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Betts leads Red Sox to win … Dodgers set NL record … Rafael Nadal reaches 33rd Slam SF at US Open

BOSTON (AP) – Mookie Betts homered on the first two pitches he saw, collecting four hits and five RBIs in all, and Eduardo Rodriguez allowed just five singles in seven shutout innings to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Joc Pederson hit a leadoff homer and a two-run shot as the Los Angeles Dodgers set a National League record with their 250th long ball this season in beating the Colorado Rockies 7-3 to complete a three-game sweep. Pederson, on a powerful tear at the plate, socked five homers and a double in a string of six at-bats that dated back to Sunday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Sean Murphy homered for his first hit in his major league debut, Marcus Semien added a two-run shot two batters later and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-0. Murphy drove an 0-1 pitch from Jake Jewell over the right center wall in the fifth inning and replays showed his proud parents cheering and celebrating in the stands.

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Diamondbacks rookie Zac Gallen lost his no-hit bid with one out in the seventh inning on a clean single by the San Diego Padres’ Manny Machado. Machado ripped a line drive into right field. The ball was hit so hard, outfielder Jarrod Dyson tried to scoop it up and fire to first base, but he bobbled the transfer and Machado reached easily. Gallen had struck out six, walked one, hit a batter and thrown 88 pitches entering the seventh.

NEW YORK (AP) -Rafael Nadal has reached his 33rd Grand Slam semifinal and prevented Diego Schwartzman from making it to his first. Nadal beat Schwartzman 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 in Arthur Ashe Stadium to move a step closer to a fourth U.S. Open championship and 19th major title in all, which would be just one short of Roger Federer’s record. Nadal will meet No. 24 Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the semifinals Friday.

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