Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Gonzalez, L.A. blast Reds

CINCINNATI — Adrian Gonzalez got the most pleasure out of watching his teammates circle the bases. Nobody made as many trips as he did.

Gonzalez hit three of the Dodgers' seven homers and drove in a career-high eight runs, and rookie Corey Seager had a noteworthy homer as well Monday, leading Los Angeles to an 18-9 victory and a split of its four-game series with the Reds.

The NL West leaders enjoyed their biggest home run splurge in 10 years. They've won 10 of their past 12 against Cincinnati.

It was the Dodgers' biggest power performance since they hit seven homers during an 11-10 win over the Padres on Sept. 18, 2006.

"That was fun," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez started it with a three-run shot in the first inning off Homer Bailey, who had his worst showing since returning from Tommy John surgery. Gonzalez also had a solo shot in the fifth, when the Dodgers connected four times. His three-run shot in the seventh tied his career high for homers.

Seager's two-run shot gave him 22, tying Glenn Wright's club record for a shortstop from 1930.

ORIOLES 4, NATIONALS 3: Mark Trumbo hit his majors-high 38th home run and Jonathan Schoop also went deep for host Baltimore, which had lost five of six.

ASTROS 3, PIRATES 1: Doug Fister pitched seven scoreless innings, Teoscar Hernandez hit a two-run homer and visiting Houston won its fourth straight and handed Pittsburgh its fourth straight loss.

BREWERS 4, ROCKIES 2: Chris Carter homered and Jimmy Nelson pitched six solid innings for host Milwaukee.

Around the league

STRASBURG TO DL: Stephen Strasburg's weary right elbow was stiff and in dire need of some rest, so the Nationals put the right-hander on the 15-day disabled list. Strasburg, who has a 14.66 ERA in his past three starts, was willing to pitch through the pain for the NL East leaders, but manager Dusty Baker wanted to give him a rest.

MINOR MOVES: The Class A Carolina League is expanding by two teams in 2017, while two teams in the California League will be contracted. The Bakersfield Blaze (a Mariners affiliate) and the High Desert Mavericks (Rangers) will cease operations after the season, with Kinston, N.C., and an undetermined city receiving Carolina League teams.

A'S: DH Billy Butler and infielder Danny Valencia were fined for a clubhouse fight Friday that led to Butler being placed on the seven-day concussion list. Butler and Valencia began fighting over comments Butler made to an equipment representative, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Valencia punched Butler in the temple before teammates separated them.

BLUE JAYS: DH Edwin Encarnacion is the subject of a $11.5 million lawsuit that claims he knowingly gave a woman multiple sexually transmitted diseases and committed battery.

METS: Left-hander Steven Matz went on the disabled list with left shoulder tightness. No structural damage was found.

PIRATES: Infielder David Freese signed a two-year extension that takes him through the 2018 season. The deal includes a club option for 2019. Terms were not immediately available.

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