Miami catcher Nick Fortes congratulates reliever Dylan Floro after beating Kansas City 9-6  Monday night in Miami. Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press

MIAMI — Luis Arraez had three hits to raise his major league-leading batting average to .399, and the Miami Marlins beat the Kansas City Royals 9-6 on Monday night.

Arraez drove in two runs for the Marlins, who erased an early four-run deficit and won their fourth straight game. Bryan De La Cruz hit his eighth homer, and Jon Berti, Nick Fortes and Joey Wendle had two hits apiece.

Braxton Garrett (2-2) overcame a difficult start and completed five innings of four-run ball. The left-hander gave up six hits and struck out six.

Arraez’s RBI single capped a four-run fourth and put Miami ahead 6-4. Berti hit a two-run triple and Jonathan Davis followed with an RBI double as the Marlins got five consecutive hits against reliever Mike Mayers with two outs.

PHILLIES 8, TIGERS 3: Aaron Nola took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and struck out 12, Trea Turner homered twice and knocked in three runs to lead host Philadelphia to its third straight win.

Nola (5-4) fanned 10 and had faced the minimum through six as he tried to pitch the Phillies’ first no-hitter since 2015. The ace right-hander ran into trouble in the seventh when two batters reached on a walk and a fielding error. Nola still had two outs when he hung an 0-2 breaking ball to Nick Maton and the former Phillie crushed one into right to make it a 5-3 game.


PIRATES 5, ATHLETICS 4: Andrew McCutchen’s tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning lifted Pittsburgh to its sixth straight win and extended Oakland’s road losing streak to a record-tying 15.

The major league-worst Athletics (12-50) have lost five games in a row overall. They are on pace to finish the season exactly 100 games under .500 at 31-131.

RANGERS 4, CARDINALS 3: Nathaniel Lowe hit a game-ending RBI single with one out in the ninth inning and AL West-leading Texas extended its winning streak to four games by beating visiting St. Louis.

Marcus Semien, who had already extended his majors-best hitting streak to 24 games with two hits, had a one-out walk in the ninth off Génesis Cabrera (1-1). Semien scored the winning run when Lowe hit an opposite-field grounder through the left side of the infield.


REDS 2, BREWERS 0: Stuart Fairchild and Tyler Stephenson hit solo home runs and Andrew Abbott threw six scoreless innings in his major league debut, leading Cincinnati to a win at home.


The 24-year-old Abbott, the 2021 second-round draft pick from the University of Virginia, allowed one hit, walked four and struck out six. The left-hander threw 105 pitches.

Abbott took 28 pitches to get out of the first inning before settling down and getting out of the inning unscathed after walking one and striking out another.


ASTROS 11, BLUE JAYS 4: Corey Julks hit his first career grand slam, Brandon Bielak matched his career high by pitching 6 2/3 innings and Houston Astros used a season-high 19 hits win at Toronto.

Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker hit solo homers and Jake Meyers added a two-run blast as the Astros won for the eighth time in 11 games. Houston has won 19 of 25.

Astros catcher Yainer Diaz had four hits, including two doubles.


Bielak (3-2) allowed three runs and 10 hits in winning for the third time in four starts. He walked one and struck out two.

Alejandro Kirk and Daulton Varsho hit solo home runs as Toronto had its four-game winning streak halted.

After RBI singles by Alvarez and Tucker, Julks capped a six-run first inning with his first-pitch drive off struggling Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah. The homer was Julks’ fifth.

Manoah (1-7) failed to get out of the first in his seventh straight losing decision, retiring just one of the nine batters he faced. Some in the crowd of 23,982 booed Manoah, an All-Star and AL Cy Young Award finalist last season.

Manoah allowed six runs on seven hits and walked one. His ERA rose from 5.46 to 6.36.



MLB:  Albert Pujols was hired by Major League Baseball as a special assistant to Commissioner Rob Manfred.

The retired slugger will consult on issues related to his native Dominican Republic, among other areas. He also will start work Tuesday as an MLB Network analyst.

“Albert is a highly respected figure who represents the game extraordinarily well,” Manfred said in a statement. “He cares greatly about making a difference in our communities.”

Pujols hit 703 home runs, fourth behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714), and his 2,218 RBI are second to Aaron’s 2,297. Pujols hit .296 in an MLB career spanning from 2001-22 with the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels and Dodgers, and his 3,384 hits are among the top 10.

He is among several former players working for MLB. Joe Torre and CC Sabathia are special assistants, and Cal Ripken Jr. and Ken Griffey Jr. are senior advisers. MLB’s staff includes senior vice president for on-field operations Raul Ibañez, senior vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion Billy Bean, vice president for on-field strategy Joe Martinez and baseball operations staff Gregor Blanco, Rajai Davis, Adam Jones, Dan Otero and Bo Porter.

BREWERS: Infielder Luis Urías was activated from the injured list, more than two months after he strained his left hamstring on Opening Day.


The Brewers activated Urías while also announcing that first baseman Darin Ruf has a right patella fracture. The Brewers transferred Ruf from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list and optioned infielder Mike Brosseau to Triple-A Nashville.

Urías batted .239 with a .335 on-base percentage, 16 homers and 47 RBI in 119 games for the Brewers last season while playing third base, second base and shortstop.

Urías was the Brewers’ starting third baseman for their season-opening 4-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs, but he got hurt in that game and hadn’t played since.

Ruf got injured Friday when he ran into a tarp while chasing a foul ball. Ruf was batting .192 with a .300 on-base percentage in 11 games since joining the Brewers.

Brosseau was hitting .205 with a .256 on-base percentage, four homers and eight RBI in 29 games with the Brewers.

BRAVES: Right-hander Michael Soroka, who posted an 8.38 ERA in two starts in his comeback from two right Achilles tendon tears, was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett.


The move came after Soroka allowed five runs and seven hits in 3 2/3 innings in Atlanta’s 8-5 win at Arizona on Sunday. All of Soroka’s runs allowed came with two outs. After the game, he said: “That’s not quite me.”

Soroka, an All-Star as a rookie in 2019, was Atlanta’s Opening-Day starter in 2020 before suffering his first Achilles tendon tear early in the season. He needed a follow-up procedure before suffering a second tear in 2021.

The Braves didn’t immediately announce who will replace Soroka in the rotation. An option could be rookie AJ Smith Shawver, who threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief in his debut on Sunday.

The Braves also claimed infielder Lucas Williams off waivers from the Los Angeles Dodgers and optioned Williams to Gwinnett. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-hander Max Fried was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

METS: Needing to make a difficult decision at catcher, the Mets cut light-hitting Tomás Nido when they reinstated fellow backstop Omar Narváez from the 60-day injured list.

Nido was designated for assignment in a move that keeps catcher Francisco Álvarez in the majors after the 21-year-old rookie flourished in May.

RANGERS: The Texas Rangers transferred Jacob deGrom to the 60-day injured list, pushing back the return of the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner until at least late June.

DeGrom hasn’t pitched since April 28, when he exited early because of injury concerns for the second time in a span of three starts. He was placed on the 15-day IL the following day after an MRI showed inflammation in his right elbow. Another MRI and additional testing are now planned.

The transfer to the 60-day IL makes June 28 the earliest he could be activated.

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