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Cole continues streak as Yankees win again, DeGrom shines

By Sports Desk August 04, 2020

Gerrit Cole continued his streak of wins as the New York Yankees were victorious again, while Jacob deGrom impressed in MLB on Monday.

Cole extended his regular-season streak of victories to 19 in the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

He gave up five hits in six innings with four strikeouts as the Yankees improved to 8-1.

Gio Urshela hit a three-run home run for the Yankees in the sixth inning.

DeGrom struck out 10 over six innings in the Mets' 7-2 win against the Atlanta Braves.

In a blow to the Braves, starting pitcher Mike Soroka tore his right Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.

Bryant homers on return as Cubs' pitchers shine

Kris Bryant returned from illness and hit a home run as the Chicago Cubs overcame the Kansas City Royals 2-0.

Through 10 games this season, Cubs starting pitchers have held their opponents to a .156 batting average, which is the lowest allowed by any team's starting pitchers through 10 games of a season in the live-ball era (since 1920), as per STATS. Alec Mills gave up just three hits in seven innings.

Sonny Gray has made 36 straight starts without allowing more than six hits after shining again. The Cincinnati Reds edged the Cleveland Indians 3-2.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer as the Colorado Rockies improved to 7-2 by beating the San Francisco Giants 7-6.

 

Arrieta battles for Phillies

Jake Arrieta struggled in the Phillies' loss. He conceded seven hits and three runs in five innings.

 

Cruz walk-off

Nelson Cruz hit a walk-off single as the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4.

Monday's results

Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees 6-3 Philadelphia Phillies
New York Mets 7-2 Atlanta Braves
Chicago White Sox 6-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins 5-4 Pittsburgh Pirates
Chicago Cubs 2-0 Kansas City Royals
Colorado Rockies 7-6 San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres 5-4 Los Angeles Dodgers
Oakland Athletics 11-1 Seattle Mariners

 

Dodgers at Padres

The Los Angeles Dodgers (7-4) dropped their series opener against the San Diego Padres (7-4) on Monday and the teams meet again on Tuesday.

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    Oakland Athletics 13-12 Minnesota Twins
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    Atlanta Braves 4-1 New York Yankees
    Arizona Diamonds 8-5 Cincinnati Reds
    Detroit Tigers 5-2 Pittsburgh Pirates
    Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 Boston Red Sox
    Chicago Cubs 16-4 New York Mets
    Kansas City Royals 9-8 Tampa Bay Rays

     

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    Tuesday's results

    New York Yankees 3-1 Atlanta Braves
    Oakland Athletics 7-0 Minnesota Twins
    Oakland Athletics 1-0 Minnesota Twins
    Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0 Seattle Mariners
    Chicago White Sox 8-5 Cleveland Indians
    Baltimore Orioles 7-5 Miami Marlins
    Washington Nationals 3-2 St. Louis Cardinals
    San Francisco Giants 10-7 Philadelphia Phillies
    Boston Red Sox 4-2 Toronto Blue Jays
    Chicago Cubs 3-1 New York Mets
    Tampa Bay Rays 14-7 Kansas City Royals
    Colorado Rockies 6-2 Houston Astros
    Los Angeles Angels 6-2 Texas Rangers
    Milwaukee Brewers 6-0 San Diego Padres
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