Pederson, Alcantara homers power Cubs past Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joc Pederson and Sergio Alcantara homered, and Jake Arrieta threw five strong innings for the Chicago Cubs, who beat former teammate Yu Darvish and the San Diego Padres 3-1 Wednesday to take two of three.

The Cubs beat the Padres five times in six games in a 10-day stretch, including a three-game sweep at Wrigley Field last week.

Darvish (6-2) retired the first nine Cubs batters before Pederson hit a towering home run to right-center field leading off the fourth to tie it at 1.



OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sean Manaea pitched six innings of two-hit ball, and Oakland handed Arizona its 19th straight road loss, the longest such streak in major league baseball since 1985..

Mark Canha had two hits and two RBIs for Oakland, and Jed Lowrie finished with three hits. The AL West leaders won for the sixth time in seven games.

The Diamondbacks dropped their seventh straight game overall.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brock Holt hit a game-ending single with two outs in the 11th inning and Texas beat San Francisco for its second win in 14 games.

Holt lined a single to center off lefty Jake McGee (2-2) after the Giants intentionally walked leadoff hitter Isiah Kiner-Falefa to get to the left-handed hitter.

Nate Lowe, who had a tying pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, started the 11th on second base.

There were two popups before he scored to end the Rangers’ fourth walk-off win this season.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Kevin Pillar and Billy McKinney each homered twice, and New York beat Matt Harvey decisively for the second time this season, routing Baltimore.

Harvey (3-7) allowed seven runs and eight hits in both games. He lasted 4 1/3 innings the first time and three innings Wednesday. He has lost six straight decisions.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Luke Williams walked Philadelphia off with his first big league homer, hitting a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning to beat Atlanta.

The Phillies had just four hits and made 15 straight outs before Andrew McCutchen drew a one-out walk off Will Smith (1-5) in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Brad Miller popped out to second, bringing up Williams, who drove an 0-1 slider over the wall in left. I


BOSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman homered to help Jake Odorizzi pick up his first win since 2019, and Houston beat Boston.

Houston has won three straight. Boston led 2-0 early, but the Astros responded with five quick runs to take control.

Odorizzi (1-3) allowed three runs and three hits over five innings, striking out six to post his first victory since Sept. 24, 2019 when he was still with Minnesota.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched six sharp innings amid the hubbub in the game around pitcher grip aids, and Giancarlo Stanton hit two of New York’s four home runs in a win over Minnesota.

Cole (7-3) won for the first time in three starts, allowing solo homers to Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano among five hits without a walk. Polanco hit a two-run shot in a four-run ninth for the Twins.

Cole reserved two of his nine strikeouts for Josh Donaldson, who recently questioned whether the three-time All-Star right-hander and others have unfairly helped their cause with sticky substances on their fingers that cross the lines of even competition.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Vladimir Gutierrez pitched seven effective innings, Tyler Stephenson drove in three runs and Cincinnati stopped Milwaukee’s five-game win streak.

Gutierrez (2-1) allowed two runs and six hits in the longest of his three big league starts. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three in his second straight win.

Cincinnati backed its rookie pitcher with five runs in the first two innings. Stephenson doubled home Jesse Winker in the first, and Nick Castellanos hit a two-run double in the second.

Stephenson made it 7-1 with a two-run double off Eric Lauer in the fourth, driving in Winker and Castellanos.


DETROIT (AP) — Jake Fraley made a game-saving catch in the ninth inning, then drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th to lead Seattle over Detroit.

Fraley robbed Isaac Paredes of a game-ending homer with one out in the ninth, reaching well over the left-field fence to make the catch, then threw to first for an inning-ending double play.

After both teams scored one run in the 10th, Fraley gave the Mariners a 5-4 lead with a one-out RBI single in the 11th.


MIAMI (AP) — Raimel Tapia hit two doubles, singled and scored twice, and Colorado earned a rare road victory over Miami, handing Bud Black his 300th win as Rockies manager.

Charlie Blackmon had two hits and an RBI for the Rockies, who are a major league-worst 5-23 on the road — compared to 20-14 at Coors field.

Winning pitcher Austin Gomber (5-5) allowed one run in five innings. The left-hander scattered five hits and struck out eight on 84 pitches. Daniel Bard got his eighth save in 11 opportunities


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Starlin Castro drove in a run with a double during a two-run 11th inning and Washington beat AL East-leading Tampa Bay.

Castro opened the 11th with his hit against Diego Castillo (2-3) and came home on a sacrifice fly by Josh Harrison to make it 9-7.

Tanner Rainey had runners on first and second with no outs in the bottom of the inning and escaped for his first save.

Ryan Zimmerman had his 27th career multihomer game and Juan Soto also went deep for the Nationals, who had lost 9 of 12.

Tampa Bay rookie Taylor Walls hit his first big league homer and Joey Wendle connected on his first pinch-hit home run.


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