Jon Lester stars on bound and at plate for Cubs
NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Hicks hit three home runs and the New York Yankees pummeled David Price again, connecting five times in the first four innings Sunday night on the way to an 11-1 rout of the Boston Red Sox.
Luis Severino became the first 13-game winner in the majors, cruising through 6 2/3 shutout innings of two-hit ball after the Bronx Bombers quickly built him a big cushion. With the teams trading blowouts all weekend, the Yankees (54-27) took two of three from their longtime rivals to regain baseball’s best record and first place in the AL East.
Batting leadoff against a left-hander, Hicks homered twice from the right side of the plate and once from the left. He smacked a two-run shot to right field in the second inning and a solo drive to center in the fourth that chased Price (9-6) and made it 8-0.
Hicks pulled his 14th of the season into the right-field stands in the eighth off Hector Velazquez. It was the first three-homer game by a Yankees player since Alex Rodriguez, part of the ESPN broadcast team Sunday night, accomplished the feat at Minnesota in July 2015.
CHICAGO (AP) – Jon Lester hit a three-run homer in an eight-run second inning and wound up with his NL-leading 11th victory.
Lester (11-2) allowed four runs, two of them earned, and nine hits in five-plus innings.
The Rays went 8-1 at Tropicana Field, taking three of four from the World Series champion Astros, sweeping three from the New York Yankees and winning both games against Washington. Tampa Bay set a team record by allowing no more than two runs in its sixth straight game.
Snell (11-4) allowed one run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Charlie Morton (10-2) struck out 11 in 6 2/3 innings.
Kemp sent his 14th homer of the season over the center-field wall off Adam Ottavino (4-2) to put Los Angeles ahead 5-4. It was the Dodgers’ first homer of July after they hit a major league-leading and franchise-record 55 in June.
One out later, Yasiel Puig doubled and Joc Pederson followed and reached on an infield single to second. Puig ran hard into third and hopped back and forth before taking off for the plate, sliding belly first. He got up and swung his arms in wild celebration with the Dodgers ahead 6-4.
Kemp drove in the Dodgers’ first three runs with an RBI groundout in the first, a double in the third and a single in the fifth.
The Giants had 11 hits in the first five innings and cruised to their seventh win in eight games.
A four-run fifth inning highlighted by Pence’s double off reliever Silvino Bracho gave the Giants an 8-3 lead. Cory Gearrin (1-1) got one out in the fourth to earn the win in relief of starter Derek Holland.
Arizona rallied with two runs in the seventh on Paul Goldschmidt’s 18th home run of the season, and Jarrod Dyson became the eighth player in team history to record at least two hits, two runs batted in and two stolen bases in a single game. The Diamondbacks brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth with two outs, but Will Smith struck out Jake Lamb for Smith’s second save.
After the Orioles took charge with a six-run fourth inning, Trumbo homered again in the fifth and Trey Mancini also connected to help Baltimore secure its only victory during a seven-game homestand that began with four straight losses to Seattle. The Orioles improved to 1-15 against the AL West and won at home for only the second time in 19 games since May 13.
Kevin Gausman (4-6) weathered temperatures in the upper 90s to go eight innings, allowing two runs and six hits to end a run of eight straight winless starts.
Deck McGuire (0-1) was the loser.
Paxton (8-2) also allowed two walks. From Ladner, British Columbia, pitched on Canada Day – and his bobblehead day at Safeco Field. Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save.
The only run came in the second inning. Ben Gamel dropped a broken-bat single into shallow center to score Kyle Seager from second base.
Alonso had four hits and three RBIs. Cleveland broke open the game with an eight-run eighth inning – its first 10 batters reached without an out.
Mike Clevinger (7-3) allowed three runs over six uneven innings as the AL Central leaders avoided a sweep. The Indians were outscored 10-3 in the first two games of the series and were on the verge of being swept for the second time this season before breaking out against A’s starter Frankie Montas (4-2).
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Matt Davidson hit a two-run double in his second straight three-hit game to lead Chicago past Texas.
Texas’ Shin-Soo Choo extended the majors’ longest on-base streak this season to 42 games. He returned after missing a game with a strained right quadriceps that the club said will limit him defensively for a few weeks. He was 0 for 4 as the designated hitter with an eighth-inning walk that kept alive the third-longest streak in club history, and longest since 1995. Choo’s 12-game hitting streak ended.
The Philles took three of four in the series, with all the wins by one run.
The Nationals are 6-15 in their past 21 games.
Knapp turned on Justin Miller’s fastball and lofted it into the bleachers in right field. Miller (5-1) gave up the run in 1 1/3 innings of work. Nick Pivetta (5-7) got the win with a scoreless inning.
Peraza connected in the sixth inning for the Reds’ ninth slam this year, tying the season franchise record set in 2002. It was Cincinnati’s second in two games and third in the last eight – pitcher Mike Lorenzen had a pinch-hit slam Saturday, and pitcher Anthony DeSclafani went deep with the bases loaded on June 24 against the Cubs. The last-place Reds have won 11 of 14, and the last eight of 11 against teams that were in first place when their series started.
Harvey (4-5) allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings and won his third straight start.
Peraza hit his first career slam, tagging reliever Aaron Wilkerson.
Freddy Peralta (3-1) took the loss.
The Mets, who endured their worst June ever, won for only the second time in the past 12 games.
Matz (4-5) pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed only an unearned run. He also singled for his first RBI of the year. New York’s bullpen leads the majors in losses but limited Miami to one hit in the final 3 2/3 innings. Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save.
Matz was 2 for 26 this year before his two-out RBI single in the fourth put the Mets ahead 3-0.
A.J. Minter picked up his third save in as many tries by setting the side down in order in the ninth.
Zimmermann (3-0) allowed one run and five hits in his third start since returning from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss more than a month.
Wearing red jerseys and caps for Canada Day, the Blue Jays couldn’t deliver a win for the holiday crowd of 37,445.
Kyle Crick (1-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win. Felipe Vazquez worked the ninth for his 17th save.
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