GOLD­SCHMIDT’S THIRD HOMER OF GAME LIFTS D-BACKS OVER CUBS

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Paul Gold­schmidt snapped a tie in the ninth in­ning with his third long homer of the game, and the Di­a­mond­backs pulled out a rain-de­layed 10-8 vic­tory over the Cubs on Thurs­day.

Gold­schmidt hit a 3-2 pitch from Wade Davis (2-1) deep into the right-cen­ter bleach­ers with one out. J.D. Martinez fol­lowed Davis with an­other solo blast off the Cubs closer.

Gold­schmidt’s first ca­reer three-homer game gave him 25 for the sea­son, and his six RBIs matched a ca­reer high.

Bran­don Drury also home­red for Ari­zona, which re­mained per­cent­age points ahead of Colorado for the top Na­tional League wild card.

Will­son Con­tr­eras smacked two home runs and had a ca­reer-high six RBIs for Chicago, which lost con­sec­u­tive games for the first time since the all-star break. The Cubs’ NL Cen­tral lead over Milwaukee slipped to 1½ games.

THURS­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Corey Klu­ber up­staged Sonny Gray’s de­but for New York by pitch­ing a three-hit­ter and lead­ing the In­di­ans to a 5-1 win over the sloppy Yan­kees. Klu­ber (9-3) struck out 11 and Cleve­land’s ace threw his third com­plete game this sea­son as the de­fend­ing Amer­i­can League cham­pi­ons won the opener of a four-game se­ries with a po­ten­tial play­off op­po­nent, end­ing their los­ing streak at three. For five in­nings, Gray (6-6) was nearly as good as Klu­ber, but New York made three er­rors in the first be­hind the right-han­der, ac­quired at Mon­day’s trade dead­line from Oak­land to help the Yan­kees re­turn to the post­sea­son. … Alex Wood al­lowed one run in six in­nings to avenge his lone loss of the sea­son, Chris Tay­lor had three hits, in­clud­ing a two-run homer, and the Dodgers beat the Braves 7-4. … Keon Brox­ton drove in the go-ahead run and saved a run with a leap­ing catch, Matt Garza made a strong start in his re­turn from the dis­abled list, and the Brew­ers beat the Car­di­nals 2-1. … Chad Kuhl al­lowed four hits in seven ef­fi­cient in­nings, Star­ling Marte went 3-for-4 and scored three times, and the Pi­rates had lit­tle trou­ble with the Reds in a 6-0 vic­tory. … Rafael Dev­ers hit a three-run homer and Rick Por­cello ended a fourgame los­ing streak with his first win since June as the Red Sox beat the White Sox 9-5. Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer and An­drew Ben­in­tendi went 3-for-3, scor­ing twice and driv­ing in a run as the Red Sox won their third straight. … Joey Gallo hit an­other mas­sive homer, a three-run shot in the fourth in­ning that spurred the Rangers on to a 4-1 vic­tory over the Twins. … Bran­don Moss hit two home runs and Lorenzo Cain drove in the goa­head run in the sev­enth in­ning as the Roy­als beat the Mariners 6-4. The Roy­als ral­lied from deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 for their 32nd come­back vic­tory. They snapped a three-game los­ing streak. … Steven Souza Jr. home­red and drove in three runs, Corey Dickerson added three hits and made a daz­zling de­fen­sive play to pre­serve the lead, and the Rays beat the

5-3.

FOOT­NOTES

Tigers place Ful­mer on DL.The

Tigers have placed right-han­der Michael Ful­mer on the 10-day dis­abled list with an el­bow in­jury. Ful­mer, the 2016 AL rookie of the year, had been deal­ing with el­bow dis­com­fort for years be­fore it wors­ened dur­ing his last start.

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