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HOUSTON (AP) -- Mike Fiers has pitched the second no-hitter in the major leagues in nine days, leading the Houston Astros to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night.

Fiers (6-9) struck out Justin Turner on his 134th pitch to end it and threw his glove high into the air for his first no-hitter and fifth in the big leagues this season. Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma tossed a no-no on Aug 12.

Acquired by the Astros at the trade deadline to help with their playoff push, Fiers has been stellar in his three starts for Houston. This was something else, though.

Having never thrown a complete game in his five-year career, Fiers was dominant Friday. He struck out 10 and walked three, retiring the final 21 batters.

Nolan Ryan applauded from a suite as Fiers was mobbed by his teammates at the mound after finishing the 11th no-hitter in Astros history.


DENVER (AP) -- Yoenis Cespedes hit three home runs, including a grand slam, and had a career-high seven RBIs and New York overpowered Colorado.

Travis d'Arnaud and Michael Conforto also had home runs in the seventh inning in the Mets' first five-homer game since Sept. 5, 2014, against Cincinnati.

Cespedes led off the eighth with a chance to tie the major league record for most home runs in a game. He singled off reliever Tommy Kahnle for his fifth hit of the game, a career best.

He came up again with two outs in the ninth to face Rafael Betancourt and hit a drive to right-center field that Carlos Gonzalez had to chase down near the warning track, making a running catch.

In all, there were eight home runs in the game. Colorado's Gonzalez, Ben Paulsen and Nolan Arenado also homered on a night when the ball was flying out of Coors Field.


NEW YORK (AP) -- Carlos Carrasco struck out 11, Carlos Santana homered and Cleveland stopped New York once again.

The last-place Indians improved to 4-1 against New York this year. A night after a 3-2 victory at Yankee Stadium, Cleveland remained the only sub-.500 team in the majors with a winning record on the road.

Carrasco (12-9) outpitched Masahiro Tanaka (9-6), giving up one run and five hits in 6 2-3 innings. Carrasco has permitted just six runs in his last five starts. Soon after he left, the Yankees got close.

Alex Rodriguez bounced an RBI single in the eighth off Zach McAllister that made it 4-2. With two outs, second baseman Jose Ramirez let an easy grounder roll between his legs for an error that produced another run.

Closer Cody Allen retired Stephen Drew on a long fly with the bases loaded to end the inning, protecting a 4-3 lead.


PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Madison Bumgarner homered in his second straight start and struck out six in 6 1-3 innings to lift San Francisco over Pittsburgh.

Bumgarner crushed a Jeff Locke (6-8) fastball 418-feet over the wall in left field in the second inning, a two-run shot that gave the Giants an early four-run lead and all the cushion Bumgarner would need on the mound. Bumgarner (15-6) allowed two runs and five hits, walking one while winning his fourth consecutive decision. Santiago Castilla worked the ninth for his 30th save.

Marlon Byrd had three hits, including a two-run home run, in his debut with San Francisco after being acquired in a trade with Cincinnati on Thursday.

Michael Morse scored twice for the Pirates, who lost for just the second time in their past nine games.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- David Price struck out nine during eight innings of six-hit ball, and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs in Toronto's victory over Los Angeles.

Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer and Ben Revere had four hits for the Blue Jays, who opened a weekend meeting of the AL wild card leaders with their 17th victory in 21 games.

Angels All-Star Hector Santiago was chased in the fourth inning for his shortest start of the season. He walked four in the first inning before Toronto scored two runs on Shane Victorino's first error in two years.

Kole Calhoun homered for the Angels, who stayed in the second wild card spot despite their eighth loss in 12 games.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run single in the eighth inning to cap a comeback against All-Star reliever Darren O'Day and carry Minnesota past Baltimore.

Baltimore was 51-1 when leading after seven innings, and O'Day (5-2) entered with a 1.15 ERA and a run of 11 straight scoreless appearances.

A walk, a pop single down the right-field line and a hit-by-pitch loaded the bases for Eddie Rosario, who delivered a fly to right. All three runners advanced, and Suzuki followed with a bloop past the drawn-up infield.

Casey Fien (3-5) worked 1 2-3 innings, Trevor May pitched the eighth and Kevin Jepsen struck out the side for his sixth save, the first since coming to Minnesota from Tampa Bay in a July 31 trade.


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Domingo Santana homered in his Milwaukee debut and the Brewers took advantage of several defensive miscues in a victory over struggling Washington.

Jonathan Lucroy had three hits and drove in a run, and rookie Jimmy Nelson allowed two runs in 5 1-3 innings against Washington, which fell one game below .500 at 60-61.

Bryce Harper hit his 31st home run and Michael Taylor also homered for the Nationals.

Gio Gonzalez (9-6) allowed five runs -- four earned -- over five innings, and the Brewers added a five-run seventh Washington lost the opener of a nine-game homestand following a 3-7 West Coast trip.

Kyle Lohse picked up his first save.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Drew Smyly pitched into the sixth inning for his first win in more than 11 months and Tampa Bay beat Oakland.

Making his second start since missing more than three months with a torn labrum and tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, Smyly (1-2) gave up seven hits and struck out two in 5 2-3 innings.

He worked out of a pair of jams and pumped his fist after striking out Billy Burns to end the fifth. It was an emotional moment for the Rays veteran pitcher who last won on Aug. 27, 2014.

Tampa Bay's bullpen, which has struggled on this 10-game road trip, had its problems again. Closer Brad Boxberger gave up three consecutive singles in the ninth and allowed the A's only run before getting Billy Burns to pop out for his 30th save.


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run homer in a wild five-run fifth inning and Travis Jankowski had two hits, an RBI and scored a run in his big league debut and San Diego beat St. Louis.

The Cardinals, who still have the best record in the majors at 77-44, committed three errors in the fifth behind John Lackey (10-8), who allowed four hits, a walk and a wild pitch in that frame.

Matt Kemp and pinch-hitter Brett Wallace each had a two-run homer in the eighth for San Diego, which won its fourth straight game and sixth in seven. Kemp also had a single and extended his hitting streak to 13 games. It was his 15th homer and Wallace's third.

The carnage for the Cardinals in the fifth started when Andrew Cashner (5-12) bunted to advance Alexi Amarista, who opened with a single.


SEATTLE (AP) -- Chris Sale allowed struck out 14 in seven strong innings to outpitch Seattle's Felix Hernandez, rookie Carlos Sanchez had a career-high four RBIs to lead Chicago over the Mariners.

Sale (12-7) gave up three runs and four hits while reaching double-digit strikeouts for the 12th time in 24 starts this season, and the 30th time in his career. Sale took a 4-0 lead into the seventh before giving up a three-run homer to Mark Trumbo that pulled the Mariners within one.

Chicago answered with four runs in the eighth and added three in the ninth, including an RBI double by Sanchez. He also had a two-run double in the sixth and a bases-loaded walk in the eighth.

Seattle's Nelson Cruz hit his major league-leading 37th homer in the ninth.

Hernandez (14-8) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.


DETROIT (AP) -- Colby Lewis pitched seven strong innings to help Texas beat Detroit.

Lewis (14-5) allowed six hits and a walk, but the Rangers defense turned three double plays and threw out another runner at the plate. Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth for his 24th save, despite allowing Miguel Cabrera's third double of the game.

The game was delayed for several minutes in the eighth inning after a female fan seated in the first row behind the Tigers dugout was hit by a line drive off the bat of Anthony Gose. After lengthy attention from three paramedics, she was taken out of the stadium on a stretcher, wearing a neck brace, but appeared to be conscious and speaking.

Justin Verlander (1-6) took the loss despite allowing two runs -- one earned -- and four hits with a walk in seven innings. Since July 10, Verlander has allowed one or fewer earned runs in six of his eight starts, but is 1-4.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Kris Bryant and Miguel Montero had consecutive RBI doubles in the sixth and Chicago extended Shelby Miller's winless skid to 17 games.

Anthony Rizzo added an RBI single in the seventh for Chicago.

Jason Motte (8-1) earned the win in relief, starting a string of four innings during which Cubs relievers didn't allow a hit until pinch-hitter Nick Swisher doubled with one out in the ninth off of closer Hector Rondon.

London recovered to earn his 22nd save in 26 opportunities.

Miller (5-10) dropped his career-high ninth straight decision.


BOSTON (AP) -- Johnny Cueto had his worst start since coming to Kansas City just before the trading deadline, and Boston beat AL Central-leading Royals to send them to their second straight loss.

Cueto (2-2) had allowed just six runs in four previous starts for the Royals. He allowed six earned runs and 13 hits on Friday, striking out three before leaving after six innings. The Royals also committed two errors, leading to another run.

Henry Owens made the longest start of his short career, pitching eight innings of four-hit ball. Blake Swihart had four hits and Mookie Betts three for the Red Sox, who tied a season high with their fourth win in a row.

The Royals entered the series against last-place Boston with a 14?-game lead in the division.

A 23-year-old lefty who is one of Boston's top pitching prospects, Owens (2-1) was making his fourth career start since being called up from Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 4.


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Rubby De La Rosa allowed two runs in seven innings and A.J. Pollock homered in his second consecutive four-hit game to help Arizona send Cincinnati to its seventh straight loss.

Pollock scored three runs and Yasmany Tomas added a solo shot for the Diamondbacks.

Joey Votto hit his 23rd homer in the eighth inning off Keith Hessler for the Reds.

De La Rosa (11-5) improved to 5-0 with a 2.54 ERA in seven starts since the All-Star break. He allowed seven hits with one walk, six strikeouts and a wild pitch. He also had two hits.

Addison Reed finished the eighth and Brad Ziegler pitched the ninth for his 23rd save.

Reds rookie left-hander David Holmberg set a single-game career high by allowing 11 hits. Holmberg (1-3) gave up five runs with one walk and two strikeouts and hit a batter in five innings.


MIAMI (AP) -- Jerad Eickhoff pitched six scoreless innings and drove in two runs in his major league debut to help Philadelphia over Miami.

Ryan Howard had three doubles and drove in two runs and Odubel Herrera had two hits and scored twice for the Phillies.

Philadelphia broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning by scoring four runs on four hits off Kendry Flores (1-2), who was making his first career start. Herrera's single and Freddy Galvis' sacrifice fly put the Phillies on top 2-0 before Eickhoff's two-run single.

Eickhoff (1-0) is a 25-year old right-hander, who was one of six players acquired from Texas in the Cole Hamels trade on July 31. He allowed five hits and walked one while striking out five. He threw 52 of his 75 pitches for strikes.

Updated : 2021-09-22 02:36 GMT+08:00