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Kenta Maeda gets a no-decision as Dodgers edge Cubs

Kyodo, AP

Kenta Maeda allowed three runs over 3 innings and received a no-decision Tuesday in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Chicago Cubs.

The Japanese right-hander gave up five hits and five walks, while striking out two in his second start since coming off the 10-day disabled list. He allowed a hitter to reach base in every inning he pitched, and left the game in the fourth with a runner in a scoring position.

“It was disastrous. It was so bad I felt helpless,” Maeda said. “I thought I was battling myself on the mound rather than the batters I faced. I didn’t contribute to the game, and the relievers led the team to win.”

The Dodgers got on the scoreboard first with a leadoff home run at Wrigley Field, but surrendered the lead in the next inning. Maeda allowed a two-run double to Kris Bryant after getting into a bases-loaded jam with two straight singles and a walk.

He issued three walks in the third, before he was pulled out in the fourth with two outs. Maeda gave up a single to Jason Heyward and issued a walk to the next batter. Heyward scored on Anthony Rizzo’s RBI single off reliever Adam Liberatore.

Maeda received his second-straight no-decision since coming off the disabled list with a right-hip strain. He gave up two runs over five innings in his previous start on June 13.

“From everything I get from Kenta and the training staff, physically, he’s fine. I’d say the inconsistency is from not pitching,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, according to mlb.com. “If you’re not commanding your fastballs, you’re going to be in trouble. I just didn’t think he had it today.”

The visitors were able to turn the game around in the ninth when they were trailing by a run. Pinch hitter Kyle Farmer drove in two runs with two outs to seal the first game of a doubleheader. The game was originally scheduled for Monday, but it was postponed due to rain and a power outage.

The Cubs won the nightcap when Albert Almora Jr. hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning of a 2-1 victory.

Kris Bryant sparked the winning rally with a leadoff triple against Brock Stewart (0-1). After Javier Baez was walked intentionally, Almora hit a liner into right field.

Rob Zastryzny (1-0), the fifth Cubs reliever, got Yasmani Grandal to fly out with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th to earn the win.

The rematch of the last two NL Championship Series was set to begin on Monday night, but the opener was postponed by a mixture of poor weather and a limited power outage at Wrigley Field. It’s the only scheduled visit for Los Angeles, leading to the day-night doubleheader.

Brewers 3, Pirates 2

In Pittsburgh, rookie Freddy Peralta allowed two hits in six stellar innings, Jesus Aguilar hammered his 14th home run of the season and Milwaukee cooled off the Pirates.

Peralta (2-0) struck out seven without issuing a walk, surrendering only singles to Corey Dickerson and Colin Moran in the fourth but otherwise keeping Pittsburgh firmly in check.

Cardinals 7, Phillies 6

In Philadelphia, Matt Carpenter hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two outs in the ninth to help St. Louis edge the Phillies.

Carpenter also had a tying two-run double in the Cardinals’ four-run seventh. Tommy Pham homered and singled for St. Louis, and Kolten Wong also went deep.

Rockies 10, Mets 8

In Denver, Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Ian Desmond homered in succession during a six-run third inning, German Marquez pitched effectively for six innings and the Rockies snapped an eight-game home losing streak.

Carlos Gonzalez also went deep for Colorado, which won at home for the first time since May 29. Arenado finished a triple shy of the cycle with four RBIs in a game that was delayed 1 hour, 20 minutes because of heavy rain.

Giants 6, Marlins 3

In San Francisco, Buster Posey homered in the first, Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-run drive in the second and an RBI double later, and the Giants held their lead this time to beat the Marlins in another night of plunking by both pitching staffs.

Marlins starter Dan Straily (2-3) and manager Don Mattingly were automatically ejected in the second after Straily hit Posey on the left arm with a pitch. Both sides had been warned by plate umpire Andy Fletcher the previous inning after San Francisco rookie starter Dereck Rodriguez beaned Lewis Brinson as tempers flared for a second straight game.

Rays 2, Astros 1

In Houston, C.J. Cron homered early and Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning to lift Tampa Bay to a victory that snapped a 12-game winning streak by the Astros.

Blake Snell (9-4) allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings, but had to pitch around a career-high seven walks for his fifth straight win. Sergio Romo pitched for the third straight game, taking over with one out in the ninth and allowing one hit for his third save a night after blowing the save in Houston’s 5-4 win.

Yankees 7, Mariners 2

In New York, Domingo German pitched two-hit ball over a career-high seven innings and Giancarlo Stanton hit one of the Yankees’ four home runs.

Miguel Andujar and Aaron Hicks each belted a two-run shot off Marco Gonzales (7-4) in the fifth. Hicks homered for the third straight day and finished with three hits from the leadoff spot as the New York boosted baseball’s best record to 48-22, moving a season-best 26 games above .500.

Coming off a four-hit game, Stanton sent a solo drive to straightaway center field in the first. Aaron Judge had an RBI single in the seventh, and rookie phenom Gleyber Torres added his 14th home run in the eighth.

Indians 6, White Sox 3

In Cleveland, Mike Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one run in 7⅔ innings, and the Indians defeated Chicago.

Clevinger (6-2) beat the White Sox for the third time this season and was in command after giving up a first-inning run. The right-hander retired 13 straight between the second and sixth while allowing five hits.

Rangers 4, Royals 1

In Kansas City, Cole Hamels allowed four hits over seven innings, Delino DeShields doubled home two runs and Texas beat the Royals to extend its winning streak to a season-high four games.

Kansas City has lost eight straight, matching its season high, and 14 of 15. The Royals own a major league-worst 10-28 home record and their 22-51 overall mark is the worst in franchise history after 73 games.

Twins 6, Red Sox 2

In Minneapolis, Eduardo Escobar hit two go-ahead doubles, a two-run delivery off Chris Sale in the sixth inning and one that sparked a four-run eighth for the Twins in a victory over Boston.

Robby Scott (0-1), just recalled from Triple-A, relieved Sale to start the eighth and walked the first two batters. Joe Kelly entered, and Escobar’s one-out line drive bounced in front of Jackie Bradley Jr. and skipped past the center fielder as two runs scored. The official scorer later changed his ruling from a single to a double, giving Escobar a majors-leading 32 for the season. Robbie Grossman broke the game open with a two-run triple.

Nationals 9, Orioles 7

In Washington, Trea Turner went 4-for-4 with a homer, Anthony Rendon drove in three runs and the Nationals extended their recent domination of Baltimore.

Adam Eaton had two hits and two RBIs for Washington, which trailed 5-1 in the fifth inning before rallying to make it six straight wins over the Orioles. The Nationals are 4-0 against their neighboring interleague rivals this season.

Braves 11, Blue Jays 4

In Toronto, Johan Camargo hit his first career grand slam and went 4-for-5 with five RBIs, and the Braves beat the Blue Jays to snap Toronto’s home winning streak at seven games.

Camargo hit his seventh home run off Jaime Garcia (2-6) in the second, singled in the fourth, hit an RBI single in the fifth and doubled and scored in the eighth. He struck out in the ninth.

Reds 9, Tigers 5

In Cincinnati, Joey Votto ended a long homer drought with his third career grand slam, powering the Reds to a victory.

Sal Romano (4-7) had a second straight solid outing, limiting Detroit to four singles over seven shutout innings. Billy Hamilton also homered as the Reds pulled away to a 9-0 lead.

Athletics 4, Padres 2 (10)

In San Diego, Stephen Piscotty homered with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game and Jed Lowie hit a two-run shot with two outs in the 10th.

Piscotty’s shot into the second deck came off closer Brad Hand, who was trying for his 22nd save and retired the first two batters before Piscotty homered on a 2-2 pitch, his fifth.

Angels 5, Diamondbacks 4

In Anaheim, Mike Trout drove in two runs, Kole Calhoun and Ian Kinsler added solo homers and the Angels held on to beat the Arizona.

Trout continued his torrid hitting in June by slapping a sharp first-pitch single to left-center with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, and a throwing error by Jarrod Dyson allowed Kinsler to score as the Angels took a 4-2 lead.