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BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox once again failed to clinch the AL East, losing 3-2 to Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros on Friday night.
The magic number for the Red Sox remained at one. Boston leads the New York Yankees by two games — both teams have two games left and they are each assured playoff spots.
If Boston and New York wind up even, they will play a one-game tiebreaker Monday at Yankee Stadium for the division crown, with the loser going to the wild-card game.
Bregman homered and drove in three runs for Houston, which reached 100 wins for the second time in team history. Charlie Morton (14-7) pitched into the sixth inning, and Ken Giles got three outs for his 34th save.
ROCKIES 9, DODGERS 1
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit the first of Colorado’s four homers, and Chad Bettis picked up his second win since his return from testicular cancer.
The Rockies have two games remaining and hold a two-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card.
Mark Reynolds, Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story also connected for Colorado. Bettis (2-4) allowed one run over seven innings.
Los Angeles’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-9) allowed five runs over two innings. It was his shortest outing this season.
BREWERS 5, CARDINALS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Stephen Vogt homered and drove in three runs, Chase Anderson pitched seven solid innings, and Milwaukee kept its playoff hopes alive.
The Brewers entered two games behind the Rockies for the second NL wild card. Milwaukee has won four of its last six games.
Anderson (12-4) allowed one run and three hits in his fourth win in his last five starts.
Cardinals rookie shortstop Paul DeJong hit his 25th homer in the fourth. John Gant (0-1) allowed four runs in five innings in his second start of the season.
TWINS 6, TIGERS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer in the second inning, leading Minnesota to the victory.
Eduardo Escobar also homered and drove in three runs, helping the Twins bail Kyle Gibson out of a 3-0 deficit after an RBI triple by Alex Presley and a two-run home run by Nicholas Castellanos.
Gibson was removed after 4 2/3 innings, so Jose Berrios (14-8) was credited with the win after recording four outs in a tune-up relief outing. Matt Belisle notched his ninth save with a perfect ninth inning for the Twins, who will visit New York or Boston on Tuesday in the AL wild-card game.
Detroit’s Matt Boyd (6-11) allowed five runs in five innings.
YANKEES 4, BLUE JAYS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka struck out 15 over seven innings, his highest total since coming to the major leagues, and the playoff-bound Yankees won for the fourth time in five games.
Tanaka (13-12) retired his first 14 batters before Ezequiel Carerra reached on an infield single up the middle. Aroldis Chapman worked the ninth for his 21st save in 25 chances.
Greg Bird had two hits and two RBIs for New York, and Aaron Judge also drove in a run.
Toronto right-hander Joe Biagini (3-13) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.
MARLINS 6, BRAVES 5
MIAMI (AP) — Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton had two hits, but remained at 59 home runs.
Marcell Ozuna drove in three runs for Miami, which trailed 5-0 heading into the sixth inning. Adam Conley (8-8) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win, and Brad Ziegler got two outs for his 10th save.
The Marlins scored four times in the seventh. Justin Bour’s two-run single gave Miami a 6-5 lead. The Marlins also got run-scoring singles from Ozuna and Stanton off Dan Winkler (0-1).
Ozzie Albies and Lane Adams homered for Atlanta.
CUBS 5, REDS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ hit a three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Cubs won for the 14th time in 17 games.
With a second straight NL Central title in hand and their sights set on another World Series championship, the Cubs held sluggers Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant out of the lineup.
Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, Tommy La Stella started the rally with a one-out single against Amir Garrett. Taylor Davis then singled to third off Michael Lorenzen (8-4). After Kyle Schwarber struck out, Happ drove his 24th homer to left.
Brian Duensing (1-1) pitched a scoreless eighth. Justin Grimm worked the ninth for his first save in three chances.
NATIONALS 6, PIRATES 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings for Washington, and Ryan Zimmerman homered twice.
Strasburg (15-4) gave up two hits, struck out eight and walked two. He is 5-1 with a 0.84 ERA since returning from the disabled list on Aug. 19.
Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the sixth and a solo shot in the eighth for the NL East champions. It was his seventh multihomer game of the season.
Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole (12-12) was charged with three runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
INDIANS 10, WHITE SOX 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run double for the AL Central champion Indians, and Jay Bruce and Jose Ramirez drove in two runs apiece.
Cleveland maintained its one-game lead over Houston for the best record in the AL with two games remaining. The top seed will play the winner of the wild-card game between the Yankees and Twins in the Division Series.
The Indians’ 101 victories are the second-most in franchise history and set a record for wins by an AL Central team.
Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer (17-9) allowed one run over six innings.
Cleveland built a 10-0 lead after three innings, aided by six walks from Mike Pelfrey (3-12) and an error by shortstop Tim Anderson.
ROYALS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City’s Ian Kennedy picked up his first home victory in more than a year.
Kennedy (5-13) snapped a franchise record of 18 winless home starts, holding the postseason-bound Diamondbacks to one run in five innings. It was his first Kauffman Stadium victory since Aug. 20, 2016.
Jake Lamb hit his 30th homer in the second for Arizona. Zack Greinke (17-7) allowed two runs in four-plus innings in his final tuneup before starting the wild-card game Wednesday in Phoenix against Colorado or Milwaukee.
RANGERS 5, ATHLETICS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo tied a career high with his 22nd home run, helping Texas end a seven-game skid.
Rangers left-hander Martin Perez (13-12) allowed three runs in six-plus innings. The 13 wins are a career high for Perez and the loss guaranteed Oakland would finish last in the AL West.
A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee during the national anthem and was booed by a portion of the crowd before and after the song. It was the first time Maxwell has taken a knee on the field in an opposing ballpark.
Oakland’s Raul Alcantara (1-2) was charged with four runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Alex Claudio worked a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.
RAYS 7, ORIOLES 0
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered, and Tampa Bay clinched third place in the AL East.
Longoria hit a leadoff drive in the fifth against Wade Miley (8-15), marking Longoria’s fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.
Morrison hit his 38th homer off Chris Tillman in the seventh.
Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee. Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win.
PHILLIES 6, METS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco, Jorge Alfaro and Cesar Hernandez homered, powering Philadelphia to the victory.
Earlier in the day, the Phillies (65-95) announced manager Pete Mackanin would not return to the dugout in 2018. Mackanin was given a role as a senior adviser to general manager Matt Klentak.
Jose Reyes and Dominic Smith connected for New York, which had won three in a row. Matt Harvey (5-7) allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings.
Ben Lively (4-7) pitched six effective innings for Philadelphia.
GIANTS 8, PADRES 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey hit three RBI doubles, Brandon Crawford drove in three runs and had three hits, and San Francisco ensured it won’t finish with a 100-loss season.
Joe Panik added a run-scoring double among his four hits to back Chris Stratton (4-4). The Giants needed one victory in the final series of the season to avoid their first 100-loss year since 1985.
Jordan Lyles (1-5) took the loss.
ANGELS 6, MARINERS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout hit two homers and Los Angeles rallied past Seattle.
Luis Valbuena had a two-run, pinch-hit double to cap a four-run comeback in the eighth inning.
Blake Wood (2-0) pitched the eighth to earn the win and Blake Parker got his eighth save.
Marc Rzepczynski (2-2) was the losing pitcher.
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PHOENIX (AP) — J.D. Martinez lined a two-out RBI single to deep left field with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Sunday to clinch the top wild card in the National League.
The Diamondbacks, who won only 69 games a year ago but are 90-66 this season, were assured a playoff berth in the fourth inning after St. Louis and Milwaukee lost. The comeback victory ensured Arizona will host the NL wild-card game Oct. 4.
Fernando Rodney (5-4) pitched a perfect inning for the win.
A throwing error by Justin Nicolino (2-3) on Kristopher Negron’s sacrifice bunt helped load the bases with no outs in the ninth.
ROCKIES 8, PADRES 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Gerardo Parra hit a tiebreaking single in a two-run third inning, Pat Valaika and Charlie Blackmon hit consecutive home runs in the ninth and Colorado opened a two-game lead over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card. At 41-40, the Rockies tied their record for road wins, set in 2009.
German Marquez (11-7) allowed two runs, five hits and three walks in five innings.
Luis Perdomo (8-11) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings.
CUBS 5, BREWERS 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jose Quintana (7-3) pitched a three-hitter and struck out 10 in his second big league shutout as Chicago opened a 5½-game lead over second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
Kris Bryant hit a go-ahead double in the fourth off Chase Anderson (11-4), Ben Zobrist had a two-run homer in the seventh and Anthony Rizzo added a two-run double in the eighth against Carlos Torres.
PIRATES 4, CARDINALS 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Seung Hwan Oh (1-6) allowed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth to Starling Marte and rookie Jordan Luplow also went deep as St. Louis fell 2½ games behind the Rockies.
Jameson Taillon (8-7) allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Five pitchers combined for hitless relief, with Felipe Rivero striking out two in a perfect ninth for his 19th save.
BLUE JAYS 9, YANKEES 5
TORONTO (AP) — Jose Bautista had two hits and a walk in what was likely his final home game with the Blue Jays, leaving to a standing ovation during the ninth inning. Bautista, who turns 37 next month, is hitting .203 with 22 homers and 62 RBIs, and Toronto appears unlikely to exercise its half of a $17 million mutual option.
Aaron Judge homered twice for the Yankees, increasing his AL-leading total to 48 — one shy of the major league rookie record set by Mark McGwire in 1987. Judge has 11 home runs in September.
A day after clinching a postseason berth, New York dropped five games behind AL East-leading Boston with seven games to play.
Jaime Garcia (1-3) jeopardized his chance of making New York’s postseason roster, allowing five runs, four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings.
RED SOX 5, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Mookie Betts hit a tying three-run double in the eighth off Raisel Iglesias (3-3) and dashed home from second base on Rafael Devers’ infield single as Boston won for the 14th time in 17 games.
Robby Scott (2-1) won, and Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 35th save and hasn’t allowed a run in his last 11 appearances.
Billy Hamilton helped the Reds go up 4-1. He tripled home a run and brought the crowd to its feet by scoring after getting caught in a rundown between first and second. Second baseman Dustin Pedroia made a wild throw, and Hamilton kept going when nobody covered home.
DODGERS 3, GIANTS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw (18-4) became the NL’s first 18-game winner, pitching shutout ball until Mac Williamson’s home run in the eighth, his final inning.
Kershaw lowered his league-best ERA to 2.21 and struck out six to become the first Dodgers pitcher to reach 200 seven times.
Brandon Morrow worked a perfect ninth for his second save.
Yasmani Grandal hit a sacrifice fly in the first against Chris Stratton (3-4) and a homer in the fourth.
INDIANS 4, MARINERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Corey Kluber (18-4) won his sixth straight start and struck out 10 in becoming the AL’s first 18-game winner, allowing Ben Gamel’s tying two-run homer in the fifth, which stopped his scoreless streak at 26 2/3 innings.
Jose Ramirez’s 29th home run put Cleveland ahead in the sixth against Mike Leake (3-1). Cody Allen worked the ninth for his 29th save as Cleveland won for the 29th time in 31 games and eliminated Seattle from postseason contention.
TWINS 10, TIGERS 4
DETROIT (AP) — Jorge Polanco hit a solo homer in the first off Buck Farmer (4-5), Eduardo Escobar welcomed Victor Alcantara with a three-run drive in the sixth and Minnesota completed a four-game sweep, outscoring Detroit 39-12.
Jose Berrios (13-8) won for the first time since he beat the Chicago White Sox on Aug. 30, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings.
Minnesota has a 4 1/2-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels and a 5½-game advantage over Kansas City and Texas for the second AL wild card. The Twins outscored the Tigers 39-12 in the sweep.
Detroit has lost seven straight and 14 of 16.
ANGELS 7, ASTROS 5
HOUSTON (AP) — Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh and Justin Upton tacked on an insurance run with a solo homer in the eighth, helping Los Angeles Angels snap a six-game skid.
The Angels are 4 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
Valbuena hit his bases-loaded, go-ahead double with no outs off Chris Devenski (8-5). Keynan Middleton (6-1) pitched a scoreless sixth for the win and Blake Parker struck out one in a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
WHITE SOX 8, ROYALS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Lucas Giolito (3-3) allowed one run in seven innings, Avisail Garcia drove in three runs with his 18th homer and Chicago dropped Kansas City
5½ games behind the Twins.
Ian Kennedy (4-13) allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings as he lost his seventh straight decision.
ATHLETICS 8, RANGERS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Khris Davis hit his 41st home run, a drive off Martin Perez (12-12) in a five-run fifth inning, as Oakland extended its winning streak to a season-high seven.
Jharel Cotton (9-1) pitched five shutout innings of one-hit ball to win his fourth straight decision, dropping the Rangers 5 1/2 games behind Minnesota.
ORIOLES 9, RAYS 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — J.J. Hardy hitting a crowd-pleasing, go-ahead two-run homer off Chris Archer (9-12) in what was likely his last home game with Baltimore. Rookie Chance Sisco also homered for the Orioles, who earned a split of the four-game series to finish 46-35 at home.
Mychal Givens (8-1) got five outs for the win, dropped the Rays six games behind Minnesota with six to play.
NATIONALS 3, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer (16-6) struck out 10 and allowed three hits over six innings as Washington clinched home-field advantage in the NL Division Series.
Trea Turner hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off Jacob deGrom (15-10), and Jose Lobaton had an RBI single. Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his 29th save, retiring Nori Aoki on a game-ending groundout with runners at second and third.
PHILLIES 2, BRAVES 0
ATLANTA (AP) — Nick Pivetta (7-10) allowed five hits in six innings to outpitch Luiz Gohara (1-3) in a matchup of rookies, and Mikael Franco hit a tiebreaking home run in the fifth as Atlanta finished 37-44 in its first season at SunTrust Park.
Aaron Altherr added an RBI double in the eighth off A.J. Minter. Hector Neris pitched out of trouble for his 24th save.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Sale struck out 13 to become the first AL pitcher in 18 years to reach the 300 mark, and the Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff berth hours after beating the Baltimore Orioles 9-0 on Wednesday night.
Boston (88-64) was assured at least a wild card and its second consecutive trip to the postseason when the Los Angeles Angels lost to the Cleveland Indians. Of course, the Red Sox are looking for much more than that. They lead the AL East by three games over the rival New York Yankees with 10 to play as Boston pursues its third division title in five years.
Sale (17-7) reached the milestone on his last pitch, a called third strike against Ryan Flaherty to end the eighth inning. The last AL pitcher to fan 300 batters in a season was Boston’s Pedro Martinez in 1999, when he set a club record with 313.
Mookie Betts and Deven Marrero homered for the Red Sox.
After winning two straight 11-inning games over the skidding Orioles, Boston jumped to a 6-0 lead in the fifth and coasted to its 11th win in 14 games.
Betts and Marrero hit two-run homers in the fourth against Wade Miley (8-14), and Hanley Ramirez added a two-run double in the fifth.
Sale allowed four hits and walked none in matching his career high for wins.
Boston joined AL Central champion Cleveland and AL West champion Houston in the American League playoffs, which begin next month. Two spots are still up for grabs.
INDIANS 6, ANGELS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Francisco Lindor snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run homer and the remarkable Cleveland Indians held off Los Angeles for their 26th victory in 27 games.
It was Lindor’s 31st home run of the season, most by a switch-hitting shortstop in major league history.
Albert Pujols hit his 614th home run for the Angels, who remained 1½ games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
The AL Central champion Indians have beaten the Angels 10 consecutive times.
Tyler Olson (1-0) won in relief of Josh Tomlin, who allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings. Bryan Shaw worked two hitless innings for his third save.
The game was tied 2-all when Lindor connected off reliever Yusmeiro Petit (5-1). Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single in the seventh and Jose Ramirez added one of his own in the eighth.
The Indians are 95-57, only one game back of the slumping Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in baseball and home-field advantage throughout the postseason. Cleveland trailed the Dodgers by 20 games on Aug. 25.
C.J. Cron homered and hit an RBI single for the Angels.
YANKEES 11, TWINS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his AL-leading 45th home run and topped 100 RBIs, Didi Gregorius surpassed Derek Jeter for the most home runs by a Yankees shortstop and New York beat Minnesota for a three-game sweep.
The game was briefly halted in the fifth inning when a foul ball down the third-base line off the bat of Todd Frazier struck a young girl, who was carried out of the stands, given first aid and taken to a hospital.
Frazier knelt down and covered his head, and many other Yankees and Twins watched in stunned silence as the fan was helped.
The Yankees, who have won 10 of 12, opened a seven-game advantage over the Twins for the top AL wild card with 10 games remaining.
The Twins have lost five of six and were outscored 18-6 in the three-game series. They lead the Angels by 1½ games for the second wild card.
Judge’s two-run homer down the right-field line came on an 0-2 pitch from Bartolo Colon (4-6 in the AL and 6-14 overall).
Chasen Shreve (4-1) pitched three hitless innings in relief of Luis Severino.
RAYS 8, CUBS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell gave up two hits in seven shutout innings, and Tampa Bay ended Chicago’s season-best seven-game winning streak.
The Cubs, who had not lost since being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in a three-game series in Chicago on Sept. 8-10, are scheduled to open a four-game series in Milwaukee on Thursday night. They lead the Brewers by 3½ games in the NL Central.
Steven Souza Jr. hit his 30th home run in the first inning and the Rays added three more runs in the second off Jon Lester.
Wilson Ramos, who had three of Tampa Bay’s 10 hits, made it 7-0 with a two-run single in the fifth that knocked Lester (11-8) out of the game.
Lester, who had won three starts since coming off the disabled list on Sept. 2, gave up seven runs and eight hits with three walks in 4 1/3 innings. He had no strikeouts.
Snell (4-6) gave up singles to John Jay in the third and Addison Russell in the fifth. He walked three and struck out five in seven innings. Snell is 4-0 in 10 starts since July 24.
PHILLIES 7, DODGERS 5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Altherr hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth after launching a tying, two-run homer an inning earlier, and Philadelphia beat slumping Los Angeles.
The Dodgers have lost four straight and 20 of 25 and will have to wait until at least Friday to wrap up the NL West.
The Phillies have won eight of 10 and are 32-33 since the All-Star break, climbing out of last place in the majors.
Luis Avilan (2-3) walked Cesar Hernandez to start the bottom of the eighth. Freddy Galvis bunted and catcher Austin Barnes made a wild throw to second base for an error that allowed the runners to reach second and third. Odubel Herrera struck out and Rhys Hoskins was intentionally walked. Brandon Morrow entered and Altherr ripped a hit off the right-field fence.
Earlier in the series, Altherr became the first major leaguer to hit a grand slam off Clayton Kershaw.
Luis Garcia (2-4) got the win despite allowing a run in the eighth. Hector Neris finished for his 23rd save in 26 chances.
PIRATES 6, BREWERS 4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Frazier hit a two-run homer off Milwaukee closer Corey Knebel with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Pittsburgh to the victory.
The Pirates tied it in the eighth on a throwing error by Knebel then ended a seven-game losing streak when Frazier homered into the first row of seats in the right-field stands.
Jesus Aguilar and Domingo Santana homered for the Brewers but Milwaukee missed a chance to pull into a tie with Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the National League.
Knebel (1-2) had converted 21 straight save opportunities. Milwaukee lost for just the third time in its last 12 games.
Felipe Rivero (5-2) earned the victory in relief. Frazier finished 2 for 5 with four RBIs. Starling Marte added two hits for the Pirates.
DIAMONDBACKS 13, PADRES 7
SAN DIEGO (AP) — David Peralta hit a leadoff homer and added a go-ahead double in the seventh for Arizona, which scored 11 runs in the final four innings and overcame Hunter Renfroe’s three homers for San Diego.
The Padres, who blew a 6-2 lead, hit five home runs and set a team record with 181 this season. Renfroe had his first career three-homer game and tied Nate Colbert’s club mark for rookies with 24. Renfroe became the first Padres rookie to hit three home runs, and the seventh San Diego player overall to do it.
The Diamondbacks, who have a comfortable lead in the NL wild-card race, hit four homers in avoiding a three-game sweep. They scored four times in the sixth to tie it, including a two-run homer by J.D. Martinez, and went ahead in the seventh. Chris Herrmann singled off Craig Stammen (2-3) and scored the go-ahead run on Peralta’s double.
A.J. Pollock hit a three-run homer in the four-run ninth. Jake Lamb connected for his 28th home run in the second.
Jimmie Sherfy (2-0) pitched one inning for the win.
RANGERS 8, MARINERS 6
SEATTLE (AP) — Rougned Odor’s grand slam capped a seven-run fourth inning and Texas beat Seattle to make up ground in the playoff chase.
The Rangers moved within 2½ games of Minnesota for the second AL wild card. Seattle dropped its fifth straight and remained four games behind the Twins.
Seattle, which trailed 7-1 early, pulled to 8-5 on Robinson Cano’s two-run single in the seventh but then left the bases loaded. The Mariners made it 8-6 in the eighth.
Andrew Cashner (10-10) allowed three runs in six innings for Texas. Alex Claudio got six outs for his 10th save.
Longtime ace Felix Hernandez (5-5), making his second start for Seattle since coming off the disabled list, allowed six runs — five earned — on two hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings.
Nelson Cruz and Mitch Haniger homered for the Mariners.
ROYALS 15, BLUE JAYS 5
TORONTO (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit his 37th home run of the season, breaking Steve Balboni’s Royals record, Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield also connected and Kansas City routed Toronto.
Rookie right-hander Jakob Junis (8-2) allowed four runs, two earned, in 6 1/3 innings, improving to 5-0 with a 2.42 ERA over his past eight starts.
Moustakas went 3 for 4 and came within a triple of hitting for the cycle. He eclipsed Balboni’s 1985 record with a solo blast to right off Carlos Ramirez in the sixth.
Merrifield also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs as the Royals snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the second time in their past seven.
Kansas City came within a run of matching its season high. The Royals scored 16 against Detroit twice within a seven-day span in late July.
Leading 1-0, the Royals exploded for eight runs and seven hits in the second. Brett Anderson (3-4) allowed eight runs and seven hits in 1 1/3 innings.
GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tyler Chatwood dug himself an early hole and Colorado lost to last-place San Francisco for its third straight defeat.
Joe Panik hit a one-out triple in the first inning off Chatwood (8-13) and immediately scored on Denard Span’s sacrifice fly. Panik then doubled in the third and came home on Buster Posey’s sacrifice fly.
Brandon Crawford hit a solo homer in the third to back Matt Moore (6-14), who earned his first win against Colorado after going 0-2 over his first three outings of the year.
After two straight 4-3, walk-off setbacks, the Rockies lost for the fifth time in seven games overall following a six-game winning streak. They lead Milwaukee by one game for the second NL wild card.
CARDINALS 9, REDS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Dexter Fowler homered for the third straight game while Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong also homered as St. Louis gained ground in its playoff push with a win over Cincinnati.
Tommy Pham finished with two doubles, a single and two RBIs and Yadier Molina added a two-run double as the third-place Cardinals (79-72) gained a game on Colorado in the wild-card race to move within 2½ games. St. Louis sits five games behind the Cubs in the NL Central chase.
Rookie right-hander Luke Weaver (7-1) retired 10 straight batters in one stretch on the way to his seventh straight winning start, the major leagues’ longest active streak and the longest by a Cardinals pitcher this season. The 24-year-old allowed five hits and two runs with seven strikeouts in five innings.
Relievers Zach Duke, Seung Hwan Oh, Sandy Alcantara and Sam Tuivailala teamed up to retire 12 of the final 13 Reds batters.
Rookie Davis (1-3) gave up all three homers and five runs on five hits with three strikeouts in three innings.
NATIONALS 7, BRAVES 3
ATLANTA (AP) — Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino issued three bases-loaded walks in the six-run eighth, Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings and Washington beat Atlanta.
Gonzalez (15-7) allowed two runs, three hits and one walk to enjoy some rare good luck in the series. The left-hander, who struck out eight, began the night 4-11 with a 5.27 ERA in 20 career starts against the Braves.
The NL East champion Nationals rallied from a 2-1 deficit for their third straight win.
Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo singled, Trea Turner doubled and Jayson Werth walked in the eighth against Jose Ramirez (2-3). Braves manager Brian Snitker brought in Vizcaino, and the move quickly backfired.
Daniel Murphy, Ryan Zimmerman and Anthony Rendon walked, and Vizcaino left without a retiring a batter. Rex Brothers then gave up Adam Lind’s two-run single and Michael Taylor’s RBI single to make it 7-2.
Ramirez allowed three runs, two hits and one walk with one strikeout in 1/3 of an inning.
ASTROS 4, WHITE SOX 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Yuli Gurriel had three hits, including a two-run double, Brad Peacock threw six solid innings and Houston extended its winning streak to six games with a win over Chicago.
Peacock (12-2) allowed two runs on one hit with six strikeouts. The right-hander continues to throw well, allowing two runs or fewer in each of his last five starts.
After Yoan Moncada put the White Sox up 2-1 in the top of the fourth with a two-run homer, Gurriel answered with his two-run hit in the bottom half of the inning.
Jose Altuve upped Houston’s lead to 4-2 with an RBI single in the seventh, but Yolmer Sanchez cut the lead to one with an RBI double in the eighth.
Joe Musgrove struck out Moncada with the tying run on second to end the eighth and struck out Omar Narvaez with the tying run on second to end the game for his second save.
James Shields (4-7) allowed three runs on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
MARLINS 5, METS 4, 10 INNINGS
MIAMI (AP) — J.T. Realmuto homered in the 10th inning, and Miami beat New York after rallying for three runs in the ninth against former teammate A.J. Ramos.
With one out, Realmuto hit a 1-1 pitch from Paul Sewald (0-6) into the Mets’ bullpen for his 17th homer.
Miami trailed 4-1 in the ninth before coming back against Ramos, who faced the Marlins for the first time since they traded the closer to New York on July 28.
Justin Bour led off with his 22nd homer and first since a six-week stint on the disabled list. Ramos then gave up four singles, including two-out RBI hits by pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis and Ichiro Suzuki.
Sewald replaced Ramos and struck out Christian Yelich on a 3-2 breaking ball with the bases loaded to force extra innings. Ramos’ blown save was his first with the Mets.
Major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton walked a season-high four times and struck out in his only at-bat to remain at 55 homers with 11 games to go.
ATHLETICS 3, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Daniel Mengden pitched seven scoreless innings, and Marcus Semien homered and drove in three runs, leading Oakland to a 3-2 win and three-game sweep of Detroit.
Mengden (2-1) allowed seven hits and struck out four, extending his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings and helping the A’s to their fourth consecutive win. The 24-year-old right-hander missed the first two months of the season after undergoing offseason foot surgery and was making his fifth major league start this year.
Liam Hendriks got the final two outs in the ninth to earn his first save.
Anibal Sanchez (3-5) pitched well in a losing effort, allowing three hits and one run in six innings. He struck out eight and walked three.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mike Montgomery took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Kyle Schwarber hit his 28th home run and the Chicago Cubs extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 2-1 on Tuesday night in manager Joe Maddon’s return to Tropicana Field.
Maddon managed Tampa Bay from 2006-14, then left for Chicago and last year led the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908. Chicago holds a 3½-game lead over second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
A crowd of 25,046, the largest at the Trop since opening day, gave Maddon a standing ovation in the middle of the first inning.
Montgomery (7-8) allowed one hit in six innings, a one-out homer in the sixth by Brad Miller. The left-hander struck out six and walked one.
Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards Jr. and Wade Davis each followed with an inning of perfect relief to complete the one-hitter. Davis struck out the side and remained perfect in 32 save chances.
Javier Baez hit an RBI double against Chris Archer (9-11), who gave up four hits in six innings.
INDIANS 6, ANGELS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jay Bruce had a triple and a double among his three hits, Austin Jackson singled four times and the incredible Cleveland Indians rolled on by beating Los Angeles for their 25th victory in 26 games.
Roberto Perez added a solo home run and Edwin Encarnacion added a two-run single for the AL Central champions to support a strong outing by Mike Clevinger (11-5), who won his fifth straight start. He went six innings, allowing one run and three hits while striking out six.
The loss was the fourth in five games for the Angels, who remained 1½ games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
Tyler Skaggs (2-6) gave up two runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He is 1-5 since coming off the disabled list Aug. 5.
Since their AL-record 22-game winning streak was snapped, the Indians have bounced back to win their next three.
Justin Upton hit his career-high 32nd homer for the Angels.
RED SOX 1, ORIOLES 0, 11 INNINGS
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. scored the game’s lone run on a wild pitch by Brad Brach in the 11th inning, helping the Red Sox improve to 15-3 in extra-inning games.
Boston has won 10 of 13 to move a season-high 23 games over .500 (87-64) and draw closer to clinching a postseason berth. The Red Sox stayed three games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East.
With a runner on second and two outs in the 11th, Brach (4-5) walked Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts to load the bases for Mitch Moreland, who sidestepped a bouncing pitch from Brach that enabled Bradley to score without a throw.
Joe Kelly (4-1) worked the 10th and Matt Barnes got three outs for his first save.
The Orioles have lost 11 of 13 to fall out of contention.
YANKEES 5, TWINS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia recovered from a shaky start to pitch six innings, Brett Gardner had a pair of tying hits and the Yankees clinched their sixth straight series win.
With their ninth victory in 11 games, the Yankees opened six-game lead over the Twins for the top AL wild card. Minnesota, which started the night 1 1/2 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card, has lost four of five.
Pitching on seven days’ rest in a game that started 65 minutes late because of a downpour, Sabathia (12-5) allowed two runs and six hits. Aroldis Chapman worked a scoreless ninth for his 20th save in 24 chances.
Minnesota right-hander Jose Berrios (12-8) yielded three runs in 3 1/3 innings.
PHILLIES 6, DODGERS 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins had four RBIs for Philadelphia, including a tiebreaking three-run double off Pedro Baez in seventh inning.
Los Angeles’ magic number to clinch its fifth straight division title is two. The Dodgers can do it Wednesday night with a win at Philadelphia and an Arizona loss in San Diego.
The Dodgers have lost three consecutive games and 19 of 24.
Hoskins saw 30 pitches in going 2 for 3 with a walk. He knocked out Yu Darvish with a sixth-inning RBI single that cut Philadelphia’s deficit to 2-1, and then doubled to the left-center gap on the 10th pitch of his at-bat against Baez (3-6) for a 5-2 lead.
Aaron Nola (12-10) allowed two runs in seven innings while striking out eight. The Phillies have won seven of 10.
BREWERS 1, PIRATES 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chase Anderson struck out eight in six innings, Domingo Santana homered and the Brewers shut out the Pirates for the second straight day.
The Brewers won for the ninth time in 11 games, keeping pace in the NL Central and wild-card races. They won for the fourth time in the past seven days against reeling Pittsburgh, which has lost a season-high seven consecutive games and 12 of 13.
It was the 12th shutout of the season for the Brewers, tied for the second-most in the NL.
Anderson (11-3) allowed five singles. Anthony Swarzak retired six of his seven batters, and Corey Knebel earned his 37th save.
Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams (6-9) pitched five innings of three-hit ball.
PADRES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Travis Wood pitched six efficient innings and contributed two RBIs as San Diego defeated Arizona.
A.J. Pollock hit two homers and a double for the Diamondbacks, but their loss reduced the Dodgers’ magic number to two for clinching the NL West title.
Wood (4-6), who allowed a career-high nine runs in his last start, rebounded to win for the first time since Aug. 19. The left-hander benefited from three double plays as he allowed two runs and three hits.
San Diego scored five times in the first three innings in beating the Diamondbacks for the second straight game. Arizona has still won 20 of its last 28 and leads Colorado by 4½ games for the top NL wild card.
Three relievers blanked the Diamondbacks over the final three innings. Brad Hand got three outs for his 20th save.
Zack Godley (8-8) was knocked around early but lasted until the fifth. He was charged with five runs and eight hits.
GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Charlie Blackmon had a two-run double in the second inning for his first career 200-hit season, but Colorado couldn’t hold its early lead and lost to San Francisco.
The Rockies’ lead over the Brewers for the second NL wild card dropped to one game after Milwaukee won at Pittsburgh.
Hunter Pence hit a game-ending sacrifice fly with Colorado playing a five-man infield, and Carlos Gonzalez made an incredible diving catch on the play. Pence followed up his two-run homer in the fifth as the Giants grabbed the opener of a two-game series between NL West opponents.
Pablo Sandoval singled leading off the ninth against Chris Rusin (5-1). Ryder Jones followed with a bunt single and Kelby Tomlinson singled to load the bases for Pence.
Gerardo Parra hit a tying double in the eighth for Colorado.
Sam Dyson (3-2) was the winner.
RANGERS 3, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo’s sacrifice fly broke an eighth-inning tie, Elvis Andrus followed with an RBI single and Texas beat Seattle to boost its slim playoff chances.
The Rangers won their second straight after a five-game losing streak and pulled within 3½ games of Minnesota for the second American League wild card.
Pinch-hitter Carlos Gomez, slowed for the past week by a sprained ankle, led off the eighth with a double against Nick Vincent (3-3). Delino DeShields beat out a bunt single and Choo followed with his sac fly. Andrus added a broken-bat single that scored DeShields.
Hurt by a major baserunning mistake, the Mariners lost their fourth straight and squandered an opportunity to move within three games of Minnesota.
Tony Barnette (2-1) got the win, and Alex Claudio pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
MARLINS 5, METS 4, 10 INNINGS
MIAMI (AP) — J.T. Realmuto homered in the 10th inning and Miami beat New York after rallying for three runs in the ninth against former teammate A.J. Ramos.
With one out, Realmuto connected off Paul Sewald (0-6) for his 17th homer.
Miami trailed 4-1 in the ninth before coming back against Ramos, who faced the Marlins for the first time since they traded him to New York on July 28. Justin Bour led off with his 22nd homer, and first since a six-week stint on the disabled list. Ramos then gave up four singles, including two-out RBI hits by pinch-hitter A.J. Ellis and Ichiro Suzuki.
Ramos’ blown save was his first with the Mets.
Major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton walked a season-high four times and struck out in his only at-bat to remain at 55 homers with 11 games to go.
Jose Reyes hit his 14th homer for the Mets and went 4 for 5. Travis d’Arnaud had a two-run shot.
Christian Yelich went deep for Miami. Kyle Barraclough (6-2) worked a scoreless 10th.
CARDINALS 8, REDS 7, 10 INNINGS
CINCINNATI (AP) — Dexter Fowler hit a tying homer in the eighth inning and a go-ahead double in the 10th to help St. Louis get past Cincinnati.
Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong also connected for the Cardinals, who were swept by NL Central-leading Chicago last weekend and had dropped four of five overall. Juan Nicasio (4-5) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win, and Tyler Lyons got two outs for his third save.
The third-place Cardinals (78-72) remained six games back of the Cubs in the division. St. Louis also is in the mix for a wild card after missing the playoffs last season.
The winning rally began when Tim Adelman (5-11) hit Kolten Wong with a pitch leading off the 10th. After the double by Fowler, DeJong added a two-out RBI single.
Cincinnati got one back on Scooter Gennett’s 26th homer. Zack Cozart also went deep for the Reds.
Each team used eight pitchers.
NATIONALS 4, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Scherzer allowed five hits in seven innings, and Washington tuned up for the playoffs with a victory over Atlanta.
Scherzer (15-6) bounced back from his worst start of the season, also against the Braves last week, when he walked six and was roughed up for seven runs in an 8-2 loss.
This time, Scherzer struck out seven and walked only one while throwing 83 of 112 pitches for strikes.
Sean Doolittle earned his 22nd save, his 19th in as many chances since the Nationals acquired him from Oakland on July 16.
Ryan Zimmerman had three hits and two RBIs for the NL East champions.
Braves rookie Luiz Gohara (1-2) gave up four runs and 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings.
BLUE JAYS 5, ROYALS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Stroman pitched seven innings to win for the first time in six starts and Darwin Barney hit a two-run homer, helping the Blue Jays to the victory.
Alex Gordon’s solo drive for Kansas City in the eighth was the majors’ 5,694th homer of the season, breaking the record set in 2000 at the height of the Steroids Era. There were 5,610 homers last year, an average of 2.31 per game, and this year’s average of 2.53 entering Tuesday’s action projects to 6,139.
Barney went 2 for 3 with three RBIs as the Blue Jays opened their final homestand on a winning note. Stroman (12-8) allowed one run and four hits, and Roberto Osuna got his 37th save.
Royals right-hander Ian Kennedy (4-12) was charged with two runs in five-plus innings.
ASTROS 3, WHITE SOX 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered, Alex Bregman hit an RBI double and AL West champion Houston extended its winning streak to five games with a victory over Chicago.
Collin McHugh (3-2) allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts in five innings for the Astros. It was the right-hander’s first outing since detaching a fingernail on his pitching hand Sept. 8.
McHugh has made only 10 starts this season after also missing time with a shoulder issue.
Will Harris, Luke Gregerson and Chris Devenski each threw a scoreless inning before Ken Giles pitched the ninth for his 32nd save.
Lucas Giolito (2-3) gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings for the White Sox.
ATHLETICS 9, TIGERS 8
DETROIT (AP) — Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead grand slam against Alex Wilson, and Oakland overcame a four-run deficit to beat Detroit.
The Tigers trailed 3-0 in the third inning, then took an 8-4 lead into the seventh, when Ryon Healy hit a bases-loaded grounder to shortstop Jose Iglesias, who bobbled the ball for an error as Lowrie scored.
Joey Wendle, Franklin Barreto and Chad Pinder started the eighth with singles off Wilson (2-5), and Lowrie followed with his third career slam.
Miguel Cabrera singled off Chris Hatcher starting the bottom half and took third on Nicholas Castellanos’ double. But Jeimer Candelario grounded out and, after an intentional walk, Hatcher struck out James McCann and Mikie Mahtook.
Santiago Casilla (4-5) pitched a perfect seventh. Blake Treinen closed for his 12th save this season and ninth since being traded from Washington to Oakland.
Oakland rookie Matt Olson homered for the fifth straight game, tying Matt Stairs (1998), Dave Kingman (1986) and George Alusik (1962) for the second-longest streak in Athletics history behind Frank Thomas’ six in 2006. Olson has 15 home runs in his last 21 games.
Castellanos, Alex Presley and Ian Kinsler homered for Detroit.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians added a walk-off win to a streak that’s had everything.
Jay Bruce hit an RBI double in the 10th inning as the Indians rallied for their 22nd straight win to extend their AL record, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Thursday night to move within four wins of matching the 1916 New York Giants for the longest streak in major league history.
After blowouts, shutouts and oh-so-easy wins, the Indians, who tied it in the ninth on Francisco Lindor’s two-out, two-strike RBI double, went into extras for the first time to keep the longest streak in 101 years intact.
Ramirez led off the 10th with a hard hit into right-center off Brandon Maurer (2-2) that he turned into a double with a head-first slide. After Edwin Encarnacion walked, Bruce, the recent arrival who hit a three-run homer in win No. 21 on Wednesday, ripped a 2-0 pitch into the right-field corner.
As Progressive Field shook like it usually does in October, Bruce reached second base and was quickly mobbed his teammates, who doused him with ice water and talcum powder while tearing the front of his jersey.
Cody Allen (3-6) got the win.
WHITE SOX 17, TIGERS 7
DETROIT (AP) — Avisail Garcia went 5 for 5 and drove in a career-high seven runs, Yoan Moncada scored five times and Chicago pounded out 25 hits while routing Detroit.
The White Sox posted their highest hit total since getting 26 against Baltimore in 1981. The modern major league record for hits in a nine-inning game is 31, by Milwaukee in 1992 and the New York Giants in 1901.
Garcia and Moncada each homered. Moncada had four hits and walked twice — the rookie had a chance to become the first White Sox player to reach base seven times in a nine-inning game, but struck out in the ninth.
Jose Abreu added four hits for Chicago, which has won five of six. Detroit has lost six in a row.
James Shields (4-6) won for the first time on the road since May 12, 2016, a span of 18 starts.
Chad Bell (0-3) allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk in 3 1/3 innings.
YANKEES 13, ORIOLES 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge had a pair of three-run homers for a career-best six RBIs, Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer that chased Wade Miley with one out in a six-run first inning and New York routed fading Baltimore.
Judge hit an opposite-field drive over New York’s bullpen in right-center in the fourth against Mike Wright, then lined a 448-foot drive into the second deck in left in the sixth off Rich Rodriguez. Judge has 43 homers and 96 RBIs, and with 27 homers at Yankee Stadium this year broke the ballpark’s season record set by Curtis Granderson in 2012.
Masahiro Tanaka (12-11) won for the fourth time in five starts, allowing two solo homers in seven innings while striking out eight.
Miley (8-13) lasted 19 pitches as six of seven batters who faced him reached with hits. It was the shortest of his 194 big league starts.
ASTROS 5, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Brad Peacock pitched six innings of three-hit ball and Houston lowered its magic number for clinching the AL West to three with a victory over second-place Los Angeles.
Yuli Gurriel had three hits and drove in a run for the Astros, who have a good chance to clinch a playoff spot and their first division title since 2001 at home this weekend against Seattle.
Peacock (11-2) had another strong start late in a season spent moving between the rotation and the bullpen, earning his first victory since Aug. 4.
Albert Pujols hit his 613th career homer in the ninth inning, breaking his tie with Jim Thome for seventh place in baseball history.
Ricky Nolasco (6-14) yielded four hits and two runs over six solid innings.
CUBS 14, METS 6
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo homered and had three hits, Jason Heyward went deep and drove in four and Chicago beat New York.
The Cubs’ offense helped overcome a shaky debut by pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng to complete a three-game sweep.
Chicago outscored the Mets 39-14 this week after being outscored 20-3 in a weekend three-game sweep by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kris Bryant added two RBIs as the Cubs extended their NL Central lead to three games over Milwaukee and St. Louis.
Tseng threw behind the first batter he faced, fell down while covering first base on the second batter for an error and later hit a batter with a pitch in the first inning. The 22-year-old from Taiwan went three innings, giving up five runs and five hits with six strikeouts.
Mike Montgomery (6-8) and Brian Duensing followed Tseng with two scoreless innings each.
Seth Lugo (6-5) was charged with eight runs, seven earned, with nine hits and a walk over three innings.
TWINS 3, BLUE JAYS 2, 10 INNINGS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Byron Buxton’s 10th-inning homer gave Minnesota its second straight walk-off victory.
A night after Eddie Rosario beat the San Diego Padres with a 10th-inning homer, Buxton connected off Toronto reliever Luis Santos (0-1) with two outs. Buxton’s 15th homer reached the second deck in left field.
Dillon Gee (2-2) pitched one inning of relief for Minnesota, which earned its fifth walk-off win of the season and has won six of its past eight games. The Twins maintained their lead for the second AL wild card.
Justin Smoak had tied the game with a two-out homer in the ninth off Twins closer Matt Belisle.
MARINERS 10, RANGERS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nelson Cruz went 4 for 4 with a home run and Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer as Seattle defeated Texas.
The Mariners remained 3 1/2 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
One night after making an unexpected appearance as a pinch hitter, Adrian Beltre was batting fourth as the designated hitter. This was just two weeks after suffering a Grade 2 strain in his hamstring and he was expected to miss at least four weeks, likely the remainder of the season.
Andrew Albers (5-1) pitched the final five innings and allowed three hits.
Rangers starter Andrew Cashner (9-10) allowed six hits, five runs, and walked five in 4 1/3 innings.
NATIONALS 5, BRAVES 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rookie Victor Robles was a part of a pair of two-run rallies, Tanner Roark pitched six strong innings and Washington beat Atlanta.
The Nationals salvaged the final game of the three-game set to earn their first victory since clinching the NL East on Sunday.
In his second career start, Robles, who entered the year as the top prospect in the Nationals’ organization and made his major league debut last week, offered a few more glimpses of his coveted skillset.
The 20-year-old tripled to right-center in the fourth off Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz (10-13). He scored two batters later on Pedro Severino’s grounder to make it 3-0.
Roark (13-9) at one point set down 12 in a row and did not yield a hit until Johan Camargo’s two-out single in the fifth.
PHILLIES 10, MARLINS 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rhys Hoskins homered again, Freddy Galvis and Jorge Alfaro also went deep in a seven-run second inning, and Philadelphia routed slumping Miami.
Hoskins’ two-run shot gave him 18 home runs in 34 games since his call-up from Triple-A on Aug. 10. The Yankees’ Gary Sanchez previously held the record for fastest to 18 homers. Sanchez needed 45 games.
Cesar Hernandez had four hits and Cameron Perkins also homered for the Phillies.
Jake Thompson (2-2) struck out six and allowed six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Thompson combined with relievers Ricardo Pinto, Kevin Siegrist, Hoby Milner and Yacksel Rios for the shutout.
Vance Worley (3-5) got a spot start for Miami, allowing eight runs in 1 1/3 innings.
RED SOX 6, ATHLETICS 2
BOSTON (AP) — Drew Pomeranz pitched six innings of one-run ball, and Andrew Benintendi had three hits and drove in three runs to lead AL East-leading Boston over Oakland.
Christian Vazquez hit a solo homer and Mitch Moreland added an RBI double for the Red Sox, who have won six of eight.
Pomeranz (16-5) tied teammate Chris Sale and two others for the AL lead in victories.
Benintendi doubled high off the Green Monster, chasing Daniel Gossett (4-9) and making it 2-1 in the sixth.
DIAMONDBACKS 7, ROCKIES 0
PHOENIX (AP) — A.J. Pollock had four RBIs for the second straight day, J.D. Martinez homered for the 10th time in 11 games and Arizona extended its NL wild-card lead by beating Colorado.
Zack Godley (8-7) pitched eight sharp innings as Arizona opened a five-game edge over Colorado atop the wild-card race. The Rockies lead Milwaukee and St. Louis by 2 1/2 games for the final playoff slot.
Pollock drove in four runs in an 8-2 win over the Rockies on Wednesday and added three more with a double in a five-run first inning against Chad Bettis (1-3).
CARDINALS 5, REDS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie Luke Weaver threw six innings of two-hit ball, Tommy Pham drove in two runs and stole two bases, and St. Louis topped Cincinnati.
The Cardinals have won five of six. They are 2 1/2 games behind Colorado for the second NL wild-card spot.
Weaver (6-1) allowed one unearned run, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter. He’s 3-0 with a 0.99 ERA through his first three starts in September.
Pham hit his 20th homer. With 21 stolen bases, he became the first Cardinals player to record a 20/20 season since Reggie Sanders in 2004.
Rookie Amir Garrett (3-8) took the loss.
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians share a record with a team celebrated by Hollywood.
“Moneyball” has its sequel.
Following a familiar script of scoring first, playing strong defense and riding dominant pitching, the Indians extended their winning streak to 20 games and matched the AL mark held by the 2002 Oakland Athletics, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Cleveland’s streak, which began on Aug. 24 in Boston, is tied for the majors’ second-longest in 82 years — and the Indians show no signs of stopping.
Corey Kluber (16-4) strengthened his Cy Young Award case with a five-hitter as Cleveland joined the 2002 A’s, 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams since 1900 to win at least 20 in a row.
Francisco Lindor homered leading off the first inning against Matthew Boyd (5-10), and Kluber sealed win No. 20 — and Cleveland’s seventh shutout during the streak — by getting Miguel Cabrera on an easy grounder to third.
DODGERS 5, GIANTS 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched Los Angeles to its first win in nearly two weeks, helping the Dodgers clinch a playoff berth by beating San Francisco to snap an 11-game losing streak that was the club’s worst since moving to the West Coast in 1958.
The Dodgers’ slide was their longest in 25 years, topping 10-game skids in Los Angeles during the 1961 and 1992 seasons. The 1944 Brooklyn team lost 16 straight games.
Despite the recent tailspin, Los Angeles still owns the best record in the majors at 93-52. The NL West leaders won for only the second time in 18 games and secured at least the second NL wild card, joining the NL East champion Washington Nationals as the only teams to punch their postseason tickets so far.
Kershaw (17-3) went six innings and tied Milwaukee’s Zach Davies for the major league lead in wins.
Kenley Jansen got four outs for his 37th save but allowed three straight singles with one out in the ninth to face a bases-loaded jam. He struck out Buster Posey and Nick Hundley to end it.
Justin Turner hit a key RBI double in the eighth and Chase Utley homered leading off the fourth, splashing into the water of McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall for the first time in his career.
Johnny Cueto (7-8) struck out eight over 3 2/3 innings for the Giants. He allowed four runs and six hits with four walks in his third start since coming off the disabled list.
ROCKIES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez, heating up for the stretch run after a subpar season at the plate, homered twice and Colorado won its sixth in a row.
Gonzalez drove in all four Colorado runs in his first multihomer game since Aug. 16 last year and is batting .451 (14 for 31) in September.
Jon Gray (8-4) gave up two runs and scattered seven hits over seven solid innings, striking out 10 with no walks and a hit batter for the Rockies, who won their eighth straight road game to pull within three games of Arizona for the first NL wild card.
Gray matched the season high for strikeouts he set in a win at Arizona on June 30. Chris Rusin got two outs for his second save.
BREWERS 5, PIRATES 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames hit his 29th home run, Domingo Santana went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh.
The Brewers pulled within two games of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs who were playing the New York Mets.
Gerrit Cole (11-10) took his first loss in 10 road starts since the Atlanta Braves beat him 5-2 on May 22. He slipped to 8-1 away from PNC Park over that stretch after allowing five runs and seven hits in six innings. He tied his season-high with 10 strikeouts in his fifth start against Milwaukee this season.
Manager Craig Counsell turned to the bullpen to protect the 5-2 lead. Jeremy Jeffress, Oliver Drake, Jared Hughes, Anthony Swarzak and Josh Hader each turned in a scoreless inning. Jeffress (3-0) was the pitcher of record. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his 35th save in 40 chances.
RED SOX 11, ATHLETICS 1
BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts hit two home runs and a two-run triple, and Boston rolled past Oakland.
The Red Sox, winners of five of their last six, pushed their American League East lead back to four games over the Yankees following New York’s loss to 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.
Betts went 3 for 5 with six RBIs. He’s driven in three runs or more in a team-high 11 games.
The loss snaps a five-game win streak for the A’s. They managed just one run and one hit off Eduardo Rodriguez (5-5), who struck out nine over six innings.
Sean Manaea (10-10) was pulled after giving up seven earned runs on 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
BRAVES 8, NATIONALS 0
WASHINGTON (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run home run off Gio Gonzalez and Julio Teheran threw seven shutout innings as Atlanta cruised past Washington.
Gonzalez (14-7) allowed five earned runs and seven hits in five innings and struck out eight. The left-hander did guarantee his $12 million option for next season with his first out of the game as he reached 180 innings this season.
The Nationals, who clinched the division Sunday when the Braves came back to beat the Miami in extra innings, lost for just the second time in eight games. This loss kept them from closing the gap on the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in baseball and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Teheran (11-11) allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked two.
BLUE JAYS 3, ORIOLES 2
TORONTO (AP) — Richard Urena singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and Toronto handed slumping Baltimore its sixth straight loss.
Facing Orioles closer Zach Britton (2-1), who had recorded the final out of the eighth, Kevin Pillar drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and went to third on Teoscar Hernandez’s single. One out later, Pillar scored when Luke Maile singled off the glove of third baseman Manny Machado.
Urena followed with a single to center. Darwin Barney raced around from second and slid home safely ahead of the throw from Adam Jones.
Blue Jays left-hander Tim Mayza (1-0) got one out for his first career win.
Tim Beckham homered for the Orioles.
RAYS 2, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning off Sonny Gray as Tampa Bay, playing as the home team in a series relocated to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma, beat New York.
Tampa Bay has split the first two games of the set held at the home of the New York Mets.
The Rays will fly back to Florida immediately after Wednesday afternoon’s game for firsthand looks at the storm damage. No word yet from MLB if Boston and Tampa Bay will play at Tropicana Field on Friday night as scheduled — the Rays expect to host the three-game set, but it could be reconfigured to give them an extra day off to handle personal matters.
Tommy Hunter (3-5) pitched one inning to give Tampa Bay, on the fringe of the AL wild-card race, its second win in six games. Alex Colome closed for his 44th save in 49 chances.
Gray (9-10) again pitched well but wound up with a loss. The Yankees, who hold the top AL wild-card spot, have dropped just three of their last 10.
ROYALS 4, WHITE SOX 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in the first inning for his third consecutive game with a homer, powering Kansas City past Chicago.
Scott Alexander worked out of a ninth-inning jam for his fourth save in six chances. He yielded a double to Adam Engel and a single to Yolmer Sanchez to lead off the ninth. He struck out Yoan Moncada, retired Jose Abreu on a pop to Whit Merrifield and got pinch hitter Matt Davidson on a grounder to end the game.
White Sox rookie Dylan Covey (0-5) walked the bases loaded before Moss drove a full-count fastball to right-center. It was Moss’s fourth career grand slam and his first since July 24, 2014. He has nine RBIs in his past three games.
Sam Gaviglio (4-5) picked up his first Royals victory in his second start after being picked up on waivers Sept. 1 from Seattle.
ASTROS 1, ANGELS 0
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched eight innings of one-hit ball in a stellar second start for Houston, and the Astros snapped their four-game skid.
Yuli Gurriel’s second-inning single drove in the only run for the Astros (87-57), who lowered their magic number for clinching the AL West title to five by blanking the second-place Angels (73-71).
Verlander (12-8) struck out nine and walked one in another overpowering performance for his new team. The star right-hander held the Angels without a hit after Brandon Phillips’ leadoff double in the first, allowing only two more baserunners.
Verlander pitched six innings of one-run ball in Seattle during his Astros debut last week, and he looks exactly like the stopper Houston wanted for the pennant race.
TWINS 16, PADRES 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jason Castro homered twice and Brian Dozier was a double from the cycle as Minnesota routed San Diego.
The Twins hit a season-high seven home runs, setting a Target Field record for most homers in a game, to back another strong start from Kyle Gibson. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Twins set a major league record by homering in each of the first seven innings with Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Escobar and Kennys Vargas adding to the total.
Gibson (10-10) pitched six innings with four hits and six strikeouts. He has allowed two runs or fewer in five straight starts for Minnesota, which maintained its hold on the second wild card spot in the American League.
MARINERS 10, RANGERS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager both hit three-run homers to lead Seattle past Texas in a matchup of wild card hopefuls.
Texas (72-72) and Seattle (72-73) have split the first two games of their four-game series. The Rangers dropped three games behind Minnesota for the American League’s second wild card, while the Mariners remained 3 1/2 back after the Twins also won.
Seager’s homer in the third made it 7-1 and chased Miguel Gonzalez (7-11), who made his second start overall and first at home for the Rangers since they acquired him in an Aug. 31 trade with the Chicago White Sox. Gonzalez allowed seven runs and seven hits while recording only seven outs.
Marco Gonzales (1-1), traded from St. Louis to Seattle on July 21, got his first victory in six starts for the Mariners. The lefty struck out six while allowing three runs over five innings, his longest outing this season.
CARDINALS 13, REDS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong homered, Yadier Molina drove in three runs and streaking St. Louis outslugged Cincinnati.
The Cardinals have won four straight and six of their last seven to stay two games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.
Molina’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the first gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead. He drove in his 10th run over his past three games with a single in the sixth. Molina leads the team with 75 RBIs.
Matt Carpenter walked a career-best four times, doubled in a run and scored twice.
Lance Lynn (11-7) allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits in five innings.
Robert Stephenson (4-5) was pulled after three innings, the shortest career outing for the Reds rookie. He allowed six runs, four earned, and all three of his walks scored.
CUBS 8, METS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant hit a three-run homer, Jose Quintana pitched seven effective innings and Chicago got a sorely needed victory.
Quintana (10-11) also helped himself at the plate with a pair of sacrifices, including a perfectly placed safety squeeze that drove in Kyle Schwarber in the fourth. Quintana got another bunt down in the sixth, sending Javier Baez to third ahead of Ben Zobrist’s RBI single.
Chicago had lost three in a row and six of eight, making for a crowded race at the top of the NL Central. St. Louis and Milwaukee also won Tuesday night, so the Cubs remained two games ahead of the Cardinals and 2 1/2 games better than the third-place Brewers.
PHILLIES 9, MARLINS 8, 15 INNINGS
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nick Williams hit a walk-off, two-out double in the bottom of the 15th inning, scoring Aaron Altherr as Philadelphia rallied for the win.
Innings-wise, it was the longest game of the season for the Phillies and second-longest for the Marlins.
Williams had three hits and reached base five times in the marathon game. He has 47 RBIs since being called up the week before the All-Star break.
The Phillies celebrated with Williams, but thought they actually had a walk-off win in the bottom of the ninth on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Hyun-Soo Kim, but while the Phillies mobbed Kim at first base, ripping off his jersey and dousing him with water, Gatorade and sunflower seeds, the Marlins challenged the play at the plate.
After a lengthy review, it appeared catcher J.T. Realmuto’s glove nicked the finger of a sliding Cesar Hernandez an instant before it touched the plate and the call on the field was overturned, and after the grounds crew had to clean up the mess around first base, Odubel Herrera struck out, sending the game to extra innings.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians stretched their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games, beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Sunday night behind homers from Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez.
Cleveland’s streak is the longest in the majors since Oakland won 20 straight in 2002. The best run in baseball history belongs to the New York Giants, who had a 26-game streak in 1916, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Giants’ streak included a tie, which doesn’t count as a game in baseball.
The crowd of 21,259 roared in the ninth inning as Cody Allen recorded his 26th save. He struck out the first two hitters and retired Trey Mancini on a line drive to right field to end the game.
Perez snapped a 1-all tie in the sixth with a leadoff homer. Lindor then broke two bats while running the count to 3-2 before homering to right. Cleveland’s All-Star shortstop, using a bat tossed to him by teammate Abraham Almonte, looked at the dugout and smiled as his 29th homer of the season sailed into the seats.
Trevor Bauer (16-8) allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings for Cleveland.
Jeremy Hellickson (3-3) gave up three runs in six innings.
NATIONALS 3, PHILLIES 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington became the first team in the majors to clinch a playoff spot this season, winning the NL East as Stephen Strasburg extended his scoreless streak to a franchise-record 34 innings.
More than 90 minutes after Washington finished off the Phillies, Nationals Park erupted again when Lane Adams hit a two-run, 11th-inning homer to lead Atlanta over second-place Miami, sealing the division title for the fourth time in six years.
Strasburg (13-4) threw two-hit ball for eight innings and struck out 10. He hasn’t allowed a run since Aug. 19 at San Diego, his first start since coming off the disabled list with an elbow nerve impingement.
Ryan Madson gave up Nick Williams’ bloop two-out, two-run single before retiring Rhys Hoskins on a grounder for his second save this season and first since the Nationals acquired him from Oakland on July 16.
Rookie Ben Lively (3-6) allowed six hits and struck out seven in his first career complete game, the first for the Phillies this year.
BRAVES 10, MARLINS 8
ATLANTA (AP) — Rio Ruiz had a tying, two-run single with two outs in a three-run ninth inning and Lane Adams hit a two-run homer off Vance Worley (2-5) in the 11th.
Dee Gordon broke an eighth-inning tie with his first career pinch-homer. Christian Yelich hit an RBI double in the ninth and scored on Justin Bour’s sacrifice fly to boost the lead to 8-5.
Arodys Vizcaino (5-3) allowed two hits in two scoreless innings.
ROCKIES 8, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NL West leaders lost their 10th straight game for their worst skid in 25 years and have dropped 15 of 16 yet still have the best record in the majors at 92-51.
Mark Reynolds hit a grand slam, Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story also homered, and Tyler Chatwood (7-12) allowed five hits in five scoreless innings.
Rich Hill (9-8) gave up two runs and four hits in five innings.
ATHLETICS 10, ASTROS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Astros ace Dallas Keuchel (12-4) walked in two runs and forced in another by hitting another during a shaky sixth inning as Oakland completed a four-game sweep of Houston, which entered tied with Cleveland for the best record in the AL.
Keuchel allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings. Kendall Graveman (5-4) pitched five-hit ball over six innings and allowed one run.
BREWERS 3, CUBS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer to back Zach Davies (17-8) as Milwaukee complete a three-game sweep and closed within two games of the NL Central-leading Cubs. Chicago entered the series with a five-game division lead, a season high, but the defending World Series champions totaled three runs in the series.
Milwaukee and St. Louis trail Colorado by three games for the second NL wild card.
Davies allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings, and Corey Knebel got three outs for his 34th save. Kyle Hendricks (6-5) gave up three runs and four hits in six innings.
CARDINALS 7, PIRATES 0
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with five RBIs to back Michael Wacha (12-7), who gave up five hits in eight innings.
St. Louis has won three in a row and seven of eight.
Pittsburgh dropped its fifth in a row and slumped to 10 games under .500 for the first time since 2011. Ivan Nova (11-13) gave up five runs and five in hits five innings.
RAYS 4, RED SOX 1
BOSTON (AP) — With Tampa Bay players’ thinking about Hurricane Irma approaching home, they beat Boston to avoid a three-game sweep and deal reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello his major league-leading 17th loss.
Porcello (9-17) took a 1-0 lead into the fifth, when Wilson Ramos and Evan Longoria hit RBI singles. Boston has scored two runs or fewer 18 times in 30 starts while Porcello was in the game.
Ramos homered in the sixth off Brandon Workman, and Lucas Duda went deep in the seventh against Robby Scott.
Tampa Bay stopped Boston’s four-game winning streak. Alex Cobb (11-9) allowed one run and four hits — all singles — and three walks in five innings. Alex Colome pitched a perfect ninth to complete a five-hitter and earn his major-league leading 43rd save in 48 chances.
YANKEES 16, RANGERS 7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aaron Judge became the second major league rookie with a 40-homer season, going deep twice as New York moved 3½ games ahead of Minnesota for the AL’s top wild card and closed within 3½ games of AL East-leading Boston. Texas trails the Twins by 2½ games.
Gary Sanchez also hit two solo homers for the Yankees, giving him 30 this season and 50 in his 161 games since his 2015 debut.
With Judge’s AL-best 40th homer in the fourth, the 25-year-old joined Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle as the only Yankees to hit 40 homers at age 25 or younger. Judge added No. 41 two innings later, a drive that would have gone 463 feet unimpeded, according to MLB’s Statcast.
Mark McGwire hit a league-high 49 homers as a rookie for Oakland in 1987.
Chad Green (4-0) struck out four in 2 1/3 innings. A.J. Griffin (6-6) gave up five runs pitching into the fourth.
ROYALS 11, TWINS 3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Vargas (15-10) stopped his four-game losing streak and set a career high for wins, giving up one run and four hits in five innings.
Brandon Moss homered and drove in four runs as Kansas City (71-71) gained a four-game split and moved within 2 1/2 games of Minnesota.
Bartolo Colon (6-12) retired only five of 11 batters in his shortest outing this year, allowing six runs and six hits.
ANGELS 5, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Justin Upton had a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth off Nick Vincent (3-2) to help Los Angeles avoid a sweep and close within one game of Minnesota for the second AL wild card spot.
Mike Trout and Luis Valbuena had solo homers.
Cam Bedrosian (6-4) pitched a scoreless seventh, and Yusmeiro Petit closed with a perfect ninth for his third save.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, PADRES 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered on his 30th birthday and J.D. Martinez went deep twice.
Robbie Ray (13-5) won his fourth straight start, striking out 12 in six innings while allowing two runs and four hits. Archie Bradley got the call over closer Fernando Rodney in the ninth and earned his first save this season by striking out the side.
Arizona remained five games ahead of second-place Colorado for the NL’s top wild card. Luis Perdomo (7-10) gave up three runs and five hits in six innings.
REDS 10, METS 5
NEW YORK (AP) — Reds manager Bryan Price put his argument with a pair of umpires on pause for the singing of “God Bless America,” then resumed the argument. Cincinnati went on to win behind Tucker Barnhart’s career-high five RBIs. The Reds rallied for three runs in the seventh to make it 5-all.
Scooter Gennett was called out on strikes by plate umpire Shane Livensparger to end the inning, slammed down his bat and helmet, and was ejected, setting off the confrontation,.
Jackson Stephens (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Raisel Iglesias got six outs for his 26th save. Jeurys Familia (1-2) was the loser.
BLUE JAYS 8, TIGERS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Teoscar Hernandez hit his first two home runs of the season and Darwin Barney had four hits.
Detroit dropped to 60-82 with its eighth loss in 10 games this month. The Tigers’ only other losing record since 2008 was 74-87 two years ago.
J.A. Happ (8-10) allowed two runs — one earned — and five hits in six innings, and Luis Santos finished for his first save.
Anibal Sanchez (3-4) gave up seven runs and a season-high 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings.
WHITE SOX 8, GIANTS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Abreu homered twice, a day after hitting for the cycle.
Carson Fulmer (2-1) won his first major league game as a starter, allowing one run and three hits in six innings.
Madison Bumgarner (3-8) gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings — the most runs and hits he’s allowed this season.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion and the Cleveland Indians won their 16th straight game, extending the best streak in franchise history by beating the Baltimore Orioles 5-0 Friday night.
Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the first inning into some trees next to Heritage Park, the team’s hallowed area where past Cleveland stars and teams are immortalized.
Mike Clevinger (9-5) improved his chances to pitch in the postseason with six strong innings as AL Central leaders became just the third team in the expansion era — since 1961 — to win 16 straight in a season.
Cleveland’s string is the longest in the majors since Oakland won 20 straight in 2002. The longest winning streak in major league history is 21 by the 1935 Chicago Cubs.
The 1916 New York Giants had a string of 26 wins and one tie.
Encarnacion hit his 34th home run, connecting off Wade Miley (8-12).
PADRES 10, DIAMONDBACKS 6
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks’ team-record 13-game winning streak ended when Manuel Margot drove in four runs that led San Diego.
Down 8-0, the Diamondbacks scored twice in the fifth and then added four more runs in the sixth. Padres reliever Craig Stammen retired two batters with the bases loaded to preserve an 8-6 lead.
Jordan Lyles (1-2), in his second start for the Padres, pitched into the sixth.
The Padres rocked Patrick Corbin (13-12) for eight runs on 11 hits, seven for extra bases, in 4 1-3 innings.
ROCKIES 5, DODGERS 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — DJ LeMahieu doubled home the go-ahead run and Colorado sent NL West-leading Los Angeles to its eighth straight loss.
The Dodgers blew a 4-1 lead in the first behind Yu Darvish (2-3), who was chased after giving up four runs in the fifth.
Los Angeles still owns the best record in baseball at 92-49, but has equaled its longest skid since May 2013. The majors’ best team at home this season has lost seven straight at Chavez Ravine for the first time since August 1999. The Dodgers have dropped 13 of 14 overall.
Chris Rusin (5-0) won in relief and Greg Holland got his 38th save.
ATHLETICS 9, ASTROS 8
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jed Lowrie singled home the winning run in the ninth inning after Boog Powell’s tying home run, and Oakland snapped Houston’s seven-game winning streak.
Marcus Semien hit a grand slam for the Athletics.
Josh Reddick homered, doubled twice and drove in four runs for the AL West-leading Astros. Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel added two-run homers.
Blake Treinen (2-4) got the win. Ken Giles (1-3) took the loss.
Houston starter Collin McHugh exited after just three innings because of a fingernail injury. The Astros had won 10 in a row at the Coliseum.
MARINERS 4, ANGELS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Ben Gamel hit a three-run homer to give Seattle an early lead, Mike Leake overcame first-inning problems to pitch six solid innings, and the Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak.
Leake (2-0) allowed two earned runs and struck out five, as Seattle got a needed victory to continue hanging around the edges of the AL wild-card race.
Los Angeles starter Ricky Nolasco (6-13) was unable to make it out of the fourth.
NATIONALS 11, PHILLIES 10
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael A. Taylor raced for an inside-the-park grand slam when center fielder Odubel Herrera misplayed his line drive, and Washington eliminated Philadelphia from postseason contention.
Herrera misread Taylor’s hit off Jake Thompson (1-2) in the third inning, taking a few steps in before leaping as the ball soared over his head. Herrera chased it down on the warning track and threw to the infield, but shortstop J.P. Crawford missed up the third-base line with his relay, allowing Taylor to slide home safely.
Taylor set a career high with five RBIs and matched a personal best with four hits. Trea Turner homered and drove in three, and Max Scherzer (14-5) allowed four runs over six innings.
Washington has won five straight and reduced its magic number for winning the division to three. Philadelphia is the first team in the majors eliminated from playoff contention.
Herrera extended his hitting streak to 21 games, longest in the majors this year.
RED SOX 9, RAYS 3
BOSTON (AP) — Drew Pomeranz did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and gave up two runs over six and Mookie Betts hit a three-run homer for the Red Sox.
It was the third straight victory for the Red Sox, who lead the second-place New York Yankees by 4 1/2 games atop the AL East.
Pomeranz (15-5) struck out seven, allowed two hits and walked two en route to tying Chris Sale for the team lead in victories.
Jesus Sucre hit a two-run homer for the Rays, who have homered in a season franchise record 18 straight games.
Chris Archer (9-9) was roughed up for a season-high eight runs, six earned, and nine hits in three-plus innings.
Betts clanged his homer off Pesky’s Pole in right field in the first inning.
BREWERS 2, CUBS 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Braun hit his 300th homer and Jimmy Nelson combined with three relievers on a five-hitter as Milwaukee beat Chicago in the first regular-season Friday night game at Wrigley Field.
Milwaukee pulled within four games of Chicago for the NL Central lead.
Braun hit a two-run drive in the first inning against John Lackey. Nelson pitched four-hit ball over five innings before leaving with a sore right arm, and the Brewers opened the weekend series on a winning note after dropping four of five.
Nelson (12-6) struck out seven and walked two while winning his third straight start.
Corey Knebel worked the ninth for his 33rd save in 38 chances.
Lackey (11-11) settled down after Braun connected, holding the Brewers to two runs and four hits over seven innings. He struck out nine and walked two.
RANGERS 11, YANKEES 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez won his seventh straight start after playoff-hopeful Texas rallied from an early four-run deficit and beat the AL wild card-leading Yankees.
Elvis Andrus had three hits, including the tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth that put the Rangers up 7-5.
Perez (12-10) became the first Rangers pitcher to win seven straight starts since Kenny Rogers set the club record in 2005 with eight in a row. The left-hander allowed five runs, only two earned, while giving up eight hits over 5 2/3 innings.
Nomar Mazara homered for Texas, which stayed within 2 1/2 games of Minnesota for the AL’s second wild card.
Andrus, hitting .400 (28 of 70) over his last 16 games, also had two doubles.
Masahiro Tanaka (11-11) had won his last three starts.
TIGERS 5, BLUE JAYS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Third baseman Jeimer Candelario started Detroit’s first triple play in 16 years, Nicholas Castellanos slugged his third career grand slam and the Tigers beat Toronto.
With runners at first and second, Candelario backhanded Kevin Pillar’s grounder and stepped on the bag. Second baseman Ian Kinsler took his feed and made a quick turn for the second out, and his throw to first narrowly beat Pillar for the Tigers’ first triple play since Aug. 1, 2001.
It was the first time Detroit had a triple play and a grand slam in the same game.
Castellanos hit his slam off Marcus Stroman (11-7) in the third inning, and Kinsler added a solo shot in the seventh.
Buck Farmer (4-2) allowed two runs, one earned, in five innings. Shane Greene got his seventh save.
TWINS 8, ROYALS 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eddie Rosario homered and drove in four runs, helping Minnesota beat Kansas City.
Rosario had a sacrifice fly in the first inning, hit his 21st home run in the third inning off Ian Kennedy (4-11) and knocked a two-out, bases-loaded single in the fourth. Rosario has 10 home runs and 28 RBIs in his past 30 games.
Ervin Santana (15-7) gave up four runs and five hits over five innings for the victory. He is 4-0 in nine starts since a July 21 loss. His 15 victories are tied for the AL lead.
Matt Belisle pitched the ninth for his seventh save.
CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Luke Weaver pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning and also drove in a run, helping St. Louis improve its postseason hopes.
The Cardinals have won seven of nine, pulling within four games of the NL Central-leading Cubs. St. Louis is even closer in the chase for the second wild-card spot.
Pittsburgh has lost three in a row.
Waver (5-1) has won four straight decisions. He gave up seven hits, walked none and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.
Juan Nicasio made his St. Louis debut and got four outs for his third save.
Trevor Williams (6-8) allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings.
METS 5, REDS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Reyes homered twice, Seth Lugo pitched six shutout innings and New York beat Cincinnati for its third straight win.
Travis Taijeron got the Mets started when the 28-year-old rookie led off the second with his first major league home run. New York, which leads the National League in homers, has won 17 of its last 19 games against the Reds — including eight straight at Citi Field.
Reyes went deep off Amir Garrett (3-7) in the fifth, scoring Lugo and giving New York a 4-0 lead. Reyes also clubbed a solo shot in the third, becoming the 13th player to hit 100 homers in a Mets uniform.
Lugo (6-4) allowed four hits and walked one in his first win since July 25. A.J. Ramos got two outs for his 27th save.
GIANTS 9, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval snapped his 0-for-39 skid with a three-run homer, and Matt Moore pitched San Francisco past Chicago in an interleague game between last-place teams.
Denard Span also homered and Brandon Crawford had three hits with an RBI for the Giants, who have won back-to-back games after losing seven of eight.
Sandoval went 1 for 3 with four RBIs. His previous hit was a single on Aug. 25 at Arizona.
Avisail Garcia homered for the White Sox, who have dropped five straight.
Moore (5-13) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He won for just the second time in eight decisions.
Lucas Giolito (2-2) gave up five runs, three earned, and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He was ejected by plate umpire Gabe Morales after he was lifted. White Sox manager Rick Renteria also was tossed, by crew chief Eric Cooper.
MARLINS 7, BRAVES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Jose Urena allowed only three hits in 6 1/3 innings and added his first career RBI to stop Miami’s five-game skid.
Urena (13-6) gave up a fourth-inning homer to Freddie Freeman but little else. Atlanta’s only other hits off Urena were a second-inning single by Tyler Flowers in the second and a bunt single by Ozzie Albies in the sixth.
Miguel Rojas and Urena had back-to-back RBI singles off Mike Foltynewicz (10-12) in the second. Urena took a .077 batting average into the game and had not driven in a run in 69 career at-bats.
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Indians set a franchise record with their 15th consecutive win Thursday night, beating the Chicago White Sox 11-2 behind another terrific outing for Corey Kluber.
Cleveland also belted five homers while becoming the first major league team with a 15-game winning streak since Oakland won 20 in a row in 2002. Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run drive in the first, Francisco Lindor connected in the second, Erik Gonzalez went deep twice and Greg Allen hit his first major league homer in the seventh.
Kluber (15-4) struck out 13 in seven innings. Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu homered in the first for Chicago, but Kluber allowed only one more hit — a fifth-inning single for Omar Narvaez.
The last-place White Sox turned to Mike Pelfrey after left-hander Carlos Rodon was scratched with shoulder stiffness. Pelfrey (3-11), who threw 40 pitches in 2 1/3 relief innings on Tuesday night, allowed seven runs and eight hits in four innings.
ROCKIES 9, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer off a laboring Clayton Kershaw, sending Los Angeles to its seventh straight defeat and 12th in 13 games.
The NL West leaders haven’t lost that many since May 2013, when they dropped eight in a row. Their 92-48 record is still baseball’s best, but they continue to founder with the playoffs approaching.
Coming off a three-game sweep by Arizona, the Dodgers were hopeful Kershaw (16-3) could stop the slide like he did last week when he snapped their five-game skid with a 1-0 victory at San Diego.
Instead, he got yanked early.
The Rockies pounded out 16 hits and took full advantage of the Dodgers’ faltering bullpen that surrendered five runs. Fans booed Josh Ravin when he gave up back-to-back bases-loaded walks in the seventh as the Rockies batted around.
Colorado’s Jon Gray (7-4) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two.
TWINS 4, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Twins’ Jorge Polanco drove in the go-ahead runs off ailing Kansas City closer Kelvin Herrera with two outs in the ninth inning.
Herrera (3-3), who has been dealing with a mild forearm strain, inherited a 2-1 lead before giving up a pair of singles and a walk. Brian Dozier hit a tying sacrifice fly, and after Joe Mauer was walked intentionally, Polanco lined a single up the middle for the lead.
Trevor Hildenberger (3-2) earned the win with a scoreless eighth in relief of Twins starter Kyle Gibson, while Matt Belisle handled a perfect ninth to pick up his sixth save.
The loss was especially devastating for the roller-coaster Royals given their place in the crowded AL wild-card race. They began the night 2 1/2 games back of the Twins with 24 games to play.
YANKEES 9, ORIOLES 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Aaron Judge and Chase Headley each hit a two-run homer, helping the Yankees to their first series win at Camden Yards in four years.
Starlin Castro and Todd Frazier also connected for New York, which closed within 3 1/2 games of AL East-leading Boston and fortified its grip on the top AL wild card.
Sonny Gray (9-9) gave up one unearned run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 3-4 since he was acquired by New York in a July 31 trade with Oakland.
Baltimore right-hander Kevin Gausman (10-10) was charged with five runs and five hits in three innings.
PADRES 3, CARDINALS 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dexter Fowler struck out against Brad Hand with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, capping San Diego’s win over St. Louis.
Hand allowed singles by Stephen Piscotty, Randal Grichuk and Carson Kelly in the ninth inning before getting Fowler to whiff on a slider in the dirt. Hand got his 16th save.
Jose Pirela had a run-scoring infield single in the first inning, and that was all the cushion Clayton Richard (7-13) and relievers Craig Stammen, Kirby Yates and Hand needed.
Lance Lynn (10-7) gave up a run and six hits over six innings. St. Louis ended a four-game winning streak and lost for only the second time in eight games.
NATIONALS 4, PHILLIES 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trea Turner capped Washington’s three-run sixth inning with a two-run single, and the Nationals earned their fourth straight win.
Adam Lind had two hits and scored a run for Washington, and Michael A. Taylor contributed a terrific catch in center field. Tanner Roark (12-9) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.
Coupled with Miami’s 6-5 loss at Atlanta, the Nationals lowered their magic number for clinching the NL East title to four.
Jorge Alfaro and Tommy Joseph homered for Philadelphia, and Odubel Herrera extended his hitting streak to 20 games, the longest in the majors this season. Adam Morgan (3-2) got the loss.
Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle combined for three scoreless innings in relief, with Doolittle earning his 16th save since coming to Washington.
CUBS 8, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer, Ian Happ had three hits and the Cubs rolled to the road win.
Chicago had 13 hits, including eight for extra bases, as the offense broke out after totaling four runs in the first three games of the series.
Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (7-6) lasted just 4 2/3 innings. He was charged with six runs and 11 hits.
Jon Lester (10-7) pitched six effective innings for the Cubs, yielding one run and five hits. He also doubled in Jason Heyward in the fourth.
BRAVES 6, MARLINS 5
ATLANTA (AP) — Kurt Suzuki capped Atlanta’s two-run ninth with a game-ending RBI single.
Miami left-hander Brad Ziegler (1-4) gave up a leadoff double to pinch hitter Matt Adams in the ninth. Pinch runner Nick Markakis moved to third on Ender Inciarte’s groundout and scored easily on Ozzie Albies’ double to right-center.
Freddie Freeman was walked intentionally and moved to second on Lane Adams’ grounder before Suzuki lined the winning hit past Brian Anderson at third base.
Rex Brothers (3-3) got the win, striking out the side in the ninth.
METS 7, REDS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Brandon Nimmo homered twice, Juan Lagares added a solo shot and the Mets won for the third time in four games.
Hitting in the cleanup spot, Nimmo ripped an opposite-field drive off Tim Adleman in the fifth inning that touched just above the orange line on the left-field wall for a home run. He connected for a two-run shot against Alejandro Chacin in the sixth, making it 7-2 New York.
New York’s Matt Harvey allowed two runs in five innings while improving to 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in six starts against Cincinnati.
Tyler Mahle (0-2) struggled in his third major league start for the Reds, giving up three runs in four innings.
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CHICAGO (AP) — Carlos Carrasco allowed three hits in a complete game, giving the Cleveland Indians their 14th straight win in a 5-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.
Cleveland equaled its longest winning streak in franchise history and also won its 10th straight road game as the right-hander lost his shutout with two outs in the ninth inning when Adam Engel homered.
Carrasco (14-6) faced 28 batters and threw 97 pitches in his eighth career complete game, throwing 76 strikes.
Carlos Santana hit a two-run home run as Cleveland added three runs in the eighth inning to break open a 1-0 game.
After not allowing a hit through four innings, the White Sox had leadoff singles in the fifth and sixth innings off Carrasco, but Avisail Garcia and Kevan Smith were both doubled off on the next at-bat.
CUBS 1, PIRATES 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Alex Avila knocked an RBI triple in the ninth inning, capping a duel between Jose Quintana and Gerrit Cole and lifting Chicago over Pittsburgh.
After Cole limited Chicago to two hits over eight innings, Avila scored pinch-runner Leonys Martin from second base with a drive to the right-field corner off reliever Daniel Hudson (2-6).
The only hits against Cole were Javier Baez’s infield single in the second and John Jay’s single in the eighth.
Wade Davis struck out two during a perfect ninth for his 29th save, preserving a win for Pedro Strop (4-4).
RED SOX 6, BLUE JAYS 1
BOSTON (AP) — Doug Fister gave up one run over seven innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and Boston beat Toronto a day after the teams played a 19-inning marathon.
It was the second straight win for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who moved four games ahead of the second-place Yankees. New York’s game at Baltimore was rained out.
Playing just 18 hours after completing a victory that lasted six hours and ended on Hanley Ramirez’s bloop single, the Red Sox took charge with a four-run fourth that was capped by Bradley’s homer.
Fister (5-7) allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked three, improving to 3-1 in his last four starts with a 1.50 ERA.
Joe Biagini (3-10) was tagged for five runs in 3 1/3 innings.
TWINS 10, RAYS 6
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Eduardo Escobar had three hits and three RBIs, Brian Dozier and Ehire Adrianza both homered and Minnesota beat Tampa Bay.
Minnesota ended a three-game skid streak and moved a half-game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild-card spot.
The Twins scored three runs in the seventh to take the lead for good. Dozier, who hit his 29th homer leading off the game, was walked by reliever Steve Cishek (2-1) to open the inning. Jorge Polanco then bunted and Cishek threw wildly past first base, allowing Dozier to come all the way around to score for a 7-6 lead with Polanco advancing to third.
One out later, Escobar singled to right-center to drive in Polanco. Robbie Grossman doubled off Austin Pruitt and pinch-hitter Joe Mauer was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Max Kepler followed with a run-scoring grounder.
Taylor Rogers (6-3) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win.
NATIONALS 8, MARLINS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Gio Gonzalez and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, and Washington beat Miami for the eighth consecutive time.
Gonzalez (14-6) pitched five scoreless innings but needed 101 pitches. Ryan Zimmerman hit his 31st homer, and Michael A. Taylor added his 14th.
The Nationals, who completed a three-game sweep, have outscored Miami 53-12 in their past eight meetings. Washington increased its lead in the NL East to 18 games over second-place Miami.
The Marlins have lost nine of their past 10 to fade from the NL wild-card race. Announced attendance was 14,390, smallest of the year for the second night in a row at Marlins Park. With South Florida bracing for Hurricane Irma, a head count at first pitch put the actual crowd size at 799.
Dillon Peters (0-1) gave up three runs in five innings.
RANGERS 12, BRAVES 8, 1st game
BRAVES 5, RANGERS 4, 2nd game
ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double during Atlanta’s five-run second inning against Cole Hamels and the Braves held off a rally to beat Texas and split a doubleheader Wednesday night.
Nomar Mazara had a two-run homer in the nightcap for Texas, which won the first game behind four hits from Elvis Andrus.
The Rangers are two games behind the Twins in the race for the second AL wild card.
Julio Teheran (10-11) earned his second straight home win, allowing three runs, five walks and five hits in five innings in Game 2.
Hamels (9-3) gave up five runs, four earned, in six innings. After facing 10 batters in the second, he allowed only one hit over his next four innings.
Arodys Vizcaino gave up two-out singles to Jared Hoying and Carlos Gomez in the ninth. Vizcaino ended the game on Joey Gallo’s fly ball to center for his 10th save.
Luiz Gohara (0-1), a 21-year-old native of Brazil, allowed six runs in four innings in his major league debut for Atlanta in the first game. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (5-2) threw three scoreless innings in relief for Texas.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pinch-hitter Adam Rosales doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and the Diamondbacks overcame a rare deficit to beat the Dodgers for their franchise-record 13th straight win.
Their winning streak is the second-longest in the majors this season behind Cleveland’s current 14 in a row.
The D-backs swept the NL West-leading Dodgers for the second consecutive week for the first time since September 2005 to keep a comfortable lead in the wild-card race.
Ketel Marte singled leading off the seventh against Luis Avilan (2-2). Rosales followed with a double to deep center, scoring the speedy Marte. David Peralta singled and J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Daniel Descalso was hit by Avilan, forcing in Rosales and extending Arizona’s lead to 3-1.
The Dodgers have lost a season-high six in a row and 11 of 12, with six of those defeats to the second-place D-backs. Los Angeles still owns baseball’s best record at 92-47.
ROYALS 13, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Salvador Perez homered twice as Kansas City broke open a close game to rout Detroit.
The Royals snapped a 2-2 tie with four runs in the seventh, then scored seven in the eighth. Perez drove in three runs, while Whit Merrifield had three doubles and three RBIs. Alcides Escobar had four hits, falling a homer short of the cycle.
Jason Hammel (8-10) got the win, giving up two runs, nine hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out six while winning for the third time in four starts.
Tigers starter Matthew Boyd (5-9) pitched six-plus innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
ATHLETICS 3, ANGELS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sean Manaea pitched six-plus innings of shutout ball and Khris Davis homered as Oakland snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak.
The Angels, locked in a tight wild-card race, were trying for their seventh series sweep and second against the A’s this year. Los Angeles is among five teams competing for two wild-card berths that were separated by four games entering the day.
Manaea (10-9) struck out six and allowed five hits and three walks.
Davis hit an opposite field shot to right off starter Tyler Skaggs (1-5) leading off the bottom of the fourth. His 39th home run broke a scoreless tie.
Home plate umpire Mike Everitt ejected A’s third baseman Matt Chapman after an exchange between Chapman and Angels catcher Juan Graterol in the bottom of the fourth inning triggered by allegations of stealing signs.
Chapman said the Angels catcher was staring down A’s hitters in an effort to intimidate them.
METS 6, PHILLIES 3, 6 innings
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert Gsellman pitched well in a winning return from the minors and Travis d’Arnaud homered to help New York beat Philadelphia in a game shortened to six innings because of rain.
Asdrubal Cabrera went 3 for 3 with an RBI single and scored twice as the Mets improved to 37-17 against Philadelphia over the past three years.
Nick Williams hit a two-run homer and Cesar Hernandez was 3 for 3 with an RBI double for the Phillies, who trailed 6-0 before scoring three in the sixth off Gsellman (6-6) following Cabrera’s throwing error at third base. But any hopes of completing the comeback were washed away when the game was called after a 57-minute delay with one out in the bottom half.
Rookie Nick Pivetta (5-10) gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
REDS 7, BREWERS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie Luis Castillo struck out 10 in his final start of the season, Zack Cozart and Jose Peraza homered and last-place Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep of Milwaukee.
The playoff-contending Brewers have lost four of five. Neil Walker’s homer in the first inning was all Milwaukee could muster.
Castillo (3-7) retired 11 straight batters in one stretch and 22 of the last 24 while pitching eight innings. He allowed four hits, didn’t walk anybody and wound up with a 3.12 ERA in 15 starts.
The Reds are shutting down Castillo to limit his innings. The 24-year-old righty threw 111 pitches, matching his second-highest pitch count of the season, in this start.
Matt Garza (6-9) gave up five runs in 2 2/3 innings.
GIANTS 11, ROCKIES 3
DENVER (AP) — Joe Panik completed a torrid series with five more hits and Johnny Cueto threw five effective innings, helping the Giants beat Colorado to snap a 10-game skid against the Rockies at Coors Field.
Panik wore out Rockies pitching by going 12 of 15 — setting a Giants record for most hits in a three-game series. Austin Slater and Gorkys Hernandez each added two-run singles as the Giants won in Denver for the first time in a year to the day.
Cueto (7-7) looked like his vintage self, allowing one run and striking out seven. It was his second start since coming back from blister issues and a strained flexor tendon that sidelined him for 45 games.
Kyle Freeland (11-10) never found his groove in giving up five runs over 3 1/3 innings.
ASTROS 5, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Newly acquired Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Houston past the Mariners, as the Astros completed a three-game sweep to extend their winning streak to seven.
Carlos Beltran opened the ninth with a double down the left-field line off closer Edwin Diaz (3-6), who relieved to start the inning. Jake Marisnick ran for Beltran and advanced to third on Max Stassi’s groundout to short.
Maybin, claimed off waivers last week from the Los Angeles Angels, then lofted a 1-0 pitch into the right-field corner for his ninth home run and second game-winner in as many nights. Maybin also hit a two-run homer Tuesday that gave the Astros a 3-1 victory.
Chris Devenski (8-3) pitched the final 1 1/3 innings for the win.
CARDINALS 3, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Stephen Piscotty hit a two-run homer, rookie Jack Flaherty threw five innings of one-run ball and the streaking Cardinals beat the Padres.
St. Louis has won four straight and six of seven. Piscotty hit his ninth homer in the seventh — only the Cardinals’ third hit to that point — and St. Louis tacked on an unearned run in the eighth on Harrison Bader’s sacrifice fly.
Three Cardinals relievers blanked the Padres over four innings, with Tyler Lyons pitching a wobbly ninth for his second save. The Padres had the tying runs aboard with no outs before Lyons retired three straight. Ryan Sherriff (1-1) got the win.
Dinelson Lamet (7-7), who lost a pitching duel to the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw in his previous outing, stymied the Cardinals through six innings, giving up just one hit. Then Jose Martinez led off the seventh with a sharp single, and Piscotty followed with his two-run blast. When Lamet then walked Greg Garcia, his night was done and he was charged with two runs and four walks. He struck out eight.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — J.D. Martinez tied a major league record by hitting four home runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks routed the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 13-0 on Monday night for their 11th straight victory.
Martinez became the 18th player in major league history to hit four homers in a game, and the 16th in the modern era. Earlier this year, Scooter Gennett accomplished the feat for Cincinnati.
Martinez hit a two-run shot in the fourth off Dodgers starter Rich Hill (9-7). Martinez added solo homers in the seventh and eighth innings before capping his power show with a two-run drive in the ninth.
Robbie Ray (12-5) struck out a career-high 14 in 7 2/3 innings. The last time Arizona won 11 in a row was June 18-30, 2003.
INDIANS 5, WHITE SOX 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered again, Trevor Bauer earned his eighth straight win and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Monday for their 12th victory in a row.
Ramirez connected a day after tying the major league record with five extra-base hits, including two homers.
Bauer (15-8) gave up two runs on three hits, striking out nine in 6 1/3 innings. The AL Central leaders moved closer to the team-record 14-game winning streak they posted last season.
James Shields (2-6) kept the White Sox in the game before taking a line drive by Francisco Mejia off the knee in the seventh. Shields limped off the field after his 11th consecutive start without a win, and is considered day-to-day.
Cody Allen worked around two walks to pitch a scoreless ninth for his 24th save in 28 chances.
PIRATES 12, CUBS 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cubs ace Jake Arrieta exited in the third inning with a hamstring cramp, and Pittsburgh routed the NL Central leaders.
Arrieta (14-9) clutched his leg in obvious pain. The 2015 Cy Young Award winner tried to stretch out his right leg during a visit by manager Joe Maddon and the trainers, but a test pitch ended with Arrieta unable to let go of the ball.
Arrieta said he thinks he’ll be able to make his next scheduled start on Saturday against Milwaukee.
Josh Bell broke the NL record for most home runs by a rookie switch-hitter with his 24th. He topped the 23 by Chipper Jones for Atlanta in 1995.
Chad Kuhl (7-10) allowed four hits in seven innings. The Pirates have won three in a row.
BLUE JAYS 10, RED SOX 4
BOSTON (AP) — Steve Pearce had three hits as Toronto sent Red Sox starter Rick Porcello to his major league-leading 16th loss.
Boston fell for the fourth time in five games. Its lead in the AL East was trimmed to 2 1/2 games over the Yankees.
Kendrys Morales hit a three-run shot for Toronto in the first inning. Jose Bautista connected for a solo drive in the third, and Raffy Lopez chased Porcello (9-16) with a two-run homer in the sixth.
Porcello, who had won five of his previous six starts, allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He won the 2016 AL Cy Young Award.
The Blue Jays added three more in the ninth, highlighted by Justin Smoak’s 37th homer and a run-scoring double for Morales.
J.A. Happ (7-10) gave up one earned in 5 2/3 innings.
RAYS 11, TWINS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit his 26th home run and also doubled twice, powering Tampa Bay past Minnesota.
The Twins’ lead for the second wild-card spot was trimmed to a half-game by the Angels.
Logan Morrison, who got his 36th homer, and Kevin Kiermaier each added three hits for the Rays. Evan Longoria drove in three runs with a pair of singles.
Alex Cobb (10-9) gave up one run on three hits 5 2/3 innings. Jose Berrios (12-7) alllowed five runs on seven hits in five innings.
NATIONALS 7, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Anthony Rendon drove in four runs, Daniel Murphy drove in three more and Washington overcame a camera-denting home run by Giancarlo Stanton to beat Miami.
Rendon and Murphy each homered, doubled and singled.
Stanton hit his major league-leading 53rd home run, with the ball striking a TV camera just over the right-field wall.
A.J. Cole (2-4) allowed one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. Adam Conley (6-7) took the loss.
RANGERS 8, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Elvis Andrus, Nomar Mazara and Rougned Odor homered, Andrew Cashner pitched six strong innings and Texas beat Atlanta.
The Rangers lead the majors with 215 homers, matching their total from last season.
Cashner (9-9) is 6-2 with a 2.62 ERA in his last 10 starts. R.A. Dickey (9-9) took the loss.
ANGELS 11, ATHLETICS 9, 11 INNINGS
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles employed an American League-record 12 pitchers on Labor Day, and Kole Calhoun hit a two-run triple in the 11th inning to beat Oakland.
Fernando Salas (1-0), the ninth Angels pitcher, tossed a perfect 10th for the victory. Keynan Middleton came in as the third pitcher of the 11th and got his third career save as the Angels tried to move up in the wild-card race. The A’s have lost a season-worst seven in a row.
Three Angels pitchers didn’t record an out. The 12 pitchers overall topped the previous AL mark of 11 done four times, most recently by Tampa Bay in 2013. The Colorado Rockies set a major league record by using 13 pitchers in 2015 during a 16-inning game.
Angels star Mike Trout fouled a ball off his lower right leg in the 11th but stayed in the game after being checked by manager Mike Scioscia and a trainer.
Matt Olson homered twice for Oakland, including a tying, two-run drive with two outs in the ninth against Blake Parker.
Blake Treinen (1-3) gave up Calhoun’s go-ahead hit.
ASTROS 6, MARINERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Dallas Keuchel pitched effectively into the eighth inning as Houston won its fifth in a row.
Alex Bregman hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning for the AL West leaders.
Keuchel (12-3) allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked two in his longest outing since April 5. The left-hander started the season 9-0, but was 2-3 with a 5.35 ERA in his seven previous starts since coming off the disabled list on July 28.
Yuli Gurriel and Brian McCann homered for Houston. Marc Rzepcynski (2-1) took the loss.
YANKEES 7, ORIOLES 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — Starlin Castro homered and drove in three runs, Didi Gregorius also went deep and New York fueled its playoff push with a win over Baltimore.
After spotting the Orioles an early lead, New York bounced back for its fourth win in five games. The Yankees enhanced their position atop the AL wild-card race — they’re 2 ½ games behind AL East-leading Boston.
Aaron Judge drew a career-high four walks, singled and scored a run to help the Yankees extend their wild-card lead over Baltimore to 4 ½ games.
The Yankees played without catcher Gary Sanchez, who began serving a suspension that was reduced to three games from four. The MLB suspension stemmed from an Aug. 24 brawl during a game against Detroit.
Tim Beckham, Chris Davis and Welington Castillo homered for the Orioles, who have lost three of five following a seven-game winning streak.
Chad Green (3-0) struck out four in 2 1/3 innings after starter Jordan Montgomery got two outs in the fifth.
Dylan Bundy (13-9) gave up five runs, five hits and four walks in four-plus innings.
ROCKIES 4, GIANTS 3
DENVER (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning, and Colorado halted a four-game skid.
The game at Coors Field was played in hazy conditions because of smoke from the Western wildfires.
San Francisco reliever Steven Okert (1-1) gave the Rockies their walkoff walk. Greg Holland (3-5) pitched a perfect ninth.
Charlie Blackmon hit his 33rd homer as the Rockies increased their lead to 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot. Colorado is 8-0 at home against the Giants this season.
REDS 5, BREWERS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Billy Hamilton hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Cincinnati over Milwaukee.
Hamilton, who leads the majors with 58 stolen bases, sent a drive into the left-field seats for his fourth homer of the season. He connected off Josh Hader (1-3).
The last-place Reds opened a three-game series by stopping the playoff-contending Brewers. Raisel Iglesias (3-2) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.
CARDINALS 2, PADRES 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Carlos Martinez threw a three-hitter and struck out 10, Yadier Molina hit a two-run single and St. Louis beat San Diego for its fourth victory in five games.
The Cardinals remained three games behind Colorado in the race for the NL’s second wild card.
It was the second career shutout and complete game for Martinez (11-10). Luis Perdomo (7-9) took the loss.
METS 11, PHILLIES 7
NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera each homered and the Mets built a big lead, beating Philadelphia to end a four-game losing streak.
The Mets were up 10-0 by the fourth inning.
Rafael Montero (4-9) won his second straight start. New York chased Mark Leiter Jr. (2-5) with a six-run fourth.
ROYALS 7, TIGERS 6
DETROIT (AP) — Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar homered for Kansas City, which denied Detroit with its defense.
Alex Gordon reached well over the left-field fence to rob Mikie Mahtook of a three-run homer, while Lorenzo Cain’s sliding catch took two RBIs away from Jose Iglesias.
Since trading Justin Verlander and Justin Upton on Thursday, the Tigers are 0-5 and have been outscored 36-11.
The Tigers trailed 7-3 going into the ninth, but Nicholas Castellanos hit a three-run homer off Brandon Maurer with one out. Maurer struck out Efren Navarro before James McCann and Jeimer Candelario singled to put the potential winning run on base. Scott Alexander replaced Maurer and retired Mahtook for his third save in five chances.
Jake Junis (7-2) improved to 5-0 in his last seven starts, giving up three runs on seven hits in five innings. Artie Lewicki (0-1) pitched five innings in his major league debut, allowing five runs on 11 hits and a walk.
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HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer hit his career-best 30th home run and J.D Davis also went deep to help Houston beat Matt Harvey and the New York Mets 12-8 on Saturday in the Astros’ first game at Minute Maid Park since Hurricane Harvey devastated the area.
A crowd of 30,319 attended the doubleheader opener. The Astros had moved a home series against rival Texas to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The AL West leaders, who lost two of three to the Rangers, then postponed Friday’s game by a day, allowing players time to work in the community.
Harvey (4-4) was pounded for seven runs and eight hits in a career-low two innings. Harvey had not pitched for the Mets since June 14 because of a stress injury to the scapula bone in his right shoulder.
Houston right-hander Charlie Morton (11-6) struck out nine in five innings, giving up two runs and six hits.
INDIANS 5, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched eight strong innings and Cleveland won its 10th straight game.
The Indians are on their longest winning streak since taking a franchise-record 14 in a row between June 17 and July 1, 2016. They have outscored Detroit 18-4 in the first three games of the series.
Kluber (14-4) gave up one run and eight hits. Cody Allen allowed an RBI single to Jose Iglesias before retiring Ian Kinsler for his 23rd save.
Detroit’s Jordan Zimmermann (8-12) allowed five runs and 12 hits in five innings.
TWINS 17, ROYALS 0
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer went 4 for 4 for Minnesota, and Eduardo Escobar hit two home runs while driving in six runs.
Brian Dozier added a three-run homer and Byron Buxton went 3 for 5 with three runs, making Kyle Gibson (9-10) as comfortable as possible over six scoreless innings to help the Twins improve to 21-10 since Aug. 2.
The Royals fell to 11-20 since July 31. They have been shut out 15 times this season, including five in the last nine games.
Royals starter Onelki Garcia (0-1) recorded one out in his first major league start. He was charged with four runs.
YANKEES 5, RED SOX 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Matt Holliday made a smashing return to the Yankees’ lineup, hitting a three-run homer that helped Masahiro Tanaka to another win.
The Yankees, already holding the top spot in the wild-card race, pulled within 4 1/2 games of the AL East-leading Red Sox. The rivals close their season series Sunday night.
Holliday hadn’t played in the majors since going on the disabled list almost a month ago with a back injury. He was activated Friday but sat out a 4-1 loss.
It was 1-all in the sixth inning when Holliday launched a drive to left off Drew Pomeranz (14-5) estimated at 443 feet. Holliday pointed toward the Yankees dugout on his way toward first base after his 17th homer.
Tanaka (11-10) was charged with one run and five hits in seven-plus innings.
CUBS 14, BRAVES 12
CHICAGO (AP) — Rene Rivera hit a grand slam, Anthony Rizzo added a three-run triple and the Cubs held off the Braves in Jon Lester’s return from the disabled list.
Javier Baez and Jason Heyward also homered for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who have won six straight and 12 of 15 overall.
Lester (9-7) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings in his first start since Aug. 16. He had been sidelined by tightness in his left lat and general shoulder fatigue.
Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp and Rio Ruiz homered for Atlanta, which has dropped six of eight. Rookie right-hander Lucas Sims (2-5) was charged with six hits and seven runs in three-plus innings.
NATIONALS 3, BREWERS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Trea Turner’s double to the center-field wall scored Wilmer Difo from first base in the eighth inning, and Washington rallied for the road win.
The Nationals trailed 2-1 before Michael Taylor homered on the first pitch from rookie reliever Josh Hader (1-2). Difo bunted Hader’s second pitch for a single and scored on Turner’s double.
Washington ace Max Scherzer was hit in the left calf by a liner in the first and was lifted after throwing 75 pitches over five innings, but the 2016 NL Cy Young Award winner said he didn’t anticipate missing much time with the injury.
The Brewers fell 4 1/2 games behind Chicago in the NL Central, the farthest Milwaukee has been out of first place all season.
Ryan Madson (5-4) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win and Sean Doolittle got three outs for his 17th save.
MARLINS 10, PHILLIES 9
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his major league-leading 52nd home run, and Miami snapped a five-game losing streak.
Marcell Ozuna also connected and drove in four runs for the Marlins, and pinch hitter Derek Dietrich belted a three-run shot. Dan Straily (9-8) got the win.
Stanton’s estimated 445-foot drive against Aaron Nola (10-10) in the first bounced off the wall in front of the walkway above center field. The homer snapped a 1-for-17 slump for the All-Star slugger.
Philadelphia also lost center fielder Pedro Florimon to a serious right leg injury after he beat out an infield hit in the second. The game was delayed 15 minutes while emergency personnel carried Florimon into a vehicle and placed an inflatable cast over his leg.
Rhys Hoskins homered, doubled and singled for the last-place Phillies, who had won four of six.
PADRES 6, DODGERS 5
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yangervis Solarte homered with one out in the ninth inning, sending San Diego to the victory in the first game of a split doubleheader.
Solarte’s first career game-ending homer came against Pedro Baez (3-3). It was his 15th homer this season.
Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner connected for major league-leading Los Angeles, which has dropped six of seven. Bellinger tied Mike Piazza’s franchise rookie record with his 35th of the season.
The Dodgers trailed 5-3 before Turner hit a tying two-run shot off Brad Hand (3-4) in the ninth. The pinch-hit drive was Turner’s 18th homer of the year.
BLUE JAYS 7, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer and Toronto deftly recovered from a second-inning injury to starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.
Kevin Pillar and Darwin Barney also homered for the last-place Blue Jays. Matt Dermody (2-0) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.
Seth Smith connected for the Orioles, who fell 3 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the top AL wild-card slot. Wade Miley (8-11) pitched six innings of two-run ball.
Stroman was struck on the right elbow by a line drive off the bat of Mark Trumbo and left the game. The injury was later diagnosed as a contusion, and X-rays were negative.
GIANTS 2, CARDINALS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nick Hundley hit a game-ending homer in the 10th inning for San Francisco.
Hundley led off with an opposite-field drive to right on a 1-0 slider from Ryan Sherriff (0-1).
The Cardinals failed to score in the top of the 10th after Dexter Fowler led off with a triple against Sam Dyson (2-2). Third baseman Pablo Sandoval cut down pinch runner Harrison Bader at the plate on Stephen Piscotty’s one-out grounder.
Lance Lynn pitched eight shutout innings of one-hit ball for St. Louis. San Francisco right-hander Jeff Samardzija struck out nine and gave up one run in seven innings in his second straight strong start.
PIRATES 5, REDS 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordan Luplow picked up the first two hits of his career, including a three-run homer for Pittsburgh in the eighth inning.
Luplow beat out an infield single in the second for his first hit. His second went considerably farther, reaching the first row of seats in left-center field.
Starling Marte added three hits for Pittsburgh, which ended a four-game losing streak. A.J. Schugel (4-0) picked up the victory in relief.
Billy Hamilton had two hits for Cincinnati and stole two bases to boost his total to a major league-leading 58. Michael Lorenzen (8-3) got the loss.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wilson Ramos homered and drove in three runs against Chris Sale despite the All-Star’s record-setting performance, and rookie Jake Faria remained unbeaten as the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Thursday night.
Sale (11-4) struck out 12 while giving up four runs and seven hits in seven innings. He became the first Red Sox pitcher to strike out 10 or more in 12 games before the All-Star break, surpassing Pedro Martinez’s mark of 11 games in 1999.
Ramos hit a two-run homer in the sixth to cap the scoring.
Faria (4-0) gave up a run and four hits while walking four in six innings. The rookie right-hander has pitched at least six innings in each of his six starts and has a 2.11 ERA.
Alex Colome worked the ninth for his 23rd save.
DODGERS 5, DIAMONDBACKS 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Taylor singled home the winning run to cap a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, and NL West-leading Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of second-place Arizona.
Taylor’s bases-loaded single off T.J. McFarland with nobody out eluded the reach of left fielder Ray Fuentes, who was playing shallow to try to cut off the winning run.
Josh Fields (4-0) got the win after a run-scoring balk in the top of the ninth.
Fernando Rodney (3-3) issued three straight walks, including one to Logan Forsythe with the bases loaded that left the Dodgers trailing 4-2. Corey Seager tied it with a two-run single.
Jake Lamb homered twice for Arizona, including a go-ahead solo shot in the eighth. Diamondbacks All-Star Robbie Ray tied his career high with 13 strikeouts while allowing one run and five hits in six innings.
Dodgers starter Rich Hill left after seven innings with the game tied at 1. He gave up two hits and struck out nine without a walk.
BRAVES 5, NATIONALS 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Freddie Freeman drove in two runs and Mike Foltynewicz quieted Washington’s bats as Atlanta won following an unusually dry rain delay that lasted more than three hours.
Kurt Suzuki’s solo homer in the sixth inning off Gio Gonzalez (7-4) broke a 2-all tie. Freeman’s second RBI double of the game and 1,000th career hit extended the lead during a two-run seventh.
Despite negligible rain, the series opener was delayed for 3 hours, 5 minutes. But the grounds crew didn’t put the tarp on the infield until 74 minutes after the scheduled start time, and only a very brief, light shower hit Nationals Park before the first pitch was thrown at 10:10 p.m.
As a reward for fans who stuck around, Washington gave away free soda, ice cream and water.
The team’s scheduled game Wednesday night against the Mets was postponed amid a downpour following a delay of 1 hour, 55 minutes.
After taking a no-hit bid into the ninth inning against Oakland in his previous outing and throwing a career-high 119 pitches, Foltynewicz (7-5) got an extra day of rest. He allowed two runs and eight hits, including Brian Goodwin’s homer, over six innings to win his third consecutive start.
The 25-year-old right-hander has won four straight decisions, and seven of eight since opening the season 0-4.
Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his 19th save, getting the final out at 1:20 a.m. Friday.
Gonzalez lost his third straight start. He permitted three runs in six innings before an announced crowd of 22,274 — only hundreds remained when he threw the first pitch.
Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor strained an oblique and is headed to the 10-day disabled list.
ATHLETICS 7, MARINERS 4
SEATTLE (AP) — Khris Davis hit a three-run homer, Paul Blackburn pitched one-run ball into the eighth inning for his first major league win, and Oakland beat slumping Seattle.
Davis’ 24th homer keyed a four-run fifth inning that put the Athletics in front 7-0. Bruce Maxwell hit a solo homer, his first, to chase starter Sam Gaviglio (3-4).
The only run off Blackburn (1-0) was Mitch Haniger’s homer in the fifth.
Seattle has lost four straight and nine of 11 since reaching a season-best two games above .500 on June 23.
The Mariners pulled to 7-4 in the ninth on a three-run homer by Danny Valencia.
BLUE JAYS 7, ASTROS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin homered and matched a season high with three hits, Josh Donaldson broke out of his slump with a go-ahead single and Toronto beat Houston.
Francisco Liriano (5-4) pitched six solid innings and Roberto Osuna converted his 21st consecutive save opportunity as the Blue Jays, who began the night last in the AL East, won their third straight. Houston, which has the best record in the majors at 58-28, had won four in a row and eight of 10.
Marwin Gonzalez and Carlos Beltran homered for the Astros, handed a rare defeat on the road. The AL West leaders fell to 31-10 away from home as All-Star pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. (7-2) lost for the first time since April 26.
Toronto trailed 2-1 before batting around in a five-run fifth. Donaldson, the 2015 AL MVP, ended an 0-for-15 slide with a two-run single that put the Blue Jays in front.
BREWERS 11, CUBS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Braun homered to ignite a seven-run third inning and Milwaukee beat Chicago for its fourth straight victory.
The Brewers opened a 4½-game lead over the second-place Cubs in the NL Central and are guaranteed to hold the top spot at the All-Star break. This was a makeup of a May 20 rainout.
Willson Contreras homered for the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in his return following a two-week stint in the minor leagues.
Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (10-4) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings for the win.
Cubs starter Mike Montgomery (1-6) gave up seven runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings.
TIGERS 6, GIANTS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Anibal Sanchez pitched six strong innings, and Dixon Machado hit his first career home run to lift Detroit over San Francisco.
Sanchez (1-0) earned his first victory since Aug. 23, allowing two runs and five hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
Machado’s first home run came in the 146th at-bat of his career. The 25-year-old infielder hit a two-run shot in the second that put the Tigers up 4-0.
Chris Stratton (0-2) allowed five runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings in his first career start. He took the mound after the Giants scratched right-hander Johnny Cueto before the game because of an inner ear infection.
INDIANS 11, PADRES 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion homered and matched a career high with four hits, All-Star Jose Ramirez hit a home run and had three RBIs, and Cleveland, playing its third straight game without manager Terry Francona, defeated San Diego.
Francona remained hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic, where he has been undergoing tests to resolve the causes of him becoming light-headed over the past month. The 58-year-old was hospitalized twice last month and doctors admitted him Tuesday, about one week after he began wearing a heart monitor.
Bench coach Brad Mills filled in again for Francona.
Josh Tomlin (5-9) allowed two runs in seven-plus innings.
Encarnacion was 4 for 5, including a leadoff homer in the fifth and an RBI double in the sixth. He also singled in the third and eighth.
Dinelson Lamet (3-3) was removed after Encarnacion’s home run. The rookie right-hander allowed six runs — five earned — in four-plus innings.
PIRATES 6, PHILLIES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Gregory Polanco had four hits with a home run and two RBIs, and Josh Bell homered, doubled and drove in three runs to lead Pittsburgh over Philadelphia.
Andrew McCutchen added three hits with two doubles for the Pirates, who have won three straight.
Aaron Altherr had two hits and two RBIs for the Phillies.
Chad Kuhl (3-6) allowed three runs — two earned — and six hits in a career-high seven innings.
Juan Nicasio pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.
Bell made up for his third-inning defensive gaffe with a two-run homer in the fourth that gave Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead. He then broke a 3-all tie in the eighth with a double to right field off Joaquin Benoit (1-3) that scored the go-ahead run.
REDS 6, ROCKIES 3
DENVER (AP) — Sal Romano tossed five innings to earn his first major league win, and Cincinnati beat Colorado.
Romano (1-1), called up before the game to make his second career start, allowed six hits and allowed two runs to help the Reds split the four-game series.
Adam Duvall hit his 20th home run and drove in two runs and Eugenio Suarez had three hits for Cincinnati.
Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood (6-10) allowed seven hits and walked four in six innings, but limited the damage with some timely double plays. The Reds scored in the first on Billy Hamilton’s leadoff triple and Joey Votto’s single, and Scooter Gennett scored runs in the third and fifth to give Cincinnati a 3-1 lead.
CARDINALS 4, MARLINS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Luke Voit homered and drove in three runs and St. Louis beat Miami.
Voit, who also doubled, and third baseman Jedd Gyorko each had two hits. The Cardinals’ eight hits backed another good outing from Michael Wacha (6-3), who allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked two.
Marcell Ozuna had three hits and three RBIs for the Marlins. Dee Gordon had two hits, scored three runs and stole two bases.
Miami starter Tom Koehler (1-4) allowed three runs and four hits over five innings. He struck out seven and walked three.
Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh allowed a leadoff single in the ninth, but locked down his 17th save in 20 chances.
TWINS 6, ORIOLES 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eduardo Escobar’s two-run triple highlighted a six-run third inning as Minnesota beat Baltimore.
Twins starter Jose Berrios (8-2) gave up four runs in six innings, and Brandon Kintzler got his 23rd save. Minnesota defeated Baltimore for the fifth straight time dating to last season.
Escobar is hitting .371 since June 4 and .431 in his last 13 home games.
Mark Trumbo hit an early two-run homer for the Orioles.
Miguel Sano had an RBI single against Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (8-8), and Max Kepler followed with a two-run single to put the Twins ahead 3-2.
Baltimore (40-45) lost its fourth straight and dropped to a season-worst five games below .500.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Cory Spangenberg drove in the only run with a groundout, and six San Diego pitchers combined on a five-hitter as the Padres edged the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Tuesday night despite a record-setting outing by All-Star Corey Kluber.
Cleveland manager Terry Francona missed the game after he was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic for tests. Francona was hospitalized twice last month after feeling lightheaded and having a rapid heart rate. He was fitted with a heart monitor last week and said at the time doctors had ruled out any serious health issues.
Team president Chris Antonetti said Francona did not experience the previous symptoms again, and the tests were being done to help determine what’s causing the issue.
Kluber (7-3) struck out 10 in eight innings — setting a franchise mark with five consecutive double-digit strikeout games. But the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner received little help from his offense or defense.
Jose Torres (5-2) got two outs for the win. Brandon Mauer pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
DODGERS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out 11 to become the first 13-game winner in the majors this season, helping first-place Los Angeles beat Arizona in a matchup of the National League’s top two teams.
Kershaw (13-2) ended up allowing two hits in seven shutout innings. He lost his bid for a second career no-hitter on an infield single by Chris Owings with one out in the seventh.
All-Star closer Kenley Jansen entered with two on in the ninth and gave up a three-run homer to Daniel Descalso. Jansen finished for his 18th save in as many chances.
Kershaw has made 12 consecutive starts without a loss and is 9-0 with a 2.19 ERA since a 4-3 loss to San Francisco on May 1. The left-hander hasn’t allowed a run in his last three starts.
Arizona lefty Patrick Corbin (6-8) gave up three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Justin Turner homered and drove in two runs for the Dodgers. Yasmani Grandal also knocked in two runs.
RED SOX 11, RANGERS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Andrew Benintendi went 5 for 5 with two homers, six RBIs and a terrific catch in left field, and David Price struck out nine over six scoreless innings as Boston beat Texas to stretch the longest winning streak in the majors to six games.
The first Red Sox rookie with two five-hit games in a season, Benintendi had a three-run homer in the fifth that chased All-Star pitcher Yu Darvish (6-7), who matched career highs by allowing seven runs and 11 hits.
Benintendi led off the eighth by going the opposite way for his 12th homer, with the ball hitting on top of the 14-foot wall down the left-field line. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with his 11th home run.
Price (4-2) threw 70 of 106 pitches for strikes in his eighth start since missing the season’s first seven weeks with an elbow strain. The lefty departed after his second walk started the seventh.
Adrian Beltre has 2,974 career hits after a three-hit night for Texas that included his 600th career double. Mike Napoli went deep for the fourth straight game, his 18th homer being a three-run drive in the eighth after the Rangers trailed 11-0.
ASTROS 16, BRAVES 4
ATLANTA (AP) — Jose Altuve homered and drove in four runs, Josh Reddick hit a grand slam and Houston pounded Atlanta.
Showing why they’re the best team in baseball at 57-27, the Astros banged out 19 hits to tie a season high and led 12-0. But All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa left before the fifth inning with left thumb discomfort. He was hurt sliding headfirst into home as catcher Tyler Flowers tagged him to end the fourth inning. X-rays were negative and Correa is day to day.
Yuli Gurriel doubled twice to drive in three runs, Brad Peacock (6-1) won his third straight start and George Springer went 4 for 5 with a homer, helping Houston improve to 30-9 on the road despite the return of Braves slugger Freddie Freeman from a broken left wrist.
Houston has won 11 of 14 overall and 19 of 22 on the road.
The Braves began the night one game shy of .500 after winning 11 of 15, but Sean Newcomb (1-3) struggled in his first career start against a potent major league lineup. The rookie gave up 10 hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Freeman came back as Atlanta’s starting third baseman, moving from first base to a position he hadn’t played since high school. He singled in his first at-bat and easily handled his first chance at the hot corner.
REDS 8, ROCKIES 1
DENVER (AP) — Homer Bailey pitched six solid innings for his first win since last August, Billy Hamilton had a two-out, two-run single after missing a game with a bothersome back and Cincinnati beat Colorado.
Jose Peraza, Scott Schebler and pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett added homers for the Reds, who have won three of their last 18 road games.
The injury-plagued Bailey (1-2) scattered eight hits in the longest of his three starts this season. The right-hander with two career no-hitters was on the disabled list until June 24 as he recovered from offseason surgery to remove bone spurs in his pitching elbow.
Kyle Freeland (8-7) gave up five runs over 5 1/3 innings in his third straight loss.
BLUE JAYS 4, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia was chased during a four-run third inning in his return from the disabled list, with Kendrys Morales hitting a two-run single that helped the Blue Jays stop a five-game losing streak.
Aaron Judge dented a metal casement above a door behind the left-center field wall with his major league-leading 28th home run, a drive that would have traveled 456 feet had it landed unimpeded, according to MLB’s Statcast.
That was the only run off J.A. Happ (3-5), who allowed four hits in six innings. Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
Sabathia (7-3) was charged with four runs, three hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings.
RAYS 6, CUBS 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Tim Beckham homered, and the Rays won their reunion with Joe Maddon.
Beckham’s two-run drive highlighted a five-run fourth against Jon Lester (5-5). Alex Colome gave up two runs in the ninth, but the Rays won their first meeting against Maddon since he left to manage Chicago following the 2014 season.
Colome threw 38 pitches in the ninth but came away with his 22nd save in 26 chances.
Chris Archer (7-5) picked up his third win in four starts, giving up three runs and eight hits in six innings. The former Cubs prospect also had an RBI single for his first career hit.
Lester allowed up six runs — tying a season high — and nine hits over five innings. Chicago lost for the fifth time in seven games.
NATIONALS 11, METS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Murphy had four hits and five RBIs, helping NL East-leading Washington to its third straight victory.
Murphy improved his career average to .405 against the Mets, his first and only former big league team.
Bryce Harper had three hits and two RBIs for the Nationals, and Joe Ross (5-3) allowed two runs over seven innings.
Jay Bruce, Jose Reyes and Rene Rivera homered for New York. Seth Lugo (3-2) surrendered six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
PIRATES 3, PHILLIES 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pittsburgh right-hander Jameson Taillon struck out a career-best nine in five innings, and Andrew McCutchen hit a pair of solo homers.
Taillon (5-2) allowed four hits and four relievers finished off the six-hitter. The right-hander is 3-1 in five starts since returning from surgery for testicular cancer.
McCutchen ripped his 15th homer to left in the sixth, one pitch after a high-and-tight fastball from Mark Leiter Jr. (1-1) knocked him down. He connected off Ricardo Pinto in the eighth, sending a drive off the facing of the upper deck in left.
A 22-minute rain delay held things up in the bottom of the eighth. Felipe Rivero pitched out of trouble in the ninth for his fourth save in four tries.
ROYALS 7, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Whit Merrifield hit the first pitch of the game from Felix Hernandez for his seventh home run, helping Kansas City to its fifth win in six games.
Mike Moustakas added his 24th homer for the Royals, and Salvador Perez also drove in two runs. Danny Duffy (5-4) returned after spending a month on the disabled list and allowed two runs and five hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Hernandez (3-3) was charged with six runs, five earned, and six hits in six innings.
Jean Segura had four hits for Seattle, and Nelson Cruz added two hits and two RBIs.
ATHLETICS 7, WHITE SOX 6
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Franklin Barreto homered in the ninth inning, Yonder Alonso went deep twice and Oakland snapped a season-high six-game losing streak.
Matt Joyce’s two-run homer and Alonso’s long balls in the fourth and fifth helped stake the A’s to a 6-5 lead, but Santiago Casilla (2-3) was unable to close it out in the ninth. That set the stage for Barreto’s late-inning theatrics.
With one out, Barreto hit a towering fly ball off Tommy Kahnle (0-3) that just cleared the wall in left field and sent the A’s pouring out of the dugout for a sorely needed celebration.
Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu homered for the White Sox, who had won four of five. Cabrera also hit a tying RBI single with two out in the ninth.
BREWERS 6, ORIOLES 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames homered twice and Jimmy Nelson pitched seven strong innings, leading Milwaukee to the victory.
Stephen Vogt and Travis Shaw also connected for the NL Central-leading Brewers. Nelson (7-4) allowed an unearned run and six hits.
Jonathan Schoop hit a solo homer for Baltimore in the ninth. Ubaldo Jimenez (3-4) gave up five runs and six hits over five innings.
The Brewers jumped ahead on Vogt’s two-run shot in the second. Vogt has three home runs since being claimed off waivers last week.
TIGERS 5, GIANTS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Victor Martinez homered, Michael Fulmer pitched eight innings and Detroit snapped San Francisco’s six-game win streak.
Justin Upton went 3 for 3 for the Tigers, including a tiebreaking two-run single with two out in the seventh. Upton’s big day helped make up for the loss of slugger Miguel Cabrera, who left after six innings due to left hip tightness.
Fulmer (8-6) allowed two homers for the first time this season. Justin Wilson pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save.
San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain (3-8) surrendered five runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. He dropped to 0-7 in nine starts since beating the Dodgers on May 15.
MARLINS 5, CARDINALS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Christian Yelich hit a three-run homer and Jose Urena struck out seven in five solid innings, helping Miami to the road win.
JT Riddle added a two-run single for the Marlins, who had dropped five of six. Dee Gordon had three hits, and Giancarlo Stanton reached three times.
Greg Garcia hit a two-run homer for St. Louis, which lost for just the second time in seven games. Lance Lynn (6-6) allowed four runs, two earned, and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Urena (7-3) was charged with two runs and three hits. AJ Ramos got three outs for his 14th save in 15 opportunities.
TWINS 5, ANGELS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson got his first win in three weeks and Byron Buxton hit his fifth homer, leading Minnesota to the victory.
Gibson (5-6) allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings in his longest outing of the season. It was his first win since June 13 against Seattle.
Minnesota went ahead to stay with two runs in the fifth. Robbie Grossman hit an RBI double off JC Ramirez (7-7) and scored on Joe Mauer’s single for a 3-1 lead.
Los Angeles slugger Albert Pujols homered in the eighth, and the Angels closed to 5-4 when Andrelton Simmons scored on shortstop Ehire Adrianza’s throwing error in the ninth. But Brandon Kintzler got Martin Maldonado to bounce into a double play for his 22nd save.
(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game rosters will feature five players apiece from the Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees, with three Nationals and three Astros earning starting nods.
Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and top overall vote-getter Bryce Harper will start for the NL, while Astros Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and George Springer will control the middle of the field for the American League. Nationals aces Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg were also selected.
Transcendent rookie slugger Aaron Judge – the top American League vote-getter and current Triple Crown leader – heads a list of five Yankees selected.
While 64 players were selected Sunday, there’s still plenty in flux before the July 11 game at Miami’s Marlins Park. Here are the starters and reserves named Sunday:
C – Salvador Perez, Royals
Know this: Perez is the only catcher in the AL qualified for a batting title. He is on pace to have the most RBI by a catcher since Victor Martinez had 103 in 2014.
1B – Justin Smoak, Blue Jays
Know this: Smoak has the highest OPS of any first baseman in the AL (.964), with 22 home runs and 52 RBI to go with it.
2B – Jose Altuve, Astros
Know this: With a .398 on-base percentage, Altuve gets on base more than any second baseman in the majors.
3B – Jose Ramirez, Indians
Know this: Ramirez’s 99 hits lead all AL third basemen, as does his OPS of .963.
SS – Carlos Correa, Astros
Know this: Correa’s 58 RBI put him on pace to have the most RBI by a shortstop since 2005.
OF – Aaron Judge, Yankees
Know this: Judge is on pace to finish with the most homers for a rookie in the history of the majors. And given Judge’s 495-foot blast on June 11, let’s just hope his name is on the roster for the Home Run Derby too.
OF – Mike Trout, Angels
Know this: Trout hasn’t played a game since April 28 and he still leads the Angels with 16 home runs and an OPS of 1.203.
OF – George Springer, Astros
Know this: With 64 runs and 24 home runs, the only reason Springer isn’t leading AL outfielders in those categories is because Judge is having an unprecedented rookie season.
DH – Corey Dickerson, Rays
Know this: Dickerson blows away designated hitters with an OPS of .925 and leads the group with 60 runs as well.
C: Gary Sanchez, Yankees
Know this: Sanchez’s .904 OPS is good enough to even surpass Salvador Perez.
1B: Yonder Alonso, Athletics
Know this: Alonso leads his position with a .374 on-base percentage and sits in the top10 for home runs, runs, RBI and batting average.
2B: Starlin Castro, Yankees
Know this: Castro is second behind only Altuve among second baseman with a .313 batting average and 52 runs.
2B: Jonathan Schoop, Orioles
Know this: Schoop is the Orioles’ sole representative, but his .538 slugging percentage is highest among AL second basemen.
3B: Miguel Sano, Twins
Know this: Sano leads AL third basemen with 58 RBI and creates 6.99 runs per 27 outs.
SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians
Know this: Lindor has more extra-base hits than any other AL shortstop, and his 14 home runs trail only Correa.
OF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox
Know this: No outfielder in the majors strikes out less than Betts, and he boasts the most hits among AL outfielders too.
OF: Avisail Garcia, White Sox
Know this: Garcia’s 92 hits are tied with Betts for most among their position group, plus his .318 batting average trails only Judge.
OF: Michael Brantley, Indians
Know this: After missing nearly the entire 2016 season because of injury, Brantley has returned with a .303 batting average through the first half — a mark that is fourth best among AL outfielders.
DH: Nelson Cruz, Mariners
Know this: Cruz’s 59 RBI are the most among DHs.
LH: Chris Sale, Red Sox
Know this: Sale leads all pitchers with 12.38 strikeouts per nine innings and has a 0.80 defense-independent pitching ratio.
LH: Dallas Keuchel, Astros
Know this: In between fighting nagging neck injury, he’s gone 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA.
LH: Jason Vargas, Royals
Know this: Vargas has ridden an AL-low 2.22 ERA to the first All-Star selection of his career.
RH: Luis Severino, Yankees
Know this: Severino is on pace to finish with 231 strikeouts, which would be the third-most among any Yankees pitcher in franchise history for a single season.
RH: Yu Darvish, Rangers
Know this: He might only have a .500 record, but Darvish is third in the AL with 115 strikeouts.
RH: Michael Fulmer, Tigers
Know this: Fulmer is the Tigers’ only representative and has surrendered just four home runs through the first half — the lowest total among AL starters.
RH: Ervin Santana, Twins
Know this: Precision performance (1.09 WHIP) over 111 1/3 innings, second to Sale in the AL.
RH: Corey Kluber, Indians
Know this: Kluber trails only Sale with 11.76 strikeouts per nine innings, and has walked 20 batters this season.
RH: Lance McCullers Jr., Astros
Know this: McCullers has surrendered just six homers this year and has the third-lowest ERA behind just Vargas and Sale.
RH: Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox
Know this: Kimbrel has the highest strikeout percentage of any reliever in the majors (50.8).
RH: Dellin Betances
Know this: Before allowing six runs through his last two appearances, Betances boasted a 1.09 ERA with 47 strikeouts.
LH: Andrew Miller, Indians
Know this: Miller is third among all relievers this season with 65 strikeouts and has walked 10 batters in 421/3 innings.
Final vote: Elvis Andrus, Rangers; Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox; Didi Gregorious, Yankees; Mike Moustakas, Royals; Logan Morrison, Rays
C – Buster Posey, Giants
Know this: No player in the NL has a higher batting average than Posey’s mark of .339.
1B – Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals
Know this: Zimmerman’s .335 batting average is second in the NL, plus he is tied for first among the position group with 93 hits.
2B – Daniel Murphy, Nationals
Know this: Murphy leads NL second basemen across the board with a .334 batting average, 55 RBI and 14 homers.
3B – Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Know this: Arenado leads all NL third basemen with 98 hits, and is in the top five for home runs, RBI and OPS.
SS – Zack Cozart, Reds
Know this: He will receive a donkey from teammate Joey Votto for earning an All-Star nod.
OF – Bryce Harper, Nationals
Know this: Harper’s .997 OPS leads NL outfielders.
OF – Charlie Blackmon, Rockies
Know this: Blackmon leads the majors with 106 hits, plus he boasts 58 RBI batting primarily from the leadoff spot.
OF – Marcell Ozuna, Marlins
Know this: Ozuna leads NL outfielders with 59 RBI and barely trails Blackmon with 97 hits.
C – Yadier Molina, Cardinals
Know this: Eighth All-Star appearance in last nine seasons.
1B – Joey Votto, Reds
Know this: .428 on-base mark leads to first All-Star appearance since 2013 – when he led NL with .435 OBP
1B – Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
Know this: Fifth consecutive All-Star nod; has boosted slugging from .489 to .588.
2B – D.J. LeMahieu, Rockies
Know this: Defending NL batting champ on pace for career-best 73 RBI.
2B – Josh Harrison, Pirates
Know this: Versatile talent makes first All-Star appearance since 2014.
3B – Jake Lamb, Diamondbacks
Know this: Lifetime .806 OPS in nearly 1,500 plate appearances.
SS – Corey Seager, Dodgers
Know this: A lifetime .381 OBP for 23-year-old two-time All-Star.
OF – Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
Know this: No rookie has produced more multi-homer games.
OF – Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
Know this: You best believe he wants to defend Derby title in home yard.
OF – Michael Conforto, Mets
Know this: Yep, another on-base machine – .405 this year – younger than 25.
OF – Ender Inciarte, Braves
Know this: A .307/.353./.406 line should garner him MVP votes, too.
RH Max Scherzer, Nationals
Know this: Entered Sunday with NL-best 2.06 ERA and 151 strikeouts. Shoo-in to start game.
LH Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Know this: Already given up career-high 17 homers – but still has a 0.91 walks and hits per inning.
LH Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks
Know this: Striking out nearly 12 batters per nine innings.
RH Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks
Know this: On track for first 20-win season in decorated career.
RH Carlos Martinez, Cardinals
Know this: Second All-Star appearance at 25 years old.
RH Stephen Strasburg, Nationals
Know this: Has struck out at least 10 in five of 16 starts.
RH Kenley Jansen, Dodgers
Know this: Fifty three strikeouts, and one walk.
RH Wade Davis, Cubs
Know this: He’s the lone Cub representative, and now an All-Star in both leagues.
RH Greg Holland, Rockies
Know this: Holland leads the majors with 26 saves and boasts a 1.48 ERA.
LH Brad Hand, Padres
Know this: Two saves and 13 holds for the most reliable Padre.
RH Corey Knebel, Brewers
Know this: Has struck out 68 batters in 39 2/3 innings.
RH Pat Neshek, Phillies
Know this: Neshek maintains a stunning 0.87 WHIP and should be a prime trade chip.
Final vote: Justin Bour, Marlins; Kris Bryant, Cubs; Anthony Rendon, Nationals; Mark Reynolds, Rockies; Justin Turner, Dodgers.
Contributing: Kevin Santo, Gabe Lacques, Bob Nightengale
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NEW YORK (AP) — Ronald Torreyes hit a game-winning single with two outs in the 10th inning after midnight, and the New York Yankees edged the Texas Rangers 2-1 on a rainy Friday night for just their second win in 10 games.
Brett Gardner lined a tying home run with one out in the New York ninth off closer Matt Bush. After Chasen Shreve (2-1) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 10th, Torreyes kept the Yankees atop the AL East.
Yu Darvish and Masahiro Tanaka kept it scoreless into the late innings in the first major league meeting between the Japanese stars.
Gary Sanchez, whose passed ball gave Texas a 1-0 lead in the ninth, singled with one out in the 10th off Bush (2-3). A single by Didi Gregorius put runners at the corners and after Chris Carter struck out, Torreyes lined a single to center field.
MARLINS 2, CUBS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his 19th home run, Jose Urena scattered five hits over six innings and Miami topped defending champion Chicago.
Christian Yelich added a sacrifice fly for the Marlins, who won for the second time this week with no more than three hits. Stanton had two hits and Dee Gordon the other for Miami, which got only two hits in a 2-1 win over Washington on Wednesday.
Urena (6-2) won his fifth straight decision. A.J. Ramos pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.
Javier Baez and Ian Happ each had two hits for the Cubs. John Lackey (5-8) gave up just three hits and two runs — one earned — in six innings, yet still fell to 1-5 in his last seven starts.
RED SOX 9, ANGELS 4
BOSTON (AP) — Hanley Ramirez and Sandy Leon hit two-run homers and the Red Sox won on a night they retired David Ortiz’s number.
It was the 250th career home run for Ramirez, a good friend of Ortiz who was also born in the Dominican Republic. Leon finished with three hits and four RBIs.
The homers helped provide a nice cushion for Rick Porcello (4-9), who gave up four runs and struck out eight in 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. It was the 13th straight start Porcello has gone at least six innings.
Alex Meyer (3-4) allowed five runs and five hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Los Angeles scored three runs in the seventh, but cooled off after Porcello exited.
RAYS 15, ORIOLES 5
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Evan Longoria and Shane Peterson drove in four runs apiece to back the pitching of Chris Archer and lead surging Tampa Bay past Baltimore.
Peterson and Derek Norris hit two-run homers off Ubaldo Jimenez (2-3) as Orioles pitchers allowed at least five runs for the 20th consecutive game, tying a major league record set by the 1924 Philadelphia Phillies.
Longoria had a two-run single during Tampa Bay’s four-run first inning, and Peterson and Norris both went deep in the third to chase Jimenez, who yielded nine runs, seven hits and four walks in 2 1/3 innings.
Logan Morrison also had a big night for the Rays, hitting his 22nd homer and finishing with three RBIs.
Archer (6-4) wasn’t especially sharp. But the right-hander didn’t have to be with the Rays posting a season-high for runs.
PADRES 1, TIGERS 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Luis Perdomo pitched two-hit ball over six innings, Austin Hedges had an RBI double and San Diego handed Detroit its seventh straight loss.
Perdomo (2-4) outworked Detroit’s Michael Fulmer and did not allow a hit until the fifth. Perdomo struck out six and walked five in his first scoreless outing of the season.
Hedges doubled to the right-center gap in the second to drive home Cory Spangenberg, who reached base three times against Fulmer (6-6). It was Hedges’ first at-bat since a collision at home plate with the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo that sidelined the catcher for two games.
Brad Hand pitched a scoreless eighth and Brandon Maurer retired the side in the ninth for his 14th save.
TWINS 5, INDIANS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Adalberto Mejia combined with three relievers on a four-hitter, leading Minnesotain a matchup of the top two teams in the AL Central.
Mejia (2-3) held Cleveland to two hits in five innings, but had to work around five walks and two errors. The left-hander got out of bases-loaded jams in the second and fourth and stranded nine Indians runners on base.
Cleveland was coming off a 7-1 road trip, including a four-game sweep at Target Field last weekend that gave the Indians first place in the division. The Twins are now 1 1/2 back.
Tyler Duffey, Taylor Rogers and Trevor Hildenberger combined to pitch the final four innings.
Jorge Polanco’s two-run homer highlighted Minnesota’s four-run second off Trevor Bauer (6-6) and gave the Twins only their third win in 11 games against the Indians this season. Brian Dozier was 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
NATIONALS 6, REDS 5, 10 INNINGS
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper singled in the winning run in the 10th inning, Brian Goodwin homered twice and Washington got a solid performance from its bullpen.
Anthony Rendon and Daniel Murphy also homered for the Nationals, who trailed 5-2 in the sixth before coming back to deal the Reds their 12th loss in 13 games.
Trea Turner singled off Raisel Iglesias (2-2) with one out in the 10th and took third on a single by Goodwin before Harper hit a liner that struck the right-field wall on one bounce.
Matt Albers (3-1) pitched the 10th to cap an impressive night for the Nationals’ bullpen, a maligned group that blanked the Reds on one hit over the final five innings.
ATHLETICS 3, WHITE SOX 0
CHICAGO (AP) — Khris Davis and Matt Joyce homered, Jharel Cotton pitched three-hit ball into the sixth inning before leaving with a blister on his right thumb and Oakland beat Chicago.
Davis hit a two-run homer in the first. Joyce connected leading off the fifth against Mike Pelfrey (3-6) and the Athletics picked up the win coming off four-game sweep by Houston.
Cotton (5-7) and four relievers combined on Oakland’s second shutout of the season.
Cotton gave up a leadoff single to Kevan Smith and left after he came up shaking his hand following the first pitch to Adam Engel.
Liam Hendriks, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle each worked a scoreless inning before Santiago Casilla ran into trouble in the ninth. He allowed singles to Melky Cabrera and Jose Abreu before getting out of the jam, picking up his 12th save.
BRAVES 5, BREWERS 4
ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Foltynewicz won his fourth straight decision at home, shortstop Dansby Swanson made a pair of outstanding defensive plays in the ninth inning and Atlanta won for the sixth time in seven games.
Foltynewicz (5-5) gave up one run, four hits and three walks in five innings with nine strikeouts, improving to 4-0 with a 2.17 ERA in his last five starts at SunTrust Park.
Brandon Phillips homered and drove in two runs, and Arodys Vizcaino earned his first save since last June 26.
Eric Thames doubled leading off the ninth, and Domingo Santana hit a two-hopper to the second-base side of Swanson, who spun and threw out Thames at third. Travis Shaw flied out to the left-field warning track as Santana advanced, and Manny Pina lined out to Swanson, who made a diving backhand catch in the shortstop hole, for the final out.
PIRATES 4, CARDINALS 3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Josh Bell and John Jaso homered as Pittsburgh snapped a seven-game skid in Busch Stadium.
Jaso, who entered as part of a double switch in the eighth inning, drove a 3-2 pitch from Seung Hwan Oh (1-4) over the wall in right-center to break a 3-3 tie in the ninth.
Jameson Taillon threw 104 pitches in six innings, both highs since coming back from testicular cancer surgery on June 12. Only one of the four hits the Pirates righty allowed left the infield.
Felipe Rivero (3-1) pitched the Pirates out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth. Rivero worked around a ninth inning walk to secure the win.
ROYALS 5, BLUE JAYS 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield hit a two-run, two-out double that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and Kansas City reached .500 for the first time since April.
With their 10th win in 12 games, the Royals improved to 36-36. They were 6-6 before play on April 20, then went on a nine-game losing streak that night and dropped as low as 10-20, seven games out of first place. They trail AL Central-leading Cleveland by three games.
Toronto took a 2-1 lead into the ninth and extended it when Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak hit RBI singles off Joakim Soria (4-2).
Salvador Perez doubled with one out in the bottom half against Ryan Tepera, took third on a wild pitch, and Brandon Moss walked with two outs.
Alcides Escobar greeted Aaron Loup (2-1) with an RBI single, and Alex Gordon hit a run-scoring single on the first pitch from Jason Grilli. Ahead 3-1 in the count, Merrifield doubled on a hop to the left-field wall, and Gordon scored easily from first, crossing the plate with a headfirst slide.
PHILLIES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Mark Leiter Jr. held the Arizona Diamondbacks to three hits over six scoreless innings, and Maikel Franco and Tommy Joseph both homered to lead Philadelphia.
Leiter (1-0) struck out five with a walk for his first major league win in his first major league start after 12 relief appearances. He bested Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin (6-7), who held the Phillies to a run and eight hits for 6 2/3 innings.
Philadelphia won its second straight after five straight losses, three from being swept in a series with Arizona at home last week.
The Diamondbacks had scored 26 runs in their previous two games, both wins, and had won nine of their previous 10 games before Friday. They didn’t score until Daniel Descalso’s one-out triple drove in Rey Fuentes from first base in the eighth inning.
MARINERS 13, ASTROS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Felix Hernandez pitched six solid innings in his first start in nearly two months and was backed by home runs from Mike Zunino, Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager as Seattle beat Houston.
A day after climbing over .500 for the first time this season, the Mariners continued their June surge with their sixth straight win thanks to an offense that knocked out Houston starter Joe Musgrove (4-7) early. Jarrod Dyson’s RBI double in the second got Seattle started, but it was a six-run third inning that blew the game open.
Danny Valencia’s two-run single dribbled past the diving attempt of Alex Bregman and two batters later Zunino hit a three-run shot for his 10th home run of the season.
Hernandez (3-2), pitching for the first time since April 25, gave up a pair of solo home runs to Bregman and Jose Altuve, but walked just one batter and pitched out of the one major jam he faced.
METS 11, GIANTS 4
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes had three hits including a two-run homer and Lucas Duda had three hits including a solo blast to help the Mets snap a four-game losing streak.
Along with Cespedes and Duda, Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores and Michael Conforto all had three hits for New York, which had lost seven of eight.
The Giants have lost 10 of their last 11 games, 12 of their last 14 and 19 of their last 24.
After being held to five runs over their last three games, the Mets broke out their hitting slump, combining for 20 hits. All but one Mets starter (Jose Reyes) had at least one hit and all but two (Reyes and Cabrera) drove in at least one run.
Seth Lugo (2-1) won for the third time in his last four starts. He gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings and was 1 for 2 with one RBI.
Ty Blach (4-5) gave up seven runs in three innings.
DODGERS 6, ROCKIES 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig homered and left-hander Alex Wood kept his record perfect as the streaking Dodgers defeated the NL West rival Rockies for their eighth consecutive victory.
The Dodgers have won 14 of their last 15 games and have scored at least six runs in seven consecutive games.
Wood (8-0) allowed one run in six innings. He gave up only three hits and walked two, retiring his last 10 batters.
The Dodgers have homered in 15 consecutive games, tied for fourth-longest streak in club history. The last time they managed it was in 1977. Their record is 24 consecutive games with a home run.
Rookie left-hander Kyle Freeman (8-4) allowed five runs and a career-high 10 hits and three walks in six innings.
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter for his fifth career shutout, Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana homered and the Cleveland Indians overpowered the Baltimore Orioles 12-0 Monday night for their season-high sixth straight victory.
Santana and Austin Jackson had three RBIs apiece for the AL Central leaders, whose recent surge has lifted them to a season-best six games over .500 (37-31).
Cleveland batted around in the fourth and fifth innings and sent eight men to the plate in a three-run sixth that made it 11-0. The Indians banged out a season-high 10 extra-base hits, including seven doubles.
Kluber (6-2) struck out 11 and walked none in his 12th career complete game and second shutout this season. The right-hander scattered three singles and struck out the side in the ninth.
Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (7-6) allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings. The Orioles have dropped nine of 12 and yielded at least five runs in 16 straight games.
DODGERS 10, METS 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger launched two more home runs, setting a major league record with his powerful start, and Clayton Kershaw became the first 10-game winner in the National League despite giving up a career-high four long balls as Los Angeles held off New York.
The 21-year-old Bellinger reached 21 homers in 51 career games — faster than any other player in big league history. He leads the NL in that category even though he spotted the rest of the league three weeks before he was called up from the minors.
Justin Turner hit a two-run homer and Chris Taylor had a solo shot for the Dodgers, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead against struggling Mets starter Zack Wheeler (3-5) in the first two innings.
Turner had four hits and four RBIs against his former team. Bellinger also drove in four runs.
Kershaw (10-2) struck out 10 but allowed two homers to Jose Reyes, including a two-run drive in the seventh. Jay Bruce also connected and rookie Gavin Cecchini hit his first career homer for New York.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner has given up 17 home runs this season, already a career high.
The Dodgers finished with a season-high 17 hits. They have won 10 of 11 and are a season-best 19 games over .500 at 45-26.
MARLINS 8, NATIONALS 7
MIAMI (AP) — Marcell Ozuna singled home the winning run with two outs in the ninth inning and Miami overcame an early six-run deficit to beat Washington.
Marlins slugger Justin Bour tied the game at 6 in the third with a grand slam, his 18th homer. Giancarlo Stanton also hit his 18th of the season to make it 7-all in the seventh.
Bryce Harper hit his 18th homer for the Nationals. Anthony Rendon also went deep before leaving in the fifth inning with a neck stinger he sustained diving for a grounder. He is day to day
Washington starter Tanner Roark squandered a 6-0 lead by giving up six runs in the third. Enny Romero (2-3) took the loss.
A.J. Ramos (2-3) worked a scoreless ninth and the Marlins won for the 11th time in their past 13 home games.
Miami lost to Atlanta on walk-off hits by Brandon Phillips on Saturday and Sunday.
ROYALS 4, RED SOX 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer and Kansas City topped Boston for its eighth win in nine games.
Jason Hammel (4-6) pitched seven sharp innings before turning it over to Mike Minor, who loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth. No. 9 hitter Christian Vazquez grounded out to end the threat.
Kelvin Herrera worked the ninth for his 16th save.
Red Sox reliever Blaine Boyer (0-1) gave up Merrifield’s bouncing RBI single in the seventh. Boyer was lifted after Lorenzo Cain added an insurance run with a single, the second straight night Boston’s stingy bullpen has allowed a pair of runs.
Red Sox relievers had thrown 26 straight scoreless innings before the slump.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer for Boston.
BLUE JAYS 7, RANGERS 6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit a go-ahead single after a tying single by Josh Donaldson in the ninth inning, and Toronto edged Texas in a matchup of AL Division Series opponents the past two seasons.
The Blue Jays won despite blowing a 5-1 lead in their first visit to Texas since last postseason, when they won the first two games in a best-of-five sweep that was their second straight ALDS victory over the two-time defending AL West champs.
Donaldson’s single off closer Matt Bush scored Ryan Goins, who just beat the throw to second for a leadoff double. Morales’ hit to the gap in left-center scored Donaldson from second after a stolen base and a walk. It was the third blown save in 11 chances for Bush (2-2).
Jeff Beliveau (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth, and Roberto Osuna worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 18th save in 22 chances.
Toronto’s Steve Pearce and Adrian Beltre of the Rangers traded three-run doubles in the fourth, with Beltre’s liner to right-center capping a five-run inning for a 6-5 lead that held up until the ninth.
Jose Bautista homered for the Blue Jays and Justin Smoak had three hits, including a career high-tying 20th homer.
CUBS 3, PADRES 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras hit a tying homer, Javier Baez scored the go-ahead run on an error and Wade Davis worked out of a ninth-inning jam for Chicago against San Diego.
Anthony Rizzo thrived in the leadoff spot again, extending his career-high hitting streak to 13 games by going 2 for 3 with an RBI as the Cubs won their second straight to improve to 35-34.
Jose Pirela and Yangervis Solarte each had a solo homer for the Padres, although Pirela’s error in left field allowed the decisive run to score in the seventh.
Hector Rondon (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Davis struck out Wil Myers and got Hunter Renfroe to ground out with runners on second and third for his 14th save in 14 chances.
Kirby Yates (1-1) allowed an unearned run but took the loss.
PIRATES 8, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer, Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and Pittsburgh beat Milwaukee.
Travis Shaw’s leadoff homer in the second put the Brewers ahead 1-0 and set a franchise mark, with the Brewers scoring their 16th consecutive run via the long ball.
The Pirates took the lead in the third on Adam Frazier’s two-run single off starter Matt Garza (3-3).
Cole (5-6) held the Brewers to one run and three hits.
BRAVES 9, GIANTS 0
ATLANTA (AP) — R.A. Dickey threw seven scoreless innings, Matt Adams hit another homer and Atlanta sent San Francisco to its seventh straight loss.
The 42-year-old Dickey (5-5) escaped a jam in the first to turn in his strongest outing of the season. He gave up just three hits and retired 16 of the last 17 hitters he faced.
The Giants’ skid is the longest of a hugely disappointing season as they dropped to 26-46 and fell 20 games behind first-place Colorado in the NL West.
Adams homered in the fourth off Johnny Cueto (5-7) and added an RBI single in the eighth to key a seven-run outburst that made it a rout. He has 10 homers and 27 RBIs since being acquired from St. Louis on May 20.
REDS 7, RAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Scott Schebler and Scooter Gennett homered and Joey Votto snapped an eighth-inning tie with an RBI single, helping Cincinnati end a season-high nine-game losing streak with a victory over Tampa Bay.
Schebler led off the fifth with his 19th homer, tying Votto for the team lead. Gennett went deep for the second consecutive day, his first homers since hitting four in a game against St. Louis on June 6.
Votto’s RBI single off Jose Alvarado (0-2) put the Reds in front for good after the Rays rallied to tie it on Steven Souza Jr.’s solo homer off Scott Feldman and Daniel Robertson’s two-run shot off reliever Michael Lorenzen (4-2).
ASTROS 4, ATHLETICS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — George Springer hit his 20th home run, and Jake Marisnick and Derek Fisher also went deep in Houston’s victory over Oakland.
Evan Gattis and Alex Bregman both doubled twice to help the Astros improve to a major league-best 24-8 on the road while winning their seventh straight at the Coliseum.
Brad Peacock (4-1) struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings, and Ken Giles earned his 17th save.
Marisnick hit a two-run shot off rookie starter Daniel Gossett (0-2).
MARINERS 6, TIGERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Zunino continued his torrid month with a pair of two-run homers to lead Seattle past Detroit.
Beginning a stretch with 16 of 19 games at home prior to the All-Star break, the Mariners used a trio of home runs to hand the Tigers their third straight loss and ninth in the last 13 games.
Guillermo Heredia lined a two-run shot, and Zunino’s eighth homer since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on May 23 gave Seattle the lead. Since returning from the minors with a retooled stance and approach at the plate, Zunino is hitting .338 with 28 RBIs. He’s already set a franchise record for the most RBIs in a month by a catcher.
Four relievers combined to hold Detroit to two hits over the final four innings. James Pazos (2-1) got out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth.
Alex Wilson (1-4) took the loss.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Scooter Gennett hit four home runs, matching the major league record, and finished with 10 RBIs as the Cincinnati Reds routed the slumping St. Louis Cardinals 13-1 on Tuesday night.
Gennett became the 17th player to homer four times in one game — and perhaps the least likely. A scrappy second baseman who was claimed off waivers from Milwaukee in late March, he began the night with 38 career home runs in five seasons, including three this year.
Josh Hamilton was the previous player to hit four home runs in one game, for Texas against Baltimore in May 2012.
The 27-year-old Gennett singled his first time up and then homered in four straight at-bats, including a grand slam. His 10 RBIs tied Cincinnati’s club record.
Gennett snapped an 0-for-19 slump during the Reds’ 4-2 win over the Cardinals on Monday. He went 5 for 5 on Tuesday and raised his batting average 32 points to .302.
Since being picked up by the Reds late in spring training, Gennett has played a utility role for Cincinnati. He started in left field Tuesday night.
Gennett hit an RBI single and his second career slam off St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright (6-4)
Tim Adleman (4-2) gave up one run — on Stephen Piscotty’s homer — in seven innings.
ROYALS 9, ASTROS 7
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning after Kansas City rallied from a six-run deficit to snap Houston’s 11-game winning streak.
Moustakas drove an 0-1 pitch from Ken Giles (1-2) out to right field with Salvador Perez aboard. Moustakas had four hits and three RBIs.
Alex Gordon also homered for the Royals, his first since Sept. 25 — a span of 192 at-bats.
Kansas City trailed 7-1 in the fourth but fought back with a four-run eighth. Whit Merrifield hit a three-run double with two outs to tie it at 7.
Merrifield has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games. Giles blew his second save in 18 opportunities.
The Astros’ winning streak was the longest in the majors this season. They dropped to a major league-best 42-17.
Mike Minor (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Carlos Beltran hit his 429th home run for the Astros.
NATIONALS 2, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out a season-high 14, outpitching Brandon McCarthy and leading Washington over Los Angeles in a game that ended with a testy exchange.
With a runner on second base, Koda Glover fanned Yasiel Puig for his eighth save and shouted in the direction of home plate. Puig walked toward the mound and twice appeared to ask Glover what he said.
Glover took off his cap and tossed aside his glove as players from both teams quickly intervened to keep the two separated. Nothing escalated before the squads headed off the field.
Both starting pitchers went seven innings and allowed only three hits. The first 11 outs for Scherzer (7-3) came on strikeouts.
Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy each had a sacrifice fly for the Nationals, who have won the first two games of this series between NL pennant contenders.
McCarthy (5-3), who lasted only four innings in his previous start because of a blister, walked two and struck out four.
ROCKIES 11, INDIANS 3
DENVER (AP) — Rookie pitcher Antonio Senzatela hit a three-run double and Mark Reynolds homered twice to drive in five runs for Colorado.
Carlos Gonzalez also hit a home run for the Rockies, who can sweep the two-game interleague set on Wednesday.
Bouncing back from a loss in his previous outing, Senzatela (8-2) allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked one in continuing to lead major league rookie pitchers in wins this season while also opening the scoring for Colorado.
Mike Clevinger (2-3) allowed five runs in four innings for Cleveland.
ORIOLES 6, PIRATES 5, 10 INNINGS
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop tied it in the ninth inning with his second home run of the game and Mark Trumbo singled home a run in the 10th to rally Baltimore past Pittsburgh.
Baltimore trailed 4-1 after six innings and 5-3 in the ninth. Schoop’s two-run drive off closer Tony Watson knotted it at 5, setting the stage for Trumbo’s big hit.
Adam Jones singled with one out in the 10th against Wade LeBlanc (3-1) and took second when Manny Machado hit a fly ball to the warning track in left. Trumbo then lined a single to center, and Jones easily beat Andrew McCutchen’s throw to the plate.
Brad Brach (1-1) worked the 10th for the Orioles, who improved to 8-1 in extra innings.
RED SOX 5, YANKEES 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs and Andrew Benintendi later connected off struggling Masahiro Tanaka, powering Boston over New York.
The Red Sox made their first visit of the season to Yankee Stadium, and the matchup between the longtime rivals and top teams in the AL East had the feel of October, mostly because of the raw weather — low 50s, windy and damp.
Overpowering closer Craig Kimbrel struck out five in 1 1/3 innings for his 17th save in 18 chances. He fanned one batter on a wild pitch, and struck out big-hitting rookie Aaron Judge on a 99 mph fastball to finish it.
Playing at the new Yankee Stadium for the first time without now-retired slugger David Ortiz on the roster, the Red Sox launched a trio of long balls and moved within a game of first-place New York.
Tanaka (5-6) lost his career-worst fifth straight start. He’s been tagged for 27 runs and 11 homers in 22 2/3 innings during that span.
Drew Pomeranz (6-3) labored through a career-high 123 pitches in five innings to win his third start in a row.
CUBS 10, MARLINS 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning, Anthony Rizzo drove in four runs and surging Chicago beat Miami for its season-high fifth straight win.
Arrieta (6-4) allowed two runs, struck out five and walked three in just his second win in the past month. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner retired 16 in a row over one stretch, showing signs of rounding into form after a bumpy start to the season.
Jason Heyward had three hits and two RBIs as the Cubs remained perfect since returning home after a winless six-game road trip. Kris Bryant reached four times, scored two runs and robbed Giancarlo Stanton of a hit with a diving stop on a grounder to third in the third.
Jeff Locke (0-1) cruised into fifth inning with a 1-0 lead and retired the first two batters before everything fell apart for the Marlins in a hurry.
WHITE SOX 4, RAYS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Avisail Garcia, Volmer Sanchez and Todd Frazier homered to help Chicago stop a five-game losing streak with a victory over Tampa Bay.
Chris Beck (1-0) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning to win in relief of Jose Quintana, who avoided becoming the first pitcher in the major leagues to lose eight games this season.
Garcia led off the seventh with a homer, snapping a 1-all tie against Chris Archer (4-4), who also gave up a leadoff homer to Sanchez on the fourth pitch of the game.
Jose Abreu added an RBI single in the eighth before Frazier led off the ninth with a homer off Ryan Garton.
David Robertson earned his ninth save in 10 opportunities.
ANGELS 5, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Kole Calhoun and C.J. Cron homered as Los Angeles beat Detroit.
Jesse Chavez (5-6) got the win, allowing two runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. The Tigers loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Bud Norris struck out Alex Avila for his 11th save.
Daniel Norris (3-3) gave up four runs — three earned — and five hits in six innings. He struck out seven, but allowed two homers.
The loss ended Detroit’s four-game winning streak. Avila homered for the Tigers.
RANGERS 10, METS 7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a towering two-run homer that put Texas ahead to stay, and the Rangers ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over New York.
Nomar Mazara had four hits and also homered for the Rangers. Gallo’s 17th homer put Texas up 5-4.
Mets starter Jacob deGrom (4-3) pitched only four innings for his second straight start. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (1-0) got his first major league victory.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Neil Walker went deep in the third for the Mets. In between those shots, Jay Bruce was robbed of a homer when Jared Hoying made a leaping catch just above the 8-foot wall in straightaway center.
BREWERS 5, GIANTS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chase Anderson pitched 7 2/3 shutout innings, drove in a run and won his third straight game for Milwaukee.
Anderson (5-1) extended his scoreless streak to 21 2/3 innings with the win. He walked one, struck out four and helped the Brewers beat the Giants for just the third time in the last 17 games against them.
Anderson collected his first RBI of the season and the fifth of his career in the third with a double off the wall in left.
Hernán Pérez added a homer for Milwaukee.
The Brewers roughed up Matt Cain (3-5) with four runs in the second.
PHILLIES 3, BRAVES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Aaron Nola allowed a run over eight innings, Odubel Herrera doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth and Philadelphia survived a ninth-inning scare to beat Atlanta.
Nola (3-3) earned his first win since April 20 and became the Phillies’ first starter to pitch past the seventh inning this season. Pat Neshek struck out Adonis Garcia and ended the game on Kurt Suzuki’s popup to catcher Cameron Rupp for his first save.
Jaime Garcia (2-4) allowed three runs in 7 2/3 innings.
ATHLETICS 4, BLUE JAYS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jesse Hahn allowed an unearned run over six innings in his return from the disabled list, pitching Oakland past Toronto.
Khris Davis drove in two runs and Adam Rosales hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the fifth as the A’s overcame their major league-leading 59th error.
Activated before the game, Hahn (2-4) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. The right-hander also got plenty of help from Oakland’s shaky defense.
Santiago Casilla closed for his 10th save.
Marco Estrada (4-4) took the loss.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, PADRES 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Robbie Ray struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings and Chris Owings hit a three-run homer to help Arizona cruise past San Diego.
Jake Lamb drove in four runs, Gregor Blanco doubled twice and scored three runs, and the Diamondbacks won their seventh straight home game to equal a season high.
Owings’ career-high seventh of the season gave the Diamondbacks a homer in 10 straight home games for the first time since 2011.
Ray (6-3) had his scoreless streak stopped at 27 2/3 innings. The first of Hunter Renfroe’s two homers was the only run he allowed.
Dinelson Lamet (2-1) lasted just three innings. He gave up seven earned runs and nine hits with five walks.
The Padres lost their third straight and managed only three hits off Ray.
MARINERS 12, TWINS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager each hit a three-run homer, and James Paxton was effective enough for five innings to help Seattle defeat Minnesota.
Cano staked the Mariners to a 3-0 lead in the first and Seager’s shot capped a seven-run fourth that extended the lead to 12-2 as the Mariners won for the eighth time in nine games.
Paxton (5-0) missed most of May with a left forearm strain. He allowed three runs and five hits with three walks in his second start since coming off the disabled list.
Hector Santiago (4-6) lasted just 2 2/3 innings, yielding five runs and three hits with four walks, all of which came around to score. Twins catcher Chris Gimenez pitched the eighth, retiring all three batters he faced.
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — George Springer hit two of Houston’s four home runs and the Astros matched their state rival for the longest winning streak in the major leagues this season at 10 games, beating the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday.
The Astros scored in all four innings pitched by Martin Perez (2-6) and tied a club record from 1989 with their 10th straight road win. Houston’s first sweep of Texas since July 2014 dropped the Rangers to 3-11 since their 10-game streak.
Defending AL West champion Texas (26-31) is 15 games behind the division-leading Astros, who have the major leagues’ best record at 41-16 — and six wins in seven games against the Rangers.
Brad Peacock (3-0) won a major league start for the first time since Sept. 2, 2014. He struck out nine in six innings, allowing two runs.
TIGERS 7, WHITE SOX 4
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Upton hit a game-ending, three-run homer, and the Detroit Tigers overcame Justin Verlander’s groin injury to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Sunday for a sweep of their weekend series.
Nicholas Castellanos was hit by a pitch from David Robertson (3-2), and second baseman Yolmer Sanchez then misplayed a potential double-play ball and was only able to get Miguel Cabrera at first. J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked, and Upton hit his 11th homer.
Martinez also connected for the Tigers, who have won four straight. Justin Wilson (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning.
Todd Frazier led off the third with his eighth homer, lifting the White Sox to a 2-0 lead, and Verlander left after a four-pitch walk.
CUBS 7, CARDINALS 6
CHICAGO (AP) — Ian Happ hit two homers, pinch hitter Jon Jay drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh with a single and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals to complete a three-game sweep.
Happ staked Chicago to a 6-4 lead with a solo homer in the third and a three-run drive in the fourth against Michael Wacha.
Jay, batting for reliever Pedro Strop (2-2), broke a 6-6 tie with his two-out single off Matt Bowman (1-2) in the seventh. Anthony Rizzo had three hits and scored the go-ahead run, and the Cubs (28-27) moved back over .500 with their 10th home win in 12 games. They also swept three from the Cardinals at Wrigley Field for the first time since 2006, and they did it after an 0-6 trip to the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego.
Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer in the fourth off Kyle Hendricks. The Cardinals tied it with two in the sixth against Hector Rondon, only to lose for the eighth time in 11 games.
NATIONALS 11, ATHLETICS 10
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, sending the Nationals to the victory.
Matt Wieters and Michael Taylor added back-to-back homers off Frankie Montas during Washington’s five-run ninth, helping the NL East leaders improve to 5-1 on their nine-game West Coast trip.
But the Nationals nearly blew an 11-4 lead in the ninth, highlighting their continued trouble with closing out games. Koda Glover allowed the first five batters to reach before he was replaced by Shawn Kelley, who surrendered a grand slam by Matt Joyce with one out. Kelley then retired the next two batters for his fourth save in six tries.
Khris Davis had three hits and two RBIs for Oakland, including his 17th homer. Ryan Madsen (1-4) got the loss.
Washington right-hander Tanner Roark (6-2) allowed four runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings in his longest start of the year.
BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 2
TORONTO (AP) — Justin Smoak hit a tying two-run homer off Luis Severino in the sixth inning, Josh Donaldson homered against Tyler Clippard (0-3) in the eighth as Toronto gained a four-game split despite going 0 for 24 in the series with runners in scoring position
Matt Holliday hit an RBI double in the fourth off Marcus Stroman and a run-scoring double-play grounder in the sixth.
Joe Smith (2-0) struck out two in a perfect eighth, and Roberto Osuna pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his 13th save.
MARLINS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 5
MIAMI (AP) — A.J. Ellis hit a tiebreaking single on the 14th pitch of an at-bat against Archie Bradley in the seventh.
Tyler Moore hit a three-run homer and Derek Dietrich had a pair of sacrifice flies for Miami, which finished an 8-2 homestand.
Nick Wittgren (1-0) got two outs around a walk in the seventh. A.J. Ramos pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to remain perfect in eight save chances.
ROCKIES 3, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jeff Hoffman cruised through seven innings for Colorado, and Trevor Story had two hits and two RBIs.
Hoffman (3-0) struck out nine after being called up from Triple-A Albuquerque to fill in for Tyler Anderson, sidelined by a left knee injury. The rookie right-hander allowed a run and San Diego’s only three hits as Colorado took three of four in the series.
Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 21st save in 21 chances, extending his franchise record for consecutive conversions to start a season.
Hunter Renfroe hit his 11th homer for San Diego, and Jarred Cosart (0-2) allowed three runs and six hits in four-plus innings.
BRAVES 13, REDS 8
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ender Inciarte tied his career high with five hits and drove in a career-high five runs.
Atlanta set a season high for runs. Danny Santana had four hits and three RBIs, including his first home run since being acquired from Minnesota on May 8, and Matt Adams homered for the third time in two games.
Cincinnati lost for the fifth time in six games. Zack Cozart homered twice and drove in five runs, but Amir Garrett (3-4) gave up nine runs and seven hits over 2 2/3 innings in his first start since May 23 after being sidelined with right hip inflammation.
Julio Teheran (5-4) allowed seven runs and 11 hits in five innings.
PIRATES 11, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — David Freese drove in three runs, including an RBI single.
Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer, got three hits and scored three times to back rookie Trevor Williams (3-3), who gave up one run in a career-high seven innings. Freese and Francisco Cervelli each had three hits.
The Pirates turned four double plays and took two of three at Citi Field, their first road series win since late April in Miami.
Rookie Tyler Pill (0-2) allowed five runs in five innings. Two of the runs were unearned after left fielder Michael Conforto twice overthrew bases for errors.
RED SOX 7. ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Sale (7-2) struck out nine in six innings to win his sixth straight decision and Boston split the four-game series.
Andrew Benintendi had his first multihomer game. Boston broke a sixth-inning tie by scoring two unearned runs on a throwing error by catcher Francisco Pena, and Benintendi’s second homer made it 6-3 in the seventh.
Chris Tillman (1-3) gave up five runs — three earned — and six hits in six innings.
PHILLIES 9, GIANTS 7
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Maikel Franco hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth off Derek Law (3-1) and Freddy Galvis homered from both sides of the plate. Odubel Herrera also went deep as Philadelphia earned its first series victory in six weeks.
Brandon Crawford homered and drove in four runs and Eduardo Nunez also connected for San Francisco, which has lost seven of 10.
Pat Neshek (1-1) tossed a scoreless inning, and Hector Neris got three outs for his fifth save.
BREWERS 3, DODGERS 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Zach Davies (6-3) pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning, Eric Thames hit his 15th homer and Milwaukee averted a three-game series sweep.
Corey Knebel struck out the side in the ninth around a walk for his fifth save.
Kenta Maeda (4-3) threw 92 pitches in working just four innings, allowing two runs and two hits.
INDIANS 8, ROYALS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Roberto Perez and Daniel Robertson hit two-run doubles off Eric Skoglund (0-1) in the second inning before a 1-hour, 50-minute rain delay in the bottom half.
Dan Otero (1-0) replaced Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer after the delay and allowed one hit over 2 1/3 innings to earn his first win since Sept. 22, when he also got the decision in relief against Kansas City.
Jason Kipnis homered and drove in two for the Indians. Robertson finished with three RBIs.
TWINS 3, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — A video review overturned Ben Revere’s stolen base and changed the call to a caught stealing for the final out. with the replay determining he overslid second as shortstop Ehire Adrianza tagged him on his left foot.
Miguel Sano hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth Ricky Nolasco (2-6), who lost his fourth straight start.
Revere’s RBI single in the fourth off Jose Berrios (4-1) had given the Angels a 2-1 lead. Brandon Kintzler pitched the ninth for his 15th save
MARINERS 7, RAYS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Ariel Miranda (6-2) pitched a four-hitter, struck out a career-high nine and walked one in his first big league complete game as Seattle finished a series sweep.
Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and Mike Zunino picked up two more RBIs in Seattle’s seventh win in eight games. Jarrod Dyson also drove in two runs.
Erasmo Ramirez (3-1) pitched 4 2/3 innings against his first major league team, allowing four runs and seven hits.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a grand slam for his 600th homer, becoming the ninth member of the club during the fourth inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday night.
Pujols reached the milestone in theatrical style, putting a low pitch from Ervin Santana (7-3) into Angel Stadium’s short left-field porch for his 14th grand slam. He became the fourth-youngest player to reach the 600-homer club — and the first to join it with a slam. The Anaheim crowd roared while fireworks soared overhead for the 37-year-old’s ninth homer of the season and his 155th for the Angels.
The Dominican veteran is the first player to hit his 600th homer since Jim Thome in August 2011. With his ninth homer this season, Pujols has joined the club with Bonds (762), Aaron (755), Ruth (714), Rodriguez (696), Willie Mays (660), Ken Griffey Jr. (630), Thome (612) and Sammy Sosa (609).
Andrelton Simmons and Kole Calhoun hit back-to-back homers in the third inning for the Angels. Matt Shoemaker (5-3) pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning for his fourth victory in his last five starts.
Max Kepler homered for Minnesota.
MARLINS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Edinson Volquez threw the sixth no-hitter in Marlins history, facing the minimum 27 batters and beating the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Volquez (2-7) struck out 10, and the two baserunners who reached on walks were erased by double plays. He needed 98 pitches, the last of those striking out Chris Owings to complete the masterpiece. It was the Marlins’ first no-hitter since Henderson Alvarez pitched one against Detroit on the final day of the 2013 regular season.
It’s the first no-hitter in the majors this season, and the first time Arizona was no-hit since the Marlins’ Anibal Sanchez threw one on Sept. 6, 2006. Volquez was nearly knocked out of the game after only three pitches, when he collided with Diamondbacks leadoff man Rey Fuentes as he covered first and rolled his ankle. But the 33-year-old righty from the Dominican Republic stayed in.
Randall Delgado (1-1) gave up six hits and one run in 5 1/3 innings for Arizona.
ASTROS 6, RANGERS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carlos Beltran had three hits and drove in three runs as the Houston Astros extended their major league-best winning streak to nine in a row. Jose Altuve also had three hits for Houston, including a key solo homer to lead off the ninth.
At 40-16, the Astros have the best record in the majors and their best start in franchise history. They are 14 games ahead in the AL West over two-time defending division champion Texas, which is 3-10 since a 10-game winning streak that is still the longest in the majors this season.
Chris Devenski (4-3) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings after taking over for Lance McCullers in the fifth. Ken Giles worked the ninth for his 15th save in 16 chances even while allowing an RBI single by Adrian Beltre.
Andrew Cashner (2-5) took the loss.
RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — David Price took a three-hitter into the eighth inning to earn his first win of the season, Hanley Ramirez homered and drove in three runs for the Boston Red Sox.
Price (1-0) allowed one run over seven-plus innings in his second start since coming off the disabled list with a strained left elbow. After belatedly launching his 2017 season with an uneven outing against the White Sox on Monday, Price looked every bit like a five-time All-Star against Baltimore. The left-hander gave up three hits, struck out seven and did not allow a runner past first base until Manny Machado led off the seventh with a home run.
Craig Kimbrel gave up a ninth-inning run, but picked up his 16th save.
Dylan Bundy (6-4) took the loss.
YANKEES 7, BLUE JAYS 0
TORONTO (AP) — Brett Gardner, Matt Holliday, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius all hit solo home runs in the eighth inning, leading Jordan Montgomery and the New York Yankees over the Blue Jays.
The Yankees tied the franchise record with four homers in an inning. Gardner led it off with a home run and then with two outs, Holliday, Castro and Gregorius connected in succession. Jason Grilli became the first reliever in Blue Jays history to allow four homers in a single inning.
This was the fourth time the Yankees have hit four homers in an inning — they last did it Oct. 1, 2012, against Boston. They first did it in 1977 at Toronto, with Cliff Johnson connecting twice and Lou Piniella and Thurman Munson once each.
Montgomery (3-4) gave up three singles in six innings for his first win since May 6 against the Cubs. Joe Biagini (1-4) allowed three runs in a career-high seven innings.
CUBS 5, CARDINALS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Slumping Kyle Schwarber hit his first career grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally the Cubs to a victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Schwarber, who entered batting .163 and was dropped to the ninth spot in the lineup, hit the first pitch of the at-bat from St. Louis starter Mike Leake (5-4) deep into the bleachers in left-center. Javier Baez also homered for Chicago, which has won two straight following a six-game losing streak.
Hector Rondon (1-1) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the win. Wade Davis got the final three outs for his 12th save.
Yadier Molina homered and Jose Martinez had two RBIs for the Cardinals.
BRAVES 6, REDS 5, 12 INNINGS
CINCINNATI (AP) — Matt Adams hit his first career grand slam and connected again for a solo shot in the 12th inning, powering the Atlanta Braves to a victory over the Cincinnati Reds that ended their three-game losing streak.
Adams’ one-out homer off Blake Wood (0-4) saved the Braves after they blew a lead for the second day in a row. It was Adams’ fourth career multi-homer game, his first since 2014.
Jim Johnson (3-1) escaped a threat in the 11th and finished it off for the win, a day after he blew a lead in the ninth. The Reds rallied for a 3-2 lead in 10 innings on Friday night. The Braves won for only the second time in seven extra-inning games this season.
ATHLETICS 10, NATIONALS 4
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ryon Healy had two doubles and two homers, Jed Lowrie doubled twice and homered, and the Athletics beat the Washington Nationals.
A day after being outscored by 10 runs, the A’s got off to a fast start as Healy and Lowrie each hit two-run homers in the bottom of the first inning off starter Joe Ross (2-2). Healy also hit a long solo shot in a three-run seventh inning in which the A’s broke open a 7-4 game. It was Healy’s first career multi-home run game and the four extra-base hits tied a franchise record accomplished by 16 others since 1913.
Yonder Alonso hit a two-run homer — his 16th — earlier in the seventh. Adam Lind homered for the Nationals.
Liam Hendriks (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief to pick up the win.
ROYALS 12, INDIANS 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Lorenzo Cain capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run homer, Jason Hammel settled down after a shaky start and the Royals routed the Cleveland Indians.
Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas had two-run doubles off Carlos Carrasco (5-3) during the Royals’ big inning, helping them overcome a 3-0 hole and ensure a series win over their division rival.
Hammel (2-6) gave up homers to Carlos Santana and Bradley Zimmer in the third, but he retired 15 of his next 17 batters before giving way to Mike Minor with two outs in the seventh. Hammel struck out seven without a walk for his first win since beating Cleveland on May 5.
PHILLIES 5, GIANTS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Lively pitched seven strong innings in his major league debut, Odubel Herrera drove in three runs in Philadelphia’s four-run seventh and the Phillies held on against the San Francisco Giants.
Tommy Joseph homered for the Phillies, who snapped a five-game losing streak while winning for just the seventh time in their last 33 games. Philadelphia avoided losing its 11th straight series, which hasn’t happened since the 1941 club did it.
Lively (1-0) became the first Phillies starter to earn a victory since Jeremy Hellickson on April 27 by allowing one run and four hits with three walks and no strikeouts.
Johnny Cueto (5-5) took the loss, allowing three runs in six innings.
METS 4, PIRATES 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Neil Walker hit a two-run homer against his former team and the New York Mets also got long balls from Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores in beating the Pittsburgh Pirates to stop a three-game slide.
Robert Gsellman (4-3) won his second consecutive start — likely his last before a move to the bullpen. The rookie right-hander tossed 5 1/3 effective innings before Fernando Salas escaped a first-and-third jam, and New York’s shaky relief corps nailed one down for a change. Jerry Blevins worked around an error in a scoreless seventh, and manager Terry Collins called on Addison Reed to get the final six outs. The substitute closer, filling in for injured Jeurys Familia, pitched out of trouble for his eighth save in 10 chances.
Pittsburgh rookie Josh Bell homered for the second straight game, and streaking Jordy Mercer doubled twice among his three hits. But the Pirates stranded 12 runners, and rookie starter Tyler Glasnow (2-5) lost to the Mets for the second time in seven days
TIGERS 10, WHITE SOX 1
DETROIT (AP) — Jordan Zimmermann tossed six solid innings and the Tigers used four home runs to power past the Chicago White Sox.
Nicholas Castellanos and Alex Presley hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, and Alex Avila and Justin Upton also homered for the Tigers, who have outscored Chicago 25-6 in the first two games of the weekend series.
Zimmermann (5-4) won for the second time in six starts, allowing one run and seven hits with five strikeouts and two walks. Detroit has won four of five.
Miguel Gonzalez (4-6) lost his fifth straight road start, giving up six runs and 10 hits in six innings, including three of Detroit’s homers. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was ejected in the bottom of the first inning after he wasn’t allowed to challenge a play at first base.
ROCKIES 10, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit his 14th homer, Ian Desmond added a grand slam and the Colorado Rockies stopped the Padres’ season-high, five-game winning streak.
Tyler Chatwood (5-7) rebounded from his worst start of the season, allowing four hits over eight innings with eight strikeouts and one walk. Chatwood also had a pair of hits as the Rockies won for just the second time in six games. Jordan Lyles pitched a perfect the ninth. In his previous outing, Chatwood gave up six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to Seattle.
Former Rockies righty Jhoulys Chacin (4-5) allowed four runs — three earned — and six hits in five innings, losing for the first time this year in five starts at home. The Padres had been on their longest winning streak since August 2015; they have not won six straight since June 2013.
DODGERS 10, BREWERS 8
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Taylor hit a go-ahead grand slam off Carlos Torres in a five-run ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied late for the second straight day to beat the Brewers.
Los Angeles led 4-3 in the seventh when Chris Hatcher walked the bases loaded and Josh Fields relieved. Travis Shaw drove Fields’ third pitch over the fence in left-center, and Hernan Perez homered two pitches later for an 8-4 lead.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against Torres (2-4). Corey Seager walked, and Yasmani Grandal hit a grounder to first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who threw to second trying for a forceout and hit Seager on the back for an error. Pinch-hitter Austin Barnes walked, Cody Bellinger walked to force in a run and Taylor homered off the batters’ eye behind the center-field fence.
MARINERS 9, RAYS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Zunino hit his first grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs to power the Mariners past the Tampa Bay Rays.
Zunino, sent down to Triple-A Tacoma for two weeks in May after struggling offensively, had a two-run double in the second, an RBI single in the fourth, and capped a five-run fifth with his slam that put the Mariners up 9-1.
Rookie right-hander Sam Gaviglio (2-1) allowed one run — a homer by Corey Dickerson to lead off the game — and four hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked none in his fourth start since being called up May 10.
Alex Cobb (4-5) was rocked for nine runs and 14 hits in five innings.
Nelson Cruz had three hits, including a solo homer, and Danny Valencia had four singles and scored three times for the Mariners, who won for the sixth time in seven games.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright hit a two-run homer off Brandon McCarthy and pitched six innings of four-hit ball, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Thursday for a four-game split.
Wainwright (6-3) struck out six and walked two, pitching out of two-on, one-out jams in the fourth and fifth, and extending his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings. Matt Bowman, Trevor Rosenthal and Seung Hwan Oh pitched an inning each to complete a five-hitter. Oh threw a one-hit ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.
Wainwright followed Paul Dejong’s second-inning single with a drive over the left-field bullpen for his 10th career homer. Wainwright has six hits and seven RBIs this season.
McCarthy (5-2) gave up seven hits in four innings, struck out six and walked one.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, MARLINS 2
MIAMI (AP) — Zack Greinke allowed one earned run in seven innings to earn his seventh victory, and Arizona rallied to snap Miami’s four-game winning streak.
Nick Ahmed had three of Arizona’s six hits, including a two-run single in the eighth to put the Diamondbacks ahead. They won for the 13th time in the past 17 games.
Greinke (7-3), who moved into a tie for the NL lead in wins, struck out eight and allowed four hits. He also singled and scored the Diamondbacks’ first run as he improved to 5-0 in nine games against the Marlins.
Archie Bradley struck out Marcell Ozuna with two on to end the eighth. Fernando Rodney, who blew a save in Wednesday’s extra-inning win at Pittsburgh, completed a five-hitter by pitching a perfect ninth for his 14th save.
Jeff Locke allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings in his season debut for Miami, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead. With the Marlins ahead 2-1, Kyle Barraclough (1-1) walked the first two batters in the eighth. The right-hander has given up 21 walks in 22 1/3 innings this season.
ORIOLES 7, RED SOX 5
BALTIMORE (AP) — Wade Miley allowed one run in seven innings, Mark Trumbo hit the first of Baltimore’s four home runs off Eduardo Rodriguez and the Orioles beat Boston.
Chris Davis and Adam Jones went deep for a second straight night and Jonathan Schoop capped the outburst with a three-run drive in the sixth that made it 7-1.
Miley (2-3) gave up five hits and a walk against the team he pitched for in 2015. Seeking his first win since April 14, the lefty did not allow a runner past first base after the second inning.
Rodriguez (4-2) allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings, and the four homers tied a career high. The former Orioles farmhand came in with a four-game winning streak and a 1.34 ERA in six starts at Camden Yards.
YANKEES 12, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — CC Sabathia won his fourth consecutive start, Aaron Hicks had a career-high six RBIs and Gary Sanchez homered twice to lead New York over Toronto.
Sabathia (6-2) allowed one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, struck out seven and walked none. He has won four straight starts for the first time since April and May 2012.
Hicks hit a three-run double in the first, singled in the third, had an RBI double in the seventh and a two-run double in the ninth.
Sanchez homered in consecutive at-bats against Marco Estrada (4-3), a solo drive in the second and a two-run shot in the fourth.
Brett Gardner his 999th and 1,000th hits for the Yankees, who reopened a three-game lead in the AL East.
Estrada allowed a season-high seven runs and nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.
ROCKIES 6, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Reynolds and Nolan Arenado homered to back Kyle Freeland, and Colorado stopped a three-game losing streak with a win over Seattle.
Colorado closed out four straight games against the Mariners in interleague play by jumping on Yovani Gallardo (2-6) with four runs in the second inning. Reynolds provided the big blow with a two-run homer to deep left-center field, his 14th this season. Arenado led off the third inning with his 13th home run, and the Rockies stopped Seattle’s four-game winning streak.
Freeland (6-3) won for the third time in four starts despite hitting three batters. The only runs Freeland allowed came on Guillermo Heredia’s solo home run and the sacrifice fly where shortstop Jean Segura was hurt in the fourth inning.
Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
INDIANS 8, ATHLETICS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched six shutout innings and struck out 10 in his first start since May 2, and Cleveland scored four runs during a strange sixth inning to beat Oakland.
Kluber (4-2) had been sidelined with a strained lower back, an injury that kept Cleveland’s ace sidelined for a month. Despite the long layoff, however, Kluber looked like his dominant self, allowing just two hits and recording his 26th career double-digit strikeout game.
The Indians scored four runs — three unearned — off Jharel Cotton (3-6) in the wild sixth. The game was momentarily delayed when sprinklers in left field went on automatically.
Jharel Cotton (3-6) allowed five runs, one earned, and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out four.
BREWERS 2, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Chase Anderson pitched seven shutout innings and the Brewers benefited — temporarily, anyway — when a Milwaukee bat boy bumped into Mets infielder Wilmer Flores on a foul popup in a victory over New York.
NL Central-leading Milwaukee won the last two at Citi Field to salvage a four-game split.
Anderson (4-1) gave up three hits, walked one and struck out seven. In his previous start, he took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning to beat Arizona.
Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his fourth save. Flores homered in the eighth on reliever Jacob Barnes’ first pitch.
Zack Wheeler (3-3) allowed two runs and 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six.
TWINS 4, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Minnesota Twins turned their first triple play in 11 years and then rallied in the ninth inning on Jason Castro’s two-run single.
The Twins overcame two solo home runs from the Angels’ Kole Calhoun, while keeping Albert Pujols stuck at career home-run No.599. Pujols had one single in four at-bats.
Miguel Sano homered in the second inning for Minnesota.
Calhoun’s second homer of the game, off reliever Taylor Rogers (3-1), put the Angels up 2-1.
The Twins went ahead in the ninth against reliever Jose Alvarez (0-2). Jorge Polanco reached on an error, Eddie Rosario followed with a double, and Castro singled them both in. Bud Norris walked in a final run.
Brandon Kintzler got the last three outs for his 14th save.
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The Red Sox visit Baltimore for a four-game series that runs through Sunday. The contentious rivalry between AL East foes ramped up this season when Manny Machado’s aggressive slide into Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia in late April led to dangerous inside pitches, harsh words and a warning from MLB officials to stop the feuding. At the center of the storm was Machado, currently in a terrible slump.
PRIMED FOR POWER
Angels slugger Albert Pujols gets his next shot at home run No. 600 when the Twins arrive in Anaheim. Pujols had a single in four at-bats Wednesday night against Atlanta, remaining at 599 homers. Rookie left-hander Adalberto Mejia (1-1, 4.64 ERA) makes his sixth major league start for a struggling Minnesota pitching staff that just gave up 40 runs in a three-game sweep by Houston. The Twins, who have lost four straight, served up six homers Wednesday to the streaking Astros.
SIGHT FOR SORE EYES
Cleveland ace Corey Kluber comes off the disabled list to make his first start since May 2 when the Indians host Oakland. Kluber, who has been sidelined with a strained lower back, is 3-2 with a 5.06 ERA. His return will be a welcome addition for a rotation that entered Wednesday with the highest ERA in the American League. He replaces right-hander Danny Salazar, sent to the bullpen with a 3-5 record and 5.50 ERA. Kluber was 18-9 with a 3.14 ERA last season and went 4-1 with a 1.83 ERA in six postseason starts. He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2014 and finished third in the voting last season.
After winning eight of their final nine games in May, the Blue Jays welcome the AL East-leading Yankees for the opener of a four-game set. “It would be nice to continue playing well right now,” Toronto manager John Gibbons said. “The timing would be perfect.” Toronto was 8-17 in April, but bounced back to finish May at 26-27 thanks to a barrage of home runs, 49 in all. “In the American League, especially in our division, you’ve got to hit home runs,” Gibbons said. “That’s the key.” Marco Estrada (4-2, 3.15 ERA) starts the first game against CC Sabathia (5-2, 4.42 ERA), seeking his 16th career win versus Toronto.
Miami has won four straight, its longest winning streak since last July, heading into a four-game series against visiting Arizona. Left-hander Jeff Locke makes his season debut in the opener vs. Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke (6-3, 3.24 ERA). Locke has been on the DL with left biceps tendinitis. After a difficult stretch when they went 4-19, the Marlins are winning with offense, scoring 73 runs in the past 10 games. Their latest victory Wednesday over Philadelphia came without slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who rested while recovering from hamstring cramps. He’s expected to return to the lineup against Arizona. “We’re playing better,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “Hopefully our best baseball is ahead of us.” Justin Bour hit 11 home runs for the Marlins in May.
ON A ROLL
Cardinals veteran Adam Wainwright (5-3, 4.20 ERA) pitches against Brandon McCarthy (5-1, 3.28) and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wainwright is 5-0 with a 3.21 ERA since his last loss on April 16.
COMING OFF A GEM
Chase Anderson (3-1) starts for the NL Central-leading Brewers in the finale of a four-game series at the New York Mets. Anderson had a no-hit bid going last Saturday until Nick Ahmed’s leadoff single in the eighth at Arizona. He set career highs with 11 strikeouts and 114 pitches in seven-plus innings during a 6-1 win. Zack Wheeler (3-2) goes for the Mets.
Mike Trout, who is on the disabled list rehabbing a thumb injury, is the leading All-Star vote-getter in the American League.
Despite the honor, the Los Angeles Angels center fielder might not be able to participate in the All-Star Game as he will be recovering from surgery on his torn ligament in his left thumb. Trout, who won his second MVP award in 2016, was well on his way to a shot at a third, as he leads the AL in on-base percentage (.461) and slugging (.742) and is tied for second in home runs (16).
Trout, who received 776,937 votes, was followed by New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (730,438) and Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor (602,238) for the most in the first ballot release.
In the closest race, New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (516,268) leads Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve (515,732) by a mere 536 votes.
Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts (337,473) is the third outfielder, followed closely behind by Indians’ Michael Brantley (333,703) and Red Sox teammate Andrew Benintendi (327,047).
The remaining AL leaders include: first baseman Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers (326,952); third baseman Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles (369,069); catcher Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals (420,268); and designated hitter Nelson Cruz of the Seattle Mariners (457,050).
Bryce Harper, who likely faces a suspension from Major League Baseball for his involvement in Monday’s brawl against the San Francisco Giants, is the leading All-Star vote-getting in the National League.
Harper, who received 900,079 votes, beat out Washington Nationals teammate and second baseman Daniel Murphy (669,643) for the most in the first ballot release.
The right fielder is batting .331 with 41 RBI and leads the NL with 44 runs scored and is tied for the league lead with 15 home runs. He is aiming for his fifth career All-Star selection and fourth fan-elected start. This would be the second time Harper led the NL in fan balloting (2015).
Joining him in the outfield is Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon (520,479) and Chicago Cubs’ Jason Heyward (344,166).
Filling out the infield — First baseman Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs (452,620); third baseman Kris Bryant of the Cubs (632,900); shortstop Corey Seager of the Los Angeles Dodgers (379,640) and catcher Buster Posey of the Giants (559,428).
The first American League update will be announced on Wednesday.
Brendan McKay is not yet ready to give up on his dream, even if baseball wisdom suggests it ends in the next month.
He’ll still envision himself peppering the short porch at Yankee Stadium with home runs one day, and beguiling hitters with a curveball he discovered almost by accident the next. He believes he can climb the ladders of professional baseball aided both by a left arm that dominates opposing hitters, and a gorgeous swing that has McKay, at 21, only now realizing his power potential.
Yet McKay knows his dual existence as a power-hitting first baseman and dominant left-handed starter may only last as long as he and the Louisville Cardinals can stay alive in the NCAA baseball regionals.
The Minnesota Twins are strongly considering selecting McKay with the first overall pick in the June 12 Major League Baseball draft, a slot with a maximum value of $7.7 million. And the Twins, McKay tells USA TODAY Sports, told him they like him more as a pitcher.
While the Twins’ plans remain fluid – regarding both McKay’s future and whether to draft him at all – McKay knows that once a big league team starts signing paychecks, the player’s wishes are secondary.
And so as Louisville opens NCAA play at home Friday against Radford, McKay will revel in his preference – both of the above – for at least one more weekend.
“The satisfaction of having a great day at the plate or on the mound – it’s tough to choose one or the other,” says McKay. “Doing both is the same fun to have.”
McKay’s situation – we won’t call it a plight, as he’s an impending multi-millionaire – along with that of California high schooler Hunter Greene has seized the draft spotlight this year, as an age-old scenario plays out, with millions of dollars at stake.
Or – against all odds – do both?
Greene, a power-hitting infielder who also has a 100-mph fastball, has a UCLA scholarship to fall back on, but is expected to be selected among the top five picks and begin his pro career on the mound. That means leaving behind a power bat that has been ranked near the top of the scouting scale, paired with an ability to play defensively in the middle of the diamond.
Regardless of how they fare professionally, McKay and Greene will have sizable signing bonuses in hand.
And that will provide some measure of comfort that they chose the right path – because there are times the scouting community can get it wrong, too.
“Sometimes, it might be fairly apparent which one of the two you’re better at, even if both are really good,” says Baltimore Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo. “And sometimes it’s really difficult. And the team makes that decision for you.”
Trumbo knows how it goes: As a high school senior he was ranked 31st on Baseball America’s 2004 prospect list – as a pitcher. At 6-5, Trumbo had raw power as a hitter, but his 97-mph fastball attracted pro scouts and a scholarship offer from USC, which he expected to accept. Then, the Los Angeles Angels took an 18th-round flyer on him and bought him out of college with a $1.4 million signing bonus.
One problem: His physical exam revealed “wear and tear in the elbow more typical of someone considerably older than me,” Trumbo recalls. An audible was called: Trumbo would shelve pitching, and hit, instead.
Talk about your good breaks: Thirteen years later, Trumbo is a two-time All-Star, with 185 career home runs, and is slated to gross nearly $60 million in major league salary.
“You have to trust there’s a lot of people in the game who’ve seen and done things you haven’t, and are qualified to make that decision,” says Trumbo. “At the same time, there’s no science to it.”
Trumbo need only look across the Orioles clubhouse to see that.
As a high school senior in 2009, Mychal Givens had a 97-mph fastball and struck out 113 batters in 78 innings for Plant High School in Tampa. The Orioles saw his hitting ability and athleticism and thought, “Shortstop.” They drafted Givens in the second round, gave him an $800,000 bonus, and then watched him struggle to hit his weight in the low minors.
By 2012, Orioles player development director Brian Graham approached Givens with a shorter, alternate path to the majors – back on the mound. Givens, 27, is now in his third season as a major league reliever – with a 15-2 record – and pitched for Team USA’s championship squad in the World Baseball Classic.
“If you’re athletic, and you know your athletic ability, go out there and do both,” says Givens, who has struck out 11 batters per nine innings in his major league career. “Don’t let a team make it one-sided. Let them make the decision, but go work hard at both and whatever path it takes you, go ahead and pursue it.”
That’s McKay’s plan.
His baseball skill set is a testament to both natural ability and some fate. At 6-2 and 220 pounds, he’s solidly built for his positions, albeit lacking the length of lefty aces like Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner and David Price.
Scouts have raved about his hand-eye coordination, which he says he partially honed when his grandfather would babysit at his home in suburban Pittsburgh. Grandpa would pitch pingpong balls at McKay, who’d try to hit it armed with only a mini wooden bat.
His finest pro tool might be his curveball, which has helped him strike out 124 batters in 91 innings this season, and hold opposing hitters to a .181 average. The pitch is not a God-given gift, but rather courtesy a kid named David Lyons, who taught McKay the grip while both were 13-year-olds playing travel ball for the Beaver Valley (Pa.) Baseball Club.
Lyons went on to become a pretty good high school wrestler. McKay? He produced a 72-inning scoreless streak in high school on his way to Louisville.
His collegiate resume is bordering on historic. McKay is a shoo-in to become just the third three-time Baseball America All-American, the first since Greg Swindell and Robin Ventura some 30 years ago. He has a career 30-10 record, with 369 strikeouts in 297 1/3 innings.
McKay took the biggest stride forward with the bat this season, upping his home runs from six to 17, while batting .363 and posting a 1.186 on base plus slugging.
What does that mean come June 12? Well, with the scouting community lacking a consensus, McKay has heard no shortage of scenarios floated by potential employers.
And yes, some teams do entertain the concept of McKay on the mound and batter’s box after he signs, even if only in short-season rookie ball as his future comes into focus.
“It could be just for that initial summer,” says McKay, “but it’d be fun to be able to do both and see where it takes you.”
Either way, it will be a whirlwind for McKay, who figures to get the ball in one of the first two games of Louisville’s regional. The Cardinals (47-10) open Friday against Radford.
Greene saw his high school season end last week. Yet for both, draft day – and a fascinating future – will come quickly.
“It can be overwhelming at times, to the point you might be overthinking it,” says Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, the second overall pick in the 2012 draft who also shelved a 99-mph fastball after high school. “You just have to relax and enjoy the moment – because it comes very fast.”
And when your tools are as diverse as McKay’s and Greene’s, it affords the luxury of a backup plan.
“I was 100% certain that if I needed to pitch, I absolutely could,” says Trumbo. “It was always that bullet in my pocket, so to speak.”
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Springer reached base in all six plate appearances and hit two of Houston’s season-high six home runs to lead the Astros to their seventh straight victory, 17-6 over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez also went deep for the Astros, who scored 40 runs in the three games to set a franchise record for runs in a series of any length. They had 19 hits on Wednesday and 37 in the series.
Brian Dozier, Eddie Rosario and Jason Castro homered for the Twins, who have lost four straight. Hector Santiago (4-5) gave up six runs and eight hits and walked three in six innings, three days after he was an emergency fill-in during the 15th inning of a loss to Tampa Bay.
Springer’s two homers traveled an estimated 900 combined feet, including a moon shot off of Ryan Pressly in the six-run seventh inning that landed just short of the third deck in left-center field. That was measured at 473 feet, the second-longest homer in the majors this season behind a 481-footer by Arizona’s Jake Lamb on April 29.
Michael Feliz (2-0) got the win and left-hander Reymin Guduan also made his big league debut, allowing one run on two hits in two innings.
PADRES 2, CUBS 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Franchy Cordero tripled in the eighth and scored on Yangervis Solarte’s fielder’s choice and San Diego handed Chicago its season-high sixth straight loss.
Luis Perdomo and two relievers combined to hold the struggling Cubs to three hits. The rebuilding Padres won their season-high fourth straight game and swept the Cubs for the first time since Aug. 6-8, 2012.
The defending World Series champion Cubs, who were swept at the Dodgers during the weekend, finished their first winless trip of at least six games since Aug. 3-8, 2012, when they also lost three at Los Angeles and three at San Diego.
Overall the Cubs have lost seven in a row on the road.
Cordero, who made his big league debut on Saturday, tripled to right-center off Koji Uehara (1-3) leading off the eighth. Solarte hit a grounder to second baseman Ian Happ, whose throw home wasn’t in time to get Cordero.
Brad Hand (1-3) pitched a perfect eighth for the win and Brandon Maurer pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
ORIOLES 10, YANKEES 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones homered and drove in five runs, Chris Davis added a two-run shot and Baltimore beat Masahiro Tanaka and New York.
Baltimore took two of three from the AL East leaders after coming in with a seven-game losing streak. The Yankees have lost 11 straight series in Baltimore — the second-longest road skid in franchise history behind a 12-series drought at Oakland from 1985-91.
Back in the lineup after missing four straight games with a sore hip, Jones contributed an RBI double to a four-run third inning, hit a three-run homer in the fourth and drove in a run with an infield hit in the eighth.
Tanaka (5-5) lost his fourth straight start, extending the longest streak of his career. The right-hander gave up seven runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
The Yankees had 11 hits but stranded 11 and went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.
Kevin Gausman (3-4) allowed two earned runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings, walking five and striking out four. He twice escaped bases-loaded, two-out jams to earn his second win since April 13 and provide hope for a starting rotation that was 1-9 since May 8.
CARDINALS 2, DODGERS 1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to back Carlos Martinez and give St. Louis a victory over Los Angeles.
Martinez (4-4) allowed one run and four hits while striking out nine as he pitched eight innings to help St. Louis snap a three-game losing streak.
Ross Stripling (0-3) lost for the first time since April 26 as he allowed Fowler’s seventh home run of the season, a 429-foot shot to right-center field. The Dodgers had their six-game winning streak end.
Seung-Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth for his 12th save in 14 chances.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, PIRATES 5, 14 INNINGS
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Owings singled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning and Arizona outlasted Pittsburgh in a game that took more than 4½ hours to play — plus a 93-minute rain delay.
Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed homered for the Diamondbacks, who led in the ninth and 11th before finally putting away the Pirates. T.J. McFarland (3-0) pitched three hitless innings for the win.
Ahmed hit a solo shot in the 11th but Jordy Mercer tied the score in the bottom half with a home run of his own as steady showers began to fall. The game was delayed by rain after the 11th inning for 1 hour, 33 minutes.
David Peralta singled off Jhan Marinez (0-3) to start the 14th and advanced to second on Goldschmidt’s groundout. Jake Lamb was intentionally walked, and Peralta scored when Owings singled to right field.
Marinez, the last man in the Pirates’ bullpen, worked three innings in a game that lasted 4 hours, 40 minutes.
BLUE JAYS 5, REDS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Devon Travis hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the seventh inning, Luke Maile also hit a two-run home run, and Toronto beat Cincinnati to complete a three-game sweep.
Jason Grilli (2-4) pitched one inning for the victory as the Blue Jays won for the eighth time in nine games and finished May at 18-10. Toronto hit 49 home runs in May, going deep in 18 of its final 20 games.
Joe Smith worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna survived a shaky ninth for his 11th save. Scott Schebler homered on Osuna’s first pitch, his NL-leading 16th. A single, Ryan Goins’ fielding error, and a stolen base gave the Reds runners at second and third with one out, but Osuna preserved the win by striking out Billy Hamilton and Zack Cozart.
Travis, whose 13-game hitting streak ended Tuesday, snapped an 0-for-6 slump by connecting off Wandy Peralta (2-1).
BREWERS 7, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Eric Thames hit his first home run in three weeks, Keon Broxton also went deep against an ineffective Jacob deGrom, and Milwaukee beat New York for just its third win in 10 games.
Released by the Mets following a 50-game minor league drug suspension in 2009, Junior Guerra (1-0) defeated New York for the first time. He allowed four hits in six scoreless innings, struck out four and walked three, baffling batters with his splitter.
In his previous outing, deGrom (4-2) threw 118 pitches and became the first Mets starter this year to reach the ninth inning. Against the Brewers, he allowed seven runs, eight hits and five walks in four innings, raising his ERA from 3.23 to 3.97. The right-hander has given up multiple homers in four starts, double his 2016 total.
ATHLETICS 3, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND (AP) — Sean Manaea allowed three hits in seven innings, Chad Pinder homered twice and drove in all three Oakland runs, and the Athletics defeated Cleveland.
Manaea (4-3) retired the first 10 hitters before Francisco Lindor homered with one out in the fourth. He gave up singles to Daniel Robertson and Edwin Encarnacion, along with a walk to Jose Ramirez.
Pinder, the Athletics’ No. 9 hitter, hit a solo homer in the third and broke a 1-all tie with a two-run shot in the fifth.
Mike Clevinger (2-2) gave up both home runs.
Trevor Plouffe drew a leadoff walk in the fifth before Pinder hit a 2-2 pitch into the bleachers in left field to cap the first multi-homer game of his career.
Santiago Casilla worked the ninth for his eighth save.
MARLINS 10, PHILLIES 2
MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bour hit two home runs, increasing his season total to 15, and Miami completed its first series sweep of the season by beating Philadelphia before a sparse crowd.
Marcell Ozuna hit his 14th homer for the Marlins, who have won four games in a row, their longest winning streak since last July.
Dan Straily (4-3) struck out 10, allowed one earned run in 6 2/3 innings, and benefited from the offensive support to win his third start in a row.
The Phillies (17-34), off to their worst start since 1961, went 6-22 in May. That’s their fewest wins in a month since June 1997. Aaron Nola (2-3) lost his third start in a row. He gave up four runs and needed 73 pitches to get through three innings — his shortest outing of the year.
The Marlins were contending for the worst record in the majors before their recent turnaround, and plenty of room remains on the bandwagon. Announced attendance was 15,197, lowest of the season in Miami, and a head count put the actual crowd at 1,590, perhaps the smallest in the five-year history of Marlins Park.
NATIONALS 3, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Max Scherzer struck out 11 in a five-hitter and Washington beat San Francisco to complete a three-game sweep.
Ryan Zimmerman hit his 15th homer, a three-run shot off Matt Cain (3-4) in the first inning that stood up as Scherzer (6-3) went the distance for the first time this season.
The Nationals played without slugger Bryce Harper, who began serving a three-game suspension for his role in Monday’s bench-clearing brawl between the teams. Harper initially was suspended four games but had the penalty reduced and agreed to drop his appeal.
Scherzer retired 10 straight to begin the game. He didn’t walk a batter for the second time this season on the way to his seventh career complete game.
Cain lost his third straight.
RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval hit a tiebreaking single in Boston’s four-run sixth inning and Drew Pomeranz struck out eight in his second straight win, helping the Red Sox beat Chicago.
Sandoval went 3 for 4 in his first game since he was activated from the disabled list Tuesday after being sidelined by a sprained right knee. It was an encouraging sign for the Red Sox, in need of some help at the plate with Dustin Pedroia on the DL due to a sprained left wrist.
Chicago wasted five scoreless innings from Mike Pelfrey in its second consecutive loss after winning four of five.
Anthony Swarzak (2-1) replaced Pelfrey, and the Red Sox jumped all over him. Christian Vazquez hit a two-run double to make it 4-1.
Pomeranz (5-3) allowed one run and seven hits in a season-high seven innings. Craig Kimbrel struck out the side for his 15th save in 16 chances, finishing Boston’s eighth win in 10 games.
RAYS 7, RANGERS 5, 10 INNINGS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Logan Morrison and Derek Norris homered in a three-run 10th inning to cap a late Tampa Bay comeback against Texas.
Kevin Kiermaier tied the score with two outs in the ninth with a first-pitch homer off closer Matt Bush. The 10th-inning drives came off Sam Dyson (1-6), who began the season as the Rangers’ closer.
Stephen Souza Jr. hit a two-run homer in the second, his fifth in eight games. It came off Austin Bibens-Dirkx, who made his first major league start at age 32 following 12 seasons in the minors.
Austin Pruitt (4-1), just recalled from Triple-A Durham, earned the win with two hitless innings. Alex Colome gave up a run but got his 15th save.
Elvis Andrus had three hits and two RBIs for Texas.
TIGERS 6, ROYALS 5
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton each hit a two-run double with two outs in the third inning, and Detroit held off Kansas City.
Royals starter Ian Kennedy (0-5) walked the bases loaded before giving up the doubles on consecutive pitches.
Victor Martinez and Alex Avila homered for the Tigers, who completed a 4-7 road trip.
Kennedy was pulled after allowing five runs in three innings. He is 0-7 in 13 starts since he last won on Sept. 11.
Warwick Saupold (1-0) tossed three scoreless innings in relief, and Justin Wilson closed for his fifth save.
ANGELS 2, BRAVES 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Eric Young Jr. made his first home run of the season a timely one, hitting a solo shot in the eighth inning to lift Los Angeles over Atlanta.
Angels slugger Albert Pujols remained at 599 home runs. He had one single in four at-bats.
Matt Kemp hit his 250th career homer for the Braves.
Young, called up Monday to replace injured star Mike Trout, connected off reliever Arodys Vizcaino (1-1), who had made 12 consecutive scoreless appearances.
Blake Parker (1-2) worked a hitless inning in relief, and Bud Norris got two outs for his 10th save.
MARINERS 5, ROCKIES 0
SEATTLE (AP) — James Paxton and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as Seattle blanked Colorado.
Paxton (4-0), activated from the disabled list before the game, retired 16 of his first 17 batters, allowing only a two-out infield single in the third inning. Making his first start since May 2, the left-hander struck out Pat Valaika to open the sixth, then gave up consecutive singles, ending his 74-pitch outing.
Paxton had been sidelined with a strained forearm. He struck out six and walked one.
Steve Cishek retired all five batters he faced and James Pazos worked the eighth. Nick Vincent finished up.
Rockies rookie Antonio Senzatela (7-2) permitted four runs in five innings while striking out seven. He lost for just the second time in 11 starts.
Danny Valencia had a two-run double.
This version has been corrected to delete reference to Angels sweeping Braves.
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CHICAGO (AP) — This wasn’t the way Chris Sale pictured his return to Chicago. With the way the Red Sox swung the bats, it didn’t make much of a difference.
Sale had a shaky first start back in his former home, but Deven Marrero hit two of Boston’s season-high six home runs in a 13-7 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Xander Bogaerts and Mitch Moreland also went deep. The Red Sox won for the seventh time in nine games after an anticipated duel between aces never materialized.
Sale (6-2) got a warm reception from the crowd and a rude welcome from his old team. The five-time All-Star gave up six runs and 10 hits — both season highs — over five innings in his first appearance against the White Sox.
“I don’t know how many times I’ve given up six runs and still been in a pretty good mood after the game,” Sale said. “That says a lot about my guys behind me.”
Marrero drove in five runs and doubled his career home run total. After hitting two in his first 59 major league games, he went back-to-back with Betts in a four-run second inning and chased Jose Quintana (2-7) with a three-run drive in the third that made it 7-3.
Bradley bumped the lead to 10-6 in the fifth with a three-run drive off Dan Jennings after Chicago cut it to one.
Bogaerts added a solo homer in the eighth and finished with four of Boston’s 16 hits. Moreland knocked a two-run homer off Juan Minaya in the ninth to make it 13-7.
Craig Kimbrel worked the final 1 1/3 innings for his 14th save in 15 chances, and the Red Sox picked up the win after dropping two in a row.
Todd Frazier and Tim Anderson homered for Chicago, but the White Sox took the loss after winning four of five.
Dealt to Boston last winter for a package of prospects that included highly regarded slugger Yoan Moncada, Sale was looking forward to pitching against his old friends. He got a standing ovation when he trotted to the mound in the first inning.
But it was a rough night overall for the lanky left-hander. He threw 111 pitches and was consistently behind in the count, though he finished with nine strikeouts and two walks.
Manager John Farrell said the ballpark “played extremely small.” But Sale blamed his rough outing on a lack of command, not the conditions.
Quintana got pounded for seven runs and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings. It was his shortest outing since he lasted one inning against the New York Yankees on Sept. 2, 2013.
“We’re just going to have to keep grinding it out,” manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s not the stuff. The stuff’s the same. It’s the command and the execution. If we can get that back on track, I think Q’s going to be who he is, which is a very effective major league pitcher.”
The 2016 All-Star has allowed 15 runs, 18 hits and four homers in his past two starts. And his ERA has jumped from 3.92 to 5.60.
“We were both off,” Sale said. “I think people were expecting something a little different. But they came to a 7 o’clock batting practice session.”
ANGELS 9, BRAVES 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his 599th career homer during the Angels’ nine-run third inning.
Pujols moved to the brink of his latest milestone with a three-run shot off Bartolo Colon (2-6) early in Los Angeles’ biggest inning of the season.
The 37-year-old slugger has homered in back-to-back games for the first time this year. He can become the ninth player in baseball history, and fourth-youngest, to reach 600 homers with his next shot.
Parker Bridwell (1-0) earned his first major league win, pitching six-hit ball into the seventh inning.
Matt Kemp and Tyler Flowers homered for Atlanta.
DODGERS 9, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chase Utley, Logan Forsythe and Chris Taylor combined to reach base 11 times and totaled six runs, helping the Dodgers rally for their sixth straight win.
Utley finished a homer shy of the cycle. Forsythe reached five times, including three walks, and Taylor reached three times.
Adrian Gonzalez’s sacrifice fly and Utley’s RBI double started the Dodgers comeback in the third. Enrique Hernandez tied it at 3 with a single, and Paul DeJong’s throwing error on the same play scored Utley to give the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.
Brandon Morrow (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Michael Wacha (2-3) needed 77 pitches to get through three innings, the shortest outing for a St. Louis starter this season. The Cardinals have dropped 10 of 13.
NATIONALS 6, GIANTS 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched into the seventh inning to win for the first time since April 27 as Washington beat San Francisco.
Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner had three hits apiece for the NL East leaders, who won their fourth in five games. Jayson Werth added two hits and a bases-loaded walk, and Michael A. Taylor had two RBIs.
One night after a bench-clearing brawl that resulted in suspensions for Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper (four games) and Giants reliever Hunter Strickland (six games), the teams played without incident. Each player appealed his penalty.
The only reminder of the fight came when Harper was booed by the AT&T Park crowd every at-bat. The slugger went 0 for 5 with three strikeouts and twice left the bases loaded. He was the only Washington starter without a hit.
Gonzalez (4-1) allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. He also singled home a run.
Koda Glover earned his seventh save in eight chances.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (1-7) gave up three runs and nine hits over four innings.
ASTROS 7, TWINS 2
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Altuve had four hits and two RBIs, Mike Fiers struck out eight over six innings in his bid to retain a spot in Houston’s banged-up rotation, and the major league-leading Astros earned their sixth straight victory.
Alex Bregman homered and drove in two runs, providing further support for Fiers (2-2) in his best of 10 starts this season.
Fiers fell behind 2-0 in the first when Eddie Rosario drew a bases-loaded walk and Byron Buxton followed with an infield single, but Astros hacked their way back against Jose Berrios (3-1).
Buxton had two hits and drove in a run. Berrios gave up five hits and four walks in five innings, the shortest of his four starts this year.
PADRES 6, CUBS 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Austin Hedges homered and drove in four runs, and the Padres handed the Cubs their fifth straight loss.
Hedges hit a two-run homer and a two-run double as the Padres clinched the three-game series against the struggling Cubs. Rookie Dinelson Lamet (2-0), one of San Diego’s top prospects, struck out eight while pitching five innings of two-run ball.
Kyle Schwarber homered for Chicago, and Eddie Butler (2-1) allowed six runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
INDIANS 9, ATHLETICS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer struck out an AL-best 14 in seven innings, leading Cleveland to the win.
Bauer’s career-best strikeout total was one shy of this season’s major league-high of 15 by Washington’s Stephen Strasburg against San Diego on Saturday.
Bauer (5-4) allowed three runs and seven hits with one walk. Four Cleveland pitchers combined to strike out 19, tying a franchise record for a nine-inning game.
Rookie Bradley Zimmer had a career-high four RBIs for the Indians, hitting a two-run double in the fourth and a two-run homer in the eighth.
Sonny Gray (2-2) allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings for Oakland, which dropped a season-high seven games below .500.
YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brett Gardner and Matt Holliday each homered twice, Aaron Judge drove in two runs and the Yankees received a solid pitching performance from Luis Severino.
Gardner set the tone for the AL East leaders by connecting on the third pitch from Chris Tillman (1-2), who had not allowed a home run in his previous four starts this season.
Holliday went deep in the first inning and again in the third for his 22nd career multihomer game. Gardner’s second solo shot sparked a three-run fourth that made it 8-0.
Severino (4-2) gave up one run and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Trey Mancini had three hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who have lost eight of nine and 14 of 18.
METS 5, BREWERS 4, 12 INNINGS
NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Bruce lined a game-ending single in the 12th inning and the Mets rebounded to beat the Brewers 5-4 after shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera allowed the tying runs to score in the seventh when he flubbed a bases-loaded popup with two outs.
Wily Peralta (5-4) pitched a perfect 11th in his fourth relief outing since he was dropped from Milwaukee’s rotation in mid-May, but then allowed a single to pinch hitter T.J. Rivera leading off the 12th. Michael Conforto walked and Jose Reyes grounded into a forceout that left runners at the corners.
With the infield at double-play depth, Bruce singled up the middle to end a game that lasted 4 hours, 24 minutes.
Josh Smoker (1-2) pitched three scoreless innings in New York’s third straight win.
The NL Central-leading Brewers lost for the seventh time in nine games.
MARLINS 7, PHILLIES 2
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his third homer since moving into the No. 2 spot in the batting order, a change that has revived Miami, which won its third game in a row.
Marcell Ozuna also homered for the Marlins, whose modest winning streak is their longest since mid-April.
Stanton hit a two-run homer, his 14th, in a five-run third. Since he moved up to the No. 2 spot, Stanton is 12 for 29 (.414) with three homers and seven RBIs in seven games, and the Marlins are 5-2 while outscoring opponents 48-22.
Both starting pitchers departed with injuries. Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez (2-5) left in the second inning because of a right elbow flexor strain, and Marlins left-hander Justin Nicolino exited after three scoreless innings due to a bruised left index finger.
Dustin McGowan (2-0) replaced Nicolino and allowed one run in three innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, PIRATES 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Arizona left-hander Robbie Ray pitched a four-hitter in his first career complete game.
Ray (5-3) struck out 10, walked none and threw 115 pitches. The left-hander set a career high by winning his third straight start and has pitched 23 2/3 scoreless innings during that run, all on the road, while also beating the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.
Chris Owings snapped a scoreless tie with a double in the sixth inning, and the Diamondbacks ended a three-game losing streak.
Ivan Nova (5-4) allowed three runs in seven innings, losing for the just the second time in nine starts.
ROYALS 1, TIGERS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eric Skoglund pitched 6 1/3 innings of two-hit ball in his major league debut, helping the Royals beat Justin Verlander and the Tigers.
Skoglund, a 2014 third-round draft pick out of Central Florida, struck out five and walked one. The left-hander was promoted from Triple-A Omaha when the Royals placed Danny Duffy on the disabled list Monday with an oblique strain.
Verlander (4-4) left after seven innings, allowing one run and six hits. He struck out five and walked one.
Eric Hosmer hit a two-out RBI single in the sixth for Kansas City, and Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 14 opportunities.
MARINERS 10, ROCKIES 4
DENVER (AP) — Kyle Seager homered and drove in four runs for Seattle, and Robinson Cano also connected.
Jean Segura had four hits and Ariel Miranda (5-2) pitched five solid innings to help the Mariners sweep two games in Denver. It was just the Rockies’ third loss in 17 series and first since April 24-27 against Washington. They also fell out of first place in the NL West, dropping a half-game behind the streaking Dodgers.
Ben Gamel, who replaced slugger Nelson Cruz in the second inning, and Guillermo Heredia each had three of Seattle’s season-high 19 hits.
The Mariners jumped on Rockies lefty Tyler Anderson (3-5). Seager hit a two-run homer in a three-run second, and his two-run double in the third helped the Mariners go up 6-0.
RANGERS 9, RAYS 5
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus had a career-high five RBIs for Texas, including a tying three-run homer in the seventh inning.
Andrus’ two-out drive deep into the visiting bullpen ended a stretch of five scoreless innings from the Tampa Bay bullpen after Matt Andriese left in the second with a mild groin strain.
Jared Hoying’s liner off the top of the wall in right came with the bases loaded and one out in a four-run eighth against Chase Whitley (1-1), breaking a 5-5 tie. After a sacrifice fly from Shin-Soo Choo, Andrus’ single to left scored two more.
Keone Kela (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth, and closer Matt Bush had a perfect ninth in a non-save situation.
BLUE JAYS 6, REDS 4
TORONTO (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning for Toronto, and Josh Donaldson belted an upper-deck drive.
All six Toronto runs came on homers. Jose Bautista and Russell Martin also connected for the Blue Jays, who have hit 47 homers in May.
Cincinnati’s Zack Cozart hit two solo home runs and Joey Votto had a third.
Morales broke a 4-all tie with a two-run blast off Blake Wood (0-3), his 10th.
Joe Smith (1-0) worked one inning for the win and Roberto Osuna finished for his 10th save. Toronto has won seven of eight.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports) —- This could be the trade deadline everyone has dreamed of, flooded with sexy names, All-Star starting pitchers, and a surplus to overhaul the playoff landscape.
Sure, at the moment the two-team wild card format has plenty of dreamers hanging around the fringes of contention – in the American League, no team is further than 4 1/2 games out of a playoff slot entering Monday.
The Chicago White Sox still are the only team who have publicly declared that they’re selling off their best pieces, with an operator standing by ready to take your offer. Yet, several races – notably the AL West and NL East – have the potential to turn into runaways. Certainly, so much can change in the next two months.
As we take Turn 1 at the Major League Baseball Speedway, here are the top 25 trade candidates based on the player’s probability of being traded, and value:
1. Closer David Robertson, Chicago White Sox: Remember when the White Sox were trying to almost give away Robertson all winter, and nearly traded him to the Washington Nationals for 19-year-old left-hander Jesus Luzardo and minor-league infielder Drew Ward, while willing to eat nearly half of his contract? Well, Robertson has since yielded just 11 hits and struck out 28 in 19 2/3 innings. Considering the Nats still need a closer, and the New York Mets are desperate for one, the price tag continues to climb, particularly knowing that Robertson is under control through 2018. He’ll definitely be gone by July 31.
2. Starter Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics: The A’s finally have a healthy stud on their hands, and whoever lands him will have him under control through 2019. Anyone who saw his increased velocity and 11 strikeouts in just seven innings against the Miami Marlins are salivating. The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros were paying attention. The A’s can act coy, but they want to move him while they have great value on their hands.
3. Starter Jose Quintana, White Sox: OK, he’s certainly not pitching like an ace these days (2-6, 4.82 ERA), but he’s still a guy who has pitched 200 innings four consecutive years and has a career 3.49 ERA. And he’s anything but a rental, owed a team-friendly $33 million through 2020.
4. Right fielder J.D. Martinez, Detroit Tigers: There will be no position player on the market with more value than Martinez, who’s tearing it up since opening the year on the DL, hitting .288 with eight homers, 17 RBI and a 1.202 on-base plus slugging percentage in his first 17 games. The Tigers have yet to determine whether they’ll trade him, but considering they want to go younger and cheaper, he’s the ideal player to start their transition phase should they continue to struggle.
5. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain, Kansas City Royals: The Royals will be shopping all of their potential free agents, and no one has more value than Cain, a premier defensive center fielder getting on base at a .355 clip. The only downside is he’s a free agent after the season.
6. Starter Ervin Santana, Minnesota Twins: Let’s face it, the Twins’ success is throwing a wrench into their rebuilding project. They would love to trade Santana (7-2, 1.75 ERA), knowing his value will never be higher, but this darn winning is getting in the way. Still, as long as the front office has the stomach for it, they’ll move Santana, knowing it’s the right move for organization’s future.
7. Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins: The Marlins wouldn’t be stupid enough to trade Ozuna, 26, who’s having another outstanding year (.306, 12 homers, 34 RBI) and is under control for two more years, would they? Sure, it’s the Marlins. Ownership was infuriated at former manager Dan Jennings for even playing him two years ago, not wanting to start his arbitration clock. He would bring in a nice haul ransom for an organization that needs to hit the re-set button.
8. First baseman Eric Hosmer, Kansas City Royals: The Royals don’t want to take the chance of him walking away and getting nothing in return, so will trade him, and hope to re-sign him in the off-season. A three-time Gold Glover, Hosmer has just five homers but is batting .300.
9. Starter Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Rays: History stands rudely in the way of Cobb finishing the year with the Rays with free agency just five months away. Melvin Upton is the only player to ever finish out his entire rookie contract with the Rays without being extended or traded. Considering the Rays have no intention of extending Cobb, he will be dealt. He’s having a solid year, 4-4, 3.67 ERA, but most important, he is healthy again.
10. Shortstop Zack Cozart, Cincinnati Reds: He’s the best offensive shortstop in baseball these days with a ridiculous slash line of .344/.422/.569, and still is an elite defender. He’s a free agent at the season’s conclusion, and the ideal trade chip for the Reds.
11. Closer Tony Watson, Pittsburgh Pirates: He may not be the ideal closer for contenders, but this lefty can fit into the back end of anyone’s bullpen. The Pirates have a history of trading away closers before hitting free agency, and Watson will be no different.
12. Reliever Brad Hand, San Diego Padres: Scouts are enamored with the lefty’s stuff, striking out 38 batters in 29 2/3 innings. The beauty of Hand also is that he’s earning just $1.375 million and is under control through 2019.
13. Starter Chris Archer, Rays: The Rays aren’t necessarily motivated to move him, but they will certainly listen, and see if anyone meets their steep asking price. The Chicago Cubs – who traded Archer to Tampa Bay in 2011 – are enamored with him, and who doesn’t love that he’s under control through 2021 at $30.25 million after this year.
14. Second baseman Jed Lowrie, Athletics: He may be 33, but he’s ranked among the top five of all second basemen with his .293 batting average and .837 OPS. He also comes with a friendly $6 million team option.
15. Reliever Kelvin Herrera, Royals: Just the latest closer to come through Kansas City that’s appetizing to every contender. The two-time All-Star is having a mediocre start, yielding 22 hits in 21 innings, but striking out 22. The Royals don’t have to trade him, since he’s under control through 2018, but it certainly increases his value.
16. First baseman Yonder Alonso, Athletics: He’s having a breakout year, as he has emerged as a completely different hitter with more home runs (14) in 148 plate appearances than he did in 934 plate appearances in 2015 and 2016. For someone looking for power, and believing his rejuvenation is real, he may be an ideal fit.
17. Third baseman Mike Moustakas, Royals: Is there a more ideal fit than Moustakas being traded to the New York Mets? Moustakas, who’s a free agent at the season’s conclusion, has 13 homers and 26 RBI. The Mets badly need the help. The question is whether they believe they can be in the race to make it worthwhile.
18. Reliever Pat Neshek, Philadelphia Phillies: Neshek, 36, is pitching as well as he ever has in his career, yielding a 0.98 ERA, allowing just 13 hits and three walks in 18 1/3 innings. The way relief pitching is coveted these days, who wouldn’t want him?
19. Starter Jason Vargas, Royals: Vargas has never had more value since joining the Royals, going 6-3 with a 2.39 ERA. Who knows how long it will last, but the Royals would be foolish to find out. This is the final year of the left-hander’s four-year, $32 million deal and he could provide nice depth for a contender such as the Yankees.
20. Third baseman Todd Frazier, White Sox: The White Sox don’t want him to be part of their future, have no need for him, but sure could use him performing better. He hit 40 homers with 98 RBI last year, but this year is batting just .181 with six homers and 21 RBI. He could be a cheap fit for the Mets too, if the White Sox pay a portion of his $12 million contract.
21. Closer A.J. Ramos, Marlins: He has a 4.67 ERA, and he’s walking too many hitters, but still this is a guy who saved 72 games in 2015-2016. He also is under control through the 2018 season.
22. Outfielder Matt Kemp, Atlanta Braves: The Braves got him in a straight salary dump with the San Diego Padres when they moved Hector Olivera, but the Braves are the ones reaping the dividends. He is hitting .305 with 20 homers and 66 RBI in 95 games since the trade, and batting .337 with eight homers and 27 RBI this year. He still is owed $21.5 million a year through 2019, but if the Braves swallow a significant part of the contract, they could find some takers, particularly in the AL.
23. Second baseman Yangervis Solarte, Padres: Who can’t use an impact infielder who’s not making much money? Solartes’ value has dropped after his career year of a year ago, hitting just .245 with a .671 OPS, but makes just $2.5 million this year, $4 million in 2018 with a $5.5 million club option in 2019.
24. Reliever Ryan Madson, Oakland A’s: He’s had a nice bounce-back season, with a 0.96 ERA, yielding 16 hits in 19 innings, but still is overpaid at $7.5 million a season through 2018. If the A’s eat some of the money, he’ll be a nice addition to anyone’s bullpen.
25. Starter Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh Pirates: If the Pirates are serious about moving him, Cole would jump to the head of the class. He not only is a bona fide ace, but under control through 2019. It will take a ransom to acquire him.