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Pirates Fall to Surging Twins

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Derek Holland throws against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning of a baseball game Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz’s RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning gave Minnesota a victory over Pittsburgh Pirates for its fourth straight win.

Cruz, who knocked in two runs to raise his season total to 14 RBIs, drove a pitch from Pirates reliever and former Twins draft pick Nick Burdi (0-1) over the head of center fielder Cole Tucker with runners at second and third and one out.

The Pirates (2-8), who lost their fifth consecutive game and have the worst record in the major leagues, put a runner on against Twins closer Taylor Rogers (1-0) but were unable to convert.

Tucker homered on the first pitch of the night while batting leadoff for the first time in his career for the Pirates, who squandered a 4-0 lead.

METS 7, BRAVES 3

ATLANTA (AP) — Jacob deGrom struck out a season-high 10 in six innings and the New York Mets snapped a five-game skid Monday night with a 7-2 victory over the Braves that was overshadowed by a season-ending injury to Atlanta ace Mike Soroka.

Soroka tore his Achilles tendon in the third inning as he took a step toward first to cover the bag — a huge blow to the two-time defending NL East champions.

YANKEES 6, PHILLIES 3

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole won his debut in Yankee pinstripes for his 19th consecutive regular-season victory, leading New York past Philadelphia.

DJ LeMahieu led off the bottom of the first with a home run off Jake Arrieta (0-1), who made his first appearance since surgery last August to remove a bone spur from his right elbow.

ROCKIES 7, GIANTS 6

DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado hit his first homer of the season to ignite a five-run sixth inning and Colorado matched its best start in franchise history by beating San Francisco.

REDS 3, INDIANS 2

CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto hit a two-run, go-ahead homer, Nick Castellanos also connected and Cincinnati beat Cleveland.

Sonny Gray (3-0) shook off a tough start to complete six strong innings, and Cincinnati ended a six-game home losing streak against their in-state rival.

Votto snapped an 0-for-11 skid when he followed Shogo Akiyama’s leadoff single in the sixth with a no-doubt shot off Zach Plesac (0-1).

Indians manager Terry Francona missed his second straight game and the first of four straight Reds-Indians games while dealing with a gastrointestinal condition not believed to be connected to COVID-19. First base and catching coach Sandy Alomar managed.

Francisco Lindor’ hits his third home run of the season.

Gray allowed four hits and two runs, one earned, with two walks and eight strikeouts.

CUBS 2, ROYALS 0

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant homered in his return to the lineup and Alec Mills pitched seven effective innings, helping Chicago beat Kansas City for its fourth consecutive win.

Javier Baez had a sacrifice fly and a nice play in the field as NL Central-leading Chicago improved to 8-2 for the first time since 2016. Bryant also doubled in the first after missing two games with a stomach ailment.

Mills (2-0) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three on a wet, windy night at Wrigley Field.

Kansas City wasted a solid performance by Danny Duffy (0-2), who pitched six innings of one-run ball. The Royals finished with five hits in their fourth straight loss.

Bryant connected for his first homer of the season in the seventh, hitting a drive to center off Ian Kennedy. Casey Sadler then got the first two outs of the eighth for Chicago before Rowan Wick finished for his second save.

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