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Angels throw combined no-hitter in emotional return home
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ANAHEIM (AP) — Taylor Cole and Felix Pena of the Los Angeles Angels pitched the second combined no-hitter in franchise history, beating the Seattle Mariners 13-0 Friday night in the team’s first home game since the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

It is the second no-hitter in the majors this season. Oakland’s Mike Fiers no-hit Cincinnati on May 7.

Mallex Smith ended the game with a sharp grounder to second baseman Luis Rengifo, who threw to Justin Bour for the final out and the 11th no-hitter in Angels franchise history.

The right-handers combined for eight strikeouts and retired the first 13 batters. The only Seattle player to reach base was designated hitter Omar Narvaez, who walked with one out in the fifth inning.



BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer, Eduardo Rodriguez struck out 10 and Boston beat Los Angeles in the opener of a three-game rematch of the 2018 World Series.

Rafael Devers and Christian Vázquez also homered for the Red Sox, who broke the game open with a five-run rally that was interrupted by a one-hour rain delay in the seventh inning.

The Red Sox, who beat the Dodgers in five games to win their ninth World Series title, returned from the All-Star break with their fifth straight victory.

Rodriguez (10-4) tied his season-high for strikeouts and held the Dodgers to five hits in seven innings.

Alex Verdugo hit his 10th homer and Kenta Maeda struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings for the Dodgers.

The Dodgers fell to 1-6 at Fenway Park in the few regular-season meetings between the franchises.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Minnesota slowed Cleveland’s charge in the AL Central as Jorge Polanco’s two-run double in the seventh inning helped end the Indians’ six-game winning streak.

The Twins took advantage of an error in the seventh by reliever Nick Goody before Polanco delivered his clutch, two-out hit off Oliver Perez (2-2).

Nelson Cruz and Mitch Garver homered for Minnesota.

Zack Littell (2-0) pitched a scoreless sixth, Ryne Harper worked the seventh and left-hander Taylor Rogers got six outs for his 13th save.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Tommy Pham and Nate Lowe homered and Tampa Bay emerged from the All-Star break by scoring seven runs in the first inning in the rout of Baltimore.

Lowe had a career-high four hits and three RBIs, and Kevin Kiermaier had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two.

Yonny Chirinos (8-4) had an easy time earning his first victory in six starts since June 7. He gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts.

The Rays sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning against Dylan Bundy (4-11). After Pham homered, Tampa Bay added four doubles and three singles in an uprising that Bundy fueled with a wild pitch and a walk.



NEW YORK (AP) — Domingo Germán cruised through six innings of three-hit ball, Edwin Encarnación hit a three-run double and New York beat Toronto.

New York has won 17 of 21 and boasts the American League’s best record at 58-31.

Germán (11-2) threw just 78 pitches, 54 for strikes, and retired 15 in a row following Eric Sogard’s leadoff hit. He had seven strikeouts. Tommy Kahnle and Chad Green combined for three scoreless innings in relief.

Aaron Sanchez (3-13) allowed four runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter in five innings. He leads the majors in losses.

Brett Gardner was 2 for 4 and also threw out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. trying to stretch a double to left in the seventh.


MIAMI (AP) — Garrett Cooper, Curtis Granderson and Brian Anderson all homered and drove in two runs to power Miami past New York.

The Marlins beat the Mets for the fourth straight time.

Miami’s Caleb Smith (5-4) pitched six innings, allowing two unearned runs and three hits. He struck out six and worked around a season-high five walks.

Granderson and Cooper hit consecutive homers as part of a four-run third inning off Jason Vargas (3-5). The pair keyed another rally in the sixth. Starlin Castro added an RBI triple in the eighth.



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out six in six innings, Victor Robles hit a two-run single and Washington blanked Philadelphia.

Strasburg (11-4) allowed seven hits and walked one, extending his dominance over the Phillies. He’s 13-2 against them, 6-0 in Philadelphia.

Phillies starter Nick Pivetta (4-4) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.

Ryan Zimmerman drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the third. Juan Soto made it 4-0 with a sacrifice fly off Ranger Suarez.


CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Heyward hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two out in the eighth inning, and Chicago beat Pittsburgh.

Kris Bryant set up Heyward’s winning hit with a one-out walk off Kyle Crick (3-5). The All-Star slugger advanced on Victor Caratini’s two-out walk and then hustled home from second on Heyward’s opposite-field hit to left, sliding home just ahead of the tag attempt by catcher Elias Díaz.

Randy Rosario (1-0) the fourth of five Cubs relievers, got the last out of the eighth for the win. Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth for his third save in four chances.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Martin Maldonado and Jorge Soler hit late homers and Whit Merrifield scored on a wild pitch as Kansas City beat Detroit.

Bubba Starling was hitless in his long-awaited major league debut for Kansas City, and the Royals lost starter Danny Duffy to a bruised pitching hand.

Maldonado hit a solo homer that snapped a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning. Merrifield hit a double, stole third and scored on a wild pitch in the same inning. Soler added an insurance run, opening the eighth inning with his 24th homer of the season.

Victor Reyes had three hits and scored twice for the Tigers.

Jake Newberry (1-0) picked up the win; Ian Kennedy struck out two and earned the save.

Blaine Hardy (1-1) allowed two hits and two earned runs with a strikeout in 2/3 of an inning for the loss.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Danny Santana lined a game-winning single with two outs in the ninth inning and Texas rallied from a four-run deficit after major league strikeout leader Gerrit Cole exited the game.

Elvis Andrus had a one-out single and a stolen base before Joey Gallo drew a walk off Roberto Osuna (3-2). Santana, who homered earlier, ended it with a liner just out of the reach of center fielder George Springer.

Shawn Kelley (5-2) had a perfect ninth.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jake Lamb and Ketel Marte homered, Robbie Ray allowed just two hits over 6 1/3 innings, and Arizona beat St. Louis.

Ray (7-6) struck out eight and walked two as the Diamondbacks won their fourth straight.

Yoshihisa Hirano finished the seventh and Yoan López allowed an unearned run in the eighth before Greg Holland earned his 15th save in 19 tries.

Daniel Ponce de Leon, named the starter in place of ailing Adam Wainwright, gave up one run over a season-high 6 2/3 innings. He allowed three hits, struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter.


DENVER (AP) — Daniel Murphy hit a go-ahead solo shot in the eighth for his first homer at Coors Field as a member of the Rockies and Colorado snapped a six-game skid with the win over Cincinnati.

Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, David Dahl tied the game with a solo homer off David Hernandez (2-5). Two batters later, Murphy, who also had an RBI double, hit is eighth homer of the season.

Jairo Diaz (2-2) picked up the win despite a rocky eighth and Wade Davis threw a 1-2-3 ninth for his 13th save.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Josh Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs, Ronald Acuna Jr. had a 455-foot shot and Dallas Keuchel pitched seven strong innings to lead NL East-leading Atlanta over San Diego.

Keuchel (3-2) held San Diego to one run and six hits, struck out five and walked four in his fifth start since signing as a free agent on June 7. He also started the Braves’ final game before the All-Star break, pitching 7 1/3 strong innings in a win against Miami.