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Diamondbacks continue winning ways at Petco

AP, Kyodo

The Arizona Diamondbacks are making themselves right at home at Petco Park.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run, Steven Souza Jr. drove in three and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 9-4 on Friday night.

Goldschmidt drove the first pitch he saw from left-hander Joey Lucchesi out to left-center field for his 28th of the season. That got Arizona going en route to its sixth straight win over San Diego at Petco Park.

Reliever Yoshihisa Hirano (4-2) entered the game with Diamondbacks ahead 8-3 in the sixth and retired the side in order. He threw just six pitches and got each batter to fly out.

“There was a big gap in score so I threw strikes aggressively,” said Hirano. “Being able to throw good fastballs is what matters most.”

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo was pleased with his team’s offensive production.

“I thought it was a really good job by our guys to attack the starting pitcher,” Lovullo said.

“Goldie with the big two-run home run got us that lead, and we kept adding on.”

Robbie Ray started for Arizona and walked his first two batters. Ray allowed two hits and three runs over 4⅔ innings. Ray finished with five walks and struck out three.

“It was all self-inflicted,” Ray said. “I walked too many guys and they ended up scoring. In crucial situations like that, I’m trying to get a call. It’s tough. They got two hits tonight, but it was on me.”

Hosmer homered in the fifth on a ball that just cleared the left-field fence beyond Jon Jay’s glove. Arizona challenged the call as it appeared a fan interfered with Jay while spilling a beer, but the call was upheld after replay review.

Rangers 6, Angels 4

In Arlington, Texas, Rougned Odor drove in three runs with a single and a sacrifice fly, Joey Gallo ripped a two-run double and the Rangers topped pitching-depleted Los Angeles.

Los Angeles designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, who batted cleanup, went 0-for-4.

Cubs 1, Pirates 0

In New York, Chicago tied a major league record by turning seven double plays, including a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a win over Pittsburgh.

Chicago got six double plays on grounders — five with Cole Hamels pitching — and one on a line drive. The Elias Sports Bureau said the Cubs became the third team in big league history to turn seven DPs in a nine-inning game.

Dodgers 11, Mariners 1

In Los Angeles, Manny Machado hit two of Los Angeles’ five home runs, Walker Buehler allowed one run in six innings, and the Dodgers routed Seattle.

Los Angeles won consecutive games for just the third time since July 28, using the long ball to knock around Seattle starter Wade LeBlanc and for a night take the pressure off their shaky bullpen. It was the Dodgers’ bats leading the way, hitting at least five homers in a game for the sixth time this season.

Athletics 4, Astros 3 (10)

In Oakland, Matt Olson slugged a leadoff home run in the 10th after a video review gave the hosts the tying run in the ninth, and the Athletics defeated Houston to pull within a game of the reigning World Series champs for the AL West lead.

The Astros have been alone atop the AL West since June 14.

Cardinals 5, Brewers 2

In St. Louis, Kolten Wong and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs apiece, Jack Flaherty pitched six shutout innings and the Cardinals beat Milwaukee.

St. Louis won for the ninth time in 10 games and pulled within a half-game of the Brewers for the NL’s second wild-card spot.

Rockies 11, Braves 5

In Atlanta, Ian Desmond tripled and drove in five runs, Kyle Freeland pitched six strong innings and Colorado beat the hosts.
The Rockies have won six of seven, and they’re 28-14 since June 28, tops in the NL over that span. And they’ve done it without the benefit of many blowouts: Friday’s game snapped a franchise-long, 25-game streak in which the Rockies scored six runs or fewer.

Phillies 4, Mets 2

In Philadelphia, Aaron Nola struck out 11 in seven impressive innings to stay unbeaten at Citizens Bank Park, pitching the Phillies past New York.

Nola (14-3) allowed one run on three hits with one walk while lowering his ERA in 2.24. The All-Star is even better at home, improving to 9-0 with a 2.00 mark in 12 starts in Philadelphia this season.

Yankees 7, Blue Jays 5 (7)

In New York, Neil Walker smacked a three-run homer, Giancarlo Stanton added an impressive opposite-field blast and the Yankees rallied for a rain-shortened victory over Toronto.

Stanton hit his 31st homer of the season into a party deck behind the home bullpen in the bottom of the seventh, and a batter later, umpires pulled the teams off the field amid rain at Yankee Stadium. The game was called with one out in the seventh after a delay of 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Nationals 8, Marlins 2

In Washington, Max Scherzer pitched six scoreless innings for his major league-leading 16th win, and Ryan Zimmerman and Matt Wieters homered as the Nationals pounded Miami.

After throwing seven shutout innings against the Cubs Sunday only to watch Chicago win on a walk-off grand slam, Scherzer (16-5) left with a 5-0 lead and watched as the Nationals thwarted a Marlins rally.

Red Sox 7, Rays 3

In Boston, Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run triple and added a pair of doubles, and the Red Sox scored seven straight runs after allowing three in the first to beat Tampa Bay.

Jackie Bradley Jr. had two hits, including an RBI double in the sixth, and the Red Sox improved on the best record in the majors with their 87th victory.

Reds 2, Giants 1 (11)

In Cincinnati, Phillip Ervin led off the 11th inning with a home run over the center field fence, lifting the Reds over San Francisco.

Ervin’s third homer of the season and first career walk-off drive came on a 1-1 pitch from Ray Black (2-2).

Indians 2, Orioles 1

In Cleveland, Carlos Carrasco pitched seven scoreless innings and moved into a tie for the AL lead with his 15th win, Jose Ramirez hit his 37th home run and the Indians beat Baltimore.

Carrasco (15-6) allowed three hits, struck out six and retired his final 10 hitters.

Twins 5, Tigers 4

In Minneapolis, pinch hitter Joe Mauer belted a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh as the Twins edged Detroit.

Eddie Rosario and Tyler Austin added solo home runs for Minnesota, which finally broke through against Tigers starter Matt Boyd to win its fourth straight game.

White Sox 9, Royals 3

In Chicago, Jose Abreu and Nicky Delmonico clubbed three-run homers in a seven-run, seventh-inning outburst, lifting the hosts past Kansas City.

Delmonico went 2-for-4 and had a career-high five RBIs. Tim Anderson went 3-for-3 with a walk and two stolen bases for the White Sox, who have won eight of 14.