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Yu Darvish makes return as Cubs edge Braves

Kyodo, AP

Yu Darvish came off the 10-day disabled list and made his first start in two weeks Tuesday, but he was not involved in the decision in the Chicago Cubs’ 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Darvish, who was out with the flu, was activated in time to start the second game of a four-game road series at SunTrust Park, which includes one rainout makeup.

He pitched three scoreless innings before he allowed a solo homer to Ender Inciarte in the fourth, the only run he gave up in four innings of work. He yielded three hits and two walks while striking out five of 16 batters he faced.

“I started getting cramps (in my right calf),” said Darvish. “I told (manager Joe Maddon after the fourth inning) in case he didn’t have anyone ready in the bullpen, and he told me to get off the mound. I should’ve waited another inning to tell him.”

It was Darvish’s first start since May 2, when he was tagged with his third loss of the season. The Japanese right-hander is still winless after six starts.

This one really stung for the Braves, who were coming off a 6-1 road trip that propelled them to the best record in the National League.

They were fuming after two questionable calls on the basepaths in the fifth ruined a potentially big inning.

“We’ve been winning most of those games,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “It’s not going to go your way all the time. We’ll be fine.”

Yankees 3, Nationals 3 (susp.)

In Washington, Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees and allowed three runs and four hits, including a first-inning solo shot to Anthony Rendon. He struck out two in a 72-pitch effort.

“It wasn’t an impressive outing. I have to change something, or I’ll get lost in a downward spiral,” Tanaka said.

The Nationals built a 3-0 lead against Tanaka but New York rallied to tie the game in the top of the fifth. The teams waited for more than an hour before the game was Nationals was suspended due to rain in the middle of the sixth.

The teams were scheduled to resume play Wednesday before the finale of the two-game interleague series.

Astros 5, Angels 3

In Los Angeles, Shohei Ohtani went 1-for-4 batting in the No. 2 spot but the Angels fell against Houston.

Athletics 5, Red Sox 3

In Boston, Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat after being reinstated from the bereavement list and saluted his late mother as he crossed home plate, helping lead Oakland in a game delayed almost two hours because of weather.

Piscotty, who returned to the A’s Tuesday after missing four games to be with his family, drove an 0-2 pitch from Eduardo Rodriguez out to left in the second inning. He slowly made his way around the bases, then after rounding third placed his right hand over his heart and patted it with a glance to the sky in tribute to Gretchen Piscotty, who died May 6 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Rays 6, Royals 5

In Kansas City, Jonny Venters (1-0) got two outs for his first victory since Sept. 27, 2012, while with Atlanta against the Mets. The left-hander had been out since 2012 due to four major elbow surgeries, including three Tommy John operations, before returning to the majors this season.

Joey Wendle singled in a run with two outs in the ninth against Kelvin Herrera (1-1).

Tigers 9, Indians 8

In Detroit, JaCoby Jones homered and doubled, and Detroit rallied in a five-run seventh as Andrew Miller (1-2) allowed two inherited runners to score and gave up two runs of his own. Pete Kozma hit a tying, two-run double, and Miller walked John Hicks with the bases loaded.

Cleveland led 4-0 on Brandon Guyer’s first-inning grand slam and 8-4 before the Tigers rallied for their third straight win. Miller faced six batters, giving up two doubles and three walks while getting one out.

Mariners 9, Rangers 8 (11)

In Seattle, Guillermo Heredia’s single to left-center drove in Ryon Healy from second base in the 11th inning to lift the Mariners.

Healy reached on a bloop single to right field off Texas reliever Alex Claudio (1-2) and advanced to second when David Freitas reached on an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop.

Mets 12, Blue Jays 2

In New York, Noah Syndergaard (3-1) won for the first time in five weeks, knocking in two early runs against the team that traded him to rouse a sluggish Mets offense.

Missing injured sluggers Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier from a slumping lineup, New York finally broke through anyway against Jaime Garcia (2-3) and the skidding Blue Jays after an 86-minute rain delay at the start.

Pirates 7, White Sox 0

In Pittsburgh, Trevor Williams (5-2) scattered six hits in seven innings, and Adam Frazier homered to start a four-run first.

Chicago has lost eight of nine and 12 of 14, dropping to a major league-worst 10-28. The White Sox have matched the poorest 38-game start in team history, in 1948.

Twins 4, Cardinals 1

In Minneapolis, Bobby Wilson hit his first home run since Sept. 21, 2016, for Tampa Bay, a two-run drive off Luke Gregerson that capped a three-run seventh.

Jose Berrios (4-4) surrendered one run on two hits and struck out 10, leaving after hitting Kolten Wong with a pitch with one out in the eighth.

Phillies at Orioles — ppd.

Marlins 4, Dodgers 2

In Miami, Los Angeles went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position against Chen Wei-yin and four relievers and were beaten by a last-place team for the fifth straight game.

The NL champions managed only five hits after being swept in a four-game series at home by woeful Cincinnati. Alex Wood (0-4) lost despite allowing only one earned run in six innings for the Dodgers (16-25), who are off to their worst start in 60 years. Miami (15-26) could pass them by sweeping the three-game series.

Padres 4, Rockies 0

In San Diego, Jordan Lyles came (1-1) within five outs of a perfect game and the first no-hitter in Padres history before allowing Trevor Story’s single.

Lyles then walked Pat Valaika and made way for Kirby Yates. Brad Hand got four outs to complete the one-hitter and earn his 12th save.

Diamondbacks 2, Brewers 1

In Phoenix, Daniel Descalso singled home Jarrod Dyson with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Diamondbacks snapped a six-game losing streak.

Arizona managed just three hits against starter Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers, but starter Zack Greinke stifled Milwaukee over six innings and the Diamondbacks tied together just enough offense to get by.

Giants 5, Reds 3

In San Francisco, pinch hitter Pablo Sandoval delivered a tying two-run single off Tyler Mahle, Andrew McCutchen drove in the go-ahead run with a grounder two batters later and the Giants picked up a win over Cincinnati.