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MLB Recaps: Arenado’s hits for cycle with walk-off HR

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June 18, 2017 at 6:09 pm.

Jun 18, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Bloody Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off thee run home run to complete the cycle during the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 18, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Bloody Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk off thee run home run to complete the cycle during the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

DENVER — Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving him the cycle and lifting the Colorado Rockies to a 7-5 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

Arenado connected against Giants closer Mark Melancon (1-2) for the eighth cycle in franchise history and first since Michael Cuddyer in 2014. It was the Rockies’ first walk-off homer of the season and second walk-off win, and it enabled the Rockies to sweep a four-game series from the Giants for the first time.

The Giants had scored three runs in the top of the ninth, two on Hunter Pence’s first career pinch-hit homer, to take a 5-3 lead.

Indians 5, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS — Edwin Encarnacion had three hits, including two home runs, and drove in each of Cleveland’s five runs as the Indians left Minnesota with a win, a four-game series sweep and control of the American League Central.

Jose Ramirez had three hits for his sixth straight multi-hit game for Cleveland, and Trevor Bauer dazzled through his first six innings before the Twins pressured late.

The Indians began the series trailing Minnesota by two games in the Central but left with a two-game lead after equaling their season high with a five-game winning streak. Bauer (6-5) was lifted after a leadoff walk in the eighth. He gave up two runs on four hits and struck out eight batters.

Diamondbacks 5, Phillies 4 (10 innings)

PHILADELPHIA — Rey Fuentes belted a tiebreaking homer to center in the top of the 10th inning to help lift Arizona to a win over Philadelphia.

The Diamondbacks, completing a sweep of the Phillies (22-46), won their seventh straight. Trailing 4-3 entering the ninth, Arizona took advantage of Hector Neris, who had trouble locating his pitches. He walked Nick Ahmed to start the inning before giving up a single to David Peralta that allowed Ahmed to advance to third. Gregor Blanco followed Peralta with a single to score Ahmed and knot it at 4.

The Phillies took the lead in the sixth when pinch hitter Ty Kelly smashed a go-ahead double to break a 3-3 tie and give the Phillies a 4-3 lead.

Mets 5, Nationals 1

NEW YORK — Jacob deGrom tossed eight strong innings and hit his first major league homer as New York avoided being swept by Washington at Citi Field.

DeGrom, who allowed one run in a complete-game win over the Chicago Cubs on Monday, allowed an unearned run — which scored in the first inning — three hits and two walks while striking out six. He retired 16 of the final 18 batters he faced.

DeGrom (6-3) also helped his cause by producing the Mets’ first run with an opposite-field homer leading off the third inning against Joe Ross (3-3). The Mets took the lead in the fourth when Lucas Duda singled, went to second on T.J. Rivera’s single and scored when Matt Wieters dropped the throw home on Travis d’Arnaud’s single. Michael Conforto followed with an RBI single.

Cubs 7, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH — Anthony Rizzo stayed hot at the plate and John Lackey won for the first time in more than a month as Chicago downed Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

Rizzo went 3-for-5, including his 16th homer, and had two RBIs and three runs scored. He has equaled his career high with a 12-game hitting streak. Chicago took two of three against the Pirates — their first road series win in more than six weeks.

Lackey (5-7) allowed one run, a solo homer by Jordy Mercer, in six innings of two-hit ball, striking out four and walking three.

Dodgers 8, Reds 7

CINCINNATI — Justin Turner hit a three-run homer, Logan Forsythe added a two-run shot and Enrique Hernandez made a game-saving catch in the eighth inning, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers hold on against Cincinnati.

The Dodgers swept the Reds at Great American Ball Park for the first time since August 2015 and have beaten them eight straight times dating to last season.

The Dodgers led 8-1 in the sixth, but the Reds rallied back against their bullpen. Adam Duvall hit a solo shot in the sixth, Scooter Gennett added a three-run homer in the seventh, and Eugenio Suarez went deep off Pedro Baez in the eighth to cut the deficit to 8-6. Billy Hamilton’s two-out, RBI double also in the eighth made it a one-run game.

Orioles 8, Cardinals 5

BALTIMORE — Ubaldo Jimenez threw seven solid innings in his return to the starting rotation and Baltimore clubbed four home runs in a win over St. Louis.

Making his first start since May 22 after being demoted to the bullpen, Jimenez (2-2) allowed two earned runs and four hits for his first victory since April 19.

The right-hander benefited from another power surge by the Orioles’ offense, as Seth Smith, Trey Mancini, Mark Trumbo and Welington Castillo all blasted home runs off Lance Lynn.

Braves 5, Marlins 4

ATLANTA — Brandon Phillips poked a single through a five-man infield in the ninth inning to produce a walk-off hit for the second straight game and lift Atlanta over Miami.

It was the eighth career walk-off hit for Phillips and the 11th time Atlanta has won a game in its last at-bat this season.

Atlanta scored four times in the seventh to take a 4-2 lead. Rio Ruiz had a sacrifice fly and Nick Markakis added a two-run single.

Rays 9, Tigers 1

DETROIT — Steven Souza Jr.’s first career grand slam highlighted a parade of five home runs to lead Tampa Bay to victory over Detroit. Jake Faria (3-0) became just the fifth pitcher since at least 1913 to win his first three starts in the majors with one or less runs in at least six innings.

Logan Morrison had two of the Rays’ home runs to reach 21 for the season, a two-run blast to right in the first and a solo shot in the seventh.

Blue Jays 7, White Sox 3

TORONTO — Russell Martin and Kendrys Morales hit two-run homers, J.A. Happ pitched into the seventh inning and Toronto defeated Chicago.

Ryan Goins hit the go-ahead triple in the sixth inning as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep by the White Sox. Happ (2-4) allowed eight hits, no walks and three runs 6 2/3 innings.

Mariners 7, Rangers 3

ARLINGTON, Texas — Seattle jumped on Yu Darvish for four runs in the first inning on their way to a victory over Texas that snapped a three-game losing streak.

Seattle did all of its first-inning damage with two outs. Kyle Seager’s RBI double got the Mariners on the board and started a big day for him. A passed ball scored Mitch Haniger from third, and Danny Valencia followed with a two-run homer into the Seattle bullpen to up the lead to 4-0.

Texas got two of the runs back in the second on a two-run homer from Carlos Gomez off Christian Bergman (4-4).

Royals 7, Angels 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Moustakas had a three-run double and Salvador Perez a three-run homer as Kansas City finished a 7-2 road trip with a rout of Los Angeles.

Perez was 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly was the 500th RBI in his career.

Brewers 2, Padres 1

MILWAUKEE — Jimmy Nelson struck out 10 and finished a complete game for the first time in his career to lead Milwaukee over San Diego at Miller Park.

Hernan Perez and Manny Pina provided the offense with solo home runs in the sixth inning and Milwaukee’s defense chipped in with a pair of double plays.

Luis Perdomo (1-4) retired Travis Shaw on a grounder to second and Manny Pina followed with a solo home run of his own to put Milwaukee in front 2-1.

Athletics 4, Yankees 3

OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland completed an unlikely four-game sweep of American League East-leading New York at a sweltering Oakland Coliseum.

New York dropped its sixth consecutive game and completed a disappointing 1-6 West Coast trip. The last-place Athletics, riding winning pitcher Jharel Cotton’s 6 1/3 strong innings for the victory, earned their first series sweep at home since May 30-June 1, 2016.

The Yankees were swept for the first time this season.