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Dodgers beat Astros, pull even with Dbacks…A’s extend win streak


UNDATED (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers have regained a piece of the NL West lead by avoiding a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros.


Brian Dozier doubled home a pair of first-inning runs and Manny Machado had three hits as the Dodgers topped the Astros, 3-2. Walker Buehler overcame a pair of homers to pick up his fifth win, allowing four hits while fanning eight over 5 1/3 innings.


George Springer and Tony Kemp homered for the Astros, but Springer exited in the third with left thumb discomfort after he was thrown out trying to steal second base.


Losing pitcher Gerrit Cole struck out eight over five innings but fell to 10-4.


The outcome pulled the Dodgers even with the Diamondbacks and cut the Astros’ lead in the AL West to four games over Oakland.


Arizona suffered a 3-2 loss to the Giants on Evan Longoria’s solo blast in the eighth inning. Longoria also hit an RBI single and scored the Giants’ second run on Nick Hundley’s single.


Steven Souza Jr. homered for Arizona.


Oakland picked up its sixth straight win and completed a season sweep of the Tigers with a 6-0 shutout. Trevor Cahill struck out 10 over six innings, and Khris Davis and Matt Chapman each homered for the second straight game.


Matt Olson also smacked a round-tripper and Ramon Laureano added three hits and an RBI as the A’s beat Detroit for the 12th straight time since last season.


Checking out Sunday’s other major league action:


– The Red Sox completed a four-game sweep by scoring three times in the ninth before Andrew Benintendi’s RBI single gave them a 5-4 win over the Yankees. Aroldis Chapman blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth as J.D. Martinez hit a two-run single before a two-out error by second baseman Miguel Andujar (an-DOO’-hahr) brought in the winning run. Mookie Betts homered for the Bosox, who now lead the AL East by 9 1/2 games over the Yanks.


– The Indians’ 4-3 win over the Angels keeps Cleveland nine games ahead of second-place Minnesota in the AL Central. Jose Ramirez slammed his 33rd home run of the season, a three-run blast in the first inning. Shane Bieber (BEE’-bur) is 6-2 after limiting Los Angeles to two runs over 5 2/3s.


– Rookie Jake Cave hit his first career grand slam to put the Twins ahead to stay in a 6-5 win against the Royals. Ehire Adrianza added an RBI single in the fourth before scoring on Robbie Grossman’s double that put Minnesota ahead, 6-2. Fernando Rodney put three runners on base in the ninth and had the tying run at third before notching his 24th save.


– Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera launched a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Phillies a 5-3 victory and a four-game sweep of the Marlins. Philadelphia took a 3-0 lead on Odubel (oh-DOO’-bul) Herrera’s two-run single and Maikel Franco’s RBI single in the sixth, but Miami tied it on homers by Derek Dietrich and Justin Bour (bohr). The Phils’ fifth consecutive win keeps them atop the NL East by 1 1/2 games over the Braves.


– Atlanta beat the Mets, 5-4 on a 10th-inning homer by Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs). New York forced extra innings on Devin Mesoraco’s solo blast in the ninth before Markakis collected his fourth hit of the afternoon. Julio Tehran and Ender Inciarte (ihn-see-AHR’-tay) also went deep after Austin Jackson’s round-tripper gave the Mets a 3-0 lead in the fourth.


– The Cubs erased a four-run deficit before Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer and Travis Jankowski added a two-run single in a four-run ninth that sent the Padres to a 10-6 win at Wrigley Field. Renfroe finished with three RBIs in helping the last-place Padres salvage a split of the four-game series. All-Star Jon Lester was tagged for five runs and eight hits in five innings, leaving him with a 6.81 ERA in seven starts since June 26.


– Chicago still leads the NL Central by one game after the second-place Brewers absorbed a 5-4 loss to the Rockies in 11 innings. Nolan Arenado’s 29th homer was the difference as the Rockies avoided a sweep after blowing a 4-1 lead. Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) homered to spark Milwaukee’s comeback, but the Rockies climbed within two games of the NL West lead.


– Kyle Seager and Nelson Cruz accounted for three home runs and drove in the Mariners’ runs in a 6-3 downing of the Blue Jays. Cruz belted a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh and finished with four RBIs as Seattle halted a five game skid. Seager went deep twice in helping the M’s stay 2 1/2 games behind Oakland for the final AL wild-card berth.


– Jack Flaherty cruised through six innings and Matt Carpenter hit another homer as the Cardinals nipped the Pirates, 2-1. Flaherty allowed three hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in his longest outing since July 3. Carpenter hit a solo shot in the fifth and Jedd Gyorko (JUR’-koh) singled to drive in a run later that inning to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.


– Tanner Roark (ROH’-ahrk) won his third consecutive start by allowing one run on seven hits over seven innings of the Nationals’ 2-1 decision over the Reds. Bryce Harper doubled home a run and had two hits, leaving him with a .367 average since the All-Star break. Matt Wieters (WEE’-turz) homered in Washington’s eighth victory in 11 games.


– The White Sox capped their first three-game sweep of the season by beating the Rays, 8-7 on Daniel Palka’s two-run homer in the ninth. Avisail Garcia crushed a solo homer in a two-run fifth and made it 6-4 and added a solo shot during the seventh for his eighth career multi-homer game. Tampa Bay leads the majors with 26 one-run losses.


– The Orioles were 9-6 winners at Texas behind Mark Trumbo’s two home runs and five RBIs. Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for Baltimore.




Astros place McCullers on DL


UNDATED (AP) – The Astros have placed starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. on the 10-day disabled list with right elbow discomfort and activated right-handed reliever Roberto Osuna.


McCullers left Saturday’s game after four shutout innings and returned to Houston to get a more detailed examination from team doctors.


Osuna was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in a trade-deadline deal last week and is coming off a 75-day MLB-imposed suspension for violation of the league’s domestic violence policy.


In other baseball news:


– Angels manager Mike Scioscia (SOH’-shuh) dismissed a report that he’s stepping down after this season. Scioscia has managed the Angels since 2000 and said Sunday that he won’t talk about his future with the club until the season ends.


– The Angels were missing outfielder Mike Trout Sunday for the fourth straight game with a lingering right wrist injury. He hasn’t played since injuring his wrist while sliding on a steal attempt Wednesday in Tampa.


– Right-handers Tyson Ross and Jordan Lyles have been claimed off waivers from the San Diego Padres. The Cardinals picked up Ross and the Brewers took Lyles. San Diego promoted right-hander Trey Wingenter from Triple-A El Paso.


– Giants catcher Buster Posey returned to the lineup for Sunday’s series finale against the Diamondbacks. Posey missed Saturday’s game while in concussion protocol after being hit in the mask with a foul ball during Friday’s game.




Cavs getting Dekker from Clippers


CLEVELAND (AP) – A person familiar with the negotiations says the Cleveland Cavaliers will acquire forward Sam Dekker in a trade from the Los Angeles Clippers.


The 6-foot-7 Dekker averaged 4.2 points, 2.4 rebounds and just 12.1 minutes last season. The Rockets selected the former Wisconsin standout with the No. 18 overall pick in 2015.


The Cavs are expected to use the $5.8 trade exception they received last season in the Kyrie Irving trade to Boston for Dekker




Thomas wins at Firestone


AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Justin Thomas earned his third PGA title of the year by capturing the Bridgestone Invitational by four strokes over Kyle Stanley.


Thomas closed with a 1-under 69 for a 15-under total at Firestone Country Club in Akron. He captured his first World Golf Championship and heads to his title defense at the PGA Championship with plenty of momentum.


Thomas is the third player with three PGA wins this season.


Dustin Johnson and Thorbjorn Olesen finished five shots back.


Tiger Woods fired a 73 to end up 15 shots back after beginning the third round just five off the pace.




Kenny Perry takes 3M Championship


BLAINE, Minn. (AP) – Kenny Perry captured his third and final 3M Championship, a PGA Tour Champions event that is being replaced by the PGA Tour’s 3M Open.


Perry shot a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over Wes Short Jr., who closed with a 63. Short got within two shots with three holes to go, but Perry made a birdie putt at 16 before finishing 21 under for the tournament.




Hall wins Women’s British Open


LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) – Georgia Hall has earned her first major title by rallying to win the Women’s British Open at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.


The 22-year-old Englishwoman took the lead for the first time after a 20-foot putt for birdie on the 16th hole, and stayed steady to post 5-under 67. She won by two strokes over Pornanong Phatlum of Thailand, who started the final round with a one-stroke lead over Hall.




Elliott wins at Watkins Glen


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) – Chase Elliott has won the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen, holding off Martin Truex Jr in a scintillating finish.


Truex ran second to Elliott for the entire final stage before beginning a steady close. It was a two-car race as the rest of the field was more than 11 seconds back.


It was Elliott’s first career win in his 99th Cup start and 250th for Hendrick Motorsports.


Kyle Busch finished third, followed by Daniel Suarez and Erik Jones, a triumvirate of Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas.



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