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Manny Machado and Brandon Drury hit two-run homers in the third inning and Jurickson Profar added a three-run shot in the sixth as the visiting San Diego Padres opened a three-game series with a 7-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, September 2nd.
San Diego starter Yu Darvish shut out Los Angeles for seven innings and reached the 3,000-strikeout milestone in his professional career that spans 17 seasons in Japan and the United States.
Darvish (12-7) held the Dodgers to two hits, two walks and two hit batters while fanning nine.
The Padres earned their fourth straight win and moved into second place in the National League wild-card race, a half-game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies. The Dodgers took a third straight loss, one short of their worst skid of the season.
Cardinals 8, Cubs 0
Tommy Edman smacked a three-run homer and Lars Nootbaar hit a two-run blast as host St. Louis blanked Chicago.
Jordan Montgomery (8-3) threw six-plus scoreless innings for the Cardinals, who won for the fifth time in six games. Montgomery allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
Cubs starting pitcher Adrian Sampson (1-5) gave up two runs on four hits and two walks in five innings. He fanned four.
Giants 13, Phillies 1
Joc Pederson drove in five runs with a single, a three-run homer and a bases-loaded walk, leading an 11-run onslaught in the first three innings that propelled host San Francisco's shellacking of Philadelphia.
Wilmer Flores scored three times and Alex Cobb (5-6) threw seven shutout innings, helping the Giants emphatically snap a seven-game losing streak.
A fourth loss in their past five games, coupled with a San Diego road win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, dropped the Phillies out of the second National League wild-card spot, a half-game behind the Padres.
Reds 3, Rockies 2
Jonathan India recorded the first walk-off hit of his career and Spencer Steer homered and scored the winning run in his major league debut as Cincinnati edged visiting Colorado.
India's third hit of the night was a high chopper over the pitcher's mound with one out in the bottom of the ninth off reliever Alex Colome (2-7), after Steer led off the inning with a double. Center fielder Garrett Hampson was brought in as a fifth infielder and had no play at the plate as the winning run scored.
Alexis Diaz (5-2) pitched around a one-out single to earn the win, Cincinnati's fourth in 11 games. The Rockies fell to a major league-worst 20-45 on the road this season and 2-6 on their current, season-long 10-game road trip.
Diamondbacks 2, Brewers 1
Emmanuel Rivera went 3-for-3 with an RBI, and five relievers combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings as Arizona edged Milwaukee in Phoenix.
Starter Zach Davies, Kyle Nelson (2-0), Reyes Moronta, Kevin Ginkel and Joe Mantiply preceded Ian Kennedy, who worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his 10th save in 14 chances. The Diamondbacks have won seven of their last eight and are 23-16 since the All-Star break.
Willy Adames and Keston Hiura had two hits apiece for Milwaukee, which outhit Arizona 9-6 but went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position while leaving 11 runners on base.
White Sox 4, Twins 3
Jose Abreu drove home the winning run on a forceout with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and Yasmani Grandal homered to boost host Chicago past Minnesota.
Abreu appeared to win the game moments before, when he was initially ruled to have been hit by a Jorge Lopez pitch, was overturned on a Minnesota challenge. Both benches cleared briefly before that when Lopez hit Andrew Vaughn with a pitch to load the bases. White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo was ejected.
Liam Hendriks (3-3) pitched a scoreless ninth for the victory, the White Sox's third in a row. Nick Gordon drove in three runs for the Twins, who took their second loss in a row.
Mariners 6, Guardians 1
Cal Raleigh homered twice and drove in four runs to help visiting Seattle to a win against Cleveland in the opener of their three-game series.
Mitch Haniger had two doubles and the other two RBIs for the Mariners, who have won five in a row.
Seattle starter Luis Castillo (6-5) allowed five hits in six shutout innings. He struck out four and walked one while improving to 2-1 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts since he was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds.
Blue Jays 4, Pirates 0
Bo Bichette homered, Santiago Espinal hit a two-run double and right-hander Alek Manoah pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings as visiting Toronto topped Pittsburgh.
Manoah (13-7) allowed five hits, with six strikeouts and one walk. He combined with Tim Mayza and Adam Cimber for a five-hit shutout.
Pittsburgh starter Johan Oviedo pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and walking three, with four strikeouts. Oviedo, who was acquired from St. Louis in July, made his Pirates debut.
Red Sox 9, Rangers 1
A pair of three-run innings and Connor Wong's first career home run helped Boston roll past visiting Texas.
The Red Sox broke a 1-1 tie with 3-pointers in both the fourth and fifth innings to seal their three-game winning streak and their second win in a four-game series. Enrique Hernandez hit a two-point double and scored two points.
Marcus Semien and Nathaniel Lowe both had two hits, and Corey Siegel recorded the only RBI for the Rangers, who have lost a season-high six straight games.
Orioles 5, Athletes 2
Jorge Mateo's double ended the eighth inning as Baltimore beat visiting Oakland.
Anthony Santander got the opening walk in the eighth inning against Domingo Acevedo (3-3). Ryan Mountcastle hit a slow grounder, and second baseman Jonah Bride looked at second base before pitching it, too late.
Ramon Urias walked the runner over, and substitute batter Cedric Mullins was deliberately walked to base. Interim hitter Adley Rutschman walked on a 3-2 ball to put the Orioles ahead, and Mateo followed with a grounder left to hit.
Tigers 5, Royals 4
Mortarist Harold Castro hit a drive-thru single in the seventh inning as hosts Detroit beat Kansas City.
Ryan Kreidler took two walks in his major league debut and scored two points, including the game-winning one. Javier Baez hit a two-run homer and Willi Castro had three hits and a single for Detroit.
Tigers starter Drew Hutchison had 4 runs, 3 runs and 6 hits in 5 2/3 innings. Andrew Chaffin (1-2) had four outs and a win. Gregory Soto made his 24th save.
Thunder 9, Yankees 0
Manuel Margot closed a six-run inning with a two-run single in the eighth as Tampa Bay took advantage of three New York errors to pull off a rout in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The result puts the No. 2 Thunder within five games of the East-leading Yankees in the opening game of a three-game series. Tampa Bay is on a four-game winning streak while going 10-2 in its past 12 games. The Thunder are 15-4 since Aug. 13, their first five-game winning streak since May 30.
Margot collected three of Tampa Bay's 11 hits, including two in the eighth, when the defending AL East champions turned a 3-0 lead into a big win.
Warriors 8, Marlins 1
Travis d'Arnaud and Vaughn Grissom each hit a two-run two-run homer in the decisive fourth inning that hosts Atlanta beat Miami.
Michael Harris II hit another two-run homer in the sixth, and De Arnold and Austin Riley hit singles in the seventh. Harris's home run of 436 feet was the longest of the night and Atlanta won its third straight game. Miami lost its fifth straight game.
The Warriors defeated Sandy Alcantara (12-7), who was a favorite for the National League Cy Young award at the weekend. He allowed seven hits, one walk and six runs in five innings.
Mets 7, Nationals 3
Pete Alonso's opening homer in the sixth inning broke the tie and sparked a four-run outburst as hosts New York went on to beat Washington.
Alonso hit a left home run against Josiah Gray (7-9). Eduardo Escobar hits a sacrifice fly, Tomas Nido hits an RBI single, Brandon Nimmo hits Steve Sisek Cishek) with a scoring triple. Escobar hit a two-run homer in the second inning, and they held on to a three-game lead in the National East.
Gray had 6 hits, 4 walks and 2 strikeouts in 5 innings. Luke Voit had three hits and Ildemaro Vargas had two, including a tying RBI double in the first half of the sixth inning.
Astros 4, Angels 2
Jeremy Pena had two hits, including an RBI double, as Houston beat Los Angeles in the opening game of a three-game series in Anaheim, Calif.
Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. (2-1) allowed 2 runs, 6 hits and 4 walks with 7 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Angels left pitcher Reid Detmers (5-5) had 4 runs, 7 hits and 2 walks in 4/3 innings with 6 strikeouts.
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