Seagers sets shortstop record as Dodgers down Cubs 3-2
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 28, 2016 05:20 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers' Andrew Toles, bottom, doves back to second as Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell jumps to catch the ball thrown from home during the third inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager hit his 23rd home run to set a season record for Los Angeles Dodgers shortstops, helping his team to a 3-2 win against the Chicago Cubs in Saturday's clash of National League division leaders.
The Dodgers stretched their lead over San Francisco in the NL West to two games, while the Cubs' imperious lead atop the NL Central remained at a seemingly impregnable 14 games.
In the American League's meeting of divisional leaders, Texas established a big early lead and shut out Cleveland.
Among other key AL games, Boston beat Kansas City to stay within one game of East leader Toronto, while Baltimore dropped three games off the pace after a heavy loss at the New York Yankees, who remain on the fringe of playoff contention.
Dodgers starter Julio Urias steered the hosts to victory by allowing only one run over six innings. It was a stark contrast to his previous outing against the Cubs when he gave up six runs in five innings, including three homers. This time he struck out eight and improved to 4-0 since the All-Star break.
The Cubs' four-game winning streak ended, with starter Jason Hammel hooked after just 2-1/3 innings, having given up three runs.
Texas' Mitch Moreland hit a grand slam to cap an unusual five-run first inning that set up a 7-0 win against Cleveland.
In the first Ian Desmond and Carlos Beltran singled with one out and both moved up a base on a pitching balk. The next hit was toward third, where Desmond dived back to base and avoided the tag, loading the bases. Rougned Odor then got on base courtesy of an error, bringing in one run, and Moreland followed with his second career slam.
Rangers starter A.J. Griffin pitched six scoreless innings to win for the first time in more than three weeks. It was the first time in 12 starts that he didn't give up a homer.
Boston beat Kansas City 8-3 in a game where much of the interest centered on Dustin Pedroia's quest for the major league record on consecutive hits.
Pedroia had hits in his first four at-bats to make it 11 straight. Attempting to equal the majors record of 12, he hit into a double play in the eighth inning.
Johnny Kling of the Cubs set the record of 12 in 1902, Pinky Higgins of the Red Sox matched it in 1938, and Detroit's Walt Dropo accomplished the feat in 1952.
Boston put a two-game break on Baltimore after the Orioles lost 13-5 at the Yankees.
New York rookie catcher Gary Sanchez homered for the third straight game. He has reached 11 homers in 23 games, the fastest of anyone in majors history.
The Yankees have won four straight games to move within 2-1/2 games of the second AL wildcard berth.
Colorado's Charlie Blackmon hit two home runs, including the go-ahead shot in the 11th inning, to power the Rockies past Washington 9-4.
Blackmon connected in the third, then hit a two-run drive off Yusmeiro Petit in the 11th. He has five multihomer games this season.
Washington star Bryce Harper was ejected in the 10th after getting called out on strikes, yelling at the umpire and throwing his helmet to the ground.
Chicago's Jose Quintana pitched 7-2/3 solid innings to guide the White Sox past Seattle 9-3.
Quintana allowed one run and struck out eight.
Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 10 games and his on-base streak to 23 with a solo homer in the first inning. Avisail Garcia, Alex Avila and Tyler Saladino also hit homers for Chicago.
New York's Noah Syndergaard gave up only two hits over seven innings as the Mets routed Philadelphia 12-1.
Syndergaard, who also hit a double, gave up his only run with a solo homer in the third.
Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer and Kelly Johnson had a pinch-hit grand slam for the Mets, who have won six of seven to close within 2-1/2 games of the last NL wildcard.
Detroit stars Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez were ejected, along with manager Brad Ausmus and hitting coach Wally Joyner as the Tigers lost 3-2 against the Los Angeles Angels.
Victor Martinez argued with plate umpire Mike Everitt after taking strike one in the third inning. Martinez was tossed after about 30 seconds, but continued the debate. He later flipped his helmet onto the field from the bench.
After another contentious strike call in the fifth, Joyner was ejected from the dugout by Everitt. Joyner came out to argue, Ausmus followed and was tossed, too.
In the sixth, J.D. Martinez was called out, looked back at Everitt and was ejected.
Oakland's Khris Davis hustled home on an infield grounder in a two-run eighth inning that lifted the Athletics to a 3-2 victory at St. Louis.
Toronto's Melvin Upton Jr. hit an RBI triple and continued home on a misplay in the eighth inning, completing the Blue Jays' rally from a five-run deficit to stun Minnesota 8-7.
Houston's Dallas Keuchel threw seven solid innnins to steer the Astros to a 6-2 victory over Tampa Bay.
Pittsburgh's Gregory Polanco had a tiebreaking three-run double as the Pirates overcame a four-run deficit to beat Milwaukee 9-6.
San Diego's Clayton Richard pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Padres past Miami 1-0.
Atlanta's Mike Foltynewicz pitched 7 2/3 strong innings, leading Atlanta to a 3-1 victory over San Francisco.
Cincinnati's Anthony DeSclafani pitched a shutout in the first complete game of his career as the Reds careered away to a 13-0 thrashing of Arizona.