Rangers’ Bel­tre notches 3,000th ca­reer hit

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Adrian Bel­tre dou­bled for his 3,000th ca­reer hit, reach­ing the mile­stone in the Texas Rangers’ 10-6 loss to the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles on Sun­day. The Rangers al­ready were down 4-0 when the 38-year-old third base­man, who went 1 for 5 in his 2,771st game, had a hard hit down the line past third base in the fourth in­ning. Bel­tre be­came the first player from the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, and 31st over­all, to join the 3,000-hit club in the ma­jor leagues. Jonathan Schoop and Wel­ing­ton Castillo home­red in a five-run fifth for a 9-2 Ori­oles lead. Castillo also had the last of three con­sec­u­tive RBI sin­gles off lefty Martin Perez (5-9) in the fourth. Wade Mi­ley (5-9) went five in­nings and one of the four hits he al­lowed be­ing to Bel­tre, who grounded a 3-0 pitch that went past the bag and then ric­o­cheted off the side wall into left field.

DODGERS 3, GI­ANTS 2, 11 IN­NINGS

Kyle Farmer’s two-run dou­ble in the 11th in­ning in his first ma­jor league at-bat lifted the Dodgers to their eighth straight win Corey Sea­ger dou­bled down the right-field line with one out for his third hit of the game and Justin Turner was walked in­ten­tion­ally. Farmer then lined a 3-2 pitch from Luis Suarez (0-1) down the right-field line, scor­ing both run­ners for the Dodgers’ 31st come­back vic­tory. Joe Panik had given the Gi­ants a 2-1 lead in the top of the in­ning with a sin­gle up the mid­dle through a drawn-in in­field that scored Kelby Tom­lin­son from third. The Dodgers won for the 39th time in 45 games, and com­pleted their 14th sweep this sea­son. Los Angeles turned a fran­chise-record six dou­ble plays as it im­proved to 26-3 at home since June 7. Pe­dro Baez (3-1) got the last two outs in the top of the 11th.

CUBS 4, BREW­ERS 2

Vic­tor Cara­tini hit his first ca­reer home run, a solo shot that broke a tie in the sev­enth and backed John Lackey’s solid six-in­ning start to help Chicago beat Mil­wau­kee. Cara­tini home­red to straight­away cen­ter off a 1-2 fast­ball from Zach Davies (12-5) with one out in the sev­enth for a 3-2 lead, de­light­ing the bevy of Cubs fans who made the trek north from Chicago. The Cubs took two of three games in an im­por­tant se­ries at Miller Park. With the non-waiver trade dead­line loom­ing Mon­day, the Cubs in­creased their lead in the Na­tional League Cen­tral over the sec­ond-place Brew­ers to 2 1/2 games. Lackey (8-9) struck out seven and al­lowed five hits over six in­nings, in­clud­ing Domingo San­tana’s game-ty­ing, two-run homer in the sixth that just landed be­yond out­fielder Ja­son Hey­ward’s out­stretched glove in the right-field cor­ner.

TIGERS 13, ASTROS 1

Justin Ver­lan­der pitched six score­less in­nings in what could be his last start with Detroit. Justin Up­ton matched a ca­reer best with six RBIs for the Tigers, who handed the Astros their first back-to-back losses since June 12-13. Up­ton had four hits, in­clud­ing a sev­enth-in­ning grand slam, and scored twice. In his last start be­fore Mon­day’s trade dead­line, Ver­lan­der (6-7) gave up five sin­gles and three walks while strik­ing out six. The sub­ject of trade ru­mors since last win­ter, Ver­lan­der re­ceived a long stand­ing ova­tion from the crowd of 31,970 when he walked off the mound af­ter the sixth in­ning. Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3), whose dad pitched for the Tigers in 1990, al­lowed five runs on eight hits in five­plus in­nings.

MARINERS 9, METS 1

James Pax­ton tossed six score­less in­nings, be­com­ing the first Mariners pitcher to win six games in a sin­gle month, and Nel­son Cruz had a three-run homer to pace Seattle. Cruz pro­vided Pax­ton with an early cush­ion with a three-run shot in the first in­ning and Leonys Martin, re­called ear­lier in the day from TripleA, home­red in his first at-bat and saved a pos­si­ble run with a div­ing catch in right field. Pax­ton (11-3) had run­ners aboard in each of his six in­nings. The left­hander scat­tered six hits, strik­ing out eight and walk­ing none, with two hit bat­ters in a 108-pitch out­ing. Pax­ton, side­lined most of May with a left fore­arm strain, was 6-0 in six July starts, al­low­ing six earned runs in 39 1/3 in­nings with no home runs. Seth Lugo (5-3) al­lowed five runs on eight hits in five in­nings, strik­ing out five and walk­ing none.

PI­RATES 7, PADRES 1

An­drew McCutchen hit three home runs for the third time in his ca­reer to lift Pitts­burgh over San Diego. McCutchen’s big day backed Ger­rit Cole (9-7), who pitched seven in­nings of five-hit ball for the Pi­rates. It was just the sec­ond win in eight games for the Pi­rates, who ended the Padres’ four-game win­ning streak. McCutchen has 22 homers. He con­nected with two outs in the first off left-han­der Clay­ton Richard (5-12), with the ball clear­ing the fence just out of the reach of cen­ter fielder Manuel Margot. He went deep again in the eighth off rookie Jose Tor­res and then home­red off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the ninth. It was McCutchen’s third multi-homer game of the sea­son and 15th of his ca­reer. He also made a nice div­ing catch in cen­ter field to end the eighth.

RAYS 5, YAN­KEES 3

Corey Dick­er­son hit a go-ahead, two-run sin­gle in a three-run third, and Tampa Bay’s bullpen al­lowed one hit over five score­less in­nings to sal­vage the fi­nale of a four-game se­ries. Ser­gio Romo, Dan Jennings, Steve Cishek and Tommy Hunter pitched hit­less re­lief af­ter rookie Ja­cob Faria started just four of 20 bat­ters with strikes and got only 12 outs on his 24th birth­day. Cishek (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 in­nings, and Colome got three outs for his 30th save in 35 chances. Brett Gard­ner sin­gled with one out in the ninth, ad­vanced on a wild pitch and Clint Fra­zier walked. Colome then re­tired Aaron Judge on a fly­out and Matt Hol­l­i­day on a ground­out. Tampa Bay, which had been 0-6 at Yan­kee Sta­dium this year, won de­spite strik­ing out 16 times. The Rays had lost eight of their pre­vi­ous 10 games. Ron­ald Tor­reyes home­red and drove in a ca­reer-high three RBIs for the Yan­kees, who had won six straight and eight of nine.

ROY­ALS 5, RED SOX 3

Alex Gor­don’s two-run triple capped a four­run eighth in­ning, and Kansas City ral­lied to beat Boston a day af­ter its sea­son-high, ninegame win­ning streak was snapped. Al­cides Es­co­bar added a two-run sin­gle in the eighth and drove in three runs for the Roy­als, who lost in ex­tra in­nings on Satur­day af­ter tak­ing the se­ries opener. Rookie Rafael Dev­ers hit a solo homer for Boston and starter Drew Pomer­anz gave up one run on seven hits in 6 2/3 in­nings in his 100th ca­reer start. Ja­son Ham­mel (5-8) al­lowed three runs on seven hits to end a six-start win­less streak. His last vic­tory also came against the Red Sox, at home on June 19. Kelvin Her­rera got the fi­nal three outs for his 23rd save, get­ting Mookie Betts to fly out with the bases loaded.

BLUE JAYS 11, AN­GELS 10

Steve Pearce hit his sec­ond game-end­ing grand slam in just four days Toronto pulled off the big­gest ninth-in­ning come­back in team his­tory, ral­ly­ing for seven runs to beat Los Angeles. Pearce con­nected with one out off Bud Nor­ris (1-4). On Thurs­day, Pearce’s slam with two outs in the 10th in­ning lifted Toronto over Oak­land 8-4. Matt Der­mody (1-0) worked three in­nings for the win. Al­bert Pu­jols hit two home runs for the An­gels, who were bid­ding for their first sweep since May.

WHITE SOX 3, IN­DI­ANS 1

Matt Davidson hit a two-run homer in the ninth in­ning, and Chicago ended Cleve­land’s nine-game win­ning streak. Chicago had lost 14 of 15 com­ing into the game, in­clud­ing seven straight at home, and traded fan fa­vorite Melky Cabr­era to Kansas City shortly be­fore the first pitch as part of a ros­ter over­haul. Jose Abreu got the ninth-in­ning rally started with a dou­ble off Bryan Shaw (4-5) to set up Davi­don’s hero­ics, the 21st home run of his rookie sea­son. Tyler Clip­pard (2-6) pitched a score­less ninth to earn the win, the first for the White Sox at Guar­an­teed Rate Field since July 2. That game fea­tured strong pitch­ing from Jose Quin­tana and David Robert­son, both of whom have since been traded.

CAR­DI­NALS 3, DI­A­MOND­BACKS 2

Lance Lynn threw six strong in­nings and Jose Martinez home­red and drove in three runs as St. Louis beat Ari­zona for its fifth win in seven games. Lynn (9-6), the sub­ject of trade ru­mors the past few days, gave up two runs and four hits. He has al­lowed no more than two earned runs in each of his last six starts. Lynn re­tired the last eight bat­ters he faced in im­prov­ing to 5-0 life­time against Ari­zona. Trevor Rosen­thal struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his sixth save in eight op­por­tu­ni­ties. Martinez hit a two-run drive in the fourth to tie it, then had a sac­ri­fice fly in the sixth that scored Jedd Gy­orko with the goa­head run. Tai­juan Walker (6-5) al­lowed three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 in­nings. He struck out 10.

REDS 6, MAR­LINS 4

Rookie Luis Castillo pitched a ca­reer-best eight in­nings, Tucker Barn­hart drove in three runs and Cincin­nati ended a six-game skid. Castillo (2-4) al­lowed one run on three hits, strik­ing out six and walk­ing one. He out­pitched Dan Straily (7-7) - the right-han­ders were traded for each last Jan­uary as part of a four-player deal. The Mar­lins, who got a three­run homer from Mar­cell Ozuna in the ninth off re­liever Raisel Igle­sias, had their four-game win­ning streak snapped. NL home run leader Gian­carlo Stan­ton was held out of Mi­ami’s lineup for the first time since May 31.

PHILLIES 2, BRAVES 1

Freddy Galvis hit a bases-loaded sin­gle to right field in the ninth in­ning to give Philadel­phia its sec­ond straight walk-off win. An­drew Knapp led off the ninth with a dou­ble to left off Rex Broth­ers (1-2). Man­ager Brian Snitker lifted Broth­ers for Akeel Mor­ris. Mor­ris walked pinch-hit­ter Ty Kelly to put run­ners on first and sec­ond. Ce­sar Her­nan­dez was try­ing to ad­vance the run­ners with a sac­ri­fice, but his bunt stayed just inside the third-base line and Fred­die Free­man’s throw was not in time, load­ing the bases with no outs. Galvis pulled Mor­ris’ sec­ond pitch into right to score Knapp and lift the Phillies to their fourth straight vic­tory and eighth in the last 11. Kelly’s RBI sin­gle in the 11th on Satur­day night gave Philadel­phia a 4-3 win.Hec­tor Neris (4-4) pitched a score­less ninth. ROCK­IES 10, NA­TION­ALS 6, 1ST GAME NA­TION­ALS 3, ROCK­IES 1, 2ND GAME

Adam Lind and Brian Good­win home­red in the fifth in­ning to help Washington beat Colorado to split a day-night dou­ble­header. In the first game, Char­lie Black­mon had four hits and scored four runs, and the Rock­ies roughed up Erick Fedde in his ma­jor league de­but. The Rock­ies had a 1-0 lead in the sec­ond game be­fore Lind’s two-run homer off Jon Gray (3-2). One out later, Good­win fol­lowed with his homer for a two-run lead. Ed­win Jack­son (2-1) al­lowed four hits in seven in­nings, strik­ing out six. Sean Doolit­tle got his third save. In the opener, Kyle Free­land (11-7) went five in­nings, al­low­ing nine hits and four runs while strik­ing out four.

ATH­LET­ICS 6, TWINS 5, 12 IN­NINGS

Yon­der Alonso home­red in the bot­tom of the 12th in­ning to lift the Oak­land over Min­nesota. Alonzo’s 22nd homer of the sea­son came on the first pitch he saw from Tyler Duf­fey (0-3) and was his sec­ond game-end­ing home run of his ca­reer. Oak­land, which won its sec­ond straight af­ter a six-game skid, came in tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the ma­jor league lead with eight game-end­ing hits. Josh Smith (1-0) pitched two in­nings to pick up the win. The Twins lost for the sixth time in seven games and fell to 1-5 on a dis­as­trous West Coast road trip in which they’ve blown leads in ev­ery game. — AP

—AP

LOS ANGELES: Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner, cen­ter, scores the win­ning run on a dou­ble by Kyle Farmer as San Francisco Gi­ants catcher Buster Posey, left, reaches for an off-cen­ter throw while Corey Sea­ger cel­e­brates dur­ing the 11th in­ning of a base­ball game, Sun­day, in Los Angeles.

—AFP

WASHINGTON: Matt Wi­eters #32 of the Washington Na­tion­als tags out Char­lie Black­mon #19 of the Colorado Rock­ies try­ing to ad­vance on Ger­ardo Parra #8 (not pic­tured) sin­gle in the fifth in­ning dur­ing game two of a dou­ble­header at Na­tion­als Park on Sun­day in Washington.

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