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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Nationals clinched their third National League East title in five years, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1 Saturday night behind 5 1/3 scoreless innings from rookie reliever Reynaldo Lopez.
Stephen Drew’s two-run single capped a three-run first inning for the Nationals, who return to the postseason after a one-year absence. Their win ensured a playoff berth, and they won the division about 20 minutes later when the second-place New York Mets lost to Philadelphia.
Lopez (4-3) came on to the start the bottom of the fourth inning with a 6-1 lead and allowed three hits while striking out five and walking one.
Ivan Nova (12-8) lost his second straight outing after a 5-0 start with Pittsburgh, giving up six runs — three earned — and eight hits in four innings.
RED SOX 6, RAYS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Pedroia hit his fourth career grand slam to help Rick Porcello get his major league-leading 22nd win, and Boston clinched a playoff berth by extending its winning streak to 10 — the team’s longest in September since 1949.
Boston maintained a 5½-game lead over Toronto for the division title and ensured no worse than the AL’s second wild card.
Pedroia stopped an 0-for-17 skid with a single in the sixth and gave Boston a 6-3 lead with a seventh-inning drive off Danny Farquhar.
Porcello (22-4) gave up three runs, eight hits and struck out nine over 6 1/3 innings, and Craig Kimbrel reached 30 saves for the sixth straight season. Ryan Garton (1-2) was the loser.
BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 0
TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer off Tyler Clippard (3-5) in the eighth inning, reaching 30 homers for the seventh straight season.
New York has been shut out in three straight games for the first time July 27-28, 1975. The Yankees have lost 10 of 13 following a seven-game winning streak and likely will miss the playoffs for the third time in four years.
Jason Grilli (7-5) struck out Billy Butler in the eighth to strand a runner at third, and Roberto Osuna completed a three-hitter for his 35th save.
PHILLIES 10, METS 8
NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets fell behind 10-0 by the fourth inning, then fell short of what would have been the largest comeback victory in team history.
New York dropped into a tie with San Francisco for the two NL wild cards. St. Louis trails by a half-game.
Philadelphia’s Maikel Franco and Darin Ruf each hit long a home run for the second consecutive night as Philadelphia built its lead.
Sean Gilmartin (0-1) fell behind 3-0 after 12 pitches and left having allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Jay Bruce hit his first career pinch-hit home run with one out in the ninth. The Mets put two on before Michael Mariot got his second save by retiring Lucas Duda on a popup and Travis d’Arnaud on a comebacker.
Alec Asher (2-0) allowed four unearned runs over five innings.
DODGERS 14, ROCKIES 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw scattered three hits over seven scoreless innings, Josh Reddick slugged a grand slam in the seventh and Los Angeles moved within a game of clinching its fourth consecutive NL West title.
The Dodgers can wrap up the title Sunday in Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully’s final home game before he retires next weekend.
Kershaw (12-3) struck out six and walked none to improve to 8-1 at home.
Chad Bettis (13-8) gave up seven runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out three and walked four.
GIANTS 9, PADRES 6, 10 INNINGS
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Francisco blew a six-run lead before scoring three times in the 10th inning, including a two-run home run by Denard Span, to beat San Diego and pull even with the New York Mets atop the NL wild-card standings.
Angel Pagan scored the go-ahead run on a fielding error by rookie right fielder Hunter Renfroe with one out in the 10th, followed by Span’s 11th homer, off Kevin Quackenbush (7-7).
Will Smith (2-4) pitched one-third of an inning for the win. Sergio Romo got his third save.
ROYALS 7, TIGERS 4
DETROIT (AP) — Paulo Orlando hit a tying, two-run double and Eric Hosmer followed with a three-run homer against Francisco Rodriguez (3-4), capping a comeback from a 4-2 deficit in the ninth.
Wade Davis (2-1) pitched a one-hit eighth and Kelvin Herrera, Kansas City’s seventh pitcher, got three straight outs for his 12th save.
Detroit’s five-game winning streak was stopped and the World Series champion Royals ended a four-game skid.
CARDINALS 10, CUBS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Yadier Molina drove in four runs and Stephen Piscotty homered to help St. Louis in its wild-card chase. Randal Grichuk added three RBIs and Jhonny Peralta had three hits.
Jason Hammel (15-10) allowed six runs and six hits while getting just seven outs, hurting his bid for a postseason rotation spot.
Alex Reyes (4-1) needed 115 pitches to get through five innings but settled down after a tough start to allow three runs and six hits.
RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The lone veteran in the lineup a day after Texas won another AL West title, Elvis Andrus hit a pair of two-run homers.
Yu Darvish (6-5) had all the run support he needed on a couple of big swings from Andrus, who had his first career multi-homer game. Robinson Chirinos added an RBI double in the ninth for Texas (92-63), which moved 29 games above .500 for the first time since exactly four years ago on Sept. 24, 2012.
A’s rookie Raul Alcantara (1-2) struck out six with one walk over six innings. He allowed four runs on seven hits.
ORIOLES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Trumbo connected for his league-leading 45th homer and Trey Mancini hit his third homer in nine major league at-bats,
Baltimore pulled a half-game ahead of the Tigers for the AL’s second wild card and trail the Toronto Blue Jays by 1 1/2 games for the top spot.
Wade Miley (9-13) allowed one run and seven hits and tied a career high with 11 strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings to beat Robbie Ray (8-14).
WHITE SOX 8, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu hit RBI singles in the first off Cody Anderson (2-5), and Todd Frazier connected for his 39th homer in the sixth as Chicago stopped a six-game losing streak.
Joel Quintana (13-11) gave up one run in six innings and beat Cleveland for the second time in 11 days. The Indians’ magic number is two for clinching the AL Central.
MARLINS 6, BRAVES 4
MIAMI (AP) — Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer, helping stop Atlanta’s season-high seven-game winning streak.
Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 28 games in the first inning and has reached base in 44 straight. He also hit a solo home run in the sixth, his 32nd.
Brian Ellington (4-2) earned the win in relief and A.J. Ramos got his 39th save. Five days after getting his first big league win, Aaron Blair (1-7) allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings.
ANGELS 10, ASTROS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Kole Calhoun had three hits and two RBIs, and Los Angeles scored nine runs in the final two innings. Houston fell to three games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.
Albert Pujols, Mike Trout and C.J. Cron each added two RBIs for the Angels.
Jose Valdez (2-3) allowed two runs in the seventh for the win, and Luke Gregerson (4-2) took the loss.
TWINS 3, MARINERS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano hit a tiebreaking homer in the fourth inning off Ariel Miranda (5-2) and Tyler Duffey (9-11) gave up four runs and four hits in seven innings. Seattle is 2½ games back for the second AL wild card.
Sano’s 24th homer followed Nelson Cruz’s tying two-run shot for Seattle in the top of the fourth. Cruz’s homer reached the third deck in left field for what was estimated by MLB’s Statcast as 493 feet, the second-longest home run in the majors this season behind a 504-foot strike by Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton in Colorado’s Coors Field.
Jorge Polanco had a solo home run for Minnesota, which snapped a seven-game losing streak.
REDS 6, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Dan Straily (14-8) allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, and Joey Votto hit a two-run homer in the first off Taylor Jungmann (0-5). Straily is 3-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four starts against Milwaukee this year.
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers secured their second straight AL West title, becoming the first American League team to clinch a playoff spot with a 3-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.
Beltre’s homer came during a three-run seventh after Oakland starter Kendall Graveman (10-11) pitched six perfect innings. Texas got its first baserunner when Carlos Gomez beat out an infield hit to lead off the seventh against Graveman.
This is Texas’ eighth AL West title and fourth since 2010.
All-Star left-hander Cole Hamels (15-5), acquired prior to last year’s non-waiver trade deadline, pitched the division-clinching game for the second year in a row. Last year, he threw a three-hitter in the last game of the regular season to beat the Los Angeles Angels.
Rangers closer Sam Dyson got pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso to hit into a fielder’s choice for the last out to record his 36th save.
RED SOX 2, RAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Boston’s clubhouse was buzzing about David Ortiz’s high-and-deep homer in the first inning, a drive that provided the winning margin as the Red Sox moved close to a postseason berth in the slugger’s final season.
Ortiz hit a two-run shot to set the RBIs record for a player in his final year, and the AL East-leading Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Friday night for their ninth straight win.
“It’s not all about the distance,” Ortiz said after the 411-foot drive. “It’s about scoring runs and make sure we put us in position to win the game.”
Ortiz’s 37th homer came off Chris Archer (8-19) and raised his RBIs total to 124, one more than Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1920. The 40-year-old’s 540th homer, his 300th on the road, struck an overhanging catwalk above the right-field seats.
“I’m used to the ball going over the fence but that far, I don’t think you really ever get used to that,” teammate Mookie Betts said. “He’s just doing what he always does.”
When asked if he’s thinking about 40 homers, Ortiz said with a laugh “I’m 40.”
Coming off four-game sweeps of the New York Yankees and Baltimore, the Red Sox have a 5½-game lead over second-place Toronto in the AL East. They lowered their magic number to two for clinching a playoff berth.
Drew Pomeranz (3-5) allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Brad Ziegler, the fifth Boston reliever, got his fourth save after allowing a leadoff double in the ninth to Evan Longoria.
Red Sox set-up man Koji Uehara and closer Craig Kimbrel were both given the night off after extensive use recently.
Archer set a Tampa Bay record for losses in a season, breaking the mark Tanyon Sturtze set in 2002. He has lost 11 straight decisions against Boston since beating the Red Sox in his first career start against them on Sept. 19, 2012.
“It stinks whenever you’re on the mound for so many team losses,” Archer said.
Ortiz appeared to have his 524th double with the Red Sox, which would have moved him within one of tying Ted Williams for second on the franchise list, but was called out at second base in the seventh after Tampa Bay challenged the original safe call. He was credited with a single.
Mikie Mahtook hit a solo homer in the second for the Rays.
CUBS 5, CARDINALS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta struck out 10 in seven innings and Chicago beat St. Louis for its 98th victory, the Cubs’ most since they last played in the World Series in 1945.
Arrieta (18-7) allowed five hits and walked one, Anthony Rizzo had three hits and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs to help the Cubs (98-55) tie a team record with their 56th home win. They clinched home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
Chicago scored four runs in the first inning off Mike Leake (9-11).
Pedro Strop came off the disabled list to work the eighth, and Travis Wood and Carl Edwards Jr. finished the five-hitter. Rizzo, Zobrist and Chris Coghlan drove in runs in the first off Leake, who lasted 3 1/3 innings and is winless in four starts since recovering from shingles.
Leake allowed another run on one of two wild pitches. Cardinals’ gaffes included Kolten Wong face-planting into the turf chasing Rizzo’s first-inning double and Matt Adams getting picked off first. Zobrist’s fourth-inning groundout added another run for Chicago.
DODGERS 5, ROCKIES 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning and Los Angeles defeated Colorado after an emotional pre-game ceremony honoring Vin Scully.
Their third straight victory trimmed the Dodgers’ magic number for clinching a record fourth consecutive NL West title to two.
Pederson worked the count to 3-2 during a nine-pitch at-bat before homering off Jon Gray (10-9) with two outs.
Ross Stripling (5-8) got the win in relief of injured Scott Kazmir. The rookie right-hander allowed two hits in three innings, struck out four and walked two.
METS 10, PHILLIES 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Conforto hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run rally in the fifth inning, Hansel Robles gave a big boost from the bullpen and New York beat Philadelphia to stay atop the NL wild-card race.
The Mets are a game up on San Francisco for the wild-card lead. St. Louis lost and trails New York by 1 1/2 games.
A day after using 10 pitchers in a stirring 9-8, 11-inning win over the Phillies, the Mets sent out six more. With his team competing for a playoff spot, manager Terry Collins yanked starter Gabriel Ynoa after just two shaky innings.
Robles preserved a 7-5 lead in the seventh, getting pinch-hitter Tommy Joseph to ground into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. Robles finished with hitless relief for his first career save. Josh Smoker (3-0) was the winner.
Jeremy Hellickson (12-10) was the loser. Maikel Franco homered for the second straight day and pinch-hitter Darin Ruf also connected for the Phillies.
PIRATES 6, NATIONALS 5, 11 INNINGS
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Rookie Jacob Stallings’ pinch-hit single in the 11th inning lifted Pittsburgh past Washington, preventing the Nationals from clinching a postseason berth.
Pittsburgh loaded the bases with one out against Yusmiero Petit (3-5) when Francisco Cervelli doubled, Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked and Pedro Florimon walked.
Sean Rodriguez struck out and Stalling, a son of University of Pittsburgh basketball coach Kevin Stallings, grounded a 3-2 pitch into left field.
Wade LeBlanc (4-0) was the winner. Pittsburgh’s seventh win in nine games kept the Pirates on the fringe of the NL wild-card race.
Washington lost for the fifth time in six games. The Nationals have magic numbers of one for a playoff berth and two for an NL East title. Wilson Ramos and Danny Espinosa homered for the Nationals.
PADRES 7, GIANTS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers hit a three-run homer off rookie Albert Suarez in the first inning and San Diego beat San Francisco for its seventh victory in eight games against the struggling Giants since the All-Star break.
The Giants dropped into the second wild-card position, a game behind the New York Mets.
Edwin Jackson (5-6) won for just the second time in seven starts, holding the Giants to two runs and four hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked five.
Suarez (3-5) fell behind 3-0 before recording an out. Jon Jay hit a leadoff single, rookie Carlos Asuaje doubled for his first big league hit and Myers homered into the party deck just beyond the fence in right-center, his 28th.
INDIANS 10, WHITE SOX 4.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, and Cleveland beat Chicago to move a step closer to the AL Central title.
The Indians dropped their magic number to three games for their first division title since 2007.
Trevor Bauer (12-8) overcame two-run homers by Melky Cabrera and Avisail Garcia. The right-hander allowed four runs in 7 2/3 innings.
Mike Napoli drove in two runs and became the first Cleveland player to reach 100 RBIs in nine years.
Miguel Gonzalez (4-8) was the loser. Chicago has lost six in a row and was eliminated from the AL wild-card race.
White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton left after appearing to hit his head and left shoulder running into the wall catching Roberto Perez’s long drive in the sixth.
ORIOLES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2, 12 INNINGS
BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Trumbo led off the 12th inning with his major league-leading 44th home run, and Baltimore ovrcame a late two-run deficit to beat Arizona.
After getting swept in a four-game series by Boston, the Orioles remained a half-game behind Detroit for the AL’s second wild card.
Baltimore trailed 2-0 before Pedro Alvarez homered in the eighth off Enrique Burgos, and Matt Wieters homered against Daniel Hudson leading off the ninth.
Oliver Drake (1-0) pitched a scoreless 12th for his first big league win. Matt Koch (1-1) relieved to start the bottom half and Trumbo sent his first pitch over the left-field fence, setting off a celebration.
BLUE JAYS 9, YANKEES 0
TORONTO (AP) — Francisco Liriano and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, Troy Tulowitzki had four RBIs and the Toronto routed New York to maintain a one-game lead in the AL wild-card standings.
Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer, Edwin Encarnacion had his 124th RBI — tied with Boston’s David Ortiz for the AL lead — and the Blue Jays won their sixth straight home game over New York.
New York was shut out for the second straight night and lost for the ninth time in 12 games, following a seven-game winning streak. The Yankees have gone 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position in their last two games and stranded 17 runners.
Liriano (8-13) escaped a bases-loaded jam by striking out Chase Headley to end a 27-pitch first inning, then left runners at the corners after the first two batters reached in the third. That was the start of a stretch that saw the left-hander retire nine straight. Liriano allowed three hits, walked two and struck out six for his second win with Toronto. Bryan Mitchell (1-2) was the loser.
BREWERS 5, REDS 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Carter homered, Ryan Braun had a late clutch hit and Milwaukee its second triple play of the season in a victory over Cincinnati.
Carter hit his 38th home run of the season leading off the second against Anthony DeSclafani (8-4).
Jose Peraza put the Reds in front with a three-run homer with one out in the fifth off Milwaukee starter Zach Davies.
The Brewers scored in the sixth on Carter’s RBI groundout to cut the lead to 3-2. Milwaukee loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh, chasing DeSclafani. Scooter Gennett drew a walk off reliever Tony Cingrani to tie it. Milwaukee regained the lead when Braun followed with a two-run single off Blake Wood.
Brent Suter (2-1) retired the only batter he faced to get the victory. Tyler Thornburg finished for his 13th save.
ANGELS 10, ASTROS 6
HOUSTON (AP) — Yunel Escobar hit a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega had three RBIs during a six-run ninth inning, lifting Los Angeles past Houston.
Houston fell 2 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the second AL wild card.
Houston led 6-4 when Escobar sent a slider from Ken Giles (2-5) into the seats in left field to start the ninth. Giles walked Mike Trout with one out before intentionally walking Albert Pujols. C.J. Cron followed with a bloop single to score Trout and put the Angels on top.
Giles was replaced by Michael Feliz after loading the bases with a walk. Ortega cleared the bases with his two-out double that deflected off shortstop Carlos Correa’s glove to extend the lead.
Cody Ege (1-0) got the last two outs of the eighth inning for the win.
TIGERS 8, ROYALS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Michael Fulmer pitched seven sharp innings for his first win in over a month and Detroit homered three times in a victory over Kansas City.
Justin Upton, Victor Martinez and Cameron Maybin went deep to help the Tigers win their fifth straight while chasing a postseason spot. Upton has 27 homers, including 14 in his last 29 games.
Fulmer (11-7) allowed a run and eight hits, striking out nine with no walks. Danny Duffy (12-3) allowed six runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Kansas City has lost nine of its last 12.
MARINERS 10, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Robinson Cano had four hits and two RBIs, and Nelson Cruz added a towering two-run homer among his four RBIs and struggling Seattle beat Minnesota.
James Paxton pitched seven strong innings and finally received a boost from the offense, which broke out with a six-run seventh inning. Paxton (5-7) struck out nine and allowed one run on five hits.
The Mariners (81-72) passed Houston — which lost to the Los Angeles Angels — in the standings but still trail Detroit by two games for the second wild card.
Kyle Gibson (6-10) gave up two runs, five hits and four walks for Minnesota.
BRAVES 3, MARLINS 2.
MIAMI (AP) — Adonis Garcia hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and Atlanta beat Miami for its season-high seventh straight win
Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 27 games with a sixth-inning double. Atlanta’s winning streak is its longest since it won nine in a row from June 27-July 5, 2014.
With the score 2-2, Emilio Bonifacio singled with one out off A.J. Ramos (1-4), stole his first base this season, took third on catcher J.T. Realmuto’s throwing error and came home on Garcia’s single to center.
Brandon Cuniff (2-0) struck out two of three batters in a hitless eighth, and Mauricio Cabrera threw a hitless ninth for his sixth save in seven chances with the Braves.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Reyes hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run drive in an 11th-inning comeback to lift the New York Mets to a dramatic 9-8 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night that kept them tied for the NL wild-card lead.
New York trailed 6-4 when pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo singled off Jeanmar Gomez leading off the ninth and Reyes homered to right with one out.
Philadelphia went ahead 8-6 in the 11th when A.J. Ellis hit an RBI single off Jeurys Familia and Jim Henderson (2-2) walked Maikel Franco with the bases loaded.
Pinch-hitter Michael Conforto walked against Edubray Ramos (1-3) with one out in the bottom half, Reyes singled and Cabrera, who has been playing on an injured knee, homered to right, setting off a wild celebration. The Mets had been 0-63 this year when trailing after eight innings.
New York, which stopped a three-game skid, is tied with San Francisco for the NL wild-card lead.
INDIANS 5, ROYALS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana’s three-run homer pushed Cleveland over Kansas City and nearer to its first AL Central championship since 2007.
Santana’s shot in the sixth inning off Dillon Gee (7-9) snapped a 2-2 tie as the Indians lowered their magic number to three and improved to 9-1 against the Royals this season.
Kansas City’s chances of making the postseason took another blow. The defending World Series champions began the night behind six teams in the wild-card chase.
Reliever Dan Otero (5-1) pitched two scoreless innings, Bryan Shaw worked one and Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for his 29th save.
Jason Kipnis homered for the Indians, who can wrap up a postseason berth this weekend against the Chicago White Sox.
TIGERS 9, TWINS 2, GAME 1
TIGERS 4, TWINS 2, GAME 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander tied a season-high with 11 strikeouts and Detroit moved into the second AL wild-card spot by beating Minnesota to sweep a day-night doubleheader.
Erick Aybar drove in two runs for Detroit, which moved a half-game ahead of Baltimore for the second wild card and trails Toronto by one game. The Tigers went 9-0 at Minnesota this year.
Ervin Santana (7-11) gave up four runs — two earned — five hits and four walks in in six innings.
Verlander (15-8) allowed four hits in six innings, including home runs by Juan Centeno and Byron Buxton. He has won 12 of his last 13 starts against the Twins.
Francisco Rodriguez got three outs for his 44th save in 48 chances
Victor Martinez had a pinch-hit, three-run homer during a six-run ninth inning in the opener. Justin Upton added his 26th home run off Alex Wimmers (1-3).
In the first game, Anibal Sanchez allowed one run and two hits in five innings in a spot start, and Alex Wilson (4-0), Shane Green and Mark Lowe finished the five-hitter.
DODGERS 7, ROCKIES 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasmani Grandal homered twice, including a grand slam in the seventh inning, to rally Los Angeles past Colorado.
The victory reduced the Dodgers’ magic number for clinching their record fourth consecutive NL West title to four. Their division lead remained at six games after San Francisco beat San Diego 2-1.
Luis Avilan (3-0) got the win in relief, pitching a scoreless seventh with one strikeout.
Kenley Jansen retired the side in the ninth for his 46th save in 52 chances.
Jordan Lyles gave up a ground-rule, pinch-hit double to Andre Ethier to open the seventh. Boone Logan (2-4) took over and loaded the bases on two consecutive one-out walks. He then walked Adrian Gonzalez, forcing in a run and leaving the Dodgers trailing 4-3.
Grandal followed with his second career grand slam, sending a 2-2 pitch into center field and giving the Dodgers their first lead of the game, 7-4.
GIANTS 2, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Angel Pagan’s single broke a scoreless tie in the eighth and Jeff Samardzija struck out nine in seven innings for San Francisco, which beat San Diego to keep pace with the Mets for the NL wild-card lead.
The Mets and Giants took a half-game lead over the idle St. Louis Cardinals in the wild card race.
Samardzija (12-10) allowed four hits in seven scoreless innings, and walked none.
Joe Panik, who had been in an 0-for-24 slump, doubled to right-center opening the eighth against Christian Friedrich (5-11).
Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his second save in two chances.
RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — David Price won his eighth straight decision, Hanley Ramirez homered and Boston completed a four-game sweep of sinking Baltimore.
Boston has won eight straight to open a 5 1/2-game lead over idle Toronto in the AL East. With 13 victories in their last 16 games, the Red Sox have moved within one game of Texas for best record in the AL.
Baltimore fell seven games out and dropped 1½ games behind the Blue Jays for the top AL wild card. It was the first time since 2002 that the Orioles were swept at home by Boston in a four-game series.
Price (17-8) gave up three runs and six hits in seven inning, walking two and striking out five. The Red Sox have won each of the left-hander’s last nine starts since Aug. 7.
Koji Uehara worked the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel got three straight outs for his 29th save in 31 chances.
Boston used a walk, a wild pitch and Andrew Benintendi’s two-out RBI single off Vance Worley (2-2) to move in front in the fifth.
ANGELS 2, ASTROS 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the first inning and Ricky Nolasco pitched seven solid innings, helping Los Angeles hinder Houston’s wild-card hopes.
The Angels ended an 11-game skid and pushed Houston 1 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the second AL wild card.
Nolasco (7-14) gave up five hits — all singles — and struck out five. Andrew Bailey pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Mike Fiers (11-8) allowed two runs on four hits with a season-high nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
RAYS 2, YANKEES 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell and Tampa Bay’s bullpen combined to strand 11 runners in a win that prevented a much-needed three-game sweep by New York.
The Yankees are three games behind Detroit for the second AL wild-card spot and also trail Baltimore, Houston and Seattle.
Snell (6-8) gave up five hits and three walks. New York had scoring threats in four of five innings against him, leaving the bases loaded in the third when Chase Headley flied out.
Chase Whitley, in his third game since returning from Tommy John surgery, allowed two hits in 2 2/3 innings, and Alex Colome finished for his 35th save in 37 chances.
Corey Dickerson hit a solo homer in the sixth off Luis Cessa (4-3).
PIRATES 3, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Carter hit his 37th home run, matching his career high and Scooter Gennett sliced an opposite-field, two-run homer to help Milwaukee avoid another sweep at Miller Park.
Chase Anderson (9-11) allowed four hits in 5 2/3 innings, including a fifth-inning home run by Francisco Cervelli, his first since last Sept. 30. He improved to 3-1 in five starts this season against the Pirates, who had won their prior six games at Milwaukee.
Tyler Thornburg pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 17 chances.
BRAVES 6, MARLINS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Matt Kemp hit two home runs to power Atlanta over Miami.
Atlanta’s Josh Collmenter (3-0) pitched seven innings and allowed two runs.
Mauricio Cabrera pitched the ninth for his fifth save in six chances.
Marlins starter Jose Urena (4-8) allowed five runs and four hits in three innings.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — With 40-year-old David Ortiz leading the way, the Boston Red Sox are putting substantial distance between themselves and their pursuers in the AL East.
Ortiz broke open a tight game with a three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Tuesday night for its sixth straight victory.
Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered for the Red Sox, who stretched their lead over third-place Baltimore to five games with 11 remaining. Toronto is in second place, four games back after a 10-2 victory at Seattle.
After sweeping four games from the Yankees, Boston has won the first two of this pivotal four-game series.
“This was really huge,” Bradley said. “To get two wins right away is very vital for us. I think it will help us keep building on our momentum and finish strong.”
Trey Mancini homered in his major league debut for the Orioles, who are 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit for the second AL wild card.
The Red Sox are 11-3 in their last 14 games and a major league-best 13-5 in September.
“I think there is growing confidence in our clubhouse daily,” manager John Farrell said. “We’ve responded to a number of challenges, whether it’s on the road or coming from behind to win ballgames in the division. Those are key. When you succeed in those, that’s a snowball effect that takes place.
“To balance that out, no one is taking any of that for granted.”
The Red Sox led 2-1 in the seventh when Marco Hernandez and Mookie Betts singled off Kevin Gausman (8-11). One out later, Ortiz hit a 1-2 pitch far over the center-field wall.
“I still can’t figure out how he can swing so hard on balls up and in and then cover a pitch down and away, but that’s why he’s the hitter he is,” Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said.
Ortiz guessed correctly that Gausman would throw a fastball.
“I had to shoot for something. Experience played out in that at-bat,” the slugger said. “I told myself, ‘I’ve got to either shoot for a fastball or a splitter.’ But I know he’s throwing his best fastball right now. So I’m going to go for a fastball. And then he threw the fastball.”
Playing in his final season, Ortiz has 36 home runs and 121 RBIs. Big Papi has hit eight home runs against the Orioles this season — including two in this series — and 54 for his career.
Betts also extended his run of success against Baltimore, going 3 for 5 and scoring twice. He is 16 for 31 at Camden Yards and has scored 16 runs in eight games.
Eduardo Rodriguez (3-7) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings for Boston, his first win in 11 starts since July 16.
Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 28th save.
After giving up four hits in eight scoreless innings last week at Boston, Gausman yielded five runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Boston went up 1-0 in the third when Betts singled and scored on a grounder by Hanley Ramirez. Bradley hit his 26th homer in the fourth.
Rodriguez retired his first 11 batters and held Baltimore without a hit until Mancini connected with two outs in the fifth. The rookie sprinted around the bases, taking about half the time Ortiz did during his home run trot in the seventh.
BLUE JAYS 10, MARINERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — J.A. Happ became the major leagues’ second 20-game winner and Russell Martin and Michael Saunders each hit a two-run homer, lifting Toronto over Seattle to move into first in the AL wild-card race.
Toronto took the lead with an eight-run fourth inning and moved a game ahead of Baltimore. Detroit remained 2 1/2 games behind the Blue Jays.
Seattle lost for the fourth time in five games to fall four games behind Toronto.
Happ (20-4) allowed two runs, six hits and a walk over five innings, striking out eight while winning for the 14th time in his last 15 decisions. He’s the first Toronto pitcher to reach 20 wins since Roy Halladay in 2008.
Martin and Saunders each homered off Hisashi Iwakuma (16-12) during the Blue Jays’ big inning.
GIANTS 2, DODGERS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eduardo Nunez and Brandon Belt homered to help San Francisco overcome injuries to All-Star pitcher Johnny Cueto and shortstop Brandon Crawford.
San Francisco pulled into a three-way tie for first place in the NL wild-card standings with the Mets and Cardinals. The Giants are five games behind the NL West-leading Dodgers with 11 to play.
Cueto (17-5) exited with a strained left groin in the sixth inning. Crawford came out with a dislocated left pinky in the second.
A team trainer checked on Cueto with Andrew Toles at bat. Cueto stayed in and walked Toles, then motioned that he was done.
Sergio Romo got his first save of the season.
Rich Hill (3-2) allowed a run and six hits over five innings.
ASTROS 2, ATHLETICS 1, 10 INNINGS
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — George Springer hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning, and Houston beat Oakland.
Tony Kemp, who tied it with a pinch-hit double in the seventh, got things going with a leadoff double against Sean Doolittle (2-3) and Jake Marisnick sacrificed him to third to bring up Springer.
Chris Devenski (4-4) struck out four in 3 2-3 innings of relief for the win, and Ken Giles escaped a bases-loaded jam and closed it out for his 13th save. The Astros remain in the mix for the AL wild card.
Jose Altuve’s eighth-inning single gave him 200 hits in three straight seasons, the first to do so since Ichiro Suzuki from 2001-10.
Oakland’s Danny Valencia was ejected at the end of the ninth by plate umpire Marty Foster after striking out.
YANKEES 5, RAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie slugger Gary Sanchez hit his 17th homer in 42 games this season, a three-run shot in a four-run seventh inning for the Yankees.
The banged-up Yankees are 3 1/2 games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.
Sanchez gave the Yankees a 5-2 lead with his drive off Brad Boxberger (4-3).
Mark Teixeira hit a solo shot in the fourth for New York, which was swept in a four-game series at Boston last weekend and had lost seven of eight overall.
Luis Severino (3-8) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. Dellin Betances got three outs for his 12th save.
TIGERS 8, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Boyd breezed through eight innings, backed by home runs from James McCann and Miguel Cabrera, and Detroit stepped forward in the AL wild-card race.
With Baltimore’s loss to Boston, the Tigers cut the deficit between them and the second spot to 1 1/2 games with 12 to go.
Boyd (6-4) allowed three hits, including Robbie Grossman’s seventh-inning homer.
McCann, in the designated hitter role for the injured Victor Martinez, connected for a three-run shot during Detroit’s a four-run sixth against Hector Santiago (12-9).
CARDINALS 10, ROCKIES 5
DENVER (AP) — Adam Wainwright was shaky on the mound and shined at the plate with a career-high four RBIs, helping St. Louis move into a three-way tie for the top NL wild card.
The free-swinging Wainwright lined a two-run double in the second inning and brought in two more with a bloop single in the fifth. Matt Adams and Jedd Gyorko homered to help the Cardinals pull even with the New York Mets, who lost at home to last-place Atlanta for the second straight night.
Wainwright (12-9) gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Daniel Descalso, Charlie Blackmon and Gerardo Parra homered for Colorado, and Jorge De La Rosa (8-9) allowed eight runs — seven earned — in 4 2/3 innings.
INDIANS 2, ROYALS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer hit a game-ending RBI single, helping Cleveland inch closer to the AL Central title.
Guyer’s two-out hit off Joakim Soria landed just fair in the right-field corner and scored Coco Crisp. Guyer was the third pinch hitter of the inning used by manager Terry Francona.
Cleveland leads Detroit by seven games in the division. The Indians haven’t won the AL Central since 2007.
The Royals, the reigning World Series champions, will be eliminated from contention in the division if they lose to Cleveland on Wednesday night.
Alex Gordon singled in a run for Kansas City, and Brian Flynn (1-2) got the loss.
Andrew Miller (9-1) got five outs for the win.
RANGERS 5, ANGELS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rookie Nomar Mazara hit his 20th homer in another testy game with multiple ejections and the Rangers moved closer to their second consecutive AL West title.
Texas (90-62) cut its magic number to two to clinch the seventh division title in franchise history.
Mazara hit a 438-foot drive off rookie Daniel Wright (0-4), a two-run shot in the fourth that put the Rangers up 4-3.
Nick Martinez (2-3) worked 3 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, and the right-hander made a spectacular play in the fifth, when he reached behind his back for a no-look snag of Andrelton Simmons’ hard liner and turned it into a double play.
Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his 35th save in 40 chances.
MARLINS 1, NATIONALS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered to back a strong outing by Jose Fernandez, who pitched eight innings and struck out 12 for the Marlins.
Fernandez (16-8) allowed three hits without a walk to outduel Washington’s Tanner Roark (15-9) who pitched seven innings and allowed one run.
David Phelps pitched the ninth for his fourth save in 10 chances.
The Nationals were held to four hits in their fourth consecutive loss.
Stanton connected for his 27th homer in the sixth inning. Stanton also homered in Monday’s 4-3 win.
BRAVES 5, METS 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets nemesis Julio Teheran pitched seven more sparkling innings and the last-place Braves blunted New York’s bid to extend its NL wild-card lead.
The Mets nicked the Braves’ bullpen for three runs in the eighth but couldn’t complete the comeback. The Braves have the worst record in the NL, yet have won four straight.
Teheran (6-10) gave up five hits and left with a 5-1 lead. Dating to the final time he saw the Mets last season, he’s 3-0 with a 0.73 ERA in five starts against them.
Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 19 chances.
Robert Gsellman (2-2) lost in his fifth major league start.
CUBS 6, REDS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester overcame an injury scare to throw seven strong innings, and the Cubs moved closer to securing the NL’s best record.
Lester (18-4) extended his scoreless streak to 21 innings before Jose Peraza’s RBI triple in the fifth. He stayed in after Joey Votto’s comebacker in the sixth left him with a welt on the wrist of his glove hand.
The Cubs’ 96th win reduced their magic number to three over Washington for clinching home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.
Josh Smith (3-2), making a spot start in a bullpen game for the Reds, allowed one run and three hits in three innings. Brandon Phillips had two hits for Cincinnati.
PIRATES 6, BREWERS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen, Jody Mercer and Josh Bell each drove in two runs, and Pittsburgh kept its faint playoff hopes alive.
The Pirates have won fifth of six to improve to .500 (75-75) for the first time since they were 69-69 on Sept. 8.
Jared Hughes (1-1) pitched an inning for the win and Tony Watson worked the ninth for his 14th save.
Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza was charged with five runs and eight hits in four-plus innings.
PHILLIES 7, WHITE SOX 6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Odubel Herrera homered and drove in three runs, leading Philadelphia to the win.
Tommy Joseph and Roman Quinn added two hits apiece and combined to drive in three runs for the Phillies. Herrera, who hits between Joseph and Quinn in the lineup, is 15 for 28 in his last seven games.
Melky Cabrera hit a three-run homer for the White Sox, who have lost four straight. James Shields (5-18), winless since July 26, allowed six earned runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Trailing 7-3 in the ninth, the White Sox pulled within one on a two-out wild pitch and a two-run double from Adam Eaton. But Michael Mariot got Tim Anderson to ground out for his first career save.
Philadelphia’s Jake Thompson (3-5) gave up three runs and four hits over five innings.
PADRES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Adam Rosales homered and drove in four runs and rookie Ryan Schimpf scored three times to lead San Diego.
The start of the game was delayed 70 minutes by rain. It was only the seventh delay in Petco Park’s 13-season history, the sixth because of rain. The other one was due to a swarm of bees during a game in 2009.
Keith Hessler (1-0) got one out for his first career victory and Brandon Maurer got his 12th save.
Zack Godley (4-4) allowed two runs in two innings and got the loss.
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BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts homered, doubled twice and drove in three runs, and Mookie Betts hit a tying single before scoring the go-ahead run in Boston’s third straight win over New York.
Hanley Ramirez also had three hits for the AL East-leading Red Sox (84-64), who improved to three games ahead of Toronto and Baltimore
New York (77-70) wasted 3-0 and 5-2 leads and lost for the sixth time in seven games. The Yankees are four games back in the wild-card race.
Second baseman Starlin Castro left in the fifth inning after straining his right hamstring while rounding first base on a double. Rookie Gary Sanchez hit his 15th home run since his Aug. 3 recall from the minors, a two-run drive.
INDIANS 1, TIGERS 0, 10 INNINGS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland’s No. 2 starting pitcher, broke his right hand when hit by a line drive off the bat of Detroit’s Ian Kinsler on the second pitch the Indians’ victory.
Cleveland, which opened an eight-game lead over second-place Detroit, said Carrasco sustained a non-displaced fracture of his pitching hand. The Indians did not provide a timetable for his recovery.
Jeff Manship replaced Carrasco after the infield hit. Carrasco missed six weeks earlier this season with a strained left hamstring, also sustained against the Tigers.
Jose Ramirez hit a winning single with the bases loaded in the 10th against Justin Wilson (4-5).
Andrew Miller (8-1), Cleveland’s eighth reliever, pitched the final two innings and completed a four-hitter. Manship, Kyle Crockett, Cody Anderson, Zach McAllister, Perci Garner, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen preceded Miller.
CARDINALS 3, GIANTS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kolten Wong hit a sacrifice fly to cap a two-run comeback in the ninth inning and St. Louis rallied for a big win in its playoff chase.
The Cardinals had lost three straight and held a team meeting prior to the game. Their win further tightened the NL wild-card race — San Francisco and the Mets are tied for the top two spots, with the Cardinals trailing by two games.
Jedd Gyorko singled with one out in the ninth off Sergio Romo. Santiago Casilla (2-5) walked Yadier Molina before Randal Grichuk hit a tying single and Wong put St. Louis ahead.
Seung Hwan Oh (5-3) retired six batters.
METS 3, TWINS 2, 12 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run with two outs in the 12th inning after also connecting for a tying shot in the 11th, lifting the New York Mets into a tie for the NL wild-card lead.
The Mets are even with San Francisco, with St. Louis two games back.
Before the game, New York announced that star pitcher Jacob deGrom is likely done for the season with elbow trouble.
Granderson pulled a 3-2 pitch from Ryan O’Rourke (0-1) down the right-field line to win it. Granderson led off the 11th with a drive that made it 2-all.
Josh Edgin (1-0) pitched a scoreless 12th.
CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Braun went deep twice to reach 30 homers for the sixth time, Chris Carter hit a grand slam off the Wrigley Field video board and Milwaukee routed the NL Central champions.
Chicago manager Joe Maddon used a starting lineup of mostly reserves after the Cubs celebrated winning the division, a title they clinched late on Thursday night.
Jake Arrieta (17-7), the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner, gave up four runs — three earned — four hits and four walks in six innings. He is 3-2 with a 4.58 ERA and 21 walk in his last six starts.
Braun had five RBIs, including a pair of two-run homers. He reached 30 home runs for the first time since he had a career-high 41 in 2012, before his 65-game suspension for violations of baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.
Carter hit his 35th homer. Domingo Santana added a solo shot and Scooter Gennett doubled twice.
Zach Davies (11-7) settled down after allowing three runs in the first.
RAYS 5, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Evan Longoria homered, tripled and scored three runs to help Tampa Bay blunt Baltimore’s playoff push.
The loss dropped Baltimore three games behind first-place Boston in the AL East. The Orioles remained tied with Toronto for the top AL wild-card slot after the Blue Jays’ loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
The Orioles have lost two of three to the last-place Rays in a series that ends Sunday. Longoria has homered in each of the three games and has a career-high 35 for the season.
Baltimore ace Chris Tillman (16-6) had a one-hitter and a 2-1 lead after five innings, but he failed to get out of the sixth.
ANGELS 6, BLUE JAYS 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his 590th career home run and Los Angeles dropped Toronto into a tie for the top two AL wild-card spots.
The Blue Jays and Baltimore are even in the playoff race. Seattle, Detroit and Houston are all three games behind in the wild-card chase.
Pujols hit his 30th homer. He joined Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez as the only players to reach 30 home runs in at least 14 seasons.
Ricky Nolasco (6-15) tossed six shutout innings as the Angels ended a five-game losing streak.
Francisco Liriano (7-13) allowed four runs — two earned — in six innings.
ROCKIES 8, PADRES 0
DENVER (AP) — Jon Gray struck out a franchise-record 16 and pitched a four-hitter to lead Colorado.
Gray (10-8) threw 113 pitches in surpassing Darryl Kile’s 14-strikeout performance in 1998.
Tom Murphy homered twice and had five RBIs for the Rockies. Nolan Arenado added his NL-leading 38th home run of the season.
Edwin Jackson (4-6) gave up 10 hits and eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.
DODGERS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Rookie Brock Stewart pitched five effective innings and the Dodgers bullpen took over from there.
Los Angeles now leads the NL West by five games over the Giants.
Joc Pederson hit a two-run homer, his seventh in 13 games against Arizona this season. He connected off Shelby Miller (2-12).
Stewart (2-2) beat the Diamondbacks on Sept. 7 at Dodger Stadium for his first big league win. He earned another victory, giving up two runs and five while striking out six and walking one.
ATHLETICS 11, RANGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Wendle led off the game with his first major league homer, Marcus Semien also went deep against Yu Darvish and Oakland beat AL-best Texas.
Darvish (5-5) matched a career high by allowing seven runs while pitching only five innings. He struck out eight, but walked four batters — all of those runners scored.
Carlos Gomez homered for the Rangers (88-61), who have a magic number of five for closing out Seattle in the AL West.
Raul Alcantara (1-1), among five A’s pitchers to make their MLB debuts this season with a start, had three strikeouts without a walk. He pitched into the sixth, when he allowed a two-run homer to Gomez.
BRAVES 7, NATIONALS 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Markakis and Anthony Recker each drove in two runs, Josh Collmenter won as an emergency starter and Atlanta beat Washington.
The Nationals have a magic number of six for clinching the NL East.
Collmenter (2-0), acquired Wednesday from the Chicago Cubs, struck out eight in five innings and allowed two runs.
Atlanta needed a starter because Mike Foltynewicz has a bruised left calf and Williams Perez has an elbow impingement.
Washington rookie Trea Turner hit a pair of solo home runs and is batting .458 with six homers, 16 RBIs, 19 runs and seven steals in 12 games against Atlanta this year.
Gio Gonzalez (11-10) took the loss.
PHILLIES 8, MARLINS 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson pitched a three-hitter and A.J. Ellis had a three-run double to lead Philadelphia over fading Miami.
Miami fell six games back for the NL’s second wild card. The Marlins by seven runs in the second inning and lost for the 14th time in 20 games.
Hellickson (12-9) struck out five, walked none and hit two batters in his second big league shutout.
Jose Urena (4-7) lasted just two innings and allowed seven runs and seven hits in his worst outing since moving to the starting rotation on July 19.
ROYALS 3, WHITE SOX 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jarrod Dyson had two hits, scored a run and stole a base in Jason Vargas’ first start in 14 months, and Kansas City beat Chicago to snap a five-game losing streak.
Vargas, who was making his first start in 423 days after having Tommy John surgery on August 5, 2015, gave up a first-inning run on Melky Cabrera’s RBI single, but retired eight of the last nine batters he faced.
Vargas was pulled after 52 pitches and three innings. Dillon Gee (7-8) replaced Vargas and held the White Sox to one run and five hits over 4 1/3 innings.
Dyson, who is 10 for 15 off White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez (4-7), singled to lead off the first, advanced to second on Whit Merrifield’s bunt single, stole second and scored on Kendrys Morales’ sacrifice fly.
ASTROS 2, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run single and Mike Fiers pitched six scoreless innings to lead Houston over Seattle.
Fiers gave up singles to the first two batters he faced, but allowed only one more hit. It was the third time Fiers didn’t allow a run in 27 starts this season, and the three hits allowed also equaled his season best.
The Mariners and Astros are both 78-70, tied with Detroit three games behind Baltimore in the AL wild-card race.
Fiers (11-7) was coming off one of his worst starts of the season, giving up seven runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings in a 9-5 loss to the Cubs.
James Paxton (4-7) was perfect through five innings before allowing both runs in the sixth.
PIRATES 10, REDS 4, 1ST GAME
PIRATES 7, REDS 3, 2ND GAME
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sean Rodriguez homered in both games as Pittsburgh swept a doubleheader.
In the first game, Jameson Taillon (4-4) pitched five innings and singled to drive in a big league run for the first time. Anthony DeSclafani (8-4) took the loss.
Andrew McCutchen drove in three runs in the opener and had a bases-loaded single in the second game off Brandon Finnegan (9-11).
Juan Nicasio (10-6) won in relief.
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BOSTON (AP) — It wasn’t as timely as the one the night before, but don’t ask Hanley Ramirez which home run was better.
“Both of them,” the Red Sox first baseman said with a laugh after he homered for the second straight game — and for the second straight game helped Boston beat the rival New York Yankees.
One night after hitting a three-run shot as the Red Sox rallied in the series opener, Ramirez added a solo drive to help Boston win 7-4 on Friday night and protect its two-game lead in the AL East.
David Ortiz had a pair of hits, including a double that was the 1,187th extra-base hit of his career. That moved him out of a tie with Frank Robinson and into 11th on baseball’s all-time list; Lou Gehrig is next with 1,190.
Ramirez’s homer was his ninth in 16 games.
“The middle of the order has been powerful, and it has been consistent,” manager John Farrell said of Nos. 3-4-5 hitters Ortiz, Mookie Betts and Ramirez, who had two hits apiece. “(Ramirez) has been on a good run for nearly a month now.”
Jackie Bradley Jr. also homered for Boston, which maintained a two-game lead over Baltimore and Toronto.
The Yankees, who on Thursday night were one out from climbing within three games of the division lead, fell six games back. They are four behind co-leaders Baltimore and Toronto in the wild-card race.
“Obviously, we would have liked to win a couple games here, but there’s still some time,” third baseman Chase Headley said. “It’s reachable. We’ve just got to go get on another streak and start winning some games.”
Clay Buchholz (7-10) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out two in six innings.
Luis Cessa (4-2) gave up three runs and six hits, striking out one in five innings. In his second game since signing with the Yankees, Billy Butler hit a two-run homer in the ninth to make it 7-4, but Craig Kimbrel got two outs for his 26th save.
Ortiz singled in the first and was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double. He did double off the center-field wall in the sixth, giving him a major league-leading 47 for the season and moving him two doubles behind Ted Williams for second place in franchise history.
ORIOLES 5, RAYS 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — J.J. Hardy and Michael Bourn came through with RBIs in the eighth inning, and Baltimore rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Tampa Bay.
The final out came when Mike Mahtook was thrown out at the plate trying to score from first base on a single into the left-field corner by Alexi Ramirez.
Pedro Alvarez and Chris Davis homered for the Orioles, who remained two games behind first-place Boston in the AL East. Baltimore is tied with Toronto atop the race for the two AL wild cards.
Baltimore closed to 4-3 before completing the comeback in the eighth against wild reliever Brad Boxberger (4-2). Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases for Hardy, who tied it with an infield single. Bourn followed with a fly ball to left field.
Brad Brach (9-3) worked the eighth and Zach Britton got three outs for his 44th save.
Evan Longoria hit his career-high 34th homer for the last-place Rays.
BLUE JAYS 5, ANGELS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer, R.A. Dickey pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning and Toronto stayed atop the AL wild-card race with a victory over freefalling Los Angeles.
Edwin Encarnacion added a late two-run homer for the Blue Jays (81-66), who stayed even with Baltimore for the league’s two wild-card playoff spots. Both teams trail Boston by two games for the AL East lead with 15 to play.
Toronto has lost seven of 11 overall, but took the first two games of a weekend series with the Angels, who have lost five straight and nine of 10.
Dickey (10-14) bolstered his case to keep a rotation spot by limiting the Angels to seven hits and striking out five.
Roberto Osuna got four outs for his 33rd save.
ASTROS 6, MARINERS 0
SEATTLE (AP) — Collin McHugh allowed two hits in seven stellar innings, Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez each hit a solo home run and Houston snapped Seattle’s eight-game winning streak.
McHugh (11-10) improved to 9-3 in his career against the Mariners and 4-0 this season while allowing just three runs in 25 innings.
Felix Hernandez (11-6) stumbled in his biggest start of the season. With the Mariners back in the AL wild-card race, Hernandez failed to get through five innings, giving up five earned runs and eight hits.
INDIANS 11, TIGERS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Napoli drove in four runs and Cleveland stretched its lead over Detroit in the AL Central to seven games by beating the second-place Tigers.
Napoli hit a gift two-run double in the first inning off rookie Michael Fulmer (10-7) and added a towering two-run homer in the fifth that bounced out of Progressive Field as the Indians lowered the magic number for clinching their first division title since 2007 to nine.
Corey Kluber (17-9) worked seven innings, keeping the top of Detroit’s lineup in check and setting the tone for the Indians’ biggest series this season. The right-hander is 8-1 in 12 starts since the All-Star break and remains the one pitcher in the rotation Cleveland can count on.
Carlos Santana added two RBIs for the Indians, now 12-1 against the Tigers.
GIANTS 8, CARDINALS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey ended his second-half power drought with a two-run homer that helped San Francisco beat St. Louis in a matchup of playoff contenders.
Posey drove in four runs and the Giants stayed four games back of the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, who won at Arizona. San Francisco maintained its one-game lead over the New York Mets for the league’s top wild card, moving three games up on the Cardinals in the wild-card standings.
Matt Moore (4-4) allowed two runs over five innings while facing the Cardinals for the first time in his career. He won for the fourth time in five starts.
Posey’s fourth-inning drive was his first home run in 185 at-bats and exactly two months — he last connected on July 16 at San Diego. He also had a two-run single and followed up his four-hit game Thursday night with three more.
Brandon Belt hit a two-run double to highlight San Francisco’s six-run third, when all the runs were unearned off rookie Luke Weaver (1-3).
DODGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Kenta Maeda limited Arizona to a run on three hits over five innings, and Los Angeles Dodgers held on.
Maeda (15-9) struck out six and has seven wins is his last 10 starts. He outdueled former Dodger Zack Greinke, who allowed only one earned run.
Greinke (12-7) gave up three runs on four hits, struck out four and walked four. The Dodgers’ lead in the NL West remained four games over second-place San Francisco.
The Los Angeles bullpen held the Diamondbacks to three hits over four innings, with six relievers combining for six strikeouts. Kenley Jansen gave up Chris Owings’ triple and a long sacrifice fly by Paul Goldschmidt in the bottom of the ninth, but got Jake Lamb to ground out into the defensive shift to end the game for his 45th save.
METS 3, TWINS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Bartolo Colon limited the Twins to three singles in seven innings, Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera hit consecutive home runs off rookie Jose Berrios in the third, and New York beat Minnesota in the opener of the Mets’ final homestand this season.
Matched against a pitcher nearly half his age, the 43-year-old Colon (14-7) won for the fourth time in five decisions. Jeurys Familia completed the three-hitter for his 49th save in 53 chances.
New York is two games ahead of St. Louis for the second NL wild card and one behind San Francisco.
The 22-year-old Berrios (2-7) allowed two runs in four innings and has given up 12 homers in 48 2/3 innings. He dropped to 0-6 in seven starts since beating Cleveland on Aug. 1 in his return from the minors. He also singled in his first professional plate appearance.
Brian Dozier extended his hitting streak to 20 games for the Twins.
CUBS 5, BREWERS 4, 10 INNINGS
CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Montero homered in the 10th inning and Chicago celebrated its NL Central title with a dramatic victory over Milwaukee.
The Cubs became the first major league team to clinch its division when St. Louis lost at San Francisco late Thursday night. A day later, they put together quite a party.
Chicago (94-53) pushed across two runs in the ninth and Montero connected for a leadoff drive in the 10th against Blaine Boyer (2-4). The Cubs poured out of the dugout to mob Montero at home plate, then pulled on postseason hats and shirts as the crowd of 40,823 cheered wildly.
Chris Coghlan had three hits for the Cubs, including an RBI single during the ninth-inning rally. Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer, and Aroldis Chapman (4-1) struck out the side in the 10th for his first win with the Cubs.
Ryan Braun, Orlando Arcia and Scooter Gennett homered for Milwaukee.
Cubs left fielder Jorge Soler left with tightness on his right side.
Brewers center fielder Keon Broxton slammed into the outfield wall while tracking a long drive and broke his right wrist.
NATIONALS 7, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Trea Turner homered, had four hits and scored four runs, Max Scherzer won his fifth straight decision and Washington beat Atlanta.
Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rendon each added two RBIs.
The Nationals, seeking their third NL East title in five years, have won 13 of 17. Their magic number to clinch the division is six with 15 games remaining.
Scherzer (17-7) gave up seven hits, two runs, two walks and struck out eight in seven innings. The Washington ace is 12-3 with a 2.10 ERA in his last 20 starts.
John Gant (1-4) allowed six hits, five runs and three walks in 1 2/3 innings. Appearing in his 16th game with seven starts, Gant had his ERA rise 84 points to 5.24.
RANGERS 7, ATHLETICS 6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning as Texas moved closer to clinching the AL West.
Lucroy hit a ground ball inside third base to drive in pinch-runners Delino DeShields and Joey Gallo, who had stolen second base when Rougned Odor struck out. Carlos Beltran’s one-out double began the winning rally.
Ryan Madson (5-6) had his seven blown save in 37 chances.
Sam Dyson (2-2), the Rangers’ fourth pitcher, got the win.
WHITE SOX 7, ROYALS 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Chris Sale pitched his American League-leading sixth complete game to pick up his 16th win, Carlos Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, and Chicago beat Kansas City.
Sanchez had struck out in his first three at-bats before hitting a pitch frm Kelvin Herrera out to right with J.D. Shuck and Avisail Garcia aboard. It was Sanchez’s first home run since last Sept. 21 at Detroit.
Todd Frazier doubled with one out and scored on Alex Avila’s single for the first run of the inning.
Sale (16-8), 1-6 in his previous 11 starts, limited the Royals to four runs, three earned, while striking out 10 and walking one.
Herrera (2-5) blew his third save in 14 chances as Kansas City lost its fifth straight.
PHILLIES 4, MARLINS 3, 13 INNINGS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes singled home the winning run with one out in the 13th inning to lift Philadelphia over Miami.
The Marlins (73-74) dropped five games behind the Mets for the second NL wild card.
Ryan Howard hit his 22nd homer to spark a three-run rally for the Phillies in the sixth. Derek Dietrich tied it for the Marlins with his first career pinch-hit homer in the eighth, connecting off Edubray Ramos.
Frank Herrmann (1-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
A.J. Ramos (1-3) took the loss.
PIRATES 9, REDS 7, 10 INNINGS
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jordy Mercer had an RBI single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, David Freese added a two-run single, and Pittsburgh overcame some shaky defense to preserve its chances in the NL wild-card race.
The Pirates loaded the bases against Tony Cingrani (2-5) with a walk and two infield hits before Mercer snapped a 6-6 tie with a single to left. Freese singled to center two batters later.
Gregory Polanco and Jung Ho Kang homered to help the Pirates to their third win in four games after a four-game losing streak. Pittsburgh remained 5 1/2 games behind the New York Mets for the NL’s second wild card.
Antonio Bastardo (3-0) pitched a perfect ninth and Tony Watson allowed Steve Selsky’s first career home run before logging his 13th save.
Encarnacion’s homer in the ninth inning was his 40th, boosting his AL-leading RBI total to a career-high 118.
Jered Weaver (11-12) matched his career high for losses. He threw six innings of seven-hit ball.
ROCKIES 8, PADRES 7
DENVER (AP) — Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso lined a game-winning single off the center-field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Colorado rallied past San Diego.
DJ LeMahieu had three hits to raise his batting average to .349. He is tied with Washington’s Daniel Murphy for the lead in the NL batting race.
The Rockies trailed 7-5 entering the ninth against closer Brandon Maurer (0-5) after hail and rain in the top of the inning forced a 38-minute delay.
LeMahieu started the comeback with a one-out double and Carlos Gonzalez singled him home one out later. Pinch-hitter David Dahl and Nick Hundley each singled to left to tie it.
Adam Ottavino (1-2) got one out for the win.
Wil Myers and Luis Sardinas homered for the Padres, who had been 50-0 when leading after eight innings.
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TORONTO (AP) — David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Hanley Ramirez also connected, and the Boston Red Sox outslugged Toronto 11-8 Sunday, reclaiming a two-game lead over the Blue Jays in the AL East.
Ortiz put Boston up 10-8 with a drive off Joaquin Benoit. It was his 41st career home run at Rogers Centre, his highest total at any road stadium.
With his 535th career homer, Ortiz moved past Jimmie Foxx into sole possession of 18th place on baseball’s career list. He also increased his RBI total to 110, the most by a player age 40 or above since Dave Winfield had 108 for Toronto in 1992.
Edwin Encarnacion homered twice and Troy Tulowitzki hit his third career grand slam for the Blue Jays, who are tied with Baltimore for the wild-card lead. Bo Schultz (0-1) got the loss.
Robbie Ross Jr. (3-2) got two outs for the win. Craig Kimbrel, the ninth Boston pitcher, worked the ninth for his 25th save.
CUBS 9, ASTROS 5
HOUSTON (AP) — Jorge Soler and Addison Russell homered to lead Chicago past Houston, moving the Cubs closer to clinching the NL Central.
Soler hit a solo home run as part of Chicago’s four-run third, and Russell hit a two-run shot — his 20th of the season — in the fourth as the Cubs built a 9-0 lead.
Chicago extended its lead in the NL Central to 16 games over St. Louis.
Houston fell 9 1/2 games behind Texas in the AL West and 3 1/2 back of Toronto and Baltimore in the wild-card race.
Jake Arrieta (17-6) allowed three runs on four hits with three strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Jose Altuve, Yulieski Gurriel and Evan Gattis hit solo homers for the Astros. Mike Fiers (10-7) was tagged for seven runs on seven hits in 2 1/3 innings.
ORIOLES 3, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Chris Tillman pitched six impressive innings in his return from the disabled list, leading the Orioles to the win.
Michael Bourn and Jonathan Schoop homered off Justin Verlander (14-8) as Baltimore moved into a tie with Toronto for second in the AL East and the top spot in the wild-card standings. The Orioles begin a three-game series with the division-leading Red Sox on Monday night.
Detroit fell two games behind the wild cards. The Yankees are also two back of the Orioles and Blue Jays.
Tillman (16-5) allowed a run and four hits after being activated before the game. He hadn’t pitched since Aug. 20 because of right shoulder bursitis.
Three relievers finished for the Orioles, with Zach Britton pitching the ninth for his 41st save in 41 chances.
GIANTS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Moore struck out 11 in seven innings and Hunter Pence hit a key two-run double, helping San Francisco to the series sweep.
The Giants pulled within three games of NL West-leading Los Angeles, which lost 3-0 at Miami. San Francisco leads the wild-card standings.
Moore (10-11) gave up two runs and eight hits. Hunter Strickland got four outs for his third save of the season.
The Giants swept a road series from Arizona for the second time this season and sent the Diamondbacks to their sixth straight loss.
Arizona ace Zack Greinke (12-6) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.
RAYS 4, YANKEES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit a two-run homer, Matt Andriese won for the first time since June and the Rays stopped the Yankees’ seven-game winning streak.
Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller also went deep for the last-place Rays, who had lost three straight and six of seven. Andriese (7-7) pitched five innings of one-run ball and Alex Colome got three quick outs for his 32nd save.
Chase Headley homered and Brett Gardner had an RBI single among his three hits for the Yankees, who are two games back of Toronto and Baltimore for the top spot in the wild-card standings.
Rookie right-hander Luis Cessa (4-1) gave up all three Rays homers in 5 2/3 innings.
ROYALS 2, WHITE SOX 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Kennedy and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, helping the Royals beat Chris Sale and the White Sox.
Kendrys Morales homered on Sale’s first pitch of the second and Eric Hosmer did the same in the fourth. The Royals are four games behind Baltimore and Detroit for the top spot in the AL wild-card standings.
Kennedy (11-9) walked four, but Adam Eaton’s leadoff single was the only hit off the right-hander in six innings. Wade Davis worked the ninth for his 24th save.
Sale (15-8) struck out 12 in eight innings while becoming the first White Sox pitcher with four consecutive 200-strikeout seasons.
METS 10, BRAVES 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes hit a grand slam for New York, and Seth Lugo won his fourth straight start.
The Mets have won seven of eight and are 16-5 since Aug. 20. They moved back into position for the second NL wild card, a half-game ahead of the Cardinals.
Lugo (4-2) allowed two runs in seven innings. The rookie is 3-1 with a 1.99 ERA in five career starts. He joined the rotation on Aug. 19.
Cespedes drove in the game’s first five runs off Williams Perez (2-3), who struck out two in 2 2/3 innings. Perez left the game with right triceps impingement.
BREWERS 2, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning, and the Brewers dropped the Cardinals back in the NL wild-card race.
The Cardinals are a half-game behind the Mets for the second wild card.
Braun connected against Kevin Siegrist (5-3) for his 27th homer.
St. Louis had tied it in the eighth when Matt Carpenter doubled and scored on Stephen Piscotty’s sacrifice fly off Tyler Thornburg (6-5).
MARLINS 3, DODGERS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Jose Urena pitched 8 2/3 innings of four-hit ball, leading Miami to the win.
Christian Yelich had two hits and drove in a run for the Marlins, who have won three of four. Justin Bour also drove in a run.
Urena (4-6) retired the first 14 batters he faced. He struck out four and walked none while throwing 71 of 108 pitches for strikes.
The 24-year-old Urena was lifted after giving up a base hit to Josh Reddick. A.J. Ramos got the final out for his 34th save in 37 chances.
Los Angeles right-hander Kenta Maeda (14-9) allowed three runs, two earned, and eight hits in six innings.
NATIONALS 3, PHILLIES 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched seven sharp innings for NL East-leading Washington, and Anthony Rendon doubled home the tiebreaking run.
Gonzalez (11-9) gave up one run and four hits, bouncing back nicely from a rough outing against Atlanta in his last start.
It was 1-all when Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk from Adam Morgan (2-10) to open the seventh. Rendon then doubled to the wall in left-center off reliever Edubray Ramos and later scored on a passed ball by catcher A.J. Ellis.
Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 41st save.
Tommy Joseph hit a tying homer for the Phillies in the seventh. Freddy Galvis homered in the eighth.
INDIANS 7, TWINS 1
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cleveland ace Corey Kluber struck out 10 in seven innings, and Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer.
Kluber (16-9) gave up an unearned run and four hits while passing the 200-strikeout mark for the third straight season. Roberto Perez added two hits, including a triple, and drove in a run for the Indians, who increased their lead in the AL Central to seven games over Detroit.
Jose Berrios (2-6) lasted just 2 2/3 innings for the Twins, who committed four errors and managed just five hits.
REDS 8, PIRATES 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Tyler Holt and Brandon Phillips had three hits apiece, leading Brandon Finnegan and the Reds to the victory.
Holt drove in three runs and Phillips scored three times as last-place Cincinnati (60-82) closed the four-game set with three straight wins. Pittsburgh (69-72) has dropped 11 of 13 to fall off the pace in the NL wild-card race.
Finnegan (9-10) struck out seven in five innings, but allowed five hits and walked five. Jumbo Diaz then pitched two innings and Ross Ohlendorf and Wandy Peralta each got three outs, completing a seven-hitter.
Pittsburgh’s Ryan Vogelsong (3-5) was charged with six runs and seven hits in four innings.
ANGELS 3, RANGERS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrelton Simmons hit two solo home runs, sending Jered Weaver and the Angels to the win.
Simmons began the day with only one homer this season. Yunel Escobar hit a leadoff drive in the first inning for the Angels.
Adrian Beltre homered twice for the AL West-leading Rangers. It was his fourth multihomer game of the season and the 31st of his career.
Weaver (11-11) gave up two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out a season-high eight. Andrew Bailey pitched a perfect ninth to earn his third save.
Texas right-hander Colby Lewis (6-2) gave up all three homers in 5 1/3 innings.
MARINERS 3, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ketel Marte hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, helping Seattle to its fifth straight win.
The Mariners are 3 1/2 games back in the AL wild-card race.
Marte had three hits for Seattle, and Mike Zunino homered and doubled.
Zunino doubled off Ryan Madson (5-5) to begin the ninth and pinch runner Ben Gamel moved up on a single by Leonys Martin. Marte followed with his go-ahead single.
Steve Cishek (3-6) pitched a scoreless eighth. Edwin Diaz closed for his 15th save.
ROCKIES 3, PADRES 2, 10 INNINGS
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mark Reynolds homered leading off the 10th inning and the Rockies salvaged a split of a four-game series.
Charlie Blackmon also homered for the Rockies, his 25th, and hit an RBI single.
Reynolds’ homer was the 250th of his career and 13th of the season. It came on a 2-2 pitch from Kevin Quackenbush (7-6).
Jake McGee (2-3) pitched the ninth for the win. Adam Ottavino pitched the 10th for his fourth save.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg felt a pinch in the back of his elbow and was forced to make an early exit in his first start since returning from the disabled list, and NL East-leading Washington went on to defeat Atlanta 5-4 in 11 innings Wednesday night.
The Nationals said Strasburg would get an MRI and didn’t elaborate on the severity of his injury. Strasburg winced on the mound after throwing a pitch in the third inning, and manager Dusty Baker said Strasburg had felt a pinch.
Strasburg had been out since Aug. 17 because of soreness in his right elbow. He left after 2 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits.
With Braves pitcher Mike Foltynewicz attempting to bunt after Dansby Swanson’s leadoff double, Strasburg’s 0-2 pitch sailed high. Strasburg grimaced, walked around the mound and then threw another pitch, retiring Foltynewicz. Washington’s trainer came out and Strasburg departed, covering his mouth with his glove as he reached the dugout.
Strasburg was replaced by Sean Burnett, who gave up an RBI double to Adonis Garcia.
Jayson Werth walked leading off the 11th and Daniel Murphy followed with a double off Jed Bradley (1-1). After Bryce Harper was intentionally walked to load the bases, Wilson Ramos singled off Brandon Cunniff to win it. Mat Latos (1-0), the 10th Nationals pitcher, got one out for the win.
DODGERS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig homered and drove in another run, and Brock Stewart became the fourth consecutive rookie pitcher to win his start, helping the Dodgers beat Arizona to win their fifth straight and complete a three-game sweep.
The NL West leaders increased their lead to a season-high five games over San Francisco.
The Dodgers open a 10-game trip Friday in Miami, where ace Clayton Kershaw is set to start after missing the last two months because of a herniated disk.
Stewart (1-2) allowed one run and five hits in five innings.
Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 43rd save in 49 chances.
Robbie Ray (7-13) struck out 12 in six innings.
INDIANS 6, ASTROS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco overcame a home run and an apparent bug in his eye to pitch into the eighth inning, and Cleveland beat Houston.
The game-time temperature was 87 degrees, causing swarms of midges to journey from Lake Erie to the muggy ballpark.
Carrasco (11-7) allowed Colby Rasmus’ two-run homer in the fourth, one batter after the game was stopped briefly when one of the bugs appeared to get in his eye. The right-hander regrouped after the home run, allowing four runs in 7 1/3 innings.
Mike Napoli’s two-run homer off Doug Fister (12-11) gave Cleveland a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Pinch-hitter Brandon Guyer added a two-run double in the inning and the Indians extended their lead over Detroit to 5 1/2 games in the AL Central.
BREWERS 2, CUBS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jonathan Villar hit two home runs and Keon Broxton robbed Anthony Rizzo of a homer in the ninth inning to help Milwaukee beat Chicago.
Milwaukee got its first hit when Villar homered leading off the fourth. Villar homered again off Joe Smith (1-1), the sixth Chicago pitcher, leading off the eighth.
Corey Knebel (1-2) pitched a scoreless inning, and Tyler Thornburg finished for his ninth save.
With one out in the ninth, Rizzo hit a drive to deep center. Broxton jumped above the wall to make the catch. Chicago starter Mike Montgomery faced the minimum number of batters through three innings. He lasted five innings, allowing one run and two hits with two walks and six strikeouts
Milwaukee starter Matt Garza gave up one run and three hits in six innings.
RED SOX 7, PADRES 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Boston Red Sox are leaving the country and taking something with them: sole possession of first place in the AL East.
Travis Shaw, Hanley Ramirez and Brock Holt homered and David Price threw seven solid innings to lead Boston past the San Diego Padres 7-2 on Wednesday night.
After securing the series win at San Diego, the Red Sox open a three-game series at Toronto on Friday.
“That’s what makes it fun to play this time the year,” Price said. “You are playing the teams right in front of you or right behind you. To be in this position is huge. It’s a testament to the work we have done all year.”
The Red Sox took a one-game lead over the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost 2-0 to the New York Yankees. Boston, which completed interleague play with a 14-6 record, will play only AL East teams in the final 23 games.
Shaw, inserted into the lineup for a slumping Yoan Moncada, hit his 16th homer in the second inning, a two-run shot, and added an RBI single in the fourth.
“He obviously made an impact,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “He squared some balls up.”
Ramirez’s homer came in the eighth off Jake Smith’s first major league pitch.
Holt added a pinch-hit homer in the ninth
Price (15-8) won his season-high sixth straight start, allowing two runs and six hits. Price, who has won four of his last five road starts, struck out eight.
“I definitely felt good tonight to keep the ball away from the middle of the plate and execute pitches,” said Price, who threw 76 strikes in 98 pitches.
“(He) was extremely efficient with the number of pitches he threw,” Farrell said
Three relievers finished off the Padres, with Craig Kimbrel getting the final out.
Jarred Cosart (0-3) left after 3 1/3 innings after hurting his right leg while covering first base on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s grounder. Cosart landed awkwardly after reaching for Wil Myers’ erratic throw which drew an error and led to the Red Sox rally. Cosart strained his right hamstring and groin.
“Not really sure which one is worse right now,” Padres manager Andy Green said.
Boston’s three-run fourth inning was the difference. After Shaw’s RBI, Dustin Pedroia drove in Shaw and Chris Young with a double down the left-field line. Pedroia has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games.
“It’s pretty cool to go out there and face those guys, it’s a playoff team,” Cosart said. “I was holding my own against one of the best pitchers in baseball and was finally getting in a good rhythm and I just hit a bump in the road.”
Myers’ sacrifice fly tied the game 2-2 in the third. Cosart came around after opening the inning with a single.
The Red Sox went ahead 2-1 when Shaw crushed Cosart’s 93 mph fastball 425 feet for a two-run homer. Shaw replaced Moncada, a prized Cuban prospect, at third base after Moncada struck out seven straight times.
Yangervis Solarte’s RBI double in the first scored Myers for a 1-0 lead. Myers had reached on a single.
It’s no stretch to state the Red Sox starting pitching has been stellar. The starters have pitched to a 3.31 ERA in the last 54 games.
“Our rotation, with Clay (Buchholz) being put back in, it just seems like it’s one guy passing it off to the next guy,” Farrell said.
Price has done his part, going 11-7 in his last 23 starts.
“I knew this was going to happen,” Price said.
YANKEES 2, BLUE JAYS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Bryan Mitchell earned his first major league win, combining with Luis Severino and Tyler Clippard to shut down Toronto in New York’s victory.
Starlin Castro homered and Brian McCann had an RBI single for the Yankees, They have won four straight and 10 of 14, and closed within 2 1/2 games of Baltimore for the second AL wild card.
Marcus Stroman (9-7) struck out eight in five innings but the Blue Jays lost for the fifth time in six games. They were swept for the third time this season, first since May 16-18 by Tampa Bay.
RAYS 7, ORIOLES 6
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson had a go-ahead RBI double in the seventh inning and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore to avoid a three-game sweep.
Dickerson, in a 2-for-28 slide, tied the score 6-all with an RBI single in the fifth and got the decisive hit during the seventh off Mychal Givens (8-2).
J.J. Hardy drove in two on a second-inning double and Michael Bourn hit a solo homer during a three-run third that put Baltimore ahead 5-3.
Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy and Tampa Bay’s Drew Smyly each allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings. Kevin Kiermaier and Nick Franklin homered for the Rays. Brad Boxberger (3-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win and Alex Colome got three outs for his 31st save in 33 chances.
METS 6, REDS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jose Reyes homered on the first pitch of the game, Noah Syndergaard lasted five shaky shutout innings and New York won its fifth in a row, beating Cincinnati.
Reyes and Curtis Granderson each homered for the second straight day and the Mets beat Cincinnati for the 14th straight time. Wilmer Flores added a pinch-hit, two-run drive.
The Mets finished off a three-game sweep and have won eight of 10. They pulled within a percentage point of St. Louis for the second NL wild card, both a half-game behind San Francisco.
Syndergaard (13-8) gave up six hits and four walks. But the Reds went 0 for 3 in trying to steal against him — opposing runners had been previously been 45 for 51 this season.
Jeurys Familia closed for his 47th save, extending his franchise record.
Anthony DeSclafani (8-3) was the loser.
ROCKIES 6, GIANTS 5
DENVER (AP) — Cristian Adames hit a two-run double in the ninth inning off Joe Nathan in Colorado’s comeback victory over San Francisco.
Nolan Arenado homered to start the three-run rally, and Tom Murphy and David Dahl also went deep for the Rockies.
With Colorado down 5-3, Arenado led off the ninth with his NL-leading 37th home run off Santiago Casilla. After Murphy’s one-out single, Jake Osich (1-1) came on and hit pinch-hitter Charlie Blackmon. Nick Hundley’s bloop single off Nathan loaded the bases, and Adames lined a double off the wall.
Jordan Lyles (4-4) pitched the top of the ninth to get the win.
The Giants are 17-32 since the All-Star break.
PIRATES 4, CARDINALS 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jung Ho Kang led off the eighth inning with a home run, and Pittsburgh beat St. Louis to snap an eight-game losing streak.
Kang hit a drive deep into the bullpens in left-center off rookie Alex Reyes (1-1) for his 17th homer and third in two games. It helped snap the Pirates’ longest skid since dropping 10 straight in 2011.
The Cardinals are percentage points ahead of the New York Mets for the second NL wild card, and the Pirates drew within 4 1/2 games of St. Louis.
Trevor Williams (1-0) allowed one unearned run in three innings in his major league debut. Tony Watson worked a perfect ninth inning for his 11th save.
WHITE SOX 7, TIGERS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Avisail Garcia hit a go-ahead single against his former team in a four-run eighth inning and Chicago beat Detroit to keep the Tigers a game out of the final AL wild-card spot.
The Tigers wasted a chance to move into a tie with Baltimore for the second wild card. The teams begin a three-game series Friday in Detroit.
Jose Abreu led off the eighth with a single for his third hit and scored on Justin Morneau’s double off Shane Greene (3-4). After Todd Frazier grounded out, Garcia singled to right-center. Tyler Saladino and Adam Eaton added RBI singles.
Chris Beck (2-1) got four outs, and David Robertson worked the ninth for his 35th save.
TWINS 6, ROYALS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Miguel Sano’s hustle led Minnesota to a pair of early runs and his RBI double tied it in the decisive seventh inning, helping the Twins beat Kansas City.
Brian Dozier didn’t hit a home run for Minnesota, ending his club-tying record at five straight games, but he singled and stole second before scoring on Sano’s double off Joakim Soria (4-8). Dozier also started a dazzling double play to to finish the fifth inning, with a diving stop of Eric Hosmer’s grounder and a glove flick to second base to get the ball out while he was flat on the dirt.
Alex Wimmers (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh in relief of Kyle Gibson for his first major league victory. Brandon Kintzler gave up Jarrod Dyson’s two-out RBI single before finishing the ninth inning for his 14th save.
ATHLETICS 4, ANGELS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jharel Cotton won in his major league debut, leading Oakland past Los Angeles.
The 24-year-old Cotton became the fourth pitcher in big league history born in the Virgin Islands. He allowed one run on two hits, struck out three and walked two in 6 1-3 innings. Cotton came to the A’s from the Dodgers at the trade deadline in a deal that sent Josh Reddick to Los Angeles.
Oakland front office a preview of his potential at the next level.
Ryan Madson finished for his 29th save. Alex Meyer (0-2) was the loser.
Ryon Healy homed for Oakland, and C.J. Cron connected for Los Angeles.
MARINERS 8, RANGERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Adam Lind hit the fourth grand slam of his career as part of Seattle’s five-run first inning, added a solo home run in his next at-bat and led the Mariners past Texas.
Lind’s 19th and 20th homers helped Seattle jump to an 8-0 lead and kept the Mariners on the fringe of the AL wild-card race, five games behind Baltimore.
Ariel Miranda (3-1) was the winner, and A.J. Griffin (7-4) took the loss.
Texas’ Carlos Beltran hot a three-run homer in the sixth.
MARLINS 6, PHILLIES 0
MIAMI (AP) — Andrew Cashner matched his season high for strikeouts with nine over 5 1/3 innings and earned his first win for Miami in the victory over Philadelphia.
Martin Prado drove in three runs for the Marlins. They faded from playoff contention by losing their previous five games and 10 of 11.
Acquired from San Diego on July 29, Cashner (5-11) allowed four hits and walked two. He was 0-4 in his first six starts following the trade. Jeremy Hellickson (10-9) was the loser.
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DENVER (AP) — Andrew Toles hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcome a late six-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 on Wednesday night for a doubleheader split.
Down 8-2, the Dodgers scored three times in the eighth and added five more in the ninth. Toles capped the final inning with an oppose-field homer off closer Adam Ottavino (0-1) for his first career slam.
Luis Avilan (1-0) threw a scoreless eighth for the victory. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 40th save, getting David Dahl on a called third strike to end it.
The Dodgers began their comeback in the eighth with an RBI double from Yasmani Grandal, an RBI single by Joc Pederson and a sacrifice fly by Howie Kendrick. Chase Utley nearly brought in more, sending a two-out grounder up the middle with two on, but DJ LeMahieu ranged to his right, snared the ball and threw Utley out by a step to end the threat. Los Angeles scored once in the ninth on an RBI single from Josh Reddick and then loaded the bases with two outs, setting the stage for Toles.
Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer finished with a Colorado-record 36 RBIs for the month, breaking the August record of 33 set by Andres Galarraga in 1996.
In the opener, Tyler Anderson pitched into the seventh inning in the Rockies’ 7-0 victory. Anderson (5-5) allowed six hits in 6 1/3 innings against the NL West leaders. He also had an RBI single in the second in the team’s first shutout at home this season.
Pinch-hitter Stephen Cardullo hit his first career homer in the seventh — on his 29th birthday.
Ross Stripling (3-6) surrendered three runs over six innings.
The doubleheader was necessitated by a rainout Tuesday.
CUBS 6, PIRATES 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant hit his 36th homer and made three solid plays at third base, helping Jason Hammel and Chicago top Pittsburgh for a three-game series sweep.
Addison Russell had two RBIs and an outstanding sliding catch as Chicago equaled the best August in franchise history with a 22-6 record, also accomplished in 1932. It was the Cubs’ first time with 22 wins in a month since it went 22-10 in September 1945.
Heading into the final stretch of the season, the Cubs (85-47) are rapidly closing in on their first division title since 2008. They begin September with the majors’ best record at a season-high 38 games over .500 and a whopping 15-game lead over second-place St. Louis in the NL Central.
Hammel (14-7) allowed three hits and struck out six after dropping his previous two starts.
Ryan Vogelsong Vogelsong was the loser.
GIANTS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Matt Moore struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings for his first career victory at AT&T Park, and San Francisco beat Arizona.
Moore walked off in the sixth to a standing ovation from the sellout crowd. The left-hander had lost his initial two home starts since being acquired from Tampa Bay. Moore (2-3) looked strong in his first game since losing a no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium.
Buster Posey drove in a pair of runs for San Francisco.
Santiago Casilla relieved Sergio Romo with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth and struck out Yasmany Tomas. Casilla finished for his 29th save.
Shelby Miller (2-10) was called up from Triple-A Reno to start. He allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.
YANKEES 5, ROYALS 4, 13 INNINGS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brian McCann had a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning and Dellin Betances shut down Kansas City in the bottom half in New York’s victory.
Royals reliever Chris Young (3-9) gave up a single to Didi Gregorius and a double to Starlin Castro to lead off the decisive frame. Matt Strahm came in against McCann for a lefty-lefty matchup, and the New York designated hitter lofted a fly ball to left to score the go-ahead run.
Ben Heller (1-0) pitched a perfect 12th to earn his first major league win, and Betances wrapped up a winning series for the Yankees by working around a leadoff walk for his seventh save.
Castro hit a two-run homer for the Yankees. Kendrys Morales hit one for Kansas City.
METS 5, MARLINS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Kelly Johnson’s three-run double in the eighth inning broke a tie and lifted surging New York over Miami.
Yoenis Cespedes began the rally by singling off reliever A.J. Ramos (1-2). Curtis Granderson walked, and Wilmer Flores flew out to center, advancing a hustling Cespedes to third. After Jay Bruce flew out to right, Travis d’Arnaud walked to load the bases, bringing up Johnson.
Johnson drove the ball into the right-field corner. He emphatically clapped his hands and swung his arms into the air after reaching second base.
Addison Reed (4-2) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the victory, the Mets’ third in a row. Jeurys Familia closed for his 44th save, establishing a franchise record.
ASTROS 4, ATHLETICS 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis hit an RBI single to cap a three-run rally in the eighth inning keyed by a wild pitch on a strikeout, leading Houston past Oakland.
Chasing Baltimore for the second AL wild-card slot, Houston swept the three-game series and will open a three-game set Friday at AL West-leading Texas.
A’s starter Ross Detwiler gave up three hits and left after the seventh with a 3-1 lead.
Reliever Liam Hendriks (0-3) got two quick outs in the eighth before George Springer tripled. Alex Bregman then struck out, but reached when the pitch got away, allowing Springer to score.
Jose Altuve tripled home the tying run and Gattis singled for the lead.
Michael Feliz (8-1) pitched a scoreless eighth. Ken Giles closed for his seventh save.
RANGERS 14, MARINERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor homered twice a day after hitting a game-ending shot and Carlos Gomez connected for a grand slam off Felix Hernandez, sending Texas past Seattle for a three-game sweep.
Odor tied a career high with five RBIs, and Adrian Beltre and Ryan Rua also homered for the AL West leaders. Texas (80-54) moved a season-high 26 games over .500 with a fifth straight win.
The Rangers matched the 1999 and 2012 Texas teams as the fastest to reach 80 wins.
Odor had a two-run shot for a 10-0 lead in the seventh and a three-run homer in the eighth, and leads the team with 27 home runs. On Tuesday night, his two-run homer in the ninth gave Texas an 8-7 win.
Martin Perez (9-10) pitched six shutout innings. Hernandez (9-5) matched a season high by allowing six runs in his shortest outing, coming out after four innings.
RED SOX 8, RAYS 6
BOSTON (AP) — Another tough game for the Red Sox bullpen.
This time followed by a save from the Boston bats.
Aaron Hill sliced an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth after Tampa Bay tied it in the top half of the inning, and the Red Sox held on for an 8-6 victory over the Rays on Wednesday.
“We had to find a way to fight back again,” manager John Farrell said after the Red Sox finished the homestand with a 3-3 record and headed to the West Coast for the first six in a nine-game road trip.
Hanley Ramirez hit a fifth-inning grand slam to erase a 4-1 deficit, and Jackie Bradley Jr. added a solo shot in the sixth to give Boston a 6-4 lead. But one game after the Red Sox blew a two-run lead in the seventh, the Rays loaded the bases against Fernando Abad in the eighth and Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single off Junichi Tazawa (3-2) to tie it.
In the bottom half, Ramirez led off with a walk, Sandy Leon bunted him to second and pinch-hitter Brock Holt singled him to third. Hill followed with a single past the first baseman to score Ramirez, and Bradley hit an RBI double to make it 8-6.
“Difficult loss,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. “A walk here and couple of hits, then the big home run by Hanley really killed us.”
Xander Bogaerts also homered for the Red Sox, and Bradley had three hits. Dustin Pedroia had three more hits for Boston, which had lost five of its previous seven games after moving into a tie for first place in the AL East.
Pedroia has 15 hits in his last 20 at-bats and is batting .463 since moving into the leadoff spot on Aug. 10.
Erasmo Ramirez (7-10) gave up Hill’s single and an RBI double by Bradley in the eighth.
Kevin Kiermaier had three hits for the Rays, and Forsythe and Logan Morrison each homered as Tampa Bay opened a 4-1 lead through four innings.
But Boston took the lead in the fifth after Drew Smyly loaded the bases on two hits and a two-out walk. Ramirez hit the next pitch over the Green Monster for his 19th homer of the season.
BREWERS 3, CARDINALS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered, Matt Garza pitched into the eighth inning and Milwaukee beat St. Louis to end a six-game losing streak.
Nieuwenhuis hit a three-run homer off Luke Weaver (1-2) in the third inning.
Garza (5-6) turned in his longest outing of the season, giving up one run and three hits in seven-plus innings while walking two and striking out eight. Tyler Thornburg notched his sixth save in 10 chances.
Yadier Molina homered for the Cardinals.
NATIONALS 2, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jayson Werth homered and Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings to lead Washington to a three-game sweep of Philadelphia.
Wilson Ramos hit the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to help NL East-leading Washington set a franchise record with its ninth straight victory over the Phillies. The Nationals remained nine games in front of the second-place New York Mets.
Gonzalez (10-9) gave up one run and two hits with four strikeouts and a walk. Shawn Kelley got the only batter he faced, Maikel Franco, to ground out to end the game for his seventh save.
Freddy Galvis homered for Philadelphia in the game was played through a persistent drizzle. Adam Morgan (1-9) lost his ninth straight.
ANGELS 3, REDS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ricky Nolasco pitched a dynamic four-hitter for his fifth career shutout and his first victory for Los Angeles, leading the Angels to an interleague sweep of Cincinnati.
C.J. Cron drove in two runs. The Angels (59-74) have won five straight and eight of 10 to climb out of last place in the AL West.
Los Angeles even won without Albert Pujols and Mike Trout, who weren’t in the lineup for an early starting game before the Angels’ day off.
Brandon Finnegan (8-10) struck out nine during seven strong innings of five-hit ball for the Reds. They have lost four straight and eight of 10.
INDIANS 8, TWINS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 11 and in his seventh straight victory, helping Cleveland hand Minnesota its 13th straight loss — one shy of tying the club record.
Unbeaten since July 3, Kluber (15-8) allowed three runs and six hits in eight solid innings. The right-hander is 7-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his last 10 starts.
Carlos Santana and Roberto Perez homered off Pat Dean (1-5), and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run double during a five-run fifth as the AL Central-leading Indians swept the three-game series.
Brian Dozier hit his 32nd homer, and Max Kepler also connected for the Twins
Minnesota loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth off rookie Perci Garner, making his major league debut. Bryan Shaw came on and threw a wild pitch before striking out Dozier for his first save.
BLUE JAYS 5, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jose Bautista homered on the game’s first pitch and Russell Martin went deep four batters later in support of Aaron Sanchez, leading Toronto past Baltimore.
Toronto took two of the three games in the pivotal AL East series. The fading Orioles are four games behind the first-place Blue Jays and are tied with Detroit for the second wild card spot.
Sanchez (13-2) was recalled from Class-A Dunedin to make the start. He spent 10 days in the minors to limit his innings and he took advantage of the extra rest. Sanchez allowed an unearned run and five hits with two strikeouts over six innings and a season-high 112 pitches.
Michael Saunders hit his 23rd homer, a solo shot in the eighth that made it 5-1.
Yovani Gallardo (4-7) was the loser.
TIGERS 3, WHITE SOX 2
DETROIT (AP) — JaCoby Jones doubled twice in his second major league game, then dashed home for the winning run on Tyler Collins’ sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift Detroit past Chicago.
After a day after doubling, singling and driving in two runs in his debut, Jones scored twice to help the Tigers complete a three-game sweep.
Jones hit a leadoff double in the ninth against David Robertson (4-3) and advanced to third on Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s deep flyball. Collins came up as a pinch-hitter and was able to lift the ball to left-center. Avisail Garcia made the catch, but his throw bounced before it even reached the mound.
Francisco Rodriguez (2-3) pitched the ninth.
Jose Abreu and Alex Avila homered on consecutive pitches in the fourth for the White Sox.
BRAVES 8, PADRES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Wisler had a career-high 10 strikeouts in six innings, Gordon Beckham drove in two runs with a pinch-hit bases-loaded double in the sixth and Atlanta beat San Diego.
The Braves (50-83) no longer have the majors’ worst record. Minnesota (49-84) fell below Atlanta with its 13th straight loss, 8-4 to Cleveland.
Wisler (6-11) allowed one run on only four hits in his third straight win.
Oswaldo Arcia homered for the Padres. Paul Clemens (2-4) took the loss.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager, Justin Turner and Adrian Gonzalez combined for eight hits and four RBIs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers roughed up Madison Bumgarner again to beat the San Francisco Giants 9-5 on Tuesday night.
Rob Segedin and Andrew Toles each homered, and the Dodgers extended their NL West lead to two games.
Bumgarner (12-8) is 0-2 with a 5.63 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this season. Gonzalez hit a two-run single to center with the bases loaded against Bumgarner in the fifth to break a tie.
Kenley Jansen allowed a homer to Denard Span but still got his 36th save.
The Giants’ Angel Pagan extended his hitting streak to 19 games.
Kenta Maeda (13-7) allowed three runs in five innings.
RED SOX 2, RAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Clay Buchholz pitched into the seventh inning, David Ortiz had a run-scoring single and Boston beat Tampa Bay to remain tied atop the AL East with Toronto.
Buchholz (5-9) allowed one run, five hits, two walks and struck out nine in 6 1/3 innings. Craig Kimbrel got the final three outs for his 23rd save.
Chris Archer (7-17) gave up two runs, five hits and threw 109 pitches in five innings for the Rays.
CUBS 5, PADRES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta threw eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball to become the NL’s first 16-game winner and Kris Bryant and Addison Russell homered.
Arrieta (16-5) allowed a single to Alex Dickerson in the second and Christian Bethancourt’s double in the eighth. Arrieta has two no-hitters in the past year.
The Padres brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth, but Aroldis Chapman got the last two outs for his 28th save after Felix Pena was charged with three runs.
Bryant’s 33rd home run tied him with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado for the NL lead.
Christian Friedrich (4-10) lost his eighth consecutive decision.
BLUE JAYS 7, ANGELS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin had three hits and two RBIs and R.A. Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings for his first home win since July 10.
Martin had an RBI single in the first, drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk in the third, singled and scored in the fifth, and doubled over the head of center fielder Mike Trout in the seventh.
Michael Saunders hit his 21st home run, a solo shot off A.J. Achter in the eighth, and Edwin Encarnacion and Darwin Barney each reached base three times as the Blue Jays won their fifth straight over the Angels.
Dickey (9-13) came in 2-8 with a 5.57 ERA in 13 home starts but held the Angels in check, allowing two runs and six hits.
Tyler Skaggs (1-3) allowed four runs and four hits in four-plus innings. His five walks were a season-worst.
ROYALS 1, MARLINS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Yordano Ventura escaped two threats while pitching six innings, and Kansas City extended its winning streak to nine games.
Ventura (9-9) allowed six hits and one walk while striking out six. Three relievers closed out the win and extended the bullpen’s streak of 32 consecutive shutout innings since Aug. 10. Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.
Andrew Cashner (4-10) had his best outing in five starts for the Marlins but fell to 0-3 since joining them on July 30. He allowed one run in six innings.
BREWERS 6, ROCKIES 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hernan Perez hit a two-run triple in the seventh inning, lifting Milwaukee over Colorado.
Perez hit a 0-2 pitch from Carlos Estevez into the right-field corner. Jonathan Villar scored from second and Ryan Braun from first when Daniel Descalso’s cutoff throw to the plate was wide and got past catcher Nick Hundley to give Milwaukee a 5-4 lead.
Brent Suter (1-1) pitched a scoreless seventh for his first career victory in his first relief appearance after making his major league debut in a spot start Friday night. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his first career save in his 75th game.
Boone Logan (2-3) took the loss.
PIRATES 7, ASTROS 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ivan Nova took a shutout into the ninth inning and finished with a six-hitter while Gregory Polanco hit two home runs.
Nova (10-6) struck out six, walked one and threw 69 of his 98 pitches for strikes while improving to 3-0 in four starts since being acquired from the New York Yankees in an Aug. 1 trade.
His bid for his third career shutout ended when Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve led off the ninth with consecutive doubles.
After the Pirates scored four runs in the first inning, Polanco hit solo shots in the third and fifth off Joe Musgrove (1-2) and Tony Sipp to extend the lead to 6-0 and raise his season total to a team-high 19 homers.
REDS 3, RANGERS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Dan Straily extended his surge since the All-Star break by pitching six innings and Joey Votto drove in a pair of runs.
Straily (10-6) hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any of his eight starts since the break, going 6-0. He gave up three singles and two walks.
Tony Cingrani gave two walks in the ninth before retiring Ryan Rua on a grounder to complete his 16th save in 21 chances.
Votto singled home a run in the sixth off left-hander Derek Holland (5-6), who had been on the disabled list since June 22 with an inflamed pitching shoulder. Holland gave up four hits and a walk in six innings. He also got his first major league hit, a single off the plate that bounced over Votto’s head at first base.
METS 7, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wilmer Flores and Justin Ruggiano homered, Jose Reyes reached four base times and scored three runs, and Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, drove in a run and scored once.
The offense helped Robert Gsellman (1-0) get the decision in his major league debut. Gsellman, pressed into action after starter Jonathon Niese left with an injury in the first inning, pitched 3 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.
Jeurys Familia earned his 42nd save, one shy of the Mets’ season record set by Familia last year and Armando Benitez in 2001.
Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia (10-9) gave up a season-high six runs at home, in just four innings.
ATHLETICS 9, INDIANS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit a three-run homer and scored three times, and Oakland beat Cleveland to snap a three-game losing streak.
Davis had struck out in six consecutive at-bats before hitting his 33rd home run of the season off starter Danny Salazar. That’s the most by an Oakland player since Jack Cust hit 33 in 2008.
Sean Manaea (5-8) allowed three hits and one run over seven innings for his second win since June 29. Manaea walked two and fanned eight to become the first A’s rookie pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts since Dan Straily in 2013.
Danny Salazar (11-5) left after giving up a leadoff double in the fifth.
YANKEES 5, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer and CC Sabathia pitched seven innings to win for the third time in two months, leading New York over Mariners.
Sabathia (8-10) was 2-6 with a 6.78 ERA in his previous 11 starts. He gave up a run in the third inning on a triple by Leonys Martin and single by Ketel Marte, but allowed just one single and his lone walk over the next four innings.
Tommy Layne pitched a perfect eighth and Dellin Betances worked around a two-out single to finish the four-hitter.
Taijuan Walker (4-8), recalled earlier in the day from Triple-A Tacoma, allowed four runs — three earned — and six hits in 5 2/3 innings, with three walks and five strikeouts.
TIGERS 8, TWINS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cameron Maybin drove in three runs, including a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth inning.
Anibal Sanchez (7-12) pitched seven innings to win a start on the road for the first time since the first week of the season, and the Tigers broke the game open in the seventh with soaring home runs by Erick Aybar and Victor Martinez.
Brian Dozier gave Minnesota the lead in the fifth with his 29th homer, a new career high, but Kyle Gibson (5-8) couldn’t hold it. He threw two of the team’s three wild pitches in the decisive sixth.
ORIOLES 8, NATIONALS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Kevin Gausman scattered six hits over six shutout innings, Adam Jones went 4 for 5 and Chris Davis hit his 30th home run for Baltimore.
Gausman (5-10) walked two, struck out two and permitted only one runner past second base.
The 25-year-old outpitched Nationals rookie Reynaldo Lopez, a 22-year-old making his fifth major league start. Lopez (2-2) yielded six runs, four earned, and seven hits in 2 2/3 rocky innings.
WHITE SOX 9, PHILLIES 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Abreu homered for a third straight game and Carlos Rodon threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Abreu hit a two-run home run and Justin Morneau followed with a solo shot in the fifth off Jake Thompson (1-3), who gave up seven runs and eight hits in five innings.
Rodon (4-8) allowed three hits and has a 1.46 ERA in his past four starts after missing most of July with a sprained left wrist.
BRAVES 7, DIAMONDBACKS 4
PHOENIX (AP) — Matt Kemp’s two-out, bases-loaded double in the eighth inning erased a one-run lead and Atlanta beat Arizona in a game between the NL’s worst teams.
Jose Ramirez (2-0) allowed a hit and hit a batter but struck out the side in the seventh to get the victory. Jake Barrett (1-2) took the loss. Jim Johnson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.
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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.
CUBS 9, ROCKIES 2
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.
METS 9, GIANTS 5
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 Statcast.com. 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.
WHITE SOX 6, ATHLETICS 2
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.
YANKEES 5, ANGELS 1
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.
ASTROS 12, ORIOLES 2
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.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, PADRES 1
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.
MARLINS 3, PIRATES 1
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.
MARINERS 8, BREWERS 2
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.
ROYALS 10, TWINS 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).
PHILLIES 4, CARDINALS 2
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.
RED SOX 3, TIGERS 2
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.
NATIONALS 11, BRAVES 9
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.
BLUE JAYS 6, INDIANS 5
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.
RAYS 8, RANGERS 2
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) — Mookie Betts homered twice and drove in five runs, helping the resurgent Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Betts hit a three-run drive in the fifth inning and added a tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh. He’s batting .426 with 12 homers and 18 RBIs in 11 games against the Orioles this season.
Betts had three homers and eight RBIs in a 16-2 win over Arizona on Sunday.
The victory lifted Boston into a tie with Baltimore in the AL East. The Orioles started the day atop the division by .001 over Toronto, which played a late game against the Yankees.
Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez had a no-hitter before leaving in the fifth inning with left hamstring tightness. Matt Barnes kept the Orioles hitless until Steve Pearce reached on a dribbler that got past the mound with one out in the seventh.
Brad Brach (7-2) allowed Betts’ second homer.
Brad Ziegler (1-3) got his first win since being acquired from the Diamondbacks, and Craig Kimbrel got his 21st save.
BLUE JAYS 12, YANKEES 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Martin homered twice, including a go-ahead shot in an eight-run eighth inning, and Troy Tulowitzki had four hits as Toronto erased a six-run deficit to beat New York.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a tying homer and drove home three runs in the eighth as Toronto took advantage of a complete meltdown by New York’s bullpen. Tulowitzki also went deep to help the Blue Jays pull off their biggest comeback of the season and move back atop the AL East, just ahead of Baltimore and Boston.
Impressive rookie Gary Sanchez homered twice for New York, including a titanic, three-run drive deep into the rarely reached second deck in left field. It was the first time both starting catchers had multiple home runs in an American League game since at least 1913, the Yankees said.
Scott Feldman (6-4) replaced ineffective starter Marco Estrada after a rain delay and struck out five in three innings of one-run relief.
Adam Warren (1-1) began the eighth for New York and gave up four runs in 1/3 of an inning.
DODGERS 15, PHILLIES 5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chase Utley got curtain calls after each of his two home runs — including a grand slam — in his first game in Philadelphia since last season’s trade to Los Angeles.
Those cheers came after fans greeted him with a 1 1/2-minute ovation before he struck out leading off a rout of the Phillies.
Utley was a six-time All-Star in 13 seasons as Philadelphia’s second baseman, helping the team win five straight NL East titles and the 2008 World Series. Fans showed their appreciation with a long cheer before he struck out in the first inning at Citizens Bank Park.
In the fifth, Utley hit a two-out solo homer off Vince Velasquez (8-5) and raced around the bases in customary fashion. Fans clamored for a rare curtain call by a visiting player, and Utley obliged to another standing ovation.
In the seventh, Utley hit a grand slam off Michael Mariot, and fans again cheered him back out of the dugout. It was Utley’s seventh career grand slam. His first career hit was a grand slam at Veterans Stadium.
Kenta Maeda (12-7) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings.
Los Angeles took sole possession of first place in the NL West for the first time since May 10.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jung Ho Kang hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning and Pittsburgh knocked San Francisco out of first place in the NL West.
Kang homered off reliever Derek Law (4-2) one pitch after Andrew McCutchen was thrown out attempting to steal second base. It was Kang’s 14th home run this season and third in four games.
San Francisco dropped one-half game behind the Dodgers.
The Giants, who had led the division since May 10, have the worst record in baseball since the All-Star break at 9-20.
Antonio Bastardo (1-0) retired three batters for his first win since Aug. 7, 2015.
RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 4, 10 INNINGS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the 10th inning, forcing home the winning run for AL-leading Texas.
Carlos Beltran had tied the game with his fourth hit, a two-run single, after John Axford (4-4) walked the bases loaded. Marc Rzepczynski came on and the A’s opted to intentionally walk Adrian Beltre, reloading the bases. Odor was hit in the shoulder on the next pitch.
Oakland tied the game in the ninth off closer Sam Dyson, then took a 4-2 lead in the 10th when five of its first six batters reached against Keone Kela (4-1). Yonder Alonso had an RBI double and scored on Ryon Healy’s single for the A’s.
ROCKIES 6, NATIONALS 2
DENVER (AP) — DJ LeMahieu had three hits and reached base for the ninth straight plate appearance and Colorado’s bullpen threw six scoreless innings following a lengthy weather delay.
LeMahieu singled in the first inning, hit a two-run home run in the third and tripled and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth off Yusmeiro Petit (3-3). He also walked in the seventh after going 4 for 4 on Monday and walking in his final plate appearance Sunday.
Rain and lightning swept over Coors Field at the start of the fourth, and the game didn’t resume until 9:52 p.m. after a delay of 2 hours, 5 minutes.
Colorado won for the second time in 10 games. Nolan Arenado and David Dahl each had two RBIs, and Chris Rusin (3-4) threw three innings in relief of starter Chad Bettis.
INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber allowed one run in six innings to win his fourth consecutive start, and Cleveland beat Chicago for the seventh straight time.
Kluber (13-8) struck out seven and walked two, allowing his only run on Justin Morenau’s one-out homer in the sixth. Kluber is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA in seven starts since a July 3 loss at Toronto.
Cody Allen pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save.
Jose Quintana (9-9) lost for the first time since June 28.
CUBS 4, BREWRES 1, GAME 1
CUBS 4, BREWERS 1, GAME 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Hammel threw seven innings of two-hit ball, Anthony Rizzo jumped onto a wall to make a remarkable catch of a foul ball and Chicago beat banged-up Milwaukee to sweep a day-night doubleheader.
Javier Baez hit a two-run homer while Hammel (13-5) struck out seven to extend his scoreless streak to 22 innings.
In the opener, Trevor Cahill (2-3) came off the disabled list to throw five innings of two-hit ball in his first start in nearly 16 months in Chicago’s 4-0 win.
The Brewers lost second-game starter Chase Anderson to a bruised left quadriceps after two batters and slugger Ryan Braun to a left knee injury in the fourth inning.
Matt Garza (4-5) took the loss in the first game and Jhan Martinez (0-1) lost after relieving Anderson in Game 2.
CARDINALS 8, ASTROS 5
HOUSTON (AP) — Tommy Pham and Jedd Gyorko each homered to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Houston Astros 8-5 on Tuesday night.
The Cardinals roughed up Astros ace Dallas Keuchel (7-12) to overcome a rocky outing from starter Jaime Garcia (10-8). Garcia gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings, including three home runs.
The Astros dropped their third straight, and the Cardinals won their third in a row on the day they learned outfielder Matt Holliday and reliever Seth Maness are headed for the disabled list. Holliday will have surgery on his right thumb and could miss the remainder of the regular season, while Maness will have Tommy John surgery, likely sidelining him until 2018.
Seung Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out three, for his 12th save of the season.
ROYALS 6, TIGERS 1
DETROIT (AP) — Danny Duffy allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings and Kansas City hit four homers.
Raul Mondesi, Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer all homered off Justin Verlander (12-7), while Kendrys Morales went deep off Mark Lowe.
Duffy (10-1) allowed three hits and two walks, striking out five.
METS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 5
PHOENIX (AP) — Noah Syndergaard earned his first victory in seven starts, helping himself with a two-run homer, and New York ended a string of four consecutive losses to Arizona in the past week.
Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his major league-leading 40th save.
Syndergaard (10-7), the losing pitcher in Arizona’s 9-0 rout of the Mets in New York last week, went 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, and seven hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. He hadn’t won since July 3.
Braden Shipley (2-2) gave up seven runs, six earned, and 10 hits in 5-plus innings.
ANGELS 7, MARINERS 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cliff Pennington hit a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning, Albert Pujols slugged his 22nd home run and Los Angeles ended an 11-game losing streak.
With two outs in the eighth, Jefry Marte turned on a 97 mph fastball from Arquimedes Caminero (2-3) and it drove into the stands to tie it 6-6. Jett Bandy kept the inning alive with a single, and Pennington sent him home with just his second triple since 2014.
Fernando Salas pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save, and Brett Oberholtzer (3-2) earned the win with a scoreless eighth.
The Angels’ 11-game streak tied a franchise worst.
REDS 6, MARLINS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Tucker Barnhart’s first career grand slam capped Cincinnati’s five-run first inning, giving Anthony DeSclafani all the support he needed to beat his former team.
With Miami leading 1-0, the Reds loaded the bases with three straight two-out singles in the first against Jose Urena (1-4), who was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans earlier Tuesday.
Coming off his first loss this season, DeSclafani (7-1) appeared to injure his left ankle making a sudden stop while running the bases in the fourth. He allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings with no walks and six strikeouts.
RAYS 15, PADRES 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brad Miller hit two of Tampa Bay’s five home runs in a rout.
Rookie Blake Snell (4-5) struck out eight in five innings, giving up one run, five hits and four walks.
Edwin Jackson (3-3) gave up eight runs on nine hits and three walks in four innings.
TWINS 4, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Ervin Santana scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings, Joe Mauer homered and Minnesota beat Atlanta.
Santana (6-9) walked two and struck out six, throwing 64 of his 107 pitches for strikes to win his third straight start.
Brandon Kintzler earned his 12th save in 13 chances after facing four batters in the ninth.
Atlanta starter Joel De La Cruz (0-6) gave up four hits, one run, two walks and struck four in 5 1/3 innings.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Randal Grichuk hit a grand slam to cap a six-run burst in the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals stopped the Cubs’ 11-game winning streak, beating Chicago 8-4 on Saturday.
After a run-scoring wild pitch and a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the eighth put the Cardinals ahead 4-2, Grichuk connected.
Brandon Moss and Jedd Gyorko also homered for St. Louis.
Addison Russell hit his 14th homer for the NL Central-leading Cubs.
Alex Reyes (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings of relief to get the win.
St. Louis starter Luke Weaver gave up two runs on four hits in his major league debut. The 22-year-old was lifted for a pinch hitter after four innings and 85 pitches.
Carl Edwards Jr. (0-1) allowed five runs while getting only two outs.
Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks struck out 12, matching a career best, in seven innings. He gave up five hits, including two homers. His ERA rose slightly from 2.17 to 2.19.
YANKEES 8, RAYS 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Tyler Austin and Aaron Judge became the first teammates to hit home runs in the first at-bats of their major league debuts in the same game, sparking New York past Tampa Bay.
And New York’s 24-year-old newbies did it back-to-back in a five-pitch span during the second inning.
Called up before the game as part of a youth movement that led to Alex Rodriguez’s release, Austin batted seventh and sliced a 2-2 fastball from Matt Andriese (6-4) to the opposite field. The 331-foot drive down the right-field line landed in the first row over the short porch, about 3 feet fair.
Judge drove a 1-2 changeup 446 feet off the railing above a sports bar in center field and into the netting above Monument Park. Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer in fifth for a 6-3 lead, and Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius also went deep.
Brad Miller homered twice for Tampa Bay, a three-run drive and a solo shot off Masahiro Tanaka (9-4).
INDIANS 5, ANGELS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Mike Clevinger took a no-hitter into the sixth inning to get his first major league win and Cleveland one-hit Los Angeles.
Andrelton Simmons got Los Angeles’ only hit on a grounder with two outs in the sixth. Shortstop Francisco Lindor got his glove on the ball while ranging to his right, but it bounced into left field for a single.
Clevinger (1-1) was removed after that to a standing ovation. The right-hander allowed one run, struck out three, walked four and threw 91 pitches. Clevinger was drafted by the Angels in 2011 and traded to the Indians three years later for reliever Vinnie Pestano.
Matt Shoemaker (6-13) allowed five runs in six innings for the Angels, who have dropped nine straight, their longest losing streak since 1999.
GIANTS 6, ORIOLES 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner snapped a five-start winless streak with seven shutout innings, Denard Span had four RBIs and San Francisco beat Baltimore.
Bumgarner (11-7) had lost five of his previous seven decisions. He allowed just three hits, struck out eight and allowed three walks.
The victory kept the Giants alone atop the NL West, a game ahead of Los Angeles. The Orioles fell out of first place in the AL East, a half-game behind Toronto.
Span sparked the Giants with two-run singles in the second and sixth innings. Both came with two outs.
Santiago Casilla faced one batter to get his 27th save. Kevin Gausman (3-10) was the loser.
DODGERS 8, PIRATES 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson homered and Los Angeles had 17 hits and a pair of successful challenges in victory over Pittsburgh.
Pederson had his 17th homer, a two-run shot and finished with three hits. Corey Seager also three hits and an RBI, and Los Angeles overcame a 3-1 deficit by scoring in each of the first six innings.
Jung Ho Kang hit his 12th home run for the Pirates.
After Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy was forced from the game in the second inning with right hip stiffness, Josh Fields, Julio Urias (3-2), Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez, Josh Ravin and Kenley Jansen combined to hold Pittsburgh to one run over 7 1/3 innings. Jansen got his 35th save.
Gerrit Cole (7-8) gave up 12 hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
PHILLIES 6, ROCKIES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco hit a three-run homer, then was in the middle of a testy exchange that led to the benches clearing and a pair of ejections in Philadelphia’s victory over Colorado.
On a hot, humid evening with a gametime temperature of 93 degrees and a heat index of 105, tempers flared in the fourth inning. Rockies starter Tyler Anderson (4-4) plunked Franco on the leg with his first pitch. Franco, who homered in his previous at-bat, stayed at home plate and stared out at Anderson while players from both teams barked at each other. Anderson moved toward Franco and appeared to tell him to go to first base and that he didn’t hit him intentionally.
No punches were thrown but both Anderson and Rockies manager Walt Weiss were ejected by plate umpire Eric Cooper. Anderson had to be restrained while walking angrily back to the dugout.
Philadelphia’s Cesar Hernandez had two hits to extend his on-base streak to 20 games.
Daniel Descalso and Tony Wolters homered for Colorado, and Carlos Gonzalez extended his major league-leading hitting streak to 19 games.
Jerad Eickhoff (8-12) was the winner, and Jeanmar Gomez finished for his 30th save.
METS 3, PADRES 2, 11 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Wilmer Flores drove in the winning run when rookie second baseman Ryan Schimpf made a wild throw to plate in the 11th inning, and New York brushed off two stunning homers to beat San Diego.
Just called up from the minors, Gabriel Ynoa (1-0) pitched a perfect inning to win his major league debut after Jacob deGrom gave the Mets a dominant start. Flores finished with three hits, and the defending NL champions (58-58) won for only the fourth time in their last 17 home games.
Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers each hit a tying homer for the Padres. Myers connected off All-Star closer Jeurys Familia with two outs in the ninth.
Neil Walker singled against Brandon Maurer (0-3) leading off the 11th and alertly hustled to third with one out on James Loney’s soft single to left field as the Padres, caught in a defensive shift, scrambled to cover the bag. With the infield playing halfway, Flores hit a grounder over the mound that was fielded in front of second base by Schimpf. Rather than try for an inning-ending double play, Schimpf fired home and his throw sailed well wide as Walker slid in safely.
BLUE JAYS 4, ASTROS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth inning, Aaron Sanchez pitched seven innings to help Toronto end Houston’s winning streak at four.
Sanchez (12-2) survived a shaky first inning to win for the first time since July 25 against San Diego. Jason Grilli pitched the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished for his 26th save.
Josh Donaldson homered off Collin McHugh (7-10) in the first, his 28th of the season. Toronto has won seven of nine meetings with the Astros this season.
Houston’s Jose Altuve had two hits, a double and a triple, giving him 997 for his career. Altuve has reached safely in 43 straight road games.
NATIONALS 7, BRAVES 6
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, rookie Reynaldo Lopez pitched seven innings for his first major league win and Washington beat Atlanta.
Trea Turner had three hits, including a homer and one of Washington’s three triples. Ben Revere had the other two and drove in a run for the NL East leaders.
The Nationals played their fifth straight game without injured right fielder Bryce Harper and first without former closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was released before the game to make room on the roster for Lopez (1-1). The right-handed Lopez allowed one run and five hits.
Mark Melancon got the final three outs for his 33rd save. Rob Whalen (1-1) was the loser.
TWINS 5, ROYALS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier hit his 25th home run of the season and the 100th of his career, leading Tyler Duffey and Minnesota past Kansas City.
Dozier has 17 homers since June 25, most in the majors over that span. He also doubled and scored twice to held the Twins end a four-game losing streak. Robbie Grossman also homered.
For the second time this season, the Twins homered three times off Royals starter Dillon Gee (4-6).
Eddie Rosario’s two-run shot in the fifth inning put the Twins ahead 4-1. Dozier followed him with a towering drive deep into the second deck in left.
Duffey (8-8) won for the third time in three starts this month. Ryan Pressly pitched a scoreless eighth, and Brandon Kintzler finished for the save.
WHITE SOX 8, MARLINS 7
MIAMI (AP) — Dioner Navarro scored the go-ahead run on a strikeout, capping a bizarre eighth-inning comeback in Chicago’s comeback victory over Miami.
The White Sox blew an early 4-0 lead and trailed 7-6 to start the eighth. They rallied against Kyle Barraclough (6-3) with the help of a walk, two wild pitches and Justin Morneau’s first pinch-hit of the year, a double. After Morneau tied it, the Sox had runners at the corners with two out. Melky Cabrera took a weak swing at a 2-2 pitch in the dirt, but the ball skipped away from catcher J.T. Realmuto, allowing Cabrera to reach first while Navarro came home from third.
White Sox starter James Shields allowed 10 hits and seven runs in three-plus innings. Chris Beck (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first career victory, and David Robertson earned his 29th save.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 25th homer for the Marlins, and Martin Prado added a three-run shot. Dan Coats hit his first career homer for Chicago.
TIGERS 2, RANGERS 0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Casey McGehee had four of Detroit’s 14 hits against Cole Hamels, Matt Boyd pitched seven scoreless innings and the Tigers beat AL-leading Texas to snap a five-game losing streak.
Boyd (4-2) limited the Rangers to two hits with three strikeouts and two walks in his longest start this season. The left-hander is 4-0 his last six starts.
Detroit opened the fifth with three consecutive singles, McGehee leading it off and scoring on a hit by Victor Martinez for a 1-0 lead. McGehee added an RBI double an inning later.
The 14 hits were the most ever allowed by Hamels (12-4), who also walked three, but the Tigers left 11 runners on base against him, seven in scoring position. The lefty benefited from a double play, two outfield assists and a pickoff for his final out of the game.
Shane Greene worked the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 33rd save in 36 chances.
MARINERS 4, ATHLETICS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz homered, leading Seattle over Oakland for its seventh victory in eight games.
Cruz hit his 29th home run leading off the fourth inning. Seth Smith singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the fifth, and Cano hit the next pitch from Kendall Graveman (8-8) over the center-field wall for his 26th homer.
Hisashi Iwakuma (14-7) pitched into the sixth for his eighth win in the last nine starts. Edwin Diaz retired three batters for his sixth save.
Khris Davis homered for the second consecutive day for Oakland.
RED SOX 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3
BOSTON (AP) — Brock Holt hit a two-run homer, Sandy Leon had a solo shot and Boston beat Arizona.
Rookie Andrew Benintendi and Dustin Pedroia each had two hits and drove in a run for Boston. The Red Sox have won two in row after losing four of five.
Robbie Ross Jr. (2-2) worked an inning of relief for the win after starter Clay Buchholz gave up three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a spot start. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 19th save.
Archie Bradley (4-8) allowed six runs — four earned — in 5 1/3 innings.
REDS 11, BREWERS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run home run during an eight-run sixth inning in Cincinnati’s victory over Milwaukee.
The Reds had seven hits in the inning, and Milwaukee added two errors and a wild pitch by starter Zach Davies (9-5) that led to a run.
Joey Votto had four hits and two RBIs, and the Reds finished with 16 hits.
Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun hit a solo homer off Dan Straily (8-6) in the sixth. Scooter Gennett had four hits for Milwaukee, and Martin Maldonado also homered.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Francisco Lindor singled to break up Max Scherzer’s no-hit bid and scored in the seventh inning, and Trevor Bauer pitched the Cleveland Indians to a 3-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night.
Jose Ramirez went 2 for 4 with an RBI double in the seventh and an RBI single in the ninth. Lonnie Chisenhall drove in Ramirez in the seventh while Cleveland cracked Scherzer after Bauer kept the Nationals at bay.
Bauer (8-5) allowed four hits and no runs and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings opposite Scherzer’s attempt to record his third no-hitter. Scherzer (12-7) retired 19 of the first 20 batters before struggling in the seventh, and the right-hander finished with 10 strikeouts.
Cody Allen improved to 21 for 23 in save opportunities for Cleveland.
Terry Francona was not feeling well enough to manage Cleveland after complaining of chest pain before the game. He was replaced by bench coach Brad Mills, but the team said the decision was precautionary.
RED SOX 5, YANKEES 3
BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello continued to dominate at Fenway Park with eight solid innings, Matt Barnes cleaned up a mess created by closer Craig Kimbrel and Boston held on to beat New York.
Kimbrel walked in a run with the bases loaded in the ninth before handing off to Barnes, who struck out Mark Teixeira for his first save.
Porcello (15-3) allowed two runs and struck out six. He improved to 11-0 in 12 starts at home this season.
Luis Severino (1-7) allowed five runs and seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. It was his first start since being demoted to the minors in May.
CUBS 5, ANGELS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant hit his 28th home run, John Lackey outpitched friend and former teammate Jered Weaver, and Chicago beat Los Angeles for its eighth straight victory.
Willson Contreras also homered and Ben Zobrist added an RBI double for the major league-leading Cubs, who won their 70th game and moved a season-high 29 over .500.
Kole Calhoun homered on Lackey’s third pitch, but the former Angels right-hander later retired 12 straight. Lackey (9-7) allowed three hits over eight innings, and all six of his strikeouts were looking.
Weaver (8-9) gave up four earned runs and another one that was unearned when he dropped a throw to first base for an error during the Angels’ fifth straight loss.
RANGERS 7, ROCKIES 5
DENVER (AP) — Adrian Beltre hit a two-run double, Elvis Andrus added a tiebreaking single and Texas scored four runs in the eighth inning to beat Colorado.
Alex Claudio (3-1) threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and Sam Dyson earned his 25th save in 28 chances.
The Rangers, who have won four straight and nine of 12, finished their road trip 5-3. The teams head to Texas to begin a two-game set Wednesday.
Tyler Chatwood allowed two runs and struck out a season-high eight for the Rockies, but Scott Oberg (0-1) gave up four runs in the eighth.
Charlie Blackmon homered and Nolan Arenado had two RBIs for Colorado, which has lost five of six.
RAYS 9, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Drew Smyly pitched six innings to win his second straight decision, Logan Forsythe hit a solo homer and Tampa Bay defeated Toronto.
Evan Longoria reached base four times, scored twice and drove in three runs for the Rays. Forsythe had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice as the Rays roughed up Toronto’s bullpen, scoring six runs off two relievers.
Tampa Bay finished with 15 hits. Smyly (4-11) allowed two runs and six hits, improving to 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in five career games at Rogers Centre. Erasmo Ramirez pitched three innings for his first major league save.
Marco Estrada (7-5) gave up three runs, two earned, in five innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, METS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Greinke won in his return from a six-week stay on the disabled list, Michael Bourn hit a go-ahead triple in the seventh inning and Arizona rallied past New York.
Paul Goldschmidt and late substitute Brandon Drury each homered for Arizona. The Diamondbacks also stole five bases, with a double steal setting up Bourn’s two-run liner that erased a 3-2 deficit.
Neil Walker hit his 20th home run for the wild card-contending Mets, who missed a chance to post back-to-back wins for the first time in more than a month.
Greinke (11-3) earned his eighth straight victory. The Arizona ace had been out since June 28, when he strained his left side while batting.
Greinke gave up three runs in six innings. It was the first time he faced the Mets since losing the decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series last October with the Dodgers.
Jake Barrett closed for his fourth save.
Steven Matz was in position for just his second win in 13 starts before Mets reliever Hansel Robles (5-4) got tagged.
MARLINS 2, GIANTS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Tom Koehler pitched two-hit ball for seven innings to help Miami blank San Francisco, which fell into a first-place tie with the Dodgers in the NL West.
Giancarlo Stanton’s RBI double and Marcell Ozuna’s groundout in the first provided the scoring one night after the Giants won 8-7 in 14 innings.
Fernando Rodney, filling in for injured closer A.J. Ramos, earned his 19th save in 21 opportunities.
Koehler (9-8) struck out six and is 3-0 with a 0.67 ERA over his last four starts.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was back in the dugout after missing Monday’s game with an irregular heartbeat following an overnight stay in the hospital.
Brandon Crawford was hitless in four at-bats for San Francisco, one night after his decisive RBI single in the 14th inning made him the first major leaguer in 41 years to get seven hits in a game.
Matt Moore (7-8) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings.
San Francisco had been alone in first since May 15.
DODGERS 9, PHILLIES 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner homered, and Los Angeles beat Philadelphia to pull even with the Giants atop the NL West.
The Dodgers (64-49) are a season-best 15 games over .500 and have won four in a row. They were a season-high eight games behind the Giants on June 26.
Kenta Maeda (11-7) yielded three runs in five innings, and Kendrick had three RBIs.
Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez (8-4) has not won in his last five starts. He gave up nine runs and 11 hits, including all three Dodgers homers.
Aaron Altherr and Freddy Galvis homered for Philadelphia.
PIRATES 6, PADRES 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a tiebreaking homer and Chad Kuhl pitched six innings for the win after being called up from the minors as Pittsburgh defeated San Diego.
Polanco’s three-run drive off Luis Perdomo (5-6) put the Pirates ahead 5-2 and keyed a four-run sixth that included Francisco Cervelli’s RBI double.
Kuhl (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits. David Freese had three hits and scored three runs for the Pirates, who remained three games out of the second NL wild card.
Tony Watson earned his third save.
Wil Myers and Jabari Blash homered for the Padres.
BRAVES 2, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tyrell Jenkins pitched six strong innings, Nick Markakis and Adonis Garcia each drove in a run in the seventh and Atlanta beat Milwaukee.
Jenkins (2-2) allowed one run and three hits in his sixth major league start. The right-hander has a 1.00 ERA over his past three.
His only costly mistake came on Ryan Braun’s home run in the fourth. Mauricio Cabrera pitched the ninth for his third save.
The victory was the Braves’ 10th in 14 games, including six in the last seven.
Wily Peralta (4-8) was the hard-luck loser after returning from the minors Monday.
ASTROS 7, TWINS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Altuve had four hits following a brief absence from the lineup, and Carlos Correa homered and drove in four runs to help Houston beat Minnesota.
Altuve was given the night off Monday, ending the longest active streak in the majors at 202 consecutive games played. He didn’t miss a beat one day later, going 4 for 4 with a run and an RBI.
Correa hit a two-run shot and tied his career high for RBIs. Houston had gone seven games without a home run before he connected early off Hector Santiago (10-6).
Mike Fiers (8-5) gave up three home runs but benefited from Houston’s productive night at the plate. Ken Giles closed for his second save.
Robbie Grossman and Brian Dozier hit back-to-back homers for the Twins.
WHITE SOX 7, ROYALS 5, 10 INNINGS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and Justin Morneau had four hits to lift Chicago over Kansas City.
Frazier is tied for the major league lead with 31 home runs, and this one came on the first pitch from Kelvin Herrera (1-4) after a single by Jose Abreu and a double by Morneau.
David Robertson (3-2) blew a save in the ninth when Alcides Escobar’s two-out single scored pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson.
Dan Jennings struck out Eric Hosmer for his first career save.
White Sox ace Chris Sale is 0-3 in five starts since a July 2 victory over Houston. He gave up three runs and seven hits in the first 2 1/3 innings but did not allow a hit after that. He threw 115 pitches in seven innings.
REDS 7, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Duvall drove in two runs and Tyler Holt hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning that sent Cincinnati past St. Louis.
Holt’s double off Matt Bowman (1-4) broke a 4-all tie. Holt then scored from second on an infield hit after second baseman Matt Carpenter bobbled a barehanded attempt to get speedy Billy Hamilton.
Duvall’s two-run single in the third broke a career-worst 0-for-18 skid. Michael Lorenzen (2-0) won in relief of Brandon Finnegan, and Raisel Iglesias got his first save.
Hamilton stole three bases and has nine steals in his past three games.
Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals.
ATHLETICS 2, ORIOLES 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jake Smolinski reached base four times and scored the deciding run in the third inning, and rookie Zach Neal earned his first win as a starter when Oakland held on to beat Baltimore.
Danny Valencia and Khris Davis each drove in a run as the A’s won consecutive games for the first time since July 26-27 to keep Wade Miley (7-10) winless in an Orioles uniform.
Smolinksi finished with two hits and two walks as Oakland won its second straight one-run game against the AL East leaders.
Neal (2-1) allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings and retired 16 of the 18 batters he faced to win his second career start and first since May 25. He gave up Adam Jones’ homer in the fourth and a double to Jonathan Schoop leading off the sixth.
Neal’s only other win in the majors came in relief against San Francisco on June 28.
Liam Hendriks, John Axford and Ryan Madson completed the three-hitter. Madson worked the ninth for his 24th save.
MARINERS 6, TIGERS 5, 15 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager had two key hits that tied the score, Mike Zunino lofted a game-winning sacrifice fly and Seattle rallied twice to beat Detroit in 15 innings for its season-high fifth straight victory.
Victor Martinez gave the Tigers a 5-4 lead when he opened the 15th with his 20th home run. But the Mariners came back against closer Francisco Rodriguez (1-3) and took advantage of a pivotal error by left fielder Justin Upton.
Seager hit a three-run homer off Justin Wilson in the eighth and tied the game again with an RBI single in the 15th before Adam Lind scored on Zunino’s fly to center.
Ariel Miranda (1-0), scheduled to start Thursday for the Mariners, entered in relief and gave up Martinez’s homer but wound up with his first major league win.
Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez homered off Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce launched a three-run homer for his first hit since being traded, Bartolo Colon took a shutout into the seventh inning and the New York Mets beat the Yankees 4-1 on Thursday night for a split of the Subway Series.
After each team won once at Citi Field earlier this week, the Mets took the wrapup of the two-game set at Yankee Stadium.
Bruce had been 0 for 10 since being acquired from Cincinnati on Monday before his drive into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center field made it 4-0 in the fifth inning against Nathan Eovaldi (9-8).
Kelly Johnson also led off with a homer in the inning.
Bruce’s 26th homer gave him the NL RBIs lead with 83, ended an 0-for-19 rut overall and made him 5-for-56 against the Yankees. He cracked a smile on the way back to the dugout, where Colon and his new teammates greeted him with hearty high-fives.
Colon (10-6) gave up six hits in 6 2/3 innings in earning his 228th victory, most among active pitchers. The 43-year-old righty, who spent 2011 with the Yankees, became the first pitcher to win a Subway Series game for each New York team, the Elias Sports Bureau said.
Jeurys Familia worked around a pair of one-out singles for his 38th save in 40 chances.
GIANTS 3, PHILLIES 2, 10 INNINGS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Denard Span homered leading off the 10th inning, and San Francisco Philadelphia Phillies for just its fifth victory in 14 games since the All-Star break.
Matt Moore made his first start for the NL West leader following his acquisition Monday from Tampa Bay. He allowed two runs and three hits in six innings and walked six — matching his career high.
Span led off the 10th by sending a 95 mph fastball from Severino Gonzalez (0-2) just inside the right-field foul pole, his third hit of the game. San Francisco lost the first two games of the series.
Sergio Romo (1-0) earned the win without getting an out. Cesar Hernandez was caught stealing for the final out of the ninth while Romo was facing his first batter.
Romo became the first pitcher to record a win without officially facing a batter since 2009 when Alan Embree accomplished the feat for Colorado against Washington.
Santiago Casilla pitched a 1-2-3 10th for his 25th save in 30 chances.
DODGERS 4, ROCKIES 2
DENVER (AP) — Kenta Maeda allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings, rookie Corey Seager tied a Dodgers record for shortstops with his 19th home run and Los Angeles beat Colorado to avoid a three-game sweep.
Maeda (10-7) gave up four hits and struck out five for the Dodgers, who lead the NL wild-card race. Maeda, who walked none and hit two batters, has allowed three runs in 18 2/3 innings against the Rockies, with 22 strikeouts and two walks.
Pedro Baez and Joe Blanton combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and Kenley Jansen threw a hitless ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances.
Tyler Chatwood (10-7) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings for Colorado. David Dahl hit a two-run homer in the fourth and has hit safely in his first 10 games in the majors.
RED SOX 3, MARINERS 2, 11 INNINGS
SEATTLE (AP) — Brock Holt’s RBI single in the 11th inning lifted Boston past Seattle.
Travis Shaw, who had a solo homer in the second, opened the 11th against Cody Martin (1-2) with an opposite-field single to left against the shift. Sandy Leon sacrificed Shaw to second and Holt then bounced an single up the middle off the glove of diving shortstop Sean O’Malley.
Craig Kimbrel (2-3) retired all four batters he faced — including striking out the side in the 10th — for the victory. Brad Ziegler pitched the 11th for his third save, stranding the tying run at third.
RANGERS 5, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy hit his first homer with Texas, Ian Desmond drove in two runs and the Rangers beat Wade Miley and Baltimore to avoid a three-game sweep.
Texas received contributions from all three players it acquired before Monday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Lucroy homered in the second inning, Carlos Beltran singled in a run in the fifth and Jeremy Jeffress pitched a scoreless seventh.
Shin-Soo Choo came off the disabled list to get two hits and scored a run for the Rangers, who took back from Baltimore the distinction of owning the best record in the AL.
Texas won the season series 4-3 and would have home-field advantage in the postseason if the teams finish with the same regular-season record and meet in the playoffs.
Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 31st homer for the Orioles. Pedro Alvarez and Hyun-Soo Kim also hit solo shots. Miley (7-9) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings in his debut with the Orioles. The left-hander was acquired from Seattle on Sunday.
REDS 7, CARDINALS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Phillips had three hits and left-hander Brandon Finnegan limited St. Louis to two hits in six innings, leading Cincinnati to a rare series win over the Cardinals.
Cincinnati took two of three, giving it its fifth series win in the last 23 between the NL Central clubs. The Reds have won six straight series after the All-Star break for the first time since 1999.
Phillips had a single and a pair of doubles, scored three times and drove in a run against former teammate Mike Leake (8-9). Ramon Cabrera drove in three runs, and Eugenio Suarez knocked in a pair.
Finnegan (7-8) allowed a pair of singles, and the bullpen gave up three more while closing out Cincinnati’s fourth shutout.
INDIANS 9, TWINS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer, Francisco Lindor added a two-run shot and Cleveland salvaged the finale of a four-game series with Minnesota.
The AL Central-leading Indians were outscored 35-16 by the last-place Twins in the first three games. Cleveland is 5-8 against Minnesota and 26-8 against the rest of the division.
Santana homered in the third off Hector Santiago (10-5), who made his first start with the Twins since being acquired from the Angels on Monday. Lindor homered in a three-run seventh. Jason Kipins hit his career-high 18th homer, a solo shot in the first. Jose Ramirez had a solo homer in the eighth.
Dan Otero (3-1) was the winner. Brian Dozier homered for Minnesota.
WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia homered in a five-run second inning, and Chicago chased Jordan Zimmermann in his return from the disabled list, snapping Detroit’s eight-game winning streak.
Zimmermann (9-5) allowed six runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings, failing to strike out a batter in his first outing since June 30. He had been out with a right neck strain.
Jose Quintana (9-8) allowed three runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings. David Robertson pitched the ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances. Chicago won for only the second time in eight games.
Miguel Cabrera and Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit. The Tigers fell three games behind AL Central-leading Cleveland.
ATHLETICS 8, ANGELS 6, 10 INNINGS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Yonder Alonso hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 10th inning and Oakland beat Los Angeles to avoid a three-game sweep and snap a five-game losing streak.
Mike Morin (2-2) got the first two outs of the 10th inning before the A’s scored twice. Danny Valencia and Tyler Ladendorf singled, and Alonso’s double to center scored Valencia with the go-ahead run. Marcus Semien followed with an RBI single. Ryan Dull pitched a scoreless 10th to get his second save.
Jefry Marte and Jett Bandy hit back-to-back singles off John Axford to start the eighth and pinch-hitter Mike Trout drew a walk to load the bases. Johnny Giavotella sent a grounder to first base that Alonso bobbled, allowing Giavotella to reach safely and Marte to beat the throw home and tie it at 6.
Ryan Madson (4-4) then came in for Axford and retired Yunel Escobar and Kole Calhoun.
BRAVES 5, PIRATES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Adonis Garcia scored from second on an improbable stolen base attempt in the seventh inning and Atlanta beat Pittsburgh despite Ryan Vogelsong’s strong start.
Vogelsong allowed only one run in six innings his first start in more than two months. He left with the game tied 1-1.
Felipe Rivero (0-4) walked Garcia with one out in the seventh, and Garcia moved to second on Ender Inciarte’s single. Garcia, who has only two steals this season, broke for third base as the left-handed Rivero held the ball on the mound. Rivero finally threw to third, but Jung Ho Kang dropped the throw for an error, allowing Garcia to score. Inciarte moved to second, and scored on Jeff Francoeur’s pinch single.
Hunter Cervenka (1-0) was the winner, and Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
BLUE JAYS 4, ASTROS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — J.A. Happ won his ninth consecutive decision, Edwin Encarnacion reached 30 home runs for the fifth straight season and Toronto beat Houston for its eighth victory in 11 games.
Happ (15-3), who already has set his career high for wins, retired 12 of his first 13 batters and allowed one run and four hits in six innings. He’s 9-0 with a 2.49 ERA in 10 starts since losing at Detroit on June 6. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Mike Fiers (7-5) was the loser.
RAYS 3, ROYALS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brad Miller hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to help Tampa Bay beat Kansas City for a series split.
Miller hit his 19th homer, connecting off Joakim Soria (4-5).
Brad Boxberger (1-0) worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the eighth, and Alex Colome got his 26th save after giving up two hits during the ninth. Drew Smyly allowed two runs, five hits, one walk and struck out 10 in seven innings.
Ian Kennedy gave up one hit, walked four and had nine strikeouts in six-plus innings for the Royals. Alex Gordon hit his eighth home run.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Danny Duffy pitched eight innings of one-hit ball and had a franchise-record 16 strikeouts to lead the Kansas City Royals to a 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Duffy (7-1) flirted with the Royals’ first no-hitter in nearly 25 years before giving up a line-drive double to Desmond Jennings leading off the Tampa Bay eighth.
Jennings came off the disabled list Monday after missing all of July with a strained hamstring.
Kendrys Morales’ 18th home run, a towering shot over the center field wall off Rays starter Chris Archer (5-15), got the Royals on the scoreboard in the seventh. Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his second save.
Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain drove in runs in the eighth for the Royals, who won for only the second time in 10 games.
TWINS 12, INDIANS 5
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Max Kepler had three two-run homers and six RBIs, leading Minnesota over Cleveland.
The German-born Kepler homered off All-Star Danny Salazar in the first and third innings and hit another off Cody Anderson in the sixth. Kepler became the first Twin to homer three times in a game since Justin Morneau in 2007. He also had a single.
Joe Mauer was 4 for 4 and homered in the eighth off Andrew Miller, who was making his first appearance with Cleveland after being acquired Sunday from the Yankees.
Jose Berrios (2-1) retired 15 straight after a three-run first inning. The rookie right-hander, recalled from Triple-A Rochester before the game, allowed four hits in six innings.
Salazar (11-4) lost for the first time since May 22.
CUBS 5, MARLINS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks allowed just seven hits in his second career shutout, providing Chicago’s bullpen a needed breather.
After a wild, 12-inning win a night earlier in which manager Joe Maddon used 22 players, Hendricks (10-7) threw 123 pitches and lowered his ERA to 2.22, third-best in the majors. He allowed three walks and struck out five.
Anthony Rizzo finished a home run shy of the cycle and reached base five times, and Addison Russell had a two-run single in the first off wild Marlins starter Adam Conley (7-6).
ASTROS 2, BLUE JAYS 1, 14 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa hit an RBI double in the 14th inning off Scott Feldman hours after Feldman was traded from Houston to Toronto.
Jose Altuve, who homered earlier in the game, opened the 14th with a single to shallow left field off Feldman (5-4), and Correa followed with his hit off the fence in right-center field. It gave Houston its ninth walkoff win this season, and 14th with its last at-bat.
Michael Feliz (7-1) pitched a perfect 14th inning after Chris Devenski pitched 4 1/3 perfect innings after entering the game in the ninth.
YANKEES 6, METS 5, 10 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Starlin Castro hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Yankees hardly resembled a team resigned to fading away after selling off their stars at the trade deadline, rallying past the Mets in their Subway Series opener.
Didi Gregorius hit a tying single with two outs in the eighth and new closer Dellin Betances worked out of a major jam for his first save this season. Hours after trading slugger Carlos Beltran and pitcher Ivan Nova before the non-waiver deadline, the Yankees snapped a four-game slide.
Wilmer Flores and rookie Matt Reynolds homered for the skidding Mets, who lost their fifth in six games as fans in the sellout crowd of 42,125 traded chants throughout the night following a hectic afternoon at Citi Field.
Castro’s RBI came off Seth Lugo (0-1). Adam Warren (1-0) got his first win since returning to the Yankees.
Earlier in the day, the defending NL champions completed deals to land All-Star outfielder Jay Bruce and reacquire lefty Jon Niese.
RED SOX 2, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Mookie Betts homered to lead off the ninth inning, Craig Kimbrel got his 18th save in his return from knee surgery and Boston beat James Paxton and Seattle.
Paxton held Boston to a run and four hits over eight innings before Betts hit his 22nd homer off closer Steve Cishek (2-6), who blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning Sunday against Chicago.
Kimbrel made his first appearance since having surgery to repair a medial meniscus tear in his left knee.
Junichi Tazawa (2-1) got the win with a scoreless eighth after Eduardo Rodriguez held Seattle to a run and three hits over 6 1/3 innings.
NATIONALS 14, DIAMODNBACKS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Anthony Rendon drove in three runs, Daniel Murphy went 3 for 3 and Stephen Strasburg got his major league-leading 15th win.
Strasburg (15-1) allowed a run and three hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. He also had three hits and an RBI.
Arizona starter Archie Bradley (4-7) gave up eight runs and 12 hits in 3 1/3 innings.
PADRES 7, BREWERS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yangervis Solarte drove in two runs, Travis Jankowski had three hits and two walks and San Diego beat Milwaukee.
Carlos Villanueva (2-2) pitched 2 2/3 innings in relief of starter Jarred Cosart, allowing two runs and two hits. Villanueva was the first of four Padres relievers.
Milwaukee’s Jimmy Nelson (6-10) exited with four innings pitched and eight hits allowed.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- A look at what’s happening all around the majors Thursday:
It’s the final day of the All-Star break, and the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline is approaching. Contenders needing a closer are sure to be asking the Yankees about left-hander Aroldis Chapman. San Diego’s Drew Pomeranz or Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi could wind up in new rotations. Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and Milwaukee catcher Jonathan Lucroy are among the top bats that could move, as well.
TOUGHER ROAD AHEAD
The Cubs raced to a big lead in the NL Central behind a bevy of All-Stars, but also while playing the second-easiest schedule in the majors, per Baseball Reference . The next few weeks should be a bit tougher. Chicago returns from the All-Star break with three games against AL-leading Texas and then plays the Mets, Brewers, White Sox and Mariners to close out July — all but Milwaukee are over .500 and competing for playoff spots. Chicago is up seven games on the Cardinals in the Central after going 2-8 in its final 10 games before the break.
The Rangers rotation will get a boost shortly after the break when right-hander Yu Darvish returns from the disabled list to start Saturday against the Cubs. Darvish missed the beginning of the season following Tommy John surgery and only made three starts before going back on the DL on June 9 with shoulder discomfort. The Japanese ace made two recent rehab starts with Double-A Frisco during his most recent DL stint, allowing five earned runs in seven innings.
Anthony Gose has tumbled from the majors all the way to Double-A this season following a demotion Wednesday. The Tigers outfielder was sent to Erie after he was in an altercation with Triple-A Toledo manager Lloyd McClendon during a game over the weekend. Gose has hit .209 in 30 games with the Tigers and .185 in 50 games with the Mud Hens this season. “After collectively evaluating the situation in Toledo, we spoke with Anthony and emphasized our organization’s expectations of him,” Tigers general manager Al Avila said in a statement. “Most importantly, Anthony’s transfer to Erie is a move to give him a fresh start to his overall performance as he works his way back to Detroit.”
David Ortiz is set to get booed at Yankee Stadium, Chris Sale is ready to resume striking out Kris Bryant and the Kansas City Royals are facing a rugged road back to the playoffs.
Now that the All-Star fun is finished, a look at what’s on deck as Major League Baseball makes the turn and heads home toward October:
PENNANT PUSH: All eyes will be on Joe Maddon and his Cubs as they chase their first World Series crown since 1908. They’re in prime position so far — Jake Arrieta, Bryant and Co. hold the biggest lead at the break, up seven games over St. Louis in the NL Central.
The Cubs have never won a title while at Wrigley Field. All those past failures? “That’s something we don’t really discuss very often,” Arrieta said.
Only one division race closer than five games: The AL East, with Baltimore up two on Boston and Toronto. Ortiz got a lot of love this week, but what Big Papi really wants is one more swing in the postseason. The Red Sox begin the second half Friday night in the steamy Bronx.
Quite a scramble is shaping up for wild-card spots — 18 teams are within five games of the slots. World Series MVP Salvador Perez, All-Star Game MVP Eric Hosmer and the defending champ Royals are hovering at 45-43.
DEAL OR NO DEAL: Will Aroldis Chapman soon be closing somewhere else? Can Jonathan Lucroy catch on with a contender? How about Carlos Gonzalez? Could Drew Pomeranz or Jake Odorizzi be starting a new chapter?
Plenty to track before the Aug. 1 deadline to make trades without waivers. Last year, a lot of big names moved in the final week — Yoenis Cespedes, Johnny Cueto and Troy Tulowitzki, among them.
This year, several elite teams need bullpen help. The Yankees have two of the top targets in Chapman and Andrew Miller. A few more wins might quiet all the trade noise, Miller said.
“We can shut down those rumors, and I think that’s the goal. That’s what need to do. That’s what we should do,” the lefty said.
HEAL OR NO HEAL: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Craig Kimbrel come out of the break on the disabled list, as do Felix Hernandez, Michael Brantley and several Texas pitchers.
How fast the likes of Jordan Zimmermann, Wade Davis, Matt Carpenter and others can effectively come back might determine how far their teams go.
The defending NL champion Mets had already lost captain David Wright and former ace Matt Harvey for the season and power-hitting Lucas Duda for a long time when slugger Yoenis Cespedes and hard-throwing Noah Syndergaard recently got hurt in the same game.
“I don’t want it to sound like woe is me,” Mets manager Terry Collins said, “but woe is us.”
STEP IT UP!: Andrew McCutchen, Prince Fielder and Giancarlo Stanton are among several stars who slumped through the first half. Jose Bautista, Jason Heyward and Dallas Keuchel also have been shaky.
All over the majors, All-Stars who haven’t performed that way get 2½ months to return to form.
A big second half by Justin Upton could propel Detroit in the playoff chase, same for Yordano Ventura in KC and Adam Wainwright in St. Louis.
FLY, BALL, FLY: Giancarlo Stanton is done putting dents in the Western Metal Supply Co. building at Petco Park. Time now for mere mortals to swing away.
Home runs are at a point that rivals the peak of the Steroids Era, but Commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t worried that PEDs are juicing performances.
The increase “takes place against the backdrop where Major League Baseball does 22,000 drug tests a year,” he said.
The ball tends to travel when temperatures heat up — former Phillies manager Charlie Manuel used to call this “hittin’ season.”
“It always goes back and forth, and you never know when it’s going to kind of take the swing the other way,” Orioles catcher Matt Wieters said.
DATES TO WATCH: Coming up, Ken Griffey Jr. (in a Mariners cap, not a backward lid) and Mike Piazza (Mets hat) step to the Cooperstown podium for their Hall of Fame induction speeches on July 24.
Later, the Atlanta Braves play for the last time at 20-year-old Turner Field (Oct. 2 vs. Detroit) before moving to a suburban ballpark.
Also in range: Ichiro Suzuki needs 10 hits to reach 3,000 in the majors and Alex Rodriguez is five home runs shy of No. 700.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell hit a grand slam in his second major-league at bat, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the slumping Chicago Cubs 12-6 on Saturday night.
Bell drove a 1-1 pitch from Adam Warren (3-2) over the seats above the 21-foot wall in right for his second pinch hit in two games since being recalled from Triple-A on Friday. Jordy Mercer followed with another home run to make it a five-run fifth for the Pirates, who have won nine of 10.
Andrew McCutchen and Sean Rodriguez homered earlier off Jon Lester, and Arquimedes Caminero (1-2) pitched 1 2/3 innings for the win. Jared Hughes earned his third major league save by tossing three scoreless innings.
Ben Zobrist had a two-run homer and Anthony Rizzo had four hits for Chicago, which has lost of nine of 10.
NATIONALS 6, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Murphy homered for the sixth time this year against his former team, powering Max Scherzer and the Nationals to the win.
The NL East leaders opened a five-game lead on the Mets.
Murphy had a run-scoring single in the third inning, an RBI double in the fifth and launched his 16th home run in the seventh. He is batting .438 (21 of 48) with 19 RBIs against the Mets after becoming a free agent in the offseason and signing with Washington.
Scherzer (10-6) gave up three hits and an unearned run in seven innings.
New York’s Logan Verrett (3-6) gave up five runs on only four hits in 6 2/3 innings.
TIGERS 3, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Victor Martinez hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and Detroit stopped Toronto’s seven-game winning streak.
Justin Upton had two hits and Andrew Romine reached three times for the Tigers, who had lost seven of their previous nine against the Blue Jays.
Bruce Rondon (3-1) earned the win despite allowing a tying home run to Devon Travis in the seventh. Rondon missed the first two games of the series with flu-like symptoms.
Justin Wilson pitched the eighth and Francisco Rodriguez finished for his 24th save.
Martinez hit a one-out drive off Jason Grilli (3-3) for his 17th homer.
ORIOLES 3, ANGELS 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop scored the tying run on a seventh-inning balk and delivered the decisive RBI single in the eighth, leading Baltimore to the win.
The victory assured the Orioles sole possession of first place in the AL East at the All-Star break, which begins after the conclusion of Sunday’s schedule.
Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 28th homer for Baltimore, a solo shot in the second inning. Brad Brach (6-1) worked the eighth and Zach Britton finished for his 26th save.
Daniel Nava had two RBIs for the Angels, who were bidding for their season-high fifth straight win. Joe Smith (1-4) got the loss.
YANKEES 7, INDIANS 6, 11 INNINGS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brian McCann’s RBI double with two outs in the 11th inning lifted the Yankees to the victory.
McCann’s clutch hit off Tommy Hunter (2-2) pushed New York to its second win in three days over the AL Central-leading Indians.
Yankees left-hander Aroldis Chapman (3-0) struck out four in the final 2 1/3 innings.
All-Star Carlos Beltran, who was 3 for 6, started the winning rally with a two-out single. McCann’s line drive hit on the track in right field and bounced over the head of Abraham Almonte, scoring pinch-runner Ronald Torreyes.
CARDINALS 8, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jhonny Peralta, Tommy Pham and Aledmys Diaz homered, powering the Cardinals to the road win.
Peralta hit a leadoff drive in the second off Chase Anderson (4-10). Pham connected for a solo shot and Diaz belted a three-run homer during the Cardinals’ five-run ninth.
Carlos Martinez (8-6) struck out a season-high 11 in five innings in his first win since June 11. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits with four walks.
Anderson struggled with his command and lasted just four innings. He walked five and allowed two runs and four hits.
DODGERS 4, PADRES 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy won his second straight start after a 14-month recovery from Tommy John surgery.
McCarthy (2-0) gave up three runs in five innings, including a two-run homer by Yangervis Solarte in the first.
Adam Liberatore got two outs for his club-record 24th consecutive scoreless appearance. He broke the mark of 23 set by John Candelaria in 1991. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 26th save.
Luis Perdomo (3-4) took the loss.
ROCKIES 8, PHILLIES 3
DENVER (AP) — Tyler Anderson homered and earned his first big league win, leading Colorado to the victory.
Anderson (1-3) allowed two runs in six innings. He singled for his first big league hit and homered for his second.
Jordan Lyles allowed one run in three innings for his second career save.
Tony Wolters’ first career triple drove in three runs in Colorado’s six-run sixth.
Jerad Eickhoff (6-10) was charged with eight runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. The Phillies lost for just the third time in 11 games.
RED SOX 4, RAYS 1
BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched seven innings to remain unbeaten in his Fenway Park starts this season, and the Red Sox sent the Rays to their fifth straight loss.
On a day the Red Sox learned they lost closer Craig Kimbrel to a left knee injury for likely three to six weeks, they won for the fifth time in six games.
Dustin Pedroia added a two-run single for Boston, which looks for a sweep of the three-game series Sunday when former Rays ace David Price is scheduled to pitch.
Brad Miller homered for the Rays, who have dropped 21 of 24. Matt Moore (5-6) gave up four runs in six innings.
Porcello (11-2) allowed a run and six hits. Koji Uehara worked the ninth for his fourth save.
WHITE SOX 5, BRAVES 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Todd Frazier hit his 25th homer for the White Sox, and Jose Quintana bested Julio Teheran in the majors’ first all-Colombian pitching matchup.
Frazier, who will go for his second straight Home Run Derby title Monday, hit a two-run shot in the second and an RBI double in Chicago’s three-run third.
Teheran (3-8) allowed five runs and nine hits over six innings after missing his last start with an infection in his right thigh.
Quintana (7-8) won his second straight start despite giving up home runs to Gordon Beckham, Jeff Francoeur and Freddie Freeman in six innings.
With closer David Robertson unavailable due to an upper left leg strain, Nate Jones got four outs for his third save.
GIANTS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt had an RBI triple, Grant Green homered for the first time this season and San Francisco got a big lift from its bullpen.
Angel Pagan added two hits and Ruben Tejada doubled in a run for the Giants, who have won seven of nine and are a major league-best 56-33.
George Kontos (2-1), one of six relievers used by manager Bruce Bochy after Jake Peavy was knocked out of the game in the fifth, retired four batters for the win. Santiago Casilla pitched the ninth for his 21st save.
Arizona’s Robbie Ray (4-8) gave up three runs and six hits in five innings.
ROYALS 5, MARINERS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez homered and made a key pickoff throw to help Kansas City to the win.
Perez hit a solo drive off the foul pole in the seventh inning that gave the Royals a two-run lead.
In the eighth, the World Series MVP made the defensive play of the game. With runners at the corners and one out, the star catcher trapped Kyle Seager off first base.
The pickoff was Perez’s first of the season and 18th of his career.
Kansas City’s Edinson Volquez (8-8) pitched six innings and was charged with three runs and six hits. Kelvin Herrera got three outs for his first save.
Wade Miley (6-6) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings for Seattle.
ATHLETICS 3, ASTROS 2
HOUSTON (AP) — Kendall Graveman pitched eight-plus innings for Oakland, and Stephen Vogt had three hits, including a homer.
Vogt hit a solo drive in the second and an RBI single in the third.
Graveman (5-6) allowed two runs and five hits. He retired his first 14 batters before A.J. Reed singled with two outs in the fifth.
Ryan Dull got three outs for his first save.
Houston right-hander Lance McCullers (4-3) was charged with three runs and seven hits in a season-low four innings.
MARLINS 4, REDS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Martin Prado had three hits, including a double that put Miami ahead to stay.
Prado hiked his average to .323 and capped a rally in the fifth inning with a two-out, two-run double that right fielder Jay Bruce misjudged. J.T. Realmuto had two hits and scored three times.
All-Star Adam Duvall hit his 23rd home run for the Reds, and Brandon Phillips had two hits and an RBI with a broken left hand. Phillips played less than 24 hours after suffering a hairline fracture when he was hit by a pitch from Jose Fernandez.
John Lamb (1-6) took the loss despite a career-high nine strikeouts in five innings.
Miami’s Adam Conley (6-5) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. A.J. Ramos pitched around a walk in the ninth for his 27th save.
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TORONTO (AP) — Carlos Santana homered in the 19th inning off infielder Darwin Barney and the Cleveland Indians set a franchise record by winning their 14th straight game, 2-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday.
Cleveland won 13 straight in 1942 and again in 1951.
It’s the longest winning streak since Atlanta won 14 straight in 2013. It’s the longest by an AL team since Oakland won 20 in a row in 2002.
Santana doubled and scored in the third as the surging Indians survived a marathon game and disappointed a sellout crowd that came for a Canada Day matinee that lasted 6 hours and 13 minutes, featured 19 pitchers and saw 34 left on base.
The 19 innings matched the longest game in Blue Jays history. Toronto played 19 against Detroit in August 2014.
Having used seven of their eight relievers, the Indians turned to Saturday’s scheduled starter, Trevor Bauer, in the 15th. Bauer (7-2) worked five innings for the win.
MARLINS 7, BRAVES 5, 12 INNINGS
ATLANTA (AP) — Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, making the first pinch-hit appearance of his career, drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run double in the 12th inning.
The dramatic moment overshadowed the meltdown of closer A.J. Ramos, who blew a rare save in the ninth for Miami. Ramos had converted 33 straight saves, one short of the franchise record.
Fernandez, one of baseball’s most dynamic starters, began the game with a .222 batting average in 27 at-bats. With the pitcher’s spot due up in the 12th and no position players available, Fernandez batted for reliever Nick Wittgren (3-1) and delivered the big hit.
Fernandez is Miami’s starter Saturday.
Casey Kelly (0-3), the sixth Atlanta pitcher, took the loss.
METS 10, CUBS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Nimmo’s three-run homer in the fourth inning was one of five home runs by New York off Jason Hammel in a game that ended Jacob deGrom’s 10-start winless streak.
James Loney and Asbrubal Cabrera hit consecutive homers in the second inning, just before a 68-minute rain delay, and Cabrera hit a two-run drive in the fifth, shortly after Yoenis Cespedes’ solo shot. New York hit five homers at home for the first time in 16 years, and Cespedes reached 20 homers in a season for the fifth time.
DeGrom (4-4) allowed one run and three hits in five-plus innings, leaving after the third delay — which brought the total to 1 hour, 19 minutes in a game that ended at 12:05 a.m.
Hammel (7-5) was tagged for career highs of 10 runs and five homers.
RED SOX 5, ANGELS 4
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz homered for his 2,000th hit with Boston and his 522nd career home run, moving into sole possession of 19th place on baseball’s career list and breaking a tie he held with a trio of Hall of Famers including Red Sox great Ted Williams.
C.J. Cron hit a grand slam for the Angels, who lost their fourth straight and 10th in 11.
Craig Kimbrel finished up for his 17th save. Knuckleballer Steven Wright (9-5) got the win.
Jhoulys Chacin (2-5) allowed five runs on 12 hits in just 4 2/3 innings.
GIANTS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 4
PHOENIX (AP) — Conor Gillaspie fell a home run shy of the cycle and Johnny Cueto settled down after a rocky start to earn his 12th victory.
Trevor Brown doubled in two runs and Grant Green singled in two more for the Giants, who are 5-0 at Chase Field this season. San Francisco’s Jarrett Parker added a solo homer off reliever Randall Delgado in the eighth.
Cueto (12-1) gave up four runs in the first three innings and blanked Arizona for the next four. The right-hander allowed seven hits in seven innings and struck out nine with no walks while improving to 8-0 on the road. Cueto joined Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs as the only 12-game winners in the National League.
NATIONALS 3, REDS 2, 14 INNINGS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ben Revere doubled in the winning run with two outs in the 14th inning, and Washington got its sixth straight victory.
Revere’s liner off the wall in right-center off Ross Ohlendorf (5-6) scored Danny Espinosa, who was hit by a pitch to start the inning.
Yusmeiro Petit (3-1), the sixth Washington pitcher, worked two innings for the win.
The last-place Reds have lost five straight and nine of 10. They battled for 4 hours, 30 minutes before falling in this one.
MARINERS 5, ORIOLES 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager and Dae-Ho Lee hit two-run homers to give Seattle Mariners a comeback victory.
Mariners starter Wade LeBlanc (1-0) picked up his first victory since Sept. 23, 2014, when he was with the Los Angeles Angels. LeBlanc, acquired in a trade with Toronto on June 22, played last season in Japan.
Steve Cishek worked the ninth for his 20th save in 24 opportunities.
Kevin Gausman (1-6) went six innings and allowed three runs and eight hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.
ASTROS 5, WHITE SOX 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer and Mike Fiers and three relievers combined for a shutout.
It was Houston’s fourth straight victory and 11th in the last 12 games.
Fiers (6-3) scattered four hits over six innings.
The Astros didn’t have a baserunner until Miguel Gonzalez (1-4) plunked George Springer to start the fourth inning.
RANGERS 3, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ian Desmond homered to lead off the 10th inning and Sam Dyson and Texas held on for a victory.
Dyson notched his 17th save in 19 attempts. Matt Bush (3-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, which lifted the Rangers to a club-record 52-29 mark at the 81-game midpoint of their season.
Trevor Plouffe tied the game for the Twins with a two-run home run in the seventh that spoiled Martin Perez’s shutout bid, but Desmond took Fernando Abad (1-3) deep to start the extra session.
DODGERS 5, ROCKIES 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bud Norris pitched six strong innings while filling in for Clayton Kershaw in his Los Angeles debut and Adrian Gonzalez drove in two runs.
Acquired from Atlanta on Thursday, Norris (4-7) overpowered Colorado from the start, striking out seven of the first 14 hitters. The right-hander held the Rockies to a single and a double, and finished with eight strikeouts.
Jorge de la Rosa (5-5) gave up two runs and five hits in seven innings.
CARDINALS 7, BREWERS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Holliday drove in three runs and left-hander Jaime Garcia threw eight solid innings for St. Louis.
The Cardinals ended a seven-game home losing streak, their longest since Aug. 2-15, 1983. It was their first home win since a 6-3 victory over San Francisco on June 5.
Garcia (6-6) allowed four hits. He struck out six and walked four.
Matt Garza (1-1) gave up seven runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked four.
TIGERS 10, RAYS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rookie right-hander Michael Fulmer give up two hits in seven shutout innings and Victor Martinez hit three-run homers from both sides of the plate in Detroit’s fourth straight win.
Fulmer (8-2) became the first Detroit pitcher since 1913 to give up one run or fewer in eight straight starts. He is 6-1 with a 0.53 ERA in those eight starts.
Drew Smyly (2-9) gave up six hits and four earned runs.
PIRATES 7, ATHLETICS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jody Mercer homered and had an RBI single and Pittsburgh rallied from three runs down to beat stumbling ace Sonny Gray (3-7).
Pirates starter Jeff Locke (8-5) also struggled early but retired the final nine batters he faced to win his third straight.
PHILLIES 4, ROYALS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson threw six sharp innings, Odubel Herrera hit a leadoff homer and Philadelphia got its fourth straight win.
Hellickson (6-6) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, striking out six. He was 0-9 in his previous 15 starts against AL opponents.
Royals starter Ian Kennedy (6-7) gave up three runs in five innings.
PADRES 7, YANKEES 6
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers hit a two-run home run and 28-year-old rookie Ryan Schimpf hit his first career shot for San Diego.
Colin Rea (5-3) pitched six strong innings for the Padres.
Nathan Eovaldi (6-6) allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Panik hit a bases-loaded triple, Mac Williamson launched a 446-foot home run and the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 Thursday for their 12th win in 14 games.
The Giants took three of four at PNC Park.
After hitting a key double late in Wednesday night’s win, Panik put the Giants ahead 3-1 with his triple in the third inning. Williamson followed with an RBI single.
Williamson connected for his second home run of the season in the sixth.
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Albert Suarez (3-1) gave up two earned runs in five innings. Santiago Casilla struck out three in the ninth for his 16th save.
Jonathon Niese (6-5) was tagged for five runs in six innings.
PHILLIES 7, TWINS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Struggling Freddy Galvis homered and drove in a career-high five runs to help Philadelphia end a nine-game losing streak.
Cesar Hernandez tied a career-high with four hits and slumping Ryan Howard homered as part of his first multiple-hit game since April 29.
The Phillies won for just the second time in 15 games.
Jerad Eickhoff (5-9) gave up one earned run and five hits in six innings. In winning three of his past four starts, Eickhoff has allowed five earned runs in 24 2/3 innings. The last three Philadelphia wins over a 17-game span were all Eickhoff victories.
Looking to become the Twins first pitcher with four wins, Ricky Nolasco (3-5) allowed 10 hits and four earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.
TIGERS 5, MARINERS 4, 10 INNINGS
DETROIT (AP) — Pinch runner Cameron Maybin easily scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Steve Cishek with two outs in the 10th inning, giving Detroit a four-game sweep.
The Mariners, who missed a chance when Robinson Cano struck out with a runner on third to end the 10th, lost their sixth in a row.
Steven Moya drew a one-out walk from Cishek (2-4) and Maybin pinch ran. Pinch hitter Victor Martinez singled, with an error by left fielder Seth Smith on the play putting runners on second and third. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Andrew Romine struck out.
Cishek then threw a pitch that catcher Chris Iannetta couldn’t corral, allowing Maybin to run home.
Kyle Ryan (3-2), who worked out of a bases-loaded jam Wednesday night, earned the win by escaping a jam of his own making in the 10th.
RED SOX 8, WHITE SOX 7, 10 INNINGS
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts singled in the game-winning run in the 10th inning as Boston avoided a four-game sweep.
Chicago led 3-0, 4-1 and 7-5 before Boston sent it into extra innings with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth. The White Sox loaded the bases with nobody out in the 10th, but Craig Kimbrel (1-3) got J.B. Shuck on an infield popup and then struck out Tim Anderson and Adam Eaton.
In the bottom half, Matt Purke (0-1) walked two before Bogaerts lined one up the middle and Mookie Betts scored easily from second.
James Shields pitched his best outing since being acquired by the White Sox on June 4. Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer and Alex Avila had four hits for Chicago.
ATHLETICS 5, ANGELS 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Semien and Khris Davis homered to help Kendall Graveman get the first win by an Oakland starter in more than three weeks.
Graveman (3-6) gave up two runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings to get the first win for an A’s starter since June 1 after the rotation had combined to go 0-9 in the previous 17 games.
Semien hit a three-run shot off Tim Lincecum (1-1) in Oakland’s four-run second. Davis’ solo shot in the fifth made it 5-2.
Sean Doolittle gave up a two-run homer to Jeff Bandy in the ninth but held on for his fourth save.
Home plate umpire Paul Emmel was hit in the head by Jefry Marte’s bat with two outs in the ninth when the pinch-hitter lost control of it on a follow-through. Emmel fell to his knees before leaving the field with a towel held to his head.
MARLINS 4, CUBS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered in the fourth inning and singled home the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth, sending Chicago to its fourth consecutive defeat.
Christian Yelich started Miami’s rally in the bottom of the eighth with a one-out walk against Pedro Strop (1-2). He advanced on a wild pitch and scored standing up on Stanton’s opposite-field single. J.T. Realmuto followed with an RBI double.
Kyle Barraclough (4-2) pitched a scoreless eighth.
BRAVES 4, METS 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Adonis Garcia hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Addison Reed in the eighth inning and Atlanta beat New York for the fourth straight time in a week.
The Braves trailed 3-2 when Freddie Freeman opened the eighth with a single off Jerry Blevins. Reed (1-2) relieved with one out and, with catcher Travis d’Arnaud calling for a chest-high fastball on an 0-2 count, Garcia connected on a pitch that badly missed the target for his fourth home run.
Jim Johnson (1-4) won in relief.
Arodys Vizcaino converted his 18th save in 21 chances.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, ROCKIES 6
DENVER (AP) — Nick Ahmed had a two-out RBI single in the ninth inning and Arizona recovered after blowing a late lead.
Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler (2-2) ending his streak of 43 consecutive successful save attempts dating back to May 29, 2015, a club record and the seventh longest ever. He allowed an inherited runner to score while the Rockies overcame a 6-3 deficit to tie it in the eighth inning.
Arizona regained the lead in the ninth off reliever Carlos Estevez (1-4).
PADRES 7, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Derek Norris hit a three-run homer that completed San Diego’s sixth-inning comeback, and the NL’s highest-scoring team in June rallied to win a matchup of last-place teams.
J.C. Ramirez (1-3) gave up Norris’ 10th homer run for a 6-4 lead.
Christian Friedrich (4-2) allowed four runs in five innings, including Adam Duvall’s two-run homer. Fernando Rodney remained perfect in 16 save chances.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Locke followed consecutive horrible starts with 6 2/3 scoreless innings, Erik Kratz hit his first home run since 2014 and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat San Francisco 1-0 on Monday night, ending the Giants’ eight-game winning streak.
Locke (6-5) allowed five hits, no walks and struck out three, helping the Pirates to their second win in 12 games. He had allowed 18 runs and 20 hits over 8 2/3 innings during his previous two outings.
Madison Bumgarner (8-3) was the tough-luck loser, allowing one run in eight innings while having his seven-game winning streak snapped. The left-hander had his 12th straight start allowing two earned runs or fewer and gave up five hits while striking out eight and walking two.
It was Bumgarner’s second complete game this season and the 12th of his career.
Kratz’s shot with two outs in the fifth popped out of Angel Pagan’s glove and fell into the first row of seats when the leaping left fielder crashed into the fence. It was his first home run since a two-homer game for Kansas City in August 2014.
Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 21 chances.
CARDINALS 3, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta homered against John Lackey, and St. Louis stopped a five-game slide by holding off Chicago.
Aledmys Diaz added an RBI single and Jaime Garcia (5-6) pitched into the seventh inning as the Cardinals got back on track following their first winless homestand of at least two series since 1983. It was their first trip to Wrigley Field since they were eliminated by the Cubs in their NL Division Series last year.
Lackey (7-3) allowed three runs over six innings against his former team, but Garcia and two relievers held the major league-leading Cubs in check.
Seung Hwan Oh got four outs and Trevor Rosenthal worked a shaky ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances. Jason Heyward popped out with runners on the corners to end it.
DODGERS 4, NATIONALS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw yielded six hits over seven dominant innings to earn his ninth victory in 10 starts, and Los Angeles beat Washington for its fourth straight victory.
Washington scratched Stephen Strasburg about 80 minutes before game time due to an upper back strain, depriving Chavez Ravine of a tantalizing pitchers’ duel with Kershaw (11-1).
Pitching in 96-degree heat, the Dodgers’ ace still added eight strikeouts to his major league-leading 141, fanning Bryce Harper three times. Kershaw didn’t walk a batter and got through a tricky seventh inning to remain unbeaten since May 1.
Kenley Jansen became the Dodgers’ career saves leader in the ninth. He surpassed Eric Gagne with his 162nd save, including 20 this season in 23 chances.
Late replacement Yusmeiro Petit (2-1) pitched six solid innings of five-hit ball in his first start for the NL East-leading Nationals, who have lost three straight.
Justin Turner homered and drove in two runs, and Joc Pederson also went deep in the Dodgers’ sixth win in seven games. Los Angeles (39-33) is a season-high six games over .500.
WHITE SOX 3, RED SOX 1, 10 INNINGS
BOSTON (AP) — Jose Abreu doubled home two runs off Boston closer Craig Kimbrel with two outs in the 10th inning after Chicago escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the ninth.
Chicago snapped a three-game losing streak and won for just the eighth time in 26 games. Boston has lost five of eight.
Zach Duke (2-0) wriggled out of the ninth to get the win. David Robertson worked the 10th for his 17th save.
Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright pitched nine innings, giving up only an unearned run and five hits. He lowered his AL-best ERA to 2.01.
Abreu doubled off Kimbrel (0-3) after Avisail Garcia walked and J.B. Shuck singled.
INDIANS 7, RAYS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor and Juan Uribe homered in the eighth inning to lift Cleveland over Tampa Bay.
Lindor hit the first pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (7-5) to break a 4-all tie. Uribe homered in his third straight game, a two-run shot off Ramirez.
Carlos Santana also homered for the AL Central leaders, who have won four straight.
Evan Longoria’s two-run homer in the first and a solo shot by Brad Miller in the sixth helped Tampa Bay build a 4-2 lead, but the Rays dropped their fifth in a row.
Bryan Shaw (1-3) struck out the side in the eighth, and Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 14th save.
Tampa Bay right fielder Mikie Mahtook sustained a broken left hand when he was hit by Josh Tomlin’s pitch in the second.
TIGERS 8, MARINERS 7, 12 INNINGS
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Upton hit a line drive over the left-field wall in the 12th inning for his second home run of the game, lifting Detroit past Seattle.
Upton connected on a 2-2 pitch from Vidal Nuno (0-1) leading off the 12th.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer for the Tigers in the first that cleared a brick wall in right-center, bounced off a concrete concourse and out of Comerica Park. Upton’s first homer of the night, a two-run shot that cleared a second tier of bushes beyond the center-field wall, gave Detroit a 7-6 lead in the seventh.
Cameron Maybin had a two-run triple for the Tigers, and Aníbal Sanchez (4-7) worked a scoreless inning for the win.
Kyle Seager and Adam Lind homered for the Mariners.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Shelby Miller threw 6 2/3 sharp innings, Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer and Arizona beat reeling Philadelphia to complete a four-game sweep.
Miller (2-6) allowed one run and five hits, striking out five in his first start since May 24. He had been on the disabled list with a sprained right index finger.
The Phillies went 0-6 on their first winless homestand of six or more games since September 1964, when they went 0-7 at Connie Mack Stadium before losing three more games in a historic collapse from first place.
Jeremy Hellickson (4-6) allowed three runs and four hits before getting an out.
Brad Ziegler pitched out of trouble in the ninth for his 15th save this season, converting his 43rd opportunity in a row.
ROCKIES 5, MARLINS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Mark Reynolds hit two homers to help power Colorado past Miami in a record-setting home run contest.
Trevor Story, Nick Hundley and Charlie Blackmon also went deep for the Rockies, who salvaged the finale of a four-game series.
Marcell Ozuna homered twice and Giancarlo Stanton hit one for the Marlins. The eight solo homers accounted for all the runs in the game, setting a major league record. The previous mark was five.
Stanton’s home run, his 13th of the season, was his first in 16 games.
The eight home runs were also the most in a game at Marlins Park since it opened in 2012. Five of the game’s first 13 batters connected.
Jorge De La Rosa (4-4) allowed three runs in six innings to earn the win. Carlos Estevez got his fourth save.
Marlins reliever Brian Ellington (1-1) took the loss after Paul Clemens yielded three runs over five innings in his season debut and first start since Sept. 28, 2013, with Houston.
RANGERS 4, ORIOLES 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo hit a go-ahead, two-run single, Ian Desmond homered halfway up the hill in center field and streaking Texas beat Baltimore in a makeup game matching the American League’s top two teams.
Texas extended its season-best winning streak to seven games, the last four being one-run decisions. Since the makeup of an April 17 rainout counted as a series, the AL West leaders stretched their club record to 10 consecutive series wins — the longest in the AL since Tampa Bay’s 10 in a row three years ago.
Desmond’s 11th homer was a solo shot in the third, an inning before Bobby Wilson had a sacrifice fly and Choo followed by lining a single off Kevin Gausman (0-5) for a 4-3 lead.
Shawn Tolleson (2-2) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Derek Holland. Tony Barnette threw two shutout innings before Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances, including 12 straight since taking over as the closer on May 18.
ASTROS 10, ANGELS 7
HOUSTON (AP) — Doug Fister threw seven solid innings and Jose Altuve, Jason Castro and Carlos Correa homered to help Houston beat Los Angeles.
Fister (8-3) gave up two runs and four hits in earning his seventh straight win. The Astros have won Fister’s last 10 starts.
Pat Neshek got two outs for his first save.
Altuve hit a 431-foot solo homer to center field in the fourth to give the Astros a 7-0 lead. Jhoulys Chacin (2-3) walked five while allowing six runs in two innings.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Belt homered, Joe Panik hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 on Sunday for their eighth straight win.
Jake Peavy (3-6) pitched six solid innings to win for the third time in four starts. Belt hit his team-leading 10th homer off Jake Odorizzi, and Panik delivered in a key situation for the second straight game with his run-scoring single against Xavier Cedeno (3-2) during San Francisco’s four-run eighth.
Panik is just 2 for 14 through three games of San Francisco’s weeklong road trip, but both hits broke late-inning ties. He hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning of Saturday’s 6-4 win over Tampa Bay, which has lost four straight.
CUBS 10, PIRATES 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Prized prospect Willson Contreras crushed the first pitch he saw in the major leagues for a two-run home run, Kyle Hendricks struck out a career-high 12 in six innings and Chicago completed a sweep of Pittsburgh.
Contreras, called up from Triple-A on Friday, pinch hit for Hendricks in the sixth and sent A.J. Schugel’s changeup an estimated 415 feet to center. The cheering crowd didn’t let up until the 24-year-old Venezuelan catcher obliged with a curtain call.
Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hit consecutive home runs in the third and Javier Baez added a solo shot for the Cubs, all off rookie Jameson Taillon (1-1).
Josh Harrison’s solo home run was the lone blemish off Hendricks (5-6), who walked none and allowed seven hits.
ORIOLES 11, BLUE JAYS 6
BALTIMORE (AP) — Matt Wieters homered and drove in four runs, and Baltimore outslugged Toronto to provide right-hander Chris Tillman with his ninth straight victory.
Baltimore amassed a season-high 19 hits against Marcus Stroman (6-3) and five relievers in the deciding matchup of the three-game series between AL East contenders.
Wieters went 4 for 5 with three doubles. Jonathan Schoop contributed a homer and three RBIs, and Chris Davis had three hits and scored three runs.
The Orioles were without two-time All-Star Manny Machado, who began a four-game suspension for charging the mound on June 7.
Tillman (10-1) allowed four runs and five hits in five laborious innings.
BRAVES 6, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Julio Teheran tossed a one-hit masterpiece, pitching the Braves to a surprising three-game sweep of the scuffling Mets.
Nick Markakis homered and drove in two runs for Atlanta, which has won five straight for the first time since the first five games of last season. Freddie Freeman had four hits and the Braves finally mustered some offense in support of Teheran (3-7), who yielded only Michael Conforto’s clean single leading off the third inning.
New York right-hander Jacob DeGrom, pitching on his 28th birthday and as a dad on Father’s Day for the first time, gave up three runs and five hits in six innings.
ANGELS 2, ATHLETICS 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jered Weaver pitched a three-hitter, leading the Angels to the victory.
Weaver (6-6) had given up 11 earned runs over his last 11 1/3 innings before helping Los Angeles to its fifth win in six games against the A’s this season. The right-hander struck out one and walked one.
It marked just the fourth time in 14 starts this season that Weaver had gone past the sixth inning.
Carlos Perez homered for the Angels. Albert Pujols drove in the other run.
Oakland starter Eric Surkamp (0-5) allowed two runs and six hits in six innings.
MARLINS 3, ROCKIES 0
MIAMI (AP) — Tom Koehler pitched around six walks in six innings and three relievers combined for three perfect innings, helping Miami to the win.
Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run drive in the sixth inning for his 13th homer. The Marlins (37-32) climbed five games above .500 for the first time since May 8, 2014, and they’ll try for a four-game sweep Monday.
Koehler (6-6) threw only 48 of his 92 pitches for strikes but allowed just two hits before departing for a pinch hitter in the sixth. A.J. Ramos pitched the ninth for his 31st save in a row, including 22 this year.
Tyler Anderson (0-1), making his second career start, was charged with two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
DODGERS 2, BREWERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pinch hitter Yasmani Grandal walked with the bases loaded to end the game, and the Dodgers got another strong start from rookie Kenta Maeda.
Grandal took a 3-2 pitch for from Tyler Thornburg (3-2) that missed high and outside.
Adrian Gonzalez started the ninth-inning rally with a one-out single before moving to second on Trayce Thompson’s single. Howie Kendrick later walked to load the bases.
Kenley Jansen (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth, and the Dodgers won for the sixth time in seven games.
Maeda gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings.
PADRES 6, NATIONALS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Drew Pomeranz allowed three solo homers in six innings and Adam Rosales drove in two runs, helping San Diego to the victory.
Pomeranz (6-7) struck out seven and walked one. The left-hander had lost four of his previous five decisions.
Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 14 chances.
Michael Taylor went 4 for 4 with two homers for Washington. Danny Espinosa also went deep.
Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez (3-6) was charged with six runs, five earned, and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
RED SOX 2, MARINERS 1
BOSTON (AP) — Boston left-hander David Price snapped a personal three-game losing streak by pitching eight sharp innings, and Mookie Betts hit a go-ahead homer.
Betts also had two singles for the Red Sox, who have won two in a row after dropping four of five.
Franklin Gutierrez hit a solo homer for the Mariners. He sparked their series-opening victory with two homers and six RBIs.
Price (8-4) gave up one run and eight hits. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 16th save.
Edwin Diaz (0-1) got the loss.
INDIANS 3, WHITE SOX 2, 10 INNINGS
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez hit an RBI single with two out in the 10th inning, lifting Cleveland to the three-game sweep.
Ramirez’s bases-loaded hit off David Robertson (0-1) skipped past first baseman Jose Abreu and into right field for Cleveland’s second last-at bat win of the series. The AL Central-leading Indians improved to 7-2 against the White Sox, including six straight wins.
Cleveland’s Rajai Davis had four hits and scored two runs, including the game-winner. Dan Otero (2-0) struck out Abreu with a runner on first to end the 10th.
RANGERS 5, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jurickson Profar hit a two-run single in the eighth, helping Texas to its sixth straight win.
It was Profar’s first pinch-hit at-bat this season.
The Rangers improved to 14-4 this month and a major league-best 16-4 in one-run games this season.
St. Louis has lost five in a row — all at home. It was the first winless homestand of at least two series for St. Louis since 1983.
Tony Barnette (4-2) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Sam Dyson worked the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances.
Matt Bowman (1-2) got the loss.
ROYALS 2, TIGERS 1, 13 INNINGS
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Cheslor Cuthbert singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 13th inning, giving Kansas City the win.
The Royals won six of seven on their homestand and lead the American League with a 25-8 home record.
Chien-Ming Wang (4-0) allowed one hit in 1 2/3 innings to pick up the victory. Kyle Ryan (1-2), who was just promoted from Triple-A Toledo, got the loss.
TWINS 7, YANKEES 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ervin Santana pitched into the eighth inning to earn his first victory since May 14 and Minnesota avoided a four-game series sweep.
Eduardo Escobar’s two-run triple keyed a four-run sixth inning as the Twins snapped a five-game losing streak. Max Kepler and Brian Dozier homered and Brandon Kintzler got the final four outs for his second save.
Brian McCann homered twice and Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single for the Yankees. Nathan Eovaldi (6-4) lost his second straight start.
Santana (2-7) allowed two earned runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings.
ASTROS 6, REDS 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena homered, helping Houston to the win.
Mike Fiers (5-3) allowed four hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings. He departed when Jay Bruce’s line drive hit him in the thigh for a single. Chris Devenski took over and allowed one hit in 3 1/3 innings for his first save.
Cincinnati left-hander Brandon Finnegan (3-5) yielded four runs in five innings, snapping a streak of five straight games where he lasted at least six innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA — Archie Bradley pitched six strong innings and drove in a run to lead Arizona.
Arizona has won six of eight and will try for a sweep of the four-game series on Monday.
Bradley (3-3) allowed an unearned run and three hits, snapping a personal three-game losing streak.
Zach Eflin (0-2) rebounded nicely from a shaky major league debut, yielding two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
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BOSTON (AP) — The top of Boston’s lineup seems to be getting on base in high numbers nearly every game.
David Ortiz keeps knocking in a lot of those runners, too.
Ortiz added two more RBIs to his torrid start in what he says will be his final season, Mookie Betts had two hits and drove in two runs and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Saturday.
The three players in front of Ortiz reached seven times.
Xander Bogaerts got three hits a day after his 26-game hitting streak ended, Dustin Pedroia had a hit and a walk and Betts doubled and singled to set up Ortiz.
“It’s not just him every day,” Betts said. “It’s him a lot. It’s not just him every day. That just shows how our lineup is built.”
The 40-year-old Ortiz entered the day leading the majors in RBIs and raised his total to 53, helping Boston snap a three-game losing streak. He announced his retirement on his birthday in November.
“He’s done it for so long,” Betts said. “He just knows how everything goes. It’s fun to be a part of more than amazing. He’s got more left, too.”
The Blue Jays had won nine of 11.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright (6-4) gave up three unearned runs, five walks and three hits in five innings, striking out three, but was lifted due to a high pitch count.
Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 13th save.
Marcus Stroman (5-2) gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings. He’s allowed at least six in three of his last four starts.
Leading 5-4 in the sixth inning, Boston benefited from an overturned review on a play at home plate.
Betts doubled into the left-corner and Blake Swihart tried to score from first, but was called out by plate umpire Jerry Meals. After a lengthy review, it was ruled Swihart touched the plate before catcher Russell Martin’s tag.
“There’s a huge difference between a one- and two-run lead, gives a little breathing room to the guy on the mound,” Boston manager John Farrell said.
Ortiz’s broken-bat, two-run single with runners on second and third gave Boston a 3-0 edge in the third.
“You got to be careful early in the game. The plan was let’s make him hit our pitch or if we walk him,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
Justin Smoak’s RBI single in the fourth sliced it to 3-1 before Betts’ run-scoring single pushed Boston back in front by three in the bottom half.
Toronto then cut it to 4-3 in the fifth when Wright struck out Michael Saunders for what would have been the final out, but the ball bounced off catcher Ryan Hanigan’s glove for a passed ball.
Ryan Goins scored from third and Jose Bautista from second when Hanigan threw late to first with the plate left uncovered.
DETROIT 7, WHITE SOX 4
DETROIT (AP) — J.D. Martinez homered and drove in three runs, Mike Pelfrey ended an 18-start winless string and the Detroit Tigers beat Chris Sale and the Chicago White Sox 7-4 Saturday.
During the game, the White Sox announced they had acquired former All-Star pitcher James Shields and cash from San Diego for two players.
White Sox left fielder Jason Coats, making his major league debut, exited in the seventh inning after colliding with center fielder J.B. Shuck. Coats was bleeding from a cut in his mouth, was tested for a concussion and was listed as day to day.
Martinez hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth that helped Pelfrey (1-5) post his first win since last Aug. 12. He allowed two runs on five hits and three walks in six innings, striking out three. Francisco Rodriguez got the final out for his 14th save.
Sale (9-2) failed again to become the first 10-game winner in the majors. He allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings, and is now 0-2 in his last three starts.
INDIANS 7, ROYALS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit one of Cleveland’s three home runs, leading the Indians into first place in the AL Central with a win over the Kansas City Royals.
Lindor, whose two-run homer came in the seventh inning, became the first Indians player to record three extra-base hits in a game this season. He also started an outstanding defensive play in the ninth. Playing in a shift near second base, he made a backhand stop of Kendrys Morales’ hard-hit grounder and flipped to third baseman Jose Ramirez, who was playing behind second. Ramirez threw to first for the out.
Tyler Naquin hit a two-run homer in the sixth. Mike Napoli started the four-run inning with a solo homer.
Josh Tomlin (8-1) bounced back from his first loss of the season and allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings. Ian Kennedy (4-4) gave up five runs in six innings.
DODGERS 4, BRAVES 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw held Atlanta to three hits over six innings and Los Angeles’ bullpen closed things out to help the Dodgers beat the Braves.
Kershaw (8-1) struck out four and walked one in his shortest outing of the season. Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen pitched an inning each.
Atlanta starter Bud Norris (1-7) held the Dodgers to a run on three hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked four.
Kershaw scored the game’s first run after beating out an infield hit in the third. He went to second on a walk, and then scored on Justin Turner’s two-out single.
CUBS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Hammel allowed one hit over seven innings and snapped a tie with a two-run single to lead the sizzling Chicago Cubs past the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Dexter Fowler added his 17th career leadoff home run, Anthony Rizzo hit his 13th homer and Hector Rondon pitched a perfect ninth to earn his 10th save for the Cubs, who have won four straight and 10 of 11.
Arizona went up 2-0 on Jake Lamb’s 10th homer in the first following a walk. But Hammel (7-1) settled down and allowed only one more walk, retiring his last 13 batters
The D-backs walked David Ross intentionally to load the bases in the fourth. Hammel responded with a grounder up the middle that got by Edwin Escobar (0-2), hit second base and darted into right field to cap a three-run inning.
REDS 6, NATIONALS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Stephen Strasburg gave up Joey Votto’s two-run homer and limped off the field a few pitches later, and the Cincinnati Reds overcame a pair of rain delays while rallying to beat the Washington Nationals for their fourth straight win.
Adam Duvall hit Shawn Kelley’s fourth pitch for a tiebreaking three-run homer following a 64-minute rain delay in the bottom of the eighth, extending Cincinnati’s best winning streak of the season.
Strasburg walked Zack Cozart to start the bottom of the sixth inning, gave up Votto’s homer, and grabbed his right calf on a pitch to Brandon Phillips. He left a few pitches later, limping slightly.
Jay Bruce also homered off Strasburg, who fanned 10 and became the first Nationals pitcher to strike out 1,000 in his career.
Ross Ohlendorf (4-4) got the win, while Felipe Rivero (0-2) took the loss.
ASTROS 6, ATHLETICS 5, 12 INNINGS
HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa had three hits and his RBI single with one out in the 12th lifted the Houston Astros over the Oakland Athletics.
After Jed Lowrie hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth for Oakland, the Astros came back to win.
George Springer started Houston’s 12th with a double off Ryan Madson (2-2) and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Jose Altuve. Correa then shot a single down the right-field line to give Houston its seventh win in eight games.
Scott Feldman (3-3) plunked Khris Davis with two outs in the 12th before a single by Yonder Alonso. But Feldman retired Marcus Semien to end the inning.
METS 6, MARLINS 4
MIAMI (AP) — Michael Conforto ended an 0-for-20 skid with an RBI single in the eighth and scored the tiebreaking run on pinch hitter Matt Reynolds’ two-out single later in the inning to help the New York Mets rally past the Miami Marlins.
Conforto also hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth. The left fielder was a last-minute addition to the lineup when slugger Yoenis Cespedes was scratched because of a sore right hip, the latest in a wave of injuries for the Mets.
Jim Henderson (1-2) retired the only batter he faced in the seventh. Addison Reed pitched around a single in the eighth to extend his scoreless streak to 13 1/3 innings. Jeurys Familia gave up a two-out RBI single to Christian Yelich in the ninth before earning his 34th consecutive save, including 18 this year.
David Phelps (4-4) took the loss.
BREWERS 6, PHILLIES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Domingo Santana hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning, Jonathan Villar went deep for the third straight game and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies.
Santana connected off Hector Neris (1-3) leading off the eighth for his fourth homer and first since returning from the disabled list on Friday. Villar had three hits and two RBIs.
Will Smith (1-0) tossed a perfect seventh to earn the win. Tyler Thornburg had a 1-2-3 eighth and Jeremy Jeffress finished for his 15th save in 16 tries.
Tommy Joseph and Cesar Hernandez each hit homers for the Phillies, who have lost eight of nine and 12 of 15.
PIRATES 8, ANGELS 7
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco and Matt Joyce hit home runs during a five-run seventh inning, Jeff Locke got his career-best fourth straight win and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off the Los Angeles Angels.
Polanco made it 4-3 by leading off the seventh with a 461-foot drive to right field, his ninth, off Fernando Salas (2-2). Joyce pinch hit for Locke and capped the rally with a three-run shot to center field off Greg Mahle that made it 8-3.
Locke (5-3) gave up three runs and seven hits in seven innings. He had two strikeouts and no walks. Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 18 opportunities.
RED SOX 6, BLUE JAYS 4
BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz added two more RBIs to his torrid start in what he says will be his final season, Mookie Betts had two hits and drove in two runs and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 40-year-old Ortiz entered the day leading the majors in RBIs and raised his total to 53, helping Boston snap a three-game losing streak. He announced his retirement on his birthday in November.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright (6-4) gave up three unearned runs, five walks and three hits in five innings, striking out three, but was lifted due to a high pitch count. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 13th save.
Marcus Stroman (5-2) gave up six runs in 5 2/3 innings.
RAYS 7, TWINS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Evan Longoria homered for the third straight game, and Matt Andriese worked five innings in a rain-shortened start to pick up his fourth win as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Minnesota Twins.
Longoria’s fifth-inning home run was one of four for the Rays on the cloudy day, and the second of three allowed by Twins starter Ervin Santana (1-5). Steven Souza Jr.’s three-run shot off Santana in the fourth put the Rays ahead for good, and Logan Morrison’s two-run homer in the seventh against Michael Tonkin put the game out of reach to give Tampa Bay its second consecutive win.
Hank Conger — who came in hitting .188 with one homer — had a solo shot in the third.
Andriese (4-0) allowed three runs, one unearned, in five innings — his shortest start this season, thanks in part to a 70-minute rain delay in the sixth.
YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 6
BALTIMORE (AP) — Starlin Castro and Austin Romine each had two RBIs, Alex Rodriguez had three hits and the New York Yankees squandered most of a seven-run lead before escaping with a victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
New York led 7-0 before the Orioles hit three homers in a six-run seventh. Andrew Miller entered in the seventh and worked two perfect innings. After Rodriguez hit an RBI single in the ninth, Aroldis Chapman got three outs for his ninth save in nine tries.
New York finished with 16 hits, one short of its season high.
Ivan Nova (4-3) took a three-hit shutout into the seventh, but didn’t get another out.
Tyler Wilson (2-5) lasted four innings, giving up five runs and seven hits for Baltimore.
GIANTS 5, CARDINALS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Johnny Cueto worked around a season-worst five walks to post his ninth win, tying for the major league lead, as the San Francisco Giants beat the St. Louis Cardinals.
Cueto (9-1) allowed a run on four hits in six innings with one strikeout. He hadn’t walked more than two in any of his first 11 starts for his new team. Cueto is among four nine-game winners, joining Stephen Strasburg, Jake Arrieta and Chris Sale. Six of Cueto’s victories have come on the road.
Five Giants relievers combined to give up just one hit.
Adam Wainwright (5-4) allowed two runs in seven innings. The Cardinals were held to one run for the second straight game.
RANGERS 10, MARINERS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus homered, Rougned Odor scored twice in his return from a seven-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista and the Texas Rangers beat the Seattle Mariners.
Odor got a standing ovation when introduced before his first at-bat. He was reinstated before the game after serving Major League Baseball’s penalty for slugging Toronto’s right fielder in the testy home game May 15.
It was the fourth game in a row the Mariners trailed by three runs after the first inning. Their only victory in that span was the biggest comeback in franchise history, overcoming a 10-run deficit after five innings Thursday to win 16-13 at San Diego.
Rangers lefty Martin Perez (4-4) allowed three runs over six innings. Nathan Karns (5-2) was gone after the first two batters in the fifth reached, and eventually scored.
PADRES 4, ROCKIES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers homered, singled and doubled, missing the cycle by a triple for the second time in four games, and Derek Norris hit a two-run homer to lead the San Diego Padres past the Colorado Rockies.
Earlier in the day, the Padres sent right-hander James Shields and $29 million to the Chicago White Sox for two prospects, capping one of the more miserable weeks in team history. The deal came three days after Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler criticized the last-place team’s recent performances as being “embarrassing” and “pathetic,” and called out Shields for his poor start Tuesday at Seattle.
Andrew Cashner (3-5) snapped a personal three-game losing streak. Chad Bettis (4-5) allowed four runs and 10 hits in five innings, struck out three and walked one.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brett Eibner capped Kansas City’s seven-run ninth inning with a game-ending RBI single, lifting the Royals to a stunning 8-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
Jarrod Dyson was walked intentionally before Eibner drove a full-count pitch from Tommy Kahnle (0-1) off first baseman Jose Abreu and into right field. Drew Butera, who replaced Salvador Perez after the All-Star catcher got hurt in a collision, scampered home as Eibner was mobbed by his jubilant teammates near first.
Chien-Ming Wang (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. White Sox closer David Robertson began the ninth inning, but was pulled with two outs and charged with six runs and four hits.
Perez was injured in the ninth when third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert slid with a forearm and elbow into the left thigh of the All-Star catcher. Perez immediately raised his right arm, signaling for assistance. Two minutes later, Perez hobbled off the field with his arms draped over the shoulders of manager Ned Yost and an athletic trainer.
DODGERS 9, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Chase Utley hit a grand slam and a solo homer after Noah Syndergaard threw a 99 mph fastball behind his back, and Los Angeles went deep a season-high five times in routing New York.
In a scene that seemed inevitable since October, Syndergaard was immediately ejected following the third-inning pitch — almost certainly his shot at retaliation against Utley for the late takeout slide that broke the right leg of then-Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year’s playoffs.
Plate umpire Adam Hamari tossed Syndergaard, sending Mets manager Terry Collins into a rage and his own ejection, but no trouble ensued between the teams.
Kenta Maeda (4-3) shook off an early line drive that appeared to hit him in the pitching hand and threw five shutout innings for the win.
Logan Verrett (3-2) relieved Syndergaard and gave up two runs in 3 2/3 innings for the loss.
CARDINALS 9, NATIONALS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched seven gritty innings and made an ample contribution at the plate, hitting a two-run double to help St. Louis defeat Washington.
Matt Holliday homered for the Cardinals, who took control with a four-run second inning highlighted by Wainwright’s fifth extra-base hit of the season.
With two on, two outs and a run in, Wainwright lined the first pitch from Gio Gonzalez (3-3) into the left-center gap. Matt Carpenter, activated from the paternity list before the game, followed with an RBI double for a 4-0 lead. That started Wainwright (5-3) on a path to his fifth straight win. The right-hander allowed four runs and six hits — including a career-record tying three home runs. He struck out five and walked none.
RANGERS 5, PIRATES 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish struck out seven in five strong innings in his first start in the majors in almost 22 months, and Texas beat Pittsburgh.
The Japanese right-hander allowed three singles with a walk in his return from last year’s Tommy John surgery, ending Pittsburgh’s five-game winning streak.
Adrian Beltre had a two-run homer in the first inning off Juan Nicasio (3-3) to become the fourth third baseman with at least 1,500 RBIs, finishing with 1,501.
Mitch Moreland snapped a 1-for-27 skid with a solo home run in the fourth.
The “Yuuu” calls from a sellout crowd started early for Darvish, who last pitched in the big leagues on Aug. 9, 2014.
GIANTS 10, ROCKIES 5
DENVER (AP) — Buster Posey hit a pair of three-run homers, including a tiebreaking drive as part of a six-run eighth inning, and San Francisco rallied for the win.
The Rockies were limited to one run over six innings by Madison Bumgarner, but broke out in the seventh against five relievers for a 5-4 lead.
San Francisco responded with six runs in the eighth. Posey led the charge with a towering homer to right-center off Carlos Estevez (1-2).
Cory Gearrin (1-0) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his first win since May 28, 2013.
BLUE JAYS 10, RED SOX 9
TORONTO (AP) — Devon Travis drove in Russell Martin with a game-ending RBI single, helping Toronto rally for the win.
David Ortiz hit a tiebreaking homer for the Red Sox in the ninth, but the Blue Jays responded with two runs in the bottom half. After Boston closer Craig Kimbrel (0-2) retired Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Saunders, Justin Smoak singled on a line drive to center and Martin drove in pinch-runner Ezequiel Carrera with a tying double.
After Martin advanced on a wild pitch, Travis forced third baseman Travis Shaw to stretch to corral a shot, and though he tried to throw Travis out at first, his throw was dropped by Hanley Ramirez and Martin scored.
Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to a career-high 21 games with a homer off the top of the left-center-field wall in the fourth inning.
Gavin Floyd (2-3) pitched an inning for the win.
RAYS 9, YANKEES 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria homered and drove in four runs, powering Tampa Bay to the victory.
Longoria had a sacrifice fly during a three-run first, boosted the lead to 5-0 with a two-run homer in the second and chased Michael Pineda with an RBI single in the fourth that made it 6-1.
Pineda (2-6) allowed six runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. His 6.92 ERA is the highest among 104 qualifying pitchers in the major leagues.
Matt Moore (2-3), winless in his six previous starts, gave up three runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings as the Rays won for the second time in eight games. New York lost for the third time in 10 games.
Carlos Beltran hit a solo homer off Moore in the fourth for his 2,500th hit.
REDS 7, BREWERS 6
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Joey Votto scored the go-ahead run in the ninth after an inning-ending double play was overturned, and Cincinnati snapped its 11-game losing streak.
The Reds completed their comeback from a 6-1 deficit when umpires ruled after the review that infielder Scooter Gennett didn’t have his foot on second while trying to turn a double play on Adam Duvall’s bouncer.
The review came after manager Bryan Price, who was out of challenges, spoke to crew chief Jim Joyce. Cincinnati scratched its way for the go-ahead run off typically tough reliever Jeremy Jeffress (1-1).
Blake Wood (4-1) tossed two scoreless innings for the win. Tony Cingrani gave up a two-out walk to Chris Carter in the ninth, but struck out pinch hitter Martin Maldonado to secure his fourth save.
CUBS 4, PHILLIES 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Hendricks pitched a five-hitter for his second career complete game, leading the Cubs to their fourth straight win.
Hendricks (3-4) struck out seven and walked none. He was in line for his second career shutout before giving up a run in the ninth.
Dexter Fowler sparked a two-run first against Jerad Eickhoff (2-7) with his sixth home run.
Jason Heyward had two doubles for Chicago. Ben Zobrist had two hits, including an RBI double, to extend his streak to 14 games.
The Phillies lost for the sixth time in eight games.
ATHLETICS 12, TIGERS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Billy Butler, Khris Davis and Danny Valencia homered, and Oakland stopped a three-game losing streak.
Coco Crisp and Jake Smolinski each drove in two runs as the A’s reached double figures in scoring for the first time this season.
Jesse Hahn (2-2) pitched six innings, giving up three runs to remain undefeated against the Tigers in three starts. He walked four and struck out five.
Warwick Saupold (1-1) got the loss. The Tigers had won nine of 11.
INDIANS 11, ORIOLES 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Yan Gomes drove in three runs and Danny Salazar allowed two runs in six innings, leading the Indians to the victory.
Gomes’ two-run single highlighted a four-run first, and he added an RBI single in the fifth. Mike Napoli drove in two runs for the Indians, who had 13 hits and moved into first place in the AL Central.
Salazar (5-3) struck out five and walked two while rebounding from his worst start of the season.
Baltimore’s Ubaldo Jimenez (2-6) was charged with six runs in 1 2/3 innings. Third baseman Pedro Alvarez’s error in the first made three of the runs unearned.
BRAVES 7, MARLINS 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Gordon Beckham hit a three-run homer, Nick Markakis drove in two runs and Atlanta secured its first home series win of the season.
The Braves improved to a still-dismal 4-20 at Turner Field by winning the first two games of the three-game set. Atlanta rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the second straight day.
The Braves are 5-0 against the Marlins and 9-34 against all other teams. Atlanta swept a three-game series at Miami on April 15-17.
Atlanta took the lead by scoring three runs in the sixth off Jose Urena (1-1). Beckham hit his homer off Edwin Jackson after Jackson walked two batters in the seventh.
The Marlins committed three errors, including two by center fielder Marcell Ozuna.
Eric O’Flaherty (1-3) got the win.
ASTROS 4, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel pitched seven innings to snap a personal five-game losing streak and Jason Castro hit a go-ahead two-run homer to lift the Houston Astros over the Los Angeles Angels.
Keuchel (3-6) retired the final 18 batters he faced. He had not won a game since April 15 and entered this one with a 5.92 ERA. After giving up back-to-back solo home runs to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in the first inning, Keuchel found his groove, allowing only one other hit. Luke Gregerson got his 11th save.
Jered Weaver (4-4) allowed four runs in six innings.
TWINS 6, MARINERS 5
SEATTLE (AP) — Miguel Sano hit a two-run homer in the first inning and drove in the go-ahead run with an RBI single in the seventh and the Minnesota Twins won their third straight.
Kevin Jepsen pitched the ninth for his fifth save despite Seattle having the tying run at third base with no outs. Jepsen got a shallow popout from Dae-Ho Lee that was not deep enough to score Shawn O’Malley from third. Seattle then ran itself into a game-ending double play with O’Malley getting caught off third base and Kyle Seager tagged out trying to advance to second.
Ryan Pressly (2-3) won in relief, while Nick Vincent (2-2) took the loss.
Eduardo Nunez and Joe Mauer both hit their fifth home runs for the Twins. Nori Aoki and Luis Sardinas each hit solo homers for Seattle.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, PADRES 7
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered during a five-run second inning, Michael Bourn had three hits and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres to end a four-game skid.
Goldschmidt also doubled and scored twice, and Bourn had a triple, a stolen base and two RBIs. Arizona knocked starter Cesar Vargas (0-3) out of the game in the second.
Zack Greinke (6-3) gave up a solo home run to Matt Kemp in the first, then held the Padres scoreless until the sixth. He allowed four runs on six hits and won for the fourth time in five starts, improving to 7-1 in 14 career starts against San Diego.
San Diego rallied for three runs off Brad Ziegler in the ninth, but Ziegler got a double play from Alexi Amarista to end it.