CHICAGO—Jordan Luplow hit two of Cleveland's five homers, Carlos Carrasco cruised through seven innings and the Indians pounded the Chicago White Sox 9-0 on Tuesday.
Roberto Pérez, Jake Bauers and José Ramirez also went deep as the light-hitting Indians muscled up against Manny Bauelos and Josh Osich to end Chicago's three-game winning streak.
Cleveland entered hitting just .219, tied with Toronto for worst in the American League. The Indians also came in with only 36 home runs in 40 games, second lowest in the league and fourth lowest in the majors.
The 25-year-old Luplow has hit all four of his homers this season against Chicago and three off Bauelos. His previous two drives against the White Sox left-hander came in a rain-shortened 5-0 win in Cleveland last Thursday. Luplow hit six home runs in brief looks the past two years with Pittsburgh.
Carrasco (4-3) scattered six singles and struck out six, while walking none, in his second straight solid start. Oliver Pérez, Dan Otero and A.J. Cole combined to complete the seven-hitter.
Bauelos (2-3) was roughed up for the third straight outing. The left-hander yielded five runs on four hits and three walks before leaving the game with none out in the fifth with left shoulder soreness.
Perez hit his fifth home run for a 1-0 lead in the third. Luplow's line drive barely cleared the fence in right-center in the fourth to make it 3-0.
Mets 6, Nationals 2
WASHINGTON—Wilson Ramos hit a first-inning grand slam after Washington failed to complete what should have been a routine double play, Noah Syndergaard took a no-hitter into the sixth, and New York beat the slumping Nationals.
The Mets have won three games in a row. The Nationals, meanwhile, lost for the 11th time in 15 games, fell to 2-12 in series openers and are 16-25 overall. In the NL, only the starting-from-scratch Miami Marlins have a worse record.
Syndergaard (3-3) allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings, lowering his ERA to 4.74. The first hit he allowed was a single to right by Wilmer Difo to open the sixth, and Victor Robles followed with a homer off a 98 mph fastball.
It was Robles' seventh homer of the season—and third off Syndergaard.
Other than that two-batter hiccup, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Syndergaard lived up to his "Thor" nickname, repeatedly reaching 99 mph on his 102-pitch evening and striking out six.
Ramos, who used to play for the Nationals, connected with a low 80 mph offering from Jeremy Hellickson (2-2) and sent it out to left for his second homer.
He never should have been at the plate in that spot: With a man on first and one out, Robinson Cano hit a grounder that appeared to get Hellickson out of the inning. But backup shortstop Difo's relay throw was off the mark and forced fourth-string first baseman Gerardo Parra to stretch to try to make the grab. Parra managed to get his glove on the ball but couldn't hold on.
Cubs 3, Reds 1
CINCINNATI—Kyle Hendricks had three hits, including a two-run double, and pitched into the ninth inning to lead surging Chicago over Cincinnati.
The Cubs are 10-2 in May, their best start to the month since 1977. Chicago has won 22 of 28 games for the NL's best record at 25-14.
Hendricks (3-4) has found his stride in May, winning all three starts while allowing only one earned run. He gave up a pair of singles and Joey Votto's homer in the fourth inning, but those were Cincinnati's only hits. He left after walking Nick Senzel to open the ninth. Steve Cishek got the last two outs for his third save in four chances.
Hendricks started his May surge with an 81-pitch, 4-0 complete game win over St. Louis and followed it by allowing one unearned run in eight innings of a win over Miami.
His RBI double put the Cubs in line for yet another win over Cincinnati. The liner over Senzel's head in center field—only his second hit of the season—made it 2-0 in the second. He added two more singles and lined out.
The Cubs are 52-25 against the Reds over the last five seasons, the best mark by any team against a division foe.
Willson Contreras had a sacrifice fly off Tanner Roark (3-2) for Chicago's other run. Kris Bryant had three hits and extended his career-best streak to 23 consecutive games reaching base safely. Javier Baez singled twice and extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, the longest by a Cub this season.
O's, Yanks rained out, again
NEW YORK—The Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees have been rained out for the second straight day.
The game scheduled for Tuesday night was called about 90 minutes before it was supposed to begin at Yankee Stadium.
Baltimore and New York are set to play a single-admission doubleheader today beginning at 2:05 p.m. That twinbill was scheduled after Monday night's game was postponed because of unplayable field conditions.
The weather forecast is calling for clear skies today.
There's been a lot of wait-and-see for Orioles and Yankees in recent days.
On Sunday, the start of the game between the Orioles and Angels at Camden Yards was delayed almost three hours because of rain. The same day, New York's game at Tampa Bay was stopped for 43 minutes in the ninth inning due to a power outage at Tropicana Field.
Sale fans career-high 17 in 7 innings
BOSTON—Red Sox ace Chris Sale struck out a career-high 17 in just seven innings against Colorado, then was pulled after 108 pitches at Fenway Park.
Sale became the first pitcher in major league history to fan 17 in a start of no more than seven innings.
The big league record for strikeouts in nine innings is 20, done five times. Roger Clemens did it twice for Boston, Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson also accomplished the feat and Max Scherzer was the last to it in 2016.
When Boston manager Alex Cora told Sale he was coming out, the lefty used his fingers to form the number 20.
Sale surpassed his previous best of 15 strikeouts, dominating the Rockies with a firm fastball and a sharp slider. A seven-time All-Star, Sale struck out the first six batters and fanned eight through three innings. He didn't allow a runner until Mark Reynolds doubled to begin the fifth.
Sale gave up three hits, including a two-run homer to Nolan Arenado, didn't walk anyone and left with a 3-2 lead. Brandon Workman relieved to begin the eighth and gave up a two-run homer to Charlie Blackmon.