Gor­don, Es­co­bar lead Roy­als past Red Sox 5-3

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

BOS­TON — Alex Gor­don’s tworun triple capped a four-run eighth in­ning, and Kansas City ral­lied to beat Bos­ton a day af­ter its sea­son-high, nine-game win­ning streak was snapped.

Al­cides Es­co­bar added a two-run sin­gle in the eighth and drove in three runs for the Roy­als, who lost in ex­tra in­nings on Sat­ur­day af­ter tak­ing the se­ries opener.

Rookie Rafael Dev­ers hit a solo homer for Bos­ton and starter Drew Pomer­anz gave up one run on seven hits in 62/3 in­nings in his 100th ca­reer start.

Ja­son Ham­mel (5-8) al­lowed three runs on seven hits to end a sixs­tart win­less streak. His last vic­tory also came against the Red Sox, at home on June 19.

Kelvin Her­rera got the fi­nal three outs for his 23rd save, get­ting Mookie Betts to fly out with the bases loaded. BLUE JAYS 11, AN­GELS 10 Steve Pearce hit his sec­ond game-end­ing grand slam in just four days Toronto pulled off the big­gest ninth-in­ning come­back in team his­tory, ral­ly­ing for seven

runs to beat Los An­ge­les. Pearce con­nected with one out off Bud Nor­ris (1-4). On Thurs­day, Pearce’s slam with two outs in the 10th in­ning lifted Toronto over Oak­land 8-4. Matt Der­mody (1-0) worked three in­nings for the win. Al­bert Pu­jols hit two home runs for the An­gels, who were bid­ding for their first sweep since May.

WHITE SOX 3, IN­DI­ANS 1 Matt David­son hit a two-run homer in the ninth in­ning, and Chicago ended Cleve­land’s nine-game win­ning streak. Chicago had lost 14 of 15 com­ing into the game, in­clud­ing seven straight at home, and traded fan fa­vorite Melky Cabr­era to Kansas City shortly be­fore the first pitch as part of a ros­ter over­haul. Jose Abreu got the ninth-in­ning rally started with a dou­ble off Bryan Shaw (4-5) to set up Davi­don’s hero­ics, the 21st home run of his rookie sea­son. Tyler Clip­pard (2-6) pitched a score­less ninth to earn the win, the first for the White Sox at Guar­an­teed Rate Field since July 2.

TIGERS 13, ASTROS 1 Justin Ver­lan­der pitched six score­less in­nings in what could be his last start with Detroit. Justin Up­ton matched a ca­reer best with six RBIs for the Tigers, who handed the Astros their first back-to-back losses since June 12-13. Up­ton had four hits, in­clud­ing a sev­enth-in­ning grand slam, and scored twice. In his last start be­fore to­day’s trade dead­line, Ver­lan­der (6-7) gave up five sin­gles and three walks while strik­ing out six. The sub­ject of trade ru­mors since last win­ter, Ver­lan­der re­ceived a long stand­ing ova­tion from the crowd of 31,970 when he walked off the mound af­ter the sixth in­ning. Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3), whose dad pitched for the Tigers in 1990, al­lowed five runs on eight hits in five-plus in­nings.


Lance Lynn threw six strong in­nings and Jose Martinez home­red and drove in three runs as St. Louis beat Ari­zona for its fifth win in seven games. Lynn (9-6), the sub­ject of trade ru­mors the past few days, gave up two runs and four hits. He has al­lowed no more than two earned runs in each of his last six starts. Lynn re­tired the last eight bat­ters he faced in im­prov­ing to 5-0 life­time against Ari­zona. Trevor Rosen­thal struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his sixth save in eight op­por­tu­ni­ties. Martinez hit a two-run drive in the fourth to tie it, then had a sac­ri­fice fly in the sixth that scored Jedd Gy­orko with the go-ahead run. Tai­juan Walker (6-5) al­lowed three runs on four hits over 52/3 in­nings. He struck out 10.

CUBS 4, BREW­ERS 2 Vic­tor Cara­tini hit his first ca­reer home run, a solo shot that broke a tie in the sev­enth and backed John Lackey’s solid six-in­ning start to help Chicago beat Mil­wau­kee. Cara­tini home­red to straight­away cen­ter off a 1-2 fast­ball from Zach Davies (12-5) with one out in the sev­enth for a 3-2 lead, de­light­ing the bevy of Cubs fans who made the trek north from Chicago. The Cubs took two of three games in an im­por­tant se­ries at Miller Park. The Cubs in­creased their lead in the Na­tional League Cen­tral over the sec­ond-place Brew­ers to 2½ games. Lackey (89) struck out seven and al­lowed five hits over six in­nings. PI­RATES 7, PADRES 1 An­drew McCutchen hit three home runs for the third time in his ca­reer to lift Pitts­burgh over San Diego. McCutchen’s big day backed Ger­rit Cole (9-7), who pitched seven in­nings of five-hit ball for the Pi­rates. It was just the sec­ond win in eight games for the Pi­rates, who ended the Padres’ four-game win­ning streak. McCutchen con­nected with two outs in the first off left-han­der Clay­ton Richard (5-12), with the ball clear­ing the fence. He went deep again in the eighth off rookie Jose Tor­res and then home­red off the right-field foul pole with two outs in the ninth. REDS 6, MAR­LINS 4 Rookie Luis Castillo pitched a ca­reer-best eight in­nings, Tucker Barn­hart drove in three runs and Cincin­nati ended a six-game skid. Castillo (2-4) al­lowed one run on three hits, strik­ing out six and walk­ing one. He out­pitched Dan Straily (7-7) — the right-han­ders were traded for each last Jan­uary as part of a four-player deal. The Mar­lins, who got a three­run homer from Mar­cell Ozuna in the ninth off re­liever Raisel Igle­sias, had their four-game win­ning streak snapped.


Freddy Galvis hit a bases-loaded sin­gle to right field in the ninth in­ning to give Philadel­phia its sec­ond straight walk-off win. An­drew Knapp led off the ninth with a dou­ble to left off Rex Brothers (1-2). Man­ager Brian Snitker lifted Brothers for Akeel Mor­ris. Mor­ris walked pinch-hit­ter Ty Kelly to put run­ners on first and sec­ond. Cesar Her­nan­dez was try­ing to ad­vance the run­ners with a sac­ri­fice, but his bunt stayed just in­side the third-base line and Fred­die Free­man’s throw was not in time, load­ing the bases with no outs. Galvis pulled Mor­ris’ sec­ond pitch into right to score Knapp and lift the Phillies to their fourth straight vic­tory and eighth in the last 11. Kelly’s RBI sin­gle in the 11th on Sat­ur­day night gave Philadel­phia a 4-3 win.


James Pax­ton tossed six score­less in­nings, be­com­ing the first Mariners pitcher to win six games in a sin­gle month, and Nel­son Cruz had a three-run homer to pace Seat­tle. Cruz pro­vided Pax­ton with an early cush­ion with a three-run shot in the first in­ning and Leonys Martin, re­called ear­lier in the day from Triple-A, home­red in his first at-bat and saved a pos­si­ble run with a div­ing catch in right field. Pax­ton (11-3) had run­ners aboard in each of his six in­nings. The left­hander scat­tered six hits, strik­ing out eight and walk­ing none, with two hit bat­ters in a 108-pitch out­ing.

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