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Hamilton hit on Rizzo inside-the-park HR

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CINCINNATI (AP) Anthony Rizzo hit his first inside-the-park homer on Wednesday, providing another weird moment to the Chicago Cubs' series against the Cincinnati Reds.

With two runners aboard in the first inning, Rizzo hit a fly toward the gap. Left fielder Adam Duvall cut in front of center fielder Billy Hamilton but couldn't make the catch, and the ball appeared to deflect off Hamilton's face as Rizzo circled the bases.

It was the Cubs' first inside-the-park homer since Tony Campana's off Cincinnati's Mike Leake on Aug. 5, 2011. The homer extended Rizzo's hitting streak to 10 games. Hamilton was examined on the field and left the game.


Dodgers send Kershaw for tests on back

MILWAUKEE (AP) Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is returning to Los Angeles for tests on a sore back that's been bothering him for a few weeks.

Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday that he was still hopeful Kershaw could make his next scheduled start Friday night at Dodger Stadium against Colorado.


Indians score 3 in 9th, win 11th in row

ATLANTA (AP) Corey Kluber insists no one in the Cleveland clubhouse is talking about the Indians' longest winning streak in 34 years.

Outside those walls, however, the Indians are big news as the hottest team in the majors.


Greinke leaves early with tight oblique

PHOENIX (AP) As if things weren't going bad enough for the Arizona Diamondbacks, now they have to worry about Zack Greinke's health.

The Diamondbacks ace departed after two innings with tightness in his oblique muscle and Philadelphia rallied with two runs in the ninth inning to beat the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Tuesday night.


MRI confirms Strasburg has back strain

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals say an MRI Stephen Strasburg underwent Monday morning has confirmed their diagnosis that the pitcher has an upper-back strain.

Strasburg threw a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon before Washington was set to play the New York Mets. Strasburg was placed on the disabled list Sunday retroactive to June 16.


Cubs score 5 in 15th to outlast Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) Manager Joe Maddon's move was so wacky that even his own players laughed. And when it worked better than anyone could have imagined, the Cubs were celebrating again.

Kris Bryant singled home the tiebreaking run in the 15th inning, and Maddon used three pitchers in left field while Chicago beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 on Tuesday night in the longest game of the season for both teams.


Reds demote P Hoover after rough outing

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds optioned reliever J.J. Hoover to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday, a few hours after his latest rough outing set a club record.

Hoover gave up five runs, including Javier Baez's grand slam, in the 15th inning of a 7-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. It was the second grand slam allowed by Hoover this season and his sixth career, a club record. Hoover has allowed nine homers in 18 2/3 innings this season for a 13.50 ERA.


O's hit 3 more HRs, win sixth straight

SAN DIEGO (AP) Adam Jones and the Baltimore Orioles wore out Petco Park in a rare visit to the San Diego Padres' big downtown ballpark.

Jones hit a leadoff homer against his hometown team and Hyun Soo Kim and Chris Davis also homered for the Orioles, who beat the Padres 11-7 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.


Giolito sharp in debut, Nats blank Mets

WASHINGTON (AP) Calm and collected on the outside, Lucas Giolito was so anxious about making his major league debut that he kept going into manager Dusty Baker's office to ask when the game would start.

Rain delayed it almost an hour and then cut Giolito's outing short, but when he was on the mound he was dominant as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 5-0 on Tuesday night. Baseball's top pitching prospect allowed just one hit, struck out one and walked two in four scoreless innings and made the most of his start despite the weather.


Astros blast Lincecum to win ninth in 10

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) While the Houston Astros are rocketing up the AL standings, the Los Angeles Angels are plummeting at roughly the same rate of speed.

Tim Lincecum tried to change things Tuesday night, but both teams kept going their separate ways.

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