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Lester wins fourth straight as Cubs maul Braves


ATLANTA — Jon Lester earned his fourth straight victory after allowing no earned runs in seven innings as the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 13-2 on Sunday to win their final series at Turner Field.

Lester (8-3) has allowed only one earned run with no walks in three wins this month, lowering his ERA to 1.89. He gave up five hits to the Braves, his high mark of the month, with seven strikeouts.

Chicago outscored Atlanta 21-4 in winning the final two games of the three-game series.

Javier Baez hit a threerun homer off Chris Withrow to cap the Cubs’ six-run eighth inning. Anthony Rizzo drove in three runs with three hits. David Ross had two hits and also drove in two runs, one on a base-loaded walk from Alexi Ogando in Chicago’s three-run seventh.

Jason Heyward, who began his career with the Braves, had three hits, two walks and scored three runs.

The Cubs (43-18) have won 14 of 18 and improved to 39-2 when scoring at least four runs.


Brewers 5, Mets 3 at Milwaukee: Zach Davies tossed six-plus strong innings of three-hit ball as Milwaukee held on for a win over New York, who played without ill manager Terry Collins. The Mets had the potential go-ahead run up with two on and two outs in the eighth, but Ryan Braun made a diving catch of Wilmer Flores’ sinking liner in left to end the inning. New York couldn’t overcome three errors, including throwing miscues during run-scoring innings for the Brewers in second and fifth.

Davies (5-3) struck out seven and retired 17 in a row at one point.

Nationals 5, Phillies 4 at Washington: Jayson Werth hit a two-out, tworun single in the ninth inning, helping Washington rally past Philadelph­ia for a three-game sweep. The Nationals improved to a season-best 15 games over .500. It was the second three-game sweep of Philadelph­ia in two weeks for Washington, which has won 10 of its last 13. The Phillies fell to a seasonhigh five games under .500.

Diamondbac­ks 6, Marlins 0 at Phoenix: Robbie Ray threw seven-plus scoreless innings and Peter O’Brien homered to help Arizona beat Miami. Ray (3-5) held Miami to three hits and a walk over 7 innings and struck out six. Ray faced only two batters over the minimum and did not allow a Miami runner into scoring position.

Rockies 2, Padres 1 at Denver: Tyler Anderson pitched into the seventh inning in his impressive major league debut, Mark Reynolds homered and Colorado topped San Diego, who fell to 0-10 on Sundays and 1-20 in the final game of a series this season.

San Diego starter Christian Friedrich struck out a season-high nine and allowed only two hits and an unearned run against his former team. Anderson allowed one run over 6 ⅓ innings, struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Giants 2, Dodgers 1 at San Francisco: Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer off rookie Julio Urias in the sixth inning to help Jake Peavy earn his 150th career win, and San Francisco edged Los Angeles.

Belt struck out in his first two plate appearance­s against the 19-yearold Urias before homering into the right-center stands on a 1-1 pitch. Joe Panik singled with one out ahead of Belt’s home run.

Joc Pederson homered and Chase Utley had three hits for Los Angeles.

Urias (0-2) matched his major league high with seven strikeouts and allowed four hits over 5⅓ innings, his longest outing of the year.


Blue Jays 10, Orioles 9 at Toronto: Russell Martin hit a three-run homer, Kevin Pillar had a solo shot and Toronto used a five-run first inning to beat Baltimore as the Blue Jays took three of four from the AL East leaders.

Adam Jones hit two of Baltimore’s five home runs, four of which came off Aaron Sanchez (6-1), but the Orioles lost their third straight after winning the previous five.

Rays 5, Astros 0 at St. Petersburg: Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel became the first major league pitcher to lose nine games this season when Matt Moore pitched two-hit ball over seven innings to lead Tampa Bay over Houston. Moore (3-4) gave up singles to Jose Altuve in the fourth and sixth innings while striking out 10 and walking one. Enny Romero got one out and Tyler Sturdevant completed the two-hitter for the Rays, who have won seven of nine.

Tigers 4, Yankees 1 at New York: Detroit rookie Michael Fulmer dominated on Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, winning his fifth straight start while extending his scoreless streak to 28⅓ innings to lead the Tigers over New York. Fulmer (71) blanked the Yankees on two hits for six innings and left with a 2.52 ERA.

Ian Kinsler homered, drove in two runs and scored twice as the Tigers won for the seventh time in nine games.

Royals 3, White Sox 1 at Chicago: Yordano Ventura pitched seven sharp innings for Kansas City in his first start since he brawled with Manny Machado in Baltimore, and the Royals beat Chicago for their second straight win following an eight-game losing streak.

Ventura (5-4) struck out a season-high 10 and walked one in his first win since May 17, making the most of Kansas City’s runscoring singles in the first and second. Salvador Perez added a leadoff homer in the ninth.

Twins 7, Red Sox 4 at Minnesota: Max Kepler’s first major league homer was a three-run shot in the bottom of the 10th inning Sunday that gave Minnesota the victory over Boston.

Indians 8, Angels 3 at Anaheim: Francisco Lindor homered and drove in three runs in the first two innings, and Cleveland pounded another Angels starter in a victory over Los Angeles. Carlos Santana hit two homers and drove in three more runs for the AL Central leaders, who took two of three.

Mike Trout left the game in the eighth inning with a bruised right thumb after getting hit by a pitch from Cleveland reliever Tommy Hunter.

Rangers 6, Mariners 4 at Seattle: Cole Hamels became the seventh active pitcher to reach 2,000 strikeouts and Mitch Moreland homered to lead Texas to a win against Seattle. The AL Westleadin­g Rangers took two out of three games in the series against secondplac­e Seattle to open up a season-high five-game division lead. The Rangers have won seven straight series and 12 of their last 15 games.


Athletics 6, Reds 1 at Cincinnati: Marcus Semien and Jake Smolinski each hit a two-run homer in Oakland’s fourrun second inning, and the Athletics snapped their seven-game losing streak with a victory over Cincinnati.

Kendall Graveman and four relievers combined to throttle the Reds’ offense. Fernando Rodriguez (2-0) allowed one hit over two innings of relief.

 ?? JOHN AMIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS ?? The Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez slides safely into home plate on a sacrifice bunt by Jon Lester during the fourth inning of Chicago’s 13-2 win over the Atlanta Braves Sunday.
JOHN AMIS/ASSOCIATED PRESS The Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez slides safely into home plate on a sacrifice bunt by Jon Lester during the fourth inning of Chicago’s 13-2 win over the Atlanta Braves Sunday.

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