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>>Arrieta, Cubs Blank Padres

 

Jake Arrieta threw eight scoreless innings of two-hit ball to become the NL's first 16-game winner and Kris Bryant and Addison Russell homered, leading the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Tuesday night.

 

Arrieta (16-5) allowed a single to Alex Dickerson in the second and Christian Bethancourt's double in the eighth. Arrieta has two no-hitters in the past year.

 

The Padres brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the ninth, but Aroldis Chapman got the last two outs for his 28th save after Felix Pena was charged with three runs.

 

Bryant's 33rd home run tied him with Colorado's Nolan Arenado for the NL lead.

 

Russell smacked his fifth homer in five games, a two-run shot that put the Cubs ahead 4-0 in the fifth.

 

Arrieta won for the fourth straight start. He had six strikeouts and three walks.

 

Christian Friedrich (4-10) lost his eighth consecutive decision.

 

Kyle Hendricks (11-7, 21.6) has 16 straight starts in which he's allowed three runs or fewer, the longest streak in the majors this season. He's 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA in four starts against the Padres. Hendricks has won all but three road games this year.

 

Paul Clemens (2-2, 4.82), who was claimed off waivers last month, worked five innings in his last outing on Thursday but didn't figure in the decision. He surrendered three runs on eight hits and three walks to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

 

>>White Sox Beat Phillies

 

Jose Abreu homered for a third straight game, Carlos Rodon threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings and the Chicago White Sox beat the slumping Philadelphia Phillies 9-1 on Tuesday night.

 

Abreu hit a two-run home run and Justin Morneau followed with a solo shot in the fifth off Jake Thompson (1-3), who gave up seven runs and eight hits in five innings.

Rodon (4-8) allowed three hits and has a 1.46 ERA in his past four starts after missing most of July with a sprained left wrist suffered when he slipped on the dugout steps.

 

Adam Eaton tripled, singled and scored twice and Tim Anderson tripled, reached base three times and drove in a run as Chicago built a 9-0 lead in its third straight win.

 

Freddy Galvis homered off Chris Beck in the seventh to end a 17-inning scoreless streak for the Phillies, who have dropped five of seven.

 

James Shields (5-15, 5.98 ERA) faces RHP Jerad Eickhoff (8-12, 3.91) to close the series Wednesday night. Shields has a 17.36 ERA in four starts this month.

 

>>Mets Power Past Cardinals

 

Wilmer Flores and Justin Ruggiano homered as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4.

 

The offense helped Robert Gsellman (1-0) get the decision. Gsellman, pressed into action after starter Jonathon Niese left with an injury in the first inning, pitched 3 2/3 innings without allowing an earned run.

Jose Reyes reached four base times and scored three runs. Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, drove in a run and scored once.

 

Jeurys Familia earned his 42nd save, one shy of the Mets' season record set by Familia last year and Armando Benitez in 2001.

 

Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia (10-9) gave up a season-high six runs at home, in just four innings. New York broke a 22 1/3-inning streak in which Garcia hadn't given up an earned run at home to the Mets.

 

Brandon Moss reached three times and drove in a run while Randal Grichuk's solo homer in the sixth extended the Cardinals' home run streak to 12 games.

 

Yadier Molina had three hits and an RBI for St. Louis.

 

Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets robbed Stephen Piscotty of a solo homer in the sixth with a leaping catch over the left field wall.

 

Jacob deGrom (7-6, 2.73 ERA) is looking to bounce back after allowing a career-high eight runs and 13 hits in a 10-7 loss to San Francisco on Aug. 18. He is 1-1 with a 4.38 ERA in two career games against St. Louis.

 

Carlos Martinez (11-7, 3.24 ERA) allowed one run over seven innings in an 8-2 win over Houston on Aug. 17. He is 2-1 with a 1.31 ERA in his career against New York.

 

>>White Sox Activate OF Garcia From DL

 

The White Sox have activated outfielder Avisail Garcia off the 15-day disabled list.

 

Chicago made room on the 25-man roster Tuesday by optioning outfielder Jason Coats to Triple-A Charlotte.

 

Garcia had been sidelined since Aug. 7 with a sprained right knee and is coming off a three-game rehab assignment at Charlotte. He's hitting .240 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 86 games with the White Sox.

 

Coats is hitting .189 in three stints with the White Sox this season.

 

>>Tebow Sets Date, Time For Private Workout For MLB Teams

 

No matter what you think about former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow's baseball aspirations, we're now one step closer to the story's resolution.

 

That's because Tebow has scheduled a private showcase for next week. According to Jon Heyman, Tebow's showcase will take place next Tuesday in Los Angeles and will be closed to the public.

 

Tebow is almost certainly going to sign a contract with some organization. He's an impressive athlete with good raw power and a reputation as a high-makeup individual. Those are positive traits.

 

Still, it's hard to see him reaching the upper-minors, let alone the majors.

 

The available footage of Tebow taking hacks shows a long, stiff swing that's going to lead to huge strikeout totals. Add in his lack of recent exposure versus high-level pitching, and the likelihood that he's limited to an outfield corner or first base, and there's a good chance he whiffs himself out of organized ball in a hurry.

 

Of course, that doesn't make Tebow's attempt a complete failure -- it just means that the storybook ending isn't happening.

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