ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer and Martin Perez allowed only two hits to earn his first win in his comeback from Tommy John surgery as the Texas Rangers edged the San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Sunday.

Perez (1-2) threw 8 1/3 innings, leaving after allowing a one-out, ninth-inning double to Angel Pagan. Sam Dyson earned his first career save, getting a game-ending double play after allowing a bases-loaded, RBI single to Buster Posey.

In Perez’s previous start last Monday, he failed to get through the second inning against the New York Yankees and allowed eight earned runs in a 21-5 loss.

Hamilton homered into the right-field corner off Mike Leake (9-6), who made his first start with San Francisco. Before that, Texas had put eight runners on without scoring.


NEW YORK (AP) — Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and streaking Lucas Duda homered in a span of five pitches, a sudden power strike that charged up Citi Field and helped the Mets complete a three-game sweep.

Noah Syndergaard (6-5) struck out nine over eight innings, and New York pulled within percentage points of first-place Washington in the NL East. Tyler Clippard got the last three outs for his first save with the Mets.

New York finished a wildly eventful 6-4 homestand that featured one trade that fell through, the additions of four new players ”“ including slugger Yoenis Cespedes ”“ and a 162-game drug suspension for reliever Jenrry Mejia.

Anthony Rendon hit his first homer of the season, and Yunel Escobar also went deep for Washington.

Jordan Zimmermann (8-7) gave up the five runs, six hits, two walks and struck out seven in six innings.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brandon Moss had his first big hit with St. Louis, a game-ending single in the ninth inning, and Randal Grichuk had a two-run homer to lead the Cardinals.

Moss’ one-out hit to left off reliever Scott Oberg (2-2) drove in Jason Heyward, who doubled with one out.

Closer Trevor Rosenthal (2-2) pitched a perfect inning to hlep the Cardinals win for the ninth time in 12 games and improve to a major league-best 40-16 mark at home.

Colorado has lost four of five.

St. Louis jumped to a 2-0 lead on Grichuk’s home run off Colorado starter Yohan Flande in the fifth. It was Grichuk’s 12th homer of the season and fifth since the All-Star break.

Colorado tied it in the sixth on Ben Paulsen’s RBI double and a wild pitch by reliever Steve Cishek.


CHICAGO (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira homered against Jeff Samardzija, and the New York Yankees pounded the White Sox.

Stephen Drew added three hits and four RBIs, helping the AL East-leading Yankees close out a 6-4 road trip ”“ matching a season high. Ellsbury drove in three runs, and Didi Gregorius had two hits and two RBIs.

New York also got a lift from Ivan Nova (4-3), who pitched six innings of five-hit ball in his third consecutive victory. Nova’s previous start on Monday at Texas was cut short by arm fatigue, a condition he contributed to his comeback from Tommy John surgery in April 2014. Nova allowed just one run on Melky Cabrera’s RBI single in the sixth.

Samardzija (8-6) was tagged for nine runs, matching a season high, and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Closer Hector Rondon nearly squandered a three-run lead, and rookie Kris Bryant got hurt in the Cubs’ win that completed a four-game sweep.

Starter Clayton Richard (2-0) and the Cubs’ bullpen held off the Brewers until the ninth, when Rondon allowed the first two runners to reach base with his team leading 4-1.

Ryan Braun scored on a groundout with one out, and Hernan Perez drove in another run with a two-out single. Rondon then got pinch-hitter Logan Schafer to line out sharply to center for his 16th save. 

Bryant left in the fifth after sliding headfirst into second and appearing to get tagged on the helmet by shortstop Jean Segura. Bryant’s neck or upper back also appeared to bump into Segura’s leg.

Bryant, who reached on an RBI single off Kyle Lohse (5-13), was running after a throw to the plate was cut off. Bryant was lifted for a pinch runner after a safe call was upheld on a replay review.

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