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MLB Roundup: Hill solid, Turner homers and Dodgers beat Giants 1-0

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rich Hill pitched six dominant innings in his first start with Los Angeles and Justin Turner hit his 24th homer, lifting the Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 1-0 on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles has a three-game lead over the Giants atop the NL West.

Turner homered in the fourth for the first hit against starter Johnny Cueto. Turner has 20 homers since June 10.

Hill (1-0) was on the disabled list with a blister on his left middle finger when the Dodgers acquired him from the Oakland Athletics on Aug. 1 along with outfielder Josh Reddick. He allowed five hits and struck out three while throwing 81 pitches.

Cueto (14-4) allowed a run and four hits over six innings, and San Francisco has lost eight of 10.

Kenley Jansen got his 37th save to complete the six-hitter. He reached 604 career strikeouts, tying Jim Brewer for most career strikeouts as a reliever in franchise history.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major league ERA leader Kyle Hendricks pitched six effective innings and Chicago finished off a three-game sweep.

Hendricks (12-7) gave up two runs and four hits, striking out eight and leaving with a 2.19 ERA. He has allowed no more than three earned runs in 17 straight starts.

There Cubs relievers took over for the NL Central leaders, with Aroldis Chapman pitching the ninth for his 29th save in 32 chances.

Willson Contreras homered and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs to help the Cubs win for the 22nd time in 27 games. At 81-45, they are 36 games over .500 for the first time since ending the 1945 season at 98-56.

The Padres have dropped nine of their past 12. Paul Clemens (2-3) took the loss.


SEATTLE (AP) — Rookie Gary Sanchez kept up his torrid stretch with his seventh home run in the past nine games, and Masahiro Tanaka won his fourth straight start in New York’s victory over Seattle.

Tanaka (11-4) threw seven shutout innings and got the better of the Mariners and former Japan League teammate Hisashi Iwakuma (14-9).

The Yankees won their third straight road series. They took two of three from the Mariners, one of the teams they’re chasing in the AL wild-card race.

Sanchez homered into the second deck in left field in the first inning on the first pitch from Iwakuma, his ninth home run in 18 games since joining the Yankees lineup Aug. 3.

Sanchez added a double and his intentional walk in the seventh inning led to Mark Teixeira’s RBI single for a 4-0 lead.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Yu Darvish hit only the second homer by a Texas pitcher and Adrian Beltre had a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning in the Rangers’ 6-5 victory over Cincinnati.

Darvish’s solo shot to center field was one of three homers by the Rangers, who wasted a three-run lead before rallying late. Beltre’s double off Blake Wood (5-2) snapped a 5-5 tie.

Nomar Mazara had a three-homer, and Ian Desmond followed Darvish’s homer in the fifth with one off Tim Adleman. The Reds have given up 10 homers in the last three games, including four sets of back-to-backs.

Darvish let a 5-2 lead slip away. He walked a season-high five batters and hit a batter in six innings. A passed ball and an error led to two unearned runs.

Jake Diekman (4-2) went one inning and got the win. Sam Dyson pitched the ninth for his 28th save.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Ortiz hit his 30th home run in the first inning, but Tampa Bay came back from a three-run deficit to beat Boston to prevent the Red Sox from taking sole possession of the AL East lead.

Luke Maile doubled with two out in the 11th and scored after Red Sox pitcher Heath Hembree (4-1) dropped a throw to first base on Kevin Kiermaier’s grounder.

Brad Boxberger (2-0) got the win with one inning of relief.

Boston has won 10 of its last 13 games and remained tied for first with Toronto.

Bidding to become the majors’ first 18-game winner, Rick Porcello allowed Evan Longoria’s tying homer in the eighth before leaving. It was Longoria’s 30th homer.


TORONTO (AP) — Albert Pujols moved into sole possession of 10th place on the career home run list with 584, Matt Shoemaker pitched six shutout innings and Los Angeles beat Toronto to snap an 11-game road losing streak.

Pujols finished 4 for 4 with three RBIs. After he and Mike Trout hit back-to-back homers in the first, Pujols hit a sacrifice fly in the second, singled in the fourth and sixth innings, then capped his night with an RBI double in the eighth.

For Pujols, the homer broke a tie with Mark McGwire on career list. A three-time MVP and 10-time All-Star, Pujols is two home runs shy of tying Frank Robinson for ninth place.

Two pitches after Trout hit his 24th home run, Pujols did the same. Both shots came off Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada (7-6).

Shoemaker (8-13) allowed three hits, walked one and struck out three.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Baltimore closer Zach Britton saw his remarkable streak of 43 straight games without allowing an earned run end, then shut down Washington’s ninth-inning rally.

The Nationals scored five times in the ninth, one of them charged to Britton. But after his own mistake helped Washington put runners on first and second with one out, Britton got Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a double play.

Manny Machado and Matt Wieters each homered and drove in four runs for the AL wild card-contending Orioles. Baltimore has beaten the NL East leaders three straight times this week.

Daniel Murphy hit a grand slam for the Nationals in the ninth, making it 10-7 and bringing Britton into the game with one out in a non-saved situation.

Wade Miley (8-10) allowed two runs on seven hits in five-plus innings. Tanner Roark (13-7) gave up five runs in five innings and hit three batters.


MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez pitched seven innings and appeared to avoid a serious injury when he tweaked his right leg on his final pitch, helping Miami snap Kansas City’s winning streak at nine.

Fernandez (13-7) pulled up after striking out Christian Colon to end the seventh, and rubbed his right knee before limping to the dugout. The Marlins pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the seventh.

Fernandez had nine strikeouts to increase his season total to 213, breaking the Marlins’ record of 209 set by Ryan Dempster in 2000. Fernandez also had the Marlins’ first two hits, hiking his average to .286.

Fernando Rodney pitched around two singles and walk for his 25th save and eighth with Miami.

Dillon Gee (5-7) took the loss.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter, Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty homered off New York starter Jacob deGrom to power St. Louis.

Carpenter set the tone, hitting a leadoff home run in the first inning. The Cardinals went on to win for the seventh time in nine games.

Piscotty and Yadier Molina each had three of the Cardinals’ season high-tying 19 hits.

Carlos Martinez (12-7) gave up one run and four hits over eight innings. He also got two hits himself.

Roughed up for the second straight start, deGrom (7-7) allowed five runs on 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He was tagged for a career-worst eight runs and 13 hits in his previous outing against San Francisco.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kendall Graveman pitched into the seventh inning to become Oakland’s first 10-game winner this season, and the Athletics beat Cleveland.

The A’s took two of three games from the AL Central leaders. Cleveland went into the day with the best record in the American League, but was held to one run for the third consecutive game.

Khris Davis tripled and scored as part of Oakland’s five-run second inning off Trevor Bauer (9-6).

Roberto Perez homered, and Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits apiece for Cleveland.

Graveman (10-8) extended his scoreless streak to 16 innings before Perez homered in the seventh.

Graveman allowed six hits in 6 2/3 innings and won for the ninth time in his last 11 decisions.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evan Gattis hit his 20th home run, leading Collin McHugh and Houston over Pittsburgh for the Astros’ fifth victory in six games.

McHugh (8-10) gave up three runs in five innings, ending an 0-4 rut in his last five starts. Ken Giles closed for his fifth save. Gerrit Cole (7-9) allowed five runs in five innings.

Jordy Mercer homered for Pittsburgh.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun hit two home runs and Milwaukee tied a season high with its fourth straight victory, beating Colorado.

Braun hit a solo drive off Tyler Anderson (4-5) in the fourth inning. He connected for his 24th homer, a two-run shot, off Chad Qualls in a four-run seventh.

Colorado’s Nolan Arenado hit his NL-leading 34th homer in the first. The Rockies went on to load the bases, but Zach Davies (10-6) escaped further trouble.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit his 28th home run and had four hits, Justin Upton added a three-run homer and Detroit beat Minnesota.

Matt Boyd (5-2) tied his career high with seven strikeouts in six innings to win his fifth straight decision.

Cabrera had his fifth four-hit game of the season and was a triple shy of the cycle. He opened the scoring with a deep blast to straightaway center field in the first inning.

Brian Dozier hit his career-high 30th homer for Minnesota, but starter Tyler Duffey (8-10) allowed six runs in three innings. The Twins have lost sixth straight.


CHICAGO (AP) — Tommy Joseph and Cesar Hernandez homered to back Jerad Eickhoff, and struggling Philadelphia beat Chicago.

Joseph and Hernandez each had two hits and went deep against James Shields (5-16). Aaron Altherr added two RBI singles.

Eickhoff (9-12) allowed two runs and four hits over six innings. Jeanmar Gomez worked the ninth for his 34th save in 38 chances.


PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon Drury drove in Jake Lamb with a sacrifice fly, giving Arizona a win over Atlanta.

The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with a double, a hit batter and an intentional walk against reliever Jose Ramirez (2-1). Matt Kemp dived to catch Drury’s sinking liner to left but couldn’t get off a good throw to stop Lamb.

Former starter Patrick Corbin (5-13) pitched two scoreless innings in relief to earn the win.

MLB Roundup: Arenado’s 2 home runs, 6 RBIs power Rockies past Cubs

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DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado broke out of a slump in a big way, hitting two homers and driving in six runs Sunday to boost the Colorado Rockies over the Chicago Cubs 11-4.

Arenado hit a three-run homer during a seven-run burst in the first inning that included three Cubs errors, then added another three-run drive in the fourth.

Arenado leads the majors with 104 RBIs — he had a big league-high 130 last year — and tops the NL with 32 home runs. The All-Star third baseman was 1 of 16 on the Rockies’ homestand before getting four hits. He passed Cubs slugger Kris Bryant for the NL homer lead.

Jorge De La Rosa (8-7) tossed eight innings, giving up a pair of home runs to Addison Russell.

De La Rosa delivered a two-run single in the first as the Rockies quickly ended Jason Hammel’s 22-inning scoreless streak. Hammel (13-6) had been 6-0 with an 0.95 ERA since the All-Star before getting roughed up. The Rockies scored 10 runs off him, six earned, in 3 1/3 innings.

DJ LeMahieu also homered for Colorado.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Chase Utley homered on the fourth pitch of the game, 20-year-old Julio Urias won his third straight decision and Los Angeles beat Cincinnati to end a three-game losing streak.

Los Angeles moved into the NL West lead, a half-game ahead of San Francisco.

Utley connected against Anthony DeSclafani (7-2) for his third home run of the trip and 11th this season, then had an RBI single in the third and scored on Cory Seager’s hit for a 3-0 lead. Utley homered twice Tuesday at Philadelphia, his former team.

Urias (4-2) allowed six hits, struck out six and walked none, throwing 62 of 97 pitches for strikes. He didn’t allow a runner past first base until the sixth inning despite giving up two hits in an inning three times. Urias picked off Jose Peraza at first and got Ivan De Jesus Jr. to ground into a double play.

Urias beat Philadelphia in his previous start on Aug. 8, then defeated Pittsburgh in relief five days later. Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen each followed with an inning of one-hit relief.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Noah Syndergaard and Jeurys Familia combined on a three-hitter and Yoenis Cespedes homered off Jeff Samardzija, leading New York past San Francisco.

Cespedes homered for the third time in two days to help split the four-game series. It also was the 900th victory of manager Terry Collins’ career, making him the 10th active manager to reach the milestone.

Syndergaard (11-7) allowed two hits over eight innings for his second consecutive victory.

Samardzija (10-9) held the Mets hitless until Curtis Granderson’s leadoff double in the seventh. Cespedes followed with his 25th home run, a two-run blast that appeared to clear the stands in left field.

Familia retired three batters for his major league-leading 41st save.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danny Duffy won his 10th straight decision, Eric Hosmer doubled in the go-ahead run and Kansas City beat Minnesota for its eighth consecutive win.

The Royals swept a four-game series from the Twins for the first time since 1999 and have their longest winning streak since an eight-game run Aug. 3-11, 2014.

Duffy (11-1), unbeaten since June 6, improved to 5-0 with a 1.18 ERA in August. He left after 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run and a season-high eight hits while walking two and striking out four.

He outpitched Twins right-hander Ervin Santana (6-10), who allowed two runs and five hits while striking out 10 and walking one over seven innings.

Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings and hit a two-run single and St. Louis homered four times to rout Philadelphia.

Jedd Gyorko, Stephen Piscotty, Brandon Moss and Jeremy Hazelbaker went deep. The Cardinals had hit multiple home runs in nine straight games, tying a major league record, before failing to connect Saturday night in a 4-2 loss. Jhonny Peralta added three hits as the Cardinals finished a 6-3 trip. They remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Miami for the final wild-card spot in the National League.

The Cardinals got six extra-base hits to set a club record of 14 straight games with at least three extra-base hits.

Leake (9-9) gave up seven hits and struck out eight. Philadelphia had homered in 14 straight games before getting blanked by Leake and two relievers. Vince Velasquez (8-6) fell to 0-4 with a 6.23 ERA in his last seven starts.


ATLANTA (AP) — Jace Peterson hit a tiebreaking homer in the 10th inning off Shawn Kelley to lift Atlanta past Washington in a game delayed 1 hour, 4 minutes in the bottom of the eighth.

Kelley (1-2) hung his head and walked toward the dugout as soon as Peterson made contact with his seventh homer. Kelley gave up one hit and one run in two-thirds of an inning.

Joel Ramirez (1-0) faced four batters in the 10th to earn the win.

Four of Washington’s five errors led to runs for the Braves.

Matt Kemp homered for Atlanta, and Bryce Harper and Chris Heisey connected for Washington.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Dallas Keuchel was solid through eight innings, Yulieski Gurriel got a hit in his major league debut and Houston beat Baltimore in a rain-delayed game.

The Astros won the last three games in the four-game series, outscoring Baltimore 32-13 over that stretch. The slumping Orioles have lost four of five and are 9-16 over their past 25 games.

Keuchel (8-12), last year’s Cy Young Award winner, allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts. Ken Giles picked up his third save after allowing Mark Trumbo major league-leading 37th home run.

Baltimore’s Yovani Gallardo (4-5) allowed four runs and seven hits over seven innings.

The start of the game was delayed for 4 hours, 5 minutes because of storms. Another downpour at the end of the first inning prompted an additional 30-minute interruption.

Jake Marisnick homered for Houston.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Christian Yelich homered in the first inning, Miami added a pair of unearned runs and the Marlins rallied past Pittsburgh to complete a three-game sweep.

Jose Urena (2-4) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings to help the Marlins sweep a series for the sixth time this season.

Fernando Rodney completed the five-hitter, working around a two-out walk in the ninth. Rodney retired Francisco Cervelli on a game-ending groundout for his third save of the series and 24th this season.

Miami went 6-1 this year against the Pirates and moved ahead of Pittsburgh in the NL wild-card race. Wearing 1970s throwback uniforms and caps, the Pirates (62-59) dropped 1 1/2 games back of Miami.

Ryan Vogelsong (2-3) gave up three runs and three hits in six innings.


DETROIT (AP) — Justin Upton hit two three-run homers and struggling Detroit finished its homestand with victory over Boston and fill-in starter Henry Owen.

The Tigers won for just the fourth time in 14 games, and went 2-5 on their stay at Comerica Park. Boston has lost just two of its last 10.

Justin Verlander (13-7) allowed one run on three hits in six innings before being pulled with a nine-run lead. He’s 6-1 in his last 10 starts.

Owens (0-1) didn’t find out he was pitching until late Saturday night and didn’t arrive in Detroit from Triple-A until the early morning hours. He gave up eight runs on six hits and five walks in five innings. Eduardo Rodriguez was scratched from the start late Saturday night. He was expected to return from a hamstring injury to pitch, but felt discomfort during the game. Owens was summoned from Pawtucket.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Brett Cecil in the eighth inning and Cleveland beat Toronto to win the series between teams that began the game as AL division leaders.

The Indians took two of three, with each game decided by one run.

Ahead 2-1, Toronto threatened to break open the game in the seventh. But Mike Clevinger (2-1) relieved Corey Kluber and struck out major league RBIs leader Edwin Encarnacion to leave the bases loaded.

Ramirez connected after Francisco Lindor’s two-out single, sending a drive onto the home run porch in left field. Cecil (1-7) replaced starter Marcus Stroman with one out in the eighth.

Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 27 chances. He struck out Ryan Goins and Devon Travis before walking Josh Donaldson and Encarnacion. Russell Martin lined out to right to end it.

Melvin Upton Jr. led off the third with his third home run for Toronto since being acquired from San Diego at the trade deadline.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols had three hits and scored twice on singles by Andrelton Simmons, leading Los Angeles past New York.

Jhoulys Chacin (4-8) allowed six hits over 5 2/3 innings, struck out four and walked one in his first scoreless start since April 12 for Atlanta. Deolis Guerra, JC Ramirez and Fernando Salas followed with hitless relief. Salas pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

After winning the first two games of the series, New York entered four games over .500 at 61-57, but for the fourth time failed to move five games over.

Chad Green (2-3) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, which matched his big league high. He struck out 11 in six scoreless innings against Toronto on Monday when he rejoined the rotation.


CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana pitched into the eighth innings for his career-best 10th win and Jose Abreu homered for the second straight game to lead Chicago past Oakland.

Todd Frazier had three hits and drove in two runs, and Justin Morneau added an RBI double in Chicago’s three-run first as the White Sox took the final two games of the series and handed Oakland its seventh loss in eight games. Tim Anderson also had three hits.

Oakland’s Khris Davis hit his 32nd homer, a two-run shot off Quintana (10-9). The left-hander struck out six, walked one and allowed eight hits.

David Robertson got the last three outs for his 32nd save. Zach Neal (2-3) was the loser.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Logan Forsythe homered after missing four games because of back spasms, and Tampa Bay beat Texas to take two of three from the AL West-leading Rangers.

Forsythe hit an opposite-field, three-run shot off Martin Perez (8-9) in a five-run fourth that made it 6-2. He has six homers in his last 10 games.

Steven Souza Jr. put the Rays up 8-4 on a two-run homer in the eighth.

Drew Smyly (6-11) allowed four runs and five hits over 6 2/3 inning to go 4-0 in his last six starts.

Tampa Bay, last in the AL East, has won six of seven.

Delino DeShields and Drew Stubbs homered for Texas.


SEATTLE (AP) — Keon Broxton and Chris Carter homered and Scooter Gennett had an RBI single during a four-run ninth inning, and Milwaukee beat Seattle to end a six-game losing streak.

The Brewers trailed 6-3 after eight innings but rallied against Tom Wilhelmsen (2-4). Broxton hit his second solo homer of the game and Carter followed with a two-run shot, his 29th, to tie it.

After Domingo Santana singled, Vidal Nuno relieved Wilhelmsen and allowed a single to Manny Pina. Gennett then blooped a single into left-center that scored Santana from second.

Tyler Thornburg (5-4) pitched the final two innings for the win. Matt Garza (4-6) was the loser.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Luis Perdomo ended a three-start losing streak, Travis Jankowski and Alex Dickerson homered, and San Diego beat Arizona for a four-game split.

Perdomo (6-7) took a shutout into the seventh and wound up allowing an unearned run and five hits in seven innings. Perdomo, a right-hander who had never pitched above Class A before this season, also beat the Diamondbacks at Arizona on July 4.

Braden Shipley (2-3) gave up seven runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in a matchup of the teams with the poorest records in the NL West.

MLB Roundup: Ortiz homers after being honored, Red Sox beat Tigers 3-2

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Finnegan took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Adam Duvall and Jose Peraza each hit home runs in returns to the lineup and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-1 on Saturday night.

Adrian Gonzalez singled to center field leading off the seventh to break up Finnegan’s no-hit bid, and that was the only hit against the 23-year-old lefty.

Finnegan (8-9) allowed two walks and had eight strikeouts, one short of tying his career high, while throwing 96 pitches over seven innings. He also doubled and scored twice while the Reds extended their winning streak to a season-high five games.

Finnegan did not return after the game was delayed in the middle of the seventh for 1 hour, 19 minutes because of rain.

Cincinnati had a season-high 18 hits, including three each from Peraza and Eugenio Suarez.

Dodgers starter Brett Anderson (0-2) allowed six runs in three innings before being pulled with a blister on his left index finger.


DENVER (AP) — Kris Bryant hit a long homer and drove in four runs, Ben Zobrist had three hits and also went deep, and Chicago routed Colorado.

Miguel Montero had three hits and drove in three for the Cubs, who spoiled the major league debut of Rockies starter Jeff Hoffman.

Trevor Cahill (3-3) got the win with 4 2/3 innings in relief of spot starter Mike Montgomery.

Hoffman (0-1), a former first-round pick who was acquired a year ago as part of the deal that sent Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto, started off well but ran into trouble the second time through against the NL Central leaders. Bryant made it 7-0 in the fifth with his 31st homer, a three-run drive that went an estimated 469 feet to dead center.

Montgomery didn’t give up a hit until Nick Hundley’s one-out homer in the fifth made it 7-1. Cahill relieved Montgomery, who left after throwing 60 pitches. The Cubs added a run in the eighth and another on Zobrist’s 14th homer in the ninth.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit two long home runs and an RBI double in his second game back from the disabled list, boosting Bartolo Colon and New York past San Francisco.

The Mets had lost five of six before topping the team that began the day leading the NL West. The Giants dropped to 11-22 since the All-Star break.

Cespedes, who’d been out since Aug. 4 with a strained right quadriceps, drove in three runs. He has 24 homers this season. The slugger’s shot off Matt Moore (7-10) in the third inning went 457 feet, according to Cespedes added a 418-footer off reliever Jake Peavy in the seventh.

Alejandro De Aza hit a three-run homer in a four-run sixth that stretched the Mets’ lead to 7-2.

Colon (11-7) allowed two runs, scattering nine hits and a walk in 6 1/3 innings.


CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale pitched eight scoreless innings for his first victory in 49 days, Jose Abreu homered and Chicago beat Oakland.

Sale (15-6) was the majors’ first 14-game winner and the AL starter in the All-Star Game, but the lefty had gone 0-4 in six starts, interrupted by a five-day suspension for slicing up throwback uniforms he didn’t want to wear. Sale allowed three hits and retired the last seven batters, five by strikeout, while throwing a season-high 120 pitches.

The White Sox scored four runs with two outs, including Abreu’s solo shot that just cleared the eight-foot wall in right in the first inning. Melky Cabrera added an RBI double in the second and a run-scoring single in the fourth off Ross Detwiler (1-2). Oakland’s Danny Valencia homered in Oakland’s two-run ninth off Nate Jones before David Robertson earned his 31st save.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Luis Cessa pitched six scoreless innings to win his first major league start and help New York beat Los Angeles.

Brian McCann went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and a run, Starlin Castro went 2 for 4 with two runs and Aaron Judge drove in two. Gary Sanchez hit his fifth home run in six games, a two-out solo homer in the first.

Los Angeles’ Albert Pujols hit his 583rd home run in the ninth inning, tying former St. Louis teammate Mark McGwire for 10th on the career list.

Cessa (3-0) allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one. He struggled just twice, giving up back-to-back two-out singles in the third and hitting Mike Trout in the sixth.

Ricky Nolasco (4-11) allowed five runs in 6 1/3 innings.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Jason Castro homered and drove in four runs in Houston’s second straight blowout victory over struggling Baltimore.

Alex Bregman and George Springer also homered for the Astros. They beat Baltimore 15-8 on Friday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Bregman got this rout started with a two-run homer in the first inning off Chris Tillman (15-5). Houston increased its lead to 6-0 in the third and went up 10-1 in the sixth.

Chris Davis homered in a fourth straight game and Steve Pearce also went deep for the Orioles. But Baltimore has dropped eight of 12 overall to fall into the third place in the AL East.

Baltimore pitchers combined to allow a season-high 10 walks. Utility infielder Ryan Flaherty worked the ninth inning, giving up two runs and three hits.

Mike Fiers (9-6) had little trouble in his first career appearance against the Orioles. The right-hander went seven innings, allowing one run and five hits.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Robbie Ray struck out a career-high 13 and gave up just one hit in seven innings, pitching Arizona past San Diego.

There were only seven total hits in the game, four by Arizona. The Diamondbacks scored two unearned runs, helped by a pair of throwing errors by pitcher Clayton Richard (0-3).

Ray (7-11) featured a fastball in the upper 90s mph. He overpowered the Padres until the fifth inning when Patrick Kivlehan, called up from Triple-A El Paso before the game, launched a 451-foot home run for his first major league hit.

Arizona used four relievers to close it out. Daniel Hudson induced three infield popups to escape a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the eighth, and Enrique Burgos earned his first save of the season.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Xavier Scruggs hit his first major league home run and David Phelps pitched six scoreless innings to help Miami beat Pittsburgh.

Miguel Rojas scored on an error in the third, and Ichiro Suzuki doubled down the right field line in the fourth — for his 3,008th hit in the majors to move into 28th place on the career list — ahead of Scruggs’ shot into the bleachers in left field.

Phelps (7-6) allowed two hits and two walks with nine strikeouts in his fourth start of the season. Fernando Rodney got the last three outs for his sixth save with the Marlins and 23rd save overall.

Chad Kuhl (3-1) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings.


SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez pitched eight strong innings, Mike Zunino homered and drove in three runs and Seattle sent Milwaukee to its sixth straight loss.

Hernandez (8-4) gave up two runs and seven hits, striking out eight and walking one to improve to 4-0 in seven starts since coming off the disabled list on July 20. Steve Cishek, who had lost his closer’s role, pitched a perfect ninth.

Seattle pulled one game behind Baltimore for the American League’s second wild card.

Zunino and Leonys Martin hit back to back homers off Wily Peralta (5-9) to open the seventh, stretching Seattle’s lead to 4-0.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon homered twice and had a double, Ian Kennedy pitched eight sharp innings and Kansas City beat Minnesota to extend its winning streak to seven games.

The Royals’ string is their best since they won seven straight in April 2015. The World Series champions have won 12 of 14 to move back into the AL wild-card race.

Gordon has homered five times in five games. He connected in the fourth inning and again in the fifth for his fourth career multihomer game.

Kennedy (8-9) gave up four hits, walked none and struck out six. Salvador Perez and Gordon hit back-to-back home runs in a four-run fifth, chasing Hector Santiago (10-8).


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Cesar Hernandez homered, doubled and singled, and Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven strong innings in Philadelphia’s 4-2 victory over St. Louis.

Maikel Franco had two hits, including a double and the winning RBI, and Aaron Altherr homered for the Phillies. They have hit home runs in 14 straight games.

Jeremy Hazelbaker homered and Jhonny Peralta had three hits for St. Louis, which had won five in a row. The Cardinals are 1 1/2 games head of Miami for the second wild-card spot in the National League.

St. Louis fell short of setting a major league record of 10 straight games with multiple home runs. The Cardinals tied the mark with a pair of homers Friday night.

Hellickson (10-7) skipped his last start because of back tightness. The right-hander looked healthy and sharp, allowing two runs on seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk. Jeanmar Gomez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 33rd save in 37 opportunities. Luke Weaver (0-1) was the loser.


DETROIT (AP) — David Ortiz homered after being honored by the Tigers and Boston beat Detroit on a rainy night.

Ortiz was given a pregame tribute, then hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning.

James McCann and J.D. Martinez homered for the Tigers, who have lost 10 of 13.

The start was delayed 80 minutes by storms that moved in during the afternoon, and another heavy downpour interrupted the game for more than an hour after the fifth inning.

Drew Pomeranz (2-2) gave up one run and four hits in five innings. Craig Kimbrel got the last four outs for his 22nd save.

Justin Upton doubled off the top of the wall in center field with two out in the ninth, but Casey McGehee struck out to end the game at 12:17 am.

Daniel Norris (1-2) was the loser.


ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman homered and had three hits in his return from the disabled list, and Washington used an eight-run fourth inning to take control before holding off Atlanta.

Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner hit homers in Washington’s big fourth inning against Tyrell Jenkins (2-4). The Nationals trailed 3-1 before setting a season high for runs in an inning and taking a 9-3 lead.

Washington set a Nationals record with nine hits in the inning, including eight straight, and had 17 hits in the game.

Max Scherzer (13-7) allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings. Mark Melancon gave up a two-run single to Chase d’Arnaud, cutting the lead to two, before recording the final out for his 36th save.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion homered, Roberto Osuna bounced back from a nightmarish outing to record the save and Toronto beat Cleveland.

Toronto was stunned Friday night on Tyler Naquin’s game-ending inside-the-park home run off Osuna that gave the Indians a 3-2 victory.

The latest matchup between division leaders also had plenty of drama, with Osuna getting his 28th save by retiring Naquin on a groundout to end it.

Encarnacion’s leadoff homer in the fifth, his 35th of the season, put Toronto back on top. Joe Biagini (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Josh Tomlin (11-7) allowed all six Toronto runs.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria and Luke Maile homered, Jake Odorizzi won his fifth game since the All-Star break and Tampa Bay ended Texas’ four-game winning streak.

Odorizzi (8-5) is 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break.

Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus had two hits each for the AL West-leading Rangers.

The Rays scored in each of the first two innings off starter A.J. Griffin (5-3). Matt Duffy drove in a run with a two-out single in the first, and Maile made it 2-0 with his first career home run in the second. Longoria’s 28th homer made it 3-0 in the sixth.

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Jose Altuve homered and had five RBIs, and the Houston Astros beat the Baltimore Orioles 15-8 on Friday night despite allowing four home runs in the first inning.

Altuve became the first Astro to have 20 homers and 20 steals in a season since Carlos Beltran in 2004. George Springer went 4 for 5 with a homer and the Astros also got long balls from Evan Gattis and Teoscar Hernandez in ending a five-game losing streak.

The Orioles became the first team in the modern era (since 1900) to open a game with four home runs before making an out. Adam Jones hit Collin McHugh’s first pitch into the seats in left field and Hyun Soo Kim singled before Manny Machado, Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo homered in succession.

Pedro Alvarez added a fifth-inning drive for the Orioles, They have 11 home runs in the first two games of this series. Baltimore didn’t have enough firepower in this one to overcome its poor pitching, which surrendered a season-high 15 runs and 18 hits.

Chris Devenski (2-4) allowed one hit in four innings for the Astros after McHugh yielded seven runs and nine hits in three innings. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-10) was the loser.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Tyler Naquin hit a game-ending inside-the-park homer, sprinting around the bases to cap a two-run rally in the ninth inning as Cleveland stunned Toronto.

Toronto took a 2-1 lead into the ninth in a matchup of AL division leaders. Closer Roberto Osuna (2-2) retired the first batter, but Jose Ramirez tied it with a home run.

Naquin followed with a drive that hit the top of the right-field wall, above the leap of Michael Saunders. The ball caromed away at an angle and center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. gave chase as Naquin rounded second base. Upton finally retrieved the ball, but fell down as third base coach Mike Sarbaugh waved Naquin home. Upton flung it toward the infield, and Naquin stumbled home and scored with a head-first dive way ahead of second baseman Devon Travis’ relay.

Jeff Manship (2-1) pitched the ninth for the win. Osuna blew his third save in 30 chances.

Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer struck out a career-high 13 in eight innings. Russell Martin hit a two-run homer in the first for Toronto.


CHICAGO (AP) — Kendall Graveman faced one batter over the minimum while throwing a two-hitter, Khris Davis hit his 31st home run and Oakland beat Chicago to hand James Shields his 15th loss.

Graveman (9-8) allowed leadoff singles to Jose Abreu in the third and Adam Eaton in the seventh. Both were immediately doubled off first on line drives. Justin Morneau reached on an error by first baseman Yonder Alonso in the eighth.

Graveman struck out five and needed 97 pitches for his second complete game of the season.

Stephen Vogt and Yonder Alonso also homered to help the A’s snap a five-game losing streak.

Shields (5-15) matched a career high for losses in a season set with Tampa Bay in 2010. The three homers allowed gave him a major league high-tying 29 and the six earned runs in 4 2/3 innings gave him a major league-high 91.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Adrian Beltre led off consecutive innings with home runs and Cole Hamels didn’t give up a hit until the sixth in Texas’ victory over Tampa Bay.

Beltre’s 20th and 21st home runs of the season gave him 434 for his career, moving him into a tie with Juan Gonzalez and Andruw Jones for 45th place, Beltre also had two singles.

Hamels had retired 14 straight, striking out seven, when Corey Dickerson singled with two outs in the sixth for Tampa Bay’s first hit. Steven Souza Jr.’s 12th home run got the Rays on the board in the eighth.

Hamels (13-4) gave up one run and three hits and had 10 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — New York hit four solo home runs and Masahiro Tanaka allowed five hits in 7 2/3 innings in ther Yankees’ victory over Los Angeles Angels.

The home runs all came against Jered Weaver (8-11). He has allowed a major league-high 34 homers.

The Yankees are unbeaten this season in five games against Los Angeles. The Angels have lost 13 of 15 overall to fall to a season-low 20 games under .500 at 51-71.

Tanaka (10-4) retired the first 11 hitters and struck out nine.

Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a homer, the first by a Yankee this season. Ronald Torreyes doubled in a run in the second, before New York chased Weaver with home runs by Torreyes, Didi Gregorious and Brian McCann in the fifth.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto hit a three-run homer, relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen also had a three-run shot, and Cincinnati beat Los Angelesnight to snap a nine-game losing streak against the Dodgers.

Tim Adleman pitched into and out of trouble in his first start since May 19, added his first career hit and RBI and the Reds matched their season high with a fourth consecutive win and first against the Dodgers since Aug 13, 2015.

Adleman (2-1), who was sidelined with a strained left oblique, allowed five hits with two walks and three strikeouts in five scoreless innings. He also hit Joc Pederson twice with pitches.

Bud Norris (6-10) gave up six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Randal Grichuk homered early, then hit an RBI double in the 11th inning that sent St. Louis past Philadelphia for its fifth straight victory.

Jedd Gyorko hit a tying, two-run homer with one out in the ninth. The Cardinals tied a major league record with multiple home runs in nine consecutive games.

Jhonny Peralta led off the 11th with a double and, two batters later, Grichuk doubled to the wall in left-center off Frank Herrmann (0-1).

Seung Hwan Oh (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth and 10th. Alex Reyes blanked the Phillies in the 11th for his first save, getting Odubel Herrera to ground out with runners on first and second to end the game.

Herrera and Freddy Galvis homered for the Phillies.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Robert Andino hit a tiebreaking single in the top of the ninth inning, then Miami got Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.

JT Realmuto, who homered in going 3 for 3, drew a leadoff walk in the Miami ninth from Neftali Feliz (4-1). Realmuto moved up on a sacrifice bunt and scored when Andino lined his single into left field.

Christian Yelich and Miguel Rojas also each had three hits and a homer to help the Marlins win for the third time in nine games.

Fernando Rodney wound up with his 22nd save in 24 opportunities. He issued an intentional walk to load the bases for McCutchen, but the former NL MVP stayed stuck in a season-long slump when he bounced into a double play. Nick Wittgren (4-2) pitched a scoreless eighth.


DETROIT (AP) — David Ortiz homered and Rick Porcello pitched seven innings in his return to Comerica Park in Boston’s victory over Detroit.

Porcello, who spent the first six seasons of his career with the Tigers and moved to Boston before the 2015 season, was pitching in Detroit for the first time since the trade.

Porcello (17-3) gave up two runs — one earned — four hits and two walks while striking out eight. His only major mistake was J.D. Martinez’s two-run homer in the second inning.

Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered for Boston, and Hanley Ramirez drove in four runs.

The Tigers have lost nine of 12.


ATLANTA (AP) — Clint Robinson hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the ninth and Washington beat Atlanta after giving up a three-run lead.

Robinson’s single to left field off Jim Johnson (2-6) drove in pinch-runner Pedro Severino from second base. Severino replaced Wilson Ramos, who singled.

The Nationals led 6-3 in the eighth before the Braves took advantage of throwing errors by shortstop Danny Espinosa and third baseman Anthony Rendon to score three runs. Freddie Freeman’s two-run double off Koda Glover (1-0) tied it.

The NL East-leading Nationals improved to 10-1 against the last-place Braves this season. Washington has won 24 of 30 games in the rivalry since the start of the 2015 season.

Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 35th save.


DENVER (AP) — Ryan Raburn hit an RBI double and continued home when the Cubs threw away the relay, capping Colorado’s two-run rally in the 11th inning against Aroldis Chapman.

On a wet night when rain delayed the start for more than two hours, and with temperatures dropping into the 40s, the Rockies wound up winning well past midnight.

Nick Hundley singled with one out off Chapman (0-1). Raburn then tied it with a drive off the right-field wall. And when second baseman Javier Baez made a wild throw that got past catcher Willson Contreras and flew into the Cubs’ dugout, the umpires waved Raburn home.

Matt Carasiti (1-0) got the win.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched seven effective innings and ended his six-start winless streak, and San Francisco Giants broke away late.

Denard Span had four hits and Conor Gillaspie homered as the Giants moved back ahead of the Dodgers for the NL West lead. Pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza singled to break a 1-all tie in the seventh.

Cueto (14-3) allowed one run and eight hits. Seth Lugo (0-2) lost in his first major league start.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ryan Schimpf’s second homer of the game was a three-run shot in the 10th inning that boosted San Diego.

Yangervis Solarte drew a one-out walk from Patrick Corbin (4-13) in the 10th before Alex Dickerson singled, bringing up Schimpf.

Schimpf hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Enrique Burgos that tied it 4.

Arizona loaded the bases in the top of the 10th against Kevin Quackenbush (7-4), but Jake Lamb struck out.

Jean Segura had five hits and drove in two runs for the Diamondbacks.


SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager got Seattle started with a solo home run and Robinson Cano added a two-run shot.

The Mariners won their seventh straight at Safeco Field. Adam Lind also homered for Seattle.

Closer Edwin Diaz gave up two runs in the ninth before striking out Hernan Perez with a runner on third for his ninth save.

Chris Carter hit the longest recorded home run in Safeco Field history, estimated at 465 feet. Jonathan Villar and Keon Broxton also homered for the Brewers.

Wade LeBlanc (3-0) got the win.

Brent Suter (0-1) made his major league debut. He became the first left-handed pitcher to start for the Brewers since Aug. 23, 2013.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Hosmer hit a game-ending single in the 11th inning and Kansas City matched a season high with its sixth straight win.

There was a 3-hour, 3-minute rain delay in the top of the fifth, plus a 12-minute delay when some of the lights went out in the bottom of the sixth. The game did not end until seven hours after the first pitch.

Chien-Ming Wang (6-0) allowed one single in two innings. J.T. Chargois (0-1) gave up Hosmer’s hit.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant homered twice, doubled and drove in five runs while going 5 for 5 and the Chicago Cubs overcame Jake Arrieta’s career-high seven walks to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-6 on Thursday for a four-game sweep.

Bryant tied Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the NL lead with 30 home runs. The Cubs won for the 18th time in 21 games and improved the best record in the majors to 77-43.

Chicago led 5-0 when Arrieta (15-5) allowed a pair of two-out walks in the fourth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis followed with a three-run homer. Hernan Perez hit a solo homer in the sixth off Arrieta.

Arrieta allowed four runs and three hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his seventh save with the Cubs.

Bryant singled and scored in the first, hit a two-run homer in the third and had an RBI double in the fourth off Zach Davies (9-6). Bryant hit a solo homer off Blaine Boyer in the sixth and added an RBI single in the eighth off Corey Knebel for his second career five-hit game.


BALTIMORE (AP) — J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis each hit two of Baltimore’s six home runs, Hyun Soo Kim had a career-high four hits and the Orioles beat rookie Joe Musgrove and skidding Houston.

Mark Trumbo and Manny Machado also homered to help Baltimore improve to 40-19 at home and climb into a second-place tie with Boston in the AL East. The 13 runs matched a season high, set June 1 against Boston.

Trumbo set the tone in the first inning with his major league-leading 35th home run, a three-run shot to left against Musgrove (1-1). Kevin Gausman (4-10) struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings for Baltimore.

Alex Bregman and A.J. Reed homered for the Astros. They have lost five straight.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning and Philadelphia held off Los Angeles.

Ryan Howard also homered to help the Phillies avoid a three-game series sweep.

Michael Mariot (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh inning in relief of Jerad Eickhoff to earn the victory. Freddy Galvis led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and Franco followed with his 22nd homer, to deep center off Grant Dayton (0-1) to give the Phillies a 5-4 lead.

Jeanmar Gomez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 32nd save.

Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal homered for the Dodgers.


DETROIT (AP) — Second baseman Ian Kinsler caught a line drive by Mookie Betts for the final out with runners on second and third, and Detroit snapped Boston’s six-game winning streak.

Andrew Romine drew a bases-loaded walk to cap a three-run Detroit rally in the eighth.

Boston threatened in the ninth against Francisco Rodriguez. Kinsler was well positioned and needed to move only slightly to his right to make the play on Betts’ liner.

Rodriguez got his 34th save in 37 chances.

Justin Wilson (3-4) won in relief. Junichi Tazawa (2-2) failed to retire a batter in the eighth.

Sandy Leon homered for Boston.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Alex Gordon hit a grand slam, Dillon Gee pitched seven strong innings and Kansas City beat Minnesota.

The defending champion Royals have won five straight and eight of nine to move above .500 for the first time since July 22. Starting pitchers have a 1.61 ERA in the five-game winning streak, allowing 23 hits and six earned runs in 33 2-3 innings, while striking out 27 and walking seven.

Gordon extended his hitting streak to a season-best nine games. He has homered in three straight.

Gee (5-6) picked up the Royals’ first victory from a No. 5 starter since May 31. The Royals are 9-21 is games started by the fifth starter. Tyler Duffey (8-9) took the loss.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland manager Terry Francona put up a pinch-hitter in the middle of an at-bat and the strategy paid off when Tyler Naquin lofted a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning that lifted the Indians past Chicago.

The AL Central-leading Indians scored a single run in each of the last five innings to overtake Chicago. Cleveland improved to 6-2 on an 11-game homestand.

Abraham Almonte doubled to begin ninth off Jacob Turner (1-2). With Roberto Perez batting, a passed ball by Dioner Navarro moved Almonte to third.

Francona then sent Naquin to the plate with a 1-0 count. The rookie drove the first pitch he saw to center field, deep enough that Adam Eaton couldn’t prevent Almonte from scoring.

Andrew Miller (7-1) earned the win with one inning of scoreless relief.


ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie Reynaldo Lopez struck out 11, Jayson Werth reached safely in his 46th straight game and Washington pulled away to beat Atlanta.

Werth hit an RBI double in the fifth inning to tie Rusty Staub on the Nationals-Expos franchise list for the longest streak of reaching base. Werth went 2 for 4 and has 43 hits and 32 walks during his string, the best in the majors this season.

After rain delayed the start for 1 hour, 16 minutes, Lopez (2-1) struck out eight of the first nine batters. He set a career high for strikeouts and allowed one earned run and four hits in seven innings.

The Nationals broke it open with five runs in the eighth.

Rob Whalen (1-2) allowed three hits and one earned run in a career-best six innings.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Ramon Cabrera hit a three-run homer, Dan Straily continued his second-half surge and Cincinnati beat Miami for its eighth victory in 10 series since the All-Star break.

Billy Hamilton used aggressive baserunning to produce another run, and Eugenio Suarez added an RBI double to give Cincinnati three straight wins over Miami after losing the series opener.

Straily (9-6) improved to 5-0 with a 2.68 ERA over his last six starts. He opened with five shutout innings before giving up Marcell Ozuna’s two-run homer in the sixth. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his second career save in two opportunities.

Jose Fernandez (12-7) was the loser.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols drove in two runs, Yunel Escobar had three hits and scored twice, and the Angels held off a late rally.

Mike Trout scored twice as the Angels earned a split of the four-game series with just their second win in 14 games. Pujols reached 95 RBIs with a two-run double in the eighth. He’s second in the AL, five behind Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion.

Matt Shoemaker (7-13) limited the Mariners to two earned runs — on solo homers to Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz — and five hits.

Fernando Salas gave up a two-run homer to Adam Lind in the ninth, but got Leonys Martin and Shawn O’Malley on grounders to end the game.

Hisashi Iwakuma (14-8) allowed three runs and six hits over seven innings, snapping a streak of three straight wins.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Alex Dickerson’s two-out, three-run double in the eighth inning lifted San Diego.

Dickerson smacked Enrique Burgos’ pitch into the gap in left-center field to snap the Padres’ five-game losing streak.

Michael Bourn’s soft single drove in pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks in the top of the eighth put Arizona ahead after it rallied from a three-run deficit.

Ryan Buchter (3-0), the Padres’ fourth pitcher, got the win.

Brandon Maurer worked the ninth for his sixth save in 10 chances. He gave up an unearned run before stranding the tying and go-ahead runs.

Jake Barrett (1-1) was touched for three runs in the eighth to snap Arizona’s four-game winning streak.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner hit a go-ahead two-run homer off Jacob deGrom in the fourth inning — moments after giving up a grand slam — and San Francisco came back from four runs down.

Bumgarner, who narrowly missed a home run in his first at-bat, hit a 2-2 pitch into the stands in left field to cap a five-run inning when the Giants batted around. It was Bumgarner’s third home run this season and the 14th of his career.

That helped overcome a shaky outing by San Francisco’s four-time All-Star. Bumgarner (12-7) allowed four runs over five innings and struck out six.

New York had taken a 4-0 lead in the fourth on Justin Ruggiano’s second career grand slam in his first game back off the disabled list.

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CLEVELAND (AP) — David Ortiz hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in a three-run sixth inning, and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Cleveland Indians 3-2 on Monday to extend their winning streak to four.

Ortiz’s 27th home run of his farewell season was the 530th of his big league career. Ortiz homered in all three games the Red Sox played in Cleveland this season.

One out later, Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered off Josh Tomlin (11-6), who has given up a major league-leading 29 home runs this season.

Drew Pomeranz (1-2) allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings to win for the first time since he was acquired from San Diego on July 14. He had been 0-2 in five starts for the Red Sox.

Selected by Cleveland with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, Pomeranz gave up Rajai Davis’ leadoff homer in the fourth and RBI double in the eighth.

Craig Kimbrel escaped a ninth-inning jam for his 20th save in 22 chances.

AL Central-leading Cleveland had won its previous four games.

The game was a makeup of an April 7 postponement caused by snow and cold.


NEW YORK (AP) — Chad Green struck out 11 in six dominant innings, Aaron Judge delivered again with an RBI double and Dellin Betances escaped a big ninth-inning jam, leading New York over Toronto.

Betances got major league RBI leader Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a game-ending, around-the-horn double play with runners at the corners.

The Yankees won for the fifth time in six games, taking the first 1-0 decision between the teams since 2005. They dropped Toronto percentage points out of first place in the AL East and pulled within 5 1/2 games of new division leader Baltimore.

Promoted earlier in the day from Triple-A for his fifth stint of the season with the Yankees, Green (2-2) was in complete control. He gave up two hits, walked none and outpitched R.A. Dickey (8-13).

Tyler Clippard, Adam Warren and Betances combined for scoreless relief. Betances held on for his fifth save as the Yankees stopped a five-game losing streak to Toronto.


DETROIT (AP) — Ian Kennedy pitched effectively into the seventh inning to win for the first time since June 26 as Kansas City beat Detroit.

The Tigers lost Miguel Cabrera after four innings to a strained left biceps. Cabrera appeared to injure himself in a first-inning collision with Cheslor Cuthbert at first base, but batted twice before leaving the game.

Detroit said the slugger is day to day.

Kennedy (7-9) ended an eight-start winless streak, allowing one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Three relievers finished, with Kelvin Herrera pitching the ninth for his fifth save.

Daniel Norris (1-1) gave up two runs — one earned — in 5 1/3 innings. He made the error that led to the unearned run.

J.D. Martinez homered for Detroit.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit a grand slam not long after Texas ended a 24-inning scoreless streak, and Martin Perez earned his first win since late June to lead the Rangers over Oakland.

Beltre’s 100th home run at Globe Life Park came against former teammate Ross Detwiler (1-1) in the fifth with Texas trailing 2-1. His 10th career slam came three batters after Shin-Soo Choo broke his left forearm when he was hit by a pitch.

The AL West-leading Rangers were coming off consecutive shutout losses at home to Detroit.

Perez (8-8) gave up two runs — one earned — in seven innings. He had gone 0-4 over his past eight starts.

Sam Dyson closed for his 27th save.

Beltre’s 19th homer gave him 432 to break a tie with Cal Ripken on the career list.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Chris Johnson drove in two runs with a homer and a double, former reliever David Phelps pitched into the sixth inning in his third start of the season and Miami won the opener of its four-game series against Cincinnati.

Marcell Ozuna also homered and Dee Gordon beat Joey Votto’s high toss to pitcher Blake Wood covering first base for a bases-loaded, two-run infield single. The wild card-contending Marlins have won two straight after a three-game skid. Both wins have come since Giancarlo Stanton was lost Saturday for what is expected to be at least six weeks with a groin injury.

Phelps (6-6) struck out a season-high eight while allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Fernando Rodney got three outs for his 21st save in 23 tries.

Scott Schebler homered for the Reds to snap an 0-for-28 slump. Brandon Finnegan (7-9) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Drew Smyly allowed just a solo homer over seven innings of one-hit ball, and Tampa Bay got home runs from Logan Forsythe and Kevin Kiermaier in its victory over San Diego.

Alexei Ramirez hit his fifth homer and Derek Norris walked twice — those were the only baserunners against Smyly (5-11).

Brad Boxberger and Kevin Jepsen completed the three-hitter, with Jepsen allowing a single to Wil Myers and a homer to Yangervis Solarte in the ninth.

Forsythe hit his fifth homer in his last 13 games off Luis Perdomo (5-7). Kiermaier had a three-run drive in a five-run eighth that made it 8-1. He had three hits and two stolen bases.


DENVER (AP) — Jayson Werth and Wilson Ramos homered, Bryce Harper doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Washington beat skidding Colorado despite a lackluster start from Max Scherzer.

Washington’s bullpen pitched five scoreless innings and Colorado-native Mark Melancon earned his 34th save in 37 chances. Sammy Solis (2-3) got the win.

The NL East leaders have won three straight and four of five.

Werth hit a two-run homer and reached safely three times to extend his on-base streak to a career-best 43 games. The stretch is the longest in the majors this season it ties Ryan Zimmerman for the Nationals record.

DJ LeMahieu had four hits and Charlie Blackmon hit his sixth home run in four games. Still, the Rockies have lost eight of nine.

Jordan Lyles (3-4) took the loss.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gregory Polanco had a homer and four RBIs, Ryan Vogelsong won in his return to AT&T Park and Pittsburgh beat San Francisco.

Andrew McCutchen added two hits, two RBIs and a spectacular catch in the eighth inning to help Pittsburgh move within one game of idle St. Louis for the second NL wild card.

That was enough for Vogelsong (2-2) to win despite an up-and-down outing.

Vogelsong, who spent parts of seven seasons with the Giants and won two World Series, allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings. He received an extended standing ovation in the first inning and again when he left in the sixth.

The right-hander won for the first time since coming off the 60-day disabled list after being hit in the face by a pitch on May 23.

Denard Span had three hits, including a home run, and Eduardo Nunez also went deep for the Giants.

Polanco hit a two-run double off starter Matt Moore (0-2) and drove in two more with his 17th homer.

Tony Watson, the fourth Pirates reliever, retired three batters for his sixth save.


PHOENIX (AP) — Welington Castillo, just back from a six-day leave due to complications with the birth of his son, matched his career high of four hits to lead Arizona over New York.

Castillo doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored twice for the last-place Diamondbacks, who swept three games from the defending NL champions last week in New York.

Bartolo Colon (10-7) drew the first walk of his 19-year major league career but lasted just four innings.

Robbie Ray (5-11) allowed two runs in five innings for his first victory in five starts. One of his two walks went to the 43-year-old Colon on a 3-2 pitch. It came in Colon’s 282nd career plate appearance. According to ESPN Stats & Info, no other player in major league history had that many plate appearances without walking.

Paul Goldschmidt had three hits, including a triple and a double. He scored three times. Yasmany Tomas hit a two-run homer in the eighth.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his 30th home run to lead Felix Hernandez and Seattle past Los Angeles as the Angels matched a franchise record with their 11th consecutive defeat.

Hernandez (7-4) struck out eight and pitched into the seventh inning to help the Mariners remain two games behind Boston for the second AL wild card.

The Angels had lost 11 straight on three other occasions, but never under manager Mike Scioscia. Last in the AL West, Los Angeles (49-69) is a season-high 20 games under .500.

The last time the team dropped 11 in a row was during the 1999 season.

Ricky Nolasco (4-10) took the loss.

Mike Trout homered and stole his 20th base, marking the third time he’s reached 20 home runs and 20 steals in a season.

Edwin Diaz earned his seventh save with a perfect ninth inning.

MLB Roundup: Cubs blow late lead against Cardinals to end 11-game win streak

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CHICAGO (AP) — Randal Grichuk hit a grand slam to cap a six-run burst in the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals stopped the Cubs’ 11-game winning streak, beating Chicago 8-4 on Saturday.

After a run-scoring wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the eighth put the Cardinals ahead 4-2, Grichuk connected.

Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko also homered for St. Louis.

Addison Russell hit his 14th homer for the NL Central-leading Cubs.

Alex Reyes (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to get the win.

St. Louis starter Luke Weaver gave up two runs on four hits in his major league debut. The 22-year-old was lifted for a pinch hitter after four innings and 85 pitches.

Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1) allowed five runs while getting only two outs.

Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks struck out 12, matching a career best, in seven innings. He gave up five hits, including two homers. His ERA rose slightly from 2.17 to 2.19.


NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge became the first teammates to hit home runs in the first at-bats of their major league debuts in the same game, sparking New York past Tampa Bay.

And New York’s 24-year-old newbies did it back-to-back in a five-pitch span during the second inning.

Called up before the game as part of a youth movement that led to Alex Rodriguez’s release, Austin batted seventh and sliced a 2-2 fastball from Matt Andriese (6-4) to the opposite field. The 331-foot drive down the right-field line landed in the first row over the short porch, about 3 feet fair.

Judge drove a 1-2 changeup 446 feet off the railing above a sports bar in center field and into the netting above Monument Park. Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer in fifth for a 6-3 lead, and Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius also went deep.

Brad Miller homered twice for Tampa Bay, a three-run drive and a solo shot off Masahiro Tanaka (9-4).


CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Mike Clevinger took a no-hitter into the sixth inning to get his first major league win and Cleveland one-hit Los Angeles.

Andrelton Simmons got Los Angeles’ only hit on a grounder with two outs in the sixth. Shortstop Francisco Lindor got his glove on the ball while ranging to his right, but it bounced into left field for a single.

Clevinger (1-1) was removed after that to a standing ovation. The right-hander allowed one run, struck out three, walked four and threw 91 pitches. Clevinger was drafted by the Angels in 2011 and traded to the Indians three years later for reliever Vinnie Pestano.

Matt Shoemaker (6-13) allowed five runs in six innings for the Angels, who have dropped nine straight, their longest losing streak since 1999.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner snapped a five-start winless streak with seven shutout innings, Denard Span had four RBIs and San Francisco beat Baltimore.

Bumgarner (11-7) had lost five of his previous seven decisions. He allowed just three hits, struck out eight and allowed three walks.

The victory kept the Giants alone atop the NL West, a game ahead of Los Angeles. The Orioles fell out of first place in the AL East, a half-game behind Toronto.

Span sparked the Giants with two-run singles in the second and sixth innings. Both came with two outs.

Santiago Casilla faced one batter to get his 27th save. Kevin Gausman (3-10) was the loser.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson homered and Los Angeles had 17 hits and a pair of successful challenges in victory over Pittsburgh.

Pederson had his 17th homer, a two-run shot and finished with three hits. Corey Seager also three hits and an RBI, and Los Angeles overcame a 3-1 deficit by scoring in each of the first six innings.

Jung Ho Kang hit his 12th home run for the Pirates.

After Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy was forced from the game in the second inning with right hip stiffness, Josh Fields, Julio Urias (3-2), Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez, Josh Ravin and Kenley Jansen combined to hold Pittsburgh to one run over 7 1/3 innings. Jansen got his 35th save.

Gerrit Cole (7-8) gave up 12 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco hit a three-run homer, then was in the middle of a testy exchange that led to the benches clearing and a pair of ejections in Philadelphia’s victory over Colorado.

On a hot, humid evening with a gametime temperature of 93 degrees and a heat index of 105, tempers flared in the fourth inning. Rockies starter Tyler Anderson (4-4) plunked Franco on the leg with his first pitch. Franco, who homered in his previous at-bat, stayed at home plate and stared out at Anderson while players from both teams barked at each other. Anderson moved toward Franco and appeared to tell him to go to first base and that he didn’t hit him intentionally.

No punches were thrown but both Anderson and Rockies manager Walt Weiss were ejected by plate umpire Eric Cooper. Anderson had to be restrained while walking angrily back to the dugout.

Philadelphia’s Cesar Hernandez had two hits to extend his on-base streak to 20 games.

Daniel Descalso and Tony Wolters homered for Colorado, and Carlos Gonzalez extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 19 games.

Jerad Eickhoff (8-12) was the winner, and Jeanmar Gomez finished for his 30th save.


NEW YORK (AP) — Wilmer Flores drove in the winning run when rookie second baseman Ryan Schimpf made a wild throw to plate in the 11th inning, and New York brushed off two stunning homers to beat San Diego.

Just called up from the minors, Gabriel Ynoa (1-0) pitched a perfect inning to win his major league debut after Jacob deGrom gave the Mets a dominant start. Flores finished with three hits, and the defending NL champions (58-58) won for only the fourth time in their last 17 home games.

Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers each hit a tying homer for the Padres. Myers connected off All-Star closer Jeurys Familia with two outs in the ninth.

Neil Walker singled against Brandon Maurer (0-3) leading off the 11th and alertly hustled to third with one out on James Loney’s soft single to left field as the Padres, caught in a defensive shift, scrambled to cover the bag. With the infield playing halfway, Flores hit a grounder over the mound that was fielded in front of second base by Schimpf. Rather than try for an inning-ending double play, Schimpf fired home and his throw sailed well wide as Walker slid in safely.


TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, Aaron Sanchez pitched seven innings to help Toronto end Houston’s winning streak at four.

Sanchez (12-2) survived a shaky first inning to win for the first time since July 25 against San Diego. Jason Grilli pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 26th save.

Josh Donaldson homered off Collin McHugh (7-10) in the first, his 28th of the season. Toronto has won seven of nine meetings with the Astros this season.

Houston’s Jose Altuve had two hits, a double and a triple, giving him 997 for his career. Altuve has reached safely in 43 straight road games.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, rookie Reynaldo Lopez pitched seven innings for his first major league win and Washington beat Atlanta.

Trea Turner had three hits, including a homer and one of Washington’s three triples. Ben Revere had the other two and drove in a run for the NL East leaders.

The Nationals played their fifth straight game without injured right fielder Bryce Harper and first without former closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was released before the game to make room on the roster for Lopez (1-1). The right-handed Lopez allowed one run and five hits.

Mark Melancon got the final three outs for his 33rd save. Rob Whalen (1-1) was the loser.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier hit his 25th home run of the season and the 100th of his career, leading Tyler Duffey and Minnesota past Kansas City.

Dozier has 17 homers since June 25, most in the majors over that span. He also doubled and scored twice to held the Twins end a four-game losing streak. Robbie Grossman also homered.

For the second time this season, the Twins homered three times off Royals starter Dillon Gee (4-6).

Eddie Rosario’s two-run shot in the fifth inning put the Twins ahead 4-1. Dozier followed him with a towering drive deep into the second deck in left.

Duffey (8-8) won for the third time in three starts this month. Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless eighth, and Brandon Kintzler finished for the save.


MIAMI (AP) — Dioner Navarro scored the go-ahead run on a strikeout, capping a bizarre eighth-inning comeback in Chicago’s comeback victory over Miami.

The White Sox blew an early 4-0 lead and trailed 7-6 to start the eighth. They rallied against Kyle Barraclough (6-3) with the help of a walk, two wild pitches and Justin Morneau’s first pinch-hit of the year, a double. After Morneau tied it, the Sox had runners at the corners with two out. Melky Cabrera took a weak swing at a 2-2 pitch in the dirt, but the ball skipped away from catcher J.T. Realmuto, allowing Cabrera to reach first while Navarro came home from third.

White Sox starter James Shields allowed 10 hits and seven runs in three-plus innings. Chris Beck (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first career victory, and David Robertson earned his 29th save.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 25th homer for the Marlins, and Martin Prado added a three-run shot. Dan Coats hit his first career homer for Chicago.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Casey McGehee had four of Detroit’s 14 hits against Cole Hamels, Matt Boyd pitched seven scoreless innings and the Tigers beat AL-leading Texas to snap a five-game losing streak.

Boyd (4-2) limited the Rangers to two hits with three strikeouts and two walks in his longest start this season. The left-hander is 4-0 his last six starts.

Detroit opened the fifth with three consecutive singles, McGehee leading it off and scoring on a hit by Victor Martinez for a 1-0 lead. McGehee added an RBI double an inning later.

The 14 hits were the most ever allowed by Hamels (12-4), who also walked three, but the Tigers left 11 runners on base against him, seven in scoring position. The lefty benefited from a double play, two outfield assists and a pickoff for his final out of the game.

Shane Greene worked the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 36 chances.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz homered, leading Seattle over Oakland for its seventh victory in eight games.

Cruz hit his 29th home run leading off the fourth inning. Seth Smith singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the fifth, and Cano hit the next pitch from Kendall Graveman (8-8) over the center-field wall for his 26th homer.

Hisashi Iwakuma (14-7) pitched into the sixth for his eighth win in the last nine starts. Edwin Diaz retired three batters for his sixth save.

Khris Davis homered for the second consecutive day for Oakland.


BOSTON (AP) — Brock Holt hit a two-run homer, Sandy Leon had a solo shot and Boston beat Arizona.

Rookie Andrew Benintendi and Dustin Pedroia each had two hits and drove in a run for Boston. The Red Sox have won two in row after losing four of five.

Robbie Ross Jr. (2-2) worked an inning of relief for the win after starter Clay Buchholz gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a spot start. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

Archie Bradley (4-8) allowed six runs — four earned — in 5 1/3 innings.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run home run during an eight-run sixth inning in Cincinnati’s victory over Milwaukee.

The Reds had seven hits in the inning, and Milwaukee added two errors and a wild pitch by starter Zach Davies (9-5) that led to a run.

Joey Votto had four hits and two RBIs, and the Reds finished with 16 hits.

Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun hit a solo homer off Dan Straily (8-6) in the sixth. Scooter Gennett had four hits for Milwaukee, and Martin Maldonado also homered.

MLB Roundup: A-Rod doubles, plays 3rd, exits with win

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NEW YORK (AP) — His pregame tribute ended by a storm, Alex Rodriguez soaked in repeated cheers during his final game in pinstripes, getting one more hit for the New York Yankees and returning to third base one last time.

On a night filled with nostalgia as the Yankees and Rodriguez turn to uncertain futures, baseball’s most notorious star of the last two decades drove a 96 mph fastball from Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer into the right-center field gap in the first inning of New York’s 6-3 victory Friday.

And with the sellout crowd of 46,459 chanting “We want A-Rod!” the 41-year-old designated hitter trotted to third base for the first time in 15 months at the start of the ninth inning as the organist played “Thanks for Memory.” He was replaced after a leadoff strikeout, hugging his teammates. A-Rod ran back on the field for more hugs after the final out, grabbing a handful of dirt from the infield.

Rodriguez grounded out, struck out and bounced out again on the first pitch in his last at-bat. The 1-for-4 night left him with a .200 average, nine homers and 31 RBIs in his 12th and final Yankees season.

Rodriguez has 696 home runs, fourth on the career list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714). Rodriguez said last Sunday he had accepted an offer to play one final home game and then become a team adviser through 2017, tasked with mentoring young players.

Starlin Castro had four RBIs for the Yankees, hitting a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth off Archer (6-16) that gave CC Sabathia (7-9) his second win since mid-June. Dellin Betances got the save.


CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Szczur hit two home runs and Chicago won its 11th straight game, backing Jake Arrieta and battering St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright.

Willson Contreras launched a three-run shot to cap a five-run second inning, and Javier Baez and Jorge Soler also went deep to make things easy for Arrieta (14-5).

The Cubs’ winning streak is their longest since a 12-game run in 2001. They pulled 14 games ahead of scuffling St. Louis in the NL Central and improved the best record in the majors to 73-41.

Szczur and Kris Bryant each had three hits. The Cubs roughed up Wainwright (9-7) for seven runs and chased him after two innings, tying his shortest outing in 245 career starts.

Arrieta pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning and gave up four hits overall.

Stephen Piscotty and Jedd Gyorko homered for the Cardinals.


BOSTON (AP) — Hanley Ramirez hit two three-run homers, and David Ortiz also homered to help Boston rout Arizona.

Boston scored four runs in each of the first two innings, ending a streak of 14 scoreless innings by the Diamondbacks’ starting pitchers. Arizona committed two first-inning errors.

Ortiz had three hits, including his 1,000th extra-base hit with Boston. It was all the run support needed for David Price (10-8), who struck out eight in eight innings to pick up the win.

Patrick Corbin (4-12) lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs and nine hits, including both of Ramirez’s homers. Rickie Weeks homered for Arizona.


TORONTO (AP) — Joe Musgrove pitched seven innings for his first major league win, Teoscar Hernandez homered for his first big league hit and Houston beat Toronto.

Designated hitter Evan Gattis had four hits, including two doubles. Hernandez had two hits and reached base three times, and Carlos Correa and Jose Altuve each had two RBIs each to help Houston extend its winning streak to four.

Edwin Encarnacion hit his 300th home run and Michael Saunders had his career-high 20th for Toronto. Encarnacion has 32 home runs this season to tie Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo for the major league lead.

Making his second career start, and facing the team that drafted him in 2011, Musgrove (1-0) allowed two runs and six hits. Pat Neshek handled the eighth and Will Harris worked around Encarnacion’s homer in the ninth for his 12th save. Francisco Liriano (6-12) was the loser.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Rajai Davis and Jose Ramirez each stole three bases to help Cleveland tie the franchise record with eight, and Brandon Guyer drove in five runs against Los Angeles.

Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor added steals for Cleveland to match the record that was first accomplished on Aug. 27, 1917, against the Washington Senators. The eight steals allowed also are the most in club history for the Angels.

Guyer homered in the second and had two-run singles in the fifth and eighth. Ramirez was 3 for 5 with a home run — extending his hitting streak to 16 games — and Kipnis was 4 for 5 for the AL Central leaders.

Carlos Carrasco (8-6) won for the first time since July 20. Tyler Skaggs (1-1) gave up seven runs in five innings for the Angels. Albert Pujols drove in two runs and Kole Calhoun homered.

Los Angeles has lost eight in a row, its longest losing streak since 1999.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Howard hit a grand slam and drove in five runs to help Jake Thompson earn his first major league victory and lead Philadelphia past Colorado.

Charlie Blackmon hit three solo home runs and D.J. LeMahieu also went deep for Colorado.

Howard extended his franchise record with his 14th grand slam, launching a 1-0 pitch from Jon Gray (8-6) into the bullpen in right-center field to break a 3-3 tie.

Thompson (1-1) earned his first win in his second career start after allowing three runs and two hits with six strikeouts and three walks in five innings. He accomplished a rare feat when he recorded four strikeouts in one inning, becoming the first Phillies pitcher to have four strikeouts in one inning since Doc White did it against Brooklyn in the fifth inning on July 21, 1902.


NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Ryan Schimpf hit a grand slam and added a two-run shot in San Diego’s victory over New York.

Jabari Blash and Christian Bethancourt also homered early to help the Padres hand the Mets their fourth straight loss and sixth in seven games. The defending NL champions (57-58) fell below .500 for the first time since April 17.

One day after getting swept at home by last-place Arizona, the Mets again failed to look like legitimate wild-card contenders. San Diego, which has alternated wins and losses since July 26, jumped out to a 5-0 six batters into the game — including Schimpf’s grand slam. Logan Verrett (3-8) was the loser.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Jace Peterson, Freddie Freeman and Anthony Recker homered and Atlanta beat Washington to snap a 14-game losing streak in the nation’s capital.

Atlanta hadn’t won in Washington since Sept. 10, 2014, and was 0-6 against the NL East leaders this season.

Mike Foltynewicz (6-5) allowed four runs over 5 2-3 innings to help Atlanta win for the 11th time in 17 games. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 13 tries. Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg (15-3) struggled at home again, surrendering six runs in 5 1/3 innings.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Homer Bailey struck out 11 in six scoreless innings in his third game back from Tommy John surgery in Cincinnati’s victory over Milwaukee.

Adam Duvall hit his 27th home run and Billy Hamilton stole three bases to push his major league-leading total to 51.

Bailey (2-1) struck out Jonathan Villar looking to open the game and finished by fanning the side in the sixth. He allowed three hits.

Milwaukee starter Jimmy Nelson (6-12) labored through five innings, allowing three runs off six hits and three walks. Ramon Flores hit a solo shot in the eighth, and Manny Pina hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth for the Brewers.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Yordano Ventura won consecutive starts for the first time in two months, Kendrys Morales homered in his return from a one-game suspension and Kansas City beat Minnesota.

Ventura (8-9) struck out nine in seven innings, allowing four hits, one walk and three runs, pitching the Royals to their fifth win in the last six games.

Miguel Sano homered for the fifth time in the last seven games and Brian Dozier hit a two-run shot, giving Twins starter Kyle Gibson (4-7) a one-run lead he took into the fifth inning.

Salvador Perez’s bat broke on a two-strike, two-out, two-run bloop single with the bases loaded that gave the Royals a 4-3 lead. Third baseman Trevor Plouffe awkwardly backpedaled for the slowly rising ball, but it cleared his head and landed in front of diving shortstop Jorge Polanco.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Yonder Alonso hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning off rookie Joe Wieland and Oakland ended Seattle’s winning streak at six games.

Khris Davis added his career-high 28th home run, Marcus Semien matched his career high with four hits and Stephen Vogt had an RBI double to help the A’s win for the fourth time in five games.

Sean Manaea (4-7) gave up three hits, walked three and struck out four. Ryan Madson retired three batters for his 25th save.

Wieland (0-1) was the loser. Kyle Seager homered for Seattle.


MIAMI (AP) — Carlos Rodon pitched six innings for his first victory since May and Chicago beat Miami.

Adam Eaton tied a career high with four hits for Chicago in its first game in Miami since 2004.

Rodon (3-8) allowed one run and three hits while striking out four and walking three in a 122-pitch outing. David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 28th save in 34 chances.

Andrew Cashner (4-9) was the loser.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mark Trumbo regained the major league lead with his 33rd home run and Baltimore moved back into first place in the AL East.

Trumbo’s two-run homer in the third inning off Giants starter Matt Cain (4-7) traveled an estimated 441 feet.

The Orioles’ win, coupled with the Blue Jays’ 5-3 loss to Houston, moved Baltimore back into first place by a half-game over Toronto. The Giants retained their one-game lead in the NL West over the Dodgers, who lost 5-1 to Pittsburgh.

Chris Davis led off the fifth with his 24th homer for the Orioles, who are 4-4 on a 10-game road trip that ends Sunday in San Francisco.

Matt Wieters and Adam Jones had RBIs in the Orioles’ two-run second.

Denard Span drove in San Francisco’s first run with a third-inning double. Brandon Belt added an RBI single in the ninth.

Dylan Bundy (6-3) allowed one run and three hits in 5 2-3 innings for Baltimore. Zach Britton got the final three outs for his AL-leading 36th save.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer homered to lead newcomer Ivan Nova and Pittsburgh.

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MLB Roundup: Benched A-Rod pinch hits as Yanks beat Red Sox 9-4

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BOSTON (AP) — Benched from the starting lineup once again as his finale approaches, Alex Rodriguez pinch hit and flied out in the seventh inning of the New York Yankees’ 9-4 comeback win against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night.

New York said Sunday that Rodriguez, a 41-year-old designated hitter with 696 home runs, will be released following Friday’s homestand opener against Tampa Bay.

Red Sox star David Ortiz limped off in the ninth inning after fouling a pitch off his right shin.

Chants of ‘We Want A-Rod”! echoed around the park at the start of the seventh. He was greeted by loud boos when he stepped out of the dugout to face Matt Barnes. They were louder when he was announced and again when he trotted back to the dugout after his flyout to right field.

Rodriguez has just one start and eight at-bats in 17 games since July 22 as New York traded veterans and turned toward a youth movement. He hadn’t appeared in a game since Aug. 2.

Rookie Gary Sanchez had four hits, including his first major league home run. Didi Gregorius also homered for New York.

Tyler Clippard (1-0) pitched one inning for his first victory with the Yankees since being acquired from Arizona last week. Fernando Abad (1-6) was the loser.


CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Hammel won his career-best fifth straight start, pitching four-hit ball over six scoreless innings, and Chicago beat Los Angeles for its season-high ninth straight win.

The major league-leading Cubs matched their longest streak since Aug. 6-15 of last year and moved a season-best 30 games over .500 (71-41).

Hammel (12-5) struck out six, walked two and helped himself at the plate when he singled and scored in the fifth against Ricky Nolasco (4-9) to make it 2-0. Addison Russell made it 3-1 with a solo homer off JC Ramirez in the eighth. Dexter Fowler chipped in with two hits, including an RBI double.

Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save in five chances since the Cubs got him in a trade with the New York Yankees last month.

The Angels, last in the AL West, matched a season high with their sixth straight loss.


MIAMI (AP) — Two days after Brandon Crawford battered Miami with seven hits, he homered in the fourth inning to help San Francisco win a series for the first time since the All-Star break.

Crawford tied an NL record with seven hits in the opener of the three-game set. In the finale, he put San Francisco ahead with his 11th homer leading off the fourth.

Miami hitting coach Barry Bonds was ejected for the first time this season in the sixth inning for arguing about balls and strikes.

The Giants finished 4-5 on their trip and improved to 8-16 since the All-Star break. They have a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

Jeff Samardzija (10-8) pitched 5 2/3 innings to best former Notre Dame teammate David Phelps (5-6). Four relievers completed a five-hitter. Santiago Casilla pitched around Ichiro Suzuki’s two-out double in the ninth, striking out J.T. Realmuto for his 26th save.

Suzuki singled and doubled to increase his career hits total to 3,002.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freddy Galvis hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning, Ryan Howard added a three-run, pinch double in the ninth and Philadelphia beat Los Angeles.

Ryan Howard added a three-run, pinch double in the ninth.

Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth, even with the Dodgers down 3-2, and loaded the bases. Howard hit the bases-clearing double to right for insurance runs in the victory that dropped the Dodgers a game behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West.

Elvis Araujo (2-1) pitched one inning for the victory. Scott Kazmir (9-6) was the loser.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ross Detwiler and John Axford combined on a seven-hitter and Oakland beat Baltimore to knock the Orioles out of first place in the AL East.

Called up from the minors earlier in the day, Detwiler (1-0) allowed six hits over a career-high eight innings and struck out two while leading the A’s to their third consecutive one-run win over the Orioles.

Marcus Semien and Yonder Alonso hit consecutive doubles in the third inning for the game’s only run.

The Orioles entered the day percentage points ahead of Toronto, but fell a game behind the Blue Jays.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Jayson Werth hit a three-run home run, Anthony Rendon had a two-run double and Washington’s offense broke out in a victory over Cleveland.

Werth was 2 for 3 and had three runs. Rendon and Ben Revere each went 2 for 4.

It was a welcome output on a day that left-hander Gio Gonzalez (8-9) allowed four runs and seven hits, including a home run by Francisco Lindor, and struck out five in five-plus innings.

Recently acquired closer Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for the save.

Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin (11-5) allowed seven runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Travis Jankowski capped San Diego’s scoring with a straight steal of home in the eighth inning, and Edwin Jackson limited Pittsburgh to two hits in seven innings.

Jankowski took off during catcher Eric Fryer’s return throw to pitcher Antonio Bastardo and scored standing up when Fryer could not handle Bastardo’s low throw to the plate.

Jackson (3-2) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Jordy Mercer’s leadoff single. The 14-year veteran struck out seven and walked three while raising his career record against the Pirates to 10-3. Miami released Jackson on June 2, and San Diego promoted him from Triple-A El Paso on July 17.

Ryan Vogelsong (1-2) was the loser.


TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ became the first 16-game winner in the major this season, combining with three relievers on a four-hitter in Toronto’s victory over Tampa.

Happ (16-3) allowed four hits, all singles, to win his 10th consecutive decision. Joe Biagini, Jason Grilli and Ryan Tepera worked an inning each to complete Toronto’s seventh shutout.

Troy Tulowitzki homered and had a season-high five RBIs, and Justin Smoak also connected for the Blue Jays. Tulowitzki hit a two-out, three-run homer off Blake Snell (3-4) in the first inning.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter and Jhonny Peralta homered to back up a second straight dominant start by Jaime Garcia in St. Louis’ victory over Cincinnati.

Carpenter’s shot in the first inning was his second leadoff home run of the season and 11th of his career. Peralta’s solo homer in fourth was the 200th of his career.

Garcia (9-8) needed only 85 pitches to get through eight-plus innings. Seung-Hwan Oh finished for his 10th save.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre singled in two runs in the eighth inning, and Texas rallied late for the third straight game against Colorado.

The first two comebacks were in Denver, where the Rangers had a three-run ninth for a 4-3 victory and erased a three-run deficit in the eighth inning of a 7-5 win. Texas extended its winning streak to five.

In the first of two games in Texas, Colorado rookie David Dahl had a tying two-run triple in the eighth to extend his career-opening hitting streak to 16 games. He scored the go-ahead run on Ryan Raburn’s sacrifice fly. The Rockies have lost six of theor last seven games.

Jake Diekman (3-1) allowed Dahl’s tying hit before 30-year-old rookie Matt Bush pitched a perfect ninth for his first big league save.


NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar Hernandez hit his first major league homer in the 12th inning to lift Arizona Diamondbacks past New York.

Hernandez was recalled from Double-A Mobile after Arizona placed catcher Welington Castillo on the paternity list Tuesday. Playing his first game this season, Hernandez drove a sinker from Jerry Blevins (4-2) down the left-field line.

Randall Delgado (3-1) pitched two perfect innings for the victory.

The Mets’ Kelly Johnson forced extra innings with a two-run homer in the ninth off Jake Barrett. The blown save was Barrett’s fourth in eight chances.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Carter hit a three-run homer, Chase Anderson won his third straight decision in Milwaukee’s victory over Atlanta.

Anderson (7-10) allowed two runs and six hits over 5 1/3 innings. Tyler Thornburg picked up his fourth save in eight chances with a perfect ninth.

Carter homered off Joel De la Cruz (0-5) in a four-run third. Ryan Braun singled in the first run and then Carter cleared the bases with his 26th homer.

De La Cruz left after getting hit in the right knee by Orlando Arcia’s two-out grounder in the fourth.

ROYALS 3, WHITE SOX 2, 14 innings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain’s two-out single in the 14th inning scored Christian Colon from second base.

Colon opened the inning with a single and Paulo Orlando sacrificed him to second. Cain laced a single to center to score Colon, ending the 4-hour, 34-minute game, the longest by the Royals this season.

Dillon Gee (4-5), the eighth Kansas City pitcher, struck out three in two perfect innings to pick up the victory. Matt Albers (2-5) was charged with the loss.

Jarrod Dyson led off the 13th inning with a triple, but the Royals failed to get him home. Dan Jennings struck out the next three batters: Drew Butera, Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar.


SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit his 28th homer in the eighth inning after Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander dueled through the first seven, and the Mariners completed a three-game sweep.

Cruz hit a 1-1 pitch from Justin Wilson (2-4) over the batter’s eye 421 feet away to help the Mariners get their season-high sixth straight victory.

Hernandez and Verlander each pitched seven innings of one-run ball in a battle of former Cy Young Award winners. Hernandez struck out eight and allowed three hits and four walks, while Verlander allowed seven hits and struck out six.

Leonys Martin added an insurance run on an RBI single later in the eighth.

Arquimedes Caminero (1-0) pitched the eighth and earned the victory. Nick Vincent finished for his second save.

MLB Roundup: Suzuki misses in 1st try at 3,000 hits, Rockies top Marlins

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DENVER (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki grounded out in his first try at 3,000 hits and the Miami Marlins, despite a 504-foot home run by Giancarlo Stanton, lost to the Colorado Rockies 12-6 on Saturday night.

Suzuki had a pinch-hit infield single in the eighth inning for No. 2,999 and stayed in the game to play right field. In the ninth, with many in the crowd at Coors Field standing, Suzuki hit a comebacker to Scott Oberg. The 6-foot-2 pitcher reached high to get the ball before it went up the middle and, after dropping the transfer, quickly gathered it to barely throw out the speedy Suzuki. The 42-year-old Japanese star will become the 30th player in major league history to reach 3,000 with his next hit.

Stanton’s 23rd homer was the longest in the major leagues this season and the longest in Coors Field history. Stanton connected in the fifth on an 89 mph changeup from Chad Bettis (10-6), sending a drive into the seats in left-center field for a 3-2 lead. Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza held the record for the longest homer at Coors, hitting a 496-footer in 1997 when he was with Los Angeles.

Suzuki batted for the All-Star Home Run Derby champion in the eighth.

Charlie Blackmon homered among his four hits and drove in four runs for the Rockies, and rookie David Dahl had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

Andrew Cashner (4-8) was the loser.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched eight innings of three-hit ball to get his first victory in over a month, leading Chicago past Oakland.

Arrieta (13-5) was 0-3 in his previous five starts and 1-4 since ending a 20-decision winning streak June 22. He struck out four and walked one on 108 pitches.

The NL Central-leading Cubs have won five straight and 16 of 22. The A’s have lost seven of eight.

Ben Zobrist’s two-out two-run single off former A’s teammate Sonny Gray broke a scoreless tie in the top of the third. Gray (5-11) left after five innings with soreness in his right forearm. He allowed two runs on five hits. Zobrist and Addison Russell had two hits each for the Cubs.


DETROIT (AP) — J.D. Martinez threw Jay Bruce out at the plate on the final play of the game, enabling Detroit to hold off New York.

New York trailed 6-1 before rallying with two runs each in the fifth and seventh. With men on first and second and two out in the ninth, Travis d’Arnaud poked a single into right field. Martinez charged the ball, and his one-hop throw home was in time to get Bruce.

Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs for the Tigers. They have won 10 of 11 and trail AL Central-leading Cleveland by two games.

Detroit’s Matt Boyd (3-2) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, and New York’s Logan Verrett (3-7) yielded six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Martinez’s throw gave Francisco Rodriguez his 32nd save.


PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Braun tied a team record by driving in seven runs, hitting two homers and powering Milwaukee past Arizona.

Booed by Diamondbacks fans every time he came up to bat, Braun hit a pair of three-run homers and also had a sacrifice fly. He has 18 home runs this season and 25 career multihomer games.

Brewers leadoff man Jonathan Villar reached base six times and scored three runs, and Keon Broxton went 5 for 5 with two RBIs in Milwaukee’s highest-scoring game of the season.

Matt Garza (3-4) pitched a season-high 6 1/3 innings, giving up two earned runs and three hits.

Patrick Corbin (4-11) allowed four runs on eight hits and five walks in five-plus innings.

Jean Segura homered in the ninth for Arizona.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Newly promoted Ross Stripling and the Dodgers bullpen combined on a five-hitter, leading Los Angeles over Boston.

Adrian Gonzalez had three hits and drove in a run. Red Sox slugger David Ortiz played first base for the first time this season and made two nice catches, but the veteran designated hitter went 0 for 3.

Stripling (3-3) pitched five innings after being called up from the minors when pitcher Bud Norris was put on the disabled list. Making his first start for the Dodgers since May 19, he gave up hits to the first two Boston batters. Stripling allowed four hits and a walk, striking out four.

Grant Dayton followed with two scoreless innings and Joe Blanton worked the eighth. Kenley Jansen closed for his National League-leading 33rd save. Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5) was the loser.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Eduardo Nunez got four hits, including two triples and a double off Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, and San Francisco beat Washington.

Brandon Belt homered, doubled and singled to help the Giants end Washington’s four-game winning streak in a matchup of NL division leaders.

Matt Cain (4-6) won his third straight start, pitching five shutout innings and scattering five hits. Last Sunday, he threw five no-hit innings to beat the Nationals at home.

Strasburg (15-2) was trying to become the first pitcher with 16 wins this season. Instead, he lasted only 4 2/3 innings in his shortest outing this year, giving up four runs and eight hits.


CHICAGO (AP) — Omar Navarez’s foul ball turned into a tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning after a replay challenge, and Chicago beat Chris Tillman and Baltimore.

With the bases loaded and nobody out, Navarez hit a pop to shallow left off Mychal Givens. Third baseman Manny Machado tried to make an over-the-shoulder catch, but the ball dropped and umpire Mike Winters immediately ruled it foul. Replays showed the ball hit the foul line. Pinch-runner J.B. Shuck was awarded home and Navarez got a single.

Nate Jones (5-2) got four outs, and David Robertson worked the ninth for his 27th save.

Tillman (14-4) allowed two singles to lead off the seventh before he was lifted.

Adam Eaton hit a solo homer in the eighth, and Tyler Saldino also homered for the White Sox.


NEW YORK (AP) — Corey Kluber put Cleveland’s rotation back on track, Andrew Miller earned a save against the team that traded him last weekend and the Indians beat New York.

Mike Napoli, Jason Kipnis and Rajai Davis homered to help the AL Central leaders recover from an early two-run deficit. Kluber (11-8) struck out eight in eight innings of five-hit ball, beating CC Sabathia (6-9) in a matchup of pitchers who won the AL Cy Young Award with Cleveland.

Miller closed with a one-hit ninth for his first save with Cleveland. The lanky left-hander, acquired Sunday in a blockbuster trade, entered to a warm ovation at Yankee Stadium and fanned two batters following a leadoff single. Miller’s first nine saves this year came with the Yankees.


SEATTLE (AP) — Shawn O’Malley capped Seattle’s comeback with a three-run home run in the seventh inning and the Mariners rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Los Angeles.

A few hours after the Mariners retired Ken Griffey Jr.’s No. 24 during an emotional pregame ceremony, O’Malley turned on an 0-1 pitch from Deolis Guerra and drove it into the right-field seats.

Seattle scored four times in the seventh thanks to three straight walks by reliever Jose Valdez (0-1). Leonys Martin’s sacrifice fly pulled Seattle to 6-5 before O’Malley’s shot.

Drew Storen (2-3) got the final out of the seventh to pick up the victory, and Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his fourth save.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ivan Nova pitched seven innings to win his first start with Pittsburgh, Homer Bailey struggled in his second start since having Tommy John surgery and the Pirates beat Cincinnati.

Nova (8-6) was acquired from the New York Yankees on Monday and gave up three runs and six hits with five strikeouts and no walks. He allowed Brandon Phillips’ two solo homers.

Starling Marte welcomed reliever Josh Smith with a two-run single in the fourth to give the Pirates a 5-2 lead. Marte and Josh Harrison each had two hits.

Tony Watson pitched a perfect ninth for his second save in three chances since All-Star closer Mark Melancon was traded to Washington. Bailey (1-1) took the loss.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danny Duffy outpitched Aaron Sanchez, stopping the Toronto ace’s 10-game winning streak and leading Kansas City past the Blue Jays.

Duffy (8-1), who struck out a team-record 16 and permitted just one hit over eight innings at Tampa Bay in his previous start, won his seventh straight decision. He held Toronto to two runs and five hits over 6 2-3 innings. Kelvin Herrera worked a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

Sanchez (11-2) hadn’t lost since April 22. He allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.

Devon Travis led off the game with a home run for the second straight night. He also had an RBI single in the fifth.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego starter Paul Clemens briefly wore the wrong uniform but still outpitched Jake Thompson in the Philadelphia right-hander’s major league debut.

Clemens began with his usual No. 47, but was asked to change his jersey by the umpires because it had a foreign substance on it. Clemens switched to No. 91 with “Player” in the nameplate. He later switched back to his No. 47 before exiting the game after 4 1/3 innings.

Thompson (0-1) gave up six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Buddy Baumann (1-0) relieved Clemens and pitched 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts to earn the victory.

Christian Bethancourt and Yangervis Solarte each had three RBIs for San Diego

Ryan Howard and Jimmy Paredes homered for Philadelphia.


HOUSTON (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy homered twice, Carlos Beltran had a tiebreaking single and three hits and Texas beat Houston.

The first-place Rangers improved to 10-2 against the Astros this season and pulled 6 1/2 games ahead of Houston in the AL West.

Beltran singled to left off Chris Devenski (0-3) in the seventh to score Shin-Soo Choo and make it 2-1. Beltran left after the inning with a left quad contusion. Lucroy hit his second home run in the eighth off Tony Sipp for his seventh career multihomer game and first this season.

Keone Kela (2-1) pitched a perfect sixth inning, and Sam Dyson got his 24th save.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia hit three-run home runs and Atlanta got enough from Roberto Hernandez in his first start of the season to beat St. Louis.

The 35-year-old Hernandez (1-0), who previously pitched under the name Fausto Carmona, was the 14th starting pitcher used by the Braves this season, one off the franchise record in 1975. He allowed three runs in five-plus innings in his first start since last July with Houston.

Carlos Martinez (10-7) surrendered a season-worst seven runs, and his six earned runs matched his season worst. Ender Inciarte and Matt Kemp each had two-run homers during a six-run ninth. Inciarte had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 17 games.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria, Bobby Wilson and Logan Forsythe homered to back starter Chris Archer in Tampa Bay’s victory over Minnesota.

Archer (6-15) won for the third time in his last 15 starts. He allowed one run and three hits in six innings and struck out seven to regain the American League lead with 168.

Alex Colome got the final two outs for his 27th save after the Twins rallied for two runs in the ninth. Longoria and Wilson homered off Minnesota starter Jose Berrios (2-2).

MLB Roundup: Trio of solo homers enough as Mariners beat Red Sox 3-1

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CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Szczur scored on A.J. Ramos’ wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a 5-4 comeback victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday.

The Cubs scored three runs in the inning to sweep the three-game series.

Miguel Montero led off with a double to right and went to third on Javier Baez’s single. Ramos (1-1) then walked pinch-hitter Szczur to load the bases. Dexter Fowler made it 3-2 with a sacrifice fly to right, and all the runners advanced.

Kris Bryant struck out looking on a 3-2 pitch for the second out. Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked to load the bases again, and Ramos walked Zobrist and then unloaded a wild pitch with Willson Contreras at the plate. It was Ramos’ second blown save of the season in 33 chances.

Jeff Mathis hit a two-run home run, and Christian Yelich homered and drove in a pair of runs to help the Marlins take a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth.

Chicago cut it to 4-2 in the eighth when Fowler scored on Fernando Rodney’s wild pitch.

Justin Grimm (1-0) pitched the ninth inning for the victory. Chicago has won seven of eight.

Miami’s Ichiro Suzuki lined out softly to shortstop as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning against John Lackey. The Japanese star remained at 2,998 career hits.


NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Teixeira hit a tiebreaking, three-run drive off Steven Matz in the second inning for his first home run against a left-hander in more than a year, then got hit by a pitch that sparked a bench-clearing dustup in the Yankees’ Subway Series victory.

Chad Green and Matz (8-8) both struggled at the start, and Luis Severino (1-6) came out of the bullpen with 4 1/3 innings of one-hit relief. Another of the Yankees’ Kiddie Korps, 23-year-old catcher Gary Sanchez, was called up before the game and got his first big league hit.

In a season-long slump, Teixeira came to the plate in the second with the score 3-all. Following two-out singles by Jacoby Ellsbury and Rob Refsnyder, the switch-hitter lofted the ball over the right-field scoreboard and into the first row of seats at Yankee Stadium for his 10th home run this season and first batting right-handed since July 31 last year against Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox.

When Teixeira batted in the fifth, Matz’s first pitch hit him below the left knee. Teixeira got up, started yelling and was walled off by catcher Rene Rivera. Players from both teams came onto the field, but there were no scuffles. Then, during a three-run seventh that opened a 9-4 lead, the Mets had repeated mound meetings with reliever Hansel Robles when Teixeira was on second base, apparently thinking he was trying to steal signs. When Robles walked toward the dugout, he appeared to mutter at Teixeira, who pointed to the side of his helmet.


PHOENIX (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out 11 in eight innings and had a two-run single in Washington’s victory over Arizona.

Washington earned its fourth road series sweep of the season and first since May 30-June 1 at Philadelphia. Arizona lost its fourth straight and sixth in seven games.

Scherzer (12-6) allowed three runs on four hits, giving up two homers, and walked one. He is 3-0 in four starts against the Diamondbacks, the team that drafted him 11th overall in 2006.

Daniel Murphy’s sixth-inning solo home run broke a 1-1 tie before Scherzer bounced a single up the middle with the bases loaded and two outs, driving in Anthony Rendon and Danny Espinosa.

Arizona’s Zack Godley (3-2) allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings.


DENVER (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez homered twice before leaving with an apparent ankle injury in Colorado’s victory over Los Angeles.

Gonzalez had his 19th multi-homer game of his career with Nos. 22 and 23 this season. He left in the bottom of seventh after he appeared to roll his left ankle at the plate.

Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds and DJ LeMahieu also homered for Colorado. The Rockies have won 11 of 13 to move above the .500 mark for the first time since May 18.

Arenado hit a three-run home run, and Reynolds added a two-run shot in a five-run first inning off Los Angeles starter Brock Stewart (0-2). Tyler Anderson (4-3) allowed two runs in seven innings for Colorado.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was moved to the 60-day disabled list earlier in the day, and right-hander Louis Coleman (shoulder fatigue) and left-hander Adam Liberatore were also placed on the DL.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco drove home the winning run with one out in the 12th inning to lift Philadelphia past struggling San Francisco.

Ryan Howard homered among his three hits and Cameron Rupp also connected for Philadelphia. Franco finished with three RBIs, including one on the unusual play that ended the game.

With the bases loaded and one out, Franco lined what appeared to be a clean single into right-center field. But young teammate Aaron Altherr, who was on first base, got so excited about the Phillies winning that he rushed to congratulate Franco without ever touching second base.

Giants catcher Buster Posey noticed the blunder and took a throw at second from right fielder Hunter Pence that technically forced out Altherr. Franco did indeed cross first base, though, so Tommy Joseph scored easily from third and the Giants had no chance at an inning-ending double play.

Posey singled, doubled and drove in three runs for the NL West-leading Giants. They have lost 13 of 17 since the All-Star break.

Luis Garcia (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. George Kontos (2-2) was the loser.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Moss singled home two runs in St. Louis’ four-run first inning, extending his season-long streak against Cincinnati.

St. Louis sent nine batters to the plate against Cody Reed (0-6) in the first inning, with Moss and Greg Garcia each driving in a pair of runs with singles. Stephen Piscotty added a solo homer, the Cardinals’ fifth in two games.

Michael Wacha (7-7) gave up a pair of runs in five innings as he won his fifth straight decision. Seung Hwan Ho gave up a hit in the ninth while earning his eighth save in 10 tries.

The NL Central rivals conclude the series Thursday. The Cardinals have won 18 of their past 22 series, including eight of 11 at Great American Ball Park.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Kevin Gausman outpitched Cole Hamels, and Baltimore rode a three-run first inning to a victory over Texas.

Matt Wieters had two RBIs for the AL East-leading Orioles, a major league-best 39-16 at home. Baltimore will seek to complete a three-game sweep on Thursday in a series between first-place teams.

Gausman (3-8) gave up two runs and seven hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking one. Darren O’Day worked a perfect eighth, and Zach Britton finished for his 33rd save in 33 tries.

Hamels (12-3) yielded three runs and three hits in a rocky first inning, then retired 13 of the next 14 batters without allowing a hit. He gave up three runs, four hits and four walks over seven innings.


DETROIT (AP) — J.D. Martinez broke an eighth-inning tie with a pinch homer on the first pitch he faced since June and Detroit beat Chicago for its eighth straight victory.

Playing for the first time since fracturing his elbow June 16, Martinez hit for James McCann leading off the inning and launched Chris Sale’s first pitch into the shrubs above the centerfield fence.

Shane Greene (2-2) got the win after pitching out of a seventh-inning jam, and Francisco Rodriguez finished for his 30th save. Sale (14-5) allowed two runs on six hits in an eight-inning complete game. He walked one and struck out 10.

Justin Morneau homered for Chicago.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi had his third consecutive scoreless start, Steven Souza Jr. homered for the first time in two months and Tampa Bay routed Kansas City.

Brad Miller and Kevin Kiermaier also homered for the Rays.

Odorizzi (6-5) allowed two singles, walked two and had six strikeouts in six innings. The right-hander hasn’t given up a run in 20 2/3 innings over the three-start stretch. Enny Romero and Ryan Garton completed a two-hitter.

After Evan Longoria had a sacrifice fly, Souza put the Rays up 4-0 on his three-run shot off Edinson Volquez (8-10) in the first. Miller made it 5-0 during the third on his 18th homer. Kiermaier hit a three-run drive off Chien-Ming Wang in a five-run sixth to put the Rays ahead 11-0.


SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino and Adam Lind hit solo home runs and Seattle beat Boston, handing Rick Porcello his first loss since May.

Cruz hit his 27th homer of the season leading off the second inning, Zunino hit his fifth leading off the sixth and Lind capped Seattle’s scoring with his 16th of the season with two outs in the seventh.

They were the only three hits allowed by Porcello (14-3) until Zunino’s single in the eighth, but enough to hand the right-hander his first loss since May 17 against Kansas City.

Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma (12-7) rebounded from a season-worst performance against the Chicago Cubs to limit Boston to five hits in 7 1/3 innings. Rookie Edwin Diaz gave up a run in the ninth on Travis Shaw’s RBI ground out, but got Sandy Leon for the final out and his second save.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Joe Mauer had four hits and four RBIs, Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer and Minnesota continued its mastery over Cleveland.

AL Central-leading Cleveland fell to 4-8 against last-place Minnesota. The Twins have outscored the Indians 35-16 in winning the first three games of the series. The Indians’ lead over Detroit in the AL Central lead has shrunk to two games.

Tyler Duffey (6-8) allowed five runs in six innings. Eddie Rosario had three hits and three RBIs, and Max Kepler had two hits and drove in two runs.

Trevor Bauer (7-5) gave up eight runs — seven earned — in 2 2/3 innings. Mike Napoli homered for the fifth straight game while Tyler Naquin also went deep for Cleveland.


ATLANTA (AP) — Ender Inciarte broke a tie with an RBI single in the fifth inning and offensively challenged Atlanta had 15 hits in its victory over Pittsburgh.

Atlanta improved to 17-39 at Turner Field, the worst home record in the majors. Pittsburgh, which began the day two games out of a wild-card spot, has lost four five.

Pirates starter Jeff Locke (8-7) blew the four-run lead and was chased on Inciarte’s single.

Atlanta scored two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh off Juan Nicasio, taking an 8-4 lead on Adonis Garcia’s RBI single, Matt Kemp’s sacrifice fly and Erick Aybar’s RBI triple.

Braves starter Rob Whalen (1-0), making his first career appearance, gave up four hits, four runs, four walks and struck out five in five innings. Whalen put himself in a 4-0 hole on Matt Joyce’s 11th homer, a three-run shot, and a run that scored on a wild pitch.


HOUSTON (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit two home runs, and Marco Estrada threw seven solid innings in Toronto’s victory over Houston.

Jose Bautista hit his second home run in two nights in the sixth as he and Donaldson went back-to-back. Donaldson led off the fourth with a home run to right field before hitting his 27th home run of the season in the sixth. It was Donaldson’s third multi-homer game this season.

Estrada (7-4) won his second straight start, allowing one run and four hits with seven strikeouts. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 23rd save. Collin McHugh (7-8) took the loss.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Edwin Jackson pitched seven scoreless innings and had an RBI double, and Jabari Blash hit his first major league home run to help San Diego rout Milwaukee.

Jackson (2-2) retired the first 11 batters he faced, and the Brewers didn’t put a runner in scoring position until Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled in the fifth. Jackson signed a minor-league contract with the Padres in June after starting the season in Miami’s bullpen. He gave up three runs — two on Ryan Braun’s homer — on eight hits and struck out five over eight innings.

Yangervis Solarte also homered for San Diego.

Junior Guerra (7-3) was the loser.

MLB: Deal ’em up! 18 trades _ Beltran, Lucroy, Bruce, Moore move

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Jonathan Lucroy got a deal he liked, Carlos Beltran joined him in Texas and Jay Bruce and Rich Hill also moved Monday during an 18-swap frenzy at the trade deadline.

Matt Moore, Francisco Liriano and Joe Smith found new homes, too, as playoff contenders stocked up for the stretch.

“That’s what we play for. Those are the moments we want to be in,” Moore said after NL West-leading San Francisco got the lefty from last-place Tampa Bay. “For someone to reach out and come get me, it’s a really good feeling.”

Monday was the busiest deadline day since at least 1995, eclipsing the 15 deals made on the final day for non-waiver trades in 2010 and 2015, according to Major League Baseball.

Teams had until 4 p.m. EDT to make trades without waivers. From now, no player can be dealt unless he goes unclaimed by everyone else.

The AL West-leading Rangers made two major moves.

After Lucroy used his limited no-trade clause to block a deal to Cleveland, the All-Star catcher was sent to Texas.

“Now, moving on to the @Rangers let’s take this bad boy to the ‘ship! Really excited and can’t wait to get after it!” he posted on Twitter.

The 30-year-old Lucroy is batting .299 with 13 homers and 50 RBIs this season.

Texas also got Beltran, a proven postseason star, from the New York Yankees for righty Dillon Tate, the fourth overall pick in the 2015 amateur draft, and two other pitching prospects.

“I think as a player, you know that this moment could happen. But when it happens, it hits you,” Beltran said.

Twice before in his career, Beltran was traded in midseason to a team with playoff hopes. Like the Rangers, Beltran has been to the World Series but never won the crown.

The Yankees kept reworking their roster, trying to turn the best parts of a .500 team into a bright future. They had already traded relief aces Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller leading up to the deadline.

“We’re kind of in unfamiliar territory with the Yankees,” first baseman Mark Teixeira said.

“That’s life. I mean, we’ve had a nice run the last eight years,” he said.

As always, relievers were in demand.

The Giants aimed to bolster a shaky bullpen by getting Will Smith from Milwaukee, Boston got Fernando Abad from Minnesota and the NL Central-leading Cubs obtained sidearming righty Joe Smith from the Angels.

The Cubs previously got lefties Chapman and Mike Montgomery for their bullpen.

“That was an area we thought we could make some changes,” general manager Jed Hoyer said. “Adding a closer, a left-hander and then adding a guy like Smith who can be a right-handed specialist, we felt like those were areas that would improve our team and improve the mix of our bullpen.”

The banged-up Mets acquired Bruce, the All-Star outfielder who leads the NL with 80 RBIs, from Cincinnati for infielder Dilson Herrera and minor league lefty Max Wotell.

The Mets also got pitcher Jon Niese, who spent his first eight years in New York, from Pittsburgh for reliever Antonio Bastardo.

The contending Los Angeles Dodgers fortified their rotation by getting Rich Hill along with outfielder Josh Reddick from Oakland for three pitching prospects.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is on the disabled list with back trouble, and they don’t know when he’ll be back. The 36-year-old Hill is 9-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 14 starts and on the DL because of a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand that hasn’t healed.

Toronto was busy, making three deals. A day after falling out of the AL East lead, they got Liriano from Pittsburgh.

“Where he’s been and what he’s accomplished his entire career, we feel like gives us a chance to have someone who could be pitching in Game 2, 3 or 4 of a World Series run,” Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said.

MLB Roundup: Pedroia’s 2-out homer in 9th rallies Red Sox over Angels 5-3

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TORONTO (AP) — Jonathan Schoop singled home the go-ahead run in the 12th inning and the Baltimore Orioles ended a season-worst five-game losing streak, beating Toronto 6-2 Sunday to reclaim the AL East lead.

Adam Jones hit his 20th homer later in the 12th, a three-run shot that helped the Orioles avoid a three-game sweep and move a half-game ahead of the Blue Jays.

Mychael Givens (8-1) worked one inning for the victory as the Orioles won for the first time in six games at Toronto.

Pedro Alvarez walked to begin the 12th and moved up on a balk by Franklin Morales (0-1).


CHICAGO (AP) — Pitcher Jon Lester drove in Jason Heyward with a two-strike squeeze bunt in the 12th inning, and Chicago overcame a six-run deficit to beat Seattle.

Heyward sparked the winning rally with a leadoff double off the wall in right-center. He advanced on Willson Contreras’ fly ball to center against Cody Martin (1-1) before Lester managed to get a bunt down right in front of the plate.

Heyward made it home with a headfirst slide, sparking a frenzied celebration at Wrigley Field. Hector Rondon (2-2) pitched two innings for the win.

The Cubs trailed 6-3 before they pushed across three runs in the ninth against Steve Cishek, handing the sidewinding right-hander his sixth blown save in 31 opportunities. Addison Russell hit an RBI single and Contreras drove in another run when he hustled down the line to beat out a potential double-play grounder.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie left-hander Blake Snell (3-4) struck out nine over 5 1/3 innings, Luke Maile had a key two-run single against Michael Pineda (5-10) and Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep.

After winning eight of 10, New York lost its fourth straight game and fell to .500 at 52-52. Before the game, the Yankees traded reliever Andrew Miller to Cleveland for touted outfielder Clint Frazier and three others. New York had sent closer Aroldis Chapman to the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

Alex Colome got three outs for his 25th save.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber (10-8) limited Oakland to five hits in seven innings, Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer and Cleveland completed a three-game sweep.

Three relievers completed the six-hitter.

Sonny Gray (5-10) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.


DETROIT (AP) — James McCann capped a six-run first inning with his first career grand slam and Miguel Cabrera homered twice and drove in four runs, helping Detroit complete a three-game sweep and stretch its winning streak to six.

Mike Pelfrey (4-9) allowed four hits in five innings and has given up one run or none in five of his last eight starts.

Dallas Keuchel (6-11) gave up seven runs and seven hits in five innings.


NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh off Boone Logan (1-1) following James Loney’s 10-pitch walk, helping New York stop a four-game losing streak that matched its season high.

Walker also had an RBI triple, but New York sustained another costly injury when shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera strained the patellar tendon in his left knee — the same injury that sidelined him for a little more than two weeks during spring training this year.

Carlos Gonzalez hit a tying RBI double in the fifth and a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh off winner Jerry Blevins (4-1). Jeurys Familia struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 37th save.


MIAMI (AP) — Pinch-hitter Derek Dietrich had an RBI triple off Matt Bowman (1-3) with two outs in the ninth inning, earning Miami a split of the four-game series.

A.J. Ramos (1-0) pitched around a walk in the ninth.

Acquired from San Diego on Friday, Miami starter Andrew Cashner allowed two runs — one earned run — and four hits in six innings, including Greg Garza’s homer.

Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz left in the first inning with a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch.


ATLANTA (AP) — Jeff Francoeur hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Andrew Bailey (3-1) in the seventh inning.

Mauricio Cabrera (2-0), the fourth of six Atlanta pitchers, pitched a one-hit seventh, and Jim Johnson pitched a hitless ninth for his sixth save.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy waved his helmet to acknowledge a standing ovation at Miller Park and, in what could be his final appearance for Milwaukee, flied out as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning.

Lucroy turned down a trade to AL Central-leading Cleveland over the weekend. But other teams want the All-Star catcher before Monday’s deal deadline, and he has a limited no-trade clause.

Keon Broxton and Chris Carter hit solo home runs as Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep.

Matt Garza (2-4) gave up one earned run in five innings, and Jeremy Jeffress earned his fourth save in as many days and his 27th this season. Francisco Liriano (6-11) allowed four runs in five innings.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier homered twice and Ervin Santana (4-9) allowed three runs — one earned — in six innings

Kennys Vargas hit a two-run homer as part of a three-run first inning for Minnesota, which has won three of four games.

Carlos Rodon (2-8) gave up five runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings in his return from a sprained left wrist.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland homered for the fifth time in his last five starts and Lucas Harrell (3-2) won in his Texas as the Rangers finished a four-game sweep of the World Series champions.

Harrell gave up three runs and four hits — including solo home runs to Eric Hosmer and Drew Butera — in six innings. The 31-year-old right-hander was acquired from Atlanta last Wednesday to help the Rangers’ injury-riddled starting rotation.

Sam Dyson got his 22nd save.

Dillon Gee (3-5) gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Huston Street (3-2) with two outs in the ninth inning and Xander Bogaerts followed with another home run.

Street (3-2) entered with a 3-0 lead and gave up Mookie Betts’ RBI single before Pedroia homered.

Clay Buchholz (4-9) pitched three scoreless innings, and Brad Ziegler got three outs for his 20th save.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Cain (3-6) threw five hitless innings for his 100th career victory, struck out five and walked four, leaving after 93 pitches. He handed off to George Kontos, who allowed a leadoff single to Bryce Harper in the sixth.

Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 24th save. NL West-leading San Francisco has won two straight since losing 11 of 13 following the All-Star break.

Gio Gonzalez (6-9) allowed two runs — one earned — and six hits in six innings.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Homer Bailey (1-0) ) returned from forearm and elbow surgeries and allowed two runs, four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Tony Cingrani worked the ninth for his 13th save.

Paul Clemens (1-2) made his second start with the Padres but was left after 4 2/3 innings because of a sore back.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasmani Grandal and Corey Seager hit three-run home runs and Joc Pederson added a two-run shot.

Louis Coleman (2-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Patrick Corbin (4-10) gave up six runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings for Arizona.

Jake Lamb scored Arizona’s second run in the fourth inning on what was ruled a wild pitch. Ross Stripling’s pitch, called a ball, deflected off catcher Yasmani Grandal’s throat guard and lodged inside his chest protector.

MLB Roundup: Yanks lose to Rays 6-3, which could lead to more exits

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TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ won his eighth straight decision, Devon Travis homered and the Toronto Blue Jays used a seven-run fifth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 Saturday and take sole possession of the AL East lead for the first time since early April.

Kevin Pillar had two hits and drove in four runs to match his career high. Major league RBIs leader Edwin Encarnacion drove in his 89th run.

Toronto won for the 16th time in 22 games. It had not been alone atop its division since a 2-0 start. Pedro Alvarez hit a solo homer for the Orioles. They matched a season high by losing their fifth straight and fell a half-game behind the Blue Jays.

Happ (14-3) allowed one run and three hits in seven-plus innings, walked three and matched his season high with 11 strikeouts. Yovani Gallardo (3-3) was the loser.


CHICAGO (AP) — Leonys Martin hit a go-ahead, two-run double off new Chicago closer Aroldis Chapman in the eighth inning, lifting Seattle past the Cubs.

Wade Miley (7-8) took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before allowing Kris Bryant’s single and Javier Baez’s RBI groundout.

Jake Arrieta (12-5) walked Mike Zunino and Shawn O’Malley starting the eighth, pinch-hitter Luis Sardinas sacrificed against Hector Rondon, and Nori Aoki grounded to third, where Bryant threw out pinch-runner Guillermo Heredia at the plate, a call upheld in a video review.

Making his third appearance for the Cubs since he was acquired from the New York Yankees, Chapman allowed Martin’s double to left-center that put Seattle ahead 2-1. Martin stole third and scored on a wild pitch, and Seattle added a run in the ninth. Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 25th save.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Joe Panik hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the seventh inning and San Francisco beat Washington to snap a three-game losing streak.

Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer in the third for the Nationals, who couldn’t protect an early 3-0 lead hours after acquiring All-Star closer Mark Melancon from Pittsburgh to replace the struggling Jonathan Papelbon.

San Francisco loaded the bases against former Giants reliever Yusmeiro Petit (3-2) with one out in the seventh to bring up Panik. The Giants won for only the third time in 14 games since the All-Star break.

Derek Law (4-1) pitched the seventh for the win. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.


NEW YORK (AP) — Jorge De La Rosa earned his 100th career victory and Colorado eventually caught up with Bartolo Colon, beating New York in the rain for their fifth straight win.

The Rockies improved to 12-4 since the All-Star break and won despite losing NL home run leader Trevor Story to a jammed left thumb. He seemed to get hurt on a scrambling slide in the fourth, exited early and X-rays on the rookie shortstop were negative.

On the day the Mets retired Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza’s No. 31, the Mets lost their fourth in row. The 43-year-old Colon (9-6) faltered in his first start on three days’ rest since 2005, and slugger Yoenis Cespedes left in midgame because of a nagging quad injury.

Colorado retired New York’s last 16 batters. Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected in the ninth after umpires overturned their original call and took away a home run from Wilmer Flores, ruling a fan reached over the wall and prevented left fielder David Dahl from making a catch.

DJ LeMahieu drove in three runs and Dahl hit his second homer since making his big league debut this week, helping the Rockies reach .500 for the first time since late May.

De La Rosa (7-7) gave up two runs in six innings. He is 100-82.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer, Hector Santiago survived a rocky five innings to win his sixth consecutive start, and Los Angeles beat Boston.

Santiago (10-4) has won seven consecutive decisions, but struggled throughout his latest effort, needing 119 pitches to get through five innings. He gave up only four hits, but walked and struck out six.

Boston’s Drew Pomeranz (8-9) gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Red Sox got a leadoff home run from Mookie Betts and added a second run in the first on Hanley Ramirez’s RBI single, but couldn’t score again. Four relievers held Boston scoreless over the final four innings, with Houston Street earning his ninth save.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Drew Smyly struck out Alex Rodriguez three times en route to stopping an 11-start winless streak, and Tampa Bay sent New York to its third straight loss.

Smyly (3-11) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, and Alex Colome worked the ninth to get his 24th save. Tampa Bay is 7-5 since losing 24 of 27.

Rodriguez, out of the starting lineup the previous six games, struck out in all four of his at-bats. The 41-year-old designated hitter has two hits in last 26 at-bats, dropping his season average to .206.

Tampa Bay’s Brad Miller hit a solo homer in the first, and Curt Casali had a two-run drive during the third. Tim Beckham made it 6-2 on a two-run shot in the seventh.

Brett Gardner and Chase Headley homered for the Yankees. Nathan Eovaldi (9-7) was the loser.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Braden Shipley pitched six scoreless innings for his first major league victory and Jean Segura hit a leadoff home run to help Arizona beat Los Angeles.

Shipley (1-1), Arizona’s 2013 first-round draft pick, held the Dodgers to five hits in his second career start. The Diamondbacks won for only the third time in 11 games.

Segura hit Scott Kazmir’s third pitch of the game over the left-field fence for his fourth leadoff home run of the season. He added an RBI double in the second.

Kazmir (9-4) gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Joc Pederson hit his 15th home run, and second in two nights, with two outs in the ninth inning for Los Angeles. Jake Barrett got the final four outs for his third save.


MIAMI (AP) — Christian Yelich and Jeff Mathis each had three hits and drove in two runs in Miami’s victory over St. Louis.

Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run home run and Martin Prado had a two-run double for the Marlins. They drew even with the Cardinals at 56-48 for the second NL wild-card spot.

Miami outfielder Ichiro Suzuki remained at 2,998 hits, going 0 for 2 after entering as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. Suzuki is 2 for 16 on the homestand that concludes Sunday.

David Phelps (5-5) was the winner in relief. St. Louis starter Jaime Garcia (7-8) took the loss.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a double in the fourth inning.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Texas past Kansas City.

Moreland’s 17th homer landed in the second deck of seats in right field.

Brooks Pounders (1-1) had gotten the first two outs in the ninth before Moreland homered for the fourth time in five games. He had two homers Thursday night when Texas won 3-2 in the series opener.

Matt Bush (4-2) pitched two scoreless innings, with one strikeout. Both starting pitchers, Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy and Rangers lefty Martin Perez, allowed one run over seven innings.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adam Rosales homered leading off the 10th inning to give San Diego the victory over Cincinnati.

Rosales sent a 2-2 pitch from Jumbo Diaz (0-1) over the fence in left-center field for his eighth homer of the season.

San Diego relievers Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer and Brad Hand (3-2) each threw a scoreless inning.

Matt Kemp was in the original lineup before he was scratched shortly before the game. San Diego later announced Kemp had been traded to Atlanta in exchange for Hector Olivera.


DETROIT (AP) — Jose Iglesias drove in the winning run with an infield single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Detroit past Houston.

With the Astros up 2-1, Houston closer Will Harris (1-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth but then walked Justin Upton. Tyler Collins singled and James McCann drove him in with another single.

Iglesias then hit a grounder between first and second base. First baseman Jason Castro ranged to his right to field it, but Iglesias beat Harris to the bag while Collins scored.

Justin Verlander (11-6) threw a complete game and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out 11.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hernan Perez drove in three runs with a two-run homer and an RBI single, lifting the Milwaukee past Pittsburgh after the Pirates dealt closer Mark Melancon to Washington.

Shifted to third in the batting order because Ryan Braun was sidelined by with right-side tightness, Perez hit a two-run homer in the first off rookie Jameson Taillon (2-2).

Chase Anderson (6-10) gave up an unearned run and four hits in five innings, striking out a season-high seven. Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his 26th save, allowing Jordy Mercer’s RBI single.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis also homered for Milwaukee. Gregory Polanco homered for Pittsburgh.


ATLANTA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson pitched into the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double to help Philadelphia beat Atlanta.

Atlanta, the majors’ worst team, put on a clinic of bad baseball in the eighth while Philadelphia scored four runs without a hit. Hunter Cervenka issued four walks, Ryan Weber hit a batter and two infielders committed an error to bring a chorus of boos from the fans.

Hellickson (8-7) allowed nine hits, three runs and one walk and struck out two in 5 2/3 innings.

Braves starter Julio Teheran (3-9) was the loser.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis, Jose Ramirez, Abraham Almonte and Mike Napoli homered in Cleveland’s victory over Oakland.

Cleveland broke a 2-all tie with a four-run fourth in which Almonte and Napoli homered. The rally came after Oakland’s Billy Butler tied the game with a home run in the top of the inning and flipped his bat several feet from home plate, a move the Indians quickly answered.

Josh Tomlin (11-3) allowed two runs in seven innings. Dillon Overton (1-2), recalled from Triple-A Nashville before the game, gave up five runs and 10 hits, including three homers, in 3 1/3 innings.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dioner Navarro hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning to drive in Avisail Garcia and lift Chicago past Minnesota.

Garcia led off with a double against Fernando Abad (1-4), and scored easily when Navarro drove a fastball from Abad to the left-field corner.

Michael Ynoa (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his first win of the season, David Robertson pitched the 10th for his 25th save.

Chicago’s Justin Morneau homered and hit an RBI double against his old team. Eduardo Escobar homered for Minnesota.

MLB Roundup: Sale loses in White Sox return, Chapman saves Cubs’ 3-1 win.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale returned from his jersey-trashing suspension and threw six effective innings, but John Lackey outpitched him and Aroldis Chapman got the final four outs to save the Cubs’ 3-1 victory over the White Sox in Chicago’s rivalry series Thursday night.

Sale (14-4) was greeted with smiles and hugs from his teammates following a five-day ban for tearing up 1976-style uniforms he didn’t want to wear before his previous scheduled start. He had command issues, but worked out of trouble while allowing two runs and six hits.

Lackey (8-7) allowed one run in six innings for his first win since June 8. Chapman, in his second appearance since being acquired from the Yankees, struck out two and consistently hit 102 mph in his first save for his new team.

Kris Bryant, who homered against Sale in the All-Star Game, hit an RBI double off the center field wall in the first inning. Ben Zobrist added an RBI single in the third and doubled and scored in the eighth as the Cubs earned a split of the four-game series and spoiled Sale’s night.

The lefty was scratched from his start Saturday, sent home and then suspended five days for cutting up a number of collared throwback jerseys the team was supposed to wear for the game. Sale said they were uncomfortable and became enraged when the team wouldn’t switch them out.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Hanley Ramirez’s throwing error to the plate on Daniel Nava’s bases-loaded grounder allowed two runs to score, and Los Angeles walked off with a stunning victory over Boston.

The Angels rallied in the ninth against Boston closer Brad Ziegler (2-5), loading the bases with one out on singles by Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Andrelton Simmons.

Pinch-hitter Nava then poked a potential game-ending grounder to first, but Ramirez put his throw past catcher Sandy Leon, allowing Trout and pinch-runner Ji-Man Choi to end it.

Ziegler, who also lost Wednesday when he gave up a ninth-inning homer by Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, blew his third save of the season.

Cam Bedrosian (2-0) pitched the ninth for Los Angeles.

Ziegler and Ramirez wasted eight innings of seven-hit ball from David Price. The $217 million left-hander outdueled Jered Weaver, who pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman had two hits and scored a run, Trea Turner added two hits and an RBI and Washington beat San Francisco in the opener of a key four-game series between division leaders.

Bryce Harper doubled in a run while Anthony Rendon had two hits to help the Nationals beat All-Star Game starter Johnny Cueto (13-3) in manager Dusty Baker’s return to AT&T Park. Baker won 840 games as the Giants manager from 1993-2002.

San Francisco scored a run in the ninth to pull within 4-2 before Shawn Kelley struck out Angel Pagan with the bases loaded to end it and get his fifth save.

The two teams went into the game with identical 59-42 records before Washington won to join the Chicago Cubs (61-40) as the only teams in the majors with at least 60 wins.

Nationals starter Tanner Roark (10-6) allowed one run over seven innings, striking out three and walking three.


MIAMI (AP) — Aledmys Diaz homered, doubled and drove in three runs against childhood pal Jose Fernandez, helping St. Louis beat Miami.

Fernandez gave up five runs in five innings and fell to 26-2 at Marlins Park.

Miami’s Dee Gordon, the 2015 NL batting and stolen bases champion, returned from an 80-game suspension for failing a drug test and went 0 for 4. Ichiro Suzuki doubled as a pinch hitter in the seventh for Miami and needs two hits for 3,000.

Diaz and Matt Holliday homered in the third inning against Fernandez (12-5), who had never previously given up more than one homer in a home game. His only other loss at Marlins Park came on opening day this year against Detroit.

Michael Wacha (6-7) allowed three runs in six innings, and three relievers completed an eight-hitter. Seung Hwan Oh pitched around a one-out single in the ninth for his seventh save.

Diaz and Fernandez were neighbors growing up in Santa Clara, Cuba, and the Cardinals enjoyed their reunion. Fernandez walked Jeremy Hazelbaker to start the third inning, and Diaz followed with his 14th homer. Two batters later, Holliday hit his 18th homer just inside the right-field foul pole, prompting a rueful grin from Fernandez. The outing was his shortest since May 4.


NEW YORK (AP) — New York closer Jeurys Familia stumbled for a second straight game, allowing two runs in the ninth inning in a loss that handed Colorado its seventh victory in eight games.

Less than 24 hours after Familia’s streak of 52 consecutive regular-season saves was snapped, the right-hander entered in the top of the ninth with a 1-0 lead, and couldn’t hold it.

Trevor Story had a leadoff single and stole second. After fellow rookie David Dahl walked, Daniel Descalso bunted up the first base line. Mets catcher Rene Rivera watched as the ball spun toward foul territory but it stopped fair, loading the bases with no out.

With one out, Familia (2-3) got pinch-hitter Cristhian Adames to hit a slow grounder to the right side. First baseman James Loney booted the ball and Story scored to make it 1-all. Familia then threw a wild pitch, allowing Dahl to cross the plate with the go-ahead run.

Jordan Lyles (3-3) pitched a scoreless eighth for the Rockies, and closer Carlos Estevez had a perfect ninth for his 11th save.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mitch Moreland’s second homer of the game broke a tie in the eighth inning and Cole Hamels earned his 12th win of the season in Texas’ victory over Kansas City.

Hamels (12-2) allowed two runs and six hits in eight innings, matching his longest start of the season. Sam Dyson earned his 21st save in 23 chances, stranding the tying run at third base.

Both homers by the left-handed hitting Moreland were to the opposite field and came off Yordano Ventura (6-9). It was Moreland’s 10th career multi-homer game and second of the season. He has five homers in his last 11 hits.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rookie Max Kepler continued his midseason surge with a tying home run and finished with two RBIs to help Minnesota beat Baltimore,

The teams were squeezing in a make-up game from a May 9 postponement with Minnesota in the middle of a homestand and Baltimore heading for a weekend series at Toronto.

Kepler hit his 11th home run off reliever Odrisamer Despaigne (0-2) leading off the sixth inning to tie it at 2 after Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez lasted five innings in his first start since July 8. Kepler had an RBI double in four-run seventh.

Ryan Pressly (5-5) combined with two other relievers to allow just two hits the final three innings.


ATLANTA (AP) — Aaron Altherr and Maikel Franco homered, Aaron Nola won for the first time in eight starts and Philadelphia beat Atlanta.

Altherr returned to the lineup after missing the first 103 games of the season with a broken left wrist. He went 3 for 4 with two RBIs.

Nola (6-9) gave up eight hits, three runs, three walks and struck out five in five innings. Jeanmar Gomez earned his 27th save.

Braves starter Matt Wisler (4-11) gave up three homers and has allowed eight homers in his past four starts, a span of 20 1/3 innings.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hernan Perez hit a two-run homer, singled and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth, Zach Davies pitched 6 1/3 innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Thursday.

Perez, who started at shortstop for benched Jonathan Villar, crushed the first pitch from Robbie Ray (5-10) 458 feet off the facing of the scoreboard in deep center for the two-run homer in the third.

Davies (8-4) allowed three runs —two earned— on six hits. Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his 24th save. Milwaukee added a run when Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered off Tyler Clippard leading off the eighth.

MLB Roundup: Baez hits 2-run HR, Russell adds slam as Cubs rout White Sox

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CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer deep into Wrigley’s Field’s left bleachers in the seventh, Addison Russell added a grand slam in a five-run eighth and the Chicago Cubs beat the White Sox 8-1 on Wednesday night.

Jason Hammel (10-5) allowed one run and five hits while striking out seven in seven innings. Hector Rondon pitched a perfect eighth, and Aroldis Chapman worked a 1-2-3 ninth — striking out Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia — in his Cubs debut.

Baez went deep on a full-count pitch against Anthony Ranaudo (1-1) to chase the right-hander in his White Sox debut. Ranaudo didn’t allow a hit until Kris Bryant’s solo homer with one out in the sixth tie the score 1-1. Bryant’s 26th homer matched his total last season when he was NL Rookie of the Year.

After Ben Zobrist’s RBI double in the eighth, Russell followed two hitters later with his 12th homer to help the Cubs end a two-game slide and snap the White Sox’s four-game winning streak.

Ranaudo allowed three runs and two hits — both homers — in 6 2/3 innings and smacked an opposite-field homer in the fifth for his first major league hit.

Chapman had 20 saves in 21 chances this season with the Yankees before the Cubs acquired the hard-throwing lefty on Monday for a package of prospects.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jay Bruce homered in his career-high fifth straight game, connecting off Madison Bumgarner in Cincinnati’s victory over slumping San Francisco.

Bruce broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning with his sixth homer during his five-game streak and 25th of the season.

The NL West-leading Giants got just four hits and lost for the ninth time in 11 games since the All-Star break. The last-place Reds are 8-4 over that stretch.

Dan Straily (6-6) gave up three hits in 7 2/3 innings, and Tony Cingrani pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.

Bumgarner (10-6) allowed one earned run and five hits in eight innings, striking out nine. The Giants have lost six of his last eight starts.

Conor Gillaspie hit a solo homer for the Giants in the second. San Francisco left fielder Angel Pagan dropped a flyball in the fifth, setting up Tucker Barnhart’s tying sacrifice fly.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Strasburg shut down Cleveland for seven innings and bounced back from his only loss this season, leading Washington past the Indians.

Strasburg (14-1) began the season with 13 straight wins before he was beaten by the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 21. The powerful right-hander shook off that blemish, holding the Indians to three hits. Strasburg walked one and struck out seven.

Washington rookie Trea Turner drove in three runs and Daniel Murphy hit his 20th homer off Carlos Carrasco (7-4). Murphy extended his hitting streak to 13 games with the towering shot.

Nationals reliever Blake Treinen stopped Cleveland’s threat in the ninth, getting a game-ending double play for his first major league save.


NEW YORK (AP) — Yadier Molina and pinch-hitter Kolten Wong each had an RBI double in the ninth inning, and St. Louis rallied past New York to end Jeurys Familia’s saves streak at 52 games.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer off Adam Wainwright to cap a three-run comeback in the seventh that gave the Mets a 4-3 lead. But then Familia, who hadn’t blown a regular-season save opportunity since July 30 last year, finally faltered.

Jedd Gyorko drew a one-out walk in the ninth and was replaced by pinch-runner Randal Grichuk. Molina hit the next pitch to deep center field, and Grichuk scored to tie it.

Molina was thrown out at third by Familia (2-2) on pinch-hitter Jeremy Hazelbaker’s comebacker, but Hazelbaker stole second and scored when Wong lined a double just inside the left-field line.

Familia’s franchise-record saves streak was the third-longest in major league history behind Tom Gordon (54) and Eric Gagne (84). Jonathan Broxton (3-2) threw a scoreless eighth, and Seung Hwan Oh worked the ninth for his sixth save.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Moore pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays won at Dodger Stadium for the first time.

Luke Maile had an RBI double in a three-run fourth inning to help Tampa Bay wrap up a nine-game West Coast road swing by snapping a four-game skid. The Rays were swept in a three-game series at Chavez Ravine in 2013, the only other time they’ve visited the Dodgers’ hallowed home turf.

Moore (7-7) struck out five and allowed an unearned run. Alex Colome pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save in 23 chances. Brandon McCarthy (2-1) lasted just four innings for the Dodgers in his first loss since Sept. 23, 2014.


BOSTON (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking home run in the ninth inning that bounced off the top of the wall and into Boston’s bullpen, lifting Detroit past the Red Sox for a three-game sweep.

James McCann also hit a solo homer, and Victor Martinez had four singles, a walk and drove in two runs for Detroit. The Tigers have won five of seven.

Boston is the last major league team to be swept in a series of any length this season.

Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia had solo homers for the Red Sox. They lost for the fifth time in six games to complete a nine-game homestand at 4-5.

Bruce Rondon (4-2) got one out for the win. Justin Wilson got the final three for his first major league save. Brad Ziegler (0-1) took the loss.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Nick Hundley broke up Dylan Bundy’s no-hit bid with a sixth-inning homer, and Colorado used a strong pitching performance by Jon Gray to beat Baltimore.

David Dahl hit his first major league home run in his third game for the Rockies. Colorado took two of three from the AL East leaders, has won six of seven and is 9-4 since the All-Star break.

Manny Machado connected for the Orioles.

Gray (7-4) outpitched Bundy (3-3) in a duel between rookie right-handers. Carlos Estevez got three straight outs for his 10th save.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Khris Davis homered twice, Coco Crisp also went deep and Oakland beat AL West-leading Texas.

Oakland has won four consecutive series for the first time since May 2014. The A’s are 9-4 since the All-Star break.

Crisp’s two-run homer in the eighth, on a 99 mph fastball from Matt Bush (3-2), put the A’s up 4-3. Davis added another two-run shot, his 25th homer of the season, in the inning.

Ryan Dull (5-2) threw 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief of Sean Manaea. Ryan Madson worked the ninth for his 22nd save. Rangers starter Yu Darvish, winless in his last nine starts against Oakland, stuck out six without a walk and departed with a 3-2 lead after six innings.

Ian Desmond hit his 20th homer for Texas.


MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer in the first inning to lead a 16-hit attack in Miami’s victory over Philadelphia.

Stanton hit his 22nd homer in support of Adam Conley (7-5), who pitched around eight hits and three walks to throw 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

Don Kelly, who began the game 1 for 22 this season, went 3 for 5 with two triples, two RBIs and two runs scored. That raised his average from .045 to .148.

The Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki did not play and remained at 2,997 hits.

Philadelphia rookie Zach Eflin (3-4) was the loser.


TORONTO (AP) — Adam Rosales hit a two-run home run, Alex Dickerson and Brett Wallace each hit solo shots and San Diego beat Toronto to avoid a three-game sweep.

San Diego extended its club-record streak with at least one home run to 25 games. It’s the longest run since 2002 Texas set the major league record by homering in 27 straight.

Luis Perdomo (5-4) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

R.A. Dickey (7-12) was the loser. He has surrendered 26 home runs this season, tying Kansas City’s Ian Kennedy and Chris Young for most in the majors.

Melvin Upton Jr. made his first start for Toronto after being acquired from San Diego on Tuesday. He went 1 for 4 with a single.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gerrit Cole threw a three-hitter for his first career complete game and slumping Andrew McCutchen had a three-run home run and two other hits in Pittsburgh’s victory over Seattle.

Making the 88th start of his four-year career, Cole (6-6) struck six and walked one while winning for the first time since May 20. McCutchen and Jung Ho Kang each had four RBIs to help the Pirates win for the sixth time in nine games.

James Paxton (3-5) was the loser.


HOUSTON (AP) — Lance McCullers struck out 10 in six innings, Colby Rasmus broke out of a slump with a two-run homer and Houston beat New York.

Rasmus snapped an 0-for-29 skid when he sent an off-speed pitch from Masahiro Tanaka (7-3) into the seats behind the bullpen in right-center field to make it 4-0 with in the third.

McCullers (6-4) allowed five hits and one run and tied a season high by fanning 10 for the second straight game. Ken Giles and Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless inning each before Will Harris got his 11th save by striking out two in the ninth.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Yasmany Tomas hit two home runs, Archie Bradley pitched seven innings and Arizona took advantage of Milwaukee’s season-high five errors.

Tomas had his fifth multihomer game of the season. He hit a three-shot off in the first and sliced an 0-2 pitch for a two-run homer in the fifth, both off of Jimmy Nelson (6-9).

Bradley (4-6) allowed one run on four hits, walked three and struck out six.

Brewers right fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis had three errors, and shortstop Jonathan two.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Raul Mondesi had a bunt single for his first big league hit, with two runs scoring on the play on pitcher Matt Shoemaker’s throwing error, and Kansas City beat Los Angeles.

Shoemaker, who did not allow a base runner until the fifth inning, yielded singles to Alex Gordon and Paulo Orlando to start the seventh. Mondesi put down a bunt and beat the throw to first as the throw by Shoemaker (5-11) sailed into right field.

Both runners scored and Mondesi wound up on third. Angels manager Mike Scioscia came out claiming interference, and after a review the call on the field stoood. Scioscia officially protested the game.

Joakim Soria (4-4) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Freddie Freeman homered, doubled and tied a career high with five RBIs and Atlanta held off Minnesota for a two-game sweep.

Freeman went 4 for 4 with a walk. His 18th homer gave the Braves a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning.

The Twins closed to 8-7 in the sixth on an RBI grounder by Joe Mauer. Nick Markakis singled home a run in the Atlanta eighth.

Mike Foltynewicz (4-4) got the win despite giving up seven runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his fourth save. Tyler Duffey (5-8) was chased in the second.

MLB Roundup: Romine, Pineda, new-look bullpen lead Yanks past Astros 2-1

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HOUSTON (AP) — Austin Romine hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning to make a winner of Michael Pineda, and the New York Yankees’ bullpen did just fine Monday night without star closer Aroldis Chapman in a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

Hours after New York traded Chapman to the Chicago Cubs, All-Star relievers Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller closed out Houston to help the fourth-place Yankees (51-48) move three games above .500 for the first time this season.

Betances struck out the side in the eighth before Miller, back in the ninth-inning role following Chapman’s departure, earned his eighth save. The left-hander got Carlos Gomez to ground into a game-ending double play with two on.

Pineda (5-9) pitched seven strong innings to beat Yankees nemesis Dallas Keuchel (6-10), last year’s AL Cy Young Award winner.

George Springer hit a leadoff homer and Luis Valbuena had three hits for Houston, which had won four straight. Top prospect Alex Bregman went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his major league debut.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit his second home run of the game with two outs in the ninth inning, a two-run shot that rallied Texas past Oakland for its third straight win.

Beltre, who finished with four hits, had two singles in his first three at-bats before hitting a solo homer in the seventh. His game-winning drive came on the first pitch from Ryan Madson (3-4), who had his sixth blown save in 27 opportunities.

Until then, Texas had trailed since Danny Valencia hit a two-run homer for Oakland in the first. All 13 runs in the game were scored with two outs.

Valencia also had the first of three RBI doubles in a three-run third that gave the A’s a 5-1 lead.

Ian Desmond hit his 19th homer for the Rangers in the first. Nomar Mazara singled with one out in the ninth.

Jake Diekman (2-1) worked a scoreless inning for the win.


TORONTO (AP) — Aaron Sanchez pitched seven shutout innings to win his 10th consecutive decision, Kevin Pillar had three hits and Toronto beat San Diego.

Sanchez (11-1) became the first Blue Jays pitcher to win 10 straight since Roy Halladay won 15 decisions in a row in 2003. Halladay and Roger Clemens (1998) hold the club record.

Making their first appearance in Toronto, the Padres were held scoreless until Alex Dickerson hit a two-run homer off Bo Schultz in the ninth. Dickerson’s drive into the fifth deck extended San Diego’s team-record streak of games with at least one home run to 23. The 2006 Atlanta Braves were the last National League team to homer in 23 straight games.

Roberto Osuna replaced Schultz and got two outs for his 21st save.

Sanchez has not lost since April 22 against Oakland, a span of 16 starts.

Colin Rea (5-5) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Martin Maldonado hit a three-run homer and Milwaukee went deep four times, spoiling the major league debut of Arizona pitching prospect Braden Shipley.

Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Villar and pinch-hitter Andy Wilkins also connected for the Brewers. Chase Anderson (5-10) went five innings to beat his former team for his first win since June 8.

Shipley (0-1) was selected 15th overall by the Diamondbacks in the 2013 amateur draft. He doubled and scored in the third but was chased by Maldonado’s homer in the sixth.


CHICAGO (AP) — Tyler Saladino hit a game-ending RBI single to put a damper on the Cubs’ trade for Aroldis Chapman.

J.B. Shuck sparked the winning rally with a leadoff single against Mike Montgomery (3-5), who was acquired in a deal with Seattle last week. Shuck advanced on Dioner Navarro’s sacrifice and Saladino followed with a bouncer into center field.

Dan Jennings (4-2) got two outs for the win. The White Sox also got two victories in their last at-bat on Sunday against Detroit.

The Cubs trailed 4-2 before Dexter Fowler and Anthony Rizzo each hit an RBI single in the ninth. They had runners on first and second with two out when Jennings struck out Jason Heyward to escape the threat.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones scored the winning run in the 10th inning on a low throw to the plate by pitcher Jordan Lyles, and Baltimore won its fifth straight.

Jones reached on a one-out single off the third-base bag and took third on a single by Jonathan Schoop. Manny Machado followed with a comebacker to Lyles, who fumbled the ball before throwing home. Catcher Nick Hundley caught the ball near the ground and lost the handle while attempting to tag the sliding Jones.

Lyles (2-3) was charged with an error on the play.

Chaz Roe (1-0) worked the 10th for the win.


BOSTON (AP) — Jose Iglesias hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, Justin Verlander pitched six solid innings and Detroit spoiled Drew Pomeranz’s second start with Boston.

Verlander (10-6) allowed one run and five hits and struck out five to pick up the victory. Detroit pulled within 5 1/2 games of idle AL Central-leading Cleveland.

Francisco Rodriguez earned his 28th save.

Pomeranz (8-8), recently acquired from the San Diego Padres, gave up four hits and struck out seven in six innings. Both of the runs he allowed came via Iglesias’ homer.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jay Bruce hit a pair of two-run homers to help Anthony DeSclafani remain unbeaten, and Cincinnati beat San Francisco.

It was the third multihomer game this season for the Cincinnati slugger and 20th of his career.

DeSclafani (6-0) pitched in and out of trouble and gave up two home runs but continued his strong run since missing the first two months of the season with a strained left oblique.

Jake Peavy (5-9) allowed six runs over five-plus innings.


MIAMI (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson dominated Miami for a second straight start, throwing six innings of one-hit ball.

Tommy Joseph hit a two-out RBI double in the top of the eighth to break a scoreless tie, and David Hernandez (2-3) pitched an inning in relief to earn the victory in a combined two-hitter.

Hellickson has been the subject of trade rumors, some connecting him to the Marlins.

Miami outfielder Ichiro Suzuki grounded out in his only at-bat — a pinch-hit appearance in the eighth — to remain at 2,996 career hits.

Fernando Rodney (1-3) allowed Joseph’s double to left-center field.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Albert Pujols drove in four runs and Hector Santiago won his fifth consecutive start for Los Angeles.

Pujols leads the majors with 26 RBIs in July, including 16 in his past eight games.

Santiago (9-4) is 5-0 with a 1.48 ERA in July. He held the Royals to two runs on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts.

Ian Kennedy (6-9) is 0-3 in five starts since a victory June 26.

MLB Roundup: Homer-happy Hanley (3) powers Boston to 11-7 win over Giants

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BOSTON (AP) — Hanley Ramirez told his Red Sox teammates in the dugout that he wasn’t going to swing for the fences in his final at-bat.

It doesn’t work for him that way.

“I don’t hit homers when I try to hit homers,” he explained to reporters after Boston’s 11-7 victory over the San Francisco Giants. “They said, ‘It doesn’t matter. You’ve got three already.'”

Ramirez homered three times to drive in a career-high six runs and also helped the Red Sox with some nifty fielding on Wednesday night as Boston moved into first place in the AL East. With a chance to tie the major league record of four homers in a game, he grounded out weakly to the pitcher in his last at-bat.

Travis Shaw and Sandy Leon also homered for Boston, and Mookie Betts had three of the 15 Boston hits that made up for a poor outing from starter Drew Pomeranz. Acquired last week from San Diego for Boston’s top pitching prospect, Pomeranz struggled to protect an eight-run lead and lasted just three innings in his Red Sox debut.

“Unfortunately it was an early night for him,” manager John Farrell said. “He’ll be back out there in five days.”

Boston opened an 8-0 lead and held on to win for the eighth time in nine games and move a half-game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles, who lost 5-0 to the Yankees.

And Ramirez was the biggest reason why.

The converted first baseman made several fine fielding plays, diving to his left and his right and also starting a double play in the sixth with the bases loaded and nobody out after San Francisco had already cut Boston’s 8-0 lead to 8-7.

“Everything went right today,” he said.

Ramirez’s first career three-homer game gave him 11 for the season. He hit two-run shots in the second, third and sixth inning.

Ramirez also reached base when he was hit by a pitch in the fourth, glowering at Giants reliever Albert Suarez before the umpire quickly warned both benches. The biggest crowd of the season — 38,201 — stood and chanted Ramirez’s name for his final at-bat in the eighth.

Sixteen times players have hit four homers in a game, most recently by Josh Hamilton for Texas in 2012.

Matt Barnes (3-3) was awarded the victory as the first effective Red Sox pitcher, coming on with a one-run lead and the bases loaded in the sixth and pitching out of it, thanks to Ramirez’s glove.

Barnes added a scoreless seventh, getting Brandon Belt on a check-swing strikeout with two on to end it, and a perfect eighth.

Pomeranz lasted just three innings, allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks.

Giants starter Matt Cain (1-6) gave up three homers and five runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Trevor Brown had three hits for the Giants. Mac Williamson hit a three-run homer, and the San Francisco right fielder also went over the right-field bullpen wall in pursuit of one of Ramirez’s homers.

“I think every kid growing up, playing in Fenway would like to hit a ball over the Green Monster,” Williamson said. “It was definitely a special feeling rounding the bases. Seeing a ball going out here is kind of a childhood dream.”


CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered twice off Bartolo Colon, Kyle Hendricks pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings and Chicago beat New York to take two of three in the rematch of last year’s NL Championship Series.

Rizzo pulled a slider to right for a solo homer in the third. Two innings later with a runner on, he sent a fastball into the right-field bleachers.

Rizzo also hit a two-run homer Monday in a victory as the Cubs rebounded from a four-game sweep in New York this month. Chicago has won five of its last seven overall.

Hendricks (9-6) gave up seven hits and hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last three appearances. He lowered his ERA to 2.27, third best in the majors.

Colon (8-5) gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings. Wilmer Flores hit his fifth home run in eight games, a two-run drive off Travis Wood in the eighth.



ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jedd Gyorko homered for the fifth straight game off San Diego pitching, connecting twice and driving in all three RBIs in a 3-2 victory to give St. Louis a doubleheader sweep.

Gyorko, dealt by the Padres in the offseason for outfielder Jon Jay, is 13 for 21 (.619) against his old team with six homers and 10 RBIs. He has 11 homers and 27 RBIs on the year with 40 starts spread across the infield. He started at third base in both games of the doubleheader.

He has four consecutive three-hit games against San Diego and four career multi-homer games, with both long balls in Game 2 off Paul Clemens (1-1).

Carlos Martinez (9-6) was dominant after a shaky first inning and a nosebleed in the second, and the Cardinals took the opener 4-2. Gyorko, Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina homered off Colin Rea (5-4).

Ryan Schimpf homered in both games for San Diego.

Jaime Garcia (7-6) allowed a run in 5 2-3 innings in the second game, and Seung Hwan Oh earned his fourth save in five chances, and second of the day.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper led an offensive outburst with a home run into the third deck in right field and Washington beat Los Angeles.

Harper’s 20th home run of the season, a two-run blast, traveled an estimated 451 feet off Bud Norris in the first inning. The National League MVP later walked and scored on Wilson Ramos’ RBI double.

Ben Revere, Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon also hit home runs and Trea Turner had an RBI triple and stole home for Washington. Gio Gonzalez (6-8) had one of his best starts of the season, allowing one run on three hits and striking out six in six innings.

Norris (5-8) gave up six runs on seven hits in five-plus innings before giving way to the bullpen.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Naquin hit two of the Indians’ five homers and had a career-high six RBIs, helping Cleveland rout Kansas City.

Carlos Carrasco (7-3) only allowed one hit in six shutout innings, a one-out double by Cheslor Cuthbert in the fourth walked two in the sixth for his only other baserunners.

Naquin had his first multi-homer game, while Mike Napoli went deep for the second straight day. Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana also hit home runs.

The first four homers were off Ian Kennedy (6-8), whose bizarre line included eight strikeouts and only one walk. But it was the ninth straight game Kennedy has served up a homer, and he has allowed 26 of them this season, tied with teammate Chris Young for most in the majors.


PHOENIX (AP) — Josh Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion each hit two-run homers and Toronto beat Arizona.

Donaldson’s homer off Patrick Corbin (4-9) landed in the Chase Field swimming pool in the first inning. Encarnacion’s soaring shot off Daniel Hudson, projected at 471 feet, landed far down the walkway beyond the left field seats in the eighth. It was Encarnacion’s 26th home run of the season and ninth in his last eight games at Chase.

Marcus Stroman (8-4) allowed only an unearned run on eight hits in eight innings to help the Blue Jays sweep the two-game series. Tuffy Gosewisch hit a three-run homer in the ninth for Arizona.


DETROIT (AP) — Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario homered off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth and Minnesota Twins scored three runs in the inning to beat Detroit.

Detroit wasted a fine start by Justin Verlander, who gave up a run and two hits in eight innings. Rodriguez (1-1) retired the first two batters of the ninth before Kepler sent a drive to right field to break the 1-all tie. Rodriguez then made a throwing error and appeared to be shaken up, but after a conference at the mound he stayed in the game and allowed a two-run shot by Rosario.

Ryan Pressly (3-5) was the winner, and Brandon Kintzler pitched the ninth for his sixth save.

Minnesota’s Joe Mauer and Detroit’s Ian Kinsler homered in the first inning.


NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Pineda pitched six innings, Mark Teixeira homered in his return from his latest injury, and New York beat Baltimore to move two games above .500 for the first time since April.

Pineda (4-9) had six strikeouts with runners in scoring position and didn’t allow a run for the first time all season. New York has won the first three of the four-game series to improve to 38-36 — the last time the Yankees were two games over .500 was April 12 when they were 4-2.

A stomach bug has been ravaging Baltimore’s clubhouse and claimed two more victims in third baseman Manny Machado and manager Buck Showalter. Bench coach John Russell filled in for Showalter. First baseman Chris Davis missed his third straight game with flu-like symptoms.

Yovani Gallardo (3-2) was the loser.


SEATTLE (AP) — Leonys Martin hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot with one out in the 11th inning that sent Seattle past Chicago.

Martin hit a two-run drive in the second inning. He then drove an 0-2 pitch from Dan Jennings (3-2) over the wall in right for his 13th homer.

Vidal Nuno (1-1) pitched one inning for the victory. Seattle pulled to 5-4 on Mike Zunino’s two-run homer in seventh, and tied it on Adam Lind’s solo shot in the eighth.

Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, activated off the disabled list earlier in the day, allowed five runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two in his first start since May 27.

Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in the first off Hernandez. Frazier’s 28th home run tied him for the major league lead with Baltimore’s Mark Trumbo.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Tucker Barnhart and Joey Votto hit two-run homers, and Cincinnati rallied to beat Atlanta to win the season series between the NL’s worst teams.

Barnhart’s homer completed a four-run rally in the sixth off Lucas Harrell (1-2). Votto extended his post-All Star break surge with his 16th homer off Ian Krol in the seventh. Votto is 11 for 20 in the last six games with two homers, a double and six walks.

Anthony DeSclafani (5-0) kept up his streak of solid starts since returning from a strained oblique that sidelined him for most of the first half. The right-hander gave up eight hits, including Freddie Freeman’s homer, in eight innings. DeSclafani is 5-0 in his last six starts with a 2.61 ERA.

Adonis Garcia led off the ninth with a homer off Ross Ohlendorf, the 68th homer allowed by Cincinnati’s bullpen — by far the most in the majors.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson struck out eight in eight innings, Tyler Goeddel hit a two-run homer and Philadelphia beat Miami.

Hellickson (7-7) allowed one run and five hits, improving his value as the Aug. 1 trade deadline approaches. Miami’s Wei-Yin Chen (5-4) gave up four runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Chris Johnson hit a solo homer in the fifth for the Marlins.

Goeddel snapped an 0-for-16 slump with an opposite-field shot to right to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first. He lined an RBI single to right to make it 3-0 in the second.

Jeanmar Gomez finished for his 26th save in 29 tries.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Doug Fister pitched seven innings and Jose Altuve continued his torrid hitting to help Houston beat Oakland.

After losing three of his last four decisions, Fister (10-6) threw seven innings of four-hit ball and struck out five. The A’s failed to advance a runner past second base against Fister.

Altuve was 2 for 3 with two walks. Baseball’s leading hitter is 12 for his last 17 in his last four games. The Astros, who had lost three of their previous four, scored two runs in the second with two outs and nobody on base when five batters reached safely against A’s starter Daniel Mengden (1-5).


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jefry Marte hit a three-run homer and the Angels shut down a late rally by the AL West-leading Texas Rangers for a win that gave Los Angeles a three-game sweep.

It was the second straight sweep for the Angels, who won their sixth in a row and moved out of last place in the AL West.

Hector Santiago (8-4) pitched five innings for his third straight win.

Martin Perez (7-7) lost his third decision in as many games.


DENVER (AP) — Chris Archer struck out 11 over six innings for his first victory since June 6, Tim Beckham had a career-high five hits and Tampa Bay routed Colorado.

Evan Longoria kept up his hot hitting with two doubles to help the Rays take two of three to capture their first road series since June 6-8 at Arizona.

Archer (5-13) allowed two runs and four hits to halt a slide in which he had lost six of seven starts.

Jorge De La Rosa (6-7) lasted only four innings and gave up nine runs, seven of them earned.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy had a two-run single in the sixth inning and finished with three RBIs in Milwaukee’s victory over Pittsburgh.

Jonathan Villar, Hernan Perez and Ryan Braun had two hits each for Milwaukee and Chris Carter and Scooter Gennett drove in two runs apiece while the Brewers jumped on starter Jeff Locke (8-6).

Carlos Torres (2-1) won in relief of Chase Anderson, who struggled once again but was bailed out by an offense that took it to Locke (8-6).

MLB Roundup: Ortiz hits 3-run homer, Boston beats San Francisco

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CHICAGO (AP) — Jeurys Familia escaped a bases-loaded jam with a game-ending double play after Rene Rivera drove in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the top of the ninth, lifting the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Familia walked Addison Russell and Miguel Montero to start the ninth, then Javier Baez reached on a bunt single when third baseman Jose Reyes threw wide to first. Pinch-hitter Matt Szczur hit a grounder to first baseman James Loney, and Loney threw out Russell at the plate. Kris Bryant then hit into a 5-4-3 double play to give Familia his 33rd save in 33 chances.

Rivera had the third single in the ninth — following hits by Loney and Asdrubal Cabrera — off Hector Rondon (1-2) as the Mets beat the Cubs for the fifth time in six games after sweeping them in last year’s NL Championship Series.

Hansel Robles (4-3) pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the win.


BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer and Rick Porcello remained unbeaten at home as Boston beat struggling San Francisco.

Brock Holt also homered for the Red Sox, who won for the seventh time in eight games. The NL West-leading Giants remained winless since the All-Star break with their fourth straight loss.

Porcello (12-2) scattered four hits over 6 1-3 innings, improving to 9-0 at home.

Jake Peavy (5-8), a key member of Boston’s 2013 World Series champions, struck out six over six innings and held his former teammates to three hits, but two left the park.

The Giants played at Fenway Park for the first time since 2007.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Chase Utley drove in three runs with three hits, including a leadoff homer that quickly spoiled the major league debut of Reynaldo Lopez and sent Los Angeles over Washington.

Los Angeles swept three games from Washington at home in June and has won six straight in the series.

Scott Kazmir (8-3) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out eight. He extended his unbeaten streak to 12 starts, going 6-0 in that span.

Lopez (0-1), considered one of Washington’s top prospects, allowed six runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out nine, featuring a fastball in the upper 90s mph.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Harrison tripled leading off the bottom of the ninth and scored when the throw from the outfield skipped past Milwaukee third baseman Hernan Perez and out of play to lift Pittsburgh.

Perez’s RBI single off Pittsburgh All-Star closer Mark Melancon (1-1) with two outs in the ninth tied the game, but the tie was short-lived. Harrison’s drive off Tyler Thornburg (3-4) was just out of the reach of Milwaukee center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Harrison chugged to third then popped up and strolled home when the relay throw from second baseman Scooter Gennett went by Perez.

Pirates rookie Jameson Taillon pitched six innings in his return from the disabled list, narrowly avoiding serious injury after taking a 105 mph line drive off his head in the second. The 24-year-old rookie lay on the ground for several moments while being tended to by trainers but was permitted to stay in the game.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Christian Yelich homered and drove in the winning run with a single in the 10th inning.

J.T. Realmuto added two hits for the Marlins, who won their third straight to remain one game ahead of the New York Mets for the second wild-card spot in the National League.

Adeiny Hechavarria opened the 10th with a double off David Hernandez (1-3). After Hernandez walked Martin Prado to put runners on first and second with two outs, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin lifted Hernandez so left-hander Daniel Stumpf could face the left-handed Yelich.

Yelich put Miami in front by lacing Stumpf’s 3-2 pitch to left field, easily scoring Hechavarria.

A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless 10th for his 31st save in 32 opportunities.

Mike Dunn (2-1) tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to earn the victory.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Danny Salazar handled the Royals for the third time this season while the Cleveland Indians roughed up Kansas City’s starter-by-committee.

Salazar (11-3) allowed three runs over 6 2-3 innings while striking out seven.

Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer off Brian Flynn (1-1), and Carlos Santana drove in two runs.

Francisco Lindor also homered as the AL Central leaders snapped a five-game skid at Kauffman Stadium.


PHOENIX (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit his 25th home run and Aaron Sanchez pitched seven strong innings for Toronto.

Sanchez (10-1), pitching on nine days’ rest thanks to the All-Star break, allowed a run and scattered six hits to improve to 9-0 in his last 15 starts. He struck out five with no walks and hit two batters.

Zack Godley (2-1), called up from Triple-A Reno to make the start for Arizona, went five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, and six hits. He struck out seven and walked one.


NEW YORK (AP) — Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, Nathan Eovaldi won for the first time since May and New York beat Baltimore to move back above .500.

The AL East-leading Orioles have lost three in a row.

Castro homered in the second off Vance Worley (2-1) and hit a two-run double in the sixth. Chase Headley added a two-run homer in the eighth.

Making his first start since July 1 following three relief outings caused by a six-start winless streak, Eovaldi (8-6) won for the first time since May 29.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a pair of three-run homers and Los Angeles remained unbeaten since the All-Star break with its season-best fifth straight victory.

Pujols connected in the fourth and fifth innings against Kyle Lohse (0-2) for his second multi-homer game in three days, driving in six runs for the first time since 2009.

Pujols’ homers were the 578th and 579th of his career, pulling him closer to Mark McGwire (583) for 10th place on baseball’s career list.

Tim Lincecum (2-3) had seven strikeouts while winning for the second time in his six starts for the Angels. Huston Street pitched the ninth for his eighth save — his first since June 14.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien scored from second base on Josh Reddick’s two-out infield single in the 10th inning to lift Oakland.

The A’s rallied from three runs down and trailed 3-2 before Coco Crisp’s game-tying double off Astros closer Will Harris in the ninth.

After the Astros stranded the bases loaded in the top of the 10th, Reddick won it with the sixth walkoff hit of his career.

Semien singled with two outs off Pat Neshek (2-2) and stole second. Yonder Alonso walked before Reddick singled to deep shortstop. Houston’s Carlos Correa fielded the ball cleanly but threw wide of home as Semien slid safely in with the winning run.

Mark Rzepczynski (1-0) got the last out in the top of the 10th for the win.


SEATTLE (AP) — Melky Cabrera hit a tie-breaking homer leading off the seventh inning, Todd Frazier added a two-run shot in the ninth and Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak.

Cabrera lined his ninth home run of the season just over the wall in left field off Seattle starter Wade Miley (6-7) to snap a 1-1 tie.

Chicago starter Jose Quintana (8-8) threw six innings and his only major mistake was Robinson Cano’s 22nd home run in the fourth inning.


DETROIT (AP) — Tommy Milone held Detroit scoreless until the ninth inning, and Minnesota broke through with five runs in the seventh.

Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer and Eduardo Nunez had three RBIs.

Milone (3-2) left in the ninth. Down 6-0 at the start of the inning, Detroit scored twice and loaded the bases with one out. Brandon Kintzler struck out James McCann and Jose Iglesias to end it.

Anibal Sanchez (5-11) struck out 10 in six-plus innings.


DENVER (AP) — Blake Snell held Colorado to one hit over six strong innings, Evan Longoria homered and drove in three runs and Tampa Bay ended an 11-game road losing streak.

Snell (2-4) struck out nine and Matt Andriese pitched the final three innings for his first save. Steve Pearce also homered in his return from the disabled list for the Rays, who ended the third longest road losing streak in club history.

They broke out against Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood (8-6).


CINCINNATI (AP) — Atlanta’s bullpen blew a two-run lead in the ninth inning, but Ender Inciarte hit a sacrifice fly in the 11th that evened a series between the NL’s worst teams.

Nick Markakis started the winning rally with a single off Tony Cingrani (2-3) and took third on Jeff Francoeur’s single off Blake Wood. Inciarte’s fly to deep center broke the tie.

Mauricio Cabrera (1-0) got the last five outs for his first career win.

MLB Roundup: Leon, Rodriguez lift Red Sox over Yanks for 6th straight win

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NEW YORK (AP) — The big-name Boston Red Sox got a lift from their unheralded Venezuelan battery to win their season-high sixth straight game.

Sandy Leon homered and drove in four runs, Eduardo Rodriguez again dominated the Yankees in his return from Triple-A, and Boston beat New York 5-2 on Saturday.

Leon hit his second homer this season and the third of his career in the sixth inning — a three-run shot off CC Sabathia for a 5-1 lead. The catcher has 13 RBIs in 20 games this year after compiling only eight in 75 career games before that. He’s hitting .458 through 59 at-bats this season.

“He looks different now,” Rodriguez said. “He hits the ball everywhere.”

Leon also helped his countryman hold New York to a run and four hits over seven innings after the Red Sox recalled the left-hander from the minors Friday. Rodriguez (2-3) improved to 4-1 with a 2.01 ERA against Boston’s archrival.

Rodriguez opened the season on the disabled list with a knee injury, then posted an 8.59 ERA in six starts before being demoted to Triple-A Pawtucket. Boston believed Rodriguez was telegraphing his pitches and had him adjust his delivery during two starts — one shortened by rain — in the minors.

“Now, I’m not thinking about the tipping stuff,” Rodriguez said. “I just throw the ball right where I want it.”

Rodriguez threw 97 pitches Saturday, working quickly against New York’s veteran-heavy lineup. Rodriguez had previously struggled throwing to Leon, posting an 8.03 ERA in five starts, but the duo cruised early on a steady diet of fastballs and sliders.

“His seven innings today is potentially a major shot in the arm for our rotation,” manager John Farrell said. “But it was just good to see, the struggles that he’s gone through, to come back after 1 1/2 starts and pitch like he did here today.”

Sabathia (5-7) allowed five runs, four earned, in 5 1/3 innings, giving up five or more runs for the fifth straight start. Boston chipped away at the big lefty by reaching base mostly on soft, well-placed contact and a couple of New York errors until Leon’s homer.

“I felt good,” Sabathia said. “Just the result is not coming.”

Koji Uehara closed for his sixth save.

Leon added an RBI single in the fourth. His hot hitting has been timely for Boston, which has had catchers Blake Swihart, Christian Vazquez and Ryan Hanigan on the disabled list this season. The 27-year-old went into the All-Star break batting .455 (25 for 55), the highest first-half average ever in the majors, with a minimum of 50 at-bats.

“Playing almost like four times a week, I think that’s helped,” Leon said.

Jackie Bradley Jr. tied a season high with three hits, and Boston’s 6-through-9 hitters went 7 for 16 while 1-through-5 went 3 for 21. That helped the Red Sox win their eighth in nine games and 10th in the past 13.

“The difference between us and potentially some other teams is the production we get out of that bottom third,” Farrell said.

Brett Gardner ended a stretch of 180 homerless at-bats when he lined a solo shot into the Yankees’ bullpen in the third. It was his first homer since May 18 and sixth of the season.

Chase Headley hit a solo homer in the eighth for the Yankees against Matt Barnes.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Shoemaker pitched a six-hitter and struck out a career-high 13 in his first complete game in the majors, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 1-0 on Saturday night.

James Shields threw a two-hitter but was pitched by Shoemaker, who walked none. Shoemaker (5-9) has allowed only four earned runs in his last five home starts.

Adam Eaton doubled to lead off the ninth and Melky Cabrera singled with one out to put runners on the corners, but Shoemaker struck out Todd Frazier and Justin Morneau to end the game.

Shields (4-11) allowed a leadoff triple to Yunel Escobar in the first inning but wouldn’t allow another hit until the eighth. He walked two, struck out two and threw just 91 pitches.


CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo’s two-run double helped spoil Yu Darvish’s return to the Rangers as Chicago beat Texas.

In his first start since June 8 because of shoulder pain, Darvish (2-1) reached 98 mph and struck out nine while giving up two runs and two hits in 4 1/3 innings. The Japanese right-hander also walked four and was victimized by some shoddy defense.

Jason Hammel (8-5) struck out seven in six innings for the Cubs, who won their second straight in the interleague matchup of division leaders. Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth to complete the three-hitter for his 15th save.

Darvish, a three-time All-Star, was making his fourth start since missing all of 2015 following Tommy John surgery. He was lifted after 90 pitches when second baseman Rougned Odor dropped what could have been an inning-ending double play.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Chris Tillman became the American League’s second 13-game winner as J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer to lead Baltimore past Tampa Bay.

Tillman (13-2) gave up one run and four hits, walked three and struck out three in seven innings. Only Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox has more wins (14) among AL pitchers.

Brad Brach threw a perfect eighth and Zach Britton struck out two in the ninth for his 29th save, sealing the fourth straight win for the Orioles, who maintained a two-game lead over the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.

Hardy’s fourth home run of the season came off Matt Moore (5-7) after Matt Wieters’ two-out double in the second.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright threw a three-hit shutout to keep rolling in July, and St. Louis snapped Miami’s four-game winning streak.

Jhonny Peralta homered and Stephen Piscotty had two hits, a walk and two RBIs.

Wainwright (9-5) struck out five with two walks and didn’t allow a hit until Adeiny Hechavarria doubled to open the sixth. The team’s longtime ace received a standing ovation in the eighth before striking out for the fourth straight time, then retired the 2-3-4 hitters in order to end it.

The 6-foot-7 right-hander is 3-0 in three starts this month, allowing one run in 22 innings. The shutout was the 10th of his career and first since Sept. 17, 2014, against the Brewers.

Tom Koehler (6-8) lasted four innings for Miami, allowing four runs and seven hits.


SEATTLE (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma limited Houston to two hits in seven innings, Robinson Cano provided the only scoring with a RBI single in the sixth and the Seattle Mariners beat the Astros.

Iwakuma (10-6) won his fourth straight start to become the first Seattle pitcher to reach double-digit wins. He struck out eight and walked one.

In the sixth, Leonys Martin led off with a triple — his second extra-base hit of the game — and Cano followed with the single to left.

Houston starter Lance McCullers (4-4) was strong through the first five innings, allowing two hits and striking out five before giving up the run in the sixth. He struck out eight and walked four in 5 1/3 innings.

Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 22th save of the season.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adam Rosales singled in the tying run before Santiago Casilla balked home the winning run, and San Diego rallied to beat San Francisco.

The Padres started the decisive rally when Alex Dickerson and Derek Norris singled to open the 10th against Casilla (1-3). Norris stole second before Rosales bounced a single past shortstop Brandon Crawford to tie the score.

With Alexei Ramirez at the plate, Casilla stumbled during his delivery and a balk was called, bringing in Norris with the winning run.

Kevin Quackenbush (6-3) won despite giving up Buster Posey’s go-ahead, opposite-field homer leading off the 10th, the Giants’ fourth home run of the night.


PHOENIX (AP) — Jake Lamb drove in the tying run with an RBI double in the ninth inning, and then scored the winner on Brandon Drury’s single in the bottom of the 12th to snap Arizona’s five-game losing streak.

Lamb opened the 12th inning with a triple into the right-field corner. After two intentional walks loaded the bases, Drury laced a single through the drawn-in infield off Casey Fien (1-1).

The Dodgers had the bases loaded with two outs in the top of the 12th, but Randall Delgado (2-1) retired Yasiel Puig on a groundout to end the threat. The Dodgers stranded 15 runners on base.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer raced home with the winning run when Max Kepler’s comebacker ricocheted off pitcher Joe Colon’s glove in the 11th inning to give Minnesota a rain-delayed win.

Colon (0-1) reached behind his back to try to glove the bouncer and knocked it down. His throw home beat Mauer, but catcher Yan Gomes couldn’t handle it and was charged with an error on the play.

Brian Dozier drove in two runs for the Twins, and Trevor May (1-2) pitched the 11th to earn the win.

Carlos Santana had three hits to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 13 games and drove in two runs for the Indians.

The game was delayed by rain in the top of the 11th for 2 hours, 5 minutes.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis homered twice, Ryon Healy hit his first career home run, and Sonny Gray snapped a 12-game winless streak as Oakland beat Toronto.

Davis was 2 for 4 in his ninth career multi-homer game, three of which came this season. The A’s have homered six times in two games, three of them by Davis.

Gray (4-8) ended a career-worst seven game skid. He was 0-7 with a 6.16 ERA over his previous 12 starts. He allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in six innings.

The 24-year-old Healy, playing in his second game since being called up from Triple-A Sacramento for the first time on Friday, crushed a 66 mph pitch off R.A. Dickey (7-10) for his first major league hit.

Dickey allowed five runs on five hits, including three homers, and three walks in six innings.


ATLANTA (AP) — Trevor Story led off the ninth inning with a single, advanced to third on two wild pitches and scored the go-ahead run on a throwing error as Colorado beat bumbling Atlanta.

Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz began the eighth up 3-0, but let the first three batters reach and was chased by Nick Hundley’s RBI single. Hunter Cervenka’s wild pitch scored Mark Reynolds, and second baseman Gordon Beckham’s throwing error scored Hundley for a 3-all tie.

In the ninth, closer Jim Johnson (1-5) gave up a leadoff single to Story and threw wild pitches to two batters. Story scored when shortstop Erick Aybar bounced a throw on Reynolds’ fielder’s choice to A.J. Pierzynski, and ball bounced off the catcher’s glove.

Boone Logan (1-0) gave up one hit and one walk in the eighth. Carlos Estevez retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his fifth save in eight chances.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy’s two-run homer started Milwaukee’s big third inning, and the Brewers rolled past Cincinnati.

The bottom two teams in the NL Central have split the first two games of their series.

Lucroy connected off left-hander John Lamb (1-7) as he continued taking advantage of the last-place Reds. The All-Star catcher is 14 for 31 (.452) against Cincinnati this season, with five of his 12 homers and 15 RBIs.

Lamb and reliever Keyvius Sampson needed 53 pitches to get through the third as the Brewers sent 11 batters to the plate and piled up five hits, three walks and five runs for a 9-0 lead.

Hernan Perez also hit a two-run homer off Lamb, who gave up nine runs and nine hits.

Jimmy Nelson (6-7), who had a two-run single in the spurt, gave up six hits and a pair of walks in seven shutout innings.


DETROIT (AP) — Salvador Perez singled, doubled, scored a run and drew two of Kansas City’s seven walks as the Royals eased past Detroit.

Kansas City scored four runs in the first inning off Mike Pelfrey, who didn’t make it out of the second. Every hitter in the Royals’ lineup scored exactly once except right fielder Paulo Orlando.

Danny Duffy (5-1) allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings for Kansas City. He struck out seven and walked one.

Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit, but the Tigers were facing a significant deficit before they even came up to bat for the first time. Pelfrey (2-9) allowed five runs, four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings.

Royals closer Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth in a non-save situation. He’d been out since June 30 with a right forearm strain.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ryan Howard homered and Maikel Franco singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning to lead Philadelphia.

Carlos Ruiz doubled and had two hits for the fourth-place Phillies, who have won 11 of 15.

Jose Reyes and Travis d’Arnaud drove in runs for the Mets, who have dropped four of five since All-Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes was injured.

Philadelphia capitalized on Cabrera’s throwing error at shortstop in the bottom of the seventh. Cabrera threw wide of first baseman James Loney, allowing speedy Peter Bourjos to reach with one out. Bourjos went to second on Asche’s walk against Jerry Blevins (3-1) and scored on Franco’s single to left.

Edubray Ramos (1-0) worked a hitless inning for his first major league win. Jeanmar Gomez pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 25th save in 27 chances.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Tanner Roark pitched eight-plus innings of five-hit ball and had an RBI single during a three-run fourth as Washington won its fifth straight.

Roark (9-5) allowed five singles with one walk and five strikeouts in his longest start of the season. He started the ninth but left after allowing a single and hitting a batter before the sellout crowd.

Anthony Rendon homered and drove in two runs. Second baseman Stephen Drew had three doubles and one RBI in place of NL batting leader Daniel Murphy.

Washington spoiled the return of Gerrit Cole (5-5) from the 15-day disabled list. The 2015 All-Star allowed five runs — four earned — and seven hits over four innings.

MLB Roundup: Trade deadline nears, Cubs to get tougher tests

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   A look at what’s happening all around the majors Thursday:



It’s the final day of the All-Star break, and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is approaching. Contenders needing a closer are sure to be asking the Yankees about left-hander Aroldis Chapman. San Diego’s Drew Pomeranz or Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi could wind up in new rotations. Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy are among the top bats that could move, as well.


The Cubs raced to a big lead in the NL Central behind a bevy of All-Stars, but also while playing the second-easiest schedule in the majors, per Baseball Reference . The next few weeks should be a bit tougher. Chicago returns from the All-Star break with three games against AL-leading Texas and then plays the Mets, Brewers, White Sox and Mariners to close out July — all but Milwaukee are over .500 and competing for playoff spots. Chicago is up seven games on the Cardinals in the Central after going 2-8 in its final 10 games before the break.


The Rangers rotation will get a boost shortly after the break when right-hander Yu Darvish returns from the disabled list to start Saturday against the Cubs. Darvish missed the beginning of the season following Tommy John surgery and only made three starts before going back on the DL on June 9 with shoulder discomfort. The Japanese ace made two recent rehab starts with Double-A Frisco during his most recent DL stint, allowing five earned runs in seven innings.


Anthony Gose has tumbled from the majors all the way to Double-A this season following a demotion Wednesday. The Tigers outfielder was sent to Erie after he was in an altercation with Triple-A Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon during a game over the weekend. Gose has hit .209 in 30 games with the Tigers and .185 in 50 games with the Mud Hens this season. “After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our organization’s expectations of him,” Tigers general manager Al Avila said in a statement. “Most importantly, Anthony’s transfer to Erie is a move to give him a fresh start to his overall performance as he works his way back to Detroit.”


David Ortiz is set to get booed at Yankee Stadium, Chris Sale is ready to resume striking out Kris Bryant and the Kansas City Royals are facing a rugged road back to the playoffs.

Now that the All-Star fun is finished, a look at what’s on deck as Major League Baseball makes the turn and heads home toward October:


PENNANT PUSH: All eyes will be on Joe Maddon and his Cubs as they chase their first World Series crown since 1908. They’re in prime position so far — Jake Arrieta, Bryant and Co. hold the biggest lead at the break, up seven games over St. Louis in the NL Central.

The Cubs have never won a title while at Wrigley Field. All those past failures? “That’s something we don’t really discuss very often,” Arrieta said.

Only one division race closer than five games: The AL East, with Baltimore up two on Boston and Toronto. Ortiz got a lot of love this week, but what Big Papi really wants is one more swing in the postseason. The Red Sox begin the second half Friday night in the steamy Bronx.

Quite a scramble is shaping up for wild-card spots — 18 teams are within five games of the slots. World Series MVP Salvador Perez, All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer and the defending champ Royals are hovering at 45-43.

DEAL OR NO DEAL: Will Aroldis Chapman soon be closing somewhere else? Can Jonathan Lucroy catch on with a contender? How about Carlos Gonzalez? Could Drew Pomeranz or Jake Odorizzi be starting a new chapter?

Plenty to track before the Aug. 1 deadline to make trades without waivers. Last year, a lot of big names moved in the final week — Yoenis Cespedes, Johnny Cueto and Troy Tulowitzki, among them.

This year, several elite teams need bullpen help. The Yankees have two of the top targets in Chapman and Andrew Miller. A few more wins might quiet all the trade noise, Miller said.

“We can shut down those rumors, and I think that’s the goal. That’s what need to do. That’s what we should do,” the lefty said.

HEAL OR NO HEAL: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Craig Kimbrel come out of the break on the disabled list, as do Felix Hernandez, Michael Brantley and several Texas pitchers.

How fast the likes of Jordan Zimmermann, Wade Davis, Matt Carpenter and others can effectively come back might determine how far their teams go.

The defending NL champion Mets had already lost captain David Wright and former ace Matt Harvey for the season and power-hitting Lucas Duda for a long time when slugger Yoenis Cespedes and hard-throwing Noah Syndergaard recently got hurt in the same game.

“I don’t want it to sound like woe is me,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, “but woe is us.”

STEP IT UP!: Andrew McCutchen, Prince Fielder and Giancarlo Stanton are among several stars who slumped through the first half. Jose Bautista, Jason Heyward and Dallas Keuchel also have been shaky.

All over the majors, All-Stars who haven’t performed that way get 2½ months to return to form.

A big second half by Justin Upton could propel Detroit in the playoff chase, same for Yordano Ventura in KC and Adam Wainwright in St. Louis.

FLY, BALL, FLY: Giancarlo Stanton is done putting dents in the Western Metal Supply Co. building at Petco Park. Time now for mere mortals to swing away.

Home runs are at a point that rivals the peak of the Steroids Era, but Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t worried that PEDs are juicing performances.

The increase “takes place against the backdrop where Major League Baseball does 22,000 drug tests a year,” he said.

The ball tends to travel when temperatures heat up — former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel used to call this “hittin’ season.”

“It always goes back and forth, and you never know when it’s going to kind of take the swing the other way,” Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said.

DATES TO WATCH: Coming up, Ken Griffey Jr. (in a Mariners cap, not a backward lid) and Mike Piazza (Mets hat) step to the Cooperstown podium for their Hall of Fame induction speeches on July 24.

Later, the Atlanta Braves play for the last time at 20-year-old Turner Field (Oct. 2 vs. Detroit) before moving to a suburban ballpark.

Also in range: Ichiro Suzuki needs 10 hits to reach 3,000 in the majors and Alex Rodriguez is five home runs shy of No. 700.

MLB Roundup: Giants’ Bumgarner loses no-hitter after 7 1/3 innings

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner allowed Arizona’s only hit with one out in the eighth inning and matched a career high with 14 strikeouts to lead the San Francisco Giants over the Diamondbacks 4-0 on Sunday night.

Bumgarner (10-4) retired 25 of the 28 batters he faced, including two double plays, and walked one while going the distance for the third time this season.

Jake Lamb broke up Bumgarner’s bid with a single. Lamb also reached on an error in the fifth when right fielder Gregor Blanco dropped a flyball.

Beyond that, San Francisco’s four-time All-Star was nearly untouchable while notching his fourth career one-hitter.

Archie Bradley (3-5) allowed two runs over six innings.


NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Murphy kept answering the Citi Field boos with booms, hitting his seventh home run this year for Washington against the team that let him go last winter.

Murphy tops the majors with a .348 batting average at the All-Star break, boosted by the damage he has done to the Mets. He homered three times and drove in 10 runs as the NL East leaders took three of four in this series, opening a six-game edge over New York.

Murphy lined a two-run drive off the facing off the upper deck in the first inning. Overall, he is 22 for 52 (.423) with 21 RBIs vs. his old club.

Jose Reyes hit two home runs for the Mets, including a leadoff shot in the first inning. Steven Matz (7-5) fell to 0-4 in his last eight starts.

Gio Gonzalez (5-8) pitched into the sixth as the Nationals beat the Mets for the ninth time in 13 matchups this year.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kris Bryant hit an RBI single in the eighth inning, sending the Cubs to a sorely needed victory.

Pinch hitter Matt Szczur doubled to left field with one out against Tony Watson (1-3). Bryant, who had three hits and reached four times, followed with his tiebreaking hit.

NL Central-leading Chicago stopped a five-game losing streak. Pittsburgh lost for just the second time in 11 games heading to the All-Star break.

Pedro Strop (2-2) got the win and Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 14th save.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer, and the Yankees overcame a shaky outing by Masahiro Tanaka.

New York scored four runs in the second and six in the fifth, moving to .500 (44-44) going into the All-Star break. The Yankees won three of four from the AL Central-leading Indians.

Tanaka took an 11-1 lead into the fifth, but was charged with seven runs (three earned) and fell one out short of qualifying for his seventh win. Nathan Eovaldi (7-6), demoted to the bullpen last week, allowed one hit over the final 4 1/3 innings for his first career win in relief.

Carlos Carrasco (5-3) allowed five runs — one earned — in 3 2/3 innings. Cleveland, which is 3-6 since a franchise-record, 14-game winning streak, committed three errors, leading to eight unearned runs.


BOSTON (AP) — David Price pitched eight innings in his best start with the Red Sox, and David Ortiz hit a two-run homer.

The victory completed a three-game sweep for the Red Sox and handed Tampa Bay its 22nd loss in 25 games.

Price (9-6) struck out 10, allowed four hits, walked one and hit two batters in snapping a personal two-game losing streak. Brad Ziegler, acquired from Arizona after Friday night’s games, finished the four-hitter in his Red Sox debut.

Jake Odorizzi (3-5) got the loss, allowing four runs in five innings.


TORONTO (AP) — All-Star Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer for Toronto, and R.A. Dickey won back-to-back starts for the first time in a month.

Donaldson is the sixth player in American League history to hit at least 20 home runs and score 80 runs or more before the All-Star break.

Dickey (7-9) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time since victories at Boston on June 3 and at Detroit on June 8.

Anibal Sanchez (5-10) lost his second straight start, allowing five runs and eight hits in four innings.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kenta Maeda struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings, leading the Dodgers to the win.

Maeda (8-6) allowed a run on Derek Norris’ homer in the fifth and two hits. He retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced and struck out six straight near the end of his outing.

Adrian Gonzalez homered for Los Angeles, and Howie Kendrick had three hits. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 27th save.

Christian Friedrich (4-5) lost for the fourth time in five starts, giving up three runs and seven hits over five innings. The Padres fell to 18-18 since June 1.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Robinson Cano and Adam Lind homered during Seattle’s five-run seventh inning.

Cano’s two-run shot to deep right field for his 21st homer extended the Mariners’ lead to 5-0. Lind hit a three-run shot a few batters later.

The Royals scored five runs over the final three innings, pulling within three on Alex Gordon’s homer leading off the ninth.

Seattle’s Mike Montgomery (3-3) pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, giving up one run and five hits, in his first start of the season.

Dillion Gee (3-3) picked up the loss for the Royals, giving up three runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Tillman pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy homered and the Orioles beat Tim Lincecum and the Angels.

Adam Jones and Pedro Alvarez had three hits apiece for the Orioles, who improved to 33-14 at home and reached the All-Star break in first place in the AL East with a 51-36 record.

Tillman (12-2) issued a season-high five walks and struck out five. Zach Britton got three outs for his 27th save in 27 opportunities.

Lincecum (1-3) gave up three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Max Kepler hit Minnesota’s first grand slam this season, one of four homers for the Twins.

Minnesota won three of four at Texas after taking the last two games of its home series against the Rangers the previous weekend.

Kepler’s slam came with two outs in the fifth off A.J. Griffin (3-1), putting the Twins up 6-0.

Kennys Vargas, Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier also connected for the Twins, who have won seven of their last nine games but still have the American League’s worst record at 32-56.

Minnesota’s Tommy Milone (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits in five-plus innings.

Despite losing nine of their last 12 games, the Rangers still have the AL’s best record at 54-36.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — St. Louis right-hander Mike Leake struck out a season-high 10 over seven innings, and Matt Adams and Randal Grichuk homered.

Aledmys Diaz scored from first on a single in the fifth to snap a tie, and the Cardinals entered the All-Star break having cut a 12-game deficit to the NL Central-leading Cubs to seven.

Adams snapped an 0-for-27 skid with a leadoff drive in the second. That ended a 16 1/3-inning scoreless streak for rookie Junior Guerra (6-2).

Leake (6-7) allowed six hits in his first win since June 12.


CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Foltynewicz struck out a career-high 10 in seven innings, leading Atlanta to the victory.

Foltynewicz (3-3), who grew up in the far southwest suburbs of Chicago, allowed five hits and walked none. He struck out the side in the seventh on 12 pitches.

Jeff Francoeur and Jace Peterson homered for Atlanta, which finished with six hits. Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his second save.

White Sox starter James Shields (4-10) allowed six hits, including both homers, in 7 2/3 innings. Jose Abreu had three of Chicago’s six hits.


HOUSTON (AP) — Jake Marisnick scored the winning run on an errant throw in the 10th inning, helping the Astros rally for the win.

Marisnick led off the 10th with a single off Liam Hendricks (0-2). He stole second on George Springer’s strikeout before reaching third on a groundout by Marwin Gonzalez.

After Jose Altuve was intentionally walked, Marisnick scored on Carlos Correa’s chopper to third that Danny Valencia threw up the line to first as Yonder Alonso’s attempted tag missed Correa. It was the A’s fourth error of the game.

Will Harris (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.


MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton’s 20th homer helped the Marlins complete their first series sweep of Cincinnati since 2003.

Stanton, who will compete Monday in the All-Star Home Run Derby, was batting .193 on June 15, but he goes into the break with an average of .233 and 50 RBIs. His two-run homer in the fifth gave Miami a 4-3 lead.

Thanks to three consecutive wins over last-place Cincinnati, the Marlins (47-41) have their best record at the All-Star break since 1997. The Reds were swept in Miami for the first time since 1996.

Miami’s Mike Dunn (1-1) pitched a perfect fifth to break the franchise record for career pitching appearances with his 369th.

Cincinnati rookie Cody Reed (0-4) allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings to remain winless in five career starts.


DENVER (AP) — Maikel Franco and Cameron Rupp hit long home runs for Philadelphia, and rookie Zach Eflin got his second big league win.

The Phillies have won 10 of 13 games. Rupp tied his career high with four RBIs, including a two-run homer that traveled 465 feet in the seventh inning. Franco added a three-run shot in the eighth that went 471 feet.

Eflin (2-2) allowed two runs in six innings.

Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood (8-5) gave up four runs in five innings.

MLB Roundup: Cespedes, Syndergaard leave Mets’ loss to Nats with injuries

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NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Strasburg stayed undefeated, winning a marquee pitching matchup against an ailing Noah Syndergaard by tossing seven innings of two-hit ball Friday night that sent the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 victory over the banged-up New York Mets.

Clint Robinson hit a two-run homer for the Nationals, going deep for the second consecutive night, and Daniel Murphy added an RBI double against his former team. Strasburg (12-0) struck out nine and became the first National League pitcher in 104 years to win his first 12 decisions in a season.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save, helping Washington extend its NL East lead to four games over the Mets after dropping the opener of the four-game series Thursday night.

Syndergaard (9-4) and slugger Yoenis Cespedes left early with injuries — hours after New York announced that struggling pitcher Matt Harvey will have season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen had three hits, including an RBI single during Pittsburgh’s four-run seventh inning, and the Pirates rallied for a rare victory over Jake Arrieta and the Cubs.

John Jaso’s RBI single tied it at 4 and chased Arrieta (12-4), who had beaten the Pirates in all three previous starts this season and entered with a 9-1 career record against them. The Cubs had won eight of the first nine meetings with Pittsburgh this year.

Josh Bell then scored the go-ahead run from second base when first baseman Anthony Rizzo fielded Gregory Polanco’s ground ball and threw wildly to reliever Travis Wood covering first. McCutchen followed with his RBI single and Starling Marte drove in the inning’s final run with a grounder.

Neftali Feliz (3-0) pitched an inning for the win and Mark Melancon got the final out for his 27th save.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Napoli hit one of five Cleveland home runs, a 462-foot drive that nearly hit the scoreboard in left field.

Napoli’s two-run homer in the third inning landed near the top of the bleachers for his 18th of the season.

Cleveland’s five home runs marked a season high, with three coming in the first inning. Jason Kipnis homered twice, and Carlos Santana and Lonnie Chisenhall also connected.

All-Star Corey Kluber (9-8) pitched eight innings for the win. Yankees rookie Chad Green (1-2) was charged with seven runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Brian McCann homered in the sixth for the Yankees, who are 3-5 on a 10-game trip going into the All-Star break.


CHICAGO (AP) — Freddie Freeman, Tyler Flowers and Nick Markakis homered against All-Star Chris Sale, leading the Braves to the road win.

Chicago turned its third triple play this season in the third — the only inning Atlanta didn’t score against Sale (14-3) in his five innings. The White Sox ace, bidding to become the majors’ first 15-game winner, allowed 10 hits — including a career-worst seven for extra bases — and a season-high eight runs.

Todd Frazier hit his 24th homer and Adam Eaton also connected against Atlanta starter Matt Wisler (4-8), who gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings but got his first win since June 16.


TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ and two relievers combined on a seven-hitter, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer and the Blue Jays extended their season-high winning streak to seven games.

In his final start before the All-Star break, Happ (12-3) matched his career high in wins. He struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings.

Tigers right-hander Mike Pelfrey (2-8) allowed one run and six hits in six innings. He has won just once in seven starts.

Detroit has lost four of five.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus had RBI triples, and the Rangers overcame a lackluster performance for All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels.

Texas twice blew two-run leads before finally going ahead for good in the sixth. Nomar Mazara had a leadoff double against Ryan Pressly (2-5) before Andrus tripled and scored the go-ahead run on Bobby Wilson’s sacrifice fly.

Tony Barnette (6-3) threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Hamels, who matched a career high with six walks while throwing 109 pitches to get through 4 1/3 innings. Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his 18th save.

Miguel Sano hit a three-run homer for Minnesota, which has the AL’s worst record at 30-56.


BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz hit his 21st homer, powering Boston to its fourth win in five games.

Ortiz’s homer — the 524th of his career — tied him with Jimmie Foxx for seventh-most in American League history. Robbie Ross, Jr. (1-1) got the victory, and Koji Uehara picked up his third save.

Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer (4-12) took the loss, surrendering five runs and seven hits in six innings.

Evan Longoria had four hits and a home run for the Rays, who have lost four straight and 20 of 23.


MIAMI (AP) — Jose Fernandez pitched seven sharp innings to help Miami to the win.

Christian Yelich homered and drove in two runs and Derek Dietrich also knocked in a run for the Marlins, who returned home after a 3-6 road trip.

Fernandez (11-4) allowed an unearned run and six hits. A.J. Ramos worked the ninth for his 26th save in 27 chances.

Dan Straily (4-6) gave up three runs and six hits in six innings for the Reds.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Daniel Nava had two RBIs and made a spectacular catch to help the Angels earn their fourth straight victory.

Mike Trout scored three runs for the Angels, who built an 8-1 lead in the fourth inning against the AL East leaders. The four-game winning streak matches a season high for Los Angeles.

The victory came at a cost. First baseman C.J. Cron — who has 11 homers and 50 RBIs — fractured a bone in his left hand when hit by a pitch from Mike Wright in the sixth inning. He will see a specialist Monday, the team said.

Matt Shoemaker (4-9) allowed three runs and five hits in five-plus innings to earn his first win since May 27. Baltimore’s Ubaldo Jimenez (5-9) gave up five runs in 1 1/3 innings.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Villar hit a game-ending RBI single with two out in the ninth, lifting Milwaukee to the win.

Villar’s hit, off Seung Hwan Oh, got past diving third baseman Greg Garcia. Left fielder Tommy Pham’s throw to the plate was on line and Yadier Molina slapped a quick tag on Kirk Nieuwenhuis as he slid. The home plate umpire ruled Nieuwenhuis safe, leading to an argument from Molina.

The call was confirmed after a brief review.

Chris Carter homered twice for Milwaukee, and Jonathan Lucroy also went deep. Jeremy Jeffress (2-4) got the win in relief.

Nieuwenhuis led off the ninth with a walk off Trevor Rosenthal (2-4). He moved to second on a sacrifice by Hernan Perez.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma pitched into the seventh inning, and Seattle scored the go-ahead runs on Yordano Ventura’s wild pitch.

Iwakuma (9-6) allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings. Steve Cishek, who blew a save opportunity in the series opener, allowed Salvador Perez’s homer in the ninth inning before finishing for his 21st save.

Ventura (6-6) was charged with three runs and six hits in seven innings.

Ventura’s wild pitch allowed Seth Smith to score in the sixth. Perez threw the ball away trying to get him out at the plate, allowing Robinson Cano to score — the star catcher was given an error on the play.


HOUSTON (AP) — Luis Valbuena hit a game-ending, three-run homer, lifting Houston to a wild win.

The Athletics took the lead with a five-run ninth inning before the Astros rallied in the bottom half.

Jose Altuve singled with one out. Carlos Correa struck out, but reached on a wild pitch before Valbuena connected against Ryan Madson (3-3).

Michael Feliz (6-1) got the win.

Yonder Alonso and Marcus Semien homered for Oakland, which finished with 14 hits.


DENVER (AP) — Pinch hitter Tommy Joseph connected for a three-run homer in the seventh inning, leading Philadelphia to the road win.

Vince Velasquez (8-2) allowed two runs over six innings and won his third straight start. He struck out six and walked two.

The Phillies snapped a five-game losing streak to the Rockies and have won eight of their last 10 overall.

Rockies starter Jon Gray left the game with a 2-0 lead and runners on the corners with one out in the seventh. The Phillies put up four runs in their next two at-bats off Jake McGee (0-3).

Jeanmar Gomez got four outs for his 24th save.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasmani Grandal homered three times to drive in six runs, Justin Turner and Howie Kendrick added solo shots and Los Angeles snapped a three-game skid.

The teams combined for 28 hits and seven homers, including two by San Diego’s Melvin Upton Jr.

Both starters struggled mightily before leaving early. San Diego’s Andrew Cashner gave up a career-high eight runs, while Los Angeles’ Scott Kazmir labored through a 31-pitch, 27-minute first inning in a game that lasted 3 hours, 45 minutes.

Grandal had the first three-homer game of his career against his former team. He singled in the eighth, giving him a career-high five hits.

Pedro Baez (2-2) got the win in relief, allowing one hit in 2 2/3 innings.

Cashner (3-7) lasted just 2 2/3 innings, giving up eight hits, including four homers, while striking out two and walking three.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford drove in three runs and came within a triple of hitting for the cycle and Jeff Samardzija overcame a shaky first inning to get the win for San Francisco.

Brandon Belt walked four times and scored for the Giants after earlier in the day being voted by fans to fill the final spot on the NL roster for next week’s All-Star Game.

Crawford homered, singled, walked and doubled. He hit his ninth home run of the season off Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin (4-7) in the second.

Jean Segura homered leading off the game for Arizona.

Samardzija (9-5) walked three and struck out six in 6 1/3 innings to win for the first time in four starts.The right-hander gave up two runs, both in the first inning. Three relievers completed the seven-hitter.

MLB Roundup: Giants have majors’ best record after Cueto beats Rockies

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Johnny Cueto pitched a five-hitter to become the NL’s first 13-game winner, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 5-1 on Wednesday night to move atop the major league standings.

San Francisco (54-33) passed the Chicago Cubs (52-32), who lost to the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the day.

Voted to the All-Star Game for the second time and a candidate to start in next week’s Midsummer Classic, Cueto (13-1) allowed one run on seven hits with eight strikeouts and one walk while going the distance for the fourth time this season. The performance gave San Francisco’s slumping bullpen a much-need break.

Cueto also became the first Giants pitcher since John Burkett in 1993 to win 13 games before the All-Star break.

Posey struck out looking with a runner on third in the first inning before hitting his 11th home run of the season off Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (5-7) in the sixth.


CHICAGO (AP) — Tucker Barnhart hit a go-ahead, three-run homer off Trevor Cahill in the seventh inning, and Cincinnati gave Chicago its 12th loss in 17 games.

A day after having seven players selected for next week’s All-Star Game, the Cubs lost to the last-place Reds for the second time in three days and dropped below the San Francisco Giants for the majors’ best record.

Chicago led 3-1 when Brandon Phillips and Jose Peraza hit consecutive one-out singles against Cahill (1-3) and Barnhart sent a 2-2 sinker into the basket in center field for his third home run this year.

Anthony DeSclafani (3-0) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jonathan Schoop doubled in the go-ahead runs with two outs in the 14th inning, lifting Baltimore over Los Angeles in a game that included a stadium-record 36 strikeouts.

Mychal Givens (6-1) got the win. Zach Britton got his 25th save in as many chances.

Mark Trumbo hit two leadoff home runs for the Orioles, who took two out of three to win the interleague series.

Chris Hatcher (5-4) got the loss.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Nick Castellanos had three hits, including a three-run homer, and tied his career high with five RBIs to lead Detroit and stop Cleveland’s home winning streak at 13.

Rookie Michael Fulmer (9-2) allowed two runs — one earned — and five hits in six innings, improving to 7-1 with a 0.63 ERA in his last nine starts.

Josh Tomlin (9-2) retired his first nine batters, then gave up hits to four of his next five and lost for the first time since May 30. He allowed eight runs, tying his big league high, and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jung Ho Kang drove in two key runs with a seventh-inning double a day after Chicago police said they were investigating an allegation of sexual assault against the infielder, and Pittsburgh got its sixth straight comeback win.

Pittsburgh has won seven consecutive overall and leapfrogged St. Louis for second place in the NL Central. It got homers from David Freese and Sean Rodriguez, and Kang’s double off Jonathan Broxton (1-1) put the Pirates up 6-5 after they trailed 5-1.

Kang has not been charged, and Major League Baseball said in a statement it would “respond fully as additional facts emerge.”

Pirates relievers combined for five scoreless innings. A.J. Schugel (2-2) got the win and Mark Melancon picked up his 26th save.

Cardinals All-Star infielder Matt Carpenter left in the third inning with a right oblique injury after swinging awkwardly.


BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz reached 20 homers for the 15th consecutive season and drove in three runs, and Steven Wright pitched efficiently into the seventh inning.

Wright (10-5) gave up six runs — five earned — and was pulled after Ian Desmond’s two-run triple with no outs in the seventh. The 31-year-old knuckleballer was voted an All-Star for the first time in his career.

Texas starter Martin Perez (7-5) was tagged for 11 runs.


HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Gomez had three RBIs and finished a home run shy of the cycle and Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning to help Houston sweep Seattle.

The game was tied at 7 with one on and one out when Valbuena launched a towering shot off Edwin Diaz (0-2) to the second deck in right field for his second straight game with a homer.

Ken Giles (1-3) struck out two in a scoreless eighth for the win. Luke Gregerson allowed an RBI double to Robinson Cano with one out in the ninth before striking out Dae-Ho Lee with the bases loaded for his 14th save.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper hit the first of Washington’s three home runs, and the Nationals returned to form.

After watching Washington score a combined two runs in the first two games of the series, manager Dusty Baker said before the finale, “We’re operating at a low energy level right now.”

Harper remedied that with a three-run shot in the first inning, the Nationals’ first long ball in three games. Ryan Zimmerman chased Brewers starter Matt Garza (1-2) with a two-run drive in the fifth for a 7-4 lead.

Tanner Roark (8-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in seven innings for the Nationals.


NEW YORK (AP) — Wilmer Flores homered twice and Jacob deGrom pitched seven strong innings for New York.

Giancarlo Stanton went deep twice for the second consecutive day to reach 200 homers.

Following a 26-pitch first inning, deGrom (5-4) settled in and won his second straight start after going winless in his previous 10.

Left-hander Justin Nicolino (2-5) fell to 0-5 in his last 10 major league starts.


TORONTO (AP) — Michael Saunders hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and singled home the winning run in the eighth as Toronto completed a three-game sweep.

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-out double off Kelvin Herrera (1-2) in the eighth and scored when Saunders lined a single to center.

Marcus Stroman (7-4) pitched eight innings to win for the first time in four starts. Roberto Osuna finished for his 17th save.


CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Gonzalez pitched five-hit ball over seven innings for Chicago.

Gonzalez (2-4) matched his longest outing of the season and shut down New York after it pounded out a season-high 20 hits in Tuesday’s 9-0 romp.

Tim Anderson capped a four-run second with a two-run double off Michael Pineda (3-8), and the White Sox won for the sixth time in eight games.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — All-Star Mike Trout homered and Jered Weaver pitched six innings of one-run ball for Los Angeles.

With his 100th hit, Trout became the first player to collect 100 hits and 15 home runs before the All-Star break four times before his age-25 season. Miguel Cabrera and Jimmy Foxx are the only other players to have accomplished the feat three times.

Weaver (7-7) struck out five for the Angels, giving up four hits, including Logan Forsythe’s seventh home run.

Drew Smyly (2-10) gave up seven runs, four earned, on eight hits in four innings.


PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Schimpf homered twice, Yangervis Solarte drove in five runs, three on a homer, and San Diego beat Arizona.

Shelby Miller (2-9) allowed six runs in five innings.

Jose Dominguez (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief of starter Colin Rea to get the win.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning to lift Philadelphia.

Maikel Franco hit a homer for the fourth straight game. Galvis lined a 2-2 pitch off Arodys Vizcaino (1-4) into the seats in right after Franco had started the inning with a walk.

Hector Neris (3-3) got the win despite allowing a go-ahead run in the top of the eighth. Jeanmar Gomez finished for his 23rd save in 25 tries.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ervin Santana struck out eight and walked none in a two-hitter for Minnesota.

Santana (3-7) pitched his eighth shutout and 15th complete game, helping the Twins take two of three from the A’s.

Sonny Gray (3-8) gave up one run, six hits and four walks in six innings, losing his seventh straight decision, the longest active skid in the American League.

MLB Roundup: Tigers lose 10th straight game against Indians, 5-3

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NEW YORK (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning, and the New York Mets overcame a six-run deficit to beat the Miami Marlins 8-6 Monday for their fifth straight win.

Miami took a 6-0 lead against Matt Harvey, who lasted 3 2/3 innings. But the Mets scored in every inning from the fourth through the eighth and overcame two calls that originally went their way but were overturned upon video review.

With the score 6-all, d’Arnaud reached on an infield single to start the eighth against Fernando Rodney (0-2), who was acquired from San Diego last week and had allowed just one earned run this season. Pinch-hitter Juan Lagares sacrificed and Neil Walker drew a walk before Cespedes lined the ball into right-center for his second double and third hit of the game.

Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 29th save, converting his 45th consecutive regular-season opportunity dating to last August.

Travis d’Arnaud and Curtis Granderson started the comeback with solo homers off Tom Koehler.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Napoli hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Indians remained perfect in 10 games against the Tigers this season.

Napoli hit an 0-1 pitch from Bruce Rondon (2-1) into the left-field bleachers, helping the Indians to their 12th straight win at home.

Jeff Manship (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 18th save. The game ended when Jose Iglesias bounced into a double play. Iglesias was called safe at first, but it was reversed after a replay review.

Cleveland has outscored Detroit 65-23 this season and the Indians now lead the Tigers by 6 1/2 games in the AL Central. The win also ended Cleveland ‘s two-game skid that followed a franchise-record 14-game winning streak.

Nick Castellanos and Steven Moya homered for Detroit, which had won six straight.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Angel Pagan hit a two-run homer and Buster Posey also connected to back Jake Peavy as San Francisco beat Colorado.

Peavy (5-7) struck out six over 6 2/3 innings to bounce back from his third-shortest outing of the season. He left to a standing ovation and tipped his cap while exiting in the seventh after a two-out single by pinch-hitter Cristhian Adames. Giants right fielder Mac Williamson made a beautiful diving catch to start the inning.

Nolan Arenado hit two doubles, but the run-starved Rockies lost its sixth straight game and fourth in a row held to one or fewer runs.

Colorado loaded the bases in the second on Ryan Raburn’s one-out double, a single by Mark Reynolds and Nick Hundley’s walk before Peavy was called for a balk to force in the game’s first run.

Tyler Anderson (0-3) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gregory Polanco homered twice and Jonathon Niese turned in his best start in almost a month to help Pittsburgh win its fifth straight — all on the road.

Polanco’s two-run homer in the sixth inning off Carlos Martinez (7-6) put the Pirates ahead to stay 2-1. He added a solo shot in the eighth for the first two-homer game of his career.

Niese (7-6), who had given up at least four earned runs in each of his previous four starts, allowed just one run on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings.

Pirates relievers Arquimedes Caminero, Juan Nicasio and Neftali Feliz combined to allow one run over the final 3 1/3 innings. Feliz picked up his first save of the season despite giving up a run-scoring double to Matt Carpenter in the ninth.

St. Louis had a three-game winning streak snapped.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jerad Eickhoff pitched neatly into the eighth inning, and Odubel Herrera and Maikel Franco each hit a two-run homer as Philadelphia beat Atlanta.

Eickhoff (6-9) gave up two runs and five hits, striking out eight in 7 2/3 innings to win for the fourth time in five decisions.

After sweeping three games in Arizona and taking two of three from the defending World Series champion Royals, the Phillies didn’t let up against the worst team in the NL.

They jumped on Joel De La Cruz (0-2) in the second inning. Six extra-base hits led to a season-high seven runs in the inning.

Cameron Rupp and Tommy Joseph hit doubles. Cesar Hernandez ripped an RBI triple. Herrera hit one out to deep right-center for his 10th homer. After Peter Bourjos hit a double, Franco hit his 15th homer to left-center to make it 7-1.


CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant hit his 24th home run before leaving with a bruised leg, Willson Contreras and Addison Russell also went deep, and Chicago pounded struggling Cincinnati.

Playing the NL Central’s last-place team was just what the major league-leading Cubs needed after getting outscored 32-11 in a four-game sweep by the Mets in New York.

Contreras capped a three-run second with a solo drive off Cody Reed (0-3) that made it 6-0. Russell drove in three runs and scored two.

Kyle Hendricks (7-6) gave up an unearned run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Cubs started a four-game homestand on a winning note after going 4-7 on their longest trip of the season.

The Reds lost for the 11th time in 13 games.


TORONTO (AP) — Aaron Sanchez pitched eight innings to win his eighth straight decision, and Josh Donaldson and Darwin Barney each hit a two-run single in a four-run seventh inning to send Toronto past Kansas City.

Troy Tulowitzki had two hits as the Blue Jays won a rematch of last year’s AL Championship Series, which Kansas City took in six games.

Sanchez (9-1) has not lost since April 22 against Oakland. He allowed one run and three hits while matching the longest start of his career.

Edinson Volquez (7-8) left after loading the bases with no outs in the seventh. Kendrys Morales and Eric Hosmer homered for the Royals.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Junior Guerra outpitched Max Scherzer, Martin Maldonado homered and Milwaukee defeated Washington to snap a four-game losing streak.

Guerra (6-1) allowed two hits in 7 1/3 innings while striking out seven and walking two. The 31-year-old rookie threw eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball in his previous start and has won three straight.

Maldonado gave the Brewers the lead in the fifth with his third homer of the season. Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.

Scherzer (9-6) threw 114 pitches in six innings. He gave up four hits and struck out seven.


BOSTON (AP) — Brock Holt hit a two-run homer and Sandy Leon had four hits, including three of Boston’s season-high nine doubles against Texas.

Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer, and Travis Shaw and Dustin Pedroia each added a solo shot as the Red Sox banged out 13 extra-base hits.

David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez each had two doubles. The Red Sox had a season-high 21 hits to win their second straight after a 21-2 rout by the Angels.

Rougned Odor hit a solo homer and two-run single for the Rangers, who have lost five of six.

Rick Porcello (10-2) overcame a four-run first inning and improved to 7-0 at Fenway Park this season. He allowed 12 hits in six innings.

Nick Martinez (1-2) gave up six runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.


HOUSTON (AP) — Lance McCullers struck out 10 in seven strong innings and George Springer homered for the second straight day to lift Houston over Seattle.

McCullers (4-2), who missed his previous turn with a blister on his right index finger, allowed five hits and one run while matching his season high for strikeouts. Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect eighth and Will Harris did the same in the ninth for his eighth save.

Springer doubled and scored in the first inning. There were two outs in the fifth when he launched his 19th home run to make it 2-1.

Wade Miley (6-5) yielded seven hits and two runs in 6 2/3 innings for his third straight loss. The Mariners had won four straight.


CHICAGO (AP) — Tim Anderson and Dioner Navarro each hit a two-run homer off CC Sabathia, helping James Shields and the Chicago White Sox beat New York.

Chicago had a string of 15 consecutive solo shots, matching a franchise record, before Anderson connected in the third inning to tie it at 2. Brett Lawrie hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the fifth before Navarro belted his fifth homer.

Navarro has seven RBIs in the last three games — all wins for the resurgent White Sox. Todd Frazier went 3 for 3 with two walks for Chicago, which has won five of six and 10 of 14.

Chase Headley hit a two-run homer for New York, which has lost three of four. Starlin Castro went 4 for 4 with two doubles in his first game in Chicago since the Yankees acquired him in a December trade with the Cubs.

New York was 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position, and shortstop Didi Gregorius made three errors.

Sabathia (5-6) struck out nine in six innings, but allowed five runs and eight hits. The big left-hander is winless in his last three outings with an 8.31 ERA.

Shields (4-9) got his second straight win after a long slump that started with San Diego and carried over to Chicago after he was acquired in a trade a month ago.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Logan Morrison homered and drove in two runs to help struggling Tampa Bay end a four-game losing streak with a victory over Los Angeles.

Matt Moore (5-5) allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings, improving to 4-0 in his career against Los Angeles and handing the slumping Angels their 12th loss in 14 games.

Morrison hit a solo homer off starter Nick Tropeano and gave the Rays the lead for good with an RBI single against Fernando Salas (3-6). Brad Miller also homered for the last-place Rays, who won for the third time in 19 games.

Jefry Marte homered off Moore before leaving in the sixth with a bruised left knee.

Ryan Garton got two outs for his first major league save.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Coco Crisp snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single, and Oakland stopped a four-game skid by beating Minnesota.

Kendall Graveman (4-6) halted a recent slide by the A’s rotation. He allowed three hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings.

Stephen Vogt’s RBI single evened the score at 1 in the seventh against Twins starter Ricky Nolasco (3-7), and Crisp gave Oakland the lead four batters later.

The Twins managed only four hits. That included a two-out triple by Eddie Rosario in the ninth, but Ryan Madson recovered to earn his 16th save in 19 attempts.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager tripled and scored the tiebreaking run on Justin Turner’s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to lead the Dodgers to their fifth straight victory, over the slumping Orioles.

Chase Utley had three hits and drove in two runs for the Dodgers, who have won 10 straight at home after rallying to claim the opener in just Baltimore’s second regular-season trip to Dodger Stadium.

Yasiel Puig and Yasmani Grandal hit back-to-back homers in the second inning for the Dodgers.

J.J. Hardy and Joey Rickard drove in two runs apiece for the AL East-leading Orioles, who have lost five straight after a four-game sweep in Seattle.

Joe Blanton (4-2) pitched the seventh, and Kenley Jansen finished for his 25th save in 28 chances.


PHOENIX (AP) — Derek Norris drove in three runs with a home run and a double before leaving with an injury and the Padres handed the Diamondbacks yet another home loss.

The Padres’ Yangervis Solarte added a two-run homer and Luis Perdomo (3-3) pitched six solid innings to get the victory. The 23-year-old right-hander, in his sixth start, allowed three runs on nine hits, striking out five with no walks. He pitched to one batter in the seventh.

Norris, the team’s catcher, left in the eighth inning when he was struck in the arm by a bat on the follow-through by hitter Brandon Drury.

Norris’ two-run homer off Archie Bradley (3-4) in the sixth put the Padres up for good. Bradley, starting in place of injured Zack Greinke, went six innings, giving up five runs.

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Sat, Aug 27, 2016
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Sat, Aug 27, 2016
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