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Melky Cabrera lofted a go-ahead two-run homer into the left-field seats in the sixth inning, and the Cleveland Indians rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to five games.

The Indians held the Reds scoreless after a three-run first. In the sixth, Cody Reed (0-1) walked Yonder Alonso before allowing Cabrera's third homer of the season.

Four relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings before Brad Hand worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his 28th save in 33 opportunities.

Greg Allen had two hits and drove in a run, helping the Indians finish their first sweep of a three-game series against the Reds since 2015 and the first in Cincinnati since 1999. The NL Central leaders have won seven of eight overall.

The free-falling Reds were 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base while slipping to 4-11 since winning three straight in late July over the Phillies.

Shane Bieber allowed Scooter Gennett's RBI single and Preston Tucker's two-run homer in the first. It was Tucker's first homer for Cincinnati since being acquired from Atlanta on July 30 as part of the package for Adam Duvall.

Bieber regrouped from there and lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts and a wild pitch.

Otero (2-1) got Phillip Ervin to fly out with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth to earn the win.

After walking five in four innings of his season debut on Aug. 8, Reds starter Robert Stephenson walked four while giving up two hits and two runs with two strikeouts and a wild pitch in 1 2/3 innings. He threw 57 pitches, just 26 of them strikes.


Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin, out since July 16 with a right hamstring strain, will pitch on Saturday for either Triple-A Columbus or Double-A Akron. Tomlin threw 4 1/3 innings in a rehab appearance on Monday.


Indians: RHP Carlos Carrasco (14-6, 3.50 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener of a brief three-game homestand against Baltimore on Friday.

Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (6-3, 4.45) is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in three career starts against the Giants, his opponent in the opener of a three-game home series on Friday.

Slugging rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. was hit by a pitch before he could take the Marlins deep again, but Dansby Swanson filled the power void for Atlanta, hitting a two-run homer that led the Braves to a 5-2 win over Miami on Wednesday.

Acuna, who had hit leadoff homers in the last three games and homered in five straight games overall, didn't get a chance to extend the streak. Jose Urena plunked him on the left elbow with a fastball on his first pitch of the day, triggering a melee.

Benches and bullpens for both teams emptied onto the field twice after the pitch. No punches were thrown. Urena and Braves manager Brian Snitker were ejected.

An angry Snitker was near the front of the line of Braves players charging out of the dugout toward the mound.

With everyone at the ballpark watching to see if the rookie could hit yet another leadoff homer, Acuna instead became the 11th batter to be hit by a pitch from Urena this season, tied for the most in the National League.

Trainer George Poulis hovered over Acuna, who sat on the ground near the batter's box while players swarmed near the mound. Acuna left the game in the second inning. He took his position in left field and then walked off the field.

There was no immediate update on Acuna's apparent injury.

Because he was forced from the game after being hit by the pitch in his only plate appearance, Acuna will be eligible to continue his three-game streak of leadoff homers in his next game.

The NL East-leading Braves, who began the night two games ahead of Philadelphia, have won five straight. The last-place Marlins have lost five straight and eight of nine.

Kevin Gausman (7-9) allowed two runs in six innings. A.J. Minter pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 12 opportunities.

Elieser Hernandez, who replaced Urena, allowed two hits in three scoreless innings.

The Braves trailed 2-0 before scoring three runs off left-hander Jarlin Garcia (1-2) in the fourth. Charlie Culberson, who doubled, scored from third on Ender Inciarte's grounder to first base. After Tyler Flowers walked, Swanson cleared the center field wall with his 10th homer.

Culberson had three hits, including two doubles. Inciarte, who had a run-scoring single in the sixth, drove in two runs.

Starlin Castro led off Miami's fourth with his 10th homer into the seats in right field.

The 20-year-old Acuna hit two homers in Tuesday night's 10-6 win over the Marlins. He became the first player to hit leadoff shots in three straight games since Baltimore's Brady Anderson led off with homers in four straight games in 1996.

He tied the Atlanta record of five straight games with a homer, set by Brian McCann in 2006.

Miami left fielder Austin Dean, a 2012 fourth-round draft pick called up from Triple-A New Orleans before the game, was held without a hit in his major league debut.


Braves LHP Max Fried, on the 10-day disabled list with a left groin strain, will make a rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday — "quicker than we originally thought," Snitker said. ... LHP Sam Freeman (left shoulder inflammation) threw a scoreless inning for Gwinnett on Tuesday and is scheduled to throw again on Thursday.


Marlins: Miami, off Thursday, opens a weekend series at Washington on Friday night. RHP Dan Straily (4-5. 4.42) has a 3.86 ERA in two starts against the Nationals this season.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (8-7, 4.33) will look to continue his success against the Rockies in Thursday night's opener of a four-game series. Teheran is 5-1 with a 2.21 ERA in nine career starts against Colorado.

The Chicago White Sox haven't had much success against the Detroit Tigers this season.

It isn't because of Jose Abreu and Matt Davidson.

On Wednesday, Abreu and Davidson each hit two-run home runs, combined for six hits and drove in five of Chicago's runs in a 6-5 win.

Abreu is hitting .336 with 17 homers in 84 games against the Tigers in his career, while Davidson is at .370 with seven homers in 23 games.

"Baseball is a very complex game," Abreu said through a translator. "(Jordan Zimmermann) had a bad game and we had a good game. He's a good pitcher, but we hit some balls hard off him."

The White Sox have won two in a row after losing six of seven. They are 3-9 against the Tigers this season.

"We had a good game today, and sometimes things work out your way," Abreu said.

The Tigers have lost nine of 12.

Carlos Rodon (4-3) improved to 3-0 in his past seven starts, giving up three runs and five hits and a walk in eight innings. He struck out six in his seventh straight quality start.

Rodon thinks his partnership with catcher Omar Narvaez has played a major role in his hot streak.

"Omar and I are clicking, so our sequencing is good," he said. "I started out throwing sliders in the zone, and once they started swinging, I got them to chase outside the zone."

Trailing 6-3 in the ninth, the Tigers put their first two runners on, but Jeanmar Gomez struck out James McCann. White Sox manager Rick Renteria brought in Luis Avilan, and Victor Martinez loaded the bases with a pinch-hit single.

Mikie Mahtook grounded into a force at second, allowing Nicholas Castellanos to score Detroit's fourth run, and Grayson Greiner's RBI single made it 6-5 with the tying and winning runs on base.

Avilan got Victor Reyes to fly out to shallow center, earning his second save.

"We gave ourselves a chance, which is what you want, but you aren't going to win too many games by having to come from three down in the ninth," Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Renteria, who is using several pitchers in save situations, wasn't too worried about the near-miss.

"They hit some balls through the infield, but our guys kept battling," he said. "We did what we needed to do."

Jordan Zimmermann (5-5) took the loss, allowing six runs and nine hits, including the two home runs. Zimmermann struck out four while falling to 1-5 with a 5.85 ERA in his past six starts.

"I thought I threw a lot of good pitches, but I wasn't putting guys away with two strikes," he said. "I had the four strikeouts, but there were too many times where I left a two-strike pitch over the plate to get hit."

The White Sox scored twice in the third. With one out, Nicky Delmonico's double put runners on second and third, and Yolmer Sanchez and Abreu followed with RBI singles.

The Tigers loaded the bases with no one out in the bottom of the inning. Jose Iglesias made it 2-1 with an RBI single before Castellanos put Detroit ahead 3-2 with a two-run single.

Davidson gave the White Sox a 4-3 edge with a fourth-inning homer, and Abreu's home run over the Chicago bullpen made it 6-3 in the fifth.

"You've got to keep the ball in the park," Zimmermann said. "You can survive giving up a lot of base hits, but only if you keep it in the park."


White Sox: OF Ryan LaMarre was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte after the game. The team did not announce a corresponding move, but expect to activate OF Leury Garcia (hamstring) from the disabled list before Friday's game against the Kansas City Royals.

Tigers: RHP Artie Lewicki (elbow) was placed on the 10-day disabled list before Wednesday's game and RHP Zac Reininger was recalled from Triple-A Toledo. Lewicki was scheduled to start Saturday in Minnesota, but Gardenhire said the Tigers would call up a starter for the game. ... C John Hicks (groin) will undergo season-ending surgery in the next few days.


The White Sox have struggled against Detroit this year, but they've had plenty of success against Zimmermann. In three starts, he is 0-1 with a 9.42 ERA in 14 1/3 innings.

"The guy has pretty good stuff, and when he commands it, he's obviously very effective," Renteria said. "I wish I could explain it, but that's how baseball works."


White Sox: Off on Thursday before starting a weekend home series with the Kansas City Royals. James Shields (4-14, 4.41 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday's opener for the White Sox against Jakob Junis (6-11, 4.82).

Tigers: Travel to Minneapolis for a four-game weekend series with the Minnesota Twins. Francisco Liriano (3-7, 4.42) will pitch for Detroit on Thursday against Ervin Santana (0-1, 6.53).

It's purely about the math for Anthony Rizzo and the Chicago Cubs.

A three-game lead is better than a one-game advantage, and that was all that mattered Wednesday.

Rizzo homered, drove in three runs and stole two bases in his return to the cleanup spot, and Chicago beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 to strengthen its hold on the NL Central.

The Cubs bounced back nicely from their 7-0 loss in the opener of the two-game series, improving to 9-4 against the Brewers this year. But they have six more games left in the season series and St. Louis is gaining quickly, so Rizzo and company coolly packed up their three-game advantage over the second-place Brewers and got ready for a six-game trip.

It's just about the numbers in the middle of August.

"I think early on we knew it was going to come down to the wire," Rizzo said, "so I don't see us or any team pulling away like crazy. Winning games versus our division is always big, and this one was nice."

Jason Heyward added three hits and two RBIs as Chicago moved 19 games over .500, matching its season high. David Bote had two hits, scored twice and made a terrific barehanded play at third base in his first action since he hit a game-ending grand slam in Sunday night's 4-3 victory over Washington.

Kyle Hendricks (9-9) struck out eight in six-plus innings on his bobblehead day, providing a lift for the Cubs after Jon Lester and Jose Quintana struggled in recent starts.

"Psychologically, I mean obviously there was a lot of folks that would have been running for the hills had we lost," manager Joe Maddon said. "The fact that you win the game, it settles down that method. There's still a long way to go."

Milwaukee had a chance to inch closer to Chicago, but instead lost for the fourth time in six games. Junior Guerra (6-8) lasted just 3 2/3 innings, and first baseman Eric Thames committed an error that helped set up a run.

"It was definitely a hard game," Guerra said. "Some of the things just didn't go our way today."

The Brewers, who are in position for a wild card, also lost left fielder Ryan Braun and catcher Manny Pina to injuries. Braun departed with tightness on the right side of his rib cage, and Pina hurt his left shoulder when he collided with Javier Baez while he was diving back to second in the seventh.

Pina stayed in after the play and scored on Mike Moustakas' single. But Erik Kratz took over behind the plate in the bottom half of the inning.

"We're going to take him to Milwaukee for tests tomorrow, but he was adamant about staying in the game," manager Craig Counsell said. "It's just kind of precautionary. So we'll get some tests and we'll see."

Braun is considered day to day. He got hurt trying to make a sliding catch on Heyward's RBI double in the third.

"I don't anticipate making a quick move with this one, but if it lingers, we're going to have to make a move," Counsell said.

Rizzo, who had been leading off, drove a 0-1 pitch from Guerra into the basket in left for a two-run shot in the first. The big first baseman also blooped a run-scoring single into center in the Cubs' three-run fourth, helped by a partly cloudy sky that made life difficult for each team all afternoon.

The Brewers closed to 7-4 on Hernan Perez's RBI single in the seventh. But they wasted a chance for more when Travis Shaw popped out and Jonathan Schoop lined to left with the bases loaded, ending the inning.

Albert Almora Jr. then led off the bottom half of the inning with a line drive into the bleachers in left . It was his first homer since June 28 and No. 5 on the year.


The Cubs acquired minor league outfielder Terrance Gore from Kansas City for a player to be named or cash. He was assigned to Triple-A Iowa.

The speedy Gore is 0 for 11 in 49 major league games. But he has scored 14 times and swiped 21 bases.


Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson is unlikely to return this season after he had shoulder surgery in September, according to Counsell. ... RHP Zach Davies, who is coming back from an inflamed right rotator cuff and tight lower back, could make another rehab appearance after he starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Thursday.


Brewers: Following a day off, RHP Freddy Peralta (5-3, 4.47 ERA) faces Cardinals RHP Luke Weaver (6-10, 4.66 ERA) on Friday night in the opener of a big weekend series in St. Louis. Peralta was tagged for seven runs in three-plus innings in a 10-1 loss at Atlanta on Friday night.

Cubs: Lester (12-5, 3.89 ERA) pitches Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Pittsburgh. He is 0-3 with a 10.32 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break. RHP Ivan Nova (7-6, 4.42 ERA) gets the ball for the Pirates.

When Marshall County's boys basketball team takes the floor in November, it might be without one of the country's best players.

Multiple sources have told WestKentuckyStar that Zion Harmon, considered by many to be the best player in the state of Kentucky and a top ten player in the nation, has been ruled ineligible to play this season. The reason why is not known at this time. The KHSAA does not comment on eligibilty cases.

Marshall County is the fourth stop in four years for Harmon. He enrolled at MCHS earlier this summer.

Harmon played at Adair County last season, where he averaged more than 30 points per game. He played at Bowling Green High School as an eighth-grader, helping lead the Purples to a state championship. He played as a seventh grader at a school in Tennessee.

Harmon, a 5'11" guard and five-star recruit, currently has offers to play college basketball at several big-time schools including Tennessee, Auburn, Creighton, Vanderbilt and SMU.