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DeGrom exits with sore shoulder amid gem

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NEW YORK (AP) A historic season is turning into a frustrating one for Jacob deGrom.

The New York Mets ace was pulled from a second straight start with an arm injury, this time leaving after three perfect innings with right shoulder soreness, but the bullpen stepped up to finish a three-hitter in a 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

One start after being pulled from a gem against San Diego with flexor tendinitis in his right arm, deGrom went directly down the clubhouse tunnel after finishing the third against the Cubs.

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D-backs' road skid at 22, match MLB mark

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks dropped their 22nd straight road game Wednesday night, matching the 1963 Mets and '43 Philadelphia Athletics for the major league record with a 13-7 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Buster Posey hit a three-run homer in a first inning that lasted 43 minutes, while Steven Duggar and LaMonte Wade Jr. connected in the fourth as San Francisco sent its NL West rival to a 13th consecutive loss overall. Pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores added a two-run drive in the fifth and Brandon Belt hit his ninth homer that inning.

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Civale 1st to 10 wins, O's road slide 18

CLEVELAND (AP) Aaron Civale became the first pitcher with 10 wins this season and Jose Ramirez homered and drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Orioles 8-7 Wednesday night, extending Baltimore's road losing streak to 18 games.

Cesar Hernandez had a two-run triple and Ramirez had two hits and scored twice for the Indians, who moved a season-best nine games over .500. Cleveland seized control 6-3 in the third inning by scoring five runs off Keegan Akin (0-2).

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Rays' Hill rips union on substance rule

CHICAGO (AP) Veteran Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Rich Hill says the players' union "dropped the ball" when it came to this week's announcement from Major League Baseball about grip-enhancing substances.

MLB said pitchers will be ejected and suspended for 10 games starting Monday for using illegal foreign substances to doctor baseballs.

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ChiSox top Rays on Grandal's walkoff hit

CHICAGO (AP) Yasmani Grandal hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat Tampa Bay 8-7 on Wednesday, taking two of three from the Rays in a matchup of division leaders.

Jose Abreu hit his 12th homer of the season for the White Sox, who've won 10 of 13.

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Laureano sparks streaking A's in return

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ramon Laureano hit a home run and made a homer-robbing catch in his return from the injured list, and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 Wednesday for their sixth straight win.

Shohei Ohtani homered for the second straight day, giving him 19 for the Angels. He also neatly bunted against the shift for a single and stole his team-leading 10th base, a day before he was scheduled to start on the mound.

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Wheeler outduels Kershaw as Phillies win

LOS ANGELES (AP) Zack Wheeler outpitched Clayton Kershaw, and Rhys Hoskins homered early to end an 0-for-33 slump as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

Hoskins connected in the first inning, J.T. Realmuto added an RBI double in the third and the Phillies rebounded from consecutive defeats to the Dodgers that followed a four-game winning streak.

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Arroyo's pinch slam gets BoSox by Braves

ATLANTA (AP) Christian Arroyo relished delivering the big hit Wednesday night. After reviewing the tape, he thinks his celebration needs some work.

Arroyo slugged a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning to give Boston the lead and the surging Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 10-8 on Wednesday night to move within one game of first place.

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Chapman escapes as Yanks hold off Jays

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Gerrit Cole pitched eight effective innings, pinch-hitter Gary Sanchez connected for a two-run homer and Aroldis Chapman dodged trouble in the ninth as the New York Yankees held off the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Sanchez's 10th homer of the season in the seventh gave the Yankees back-to-back wins behind key pinch hits, following Clint Frazier's go-ahead double in the eighth inning of Tuesday's 6-5 victory.

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