MLB roundup: Zimmerman powers Nationals past Lester, Cubs

CHICAGO — Ryan Zimmerman hit two home runs off a shaky Jon Lester and tied a career high with six RBIs, sending the Washington Nationals over the Chicago Cubs 9-4 on Saturday.

Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the first inning and a sacrifice fly to the warning track in the third. He chased Lester with a three-run drive in the fourth that made it 9-1. He is batting .355 (16 for 45) with four homers and 16 RBIs in 14 games since returning from the disabled list last month.

Daniel Murphy also homered and had three hits, helping Tanner Roark (7-12) win his fourth straight start.

Lester (12-5) was tagged for eight earned runs and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. The left-hander is winless in his last five starts for the NL Central leaders, going 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA during that span.

YANKEES 5, RANGERS 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Rain pouring off his hat, Aroldis Chapman struck out Jurickson Profar with the bases loaded in a steady storm, preserving the Yankees’ win.

Rookie Miguel Andujar hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, helping New York to its fifth victory in six games. Dellin Betances (3-3) got four outs for the win.

Chapman took over to begin the ninth and the Rangers tried to rally with a walk and a single. With home plate beginning to turn into a puddle, Chapman hit Adrian Beltre to load the bases with two outs.

Chapman fell behind Profar in the count 3-1, then came back to get him to swing through strike three for his 30th save.

RED SOX 5,

ORIOLES 0,

GAME 1

BALTIMORE (AP) — David Price struck out 10 over six sparkling innings and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit two solo homers, leading the Red Sox to the win in the opener of a split doubleheader.

Eduardo Nunez also went deep for Boston and Xander Bogaerts had three hits and scored twice. Price (12-6) scattered five hits and walked none.

The Red Sox have won eight of their last nine games to improve their major league-best record to 83-35.

Adam Jones had two hits for the Orioles, who are 2-12 against Boston. Jimmy Yacabonis (0-1) gave up three runs over 4 2/3 innings.

RAYS 3,

BLUE JAYS 1

TORONTO (AP) — Willy Adames had two hits and drove in the decisive run, helping Tampa Bay to its seventh win in eight meetings with Toronto this season.

Diego Castillo (3-2) pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Sergio Romo worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save in 22 opportunities.

Aledmys Diaz homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost five of six.

Toronto’s Sam Gaviglio (2-5) allowed two runs, one earned, and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. Gaviglio is winless in 14 starts since a May 25 victory at Philadelphia.

TWINS 4,

TIGERS 3

DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer in his Minnesota debut, helping the Twins to the win.

Austin was acquired in the July 30 trade that sent Lance Lynn to the Yankees. He was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

Kyle Gibson (6-9) pitched seven effective innings as Minnesota improved to 2-4 on its seven-game trip.

Detroit lost for the seventh time in eight games. Francisco Liriano (3-7) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

reds 6,

diamondbacks 3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tucker Barnhart’s two-run double highlighted a four-run rally in the eighth inning and Cincinnati beat Arizona.

Archie Bradley (3-4) hit Eugenio Suarez with a pitch to lead off the inning and walked Curt Casali with two outs. Barnhart lined a 3-2 pitch up the left-center field gap and Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto followed with RBI singles.

brewers 4, braves 2

ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double in the eighth inning, Josh Hader recorded a two-inning save and Milwaukee rallied to beat Atlanta.

Atlanta began the game leading the NL East by one percentage point and had won nine of 12. Milwaukee snapped a two-game skid and pulled within two games of the NL Central lead.

The Brewers scored three times in the eighth to take a 4-2 lead. Braves reliever Jesse Biddle (3-1) let the first batter, Christian Yelich, reach on an error when he dropped the ball at the bag after catching first baseman Freddie Freeman’s underhand toss.

indians 3, white sox 1

CHICAGO (AP) — Trevor Bauer pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning before getting struck in the right leg by a line drive, and Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez hit back-to-back home runs to lift Cleveland over the Chicago White Sox.

Bauer won his fourth straight start. He gave up one run and struck out eight before Jose Abreu’s liner leading off the seventh struck him high in the back of his leg. The ball ricocheted toward first baseman Yonder Alonso, who stepped on the bag for the out.

mariners 3, astros 2

HOUSTON (AP) — Ryon Healy had three hits and drove in the go-ahead run, Guillermo Heredia made a spectacular catch to preserve the lead in the eighth inning, and Seattle beat Houston.

It was yet another win in a close game by the Mariners, who have taken three straight from their AL West rivals and improved to 44-17 this season in games decided by one or two runs.

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