JAY, HAPP HELP CUBS RALLY 7-3 OVER RAYS

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CHICAGO» Jon Jay con­nected for his third ca­reer pinch-hit homer and Ian Happ hit a tiebreak­ing two-run sin­gle an in­ning later, help­ing the Cubs rally for a 7-3 vic­tory over the Rays on Wed­nes­day.

The Cubs ap­peared to be headed for their sixth loss in eight games be­fore Jay drove a 1-2 pitch from Erasmo Ramirez (4-3) over the wall in left-cen­ter for a ty­ing three-run shot with two out in the sixth in­ning. Jay then popped out of the dugout for a cur­tain call, oblig­ing the crowd of 39,855 on a pic­turesque day at Wrigley Field.

Happ got his big hit in the sev­enth, driv­ing in Kris Bryant and An­thony Rizzo with a bouncer up the mid­dle against Tampa Bay’s drawn-in in­field. Happ had two hits and is bat­ting .357 (10-for-28) in his last seven games.

Tampa Bay (44-42) wasted a chance for a two-game sweep in its re­union with Joe Mad­don, who man­aged the Rays for nine years be­fore leav­ing af­ter the 2014 sea­son and tak­ing over the Cubs.

Mallex Smith went 4-for-4 and scored three times for the Rays, who had won three of four. Blake Snell pitched five score­less in­nings in his best out­ing of the year, work­ing around four hits and four walks.

Smith dou­bled and scored on Evan Lon­go­ria’s sac­ri­fice fly in the sixth, giv­ing Tampa Bay a 3-0 lead against John Lackey. But that was it for the Rays.

WED­NES­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Ge­orge Springer drove in the go-ahead run in the sev­enth in­ning, Josh Red­dick and Mar­win Gon­za­lez each had three RBIs and the streak­ing Astros beat the Braves 10-4. … Gian­carlo Stan­ton home­red twice, record­ing his 22nd ca­reer mul­ti­homer game, and Mar­cell Ozuna and Justin Bour also hit home runs as the Mar­lins beat the Car­di­nals 9-6. … Matt Garza pitched into the sev­enth in­ning and Keon Brox­ton hit a two-run homer to lift the Brew­ers to a three-game sweep of the Ori­oles with a 4-0 vic­tory. … Dellin Be­tances forced in the go-ahead run with four walks in the eighth in­ning, and the Blue Jays beat the Yan­kees 7-6 af­ter wast­ing a five-run lead. Justin Smoak and Kendrys Mo­rales hit back-to-back home runs in the third in­ning off Michael Pineda, who also al­lowed Kevin Pil­lar’s lead­off homer in the fourth. Aaron Judge also tied Joe DiMag­gios Yan­kees record for home runs by a rookie — be­fore the all­star break. … Sonny Gray pitched six mostly sharp in­nings to beat Chicago for the sec­ond time in two weeks and the Ath­let­ics de­feated the White Sox 7-4. Jed Lowrie added three hits and two RBIs, Bruce Maxwell dou­bled in two runs and Jay­cob Brug­man home­red to help the A’s to their sec­ond straight home win fol­low­ing eight con­sec­u­tive losses at the Coli­seum. … Ger­rit Cole pitched six strong in­nings and hit a tiebreak­ing two-run sin­gle to lead the Pi­rates to a 5-2 vic­tory over the Phillies .… Ty Blach took a shutout into the sev­enth in­ning, and the Gi­ants held off a late Detroit rally in beat­ing the Tigers 5-4. The Gi­ants led 5-0 be­fore Detroit scored four times in the sev­enth. … Cory Span­gen­berg hit a two-run homer, Luis Per­domo won his third straight start and the Padres got an­other rare road win, beat­ing Cleve­land 6-2 as the In­di­ans were again with­out man­ager Terry Fran­cona. … Parker Brid­well pitched six score­less in­nings, Kole Cal­houn hit his 12th home run of the sea­son and the An­gels avoided a road sweep with a 2-1 vic­tory over the

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