Harper injured as Nationals beat Giants

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, second from right, is helped off the field after he was injured during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Rookie Andrew Benintendi rocketed a pair of three-run homers off All-Star Luis Severino as the Boston Red Sox bounced back from a tough loss to beat the New York Yankees 10-5

WASHINGTON — Bryce Harper sustained what appeared to be a serious left knee injury when he slipped on a wet first base and his left leg buckled while running out a grounder early in the Washington Nationals' 3-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.

Harper clutched at his knee while on the wet field and put no weight on his left leg as he was helped off. The 2015 NL MVP left the game immediately, and manager Dusty Baker said Harper hyperextended his knee and would have an MRI.

The result of the game meant little for Washington, which leads the NL East by 14 ½ games, or San Francisco, which is out of contention.

RED SOX 10, YANKEES 5

Rookie Andrew Benintendi rocketed a pair of three-run homers off All-Star Luis Severino as Boston bounced back from a tough loss to rough up New York.

A day after blowing a late lead, the AL East leaders battered Severino for a career-worst 10 runs. Drew Pomeranz pitched the Red Sox to their ninth win in 10 games and restored their 4½-game lead over New York.

INDIANS 3, RAYS 0

ST. PETRSBURG, Florida — Jay Bruce drove in his first two runs for Cleveland and Mike Clevinger struck out nine.

Bruce, acquired in a trade from the New York Mets on Wednesday, drove in the first run with a two-out fly ball that dropped for a double between left fielder Corey Dickerson and third baseman Trevor Plouffe in the first inning.

After leading off the third with a double, Francisco Lindor scored on Chris Archer's two-out wild pitch to make it 2-0.

Bruce drove in another run with a single in the fifth after Jose Ramirez's leadoff double.

DODGERS 6, PADRES 3

LOS ANGELES — Corey Seager's bases-loaded single led to three runs while Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor added solo homers as Los Angeles rallied from a sixth-inning deficit to beat San Diego.

With their 27th win in 32 games, the Dodgers improved the best record in the major leagues to 82-34, on pace for 115 wins.

Trailing 3-1 in the sixth, the Dodgers loaded the bases when Chase Utley doubled between walks to Yamani Grandal and Yasiel Puig from Craig Stammen (0-2). Seager followed with a tying single to right as Yasil Puig took third, and when Seager overran first and got caught in a rundown, Puig broke for home and with a headfirst slide beat the throw from first baseman Wil Myers.

CARDINALS 6, BRAVES 5

ST. LOUIS — Randal Grichuk and Paul DeJong homered and St. Louis stretched its winning streak to eight games.

Carlos Martinez (9-9) tossed six solid innings and also drove in a run for the Cardinals, who moved within 1/2 game of the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Brandon Phillips homered for Atlanta, which lost its fifth in a row.

The eight-game run is the longest for St. Louis since the Cardinals won eight in a row April 28-May 5, 2015.

Grichuk hit his 15th homer of the season in the second to tie the game 2-all. He also added a double in a three-run outburst in the fifth.

DeJong led off the seventh with his team-high 17th home run.

BLUE JAYS 7, PIRATES 2

TORONTO — Chris Rowley pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his major league debut while Jose Bautista scored two runs as Toronto beat Pittsburgh.

A former first lieutenant in the United States Army, Rowley (1-0) missed all of the 2014 and 2015 minor league seasons while on active service, including a stint in Bulgaria.

The right-hander, who began the season at Double-A, allowed one run five hits. He walked one and struck out three. The only run off Rowley came in the second when Josh Bell hit a leadoff triple and scored on a two-out hit by Jordy Mercer.

Mercer added a solo homer off Leonel Campos in the ninth.

RANGERS 8, ASTROS 3

ARLINGTON, Texas — Adrian Beltre had three hits with three RBIs after new Hall of Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez acknowledged his 3,000-hit milestone as Texas handed AL-leading Houston a season-high fifth straight loss.

An RBI double and two-run single from Beltre came after Rodriguez paid tribute to the 38-year-old third baseman during a pre-game ceremony to retire Rodriguez's No. 7. Beltre's 3,000th hit came on the same day Rodriguez was inducted into the Hall of Fame two weeks ago.

Brett Nicholas hit a three-run homer, his first of the season, for a 3-0 lead in the second inning after a 21-minute rain delay in the first. Mike Napoli had a solo shot off Mike Fiers (7-7), who has allowed six home runs in his past two starts against the Rangers.

ANGELS 6, MARINERS 3

SEATTLE — Luis Valbuena's two-run homer in the seventh inning pulled Los Angeles even before Albert Pujols added a two-run double in the eighth and the Angels rallied to beat Seattle.

For the third straight game, the Mariners saw their bullpen problems fester while trying to hold a lead. Valbuena's homer came off reliever Casey Lawrence and after the Mariners got six surprisingly strong innings out of starter Erasmo Ramirez.

Tony Zych (5-3) ran into even more trouble in the eighth. Zych walked the first two batters before giving up Pujols' double to the gap. Kole Calhoun singled and Andrelton Simmons' sacrifice fly scored Pujols for a three-run lead. Seattle's bullpen has allowed 13 runs in the first three games of the series.

TIGERS 12, TWINS 11

DETROIT — Justin Upton hit a two-run homer off Matt Belisle in the ninth inning to give Detroit a win after the Tigers wasted a five-run lead and then overcame a five-run deficit.

After James McCann hit a grand slam in a five-run first inning against Jose Berrios, the Twins tied the score 5-5 in the third, then scored twice in the fourth, once in the fifth and three times in the sixth for an 11-6 lead.

Upton hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh, and McCann hit into a run-scoring forceout in the eighth and scored on Jose Iglesias' home run against Trevor Hildenberger that cut Detroit's gap to 11-10.

Shane Greene (3-2) escaped a bases-loaded jam when he struck out Miguel Sano on a slider. Mikie Mahtook singled against Belisle (0-2) starting the bottom half and Upton drove a high fastball into the left-field seats.

MARLINS 4, ROCKIES 3

MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton continued his power surge with his 41st homer and drove in three runs in Miami's victory over Colorado.

Stanton went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and needs one more home run to tie Gary Sheffield for the Marlins' single-season mark set in 1996.

Stanton has hit 20 home runs in his last 32 games. The last player to accomplish the feat in the same season was the Los Angeles Dodgers' Shawn Green in 2002, according to STATS LLC.

ROYALS 5, WHITE SOX 4

CHICAGO — Melky Cabrera hit a go-ahead, two-run homer against his former team in the eighth inning as Kansas City beat Chicago to stop a five-game losing streak.

Cabrera, acquired from Kansas City on July 30, homered with one out off Aaron Bummer (1-3) and drove in Lorenzo Cain, who led off the inning with a walk and Chris Beck. Cabrera has an eight-game hitting streak. Scott Alexander (3-3) won after allowing a two-run, two-out single in the seventh to Leury Garcia that put Chicago ahead 4-3.

ORIOLES 12, ATHLETICS 5

OAKLAND, California — Tim Beckham hit a two-run double in his second plate appearance of the first inning as Baltimore matched its biggest frame of the season with a seven-run first inning.

Dylan Bundy (12-8) matched his career high with 10 strikeouts, equaling the number from his previous outing, to win his third straight start and fourth consecutive decision. The right-hander allowed three runs and seven hits with three walks as the Orioles won for only the second time in five games.

Adam Jones drove in three runs for Baltimore.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, CUBS 2

PHOENIX — Patrick Corbin pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings and David Peralta hit an inside-the-park home run as Arizona cut Chicago's NL Central lead over St. Louis to a percentage point.

Jon Lester (8-7) allowed four runs — three earned — and seven hits in six innings as the Cubs lost for the seventh time in 10 games.

Chicago led the division by 5½ games before play on Aug. 2, but the Cardinals have closed with eight straight victories, their longest winning streak in two years.

PHILLIES 3, METS 1

PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Nola held an opponent to two runs or fewer for his 10th straight start and Freddy Galvis had a go-ahead single during a fifth-inning rally as Philadelphia beat veteran-shedding New York.

Nola (9-7) gave up one run and two hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts and two walks. He is 6-2 with a 1.71 ERA in his last 10 starts and is the only Phillies pitcher since 1900 to have 10 straight starts of at least six innings while allowing two runs or fewer, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Cesar Hernandez and Tommy Joseph also had RBIs for the Phillies, who won despite just five hits. Odubel Herrera extended his career-best hitting streak to 15 games with an eighth-inning single.

BREWERS 6, REDS 5, 10 INNINGS

MILWAUKEE — Eric Sogard scampered home with the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning as Milwaukee snapped a six-game losing streak.

Sogard started the rally with a one-out double off Reds reliever Tim Adleman (5-10). After Manny Pina flew out to center field, Jesus Aguilar and Eric Thames drew walks to load the bases.

An 0-2 curveball then bounced away from Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, allowing Sogard to slide in just ahead of Adleman's tag attempt.

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