Scherzer near-perfect in milestone game; Dodgers beat Padres

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Max Scherzer got his 3,000th career strikeout and took a perfect game into the eighth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 8-0 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Scherzer retired his first 22 batters before Eric Hosmer doubled to deep right with one out in the eighth. The crowd of 42,637 saluted Scherzer with a standing ovation after he finished the inning.

The 37-year-old All-Star reached 3,000 career strikeouts in the fifth when Hosmer went down swinging.

Scherzer struck out nine overall on 92 pitches. The three-time Cy Young Award winner threw an immaculate inning in the second with three strikeouts on nine pitches.

The Dodgers remained 2 1/2 games behind the NL West-leading San Francisco Giants.

In a big blow, San Diego starter Blake Snell left after 11 pitches with a left adductor injury.

Corey Seager and Mookie Betts hit solo homers, and Justin Turner added a three-run blast in the seventh to back Scherzer (14-4).

Seager went deep with two outs in the fourth off Dinelson Lamet (2-4).

METS 7, YANKEES 6

NEW YORK (AP)Francisco Lindor broke an eighth-inning tie with his third homer, sending a drive into the right-field seats after a pitch tipping spat with Giancarlo Stanton, and the Mets beat the Yankees in a heated Subway Series finale that nearly turned into a brawl.

Lindor hit a three-run homer batting left-handed in the second off on a hanging breaking ball from rookie Clarke Schmidt, had a solo homer in the sixth hitting right-handed on a Wandy Peralta changeup, and broke a 7-7 tie from the left side on a Chad Green (7-7) fastball.

Lindor thought the Yankees whistled Saturday to signal pitches to their batters. The Yankees said it was just Peralta trying to bring energy to the dugout.

It was the first career three-homer game for Lindor.

Seth Lugo (4-2) pitched the eighth, and Edwin Diaz got his 29th save in 35 chances.

The Yankees lost for the 12th time in 15 games following a 13-game winning streak and dropped one game behind Boston and Toronto, who led for the two AL wild cards.

The Mets went 4-2 against the Yankees this year and closed within three games for the second NL wild card, but have three teams in front of them.

CARDINALS 2, REDS 0

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Nolan Arenado homered for the second game in a row and five pitchers combined on a five-hitter as St. Louis beat Cincinnati.

St. Louis has won four of six. The Cardinals began the day two games behind Cincinnati and San Diego for the final NL wild-card spot. Cincinnati has lost five of seven.

Arenado hit a two-run homer in the first off Sonny Gray (7-7), who then retired the next 14 hitters.

St. Louis starter J.A. Happ (9-8) allowed two hits over 5 1/3 innings. Luis Garcia, T.J. McFarland, Genesis Cabrera and Giovanny Gallegos finished, with Gallegos picking up his eighth save in 15 opportunities.

GIANTS 6, CUBS 5

CHICAGO (AP) – Wilmer Flores homered and drove in three runs, Kris Bryant scored two against his former team, and San Francisco hung on against Chicago for its season-high seventh straight win.

Owners of the best record in the majors, the Giants matched their longest streak since a seven-game run in August 2020.

They were rolling along with a 6-3 lead in the seventh before the Cubs scored two while chasing Logan Webb (10-3).

The Cubs had the tying run on in the ninth after Jake McGee gave up a one-out double to pinch-hitter Patrick Wisdom. But Frank Schwindel and Ian Happ each grounded to first to end the game. McGee picked up his 31st save.

Flores matched a career high with his 18th homer when he launched a two-run shot to left against Justin Steele (3-3) in the fifth to stretch the lead to 5-2.

BRAVES 5, MARLINS 3

ATLANTA (AP) – Ozzie Albies and Freddie Freeman each hit a solo homer off Anthony Bass in the seventh inning, Eddie Rosario went deep off Edward Cabrera in the fourth, and Atlanta beat Miami.

The NL East-leading Braves, going for their fourth consecutive title, padded their lead to 4 1/2 games over the Phillies.

Jacob Webb (4-2) faced the minimum in the seventh to earn the win. Bass (3-8) gave up two runs and two hits.

In the ninth, closer Will Smith allowed a leadoff triple to Jesus Sanchez and issued a one-out walk before retiring the next two batters to earn his 32nd save in 37 chances.

BREWERS 11, INDIANS 1

CLEVELAND (AP) – Eric Lauer no-hit Cleveland into the sixth inning a day after Milwaukee threw a history-making no-no, and his teammates belted five homers.

Just hours after Corbin Burnes and Josh Hader combined on the record ninth no-hitter in the majors this season – and Cleveland’s record third time being no-hit this year – Lauer threatened to make it two in a row. He didn’t give up a hit until Ryan Lavarnway singled to center with one out in the sixth.

Lauer (6-5) allowed one run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Kolten Wong and Avisail Garcia each homered twice. Manny Pina also connected, and the Brewers moved closer to the NL Central title with a three-game sweep.

Aaron Civale (10-4) allowed seven runs in three innings.

BLUE JAYS 22, ORIOLES 7

BALTIMORE (AP) – Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez each hit a grand slam, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugged his 44th homer, and Toronto overpowered Baltimore, finishing two runs shy of the franchise record.

Guerrero’s drive tied him with Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani for the major league lead. Jake Lamb also homered during a 10-run third inning for the Blue Jays, who took three of the four in the series.

Blue Jays left-hander Steven Matz (12-7) allowed five runs and six hits with six strikeouts and two walks over six innings.

Orioles rookie left-hander Zac Lowther (0-2), recalled from Triple-A Norfolk on Sept. 6, allowed Gurriel’s grand slam in the first.

WHITE SOX 2, RED SOX 1

CHICAGO (AP) – Leury Garcia homered with two outs in the ninth inning to lift Chicago over Boston.

After Boston reliever Garrett Whitlock (8-4) struck out Eloy Jimenez and Yasmani Grandal to begin the inning, Garcia fell behind 0-2 before hitting a 98 mph fastball over the center-field fence. It was the fifth homer of the season for Garcia, who is filling in at shortstop with starter Tim Anderson on the injured list.

Chicago took a 1-0 lead and a three-hit shutout into the ninth before Craig Kimbrel (4-4) struggled with his control, allowing a hit and two walks before Alex Verdugo’s tying sacrifice fly.

RANGERS 4, ATHLETICS 3

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Isiah Kiner-Falefa had three hits and two RBIs, Taylor Hearn won his fourth straight start and Texas put another dent in Oakland’s playoff hopes.

The A’s, who began the day two games behind the New York Yankees for the second AL wild card, have lost 17 of 26.

Hearn (6-4) did not walk a batter for the third consecutive start and retired 16 of 17 after giving up back-to-back singles in the first.

Danny Santana pitched two scoreless innings. Joe Barlow worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Kiner-Falefa’s two-run single in the third off A’s starter James Kaprielian (7-5) gave the Rangers an early lead.

ASTROS 3, ANGELS 1

HOUSTON (AP) – Lance McCullers Jr. threw six strong innings, Kyle Tucker homered and Houston beat Los Angeles.

McCullers (12-4) permitted one run on three hits with seven strikeouts. He won his third straight decision and has allowed two runs or fewer in three straight starts.

Tucker hit a tiebreaking two-run homer to right-center off Jose Quijada (0-1) in the fifth.

Ryne Stanek pitched a perfect seventh, Kendall Graveman worked the eighth and Ryan Pressly closed it out for his 24th save.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, MARINERS 4

SEATTLE (AP) – Tyler Gilbert gave up two hits in another sharp outing, Ketel Marte homered and Arizona beat Seattle.

Arizona did more damage to the Mariners’ AL wild-card hopes. Seattle is now three games behind Boston for the second wild-card spot with the Red Sox coming to town Monday for a three-game series.

The Diamondbacks broke open a 1-1 game with four consecutive hits off reliever Anthony Misiewicz (4-5) to start the sixth inning.

Gilbert (2-2) allowed two hits – solo home runs by Mitch Haniger in the fourth and Dylan Moore in the sixth – over 5 1/3 innings.

J.B. Wendelken gave up a two-run homer to Jarred Kelenic in the ninth but finished with a strikeout and a putout at first to earn his first save.

ROCKIES 5, PHILLIES 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Garrett Hampson homered twice and knocked in all five runs as Colorado dealt another blow to Philadelphia’s playoff hopes.

Both of Hampson’s homers came on 0-2 pitches – a three-run shot in the fifth inning on a hanging curveball by Phillies starter Aaron Nola and tiebreaking a two-run blast in the seventh off Hector Neris (2-6).

The Phillies fell 4 1/2 games behind NL East-leading Atlanta with 18 games to play.

Reliever Ashton Goudeau (1-0) pitched two innings for the win. Carlos Estevez worked the ninth for his seventh save.

TIGERS 8, RAYS 7, 11 INNINGS

DETROIT (AP) – Robbie Grossman drew a bases-loaded walk in the 11th inning, Jeimer Candelario homered twice, and Detroit beat Tampa Bay.

The walk issued by J.P. Feyereisen (4-4) brought in Victor Reyes.

Candelario’s second homer, a two-run shot, tied the game in the 10th after the Rays took a 7-5 lead in the top of the inning. Kyle Funkhouser (7-3) pitched a scoreless inning to pick up the win.

Yandy Diaz doubled twice and drove in three runs for Tampa Bay. Brett Phillips hit a two-run homer during the Rays’ four-run eighth. Nelson Cruz also homered for the Rays, his 31st.

ROYALS 5, TWINS 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Kyle Isbel drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the eighth inning and Kansas City beat Minnesota.

Adalberto Mondesi homered for the Royals and Whit Merrifield had three hits, including a pair of doubles.

A quartet of relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Jake Brentz (4-2) struck out two in the seventh, Josh Staumont worked out of a jam in the eighth and Scott Barlow finished for his 12th save.

Isbel’s single off Jorge Alcala (3-6) got just past diving second baseman Luis Arraez and rolled into right field to score pinch-runner Hunter Dozier.

NATIONALS 6, PIRATES 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Patrick Corbin worked seven strong innings as Washington avoided a three-games sweep at Pittsburgh.

Corbin (8-14) allowed two runs on four hits, striking out four with two walks.

Lane Thomas hit a three-run homer in the fourth off Bryse Wilson (2-7) to put the Nationals in front to stay. Luis Garcia and Alex Avila also homered for Washington. Juan Soto doubled and tripled and is hitting .407 (22 of 54) over his last 16 games.

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