Late Puig homer lifts Dodgers over Mar­lins

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Yasiel Puig hit his sec­ond homer of the game with two outs in the ninth in­ning Fri­day night, and the three-run shot helped the Los An­ge­les Dodgers beat the Mi­ami Mar­lins 6-4 for their sev­enth con­sec­u­tive Ma­jor League Base­ball vic­tory. Corey Sea­ger also home­red for the Dodgers (62-29), who were one strike from de­feat three times be­fore win­ning for the 27th time in the past 31 games. The Mar­lins led 4-3 when Joc Ped­er­son sin­gled on a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth against A.J. Ramos (2-4). Ped­er­son moved up on a wild pitch, Yas­mani Gran­dal walked on a 3-2 pitch, and both run­ners ad­vanced on an­other wild pitch. Puig fell be­hind 1-2 be­fore pulling a 94 mph fast­ball into the home run sculp­ture. It was his 18th homer this year, and the sec­ond blown save by Ramos. Josh Fields (5-0) worked a per­fect eighth, and Ken­ley Jansen fol­lowed with a 1-23 ninth for his 22nd save.

RED SOX 5, YAN­KEES 4

Aroldis Chap­man walked home the win­ning run with­out get­ting an out in the ninth in­ning, hand­ing Bos­ton a vic­tory over New York. Chap­man (2-1) gave up two runs in the ninth for his third blown save. New York en­tered tied for the ma­jor league lead with 17 blown saves. Mookie Betts and Dustin Pe­droia started the rally with con­sec­u­tive sin­gles and a suc­cess­ful dou­ble steal. Betts scored when sec­ond base­man Ron­ald Tor­reyes booted Xan­der Bo­gaerts’ grounder. Af­ter an in­ten­tional walk to Han­ley Ramirez, Chap­man walked An­drew Ben­in­tendi on five pitches to bring home Pe­droia. Robby Scott (1-1) got the win for the Red Sox, who got their first vic­tory over the Yan­kees at home this sea­son. It was Bos­ton’s first game-end­ing walk since Sept. 23, 2000, against Bal­ti­more.

CUBS 9, ORI­OLES 8

Ad­di­son Rus­sell hit a go-ahead solo homer in the ninth in­ning as Chicago edged Bal­ti­more af­ter squan­der­ing an eight-run lead. Bal­ti­more’s Mark Trumbo tied the game at 8 with a two-run homer off Chicago’s Ja­panese re­liever Koji Ue­hara (3-4) in the eighth. Rus­sell re­sponded when he hit a first-pitch fast­ball from Brad Brach (2-2) over the left field fence. Wade Davis picked up his 17th save. Will­son Con­tr­eras and Kyle Sch­war­ber hit back-to-back homers in a four-run first in­ning for the Cubs. Ben Zo­brist also home­red onto the flag court be­hind the right field score­board, and Ja­son Hey­ward reached Eutaw Street with an­other tow­er­ing shot. Chicago im­proved to 3-6 in in­ter­league play af­ter go­ing 15-5 against the AL last sea­son. Wel­ing­ton Castillo home­red for the Ori­oles, who left 10 run­ners on base. Kevin Gaus­man tied a ca­reer high by al­low­ing eight runs and seven hits over three in­nings. He also gave up four home runs - the most of his ca­reer.

ASTROS 10, TWINS 5

Brian McCann hit a three-run homer to cap an eight-run sec­ond in­ning and Mar­win Gon­za­lez had a solo shot as Hous­ton opened the sec­ond half of the sea­son with a win over Min­nesota. Gon­za­lez, Alex Breg­man, Ge­orge Springer, Josh Red­dick and Car­los Cor­rea each had an RBI to chase starter Jose Ber­rios (8-3). McCann, who struck out to start the sec­ond in­ning, greeted Phil Hughes with his homer. Gon­za­lez fin­ished with three hits and two RBIs. Ev­ery Astros bat­ter had at least one hit. Char­lie Mor­ton (7-3) al­lowed five runs - four earned and three hits with 10 strike­outs and a ca­reer high-ty­ing five walks in five in­nings.

BREW­ERS 9, PHILLIES 6

Ryan Braun hit a grand slam off the score­board in cen­ter field and Orlando Ar­cia added a three-run shot dur­ing an eight-run sec­ond in­ning, help­ing Mil­wau­kee beat Philadel­phia. Nick Pivetta (2-5) struck out his first four bat­ters be­fore the Brew­ers got on top of his fast­ball in the sec­ond. Ar­cia hit his ninth home run, and Braun crushed the first pitch for his sixth ca­reer grand slam, most in fran­chise his­tory. Zach Davies (11-4) won his fourth straight start, but it was a strug­gle. He la­bored through the first and fifth in­nings be­fore be­ing pulled with one out and two on in the sixth. He was charged with six runs, five earned. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his 15th save.

BRAVES 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3

Fred­die Free­man and At­lanta topped base­ball’s come­back kings at their own game, scor­ing two runs in the eighth in­ning to beat Ari­zona. The Diamondbacks lead the ma­jors with 29 come-from-be­hind wins and were in po­si­tion for No. 30 when Chris Owings scored the tiebreak­ing run on a wild pitch in the eighth. The Braves an­swered quickly against Archie Bradley (3-2). En­der In­cia­rte beat sec­ond base­man Bran­don Drury’s throw to first for an in­field sin­gle and raced to third on Bran­don Phillips’ dou­ble into the right-field corner. Free­man’s sin­gle to left scored In­cia­rte and Phillips. Free­man hit his 17th homer and drove in two runs. Ari­zona’s Paul Gold­schmidt hit his 21st homer. Rex Broth­ers (1-0) got the last out in the eighth. Jim John­son pitched the ninth for his 20th save in 27 chances.

PI­RATES 5, CAR­DI­NALS 2

Josh Bell hit a three-run homer off Se­ung Hwan Oh with one out in the ninth in­ning to give Pitts­burgh a dra­matic win over St. Louis. Adam Fra­zier led off the bot­tom of the ninth with a dou­ble and Oh in­ten­tion­ally walked An­drew McCutchen with one out. Bell, a rookie, stepped in and sent a pitch from Oh (1-5) into the seats in left field for the first gameend­ing hit of his ca­reer. The Pi­rates have won six of seven. Bell fin­ished 2 for 3 with four RBIs. His 17 home runs lead the Pi­rates. Felipe Rivero (4-2) re­tired the Car­di­nals on seven pitches in the top of the ninth. Fra­zier added three hits for Pitts­burgh. Jedd Gy­orko hit a two-run homer in the first in­ning, but St. Louis was lim­ited to just four hits the rest of the way against Ger­rit Cole and three re­liev­ers.

METS 14, ROCKIES 2

Ja­cob deGrom came out deal­ing once again, strik­ing out 11 and win­ning his sixth straight start as New York be­gan what could be a last-chance home­s­tand by rout­ing Colorado. Michael Con­forto and T.J. Rivera home­red, Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes got four hits and deGrom con­trib­uted two sin­gles for the Mets, who trail Colorado by 9 1/2 games for the sec­ond NL wild card. The Rockies posted their best record ever be­fore the All-Star break, but ab­sorbed their most lop­sided de­feat of the sea­son while los­ing for the 14th time in 19 games. Big-hit­ting Nolan Are­nado ex­ited a few in­nings early with a sore hip af­ter slip­ping on the bases on a misty night. DeGrom (10-3), snubbed for the All-Star team, gave up four hits and one earned run in eight in­nings. He also fanned at least 10 for the sev­enth time this year. Jon Gray (2-1) was tagged for eight runs on nine hits and three walks in two-plus in­nings.

NA­TION­ALS 5, REDS 0

Gio Gon­za­lez pitched four-hit ball into the ninth in­ning, and Bryce Harper ex­tended his mid-July tear with a pair of homers to lead Wash­ing­ton over Cincin­nati. Gon­za­lez (8-4) snapped his streak of three straight tough-luck losses. He al­lowed a dou­ble and three in­field sin­gles be­fore leav­ing with one out in the ninth af­ter his 113th pitch. Matt Al­bers gave up three sin­gles, and Matt Grace es­caped the bases-loaded threat for his first save. The Reds were shut out for the sec­ond time this sea­son. Four of their seven hits were in­field sin­gles. Harper had a two-run shot and a solo homer off Tim Adle­man (5-7) as the NL’s top of­fense got right back in form af­ter the All-Star break. Harper has 22 homers over­all, four dur­ing his nine-game hit­ting streak.

BLUE JAYS 7, TIGERS 2

Aaron Sanchez pitched six strong in­nings for his first win of the sea­son as Toronto beat Detroit. Steve Pearce and Jose Bautista home­red for the Blue Jays, who won the opener of a 10-game road trip. Sanchez (1-2) al­lowed one un­earned run and seven hits to win for the first time since beat­ing Bos­ton on Oct. 2. He struck out four. Justin Ver­lan­der (5-7) per­mit­ted only three hits, but needed 114 pitches to get through 5 1/3 in­nings. He gave up three runs, two earned.

MARINERS 4, WHITE SOX 2

Robin­son Cano hit a three-run drive on his first swing since connecting for the win­ning homer in the All-Star Game, help­ing James Pax­ton and Seat­tle beat Chicago. Jean Se­gura added two hits and scored twice as the Mariners started a six-game trip with their third vic­tory in four games. Pax­ton (8-3) struck out nine while pitch­ing six ef­fec­tive in­nings in his third straight win. Cano, who went deep in the 10th in­ning of the Amer­i­can League’s 2-1 vic­tory Tues­day night in Mi­ami, walked on four pitches in the first. He came up again with two on and one out in the third and drove the first pitch from James Shields (2-2) off the top of the wall in right-cen­ter for his 18th homer, giv­ing the Mariners a 3-1 lead. The last-place White Sox have dropped five of six. It was Chicago’s first game since it traded left-han­der Jose Quin­tana to the crosstown Cubs on Thurs­day.

RANGERS 5, ROY­ALS 3

Adrian Bel­tre hit a three-run homer while pinch-hit­ter Mike Napoli had a go-ahead, tworun shot as Texas ral­lied to de­feat Kansas City. Mar­tin Perez (5-6) al­lowed eight hits and a walk over seven in­nings, but kept all that traf­fic to just three runs. Two of those came in the sec­ond, when Al­cides Es­co­bar home­red. Bel­tre con­nected in the sixth off Roy­als starter Ja­son Ham­mel, who had just per­mit­ted back-to-back sin­gles - the first hits off him all night. It was Bel­tre’s 453rd homer, pass­ing Carl Yas­trzem­ski for 38th on the ca­reer list. The drive also gave Bel­tre 1,601 RBIs in 20 big league sea­sons. Napoli home­red in the sev­enth off re­liever Mike Mi­nor (5-2). Matt Bush breezed through a per­fect eighth and Alex Clau­dio han­dled the ninth for his sec­ond save, giv­ing the Rangers their 10th straight win over Kansas City dat­ing to last July. — AP

MI­AMI: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers hits a three run go ahead homer in the ninth in­ning dur­ing the game be­tween the Mi­ami Mar­lins and the Los An­ge­les Dodgers at Mar­lins Park on Fri­day in Mi­ami, Florida. — AFP

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