Dodgers spoil Jon Lester’s return, beat Cubs 2-1

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              Los Angeles Dodgers' Alex Verdugo (27) gestures after hitting a triple against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April, 25, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers spoiled Jon Lester’s return to the Cubs‘ rotation by scoring on an error and a sacrifice fly, beating Chicago 2-1 on Thursday to avoid a three-game sweep.

Lester (1-1), who spent 16 days on the injured list with a left hamstring strain, allowed one run on four hits in five innings.

Cody Bellinger drove in the Dodgers’ second run with a sacrifice fly off Kyle Ryan in the eighth after Los Angeles loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batter. It was Bellinger’s 31st RBI of the season, tying Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich for the most in the majors. Bellinger went 1 for 2, raising his major league-leading batting average to .426.

Pedro Baez (2-1) struck out three in 1 1/3 innings for the win. Kenley Jansen allowed Albert Almora Jr.’s homer in the ninth but got the final three outs for his eighth save.

Ross Stripling allowed five hits and struck out six, throwing 76 pitches in his 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, PIRATES 0

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Zack Greinke and two relievers allowed five hits as Arizona completed a four-game sweep of Pittsburgh.

It was the second shutout of the season for the Diamondbacks, who improved to 15-11 and moved into a tie for first place in the NL West. It was Arizona’s second consecutive four-game sweep in Pittsburgh and 10th straight win overall at PNC Park.

Greinke (4-1) struck out seven in seven innings and gave up just two hits.

The Arizona had five extra-base hits off Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (1-3), all of which went to right field. Taillon lasted five innings and allowed a season-high five earned runs on six hits. He struck out five.

Andrew Chafin worked around two hits in the eighth and Yoshihisa Hirano finished the shutout in the ninth.

RED SOX 7, TIGERS 3

BOSTON (AP) — Michael Chavis hit a two-run homer, Rick Porcello got his first win of the season and Boston beat Detroit.

Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts had two doubles apiece for Boston, and Rafael Devers hit a two-run double as the Red Sox had a season-high seven extra-base hits.

Nicholas Castellanos hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who swept a doubleheader Tuesday but left their only visit to Boston this season with a four-game split.

Porcello (1-3) struck out five and allowed three runs, six hits and two walks in six innings. It was the fifth start of the season for the 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner, who missed out on a victory in his last start because of a blown save.

Jordan Zimmermann (0-4) allowed five runs and five hits in three innings. He walked three and struck out two.

MARINERS 14, RANGERS 2

SEATTLE (AP) — Marco Gonzales became the first pitcher to reach five wins this season and Seattle chased Texas’ Taylor Hearn in the first inning of his major league debut.

Gonzales (5-0) matched his career high with nine strikeouts, allowed six hits and didn’t walk a batter in seven scoreless innings, another flawless start for the Mariners‘ No. 1 pitcher.

The Mariners remained patient while Hearn (0-1) struggled to find the strike zone. Called up from Triple-A Nashville, the left-hander walked the first batter on four pitches, then issued two more walks to load the bases. Tim Beckham’s grounder to third brought in Seattle’s first run, and Ryon Healy drove a bases-clearing double into the left-field corner for a 4-0 lead.

Seattle piled on starting in the fourth and didn’t allow a run until the eighth, when Roenis Elias relieved Gonzales.

ANGELS 11, YANKEES 5

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Tommy La Stella and Kole Calhoun hit two-run home runs in the fifth inning, David Fletcher drove in a career-high five and Los Angeles avoided a four-game sweep by beating New York.

La Stella hit his seventh homer, breaking a tie with Mike Trout and Calhoun for the team lead as Los Angeles ended the Yankees‘ six-game winning streak. La Stella had never hit more than five homers in a season.

Fletcher had a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth and a three-run triple in the seventh, when the Angels took control with five runs.

Gio Urshela homered for the Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka (2-2) cruised through four before getting rocked in the fifth.

Tanaka gave up six runs (five earned) and six hits over 5 2/3 innings with three walks and two strikeouts. Tanaka had just one whiff among his 89 pitches, which set a career low.

Angels starter Trevor Cahill gave up four runs and six hits over four-plus innings with four walks. Right-hander Noe Ramirez (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings.

MARLINS 3, PHILLIES 1, 10 INNINGS

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning to lift Miami past Philadelphia.

Marlins starter Caleb Smith gave up one run and three hits, striking out eight in six innings and five relievers pitched four scoreless innings.

Phillies left fielder Nick Williams made a perfect one-hop throw to the plate to prevent Miguel Rojas from scoring from second on Isaac Galloway’s single to end the top of the ninth.

Castro connected off Hector Neris (0-1) after Neil Walker lined a double off the left-field wall.

Tayron Guerrero (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth for the win. Sergio Romo finished for his third save in four tries.

Phillies ace Aaron Nola allowed one run and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in his best start since the season opener.

Miami has won four of six, yet is tied with Kansas City for the worst record in the majors at 8-17.

Sean Rodriguez hit a solo homer for the Phillies, who have lost six of eight after an 11-6 start.

INDIANS 2, ASTROS 1

HOUSTON (AP) — Trevor Bauer threw eight strong innings, Leonys Martin and Jake Bauers homered off Gerrit Cole, and Cleveland beat Houston.

Bauer (3-1) allowed one run, four hits and six walks while striking out three. He improved to 8-0 in his career against the Astros, including two wins against Cole, his former teammate at UCLA.

Martin got the first hit off Cole (1-4) with a solo homer in the third that just made it over the right field wall. Bauers led off the fifth with a solo home run to give Cleveland a 2-1 lead.

Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Cole surrendered two runs and three hits with 10 strikeouts in seven innings.

REDS 4, BRAVES 2

CINCINNATI (AP) — Reliever David Hernandez struck out three straight with the bases loaded, Eugenio Suarez drove in three and Cincinnati beat Atlanta in a rain-delayed victory and won for the second time in the three-game series.

Luis Castillo pitched six scoreless innings for the Reds but loaded the bases to start the seventh. Hernandez relieved and struck out Dansby Swanson, Ender Inciarte and Ozzie Albies to maintain a 3-0 lead.

Freddie Freeman hit a two-run homer for Atlanta. Raisel Iglesias got the final five outs for his sixth save.

The game was delayed 2 hours, 42 minutes by rain in the middle of the seventh.

Castillo (3-1) allowed a season-high five hits over the first three innings but retired nine straight before getting into trouble in the seventh.

Julio Teheran (2-3) pitched six innings, allowing five hits and three runs with three walks and seven strikeouts. He also hit a batter.