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Dodgers' Kenta Maeda gets no-decision in return from disabled list

AP, Kyodo

Enrique Hernandez dodged home on a wild throw by pitcher Matt Bush in the 11th inning and, hours after a hard collision at the plate led to a bench-clearing incident and a pair of ejections, the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Texas Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday.

Hernandez drew a leadoff walk from Jesse Chavez (2-1) and moved up on a long flyout. Yasiel Puig was intentionally walked and Chavez was yanked after a walk to Logan Forsythe loaded the bases.

Austin Barnes followed with a comebacker, and Bush reached out to grab it. But Bush hurried as he spun around, and his throw home for a potential forceout pulled catcher Carlos Perez off the plate. Hernandez stepped over Barnes’ bat, danced around the catcher and touched home with his right hand, leaving Perez tagging nothing but thin air.

The Rangers asked for a replay review, and the safe call was upheld. After Barnes’ at-bat, the Dodgers would’ve run out of position players — instead, Bush’s error sent Texas to its season-worst sixth straight loss.

Adam Liberatore (2-1) got the win in relief.

Los Angeles starter Kenta Maeda got a no-decision in his first start since May 29.

Maeda gave up two runs and allowed the visitors to tie the game at Dodger Stadium, while both teams’ relievers preserved the tie until the 11th inning.

“The biggest thing is that it was a normal outing,” Maeda said. “Even though it wasn’t very good, I was able to clear the scheduled four, five innings while throwing a steady game.

“I was anxious, but I got mentally easier as I was pitching.”

Maeda, who is 4-4 in 12 games this season, was placed on the disabled list after suffering a right hip strain and making a second-inning exit from his May 29 game against the Philadelphia Phillies. It was the second DL stint of his career.

The 30-year-old got off to a shaky start, hitting the second batter before a double play limited the damage, and Justin Turner’s solo home run gave the Dodgers a first-inning lead. Maeda retired three straight in the second. Yasiel Puig stole third and scored on a throwing error on the play to make it 2-0 in the home half of the second.

Maeda allowed a hit and walk in the third, and two Texas runners scored in the fourth on a double to Adrian Beltre and back-to-back RBI singles. Maeda’s third walk led to a fifth-inning mound visit, and the righty left the game with the score tied.

For Texas, Beltre’s aforementioned double was his 3,090th career hit, as he surpassed Ichiro Suzuki by one for the most base hits by a foreign-born player. The Dominican moved into 21st place on MLB’s all-time hit list.

White Sox 3, Indians 2

In Chicago, Dylan Covey carried a shutout into the eighth inning, continuing his impressive June and helping the White Sox beat Trevor Bauer and Cleveland.

Covey (3-1) allowed 10 hits — all singles — and walked none. The 26-year-old right-hander, who was acquired from Oakland in the 2016 Rule 5 draft, improved to 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in five starts since he was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte last month.

Bauer (5-5) struck out 12 in 7⅔ innings while becoming the third pitcher in franchise history to record at least 10 Ks in four consecutive starts, joining teammate Corey Kluber and Hall of Famer Bob Feller.

Nationals 5, Yankees 4

In New York, teenage rookie Juan Soto homered twice and drove in four runs, becoming the youngest player in 29 years to go deep in a regular-season game at Yankee Stadium, and Washington edged the Yankees.

Red Sox 5, Orioles 1

In Baltimore, Chris Sale took a two-hitter into the seventh inning before being ejected, and Boston completed a three-game sweep of the Orioles.

After issuing two walks to open the seventh in a 5-0 game, Sale (6-4) was lifted by manager Alex Cora. As he was making his way to the dugout, the left-hander yelled at plate umpire Brian Knight and was promptly ejected.

Sale struck out nine, allowed one run and gave up two hits.

Astros 13, Athletics 5

In Oakland, Evan Gattis hit two home runs, including the first of back-to-back shots with Marwin Gonzalez during a seven-run second inning, and streaking Houston thumped the Athletics for its seventh straight win.

Braves 2, Mets 0

In Atlanta, Mike Soroka did not allow a hit until the seventh inning and Freddie Freeman homered and drove in both runs as the Braves blanked New York.

Brewers 1, Cubs 0

In Milwaukee, Lorenzo Cain homered and Jhoulys Chacin combined with three relievers on a six-hitter to give the Brewers their second straight shutout of Chicago.

Pirates 5, Diamondbacks 4

In Phoenix, Jordy Mercer homered and had three RBIs, Jameson Taillon pitched seven effective innings and Pittsburgh beat Arizona to avoid a sweep.

Mariners 8, Angels 6

In Seattle, Mitch Haniger hit a two-run home run in the ninth to give the hosts a sweep of their three-game series with Los Angeles.

Rays 1, Blue Jays 0

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Matt Duffy’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth drove only run in Tampa Bay’s victory over Toronto.

Tigers 5, Twins 2

In Detroit, Victor Reyes’ RBI single keyed a four-run eighth as the Tigers rallied to beat Minnesota.

Reds 7, Royals 0

In Kansas City, Tyler Mahle allowed three hits while pitching into the seventh, Adam Duvall hit a ninth-inning grand slam and Cincinnati pounded the Royals.

Rockies 7, Phillies 2

In Philadelphia, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in a five-run fourth, Tyler Anderson pitched seven strong innings and Colorado routed the Phillies to end a five-game losing streak.

Padres 4, Cardinals 2

In St. Louis, Eric Lauer carried a shutout into the sixth inning, Manuel Margot had three hits and San Diego beat the Cardinals to win its fifth straight series.

Marlins 5, Giants 4

In Miami, Brian Anderson delivered a game-ending sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to lift the Marlins over San Francisco.