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MLB capsules: Dallas Keuchel shuts down Angels as Houston Astros match franchise’s best start

UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 11:04 p.m.

Houston Astros' Josh Reddick scores on a sacrifice fly by George Springer during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, July 20, 2018. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)
Houston Astros' Josh Reddick scores on a sacrifice fly by George Springer during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, July 20, 2018. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Dallas Keuchel took a no-hitter into the seventh and finished with 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball in the Houston Astros’ 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.

Justin Upton broke up Keuchel’s bid with two outs in the seventh when his line drive escaped the glove of leaping Astros shortstop Marwin Gonzalez. The Angel Stadium scorer awarded a hit instead of an error on what would have been a fine defensive play if Gonzalez had held on.

Keuchel improved to 5-0 in his last seven appearances for the Astros, who are off to the second-best start through 100 games in franchise history.

Josh Reddick had an RBI triple for the Astros. Only last season’s World Series champions got off to a better start than these Astros, who are 15 games ahead of the injury-plagued Angels in the A.L. West.

Mariners 3, White Sox 1: Wade LeBlanc and two relievers combined on a five-hitter, and the Seattle beat visiting Chicago.

LeBlanc gave the Mariners 7 1/3 strong innings in the team’s first game after the All-Star break. LeBlanc surrendered two hits in the first, including Daniel Palka’s RBI double to center field, but gave up only two hits and a walk in his next 6 1/3 innings. He finished with a season-high 10 strikeouts.

Seattle answered Chicago’s early run in the bottom of the first. Dee Gordon, who went 4 for 4, singled to lead off the game against White Sox right-hander James Shields and scored on Nelson Cruz’s sacrifice fly.

The Mariners took the lead in the fourth. Kyle Seager hit a one-out, ground-rule double and advanced to third on Denard Span’s single. Ryon Healy followed with a hard grounder that bounced off third baseman Yolmer Sanchez’s glove, allowing Seager to score on the fielder’s choice.

Reliever Alex Colome finished off a scoreless eighth, and Cruz singled in a run in the bottom of that inning to give Seattle a two-run lead. Mariners closer Edwin Diaz, pitching for the first time since blowing a save but getting the win for the American League in the All-Star Game, pitched a scoreless ninth for his league-leading 37th save.

Rockies 11, Diamondbacks 10: Pinch-hitter Raimel Tapia hit a grand slam in Colorado’s six-run seventh inning, Nolan Arenado had a pair of two-run homers and Colorado defeated Arizona in Phoenix.

Arizona built an 8-5 lead through six innings behind Ketel Marte’s career-high four RBIs and a big night by A.J. Pollock, who had five hits and scored three runs.

Pirates 12, Reds 1: Sean Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte hit a grand slam and Pittsburgh extended its winning streak to a season-high seven games with a rout of the Reds in Cincinnati. The start was delayed 2 hours, 55 minutes, by a thunderstorm.

Corey Dickerson had a solo homer for the Pirates, who finished with 16 hits – their most in a nine-inning game this year.

Giants 5, Athletics 1: Dereck Rodriguez pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning for his fourth consecutive win, and San Francisco the Athletics in Oakland California.

Pablo Sandoval and Ryder Jones homered for the Giants. Andrew McCutchen doubled, drove in a run and made a pair of sliding catches in right field.

The A’s had won 21 of 27, including six of seven at the Coliseum, before losing in front of their first sellout crowd of the season.

Braves 8, Nationals 5: Stephen Strasburg was batted around by the Braves, then engaged in a heated spat with Nationals ace Max Scherzer in the dugout during Washington’s home loss to Atlanta.

The dispute occurred after Strasburg (6-7), activated from the 10-day disabled list earlier in the day and throwing on his 30th birthday, gave up six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked into the dugout, got a pat on the back from Scherzer and sat down on the bench. They began barking at each other, then both quickly went off-camera by leaving the dugout.

The Braves lost All-Star second baseman Ozzie Albies in the third inning, and the team said he was lifted as a precaution because of right hamstring tightness. He had an RBI double and stole a base in a two-run first inning.

Cardinals 18, Cubs 5: Matt Carpenter hit three home runs and two doubles in just six innings, tying the major league record for extra-base hits in a game, and visiting St. Louis hammered Chicago.

Carpenter went 5 for 5 and drove in seven runs. He led off the game with a home run and was pulled after adding a three-run drive in the sixth. Carpenter became the 14th player with five extra-base hits in a game, and the first to do it for the Cardinals.

Trailing 15-1 after Carpenter’s third homer, the Cubs used three position players to pitch the rest of the way – infielder Tommy La Stella, backup catcher Victor Caratini and versatile Ian Happ. La Stella and Caratini gave up homers as the Cubs became the first team since the 1979 Milwaukee Brewers to use three position players on the mound in a game.

Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty (4-4) pitched five innings. He allowed one run and two hits, while pitching around four walks with nine strikeouts.

Chicago’s Jon Lester (12-3) was tagged for a season-high eight runs.

Giants 5, Athletics 1: Dereck Rodriguez pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning for his fourth consecutive win and San Francisco beat the Athletics in Oakland, California.

Pablo Sandoval and Ryder Jones homered for the Giants. Andrew McCutchen doubled, drove in a run and made a pair of sliding catches in right field.

Khris Davis doubled and scored for Oakland.

The A’s had won 21 of 27, including six of seven at the Coliseum, before losing in front of their first sellout crowd of the season.

Dodgers 6, Brewers 4: Manny Machado singled twice and walked twice in his debut with Los Angeles, which used a tiebreaking RBI single by Chris Taylor to beat the sliding Brewers in Milwaukee.

N.L. West-leading Los Angeles was held in check by Wade Miley before going ahead to stay in the seventh. Moments after Yasmani Grandal was cut down at the plate on a nice pickup by catcher Manny Pina, Taylor singled in Chase Utley to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Machado’s second hit then set up Max Muncy’s run-scoring double off Taylor Williams (0-3).

Enrique Hernandez added a three-run homer in the ninth as Los Angeles celebrated the trade for Machado with its fifth win in six games. Rich Hill (3-4) struck out nine in six innings, and Kenley Jansen got three outs for his 28th save.

Mets 7, Yankees 5: Yoenis Cespedes homered in his return from the disabled list, Noah Syndergaard won his second straight start since coming back from an injury but left after a drop in velocity, and the visiting Mets beat the Yankees in a Subway Series opener.

Robert Gsellman pitched two innings for his fifth save as Mets closer Jeurys Familia sat in the bullpen. Manager Mickey Callaway said he was told mid-game not to use Familia because the team was close to trading him.

Red Sox 1, Tigers 0: David Price pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning and Boston kept right on rolling in its first game after the All-Star break, beating the Tigers at Detroit. The Red Sox have won 13 of their last 14, and on this night one run in the first inning was enough for the team with baseball’s best record. Price walked one and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings.

Phillies 11, Padres 5: Carlos Santana homered and drove in four runs, Cesar Hernandez had a two-run double and Philadelphia overcame a four-run first-inning deficit to beat visiting San Diego.

Odubel Herrera added two RBIs for the surprising Phillies, who remained a half-game ahead of Atlanta for first in the N.L. East with their 13th win in 19 games.

The last-place Padres have lost six straight and 22 of 28.

Marlins 6, Rays 5: Derek Dietrich homered twice, including a three-run shot in the seventh inning that broke a tie, to lead Dan Straily and Miami over Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida. Washington State alum Adam Conley, the fourth Marlins reliever, earned his first career save.

Blue Jays 8, Orioles 7 (10): Aledmys Diaz singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Blue Jays recovered after blowing a three-run lead in the ninth to beat Baltimore in Toronto.

Diaz had four hits, including a solo homer, and scored twice as the Blue Jays improved to 7-1 against Baltimore this season.

John Axford (3-1) pitched one inning for the win.

Royals 6, Twins 5: Lucas Duda homered and drove in three runs, Danny Duffy earned his first home win in 11 months and Kansas City held on to beat Minnesota in Kansas City, Missouri.

Duda’s two-out single in the first inning scored Whit Merrifield and Jorge Bonifacio. He then led off the sixth with his eighth homer down the right-field line off Kyle Gibson.

Duffy, who is 5-2 with a 2.58 ERA in his past 11 starts, limited the Twins to one run and five hits over seven innings. Duffy picked up his first Kauffman Stadium victory since Aug. 22, ending an eight-game skid.

Indians 9, Rangers 8 (11): Edwin Encarnacion had an RBI single in the 11th inning to lift Cleveland over Texas in Arlington, Texas.

Joey Gallo homered twice, giving him 24 for the season. His two-run blast to right-center in the seventh got the Rangers within 7-6 when he was the first batter to face Brad Hand, the Indians’ newly acquired All-Star reliever. Gallo and Robinson Chirinos hat back-to-back home runs with two out in the ninth to tie the score.


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