Nola lifts Phils past Baltimore

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Phillies starter Aaron Nola picks up one of his nine strikeouts en route to a win over the Orioles on Wednesday in Philadelphia. - Derik Hamilton | AP photo

PHILADELPHIA — Aaron Nola stuck out nine in seven innings, Nick Williams hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Baltimore Orioles 4-1 on Wednesday to sweep a two-game interleague series.

Nola (11-2) gave up one run and seven hits to win his fifth straight decision. Victor Arano tossed two innings for his first career save.

Philadelphia pulled within 1 1/2 games of NL East-leading Atlanta and improved 10 games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2011 season with a franchise-record 102 wins.

Yankees 6, Braves 2

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer and CC Sabathia pitched six effective innings, leading the Yankees to the victory.

Aaron Judge and Kyle Higashioka also homered for New York. Higashioka became the ninth player since 1920 whose first three hits were home runs.

Sabathia (6-3) yielded two runs and five hits.

Mets 6, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO — Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer, Brandon Nimmo reached base three times and New York beat Toronto.

Frazier gave the Mets the lead with a drive to center field off Marcus Stroman (1-6) in a five-run fifth inning.

Seth Lugo (3-3) pitched three innings of relief for the win. Jeurys Familia closed for his 16th save in 20 opportunities.

Wilmer Flores had two hits and Kevin Plawecki scored twice for the Mets, who had lost 11 of 13.

Red Sox 3, Nationals 0

WASHINGTON — Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in two runs, Eduardo Rodriguez struck out six in six innings and Boston beat Washington to complete a three-game sweep.

Rodriguez (10-3) allowed three hits and walked one. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 26th save in 28 chances, finishing a six-hitter.

The Nationals (42-43) have lost five in a row to fall below .500 this late in the season for the first time since being 60-61 on Aug. 21, 2015. The preseason NL East favorites held a players-only meeting after the game.

Cubs 5, Tigers 2

CHICAGO — Javier Baez stole home, Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking homer and the Cubs earned their sixth straight victory.

Conditions at Wrigley Field favored the long ball, with a game-time temperature of 92 degrees, a heat index of 102 and the wind blowing out.

David Bote also connected for Chicago. Jose Quintana (7-6) pitched six effective innings in his first win since May 31, and Brandon Morrow got three outs for his 19th save.

Athletics 4, Padres 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Piscotty doubled three times and drove in three runs, powering Oakland to the win.

Khris Davis added an RBI single for the A’s, who have won 14 of 17 to move a season-high nine games over .500.

Lou Trivino (7-1) retired two batters for the win. Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.

Brewers 3, Twins 2

MILWAUKEE — Nate Orf hit a solo homer in Milwaukee’s two-run seventh after going hitless in his first seven major league at-bats.

Brad Miller homered to right-center off Jose Berrios (8-7) to lead off the bottom of the seventh for the Brewers. Two batters later, Orf sent a 2-2 curveball down the left-field line for a two-run lead.

Marlins 3, Rays 0

MIAMI — Jose Urena and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, and Miami shook off the hangover from a 16-inning loss.

J.T. Riddle singled, tripled and homered. The teams took the field barely 12 hours after the Rays won a 5 1/2-hour marathon.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Angels 7, Mariners 4

SEATTLE — Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer, Luis Valbuena drove in two and Los Angeles beat Seattle to snap the Mariners’ eight-game winning streak.

Calhoun had three hits and three RBIs, helping lift Garrett Richards (5-4) in his return from the disabled list. Richards allowed three runs, including homers to Kyle Seager and Ryon Healy, over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out eight.

Phillies starter Aaron Nola picks up one of his nine strikeouts en route to a win over the Orioles on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_AP18185741022426-1.jpgPhillies starter Aaron Nola picks up one of his nine strikeouts en route to a win over the Orioles on Wednesday in Philadelphia. Derik Hamilton | AP photo

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