AROUND THE HORN
Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz pitched six innings of one-run ball and OF Andrew Benintendi had three hits and three RBIs to push the American League Eastleading Red Sox past the A’s 6-2 on Thursday. Pomeranz, who became the fourth AL pitcher to reach 16 victories, improved to 4-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last six starts at Fenway Park. ... LHP David Price, who had been sidelined since July 28 with an inflamed elbow, was activated from the disabled list. The Red Sox plan to use him out of the bullpen.
Cardinals: Rookie RHP Luke Weaver threw six innings of two-hit ball, OF Tommy Pham drove in two runs and stole two bases, and the Cardinals beat the Reds 5-2. Weaver struck out six and didn’t issue a walk as the Cardinals won for the ninth time in 12 games.
Diamondbacks: OF A.J. Pollock had four RBIs for the second straight day, OF J.D. Martinez homered for the 10th time in 11 games and the Diamondbacks extended their National League wild-card lead over the Rockies to five games with a 7-0 victory. RHP Zack Godley struck out seven and allowed five hits over eight innings.
White Sox: OF Avisail Garcia went 5-for-5 with a career-high seven RBIs, 2B Yoan Moncada had four hits and scored five times, and the White Sox pounded out 25 hits while routing the Tigers 17-7. The hit total was the Sox’s highest since 1981 and six off the major-league record for a nine-inning game that’s shared by the 1992 Brewers and 1901 New York Giants.
Astros: RHP Mike Fiers was suspended five games and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a fastball over the head of Angels INF Luis Valbuena on Wednesday in an act of retaliation. Fiers, who is not appealing the penalty, threw a pitch at least 2 feet over Valbuena’s head during the latter’s second at-bat. Valbuena had homered the first time up to cap a five-run first inning and celebrated the blast with a big bat flip.