Mariners take AL West lead from Texas, beat Royals 3-2 behind Castillo's 7 shutout innings


Luis Castillo pitched seven shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners grabbed sole possession of first place in the AL West, beating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Teoscar Hernández and Julio Rodríguez homered off rookie Alec Marsh (0-7) as the Mariners (74-56) won for the 11th time in 12 games and improved to a major league-best 36-14 since July 1.

Seattle moved one game ahead of Texas (73-57) and Houston (74-58). The Mariners trailed by 7 1/2 games on Aug. 15 but have sole possession of first this late in a season for the first time since 2003.

Castillo (11-7) allowed one hit, struck out six and walked one to win his fourth straight start. Andrés Muñoz struck out the side in the ninth for his 10th save.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jonathan Hernández (1-2) walked three batters in the 13th inning, among a season-high 10 walks by Texas pitchers. The Rangers' only other day without a share of the lead was after play on April 8.

Texas wasted a 5-0 lead built with Jonah Heim’s grand slam and J.P. Martinez solo homer, and Royce Lewis started Minnesota’s comeback with a fourth-inning slam. Donovan Solano hit a tying single in the ninth against Aroldis Chapman.

Dylan Floro (5-6) got three straight outs after a leadoff walk in the 13th for Minnesota, which leads the AL Central by six games.


HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander (10-6) struck out seven and allowed two hits over five scoreless innings against his first team and got his 254th win.

Kyle Tucker hit his 26th homer in the third against Alex Faedo (2-5). Mauricio Dubon and Martin Maldonado hit back-to-back homers off Tyler Holton.

Houston added seven runs in the eighth inning on Jeremy Pena’s three-run triple off Andrew Vasquez and Yainer Diaz’s two-run homer on a 63 mph fastball from backup catcher Carson Kelly.

Miguel Cabrera hit his 510th homer, a three-run drive in the eighth.


BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts capped his return to Boston with a second straight three-hit game, hitting a two-run homer against the team he led to the 2018 World Series title.

Playing in Boston for the first time as a Red Sox opponent, Betts collected seven hits and a series of standing ovations over the three-game set.

Freddie Freeman also had three hits, and James Outman homered to help the Dodgers improve to 21-4 in August. Gavin Stone (1-0) earned his first career victory. Tanner Houck (3-8) lost his eighth straight decision. Evan Phillips pitched the ninth for his 21st save.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Lowe homered and drove in four runs, and New York (62-68) dropped a season-high six games under .500.

Benches and bullpens emptied twice in the eighth inning after one of five hit batters in the game but no punches were thrown, and the Yankees lost their eighth straight series rubber game,

Tampa Bay rallied from a 4-2 deficit in the sixth when Harold Ramírez flared a bases-loaded, two-out single to right off Ian Hamilton (2-2) and Lowe followed with a two-run single against Wandy Peralta.

Zach Littell (3-4) allowed four runs and four hits in six innings, and Jason Adam worked the ninth for his 12th save.


NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso hit a tying double in the eighth inning and Rafael Ortega a winning single in the ninth off Reynaldo López (2-7) as New York stopped a four-game losing streak.

The Angels’ Shohei Ohtani went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and was 3 for 9 with three runs, two steals and an RBI in his first series since the Angels said he tore a ligament in his right elbow while pitching on Wednesday.

Adam Ottavino (1-4) struck out one in a perfect ninth.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Hunter Goodman had two hits and RBI, scoring the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning of his major league debut as Colorado stopped a six-game losing streak.

Goodman hit .371 with nine and 33 RBIs in 15 games at Triple-A after he was promoted. The 23-year-old first baseman went 2 for 4. He hit an RBI single off Ryan Flaherty in the sixth for a 3-1 lead and reached on an infield single against Yennier Cano (1-3) leading off the ninth and scored on Elias Díaz's groundout.

Justin Lawrence (4-6) got the final four outs.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — William Contreras homered and doubled, Sal Frelick drove in three runs and Milwaukee won its eighth straight game. The Brewers took the lead for good in a seven-run sixth inning that included five walks.

Milwaukee has a four-game NL Central lead over the second-place Cubs heading into a three-game series beginning Monday at Wrigley Field.

Carlos Santana's bases-loaded walk forced in the go-ahead run against Steven Wilson (1-2). Bryse Wilson (6-0) pitched four shutout innings.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Cody Bellinger had three hits and five RBIs, raising his total to 53 since July 1 and 75 this season. Bellinger singled in Hoerner in the first inning. He doubled home two more runs in the fifth for a 5-1 lead. The 2019 NL MVP added another two-run double in the ninth.

Nico Hoerner had three hits and scored three times, helping Chicago close out a 5-2 trip. Jeimer Candelario homered and drove in three runs.

Javier Assad (3-2) struck out seven in seven innings. Bailey Falter (1-8) was tagged for six runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Pirates have lost nine of 10 against the Cubs this year.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola (12-8) allowed one hit and struck out nine in seven innings, Kyle Schwarber homered on the first pitch of the game from Drew Rom (0-2) and NL wild-card leading Philadelphia completed a three-game sweep.

Johan Rojas doubled among his three hits and Bryce Harper hit an RBI single for the defending NL champion Phillies, who outscored the Cardinals 22-3 in the series.

Craig Kimbrel completed a two-hit shutout with his 20th save, sending St. Louis to its ninth loss in 11 games.


TORONTO (AP) — Kole Calhoun hit a tiebreaking double in the 11th off Jay Jackson (3-1), and José Ramirez and Ramón Laureano hit two-run home runs,

Davis Schneider and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit two-run home runs, and George Springer added a solo shot for Toronto, which has lost four of its last five.

Emmanuel Clase (2-7) got the final five outs for the Guardians.


MIAMI (AP) — Jorge Soler hit his 35th homer, a two-run drive in the third against Trevor Williams (6-8) after a leadoff single by Luis Arraez, whose .350 batting average tops the major leagues.

Bryan Hoeing (2-2) pitched four-plus innings of one-run ball. Tanner Scott got his third save when Jacob Young hit a game-ending double-play grounder with two on.

Dominic Smith had an RBI groundout in the third.


CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Clevinger (6-6) struck out 10 in seven innings, his 13th career double-digit strikeout game.

Yoán Moncada went 4 for 4 with two doubles for Chicago, and Tim Anderson, Andrew Benintendi and Andrew Vaughn each had two hits.

Oakland (38-93) is on pace to finish 47-115, the franchise's most losses since the 1916 Philadelphia A's went 36-117, Paul Blackburn (3-4) allowed four runs in six innings.


PHOENIX (AP) — Christian Walker hit a sacrifice fly off Lucas Sims to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth as Arizona took three of four from Cincinnati and remained in the NL'S last wild-card spot, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Reds.

Corbin Carroll walked off Ian Gibaut (8-3) leading off the eighth and stole second. Carroll has 22 homers and 40 steals, joining Tommie Agee (1966), Mitchell Page (1977) and Mike Trout (2012) as 20-40 rookies.

Arizona boosted its lead on Evan Longoria's sacrifice fly and Alek Thomas' RBI single.

Scott McGough (2-7) struck out three in 1 2/3 innings and Ryan Thompson got his first save.



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