MLB roundup: Kemp’s 2-run double in 9th rallies Dodgers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp beat the Diamondbacks for the second straight game, hitting a two-run double in the ninth inning that lifted the Los Angeles Dodgers over Arizona, 3-2, Sunday for sole possession of first place in the NL West.
A day after Kemp launched a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth against Archie Bradley, the Dodgers’ slugger tagged him again.
Kemp’s one-out drive off the wall in left-center field put Los Angeles alone atop the West for the first time since Aug. 7. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks by identical 3-2 scores three days in a row, after Arizona won the series opener at Dodger Stadium.
BRAVES 5, PIRATES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. hit his seventh leadoff homer of the season and scored the tiebreaking run in a four-run eighth inning to help NL East-leading Atlanta beat Pittsburgh.
The 20-year-old Acuna singled off Steven Brault (5-3) to begin the eighth, advanced on a bunt and scored from second on a headfirst slide after second baseman Kevin Newman errantly let Freddie Freeman’s hard grounder bounce between his legs and roll into shallow right field.
RAYS 6, INDIANS 4
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Brandon Lowe homered and drove in three runs to lead Tampa Bay.
Ryan Yarbrough, another rookie, allowed one run in five-plus innings of relief for opener Diego Castillo, who was removed after Yandy Diaz’s leadoff single in the second.
REDS 6, CARDINALS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Eugenio Suarez’s two-run homer off of Bud Norris in the 10th inning lifted Cincinnati past St. Louis.
After Suarez’s 31st of the season, Brandon Dixon hit a solo homer four pitches later as the Reds hit back-to-back homers for the fifth time this season, the sixth and seventh home runs given up by Norris (3-4).
ATHLETICS 8, MARINERS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty homered twice and drove in five runs as Oakland widened its lead over Seattle for the second AL wild-card spot.
Edwin Jackson (5-3) allowed one run and three hits in six innings.
ROCKIES 7, PADRES 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chris Iannetta hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and Colorado salvaged a split of the four-game series to stay within a half-game of the NL West lead.
The Rockies came into the series one-half game behind Arizona before losing the first two games. They snapped San Diego’s four-game winning streak on Saturday night and then beat rookie Jacob Nix (2-3) on Sunday.
METS 4, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Noah Syndergaard pitched a two-hitter for his first career complete game, striking out 11 as New York beat San Francisco.
Syndergaard (10-3) made his 81st start in the majors and topped the Giants for the second time in 12 days. He matched his season high for strikeouts, walked one and retired 20 of the final 22 batters.
RANGERS 18, TWINS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yohander Mendez earned his first major league win and Nomar Mazara hit two of Texas’ six homers.
Mendez (1-1) allowed three hits and one walk while striking out two in six scoreless innings. He was making his second major league start in a season when he was a combined 2-10 with the Rangers’ top three farm teams.
WHITE SOX 8, RED SOX 0
CHICAGO (AP) — James Shields threw six scoreless innings, Tim Anderson and Daniel Palka homered and Chicago beat major league-leading Boston.
Anderson had three hits — including two doubles — for the White Sox, who have won seven of their last 10 games.
Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez had two hits apiece for Boston, which had won four of its last five.
CUBS 8, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Javier Baez hit one of three solo home runs off Cy Young candidate Aaron Nola to reach 30 home runs and 100 RBIs, and Jon Lester pitched six shutout innings to continue his mastery of the Phillies and help lead NL Central-leading Chicago.
Daniel Murphy and Anthony Rizzo also went deep off Nola (15-4), who gave up three home runs in a game for just the second time over 88 starts in his four-year career.
TIGERS 11, YANKEES 7
NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Victor Reyes hit his first major league home run, doubled twice and singled, leading Detroit over New York.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone was absent while serving a one-game suspension for nicking plate umpire Nic Lentz with his cap during an animated argument Friday night. Bench coach Josh Bard filled in for Boone.
Reyes drove in three runs with his career-high four hits.
Yankees starter Lance Lynn (9-9) allowed six runs and nine hits with one walk while striking out six over 3 2/3 innings.
Matthew Boyd (9-12) gave up three runs and five hits with one walk while striking out six over six innings.
ROYALS 9, ORIOLES 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jorge Lopez showed some of the potential the Royals saw when they traded for him in late July, scattering five hits over a career-best seven innings and helping Kansas City rout Baltimore.
The Royals completed a three-game sweep of the only team in the majors with a worse record than theirs.
The only run Lopez (1-4) allowed came in the first, when Jonathan Villar sent a mistake over the left-field wall. Lopez bounced back to strike out a career-high eight without a walk to earn his second win and first since Sept. 29, 2015, when he was still with the Brewers.
Orioles starter David Hess (3-9) allowed five runs and nine hits, and was victimized by a trio of Baltimore errors — all of which came after his own mistakes during a dreadful third inning.
BREWERS 9, NATIONALS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Christian Yelich hit his first career grand slam, Keon Broxton added a three-run homer, and Milwaukee beat Washington.
Both Broxton and Yelich homered as part of a seven-run fifth inning. It matched Milwaukee’s highest-scoring inning of the season.
Washington starter Jefry Rodriguez (2-2) struggled with his control throughout his outing, walking seven while allowing seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. But he wasn’t hit hard until the fifth. Manager Dave Martinez pulled Rodriguez after another single and a walk, but reliever Tim Collins fared no better.
Reliever Brandon Woodruff (3-0) pitched four scoreless innings to earn the victory.
BLUE JAYS 6, MARLINS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Sean Reid-Foley struck out 10 over seven innings and earned his first major league win to lead Toronto.
Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer and Luke Maile had three doubles for the Blue Jays.
Reid-Foley (1-2) allowed one run and four hits with one walk in his third major league start. The 23-year-old righty struck out the side in the first inning and worked himself out of a no-out, bases-loaded jam in the fifth with just one run scoring.