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Betts slugs 16th HR as Red Sox beat Rays

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Chris Sale has high praise for Boston teammate Mookie Betts, and with good reason.

Betts hit his major league-leading 16th homer, Sale struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings and the Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

"I knew once we got a lead with that guy, we were in pretty good shape," Betts said.


Albies' HR, McCarthy get Braves by Phils

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ��� Brandon McCarthy keeps finding ways to beat the Phillies.

McCarthy tossed 5 2/3 sharp innings, Ozzie Albies hit his 14th homer and the Atlanta Braves beat Philadelphia 3-1 on Tuesday night.


Harper hits 15th homer, Nats edge Padres

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals center fielder Michael Taylor hasn't had many good days this season. He hopes Tuesday night's performance is a sign of things to come.

Taylor's one-out double in the ninth scored 19-year-old Juan Soto with the game-winning run in Washington's 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. He also threw out a runner at the plate for the final out in the sixth inning with the score 1-1.


Marlins beat Mets, newcomer Bautista

NEW YORK (AP) A few more starts like this and Caleb Smith might start getting a lot more attention.

The 26-year-old lefty pitched neatly into the seventh inning against a Mets lineup that included newcomer Jose Bautista, leading the Miami Marlins over New York 5-1 on a damp Tuesday night.


Ramirez clubs 14th HR, Indians rout Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Jose Ramirez turned on a knee-high pitch and launched the Indians toward a lopsided victory.

Ramirez hit his 14th homer and Cleveland routed the Chicago Cubs 10-1 on Tuesday night in their first meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series.


Brewers beat slumping Diamondbacks 1-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) As Domingo Santana's towering fly ball with two runners on in the fourth inning carried toward the center-field fence, the crowd at Miller Park cheered, anticipating the drive would break a scoreless tie and give the Milwaukee Brewers a lead.

Arizona Diamondbacks center fielder Jarrod Dyson, after breaking in on the ball, silenced the fans when he made a twisting, leaping catch above the wall to rob Santana.


Harvey tops Bucs for first win with Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) So far, Matt Harvey is making good on his second chance.

The former Mets ace allowed only one run over six innings for his first win with the Cincinnati Reds, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam in the last two seasons on Tuesday night for a 7-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Taylor, Puig HRs lift Dodgers by Rockies

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Taylor hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and Yasiel Puig followed with a solo shot, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers past the NL West-leading Colorado Rockies 5-3 on Tuesday night.

The victory snapped the Dodgers' five-game skid against Colorado at home, where they are just 9-14.


Hamels cools off Yankees in Rangers' win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Cole Hamels is focused for now on trying to help the last-place Texas Rangers win some games and being a mentor to so many of their young players.

Down the stretch this season, the veteran lefty could be pitching for a contender - maybe a team like the New York Yankees.

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