CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter for his first shutout this season and new arrival Leonys Martin homered again as the Cleveland Indians beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 Saturday night.
After the game, there was a report that Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is expected to step down at the end of this season. The report by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic cited unidentified major league sources.
The 59-year-old Scioscia is the longest-tenured manager in the majors and has guided the Angels since 2000. They are 55-57 this year.
Kluber (14-6) matched zeros for five innings with Felix Pena (1-3), who carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Martin led off with a homer. Martin has two homers in three games since coming to Cleveland in a trade with Detroit.
The Angels were again without All-Star outfielder Mike Trout, who missed his third straight game with a sore right wrist.
Houston’s Lance McCullers Jr. left after 60 pitches because of right elbow discomfort. He allowed two hits over four innings in his first start at Dodger Stadium since Game 7 of last year’s World Series, won by the Astros.
The Dodgers were limited to three hits in losing their fifth straight regular-season game to Houston since 2015.
Brad Peacock (2-4) got the win with two innings of relief.
Los Angeles’ Kenta Maeda (7-7) gave up five runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
REDS 7, NATIONALS 1, 1ST GAME
NATIONALS 6, REDS 2, 2ND GAME
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was forced to leave soon after being hit by a pitch, then Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto went wild when he got drilled in a testy second game won by Washington.
Harper was hit in the right kneecap in the sixth by a pitch from Austin Brice. Harper initially struggled to put any weight on his leg, but made his way to first base.
But Harper labored defensively chasing after a double in the seventh and was immediately replaced in right field by Adam Eaton — Harper said he’s not sure if he’ll be able to play Sunday.
In the eighth, Votto was hit for the second time in the game and gestured at pitch Ryan Madson as he took first base. After being retired on a forceout at second to end the inning, Votto waved at Washington’s dugout, prompting plate umpire Andy Fletcher to warn both teams.
The Nationals scored single runs in each of the opening five innings against Matt Harvey (5-7).
Jeremy Hellickson (5-2) pitched into the sixth. The Nationals have won four of five.
RED SOX 4, YANKEES 1
BOSTON (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi pitched eight dominant innings and closer Craig Kimbrel held on during a shaky ninth to help the Boston Red Sox beat the second-place Yankees for the third game in a row and expand their lead in the AL East to season-high 8½ games.
One night after Rick Porcello threw an 86-pitch, one-hit complete game, Eovaldi (5-4) shut out the Yankees on three hits in sending them to their season-high fourth straight loss.
Down to their last strike, the Yankees rallied against Kimbrel on back-to-back doubles by Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius. A pair of walks loaded the bases before Greg Bird hit a routine flyball for the final out.
Eflin (8-3) gave up four hits with six strikeouts and no walks to reverse his recent fortunes.
Jose Urena (3-11) allowed six runs in five innings.
Jason Heyward added three hits and an RBI for the NL Central leaders.
Kyle Hendricks (8-9) allowed four runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings to win his second straight start.
The Chicago bullpen backed Hendricks with 3 1/3 hitless innings. Steve Cishek and Brandon Kintzler combined to retire seven straight batters, and Pedro Strop worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save.
Gyorko hit a pair of doubles, including a tiebreaking one in the fifth inning. Wong was activated before the game after being out since July 22 with left knee inflammation.
Matt Carpenter doubled and tied a career high with his 28th home run, a solo shot in the ninth off Dovydas Neverauskas. Jose Martinez doubled twice and Harrison Bader also had two of the Cardinals‘ 14 hits.
Tyler Anderson (6-4) was tagged for seven runs and seven hits in four innings. Colorado loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Joakim Soria struck out pinch-hitter Tom Murphy swinging and Josh Hader got Charlie Blackmon to pop out for his eighth save.
Berrios (11-8) had trouble throwing strikes in his middle innings and allowed the Royals to take a 2-1 lead after walking the bases loaded in the third.
The Twins regained the lead on Kepler’s homer off Burch Smith (1-3) in the fourth.
Minnesota’s Addison Reed and Oliver Drake combined for two innings of scoreless relief. Drake, claimed off waivers from Toronto on Friday, set a major league record by pitching for his fifth team this season.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tim Anderson scored when third baseman Matt Duffy made a throwing error on Leury Garcia’s two-strike bunt in the ninth inning, sending the White Sox to their third straight win.
Anderson led off the ninth with a double off Yonny Chirinos (0-4). Garcia then bunted a 0-2 pitch and Duffy threw wildly toward first.
Jose Abreu hit his 19th homer for Chicago.
Blake Snell allowed three hits in four innings in his first start for the Rays since July 12. After pitching in the All-Star Game on July 17, the 12-game winner missed a start due to left shoulder fatigue.
SEATTLE (AP) — Marco Estrada baffled Seattle’s struggling bats with his mix of off-speed pitches, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning and leading Toronto to the road win.
Seattle has lost five straight and fallen 2 1/2 games back of Oakland in the AL wild-card race.
Seattle starter James Paxton (9-5) lost for the third time in his past four starts against the team he no-hit earlier this season in Toronto. The damage against Paxton came via two blows: Devon Travis‘ two-run single in the third and Aledmys Diaz’s solo home run leading off the fifth.
Ahmed had a run-scoring single in the first, a two-run homer in the fifth and a solo shot in the eighth.
ATHLETICS 2, TIGERS 1
Edwin Jackson (3-2) pitched into the seventh inning, allowing an unearned run on five hits. Jackson struck out three and walked one to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season.
Chapman and Davis homered in a three-pitch span in the third off starter Jordan Zimmermann (4-4).
Pitching against his hometown team, Wheeler (6-6) matched a season high with nine strikeouts over seven innings of three-hit ball and extended his shutout streak to 17 innings.
Gausman (5-9), acquired from Baltimore before the non-waiver trade deadline, was charged with three runs and six hits over five-plus innings.
Minor (8-6) went seven innings for the first time in six starts, throwing 63 of his 86 pitches for strikes. The lefty struck out six without a walk while allowing one run and four hits.
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