MLB roundup: Cubs win on Bryant's 10th-inning blast

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[August 27, 2016]  The Sports Xchange

LOS ANGELES -- Kris Bryant homered twice, including a game-winning two-run homer in the 10th, and rallied the Chicago Cubs to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night before 48,609 at Dodger Stadium.

Bryant, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, tagged Dodgers reliever Adam Liberatore (2-1) after Dexter Fowler singled to start the inning. It was his National League-best 35th home run, boosting the Cubs (82-45) to their fourth straight win.

Reliever Travis Wood (4-0) worked a perfect ninth for the decision. Arnoldis Chapman earned his 30th save with a scoreless 10th.

Los Angeles (71-57) had its lead in the National League West dwindle to a game with the San Francisco Giants beating the Atlanta Braves.

Yankees 14, Orioles 4

NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez highlighted another big night at the plate with a long two-run homer and New York rolled to a victory over Baltimore.

Sanchez drove in four runs and had three hits in his first four at-bats but it was his long home run to deep left field off Vance Worley that prompted chants of "Gary Sanchez" from the crowd. Before hitting his 10th home run, the rookie catcher singled and had a two-run double while scoring two runs.

Sanchez recorded his fifth career game with at least three hits and his latest showing raised his average 14 points to .403.

Diamondbacks 4, Reds 3 (11 innings)

PHOENIX -- Brandon Drury doubled down the left-field line in the 11th inning, took third on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch in Arizona's victory over Cincinnati at Chase Field.

After Tuffy Gosewisch walked to put runners on first and third with two outs, Blake Wood (5-3) threw a wild pitch on his first pitch to Jean Segura, and Drury scored easily.

All three of the Diamondbacks' victories in the last five games have been walkoffs.

Blue Jays 15, Twins 8

TORONTO -- Justin Smoak and Russell Martin each had five RBIs, Francisco Liriano earned his first win for the Blue Jays and Toronto used four home runs to defeat Minnesota.

Smoak, Martin, Josh Donaldson and Darwin Barney homered for the Blue Jays. Donaldson added three RBIs.

The Blue Jays took a one-game lead in the American League East with the Boston Red Sox loss to the Royals Friday.

Astros 5, Rays 4

HOUSTON -- Evan Gattis launched a walk-off home run to cap a wild ninth inning in Houston's victory over Tampa Bay at Minute Maid Park.

After Carlos Correa drilled an opposite-field home run to right field on the first pitch from Rays closer Alex Colome (1-4) in the ninth inning, Gattis worked the count full before crushing a 3-2 pitch deep to left field. Correa smacked his 19th home run while Gattis crushed his 21st for Houston, which has won six of seven games.

The Rays trailed 3-0 before mounting a methodical comeback, scratching across single runs against Astros right-hander Mike Fiers in the third, fifth and seventh innings before Mike Mahtook blasted a two-out solo home run off Astros closer Ken Giles (2-3) in the ninth inning that gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 lead.

Nationals 8, Rockies 5

WASHINGTON -- Veteran lefty Gio Gonzalez picked up his 100th career win and Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper each had two hits and two RBIs as Washington beat Colorado.

Gonzalez (9-9) allowed two runs and just four hits in six innings before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the last of the sixth. The Miami-area product, now 100-75 in his career, gave up just one walk with five strikeouts and threw 85 pitches.

Rookie right-hander Koda Glover took over in the seventh and retired all three batters, including the first two via strikeouts.

Royals 6, Red Sox 3

BOSTON -- The hottest pitching staff in baseball slowed down the best offense in baseball.

Kansas City, who boasts the best ERA in the majors in August, held Boston at bay, and the Royals bullpen extended its franchise-record scoreless-innings streak to 42 innings before a ninth-inning hiccup in a win at Fenway Park.

Starter Ian Kennedy (9-9) earned the win for the Royals (67-61), who have won 11 of their past 12 games and 16 of their past 19. The Royals had a 1.19 ERA in their past 10 games and a 2.26 ERA in August before Friday.

Mets 9, Phillies 4

NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon contributed with his arm and his bat Friday night, when the right-hander earned the win by pitching into the eighth inning while collecting two hits and scoring two runs as New York cruised past Philadelphia at Citi Field.

The Mets won for the fifth time in six games to remain 3 1/2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the National League's second wild card.

The Phillies have lost three of four.

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Mariners 3, White Sox 1

CHICAGO -- Felix Hernandez pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball and Edwin Diaz pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning as Seattle beat Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field.

Hernandez (9-4) outdueled White Sox ace Chris Sale, who took the loss despite striking out 14 in a complete-game effort. Hernandez scattered eight hits and allowed only a Todd Frazier solo home run in the seventh inning to win his fifth straight game.

Sale (15-7) allowed five hits, but pitched five innings of no-hit ball in the tough-luck loss in the battle of aces.

Tigers 4, Angels 2

DETROIT -- Justin Upton hit his fourth home run of the week, a two-run drive to left in a three-run sixth inning, and Justin Verlander retired 20 of 21 batters between singles in the first and eighth innings to power Detroit to a victory over Los Angeles and its fifth straight win.

Albert Pujols reached Verlander for his 585th career home run, one shy of tying Frank Robinson for ninth place on the all-time list, in the opening inning.

Verlander (14-7), who walked one and struck out eight, gave up a one-out single to Kaleb Cowart in the eighth then a two-out RBI double to right to Kole Calhoun that cut Detroit's lead to 4-2 before being taken out.

Cardinals 3, Athletics 1

ST. LOUIS -- Luke Weaver's third major league start netted his first win.

Working six solid innings, Weaver helped St. Louis tighten its hold on a National League wild-card spot with a victory over Oakland at Busch Stadium.

Weaver (1-1), making his first home appearance after road starts against the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies, allowed four hits and a run. He walked two and fanned seven.

Marlins 7, Padres 6

MIAMI -- Chris Johnson's walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted Miami to a victory over San Diego.

Facing San Diego closer Brandon Maurer, Johnson hit a shot that bounced over the wall in right field and scored Jeff Francoeur from second for the winning run.

Fernando Rodney (2-3) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.

Indians 12, Rangers 1

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber improved to 4-0 this month and the Indians offense got going in a win over Texas.

Kluber (14-8) allowed just one run in six innings and had plenty of offense as Abraham Almonte matched his career high with four RBIs and Roberto Perez set a career high with four hits. The 12 runs were the most scored by the Indians since Aug. 12.

The Indians got on the board in the third inning with an RBI double from Jason Kipnis and tacked on two runs against Texas left-hander Martin Perez (8-10) in the fourth. Jose Ramirez made it 2-0 on a grounder and Almonte added a run-scoring double.

Pirates 5, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE -- Jordy Mercer hit his first career grand slam and Ryan Vogelsong struck out six as Pittsburgh handed Milwaukee a loss at Miller Park.

Vogelsong (3-3), making his fifth start since coming off the disabled list, worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs, four hits and four walks. He's 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA in his last five starts against Milwaukee.

Brewers starter Matt Garza (4-6) went 5 1/3 innings and struck out a season-high nine batters but was doomed by a pair of errors by Jonathan Villar and an intentional walk that set up Mercer's blast in the sixth.

Giants 7, Braves 0

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Samardzija shut out Atlanta over seven innings, leading San Francisco to a victory in the opener of a three-game series.

Angel Pagan connected on a two-run home run, and Brandon Belt and Joe Panik also drove in a pair of runs, as the Giants won for just the third time in the opening game of their last 13 series.

Pitching one night after left-hander Matt Moore came within one out of no-hitting the Los Angeles Dodgers, Samardzija gave up a double to the first batter he faced, Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte.

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