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Kenta Maeda suffers fifth loss as Rockies beat Dodgers

Kyodo

Kenta Maeda suffered his fifth loss of the season on Saturday after yielding three runs in a seven-inning outing in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 3-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

Maeda (5-5) struck out nine but gave up three runs on five hits and two walks at Dodger Stadium, including a fifth-inning solo home run to Ian Desmond. Colorado righty German Marquez (6-8) also fanned nine and held the Dodgers to a run on two hits over eight innings.

Maeda opened the game with three perfect innings before giving up his first hit in the fourth to D.J. LeMahieu, who scored to put the Rockies ahead.

“I’m really frustrated we lost, but my performance wasn’t so bad. I think I was able to do the minimum work required from me,” Maeda said. “I don’t really think there was a pitch that stood out, but I think I did a decent job wrapping everything up.”

At Angel Stadium, Shohei Ohtani, who is currently on the disabled list with Grade 2 sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right pitching elbow, had batting practice and took part in a simulated game where he had 10 at-bats and ran the bases.

Ohtani is working to return as the Angels designated hitter after it was deemed the Japanese two-way rookie does not require surgery. He is expected to be evaluated in three weeks to determine whether he can pitch again this season.

Among other Japanese pitchers, New York Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who is on the disabled list with mild strains in both hamstrings, will pitch a Triple-A rehab game Wednesday in hopes of being reactivated for the three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays starting Friday.

Red Sox 11, Yankees 0

In New York, Chris Sale pitched his latest Bronx gem, Rafael Devers went 5-for-5 with a first-inning grand slam and the Red Sox held the Yankees to two hits to take back baseball’s best record.

Blue Jays 4, Tigers 3

In Toronto, Justin Smoak led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run and the Blue Jays handed Detroit its 11th straight loss.

Rays 5, Astros 2

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Wilson Ramos drove in four runs in the first two innings against Justin Verlander, and Tampa Bay won for the seventh time in eight games.

Phillies 3, Nationals 2

In Philadelphia, hit on his pitching arm by a line drive, Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez made a dazzling throw with his left hand, and the home team overcame an injury to its starting pitcher to beat Washington.

Marlins 5, Mets 2

In Miami, Brian Anderson hit a two-run homer off Jacob deGrom and the Marlins climbed out of last place in the NL East.

Cubs 14, Twins 9

In Chicago, Minnesota’s Eddie Rosario, Bobby Wilson and Max Kepler all left early because of heat illness on a scorching afternoon at Wrigley Field in the Cubs’ win.

Athletics 7, Indians 2

In Oakland, journeyman Edwin Jackson earned his first win with the A’s, pitching neatly into the seventh inning.

Angels 6, Orioles 2

In Baltimore, Albert Pujols’ RBI double highlighted a five-run eighth inning and Los Angeles handed the Orioles their seventh straight loss.

Reds 12, Brewers 3

In Cincinnati, reliever Michael Lorenzen hit the second grand slam by a Reds pitcher in a week, and Cincinnati snapped a seven game losing streak.

Braves 11, Cardinals 4

In St. Louis, Nick Markakis hit a grand slam, and Max Fried took a shutout into the seventh inning.

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