Im­mac­u­late Car­rasco leads In­di­ans over Tigers

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Car­los Car­rasco han­dled Detroit’s lineup for the second time in a week - strik­ing out a sea­son-high 11 and pulling off a rare ninepitch, three-strike­out in­ning - and Lon­nie Chisen­hall hit a two-run homer, lead­ing the Cleve­land In­di­ans to an 11-2 win over the Detroit Tigers in Ma­jor League Baseball on Fri­day night. Car­rasco (10-3) al­lowed two runs in seven in­nings to win his fifth straight de­ci­sion. He lim­ited the Tigers to one run in seven in­nings on July 1. The right-han­der also recorded an “im­mac­u­late in­ning” by strik­ing out the side in the fifth on nine pitches. Car­rasco is just the second pitcher in Cleve­land his­tory to do it, join­ing Justin Master­son (2014). Chisen­hall con­nected in Cleve­land’s five-run third off Jor­dan Zim­mer­man (5-7), who re­mains win­less since June 3. Michael Brant­ley had four RBIs, Fran­cisco Lin­dor drove in three and rookie Bradley Zim­mer home­red for the In­di­ans, who played their fourth straight game with­out man­ager Terry Fran­cona. He re­mains in the Cleve­land Clinic fol­low­ing a heart pro­ce­dure.


Ge­orge Springer home­red twice and tied a ca­reer high with five RBIs as Hous­ton rocked Aaron Sanchez in his re­turn from the dis­abled list, pro­pel­ling the Astros over Toronto. Springer hit his 26th and 27th homers of the sea­son, in­clud­ing a two-run shot off Sanchez (0-2) in the second in­ning. The All-Star out­fielder had four hits, and the Astros im­proved their ma­jor league­lead­ing record to 59-28. Mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance since May be­cause of a blis­ter on his pitch­ing hand, Sanchez al­lowed a ca­reer-high eight runs in 1 2/3 in­nings. Hous­ton’s Car­los Cor­rea ex­tended the long­est ac­tive hit­ting streak in the ma­jors to a ca­reer-high 15 with his 18th homer in the first in­ning. Evan Gat­tis added his sev­enth homer in the sev­enth. The sup­port eased Char­lie Mor­ton’s (6-3) re­turn to ac­tion. The right-han­der, side­lined since May 24 with a right lat strain, gave Hous­ton one-run ball over six in­nings, sur­ren­der­ing four hits to tie his sea­son low.


Je­sus Aguilar home­red twice and matched a Brew­ers record with seven RBIs, in­clud­ing a tiebreak­ing grand slam in the sev­enth in­ning that sent Mil­wau­kee past skid­ding New York for its fifth straight vic­tory. The sur­pris­ing NL Cen­tral lead­ers over­came a sea­son-high five er­rors and a record-break­ing homer by Aaron Judge to win at Yan­kee Sta­dium for the first time in ex­actly 21 years. Back then, the Brew­ers were still in the Amer­i­can League - they switched to the NL in 1998 and had dropped 14 of their last 15 in the Bronx, in­clud­ing a 10-game los­ing streak they snapped in this in­ter­league se­ries opener. Rookie left-han­der Josh Hader (1-0) struck out seven over three in­nings of ef­fec­tive re­lief for his first ma­jor league win. The high­light for New York was Judge’s ma­jor league-lead­ing 30th home run, which broke Joe DiMag­gio’s record for most by a Yankees rookie set in 1936. Strug­gling re­liever Tyler Clip­pard (1-5) gave up Aguilar’s first ca­reer slam on a full-count fast­ball that gave Mil­wau­kee an 8-4 ad­van­tage.


Kris Bryant hit two homers and drove in four runs and An­thony Rizzo went deep as Chicago beat Pitts­burgh. Rizzo chased Trevor Wil­liams (34) with a two-run drive in the fourth that made it 3-0. Bryant hit a solo shot against Jhan Marinez in the sixth that cleared the left-field bleach­ers and added a two-run drive in the eighth off An­to­nio Bas­tardo. He also had an RBI triple and fin­ished with four hits, help­ing Chicago start the week­end se­ries on a win­ning note af­ter drop­ping six of nine. Carl Ed­wards Jr. (3-1) threw 1 2/3 in­nings. Pe­dro Strop gave up an RBI sin­gle to Josh Bell in the sev­enth. But Koji Ue­hara re­tired the side in the eighth, and Wade Davis worked the ninth.


Dustin Pe­droia, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Han­ley Ramirez each home­red while Drew Pomer­anz won his third con­sec­u­tive start as Bos­ton beat Tampa Bay. Pe­droia hit a two-run shot dur­ing a four-run third, and Bradley had a fourth-in­ning solo drive off Jake Odorizzi (5-4) as Bos­ton took a 5-0 lead. Pomer­anz (9-4) lim­ited Tampa Bay to two runs over six in­nings de­spite al­low­ing six hits and five walks. Steven Souza Jr. hit a solo homer in the sev­enth for the Rays, who beat Chris Sale and the AL East-lead­ing Red Sox 4-1 in the opener of a four-game se­ries Thurs­day night. The Rays, third in the divi­sion, trail Bos­ton by 5 1/2 games.


Daniel Mur­phy’s one-out RBI sin­gle in the 10th in­ning capped Wash­ing­ton’s come­back vic­tory over At­lanta. Adrian Sanchez led off the 10th against Ian Krol (1-2) with his first ma­jor league hit and two bat­ters later moved to third on Ryan Zim­mer­man’s sin­gle. Mur­phy lofted an op­po­site­field sin­gle over left fielder Matt Kemp’s head to win it. Matt Al­bers (5-1) in­duced Kemp’s dou­ble play grounder to end the 10th to help the Na­tion­als es­cape a two-on jam.


Ken­nys Var­gas had three hits, in­clud­ing a big two-run dou­ble in the fifth in­ning, hours af­ter be­ing re­called from the mi­nors to help lead Min­nesota over Bal­ti­more. Trevor Hilden­berger (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 in­nings of score­less re­lief for his first ma­jor league win as the Twins ral­lied from a 6-0 hole to send Bal­ti­more to its fifth straight de­feat. Var­gas’ two-run dou­ble off re­liever Miguel Cas­tro (1-1) tied the score in the fifth, and Chris Gimenez’s RBI sin­gle com­pleted the im­pres­sive come­back one bat­ter later. Manny Machado home­red twice and had his second four-hit game of the year. Seth Smith also home­red as he and Machado went deep back-to-back to lead off the game against Twins rookie Felix Jorge.


Yasiel Puig home­red and Chase Ut­ley notched his 1,000th ca­reer RBI as NL West-lead­ing Los An­ge­les beat Kansas City in the opener of the Roy­als’ first visit to Dodger Sta­dium since 2003. The Dodgers won their fourth in a row be­hind Kenta Maeda (7-4). The Ja­panese right-han­der gave up one run and four hits in five in­nings, struck out five and walked two while bounc­ing back from a poor out­ing. Ken­ley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn his 21st save in 21 chances. The Dodgers im­proved to a ma­jor league-best 37-11 at home. Puig hit his 16th homer off Ja­son Ham­mel (4-8) in the sixth to make it 3-1.


Zack Greinke threw seven score­less in­nings and Paul Gold­schmidt hit his 20th homer to help Ari­zona beat Cincin­nati. Ari­zona re­bounded from a crush­ing 5-4 loss in Los An­ge­les a night ear­lier when closer Fer­nando Rod­ney blew a three-run lead in the ninth. The Dodgers swept the Diamondbacks, win­ning all three games by a run. Greinke (11-4) al­lowed four hits, struck out seven and walked one. The right-han­der is 9-0 at home, and the Diamondbacks are 33-13 - match­ing their vic­tory to­tal from last sea­son. Rod­ney got Tucker Barn­hart to ground out to second for his 22nd save. Joey Votto and Schebler home­red in the ninth for Cincin­nati. Tim Adle­man (5-6) took the loss.


Nolan Are­nado home­red and drove in five runs while Ger­man Mar­quez tossed seven strong in­nings and had two hits as Colorado’s slum­ber­ing of­fense awoke in a win over Chicago. Char­lie Black­mon and DJ LeMahieu also went deep as Colorado broke out of pro­longed slump. The Rock­ies banged out a sea­son-high 17 hits and were 7 of 14 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion. They hit just .226 and .216 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion while los­ing 12 of their pre­vi­ous 15. Mar­quez (6-4) cruised through six in­nings be­fore al­low­ing Tim An­der­son’s 451-foot two-run homer in the sev­enth. He al­lowed three runs and nine hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a bat­ter while toss­ing a sea­son-high 102 pitches. Chicago’s Derek Hol­land (5-9) gave up seven runs and eight hits in just four in­nings in his first ca­reer start at Coors Field.


Jose Reyes and Jay Bruce hit solo home runs to help Ja­cob deGrom win his fifth straight de­ci­sion, lead­ing New York over St. Louis. Bruce’s homer in the fifth broke a 4-4 tie. It was his 11th home run in 61 ca­reer games at Busch Sta­dium. DeGrom (9-3) gave up four runs, all on solo homers, in seven in­nings. It was the first time in his ca­reer that deGrom gave up four home runs in a game, but it was good enough to tie his ca­reer-best win­ning streak set in 2014. Ad­di­son Reed earned his 15th save in 17 chances.


Cole Hamels threw 7 2/3 in­nings and Adrian Bel­tre’s three-run homer high­lighted a five-run second in­ning as Texas beat Los An­ge­les. Hamels (4-0) al­lowed three sin­gles, two to Al­bert Pu­jols, and one walk. He struck out six, match­ing his sea­son high, in his third start since re­turn­ing from the dis­abled list on June 26. Ricky No­lasco (4-10) was rocked for eight earned runs in 1 2/3 in­nings and gave up back-to back homers to Bel­tre and Rougned Odor. He en­tered the game with 15 1/3 con­sec­u­tive score­less in­nings that in­cluded his sixth ca­reer shutout.


Nel­son Cruz hit his 300th home run and drove in five while James Pax­ton al­lowed two hits over seven in­nings as Seat­tle beat Oak­land. Pax­ton (73) did not al­low a hit af­ter Mar­cus Semien’s tworun dou­ble in the second. The left-han­der matched a sea­son high with nine strike­outs while walk­ing three and hit­ting a bat­ter. Sean Manaea (7-5) gave up three runs and eight hits in seven in­nings.


Gian­carlo Stan­ton hit his 24th home run to back an­other strong start by Dan Straily (7-4) as Mi­ami beat San Fran­cisco. J.T. Real­muto also home­red and had three hits, Dee Gor­don added four hits and JT Riddle drove in two runs to help the Marlins win the opener of their fi­nal se­ries be­fore the All-Star break. The Marlins bat­ted around dur­ing a four-run first in­ning high­lighted by Stan­ton’s op­po­site field two-run homer off starter Matt Moore (3-9).


Austin Hedges hit a pair of solo homers and had a tiebreak­ing sac­ri­fice fly in the ninth, while Jose Pirela also went deep as San Diego beat Philadel­phia. Af­ter Cory Span­gen­berg and Car­los Asuaje hit sin­gles off Hec­tor Neris (2-3), Hedges fouled off a safety squeeze be­fore hit­ting a fly ball to right-cen­ter that drove in the go-ahead run. Padres starter Clay­ton Richard al­lowed one run and five hits in six in­nings be­fore a 94minute rain de­lay forced him out. Brad Hand (24) got four outs for the win and Bran­don Mau­rer fin­ished for his 18th save.

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