Mets beat Arrieta, Cubs 4-3
ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 03, 2016 04:37 PM
New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia reacts after the final out of the team's baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday, July 2, 2016, in New York. The Mets won 4-3. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets veteran Bartolo Colon outpitched Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta to give the hosts a 4-3 win and inflict a regular-season road loss on the Cubs ace for the first time in 14 months.
Despite the defeat, the Cubs maintained a 1-1/2 game lead in the tussle over top spot in the overall National League standings, as nearest rival San Francisco lost narrowly at Arizona.
In the key American League games, Toronto beat Cleveland to end the Indians' franchise-record 14 game winning streak, and Seattle slugged its way past Baltimore.
New York's Colon allowed two runs in six innings and Jeurys Familia worked the ninth for his major league-leading 28th save.
Neil Walker hit a two-run homer and Travis d'Arnaud's mistimed hit drove in two runs as the Mets recorded their third straight win over the Cubs and edged back within five games of the NL East lead.
Arrieta struggled with his control in a 35-pitch first inning, when he went to 3-2 counts on his first four batters. He gave up eight hits in 5-1/3 innings as his season win-loss record dropped to 12-3 after starting with wins in his first dozen decisions.
Arizona's Welington Castillo hit a three-run homer off Hunter Strickland in the eighth inning, rallying the Diamondbacks to a 6-5 win against San Francisco.
Jake Barrett earned his first major league win in relief, as the Diamondbacks halted a six-game losing sequence.
Toronto scored three runs in the eighth inning to win 9-6 and end the Indians long streak.
Toronto star Josh Donaldson hit a tying solo shot in the seventh and then made it 7-6 with a single in the eighth. Michael Saunders added a two-run double.
Cleveland lost despite Rajai Davis becoming the eighth player in Indians history to hit for the cycle. He led off the game with a homer, tripled home a run in the third, doubled and scored in the seventh and singled in the ninth.
Seattle's Mike Zunino homered twice in his first game of the season to power the Mariners past Baltimore 12-6.
Nelson Cruz staked Seattle to a 3-0 lead with his 21st homer of the season, a three-run shot in the first inning, and Zunino extended it to 5-0 in the second with a two-run shot in his first at-bat of the major league season after being called up from the Tacoma Rainiers earlier this week.
Seth Smith also hit a three-run homer for the Mariners.
Chicago's Chris Sale pitched seven-plus innings to become the majors' first 14-game winner, helping the White Sox to a 7-6 victory at Houston.
Sale (14-2) settled down after a slow start, allowing six hits.
The Los Angeles Dodgers' home winning streak reached eight straight with a 6-1 victory over Colorado, as Scott Kazmir pitched six scoreless innings.
Kazmir (7-3) extended his unbeaten streak to 10 starts, striking out 10 without walking a batter.
Trayce Thompson and Adrian Gonzalez drove in two runs each for the Dodgers.
Kansas City's Kendrys Morales homered twice and drove in four runs, powering the Royals to a 6-2 win against Philadelphia.
Morales extended his hitting streak to eight consecutive games with a second-inning homer. He is batting .565 with seven homers and 21 RBIs in his past 13 games.
Philadelphia had won four in a row.
Cincinnati's Tucker Barnhart drove in the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning and the Reds piled on four more to defeat Washington 9-4 and end a five-game skid.
Eugenio Saurez and Brandon Phillips opened the 10th with singles off Sammy Solis and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman was unable to field Billy Hamilton's sacrifice attempt, loading the bases to set up Barnhart's go-ahead hit.
Minnesota's Max Kepler homered twice and set a Twins rookie record by driving in seven runs in a 17-5 rout of Texas.
St. Louis' Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings to steer the Cardinals past Milwaukee 3-0.
Los Angeles' C.J. Cron went 6 for 6 with two homers and five RBIs while Carlos Perez had five hits and drove in six as the Angels crushed Boston 21-2, spurred by an 11-run seventh inning. It was the Angels' highest score in 12 years.
Detroit's Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings to guide the Tigers to a 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay and a fifth straight win.
Pittsburgh's David Freese drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning as the Pirates won 4-2 at Oakland.
San Diego's Melvin Upton Jr. homered on the first pitch of the ninth inning to give the Padres a walk-off 2-1 win against the New York Yankees.
Atlanta beat Miami 9-1, with Marlins ace Jose Fernandez matching the worst start of his career by giving up six earned runs.