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Bour and Stanton finish off the Cubs in a Marlins win

Sluggers Justin Bour and Giancarlo Stanton drove in three runs each, the first with a home run for the second consecutive day, for the Miami Marlins to beat the Chicago Cubs on Saturday in the Major Leagues with a score of 9 × 6.
For Bour it was his 14th homer of the season, and the Marlins recorded their 40th victory in 75 games, while Japan’s Ichiro Suzuki had a hit number 2,984 and moved just 16 hits away from the coveted ‘Club of 3,000’ hits.
For their part, the Cubs, the club with the best record of the season, lost their fifth game in the last six starts.
The win went to starter Paul Clemens (1-0), who posted his first win since June 12, 2013, while closer AJ Ramos retired the last two batters for his 24th save in as many chances.
In the ninth for Chicago, Addison Russell and Miguel Montero hit home runs, but starter John Lake (7-4) couldn’t take advantage of them and took the loss.
Ichiro had an infield hit and reached second on Russell’s wild throw, and scored two pitches later on Martin Prado’s double.
Stanton then drove in Prado with a single and Bour then punished Cuban reliever Gerardo Concepción with a double and Derek Dietrich drove in another with a sacrifice fly, to make it 7-4 in favor of the Floridian club at that time.
In Chicago, the White Sox wasted seven home runs and lost to the Toronto Blue Jays with a score of 10×8.
The “white-footed” thus tied a record for homers in a game, but it was not enough, since the Canadian ninth featured a timely offensive by the Dominican Edwin Encarnaciónn, who drove in four runs, and a timely home run by Devon Travis.
The seven slams from four corners were without men on base.
Slugger Brett Lowrie became the first White Sox striker since Ron Santo in 1974 to hit two homers in a game, but one of them was inside the park.
Others who sent balls to the street for the “whitelegs” were the Venezuelan Dioner Navarro, JB Shuck, Tim Anderson, the Cuban-American Alex Avila and Adam Eaton, to tie the club record in that department when they were the Kansas City Athletics on April 23, 1955.
The victory went to the knuckleballer RA Dickey (5-8), who allowed five runs in five and a third of action, while the setback went to the Mexican Miguel González (1-3), who allowed eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Encarnacion, Michael Saunders and Troy Tulowitzki also dispatched consecutive productive doubles in a three-run first inning for the Blue Jays.
In New York, another excellent bullpen effort and an infield hit by Dominican Starlin Castro, interspersed with a defensive error by Venezuelan Eduardo Escobar, gave the Yankees a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Again relievers Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller (5-0), finally the winner, and Cuban closer Aroldis Chapman combined for three scoreless innings for the third consecutive game.
The firefighting trio has retired 26 consecutive batters in that stretch, before slugger Joe Mauer singled the Cuban on a 99 mph fastball with two outs in the ninth inning.
The supersonic Cuban, who threw four pitches at 104 mph on Friday, then struck out Brian Dozier for his 15th save in the last 16 starts.
Brett Gardner had three hits, Puerto Rican Carlos Beltrán drove in a run and Dominican Alex Rodríguez opened the decisive rally with an infield hit in the ninth inning.
Receiver Brian McCann also had a big hit in that episode for the Yankees (37-36), who posted their third straight win and sixth in eight games.
The Yankees post an undefeated 12-0 record when their three relievers (Betance, Miller and Chapman) close out the game in that order.
In the last three games they have struck out 15 opposing batters.
In other results, Orioles to Rays 5×0, Brewers to Nationals 6×5, Padres to Reds 3×0, Indians to Tigers 6×0 and Rockies to Damondbacks 11×6. (AFP).

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