Scherzer takes rare loss, Richards flirts with no-no

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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.

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