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Benitendi leads Bosox...Kershaw gets 13th...Brewers pad lead...Padres blank Indians

July 5, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox earned an 11-4 win at Texas last night to extend their lead in the AL East to four games over the New York Yankees. Andrew Benitendi was 5-for-5 with six RBIs, including a three-run boast that put the Red Sox ahead 7-0 in the fifth inning. Yankees lefty CC Sabathia came off the disabled list and was lifted during a four-run third that gave the Toronto Blue Jays a 4-1 win in the Bronx.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw became the majors’ first 13-game winner of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers stretched their lead in the NL West to 3 ½ games by blanking the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-3. Kershaw struck out 11 over seven shutout innings and no-hit the Diamondbacks until Chris Owings poked an infield single with one out in the seventh. Justin Turner hit a solo homer and had two RBIs, while Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) added a pair of run-scoring singles in the Dodgers’ 21st win in their last 25 games.

UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Orioles, 6-2 in Baltimore to push their lead in the NL Central to 3 ½ games over the Chicago Cubs. Eric Thames (thaymz) homered twice for the Brewers, who also got round-trippers by Stephen Vogt (voht) and Travis Shaw. Tim Beckham smacked a two-run homer while the Rays scored five times in the fourth off Jon Lester to earn a 6-5 win against the Cubbies.

UNDATED (AP) — Cleveland’s lead in the AL Central is down to 1 ½ games after their 1-0 loss followed victories by Minnesota and Kansas City. Cory Spangenberg (SPAN’-jehn-burg) drove in the only run in San Diego’s 1-0 win over the Indians. Corey Kluber fell to 7-3 despite striking out 10 and limiting the Padres to five hits over eight innings.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros’ lead in the AL West is up to 16 games after Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay), Josh Reddick and Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee GUR’-ee-ehl) drove in four runs apiece to lead a 16-4 dismantling of the Braves in Atlanta. Reddick capped the assault with a grand slam in the ninth and was 3-for-6 with three runs scored. The outcome leaves the Braves nine games behind the NL East-leading Washington Nationals, who rode Daniel Murphy’s four hits and five RBIs to an 11-4 pounding of the New York Mets.

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