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Bregman's 2B pushes Astros' streak to 12

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HOUSTON (AP) Alex Bregman hit a game-ending two-run double with one out in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Monday night to match a franchise record with their 12th straight win.

Houston trailed 4-0 after three innings but cut the lead to one entering the ninth.

Sergio Romo (1-2) walked Marwin Gonzalez to start the ninth, then allowed a single to Max Stassi. Tony Kemp's sacrifice bunt moved both runners up, and Houston loaded the bases when George Springer reached on interference by catcher Wilson Ramos.

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Nationals deal for Royals closer Herrera

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals closer Sean Doolittle was going through his usual routine Monday, preparing if needed for a save, when general manager Mike Rizzo sought him out.

Rizzo wanted to discuss two things: The Nationals were trading for two-time All-Star reliever Kelvin Herrera, and Doolittle was going to keep his ninth-inning job.

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Kershaw works sim game, closes on return

CHICAGO (AP) The last time Clayton Kershaw pitched at Wrigley Field, the ace left-hander helped lead the Los Angeles Dodgers into the World Series.

It was a much different situation Monday. But still important for the Dodgers.

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Rain, power fail postpones Dodgers-Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs waited and waited and waited Monday night. When the lights malfunctioned again and the forecast called for more rain, they finally said enough.

The rematch of the last two NL Championship Series was postponed by a mixture of poor weather and a limited power outage at Wrigley Field. It will be made up Tuesday afternoon as part of a day-night doubleheader.

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Angels 'very optimistic' about Ohtani

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Angels two-way rookie Shohei Ohtani will be re-evaluated within the next three weeks to gauge progress in his recovery from a sprained ligament in his right elbow.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced the slight adjustment to Ohtani's timeline Monday before his club opened an interleague series against Arizona.

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Hicks' HR helps Yankees split with Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) It was a long and odd day, one that started with teenager Juan Soto homering in a game that officially was played before he made his major league debut.

Huh?

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Altherr's 2B lifts Phils by Cards in 10

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Aaron Altherr got his first lucky break in a while.

Left fielder Marcell Ozuna dived for and missed Altherr's two-run double with two outs in the 10th inning, allowing the Philadelphia Phillies to rally for a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

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Williams stars as Bucs beat Brewers 1-0

PITTSBURGH (AP) Trevor Williams has been pitching in the majors for less than two full seasons. Still, he's come to understand the ups and downs that come with the sport.

"Baseball kicks your (behind)," Williams said. "The highs are so high, and the lows are so low. You have to stay even-keeled."

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Tribe's Carrasco has only bruised elbow

CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians caught a lucky break. Carlos Carrasco is only bruised.

An MRI taken Monday revealed that Cleveland's steady starter only suffered a bruised right elbow when he was struck by a vicious line drive on Saturday against Minnesota.

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