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Dodgers belt four HRs in 9-4 win over Cubs

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(TSX / STATS) -- LOS ANGELES -- The anticipated pitching showdown Sunday between the Chicago Cubs' Jon Lester and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw did not materialize. Instead, both aces were rudely chased out of the game by the fifth inning.

The teams played power ball, combining for seven home runs, including four by the Dodgers that accounted for all of their runs in a 9-4 win at Dodger Stadium that completed a three-game sweep of the reigning World Series champions.

The Dodgers shut out the Cubs in the first two games of the series.


MLB notebook: Angels' Trout injured in loss

(TSX / STATS) -- MIAMI -- Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout, a two-time American League MVP who leads the majors with 16 homers, sprained his left thumb in the fifth inning Sunday while stealing second base in an eventual loss to the Miami Marlins.

He left the game in the middle of the sixth, and the Angels said X-rays showed no broken bones.


Rockies claim another series with 8-4 win over Cardinals

(TSX / STATS) -- DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies are proving methodically efficient when it comes to winning series, and they used a late rally to chalk up another one Sunday.

A four-run eighth inning steered the Rockies to an 8-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field.


Padres top Nationals to avoid sweep

(TSX / STATS) -- WASHINGTON -- The San Diego hitters looked overmatched the previous two games, and for good reason.

The Padres had to face Max Scherzer on Friday night and Stephen Strasburg in the afternoon shadows Saturday, and the two combined for 28 strikeouts in a pair of wins by the Washington Nationals.


Santana's first career slam lifts Brewers over Diamondbacks

(TSX / STATS) -- MILWAUKEE -- Through the first two months of the season, Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell insisted that it wouldn't be long until his team's starting pitching caught up to its offense, which was tormenting the National League.

Now the Brewers' rotation is starting to fulfill their manager's predictions.


Gonzalez perfect for 6 innings as White Sox beat Tigers

(TSX / STATS) -- CHICAGO -- The way Miguel Gonzalez was pitching in his last five starts, a no-hitter seemed unlikely.

The right-hander sported a 6.99 ERA during a career-worst, five-game losing streak.


Cueto guides Giants to series win over Braves

(TSX / STATS) -- SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants, who have scored fewer runs than any team in the majors except the San Diego Padres, crushed the Atlanta Braves 7-1 on Sunday.

That followed the six runs the Giants picked up in a Saturday night win. In the four games before that, all defeats, San Francisco scored six runs total.


Springer hits two-run homer as Astros sweep Orioles

(TSX / STATS) -- HOUSTON -- For a brief stretch on Sunday, the Houston Astros appeared content to take their .500 homestand and return to the road. Their defense was loose and right-hander Lance McCullers was scuffling. And then a fuse was lit.

George Springer crushed a two-run homer as part of a six-run second inning and McCullers recovered from a ragged start to work six innings as the Astros capped a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with an 8-4 victory at Minute Maid Park.


Judge hits first career grand slam as Yankees beat A's

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge is aware of the "MVP" chants and knows all about the 18 fans wearing robes with his No. 99 on the back and banging gavels in the "Judge's Chambers well" in right field.

The hulking right-fielder's response to those things is to merely continue doing the things that prompted chants and a special seating section two months into his first full season.