The Charlotte Observer
Guerrero Jr. hits 40th homer for Jays
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 40th homer, Marcus Semien went deep twice and visiting Toronto beat the Yankees 8-0 for its fifth straight win Monday.
Hyun Jin Ryu (13-8) pitched six effective innings as the Blue Jays won for the eighth time in nine games.
Rays 11, Red Sox 10 (10): Austin Meadows hit a tying, inside-the-park homer in the ninth inning, Nelson Cruz had a goahead single in the 10th and Tampa Bay rallied to beat host Boston.
Dodgers 5, Cardinals 1: Max Scherzer struck out 13 in his hometown and Chris Taylor hit a two-run homer, leading Los Angeles past host St. Louis.
Giants 10, Rockies 5: Thairo Estrada hit two of San Francisco’s four home runs, and Kevin Gausman pitched seven solid innings for the visitors.
Rangers 4, Angels 0: A.J. Alexy allowed one hit over six innings, and Jose Trevino
drove in two runs as visiting Texas blanked Los Angeles.
Phillies 12, Brewers 0: Bryce Harper hit an early home run, Brad Miller connected twice and Jean Segura added a grand slam, leading visiting Philadelphia.
Cubs 4, Reds 3: Frank Schwindel hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning, and the host Cubs earned their season-high seventh straight win.
Nationals 4, Mets 3: Carter Kieboom and Andrew Stevenson hit RBI singles in the ninth inning off Edwin Diaz, and host Washington rallied in the finale of a five-game series.
Twins 5, Indians 2: Jorge Polanco hit a solo homer and doubled three times, leading visiting Minnesota to the victory.
Royals 3, Orioles 2: Andrew Benintendi hit a go-ahead single for visiting Kansas City in the eighth inning, then reached above the leftfield wall to take away a potential tying home run in the ninth.
Pirates 6, Tigers 3: Ke’Bryan Hayes and Yoshi Tsutsugo each hit a tworun single during host Pittsburgh’s four-run seventh inning.
Astros 11, Mariners 2: Rookie Jake Meyers homered and drove in four runs as host Houston jumped on Yusei Kikuchi early and sailed to a win over Seattle.
Braves: Atlanta locked up another key player for next season, announcing a $20 million, one-year deal for pitcher Charlie Morton on Monday.
The contract includes a $20 million club option for 2023 with no buyout.
The 37-year-old righthander has been a stalwart of the rotation for the first-place Braves, going 13-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 28 starts.
Morton leads the team in wins and has provided veteran leadership in a rotation that includes Max Fried and a pair of 23year-olds, Ian Anderson and Huascar Ynoa. Indians: Cleveland manager Terry Francona will undergo surgery on his left big toe on Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic.
The 62-year-old Francona stepped down for the season July 29 and had hip replacement surgery a few days later. He has been doing rehab work at Progressive Field.
Francona had surgery for a staph infection in his toe in February and wore a walking boot while managing this season. The rehab for Tuesday’s surgery is expected to take eight to 10 weeks.