Sale trades double-digit K’s for a W
• CHICAGO 4, TORONTO 2: Chris Sale’s bid for a record strikeout streak ended, but he pitched a six-hitter that beat the Blue Jays in the fastest major league game in almost four years — 1 hour, 54 minutes. Sale had struck out at least 10 batters in eight straight starts, matching a major league record. The White Sox ace fanned six while outpitching former mentor Mark Buehrle.
• HOUSTON 9, CLEVELAND 4: Dallas Keuchel allowed three runs in six innings in helping the Astros win in Cleveland.
Lester’s gem crumbles late for Cubs
• ST. LOUIS 6, CHICAGO 0: The Cubs’ Jon Lester took a no-hitter into the seventh but saw his streak of winless starts reach nine. Winner John Lackey worked seven scoreless innings.
• ATLANTA 5, MILWAUKEE 3: Kelly Johnson homered and drove in three runs, and the visiting Braves stopped the Brewers’ eight-game winning streak. A.J. Pierzynski had four hits, including two doubles.
• CINCINNATI 3, WASHINGTON 2: Eugenio Suarez’s tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning lifted the Reds to a victory that ended the Nationals’ nine-game home winning streak. Nats center fielder Denard Span and second baseman Yunel Escobar were gone by the fifth inning because of injuries.
• NEW YORK 3, SAN FRANCISCO 0: Jonathon Niese allowed three hits in eight scoreles innings in a road victory over the Giants.
• PITTSBURGH 2, SAN DIEGO 1: Pedro Alvarez singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the host Pirates their eight win in 10 games.