MLB roundup: Nationals score 5 in 8th to win

The Houston Astros’ Juan Centeno, second from left, is mobbed by teammates after his walkoff RBI-single in a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday in Houston. (AP)

CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Wieters hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Carl Edwards Jr. in Washington’s five-run eighth inning, helping the Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs, 9-4, on Sunday.

Bryce Harper started the winning rally with a one-out infield single against Mike Montgomery. Ryan Zimmerman doubled against Edwards and Daniel Murphy was walked intentionally to load the bases.

Washington then grabbed control in a span of two pitches. Edwards (3-3) hit Anthony Rendon, tying it at 4, and Wieters followed with a drive over the wall in center for his third career grand slam.

Wieters drove in five runs and Brian Goodwin homered for the NL East-leading Nationals, who had dropped three of four.

Willson Contreras homered twice for NL Central-leading Chicago.

Brandon Kintzler (3-2) pitched a scoreless inning for his first win since he was acquired in a trade with Minnesota.

YANKEES 8, INDIANS 1

CLEVELAND (AP) — Luis Severino overpowered Cleveland’s lineup into the seventh inning, Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run triple and rookie Aaron Judge hammered a three-run homer, sending the Yankees to a win over the Indians.

Severino (9-4) gave up Michael Brantley’s homer in the first and then toyed with the Indians, striking out nine and allowing just three runners to reach. He didn’t give up his second hit until there were two outs in the seventh and was pulled by manager Joe Girardi before getting a roaring ovation from several thousand New York fans.

The All-Star right-hander is 4-0 with a 0.71 ERA in his last four starts.

ASTROS 7, BLUE JAYS 6

HOUSTON (AP) — Juan Centeno hit an RBI single with two outs that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, lifting the Astros over the Blue Jays.

Jose Altuve singled off All-Star closer Roberto Osuna (3-3) to begin the Houston ninth and one-out singles by Yuli Gurriel and Marwin Gonzalez loaded the bases. Carlos Beltran grounded into a forceout that scored a run, and Alex Bregman hit a tying, two-run triple.

Centeno followed with a liner over the head of leaping first baseman Justin Smoak and into shallow right field to win it for the AL West leaders.

CARDINALS 13, REDS 4

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jose Martinez hit his first grand slam during the Cardinals’ nine-run fourth inning, and St. Louis overcame Adam Wainwright’s rough return from the disabled list, beating the Reds.

The Cardinals took two of three in the series. They’re 5-8 against Cincinnati this season.

RAYS 2, BREWERS 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Steven Souza Jr. homered off Milwaukee reliever Jacob Barnes leading off the ninth inning Sunday to lift the Rays to a win over the Brewers.

Souza’s 24th home run helped the Rays salvage a win in a three-game series in which they scored only two runs. It was Souza’s first walkoff homer with the Rays.

MARLINS 4, BRAVES 1

ATLANTA (AP) — Jose Urena pitched six strong innings, Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer and the Marlins avoided a three-game sweep with a victory over the Braves.

Urena (10-5) won for the third time in four starts, allowing one run and three hits, walking one and striking out three.

GIANTS 6,

DIAMONDBACKS 3

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeff Samardzija pitched into the seventh inning to win his third consecutive start and the Giants beat the Diamondbacks.

The Giants entered the day with the second-worst record in the NL, but jumped on Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin early and held on to win the series. Arizona still has a hold on the second NL wild-card spot despite dropping four of its last seven.

RED SOX 6, WHITE SOX 3

BOSTON (AP) — Chris Young hit two homers, including a tiebreaking three-run shot after the batter in front was walked intentionally, to lift the Red Sox to a win over the White Sox.

Young added an RBI double and had a solo homer to help the AL East-leading Red Sox complete a four-game sweep of the White Sox.

ORIOLES 12, TIGERS 3

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop, Chris Davis and Trey Mancini homered in succession during a four-run first inning that sent the Orioles past the Tigers.

Joey Rickard and Manny Machado also connected for the Orioles, who led 8-0 after four innings and cruised to their seventh win in nine games.

TWINS 6, RANGERS 5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler, Brian Dozier and Eddie Rosario homered to help the Minnesota Twins dig out of a five-run hole and beat the Rangers.

Jose Berrios (10-5) gave up five runs on six hits and struck out six in five innings, Trevor Hildenberger threw two innings of scoreless relief and Robbie Grossman drove in the go-ahead run for the Twins.

ATHLETICS 11, ANGELS 10

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Bruce Maxwell’s two-run single completed a dramatic five-run, two-out comeback in the eighth inning, and the Athletics stunned the Angels.

The Angels led 10-5 after the sixth but couldn’t hold on against an A’s team that hammered them with 18 hits, including three home runs and six doubles.

MARINERS 8, ROYALS 7

(FIRST GAME)

ROYALS 9, MARINERS 1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rookie Jakob Junis pitched eight sharp innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Seattle Mariners 9-1 to split their doubleheader Sunday.

Nelson Cruz homered twice and drove in four runs as the Mariners held off the Royals 8-7 in the first game.

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