following the third with a strained right shoulder.
Milwaukee got its first series win at St. Louis since April 28-30, 2014, ending a streak of 15 series losses and two splits.
With the score 4-4, Aguilar hit for Oliver Drake (2-0) and homered against Matt Bowman (1-1) in his 100th career big league at-bat over four seasons.
Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
WHITE SOX 8, ROYALS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derek Holland struck out seven in 6 2/3 innings, helping the White Sox earn a split of their four-game series against the Royals.
Holland (3-2) was charged with two runs, one earned, and three hits. The left-hander has allowed two earned runs or fewer in his first six outings this season.
Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson homered for Chicago, which finished with 11 hits.
Kansas City right-hander Ian Kennedy (0-3) surrendered five runs before leaving with a strained right hamstring with one out in the fifth. The Royals said Kennedy will be evaluated Friday to determine the severity of the injury.
RANGERS 10, ASTROS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Joey Gallo homered and drove in three runs, Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus also connected, and Texas stopped a four-game slide.
After twice giving up leads earlier in the series, the Rangers went ahead 4-0 in the first inning and used the bullpen to help avoid a four-game sweep.
A.J. Griffin (3-0) picked up the win, yielding one earned run in five innings in his return from the disabled list after being sidelined by gout in his left ankle.
Marwin Gonzalez homered in his fifth straight start for Houston. Joe Musgrove (1-3) allowed five runs, four earned, and five hits in four innings.
CUBS 5, PHILLIES 4, 13 INNINGS
CHICAGO (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. doubled leading off the 13th inning and scored on a throwing error by shortstop Freddy Galvis, giving the Cubs the win.
Kris Bryant had four hits, Miguel Montero homered and drove in two runs, and Matt Szczur and Addison Russell hit run-scoring doubles as the Cubs extended their winning streak to three.
Koji Uehara (1-2), Chicago’s eighth pitcher, got three straight outs for the victory.
Cameron Rupp and Maikel Franco homered for Philadelphia, which has lost six of seven, and Cesar Hernandez had four hits. Joely Rodriguez (1-1) got the loss.
REDS 4, PIRATES 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice, leading Cincinnati to its fourth win in five games.
Adam Duvall drove in Votto both times as the Reds improved to 6-1 against the Pirates this year. Tim Adleman (1-1) pitched six innings of two-run ball, and Raisel Iglesias got three outs for his fifth save.
Gift Ngoepe and Francisco Cervelli each had RBI doubles for Pittsburgh, which has dropped four of five. Ivan Nova (3-3) gave up four runs and 10 hits in six innings.
ATHLETICS 8, TWINS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jharel Cotton struck out nine in six innings and Ryon Healy hit his fourth home run, leading Oakland to the win.
Cotton (3-3) gave up three runs and three hits, and Stephen Vogt had two hits and two RBIs to help the A’s avoid a three-game sweep. Santiago Casilla struck out Miguel Sano with the bases loaded in the ninth for his fifth save in six tries, Sano’s fourth strikeout of the afternoon.
Kyle Gibson (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and three walks in four innings. The Twins removed center fielder Byron Buxton in the sixth inning after he collided with the wall while making a catch.
The A’s, who had scored two runs or fewer in six of their previous nine games, tied a season high with 14 hits.
ROCKIES 3, PADRES 2, 11 INNINGS
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryan Hanigan’s RBI infield single in the 11th inning lifted Colorado to the victory.
Hanigan, who also homered in his Rockies debut, hit a grounder up the middle that Erick Aybar fielded, but he was unable to flip the ball to Cory Spangenberg at second for a force. That allowed Ian Desmond to score.
Chad Qualls (1-0) pitched the 10th for the win. Greg Holland got three outs for his 12th save.
Brad Hand (0-1) took the loss.
MARINERS 11, ANGELS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Danny Valencia homered and had four hits, Ariel Miranda pitched seven strong innings and Seattle beat Los Angeles.
Miranda (3-2) settled in after a rocky second inning, giving up two runs, seven hits and a walk while striking out five for the game.
Seattle built a 6-2 lead in four innings against Alex Meyer (0-1).
BOSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball told the Red Sox and Orioles to stop their festering feud.
Then the umpires backed it up.
Hours after a conference call to tell the Red Sox and Orioles “Enough is enough,” Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman was ejected in the second inning for hitting a batter and Boston went on to win 4-2 Wednesday night.
“Given the situation and the tension between the two clubs and all the stuff that’s gone over the past few weeks, we’re all on high alert with anything,” crew chief Sam Holbrook said in a statement to a pool reporter. “There needs to be an end to this stuff, and I felt like an ejection was the right thing to do at that time.”
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was tossed later, after arguing a called strike in the fifth. On Monday night, the All-Star was the target of racial slurs at Fenway Park, and on Tuesday the Red Sox fans gave him a loud ovation.
He did not comment after the game.
Gausman was ejected after what appeared to be a curveball hit Xander Bogaerts. Catcher Caleb Joseph slammed his mask on the plate and manager Buck Showalter bolted from the dugout to argue. Gausman looked puzzled, at first, and then hollered.
Gausman said it was “pretty bush league” that he was tossed, especially since Red Sox starter Chris Sale was merely warned after throwing a pitch behind Manny Machado the night before.
“He did it on purpose, and everybody knew it,” Gausman said. “For him to get away with it, and I hit a guy with a curveball and they throw me out of the game, that’s pretty ridiculous.”
Josh Rutledge drove in a pair of runs for Boston after entering the game in the first inning when starting third baseman Marco Hernandez left with a strained left shoulder. Drew Pomeranz (3-1) gave up two runs on five hits, his fourth time in five starts he’s allowed two or fewer runs.
Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth, fanning Machado to end it for his 10th save.
Gausman (1-3) took the loss. Reliever Richard Bleier allowed Bogaerts to score on Rutledge’s single in the second.
Torre held a conference call with the two managers, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski and Orioles GM Dan Duquette Wednesday afternoon. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Torre had told the teams to knock it off, but that there were no warnings about hit batters.
“I guess the best way to describe it is: I can confirm that there was a call and it happened for both clubs, to basically address the last two weeks and to say, ‘Enough is enough,'” Farrell said before the game, adding that he hoped that would be the end of it.
ASTROS 10, RANGERS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Marwin Gonzalez homered for the fourth time in his last three games and Carlos Correa had four hits, helping Houston beat Texas.
Gonzalez had two hits and smashed a two-run homer off the batter’s eye in center in the sixth inning for a 6-1 lead. He hit two home runs against Texas on Tuesday, including a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth that rallied Houston to an 8-7 win.
Correa and Brian McCann sparked a four-run second inning with solo homers off starter Nick Martinez (0-1).
Charlie Morton (3-2) allowed a run and five hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking two.
YANKEES 8, BLUE JAYS 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit another long drive for his major league-leading 13th home run, singled to start the go-ahead rally and had the first three-hit game of his big league career, helping New York come back from an early deficit to beat Toronto.
Matt Holliday hit his 300th home run, a three-run shot in the first, and pinch-hitter Didi Gregorius drove in the go-ahead run in a three-run seventh inning with a comebacker that could have been an inning-ending double play but instead bounced off the glove of reliever Joe Biagini (0-1) for an infield single.
Steve Pearce’s third homer in two days, a three-run shot, helped Toronto take a 4-0 lead against CC Sabathia after 16 pitches. The Blue Jays led 6-3 before Judge’s two-run homer in the third, a 435-foot drive into the netting above Monument Park behind the center-field wall.
Tyler Clippard, Dellin Betances (3-1) and Aroldis Chapman combined to retire Toronto’s last 11 batters, and Chapman got three outs to remain perfect in six save chances.
NATIONALS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and doubled in the go-ahead run, Jacob Turner worked four innings of scoreless relief and Washington beat Arizona.
Left-hander Gio Gonzalez drove in Washington’s other run with a third-inning groundout. Turner (1-0) replaced Gonzalez in the sixth and finished out the game, striking out four and allowing two hits.
Robbie Ray (2-2) struck out 10 against the team that drafted and signed him in 2010 but allowed two runs and four hits over six innings. His effort helped the Diamondbacks set a major league record by recording 10 or more strikeouts in nine consecutive games.
CUBS 5, PHILLIES 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Pinch hitters Willson Contreras and Matt Szczur had consecutive two-out RBIs in the sixth inning, helping Chicago edge Philadelphia.
Another rally by Chicago handed a win to Jake Arrieta (4-1), who finished strong after continuing the Cubs’ trend of bad first innings. Wade Davis worked the ninth for his seventh save.
Jerad Eickhoff (0-3) allowed four runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
GIANTS 4, DODGERS 1, 11 INNINGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Belt and Gorkys Hernandez each singled in a run in the 11th inning after Jeff Samardzija’s excellent start, and San Francisco beat Los Angeles.
Hunter Pence also had a sacrifice fly in the 11th. Joe Panik, whose earlier error led to the Dodgers’ run in the sixth, started the rally against Grant Dayton (1-1) with a single.
Samardzija held Los Angeles to an unearned run in eight innings. He gave up only three hits, struck out 11 and did not walk a batter.
Steven Okert (1-0) threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the victory. Mark Melancon pitched the 11th for his sixth save.
METS 16, BRAVES 5
ATLANTA (AP) — Jose Reyes tied his career high with five RBIs, New York pounded out 20 hits and Jacob deGrom managed to hang around long enough to get the win.
Rene Rivera drove in three runs, while Michael Conforto and deGrom had two RBIs apiece to overshadow two early baserunning blunders that resulted in double plays for the Mets.
DeGrom (2-1) struggled on the mound, surrendering eight hits, walking five and giving up five runs.
The Mets jumped all over former teammate Bartolo Colon (1-3).
ROCKIES 11, PADRES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ian Desmond hit two home runs off Jered Weaver and drove in three runs to help rookie right-hander Antonio Senzatela and Colorado beat sloppy San Diego.
They were the first two homers this year for Desmond, who joined the Rockies as a free agent and missed the first 25 games after breaking his left hand when he was hit by a pitch on March 12.
Senzatela (4-1) held San Diego to three runs, two earned, and six hits in six innings.
Weaver (0-3) allowed 10 runs, five earned, and 10 hits in four-plus innings.
INDIANS 3, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Carlos Carrasco pitched six impressive innings, and the bullpen held on for Cleveland in its victory over Detroit.
Jose Ramirez hit a two-run triple in the fourth, and the Indians rebounded a bit after losing the first two of the four-game set. Carrasco (3-2) allowed two runs and five hits.
Cody Allen walked two in the ninth but struck out Jim Adduci with the tying run on third to end it. Allen has seven saves in seven chances.
Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd (2-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings.
MARINERS 8, ANGELS 7
SEATTLE (AP) — Jarrod Dyson’s two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning pulled Seattle even, Jean Segura followed with a two-run single to take the lead and the Mariners rallied late for a victory over Los Angeles.
Singles by Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia, and a walk to Taylor Motter off Angels reliever Blake Parker (0-2) loaded the bases with two outs. Dyson fell behind 0-2 but dropped a double off the end of the bat into shallow right field to score two and pull the Mariners even. Segura then chopped a single through the left side of the infield to give Seattle the lead.
Jean Machi (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning and Edwin Diaz worked a shaky ninth for his fifth save.
REDS 7, PIRATES 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Billy Hamilton ended one of the major leagues’ longest home run droughts with a three-run shot, and Devin Mesoraco hit his first in more than two years, powering Cincinnati over Pittsburgh.
Eugenio Suarez started the Reds’ surge with a three-run homer in the first inning off Jameson Taillon (2-1), who hadn’t allowed a homer on the road this season.
Rookie Davis (1-1) repeatedly escaped threats to get his first victory in the majors.
MARLINS 10, RAYS 6
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — J.T. Realmuto drove in four runs, Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run double in Miami’s five-run sixth inning, and the Marlins beat Tampa Bay.
Stanton’s hit capped a stretch of seven consecutive hits off reliever Austin Pruitt (3-1) to start the sixth.
Marcell Ozuna hit a homer estimated at 468 feet for the Marlins, who had lost six of seven. Adam Conley (2-2) allowed five runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
ROYALS 6, WHITE SOX 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nate Karns pitched six innings of one-hit ball, striking out four in his final frame, and Kansas City cruised over Chicago.
Karns (1-2) wound up striking out seven with only one walk in his best performance of the season. Mike Pelfrey (0-2) kept the White Sox in it until the sixth, when he gave up a single, double and triple in succession.
TWINS 7, ATHLETICS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kennys Vargas tied his career high for Minnesota with five RBIs, including a three-run homer off erratic starter Kendall Graveman.
Hector Santiago (3-1) finished six innings for the fourth time in six turns for the Twins, who have won seven of their last 10 games. Graveman (2-2) walked four batters, and three of them scored.
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BOSTON (AP) — Adam Jones received extended applause from Fenway Park fans a night after he was racially taunted, both teams were warned after Boston ace Chris Sale threw behind Manny Machado’s legs in the first inning and the Red Sox went on to beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Tuesday night.
Machado homered out of Fenway Park for the second straight night, a seventh-inning drive, and the Orioles turned an usual triple play in the eighth inning on a popup to short left field.
Before the game Jones received an apology from Red Sox president Sam Kennedy on behalf of the club. Many fans stood during a lengthy round of applause in the first inning, and Sale stepped off the mound to extend the reception.
But one batter later the game turned testy when Sale’s first pitch to Machado went to the backstop. Emotions have been elevated since Machado injured Red Sox star Dustin Pedroia on a slide April 21 at Baltimore. Pedroia missed the next three games.
Hanley Ramirez homered twice, Mookie Betts hit a two-run double and Sale struck out 11 over eight innings.
Sale (2-2) allowed two runs and three hits, and Craig Kimbrel got three straight outs for his AL-leading ninth save in 10 chances.
Orioles starter Alec Asher (1-1) gave up three runs and six hits in six inning.
ASTROS 8, RANGERS 7
HOUSTON (AP) — Marwin Gonzalez hit two home runs, including a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning that rallied Houston over Texas.
Gonzalez hit a towering fly off Keone Kela (0-1) for his first career slam and a 7-5 lead. Gonzalez stood near the plate, seeing if the ball would be fair, before tossing his bat toward the dugout and beginning his trot.
Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer in the fourth and Gonzalez hit a solo homer in the fifth.
Delino DeShields, Joey Gallo and Elvis Andrus hit solo homers and Jonathan Lucroy had a two-run shot as the Rangers built a 5-0 lead. Nomar Mazara hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Luke Gregerson.
James Hoyt (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings. Will Harris earned his first save.
Alex Claudio made his first career start. He pitched in place of Cole Hamels, who was scratched after experiencing tightness in his right oblique while warming up.
DODGERS 13, GIANTS 5
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig drove in four runs with two singles and rookie Cody Bellinger added three more with a bases-clearing triple as Los Angeles rallied to beat San Francisco.
The Dodgers managed 11 hits, including a homer by Franklin Gutierrez, and the Giants helped Los Angeles with nine walks.
Despite throwing 82 pitches the first three innings, Alex Wood (2-0) made it through the fifth to earn the victory.
Matt Moore (1-4) took the loss, lasting just 3 1/3 innings. Moore was charged with nine runs and six hits with five walks.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, NATIONALS 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Jake Lamb and Chris Herrmann homered off Tanner Roark, and Arizona bounced back from an early deficit to beat high-scoring Washington.
Erratic starter Taijuan Walker and four relievers combined to blank the potent Washington offense over the final six innings after the Nationals bolted to a 3-1 lead.
T.J. McFarland (1-0) got four straight outs, J.J. Hoover and Jorge De La Rosa each pitched an inning and Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
Roark (3-1) struck out eight over six innings for the Nationals.
ANGELS 6, MARINERS 4, 11 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Albert Pujols’ RBI double in the 11th inning scored Mike Trout from first base and Los Angeles held on for a win over Seattle.
Pujols’ third hit of the game was a line drive down the right-field line off reliever James Pazos (0-1). Seattle right fielder Ben Gamel made the risky decision to dive for the liner that he had little chance of getting and it bounced up against the wall, allowing Trout to race from first with the go-ahead run. It was the 1,840th RBI of Pujols’ career and he passed Al Simmons and Ted Williams for 14th on the all-time list.
Deolis Guerra (2-1) pitched the final two innings to get the victory.
CUBS 8, PHILLIES 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez came within a double of the cycle with four hits and three RBIs, Kyle Schwarber broke out of a slump with a three-run homer and Chicago beat Philadelphia.
Baez hit his second homer in two days and tied his career high for hits, and Kris Bryant homered and tripled for the Cubs, who won for the second time in six games.
Jon Lester (1-1) pitched long enough to earn his first victory of the season.
Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson (4-1) allowed six runs and eight hits in four innings.
WHITE SOX 6, ROYALS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jose Quintana gave up four singles over eight innings and Chicago beat Kansas City.
Quintana (2-4) walked two, struck out seven and allowed only one runner to reach second base.
The Royals lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Starter Danny Duffy (2-2) allowed six runs, 10 hits and two walks over five innings.
TIGERS 5, INDIANS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit his 450th homer in his first game off the disabled list and Detroit beat Cleveland.
Corey Kluber (3-2) gave up five runs and seven hits with a walk in three innings. He struck out four before being removed with discomfort in his lower back.
Cabrera missed the minimum of 10 days with a strained right groin. On a cold, damp night, he left the game for a defensive replacement after seven innings.
Justin Verlander (2-2) won for the first time since opening day. Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
CARDINALS 2, BREWERS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Carlos Martinez pitched effectively into the eighth inning and St. Louis once again beat Wily Peralta.
Martinez (1-3), making his sixth start of the season, retired the first 12 batters. Trevor Rosenthal pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in three chances.
Peralta (4-2) fell to 0-9 in his last 11 starts against the Cardinals.
BRAVES 9, METS 7
ATLANTA (AP) — R.A. Dickey’s floaters were more effective than Matt Harvey’s fastballs for the second time in a week, Ender Inciarte drove in three runs with three hits and Atlanta beat New York.
New York’s Jay Bruce drove in six runs with two homers, including a grand slam off Matt Wisler in the ninth.
Dickey (3-2) struggled to control his knuckleball but allowed only three runs and four hits in six innings. He had four walks. He also started in a 7-5 win over Harvey and the Mets in New York on Thursday.
Harvey (2-2) gave up six runs for the second straight start. Harvey allowed eight hits with three walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Jim Johnson struck out Neil Walker for his fifth save.
PIRATES 12, REDS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh Harrison hit a three-run homer — his third in two games — and right-hander Tyler Glasnow singled home two runs during a six-run rally that helped Pittsburgh to its first victory of the season over Cincinnati.
Glasnow (1-1) steadied himself after a rough first inning, highlighted by Joey Votto’s three-run homer, to get his first career win. He also singled up the middle off Scott Feldman (1-3) to put the Pirates ahead to stay in the fourth.
Harrison followed Glasnow’s first hit of the season with his third homer in five at-bats for a 7-3 lead. The six-run inning was the biggest allowed by the Reds this season.
TWINS 9, ATHLETICS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ervin Santana struck out seven in six shutout innings and Brian Dozier hit two of Minnesota’s six home runs.
Santana (5-0) lowered his ERA to 0.66 for the season and has allowed one run or fewer and gone at least six innings in all six of his starts. Fernando Valenzuela is the only pitcher to do it more when he went seven straight to start the 1981 season.
Sonny Gray (0-1) made his season debut for the Athletics, giving up four runs on five hits and striking out four in six innings.
RAYS 3, MARLINS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Edinson Volquez struck out nine but allowed a career-high eight walks, and Tampa Bay took advantage of his historically uneven performance to beat Miami.
Logan Morrison hit his sixth home run and was one of only five batters to put the ball in play against Volquez (0-4). The Rays managed three runs off the right-hander before he left the game with a thumb blister after 4 1/3 innings.
Volquez became the first starter to walk at least eight batters and strike out at least nine while pitching less than five innings since 1900, the Marlins said, citing information from the Elias Sports Bureau.
Alex Cobb (2-2) pitched six scoreless innings for his first win since the first week of the season. Alex Colome earned his seventh save.
PADRES 6, ROCKIES 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yangervis Solarte and Ryan Schimpf hit back-to-back home runs off Tyler Chatwood in the sixth inning and San Diego beat Colorado to spoil Bud Black’s return to Petco Park.
Black managed the Padres from 2007 until he was fired on June 15, 2015. The Rockies came in leading the NL West by a half game over Arizona.
Chatwood (2-4) held the Padres hitless through five innings before they jumped on him. Trevor Cahill (2-2), who grew up in Vista in northern San Diego County, won his second straight home game.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals are 1-0 in May after ending April with nine consecutive defeats.
Eric Hosmer and Jorge Bonifacio hit two-run homers, and the Royals snapped their losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.
“You definitely want to end it,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “You don’t want to take it any further. It’s nice to get it over with. You can kind of catch your breath and see if we can’t start a streak the other way.”
Bonifacio homered with two outs in the fourth after Alex Gordon doubled. It was his second home run in eight games since being promoted April 21 from Triple-A Omaha.
Hosmer’s two-out homer in the seventh inning with Christian Colon aboard finished the night for White Sox rookie starter Dylan Covey (0-2).
“It’s been a while since we’ve done that,” Hosmer said of shaking hands after a victory. “It felt great. April is behind us. It was a bad month, an awful month honestly. Hopefully we can get hot in the month of May when we’re playing a lot of division games.”
Salvador Perez’s single in the fifth struck the third base bag and scored Alcides Escobar and Mike Moustakas with two outs.
Left-hander Jason Vargas (4-1) allowed one run on five hits and three walks over six innings to pick up the win. Vargas has a 1.42 ERA in five starts.
Peter Moylan, Joakim Soria and Scott Alexander worked three hitless innings, striking out five, after Vargas was removed after 96 pitches.
Covey was charged with six runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, his longest major league outing.
“I feel like I’m getting better every day,” Covey said. “Obviously, it’s frustrating that results aren’t there. But, I feel like I got better from my last start to today. I threw some quality pitches, threw some pitches to get out of jams. Just, obviously a couple of home runs hurt me.”
Jacob May’s ground-ball single in the fourth scored Todd Frazier with the lone White Sox run. May was hitting .030, 1 for 33, at the time.
White Sox reliever Michael Ynoa walked Bonifacio and Brandon Moss and hit Escobar to load the bases with one out in the eighth before Colon grounded into a double play.
GIANTS 4, DODGERS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Johnny Cueto outpitched Clayton Kershaw, and San Francisco ended Los Angeles’ four-game winning streak.
The Giants entered with a National League-low 16 home runs but hit two against Kershaw — a two-run shot by Hunter Pence in the first inning and a solo drive by Buster Posey in the third.
Pence began the night batting .100 in his career against Kershaw without a home run.
Cueto (4-1) held the Dodgers to three runs and six hits in seven innings. Derek Law fanned Yasiel Puig to earn his first save.
Kershaw (4-2) went six innings, allowing four runs — three earned — and eight hits. He struck out five and had an RBI single.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner went 0 for 4, ending the longest hitting streak in the majors at 16 games. He lined out twice.
ASTROS 6, RANGERS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each hit an RBI double in a five-run seventh inning that lifted Houston over Texas in a game that included a bench-clearing tussle.
Chris Devenski (2-1) struck out two in 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Ken Giles pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.
Andrew Cashner (0-3) had already plunked Altuve and Gurriel when Lance McCullers Jr. threw behind Mike Napoli with two outs in the sixth. He took a couple of steps toward McCullers while yelling at him, and McCullers did the same.
Astros catcher Brian McCann quickly got in Napoli’s face and, after a few seconds, players from both benches and bullpens began spilling onto the field. Players from both teams did some pushing and shoving, and George Springer held back McCullers as he continued to bark at Napoli.
Order was restored after a couple of minutes and both teams received warnings, but no one was ejected before play resumed and McCullers struck out Napoli.
PHILLIES 10, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Tommy Joseph hit an early three-run homer, Aaron Altherr had three RBIs and Philadelphia routed Chicago.
Michael Saunders and Freddy Galvis also homered in support of starter Vince Velasquez (2-2) to help the Phillies stop a three-game losing streak.
The Cubs opened a seven-game homestand with their fourth loss in five games.
After rain delayed the start for 85 minutes, Philadelphia jumped on Brett Anderson (2-1) for seven runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Javier Baez homered for the Cubs.
ORIOLES 5, RED SOX 2
BOSTON (AP) — Manny Machado slugged a long homer out of Fenway Park, drove in two runs and made three solid plays at third base for Baltimore in his first game against Boston since a dustup with the Red Sox just more than a week ago.
In the teams’ last meeting at Camden Yards, reliever Matt Barnes sent a pitch that whizzed behind Machado’s head and hit the slugger’s bat. Barnes was suspended four games and fined. Machado had irked the Red Sox with a late slide into second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s left leg two days earlier.
Dylan Bundy (4-1) took a shutout into the eighth inning, and Brad Brach got three outs for his fifth save.
Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello (1-4) dropped his fourth consecutive start to match his loss total from last season.
METS 7, BRAVES 5
ATLANTA (AP) — Michael Conforto homered and drove in three runs, and New York scored five times in the fourth inning off nemesis Julio Teheran before holding off Atlanta.
On a day when the Mets placed ace Noah Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list with a partial tear of his right lat muscle, Robert Gsellman (1-2) almost blew a 6-1 lead. Gsellman allowed five runs in five-plus innings, and five Mets relievers combined for four scoreless innings. Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his second save.
Conforto led off the game with his seventh homer and added a two-run single in New York’s five-run fourth off Teheran (2-2). With New York’s lead down to 6-5, Jose Reyes added a homer off Ian Krol in the eighth.
Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte hit his fifth homer leading off the first.
TIGERS 7, INDIANS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Collins hit a three-run homer and Daniel Norris gave up one run in six innings to help Detroit beat Cleveland.
Nicholas Castellanos and Victor Martinez hit RBI doubles on consecutive pitches in the first. Collins went deep in the second for a 5-0 lead, and Alex Avila added a two-run single in the fifth.
Norris (2-2) allowed five hits, including Edwin Encarnacion’s RBI single, and struck out a season-high eight.
Trevor Bauer (2-3) gave up seven runs on seven hits and five walks in four-plus innings.
BLUE JAYS 7, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Ryan Goins hit a two-run sacrifice fly, the first in Toronto’s 40-year history, to go along with a two-run homer that led Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays over New York for their season-high third straight win.
The crowd of 25,566 was the smallest for a Yankees home game since Sept. 20, 2004, against Toronto in a game moved to accommodate a makeup date. The current Yankee Stadium opened in 2009.
Jose Bautista hit a two-run homer for his 34th career shot off the Yankees, moving past Evan Longoria for most among active players. Chris Coghlan also homered for Toronto.
Still missing injured stars Josh Donaldson and Troy Tulowitzki, the Blue Jays kept up their success against the Yankees, beating them for the 11th time in the last 16 meetings and outscoring them 82-44 in that span.
Estrada (1-1) pitched seven fine innings. He gave up one run on seven hits without a walk.
Luis Severino (2-2) was hit hard and left in the sixth.
RAYS 4, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Jake Odorizzi returned from the disabled list to combine with four relievers on a four-hitter in Tampa Bay’s victory over Miami.
Odorizzi made his first start since April 15 and allowed two hits and two runs, one earned, in five innings. He was activated before the game after recovering from a strained left hamstring.
Danny Farquhar (1-1) pitched a perfect sixth. Chris Whitley retired Christian Yelich with two on to end the eighth, and Alex Colome earned his sixth save with a 1-2-3 ninth.
The Rays’ Corey Dickerson made a leaping grab before crashing into the left-field wall to rob Adeiny Hechavarria of an extra-base hit in the fifth, and a sliding catch of Giancarlo Stanton’s sinking liner leading off the ninth.
Tim Beckham had a two-run double for the Rays, who improved to 4-10 on the road. They totaled only five hits, but Marlins pitchers issued eight walks.
Marcell Ozuna homered for the Marlins, who lost for the fifth time in six games.
The score was 3-all when Derek Norris started the seventh with a double off Brad Ziegler (1-1) and later came home from third when Kevin Kiermaier broke up a potential inning-ending double play by sliding hard into second base.
BREWERS 7, CARDINALS 5, 10 INNINGS
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Travis Shaw and Jonathan Villar each hit a tape-measure home run, and Milwaukee beat St. Louis in 10 innings.
Shaw’s three-run shot off Seung Hwan Oh (0-2) traveled an estimated 451 feet and broke a 4-all tie with two outs in the top of the 10th. Villar’s two-run drive in the third soared 450 feet and gave the Brewers a 2-0 lead.
Jedd Gyorko hit two late homers for the Cardinals and finished with four hits. Aledmys Diaz and Matt Carpenter connected back-to-back in the fifth.
Oliver Drake (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth and Neftali Feliz earned his seventh save.
REDS 4, PIRATES 3, 10 INNINGS
CINCINNATI (AP) — Billy Hamilton hit an RBI double in the 10th inning to lift Cincinnati over Pittsburgh.
Tucker Barnhart walked with one out in the 10th. Arismendy Alcantara pinch-ran for him and went to second on an errant pickoff attempt by Daniel Hudson (0-1).
After a groundout, Hamilton lined a double to right, giving the Reds consecutive wins for the first time since completing a four-game winning streak on April 12.
Michael Lorenzen (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Adam Duvall had a three-run homer for the Reds.
Josh Harrison homered twice and Andrew McCutchen also went deep for Pittsburgh.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Rendon had 10 RBIs, three home runs and six hits as the Washington Nationals took advantage of Noah Syndergaard’s injury and mauled the New York Mets 23-5 on Sunday to set a franchise scoring record.
Rendon went a career-best 6 for 6 and scored five times while breaking the club mark for RBIs. He became the 13th player in major league history to drive in 10 or more runs in a game — the first since Garret Anderson did it for the Angels in 2007.
Matt Wieters added two homers, a single and two walks as the Nationals salvaged the finale of a three-game series between NL East rivals. Adam Lind and Bryce Harper also homered, and Harper scored four times to set a major league record for runs in April with 32.
Washington finished with a season-high 23 hits and scored the most runs in the history of the Expos/Nationals franchise. The Nationals’ seven homers were their most since the team moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005.
Rendon, who began the day with no homers and five RBIs this season, raised his batting average from .226 to .278. He capped his incredible performance with a solo home run off Mets backup catcher Kevin Plawecki in the eighth. Harper and Lind went deep against Plawecki earlier in the inning.
It was a miserable day all-around for the Mets, who won the first two games of the series after losing six straight. They gave up 17 consecutive runs after trailing 6-5 in the fourth.
Syndergaard (1-2), the team’s hard-throwing ace, left in the second inning with what the club called “a possible right lat strain” and was on his way back to New York for an MRI on Monday morning.
Matt Albers (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings in relief.
RED SOX 6, CUBS 2
BOSTON (AP) — Marco Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop’s wild pitch in Boston’s four-run eighth inning.
The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans, chants in support of each side and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises.
Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston, and Matt Barnes (3-0) worked one scoreless inning after completing his four-game suspension for throwing behind the head of Baltimore’s Manny Machado.
Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Koji Uehara (0-2) got the loss.
PADRES 5, GIANTS 2, 12 INNINGS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wil Myers hit a three-run homer in the top of the 12th inning to send San Diego past San Francisco.
Myers’ seventh home run and second in two games came off reliever George Kontos (0-2). Cory Spangenberg singled against Kontos leading off the inning, and Erick Aybar singled two batters later.
Hector Sanchez, who played parts of five seasons with the Giants, had a pinch-hit, two-run homer off San Francisco closer Mark Melancon in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Sanchez’s first home run of the season handed Melancon his second blown save in seven chances.
Sanchez represented the tying run after shortstop Eduardo Nunez booted Luis Sardinas’ leadoff grounder for an error.
Ryan Buchter (2-1) pitched two shutout innings and Jose Torres earned his first save.
INDIANS 12, MARINERS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley homered and Francisco Lindor had a two-run double as Cleveland scored eight times in the third inning against weary Seattle.
Brantley led off the big inning with a single and capped it with a two-run homer. Lindor, who had three RBIs, hit a solo homer in the third and preceded Brantley’s homer with his double.
Josh Tomlin (2-3) allowed four runs in five-plus innings for the win. The Mariners began the sixth with six straight hits and scored three times, but Nick Goody worked out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam.
Chase De Jong (0-2), making his first major league start, gave up six runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings. Nelson Cruz homered for the Mariners, who finished 4-6 on their 11-day road trip.
Roberto Perez had three hits and drove in three runs for the defending AL champions, who have won nine of 12.
MARLINS 10, PIRATES 3
MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bour drove in six runs with four hits, both career highs, and Miami rallied from a three-run deficit to end a four-game losing streak by beating Pittsburgh.
Bour improved his batting average from .184 to .222. He had an RBI double in the second, an RBI single in the fourth, a two-run single off Trevor Williams (1-1) in the fifth and a two-run homer in Miami’s six-run seventh.
Bour helped the Marlins avert a series sweep and shake an offensive slump after being outscored 26-8 during the previous four games. They totaled a season-high 15 hits, including three each by Dee Gordon and Marcell Ozuna.
Josh Bell hit a two-run homer for the Pirates, but they were shut out over the final 8 2/3 innings.
Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl left in the fifth after he was hit in the right leg by Gordon’s sharp comebacker.
Dustin McGowan (1-0) and four other Marlins relievers combined for five scoreless innings.
ANGELS 5, RANGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — JC Ramirez got his first win as a starter on his fourth try after 111 career relief appearances, and Jefry Marte homered and hit a tiebreaking, two-run single to help Los Angeles beat Texas.
Ramirez (3-2) matched his career high from two starts earlier with nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. The right-hander has been filling in for injured Garrett Richards, who hasn’t pitched since leaving his first start with a right biceps strain.
Marte’s two-out single in the fifth came after the Rangers gave Mike Trout an intentional walk to load the bases and starter Martin Perez (1-4) retired Albert Pujols on a popup.
Marte had a solo homer in the ninth. Kole Calhoun also connected for the Angels.
Bud Norris struck out four of the five batters he faced for his fifth save, including Rougned Odor with two on to end the eighth.
Shin-Soo Choo homered for Texas.
ORIOLES 7, YANKEES 4, 11 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit a go-ahead single in a three-run 11th off Bryan Mitchell, who returned to the mound after an unusual inning at first base, and Baltimore rebounded from another blown late lead.
Didi Gregorius hit a two-out, two-run single in the New York ninth that made it 4-all. Logan Verrett (1-0), making his Orioles debut, escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 10th.
Joey Ricard singled with one out in the 11th against Mitchell (1-1), stole second and later scored on Trumbo’s two-out single. New York had won four in a row.
With the Yankees short in the bullpen, manager Joe Girardi moved Mitchell from the mound to first base in order to keep him in the game. Mitchell let one pop fall for an error and also caught one.
BLUE JAYS 3, RAYS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin hit a go-ahead single during a three-run rally in the eighth inning and Toronto posted back-to-back wins for the first time this year.
The Blue Jays started the day at 7-17, the worst record in the majors. A loss would’ve left them with the poorest winning percentage in March/April in team history.
Toronto then lost starter Aaron Sanchez, the AL ERA leader last year, after just one inning because of a split fingernail. Six Toronto relievers combined to limit the Rays to one run in eight innings. J.P. Howell (1-1) got one out and Roberto Osuna finished for his third save.
The Blue Jays chased Chris Archer in the eighth and won it against Alex Colome (0-2).
REDS 5, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and Adam Duvall doubled three times and singled for Cincinnati.
The Reds had lost eight of their previous nine games.
Wandy Peralta (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh. Closer Raisel Iglesias threw two innings to record his fourth save in as many chances.
Trevor Rosenthal (0-1) gave up one run on two hits.
BREWERS 4, BRAVES 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Domingo Santana homered twice and drove in four runs as Milwaukee ended Atlanta’s four-game winning streak.
Santana hit a solo shot in the fifth, then added a three-run drive in the sixth inning. He has five homers this season, including three in the three-game series against Atlanta.
Freddie Freeman hit his ninth home run for the Braves.
Matt Garza (1-0) pitched 6 2/3 solid innings in his second start of the year. Neftali Feliz worked the ninth for his sixth save in seven chances.
Mike Foltynewicz (0-3) gave up both of Santana’s homers.
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun left after six innings with tightness in his right trapezius, a large muscle that extends from the shoulder into the upper back.
TIGERS 7, WHITE SOX 3
DETROIT (AP) — Jose Iglesias doubled and drove in three runs, helping Detroit stop a four-game losing streak.
Jordan Zimmermann (3-1) picked up a sloppy victory, allowing three runs in five-plus innings.
Todd Frazier homered for the White Sox, who had won six in a row. Miguel Gonzalez (3-1) allowed seven runs and a career-high 14 hits in six innings.
Justin Upton went deep for the Tigers, and Alex Avila had three hits.
ASTROS 7, ATHLETICS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel threw 7 2/3 solid innings and Marwin Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, leading Houston to the victory.
Keuchel (5-0) struck out nine while allowing one run and three hits. The left-hander became the second pitcher in Astros history to get five wins in April, joining Roger Clemens in 2004.
Ken Giles earned his sixth save after getting Yonder Alonso to fly out with the bases loaded.
Oakland’s Jesse Hahn (1-2) gave up four runs in six innings.
TWINS 7, ROYALS 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Sano homered and drove in five runs, helping the Twins hand the Royals their ninth straight loss.
Sano posted his fourth consecutive multihit game. He has 11 hits in his last 16 at-bats.
Sano connected in the third after Jason Hammel (0-3) walked Byron Buxton and Max Kepler. He added run-producing singles in the fourth and sixth innings.
It’s the longest slide for Kansas City since a 12-game skid in April 2012.
Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes (4-1) got the win despite allowing 10 hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Brandon Kintzler yielded Whit Merrifield’s two-out homer in the ninth before finishing for his seventh save.
DODGERS 5, PHILLIES 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Toles hit a three-run homer and Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched 5 1/3 solid innings, helping Los Angeles complete the three-game sweep.
Ryu (1-4) earned his first victory of the season in his second consecutive strong start. The veteran left-hander struck out nine and allowed one run.
Odubel Herrera hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia in the ninth. Kenley Jansen then came in and struck out Cesar Hernandez for his seventh save.
Philadelphia right-hander Nick Pivetta (0-1) allowed two runs and nine hits in five innings in his major league debut.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, ROCKIES 0, 13 INNINGS
PHOENIX (AP) — Daniel Descalso hit a two-run homer into the Chase Field swimming pool in the 13th inning, lifting Arizona to the victory.
Descalso’s drive off Jordan Lyles (0-1) salvaged the finale of the weekend series for the Diamondbacks and ended the longest scoreless game in Chase Field history.
Seven pitchers, led by Patrick Corbin’s 6 1/3 innings, combined to shut out the Rockies on five hits. Randall Delgado (1-0) pitched the final two innings to get the victory, finishing a 6-4 homestand for Arizona.
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(PhatzRadio Spoirts / AP) —- A look at what’s happening all around the majors today:
CROWNS IN TOWN
The curse-breaking World Series trophies that the Red Sox won in 2004 and the Cubs earned last year will both be on display at Fenway Park when Boston hosts Chicago in the nationally televised night matchup. Fans can pose for pictures with both pieces of hardware, with a suggested donation of $20 that will go to each team’s charities. Kyle Hendricks starts for Cubs against Eduardo Rodriguez.
Boosted by Aaron Judge, the Yankees have hit nine home runs in taking two straight from Baltimore. The 6-foot-7 Judge has connected three times vs. the visiting O’s, helping New York post the best record in the majors and get in position for a sweep.
“It’s fun when everybody’s hittin’ the ball out of the yard,” said Austin Romine, who homered and drove in five runs Saturday in a 12-4 romp.
Nationals star Bryce Harper and Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber have both struck out six times in the last two days.
Harper followed his first three-strikeout game of the season Friday by going 0 for 4 and fanning three more times Saturday vs. the Mets. Coming into the series, he had struck out just 14 times in 22 games. Schwarber is hitting just .211 after two tough games in Boston.
The Royals have lost eight in a row, dropping them to 7-15. The skid was put on pause Saturday night when they were rained out at home against Minnesota. Jason Hammel (0-2) will try to end the streak when he faces Twins righty Phil Hughes (3-1).
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo says he’ll know which direction the Diamondbacks will go with their rotation after losing Shelby Miller for the season. Miller said Saturday that he’ll have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The 26-year-old Miller was 2-2 with a 4.09 ERA after going 3-12 last year in his first season with Arizona.
Zack Godley currently has Miller’s spot, but Lovullo says the team is still deciding. “It’s time for somebody to step up, embrace that new challenge, and run with it. The candidates that we’re talking about, we feel very comfortable with,” he said.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carlos Gomez hit for the cycle for the second time and Yu Darvish pitched six effective innings, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-3 on Saturday night.
Darvish (3-2) allowed one earned run, struck out 10 and walked four, finishing with 125 pitches. He fell five pitches short of his major league high, thrown as a rookie in 2013.
Rougned Odor hit a tiebreaking two-run homer for Texas with two out in the fifth.
Gomez needed only four at-bats for his first cycle since May 7, 2008, with the Minnesota Twins. He doubled in the first inning, singled in the third and tripled in the fifth off starter Jesse Chavez (2-4). He hit a first-pitch fastball from Jose Valdez onto the hill behind center field in the seventh for a two-run homer.
Play was halted briefly in the second inning when a bad-hop single by Shin-Soo Choo struck Angels second baseman Danny Espinosa in the forehead. Espinosa stayed in the game.
BRAVES 11, BREWERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Kemp homered three times and drove in five runs, powering the Braves to their fourth straight victory.
Atlanta collected a season-high 20 hits. Dansby Swanson also homered, and Jaime Garcia (1-1) pitched six innings for his first win with the Braves.
Kemp connected in the fifth, seventh and eighth for his first game with three homers. He became the first Braves player to accomplish the feat since Mark Teixeira in 2008.
Milwaukee right-hander Jimmy Nelson (1-2) allowed five runs and 11 hits in five innings.
DODGERS 6, PHILLIES 5
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner hit consecutive homers off Hector Neris in the ninth, helping the Dodgers rally for the win.
Los Angeles trailed 5-2 before the three straight homers. It was the first time the team had accomplished the feat since Aug. 18, 2012.
Austin Barnes then singled off Neris (0-1) with one out. Joely Rodriguez came in and got Andrew Toles to fly out, but Corey Seager singled and Adrian Gonzalez drilled a ball off third baseman Maikel Franco’s glove for the winning hit.
Grant Dayton (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Bellinger, one of the majors’ top prospects, also hit his first career homer in the seventh. Phillies rookie Andrew Knapp also got his first career homer, going deep against Chris Hatcher in the eighth.
YANKEES 12, ORIOLES 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Brett Gardner homered twice from the leadoff spot, helping the Yankees earn their fourth straight victory.
Gardner collected his first four RBIs of the season. Austin Romine, the No. 9 batter, also went deep and knocked in five runs.
New York won for the 14th time in 17 games, boosting the American League’s best record to 15-7. Right-hander Michael Pineda (3-1) did not allow an earned run in 5 1/3 innings, striking out eight.
Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1) got chased with one out in the fourth for the second consecutive start. The veteran right-hander was tagged for a season-high seven runs.
CUBS 7, RED SOX 4
BOSTON (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer, helping Chicago rebound from a series-opening loss at Boston.
Miguel Montero and Ben Zobrist each connected for a solo shot for the Cubs, who had dropped two in a row. Kris Bryant had two hits and scored twice.
Cubs right-hander John Lackey (2-3) gave up four runs in six innings, snapping his string of losses in three straight starts. He was part of Boston’s 2013 World Series title team.
Hanley Ramirez and Andrew Benintendi connected for the Red Sox, who have the majors’ fewest homers. Steven Wright (1-3) gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his sixth save.
PIRATES 4, MARLINS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Ivan Nova pitched a three-hitter in Pittsburgh’s third straight win.
John Jaso homered and drove in two runs for the Pirates, and Jordy Mercer also knocked in a run.
Nova (3-2) struck out seven and did not walk a batter in the 95-pitch masterpiece. He retired 11 in a row at one point.
Miami has lost four in a row.
Marlins right-hander Dan Straily was charged with three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.
METS 5, NATIONALS 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Conforto hit two home runs and slumping Jose Reyes also connected, leading the Mets to the victory.
The banged-up Mets had lost six in a row when they began this series at Nationals Park against the team with the best record in the majors. Behind their power and bullpen, the Mets beat Washington for the second straight day.
Hansel Robles (4-0) came in to start the sixth and retired five of the six batters he faced, striking out four. Jerry Blevins then took over and fanned Bryce Harper.
Jeurys Familia, pulled Friday night in the ninth while Washington tried to rally, retired three straight hitters to earn his first save of the season.
Washington’s Stephen Strasburg (2-1) gave up three runs in seven innings. Harper was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts.
WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 4, 10 INNINGS
DETROIT (AP) — Melky Cabrera led off the 10th inning with a homer against Justin Wilson and Avisail Garcia added an RBI triple, lifting the White Sox to their sixth straight win.
Jose Abreu homered twice in his return to the lineup for Chicago.
Detroit has lost four in a row.
The White Sox held onto a two-run lead in the 10th with David Robertson (1-0) making the most of a chance to pitch a second inning after losing a two-run advantage in the ninth.
Wilson (1-1) hadn’t allowed a hit or a run in his first 11 appearances this season until Cabrera hit his first homer of the season.
INDIANS 4, MARINERS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Danny Salazar got off to a rocky start, and then combined with two Cleveland relievers to hold Seattle hitless over the final eight innings.
Salazar (2-2) gave up a double to Robinson Cano in the first, followed by homers on successive pitches to Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager.
Salazar struck out six in 6 1/3 innings. Andrew Miller struck out four in 1 2/3 innings and Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.
Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall each had two RBIs in Cleveland’s four-run first off Yovani Gallardo (1-3).
Cleveland has won eight of 11. Seattle’s three-game winning streak ended.
ROCKIES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 6
PHOENIX (AP) — Mark Reynolds hit a tying two-run single with two out in the ninth and Carlos Gonzalez scored the winning run on a wild pitch by Fernando Rodney, sending the Rockies to a wild comeback win.
Colorado trailed by five after five, but made the most of another rough performance by Rodney (1-2). The veteran reliever walked two and threw two wild pitches in blowing his second consecutive save chance.
Carlos Estevez (3-0) got the win with one scoreless inning and Greg Holland earned his 11th save for the Rockies, who have won the first two games of the three-game set between the top teams in the NL West.
Brandon Drury, Jeff Mathis and Jake Lamb homered to help Arizona build a 6-1 lead. Zack Greinke struck out nine in six-plus innings.
Reynolds, Trevor Story and Alexi Amarista went deep for the Rockies.
PADRES 12, GIANTS 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wil Myers capped San Diego’s eight-run sixth inning with a three-run homer.
Myers also singled off Chris Stratton (0-1) to start the big inning and had three hits for the game. San Diego scored 11 runs against the Giants’ bullpen following five effective innings from San Francisco starter Matt Cain.
Allen Cordoba added a three-run homer off Neil Ramirez in the seventh.
San Diego right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (3-3) struck out six in five innings. He gave up three runs and five hits.
ATHLETICS 2, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Khris Davis clubbed his 10th home run to back a solid start by Andrew Triggs, and Oakland snapped a five-game skid.
The Athletics ended a 10-game losing streak against the Astros, which was the longest in franchise history against Houston.
Jed Lowrie put Oakland up 1-0 in the fourth with a homer to right field off Joe Musgrove (1-2), and Davis gave the Athletics an insurance run when he connected against Will Harris with two outs in the eighth.
Triggs (4-1) gave up five hits while setting career highs with seven innings and nine strikeouts. Jose Altuve homered against Sean Doolittle with two outs in the eighth, but Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.
BLUE JAYS 4, RAYS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Justin Smoak had three hits, including a two-run homer, and the Blue Jays snapped a three-game losing streak.
Smoak went 3 for 3 and scored twice.
Toronto’s Francisco Liriano (2-2) allowed one run and four hits in five-plus innings. Roberto Osuna got three outs finished for his second save.
Tampa Bay right-hander Matt Andriese (1-1) gave up four runs in seven innings.
Rays outfielder Steven Souza left in the seventh after being hit on the back of the left hand by a pitch. X-rays were negative and Souza is day to day.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes limped off with a pulled hamstring, Matt Harvey was chased in the fifth inning as he made an emergency start in place of ailing Noah Syndergaard, and the New York Mets’ losing streak reached six with a 7-5 defeat to the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer that finished Harvey (2-1), who allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings and tied a career high with five walks.
Syndergaard was scratched because of right biceps discomfort. While the right-hander hopes to pitch Sunday at Washington, Cespedes looks likely to be sidelined for an extended period.
Cespedes left last Thursday’s loss to Philadelphia with a left hamstring problem and returned to the lineup Wednesday. The slugger hit a one-hop double to right-center off R.A. Dickey (2-2) in the fourth and was jogging into second base when he pulled up. When he reached second, he bent over, hands on both knees.
YANKEES 3, RED SOX 0
BOSTON (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka pitched a three-hitter to outduel Chris Sale and earn his first shutout since 2014, and New York beat Boston for its fifth straight victory over the rival Red Sox.
Tanaka (3-1) struck out three and threw only 97 pitches for his fifth career complete game and his 10th win in 11 decisions dating to last season. Aaron Hicks had two hits and scored twice, and Matt Holliday had two hits and two RBIs.
Sale (1-2) allowed three runs — two earned — and eight hits in eight innings, striking out 10 and walking none. He joined Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens and Jon Lester as Red Sox pitchers with 10 or more strikeouts in four straight starts.
NATIONALS 16, ROCKIES 5
DENVER (AP) — Bryce Harper hit a three-run homer as part of an 11-run seventh inning, Trea Turner enjoyed another big game at Coors Field and Washington routed Colorado.
Turner proved to be a pitcher’s nightmare throughout the four-game series. He hit for the cycle on Tuesday, finished a triple shy of another cycle Wednesday and added a double and two singles in the finale — in all, he had seven extra-base hits, scored 10 runs and had 11 RBIs.
Gonzalez (3-0) pitched into the seventh and had two RBIs, including a bases-loaded walk in the big seventh.
Rookie Antonio Senzatela (3-1) took the loss.
INDIANS 4, ASTROS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a long two-run homer in the seventh inning to lift Cleveland over Houston.
Lindor’s 456-foot homer off Chris Devenski (1-1) landed in the visitors bullpen about 50 feet beyond the center field wall.
Corey Kluber (3-1) struck out 10 and allowed three runs in seven innings as the defending AL champs took two of three from the AL West leaders.
Cody Allen pitched out of a ninth-inning jam for his fifth save and second of the series.
DODGERS 5, GIANTS 1, 10 INNINGS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Run-scoring singles by Andrew Toles and Justin Turner in the 10th inning led Los Angeles after pitcher Julio Urias made a solid start in his 2017 debut.
The Dodgers, who had lost to the Giants in 10 innings the night before, loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th on two walks and an infield hit. Toles followed with a tie-breaking single, Kike Hernandez had a sacrifice fly and Turner extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI single. Chris Taylor drove in the fifth run with a bases-loaded walk.
Kenley Jansen (1-0) got the win, striking out the side in the ninth inning, as the Dodgers managed a split of the four-game series. The loser was Cory Gearrin (0-1), who walked the only batter he faced leading off the 10th inning.
Urias allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings after being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game.
PHILLIES 3, MARLINS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson allowed one run over six innings to lead Philadelphia to its sixth straight win.
The Phillies started their streak with a win against the New York Mets, then swept a three-game set from Atlanta and took two in an abbreviated series with the Marlins. The Phillies (11-9) are two games above .500 for the first time this year.
Hellickson (4-0), the 2011 AL Rookie of the Year with Tampa Bay, pitched like the ace the Phillies needed — not just to keep them respectable, but possibly to dangle as attractive trade bait at the July 31 deadline to secure a prospect or two toward their rebuild.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, PADRES 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Taijuan Walker matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in eight effective innings, Chris Owings hit a pair of solo homers and Arizona beat San Diego.
The Diamondbacks jumped on Jered Weaver (0-2) with three homers a night after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth inning of a loss to San Diego.
Walker (3-1) allowed two runs and four hits.
MARINERS 2, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Ben Gamel had an RBI single in the ninth inning to help Seattle beat Detroit.
Kyle Seager doubled off Francisco Rodriguez (1-2) with one out, and Gamel followed with his hit to right-center field. Tony Zych (1-0) was the winner, and Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his third save.
Detroit starter Justin Verlander allowed one unearned run on five hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out eight.
CARDINALS 8, BLUE JAYS 4, 11 INNINGS, GAME 1
CARDINALS 6, BLUE JAYS 4, GAME 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler, Greg Garcia and Matt Adams each had three hits as St. Louis beat Toronto to sweep a day-night doubleheader. The Cardinals won the opener on Matt Carpenter’s grand slam.
Toronto is the only team in the major leagues that hasn’t won a series this season. The Blue Jays also are the lone club that has yet to win two straight games.
Adam Wainwright (2-3) got the win in the nightcap while Matt Bowman (1-0) won the opener.
Ryan Tepera (1-1) and Casey Lawrence (0-3) took the losses.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ricky Nolasco had extra days between starts to work on mechanical issues and it paid off as he led Los Angeles over Oakland to earn the series sweep.
Nolasco (2-2) threw 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run and three hits.
Bud Norris pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save and second in two nights.
Kendall Graveman (2-1) pitched six innings of two-run ball for Oakland.