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Baez’s Bat Lifts Cubs Over LA…Braves Lead NL East Despite Loss to Harvey, Reds…Carpenter Homers Twice for Cards

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Javier Baez was the hitting star in the Chicago Cubs’ 9-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, going 4-for-5 with a grand slam and a solo shot. Baez capped Chicago’s six-run sixth with a bases-loaded blast after Los Angeles carried a 2-1 lead into the inning. The outcome keeps the Cubs 2 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Brewers and puts the Dodgers 2 1/2 behind Arizona in the NL West race.

ATLANTA (AP) – Atlanta’s 5-3 loss to Cincinnati keeps the Braves atop the NL East by 3 1/2 games over the Phillies. Matt Harvey had his best outing since joining the Reds, yielding just one run and six hits over 6 2/3s to drop his ERA to 5.28. Jesse Winker was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles in Cincinnati’s eighth victory in nine games.

UNDATED (AP) – The New York Yankees have hung onto their half-game lead in the AL East following wins by the Bombers and Boston Red Sox. Aaron Hicks and Didi Gregorius each hit solo homers and Luis Severino picked up his major league-leading 12th win as the Yankees blanked the Phillies, 6-0 in Philadelphia. Jackie Bradley Jr. provided a solo shot and four RBIs in the Bosox’s fourth win in five games, a 9-1 trouncing of the Los Angeles Angels.

HOUSTON (AP) – Charlie Morton improved to 10-1 and the Houston Astros kept their 3 1/2-game lead over Seattle in the AL West with a 7-0 shutout of Toronto. Alex Bregman went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored to back Morton, who struck out 13 over seven innings. Kyle Seager drilled a solo homer and provided the go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning of the Mariners’ 3-2 victory at Baltimore.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Matt Carpenter hit a pair of solo homers and an RBI single in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 11-2 thumping of the Cleveland Indians. Jose Martinez clubbed a three-run blast and Kolten Wong added a two-run shot in support of Carlos Martinez, who struck out eight and allowed two runs over six innings. Corey Kluber was rocked for six runs in just 1 2/3 innings as the Indians saw their lead in the AL Central stay at 7 1/2 games over Minnesota following the Twins’ 8-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

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