San Diego edges Cleve­land in Ma­jor League Base­ball

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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 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.


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 left­hander 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.


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.


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. 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 third.


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 in­jury­plagued 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.


CC Sabathia was chased dur­ing a four­run 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.


Tim Beckham home­red, and the Rays won their re­union with Joe Mad­don. Beckham’s two-run drive high­lighted a fiverun 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 (75) 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Kyle Gib­son got his first win in three weeks and By­ron Bux­ton hit his fifth homer, lead­ing Min­nesota to the vic­tory. Gib­son (56) 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. —AP

AT­LANTA: Danny San­tana #23 of the At­lanta Braves is tagged out at sec­ond base by Mar­win Gon­za­lez #9 of the Hous­ton Astros in the sev­enth in­ning at SunTrust Park on Tues­day in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia. —AFP

CLEVE­LAND: Fran­cisco Lin­dor #12 of the Cleve­land Indians forces out Car­los Asuaje #20 of the San Diego Padres at sec­ond base dur­ing the fifth in­ning at Pro­gres­sive Field on Tues­day in Cleve­land, Ohio. The Padres de­feated the Indians 1-0. — AFP

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