Pi­rates’ King­ham takes per­fect game into 7th in de­but

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PITTS­BURGH » Nick King­ham car­ried a per­fect game into the sev­enth in­ning in his ma­jor league de­but to lead the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates to their fifth straight win, 5-0 over the St. Louis Car­di­nals on Sun­day.

King­ham, a 26-year-old rookie right-han­der, re­tired 20 straight be­fore Paul De­Jong sin­gled down the left-field line with two outs in the sev­enth. He fin­ished with one hit and nine strike­outs on 98 pitches (72 strikes) af­ter be­ing re­called from Triple-A In­di­anapo­lis ear­lier in the day.

He joined Johnny Cueto as the only pitch­ers in the last 100 years with one hit al­lowed, at least nine strike­outs and zero walks in a de­but. RED SOX 4, RAYS 3 » Sandy Leon hit a go-ahead RBI sin­gle with two outs in the eighth in­ning against Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome (2-3), help­ing the Red Sox snap the Rays’ eightgame winning streak.

J.D. Martinez had four sin­gles and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, but mis­played a fly ball into a dou­ble that put run­ners on sec­ond and third in the eighth be­fore Craig Kim­brel (1-1) struck out Brad Miller to end the in­ning.

De­nard Span hit a tworun homer and made a leap­ing catch in front of the Green Mon­ster for the Rays, who had their third­longest winning streak in team his­tory halted. Tampa Bay won nine straight in 2014 and 12 in ‘04. CUBS 2, BREW­ERS 0 » Tyler Chat­wood pitched seven sparkling in­nings and helped him­self with an RBI sin­gle, lead­ing the Cubs to a sweep of the four-game se­ries between NL Cen­tral ri­vals.

Chat­wood (2-3) al­lowed two hits, struck out four and walked three in his sec­ond straight win. Carl Ed­wards Jr. worked the eighth and Bran­don Mor­row got three outs for his sev­enth save in seven chances, fin­ish­ing Chicago’s sec­ond straight shutout and its fifth just this month against Mil­wau­kee. ORI­OLES 5, TIGERS 3 » Sub­sti­tute starter Pe­dro Al­varez hit two home runs, Trey Mancini had a solo shot and the Ori­oles beat the Detroit Tigers for their first home se­ries win of the sea­son.

Kevin Gaus­man (2-2) al­lowed one run and five hits over 5 2/3 in­nings for the Ori­oles, who took two of three from Detroit fol­low­ing a five-game skid.

Mancini hit his first ca­reer lead­off homer on the third pitch from Daniel Nor­ris (0-2) and Al­varez con­nected with a man on in the sec­ond in­ning for a 3-0 lead. BLUE JAYS 7, RANGERS 2 » Kevin Pil­lar home­red for the third time in two games, J.A. Happ (4-1) pitched seven in­nings to win his fourth straight de­ci­sion and the Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers to avoid a three-game sweep.

Teoscar Her­nan­dez and Yangervis So­larte added solo homers off Martin Perez (2-3) as the Blue Jays snapped a four-game home los­ing streak and won for the third time in their past 10. MARINERS 10, IN­DI­ANS 4 » Ryon Healy hit two home runs and had four RBIs, Robin­son Cano and Mitch Haniger also home­red, and the Seat­tle Mariners de­feated the In­di­ans.

Healy had an RBI dou­ble in the sec­ond in­ning, hit a solo homer in the sixth and added a two-run shot in the eighth. Cano hit a tworun homer dur­ing Seat­tle’s five-run sec­ond. Haniger’s solo shot in the ninth was his 10th, tied for the ma­jor league lead. MAR­LINS 3, ROCK­IES 0 » Caleb Smith al­lowed two hits in seven in­nings for his first ca­reer vic­tory, and the Mar­lins took the rub­ber game of their low-scor­ing se­ries against Colorado.

Smith (1-3), who en­tered the game with an ERA of 5.82, struck out nine and walked one in the long­est out­ing of his ca­reer. The break­through vic­tory came in his 15th ca­reer ap­pear­ance, in­clud­ing eight starts. Drew Steck­en­rider struck out the side in the eighth, and Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth for his third save.

Chad Bet­tis (3-1) went seven in­nings and al­lowed two runs, in­clud­ing Miguel Ro­jas’ solo homer. NA­TION­ALS 3, DI­A­MOND­BACKS 1 » Gio Gon­za­lez struck out eight over seven strong in­nings, Matt Wi­eters and Michael A. Taylor home­red and the Na­tion­als beat the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs.

The Di­a­mond­backs lost starter Rob­bie Ray to a strained oblique mus­cle in the sec­ond in­ning. He was re­placed by T.J. McFar­land, who sur­ren­dered a home run to Wi­eters to give the Na­tion­als a 1-0 lead. McFar­land (1-1) then loaded the bases and bob­bled a grounder to al­low an­other run to score. Taylor home­red off McFar­land with one out in the third.

Ari­zona didn’t score off Gon­za­lez (3-2) un­til the sev­enth in­ning, when it put the first two men on base and pushed a run across on Daniel Descalso’s one­out sac­ri­fice fly. Sean Doolit­tle pitched the ninth for his fifth save. ASTROS 8, ATH­LET­ICS 4 » Gerrit Cole struck out 12 while work­ing into the sev­enth in­ning, Ge­orge Springer and Jose Al­tuve each drove in two runs and the Astros beat the Oak­land Ath­let­ics.

Af­ter Cole al­lowed the ty­ing run on his 99th and fi­nal pitch, the Astros took ad­van­tage of two er­rors in the bot­tom of the sev­enth — among Oak­land’s four on the af­ter­noon — to pull away. Cole gave up three runs and six hits and walked none in 6 2/3 in­nings. Will Har­ris (1-1) recorded the fi­nal out in the sev­enth to pick up the win.

Hous­ton scored the goa­head run when Brian McCann hit a popup to shal­low right field that bounced off short­stop Mar­cus Semien’s glove, al­low­ing Alex Breg­man to score. REDS 8, TWINS 2 » Tyler Mahle pitched into the sev­enth in­ning in an­other im­pres­sive start, Jose Per­aza had three hits and Adam Du­vall home­red, lead­ing the Cincin­nati Reds past the Twins.

Mahle (2-3) cruised through the Twins’ lineup in his sec­ond straight solid out­ing. Af­ter strik­ing out 11 against At­lanta in his most re­cent start, Mahle gave up one run in 6 1/3 in­nings, al­low­ing four hits and two walks while strik­ing out seven.

Twins starter Jose Ber­rios (2-3) strug­gled with his com­mand and the Reds made him pay. The 23-yearold right-han­der walked three and al­lowed five hits in three in­nings, his short­est start of the sea­son. He also didn’t strike out a bat­ter for the first time in 15 starts. ROY­ALS 5, WHITE SOX 4 » Ch­es­lor Cuth­bert home­red twice and drove in four runs as the Roy­als won con­sec­u­tive games for the first time this sea­son.

Whit Mer­ri­field sin­gled home Al­cides Es­co­bar, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the eighth in­ning, with the go-ahead run off Bruce Rondon (1-1). Es­co­bar left in the ninth with a left hand con­tu­sion.

Cuth­bert, who had not home­red since Au­gust 20 — a span on 109 at-bats — drove Hec­tor San­ti­ago’s pitch into the White Sox bullpen in the fourth. He home­red in the fifth with Sal­vador Perez and Jorge Soler aboard off Chris Vol­stad.

Bran­don McCarthy (20) picked up the vic­tory, while Blaine Boyer logged his fifth ca­reer save — and his first since May 29, 2016, while with Mil­wau­kee. METS 14, PADRES 2 » Adrian Gon­za­lez home­red, dou­bled and drove in five runs against his for­mer team, and Zack Wheeler struck out nine in five in­nings for the New York Mets.

The 14 runs and 19 hits were sea­son highs for the Mets, who took two of three in San Diego. The Mets bat­ted around in both the sev­enth and eighth in­nings, scor­ing five runs each time. Todd Fra­zier hit a two-run homer and Jose Reyes hit a solo shot.

The 35-year-old Gon­za­lez played for his home­town Padres from 2006 un­til be­ing traded to Bos­ton on Dec. 6, 2010.

Wheeler (2-1) al­lowed two runs and six hits in five in­nings and walked two. Bryan Mitchell (03) al­lowed four runs and five hits in 4 2/3 in­nings. GIANTS 4, DODGERS 2 » Evan Lon­go­ria hit a three-run homer in the first in­ning and Ty Blach made the early lead stand up, pitch­ing the Giants past the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Blach (2-3) pitched into the sev­enth in­ning and al­lowed two runs. Hunter Strick­land pitched the ninth for his sev­enth save. Buster Posey dou­bled and scored twice and Bran­don Belt added an RBI dou­ble as the Giants took three of four in the se­ries.

Kenta Maeda (2-2) took the loss for Los Angeles, which put right fielder Yasiel Puig on the dis­abled list be­fore the game with a left hip pointer and bruised foot. He was hurt a day ear­lier when he ran into a padded wall track­ing down a foul ball — he also fouled a ball off his foot.

GENE J. PUSKAR — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Pi­rates rookie Nick King­ham de­liv­ers a pitch in the third in­ning of his first ma­jor league start Sun­day against the Louis Car­di­nals in Pitts­burgh. St.

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