Lester, Cubs 1-hit Pirates for 11th win in 13 games
CHICAGO (AP) Jon Lester combined with two relievers on a one-hitter, and the Cubs took advantage of a first-inning slip by center fielder Starling Marte in a 2-0 victory Saturday over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago’s 11th win in 13 games.
Lester (7-2) allowed a two-out triple in the third to Austin Meadows, then retired Starling Marte on a groundout. Lester struck out five and walked two in seven innings, improving to 5-1 in his past six starts.
Nick Kingham (2-3) allowed both runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Pittsburgh lost for the sixth time in seven games and is 5-16 following a 26-17 start, losing seven straight series.
Rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar also homered at Citi Field, ensuring the Empire State Building would sparkle in Yankees team colors for 10 minutes after the win. The Yanks have won four in a row overall and nine of 10.
The Mets have dropped 10 straight at Citi Field, their worst skid at home since losing a team-record 15 at Shea Stadium in 2002.
Judge grounded out with the bases loaded to end the fifth but later sent the first pitch from Anthony Swarzak (0-1) into the left-field seats.
David Robertson (5-2) pitched a scoreless seventh and Dellin Betances, the only player in this Subway Series born in New York, struck out the side in the eighth. Aroldis Chapman, who has been bothered by tendinitis in his left knee, worked around two walks in the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.
Aguilar also doubled and drove in three runs and Christian Yelich had three hits for the Brewers, who won their second straight over the Phillies while outscoring Philadelphia 24-7 to keep hold of first place in the NL Central.
Choi’s homer made a winner out of Brent Suter (6-4), who allowed three runs on four hits in five innings with five strikeouts and one walk.
Rhys Hoskins returned from a nine-game absence because of a fractured jaw with a three-run homer for the slumping Phillies, who have lost four straight and 10 of 13.
Jake Arrieta (5-4) left with the bases loaded and a 3-2 lead but was tagged for the loss after Choi’s hit, charged with five runs – four earned – in 5 1/3 innings.
DENVER (AP) – Paul Goldschmidt had his second straight two-homer game and drove in four runs, and Arizona took advantage of a double error by Brian Shaw to rally past Colorado.
Shaw (2-5) entered the game to protect a 7-6 lead and allowed six runs – only one of them earned – while getting just two outs before leaving to a chorus of boos and insults from the crowd of 43,000-plus.
Goldschmidt went 3-for-4 – his fourth straight game with at least three hits – and has 16 hits in eight games in June after collecting 14 hits in 27 games in May. He hit his 11th and 12th long balls this season, both off Rockies starter Chad Bettis.
The Diamondbacks won their seventh straight game at Coors Field, a streak that dates to last June 21. Colorado has lost six straight at home overall.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Bryce Harper hit his National League-leading 19th homer, and Washington beat San Francisco.
Harper’s 437-foot blast to right-center came off reliever Ty Blach in the fourth inning.
Adam Eaton scored two runs in his return from the disabled list for Washington.
Justin Miller (3-0) retired all five batters he faced after replacing Gonzalez. Sean Doolittle earned his 16th save in 17 chances.
Dereck Rodriguez (1-1) allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings.
The Cardinals also homered three times as they extended their second-longest streak of domination in a rivalry that goes back to the 1800s. They beat them 18 times in a row in 1930-31.
St. Louis has also won 11 straight in Cincinnati, its longest such streak since it first visited the city in 1892.
Jordan Hicks gave up a single and fanned three in the ninth while getting his first career save in three chances.
Jackie Bradley Jr. added a solo shot for Boston, which avoided tying its season-high three-game losing streak.
Price (7-4) held Chicago scoreless after allowing two runs in the first. He gave up five hits, struck out six and walked three, improving to 5-0 in his past six starts with a 2.89 ERA.
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save.
Morton tied an American League record with four hit batters and had a career-high six walks as the Astros allowed 10 walks, a season high. But the Rangers tied a club record with 17 runners left on base in a nine-inning game, most in the majors without extra innings this season.
Morton gave up two runs without allowing a hit in the second. The only hit he surrendered in 3 2/3 innings was a third-inning double from Ronald Guzman that didn’t factor in the scoring.
Duffy (3-6) struck out a season-high 10 and walked three.
Chris Bassitt (0-1) also allowed three hits in seven innings in his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 6, 2016. He struck out six and walked one, allowing one run – on Paulo Orlando’s RBI single in the second inning.
Pujols’ solo home run in the sixth proved to be the difference as Tyler Skaggs (5-4) allowed one run in seven innings and matched a season best with eight strikeouts.
Kyle Gibson (1-4) allowed both home runs before completing seven innings. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out five.
The rain delay was the second longest in Target Field history.
DETROIT (AP) – Jeimer Candelario’s two-run homer in the 12th inning gave Detroit the victory over Cleveland.
Warwick Saupold (4-1) worked two scoreless innings of relief.
Flowers had a two-run double in the third and an RBI single in the fifth that helped put Atlanta ahead 4-1 and chase starter Alex Wood (1-5). Charlie Culberson added three hits for Atlanta against his former team, and the Braves racked up 14 hits total.
Snell (8-3), who was born in Seattle, gave up two runs and seven hits. The left-hander walked two, recorded one strikeout, hit a batter and had two wild pitches.
Hernandez (6-5) allowed six runs and seven hits over three innings in his shortest start this season, a rematch of last Sunday’s matchup against Snell and the Rays in Seattle.
Chaz Roe, the second Rays reliever, went the final 1 1/3 innings for his first career save.
John Axford (1-0) pitched two innings for the win.
The Orioles have lost three straight and 10 of 12. Baltimore is 9-26 on the road and 19-44 overall, both worst in the majors.
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