Lamb’s slam gives D-backs 6-3 win over Dodgers

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PHOENIX: Jake Lamb hit his sec­ond ca­reer grand slam in the sev­enth in­ning and the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs ral­lied to beat Los An­ge­les 6-3 on Tues­day night, hand­ing the ma­jor league-lead­ing Dodgers their eighth loss in the last 52 games. Lamb, who also con­nected for a solo homer in the sixth, was hit­ting .143 against left-han­ders this sea­son when he drove Tony Wat­son’s 1-2 pitch off the right-field foul pole to put Ari­zona up 6-3. Justin Turner home­red twice for the Dodgers, who led 3-2 en­ter­ing the bot­tom of the sev­enth. Wat­son (54) was charged with the loss. David Her­nan­dez (2-0) got one out for the win and Fer­nando Rod­ney worked the ninth for his 26th save in 31 tries.


Chris Sale struck out 13 in eight in­nings, and the Red Sox earned their sev­enth straight vic­tory. Sale (14-4) reached dou­ble dig­its in strike­outs for the 15th time this sea­son. He al­lowed two hits, and Craig Kim­brel struck out the side in the ninth for his 28th save. The win pushed Bos­ton’s AL East lead over the New York Yan­kees to four games. Dustin Pe­droia, who re­turned to the lineup as the des­ig­nated hit­ter af­ter a stint on the dis­abled list with left knee in­flam­ma­tion, scored Bos­ton’s first run on a fielder’s choice in the fourth. A bad throw by Austin Pruitt (6-3) pre­vented a pos­si­ble in­nin­gend­ing dou­ble play on Rafael Dev­ers’ chop­per to the mound. It was the only run al­lowed by Pruitt in his fourth ma­jor league start. He pitched 6 1/3 score­less in­nings in a win at Hous­ton last Wed­nes­day.


Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer off Greg Hol­land with two outs in the ninth in­ning, lift­ing Corey Klu­ber and Cleve­land to the vic­tory. Af­ter Austin Jack­son tied it with a two-out bloop RBI sin­gle, Gomes con­nected on the first pitch from Hol­land (2-3), driv­ing it into the seats in cen­ter field to touch off a wild cel­e­bra­tion in Pro­gres­sive Field. Gomes flung his hel­met and skipped around the bases as the In­di­ans play­ers danced out of their dugout at the im­prob­a­ble walk-off win. Klu­ber (10-3) struck out 11 in his sec­ond straight com­plete game. He al­lowed three hits and walked none. Char­lie Black­mon home­red for the Rock­ies.


Josh Don­ald­son hit two two-run homers for the Blue Jays, and J.A. Happ won his sixth straight de­ci­sion against the Yan­kees. Don­ald­son con­nected twice against CC Sa­bathia (9-5), who came in with an AL-best 2.29 ERA in 10 road starts. The 2015 AL MVP hit a drive to right-cen­ter in the first, and hooked one down the left field line in the third. It was Don­ald­son’s 12th mul­ti­homer game and his sec­ond this sea­son, both com­ing against the Yan­kees. Happ (5-8) al­lowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 in­nings, im­prov­ing to 6-0 in 10 starts against the Yan­kees since 2014. Roberto Osuna got three outs for his 29th save in 36 chances.


Mi­ami slug­ger Gian­carlo Stan­ton hit his ca­reer-high and ma­jor league lead­ing 38th homer of the sea­son and drove in three runs. Stan­ton crushed a first-pitch fast­ball from A.J. Cole (1-2) deep into the cen­ter­field stands in the fifth for a 4-1 lead fol­low­ing sin­gles by Miguel Ro­jas and Dee Gor­don. Derek Di­et­rich also home­red and drove in three runs for the Mar­lins. Gor­don’s RBI dou­ble and Di­et­rich’s two-run sin­gle put Mi­ami up 7-1 in the sev­enth. Vance Wor­ley (2-2) beat the Na­tion­als for the sec­ond time in nine days. He al­lowed one run in six in­nings af­ter hold­ing Wash­ing­ton to two hits while pitch­ing seven in­nings in Mi­ami’s 7-0 win on July 31.


Yadier Molina, Jedd Gy­orko and Ran­dal Grichuk home­red, lead­ing St. Louis to its fourth straight win. Michael Wacha (9-4) al­lowed a three-run dou­ble to Ch­es­lor Cuth­bert but oth­er­wise kept the Roy­als in check, sur­ren­der­ing six hits over six in­nings to win for the sixth time in seven de­ci­sions. Molina con­nected against Ja­son Var­gas (136) in the fourth and Grichuk and Gy­orko con­nected to high­light the six-run fifth, when the crown-shaped videoboard at Kauff­man Sta­dium sud­denly went dark. About half of it came back on­line in the sev­enth, when the Car­di­nals were tack­ing on runs.


Rookie Ke­van Smith home­red and drove in four runs, and the last-place White Sox stopped a six-game los­ing streak. Left-han­der Derek Hol­land (6-11) earned his first win since June 13, de­spite is­su­ing seven walks in 5 2/3 in­nings. He had been 0-5 in eight starts and one re­lief ap­pear­ance since beat­ing Bal­ti­more. Dal­las Keuchel (9-2) al­lowed a sea­son-high eight runs and 10 hits in four in­nings for ALlead­ing Hous­ton. He had a 1.67 ERA when he went on the dis­abled list for the sec­ond time with a neck in­jury, on June 8. The All-Star left­hander has a 10.50 ERA in three starts since his re­turn. Tyler Clip­pard pitched the ninth for his sec­ond save.


Rookie Chris Flexen got his first big league win and hit, and the Mets stopped a four-game los­ing streak. Michael Con­forto, Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes and Travis d’Ar­naud home­red for New York, which led 4-0 af­ter two in­nings. Ce­s­pedes went deep at Citi Field for just the third time this sea­son, his first since June 17. D’Ar­naud hit his first at home this year af­ter nine on the road. Joey Gallo, Adrian Bel­tre and Robin­son Chiri­nos home­red for Texas. Flexen (1-1) al­lowed three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 in­nings in his third big league start. A.J. Ramos gave up Chiri­nos’ two-out homer in the ninth, then re­tired Drew Robin­son on a ground­out for his 21st save. Texas’ A.J. Grif­fin (5-3) al­lowed four runs and four hits in five in­nings.


Jose Pirela had four hits and Yangervis So­larte had a homer among his three hits, pow­er­ing the Padres to the vic­tory. San Diego’s Luis Per­domo (6-6) es­caped threats by in­duc­ing three ground-ball dou­ble plays his spe­cialty - while pitch­ing into the sev­enth. Cincin­nati catcher Tucker Barn­hart hit a three-run homer off Jose Tor­res. The Padres im­proved to 4-1 against the Reds, who haven’t won a sea­son se­ries from them since 2012. The Reds have gone 7-18 since the Al­lS­tar break. San Diego piled up nine hits and five runs off Sal Ro­mano (2-4), who was in trou­ble in each of his six in­nings. Austin Hedges home­red for a 5-0 lead in the sixth. So­larte con­nected for a two-run shot an in­ning later.


Brian Dozier hit his first ca­reer grand slam and Max Ke­pler and Ed­die Rosario each home­red twice, pow­er­ing Min­nesota to a two-game sweep of Mil­wau­kee. Matt Garza (5-6) turned in his short­est and worst start of the sea­son with eight hits and eight runs al­lowed in 3 1/3 in­nings for the Brew­ers, who fell to 4-11 in their last 15 road games. Twins starter Adal­berto Me­jia was pulled with one out in the fourth in­ning with pain in his up­per left arm, af­ter al­low­ing seven hits and three runs. Tyler Duf­fey (1-3) re­lieved with two in­nings for his first vic­tory of the sea­son, and Dil­lon Gee struck out five over four score­less in­nings for his first ca­reer save.


An­drew Mc­Cutchen hit his 23rd homer, lead­ing Pitts­burgh to its fifth win in six games. Pi­rates right-han­der Chad Kuhl (5-7) al­lowed three runs and five hits in six in­nings in his sec­ond straight win. He also picked up the first two RBIs of his big league ca­reer on a two-run sin­gle in the fourth off Matthew Boyd (5-6). Mc­Cutchen took Boyd to the seats in cen­ter field lead­ing off the fourth for his fran­chise-record 13th in­ter­league home run. David Freese added two hits for the Pi­rates, and Felipe Rivero worked a per­fect ninth for his 10th save. Detroit has dropped four in a row.


Odubel Her­rera hit a two-run homer, Zach Eflin pitched seven strong in­nings fol­low­ing his re­call from the mi­nors, and the Phillies con­tin­ued their sea­son-long mas­tery of the Braves. Af­ter Maikel Franco drove in Fred­die Galvis with a line-drive sin­gle to right field in the fifth in­ning, Her­rera reached down to pull a low pitch from Julio Te­heran (7-10) into the restau­rant be­hind the right­field wall. Fred­die Free­man hit a first-in­ning homer off Eflin, who was re­called from Triple-A Le­high Val­ley be­fore the game and earned his first win of the sea­son. Eflin (1-3) al­lowed two runs and seven hits. The Phillies have won 10 of 12 against At­lanta this sea­son. Hec­tor Neris pitched a per­fect ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.


Parker Brid­well, a right-han­der the An­gels picked up sim­ply for cash in mid-April from the Ori­oles, came back to haunt his for­mer team in a vic­tory for Los An­ge­les over Bal­ti­more. Brid­well (6-1) went seven strong in­nings, hold­ing the Ori­oles to one run and six hits. He struck out four and did not walk a bat­ter. The An­gels are 10-1 this sea­son in games started by Brid­well. Jeremy Hel­lick­son (7-6) was match­ing Brid­well un­til run­ning into trou­ble in the sev­enth. He had re­tired 10 straight in the 1-1 game when the An­gels chased him with four con­sec­u­tive hits.


Leonys Martin home­red in the top of the 10th in­ning as the Mariners ral­lied from a four-run deficit to de­feat the Ath­let­ics. Martin hit a high arc­ing shot to right off a 21 94 mph fast­ball from Josh Smith (2-0) with two outs. His sec­ond home run of the sea­son pushed the Mariners’ record on their nine-game road trip to 5-3. Tony Zynch pitched out of a jam in the bot­tom of the 10th for his sec­ond save. Marc Rzepczyn­ski (2-0) pitched a score­less in­ning in the bot­tom of the ninth. The A’s had run­ners at first and sec­ond with one out but Zynch struck out Chad Pin­der swing­ing and got Matt Chap­man to fly out to right.


Buster Posey hit a three-run homer in the first that was up­held af­ter re­view and later stole a base, Ty Blach won his sec­ond straight start and the Giants beat the Cubs. Re­play showed Posey’s drive to left-cen­ter had just enough to clear the wall and left fielder Jon Jay’s out­stretched glove be­fore be­ing caught by a fan. Blach (8-7) hit an RBI sin­gle to help his cause and the Giants snapped a fourgame los­ing streak to the Cubs with just their third win in the last 10 against Chicago, which ral­lied to win Game 4 of the NL Divi­sion Se­ries and elim­i­nate the Giants last Oc­to­ber on the way to a World Se­ries ti­tle. Blach also beat the Cubs again af­ter a May 22 win at Wrigley Field, al­low­ing two runs on seven hits in seven in­nings Tues­day with three strike­outs and a walk. — AP

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