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Cubs expand slim lead over Brewers - MLB Summaries / Schedule

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have a bit more breathing room in the National League Central after opening a West Coast trip with a win at San Francisco.

Javier Baez hit a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the second inning while the Cubs were building a 5-0 lead against Matt Moore in a 5-3 victory against the Giants. Anthony Rizzo went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, while leadoff hitter Jon Jay scored twice following his two singles.

Jake Arrieta carried a shutout into the sixth inning and improved to 11-8. Wade Davis closed out the Cubs' second win in six games for his 24th save.

The win puts the Cubs 1 ½ games ahead of second-place Milwaukee. Chicago plays two more in San Francisco before a weekend series at Arizona.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— The Minnesota Twins did the Cubs a favor by rallying from a 4-1 deficit to beat the second-place Brewers, 5-4. Eddie Rosario tied the game with an RBI double in the seventh and came around to score on a balk. Jorge Polanco doubled home a pair in the fourth to spark the Twins' comeback. Keon Broxton hit a solo homer and drove in two runs for the Brewers.

— Bryce Harper hit his 150th career home run and Adam Lind singled home the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Nationals past the Marlins, 3-2. Nats starter Max Scherzer was pretty sharp after being pushed back in the rotation due to neck spasms, allowing two runs and five hits while striking out nine over seven innings. Washington leads the NL East by 14 games over Miami.

— Matt Carpenter slammed a three-run homer to cap the Cardinals' six-run fourth in an 11-3 dismantling of Kansas City. Kolton Wong added a two-run shot and four RBIs, while Paul DeJong smacked a two-run homer to back Carlos Martinez, who gave up two runs over eight innings. The outcome drops the Royals three games behind the AL Central-leading Indians.

— Manny Machado's grand slam in the seventh inning was the difference as the Orioles won for the eighth time in 10 games, 6-2 Angels. Dylan Bundy struck out 10 and gave up two runs over seven innings to help Baltimore get within 1 1/2 games of the final AL wild-card slot. Los Angeles outfielder Mike Trout collected his 1,000th career hit and tied the game with a solo shot before Machado slammed his 21st homer of the season.

— The Pirates were 3-0 winners over Detroit as Trevor Williams fired one-hit ball over seven innings. Williams threw a career-high 107 pitches, didn't allow a runner past second and gave up only a leadoff single to Brian McCann in the third inning. Francisco Cervelli hit an RBI double and pinch-hitter John Jaso added a two-run homer as the Pittsburgh stayed 4 ½ games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.

— Patrick Kivlehan's eighth-inning grand slam put a stamp on the Reds' 11-3 pounding of the Padres. Joey Votto banged out his 30th home run of the season and had three RBIs as Cincinnati ended a two-game skid. Adam Duvall and Zack Cozart added two-run blasts to the rout.

N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 9-4) at Toronto (Happ 4-8), 7:07 p.m.
Boston (Sale 13-4) at Tampa Bay (Pruitt 6-2), 7:10 p.m.
Houston (Keuchel 9-1) at Chicago White Sox (Holland 5-11), 8:10 p.m.
Seattle (Miranda 7-5) at Oakland (Graveman 2-3), 10:05 p.m.
Baltimore (Hellickson 7-5) at L.A. Angels (Bridwell 5-1), 10:07 p.m.
Miami (Worley 1-2) at Washington (Cole 1-1), 7:05 p.m.
San Diego (Perdomo 5-6) at Cincinnati (Romano 2-3), 7:10 p.m.
Philadelphia (Leiter Jr. 1-2) at Atlanta (Teheran 7-9), 7:35 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Maeda 10-4) at Arizona (Godley 5-4), 9:40 p.m.
Chicago Cubs (Quintana 6-9) at San Francisco (Blach 7-7), 10:15 p.m.
Detroit (Boyd 5-5) at Pittsburgh (Kuhl 4-7), 7:05 p.m.
Detroit (Boyd 5-5) at Pittsburgh (Kuhl 4-7), 7:05 p.m.
Colorado (Marquez 9-4) at Cleveland (Kluber 9-3), 7:10 p.m.
Texas (Cashner 7-8) at N.Y. Mets (Flexen 0-1), 7:10 p.m.
Milwaukee (Garza 5-5) at Minnesota (Mejia 4-5), 8:10 p.m.
St. Louis (Wacha 8-4) at Kansas City (Vargas 13-5), 8:15 p.m.

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