Gard­ner’s walk-off sin­gle leads Yan­kees past Rays

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Brett Gard­ner hit a tiebreak­ing sin­gle in the ninth in­ning, and the New York Yan­kees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Satur­day for their sixth straight vic­tory. Chase Headley started the New York ninth with a lead­off walk against Brad Boxberger (2-3). Pinch-run­ner Ja­coby Ells­bury stole sec­ond and Todd Fra­zier was hit by a pitch. Af­ter Ron­ald Tor­reyes’ sin­gle loaded the bases, Boxberger was re­placed by Dan Jen­nings. Gard­ner, who home­red in the 11th in­ning to give the Yan­kees a 6-5 vic­tory on Thurs­day, then sin­gled up the mid­dle for his sec­ond game-win­ning hit of the se­ries. Headley and Gary Sanchez home­red for AL East-lead­ing New York. Aroldis Chapman (4-1) worked the ninth for the win. Lu­cas Duda, Peter Bour­jos and Steven Souza Jr. con­nected for Tampa Bay. Duda, who was ac­quired in a trade with the New York Mets on Thurs­day, also had a sac­ri­fice fly.


Ty Kelly hit a game-end­ing RBI sin­gle in the 11th in­ning, lift­ing the Phillies to the come­back vic­tory. Odubel Her­rera hit a ty­ing homer with one out in the ninth off Braves closer Jim John­son. Her­rera fin­ished with three hits and two RBIs. The Phillies loaded the bases in the 11th against Rex Broth­ers (1-1), and Kelly sin­gled to left cen­ter to score Tommy Joseph from third. Hec­tor Neris (3-4) pitched two in­nings for the vic­tory. The Braves have lost six of seven.


Ra­jai Davis hit a two-run homer in the ninth in­ning to rally Oak­land to the win. Pinch hit­ter Adam Ros­ales reached on a lead­off walk be­fore Davis hit a drive to cen­ter against Taylor Rogers (5-3). Davis fin­ished with four hits, break­ing out of an 0-for-13 slump and help­ing Oak­land man­ager Bob Melvin to his 1,000th ca­reer vic­tory. Matt Chapman also home­red for the Ath­let­ics, who had lost six in a row. Daniel Coulombe (2-1) got the win. Miguel Sano hit a two-run shot for the Twins, who lost for the fifth time in six games.


Corey Sea­ger had three hits, Cody Bellinger drove in two runs and the Dodgers earned their sev­enth straight vic­tory. Rich Hill (8-4) pitched two-hit ball into the sixth in­ning as the ma­jor league-lead­ing Dodgers won for the 38th time in 44 games. At 73-31, they are 42 games over .500 for the first time since fin­ish­ing 102-60 in 1974. Ken­ley Jansen worked the ninth for his 26th save in 27 op­por­tu­ni­ties, strik­ing out Jae-Gyun Hwang with run­ners on first and sec­ond for the fi­nal out. The closer also al­lowed a lead­off sin­gle to Miguel Gomez, but he was promptly erased when Hunter Pence bounced into a dou­ble play. Hunter Pence home­red for San Fran­cisco, which fin­ished with four hits. Ty Blach (6-7) al­lowed two runs and eight hits in seven in­nings.


Sandy Leon slid into home plate and avoided catcher Drew Butera’s tag on Ed­uardo Nunez’s ground­out in the 10th in­ning, lift­ing Bos­ton past Kansas City and end­ing the Roy­als’ nine-game win­ning streak. Nunez also hit two solo homers over the Green Mon­ster. He is 5 for 9 in two games since be­ing ac­quired from San Fran­cisco for two mi­nor league pitch­ers on Tues­day night. Lorenzo Cain con­nected for a three-run homer and Whit Mer­ri­field had a ca­reer-best four hits for the Roy­als, who were look­ing to match their long­est win streak since June 2014. Mike Mi­nor (5-3) got the loss. The Red Sox had lost five of six. They re­mained a half-game be­hind the AL East-lead­ing New York Yan­kees. Matt Barnes (6-2) pitched a score­less in­ning for the win.


Pinch hit­ter Bran­don Guyer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth in­ning for the go-ahead run, and Cleve­land beat Chicago for their ninth straight vic­tory. Corey Klu­ber struck out 12 in 6 1/3 in­nings for Cleve­land, and Car­los Santana went 1 for 1 with four walks. The AL Cen­tral­lead­ing In­di­ans moved three games ahead of sec­ond-place Kansas City, which lost 9-8 at Bos­ton in 10 in­nings. Jose Abreu hit a three­run homer for the White Sox, who have dropped 14 of 15. It was 4-all when Chicago re­liever Aaron Bum­mer (0-1) walked Santana with two outs in the ninth and Austin Jack­son sin­gled. Gre­gory In­fante came in and hit Yan Gomes with a pitch, then plunked Guyer in the shoul­der to force in a run. Andrew Miller (4-3) pitched 1 2/3 score­less in­nings for the win. Cody Allen got three outs for his 19th save.


Jason Hey­ward home­red in the 11th in­ning, and the Cubs strength­ened their hold on first place in the NL Cen­tral. Kris Bryant had three hits, in­clud­ing a ty­ing RBI sin­gle in the sev­enth in­ning, as the Cubs im­proved to 12-3 since the All-Star break. Mike Mont­gomery (36) worked the 10th for the win and All-Star closer Wade Davis got three outs for his 21st save in 21 chances, strik­ing out pinch hit­ter Jonathan Vil­lar with a run­ner on first for the fi­nal out. Sec­ond-place Mil­wau­kee pulled within a half-game of Chicago with a 2-1 vic­tory in the se­ries opener Fri­day night. But the Cubs re­sponded with their fourth win in five games over­all. Hey­ward drove a 1-1 slider from Jared Hughes (3-3) over the wall in right­cen­ter for his eighth homer with one out in the 11th.


Texas star Adrian Bel­tre sin­gled to get within one hit of 3,000 for his ca­reer, but Kevin Gaus­man and Zach Brit­ton com­bined for Bal­ti­more’s sixth shutout this sea­son. Bel­tre was 1 for 4, ground­ing a ball through the left side for a hit lead­ing off the fourth. He had two chances to be­come the 31st ma­jor lea­guer with 3,000 hits, but grounded out to short­stop in the sixth and was re­tired on a dou­ble play in the ninth. Gaus­man (8-7) pitched 8 2/3 in­nings to win his fifth con­sec­u­tive de­ci­sion over seven starts. Brit­ton con­verted his 56th straight save chance, and sev­enth this sea­son. Trey Mancini and Caleb Joseph both hit solo homers in the sec­ond off Austin Bibens-Dirkx (3-1).


Yo­vani Gallardo took a shutout into the sixth in­ning, help­ing the Mariners stop Ja­cob deGrom’s eight-start win­ning streak. Gallardo (5-7), ban­ished to the bullpen in mid-June, al­lowed one run and five hits in 5 2/3 in­nings in his sec­ond out­ing since re­turn­ing to the ro­ta­tion. Ed­win Diaz al­lowed Michael Con­forto’s RBI sin­gle in the ninth be­fore fin­ish­ing for his 19th save. DeGrom (12-4), bid­ding to be­come the first Mets pitcher to win nine con­sec­u­tive starts in a sin­gle sea­son, al­lowed two earned runs and five hits in six in­nings. He struck out 10 and walked one in his first loss since June 6. Jar­rod Dyson hit a two-run sin­gle in the sec­ond for Seat­tle, and Nel­son Cruz added a sac­ri­fice fly in the third.


Jose Igle­sias hit two RBI dou­bles and Matt Boyd pitched into the sev­enth in­ning, lead­ing the Tigers to the vic­tory. Igle­sias’ sec­ond run­scor­ing dou­ble tied it at 3 in the sev­enth. Ian Kinsler then flared a sin­gle to cen­ter to give Detroit the lead. Boyd (5-5) al­lowed three runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 in­nings. Justin Wil­son, who could be on the move ahead of Mon­day’s non-waiver trade dead­line, pitched the ninth for his 13th save. Mak­ing his sec­ond start of the sea­son, Hous­ton right-han­der Collin McHugh al­lowed one run in six in­nings. Fran­cis Martes (3-1) got the loss. Evan Gat­tis hit a two-run homer in the first in­ning for the AL-lead­ing Astros.


Ger­man Mar­quez car­ried a per­fect game into the sixth in­ning and Trevor Story home­red for Colorado. Mar­quez (9-4) struck out a ca­reer-high 10 while al­low­ing two runs and three hits over seven in­nings in his 20th ca­reer start. Pat Neshek, who was ac­quired in a trade with Philadel­phia on Wed­nes­day, pitched a per­fect eighth in his Rock­ies de­but. Greg Hol­land com­pleted a 1-2-3 ninth for his 32nd save in 33 tries. Washington out­fielder Bryce Harper went 0 for 4 to end his 19-game hit­ting streak. Tanner Roark (8-7) la­bored through five in­nings, al­low­ing four runs and five hits with four walks.


Adam Con­ley won con­sec­u­tive starts for the first time this sea­son, Chris­tian Yelich hit a three-run homer and Mi­ami earned its fourth straight vic­tory. Dee Gor­don had three hits for the Mar­lins, and Gian­carlo Stan­ton drove in two runs. Con­ley (4-3) went 7 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing two runs and five hits while strik­ing out a sea­son-best seven. Joey Votto hit his 27th homer and Adam Du­vall also con­nected for the Reds, who have dropped six in a row and are 2-14 since the All-Star break. Tim Adle­man (5-9) al­lowed six runs and six hits in 4 1/3 in­nings.


Cliff Pen­ning­ton hit a tiebreak­ing sac­ri­fice fly in Los An­ge­les’ three-run ninth in­ning, help­ing the An­gels rally for the win. Ben Re­vere hit an RBI dou­ble off Roberto Osuna (3-1) and ad­vanced to third when pinch-run­ner Kaleb Cowart scored on a wild pitch. Re­vere then scam­pered home on Pen­ning­ton’s fly ball to shal­low cen­ter. Los An­ge­les won for the 13th time in its past 17 games at Rogers Cen­tre. Troy Scrib­ner (1-0) worked three in­nings to earn the win in his ma­jor league de­but and Bud Nor­ris got three outs for his 16th save.


Paul Gold­schmidt home­red and drove in three runs for Ari­zona, and Zack Greinke pitched seven strong in­nings. Greinke (13-4) al­lowed one run and four hits while im­prov­ing to 5-0 in his last six starts. He struck out nine and walked one. Car­di­nals starter Mike Leake (7-9) was charged with three runs and four hits over five in­nings. Gold­schmidt hit a two-run drive in the fourth and J.D. Martinez fol­lowed with another homer for a 3-1 lead. Martinez has five homers and 12 RBIs in eight games since be­ing ac­quired in a trade with Detroit on July 18.


Dinel­son Lamet pitched two-hit ball into the sev­enth in­ning and fel­low rookie Manuel Mar­got home­red and scored twice, lead­ing San Diego to its fourth straight vic­tory. Jose Pirela tripled twice for the Padres, and Hunter Ren­froe dou­bled in a run. Lamet (5-4) was charged with two runs in six-plus in­nings. Kirby Yates pitched the ninth for his first save of the sea­son and sec­ond of his ca­reer. Pitts­burgh lost its fourth straight and sixth in seven games over­all. Pi­rates right-han­der Ivan Nova (10-8) was charged with four runs and eight hits in five in­nings. — AP

PHILADEL­PHIA: Aaron Altherr #23 of the Philadel­phia Phillies is forced out at sec­ond base as Bran­don Phillips #4 of the At­lanta Braves turns a dou­ble play in the eighth in­ning dur­ing a game at Cit­i­zens Bank Park on Satur­day in Philadel­phia, Penn­syl­va­nia. The Phillies won 4-3 in 11 in­nings. —AFP

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