AR­RI­ETA HELPS CUBS STAY HOT WITH 8-3 WIN OVER WHITE SOX

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CHICAGO» Jake Ar­ri­eta pitched two-hit ball into the sev­enth in­ning, and the Cubs beat the White Sox 8-3 on Wed­nes­day night to move into first in the NL Cen­tral.

Af­ter a dis­ap­point­ing start to the sea­son, the Cubs (53-47) are roar­ing again. The reign­ing World Se­ries cham­pi­ons moved a sea­son-high six games over .500 and a half-game ahead of Milwaukee af­ter trail­ing the Brew­ers by 5½ games just two weeks ago.

An­thony Rizzo had three hits and four RBIs, help­ing the Cubs im­prove to 10-2 since the All-Star break. Ad­di­son Rus­sell hit a solo homer in the ninth, and Kyle Sch­war­ber, Ben Zo­brist and Jon Jay each drove in a run.

Af­ter fin­ish­ing their se­ries against the last-place White Sox on Thurs­day night, the Cubs visit Milwaukee for a three­game set this week­end.

Top prospect Yoan Mon­cada hit his first ca­reer homer and Alen Han­son also went deep, but the White Sox lost for the 11th time in 12 games. Third base­man Yolmer Sanchez com­mit­ted a costly er­ror and James Shields (2-3) lasted just four-plus in­nings.

WED­NES­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Ryan Zim­mer­man and Adam Lind each had two-run dou­bles in a seven-run eighth in­ning to help the Na­tion­als rally past the Brew­ers 8-5. … J.D. Martinez home­red twice and Ke­tel Marte hit an inside-the-park two-run homer in the Di­a­mond­backs’ 10-3 vic­tory over the Braves. … Brandon Belt dou­bled in the go-ahead run in the bot­tom of the sev­enth in­ning in sup­port of starter Jeff Sa­mardz­ija, who threw seven strong in­nings in the Giants’ 2-1 vic­tory over the Pi­rates. … Luis Sev­erino dom­i­nated over seven in­nings, Didi Gre­go­rius and Todd Frazier home­red, and the Yan­kees beat the Reds 9-5 to sweep the two-game se­ries. … Chris Sale pitched seven in­nings of three-hit ball, top prospect Rafael Dev­ers be­came the youngest Bos­ton player to hit a home run in more than 50 years, and the Red Sox beat the Mariners 4-0 to sal­vage the fi­nal game of the se­ries. … Evan Lon­go­ria and Steven Souza Jr. home­red and Alex Cobb pitched seven strong in­nings for the Rays in a 5-1 win over the Ori­oles. … Justin Smoak hit a game-ty­ing two-run homer in the ninth in­ning and Kendrys Mo­rales fol­lowed with a gamewin­ning blast as the Blue Jays ral­lied to beat the Ath­let­ics 3-2. … Cameron Rupp hit two home runs and had four RBIs and Aaron Nola set a ca­reer high with 10 strike­outs over six in­nings to lead the Phillies to a 9-0 vic­tory over the Astros. … Rookie Bradley Zim­mer home­red and drove in the go-ahead run with a sev­enth-in­ning dou­ble and the In­di­ans matched a sea­son high with their sixth straight win, 10-4 over the An­gels. … Eric Hos­mer matched his ca­reer high with five hits, in­clud­ing his first ma­jor-league grand slam, and the Roy­als ex­tended their win­ning streak to a sea­son-high eight games with a 16-2 rout of the Tigers .… Mar­lins lead­off hit­ter Dee Gor­don home­red on the first pitch thrown by Yu Darvish, and things got no bet­ter for the Rangers as Miami set a fran­chise record for runs in a 22-10 vic­tory.

FOOT­NOTES

Brew­ers trade for reliever Swarzak. The Brew­ers ac­quired reliever An­thony Swarzak in a trade with the White Sox. … The Cubs cut left-han­der Brett An­der­son. The As­so­ci­ated Press

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