Sports Bassitt blanks Indians, Moreland 2 HRs in 17-0 A's romp
White flag: Indians trade 2B Hernandez to 1st-place Sox
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians probably can't catch the Chicago White Sox, so they're helping their AL Central rival. Cleveland traded second baseman Cesar Hernandez to the first-place White Sox on Thursday for minor league pitcher Konnor Pilkington — a move that signals the Indians are conceding the division. “We made the trade that we felt made the most sense for us and this is the direction we went,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. "Just as we tried to be realistic in assessing where we are, we’re going to continue to do our best to win as many games as possible.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mitch Moreland homered twice, Chris Bassitt posted his AL-leading 12th win and the Oakland Athletics routed the Cleveland Indians 17-0 on Thursday for their seventh straight victory.
By the end, the only drama involved Matt Chapman, who walked in his first five plate appearances for Oakland. With a chance to tie the major league record for walks in a game, he struck out swinging in the ninth.
Matt Canha and Starling Marte each drove in three runs and Chapman scored three times as the Athletics moved a season-high 18 games over .500.
Bassitt (12-3) allowed three hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two.
A's blank Angels again, 2-0; Bassitt 1st in AL to 11 wins
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Chris Bassitt thinks Oakland isn't receiving enough attention for having one of the best starting rotations in the American League. With another dominant outing Friday night, it might be time to start giving the Athletics their due. Bassitt became the first AL pitcher to reach 11 wins as the A's shut out the Los Angeles Angels for the second straight night with a 2-0 victory Friday. “I feel like everyone still doubts us and that these numbers will disappear. I think we take a lot of pride in our job and helping each other and pushing each other,” Bassitt said.
Oakland scored three times in the second off Eli Morgan (1-5). The rookie allowed five runs in four innings.
BREWERS 17, CUBS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Urías tied a major league record with five extra-base hits and Manny Piña drove in six runs as Milwaukee routed Chicago.
Urías homered in the seventh and ninth innings. He also hit three doubles, drove in five runs and scored five. He became the 16th player with five extra-base hits in a game, and the first since San Francisco’s Alex Dickerson last year.
Piña had a grand slam and a two-run homer. Jace Peterson added five hits, including a home run, as the NL Central leaders completed a four-game sweep.
Cubs All-Star Kyle Hendricks (13-5) got tagged for a career-worst nine runs in four-plus innings and matched a season high with 11 hits.
Indians extend lease, ending relocation speculation
CLEVELAND (AP) — Soon to be known as Guardians, the Indians aren't leaving home anytime soon. Ending rampant speculation they would be relocating, the Indians agreed Thursday to a 15-year lease extension at Progressive Field, keeping them at their downtown ballpark through 2036 and perhaps longer. The agreement, which still needs legislative approval, includes two additional five-year options that could make it a 25-year deal through 2046. Also, the Indians are partnering with the city, Cuyahoga County and state to spend $435 million for renovations on the ballpark, which opened as Jacobs Field in 1994 but is now one of Major League Baseball's oldest facilities.
Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth after throwing 74 pitches. Hunter Strickland (1-1) worked a scoreless inning.
PHILLIES 2, DODGERS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper homered, Ian Kennedy escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning and Philadelphia ended Los Angeles' four-game winning streak.
Harper hit his 21st homer and scored twice as the Phillies won with just four hits. The Philadelphia bullpen didn’t allow a hit in the final 4 2/3 innings, and the Dodgers finished with only three hits.
Kennedy walked two and hit a batter in the ninth but earned his third save in six appearances for the Phillies since coming over in a July 30 trade with Texas.
After starter Ranger Suarez departed, the Phillies used four different relievers — Enyel De Los Santos, Hector Neris, Archie Bradley (7-1) and Kennedy.
Harper connected off Mitch White (0-1) for a solo drive in the first.
Chapman 2 HRs and defensive gem for A's in 8-3 win at Texas
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The only thing that could top another defensive gem for Oakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman was his milestone homer. Along with his spectacular diving catch running into the outfield, a play that manager Bob Melvin doubts anyone else would have made, Chapman hit two of Oakland’s five solo homers. His second long ball was the 100th of his career in an 8-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. “I’mAlong with his spectacular diving catch running into the outfield, a play that manager Bob Melvin doubts anyone else would have made, Chapman hit two of Oakland’s five solo homers. His second long ball was the 100th of his career in an 8-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
REDS 12, BRAVES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Jesse Winker hit a grand slam in the second inning and Cincinnati added four more homers in a win over Atlanta that snapped a three-game skid.
Winker’s 24th homer was the second grand slam of his career. Tyler Naquin, Jonathan India, Kyle Farmer and Tyler Stephenson added homers.
The loss dropped Atlanta one game behind first-place Philadelphia and into third place in the NL East.
Vladimir Gutiérrez (8-3), who won his fourth straight start, gave up one run and five hits with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings.
Kyle Muller (2-4) allowed six runs, five hits with three walks and one strikeout in 2 1/3 innings.
Ozzie Albies hit his 20th homer, becoming the Braves’ career leader in homers by a second baseman with 80.
MARINERS 3, RANGERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Marco Gonzales pitched a two-hitter, J.P. Crawford and Jake Fraley homered and Seattle beat Texas.
Gonzales (4-5) allowed Charlie Culberson’s homer in the second inning, followed by Jason Martin’s single. He retired Andy Ibanez on a groundout, then faced the minimum number of batters over the final seven innings.
Hendricks wins MLB-leading 14th, Cubs snap 12-game skid
CINCINNATI (AP) — Kyle Hendricks became the first 14-game winner in the majors, Ian Happ homered and the Chicago Cubs snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Hendricks (14-5) gave up three hits in six innings — the only big one a two-out homer by Nick Castellanos in the sixth — as Chicago won for the first time since Aug. 4 in Colorado. The Cubs are 3-15 since selling off their biggest stars at the trade deadline last month. Frank Schwindel had a run-scoring double for the Cubs in the third. Happ homered to right field leading off the sixth, one of his three hits.
The left-hander struck out nine in his 108-pitch gem.
Mike Foltynewicz (2-11) allowed three runs in seven innings for the Rangers.
METS 4, NATIONALS 1, 1ST GAME
METS 5, NATIONALS 4, 2ND GAME
NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso hit a game-ending homer with one out in the seventh inning and New York recovered from a blown lead to sweep its doubleheader against Washington.
The Mets won the opener 4-1 as Brandon Nimmo homered and drove in four runs and Marcus Stroman took a shutout into the sixth.
New York took a 4-1 lead, too, into the seventh of the second game before the Nationals rallied against Trevor May and Jeurys Familia (6-2). A run-scoring wild pitch by Familia and Andrew Stevenson’s two-out, two-run single tied it.
Alonso finished it off against Kyle Finnegan (4-4) with his 25th homer.
Stroman (8-11) allowed one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings of the opener. Nimmo hit a three-run homer in the second against Sean Nolin (0-1) and singled in the fourth to make it 4-0.
Edwin Díaz closed out the opener, his 25th save in 29 chances.
CARDINALS 7, PIRATES 6
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Six St. Louis relievers combined to allow three runs in seven innings, Paul DeJong and Lars Nootbaar homered, and the Cardinals hung on to complete a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh.
Cardinals starter Wade LeBlanc exited with left elbow pain. He gave up three runs on three hits in two innings.
LEADING OFF: Miggy seeks 500 vs Ohtani, Bassitt hit in head
A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ HOMER HAPPY Miguel Cabrera’s next attempt to reach 500 career home runs comes against Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani — who is 7-1 with a 2.93 ERA on the mound and leads the majors with 39 homers this season. Cabrera, stuck on 499, went 0 for 2 in Detroit’s 8-2 loss to the Angels on Tuesday night. He also enjoyed some playful banter with Ohtani at first base and worked two walks that Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon insisted were not intentional. “We were just trying to sell tickets for (Wednesday),” Maddon joked.
DeJong and pinch-hitter Nootbaar hit fourth-inning two-run homers off JT Brubaker (4-12). Colin Moran homered twice for the Pirates.
T.J. McFarland (2-0) worked a scoreless third for the win. St. Louis closer Alex Reyes allowed a two-run homer to Bryan Reynolds in the ninth but struck out the next two batters for his 27th save.
TIGERS 6, ORIOLES 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — Renato Núñez homered in his return to Baltimore, and Detroit dealt the Orioles their eighth straight loss as Miguel Cabrera sat out while one homer shy of 500.
Cabrera can go for the milestone at home after the Tigers finished their road trip with a three-game sweep in Baltimore. Victor Reyes and Robbie Grossman also homered for Detroit.
Matt Manning (3-5) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings for Detroit. Michael Fulmer earned his seventh save in nine chances.
DJ Stewart hit solo homers in the fourth and sixth innings for the Orioles, but John Means (5-4) allowed six runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
RAYS 8, RED SOX 1
BOSTON (AP) — Wander Franco hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning, Drew Rasmussen threw four strong innings in a spot start and Tampa Bay added to its lead in the AL East with a win over Boston.
Mike Zunino added a three-run homer out of Fenway Park in the eighth as the Rays took two of three games at second-place Boston and extended their lead in the AL East to five games. Kevin Kiermaier went 3 for 3 with a walk and scored twice.
The Red Sox had just two hits — an RBI double by Rafael Devers in the fourth inning and a single in the fifth inning by Kevin Plawecki.
Rasmussen allowed one run on one hit and two walks with four strikeouts before Collin McHugh (4-1) took over in the fifth.
Tanner Houck (0-3) allowed four runs on six hits and struck out eight in five-plus innings.
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Olson, Chapman rally Athletics to 5-4 win over White Sox .
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Olson slugged a go-ahead two-run homer, Matt Chapman added a solo shot and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Thursday. Sean Murphy also homered as the A’s avoided a sweep in their four-game series with AL Central-leading Chicago. Oakland ended a four-game skid and maintained its grip on the second AL wild-card spot. Olson’s blast in the seventh off reliever Michael Kopech (3-2), his 31st this season, gave Oakland a 5-3 lead. “That’s what he does,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He gets big hits at big times. That was a huge hit for us, and allows us to go home with at least one win here, which we needed.