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MLB Roundup: Gleyber Torres homers in fourth straight game as Yankees win

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —    Gleyber Torres became the youngest American League player to homer in four straight games, Aaron Judge threw out a pair of runners from right field and the New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Angels 2-1 on Friday night in New York.

Shohei Ohtani, the two-way Japanese rookie sensation, came to bat with the potential tying run on base and two outs in the eighth. New York brought in closer Aroldis Chapman to face Ohtani with Justin Upton at first. Chapman threw a wild pitch that advanced the runner, Ohtani sent a 100 mph pitch just foul of the left-field pole, then grounded out on a 101 mph offering.

Mike Trout tied the score in the fifth for Los Angeles with his 16th home run.

Chad Green (3-0) won in relief of Luis Severino. Chapman, pitching on five days’ rest, got four straight outs for his 10th save in 11 chances, finishing a six-hitter.

Rockies 5, Reds 4: Pinch-hitter Noel Cuevas hit a tiebreaking triple in the sixth inning, Jon Gray settled down after a shaky start and Colorado beat Cincinnati to open a long homestand.

Nolan Arenado homered early for Colorado in the first of nine in a row at Coors Field.

Gray threw 100 pitches over six taxing innings in allowing four runs. Wade Davis struck out two of three in the ninth to earn his major league-leading 18th save.

Mariners 2, Twins 1: James Paxton allowing one run in seven innings and struck out 11, and Mitch Haniger’s two-out RBI single in the sixth inning helped lift the Mariners past Minnesota in Seattle.

Seattle won its 14th one-run game, thanks largely to another strong performance by Paxton (4-1). The lefty allowed just three hits – two of them to Max Kepler – and didn’t walk a batter.

Paxton allowed Kepler’s home run leading off the fifth inning.

Edwin Diaz pitched the ninth for his A.L.-leading 18th save.

Fernando Romero (2-1) took the loss.

Diamondbacks 7, Athletics 1: Patrick Corbin allowed four hits in seven innings and Nick Ahmed homered to help Arizona snap a seven-game losing streak with the victory over the Athletics in Oakland, California.

Paul Goldschmidt and John Ryan Murphy drove in two runs apiece for the slumping Diamondbacks, who lost 13 of their previous 14 games and averaged 1.9 runs during that stretch.

Corbin (5-1) was the beneficiary of some much-needed offense and ended a streak of five starts without a victory. The left-hander struck out seven and walked one.

Mark Canha homered for Oakland but Sean Manaea (5-5) struggled for a fifth consecutive start, sending the A’s to their sixth loss in seven home games.

Dodgers 4, Padres 1: Matt Kemp slugged a three-run homer in the first inning, Enrique Hernandez added a solo shot in the third and the Dodgers beat San Diego in Los Angeles in a matchup of the two worst teams in the N.L. West.

The Dodgers won their third in a row and seventh in their last eight while improving to 11-14 at home. They are next-to-last in the division. Lodged in the cellar, the Padres are 4-4 in their last eight.

Rangers 8, Royals 4: Ronald Guzman homered in his fourth straight start and drove in three runs, leading Texas past Kansas City in Arlington, Texas.

The rookie first baseman hit his sixth home run of the season. Guzman started three games against the New York Yankees earlier this week and homered in each, but struck out as a pinch-hitter against the Royals on Thursday night. Nomar Mazara also had a homer and three RBIs for Texas.

Red Sox 6, Braves 2: Mookie Betts hit his major league-leading 17th home run, J.D. Martinez slugged his 16th and the Red Sox beat Atlanta in Boston.

Boston got its fifth win in six games shortly after designating Hanley Ramirez for assignment. The move freed up a roster spot for Dustin Pedroia to be activated from the DL, and also created the chance for regular playing time at first base for Mitch Moreland, who had a solo homer in the eighth.

Orioles 2, Rays 0: David Hess pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, helping Baltimore overcome a strong effort from Tampa Bay’s bullpen, defeating the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Danny Valencia doubled in a run off starter Sergio Romo, and Jonathan Schoop went deep against Ryan Yarbrough, spoiling a an impressive opener for the Rays’ relievers as the team plans to use bullpen days in all three games this weekend. Yarbrough replaced Romo (1-1) after two outs and struck out eight over seven innings, tying a franchise record for strikeouts by a relief pitcher.

Hess walked three and struck out three. Both of his wins have come against Tampa Bay.

Brad Brach pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Astros 11, Indians 2: Jose Altuve tied it in the eighth inning with a two-run double off Andrew Miller and then scored the go-ahead run on Marwin Gonzalez’s squeeze bunt, and Houston scored all 11 runs in the final two innings to rout the Indians in Cleveland.

Houston scored three runs off Miller during a four-run eighth before George Springer’s three-run homer helped make it a blowout in the ninth.

Springer’s homer off Josh Tomlin highlighted the ninth, when the Astros sent 10 batters to the plate. Houston has won 13 of 16 and is 4-1 against Cleveland this season.

Joe Smith recorded the final out in the seventh.

Blue Jays 6, Phillies 5: Justin Smoak homered, Sam Gaviglio struck out six over six innings and Ryan Tepera escaped a ninth-inning jam for his first save to lead visiting Toronto past Philadelphia.

Yangervis Solarte and Kevin Pillar added RBI doubles for the Blue Jays, who opened a nine-game road trip after going 1-6 and getting outscored 43-22 on a seven-game homestand against Oakland and the Angels.

Gaviglio (2-0) won for the second time in place of injured starter Marcus Stroman (right shoulder fatigue), allowing three runs on three hits – including the first career homer by Phillies starter Zach Eflin (1-1). Carlos Santana also homered for Philadelphia.

Pirates 8, Cardinals 1: Joe Musgrove came off the disabled list to win his Pittsburgh debut with seven scoreless innings as the Pirates defeated St. Louis in Pittsburegh. Musgrove also had his first career hit and scored the winning run.

The right-hander singled to lead off the sixth inning, when the Pirates scored three times off John Gant (1-2) to break a scoreless tie. Musgrove came home on Josh Harrison’s double.

Musgrove (1-0) allowed five hits and struck out seven. He was activated before the game after being sidelined all season with a strained right shoulder. He was acquired from Houston in January.

Francisco Cervelli had a three-run double in the seventh to make it 6-0.

Tommy Pham homered for the Cardinals.

Cubs 6, Giants 2: Kyle Hendricks limited visiting San Francisco to one run and two hits over seven innings, and Ben Zobrist lined a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh for Chicago.

Hendricks (4-3) struck out seven and walked two. The Cubs scored four in the seventh while chasing Derek Holland (2-6) to grab a 5-1 lead. Gorkys Hernandez had two of San Francisco’s four hits – a leadoff homer in the fourth and a single in the sixth.

Nationals 9, Marlins 5: Max Scherzer was twice unable to hold a two-run lead and won anyway when Washington’s bullpen locked down the Marlins in Miami.

Michael A. Taylor and Matt Adams each hit a two-run homer for the Nationals, and Bryce Harper’s two-run double in the seventh broke it open. Scherzer (8-1) labored through six innings, allowing seven hits and four earned runs, both season highs.

White Sox 5, Tigers 4: Jeimer Candelario had a go-ahead RBI bloop single during a three-run eighth inning and the Tigers rallied past Chicago in Detroit.

Candelario was reinstated from the disabled list before the game. He dropped in what initially looked like a routine popup over first baseman Jose Abreu’s back shoulder, allowing Nicholas Castellanos to score from third and giving the Tigers their first lead of the night.

Reliever Buck Farmer (1-3) pitched a scoreless eighth inning and got the win. Shane Greene retired the side in the ninth for his 12th save. Former Tigers pitcher Bruce Rondon (2-3) took the loss.

Brewers 4, Mets 3 (10): A.J. Ramos walked consecutive batters to force in the winning run with two outs in the 10th inning, handing the Brewers the victory over New York in Milwaukee.

Ramos relieved Jerry Blevins with runners at first and third, walked Hernan Perez on four pitches then skipped his 3-1 pitch to Travis Shaw to end it. That scored Eric Sogard, who singled with one out off Robert Gsellman to spark the rally and snap an 0-for-28 skid.

MLB Roundup: Mookie Betts powers Red Sox past Rays 4-2

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Mookie Betts hit his major league-leading 16th homer, Chris Sale struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Sale (5-1) gave up four hits and walked two. He has allowed three runs or fewer in his first 11 starts, the longest stretch by a Boston pitcher to open a season since Pedro Martinez’s 12 in 2001.

Joe Kelly finished the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel got into a bases-loaded jam before finishing his 14th save in 16 chances when Mallex Smith grounded into a game-ending forceout.

Willy Adames made his big league debut and hit a solo home run off Sale in his second at-bat. The 22-year-old shortstop prospect went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts.

Betts hit a three-run drive in the third off Jake Faria (3-3), who left two batters later because of a strained left oblique.

Two hitters following Faria’s departure, Wilson Ramos was taken out due to a bruised left hand after Austin Pruitt’s 0-2 pitch to Xander Bogaerts bounced and struck the catcher.

Braves 3, Phillies 1: At Philladelphia, Ozzie Albies hit his 14th homer and Brandon McCarthy tossed 5 2/3 sharp innings, leading Atlanta to the victory.

McCarthy (5-2) allowed one run and four hits. He is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA against Philadelphia this season and 1-2 with a 6.60 ERA against the rest of the league.

Vince Velasquez (4-5) gave up two runs – one earned – and fanned nine in 4 2/3 innings. He fell to 0-4 against the Braves.

The NL East’s top two teams have already met 11 times, with Atlanta winning seven games.

Arodys Vizcaino finished with a perfect inning for his ninth save in 11 tries.

Indians 10, Cubs 1: At Chicago, Jose Ramirez hit his 14th homer and the Indians routed the Cubs in their first meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series.

The AL Central leaders moved back to .500 with an easy victory against the team that beat them two years ago to end a 108-year championship drought.

Ramirez got the blowout going with his three-run drive in the third. The Indians scored four times in the inning while chasing a wild Tyler Chatwood (3-4).

Trevor Bauer (4-3) went six innings in his second straight scoreless start. The right-hander gave up seven hits and struck out six.

Yonder Alonso had three of Cleveland’s 11 hits, including a three-run double in the fifth.

Chicago’s Ian Happ led off the ninth with a pinch-hit homer against Josh Tomlin.

Astros 11, Giants 2: At Houston, Gerrit Cole struck out eight in six innings, leading Houston to the victory.

Both of the runs off Cole (5-1) scored on a fifth-inning homer by Brandon Crawford, whose sister Amy is married to Cole.

Tony Kemp had two hits and a career-high five RBIs as Houston won for the fifth time in six games.

San Francisco’s Andrew Suarez (1-4) was tagged for five runs over four-plus innings in his sixth major league start.

Rangers 6, Yankees 4: At Arlington, Texas, Texas ace Cole Hamels limited the slugging Yankees to four hits over seven innings, and Jurickson Profar and Ronald Guzman homered for the last-place Rangers.

Profar’s three-run homer in the first that just cleared the 8-foot wall in center put the Rangers ahead to stay against Domingo German (0-2). Guzman started the fourth with a liner into the right field seats, making it 6-1 only a few batters before the Yankees starter came out.

Hamels (3-4) struck out seven in his first start in 11 days. The lefty was scratched from his precious turn because of neck stiffness.

Keone Kela worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save.

Rookies Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar hit solo homers off Hamels.

Reds 7, Pirates 2: At Cincinnati, Matt Harvey pitched six innings of one-run ball for his first victory with Cincinnati, and Scooter Gennett hit his fifth grand slam over the last two seasons.

Harvey (1-2) gave up three hits in his third start for the Reds, who acquired him from the Mets for catcher Devin Mesoraco on May 8.

The Pirates loaded the bases in the first inning with the help of a pair of walks, but Harvey escaped the threat by fanning Colin Moran for the first of his five strikeouts. Moran hit a solo homer in the fourth.

Gennett led the majors with a club-record four grand slams last season. He got his first of this season off Jameson Taillon (2-4), connecting in the fifth inning.

Nationals 2, Padres 1: At Washington, Bryce Harper hit his NL-leading 15th homer for Washington, and Michael Taylor’s one-out double in the ninth scored the game-winning run.

Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors, reached base in all four at-bats in his second career start. The 19-year-old led off the ninth with his third walk, took second on Wilmer Difo’s groundout and scored on Taylor’s hit off the center-field wall against Matt Strahm (0-2).

Washington’s Sean Doolittle (2-2) struck out the side in the ninth.

Franchy Cordero homered for the Padres.

Brewers 1, Diamondbacks 0: At Milwaukee, Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, sending Milwaukee to the win.

Domingo Santana drove in the only run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning for the NL Central leaders. Milwaukee (30-19) moved a season-high 11 games over .500, while the Diamondbacks have lost six in a row and 12 of 13 – scoring just 24 runs in that stretch.

Chacin allowed two hits in five innings. Matt Albers (3-1) got three outs, Josh Hader pitched two innings and Corey Knebel worked the ninth for his third save.

Arizona starter Matt Koch (2-3) permitted three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three.

Twins 6, Tigers 0: At Minneapolis, Minnesota’s Lance Lynn gave up five hits over 6 2/3 innings in his most efficient outing of the season, and Brian Dozier drove in three runs with a pair of doubles.

Lynn (2-4) lowered his jumbo ERA from 7.47 to 6.34 in his ninth start, striking out four and walking one. Dozier’s two-run liner capped a three-run fifth for Minnesota, which won its third straight game.

Detroit’s Matt Boyd (2-4) departed with a left oblique spasm after walking the first two batters of the bottom of the fifth. Boyd gave up two runs.

Royals 5, Cardinals 1: At St. Louis, Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez homered for Kansas City, helping Jason Hammel to his first victory of the season.

Hammel (1-5) allowed one run and nine hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked none.

Gordon added two singles in a 3-for-4 night after entering the game hitless in his previous 14 at-bats. He was in a 4-for-40 skid that dated to May 9.

St. Louis’ Luke Weaver (3-4) struck out eight in seven innings. He yielded three runs and seven hits.

Blue Jays 5, Angels 3: At Toronto, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer, J.A. Happ won his second straight start and Toronto stopped a four-game losing streak.

Morales connected for his fourth homer in the Blue Jays’ five-run first against Garrett Richards (4-3).

Angels outfielder Chris Young misplayed Russell Martin’s first-inning line drive, allowing two runs to score and ending the longest active errorless streak in the major leagues at 236 games.

Los Angeles has lost eight of 11.

Happ (5-2) allowed two runs in seven innings. Tyler Clippard got three outs for his second save in three chances, finishing a four-hitter.

Marlins 5, Mets 1: At New York, Miami’s Caleb Smith pitched neatly into the seventh inning against a Mets lineup that included newcomer Jose Bautista.

Derek Dietrich homered and J.T. Realmuto got three hits as the Marlins, the lowest-scoring team in the majors, ended a three-game skid. The Mets had won four in a row.

Bautista signed with the Mets two days after being cut by Atlanta. He doubled and scored New York’s only run on Tomas Nido’s sacrifice fly.

Smith (3-5) pitched with poise, giving up three hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Mets right-hander Zack Wheeler struck out nine in six innings. He allowed one earned run and seven hits.

White Sox 3, Orioles 2: At Chicago, Yolmer Sanchez capped Chicago’s three-run eighth with a tiebreaking RBI single, lifting the White Sox to the victory.

Welington Castillo also had an RBI single and Yoan Moncada added a sacrifice fly as last-place Chicago won for the fourth time in six games. Bruce Rondon (2-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Nate Jones got three outs for his fourth save.

Mark Trumbo went 4 for 4 with two doubles for Baltimore. Mychal Givens (0-1) got the loss.

Dodgers 5, Rockies 3: At Los Angeles, Chris Taylor hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning and Yasiel Puig followed with a solo shot, rallying Los Angeles past NL West-leading Colorado.

The victory snapped the Dodgers’ five-game skid against Colorado at home, where they are just 9-14 overall.

Matt Kemp continued his hot hitting, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. His RBI single with two outs in the first provided the Dodgers’ first run.

J.T. Chargois (2-1) won in relief, and Kenley Jansen closed for his ninth save.

Ian Desmond homered and drove in two runs for the Rockies. Bryan Shaw (1-3) gave up both Dodgers homers.

Mariners 3, Athletics 2 (10): At Oakland, Athletics, Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning and Guillermo Heredia doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th to lift Seattle over Oakland.

The Mariners have won four straight games and six of eight.

Jean Segura singled in the 10th ahead of Heredia’s one-out double off Yusmeiro Petit (1-1).

Nick Vincent (3-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, and Edwin Diaz earned his 16th save.

Seattle trailed 2-0 when Zunino hit his seventh homer, off starter Trevor Cahill.

MLB Roundup: Charlie Morton extends winning streak to nine, Astros top Indians

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Charlie Morton pitched seven solid innings, Tony Kemp had a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh and the Houston Astros beat the Cleveland Indians 4-1 on Friday night for their third straight win.

Morton (6-0) allowed one run and four hits with eight strikeouts in extending his career-high winning streak to nine straight dating back to last September. Morton retired 19 of the first 21 batters.

After Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger (3-1) walked Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher to lead off the seventh, Brian McCann popped out before Kemp hit his RBI ground-rule double down the right-field line to give Houston a 2-1 lead. George Springer followed with a grounder to Kipnis, but Fisher beat the throw home.

Ken Giles pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Royals 5, Yankees 2: Whit Merrifield had three hits, stole three bases and scored twice off CC Sabathia in the first four innings, Jakob Junis held down the Yankees’ potent offense and Kansas City beat New York in Kansas City, Missouri.

Salvador Perez homed and added three RBIs for the Royals, who had lost five straight and seven of eight.

Junis (5-3) pitched into the sixth inning, allowing two runs on seven hits and a walk to slow down the Yankees, who had won 19 of their past 22.

Kelvin Herrera capped a strong bullpen effort with a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 10 opportunities.

Sabathia (2-1) lasted just five innings, struggling all night with his command.

Mariners 5, Tigers 4: Mitch Haniger’s RBI double capped a five-run seventh inning as Seattle rallied for the victory over Detroit in Seattle.

Trailing 4-0 entering the seventh, the Mariners coaxed four walks in their first six at-bats of the inning.

Dee Gordon’s sacrifice fly to right field cut Detroit’s lead to 4-3 with two outs. Jean Segura followed with a run-scoring single on a grounder up the middle off reliever Warwick Saupold, scoring Mike Zunino to tie the game at 4-all.

Haniger gave the Mariners the lead by lining Saupold’s curve ball down the left field line, scoring Guillermo Heredia.

Dan Altavilla (3-2) picked up the win in relief ad closer Edwin Diaz notched his A.L.-leading 15th save.

Buck Farmer (0-2) took the loss, walking the two batters he faced.

Rays 8, Angels 3: Wilson Ramos homered twice and drove in three runs to lead Tampa Bay’s fifth straight win, a victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, California.

Blake Snell (5-3) gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings while striking out eight to help the Rays to their sixth win in seven games.

Rockies 6, Giants 1: Slumping Ian Desmond homered and drove in four runs to back another strong start by Kyle Freeland and Colorado beat the Giants in San Francisco.

Desmond came into the game in a 3-for-33 rut with one RBI in his previous nine games before providing the offensive boost that improved the Rockies to 18-9 on the road this season.

The night didn’t start off well for Desmond, who hit into a fielder’s choice with a man on third and one out in the second to cost Colorado a chance to score. But he quickly made up for it by hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning against Derek Holland (2-5) and then adding an RBI double in the sixth.

Marlins 2, Braves 0: Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings, J.T. Realmuto had an RBI triple and Miami beat the Braves in Atlanta.

Straily (2-0) allowed three hits, walked three and struck out six to shut down the N.L.’s top-scoring offense. He also beat Atlanta in his previous start a week prior.

Miami got both its runs in the sixth. Martin Prado singled and scored on Realmuto’s triple, and Starlin Castro chased Matt Wisler (1-1) with a double.

Brad Ziegler induced a double-play grounder from Tyler Flowers to retire the side in the ninth and earn his eighth save in eight chances.

Orioles 7, Red Sox 4: Jonathan Schoop homered and Alex Cobb got his first win of the season as Baltimore ended its 13-game road losing streak.

Manny Machado went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and Adam Jones had two hits and drove in two for the Orioles, who won on the road for the first time since April 8.

Mookie Betts doubled twice and hit his 14th homer for Boston, which lost to Baltimore for the first time in the five meetings so far this season.

Cobb (1-5) held Boston to three runs on 10 hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Brad Brach pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save.

Drew Pomeranz (1-2) lasted only four innings for Boston, getting pulled after the Orioles scored four in the fourth to take a 5-1 lead.

Cubs 8, Reds 1: Jon Lester pitched six dominant innings, Addison Russell tied his career high with four hits and Chicago defeated the Reds in Cincinnati.

Playing in a steady downpour that delayed the start of the game by 93 minutes, Willson Contreras added three hits and six different players each drove in at least one run for the Cubs, who’d lost three of their last four games.

Lester (4-1) faced one batter over the minimum through the first four innings. The left-hander allowed Cincinnati’s only two hits and one walk with a season-high eight strikeouts and even contributed a safety squeeze sacrifice bunt while Chicago was breaking the game open with a two-run fifth inning.

Homer Bailey (1-6) allowed 10 hits in five or fewer innings for the second consecutive game.

Rangers 12, White Sox 5: Shin-Soo Choo hit his first grand slam in eight years, leading Texas over the White Sox in Chicago.

Choo made it 9-3 with his drive against reliever Chris Volstad in a five-run third inning. He also singled and scored in the fourth and walked twice.

Jurickson Profar and Joey Gallo each drove in three runs for Texas. Jesse Chavez (2-0) and two other relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings following a shaky start by Matt Moore.

Jose Abreu had a pair of RBI doubles and scored two runs. But Carson Fulmer (2-4) made another early exit in his third straight loss.

Mets 3, Diamondbacks 1: Jacob deGrom matched a career high with 13 strikeouts, Michael Conforto went 4 for 4 with two RBIs and the Mets beat Arizona in New York.

Wilmer Flores drove in one run and scored another to help the Mets win a series opener between struggling teams.

After an abbreviated outing last weekend in his return from the disabled list, deGrom (4-0) threw seven dominant innings this time and has won his first four decisions in a season for the first time.

Robert Gsellman worked a perfect eighth and Jeurys Familia struck out the side in the ninth for his 12th save.

Conforto, who equaled his career high for hits with four singles, had a two-out RBI single in the first inning and another in the fifth. Both came off starter Zack Godley (4-3).

Padres 3, Pirates 2: Eric Hosmer hit two doubles and scored the go-ahead run and Tyson Ross won for the first time in more than a month as visiting San Diego cooled off Pittsburgh. Hosmer doubled with two outs in the sixth inning off Ivan Nova and Franchy Cordero followed by a lining a single into left field. That broke a 2-2 tie and sent Pittsburgh to its second loss in 10 games. Ross ended a five-start winless streak by giving up two runs and five hits in six innings while striking out two and walking four. Brad Hand got the final four outs for his 13th save in 15 opportunities.

Athletics 3, Blue Jays 1: Dustin Fowler hit his first career home run and also had a tiebreaking RBI double in the seventh inning, Josh Phegley hit an RBI double in his season debut, and Oakland beat the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Danny Coulombe (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the victory as Oakland won for the fourth time in five games.

Right-hander Marco Estrada (2-4) allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings to lose his third straight decision as the slumping Blue Jays lost for the 10th time in 13 home games.

Brewers 8, Twins 3: Jesus Aguilar homered twice and Ji-Man Choi hit a solo home run in his return to the majors as Milwaukee beat Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Brent Suter (3-3) pitched a season-high 5 2/3 innings for Milwaukee, which has won six of its past eight. The left-hander allowed one run on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts.

Kyle Gibson (1-2) gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings for Minnesota, which has lost four of five. Gibson surrendered eight hits and walked four batters. Max Kepler had two hits, including a two-run home run.

First baseman Joe Mauer was pulled from the game in the fifth inning with neck tightness and is considered day to day.

Cardinals 12, Phillies 4: Michael Wacha pitched six strong innings for his fifth win of the season and St. Louis pounded out a season-high 15 hits to blow past visiting Philadelphia in a game delayed 1 hour and 35 minutes by rain.

MLB Roundup: Dodgers lose 5th straight against last-place team

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   MIAMI — The Los Angeles Dodgers went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position against Wei-Yin Chen and four relievers and were beaten by a last-place team for the fifth straight game, losing to the Miami Marlins 4-2 Tuesday night.

The NL champions managed only five hits after being swept in a four-game series at home by woeful Cincinnati. Alex Wood (0-4) lost despite allowing only one earned run in six innings for the Dodgers (16-25), who are off to their worst start in 60 years. Miami (15-26) could pass them by sweeping the three-game series.

Nick Wittgren (2-0) entered in the fifth and worked 1 2/3 perfect innings to lower his ERA to 0.69. Brad Ziegler gave up a home run to Cody Bellinger in the ninth but earned his sixth save.

Dodgers infielders Justin Turner and Logan Forsythe were activated from the disabled list but couldn’t spark the defending NL champions, who have scored 11 runs during their skid.

PADRES 4, ROCKIES 0

SAN DIEGO — Jordan Lyles came (1-1) within five outs of a perfect game and the first no-hitter in San Diego history before allowing Trevor Story‘s single.

Lyles then walked Pat Valaika and made way for Kirby Yates. Brad Hand got four outs to complete the one-hitter and earn his 12th save.

San Diego is the only major league that without a no-hitter. The Padres have played 7,858 games since their expansion season of 1969.

Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the first off German Marquez (2-5) and Christian Villanueva hit a two-run drive in the sixth against Christian Villanueva.

ATHLETICS 5, RED SOX 3

BOSTON — Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat after being reinstated from the bereavement list and saluted his late mother as he crossed home plate, helping lead Oakland in a game delayed almost two hours because of weather.

Piscotty, who returned to the A’s Tuesday after missing four games to be with his family, drove an 0-2 pitch from Eduardo Rodriguez out to left in the second inning. He slowly made his way around the bases, then after rounding third placed his right hand over his heart and patted it with a glance to the sky in tribute to Gretchen Piscotty, who died May 6 after battling amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Daniel Mengden (3-4) pitched six solid innings for Oakland. Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1) took his first loss of the season after getting roughed up in the first few innings.

MARINERS 9, RANGERS 8, 11 innings

SEATTLE — Guillermo Heredia‘s single to left-center drove in Ryon Healy from second base in the 11th inning to lift Seattle.

Healy reached on a bloop single to right field off Texas reliever Alex Claudio (1-2) and advanced to second when David Freitas reached on an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop.

The late-game rally provided a positive end for the Mariners on a bummer day in which star second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s drug policy.

Erik Goeddel (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Texas tied it in the ninth inning off AL-leading closer Edwin Diaz, who blew just his second save opportunity this season. With one out, Joey Gallo hit a hard grounder right at Healy, who fumbled it for a second before tossing over to Diaz, who outraced the Rangers’ slugger to first base.

Seeing Diaz and Gallo run into each other just past the bag, Jurickson Profar raced home without a throw to tie the score 8-all

METS 12, BLUE JAYS 2

NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard (3-1) won for the first time in five weeks, knocking in two early runs against the team that traded him to rouse a sluggish New York offense.

Missing injured sluggers Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier from a slumping lineup, the Mets finally broke through anyway against Jaime Garcia (2-3) and the skidding Blue Jays after an 86-minute rain delay at the start.

Juan Lagares had four hits, three RBI and a stolen base to help New York improve to 12-0 at home against Toronto — the longest such streak in interleague history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

DIAMONDBACKS 2, BREWERS 1

PHOENIX — Daniel Descalso singled home Jarrod Dyson with two outs in the eighth inning, and Arizona snapped a six-game losing streak.

The Diamondbacks managed just three hits against starter Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers, but starter Zack Greinke stifled Milwaukee over six innings and Arizona tied together just enough offense to get by.

Taylor Williams (0-1) walked Jeff Mathis to start the Arizona eighth, and Descalso singled through the shift to score pinch-runner Dyson. It gave Archie Bradley (1-1) a win after striking out two in a perfect eighth. Brad Boxberger tossed a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.

PIRATES 7, WHITE SOX 0

PITTSBURGH — Trevor Williams (5-2) scattered six hits in seven innings, and Adam Frazier homered to start a four-run first.

Chicago has lost eight of nine and 12 of 14, dropping to a major league-worst 10-28. The White Sox have matched the poorest 38-game start in team history, in 1948.

Reynaldo Lopez (0-3) gave up six runs and seven hits with two walks in two-plus innings.

YANKEES 3, NATIONALS 3, 5+ INNINGS, SUSPENDED

WASHINGTON — Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly as the Yankees rallied from a 3-0 deficit in a game suspended because of rain with the score 3-3 after 5+ innings. The game is scheduled to continue at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday before the finale of the two-game interleague series.

Washington built a 3-0 lead against Masahiro Tanaka when Anthony Rendon homered in the first, and Andrew Stevenson hit a run-scoring single in the second and scored on Pedro Severino‘s double.

TIGERS 9, INDIANS 8

DETROIT — JaCoby Jones homered and doubled, and Detroit rallied in a five-run seventh as Andrew Miller (1-2) allowed two inherited runners to score and gave up two runs of his own. Pete Kozma hit a tying, two-run double, and Miller walked John Hicks with the bases loaded.

Cleveland led 4-0 on Brandon Guyer‘s first-inning grand slam and 8-4 before Detroit rallied for its third straight win. Miller faced six batters, giving up two doubles and three walks while getting one out.

Louis Coleman (1-0) threw a scoreless seventh and Shane Greene, pitching for the fourth straight day, worked the ninth for his ninth save.

CUBS 3, BRAVES 2

ATLANTA — Cubs catcher Willson Contreras helped Chicago throw out two runners at home plate and another at third base before rallying for two runs in the ninth inning.

After Ronald Acuna Jr. homered against Carl Edwards Jr. (2-0) for a 2-1 lead in the eighth, Albert Almora Jr. and Addison Russell hit consecutive doubles and Ben Zobrist came through with a two-out, run-scoring single off Arodys Vizcaino (1-2). Brandon Morrow got three outs for his 10th save.

TWINS 4, CARDINALS 1

MINNEAPOLIS — Bobby Wilson hit his first home run since Sept. 21, 2016, for Tampa Bay, a two-run drive off Luke Gregerson that capped a three-run seventh.

Jose Berrios (4-4) surrendered one run on two hits and struck out 10, leaving after hitting Kolten Wong with a pitch with one out in the eighth.

Addison Reed struck out both batters he faced and Fernando Rodney retired three straight batters for his eighth save.

Brett Cecil (0-1) allowed a double to Logan Morrison starting the seventh, and Morrison scored on Byron Buxton‘s bunt attempt when Gregerson threw the ball wide of first and into foul territory for an error.

RAYS 6, ROYALS 5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jonny Venters (1-0) got two outs for his first victory since Sept. 27, 2012, while with Atlanta against the Mets. The left-hander had been out since 2012 due to four major elbow surgeries, including three Tommy John operations, before returning to the majors this season.

Joey Wendle singled in a run with two outs in the ninth against Kelvin Herrera (1-1).

Alex Colome worked a spotless ninth for his eighth save. The Royals lost their fourth straight and sixth in seven.

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MLB Roundup: Charlie Morton strikes out 14 as Astros beat Rangers 6-1

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   HOUSTON – Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.

Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run while lowering his ERA to 2.03. He also extended his career-long winning streak to eight games dating to last season.

McCann made it 2-1 Astros with a solo drive in the fourth. Gattis added another solo shot in the fifth, and Correa’s two-run homer extended Houston’s lead to 5-1 in the eighth.

Texas starter Doug Fister (1-4) allowed four hits and three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his fourth straight loss.

Yankees 7, Athletics 6 (11): At New York, Left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal, and the Yankees beat the Athletics on Neil Walker’s run-scoring single in the 11th inning.

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman walked three straight batters around a wild pitch starting the ninth. After visits to the mound by both pitching coach Larry Rothschild and a trainer to check on a cracked fingernail, Chapman struck out Mark Canha, and pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy followed with a fly ball to left.

Gardner’s one-hop throw to the plate was slightly to the first-base side, and Gary Sanchez had to try for a sweep tag at the sliding Olson. Plate umpire James Hoye made an emphatic safe call, but the Yankees asked for a video review and replays appeared to show Sanchez’s mitt just glancing Olson’s jersey.

New York stopped a two-game losing streak that followed its 17-1 run. A.J. Cole (2-1) pitched two innings for his first win with the Yankees.

Chris Hatcher (3-1) got the loss.

Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 1: At Phoenix, Stephen Strasburg struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, and the Nationals earned their third straight victory against the NL West leaders.

Strasburg (5-3) allowed one run and five hits in Washington’s sixth win in seven games. The Nationals stranded 11 baserunners, but Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon each drove in a run.

Sammy Solis and Shawn Kelley each got two outs before Ryan Madson finished the five-hitter for his third save.

Arizona dropped its season-high fourth consecutive game. The Diamondbacks also lost a series for the first time after opening with 10 wins and two ties.

Troy Scribner (0-1) walked six in 3 2/3 innings for Arizona.

Braves 10, Marlins 5: At Miami, Freddie Freeman connected twice for Atlanta, and Jose Bautista atoned for a costly error with his first homer of the season.

The Braves broke a 5-all tie in the eighth inning, when Marlins relievers issued three consecutive walks – each on a 3-2 pitch, and the last two with the bases loaded.

Bautista, who joined the Braves on May 4, made his first error when he bobbled Brian Anderson’s two-out grounder to third in the fifth. One run scored on the play, and Derek Dietrich followed with a three-run double to put Miami ahead 5-4.

All four runs in the inning were unearned, but Bautista tied the game leading off the next inning with the 332nd homer of his career.

A.J. Minter (1-0) retired one batter in the seventh for his first career win. Drew Steckenrider (1-1) got the loss.

Cubs 8, White Sox 4: At Chicago, Willson Contreras hit his third homer in two games and drove in three runs, leading the Cubs to the win at a rainy and cold Wrigley Field.

Contreras finished with three hits as the Cubs won their fifth in a row.

Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run homer in a four-run first against James Shields (1-4) after the start was delayed 2 hours, 15 minutes. Jon Lester (2-2) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Brandon Morrow came in with runners on second and third in the ninth after right fielder Kris Bryant dropped Trayce Thompson’s fly and got three outs for his ninth save.

Matt Davidson hit a three-run homer in the eighth for the White Sox, who lost their seventh straight to fall to 9-27 – the worst 36-game start in franchise history.

Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 2: At Toronto, Boston left-hander David Price pitched 5 1/3 innings to win his first start since being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who have won 14 of their past 17 north of the border. Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts each had three hits.

Price (3-4) skipped Wednesday’s start against the Yankees after experiencing numbness during a bullpen session last Sunday. Making his first start in nine days, he permitted two runs and five hits in his first victory since April 17.

Justin Smoak hit a solo home run for the Blue Jays, who have lost seven of 10 at home. Marco Estrada (2-3) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings.

Craig Kimbrel got three outs for his 11th save in 13 chances.

Indians 6, Royals 2: At Cleveland, Francisco Lindor homered twice and doubled twice to power Cleveland to the victory.

Lindor also scored four times. His third career four-hit game extended the All-Star shortstop’s hitting streak to 13 games.

Cleveland’s Michael Brantley had three hits, drove in two runs and broke a 2-all tie with an RBI double in the sixth.

Mike Clevinger (3-0) allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings as the Indians won for just the second time in their last seven games.

Jon Jay and Jorge Soler each had three hits for Kansas City. Jakob Junis (4-3) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Rockies 4, Brewers 0: At Denver, Kyle Freeland pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Trevor Story homered twice and Colorado snapped a three-game losing streak.

Freeland (3-4) gave up four hits, struck out six and walked four in 6 1/3 innings.

Story put together his first multihomer game of the season, hitting both off Brent Suter (2-3), who pitched a day ahead of his scheduled start after Chase Anderson was scratched because of a stomach illness.

Orioles 6-3, Rays 3-10: At Baltimore, Brad Miller and C.J. Cron homered off former teammate Alex Cobb, and the Rays stopped a five-game slide by splitting a doubleheader.

In the opener, Orioles right-hander David Hess pitched six effective innings in his major league debut and Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs.

Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to serve as the 26th man in the single-admission doubleheader, Hess (1-0) gave up three runs and six hits. Mychal Givens worked 1 2/3 innings for his first career save.

Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer (2-3) went seven innings, allowing six runs and seven hits – including a season-high three homers.

In the second game, the Rays scored a run in each of the first four innings against Cobb (0-5) and led 4-1 in the sixth when a thunderstorm stopped play for 1 hour, 19 minutes.

Baltimore ultimately cut the gap on an RBI single by Trey Mancini, who also homered in the first inning. But Tampa Bay pulled away, ending the Orioles’ season-high winning streak at four games.

Mallex Smith had three hits and three RBIs for the Rays. Sergio Romo (1-0), the second of seven Tampa Bay pitchers, got the win.

Tigers 4-5, Mariners 3-9: At Detroit, Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning, and the Mariners slugged their way to a split of their doubleheader with the Tigers.

Detroit won the opener 4-3, thanks in part to a terrific catch by center fielder JaCoby Jones in the ninth inning. The nightcap didn’t go nearly as well for the Tigers. Nicholas Castellanos left in the second inning because of an injured finger on his left hand, and manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected in the fifth.

Cano and Ryon Healy homered for the Mariners in the second game, and John Hicks went deep for the Tigers. Detroit’s Jose Iglesias hit a two-run shot in the first game.

Matthew Boyd (2-3) allowed three runs and three hits in six-plus innings for the Tigers in the opener. Detroit broke a 1-all tie in the sixth against Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (3-3). With two out and nobody on, Jones hit a hard grounder that bounced off the left leg of third baseman Kyle Seager and into foul territory for a double. Grayson Greiner followed with a single to right, and Jones scored on a very close play at the plate.

In the second game, Healy’s two-run homer off Michael Fulmer (1-3) put Seattle up 3-2 in the fourth, and Cano made it 6-2 in the fifth with his fourth home run of the season.

Felix Hernandez (5-3) got the win but labored through five innings, allowing five runs and eight hits.

Padres 2, Cardinals 1 (13): At San Diego, Eric Hosmer hit an RBI double with no outs in the 13th inning to give the Padres a victory against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Hosmer, San Diego’s $144 million man, drove the first pitch from Mike Mayers down the right field line and after a few strides, tossed his batting helmet aside in celebration.

John Brebbia (1-0) had thrown two perfect innings for the Cardinals before walking A.J. Ellis to open the 13th. Ellis was replaced by pinch-runner Jordan Lyles, a starting pitcher, who advanced to second on a passed ball. Travis Jankowski walked and the Cardinals brought on Mayers to face Hosmer.

Adam Cimber (2-1) pitched a perfect 13th for the win.

Reds 5, Dodgers 3: At Los Angeles, Scott Schebler hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth inning to lead the Cincinnati Reds past the Dodgers for their fifth straight win.

Schebler’s homer to left field off Dodgers reliever J.T. Chargois (1-2) in the Reds’ four-run fifth was his fourth of the season and first since April 28. Venditte, who pitched both lefty and righty against the Reds, allowed a hit and struck out one while getting four outs in his first big league game since 2016, when he was with Seattle.

Homer Bailey (1-5) allowed three runs and 10 hits to win for the first time this season. Jared Hughes got five outs for the save.

Cody Bellinger homered for the Dodgers, his first since May 1.

Twins 5, Angels 3 (12): At Anaheim, California, Eddie Rosario scored from first on Mitch Garver’s double in the 12th, lifting the Minnesota Twins over the Los Angeles Angels.

After Jefry Marte grounded out to Trevor Hildenberger (1-0) with the bases loaded to end the 11th, Rosario came all the way around on Garver’s grounder down the third-base line to put the Twins back in front. Rosario had singled on a groundball past Noe Ramirez (1-2). Garver then scored from second on Gregorio Petit’s single to center.

Fernando Rodney earned his seventh save, getting Zack Cozart to fly out to left to end the game after walking Rene Rivera with two outs.

MLB Roundup: James Paxton pitches no-hitter as Mariners beat Blue Jays 5-0

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   TORONTO – James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners became the first Canadian to pitch a no-hitter in his home country, shutting down the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 Tuesday night.

Paxton joined Dick Fowler of the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics as the only Canadians to throw a no-hitter.

Paxton, who’s from British Columbia, pointed to a giant tattoo on his right forearm of a maple leaf – a national symbol of Canada – as he celebrated to a standing ovation at Rogers Centre.

The 29-year-old lefty nicknamed “The Big Maple” threw 99 pitches in tossing the third no-hitter in the majors this year – all three have come in different countries.

Oakland’s Sean Manaea pitched one against Boston on April 21 in California. Four Los Angeles Dodgers combined to no-hit San Diego in Mexico last Friday.

Coming off a career-high 16 strikeouts in his last start, Paxton (2-1) was electric once again, hitting 100 mph with his fastball while retiring Josh Donaldson on a grounder to end it.

Paxton struck out seven, walked three and benefited from an outstanding play by third baseman Kyle Seager. With two outs in the seventh, the former Gold Glover made a full-length diving stop on speedy Kevin Pillar’s grounder down the line, then slung an off-balance throw that first baseman Ryon Healy snagged on one hop.

Marcus Stroman (0-5) remained winless in seven starts.

Yankees 3, Red Sox 2

NEW YORK – Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, Aaron Judge hit a tiebreaking single off Yankees enemy Joe Kelly and New York edged Boston for its 16th victory in 17 games.

In the opener of a three-game showdown between baseball’s top two teams, Luis Severino struck out 11 during a pitching duel with Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz.

After their bench-clearing brawl at Fenway Park last month, touched off when Kelly drilled Tyler Austin with a pitch, a revved-up crowd of 45,773 showed up in the Bronx. There were no incidents this time.

Neil Walker got the decisive rally started in the seventh inning with a pinch-hit double off Heath Hembree (2-1), who walked the next two batters sandwiched around a balk. Kelly was greeted out of the bullpen with loud boos and a bases-loaded single by Judge.

David Robertson (3-1) gave up a tying triple to Mookie Betts in the seventh. Aroldis Chapman worked a hitless ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Nationals 4, Padres 0

SAN DIEGO – Jeremy Hellickson was perfect until Travis Jankowski’s single leading off the seventh inning and led Washington over San Diego.

Hellickson (1-0) struck out eight and kept the Padres off balance four nights after they were no-hit by four Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers in Mexico.

Hellickson allowed two hits in 6 2/3 innings and walked none. He also hit an RBI double.

Clayton Richard (1-5) gave three runs in eight innings. He also struck out eight without issuing a walk.

Astros 4, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. – George Springer kept up his hitting surge with two hits and two RBIs as Houston beat Sean Manaea and the A’s.

A day earlier, Springer became the first Astros player to get six hits in a nine-inning game. Manaea (4-4) lost in his first start in Oakland since pitching a no-hitter against Boston.

Lance McCullers (5-1) won his fourth straight start and Ken Giles got his fourth save.

Stephen Piscotty returned to the A’s lineup following the death of his mother late Sunday night. Gretchen Piscotty, who died less than a year after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease, was honored with a moment of silence before the game.

Piscotty caught the first out of the game on Springer’s fly to right and received an extended ovation from the crowd before hitting a single in his first at-bat. Piscotty’s father was in attendance and later congratulated his son while being interviewed on the video board.

Braves 1, Rays 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Ronald Acuna Jr. became the youngest player to homer in a 1-0 game since 1935, lifting Atlanta over Tampa Bay.

The last player younger than the 20-year-old Acuna to go deep in a 1-0 game was the Chicago Cubs’ Phil Cavarretta against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sept. 25, 1935, according to MLB.com. Cavarretta was 19 years old at the time.

Sean Newcomb (3-1) allowed two singles in six innings and has thrown 13 scoreless innings over his last two starts for the Braves. Atlanta ended a three-game skid and won its sixth consecutive road game, including three consecutive road shutouts.

Four relievers pitched the final three innings for Atlanta, including Arodys Vizcaino, who earned his fifth save.

Acuna’s third homer was a long one off Blake Snell (2-2) in the third.

Royals 15, Orioles 7

BALTIMORE – Dylan Bundy set a dubious modern-day record, yielding four homers and leaving without getting an out, part of a 10-run first inning that propelled Kansas City past hapless Baltimore.

Bundy (1-5) was lifted after allowing five hits and two walks to the only seven batters he faced. The Orioles have lost seven in a row and 19 of 22.

Jon Jay started the onslaught with a leadoff single before Jorge Soler, Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez homered in succession.

Two walks and a home run by Alex Gordon followed, ending Bundy’s night. It marked the first time in the current era (1908-present) that a pitcher gave up four home runs during an outing in which he did not retire a batter, according to baseball-reference.com.

Moustakas finished with three hits, two homers and five RBIs. Danny Duffy (1-4) allowed one run and six hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Cubs 4, Marlins 3

CHICAGO – Kris Bryant slid home safely with the go-ahead run on Victor Caratini’s grounder to the right side in the eighth inning as Chicago beat Miami.

Caratini wound up with the winning RBI, a few innings after the Cubs catcher got into a heated situation at home plate with Miami’s Derek Dietrich.

Bryant drew a leadoff walk from Kyle Barraclough (0-2) in the eighth, took second on a wild pitch and moved to third on Anthony Rizzo’s grounder. With the infield playing in, Caratini grounded to second baseman Starlin Castro, who took his time and threw a bit wide and high to the plate, allowing Bryant to easily score.

Caratini was in the middle of a tense moment in the Miami fourth, when Dietrich got thrown out by right fielder Ben Zobrist attempting to score from second on Lewis Brinson’s single.

Dietrich tried to run over Caratini after the ball easily beat him to the plate. The two exchanged words as the dugouts and bullpens emptied, but there appeared to be no punches or shoves. There were no ejections.

Carl Edwards Jr. (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth, and Brandon Morrow retired all three batters in the ninth for his eighth save in nine chances.

Brewers 3, Indians 2

MILWAUKEE – Reliever Brent Suter homered off AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber and threw 4 2/3 innings of two-run ball, leading Milwaukee over Cleveland.

Suter connected on the first pitch by Kluber (5-2) in the third for the first homer of his professional career. It was the first home run given up by Kluber to a pitcher in his eight years with the Indians.

Suter (2-2) had an eventful night on the mound, too. The left-hander entered with one out in the first for starter Wade Miley, who left following 19 pitches with a strained right oblique.

Suter allowed five hits, including solo homers to Jose Ramirez and Francisco Lindor, and struck out five in handing Cleveland its fourth straight loss. Josh Hader fanned three over the last two innings for his fifth save.

Reds 7, Mets 2

CINCINNATI – Catcher Devin Mesoraco made the short walk between clubhouses shortly before the first pitch as New York dealt for help at its neediest position, and he watched the Mets lose to Cincinnati.

The Mets traded former ace Matt Harvey to the Reds – he’ll join them in Los Angeles on Thursday for the start of a series against the Dodgers – and had Mesoraco on their bench for the first pitch. He pinch hit in the ninth and took a called third strike as the Mets lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Eugenio Suarez had a bases-loaded single and an RBI double off left-hander Jason Vargas (0-3). He added another RBI single in the seventh, and Scooter Gennett had a two-run homer off Hansel Robles.

Luis Castillo (2-4) retired the first 14 Mets before Amed Rosario singled.

Twins 7, Cardinals 1

ST. LOUIS – Jake Odorizzi pitched five strong innings and Eduardo Escobar had a two-run homer as Minnesota won its season-high fifth straight game.

The win capped a two-game series sweep for the Twins, who have won 14 of their last 17 games against National League teams.

Odorizzi (3-2) allowed just two hits and one run, a homer by St. Louis’ Jose Martinez in the first inning. The right-hander combined with three relievers to retire the final 18 batters of the game.

Carlos Martinez (3-2) saw his stretch of six straight starts allowing one or fewer runs end.

Phillies 4, Giants 2

PHILADELPHIA – Aaron Nola struck out a career-high 12 in seven stellar innings and Odubel Herrera had two hits to extend his career-best on-base streak to 37 games for Philadelphia.

Aaron Altherr, Carlos Santana and Jorge Alfaro hit solo home runs for the Phillies. Nola (5-1) allowed one run and five hits while walking none.

Hector Neris got the last two outs, striking out both batters, for his seventh save in nine chances. Manager Gabe Kapler elected to leave Tommy Hunter in for the first batter in the ninth rather than go to Neris, who blew a save in Sunday’s 5-4 loss at Washington.

Derek Holland (1-4) got the loss.

Pirates 10, White Sox 6

CHICAGO – Colin Moran hit a key two-run double, Jordy Mercer also had two RBIs and Pittsburgh cleaned up in interleague play once again, beating the White Sox.

Corey Dickerson had four hits. The Pirates have dropped five of seven, but they love to plunder the other league, specifically their counterparts in the A.L. Central. Pittsburgh improved to 7-2 in interleague play this year and 65-44 over the last six seasons, tops in the NL.

Welington Castillo homered twice for the last-place White Sox, who have lost four straight.

Tyler Glasnow (1-1) won in relief. Chris Volstad (0-2) took the loss.

Tigers 7, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas – Victor Martinez, Jeimer Candelario and Jose Iglesias homered for Detroit.

Adrian Beltre got three hits for Texas after missing 12 games with a strained hamstring. He is MLB’s active leader in hits with 3,078.

Mike Fiers (3-2), winless with an 8.90 ERA in six previous appearances against Texas, took a shutout into the fifth. Shane Greene struck out the side after a leadoff single in the ninth for his first four-out save of the season and seventh overall in nine chances.

Mike Minor (3-2) took the loss.

Rockies 4, Angels 2

DENVER – Jon Gray continued Colorado’s strong stretch of starts with seven scoreless innings, and the Rockies won their sixth in a row.

Gray walked one and struck out eight to notch Colorado’s ninth straight quality start, a franchise record. He shook off a 28-pitch first inning to hold the Angels’ potent lineup to four hits.

Justin Upton hit a two-run homer off Rockies reliever Adam Ottavino in the eighth to cut Colorado’s lead in half but closer Wade Davis got the last three outs for his major-league leading 14th save.

The Rockies took a 1-0 lead on DJ LeMahieu’s RBI single in the third off starter Andrew Healey (1-2).

MLB Roundup: Padres beat Dodgers 7-4 in Mexico

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   The San Diego Padres rebounded nicely from Los Angeles’ combined no-hitter, using two-run homers by Eric Hosmer and Raffy Lopez to beat the Dodgers 7-4 on Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico, in the first major league series in Mexico since 1999.

A day after the first no-hitter outside the U.S. or Canada, Travis Jankowski led off the first with a triple for San Diego’s first hit of the series. Hosmer then hit a drive over the wall in right against Kenta Maeda.

Lopez’s first homer of the season erased a 4-3 Los Angeles lead in the sixth, and Chase Headley and Carlos Asuaje contributed RBI singles in the eighth against Daniel Hudson.

Kirby Yates got two outs for the win, and Brad Hand worked the ninth for his eighth save.

Josh Fields (2-1) allowed Lopez’s homer.

On Friday night, Walker Buehler and three relievers posted the 12th combined no-hitter in major league history, leading the Dodgers to a 4-0 victory.

Mariners 9, Angels 8 (11): Ryon Healy scored Kyle Seager in the 11th inning with a single just fair down the left-field line and Seattle rallied twice in extra innings to beat visiting Los Angeles.

The Angels took the lead in the 11th when Andrelton Simmons was safe on an infield single off Eric Goeddel (1-0) with two outs, allowing Mike Trout to score – the second straight inning the Angels took the lead with two outs.

Seattle answered immediately both times. In the 11th, Seattle got a run off Jim Johnson (2-1) before Healy turned on an 0-1 pitch from Eduardo Paredes. Zack Cozart made a diving attempt, but the ball ricocheted off his glove, and Seager scored with ease.

Yankees 5, Indians 2: Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor’s double error led to a pair of runs in a four-run fifth inning off previously unhittable Trevor Bauer, and the Yankees won for the 14th time in 15 games, defeating Cleveland in New York.

New York is in its first 14-1 stretch since 1998 Yankees won 114 games during the regular season and then the first of three straight World Series titles.

Sonny Gray (2-2) allowed two runs in six innings in his first win since April 7. David Robertson worked the ninth for his first save.

Lindor put the Indians ahead in the fifth with his fourth homer in five games, but he has made three errors in the past two games.

Bauer (2-3) pitched six innings of two-hit ball. He was charged with four runs, two earned.

Red Sox 6, Rangers 5: Craig Kimbrel became the quickest pitcher to reach 300 career saves, closing out Boston’s win after the Red Sox scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning in Arlington, Texas.

Kimbrel worked a perfect ninth for his ninth save this season. His 300th save overall came in his 494th career appearance and 330th save opportunity, and just less than three weeks before his 30th birthday.

Andrew Benintendi hit a triple off the right-center wall in the ninth against Keone Kela (2-2) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Hanley Ramirez.

Cardinals 8, Cubs 6 (10): Kolten Wong hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, lifting St. Louis to its fourth straight victory, defeating Chicago in St. Louis.

The Cardinals trailed 6-4 before Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run double off Brandon Morrow in the ninth, handing the closer his first blown save of the season.

Paul DeJong led off the 10th with a walk and Wong followed with a drive to right against Luke Farrell (1-1). It was Wong’s third career game-ending homer.

Tyler Lyons (1-0) earned the win after Bud Norris exited in the top of the 10th inning due to tightness in his triceps.

Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez homered for the Cubs, who lost for a season-high fourth time in a row despite scoring more than three runs for the first time since April 24th.

Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3: A.J. Pollock singled off the glove of third baseman Alex Bregman with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, lifting Arizona over Houston in Phoenix.

Pollock delivered off reliever Brad Peacock on the first pitch after Chris Devenski (1-1) had walked the previous two hitters to load the bases. Brad Boxberger (1-2) got the win in relief.

Athletics 2, Orioles 0 (12): Khris Davis homered in the 12th inning, lifting the Athletics to the win over visiting Baltimore at Oakland, California.

Jed Lowrie singled with one out before Davis drove a 3-1 fastball from Pedro Araujo (1-3) into the bleachers in left. It was Davis’ third career game-ending homer.

Chris Hatcher (3-0) got two outs for the win, finishing the A’s seven-hitter. Trevor Cahill got the start and struck out 12 while pitching six innings of four-hit ball.

Baltimore wasted a terrific performance by Kevin Gausman in its fifth straight loss. Gausman pitched nine innings of two-hit ball.

Phillies 3, Nationals 1: Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run homer, Vince Velasquez pitched five effective innings and Philadelphia snapped Washington’s six-game win streak, defeating the Nationals in Washington.

Velasquez (2-4) allowed one run and one hit in his first win since April 7. Hector Neris worked the ninth for his sixth save.

Wilmer Difo homered for Washington. Third baseman Anthony Rendon went 0 for 2 with two walks after missing 19 games with what the team called a contusion to his toe.

Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark (2-3) tied his season high with nine strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. He was charged with three runs and six hits.

Tigers 3, Royals 2: Jordan Zimmermann pitched five scoreless innings and Nicholas Castellanos had three extra-base hits, leading Detroit to the win in Kansas City, Missouri.

Zimmermann (2-0) improved to 4-0 with a 1.48 ERA in seven appearances against the Royals. Shane Greene allowed an unearned run in the ninth before striking out Alcides Escobar and Jon Jay for his sixth save.

Castellanos had an RBI double as the Tigers scored three runs in the first inning off Jason Hammel (0-4).

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler went 0 for 4, snapping his career-high 19-game on-base streak and 10-game hitting streak.

Rockies 2, Mets 0: Chad Bettis pitched seven smooth innings, Nolan Arenado homered early off the big apple at Citi Field, and the visiting Rockies shut down the slumping Mets.

Pinch hitter David Dahl gave the Rockies an insurance run with a two-out RBI single off Robert Gsellman in the ninth, though left fielder Yoenis Cespedes threw out a runner at the plate on the play. Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis finished a six-hitter that took just under 2 1/2 hours, sealing Colorado’s fourth straight win.

Despite a solid start by Steven Matz (1-3), the staggering Mets fell to 0-5 on their six-game homestand.

Bettis (4-1) allowed six hits. Davis got his 13th save in 14 chances.

Brewers 5, Pirates 3: Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the eighth inning, helping Milwaukee to the home win.

Braun, who entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh, drove a pitch from George Kontos (2-3) to the center-field wall to score Domingo Santana and Eric Sogard. Braun got a chance to bat after Kontos walked Sogard, batting .105, on four pitches.

Josh Hader (1-0) pitched the final two innings to pick up the win. He surrendered Starling Marte’s tying two-run homer in the top of the eighth, and then retired the Pirates in order in the ninth.

Giants 11, Braves 2: Buster Posey and Andrew McCutchen each had three of San Francisco’s 18 hits, leading the Giants to their third straight victory, defeating the Braves in Atlanta.

Alen Hanson homered and drove in four runs, Gorkys Hernandez had four hits and Brandon Crawford had three hits and two RBIs for the Giants. Ty Blach (3-3) gave up only one earned run in 7 2/3 innings.

Hanson’s second-inning double to center field drove in Brandon Belt and Crawford. Hanson pulled a pitch down the right-field line for a two-run homer in the third.

Atlanta’s Brandon McCarthy (4-1) gave up eight runs and 12 hits in only 3 1/3 innings.

Marlins 6, Reds 0: Starlin Castro drove in three runs with a homer and a double, backing another strong performance by Caleb Smith as Miami defeated the Reds in Cincinnati.

Smith (2-3) has been stingy in his last three starts, allowing only two runs and seven hits in 18 2/3 innings with 26 strikeouts.

Against the Reds, he gave up three hits and fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings, escaping threats created by a couple of Marlins errors. Three relievers completed a four-hitter.

Miami’s struggling offense got the early lead as Castro and Justin Bour homered off rookie Tyler Mahle (2-4).

Rays 5, Blue Jays 3: Denard Span drove in his team-leading 24th run to help surging Tampa Bay beat Toronto in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Rays chased Aaron Sanchez (2-3) in the fourth, taking a 4-1 lead on Span’s single and a sacrifice fly by Matt Duffy. Span’s 24 RBIs have come in 90 at-bats.

Jake Faria (3-1) allowed a run and three hits in 5 1/3 innings as the Rays got their 11th victory in 14 games to improve to 15-16. Alex Colome got five outs for his sixth save.

Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the Blue Jays, who have lost eight of 12.

Twins 8, White Sox 4: Eddie Rosario homered and drove in five runs, Lance Lynn earned his first A.L. win, and visiting Minnesota posted back-to-back victories from the first time since April 12.

Rosario had four hits, including a two-run homer in the third inning and a two-run double in the fourth. Minnesota tagged Hector Santiago (0-1) for eight runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Tim Anderson homered twice for Chicago, which has lost six of seven.

Lynn (1-3) allowed two runs in six innings. He struck out seven without a walk and left his sixth start for the Twins with a 7.28 ERA.

MLB Roundup: Mookie Betts belts three home runs to lead Red Sox past Royals

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —   Mookie Betts belted three solo homers and J.D. Martinez also went deep, powering the Boston Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

It was the fourth three-homer game for the 25-year-old Betts, snapping a tie with Hall of Famer Ted Williams for most three-homer games in franchise history.

American League East-leading Boston won for the third time in four games after losing 7-6 in 13 innings on Tuesday night.

Cheslor Cuthbert homered for Kansas City, and Drew Butera had a two-run double. Danny Duffy (0-4) was tagged for five runs and 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Drew Pomeranz (1-1) worked six innings for the win and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his eighth save.

Indians 12, Rangers 4: In Cleveland, Edwin Encarnacion homered three times and drove in six runs, helping the Indians to the runaway win over Texas.

Encarnacion hit a three-homer in the first, a two-run shot in the second and a solo drive in the eighth. The designated hitter leads the team with nine homers despite a .191 batting average.

Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor also connected in Cleveland’s highest scoring game of the season. Corey Kluber (5-1) allowed three solo homers in seven innings in his fifth straight win.

Rangers starter Matt Moore (1-4) allowed a career-high 10 runs in four innings, including three homers.

Joey Gallo, Nomar Mazara and Juan Centeno homered for Texas, which lost for the third time in four games.

Braves 7, Mets 0: In New York, Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom was pulled after four dominant innings with a hyperextended right elbow, and the Braves broke out against the bullpen to back a stellar start by Sean Newcomb.

DeGrom pitched smoothly through the heart of Atlanta’s order in his final inning. But he was replaced by Paul Sewald (0-2) to begin the fifth.

Atlanta also had an injury concern when shortstop Dansby Swanson was lifted in the sixth inning with a sore left wrist. The Braves said it was a precautionary measure.

Newcomb (2-1) pitched seven innings of two-hit ball. He also doubled and scored on Ender Inciarte’s two-run homer in the seventh.

Nationals 9, Pirates 3: In Washington, Bryce Harper hit a leadoff homer and drove in three runs, Stephen Strasburg struck out 11 and the Nationals earned their fourth straight win.

Matt Adams clubbed his third homer in two games for Washington. Strasburg (3-3) allowed three runs – two earned – and seven hits in seven innings.

Batting at the top of the lineup for the second straight game, Harper sent a first-inning pitch from Ivan Nova (2-2) into the second deck in right-center for his 10th homer this season and second in two nights.

Francisco Cervelli homered for Pittsburgh, which will try to avoid a series sweep on Thursday.

Rockies 11, Cubs 2: In Chicago, Nolan Arenado hit two of Colorado’s four homers and drove in five runs, lifting the Rockies to the road win.

Arenado hit a long two-run homer to center off Yu Darvish (0-3) in the first inning. He connected again in the eighth, hitting a three-run drive to left off Luke Farrell.

Trevor Story led off the fifth with a long homer to left, and Chris Iannetta chased Darvish one out later with a solo drive that made it 6-1.

Tyler Anderson (2-0) pitched a season-high seven innings after leaving his previous start because he was feeling light-headed. The left-hander struck out a season-high nine while permitting two runs and three hits.

Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant homered for the Cubs, who finished with four hits in their eighth consecutive game with three or fewer runs.

Cardinals 3, White Sox 2: In St. Louis, Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez hit his first major league home run and threw 7 1/3 effective innings.

Dexter Fowler added a two-run homer for the Cardinals, who won their second game in a row.

Chicago has dropped four straight and 13 of 17. The White Sox fell to a season-low 12 games under .500.

Martinez (3-1) got St. Louis on the board with a 407-foot shot off Lucas Giolito (1-4) with two outs in the sixth. Martinez allowed one run and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Bud Norris got four outs for his sixth save in six chances.

Brewers 3, Reds 1: In Cincinnati, Christian Yelich homered, Wade Miley pitched six effective innings in his Milwaukee debut and the Brewers swept the sloppy Reds.

Yelich hit a tiebreaking drive to right off Luis Castillo (1-4) in the fifth.

Miley (1-0) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked three. The veteran left-hander agreed to a minor league deal with the Brewers in February and was promoted ahead of the finale of the three-game set, replacing Brent Suter in the rotation.

Jeremy Jeffress worked two innings for this second save in two nights.

Cincinnati committed three errors while slipping to 7-24, matching the franchise’s worst 31-game start.

Twins 4, Blue Jays 0: In Minneapolis, Fernando Romero pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning in his major league debut, giving Minnesota a badly needed boost.

Eddie Rosario homered for the Twins, who won for only the second time in their last 13 games. Romero (1-0) was a big reason why, striking out five in 5 2/3 innings. Four relievers preserved the shutout, allowing only two singles the rest of the way.

Marcus Stroman (0-4) had his best performance in six turns for the Blue Jays this season. The right-hander, who turned 27 on Tuesday, gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Tigers 3, Rays 2: In Detroit, JaCoby Jones led off the 12th inning with a triple and scored on John Hicks’ bunt single, lifting Detroit to the victory over Tampa Bay.

Hicks bunted toward first and the Rays didn’t have a chance to make a play at the plate. First baseman Brad Miller fielded the ball and collided with right-hander Matt Andriese (0-1).

Warwick Saupold (1-0) got three outs for the win, striking out two. He combined with five other relievers for six scoreless innings, yielding just two hits.

Tampa Bay left-hander Blake Snell was pulled after he surrendered James McCann’s tying solo homer with two out in the seventh. Snell, who had won his previous four starts, gave up five hits, struck out four and walked one.

Michael Fulmer pitched six innings of two-run ball for Detroit.

Phillies 6, Marlins 0: In Miami, Aaron Nola allowed four hits in 7 1/3 innings, helping Philadelphia stop a four-game slide.

Nola (4-1) retired 17 consecutive batters at one point. He struck out seven and walked one.

Cesar Hernandez led off the game with a home run and Maikel Franco had two doubles and drove in a run.

Miami’s Jose Urena (0-5) remained winless in his last nine starts dating to last season despite allowing two runs, one earned, in seven innings.

Giants 9, Padres 4: In San Francisco, Nick Hundley matched his career high with four hits, Brandon Crawford broke out of a lengthy slump with three RBIs and the Giants beat the Padres.

Austin Jackson added two hits and two RBIs, and Derek Holland (1-3) pitched five innings for his first win of the season for San Francisco.

The Giants finished 7-3 on their homestand and celebrated reliever Will Smith’s first appearance in the big leagues in nearly 19 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery on March 30, 2017. Smith pitched one scoreless inning.

Giants right fielder Andrew McCutchen left in the third after getting hit in the back of his elbow by a pitch. X-rays were negative.

Eric Hosmer had two hits and three RBIs for San Diego. Clayton Richard (1-4) got the loss.

Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 1: In Phoenix, Alex Verdugo doubled and scored twice, and a struggling Los Angeles bullpen picked up injured starter Hyun-Jin Ryu to help the Dodgers defeat Arizona.

The Dodgers ended a four-game losing streak and won after eight consecutive regular-season losses at Chase Field, home to the top team in the National League this season.

Verdugo, a 21-year-old outfielder from Tucson, scored a key insurance run in the eighth inning. He doubled off reliever T.J. McFarland, beat the throw to third on a wild pitch and came home on Yasmani Grandal’s sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead.

In the first, Verdugo doubled with one out and scored on Cody Bellinger’s single off Zack Godley (4-2), who allowed five hits in six sharp innings.

Three of the five Dodgers relievers had allowed at least a run in their previous outings, but all five combined to limit the Diamondbacks for 7 2/3 innings, including Kenley Jansen’s fourth save in six chances.

The Dodgers led 1-0 when Ryu, their most successful starter this season at 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA coming in, exited with a left groin strain.

Athletics 3, Mariners 2: In Seattle, James Paxton struck out a major league-high 16 in seven dominant innings, but the Seattle bullpen blew a late lead and Oakland rallied past the Mariners.

Paxton was overpowering in arguably the finest performance of his career, posting the highest strikeout total by a Seattle pitcher since Randy Johnson fanned 19 on Aug. 8, 1997. He got 14 A’s on swinging strikeouts.

Paxton left with a 2-0 lead. Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer off Juan Nicasio in the eighth inning, then Mark Canha opened the ninth with a home run against Edwin Diaz (0-1). Diaz had allowed just one earned run in 15 appearances this season.

The left-handed Paxton was the fourth different pitcher in Mariners history to strike out at least 16 in a game, joining Johnson, Mike Moore and Mark Langston. Johnson struck out 19 twice, 18 once, and 16 twice in his Mariners career, while Moore and Langston reached the mark once.

But none of those other performances were as efficient as Paxton. He threw 80 strikes among his 105 pitches, gave up five hits and walked one.

Seattle led 2-0 after Ryon Healy’s solo homer and Jean Segura’s RBI single in the third inning. The M’s left the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth.

Yankees 4, Astros 0: In Houston, Luis Severino pitched a five-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts for his first career complete game, Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and drove in four runs, and New York shut out Houston for the second straight night.

Stanton hit a two-run homer to right field that just made it over the wall in the first inning. He added a solo homer to left off Yankees nemesis Dallas Keuchel (1-5) in the fourth and tacked on an RBI double in the eighth.

Severino (5-1) walked one and threw 110 pitches in his 60th major league start, earning his third straight win. He was still throwing 99 mph in the ninth inning as he polished off New York’s third complete game over the last three seasons.

The 24-year-old righty became the youngest Yankees pitcher to toss a shutout since Sterling Hitchcock, who was also 24, in 1995.

Angels 10, Orioles 7: In Anaheim, California, Albert Pujols reached 2,998 career hits with a home run and a double, and Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as Los Angeles held off Baltimore.

Mike Trout and Pujols both homered in the first, and Upton drove in four runs while the Angels earned their second straight win following a 3-9 skid.

Andrew Heaney (1-1) yielded five hits and one run over six solid innings to earn his second major league victory since September 2015. The left-hander missed large portions of the past two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Manny Machado drove in two runs and made another throwing error for the last-place Orioles, who have lost 14 of 17.

MLB Roundup: Charlie Morton, Astros end Yankees’ nine-game win streak

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   Charlie Morton pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning and struck out 10 as the Houston Astros snapped the New York Yankees’ nine-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Monday night in Houston.

Carlos Correa had two hits and an RBI for Houston in the first meeting between the teams since Game 7 of last year’s American League Championship Series, when Morton allowed two hits over five innings for the win in a 4-0 victory that sent the defending champion Astros to the World Series.

Houston has won seven straight at home against the Yankees including the postseason, and the Astros have held them to no more than one run in their past six games here.

Morton (4-0) had allowed just one hit when Gleyber Torres chased him with a two-out double in the eighth. Brad Peacock took over and walked pinch-hitter Aaron Judge, who didn’t start for the first time this season, and Torres stole third base.

Chris Devenski replaced Peacock and was greeted with an RBI single by Brett Gardner that cut the lead to 2-1. Devenski then fanned A.L. player of the week Didi Gregorius on three pitches to end the inning.

Ken Giles struck out the side in the ninth for his third save.

Sonny Gray (1-2) allowed four hits and two runs while walking three in six innings to snap a streak of three straight starts in which he didn’t get out of the fifth inning.

Red Sox 10, Royals 6: In Boston, Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam over the Green Monster and Boston finished April with its most wins ever by beating Kansas City.

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and had three hits along with Bogaerts for the Red Sox, who posted their 19th victory in April. They had reached 18 three times, the last coming in their World Series-winning 2013 season.

Whit Merrifield had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals, who were coming off their first consecutive wins this season.

Hector Velazquez (4-0), the first of three relievers, worked two scoreless innings of relief for the victory.

Trailing 3-0, Boston scored a run in the second on Moreland’s homer and five off Jason Hammel (0-3) in a third inning highlighted by Bogaerts’ slam that completely left Fenway Park. Moreland drew a bases-loaded walk for the other run.

It was Boston’s sixth slam of the season, tying the 1996 Montreal Expos for most ever in the majors by May 1.

Cubs 3, Rockies 2: In Chicago, Jon Lester pitched effectively into the sixth inning, continuing an impressive stretch for Chicago’s rotation and helping the Cubs beat the Colorado for their season-high fifth straight victory.

Lester allowed two runs and five hits, struck out five and walked three. Luke Farrell (1-0) worked 1 1/3 innings of perfect relief for his first career win, and Steve Cishek got two outs for his first save.

The Rockies put runners on first and second with two outs in the ninth before Cishek struck out Nolan Arenado.

Lester extended the streak for Chicago’s starting pitchers to 33 2/3 innings without giving up an earned run. The Cubs have permitted just four runs and 21 hits during their last five games.

Colorado wasted a solid start by Kyle Freeland (1-4) in its third straight loss. The left-hander pitched seven innings of three-run ball, allowing six hits with five strikeouts and one walk.

Brewers 6, Reds 5: In Cincinnati, homers by Manny Pina and Lorenzo Cain ended Milwaukee’s historically bad slump, and Domingo Santana doubled home the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning for a victory over Cincinnati.

The Brewers managed only two runs while getting swept four games at Wrigley Field, matching their lowest total for a four-game series. They had 14 hits total, their worst for such a series, and were blanked on two hits in each of the past two games.

Wandy Peralta (1-2) gave up a hit and a pair of walks to fuel the rally. A throwing error by catcher Tucker Barnhart let in one run, and Santana doubled over Billy Hamilton’s head in center field for a 6-5 lead.

Brandon Woodruff (1-0) retired the four batters he faced. Josh Hader got the last eight outs – all on strikeouts – for his fourth save in as many chances.

Cincinnati fell to 7-22, matching the worst 29-game start in franchise history. The Reds had the same record in 1931 and 1934.

Indians 7, Rangers 5: In Cleveland, Jose Ramirez’s RBI double broke an eighth-inning tie and Cleveland rallied for a win over Texas.

Texas scored twice in the top of the eighth to go ahead 4-3, but the Indians quickly regained the lead by scoring four times against Chris Martin (0-1).

Cody Allen (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings. The right-hander put two runners on with one out in the ninth. Jurickson Profar grounded out, but Nomar Mazara’s infield hit cut the deficit to 7-5.

Allen, the Indians’ closer, was pulled after throwing 41 pitches. Jeff Beliveau fell behind Joey Gallo 3-0, but came back to strike him out for his first save of the season and second of his career.

Nationals 3, Pirates 2: In Washington, Tanner Roark pitched seven efficient innings and drove in his first run since 2016, and Washington beat Pittsburgh.

Roark (2-2) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out four and induced two double play grounders for his first win since April 2 as the Nationals ended a disappointing April with their second straight victory.

Starting pitcher Jameson Taillon (2-3) drove in the first run for the Pirates with a two-out double to deep left-center in the fifth. He worked six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, as N.L. Central-leading Pittsburgh lost for the first time since his previous start. The Pirates had won five straight.

Brandon Kintzler worked the ninth for his first save in place of regular closer Sean Doolittle, who had pitched in the previous three games.

Marlins 8, Phillies 4: In Miami, Brian Anderson homered, drove in four runs and made a diving catch in right field with the bases loaded to preserve a lead, helping Miami beat Jake Arrieta and Philadelphia.

The Marlins have won three games in a row for the first time this season, and five of six. The Phillies lost their third consecutive game.

Arrieta (3-1) lasted only 3 2/3 innings. He allowed six earned runs after giving up three or fewer in each of his past 18 starts.

Jorge Alfaro and Maikel Franco each hit a two-run homer off Miami starter Dan Straily.

The Phillies’ Odubel Herrera singled in the first inning to reach base safely in his 30th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the majors.

Merandy Gonzalez (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings.

Rays 3, Tigers 2: In Detroit, C.J. Cron and Brad Miller each homered in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay held on for a victory over Detroit.

With the game scoreless, Detroit closer Shane Greene (1-2) walked Denard Span to start the ninth. Cron followed by hitting a 2-0 fastball into the right-center field seats for his seventh homer of the season. After Matt Duffy popped out, Brad Miller homered into the left-field bullpens to make it 3-0 and end Greene’s night.

But Detroit loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth on two hit batters and an infield single. Jose Alvarado replaced Chaz Roe and allowed a two-run single to Victor Martinez, then retired James McCann before walking John Hicks to load the bases again. Dixon Machado then grounded into a game-ending force at second to give Alvarado his first career save.

The Rays have won nine of their past 10 games after a 4-13 start.

Rays starter Jake Faria (2-1) had the longest outing of his career, holding the Tigers scoreless for eight innings. He gave up three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in his second win in 11 starts.

Blue Jays 7, Twins 5: In Minneapolis, Justin Smoak and Russell Martin homered, Yangervis Solarte had three hits and Toronto edged Minnesota.

Smoak hit a towering, two-run shot to cap a three-run fourth inning to stake Toronto to a 5-0 lead. Martin added a solo homer to the second deck in left field an inning later as the Blue Jays won their second game in a row.

The Twins have lost 10 of their past 11 games.

Even with slugger Josh Donaldson on the disabled list and Jose Bautista gone, Toronto is powering up again. The Blue Jays entered the night tied for second in the majors in home runs.

Aaron Sanchez (2-2) was the beneficiary of the run support. He pitched six innings and allowed four runs and six hits and three walks. Roberto Osuna allowed two hits in the ninth, but stranded runners at second and third to earn his seventh save in eight chances.

Minnesota’s Lance Lynn (0-3) struggled with his command again and couldn’t get past the fifth inning for the fourth time in five starts this season. Lynn gave up six runs in five innings. He allowed seven hits and walked five batters. He has an 8.37 ERA for the season.

Diamondbacks 8, Dodgers 5: In Phoenix, A.J. Pollock hit three home runs and tArizona beat Los Angeles in the opener of a four-game series between N.L. West rivals.

Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 10 in six innings as Arizona beat Los Angeles for the 12th time in their last 13 regular-season meetings – six of seven this year. In the playoffs last year, however, the Dodgers cruised to a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks.

All three of Pollock’s drives were solo shots in the first three-homer game of his career. He connected off Ross Stripling in the second, Brock Stewart in the sixth and Josh Fields in the eighth to become the 12th Arizona player with a three-homer game.

Pollock had a two-homer game at Dodger Stadium on April 14.

Nick Ahmed drove in two runs and fell a triple shy of the cycle for the first-place Diamondbacks, who have won each of their first nine series to start the season – the first National League team to do so since the 1907 Chicago Cubs.

Giants 6, Padres 5: In San Francisco, Nick Hundley’s two-out, two-run pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth inning capped a three-run rally against San Diego closer Brad Hand and San Francisco pulled out a win against the Padres.

Evan Longoria added an RBI single with two outs in the ninth to get the Giants’ rally started.

Franchy Cordero drove in two runs for San Diego.

MLB Roundup: Didi Gregorius HR lifts Yanks in 10th, Angels’ Ohtani injured

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   ANAHEIM, California – Didi Gregorius hit a solo homer in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees won their seventh straight by beating the Los Angeles Angles 4-3 on Friday night after two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani left with an ankle injury.

Gregorius hit a fastball from Blake Parker (0-1) out to right, delighting a big contingent of Yankees fans at Angel Stadium. It was Gregorius’ 10th homer of the season but just his first on the road, although he still took a curtain call.

Ohtani homered on an inside fastball in the second inning but left after trying to beat out a groundball in the fifth. He awkwardly avoided a possible collision with Yankees first baseman Neil Walker on the play. He’s listed as day to day with a mild left ankle sprain.

David Robertson (1-1) pitched the ninth and Aroldis Chapman closed out the 10th for his fifth save.

Athletics 8, Astros 1: At Houston, Sean Manaea followed up his no-hitter with seven solid innings, three Athletics homered and Oakland beat the Houston Astros 8-1 on Friday night for its fifth win in six games.

Manaea (4-2) no-hit Boston last Saturday and didn’t allow a hit Friday until the fourth inning. He gave up one unearned run and four hits.

Dallas Keuchel (1-4) retired his first 13 batters before Matt Chapman’s one-out homer in the fifth. Chad Pinder added a two-run homer in the sixth off Keuchel, who allowed a season-high six runs and seven hits in seven innings.

Indians 6, Mariners 5: At Cleveland, Corey Kluber (4-1) struck out 10 in 8 2/3 innings and Cleveland hit hit five solo home runs, including three in the first inning.

Kluber left with a 6-2 lead after Kyle Seager’s two-out single in the ninth, the Mariners’ fourth hit. Cody Allen gave up Mitch Haniger’s single and Mike Zunino’s three-run homer, then retired Ben Gamel on a lineout to shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Lindor, Michael Brantley and Edwin Encarnacion homered in the first, and Yonder Alonso and Yan Gomes hit consecutive drives in the sixth for a 6-0 lead against Erasmo Ramirez (0-2).

White Sox 7, Royals 4: At Kansas City, Missouri, Matt Davidson homered twice, including a tiebreaking, two-run drive in the 11th off Tim Hill (0-1), setting a record for home runs by a visiting player at Kauffman Stadium in one season. Davidson has seven home runs in 15 at-bats over four games at Kansas City – one more home run than the Royals have hit in 12 home games this season.

Kansas City is a big league-worst 1-11 at home. Four of Chicago’s seven wins this season have been at Kauffman Stadium.

Gregory Infante (1-1) won, and Joakim Soria got his fourth save.

Rays 4, Red Sox 3: At Boston, Blake Snell (4-1) struck out nine in 7 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits to win his fourth straight start and extend Tampa Bay’s winning streak to seven.

Wilson Ramos hit a two-run homer in the first inning for the Rays, who handed the Red Sox just their second loss in 10 home games. Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts went 3 for 4 in his first action since missing 15 games with a broken bone in his left ankle.

Rob Refsnyder and Daniel Robertson also homered for Tampa Bay, and Alex Colome got his fifth save by striking out pinch-hitter Andre Benitendi. Boston has lost four of six.

Cubs 3, Brewers 2: At Chicago, Yu Darvish bounced back from a pair of poor outings to allow only an unearned run in six innings, and Addison Russell scored the go-ahead run on shortstop Eric Sogard’s seventh-inning error.

Cubs slugger Kris Bryant missed his fourth straight game after he was beaned during a victory at Colorado last Sunday. Chicago manager Joe Maddon said the third baseman could return to the lineup on Saturday.

Pedro Strop (3-0) retired his only batter, and Brandon Morrow pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save. Dan Jennings (2-1) was the loser.

Orioles 6, Tigers 0: At Baltimore, Chris Tillman (1-4) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball for his first victory since last May 7, Pedro Alvarez homered twice and Baltimore stopped a five-game losing streak by winning for just the second time in 13 games.

Manny Machado hit his team-leading ninth home run and added an RBI single in the eighth.

Mike Fiers (2-2) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings as the Tigers lost their third straight.

Giants 6, Dodgers 4: At San Francisco, Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford each homered and Gorkys Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on a balk.

Hernandez and pinch-hitter Kelby Tomlinson had consecutive run-scoring singles with one out in the seventh off Tony Cingrani (0-1). Hernandez scored the go-ahead run when Dodgers reliver Pedro Baez slipped at the end of his delivery, firing the ball into the grass near the pitcher’s mound during Joe Panik’s at-bat.

Sam Dyson (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for the Giants.

Mets 5, Padres 1: At San Diego, Jacob deGrom held San Diego to five hits in 7 1/3 innings to win for the first time in four starts and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer.

DeGrom (3-0) snapped a string of three straight no-decisions. He struck out eight and walked three.

The Mets took a quick lead off Clayton Richard (1-3) when Cabrera hit a leadoff double and scored with one out when Todd Frazier singled between rookie third baseman Christian Villanueva and shortstop Freddy Galvis when the Padres had a drawn-in infield.

Phillies 7, Braves 3: At Philadelphia Odubel Herrera had his first multihomer game in the major leagues, Jorge Alfaro also went deep,

Aaron Nola (3-1) fell behind 3-0 in the first, then followed with six scoreless innings.

Herrera’s three-run homer in the first tied the score, and hit a solo shot off Max Fried (0-2) for a 4-3 lead in the sixth.

Philadelphia is 16-9, its best mark after 25 games since going 17-8 to start 2011.

Rangers 6, Blue Jays 4: At Toronto, Ronald Guzman hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth off Marcus Stroman (0-3), whose ERA rose to 8.88 after he allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Joey Gallo homered and scored twice and Nomar Mazara had three hits and two RBIs as the Rangers won back-to-back games for the second time this season.

Mike Minor (2-1) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings, and Keone Kela got three outs for his fifth save. Toronto has lost six of eight.

Diamondbacks 5, Nationals 4: At Washington, A.J. Pollack homered, hit a tiebreaking triple in the sixth inning and scored three runs as Arizona improved to 9-4 on the road, matching the 2000 Diamondbacks for the best start away from home in franchise history.

Zack Godley (4-1) allowed four runs and 10 hits in five innings to improve to 3-0 at Nationals Park. Arizona’s bullpen retired 12 of 13 batters, with Brad Boxberger working a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Stephen Strasburg (2-3) allowed a season-high five runs in 6 1/3 innings for Washington, which has lost five of six.

Rockies 1, Marlins 0: At Miami, Antonio Senzatela (2-1) entered when Tyler Anderson left with a heartbeat issue, hit an RBI double and allowed one hit over 3 2/3 innings. He became the first relief pitcher with the win and RBI in a 1-0 game since Joe Niekro’s 17th-inning, game-ending single for Houston against the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 23, 1980.

Senzatela entered with one out and one on in the second, struck out four, walked one and departed after 62 pitches. His double in the fifth off Jose Urena (0-4) scored Gerardo Parra, who also doubled.

Wade Davis got three outs for his 10th save, completing a six-hitter that extended Colorado’s winning streak to three. Last-place Miami dropped to 7-18.

Pirates 6, Cardinals 5: At Pittsburgh, Starling Marte hit a game-ending single in the 11th off rookie Jordan Hicks (1-1).

Cardinals closer Greg Holland started the ninth with a 5-2 lead, but failed to retire any batters as his ERA rose to 7.11 in nine appearances. Errors by first baseman Jose Martinez and center fielder Tommy Pham led to a pair of runs, and Jordy Mercer hit an RBI double.

George Kontos (2-2) pitched one scoreless inning.

Reds 15, Twins 9: At Minneapolis, Joey Votto homered for the fourth straight game and reached base six times, and Cincinnati overcame an 8-4 deficit.

Jose Peraza homered twice and had four hits, and Eugenio Suarez also four of Cincinnati’s season-high 20 hits. The Reds won for the third time in eight games under interim manager Jim Riggleman.

Minnesota has lost eight straight, its longest skid since losing 13 in row from Aug. 18-31, 2016.

David Hernandez (1-0) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his 2018 debut after coming off the disabled list earlier in the day. Tyler Duffey (0-1) allowed five runs – four earned – while getting just one out.

MLB Roundup: Tyson Ross loses bid for Padres’ first no-no in 8th vs. DBacks

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(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —   PHOENIX – Tyson Ross lost his bid to pitch the first no-hitter in the history of the San Diego Padres when rookie center fielder Franchy Cordero appeared to misplay a ball with two outs in the eighth inning Friday night of a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Playing their 7,835th game since joining the majors in 1969, the Padres again came agonizingly close to their first no-no. They remain the only team in the big leagues that has never thrown a no-hitter.

Ross had a 1-0 lead with two outs in the eighth when Christian Walker lined a drive to deep center. Cordero seemed to get a late break on the ball, then had it sail just over his outstretched glove for a double that made it 1-all. Ross was pulled after throwing a career-high 127 pitches. The right-hander, who turns 31 on Sunday, struck out 10 and walked three. He retired 18 straight after walking Jarrod Dyson in the first. Brad Hand (1-2) relieved Ross and got the last four outs – they combined on the 29th one-hitter in Padres’ history.

This was the second no-hit bid to end with two outs in the eighth in the same ballpark in four nights. Arizona’s Patrick Corbin came close in a one-hit, 1-0 win over San Francisco on Tuesday.

Christian Villaneuva hit an RBI single off Brad Boxberger (0-2) in a three-run ninth.

Mets 5, Braves 3 (12)

ATLANTA – Yoenis Cespedes, who struck out in his previous four at-bats, hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 12th to lift the New York Mets over the Braves.

Cespedes’ single to right field drove in winning pitcher Robert Gsellman from second base. Cespedes scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s double off Josh Ravin (0-1) to right field. Cabrera ran halfway to third before stopping and trying to return to second. A review showed he was out at second, overturning the original call. Ravin hit Gsellman with a pitch to open the 12th. Gsellman moved to second on Amed Rosario’s sacrifice. Michael Conforto popped out before Cespedes delivered the go-ahead hit.

Gsellman (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings. Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect 12th for his eighth save.

Astros 10, White Sox 0

CHICAGO – Justin Verlander pitched six sparkling innings, Carlos Correa homered twice and the Houston Astros pounded the White Sox.

George Springer also drove in four runs with a pair of doubles in Houston’s fourth straight victory. Verlander (3-0) allowed two hits and walked three while improving to 2-0 with a microscopic 0.43 ERA in his last three starts. The ace right-hander also struck out five to reach 2,455 for his career, passing Sam McDowell for 38th on baseball’s all-time Ks list.

James Shields (1-2) took the loss for the White Sox, who managed just two hits in their 10th loss in 11 games. But the deep slide became a secondary concern after a scary scene in the sixth.

Reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in Chicago’s dugout after recording the last two outs in the top of the inning. He was attended to team medical personnel and on-site EMTs. The White Sox said he regained consciousness before he was taken to a hospital by ambulance for further testing.

Tigers 3-2, Royals 2-3

DETROIT – Detroit rookie first baseman Niko Goodrum dropped Jon Jay’s grounder and then made a wild throw, allowing the tiebreaking run to score in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak, rallying past the Tigers in the second game of a split doubleheader.

Detroit won the afternoon opener on a solo homer by JaCoby Jones in the 10th.

The Tigers led 2-1 in the ninth of the nightcap before pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte lined a tying single with one out. With runners at first and second, Jay hit a grounder to Goodrum, who didn’t handle it cleanly. Goodrum then flipped the ball over the head of pitcher Shane Greene (1-1), who was covering. Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his third save, ending Detroit’s four-game winning streak.

Jakob Junis (3-1) allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings for the Royals.

With one out in the 10th of the first game, Jones hit a fastball from Brad Keller (0-1) deep to left and immediately put up his right index finger in celebration. Joe Jimenez (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the win.

Orioles 3, Indians 1

BALTIMORE – Dylan Bundy pitched six innings of five-hit ball and struck out nine to secure his elusive first win of the season, and the Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians to end a six-game losing streak.

Manny Machado homered and Trey Mancini doubled in two runs for Baltimore, which was outscored 43-22 during an 0-6 trip through Boston and Detroit.

Bundy (1-2) came in with a 1.40 ERA after allowing only four earned runs in four starts while being victimized by a lack of run support. In this one, Baltimore did just enough damage against Trevor Bauer (1-2) to get Bundy his first victory since Aug. 29.

Richard Bleier worked two innings – aided by a fine defensive play by Machado at shortstop – and Darren O’Day got three outs for his first save.

Cardinals 4, Reds 2

ST. LOUIS – Michael Wacha kept up his strong pitching against Cincinnati, Yadier Molina hit two-run double in the first inning, and the Cardinals spoiled Jim Riggleman’s debut as Reds interim manager.

Riggleman replaced Bryan Price, who was fired Thursday after Cincinnati lost 15 of its first 18 games.

Wacha (3-1) gave up one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the year, to improve to 10-1 in his career against the Reds. Bud Norris picked up his fifth save in five chances despite allowing a two-out RBI single to Alex Blandino, helping the Cardinals win for the sixth time in seven games.

Brandon Finnegan (0-2) lost for the second time in two starts against the Cardinals this year.

Blue Jays 8, Yankees 5

NEW YORK – Lourdes Gurriel Jr. made an impressive major league debut with two hits and three RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees.

Teoscar Hernandez homered and drove in three runs and Yangervis Solarte also connected for the Blue Jays, who have won nine of their last 11.

Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton broke a 50 at-bat homerless slump with his fourth shot of the season, a drive that put New York ahead 4-2 in the third. Miguel Andujar and Tyler Austin also homered for New York.

Toronto starter Marco Estrada (2-1) was charged with five runs and seven hits, three of them home runs, in five innings. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.

The Blue Jays chased Sonny Gray (1-2) by sending nine to the plate in the fourth. Gray allowed five hits and five runs in 3 1/3 innings.

Phillies 2, Pirates 1

PHILADELPHIA – Odubel Herrera hit a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning to lift the Phillies over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Herrera, Cesar Hernandez, Carlos Santana and Maikel Franco each had two hits for the Phillies, who have won nine of 11 overall while improving to 7-1 at home. It is Philadelphia’s best start at home since it won seven of eight to begin the 1981 season.

Luis Garcia (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Hector Neris blanked Pittsburgh in the ninth to earn his third save in four tries.

After Hernandez led off the eighth with a double and Santana grounded out, Herrera lined an 86-mph cutter from George Kontos (1-2) on a 1-2 count just inside the first-base bag to score Hernandez and give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.

Rays 8, Twins 7 (10)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pinch-runner Johnny Field scored the winning run from second base in the 10th as reliever Zach Duke missed first base after taking a flip from Joe Mauer on Denard Span’s two-out grounder, leading the Tampa Bay Rays past the Minnesota Twins.

Wilson Ramos had a one-out double off Duke (1-1). After Mallex Smith struck out and Adeiny Hechavarria was intentionally walked, Mauer made a diving catch on Span’s ball and made a toss to Duke, who missed touching the base on two attempts that allowed Field to score. The safe call was upheld after a 2-minute, 16-second video review.

Alex Colome (1-2) worked a perfect 10th for the win.

Tampa Bay forced extra innings when Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch from Fernando Rodney with two outs in the ninth, stole second and scored on Brad Miller’s RBI single to tie it at 7.

Mariners 6, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas – Jean Segura hit a two-run double in a four-run ninth inning after Mitch Haniger’s tying homer in the eighth, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Rangers.

The liner to right center from Segura chased Texas closer Keone Kela (2-1), who gave up singles to Daniel Vogelbach and Dee Gordon and got his only out on Guillermo Heredia’s sacrifice bunt.

Haniger’s fifth homer was a two-out shot to the berm in center field against Chris Martin. Haniger and Kyle Seager added RBI singles in the ninth off Jake Diekman as the Rangers remained the only team in the majors without a win in a series opener, dropping to 0-7.

Juan Nicasio (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Edwin Diaz struck out two in the ninth around a walk and a hit batter.

Brewers 8, Marlins 0

MILWAUKEE – Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw hit back-to-back homers, helping the Brewers to a victory over the Miami Marlins.

It was the fourth consecutive win for Milwaukee, which has outscored Miami 20-3 in the first two games of the series.

Jhoulys Chacin (1-1) picked up his first win since signing with the Brewers as a free agent during the offseason. The right-hander pitched six innings, scattering four hits and three walks while striking out five.

Miami starter Trevor Richards (0-2) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on five hits and six walks while striking out five.

Cubs 16, Rockies 5

DENVER – Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber each had a homer and four RBIs, and the Chicago Cubs used a seven-run sixth inning to rout the Rockies.

Baez had four hits, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Schwarber had three hits, connecting for his fourth home run of the season in the sixth to help break open the game. Albert Amora Jr. added four hits, including a double and RBI single.

Kyle Hendricks (1-1) struck out six and allowed three runs on five hits in five innings to pick up his first win of the season.

Nolan Arenado homered for Colorado in his return from a five-game suspension stemming from his involvement in a brawl against San Diego earlier this month. Jon Gray (1-4) allowed seven runs – five earned – in five-plus innings.

Giants 8, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Andrew McCutchen hit a towering, three-run homer, Mac Williamson slugged a two-run homer in his first big league game this season and Nick Hundley also connected to back Jeff Samardzija in the San Francisco Giants’ win against the Los Angeles Angels.

The Angels had only five hits, including a homer by Mike Trout, a double by Albert Pujols for his 2,991st career hit and two singles by Shohei Ohtani.

Samardzija (1-0) just made it through five innings to qualify for the win. He allowed two hits in five innings, struck out four and walked four.

McCutchen, the designated hitter, drove a 1-2 pitch from Andrew Heaney (0-1) into the Giants’ bullpen beyond the left-field fence with one out in the fifth to chase the left-hander.

Nationals 5, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES – Max Scherzer scattered four hits over six innings against Clayton Kershaw in the 13th all-time meeting of three-time Cy Young Award winners and the Washington Nationals beat the Dodgers.

Scherzer (4-1) struck out nine and walked a season-high three in the first such matchup since 2006. Kershaw (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in seven innings while striking out a season-low four against no walks.

Washington improved to 7-3 on the road and ended the Dodgers’ four-game winning streak. Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Red Sox 7, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. – Mitch Moreland hit a grand slam, Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-run homer and the streaking Boston Red Sox won their eighth in a row, beating the Athletics.

Boston kept up the best start in the franchise’s 118-year history, improving to a major league-leading 17-2. They’ve won 17 of 18 since losing to Tampa Bay on opening day. Hundreds of Boston fans decked in red showed up at the Oakland Coliseum. They saw Moreland hit the fifth grand slam by the Red Sox this season – they didn’t hit any last year.

Jed Lowrie matched his career high with four hits for Oakland. Lowrie, who doubled in a run in the first, leads the majors in hits (32) and RBIs (22). Kendall Graveman (0-4) took the loss for the A’s, who had won four in a row.

MLB Roundup: Francisco Lindor homers in native Puerto Rico as Indians top Twins 6-1

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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.

Diamondbacks 1, Giants 0

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.

Blue Jays 11-5, Royals 3-4

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.

Marlins 9, Yankees 1

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.

Tigers 4, Orioles 2

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.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 3

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.

Rockies 2, Pirates 0

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.

Rangers 7, Rays 2

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.

Nationals 5, Mets 2

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.

Brewers 2, Reds 0

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.

Phillies 5, Braves 1

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.

Athletics 10, White Sox 2

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.

Red Sox 10, Angels 1

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.

Astros 4, Mariners 1

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.

MLB Roundup: Shohei Ohtani’s 3-run triple leads Angels to 7-1 win over Royals

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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.

MLB Roundup: Jake Arrieta struggles in debut with Phillies

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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.

MLB Roundup: Shohei Ohtani, Zack Cozart power Angels past Indians in 13

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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.

MLB Roundup: Justin Smoak homers twice, including grand slam, in Jays win over Yankees

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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.

MLB Roundup: Giancarlo Stanton homers twice in Yankees debut; Matt Davidson hits 3 for White Sox

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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.

Spring Training Roundup: Mike Moustakas rejoins Royals, Jorge Bonifacio draws drug suspension

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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.

Astros 2, Nationals 2 (9)

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.

Yankees 10, Mets 3

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.

Braves 15, Pirates (ss) 1

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.

Marlins 7, Cardinals 3

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.

Rays 5, Phillies 3

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.

Orioles 13, Pirates (ss) 5

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.

Blue Jays 6, Tigers 3

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.

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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.

Giants (ss) 9, Angels (ss) 8

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.

Giants (ss) 11, Angels (ss) 7

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.

White Sox 4, Cubs (ss) 4 (9)

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.

Indians 8, Padres 8 (9)

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.

Brewers 9, Rockies 2

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.

Rangers 8, Athletics 2

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.

Diamondbacks 10, Royals 3

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.

Mariners 5, Reds 2

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.

MLB winter meetings preview: Five furious days ahead in Orlando

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

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.

  • Departed: Castillo to Chi. White Sox.

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.

  • Departed: Fister to Texas.

CHI. WHITE SOX (2) — RHP Mike Pelfrey; C Geovany Soto.

  • Signed: C Wellington Castillo (2-yr., $15M)

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.

  • Departed: Minor to Texas.

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.

  • Departed: Petit to Oakland.

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.

  • Signed: RHP Yusmeiro Petit (2-yrs., $10M)

SEATTLE (7) — 1B Yonder Alonso; INF Gordon Beckham; OF Jarrod Dyson; RHP Yovani Gallardo; RHP Hisashi Iwakuma; C Carlos Ruiz; 1B/3B Danny Valencia.

  • Re-signed: Iwakuma (Minor league deal)

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.

  • Re-signed: Barnette (1-yr., $1.5M)
  • Signed: RHP Doug Fister (1-yr., $4M), RHP Mike Minor (3-yrs., $28M)

TORONTO (5) — LHP Brett Anderson; 2B Darwin Barney, OF Jose Bautista; C Miguel Montero; OF Michael Saunders.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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.

  • Signed: RHP Tyler Chatwood (3 yrs., $38M).

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.

  • Departed: Chatwood to Chi. Cubs.

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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MLB MVP: Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton edges out Reds’ Joey Votto for NL MVP / Jose Altuve tops Aaron Judge for AL MVP

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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.

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Jose Altuve tops Aaron Judge for American League MVP Award

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.

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MANAGERS OF THE YEAR

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.

MLB: Scherzer, Kluber win Cy Young Awards by wide margins

(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.

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MLB ROOKIES OF THE YEAR 2017

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.

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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.”

MLB: Finalists for MVP, Cy Young, rookie of the year awards unveiled

(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.

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Award date and finalists (times ET):

Nov. 13

AL rookie of the year (6:15 p.m.)

  • OF Andrew Benintendi. Red Sox
  • OF Aaron Judge, Yankees
  • 1B Trey Mancini, Orioles

NL rookie of the year (6:43 p.m.)

  • 1B Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
  • 1B Josh Bell, Pirates
  • SS Paul DeJong, Cardinals

Nov. 14

NL manager of the year (6:15 p.m)

  • Bud Black, Rockies
  • Torey Lovullo, Diamondbacks
  • Dave Roberts, Dodgers

AL manager of the year (6:43 p.m.)

  • AJ Hinch, Astros
  • Terry Francona, Indians
  • Paul Molitor, Twins

Nov. 15

AL Cy Young Award (6:15 p.m.)

  • RHP Luis Severino, Yankees
  • LHP Chris Sale, Red Sox
  • RHP Corey Kluber, Indians

NL Cy Young Award (6:43 p.m.)

  • LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
  • RHP Max Scherzer, Nationals
  • RHP Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

Nov. 16

NL MVP (6:15 p.m.)

  • 1B Paul Goldschmidt. Diamondbacks
  • OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
  • 1B Joey Votto, Reds

AL MVP (6:45 p.m.)

  • 2B Jose Altuve, Astros
  • OF Aaron Judge, Yankees
  • 2B/3B Jose Ramirez, Indians

Award date and finalists (times ET):

Nov. 13

AL rookie of the year (6:15 p.m.)

  • OF Andrew Benintendi. Red Sox
  • OF Aaron Judge, Yankees
  • 1B Trey Mancini, Orioles

NL rookie of the year (6:43 p.m.)

  • 1B Cody Bellinger, Dodgers
  • 1B Josh Bell, Pirates
  • SS Paul DeJong, Cardinals

Nov. 14

NL manager of the year (6:15 p.m)

  • Bud Black, Rockies
  • Torey Lovullo, Diamondbacks
  • Dave Roberts, Dodgers

AL manager of the year (6:43 p.m.)

  • AJ Hinch, Astros
  • Terry Francona, Indians
  • Paul Molitor, Twins

Nov. 15

AL Cy Young Award (6:15 p.m.)

  • RHP Luis Severino, Yankees
  • LHP Chris Sale, Red Sox
  • RHP Corey Kluber, Indians

NL Cy Young Award (6:43 p.m.)

  • LHP Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
  • RHP Max Scherzer, Nationals
  • RHP Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

Nov. 16

NL MVP (6:15 p.m.)

  • 1B Paul Goldschmidt. Diamondbacks
  • OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins
  • 1B Joey Votto, Reds

AL MVP (6:45 p.m.)

  • 2B Jose Altuve, Astros
  • OF Aaron Judge, Yankees
  • 2B/3B Jose Ramirez, Indians

Breaking News: Joe Girardi out as Yankees manager

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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.

MLB – AL Playoffs: Astros beat Red Sox 8-2 in ALDS opener / Indians baffle Judge, Yanks 4-0 in ALDS opener

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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.

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Indians baffle Judge, Yanks 4-0 in ALDS opener

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.

 

NL Wildcard Playoffs: Rockies vs Diamondbacks in NL wild-card game

(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    A look at what’s happening around the majors today:

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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.”

MOVING ON

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.

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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
Format: Winner-take-all
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.

Projected Lineups:

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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