NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Yankees earned their eighth consecutive victory while sending the Houston Astros to their seventh consecutive loss. Giancarlo Stanton hit a pair of go-ahead, two-run singles off the glove of third baseman Yuli Gurriel in consecutive innings as the Yanks beat Houston for the third straight night, 7-5. Gio Urshela and Austin Romine went deep for New York, which has homered in a team record-tying 25 consecutive games.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – CJ Cron bashed a home run before providing a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning to send the Minnesota Twins past the Kansas City Royals, 5-3. Miguel Sano and Jake Cave also homered for the Twins, who blew a 3-0 lead in the eighth before beating Kansas City for the second straight day. The Twins’ Jose Berrios allowed two runs on five hits but had to leave the game with two on and nobody out in the eighth with a blister on his right ring finger.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Freddie Freeman drove in five runs and the Atlanta Braves rallied from a four-run deficit against Washington’s beleaguered bullpen and beat the Nationals 13-9. Dansby Swanson’s three-run blast broke a deadlock in the eighth inning and helped the Braves stretch their lead in the NL East to 5 1/2 games over Philadelphia. Atlanta has won 12 of its last 15 and avoided dropping consecutive games for the first time since June 5-6.
UNDATED (AP) – The Chicago Cubs’ lead in the NL Central is down to a half-game over Milwaukee and one game over St. Louis. Pete Alonso set an NL rookie record for homers before the All-Star break, slamming his 26th in the Mets’ 10-2 thrashing of the Cubs. Yasmani Grandal hit a solo homer and an RBI double in the Brewers’ 6-5 victory against Cincinnati, and Marcell Ozuna’s two-run shot helped the Cardinals down the Los Angeles Angels, 4-2.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Alex Verdugo’s second home run of the night was a walk-off blast in the 11th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers their fifth straight win, 5-4 over the Colorado Rockies. His fourth hit of the game was also his second career game-ending homer, one night after Matt Beaty launched a walk-off shot for Los Angeles. Beaty tied Saturday’s game at 4 in the eighth with an RBI single.