Kansas City’s Salvador Perez watches his solo home run during the sixth inning in the first game of a doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday St. Louis. Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

ST. LOUIS — Salvador Perez drove in two runs with a homer and a single, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Garrett Hampson drove in two runs with a double and Hunter Renfroe added two hits and a run scored for the Royals, who reached the 50-win mark.

Nolan Arenado, Alec Burleson and Paul Goldschmidt homered for the Cardinals, who jumped to a 3-0 lead.

Alec Marsh (7-6) gave up three runs and three hits in six innings to earn the victory. He struck out eight and walked one. Marsh retired the last 11 batters he faced.

MARINERS 2, PADRES 0: Bryce Miller threw six innings to extend his mastery over NL opponents, Julio Rodriguez made a stellar defensive play and Seattle won at San Diego.

Jorge Polanco factored in both runs to help the AL West-leading Mariners sweep the two-game series and hand the Padres their fourth straight loss.


Miller (7-7) is 4-1 with a 1.98 ERA in six starts against NL opponents.

CUBS 4, ORIOLES 0: Shota Imanaga outdueled Corbin Burnes in a matchup of All-Star pitchers, and Christopher Morel homered to help Chicago win at Baltimore.

Imanaga (8-2) allowed six hits over six innings, striking out six with one walk. The Orioles went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position against the left-hander.


WHITE SOX-TWINS SPLIT: Brooks Lee and Carlos Correa hit consecutive homers and Ryan Jeffers added the go-ahead RBI as visiting Minnesota split a doubleheader with a 3-2 victory over Chicago.

Jeffers brought home Byron Buxton in the seventh to break a 2-2 tie and give the Twins the lead for good. They’ve won 9 of 10 against their AL Central rivals this season.


Martín Maldonado homered for Chicago, which won the opener 3-1 to end a three-game skid.

TIGERS 5, GUARDIANS 4: Matt Vierling hit a home run and drove in three and Detroit beat visiting Cleveland.

Reese Olson (4-8) improved to 3-0 with a 2.40 ERA in his past five starts, allowing three runs on six hits in six innings as Detroit won for the fifth time in six games.

YANKEES 2, RAYS 1: Trent Grisham drove in two runs and made a nice running catch in center field to help struggling New York beat host Tampa Bay for only its seventh victory in 24 games.

Relievers Tim Hill (3-0) and Luke Weaver each worked out of jams to protect a one-run lead, and All-Star closer Clay Holmes came on to bail out the Yankees from yet another tight spot in the eighth inning as the Rays finished 0 for 10 with runners in scoring positions and stranded 12 men on base.

Holmes got his 25th save and first since June 9 after blowing a pair of chances. Yankees pitchers had allowed home runs in their seven previous games and 18 of 19.



PHILLIES 4, DODGERS 3: Kyle Schwarber hit his eighth leadoff homer of the season, All-Star reliever Matt Strahm struck out two-time MVP Shohei Ohtani in the seventh inning to preserve the lead and Philadelphia beat visiting Los Angeles.

ROCKIES 6, REDS 5: Sam Hilliard homered twice, his first homers since last April, and Kyle Freeland had a season-high nine strikeouts, and Colorado won at Cincinnati.

METS 6, NATIONALS 2: Jose Iglesias had three more hits, including a two-run single that snapped a sixth-inning tie and vaulted New York over visiting Washington.


RAYS: Shortstop Wander Franco is scheduled to go to trial Aug. 14 after being charged with sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl in the Dominican Republic, authorities said.


Prosecutors filed multiple charges against Franco six months after a judge ordered that he be investigated in connection with sexual and psychological abuse of the girl.

Nairobi Viloria, the attorney general’s office spokesperson, confirmed to The Associated Press that prosecutors presented the formal accusation to a judge.

The indictment also includes the girl’s mother. According to prosecutors, Franco paid the girl’s mother thousands of dollars to consent to the abuse, which lasted four months. The girl’s mother remains under house arrest and faces a money laundering charge.

The AP is not identifying the woman to preserve her daughter’s privacy.

The most serious charges that Franco faces are rape, for which he could receive sentences of between 10 and 15 years in prison, and human trafficking, which is punishable in the Dominican Republic by sentences of between 15 and 20 years.

Franco has remained in the Dominican Republic while authorities investigate. He has been required to make monthly monitoring visits to the court since January. In April, he requested that the visits be suspended, which the judge denied.


Franco, 23, will be tried in a court in the province of Puerto Plata, in the north of the country, where the events allegedly occurred.

“I mean, ultimately, serious charges, very concerning,” Rays Manager Kevin Cash said before the team’s game Wednesday. “Probably best that I don’t comment much past that and keep our focus on this team.”

MLB placed Franco — who has a $2 million salary this year — on its restricted list, cutting off the pay he had been receiving under administrative leave.

He had been receiving 50% of his salary on that leave, a person familiar with his situation told the AP, speaking on condition of anonymity because that detail has not been disclosed publicly. That meant Franco accrued $559,140, or half of his salary for 104 days of the 186-day season.

Franco also will not receive service time while on the restricted list, a placement that is not considered disciplinary action.

“We are aware of the charges against Mr. Franco,” MLB said in a statement. “Our investigation remains open, and we will continue to closely monitor the case as it moves forward.”


Tampa Bay’s All-Star shortstop has not played since Aug. 12. Franco agreed to a $182 million, 11-year contract in November 2021.

Jay Reisinger, Franco’s U.S.-based lawyer, said Tuesday he could not comment because Franco had not received formal notification of any charges.

HOME RUN DERBY: Adolis García will represent the host Texas Rangers in Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Teoscar Hernández completed the eight-man field.

García was knocked out by Tampa Bay’s Randy Arozarena last year in the first round at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park.

Two Rangers have won the derby: Ruben Sierra and Cincinnati’s Eric Davis were co-winners in 1989 at Anaheim Stadium, and Juan Gonzalez won in 1993 at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.

The New York Mets’ Pete Alonso, Philadelphia’s Alec Bohm, Baltimore’s Gunnar Henderson, Atlanta’s Marcell Ozuna, Cleveland’s José Ramírez and Kansas City’s Bobby Witt Jr. previously committed to the competition.

García, last year’s AL Championship Series MVP, is the only player in the derby who wasn’t selected to the All-Star Game.

Alonso will participate in his fifth straight Home Run Derby, trying to win for the third time.

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