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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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