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August 9, 2018

UNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee’s 8-4 win over San Diego gets the Brewers within 1 ½ games of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs. Jesus Aguilar (AG’-ee-lahr), Travis Shaw and Eric Thames (thaymz) hit consecutive first-inning homers to ruin Brett Kennedy’s big league debut. The Royals crushed the Cubs, 9-0 as Heath Fillmyer allowed three singles over seven innings for his first major league win.

UNDATED (AP) — Charlie Culberson belted a three-run homer and Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY’-vihch) worked into the sixth inning of the Atlanta Braves’ eighth victory in 10 games, an 8-3 dismantling of the Nationals in Washington. Tyler Flowers and Ronald Acuna (ah-KOON’-yuh) each added two-run homers as the Braves climbed within a half-game of first-place Philadelphia in the NL East. Patrick Corbin worked into the eighth inning and David Peralta went 4-for-5 with a two-run triple as the Arizona Diamondbacks dumped the Phillies, 6-0.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Diamondbacks pace the NL West by a half-game over Los Angeles after the Dodgers suffered a 3-2 loss at Oakland. The Athletics blew a 2-0 lead before Khris Davis broke a 2-2 deadlock in the eighth by hitting a fielder’s choice grounder to score Marcus Semien from third base. Newly-acquired Mike Fiers (FY’-urz) worked into the sixth inning and helped the A’s get within five games of the AL West-leading Houston Astros.

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox earned their sixth win in a row as Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) drove in three runs to lead a 10-5 romp over the Blue Jays. Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) smacked a two-run homer in his return from the disabled list to help Boston maintain its nine-game lead in the AL East. Luis Severino picked up his first win since July 7 and Giancarlo Stanton hit his first grand slam in four years as the Yankees knocked off the White Sox, 7-3 to complete a three-game sweep.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians’ lead in the AL Central is back to 10 games over Minnesota after Francisco Lindor’s (lihn-DOHRZ’) three-run, walk-off homer in the ninth pushed Cleveland past the Twins, 5-2. Lindor’s 29th home run of the season came a half-inning after Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) belted a game-tying solo blast. Mike Clevenger received a no-decision after holding the Twins to one run and five hits over seven innings.

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