Scherzer takes rare loss, Richards flirts with no-no
WASHINGTON (AP) — Brandon Crawford went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer, and the San Francisco Giants dealt Max Scherzer his first loss in more than two months, defeating the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Sunday.
After Pablo Sandoval walked leading off the fourth, Crawford homered into the second deck in right for his eighth of the season. He singled in the first and doubled in the sixth and eighth innings. Since May 1, Crawford is hitting an MLB-best .439 (58for-132) and has raised his average to .338.
METS 2, YANKEES 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Seth Lugo (2-1) pitched six dominant innings in a stellar spot start, Todd Frazier hit a tworun homer off Luis Severino (9-2), and the New York Mets snapped an eight-game skid.
Frazier went deep for the second consecutive night to help the Mets prevent a Subway Series sweep at Citi Field. They ended a 10-game home losing streak and avoided an 0-9 homestand that would have matched the worst in team history.
PADRES 3, MARLINS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Clayton Richard became the latest pitcher to flirt with the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres’ history, losing his bid with two outs in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins.
The Padres are the only team in the majors that has never thrown a no-hitter. They have played 7,881 games since starting out in 1969. Last month, Jordan Lyles was perfect for 7 1/3 innings until Colorado’s Trevor Story singled. In April, Tyson Ross didn’t give up a hit until Arizona’s Christian Walker doubled on a ball misplayed by center fielder Franchy Cordero.
INDIANS 9, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Corey Kluber continued his dominance of the American League Central, allowing two runs in eight innings as the Cleveland Indians topped the Tigers.
Kluber (10-2) is 5-0 with a 0.76 ERA in five starts against division rivals this season and has won his last 11 decisions against teams from the AL Central. He allowed five hits and struck out eight without walking a batter.
MARINERS 5, RAYS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Right fielder Mitch Haniger threw out Johnny Field at the plate to end the game, and the Seattle Mariners held off the Tampa Bay Rays for their 17th win in 22 games. Field tried to score from first on a two-out, bloop single by Carlos Gomez.
James Paxton struck out 10 and Kyle Seager hit a goahead home run for Seattle. Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino also homered for the Mariners, who took three of four from Tampa Bay.
ASTROS 8, RANGERS 7
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — George Springer scored the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning on a balk after homering on the first pitch, and the Houston Astros swept their Texas rivals in a four-game series for the first time, beating the Rangers despite blowing a six-run lead.
Texas closer Keone Kela had already thrown a pitch to Evan Gattis with two outs when Astros manager A.J. Hinch came out of the dugout apparently to question whether Kela had balked. After a brief conversation among the four umpires, Springer was awarded home. Replay showed Kela (3-3) not pausing in his delivery, and Rangers manager Jeff Banister was ejected while arguing the decision.
DODGERS 7, BRAVES 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Muncy homered in his third straight game, Logan Forsythe and Enrique Hernandez also connected, and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves.
Muncy has 12 home runs, matching the total he hit last year while spending the whole season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. He hit a solo drive in the fifth inning to extend the Dodgers’ lead to 4-2, and drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth. The Dodgers took the series from Atlanta and have won seven of their last nine games. The NL champions moved to 33-32 — they have not been more than one game over .500 this season.
WHITE SOX 5, RED SOX 2
BOSTON (AP) — Reynaldo Lopez pitched into the seventh inning, Daniel Palka had a two-run double and the Chicago White Sox beat the Red Sox.
BLUE JAYS 13, ORIOLES 3
TORONTO (AP) — Curtis Granderson had four hits and a career-high six RBIs, Marco Estrada pitched six innings to snap an eight-start winless streak and the Blue Jays routed the struggling Baltimore Ori- oles to complete a four-game sweep.
REDS 6, CARDINALS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Center fielder Billy Hamilton made a bunch of key defensive plays and the Reds ended their 13-game losing streak to St. Louis, beating the Cardinals. Hamilton threw out two runners, then made outstanding catches against the wall in the eighth and ninth innings. He also tripled and scored twice.
PHILLIES 4, BREWERS 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zach Eflin tied his career high with nine strikeouts over six innings and the Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak by holding off the Milwaukee Brewers.
TWINS 7, ANGELS 5
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Cave had a career-high three hits, including a home run, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Los Angeles Angels.
Eduardo Escobar doubled twice to take over the major league lead with 26 and the Minnesota bullpen threw 3 2/3 shutout innings before a tworun single by Albert Pujols in the ninth. Los Angeles had the go-ahead run at the plate against closer Fernando Rodney, but Zack Cozart popped out.
PIRATES 7, CUBS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Josh Harrison led off the game with a home run and Gregory Polanco hit a bases-loaded triple, leading Ivan Nova and the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Cubs.
Pittsburgh, which had managed a total of three runs in its previous four road games, ended its losing streak at three.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, ROCKIES 3
DENVER ( AP) — Paul Goldschmidt doubled and tripled and had two RBIs to finish off a dominating series and the Arizona Diamondbacks earned a victory over the Colorado Rockies.