Major League Baseball roundup, July 10
NEW YORK >> Daniel Murphy kept answering the Citi Field boos with booms, hitting his seventh home run this year against the team that let him go last winter and leading the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 3-2 Sunday.
Murphy tops the majors with a .348 batting average at the All-Star break, boosted by the damage he has done to the Mets. He homered three times and drove in 10 runs as the NL East leaders took three of four in this series, opening a six-game edge over New York.
Murphy lined a two-run drive off the facing off the upper deck in the first inning. Overall, he is 22 for 52 (.423) with 21 RBIs vs. his old club.
Jose Reyes hit two home runs for the Mets, including a leadoff shot in the first inning. Steven Matz (7-5) fell to 0-4 in his last eight starts.
Gio Gonzalez (5-8) pitched into the sixth as the Nationals beat the Mets for the ninth time in 13 matchups this year.
CUBS 6, PIRATES 5
PITTSBURGH >> Kris Bryant hit an RBI single in the eighth inning, sending the Cubs to a sorely needed victory.
Pinch hitter Matt Szczur doubled to left field with one out against Tony Watson (1-3). Bryant, who had three hits and reached four times, followed with his tiebreaking hit.
NL Central-leading Chicago stopped a five-game losing streak. Pittsburgh lost for just the second time in 11 games heading to the All-Star break.
Pedro Strop (2-2) got the win and Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 14th save.
YANKEES 11, INDIANS 7
CLEVELAND >> Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer, and the Yankees overcame a shaky outing by Masahiro Tanaka.
New York scored four runs in the second and six in the fifth, moving to .500 (44-44) going into the All-Star break. The Yankees won three of four from the AL Central-leading Indians.
Tanaka took an 11-1 lead into the fifth, but was charged with seven runs (three earned) and fell one out short of qualifying for his seventh win. Nathan Eovaldi (7-6), demoted to the bullpen last week, allowed one hit over the final 4 1/3 innings for his first career win in relief.
Carlos Carrasco (5-3) allowed five runs — one earned — in 3 2/3 innings. Cleveland, which is 3-6 since a franchise-record, 14-game winning streak, committed three errors, leading to eight unearned runs.
RED SOX 4, RAYS 0
BOSTON >> David Price pitched eight innings in his best start with the Red Sox, and David Ortiz hit a two-run homer.
The victory completed a three-game sweep for the Red Sox and handed Tampa Bay its 22nd loss in 25 games.
Price (9-6) struck out 10, allowed four hits, walked one and hit two batters in snapping a personal two-game losing streak. Brad Ziegler, acquired from Arizona after Friday night's games, finished the four-hitter in his Red Sox debut.
Jake Odorizzi (3-5) got the loss, allowing four runs in five innings.
BLUE JAYS 6, TIGERS 1
TORONTO >> All-Star Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer for Toronto, and R.A. Dickey won back-to-back starts for the first time in a month.
Donaldson is the sixth player in American League history to hit at least 20 home runs and score 80 runs or more before the All-Star break.
Dickey (7-9) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to win consecutive starts for the first time since victories at Boston on June 3 and at Detroit on June 8.
Anibal Sanchez (5-10) lost his second straight start, allowing five runs and eight hits in four innings.
DODGERS 3, PADRES 1
LOS ANGELES >> Kenta Maeda struck out a career-high 13 in seven innings, leading the Dodgers to the win.
Maeda (8-6) allowed a run on Derek Norris' homer in the fifth and two hits. He retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced and struck out six straight near the end of his outing.
Adrian Gonzalez homered for Los Angeles, and Howie Kendrick had three hits. Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 27th save.
Christian Friedrich (4-5) lost for the fourth time in five starts, giving up three runs and seven hits over five innings. The Padres fell to 18-18 since June 1.
MARINERS 8, ROYALS 5
KANSAS CITY, MO. >> Robinson Cano and Adam Lind homered during Seattle's five-run seventh inning.
Cano's two-run shot to deep right field for his 21st homer extended the Mariners' lead to 5-0. Lind hit a three-run shot a few batters later.
The Royals scored five runs over the final three innings, pulling within three on Alex Gordon's homer leading off the ninth.
Seattle's Mike Montgomery (3-3) pitched 6 1/3 strong innings, giving up one run and five hits, in his first start of the season.
Dillion Gee (3-3) picked up the loss for the Royals, giving up three runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.
ORIOLES 4, ANGELS 2
BALTIMORE >> Chris Tillman pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy homered and the Orioles beat Tim Lincecum and the Angels.
Adam Jones and Pedro Alvarez had three hits apiece for the Orioles, who improved to 33-14 at home and reached the All-Star break in first place in the AL East with a 51-36 record.
Tillman (12-2) issued a season-high five walks and struck out five. Zach Britton got three outs for his 27th save in 27 opportunities.
Lincecum (1-3) gave up three runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
TWINS 15, RANGERS 5
ARLINGTON, TEXAS >> Max Kepler hit Minnesota's first grand slam this season, one of four homers for the Twins.
Minnesota won three of four at Texas after taking the last two games of its home series against the Rangers the previous weekend.
Kepler's slam came with two outs in the fifth off A.J. Griffin (3-1), putting the Twins up 6-0.
Kennys Vargas, Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier also connected for the Twins, who have won seven of their last nine games but still have the American League's worst record at 32-56.
Minnesota's Tommy Milone (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits in five-plus innings.
Despite losing nine of their last 12 games, the Rangers still have the AL's best record at 54-36.
CARDINALS 5, BREWERS 1
MILWAUKEE >> St. Louis right-hander Mike Leake struck out a season-high 10 over seven innings, and Matt Adams and Randal Grichuk homered.
Aledmys Diaz scored from first on a single in the fifth to snap a tie, and the Cardinals entered the All-Star break having cut a 12-game deficit to the NL Central-leading Cubs to seven.
Adams snapped an 0-for-27 skid with a leadoff drive in the second. That ended a 16 1/3-inning scoreless streak for rookie Junior Guerra (6-2).
Leake (6-7) allowed six hits in his first win since June 12.
BRAVES 2, WHITE SOX 0
CHICAGO >> Mike Foltynewicz struck out a career-high 10 in seven innings, leading Atlanta to the victory.
Foltynewicz (3-3), who grew up in the far southwest suburbs of Chicago, allowed five hits and walked none. He struck out the side in the seventh on 12 pitches.
Jeff Francoeur and Jace Peterson homered for Atlanta, which finished with six hits. Jim Johnson worked the ninth for his second save.
White Sox starter James Shields (4-10) allowed six hits, including both homers, in 7 2/3 innings. Jose Abreu had three of Chicago's six hits.
ASTROS 2, ATHLETICS 1, 10 INNINGS
HOUSTON >> Jake Marisnick scored the winning run on an errant throw in the 10th inning, helping the Astros rally for the win.
Marisnick led off the 10th with a single off Liam Hendricks (0-2). He stole second on George Springer's strikeout before reaching third on a groundout by Marwin Gonzalez.
After Jose Altuve was intentionally walked, Marisnick scored on Carlos Correa's chopper to third that Danny Valencia threw up the line to first as Yonder Alonso's attempted tag missed Correa. It was the A's fourth error of the game.
Will Harris (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.
MARLINS 7, REDS 3
MIAMI >> Giancarlo Stanton's 20th homer helped the Marlins complete their first series sweep of Cincinnati since 2003.
Stanton, who will compete Monday in the All-Star Home Run Derby, was batting .193 on June 15, but he goes into the break with an average of .233 and 50 RBIs. His two-run homer in the fifth gave Miami a 4-3 lead.
Thanks to three consecutive wins over last-place Cincinnati, the Marlins (47-41) have their best record at the All-Star break since 1997. The Reds were swept in Miami for the first time since 1996.
Miami's Mike Dunn (1-1) pitched a perfect fifth to break the franchise record for career pitching appearances with his 369th.
Cincinnati rookie Cody Reed (0-4) allowed three earned runs in 4 2/3 innings to remain winless in five career starts.
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