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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Francisco Lindor homered in his native Puerto Rico, Corey Kluber allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 6-1 on Tuesday night in the first regular-season game on the island commonwealth since 2010.
Michael Brantley and Jose Ramirez each had three hits for Cleveland before a sold-out crowd of 19,516 at Hiram Bithorn Stadium. Brantley and Ramirez hit consecutive homers in the sixth, and Yonder Alonso added a solo homer in the eighth.
Kluber (2-1) allowed five hits and struck out six, lowering his ERA to 1.52. Minnesota’s Jake Odorizzi (1-1) gave up four runs and six hits in five-plus innings.
PHOENIX – Patrick Corbin lost his no-hit bid on a checked-swing infield single with two outs in the eighth inning but finished a one-hitter to lift Arizona.
Corbin (3-0) walked one but otherwise was cruising toward what would have been the franchise’s third no-hitter. Brandon Belt ended it with a softly hit ball to the left side of Arizona’s shifted infield, beating shortstop Nick Ahmed’s throw by a step to send a groan across Chase Field.
Corbin struck out eight and threw 100 pitches in his first career complete-game shutout. The Diamondbacks have tied the best start in franchise history (with 2000, 2008) at 12-4.
David Peralta lined a run-scoring single off Tony Watson (1-1) in the bottom of the eighth, the deciding blow in a duel between Corbin and San Francisco’s Johnny Cueto.
TORONTO – Luke Maile singled down the right-field line off Brian Flynn (0-1) with the bases loaded in the 10th inning to complete a doubleheader sweep. Toronto has swept all three doubleheaders at its retractable-roof stadium, which opened in 1989. Kansas City has a seven-game losing streak.
Tyler Clippard (2-0) worked a scoreless 10th for his 50th career victory.
In the first game, Yangervis Solarte homered off Erik Skoglund (0-2) in the first inning and drove in four runs, and Randal Grichuk went deep for the second time this season. Jaime Garcia (2-0) gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings.
NEW YORK – J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer off Masahiro Tanaka (2-2) in the fifth inning and drove in four runs in his season debut after coming off the disabled list.
Jarlin Garcia (1-0) gave up one hit in five shutout innings, overcoming five early walks to win for the first time as a starter. Garcia held the New York Mets hitless for six innings last week at home in his first major league start.
Giancarlo Stanton struck out two more times and grounded into a double play, finishing 0 for 4 and drawing boos from Yankees fans again. He is 3 for 35 (.086) with 20 strikeouts at home this season.
DETROIT – Victor Martinez homered for the first time since Aug. 18, a two-run drive in the second off Andrew Cashner (1-2), and Detroit stopped a five-game losing streak. Jeimer Candelario hit a tiebreaking triple in the fifth for Detroit.
Francisco Liriano (2-1) allowed two runs and five hits in five innings. Shane Greene pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 2 with two walks before leaving with back tightness.
Trey Mancini hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who lost their fourth straight.
CHICAGO (AP) – Adam Wainwright (1-2) outpitched Tyler Chatwood in frigid conditions at Wrigley Field, where the gametime temperature was 35 degrees and a 10 mph wind made it feel like 29.
Wainwright allowed an unearned run and four hits as St. Louis won its fifth straight, and he improved to 11-2 in 24 games at Wrigley. Matt Carpenter had two hits and three RBIs.
Chatwood (0-3) issued seven walks in 4 2/3 innings, one off his career high, and yielded two runs and one hit.
PITTSBURGH – Chad Bettis (3-0) allowed five hits in 7 1/3 innings and combined with three relievers on a five-hitter on a snowy night with a first-pitch temperature of 34 degrees. The announced attendance was 8,869, but there appeared to be fewer than 2,000 fans at PNC Park.
Wade Davis pitched a perfect ninth for his NL-leading eighth save and the Rockies improved to 5-1 on a seven-game trip that started in Washington.
Trevor Williams (3-1) gave up two runs and four hits in six innings, pitching in short sleeves. Carlos Gonzalez hit into a run-scoring forceout in the first and rookie Ryan McMahon had an RBI single in the fourth.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Matt Moore (1-3) allowed an unearned run and five hits over seven innings and struck out six in his first start against his former team.
Moore (1-3) went 39-28 with Tampa Bay before being dealt to San Francisco in 2016 and was acquired by Texas in December. Daniel Robertson scored on shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s throwing error in the third.
Adrian Beltre, Ronald Guzman and Shin-Soo Choo had two RBIs each for the Rangers. Kiner-Falefa had four hits, including a double.
Yonny Chirinos (0-1) gave up six runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
NEW YORK – Gio Gonzalez (2-1) allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings and improved to 11-1 at Citi Field,.
A day after Washington topped the Mets with an eighth-inning rally that overcame a five-run deficit, Bryce Harper put the Nationals ahead early with a sacrifice fly. The Mets, whose 12-3 start had matched the best in team history, lost back-to-back games for the first time under new manager Mickey Callaway.
Trea Turner doubled twice, singled and walked, scoring two runs and stealing his major league-leading eighth base. Sean Doolittle closed for his third save.
Zack Wheeler (1-1) gave up three runs in six innings.
MILWAUKEE – Eric Thames hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Sal Romano (0-2).
Dan Jennings (2-0) got one out in the relief of starter Junior Guerra. Josh Hader pitched two innings for his second save, completing a four-pitcher three-hitter.
ATLANTA – Rhys Hoskins hit a tiebreaking, two-out, two-run double off Jose Ramirez (0-2) in the 10th and Maikel Franco added another two-run double.
Hector Neris (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth before 17,913, the second-smallest crowd at 2-year-old SunTrust Park, ahead of only Monday’s 17,812.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Jed Lowrie marked his 34th birthday with a go-ahead home run in a five-run first inning, Trevor Cahill pitched seven scoreless innings in his season debut and Oakland beat the Chicago on the 50th anniversary of the A’s first game at the Coliseum.
Stephen Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs apiece, and Mark Canha added three hits and two RBIs. Oakland extended its winning streak to three with its first series win this season.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Mookie Betts led off with the first of his three homers, and Boston chased Shohei Ohtani just two innings into his third big-league start to beat Los Angeles.
Ohtani (2-1) yielded four hits and three runs on 66 pitches before exiting with a blister on his pitching hand. The two-way Japanese sensation couldn’t throw his breaking pitches for strikes, and the Red Sox’s formidable lineup pounced.
Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt and Betts each homered in the third inning after Ohtani departed, and Rafael Devers homered in the fourth. Betts hit his third solo shot in the seventh inning, matching his career best while Boston’s formidable lineup pounded out 15 hits in its fifth consecutive victory.
SEATTLE – Lance McCullers Jr. matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over seven innings of one-hit ball, Brian McCann hit a tiebreaking two-run home run and Houston beat Seattle.
McCullers was outstanding in a bounce-back effort after allowing a career-high eight earned runs in his last start against Minnesota. His only mistake was a 0-2 curveball that Robinson Cano hit for a solo homer in the first inning. Otherwise, the Mariners were left guessing at McCullers’ mix of breaking pitches and a good fastball. McCullers also had 11 strikeouts in a 2015 game against Baltimore.
McCann’s home run in the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie and was his first of the season. Reliever Dan Altavilla (1-2) struggled to get into a rhythm taking over in the sixth, walking Evan Gattis to start the inning then leaving a 97 mph fastball in the middle of the plate for McCann.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit a bases-loaded triple in Los Angeles’ five-run seventh inning, helping the Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Thursday night in Kansas City, Missouri for their fifth straight victory.
Ian Kinsler homered on his first swing in his return to the Angels’ lineup, and Nick Tropeano (1-0) pitched shutout ball into the seventh for his first major league win since 2016.
Los Angeles has won eight of nine.
Ohtani drove a 1-2 pitch from Brandon Maurer to right-center, scoring Kole Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena. The Royals walked Ohtani intentionally in the sixth with first base open and Simmons on second.
Ohtani is tied with Mike Trout for the Angels’ lead with 11 RBIs in 26 at-bats. Trout went 3 for 4 with his fifth home run.
Kinsler led off the game with a home run for the 47th time in his career, driving a 1-0 pitch from Ian Kennedy (1-1) out to left. Kinsler missed the previous 11 games with an adductor strain.
Red Sox 6, Yankees 3: Rick Porcello pitched seven scoreless innings and Mookie Betts drove in two runs, leading Boston to the victory in Boston.
Porcello (3-0) stayed in after a 45-minute rain delay and was working on a no-hitter before Aaron Judge’s leadoff double in the seventh. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner struck out six and walked none in his third straight win to begin the year.
Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland each had two hits and drove in a run. Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his fourth save.
Yankees starter Sonny Gray (1-1) was pulled after a leadoff single by Moreland in the fourth. It was the seventh hit allowed by Gray, who also threw three wild pitches and hit a batter. He was charged with six runs and seven hits.
Cardinals 13, Reds 4: Jose Martinez drove in six runs and Yadier Molina homered in his return from a one-game suspension, powering St. Louis to a victory in Cincinnati that left the Reds mired in their worst start since 1955.
The Cardinals homered a season-high four times while piling up a season high in runs. The Reds helped by walking 11 batters, three of them with the bases loaded.
The Reds fell to 2-10, the worst record in the majors and their worst start since an identical mark in 1955.
Infielder Cliff Pennington pitched the ninth for Cincinnati and gave up a pair of walks and Martinez’s second RBI single of the game.
Paul DeJong’s solo shot deep into the upper deck in center off Austin Brice (0-2) snapped a 4-4 tie in the sixth. Martinez and Molina hit back-to-back drives in the seventh, when St. Louis put it away with seven runs.
Michael Wacha (2-1) went five innings and extended his streak of beating Cincinnati.
Twins 4, White Sox 0: Joe Mauer reached 2,000 career hits, Jose Berrios struck out 11 in seven innings and Minnesota earned its third straight win in Minneapolis.
Mauer had two hits and three RBIs.
Berrios (2-1) tied a career high with 11 strikeouts and allowed just three hits for the second time in three starts this season. The right-hander is 4-1 with a 1.67 ERA in five starts against Chicago.
Lucas Giolito (0-2) pitched 6 1/3 innings for the White Sox, giving up four runs, three earned, and five hits with five walks. He struck out three.
Pirates 6, Cubs 1: Gregory Polanco homered twice to help back a third straight solid start by Trevor Williams, and Pittsburgh pulled away from Chicago.
Francisco Cervelli lined a three-run shot in the seventh off Justin Wilson as Pittsburgh scored four times in the inning to break open a tight game. Adam Frazier also went deep for Pittsburgh, which improved to 9-3.
Kyle Schwarber homered, doubled and singled for three of the Cubs’ seven hits. Chicago’s Ian Happ had his first two-hit game this season.
Williams (3-0) was a bit better than Kyle Hendricks (0-1) in what began as a pitchers’ duel following Chicago’s 13-5 rout of Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.
Williams yielded one run and four hits through six innings. Hendricks allowed two runs and five hits in six innings.
Rockies 5, Nationals 1: DJ LeMahieu hit two home runs and drove in a career-high four runs, powering Colorado to the victory in Washington.
Chad Bettis (2-0) allowed one run and three hits over seven innings as Colorado took the opener of a four-game series.
LeMahieu’s four-hit game matched a career high. He provided most of the offense, starting with the game’s first at-bat.
The second baseman sent Washington starter Gio Gonzalez’s third pitch into the Colorado bullpen in left.
LeMahieu added an RBI double in the second off Gonzalez (1-1). In the sixth, he smacked a two-run homer to center off Matt Grace to make it 5-1.
Indians 9, Tigers 3: Francisco Lindor hit a leadoff homer and drove in three runs, helping Cleveland to its 11th consecutive victory against the Tigers in Cleveland.
The Indians completed a four-game series sweep and improved to 31-10 against their AL Central rival since 2016. Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer, and Trevor Bauer (1-1) struck out seven while pitching seven innings of two-run ball.
Lindor, who entered the night batting .184 with one RBI, hit his fourth career leadoff homer off Michael Fulmer (1-2). He added a two-run double in the second and also scored three of Cleveland’s season-high nine runs.
Jason Kipnis and Bradley Zimmer each had three hits for the Indians. Kipnis added two RBIs and Zimmer robbed Dixon Machado of an extra-base hit with a diving catch in the seventh.
Giants 7, Padres 0: Chris Stratton and Derek Law combined on a one-hitter, and Hunter Pence’s broken-bat, two-run bloop single highlighted a three-run first inning for San Francisco in San Diego.
Stratton (1-1) kept the Padres mostly off the bases through seven innings. He allowed their only hit, a one-out single in the third by pitcher Clayton Richard, who was hitting for starter Bryan Mitchell (0-2). Richard was doubled off after Franchy Cordero lined out to shortstop.
Stratton struck out four, walked three and retired his final eight batters. The only time a runner got into scoring position against him was when he walked Freddy Galvis and Carlos Asuaje with one out in the fifth.
Law, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, threw two perfect innings.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — Jake Arrieta (0-1) lasted just four innings in his Philadelphia debut, allowing three runs – two earned – and three hits while striking out five as the Miami Marlins defeated the Phillies 6-3 on Sunday in Philadelphia.
The 2015 N.L. Cy Young Award winner with the Cubs joined the Phillies a month into spring training, signing a $75 million, three-year deal that could be worth up to $135 million over five seasons.
Brian Anderson hit a tiebreaking two-run double in a three-run eighth off Luis Garcia (0-1) and Adam Morgan. Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0) pitched two hitless innings, and Brad Ziegler got three outs for his first save.
Angels 6, Athletics 1: Shohei Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics’ first 19 batters and yielded one hit over seven shutout innings in his home pitching debut, leading Los Angeles past Oakland in Anaheim, California.
Marcus Semien’s clean one-out single to left broke up Ohtani’s bid for a perfect game,
Ohtani (2-0) struck out the side twice and finished with 12 strikeouts in all. He won his pitching debut in Oakland last weekend with six strong innings, then homered in three consecutive games in Anaheim between starts in his attempt to become the first regular two-way player in decades.
Mike Trout and Ryan Schimpf homered, and Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the Angels’ seventh win in nine games. Kendall Graveman (0-2) gave up five hits and four walks while failing to get out of the fourth inning for the A’s, who have lost seven of 10.
Mets 6, Nationals 5 (12): Yoenis Cespedes scored Juan Lagares with a broken-bat single in the 12th inning to help New York beat the Nationals and complete a three-game sweep in Washington.
Lagares singled off Brandon Kintzler (0-2) to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to second by Amed Rosario. Washington intentionally walked Michael Conforto, and then Cespedes – hitless in five previous at-bats with three strikeouts – splintered his bat on a soft line drive to center field.
Bryce Harper hit his major league-leading sixth home run, singled twice and walked twice, but Washington dropped its fifth straight.
Diamondbacks 4, Cardinals 1: Arizona manager Torey Lovullo set off a benches-clearing incident by maintaining eight-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was earning unwarranted strike calls with his pitch framing.
Lovullo was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons in the second inning. Lovullo was arguing a called third strike on A.J. Pollock and got into a shouting match with Molina. The catcher appeared to lunge at Luvollo and made contact as players ran onto the field.
David Peralta hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Dominic Leone (0-2) in the eighth and A.J. Pollock went deep later in the inning as Arizona matched its best with a 7-2 start.
Yoshihisa Hirano (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh for his first major league win, and Brad Boxberger got three outs for his fourth save.
Red Sox 8, Rays 7: Boston’s Xander Bogaerts left with a left ankle injury in the seventh inning. The shortstop got hurt while sliding down into the Tampa Bay dugout and will have tests Monday.
Andrew Benintendi hit a tiebreaking RBI double in Boston’s wild six-run eighth inning, and the Red Sox won their eighth straight, defeating the Rays in Boston.
Boston improved to 8-1, including 5-0 in one-run games. Tampa Bay has dropped eight straight since its win on opening day.
Carson Smith (1-1) pitched a scoreless inning, and Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his third save. Alex Colome (0-1) was the loser.
Tampa Bay had a season-high 11 hits and left 10 runners on base.
Orioles 8, Yankees 7: Brad Brach escaped his own bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 12th inning, getting his second save when Aaron Judge grounded into a rare pitcher-to-catcher-to-third double play and striking out Giancarlo Stanton.
Baltimore overcame a 5-0, first-inning deficit to take three of four in New York following a five-game losing streak.
Stanton went 0 for 7, stranded nine runners and fanned five times for the second time in a week. He is hitting .167 and has 20 strikeouts in 42 at-bats in his first season with the Yankees.
Craig Gentry hit an RBI single in the 12th off Adam Warren (0-1).
Indians 3, Royals 1: Yan Gomes hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Brandon Maurer (0-2) in the ninth inning and the Indians defeated Kansas City in Cleveland.
The game-time temperature was 32 degrees, the lowest in the 25-year history of the ballpark.
Cody Allen (1-0) worked the ninth for the win.
Tigers 1, White Sox 0: Mike Fiers combined with four relievers on a three-hitter that completed a three-game road sweep for Detroit.
On an afternoon with a first-pitch temperature of 36 degrees and a 10 mph wind blowing straight in, the teams combined for just five hits – all singles – and none after the third inning.
Fiers (1-0) made his season debut after recovering from a lumbar strain and allowed three hits in six innings. and Shane Greene got three outs for his second save.
Leonys Martin blooped a single off Reynaldo Lopez (0-1) starting the game, stole second, advanced on Welington Castillo’s passed ball and came home on Miguel Cabrera’s sacrifice fly.
Astros 4, Padres 1: Max Stassi hit a three-run homer off Tyson Ross (1-1), Charlie Morton (2-0) allowed four hits and three walks for one unearned run in six innings and the Astros defeated San Diego in Houston.
The 52-degree temperature with the open roof for the first pitch was the coolest in the ballpark’s history, beating 57 degrees, on April 8, 2007.
Brad Peacock pitched a perfect ninth for his first save this season.
Cubs 3, Brewers 0: Jose Quintana (1-1) three-hit ball over six innings, Ben Zobrist homered and Chicago finished 5-4 on its longest opening trip since going 7-5 in 1899.
Brandon Morrow pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
Ben Zobrist’s solo shot off the foul pole in right in the fourth gave the Cubs the only run they would need against Chase Anderson (0-1), who allowed two runs and four hits in six innings.
Pirates 5, Reds 0: Jameson Taillon (2-0) pitched a one-hitter for his first shutout in 45 major league starts, allowing Tyler Mahle’s single to center with one out in the third. He struck out seven and walked two.
Taillon added an RBI single off Mahle (1-1) in the second, Gregory Polanco hit a two-run homer and Corey Dickerson a solo drive.
Blue Jays 7, Rangers 4: Steve Pearce homered on the first pitch of the game from Cole Hamels (1-2), and Kendrys Morales added a three-run shot in the first inning as visiting Toronto defeated Texas.
Jaime Garcia (1-0) won while facing Texas for the first time in 176 big league starts, allowing three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Hamels (1-2) let four of his first five hitters reach and gave up seven runs – five earned – and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Robert Osuna retired four straight for his fourth save.
Dodgers 2, Giants 1: Cody Bellinger overcame food poisoning to score the go-ahead run on Kyle Farmer’s pinch-hit double in the 10th inning off Pierce Johnson (0-1) as Los Angeles defeated the Giants in San Francisco.
Josh Fields (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win and Kenley Jansen struck out three batters in the 10th for his first save this season.
Clayton Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings but allowed Hunter Pence’s leadoff single in the eighth and was charged with a run when pinch-hitter Buster Posey hit an RBI single against JT Chargois.
Braves 4, Rockies 0: Sean Newcomb (1-1) allowed three hits in the first inning before retiring the next 16 batters and Atlanta blanked Colorado in Denver.
Nick Markakis and Dansby Swanson hit back-to-back homers off Kyle Freeland (0-2).
Colorado scored only six runs in the series and was shut out at home for the first time since last May 27.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his second homer in two games at Angel Stadium in the fifth inning, and Zack Cozart had a walk-off homer in the 13th inning of the Los Angeles Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday in Anaheim, California.
One day after Ohtani hit an electrifying three-run homer in his first home plate appearance, the Japanese two-way rookie connected for a tying two-run homer off American League Cy Young winner Corey Kluber in his second game at the Big A.
Neither team scored again after Ohtani’s blast until Cozart, the Angels’ new infielder, connected for his first career walk-off homer against Zach McAllister (0-1).
Ohtani also singled leading off the 10th to go 2 for 5, giving him six hits this season and five in his only two home games. The Angels’ rookie sensation will make his first home pitching start Sunday against Oakland, one week after beating the Athletics on the road in his big-league pitching debut.
The Angels hadn’t had a walk-off homer in extra innings since Aug. 9, 2014, when Albert Pujols did it.
Noe Ramirez (1-1), the Angels’ eighth reliever, came on with two outs in the 13th and struck out Erik Gonzalez with two Indians on base.
Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 0: In Phoenix, Patrick Corbin shut out Los Angeles on one hit over 7 1/3 innings, striking out a career-high 12 for Arizona.
The Diamondbacks swept the three-game series and won their ninth straight regular-season game against the Dodgers, going back to a pair of three-game series sweeps last season.
Corbin (2-0) retired 14 batters in a row to start the game, eight on strikeouts. The Dodgers struggled to make solid contact, and it took Matt Kemp’s bloop double with two outs in the fifth to break up Corbin’s no-hit bid. Kemp had the Dodgers’ only hit of the game.
Corbin was taken out after walking Kemp with one out in the eighth inning.
Brad Boxberger earned his second save with a scoreless ninth. The Dodgers had only four base runners, two in the ninth on Boxberger walks. The Diamondbacks scored a run in each of the first three innings.
Yankees 7, Rays 2: In New York, Giancarlo Stanton turned boos to cheers with his first Yankee Stadium home run in pinstripes, an emphatic go-ahead drive in the first inning to help New York complete a two-game sweep.
Stanton turned on a high slider from Blake Snell (0-1), driving the ball 458 feet to left field at 117.9 mph for a two-run homer with the hardest-hit ball in the major leagues so for this young season.
Acquired from Miami in December, the major league home run champion was booed a day earlier when he struck out a career-worst five times in the Yankees’ home opener.
Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez also hit two-run homers as the Bronx Bombers lived up to their nickname. Judge connected off reliever Matt Andriese, the pitcher who gave up a home run to Judge in the slugger’s first big league at-bat in August 2016. Sanchez’s drive ended an 0-for-17 slide.
Luis Severino (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings, the longest outing by a New York starter this year. The Yankees improved to 4-2 under new manager Aaron Boone and won their 11th straight home series against the Rays. Tampa Bay has lost five straight games since beating Boston in its opener and is off to its worst start since 2011.
Mets 4, Phillies 2: In New York, Yoenis Cespedes homered, Amed Rosario hit a two-run triple and New York’s bullpen faced the minimum batters over five scoreless innings.
New York swept the weather-shortened two-game series.
With runners at the corners and two outs in the sixth, Rosario cleared the bases with a liner over the head of shallow-playing right fielder Nick Williams to chase reliever Drew Hutchison (1-1) and snap a 2-2 tie. The 22-year-old Rosario has driven in five runs in as many games from the No. 9 spot in the order.
Mets relievers continued their strong start in a game that started 97 minutes late due to rain. Converted starter Robert Gsellman (1-0) threw two perfect innings. Hansel Robles struck out the side in his first appearance this season. A.J. Ramos pitched a scoreless eighth and closer Jeurys Familia earned his third save in three chances. Mets relievers have allowed three runs in 20 1/3 innings (1.33 ERA), and the pitching staff as a whole has 61 strikeouts through the season’s first five games.
Astros 3, Orioles 2: In Houston, Josh Reddick had three hits, and Alex Bregman’s tiebreaking RBI single in the seventh inning lifted Houston past Baltimore for a three-game sweep.
Miguel Castro (0-1) took over for Dylan Bundy to start the seventh and walked Derek Fisher with one out. Fisher stole second base with two outs and the Astros went on top when he scored on Bregman’s single to left field. Reddick, who started the season 1 for 11, singled three times after hitting a two-run homer and a grand slam in his last two at-bats Tuesday night.
Houston starter Dallas Keuchel allowed five hits and two runs – one earned – with four walks in five innings. Brad Peacock (1-0) allowed two hits in three scoreless innings.
Braves 7, Nationals 1: In Atlanta, Mike Foltynewicz outpitched Max Scherzer, Preston Tucker hit a three-run homer and Atlanta beat Washington.
Foltynewicz (1-0) allowed four hits, one run and two walks and had eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He snapped an eight-start skid during which he went 0-7 with a 7.34 ERA.
Scherzer (1-1) gave up six hits, two walks and five runs – two earned – in five innings. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out seven.
The Braves, with three straight seasons of at least 90 losses, improved to 4-2 and are two games over .500 for the first time since April 22, 2015.
Twins 7, Pirates 3: In Pittsburgh, Brian Dozier homered for the third straight game, Miguel Sano drove in a pair of runs in frigid conditions and Minnesota handed Pittsburgh its first loss of the season.
Dozier hit a drive off the top of the left-field wall in the third inning for his fourth home run in four days. Sano finished 3 for 5 and started Minnesota’s four-run rally in the sixth with an RBI single. He added another run-scoring single in the seventh. Eduardo Escobar also drove in two runs for the Twins.
Taylor Rogers (1-0) got two outs in the fifth to pick up the win.
Josh Bell hit a 432-foot home run through the snow flurries in the first inning for Pittsburgh. Corey Dickerson added two hits for the Pirates, but Pittsburgh’s attempt to start 5-0 for the first time since 1983 ended when the Twins jumped on Ivan Nova (0-1) and the bullpen in the sixth.
White Sox 4, Blue Jays 3: In Toronto, Matt Davidson hit his fourth home run of the season, Jose Abreu added a tiebreaking solo shot in the eighth inning and Chicago snapped Toronto’s four-game winning streak.
Davidson homered leading off the second inning, driving a 3-1 pitch from Aaron Sanchez over the left-field fence. With the score tied at 3, Abreu connected on a 3-0 pitch from reliever Ryan Tepera (1-1), sending a solo shot into the second deck in left-center field for his second home run of the year.
Right-hander Nate Jones (1-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Closer Joakim Soria earned his second save of the season with a flawless ninth inning.
Giants 10, Mariners 1: In San Francisco, Pablo Sandoval splashed a three-run homer into McCovey Cove while making a rare start, Johnny Cueto earned his first win of the season and San Francisco jumped all over Seattle ace Felix Hernandez.
Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Gorkys Hernandez also homered as the Giants got their bats going at last to back Cueto (1-0).
San Francisco rebounded quickly after losing its home opener a day earlier. Sandoval drew a bases-loaded walk to put the Giants ahead against Hernandez (1-1) in the first, when they also scored runs on a wild pitch and Crawford’s sacrifice fly.
Gorkys Hernandez connected leading off the second. Belt started the fifth with a drive to left. Sandoval’s drive into the water three batters later chased Hernandez, and Crawford followed with his first homer. It was the first time the Giants hit three homers in one inning since June 2, 2016, at Atlanta – also in the fifth. They last did it at home on May 7, 2007, in the fifth inning as well, against the Mets.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 0: In Milwaukee, Carlos Martinez pitched into the ninth inning and struck out 10, Yadier Molina homered and St. Louis beat error-prone Milwaukee.
Leadoff batter Dexter Fowler scored twice in the first three innings for the Cardinals.
A 4-0 lead after four innings was more than enough cushion for the hard-throwing Martinez (1-1). The two-time All-Star rebounded from a rough opening-day start last week against the New York Mets by cruising through the Brewers’ dangerous lineup at hitter-friendly Miller Park.
Martinez allowed four hits and two walks. He retired 16 straight before Domingo Santana laced a one-out single in the seventh. The right-hander’s fastball still registered 93 mph in the ninth.
Molina hit a solo shot to left field in the fourth off Jhoulys Chacin (0-1).
Athletics 6, Rangers 2: In Oakland, California, Sean Manaea pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and Oakland beat Texas.
Jed Lowrie had a two-run single in a four-run fourth. Matt Chapman singled twice and scored two runs, and Bruce Maxwell added an RBI double for Oakland. The A’s had lost four of five since winning on opening day.
Every Oakland starter had at least one hit or scored a run.
Manaea is the only A’s starter to make it past the fifth inning this season, having done it in both outings. He yielded one run over 7 2/3 innings but took the loss against the Angels last Friday.
Rockies 5, Padres 2: In San Diego, Jon Gray pitched seven scoreless innings, Trevor Story and Ian Desmond each drove in two runs and Colorado beat San Diego.
Gray (1-1) shut down the Padres a night after they won 8-4 behind rookie Christian Villanueva’s three home runs and five RBIs. Gray retired Villanueva in three straight at-bats, including a strikeout. The right-hander struck out seven and walked none before three relievers finished a six-hitter.
Cory Spangenberg had two of the Padres’ four hits off Gray.
Jake McGee allowed a hit and two San Diego runs in the eighth, one of them unearned due to his error. Bryan Shaw gave up an RBI single to Hunter Renfroe, but Wade Davis closed in the ninth for his third save.
The Rockies hit Clayton Richard (0-1) hard in scoring all their runs in the first two innings. Story’s broken-bat, two-run double that bounced over the left-field wall highlighted the three-run first, when the Rockies also got an RBI double from Nolan Arenado.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — TORONTO – Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth to rally Toronto past New York 7-4 on Sunday.
After connecting off reliever Tommy Kahnle in the seventh, Smoak brought the crowd of 29,091 to its feet with his second career slam, a drive against David Robertson (0-1).
Smoak went 3 for 4 with a walk and six RBIs as Toronto gained a series split, winning the final two games.
Smoak’s other grand slam also came against the Yankees, in 2015.
Tyler Clippard (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning, and Seung Hwan Oh finished for his first save.
ANGELS 7, OAKLAND 4
OAKLAND, Calif. – Shohei Ohtani won his major league pitching debut, throwing three-hit ball over six innings and leading the Los Angeles Angels past the Oakland Athletics.
The two-way star from Japan took the mound three days after he was the designated hitter in the opener. Reaching the upper-90s with his fastball and showing a nifty splitter, Ohtani struck out six and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.
Ohtani didn’t hit while pitching. Albert Pujols was the DH and went 0 for 5.
Ohtani (1-0) pounded his glove following a 1-2-3 shutdown fifth. He walked one, and the only damage against him came on Matt Chapman’s three-run homer in the second.
Mike Trout hit a tying double in the fifth and Justin Upton followed with a go-ahead sacrifice fly. Keynan Middleton earned his first save.
Daniel Gossett (0-1) allowed four runs in four innings for Oakland.
ASTROS 8, RANGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas – Gerrit Cole struck out 11 over seven innings in his Houston debut, and the defending champion Astros finished a solid opening weekend with a victory over Texas.
The hard-throwing right-hander, acquired in an offseason trade after he was the opening day starter for Pittsburgh last year, allowed two hits to help the Astros take three of four from their state rivals.
The first hit off Cole (1-0) was slugger Joey Gallo’s opposite-field homer just over the tall wall in left field in the first inning against a four-man outfield.
Derek Fisher had a tying triple in the fifth and scored the go-ahead run on George Springer’s sacrifice fly against Mike Minor (0-1), making his Texas debut and first major league start since 2014.
Carlos Correa doubled home two runs in the seventh, and AL MVP Jose Altuve had three hits to finish 9 for 16 in the series. Evan Gattis had three hits and three RBIs, including a pair of run-scoring doubles.
NATIONALS 6, REDS 5
CINCINNATI – Bryce Harper hit two home runs, leadoff man Adam Eaton capped his big opening series with a two-run drive and Washington beat Cincinnati for a three-game sweep under new manager Dave Martinez.
The Nationals are 3-0 for the fourth time in their history. They last swept an opening series in 2014.
Eaton returned from a knee injury that wiped out most of his 2017 season and figured prominently in all three victories, going 8 for 13 with two doubles, two homers, five RBIs and six runs.
Anthony Rendon homered off Sal Romano (0-1).
Gio Gonzalez (1-0) gave up five hits and one run while pitching into the seventh inning. Sean Doolittle allowed Phil Gosselin’s two-run homer in the ninth before earning his second save.
MARINERS 5, INDIANS 4
SEATTLE – Dee Gordon and Mitch Haniger homered, Mike Leake pitched seven strong innings and Seattle topped Cleveland.
Edwin Encarnacion went deep twice for the Indians, his 29th career multihomer game.
Gordon and Haniger connected in the seventh, when the Mariners broke a 2-all tie on the way to winning the series.
Leake (1-0) gave up two runs and five hits. He has allowed three runs or fewer in all six starts since joining the Mariners late last season.
Gordon led off the seventh with a tiebreaking shot off Dan Otero (0-1). A few batters later, Haniger added a two-run drive off reliever Tyler Olson to give Seattle a 5-2 lead. They were the first runs Olson has allowed with Cleveland – last year he threw 20 scoreless innings in 30 appearances for the Indians.
Edwin Diaz struck out all three batters in the ninth for his second save.
TWINS 7, ORIOLES 0
BALTIMORE – Jose Berrios pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game, and Minnesota got two home runs from Brian Dozier in a rout of Baltimore.
Only one batter reached against Berrios over the first eight innings – No. 9 hitter Chance Sisco, whose third-inning double whisked by the raised glove of left fielder Eddie Rosario at the wall.
Berrios then retired 17 straight before Sisco bunted down the third-base line against the shift for a one-out single in the ninth. A walk and a single loaded the bases before Berrios retired Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones.
Berrios (1-0) struck out six and walked one in his 40th career start. He threw 107 pitches.
Miguel Sano and Eduardo Escobar also connected for the Twins, who won two of three in the season-opening series.
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman (0-1) allowed three home runs and lasted only four innings.
CARDINALS 5, METS 1
NEW YORK – Paul DeJong had the first multihomer game of his big league career, Luke Weaver held the Mets to one run in five innings and St. Louis avoided an opening three-game sweep.
DeJong went deep in the second inning, making him 3 for 3 with two homers in his career against Steven Matz (0-1). DeJong hit his second solo homer in the eighth against Jacob Rhame.
DeJong hit .285 with 25 home runs and 65 RBIs as a rookie last year, earning a $26 million, six-year contract.
Marcell Ozuna broke out of an 0-for-9 start with three hits, including an RBI double and a run-scoring single. Yadier Molina also homered for the Cardinals.
Weaver (1-0) struggled through a 27-pitch first inning but settled in and wound up allowing five hits, four of them singles.
RED SOX 2, RAYS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Hector Velazquez continued a season-opening stretch of strong starting pitching by Boston, working into the sixth inning.
The first four Red Sox starters – Chris Sale, David Price, Rick Porcello and Velazquez – combined to give up two runs over 24 innings. The defending AL East champions won three of four at Tropicana Field under new manager Alex Cora.
Velazquez (1-0) allowed one run and five hits in 5 2/3 innings. Joe Kelly closed for his first save.
Jose Alvarado (0-1) lost in relief.
MARLINS 6, CUBS 0
MIAMI – Dillon Peters threw six scoreless innings, Brian Anderson hit a three-run double to highlight a five-run fifth and Miami split its opening four-game series with Chicago.
Peters (1-0) helped a well-worked bullpen out in a big way, rarely getting himself into any trouble. He threw 89 pitches, 56 for strikes, striking out two and walking only one.
Jose Quintana (0-1) gave up six hits and six runs in six innings.
PIRATES 1-8, TIGERS 0-6
DETROIT – Josh Harrison, Starling Marte and David Freese homered as Pittsburgh completed a doubleheader sweep of Detroit.
The Pirates won the opener behind six no-hit innings from Trevor Williams (1-0), then took control of the second game with five runs in the fifth off Buck Farmer (0-1)
Pittsburgh swept the three-game, season-opening series against the rebuilding Tigers. The highlight of the day for Detroit was Miguel Cabrera’s first home run of the season, a solo shot in the second game.
Chad Kuhl (1-0) allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings in the nightcap. Detroit starter Ryan Carpenter lasted three innings in his major league debut, yielding three runs and five hits.
Felipe Rivero saved both games for Pittsburgh.
In the first game, Michael Fulmer (0-1) gave up one run and four hits in eight innings. Gregory Polanco hit an RBI double in the first.
DODGERS 9, GIANTS 0
LOS ANGELES – Cody Bellinger hit the Dodgers’ first home run of the season and Rich Hill threw six spotless innings to lead Los Angeles to a victory and a series split with San Francisco.
All four games in the season-opening set were shutouts.
Yasiel Puig had an RBI double and two singles for the defending NL champions. Enrique Hernandez added two hits, including a two-run double.
Hill (1-0) allowed five hits and walked three, striking out five.
Chris Stratton (0-1) was charged with three runs in 5 1/3 innings for the slumping Giants, who became the first major league team since the 1988 Baltimore Orioles to total no more than two runs in the first four games of a season.
It’s the first time the Giants have failed to score more than one run in any of their first four games.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, doubled and had four RBIs in his Yankees debut and the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-1 in Toronto on Thursday.
The win gave Aaron Boone in a win in his first game as a professional manager. Winning pitcher Luis Severino pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings for the Yankees, who won their opener for the first time since 2011.
Acquired from Miami after leading the majors with 59 homers, Stanton hit a two-run homer in the first off loser J.A. Happ, an RBI double in the fifth and hit a solo homer in the ninth off Tyler Clippard.
Mariners 2, Indians 1: Felix Hernandez pitched shutout ball into the sixth inning, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run home run in the first inning and the Mariners opened with a win over Cleveland in Seattle.
Hernandez became the seventh pitcher to start at least 10 straight opening days, and he got off to a strong start against one of the best teams in the American League. Hernandez allowed two hits in 5 1/3 innings, only being pulled due to a limited pitch count after being hit by a line drive during spring training and missing some time.
Hernandez (1-0) was given an early jolt from Cruz, who picked up where 2017 left off. After hitting 39 home runs last year, Cruz hit the first pitch he saw from Corey Kluber (0-1) over the center field fence for an early 2-0 lead. The 88 mph cutter stayed in the middle of the plate, and Cruz didn’t miss.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 2: Jake Lamb doubled and singled to drive in four runs, Patrick Corbin struck out eight while pitching into the sixth inning and Arizona defeated Colorado in Phoenix.
David Peralta singled three times for Arizona, scoring twice and driving in a run. Jarrod Dyson added two hits, including an RBI triple, in front of 48,703 at Chase Field.
DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado homered for Colorado.
White Sox 14, Royals 7: Matt Davidson became the fourth player in major league history to homer three times on opening day, Tim Anderson homered twice and Jose Abreu went deep for Chicago in a win over the Royals in Kansas City, Missouri. Winner James Shields surrendered four runs in the first inning but wound up lasting six innings, holding his former team without a hit after that shaky first. Davidson became the fourth player with a three-homer performance on opening day, joining Detroit’s Dmitri Young (2005), the Cubs’ Tuffy Rhodes (1994) and Toronto’s George Bell (1988). Chicago matched the record for home runs on opening day, set by the New York Mets in 1988. Danny Duffy took the loss and was followed by eight relievers.
Cubs 8, Marlins 4: Ian Happ became the second player to homer on the first pitch of the major league season, and Anthony Rizzo made his emotional homecoming even more memorable with a home run in Chicago’s win over the Marlins in Miami. Rizzo homered into the upper deck in the second inning – an unscripted tribute to the victims of last month’s shooting at his former high school in Parkland, Florida. As he crossed home plate, Rizzo patted his chest and pointed to the sky. Happ pulled the first pitch from Jose Urena into the seats. Dwight Evans is the only other player to connect on the first pitch of a season, doing it for the Red Sox in 1986 off Jack Morris at Tiger Stadium, the Elias Sports Bureau said. Steve Cishek stranded four runners in two scoreless innings for the win.
Athletics 6, Angels 5 (11): Marcus Semien singled into an empty center field with one out in the 11th inning, beating Los Angeles’ five-man infield as the Athletics won in Oakland, California. Shohei Ohtani connected for a single on the first pitch he saw in a much-hyped major league debut for the Japanese two-way star. Boog Powell hit a one-out triple off loser Noe Ramirez to start the winning rally. Matt Joyce was intentionally walked to bring up Semien, who delivered his first career game-ending RBI. Chris Hatcher got the win.
Giants 1, Dodgers 0: Joe Panik homered off Clayton Kershaw in the fifth inning, and visiting San Francisco dealt the three-time N.L. Cy Young Award winner his first loss in his franchise-record eighth consecutive opening day start. It was the first run allowed this year by Kershaw, including spring training. The seven hits given up by the left-hander are the most off him on opening day, when he is 5-1. Andrew McCutchen, acquired from Pittsburgh during the offseason, was 1 for 4 with a double in his Giants debut. Evan Longoria, obtained by San Francisco from Tampa Bay, was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. Ty Blach (1-0) pitched three-hit ball over five innings, and Hunter Strickland closed out the ninth for his first save.
Astros 4, Rangers 1: World Series MVP George Springer hit a leadoff homer in the opener for the second year in a row and Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings as Houston started its championship defense with a win over Texas in Arlington, Texas. Springer hit a 2-0 pitch off Cole Hamels, becoming the only player in MLB history with leadoff homers in consecutive season openers, according to Elias. Jake Marisnick also homered for the Astros. Verlander is 6-0 with a 0.90 ERA in six regular-season starts since he was acquired from Detroit.
Mets 9, Cardinals 4: Yoenis Cespedes drove in three runs and newcomer Adrian Gonzalez hit a go-ahead double as the Mets defeated St. Louis in New York. Winning pitcher Noah Syndergaard struck out 10 and walked none in six innings after missing most of last season with a torn lat muscle. Leadoff man Brandon Nimmo, subbing for injured All-Star Michael Conforto, reached safely four times and scored twice as the Mets chased Carlos Martinez in the fifth inning to make Mickey Callaway a winner in his first game as a manager.
Rays 6, Red Sox 4: Denard Span made a huge splash in his debut for his hometown team on opening day, lining a bases-loaded triple to highlight a six-run rally in the eighth that sent Boston’s Alex Cora to a loss in his first game as a major league manager. Span’s triple was only Tampa Bay’s third hit of the day and gave the Rays a 5-4 lead. Adeiny Hechavarria followed with an infield single off Carson Smith (0-1), providing a two-run cushion for closer Alex Colome to earn a save. Boston’s Chris Sale allowed one hit and struck out nine in six scoreless innings. Boston built a 4-0 lead against Chris Archer, with Eduardo Nunez hitting a two-run, inside-the-park homer.
Orioles 3, Twins 2 (11): Adam Jones homered on the first pitch from Fernando Rodney leading off the bottom of the 11th inning, and the Orioles won their eighth straight opener, defeating Minnesota in Baltimore. Winning pitcher Richard Bleier worked one inning for the Orioles, who made the most of five hits. Minnesota has lost nine of its last 10 openers, including three against Baltimore.
Brewers 2, Padres 1 (12): Orlando Arcia singled in Ji-Man Choi with two outs in the 12th inning and the Padres defeated Miwaukee at San Diego. Jeremy Jeffress pitched two innings for the win. Jacob Barnes struck out the side in the 12th for the save. San Diego newcomer Eric Hosmer, signed to a $144 million, eight-year contract in spring training, went 0 for 4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Braves 8, Phillies 5: Nick Markakis hit a three-run homer off Hector Neris with two outs in the ninth inning, capping a comeback from a 5-0 deficit and the Braves defeated Philadelphia in Atlanta. It was Phillies manager Gabe Kapler’s first game as a big league manager. Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies also homered for Atlanta, which won with a walk-off hit on opening day for the first time since 1998. Arodys Vizcaino struck out the side in the ninth for the win.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — On the day the Kansas City Royals welcomed back Mike Moustakas, they found out Jorge Bonifacio will miss half the season.
Bonifacio was suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball on Saturday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
The outfielder was banned after a positive test for Boldenone. The ban will begin on opening day.
“It really kind of made me sick to my stomach,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The 24-year-old Bonifacio made his major league debut last season, hitting .255 with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs in 113 games.
Bonifacio’s suspension cleared a roster spot for Moustakas, who re-signed with the Royals this week after becoming a free agent last fall.
Moustakas set a Royals record with 38 home runs last season, then rejected a $17.4 million offer from the team. But the third baseman never received the multiyear, mega-million dollar contract he and his agent Scott Boras anticipated.
The Royals signed Moustakas to a one-year $6.5 million contract with a mutual option for 2019. He can make another $2.2 million in incentives this year based on plate appearances.
“It feels like I never left,” he said. “It feels great to be back home. I’m excited to be back with the organization I grew up with. I got to see some familiar faces.”
“It’s always great to come into a clubhouse and everybody give you a hug. To have an opportunity to come back to Kansas City and play baseball again, it was a no-doubter, a no-brainer for me,” he said.
Houston starter Dallas Keuchel allowed one hit in 3 2/3 innings, striking out five. Jose Altuve went 0 for 3 but stole his first base. Washington managed only two hits – singles by Bryce Harper and Ryan Raburn – until the ninth.
Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy moved along in his recovery from offseason knee surgery, taking batting practice on the field for the first time this spring.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his first home run of the spring – a two-run drive off Mets starter Matt Harvey – and Aaron Judge doubled, singled and scored twice. Harvey gave up five runs on six hits and a walk, pitching 4 2/3 innings. Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman struck out two in a scoreless inning and setup man Dellin Betances allowed one run on two hits in an inning.
Jose Reyes had two hits and stole two bases for the Mets, while Tim Tebow struck out twice in a 0-for-3 day and saw his average drop to .071.
Atlanta top prospect Ronald Acuna Jr. had two hits to raise his average to .433, walked and scored a run while Dansby Swanson homered for the second time. Starter Mike Foltynewicz pitched four shutout innings.
Jordy Mercer hit his first home run for Pittsburgh’s split squad. Starter Trevor Williams gave up three runs in four innings. Felipe Rivero pitched the fifth and allowed two runs on two hits and a walk.
Starlin Castro hit his first home run for Miami. Michael Wacha started for St. Louis, pitching four innings and allowing four runs on six hits and a walk. Projected starter Odrisamer Despaigne pitched the final three innings for the Marlins, allowing one run on two hits and a walk.
Philadelphia starter Vince Velasquez threw four scoreless innings and Odubel Herrera got two hits for the second straight day. Nathan Eovaldi started for Tampa Bay, pitching three innings and allowing one run on four hits. David Olmedo-Barrera homered twice for the Rays.
Manny Machado and Trey Mancini both homered for the third time and Jonathan Schoop added his second for Baltimore. Colby Rasmus had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice.
Chad Kuhl was knocked around in a start for Pittsburgh’s split squad, pitching 2 1/3 innings and allowing eight runs on seven hits and three walks. Starling Marte had two hits, including an RBI triple, to raise his average to .526.
Curtis Granderson hit his fourth home run and tripled for the second time this spring for Toronto. Teoscar Hernandez capped a five-run first inning with a grand slam off Detroit starter Mike Fiers. Jaime Garcia started for the Blue Jays, pitching three scoreless innings and striking out two. Miguel Cabrera doubled and walked for Detroit.
Brian Dozier singled and scored, then hit a two-run homer during Minnesota’s nine-run first inning against Boston in a game that started late before being rained out.
Mike Trout homered, doubled and singled for Los Angeles, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun both added two-run singles the Angels’ split-squad team.
Pablo Sandoval drove in two runs for a second straight day for San Francisco’s split squad.
Brandon Belt hit a solo home run and an RBI double and Jarrett Parker and Nick Hundley also homered for San Francisco. Luis Valbuena had two hits, including a three-run homer, and Eric Young Jr. added two hits and a stolen base for Los Angeles’ split squad.
Lucas Giolito struck out eight in four innings for the White Sox, allowing one run and two hits. Top prospect Eloy Jimenez hit a two-run homer.
Kyle Schwarber doubled and scored for the Cubs’ split squad. Kyle Hendricks started, pitching four innings and allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven.
Jose Ramirez got his first home run for Cleveland, finishing with two hits and two RBIs. Yandy Diaz added a grand slam in the seventh inning. Francisco Lindor had two hits and swiped his first base for the Indians.
Jose Pirela had three hits for San Diego, including his first spring homer, and is batting .458. Travis Jankowski hit a three-run homer.
Lorenzo Cain had two hits for Milwaukee, raising his average to .458, and scored a run on Ryan Braun’s first-inning double. Eric Thames and Jonathan Villar drove in runs and Domingo Santana hit his first home run for the Brewers. Tyler Anderson started for Colorado, pitching three innings and allowing four runs – one earned – on five hits and a walk. David Dahl had a two-run triple.
Elvis Andrus had his first home run and finished with two hits and three RBIs for Texas. Joey Gallo had a two-run single for the Rangers and starter Mike Minor allowed just one hit, pitching four shutout innings. Paul Blackburn started for Oakland, pitching three innings and allowing two runs on two hits and two walks. Jake Smolinski hit his third home run for the Athletics.
David Peralta and Ketel Marte both had three hits for Arizona. Taijuan Walker started for the Diamondbacks, pitching two innings and allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. Jason Hammel also lasted just two innings in his second start for Kansas City, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. Paulo Orlando drove in a run with his fifth double of the spring for the Royals.
Mike Marjama hit an inside-the-park home run during a five-run sixth inning, and Seattle beat Cincinnati.
M’s starter Ariel Miranda surrendered two runs on four hits in three innings. Mike Ford added a two-run double.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports) —- LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Children, innocently letting their emotions overwhelm them, ran around the lobby of the Swan and Dolphin Resort Sunday morning, eyeing the holiday decorations, gifts scattered around the enormous Christmas trees, hoping to catch an early glimpse of Santa Claus before the big day.
By the evening, the sugar high will wear off, and they’ll be exhausted, headed back to the airport with TSA officials returning them to reality.
Replacing them on this massive Walt Disney property are thousands of cantankerous adults, mostly grumpy men whose only objective these next five days is to return home with a baseball team that’s a lot better than it was when they arrived.
They’ve got no interest in the Sugar Plum Candy Stand, the nightly Campfire and S’mores, the tree lighting ceremony or even the Dancing Light Special.
They just want some damn ballplayers, and will gladly hibernate the rest of the holiday season with a World Series championship parade dancing in their heads.
It’s baseball’s annual winter meetings, a convention where 30 teams and their entire front offices and field managers storm the hotel, followed in close pursuit by hundreds of agents and reporters.
This is where the New York Yankees can formally announce the acquisition of National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, say how they still want to somehow squeeze under the $197 million luxury tax despite assuming $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while still somehow adding free-agent pitching.
This is where the Miami Marlins, a franchise $400 million in debt, can look in the cameras with a straight face and tell us they really liked the prospects they received in return for Stanton and Gordon, while skipping down the hallways, knowing they just saved $303 million without those two contracts.
This is where agent Scott Boras will be peddling the likes of offensive stars Eric Hosmer, J.D. Martinez and Mike Moustakas, starter Jake Arrieta and closer Greg Holland, too, telling teams they can’t possibly win without them.
This is where the Boston Red Sox, who won two consecutive division titles but fired their manager anyway, get cozy with Boras, desperately needing one of his sluggers, Hosmer or Martinez, with Boras trying to convince them they actually need two.
This is where the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, still seething at all the wasted hours pursuing Stanton only to be rebuffed by the player exercising his no-trade rights, return with a vengeance, letting everyone they’ve got pockets full of cash and are ready to spend it.
The Cardinals, who offered pitching prospects Sandy Alcantara and Jack Flaherty, and were willing to pay nearly $250 million of Stanton’s $295 million guarantee, will return to the bargaining table with the Marlins. This time, they’ll focus their talks strictly on outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who they wanted in the first place, after hitting .312 with 37 homers last year.
Oh, and while they’re at it, they’ll be sitting down with the other Florida team, too, the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays, who have seen the disparity grow even greater in the AL East with Stanton coming aboard, are listening to anyone and everyone.
The Cardinals are making no secret they’d love to land Rays closer Alex Colome, who led the American League with 47 saves, and will take Gold Glove third baseman Evan Longoria and the remaining $92 million of his contract, along with him.
Their nemesis, the Chicago Cubs, want in, as well. They already signed starter Tyler Chatwood, but would love to get an audience with Tampa Bay to bring ace Chris Archer back home, too, even if it means parting with beloved slugger Kyle Schwarber or Ian Happ. If not, they likely will dip back into the free-agent market for starter Alex Cobb, whose only pitching coach has been Jim Hickey, now reunited with manager Joe Maddon in Chicago.
The Giants, who offered pitching prospect Tyler Beede and catching prospect Aramis Garcia while taking on about $230 million of Stanton’s contract, now will be trying to buy their way back to respectability.
After hitting a major league low 128 home runs – a mere 113 shy of the Yankees – they’re frantically seeking a reincarnation of Barry Bonds, and if they can’t sign Martinez, who hit 45 home runs in just 119 games last season with the Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks, they likely will turn to slugger Jay Bruce at a discount price.
There are so many teams who need impact bats right now that the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays realize they’d be foolish not to listen.
The Orioles insist they aren’t shopping All-Star third baseman Manny Machado, but revealed that they’re listening to offers. This is a guy who could get $400 million a year from now in free agency, but if you really want him, what better way to get acquainted than spending the 2018 season with him.
The Blue Jays find themselves in a similar predicament. Their passionate fan base is imploring them to win now, but privately, they’d instead love to rebuild the farm system. They will listen to offers for third baseman Josh Donaldson knowing that a year from now, he’ll be gone as a free agent, too.
The Chicago White Sox stole the show a year ago at these meetings by trading ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox, and while they’re about to begin Year 2 of their rebuilding project, are shopping Jose Abreu, who has driven in at least 100 runs in each of his first four seasons with 30 or more homers in three of the years. The Red Sox are listening, but the White Sox would have to be overwhelmed to move him.
The Detroit Tigers, who unloaded ace Justin Verlander last summer, now have second baseman Ian Kinsler on the block, with the Los Angeles Angels and New York Mets intrigued. They also have future Hall of Famer Miguel Cabrera available, but with $192 million over the next six years still on the books, are waiting for the phone to ring.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could also keep teams from entering the free agent market with ace Gerrit Cole and center fielder Andrew McCutchen available, saying they want to win a World Series again one day, but still can’t afford their stars.
We may not see any executives take advantage of the free swan paddle boat rides, or swimming at the Mermaid Academy, or even tucked in with the elves, but with a few adult beverages inside them, there is Karaoke at Kimonos, adults-only after 11 p.m.
So shoo the kids away, take a deep breath, and watch baseball executives turn this joint into their own winter playground, with a week of baseball activity that has all of the promise of that thrill ride brought to you by the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers two months ago in the World Series.
This week is threatening to get absolutely goofy.
There were 166 free agents that hit the market this winter.
Who signed, for how much, who left and where they went. This chart will be updated throughout the offseason. (Player in italics have agreed to a deal.)
BALTIMORE (10) — DH/1B Pedro Alvarez; C Wellington Castillo; 2B Ryan Flaherty; OF Craig Gentry; SS J.J. Hardy; RHP Jeremy Hellickson; RHP Ubaldo Jimenez; OF Seth Smith, LHP Wade Miley; RHP Chris Tillman.
BOSTON (8) — LHP Fernando Abad; RHP Blaine Boyer; OF Rajai Davis; RHP Doug Fister; 1B Mitch Moreland; INF Eduardo Nunez; RHP Addison Reed; OF Chris Young.
CHI. WHITE SOX (2) — RHP Mike Pelfrey; C Geovany Soto.
CLEVELAND (7) — LHP Craig Breslow; OF Jay Bruce; OF Austin Jackson; LHP Boone Logan, C Carlos Santana; RHP Bryan Shaw; RHP Joe Smith.
DETROIT (1) — RHP Anibal Sanchez.
HOUSTON (5) — DH Carlos Beltran; RHP Tyler Clippard; RHP Luke Gregerson; LHP Francisco Liriano; OF Cameron Maybin.
KANSAS CITY (9) — OF Melky Cabrera; RHP Trevor Cahill; OF Lorenzo Cain; SS Alcides Escobar; 1B Eric Hosmer; LHP Mike Minor; 3B Mike Moustakas; RHP Peter Moylan; LHP Jason Vargas.
L.A. ANGELS (11) — RHP Andrew Bailey; RHP Jesse Chavez; 3B Yunel Escobar; RHP Ricky Nolasco; RHP Bud Norris; INF Cliff Pennington; RHP Yusmeiro Petit; 2B Brandon Phillips; OF Ben Revere; RHP Fernando Salas; RHP Huston Street.
MINNESOTA (5) — RHP Matt Belisle; RHP Bartolo Colon; RHP Dillon Gee; LHP Glen Perkins; LHP Hector Santiago.
N.Y. YANKEES (5) — 3B Todd Frazier; LHP Jaime Garcia; DH Matt Holliday; RHP Michael Pineda; LHP CC Sabathia.
OAKLAND (0) — None.
SEATTLE (7) — 1B Yonder Alonso; INF Gordon Beckham; OF Jarrod Dyson; RHP Yovani Gallardo; RHP Hisashi Iwakuma; C Carlos Ruiz; 1B/3B Danny Valencia.
TAMPA BAY (9) — OF Peter Bourjos; RHP Steve Cishek; RHP Alex Cobb; 1B Lucas Duda; RHP Tommy Hunter; 1B Logan Morrison; 3B Trevor Plouffe; OF Colby Rasmus; RHP Sergio Romo.
TEXAS (6) —RHP Tony Barnette, RHP Andrew Cashner; OF Carlos Gomez; RHP Miguel Gonzalez; RHP Jason Grilli, 1B Mike Napoli.
TORONTO (5) — LHP Brett Anderson; 2B Darwin Barney, OF Jose Bautista; C Miguel Montero; OF Michael Saunders.
ARIZONA (7) — OF Gregor Blanco; LHP Jorge De La Rosa; RHP David Hernandez; C Chris Iannetta; OF J.D. Martinez; RHP Fernando Rodney; INF Adam Rosales.
ATLANTA (2) — RHP R.A. Dickey; RHP Jason Motte.
CHI. CUBS (8) — RHP Jake Arrieta; C Alex Avila; RHP Wade Davis; LHP Brian Duensing; OF Jon Jay; RHP John Lackey; C Rene Rivera; RHP Koji Uehara.
CINCINNATI (4) — RHP Bronson Arroyo; SS Zack Cozart; RHP Scott Feldman; RHP Drew Storen.
COLORADO (9) — OF Alexi Amarista; RHP Tyler Chatwood; OF Carlos Gonzalez; C Ryan Hanigan; RHP Greg Holland, C Jonathan Lucroy; LHP Jake McGee; RHP Pat Neshek; 1B Mark Reynolds.
L.A. DODGERS (7) — RHP Yu Darvish; OF Andre Ethier; OF Curtis Granderson; OF Franklin Gutierrez; RHP Brandon Morrow; 2B Chase Utley; LHP Tony Watson.
MIAMI (4) — INF Mike Aviles; C A.J. Ellis; RHP Dustin McGowan; OF Ichiro Suzuki.
MILWAUKEE (3) — RHP Matt Garza; RHP Anthony Swarzak; 2B Neil Walker.
N.Y. METS (1) — INF Jose Reyes.
PHILADELPHIA (4) — INF Andres Blanco; RHP Clay Buchholz; OF Hyun-Soo Kim; OF Daniel Nava.
PITTSBURGH (3) — RHP Joaquin Benoit; 1B John Jaso; C Chris Stewart.
ST. LOUIS (4) — LHP Zach Duke; RHP Lance Lynn; RHP Juan Nicasio; RHP Seung-Hwan Oh.
SAN DIEGO (4) — SS Erick Aybar; RHP Jhoulys Chacin; RHP Jordan Lyles; RHP Craig Stammen.
SAN FRANCISCO (4) — RHP Matt Cain (retired); C Nick Hundley; 1B/3B Jae-Gynn Hwang; OF Michael Morse.
WASHINGTON (12) — RHP Matt Albers; RHP Joe Blanton; OF Alejandro De Aza; 2B Stephen Drew; RHP Edwin Jackson,; OF/2B Howie Kendrick; RHP Brandon Kintzler; 1B Adam Lind; C Jose Lobaton; LHP Oliver Perez; OF Ryan Raburn; OF Jayson Werth.
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(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports) —- If the Miami Marlins follow through on their apparent intentions to trade Giancarlo Stanton, they’ll have the rare distinction of dealing away a newly minted MVP.
Stanton earned the award in the National League on Thursday by only two points after a career season in which he belted 59 home runs, the highest total in the majors since 2001.
In the fourth-closest MVP race ever, Stanton received 10 of the 30 first-place votes and had 302 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He edged out Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto, who also received 10 first-place votes but 300 points.
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt finished third with 239 points.
Finally free of the injuries that sidetracked him the last two years, Stanton put together the kind of monstrous season long envisioned of him. He batted .281 and set career highs in home runs and RBI, leading the majors with 132. Stanton also finished second in the league in on-base plus slugging percentage with a 1.007 mark and was a finalist for the Gold Glove in right field.
Mechanical adjustments that included closing his stance contributed to a staggering home run outburst for Stanton, whose blasts typically left little doubt they would leave the yard.
During a 48-game stretch from July 5-Aug. 29, Stanton banged out 30 homers to help the Marlins go 29-19 and briefly climb above .500. However, they went on a tailspin shortly after that and finished 77-85, well out of the playoff race.
A new ownership group headed by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter has since taken over and made it clear it plans to shed payroll, and Stanton’s contract – which calls for him to earn $295 million over the next 10 years – may be the starting point.
If so, the 28-year-old Stanton would join Alex Rodriguez as MVPs traded in the offseason when they won the award. The Texas Rangers sent Rodriguez and the remainder of his $252 million contract to the New York Yankees in February 2004, months after he claimed baseball’s top individual honor in the American League.
This year’s MVP race rekindled the longstanding debate over whether a player from a contending team is more worthy than an elite performer on an also-ran.
Goldschmidt, a runner-up for the third time in five years, was a major factor in the Diamondbacks improving by 24 wins and reaching the postseason for the first time since 2011. The five-time All-Star batted .297 with 36 homers, 120 RBI and a .966 OPS. In addition, Goldschmidt stole 18 bases and collected his third Gold Glove.
He looked like the favorite going into September, but batted just .171 in the final month – likely in part because of an elbow injury – while Stanton was following up his 18-homer August with another eight in September.
None of the top MVP candidates could claim more consistency than Votto, the OPS leader in the NL with a 1.032 mark. Previously dogged by charges that he was too picky at the plate and did not drive in enough runs, Votto led the league in walks for the fifth time but also hit 36 homers to go along with 100 RBI. He had an OPS above .875 in every month.
Like Stanton, though, Votto played for a losing team, as the Reds finished last in the NL Central at 68-94.
In Stanton’s case, the astonishing power display was enough to overcome the bias toward players on contending teams. Now he awaits to find out whether he’ll soon join one.
As a three-time batting champ and four-time American League hits leader, Jose Altuve long ago erased any concerns about his height. Now it’s his stature within the game that’s talked about.
On Thursday, the Houston Astros second baseman rose to baseball’s highest individual level when he was chosen as the AL MVP.
The 5-foot-6 Altuve was named on 27 of 30 first-place ballots to collect 405 points as he outdistanced New York Yankees rookie Aaron Judge, who received two first-place votes for 279 points. Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez was third with 237 points.
Altuve, 27, was the catalyst of baseball’s most prolific offense, hitting a majors-best .346 with 24 homers, 81 RBI, 32 steals and a .957 on-base plus slugging percentage.
He became the first AL player to win a World Series and MVP award in the same year since the Detroit Tigers’ Willie Hernandez in 1984.
A native of Venezuela, Altuve was one of four Houston players remaining from the 2013 team that lost 111 games. As such, he brought a desire for constant improvement to the Astros, who rampaged to the AL West crown, came from behind to beat the Yankees in the AL Championship Series and outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers in a memorable World Series to claim the first championship in franchise history.
In a season when Judge put up spectacular power numbers but endured several peaks and valleys, Altuve remained a picture of consistency, batting .347 in the first half and .344 in the second. He hit at least .298 with an .850 OPS in every month and went on a stunning tear in July, batting .485 for the month.
Altuve paired up with emerging superstar Carlos Correa to become the only keystone combo in the big leagues featuring both players with an OPS above .900. In the 40 games Correa missed in the second half with a thumb injury, Altuve batted .384 with a 1.015 OPS.
“Everything Altuve is about makes an MVP,’’ Astros manager A.J. Hinch said late in the season. “His strength, his consistency, his dominance in a lot of aspects of the game. He really embodies what an MVP is.’’
Not that Judge, who stands 13 inches taller, didn’t have a strong case of his own.
The unanimous AL rookie of the year led the league with 52 home runs and finished second in RBI with 114 and OPS at 1.049, which was 92 points higher than Altuve’s third-place mark. Displaying the grace and poise of former Yankees icon Derek Jeter, Judge quickly won over fans not just in New York but nationwide as he pounded titanic home runs at record pace.
Judge had 30 by the All-Star break, won the Home Run Derby, then fell into a deep slump that saw him bat .179 over the next 44 games and served as a reminder he was still a rookie.
A big September that included 15 home runs and helped power the Yankees to a wild-card spot rekindled Judge’s MVP candidacy, but not enough to match Altuve’s all-around greatness.
In his first year as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Torey Lovullo lifted the franchise from a 69-win season in 2016 to 93, third most in the National League, and a postseason appearance in 2017.
For his accomplishments, Lovullo was named the NL’s Manager of the Year, the Baseball Writers’ Assn. of America announced on Tuesday.
In the American League, Paul Molitor, a finalist for the award for the second time in three years, led the Minnesota Twins to a surprise run to the AL Wild Card Game to win his first Manager of the Year award.
Molitor received 18 of 30 first-place votes and 111 total points. Terry Francona of the Cleveland Indians received 11 first place votes and A.J. Hinch of the Houston Astros received one to finish second and third, respectively.
Lovullo received 18 of 30 first-place votes and 111 total points. Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers received five first place votes and Bud Black of the Colorado Rockies received three to finish second and third, respectively.
Under Lovullo, the D’backs finished second in the NL West with a 93-69 record to earn a wild card berth. They beat the Rockies in the wild-card game and advanced to the NL Division Series, where they were swept by the eventual NL champion Dodgers.
The players credit Lovullo’s success by helping create a good clubhouse culture and the ability to communicate freely.
Lovullo, 52, became the third Diamondbacks manager to win the award, following Bob Melvin (2007) and Kirk Gibson (2011).
The Twins, with the ninth lowest payroll in the majors, turned a 103-loss season in 2016 to an 85-win year — an MLB-high 26-game improvement. In doing so, the Twins became the first club to go from losing 100 games to making the postseason the next year.
In a mid-season twist, the Twins became sellers at the July 31 trading deadline after going 50-53. But after winning 20 games in August, Molitor led the Twins to the second wild card berth.
Molitor, a Hall of Famer, and the Twins lost to the New York Yankees 8-4 in the wild card game.
(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — Max Scherzer heard his name and thrust his arms in the air, shouting and smiling big before turning to kiss his wife.
Corey Kluber, on the other hand, gulped once and blinked.
Two aces, two different styles — and now another Cy Young Award for each.
The animated Scherzer of the Washington Nationals coasted to his third Cy Young, winning Wednesday for the second straight year in the National League. He breezed past Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, drawing 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Kluber’s win was even more of a runaway. The Cleveland Indians ace took 28 first-place votes, easily outpacing Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox for his second AL Cy Young.
Scherzer yelled “yes!” when his award was announced on MLB Network, a reaction in keeping with his expressive reputation. He showed that intensity often this year, whether he was cursing under his breath like a madman during his delivery or demanding — also with expletives — that manager Dusty Baker leave him in the game.
Just a little different than the pitcher they call “Klubot.” Kluber was stoic as ever when announced as the AL winner. He swallowed hard but otherwise didn’t react, only showing the hint of a smile moments later when answering questions.
Not that he wasn’t thrilled.
“Winning a second one maybe, for me personally, kind of validates the first one,” Kluber said.
Scherzer’s win moves him into rare company. He’s the 10th pitcher with at least three Cy Youngs, and among the other nine, only Kershaw and Roger Clemens aren’t in the Hall of Fame.
“That’s why I’m drinking a lot of champagne tonight,” Scherzer said.
Scherzer earned the NL honor last year with Washington and the 2013 American League prize with Detroit.
“This one is special,” he said. “When you start talking about winning three times, I can’t even comprehend it at this point.”
Scherzer was 16-6 with a career-best 2.51 ERA this year. The 33-year-old righty struck out a league-leading 268 for the NL East champion Nationals, and in an era noted for declining pitcher durability, he eclipsed 200 innings for the fifth straight season. He had to overcome a variety of ailments to get there, and Washington’s training staff was high on his thank-you list.
“Everybody had a role in keeping me out on the field,” he said. “I’m very thankful for all their hard work.”
Kershaw has won three NL Cy Youngs and was the last pitcher to win back-to-back. He was 18-4 with a league-best 2.31 ERA and 202 strikeouts. This is his second runner-up finish. Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals finished third.
Kluber missed a month of the season with back pain and still easily won the AL award over Sale and third-place finisher Luis Severino of the New York Yankees. Kluber led the majors with a 2.25 ERA, and his 18 wins tied for the most in baseball. He added to the Cy Young he won with the Indians in 2014 and is the 19th pitcher to win multiple times.
The 31-year-old Kluber was especially dominant down the stretch, closing out the season by going 11-1 to help Cleveland win the AL Central. He and Minnesota’s Ervin Santana tied for the major league lead with five complete games — nobody else had more than two. Kluber also led the majors with 8.0 wins above replacement, per baseball-reference.com.
Kluber and Scherzer both had rough outings in the playoffs. Kluber gave up nine runs over two starts in an AL Division Series against the Yankees, and Scherzer blew a save in the decisive Game 5 of an NL Division Series against the Cubs.
Scherzer said he couldn’t even watch the League Championship Series, although he did tune in for the World Series.
“That will eat at me this whole offseason,” he said.
Voting for the awards was completed before the postseason began.
The final BBWAA honors will come Thursday when the MVP awards are announced in the AL and NL.
Aaron Judge began the year just hoping to have a locker in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse.
He ends it with his own rooting section in right field, a strong celebrity profile, a rookie-record 52 home runs – and the American League Rookie of the Year award.
Judge, the 6-foot-7, 25-year-old slugger whose “Judge’s Chambers” became a Bronx fixture as he kept pounding home runs, on Monday was named the first unanimous AL rookie winner since the Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu in 2014. He received all 15 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Assn. of America. Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi received 23 of 30 second-place votes, while Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini finished third.
He also becomes the first Yankee to win the award since Derek Jeter in 1996. While Judge has a long way to go to match the Cooperstown-bound shortstop’s two decades of accomplishments, there were times in his rookie year that Judge proved able to handle the spotlight with Jeter’s aplomb.
Even for a guy rightfully concerned he wouldn’t make the club out of spring training.
“I’m still sitting back trying to think of what all happened this year,” Judge said in a conference call Monday evening. “From battling in spring training, to the highs and lows all year, to the playoffs and coming up short. It’s nothing I ever could have dreamed about. I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
“The highs and lows mold you. It was an incredible year.”
At times, Judge made it look easy.
Judge hit the All-Star break with 30 home runs, and commanded significant attention at the Midsummer Classic. The buzz continued after Judge won the Home Run Derby at Marlins Park, but a cold streak dogged the strikeout-prone slugger – he fanned 208 times in 2017- through much of July and August. In one 20-game stretch, he struck out 37 times while batting just .171.
But Judge got hot again, hitting 15 homers in his final 27 games to zoom past Mark McGwire’s rookie record of 49 homers set in 1987. The Yankees, meanwhile, won the wild card game against Minnesota and came within one win of their first World Series appearance since 2009.
They’ll try again next year – when Judge will have a solid idea that he’ll make the squad from the get-go.
For the first time since they captured five consecutive National League Rookie of the Year awards from 1992-96, the Los Angeles Dodgers have won the top rookie award back-to-back.
Monday, it was Cody Bellinger following in Corey Seager’s footsteps, a core that figures to position the Dodgers at the top of the NL for years to come.
Bellinger, like Seager, captured the award in unanimous fashion, after slugging an NL rookie record 39 home runs – a feat he pulled off despite not making his major league debut until April 25.
Now, he’s the 18th Dodger to earn top rookie honors – a group that began with Jackie Robinson, the man for whom the rookie award is now named.
“It’s a huge honor,” Bellinger said in a TV interview after earning the award. “Now that the season’s over, I’m really trying to reflect how crazy this season was. To top it off and be part of those big-name guys is really special.”
Bellinger received all 30 first-place votes – Kris Bryant and Seager make it three consecutive unanimous NL winners – to outpoint St. Louis shortstop Paul DeJong (56 total points) and Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell (32).
A fourth-round pick in 2013 and the son of former major league utilityman Clay Bellinger, the Dodgers first baseman reached 21 home runs in 51 games, faster than anyone to start a major league career. Bellinger reached the All-Star break with 25 home runs, and the Dodgers raced out to a 91-36 start.
Both player and team saw their rolls slowed in August, when Bellinger suffered an ankle injury and the Dodgers began a skid of 16 losses in 17 games.
Bellinger – and Seager, as well – returned from injury and the Dodgers steadied themselves, all the way to their first World Series since 1988.
That’s a feat never achieved by the Dodger quintet that owned the NL rookie award in the early ’90s – Eric Karros, Mike Piazza, Raul Mondesi, Hideo Nomo and Todd Hollandsworth.
That core began dismantling in 1998, when Piazza was traded away. The Dodgers need not worry about their new core for a while: Bellinger and Seager will be around through at least 2021.
Bellinger says the Dodgers’ seven-game loss to the Houston Astros in the World Series was “pretty exhausting,” although he doesn’t anticipate a Dodgers hangover in 2018.
“The taste in everyone’s mouth after we lost was definitely sour,” Bellinger said on a conference call. “Obviously the young guys are hungry, and those (more experienced) guys are hungry. It’s going to be a fun year.”
(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports) — With the postseason completed, award season has officially began.
Let the debates begin.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced the top three vote-getters for the MVP, Cy Young and rookie of the year awards on Monday.
The honors will be announced next week on MLB Network. Voting was completed by the end of the regular season.
With the postseason completed, award season has officially began.
Let the debates begin.
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced the top three vote-getters for the MVP, Cy Young and rookie of the year awards on Monday.
The honors will be announced next week on MLB Network. Voting was completed by the end of the regular season.
Award date and finalists (times ET):
AL rookie of the year (6:15 p.m.)
NL rookie of the year (6:43 p.m.)
NL manager of the year (6:15 p.m)
AL manager of the year (6:43 p.m.)
AL Cy Young Award (6:15 p.m.)
NL Cy Young Award (6:43 p.m.)
NL MVP (6:15 p.m.)
AL MVP (6:45 p.m.)
Award date and finalists (times ET):
AL rookie of the year (6:15 p.m.)
NL rookie of the year (6:43 p.m.)
NL manager of the year (6:15 p.m)
AL manager of the year (6:43 p.m.)
AL Cy Young Award (6:15 p.m.)
NL Cy Young Award (6:43 p.m.)
NL MVP (6:15 p.m.)
AL MVP (6:45 p.m.)
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) — Joe Girardi will not return as the New York Yankees’ manager in 2018, he and the club confirmed in statements issued to news media outlets on Thursday.
“With a heavy heart, I come to you because the Yankees have decided not to bring me back,” Girardi said, confirming reports of his somewhat startling departure.
The Yankees fell one game short of reaching the World Series this season, losing to the Houston Astros in the American League Championship Series in seven games. They posted a 91-71 record this season, marking the fifth season in Girardi’s tenure in which they won 90 games or more.
Girardi was in the final year of a four-year, $16-million contract. The New York Post reported Wednesday that Girardi was set to meet with general manager Brian Cashman Thursday to discuss his future with the organization. Cashman’s three-year contract is also set to expire.
“I want to thank Joe for his 10 years of hard work and service to this organization,” said Cashman in a statement released by the club. “Everything this organization does is done with careful and thorough consideration, and we’ve decided to pursue alternatives for the managerial position.”
“As Hal Steinbrenner and I mentioned to Joe directly this week, he has been a tremendous Yankee on the field and away from it, as a player, coach and manager. He has a tireless work ethic, and put his heart into every game he managed over the last decade. He should take great pride in our accomplishments during his tenure, and I wish Joe and his family nothing but success and happiness in the future.”
Girardi declined to speak about his future after a Game 7 loss to the Astros. He’d drawn the ire of fans and media after several moves in a Division Series loss to the Cleveland Indians backfired, but the team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win the best-of-five series.
It’s not a bad time for Girardi to hit the market: The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies both seek managers, and top candidates Alex Cora and Mickey Callaway already took jobs with the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets, respectively.
“I’ve had 10 great years here,” Girardi said after the ALCS Game 7 loss. I feel extremely blessed. God has been good to me. And we’ll see what the future holds.”
Girardi leaves the organization with a managerial record of 910-710 over 10 seasons, including a World Series title in 2009. The 53-year-old also previously served as manager of the Miami Marlins after a 15-year playing career with the Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals.
Girardi joins Dusty Baker, formerly of the Nationals, and John Farrell, formerly of the Red Sox, as managers who led their teams to the postseason this fall but are now unemployed.
ESPN 1000 first reported the news of Girardi’s departure Thursday morning, citing league sources.
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HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve had just arrived in the Astros dugout after launching his third home run of the game when George Springer grabbed his right biceps and examined it, as if searching for an explanation for his teammate’s extraordinary pop.
“He makes sure he stays on top of his gym routine, whatever it is,” Springer said. “The dude is just a joke.”
The major league batting champion put on an unprecedented show of power Thursday as Houston roughed up Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox 8-2 in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.
Buoyed by chants of “MVP” in each trip to the plate, the 5-foot-6 Altuve hit solo homers in the first and fifth innings off Sale. He connected again in the seventh off reliever Austin Maddox to give Houston a quick boost in the best-of-five series.
“As soon as I cross the white line, I feel the same size as everyone else,” Altuve said.
It was just the 10th time a player hit three homers in a postseason game, and first since Pablo Sandoval for the Giants in the 2012 World Series opener against Detroit. Babe Ruth did it twice.
“I told him the last time I’ve seen three home runs in a game was Pablo Sandoval and I gave up two of them, so I’m glad there’s somebody new that’s done it,” winning pitcher Justin Verlander said.
Altuve became the first Astros player to hit three homers in one game since 2007, when Carlos Lee did it in the regular season. He seemed as surprised as anyone else that he was now in a category with the Sultan of Swat, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols.
“I hit one and I was like: ‘Wow,'” he said. “And the second one is like: ‘Wow, what’s going on here?”
And his thoughts after the third?
“I got to wake up,” he said, flashing a huge grin.
After he finished talking to Springer following his third shot, Altuve’s teammates goaded him into exiting the dugout for a curtain call. And as he tipped his hat to the crowd, one fan near the dugout held a sign that proclaimed in blue block letters: “That Kid Can Hit.”
Verlander pitched six effective innings and improved to 6-0 since Houston got him in late trade with Detroit. He is 5-0 with a 2.24 ERA in nine career starts in the division series.
Sale, the major league strikeout leader, was tagged for seven runs in five-plus innings of his postseason debut.
Game 2 is Friday, with Dallas Keuchel starting for the Astros against Drew Pomeranz.
Among the shortest players in the majors, Altuve couldn’t be a bigger leader for the Astros. He’s one of the few players remaining who languished through a rebuilding process that led to three straight 100-loss seasons from 2011-13, and is perhaps the main reason this team ran away with the AL West title this year.
“First off, how good is Jose Altuve?” Houston manager A.J. Hinch asked. “It’s incredible to watch him step up and be every bit the star that we needed today for sure. It’s hard to describe in different ways.”
Altuve hit .346 this year, his fourth straight 200-hit season. He had 24 home runs this year — this was his third career multihomer game, and the first time he’d hit three all at once.
Quite a comeback from his only previous postseason — in 2015, he batted just .154 (4 for 26) without an extra-base hit.
Alex Bregman and Altuve hit back-to-back homers in the first inning , making Sale look a bit rattled. The Red Sox tied it up by scoring a run each in the second and fourth innings before Marwin Gonzalez lined a two-run double in the fourth for a 4-2 lead.
There were two outs in the fifth inning when Altuve connected again to push the lead to 5-2 and make him the third player in franchise history with a multihomer game in the postseason, joining Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran.
The crowd of 43,402, which included Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, waved bright orange towels as Altuve trotted around the bases.
Sale never got into a rhythm and was chased after walking Josh Reddick with no outs in the sixth. The left-hander was tagged for nine hits and matched a season high for most runs allowed.
“Anytime he mislocated, particularly in the middle of the plate, they made him pay for it … And then his slider was hit and miss today,” manager John Farrell said. “Some were flat, some had good depth, but the inconsistency to the location pitch to pitch is a difference in this one against a team that makes you pay.”
After fanning 308 in the regular season, Sale struck out six. But he allowed three homers and three doubles, marking just the second time in his career that he’s given up six extra-base hits.
“Never really gave my team a chance to win. Put them in a hole early,” Sale said. “They fought back and they fought back hard and I gave it right back to them. It happens (but a) terrible time for it to happen.”
Verlander, a playoff veteran who was starting his 17th postseason game, yielded six hits, struck out three and walked two to help the Astros take the early lead in the series.
Sandy Leon had two hits and drove in a run and Rafael Devers added an RBI for the AL East champs.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer made Aaron Judge look silly, and made his manager look like a genius.
One year after nearly costing the Indians a trip to the World Series, Bauer helped them take the first step back.
Named a surprise starter for Game 1, Bauer chopped Judge and New York’s other big bats down to size, and Jay Bruce drove in three runs as Cleveland began chasing its first World Series title in 69 years with a 4-0 win over the Yankees on the Thursday night in the opener of the AL Division Series.
Bauer struck out Judge three times , twice getting the MVP candidate looking. He allowed just two hits in 6 2-3 innings before manager Terry Francona, who chose to start the right-hander over ace Corey Kluber, turned to baseball’s best bullpen, using Andrew Miller and closer Cody Allen to finish the three-hitter.
Allen came in with two on and two outs in the eighth to face Judge, who struck out for the fourth time and the rookie angrily snatched at his bat frustration. Allen then worked the ninth for a save.
Judge’s verdict on Bauer was unanimous in New York’s clubhouse.
“He was mixing his pitches well, he was using the corners extremely well,” he said. “You’ve got to tip your cap sometimes. We’ve just got to pick ourselves up and get ready for tomorrow.”
New York’s now got to face Kluber, an 18-game winner during the regular season. He’ll start Game 2 on Friday against CC Sabathia.
Bruce connected for a two-run homer in the fourth off Sonny Gray and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth as the Indians began a journey to try and end the majors’ longest Series title drought.
Eyebrows were raised when Francona picked Bauer instead of Kluber, and the eccentric right-hander, perhaps best known for slicing a pinkie open while repairing a drone during last year’s postseason and bleeding all over the mound in Toronto, delivered a performance that started October just right for the Indians.
“The mindset was to go out there like a closer in the first inning and put up a scoreless inning at all costs,” Bauer said. “And then if I was still in the game, do it again in the second inning and the third and on until I was taken out of the game. So no-hitter, 10-hitter, or whatever, that was the mindset. I never really strayed from that.”
Coming off their win over Minnesota in the wild-card game Tuesday, when Judge homered in his playoff debut, the Yankees came in with momentum.
Bauer stopped the Bronx Bombers cold.
He struck out eight and took a no-hitter into the sixth before Aaron Hicks doubled with one out. It was the longest no-hit bid by a Cleveland pitcher in the postseason, bettering Hall of Famers Bob Feller (1948) and Early Wynn (1954), who both went four innings.
Bauer improved to 3-0 this season against the Yankees.
“His curveball was really good,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “It’s as good as we’ve seen it, and he’s been pitching better. You look at his second half, and he had better command. We didn’t get many free base runners, which we have in the past off of him, and he was really good.”
Taking the mound to his usual thundering warm-up music, “The Pursuit of Vikings,” an intimidating song by Swedish metal band Amon Amarth, Bauer didn’t mess around.
He struck out Judge in the first watching a curveball. Bauer, who is 11-1 in his last 14 starts, struck out Judge again in the fourth, but the All-Star reached on a wild pitch. Bauer, though, regrouped by getting Gary Sanchez to bounce into a double play before he freezing Didi Gregorius for his sixth strikeout.
Bauer got help from All-Star-second baseman-turned-center fielder Jason Kipnis, who made a diving catch to rob Chase Headley in the third. As Kipnis slowly got to his feet, Bauer raised both arms above his head, pumped his fist and screamed to salute his teammate.
Bruce gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the fourth with a towering homer to right.
After Edwin Encarnacion walked, Gray came inside with a 0-1 fastball and Bruce got around on it. As his shot cut through the fall night, Judge appeared as if he might be able to make a play near the wall, but the 6-foot-7 slugger could only watch as Bruce’s shot sailed into the seats.
Bruce nearly caught Encarnacion on the bases, and as he finished a home-run trot that was more of a sprint, Cleveland’s fans hollered “Bruuuuuuuce” like a crowd at a Springsteen concert.
The Indians are 43-9 since Bruce arrived in an Aug. 9 trade from the New York Mets.
“I’m very, very fortunate to be here,” Bruce said. “I couldn’t have fallen into a better situation. Obviously, when you get traded and you’re in trade rumors, it’s usually a contender or a team that’s contending at the moment. For whatever reason, I ended up here. And this has been a blast so far.”
Because of his personality and unorthodox training techniques, it took Bauer time to feel comfortable with his Cleveland teammates. But they’ve grown to appreciate his quirky ways and the fact that he’s a gamer.
Bauer said Wednesday that he was “miserable” and depressed earlier this season, when he was struggling and unable to help.
“It was like I was on the team but didn’t feel like I was contributing, which is a terrible feeling for any competitor,” he said. “You want to be one of the main guys out there with your teammates and contributing.”
He’s doing his part now.
(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- A look at what’s happening around the majors today:
DUEL IN THE DESERT
Nolan Arenado and the Colorado Rockies face Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke in the NL wild-card game at 8:08 p.m. EDT. It’s a matchup of teams that know each other well. The division rivals share a spring training facility and played each other 19 times this season. The winner of No. 20 heads for Los Angeles to play the NL West champion Dodgers in a best-of-five Division Series beginning Friday. “There’s no secrets here,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We know what they like to do. They know our players.”
ONE DAY AWAY
The Red Sox and Astros work out in Houston ahead of their AL Division Series. Pitching matchups are set for the first two games, with Justin Verlander scheduled to start Thursday’s opener for the Astros against Chris Sale. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball in Game 2 vs. Boston left-hander Drew Pomeranz. “It’s really deciding between two really deserving, really good guys,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “So I didn’t have a lot of stress about it other than we had to pick an order.”
After a wild-card win Tuesday night over Minnesota to start the 2017 postseason, Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees will be in Cleveland to prepare for their best-of-five Division Series against the defending AL champion Indians. In a surprise move, Cleveland plans to pitch Trevor Bauer (17-9, 4.18 ERA) in the opener Thursday rather than ace Corey Kluber (18-4, 2.25). Baseball’s most dominant pitcher for months, Kluber is scheduled to start Game 2. Indians manager Terry Francona said part of his decision to go with the rubber-armed Bauer in Game 1 is so he can use his best pitcher — Kluber — in a potential Game 5. In other news, All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley will be on the ALDS 25-man roster as a pinch-hitter. Brantley was sidelined for 50 games with an injured ankle ligament before returning last week and getting a single in his first at-bat since Aug. 8. Francona said the hope is for Brantley’s role to expand if the Indians advance.
Both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, who are pitted in the National League wild card game, head into the postseason with many similarities.
Oddly enough, both clubs have new managers and both flipped their records around this season.
Under Torey Lovullo, the Diamondbacks finished 93-69 after a 69-93 record last year.
Under Bud Black, the Rockies finished 87-75 after a 75-87 record in 2016.
So who will win the game that matters most? The Diamondbacks have a 52% chance of winning the game against the Rockies, according to Fangraphs.com.
Date: Wednesday, 8:08 pm ET
TV: TBS. Ernie Johnson (play-by-play) will be joined by analyst Ron Darling and reporter Sam Ryan.
Where: Chase Field, Phoenix
Season series: Arizona won 11-8.
Starters: Jon Gray (10-4), Rockies at Zack Greinke (17-7), Diamondbacks
The Fernando Rodney Experience: “It definitely kept people on their toes,’’ said catcher Mike Zunino, Rodney’s teammate on the Seattle Mariners in 2014 and ’15. “That one year he had 48 saves (2014), no matter what happened you knew he could get out of it. But he had the defense on their toes when he had those longer innings.’’
Best trade ever? The Diamondbacks acquired J.D. Martinez from the Detroit Tigers on July 18 for three minor leaguers, He hit .302 with 29 homers and 65 RBI in 62 games with the Diamondbacks. In September, he batted .404 with 26 runs, eight doubles, 16 homers and 36 RBI in 24 games.
Rockies: CF Charlie Blackmon, 2B DJ LeMahieu, 3B Nolan Arenado, RF Carlos Gonzalez, SS Trevor Story, 1B Mark Reynolds, LF Ian Desmond, C Jonathan Lucroy.
Diamondbacks: RF David Peralta, SS Ketel Marte, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, LF J.D. Martinez, 3B Jake Lamb, CF A.J. Pollock, 2B Daniel Descalso, C Chris Iannetta.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Minutes into the playoff debut for these young New York Yankees, they trailed Minnesota by three runs. Their starting pitcher lasted just one out. A sellout crowd was stunned.
Could their postseason be over almost before it began?
Nope. A strange AL wild-card game was only just beginning.
“We’ve had a quite a few games where we’ve gotten down early,” Aaron Judge said. “Just keep battling. Just stay calm. Just play your game, and good things will happen.”
Judge, Didi Gregorius and a brilliant bullpen rescued New York and lifted the Yankees to their first postseason victory in five years.
Gregorius’ three-run homer tied the score in the first inning after Minnesota knocked out Luis Severino, a pumped-up Judge showed his most emotion this season when he hit a two-run shot in his playoff debut and the Yankees beat the Twins 8-4 Tuesday night. New York plays the Indians in a best-of-five Division Series starting Thursday.
“We’re not done yet,” Judge said. “We’ve just got to keep it rolling in Cleveland.”
Brett Gardner also homered for the Yankees, who chased Ervin Santana after two innings and once again eliminated Minnesota from the playoffs.
Chad Green, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle and Aroldis Chapman combined for 8 2/3 innings of one-run, five-hit relief, striking out 13 to tie the postseason record for a bullpen.
“It was just remarkable,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Twins manager Paul Molitor marveled at the Yankees relievers and Girardi’s use of them over 142 pitches.
“He extended some guys probably past their comfort zone,” the Hall of Famer said. “They still performed.”
Brian Dozier led off the game with a home run and Eddie Rosario hit a two-run drive as the Twins burst to a quick lead.
But Santana went to full counts on eight of 11 batters, and he was removed after six outs and 64 pitches with the Twins trailing 4-3.
“It’s the exhilaration of jumping out,” Molitor said, “and then the deflation of giving it back so quickly.”
Minnesota, the first team to follow a 100-loss season with a playoff appearance, lost its 13th consecutive postseason game, tying the record set by Boston from 1986-95. The Twins have been eliminated by the Yankees in five of their last six postseason appearances and have not won a playoff series since 2002.
“Nobody expected us to be here,” Byron Buxton said. “That’s an amazing achievement.”
New York won nine regular-season games after trailing by three runs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau — including when Severino fell behind against the Twins on Sept. 20 as New York rebounded to complete a series sweep. Gregorius erased the deficit in this one four batters into the bottom of the first.
“I was hyped, and I tried to get the game going, tried to get the guys going,” he said.
Judge, the 6-foot-7 sensation who set a rookie record with 52 home runs, was given a Ruthian ovation, with several sections of fans holding signs in his honor spelling out “All Rise!” He scored three runs, hitting a single to help ignite the first-inning rally, smoking a 108 mph home run off loser Jose Berrios in the fourth and walking in the seventh before coming home when Alan Busenitz walked Aaron Hicks with the bases loaded.
Judge shouted in excitement as he rounded first base after the homer, his face flush with emotion.
“This place was rocking. It was incredible,” he said.
New York had made only one postseason appearance since 2012, losing the 2015 wild-card game to Houston 3-0. Just three Yankees who started that game were in the starting lineup, part of a Baby Bombers movement that purged the roster of veterans.
At 23, Severino was the youngest Yankees postseason starter since Andy Pettitte in 1995. The right-hander lasted only 29 pitches on a crisp autumn night and matched the Yankees’ shortest postseason start, by Bob Turley in Game 2 of the 1958 World Series and Art Ditmar in the 1960 World Series opener.
Severino was shaking his head as walked to the dugout and Green replaced him with runners at second and third. Green struck out Buxton and Jason Castro , then fanned three in a row in the second.
“I think we’re all ready to be in from the first to the ninth,” Green said.
Robertson came in with the bases loaded in the third and allowed Buxton’s RBI grounder , then struck out Castro.
Robertson tired in the sixth but earned the win, leaving after 52 pitches and 3 1/3 innings. His only longer professional outing was 3 2/3 innings for Double-A Trenton in April 2008.
Kahnle relieved with a runner on and retired Joe Mauer on a flyout to the warning track . After Kahnle threw 2 1/3 perfect innings , Chapman struck out three around a hit in the ninth.
A pitcher named Santana — Johan Santana — beat the Yankees for the Twins’ last postseason win in 2004. But Ervin Santana’s career postseason ERA climbed to 6.57, contributing to a first inning that lasted 45 minutes and three innings that took 1:43.
Gardner walked leading off, Judge poked a single to center and Gregorius lined a fastball over the right-field scoreboard. Brushed off the plate by a 2-2 pitch in the second, Gardner sent Santana’s next offering into the second deck in right for a 4-3 lead.
Green struck out the side in the second, but left in the third after a leadoff single and two walks loaded the bases. Buxton hit into a run-scoring forceout before Robertson struck out Castro, and the Yankees went ahead for good in the bottom half when Gary Sanchez doubled off Berrios leading off and scored on Greg Bird’s two-out single.
“”I think we can win it all,” Todd Frazier said after a draining game that took 3:51. “If we just keep doing what we’ve been doing, like we did today, sky’s the limit.”
After a moment of silence for victims of the Las Vegas shooting , Broadway star Aaron Tveit asked fans to join him in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Players on both teams remained at attention on the field until the color guard reached the foul line. Yankees reliever Chasen Shreve, a Las Vegas native, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
WAY BACK WHEN
When the Yankees last won a postseason game, Judge was at Fresno State. Bird had just finished a season with the Class A Staten Island Yankees, Sanchez with the Class A Tampa Yankees and Severino with the Dominican Summer League Yankees.
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (13-12) is likely to start Thursday for the Yankees against the Indians and Trevor Bauer (17-9).
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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP) —- All those home runs by Aaron Judge, all those wins by the Los Angeles Dodgers, nicely done. Except none of that matters now — a sinker that bounces to the backstop, a liner that hooks barely foul, the whole script flips.
October has a way of doing that.
The Major League Baseball playoffs start Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium when New York hosts the Minnesota Twins in the AL wild-card game. A look at the 2017 postseason, from A to Z:
A: ALTUVE’S ASTROS — Generously listed at 5-foot-6, Jose Altuve is baseball’s little big man. The do-everything second baseman won his third AL batting title and aims to lead the Astros to their first World Series crown. With the Houston area recovering from Hurricane Harvey, they’re the sentimental favorites.
B: BULLPENS — Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman going long, Andrew Miller entering early, Clayton Kershaw as a closer. The old rules were out last October when it came to relief roles. We’ll see what pops up in the ‘pens this year.
C: CUBS VS. CLEVELAND — Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Corey Kluber & Crew, once more? It’s been a while since a World Series rematch, when Reggie Jackson led the Yanks over the Dodgers in 1977-78. But, it’s already been a ripe year for repeats — Warriors vs. Cavaliers, Alabama vs. Clemson.
D: DEBUTS — Strikeout king Chris Sale makes his first playoff appearance when Boston starts at Houston on Thursday in the best-of-five AL Division Series. Rockies bopper Nolan Arenado and Twins slugger Brian Dozier are postseason newbies, too. So is Nationals backup Adam Lind, after 12 years and more than 1,300 games.
E: EXTRA — Hmmm, anyone remember the last time a postseason game went to extra innings? Hard to top the Cubs’ 10-inning, rain-delayed, 8-7 thriller over Cleveland in Game 7. The Red Sox are the experts of extras this year — they’re 15-3, including seven straight wins.
F: FREE AGENTS — Sure, 20 teams are done. But their fans can always dream. Cubs righty Jake Arrieta, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and Rays thumper Logan Morrison are on the list of who’ll soon be available. The most intriguing possibility might be Shohei Otani, a star pitcher and hitter in Japan.
G: GOOD TO SEE YA — Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, when he was 10 for 17. Twins star Joe Mauer has been absent since 2010. And Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg has pitched just once in Washington’s three trips, heading into this matchup with the Cubs.
H: HOME FIELD — World Series home-field advantages goes to the team with the best record. Thankfully, it’s no longer based on who wins the All-Star Game. That means the Dodgers (104 wins) get first dibs, followed by Cleveland (102), Houston (101), Washington (97), Boston (93) and the Cubs (92).
I: INJURIES — Nationals ace Max Scherzer tweaked his hamstring, teammate Bryce Harper is getting over a bad knee. Banged-up All-Stars Miguel Sano of the Twins and Michael Brantley of the Indians might be able contribute this week. Might not.
J: JOE MADDON — A cool cat, he keeps his Cubs loose. He reveled in last year’s rallying cry: “Try Not to Suck.” The skipper became the toast of Chicago, ending that century-old drought. Funny, all those warm-and-fuzzy Wrigley Field feelings are gone now, at least beyond the Friendly Confines.
K: KERSHAW — He tied for the major league lead in wins and won his fifth ERA title. He’s a three-time Cy Young Award winner and seven-time All-Star. But will anyone get more scrutiny in the postseason than Clayton Kershaw? Probably not, because the LA lefty is 4-7 with a 4.55 ERA in the postseason.
L: LOUSY WEATHER — Too bad, the temperature is often better suited for snowballs than baseballs. It was in the low 40s at Wrigley last year, and just imagine how it might feel in Denver or Minneapolis. If you want clear conditions, root for Arizona vs. Houston and their retractable roofs.
M: MANAGERS — Twin Cities native Paul Molitor, Torey Lovullo of the Diamondbacks and Bud Black of the Rockies are first-time skippers in the playoffs. Washington’s Dusty Baker is back for his ninth try, still seeking that elusive first World Series championship.
N: NETTING — Fan safety has drawn special focus ever since a 1-year-old girl was recently hit by Todd Frazier’s 105 mph foul ball at Yankee Stadium. Of the teams in these playoffs, three already had extended the netting to screen spectators: Houston, Washington and Minnesota. The Yankees say they’ll have it next year.
O: OCTOBER — Of course. But if the World Series goes to Game 7, they’ll go beyond Halloween and play on Nov. 1.
P: PUERTO RICO — Carlos Beltran, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa are among the many players from Puerto Rico trying to raise money and awareness for the damage done to their island by Hurricane Maria. Look for messages on caps and shoes over the next few weeks.
Q: QUICK? — Extra mound conferences, longer TV commercials, more pitching changes, they all contribute to slowing down the pace in the playoffs. MLB wants to speed up the action and avoid a repeat from last year, when postseason games averaged almost 3 1/2 hours. Not a good sign that regular-season games this year took more than 3 hours, 5 minutes on average, the longest ever.
R: ROOKIES — Yankees behemoth Aaron Judge broke the major league record with 52 home runs by a rookie, Dodgers surprise Cody Bellinger set the NL mark with 39. Other newcomers who could make an impact: Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Cubs outfielder/infielder Ian Happ and 33-year-old Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel.
S: STREAKS — Jose Ramirez and the Indians set an AL record by winning 22 straight, the Dodgers dropped 11 in a row for their worst skid since moving from Brooklyn. A year after winning its first six postseason games, and in this season of streaks, Cleveland hopes to do it again.
T: TRADES — Justin Verlander (5-0, 1.06 ERA for Houston), J.D. Martinez (29 homers in 62 games for Arizona) and Jose Quintana (7-3, 3.74 for the Cubs) are some of the stars who were acquired in midseason trades. Yu Darvish, David Robertson and Eduardo Nunez also gave their new teams a boost.
U: UMPIRES — It won’t be long before some team is hollering about an ump’s strike zone. Those calls can’t be contested, but others can. Some teams are very good at getting them overturned (Joe Girardi and the Yankees won 72 percent of their challenges). Others, not so much (the Nationals were right only 36 percent).
V: VOTING — All ballots for MVP, Cy Young and other major awards must be sent before the playoffs begin. These honors will generate plenty of debate before the winners are announced in November. Altuve or Judge, Kluber or Sale?
W: WILD CARDS — Madison Bumgarner and the 2014 Giants are the only wild-card team to win the World Series since MLB went to a one-and-done format in 2012. Before that, five wild cards took the title: Cardinals (2011), Red Sox (2004), Marlins (2003, 1997) and Angels (2002).
X: XANDER BOGAERTS — Perhaps the Boston shortstop might be the next infielder to really break out in postseason. Think Javier Baez, Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist and Alcides Escobar in recent years.
Y: YANKEE STADIUM — The playoffs begin the Bronx, with Yankees youngster Luis Severino starting the AL wild-card game, taking on Ervin Santana and the Twins.
Z: ZACK GREINKE — The Arizona ace is set to throw the first pitch in Wednesday’s NL wild-card game at home against a familiar opponent. He’s 2-1 in five starts vs. Colorado this year.
Major League Baseball’s playoffs begin Tuesday with the American League wild card game, followed Wednesday with the National League wild card battle.
The World Series is scheduled to begin Oct. 24. If necessary, Game 7 is scheduled Nov. 1, falling into an unusual month for the sixth time.
With the All-Star Game no longer determining who has home field advantage, the Series will start at the home of the pennant winner with the better regular season record.
A look at the postseason schedule (All times ET):
Tuesday: Twins (Santana, 16-8) at Yankees (Severino, 14-6), ESPN, 8:09
Wednesday: Rockies (Gray, 10-4) at Diamondbacks (Greinke, 17-7), TBS, 8:08
CLEVELAND INDIANS vs. NEW YORK YANKEES or MINNESOTA TWINS
Game 1: Thursday: Yankees or Twins at Indians (Kluber, 18-4), FS1/MLBN, 7:38
Game 2: Friday: Yankees or Twins at Indians, FS1/MLBN, 5:08
Game 3: Sunday: Indians at Yankees or Twins, FS1/MLBN
*Game 4: Oct. 9: Indians at Yankees or Twins , FS1
*Game 5: Oct. 11: Yankees or Twins at Indians, FS1
HOUSTON ASTROS vs. BOSTON RED SOX
Game 1: Thursday: Red Sox (Sale, 17-8) at Astros, FS1/MLBN, 4:08
Game 2: Friday: Red Sox at Astros, FS1/MLBN, 2:05
Game 3: Sunday: Astros at Red Sox, FS1/MLBN
*Game 4: Oct. 9: Astros at Red Sox, FS1
*Game 5: Oct. 11: Red Sox at Astros, FS1
LOS ANGELES DODGERS vs. COLORADO ROCKIES or ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
Game 1: Friday: Rockies or Diamondbacks at Dodgers (Kershaw, 18-4), TBS, 10:30
Game 2: Saturday: Rockies or Diamondbacks at Dodgers, TBS, 9:08
Game 3: Oct. 9: Dodgers at Rockies or Diamondbacks, TBS
*Game 4: Oct. 10: Dodgers at Rockies or Diamondbacks, TBS
*Game 5: Oct. 12: Rockies or Diamondbacks at Dodgers, TBS
WASHINGTON NATIONALS vs. CHICAGO CUBS
Game 1: Friday: Cubs at Nationals, TBS, 7:31
Game 2: Saturday: Cubs at Nationals, TBS, 5:38
Game 3: Oct. 9: Nationals at Cubs, TBS
*Game 4: Oct. 10: Nationals at Cubs, TBS
*Game 5: Oct. 12: Cubs at Nationals, TBS
Game 1: Oct. 13: Lower Seed at Higher Seed (Fox/FS1)
Game 2: Oct. 14: Lower Seed at Higher Seed (Fox/FS1)
Game 3: Oct. 16: Lower Seed at Higher Seed (Fox/FS1)
Game 4: Oct. 17: Higher Seed at Lower Seed (Fox/FS1)
*Game 5: Oct. 18: Higher Seed at Lower Seed (Fox/FS1)
*Game 6: Oct. 20: Lower Seed at Higher Seed (Fox/FS1)
*Game 7: Oct. 21: Lower Seed at Higher Seed (Fox/FS1)
Game 1: Oct. 14: Lower Seed at Higher Seed (TBS)
Game 2: Oct. 15: Lower Seed at Higher Seed (TBS)
Game 3: Oct. 17: Higher Seed at Lower Seed (TBS)
Game 4: Oct. 18: Higher Seed at Lower Seed (TBS)
*Game 5: Oct. 19: Higher Seed at Lower Seed (TBS)
*Game 6: Oct. 21: Lower Seed at Higher Seed (TBS)
*Game 7: Oct. 22: Lower Seed at Higher Seed (TBS)
Game 1: Oct. 24 (Fox)
Game 2: Oct. 25 (Fox)
Game 3: Oct. 27 (Fox)
Game 4: Oct. 28 (Fox)
*Game 5: Oct. 29 (Fox)
*Game 6: Oct. 31 (Fox)
*Game 7: Nov. 1 (Fox)
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals were eliminated from postseason contention when Leonys Martin leaped at the center-field fence to rob Paul DeJong of a tying home run with two outs in the 11th inning, preserving the Chicago Cubs’ 2-1 win over St. Louis on Thursday night.
St. Louis, which went 5-14 against its rival, missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2007 and 2008. At 82-77, the Cardinals are assured their fewest wins since going 78-84 in 2007.
A day after clinched their second straight NL Central title, the defending World Series champions started only two position players who had played in at least 100 games: outfielders Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber.
Schwarber singled off Matt Bowman (3-6) with one out in the 11th and Davis, who struck out in his first three at-bats, hit a run-scoring double down the left-field line.
Jen-Ho Tseng (1-0) pitched three hitless innings.
RAYS 9, YANKEES 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his 51st home run to give the Yankees a quick lead, but New York missed a big chance to tighten the AL East race when Sonny Gray and the bullpen fell apart in a loss to the Rays.
The Yankees stayed three games behind division-leading Boston, which fell to Houston 12-2. Each team has three games left and both are assured playoff spots — if they wind up even, the Yankees would host the Red Sox in a tiebreaker Monday.
Brett Gardner, Greg Bird and pinch-hitter Aaron Hicks also homered for New York, which had won three in a row. Wilson Ramos homered during a seven-run burst in the fifth inning for the Rays, who had lost three straight.
ASTROS 12, RED SOX 2
BOSTON (AP) — Major league batting leader Jose Altuve had three of Houston’s 17 hits, Carlos Correa had four and the Astros chased Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez in the second inning to win and keep Boston from clinching the first back-to-back AL East championships in franchise history.
Despite the loss, the Red Sox were guaranteed no worse than a tie for the division title when the Yankees lost 9-6 to Tampa Bay.
Boston needs one more win or Yankees loss to win the division; otherwise, the teams would meet in a one-game tie-breaker in New York on Monday to see who needs to play in the wild-card game and who advances to the AL Division Series — likely facing the Astros.
Altuve had two singles and his 39th double to raise his batting average to .350. Brad Peacock (13-2) allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, striking out two and walking one for the AL West champion Astros.
MARLINS 7, BRAVES 1
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton homered twice to become the first player to hit 59 in a season since 2001, and the Miami Marlins opened the last series of Jeffrey Loria’s tenure as owner by beating the Braves.
Stanton hit a solo home run in the fourth, then added a two-run drive in the eighth that would have gone 467 feet unimpeded, according to MLB’s Statcast.
He has 33 home runs since the All-Star break and 10 multihomer games this season. He became the sixth player to reach 59, joining Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Roger Maris and Babe Ruth.
Ichiro Suzuki got his 27th pinch hit of the year, one shy of the record John Vander Wal set in 1995.
Dee Gordon got two hits for the Marlins, who despite a 75-84 record assured themselves of second place in the NL East, their highest finish since 2009.
INDIANS 5, TWINS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco struck out 14, Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez hit two-run homers and the Indians notched their 100th win, 5-2 over the understandably sluggish Twins. Minnesota clinched a wild-card berth hours earlier.
Carrasco (18-6) dominated a Minnesota lineup loaded with reserves and September call-ups. He allowed six hits — all singles — in 8 1-3 innings and improved to 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA against the Twins. The right-hander also moved into a tie for the league lead in wins with teammate Corey Kluber and Kansas City’s Jason Vargas.
Kipnis, who has moved from second base to center field, connected for a two-run homer — his first since Aug. 18 — in the sixth inning off Trevor Hildenberger (3-3) as the Indians jumped to 31-4 since Aug. 24.
This is just the third time Cleveland has won 100 games in a season. The last team to do it was Cleveland’s powerful 1995 squad, which lost to Atlanta in the World Series.
ATHLETICS 4, RANGERS 1
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Ryon Healy hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning to help the Athletics beat the Rangers.
It was the fifth straight road win for the Athletics and seventh consecutive loss for the Rangers. It’s Texas’ longest skid since an eight-game slide in 2015.
Bruce Maxwell took to a knee in the Oakland bullpen during the national anthem. The catcher was warming up starter Sean Manaea, out of view from many fans and cameras. One fan near the Oakland dugout said “boo” in a normal voice, and a small number of fans booed when Maxwell batted in the second inning. Maxwell has been the only major league baseball player to take to a knee, mirroring protests by NFL players against racial injustice. This was Maxwell’s first road game since he began his protest last weekend.
Manaea (12-10) gave up three hits and no earned runs in 6 2/3 innings. Blake Treinen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save in 20 opportunities.
Miguel Gonzalez (8-13) took the loss.
BREWERS 4, REDS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers closed within two games of Colorado for the National League’s second wild card with three games left, rallying to beat the Reds as Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning.
Milwaukee (84-75) closes the regular season at St. Louis, and the Rockies host the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Brewers are assured of their best record since finishing 96-66 in 2011, when they lost to the Cardinals in the NL Championship Series, Milwaukee’s last playoff appearance.
After Cincinnati tied the score in the sixth on RBI singles by Scooter Gennett against Brent Suter and Jesse Winkler off Oliver Drake, Jared Hughes (5-3) entered with two on and the Reds loaded the bases when the reliever bobbled Jose Peraza’s bunt for an error.
Hughes struck out Adam Duvall and got Stuart Turner to ground into a double play.
NATIONALS 5, PIRATES 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NL East champion Nationals began their last — and meaningless — series of the regular season without a sore Bryce Harper and with a blown save by closer Sean Doolittle in what became a victory over the Pirates, whose starting pitcher, Ivan Nova, left after getting hit by a pitch on his throwing hand while batting.
Howie Kendrick, a possible starter instead of Jayson Werth in left field when Washington opens its NL Division Series against the reigning World Series champion Chicago Cubs on Oct. 6, was taken out in the third inning after diving to try to catch a sinking liner. The Nationals did not immediately announce whether Kendrick was injured.
WHITE SOX 5, ANGELS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Rob Brantly hit the game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Tim Anderson hustled home for the go-ahead run as the White Sox rallied for a victory over the Angels.
Anderson scored from first base on a single by Rymer Liriano, as the throw from left fielder Ben Revere went to second base and Anderson alertly headed home, scoring easily on reliever Jesse Chavez (7-11).
Carlos Perez homered for the Angels, who used seven pitchers and sat stars Mike Trout and Justin Upton one night after being eliminated from playoff contention.
Gregory Infante (2-1) earned the win in relief, throwing a scoreless eighth inning. Juan Minaya earned his eighth save with a perfect ninth inning for the White Sox, who won for the 12th time in 19 games.
TIGERS 4, ROYALS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Daniel Norris threw five scoreless innings to pick up his first victory in more than three months as the Tigers snapped a season-high nine-game losing streak by beating the Royals.
Norris (5-8) gave up two hits in five innings. He was 0-4 in four starts and four relief appearances since a June 16 triumph over Tampa Bay.
The Tigers had been outscored 68-39 in their losing streak, which was their longest since dropping nine straight Sept. 1-9, 2005.
Nicholas Castellanos’ fifth-inning double with the bases loaded scored Alex Presley, JaCoby Jones and Dixon Machado. Jones singled home Andrew Romine with the first run of the inning.
Royals left-hander Danny Duffy (9-10) did not make it through the inning.
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Brian Dozier’s three-run homer in the eighth inning pushed Minnesota to the brink of a playoff berth as the Twins rallied for an 8-6 victory over Cleveland on Tuesday night. The Indians lost for just the third time in 32 games.
Dozier connected for his 33rd homer against Bryan Shaw (4-6) as the Twins lowered their magic number for clinching a playoff berth to one.
Edwin Encarnacion hit his 38th homer and drove in four runs for the Indians, whose 29-3 mark over 32 games is the best in the majors since the 1947 New York Yankees accomplished the feat.
Taylor Rogers (7-3), one of a club-record 10 pitchers used by Twins manager Paul Molitor, got two outs in the seventh and Matt Belisle worked the ninth for his eighth save.
YANKEES 6, RAYS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Hicks robbed Wilson Ramos of a first-inning grand slam in the outfielder’s return from the disabled list, and the Yankees clinched home-field advantage if they end up in the AL wild-card game next week.
Tampa Bay’s first three batters reached against rookie Jordan Montgomery (9-7), and Hicks leaped at the 385-foot sign in right-center to get his glove above the wall. He squeezed the webbing tight, preventing the ball from popping out and limiting Ramos to a sacrifice fly.
Assured no worse than a wild-card berth, the Yankees closed within three games of AL East-leading Boston with five remaining.
Tampa Bay (76-81) was eliminated from playoff contention and missed the postseason for the fourth straight year. Blake Snell (4-7) got the loss.
DODGERS 9, PADRES 2
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez hit his third home run of an injury-plagued season and Los Angeles beat San Diego to clinch home-field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.
Yasmani Grandal and Corey Seager each had a three-run homer for the NL West champions, who improved to 101-57.
They’ll open a best-of-five Division Series at home Oct. 6 against the winner of the NL wild-card game, hosted by Arizona. The Diamondbacks’ opponent has not been determined yet.
Alex Wood (16-3) allowed two runs in six innings for Los Angeles. Dinelson Lamet (7-8) gave up four runs and walked six over five innings.
ROCKIES 6, MARLINS 0
DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story hit a three-run homer and Tyler Anderson pitched seven superb innings, helping Colorado maintain its slim lead for the second NL wild card.
The Rockies notched their first win over the Marlins in five tries this season and stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee.
Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in the fifth for Colorado. Anderson (6-6) allowed four hits and walked none.
Miami starter Jose Urena (14-7) yielded six runs over five innings. The right-hander allowed a total of six runs in four previous starts this month.
ANGELS 9, WHITE SOX 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Mike Trout hit his 31st homer, Albert Pujols joined Alex Rodriguez as the only players with 100 RBIs in 14 seasons, and the fading Angels won on the road.
Los Angeles remained five games behind Minnesota for the final AL wild card with five to play.
Trout, Brandon Phillips and Luis Valbuena homered off Chris Volstad (1-1) during a six-run second inning. Parker Bridwell (9-3) improved to 5-0 in nine road starts.
Jose Abreu had three hits for Chicago, including his 32nd and 33rd homers.
BLUE JAYS 9, RED SOX 4
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox ace Chris Sale matched a career worst by giving up four home runs in a playoff tuneup, including a pair to Josh Donaldson.
Teoscar Hernandez hit one of his two homers off Sale, and Kendrys Morales had the other against the left-hander. Sale (17-8) allowed five runs in five innings and surrendered multiple homers for the third time in five starts.
J.A. Happ (10-11) struck out nine while pitching seven strong innings for the last-place Blue Jays. He was charged with one run and four hits.
PIRATES 10, ORIOLES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit his first career grand slam and drove in eight runs, powering Pittsburgh to the victory.
McCutchen raised a fist in triumph as he rounded the bases after connecting against Kevin Gausman (11-11) in the second inning. He also hit an RBI double in the first, singled in the fifth and belted a three-run homer in the seventh.
McCutchen’s eight RBIs were one off the franchise record and the most by a Pirate since Jason Bay in 2004.
Trevor Williams (7-9) pitched six innings of one-run ball and rookie Steven Brault finished the five-hitter for his first career save.
ASTROS 14, RANGERS 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carlos Correa, Brian McCann and Cameron Maybin each drove in three runs, and Houston clinched no worse than the second-best record in the American League.
Houston (97-60) trails Cleveland by one game with five to play in the race for the league’s best record. The Indians own the tiebreaker, having won the season series.
Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel (14-5) struck out eight while pitching six effective innings.
Rangers ace Cole Hamels (11-5) was charged with six runs in three-plus innings.
CARDINALS 8, CUBS 7
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk homered, and the Cardinals denied the Cubs a chance at clinching the NL Central title.
Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko also connected for St. Louis, which is 2 1/2 games back in the race for the second NL wild card. Zach Duke (1-1) got the win and Juan Nicasio earned his fifth save.
Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer for Chicago, and Ben Zobrist also went deep. Jake Arrieta (14-10) was charged with three earned runs in three innings.
The Cubs (88-69) still lead the division by five games over second-place Milwaukee.
BREWERS 7, REDS 6
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Domingo Santana hit a three-run homer in Milwaukee’s four-run first, and the Brewers held on for the win.
Milwaukee remained 1 1/2 games behind Colorado for the second NL wild card. Josh Hader (2-3) earned the win, and Corey Knebel worked the ninth for his 38th save.
Scott Schebler, Zack Cozart and Jesse Winker homered for last-place Cincinnati, which has dropped seven in a row. Rookie Deck McGuire (0-1) allowed four earned runs in three innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 11, GIANTS 4
PHOENIX (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, leading Arizona and its lineup of regulars over San Francisco.
Martinez continued his torrid September in which he has 15 home runs, 35 RBIs and seven doubles with a .414 batting average. He has 28 homers since the Diamondbacks acquired him from Detroit, tied with Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton for most in the majors since July 19.
The six RBIs tied a career high, and Martinez’s total of 103 RBIs on the season is a career best.
Arizona starter Robbie Ray (15-5) had more than enough support, though he gave up Tim Federowicz’s two-run homer in the fifth.
Giants starter Matt Moore (6-15) couldn’t make it out of the second inning.
PHILLIES 4, NATIONALS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jake Thompson pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning, and Philadelphia spoiled Bryce Harper’s return from a knee injury.
With the loss, Washington locked itself into the second seed in the NL playoffs behind the Dodgers. The Nationals will host the NL Central champion in a Division Series beginning Oct. 6 at Nationals Park.
Thompson (3-2) was charged with a run in five-plus innings. Hector Neris struck out the side in the ninth for his 25th save.
Harper played for the first time since hyperextending and bruising his left knee on Aug. 12. He was 0 for 2 with a walk before being lifted in the fifth inning.
Washington left-hander Gio Gonzalez (15-8) allowed three runs in five innings.
MARINERS 6, ATHLETICS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Danny Valencia hit a three-run homer against his former team and fellow ex-Oakland slugger Yonder Alonso added a two-run shot for Oakland.
Khris Davis matched his career high from last season with his 42nd homer, a two-run shot in the sixth to put Oakland ahead before Valencia’s 15th of the year in the seventh off Daniel Mengden (2-2).
Emilio Pagan (2-3) pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief of James Paxton for the win, then Edwin Diaz closed it out for his 33rd save.
METS 4, BRAVES 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Travis Taijeron hit a game-ending RBI single in the ninth, sending the Mets to the win.
New York was stymied by R.A. Dickey much of the night and trailed 3-0 in the seventh before Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer off the 42-year-old knuckleballer. Asdrubal Cabrera tied it with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Jeurys Familia (2-2) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
Dickey, who won the NL Cy Young Award with the Mets in 2012, allowed five hits in 6 2/3 innings. A.J. Minter (0-1) got the loss.
ROYALS 2, TIGERS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Vargas moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 18th victory, leading the Royals over the struggling Tigers.
Vargas (18-10) went six innings to match Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw for most wins in the majors. He gave up a run and five hits.
The Tigers have dropped eight straight to fall to 4-21 in September. Anibal Sanchez (3-6) took the loss, allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings.
Mike Minor worked the ninth for his third save in five chances.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers clinched their fifth straight NL West title, beating the San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Friday night as Cody Bellinger set an NL rookie record with his 39th home run.
Los Angeles will open the NL Division Series at home on Oct. 6. The Dodgers are seeking to reach the World Series for the first time since 1988 under manager Tommy Lasorda, who was on hand at Dodger Stadium to celebrate his 90th birthday.
Bellinger hit a three-run homer in the third off Jeff Samardzija (9-15), topping the NL rookie mark set by Wally Berger in 1930 and matched by Frank Robinson in 1956.
After a record run that saw the Dodgers push their record to 91-36, they had gone just 6-20 — including a dismal 1-16 stretch — to make clinching their division more laborious than anticipated. Los Angeles stopped a nine-game home losing streak.
Rich Hill (11-8) allowed one run and five hits in six innings with ninth strikeouts. Pablo Sandoval homered leading off the ninth against Kenley Jansen, who struck out the next three batters for his 40th save in 41 chances.
CUBS 5, BREWERS 4, 10 INNINGS
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella drew a bases-loaded walk off All-Star closer Corey Knebel with one out in the 10th inning, helping the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Friday night to tighten their grip on the NL Central.
The Cubs hold a five-game lead with nine days left in the regular season after winning their second straight tense game over the Brewers. Milwaukee dropped into third in the division, 5 1/2 games behind Chicago, after St. Louis beat Pittsburgh.
The Brewers had the tying run at first with one out in the bottom of the 10th, but Eric Sogard was called out at second trying to advance on a ball in the dirt. Shortstop Addison Russell appeared to hold the tag as Sogard’s foot lifted off second for a split-second, and the call was confirmed on review.
Knebel (1-4) took the loss after allowing three walks and two hits over two innings. Carl Edwards Jr. (5-4) got the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
MARINERS 3, INDIANS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Nelson Cruz hit a game-ending two-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting Seattle over Cleveland.
Cruz lined a 2-1 pitch from closer Cody Allen (3-7) out to deep right-center field, snapping Seattle’s six-game skid and improving its very slim wild-card hopes. The Mariners are five games behind Minnesota for the last AL playoff spot with eight games remaining.
Cruz also cooled baseball’s hottest team. Cleveland lost for the second time since Aug. 23, a span of 29 games that included an historic 22-game winning streak. It ended a franchise-record 14-game road winning streak — the Indians hadn’t lost away from home since Aug. 20 at Kansas City.
Erasmo Ramirez shut down Cleveland for eight innings, and Edwin Diaz (4-6) pitched the ninth to cap a three-hitter.
CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Randal Grichuk scored after an error by shortstop Jordy Mercer, capping a frantic ninth-rally that lifted surging St. Louis over Pittsburgh.
The playoff-chasing Cardinals won their fourth straight, despite trailing by a run entering the ninth. They’re 1 1/2 games behind the Rockies for the final NL wild card.
Stephen Piscotty led off with a double to right against closer Felipe Rivero (5-3), and Jedd Gyorko followed with a pinch-hit RBI single. After Tommy Pham’s single, Grichuk pinch-ran for Gyorko at third. He scored when Mercer misplayed Dexter Fowler’s sharp groundball.
Former Pirates reliever Juan Nicasio (4-5) got the win after working the eighth and ninth. Fowler and Piscotty had two hits each.
ROCKIES 4, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nolan Arenado ended Colorado’s scoreless streak at 23 innings with a solo homer, and the Rockies beat San Diego.
Colorado hadn’t scored since the eighth inning of a loss to San Francisco on Tuesday night, dropping a pair of shutouts in between. Arenado sparked the Rockies with his 35th homer, and Ian Desmond and Trevor Story also went deep.
Jon Gray (9-4) pitched six innings to win his fourth straight road start, and Colorado stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals for the final NL wild card. The Milwaukee Brewers are two games back.
Greg Holland got his 41st save, tying Jose Jimenez’s club record from 2002.
The Rockies had no baserunners against former teammate Jordan Lyles (1-4) before Arenado hit the second pitch of the fifth over the right-field wall.
BLUE JAYS 8, YANKEES 1
TORONTO (AP) — Ryan Goins successfully pulled off a hidden-ball trick and hit his second career grand slam, leading Toronto over Masahiro Tanaka (12-12) and ensuring New York had to wait at least one more day to clinch a playoff berth.
With Todd Frazier on base following a leadoff double in the third, Jose Bautista made a running catch just in front of the right field warning track on Jacoby Ellsbury’s one-out drive. Goins caught Bautista’s throw while standing near second base, then pretended to toss the ball to pitcher Marco Estrada (10-8) while slipping in into his glove.
Goins turned his back to Frazier, who had returned to the base, and when Frazier briefly lifted his left foot off the base, Goins tagged him on the left thigh. Frazier insisted he had maintained contact with the base, but umpire Mark Carlson called him out to end the inning.
ASTROS 3, ANGELS 0
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched one-hit ball over seven innings to remain perfect with Houston and Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer to propel the Astros.
Verlander (14-8) walked two and struck out six to improve to 4-0 since being traded from Detroit on Aug. 31.
Gurriel connected off Yusmeiro Petit (5-2) on his 18th home run to give Houston a 3-0 lead in the seventh.
Chris Devenski pitched a perfect eighth before Ken Giles allowed a hit and a walk with no outs before settling down to finish the inning and pick up his 33rd save.
DIAMONDBACKS 13, MARLINS 11
PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Iannetta homered twice and drove in a career-high eight runs, and Arizona outslugged Miami.
J.D. Martinez and Christian Walker also homered for the Diamondbacks, who can clinch their first postseason berth in six years with a win Saturday and a loss by St. Louis.
Arizona erased a 9-7 deficit with five runs in the sixth.
Walker got his first career pinch-homer off Jarlin Garcia to make it 9-8. David Peralta reached on an error before Dustin McGowan (8-2) struck out A.J. Pollock. But Paul Goldschmidt walked and Martinez reached on an infield single ahead of Iannetta, who homered onto the walkway above the center-field fence to put the Diamondbacks ahead 12-9.
Iannetta’s grand slam was his fifth and first since May 28, 2015. He hit multiple homers in the same game for the third time.
J.J. Hoover (2-1) got the win, and Fernando Rodney finished his 39th save.
TWINS 7, TIGERS 3
DETROIT (AP) — Max Kepler and Brian Dozier homered, Byron Buxton had three hits and playoff-chasing Minnesota beat Detroit.
Buxton’s two-run double in the fourth put the Twins ahead to stay against a Detroit team that announced before the game that manager Brad Ausmus will not be back in 2018.
Minnesota came into the night leading the race for the American League’s second wild card by 2 ½ games over Texas and the Los Angeles Angels.
Kyle Gibson (12-10) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings for the Twins. He struck out six and walked two.
Daniel Norris (4-8) allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
ATHLETICS 4, RANGERS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Rookie Matt Olson hit his sixth home run in seven games, a second-inning drive off Nick Martinez that helped Oakland damage Texas’ playoff hopes.
Olson homered following a leadoff walk to Khris Davis, his 13th home run in September and his 16th in his last 23 games.
Shin-Soo Choo hit his 21st home run for Texas, which has lost six of its last seven at Oakland.
Martinez (3-7) allowed four runs — three earned — and five hits in six innings. He is winless in six starts and four relief appearances since June 25.
Kendall Graveman (6-4) gave up one run, six hits and three walks in seven innings as Oakland won its fifth straight, and Blake Treinen retired three batters for his 10th save.
RED SOX 5, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer and Boston extended its AL East lead to four games by overcoming Scooter Gennett’s fourth grand slam of the season.
Boston added to its lead with the help of the Yankees’ loss at Toronto. The Red Sox have won 12 of 15, keeping the Yankees at bay while moving a season-high 25 games over .500 (89-64).
Rick Porcello gave up Gennett’s fourth grand slam — a Reds’ season record — in the first inning. He lasted a season-low four innings, turning a 5-4 lead over to the bullpen. Porcello has lost 17 games — most in the majors — after winning 22 last year along with the AL Cy Young Award.
Devers hit his shot off Sal Romano (5-7). David Price (6-3) got the victory in relief.
METS 7, NATIONALS 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Travis d’Arnaud hit two home runs and New York ended a three-game skid, rallying past a watered-down Washington lineup.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he needed to “give my big boys much needed rest” with the playoffs nearing, and not a single regular started for the NL East champions. Star Daniel Murphy pinch hit in the eighth and flied out.
Nori Aoki had three hits for the Mets, including a go-ahead double in the sixth inning off Joe Blanton (2-4). Chasen Bradford (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.
WHITE SOX 7, ROYALS 6
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson drove in three runs with his 26th homer and a double, Yoan Moncada hit a two-run drive and Chicago overcame a four-run deficit to beat Kansas City.
The Royals dropped 4½ games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card with nine games left. Jason Hammel (8-13) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.
White Sox rookie Reynaldo Lopez (3-3) allowed six runs — two earned — and 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings to win his third straight start. Juan Minaya pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.
RAYS 8, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Wilson Ramos hit his third career grand slam, Evan Longoria also went deep and Tampa Bay throttled Ubaldo Jimenez and Baltimore.
Alex Cobb (12-10) earned his career-high 12th win for the Rays, who interrupted a 4-9 slide and kept alive their slim playoff hopes.
Jimenez (6-11) gave up six runs and eight hits in three innings. He was booed lustily by the home fans after each Tampa Bay home run.
BRAVES 7, PHILLIES 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Kurt Suzuki homered twice, Nick Markakis drove in three runs and Atlanta beat Philadelphia.
Sean Newcomb (4-8) won his second straight start, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Atlanta scored five runs in the first off Ben Lively (3-7) on Ozzie Albies’ RBI single, Markakis’ two-run single and Suzuki’s two-run homer.
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HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out 10 over seven innings in his first home start for Houston, Derek Fisher and Marwin Gonzalez homered in a big fifth inning and the Astros clinched the American League West with a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday for their first division title since 2001.
George Springer and Carlos Correa also homered for the Astros, who won their first division title since 2001 and seventh overall. The Astros become the first team in major league history to win titles in three divisions after previously winning the NL West and NL Central.
Verlander (13-8) retired his first seven batters before Ben Gamel homered into the right-center bullpen in the third. He allowed just two singles after that to improve to 3-0 since he was acquired from Detroit on Aug. 31.
Andrew Moore (1-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings.
TIGERS 12, WHITE SOX 0
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Boyd’s no-hit bid ended when Tim Anderson doubled with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Detroit left-hander closed out a one-hitter for the first shutout of his professional career.
Boyd (6-10) allowed only two runners — a walk to Rob Brantly in the third and Anderson’s double to the gap in right-center field with two outs in the ninth. He struck out five and threw 121 pitches — his big league high.
Dylan Covey (0-6) allowed five runs, seven hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Nick Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook and Jeimer Candelario homered.
NATIONALS 7, DODGERS 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg ended his club-record scoreless streak at 35 innings, but two home runs from Ryan Zimmerman helped the All-Star win his fourth consecutive start as Washington beat Los Angeles.
Strasburg (14-4) allowed a run in the second inning on Logan Forsythe’s double, the first against the right-hander since Aug. 19. He struck out eight and combined with three relievers to toss a five-hitter.
The Nationals avoided a three-game sweep against the NL frontrunners. Washington’s slumbering offense came alive on Zimmerman’s three-run shot in the sixth off reliever Ross Stripling (3-5). Zimmerman and pinch-hitter Adam Lind homered in the eighth.
Los Angeles lost 11 in a row and 16 of 17 before ripping off four consecutive wins, including the first two games this series. The Dodgers magic number to clinch the NL West dropped to four when second-place Arizona lost at San Francisco.
RAYS 3, RED SOX 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — David Price pitched two hitless innings in his first big league game since July 22 after being sidelined by left elbow inflammation. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner made his first relief appearance since 2010.
Jake Odorizzi (9-8) gave up one hit in six innings, a Jackie Bradley Jr. home run. Jesus Sucre hit a tiebreaking solo home run off Eduardo Rodriguez (5-6) in the sixth. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 45th save. Tampa Bay remained 5½ games behind the Twins.
PADRES 4, ROCKIES 3
DENVER (AP) — Rockies closer Greg Holland dropped the ball trying to tag Matt Szczur at home on Austin Hedge’s squeeze bunt in the ninth inning, allowing San Diego to finish its rally and beat Colorado.
Hedges bunted back to Holland (3-6) with runners at the corners and one out, but after making a nice play to scoop up the ball, Holland lost control trying to tag a sliding Szczur.
Colorado’s bullpen blew its first save in three weeks and let the Rockies’ lead for the second NL wild card shrink to 2 1/2 games over Milwaukee. The Brewers beat Miami on Sunday, and St. Louis, which lost to the Chicago Cubs, stayed 4 1/2 back.
Kirby Yates (4-5) pitched the eighth, and Brad Hand got the last three outs for his 18th save.
ORIOLES 6, YANKEES 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez (6-1) struck out 10 in just five innings, and Tim Beckham hit a three-run homer off Sonny Gray (9-11), who allowed five runs in four innings during his shortest start this season.
Didi Gregorius homered for the third straight day as New York’s four-game winning streak ended. The Yankees remained three games behind AL East-leading Boston and four games ahead of Minnesota for the top AL wild card. Baltimore, which had lost nine of 10, is 5½ games behind the Twins.
With two outs and a runner on third in the ninth, Zach Britton intentionally walked Aaron Judge, then struck out Gary Sanchez for his 15th save.
TWINS 13, BLUE JAYS 7
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario homered twice, Joe Mauer hit his first grand slam at home and Minnesota overcame a 5-0 deficit with seven runs in the second inning and six in the fifth.
Minnesota reopened a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card.
Kyle Gibson (11-10) allowed five runs, three hits and five walks in six innings. Joe Biagini (3-11) gave up six runs — four earned — and five hits in 1 1/3 innings.
Josh Donaldson homered twice in the first two innings.
RANGERS 4, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a home run off Garrett Richards (0-2) that landed near the top of the grass hill in center field in the second inning, a drive that would have traveled 490 feet unimpeded, according to MLB Statcast.
Adrian Beltre ht a two-run double to center field in the first.
Miguel Gonzalez (8-11) allowed one run and two hits in five innings, and Jake Diekman got five outs for his first save this season.
INDIANS 3, ROYALS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — A day after Cleveland clinched the AL Central, Corey Kluber (17-4) allowed three singles in seven innings. He has not given up a run in 22 innings and has lost once since July 4.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Danny Duffy (8-9) as the Indians improved to 33-5 since Aug. 11 despite getting only three hits. Cody Allen worked out of a two-on jam in the ninth for his 28th save. Kansas City dropped five games behind the Twins.
CUBS 4, CARDINALS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Heyward hit a tiebreaking RBI single off Matt Bowman with two outs in the seventh as Chicago overcame a 3-0 deficit to win its sixth straight game. The Cubs remained four games ahead of second-place Milwaukee as Ben Zobrist drove in two runs and Kyle Schwarber hit his 27th homer.
Pedro Strop (5-4) worked a rocky seventh for the win and Wade Davis got three outs for his 31st save, retiring Dexter Fowler on a game-ending flyout to the warning track with a runner on first. Tyler Lyons (4-1) was the loser.
BREWERS 10, MARLINS 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar and Manny Pina each had two hits in an eight-run fourth inning. The Brewers won two of three in a series moved from Florida following Hurricane Irma.
Brandon Woodruff (2-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. Dillon Peters (0-2) yielded eight runs, nine hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings.
REDS 5, PIRATES 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett hit two-run homers in the sixth off Gerrit Cole (11-11) as Cincinnati completed its second three-game sweep of Pittsburgh this season.
Robert Stephenson (5-5) allowed one hit in six scoreless innings, and Michael Lorenzen pitched a perfect ninth for his second save.
ATHLETICS 6, PHILLIES 3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joey Wendle hit a go-ahead grand slam off Edubray Ramos after the first two batters in the sixth reached off Henderson Alvarez (0-1), who made his first start since May 22, 2015, with Miami.
Sean Manaea (11-10) gave up three runs in five innings, and five relievers combined for four hitless innings. Blake Treinen got three outs for his 11th save.
METS 5, BRAVES 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Robert Gsellman (7-7) allowed an unearned run and three hits in seven innings, pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera had a two-run, pinch-hit homer.
Atlanta (67-81) was eliminated from postseason contention and must win its remaining 14 games to avoid a losing record in four straight seasons for the first time since seven in a row from 1984-90. Julio Teheran (11-12) gave up two runs, three hits and four walks in six innings.
GIANTS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval homered and drove in three runs, rookie Chris Stratton (3-3) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. Arizona
had won 20 of 25 games and nine straight on the road.
Taijuan Walker (9-8) Walker gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings.
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Ramirez hit two more homers, Austin Jackson also connected and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Tuesday night for their 13th straight victory, the longest run by a major league team this season.
Danny Salazar got just two outs in his return from right elbow inflammation, but Cleveland’s deep bullpen took over from there. Seven relievers combined for 8 1/3 scoreless innings as the Indians moved within one of their franchise-record 14-game win streak last year.
Jackson and Ramirez hit back-to-back homers during a three-run first against David Holmberg (2-4). Ramirez added another solo shot in the second, and the AL Central leaders went ahead to stay on Greg Allen’s tiebreaking, two-run double in the third. Yan Gomes tacked on a three-run shot in the ninth.
Ramirez has five homers in his last three games. He is batting .500 (17 for 34) with seven homers and nine RBIs on Cleveland’s 11-game road trip.
Matt Davidson hit a three-run drive for last-place Chicago, which has dropped six of eight. Top prospect Yoan Moncada went 1 for 5 in his return from a bruised right shin.
When the White Sox led 4-3 in the first, it was the first time the Indians had trailed since they were down by one against the Yankees on Aug. 28.
Dan Otero (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
RED SOX 3, BLUE JAYS 2, 19 INNINGS
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox won their own version of a Boston marathon, beating Toronto in the 19th inning on an RBI single by Hanley Ramirez in a game that took six hours.
Mookie Betts led off with a double and Ramirez followed with a bloop single to end it at 1:11 a.m. The AL East leaders stopped a three-game losing streak and increased their cushion to 3 1/2 games over the second-place Yankees.
About 700 fans stayed until the end to see Boston win the longest game in the majors since July 2016, when Cleveland beat Toronto 2-1 in 19 innings. The Red Sox forced extra innings by rallying for two runs in the ninth to hand Roberto Osuna his 10th blown save.
Boston first baseman Mitch Moreland was 31 years old when his RBI grounder tied it at 2 — he turned 32 when his birthday came at midnight, and celebrated with a win.
This was the second-longest game ever at Fenway Park, which opened in 1912. The Red Sox lost to Seattle 8-7 in 20 innings in 1981 — that game was suspended after 19 innings past 1 a.m. because of an American League curfew rule, and resumed about 18 hours later.
Boston used 12 pitchers against the Blue Jays, tying an American League record set a day earlier by the Angels.
Hector Velazquez (3-1) picked up the win. Chris Rowley (1-2) lost in his fourth inning of relief. Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. helped save it when he threw out Jose Bautista at the plate to end the top of the 11th.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, DODGERS 1, 10 INNINGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Drury hit a grounder to third base that scored the go-ahead runs when Justin Turner’s throw home got away, and Arizona beat slumping Los Angeles to equal a franchise record with its 12th straight victory.
Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez (3-4) issued consecutive walks to open the 10th. He retired J.D. Martinez, who tied a major league record with four home runs in a 13-0 blowout Monday, on a broken-bat groundout that left runners at second and third.
Drury grounded to Turner just inside the third base line, and he fired home to catcher Yasmani Grandal. The throw appeared to ricochet off pinch-runner Chris Hermann and then Grandal’s shoulder before bouncing away. Hermann and A.J. Pollock scored, Drury was safe at second and Grandal was charged with an error.
Arizona matched the club record for consecutive wins set in June 2003. The victory earned the Diamondbacks their first season series win over Los Angeles since 2013.
The Dodgers lost their fifth in a row and 10th in 11 games, although they remain baseball’s top team at 92-46.
David Hernandez (3-0) got the victory in relief. Fernando Rodney got his 35th save.
Arizona starter Zack Greinke gave up one run and four hits in seven innings against his former team.
ASTROS 3, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched six strong innings and won his Astros debut after Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer with one out in the seventh for Houston’s first hit against Seattle.
With all the attention on Verlander’s first game for a team other than the Detroit Tigers, it was another deadline acquisition that sent Houston to its sixth straight victory. Maybin was claimed off waivers from the Angels on Aug. 31 and hit his second home run since joining the Astros to snap a 1-all tie.
Seattle starter Ariel Miranda threw 112 pitches over six hitless innings that included six walks — three of which led to Houston’s first run in the third on Alex Bregman’s sacrifice fly.
James Pazos (4-5) relieved in the seventh and walked Brian McCann with one out. Pazos was replaced by Emilio Pagan, who gave up Maybin’s eighth homer on a 3-2 pitch.
Verlander (11-8), the 2011 AL MVP and a six-time All-Star, allowed six hits and struck out seven. Joe Musgrove threw two innings of scoreless relief and Ken Giles got his 29th save.
Kyle Seager homered off Verlander.
ORIOLES 7, YANKEES 6
BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado hit a two-run homer off Dellin Betances with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a big comeback that lifted Baltimore over New York.
Betances (3-6) retired the first two batters in the ninth before Tim Beckham walked. Machado then drove a hanging breaking ball far over the center-field wall to provide the Orioles an unlikely victory after New York scored six runs in the third to go ahead 6-1.
It was Machado’s second homer of the game and team-high 32nd of the season. Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo also went deep for the Orioles, who closed within a half-game of Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
Zach Britton (2-0), Baltimore’s sixth reliever, worked the ninth.
New York, which holds the top wild card, dropped 3 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.
The start was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 14 minutes.
ANGELS 8, ATHLETICS 7, 10 INNINGS
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ben Revere lined a go-ahead single in the 10th inning that diving left fielder Matt Joyce just missed, and Los Angeles took over the second AL wild-card spot by beating Oakland.
The Angels moved a half-game ahead of Minnesota, which lost at Tampa Bay. The Angels (72-67) are five games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2015 season.
Oakland lost its eighth in a row, matching its longest skid over the last five years.
Cam Bedrosian (5-4) pitched a scoreless ninth. Eduardo Paredes retired Jed Lowrie on a flyball to escape a bases-loaded jam for his first career save.
Blake Treinen (1-4) retired the first two batters in the 10th. He then hit a batter, C.J. Cron singled and Revere followed with his hit.
Cron hit a two-run homer in the sixth and an RBI triple in the eighth. Albert Pujols hit a run-scoring single and sacrifice fly, giving him 14 RBIs in his last six games for the Angels.
Khris Davis hit his 38th home run and Matt Olson connected for the third time in two games for Oakland.
Angels starter Garrett Richards retired his first seven batters while pitching for just the second time this season. He allowed one run and four hits in 3 1/3 innings. The game came five months to the day after he strained his right biceps at Oakland in his season debut.
CARDINALS, 8, PADRES 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jose Martinez hit two home runs, rookie Harrison Bader had three RBIs and Michael Wacha overcame a shaky start to last six innings as St. Louis defeated San Diego.
Martinez added a double and finished 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
Bader, called up on Friday, smacked his third home run and had his third multihit game since being summoned from the minors.
Wacha (11-7), who blanked the Padres over his last four innings, was charged with four runs (three earned) and seven hits. Three relievers shut out San Diego the rest of the way.
Travis Wood (2-2) lasted two-plus innings and was rocked for seven runs (six earned) and seven hits.
PIRATES 4, CUBS 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Max Moroff and David Freese each hit an RBI single off Carl Edwards Jr. in the eighth inning as Pittsburgh rallied past Chicago.
Pinch-hitter John Jaso led off the eighth with a walk and scored when Moroff hit a bloop single off Edwards (3-4) to tie the game. Freese drove home Moroff three batters later after the Cubs intentionally walked rookie Josh Bell.
Jordan Luplow hit the second home run of his career for Pittsburgh. Wade LeBlanc (5-2) earned the win in relief. Felipe Rivero worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save. The Pirates ran their winning streak to four on the same day the club announced contract extensions for manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington.
Chicago, which leads the NL Central, has dropped three straight.
REDS 9, BREWERS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Robert Stephenson escaped threats while pitching into the seventh, and Scooter Gennett hit a three-run homer during Cincinnati’s five-run rally in the bottom of the inning against Milwaukee.
The last-place Reds have taken the first two games in the series from Milwaukee, which is trying to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011. The Brewers remained 3½ games behind Chicago in the NL Central. They also trail Arizona and Colorado in the wild-card race.
Stephenson (4-4) wriggled out of a bases-loaded, none-out threat in the fourth inning, fanning the next three. The Reds turned three double plays behind the rookie to scuttle rallies.
Raisel Iglesias got six outs for his 25th save in 26 chances.
Zach Davies (16-8) allowed two runs — one earned — in 5 2/3 innings. He dropped to 8-2 in 15 road starts.
NATIONALS 2, MARLINS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitched six solid innings to help Washington edge Miami.
Daniel Murphy hit his 22nd homer and Pedro Severino also drove in a run for the Nationals, who have won seven straight against the Marlins.
Sean Doolittle worked the ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances. Doolittle allowed a bloop single to Marcell Ozuna, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Derek Dietrich, but got Brian Anderson to line out to end the game.
Strasburg (12-4) gave up a single in each of his six innings, but was able to keep the Marlins from getting into scoring position. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter, lowering his ERA to 2.78.
Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and did not add to his home run total of 53, but did take a home run away from Murphy when he leaped above the right-center field wall to make a catch in the third.
Odrisamer Despaigne (0-3) permitted one run and five hits in seven innings.
The Marlins have lost eight of nine.
RAYS 2, TWINS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jake Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in front of a tiny home crowd, and Tampa Bay topped Minnesota.
Lucas Duda homered off Bartolo Colon (6-11) and hit an RBI double for the Rays (70-70), who moved within two games of Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
Joe Mauer got the Twins’ first hit — and extended his hitting streak to 14 games — with a grounder that caromed off second base with one out in the seventh. Odorizzi (8-7) was lifted for reliever Dan Jennings after striking out the next batter.
The only other hitter to reach base against Odorizzi was Eddie Rosario, who walked leading off the fifth.
The announced attendance of 6,509 was the smallest ever for a Rays home game.
Robbie Grossman homered in the ninth off Alex Colome, who earned his AL-leading 42nd save in 47 opportunities.
ROCKIES 9, GIANTS 6
DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story homered and Colorado beat San Francisco for its 10th straight win over the Giants at Coors Field.
The Rockies held off a late rally by San Francisco to increase their lead to 2 1/2 games over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card. Nolan Arenado doubled in a four-run sixth for his 112th RBI, tying Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton for most in the majors.
After spot starter Tyler Chatwood lasted three innings, Colorado used eight relievers. Chris Rusin (4-0) earned the win and Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his 37th save.
Denver native Ty Blach (8-12) allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings for the Giants on the anniversary of his big league debut at Coors Field.
Joe Panik had four hits for San Francisco. Pablo Sandoval went 0 for 4 and is hitless in his last 37 at-bats.
TIGERS 13, ROYALS 2
DETROIT (AP) — JaCoby Jones and John Hicks each hit two of Detroit’s six homers in a rout of Kansas City.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez threw only five pitches and was knocked out of the game in the first inning after getting hit in the right leg by Whit Merrifield’s single. Sanchez exited with a bruised calf.
Myles Jaye (1-0) replaced Sanchez and pitched 2 1/3 innings for the win.
Jason Vargas (14-10) allowed seven earned runs and six hits in two innings.
Mikie Mahtook and Jose Iglesias also homered for the Tigers.
PHILLIES 9, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Lively homered and drove in four runs off Mets ace Jacob deGrom, and also pitched seven strong innings to lead Philadelphia over New York.
A day after falling behind the Mets 10-0 by the fourth inning, it was the Phillies’ turn to answer back.
DeGrom (14-9) struck out the side in the first, but wound up allowing a career-worst nine runs — six earned — and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Lively (3-5) hit a two-run single in the second that made it 3-1. The rookie, who homered in his last start against Miami, hit a two-run drive in a six-run fourth.
Lively is 6 for 21 (.286) with two home runs and eight RBIs in his first major league season.
Odubel Herrera extended his hitting streak to 19 games and Nick Williams drove in three runs for Philadelphia. Highly touted Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford got a hit in his first big league game.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was sharp in his first start in five weeks, pitching two-hit ball for six innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat San Diego 1-0 Friday night to snap their season-high five-game losing streak.
Kershaw (16-2) hadn’t started since July 23, when he was pulled after two innings with a strained lower back that landed him on the disabled list.
The lefty won his career-best 12th straight decision, striking out seven and walking none.
Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his 36th save. The Dodgers, who have the majors’ best record at 92-41, snapped their longest losing streak since April 2016.
Chase Utley hit an RBI single in the sixth off rookie Dinelson Lamet (7-6).
INDIANS 3, TIGERS 2, 1ST GAME
INDIANS 10, TIGERS 10, 2ND GAME
DETROIT (AP) — Mike Clevinger pitched six sharp innings and the Cleveland Indians swept a day-night doubleheader, routing Detroit for their ninth straight win.
The AL Central-leading Indians won the opener on Francisco Lindor’s tiebreaking single in the ninth inning.
Roberto Perez homered and drove in three runs to back Clevinger (8-5).
Clevinger allowed three hits, struck out six and walked one. Buck Farmer (3-2) took the loss.
The opener was tied at 2 in the ninth when pinch-hitter Jay Bruce tripled with one out off Shane Greene (3-3). Lindor singled through the drawn-in infield.
The Tigers loaded the bases with two out in the ninth inning against closer Cody Allen (2-6), who had allowed the tying run in the eighth. Joe Smith took over and retired Miguel Cabrera on a line drive to Lindor at shortstop for his first save.
RED SOX 4, YANKEES 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Less than three months ago, Boston starter Doug Fister was standing on a minor league mound with an uncertain future. On Friday night, he hurled a gem against his club’s closest competitor in the middle of a pennant race.
Fister dominated for seven innings and the Red Sox backed him with three home runs to beat the New York Yankees 4-1 and extend their AL East lead.
Eduardo Nunez, Andrew Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez each homered as the Red Sox opened a 5 1/2-game edge over the Yankees.
Fister (4-7) gave up doubles by Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge to begin the first inning, and little else. He allowed four hits, struck out five and walked one.
“The veteran presence that he has, a guy that doesn’t take anything for granted,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “Kind of got a second life here this year after being in Triple-A for pretty much the first half of the season, but he has taken this opportunity and run with it and he’s pitching with a heck of a lot of conviction.”
On Aug. 22, facing AL Central-leading Cleveland, Fister gave up a leadoff home run to Francisco Lindor and then finished with a complete-game one-hitter.
“I am so grateful for the opportunity that I’ve had throughout my career,” Fister said, pitching with his fifth team in nine years. “But to start this season late and to kind of go from where I was to where I am, it’s an honor for me to be a part of this club.”
Fister mixed speeds well all night, getting ahead in the count often and keeping the Yankees off balance. In his last three starts, he has a 1.57 ERA.
“He pitches with such conviction and you see it in his body language, you see it in his attack plan,” Farrell said. “He’s got a clear understanding of what he’s trying to do on the mound.”
Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth to notch his 32nd save in 36 chances.
Nunez hit a two-run drive off Sonny Gray (8-9) for a 2-1 lead in the third. A day earlier, Nunez dropped down a bunt that Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia threw away, prompting the burly left-hander to call the Boston strategy “weak.”
Brock Holt walked on a full-count pitch in the third that appeared to be outside of the strike zone, one of many close calls that caused Gray to become visibly frustrated.
When asked about the pitch after the game, Gray mentioned that he hadn’t looked at it yet but later added: “I don’t know why he didn’t swing. He must’ve been taking all the way.”
Nunez followed by lining a fastball over the wall in left for his combined 12th homer of the season with San Francisco and Boston.
“That’s why they got me,” Nunez said. “To do everything that I can to help the team.”
With two outs in the fifth, Benintendi hit Gray’s first offering into the right field seats for his 19th home run. Benintendi’s 14 RBIs this season are the most against the Yankees by any rookie since Jose Canseco also drove in 14 in 1986.
“The field kind of plays to my swing. I feel like you see the ball well here,” Benintendi said. “The lighting’s good. The backdrop’s good.”
Ramirez connected in the seventh for his 22nd homer and third in four games.
“Hanley’s in that stretch where he makes such an impact on our offense as a whole,” Farrell said.
Gray had not allowed multiple homers in a game since his first start of the year. He struck out nine over seven innings.
Judge’s RBI was his first since Aug. 23.
ORIOLES 1, BLUE JAYS 0, 13 INNINGS
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop doubled home Manny Machado in the 13th inning as Baltimore outlasted Toronto.
It was the eighth win in nine games for the Orioles, a surge that’s put them just 2 1/2 games behind the New York Yankees for the top AL wild card.
Machado led off the 13th with an infield hit off Aaron Loup (2-3) and Schoop followed with a liner to right-center.
Jimmy Yacabonis (1-0) worked the 13th for his first major league victory.
CUBS 2, BRAVES 0
CHICAGO (AP) — John Lackey pitched seven crisp innings, Javier Baez’s daring baserunning paid off again and the Cubs beat Atlanta for their fifth straight win.
Lackey (11-10) allowed three hits, struck out five and walked none while improving to 6-1 with a 3.83 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break. The 38-year-old righty retired his last 16 batters.
Pedro Strop and Brian Duensing worked the eighth before Wade Davis finished the four-hitter for his 28th save in 28 chances.
Anthony Rizzo added two more hits as NL Central-leading Chicago won for the 11th time in its last 14 games. He batted .355 with seven homers and 30 RBIs in August, powering the Cubs to a 17-12 record and a major league-best 191 runs for the month.
Atlanta lost for the fifth time in seven games, wasting a solid start by Mike Foltynewicz (10-11).
BREWERS 1, NATIONALS 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jimmy Nelson scattered three singles and struck out 11 over seven innings, and Milwaukee beat Washington.
Neil Walker, obtained from the New York Mets on Aug. 12, homered in the first inning off Tanner Roark (11-9).
Nelson (11-6) tied his career high in strikeouts. Rookie Josh Hader struck out the side in the eighth inning and Corey Knebel struck out the side in the ninth for his 32nd save in 37 chances. Knebel has not allowed a run in his last 19 outings.
ROYALS 7, TWINS 6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered for the first time since mid-August, Brandon Moss also went deep and Kansas City held off Minnesota.
The Twins had won four in a row. They remain one game behind New York for the top AL wild-card spot.
Melky Cabrera tied a season-high with four hits for the Royals, who won for just the second time in eight games.
Kelvin Herrera allowed a two-run single to Joe Mauer in the ninth, but Scott Alexander struck out Eddie Rosario with the bases loaded for his second save.
Jason Hammel (7-10) got the win. Dillon Gee (1-2) took the loss.
PHILLIES 2, MARLINS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Philadelphia was shut out for seven innings by major league newcomer Dillon Peters but rallied for two runs in the ninth and extended Miami’s losing streak to five.
Brad Ziegler (1-3) took a 1-0 lead and a 13-inning scoreless streak into the ninth, but Maikel Franco doubled and Jorge Alfaro tied it with a single. Andres Blanco’s groundout scored another run.
Philadelphia rookie Rhys Hoskins went 0 for 3 with three strikeouts, ending his 13-game hitting streak.
Juan Nicasio (3-5) made his Phillies debut a day after being claimed on waivers. He retired Giancarlo Stanton to end the eighth and Hector Neris got his 18th save.
REDS 7, PIRATES 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Duvall drove in two runs to lead Cincinnati over Pittsburgh.
Asher Wojciechowski (4-3) earned the win in relief after moving to the bullpen from the rotation. He pitched two scoreless innings. He is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA in 10 relief appearances this season.
Gerrit Cole (11-9) was touched for five earned runs and six hits in six innings after pitching five innings in a 1-0 victory over the Reds in his last start.
RANGERS 10, ANGELS 9
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carlos Gomez scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning on a wild pitch and Texas moved up in the AL wild-card race, holding off Los Angeles.
The matchup took 4 hours, 33 minutes, setting franchise records for both teams as the longest nine-inning game in club history.
The Rangers stopped the Angels’ three-game winning streak and closed within three games of Minnesota for the second wild-card spot. Los Angeles is 1 ½ games behind the Twins.
The Angels loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before Alex Claudio (4-1) retired Eric Young Jr. on a grounder. Young had entered in the eighth as a pinch-runner for Albert Pujols, who had four hits and drove in four runs.
Cam Bedrosian (4-4) threw the wild pitch that let Gomez score.
DIAMONDBACKS 9, ROCKIES 5
DENVER (AP) — Taijuan Walker struck out a career-high 10, Daniel Descalso homered and surging Arizona beat Colorado for its eighth straight win.
The Diamondbacks increased their lead to 4 1/2 games over the Rockies for the top NL wild-card spot.
Walker (8-7) lasted only five innings due to a high pitch count. Kyle Freeland (11-9) took the loss.
MARINERS 3, ATHLETICS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Mike Leake overcame a shaky beginning to throw seven innings in his Seattle debut, and the Mariners snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Oakland.
Acquired from St. Louis earlier in the week, Leake gave the Mariners the kind of performance they desperately needed to remain on the fringe of the AL wild-card race. Leake (1-0), who was 7-12 with St. Louis, allowed two runs in the first inning, but held the A’s scoreless the rest of the way.
Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his 31st save.
Mike Zunino homered off Sean Manaea (9-9).
RAYS 3, WHITE SOX 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Logan Morrison hit his 34th homer and drove in three runs, Blake Snell pitched into the seventh inning to win his third straight decision and Tampa Bay topped Chicago.
Morrison, who had three hits, has five homers in his last five games. He’s hitting .480 (12 for 25) with 11 RBIs during that span.
Snell (3-6) allowed one unearned run and induced three double plays in 6 2/3 innings. Alex Colome got the final three outs for his major league-leading 41st save in 46 opportunities.
Reynaldo Lopez (0-2) allowed three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in six innings. The White Sox have lost four in a row.
CARDINALS 11, GIANTS 6
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kolten Wong hit a tiebreaking single during a six-run ninth inning that sent St. Louis over San Francisco.
Randal Grichuk homered for the third straight game for the Cardinals.
Tyler Lyons (3-0) pitched the eighth for the win. Sam Dyson (1-2) took the loss.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton tied a major league record with his 18th home run in August, but Anthony Rendon had four RBIs and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 8-3 on Tuesday night.
Stanton hit a long homer in the first inning off Edwin Jackson (5-3), his 51st this season, to open the scoring following a 26-minute rain delay. His August output matched the mark set by Rudy York with the Detroit Tigers in 1937. Sammy Sosa set the record for homers in a month when he hit 20 in June 1998, and Stanton has two games left this month to catch the former Cubs slugger.
Stanton added an RBI with a deep sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
Rendon’s three-run double in the seventh came after Washington’s bullpen thwarted a rally earlier in the inning. Daniel Murphy also had a two-run single.
The Nationals, 16-7 since Aug. 6, had five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings against Vance Worley (2-4).
RED SOX 3, BLUE JAYS 0
TORONTO (AP) — Chris Sale and two relievers combined on a four-hitter, Hanley Ramirez hit a solo home run and Boston beat Toronto.
Sale (15-6) fanned 11 in his major league-best 17th double-digit strikeout game, raising his league-leading total to 264. His 15 wins lead the AL.
Sale, who matched a season-worst by allowing seven runs in his previous outing, pitched seven innings. The left-hander has not allowed a run in 22 innings against the Blue Jays this season.
Craig Kimbrel finished for his 31st save in 35 chances.
Promoted from Triple-A Buffalo to make his first start for the Blue Jays, left-hander Brett Anderson (2-3) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings.
ORIOLES 4, MARINERS 0
BALTIMORE (AP) — Dylan Bundy threw a one-hitter for his first career shutout, Manny Machado hit two of Baltimore’s four solo homers, and the Orioles extended their winning streak to six games.
Bundy (13-8) allowed just a bunt single to Kyle Seager in the fourth inning and set a career high with 12 strikeouts. The right-hander has a 2.00 ERA in August and has struck out 10 or more in three of his last four starts.
Jonathan Schoop and Welington Castillo also went deep for the Orioles, who moved two games over .500 for the first time since June 10.
Schoop collected his 29th homer of the season and 500th career hit with a solo shot in the first off Erasmo Ramirez (5-5).
ROYALS 6, RAYS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Whit Merrifield, Jorge Bonifacio and Eric Hosmer homered as Kansas City snapped a 45-inning scoreless streak on the way to a victory over Tampa Bay.
Merrifield’s 16th home run with two outs in the third ended the Royals’ drought, three innings shy of the major league record. The 1906 Philadelphia Athletics and 1968 Chicago Cubs share the mark with 48 scoreless innings.
Bonifacio homered with two outs in the sixth off Alex Cobb (9-9).
Cobb gave up a run on three singles and three wild pitches in the fourth. Hosmer scored on Mike Moustakas’ single, but the Royals stranded runners at second and third.
Royals rookie Jake Junis (6-2) did not allow a hit until a one-out single in the fifth.
CUBS 4, PIRATES 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta continued his dominant second half with six innings of two-hit ball, Ben Zobrist homered and Chicago beat Pittsburgh.
Anthony Rizzo went 3 for 4 with an RBI, Alex Avila had an RBI single and Jason Heyward added a sacrifice fly for NL Central-leading Chicago.
Arrieta (14-8) struck out four and retired the last seven batters he faced, leaving after 97 pitches with a 3-0 lead. He hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any of his nine starts since the All-Star break, going 6-1 with a 1.59 ERA during that span.
Wade Davis got the final three outs for his 27th save in 27 chances to establish a new Cubs record for consecutive saves opportunities converted.
Chad Kuhl (6-10) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
CARDINALS 10, BREWERS 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Matt Carpenter hit a two-run homer and Luke Voit drove in four runs, backing Luke Weaver’s 10-strikeout night in a 10-2 win Tuesday over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Carpenter’s shot to right in the fifth had added importance for the third baseman after he had pledged $10,000 for every home run that he hit the rest of the season to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The Galveston, Texas native looked up and pointed two fingers toward the night sky as he touched the plate to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 9-1.
St. Louis chased Matt Garza (6-8) with one out in the fourth. The right-hander walked five and allowed six runs, though only three were earned after the Brewers committed two errors in the third.
The loss dropped the second-place Brewers to 3 1/2 games back of the NL Central-leading Cubs, who won on Tuesday.
RANGERS 12, ASTROS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shin-Soo Choo homered and drove in four runs, helping Texas rout Houston in the opener of a series relocated to Florida due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey.
Adrian Beltre of the Rangers drove in three runs to pass Hall of Famer Ernie Banks for 28th on the career RBI list with 1,637, and Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer off Mike Fiers (8-9) before an announced crowd of 3,485 at Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The three-game series that concludes Thursday was moved from Minute Maid Park because of flooding in the Houston area, with the Astros serving as the home team after the Rangers declined a proposal to play the games in Arlington, Texas.
It’s only the fourth time in major league history that games have been relocated to neutral sites because of weather.
Martin Perez (10-10) pitched seven strong innings for the Rangers.
TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jorge Polanco homered twice and Ervin Santana struck out seven while pitching into the seventh inning, leading Minnesota past Chicago.
Eduardo Escobar drove in two runs for the Twins, who started the day with a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels in the crowded race for the second AL wild card. Santana (14-7) matched his highest total for wins since he was a 17-game winner 2010 with the Angels.
Matt Belisle pitched the ninth for his fifth save. James Shields (2-5) has not won for the White Sox in 10 starts.
DIAMODNBACKS 7, DODGERS 6
PHOENIX (AP) — A.J. Pollock hit a two-run homer and Arizona roughed up Rich Hill in his follow-up to a near no-hitter.
Hill (9-6) pitched nine no-hit innings against Pittsburgh on Wednesday, losing the no-hitter and the game on Josh Harrison’s walk-off homer in the 10th.
The Diamondbacks scored 11 runs to complete a three-game sweep of San Francisco on Sunday and kept hitting after a day off, knocking around Hill in a five-run first inning.
Paul Goldschmidt homered and Fernando Rodney allowed a run-scoring single by Chris Taylor in the ninth before closing out his 33rd save. The wild card-leading Diamondbacks have won five straight.
Taylor hit a two-run homer and Yasiel Puig a solo shot off Zack Godley (6-7) for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who have lost three in a row for the first time since early June.
ROCKIES 7, TIGERS 3
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado capped a four-run seventh inning with his 30th homer, and Colorado beat Detroit.
Arenado’s three-run shot broke open a close game and helped the Rockies win for the fourth time in six tries. Colorado increased its lead to four games over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card.
Colorado went ahead 4-3 on singles by Jonathan Lucroy and Trevor Story, and a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez off starter Michael Fulmer (10-12).
Charlie Blackmon reached on a fielder’s choice. Warwick Saupold walked DJ LeMahieu, and Arenado followed with his three-run drive to reach 30 homers for the third straight season. He leads the majors with 111 RBIs.
Rockies starter German Marquez tied a career high with 10 strikeouts before leaving with one out in the seventh. Pat Neshek (2-1) got the last two outs of the inning.
ANGELS 8, ATHLETICS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Cron hit two homers, including a three-run drive in the first inning, and Los Angeles beat Oakland.
Ben Revere had two RBIs for the Angels, who have won three of four and are one game behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
Cron drove a three-run homer off Chris Smith (0-4) in the first inning and also had a solo shot in the eighth.
Jesse Chavez (7-10) threw four scoreless relief innings.
REDS 14, METS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Scott Schebler hit his first career grand slam, and Cincinnati ended its 14-game losing streak against New York.
The Reds hadn’t beaten the Mets since Sept. 6, 2014. They’d dropped their last eight to New York at Great American Ball Park, where the Mets are 30-16 all-time — the best winning percentage by any NL team.
Cincinnati put it away with a seven-run eighth inning that featured Adam Duvall’s three-run homer. Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki made his second appearance on the mound this season and induced a double-play grounder.
Reds rookie Sal Romano (4-5) made his third straight solid start, allowing three runs and six hits in six innings.
Schebler homered in the first off rookie Chris Flexen (3-3).
PADRES 6, GIANTS 3
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manuel Margot and Jabari Blash homered to back Luis Perdomo’s six innings of solid pitching as San Diego beat San Francisco.
Perdomo (7-8) settled in after his pitch count climbed as he wiggled from jams in the first two innings. Brad Hand handled the ninth for his 13th save.
Matt Moore (4-13) was charged with five runs and eight hits, with a walk and a hit batter. He struck out two.
BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Gausman pitched four-hit ball into the eighth inning, Tim Beckham hit a three-run homer and the Baltimore Orioles routed the Boston Red Sox for the second straight day, 7-0 on Saturday.
It was the third straight win for the Orioles, who pounded Boston 16-3 a night earlier. Jonathan Schoop added a solo homer and posted his 95th RBI, a club record for second basemen, surpassing Roberto Alomar’s 94 in 1996.
The AL East-leading Red Sox dropped their third straight and saw their lead sliced to 3 1/2 games over the second-place New York Yankees.
Gausman (10-9) struck out five and walked three. He gave up four singles in 7 2/3 innings.
Eduardo Rodriguez (4-4) allowed five runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven.
YANKEES 6, MARINERS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Greg Bird reached base three times in his long-awaited return to the Yankees’ lineup and Jacoby Ellsbury homered and drove in four runs, leading Sonny Gray and New York over Seattle.
Bird singled, walked twice and scored in his first game since May 1. He has been hobbled by ankle and foot problems.
Ellsbury hit a three-run homer and an RBI single. He connected off Yovani Gallardo (5-10) in a matchup of playoff contenders.
Gray (8-8) struck out nine in seven innings and allowed one run on three hits, including a homer by Carlos Ruiz. It was the 11th straight start Gray hasn’t permitted more than two earned runs, the best string by anyone in the majors this year. Five of those games have come since he was traded from Oakland to the Yankees on July 31.
Dellin Betances worked the ninth for his 10th save.
BLUE JAYS 10, TWINS 9
TORONTO (AP) — Josh Donaldson had three hits, including a two-run homer, Kendrys Morales added a solo shot and Toronto withstood a late rally by Minnesota.
Max Kepler hit a grand slam and Eduardo Escobar had a two-run drive for the Twins, who began the day with a slim lead in a crowded race for the second AL wild card.
Minnesota lost for the 11th time in 13 meetings with the Blue Jays.
Donaldson keyed a six-run fifth inning with his 23rd homer as the Blue Jays opened an 8-2 lead.
After Kepler cut it to 8-7 with his slam off Ryan Tepera in the eighth, Donaldson’s RBI double off John Curtiss in the bottom half gave Toronto a two-run cushion. Donaldson later scored on a wild pitch to make it 10-7.
The 2015 AL MVP, Donaldson owns a .376 (50 for 133) career batting average in 35 games against Minnesota, with 15 doubles and 14 home runs.
Marco Estrada (6-8) allowed three runs in six innings to win for the second time in 16 starts since May 27. Roberto Osuna earned his 34th save in 42 chances.
Dillon Gee (1-1) took the loss in his second start with the Twins.
NATIONALS 9, METS 4
WASHINGTON (AP) — Adrian Sanchez drove in three runs, including an RBI single moments after he took a pitch to the chest while trying to bunt, and made a diving play to help Washington beat New York.
With second baseman Daniel Murphy getting some rest before a pinch-hitting appearance, Sanchez filled in well with a two-run single during a big first inning and ranged to his left to help pick up Gio Gonzalez (13-5) in the seventh. More remarkably, after taking a 96 mph sinker in the chest from Mets reliever Jeurys Familia that was called a foul ball, the rookie from Venezuela laced an RBI single to give the Nationals a valuable insurance run.
Mets rookie Robert Gsellman (5-6) allowed six runs (two earned) and nine hits in four innings. He was sent to the minors after the game.
ATHLETICS 8, RANGERS 3
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chad Pinder homered twice to help Oakland top Texas, ending Cole Hamels’ five-game win streak.
Jed Lowrie drove in three runs for the A’s, who put back-to-back victories together for the first time since Aug. 5-6 at the Los Angeles Angels.
Adrian Beltre had three RBIs for the Rangers, who lost their second straight after winning 11 of 15.
Sean Manaea (9-8) won for the first time since July 16, ending his three-game slide. He gave up two runs in five innings.
Hamels (9-1) left a game trailing for the first time all season. He was nicked for six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, matching his shortest outing of the year.
PIRATES 1, REDS 0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Gerrit Cole ended his career-long futility against Cincinnati by hitting a solo homer and pitching seven innings for Pittsburgh.
Cole (11-8) was 0-6 against the Reds in nine starts, including a loss earlier this season. He broke through by holding down a lineup that had scored nine runs the previous night. Cole gave up five hits, didn’t walk a batter and fanned six.
He also connected for his first homer of the season and the third of his career off Luis Castillo (2-7) in the sixth, getting around on a 95 mph inside fastball. It was Cole’s first homer since May 26, 2016, against Arizona at PNC Park.
Cole is 8-0 in his last nine road starts. The last Pirates pitcher to win eight straight road decisions was Don Robinson in 1982.
Juan Nicasio and Felipe Rivero completed the five-hitter, with the left-hander getting his 15th save in 16 chances.
The Pirates won for only the third time in 13 games against their Ohio River rivals this season.
BREWERS 3, DODGERS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zach Davies pitched seven dominant innings for his second scoreless start against Los Angeles this season, and Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer for Milwaukee.
Davies (15-7) also held the major league-leading Dodgers (91-37) without a run over six innings in a June 4 win at Milwaukee.
Los Angeles went with a bullpen game, using six relievers. All were effective but Josh Ravin (0-1), who gave up a leadoff single to Manny Pina in the fifth and then Arcia’s 13th home run.
Davies allowed only three hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out seven. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his 28th save.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, GIANTS 1
PHOENIX (AP) — A.J. Pollock and J.D. Martinez homered off San Francisco ace Madison Bumgarner, and that was enough for Arizona.
Bumgarner (3-6) allowed five hits in seven innings against the Diamondbacks, who have won four of five and lead the NL wild-card standings.
Taijuan Walker (7-7) was just as good, yielding one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. He retired his first 11 batters before Jarrett Parker homered in the fourth.
Three relievers combined to hold the Giants to one hit in 2 2/3 innings. Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth for his 32nd save in 37 opportunities.
CARDINALS 6, RAYS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and St. Louis rallied to beat Tampa Bay.
It was Pham’s first career walk-off homer and the fourth this season for the Cardinals.
Matt Carpenter beat out an infield single before Pham hit a 2-2 pitch from Brad Boxberger (3-4) for his 17th homer of the season.
The Cardinals tied it at 4 in the eighth with two runs off the Rays’ bullpen. Yadier Molina’s two-out, run-scoring single off Tommy Hunter scored Pham, and singles by Jedd Gyorko and Stephen Piscotty loaded the bases. Boxberger gave up an RBI single to Kolten Wong.
Tyler Lyons (2-0) pitched the ninth to earn the win.
Lucas Duda, Corey Dickerson and Adeiny Hechavarria homered for Tampa Bay.
INDIANS 4, ROYALS 0
CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Clevinger pitched six sharp innings and rookie Bradley Zimmer made a sensational catch in center field before ending Jason Hammel’s bid for a perfect game, leading Cleveland over Kansas City.
Roberto Perez hit a two-run homer off Hammel (6-10), and Edwin Encarnacion and Carlos Santana also connected as the defending AL champions moved a season-high 16 games over .500 at 72-56.
The Royals fell eight games back in the AL Central and were shut out for the second straight night. They have not scored in 25 innings.
Clevinger (7-5) struck out a career-high nine and matched Hammel pitch for pitch before giving way to Cleveland’s bullpen.
Hammel was perfect for 5 1/3 innings before Zimmer singled.
CUBS 17, PHILLIES 2
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Anthony Rizzo and Tommy La Stella homered twice, Kyle Hendricks pitched seven strong innings and Chicago easily overcame another home run from Philadelphia rookie Rhys Hoskins.
Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist also went deep for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who tied their season high for homers and hits (17) while setting new marks for runs and margin of victory. Rizzo had five RBIs and La Stella added four.
Hendricks (5-4) earned his first victory since May 24, limiting the Phillies to two runs and six hits with eight strikeouts and no walks. He also had a single and a two-run double in Chicago’s seven-run seventh.
Hoskins has 10 home runs in his first 17 games, the fastest a player has reached double digits in major league history.
Ben Lively (1-5) gave up six runs and five hits, including four homers, with eight strikeouts in five innings.
ANGELS 7, ASTROS 6
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrelton Simmons hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and Los Angeles rallied late from five runs down to beat Houston.
Kole Calhoun singled home Mike Trout with two outs in the eighth to make it 6-4. Simmons then slipped and finished his swing on one knee but still drove a slider from Tyler Clippard (2-8) over the left-field fence, sending Angel Stadium fans into a frenzy.
Los Angeles snapped a three-game skid. The Angels and Seattle Mariners are a half-game behind Minnesota in a packed race for the second AL wild card.
Blake Wood (2-4) worked a hitless inning and Blake Parker got three outs for his second save.
Jake Marisnick and George Springer homered to back Brad Peacock’s six strong innings as the AL West-leading Astros raced out to a 6-1 lead.
Calhoun hit a solo homer in the second. Los Angeles pushed across two runs in the seventh to make it 6-3.
MARLINS 2, PADRES 1, 11 INNINGS
MIAMI (AP) — Miguel Rojas hit a one-out sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, and Miami won for the 12th time in 15 games by beating San Diego.
The Padres kept Giancarlo Stanton stuck on 49 homers. He singled twice and struck out twice in four at-bats.
Derek Dietrich led off the 11th with a double against Jose Torres (7-4). Dietrich advanced on a sacrifice bunt, and with the Padres deploying five infielders, Rojas hit a drive that forced right fielder Jabari Blash to retreat to make the catch, allowing Dietrich to score easily.
Miami slugger Marcell Ozuna hit his 31st homer off the Marlins Park home run sculpture. Ichiro Suzuki singled for his 22nd pinch hit of the season, breaking the Marlins record set by Ross Gload in 2009.
Five Marlins pitchers combined to allow only six hits. Junichi Tazawa (3-3) pitched around a leadoff single in the 10th.
Cory Spangenberg stole home on the front end of a double steal for the Padres, who were mathematically eliminated from the race for the NL West title with 33 games left.
ROCKIES 7, BRAVES 6
ATLANTA (AP) — Charlie Blackmon hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Arodys Vizcaino, and Colorado held on to beat Atlanta.
DJ LeMahieu added two solo homers and Trevor Story had a two-run double as the Rockies improved to 6-12 since Aug. 6. Colorado began the day with a 3 1/2-game lead for the second NL wild card, but had lost 24 of 31 on the road.
Vizcaino (3-3), who had a 1.42 ERA in his last 41 games, was not in a save situation, but the Atlanta closer allowed three runs and three hits without recording an out. He was pulled after LeMahieu’s sixth homer made it 7-4.
Pat Neshek (4-3) pitched a perfect eighth to get the win. Jake McGee got a game-ending double play for his second save.
TIGERS 6, WHITE SOX 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Justin Upton and Miguel Cabrera hit back-to-back homers in Detroit’s three-run third inning, sparking the Tigers to a rainy win against Chicago.
Cabrera finished with three hits as Detroit won for just the fifth time in 20 games. Buck Farmer (3-1) pitched into the sixth inning after he was recalled from Triple-A Toledo for his first major league start since June 18.
Shane Greene got five outs for his fifth save.
With two outs and a runner on second, Upton connected against Carlos Rodon for his 28th homer. Cabrera followed with a drive to right that just cleared the glove of a leaping Avisail Garcia, giving the Tigers a 3-2 lead.
It was Cabrera’s first home run since July 28 against Houston and No. 14 on the year.
Yolmer Sanchez hit a two-run drive for the White Sox, who had won three straight and six of nine.
Rodon (2-5) was charged with five runs and seven hits in five innings, his worst start in a month.
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MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his team-record 43rd home run, connecting in his fifth straight game and sending the Miami Marlins over the San Francisco Giants 8-3 on Monday night.
Stanton broke the club mark of 42 homers set by Gary Sheffield in 1996. Stanton has homered 22 times in his last 34 games.
Stanton set another club record for most consecutive games with a home run when he tagged Ty Blach (8-8) for a two-run drive in the first inning. The All-Star slugger later had an RBI single as Miami won its fourth in a row.
Marcell Ozuna also homered for the Marlins. Dee Gordon had three hits, scored twice, and drove in a run to help back Adam Conley (5-5).
ROCKIES 3, BRAVES 0
DENVER (AP) — Chad Bettis drew a standing ovation when he took the mound for the first time since cancer treatment, then threw seven impressive innings as Colorado blanked Atlanta.
Bettis scattered six hits, walked none and struck out two. He hadn’t pitched in the majors since being diagnosed with testicular cancer in November.
Bettis had surgery for the condition, but tests in March showed the cancer had spread to his lymph nodes. He later underwent chemotherapy.
The Braves’ best chance to score against Bettis came when Ender Inciarte led off with a triple, but he was thrown out trying for an inside-the-park home run.
Colorado scored three times in the eighth off Rex Brothers (2-3), who relieved starter Julio Teheran. The Rockies are tied with Arizona for the top NL wild card.
Mike Dunn (5-1) got the win and Greg Holland closed for his 35th save. Holland had blown his previous two save chances.
INDIANS 7, RED SOX 3
BOSTON (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion homered twice to help AL Central-leading Cleveland earn its fourth straight victory by beating East-leading Boston.
In a rematch of last year’s ALDS, which Cleveland won in a three-game sweep, Trevor Bauer (11-8) struck out 11 over 6 2/3 innings for his fourth consecutive win. He allowed three runs — all on solo homers by Red Sox rookies. Rafael Devers had two and Andrew Benintendi one.
The Indians improved to a season-high five games in front of second-place Minnesota. The Red Sox lost for just the second time in 12 games.
The quick visit to Fenway Park by the Indians was to make up an Aug. 2 rainout that came two days after Doug Fister (2-6) shut out Cleveland into the eighth inning. But this time he allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, ASTROS 0
PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke struck out nine in six-plus innings to bounce back from his first home loss of the season, lifting Arizona over Houston.
Greinke (14-5) took his first home loss last week against the Dodgers and followed with a dominant performance against the majors’ top-hitting team to help the Diamondbacks win for the third time in nine games.
The NL All-Star struck out AL batting leader Jose Altuve three times and held the Astros to five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Fernando Rodney got his 27th save.
Ketel Marte hit a run-scoring double off Collin McHugh (0-2) in the second and J.D. Martinez had another off the right-hander in the sixth.
The AL West-leading Astros have lost six of seven.
Greinke had been dominant at Chase Field prior to his last start, going 10-0 for the best home start in franchise history.
CUBS 15, REDS 5
CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo hit back-to-back homers to cap a five-run fourth inning, and Chicago continued its recent dominance of Cincinnati.
Bryant went 2 for 4 with a walk and has reached safely in 16 of his last 20 plate appearances. Rizzo was 3 for 5 with a season-high five RBIs.
Jon Jay had three hits with an RBI and finished a home run shy of the cycle as the Cubs extended their NL Central lead to 1 1/2 games over idle St. Louis. Jose Quintana (3-2) allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits in five innings to snap a three-start winless stretch.
Chicago has 25 wins in its last 32 games against the Reds.
Scooter Gennett hit a two-run homer, his 20th, in the eighth for the Reds, who have five players with at least 20 home runs to tie a club record. Gennett also mopped up on the mound after beginning the game at second base.
Joey Votto went 3 for 5 to set a Cincinnati mark by reaching base at least twice in 19 consecutive games. It’s the longest streak in the majors since Barry Bonds did it in 20 straight in 2004.
Reds starter Asher Wojciehowski (3-2) appeared to settle down after a rough first inning, but couldn’t get the final out in the fourth.
YANKEES 4, METS 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit a tying home run in the sixth inning, Aaron Hicks and Gary Sanchez went deep in the eighth and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Mets in the first of four Subway Series matchups this week.
Curtis Granderson and Yoenis Cespedes homered in the third off Luis Cessa to give the Mets a 2-0 lead at Yankee Stadium.
Sanchez started the Yankees’ comeback with a sacrifice fly in the fourth against starter Rafael Montero. Two innings later, Judge hit his AL-leading 36th home run — just his sixth since the All-Star break.
Hicks, who returned last week from an oblique injury, homered against Hansel Robles (7-4) leading off the eighth, his career-best 12th of the season. Sanchez connected two batters later against Erik Goeddel. With 20 homers, Sanchez matched his total in his rookie season last year.
David Robertson (6-2) pitched a hitless eighth, and Dellin Betances finished the six-hitter for his seventh save.
BLUE JAYS 2, RAYS 1
TORONTO (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the second consecutive game, Nick Tepesch won for the first time in almost three years and Toronto edged slumping Tampa Bay.
The last-place Blue Jays have won 10 of 14 at home.
Wilson Ramos homered in the second to provide the only run for the offense-starved Rays, who lost their fourth straight. Tampa Bay arrived in Toronto on the heels of a 2-7 homestand in which the team totaled 11 runs and was shut out five times during an eight-game span.
Tepesch (1-2) had not won since Sept. 16, 2014, for Texas. The right-hander allowed one run and four hits in six-plus innings.
Roberto Osuna got four outs for his 30th save in 37 chances.
Making his second start after missing more than two weeks with a sore lower back, Jake Odorizzi (6-6) allowed three hits in six innings.
RANGERS 6, TIGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo hit his 33rd home run and Texas also played some small ball in a victory over Detroit.
Martin Perez (7-10) had a second straight solid start for the Rangers. The lefty made it through six innings without giving up any more runs after trailing 2-0 only three batters into the game.
The Rangers led for good when Delino DeShields executed a safety squeeze to make it 3-2 in the second. Rougned Odor had three hits, including a double, and scored three times. It was Odor’s second consecutive multihit game after going 0 for 17 the previous five games.
Justin Upton hit a two-run homer for the Tigers before a spectacular catch by center fielder Drew Robinson ended the top of the first.
Michael Fulmer (10-10) gave up five runs in five innings.
ORIOLES 11, MARINERS 3
SEATTLE (AP) — Tim Beckham hit the first pitch of the game out for his first career leadoff homer, Manny Machado launched his sixth grand slam an inning later and Baltimore routed skidding Seattle.
The Orioles scored double-digit runs for the second time in three games and the sixth since the All-Star break. Beckham got them started with his 16th homer, but it was Machado’s slam that broke the game open as part of a six-run second.
Trey Mancini hit his 21st homer and Seth Smith added his 12th to turn it into a blowout.
That was plenty for starter Kevin Gausman (9-8), who stumbled early before settling into a groove. Gausman allowed one earned run in seven innings, the fifth time in his last six starts that the right-hander gave up one earned run or less.
Meanwhile, Seattle’s sudden fade from the AL wild-card race continued. The Mariners lost their fifth straight — all at home — coming off a 6-3 road trip that had helped them hold the league’s second wild-card spot.
Yovani Gallardo (5-8) was tagged for eight runs and failed to get an out in the fifth inning.
ROYALS 6, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Cam Gallagher hit a grand slam for his first career home run and second big league hit, leading Kansas City past Oakland.
Gallagher’s shot in the sixth inning marked the first slam by a Royals rookie since Paulo Orlando connected against Tampa Bay on July 7, 2015.
Jake Junis (5-2), recalled for his seventh stint with Kansas City this season, allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. The Royals are five games back of AL Central-leading Cleveland.
Jharel Cotton (5-10) gave up six runs and eight hits in six innings and has an 8.71 ERA in four starts since coming off the disabled list July 30 from a right thumb blister. His winless stretch reached five starts and he is 0-3 since a victory at the White Sox on June 23.
PADRES 7, PHILLIES 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jose Pirela’s two-out, two-run single highlighted the four-run sixth inning that carried San Diego past Philadelphia.
Cory Spangenberg hit a leadoff homer in the eighth to finish with three hits and three runs. Pirela, Austin Hedges and Carlos Asuaje each had two hits, and Hedges also drove in two runs.
Phillies rookie Rhys Hoskins hit his first two major league home runs.
The teams swapped the lead three times, with the Padres going ahead for good in the sixth on three hits and two walks off Ricardo Pinto (1-1).
Jose Torres (7-3) got the last out of the sixth and Brad Hand pitched the ninth for his 10th save.