Baltimore Sun



Mariners: The Mariners won their 14th straight game as rookie All-Star Julio Rodríguez hit a two-run double and Ty France homered to beat the Rangers 6-2 on Sunday in Arlington, Texas. The Mariners moved closer to the team record of 15 consecutiv­e wins during their most recent playoff season in 2001, when they went 116-46. The 14-game streak is the longest going into an All-Star break in major league history. Cal Raleigh’s two-run homer put the Mariners ahead for good in the fourth inning as they matched the reigning World Series champion Braves’ June streak for the longest this season. The Mariners won for the 22nd time in 25 games and swept a fourth consecutiv­e series for the first time since 2001.

Yankees, Red Sox: Gerrit Cole brushed back Rafael Devers and struck out 12, Matt Carpenter drove in three more runs and the Yankees pounded the visiting Red Sox 13-2 after Red Sox ace Chris Sale broke the pinkie finger on his pitching hand after he was hit by a 107 mph comebacker off the bat of Aaron Hicks in the first. The Yankees reached double-digit runs for the 16th time — no other team has more than 10 games — and cruised into the All-Star break with an MLB-best record of 64-28. Their 64 wins matched the 2018 Astros for third-most prior to the break since the All-Star Game began in 1933. Cole (9-2) allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings. Aaron Judge finished the first half with a major league-leading 33 HRs, tied with Roger Maris for the franchise record before the break. Judge reached 33 HRs in 89 games while Maris hit 33 in his first 83 in 1961 on his way to breaking Babe Ruth’s single-season record.

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