Ramirez, Bieber Lead Indians Past Angels, 4-3

Cleveland Indians' Brandon Guyer, right, slides safely into home plate as Los Angeles Angels' Jose Briceno, left, cannot make the tag in the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez hit a three-run homer, rookie Shane Bieber picked up his sixth win and Cleveland beat Los Angeles, 4-3.

Ramirez’s home run in the first inning — his 33rd of the season — came against Deck McGuire, called up from Triple-A Salt Lake to start in place of the injured Tyler Skaggs.

Before the game Angels manager Mike Scioscia dismissed a report that he’s stepping down after this season. Scioscia, who has managed the Angels since 2000, said before Sunday’s game that he won’t talk about his future with the club until the season ends.

The Angels were missing outfielder Mike Trout for the fourth straight game with a lingering right wrist injury.

McGuire (0-2) retired only one batter, allowed three runs and was pulled with the bases loaded in the first.

Bieber (6-2) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

DODGERS 3, ASTROS 2

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brian Dozier delivered a two-run double in the first inning and Manny Machado had three hits with two runs scored as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Houston Astros.

Cody Bellinger had an RBI double for the Dodgers, who prevented a three-game sweep by the team that beat them in last year’s World Series.

George Springer and Tony Kemp homered for the Astros, but Springer exited in the third with left thumb discomfort after he was thrown out trying to steal second base.

Gerrit Cole (10-4), a product of nearby UCLA, allowed three runs in five innings with eight strikeouts.

NATIONALS 2 REDS 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Wieters homered to back Tanner Roark, who went seven innings to win his third straight start.

The Nationals took three of four from the Reds and have won eight of 11 overall.

Roark (6-12) allowed a run on seven singles and got a nice ovation when he made a diving stop on Billy Hamilton’s comebacker to end the seventh. In his last three outings, Roark has allowed two earned runs in 22 innings (0.82 ERA) with 20 strikeouts and a walk.

Washington’s Bryce Harper had two hits including an RBI double and is batting .367 since the All-Star break.

Kelvin Herrera worked the ninth for his third save with the Nationals.

Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo (6-9) allowed two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

WHITE SOX 8, RAYS 7

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Daniel Palka hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the ninth inning and Chicago completed its first three-game sweep in a year.

It was Chicago’s first three-game sweep since Aug. 8-10, 2017 against Houston. The White Sox’s last three-game road sweep occurred April 25-27, 2016 at Toronto.

GIANTS 3, D-BACKS 2

PHOENIX (AP) — Evan Longoria’s solo home run in the eighth inning led San Francisco past Arizona.

Longoria drilled Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley’s 2-2 fastball with one out into the outcropping of seats in left-center field to break a tie. It was Longoria’s 12th home run of the season.

The Diamondbacks’ loss and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ win Sunday created a tie for first place atop the NL West between the two teams.

Bradley (3-3) entered the game leading the NL in holds with 30. He had not allowed a run to the Giants in 12 straight games against them.

TWINS 6, ROYALS 5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rookie Jake Cave hit his first career grand slam and closer Fernando Rodney survived a chaotic ninth inning as Minnesota beat Kansas City.

Rodney gave up Whit Merrifield’s fourth hit of the game leading off the ninth, but catcher Mitch Garver threw him out trying to steal second. Rodney then allowed two more base runners, but with the tying run 90 feet away he retired Rosell Herrera on a ground ball to earn his 24th save in 30 chances.

ATHLETICS 6, TIGERS 0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Trevor Cahill struck out 10 in six innings, Khris Davis and Matt Chapman both homered for the second consecutive game and Oakland beat Detroit to complete a season sweep.

Matt Olson also homered and Ramon Laureano added three hits and an RBI to help the streaking A’s win their sixth straight.

PADRES 10, CUBS 6

CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs ace Jon Lester was hit hard again and San Diego also battered Chicago’s bullpen.

Cory Spangenberg put the Padres ahead to stay with a tiebreaking double off Carl Edwards Jr. (3-2) with two outs in the eighth inning. Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer and Travis Jankowski added a two-run single in San Diego’s four-run ninth against Randy Rosario.

Renfroe finished with three RBIs, helping the last-place Padres split the four-game series after they blew a four-run lead in the finale.

Craig Stammen (5-1) got the win despite allowing pinch-hitter Anthony Rizzo’s tying single.

Lester was tagged for five runs and eight hits in five innings. The All-Star lefty was 10-2 with a 2.18 ERA after beating the Dodgers on June 26, but has a 6.81 ERA in seven starts since.

BRAVES 5, METS 4, 10 INN.

NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Markakis hit a go-ahead home run in the 10th inning and the Atlanta Braves, helped by pitcher Julio Teheran’s first big league homer, rallied to beat New York.

Markakis finished with four hits and took over the NL lead from teammate Freddie Freeman.

Ender Inciarte also homered as the Braves posted their sixth victory in seven games. The NL East contenders took three of four at Citi Field for their first winning road series in more than a month.

Devin Mesoraco hit a tying home run in the Mets ninth — he was standing at second base when a replay review showed the ball cleared the wall, making it 4-all.

A.J. Minter (4-2), who had been 8 for 8 in save chances this year, got the win despite giving up Mesoraco’s solo drive. Braves rookie Jesse Biddle worked around Wilmer Flores’ leadoff double in the 10th for his first big league save.

ORIOLES 9, RANGERS 6

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mark Trumbo homered twice and drove in five runs as Baltimore beat Texas to avoid a four-game sweep.

Trumbo’s two-run homer in the third inning put the Orioles ahead to stay at 6-5 against Drew Hutchison (1-2), who was making his Rangers debut. The teams had scored in every half-inning before that, with the lead changing hands in four of those.

Trumbo added a two-run shot against Matt Moore in the seventh. Austin Wynns and Jonathan Villar also homered for Baltimore.

PHILLIES 5, MARLINS 3

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning and surging Philadelphia completed a four-game sweep of Miami.

Cabrera, acquired in a July 27 trade with the New York Mets, crushed a 2-0 slider from Drew Steckenrider (3-2) into the right field seats for his 20th homer and his second in as many days.

Pat Nehsek (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Tommy Hunter worked the ninth for his second save as the Phillies overcame a mediocre outing from Aaron Nola for their fifth straight win. Philadelphia improved to an NL-best 38-18 at home and maintained its 1Ç-game lead over Atlanta atop the NL East.

ROCKIES 5

BREWERS 4, 11 INNINGS

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the 11th inning to lift Cloroado past Milwaukee thanks to an overturned replay review.

Arenado’s 29th homer of the season came off Brewers closer Corey Knebel (2-2) and helped the Rockies avoid a sweep, giving them a sigh of relief on the flight home after an otherwise tough Midwest trip.

With Colorado closer Wade Davis struggling, the Brewers rallied for three runs in the ninth off Adam Ottavino in a save situation. But given a second chance, newly acquired reliever Seunghwan Oh closed out the Brewers in the 11th.

Scott Oberg (7-0) got the win, allowing a hit erased by a double play in the 10th.

MARINERS 6, BLUE JAYS 3

SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager hit two home runs and Nelson Cruz added another as Seattle powered past Toronto.

The Mariners had been held to three or fewer runs in 18 of their last 23 games, including three straight losses to the Blue Jays to begin the series, but got 10 hits Sunday as they snapped a five game losing streak.

RED SOX 5, YANKEES 4, 10 innings

BOSTON (AP) — Andrew Benintendi’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning capped Boston’s rally from three runs down in the ninth against New York closer Aroldis Chapman, and the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep over the rival Yankees.

Boston opened a 9 1/2-game lead atop the AL East over the Yankees, who lost their season-high fifth straight.

Boston (79-34) has won eight of nine games and owns the majors’ best record.

The Yankees hadn’t been swept in a four-game series by the Red Sox when they entered a series 30 or more games over .500 since 1939, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Sandy Leon looped a two-out single off Jonathan Holder (1-3) in the 10th and advanced on a wild pitch. Tony Renda pinch-ran before Benintendi’s single bounced up the middle to the right of second-base.

Matt Barnes (4-3) worked a perfect inning in the top of the 10th.

COMMENTS