WHITE SOX SNAP SKID WITH WIN OVER CUBS
CHICAGO» Adam Engel and Matt Davidson homered, and the White Sox snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the crosstown rival Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday.
The Cubs lost for just the second time in 10 games following the all-star break to fall a half-game behind idle first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.
Engel lined his third homer of the season off reliever Justin Grimm (1-1) into the wind and several rows into the leftcenter bleachers to snap a 1-1 tie in the sixth. Davidson led off the eighth with his 19th homer, which sailed over the leftfield stands and onto Waveland Avenue.
Miguel Gonzalez (5-9) allowed one run and seven hits in 7L innings to end a four-game losing streak and win for just the second time in 11 decisions.
Jose Abreu had two hits and doubled in a run for the White Sox, who ended their longest slide in the past four years.
Giancarlo Stanton hit two more home runs and moved into a tie for the major league lead, sending Adam Conley and the Marlins over the Rangers 4-0. Stanton has 32 homers, including six in his last seven games, and matched Yankees rookie Aaron Judge for most in the majors. Stanton hit a two-run drive in the first inning and a solo shot in the eighth. Texas star Adrian Beltre went 4-for-4, giving him 2,993 career hits. He moved closer to becoming the first Dominicanborn player to reach 3,000 and 31st overall. … Josh Tomlin pitched six efficient innings, Carlos Santana homered twice and the Indians won their fourth straight, 6-2 over the Reds in the makeup of a May 25 rainout. Tomlin (7-9) gave up two homers but stayed in the strike zone and won his third straight start. The Indians moved over .500 (25-24) at Progressive Field for the first time since winning their home opener on April 11. … Kevin Gausman pitched six strong innings, Adam Jones homered and the Orioles sent the Rays to their season-worst fifth straight loss, 5-0. Gausman (7-7) gave up five hits and struck out eight. Darren O’Day, Brad Brach and Richard Bleier completed a six-hitter. Blake Snell (0-6) went a career-high seven-plus innings. The lefty, who entered with 19 of 30 career starts lasting five or fewer innings, allowed three runs and six hits. … Francisco Liriano won for the first time in three starts, Russell Martin homered and the Blue Jays beat the Athletics 4-2. Martin had two hits and Ezequiel Carrera reached base three times as the last-place Blue Jays won the opener of a sevengame homestand. Oakland had just two hits against Liriano and three Toronto relievers, losing for the third time in four games. After pitching a combined 3M innings in his previous two starts, Liriano (6-5) started on three days rest, moving up to take the turn of injured righty Aaron Sanchez (blister). Liriano allowed two runs and two hits in five innings. … Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive homers in the 12th inning, and the Royals won their sixth straight game, 5-3 over the Tigers. Hours after the Royals helped their pitching staff by acquiring Trevor Cahill and two relievers in a trade with San Diego, Kansas City outlasted the Tigers. Jorge Bonifacio also homered for the Royals, who won despite squandering a 3-0 lead in the sixth. Jakob Junis (3-2), one of seven relievers used by Kansas City, pitched a hitless 11th for the win. Kelvin Herrera finished for his 20th save in 23 chances.