Baez ties career high with 23rd homer

ASSOCIATED PRESS The Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez celebrates with teammate Kyle Schwarber after hitting a solo home run against the San Diego Padres during the second inning in Chicago on Friday.

CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez tied his career high with his 23rd home run and took over the National League lead with 84 RBIs, helping the Chicago Cubs defeat the San Diego Padres, 5-4, on Friday.

Jose Quintana (10-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, leaving with a 3-1 lead.

Pedro Strop nearly wasted a 5-2 advantage, allowing Cory Spangenberg’s RBI double and Travis Jankowski’s run-scoring grounder before third baseman David Bote threw out Spangenberg at the plate trying to score on Manuel Margot’s grounder. Baez had thrown out Jankowski at the plate in the eighth when Jankowski tried to score on Hunter Renfroe’s grounder to second.

Strop struck out pinch-hitter Austin Hedges with a man on for his sixth save in nine chances.

Anthony Rizzo homered and had three hits, and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who entered one game ahead of Milwaukee.

Baez’s solo shot in the second inning gave the All-Star 84 RBIs.

Red Sox 4, Yankees 1

BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched a one-hitter, Steve Pearce homered for the fourth time in two nights and Boston beat New York to open a season-high 7½-game lead in the AL East.

Miguel Andujar’s leadoff homer in the third was the only hit allowed by Porcello (13-4), who matched his season high with nine strikeouts and walked none. He needed only 86 pitches in his first complete game this season. Porcello got defensive backing in the ninth when Jackie Bradley Jr. made a leaping grab at the center-field wall of a Neil Walker drive for the second out.

Severino (14-5) pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, dropping to 0-3 in his last four starts. New York has lost three straight games for only the second time this year; Tampa Bay swept the Yankees from June 22-24.

Braves 3, Mets 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Ozzie Albies hit a tiebreaking double off Jacob deGrom, Anibal Sanchez pitched six effective innings and Atlanta beat New York for its fifth straight win.

Albies gave the Braves a 2-1 lead in the fifth when he doubled to left field corner as Ronald Acuna Jr. easily scored from second after getting a two-out double.

Johan Camargo hit his 13th homer off the facing of the second deck in right field to put Atlanta up 1-0 in the second, a day after hitting a two-run double Thursday off Jason Vargas.

Angels 7, Indians 4

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit two home runs in a game for the first time in the major leagues, and Los Angeles defeated Cleveland.

Ohtani, whose four hits were also the most of his big league career, singled in the eighth and scored the go-ahead run on David Fletcherás double.

The Angels won at Progressive Field for the first time since June 17, 2014, breaking a 10-game skid.


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