Fiers no-hitter leads Astros over Dodgers 3-0

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Hous­ton’s Mike Fiers pitched the sec­ond no-hitter in the ma­jor leagues in just nine days, lead­ing the Astros to a 3-0 vic­tory over the Los An­ge­les Dodgers on Fri­day in a re­sult that im­pacted the West di­vi­sions in both the Amer­i­can and Na­tional Leagues.

The Astros stretched their lead in the AL West to 3-1/2 games ahead of the Los An­ge­les An­gels, who suf­fered a home de­feat at the hands of Toronto, while the Dodgers’ ad­van­tage atop the NL West was trimmed to 1-1/2 games ahead of a San Fran­cisco team that had an im­pres­sive win at Pittsburgh.

The Pi­rates missed a chance to make up fur­ther ground on NL Cen­tral leader St. Louis, which lost at San Diego.

Hous­ton’s Fiers (6-9) need 134 pitches to com­plete his no-hitter; the fifth in the big leagues this sea­son and hot on the heels of Hisashi Iwakuma’s feat for Seat­tle ear­lier in the month.

Ac­quired by the Astros at the trade dead­line to help with their play­off push, Fiers has been stel­lar in his three starts for Hous­ton.

Hav­ing never thrown a com­plete game in his five-year ca­reer, Fiers was dom­i­nant Fri­day. He struck out 10 and re­tired the fi­nal 21 bat­ters.

San Fran­cisco pitcher Madi­son Bum­gar­ner home­red, and also struck out six in 6 1-3 in­nings to lift the Giants over Pittsburgh 6-4.

Bum­gar­ner crushed a fast­ball 418-feet over the wall in left field in the sec­ond in­ning; a two-run shot that gave the Giants an early four­run lead and all the cush­ion he would need on the mound.

Bum­gar­ner (15-6) al­lowed two runs and one walk to win his fourth con­sec­u­tive de­ci­sion.

Mar­lon Byrd had three hits, in­clud­ing a two-run home run, in his de­but with San Fran­cisco af­ter be­ing ac­quired in a trade with Cincinnati.

San Diego’s Yangervis So­larte hit a two-run homer dur­ing a wild five-run fifth in­ning that lifted the Padres over St. Louis 9-3.

The Car­di­nals, who still have the best record in the ma­jors at 77-44, com­mit­ted three er­rors in the fifth while pitcher John Lackey (10-8) al­lowed four hits, a walk and a wild pitch in that frame.

Travis Jankowski had two hits, an RBI and scored a run in his big league de­but as the Padres made it six wins from seven games.

Toronto’s David Price struck out nine dur­ing eight in­nings to guide the Blue Jays to a 9-2 win at the An­gels.

Josh Don­ald­son drove in three runs in the opener of a key se­ries be­tween the cur­rent AL wild-card hold­ers, and helped the Blue Jays notch their 17th win in 21 games.

The win moved Toronto within half a game of the AL East-lead­ing New York Yan­kees.

Kansas City’s Johnny Cueto had his worst start for the Roy­als as they lost 7-2 at Bos­ton.

Cueto (2-2) had al­lowed just six runs in four pre­vi­ous starts for the Roy­als, but this time he al­lowed six earned runs be­fore leav­ing af­ter six in­nings. The other run came from a Roy­als er­ror.

Bos­ton’s Henry Owens ( 2- 1) showed why he is re­garded as a top prospect, lim­it­ing Kansas City to four hits in eight in­nings.

Cleve­land’s Car­los Car­rasco struck out 11 to steer the In­di­ans to a 7-3 win against the New York Yan­kees.

Car­rasco (12-9) gave up one run in 6 2-3 in­nings. He has per­mit­ted just six runs over his past five starts.

Car­los San­tana home­red for the In­di­ans, who have more wins than losses in road games this sea­son de­spite a dis­ap­point­ing over­all cam­paign.

Min­nesota’s Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run sin­gle in the eighth in­ning to cap a come­back 4-3 win against Bal­ti­more.

Bal­ti­more was 51-1 when lead­ing af­ter seven in­nings, and Al­l0S­tar re­liever Dar­ren O’Day (5-2) en­tered the game with a 1.15 ERA and a run of 11 straight score­less ap­pear­ances.

How­ever a walk, a pop sin­gle down the right-field line and a hitby-pitch loaded the bases, and all three ad­vanced on a fly ball by Ed­die Rosario. Suzuki fol­lowed with a mist­imed hit over the drawn-up in­field.

Chicago’s Kris Bryant and Miguel Mon­tero had con­sec­u­tive RBI dou­bles in the sixth to help the Cubs beat At­lanta 5-3.

Braves starter Shelby Miller (5-10) dropped a ninth straight de­ci­sion — his ca­reer worst — and his win­less skid reached 17 games.

Texas’ Colby Lewis pitched seven strong in­nings to help the Rangers beat Detroit 2-0.

New York’s Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes hit three home runs, in­clud­ing a grand slam, and had a ca­reer-high seven RBIs to power the Mets to a 14-9 win against Colorado.

Tampa Bay’s Drew Smyly pitched into the sixth in­ning for his first win in more than 11 months as the Rays beat Oak­land 2-1.

Mil­wau­kee’s Domingo San­tana home­red in his Brew­ers de­but and the team took ad­van­tage of sev­eral de­fen­sive mis­cues in a 10-3 vic­tory over strug­gling Washington.

Chicago’s Chris Sale struck out 14 in seven strong in­nings to out­pitch Seat­tle’s Felix Her­nan­dez and lead the White Sox past the Mariners 11-4.

Ari­zona sent Cincinnati to its sev­enth straight de­feat, with Rubby De La Rosa al­low­ing only two runs in seven in­nings to guide the Di­a­mond­backs to vic­tory.

Philadelphia’s Jerad Eick­hoff pitched six score­less in­nings and drove in two runs in an im­pres­sive ma­jor league de­but as the Phillies beat Mi­ami 7-1.

(Right) Seat­tle Mariners sec­ond base­man Robin­son Cano throws to first af­ter forc­ing out Chicago White Sox’s Adam Ea­ton, on a failed dou­ble-play at­tempt dur­ing the fifth in­ning of a base­ball game in Seat­tle, Washington on Fri­day.

AP

(Above) Hous­ton Astros pitcher Mike Fiers em­braces catcher Jason Cas­tro af­ter pitch­ing a no-hitter against the Los An­ge­les Dodgers dur­ing a base­ball game in Hous­ton, Texas on Fri­day, Aug. 21.

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