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Mets place rookie RHP Christian Scott (UCL) on 15-day IL

Mets place rookie RHP Christian Scott (UCL) on 15-day IL

The New York Mets placed rookie right-hander Christian Scott on the 15-day injured list on Tuesday because of a sprained right ulnar collateral ligament.

In a corresponding move, the Mets recalled left-hander Alex Young from Triple-A Syracuse.

Scott, whose move was retroactive to Monday, last pitched on Sunday in a 4-2 loss to the host Miami Marlins. He is 0-3 with a 4.56 ERA, 12 walks and 39 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings over nine starts since making his major league debut on May 4.

He has given up eight home runs in the nine starts, similar to his statistics this season at Syracuse, where he yielded 10 homers over 42 1/3 innings in nine starts while posting a 3-0 record with a 2.76 ERA.

Scott, 25, was a fifth-round selection by the Mets in the 2021 MLB Draft out of the University of Florida.

Young, 30, had pitched two innings over three relief appearances for the Cincinnati Reds this season without allowing a run. The Reds traded him to the San Francisco Giants on July 7, and he was signed off waivers by the Mets on July 17.

He has played parts of six seasons for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2019-21), Cleveland Guardians (2021-22), Giants (2022) and Reds (2023-24). Young is 16-18 with one save and a 4.40 ERA in 264 innings over 163 games (25 starts).

Rockies INF/OF Kris Bryant (oblique) back from 10-day IL

Rockies INF/OF Kris Bryant (oblique) back from 10-day IL

Out since early June with a left oblique strain, Colorado Rockies infielder/outfielder Kris Bryant was activated off the 10-day injured list on Tuesday.

In a corresponding move, outfielder Sean Bouchard was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Bryant, 32, played in three rehab games at Triple-A over the weekend and went 6-for-11 with two homers.

Limited to 24 games this season due to injuries, Bryant has hit .186 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 101 at-bats for Colorado.

Bryant, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft, a four-time All-Star and 2016 National League MVP with the Chicago Cubs, is in the third year of a seven-year, $182 million contract.

In 10 seasons with the Cubs (2015-21), San Francisco Giants (2021) and Rockies (2022-present), Bryant has hit .274 with 184 homers and 542 RBIs in 1,030 games.

D-backs activate LHP Jordan Montgomery for Tuesday start

D-backs activate LHP Jordan Montgomery for Tuesday start

Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander Jordan Montgomery was activated from the 15-day injured list and will start Tuesday night against the visiting the Kansas City Royals.

Montgomery, 31, progressed enough from right knee inflammation to skip a rehab assignment after three-plus weeks on the IL. He threw a three-inning, 56-pitch simulated game last Thursday.

In a corresponding move, the Diamondbacks optioned right-hander Humberto Castellanos to Triple-A Reno. Castellanos, 26, has a 5.23 ERA in seven relief appearances this season for Arizona.

In his first season with Arizona, Montgomery is 6-5 in 13 starts with a 6.44 ERA over 65 2/3 innings.

Over eight seasons with the New York Yankees (2017-22), St. Louis Cardinals (2022-23), Texas Rangers (2023) and Diamondbacks, he is 44-39 in 154 games (153 starts) with a 3.90 ERA over 820 2/3 innings.

MLB roundup: Bobby Witt Jr. flirts with cycle in Royals' win

MLB roundup: Bobby Witt Jr. flirts with cycle in Royals' win

Bobby Witt Jr. collected three hits for the fourth consecutive game, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 10-4 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

Witt tripled in the first inning, doubled in the third and blasted a three-run homer in the fourth.

Attempting Kansas City's first cycle since George Brett in 1990, Witt was hit by a pitch and flied out in his final plate appearances. His fourth consecutive game of at least three hits matches Johnny Damon (2000) for the Royals' second-longest such streak. Brett had six straight games with three or more hits in 1976.

Witt has five extra-base hits in four games since appearing in the All-Star Game. He leads the majors in home-game batting average at .411.

Arizona's Yilber Diaz (1-1) pitched three-plus innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits and a walk. He didn't strike out a batter.

Tigers 8, Guardians 2

Tarik Skubal surrendered a career-high 10 hits but only one run over seven innings, rookie Justyn-Henry Malloy clubbed an early two-run homer and surging Detroit defeated host Cleveland.

Matt Vierling and Mark Canha each added three hits and Colt Keith homered in the ninth for the Tigers, who have won 11 of 14. Skubal (11-3) yielded one walk and struck out six.

Tyler Freeman had three hits for the Guardians, who have totaled three runs during a three-game skid that has come at home. Carlos Carrasco (3-8) allowed six runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Yankees 9, Rays 1

Carlos Rodon pitched seven dominating innings and New York tied a season high by hitting five home runs to beat visiting Tampa Bay for a split of the four-game series.

Austin Wells and Anthony Volpe hit back-to-back homers for the Yankees off Zack Littell (3-7). DJ LeMahieu also homered to snap an 0-for-18 slump, and Juan Soto (3-for-5, four RBIs) went deep in the seventh and eighth innings. Oswaldo Cabrera added a two-run single for the Yankees, who collected 15 hits.

Rodon allowed two hits and two walks and struck out 10 while matching his longest outing of the season. He did not allow a hit until Jose Siri homered into the right field seats with one out in the fifth.

Pirates 2, Cardinals 1

Nick Gonzales hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and starting pitcher Mitch Keller allowed one run through seven to help Pittsburgh defeat visiting St. Louis.

Gonzales knocked a one-out sinker from reliever John King (3-2) into right field to drive in Bryan Reynolds, who hit a leadoff single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Aroldis Chapman (2-4) tossed a perfect eighth, and David Bednar gave up one hit in the ninth while logging his 18th save. Oneil Cruz hit an RBI single and Rowdy Tellez produced two hits as the Pirates won for the seventh time in eight games.

Nolan Gorman homered and Paul Goldschmidt had two hits for the Cardinals, whose two-game winning streak ended.

Rangers 4, White Sox 3 (10 innings)

After back-to-back intentional walks loaded the bases, Wyatt Langford lined a walk-off single to left in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Texas a victory over Chicago in Arlington, Texas.

Langford also stepped up for Texas in the ninth, doubling with one out, stealing third and scoring on Jonah Heim's two-out single to forge a 3-3 tie. Paul DeJong had put Chicago up 3-2 in the top of the ninth, blasting a solo homer.

Jonathan Hernandez (3-0) got the win. Steven Wilson (1-6) took the loss as the White Sox fell for the eighth consecutive game.

Mets 6, Marlins 4

Francisco Lindor homered twice and Jeff McNeil also went deep while driving in three runs as New York salvaged a split of a four-game series at Miami.

New York starter David Peterson (5-0) scattered six hits and two runs in five innings. Edwin Diaz bagged his 12th save of the season despite allowing a run in the ninth.

Josh Bell and Bryan De La Cruz went deep for the Marlins. Yonny Chirinos (0-2) yielded five runs on nine hits in five innings.

Reds 4, Braves 1

Hunter Greene received some rare run support and pitched visiting Cincinnati to a win over Atlanta in the opener of their three-game series.

Greene (7-4) pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed only two hits and three walks while recording seven strikeouts. He entered the game receiving only 3.63 runs per game in his 19 starts, tied for the fourth-lowest mark among all qualified starters in the National League.

Cincinnati's Alexis Diaz allowed a run in the ninth inning on Eddie Rosario's sacrifice fly. Braves starter Reynaldo Lopez (7-4) pitched six innings and allowed a season-high four runs on seven hits. Atlanta's Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-3 with a walk and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Cubs 3, Brewers 1

Ian Happ homered to help Chicago beat visiting Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game series.

Michael Busch had two hits and an RBI and Dansby Swanson also had two hits for the Cubs, who are 2-2 since the All-Star break. Drew Smyly (3-5) got the win in relief, and Hector Neris pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

Willy Adames homered and Garrett Mitchell had two hits for Milwaukee, which had won three in a row. Tobias Myers (6-4) allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings.

Hogan Harris silences Astros in Athletics' 4-0 win

Hogan Harris silences Astros in Athletics' 4-0 win

Hogan Harris matched his career high with seven strikeouts, Miguel Andujar and JJ Bleday stroked consecutive RBI doubles during a three-run third inning and the host Oakland Athletics opened a three-game series against the Houston Astros with a 4-0 victory on Monday night.

A second-year major-leaguer making his 15th career start, Harris (2-3) shut out the Astros on seven hits over a season-best 6 2/3 innings. He walked two.

Harris had previously fanned seven batters in June 2023 and May of this year.

The shutout win was Oakland's eighth of the season.

Austin Adams, Lucas Erceg and Mason Miller completed the shutout by combining for 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief, with Miller working a 1-2-3 ninth.

Astros starter Spencer Arrighetti (4-8) matched zeroes with Harris until a big third inning by the Athletics that began with Max Schuemann's one-out single out of the No. 9 spot in the lineup.

A single by Lawrence Butler then set the stage for Andujar, whose double into the left field corner was bobbled by Mauricio Dubon, allowing Butler to chase Schuemann home.

Bleday then made it 3-0 with his RBI double into the right field corner.

Schuemann helped produce Oakland's only other run of the game, singling in the fourth to drive in Zack Gelof, who had walked and stolen second.

Arrighetti recovered nicely to complete six innings, during which he allowed four runs and seven hits. He walked one and struck out three.

Bleday collected a double and two singles for the A's, who have won three of their four games since coming out of the All-Star break. Schuemann and Butler chipped in with a pair of hits apiece.

Jose Altuve and Jeremy Pena each singled twice for the Astros, whose only extra-base hit was a first-inning, two-out double by Yordan Alvarez. The shutout loss was Houston's fourth of the season, its first since June 18.

Teoscar Hernandez drives in every run of Dodgers' win over Giants

Teoscar Hernandez drives in every run of Dodgers' win over Giants

Teoscar Hernandez drove in all three Dodgers runs, including a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning, as Los Angeles increased its post All-Star break winning streak to four games with a 3-2 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants on Monday.

Hernandez added a solo home run in the fourth inning while Dodgers rookie right-hander River Ryan pitched into the sixth inning of his major league debut.

Tyler Fitzgerald extended his home run streak to four consecutive games for the Giants, while left-hander Blake Snell gave up two runs over six innings in his third consecutive scoreless start since returning from a groin injury.

The Giants were unable to take advantage of a shaky first inning from Ryan when Jorge Soler walked to lead off the game and LaMonte Wade Jr. followed with a single to left. But Soler was thrown out trying to advance to third base on the hit and Ryan went on to retire the next eight batters he faced.

The Giants took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning when Wade walked, advanced to third base with two outs and scored on a passed ball by Dodgers catcher Will Smith.

The Dodgers got the run back in the bottom of the fourth inning when Hernandez hit a home run to left field, his 21st of the season and second in two games. They were his first two home runs since winning the Home Run Derby last week at Arlington, Texas.

The Giants put runners on first and third in the sixth inning with one out before Ryan departed to a standing ovation. Left-hander Alex Vesia got out of the jam by striking out Luis Matos and Matt Chapman.

Ryan gave up an unearned run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings with three walks and two strikeouts.

Hernandez put the Dodgers on top 2-1 in the sixth inning with a single to score Freddie Freeman.

The Giants got the game even again at 2-2 in the seventh inning when Fitzgerald hit a one-out home run off left-hander Ryan Yarbrough. Fitzgerald became the first Giants player to hit a home run in four consecutive games since Brandon Belt in May of 2018.

Hernandez's go-ahead single in the eighth came against right-hander Randy Rodriguez. Left-hander Erik Miller (3-3) took the loss after giving up a leadoff double to Enrique Hernandez leading off the eighth. Enrique Hernandez scored on Teoscar Hernandez's hit.

Dodgers right-hander Blake Treinen (4-2) earned the win with a scoreless eighth inning Daniel Hudson pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

Angels rally late for victory over Mariners

Angels rally late for victory over Mariners

Jo Adell's run-scoring single with two outs in the top of the ninth inning broke a tie as the Los Angeles Angels rallied for a 3-1 victory against the host Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Taylor Ward went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Angels, who won their second game in a row and prevented the Mariners from regaining sole possession of first place in the American League West.

Reliever Luis Garcia (5-1) got the victory and Carlos Estevez worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save of the season.

With two outs in the ninth, the Angels' Brandon Drury and Zach Neto drew walks off reliever Trent Thornton (3-2). Adell, who was batting ninth, grounded a single to center field. Drury scored from second and Neto raced home after center fielder Victor Robles' throw to the plate hit the mound and scooted past catcher Cal Raleigh.

The Angels tied the score in the eighth without the benefit of a hit. Reliever Ryne Stanek walked Adell and Anthony Rendon before Nolan Schanuel was caught looking at a called third strike -- Schanuel was ejected by plate umpire Mike Estabrook for arguing the call. The Mariners brought in closer Andres Munoz, and the Angels greeted him with a double steal. Ward then lifted a sacrifice fly to deep center to make it 1-1.

Angels hitting coach Johnny Washington was ejected in the second inning by Estabrook after a called third strike on Drury.

The Mariners scored their lone run in the first inning. Leadoff hitter J.P. Crawford was hit on the back of the right hand by a pitch from Tyler Anderson, and Robles got an infield single on a chopper down the third base line. With one out, Raleigh lined a run-scoring single to center.

Crawford didn't take the field in the top of the second, with utility man Dylan Moore moving to short and Luke Raley entering the game to play first base.

The Mariners wasted a strong start by Bryce Miller, who pitched seven scoreless innings. The right-hander allowed three hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five.

Anderson gave up one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings. The lefty walked one and fanned eight.

Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez didn't play after sustaining a sprained right ankle crashing into the outfield wall while trying to make a catch on Sunday. Seattle manager Scott Servais said Rodriguez is day-to-day.

Manuel Margot helps Twins pull away for win over Phils

Manuel Margot helps Twins pull away for win over Phils

Manuel Margot went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and the Minnesota Twins pulled away for a 7-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night in Minneapolis.

Carlos Santana finished 2-for-4 with an RBI double for the Twins, who won the series opener after losing two straight games against the Milwaukee Brewers upon returning from the All-Star break. Minnesota's Willi Castro also drove in two runs, while Max Kepler collected two hits and an RBI.

Bryce Harper socked a two-run homer to lead the Philadelphia offense, which was limited to four hits.

Twins right-hander Bailey Ober (9-5) limited Phillies hitters to two runs on four hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out four. Cole Sands followed with two hitless innings for his third save.

Phillies left-hander Ranger Suarez (10-5) gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Harper gave the Phillies a 2-0 lead in the first. Turner hit a one-out single to right field, and Harper delivered in the next at-bat with a 424-foot shot to right for his 23rd homer of the year.

The Twins got on the scoreboard in the third. Castro singled to center to drive in Diego A. Castillo from third base.

Minnesota grabbed a 3-2 lead in the fifth. Margot ripped a two-run single to right to drive in Max Kepler and Castillo, who opened the inning with back-to-back hits.

The Twins increased their lead to 4-2 in the seventh. Ryan Jeffers hit a leadoff double to center and came home to score on Santana's two-out double to right.

A three-run eighth boosted Minnesota's edge to 7-2. Kepler hit an RBI single to right, Castro drew a bases-loaded walk, and Edouard Julien scored on a wild pitch.

Bohm reached and advanced to second on a throwing error by shortstop Castro in the ninth. Sands got J.T. Realmuto to fly out to right to end the game.

Mariners SS J.P. Crawford hit on hand, leaves game

Mariners SS J.P. Crawford hit on hand, leaves game

Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford left Seattle's game against the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Monday after getting hit with a pitch on the back of his right hand.

Leading off the bottom of the first, Crawford was struck by an 0-1 changeup from Angels left-hander Tyler Anderson, a former teammate with the Mariners. Crawford immediately dropped his bat and clutched his hand while being attended to by a trainer.

Crawford eventually went to first base and, after an infield single by Victor Robles, scored on a line-drive single by Cal Raleigh.

However, Crawford didn't take the field in the top of the second, with first baseman Dylan Moore moving to short and Luke Raley entering the game to play first.

Crawford, 29, is batting .204 with a .299 on-base percentage, a .347 slugging percentage, nine homers and 32 RBIs in 77 games this season.

Rockies outlast Red Sox for 12-inning victory

Rockies outlast Red Sox for 12-inning victory

Ezequiel Tovar singled with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning, Sam Hilliard hit a two-run homer in the 10th and the Colorado Rockies beat the Boston Red Sox 9-8 in Denver on Monday night.

Tovar finished with three singles, his sixth straight multi-hit game, to give Colorado its fourth win in five games.

Charlie Blackmon homered among his two hits, and Brenton Doyle, Jacob Stallings and Aaron Schunk also finished with two hits apiece for the Rockies. Justin Lawrence (3-3) tossed two innings of relief for the win.

Wilyer Abreu put Boston in front, 8-7, with an RBI single in the top of the 12th before the Rockies rallied.

Jake Cave's run-scoring single off Bailey Horn (0-1) tied it at 8-8, and Cave advanced to second on the play thanks to an error. An intentional walk followed by a sacrifice bunt and another intentional walk loaded the bases, and Tovar lined a single to center off Chase Anderson to end the game.

Jamie Westbrook and Connor Wong homered, Tyler O'Neill had three hits and Romy Gonzalez had two hits for the Red Sox, who have lost four straight.

Boston took a 7-5 lead in the 10th on Dominic Smith's RBI double and Rafael Devers' sacrifice fly, but Hilliard drew Colorado even in the bottom of the frame with a two-run homer, his third long ball of the season.

Blackmon's seventh homer of the year, a two-run shot off Red Sox starter Tanner Houck, started a four-run third inning for Colorado.

Houck settled down to pitch six innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits, and avoided the loss after Boston's lineup rallied in the fifth inning against Rockies starter Austin Gomber.

Westbrook hit a three-run homer, his second blast of the season, and Rob Refsnyder's RBI single tied the game at 4.

Gomber retired the first two batters in the sixth before walking Masataka Yoshida. He was then relieved by Peter Lambert, who gave up a two-out double by Gonzalez but escaped the inning without further damage.

Gomber allowed four runs on six hits in his 5 2/3 innings.

Colorado took a 5-4 lead in the seventh on Stallings' two-out RBI double, but Wong led off the top of the eighth with his ninth homer of the season.

Bobby Witt Jr. adds three more hits as Royals best D-backs

Bobby Witt Jr. adds three more hits as Royals best D-backs

Bobby Witt Jr. collected three hits for the fourth consecutive game, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 10-4 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

Witt tripled in the first inning, doubled in the third and blasted a three-run homer in the fourth.

Attempting Kansas City's cycle since George Brett in 1990, Witt was hit by a pitch and flied out in his final plate appearances. His fourth consecutive game of at least three hits matches Johnny Damon (2000) for the Royals' second-longest such streak. Brett had six straight games with three or more hits in 1976.

Witt has five extra-base hits in four games since appearing in the All-Star Game. He leads the majors in home-game batting average at .411.

Cole Ragans earned the win, tossing six innings while allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

Ragans (7-6) surrendered five hits and three runs in the third inning, which included Ketel Marte's two-run homer.

Kansas City jumped ahead with a two-out, second-inning rally when Drew Waters walked, Maikel Garcia singled and Kyle Isbel hit an RBI single.

The Diamondbacks answered quickly in the third with doubles by Kevin Newman and Alek Thomas before Marte's 20th home run produced a 3-1 lead.

Witt doubled leading off the bottom of the third, then scored on Vinnie Pasquantino's hit. Then Arizona's Yilber Diaz, making his third career start, left a fastball in the middle that Salvador Perez pounded 425 feet to straightaway center for a 4-3 Kansas City advantage.

The Royals added to their lead in the fourth on Isbel's RBI hit-and-run double following a single by Garcia.

Diaz (1-1) pitched three-plus innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits and a walk. He didn't strike out a batter.

Witt hit the first pitch from reliever Miguel Castro 431 feet to left-center for his 18th homer, capping a four-run fourth.

Hunter Renfroe homered, his ninth, leading off the fifth, and Witt scored on Perez's sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

Isbel had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals who have won eight of their past 10 games.

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was ejected after Royals reliever John Schreiber hit Gabriel Moreno with a pitch in the seventh. Lovullo apparently believed the plunking was in response to Witt getting hit by a pitch.

Arizona lost consecutive games for only the second time since late June.

Wyatt Langford the hero as Rangers rally, edge White Sox in 10

Wyatt Langford the hero as Rangers rally, edge White Sox in 10

After back-to-back intentional walks loaded the bases, Wyatt Langford lined a walk-off RBI single to left in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Texas Rangers a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night in Arlington, Texas.

Langford also stepped up for Texas in the ninth, doubling with one out, stealing third and scoring on Jonah Heim's two-out single to forge a 3-3 tie.

Paul DeJong had put Chicago up 3-2 in the top of the frame, blasting a solo shot to left.

Although the Rangers ended up leaving runners stranded at second and third in the ninth, Langford still managed to deliver an inning later as Texas took the opener of a four-game set.

Rangers reliever Jonathan Hernandez (3-0) was credited with the win. White Sox reliever John Brebbia was one strike away from ending the game in the ninth, but he was instead pinned with his second blown save of the season.

Steven Wilson (1-6) took the loss. Chicago has now dropped eight games in a row.

Offense was initially hard to come by for the Rangers. Texas had just three hits through the first eight innings, including solo home runs by Marcus Semien and Leody Taveras. Semien's blast tied the game at 1-1 in the third, while Taveras drew the Rangers even at 2-2 in the fifth.

Texas starter Michael Lorenzen gave up two runs on six hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out eight.

Chicago starter Erick Fedde went 6 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and three hits. He walked two and fanned five.

Tommy Pham put the White Sox up 1-0 in the first, blasting his fifth home run of the season. Brooks Baldwin later recorded his first major league RBI, singling home Andrew Vaughn in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-1 lead.

The White Sox went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. They also missed out on a run in the third, when Luis Robert Jr. was thrown out at home after a ball trickled away from catcher Heim.

Cubs ride bullpen to win over Brewers in series opener

Cubs ride bullpen to win over Brewers in series opener

Ian Happ homered to help the Chicago Cubs to a 3-1 win against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers in the opener of their three-game series on Monday evening.

Michael Busch had two hits and an RBI and Dansby Swanson also had two hits for the Cubs, who are 2-2 since the All-Star break

Chicago starter Javier Assad allowed one hit and no runs over 3 1/3 innings, but he walked six and struck out two.

Drew Smyly (3-5), Tyson Miller and Mark Leiter Jr. combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings and Hector Neris pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

Brewers rookie right-hander Tobias Myers (6-4) allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two.

Willy Adames homered and Garrett Mitchell had two hits for Milwaukee, which had won three in a row.

Assad walked three straight batters with two outs in the third and then fell behind 3-0 to Sal Frelick before inducing a ground out to short on a 3-2 pitch.

Miguel Amaya reached on an infield single to shortstop to start the bottom half of the inning for the Cubs. Myers then tripped while making his delivery, resulting in a balk. He retired the next two batters, but Busch came through with a two-out RBI single to center to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.

Assad was removed after issuing back-to-back walks with one out in the fourth.

Smyly entered and Mitchell hit his second pitch into right field to load the bases, but Brice Turang grounded into a force play at home and William Contreras grounded out to third to leave the bases loaded for the second straight inning.

Mike Tauchman singled to cap an eight-pitch at-bat with one out in the fourth. Swanson hit a comebacker to Myers, but his throw to second went into center field, putting runners on the corners.

After a walk loaded the bases, Myers bounced an 0-2 pitch with Pete Crow-Armstrong at the plate and the ball caromed off the chest of Contreras and rolled far enough away for Tauchman to score on a close play to make it 2-0.

Happ lined a homer over the fence in left to lead off the sixth and expand the lead to 3-0.

Adames homered off Porter Hodge to start the eighth and cut it to 3-1.

Cubs will be sellers at trade deadline, prez of baseball ops says

Cubs will be sellers at trade deadline, prez of baseball ops says

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer said Monday that the team is looking at its future, not the 2024 season, when considering deals at the upcoming trade deadline.

The Cubs entered the week in fourth place in the National League Central -- just a half-game above the last-place Cincinnati Reds -- but are just 3 1/2 games out of the final NL wild-card spot.

"Where we are right now, I would have to say that moves only for 2024 -- unless things change over the next week -- we probably won't do a lot of moves that only help us for this year," Hoyer told reporters.

"If moves help us for 2025 and beyond I think we're exceptionally well-positioned. I think that's what our focus will be, but just helping ‘24 probably won't be our focus."

The Cubs know how things can change over a few summer weeks. The club stood at 45-51 after July 20 of last season. Chicago won its next eight games and went as many as 12 games above .500 in early September before narrowly missing the playoffs at 83-79.

Things took a turn for the worse this year, with losing streaks of five games in May and four games in June hampering any hopes of making the postseason this time around.

"We had two months of playing really poorly," Hoyer said. "That put us in a poor position."

The trade deadline is July 30, and veterans like starting pitcher Jameson Taillon or relievers Hector Neris and Mark Leiter Jr. may be examples of older players who don't fit into the Cubs' long-term plans.

Hoyer feels the Cubs have the organizational depth to return to competing for the playoffs in 2025.

"The future is really bright given the farm system," Hoyer said. "I feel really good about how we're positioned for the future and beyond. I think our moves will reflect that at the deadline."

Hunter Greene gets run support as Reds top Braves

Hunter Greene gets run support as Reds top Braves

Hunter Greene received some rare run support on Monday and pitched the visiting Cincinnati Reds to a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves in the opener of their three-game series.

The win broke Cincinnati's four-game losing streak and handed Atlanta its third straight loss.

Greene (7-4) pitched seven innings and allowed only two hits, three walks and seven strikeouts. It was his fifth scoreless appearance of the season. Greene has allowed a combined two runs in his last four starts, a stretch of 24 2/3 innings.

The right-hander entered the game receiving only 3.63 runs per game in his 19 starts, tied for the fourth-lowest among all qualified starters in the league.

Cincinnati's Alexis Diaz allowed a run in the ninth inning on Eddie Rosario's sacrifice fly.

Elly De La Cruz, Jeimer Candelario and Atlanta native Will Benson sparked the offense.

De La Cruz went 2-for-4 with a walk and extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He tripled in the first inning, his National League-leading seventh three-bagger, and scored on Candelario's sacrifice fly to shallow right field.

De La Cruz manufactured another run when he singled and scored easily on Candelario's double to right field during the third inning. Candelario was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Benson, who was 1-for-11 in his last four games, went 2-for-2 with a walk. Benson hit a solo homer, his 11th, into the right field stands in the third inning. It was Benson's second career homer against the Braves.

Atlanta starter Reynaldo Lopez (7-4) pitched six innings and allowed a season-high four runs on seven hits, two walks and five strikeouts. His ERA rose from a league-leading 1.88 to 2.12.

Atlanta's Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-3 with a walk and extended his hitting streak to 10 games.

Nacho Alvarez, rated as Atlanta's top position player prospect, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to replace Ozzie Albies at second base. Alvarez went 0-for-4 in his major league debut.

Atlanta third baseman Austin Riley was removed from the game with one out in the top of the ninth when his wife went into labor.

Eighth-inning run sends Pirates past Cardinals

Eighth-inning run sends Pirates past Cardinals

Nick Gonzales hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and Pirates starting pitcher Mitch Keller was effective through seven to help Pittsburgh earn a 2-1 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Monday.

Gonzales knocked a one-out sinker from reliever John King (3-2) into right field to drive in Bryan Reynolds, who hit a leadoff single and advanced to second on a wild pitch.

Keller allowed one run on six hits, with three strikeouts and two walks. Aroldis Chapman (2-4) tossed a perfect eighth, and David Bednar gave up one hit in the ninth while logging his 18th save.

Oneil Cruz hit an RBI single and Rowdy Tellez produced two hits as Pittsburgh won for the seventh time in eight games.

Nolan Gorman homered and Paul Goldschmidt had two hits for the Cardinals, whose two-game winning streak ended.

In a 1-1 game, Pittsburgh threatened in the seventh but couldn't capitalize. Jack Suwinski singled with one out and advanced to third on Joshua Palacios' pinch-hit single to right field. Joey Bart reached on a fielder's choice with a one-hopper to third, but Suwinski was tagged out at the plate to keep the game even.

Palacios and Bart were left stranded when Andrew McCutchen grounded out.

After leaving four runners on base through the first four innings, the Cardinals wasted little time in the fifth to tie it up. Gorman connected on a second-pitch curveball to lead it off, knocking it off the right field foul pole to make it 1-1.

St. Louis had an opportunity to take the lead in the frame. Pedro Pages followed the home run with a single and Willson Contreras drew a two-out walk. That brought up Brendan Donovan, and the left fielder made contact for a ground ball that appeared to be headed down the right field line but was denied on by a diving catch from Tellez at first base.

The Pirates opened the scoring in the third. Andrew McCutchen extended his hitting streak to eight games with a one-out double to left field. After Reynolds grounded out, McCutchen scored on Cruz's single to left to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Cardinals starter Andre Pallante went six innings and gave up one run on three hits while fanning three and walking two.

Francisco Lindor hits 2 HRs, powers Mets past Marlins

Francisco Lindor hits 2 HRs, powers Mets past Marlins

Francisco Lindor homered twice and Jeff McNeil also went deep while driving in three runs as the visiting New York Mets salvaged a split of their four-game series with the Miami Marlins, recording a 6-4 win on Monday night.

New York starter David Peterson (5-0) worked around constant traffic to earn the win, scattering six hits and two runs in five innings. He walked four and fanned four. Three relievers took care of the rest, with Edwin Diaz bagging his 12th save of the season despite allowing a run in the ninth.

Marlins starting pitcher Yonny Chirinos (0-2) absorbed the loss after yielding five runs on nine hits in five innings, walking four and striking out four. New York finished with 11 hits off four Miami pitchers after managing a total of only seven runs in the series' first three games.

McNeil initiated the scoring in the top of the second, lining a two-run homer to right field that traveled an estimated 388 feet. It was his eighth homer of the year and third of the series.

Miami got a run back in its half of the second thanks to a two-out RBI double by Vidal Brujan. Replays showed that the ball appeared to land in foul ground down by the right field line, but the Mets didn't challenge the call.

Brujan was thrown out trying to reach third on the play, ending the inning.

New York made it 4-1 in the fourth on McNeil's sacrifice fly that scored Jose Iglesias, who led off the inning with a triple, and Lindor's solo home run that struck the facing of the second deck in right field.

Iglesias upped the margin to 5-1 in the fifth with an easy RBI, getting plunked by a Chirinos pitch with the bases loaded. Josh Bell got the run back for the Marlins in the bottom of the frame with his 10th homer of the year, a solo shot.

Bryan De La Cruz got Miami within 5-3 in the seventh with a solo shot to left, his team-leading 17th home run of 2024. But Lindor gave the Mets insurance in the ninth, blasting his 19th homer.

Tarik Skubal pitches around trouble, Tigers handle Guardians

Tarik Skubal pitches around trouble, Tigers handle Guardians

Tarik Skubal surrendered a season-high 10 hits but only one run over seven innings, rookie Justyn-Henry Malloy clubbed an early two-run homer and the surging Detroit Tigers earned an 8-2 road win over the scuffling Cleveland Guardians on Monday night.

Matt Vierling and Mark Canha each added three hits and Colt Keith homered in the ninth for the Tigers, who have won 11 of 14. Skubal (11-3), a Cy Young Award contender, wasn't totally sharp but stranded nine Guardians, yielding one walk and striking out six.

Tyler Freeman had three hits for the American League Central-leading Guardians, who have totaled three runs during a three-game skid that's come at home. Carlos Carrasco (3-8) allowed six runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings as Cleveland fell to 8-14 since June 26.

Detroit wasted no time getting to Carrasco. Vierling opened the game with a double off the 19-foot-high left field wall and scored when Malloy easily cleared that fence for his seventh homer in 36 career games. Malloy recorded his first grand slam in Sunday's 5-4 loss at Toronto.

Perez, however, came through in the sixth. After Canha doubled, Perez one-handed a Carrasco pitch over the head of Martinez for an RBI double. The first of Gio Urshela's two sacrifice flies on the night later in the inning made it 6-1.

Angels star Mike Trout (knee) to begin rehab stint at Salt Lake

Angels star Mike Trout (knee) to begin rehab stint at Salt Lake

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout is slated to being a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday as he nears his return to the majors after a knee injury sustained on April 29.

Trout is expected to return to the Angels later this week, possibly as soon as Thursday against Oakland. Trout underwent surgery to repair meniscus damage in his left knee.

"He's biting at the bit to get here," Angels manager Ron Washington told reporters. "But he has to go play in the outfield. He did a lot of work in the outfield, doing a lot of things he would have to do at game time. But you can't recognize if it's effective until you go through real games.

"We are waiting for him to react in game conditions. As soon as he's ready, we're going to have our arms wide open to welcome him back."

Trout, a three-time American League MVP, traveled to the Angels' spring-training complex in Arizona on Saturday. He has been facing live pitching to prepare for playing in Salt Lake City.

Trout, an 11-time All-Star, was batting .220 with 10 homers and 14 RBIs in 29 games this season. He was unable to figure out how he hurt the knee.

Once Trout is back with the Angels, he'll see some of his playing time as designated hitter in addition to his customary center field.

"It's going to be a huge boost," Washington said. "I know he might have a little problem trying to get his offense where he wants it. But his presence for us is more important than his performance. So we're going to be very happy to have his presence, because he's one of those guys that can make everybody else better just by being there."

Trout's visit to Salt Lake City will have some familiarity. He played 20 games for the Salt Lake Bees in 2012 before his promotion to the majors. He batted .403 with one homer and 13 RBIs in 77 at-bats with the Bees and then went on to win American League Rookie of the Year honors with the Angels.

Rockies place RHP German Marquez (elbow) on 15-day IL

Rockies place RHP German Marquez (elbow) on 15-day IL

One start into his return from Tommy John surgery, Colorado Rockies right-hander German Marquez was put on the 15-day injured list on Monday with right elbow inflammation.

The move is retroactive to Friday. In a corresponding move, the Rockies recalled right-hander Noah Davis from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Marquez, 29, faced the New York Mets on July 14 in his first start since April 26, 2023, 16 days before he underwent surgery. In four innings, Marquez allowed three runs on five hits while walking four and striking out three on 70 pitches.

In that game, Marquez passed Jorge De La Rosa for the franchise lead in strikeouts with 986. The veteran righty also ranks among Colorado's all-time top five in wins, ERA and innings.

Davis, 27, has a 9.00 ERA in one three-inning relief outing for the Rockies this season. In 10 career games (six starts) for Colorado, Davis is 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in 34 innings.