Roy­als down In­di­ans 4-3 to halt Cleve­land's record streak

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CLEVE­LAND: The Cleve­land In­di­ans can re­turn to clinch­ing their di­vi­sion and play­off prepa­ra­tions.

Their his­toric win­ning streak is, well, his­tory.

Cleve­land’s AL-record run was stopped at 22 straight games by Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Roy­als, who be­came the first team to con­quer the de­fend­ing league cham­pi­ons since Aug. 23.

Ja­son Var­gas (16-10) pitched into the sixth and Brandon Moss home­red off Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Roy­als ended base­ball’s long­est win streak in 101 years.

With one last chance in the ninth, the In­di­ans put the ty­ing run on base be­fore Mike Mi­nor struck out the side for his first pro save, fan­ning Fran­cisco Lin­dor on a pitch in the dirt for the fi­nal out.

Dodgers 7 Na­tion­als 0: In Wash­ing­ton, Alex Wood struck out eight in six in­nings, Corey Sea­ger hit a three-run homer dur­ing a five-run sec­ond and the Dodgers won on the road.

Wood (15-3) al­lowed three hits and walked one. Los An­ge­les has won three in a row af­ter los­ing 11 con­sec­u­tive games and 16 of 17.

The teams en­tered the highly an­tic­i­pated three-game series hav­ing clinched play­off berths and own­ing the top two records in the Na­tional League. The Dodgers low­ered their magic num­ber to clinch the NL West to six.

Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig home­red in the Dodgers’ first Wash­ing­ton ap­pear­ance since win­ning Game 5 of the NL Di­vi­sion Series last Oc­to­ber.

Ed­win Jack­son (5-6) lasted just 2 1/3 in­nings. The NL East cham­pion Na­tion­als fell six games back of Los An­ge­les in the chase for home-field ad­van­tage in the play­offs.

Brew­ers 10 Mar­lins 2: In Mil­wau­kee, Neil Walker hit a grand slam dur­ing an eightrun eighth in­ning, and the Brew­ers beat the Mar­lins in the open­ing game of a series re­lo­cated from Miami to Mil­wau­kee be­cause of the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Irma.

The Mar­lins were tech­ni­cally the home team and bat­ted in the bot­tom of the in­nings. Mil­wau­kee even used palm trees, fake flamin­gos and gi­ant blue and pink sea shells to give Miller Park a South Florida feel.

Miami’s Dee Gor­don went hit­less in four at-bats to end his 17-game hit­ting streak. Brian Elling­ton (0-1) got the loss.

Jared Hughes (4-3) picked up the win af­ter toss­ing a score­less sev­enth in­ning.

Cubs 8 Car­di­nals 2: In Chicago, Kris Bryant had three hits, in­clud­ing his 27th homer, and the Cubs opened a big week­end series with their fourth con­sec­u­tive win.

Bryant went deep in the fourth and sin­gled twice in Chicago's seven-run sixth.

The NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Cubs stayed three games ahead of Mil­wau­kee and in­creased their ad­van­tage over St. Louis to four games.

Chicago pitcher John Lackey and catcher Will­son Con­tr­eras were thrown out for yelling at plate um­pire Jor­dan Baker in the fifth. Carl Ed­wards Jr. (4-4) pitched a per­fect sixth for the win.

Tommy Pham home­red for St. Louis. Carlos Martinez (11-11) was charged with seven runs and six hits in 5 1/3 in­nings. LAS VE­GAS: Canelo Al­varez and Gen­nady Golovkin stepped on the scales at the MGM Grand Gar­den Arena then came face-to-face for the cam­eras on Friday, one day be­fore they meet in one of the most an­tic­i­pated fights in years.

Three-belt cham­pion Golovkin wore black shorts and smiled as he stepped on the scale first weigh­ing the 160-pound (72.5 kg) mid­dleweight limit for Saturday’s world ti­tle fight against Al­varez at the T-Mo­bile Arena.

Al­varez was up next, climb­ing onto the scales in his blue shorts and reg­is­ter­ing the same 160 pounds for a bout that has all the in­gre­di­ents to pro­duce a fight of the year.

“I am very happy for all the love and sup­port of these fans,” Al­varez told the crowd. “I am go­ing to give them 100 per­cent. I trained hard and I am dis­ci­plined.

“I take all this re­spon­si­bil­ity se­ri­ously and I am go­ing to give them a great fight.”

Kaza­khstan’s Golovkin is putting his World Box­ing Coun­cil, World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion, belts on the line but to the unini­ti­ated it might have seemed more like Al­varez was the champ.

Al­varez drew louder cheers from the pro-Mex­i­can crowd, stepped on the scale last and made Golovkin wait sev­eral min­utes on stage be­fore mak­ing his ini­tial ap­pear­ance, which was pre­ceded by a video trib­ute on the jum­botron screen.

The fight­ers, who once sparred to­gether at Golovkin’s gym in Big Bear, Cal­i­for­nia, then posed am­i­ca­bly dur­ing their stare­down in front of a crowd of 9,400.

That has been con­sis­tent with the buildup to the sold-out fight, which has lacked the vit­ri­olic trash talk typ­i­cal of world ti­tle fights.

“See you to­mor­row. I have been cham­pion a long time. This is box­ing and I am a very true guy,” said Golovkin, who goes by the nick­name ‘Triple G’ on Friday.

Al­varez, who was the more stone­faced of the two, sent the crowd into a frenzy as he shad­ow­boxed briefly at the front of the stage — his new sig­na­ture weigh-in move.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple stood on line for hours out­side the Grand Gar­den for the chance to see the weigh-in, chant­ing and singing along with a neatly at­tired Mari­achi band.

For many, it rep­re­sented their only hope of see­ing ei­ther fighter in the flesh as the bout has been sold out for weeks.

Las Ve­gas con­struc­tion worker Har­vey Her­nan­dez at­tended the weigh-in with his friend Roger Ramirez and said Al­varez has a bet­ter box­ing style.

“I am pick­ing Canelo,” the 26-year-old said. “He is bet­ter than Triple G. He is go­ing to out­class him and he is from Mex­ico.

“It won’t go the dis­tance. He is go­ing to get knocked out or he will knock Golovkin out.”

Said El-Ta­han flew all the way from Swe­den to watch the fight and says Golovkin must avoid hav­ing the de­ci­sion in the hands of the judges.

“Golovkin will win,” said the Malmo po­lice of­fi­cer. “He is a great fighter and a strong puncher.

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