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MLB: Bieber pitches Indians past Angels 6-2

Cleveland Indians' Roberto Perez, left, and starter Shane Bieber celebrate their win over the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Cleveland, on Aug. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Phil Long)

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Shane Bieber became the first pitcher this season to throw three complete games, leading the Cleveland Indians over the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Sunday for a three-game sweep.

Bieber (11-4) allowed five hits, struck out eight and walked none. Bieber, the All-Star Game MVP, is 9-2 in his last 15 starts.

Cleveland is 37-15 since June 4, the best record in the major leagues in that span. After trailing by as many as 11 1/2 games in early June, the Indians started Sunday three games back of AL Central-leading Minnesota.

Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor and rookie Oscar Mercado homered off Jaime Barria (4-5), who gave up three runs in 3 2/3 innings. Barria is 2-4 with a 10.13 ERA on the road.

Kole Calhoun homered and Albert Pujols had an RBI single for Los Angeles, which lost its fourth straight.


HOUSTON (AP) -- Justin Verlander struck out 10 in another dominant Houston pitching performance, and the Astros completed a three-game sweep.

A day after Astros newcomer Aaron Sanchez and three relievers combined on a no-hitter, Verlander (15-4) took over the major league wins lead and left with an AL-best 2.68 ERA.

Roberto Osuna worked the ninth for his 25th save. The victory improved Houston to 12-1 against Seattle this season and 38-12 against the AL West.

Kyle Seager homered for Seattle. Tommy Milone (1-6) struck out seven while pitching five innings of two-run ball.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Yonny Chirinos allowed one run in five innings before leaving with a hand injury, and Tampa Bay matched its longest winning streak this season at six games.

Chirinos (9-5) gave up two hits but was pulled after 63 pitches due to right middle finger inflammation. Diego Castillo, Colin Poche and Andrew Kittredge finished a six-hitter.

Mike Brosseau and Jesus Aguilar homered for the Rays, who also won six in a row from May 25-30.

Brian Anderson connected for the Marlins, who have lost four of five. Caleb Smith (7-5) gave up three runs -- one earned -- six hits and in five innings.


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Devin Smeltzer pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning for his first major league win, and Minnesota finished off a three-game sweep.

Jason Castro homered and Eddie Rosario drove in two runs for the Twins, who maintained their three-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central.

Smeltzer (1-1) struck out four and walked one in his third career start. Sergio Romo pitched a scoreless eighth, and Taylor Rogers finished the two-hitter for his 17th save in 23 chances.

Kansas City's Brad Keller (7-11) permitted two runs in seven innings.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Jason Heyward drove in three runs, Yu Darvish pitched five effective innings and the Cubs finished a three-game sweep.

Heyward and Kyle Schwarber homered as the NL Central leaders won for the 11th time in 13 games at Wrigley Field.

Christian Yelich hit his major league-best 37th homer for Milwaukee, which has dropped four straight and six of seven.

Milwaukee rookie Trent Grisham picked up his first major league hit in the first and his first homer in the eighth. He went 3 for 4 in his third big league game.

Darvish (4-5) allowed one run and five hits, struck out eight and walked none. He retired 10 straight batters at one point.

Milwaukee starter Adrian Houser (4-5) yielded four runs and nine hits in five innings.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Leury Garcia hit a grand slam and Eloy Jimenez added a three-run shot, powering the White Sox to the victory.

The Phillies are still in the NL wild-card hunt but lost two of three at home to the below-.500 White Sox. Not even appearances by Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Pedro Martinez and the rest of the 2009 NL champions could inspire the Phillies and they trailed all the way against Reynaldo Lopez (6-9) and three relievers.

Tim Anderson also homered for Chicago, and Ryan Goins had two hits and scored twice.

Philadelphia left-hander Drew Smyly (2-6) permitted five runs in five innings.


ATLANTA (AP) -- Tucker Barnhart hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the 10th inning off new Atlanta closer Shane Greene.

A day after blowing a save chance in his Braves debut, Greene (0-1) gave up four hits and three runs in one inning.

Atlanta star Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth off Amir Garrett, thumping his chest and yelling at the Braves' dugout as he flung his bat while leaving the batter's box. Acuna hit a 10th-inning single that lifted Atlanta to a 5-4 win on Saturday night.

Robert Stephenson (3-2) got the win. David Hernandez gave up a two-out homer to Tyler Flowers in the 10th before retiring Freddie Freeman for his second save.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Trey Mancini drove in two runs and Baltimore took advantage of a wild major league debut by Toronto reliever Yennsy Diaz.

Mancini has 15 RBIs in 13 games against Toronto this season.

The Orioles won a mistake-prone game with wild pitches, misplayed balls, costly walks and baserunning errors.

Tom Eshelman (1-2) earned his first major league win after allowing four runs and eight hits over five innings. Shawn Armstrong picked up his fourth save.

Rookies Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio homered for Toronto, and Randal Grichuk tied a career high with four hits. Sean Reid-Foley (1-2) allowed four runs, one earned, and four hits in four innings.

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