Wi­eters hits grand slam as Na­tion­als beat Cubs

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Matt Wi­eters hit a tiebreak­ing grand slam off Carl Ed­wards Jr. in Wash­ing­ton’s five-run eighth in­ning, help­ing the Na­tion­als beat the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Sun­day. Bryce Harper started the win­ning rally with a one-out in­field sin­gle against Mike Mont­gomery. Ryan Zim­mer­man dou­bled against Ed­wards and Daniel Mur­phy was walked in­ten­tion­ally to load the bases. Wash­ing­ton then grabbed con­trol in a span of two pitches. Ed­wards (3-3) hit An­thony Ren­don, ty­ing it at 4, and Wi­eters fol­lowed with a drive over the wall in cen­ter for his third ca­reer grand slam. Wi­eters drove in five runs and Brian Good­win home­red for the NL East-lead­ing Na­tion­als, who had dropped three of four. Will­son Con­tr­eras home­red twice for NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Chicago. Bran­don Kint­zler (3-2) pitched a score­less in­ning for his first win since he was ac­quired in a trade with Min­nesota.


Luis Sev­erino over­pow­ered Cleve­land’s lineup into the seventh in­ning, Ja­coby Ells­bury hit a three-run triple and rookie Aaron Judge ham­mered a three-run homer, send­ing the Yan­kees to a win over the In­di­ans. Sev­erino (9-4) gave up Michael Brant­ley’s homer in the first and then toyed with the In­di­ans, strik­ing out nine and al­low­ing just three run­ners to reach. He didn’t give up his sec­ond hit un­til there were two outs in the seventh and was pulled by man­ager Joe Gi­rardi be­fore get­ting a roar­ing ova­tion from sev­eral thou­sand New York fans. The All-Star right-han­der is 4-0 with a 0.71 ERA in his last four starts. Ells­bury’s triple came in New York’s five-run sixth off Car­los Car­rasco (10-5), and Judge con­nected in the seventh for his 35th homer - only No. 5 since the All-Star break - to give New York an 8-1 lead.


Juan Cen­teno hit an RBI sin­gle with two outs that capped a four-run rally in the ninth in­ning, lift­ing the Astros over the Blue Jays. Jose Al­tuve sin­gled off All-Star closer Roberto Osuna (3-3) to be­gin the Hous­ton ninth and one-out sin­gles by Yuli Gur­riel and Mar­win Gon­za­lez loaded the bases. Car­los Bel­tran grounded into a force­out that scored a run, and Alex Breg­man hit a ty­ing, two-run triple. Cen­teno fol­lowed with a liner over the head of leap­ing first base­man Justin Smoak and into shal­low right field to win it for the AL West lead­ers. Nori Aoki had a two-run homer, his first hit since be­ing traded from Hous­ton to Toronto last Mon­day, dur­ing a four-run seventh that gave the Blue Jays a 6-3 lead. Fran­cis Martes (4-1) pitched 1 2/3 score­less in­nings for the win. Osuna al­lowed five hits and four runs while get­ting only two outs for his seventh blown save this sea­son.


Jose Mar­tinez hit his first grand slam dur­ing the Car­di­nals’ nine-run fourth in­ning, and St. Louis over­came Adam Wain­wright’s rough re­turn from the dis­abled list, beat­ing the Reds. The Car­di­nals took two of three in the se­ries. They’re 5-8 against Cincin­nati this sea­son. St. Louis sent 13 bat­ters to the plate for nine runs in the fourth, match­ing its big­gest in­ning of the sea­son. Mar­tinez con­nected off Homer Bai­ley (3-6), who gave up a ca­reer­high 10 runs in only 3 1/3 in­nings. Bai­ley has been hit hard in his re­turn from surgery to re­move bone spurs from his pitch­ing el­bow last Fe­bru­ary. The Car­di­nals over­came a rugged first in­ning by Wain­wright, who had spent the last 12 days on the DL with a stiff back. Joey Votto hit a three-run homer, and Wain­wright threw 39 pitches be­fore re­tir­ing a bat­ter. Wain­wright left af­ter three in­nings and 88 pitches. Brett Ce­cil (2-4) al­lowed three hits in three in­nings for the win.


Steven Souza Jr. home­red off Milwaukee re­liever Ja­cob Barnes lead­ing off the ninth in­ning Sun­day to lift the Rays to a win over the Brew­ers. Souza’s 24th home run helped the Rays sal­vage a win in a three-game se­ries in which they scored only two runs. It was Souza’s first walkoff homer with the Rays. Most of the game was a pitch­ers’ duel be­tween the Rays’ Chris Archer and the Brew­ers’ Jimmy Nel­son. Tommy Hunter (1-2) got the win af­ter toss­ing 1 1/3 in­nings of re­lief. Barnes (3-3) threw only two pitches in re­lief of Nel­son, who gave up one run on six hits while strik­ing out nine in eight in­nings.


Jose Urena pitched six strong in­nings, Mar­cell Ozuna hit a three-run homer and the Mar­lins avoided a three-game sweep with a vic­tory over the Braves. Urena (10-5) won for the third time in four starts, al­low­ing one run and three hits, walk­ing one and strik­ing out three. Lu­cas Sims (0-2), mak­ing his sec­ond ca­reer start, gave al­lowed four runs in six in­nings. The Braves’ 2012 first-round draft pick trailed 4-0 in the first af­ter hit­ting Gian­carlo Stan­ton with a pitch, walk­ing Chris­tian Yelich and giv­ing up con­sec­u­tive homers to Ozuna, his 26th, and J.T. Real­muto, his 13th.

PI­RATES 5, PADRES 4, 12 in­nings

Sean Ro­driquez home­red in the 12th in­ning to give the Pi­rates a win over the Padres. Ro­driguez, ac­quired from At­lanta a day ear­lier, lifted a 1-1 pitch off Padres re­liever Buddy Bau­mann (0-1) over the left-field wall. Rookie re­liever Dovy­das Nev­er­auskas (10) pitched two score­less in­nings to get his first ca­reer win. The Pi­rates took two of three from the Padres af­ter los­ing their past four se­ries. En­ter­ing this se­ries, Pitts­burgh had lost eight of 11 since a six-game win­ning streak from July 16-21. Pi­rates closer Felipe Rivero gave up two walks and a sin­gle to load the bases loaded with two outs in the ninth in­ning be­fore Manuel Mar­got’s two-run sin­gle tied the score 4-4.


Cameron Rupp hit a two-run dou­ble in the ninth in­ning, and the Phillies ral­lied to beat the Rock­ies. Rupp, who had been thrown out at home an in­ning ear­lier, drove the first pitch he saw from closer Greg Hol­land (2-2) into the gap in left-cen­ter field, scor­ing Maikel Franco and Hyun Soo Kim. It was the sec­ond blown save in 36 chances for Hol­land. Rupp fin­ished with three hits and Franco home­red for Philadel­phia, which snapped a five-game los­ing streak. Edubray Ramos (1-7) pitched the eighth in­ning and Hec­tor Neris got the last three outs for his 11th save. The Rock­ies took a 2-1 lead in the seventh off starter Aaron Nola. The game was tied with two outs in the seventh when pinch-hit­ter Raimel Tapia worked a walk off Nola. He stole sec­ond and scored on Char­lie Black­mon’s third dou­ble of the game.


Jeff Sa­mardz­ija pitched into the seventh in­ning to win his third con­sec­u­tive start and the Gi­ants beat the Di­a­mond­backs. The Gi­ants en­tered the day with the sec­ond-worst record in the NL, but jumped on Di­a­mond­backs starter Patrick Corbin early and held on to win the se­ries. Ari­zona still has a hold on the sec­ond NL wild-card spot de­spite drop­ping four of its last seven. Sa­mardz­ija (7-11) al­lowed three runs on five hits be­fore leav­ing af­ter giv­ing up a one-out sin­gle to Ka­tel Marte then walk­ing Chris Her­mann in the seventh. Al­bert Suarez re­tired seven bat­ters for his first ca­reer save.


Chris Young hit two homers, in­clud­ing a tiebreak­ing three-run shot af­ter the bat­ter in front was walked in­ten­tion­ally, to lift the Red Sox to a win over the White Sox. Young added an RBI dou­ble and had a solo homer to help the AL East-lead­ing Red Sox com­plete a fourgame sweep of the White Sox. Chicago lost its sixth con­sec­u­tive game, and 23rd in its last 27. The White Sox were swept in a four-game se­ries in Fen­way Park for the first time since July of 1988. Doug Fis­ter (2-5) al­lowed three runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 in­nings, strik­ing out a sea­son-high seven for his sec­ond straight win. Craig Kim­brel, the third re­liever, pitched the ninth for his 27th save. Mike Pel­frey (3-10) gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 in­nings. He’s 0-5 with a 7.78 ERA in his last eight starts.


Jonathan Schoop, Chris Davis and Trey Mancini home­red in suc­ces­sion dur­ing a four-run first in­ning that sent the Ori­oles past the Tigers. Joey Rickard and Manny Machado also con­nected for the Ori­oles, who led 8-0 af­ter four in­nings and cruised to their seventh win in nine games. All five home runs were hit off Ani­bal Sanchez (3-2), who yielded a ca­reer-high ty­ing eight runs and 10 hits in three-plus in­nings. Machado went 4 for 5 with five RBIs, and Rickard had a ca­reer-best four hits and scored three runs. Backed by all that fire­power, Ubaldo Jimenez (5-7) earned his first win in five starts since July 9. The right-han­der pitched 5 2/3 in­nings, giv­ing up one run and nine hits. Ni­cholas Castel­lanos home­red for the Tigers, who had to set­tle for a split of the four-game se­ries af­ter win­ning the first two.


Max Ke­pler, Brian Dozier and Ed­die Rosario home­red to help the Min­nesota Twins dig out of a five-run hole and beat the Rangers. Jose Ber­rios (10-5) gave up five runs on six hits and struck out six in five in­nings, Trevor Hilden­berger threw two in­nings of score­less re­lief and Rob­bie Gross­man drove in the go-ahead run for the Twins, who were miss­ing slug­ger Miguel Sano for the sec­ond straight game be­cause of a sore left hand. Adrian Bel­tre hit his 455th ca­reer homer and Joey Gallo also went deep for the Rangers, who were shut out af­ter a five-run first in­ning. Nick Mar­tinez gave up five runs on five hits with five strike­outs and two walks in a game that was de­layed 32 min­utes by rain in the sec­ond in­ning.


Bruce Max­well’s two-run sin­gle com­pleted a dra­matic five-run, two-out come­back in the eighth in­ning, and the Ath­let­ics stunned the An­gels. The An­gels led 10-5 af­ter the sixth but couldn’t hold on against an A’s team that ham­mered them with 18 hits, in­clud­ing three home runs and seven dou­bles. Down 10-6 in the eighth, Khris Davis hit a three-run homer off re­liever Blake Parker to ignite the Oak­land come­back. Parker had not al­lowed a run in 27 con­sec­u­tive ap­pear­ances at home. Af­ter Ryon Healy dou­bled, the An­gels went to Bud Nor­ris (1-5), but the closer gave up a run-scor­ing sin­gle to Chad Pin­der, a dou­ble to Matt Chap­man and then the two-run sin­gle to Max­well. Josh Smith (2-0) picked up the win in re­lief. Blake Treinen, Oak­land’s seventh re­liever, earned his fifth over­all save and sec­ond with the A’s.

MARINERS 8, ROY­ALS 7, 1st Game ROY­ALS 9, MARINERS 1, 2nd Game

Rookie Jakob Ju­nis pitched eight sharp in­nings and the Kan­sas City Roy­als beat the Seat­tle Mariners 9-1 to split their dou­ble­header Sun­day. Nel­son Cruz home­red twice and drove in four runs as the Mariners held off the Roy­als 8-7 in the first game. Whit Mer­ri­field home­red in both games for the Roy­als. Ju­nis (4-2), who was added to Kan­sas City’s ros­ter as the ex­tra 26th man for the twin­bill, al­lowed one run. He re­tired his fi­nal 19 bat­ters af­ter giv­ing up an RBI dou­ble to Danny Espinosa in the sec­ond in­ning. Ju­nis walked none and struck out a ca­reer-high seven. Melky Cabrera hit a three-run homer off Erasmo Ramirez (4-4) dur­ing a four-run third in­ning. It was Cabrera’s first home run since the Roy­als ac­quired him in a July 30 trade with the Chicago White Sox. Cabrera also had an RBI dou­ble. Eric Hos­mer home­red and drove in three runs for the Roy­als. —AP

NEW YORK: Yasiel Puig #66 of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers slides safely home for a run in the ninth in­ning as Travis d’Ar­naud #18 of the New York Mets can’t come up with the ball at Citi Field on Sun­day in the Flush­ing neigh­bor­hood of the Queens bor­ough of New York City. — AFP

CHICAGO: Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als short­stop Wilmer Difo, left, watches as Chicago Cubs’ Ian Happ steals sec­ond base dur­ing the fourth in­ning of a base­ball game, Sun­day, in Chicago. —AP

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