New York Mets beat Colorado Rock­ies 4-2

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Daniel Mur­phy drove in two runs with a tiebreak­ing sin­gle in the sev­enth in­ning as the New York Mets came back for a 4-2 vic­tory over the Colorado Rock­ies on Mon­day.

The Mets wasted three- run leads in two straight losses to Tampa Bay last week­end, then went ahead against Colorado on Travis d’Ar­naud’s first homer since June 20. It was the only hit for the NL East lead­ers off Jon Gray, the hard-throw­ing righthander mak­ing his sec­ond ma­jor league start.

Car­los Gon­za­lez hit a two-run shot in the fourth off Jonathon Niese (7-9). It was Gon­za­lez’s 13th homer since the All-Star break.

The Mets loaded the bases against Justin Miller (1-1) in the sev­enth af­ter Gray, the No. 3 over­all draft pick in 2013, was pulled af­ter 75 pitches. Miller gave up a sin­gle to d’Ar­naud, walked Michael Con­forto and Ruben Te­jada. Boone Lo­gan en­tered and hit Curtis Gran­der­son with a full-count pitch to level it.

Mur­phy then grounded a sin­gle past div­ing short­stop Jose Reyes for a 4-2 lead.

Kansas City pitcher Johnny Cueto threw a four-hitter in his home de­but to help the Roy­als com­plete a 4-0 shutout of the Detroit Tigers.

Cueto (1-1) did not al­low a run­ner past sec­ond base, struck out eight and walked none. It was his sixth ca­reer shutout and sec­ond this sea­son. Cueto was ac­quired from Cincinnati on July 26 for three pitch­ing prospects. In Chicago, Chris Sale al­lowed two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 in­nings and Avi­sail Gar­cia home­red twice to drive in four runs as the White Sox downed the Los An­ge­les An­gels 8-2.

Tyler Flow­ers added a solo shot to back Sale (10-7), who didn’t al­low more than one baserun­ner in an in­ning un­til Johnny Gi­avotella drove in two runs with a dou­ble in the sev­enth.

An­gels starter Matt Shoe­maker (5-8) had thrown 19 con­sec­u­tive score­less in­nings be­fore Melky Cabr­era’s sac­ri­fice fly put Chicago ahead 1-0 in the first in­ning.

The Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs trounced the Philadelphia Phillies 13-3 af­ter Wel­ing­ton Castillo equaled a ca­reer high with four RBIs, and Yas­many To­mas and A.J. Pol­lock bot hit home runs.

Ari­zona scored three runs in the fifth to break a 2-2 tie, high­lighted by Castillo’s solo shot with two outs. Castillo has eight home runs and 14 RBIs in his last 12 games.

Castillo went deep to cen­ter in the fifth for his 15th home run and a 5-2 lead.

In other games, Gio Gon­za­lez scat­tered seven hits over eight score­less in­nings and Ian Desmond hit two homers as the Washington Na­tion­als kicked off a 10-game trip with an 8-3 win over the Los An­ge­les Dodgers, Chris Davis hit a go-ahead sin­gle and his 30th home run for the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles in a 3-2 vic­tory over the Seat­tle Mariners and Justin Up­ton hit a two-run homer as the San Diego Padres were 2-1 win­ners over the Cincinnati Reds.

AP

Cincinnati Reds right fielder Jay Bruce makes the slid­ing catch on a ball hit by San Diego Padres’ Clint Barmes as sec­ond base­man Bran­don Phillips tries to avoid a col­li­sion in the sev­enth in­ning of a base­ball game in San Diego, Mon­day, Aug. 10.

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