Dal­las Keuchel too much for Yan­kees as Astros stretch lead with 4-0 win

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Hous­ton’s Dal­las Keuchel struck out a ca­reer-high 12 bat­ters in his sec­ond shutout in less than a month to lead the Astros past the New York Yan­kees 4-0 on Thurs­day, ex­tend­ing their lead in the Amer­i­can League West di­vi­sion.

The Astros moved five games clear atop the AL West, while in the Na­tional League equiv­a­lent, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers main­tained their one-game lead by beat­ing the Chicago Cubs by the same 4-0 score­line while near­est ri­val San Fran­cisco pro­duced a rare ex­tra-base hit­ting feat in de­feat­ing San Diego.

Hous­ton’s Keuchel (9-3) walked one while top­ping his pre­vi­ous best of 11 strike­outs in a shutout over the Chicago White Sox on May 30.

Jose Al­tuve had three hits and scored three times for the Astros.

The Los An­ge­les Dodgers pro­duced a road shutout to split the four-game se­ries against the Cubs, for whom pitcher Jon Lester con­tin­ued to strug­gle.

Lester (4-6), who was signed to a US$155 mil­lion, six-year con­tract, only last four in­nings in his short­est out­ing in more than three years, and saw his win­less streak reach seven games. He al­lowed four runs and four walks.

Dodgers starter Car­los Frias (5-5) com­bined with four re­liev­ers to shut out the Cubs.

St. Louis’ Lance Lynn re­sumed from in­jury for his first out­ing in al­most three weeks and pitched six score­less in­nings to lead the Car­di­nals to a 5-1 win against Mi­ami and a three-game sweep.

Lynn (5-4), who had been side­lined with a strained fore­arm, low­ered his ERA to 2.84.

Backup in­fielder Pete Kozma, who came into the game hit­less in his past 21 at-bats, sin­gled three times, scored twice and drove in a run for only his sec­ond RBI this year as St. Louis moved a sea­son-high 24 games above a .500 win­ning per­cent­age, while Mi­ami fell to a sea­son-worst 14 games un­der .500.

San Fran­cisco hit four triples in a game for the first time in 55 years and the Giants beat San Diego 13-8.

Bran­don Belt had two of the triples and Bran­don Craw­ford and Matt Duffy also sprinted to third for San Fran­cisco, which last achieved the feat against Philadelphia in 1960, when Wil­lie Mays hit three of them.

The last time they did it at home was in 1924 when they were based at New York’s Polo Grounds.

Washington’s Doug Fis­ter got through seven score­less in­nings in another su­perb out­ing by a Na­tion­als starter as the hosts beat At­lanta 7-0 to notch their sixth straight win.

Fis­ter (3-3), who made his sec­ond start since a stint on the side­lines with right fore­arm tight­ness, only is­sued one walk.

Washington’s ro­ta­tion has thrown a fran­chise-record 41-1/3 con­sec­u­tive score­less in­nings over its past six games, the long­est streak in the ma­jor leagues for seven years.

Cincinnati’s Bran­don Phillips led off the top of the 13th in­ning with a homer to give the Reds a 5-4 win against Pittsburgh.

Phillips, who sat out Wed­nes­day’s game due to a thumb in- jury, jumped on a fast­ball from Rob Sc­ahill ( 2- 4).

Phillips had three of Cincinnati’s sea­son-high 17 hits.

Oak­land’s Sonny Gray won his fifth con­sec­u­tive start at Texas as the Ath­let­ics won 6-3 to com­plete a three­game se­ries sweep of the Rangers.

Bal­ti­more’s Matt Wi­eters hit a two-run homer dur­ing a six-run fourth in­ning that car­ried the Ori­oles over Bos­ton 8-6.

Chicago’s Car­los Sanchez hit a three-run triple off Joba Cham­ber­lain in the 10th in­ning to give the White Sox an 8-7 win against Detroit.


Hous­ton Astros’ Colby Ras­mus, left, slides safely across home plate to score as New York Yan­kees catcher John Ryan Mur­phy reaches for the throw dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning of a base­ball game Thurs­day, June 25, in Hous­ton.

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