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    Thairo Estrada hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the San Francisco Giants to a 7-6 victory over the Cubs on a steamy Monday night. Heliot Ramos and Patrick Bailey also homered for the Giants, who won their second straight after erasing a 6-3 deficit in the final two innings. Ian Happ and Michael Busch had home runs for the Cubs, who’ve dropped four of their last five. The Giants got a run back in the eighth on Bailey’s solo shot off reliever Mark Leiter Jr., then took the lead for good off Héctor Neris (6-2) in the ninth when Estrada sent the first pitch he saw into the left-field bleachers. With one out, Jorge Soler reached on catcher’s interference. Mike Yastrzemski followed with a walk before Estrada’s homer.

      DJ Stewart hit a three-run homer and Brandon Nimmo also went deep around a bunch of singles as the New York Mets extended their winning streak to six games with a 14-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. The Mets had 22 hits, 17 of those singles. Leadoff batter Francisco Lindor went 4 for 4 with three runs scored and two RBIs — all in the first five innings. Pete Alonso had three singles, two of those driving in runs. Nimmo’s two-run shot with nobody out in the fourth made it 9-2. He also had a pair of RBI singles. Texas has lost four in a row and 22 of 33 overall.

        Kansas lawmakers hoping to lure the Kansas City Chiefs from Missouri are narrowing their proposal for encouraging the Super Bowl champions to build a new stadium and linking the proposal to a plan for broad tax cuts. Those moves are designed to win over skeptical colleagues. The Legislature expected to consider the stadium proposal during a special session set to convene Tuesday. The measure would allow the state to issue bonds to help the Chiefs and Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals finance new stadiums in Kansas. Supporters backed away from allowing the bonds to cover all stadium construction costs, and they're promising that tax cuts are a larger priority.

          Los Angeles Dodgers star Mookie Betts has gone on the injured list for the first time this season with a broken left hand. The 2018 AL MVP is expected to miss roughly six to eight weeks, manager Dave Roberts told reporters. The 31-year-old shortstop was drilled on the hand by a 97.9 mph fastball from reliever Dan Altavilla in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 3-0 win over the Kansas City Royals. Betts, a seven-time All-Star, was hitting .304 with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs in 72 games. The Dodgers recalled outfielder Miguel Vargas for his second stint this season. He hit .250 with three doubles, one homer and four RBIs in eight games.

            Rookie Masyn Winn hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning, Dylan Carlson threw out the potential tying run at the plate in the bottom half and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 7-6 on Monday night to move over .500 for the first time since early April. St. Louis won for the fifth time in six games and has a winning record for the first time since the Cardinals were 5-4 after defeating the Marlins on April 6. NL-worst Miami lost its sixth straight and dropped to 2-12 in June.

              Tyler O’Neill hit two of Boston’s four home runs, fellow Canadian Nick Pivetta pitched seven innings and the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 for their sixth win in eight games. One day after setting a team record with nine stolen bases, the Red Sox slugged their way to victory by going deep four times off Yusei Kikuchi, matching his career worst. Boston didn’t steal any bases, but Romy Gonzalez was caught stealing twice. Pivetta allowed three runs and nine hits. He walked one and struck out four. Boston’s first four hits were all solo homers.

              The Burke County Post 21 baseball team split a pair of American Legion contests versus North Carolina Area IV opponents at home over the weekend.

              TAMPA BAY, Fla. — He wore neither bling nor bold colors the night the Bucs drafted him. Instead, University of Alabama edge rusher Chris Braswell opted for a white robe, a Muslim symbol of positivity and purity. On a night his name drew national attention, the attire might have been dismissed as a superficial gesture of faith, but Braswell had long since quelled any such skepticism. For years, ...

              ATLANTA — Bobby Cremins has never been more worried about the state of college basketball, the game that gave him a career and made him a legend at Georgia Tech. Rosters are turned over annually as players come and go through the transfer portal — sometimes leaving at the coach’s insistence — in pursuit of more playing time, larger name, image and likeness deals or both. “It just seems like ...

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