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Cubs 2B Russell on boos at Wrigley: 'That's on them'

Cubs 2B Russell on boos at Wrigley: 'That's on them'

Chicago Cubs second baseman Addison Russell returned from a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic-violence policy on Wednesday and heard a chorus of boos from the home crowd at Wrigley Field.

"I'm a baseball player for the Chicago Cubs," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I'm one of the dudes in this clubhouse. I'm one of the guys who goes out there and puts his (body) on the line. We do it because we love it. We want to win, and we want to bring another championship to Chicago. And if hometown fans want to boo someone that's trying to help bring the team a World Series again, then that's on them."

Russell said he is taking a hiatus from social media -- running on two weeks now -- but plans to go back at some point. He's not expecting to find a forgiving public, but hasn't missed hearing from so-called trolls.

"It's been good for me and for my family. The vibe I put out is the vibe my family receives and my friends and teammates receive - and it's not going to be altered by a troll or an angry beat writer or something like that," Russell said.

Manager Joe Maddon and team president Theo Epstein separately voiced support for Russell. The 25-year-old was accused by his former wife of abuse, and fans called for him to be released.

General manager Jed Hoyer and owner Tom Ricketts helped drive the decision to retain Russell on a one-year, $3.4 million deal. Under terms of the contract, Russell can be released for one-sixth of that salary and there is no trade restriction in the deal.

"We knew that it would be unpopular in some ways," Hoyer said in the offseason. "People have a visceral reaction to reading about what happened. So did we. The more that we worked and talked to experts and worked through it ... we felt like having a conditional second chance was the right thing to do. It was recommended by experts."

MLB roundup: Pujols hits RBI milestone in Angels' win

MLB roundup: Pujols hits RBI milestone in Angels' win

Albert Pujols notched the 2,000th RBI of his career with a solo homer, Tommy La Stella homered twice and drove in four runs, and the visiting Los Angeles Angels coasted to a 13-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Pujols achieved his milestone with a two-out blast in the third inning. Hank Aaron (2,297) and Alex Rodriguez (2,086) are officially the only other players in the modern era with more runs batted in. Some sources also credit Babe Ruth (2,214) and Cap Anson (2,075) with crossing the 2,000-RBI mark, but a portion of those totals came before the stat was made official in 1920.

Felix Pena (2-1), who entered the game in the second inning, tossed seven innings of scoreless relief to get the victory. He allowed only three hits, walked none and struck out seven.

Justin Bour and Kole Calhoun also homered. Zack Cozart drove in two runs, and Calhoun scored three runs.

Rockies 12, Giants 11

Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds and Ian Desmond homered, Chris Iannetta had a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning, and Colorado held on to beat San Francisco in snowy Denver.

Arenado had three hits and reached base five times, and Wade Davis picked up his sixth save despite giving up two runs in the ninth.

Tyler Austin went deep twice and drove in six runs for the Giants.

Cardinals 17, Pirates 4

Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs to lead St. Louis to a win against visiting Pittsburgh in the opener of a four-game series. It was the most runs scored by the Cardinals without hitting a home run since an 18-3 win against the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 22, 2008.

Dexter Fowler had two hits and three RBIs, Yadier Molina and Paul Goldschmidt each had three hits and two RBIs, and Kolten Wong had two hits and two RBIs for St. Louis, which had lost six of seven.

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2015, throwing 5 2/3 innings and allowing four runs and nine hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Yankees 3, Mariners 1

J.A. Happ and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, and New York beat visiting Seattle in the finale of a four-game series.

The Yankees rebounded nicely from a 10-1 loss Wednesday to take three of four in the series and win for the 16th time in 22 games. The Mariners fell to 2-5 on a 10-game road trip. Seattle is 7-18 since opening the year 13-2.

The Mariners also lost Dee Gordon after he was hit on the right wrist by a Happ pitch in the third. Gordon was replaced by Dylan Moore. When Seattle later pinch-hit for Moore, first baseman Edwin Encarnacion moved to second base for the first time in his career.

Cubs 4, Marlins 1

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered, leading host Chicago to a win over Miami.

In his first game since he was put on the injured list after his April 4 outing, reliever Mike Montgomery (1-0) earned the win. He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks.

The NL Central-leading Cubs have won 10 of their past 11 games. The Marlins, last in the NL East, have lost 10 of their past 12.

Indians 5, White Sox 0 (5 innings)

Jordan Luplow belted his first two homers of the season, and Carlos Carrasco tossed five solid innings as host Cleveland posted a victory over Chicago in a rain-shortened game.

Luplow recorded his second career two-homer performance, going deep to lead off the second inning and again with one out in the fifth. Carrasco (3-3) scattered two hits and struck out six without walking a batter.

Astros 4, Rangers 2

Wade Miley extended his streak of consecutive starts allowing three or fewer earned runs to 24 games, and Josh Reddick delivered a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning to help host Houston beat Texas.

Miley (3-2) stretched his streak, which began on May 2, 2018, by limiting Texas to two runs on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over six innings.

Reddick snapped a 2-2 tie with his sharp single to center off Rangers reliever Ariel Jurado. Reddick delivered again in the ninth inning, robbing Hunter Pence of what would have been his second homer of the night, a potential three-run shot that Reddick reached over the wall in right field to snag.

Reds 3, A's 0

Derek Dietrich hit the 10th pitch of the game for a two-run home run, and Tanner Roark combined with three relievers on a six-hit shutout as visiting Cincinnati finally broke through in a three-game interleague series by beating Oakland.

Eugenio Suarez doubled twice, homered and scored twice for the Reds, who were no-hit by Mike Fiers in the series opener before falling 5-4 in 13 innings on Wednesday night.

After Chris Bassitt (1-1) struck out Nick Senzel to open the game, Suarez doubled to right field and Dietrich followed three pitches later with a homer to right, his fifth in the last six games and 10th of the season. Suarez went deep in the third inning.

Corbin, Nationals shut out Dodgers

Corbin, Nationals shut out Dodgers

Patrick Corbin delivered seven shutout innings, and Howie Kendrick hit a home run Thursday as the visiting Washington Nationals ended a four-game losing streak with a 6-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series.

Kendrick's three-run homer in the first inning was all the Nationals needed as they ended the Dodgers' 10-game home winning streak.

David Freese and Russell Martin had two hits apiece for the Dodgers, who lost at home for the first time since April 13 against the Milwaukee Brewers. In his third start of the season after returning from a knee sprain, Los Angeles left-hander Rich Hill (0-1) gave up three runs on five hits over five innings.

Corbin's recent mastery of the Dodgers carried over from his days with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The left-hander delivered a 0.77 ERA and 31 strikeouts against the Dodgers last season over four starts (23 1/3 innings).

Corbin (3-1) gave up three hits and four walks Thursday while striking out eight.

The Nationals jumped on Hill early as Adam Eaton led off the game with a double. With one out, Anthony Rendon was hit by a pitch, and Kendrick crushed a three-run home run into the seats in left field.

It was the sixth home run of the season for Kendrick.

The Dodgers, who lead the National League with 214 runs scored, hardly made Corbin flinch. Their best chance to score came in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with one out on two walks and a Freese single. Chris Taylor grounded into a double play to end the threat.

Otherwise, the Dodgers were held silent on Corey Seager's bobblehead night. Seager, who is returning from elbow and hip surgeries in the offseason, was dropped to the No. 6 spot in the batting order for the first time since his rookie season of 2016. He went 0-for-3 with a walk, leaving his average at .230.

The Nationals won on the road for the eighth time in 19 games. They have seven victories in 18 games at home.

The Dodgers saw their home record fall to 15-5, one victory shy of the Milwaukee Brewers' major-league-leading home win total.

D-backs rally in 9th and 10th to beat Braves

D-backs rally in 9th and 10th to beat Braves

David Peralta tied the game with a solo home run with two outs in the ninth, and Ketel Marte blooped a single to shallow right in the 10th as Arizona earned a 3-2 walk-off win against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night in Phoenix.

Nick Ahmed walked off left-handed reliever A.J. Minter (0-4) to lead off the 10th. Carson Kelly followed with a single up the middle to move Ahmed to third.

With the infield drawn in, Marte dropped a hit into right that first baseman Freddie Freeman and second baseman Ozzie Albies couldn't reach.

Jon Duplantier (1-0) earned the win, striking out the final two batters in the 10th after the Braves put two on base on a single and a hit by pitch. Duplantier was recalled from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day.

Atlanta's Josh Donaldson, leading off the top of the ninth, drove a 2-2 pitch from closer Greg Holland into the left-field seats, to give Atlanta a 2-1 lead. Luke Jackson retired the first two batters in the bottom of the inning before Peralta smashed a homer to right that traveled an estimated 432 feet.

Arizona had been 0-for-13 with runners in scoring position before Marte's hit in the 10th. The Diamondbacks left 15 runners on base.

Atlanta managed just five hits in what started as a pitchers' duel between Arizona starter Luke Weaver and the Braves' Mike Soroka, a 21-year-old rookie.

Soroka scattered four hits, walking three and hitting two batters in six innings. He struck out four as his ERA inched higher from 1.14 to 1.21.

Weaver pitched seven innings for the second consecutive start. He allowed one run on three hits, striking out six and walking two.

Weaver set down 13 of the last 14 hitters he faced, with help from right fielder Adam Jones, who reached above the fence to take away a home run from Ronald Acuna Jr. to end the sixth inning.

Arizona took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Christian Walker led off with a triple and scored when Wilmer Flores grounded out to second.

The Braves tied the game at 1 in the third inning on Albies' RBI double.

MLB notebook: Some Red Sox skip White House visit

MLB notebook: Some Red Sox skip White House visit

While manager Alex Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, and about a dozen players of color skipped a visit honoring the world champion Boston Red Sox at the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump avoided discussing the controversy.

"Frankly, they were unstoppable. I watched," said Trump, skipping any mention of Cora or the absent players by name at the ceremony that lasted about 10 minutes.

Without Cora, who was upset by Trump's attitude toward Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017, the Red Sox were led by three white executives -- Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, owner John Henry and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. Among the absent players were Mookie Betts, the reigning American League MVP, and star pitcher David Price, who are black, along with several Latino players.

"We don't see it as a racial divide," Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said, when asked about the players who chose not to attend. "I think to the extent that we can, we think that baseball is apolitical."

--The San Francisco Giants placed catcher Buster Posey on the seven-day concussion injured list.

Posey told NBC Sports that he sustained the injury when a foul ball struck his mask Sunday in Cincinnati. He played in Tuesday's game at Colorado, but said he didn't feel right and got checked out on Wednesday.

Posey, 32, is batting .245 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 32 games this season.

--Former major league closer Bobby Jenks agreed to a $5.1 million settlement with the Boston hospital and surgeon he blamed for causing his career-ending spine injury.

The Boston Globe reported the out-of-court settlement between Jenks and Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday, a day before his medical malpractice suit was set to go to trial. Jenks, 38, claimed his 2011 surgery was botched because the doctor was simultaneously supervising another operation.

The right-hander played seven seasons in the majors with the Chicago White Sox (2005-10) and Boston Red Sox (2011), posting a 3.53 ERA and 173 saves in 348 relief appearances.

--The Texas Rangers activated first baseman Ronald Guzman and placed right-hander Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list with a bacterial infection.

Guzman, 24, has been out since April 6 in Anaheim, when he strained his right hamstring while running the bases on a double against the Los Angeles Angels. He is batting .231 with two homers and four RBIs in nine games this season. He played in four rehab games for Double-A Frisco and went 4-for-18 with a homer and two RBIs.

Guzman hit .235 with 16 homers and 58 RBIs in 123 games during his rookie campaign in 2018.

--Left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. signed a major league contract with the New York Yankees and was added to the 25-man roster.

To create a spot on the 40-man roster, the Yankees moved right-hander Dellin Betances to the 60-day injured list. Right-hander Jake Barnett was optioned to the minors.

Betances has resumed a throwing program but isn't expected to be ready to return to the bullpen until June.

Reddick guides Astros past Rangers with bat, glove

Reddick guides Astros past Rangers with bat, glove

Wade Miley extended his streak of consecutive starts allowing three or fewer earned runs to 24 games, and Josh Reddick delivered a tiebreaking single in the sixth inning to help the Houston Astros earn a 4-2 win over the visiting Texas Rangers on Thursday.

The game was the opener a four-game set at Minute Maid Park.

Miley (3-2) stretched his streak, which dates back to May 2, 2018, by limiting Texas to two runs on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts over six innings. With his strikeout of Joey Gallo in the second inning, Miley reached 1,000 for his career.

Reddick snapped a 2-2 tie with his sharp single to center off Rangers reliever Ariel Jurado. However, that run was charged to Texas starter Mike Minor, who allowed Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White to reach on successive singles to open the sixth before ceding the mound to Jurado, who induced a double-play grounder from catcher Robinson Chirinos prior to surrendering the lead.

Reddick delivered again in the ninth inning, robbing former Astros outfielder Hunter Pence of what would have been his second homer of the night, a potential three-run shot that Reddick reached over the wall in right field to snag. Closer Roberto Osuna completed the save, his ninth, one batter later.

Minor (3-3) allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks with five strikeouts over five-plus innings. He had surrendered one earned run over his previous two starts combined, and he blanked the Astros over seven shutout innings on April 3 in Arlington, Texas.

Minor saw his scoreless streak against the Astros come to an end with one out in the third inning when George Springer smacked his 13th home run on the season, a solo blast into the seats in left.

Texas claimed a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Pence smacked his sixth home run, a two-run, opposite-field shot to right that plated Elvis Andrus.

Houston pulled even when Alex Bregman lifted a sacrifice fly to center with one out and the bases loaded in the fifth. Minor recovered with a strikeout of Carlos Correa but failed to record an out when he returned for the sixth and allowed the go-ahead runner to reach base.

'Unstoppable' Red Sox visit Trump, despite controversy

'Unstoppable' Red Sox visit Trump, despite controversy

While manager Alex Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, and about a dozen players of color skipped a visit honoring the World Series champion Boston Red Sox at the White House on Thursday, President Donald Trump avoided discussing the controversy.

"Frankly, they were unstoppable. I watched," said Trump, skipping any mention of Cora or the absent players by name at the ceremony that lasted about 10 minutes.

A fan of the New York Yankees, Trump added, "In the playoffs, you bested your archrivals, the Yankees. I think I'll do a recount on this one. But you did! You beat them."

Earlier in the day asked by a reporter about the controversy, Trump said, "I like the Red Sox."

He also defended his administration's relief efforts in Puerto Rico, which was a primary reason for Cora not to attend. "We gave Puerto Rico $91 billion for the hurricane," Trump said. "The people of Puerto Rico should really like President Trump."

USA Today cited PolitiFact, which stated Congress has allocated $41 billion in aid to the island, of which only $11 billion has been spent thus far.

That wasn't the only factual error made Thursday. The White House initially spelled the team nickname incorrectly, calling the Red Sox the "Red Socks."

It apparently didn't matter to the representatives in attendance.

Without Cora, the Red Sox were led by three white executives -- owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, president Sam Kennedy and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Among the absent players were Mookie Betts, the reigning American League MVP, and star pitcher David Price, who are black, along with several Latino players.

Third base coach Carlos Febles, a native of the Dominican Republic, and Cuban American outfielder J.D. Martinez, who gave Trump a No. 18 Red Sox jersey, did attend the event on the White House South Lawn.

"We don't see it as a racial divide," Werner said when asked about the players who chose not to attend. "I think to the extent that we can, we think that baseball is apolitical."

Though other athletes and teams have passed on the White House celebrations, Werner said the Red Sox never considered missing it. He said they were all grateful to be there, also enjoying a visit to the Oval Office and a tour of the Lincoln Bedroom.

"No, I think we were honored by it," Werner said. "People watch sports as a way to get away from their daily problems. And to us, this was a great tribute to what was a great championship."

Cardinals bust slump by blasting Pirates 17-4

Cardinals bust slump by blasting Pirates 17-4

Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 17-4 win against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of their four-game series on Thursday night.

It was the most runs scored by the Cardinals without hitting a home run since an 18-3 win against the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 22, 2008.

Dexter Fowler had two hits and three RBIs, Yadier Molina and Paul Goldschmidt each had three hits and two RBIs, and Kolten Wong had two hits and two RBIs for St. Louis, which had lost six of seven.

Cardinals starter Michael Wacha improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2015, throwing 5 2/3 innings and allowing four runs and nine hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Gregory Polanco doubled twice, homered and drove in three runs for the Pirates.

Pittsburgh starter Joe Musgrove (1-4) allowed a season-high eight earned runs in three innings. He gave up six hits, walked five and struck out three in losing his third straight outing.

After not allowing an earned run in his first 18 1/3 innings this season into his fourth appearance and third start, Musgrove has allowed 13 earned runs in his past two starts covering 5 2/3 innings.

Musgrove walked the leadoff batter in three of the first four innings and each time the player scored.

Polanco gave Musgrove a 1-0 lead when he homered with two outs in the first, but Musgrove got into trouble after walking Ozuna to start the second and third innings.

Fowler's two-run, ground-rule double in the second broke a 1-1 tie, and two outs later Goldschmidt followed with a two-out single to center to drive in Fowler for his first RBI since April 23.

The Pirates got a run back in the third on Polanco's RBI double to make it 4-2.

Fowler drove in Ozuna in the bottom half of the inning with a single to right, and Molina later scored on a fielder's choice groundout by Wong to make it 6-2.

The Cardinals blew the game open with five runs in the fourth inning and five more in the sixth, highlighted by Ozuna's three-run double that made it 16-4.

Yankees limit Mariners to 2 hits, take series

Yankees limit Mariners to 2 hits, take series

J.A. Happ and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, and the New York Yankees beat the visiting Seattle Mariners 3-1 on Thursday in the finale of a four-game series.

New York rebounded nicely from a 10-1 loss Wednesday to take three of four in the series and win for the 16th time in 22 games. The Yankees also beat the Mariners for the eighth time in the past nine home meetings.

The Mariners fell to 2-5 on a 10-game road trip. Seattle is 7-18 since opening the year 13-2.

The Mariners also lost Dee Gordon after he was hit on the right wrist by a Happ pitch in the third. Gordon was replaced by Dylan Moore. When Seattle later pinch-hit for Moore, first baseman Edwin Encarnacion moved to second base for the first time in his career.

Encarnacion nearly injured his wrist diving for a single by DJ LeMahieu in the eighth inning but stayed in the game.

Happ (2-3) allowed one hit in five-plus innings, struck out seven and walked three.

He did not allow a hit until backup catcher Tom Murphy singled to left field just out of the reach of the diving attempt by shortstop Gleyber Torres with two outs in the fifth.

Happ issued two of his three walks in the opening inning and reached seven three-ball counts to drive his pitch count up. He was lifted after walking Moore leading off the sixth on his 94th pitch.

Happ appeared to disagree with the call on the full count and appeared to question plate umpire Ed Hickox's call as he walked off the mound.

Adam Ottavino induced a double-play grounder from Domingo Santana with two on to end a scoreless sixth. Tommy Kahnle pitched a perfect seventh, and Zack Britton retired pinch hitter Jay Bruce to complete a perfect eighth.

In the ninth, Aroldis Chapman allowed a two-strike, two-out homer to Santana but retired Ryon Healy to end it and convert his eighth save in nine chances.

Cameron Maybin produced an RBI double in the second off Mike Leake (2-4) for New York's first run. Maybin also made a nice sliding catch on Healy in right field for the first out of the seventh.

Gio Urshela added a two-run single in the eighth.

Leake took a tough-luck loss, allowing one run on six hits in seven innings. He struck out two, did not issue a walk and saw his winless streak reach six starts.

Rockies hang on to top Giants 12-11 in snow

Rockies hang on to top Giants 12-11 in snow

Nolan Arenado, Mark Reynolds and Ian Desmond homered, Chris Iannetta had a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning, and the Colorado Rockies held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 12-11 in snowy Denver on Thursday afternoon.

Arenado had three hits and reached base five times, and Wade Davis picked up his sixth save after giving up two runs in the ninth.

Tyler Austin went deep twice and drove in six runs for the Giants.

The game was played in cold, raw weather with the temperature at game time 39 degrees. Snow fell in the first inning.

It was tied at eight midway through the sixth when the Rockies struck for three runs against the San Francisco bullpen. Raimel Tapia doubled off of Tyler Beede (0-1), and Mark Melancon walked Desmond. Iannetta followed with a two-run double, and pinch hitter Daniel Murphy drove him in with a ground-ball single that went off first baseman Austin's glove.

The Giants got a run in the eighth on a double by Stephen Vogt, but Trevor Story got the run back with an RBI single in the bottom half. In the ninth, Brandon Crawford had an RBI double, and Joe Panik drove him in with a single. Vogt struck out to end it.

Arenado hit a two-run homer, his 10th, in the first, and Reynolds made it 3-0 on the next pitch with his fourth home run of the season.

In the second inning, Reynolds had a two-run double to left-center field, and Desmond went deep for his fourth of the season to make it 7-0.

The Giants clawed their way back to make it a game. Austin hit a two-run homer with one out in the third, and they got three more in the fourth inning on two Colorado errors between a double and a single, making it 7-5.

Arenado drove in another run with a two-out single to center in the fifth inning off Beede. Austin wiped out the lead with a two-out, three-run homer off reliever Bryan Shaw in the sixth inning.

Shaw (2-0) got the win despite walking two and giving up the home run.

Colorado starter Kyle Freeland went five innings, allowing five runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks. Giants starter Derek Holland was charged with seven runs on seven hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings.

Dietrich homer all Reds need in win over A’s

Dietrich homer all Reds need in win over A’s

Derek Dietrich hit the 10th pitch of the game for a two-run home run and right-hander Tanner Roark combined with three relievers on a six-hit shutout Thursday afternoon as the visiting Cincinnati Reds finally broke through in this three-game interleague series by beating the Oakland Athletics 3-0.

Eugenio Suarez doubled twice, homered and scored twice for the Reds, who had been no-hit by Mike Fiers in the series opener before falling 5-4 in 13 innings on Wednesday night.

After A's right-hander Chris Bassitt (1-1) struck out Nick Senzel to open the game, Suarez doubled to right field and Dietrich followed three pitches later with a homer to right, his fifth in the last six games and 10th of the season.

The game's only other scoring came in the third, and also followed an inning-opening strikeout by Senzel.

This time, Suarez belted his 11th homer, his fourth in the last six games, to left-center, a solo shot that made it 3-0.

That's all the scoring the Reds did against Bassitt, who was making his fourth start of the season after suffering a knee injury in an exhibition game in Japan in March.

Bassitt, who had struck out 22 batters in 17 innings in his first three starts, added nine in seven innings against the Reds. He was charged with three runs, allowing seven hits and one walk.

The homer by Dietrich was the first hit Bassitt had allowed all season with a runner in scoring position.

Roark (3-1), meanwhile, allowed just a single to Matt Olson leading off the second inning, a two-out double to Olson in the fourth and an infield single to Ramon Laureano with two outs in the fifth.

In winning his second straight game, he walked two and struck out three in his six innings.

Down 3-0, the A's threatened against the Cincinnati bullpen in the seventh when Stephen Piscotty doubled with two outs and Chad Pinder walked.

David Hernandez replaced Amir Garrett at that point and retired Laureano, the potential tying run, on a fly to left field.

Hernandez also pitched a scoreless eighth before Reds closer Raisel Iglesias survived a shaky ninth for his seventh save.

Bryant, Rizzo lead Cubs past Marlins

Bryant, Rizzo lead Cubs past Marlins

Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered, leading the host Chicago Cubs to a 4-1 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday.

In his first game since he was put on the disabled list after his April 4 outing, reliever Mike Montgomery (1-0) earned the win. He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and two walks.

The first-place Cubs (NL Central) have won 10 of their past 11 games. The last-place Marlins (NL East) have lost 10 of their past 12 games.

Bryant, who slugged a solo blast that carried 416 feet to left, has homered in four straight games. Rizzo, who smashed a two-run shot 422 feet to center, has six homers in his past 11 games. Both of them hit the first pitch from Trevor Richards.

Cubs starter Yu Darvish -- who failed to get a decision -- lasted just four innings. He struck out seven and allowed just one hit and one run, but he walked six, running his pitch count to 97.

Richards (0-5) took the loss, allowing seven hits, two walks and four runs in five innings. He struck out six.

Chicago opened the scoring with two runs in the first. With one out, Bryant pulled a 92 mph fastball for his seventh homer of the season. The Cubs then continued the rally with two outs, as Javier Baez walked, went to third on Kyle Schwarber's single and scored on Albert Almora's RBI single.

Miami threatened in the third, drawing three walks to load the bases with two outs. But, on a 3-2 pitch, Darvish got Neil Walker to swing and miss on a cut fastball that was low and clocked in at 89 mph.

The Marlins finally got on the board with the help of a surprising play in the fourth inning. Peter O'Brien, a 28-year-old known for his power and not his speed, walked, stole the first base of his career and scored on Rosell Herrera's two-out single.

Chicago stretched its lead to 4-1 in the fifth. Bryant drew an eight-pitch walk, and Rizzo lofted his two-run homer, hammering a curve. Rizzo went down and got the pitch, and his back knee ended up in the dirt on his follow through.

Rangers activate 1B Guzman, place RHP Kelley on IL

Rangers activate 1B Guzman, place RHP Kelley on IL

The Texas Rangers activated first baseman Ronald Guzman on Thursday and placed right-hander Shawn Kelley on the 10-day injured list with a bacterial infection.

Guzman has been out since April 6 in Anaheim, when he strained his right hamstring while running the bases on a double against the Los Angeles Angels.

The 24-year-old is batting .231 with two homers and four RBIs in nine games this season. He played in four rehab games for Double-A Frisco and went 4-for-18 with a homer and two RBIs.

Guzman hit .235 with 16 homers and 58 RBIs in 123 games during his rookie campaign in 2018.

Kelley, whose IL stint is retroactive to Monday, is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA and two saves in 14 appearances out of the Texas bullpen.

The Rangers also optioned outfielder Delino DeShields to Triple-A Nashville and recalled right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang.

Luplow's 2 HRs power Indians to abbreviated win

Luplow's 2 HRs power Indians to abbreviated win

Jordan Luplow belted his first two homers of the season and Carlos Carrasco tossed five solid innings as the host Cleveland Indians posted a 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon in a rain-shortened game.

Luplow recorded his second career two-homer performance after going deep to lead off the second inning and again with one out in the fifth. The 25-year-old also homered twice while playing for Pittsburgh in a 6-2 win versus Milwaukee on July 14, 2018.

Jake Bauers scored from second base on a wild pitch and also crossed the plate on Francisco Lindor's RBI double for the Indians, who won back-to-back contests to salvage a split of the four-game series.

Carrasco (3-3) avenged his previous start in which he allowed a career-high four homers by scattering two hits and striking out six without walking a batter.

Cleveland ended its streak of surrendering the first run in eight straight games by jumping out to an early lead, courtesy of the first of two majestic homers by Luplow.

Luplow deposited a 1-1 fastball from Manny Banuelos (2-2) into the bleachers in left field in the second inning.

After a strikeout, Banuelos issued two straight walks and uncorked a wild pitch that caromed wildly off the wall behind home plate, allowing an alert Bauers to score from second base.

Luplow sent a 2-1 slider from Banuelos over the wall in center field to give the Indians a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning.

Cleveland tacked on two more runs in the frame, albeit in unconventional manners.

Carlos Gonzalez scored after Roberto Perez's hot shot handcuffed third baseman Yoan Moncada. Bauers crossed the plate after White Sox right fielder Charlie Tilson slipped on the slick grass and tumbled backward, allowing Lindor's fly ball to fall for an RBI double.

Banuelos permitted five runs and as many walks with eight hits and five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss.

Pujols hits RBI No. 2,000 as Angels rout Tigers

Pujols hits RBI No. 2,000 as Angels rout Tigers

Albert Pujols became the third recognized player in major league history to top 2,000 RBIs, as the visiting Los Angeles Angels routed the Detroit Tigers 13-0 on Thursday afternoon.

Pujols tagged 2-0 fastball for his sixth home run of the season in the top of the third inning off Tigers starter Ryan Carpenter (0-1), joining Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez as the only players since RBIs became an official stat in 1920 to reach 2,000.

The shot to left-center field put Pujols at 2,000, behind Rodriguez (2,086) and Aaron (2,297). It was the 639th career home run for the 39-year-old Pujols, which is sixth all-time.

Pujols' home made it 6-0 after Los Angeles scored five runs through the first two innings. Designated hitter Shohei Ohtani opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first, his first hit since returning from Tommy John surgery earlier this week.

Tommy La Stella had two homers and four RBIs, while Ohtani, Mike Trout, Kole Calhoun and Kevan Smith each finished with two hits.

Angels "opener" Luke Bard allowed two hits in one scoreless inning. Felix Pena (2-1) then entered and allowed just three hits in seven scoreless innings, striking out seven and walking none.

Former closer Jenks gets $5.1M hospital settlement

Former closer Jenks gets $5.1M hospital settlement

Former major league closer Bobby Jenks agreed to a $5.1 million settlement with the Boston hospital and surgeon he blamed for causing his career-ending spine injury.

The Boston Globe reported the out-of-court settlement between Jenks and Massachusetts General Hospital on Wednesday, the day before his medical malpractice suit was scheduled to go to trial.

Jenks, 38, claimed his 2011 surgery was botched because the doctor was simultaneously supervising another operation.

The right-hander played seven seasons in the majors with the Chicago White Sox (2005-10) and Boston Red Sox (2011), posting a 3.53 ERA and 173 saves in 348 relief appearances.

Jenks won a World Series with the White Sox in 2005 and was an All-Star during back-to-back 40-save campaigns in 2006 and 2007.

"Never picking up a baseball again is absolutely devastating," Jenks told the Boston Globe on Tuesday. "I was living my dream, and it was taken away from me."

The hospital released a statement saying Dr. Kirkham Wood provided "high-quality and appropriate care" to Jenks and that "overlapping surgery played no role in this case."

Attorneys for Wood did not respond to the newspaper's requests for comment.

Giants place C Posey on 7-day concussion list

Giants place C Posey on 7-day concussion list

The San Francisco Giants placed catcher Buster Posey on the seven-day concussion injured list Thursday.

It is unclear when Posey sustained a head injury, but The Mercury News reported that he took multiple hard foul balls off his mask last weekend in Cincinnati.

Posey, 32, is batting .245 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 32 games this season.

This is the second time the six-time All-Star and 2012 National League MVP has been placed on the concussion list. In April 2017, he was struck in the helmet by a fastball from Arizona right-hander Taijuan Walker.

Posey is not permitted to speak with reporters while in concussion protocol, but Giants skipper Bruce Bochy was expected to address the media before Thursday afternoon's game at Colorado.

San Francisco also placed left-hander Drew Pomeranz on the 10-day injured list with a left lat strain.

Pomeranz is 1-4 with a 5.93 ERA in seven starts in his first season with the Giants.

In corresponding transactions, the team recalled right-hander Tyler Beede and catcher Aramis Garcia from Triple-A Sacramento.

Cora says Red Sox not divided over White House trip

Cora says Red Sox not divided over White House trip

About 20 members of the Boston Red Sox were scheduled to visit the White House on Thursday to celebrate their 2018 World Series championship, but manager Alex Cora said there's no dissension between players and staff who attended and those who declined.

Cora and several star players backed out of the ceremonial event. Cora said he decided not to go because of President Donald Trump's attitude toward the manager's native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017.

"There's been a lot of talk about what's going on (Thursday) and the clubhouse and we're divided with race and politics," Cora said. "Those kids went out there and played their hearts out. We know who we are in the clubhouse. I know a lot of people doubt that, but we did what we did last year and canceled the noise. We showed up every day, and we played."

The Red Sox are off Thursday, and the White House visit coincides with the recently completed road trip in Baltimore.

"There's a group going home. There's a group going to the White House," Cora said. "Friday, we get back to playing baseball."

Among the Red Sox players who decided to skip the trip are Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and David Price.

Pitcher Heath Hembree said he sees the invitation as a rare opportunity, and his decision to go has nothing to do with who occupies the Oval Office.

"Politically, it didn't matter who was in the White House," he said. "If I have an opportunity to go to the White House and meet the president, I'm going to go. Nobody tried to persuade me. They have their reasons why not to go."

Yankees add LHP Cortes, slide Betances to 60-day IL

Yankees add LHP Cortes, slide Betances to 60-day IL

Left-hander Nestor Cortes Jr. signed a major league contract with the New York Yankees and was added to the 25-man roster on Thursday.

To create a spot on the 40-man roster, the Yankees moved right-hander Dellin Betances to the 60-day injured list. Right-hander Jake Barnett was optioned to the minors.

Betances has resumed a throwing program but isn't expected to be ready to return to the bullpen until June.

Cortes, 24, made his debut in the Yankees' farm system in 2013. His rights briefly belonged to the Baltimore Orioles when they selected him in December 2017 in the Rule 5 draft, but he was returned to the Yankees' organization in April 2018 when Baltimore designated him for assignment.

He made four relief appearances with the Orioles in 2018, giving up four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched.

In 114 games in the minors, Cortes started 63 games, posting a 32-22 record and 2.64 ERA.

Dodgers earn series sweep of Braves

Dodgers earn series sweep of Braves

Clayton Kershaw pitched into the seventh inning, while Enrique Hernandez, Max Muncy and Justin Turner hit home runs, as the Los Angeles Dodgers earned a 9-4 victory over the visiting Atlanta Braves on Wednesday to finish off a three-game sweep.

The victory was the Dodgers' 10th consecutive at home, while they have also swept their last three series at Dodger Stadium and are a major league-best 15-4 in their own park. Los Angeles has also won five of its last six games overall and 10 of its last 13.

Ronald Acuna hit a home run for the Braves, who were swept one series after they swept the Marlins at Miami. The Braves were swept in a series for the third time this season and first time at Dodger Stadium since 2016.

Kershaw (2-0) gave up four runs on nine hits with one walk and four strikeouts while continuing his career dominance over the Braves. Including playoffs, the left-hander is now 7-0 against Atlanta with a 1.49 ERA and he has 103 strikeouts in 96 2/3 innings.

Hernandez gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the second inning when he went deep against Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz. It was Hernandez's seventh home run, but just his first of the month. Muncy made it 3-0 in the third inning with his eighth homer of the season and third in the past five games.

Acuna cut the Dodgers' lead to 3-2 in the fourth inning with a two-run shot against Kershaw. It was Acuna's seventh home run but first since April 16. It was also his first extra-base hit since April 27.

After the Dodgers scored twice in the fifth inning to take a 5-3 lead, the Braves took advantage of a misplay by third baseman Justin Turner to score twice. Josh Donaldson's RBI single chased Kershaw and Freddie Freeman added an RBI single against left-hander Scott Alexander.

The Dodgers took charge in their half of the seventh inning, scoring runs on RBI singles from Corey Seager and Alex Verdugo for a 7-4 lead. Turner added a two-run home run in the eighth, his fifth of the season and fourth in the past two games.

Foltynewicz (0-2) gave up five runs on five hits over six innings with four walks and two strikeouts.