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UNDATED (AP) — The Cubs now lead the NL Central by 1 ½ games over Milwaukee and St. Louis following Chicago's 3-1 loss at San Francisco. Jarrett Parker hit a tiebreaking single and Hunter Pence homered to back Madison Bumgarner, who limited the Cubs to five hits over seven innings. Bartolo Colon worked seven innings to lead Minnesota's 4-0 shutout of the Brewers, and Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ehr moh-LEE'-nuh) belted a go-ahead, grand slam to lead the Cardinals to their fifth consecutive win, 8-5 over Kansas City.
UNDATED (AP) — Boston's eighth consecutive win keeps the Red Sox four games ahead of the second-place New York Yankees in the AL East. The Bosox scored five runs without an RBI, thanks to a pair of errors, two wild pitches and a passed ball in an 8-2 trouncing of Tampa Bay. The Yankees kept pace by getting homers from Todd Frazier, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius (DEE'-dee greh-GOHR'-ee-uhs) in an 11-5 rout of Toronto.
UNDATED (AP) — The Colorado Rockies regained the NL's first wild-card spot and prevented the Cleveland Indians from expanding their four-game lead in the AL Central. Charlie Blackmon's 27th home run of the season sent the Rockies to a 3-2, 12-inning win over the Indians. Cleveland was two outs away from a 2-1 win until Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy) doubled home Carlos Gonzalez in the ninth.
CHICAGO (AP) — Houston's 7-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox leaves the Astros with a 13-game lead over Seattle in the AL West. The game was scoreless until Chicago put together a four-run sixth on Tim Anderson's two-run homer and a two-run single by Yolmer Sanchez. Miguel Gonzalez tossed five-hit ball over eight innings and blanked the Astros until Derek Fisher's homer in the eighth, the lone bright spot in Houston's eighth loss in 11 games.
UNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals and Los Angeles Dodgers added to their hefty division leads by knocking off the second-place clubs. The Nats top the NL East by 14 games after Ryan Zimmerman went 4-for-4 with two home runs, five RBIs and four runs scored in a 10-1 laugher against Miami. Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig (YAH'-see-ul pweeg) had RBI hits in the seventh inning as the Dodgers downed the Diamondbacks, 3-2 to take a 15-game lead in the NL West.
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