WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in seven innings, Bryce Harper had two doubles and two RBIs, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Wednesday night.
Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters hit back-to-back homers against John Lackey (5-9) during Washington’s four-run second inning. After the Cubs pulled within three at 6-3, Daniel Murphy went deep in the fifth.
It was a rough day for the Cubs, who cut veteran catcher Miguel Montero after he criticized pitcher Jake Arrieta for his role in the Nationals’ seven steals in Tuesday’s 6-1 win over the World Series champions. Then reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant departed in the sixth with an apparent right ankle injury.
Strasburg (9-2) allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits.
Willison Contreras and Anthony Rizzo homered for Chicago, which has dropped four of six. Lackey allowed a season-high eight runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings.
ANGELS 3, DODGERS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ben Revere scored the winning run from second base on a passed ball and a throwing error by catcher Yasmani Grandal, and the Los Angeles Angels blew a ninth-inning lead before beating the Dodgers.
Cameron Maybin ended up with a walk-off strikeout of sorts when Grandal lost control of Pedro Baez’s third strike and then put his throw over Chase Utley’s head at first, allowing Revere to score in bizarre fashion.
Grandal had just hit a tying homer off Cam Bedrosian (2-0) with two outs in the ninth for the Dodgers, but the Angels rallied against Baez (2-1) to send the NL leaders to just their third loss in 20 games.
Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer in the sixth for the Angels.
YANKEES 12, WHITE SOX 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Andujar had three hits and four RBIs in his major league debut, Aaron Judge added his major league-leading 27th homer and the struggling New York Yankees pounded the White Sox.
Andujar made a good impression after being called up from Triple-A with Matt Holliday going on the disabled list because of an illness. He gave New York a 3-0 lead with a two-run single against Carlos Rodon (0-1) in the first. He also singled in the third, walked in the eighth and drove in two more with a double in the ninth.
Judge’s two-run drive capped a five-run sixth against reliever Jake Petricka, breaking open a 3-2 game. And New York came away with a lopsided win after dropping 11 of 14.
Masahiro Tanaka (6-7) went six innings for his first win since May 8. The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits after going 0-6 in his previous eight starts.
INDIANS 5, RANGERS 3
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer pitched into the seventh inning, Michael Brantley drove in two runs and Cleveland got the win in manager Terry Francona’s return to the team.
Francona was cleared to come back after another health scare forced him to leave Monday’s game and miss Tuesday’s 2-1 loss to Texas. The 58-year-old Francona has been fitted with a heart monitor, but he said doctors have ruled out any serious health issues.
Bauer (7-6) allowed one run — Robinson Chirinos’ homer — and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Brantley had RBI singles in the third and the seventh.
Texas ace Yu Darvish (6-6) gave up three runs — two earned — in six innings.
ASTROS 11, ATHLETICS 8
HOUSTON (AP) — Josh Reddick and George Springer had three hits apiece and combined for five RBIs, powering Houston to the victory.
Michael Feliz (4-1) struck out two in a scoreless fifth for the win. Ken Giles struck out two in the ninth for his 18th save.
The Astros jumped in front with five runs in the third. Springer hit an RBI double and scored on Reddick’s base hit, helping Houston open a 9-5 lead.
Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn was charged with six runs and nine hits in two-plus innings.
Khris Davis homered twice and drove in four runs for the A’s. Ryon Healy, Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie also went deep.
METS 8, MARLINS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Steven Matz pitched seven innings and two relievers completed a seven-hitter, helping the Mets to the victory.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson each hit a two-run homer in support of Matz (2-1), who allowed six hits, all singles, and one walk while lowering his ERA to 2.67 in four starts this year.
Matz’s performance gave the rotation a welcome lift hours after right-hander Robert Gsellman became the sixth Mets starting pitcher to go on the disabled list this season. Gsellman strained his left hamstring Tuesday.
Jeff Locke (0-4) allowed three runs, all in a 32-pitch first inning, but settled down to last 5 2/3 innings. He retired 12 in a row after his rocky start but fell to 0-3 with a 6.20 ERA in five career starts against the Mets.
REDS 4, BREWERS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Scooter Gennett hit a two-run homer against the club that decided he no longer fit its rebuilding plans, and Billy Hamilton scored the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning for Cincinnati.
The Brewers lost starter Chase Anderson to a strained oblique. Anderson hurt his left side while striking out in the top of the second inning, a notable setback to the NL Central leaders. He is second on the club with six wins.
After Travis Shaw tied it at 3 in the eighth with a solo homer off Drew Storen (2-2), Hamilton led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and two steals off Corey Knebel (0-1). Hamilton scored on Adam Duvall’s infield single.
The game ended on an unusual play. With runners at first and third, Raisel Iglesias fanned Jesus Aguilar for the second out, and Stephen Vogt was caught trying to take second before Jonathan Villar could make it home from third on the back end of the attempted double steal. Iglesias got his 14th save in 15 chances.
BLUE JAYS 4, ORIOLES 0
TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Stroman pitched five-hit ball into the eighth inning for Toronto, and Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak homered.
Stroman (8-4) bounced back nicely from his worst start of the season, a seven-run outing at Texas last Thursday. The right-hander allowed five singles and struck out seven to win for the first time since June 10 at Seattle.
Wade Miley (3-6) was charged with four runs, three earned, in five innings. The Orioles had won three in a row.
Roberto Osuna struck out the side in the ninth, finishing a five-hitter. The Blue Jays improved to 3-8 against the Orioles.
TWINS 4, RED SOX 1
BOSTON (AP) — Adalberto Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and Minnesota rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston.
Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road.
Mejia (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one. Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 21st save.
Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-10) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings.
ROYALS 8, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive homers during Kansas City’s four-run fourth inning.
Ian Kennedy (2-6) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings for the Royals, earning his second victory in three starts. He gave up solo homers to Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila, but only after Kansas City had jumped to a 5-0 lead.
Detroit’s Daniel Norris (4-6) permitted five runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Six of those hits came in the fourth.
The Royals snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 16-8 in June.
PIRATES 6, RAYS 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jose Osuna doubled twice and drove in two runs, rookie Josh Bell hit his 15th homer and Pittsburgh jumped all over Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.
Osuna’s ground-rule RBI double sparked a four-run rally with two out in the first. Bell led off the fourth with a home run and Osuna added another RBI double in the fifth.
Snell (0-5) walked five in five innings in his return to the starting rotation after a stint in Triple-A. He was charged with six runs and four hits.
Ivan Nova (8-5) struggled with his command and failed to work into the sixth for the first time this season but picked up the win despite allowing seven hits and two walks in five innings.
Tampa Bay went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.
CARDINALS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched into the seventh inning, Yadier Molina and Jedd Gyorko each drove in two runs and St. Louis held on to beat Arizona.
Wainwright (8-5) limited the Diamondbacks to two runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings He struck out eight.
Gyorko’s RBI double in the eighth pushed St. Louis’ lead to 4-2.
The Diamondbacks nearly tied it against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth. Brandon Drury led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. One out later, Chris Herrmann walked and both runners advanced on pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco’s grounder. Drury then scored on Rosenthal’s wild pitch, with Herrmann moving up to third.
After a walk to Daniel Descalso, Rosenthal got David Peralta on a grounder to pick up his fourth save.
Zack Godley (3-2) took the loss, allowing three runs and two hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings.
PADRES 7, BRAVES 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Luis Perdomo pitched five scoreless innings and Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg contributed two RBIs apiece to lead San Diego.
Carlos Asuaje and Erick Aybar had three hits each for the Padres.
Perdomo (3-4), winless after his first 10 starts, won for the third time in his last four outings. The right-hander went 5 1/3 innings and was charged with four runs and seven hits. He struck out four and walked two.
The Braves, who had won five straight over the Padres, chased Perdomo in the sixth when they scored four times. Earlier Perdomo was aided by two double-play balls as Atlanta lost for just the third time in 11 games.
Brandon Maurer worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save.
Veteran Bartolo Colon (2-8) turned in another disappointing start, pitching for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained left oblique on June 6. Colon, 44, surrendered six runs, eight hits and three walks over four innings.
PHILLIES 5, MARINERS 4
SEATTLE (AP) — Tommy Joseph led off the ninth inning with his 13th homer and Andrew Knapp added a two-out RBI single, helping the Phillies rally for the road win.
Joseph’s drive to left on a 3-2 pitch from Edwin Diaz (2-3) was Philadelphia’s first hit since the third inning. Diaz struck out the next two batters, but Cameron Perkins walked and advanced on a balk before Knapp lined a 1-2 pitch into right field to give the Phillies the lead.
Ricardo Pinto (1-0) pitched three innings of relief to get the win and Hector Neris got three outs for his seventh save.
Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia homered for Seattle, which went 5-4 on a nine-game homestand after winning the first five games.
GIANTS 5, ROCKIES 3
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jae-Gyun Hwang homered in his major league debut, a tiebreaking drive in the sixth inning that helped the Giants extend the Rockies’ losing streak to a season-high eight games.
The 29-year-old Hwang grounded out in the second inning, hit a run-scoring grounder in the fourth that cut Colorado’s lead to 2-1, and then broke a 3-3 tie when he homered against Kyle Freeland (8-6). Hwang was given a standing ovation from fans as he rounded the bases and was mobbed by teammates when he got back to the dugout.
San Francisco’s Ty Blach (5-5) gave up three runs — one earned — and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, George Kontos, Steven Okert and Hunter Stickland combined for one-hit relief. Strickland retired Ian Desmond, his only batter, on a flyout for his first save this season.
Nolan Arenado hit a two-run single for Colorado in the first. The third baseman also made an outstanding diving play on Blach’s third-inning grounder before throwing him out from a near-sitting position.