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Rays' Snell becomes first to 20 wins

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) For Blake Snell, all the setbacks set up all these victories.

Snell became the major leagues' first 20-game winner in two years, helping pitch the Tampa Bay Rays past the Texas Rangers 4-0 Tuesday night.

Snell (20-5) threw one-hit ball for five innings and tied the Tampa Bay record for victories in a season. David Price also won 20 in his Cy Young Award season of 2012.


Taylor HR pushes Dodgers' lead to 1 1/2

LOS ANGELES (AP) Chris Taylor couldn't have picked a better time to launch his first career walk-off home run.

He hit a high-arching, two-strike solo shot to left field in the 10th inning, lifting the Dodgers to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies that extended Los Angeles' NL West lead to 1 1/2 games on Tuesday night.


Yanks hold off BoSox's AL East clincher

NEW YORK (AP) Neil Walker and some teammates pulled into Yankee Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, only to turn right back around for home when New York announced a six-hour postponement.

The Yankees needed a jolt to get through the long, soggy day. Aaron Judge provided the first with his return to the lineup, and Walker helped finish the job.


Cubs P Morrow shut down for rest of 2018

PHOENIX (AP) The Chicago Cubs say closer Brandon Morrow will be shut down for rest of the year because of an injured right elbow that has been slow to heal.

The NL Central leaders made the announcement before Tuesday night's game at Arizona.


Kluber Ks 11, beats ChiSox for 19th win

CLEVELAND (AP) Corey Kluber isn't letting up as the regular season winds down.

Kluber struck out 11 in eight innings to record his career-high 19th win as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3 on Tuesday night.


Cards win 3rd straight, Braves' skid 4

ATLANTA (AP) Cardinals manager Mike Shildt loved watching Yadier Molina grind out a big at-bat in the eighth inning.

With the bases loaded and two outs in a two-run game, Shildt got exactly what he wanted from Molina, a veteran star catcher who has helped St. Louis chase down plenty of playoff spots during his 15-year career.


Cowart hits slam, A's drop 2 1/2 back

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kaleb Cowart hit a go-ahead grand slam in a six-run sixth inning before adding an RBI triple, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied past the Oakland Athletics 9-7 on Tuesday night.

Oakland dropped five games back of the AL West-leading Astros and 2 1/2 behind the Yankees for the top wild card after Houston and New York each won.


Story could return soon after 'good' MRI

LOS ANGELES (AP) Colorado slugger Trevor Story has inflammation in his right elbow, but there's no structural damage and the Rockies are hopeful he can return to the lineup in a few days.

The All-Star shortstop tweaked his elbow on a throw in the first inning of an 8-2 loss to the Dodgers on Monday night and aggravated it on a swing in the fourth.


Brewers held to 3 hits in loss to Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers' inconsistent offense couldn't offset Chase Anderson's continuing home run struggles.

Jose Peraza hit a two-run homer off Anderson in the first inning and the Cincinnati Reds beat Milwaukee 3-1 Tuesday night, the Brewers' third loss in four games.

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