Sale pitches 7 SO in­nings, Red Sox beat Blue Jays

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Chris Sale pitched seven shutout in­nings to win his third straight de­ci­sion, Xan­der Bo­gaerts had three RBIs and the Bos­ton Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 on Satur­day. Sale (11-3) struck out 11, boost­ing his ma­jor league-lead­ing to­tal to 166. He’s 2-0 with 24 strike­outs in 15 scoreless in­nings against the Blue Jays this sea­son. Blaine Boyer pitched the eighth and Robby Scott gave up Steve Pearce’s solo home run in the ninth. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-out, two run dou­ble in the first and Dustin Pe­droia did the same in the sec­ond. Bo­gaerts had a sac­ri­fice fly in the fifth and added a two-run sin­gle off Lucas Har­rell in the ninth. Mookie Betts walked three times and scored three runs for the AL East-lead­ing Red Sox, who have won five of six. Han­ley Ramirez had three hits. Blue Jays left-han­der Fran­cisco Liri­ano (4-4) al­lowed five runs in six in­nings.


Chris Tay­lor hit a grand slam, Corey Sea­ger and Justin Turner had con­sec­u­tive homers and Rich Hill tied his ca­reer high with 11 strike­outs in Los An­ge­les’ vic­tory against San Diego. Bench coach Bob Geren man­aged the Dodgers in place of Dave Roberts, sus­pended one game by Ma­jor League Base­ball for his role in an al­ter­ca­tion with Padres man­ager Andy Green the night be­fore. Roberts was also fined, as were Green and Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood. Tay­lor’s slam came off Craig Stam­men in the sev­enth in­ning. It was his third of the sea­son and the fourth of his ca­reer. The Dodgers had 14 hits, and even Hill (5-4) got his share with two sin­gles for his first ca­reer multi-hit game. Among them was a run-scor­ing base hit in the fourth. Lo­gan Forsythe had four hits, in­clud­ing an RBI in­field sin­gle in the first. Sea­ger added three hits. The Dodgers have outscored the Padres 63-18 in eight games this sea­son. Hill threw seven in­nings of four-hit ball while walk­ing only one. Padres starter Dil­lon Over­ton (0-1) al­lowed four runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 in­nings.


Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer to cap a four-run sixth in­ning, and Car­los Car­rasco pitched Cleve­land to a dou­ble­header split against Detroit. The Tigers won the opener and led 1-0 in the sec­ond game be­fore the In­di­ans broke through against Jordan Zim­mer­mann (5-6). The right-han­der al­lowed one hit through five in­nings, but didn’t make it through the sixth. Car­rasco (9-3) yielded four hits in seven in­nings. He struck out seven and walked one. An­drew Miller worked a per­fect ninth for his sec­ond save, aided by a spec­tac­u­lar catch from Bradley Zim­mer. In the opener, Ni­cholas Castel­lanos hit a tiebreak­ing triple in the sev­enth off Bryan Shaw (2-3). J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabr­era hit back-to-back homers for the Tigers. Shane Greene (2-2) got the win, and Justin Wil­son earned his eighth save.


As­drubal Cabr­era hit the win­ning homer as part of a four-run rally in the sev­enth in­ning that car­ried New York past Philadel­phia. The resur­gent Mets over­came three er­rors and a short start by Zack Wheeler in his re­turn from the dis­abled list to win their fourth straight. They’ve won seven of eight since get­ting swept in four games at Dodger Stadium. Phillies starter Jeremy Hel­lick­son left with a 6-4 lead in the sev­enth af­ter giv­ing up seven hits, in­clud­ing solo homers by Lucas Duda and T.J. Rivera. Pinch-hit­ter Wilmer Flores stroked an RBI sin­gle and Cabr­era con­nected off Pat Neshek (2-2), who be­gan the day with a 0.57 ERA. He had not per­mit­ted a run since May 14, mak­ing 19 straight scoreless ap­pear­ances. Af­ter a 57-minute rain de­lay in the top of the eighth, Ad­di­son Reed came on and got four outs for his 14th save. Reed worked around a lead­off dou­ble by Aaron Altherr in the ninth that nearly cleared the right-field wall. Fer­nando Salas (1-2) got the win de­spite al­low­ing a three-run homer to Tommy Joseph that gave Philadel­phia a 6-3 lead in the sev­enth.


Cole Hamels over­came a shaky start to win for the first time since April, and Texas hit three home runs. Hamels (3-0) al­lowed two runs and two hits while strik­ing out six in 6 2/3 in­nings for his first win since April 26. He re­tired 19 straight bat­ters af­ter giv­ing up a dou­ble and a homer and hit­ting a bat­ter with a pitch in the first in­ning of his sec­ond start since re­turn­ing from a strained right oblique. Elvis An­drus, Mike Napoli and Rougned Odor home­red for the Rangers, who snapped a three-game los­ing streak. White Sox starter Derek Hol­land (5-8) didn’t fare as well in his first game against his for­mer team. Hol­land, who spent his first eight sea­sons with the Rangers and was on their 2010 and 2011 AL cham­pi­onship squads, al­lowed five runs in 5 1/3 in­nings. He is 1-5 in his last seven starts.


Miguel Sano belted a three-run homer, Felix Jorge pitched five-plus solid in­nings to win his ma­jor league de­but and Min­nesota beat Kansas City to split their dou­ble­header. Bran­don Moss, Al­cides Es­co­bar and Alex Gor­don, the Roy­als’ 7-8-9 hit­ters, went a com­bined 6 for 12 with three home runs, seven RBIs and six runs as the Roy­als ral­lied from a four-run deficit to win the opener. Sano has five home runs and 24 RBIs in 11 games against the Roy­als this sea­son. He went deep in both games. Ed­die Rosario went 5 for 5 and scored three runs in the night­cap. Jorge (1-0) was charged with three runs and seven hits. Kansas City starter Ja­son Ham­mel (4-7) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 in­nings. Eric Hos­mer hit a two-run homer. In the opener, Mike Mous­takas hit his 22nd home run, ty­ing his sea­son high and match­ing Jer­maine Dye in 2000 for the club record be­fore the All-Star game. Mous­takas bats sixth and for the first time in Roy­als his­tory, their 6-7-8-9 bat­ters all home­red in the same game. Alex Gor­don had a three-run shot. Al­cides Es­co­bar and Bran­don Moss, with an es­ti­mated 474-foot drive to straight­away cen­ter, also home­red for Kansas City. Moss had three hits. Sal­vador Perez hit a two-out, two-run sin­gle in a three-run sev­enth to snap a 6-all tie against Tyler Duffy (0-2). Mike Mi­nor (4-1), the fourth of six Kansas City pitch­ers, struck out four in two in­nings.


Jack­son Stephens lasted five in­nings in his ma­jor league de­but and drove in the goa­head runs with a bases-loaded sin­gle to lead Cincin­nati. The Cubs’ fourth loss in five games dropped them to 40-41, well off their pace from a year ago (51-30) when they were on their way to an NL Cen­tral ti­tle and a World Se­ries cham­pi­onship. Stephens (10) gave up a solo homer by Jon Jay and a two-run shot by Will­son Con­tr­eras. He was called up to help the Reds fill an open­ing in the ro­ta­tion cre­ated by Bran­don Fin­negan’s arm in­jury. With two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth, Stephens sin­gled up the mid­dle off Ed­die But­ler (4-3) for two runs and a 4-3 lead, smack­ing his hands to­gether as he reached base with his first ma­jor league hit. He gave up six hits and struck out eight in five in­nings.


Domingo San­tana hit a two-run homer off Gian­carlo Stan­ton’s glove, spark­ing a seven-run sec­ond in­ning that lifted Mil­wau­kee past Mi­ami. San­tana tied it with a home run to right off Tom Koehler (1-3), who walked Travis Shaw to start the sec­ond. Stan­ton jumped and got the tip of his mitt on the ball, but it bounced off and fell into the seats. Stan­ton put his hands on his head as San­tana cir­cled the bases. Shaw had a two-run sin­gle later in the in­ning. Brew­ers starter Zach Davies drove in a run on a fielder’s choice, Stephen Vogt drew a bases-load walk and Jonathan Vil­lar added a run-scor­ing sin­gle as Mil­wau­kee sent 13 bat­ters to the plate in the in­ning. Davies (9-4) strug­gled a bit with his con­trol early but re­tired his last 10 bat­ters. He gave up four runs and five hits over six in­nings with two walks and five strike­outs.


Dansby Swan­son hit a tiebreak­ing dou­ble off closer San­ti­ago Casilla in the ninth in­ning to drive in Danny San­tana - one of two un­earned runs scored by At­lanta - and the Braves held on for the win. San­tana had two hits and two runs and Matt Adams added a sac­ri­fice fly in his re­turn to the lineup as At­lanta won its sec­ond straight in this in­ter­league se­ries. The Braves have won 10 of 14 over­all. At­lanta led 3-1 be­hind knuck­le­baller R.A. Dickey be­fore Khris Davis hit a ty­ing two-run home run off Arodys Viz­caino in the eighth. Af­ter Jo­han Ca­margo struck out swing­ing against Casilla (1-3) to open the ninth, San­tana reached base on Oak­land short­stop Franklin Bar­reto’s sec­ond er­ror of the game. San­tana stole sec­ond then scored when Swan­son dou­bled down the left-field line, Swan­son also had an RBI dou­ble in the sev­enth. Sam Freeman (1-0) re­tired two bat­ters for the win. Jim John­son pitched the ninth for his 18th save.

GIANTS 2, PI­RATES 1, 11 in­nings

De­nard Span scored on a wild pitch in the 11th in­ning to give San Fran­cisco a win over Pitts­burgh. Span walked against Daniel Hud­son (1-4) and stole sec­ond. Joe Panik sin­gled, and Buster Posey faced a full count when Hud­son’s pitch got past catcher Elias Diaz, al­low­ing Span to score. Josh Osich (2-1) got the win. Sam Dyson pitched a scoreless 11th for his first save since be­ing ac­quired from the Texas Rangers in early June. In the ninth, Giants re­liever Hunter Strick­land walked the bases loaded but got Diaz to strike out look­ing. Diaz fin­ished 0 for 5 with two strike­outs and left eight men on base.


Lo­gan Mor­ri­son home­red twice, Wil­son Ramos hit a three-run drive and Tampa Bay beat Dy­lan Bundy and Bal­ti­more. Steven Souza had a solo shot for the Rays, who have 23 home runs in their last 12 games. Mor­ri­son, who con­nected in the first in­ning and again in the third, has 24 for the sea­son - a ca­reer high. Jake Odorizzi (5-3) was the ben­e­fi­ciary of Tampa Bay’s 14-hit at­tack, which in­cluded four dou­bles. The right-han­der pitched five in­nings, al­low­ing at least three earned runs for the sixth start in a row. He also yielded a home run in his 12th suc­ces­sive ap­pear­ance, a club record. The Rays will seek to com­plete a three-game sweep on Sun­day. They are al­ready as­sured their first se­ries win against Bal­ti­more af­ter go­ing 0-5-1 since April 2016. Bundy (8-7) al­lowed five runs and seven hits in four in­nings. He struck out seven.


Alex Me­jia’s first two ma­jor league hits, in­clud­ing an eighth-in­ning home run, were the difference as St. Louis de­feated Wash­ing­ton. The Car­di­nals have won four straight and six of seven. Wash­ing­ton, the only team in the Na­tional League yet to be shut out this sea­son, has lost three in a row and five of seven. Michael Wacha (5-3), cel­e­brat­ing his 26th birth­day, tossed six scoreless in­nings. He al­lowed four hits and struck out a sea­son-high nine. Gio Gon­za­lez (7-3) was nearly as good. He yielded one run and two hits over seven in­nings, strik­ing out nine. With the bases loaded, Matt Bow­man threw a called third strike past pinch-hit­ter Adrian Sanchez for his first ma­jor league save. Me­jia, play­ing his third game since be­ing called up, had an RBI sin­gle in the sec­ond.


Yuli Gur­riel hit a two-run homer in the fifth and a two-run dou­ble off Aroldis Chap­man that put Hous­ton on top in a four­run eighth in­ning as the Astros ral­lied to beat New York. Hous­ton trailed 6-3 in the eighth be­fore Jose Al­tuve walked with one out be­fore steal­ing sec­ond and third and scor­ing on a ground­out by Car­los Cor­rea. Evan Gat­tis hit a long home run off Dellin Be­tances (3-3) to make it 6-5. Gur­riel, who fin­ished with three hits, ended the game when he tagged out Brett Gardner at first af­ter the Yan­kees out­fielder tried to get back to first base af­ter mak­ing too wide a turn on a sin­gle to left cen­ter with two outs. Dayan Diaz (1-1) worked a scoreless eighth and Ken Giles got his 19th save. Cor­rea had a solo homer in the sixth. Didi Gre­go­rius hit his first ca­reer grand slam to put the Yan­kees up 5-2 in the sixth. Clint Fra­zier be­came the first Yan­kees player since 1913 to hit a homer and a dou­ble in his ma­jor league de­but.


Zack Greinke struck out eight in seven strong in­nings and Ari­zona topped Colorado to stop a three-game los­ing streak. Greinke (10-4) al­lowed three hits, one of those be­ing Trevor Story’s two-run homer in the sev­enth to make it a one-run game. But the Di­a­mond­backs scored three times in the bot­tom half to take con­trol. David Per­alta dou­bled twice and drove in two runs for the Di­a­mond­backs, who have not lost more than three con­sec­u­tive games this sea­son. Fer­nando Rod­ney got two outs for his 21st save and has a ca­reerbest 11 straight hit­less out­ings. One night af­ter end­ing an eight-game slide, the Rock­ies lost for the ninth time in their past 10. Tyler Chat­wood (6-9) pitched into the sev­enth but al­lowed four earned runs and seven hits.


Ricky No­lasco pitched a three-hit­ter for his sec­ond straight scoreless outing as Los An­ge­les blanked Seat­tle. No­lasco (4-9) did not walk a bat­ter and struck out seven in his first com­plete game of the sea­son. He was com­ing off 6 1/3 sharp in­nings in a 4-0 win over the Dodgers, a stark turn­around from a dis­ap­point­ing stretch that left man­ager Mike Scios­cia de­fend­ing No­lasco’s place in the ro­ta­tion. No­lasco’s sixth ca­reer shutout was the first by an An­gels pitcher this sea­son. An­drel­ton Sim­mons hit a solo homer off rookie Sam Gav­iglio (3-3). Mariners slug­ger Nel­son Cruz left af­ter his first at-bat with right knee dis­com­fort. It was his 37th birth­day. —AP

SAN DIEGO: San Diego Padres catcher Austin Hedges, right, tags out Los An­ge­les Dodgers’ Austin Barnes dur­ing the fourth in­ning of a base­ball game in San Diego, Satur­day. —AP

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