Gur­riel, Fiers lift Astros over Ori­oles

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BAL­TI­MORE: Astros rookie Yuli Gur­riel had a ca­reer-high four hits, in­clud­ing a home run, and Hous­ton re­ceived a gritty pitch­ing per­for­mance from Mike Fiers in an 8-7 vic­tory over the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles in Fri­day night base­ball. Colin Mo­ran hit his first ma­jor league homer and first triple for Hous­ton, and Brian McCann also went deep. The Astros took an 82 lead into the ninth be­fore Adam Jones hit a two-run dou­ble off James Hoyt, and Jonathan Schoop home­red with two on against Chris Deven­ski. Af­ter Chris Davis was thrown out try­ing to bunt against the shift, Ken Giles struck out Mark Trumbo to earn his 21st save. Working in 90-de­gree tem­per­a­tures on a steamy night at Cam­den Yards, Fiers (7-4) threw 105 pitches over seven in­nings. The right-han­der struck out nine, in­clud­ing Jones three times, and al­lowed one run. Com­ing off a four-game sweep of Texas, the Ori­oles hoped to con­tinue their surge against base­ball’s other team from the Lone Star State. In­stead, Bal­ti­more fell be­hind 5-0 in the sec­ond in­ning and dropped four games un­der .500. Ubaldo Jimenez (4-6) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 in­nings. Hous­ton fin­ished with 16 hits, at least one from every starter.


Aaron Judge hit a colos­sal three-run homer that nearly soared out of Safeco Field, and CC Sa­bathia won on his 37th birth­day as New York beat Seat­tle. Judge’s 31st home run in the fifth in­ning was mem­o­rable and nearly his­toric. The big slug­ger clob­bered a hang­ing curve­ball from starter An­drew Moore (1-2) into the sec­ond deck in left field, with the ball land­ing three rows from the top of the sta­dium. No one has hit one out of Safeco dur­ing a game since the ball­park opened mid­way through the 1999 sea­son. Judge came close and con­tin­ued to emerge from a post-All-Star break slump thanks to his first home run since July 7. He fin­ished with four RBIs, in­clud­ing a sac­ri­fice fly that gave the Yan­kees a 2-1 lead. Clint Fra­zier had an RBI dou­ble and a div­ing catch for New York. Sa­bathia (9-3) al­lowed one run in five-plus in­nings.


Paul DeJong hit a tiebreak­ing, two-run dou­ble in St. Louis’ nine-run eighth in­ning as the Car­di­nals cooled off Chicago. The Cubs car­ried a 3-2 lead into the eighth, look­ing for their sev­enth con­sec­u­tive win. But St. Louis sent 14 bat­ters to the plate in its high­est-scor­ing in­ning of the sea­son, tak­ing ad­van­tage of a com­bined six walks by three re­liev­ers while im­prov­ing to 4-4 since the All-Star break. Carl Ed­wards Jr. (3-2) was pulled af­ter the first three bat­ters reached. Hec­tor Ron­don then walked Jedd Gy­orko, ty­ing it at 3, and DeJong fol­lowed with a drive into the ivy in right-cen­ter for a ground-rule dou­ble. Car­son Kelly hit a two-run dou­ble in his first game since be­ing re­called from Triple-A Mem­phis. Tommy Pham’s two-run sin­gle made it 11-3 as 11 con­sec­u­tive bat­ters reached safely to be­gin the in­ning. Will­son Con­tr­eras hit a two-run homer for Chicago, and Jake Ar­ri­eta pitched six ef­fec­tive in­nings. Third base­man Kris Bryant sat out with a sprained left lit­tle fin­ger. Ran­dal Grichuk home­red for the Car­di­nals in his re­turn from a lower back in­jury. Matt Bow­man (2-3) got the fi­nal out of the sev­enth.


Braves pitcher Jaime Gar­cia hit a grand slam off pre­vi­ously un­beaten Alex Wood to high­light At­lanta’s vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Dodgers. Gar­cia, the sub­ject of trade spec­u­la­tion lately, lim­ited Los An­ge­les to three runs over seven in­nings as the Braves won their sec­ond straight at Dodger Sta­dium. The NL West lead­ers hadn’t lost two in a row since June 5-6 against Wash­ing­ton. They’ve been outscored 18-6 in the first two games of the se­ries. It was the Dodgers’ most lop­sided de­feat of the sea­son. Wood (11-1) got knocked around by his for­mer team. The Al­lS­tar left-han­der gave up nine runs - seven earned - and nine hits in 4 2/3 in­nings, ty­ing his short­est start since join­ing the ro­ta­tion April 21. He struck out four and walked four. Wood al­lowed sea­son highs in runs and hits while throw­ing a sea­son-most 100 pitches. He hadn’t lost at home since Sept 22, 2015.


Pittsburgh rookie Josh Bell had a ca­reer­high four hits, An­drew McCutchen had three hits and reached base five times as the surg­ing Pi­rates beat Colorado. Rookie starter Trevor Wil­liams (4-4) over­came a rough first to pitch 6 2/3 solid in­nings for his first win in more than a month. Pittsburgh has won a sea­son-best six straight and 12 of 14 to move a game above .500 for the first time since open­ing 3-2. The Pi­rates (49-48), who tied a sea­son high with 18 hits, are within two games of first-place Mil­wau­kee in the NL Cen­tral. Pittsburgh jumped on Rock­ies starter Jeff Hoff­man (6-2) and chased him three bat­ters into the fourth. Bell had an RBI sin­gle in the first and a three-run dou­ble in the sec­ond to fin­ish with a sea­son-high four RBIs.


Chris Sale pitched six score­less in­nings and the Bos­ton Red Sox rode a five-run first in­ning to this vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les An­gels. Sale (12-4) al­lowed four hits and struck out nine to push his ma­jor league-lead­ing to­tal to 200. He walked one and low­ered his Amer­i­can League-best ERA to 2.48. He has won 11 of his last 13 de­ci­sions. Sale im­proved to 6-0 against the An­gels with a 1.23 ERA in seven starts (nine games). Bos­ton jumped on er­ratic An­gels starter Ricky No­lasco (4-11) in the first, with six of its first seven bat­ters col­lect­ing a hit. No­lasco went four in­nings and al­lowed all six runs on nine hits and a walk. The An­gels avoided a shutout when Martin Mal­don­ado hit a solo home run off re­liever Kyle Martin in the sev­enth.


The Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs opened the game with three straight home runs off Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als ace Max Scherzer and ended it with Bran­don Drury’s bases-loaded sin­gle in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning to hold on for this nar­row win. The home runs by David Per­alta, A.J. Pol­lock and Jake Lamb started the Di­a­mond­backs on the way to a 5-0 lead. The feat was the first in the ma­jors since Bal­ti­more did it against Texas in the bot­tom of the first on May 10, 2012. It was the first time in Na­tion­als his­tory (2005 to present) that an op­pos­ing team has hit back-to-back-to-back home runs. The Di­a­mond­backs last hit three straight homers on Aug. 11, 2010, when they had four in a row at Mil­wau­kee. It was the most runs al­lowed by Scherzer in a first in­ning since July 2, 2011, against San Fran­cisco, when he gave up five. Scherzer’s five runs al­lowed tied for the most he’s given up in a start this sea­son, and the five in­nings tied for his short­est out­ing of the sea­son. Ari­zona sent nine bat­ters to the plate in the four-run first and the Di­a­mond­backs made it 5-0 in the sec­ond on Lamb’s RBI dou­ble.


Whit Mer­ri­field’s sac­ri­fice fly in the 10th in­ning lifted Kansas City over skid­ding Chicago. Mer­ri­field’s game-end­ing fly scored Al­cides Es­co­bar, who led off the in­ning with a sin­gle. The Roy­als, who trailed 5-1 af­ter two in­nings, got their third walk-off vic­tory in five days. The White Sox have lost seven straight and 10 of 11. Alex Gor­don had three hits and drove in three Roy­als runs, while Mer­ri­field also had a two-run dou­ble in the fourth. Mike Mous­takas hit his 26th home run. Nef­tali Feliz (1-0), the sev­enth Kansas City pitcher, threw seven pitches in a score­less 10th. Tyler Clip­pard (1-6), ac­quired in a trade Tues­day with the New York Yan­kees, took the loss in his White Sox de­but. Top prospect Yoan Mon­cada had four RBIs in his sec­ond game with Chicago, in­clud­ing a bases-loaded triple.


Aaron Nola tied a ca­reer high with nine strike­outs in seven sharp in­nings and Freddy Galvis hit a two-run homer to help Philadel­phia beat reel­ing Mil­wau­kee. Nola (7- 6) al­lowed one run and five hits. He has six straight qual­ity starts, go­ing 4-1 and low­er­ing his ERA from 4.76 to 3.38 in that span. The NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Brew­ers have lost six in a row and their lead over the World Se­ries cham­pion Cubs is only one game. The Phillies have won three straight for only the third time this sea­son but still have the worst record in the ma­jors. Brew­ers starter Matt Garza (4-5) gave up two runs and three hits in five in­nings.


Ed­win En­car­na­cion home­red and drove in four runs against his for­mer team, and Cleve­land broke open a close game with an eight-run sev­enth in­ning to pull away from Toronto. En­car­na­cion, who played the last six sea­sons with the Blue Jays be­fore sign­ing a three-year, $60 mil­lion con­tract with Cleve­land in Jan­uary, hit a lead­off homer in the sec­ond, broke a 3-all tie in the fifth with a two-run dou­ble and added an RBI sin­gle in the sev­enth. Abra­ham Al­monte hit a three­run homer and rookie Bradley Zim­mer added a two-run sin­gle in the sev­enth as the Indians won for just the sec­ond time in eight games. Trevor Bauer (8-8) al­lowed three runs in five in­nings fol­low­ing a dread­ful out­ing in his pre­vi­ous start. Marco Estrada (4-7) gave up five runs in 4 2/3 in­nings and hasn’t won since May 27.


Michael Con­forto hit a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins res­cued the Mets’ bullpen with a five-out save as New York held off Oak­land for its third straight vic­tory. T.J. Rivera put the Mets ahead in the sixth in­ning with a two-run sin­gle that turned into a Lit­tle League home run. Rivera came all the way around to score on the play af­ter third base­man Matt Chap­man, try­ing to get Rivera at sec­ond, threw the ball away into right field for a costly er­ror that made it 5-3. Con­forto’s sec­ond homer made it 7-3 in the sev­enth. Oak­land ral­lied for two in the eighth, but Blevins re­placed closer Ad­di­son Reed with the bases loaded and got five straight outs against his for­mer team for his fifth ma­jor league save and first this sea­son. Blevins went at least 1 2/3 in­nings in a game for the first time since 2014 with Wash­ing­ton. He re­tired All-Star slug­ger Yon­der Alonso on a foul popup and struck out Khris Davis to es­cape the eighth -in­ning jam. Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes had three hits and Hansel Robles (5-1) struck out two in a score­less in­ning. Mar­cus Semien had four hits and two RBIs for the Ath­let­ics. Rookie starter Paul Black­burn (1-1) gave up four runs over 5 1/3 in­nings.

SEAT­TLE: New York Yan­kees out­field­ers Aaron Judge, right, and Clint Fra­zier leap af­ter the Yan­kees de­feated the Seat­tle Mariners 5-1 in a base­ball game, Fri­day, in Seat­tle.

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