MLB

Peralta, D-backs down Dodgers to up lead in West

LOS ANGELES — It had been nearly four months since the Diamondbacks and Dodgers played each other. Not much has changed. Arizona remains the dominant team. David Peralta hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning and the NL West leaders won 3-1 on Thursday night in the opener of a pivotal series. “This is a tight division right now ...

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Reyes’ walk off HR lifts Padres to third straight win

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Franmil Reyes homered with two outs in the 13th inning to give the San Diego Padres a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night. Reyes connected off Bryan Shaw (4-6) for his 12th homer. It was only the sixth hit for San Diego. The Rockies had only three hits. Robert Stock (1-1) pitched three ...

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Preview: Brewers at Nationals | FOX Sports

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals were expected to be in the midst of a pennant race as August wound down. Instead it is the Milwaukee Brewers who are in the running for a playoff spot. Milwaukee comes to Washington for three games beginning Friday after beating the Cincinnati Reds for the second straight day on Thursday. The Brewers (75-60) got ...

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Champion Astros extend manager Hinch’s contract through 2022

HOUSTON (AP) — That new contract A.J. Hinch got from the Houston Astros also came with a huge set of expectations. “When I hired A.J., at the press conference, I said, ‘A.J.’s going to be our manager when we win the first World Series for Houston,’” general manager Jeff Luhnow said Thursday. “I’m now telling you that A.J. is going ...

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Kipnis hits 3-run homer, sends Indians past Twins 5-3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis kept watching and hoping. Kipnis’ high drive barely cleared the right field wall for a three-run homer that broke a sixth-inning tie and sent the Cleveland Indians over the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Thursday. Usually, when it’s close, Kipnis said he tries to study “the outfielder and see how big his eyes are getting or ...

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Reds fall to Brewers, 2-1, in 11 innings

CINCINNATI (AP) — Lorenzo Cain hit a home run off the top of the left field fence in the 11th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers, a day after winning a slugfest that went extras, edged the Cincinnati Reds 2-1 Thursday. NL batting leader Christian Yelich went 0 for 4 with a bases-loaded walk for Milwaukee. On Wednesday night, he went ...

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Indians’ Jason Kipnis sinks Twins with 3-run homer

CLEVELAND — Jason Kipnis hit a three-run homer that broke a sixth-inning tie and sent the Cleveland Indians over the Minnesota Twins 5-3 on Thursday. The AL Central-leading Indians opened a 14-game lead over second-place Minnesota. Cleveland is 31-11 against division opponents, and needed this win to beat the Twins 10-9 in the season series. Kipnis’ high drive off reliever ...

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Souza Jr., Godley guide Diamondbacks back into win column

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It had been a couple of weeks since Steven Souza Jr. approached Arizona manager Torey Lovullo in Cincinnati about batting leadoff, so the right fielder began to question whether he would get his chance. “I was wondering,” he said. Then, with the offense in a deep funk, Souza arrived at the ballpark Wednesday and checked the ...

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Tampa Bay Rays 8, Atlanta Braves 5

ATLANTA (AP) — C.J. Cron has been connecting for some big hits during Tampa Bay’s recent hot streak. After the Rays fell short the night before, Cron felt the collective mood shift when he gave his club a one-run lead early on. “It keeps the whole team morale up,” he said. “When the team’s having a good time, it’s easier ...

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