Angels overcome injury to Richards ... Cubs bounce back ... Peralta blast lifts Diamondbacks over Rockies
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Kole Calhoun and Andrelton Simmons each had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Seattle Mariners 9-3. The Angels got 15 hits and overcame an injury to starting pitcher Garrett Richards, who left in the third inning with right forearm irritation.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Victor Caratini hit an RBI double during a decisive seventh inning, helping the Chicago Cubs back Jose Quintana in a close game and beat the San Francisco Giants 2-0. A night after losing 2-1 in 11 innings despite a strong start from Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs had enough offense for Quintana. The left-hander allowed three hits in six scoreless innings to beat the Giants for the first time in his career after going 0-3 with a 5.82 ERA over his first three starts.
DENVER (AP) — David Peralta and A.J. Pollock homered in Arizona’s four-run seventh inning, and the Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 5-3. Nick Ahmed also went deep as the Diamondbacks won for the fourth straight time at Coors Field. Arizona was held in check by Colorado starter Tyler Anderson but a high pitch count ended his night after six innings. The Diamondbacks pounced on the Rockies’ bullpen in the seventh.
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman homered twice and his tapper just in front of the plate in the 11th inning led to a bizarre play that ended the game, as catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s throwing error handed the Houston Astros a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics. Justin Verlander pitched six sharp innings and the Astros took a 4-0 lead into the ninth before Oakland tied it.
MOSCOW (AP) — England and Croatia get their shot at the World Cup championship match today. The two will meet in Moscow, for the right to play France. Les Bleus beat Belgium 1-0 in St. Petersburg yesterday, earning their spot in Sunday’s final. Samuel Umititi scored the only goal in the semifinal match with a header in the 51st minute.