MLB roundup: Yankees rout Red Sox for 10th straight win



Sep 19, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Mazza (22) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

September 20, 2020

J.A. Happ struck out nine batters over eight innings as the visiting New York Yankees recorded their season-high 10th straight win on Saturday with an 8-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Clint Frazier homered among his three hits and drove in three runs for the Yankees, who have won 10 in a row for the first time since June 8-18, 2012. New York has won 12 straight over Boston dating back to last season.

Happ (2-2) recorded his first outing of at least eight scoreless innings without a walk since June 27, 2009. The 37-year-old left-hander scattered four hits in 113 pitches to improve to 13-4 in his career against the Red Sox.

Luke Voit and Kyle Higashioka each had an RBI single and Gio Urshela had a pair of sacrifice flies for the Yankees. DJ LeMahieu extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single off Chris Mazza (1-2) to lead off the first inning. He advanced to third on a pair of walks before scoring on Urshela’s first sacrifice fly.

Athletics 6, Giants 0

Jesus Luzardo combined with three relievers on a six-hitter and Jake Lamb broke open a tight game with a two-run home run as host Oakland once again beat Bay Area-rival San Francisco.

The win lowered the magic number for the first-place A’s to one for clinching the American League West. With second-place Houston’s win over Arizona later Saturday, the magic number stayed at one.

Luzardo (3-2) took a no-hitter into the fourth and then caught a break when the Giants pieced together three singles in the inning. The third of the three was an infield single by Mauricio Dubon, but A’s first baseman Matt Olson, after taking a late throw from shortstop Marcus Semien, was able to pick Donovan Solano off third base to end the threat after he’d rounded the bag too far.

White Sox 5, Reds 0

Tim Anderson hit two of Chicago’s five solo homers and Dallas Keuchel grinded through four innings in his return from the injured list as Chicago cooled off host Cincinnati, which had its six-game winning streak snapped.

Anderson, Yasmani Grandal and Jose Abreu hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the eighth to break open a two-run game.

Keuchel, who dealt with back spasms and most recently started on Sept. 6, was far from dominant, but was good enough to make it through 75 pitches while allowing four hits, walking three and striking out seven against the Reds, who are back in playoff contention.

Twins 8, Cubs 1

Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano and Josh Donaldson homered, and Minnesota gained an easy win over host Chicago to clinch a playoff berth for the second straight year and the third time in the past four seasons.

Jorge Polanco added two hits and a run for Minnesota, which won for only the second time in its past six games. The Twins evened the series against the Cubs, with the finale set for Sunday.

David Bote doubled and drove in Chicago’s lone run. The loss snapped a five-game win streak for the Cubs.

Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2

Jose Altuve recorded his first multi-RBI game in almost a month, and Michael Brantley delivered a crucial defensive play in the seventh inning as host Houston defeated Arizona to square their three-game interleague series at one game apiece.

Altuve produced a run-scoring fielder’s choice grounder in the third inning and an RBI double in the sixth that pulled the Astros even at 2-2. Altuve drove home George Springer with his two-base hit and scored the go-ahead run when Kyle Tucker chased Arizona starter Luke Weaver (1-8) with an opposite-field RBI single three batters later.

With the Astros clinging to that one-run lead in the top of the seventh, Brantley completed an inning-ending double play by corralling a line drive off the bat of Jon Jay and firing to Altuve at second base to double off the Diamondbacks’ Pavin Smith. A replay review upheld the call.

Marlins 7, Nationals 3

Miguel Rojas finished a triple short of a cycle and Garrett Cooper homered and drove in three runs to lead host Miami past Washington.

The Marlins, who are chasing their first postseason berth since 2003, remained in second place in the National League East with nine games remaining. Miami will close out its home schedule on Sunday with a doubleheader that also concludes the five-game series against the Nationals.

Rojas went 3-for-5 with his fourth career leadoff home run off Nationals starter Patrick Corbin (2-6, 4.76 ERA). Cooper’s two-run homer in the third made it 3-0. Corbin allowed all seven Marlins runs on 14 hits over six innings, with no walks and seven strikeouts. Winner Pablo Lopez (5-4, 3.96 ERA) struck out seven and walked three while allowing three hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Dodgers 6, Rockies 1

Chris Taylor homered and hit a triple, AJ Pollock also went deep, and Los Angeles beat Colorado in Denver.

Clayton Kershaw pitched seven strong innings and Justin Turner also had two hits for the Dodgers. Kershaw (6-2) allowed one run on four hits and struck out six without walking a batter to help the Dodgers win their fifth straight and sixth in their last seven.

Kevin Pillar had two hits for the Rockies, who have dropped four in a row. Rockies starter Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-2) retired the last six batters he faced before leaving after five innings. He allowed three runs on four hits and struck out two with one walk.

Phillies 3, Blue Jays 1

Andrew Knapp and Adam Haseley each produced two hits and an RBI to lift host Philadelphia to a victory over Toronto.

Andrew McCutchen added an RBI single and two walks for the Phillies, who won their third in a row in this four-game series. Phillies starter Vince Velasquez threw 104 pitches over six innings. Velasquez (1-1) allowed two hits and one run while striking out six and walking three.

The Blue Jays have lost six straight games after managing just two hits. Blue Jays starter Hyun Jin Ryu gave up six hits and two runs in six innings. Ryu (4-2) struck out eight and walked only one.

Mets 7, Braves 2

Rookie David Peterson struck out a career-high 10 while Robinson Cano homered and finished with three RBIs as host New York beat Atlanta.

Peterson (5-2) got the better of fellow rookie Ian Anderson by allowing one run on three hits and four walks. He carried a shutout into the sixth. Peterson is the first Mets starter other than Jacob deGrom to strike out at least 10 since Noah Syndergaard whiffed 11 against the Chicago White Sox on July 30, 2019.

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman went 0-for-5 as his 12-game hitting streak and 33-game on-base streak each came to an end. Anderson (3-1) took his first big league loss after allowing three runs on four hits and four walks while striking out eight over 4 2/3 innings.

Rays 3, Orioles 1

Yoshi Tsutsugo homered early, and Randy Arozarena added a tiebreaking two-run shot later as visiting Tampa Bay defeated Baltimore. The Rays have won the first four games of this five-game weekend series and will try to finish the sweep Sunday afternoon.

Charlie Morton (2-2) pitched five solid innings to get the win. He squirmed out of trouble a few times, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out six and walked two.

The Rays’ bullpen came through once more, throwing four shutout innings. Jorge Lopez (2-1) took the loss for the Orioles, giving up all three runs over six innings. He surrendered eight hits and one walk while striking out five.

Tigers 5, Indians 2

Detroit scored four eighth-inning runs following the retirement of their manager prior to the game and downed visiting Cleveland.

Ron Gardenhire cited health reasons for his sudden departure. He was replaced by Lloyd McClendon, who will manage the club for the remainder of the season.

Eric Haase and Daz Cameron each had two hits, a run scored and an RBI. Victor Reyes and Harold Castro each reached base three times and drove in a run for Detroit. Jose Ramirez drove in both runs for the Indians.

Cardinals 5, Pirates 4

Tommy Edman’s RBI single capped a five-run seventh inning for visiting St. Louis, who obliterated what had been a no-hitter in a win over Pittsburgh.

Mitch Keller pitched six no-hit innings for Pittsburgh, which built a 4-0 lead, but Sam Howard (2-3) gave up two runs and three hits in the seventh. Ke’Bryan Hayes and Jose Osuna each hit a solo homer, and Colin Moran had an RBI single for the Pirates, who have lost 11 of their past 12 games.

Tyler O’Neill added a two-run double and Kolten Wong an RBI single for St. Louis. Cardinals starter Kwang Hyun Kim pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and six hits, with four strikeouts and one walk.

Brewers 5, Royals 0

Corbin Burnes struck out nine in six scoreless innings in his latest stellar performance to help Milwaukee blank visiting Kansas City.

The right-handed Burnes (4-0) gave up just four hits without issuing a walk before leaving after 100 pitches for Milwaukee, which won its third straight game and fifth in its past seven.

Ryan Braun broke the game open with a three-run homer during a four-run eighth inning against the Royals, who have lost the first two contests of the three-game series after entering with seven wins in their previous eight games.

Mariners 4, Padres 1

Justus Sheffield pitched six strong innings and Luis Torrens hit a tiebreaking, two-run double against his former team as Seattle defeated San Diego.

The Mariners were considered the home team as the series was moved from Seattle because of hazardous air conditions in the Pacific Northwest due to wildfires.

The loss prevented the Padres from clinching a National League playoff berth.

Angels 4, Rangers 3

Los Angeles rallied against one of the best pitchers in the majors to defeat Texas in the second game of their four-game series in Anaheim, Calif.

Mike Trout singled home David Fletcher in the bottom of the eighth to give the Angels a one-run lead and complete the comeback after falling behind 3-0 to the Rangers’ Lance Lynn. Lynn threw at least 100 pitches for the 36th consecutive game, and allowed three runs and seven hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter in seven innings.

Los Angeles starter Andrew Heaney went 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and six hits, striking out eight and walking one. Mike Mayers (2-0) retired the final six batters to earn the win. Shohei Ohtani homered, singled and scored two runs for the Angels.

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MLB roundup: Padres pound Dodgers for 8th straight win


September 15, 2020

Rookie Jorge Ona hit a tiebreaking double to left in the seventh, and the host Padres added four more runs in the inning after a pair of fielding miscues by Dodgers first baseman Max Muncy to score a 7-2 victory on Monday night.

The Padres won their eighth consecutive game and cut their deficit to the first-place Dodgers in the National League West to 1 1/2 games.

The big inning broke up a pitching duel between the Padres’ Dinelson Lamet and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw.

Lamet (3-1) surrendered one run on three hits and two walks with 11 strikeouts over seven innings. He retired the last 12 Dodgers he faced and became the first pitcher to fan 10 Los Angeles hitters in a game this year. Kershaw (5-2) was charged with three runs on five hits with no walks and nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.

Brewers 2, Cardinals 1 (Game 1, 8 innings)

Keston Hiura delivered a sacrifice fly to cap a two-run eighth inning, and host Milwaukee opened a doubleheader with a victory over St. Louis.

After Ryan Braun tied the score with a run-scoring double off the center field wall in the bottom, Hiura came through with the sacrifice fly to left to give the Brewers a walk-off victory.

The Cardinals broke a scoreless tie in the top of the eighth when Tommy Edman delivered a two-out single to center field to score Tyler O’Neill, a pinch runner for Yadier Molina, who was placed on second base to start the extra inning. Milwaukee answered in the bottom of the frame to snap a 21-inning scoring drought and avoid a third consecutive defeat.

Cardinals 3, Brewers (Game 2, 9 innings)

Paul DeJong delivered an RBI single in the ninth inning for his third hit of the game, and St. Louis earned a split of a doubleheader at Milwaukee in the nightcap.

The Cardinals stranded 14 runners in the second game, but DeJong drove in a run when it mattered with his single to left.

The Brewers, two games behind the second-place Cardinals in the NL Central, stranded the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth and left a man on third in the ninth.

Orioles 14, Braves 1

Baltimore cracked three home runs during a nine-run third inning and set a season high for runs in a game to cruise past visiting Atlanta.

Baltimore sent 12 batters to the plate in the third. The Orioles got a three-run homer from DJ Stewart — his seventh home run this season, all of them this month — and a solo shot from Ryan Mountcastle in back-to-back fashion against Atlanta starter Touki Toussaint, then added a three-run homer from Jose Iglesias.

Baltimore added a solo homer in the seventh inning from Pat Valaika, whose fly ball bounced off the glove of right fielder Nick Markakis and caromed over the fence. The 14 runs came on the heels of a four-game series against the Yankees that saw the Orioles score only three times.

Reds 3, Pirates 1 (Game 1)

Tyler Stephenson’s two-run homer in the seventh inning gave Cincinnati a walk-off victory over visiting Pittsburgh in the first game of a doubleheader.

Joey Votto hit a solo homer for Cincinnati, which won consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks. Colin Moran hit a home run for the Pirates, who have lost five consecutive games.

Cincinnati starter Trevor Bauer was dominant for most of the game. In 6 1/3 innings, he struck out 12 and walked two, giving up one run and four hits. Raisel Iglesias (3-3) got the final two outs of the seventh to earn the victory.

Reds 9, Pirates 4 (Game 2)

Mike Moustakas, Brian Goodwin and Joey Votto homered to lift Cincinnati past visiting Pittsburgh for a sweep of the teams’ doubleheader.

The Reds, who have won three straight, scored their nine runs on just five hits but were helped by nine walks by Pittsburgh pitching.

Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a two-run homer, Josh Bell a solo homer and Colin Moran drove in a run with a double for the Pirates, who lost their sixth in a row.

Marlins 6, Phillies 2

Pablo Lopez snapped his three-game losing streak, leading host Miami to a win over Philadelphia.

Miguel Rojas, now batting .370, led Miami’s offense, going 2-for-3 with a homer and two runs. Right fielder Matt Joyce led the defense with a pair of over-the-shoulder catches on the warning track.

Lopez (4-4) allowed three hits, no walks and one run in seven innings, striking out six and earning his first win since Aug. 24. Vince Velasquez (0-1) gave up seven hits and four runs.

Mariners 6, Athletics 5 (Game 1)

Kyle Lewis hit a two-run homer and walked with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth to break a tie as Seattle rallied from a five-run deficit to defeat visiting Oakland in the opener of a doubleheader.

Mariners ace Marco Gonzales (6-2) allowed a season-high five runs but became the first left-handed starter to defeat the American League West-leading Athletics in 10 attempts this season. Gonzales, who won his fourth straight start, allowed the five runs on six hits in six innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Luis Torrens and Jose Marmolejos added solo homers for the Mariners while Tim Lopes had three doubles.

Athletics 9, Mariners 0 (Game 2)

Mike Minor pitched a two-hitter to earn his first victory of the season as Oakland defeated host Seattle to split a makeup doubleheader.

Minor (1-5) entered the game with a 6.35 overall ERA on the season. The left-hander walked two and struck out eight in the seven-inning game. Mark Canha and Jake Lamb both homered for the first-place Athletics.

The Mariners were shut out for the second time this season and saw their three-game winning streak snapped.

White Sox 3, Twins 1

Pinch hitter Adam Engel grounded a go-ahead single to center field in the eighth inning, and Tim Anderson went 3-for-5 with an RBI as host Chicago defeated Minnesota to extend its lead atop the American League Central.

Chicago moved two games ahead of second-place Minnesota behind a two-run eighth that began with two consecutive walks from Twins left-hander Taylor Rogers (1-4). After he showed bunt on the previous pitch, Engel pulled back his bat and delivered a hit past a charging infield.

Minnesota stranded 15 runners, and Chicago left 12 on base. White Sox pitching issued 10 walks. Max Kepler had two hits for the Twins while Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez both had a pair of hits for the White Sox.

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MLB roundup: Astros rally past Dodgers in ninth



Sep 12, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Michael Brantley (23) breaks up a double play as Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Enrique Hernandez (14) throws to first base in the eighth inning at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

September 13, 2020

Six consecutive Houston Astros batters reached base to open the ninth inning, starting a five-run uprising that led to a 7-5 victory over the host Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday in the opener of a brief two-game series.

Yuli Gurriel drove in three runs for the Astros, who arrived at Dodger Stadium on Saturday afternoon greeted by angry Dodgers fans holding signs and banging trash cans as a reaction to Houston’s 2017 cheating scandal. The Astros won the 2017 World Series in seven games over the Dodgers.

Trailing 5-2 and heading into the ninth inning against Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, the Astros got singles from Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz before Josh Reddick hit a two-run double to bring Houston within a run. Martin Maldonado singled to put runners on the corners before Houston made it 5-5 when Dodgers third baseman Max Muncy was unable to field George Springer’s hot smash. The Astros took a 6-5 lead on a single by Alex Bregman and Jansen (3-1) was replaced by Adam Kolarek.

Houston added one more run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly from Gurriel. Josh James (1-0) did not allow a run over 1 1/3 innings to pick up the victory, while Ryan Pressley earned his ninth save.

White Sox 14, Tigers 0

Jose Abreu went 4-for-4 with a pair of three-run home runs and a career high-tying seven RBIs, and Tim Anderson had four hits and an RBI to power host Chicago past Detroit for the eighth time in nine games between the teams this season.

One night after his career-best 22-game hitting streak was snapped, Abreu erupted to help the American League Central-leading White Sox to their seventh win in eight games. Every Chicago starter had a hit. Eloy Jimenez had three, and Nick Madrigal added two.

White Sox right-hander Reynaldo Lopez benefited from the deluge of support, pitching five shutout innings to earn his first victory since defeating Detroit on the penultimate day of the 2019 regular season. Lopez (1-2) scattered three hits, one walk and two strikeouts while throwing 75 pitches.

Yankees 2, Orioles 1 (10 innings)

Luke Voit hit a game-winning sacrifice fly leading off the 10th inning as host New York won beat Baltimore for the ninth straight time at Yankee Stadium.

The Yankees won their fourth straight following a 5-15 slide while the Orioles lost their fourth straight after winning six of eight, falling 4 1/2 games behind the Yankees for the second wild-card spot in the American League. The Orioles have been outscored 18-2 in the series.

DJ LeMahieu was the automatic runner on second base and on the first pitch from Hunter Harvey (0-2) he took third on a wild pitch. Baltimore brought the infield in and Voit lifted a fly ball to center fielder Cedric Mullins to cap an eight-pitch plate appearance and easily score LeMahieu.

Rays 5, Red Sox 4

Brandon Lowe’s team-leading 12th home run broke a seventh-inning tie as host Tampa Bay beat Boston in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Lowe broke a 4-4 deadlock by skying a long shot with two outs in the seventh off Marcus Walden (0-2) — a deep drive to right-center on a high fastball — to give the Rays their seventh victory in nine games against Boston.

Tampa Bay starter Tyler Glasnow (3-1) worked seven innings and became the pitcher of record after Lowe’s blast. Austin Meadows produced a solo homer, and Manuel Margot was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.

Braves 2, Nationals 1

Rookie Ian Anderson allowed only a bunt single in seven scoreless innings to send visiting Atlanta to victory over last-place Washington.

Anderson (3-0), ranked as the top pitching prospect in the Braves’ organization, struck out a career-best nine. He became the team’s first rookie to win his first three decisions since Williams Perez started 4-0 in 2015.

Patrick Corbin was the hard-luck loser and suffered his fifth straight loss. Corbin (2-5) pitched a season-high seven innings and allowed two runs on nine hits with eight strikeouts.

Cardinals 7, Reds 1

Harrison Bader hit a three-run homer to power St. Louis to an easy victory over visiting Cincinnati.

Brad Miller, Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt also hit home runs for the Cardinals, who are 17-0 when they score at least five runs. The second-place Cardinals remained three games back of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs.

St. Louis starting pitcher Dakota Hudson (3-2) held the Reds to one run on one hit and four walks in six innings. He also struck out four. Losing pitcher Tejay Antone (0-2) retired just nine batters. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks.

Rangers 5, Athletics 2 (Game 1)

Rougned Odor belted Daulton Jefferies’ 20th major-league pitch for a three-run homer and Ronald Guzman added a two-run shot in the first inning as Texas made it hold up for a victory over visiting Oakland in the first game of a doubleheader.

The win was just Texas’ second in eight head-to-heads with Oakland this season.

The 25-year-old Jefferies walked two of the first four men he faced before Odor took him deep to right field for his fifth homer of the season and a 3-0 lead. After Elvis Andrus followed with an infield single, Guzman then crushed his third homer of the season to right, making it 5-0.

Athletics 10, Rangers 1 (Game 2)

Oakland vented the frustration of an earlier loss in a seven-run second inning, routing host Texas for a split of their doubleheader at Arlington, Texas.

After Texas starter Colby Allard (0-6) had worked around a one-out single by Tommy La Stella in a scoreless first, the A’s jumped all over the Rangers left-hander in the second as Ramon Laureano and Marcus Semien had RBI singles, and Sean Murphy a two-run hit as the A’s put their first six batters on base.

Oakland right-hander Chris Bassitt (4-2) benefitted from the abundance of support, coasting through six innings, allowing a home run to Joey Gallo, his ninth of the season, with one out in the sixth to end a shutout bid. Semien had two hits and 4 RBIs, including his sixth homer.

Blue Jays 3, Mets 2

Robbie Ray struck out five in five innings, Jonathan Villar had two hits, two stolen bases and an RBI and host Toronto defeated New York at Buffalo as the teams have split the first two games of a three-game series.

Travis Shaw and Randal Grichuk also had RBIs for the Blue Jays. Amed Rosario had three hits for the Mets but was picked off first for the final out of the game after reaching base on a wild pitch after he struck out.

Ray (1-0) allowed one run, four hits and two walks. Rafael Dolis pitched around a walk and a wild pitch in the ninth to earn his fourth save. Mets right-hander Seth Lugo (2-3) allowed three runs, seven hits and one walk with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Twins 8, Indians 4

Byron Buxton, Willians Astudillo, Marwin Gonzalez, Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano each homered as the Minnesota Twins hit a season-high five home runs to beat visiting Cleveland in Minneapolis.

It was the ninth win in the last 11 games for the Twins, who remained a game behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the American League Central. Rich Hill (2-1) picked up the victory, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out seven over five innings.

Jose Ramirez homered and had two hits, Carlos Santana doubled and scored twice and Jordan Luplow had a triple and RBI for Cleveland, which lost its fifth straight game. Zach Plesac (3-2), who had won three consecutive starts, took the loss.

Phillies 12, Marlins 6

Didi Gregorius slugged a grand slam to lead visiting Philadelphia to a resounding win over Miami, despite two players leaving the game early.

Bryce Harper went 3-for-4 with a solo homer, double, three runs scored and two walks for the Phillies, who tied this rare seven-game series 2-2. Brian Anderson hit a three-run homer and Jesus Aguilar went 3-for-4 with a solo homer for the Marlins.

Phillies rookie starter Spencer Howard left the game in the fourth due to shoulder stiffness, and catcher J.T. Realmuto also was pulled in the eighth after experiencing reported hip discomfort while running the bases.

Angels 5, Rockies 2 (11 innings)

Jared Walsh hit a three-run homer in the 11th inning to lift Los Angeles Angels over Colorado to even their three-game series in Denver.

Walsh homered for the fourth consecutive game and fifth in his last seven, lifting a 1-1 slider from Tyler Kinley (0-2) over the fence in right. Albert Pujols and Justin Upton also had two hits apiece for the Angels, who have won seven of 10.

Ty Buttrey (2-3) pitched a scoreless 10th before Matt Andriese pitched the 11th for his first save. Rockies starter Kyle Freeland went six innings, allowing two runs and four hits. He struck out four and walked two. Tyler Kinley (0-2) gave up Walsh’s homer and took the loss.

Royals 7, Pirates 4

Adalberto Mondesi hit a two-run homer and Whit Merrifield added a solo shot as Kansas City beat visiting Pittsburgh, to give the Royals a season-best fifth straight win.

Salvador Perez added an RBI single for the Royals. Josh Bell, Bryan Reynolds and Adam Frazier hit solo homers for Pittsburgh, which has lost three straight.

Kansas City’s Carlos Hernandez, in his first career start, pitched three innings, allowing three runs and three hits, with two strikeouts and no walks. Kyle Zimmer (1-0) pitched a scoreless 2 1/3 innings. Greg Holland pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Cubs 4, Brewers 2

Jason Heyward hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, and Chicago rallied for a win over host Milwaukee.

Heyward’s blast to right-center field punctuated a wild comeback for the Cubs, who were two outs away from suffering their third shutout loss in the past four games. Ildemaro Vargas added a solo shot in the next at-bat to give Chicago a two-run advantage.

Milwaukee squandered a shot at its third straight victory, which would have matched its longest winning streak of the season. Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer to lead the Brewers at the plate.

Mariners 7, Diamondbacks 3

Ty France homered for the second night in a row to highlight a four-run first inning as Seattle knocked off host Arizona in Phoenix.

Jose Marmolejos also homered and drove in three runs while starter Justus Sheffield (3-3) held the Diamondbacks to two runs and five hits over seven innings as the Mariners snapped a three-game losing streak.

Arizona got a two-run single from Wyatt Mathisen and saw a two-game winning streak end. Zac Gallen (1-2) took the loss after giving up seven hits, seven runs and five walks, against six strikeouts, over five innings.

Giants at Padres (postponed)

Saturday’s game between San Francisco and San Diego at Petco Park was postponed for a second consecutive day because of a reported positive coronavirus test by a Giants player.

The stadium underwent intensive cleaning on Saturday, and both teams are awaiting word on whether or not MLB will play Sunday’s scheduled matchup.

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MLB roundup: Alonso’s homer lifts Mets past Yanks



Sep 3, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) is greeted by teammates to celebrate the victory after hitting a two run home run during the tenth inning against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. / Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

September 4, 2020

J.D. Davis hit the game-tying homer with one out in the ninth inning, and Pete Alonso hit a two-run homer leading off the 10th as the New York Mets rallied for a 9-7 victory over the visiting New York Yankees on Thursday in a makeup game at Citi Field.

With one out in the ninth, Davis hammered an 0-2, 99 mph fastball over the center field fence to forge a 7-7 tie. The blast came against Yankees left-hander Aroldis Chapman. The Mets finally won the four-hour marathon when Alonso hit an 0-1, 98 mph fastball off Albert Abreu (0-1) well over the left field fence.

The Mets won their second straight following a five-game skid while the Yankees dropped to 4-10 in their past 14 games.

Edwin Diaz (2-1) pitched two hitless innings on a day in which the Mets honored Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, whose death was announced Wednesday.

Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 1

Clayton Kershaw allowed one hit over six scoreless innings and passed Christy Mathewson on the all-time strikeouts list as host Los Angeles rolled past Arizona.

Kershaw (5-1) struck out eight to raise his career count to 2,505, good for 38th all-time. His sixth strikeout of the contest moved him past the legendary Mathewson, who fanned 2,502 batters from 1900-16. Only Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (31 years, 101 days) and Walter Johnson (31 years, 197 days) reached 2,500 strikeouts faster than Kershaw (32 years, 168 days).

The Dodgers have won five straight games and 18 of its past 21. The Diamondbacks have dropped five in a row and 13 of their last 14. AJ Pollock homered and Corey Seager had three of Los Angeles’ 11 hits.

Angels 2, Padres 0

Andrew Heaney threw seven scoreless innings and outdueled Mike Clevinger to lead Los Angeles past San Diego in Anaheim, Calif., in Clevinger’s Padres debut.

Heaney (3-3) struck out six, walked two and gave up just three hits — all singles — while making 117 pitches. Mike Mayers pitched a scoreless eighth inning and Felix Pena retired Fernando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer in order in the ninth to earn his first save since 2016.

Clevinger (1-2) was making his first start for his new team since coming to San Diego from Cleveland in a trade on Monday. He gave up two runs on seven hits and one walk in six innings. The Angels’ only runs scored on RBI singles from Andrelton Simmons in the third inning and Justin Upton in the fourth.

White Sox 11, Royals 6

Dylan Cease benefitted from a pair of five-run innings as Chicago won big at Kansas City. The White Sox had home runs from Edwin Encarnacion, Tim Anderson and Luis Robert.

Cease (5-2) earned the win, allowing three runs on four hits in five-plus innings. He battled all night, recording only one 1-2-3 inning. The White Sox pulled within a half-game of the idle Cleveland Indians in the American League Central.

Royals left-hander Danny Duffy (2-3) settled down after a five-run second inning and retired the last seven hitters he faced, but he gave up six runs on seven hits in six innings.

Pirates 6, Cubs 2

Bryan Reynolds hit a three-run homer and Cole Tucker a two-run single, both with two outs, as host Pittsburgh avoided a three game sweep by ending Chicago’s three-game winning streak.

Reynolds, who before the game returned after the birth of his first child and came off the paternity list, also doubled for Pittsburgh, which had lost five of six. Victor Caratini hit an RBI single for the Cubs.

Pittsburgh rookie J.T. Brubaker (1-0), making his fifth start, picked up his first major league win. In five innings, he allowed two runs, one of them earned, and seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Chicago starter Alec Mills (3-3) pitched five innings, yielding four runs on seven hits, with one walk and two strikeouts.

Astros 8, Rangers 4

Aledmys Diaz capped a four-run first inning with a three-run home run and Zack Greinke remained undefeated with six strong innings as host Houston topped Texas.

Martin Maldonado also homered for Houston, which won for the sixth time in its past eight games on the eve of an 11-game trip that begins Friday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Shin-Soo Choo homered for the Rangers, who lost for the 14th time in their past 17 games.

Phillies 6, Nationals 5 (10 innings)

Alec Bohm hit a sacrifice fly to center field in the bottom of the 10th inning to score J.T. Realmuto and lift host Philadelphia past Washington to complete a four-game sweep.

Bohm had three hits and Rhys Hoskins homered for the Phillies, who retired Dick Allen’s No. 15 before the game. Andrew Knapp and Didi Gregorius added two hits each for the Phillies, who posed their ninth win in 10 games. Realmuto scored three runs.

Phillies starter Zach Eflin gave up seven hits and four runs in six innings. He fanned five without issuing a walk. Blake Parker (3-0) earned the win after pitching around a bases-loaded jam in the top of the 10th.

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 2 (10 innings)

Teoscar Hernandez hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning, and visiting Toronto defeated Boston in the opener of a five-game series.

It was the 13th homer of the season by Hernandez, who is on a 15-game hitting streak. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. added his sixth homer with two outs in the 10th.

Toronto won its second in a row while Boston dropped its fourth consecutive game. Red Sox starter Martin Perez pitched six hitless innings before allowing three singles and a run in the seventh. He walked three and struck out five in 6 2/3 innings.

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MLB roundup: Mets cap DH sweep with walk-off HR



Aug 9, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario (1) and center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) react after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

August 29, 2020

Pinch hitter Amed Rosario hit a two-run homer with no outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, and the host New York Mets recorded a dramatic 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night to complete a doubleheader sweep at Yankee Stadium.

Jeff McNeil opened the ninth by drawing a walk on a full count off Aroldis Chapman (0-1), and pinch runner Billy Hamilton stole second. Rosario batted for Luis Guillorme and then lifted a 2-0 slider from Chapman about five rows into the empty left field seats.

It came on the heels of a come-from-behind, 6-4 victory for the Mets in Game 1, when the Yankees were the home team. Dominic Smith hit a go-ahead solo home run as the Mets homered three times in a span of five batters in the sixth inning.

Pete Alonso and Jake Marisnick also homered off Chad Green (2-2) as the Mets opened the five-game series by erasing a four-run deficit.

Phillies 7, Braves 4 (11 innings)

Scott Kingery hit a three-run, walk-off home run with two outs in the 11th inning to lift host Philadelphia past Atlanta. The blast made a loser of Mark Melancon (2-1), who gave up the homer on an 0-2 cutter after Kingery didn’t swing at the first two pitches, also cutters.

Andrew McCutchen homered, singled and drove in two runs while Jean Segura added a two-run home run for the Phillies, who have won four in a row.

Phillies starter Zack Wheeler tossed 5 2/3 solid innings and allowed six hits and two runs, one earned. Wheeler recorded three strikeouts and one walk. Blake Parker (2-0) earned the win in relief by pitching out of a jam in the 11th.

Reds 6, Cubs 5

Eugenio Suarez had three hits with three RBIs and Tyler Mahle struck out 11 over 6 2/3 innings, but host Cincinnati had to hold on for a third straight win, defeating struggling Chicago.

Jesse Winker and Freddy Galvis joined Suarez with homers, and they had two hits apiece for the Reds, who overcame an early 2-0 hole to take the opener of a four-game set. Suarez, who has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, was a triple shy of the cycle.

Mahle (1-1), making a spot start, allowed first-inning solo homers to Anthony Rizzo and Ohio native Kyle Schwarber, but that was it. However, the Chicago bats woke up in the ninth off Robert Stephenson. Willson Contreras hit a two-run homer and Jason Heyward followed with a solo shot to make it a one-run game.

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 4 (10 innings)

Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, and Toronto beat visiting Baltimore at Buffalo.

Grichuk’s ninth homer of the season came against Cole Sulser (1-3) and also scored Reese McGuire, who had been placed at second base. The Orioles led 4-3 when Hanser Alberto blooped an RBI single to center in the top of the 10th against Rafael Dolis (1-1), his fourth hit of the game. It scored Rio Ruiz, who had been placed at second, and was sacrificed to third by Cedric Mullins.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez hit solo homers for Toronto in the opener of a four-game series. Renato Nunez had a solo shot for Baltimore to tie the game in the eighth.

Rays 2, Marlins 0

Yandy Diaz broke up a scoreless game with an RBI single in the eighth inning, lifting Tampa Bay to a win at Miami.

The Rays have won 16 of their past 19 games. Miami has lost two straight games following three consecutive victories.

Pete Fairbanks (4-1) earned the win, throwing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Diego Castillo pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the season. Miami rookie Sixto Sanchez, making just his second major league start and appearance, pitched seven scoreless innings, striking out 10 while walking one.

Rangers 6, Dodgers 2

Shin-Soo Choo had two hits, two RBIs and two runs, and Nick Solak had two hits and two RBIs to lead Texas to a win over Los Angeles in Arlington, Texas.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Texas, which has won just twice in its past 12 games. Los Angeles, which owns the best record in the major leagues at 24-10, lost for the second time in its previous four games. The Dodgers are 13-3 in their past 16 outings.

Texas touched up Dodgers starter Dustin May for two runs in the third inning on a Choo double that scored Leody Taveras and on Solak’s single that plated Choo. Mike Minor started for the Rangers and hurled six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks while striking out six.

Nationals 10, Red Sox 2

Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick belted back-to-back homers to highlight a five-run third inning, and Max Scherzer struck out 11 batters as Washington breezed to a win at Boston.

Josh Harrison added a two-run shot and Trea Turner collected three hits and three RBIs for the Nationals, who erupted for 16 hits en route to snapping a three-game losing streak. The offense was more than enough for Scherzer (3-1), who allowed one run on six hits in six innings without walking a batter.

Rafael Devers’ 100th career double plated Alex Verdugo in the third inning, and Kevin Pillar added an RBI single in the ninth for the Red Sox, who fell to 4-11 at home after losing for the fourth time in five outings overall. The contest served as the opener of a season-high, 10-game homestand for Boston.

White Sox 6, Royals 5

Yasmani Grandal smacked a walk-off home run against Ian Kennedy (0-2) leading off the bottom of the ninth and Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert also homered as host Chicago defeated Kansas City. The White Sox earned their third straight victory and 10th win in 11 games.

Chicago recovered quickly after closer Alex Colome experienced his first blown save in seven chances, as Kansas City capitalized on a defensive breakdown by the White Sox to tie the game in the top of the ninth.

Colome (1-0) was the winner, allowing one unearned run on one hit with one walk and one strikeout in 1 1/3 innings.

Padres 10, Rockies 4

Wil Myers and Eric Hosmer had four hits apiece, Ty France drove in four runs with three hits and Manny Machado had three hits while extending his hitting streak to 10 games as visiting San Diego overcame an early 4-0 deficit to defeat Colorado in Denver.

France lined a two-out, three-run double down the left field line to cap a four-run sixth inning after the Padres, who had a season-high 19 hits. San Diego scored one run in the fourth, three in the fifth to tie the game and two in the eighth after Colorado scored four unearned runs in the first against Padres starter Zach Davies (5-2).

Matt Kemp capped the Rockies’ four-run opening inning with a three-run homer — his third home run of the season, with all coming against the Padres.

Angels 3, Mariners 2

Andrew Heaney threw 7 2/3 strong innings, Mike Trout homered, and Justin Upton had three hits to lead Los Angeles to a victory over Seattle in Anaheim, Calif.

Heaney’s performance was his best of the season, the first time he pitched into the eighth inning since Aug. 20, 2019. He gave up one run on four hits, walked two and struck out a season-best 10.

The only run the Mariners scored against Heaney (2-2) came on Sam Haggerty’s RBI single in the sixth inning that snapped a scoreless tie. Ty Buttrey relieved Heaney with two outs in the eighth and got the final four outs for his fourth save.

Brewers 9, Pirates 1

Jedd Gyorko slugged two of Milwaukee’s four home runs and the Brewers pasted visiting Pittsburgh as Ryan Braun and Jacob Nottingham also homered.

Mark Mathias added a two-run double for Milwaukee, which had lost six of its previous eight games. The Brewers produced seven runs on extra-base hits that came with two outs and two-strike counts, and all nine runs came on extra-base hits.

JT Riddle homered for Pittsburgh, which had won five of seven. Josh Bell had two of the Pirates’ four hits. Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes (1-0) struck out 10 in six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and walking one. Pittsburgh starter Derek Holland (1-2) pitched five innings, giving up eight runs and six hits with eight strikeouts and four walks.

Indians 14, Cardinals 2

Franmil Reyes drove in five runs to power visiting Cleveland to victory over St. Louis, hitting a three-run homer, a two-run single and a double.

Indians starter Triston McKenzie allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in four innings. He needed 84 pitches to get 12 outs. Cam Hill (1-0) relieved McKenzie for one inning and earned the victory. Adam Plutko pitched the last four innings to earn his first save.

Cardinals starting pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-3) endured an awful outing. Only 17 of the 41 pitches he threw were strikes, and he retired just two batters and allowed four runs on two hits and issued four walks. That forced the pitching-strapped Cardinals to go to their bullpen in the first inning.

Diamondbacks 7, Giants 4

Arizona finally got its most consistent starter this season, Zac Gallen, his first win after six no-decisions and put an end to an eight-game losing streak with a win over San Francisco in Phoenix.

Gallen (1-0) held the Giants to a run on five hits through seven innings, striking out five with a walk. He set a major league record by allowing three or fewer earned runs in each of his first 22 career starts, breaking the previous mark of 21 he shared briefly with former Boston Red Sox pitcher Aaron Sele.

Starling Marte had two hits and drove in two runs, and hot-hitting Christian Walker drove in two. Ketel Marte added two hits and scored twice. San Francisco lost its third straight game, a day after being swept in a doubleheader at home by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Brandon Crawford hit a two-run home run and Wilmer Flores doubled in a run, but the Giants’ ninth-inning rally came up short.

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NBA, MLB and MLS postpone games after Milwaukee Bucks’ walkout over Jacob Blake shooting


Balls and towels were removed from the Bucks’ bench area

The NBA postponed Wednesday’s three play-off games after the Milwaukee Bucks called off their fixture in protest at the shooting of Jacob Blake.

In baseball, at least two MLB games were called off after teams decided not to play, and five MLS matches have been postponed.

Tennis player Naomi Osaka has pulled out of a WTA match on Thursday.

She tweeted that she would no longer play her semi-finalexternal-link in the Western & Southern Open in New York, saying that “as a black woman… I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis”.

Seattle Mariners announced they had decided not to play the second game in their MLB series against the San Diego Padres.

The decision was based on a unanimous vote from the players, Mariners’ player Dee Gordon tweeted.

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The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds also postponed their MLB game scheduled for Wednesday.

“The players from the Brewers and Reds have decided not to play tonight’s baseball game,” said a statement issued by the Brewers.

“With our community and our nation in such pain, we wanted to draw as much attention to the issues that really matter, especially racial injustice and systemic oppression.”

Major League Soccer said that the following matches had been postponed: FC Dallas v Colorado Rapids, San Jose v Portland, LAFC v Real Salt Lake, LA Galaxy v Seattle Sounders and Inter Miami v Atlanta United.

The Milwaukee Bucks’ senior vice president, Alex Lasry, tweeted:external-link “Some things are bigger than basketball. The stand taken today by the players and organisation shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough.”

He added: “Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change.”

The Bucks were due to play the Orlando Magic. After the postponement, a statement on behalf of the Bucks’ owners read: “We fully support our players and the decision they made. Although we did not know beforehand, we would have wholeheartedly agreed with them.

“The only way to bring about change is to shine a light on the racial injustices that are happening in front of us. Our players have done that and we will continue alongside them and demand accountability and change.”

Former US President Barack Obama, a dedicated basketball fan, tweeted his support of the walkout.

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The Houston Rockets’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers’ match-up with the Portland Trail Blazers were also postponed, and will be rescheduled.

The Lakers’ LeBron James tweeted: “We demand change. Sick of it.” Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves added: “Shoot hoops, not people”, while Denver Nuggets player Jamal Murray said: “We demand justice!”

Prior to the scheduled game, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said: “Myself, my players and our organisation are very disturbed by what happened in Kenosha.

“It is a great challenge to have an appreciation and a desire to want change, to want something different and better in Kenosha, Milwaukee and Wisconsin, and then to go out and play a game.”

NBA players are scheduled for a meeting in Florida later on Wednesday to determine their next steps, with NBA TV saying that some players are contemplating leaving the NBA bubble near Orlando.

Earlier in the day, NFL’s Detroit Lions cancelled their practice session. Players then gathered in front of the team facility, holding signs which read: “We Won’t be Silent” and “The World Can’t Go On.”

After the NBA walkout, the NHL are expected to hold a ‘moment of reflection’ before the games between the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning in Toronto, and the Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche in Edmonton.





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MLB roundup: Angels’ Pujols now second in all-time RBIs



FILE PHOTO: Aug 17, 2020; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) hits a two-RBI double against San Francisco Giants catcher Chadwick Tromp (14) during the fifth inning at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Angels Baseball/Pool Photo via USA TODAY Network

August 25, 2020

Framber Valdez struck out 11, Kyle Tucker hit a home run and Carlos Correa hit a three-run double as the Houston Astros returned home to end a three-game losing streak with an 11-4 victory Monday against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels’ Albert Pujols made history when he moved into sole possession of second place on the all-time RBIs list with 2,087. He broke a tie with Alex Rodriguez on the RBI list and settled in behind all-time leader Hank Aaron (2,297).

After getting swept in a three-game series on the West Coast against the upstart San Diego Padres, the Astros opened a four-game series and a 10-game homestand on a positive note.

Justin Upton hit a home run for the Angels, who rallied to within a run in the fifth, but still ended up losing for the 10th time in their last 12 games.

Valdez (3-2) gave up four runs on six hits over seven innings, while throwing 113 pitches. Angels starter Patrick Sandoval (0-4) gave up his five runs on seven hits and two walks over 2 2/3 innings with one strikeout.

Blue Jays 6, Rays 4

Randal Grichuk slugged a three-run homer in the seventh inning as Toronto rallied to salvage a series split with Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

With his club trailing 3-2, Grichuk, who also doubled, pulled a drive over the short fence in left field to give Toronto its first lead in the final game of the four-game series — the only contest not decided by one run.

Toronto starter Tanner Roark tossed a season-high 96 pitches but allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. Rays starter Blake Snell (5 2/3 innings, two runs) was in line for his third straight win, but Aaron Loup (3-2) lost for the second time in the series.

Twins 3, Indians 2

Miguel Sano belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning to lift visiting Minnesota to a victory over Cleveland.

Nelson Cruz launched his seventh homer in 10 games for the Twins, who have gone deep eight times en route to winning four of the five meetings with the Indians this season.

Kenta Maeda (4-0) allowed one run on five hits and a walk while striking out seven in five innings for his second strong performance against Cleveland this season. Cesar Hernandez led off the first inning with a homer in the second consecutive contest for the Indians, who have dropped three of four on the heels of a season-high six-game winning streak.

Rangers 3, Athletics 2

Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a go-ahead home run in the second inning, and ace right-hander Lance Lynn and two relievers made the lead stand up as host Texas held off Oakland in Arlington, Texas, in the first of a four-game series between the two American League West teams.

The Rangers snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak by beating Oakland for the first time in four games this season.

The Athletics, whose 20 wins led the American League until the Twins matched that mark on Monday, have lost two of their past three games. Oakland is now 6-4 in games decided by one run.

Brewers 4, Reds 2

Justin Smoak homered and drove in three runs, and Milwaukee ended a season-high four-game skid with a home win over struggling Cincinnati.

The Brewers handed Cincinnati’s Trevor Bauer, who entered with a 0.68 ERA, his first loss of the year. It was the Reds’ third loss in a row as Bauer (3-1) yielded four runs, seven hits and walked two while striking out eight in 6 1/3 innings.

Omar Narvaez homered and Brett Anderson (2-2) allowed only a pair of solo home runs over six-plus innings as the Brewers earned a needed victory following a 4-6 road trip. Josh Hader pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save, and he has yet to allow a run or a hit in eight appearances (8 1/3 innings) this season.

Cubs 9, Tigers 3

Javier Baez hit a pair of homers and drove in three runs, David Bote homered and finished with four RBIs, and Chicago downed host Detroit.

Baez and Bote each had three hits, and Jason Heyward added two doubles and scored a run. Alec Mills (3-2) lasted seven innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts.

Christin Stewart hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who have lost 11 of their last 13 games. Making his second major league start and first at home, Detroit right-hander Casey Mize (0-1) gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and struck out two in 3 1/3 innings.

Cardinals 9, Royals 3

Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong drove in three runs each to power St. Louis past visiting Kansas City.

Goldschmidt hit a run-scoring infield single and a two-run homer as the Cardinals won for the fourth time in five games. DeJong hit a sacrifice fly and a two-run double in his second game back from a bout with COVID-19.

Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty (2-0) allowed just one hit in five scoreless innings to earn the victory. He did not walk a batter and struck out three. Royals starter Brad Keller (3-1) yielded five runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts in his four-plus innings.

Marlins 11, Nationals 8

Jesus Aguilar produced three RBIs — two on a double in Miami’s six-run fourth inning — and the Marlins defeated host Washington.

Miami, which took three out of five games in the series, netted five singles, one double, one walk and one hit-by-pitch in the big inning. Marlins starter Pablo Lopez (3-1) earned the win, allowing six hits, two walks and three runs, none earned. He also struck out three.

Nationals starter Austin Voth (0-3) gave up six hits, three walks and six runs in 3 2/3 innings. He fanned three. Washington’s offense was led by Adam Eaton, who drove in four runs, and Juan Soto, who went 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.

Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 2

Trevor Story homered, Ryan Castellani returned to his hometown and earned his first major league win, and Colorado ended a seven-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Arizona in Phoenix.

The Rockies won without star outfielder Charlie Blackmon, who was scratched from the lineup before the game due to quadriceps tightness. The Diamondbacks lost their sixth consecutive game.

Story raised his total to 20 career home runs in his 70 games against the Diamondbacks. Castellani (1-1) played youth and high school baseball in Phoenix before being drafted in the second round in 2014 by the Rockies. He pitched six innings Monday, allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

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MLB roundup: Dodgers walk off on Bellinger’s HR



Aug 22, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Cody Bellinger (35) celebrates hitting a walk off home run to beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

August 23, 2020

Cody Bellinger hit a home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied to defeat the visiting Colorado Rockies 4-3 on Saturday night.

Chris Taylor also hit a home run, and Kenley Jansen (1-0) got the final out of the top of the ninth for the win as the Dodgers earned their 10th victory in their last 11 games.

Sam Hilliard hit a home run, and Trevor Story had two hits for Colorado, which has lost six straight and 11 of 13. The Rockies have lost 15 of their last 16 games at Dodgers Stadium.

Bellinger won it when he hit a 1-0 slider from Daniel Bard (1-2) to right for his seventh home run of the season. After a slow start, the reigning National League MVP has three homers in his last four games.

Padres 13, Astros 2

Trent Grisham had three homers and six RBIs, and Jake Cronenworth hit San Diego’s fifth grand slam in a span of six games in a rout of visiting Houston.

Manny Machado and Wil Myers added solo homers as the Padres totaled six homers in a game for the second time this season while extending their winning streak to six games. The Padres are the first team in major league history with five grand slams in a six-game span.

Taylor Jones hit his first major league homer for the Astros’ second run in the fifth.

White Sox 7, Cubs 4

Jose Abreu went 4-for-4 with three home runs and four RBIs, and Gio Gonzalez pitched 3 2/3 innings of one-hit relief as the visiting White Sox defeated the Cubs for their season-high seventh straight victory.

Luis Robert blasted a two-run home run, and Yasmani Grandal added a solo shot for the White Sox, who have homered 29 times in the past eight games. Abreu, who hit two of Chicago’s six home runs in Friday’s 10-1 victory, recorded his first career three-homer game and is the first White Sox player with consecutive multi-homer games since Matt Davidson in April 2018.

Abreu’s finale in the ninth inning Saturday followed a blast from Grandal.

Angels 4, Athletics 3

Mike Trout drove in three runs over the first two innings, and Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak with a win at Oakland.

The A’s saw their nine-game home winning streak come to an end. Oakland lost for just the third time in its past 10 games and fell in its own park for the first time since July 29 against the Colorado Rockies.

Trout had an RBI grounder in the first inning and a two-run double in the second to give him 25 RBIs on the season as his team approaches the midway point of its 60-game regular-season schedule. A total of 14 of those RBIs have come against the A’s.

Rays 2, Blue Jays 1

Pinch hitter Kevin Kiermaier lined a walk-off single in the 10th inning as Tampa Bay snapped Toronto’s six-game win streak with a win in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Locked in a 1-1 game and with Manuel Margot placed on second base to start the bottom of the 10th, Yoshi Tsutsugo advanced Margot to third with a groundout. Reliever Anthony Bass (1-1) intentionally walked Ji-Man Choi. On the next pitch, Kiermaier stroked a clean single in front of left fielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. for the win.

Reliever Anthony Banda (1-0) induced a double play to end the top of the frame with the go-ahead runner on third. Rays opener Aaron Slegers fired four hitless innings, with five strikeouts, and would have faced the minimum 12 batters if not for a leadoff fielding error by second baseman Brandon Lowe in the top of the third.

Orioles 5, Red Sox 4

Pedro Severino delivered a bases-loaded single against a five-man infield to complete a two-run 10th inning as Baltimore rallied to beat visiting Boston.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Orioles, who fell behind in the top of the 10th when Mitch Moreland drew a bases-loaded walk off Cole Sulser. Baltimore tied it in the bottom half when Rio Ruiz scored on a wild pitch, before Severino delivered his hit toward center. The Red Sox had just two outfielders in at the time.

Matt Barnes (1-2) took the loss, while Miguel Castro (1-0) escaped Sulser’s jam in the 10th to earn the victory.

Mariners 10, Rangers 1

Rookie Evan White homered and drove in six runs, and Justus Sheffield pitched six strong innings as Seattle handed visiting Texas its seventh straight loss.

White, who entered the game batting just .133, returned to the lineup after being sidelined since fouling a ball off his left kneecap Wednesday. He hit a two-run double in a three-run first inning, a three-run homer in the third off Rangers right-hander Jordan Lyles (1-3) and a run-scoring groundout in the eighth for the final run.

Sheffield (2-2) posted his third consecutive strong outing, having allowed just two earned runs over his past 18 innings. The left-hander walked one and struck out five.

Braves 6, Phillies 5

Adam Duvall delivered a bases-loaded single with two outs in the ninth inning to score Dansby Swanson and give Atlanta a victory over visiting Philadelphia.

It was the 83rd last at-bat win for the Braves since Brian Snitker took over as manager on May 17, 2016.

The Braves loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth against reliever Brandon Workman (0-1), who gave up four hits and one walk in 1 1/3 innings in his debut with Philadelphia. Duvall’s sharp single to center field handed the Phillies their fifth straight loss.

Cardinals 3, Reds 0

Kwang Hyun Kim allowed just three hits in six innings as St. Louis blanked visiting Cincinnati.

Kim (1-0), a 32-year-old left-hander from South Korea who signed with the Cardinals in December, earned his first major league victory. Relievers John Gant, Andrew Miller and Giovanny Gallegos completed the four-hit shutout, with Gallegos getting the final four outs for his first save of the season.

Harrison Bader paced the Cardinals’ offense with a double, a solo homer and two runs scored. Tommy Edman drove in the other two runs with a single. Reds starting pitcher Wade Miley (0-3) took the loss. He allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings.

Indians 6, Tigers 1

Triston McKenzie struck out 10 batters over six innings in his major league debut, and Domingo Santana ripped a three-run double to lift host Cleveland to a victory over Detroit.

McKenzie’s 10 strikeouts in a debut performance were one shy of the franchise record set by Luis Tiant, who accomplished the feat against the New York Yankees on July 19, 1964. The 23-year-old McKenzie (1-0) allowed just one run on two hits and struck out the side in the fifth inning to highlight his 80-pitch performance.

Cesar Hernandez had an RBI single to cap his three-hit effort and Roberto Perez and Carlos Santana also drove in a run apiece for the Indians, who have won 21 of the last 22 encounters with Detroit. Willi Castro belted a solo homer in the fourth inning off McKenzie for the Tigers, who have lost 10 of their last 11 games.

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 1

Tyler Anderson threw his first career complete game, leading San Francisco to a 5-1 victory over visiting Arizona.

Anderson (1-1) did not allow an earned run in shutting down the D-backs on three hits. The Giants won their fifth straight game, while the Diamondbacks dropped their fourth straight.

Mike Yastrzemski drew a bases-loaded walk to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning, and the Giants struck for four runs in the frame to break open a close game.

Twins 7, Royals 2

Eddie Rosario belted a three-run, first-inning homer and Miguel Sano also homered and had three RBIs, as Minnesota ended a lengthy skid at Kansas City.

Mired in a five-game losing streak at Kansas City dating back to last season, the Twins pounded out 10 hits to even the weekend series. They also got five solid innings of two-run ball from Randy Dobnak, who improved to 5-1 with a 1.78 ERA.

Minnesota is 8-4 since dropping four in a row from Aug. 6-9, with three of those defeats to the Royals.

Pirates 12, Brewers 5

Gregory Polanco and Jacob Stallings each hit a two-run homer, and Adam Frazier added a solo shot as Pittsburgh won consecutive home games for the first time this season by dispatching Milwaukee.

Frazier, Colin Moran and Bryan Reynolds each added an RBI double — one of three doubles for Moran — and Erik Gonzalez drove in two with a single for the Pirates. Starter Derek Holland (1-1) pitched five innings, allowing one run and four hits, with three walks and five strikeouts.

Keston Hiura hit a three-run homer and Jedd Gyorko a solo shot for the Brewers. Josh Lindblom (1-1) took the loss after giving three runs and six hits in four innings, with one walk and four strikeouts.

Nationals 5, Marlins 4 (Game 1)

Trea Turner scored twice and finished with a perfect on-base percentage, powering Washington to a win over visiting Miami in the first game of a doubleheader.

Turner went 1-for-1 with two walks, and the Nationals got seven key outs in relief in the seven-inning game.

Washington’s Max Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, was cruising with four scoreless innings and a 5-0 lead but had to settle for a no-decision when he failed to get out of the fifth. He allowed five hits, one hit-by-pitch, one bases-loaded walk and four runs in that frame.

Marlins 5, Nationals 3 (Game 2)

Flashing a fastball that reached 100 mph, highly touted youngster Sixto Sanchez earned the win in his major league debut as Miami won at Washington.

Both seven-innings games were played in Washington, D.C., although the Marlins were the designated home team in the second game, which was a makeup game from a previous postponement at Miami.

Sanchez, widely considered the Marlins’ top prospect, gave up three runs on six hits over five innings with no walks and four strikeouts. He allowed two home runs, both on fastballs. Corey Dickerson homered for Miami.

–Field Level Media





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