Sports Happ leads homer barrage, Cubs power past struggling Reds
Wisdom homers again, Stroman finally wins as Cubs top Giants
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Patrick Wisdom homered again, Marcus Stroman pitched six scoreless innings for his first win in more than two months and the Chicago Cubs beat the struggling San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Friday night. Wisdom connected for the second consecutive day and also doubled in the ninth as the Cubs scored three times to take a 4-0 lead on the way to their seventh victory in eight games. Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer off closer David Robertson in the bottom of the ninth before the right-hander struck out Thairo Estrada to end it. “Our bullpen’s continued to step up for us in a big way,” Cubs manager David Ross said.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ian Happ, Willson Contreras and Franmil Reyes homered, and the Chicago Cubs beat the stumbling Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Saturday night.
Happ hit an RBI single in the fifth inning and a three-run shot in the seventh, continuing his long run of success at Cincinnati. The All-Star outfielder, who starred at the University of Cincinnati before he was selected by Chicago in the first round of the 2015 amateur draft, has 16 career homers at Great American Ball Park.
Reyes' two-run drive in the fourth was his first homer since he was claimed off waivers from Cleveland on Monday.
Judge hits 42nd, 2nd-fastest to 200 HRs as Yanks beat Royals
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge became the second-fastest player in major league history to reach 200 career home runs, and the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 8-2 on Saturday. Judge's 200th homer came in his 671st career game, behind just Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard, who achieved the feat in 2009 in 658 games. The 6-foot-7 slugger has 42 homers this season. DJ LeMahieu homered and had an RBI single, and Matt Carpenter homered for the 15th time in 40 games for New York, which won its third straight after dropping a pair of games to the New York Mets. Yankees All-Star Nestor Cortes (9-3) allowed two runs in five innings.
“This was a really nice team win," Cubs manager David Ross said. “Reyes had the big home run that gave us the lead. We had good at-bats up and down the lineup..”
Kyle Farmer had two hits and two RBIs for last-place Cincinnati, which has dropped five straight and seven of 10 overall. Graham Ashcraft (5-3) was charged with four runs, three earned, and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
“I think I pitched better than the line suggested," Ashcraft said. "I felt like I was able to control the four-seamer and two-seamer tonight. I got a lot of ground balls, a lot of soft contact. Reyes hit a slider down and away. ... He is a big strong guy. I gave him a pitch at his bat speed and he did what he did with it.”
The Cubs and Reds resumed their series in Cincinnati after playing in Thursday night’s “Field of Dreams” game in Dyersville, Iowa.
Rodón dominates amid trade rumors, Giants beat Cubs 4-0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carlos Rodón struck out 10 over seven dominant innings amid speculation he could be traded, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Sunday night. Rodón (9-6) got help from his defense early. Left fielder Luis Gonzalez reached over the outfield wall to snare Christopher Morel’s leadoff drive. “I was impressed that he got to that slider down-and-away,” Rodon said of Morel. Also, center fielder Austin Slater made a running grab of Nelson Velazquez’s hard-hit ball an inning later. Then Rodon took over. He fanned two in the second inning, then struck out the side in the third and fourth. He yielded two hits, none after the third inning.
After Farmer cut Chicago’s lead to 3-2 with an RBI single in the fifth, Sean Newcomb replaced Adrian Sampson and struck out three straight batters to strand two runners. Newcomb (1-0) had five strikeouts in two innings for the win.
Reyes lifted the Cubs to a 2-1 lead with an opposite-field drive into the visitor’s bullpen in the right-field corner in the fourth. It was his 10th homer of the season.
“We're really happy to have him here,” Sampson said. “He's fit right in.”
Happ’s 10th homer made it 6-2, and Contreras tacked on a solo drive in the ninth. It was Happ's first homer since July 12.
“(Happ's) going really good right now,” Ross said. “He's got a lot of confidence in himself. He's been the consistent, solid player we've needed all season.”
Jake Fraley earned his first-inning double for Cincinnati. As he slid into the base, the ball got away from second baseman Nick Madrigal and glanced off Fraley’s head before he banged his head off Madrigal’s left knee. Fraley stayed in the game after spending a few minutes with a trainer.
Reds first baseman Joey Votto played in his 1,988th game, matching Hall of Famer Larry Walker for the most by a Canadian-born player.
Reds: INF Jonathan India was back with the team after spending Thursday night in an Iowa City hospital while doctors made sure he didn’t develop compartment syndrome after being hit by a pitch on his left lower leg in the series opener.
Cubs right-hander Keegan Thompson (9-5, 3.36 ERA) and Reds right-hander Justin Dunn (0-1, 5.79 ERA) pitch on Sunday. It’s Dunn’s first career appearance against Chicago.
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Donaldson slugs walk-off slam, sends Yankees past Rays 8-7 .
NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning as the clock struck midnight, and the struggling New York Yankees salvaged an 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep. Gleyber Torres singled leading off the 10th off Jalen Beeks (2-2) and Anthony Rizzo walked before Donaldson lifted a one-strike, 97 mph fastball to the short porch in right field. Aroldis Chapman (2-3) gave up three runs in the top of the 10th for New York, which entered having lost three straight and 12 of 15. But the Yankees finally got some help from their offense, scoring more than three runs in a game for the first time since Aug. 8.