Bryant homers twice as the Cubs beat Ker­shaw, the Dodgers 4-2

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Kris Bryant con­nected twice for his first ca­reer mul­ti­homer game, help­ing the Chicago Cubs beat Clay­ton Ker­shaw and the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 4-2 on Mon­day.

Bryant hit a two-run drive in the third in­ning and a solo shot in the eighth. Matt Szczur had a solo homer against Ker­shaw af­ter be­ing pro­moted from mi­nor league Triple-A Iowa be­fore the game for his fourth stint of the sea­son with Chicago.

The two homers off Ker­shaw (5-5) ran his to­tal for the year to 11, two more than he al­lowed all of last sea­son while be­com­ing the NL MVP.

The Cubs got im­pres­sive work from five re­liev­ers af­ter Tsuyoshi Wada de­parted in the third due to cramp­ing in his left shoul­der. Cen­ter fielder Dex­ter Fowler was re­placed in the fifth af­ter he sprained his left an­kle.

Kansas City’s Joe Blan­ton al­lowed just two hits in six-plus in­nings and Al­cides Es­co­bar had three hits as the Roy­als beat the Seat­tle Mariners 4-1.

Blan­ton (2-0) struck out seven and worked into the sev­enth in­ning be­fore be­ing lifted af­ter al­low­ing a lead­off dou­ble.

Kelvin Her­rera, Wade Davis and Greg Hol­land all pitched one in­ning of re­lief. Hol­land earned his 14th save in 15 op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Es­co­bar had three sin­gles, drove in a run and scored a run. Mike Mous­takas had two hits in­clud­ing an RBI dou­ble.

An­gels slug­ger Al­bert Pu­jols home­red twice and Erick Ay­bar scored the go-ahead run on a safety squeeze by Daniel Robert­son in the eighth in­ning to lead Los An­ge­les to a 4-3 vic­tory over the Hous­ton Astros.

The An­gels ( 36- 35) moved within 4 1/2 games of first-place Hous­ton in the AL West. Texas is three games be­hind the Astros, who have dropped three of four af­ter win­ning five straight.

Ay­bar be­gan the win­ning rally with a lead­off sin­gle against Chad Qualls ( 1- 4) and ad­vanced on a wild pitch. One out later, Joe Thatcher walked pinch-hitter Matt Joyce while Ay­bar stole third.

In came Will Harris, and Robert­son bunted up the first base line. Chris Carter charged the ball and made an er­rant, back­hand flip past catcher Jason Cas­tro as Ay­bar crossed the plate.

The Toronto Blue Jays downed the Tampa Bay Rays 8-5 af­ter Jose Bautista hit his 15th homer dur­ing a four-run sixth in­ning.

Jose Reyes and Dioner Navarro also home­red for the Blue Jays, who are 2-6 against Tampa Bay this sea­son.

Bautista’s lead­off shot against Matt An­driese (2-2) broke a 3-all tie. Re­liever Ron­ald Belis­ario gave up the other three runs in the in­ning that in­cluded an RBI dou­ble by Chris Co­la­bello.

In other games, Maikel Franco home­red twice, had ca­reer highs of four hits and five RBIs and made a fab­u­lous div­ing play at third base, help­ing the Philadelphia end a 12-game los­ing streak away from home with an 11-8 win over New York, the Detroit Tigers downed the Cleve­land In­di­ans 8-5 and the Min­nesota Twins trounced the Chicago White Sox 13-2.

AP

Hous­ton Astros’ Luis Val­buena, right, pours wa­ter on the face of Domingo San­tana while cel­e­brat­ing San­tana’s home run dur­ing the third in­ning of a base­ball game against the Los An­ge­les An­gels in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia, Mon­day, June 22.

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