Kelly’s pinch-hit leads Phillies past Red Sox

PHILADELPHIA — Pinch-hitter Ty Kelly doubled home the only run in the eighth inning of a duel between Philadelphia’s Nick Pivetta and Chris Sale to lead the Phillies over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

Sale (8-3) was cruising until a one-out single by Andrew Knapp and Kelly’s hit, which ended an eight-game losing streak.

Sale allowed four hits with 10 strikeouts, upping his major league-leading total to 136. It was his 44th career double-digit strikeout game and ninth this season.

Pat Neshek (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning, and Hector Neris earned his sixth save with a hitless ninth.

Nationals 8, Mets 3

NEW YORK — Bryce Harper hit a solo homer that sailed over right fielder Jay Bruce and landed about a dozen rows deep. Harper’s 17th home run left the bat at 116.3 mph, his hardest-hit ball since Statcast began tracking in 2015.

Daniel Murphy added three more hits against his former team and Michael A. Taylor hit the Nationals league-leading 100th home run to cap a five-run fifth. Manager Dusty Baker won on his 68th birthday, while Gio Gonzalez (6-1) improved to 10-1 at Citi Field, giving up two runs and five hits in seven innings

Robert Gsellman (5-4) was tagged for seven runs and 11 hits in five innings.

Brewers 6, Cardinals 4

ST. LOUIS — Eric Thames hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth off Seung Hwan Oh (1-3), Thames’ 18th home run this season.

Keon Broxton tied the score 2-2 in the second with a 489-foot drive to left, the longest home run in Busch Stadium III’s history and the second-longest this season in the major leagues behind the Yankees’ Aaron Judge at 495 feet.

Carlos Torres (3-4) pitched scoreless inning, and Oliver Drake got his first big league save.

Tigers 5, Rays 3

DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Tommy Hunter (0-2).

Justin Wilson (3-2) won with a scoreless inning. Justin Verlander pitched seven innings, allowing two runs, six hits and five walks..

Indians 12, Dodgers 5

CLEVELAND — Pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall connected for a three-run homer and had five RBIs, stopping the Dodgers’ six-game winning streak.

Chisenhall’s 415-foot drive in fifth inning on the second pitch from Ross Stripling opened up a four-run lead for Josh Tomlin (4-8), who struggled after being staked to a 5-0 lead. Chisenhall added a two-run single in the sixth.

Edwin Encarnacion homered off Rich Hill (3-3), who gave up seven runs and eight hits in four innings.

Twins 6, Mariners 2

MINNEAPOLIS — Chris Gimenez homered twice for the first time in his big league career, and Eduardo Escobar sparked a five-run first inning for Minnesota with a two-run shot.

Jose Berrios (6-1) allowed five hits in a career-best eight innings to win his third straight start.

Gimenez hit a three-run homer in the first off Ariel Miranda (6-3), who lost for the first time in 10 starts for the Mariners and lasted only four innings with 10 hits and six runs allowed.

White Sox 5, Orioles 2

CHICAGO — Rookie Matt Davidson homered for the fourth straight game, then doubled and scored in a four-run sixth to send Baltimore to its seventh loss in eight games.

Davidson hit a solo homer in the fourth, his 14th home run this season.

Caleb Joseph’s RBI double in the fifth tied the score 1-1, but Melky Cabrera hit a two-run single in the sixth that chased Chris Tillman (1-5), who lost his fifth straight start, allowing five runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Anthony Swarzak (3-1) gave up two hits in 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

By Paul Wager

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