Last Update on July 05, 2015 12:43 GMT
UNDATED (AP) -- The fireworks came early for the Nationals in their morning Fourth of July start.
Michael A. Taylor homered on the first pitch of the game from Madison Bumgarner and Washington went on to beat San Francisco 9-3. Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer before Bumgarner could record his first out of the game. Tyler Moore drove in four runs.
Washington starter Stephen Strasburg was taken out of the game in the fourth inning after appearing to injure his left side. It was his third start since coming off the disabled list. He gave up no runs and one hit. Tanner Roark came out of the bullpen and gave up two runs in 4 1/3 innings of relief and picked up the win.
The Nationals now lead the NL East by four and a-half games.
Around the rest of the majors:
-- Adrian Gonzalez homered for the second straight game and the L.A. Dodgers held off the light-hitting New York Mets 4-3. Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) blanked the Mets for seven innings on four hits. He has not been scored upon in 27 and two-thirds innings. He's 7-2.
-- Atlanta worked over Philadelphia 9-5. Cameron Maybin had three hits, including a home run. The Phillies have lost six straight, nine of 10 and fell to a major league-worst 27-56.
-- Kris Bryant hit two early home runs, including a grand slam, to lead the Chicago Cubs over the Miami Marlins 7-2. It's the second multi-homer game for the Cubs prized rookie.
-- Rookie Kendall Graveman pitched seven innings to help hand Seattle ace Felix Hernandez his first loss in Oakland in nearly seven years, as the Athletics blanked the Mariners 2-0. The A's only scored twice off Hernandez but peppered him for 10 hits -- the most he has allowed this season. King Felix is 10-5.
-- Minnesota downed AL Central-leading Kansas City 5-3. Joe Mauer hit a two-run homer in his first four-hit game in nearly two years. Mauer, who is 13 for 28 against Royals starter Joe Blanton,
-- Milwaukee erupted with six runs in the fifth inning of their 7-3 win over Cincinnati. Jimmy Nelson won his third straight start to improve to 6-8. The Brewers are riding a seven-game win streak, their longest in more than a year.
-- Pittsburgh southpaw Jeff Locke pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, retiring his last 19 batters, and Neil Walker had an RBI single to lift the Pirates over the Cleveland Indians 1-0. Locke allowed only second-inning singles by Yan Gomes and Giovanny Urshela as the Pirates ended Cleveland's five-game winning streak.
-- The L.A. Angels used a 17-hit attack to embarrass Texas 13-0. C. J. Cron had three hits with a career-high six RBIs. Hector Santiago improved to 5-0 lifetime against the Rangers.
-- Arizona downed Colorado 7-3. A.J. Pollock broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run double in the fourth inning for the D-Backs.
-- Avisail Garcia robbed Chris Davis of a tying home run with a leaping catch in the ninth inning to help the White Sox hold off Baltimore 3-2. The right fielder jumped and reached behind him over the wall to take a home run away from Davis with one out in the ninth. J.B. Shuck put Chicago in front with a pinch-hit double in the bottom of the eighth after Manny Machado hit a two-run homer for the Orioles to tie it at 2 in the top of the eighth.
-- A ninth-inning throwing error by pitcher Brad Boxberger allowed pinch-runner Jose Pirela to score the winning run in the Yankees 3-2 victory over Tampa Bay. Boxberger's wild throw came on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Ramon Flores. Steven Souza Jr. tied the score in the top half for the Rays with a two-run home run.
-- Jhonny (JAH'-nee) Peralta broke an eighth-inning tie with a sacrifice fly to lift St. Louis over San Diego 2-1. The win snapped the Cardinals season-high four-game losing streak.
-- J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer to highlight a four-run first inning in Detroit's 8-3 win over Toronto. The Tigers got off to the fast start against R.A. Dickey who lasted five innings and fell to 3-9. David Price scattered eight hits over seven innings to improve to 8-2. Detroit is 14-3 when he starts, 27-36 with anyone else.
-- Clay Buchholz (BUHK'-ohlts) pitched a six-hitter to win his fourth straight start, coming within one out of a shutout as the Red Sox beat Houston 6-1. Buchholz improved to 7-6 in notching his ninth career complete game. Mookie Betts drove in three runs and made a leaping catch in center field to help the Red Sox snap Houston's five-game winning streak.
DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit star Miguel Cabrera has been placed on the 15-day disabled list and is expected to miss least six weeks with a calf injury.
The two-time AL MVP pulled up while breaking for second during last night's win over Toronto. An MRI showed a strain of his calf muscle, but no injury to his Achilles tendon.
Cabrera is leading the AL with a .350 batting average and has 15 homers and 54 RBIs.
LONDON (AP) -- Defending champ Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT'-oh-vuh) didn't make it to the second week at Wimbledon.
The second seed was knocked out in the third round by Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. Kvitova looked to be in command in the match, leading 4-2 in the second set, but faltered. Since reaching the fourth round in 2010, Jankovic had lost in the first round three times and made the second round in 2013.
In women's play, Madison Keys has become the fourth American to move into the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Germany's Tatjana Maria.
Caroline Wozniacki (wohz-nee-AK'-ee) cruised into the fourth round by beating Camila Giorgi 6-2, 6-2.
In men's play, Roger Federer stayed on course for a run at an eighth Wimbledon title with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-7, 6-2 win over Sam Groth. That moved the second seed into the second week of the tournament.
Crowd favorite and 2013 champ Andy Murray beat No. 25 Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-2, 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 to reach the fourth round.
John Isner's serve let him down in a loss to reigning U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic (CHIHL'-ihch) 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 12-10. The big-serving Isner double-faulted on match point to lose the third round match that was suspended Friday because of darkness.
UNDATED (AP) -- Prized free agent LaMarcus Aldridge says he has chosen to join the San Antonio Spurs after spending a week meeting with a number of teams.
Aldridge spent his previous nine seasons in Portland, but is leaving for a four-year maximum contract with the Spurs.
He averaged a career-high 23.8 points per game for the Trail Blazers last season.
Aldridge was also courted by the Lakers, Rockets, Heat, Mavericks, Knicks and Raptors.
-- A person with knowledge of the deal says the Sacramento Kings and 7-foot center Kosta Koufos have agreed to a $33 million, four-year contract. Koufos played behind Marc Gasol (guh-SAWL') and Zach Randolph in Memphis the past two seasons.
-- A person with knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press that Tobias Harris has agreed to sign a new contract to remain with the Orlando Magic. The person says the deal is for four years and $64 million. The 22-year-old forward averaged a career-high 17.1 points last season, while also shooting a career-best 36 percent from the 3-point line.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) -- Jason Bohn shot a 9-under 61 and heads into the final round in a four-way tie for the lead at The Greenbrier Classic.
Bohn, Sean O'Hair, Sung Joon Park and Bryce Molder were at 11-under. O'Hair and Park both shot 66. Molder had a 67.
A crowded leaderboard has 27 players within four shots of the lead. Tiger Woods wasn't among them. Woods struggled on the back nine, shot 71 and was seven strokes back.
Applications for US jobless aid rise to still-low 281,000
WASHINGTON (AP) -- More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, but the level of applications is still low and points to an improving job market.
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