Paxton powers Mariners past Kansas City 1-0

Monday, July 2, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) — James Paxton limited Kansas City to two hits and struck out 11 in eight innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Royals 1-0 on Sunday for their season-best seventh consecutive victory.

Paxton (8-2), from Ladner, British Columbia, pitched on Canada Day — and his bobblehead day at Safeco Field.

Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save.

Kansas City rookie Brad Keller (2-3) allowed six hits in eight innings. He allowed only one extra-base hit, Kyle Seager's double in the seventh inning.

The only run came in the second inning. Ben Gamel dropped a broken-bat single into shallow center to score Kyle Seager from second base. Seager singled to right before Ryon Healy singled to center.

 

DODGERS 6, ROCKIES 4

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp got three hits and drove in four runs, including a go-ahead homer leading off the eighth inning that rallied the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Colorado Rockies 6-4 on Sunday to prevent a sweep.

Kemp was 1 for 6 in the first two games of the series, which the Dodgers lost by identical scores of 3-1.

Kemp sent his 14th homer of the season over the center-field wall off Adam Ottavino (4-2) to put Los Angeles ahead 5-4. It was the Dodgers' first homer of July after they hit a major league-leading and franchise-record 55 in June.

Nolan Arenado hit his 21st homer and had an RBI grounder, helping the Rockies take a 4-2 lead in the fifth.

Rockies starter Chad Bettis was pulled after three innings because of a hot spot on his right pinkie finger. The right-hander allowed two runs and three hits, struck out two and walked two in his shortest outing of the season.

 

CUBS 11, TWINS 10

CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester hit a three-run homer that highlighted an eight-run burst in the second inning and wound up with his NL-leading 11th win as the Chicago Cubs held off the Minnesota Twins 11-10 on Sunday.

Chicago swept the three-game series and has won four in a row overall. Lester (11-2) allowed four runs, two of them earned, and nine hits in five-plus innings.

Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer off reliever Dillon Maples as the Twins scored five times in the eighth. 

Brian Dozier hit a two-run homer and Jake Cave also homered for the Twins. Minnesota concluded a 1-5 Chicago road trip that began with two losses in three tries to the White Sox, and fell 10 games below .500 for the first time this season.

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