Streak on! Kluber, Indians win club-record 15th straight
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cleveland Indians set a franchise record with their 15th consecutive win Thursday night, beating the Chicago White Sox 11-2 behind another terrific outing for Corey Kluber.
Cleveland also belted five homers while becoming the first major league team with a 15-game winning streak since Oakland won 20 in a row in 2002. Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run drive in the first, Francisco Lindor connected in the second, Erik Gonzalez went deep twice and Greg Allen hit his first major league homer in the seventh.
Kluber (15-4) struck out 13 in seven innings. Yolmer Sanchez and Jose Abreu homered in the first for Chicago, but Kluber allowed only one more hit — a fifth-inning single for Omar Narvaez.
The last-place White Sox turned to Mike Pelfrey after left-hander Carlos Rodon was scratched with shoulder stiffness. Pelfrey (3-11), who threw 40 pitches in 2 1/3 relief innings on Tuesday night, allowed seven runs and eight hits in four innings.
ROCKIES 9, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer off a laboring Clayton Kershaw, sending Los Angeles to its seventh straight defeat and 12th in 13 games.
The NL West leaders haven’t lost that many since May 2013, when they dropped eight in a row. Their 92-48 record is still baseball’s best, but they continue to founder with the playoffs approaching.
Coming off a three-game sweep by Arizona, the Dodgers were hopeful Kershaw (16-3) could stop the slide like he did last week when he snapped their five-game skid with a 1-0 victory at San Diego.
Instead, he got yanked early.
The Rockies pounded out 16 hits and took full advantage of the Dodgers’ faltering bullpen that surrendered five runs. Fans booed Josh Ravin when he gave up back-to-back bases-loaded walks in the seventh as the Rockies batted around.
Colorado’s Jon Gray (7-4) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two.
TWINS 4, ROYALS 2
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — The Twins’ Jorge Polanco drove in the go-ahead runs off ailing Kansas City closer Kelvin Herrera with two outs in the ninth inning.
Herrera (3-3), who has been dealing with a mild forearm strain, inherited a 2-1 lead before giving up a pair of singles and a walk. Brian Dozier hit a tying sacrifice fly, and after Joe Mauer was walked intentionally, Polanco lined a single up the middle for the lead.
Trevor Hildenberger (3-2) earned the win with a scoreless eighth in relief of Twins starter Kyle Gibson, while Matt Belisle handled a perfect ninth to pick up his sixth save.
The loss was especially devastating for the roller-coaster Royals given their place in the crowded AL wild-card race. They began the night 2 1/2 games back of the Twins with 24 games to play.
YANKEES 9, ORIOLES 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Aaron Judge and Chase Headley each hit a two-run homer, helping the Yankees to their first series win at Camden Yards in four years.
Starlin Castro and Todd Frazier also connected for New York, which closed within 3 1/2 games of AL East-leading Boston and fortified its grip on the top AL wild card.
Sonny Gray (9-9) gave up one unearned run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander is 3-4 since he was acquired by New York in a July 31 trade with Oakland.
Baltimore right-hander Kevin Gausman (10-10) was charged with five runs and five hits in three innings.
PADRES 3, CARDINALS 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dexter Fowler struck out against Brad Hand with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, capping San Diego’s win over St. Louis.
Hand allowed singles by Stephen Piscotty, Randal Grichuk and Carson Kelly in the ninth inning before getting Fowler to whiff on a slider in the dirt. Hand got his 16th save.
Jose Pirela had a run-scoring infield single in the first inning, and that was all the cushion Clayton Richard (7-13) and relievers Craig Stammen, Kirby Yates and Hand needed.
Lance Lynn (10-7) gave up a run and six hits over six innings. St. Louis ended a four-game winning streak and lost for only the second time in eight games.
NATIONALS 4, PHILLIES 3
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trea Turner capped Washington’s three-run sixth inning with a two-run single, and the Nationals earned their fourth straight win.
Adam Lind had two hits and scored a run for Washington, and Michael A. Taylor contributed a terrific catch in center field. Tanner Roark (12-9) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings.
Coupled with Miami’s 6-5 loss at Atlanta, the Nationals lowered their magic number for clinching the NL East title to four.
Jorge Alfaro and Tommy Joseph homered for Philadelphia, and Odubel Herrera extended his hitting streak to 20 games, the longest in the majors this season. Adam Morgan (3-2) got the loss.
Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle combined for three scoreless innings in relief, with Doolittle earning his 16th save since coming to Washington.
CUBS 8, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. hit a two-run homer, Ian Happ had three hits and the Cubs rolled to the road win.
Chicago had 13 hits, including eight for extra bases, as the offense broke out after totaling four runs in the first three games of the series.
Pirates starter Jameson Taillon (7-6) lasted just 4 2/3 innings. He was charged with six runs and 11 hits.
Jon Lester (10-7) pitched six effective innings for the Cubs, yielding one run and five hits. He also doubled in Jason Heyward in the fourth.
BRAVES 6, MARLINS 5
ATLANTA (AP) — Kurt Suzuki capped Atlanta’s two-run ninth with a game-ending RBI single.
Miami left-hander Brad Ziegler (1-4) gave up a leadoff double to pinch hitter Matt Adams in the ninth. Pinch runner Nick Markakis moved to third on Ender Inciarte’s groundout and scored easily on Ozzie Albies’ double to right-center.
Freddie Freeman was walked intentionally and moved to second on Lane Adams’ grounder before Suzuki lined the winning hit past Brian Anderson at third base.
Rex Brothers (3-3) got the win, striking out the side in the ninth.
METS 7, REDS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Brandon Nimmo homered twice, Juan Lagares added a solo shot and the Mets won for the third time in four games.
Hitting in the cleanup spot, Nimmo ripped an opposite-field drive off Tim Adleman in the fifth inning that touched just above the orange line on the left-field wall for a home run. He connected for a two-run shot against Alejandro Chacin in the sixth, making it 7-2 New York.
New York’s Matt Harvey allowed two runs in five innings while improving to 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA in six starts against Cincinnati.
Tyler Mahle (0-2) struggled in his third major league start for the Reds, giving up three runs in four innings.
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