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Rasmussen takes no-hit bid into 6th, Rays beat Royals 5-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Drew Rasmussen took a no-hit try in to the sixth inning in his begin since creating a serious perfect game bid, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Saturday.

Rasmussen, who lost his perfect game last Sunday when Baltimores Jorge Mateo opened the ninth with a double, walked MJ Melendez leading off the Royals first.

Melendez got the Royals first hit when he lined an individual into center past Rasmussen with one out in the sixth. Bobby Witt Jr. doubled before Ramussens final batter, Salvador Perez, hit a sacrifice fly.

Rasmussen (8-4) quit two runs, two hits and something walk alongside eight strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Peter Fairbanks worked the ninth for his third save, completing the four-hitter.

Six of the initial eight Rays batters had hits off Kris Bubic (2-8), who allowed four runs, eight hits and two walks over 3 innings.


NY (AP) NY lost for the 15th amount of time in 19 games and saw its lead in the AL East slip to seven games on the second-place Blue Jays.

The Yankees have lost six straight series for the very first time since 1995, based on the Elias Sports Bureau. Toronto will attempt for a four-game sweep on Sunday.

Gerrit Cole (9-6) hadnt allowed popular prior to the Blue Jays scored four times in the fifth. Alejandro Kirk capped the burst with a two-run double.

Jackie Bradley hit a two-run, go-ahead double down the left-field line. He delivered after Santiago Espinal got Torontos first hit, a double two pitches after missing on a detailed two-strike pitch. Matt Chapman added a solo homer in the ninth because the Blue Jays won their fourth straight.

Estevan Florial hit an RBI single in the next and Gleyber Torres homered in the eighth for the Yankees.

Adam Cimber (9-4) was awarded the win and Yimi Garca got his first save.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Starling Marte got three hits and NY kept up its season-long dominance of Philadelphia, topping Zack Wheeler in the initial game of a day-night doubleheader.

Michael Perez broke an 0-for-19 slump with a two-run single in the fifth inning to start out the scoring. Francisco Lindor added an RBI triple in the sixth against Wheeler (11-7), a former Met. Brandon Nimmo and Jeff McNeil both added two hits for the Mets.

Mets pitchers Trevor Williams, Seth Lugo (3-2), Joely Rodriguez, Adam Ottavino and Sam Clay held the Phillies struggling lineup to six hits while stranding 12 runners.


BALTIMORE (AP) Kike Hernndez hit a two-run homer, Christian Arroyo added an integral RBI double in the ninth inning and Michael Wacha pitched scoreless ball in to the sixth, leading Boston past Baltimore.

The Orioles slipped to 2 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay in the race for the 3rd and final American League wild-card spot.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the fifth on a run-scoring single by Alex Verdugo off Kyle Bradish. Hernndez hit a two-run shot in the sixth inning that extended the result in 3-0, and Boston added a significant insurance run in the ninth Arroyos RBI double, completing a 3-for-5 day.

Wacha (8-1) allowed four hits with four strikeouts and something walk over 52/3 innings, and Garrett Whitlock earned his fifth save.

Bradish (1-5) allowed three runs and nine hits with six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings.


DETROIT (AP) Tyler Alexander pitched six strong innings and Detroits bullpen finished off a make an impression on LA.

The Tigers had lost two straight and 10 of 12.

Alexander (3-7) allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings, notching his first win in eight starts this year. Gregory Soto earned his 23rd save.

LA Reid Detmers (4-4) took losing, allowing four runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.


CHICAGO (AP) Willson Contreras hit an RBI single to cap a two-run rally in the 11th inning, and Chicago scored once in the ninth to tie, once in the 10th to help keep it even and lastly won in the 11th to increase its win streak to five games.

Contreras had a two-run homer in the fifth, his 20th this year to end up being the first Cubs catcher to homer 20 times in four seasons.

Patrick Wisdom doubled home automatic runner Nico Hoerner to create it 5-all. Wisdom was later trashed at the plate attempting to score on Nick Madrigals grounder, but Contreras singled off Peter Strzelecki (1-1) to get rid of it.

Erich Uelmen (2-1), the Cubs fourth reliever, got four outs.

Willy Adames had a two-run homer for the Brewers, who finished with four hits.


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