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MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his team-record 43rd home run, connecting in his fifth straight game and sending the Miami Marlins over the San Francisco Giants 8-3 on Monday night.
Stanton broke the club mark of 42 homers set by Gary Sheffield in 1996. Stanton has homered 22 times in his last 34 games.
Stanton set another club record for most consecutive games with a home run when he tagged Ty Blach (8-8) for a two-run drive in the first inning. The All-Star slugger later had an RBI single as Miami won its fourth in a row.
Marcell Ozuna also homered for the Marlins. Dee Gordon had three hits, scored twice, and drove in a run to help back Adam Conley (5-5).
ROCKIES 3, BRAVES 0
DENVER (AP) — Chad Bettis drew a standing ovation when he took the mound for the first time since cancer treatment, then threw seven impressive innings as Colorado blanked Atlanta.
Bettis scattered six hits, walked none and struck out two. He hadn’t pitched in the majors since being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November.
Bettis had surgery for the condition, but tests in March showed the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. He later underwent chemotherapy.
The Braves’ best chance to score against Bettis came when Ender Inciarte led off with a triple, but he was thrown out trying for an inside-the-park home run.
Colorado scored three times in the eighth off Rex Brothers (2-3), who relieved starter Julio Teheran. The Rockies are tied with Arizona for the top NL wild card.
Mike Dunn (5-1) got the win and Greg Holland closed for his 35th save. Holland had blown his previous two save chances.
INDIANS 7, RED SOX 3
BOSTON (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion homered twice to help AL Central-leading Cleveland earn its fourth straight victory by beating East-leading Boston.
In a rematch of last year’s ALDS, which Cleveland won in a three-game sweep, Trevor Bauer (11-8) struck out 11 over 6 2/3 innings for his fourth consecutive win. He allowed three runs — all on solo homers by Red Sox rookies. Rafael Devers had two and Andrew Benintendi one.
The Indians improved to a season-high five games in front of second-place Minnesota. The Red Sox lost for just the second time in 12 games.
The quick visit to Fenway Park by the Indians was to make up an Aug. 2 rainout that came two days after Doug Fister (2-6) shut out Cleveland into the eighth inning. But this time he allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, ASTROS 0
PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke struck out nine in six-plus innings to bounce back from his first home loss of the season, lifting Arizona over Houston.
Greinke (14-5) took his first home loss last week against the Dodgers and followed with a dominant performance against the majors’ top-hitting team to help the Diamondbacks win for the third time in nine games.
The NL All-Star struck out AL batting leader Jose Altuve three times and held the Astros to five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Fernando Rodney got his 27th save.
Ketel Marte hit a run-scoring double off Collin McHugh (0-2) in the second and J.D. Martinez had another off the right-hander in the sixth.
The AL West-leading Astros have lost six of seven.
Greinke had been dominant at Chase Field prior to his last start, going 10-0 for the best home start in franchise history.
CUBS 15, REDS 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back homers to cap a five-run fourth inning, and Chicago continued its recent dominance of Cincinnati.
Bryant went 2 for 4 with a walk and has reached safely in 16 of his last 20 plate appearances. Rizzo was 3 for 5 with a season-high five RBIs.
Jon Jay had three hits with an RBI and finished a home run shy of the cycle as the Cubs extended their NL Central lead to 1 1/2 games over idle St. Louis. Jose Quintana (3-2) allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings to snap a three-start winless stretch.
Chicago has 25 wins in its last 32 games against the Reds.
Scooter Gennett hit a two-run homer, his 20th, in the eighth for the Reds, who have five players with at least 20 home runs to tie a club record. Gennett also mopped up on the mound after beginning the game at second base.
Joey Votto went 3 for 5 to set a Cincinnati mark by reaching base at least twice in 19 consecutive games. It’s the longest streak in the majors since Barry Bonds did it in 20 straight in 2004.
Reds starter Asher Wojciehowski (3-2) appeared to settle down after a rough first inning, but couldn’t get the final out in the fourth.
YANKEES 4, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit a tying home run in the sixth inning, Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez went deep in the eighth and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Mets in the first of four Subway Series matchups this week.
Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes homered in the third off Luis Cessa to give the Mets a 2-0 lead at Yankee Stadium.
Sanchez started the Yankees’ comeback with a sacrifice fly in the fourth against starter Rafael Montero. Two innings later, Judge hit his AL-leading 36th home run — just his sixth since the All-Star break.
Hicks, who returned last week from an oblique injury, homered against Hansel Robles (7-4) leading off the eighth, his career-best 12th of the season. Sanchez connected two batters later against Erik Goeddel. With 20 homers, Sanchez matched his total in his rookie season last year.
David Robertson (6-2) pitched a hitless eighth, and Dellin Betances finished the six-hitter for his seventh save.
BLUE JAYS 2, RAYS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the second consecutive game, Nick Tepesch won for the first time in almost three years and Toronto edged slumping Tampa Bay.
The last-place Blue Jays have won 10 of 14 at home.
Wilson Ramos homered in the second to provide the only run for the offense-starved Rays, who lost their fourth straight. Tampa Bay arrived in Toronto on the heels of a 2-7 homestand in which the team totaled 11 runs and was shut out five times during an eight-game span.
Tepesch (1-2) had not won since Sept. 16, 2014, for Texas. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits in six-plus innings.
Roberto Osuna got four outs for his 30th save in 37 chances.
Making his second start after missing more than two weeks with a sore lower back, Jake Odorizzi (6-6) allowed three hits in six innings.
RANGERS 6, TIGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo hit his 33rd home run and Texas also played some small ball in a victory over Detroit.
Martin Perez (7-10) had a second straight solid start for the Rangers. The lefty made it through six innings without giving up any more runs after trailing 2-0 only three batters into the game.
The Rangers led for good when Delino DeShields executed a safety squeeze to make it 3-2 in the second. Rougned Odor had three hits, including a double, and scored three times. It was Odor’s second consecutive multihit game after going 0 for 17 the previous five games.
Justin Upton hit a two-run homer for the Tigers before a spectacular catch by center fielder Drew Robinson ended the top of the first.
Michael Fulmer (10-10) gave up five runs in five innings.
ORIOLES 11, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Tim Beckham hit the first pitch of the game out for his first career leadoff homer, Manny Machado launched his sixth grand slam an inning later and Baltimore routed skidding Seattle.
The Orioles scored double-digit runs for the second time in three games and the sixth since the All-Star break. Beckham got them started with his 16th homer, but it was Machado’s slam that broke the game open as part of a six-run second.
Trey Mancini hit his 21st homer and Seth Smith added his 12th to turn it into a blowout.
That was plenty for starter Kevin Gausman (9-8), who stumbled early before settling into a groove. Gausman allowed one earned run in seven innings, the fifth time in his last six starts that the right-hander gave up one earned run or less.
Meanwhile, Seattle’s sudden fade from the AL wild-card race continued. The Mariners lost their fifth straight — all at home — coming off a 6-3 road trip that had helped them hold the league’s second wild-card spot.
Yovani Gallardo (5-8) was tagged for eight runs and failed to get an out in the fifth inning.
ROYALS 6, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cam Gallagher hit a grand slam for his first career home run and second big league hit, leading Kansas City past Oakland.
Gallagher’s shot in the sixth inning marked the first slam by a Royals rookie since Paulo Orlando connected against Tampa Bay on July 7, 2015.
Jake Junis (5-2), recalled for his seventh stint with Kansas City this season, allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. The Royals are five games back of AL Central-leading Cleveland.
Jharel Cotton (5-10) gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings and has an 8.71 ERA in four starts since coming off the disabled list July 30 from a right thumb blister. His winless stretch reached five starts and he is 0-3 since a victory at the White Sox on June 23.
PADRES 7, PHILLIES 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jose Pirela’s two-out, two-run single highlighted the four-run sixth inning that carried San Diego past Philadelphia.
Cory Spangenberg hit a leadoff homer in the eighth to finish with three hits and three runs. Pirela, Austin Hedges and Carlos Asuaje each had two hits, and Hedges also drove in two runs.
Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins hit his first two major league home runs.
The teams swapped the lead three times, with the Padres going ahead for good in the sixth on three hits and two walks off Ricardo Pinto (1-1).
Jose Torres (7-3) got the last out of the sixth and Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his 10th save.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper sustained what appeared to be a serious left knee injury when he slipped on a wet first base and his left leg buckled while running out a grounder early in the Washington Nationals’ 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night.
Harper clutched at his knee while on the wet field and put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off. The 2015 NL MVP left the game immediately, and manager Dusty Baker said Harper hyperextended his knee and would have an MRI.
The result of the game meant little for Washington, which leads the NL East by 14 ½ games, or San Francisco, which is out of contention. It didn’t begin until 10:06 p.m. after another extended weather delay, and it was raining when Harper lost his footing on a base that had water on it.
The Nationals lost catcher Wilson Ramos to a torn ACL in his right knee in late September last season, another noncontact injury that came after a rain delay in Washington.
RED SOX 10, YANKEES 5
NEW YORK (AP) — For a rookie who began this month on the bench, Andrew Benintendi is putting up a monster August.
Benintendi rocketed a pair of three-run homers off All-Star Luis Severino and the Boston Red Sox bounced back from a tough loss, roughing up the New York Yankees 10-5 Saturday.
“Two beautiful swings,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
A day after blowing a late lead, the AL East leaders battered Severino for a career-worst 10 runs. Drew Pomeranz pitched the Red Sox to their ninth win in 10 games, and restored their 4½-game lead over New York.
Boston began bruising the Yankees’ staff even before the first pitch.
Starter Jordan Montgomery was hit in the head by a flyball while he signed autographs as the Red Sox took batting practice. He bled from a cut on his ear, but is set to pitch Sunday night against ace Chris Sale in the series finale.
The 6-foot-6 rookie was nailed despite standing in back of a protective screen in foul ground down the right field line.
“Just a freak accident,” Montgomery said. “I was behind the net. I mean there’s a one in a million chance it curves over like that.”
Said Boston catcher Sandy Leon, who hit the ball: “Of course, I was watching. I wasn’t trying to hit anybody. It just happened.”
The 23-year-old Benintendi, who also homered Friday night, is on quite a tear. He is 15 for 31 with four home runs and five steals this month, reaching base 20 times in eight games.
Benintendi had gone into a slump after the All-Star break, and Farrell sat him down for a couple games.
“A mental break,” Benintendi said.
Benintendi lined a drive off the top of right-field wall to cap a five-run burst in the third. Third baseman Todd Frazier’s first error in 22 games since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox came on a potential double-play grounder that would have ended the inning without a run scoring.
Benintendi hit a no-doubt drive to right in the fifth for his 16th home run. He matched a career best with six RBIs in his third multihomer game this season. He’s done a lot of damage against Severino, too, going 6 for 11 lifetime.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Benintendi was the youngest Red Sox player to drive in six runs against the Yankees since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920.
“I guess that’s cool,” he said.
Benintendi’s performance came in front of his grandfather, who turned 85 this weekend and grew up in Brooklyn as a Yankees fan.
Severino (9-5) had been 4-0 with a sparkling 0.83 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break. Instead, he became the first Yankees pitcher to give up 10 runs at the new Yankee Stadium since it opened in 2009.
Severino was tagged for eight hits and eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.
“Every starter has a bad day. I mean, we’ve seen it for years and years and years,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He just didn’t have good stuff today. He wasn’t as sharp as he’s been.”
Rookie Rafael Devers had a two-run double that made it 10-2 in the fifth. Mookie Betts had a two-run single for Boston, now 4-7 against New York this season.
Benintendi and the Red Sox solved one of their biggest problems vs. the Yankees — they started the day just 3 for 64 with runners in scoring position this year against their longtime rivals, then went 4 for 11.
Pomeranz (12-4) won his career-best fifth straight decision, giving up three runs in 6 2/3 innings. The lefty also topped his high for wins, having won a combined 11 for San Diego and Boston last year.
Gary Sanchez hit his 19th homer for the Yankees, a two-run drive in the first. Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury hit consecutive homers in the ninth off Robby Scott, called up by Boston from Triple-A before the game.
INDIANS 3, RAYS 0
ST. PETRSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jay Bruce drove in his first two runs for Cleveland and Mike Clevinger struck out nine.
Bruce, acquired in a trade from the New York Mets on Wednesday night, drove in the first run with a two-out fly ball that dropped for a double between left fielder Corey Dickerson and third baseman Trevor Plouffe in the first inning.
After leading off the third with a double, Francisco Lindor scored on Chris Archer’s two-out wild pitch to make it 2-0.
Bruce drove in another run with a single in the fifth after Jose Ramirez’s leadoff double.
Clevinger (6-4) won for the first time in four starts since the All-Star break, giving up four hits and one walk in seven innings.
Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
It was 10th time the Rays were shut out this season, most in the majors.
DODGERS 6, PADRES 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager’s bases-loaded single led to three runs, Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor added solo homers and Los Angeles rallied from a sixth-inning deficit to beat San Diego.
With their 27th win in 32 games, the Dodgers improved the best record in the major leagues to 82-34, on pace for 115 wins. Los Angeles is 17-3 on Saturdays.
Trailing 3-1 in the sixth, the Dodgers loaded the bases when Chase Utley doubled between walks to Yamani Grandal and Yasiel Puig from Craig Stammen (0-2). Seager followed with a tying single to right as Yasil Puig took third, and when Seager overran first and got caught in a rundown, Puig broke for home and with a headfirst slide beat the throw from first baseman Wil Myers.
CARDINALS 6, BRAVES 5
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Randal Grichuk and Paul DeJong homered and St. Louis stretched its winning streak to eight games.
Carlos Martinez (9-9) tossed six solid innings and also drove in a run for the Cardinals, who moved within 1/2 game of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
Brandon Phillips homered for Atlanta, which lost its fifth in a row.
The eight-game run is the longest for St. Louis since the Cardinals won eight in a row April 28-May 5, 2015.
Grichuk hit his 15th homer of the season in the second to tie the game 2-all. He also added a double in a three-run outburst in the fifth.
DeJong led off the seventh with his team-high 17th home run.
BLUE JAYS 7, PIRATES 2
TORONTO (AP) — Chris Rowley pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his major league debut, Jose Bautista scored two runs and Toronto beat Pittsburgh.
A former first lieutenant in the United States Army, and the first graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, to reach the majors, Rowley (1-0) missed all of the 2014 and 2015 minor league seasons while on active service, including a stint in Bulgaria.
The right-hander, who began the season at Double-A, allowed one run five hits. He walked one and struck out three. The only run off Rowley came in the second when Josh Bell hit a leadoff triple and scored on a two-out hit by Jordy Mercer.
Mercer added a solo homer off Leonel Campos in the ninth.
RANGERS 8, ASTROS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre had three hits with three RBIs after new Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez acknowledged his 3,000-hit milestone, and Texas handed AL-leading Houston a season-high fifth straight loss.
An RBI double and two-run single from Beltre came after Rodriguez paid tribute to the 38-year-old third baseman during a pre-game ceremony to retire Rodriguez’s No. 7. Beltre’s 3,000th hit came on the same day Rodriguez was inducted into the Hall of Fame two weeks ago.
Brett Nicholas hit a three-run homer, his first of the season, for a 3-0 lead in the second inning after a 21-minute rain delay in the first. Mike Napoli had a solo shot off Mike Fiers (7-7), who has allowed six home runs in his past two starts against the Rangers.
West Division-leading Houston dropped to 2-9 since Aug. 1 and saw its lead for the best record in the AL drop to five games over Boston.
ANGELS 6, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Luis Valbuena’s two-run homer in the seventh inning pulled Los Angeles even, Albert Pujols added a two-run double in the eighth and the Angels rallied to beat Seattle.
For the third straight game, the Mariners saw their bullpen problems fester while trying to hold a lead. Valbuena’s homer came off reliever Casey Lawrence and after the Mariners got six surprisingly strong innings out of starter Erasmo Ramirez.
Tony Zych (5-3) ran into even more trouble in the eighth. Zych walked the first two batters before giving up Pujols’ double to the gap. Kole Calhoun singled and Andrelton Simmons’ sacrifice fly scored Pujols for a three-run lead. Seattle’s bullpen has allowed 13 runs in the first three games of the series.
Los Angeles has won five straight and has moved into the second wild card spot in the American League.
TIGERS 12, TWINS 11
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Upton hit a two-run homer off Matt Belisle in the ninth inning, giving Detroit a win after the Tigers wasted a five-run lead and then overcame a five-run deficit.
Detroit had been 0-54 this year when trailing after eight innings and had lost six of seven but rallied to stop the Twins’ six-game winning streak.
After James McCann hit a grand slam in a five-run first inning against Jose Berrios, the Twins tied the score 5-5 in the third, then scored twice in the fourth, once in the fifth and three times in the sixth for an 11-6 lead.
Upton hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and McCann hit into a run-scoring forceout in the eighth and scored on Jose Iglesias’ home run against Trevor Hildenberger that cut Detroit’s gap to 11-10.
Shane Greene (3-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam when he struck out Miguel Sano on a slider. Mikie Mahtook singled against Belisle (0-2) starting the bottom half and Upton drove a high fastball into the left-field seats.
MARLINS 4, ROCKIES 3
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton continued his power surge with his 41st homer and drove in three runs in Miami’s victory over Colorado.
Stanton went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and is hitting .382 (13 for 34) with eight home runs and 15 RBIs in his last nine games. He needs one home run to tie Gary Sheffield for the Marlins’ single-season mark set in 1996.
Stanton has hit 20 home runs in his last 32 games. The last player to accomplish the feat in the same season was the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Shawn Green in 2002, according to STATS LLC.
Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon went 4 for 5 with two runs scored and two stolen bases. It was the 15th time this season Blackmon has had at least three hits and his third four-hit game.
ROYALS 5, WHITE SOX 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Melky Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run homer against his former team in the eighth inning, and Kansas City beat Chicago to stop a five-game losing streak.
Cabrera, acquired from Kansas City on July 30, homered with one out off Aaron Bummer (1-3) and drove in Lorenzo Cain, who led off the inning with a walk and Chris Beck. Cabrera has an eight-game hitting streak.
Scott Alexander (3-3) won after allowing a two-run, two-out single in the seventh to Leury Garcia that put Chicago ahead 4-3.
ORIOLES 12, ATHLETICS 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tim Beckham hit a two-run double in his second plate appearance of the first inning as Baltimore matched its biggest frame of the season with a seven-run first and went on to beat the Oakland Athletics 12-5 on Saturday night.
Dylan Bundy (12-8) matched his career high with 10 strikeouts, equaling the number from his previous outing, to win his third straight start and fourth consecutive decision. The right-hander allowed three runs and seven hits with three walks as the Orioles won for only the second time in five games.
Adam Jones drove in three runs for Baltimore.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, CUBS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Patrick Corbin pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, David Peralta hit an inside-the-park home run and Arizona cut Chicago’s NL Central lead over St. Louis to a percentage point.
Jon Lester (8-7) allowed four runs — three earned — and seven hits in six innings as the Cubs lost for the seventh time in 10 games.
Chicago led the division by 5½ games before play on Aug. 2, but the Cardinals have closed with eight straight victories, their longest winning streak in two years.
Corbin (9-11) allowed five hits and struck out eight. He escaped trouble in the opening inning when Ian Happ hit an inning-ending groundout with runners at the corners.
Shortstop Ketel Marte threw out Javier Baez at the plate in the fifth on Ben Zobrist’s grounder — a call upheld in a video review. Anthony Rizzo hit an inning-ending flyout with the bases loaded.
PHILLIES 3, METS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola held an opponent to two runs or fewer for his 10th straight start, Freddy Galvis had a go-ahead single during a fifth-inning rally and Philadelphia beat veteran-shedding New York.
Nola (9-7) gave up one run and two hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. He is 6-2 with a 1.71 ERA in his last 10 starts and is the only Phillies pitcher since 1900 to have 10 straight starts of at least six innings while allowing two runs or fewer, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Cesar Hernandez and Tommy Joseph also had RBIs for the Phillies, who won despite just five hits. Odubel Herrera extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games with an eighth-inning single.
BREWERS 6, REDS 5, 10 INNINGS
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Sogard scampered home with the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning and Milwaukee snapped a six-game losing streak.
Sogard started the rally with a one-out double off Reds reliever Tim Adleman (5-10). After Manny Pina flew out to center field, Jesus Aguilar and Eric Thames drew walks to load the bases.
An 0-2 curveball then bounced away from Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, allowing Sogard to slide in just ahead of Adleman’s tag attempt.
The Brewers have won three times in their last at-bat this season, two of which have come on wild pitches.
Josh Hader pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the Brewers before giving way to Corey Knebel (1-2) for the ninth and 10th.
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner allowed four hits over seven innings to win for the second time since returning from a dirt bike accident, helping the San Francisco Giants defeat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 Wednesday and complete a winning homestand for only the second time this season.
Bumgarner (2-5) struck out seven, walked one and gave up five hits — including a third-inning home run by Albert Almora Jr. Hunter Strickland pitched a one-hit eighth and Sam Dyson completed the six-hitter with a perfect ninth for his eighth save.
San Francisco won two of three against the NL Central-leading Cubs and has won consecutive home series for the first time since May.
Joe Panik hit an RBI single in the second, Jarrett Parker had a tiebreaking single in the seventh against Brian Duensing (0-1) and Hunter Pence hit an opposite-field homer to right-center in the eighth against Pedro Strop.
DODGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Yasiel Puig’s two-out single drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Los Angeles held on for a win over the Diamondbacks, making the Dodgers the sixth team since 1913 to reach 80 wins in their first 113 games.
Puig’s hit was the third off Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke in the seventh, after Greinke had allowed only one hit through six innings. Cody Bellinger homered, doubled and scored twice for the Dodgers.
Greinke (13-5) lost for the first time in 13 starts at home this season. He is 10-1 at Chase Field. He allowed three runs on four hits in 6 2-3 innings, but lost the lead by surrendering two runs in the seventh on Bellinger’s double, a two-out double for Joc Pederson and Puig’s single. Greinke struck out eight and walked four.
Dodgers starter Alex Wood pitched six innings for the win. Wood (14-1) allowed two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
CARDINALS 8, ROYALS 5
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina hit a grand slam one pitch after a cat ran onto the field in the sixth inning, helping the Cardinals rally to beat the Royals.
The Cardinals loaded the bases off Royals relievers Brandon Maurer and Peter Moylan. Molina was at the plate, with two outs, when the cat came onto the field and ran toward the center field wall.
On the next pitch, Molina drilled his 14th homer of the season into the left field seats for his fifth career slam.
Melky Cabrera hit his 15th home run, a two-run shot, that had given the Royals a 5-4 lead in the fifth.
MARINERS 6, ATHLETICS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nelson Cruz homered twice, Kyle Seager also went deep off Jharel Cotton (5-9) and Seattle completed a two-game sweep.
Emilion Pagan (1-2) pitched one-hit ball over 2 2/3 innings for his first big league win, and Edwin Diaz retired three batters for his 25th save.
Khris Davis hit his 31st home run and Matt Joyce also homered for the A’s, one day after returning to the lineup following a two-game suspension for using an anti-gay slur.
ANGELS 5, ORIOLES 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — After 10 seasons in the minors and playing in his first major league game, Cesar Puello singled in the go-ahead run and C.J. Cron added a two-run homer
Troy Scribner (2-0), making his second big league start, allowed one run and two hits in five innings.
Kevin Gausman (8-8) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
RANGERS 5, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Martin Perez (6-10) allowed three hits over eight innings, Joey Gallo hit his 32nd home run and Texas gained a two-game split.
Texas took a 3-0 lead in the first against Rafael Montero (1-8) when the pitcher balked with Shin-Soo Choo taking a sizable and distracting lead off of third, and Gallo hit a two-run drive into the upper deck in right, his 11th home run since the All-Star break
ROCKIES 3, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Charlie Blackmon homered against Zach McAllister (1-2) n the 12th inning, atoning for getting doubled up at first base on a foul ball inh the eighth..
Colorado tied the score in the ninth when Carlos Gonzalez singled with one out and came home on Jonathan Lucroy’s double off Cody Allen, who blew a save for the third time in 22 chances.
Carlos Estevez (5-0) pitched two hitless innings and Tyler Chatwood threw a perfect 12th for his second big league save.
NATIONALS 10, MARLINS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman had four run-scoring hits, including two solo home runs, drove in five runs and became the franchise’s all-time RBI leader as the Nationals defeated the Marlins.
Gio Gonzalez (10-5) allowed one run over seven innings after nearly tossing a no-hitter against the Marlins in his previous start. In between, he missed a turn to be with his wife for the birth of their second child.
Bryce Harper had two hits and two RBIs for Washington while Howie Kendrick added three hits, including two doubles, and drove in three runs.
Major League home run leader Giancarlo Stanton went hitless for Miami after homering twice this series.
REDS 8, PADRES 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto extended his longest hitting streak of the season to 14 games, Stuart Turner hit his first major league homer, and the Reds beat the Padres.
Votto had a double and a single off left-hander Travis Wood (2-4), who made his third start since San Diego acquired him in a trade with Kansas City. Turner and Eugenio Suarez each had a two-run homer, and Jose Peraza singled with the bases loaded off Wood, who lasted five innings.
Votto’s career high is a 17-game hitting streak last season. He’s batting .477 with four homers during the current one.
Asher Wojciechowski (3-1) won his second straight start despite allowing a solo homer by Manuel Margot and a two-run shot by Wil Myers. He gave up seven hits and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings.
TIGERS 10, PIRATES 0
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander allowed one hit over eight innings and the Tigers beat the Pirates.
Josh Bell ended Verlander’s attempt at a third career no-hitter in the sixth inning with a grounder off the glove of a diving Nicholas Castellanos at third base.
Ian Kinsler homered, scored four times and drove in four runs and Castellanos had five RBIs. The Tigers lost the first two games of the home-and-home series in Pittsburgh. The series concludes Thursday afternoon.
Verlander (8-7) won for the third straight start, allowing three walks while striking out six. He has allowed two runs in 21 innings in wins over the Astros, Orioles and Pirates.
He received a standing ovation at the end of the sixth, and a longer one after retiring the side in the eighth. Still the subject of constant trade rumors, he tipped his cap to the fans after the eighth.
Ivan Nova (10-9) allowed six runs, 10 hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings.
PHILLIES 3, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Odubel Herrera continued to feast on Atlanta pitching by driving in a run with two triples in the Phillies’ 3-2 victory that completed their third series sweep of the Braves this season.
Jerad Eickhoff (3-7) allowed two runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings.
The Phillies (42-69) swept the two-game series to improve to 11-2 against the Braves this season. They swept a four-game series against Atlanta on July 28-31 and a three-game series on April 21-23 — each in Philadelphia.
Herrera lined a triple to right field in the first inning off left-hander Sean Newcomb (1-7).
TWINS 4, BREWERS 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bartolo Colón pitched seven innings for his second consecutive win since joining the Twins, Brian Dozier added a home run, double and single and Minnesota beat the Brewers.
Colón (2-1) scattered five hits, struck out five and walked one in his sixth career start at Miller Park. Milwaukee failed to advance a batter past second.
The oldest active player in the majors, Colón made his 518th career start and fifth for the Twins. He was 2-8 with an 8.14 ERA in 13 starts for Atlanta before being released July 4. Three days later, the 44-year-old right-hander signed with Minnesota. He pitched the 37th complete game of his career in his last start and beat Texas 8-4.
Taylor Rogers retired the side in order in the eighth. Matt Belisle struck out the side in the ninth to seal Colón’s 237th career victory.
YANKEES 11, BLUE JAYS 5
TORONTO (AP) — Todd Frazier homered and had three RBIs, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius also went deep and the Yankees overcame a shaky start by Masahiro Tanaka to beat the Blue Jays.
Rookie Garrett Cooper had four hits for the Yankees, who had not scored in double figures since a 13-4 win at Houston on June 30. New York’s 17 hits were one shy of its season high, set June 10 against Baltimore.
Gregorius hit his 18th homer in a third, a two-out drive off Nick Tepesch (0-2).
Chad Green (2-0) earned the win.
RED SOX 8, RAYS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi limped off the field after Eduardo Nunez lined a single off the pitcher’s foot leading off the fifth inning. The Boston Red Sox beat up the Tampa Bay Rays’ bullpen, scoring five runs in the inning and taking advantage of defensive sloppiness to extend their winning streak to a season-high eight.
Rick Porcello won consecutive starts for the first time this year, an 8-2 victory on Wednesday night.
Struck on the right foot, Odorizzi was face down on the mound for several seconds. He hobbled off with one arm wrapped around Rays manager Kevin Cash, the other around assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker. Tampa Bay said Odorizzi sustained a bruise and X-rays were negative.
“I was kind of expecting the worst, but we got the best news,” Odorizzi said. “I should be good to go for my next start. … It will be nice to avoid some baseballs moving forward. It’s been a tough year for getting them hit back at me.”
Porcello (6-14) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings, throwing 82 pitches. He was 22-4 last year, when he won the AL Cy Young Award. Boston is on its longest winning streak since taking 11 in a row last September.
“We seem to be firing on all cylinders,” said Porcello, who threw 19 consecutive strikes at one point. “I feel like I did my job, and as much as I’d like to throw 110 or 115 pitches every start, sometimes it doesn’t call for that. More than anything, I’m happy to come out with a win and keep this momentum going.”
Pitching for the first time since July 23 after being sidelined by a lower back strain, Odorizzi (6-5) gave up two runs — one earned — and four hits. Tampa Bay made a pair of errors, threw a pair of run-scoring wild pitches and had a run-scoring passed ball.
Andrew Benintendi had three hits and put Boston ahead in the third inning when he doubled and scored with two outs when Mitch Moreland hit a sharp grounder down the first-base line. Trevor Plouffe made a diving stop, dropped the ball and then threw to first only for Odorizzi to drop the ball for an error.
Dan Jennings relieved Odorizzi and gave up a single to Benintendi and an RBI single to Mookie Betts. After an intentional walk to Hanley Ramirez, Benintendi scored on a passed ball on a low pitch off the glove of Wilson Ramos, and Betts came home when Jennings threw a wild pitch that bounced away from Ramos. Sandy Leon’s two-run single boosted the lead to 6-0.
Adeiny Hechevarria and Brad Miller homered off Porcello. The Rays have scored four runs in their last five games.
Plouffe threw wildly past pitcher Sergio Romo at first base as Brock Holt scored in the seventh, and Romo threw a run-scoring wild pitch.
WHITE SOX 7, ASTROS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Tim Anderson homered and drove in three runs, Miguel Gonzalez tossed eight strong innings and the White Sox beat the Astros, their second straight win over the team with the best record in the AL.
Leury Garcia and Yolmer Sanchez each had two-run singles as Chicago won consecutive games for just the second time since last month’s All-Star break.
Gonzalez (6-10) allowed one run on five hits to record the 50th win of his career. He bounced back after getting shelled for seven runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings against Boston last Thursday.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Yasiel Puig hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning and the thundering Los Angeles Dodgers went deep five times, rallying past the New York Mets 7-4 on Saturday to extend their incredible surge.
Chris Taylor, Justin Turner, Corey Seager and rookie Cody Bellinger also connected for the Dodgers, who are 43-7 since June 7. That’s the best 50-game run by a big league team since the 1912 New York Giants compiled the same mark from May 14 to July 3.
Los Angeles has won all but one of its last 13 games, upping the top record in the majors to an astounding 78-32. That puts the Dodgers at 46 games above .500 for the first time since they were 98-51 on Sept. 15, 1962.
CUBS 7, NATIONALS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras homered and drove in three runs, Alex Avila homered for his first hit with the Cubs and Chicago beat Washington to even the series between division leaders.
Kris Bryant and Jon Jay each added a run-scoring hit as the Cubs snapped a three-game losing streak.
Bryce Harper hit his 28th homer and threw out a runner at third base for the Nationals.
Saturday was supposed to be a day off for Contreras — with Avila making his first start after being acquired on Monday — but manager Joe Maddon started Contreras in left field to keep his hot bat in the lineup. He entered batting .429 with two homers and eight RBIs in the first four games of the home stand.
John Lackey (9-9) allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in five innings to win his fourth straight start. Wade Davis got the final three outs — striking out Harper, the potential tying run, to end it — for his 23rd save.
YANKEES 2, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brett Gardner and Ronald Torreyes made sensational defensive plays in the ninth inning to save Aroldis Chapman from another late-inning meltdown in Progressive Field, and New York hung on to stop a four-game losing streak.
Chapman (4-2), making his first appearance in Cleveland since Game 7 of last year’s World Series for the Chicago Cubs, allowed a leadoff single in the ninth before Jose Ramirez hit a fly to deep left that Gardner grabbed with a jump on the warning track. Edwin Encarnacion then hit a blooper toward right that Torreyes ran down with a dive.
Chapman went to a full count on Carlos Santana before striking him out with his 21st pitch of the inning for his 14th save.
The defensive gems were a nice change for the Yankees, who made three errors in the series opener and had another error, passed ball and two wild pitches on Friday.
Chase Headley homered with one out in the eighth inning off Zach McAllister (1-1) for the Yankees, who have been anything but Bronx Bombers lately.
RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 1
BOSTON (AP) — Drew Pomeranz was trailing 1-0 after his second pitch of the game, and he knows that things can get worse — quickly — at Fenway Park.
But after giving up Tim Anderson’s leadoff homer, the Boston left-hander got out of the inning — and into the seventh — without allowing any more runs and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Chicago White Sox 4-1 on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
“It’s all about not letting it snowball into something else,” said Pomeranz (11-4), who has lost just once in 15 starts since starting the season 3-3. “You give up the homer, get rid of it. Set up the next guy, try to sit him down.”
One night after Mitch Moreland hit a walkoff homer in the 11th, the Red Sox rallied early. Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first, and Jackie Bradley Jr. cleared the bullpen with a man on in the second to give Boston a lead it never relinquished.
“We can swing it a little bit,” Bradley said.
The Red Sox have won seven of their last nine games and are 35-20 at Fenway Park — the best home record in the AL. They maintained a three-game lead in the division over the second-place Yankees, who beat Cleveland 2-1.
Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 26th save.
James Shields (2-4) took the loss for the White Sox, who have dropped five straight games and 22 of their last 26. Shields was charged with four runs — three earned — five hits and an intentional walk, striking out six in six innings.
Shields is 1-4 with a 7.63 ERA since spending two months on the disabled list with a strained muscle in his back.
“He did a nice job keeping us in contention there for the whole ballgame,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “He did a nice job working after giving those two (homers) up early.”
ORIOLES 5, TIGERS 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Welington Castillo hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning, Adam Jones and Tim Beckham also hit solo shots, and Baltimore ended Detroit’s four-game winning streak.
Jonathan Schoop doubled in a run for Baltimore to increase his RBI total to 80, tied for the AL lead.
Justin Upton homered in a third consecutive game for the Tigers, who were unbeaten in August after trading away three stars before the non-waiver trade deadline.
After losing the first two games of the series, Baltimore fell behind 2-0 in the first inning before coming back for its sixth win in eight games.
BREWERS 3, RAYS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Zach Davies gave up one hit in seven innings and Milwaukee remained a half-game behind NL Central-leading Chicago after a victory over Tampa Bay.
It was the second straight shutout for the Brewers, who have given up only one run while winning three straight.
Davies (13-5) walked two and struck out two. Two relievers helped the Brewers stretch their streak of shutout innings to 22.
Lucas Duda’s single to center with one out in the sixth was the only hit off Davies, who is 6-1 with a 2.38 ERA over his last eight starts.
Keon Broxton scored the game’s first run after a leadoff single off Rays starter Alex Cobb in the third. Broxton stole a base and scored on Orlando Arcia’s double.
BLUE JAYS 4, ASTROS 3, 10 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Ryan Goins hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning, and Toronto rallied to beat Houston.
Goins hit the two-out single to left field off Francisco Liriano (6-7), and Rob Refsnyder touched home plate with his left hand just before Brian McCann tagged him. The Astros challenged the call, which stood after a nearly two-minute review.
Ryan Tepera (6-1) threw two innings for the win, and Roberto Osuna got the last three outs for his 28th save.
RANGERS 4, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cole Hamels threw the 16th complete game of his career — his first in nearly two years — and turned in his most efficient start of the season to lead Texas past Minnesota.
With Hamels dominating on the mound, Nomar Mazara’s first-inning, two-run homer off Kyle Gibson (6-9) was all the offense Texas needed to beat the Twins.
In his first complete game since Oct. 4, 2015, Hamels (6-1) scattered four hits and allowed only four batters to reach base. The Twins’ only run against him was unearned.
Hamels entered the game with a 6.35 career ERA against Minnesota, the highest of any opponent with at least six starts, but breezed through the lineup using 96 pitches to pick up his third career win against the Twins.
PADRES 5, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie Dinelson Lamet allowed just one hit in 5 2/3 innings, Wil Myers broke out of a slump with a home run and three RBIs and San Diego quieted Pittsburgh.
Lamet (6-4) struck out five and walked three, giving up just a single to Josh Bell in the fourth to win his third consecutive start. He also picked up his first major league hit, a flare to right field off Gerrit Cole (9-8) in the sixth. Brad Hand worked a perfect ninth for his eighth save.
Myers ended an 0-for-16 slide by doubling home Cory Spangenberg in the third to give San Diego the lead. He then hit a two-run shot to center in the fifth off Cole for his 21st home run of the season. Dusty Coleman went 3 for 4 for the Padres, including his third homer.
Josh Harrison hit a solo home run in the seventh and Adam Frazier added an RBI single but couldn’t stop the Pirates from falling 5 1/2 games behind first-place Chicago in the NL Central.
BRAVES 7, MARLINS 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Foltzynewicz had a career-high 11 strikeouts, Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer and Atlanta beat Miami.
Miami led 1-0 in the sixth when Giancarlo Stanton slugged his 36th homer, most in the majors. One night after homering twice, Stanton crushed Foltynewicz’s fastball deep into the seats in the left field, but the Braves took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the inning on Freeman’s RBI single and Nick Markakis’ RBI double.
Freeman hit his 20th homer and Brandon Phillips had a two-run single in a five-run seventh.
Foltynewicz (10-6) struck out eight of the first 12 batters he faced. He allowed four hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings and did not issue a walk for the first time in 15 starts.
CARDINALS 4, REDS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer and Lance Lynn got past Joey Votto’s first-inning home run to win his fourth straight start as St. Louis eased past Cincinnati.
Lynn (10-6) retired 12 of the last 14 batters he faced, walking Votto twice. The right-hander limited the Reds to three hits and a run with three walks and four strikeouts.
Seung Hwan Oh allowed a harmless two-out single in the seventh, Tyler Lyons struck out all three batters he faced in the eighth – including Votto looking to end the inning – and Trevor Rosenthal worked around a walk and a single in the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances.
The win was the Cardinals’ first in six games at Cincinnati this season and the first in their last six overall decided by more than one run.
ATHLETICS 5, ANGELS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Rookie Paul Blackburn allowed five hits in 6 2/3 innings and Oakland cooled off Los Angeles.
The Angels had their four-game winning streak snapped after they had scored at least five runs in each of their previous seven games.
Blackburn (3-1) was in control all night and didn’t walk a batter. The 2012 No. 1 draft pick of the Cubs struck out one.
Just called up last month, Blackburn, 23, has a 2.60 ERA in seven starts.
Catcher Dustin Garneau, claimed off waivers from Colorado on Friday, singled in two runs in his first game for the A’s.
Tyler Skaggs (1-2) went four innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks, in his first start since going on the disabled list April 29 with an oblique strain.
ROCKIES 8, PHILLIES 5
DENVER (AP) — Jon Gray pitched seven innings of one-run ball, Pat Valaika homered and Colorado rode a big early lead to a victory over Philadelphia.
Gerardo Parra added three hits and two RBIs for the Rockies who won for the fourth time in five games.
Daniel Nava homered, tripled and singled to finish a double shy of the cycle for the Phillies, who fell to 0-5 on their eight-game road trip.
Gray (4-2) allowed six hits and struck out four, giving the Rockies a quality start the night after they had to lean on their bullpen when starter Kyle Freeland was forced to leave in the first inning because of a left groin strain.
GIANTS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 4, 10 INNINGS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Denard Span scored on Jarrett Parker’s two-out infield single in the 10th inning, lifting San Francisco over Arizona.
Hunter Pence homered, Nick Hundley had three hits and Pablo Sandoval doubled in three at-bats to celebrate his return to the Giants.
Span led off the 10th with a double off T.J. McFarland (4-4) past Arizona right fielder J.D. Martinez. After Kelby Tomlinson was intentionally walked and Brandon Crawford hit into a double play, Buster Posey was intentionally walked before Parker beat out a grounder to second baseman Adam Rosales as Span crossed the plate.
NEW YORK (AP) — Yu Darvish fit right in with the steamrolling Dodgers, striking out 10 over seven innings of three-hit ball during his Los Angeles debut to pitch the top team in the majors past the New York Mets 6-0 on Friday night.
Chris Taylor hit a leadoff homer against Jacob deGrom, and Mets nemesis Chase Utley added a two-run shot as Los Angeles improved baseball’s best record to 77-32 with its 11th victory in 12 games. Yasiel Puig also went deep for the Dodgers, who have outscored New York 42-11 in winning all five meetings this season.
In his first start since being acquired from Texas for three prospects just before Monday’s trade deadline, Darvish (7-9) only made the Dodgers look even better. With his confident teammates behind him, the four-time All-Star snapped a five-game losing streak and won for the first time in nine outings since June 12 at Houston.
DeGrom (12-5) allowed three runs and five hits in five innings. He has dropped consecutive starts after winning eight straight.
NATIONALS 4, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Daniel Murphy homered twice and Tanner Roark pitched into the seventh inning, leading Washington to the victory.
With the game-time temperature at 63, Murphy hit a two-run homer in the first and connected off Kyle Hendricks leading off the sixth for a 3-0 lead.
Roark (9-7) was working on a shutout before Javier Baez chased him with a two-run homer with one out in the seventh.
Hendricks (4-4) gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings. Chicago has lost three straight after winning 14 of 17 following the All-Star break.
Sean Doolittle worked the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances since he was acquired from Oakland on July 16.
INDIANS 7, YANKEES 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer won his third straight start, and Cleveland extended New York’s losing streak to four.
Bauer (10-8) allowed one run in seven innings, on Todd Frazier’s fifth-inning homer. Third baseman Giovanny Urshela made an outstanding defensive play on Clint Frazier’s grounder to throw out Ronald Torreyes at home plate, and Gary Sanchez stranded the bases loaded with a strikeout.
Traded from Atlanta to Minnesota to New York, Jaime Garcia (1-1) became the first pitcher to make three straight appearances as a starter for three different teams since Gus Weyhing in 1895, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Garcia gave up six runs, five earned, and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.
TWINS 8, RANGERS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bartolo Colon threw his first complete game in two years to earn his first win with Minnesota.
Brian Dozier homered twice and Robbie Grossman also connected as the Twins won for just the third time in 11 games.
In his fourth start for Minnesota, the 44-year-old Colon (3-9) scattered nine hits in his 37th career complete game and first since Sept. 5, 2015, with the New York Mets.
Elvis Andrus had three doubles and Carlos Gomez homered for the Rangers. Martin Perez (5-10) got the loss.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt had three hits for Arizona, and rookie Anthony Banda earned his first career win.
David Peralta doubled and reached twice to help the Diamondbacks (63-46) beat Madison Bumgarner and the Giants in the first matchup between the NL West rivals since early April.
One day after hitting a career-high three home runs at Wrigley Field, Goldschmidt reached on an infield single in the second, tripled in the fourth to drive in A.J. Pollock and tacked on an RBI single off the wall in left in the sixth.
Brandon Crawford drove in San Francisco’s lone run with a bases-loaded walk in the fourth. Bumgarner (1-5) was charged with two runs in seven innings.
Banda (1-1) allowed one run and three hits in six innings. Fernando Rodney retired three batters for his 25th save.
ROCKIES 4, PHILLIES 3
DENVER (AP) — Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland left with a strained left groin after facing three batters, and D.J. LeMahieu singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth for the Rockies.
Freeland, whose 11 wins this season lead major league rookies, appeared to tweak the leg after delivering a pitch to Aaron Altherr. Manager Bud Black and team trainers came out to check Freeland and made the decision to pull him after he threw several warmup pitches.
Rockies spokesman Warren Miller said there was no word on Freeland’s status for his next scheduled start.
Nolan Arenado hit a tying homer in the seventh, and Mike Dunn (4-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory. Greg Holland got three outs for his 34th save.
The last-place Phillies have dropped four in a row. Luis Garcia (1-3) got the loss.
RED SOX 3, WHITE SOX 2, 11 INNINGS
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are tough to beat in extra innings. Tough at home, too.
Mitch Moreland homered with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting the Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.
“It would be a lot more fun to win them in nine I think, but as long as we’re getting the win I think we’ll take it,” Moreland said. “It’s always fun to do that and carry a little momentum into the next day.”
Moreland, a defensive replacement in the 10th, drove a pitch from Aaron Bummer over the Green Monster for his 14th of the season. It was the second game-ending homer this week for the Red Sox, who improved to 10-3 in extra innings.
“We’ve been there so much that you try to find ways not to put pressure on yourself. It probably makes it a little bit easier,” Moreland said.
Bummer (0-2) was one strike away from pushing the game to the 12th, but left a slider over the plate and a little up in the zone for Moreland.
“It could have been a better pitch — it definitely should have been a better pitch and he got it,” Bummer said. “I wanted to bury it, especially with two strikes. I just left it out over the plate. Easy pitch for him to track and go the other way with.”
The AL East-leading Red Sox earned their fourth consecutive victory and moved three games ahead of the second-place Yankees, who lost 7-2 at Cleveland. They also improved to 34-20 at Fenway Park.
Carlos Rodon matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings for Chicago, which has dropped four straight and nine of 11. The White Sox were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.
Eduardo Nunez hit a tying solo homer for Boston in the sixth, and Heath Hembree (2-3) got three outs for the win.
Boston had only one hit before opening the fifth with three straight singles. Chris Young drove in Rafael Devers with a single to left, and the Red Sox loaded the bases with one out when Jackie Bradley Jr. reached on an infield hit.
Rodon then got Mookie Betts to bounce into a fielder’s choice and struck out Andrew Benintendi to end the inning.
Chicago struck first on Nicky Delmonico’s two-run double with two runs in the fourth. It was the first career double for Delmonico, who hit his first homer Thursday night.
Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six innings for Boston. He allowed four hits and struck out five on a season-high 118 pitches.
ASTROS 16, BLUE JAYS 7
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer and Marwin Gonzalez added a three-run shot as part of a nine-run fourth inning, helping Houston stop a three-game slide.
Tyler White homered twice for the Astros, and Yuli Gurriel also went deep. White finished with four hits and five RBIs.
Brad Peacock (10-1) got his seventh straight win despite allowing a season-high seven runs in six innings.
Kendrys Morales, Russell Martin and Ryan Goins homered for Toronto. Cesar Valdez (1-1) allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings in his second straight rough start.
BRAVES 5, MARLINS 3
ATLANTA (AP) — R.A. Dickey won for the first time in seven starts, Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer and the Braves overcame Giancarlo Stanton’s two home runs to beat the Marlins.
Stanton hit his 34th and 35th homers, passing Yankees slugger Aaron Judge for most in the majors, to give the Marlins a 3-1 lead in the sixth. Markakis took Adam Conley (4-4) deep in the bottom half of the inning to make it 4-3.
Dickey (7-7) allowed three runs in six innings. Arodys Vizcaino worked the ninth for his fourth save in six chances.
BREWERS 2, RAYS 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Woodruff allowed seven hits in 6 1/3 innings in his major league debut and Orlando Arcia homered and scored both runs for Milwaukee.
The Brewers won for the third time in four games and moved within a half-game of the Cubs for the top spot in the NL Central.
Arcia’s three hits included a triple off Jake Faria (5-2) in the third and his 10th homer of the season in the eighth. Eric Thames followed the triple with an RBI single.
Woodruff (1-0) struck out six and walked two. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his 21st save.
Logan Morrison had three of Tampa Bay’s nine hits.
MARINERS 5, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — James Paxton tied a Mariners’ record by winning his seventh straight start, and Seattle moved back over .500.
Paxton (12-3) did not allow a hit until Mike Moustakas’ single with one out in the fifth, and Brandon Moss’ two-out single ended Paxton’s scoreless streak at 21 innings.
Paxton was charged with two runs in six innings. Edwin Diaz worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 26 chances.
Kansas City’s Jason Hammel (5-9) gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
PIRATES 10, PADRES 6
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer into the Allegheny River during Pittsburgh’s six-run seventh inning.
With Pittsburgh trailing 6-4 and two men on, Polanco belted a pinch-hit drive 434 feet onto the riverwalk beyond the right-field wall. Twenty-nine different players have hit 43 home runs into the river since PNC Park opened in 2001.
Padres right-hander Kirby Yates (2-2) recorded just one out and was charged with six runs.
A.J. Schugel (2-0) won for the first time since July 9, striking out one batter in the seventh.
TIGERS 5, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Justin Upton hit a grand slam in the eighth inning to back a strong pitching performance by Justin Verlander, and the surprising Tigers earned their fourth straight victory.
Jim Adduci also homered for the Tigers, who have won six of seven despite unloading three stars before the non-waiver trade deadline. Detroit’s four-game winning streak matches a season high.
Verlander (7-7) struck out 10 and gave up two runs and six hits over seven innings. Bruce Rondon, who entered with an 11.20 ERA, worked the ninth for his first save.
Tim Beckham went 4 for 4 with a home run and Manny Machado also went deep for the Orioles, who have dropped two in a row to Detroit following a five-game winning streak. Mychal Givens (7-1) got the loss.
ANGELS 8, ATHLETICS 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Pinch hitter Luis Valbuena hit a two-run single in Los Angeles’ four-run seventh, helping the Angels rally for their fourth straight win.
The Angels won for the sixth time in eight games to get back to .500 at 55-55. They are two games back in the race for the final American League wild-card spot.
Kole Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Ben Revere began the seventh with consecutive walks against reliever Daniel Coulombe (2-2). Valbuena tied it at six with a one-out single against Blake Treinen.
Yunel Escobar and Mike Trout added run-scoring hits for the Angels. Jesse Chavez (6-10) got the win and Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his 18th save.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber upstaged Sonny Gray’s debut for New York by pitching a three-hitter and leading the Cleveland Indians to a 5-1 win over the sloppy Yankees on Thursday night.
Kluber (9-3) struck out 11 and Cleveland’s ace threw his third complete game this season as the defending AL champions won the opener of a four-game series with a potential playoff opponent, ending their losing streak at three.
For five innings, Gray (6-6) was nearly as good as Kluber, but New York made three errors in the first behind the right-hander, who was acquired at Monday’s trade deadline from Oakland to help the Yankees return to the postseason.
Yan Gomes broke an 0-for-13 slide by hitting a two-run double to put Cleveland up 4-0.
With his latest dominant performance, Kluber joined Hall of Famers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to strike out at least eight in 12 consecutive starts.
Kluber carried a two-hit shutout into the seventh before Gary Sanchez belted his 17th homer.
The Yankees sat struggling slugger Aaron Judge. The major league home run leader is batting .164 (11 of 67) with 29 strikeouts since the All-Star break.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, CUBS 8
CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit his third long homer of the game to snap a ninth-inning tie, and Arizona pulled out a rain-delayed victory over Chicago.
Goldschmidt drove a 3-2 pitch from Wade Davis (2-1) deep into the right-center bleachers with one out. J.D. Martinez followed with another solo drive off the All-Star closer.
Goldschmidt’s first career three-homer game gave him 25 for the season, and his six RBIs matched a career high.
Brandon Drury also homered for the Diamondbacks, who remained percentage points ahead of Colorado for the top NL wild card.
Willson Contreras hit two home runs and had a career-high six RBIs for the Cubs, who lost consecutive games for the first time since the All-Star break. Their NL Central lead over Milwaukee slipped to 1½ games.
Jake Barrett (1-0) got two outs in the eighth. Fernando Rodney worked around two walks in the ninth to earn his 24th save in 29 chances.
Jose Quintana was hit hard in his fourth start with the Cubs.
ROCKIES 5, METS 4
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Colorado a win over New York.
Charlie Blackmon and Mark Reynolds homered for the Rockies, who maintained a 5 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card.
Mets reliever Hansel Robles (6-3) began the ninth by hitting Jonathan Lucroy with a pitch. After a sacrifice by Pat Valaika, Blackmon was intentionally walked and DJ LeMahieu loaded the bases with another walk.
Robles got Arenado down 0-2 but the All-Star third baseman worked the count full. Robles sent his last pitch to the backstop behind home plate, bringing in Lucroy with the winning run.
Greg Holland (2-1) pitched the ninth for Colorado. Holland had missed two games after cutting his right index finger in his kitchen.
Yoenis Cespedes homered for the Mets.
BREWERS 2, CARDINALS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Keon Broxton drove in the go-ahead run and saved one with a leaping catch, Matt Garza made a strong start in his return from the disabled list, and Milwaukee edged St. Louis.
Broxton, who robbed Jose Martinez of a homer in the second inning, gave the Brewers a 2-1 lead with a single in the fifth off reliever Brett Cecil (1-4).
Garza (5-5), making his first start since July 21 because of a right leg strain, allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings to give Milwaukee its first home series win over St. Louis since July 2012. The Brewers won for just the fifth time in their last 17 games.
Corey Knebel worked the ninth and struck out Greg Garcia with two on for his 20th save in 25 opportunities.
Jesus Aguilar homered for Milwaukee.
PIRATES 6, REDS 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chad Kuhl permitted four hits in seven efficient innings, Starling Marte went 3 for 4 and scored three times, and Pittsburgh had little trouble with Cincinnati.
Kuhl (4-7) struck out six and walked two as the Pirates beat the last-place Reds for only the second time in 10 tries this season. David Freese went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen also drove in a pair of runs. John Jaso’s pinch-hit single in the seventh ended an 0-for-34 skid.
Cincinnati rookie Sal Romano (2-3) was knocked around early, allowing four runs and eight hits in six innings.
The Reds managed just four singles against Kuhl and two relievers as their three-game winning streak was snapped. Billy Hamilton was ejected in the fifth after arguing a called third strike with umpire Todd Tichenor.
DODGERS 7, BRAVES 4
ATLANTA (AP) — Alex Wood allowed one run in six innings to avenge his lone loss of the season, Chris Taylor had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Los Angeles defeated Atlanta.
Wood (13-1) evened his record this season against his former teammates. He gave up a career-high nine runs, seven earned, in a 12-3 loss to the Braves on July 21. The left-hander returned to his All-Star form in the rematch, permitting seven hits.
Tony Cingrani, who joined the Dodgers earlier in the day after he was acquired from Cincinnati on Monday, gave up a three-run homer to rookie Ozzie Albies in the ninth. It was Albies’ first major league hit.
The Dodgers, whose nine-game winning streak ended Wednesday night, won two of three in the series. They are 21-3 since July 4, with all three losses coming against the Braves.
Rookie left-hander Sean Newcomb (1-6) issued seven walks to match his seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
RED SOX 9, WHITE SOX 5
BOSTON (AP) — Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer and Rick Porcello ended a four-game losing streak with his first win since June as Boston beat Chicago.
Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer and slumping Andrew Benintendi went 3 for 3, scoring twice and driving in a run as the Red Sox won their third straight. Benintendi reached base all five times he batted. Hanley Ramirez drove in two runs for Boston.
Nicky Delmonico hit his first career homer, a three-run shot, for the White Sox. Chicago lost its third in a row and fell to 3-15 since the All-Star break.
The Red Sox got 15 hits to back Porcello (5-14), winless in his previous six starts. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner pitched into the sixth inning and won for the first time since June 23 against the Angels.
Miguel Gonzalez (5-10) gave up seven runs and seven hits in 1 2/3 innings.
RAYS 5, ASTROS 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Steven Souza Jr. homered and drove in three runs, and Corey Dickerson added three hits and made a dazzling defensive play to preserve Tampa Bay’s lead against Houston.
The Rays have won three straight since dropping the series opener 14-7, and it’s the first time Houston has lost three in a row since June 11-13.
Pitching in relief for the first time this season, Francisco Liriano (6-6) lost in his Astros debut. He was acquired in a trade with Toronto on Monday.
Tampa Bay trailed 3-2 in the seventh but tied it on an error by third baseman Alex Bregman. Souza doubled to put the Rays up 5-3, and Dickerson made a terrific catch in left field to end the bottom half with two runners in scoring position.
Brad Boxberger (3-3) was part of a Tampa Bay bullpen that combined for five scoreless innings. Alex Colome pitched a perfect ninth to convert a save for the third straight day and give him 33 this season.
RANGERS 4, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joey Gallo hit another massive homer, a three-run shot in the fourth inning that spurred Texas to a victory over Minnesota.
A.J. Griffin (5-2) made his first start in more than two months, giving up one run and two hits over six innings in a resounding return from a muscle strain around his chest. He last started on May 26 and last won on May 9.
Gallo has 29 home runs this season, with four long balls in the last three games. He connected off starter Adalberto Mejia (4-5) to break a tie.
Alex Claudio closed for his fifth save.
ROYALS 6, MARINERS 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brandon Moss hit two homers and Lorenzo Cain singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as Kansas City topped Seattle.
The Royals rallied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 for their 32nd comeback victory. They snapped a three-game losing streak.
Moss homered in the fifth off Yovani Gallardo after Mike Moustakas walked. That snapped a four-game homerless drought for the Royals, which matched their longest of the season.
Moss also went deep in eighth for his 11th career multi-homer game.
Ryan Buchter (1-0) threw one pitch and picked up the win. Kelvin Herrera got his 24th save in 27 chances.
Royals manager Ned Yost was ejected for the second straight game.
Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia homered for the Mariners. Emilio Pagan (0-2) took the loss.
TIGERS 7, ORIOLES 5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Justin Upton homered and drove in two runs, and Detroit shook off two rain delays and a triple play to beat Baltimore.
Ian Kinsler hit his 45th career leadoff home run for the Tigers, who built a 7-0 lead in the third inning and ended Baltimore’s five-game winning streak.
After enduring nearly five hours of rain delays Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, Detroit ran into more troublesome weather at Camden Yards. The game began 43 minutes late, and only four batters went to the plate before another shower produced a stoppage of 59 minutes.
Baltimore’s second triple play of the season occurred in the second inning. With runners on first and second, Tigers catcher James McCann hit a grounder to third baseman Manny Machado, who stepped on third and whipped a throw to second baseman Jonathan Schoop. The relay to Chris Davis beat McCann to complete the around-the-horn triple play.
Tim Beckham had three hits, including his first homer with the Orioles to make it 7-5 in the eighth.
Kinsler connected off Chris Tillman (1-7), moving past Brady Anderson into sole possession of sixth place for career leadoff homers.
Miguel Cabrera doubled in two runs in a five-run third that ended Tillman’s ineffective outing. He allowed seven runs, five earned, in two-plus innings and has gone 14 straight starts without a win.
Tigers reliever Warwick Saupold (3-1) went 1 2/3 innings for the win, and Shane Greene worked a perfect ninth for his third save.
ANGELS 5, PHILLIES 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout hit an early two-run homer and Los Angeles scored twice in the eighth inning to edge Philadelphia for its 12th consecutive victory over the Phillies.
Andrelton Simmons keyed the decisive rally with a double and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch by Luis Garcia (1-2).
Yusmeiro Petit (3-0) threw two scoreless innings in relief, and Bud Norris pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
Nick Williams hit a two-run homer for the Phillies.
GIANTS 11, ATHLETICS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ty Blach pitched eight strong innings and hit a three-run homer, and Jarrett Parker had three hits and three RBIs in his return from the disabled list as San Francisco defeated Oakland.
The teams split their four-game, home-and-home Bay Bridge Series.
Blach (7-7) allowed two runs and six hits. The left-hander has pitched at least six innings in six straight starts.
Blach connected off Chris Smith in the fifth. His first career home run cleared the 399-foot sign in center field and extended an 8-1 lead.
The Giants got 13 hits as they spoiled the return of A’s starter Kendall Graveman (2-3) from a strained shoulder that had kept him out since late May.
Parker, sidelined since breaking his right clavicle crashing into a wall on April 15, was 3 for 5 with two doubles. Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer for the Giants.
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BOSTON (AP) — With the game on the line, Christian Vazquez launched a long drive that even Austin Jackson couldn’t reach.
Vazquez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Boston Red Sox pulled off the final rally of a wild game Tuesday night, beating the Indians 12-10 despite an astonishing catch by Jackson.
“Some odd things took place offensively,” Boston manager John Farrell said, marveling at the outcome and the many twists and turns that preceded it as the Red Sox moved back into first place in the AL East.
The teams combined for 28 hits and six home runs, but Jackson made a defensive play that stood above all the offense when he robbed Hanley Ramirez of a leadoff homer in the fifth with a leaping grab in the right-center triangle at Fenway Park.
The center fielder reached way above the wall and tumbled head over heels into the Red Sox bullpen, disappearing from view momentarily before popping up and showing the ball was in his glove — to the amazement of players on both sides.
A replay review confirmed Jackson held on for the catch, and the sensational play earned him a standing ovation from rival Red Sox fans.
“That was one of the best catches I think I’ve ever seen,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “I’ve been in the game a long time. That’s a hard wall out there and a lot of guys run away from it. Austin went up and over.”
Vazquez also went up and over, ending the game with a shot to center that Jackson could only turn around and watch leave the park as Vazquez rounded the bases and the Red Sox celebrated an unlikely victory. Mitch Moreland had just struck out swinging for what should have been the final out, but the pitch from Cleveland closer Cody Allen (0-6) was wild and Moreland reached first safely to extend the inning.
Allen then fell behind 3-1 in the count and Vazquez pounced on the next pitch.
“I was going to try to throw my best fastball and hopefully get an out,” Allen said. “He hit that ball a long way.”
Vazquez wasn’t the only one. Cleveland tied it on Francisco Lindor’s leadoff homer in the top of the ninth and took a 10-9 lead on Craig Kimbrel’s bases-loaded wild pitch with Jackson at the plate. But the Indians, who led 5-0 after two innings, blew the lead for the third and final time in the bottom of the ninth.
Moreland hit a three-run homer in the second and Eduardo Nunez had three hits and four RBIs for the Red Sox, including a bases-loaded double in the sixth as Boston scored four times to take its first lead.
“I don’t know if you can separate the ninth from any other part of this game. We haven’t had a game like this for a long time,” Farrell said.
The comeback lifted Boston a half-game ahead of the New York Yankees, who lost 4-3 to Detroit.
Kimbrel (3-0) blew a save for the fourth time this season, but ended up with the win when Vazquez hit his second homer of the year.
DODGERS 3, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Kenta Maeda allowed only two hits in seven scoreless innings, Cody Bellinger homered and Los Angeles won its ninth straight.
The slumping Braves were shut down by Maeda (10-4) but cut their deficit to one with Johan Camargo’s two-run homer off Josh Ravin in the eighth. Atlanta ended the inning with Brandon Phillips, who had a pinch-hit single, on third base.
Bellinger led off the fourth with his 29th homer into the Braves’ bullpen in right-center off Lucas Sims (0-1).
Sims and second baseman Ozzie Albies made their major league debuts for Atlanta, which has lost six in a row.
Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for his 28th save in 29 chances.
RAYS 6, ASTROS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Longoria became the second Tampa Bay player to hit for the cycle and drove in three runs to lead the Rays past Houston.
He was a double shy when he came to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning and laced a laser to left field. Longoria dashed to second base and slid in to avoid the tag of Jose Altuve.
He was initially ruled out, but the call was overturned after a crew chief review. Most of the Rays stood up behind the railing of the dugout and cheered as the call was reversed.
Logan Morrison hit a solo homer and finished with two RBIs.
Lucas Duda singled with one out in the first before Longoria launched his towering homer, which banged on train tracks atop left field, off Mike Fiers (7-6) to make it 2-0. Morrison’s 27th homer came next to make it 3-0.
Rays starter Chris Archer (8-6) allowed six hits, four runs and struck out five in 6-plus innings to get his first win since July 4.
TIGERS 4, YANKEES 3
NEW YORK (AP) — John Hicks hit a three-run homer in his first big league game in more than a month, Justin Upton added a solo drive off CC Sabathia, and Detroit held on to beat the New York Yankees.
A 27-year-old rookie recalled Monday for his fifth major league stint this season, Hicks drove a slider over the right-center field wall in the second inning, capping a 10-pitch at-bat.
Upton made it 4-0 in the third when he hit a full-count slider to left-center for his 18th homer.
Shane Greene walked pinch-hitter Jacoby Ellsbury with two outs in the ninth, and bounced a pickoff throw for an error that allowed Ellsbury to reach third. Brett Gardner was intentionally walked and stole second, and rookie Clint Frazier popped out.
Anibal Sanchez (3-1) allowed six hits in 6 2/3 innings and improved to 3-0 at Yankee Stadium.
Sabathia (9-4) gave up six hits in six innings.
BREWERS 3, CARDINALS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jimmy Nelson finally beat St. Louis with six strong innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers held on for a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Nelson (9-5) entered 0-8 with a 7.01 ERA in 11 appearances (10 starts) against the Cardinals. This time, the right-hander overcame his division rival by allowing just two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts.
The Brewers’ bullpen kept the Cardinals off the scoreboard for three innings, including Anthony Swarzak striking out the side in the eighth after Josh Hader issued a leadoff walk. Corey Knebel then earned his 19th save.
The Brewers scored their three runs in the first inning off Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez (7-9) and had just two infield singles the rest of the game.
MARLINS 7, NATIONALS 6
MIAMI (AP) — Max Scherzer hit his first career homer to help build a six-run lead, but he pitched only one inning before departing with a neck spasm, and Miami rallied to beat Washington.
Scherzer slept funny and left the game as a precaution, the Nationals said.
The Marlins took the lead with a four-run fifth inning. Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer off Matt Albers (5-2), and Derek Dietrich’s RBI triple put Miami ahead 7-6.
Six pitchers combined to blank Washington over the final 7 2/3 innings. Dustin McGowan (7-1) pitched two scoreless innings during Miami’s comeback.
Brad Ziegler, promoted to closer after A.J. Ramos was traded last week, pitched the ninth and worked around a pair of two-out singles for his 86th career save and first this year. Ryan Zimmerman grounded out to end the game.
ROCKIES 5, METS 4
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning and a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth that lifted Colorado past the New York Mets.
Charlie Blackmon crashed into the center-field fence for an outstanding catch that ended the top of the ninth. In the bottom half, the Rockies took advantage of a misplay by new Mets shortstop Amed Rosario, a touted prospect making his major league debut.
Blackmon drew a leadoff walk from Hansel Robles (6-2) and DJ LeMahieu followed with an infield single off the glove of Rosario, unable to make the backhand play after initially breaking toward second base with Blackmon running on the pitch.
Arenado reached out and looped a single to center that scored Blackmon.
PADRES 3, TWINS 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Austin Hedges hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning and Jhoulys Chacin combined with two relievers on a three-hitter for San Diego.
The Padres had only two hits and led 1-0 going into the eighth before Hunter Renfroe singled off Alan Busenitz with one out and Hedges homered to right-center, his 14th.
Jose Berrios (9-5) held the Padres hitless until Renfroe opened the sixth by beating out an infield single to third base. Hedges followed with a double to right and Manuel Margot hit a sacrifice fly with one out. Hedges was thrown out trying to take third.
Berrios had faced the minimum 15 batters until the sixth. He issued a one-out walk to Carlos Asuaje in the first before Jose Pirela hit into a double play.
Chacin (11-7) allowed three hits in seven innings, struck out three and walked two.
ORIOLES 7, ROYALS 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Dylan Bundy allowed three hits over a career-high eight innings, newcomer Tim Beckham had two hits and scored twice and resurgent Baltimore won its fourth straight.
Seth Smith drove in three runs to help the Orioles move within two games of .500 (52-54) for the first time since July 3.
Kansas City will seek to avoid a three-game sweep on Wednesday. The Royals came to town having won 10 of 11, but they’ve only scored three runs in these two games at Camden Yards.
Bundy (10-8) struck out five and walked one. The right-hander had not pitched more than seven innings in any of his previous 34 major league starts.
All three hits Bundy allowed were singles — none after the third inning — and he retired the final 13 batters he faced. The only run he allowed was unearned.
Ian Kennedy (4-7) gave up four runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.
REDS 9, PIRATES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Billy Hamilton hit a three-run homer and tripled, Eugenio Suarez and rookie Jesse Winker also went deep, and Cincinnati overwhelmed Pittsburgh.
Hamilton tripled and scored in the first inning. Then he sent a pitch from Jameson Taillon (6-5) into the right-field seats in the second for his third home run of the season as the last-place Reds beat Pittsburgh again.
Cincinnati is 7-1 against the Pirates this season and 36-62 versus everyone else. Homer Bailey (3-5) allowed one run in six innings, striking out three and walking two to snap a three-start losing streak.
Taillon gave up eight runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings and is 1-3 with a 12.18 ERA since the All-Star break.
BLUE JAYS 8, WHITE SOX 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Justin Smoak hit his 31st homer, Josh Donaldson homered and drove in three runs, and Toronto beat Chicago.
Smoak and Donaldson each connected for the second straight night and third time in five games. Donaldson also had a sacrifice fly and RBI double.
Marcus Stroman (10-5) went seven innings, allowing four runs and seven hits. He was winless in his previous three starts despite a 1.89 ERA in that stretch.
Toronto came out on top after dropping three of four and snapped a four-game road losing streak.
Chicago’s Kevan Smith hit a two-run homer batting for injured designated hitter Matt Davidson in the sixth. But the White Sox lost for the 18th time in 22 games.
CUBS 16, DIAMONDBACKS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester hit his first major league homer and struck out nine to reach 2,000 for his career, helping the Cubs cruise past Arizona.
Anthony Rizzo went deep twice and Ian Happ and Javier Baez also connected as Chicago kicked off a six-game homestand with its 14th win in 17 games since the All-Star break. Rizzo, Baez and Albert Almora Jr. each drove in three runs, and Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras had two RBIs apiece.
The NL Central leaders rapped out 17 hits in their highest-scoring game of the season and stayed 2 1/2 games ahead of second-place Milwaukee.
With two outs and Happ on first in the third, Lester drove a 2-2 pitch from Patrick Corbin (8-10) over the wall in center to make it 8-1. The crowd of 40,709 roared as Lester trotted around the bases and kept cheering until he popped out of the dugout for a curtain call
Hector Rondon (3-1) got five outs for the win and Mike Montgomery pitched three innings for his third save.
MARINERS 8, RANGERS 7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Robinson Cano doubled twice and drove in three runs as Seattle beat Texas.
Cano’s two-run double in the sixth was the 499th of his career, moving him into a time with Rusty Staub for 63rd in MLB history.
Jarrod Dyson had his 200th career steal in the win and threw out a runner from centerfield at third to end the eighth inning in a one-run game. Nelson Cruz homered and Leonys Martin had two hits and two RBIs for Seattle.
Joey Gallo had two homers and four RBIs, and Rougned Odor also went deep for the Rangers, who lost their fourth straight.
Casey Lawrence (1-3) picked up his first MLB win after after entering the game in the fourth inning. Edwin Diaz earned his 21st save after working a 1-2-3 ninth.
Nick Martinez (3-4) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
GIANTS 10, ATHLETICS 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer and Nick Hundley added a two-run shot to back a stellar start by Jeff Samardzija and lead San Francisco past Oakland.
Brandon Belt homered leading off the fourth inning to help the Giants snap a four-game losing streak. San Francisco’s five runs in the first matched its most in any inning this year, and the three homers also equaled a season high.
Samardzija (6-11) struck out five over eight innings to win consecutive outings for the second time this year.
Matt Joyce hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly for the A’s.
Sean Manaea (8-6) gave up nine hits and six runs — two earned. He was done after three innings for the second-shortest outing of his career.
ANGELS 7, PHILLIES 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer and a two-run double, and Los Angeles snapped Philadelphia’s five-game winning streak.
Pujols followed up his go-ahead double off Aaron Nola (8-7) in the fifth inning with his 608th career homer in the seventh off reliever Mark Leiter. The slugger’s third homer in two games left him one behind Sammy Sosa for eighth place in major league history.
Pujols went 3 for 4 in his 23rd career game with at least five RBIs. That’s the 11th-most in history, tied with Barry Bonds and Cecil Fielder.
Ricky Nolasco (5-12) pitched six innings of one-run ball, earning his first victory in a month.
The Phillies failed to match their longest winning streak of the season in the opener of an eight-game road trip.
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MIAMI (AP) — Washington lefty Gio Gonzalez lost his no-hit bid in the ninth inning when Dee Gordon led off with a clean single, and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 1-0 Monday night.
Gonzalez was pulled after Gordon hit a soft liner the opposite way to left-center field. He threw 106 pitches.
Gonzalez (9-5), who grew up in nearby Hialeah, walked three, hit a batter and struck out five. He retired 14 in a row during one stretch.
Sean Doolittle relieved and got NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton to ground into a double play. After Christian Yelich beat out an infield single, Marcell Ozuna popped out, giving Doolittle his fourth save since being acquired from Oakland and seventh this season.
Jose Urena (9-5) matched zeroes with Gonzalez until the sixth, when Bryce Harper’s RBI single put the Nationals ahead. Urena allowed just three hits in eight innings.
YANKEES 7, TIGERS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge broke out of a slump with his 34th home run, regaining sole possession of the major league lead, and Chase Headley sparked New York past Detroit.
Luis Severino beat Michael Fulmer in a matchup of young All-Stars on the mound, though neither was at his best. Hours after acquiring Sonny Gray from Oakland at the trade deadline, Headley put the AL East leaders ahead to stay with a two-run double in a four-run fourth inning.
Todd Frazier followed with a two-run single, and Judge hit a solo shot in the fifth. Headley finished with three hits as New York won for the ninth time in 11 games.
Severino (8-4) needed a career-high 116 pitches to get through five innings.
Aroldis Chapman entered with the bases loaded in the ninth and got two outs for his 13th save.
Fulmer (10-9) gave up seven runs and seven hits over six-plus innings.
ORIOLES 2, ROYALS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Craig Gentry singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning, and Baltimore cooled off surging Kansas City.
Manny Machado had two hits and scored a run for the Orioles, who have won three straight.
Caleb Joseph got Baltimore going in the ninth with a one-out single off Joakim Soria (4-3). Ruben Tejada singled with two outs before Gentry hit a grounder up the middle that sent Joseph home from second base without a throw.
It was the second loss in 12 games for the Royals, who managed only five hits off three Baltimore pitchers.
Zach Britton (1-0) — the subject of many rumors before the non-waiver trade deadline ended on Monday afternoon — worked the ninth for the Orioles.
RED SOX 6, INDIANS 2
BOSTON (AP) — Doug Fister took a shutout into the eighth inning and rookie Rafael Devers went 4 for 4 with an RBI to lead Boston.
Mookie Betts stopped his mini-slump by driving in three runs with two singles, and Eduardo Nunez added three hits and two RBIs for the Red Sox, who won for the third time in nine games.
Bradley Zimmer hit a two-run homer for AL Central-leading Cleveland, which lost its second straight after a season-high nine-game winning streak.
Fister (1-5), claimed off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels on June 23, was pulled after giving up Zimmer’s homer with two outs in the eighth. He allowed two runs and five hits, walking two and striking out five.
Brandon Workman got the final four outs.
Mike Clevinger (5-4) gave up five runs on seven hits in three innings.
PHILLIES 7, BRAVES 6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco hit homers, Nick Pivetta threw six sharp innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 7-6 on Monday afternoon to complete a four-game sweep.
Pivetta (4-6) gave up one run and three hits, striking out five.
Kurt Suzuki and Freddie Freeman went deep for Atlanta. Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz (9-6) allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings.
The Phillies have won five in a row and are 10-6 since the All-Star break, but still own the worst record (39-64) in the majors.
MARINERS 6, RANGERS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Robinson Cano had a two-run single in the ninth and Seattle won at Texas hours after the Rangers traded pitcher Yu Darvish.
The Mariners trailed 4-0 after two innings before getting even against Cole Hamels, the remaining ace for Texas now that Darvish is with the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.
Cano lined a ball over the head of right fielder Shin-Soo Choo, getting two runs home before he was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double. The hit came right after pitching coach Doug Brocail was ejected for arguing a balk called against Alex Claudio (2-1) that put runners at second and third.
David Phelps (1-1) struck out five in 1 2/3 innings before Edwin Diaz pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
Rougned Odor and Carlos Gomez homered for the Rangers, who had five hits in the first two innings against Felix Hernandez and then one the rest of the game. They struck out 13 times against four pitchers.
WHITE SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 6
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson singled in Leury Garcia with two outs in the ninth inning for his second game-ending hit in two days, and Chicago rallied to beat Toronto after losing top prospect Yoan Moncada to a right knee injury.
Adam Engel sparked the winning rally with a one-out single against Roberto Osuna (3-2). Garcia then was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second.
After Tyler Saladino struck out swinging, Jose Abreu tied it at 6 with a single to right. Davidson followed with another base hit, and then was mobbed by his teammates as he ran around the infield.
The White Sox trailed 6-1 before they scored four times in the eighth, capped by consecutive homers for Davidson and Yolmer Sanchez. Davidson also hit a game-ending, two-run homer in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Cleveland.
ASTROS 14, RAYS 7
HOUSTON (AP) — Jake Marisnick homered twice among his three hits and had a career-high five RBIs to help Houston coast past Tampa Bay.
The Rays cut the lead to one after a two-run homer by Corey Dickerson in the third inning before an RBI single by Tyler White made it 4-2 with two outs in the bottom of the inning.
Marisnick’s first shot — a three-run homer which bounced off the wall above the seats in left field — came next to push the lead to 7-2.
Two pitches later Derek Fisher, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, connected off Alex Cobb (9-7) on a home run to right field to make it 8-2.
Houston starter Charlie Morton (9-4) allowed a season-low two hits with two runs in six innings for his fourth win in five starts.
Dickerson added a solo shot in the eighth for his seventh career multihomer game.
ATHLETICS 8, GIANTS 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien hit a grand slam off reliever George Kontos in the sixth inning, and Oakland held on for the win hours after trading ace Sonny Gray.
Jed Lowrie had three hits and an RBI, Ryon Healy added a two-run single and Matt Joyce reached base four times and scored twice for Oakland.
Bruce Maxwell drew a leadoff walk from Josh Osich (3-2) to begin the sixth. Pinch-hitter Rajai Davis followed with a one-out single before Osich walked Joyce to load the bases. Kontos replaced Osich to face Semien, who powered a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left-center for his second career grand slam.
Paul Blackburn (2-1), making the start after Gray was dealt to the New York Yankees, allowed five runs over five innings. Blake Treinen retired three batters for his first save in the AL this season.
Buster Posey and Brandon Belt had two hits apiece for the Giants.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre doubled for his 3,000th career hit Sunday, reaching the milestone in the Texas Rangers’ 10-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
The Rangers already were down 4-0 when the 38-year-old third baseman, who went 1 for 5 in his 2,771st game, had a hard hit down the line past third base in the fourth inning.
Beltre became the first player from the Dominican Republic, and 31st overall, to join the 3,000-hit club in the major leagues.
Jonathan Schoop and Welington Castillo homered in a five-run fifth for a 9-2 Orioles lead. Castillo also had the last of three consecutive RBI singles off lefty Martin Perez (5-9) in the fourth.
Wade Miley (5-9) went five innings and one of the four hits he allowed being to Beltre, who grounded a 3-0 pitch that went past the bag and then ricocheted off the side wall into left field.
DODGERS 3, GIANTS 2, 11 INNINGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Farmer’s two-run double in the 11th inning in his first major league at-bat lifted the Dodgers to their eighth straight win
Corey Seager doubled down the right-field line with one out for his third hit of the game and Justin Turner was walked intentionally. Farmer then lined a 3-2 pitch from Luis Suarez (0-1) down the right-field line, scoring both runners for the Dodgers’ 31st comeback victory.
Joe Panik had given the Giants a 2-1 lead in the top of the inning with a single up the middle through a drawn-in infield that scored Kelby Tomlinson from third.
The Dodgers won for the 39th time in 45 games, and completed their 14th sweep this season. Los Angeles turned a franchise-record six double plays as it improved to 26-3 at home since June 7.
Pedro Baez (3-1) got the last two outs in the top of the 11th.
CUBS 4, BREWERS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Victor Caratini hit his first career home run, a solo shot that broke a tie in the seventh and backed John Lackey’s solid six-inning start to help Chicago beat Milwaukee.
Caratini homered to straightaway center off a 1-2 fastball from Zach Davies (12-5) with one out in the seventh for a 3-2 lead, delighting the bevy of Cubs fans who made the trek north from Chicago. The Cubs took two of three games in an important series at Miller Park.
With the non-waiver trade deadline looming Monday, the Cubs increased their lead in the National League Central over the second-place Brewers to 2 1/2 games.
Lackey (8-9) struck out seven and allowed five hits over six innings, including Domingo Santana’s game-tying, two-run homer in the sixth that just landed beyond outfielder Jason Heyward’s outstretched glove in the right-field corner.
TIGERS 13, ASTROS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings in what could be his last start with Detroit.
Justin Upton matched a career best with six RBIs for the Tigers, who handed the Astros their first back-to-back losses since June 12-13.
Upton had four hits, including a seventh-inning grand slam, and scored twice.
In his last start before Monday’s trade deadline, Verlander (6-7) gave up five singles and three walks while striking out six.
The subject of trade rumors since last winter, Verlander received a long standing ovation from the crowd of 31,970 when he walked off the mound after the sixth inning.
Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3), whose dad pitched for the Tigers in 1990, allowed five runs on eight hits in five-plus innings.
MARINERS 9, METS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — James Paxton tossed six scoreless innings, becoming the first Mariners pitcher to win six games in a single month, and Nelson Cruz had a three-run homer to pace Seattle.
Cruz provided Paxton with an early cushion with a three-run shot in the first inning and Leonys Martin, recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A, homered in his first at-bat and saved a possible run with a diving catch in right field.
Paxton (11-3) had runners aboard in each of his six innings. The lefthander scattered six hits, striking out eight and walking none, with two hit batters in a 108-pitch outing. Paxton, sidelined most of May with a left forearm strain, was 6-0 in six July starts, allowing six earned runs in 39 1/3 innings with no home runs.
Seth Lugo (5-3) allowed five runs on eight hits in five innings, striking out five and walking none.
PIRATES 7, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit three home runs for the third time in his career to lift Pittsburgh over San Diego.
McCutchen’s big day backed Gerrit Cole (9-7), who pitched seven innings of five-hit ball for the Pirates.
It was just the second win in eight games for the Pirates, who ended the Padres’ four-game winning streak.
McCutchen has 22 homers. He connected with two outs in the first off left-hander Clayton Richard (5-12), with the ball clearing the fence just out of the reach of center fielder Manuel Margot. He went deep again in the eighth off rookie Jose Torres and then homered off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the ninth.
It was McCutchen’s third multi-homer game of the season and 15th of his career. He also made a nice diving catch in center field to end the eighth.
RAYS 5, YANKEES 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit a go-ahead, two-run single in a three-run third, and Tampa Bay’S bullpen allowed one hit over five scoreless innings to salvage the finale of a four-game series.
Sergio Romo, Dan Jennings, Steve Cishek and Tommy Hunter pitched hitless relief after rookie Jacob Faria started just four of 20 batters with strikes and got only 12 outs on his 24th birthday.
Cishek (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings, and Colome got three outs for his 30th save in 35 chances. Brett Gardner singled with one out in the ninth, advanced on a wild pitch and Clint Frazier walked. Colome then retired Aaron Judge on a flyout and Matt Holliday on a groundout.
Tampa Bay, which had been 0-6 at Yankee Stadium this year, won despite striking out 16 times. The Rays had lost eight of their previous 10 games.
Ronald Torreyes homered and drove in a career-high three RBIs for the Yankees, who had won six straight and eight of nine.
ROYALS 5, RED SOX 3
BOSTON (AP) — Alex Gordon’s two-run triple capped a four-run eighth inning, and Kansas City rallied to beat Boston a day after its season-high, nine-game winning streak was snapped.
Alcides Escobar added a two-run single in the eighth and drove in three runs for the Royals, who lost in extra innings on Saturday after taking the series opener.
Rookie Rafael Devers hit a solo homer for Boston and starter Drew Pomeranz gave up one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in his 100th career start.
Jason Hammel (5-8) allowed three runs on seven hits to end a six-start winless streak. His last victory also came against the Red Sox, at home on June 19.
Kelvin Herrera got the final three outs for his 23rd save, getting Mookie Betts to fly out with the bases loaded.
BLUE JAYS 11, ANGELS 10
TORONTO (AP) — Steve Pearce hit his second game-ending grand slam in just four days Toronto pulled off the biggest ninth-inning comeback in team history, rallying for seven runs to beat Los Angeles.
Pearce connected with one out off Bud Norris (1-4). On Thursday, Pearce’s slam with two outs in the 10th inning lifted Toronto over Oakland 8-4.
Matt Dermody (1-0) worked three innings for the win.
Albert Pujols hit two home runs for the Angels, who were bidding for their first sweep since May.
WHITE SOX 3, INDIANS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning, and Chicago ended Cleveland’s nine-game winning streak.
Chicago had lost 14 of 15 coming into the game, including seven straight at home, and traded fan favorite Melky Cabrera to Kansas City shortly before the first pitch as part of a roster overhaul.
Jose Abreu got the ninth-inning rally started with a double off Bryan Shaw (4-5) to set up Davidon’s heroics, the 21st home run of his rookie season.
Tyler Clippard (2-6) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win, the first for the White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field since July 2. That game featured strong pitching from Jose Quintana and David Robertson, both of whom have since been traded.
CARDINALS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn threw six strong innings and Jose Martinez homered and drove in three runs as St. Louis beat Arizona for its fifth win in seven games.
Lynn (9-6), the subject of trade rumors the past few days, gave up two runs and four hits. He has allowed no more than two earned runs in each of his last six starts.
Lynn retired the last eight batters he faced in improving to 5-0 lifetime against Arizona. Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his sixth save in eight opportunities.
Martinez hit a two-run drive in the fourth to tie it, then had a sacrifice fly in the sixth that scored Jedd Gyorko with the go-ahead run.
Taijuan Walker (6-5) allowed three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out 10.
REDS 6, MARLINS 4
MIAMI (AP) — Rookie Luis Castillo pitched a career-best eight innings, Tucker Barnhart drove in three runs and Cincinnati ended a six-game skid.
Castillo (2-4) allowed one run on three hits, striking out six and walking one. He outpitched Dan Straily (7-7) — the right-handers were traded for each last January as part of a four-player deal.
The Marlins, who got a three-run homer from Marcell Ozuna in the ninth off reliever Raisel Iglesias, had their four-game winning streak snapped. NL home run leader Giancarlo Stanton was held out of Miami’s lineup for the first time since May 31.
PHILLIES 2, BRAVES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Freddy Galvis hit a bases-loaded single to right field in the ninth inning to give Philadelphia its second straight walk-off win.
Andrew Knapp led off the ninth with a double to left off Rex Brothers (1-2). Manager Brian Snitker lifted Brothers for Akeel Morris.
Morris walked pinch-hitter Ty Kelly to put runners on first and second. Cesar Hernandez was trying to advance the runners with a sacrifice, but his bunt stayed just inside the third-base line and Freddie Freeman’s throw was not in time, loading the bases with no outs.
Galvis pulled Morris’ second pitch into right to score Knapp and lift the Phillies to their fourth straight victory and eighth in the last 11.
Kelly’s RBI single in the 11th on Saturday night gave Philadelphia a 4-3 win.
Hector Neris (4-4) pitched a scoreless ninth.
ROCKIES 10, NATIONALS 6, 1ST GAME
NATIONALS 3, ROCKIES 1, 2ND GAME
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Lind and Brian Goodwin homered in the fifth inning, and Washington beat Colorado to split a day-night doubleheader.
In the first game, Charlie Blackmon had four hits and scored four runs, and the Rockies roughed up Erick Fedde in his major league debut.
The Rockies had a 1-0 lead in the second game before Lind’s two-run homer off Jon Gray (3-2). One out later, Goodwin followed with his homer for a two-run lead.
Edwin Jackson (2-1) allowed four hits in seven innings, striking out six. Sean Doolittle got his third save.
In the opener, Kyle Freeland (11-7) went five innings, allowing nine hits and four runs while striking out four.
ATHLETICS 6, TWINS 5, 12 INNINGS
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yonder Alonso homered in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Oakland over Minnesota.
Alonzo’s 22nd homer of the season came on the first pitch he saw from Tyler Duffey (0-3) and was his second game-ending home run of his career.
Oakland, which won its second straight after a six-game skid, came in tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the major league lead with eight game-ending hits.
Josh Smith (1-0) pitched two innings to pick up the win.
The Twins lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell to 1-5 on a disastrous West Coast road trip in which they’ve blown leads in every game.
(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- ST. LOUIS — The sound of the showers hitting the tile floor in the Colorado Rockies’ visiting clubhouse at Busch Stadium was deafening.
The Rockies, one of baseball’s most surprising teams with their kiddie corps rotation, may still be wearing that glass slipper, but it is now cracked, chipping with every step they take.
The Rockies, appearing destined to end their eight-year postseason drought, suddenly are looking vulnerable after being swept by the St. Louis Cardinals, embarking on a weekend series against the Washington Nationals. They have dropped 19 of their last 30 games, winning just two road games since June 14, and their once-commanding National League wild-card lead has trickled down to a mere four games.
Maybe the Rockies’ kiddie-corps rotation can’t handle the stress of a pennant race. Maybe they can’t overcome the season-long struggles of outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and their catching tandem.
Maybe, they’re just not ready.
Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich, sensing their stunning performance the first half could be washed away by their sudden struggles, knew it was time for action.
He went out and scoured the market before acquiring veteran All-Star reliever Pat Neshek from the Philadelphia Phillies, giving up only three low-level prospects: infielder Jose Gomez and right-handed pitchers J.D. Hammer and Alejandro Requena. Neshek, a free agent at the season’s conclusion, is a welcome addition for a bullpen that is yielding a 4.53 ERA — third-worst in the National League.
“It’s good, it’s a really good pickup for us, it’s what we got to do,’’ Rockies All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado said. “We are a winning team, and this is what happens when you have a chance to win.
“And we need help out there.’’
Says first baseman Mark Reynolds: “It shows the guys upstairs are trying, trying to give us a little bump. It’s a pick-me-up for all of us.’’
The Rockies’ instant reaction to the Neshek trade, before the two-time All-Star even throws a single pitch, was exactly what Bridich intended with his loud and clear message from the front office:
We believe in you. Thank you what you’ve done. Now go win a playoff berth.
“These things have a way of picking the club up,’’ Rockies manager Bud Black says, “especially when a guy comes in and does what he’s capable of doing. If he pitches like he has been, it picks you up for sure.
“It sends a great message, no doubt about it.
“And I don’t think we’re done.’’
Clear out a locker for veteran All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who should be next to join the Rockies. Bridich has been in intensive talks with the Texas Rangers about Lucroy, trying to bolster their fatigued catching corps.
And no matter how Neshek fares, or even if Lucroy trade talks collapses, the Rockies’ players at least know their front office is trying, giving them an adrenaline rush that could last until October.
The Cubs, this year finding themselves in a fight for the NL Central title, are repeating their strategy from last year when they acquired closer Aroldis Chapman. This time, they grabbed Chicago White Sox ace Jose Quintana at the All-Star break for four prospects — including prized outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease.
Once again, instant gratification. The Cubs have gone 9-2 since the All-Star break, vaulting into first place for the first time since May 26, giving them a shot to repeat as World Series champions.
“I think when the Cubs got Quintana,’’ Arenado said, “that was their wake-up call. They’re going for this. I think we’re trying to do the same.’’
The Kansas City Royals decided to not only keep their prized free-agent quintet after losing 20 of their first 30 games, but bolstered their staff, acquiring veteran pitchers Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter from the San Diego Padres.
The Royals have yet to lose a game since the trade, and entered Thursday with a season-high eight-game winning streak, keeping pace with the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central.
The Minnesota Twins, who are fading from contention with a 5½-game deficit after being the biggest surprise in the first half, may not believe they’re real themselves, but at least rewarded the players by acquiring Jaime Garcia and Bartolo Colon from the Atlanta Braves.
The Dodgers have the best team in baseball. Yet, they have no choice but to show their team and fan base they want more than just a fifth consecutive divisional title.
They are trying to acquire Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish, and if they don’t get him, Dodgers president Andrew Friedman will grab a left-handed reliever to help out closer Kenley Jansen.
Yes, they’ve got a chance to even be better.
The same goes in Houston.
Astros GM Jeff Luhnow is aware he has to make a move. It doesn’t matter whether it’s acquiring starter Sonny Gray from the Oakland A’s, or a left-handed reliever like Brad Hand of the Padres.
He better get somebody, or be prepared for a mutiny.
It’s the same sentiment in Pittsburgh and Cleveland and any other team who believes they’ve got a chance to reach the postseason, but need a boost.
The moves won’t always work, of course. The Royals grabbed ace Johnny Cueto in 2015, only for him to go 4-7, with a 4.76 ERA in 13 starts, but getting redemption with a two-hitter in their World Series triumph over the New York Mets.
“It’s not like you want to make a trade just to make a trade,’’ Rockies first baseman/outfielder Ian Desmond said, “but it can really help. When I was with Texas last year, and we got Lucroy and (Carlos) Beltran, that was big. Real big.
“We weren’t throwing a party, but the energy just skyrocketed in there.’’
It’s that euphoria the Rockies, and other contenders, hope to capitalize on these last two months.
“It’s now up to us,’’ Arenado says. “It doesn’t matter whether we got Neshek or not, if we don’t start playing better than we are, we ain’t going nowhere.’’
Whether the Rockies make it or not, the difference this time is they’re in position at Monday’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline for the front office to provide them a chance.
“This is what you work for,’’ says outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies’ longest-tenured player who hasn’t been to the postseason since 2009. “You want to get these opportunities. You don’t want to be the team that sells. You want to be the team that gets players.
“It’s great to have that kind of scenario.’’
And, oh, so much better, the players will tell you, when your front office actually believes in you, too.
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SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Sale pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, 20-year-old Rafael Devers became the youngest Boston player to hit a home run since Tony Conigliaro in September 1965 and the Red Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Wednesday to stop a four-game losing streak.
Sale (13-4) struck out 11, reaching double digits for the 14th time this season.
A day after his big league debut, Devers homered in the third off Andrew Moore (1-3) for his first major league hit. Sandy Leon hit a two-run homer off Moore in the fourth.
YANKEES 9, REDS 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Severino (7-4) struck out nine over seven innings, allowing a pair of unearned runs and three hits as New York completed a two-game sweep.
Didi Gregorius hit his fourth homer in three games and Todd Frazier hit his first homer for the Yankees, who have won consecutive series after going 0-8-2 in series after sweeping Baltimore from June 9-11. The Yankees have won eight of 12 following a 7-19 slide.
Cincinnati has lost three straight and is 2-11 since the All-Star break. Homer Bailey (2-5) lost his third start in a row, giving up seven runs — five earned — and 10 hits in six-plus innings.
RAYS 5, ORIOLES 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria and Steven Souza Jr. homered, and Alex Cobb (9-6) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings.
Longoria’s two-run homer off Ubaldo Jimenez (4-7) put Tampa Bay ahead 2-1 in the sixth, and Souza hit his 21st homer this season in the seventh against Darren O’Day.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, BRAVES 3
PHOENIX (AP) — J.D. Martinez homered twice and Ketel Marte hit an inside-the-park, two-run homer.
Martinez has homered three times in three days, his first home runs since he was acquired from Detroit.
Patrick Corbin (8-9) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings. Aaron Blair (0-1) allowed five runs, five hits and five walks in three innings.
GIANTS 2, PIRATES 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh against Tony Watson (5-3) on a routine fly that left fielder Starling Marte had trouble seeing because sun and wind.
Jeff Samardzija (5-11) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, and Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his sixth save.
CUBS 8, WHITE SOX 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta (10-7) gave up two runs and three hits in 6 2/3 innings. and the World Series champions moved a season-high six games over .500 at 53-47. Chicago leads the NL Central by a half-game over Milwaukee after trailing the Brewers by 5 1/2 games just two weeks ago.
Anthony Rizzo had three hits and four RBIs, helping the Cubs improve to 10-2 since the All-Star break. Addison Russell hit a solo homer in the ninth.
Top prospect Yoan Moncada hit his first career homer and Alen Hanson also went deep, but the White Sox lost for the 11th time in 12 games. Third baseman Yolmer Sanchez committed a costly error and James Shields (2-3) lasted just four-plus innings.
The White Sox played without All-Star outfielder Avisail Garcia, who is expected to miss a couple weeks after an MRI revealed a strained ligament in his right thumb.
NATIONALS 8, BREWERS 5
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games, then was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Chris Segal after striking out in the eighth inning with runners at the corners.
Washington said it will put star right-hander Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list Thursday with a nerve impingement that is causing pain in his right forearm. The move will be retroactive to Monday, and Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Strasburg will miss one turn.
Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Lind had two-run doubles in a seven-run eighth inning.
Milwaukee’s Domingo Santana hit a first-inning home run that landed on the concourse beyond the left-field stands, a drive that would have traveled 476 feet unimpeded, according to MLB’s Statcast.
Ryan Madson (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning, and Jacob Barnes (3-2) wasted a 2-1 lead.
BLUE JAYS 3, ATHLETICS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Justin Smoak hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth off Santiago Casilla (2-5) and Kendrys Morales homered on the next pitch. Toronto has hit consecutive homers six times this year, the last three occasions involving Smoak and Morales.
Joe Biagini (3-8) pitched two-thirds of an inning.
PHILLIES 9, ASTROS 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola (8-6) struck out a career-high 10 over six innings, allowing four hits. He is 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA over his last seven starts.
Cameron Rupp hit two home runs and had four RBIs. Maikel Franco homered and doubled and Tommy Joseph had two doubles for the Phillies, who had 14 hits while setting season highs with five doubles and nine extra-base hits.
Mike Fiers (7-5) allowed three runs and five hits in four innings.
ROYALS 16, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Eric Hosmer matched his career high with five hits, including his first major league grand slam, and had six RBIs and four runs.
Hosmer entered with 117 homers but had not hit one with the bases loaded until he connected off Warwick Saupold in a nine-run seventh inning.
Bruce Rondon was ejected with one out in the ninth after hitting Mike Moustakas on the back with a pitch, which caused both benches to empty. Utilityman Andrew Romine entered in his third big league pitching appearance.
Ian Kennedy (4-6) improved to 3-0 in his last six starts, allowing one run and three hits in six innings. Anibal Sanchez (2-1) gave up four runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
INDIANS 10, ANGELS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Bradley Zimmer homered and drove in the go-ahead run with a seventh-inning double as Cleveland won its sixth in a row, matching a season high.
Zimmer hit a leadoff homer and broke a 2-all tie with a two-out double against Ricky Nolasco (4-12). Bryan Shaw (4-4) was the winner.
MARLINS 22, RANGERS 10
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dee Gordon homered on the first pitch thrown by Yu Darvish (6-9) and Miami set a franchise scoring record, topping a 20-1 win over Atlanta on July 1, 2003.
Christian Yelich hit a solo homer in the first for the Marlins, and Marcell Ozuna’s three-run triple in the fourth made it 9-2 to chase Darvish (6-9). J.T. Realmuto and Giancarlo Stanton later went deep, with Stanton hitting a 468-foot drive for his major league-leading 33rd homer.
Adrian Beltre homered and had two doubles, giving the Rangers third baseman 2,996 hits. He was ejected in the eighth in a dispute with plate umpire Gerry Davis over where Beltre stood while on deck to hit.
Jose Urena (9-4) allowed five runs, four hits and four walks in five-plus innings.
CARDINALS 10, ROCKIES 5
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong hit his eighth home run in July, a two-run drive in the first off Jeff Hoffman (6-3).
Randal Grichuk had a career-high four hits and Harrison Bader had three hits in his second major league game.
Carlos Martinez (7-8) struck out eight and gave up five runs and seven hits in six innings for his first win since June 16.
St. Louis has won four of five while Colorado has lost four of six. The Rockies announced after the game that they have acquired right-hander Pat Neshek from Philadelphia for minor league pitchers J.D. Hammer, Alejandro Requena and infielder Jose Gomez.
PADRES 6, METS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Luis Torrens had three RBIs, Manuel Margot homered and Jhoulys Chacin (10-7) gave up two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Brad Hand got three outs for his fourth save, extending his scoreless string to 17 1/3 innings.
Steven Matz (2-4) gave up six runs and nine hits in three innings and is 0-3 in his last five starts.
DODGERS 6, TWINS 5
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner hit a game-ending single with two outs in the ninth off All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler (2-2) as Los Angeles rallied from a 5-0 fourth-inning deficit to win their fifth straight and improve the major leagues’ best record to 71-31.
Kenley Jansen (5-0) pitched a scoreless ninth.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Frazier had an unforgettable first at-bat in his home debut at Yankee Stadium, grounding into the major leagues’ first run-scoring triple play since 2006 as New York beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Tuesday night.
Frazier hit a bases-loaded grounder in the second up the middle, and shortstop Jose Peraza gloved it, stepped on second and threw to first. Gregorius, who had been on second base, held up when the ball was hit, in case it was caught. He was late to advance, and first baseman Joey Votto’s throw across the diamond caught him in a rundown. Gregorius was called out for running wide of baseline trying to avoid a tag.
Rookie Jordan Montgomery (7-5) held the Reds hitless until Scott Schebler broke an 0-for-20 slump with a leadoff double in the sixth. Montgomery gave up two hits in 6 2/3 innings, and Aroldis Chapman closed for his 12th save.
Last-place Cincinnati lost for the 10th time in 12 games as rookie Luis Castillo (1-4) gave up three runs in five innings. Billy Hamilton’s bid for a tying extra-base hit in the eighth was thwarted when pinch-runner Zack Cozart, out of the starting lineup to rest his tender quadriceps, hobbled into third.
MARINERS 6, RED SOX 5, 13 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Jean Segura rolled an RBI single up the middle with two outs in the 13th inning to cap a two-run rally and give the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Mitch Haniger walked with one out in the 13th off Doug Fister (0-5), pitching his third inning, and was forced at second on Ben Gamel’s fielder’s choice. Guillermo Heredia, who had a three-run homer in the second, singled Gamel to third. Gamel scored on a wild pitch to tie it, with Heredia advancing all the way to third. Mike Zunino then walked. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts fielded Segura’s roller behind second, but his off-balance throw was way late.
The Red Sox, who stranded two runners in the eighth, ninth and 11th innings, had taken a 5-4 lead in the top half when Sandy Leon singled home Hanley Ramirez with two outs off Tony Zych (5-2).
Mike Zunino opened the seventh inning with his 15th home run to bring Seattle even at 4-4.
CUBS 7, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras drove in four runs and Carl Edwards Jr. provided some timely relief.
Ben Zobrist reached four times from the leadoff spot as the Cubs won for the ninth time in 11 games since the All-Star break. John Lackey (7-9) became the first major leaguer in two years to hit four batters in two years, but managed to get into the sixth inning.
The AL-worst White Sox lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Carlos Rodon (1-4) matched a career high with 11 strikeouts and hit a two-run double for his first career hit, but allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings.
ASTROS 5, PHILLIES 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Derek Fisher drove in two runs just hours after arriving in Philadelphia and Charlie Morton (8-4) gave up three hits in seven innings and struck out nine.
Jose Altuve extended his hitting streak to 17 straight games with a sixth-inning double to help the AL West-leading Astros improve to an American League-best 67-33. Houston is 9-0 in interleague play.
Houston third baseman Alex Bregman left with discomfort in his right hamstring after tripling and scoring in the third. On Monday, outfielder George Springer departed with a left quadriceps injury that resulted in Fisher’s call-up.
Nick Pivetta (3-6) allowed five runs and six hits in six innings.
BREWERS 8, NATIONALS 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Manny Pina homered, and Zach Davies (12-4) gave up three hits in 7 2/3 innings.
Shaw hit a three-run homer in a four-run fourth, and Thames and Pina connected back-to-back in the fifth off Edwin Jackson (1-1).
BLUE JAYS 4, ATHLETICS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Cesar Valdez (1-0) allowed one run and five hits over a career-high six innings to win for the first time since defeating Houston in his major league debut on May 3, 2010. Joe Smith and Ryan Tepera each worked one inning. Roberto Osuna finished for his 26th save in 30 chances.
With more than half a dozen scouts on hand to monitor his performance ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, Oakland starter Sonny Gray (6-5) allowed four runs, none earned, in six innings.
RAYS 5, ORIOLES 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tim Beckham’s three-run homer capped a five-run second inning off Wade Miley (4-9). and Tampa Bay stopped a five-game losing streak
Rookie Jake Faria (5-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings, and Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 29th save.
ROYALS 3, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Whit Merrifield homered on the first pitch from Michael Fulmer (10-8), who allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings.
Danny Duffy (7-6) have up one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Three relievers finished, with Kelvin Herrera pitching a perfect ninth for his 21st save.
Detroit loaded the bases in the seventh, but Nicholas Castellanos — in a 0-for-18 slump — grounded into a forceout against Peter Moylan, ending the threat.
INDIANS 11, ANGELS 7, 11 innings
CLEVELAND (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam in the 11th inning as the Indians, who wasted a seven-run lead, beat the Angels for their fifth straight win.
Encarncion’s shot into the left-field bleachers off Bud Norris capped a strange night for the Indians, who led 7-0 after two innings.
But Cleveland couldn’t do anything until the 11th, which began with rookie Bradley Zimmer drawing a leadoff walk and stealing second. Zimmer, who hit a grand slam in Cleveland’s seven-run second, moved up when Norris unleashed a wild pitch while walking Francisco Lindor.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia then walked Michael Brantley and pulled in a fifth infielder before Encarnacion drove Norris’ first pitch into the stands.
RANGERS 10, MARLINS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo homered twice, Mike Napoli and Rougned Odor also went deep, and the Rangers slugged past the Marlins.
When Gallo led off the third inning with a towering blast into the second deck of seats, Marlins right fielder and MLB home run co-leader Giancarlo Stanton never even moved. That broke a 1-all tie and put the Rangers ahead to stay.
Marlins starter Dan Straily (7-6) gave up a season-high six runs and 10 hits over four innings, including three homers.
Cole Hamels (5-1) allowed four runs and six hits over six innings for the win.
CARDINALS 3, ROCKIES 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Harrison Bader doubled leading off the ninth inning for his first major league hit and slid across the plate to score the winning run of his debut on Jedd Gyorko’s short sacrifice fly, lifting the Cardinals over the Rockies.
The 23-year-old, taken on the third round of the 2015 amateur draft, was brought up before the game when Dexter Fowler was placed on the disabled list with a strained left wrist.
Bader doubled down the left-field line against Jake McGee (0-1) leading off the ninth. Bader was batting .403 (29 for 72) with 10 homers against lefties at Triple-A Memphis this year. Greg Garcia sacrificed as Bader took third, and Gyorko hit a fly near the right-field line that Carlos Gonzalez caught 248 feet from the plate. The speedy Bader slid across jubilantly as Gonzalez’s one-hop throw went slightly up the third-base line.
BRAVES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Mike Foltynewicz went six strong innings to win again, Kurt Suzuki homered twice and the Braves beat the Diamondbacks.
Suzuki’s two-run homer off reliever J.J. Hoover (1-1) broke a 2-2 tie and a throwing error by Arizona catcher Chris Iannetta allowed two more to score in a four-run seventh.
Suzuki and Johan Camargo hit consecutive homers off Andrew Chafin in the eighth. Matt Kemp also homered and tripled for Atlanta.
Foltynewicz (9-5) gave up two runs and five hits, striking out nine, to improve to 6-0 in his last nine starts.
METS 6, PADRES 5
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes had three RBIs and finished a single shy of the cycle to lift the Mets past the Padres.
The Mets won for the sixth time in seven games.
Cespedes’ check-swing triple in the seventh inning was the difference. Facing reliever Phil Maton, Cespedes tried to hold up on a pitch and instead punched it down the right-field line, with Curtis Granderson aboard after an inning-opening single.
Granderson scored and Cespedes followed him home on Wil Myers’ throwing error for a 6-4 lead.
Seth Lugo (5-2) went at least six innings for his third straight start, which has produced two wins.
Jose Torres (5-3), who worked 1 2/3 innings, took the loss.
GIANTS 11, PIRATES 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pirates.
Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco. The veteran infielder was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. He was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants’ clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.
Bumgarner (1-4) also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.
Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.
DODGERS 6, TWINS 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Taylor hit two run-scoring doubles and the Dodgers became baseball’s first team to reach the 70-win mark with a victory over the Twins.
Kenta Maeda (9-4) pitched five solid innings for the Dodgers, who have won four straight and 35 of their last 41.
After the Twins took a 1-0 lead on Zack Granite’s single in the third, the Dodgers took command with four runs against Minnesota starter Jose Berrios (9-4) in the fourth. Joc Pederson doubled off the center-field wall to tie it and Yasiel Puig’s RBI single put the Dodgers ahead. Taylor’s first double drove in two more.
Taylor is 23 for 44 since the All-Star break. His two hits Tuesday gave him four consecutive multi-hit games.
Maeda allowed two runs — one earned — and five hits and two walks, striking out four.
Josh Ravin threw the final three innings to earn his first career save.
(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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