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MLB Roundup: Astros win 11th straight, beating Royals to finish trip 10-0

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros won their 11th straight game, finishing off a 10-0 trip by rallying past the Kansas City Royals 7-4 on Sunday.

The World Series champion Astros swept their swing through Texas, Oakland and Kansas City, outscoring opponents 74-35. Last season, Houston had an 11-game winning streak end in Kansas City. This time, the Astros trailed 4-3 in the eighth inning before Correa led off with a tying homer. Evan Gattis, who had three hits, then put them ahead during a three-run burst.

Correa has three home runs and eight RBIs in six games after missing four games with discomfort in his right side. He had a first-inning single and added a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

Gattis hit .366 with five home runs and 19 RBIs on the Astros’ trip. He singled home Yuli Gurriel in the eighth, and Marvin Gonzalez added an RBI single in the inning.

The Royals have lost six straight and 12 of 13. They have dropped 26 of 36 home games.

Brandon Maurer (0-3) took the loss, facing two batters and having both score. Tony Sipp (2-0) picked up the victory. Hector Rondon closed for his fourh save.

Rays 3, Yankees 1

NEW YORK – Wilmer Font held the high-scoring Yankees in check in the latest Tampa Bay game “started” by a reliever, and the Rays held off New York to avoid a sweep.

Matt Duffy drove in two runs with a second-inning single for his first multi-RBI game in over a month. Carlos Gomez had an RBI double as Tampa Bay scored all three runs in the second against CC Sabathia (4-2).

Tampa Bay beat New York for the first time this season. The Yankees opened the season with five straight wins, outscoring the Rays 31-10 over the games, and was trying for a four-game sweep.

Font turned in his best performance of the year in any role, allowing just one run in 4 2-3 innings with five strikeouts. Tampa Bay used a reliever to open for the 15th time in 29 games. Entering the day, relievers working as starters had allowed 13 earned runs in 18 innings.

Chaz Roe (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the victory. Sergio Romo, who has also drawn five starts this season, closed for his third save.

Aaron Hicks homered off Font in the fifth – it was actually the second homer of the day. Hours earlier, the Yankees held the 72nd Old-Timers’ Day and Nick Swisher hit a long drive to right field. Hall of Famers Whitey Ford and Reggie Jackson were joined by the likes of Don Larsen, Willie Randolph, Andy Pettitte and Jason Giambi. Current New York manager Aaron Boone took part for the first time.

Mets 5, Diamondbacks 3

PHOENIX – Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera homered off Brad Boxberger in a four-run ninth inning and New York rallied to beat Arizona.

The Diamondbacks led 3-1 entering the ninth and Boxberger (1-3), with his third blown save in 20 tries, struck out the first two batters.

Jose Reyes reached on a bunt single and scored on Jose Bautista’s pinch-hit double to cut the lead to 3-1. Nimmo, who doubled and scored in the first inning, followed with a two-run shot to right field to put New York ahead 4-3 and Cabrera’s solo shot made it 5-3.

The Mets split the four-game series in Arizona and won consecutive games for the first time since May 20-21. The Diamondbacks were 4-3 on the homestand.

Jeurys Familia (3-3), just off the disabled list, allowed a run in an inning of relief to get the victory. Robert Gsellman pitched the ninth for his third save in seven tries.

Rangers 13, Rockies 12

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jose Trevino blooped a two-run single, capping a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent Texas past Colorado.

Rockies closer Wade Davis (0-2) retired only one batter while walking four and allowing singles to Rougned Odor and Trevino. A rookie catcher, Trevino entered his third major league game in the top of the ninth. He is 2 for 8 for Texas, including a tying single in Saturday’s 5-2 victory.

Colorado took a 5-1 lead in the seesaw game. The Rangers scored five runs to take a 6-5 lead in the sixth, including Jurickson Profar’s three-run homer off starter Jon Gray.

The Rockies responded with a five-run seventh to go ahead 10-6. Colorado’s Gerardo Parra drove in four runs, three on a bases-clearing double in the seventh.

Texas pulled to 10-9 with three runs in the seventh. Trevor Story hit a two-run homer in the Colorado ninth against Jesse Chavez (3-1).

Red Sox 9, Mariners 3

SEATTLE – Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Xander Bogaerts homered to help Boston rout Seattle.

Devers’ 11th homer of the season capped a five-run, two-out rally in the third against Seattle starter Mike Leake (7-4).

The Red Sox pulled away in the seventh against right-handed reliever Chasen Bradford, who gave up three runs and two homers while getting two outs. Bradley Jr. sent Bradford’s first pitch over the centerfield wall for his fourth home run this season. Benintendi hit his third single of the game with one out before Bogaerts put Boston ahead 8-2 with a shot into the bullpen for his 12th of the season.

Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (9-1) picked up his sixth straight win, allowing two runs on six hits while striking out nine.

Phillies 10, Brewers 9

MILWAUKEE – Maikel Franco homered and drove in four runs and Philadelphia held off Milwaukee’s ninth-inning rally.

Rhys Hoskins and Odubel Herrera also homered to help the Phillies took two of three from Milwaukee. The Brewers are tied with Atlanta for the best record in the NL.

Milwaukee trailed 10-5 going into the ninth. Jesus Aguilar led off with a home run and Eric Thames hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot with two outs off Hector Neris. Christian Yelich followed with a drive to center and Herrera made a leaping catch for the final out, giving Jake Thompson the save.

Tommy Hunter (2-0) was the winner in relief. Hoskins hit a two-run homer in the first off starter Chase Anderson (5-6). Hoskins connected for the second straight day and his 10th of the season.

Blue Jays 8, Nationals 6

TORONTO – Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte hit consecutive homers in the eighth inning, and Toronto beat Washington to complete a three-game sweep.

The game was tied at 6 before Hernandez and Solarte connected against Ryan Madson (1-3). Hernandez hit his 12th homer and Solarte belted his team-leading 15th.

Randal Grichuk added a pair of solo homers for the Blue Jays, who have won seven straight home games. Ryan Tepera (4-2) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the win.

Washington has lost five of six. Slumping Nationals slugger Bryce Harper went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts, dropping his average to .218.

Giants 4, Dodgers 1

LOS ANGELES – Nick Hundley and Brandon Belt hit two-run home runs and Chris Stratton pitched six solid innings to help San Francisco Giants avoid a three-game sweep at Los Angeles.

Hundley got the Giants going with a homer in the first inning, halfway up the pavilion seats in left field for his eighth of the season. Belt followed two innings later with his 12th home run and first since returning from an appendectomy on June 1.

The Dodgers saw their modest five-game win streak come to an end, but they are still 11-3 in June. They went 7-2 on their just-completed homestand and now head to Chicago for a National League Championship Series rematch with the Cubs.

Stratton (8-4) gave up a first-inning run when Hundley tried to cut down Justin Turner at second base and threw the ball into center field. Hunter Strickland finished for his 14th save. Dodgers rookie Caleb Ferguson (0-1) took the loss.

Angels 6, Athletics 5 (11)

OAKLAND, Calif. – Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI single off the center-field wall in the 11th inning in Oakland’s comeback victory over Los Angeles.

The A’s rallied for two runs in the ninth to tie it at 5, then took advantage of control problems by a pair of Angels relievers to win.

Jed Lowrie led off the 11th with a single and Jake Jewell (0-1) hit Khris Davis with a pitch. After Matt Olson flied, Eduardo Paredes replaced Jewell and walked Mark Canha to load the bases.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia brought left fielder Justin Upton in for a five-man infield but it didn’t matter. Lucroy hit a deep drive to win it.

Canha hit an early two-run homer, and added a tying single with two outs in the ninth. Marcus Semien homered to begin the Oakland ninth.

Blake Treinen (4-1) pitched the final two innings for the victory.

Albert Pujols hit his 625th career home run, Chris Young also went deep and Mike Trout reached base five times for the Angels.

Tigers 3, White Sox 1

CHICAGO – Nicholas Castellanos homered and Blaine Hardy pitched one-run ball into the sixth, leading Detroit past Chicago for its fifth straight win.

Jose Iglesias added an RBI single to help Detroit improve to 8-1 against the White Sox this season, including 6-0 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Castellanos homered twice Saturday and connected again in his first at-bat Sunday. Before Saturday, he was mired in a 1-for-21 slump over the previous five games.

Hardy (3-1) allowed one run on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

James Shields (2-8) was the loser. Matt Davidson hit his 12th homer and Kevan Smith had two hits for Chicago, which has dropped four straight.

Braves 4, Padres 1

ATLANTA – Julio Teheran pitched six no-hit innings before being pulled from his first start since coming off the disabled list, and Atlanta relievers gave up six hits in the win over San Diego.

The Braves’ bid for a combined no-hitter ended with one out in the seventh when Shane Carle allowed a single to Cory Spangenberg. Freddy Galvis added another single before Carle pitched out of the jam.

Teheran (5-4) struck out a season-high 11. Jose Vizcaino got three outs for his 15th save.

Johan Camargo’s two-run double in the fourth off Jose Castillo (1-1) gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead. Tyler Flowers hit a two-run homer off Brad Hand in the eighth.

Indians 4, Twins 1

CLEVELAND – Shane Bieber pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning in his first major league win, helping Cleveland beat Minnesota.

Bieber (1-0) scattered 10 hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings in his second career start. The rookie right-hander was recalled from Triple-A Columbus earlier in the day when Carlos Carrasco went on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right elbow.

Yan Gomes’ three-run double in the third snapped a 1-all tie. Cody Allen, the Indians’ third reliever, pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

Cleveland salvaged the finale of the three-game series and broke a five-game losing streak against Minnesota.

Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi (3-4) allowed four runs in five innings.

Orioles 10, Marlins 4

BALTIMORE – Jace Peterson and Mark Trumbo homered, and Baltimore beat Miami to snap a nine-game losing streak.

Baltimore also ended a string of 11 straight losses at home, which tied a club record. The Orioles’ last win at Camden Yards was May 13 against Tampa Bay.

Dylan Bundy (5-7) pitched six innings of four-run ball for last-place Baltimore. He has accounted for one-quarter of his team’s victories this season.

Justin Bour homered twice for the Marlins, who went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position. Trevor Richards (1-4) was tagged for six runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Reds 8, Pirates 6

PITTSBURGH – Eugenio Suarez homered in the second straight game and Joey Votto celebrated his 1,500th major league contest by going 2 for 4 with two RBIs in Cincinnati’s victory over Pittsburgh.

Suarez hit a two-run shot off Joe Musgrove (2-2) in the fourth. Votto hit a drive to deep right-center the fifth to chase Musgrove and give the Reds the cushion they would need to beat the Pirates for just the second time in seven tries at PNC Park this season.

Scott Schebler added three RBIs for Cincinnati, including a two-run home run in the ninth.

Anthony DeSclafani (2-1) surrendered solo home runs to Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco but otherwise kept the Pirates in check. Raisel Iglesias got four outs for his 10th save.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 0

ST. LOUIS – Jack Flaherty and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Matt Carpenter homered and St. Louis beat Chicago on Sunday night.

Flaherty allowed just two hits while striking out seven in five innings, but he walked three and hit two batters and was pulled after throwing 97 pitches. He escaped a jam in the third inning when he struck out Kris Bryant with the bases loaded to keep the game scoreless.

John Brebbia (1-1) worked around two hits in a scoreless sixth inning to earn his first major league win. Austin Gomber, Jordan Hicks and Bud Norris each pitched a hitless inning to finish the shutout. It ended the Cardinals’ season-high four-game losing streak and prevented the Cubs from getting their first series sweep in St. Louis since Sept. 13-15, 2010.

Soccer Roundup – 2018 World Cup: Sweden’s height advantage gets to South Korea in World Cup

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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Sweden’s height advantage got to South Korea.

In an effort to compensate for the disparity, South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong decided to use a backup player in goal because he is the tallest of the team’s three keepers.

The gamble worked, but a penalty still gave the Swedes a 1-0 victory on Monday at the World Cup.

“We evaluated all of our goalkeepers and we felt like with the very tall Swedish players, we thought Jo Hyeon-woo would be the best and we thought he’d be a little bit quicker,” Shin said. “So we chose him.”

At 1.89 meters (6-foot-3), Jo is tallest of the South Korean goalkeepers. But he is normally No. 3 on the list when it comes to playing time.

Shin is well-known for pulling surprises.

In World Cup warm-up matches, he switched the numbers of his players around, arguing Swedish scouts would be confused because he says “it’s very difficult for westerners to distinguish between Asians.”

Shin mentioned Sweden’s height advantage about a dozen times after the match. He even acknowledged his players “were a little bit psychologically concerned about the height of the Swedish players.”

Sweden’s starting players averaged about 1.90 meters (6-3), while South Korea’s starters averaged about 1.83 meters (6 feet).

Shin also started with Kim Shin-wook as his primary striker. He is the tallest player on South Korea’s team at 1.97 meters (6-5 1/2).

Jo did his job in goal, making a half-dozen sprawling saves until he was beaten on a second-half penalty by Sweden captain Andreas Granqvist.

Asked to name South Korea’s most important player, Sweden coach Janne Andersson didn’t hesitate.

“I think definitely,” Andersson said, “the goalie was their best.”

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about the future before the end of the group stage on June 28. Who has the easiest path to the knockout stage? Is it Lionel Messi and Argentina, with Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in their group? What about Neymar and Brazil, paired with Serbia, Poland and Costa Rica? Nobody knows for sure, but that’s why it is always fun to guess.

So who makes a deep run at the 2018 World Cup? And which nation lifts the trophy? Visit SportsLine now to get the complete optimal bracket for the World Cup, and see which favorites fail to advance past the quarterfinals, all from the model that’s returned an 1800 percent profit on bookmakers’ closing odds.

Below you’ll find the standings and schedule broken down by each group:

Group A

Thursday, June 14: Russia 5, Saudi Arabia 0
Friday, June 15: Uruguay 1, Egypt 0


Tuesday, June 19: Russia vs. Egypt, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Wednesday, June 20: Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia, 11 a.m. ET, Fox


Monday, June 25: Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Monday, June 25: Uruguay vs. Russia, 10 a.m. ET, Fox


Group B

Friday, June 15: Iran 1, Morocco 0
Friday, June 15: Portugal 3, Spain 3


Wednesday, June 20: Portugal vs. Morocco, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Wednesday, June 20: Iran vs. Spain, 2 p.m. ET, Fox


Monday, June 25: Iran vs. Portugal, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Monday, June 25: Spain vs. Morocco, 2 p.m. ET, FS1


Group C

Saturday, June 16: France 2, Australia 1
Saturday, June 16: Denmark 1, Peru 0


Thursday, June 21: Denmark vs. Australia, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Thursday, June 21: France vs. Peru, 11 a.m. ET, Fox


Tuesday, June 26: Australia vs. Peru, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Tuesday, June 26: Denmark vs. France, 10 a.m. ET, Fox

Group D

Saturday, June 16: Argentina 1, Iceland 1
Saturday, June 16: Croatia 2, Nigeria 0


Thursday, June 21: Argentina vs. Croatia, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Friday, June 22: Nigeria vs. Iceland, 11 a.m. ET, Fox


Tuesday, June 26: Iceland vs. Croatia, 2 p.m. ET, FS1
Tuesday, June 26: Nigeria vs. Argentina, 2 p.m. ET, Fox

Group E

Sunday, June 17: Serbia 1, Costa Rica 0
Sunday, June 17: Brazil 1, Switzerland 1


Friday, June 22: Brazil vs. Costa Rica, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Friday, June 22: Serbia vs. Switzerland, 2 p.m. ET, Fox


Wednesday, June 27: Serbia vs. Brazil, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Wednesday, June 27: Switzerland vs. Costa Rica, 2 p.m. ET, FS1

Group F

Sunday, June 17: Mexico 1, Germany 0
Monday, June 18: Sweden 1, South Korea 0


Saturday, June 23: Germany vs. Sweden, 11 a.m. ET, Fox
Saturday, June 23: South Korea vs. Mexico, 2 p.m. ET, Fox


Wednesday, June 27: South Korea vs. Germany, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Wednesday, June 27: Mexico vs. Sweden, 10 a.m. ET, Fox

Group G

Monday, June 18: Belgium vs. Panama, 11 a.m. ET, FS1
Monday, June 18: Tunisia vs. England, 2 p.m. ET, FS1


Saturday, June 23: Belgium vs. Tunisia, 8 a.m. ET, Fox
Sunday, June 24: England vs. Panama, 8 a.m. ET, FS1


Thursday, June 28: England vs. Belgium, 2 p.m. ET, Fox
Thursday, June 28: Panama vs. Tunisia, 2 p.m. ET, FS1

Group H

Tuesday, June 19: Colombia vs. Japan, 8 a.m. ET, FS1
Tuesday, June 19: Poland vs. Senegal, 11 a.m. ET, Fox


Sunday, June 24: Japan vs. Senegal, 11 a.m. ET, Fox
Sunday, June 24: Poland vs. Colombia, 2 p.m. ET, Fox


Thursday, June 28: Japan vs. Poland, 10 a.m. ET, FS1
Thursday, June 28: Senegal vs. Colombia, 10 a.m. ET, Fox


Round of 16

Saturday, June 30
Match 50: Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up 10 a.m. ET Kazan Fox
Match 49: Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up 2 p.m. ET Sochi Fox
Sunday, July 1
Match 51: Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up 10 a.m. ET Moscow Fox
Match 52: Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up 2 p.m. ET Nizhny Novgorod Fox
Monday, July 2
Match 53: Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up 10 a.m. ET Samara FS1
Match 54: Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up 2 p.m. ET Rostov Fox
Tuesday, July 3
Match 55: Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up 10 a.m. ET Saint Petersburg FS1
Match 56: Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up 2 p.m. ET Rostov Fox

Quarterfinals

Friday, July 6
Match 57: Match 49 winner vs. Match 50 winner 9 a.m. ET Nizhny Novgorod FS1
Match 58: Match 53 winner vs. Match 54 winner 1 p.m. ET Kazan FS1
Saturday, July 7
Match 60: Match 55 winner vs. Match 66 winner 9 a.m. ET Samara Fox
Match 59: Match 51 winner vs. Match 52 winner 1 p.m. ET Sochi Fox

Semifinals

Tuesday, July 10
Match 61: Match 57 winner vs. Match 58 winner 1 p.m. ET Saint Petersburg Fox
Wednesday, July 11
Match 62: Match 59 winner vs. Match 60 winner 1 p.m. ET Moscow Fox

Third-place match

Saturday, July 14
Match 63: Match 61 loser vs. Match 62 loser 9 a.m. ET Saint Petersburg Fox

World Cup final

Sunday, July 15
Match 64: Match 61 winner vs. Match 62 winner 10 a.m. ET Moscow Fox

2018 NBA mock draft 3.0: Michael Porter Jr. vaults up board; Cavs nab Trae Young

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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   A week away from the draft, while it looks like the No. 1 pick is set, teams are still gathering information and having players in for workouts.

Big men Marvin Bagley and Mo Bamba recently worked out for the Atlanta Hawks, and Jaren Jackson Jr. had a stellar workout for the Phoenix Suns. Many lottery teams are still gathering information on Michael Porter Jr., whose medical history is integral to this process.

At this point it’s important to be wary of smokescreens, and remember, trades are still possible.

USA TODAY Sports canvassed multiple league executives in shaping its latest mock draft. The actual NBA draft will be held next Thursday in New York.

1. Phoenix Suns – Deandre Ayton

Arizona • Center • Freshman

Height: 7-1 • Weight: 250

The Suns worked out several of the top prospects likely as due diligence, but it’s going to be Arizona center Deandre Ayton. Suns GM Ryan McDonough called Ayton’s workout “phenomenal,” and it would be a shock if they went another route.

2. Sacramento Kings – Michael Porter Jr.

Missouri • Forward • Freshman 

Height: 6-11 • Weight: 211

The Kings are known to be enamored with Porter but are still trying to gather the latest medical information. If they’re convinced that he’s fully healthy, he could be the combo-forward they’ve been searching for. A trade down could also be possible if they believe they could get him lower, as the Kings have no first rounders in 2019.

3. Atlanta Hawks – Marvin Bagley III

Duke • Forward • Freshman

Height: 6-11 • Weight: 234

If Bagley learns to rely on his three-pointer a bit more, he’ll be a matchup nightmare for opposing big men. The Hawks would get immediate offensive help with this pick, and Bagley would be afforded time to improve his defense.

4. Memphis Grizzlies – Luka Doncic

Real Madrid • Guard

Height: 6-8 • Weight: 220

The Grizzlies are several pieces away from contending for the postseason, but Doncic, the EuroLeague MVP, is the most polished and accomplished prospect among the elites. He immediately gives Memphis another primary ballhandler and someone capable of stretching the floor.

5. Dallas Mavericks – Jaren Jackson Jr.

Michigan State • Forward • Freshman

Height: 6-11 • Weight: 236

Viewed as perhaps the prospect with the most room to grow both physically and offensively, Jackson Jr. is an immediate asset on the defensive end. His length and timing are outstanding, and given his comfort from the perimeter, he could be the prototypical NBA big man in a few years.

6. Orlando Magic – Mo Bamba

Texas • Center • Freshman

Height: 7-1 • Weight: 225

Similar to Jackson, Bamba is already NBA-ready on the defensive end, and there’s a question as to how far he’ll be able to stretch the floor when he’s not demoralizing defenses with his patented alley-oop finishes. Bamba, who will have the longest wingspan in the NBA at 7-10, is the kind of physical freak teams may regret passing on.

7. Chicago Bulls – Wendell Carter Jr.

Duke • Forward • Freshman

Height: 6-10 • Weight: 251

Carter Jr. represents a safe, solid pick with low risk. He’s a polished, but not plodding, big man with great footwork and high basketball IQ.

8. Cleveland Cavaliers – Trae Young

Oklahoma • Guard • Freshman

Height: 6-2 • Weight: 177

Is anyone surprised that Young wasn’t able to maintain his furious scoring pace for an entire season? The Cavs may benefit because other teams tried to poke holes in his obvious talent.

9. New York Knicks – Collin Sexton

Alabama • Guard • Freshman

Height: 6-2 • Weight: 183

Sexton is an aggressive, confident scorer who could thrive as the lead guard. The guard-depleted Cavs are known to be interested in Sexton as well.

10. Philadelphia 76ers – Mikal Bridges

Villanova • Guard • Junior 

Height: 6-7 • Weight: 210

Given Bridges’ experience and strengths, he’s likely an immediate contributor at the next level, filling a wing position that nearly every team covets.

11. Charlotte Hornets – Miles Bridges

Michigan State • Forward • Sophomore 

Height: 6-7 • Weight: 220

The Hornets need help all over, and Bridges is a position-less wing who could play small forward and power forward in smaller lineups. He’s a bit of a tweener in terms of ideal fit, but his raw athleticism and stature make him lottery worthy.

12. Los Angeles Clippers – Lonnie Walker

Miami • Guard • Freshman

Height: 6-5 • Weight: 196

The Clippers are in a unique position to draft back-to-back lottery players, affording them a chance to make a riskier move with one of their picks. Walker, a raw, physical guard, offers them a scoring mindset combined with a versatile profile on the defensive end.

13. Los Angeles Clippers – Robert Williams

Texas A&M • Center • Sophomore 

Height: 6-10 • Weight: 241

As for that risk, it comes in the form of Williams. Athletic and rim-running, Williams has tantalizing tools at center for the modern NBA. He also doesn’t have much of an offensive arsenal anywhere outside of the paint, and the 47% free throw percentage is scary.

14. Denver Nuggets – Kevin Knox

Kentucky • Forward • Freshman 

Height: 6-9 • Weight: 215

Not many forwards can create offense off the bounce like Knox, and it’s impossible to ignore his versatility. He’s needs to add muscle to his frame and any team must be patient with him, but there’s significant upside as he continues to develop.

15. Washington Wizards – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Kentucky • Guard • Freshman

Height: 6-6 • Weight: 180

Give him a few years to develop more of an offensive repertoire, and Gilgeous-Alexander is an ideal NBA point guard. His length, passing and defense are all intriguing, but don’t expect him to orchestrate an NBA offense as a rookie.

16. Phoenix Suns – Zhaire Smith

Texas Tech • Guard • Freshman 

Height: 6-4 • Weight: 198

Smith is a freak athlete without much more that teams can bank on. He’s stunning in transition and finishes dunks that hardly look feasible. His defensive instincts are there, too, but teams will have to grapple with what else he’s able to create on offense.

17. Milwaukee Bucks – Aaron Holiday

UCLA • Guard • Junior 

Height: 6-1 • Weight: 185

Holiday would be less of a risk than the Bucks are typically accustomed to drafting. He’s a poised, crafty ballhandler, and with two brothers already in the league, he’s got an obvious NBA pedigree.

18. San Antonio Spurs – Troy Brown

Oregon • Forward • Freshman 

Height: 6-7 • Weight: 208

There’s potentially a lot of value in Brown, who does a lot of things well but nothing great. His defensive instincts are probably his best asset, and with the right coaching and system, he could develop a more enhanced offensive game.

19. Atlanta Hawks – Elie Okobo

Pau-Orthez (France) • Guard

Height: 6-3 • Weight: 180

The lefty guard has good outside touch, a quick first step and a deft midrange game. There usually aren’t many potentially starting-caliber guards left this late in the draft.

20. Minnesota Timberwolves – Dzanan Musa

Cedevita (Croatia) • Forward

Height: 6-9 • Weight: 195

Musa needs to add significant bulk to his frame, not necessarily to compete offensively but because he could be a liability on defense. He’s a rangy shooter and a creative finisher with good vision; offenses won’t stall with him in the rotation.

21. Utah Jazz – Kevin Huerter

Maryland • Forward • Sophomore

Height: 6-7 • Weight: 190

No one helped themselves more at the NBA draft combine than smooth-shooting forward Kevin Huerter, who excelled in the scrimmage portion. There is a belief that Huerter may have secured a promise, which could have swayed his decision to stay in the draft.

22. Chicago Bulls – Chandler Hutchison

Boise State • Guard • Senior 

Height: 6-7 • Weight: 197

There’s also a belief that Hutchison, who pulled out of the NBA draft combine, may have a first-round promise from Chicago. If that’s the case, the athletic, four-year wing would fit the bill of prospects the Bulls have drafted in the past.

23. Indiana Pacers – Donte DiVincenzo

Villanova • Guard • Sophomore

Height: 6-5 • Weight: 200

DiVincenzo parlayed his strong Final Four and draft combine showing into a likely first-round pick. He’s a downhill scorer, crafty finisher from multiple angles and someone who makes his teammates better.

24. Portland Trail Blazers – Keita Bates-Diop

Ohio State • Forward • Junior

Height: 6-8 • Weight: 223

Bates-Diop has good mobility, anticipation and athleticism, and his face-up game was an asset in college. As a redshirt player, there are legitimate questions as to how much he’ll improve.

25. Los Angeles Lakers – De’Anthony Melton

Southern California • Guard • Sophomore 

Height: 6-3 • Weight: 193

Despite withdrawing from USC earlier this season, Melton remains an intriguing prospect thanks to his defensive intensity and transition ability. At the draft combine he also mentioned how special it would be for him to play for his hometown Lakers.

26. Philadelphia 76ers – Jerome Robinson

Boston College • Guard • Junior

Height: 6-5 • Weight: 188

It’s not hard to see what scouts like about Robinson. He’s a poised, steady guard with good size who can occasionally explode to the rim. He’s a comfortable scorer who could easily command a second unit off the bench.

27. Boston Celtics – Josh Okogie

Georgia Tech • Guard • Sophomore

Height: 6-4 • Weight: 213

Okogie has good size and a great motor, but his offensive instincts can feel a little hectic at times. He should immediately be able to hold his own on the defensive end.

28. Golden State Warriors – Khyri Thomas

Creighton • Guard • Junior 

Height: 6-4 • Weight: 200

Steady and with great length, Thomas is a low-risk, heady guard who won’t make unforced mistakes and can immediately stretch the floor with his offense.

29. Brooklyn Nets – Jacob Evans

Cincinnati • Guard • Junior 

Height: 6-6 • Weight: 210

With good size and strength for his position, Evans can be an immediate contributor on the defensive end and should have no trouble in a switch-heavy defense. His three-point shooting ability could be a bonus.

30. Atlanta Hawks – Mitchell Robinson

Chalmette High School • Center

Height: 7-0 • Weight: 233

Robinson might be the most enigmatic prospect in the draft, with a range as high as just outside the lottery all the way until the second round. The size and talent are there, but teams could have questions about his drive and commitment after skipping his lone year in college basketball.

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MLB Roundup: Vince Velasquez takes no-hitter into 7th, Phillies top Rockies 9-3

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —    PHILADELPHIA – Vince Velasquez took a no-hitter two outs into the seventh inning, Rhys Hoskins and Nick Williams hit solo homers and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Colorado Rockies 9-3 on Thursday.

Trevor Story lined Velasquez’s 105th pitch to left for an RBI double, ending Velasquez’s bid for the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. Velasquez (5-7) retired 20 of the first 21 batters and got a standing ovation as he walked off the mound after the hit.

The Phillies won a series for the first time since taking two of three from Atlanta on May 21-23. They’re 7-12 since.

Giants 6, Marlins 3 (16)

MIAMI – San Francisco third baseman Evan Longoria broke his left hand when he was hit by a pitch in the Giants’ victory over Miami.

Longoria was struck by Dan Straily. There is no timetable for Longoria’s return and he will decide in the next few days if he will need surgery. He is hitting .246 with 10 home runs and 34 RBIs.

Pablo Sandoval hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the 16th inning. Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer to continue his torrid month and Mac Williamson also homered for the Giants, who salvaged the final game of a four-game series and beat the Marlins for only the second time in the last 10 meetings.

Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez pitched 6 2-3 innings, allowing two runs. Ty Blach (4-5) also pitched 6 2-3 innings for the Giants without allowing a run. Elieser Hernandez (0-4) took the loss.

It was the longest game of the season for the Giants and the second-longest for the Marlins, who went 17 innings in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on March 30. Colorado has lost 10 of 13.

Yankees 4, Rays 3

NEW YORK – Gleyber Torres hit another three-run homer and Domingo German struck out a career-high 10 for his first major league win and New York edged Tampa Bay in the opener of a four-game series.

Aaron Hicks also homered off Blake Snell (8-4) as New York beat the blossoming left-hander for the second time this season and ended his four-game winning streak.

German (1-4) gave up a home run to Matt Duffy on the first pitch of the game but quickly recovered to strike out the next three batters. Making his seventh start in place of injured Jordan Montgomery, the rookie right-hander allowed three runs, five hits and two walks in his 19th career appearance.

Chad Green and Dellin Betances set up Aroldis Chapman for his 19th save in 20 attempts.

Red Sox 2, Mariners 1

SEATTLE – Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth inning and Boston beat Seattle for its fourth straight win.

David Price (8-4) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to earn his sixth victory over his past seven appearances. He gave up a run and struck out seven. Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth to lock down his 22nd save, pitching around two walks to open the inning by striking out Kyle Seager and getting Ryon Healy to ground into a double play..

The Red Sox got their major-league leading 48th win of the season and snapped Seattle’s four-game winning streak.

Tigers 3, Twins 1

DETROIT – JaCoby Jones’ two-run homer capped a three-run seventh inning as Detroit rallied past Minnesota.

Jones was hitting .135 in his last 10 games, and had struck out in his first two at-bats before hitting Lance Lynn’s 3-1 fastball for his fifth home run..

Michael Fulmer (3-5) improved to 5-0 in five career starts against the Twins. He pitched seven innings, allowing one run on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in ending a three-start winless streak. Joe Jimenez pitched the eighth and Shane Greene threw the ninth for his 17th save.

Lynn (4-5) took a shutout into the seventh but ended up allowing three runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings.

Indians 5, White Sox 2

CHICAGO – Francisco Lindor and Jose Ramirez homered, Mike Clevinger struck out 11 in seven innings and Cleveland topped Chicago.

Lindor led off the game against Carlos Rodon with his 15th home run. He also singled and scored in the seventh when Ramirez broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run drive to right-center against Chris Volstad (1-4) for his 20th homer.

Clevinger (5-2) gave up two runs and five hits.

Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances as the AL Central leaders salvaged a four-game split.

Astros 7, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. – Justin Verlander pitched five-hit ball over seven innings and Houston beat Oakland for its eighth straight win.

The winning streak is the Astros’ longest since they won 11 straight May 25-June 5 last season on the way to their first World Series championship.

Khris Davis and Matt Olson homered for the A’s. Both home runs came off Verlander (9-2), who struck out seven, allowed three runs and didn’t walk a batter while earning his fifth consecutive win.

Frankie Montas (3-1) gave up five earned runs and 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Braves 4, Padres 2

ATLANTA – Anibal Sanchez allowed only four hits in seven scoreless innings, Ender Inciarte homered and scored two runs and Atlanta beat San Diego.

Ozzie Albies added a run-scoring double for the N.L. East-leading Braves.

Sanchez (3-0) did not walk a batter as he earned his first win in six career starts against San Diego. Sanchez outpitched Tyson Ross (5-4), who allowed only three hits and three runs in six-plus innings.

Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.

Damondbacks 6, Mets 3

PHOENIX – David Peralta hit a pair of solo homers, Matt Koch pitched six effective innings in a combined four-hitter and Arizona beat New York.

Amed Rosario pulled the Mets within a run on solo homer off Archie Bradley in the eighth inning. But Peralta, who homered off Jason Vargas (2-5) in the fourth inning, hit his 14th of the season off Jacob Rhame in the bottom half.

Koch (5-3) gave up solo homers to Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto, but only one other hit. Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb also hit solo homers for the N.L. West-leading Diamondbacks. Brian Boxberger worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save in Arizona’s sixth win in seven games.

The Mets, who have lost 10 of 11, failed to score more than three runs for the 10th straight game.

CFB: The biggest game of 2018 for college football’s top 10

(PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   Naming the biggest game on Alabama’s 2018 schedule is easy: It’s Auburn, since the biggest game of the Tide’s season is annually the Iron Bowl.

Figuring out the same for the rest of college football’s strongest title contenders isn’t as simple. This week’s Top 10 list tries to tackle the topic by asking: Which regular-season game looms largest for the 10 teams atop the USA TODAY Sports’ post-spring Top 25 for 2018?

1. Clemson

at Florida State, Oct. 27

FSU still looks like the Tigers’ biggest threat in the Atlantic Division, even if the Seminoles finished last season below .500 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Clemson has won three in a row in the series, with last fall’s 17-point win the program’s largest margin of victory against FSU since a 35-14 victory in 2005.

2. Alabama

vs. Auburn, Nov. 24

You might be able to make the case that Alabama’s biggest game is actually one of LSU, Mississippi State or Texas A&M and not the Iron Bowl. Why? Because recent history has shown that Alabama can lose to Auburn and still win the national title — as in 2017, for example. But the Tide’s biggest game is nonetheless against the Tigers.

3. Wisconsin

at Michigan, Oct. 13

The road to the College Football Playoff isn’t complicated: Wisconsin needs to win the West Division and reach the Big Ten Conference title game with no more than one loss. Then the Badgers need to beat Ohio State, of course. The team’s biggest game could be a few in-division matchups — maybe Iowa, Purdue or Nebraska — but beating Michigan on the road in October would be a tone-setter for Wisconsin entering the second half of the regular season.

4. Washington

vs. Auburn (in Atlanta), Sept. 1

Not often does a team’s opener double as its biggest game. But that’s the case for Washington, which needs a jolt of national recognition to fuel its push for the Playoff. You won’t get a much better chance than by beating Auburn in Atlanta on the first Saturday of September. A win there would solidify the Huskies’ place as one the elite teams in the country and the team to beat in the Pac-12.

5. Ohio State

vs. Michigan, Nov. 24

Don’t forget that this game has been close in recent years despite Michigan’s inability to get over the hump. Though Ohio State has won all six tries under Urban Meyer, only one came by more than two scores; four of the six were decided by a single possession, including an overtime thriller in 2016. So is the Wolverines’ year? If could be, but only if Shea Patterson is as good as advertised.

6. Georgia

vs. Auburn, Nov. 10

There’s a case to be made for South Carolina and Florida, the two perceived rivals to Georgia’s ownership of the East Division, and maybe even a case for LSU, should the Tigers be better than expected. But the only game on Georgia’s regular-season schedule against a fellow team with title aspirations comes in the annual tilt against Auburn in November.

7. Oklahoma

at TCU, Oct. 20

Oklahoma’s year starts with a bang: Lane Kiffin and Florida Atlantic first and then Chip Kelly and UCLA, with both games coming at home. We’ll know by the end of September whether Kyler Murray is up to the task at quarterback. The Sooners’ most important game might be Texas, since the Longhorns should be better in Tom Herman’s second season. But it’s TCU that figures to be OU’s biggest threat in the Big 12 Conference.

8. TCU

vs. Oklahoma, Oct. 20

And vice versa for TCU. The Sooners have fewer holes to fill than do the Horned Frogs, who have questions to address on the offensive line and a new starting quarterback on their own under center. But TCU resembles one of those all-too-common Gary Patterson teams with talent to spare on defense and young skill players set to blossom in 2018. Despite the result of this October matchup, these two could meet again in the conference championship game.

9. Penn State

vs. Ohio State, Sept. 29

On paper, Penn State’s schedule is a monster. Rival Pittsburgh in September. Michigan State and Iowa in October. Michigan and Wisconsin in back-to-back weeks to open November. But those second-half games will have far less meaning should the Nittany Lions stumble at home against Ohio State, which would give the Buckeyes a huge head-to-head tiebreaker in the East Division race.

10. Miami (Fla.)

vs. LSU (at AT&T Stadium), Sept. 2

Much like Washington against Auburn, Miami’s date with LSU presents an opportunity to make a statement. A neutral-site win would put wind in the Hurricanes’ sails, even if the rest of the regular season might reveal LSU to be a national pretender. And knocking off the Tigers would vault Miami through a schedule that isn’t too difficult, all things considered. Though Virginia Tech comes on the road — and we don’t know yet about the Hokies’ quarterback situation — the Hurricanes get Florida State at home to open October.

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Killing time until the return college football is as easy as counting to 10, and then continuing to count out the rest of the roughly 7,500,000 seconds until the first Saturday of the 2018 season. It’s that easy!

From there, it’s another countdown of about 100 days until the real action begins: College Football Playoff national semifinals – held in the Cotton Bowl and Orange Bowl – will be held on Dec. 29, with the title game coming on Jan. 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

This week’s Top 10 list takes the long view to ask: Which teams will populate the biggest bowl games of the 2018 season? Listed chronologically, the group includes the two semifinals, the championship game, the four remaining New Year’s Six bowls, the Citrus Bowl, the Alamo Bowl and the Outback Bowl.

1. Alamo Bowl (Dec. 28)

Southern California vs. West Virginia

I’ve got Washington in a semifinal and Stanford then slotting into the Rose Bowl, meaning the third-place team from the Pac-12 would land in the Alamo Bowl. That’d be USC, which would take on the third-place team from the Big 12, West Virginia, after both Oklahoma and TCU make the New Year’s Six.

2. Peach Bowl (Dec. 29)

Miami (Fla.) vs. Penn State

The first New Year’s Six game pits two at-large bids. This projection picks Miami as the second-place team from the ACC, meaning the Hurricanes put together a great regular season but fall to Clemson in the conference title game. Penn State would be the third Big Ten team in a high-profile bowl, following Wisconsin and Ohio State.

3. Cotton Bowl (Dec. 29)

Alabama vs. Wisconsin

It might not be the Orange Bowl, but Alabama has made AT&T Stadium its home away from home in non-conference play. I’ve got Wisconsin winning the Big Ten and landing here, but it could very well be Ohio State. Or Penn State. Or Michigan State. Or Michigan.

4. Orange Bowl (Dec. 29)

Clemson vs. Washington

Clemson would be the beneficiary of playing its semifinal with a relative home-field advantage as the top seed in the Playoff field. Washington would need to travel across the country to meet the Tigers, but at least the Huskies are back in the final four.

5. Outback Bowl (Jan. 1)

Michigan State vs. Mississippi State

On paper, Michigan is a very strong contender for one of the top bowl games given to the best team from the Big Ten not in a New Year’s Six or a national semifinal. But because the Wolverines just played in this past January’s Outback Bowl essentially eliminates them from contention; likewise with South Carolina from the SEC. So let’s settle instead for Michigan State’s defense against Mississippi State’s new offense.

6. Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)

Auburn vs. Michigan

Here’s a good spot for Michigan, which last played in the Citrus following the 2015 regular season. Notre Dame may have the record needed to be in contention for this spot, but the Irish just topped LSU in the Citrus this past January. In this projection, Auburn is just on the outside of a New Year’s Six berth.

7. Fiesta Bowl (Jan. 1)

Boise State vs. TCU

These two programs haven’t met in the postseason since the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, when the powers that be decided to pit the two unbeaten programs – both then in non-major conferences – against one another rather than opponents from the Power Five.

8. Rose Bowl (Jan. 1)

Ohio State vs. Stanford

Ohio State’s easily in play for the Orange or Cotton. Better yet, the Buckeyes may end up being the best team in all of college football should Dwayne Haskins get the job done at quarterback, to name one position that will carry a question mark heading into September. But a spot in the Rose Bowl seems almost like the worst-case scenario for Urban Meyer and OSU, which says something about the team’s potential.

9. Sugar Bowl (Jan. 1)

Georgia vs. Oklahoma

This wouldn’t be the preferred destination for either program – both the Bulldogs and Sooners have eyes on a return to the Playoff – but the idea of these two powers holding a rematch of last year’s Rose Bowl should be intoxicating for college football fans.

10. College Football Playoff championship game (Jan. 7)

Alabama vs. Clemson

A fourth postseason matchup in as many years might be overkill. But the Tigers and Crimson Tide top the USA TODAY Sports post-spring Top 25 rankings – so another meeting doesn’t seem too hard to imagine in a postseason format that conceivably recognizes the top teams in the country.

MLB Roundup: Nationals’ Scherzer takes rare loss as Crawford leads Giants to win

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   WASHINGTON – Brandon Crawford went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer, and the San Francisco Giants dealt Max Scherzer his first loss in more than two months, defeating the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Sunday.

After Pablo Sandoval walked leading off the fourth, Crawford homered into the second deck in right for his eighth of the season. He singled in the first and doubled in the sixth and eighth innings. Since May 1, Crawford is hitting an MLB-best .439 (58-for-132) and has raised his average to .338.

Scherzer (10-2) had won nine straight decisions since his last loss on April 4. He allowed two runs and four hits while striking out nine over seven innings.

Derek Holland (4-6), a 10-year veteran facing Washington for the first time, allowed three hits and two walks in five innings as five pitchers combined for the three-hitter. Hunter Strickland pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

METS 2, YANKEES 0

NEW YORK – Seth Lugo (2-1) pitched six dominant innings in a stellar spot start, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer off Luis Severino (9-2), and the New York Mets snapped an eight-game skid.

Frazier went deep for the second consecutive night to help the Mets prevent a Subway Series sweep at Citi Field. They ended a 10-game home losing streak and avoided an 0-9 homestand that would have matched the worst in team history.

Despite losing another important player to injury when second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera exited with a tight left hamstring, the Mets broke a six-game slide against their New York rivals.

Anthony Swarzak finished the three-hitter, pitching a hitless ninth for his third career save and first with the Mets.

PADRES 3, MARLINS 1

MIAMI – Clayton Richard became the latest pitcher to flirt with the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres’ history, losing his bid with two outs in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins.

The Padres are the only team in the majors that has never thrown a no-hitter. They have played 7,881 games since starting out in 1969. Last month, Jordan Lyles was perfect for 7 1/3 innings until Colorado’s Trevor Story singled. In April, Tyson Ross didn’t give up a hit until Arizona’s Christian Walker doubled on a ball misplayed by center fielder Franchy Cordero.

Richard (5-6) took a shutout into the seventh, but Miguel Rojas grounded a clean single up the middle to spoil Richard’s try and JT Riddle followed with an RBI single. Richard gave up two hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking three. Brad Hand pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save. Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer as the last-place Padres won a fourth consecutive series for the first time since August 2015.

Jose Urena (1-8) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

INDIANS 9, TIGERS 2

DETROIT – Corey Kluber continued his dominance of the American League Central, allowing two runs in eight innings as the Cleveland Indians topped the Tigers.

Kluber (10-2) is 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA in five starts against division rivals this season and has won his last 11 decisions against teams from the AL Central. He allowed five hits and struck out eight without walking a batter.

Melky Cabrera and Erik Gonzalez each drove in three runs for Cleveland, which expanded its divisional lead to five games over the Tigers.

Artie Lewicki (0-2) took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out four in his third major-league start. Leonys Martin drove in two runs for Detroit, which lost a home series for the first time since April 13. The Tigers were playing their 18th game in 17 days.

MARINERS 5, RAYS 4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Right fielder Mitch Haniger threw out Johnny Field at the plate to end the game, and the Seattle Mariners held off the Tampa Bay Rays for their 17th win in 22 games. Field tried to score from first on a two-out, bloop single by Carlos Gomez.

James Paxton struck out 10 and Kyle Seager hit a go-ahead home run for Seattle. Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino also homered for the Mariners, who took three of four from Tampa Bay.

Paxton (6-1) gave up three runs and five hits in seven innings. Edwin Diaz got defensive help from Haniger to post his 23rd save.

Seager gave Seattle a 5-3 lead on his seventh-inning drive off Jose Alvarado (0-3). Tampa Bay, which stopped an eight-game skid Saturday, got a homer from C.J. Cron.

ASTROS 8, RANGERS 7

ARLINGTON, Texas – George Springer scored the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning on a balk after homering on the first pitch, and the Houston Astros swept their Texas rivals in a four-game series for the first time, beating the Rangers despite blowing a six-run lead.

Texas closer Keone Kela had already thrown a pitch to Evan Gattis with two outs when Astros manager A.J. Hinch came out of the dugout apparently to question whether Kela had balked. After a brief conversation among the four umpires, Springer was awarded home. Replay showed Kela (3-3) not pausing in his delivery, and Rangers manager Jeff Banister was ejected while arguing the decision.

The World Series champion Astros won their fifth straight and moved a season-high 17 games over .500 (42-25) despite Dallas Keuchel failing to hold a 6-0 lead. He matched a career worst by allowing 13 hits while throwing 106 pitches in just 4 1/3 innings.

Yuli Gurriel’s fourth hit was a tiebreaking homer in the seventh, but the Rangers got even again when Nomar Mazara doubled and Adrian Beltre singled him home with two outs in the eighth against Will Harris (2-3).

DODGERS 7, BRAVES 2

LOS ANGELES – Max Muncy homered in his third straight game, Logan Forsythe and Enrique Hernandez also connected, and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves.

Muncy has 12 home runs, matching the total he hit last year while spending the whole season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He hit a solo drive in the fifth inning to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 4-2, and drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth. The Dodgers took the series from Atlanta and have won seven of their last nine games. The NL champions moved to 33-32 – they have not been more than one game over .500 this season.

Ross Stripling (5-1) allowed home runs by Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman in the fourth inning. He gave up four hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Forsythe hit a solo home run off Sean Newcomb (7-2) in a three-run third to give the Dodgers the lead. He hadn’t allowed a home run in his previous 44 innings pitched.

WHITE SOX 5, RED SOX 2

BOSTON – Reynaldo Lopez pitched into the seventh inning, Daniel Palka had a two-run double and the Chicago White Sox beat the Red Sox.

Lopez (2-4) gave up two runs and six hits while striking out six with three walks in 6 1/3 innings to improve to 1-3 in eight road starts this season.

Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson and Trayce Thompson added one RBI apiece for Chicago, which won two of three in the series and six of its last 10 overall. The White Sox capped their second winning road trip of the season by going 4-3. Joakim Soria pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (8-3) gave up three runs and five hits over six innings. Rafael Devers drove in a run for Boston, which has lost three of four.

BLUE JAYS 13, ORIOLES 3

TORONTO – Curtis Granderson had four hits and a career-high six RBIs, Marco Estrada pitched six innings to snap an eight-start winless streak and the Blue Jays routed the struggling Baltimore Orioles to complete a four-game sweep.

Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and Kendrys Morales and Kevin Pillar each added solo blasts as the Blue Jays finished with a season-high 19 hits. Toronto had 17 hits in an 11-inning win at Cleveland on May 3. Estrada (3-6) allowed two runs and four hits, leaving after Jonathan Schoop homered to begin the seventh.

Orioles starter Alex Cobb (2-8) matched a career-worst by allowing nine runs and a season-high 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Baltimore has lost four straight and 11 of 13. Baltimore is 9-27 on the road and 19-45 overall, both worst in the majors, and has allowed 10 or more runs nine times this season.

REDS 6, CARDINALS 3

CINCINNATI – Center fielder Billy Hamilton made a bunch of key defensive plays and the Reds ended their 13-game losing streak to St. Louis, beating the Cardinals. Hamilton threw out two runners, then made outstanding catches against the wall in the eighth and ninth innings. He also tripled and scored twice.

The Cardinals’ overall winning streak against Cincinnati was their longest since the 1930-1931 seasons. The Reds had lost 11 straight home games to St. Louis. Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and the Reds capitalized on the Cardinals’ season-high 11 walks.

The Cardinals piled up 10 hits in five-plus innings against Anthony DeSclafani (1-1), who was making his second start since Sept. 28, 2016. Jared Hughes pitched the eighth and ninth for his fourth save.

The Reds scored five runs on just four hits in 3 2/3 innings against Carlos Martinez (3-3), who was making his second start since coming off the disabled list with a strained back muscle. He issued a season-high seven walks, one short of tying his career high.

PHILLIES 4, BREWERS 3

PHILADELPHIA – Zach Eflin tied his career high with nine strikeouts over six innings and the Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak by holding off the Milwaukee Brewers.

Eflin (3-2) had his second strong start after two subpar outings, allowing two runs and three hits with one walk. Rhys Hoskins drove in two runs, including a go-ahead sacrifice fly in a three-run fifth off reliever Dan Jennings (3-2) in the Phillies’ fourth win in 14 games.

Milwaukee left the tying run at third in each of the final two innings. Seranthony Dominguez got Jonathan Villar to ground to the mound to end the eighth and Christian Yelich grounded to second for the final out to give Tommy Hunter his first save.

Ryan Braun saved a run with a diving catch, doubled to spark a two-run fifth and had an RBI single in the eighth for the Brewers, who had won two straight.

TWINS 7, ANGELS 5

MINNEAPOLIS – Jake Cave had a career-high three hits, including a home run, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Los Angeles Angels.

Eduardo Escobar doubled twice to take over the major league lead with 26 and the Minnesota bullpen threw 3 2/3 shutout innings before a two-run single by Albert Pujols in the ninth. Los Angeles had the go-ahead run at the plate against closer Fernando Rodney, but Zack Cozart popped out.

Fernando Romero (3-2) had control issues from the outset, but managed to complete five innings to win for the first time in six starts. He allowed five hits and struck out five while throwing 94 pitches. Romero also hit two batters and threw two wild pitches.

Los Angeles starter Nick Tropeano (3-4) struggled for the second consecutive outing, allowing five earned runs in 4 1/3 innings.

PIRATES 7, CUBS 1

CHICAGO – Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run and Gregory Polanco hit a bases-loaded triple, leading Ivan Nova and the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cubs.

Pittsburgh, which had managed a total of three runs in its previous four road games, ended its losing streak at three.

Nova (3-5) allowed one run on four hits in 5 2/3 innings to snap a four-decision skid and pick up his first win since April 15. He was activated before the game after missing two weeks with a sprained finger.

Anthony Rizzo drove in the lone run for Chicago, which had won four in a row. The Cubs trail the NL Central-leading Brewers by a half-game heading into a three-game series at Milwaukee starting on Monday. Kyle Hendricks (4-6) gave up one run on three hits in five innings.

DIAMONDBACKS 8, ROCKIES 3

DENVER – Paul Goldschmidt doubled and tripled and had two RBIs to finish off a dominating series and the Arizona Diamondbacks earned a victory over the Colorado Rockies.

Ketel Marte led off the second inning with his fourth home run of the season and added an RBI single in a three-run sixth. The single ended his streak of 10 straight hits for extra bases for Marte.

Kyle Freeland (6-6) allowed four runs and struck out eight in six innings for Colorado. The Rockies have lost seven straight at home for the first time since April 23 to May 10, 2016.

Colorado scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning on Ian Desmond’s two-run single that chased Zack Godley (6-5). Godley allowed two runs and five hits and struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings.

ATHLETICS 3, ROYALS 2

OAKLAND, Calif. – Matt Chapman homered leading off the eighth, moments after shortstop Marcus Semien’s defensive gem, and the Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals.

Stephen Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy both drove in runs for the A’s, who squandered numerous scoring chances before Chapman came through with a solo home run off Royals reliever Jason Adam (0-1). Blake Treinen (3-1) retired five batters to win following a strong start by left-hander Sean Manaea. Winless since May 14, Manaea allowed six hits and two runs over 7 1/3 innings and had six strikeouts with no walks.

Whit Merrifield doubled off Manaea in the eighth and advanced to third on Mike Moustakas’ groundout. Treinen replaced Manaea and got Salvador Perez to hit a grounder to shortstop. Semien made a diving stop then threw to home while still on his knees to nail a siding Merrifield at the plate.

Perez hit his 11th home run for the Royals, who have lost seven of eight.

MLB Roundup: Joc Pederson hits 2 HRs, Cody Bellinger goes deep again for Dodgers

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   PITTSBURGH – Joc Pederson went deep twice, Cody Bellinger hit his third home run in as many games and the Los Angeles Dodgers used nine pitchers to hold off the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 on Thursday.

Pederson led off the game with a solo blast off Jameson Taillon (3-5) and added a two-run shot in the eighth off Michael Feliz for his second multi-home run game in a week. Bellinger finished 3 for 4, including a shot just over the wall in left field in the sixth to give the Dodgers a three-run advantage, and a stream of relievers made it stand as Los Angeles won for the 15th time in its last 20 games to move back to .500 (31-31).

Daniel Hudson made his first start since 2015, working only the first inning, after the Dodgers scratched rookie Dennis Santana from what would have been his first major league start. Santana experienced tightness in his right side during his pregame routine. Pedro Baez (3-3) picked up the win by getting six outs. Kenley Jansen worked around a pinch-hit homer by Francisco Cervelli in the ninth for his 15th save.

Reds 7, Rockies 5 (13): At Cincinnati, Jesse Winker hit a two-run homer in the 13th, completing the Reds’ late rally that averted a sweep by the Colorado Rockies.

One out away from getting their second series sweep at Great American Ball Park, the Rockies blew the lead in the ninth and wound up losing for the fifth time in seven games. They’ve blown leads in all of the five losses. Left-hander Chris Rusin (0-2) hit Joey Votto with a pitch to open the 13th. Winker connected on his first game-ending homer, finishing the longest game for both teams this season.

Dylan Floro (2-1) allowed a pair of singles over three innings. He batted in the 12th and grounded out.

Cubs 4, Phillies 3: At Chicago, Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer and added a second RBI with a sacrifice fly to lead the Cubs past the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Cubs won for the fifth time in six games to close to a half-game behind idle first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Tommy LaStella and Kris Bryant had RBI singles in Chicago’s three-run fifth inning. Rizzo’s sac fly to left capped the rally after a video review determined Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp had illegally blocked the plate with his left leg as Albert Almora tried to score from third. Almora beat Dylan Cozen’s strong throw from left field, but was unable to touch the plate with Knapp in the way. Almora initially was called out before the play was overruled.

Brian Duensing (2-0), the first of five Cubs relievers, got the win despite allowing two runs over one inning. Phillies starter Nick Pivetta (4-5) lost his third straight, yielding four runs on six hits in five innings. Brandon Morrow pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

Twins 7, White Sox 2: At Minneapolis, Jose Berrios pitched a six-hitter for his second complete game this season, and the Minnesota Twins hit three home runs against James Shields in a victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Berrios (7-5) retired his first 14 batters before Omar Narvarez’s double. By that time, the 23-year-old right-hander already had a 7-0 lead. He struck out 10 and walked none to win for the fourth time in five starts.

Eduardo Escobar hit a two-run homer after a double by Eddie Rosario in the first against Shields (1-7), who has not won in 12 starts since opening day. Ehire Adrianza added a solo shot in the second inning. Then right after Brian Dozier’s two-out RBI single in the fourth through a shift-created hole at second base, Rosario turned on an 86 mph cut fastball on the inside corner from Shields for a three-run drive just inside the right-field foul pole.

Cardinals 4, Marlins 1: At St. Louis, Miles Mikolas rebounded from his first loss of the season to pitch three-hit ball over seven innings and lead the Cardinals over the Miami Marlins.

Mikolas (7-1) allowed an unearned run, struck out five and walked one, lowering his ERA to 2.27 as the Cardinals salvaged the series finale after a pair of losses. Mikolas, coming off a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh, has pitched at least six innings in 10 of 12 starts this season.

Jordan Hicks pitched around a walk and a hit in the eighth, topping 100 mph on nine of 18 pitches, and Bud Norris finished the four-hitter with a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 13 chances. Jose Martinez homered for St. Louis.

Trevor Richards (0-3), who was born in Aviston, Illinois, 50 miles from St. Louis, gave up three runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4 (10): At Toronto, Aledmys Diaz hit a game-winning single in the 10th and the Blue Jays rallied from a three-run deficit in the ninth to beat the Baltimore Orioles.

Teoscar Hernandez doubled off Miguel Castro (1-2) to begin the 10th and Justin Smoak was intentionally walked before Kendrys Morales and Luke Maile struck out. Diaz won it with a single to the wall in left, giving Toronto just its second win in its past 12 home games.

Danny Barnes (2-1) pitched one inning for the win, which looked unlikely when Orioles closer Brad Brach entered with a 4-1 lead in the ninth. Brach had a streak of 10 consecutive scoreless outings, but couldn’t extend his run.

Austin Wynns hit his first career home run, and Danny Valencia and Mark Trumbo hit back-to-back home runs for Baltimore. Toronto’s Curtis Granderson hit his 46th career leadoff homer.

Tigers 7, Red Sox 2: At Boston, Leonys Martin had a two-run homer to cap a five-run first inning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Red Sox.

Detroit’s victory ended a four-game win streak for Boston, which had outscored Detroit 13-1 in the first two games of the series.

Left-hander Matthew Boyd (4-4) was solid in his third career start against Boston, allowing just four hits and two runs while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings. He gave up a solo home run to Andrew Benintendi and had three wild pitches.

Detroit’s early onslaught spoiled the major-league debut of 24-year-old left-hander Jalen Beeks (0-1), who ended his first big league inning by giving up five runs and four hits, including the two-run shot by Martin to put Detroit in front. That is the most earned runs given up by a Red Sox starter in his first career inning pitched, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Mariners 5, Rays 4: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Mike Leake pitched into the ninth inning, Mitch Haniger homered and drove in three, and the AL West-leading Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays.

Leake (6-3) was lifted with a 5-1 lead after allowing his eighth hit, a leadoff double in the ninth to Wilson Ramos. Johnny Field hit a three-run double off Alex Colome before the former Rays’ closer got a game-ending grounder from Daniel Robertson. The Mariners won for the 10th time in 13 games.

Robertson and Denard Span homered for the Rays, who have scored 16 runs during a seven-game losing streak. The slide includes a three-game sweep last weekend in Seattle. Austin Pruitt (1-3) took the loss.

Astros 5, Rangers 2: At Arlington, Texas, Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer and an RBI single, and Gerrit Cole allowed one run over six solid innings as the Houston Astros topped the Texas Rangers.

Alex Bregman also homered for the Astros, and Jose Altuve had three singles after coming in with a big league-leading 85.

Cole (7-1) gave up just three singles – and none after the third inning – had eight strikeouts and walked three while throwing 102 pitches. He entered the game leading the American League in strikeouts (116) and was second in opponents’ batting average (.171).

Cole Hamels (3-6) didn’t allow a hit until Bregman’s one-out double in the fourth. Altuve singled home Bregman to tie it at 1 and scored on Gattis’ two-out homer. Bregman chased Hamels with his homer in the eighth. Hamels gave up five runs and seven hits, struck out five and walked two in 7 1/3 innings, his longest start of the season.

Athletics 4, Royals 1: At Oakland, Calif., Matt Chapman doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to make a winner of Paul Blackburn in his first start of the season for the Athletics.

Matt Olson hit his 13th homer, Stephen Piscotty singled three times and Marcus Semien added two hits and an RBI to help the A’s to their third win in four games against the Royals over the past seven days.

Blackburn (1-0) was reinstated from the disabled list before the game after missing the first two months with a strained right forearm. The right-hander yielded three hits, including Alcides Escobar’s home run in the third and induced 11 groundouts over six innings.

Kansas City’s Jason Hammel (2-6) matched Blackburn until Oakland broke through for three runs in the sixth.

MLB Roundup: Aaron Judge fans record eight times in Yankees’ doubleheader split

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Yankees slugger Aaron Judge became the first player since at least 1920 with eight strikeouts in a doubleheader, including five punchouts in the nightcap as the Detroit Tigers beat New York 4-2 for a day-night split Monday in Detroit.

Leonys Martin had two hits and scored twice for Detroit in the second game after New York took the opener 7-4 behind Luis Severino’s eight strong innings and a six-run fourth inning.

Judge struck out eight times in nine at-bats, a record for a doubleheader during the liveball era, according to STATS. Judge struck out in each of his five at-bats in the late game, including with a runner aboard in the bottom of the ninth.

The five strikeouts were a career high for Judge, who led the majors with 208 strikeouts while winning AL Rookie of the Year last season.

The doubleheader made up rainouts from April 14 and 15. Both teams wore No. 42 for the second game because they were making up their postponed Jackie Robinson Day showdown.

Angels 9, Royals 6: In Anaheim, California, Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Albert Pujols all had run-scoring singles in the bottom of the eighth inning to carry Los Angeles past Kansas City.

Padres 11, Braves 4: In San Diego, Cory Spangenberg homered and tripled, Raffy Lopez had a homer among his career-high three hits and Eric Hosmer and Franmil Reyes also went deep to lead the Padres over N.L. East-leading Atlanta.

Clayton Richard (4-6) pitched seven strong innings for the Padres, who have won six of seven. Nine of the Padres’ 13 hits were for extra bases.

The Padres sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth, scoring seven runs on a triple, four doubles, a single, two walks and a sacrifice fly. Spangenberg tripled in a run, Hosmer doubled in two and Travis Jankowski and Jose Pirela each had an RBI double. Lopez hit an RBI single and Freddy Galvis hit a sac fly.

Braves starter Julio Teheran walked Pirela opening the fifth and then was visited for the second time in the game by the team trainer. He then came out with an undisclosed injury. Luiz Gohara came on and allowed six runs and six hits.

Giants 10, Diamondbacks 3: In San Francisco, Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Crawford opened a seven-run fourth inning with back-to-back home runs, and San Francisco got back to .500 on the season by beating West leader Arizona.

Pinch-hitter Alen Hanson and Buster Posey each added two-run doubles in the big inning to help the Giants win their fifth straight game to move within 1 1/2 games of the Diamondbacks.

San Francisco gets a big boost Tuesday with ace Madison Bumgarner’s return. Bumgarner is set to make his season debut after breaking the pinkie on his throwing hand at the end of spring training. The Giants managed to stay in striking distance in the division in 60 games without the 2014 World Series MVP and are hoping his return can keep them in contention.

Pablo Sandoval and Nick Hundley also homered for the Giants.

MLB Roundup: Astros’ George Springer dashes home, goes deep against Chris Sale, Bosox

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   George Springer dashed home from second base on a wild pitch by Chris Sale, then homered off the Boston ace to send the Houston Astros over the Red Sox 7-3 Friday night in a matchup of A.L. division leaders in Houston.

Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis homered late to boost the Astros.

Mitch Moreland and J.D. Martinez hit back-to-back homers off Gerrit Cole (6-1) to start the fourth inning and get within 4-3. Martinez hit his major league-leading 19th homer.

Springer’s sprint put the Astros ahead in the first inning. With runners at first and second and one out, Sale (5-3) threw a hard slider that caught Correa swinging for strike three. But the ball bounced off catcher Sandy Leon’s glove and caromed toward the first base dugout, and Springer hustled home on the wild pitch.

Cole won his fourth straight decision, giving up three runs and five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven, raising his A.L.-leading total to 116.

Dodgers 11, Rockies 8: Chris Taylor hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the sixth, Dennis Santana earned the win in his major league debut and Los Angeles Dodgers beat N.L. West-leading Colorado in Denver. Santana was brought in after reliever Scott Alexander started the game and recorded four outs. Santana allowed five runs over 3 2/3 shaky innings. He also had a two-run double on the first major league pitch he faced.

Angels 6, Rangers 0: Albert Pujols hit his 622nd career home run, rookie Jaime Barria threw six sharp innings and Los Angeles defeated Texas in Anaheim, California.

The benches cleared after Ronald Guzman grounded into a game-ending double play, with Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons taking exception over how Rougned Odor slid wide going into second base. Pujols helped play peacemaker and the incident did not escalate into a physical altercation.

Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 1: Ketel Marte hit two of Arizona’s franchise record-tying six homers, Clay Buchholz struck out nine in seven innings and Arizona rolled over Miami in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks knocked the ball around Chase Field with David Descalso, Jake Lamb and David Peralta going deep in the first three innings. The homers kept coming. John Ryan Murphy hit a two-run shot in the fifth inning for his eighth in 15 starts. Marte launched a solo shot from the right side of the plate two batters later and added another as a lefty in the eighth off Brad Ziegler. He is the sixth player in franchise history with homers from both sides of the plate and first since Tony Clark in 2009.

Giants 4, Phillies 0: Chris Stratton and three relievers combined on a six-hitter and the Giants defeated Philadelphia in San Francisco. Joe Panik singled twice and reached base four times in his return to San Francisco’s lineup after missing a month with a left thumb injury. Brandon Crawford had two hits, while Evan Longoria and Gorkys Hernandez drove in runs.

Reds 7, Padres 2: Scooter Gennett homered and Jose Peraza had three hits and three RBIs and visiting Cincinnati defeated the Padres in San Diego.

Athletics 16, Royals 0: Matt Olson hit two homers and drove in a career-high five runs, while Frankie Montas pitched a career-best eight innings to help Oakland rout the Royals in Kansas City, Missouri.

Dustin Fowler also homered twice and had four RBIs for Oakland. Montas (2-0) made his second start since being called up from the minors last Sunday and limited the Royals to six hits and used groundball double plays to end the fourth and fifth innings.

The A’s sent 10 men to the plate in the third against Royals starter Ian Kennedy (1-6) and the first six reached, including Fowler’s solo home run.

Yankees 4, Orioles 1: Sonny Gray pitched six sharp innings, Aaron Judge homered and the visiting Yankees breezed past punchless Baltimore.

Rookie Gleyber Torres had two hits and an RBI for the Yankees, who have won three straight to move a season-high 19 games over .500 (36-17). Gray (4-4) allowed one run and four hits with six strikeouts. Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth for his 13th save.

Baltimore wasted a decent start by Andrew Cashner (2-7), who gave up three runs over six innings.

Braves 4, Nationals 0: Mike Foltynewicz pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game and Dansby Swanson broke the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh and the Braves beat Washington in Atlanta.

Foltynewicz (5-3) retired 20 straight batters before issuing a leadoff walk in the eighth to outpitch Stephen Strasburg (6-5), who left the game with cramps in his left wrist after 6 2/3 innings.

The first-place Braves, winners of five of their last seven, moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals in the N.L. East.

Tigers 5, Blue Jays 2: Nicholas Castellanos homered and had three hits, and Miguel Cabrera got a hit in his return from the disabled list in Detroit’s win over visiting Toronto.

Cabrera was 1 for 3 with a walk in his first game since May 4 due to a hamstring injury. Blaine Hardy (2-0) allowed two runs, three hits and four walks in six innings for Detroit. Shane Greene pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

Toronto starter Jamie Garcia (2-4) allowed four runs on seven hits in 1 2/3 innings. The Blue Jays have lost four straight.

Cubs 7, Mets 4: Kyle Schwarber entered as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning and wound up homering and driving in four runs as Chicago rallied against the beleaguered Mets bullpen in New York.

The Cubs trailed 2-0 in the seventh before posting their fifth win in six games. Randy Rosario (2-0) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Brandon Morrow worked the ninth for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.

Schwarber broke it open in the eighth against Paul Sewald (0-4) with his 11th homer, a three-run shot.

The Mets dropped below .500 for the first time this season at 27-28.

Twins 7, Indians 4: Eduardo Escobar hit two homers and drove in four runs, and Jose Berrios pitched six effective innings to help Minnesota pull away from visiting Cleveland.

Escobar’s three-run homer in the first started the night against Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (6-4). Escobar added a solo shot, his 10th of the season, in the seventh as Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak.

Berrios (6-5) allowed four runs and five hits with a walk and seven strikeouts. Fernando Rodney secured his 12th save in 15 chances, which includes nine straight.

Pirates 4, Cardinals 0: Jameson Taillon pitched three-hit ball over eight innings to help Pittsburgh to its second win in its past seven games, defeating the Cardinals at St. Louis.

Taillon (3-4) hadn’t won since April 8, when he one-hit the Cincinnati Reds in a 5-0 win. He struck out six and walked one against St. Louis to slim his ERA to 3.97.

Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas (6-1) gave up two runs – one earned – in six innings. He allowed six hits, struck out two and walked one. This was his first loss since returning to the U.S. following a stint in the Japanese professional league.

White Sox 8, Brewers 3: Tim Anderson’s go-ahead triple drove in two runs as the White Sox scored three times in the sixth inning to snap a four-game losing streak, defeating Milwaukee at Chicago.

Chicago mounted its entire rally in the sixth with two outs. Five White Sox relievers combined for 5 2/3 of hitless ball, with the second, Luis Avilan (2-0) recording one out in the sixth to earn the win.

Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer for the N.L. Central-leading Brewers. Starter Chase Anderson (4-4) allowed four runs and five hits through 5 2/3 innings in a second straight rough outing.

MLB Roundup: Yankees can’t solve Astros’ Justin Verlander

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   Justin Verlander tamed the Yankees again, slowing down the highest-scoring team in the majors and pitching the Houston Astros past New York 5-1 on Monday in New York.

Verlander exited in the seventh inning with a major league-best 1.11 ERA. J.D. Davis hit an early three-run homer and Jose Altuve had a solo drive, helping Houston win for the sixth time in eight games.

Davis hit his first homer of the season, connecting in the second off Domingo German (0-3).

Closer Ken Giles, tagged Sunday as the Astros blew a five-run lead in the ninth at Cleveland, pitched the final inning and worked around a leadoff single.

Facing the only club in baseball that hasn’t been shut out this season, Verlander (7-2) blanked the Yankees until Greg Bird hit a leadoff home run in the seventh.

Nationals 6, Orioles 0: In Baltimore, Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer to back a sharp pitching performance by Gio Gonzalez, and surging Washington beat Baltimore.

Gonzalez (6-2) allowed six hits over 7 2/3 innings to end a six-game losing streak against Baltimore. The left-hander won his first start against the Orioles in 2009 before coming up empty in his next nine outings.

Shawn Kelley got four outs to complete the fifth shutout against the Orioles this season.

Matt Adams and Michael Taylor both had two hits and an RBI for the Nationals, who have won four straight and 13 of 18.

Making his ninth start with Baltimore since signing as a free agent in March, Alex Cobb (1-7) was undone by a horrific, 42-pitch third inning that featured Rendon’s sixth home run.

Indians 9, White Sox 6: In Cleveland, Edwin Encarnacion homered and had four RBIs, and Cleveland took advantage of Chicago’s leaky defense to score five times in the fifth inning.

Encarnacion tied the game in the fifth with a three-run bloop double. Yonder Alonso’s double drove in the go-ahead run later in the inning and Encarnacion hit a leadoff homer in the seventh.

Cleveland trailed 5-2 going into the fifth, but errors by catcher Alfredo Gonzalez, shortstop Tim Anderson and second baseman Yoan Moncada made three of the runs unearned.

Adam Plutko (3-0) allowed five runs in five innings and has won all three of his starts this season. Tyler Olson, Evan Marshall and Neil Ramirez combined to pitch three shutout innings. Ben Taylor allowed a run in the ninth.

Chris Volstad (0-3) gave up Encarnacion’s double, the only batter he faced.

Mariners 2, Rangers 1: In Seattle, Marco Gonzales pitched into the seventh inning and did not allow an earned run for a third consecutive start, helping Seattle top Texas.

Seattle won for the ninth time in 10 games and reached 13 games above .500 for the first time since late in the 2014 season.

Seattle has 16 one-run wins, best in the majors.

Gonzales (5-3) lasted 6 2/3 innings and has not allowed an earned run since May 12 when he gave up four runs in a loss to Detroit.

James Pazos got the final out of the seventh, before letting the duo of Alex Colome and Edwin Diaz work together for the first time. Colome, an All-Star closer acquired from Tampa Bay late last week, struck out a pair sandwiched around a two-out hit to finish the eighth inning, and Diaz pitched the ninth for his 19th save.

Braves 4-5, Mets 3-8: In Atlanta, Charlie Culberson’s pinch-hit, two-run homer off Seth Lugo in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Braves a victory in the first game of a doubleheader.

Lugo (1-1) gave up Nick Markakis’ sacrifice fly in the eighth and walked Johan Camargo to begin the ninth before Culberson took him deep.

Devin Mesoraco gave the Mets a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth with a solo homer off Shane Carle (3-1), but Lugo’s performance wiped out seven strong innings from Jacob deGrom as the Mets lost their fourth straight.

DeGrom pitched six scoreless innings before allowing Tyler Flowers’ homer to make it 2-1 in the seventh. He allowed five hits and three walks and struck out eight, lowering his N.L.-leading ERA to 1.52. DeGrom has given up just two runs over his past 40 1/3 innings, a span of seven starts in which he has a 0.45 ERA.

In the nightcap, Kevin Plawecki had three hits, drove in a run and scored twice in his return from the disabled list and Luis Guillorme drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh as the Mets gained a split.

Brewers 8, Cardinals 3: In Milwaukee, Jonathan Villar and Christian Yelich homered, while Ryan Braun had three hits to lead Milwaukee past St. Louis.

Milwaukee starter Brent Suter (5-3) allowed three runs in five innings, but hit a two-run double in the fourth that gave Milwaukee a 4-0 lead. Milwaukee won for the 10th time in 12 games.

St. Louis starter Luke Weaver (3-5) lost his third consecutive start, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in four innings.

Cubs 7, Pirates 0: In Pittsburgh, Mike Montgomery pitched two-hit ball into the sixth inning, Anthony Rizzo went 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBIs, and the sleep-deprived Cubs beat slumping Pittsburgh.

Montgomery (1-1), starting for the first time this season in place of injured Yu Darvish, retired the first 13 batters before giving up a sharp single to Corey Dickerson with one out in the fifth. He struck out five and needed just 76 pitches to get through 5 2/3 innings. Montgomery struck out five without allowing a walk.

Rizzo hit his seventh home run in the second off Chad Kuhl (4-3) to give the Cubs an early lead. Addison Russell gave Chicago breathing room in the seventh with the second pinch-hit home run of his career, a shot to the bleachers in left off reliever Steven Brault that stayed just inside the foul pole.

The Cubs arrived in Pittsburgh at 4 a.m. local time following a victory over San Francisco in Chicago on Sunday night. Manager Joe Maddon wondered openly before the game why the start time wasn’t pushed until later in the day, but the well-rested Montgomery, who has worked exclusively in the bullpen this season, was more than ready to go.

Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 3: In Boston, Andrew Benintendi hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning, J.D. Martinez added a solo homer and Boston coasted.

Benintendi also had a triple and single, and Jackie Bradley Jr. added an RBI double, scored twice and made a spectacular catch in center field. Boston won for the seventh time in nine games.

It was the Blue Jays’ 11th loss in 15 games, dropping them to 2-5 against the Red Sox this season. Teoscar Hernandez had an RBI triple and double for Toronto.

David Price (5-4) labored through five innings, allowing two runs and four hits with four strikeouts and four walks.

Aaron Sanchez (2-5) was tagged for seven runs and nine hits in five innings, falling to 0-3 in his past five starts with a 5.96 ERA.

Diamondbacks 12, Reds 5: In Phoenix, Nick Ahmed, Chris Owings and John Ryan Murphy each homered as Arizona’s offense – slumbering for nearly all of May – came alive for a victory over the Cincinnati Reds, just the Diamondbacks’ third win in their past 18 games.

Ahmed and Owings each had a three-run home run in the opener of a six-game homestand after Arizona staggered back from a 1-8 road trip. Murphy added a solo shot.

Ahmed and Murphy homered off Homer Bailey (1-7), who allowed eight runs, six earned, on six hits in four innings. The Reds are 1-11 in games Bailey has started.

Matt Koch (3-3) went five innings, giving up five runs on 11 hits for Arizona. Eugenio Suarez had four hits for the Reds, including an RBI double.

Tigers 9, Angels 3: In Detroit, James McCann hit a grand slam in the third inning and Detroit routed Los Angeles.

Matthew Boyd (3-4) allowed two hits in five-plus innings for the Tigers. His first scoreless outing of the season came on a hot day in which Detroit outfielder Niko Goodrum had to leave the game because of heat exhaustion. The temperature was around 90 degrees when Goodrum was removed for a defensive replacement in the fourth.

Leonys Martin also homered for the Tigers, and Mike Trout went deep in the ninth for the Angels, his 18th home run of the season.

Tyler Skaggs (3-4) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out five.

Rays 1, Athletics 0 (13): In Oakland, California, Mallex Smith hit an RBI single with two outs in the 13th inning, Jonny Venters got his first save in seven years to cap a seven-hit shutout and Tampa Bay outlasted Oakland.

Chris Archer went six innings as the first of six pitchers for the Rays in their first shutout of the season. Ryne Stanek (1-0) retired five batters to win and Venters struck out Matt Olson with the tying run on base for his first save since 2011. Venters missed five seasons due to four major elbow surgeries, including three Tommy John operations, before returning to the big leagues this year.

The Rays have won four of five.

Chris Hatcher (3-2) retired the first two Tampa Bay hitters in the 13th before Johnny Field reached on an infield single to shortstop. Jesus Sucre followed with a single to move Fields to second before Smith blooped a 2-0 pitch to right-center.

Marlins 7, Padres 2: In San Diego, Caleb Smith was brilliant in dominating a matchup of rookie left-handers, Yadiel Rivera’s two-run single capped Miami’s four-run first inning, and Cameron Maybin had three hits and two RBIs against his old team to lead the Marlins to a victory against San Diego.

Smith (4-5) allowed one run and four hits in seven-plus innings, struck out four to run his MLB rookie lead to 69, and walked only one in the matchup of last-place teams.

Twins 8, Royals 5: In Kansas City, Missouri, Miguel Sano belted a two-run homer, Eddie Rosario hit a three-run double and Minnesota beat Kansas City to snap a four-game skid.

Lance Lynn (3-4) pitched six effective innings to win his second consecutive start after a dreadful stretch in his first season with the Twins.

Sano extended his hitting streak against the Royals to 15 games. He is batting .373 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in those 15 games.

Lynn allowed two runs and six hits. He’s given up two runs and 11 hits over 12 2/3 innings in his past two outings.

The right-hander worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second by striking out Alcides Escobar and retiring Ramon Torres on a grounder. The Royals went 4 for 19 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 overall.

Jon Jay had four hits for Kansas City, including three doubles, to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Rockies 6, Giants 5 (10): In Denver, Chris Iannetta drove in the winning run with a single up the middle in the 10th inning and Colorado beat San Francisco in a game delayed 55 minutes by rain.

It was Iannetta’s eighth career walk-off RBI and first since May 11, 2016, when he was with Seattle.

Hunter Strickland (2-2) walked Nolan Arenado to start the inning, and he went to second on Trevor Story’s deep drive to center. Carlos Gonzalez was intentionally walked, bringing up a struggling Ian Desmond, who lined a single to right that popped out of Andrew McCutchen’s glove. Iannetta followed with a single that went under Strickland’s glove.

The Giants had something brewing in the 10th when Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford had back-to-back singles off reliever Bryan Shaw (2-3). Shaw wiggled out of the jam with three straight grounders.

In the ninth, Wade Davis found himself in a predicament. After getting two outs, the Rockies closer issued two straight walks and then hit Buster Posey. But Davis got Brandon Belt to softly line out to second and quell the threat.

Dodgers 5, Phillies 4: In Los Angeles, Yasmani Grandal singled home the go-ahead run and the Dodgers scored three times in the eighth inning to rally past Philadelphia, spoiling Phillies manager Gabe Kapler’s return to Los Angeles.

The Dodgers handed the Phillies their fourth straight loss at Chavez Ravine dating to last season, when Kapler served as director of player development before being lured East for his first big league managerial job. He had been a candidate for the Dodgers’ opening before Dave Roberts was hired.

Phillies starter Vince Velasquez took a no-hitter into the sixth before the Dodgers scored twice to trail 4-2. They added three more runs in the eighth.

Yimi Garcia (1-1) got the win, tossing two scoreless innings of relief and striking out two. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 12th save.

The Dodgers have won nine of 11 since May 17.

MLB Roundup: Gleyber Torres homers in fourth straight game as Yankees win

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —    Gleyber Torres became the youngest American League player to homer in four straight games, Aaron Judge threw out a pair of runners from right field and the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Friday night in New York.

Shohei Ohtani, the two-way Japanese rookie sensation, came to bat with the potential tying run on base and two outs in the eighth. New York brought in closer Aroldis Chapman to face Ohtani with Justin Upton at first. Chapman threw a wild pitch that advanced the runner, Ohtani sent a 100 mph pitch just foul of the left-field pole, then grounded out on a 101 mph offering.

Mike Trout tied the score in the fifth for Los Angeles with his 16th home run.

Chad Green (3-0) won in relief of Luis Severino. Chapman, pitching on five days’ rest, got four straight outs for his 10th save in 11 chances, finishing a six-hitter.

Rockies 5, Reds 4: Pinch-hitter Noel Cuevas hit a tiebreaking triple in the sixth inning, Jon Gray settled down after a shaky start and Colorado beat Cincinnati to open a long homestand.

Nolan Arenado homered early for Colorado in the first of nine in a row at Coors Field.

Gray threw 100 pitches over six taxing innings in allowing four runs. Wade Davis struck out two of three in the ninth to earn his major league-leading 18th save.

Mariners 2, Twins 1: James Paxton allowing one run in seven innings and struck out 11, and Mitch Haniger’s two-out RBI single in the sixth inning helped lift the Mariners past Minnesota in Seattle.

Seattle won its 14th one-run game, thanks largely to another strong performance by Paxton (4-1). The lefty allowed just three hits – two of them to Max Kepler – and didn’t walk a batter.

Paxton allowed Kepler’s home run leading off the fifth inning.

Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his A.L.-leading 18th save.

Fernando Romero (2-1) took the loss.

Diamondbacks 7, Athletics 1: Patrick Corbin allowed four hits in seven innings and Nick Ahmed homered to help Arizona snap a seven-game losing streak with the victory over the Athletics in Oakland, California.

Paul Goldschmidt and John Ryan Murphy drove in two runs apiece for the slumping Diamondbacks, who lost 13 of their previous 14 games and averaged 1.9 runs during that stretch.

Corbin (5-1) was the beneficiary of some much-needed offense and ended a streak of five starts without a victory. The left-hander struck out seven and walked one.

Mark Canha homered for Oakland but Sean Manaea (5-5) struggled for a fifth consecutive start, sending the A’s to their sixth loss in seven home games.

Dodgers 4, Padres 1: Matt Kemp slugged a three-run homer in the first inning, Enrique Hernandez added a solo shot in the third and the Dodgers beat San Diego in Los Angeles in a matchup of the two worst teams in the N.L. West.

The Dodgers won their third in a row and seventh in their last eight while improving to 11-14 at home. They are next-to-last in the division. Lodged in the cellar, the Padres are 4-4 in their last eight.

Rangers 8, Royals 4: Ronald Guzman homered in his fourth straight start and drove in three runs, leading Texas past Kansas City in Arlington, Texas.

The rookie first baseman hit his sixth home run of the season. Guzman started three games against the New York Yankees earlier this week and homered in each, but struck out as a pinch-hitter against the Royals on Thursday night. Nomar Mazara also had a homer and three RBIs for Texas.

Red Sox 6, Braves 2: Mookie Betts hit his major league-leading 17th home run, J.D. Martinez slugged his 16th and the Red Sox beat Atlanta in Boston.

Boston got its fifth win in six games shortly after designating Hanley Ramirez for assignment. The move freed up a roster spot for Dustin Pedroia to be activated from the DL, and also created the chance for regular playing time at first base for Mitch Moreland, who had a solo homer in the eighth.

Orioles 2, Rays 0: David Hess pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, helping Baltimore overcome a strong effort from Tampa Bay’s bullpen, defeating the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Danny Valencia doubled in a run off starter Sergio Romo, and Jonathan Schoop went deep against Ryan Yarbrough, spoiling a an impressive opener for the Rays’ relievers as the team plans to use bullpen days in all three games this weekend. Yarbrough replaced Romo (1-1) after two outs and struck out eight over seven innings, tying a franchise record for strikeouts by a relief pitcher.

Hess walked three and struck out three. Both of his wins have come against Tampa Bay.

Brad Brach pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Astros 11, Indians 2: Jose Altuve tied it in the eighth inning with a two-run double off Andrew Miller and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez’s squeeze bunt, and Houston scored all 11 runs in the final two innings to rout the Indians in Cleveland.

Houston scored three runs off Miller during a four-run eighth before George Springer’s three-run homer helped make it a blowout in the ninth.

Springer’s homer off Josh Tomlin highlighted the ninth, when the Astros sent 10 batters to the plate. Houston has won 13 of 16 and is 4-1 against Cleveland this season.

Joe Smith recorded the final out in the seventh.

Blue Jays 6, Phillies 5: Justin Smoak homered, Sam Gaviglio struck out six over six innings and Ryan Tepera escaped a ninth-inning jam for his first save to lead visiting Toronto past Philadelphia.

Yangervis Solarte and Kevin Pillar added RBI doubles for the Blue Jays, who opened a nine-game road trip after going 1-6 and getting outscored 43-22 on a seven-game homestand against Oakland and the Angels.

Gaviglio (2-0) won for the second time in place of injured starter Marcus Stroman (right shoulder fatigue), allowing three runs on three hits – including the first career homer by Phillies starter Zach Eflin (1-1). Carlos Santana also homered for Philadelphia.

Pirates 8, Cardinals 1: Joe Musgrove came off the disabled list to win his Pittsburgh debut with seven scoreless innings as the Pirates defeated St. Louis in Pittsburegh. Musgrove also had his first career hit and scored the winning run.

The right-hander singled to lead off the sixth inning, when the Pirates scored three times off John Gant (1-2) to break a scoreless tie. Musgrove came home on Josh Harrison’s double.

Musgrove (1-0) allowed five hits and struck out seven. He was activated before the game after being sidelined all season with a strained right shoulder. He was acquired from Houston in January.

Francisco Cervelli had a three-run double in the seventh to make it 6-0.

Tommy Pham homered for the Cardinals.

Cubs 6, Giants 2: Kyle Hendricks limited visiting San Francisco to one run and two hits over seven innings, and Ben Zobrist lined a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh for Chicago.

Hendricks (4-3) struck out seven and walked two. The Cubs scored four in the seventh while chasing Derek Holland (2-6) to grab a 5-1 lead. Gorkys Hernandez had two of San Francisco’s four hits – a leadoff homer in the fourth and a single in the sixth.

Nationals 9, Marlins 5: Max Scherzer was twice unable to hold a two-run lead and won anyway when Washington’s bullpen locked down the Marlins in Miami.

Michael A. Taylor and Matt Adams each hit a two-run homer for the Nationals, and Bryce Harper’s two-run double in the seventh broke it open. Scherzer (8-1) labored through six innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs, both season highs.

White Sox 5, Tigers 4: Jeimer Candelario had a go-ahead RBI bloop single during a three-run eighth inning and the Tigers rallied past Chicago in Detroit.

Candelario was reinstated from the disabled list before the game. He dropped in what initially looked like a routine popup over first baseman Jose Abreu’s back shoulder, allowing Nicholas Castellanos to score from third and giving the Tigers their first lead of the night.

Reliever Buck Farmer (1-3) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and got the win. Shane Greene retired the side in the ninth for his 12th save. Former Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon (2-3) took the loss.

Brewers 4, Mets 3 (10): A.J. Ramos walked consecutive batters to force in the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, handing the Brewers the victory over New York in Milwaukee.

Ramos relieved Jerry Blevins with runners at first and third, walked Hernan Perez on four pitches then skipped his 3-1 pitch to Travis Shaw to end it. That scored Eric Sogard, who singled with one out off Robert Gsellman to spark the rally and snap an 0-for-28 skid.

MLB Roundup: Mookie Betts powers Red Sox past Rays 4-2

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Mookie Betts hit his major league-leading 16th homer, Chris Sale struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Sale (5-1) gave up four hits and walked two. He has allowed three runs or fewer in his first 11 starts, the longest stretch by a Boston pitcher to open a season since Pedro Martinez’s 12 in 2001.

Joe Kelly finished the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel got into a bases-loaded jam before finishing his 14th save in 16 chances when Mallex Smith grounded into a game-ending forceout.

Willy Adames made his big league debut and hit a solo home run off Sale in his second at-bat. The 22-year-old shortstop prospect went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.

Betts hit a three-run drive in the third off Jake Faria (3-3), who left two batters later because of a strained left oblique.

Two hitters following Faria’s departure, Wilson Ramos was taken out due to a bruised left hand after Austin Pruitt’s 0-2 pitch to Xander Bogaerts bounced and struck the catcher.

Braves 3, Phillies 1: At Philladelphia, Ozzie Albies hit his 14th homer and Brandon McCarthy tossed 5 2/3 sharp innings, leading Atlanta to the victory.

McCarthy (5-2) allowed one run and four hits. He is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA against Philadelphia this season and 1-2 with a 6.60 ERA against the rest of the league.

Vince Velasquez (4-5) gave up two runs – one earned – and fanned nine in 4 2/3 innings. He fell to 0-4 against the Braves.

The NL East’s top two teams have already met 11 times, with Atlanta winning seven games.

Arodys Vizcaino finished with a perfect inning for his ninth save in 11 tries.

Indians 10, Cubs 1: At Chicago, Jose Ramirez hit his 14th homer and the Indians routed the Cubs in their first meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series.

The AL Central leaders moved back to .500 with an easy victory against the team that beat them two years ago to end a 108-year championship drought.

Ramirez got the blowout going with his three-run drive in the third. The Indians scored four times in the inning while chasing a wild Tyler Chatwood (3-4).

Trevor Bauer (4-3) went six innings in his second straight scoreless start. The right-hander gave up seven hits and struck out six.

Yonder Alonso had three of Cleveland’s 11 hits, including a three-run double in the fifth.

Chicago’s Ian Happ led off the ninth with a pinch-hit homer against Josh Tomlin.

Astros 11, Giants 2: At Houston, Gerrit Cole struck out eight in six innings, leading Houston to the victory.

Both of the runs off Cole (5-1) scored on a fifth-inning homer by Brandon Crawford, whose sister Amy is married to Cole.

Tony Kemp had two hits and a career-high five RBIs as Houston won for the fifth time in six games.

San Francisco’s Andrew Suarez (1-4) was tagged for five runs over four-plus innings in his sixth major league start.

Rangers 6, Yankees 4: At Arlington, Texas, Texas ace Cole Hamels limited the slugging Yankees to four hits over seven innings, and Jurickson Profar and Ronald Guzman homered for the last-place Rangers.

Profar’s three-run homer in the first that just cleared the 8-foot wall in center put the Rangers ahead to stay against Domingo German (0-2). Guzman started the fourth with a liner into the right field seats, making it 6-1 only a few batters before the Yankees starter came out.

Hamels (3-4) struck out seven in his first start in 11 days. The lefty was scratched from his precious turn because of neck stiffness.

Keone Kela worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

Rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar hit solo homers off Hamels.

Reds 7, Pirates 2: At Cincinnati, Matt Harvey pitched six innings of one-run ball for his first victory with Cincinnati, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam over the last two seasons.

Harvey (1-2) gave up three hits in his third start for the Reds, who acquired him from the Mets for catcher Devin Mesoraco on May 8.

The Pirates loaded the bases in the first inning with the help of a pair of walks, but Harvey escaped the threat by fanning Colin Moran for the first of his five strikeouts. Moran hit a solo homer in the fourth.

Gennett led the majors with a club-record four grand slams last season. He got his first of this season off Jameson Taillon (2-4), connecting in the fifth inning.

Nationals 2, Padres 1: At Washington, Bryce Harper hit his NL-leading 15th homer for Washington, and Michael Taylor’s one-out double in the ninth scored the game-winning run.

Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors, reached base in all four at-bats in his second career start. The 19-year-old led off the ninth with his third walk, took second on Wilmer Difo’s groundout and scored on Taylor’s hit off the center-field wall against Matt Strahm (0-2).

Washington’s Sean Doolittle (2-2) struck out the side in the ninth.

Franchy Cordero homered for the Padres.

Brewers 1, Diamondbacks 0: At Milwaukee, Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, sending Milwaukee to the win.

Domingo Santana drove in the only run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning for the NL Central leaders. Milwaukee (30-19) moved a season-high 11 games over .500, while the Diamondbacks have lost six in a row and 12 of 13 – scoring just 24 runs in that stretch.

Chacin allowed two hits in five innings. Matt Albers (3-1) got three outs, Josh Hader pitched two innings and Corey Knebel worked the ninth for his third save.

Arizona starter Matt Koch (2-3) permitted three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three.

Twins 6, Tigers 0: At Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Lance Lynn gave up five hits over 6 2/3 innings in his most efficient outing of the season, and Brian Dozier drove in three runs with a pair of doubles.

Lynn (2-4) lowered his jumbo ERA from 7.47 to 6.34 in his ninth start, striking out four and walking one. Dozier’s two-run liner capped a three-run fifth for Minnesota, which won its third straight game.

Detroit’s Matt Boyd (2-4) departed with a left oblique spasm after walking the first two batters of the bottom of the fifth. Boyd gave up two runs.

Royals 5, Cardinals 1: At St. Louis, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez homered for Kansas City, helping Jason Hammel to his first victory of the season.

Hammel (1-5) allowed one run and nine hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked none.

Gordon added two singles in a 3-for-4 night after entering the game hitless in his previous 14 at-bats. He was in a 4-for-40 skid that dated to May 9.

St. Louis’ Luke Weaver (3-4) struck out eight in seven innings. He yielded three runs and seven hits.

Blue Jays 5, Angels 3: At Toronto, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer, J.A. Happ won his second straight start and Toronto stopped a four-game losing streak.

Morales connected for his fourth homer in the Blue Jays’ five-run first against Garrett Richards (4-3).

Angels outfielder Chris Young misplayed Russell Martin’s first-inning line drive, allowing two runs to score and ending the longest active errorless streak in the major leagues at 236 games.

Los Angeles has lost eight of 11.

Happ (5-2) allowed two runs in seven innings. Tyler Clippard got three outs for his second save in three chances, finishing a four-hitter.

Marlins 5, Mets 1: At New York, Miami’s Caleb Smith pitched neatly into the seventh inning against a Mets lineup that included newcomer Jose Bautista.

Derek Dietrich homered and J.T. Realmuto got three hits as the Marlins, the lowest-scoring team in the majors, ended a three-game skid. The Mets had won four in a row.

Bautista signed with the Mets two days after being cut by Atlanta. He doubled and scored New York’s only run on Tomas Nido’s sacrifice fly.

Smith (3-5) pitched with poise, giving up three hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler struck out nine in six innings. He allowed one earned run and seven hits.

White Sox 3, Orioles 2: At Chicago, Yolmer Sanchez capped Chicago’s three-run eighth with a tiebreaking RBI single, lifting the White Sox to the victory.

Welington Castillo also had an RBI single and Yoan Moncada added a sacrifice fly as last-place Chicago won for the fourth time in six games. Bruce Rondon (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Nate Jones got three outs for his fourth save.

Mark Trumbo went 4 for 4 with two doubles for Baltimore. Mychal Givens (0-1) got the loss.

Dodgers 5, Rockies 3: At Los Angeles, Chris Taylor hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and Yasiel Puig followed with a solo shot, rallying Los Angeles past NL West-leading Colorado.

The victory snapped the Dodgers’ five-game skid against Colorado at home, where they are just 9-14 overall.

Matt Kemp continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. His RBI single with two outs in the first provided the Dodgers’ first run.

J.T. Chargois (2-1) won in relief, and Kenley Jansen closed for his ninth save.

Ian Desmond homered and drove in two runs for the Rockies. Bryan Shaw (1-3) gave up both Dodgers homers.

Mariners 3, Athletics 2 (10): At Oakland, Athletics, Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and Guillermo Heredia doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th to lift Seattle over Oakland.

The Mariners have won four straight games and six of eight.

Jean Segura singled in the 10th ahead of Heredia’s one-out double off Yusmeiro Petit (1-1).

Nick Vincent (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Edwin Diaz earned his 16th save.

Seattle trailed 2-0 when Zunino hit his seventh homer, off starter Trevor Cahill.

MLB Roundup: Charlie Morton extends winning streak to nine, Astros top Indians

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Charlie Morton pitched seven solid innings, Tony Kemp had a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh and the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Morton (6-0) allowed one run and four hits with eight strikeouts in extending his career-high winning streak to nine straight dating back to last September. Morton retired 19 of the first 21 batters.

After Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger (3-1) walked Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher to lead off the seventh, Brian McCann popped out before Kemp hit his RBI ground-rule double down the right-field line to give Houston a 2-1 lead. George Springer followed with a grounder to Kipnis, but Fisher beat the throw home.

Ken Giles pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Royals 5, Yankees 2: Whit Merrifield had three hits, stole three bases and scored twice off CC Sabathia in the first four innings, Jakob Junis held down the Yankees’ potent offense and Kansas City beat New York in Kansas City, Missouri.

Salvador Perez homed and added three RBIs for the Royals, who had lost five straight and seven of eight.

Junis (5-3) pitched into the sixth inning, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk to slow down the Yankees, who had won 19 of their past 22.

Kelvin Herrera capped a strong bullpen effort with a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

Sabathia (2-1) lasted just five innings, struggling all night with his command.

Mariners 5, Tigers 4: Mitch Haniger’s RBI double capped a five-run seventh inning as Seattle rallied for the victory over Detroit in Seattle.

Trailing 4-0 entering the seventh, the Mariners coaxed four walks in their first six at-bats of the inning.

Dee Gordon’s sacrifice fly to right field cut Detroit’s lead to 4-3 with two outs. Jean Segura followed with a run-scoring single on a grounder up the middle off reliever Warwick Saupold, scoring Mike Zunino to tie the game at 4-all.

Haniger gave the Mariners the lead by lining Saupold’s curve ball down the left field line, scoring Guillermo Heredia.

Dan Altavilla (3-2) picked up the win in relief ad closer Edwin Diaz notched his A.L.-leading 15th save.

Buck Farmer (0-2) took the loss, walking the two batters he faced.

Rays 8, Angels 3: Wilson Ramos homered twice and drove in three runs to lead Tampa Bay’s fifth straight win, a victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, California.

Blake Snell (5-3) gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings while striking out eight to help the Rays to their sixth win in seven games.

Rockies 6, Giants 1: Slumping Ian Desmond homered and drove in four runs to back another strong start by Kyle Freeland and Colorado beat the Giants in San Francisco.

Desmond came into the game in a 3-for-33 rut with one RBI in his previous nine games before providing the offensive boost that improved the Rockies to 18-9 on the road this season.

The night didn’t start off well for Desmond, who hit into a fielder’s choice with a man on third and one out in the second to cost Colorado a chance to score. But he quickly made up for it by hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning against Derek Holland (2-5) and then adding an RBI double in the sixth.

Marlins 2, Braves 0: Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings, J.T. Realmuto had an RBI triple and Miami beat the Braves in Atlanta.

Straily (2-0) allowed three hits, walked three and struck out six to shut down the N.L.’s top-scoring offense. He also beat Atlanta in his previous start a week prior.

Miami got both its runs in the sixth. Martin Prado singled and scored on Realmuto’s triple, and Starlin Castro chased Matt Wisler (1-1) with a double.

Brad Ziegler induced a double-play grounder from Tyler Flowers to retire the side in the ninth and earn his eighth save in eight chances.

Orioles 7, Red Sox 4: Jonathan Schoop homered and Alex Cobb got his first win of the season as Baltimore ended its 13-game road losing streak.

Manny Machado went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and Adam Jones had two hits and drove in two for the Orioles, who won on the road for the first time since April 8.

Mookie Betts doubled twice and hit his 14th homer for Boston, which lost to Baltimore for the first time in the five meetings so far this season.

Cobb (1-5) held Boston to three runs on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Brad Brach pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.

Drew Pomeranz (1-2) lasted only four innings for Boston, getting pulled after the Orioles scored four in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead.

Cubs 8, Reds 1: Jon Lester pitched six dominant innings, Addison Russell tied his career high with four hits and Chicago defeated the Reds in Cincinnati.

Playing in a steady downpour that delayed the start of the game by 93 minutes, Willson Contreras added three hits and six different players each drove in at least one run for the Cubs, who’d lost three of their last four games.

Lester (4-1) faced one batter over the minimum through the first four innings. The left-hander allowed Cincinnati’s only two hits and one walk with a season-high eight strikeouts and even contributed a safety squeeze sacrifice bunt while Chicago was breaking the game open with a two-run fifth inning.

Homer Bailey (1-6) allowed 10 hits in five or fewer innings for the second consecutive game.

Rangers 12, White Sox 5: Shin-Soo Choo hit his first grand slam in eight years, leading Texas over the White Sox in Chicago.

Choo made it 9-3 with his drive against reliever Chris Volstad in a five-run third inning. He also singled and scored in the fourth and walked twice.

Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo each drove in three runs for Texas. Jesse Chavez (2-0) and two other relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings following a shaky start by Matt Moore.

Jose Abreu had a pair of RBI doubles and scored two runs. But Carson Fulmer (2-4) made another early exit in his third straight loss.

Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1: Jacob deGrom matched a career high with 13 strikeouts, Michael Conforto went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and the Mets beat Arizona in New York.

Wilmer Flores drove in one run and scored another to help the Mets win a series opener between struggling teams.

After an abbreviated outing last weekend in his return from the disabled list, deGrom (4-0) threw seven dominant innings this time and has won his first four decisions in a season for the first time.

Robert Gsellman worked a perfect eighth and Jeurys Familia struck out the side in the ninth for his 12th save.

Conforto, who equaled his career high for hits with four singles, had a two-out RBI single in the first inning and another in the fifth. Both came off starter Zack Godley (4-3).

Padres 3, Pirates 2: Eric Hosmer hit two doubles and scored the go-ahead run and Tyson Ross won for the first time in more than a month as visiting San Diego cooled off Pittsburgh. Hosmer doubled with two outs in the sixth inning off Ivan Nova and Franchy Cordero followed by a lining a single into left field. That broke a 2-2 tie and sent Pittsburgh to its second loss in 10 games. Ross ended a five-start winless streak by giving up two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out two and walking four. Brad Hand got the final four outs for his 13th save in 15 opportunities.

Athletics 3, Blue Jays 1: Dustin Fowler hit his first career home run and also had a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning, Josh Phegley hit an RBI double in his season debut, and Oakland beat the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Danny Coulombe (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory as Oakland won for the fourth time in five games.

Right-hander Marco Estrada (2-4) allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings to lose his third straight decision as the slumping Blue Jays lost for the 10th time in 13 home games.

Brewers 8, Twins 3: Jesus Aguilar homered twice and Ji-Man Choi hit a solo home run in his return to the majors as Milwaukee beat Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Brent Suter (3-3) pitched a season-high 5 2/3 innings for Milwaukee, which has won six of its past eight. The left-hander allowed one run on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Kyle Gibson (1-2) gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings for Minnesota, which has lost four of five. Gibson surrendered eight hits and walked four batters. Max Kepler had two hits, including a two-run home run.

First baseman Joe Mauer was pulled from the game in the fifth inning with neck tightness and is considered day to day.

Cardinals 12, Phillies 4: Michael Wacha pitched six strong innings for his fifth win of the season and St. Louis pounded out a season-high 15 hits to blow past visiting Philadelphia in a game delayed 1 hour and 35 minutes by rain.

MLB Roundup: Dodgers lose 5th straight against last-place team

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   MIAMI — The Los Angeles Dodgers went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position against Wei-Yin Chen and four relievers and were beaten by a last-place team for the fifth straight game, losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 Tuesday night.

The NL champions managed only five hits after being swept in a four-game series at home by woeful Cincinnati. Alex Wood (0-4) lost despite allowing only one earned run in six innings for the Dodgers (16-25), who are off to their worst start in 60 years. Miami (15-26) could pass them by sweeping the three-game series.

Nick Wittgren (2-0) entered in the fifth and worked 1 2/3 perfect innings to lower his ERA to 0.69. Brad Ziegler gave up a home run to Cody Bellinger in the ninth but earned his sixth save.

Dodgers infielders Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe were activated from the disabled list but couldn’t spark the defending NL champions, who have scored 11 runs during their skid.

PADRES 4, ROCKIES 0

SAN DIEGO — Jordan Lyles came (1-1) within five outs of a perfect game and the first no-hitter in San Diego history before allowing Trevor Story‘s single.

Lyles then walked Pat Valaika and made way for Kirby Yates. Brad Hand got four outs to complete the one-hitter and earn his 12th save.

San Diego is the only major league that without a no-hitter. The Padres have played 7,858 games since their expansion season of 1969.

Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the first off German Marquez (2-5) and Christian Villanueva hit a two-run drive in the sixth against Christian Villanueva.

ATHLETICS 5, RED SOX 3

BOSTON — Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat after being reinstated from the bereavement list and saluted his late mother as he crossed home plate, helping lead Oakland in a game delayed almost two hours because of weather.

Piscotty, who returned to the A’s Tuesday after missing four games to be with his family, drove an 0-2 pitch from Eduardo Rodriguez out to left in the second inning. He slowly made his way around the bases, then after rounding third placed his right hand over his heart and patted it with a glance to the sky in tribute to Gretchen Piscotty, who died May 6 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Daniel Mengden (3-4) pitched six solid innings for Oakland. Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1) took his first loss of the season after getting roughed up in the first few innings.

MARINERS 9, RANGERS 8, 11 innings

SEATTLE — Guillermo Heredia‘s single to left-center drove in Ryon Healy from second base in the 11th inning to lift Seattle.

Healy reached on a bloop single to right field off Texas reliever Alex Claudio (1-2) and advanced to second when David Freitas reached on an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop.

The late-game rally provided a positive end for the Mariners on a bummer day in which star second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s drug policy.

Erik Goeddel (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Texas tied it in the ninth inning off AL-leading closer Edwin Diaz, who blew just his second save opportunity this season. With one out, Joey Gallo hit a hard grounder right at Healy, who fumbled it for a second before tossing over to Diaz, who outraced the Rangers’ slugger to first base.

Seeing Diaz and Gallo run into each other just past the bag, Jurickson Profar raced home without a throw to tie the score 8-all

METS 12, BLUE JAYS 2

NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard (3-1) won for the first time in five weeks, knocking in two early runs against the team that traded him to rouse a sluggish New York offense.

Missing injured sluggers Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier from a slumping lineup, the Mets finally broke through anyway against Jaime Garcia (2-3) and the skidding Blue Jays after an 86-minute rain delay at the start.

Juan Lagares had four hits, three RBI and a stolen base to help New York improve to 12-0 at home against Toronto — the longest such streak in interleague history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

DIAMONDBACKS 2, BREWERS 1

PHOENIX — Daniel Descalso singled home Jarrod Dyson with two outs in the eighth inning, and Arizona snapped a six-game losing streak.

The Diamondbacks managed just three hits against starter Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers, but starter Zack Greinke stifled Milwaukee over six innings and Arizona tied together just enough offense to get by.

Taylor Williams (0-1) walked Jeff Mathis to start the Arizona eighth, and Descalso singled through the shift to score pinch-runner Dyson. It gave Archie Bradley (1-1) a win after striking out two in a perfect eighth. Brad Boxberger tossed a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.

PIRATES 7, WHITE SOX 0

PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams (5-2) scattered six hits in seven innings, and Adam Frazier homered to start a four-run first.

Chicago has lost eight of nine and 12 of 14, dropping to a major league-worst 10-28. The White Sox have matched the poorest 38-game start in team history, in 1948.

Reynaldo Lopez (0-3) gave up six runs and seven hits with two walks in two-plus innings.

YANKEES 3, NATIONALS 3, 5+ INNINGS, SUSPENDED

WASHINGTON — Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly as the Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit in a game suspended because of rain with the score 3-3 after 5+ innings. The game is scheduled to continue at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday before the finale of the two-game interleague series.

Washington built a 3-0 lead against Masahiro Tanaka when Anthony Rendon homered in the first, and Andrew Stevenson hit a run-scoring single in the second and scored on Pedro Severino‘s double.

TIGERS 9, INDIANS 8

DETROIT — JaCoby Jones homered and doubled, and Detroit rallied in a five-run seventh as Andrew Miller (1-2) allowed two inherited runners to score and gave up two runs of his own. Pete Kozma hit a tying, two-run double, and Miller walked John Hicks with the bases loaded.

Cleveland led 4-0 on Brandon Guyer‘s first-inning grand slam and 8-4 before Detroit rallied for its third straight win. Miller faced six batters, giving up two doubles and three walks while getting one out.

Louis Coleman (1-0) threw a scoreless seventh and Shane Greene, pitching for the fourth straight day, worked the ninth for his ninth save.

CUBS 3, BRAVES 2

ATLANTA — Cubs catcher Willson Contreras helped Chicago throw out two runners at home plate and another at third base before rallying for two runs in the ninth inning.

After Ronald Acuna Jr. homered against Carl Edwards Jr. (2-0) for a 2-1 lead in the eighth, Albert Almora Jr. and Addison Russell hit consecutive doubles and Ben Zobrist came through with a two-out, run-scoring single off Arodys Vizcaino (1-2). Brandon Morrow got three outs for his 10th save.

TWINS 4, CARDINALS 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Bobby Wilson hit his first home run since Sept. 21, 2016, for Tampa Bay, a two-run drive off Luke Gregerson that capped a three-run seventh.

Jose Berrios (4-4) surrendered one run on two hits and struck out 10, leaving after hitting Kolten Wong with a pitch with one out in the eighth.

Addison Reed struck out both batters he faced and Fernando Rodney retired three straight batters for his eighth save.

Brett Cecil (0-1) allowed a double to Logan Morrison starting the seventh, and Morrison scored on Byron Buxton‘s bunt attempt when Gregerson threw the ball wide of first and into foul territory for an error.

RAYS 6, ROYALS 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jonny Venters (1-0) got two outs for his first victory since Sept. 27, 2012, while with Atlanta against the Mets. The left-hander had been out since 2012 due to four major elbow surgeries, including three Tommy John operations, before returning to the majors this season.

Joey Wendle singled in a run with two outs in the ninth against Kelvin Herrera (1-1).

Alex Colome worked a spotless ninth for his eighth save. The Royals lost their fourth straight and sixth in seven.

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2018 NBA DRAFT: Suns win NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1 next month

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CHICAGO (AP) — Phoenix general manager Ryan McDonough was on stage moments after the NBA draft lottery ended, talking about the future of the Suns and mentioning how they had the best odds of picking No. 1 overall.

And then he stopped to correct himself.

“We have No. 1,” McDonough said. “I’ve got to adjust to that.”

It’s an adjustment that he and the Suns will happily be making.

The worst team in the league this season will pick first in the NBA draft on June 21, after the Suns won the draft lottery on Tuesday night. It’s the first time the Suns will have the chance to make the first overall selection.

“It’s great for our franchise,” said McDonough, whose club went 21-61 this season and missed the playoffs for an eighth consecutive year. “It’s something that you say coming into it, you don’t have any control over it so you’re not going to get nervous. And I was here dying. I could barely breathe. I needed an oxygen tank.”

The Suns have three great candidates for No. 1, all with ties to either Arizona or new Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov. Arizona freshman center Deandre Ayton is widely expected to be a strong candidate to go No. 1 overall, and he was at the lottery to watch the Suns win the pick. So was Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, an Arizona native.

And Kokoskov is particularly familiar with Slovenia’s Luka Doncic, who will be coming to the NBA from Real Madrid. Kokoskov coached Slovenia — and Doncic — to the gold medal at the European championships last summer.

“We have a small target grouping in mind, but we’re not going to rule anything out at this point,” McDonough said. “I think we’ll have a great choice, no matter who we select.”

The Suns were big winners.

So were Sacramento and Atlanta.

Sacramento will pick No. 2 and Atlanta got the No. 3 pick — both of them moving up and bucking some odds to get there. The top three spots were determined by the lottery, and then spots 4-14 fell in line of reverse order of record.

Sacramento had a 18.3 percent chance entering the lottery of moving into the top three, while Atlanta’s move-up was really just a slightly bigger upset than a coin-flip — the Hawks came into the night with a 42.3 percent chance of getting picks 1, 2 or 3.

“No big deal. It’s a deep draft,” Kings vice president and general manager Vlade Divac said. “We’re going to do our job and obviously, I’m glad that we played the last two years to develop guys and try to win games. You cannot develop guys if you don’t teach them how to win.”

The Hawks, like the Suns, got their lottery result one day after introducing a new coach. Lloyd Pierce is taking over in Atlanta, with a reputation of helping great young talent develop — he’s worked with Joel Embiid, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and LeBron James, among many others.

“For Hawks fans, it’s a big deal,” said Hawks owner Jami Gertz, who represented the franchise on stage at the lottery. “I say to Atlanta, we are on our way. Championships down the road, sooner than later. Let’s go.”

The rest of the slots, in order, went to No. 4 Memphis, No. 5 Dallas, No. 6 Orlando, No. 7 Chicago, No. 8 Cleveland, No. 9 New York, No. 10 Philadelphia, No. 11 Charlotte, No. 12 and No. 13 Los Angeles Clippers, and No. 14 Denver.

The draft is June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The lottery has been around since 1985, was tweaked to a weighted system in 1990 and will be changing again next year in an effort to discourage teams from tanking.

Going forward, the three teams with the worst regular-season records will all have 14 percent chances of winning the No. 1 pick, the fourth-worst team will have a 12.5 percent chance and the fifth-worst 10.5 percent. So there will still be a benefit to being bad, but the odds will be so similar among the bottom five teams — a 3.5 percent differential in the race for No. 1, instead of the 16.2 percent gap like this year — that the reward for losing might be lessened.

“I don’t like that word, what is it, tanking?” Divac said. “I hate it.”

Josh Jackson, who just completed his rookie season with Phoenix, represented the Suns on the stage, for the public announcement of what was drawn in secret about an hour earlier. Only a handful of team representatives, NBA officials and media knew the outcome of the lottery before it was revealed publicly and they were all sequestered until the results were aired.

Jackson said he thinks the Suns need a big man. That means his vote, for now anyway, is Ayton.

“He’s got so much potential,” Jackson said.

The Suns feel the same way about themselves. They have three picks in the first 31 in this draft, plus have some cap room to work with this summer. The plan, McDonough said, is to add some veterans to mold what will be a young core led by the likes of Devin Booker, Jackson and potentially whoever the No. 1 pick is next month.

With some more luck, Jackson won’t be going to more lotteries.

“Hopefully we won’t be sitting up here too much longer,” Jackson said.

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MLB Roundup: Charlie Morton strikes out 14 as Astros beat Rangers 6-1

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   HOUSTON – Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run while lowering his ERA to 2.03. He also extended his career-long winning streak to eight games dating to last season.

McCann made it 2-1 Astros with a solo drive in the fourth. Gattis added another solo shot in the fifth, and Correa’s two-run homer extended Houston’s lead to 5-1 in the eighth.

Texas starter Doug Fister (1-4) allowed four hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his fourth straight loss.

Yankees 7, Athletics 6 (11): At New York, Left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal, and the Yankees beat the Athletics on Neil Walker’s run-scoring single in the 11th inning.

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman walked three straight batters around a wild pitch starting the ninth. After visits to the mound by both pitching coach Larry Rothschild and a trainer to check on a cracked fingernail, Chapman struck out Mark Canha, and pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy followed with a fly ball to left.

Gardner’s one-hop throw to the plate was slightly to the first-base side, and Gary Sanchez had to try for a sweep tag at the sliding Olson. Plate umpire James Hoye made an emphatic safe call, but the Yankees asked for a video review and replays appeared to show Sanchez’s mitt just glancing Olson’s jersey.

New York stopped a two-game losing streak that followed its 17-1 run. A.J. Cole (2-1) pitched two innings for his first win with the Yankees.

Chris Hatcher (3-1) got the loss.

Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 1: At Phoenix, Stephen Strasburg struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, and the Nationals earned their third straight victory against the NL West leaders.

Strasburg (5-3) allowed one run and five hits in Washington’s sixth win in seven games. The Nationals stranded 11 baserunners, but Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon each drove in a run.

Sammy Solis and Shawn Kelley each got two outs before Ryan Madson finished the five-hitter for his third save.

Arizona dropped its season-high fourth consecutive game. The Diamondbacks also lost a series for the first time after opening with 10 wins and two ties.

Troy Scribner (0-1) walked six in 3 2/3 innings for Arizona.

Braves 10, Marlins 5: At Miami, Freddie Freeman connected twice for Atlanta, and Jose Bautista atoned for a costly error with his first homer of the season.

The Braves broke a 5-all tie in the eighth inning, when Marlins relievers issued three consecutive walks – each on a 3-2 pitch, and the last two with the bases loaded.

Bautista, who joined the Braves on May 4, made his first error when he bobbled Brian Anderson’s two-out grounder to third in the fifth. One run scored on the play, and Derek Dietrich followed with a three-run double to put Miami ahead 5-4.

All four runs in the inning were unearned, but Bautista tied the game leading off the next inning with the 332nd homer of his career.

A.J. Minter (1-0) retired one batter in the seventh for his first career win. Drew Steckenrider (1-1) got the loss.

Cubs 8, White Sox 4: At Chicago, Willson Contreras hit his third homer in two games and drove in three runs, leading the Cubs to the win at a rainy and cold Wrigley Field.

Contreras finished with three hits as the Cubs won their fifth in a row.

Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer in a four-run first against James Shields (1-4) after the start was delayed 2 hours, 15 minutes. Jon Lester (2-2) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Brandon Morrow came in with runners on second and third in the ninth after right fielder Kris Bryant dropped Trayce Thompson’s fly and got three outs for his ninth save.

Matt Davidson hit a three-run homer in the eighth for the White Sox, who lost their seventh straight to fall to 9-27 – the worst 36-game start in franchise history.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 2: At Toronto, Boston left-hander David Price pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his first start since being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who have won 14 of their past 17 north of the border. Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts each had three hits.

Price (3-4) skipped Wednesday’s start against the Yankees after experiencing numbness during a bullpen session last Sunday. Making his first start in nine days, he permitted two runs and five hits in his first victory since April 17.

Justin Smoak hit a solo home run for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of 10 at home. Marco Estrada (2-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 11th save in 13 chances.

Indians 6, Royals 2: At Cleveland, Francisco Lindor homered twice and doubled twice to power Cleveland to the victory.

Lindor also scored four times. His third career four-hit game extended the All-Star shortstop’s hitting streak to 13 games.

Cleveland’s Michael Brantley had three hits, drove in two runs and broke a 2-all tie with an RBI double in the sixth.

Mike Clevinger (3-0) allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings as the Indians won for just the second time in their last seven games.

Jon Jay and Jorge Soler each had three hits for Kansas City. Jakob Junis (4-3) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Rockies 4, Brewers 0: At Denver, Kyle Freeland pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Trevor Story homered twice and Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak.

Freeland (3-4) gave up four hits, struck out six and walked four in 6 1/3 innings.

Story put together his first multihomer game of the season, hitting both off Brent Suter (2-3), who pitched a day ahead of his scheduled start after Chase Anderson was scratched because of a stomach illness.

Orioles 6-3, Rays 3-10: At Baltimore, Brad Miller and C.J. Cron homered off former teammate Alex Cobb, and the Rays stopped a five-game slide by splitting a doubleheader.

In the opener, Orioles right-hander David Hess pitched six effective innings in his major league debut and Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs.

Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to serve as the 26th man in the single-admission doubleheader, Hess (1-0) gave up three runs and six hits. Mychal Givens worked 1 2/3 innings for his first career save.

Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer (2-3) went seven innings, allowing six runs and seven hits – including a season-high three homers.

In the second game, the Rays scored a run in each of the first four innings against Cobb (0-5) and led 4-1 in the sixth when a thunderstorm stopped play for 1 hour, 19 minutes.

Baltimore ultimately cut the gap on an RBI single by Trey Mancini, who also homered in the first inning. But Tampa Bay pulled away, ending the Orioles’ season-high winning streak at four games.

Mallex Smith had three hits and three RBIs for the Rays. Sergio Romo (1-0), the second of seven Tampa Bay pitchers, got the win.

Tigers 4-5, Mariners 3-9: At Detroit, Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Mariners slugged their way to a split of their doubleheader with the Tigers.

Detroit won the opener 4-3, thanks in part to a terrific catch by center fielder JaCoby Jones in the ninth inning. The nightcap didn’t go nearly as well for the Tigers. Nicholas Castellanos left in the second inning because of an injured finger on his left hand, and manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the fifth.

Cano and Ryon Healy homered for the Mariners in the second game, and John Hicks went deep for the Tigers. Detroit’s Jose Iglesias hit a two-run shot in the first game.

Matthew Boyd (2-3) allowed three runs and three hits in six-plus innings for the Tigers in the opener. Detroit broke a 1-all tie in the sixth against Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (3-3). With two out and nobody on, Jones hit a hard grounder that bounced off the left leg of third baseman Kyle Seager and into foul territory for a double. Grayson Greiner followed with a single to right, and Jones scored on a very close play at the plate.

In the second game, Healy’s two-run homer off Michael Fulmer (1-3) put Seattle up 3-2 in the fourth, and Cano made it 6-2 in the fifth with his fourth home run of the season.

Felix Hernandez (5-3) got the win but labored through five innings, allowing five runs and eight hits.

Padres 2, Cardinals 1 (13): At San Diego, Eric Hosmer hit an RBI double with no outs in the 13th inning to give the Padres a victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Hosmer, San Diego’s $144 million man, drove the first pitch from Mike Mayers down the right field line and after a few strides, tossed his batting helmet aside in celebration.

John Brebbia (1-0) had thrown two perfect innings for the Cardinals before walking A.J. Ellis to open the 13th. Ellis was replaced by pinch-runner Jordan Lyles, a starting pitcher, who advanced to second on a passed ball. Travis Jankowski walked and the Cardinals brought on Mayers to face Hosmer.

Adam Cimber (2-1) pitched a perfect 13th for the win.

Reds 5, Dodgers 3: At Los Angeles, Scott Schebler hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth inning to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the Dodgers for their fifth straight win.

Schebler’s homer to left field off Dodgers reliever J.T. Chargois (1-2) in the Reds’ four-run fifth was his fourth of the season and first since April 28. Venditte, who pitched both lefty and righty against the Reds, allowed a hit and struck out one while getting four outs in his first big league game since 2016, when he was with Seattle.

Homer Bailey (1-5) allowed three runs and 10 hits to win for the first time this season. Jared Hughes got five outs for the save.

Cody Bellinger homered for the Dodgers, his first since May 1.

Twins 5, Angels 3 (12): At Anaheim, California, Eddie Rosario scored from first on Mitch Garver’s double in the 12th, lifting the Minnesota Twins over the Los Angeles Angels.

After Jefry Marte grounded out to Trevor Hildenberger (1-0) with the bases loaded to end the 11th, Rosario came all the way around on Garver’s grounder down the third-base line to put the Twins back in front. Rosario had singled on a groundball past Noe Ramirez (1-2). Garver then scored from second on Gregorio Petit’s single to center.

Fernando Rodney earned his seventh save, getting Zack Cozart to fly out to left to end the game after walking Rene Rivera with two outs.

MLB Roundup: James Paxton pitches no-hitter as Mariners beat Blue Jays 5-0

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   TORONTO – James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, shutting down the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Tuesday night.

Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter.

Paxton, who’s from British Columbia, pointed to a giant tattoo on his right forearm of a maple leaf – a national symbol of Canada – as he celebrated to a standing ovation at Rogers Centre.

The 29-year-old lefty nicknamed “The Big Maple” threw 99 pitches in tossing the third no-hitter in the majors this year – all three have come in different countries.

Oakland’s Sean Manaea pitched one against Boston on April 21 in California. Four Los Angeles Dodgers combined to no-hit San Diego in Mexico last Friday.

Coming off a career-high 16 strikeouts in his last start, Paxton (2-1) was electric once again, hitting 100 mph with his fastball while retiring Josh Donaldson on a grounder to end it.

Paxton struck out seven, walked three and benefited from an outstanding play by third baseman Kyle Seager. With two outs in the seventh, the former Gold Glover made a full-length diving stop on speedy Kevin Pillar’s grounder down the line, then slung an off-balance throw that first baseman Ryon Healy snagged on one hop.

Marcus Stroman (0-5) remained winless in seven starts.

Yankees 3, Red Sox 2

NEW YORK – Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, Aaron Judge hit a tiebreaking single off Yankees enemy Joe Kelly and New York edged Boston for its 16th victory in 17 games.

In the opener of a three-game showdown between baseball’s top two teams, Luis Severino struck out 11 during a pitching duel with Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz.

After their bench-clearing brawl at Fenway Park last month, touched off when Kelly drilled Tyler Austin with a pitch, a revved-up crowd of 45,773 showed up in the Bronx. There were no incidents this time.

Neil Walker got the decisive rally started in the seventh inning with a pinch-hit double off Heath Hembree (2-1), who walked the next two batters sandwiched around a balk. Kelly was greeted out of the bullpen with loud boos and a bases-loaded single by Judge.

David Robertson (3-1) gave up a tying triple to Mookie Betts in the seventh. Aroldis Chapman worked a hitless ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Nationals 4, Padres 0

SAN DIEGO – Jeremy Hellickson was perfect until Travis Jankowski’s single leading off the seventh inning and led Washington over San Diego.

Hellickson (1-0) struck out eight and kept the Padres off balance four nights after they were no-hit by four Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers in Mexico.

Hellickson allowed two hits in 6 2/3 innings and walked none. He also hit an RBI double.

Clayton Richard (1-5) gave three runs in eight innings. He also struck out eight without issuing a walk.

Astros 4, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. – George Springer kept up his hitting surge with two hits and two RBIs as Houston beat Sean Manaea and the A’s.

A day earlier, Springer became the first Astros player to get six hits in a nine-inning game. Manaea (4-4) lost in his first start in Oakland since pitching a no-hitter against Boston.

Lance McCullers (5-1) won his fourth straight start and Ken Giles got his fourth save.

Stephen Piscotty returned to the A’s lineup following the death of his mother late Sunday night. Gretchen Piscotty, who died less than a year after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was honored with a moment of silence before the game.

Piscotty caught the first out of the game on Springer’s fly to right and received an extended ovation from the crowd before hitting a single in his first at-bat. Piscotty’s father was in attendance and later congratulated his son while being interviewed on the video board.

Braves 1, Rays 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Ronald Acuna Jr. became the youngest player to homer in a 1-0 game since 1935, lifting Atlanta over Tampa Bay.

The last player younger than the 20-year-old Acuna to go deep in a 1-0 game was the Chicago Cubs’ Phil Cavarretta against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 25, 1935, according to MLB.com. Cavarretta was 19 years old at the time.

Sean Newcomb (3-1) allowed two singles in six innings and has thrown 13 scoreless innings over his last two starts for the Braves. Atlanta ended a three-game skid and won its sixth consecutive road game, including three consecutive road shutouts.

Four relievers pitched the final three innings for Atlanta, including Arodys Vizcaino, who earned his fifth save.

Acuna’s third homer was a long one off Blake Snell (2-2) in the third.

Royals 15, Orioles 7

BALTIMORE – Dylan Bundy set a dubious modern-day record, yielding four homers and leaving without getting an out, part of a 10-run first inning that propelled Kansas City past hapless Baltimore.

Bundy (1-5) was lifted after allowing five hits and two walks to the only seven batters he faced. The Orioles have lost seven in a row and 19 of 22.

Jon Jay started the onslaught with a leadoff single before Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez homered in succession.

Two walks and a home run by Alex Gordon followed, ending Bundy’s night. It marked the first time in the current era (1908-present) that a pitcher gave up four home runs during an outing in which he did not retire a batter, according to baseball-reference.com.

Moustakas finished with three hits, two homers and five RBIs. Danny Duffy (1-4) allowed one run and six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Cubs 4, Marlins 3

CHICAGO – Kris Bryant slid home safely with the go-ahead run on Victor Caratini’s grounder to the right side in the eighth inning as Chicago beat Miami.

Caratini wound up with the winning RBI, a few innings after the Cubs catcher got into a heated situation at home plate with Miami’s Derek Dietrich.

Bryant drew a leadoff walk from Kyle Barraclough (0-2) in the eighth, took second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Anthony Rizzo’s grounder. With the infield playing in, Caratini grounded to second baseman Starlin Castro, who took his time and threw a bit wide and high to the plate, allowing Bryant to easily score.

Caratini was in the middle of a tense moment in the Miami fourth, when Dietrich got thrown out by right fielder Ben Zobrist attempting to score from second on Lewis Brinson’s single.

Dietrich tried to run over Caratini after the ball easily beat him to the plate. The two exchanged words as the dugouts and bullpens emptied, but there appeared to be no punches or shoves. There were no ejections.

Carl Edwards Jr. (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth, and Brandon Morrow retired all three batters in the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Brewers 3, Indians 2

MILWAUKEE – Reliever Brent Suter homered off AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and threw 4 2/3 innings of two-run ball, leading Milwaukee over Cleveland.

Suter connected on the first pitch by Kluber (5-2) in the third for the first homer of his professional career. It was the first home run given up by Kluber to a pitcher in his eight years with the Indians.

Suter (2-2) had an eventful night on the mound, too. The left-hander entered with one out in the first for starter Wade Miley, who left following 19 pitches with a strained right oblique.

Suter allowed five hits, including solo homers to Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor, and struck out five in handing Cleveland its fourth straight loss. Josh Hader fanned three over the last two innings for his fifth save.

Reds 7, Mets 2

CINCINNATI – Catcher Devin Mesoraco made the short walk between clubhouses shortly before the first pitch as New York dealt for help at its neediest position, and he watched the Mets lose to Cincinnati.

The Mets traded former ace Matt Harvey to the Reds – he’ll join them in Los Angeles on Thursday for the start of a series against the Dodgers – and had Mesoraco on their bench for the first pitch. He pinch hit in the ninth and took a called third strike as the Mets lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Eugenio Suarez had a bases-loaded single and an RBI double off left-hander Jason Vargas (0-3). He added another RBI single in the seventh, and Scooter Gennett had a two-run homer off Hansel Robles.

Luis Castillo (2-4) retired the first 14 Mets before Amed Rosario singled.

Twins 7, Cardinals 1

ST. LOUIS – Jake Odorizzi pitched five strong innings and Eduardo Escobar had a two-run homer as Minnesota won its season-high fifth straight game.

The win capped a two-game series sweep for the Twins, who have won 14 of their last 17 games against National League teams.

Odorizzi (3-2) allowed just two hits and one run, a homer by St. Louis’ Jose Martinez in the first inning. The right-hander combined with three relievers to retire the final 18 batters of the game.

Carlos Martinez (3-2) saw his stretch of six straight starts allowing one or fewer runs end.

Phillies 4, Giants 2

PHILADELPHIA – Aaron Nola struck out a career-high 12 in seven stellar innings and Odubel Herrera had two hits to extend his career-best on-base streak to 37 games for Philadelphia.

Aaron Altherr, Carlos Santana and Jorge Alfaro hit solo home runs for the Phillies. Nola (5-1) allowed one run and five hits while walking none.

Hector Neris got the last two outs, striking out both batters, for his seventh save in nine chances. Manager Gabe Kapler elected to leave Tommy Hunter in for the first batter in the ninth rather than go to Neris, who blew a save in Sunday’s 5-4 loss at Washington.

Derek Holland (1-4) got the loss.

Pirates 10, White Sox 6

CHICAGO – Colin Moran hit a key two-run double, Jordy Mercer also had two RBIs and Pittsburgh cleaned up in interleague play once again, beating the White Sox.

Corey Dickerson had four hits. The Pirates have dropped five of seven, but they love to plunder the other league, specifically their counterparts in the A.L. Central. Pittsburgh improved to 7-2 in interleague play this year and 65-44 over the last six seasons, tops in the NL.

Welington Castillo homered twice for the last-place White Sox, who have lost four straight.

Tyler Glasnow (1-1) won in relief. Chris Volstad (0-2) took the loss.

Tigers 7, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas – Victor Martinez, Jeimer Candelario and Jose Iglesias homered for Detroit.

Adrian Beltre got three hits for Texas after missing 12 games with a strained hamstring. He is MLB’s active leader in hits with 3,078.

Mike Fiers (3-2), winless with an 8.90 ERA in six previous appearances against Texas, took a shutout into the fifth. Shane Greene struck out the side after a leadoff single in the ninth for his first four-out save of the season and seventh overall in nine chances.

Mike Minor (3-2) took the loss.

Rockies 4, Angels 2

DENVER – Jon Gray continued Colorado’s strong stretch of starts with seven scoreless innings, and the Rockies won their sixth in a row.

Gray walked one and struck out eight to notch Colorado’s ninth straight quality start, a franchise record. He shook off a 28-pitch first inning to hold the Angels’ potent lineup to four hits.

Justin Upton hit a two-run homer off Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino in the eighth to cut Colorado’s lead in half but closer Wade Davis got the last three outs for his major-league leading 14th save.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead on DJ LeMahieu’s RBI single in the third off starter Andrew Healey (1-2).

MLB Roundup: Padres beat Dodgers 7-4 in Mexico

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   The San Diego Padres rebounded nicely from Los Angeles’ combined no-hitter, using two-run homers by Eric Hosmer and Raffy Lopez to beat the Dodgers 7-4 on Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico, in the first major league series in Mexico since 1999.

A day after the first no-hitter outside the U.S. or Canada, Travis Jankowski led off the first with a triple for San Diego’s first hit of the series. Hosmer then hit a drive over the wall in right against Kenta Maeda.

Lopez’s first homer of the season erased a 4-3 Los Angeles lead in the sixth, and Chase Headley and Carlos Asuaje contributed RBI singles in the eighth against Daniel Hudson.

Kirby Yates got two outs for the win, and Brad Hand worked the ninth for his eighth save.

Josh Fields (2-1) allowed Lopez’s homer.

On Friday night, Walker Buehler and three relievers posted the 12th combined no-hitter in major league history, leading the Dodgers to a 4-0 victory.

Mariners 9, Angels 8 (11): Ryon Healy scored Kyle Seager in the 11th inning with a single just fair down the left-field line and Seattle rallied twice in extra innings to beat visiting Los Angeles.

The Angels took the lead in the 11th when Andrelton Simmons was safe on an infield single off Eric Goeddel (1-0) with two outs, allowing Mike Trout to score – the second straight inning the Angels took the lead with two outs.

Seattle answered immediately both times. In the 11th, Seattle got a run off Jim Johnson (2-1) before Healy turned on an 0-1 pitch from Eduardo Paredes. Zack Cozart made a diving attempt, but the ball ricocheted off his glove, and Seager scored with ease.

Yankees 5, Indians 2: Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor’s double error led to a pair of runs in a four-run fifth inning off previously unhittable Trevor Bauer, and the Yankees won for the 14th time in 15 games, defeating Cleveland in New York.

New York is in its first 14-1 stretch since 1998 Yankees won 114 games during the regular season and then the first of three straight World Series titles.

Sonny Gray (2-2) allowed two runs in six innings in his first win since April 7. David Robertson worked the ninth for his first save.

Lindor put the Indians ahead in the fifth with his fourth homer in five games, but he has made three errors in the past two games.

Bauer (2-3) pitched six innings of two-hit ball. He was charged with four runs, two earned.

Red Sox 6, Rangers 5: Craig Kimbrel became the quickest pitcher to reach 300 career saves, closing out Boston’s win after the Red Sox scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning in Arlington, Texas.

Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save this season. His 300th save overall came in his 494th career appearance and 330th save opportunity, and just less than three weeks before his 30th birthday.

Andrew Benintendi hit a triple off the right-center wall in the ninth against Keone Kela (2-2) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 6 (10): Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting St. Louis to its fourth straight victory, defeating Chicago in St. Louis.

The Cardinals trailed 6-4 before Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run double off Brandon Morrow in the ninth, handing the closer his first blown save of the season.

Paul DeJong led off the 10th with a walk and Wong followed with a drive to right against Luke Farrell (1-1). It was Wong’s third career game-ending homer.

Tyler Lyons (1-0) earned the win after Bud Norris exited in the top of the 10th inning due to tightness in his triceps.

Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez homered for the Cubs, who lost for a season-high fourth time in a row despite scoring more than three runs for the first time since April 24th.

Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3: A.J. Pollock singled off the glove of third baseman Alex Bregman with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, lifting Arizona over Houston in Phoenix.

Pollock delivered off reliever Brad Peacock on the first pitch after Chris Devenski (1-1) had walked the previous two hitters to load the bases. Brad Boxberger (1-2) got the win in relief.

Athletics 2, Orioles 0 (12): Khris Davis homered in the 12th inning, lifting the Athletics to the win over visiting Baltimore at Oakland, California.

Jed Lowrie singled with one out before Davis drove a 3-1 fastball from Pedro Araujo (1-3) into the bleachers in left. It was Davis’ third career game-ending homer.

Chris Hatcher (3-0) got two outs for the win, finishing the A’s seven-hitter. Trevor Cahill got the start and struck out 12 while pitching six innings of four-hit ball.

Baltimore wasted a terrific performance by Kevin Gausman in its fifth straight loss. Gausman pitched nine innings of two-hit ball.

Phillies 3, Nationals 1: Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and Philadelphia snapped Washington’s six-game win streak, defeating the Nationals in Washington.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. Hector Neris worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Tigers 3, Royals 2: Jordan Zimmermann pitched five scoreless innings and Nicholas Castellanos had three extra-base hits, leading Detroit to the win in Kansas City, Missouri.

Zimmermann (2-0) improved to 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in seven appearances against the Royals. Shane Greene allowed an unearned run in the ninth before striking out Alcides Escobar and Jon Jay for his sixth save.

Castellanos had an RBI double as the Tigers scored three runs in the first inning off Jason Hammel (0-4).

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler went 0 for 4, snapping his career-high 19-game on-base streak and 10-game hitting streak.

Rockies 2, Mets 0: Chad Bettis pitched seven smooth innings, Nolan Arenado homered early off the big apple at Citi Field, and the visiting Rockies shut down the slumping Mets.

Pinch hitter David Dahl gave the Rockies an insurance run with a two-out RBI single off Robert Gsellman in the ninth, though left fielder Yoenis Cespedes threw out a runner at the plate on the play. Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis finished a six-hitter that took just under 2 1/2 hours, sealing Colorado’s fourth straight win.

Despite a solid start by Steven Matz (1-3), the staggering Mets fell to 0-5 on their six-game homestand.

Bettis (4-1) allowed six hits. Davis got his 13th save in 14 chances.

Brewers 5, Pirates 3: Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, helping Milwaukee to the home win.

Braun, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, drove a pitch from George Kontos (2-3) to the center-field wall to score Domingo Santana and Eric Sogard. Braun got a chance to bat after Kontos walked Sogard, batting .105, on four pitches.

Josh Hader (1-0) pitched the final two innings to pick up the win. He surrendered Starling Marte’s tying two-run homer in the top of the eighth, and then retired the Pirates in order in the ninth.

Giants 11, Braves 2: Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen each had three of San Francisco’s 18 hits, leading the Giants to their third straight victory, defeating the Braves in Atlanta.

Alen Hanson homered and drove in four runs, Gorkys Hernandez had four hits and Brandon Crawford had three hits and two RBIs for the Giants. Ty Blach (3-3) gave up only one earned run in 7 2/3 innings.

Hanson’s second-inning double to center field drove in Brandon Belt and Crawford. Hanson pulled a pitch down the right-field line for a two-run homer in the third.

Atlanta’s Brandon McCarthy (4-1) gave up eight runs and 12 hits in only 3 1/3 innings.

Marlins 6, Reds 0: Starlin Castro drove in three runs with a homer and a double, backing another strong performance by Caleb Smith as Miami defeated the Reds in Cincinnati.

Smith (2-3) has been stingy in his last three starts, allowing only two runs and seven hits in 18 2/3 innings with 26 strikeouts.

Against the Reds, he gave up three hits and fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings, escaping threats created by a couple of Marlins errors. Three relievers completed a four-hitter.

Miami’s struggling offense got the early lead as Castro and Justin Bour homered off rookie Tyler Mahle (2-4).

Rays 5, Blue Jays 3: Denard Span drove in his team-leading 24th run to help surging Tampa Bay beat Toronto in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Rays chased Aaron Sanchez (2-3) in the fourth, taking a 4-1 lead on Span’s single and a sacrifice fly by Matt Duffy. Span’s 24 RBIs have come in 90 at-bats.

Jake Faria (3-1) allowed a run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Rays got their 11th victory in 14 games to improve to 15-16. Alex Colome got five outs for his sixth save.

Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost eight of 12.

Twins 8, White Sox 4: Eddie Rosario homered and drove in five runs, Lance Lynn earned his first A.L. win, and visiting Minnesota posted back-to-back victories from the first time since April 12.

Rosario had four hits, including a two-run homer in the third inning and a two-run double in the fourth. Minnesota tagged Hector Santiago (0-1) for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Tim Anderson homered twice for Chicago, which has lost six of seven.

Lynn (1-3) allowed two runs in six innings. He struck out seven without a walk and left his sixth start for the Twins with a 7.28 ERA.

MLB Roundup: Mookie Betts belts three home runs to lead Red Sox past Royals

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Mookie Betts belted three solo homers and J.D. Martinez also went deep, powering the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

It was the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Ted Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history.

American League East-leading Boston won for the third time in four games after losing 7-6 in 13 innings on Tuesday night.

Cheslor Cuthbert homered for Kansas City, and Drew Butera had a two-run double. Danny Duffy (0-4) was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Drew Pomeranz (1-1) worked six innings for the win and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save.

Indians 12, Rangers 4: In Cleveland, Edwin Encarnacion homered three times and drove in six runs, helping the Indians to the runaway win over Texas.

Encarnacion hit a three-homer in the first, a two-run shot in the second and a solo drive in the eighth. The designated hitter leads the team with nine homers despite a .191 batting average.

Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor also connected in Cleveland’s highest scoring game of the season. Corey Kluber (5-1) allowed three solo homers in seven innings in his fifth straight win.

Rangers starter Matt Moore (1-4) allowed a career-high 10 runs in four innings, including three homers.

Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Juan Centeno homered for Texas, which lost for the third time in four games.

Braves 7, Mets 0: In New York, Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was pulled after four dominant innings with a hyperextended right elbow, and the Braves broke out against the bullpen to back a stellar start by Sean Newcomb.

DeGrom pitched smoothly through the heart of Atlanta’s order in his final inning. But he was replaced by Paul Sewald (0-2) to begin the fifth.

Atlanta also had an injury concern when shortstop Dansby Swanson was lifted in the sixth inning with a sore left wrist. The Braves said it was a precautionary measure.

Newcomb (2-1) pitched seven innings of two-hit ball. He also doubled and scored on Ender Inciarte’s two-run homer in the seventh.

Nationals 9, Pirates 3: In Washington, Bryce Harper hit a leadoff homer and drove in three runs, Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 and the Nationals earned their fourth straight win.

Matt Adams clubbed his third homer in two games for Washington. Strasburg (3-3) allowed three runs – two earned – and seven hits in seven innings.

Batting at the top of the lineup for the second straight game, Harper sent a first-inning pitch from Ivan Nova (2-2) into the second deck in right-center for his 10th homer this season and second in two nights.

Francisco Cervelli homered for Pittsburgh, which will try to avoid a series sweep on Thursday.

Rockies 11, Cubs 2: In Chicago, Nolan Arenado hit two of Colorado’s four homers and drove in five runs, lifting the Rockies to the road win.

Arenado hit a long two-run homer to center off Yu Darvish (0-3) in the first inning. He connected again in the eighth, hitting a three-run drive to left off Luke Farrell.

Trevor Story led off the fifth with a long homer to left, and Chris Iannetta chased Darvish one out later with a solo drive that made it 6-1.

Tyler Anderson (2-0) pitched a season-high seven innings after leaving his previous start because he was feeling light-headed. The left-hander struck out a season-high nine while permitting two runs and three hits.

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant homered for the Cubs, who finished with four hits in their eighth consecutive game with three or fewer runs.

Cardinals 3, White Sox 2: In St. Louis, Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez hit his first major league home run and threw 7 1/3 effective innings.

Dexter Fowler added a two-run homer for the Cardinals, who won their second game in a row.

Chicago has dropped four straight and 13 of 17. The White Sox fell to a season-low 12 games under .500.

Martinez (3-1) got St. Louis on the board with a 407-foot shot off Lucas Giolito (1-4) with two outs in the sixth. Martinez allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Bud Norris got four outs for his sixth save in six chances.

Brewers 3, Reds 1: In Cincinnati, Christian Yelich homered, Wade Miley pitched six effective innings in his Milwaukee debut and the Brewers swept the sloppy Reds.

Yelich hit a tiebreaking drive to right off Luis Castillo (1-4) in the fifth.

Miley (1-0) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three. The veteran left-hander agreed to a minor league deal with the Brewers in February and was promoted ahead of the finale of the three-game set, replacing Brent Suter in the rotation.

Jeremy Jeffress worked two innings for this second save in two nights.

Cincinnati committed three errors while slipping to 7-24, matching the franchise’s worst 31-game start.

Twins 4, Blue Jays 0: In Minneapolis, Fernando Romero pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning in his major league debut, giving Minnesota a badly needed boost.

Eddie Rosario homered for the Twins, who won for only the second time in their last 13 games. Romero (1-0) was a big reason why, striking out five in 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers preserved the shutout, allowing only two singles the rest of the way.

Marcus Stroman (0-4) had his best performance in six turns for the Blue Jays this season. The right-hander, who turned 27 on Tuesday, gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Tigers 3, Rays 2: In Detroit, JaCoby Jones led off the 12th inning with a triple and scored on John Hicks’ bunt single, lifting Detroit to the victory over Tampa Bay.

Hicks bunted toward first and the Rays didn’t have a chance to make a play at the plate. First baseman Brad Miller fielded the ball and collided with right-hander Matt Andriese (0-1).

Warwick Saupold (1-0) got three outs for the win, striking out two. He combined with five other relievers for six scoreless innings, yielding just two hits.

Tampa Bay left-hander Blake Snell was pulled after he surrendered James McCann’s tying solo homer with two out in the seventh. Snell, who had won his previous four starts, gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one.

Michael Fulmer pitched six innings of two-run ball for Detroit.

Phillies 6, Marlins 0: In Miami, Aaron Nola allowed four hits in 7 1/3 innings, helping Philadelphia stop a four-game slide.

Nola (4-1) retired 17 consecutive batters at one point. He struck out seven and walked one.

Cesar Hernandez led off the game with a home run and Maikel Franco had two doubles and drove in a run.

Miami’s Jose Urena (0-5) remained winless in his last nine starts dating to last season despite allowing two runs, one earned, in seven innings.

Giants 9, Padres 4: In San Francisco, Nick Hundley matched his career high with four hits, Brandon Crawford broke out of a lengthy slump with three RBIs and the Giants beat the Padres.

Austin Jackson added two hits and two RBIs, and Derek Holland (1-3) pitched five innings for his first win of the season for San Francisco.

The Giants finished 7-3 on their homestand and celebrated reliever Will Smith’s first appearance in the big leagues in nearly 19 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 30, 2017. Smith pitched one scoreless inning.

Giants right fielder Andrew McCutchen left in the third after getting hit in the back of his elbow by a pitch. X-rays were negative.

Eric Hosmer had two hits and three RBIs for San Diego. Clayton Richard (1-4) got the loss.

Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 1: In Phoenix, Alex Verdugo doubled and scored twice, and a struggling Los Angeles bullpen picked up injured starter Hyun-Jin Ryu to help the Dodgers defeat Arizona.

The Dodgers ended a four-game losing streak and won after eight consecutive regular-season losses at Chase Field, home to the top team in the National League this season.

Verdugo, a 21-year-old outfielder from Tucson, scored a key insurance run in the eighth inning. He doubled off reliever T.J. McFarland, beat the throw to third on a wild pitch and came home on Yasmani Grandal’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

In the first, Verdugo doubled with one out and scored on Cody Bellinger’s single off Zack Godley (4-2), who allowed five hits in six sharp innings.

Three of the five Dodgers relievers had allowed at least a run in their previous outings, but all five combined to limit the Diamondbacks for 7 2/3 innings, including Kenley Jansen’s fourth save in six chances.

The Dodgers led 1-0 when Ryu, their most successful starter this season at 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA coming in, exited with a left groin strain.

Athletics 3, Mariners 2: In Seattle, James Paxton struck out a major league-high 16 in seven dominant innings, but the Seattle bullpen blew a late lead and Oakland rallied past the Mariners.

Paxton was overpowering in arguably the finest performance of his career, posting the highest strikeout total by a Seattle pitcher since Randy Johnson fanned 19 on Aug. 8, 1997. He got 14 A’s on swinging strikeouts.

Paxton left with a 2-0 lead. Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer off Juan Nicasio in the eighth inning, then Mark Canha opened the ninth with a home run against Edwin Diaz (0-1). Diaz had allowed just one earned run in 15 appearances this season.

The left-handed Paxton was the fourth different pitcher in Mariners history to strike out at least 16 in a game, joining Johnson, Mike Moore and Mark Langston. Johnson struck out 19 twice, 18 once, and 16 twice in his Mariners career, while Moore and Langston reached the mark once.

But none of those other performances were as efficient as Paxton. He threw 80 strikes among his 105 pitches, gave up five hits and walked one.

Seattle led 2-0 after Ryon Healy’s solo homer and Jean Segura’s RBI single in the third inning. The M’s left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.

Yankees 4, Astros 0: In Houston, Luis Severino pitched a five-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts for his first career complete game, Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in four runs, and New York shut out Houston for the second straight night.

Stanton hit a two-run homer to right field that just made it over the wall in the first inning. He added a solo homer to left off Yankees nemesis Dallas Keuchel (1-5) in the fourth and tacked on an RBI double in the eighth.

Severino (5-1) walked one and threw 110 pitches in his 60th major league start, earning his third straight win. He was still throwing 99 mph in the ninth inning as he polished off New York’s third complete game over the last three seasons.

The 24-year-old righty became the youngest Yankees pitcher to toss a shutout since Sterling Hitchcock, who was also 24, in 1995.

Angels 10, Orioles 7: In Anaheim, California, Albert Pujols reached 2,998 career hits with a home run and a double, and Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as Los Angeles held off Baltimore.

Mike Trout and Pujols both homered in the first, and Upton drove in four runs while the Angels earned their second straight win following a 3-9 skid.

Andrew Heaney (1-1) yielded five hits and one run over six solid innings to earn his second major league victory since September 2015. The left-hander missed large portions of the past two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Manny Machado drove in two runs and made another throwing error for the last-place Orioles, who have lost 14 of 17.

Re-ranking college football’s preseason top 25 after spring practice

(PhatzRadio Sports / USA TODAY SPORTS)   —   Every team in the Football Bowl Subdivision got better this spring, if only because it’s hard to get worse during the first few months of college football’s dreary offseason.

But a few things have changed. Clemson and Alabama might have inched closer to settling their respective quarterback competitions. Penn State found its next running back. Michigan landed a five-star quarterback.

Now’s a good time to re-rank the USA TODAY Sports way-too-early Top 25 for 2018. That one had Clemson and Alabama at No. 1 and No. 2. This one does as well. But there are changes.

Each team is listed with its rank in January’s early Top 25 with either the team’s best asset or biggest question.

1. Clemson (previous rank: No. 1)

It’s a return trip to the College Football Playoff or bust for Dabo Swinney and Clemson, and the argument is there for the Tigers as the top team in the country entering the summer.

Biggest question: The Tigers still need to settle a quarterback competition between incumbent starter Kelly Bryant and freshman Trevor Lawrence following Lawrence’s strong spring.

2. Alabama (No. 2)

The NFL draft may suggest that Alabama has a huge number of holes to fill on both sides, but that’s nothing new for Nick Saban and the Tide.

Biggest question: It’s a good thing Saban is the best coach of defensive backs in all of football, because the Tide need to do some rebuilding without Minkah Fitzpatrick and several other key pieces.

3. Wisconsin (No. 5)

The offense is going to be Wisconsin’s best in years while the defense has just enough returning talent on the line and at linebacker to bridge the gap to a new cast in the secondary.

Best asset: An offensive line that brings back every single contributor from 2017 will pace the Badgers to a Big Ten Conference title.

4. Washington (No. 8)

The only thing brighter than Washington’s chances in 2018 is the program’s overall potential under Chris Petersen and his staff.

Biggest question: What the Huskies really need is increased production from senior quarterback Jake Browning, and to do that demands some retooling and development at receiver.

5. Ohio State (No. 3)

The Buckeyes are going to be challenged in the East Division, but Urban Meyer’s team simply looks too talented and too deep to be unseated.

Biggest question: With a new quarterback, the Buckeyes need to find new leaders at tackle and center along the offensive line.

6. Georgia (No. 4)

Some big names have left the building, from star linebacker Roquan Smith through the two-headed backfield combination of Sony Michel and Nick Chubb.

Best asset: The backfield as a whole remains a monster, with as many as five capable runners, a top-of-the-line starting quarterback in Jake Fromm and a capable backup in rookie Justin Fields.

7. Oklahoma (No. 7)

The Sooners don’t budge from their January ranking.

Best asset: OU’s greatest asset remains not specifically its quarterback — there will be a drop-off from Baker Mayfield to Kyler Murray — but head coach Lincoln Riley and his can’t-fail offensive scheme.

8. TCU (No. 22)

Re-evaluating TCU’s odds reveals a team loaded and ready at nearly every position, though the offensive line needs to round into form before September.

Biggest question: If unaddressed, an offensive line that needs to replace several multiple-year starters will be the Horned Frogs’ downfall.

9. Penn State (No. 6)

Replacing Saquon Barkley won’t be easy, but James Franklin has brought in enough talent to keep the Nittany Lions in the Playoff race.

Best asset: In a year short of elite quarterbacks, Trace McSorley gives PSU one of the nation’s best at the position.

10. Miami (Fla.) (No. 9)

The Hurricanes will keep inching up the ladder under Mark Richt and his staff.

Best asset: The Hurricanes need to shake off last year’s three-game losing streak, but the team’s biggest asset might be another offseason learning Richt’s system.

11. Auburn (No. 13)

Auburn has what it takes to win another SEC West Division title.

Best asset: Much like Penn State, the Tigers will have an advantage at quarterback with Heisman Trophy contender Jarrett Stidham.

12. Stanford (No. 12)

Washington looks tough, but Bryce Love alone gives Stanford a chance at another division title.

Biggest question: The Cardinal won’t reach their full potential unless quarterback K.J. Costello takes a step forward in 2018.

13. Michigan (No. 16)

The Wolverines move up three spots after Shea Patterson was made eligible for the 2018 season.

Best asset: Patterson’s a major deal, but what makes Michigan dangerous is what should again be one of the stingiest defenses in football.

14. Boise State (No. 14)

In terms of depth, experience and returning production, this looks like the best team in the Group of Five.

Biggest question: Now a senior, quarterback Brett Rypien needs to grab the reins and take full control of the  offense.

15. Michigan State (No. 10)

Nine wins is the baseline for the Spartans after last year’s bounce-back finish landed them tied for second in the Big Ten East.

Biggest question: The lack of proven defensive linemen is worrisome, though the Spartans’ track record up front eases some of those concerns.

16. Notre Dame (No. 15)

Notre Dame again is a threat for 10-plus wins and more, but almost everything hinges on quarterback play.

Biggest question: The Irish have options up front, but it’s hard to see the offensive line maintain its recent play without a pair of first-round picks on the left side.

17. Florida Atlantic (No. 21)

Lane Kiffin plus offense plus Twitter equals what should be another fun year for FAU.

Best asset: The Owls get another full spring, summer and fall camp to delve even deeper into Kiffin’s offense, which should worry the rest of Conference USA.

18. Virginia Tech (No. 11)

Tech slides seven spots from its January ranking amid some concerns over how well the Hokies can replace some defensive stars now off in the NFL.

Biggest question: The defense needs to find some playmakers along the front seven and particularly at linebacker.

19. West Virginia (N/A)

WVU storms into the Top 25 on the expectations that the defense will be improved and Will Grier will be among the most prolific passers in the country.

Best asset: Grier will be a preseason Heisman dark horse and perhaps even more than that should he lead the Mountaineers to non-conference wins against Tennessee and North Carolina State.

20. San Diego State (N/A)

Rocky Long and the Aztecs aren’t going anywhere.

Biggest question: The coaches have praised new running back Juwan Washington, but it’s fair to wonder whether the junior can match the impact Donnel Pumphrey and Rashaad Penny had at SDSU.

21. Mississippi State (No. 25)

The Bulldogs and first-year head coach Joe Moorhead move up four spots after a productive spring.

Best asset: Moorhead’s offense tore through the Big Ten and may achieve somewhat similar results in the SEC as quickly as this season.

22. Iowa State (No. 24)

After taking a major leap last season, Iowa State aims for another step up the Big 12 Conference ladder in 2018.

Biggest question: The receiver corps has a strong top option in junior Hakeem Butler, but the Cyclones need depth to effectively run Matt Campbell’s scheme.

23. Oklahoma State (No. 23)

Oklahoma State might not be the favorite in the Big 12, but it’s hard to see the Cowboys fall too far off the pace set by Oklahoma and TCU.

Biggest question: There’s a hole at quarterback and no sure answer coming out of the spring, though the competition will take on a new feel once freshman Spencer Sanders and Hawaii transfer Dru Brown hit campus this summer.

24. South Carolina (N/A)

The Gamecocks look like Georgia’s biggest threat in the SEC East.

Best asset: Will Muschamp has himself a quarterback in junior Jake Bentley, who looks ready to earn all-conference honors in 2018.

25. Southern California (No. 17)

There’s talent to burn, as always, but the transition from Sam Darnold to a new quarterback — I’m betting it’ll be true freshman J.T. Daniels — will have its share of hiccups.

Best asset: The Trojans can lean on the play of a top-level defense, though the staff needs to find some pressure off the edge.

MLB Roundup: Charlie Morton, Astros end Yankees’ nine-game win streak

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Charlie Morton pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning and struck out 10 as the Houston Astros snapped the New York Yankees’ nine-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night in Houston.

Carlos Correa had two hits and an RBI for Houston in the first meeting between the teams since Game 7 of last year’s American League Championship Series, when Morton allowed two hits over five innings for the win in a 4-0 victory that sent the defending champion Astros to the World Series.

Houston has won seven straight at home against the Yankees including the postseason, and the Astros have held them to no more than one run in their past six games here.

Morton (4-0) had allowed just one hit when Gleyber Torres chased him with a two-out double in the eighth. Brad Peacock took over and walked pinch-hitter Aaron Judge, who didn’t start for the first time this season, and Torres stole third base.

Chris Devenski replaced Peacock and was greeted with an RBI single by Brett Gardner that cut the lead to 2-1. Devenski then fanned A.L. player of the week Didi Gregorius on three pitches to end the inning.

Ken Giles struck out the side in the ninth for his third save.

Sonny Gray (1-2) allowed four hits and two runs while walking three in six innings to snap a streak of three straight starts in which he didn’t get out of the fifth inning.

Red Sox 10, Royals 6: In Boston, Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam over the Green Monster and Boston finished April with its most wins ever by beating Kansas City.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and had three hits along with Bogaerts for the Red Sox, who posted their 19th victory in April. They had reached 18 three times, the last coming in their World Series-winning 2013 season.

Whit Merrifield had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals, who were coming off their first consecutive wins this season.

Hector Velazquez (4-0), the first of three relievers, worked two scoreless innings of relief for the victory.

Trailing 3-0, Boston scored a run in the second on Moreland’s homer and five off Jason Hammel (0-3) in a third inning highlighted by Bogaerts’ slam that completely left Fenway Park. Moreland drew a bases-loaded walk for the other run.

It was Boston’s sixth slam of the season, tying the 1996 Montreal Expos for most ever in the majors by May 1.

Cubs 3, Rockies 2: In Chicago, Jon Lester pitched effectively into the sixth inning, continuing an impressive stretch for Chicago’s rotation and helping the Cubs beat the Colorado for their season-high fifth straight victory.

Lester allowed two runs and five hits, struck out five and walked three. Luke Farrell (1-0) worked 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief for his first career win, and Steve Cishek got two outs for his first save.

The Rockies put runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth before Cishek struck out Nolan Arenado.

Lester extended the streak for Chicago’s starting pitchers to 33 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run. The Cubs have permitted just four runs and 21 hits during their last five games.

Colorado wasted a solid start by Kyle Freeland (1-4) in its third straight loss. The left-hander pitched seven innings of three-run ball, allowing six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Brewers 6, Reds 5: In Cincinnati, homers by Manny Pina and Lorenzo Cain ended Milwaukee’s historically bad slump, and Domingo Santana doubled home the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning for a victory over Cincinnati.

The Brewers managed only two runs while getting swept four games at Wrigley Field, matching their lowest total for a four-game series. They had 14 hits total, their worst for such a series, and were blanked on two hits in each of the past two games.

Wandy Peralta (1-2) gave up a hit and a pair of walks to fuel the rally. A throwing error by catcher Tucker Barnhart let in one run, and Santana doubled over Billy Hamilton’s head in center field for a 6-5 lead.

Brandon Woodruff (1-0) retired the four batters he faced. Josh Hader got the last eight outs – all on strikeouts – for his fourth save in as many chances.

Cincinnati fell to 7-22, matching the worst 29-game start in franchise history. The Reds had the same record in 1931 and 1934.

Indians 7, Rangers 5: In Cleveland, Jose Ramirez’s RBI double broke an eighth-inning tie and Cleveland rallied for a win over Texas.

Texas scored twice in the top of the eighth to go ahead 4-3, but the Indians quickly regained the lead by scoring four times against Chris Martin (0-1).

Cody Allen (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander put two runners on with one out in the ninth. Jurickson Profar grounded out, but Nomar Mazara’s infield hit cut the deficit to 7-5.

Allen, the Indians’ closer, was pulled after throwing 41 pitches. Jeff Beliveau fell behind Joey Gallo 3-0, but came back to strike him out for his first save of the season and second of his career.

Nationals 3, Pirates 2: In Washington, Tanner Roark pitched seven efficient innings and drove in his first run since 2016, and Washington beat Pittsburgh.

Roark (2-2) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out four and induced two double play grounders for his first win since April 2 as the Nationals ended a disappointing April with their second straight victory.

Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (2-3) drove in the first run for the Pirates with a two-out double to deep left-center in the fifth. He worked six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, as N.L. Central-leading Pittsburgh lost for the first time since his previous start. The Pirates had won five straight.

Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his first save in place of regular closer Sean Doolittle, who had pitched in the previous three games.

Marlins 8, Phillies 4: In Miami, Brian Anderson homered, drove in four runs and made a diving catch in right field with the bases loaded to preserve a lead, helping Miami beat Jake Arrieta and Philadelphia.

The Marlins have won three games in a row for the first time this season, and five of six. The Phillies lost their third consecutive game.

Arrieta (3-1) lasted only 3 2/3 innings. He allowed six earned runs after giving up three or fewer in each of his past 18 starts.

Jorge Alfaro and Maikel Franco each hit a two-run homer off Miami starter Dan Straily.

The Phillies’ Odubel Herrera singled in the first inning to reach base safely in his 30th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the majors.

Merandy Gonzalez (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings.

Rays 3, Tigers 2: In Detroit, C.J. Cron and Brad Miller each homered in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay held on for a victory over Detroit.

With the game scoreless, Detroit closer Shane Greene (1-2) walked Denard Span to start the ninth. Cron followed by hitting a 2-0 fastball into the right-center field seats for his seventh homer of the season. After Matt Duffy popped out, Brad Miller homered into the left-field bullpens to make it 3-0 and end Greene’s night.

But Detroit loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth on two hit batters and an infield single. Jose Alvarado replaced Chaz Roe and allowed a two-run single to Victor Martinez, then retired James McCann before walking John Hicks to load the bases again. Dixon Machado then grounded into a game-ending force at second to give Alvarado his first career save.

The Rays have won nine of their past 10 games after a 4-13 start.

Rays starter Jake Faria (2-1) had the longest outing of his career, holding the Tigers scoreless for eight innings. He gave up three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in his second win in 11 starts.

Blue Jays 7, Twins 5: In Minneapolis, Justin Smoak and Russell Martin homered, Yangervis Solarte had three hits and Toronto edged Minnesota.

Smoak hit a towering, two-run shot to cap a three-run fourth inning to stake Toronto to a 5-0 lead. Martin added a solo homer to the second deck in left field an inning later as the Blue Jays won their second game in a row.

The Twins have lost 10 of their past 11 games.

Even with slugger Josh Donaldson on the disabled list and Jose Bautista gone, Toronto is powering up again. The Blue Jays entered the night tied for second in the majors in home runs.

Aaron Sanchez (2-2) was the beneficiary of the run support. He pitched six innings and allowed four runs and six hits and three walks. Roberto Osuna allowed two hits in the ninth, but stranded runners at second and third to earn his seventh save in eight chances.

Minnesota’s Lance Lynn (0-3) struggled with his command again and couldn’t get past the fifth inning for the fourth time in five starts this season. Lynn gave up six runs in five innings. He allowed seven hits and walked five batters. He has an 8.37 ERA for the season.

Diamondbacks 8, Dodgers 5: In Phoenix, A.J. Pollock hit three home runs and tArizona beat Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game series between N.L. West rivals.

Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 10 in six innings as Arizona beat Los Angeles for the 12th time in their last 13 regular-season meetings – six of seven this year. In the playoffs last year, however, the Dodgers cruised to a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.

All three of Pollock’s drives were solo shots in the first three-homer game of his career. He connected off Ross Stripling in the second, Brock Stewart in the sixth and Josh Fields in the eighth to become the 12th Arizona player with a three-homer game.

Pollock had a two-homer game at Dodger Stadium on April 14.

Nick Ahmed drove in two runs and fell a triple shy of the cycle for the first-place Diamondbacks, who have won each of their first nine series to start the season – the first National League team to do so since the 1907 Chicago Cubs.

Giants 6, Padres 5: In San Francisco, Nick Hundley’s two-out, two-run pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a three-run rally against San Diego closer Brad Hand and San Francisco pulled out a win against the Padres.

Evan Longoria added an RBI single with two outs in the ninth to get the Giants’ rally started.

Franchy Cordero drove in two runs for San Diego.

MLB Roundup: Didi Gregorius HR lifts Yanks in 10th, Angels’ Ohtani injured

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   ANAHEIM, California – Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees won their seventh straight by beating the Los Angeles Angles 4-3 on Friday night after two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani left with an ankle injury.

Gregorius hit a fastball from Blake Parker (0-1) out to right, delighting a big contingent of Yankees fans at Angel Stadium. It was Gregorius’ 10th homer of the season but just his first on the road, although he still took a curtain call.

Ohtani homered on an inside fastball in the second inning but left after trying to beat out a groundball in the fifth. He awkwardly avoided a possible collision with Yankees first baseman Neil Walker on the play. He’s listed as day to day with a mild left ankle sprain.

David Robertson (1-1) pitched the ninth and Aroldis Chapman closed out the 10th for his fifth save.

Athletics 8, Astros 1: At Houston, Sean Manaea followed up his no-hitter with seven solid innings, three Athletics homered and Oakland beat the Houston Astros 8-1 on Friday night for its fifth win in six games.

Manaea (4-2) no-hit Boston last Saturday and didn’t allow a hit Friday until the fourth inning. He gave up one unearned run and four hits.

Dallas Keuchel (1-4) retired his first 13 batters before Matt Chapman’s one-out homer in the fifth. Chad Pinder added a two-run homer in the sixth off Keuchel, who allowed a season-high six runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Indians 6, Mariners 5: At Cleveland, Corey Kluber (4-1) struck out 10 in 8 2/3 innings and Cleveland hit hit five solo home runs, including three in the first inning.

Kluber left with a 6-2 lead after Kyle Seager’s two-out single in the ninth, the Mariners’ fourth hit. Cody Allen gave up Mitch Haniger’s single and Mike Zunino’s three-run homer, then retired Ben Gamel on a lineout to shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Lindor, Michael Brantley and Edwin Encarnacion homered in the first, and Yonder Alonso and Yan Gomes hit consecutive drives in the sixth for a 6-0 lead against Erasmo Ramirez (0-2).

White Sox 7, Royals 4: At Kansas City, Missouri, Matt Davidson homered twice, including a tiebreaking, two-run drive in the 11th off Tim Hill (0-1), setting a record for home runs by a visiting player at Kauffman Stadium in one season. Davidson has seven home runs in 15 at-bats over four games at Kansas City – one more home run than the Royals have hit in 12 home games this season.

Kansas City is a big league-worst 1-11 at home. Four of Chicago’s seven wins this season have been at Kauffman Stadium.

Gregory Infante (1-1) won, and Joakim Soria got his fourth save.

Rays 4, Red Sox 3: At Boston, Blake Snell (4-1) struck out nine in 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits to win his fourth straight start and extend Tampa Bay’s winning streak to seven.

Wilson Ramos hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Rays, who handed the Red Sox just their second loss in 10 home games. Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 3 for 4 in his first action since missing 15 games with a broken bone in his left ankle.

Rob Refsnyder and Daniel Robertson also homered for Tampa Bay, and Alex Colome got his fifth save by striking out pinch-hitter Andre Benitendi. Boston has lost four of six.

Cubs 3, Brewers 2: At Chicago, Yu Darvish bounced back from a pair of poor outings to allow only an unearned run in six innings, and Addison Russell scored the go-ahead run on shortstop Eric Sogard’s seventh-inning error.

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant missed his fourth straight game after he was beaned during a victory at Colorado last Sunday. Chicago manager Joe Maddon said the third baseman could return to the lineup on Saturday.

Pedro Strop (3-0) retired his only batter, and Brandon Morrow pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save. Dan Jennings (2-1) was the loser.

Orioles 6, Tigers 0: At Baltimore, Chris Tillman (1-4) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball for his first victory since last May 7, Pedro Alvarez homered twice and Baltimore stopped a five-game losing streak by winning for just the second time in 13 games.

Manny Machado hit his team-leading ninth home run and added an RBI single in the eighth.

Mike Fiers (2-2) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings as the Tigers lost their third straight.

Giants 6, Dodgers 4: At San Francisco, Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford each homered and Gorkys Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on a balk.

Hernandez and pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinson had consecutive run-scoring singles with one out in the seventh off Tony Cingrani (0-1). Hernandez scored the go-ahead run when Dodgers reliver Pedro Baez slipped at the end of his delivery, firing the ball into the grass near the pitcher’s mound during Joe Panik’s at-bat.

Sam Dyson (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the Giants.

Mets 5, Padres 1: At San Diego, Jacob deGrom held San Diego to five hits in 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time in four starts and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer.

DeGrom (3-0) snapped a string of three straight no-decisions. He struck out eight and walked three.

The Mets took a quick lead off Clayton Richard (1-3) when Cabrera hit a leadoff double and scored with one out when Todd Frazier singled between rookie third baseman Christian Villanueva and shortstop Freddy Galvis when the Padres had a drawn-in infield.

Phillies 7, Braves 3: At Philadelphia Odubel Herrera had his first multihomer game in the major leagues, Jorge Alfaro also went deep,

Aaron Nola (3-1) fell behind 3-0 in the first, then followed with six scoreless innings.

Herrera’s three-run homer in the first tied the score, and hit a solo shot off Max Fried (0-2) for a 4-3 lead in the sixth.

Philadelphia is 16-9, its best mark after 25 games since going 17-8 to start 2011.

Rangers 6, Blue Jays 4: At Toronto, Ronald Guzman hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth off Marcus Stroman (0-3), whose ERA rose to 8.88 after he allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Joey Gallo homered and scored twice and Nomar Mazara had three hits and two RBIs as the Rangers won back-to-back games for the second time this season.

Mike Minor (2-1) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings, and Keone Kela got three outs for his fifth save. Toronto has lost six of eight.

Diamondbacks 5, Nationals 4: At Washington, A.J. Pollack homered, hit a tiebreaking triple in the sixth inning and scored three runs as Arizona improved to 9-4 on the road, matching the 2000 Diamondbacks for the best start away from home in franchise history.

Zack Godley (4-1) allowed four runs and 10 hits in five innings to improve to 3-0 at Nationals Park. Arizona’s bullpen retired 12 of 13 batters, with Brad Boxberger working a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Stephen Strasburg (2-3) allowed a season-high five runs in 6 1/3 innings for Washington, which has lost five of six.

Rockies 1, Marlins 0: At Miami, Antonio Senzatela (2-1) entered when Tyler Anderson left with a heartbeat issue, hit an RBI double and allowed one hit over 3 2/3 innings. He became the first relief pitcher with the win and RBI in a 1-0 game since Joe Niekro’s 17th-inning, game-ending single for Houston against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 23, 1980.

Senzatela entered with one out and one on in the second, struck out four, walked one and departed after 62 pitches. His double in the fifth off Jose Urena (0-4) scored Gerardo Parra, who also doubled.

Wade Davis got three outs for his 10th save, completing a six-hitter that extended Colorado’s winning streak to three. Last-place Miami dropped to 7-18.

Pirates 6, Cardinals 5: At Pittsburgh, Starling Marte hit a game-ending single in the 11th off rookie Jordan Hicks (1-1).

Cardinals closer Greg Holland started the ninth with a 5-2 lead, but failed to retire any batters as his ERA rose to 7.11 in nine appearances. Errors by first baseman Jose Martinez and center fielder Tommy Pham led to a pair of runs, and Jordy Mercer hit an RBI double.

George Kontos (2-2) pitched one scoreless inning.

Reds 15, Twins 9: At Minneapolis, Joey Votto homered for the fourth straight game and reached base six times, and Cincinnati overcame an 8-4 deficit.

Jose Peraza homered twice and had four hits, and Eugenio Suarez also four of Cincinnati’s season-high 20 hits. The Reds won for the third time in eight games under interim manager Jim Riggleman.

Minnesota has lost eight straight, its longest skid since losing 13 in row from Aug. 18-31, 2016.

David Hernandez (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his 2018 debut after coming off the disabled list earlier in the day. Tyler Duffey (0-1) allowed five runs – four earned – while getting just one out.

MLB Roundup: Tyson Ross loses bid for Padres’ first no-no in 8th vs. DBacks

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   PHOENIX – Tyson Ross lost his bid to pitch the first no-hitter in the history of the San Diego Padres when rookie center fielder Franchy Cordero appeared to misplay a ball with two outs in the eighth inning Friday night of a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Playing their 7,835th game since joining the majors in 1969, the Padres again came agonizingly close to their first no-no. They remain the only team in the big leagues that has never thrown a no-hitter.

Ross had a 1-0 lead with two outs in the eighth when Christian Walker lined a drive to deep center. Cordero seemed to get a late break on the ball, then had it sail just over his outstretched glove for a double that made it 1-all. Ross was pulled after throwing a career-high 127 pitches. The right-hander, who turns 31 on Sunday, struck out 10 and walked three. He retired 18 straight after walking Jarrod Dyson in the first. Brad Hand (1-2) relieved Ross and got the last four outs – they combined on the 29th one-hitter in Padres’ history.

This was the second no-hit bid to end with two outs in the eighth in the same ballpark in four nights. Arizona’s Patrick Corbin came close in a one-hit, 1-0 win over San Francisco on Tuesday.

Christian Villaneuva hit an RBI single off Brad Boxberger (0-2) in a three-run ninth.

Mets 5, Braves 3 (12)

ATLANTA – Yoenis Cespedes, who struck out in his previous four at-bats, hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 12th to lift the New York Mets over the Braves.

Cespedes’ single to right field drove in winning pitcher Robert Gsellman from second base. Cespedes scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s double off Josh Ravin (0-1) to right field. Cabrera ran halfway to third before stopping and trying to return to second. A review showed he was out at second, overturning the original call. Ravin hit Gsellman with a pitch to open the 12th. Gsellman moved to second on Amed Rosario’s sacrifice. Michael Conforto popped out before Cespedes delivered the go-ahead hit.

Gsellman (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings. Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect 12th for his eighth save.

Astros 10, White Sox 0

CHICAGO – Justin Verlander pitched six sparkling innings, Carlos Correa homered twice and the Houston Astros pounded the White Sox.

George Springer also drove in four runs with a pair of doubles in Houston’s fourth straight victory. Verlander (3-0) allowed two hits and walked three while improving to 2-0 with a microscopic 0.43 ERA in his last three starts. The ace right-hander also struck out five to reach 2,455 for his career, passing Sam McDowell for 38th on baseball’s all-time Ks list.

James Shields (1-2) took the loss for the White Sox, who managed just two hits in their 10th loss in 11 games. But the deep slide became a secondary concern after a scary scene in the sixth.

Reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in Chicago’s dugout after recording the last two outs in the top of the inning. He was attended to team medical personnel and on-site EMTs. The White Sox said he regained consciousness before he was taken to a hospital by ambulance for further testing.

Tigers 3-2, Royals 2-3

DETROIT – Detroit rookie first baseman Niko Goodrum dropped Jon Jay’s grounder and then made a wild throw, allowing the tiebreaking run to score in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak, rallying past the Tigers in the second game of a split doubleheader.

Detroit won the afternoon opener on a solo homer by JaCoby Jones in the 10th.

The Tigers led 2-1 in the ninth of the nightcap before pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte lined a tying single with one out. With runners at first and second, Jay hit a grounder to Goodrum, who didn’t handle it cleanly. Goodrum then flipped the ball over the head of pitcher Shane Greene (1-1), who was covering. Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his third save, ending Detroit’s four-game winning streak.

Jakob Junis (3-1) allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings for the Royals.

With one out in the 10th of the first game, Jones hit a fastball from Brad Keller (0-1) deep to left and immediately put up his right index finger in celebration. Joe Jimenez (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the win.

Orioles 3, Indians 1

BALTIMORE – Dylan Bundy pitched six innings of five-hit ball and struck out nine to secure his elusive first win of the season, and the Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians to end a six-game losing streak.

Manny Machado homered and Trey Mancini doubled in two runs for Baltimore, which was outscored 43-22 during an 0-6 trip through Boston and Detroit.

Bundy (1-2) came in with a 1.40 ERA after allowing only four earned runs in four starts while being victimized by a lack of run support. In this one, Baltimore did just enough damage against Trevor Bauer (1-2) to get Bundy his first victory since Aug. 29.

Richard Bleier worked two innings – aided by a fine defensive play by Machado at shortstop – and Darren O’Day got three outs for his first save.

Cardinals 4, Reds 2

ST. LOUIS – Michael Wacha kept up his strong pitching against Cincinnati, Yadier Molina hit two-run double in the first inning, and the Cardinals spoiled Jim Riggleman’s debut as Reds interim manager.

Riggleman replaced Bryan Price, who was fired Thursday after Cincinnati lost 15 of its first 18 games.

Wacha (3-1) gave up one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the year, to improve to 10-1 in his career against the Reds. Bud Norris picked up his fifth save in five chances despite allowing a two-out RBI single to Alex Blandino, helping the Cardinals win for the sixth time in seven games.

Brandon Finnegan (0-2) lost for the second time in two starts against the Cardinals this year.

Blue Jays 8, Yankees 5

NEW YORK – Lourdes Gurriel Jr. made an impressive major league debut with two hits and three RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees.

Teoscar Hernandez homered and drove in three runs and Yangervis Solarte also connected for the Blue Jays, who have won nine of their last 11.

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton broke a 50 at-bat homerless slump with his fourth shot of the season, a drive that put New York ahead 4-2 in the third. Miguel Andujar and Tyler Austin also homered for New York.

Toronto starter Marco Estrada (2-1) was charged with five runs and seven hits, three of them home runs, in five innings. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.

The Blue Jays chased Sonny Gray (1-2) by sending nine to the plate in the fourth. Gray allowed five hits and five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Phillies 2, Pirates 1

PHILADELPHIA – Odubel Herrera hit a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning to lift the Phillies over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Herrera, Cesar Hernandez, Carlos Santana and Maikel Franco each had two hits for the Phillies, who have won nine of 11 overall while improving to 7-1 at home. It is Philadelphia’s best start at home since it won seven of eight to begin the 1981 season.

Luis Garcia (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Hector Neris blanked Pittsburgh in the ninth to earn his third save in four tries.

After Hernandez led off the eighth with a double and Santana grounded out, Herrera lined an 86-mph cutter from George Kontos (1-2) on a 1-2 count just inside the first-base bag to score Hernandez and give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

Rays 8, Twins 7 (10)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pinch-runner Johnny Field scored the winning run from second base in the 10th as reliever Zach Duke missed first base after taking a flip from Joe Mauer on Denard Span’s two-out grounder, leading the Tampa Bay Rays past the Minnesota Twins.

Wilson Ramos had a one-out double off Duke (1-1). After Mallex Smith struck out and Adeiny Hechavarria was intentionally walked, Mauer made a diving catch on Span’s ball and made a toss to Duke, who missed touching the base on two attempts that allowed Field to score. The safe call was upheld after a 2-minute, 16-second video review.

Alex Colome (1-2) worked a perfect 10th for the win.

Tampa Bay forced extra innings when Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch from Fernando Rodney with two outs in the ninth, stole second and scored on Brad Miller’s RBI single to tie it at 7.

Mariners 6, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jean Segura hit a two-run double in a four-run ninth inning after Mitch Haniger’s tying homer in the eighth, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Rangers.

The liner to right center from Segura chased Texas closer Keone Kela (2-1), who gave up singles to Daniel Vogelbach and Dee Gordon and got his only out on Guillermo Heredia’s sacrifice bunt.

Haniger’s fifth homer was a two-out shot to the berm in center field against Chris Martin. Haniger and Kyle Seager added RBI singles in the ninth off Jake Diekman as the Rangers remained the only team in the majors without a win in a series opener, dropping to 0-7.

Juan Nicasio (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Edwin Diaz struck out two in the ninth around a walk and a hit batter.

Brewers 8, Marlins 0

MILWAUKEE – Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw hit back-to-back homers, helping the Brewers to a victory over the Miami Marlins.

It was the fourth consecutive win for Milwaukee, which has outscored Miami 20-3 in the first two games of the series.

Jhoulys Chacin (1-1) picked up his first win since signing with the Brewers as a free agent during the offseason. The right-hander pitched six innings, scattering four hits and three walks while striking out five.

Miami starter Trevor Richards (0-2) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on five hits and six walks while striking out five.

Cubs 16, Rockies 5

DENVER – Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber each had a homer and four RBIs, and the Chicago Cubs used a seven-run sixth inning to rout the Rockies.

Baez had four hits, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Schwarber had three hits, connecting for his fourth home run of the season in the sixth to help break open the game. Albert Amora Jr. added four hits, including a double and RBI single.

Kyle Hendricks (1-1) struck out six and allowed three runs on five hits in five innings to pick up his first win of the season.

Nolan Arenado homered for Colorado in his return from a five-game suspension stemming from his involvement in a brawl against San Diego earlier this month. Jon Gray (1-4) allowed seven runs – five earned – in five-plus innings.

Giants 8, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Andrew McCutchen hit a towering, three-run homer, Mac Williamson slugged a two-run homer in his first big league game this season and Nick Hundley also connected to back Jeff Samardzija in the San Francisco Giants’ win against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels had only five hits, including a homer by Mike Trout, a double by Albert Pujols for his 2,991st career hit and two singles by Shohei Ohtani.

Samardzija (1-0) just made it through five innings to qualify for the win. He allowed two hits in five innings, struck out four and walked four.

McCutchen, the designated hitter, drove a 1-2 pitch from Andrew Heaney (0-1) into the Giants’ bullpen beyond the left-field fence with one out in the fifth to chase the left-hander.

Nationals 5, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES – Max Scherzer scattered four hits over six innings against Clayton Kershaw in the 13th all-time meeting of three-time Cy Young Award winners and the Washington Nationals beat the Dodgers.

Scherzer (4-1) struck out nine and walked a season-high three in the first such matchup since 2006. Kershaw (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in seven innings while striking out a season-low four against no walks.

Washington improved to 7-3 on the road and ended the Dodgers’ four-game winning streak. Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Red Sox 7, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. – Mitch Moreland hit a grand slam, Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-run homer and the streaking Boston Red Sox won their eighth in a row, beating the Athletics.

Boston kept up the best start in the franchise’s 118-year history, improving to a major league-leading 17-2. They’ve won 17 of 18 since losing to Tampa Bay on opening day. Hundreds of Boston fans decked in red showed up at the Oakland Coliseum. They saw Moreland hit the fifth grand slam by the Red Sox this season – they didn’t hit any last year.

Jed Lowrie matched his career high with four hits for Oakland. Lowrie, who doubled in a run in the first, leads the majors in hits (32) and RBIs (22). Kendall Graveman (0-4) took the loss for the A’s, who had won four in a row.

MLB Roundup: Francisco Lindor homers in native Puerto Rico as Indians top Twins 6-1

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Francisco Lindor homered in his native Puerto Rico, Corey Kluber allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Tuesday night in the first regular-season game on the island commonwealth since 2010.

Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez each had three hits for Cleveland before a sold-out crowd of 19,516 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Brantley and Ramirez hit consecutive homers in the sixth, and Yonder Alonso added a solo homer in the eighth.

Kluber (2-1) allowed five hits and struck out six, lowering his ERA to 1.52. Minnesota’s Jake Odorizzi (1-1) gave up four runs and six hits in five-plus innings.

Diamondbacks 1, Giants 0

PHOENIX – Patrick Corbin lost his no-hit bid on a checked-swing infield single with two outs in the eighth inning but finished a one-hitter to lift Arizona.

Corbin (3-0) walked one but otherwise was cruising toward what would have been the franchise’s third no-hitter. Brandon Belt ended it with a softly hit ball to the left side of Arizona’s shifted infield, beating shortstop Nick Ahmed’s throw by a step to send a groan across Chase Field.

Corbin struck out eight and threw 100 pitches in his first career complete-game shutout. The Diamondbacks have tied the best start in franchise history (with 2000, 2008) at 12-4.

David Peralta lined a run-scoring single off Tony Watson (1-1) in the bottom of the eighth, the deciding blow in a duel between Corbin and San Francisco’s Johnny Cueto.

Blue Jays 11-5, Royals 3-4

TORONTO – Luke Maile singled down the right-field line off Brian Flynn (0-1) with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to complete a doubleheader sweep. Toronto has swept all three doubleheaders at its retractable-roof stadium, which opened in 1989. Kansas City has a seven-game losing streak.

Tyler Clippard (2-0) worked a scoreless 10th for his 50th career victory.

In the first game, Yangervis Solarte homered off Erik Skoglund (0-2) in the first inning and drove in four runs, and Randal Grichuk went deep for the second time this season. Jaime Garcia (2-0) gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings.

Marlins 9, Yankees 1

NEW YORK – J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka (2-2) in the fifth inning and drove in four runs in his season debut after coming off the disabled list.

Jarlin Garcia (1-0) gave up one hit in five shutout innings, overcoming five early walks to win for the first time as a starter. Garcia held the New York Mets hitless for six innings last week at home in his first major league start.

Giancarlo Stanton struck out two more times and grounded into a double play, finishing 0 for 4 and drawing boos from Yankees fans again. He is 3 for 35 (.086) with 20 strikeouts at home this season.

Tigers 4, Orioles 2

DETROIT – Victor Martinez homered for the first time since Aug. 18, a two-run drive in the second off Andrew Cashner (1-2), and Detroit stopped a five-game losing streak. Jeimer Candelario hit a tiebreaking triple in the fifth for Detroit.

Francisco Liriano (2-1) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Shane Greene pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.

Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 2 with two walks before leaving with back tightness.

Trey Mancini hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who lost their fourth straight.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 3

CHICAGO (AP) – Adam Wainwright (1-2) outpitched Tyler Chatwood in frigid conditions at Wrigley Field, where the gametime temperature was 35 degrees and a 10 mph wind made it feel like 29.

Wainwright allowed an unearned run and four hits as St. Louis won its fifth straight, and he improved to 11-2 in 24 games at Wrigley. Matt Carpenter had two hits and three RBIs.

Chatwood (0-3) issued seven walks in 4 2/3 innings, one off his career high, and yielded two runs and one hit.

Rockies 2, Pirates 0

PITTSBURGH – Chad Bettis (3-0) allowed five hits in 7 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a five-hitter on a snowy night with a first-pitch temperature of 34 degrees. The announced attendance was 8,869, but there appeared to be fewer than 2,000 fans at PNC Park.

Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-leading eighth save and the Rockies improved to 5-1 on a seven-game trip that started in Washington.

Trevor Williams (3-1) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, pitching in short sleeves. Carlos Gonzalez hit into a run-scoring forceout in the first and rookie Ryan McMahon had an RBI single in the fourth.

Rangers 7, Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Matt Moore (1-3) allowed an unearned run and five hits over seven innings and struck out six in his first start against his former team.

Moore (1-3) went 39-28 with Tampa Bay before being dealt to San Francisco in 2016 and was acquired by Texas in December. Daniel Robertson scored on shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s throwing error in the third.

Adrian Beltre, Ronald Guzman and Shin-Soo Choo had two RBIs each for the Rangers. Kiner-Falefa had four hits, including a double.

Yonny Chirinos (0-1) gave up six runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Nationals 5, Mets 2

NEW YORK – Gio Gonzalez (2-1) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings and improved to 11-1 at Citi Field,.

A day after Washington topped the Mets with an eighth-inning rally that overcame a five-run deficit, Bryce Harper put the Nationals ahead early with a sacrifice fly. The Mets, whose 12-3 start had matched the best in team history, lost back-to-back games for the first time under new manager Mickey Callaway.

Trea Turner doubled twice, singled and walked, scoring two runs and stealing his major league-leading eighth base. Sean Doolittle closed for his third save.

Zack Wheeler (1-1) gave up three runs in six innings.

Brewers 2, Reds 0

MILWAUKEE – Eric Thames hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Sal Romano (0-2).

Dan Jennings (2-0) got one out in the relief of starter Junior Guerra. Josh Hader pitched two innings for his second save, completing a four-pitcher three-hitter.

Phillies 5, Braves 1

ATLANTA – Rhys Hoskins hit a tiebreaking, two-out, two-run double off Jose Ramirez (0-2) in the 10th and Maikel Franco added another two-run double.

Hector Neris (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth before 17,913, the second-smallest crowd at 2-year-old SunTrust Park, ahead of only Monday’s 17,812.

Athletics 10, White Sox 2

OAKLAND, Calif. – Jed Lowrie marked his 34th birthday with a go-ahead home run in a five-run first inning, Trevor Cahill pitched seven scoreless innings in his season debut and Oakland beat the Chicago on the 50th anniversary of the A’s first game at the Coliseum.

Stephen Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs apiece, and Mark Canha added three hits and two RBIs. Oakland extended its winning streak to three with its first series win this season.

Red Sox 10, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Mookie Betts led off with the first of his three homers, and Boston chased Shohei Ohtani just two innings into his third big-league start to beat Los Angeles.

Ohtani (2-1) yielded four hits and three runs on 66 pitches before exiting with a blister on his pitching hand. The two-way Japanese sensation couldn’t throw his breaking pitches for strikes, and the Red Sox’s formidable lineup pounced.

Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt and Betts each homered in the third inning after Ohtani departed, and Rafael Devers homered in the fourth. Betts hit his third solo shot in the seventh inning, matching his career best while Boston’s formidable lineup pounded out 15 hits in its fifth consecutive victory.

Astros 4, Mariners 1

SEATTLE – Lance McCullers Jr. matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-hit ball, Brian McCann hit a tiebreaking two-run home run and Houston beat Seattle.

McCullers was outstanding in a bounce-back effort after allowing a career-high eight earned runs in his last start against Minnesota. His only mistake was a 0-2 curveball that Robinson Cano hit for a solo homer in the first inning. Otherwise, the Mariners were left guessing at McCullers’ mix of breaking pitches and a good fastball. McCullers also had 11 strikeouts in a 2015 game against Baltimore.

McCann’s home run in the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie and was his first of the season. Reliever Dan Altavilla (1-2) struggled to get into a rhythm taking over in the sixth, walking Evan Gattis to start the inning then leaving a 97 mph fastball in the middle of the plate for McCann.

MLB Roundup: Shohei Ohtani’s 3-run triple leads Angels to 7-1 win over Royals

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Shohei Ohtani hit a bases-loaded triple in Los Angeles’ five-run seventh inning, helping the Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Thursday night in Kansas City, Missouri for their fifth straight victory.

Ian Kinsler homered on his first swing in his return to the Angels’ lineup, and Nick Tropeano (1-0) pitched shutout ball into the seventh for his first major league win since 2016.

Los Angeles has won eight of nine.

Ohtani drove a 1-2 pitch from Brandon Maurer to right-center, scoring Kole Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena. The Royals walked Ohtani intentionally in the sixth with first base open and Simmons on second.

Ohtani is tied with Mike Trout for the Angels’ lead with 11 RBIs in 26 at-bats. Trout went 3 for 4 with his fifth home run.

Kinsler led off the game with a home run for the 47th time in his career, driving a 1-0 pitch from Ian Kennedy (1-1) out to left. Kinsler missed the previous 11 games with an adductor strain.

Red Sox 6, Yankees 3: Rick Porcello pitched seven scoreless innings and Mookie Betts drove in two runs, leading Boston to the victory in Boston.

Porcello (3-0) stayed in after a 45-minute rain delay and was working on a no-hitter before Aaron Judge’s leadoff double in the seventh. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner struck out six and walked none in his third straight win to begin the year.

Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland each had two hits and drove in a run. Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his fourth save.

Yankees starter Sonny Gray (1-1) was pulled after a leadoff single by Moreland in the fourth. It was the seventh hit allowed by Gray, who also threw three wild pitches and hit a batter. He was charged with six runs and seven hits.

Cardinals 13, Reds 4: Jose Martinez drove in six runs and Yadier Molina homered in his return from a one-game suspension, powering St. Louis to a victory in Cincinnati that left the Reds mired in their worst start since 1955.

The Cardinals homered a season-high four times while piling up a season high in runs. The Reds helped by walking 11 batters, three of them with the bases loaded.

The Reds fell to 2-10, the worst record in the majors and their worst start since an identical mark in 1955.

Infielder Cliff Pennington pitched the ninth for Cincinnati and gave up a pair of walks and Martinez’s second RBI single of the game.

Paul DeJong’s solo shot deep into the upper deck in center off Austin Brice (0-2) snapped a 4-4 tie in the sixth. Martinez and Molina hit back-to-back drives in the seventh, when St. Louis put it away with seven runs.

Michael Wacha (2-1) went five innings and extended his streak of beating Cincinnati.

Twins 4, White Sox 0: Joe Mauer reached 2,000 career hits, Jose Berrios struck out 11 in seven innings and Minnesota earned its third straight win in Minneapolis.

Mauer had two hits and three RBIs.

Berrios (2-1) tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and allowed just three hits for the second time in three starts this season. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA in five starts against Chicago.

Lucas Giolito (0-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings for the White Sox, giving up four runs, three earned, and five hits with five walks. He struck out three.

Pirates 6, Cubs 1: Gregory Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and Pittsburgh pulled away from Chicago.

Francisco Cervelli lined a three-run shot in the seventh off Justin Wilson as Pittsburgh scored four times in the inning to break open a tight game. Adam Frazier also went deep for Pittsburgh, which improved to 9-3.

Kyle Schwarber homered, doubled and singled for three of the Cubs’ seven hits. Chicago’s Ian Happ had his first two-hit game this season.

Williams (3-0) was a bit better than Kyle Hendricks (0-1) in what began as a pitchers’ duel following Chicago’s 13-5 rout of Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

Williams yielded one run and four hits through six innings. Hendricks allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.

Rockies 5, Nationals 1: DJ LeMahieu hit two home runs and drove in a career-high four runs, powering Colorado to the victory in Washington.

Chad Bettis (2-0) allowed one run and three hits over seven innings as Colorado took the opener of a four-game series.

LeMahieu’s four-hit game matched a career high. He provided most of the offense, starting with the game’s first at-bat.

The second baseman sent Washington starter Gio Gonzalez’s third pitch into the Colorado bullpen in left.

LeMahieu added an RBI double in the second off Gonzalez (1-1). In the sixth, he smacked a two-run homer to center off Matt Grace to make it 5-1.

Indians 9, Tigers 3: Francisco Lindor hit a leadoff homer and drove in three runs, helping Cleveland to its 11th consecutive victory against the Tigers in Cleveland.

The Indians completed a four-game series sweep and improved to 31-10 against their AL Central rival since 2016. Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer, and Trevor Bauer (1-1) struck out seven while pitching seven innings of two-run ball.

Lindor, who entered the night batting .184 with one RBI, hit his fourth career leadoff homer off Michael Fulmer (1-2). He added a two-run double in the second and also scored three of Cleveland’s season-high nine runs.

Jason Kipnis and Bradley Zimmer each had three hits for the Indians. Kipnis added two RBIs and Zimmer robbed Dixon Machado of an extra-base hit with a diving catch in the seventh.

Giants 7, Padres 0: Chris Stratton and Derek Law combined on a one-hitter, and Hunter Pence’s broken-bat, two-run bloop single highlighted a three-run first inning for San Francisco in San Diego.

Stratton (1-1) kept the Padres mostly off the bases through seven innings. He allowed their only hit, a one-out single in the third by pitcher Clayton Richard, who was hitting for starter Bryan Mitchell (0-2). Richard was doubled off after Franchy Cordero lined out to shortstop.

Stratton struck out four, walked three and retired his final eight batters. The only time a runner got into scoring position against him was when he walked Freddy Galvis and Carlos Asuaje with one out in the fifth.

Law, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, threw two perfect innings.

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