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Rockies edge Dodgers 2-1, move into 1st place in NL West

Rockies edge Dodgers 2-1, move into 1st place in NL West

The Dodgers brought a four-game winning streak back home and couldn't get out of their own way. Three hits, three errors and Matt Kemp getting thrown out diving back into first base to end the game added up to a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. 'It was a kind of cool ending to the game,' Rockies catcher Tony Wolters said. The Dodgers returned home after sweeping three games against Washington. But they fell to 8-14 in Los Angeles after having the best home record in the majors last season. 'We didn't get any offense,' manager Dave Roberts said. Pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single in the eighth inning, German Marquez pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and Gerardo Parra homered for the Rockies, who moved into first place in the NL West ahead of slumping Arizona. Colorado has won five in a row at Dodger Stadium. 'Marquez threw a great game and his adjustments out there were pitch to pitch,' Wolters said. 'He was making really good adjustments and he had his game plan. He executed and threw his curveball, threw his slider, threw a bunch of changeups. He mixed. That's Marquez.' Los Angeles committed two errors in the eighth and another in the ninth in the first of 19 meetings with the Rockies this season. Dodgers starter Walker Buehler was impressive despite not figuring in the decision. He gave up one run and two hits in a career-high seven innings, striking out six and walking none. With one out in the eighth, Wolters walked against Pedro Baez (1-3), stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Yasmani Grandal. After Pat Valaika struck out, Gonzalez reached on the infield single to second base, scoring Wolters to put Colorado ahead. 'I got on base. That's the number one goal, I'm trying to get on base,' Wolters said. 'I got a good walk and Carlos came up clutch. He's the best out there. He's getting hot.' Chase Utley backhanded the ball and threw to first. It bounced once and went over Cody Bellinger, leading to the Dodgers' second error of the inning. Gonzalez took second before Charlie Blackmon popped out to end the inning. Utley's second error of the game came in the ninth. The Dodgers had just one runner reach base in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings — all on walks. Marquez (3-5) allowed one run, struck out five and walked two. Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 17th save in 19 chances. 'The key for me was my tempo and my aggressiveness,' Marquez said. 'I was able to stay in the moment. I was trying to be one pitch at a time and I accomplished that pretty well.' Kemp was thrown out to end the game when he tried to scamper back to first base after taking a step toward second on an infield single. Wolters backed up the play and retrieved a throw that got away. He tossed the ball to first baseman Ian Desmond in time to get Kemp as he made a headfirst dive back to the bag. 'Fortunately for us, Matt made what looked like a quick attempt to second,' Rockies manager Bud Black said. 'Tony realized it and flipped to Desi and Desi was on it with a nice tag.' Roberts acknowledged Kemp did take a step toward second base and said the play was not reviewable. Parra homered into the left-field pavilion leading off the fifth, tying the score at 1. Los Angeles led 1-0 on Max Muncy's leadoff homer in the fourth. Justin Turner went 0 for 4 in his first home game of the season since coming off the disabled list during the Dodgers' road trip. He hit into an inning-ending double play in the eighth. TRAINER'S ROOM Dodgers: Clayton Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) will throw 30-40 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday and a three- or four-inning simulated game on Saturday. If that goes well, Roberts said the team will figure out when Kershaw can return. Roberts said Kershaw is no longer bothered by the tendinitis that sent him to the DL after his start on May 1. GETTING CLOCKED Buehler was hit in the ribs by a 108 mph line drive off Trevor Story's bat in the fifth, but grabbed the ball and tossed underhand to first to get the out after Parra's tying homer. He bent over to catch his breath before being checked by a trainer. Buehler tossed some practice pitches before staying in the game. 'That didn't feel good,' Buehler said. Roberts said X-rays were negative. 'Staying in there and giving us two more innings was huge,' Roberts said. 'That just shows the fight. We're learning a lot about him pretty quickly.' UP NEXT RHP Chad Bettis (4-1, 3.27 ERA) will start Tuesday's game for Colorado. The Dodgers will call up RHP Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game in anticipation of him either starting or coming out of the bullpen. He has a 2.08 ERA over 21 2/3 innings in the minors. ___ This story has been corrected to show game-ending play wasn't reviewable. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

At age 53, Palmeiro hits 1st home run in return to baseball

At age 53, Palmeiro hits 1st home run in return to baseball

Rafael Palmeiro still has power, even at 53. After hitting more than 500 home runs in the major leagues, Palmeiro went deep Monday night for the first time in his return to baseball with an independent team. He connected in the fifth inning for the Cleburne Railroaders , who went on to a 4-3 loss in 11 innings against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Starting for the first time this season at first base, where he spent the majority of his 20-year big league career, Palmeiro batted sixth in the lineup, right behind his son, Patrick. The elder Palmeiro got his first two hits of the season after going 0 for 8 in his first two games for the second-year American Association team. Rafael Palmeiro hit the last of his 569 major league home runs on July 30, 2005, while playing his final season for Baltimore. He was suspended for using steroids two days later and has never come close to Hall of Fame induction despite being one of only six players in MLB history with 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

All tied up: LeBron's 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics

All tied up: LeBron's 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics

LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today's game. And unless the Boston Celtics do something soon, he'll get there again. James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a postseason list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers even the Eastern Conference finals at 2-2 on Monday night with a 111-102 victory over the Celtics, who are looking forward to getting home before their adoring fans. Pushed by a raucous crowd that wasn't so confident a few days ago, the Cavs held off Boston's comeback in the fourth quarter and squared a tight series that is now a best-of-three. Cleveland is trying to become the 20th team — out of 300 — to overcome a 2-0 deficit and James, who has already orchestrated two such rallies and is seeking his eighth straight finals, is a step closer to a third. To do it again the Cavs will have to win in Boston, where the Celtics are 9-0 this postseason. 'We know it's going to be a hostile environment,' James said. 'We know their fans are going to be very energetic. But we have to just have our same mindset we had when we came home for these two games. If our minds are there, we put ourselves in a position to be victorious.' Game 5 is Wednesday night at TD Center, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens is trying to stay positive with a team that has given up a 2-0 lead and fell to 1-6 on the road in these playoffs. 'It's the best two out of three to go to the NBA Finals. Doesn't get better than that,' he said. 'Ultimately, anybody that didn't think this was going to be tough, I mean, everything is tough. In this deal, it's a blast to have to grit your teeth, get up off the mat and go after it again.' Kyle Korver added 14 points and Cleveland's sharp-shooting 37-year-old added three block and several hustle plays, outrunning three Celtics in one sequence and diving for a loose ball. 'I've loved Kyle ever since we made the trade to get him here' James said. 'I don't remember Kyle falling too much like that. I've got to keep his body as fresh as possible. But listen, he's doing whatever it takes to try to help us win, with the blocks, with the strips. Obviously his shot making is very key for our team as well, but it's just the intangibles he's doing for us defensively.' Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who won despite 19 turnovers and two assists in the second half. Kevin Love had just nine points on 3-of-12 shooting and was in foul trouble, but he made a big 3-pointer and follow shot in the fourth quarter. Jaylen Brown scored 25 and Boston had all five scorers in double figures, but the Celtics fell behind by 19 in the first half and didn't have enough to catch Cleveland. And, of course, they didn't have James, who moved past Abdul-Jabbar (2,356) for the most field goals in playoff history. James also recorded his 25th career postseason game with at least 40 points — his sixth in this postseason. The Celtics hung around in the second half and pulled within 100-93 on Marcus Smart's basket with 4:29 left. But Thompson got free for a dunk, and after a miss by Boston, James recovered after making his seventh turnover by making a steal and layup. Moments later, James drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing to finally put away the young Celtics, who will now feel the immense pressure of trying to hold off the three-time champion. 'He's the best in the game at evaluating the court and figuring out what he wants and where he wants it,' Stevens said. 'The thing about it is that you just have to battle. You just have to make it as hard as possible, because he's going to find a matchup that he ultimately wants.' Stevens considered changing his starting lineup, but decided to stick with the same first five — Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Al Horford, and Terry Rozier — as the first three games. Boston's starters held their own, but none of them was able to match James when it mattered most. 'You hope he misses, that's about it,' Rozier said. 'He's a big body and you've just got to keep him in front, and hope he misses.' TIP-INS Celtics: Stevens was evasive about his starting lineup during his pregame news conference, not wanting to give the Cavs any advance notice. 'We will start five people. I promise,' he said, drawing laughs from media members. ... Injured stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving are not traveling with the team so they can continue their respective rehabs. Both have been sitting on the bench with their teammates in Boston. Cavaliers: Won their seventh straight playoff game at home. ... Love threw one of his patented 'touchdown' passes in the first quarter to James, who outmaneuvered Smart and Brown like a wide receiver to make the catch and score. ... Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 pick in last month's NFL draft, attended the game. ... Improved to 9-3 vs. Boston in the playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena. AMONGST GIANTS James seems to reach a milestone every game and he was honored to pass Abdul-Jabbar's mark. 'To know where I come from, small city 35 miles south of here, and to hear I'm in the same category or talked about and jumping these greats in the playoffs — it's pretty cool,' he said. 'You hear the scoring, the field goals made, and for a kid that really doesn't care much about scoring.' OLD MAN KORVER Frozen water was Korver's postgame beverage. 'I'm going to be hurting tomorrow,' he said. 'My back's a little sore, my elbow is a little sore, but this is fun basketball. It's the playoffs. We're at home. The crowd was rocking tonight. And it just kind of takes over you sometimes. So, yeah, whatever it takes.' SLOW START For the second game in a row, the Celtics struggled in the first quarter. Boston got some open looks, but shot just 27 percent (7 of 26) in the first 12 minutes with both Tatum and Brown missing dunks. Also, Morris picked up three quick fouls. UP NEXT Game 5 is Wednesday in Boston.

Pressure flips to Celtics after Cavs win Game 4 LeBron James' sixth 40-point game of the postseason helped Cleveland hold off Boston's second-half push to tie the Eastern Conference finals.