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MLB Roundup: Big Papi puts on big show, lifts Red Sox over Astros in 11th

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BOSTON (AP) — David Ortiz made sure he got to his daughter’s birthday party.

Big Papi may have picked up an extra gift from the field, too.

Ortiz hit a winning double with two outs in the 11th inning after lining a tying triple in the ninth and earlier moving into 20th place on the career home run list, sending the Boston Red Sox past the Houston Astros 6-5 on Saturday.

Ortiz was blasted with white powdery spray from his teammates at second base after the victory. He later walked off holding the bag over his head.

When it was over, he met his son at his locker, showered, quickly got dressed and hustled out the door.

In a postgame interview, the 40-year-old Ortiz told the team’s NESN cable network: “You know when we’re playing at home you’ve got the wonderful feeling from the fans.”

Hanley Ramirez was on deck when Ortiz delivered the winning hit and rushed out to celebrate.

“I was trying to tackle him. But man, I couldn’t do it,” Ramirez said. “Papi, his emotion and how happy he was, he’s got energy. Every time he comes here he’s laughing, talking loud and it’s fantastic.”

Boston’s Jackie Bradley Jr. singled in the first inning, extending the majors’ longest hitting streak to 20 games.

George Springer hit a grand slam and Carlos Correa a solo homer for the Astros.

Ortiz broke a tie with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews with his 513th homer, a drive that cleared Boston’s bullpen and sailed into the bleacher seats. The shot in the third was his 10th of the season.

Houston led 5-4 with two outs in the ninth when Ortiz hit an RBI triple just past diving center fielder Jake Marisnick. After sliding into third, he got up and pumped both fists toward his dugout following his first triple since June 15, 2013.

Ramirez then tried to bunt on the first pitch, but closer Luke Gregerson threw him out.

In the 11th, Xander Bogaerts singled with two outs against Michael Feliz (1-1) and advanced on a wild pitch. Ortiz hit a drive off the base of the center-field wall for his 600th career double to win it.

Ortiz joined Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds as the only major leaguers with at least 500 home runs and 600 doubles.

“He got us twice,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “Once in the ninth and once in the 11th inning, both to the middle part of the field.”

Koji Uehara (2-1) pitched a scoreless 11th for the win.

Jose Altuve reached five times with two singles and three walks for the Astros.

Houston starter Collin McHugh gave up four runs over six innings.

Springer’s slam off Clay Buchholz caromed off a billboard above the Green Monster seats to make it 5-2 in the second. Springer homered for the third time in four games, and for the second straight day at Fenway Park.

There was a spattering of boos before Buchholz was booed louder as he walked off after the inning’s last out. Buchholz was charged with five runs in six innings, but held Houston scoreless over his final four.

Correa’s homer completely left the park over the Monster, making it 1-0 in the first.


WASHINGTON (AP) — Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto each drove in two runs and Miami beat Washington to split a doubleheader.

The Nationals won the opener 6-4 behind six strong innings from Stephen Strasburg (6-0). Right after the final out, Washington announced that Bryce Harper had dropped his appeal of a one-game suspension and would sit out the nightcap for his behavior following an ejection on Monday.

The Marlins battered Nationals starter Tanner Roark (2-3) for seven runs in five innings.

Ozuna had five hits in the doubleheader, including three in the second game, extending his hitting streak to 14 games. Justin Bour blasted a solo home run.

Led by Jose Urena (1-0), Miami’s bullpen allowed one run and four hits over six innings. Starter Kendry Flores exited after three innings with a right shoulder strain.

In the first game, Justin Nicolino (2-1) took the loss and Jonathan Papelbon pitched the ninth for his 11th save.


SEATTLE (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to fuel a second rally in Los Angeles’ win over Seattle.

The Angels trailed 2-1 before taking the lead with a five-run seventh, but then Seattle came back with a five-run eighth. Steve Clevenger had a two-out RBI single to cap the inning for a 7-6 lead heading into the ninth.

Closer Steve Cishek (2-3) couldn’t save it. With one out, he hit Kole Calhoun with a pitch and Mike Trout singled to right. Pujols then hit his eighth home run on a 1-1 slider.

Adam Lind drove in four runs for the Mariners, including a two-run double in the eighth. He opened the scoring in the second with a two-run home run, his second.

Cam Bedrosian (1-0) got one out in the eighth inning and Joe Smith pitch the ninth for his third save.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Baltimore stretched its winning streak to seven games.

Matt Wieters and Adam Jones also homered for the Orioles, who will seek to complete a four-game sweep Sunday.

Schoop hit a solo shot in the seventh and his second career slam in the eighth to finish with a career-high five RBIs.

Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, who have lost 11 of 12.

Wieters hit a two-run drive in the sixth inning to put Baltimore up 3-2 and Schoop’s first home run of the game made it 4-2 in the seventh. Both long balls came off Anibal Sanchez (3-4), who took a two-hit shutout into the sixth.

Orioles rookie Mike Wright (2-3) gave up two runs and three hits over seven innings.


DENVER (AP) — DJ LeMahieu and Tony Wolters had two hits and two RBIs apiece and Colorado beat New York.

Trevor Story and Gerardo Parra also had two hits for Colorado, which has won three straight at home for the first time this season.

Mets starter Logan Verrett (3-1) struggled in the same place where he earned his first win in his major league debut.

Mets manager Terry Collins also was ejected for arguing in the third inning.

Neil Walker had three hits, including a solo home run, for the Mets.

Rockies starter Eddie Butler (2-1) allowed four runs on nine hits in five-plus innings for the loss. Jake McGee pitched the ninth for his 11th save.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scott Kazmir pitched 8 2/3 innings and Adrian Gonzalez and Corey Seager homered in Los Angeles’ victory over St. Louis Cardinals.

Gonzalez hit a home run, his fourth of the season, to lead off the fourth inning. Seager, who had three hits, ripped a solo home run in the seventh inning.

Kazmir (3-3) allowed three runs on five hits, struck out seven and walked one. He was nearly flawless until Jeremy Hazelbaker hit a pinch-hit, two-run home run to pull the Cardinals within two runs in the ninth. Closer Kenley Jansen recorded the final out for his 13th save.

The Dodgers scored three runs in the fifth after Cardinals right-hander Carlos Martinez (4-3) loaded the bases with no outs. Martinez left after that.


PHOENIX (AP) — Buster Posey hit a two-run double in the ninth inning and Hunter Pence had his 200th career home run to lead San Francisco to a win over Arizona.

San Francisco led 3-1 after Jake Peavy’s six strong innings, but the bullpen couldn’t hold the lead.

Jean Segura pulled the Diamondbacks within one on an RBI groundout in the seventh inning and pinch hitter Phil Gosselin tied it with a sacrifice fly in the eighth off Hunter Strickland (1-0).

The Giants loaded the bases against Daniel Hudson (1-1) in the ninth and Posey bounced a ground-rule double into the pool deck in right center.

Cory Gearrin worked around a single in the ninth for his first save. Denard Span had four hits for the Giants.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Drew Stubbs homered with two outs in the 10th inning, helping Texas beat Toronto after the Blue Jays rallied with consecutive homers in the ninth to force extra innings.

Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer and Troy Tulowitzki followed with a tying shot off closer Shawn Tolleson. Tolleson has a 7.07 ERA and has blown two of his past four save opportunities.

Tony Barnette (3-2) got Toronto’s last four outs, allowing a two-out double by Jose Bautista in the 10th.

Gavin Floyd (1-3) gave up two hits and struck out two.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mike Foltynewicz pitched a career-high eight scoreless innings, Kelly Johnson and A.J. Pierzynski each drove in two runs, and Atlanta beat Kansas City.

Foltynewicz (1-1) got his first victory since Aug. 8, holding the Royals to seven hits, while striking out four and walking none. The Braves (9-26) avoided matching the worst 35-game start in franchise history — 8-27, set by the 1911 Boston Braves.

Dillon Gee (0-1), making his first start for the Royals in place of the injured Chris Young, held the Braves scoreless on three hits over the first five innings, but retired only one of the six batters he faced in the sixth. He was charged with three runs and six hits, while striking out five and walking three in 5 1/3 innings.

The Royals have lost 13 of 18 and have not won consecutive games since April 21-22.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tyler Goeddel threw out Eugenio Suarez with catcher Cameron Rupp holding onto the ball following a violent collision to end the game and Philadelphia held on to beat Cincinnati.

Aaron Nola (3-2) tied a career high with nine strikeouts in seven stingy innings, Odubel Herrera hit a solo homer and David Hernandez pitched out of a jam for his first save since July 12, 2013, for Arizona against Milwaukee.

Cincinnati’s Tim Adleman (1-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in five innings.


NEW YORK (AP) — Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined for scoreless relief and struck out eight as New York used its three big bullpen arms in the same game for the first time to secure a victory.

Ivan Nova pitched neatly into the sixth inning to give New York’s ailing rotation a much-needed boost. Aaron Hicks hit an RBI double and Didi Gregorius added a run-scoring single with two outs in the second.

That was enough to squeeze past the stingy White Sox, who began the day with the best record at 24-13 and lowest ERA (3.13) in the American League. Todd Frazier hit his 12th home run for Chicago.

Jose Quintana (5-2) pitched seven strong innings in a hard-luck loss.


CHICAGO (AP) — Unbeaten Jake Arrieta struck out 11 in eight innings, Anthony Rizzo drove in four runs and Chicago remained perfect against Pittsburgh.

Arrieta (7-0) improved to 18-0 in 20 outings since Aug. 1. The Cubs have won his last 21 starts, extending a franchise record.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner gave up three hits and two runs, leaving with a 1.29 ERA.

Rizzo belted a towering three-run homer in the fourth. Addison Russell hit a two-run homer as major league-leading Chicago improved to 5-0 against Pittsburgh.

The Cubs grabbed the lead for good in the fourth. Heyward singled on a dribbler to second and Kris Bryant walked on a close call on a full-count pitch before Rizzo drove an 0-1 pitch from Jeff Locke (1-3) to the bleachers in right for his 11th homer.

Likely upset by the call on Bryant, Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage was thrown out by plate umpire Brian Knight on a visit to the mound later in the inning.

Locke also served up Russell’s fourth homer with one out in the sixth.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Juan Centeno took Corey Kluber deep for his first major league homer, Ervin Santana allowed one run in six innings and Minnesota ended an eight-game losing streak.

Centeno’s two-run homer in the fifth landed in the right field seats and put Minnesota on top for good.

Santana (1-2) gave up five hits and struck out five in his second start since returning from a back injury.

Kluber (2-5) allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings and lost his second straight start.

Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Nunez, Danny Santana and Miguel Sano also drove in runs for Minnesota, which avoided its second nine-game losing streak of the season. The Twins began the season 0-9.

Minnesota was tied with Atlanta for the worst record in the majors and won on the road for the third time in 19 games.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Andriese pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout and Brad Miller hit a two-run home run, leading Tampa Bay to a victory.

Andriese (2-0) won for the second time this week in helping the Rays end a four-game losing streak. He beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-1 on Sunday in his first start since being called up from Triple-A Durham. The right-hander struck out five and walked none, and retired 11 straight at one point.

Miller’s fifth home run of the season came off Kendall Gravemen (1-5) after Brandon Guyer’s double in the third.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Derek Norris and Melvin Upton Jr. hit back-to-back solo homers in the top of the 12th inning to lift San Diego past Milwaukee.

Norris and Upton went deep against Brewers reliever Chris Capuano (1-1), with Upton’s shot ricocheting off the black backdrop beyond center for a two-run lead.

Carlos Villanueva, the eighth pitcher used by the Padres, picked up his first save despite allowing Jonathan Lucroy’s first-pitch homer to draw Milwaukee within a run with one out. He retired the next two, ending a game that lasted more than five hours.

Leonel Campos (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings of relief for his first major league win.

MLB Roundup: Ortiz hits 2 HRs, Wright pitches Red Sox past Yankees 5-1

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NEW YORK (AP) — As usual, Big Papi was in the pink against the New York Yankees.

David Ortiz homered twice, passing Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski for second place on Boston’s career list, and Steven Wright pitched a three-hitter as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 5-1 on Sunday night.

Swinging a pink bat and wearing pink wrist bands for Mother’s Day, Ortiz hit two long solo shots off a struggling Luis Severino. And in his farewell season, the 40-year-old Ortiz has already been a major New York nemesis again: He has five home runs against the Yankees since April 29, giving him 52 in his career — all but one with the Red Sox.

“I do what I do,” the slugger said.

Dustin Pedroia lofted an early two-run homer and Xander Bogaerts also went deep for the Red Sox, who prevented a three-game sweep and won for the fourth time in six meetings with their longtime rivals this year.

Wright (3-3) walked one and struck out seven, sailing to his first complete game in 17 major league starts and lowering his ERA to 1.52. He was two strikes from a shutout, too, when Brett Gardner homered with two outs in the ninth inning.

The knuckleballer hardly got rattled, whiffing pinch-hitter Ronald Torreyes with his 101st pitch to end it.

“It definitely helps when the wind’s not blowing as hard. There was a little bit of breeze but it was almost like throwing inside,” Wright said.

Mixing his 73-75 mph knuckleballs with the occasional 87 mph fastball, Wright baffled the last-place Yankees all night. When he threw something soft, they seemed to hit it even softer. When he dialed up a heater, they swung late and missed.

“He was really good. He’s been great all year,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. “I felt like he could do whatever he wanted tonight with the ball.”

Ortiz took out some frustrations from the series opener, when he went wild and got ejected after he was called out on strikes with the bases loaded in the ninth inning of a one-run game. He connected in the fourth and seventh to give him three homers in five at-bats against Severino (0-5) since the 22-year-old righty made his big league debut against Boston last August.

Big Papi has hit 454 of his 512 career homers with the Red Sox, moving him ahead of Yastrzemski (452) and leaving Ortiz behind only Ted Williams (521) on the franchise list.

“You’re starting to get into names that are historic. A great career. And no signs of slowing down,” Boston manager John Farrell said.

It was Ortiz’s 51st career multihomer game and first since Sept. 12, 2015, at Tampa Bay.

“He’s in such a good groove. So many balls are squared up, hit hard,” Farrell said. “He’s having fun.”

Severino matched a career best with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings, but gave up a career-high three home runs. He retired 10 straight, seven on strikeouts, before Ortiz’s first long ball.

“I think he’s on the right track,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “If he throws the ball like tonight, I think he’s going to win games if we score runs. … To me, this is going to make him better in the long run.”


Wright faced two batters more than the minimum and improved to 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA in four outings (three starts) against the Yankees.


CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs walked Washington star Bryce Harper a record-tying six times, then beat the Nationals 4-3 when Javier Baez homered in the 13th inning Sunday for a four-game sweep.

The Cubs won their seventh in a row and improved the best record in the majors to 24-6. Washington lost its fourth straight.

Harper matched the major league record for walks in a game, last done by Jeff Bagwell in 1999, and walked 13 times in the series. Harper was hit by a pitch the other time he came to the plate.

Baez homered with one out off Blake Treinen (2-1). Travis Wood (1-0) was the last of four Cubs relievers who combined for eight scoreless innings.


TORONTO (AP) — Chase Utley sparked a go-ahead, eight-inning rally with a leadoff walk against Drew Storen (0-2), Yasmani Grandal hit a tying sacrifice fly off Roberto Osuna and Howie Kendrick followed with a go-ahead single.

Joc Pederson connected for his sixth homer as Los Angeles took two of three.

Chris Hatcher (3-3) won despite giving up a seventh-inning single to Kevin Pillar that put Toronto ahead 2-1. Kenley Jansen got three outs for his major league-leading 11th save.


DETROIT (AP) — Bobby Wilson broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth with a grand slam against the team that just traded him, helping Texas complete a three-game sweep.

After being shut out for seven innings by Justin Verlander, the Rangers broke through against relievers Justin Wilson and Mark Lowe (1-1) for seven runs in the eighth.

Wilson didn’t hit any home runs for the Tigers before they sent him to Texas on Tuesday. His first shot of the season sent Detroit to its sixth straight loss.

Tom Wilhelmsen (2-2) pitched a perfect seventh.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Tomlin (5-0) allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings and became the first Cleveland pitcher to win his first five outings since Justin Masterson in 2011. Tomlin is 12-0 in 13 starts following a loss since the beginning of last season.

Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli homered off Edinson Volquez (3-3) as the Indians took two of three from the defending World Series champions, and Cody Allen finished for his eighth save.

Eric Hosmer homered for the Royals, just 3-9 in their last 12.


MIAMI (AP) — Tyler Goeddel tied the score 5-5 with a double against David Phelps (2-2) in the eighth, his first big league extra-base hit, and scored on by Andres Blanco double

Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola allowed three runs in six innings, and his scoreless streak ended at 23 innings. Hector Neris (1-1) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Jeanmar Gomez pitched around a two-out single in the ninth for his 11th save.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado hit two of Baltimore’s season-high six homers, including a grand slam, and had a career-high six RBIs.

Machado connected with a man on in the first inning and added his third career slam in the eighth.

Machado, Pedro Alvarez, Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo homered off Kendall Graveman (1-4). Joey Rickard added a solo shot off Ryan Dull before Machado capped the fence-clearing barrage against J.B. Wendelken, making his major league debut.

Baltimore’s Chris Tillman (4-1) gave up three first-inning runs before settling down and allowed six hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings to send Oakland to its sixth loss in seven games.


CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Quintana (5-1) allowed six hits in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 1.38.

David Robertson pitched a hitless ninth for his 10th save in 11 tries as the White Sox (22-10) completed a three-game sweep and moved 12 games above .500 for the first time since September 2012.

Austin Jackson hit a go-ahead double in the fifth off Tyler Duffey, who struck out four batters in the seventh.

Minnesota has lost five straight games and nine of 10.


ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Herrmann’s second homer of the game, a two-run drive off Jim Johnson with two outs in the 11th inning, lifted Arizona to a three-game sweep.

Herrmann hit a seventh-inning homer off Mike Foltynewicz, then connected off Johnson (0-4) for his first multihomer game in the major leagues.

The Braves (7-23) have lost four straight overall and are off to their worst 30-game start since at least 1900. They are 1-15 at home, including 10 straight losses.

Randall Delgado (1-1), wearing pink high-top shoes for Mother’s Day, pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Brad Ziegler got three outs for his seventh save.


HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Tyler White doubled twice and drove in a run to back Collin McHugh (4-3), who allowed one run and five hits in seven innings to win his third straight start.

Jose Altuve had two hits and tied a career-high with three stolen bases on a day the Astros swiped five.

Robinson Cano homered in the fourth and has five homers and 17 RBIs in seven games against Houston this season.

Hisashi Iwakuma (1-4) yielded three runs and seven hits in five innings.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gregory Polanco hit a three-run homer and John Jaso added a two-run drive.

Gerrit Cole (3-3) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings, and Mark Melancon got his ninth save when Yadier Molina grounded into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.

Michael Wacha (2-3) lost his third consecutive decision for only the second time in his career, allowing four runs and six hits in six innings. In his last three starts against the Pirates, Wacha has given up 15 runs and 20 hits in 14 1/3 innings.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy greeted Ross Ohlendorf (3-3) with a tiebreaking home run leading off the eighth inning, then caught Billy Hamilton stealing for the final out — a call upheld in a video review.

Milwaukee overcame a 4-1 deficit; on Saturday, the Brewers won 13-7 in 10 innings after trailing 4-0 and 6-2.

Ryan Braun homered the second straight game and is 15 for 35 (.429) during an eight-game hitting streak.

Chris Capuano (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh and Jeremy Jeffress, Saturday’s winning pitcher, got his eighth save.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Matt Harvey (4-3) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings, Yoenis Cespedes homered off Andrew Cashner (2-3) and New York escaped a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the eighth to salvage a four-game split.

The Mets moved into sole possession of first place in the NL East for the first time this season. They trailed Washington by five games in mid-April.

Harvey allowed two runs and four hits. With the bases full in the eighth, Antonio Bastardo struck out pinch-hitter Derek Norris, getting Melvin Upton Jr. to pop up to first and striking out Alexei Ramirez.

Jeurys Familia pitched the ninth for his 10th save.


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Andriese (1-0) pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to win his season debut, Brad Miller hit a two-run homer and Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep.

Curt Casali also homered as the Rays (15-14) won four straight games and moved above .500, accomplishing both for the first time since August. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

Nick Tropeano (1-2) struck out 10 while pitching into the sixth inning for Los Angeles, yielding seven hits and two walks. He is winless in five straight starts.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nolan Arenado had three hits, and Eddie Butler (1-1) gave up four hits in six innings for his first win since being promoted from the minors.

Gerardo Parra singled in a run and made a diving catch, helping the Rockies salvage a four-game split. Rookie Trevor Story doubled and scored.

Arenado, the majors’ leading home run hitter, hit a run-scoring triple off the brick wall in right-center in his first at-bat, singled in the third and doubled in the eighth.

Jeff Samardzija (4-2) gave up two runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out nine.


Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz watches his fourth-inning solo home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Sunday, May 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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