Pi­rates rally past Brew­ers in Marte’s re­turn

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PITTS­BURGH: Fran­cisco Cervelli and Josh Har­ri­son home­red dur­ing a sixth-in­ning rally and the streak­ing Pitts­burgh Pi­rates wel­comed out­fielder Star­ling Marte back with a 4-3 vic­tory over the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers on Tues­day night. Marte went 1 for 3 in his re­turn from an 80-game sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lat­ing the per­for­mance-en­hanc­ing drug pol­icy. He also walked in the sixth, com­ing around to score on Har­ri­son’s 11th home run of the sea­son that tied the game. David Freese put the Pi­rates ahead to stay with an RBI sin­gle off re­liever Oliver Drake (3-3) later in the in­ning. Ivan Nova (10-6) sur­vived six in­nings to get the win. Felipe Rivero worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth for his eighth save. Pitts­burgh won its third straight and pulled within five games of the first-place Brew­ers in the crowded NL Cen­tral.


Chris Her­rmann capped a six-run fifth in­ning with a two-run homer, and Ari­zona slugged its way past Cincin­nati, shortly af­ter trad­ing for slug­ger J.D. Martinez. Rey Fuentes added a pinch-hit, three-run shot in the sev­enth, All-Star out­fielder Jake Lamb had a two-run triple and Ari­zona ended a five-game skid by ty­ing a sea­son high with nine ex­tra-base hits - one from each spot in the or­der. The Di­a­mond­backs had four dou­bles in the fifth, help­ing over­come Zack Cozart’s 10th homer of the sea­son. Ari­zona ac­quired Martinez from the Detroit Tigers in ex­change for mi­nor lea­guers Dawel Lugo, Ser­gio Al­can­tara and Jose King. Cincin­nati is 0-5 since the All-Star break, and op­po­nents have reached dou­ble fig­ures in runs in three of the games. Amid muggy con­di­tions and a 90-de­gree first-pitch tem­per­a­ture, Rob­bie Ray (9-4) lasted six in­nings for Ari­zona. Reds starter Sal Ro­mano (1-2), re­called from Triple-A Louisville ear­lier Tues­day to make his third ca­reer start, failed to re­tire a bat­ter in the fifth.


Chris Davis home­red in a six-run first in­ning, added a grand slam in the fourth and fin­ished with a ca­reer-high six RBIs to help Bal­ti­more breeze past Texas. It was the 19th ca­reer mul­ti­homer game for Davis, mak­ing his fifth start since com­ing off the dis­abled list with an oblique strain. Bal­ti­more’s cleanup hit­ter hadn’t gone deep since June 10 and has 16 home runs af­ter hit­ting 38 last sea­son. The Ori­oles scored six runs against Tyson Ross (2-2) be­fore mak­ing an out, and that was enough to send Bal­ti­more to its sec­ond straight win over Texas fol­low­ing a three-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs. Dy­lan Bundy (9-8) al­lowed one run and four hits in six in­nings to earn his first vic­tory since June 24.


Maikel Franco had three hits, in­clud­ing a tiebreak­ing home run in the eighth in­ning, to help lift Phil­a­del­phia over Mi­ami. Na­tional League home run leader Gian­carlo Stan­ton hit his 29th for the Mar­lins, who have lost four of five. Franco’s homer to left field off Dustin McGowan (5-1) was his 14th of the sea­son and it broke a 2-all tie. Nick Wil­liams added a two-run homer in the ninth to cap the scor­ing. Cameron Perkins drove in two runs for the Phillies and Pat Neshek (3-2) pitched a score­less sev­enth for the vic­tory. Hec­tor Neris pitched a per­fect ninth for his ninth save in 12 op­por­tu­ni­ties.


Michael Wacha threw a three-hit­ter for his first ca­reer shutout, Matt Car­pen­ter had four hits, and St. Louis beat New York. Wacha (7-3) has won his last four starts. He struck out eight and walked one in his 99th ca­reer start. The 26-year-old right-han­der, who was in­ef­fec­tive last sea­son, had not won four straight starts since the 2013 play­offs when he helped lead St. Louis to the World Se­ries. Wacha and the Car­di­nals cap­i­tal­ized on a shoddy Mets de­fense that let down starter Rafael Mon­tero (1-6) with three er­rors. Mon­tero al­lowed four runs, two earned, in six in­nings. New York has lost three straight and eight of 11.—AFP


BAL­TI­MORE: Bal­ti­more Ori­oles’ Chris Davis watches his grand slam in front of Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lu­croy and home plate um­pire Brian Gor­man dur­ing the fourth in­ning of a base­ball game in Bal­ti­more, Tues­day.

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