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Gonzalez hits 3 homers in Dodger rout

CINCINNATI — Adrian Gonzalez got the most pleasure out of watching his teammates circle the bases. Nobody made as many trips as he did.

Gonzalez hit three of the Dodgers' seven homers — driving in a career-high eight runs — and rookie Corey Seager had a noteworthy homer as well on Monday, leading Los Angeles to an 18-9 victory and a split of its four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds.

The NL West leaders enjoyed their biggest home run splurge in 10 years. They've won 10 of their last 12 games against Cincinnati.

Four of Gonzalez's teammates also homered in the Dodgers' biggest power performance since they hit seven during an 11-10 win over San Diego on Sept. 18, 2006.

"That was fun," he said.

Gonzalez started it with a three-run shot in the first inning off Homer Bailey (2-2), who had his worst showing since returning from Tommy John surgery. Gonzalez also had a solo shot in the fifth, when the Dodgers connected four times overall.

His three-run shot in the seventh tied his career high for homers. He drove in another run with a groundout.

The first baseman attributed it to Great American Ball Park's dimensions.

"It's tiny and the ball flies," Gonzalez said. "Right field is short. I hit two fly balls that went out. I could have been 1 for 6 with a homer."

Seager's two-run shot gave him 22 homers, trying Glenn Wright's club record for a shortstop from 1930.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price limited his old team to two hits in eight scoreless innings, helping the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Monday night to move into a tie for first place in the AL East.

Price (12-8) walked two, struck out eight and didn't allow a runner past first base while extending Tampa Bay's scoring drought against Boston to 25 innings dating to a series at Fenway Park before the All-Star break. Evan Longoria stopped the streak with a two-run homer off Matt Barnes in the ninth.

Blake Snell (4-6) allowed two runs and needed 94 pitches to get through 3 2/3 innings.

The victory was the ninth in 11 games for the Red Sox and lifted them into a tie with Toronto, which was idle Monday.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit his major league-leading 38th home run, Jonathan Schoop also went deep and Baltimore won a matchup between neighboring contenders.

Rookie Dylan Bundy (7-4) pitched six innings of three-hit ball for the Orioles, who had lost five of their previous six games — all at home. The victory lifted Baltimore within two games of first-place Toronto and Boston in the AL East.

Zach Britton worked a perfect ninth for his 38th save. The left-hander has not allowed an earned run in 43 games since May 5.

The Orioles did all their scoring against A.J. Cole (0-1) in his season debut. Cole was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to replace scheduled starter Stephen Strasburg, who was placed on the 15-day disabled.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Carlos Carrasco and Andrew Miller combined on a four-hitter, Carlos Santana homered in the eighth inning and Cleveland beat Oakland.

Carrasco (9-6) was masterful while limiting the A's to four hits over eight innings. The right-hander had nine strikeouts, retired the side in order five times and allowed only one runner to reach second base.

Miller struck out the side in the ninth for his 11th save.

Neither team did much offensively until Santana's one-out home run off reliever Ryan Dull (5-4), his 27th of the season.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jason Heyward all homered to back Jon Lester's strong outing for Chicago.

Bryant's solo shot in the fifth inning was his 32nd of the year, tying him with Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the National League lead.

Lester (14-4) limited the Padres to a run and five hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked two in winning for the 10th time in his last 11 decisions.

Edwin Jackson (3-4) gave up five runs and seven hits in five innings.


SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager each hit a three-run homer and Nelson Cruz added a solo shot as Seattle rallied to beat New York.

The Yankees got two homers apiece from rookie catcher Gary Sanchez and Starlin Castro, but three of them were solo shots.

Zunino, recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on July 20, answered in the bottom half with his ninth home run — off Anthony Swarzak (1-2) — to put Seattle ahead 6-5.

Nick Vincent (3-3) retired all three batters he faced, and rookie Edwin Diaz survived a shaky ninth for his 10th save in 10 chances.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Doug Fister pitched seven scoreless innings of three-hit ball, Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and Houston beat Pittsburgh.

Hernandez connected off fellow rookie Jameson Taillon (3-3) in the fifth inning after A.J. Reed's leadoff walk.

Alex Bregman, another Astros rookie, hit his fourth homer in the ninth inning off Neftali Feliz.

Fister struck out six, walked one and retired 11 of the first 12 batters.

Ken Giles got his fourth save despite allowing David Freese's RBI single in the ninth.


PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo homer in the ninth inning to lift Arizona over Atlanta.

Goldschmidt hit his 19th homer off John Gant (1-3) deep into the left-field seats to lead off the inning, helping Arizona overcome a five-run deficit and a two-homer night from Freddie Freeman.

Freeman hit a solo homer off Enrique Burgos (1-1) to tie it in the ninth.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Chris Carter homered and Jimmy Nelson won for the first time in seven starts.

Nelson (7-13) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings.

Carter's solo homer to left in the third, his 30th of the season, off Chad Bettis (10-7) extended Milwaukee's lead to 4-1.