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CINCINNATI (AP) - Anthony DeSclafani hit the first grand slam by a Cincinnati pitcher in 59 years, helping the last-place Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 11-2 for their sixth consecutive victory. It was Cincinnati's third slam in five days and major league-leading seventh of the season, two short of the record set in 2002. The last Reds pitcher to hit a grand slam was Bob Purkey against the Cubs on Aug. 1, 1959.

CHICAGO (AP) - Pinch-hitter Nick Martini drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning with his first major league hit and the Oakland Athletics came back from an early five-run deficit to edge the Chicago White Sox 7-6. Martini was recalled from Triple-A before the game. He lined a single off Juan Minaya with two outs. Stephen Piscotty hit a two-run drive and Matt Olson had a solo shot as the Athletics homered in their 24th consecutive road game, tying a modern day record set by Baltimore in 1996.

SEATTLE (AP) - Clint Dempsey scored his first goal of the season to match the Seattle regular-season career goals record, helping the Sounders tie the Chicago Fire 1-1. Dempsey tied the club record for regular-season goals with 47 set by Fredy Montero from 2009-12. It was Dempsey's 57th goal across all competitions for the Sounders, three away from Montero's overall mark.

MADISON, Ill. (AP) - Justin Haley won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Gateway Motorsports Park for his first career victory, pulling away on a wild last restart. The 19-year-old Haley took the lead when Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Noah Gragson and Todd Gilliland made contact racing for the lead on a restart with seven laps to go. Haley then held off GMS Racing teammate Johnny Sauter on the final restart with two laps left

MILAN (AP) - The Ricketts family that owns the Chicago Cubs says it is in negotiations to purchase the debt-ridden AC Milan soccer team. The Milan office of the Edelman public relations firm, which has been hired to represent the Ricketts, says the entire family is interested in Milan for "a medium- to long-period investment" and wants to create "a strong bond with the city."

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