MLB roundup: Cardinals split doubeheader with Mets
Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run home run in the third inning, and St. Louis defeated New York in the opener of a doubleheader.
The Cardinals opened their 10-game road trip in a mostly empty stadium, and all the runs were scored in the opening four innings.
Gyorko’s 13th home run of the year and fifth in eight games wound up being the difference for the Cardinals, who have homered in a season-high 16 consecutive games, three shy of the 2006 club record.
Mets 3, Cardinals 1 (Game 2)
NEW YORK — Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings and combined with two relievers on a three-hitter as New York earned a split of their doubleheader against St. Louis with a victory in the nightcap.
Colon (9-5) rebounded from three consecutive starts that did not last beyond 5 2/3 innings by allowing a run and three hits. It was the fifth time he lasted at least seven innings and allowed one run this season.
Colon finished his 227th career win by getting eight strikeouts without a walk, marking the eight time the right-hander did not issue a free pass this season. He threw 65-of-87 pitches for strikes and faced two above the minimum.
Rockies 6, Orioles 3
Colorado’s Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story had two RBIs apiece to lead the surging Rockies past the first-place Baltimore Orioles 6-3 on Tuesday night.
Colorado has won five of its past six games and rebounded from a disappointing series opener when they lost in the 10th inning on a throwing error by right-hander Jordan Lyles.
The Orioles’ Chris Tillman (14-3) fell short in his bid for a major league-leading 15th victory. He struggled early and often, allowing a season-tying high six runs on nine hits with four strikeouts over five innings. It was Tillman’s first loss in nearly a month, which also ended his team’s five-game winning streak.
Marlins 5, Phillies 0
MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs to lead Miami to a win over Philadelphia at Marlins Park.
Marlins center fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who started the day needing four hits to reach 3,000, went 1-for-5 and also stole a base.
Both of Stanton’s RBI hits came on shots to the opposite field.
His single in the sixth inning ended Miami’s 24-inning scoreless streak, giving the Marlins a 1-0 lead.
Mariners 7, Pirates 4
PITTSBURGH — Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, in his second start back from a calf injury, gave up three runs over the first two innings before settling down to lead the Mariners to a win over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.
Hernandez (5-4) pitched six innings, giving up all four runs on nine hits, with three strikeouts and a walk. Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Kyle Seager was 3 for 4 with a home run, and Franklin Gutierrez also homered for Seattle, which scored three runs in the third and three more in the fourth. The Mariners have won five of their past seven games.
Tigers 9, Red Sox 8
BOSTON — Tyler Collins walked with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to force in the winning run, and Detroit edged Boston at Fenway Park.
Collins worked a two-out, full-count walk from Red Sox reliever Robbie Ross Jr. (1-2), allowing Justin Upton to trot home from third.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run shot for his 20th homer of the season, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had three hits and two RBIs for Detroit (53-48), which won for the fourth time in six games.
Blue Jays 7, Padres 6 (12 innings)
TORONTO — Toronto scored three runs in the bottom of the 12th inning — including the winner on a wild pitch –to come back and defeat San Diego.
With Edwin Encarnacion batting, Paul Clemens uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Devon Travis to score the winning run from third.
The Padres had taken the lead in the top of the 12th on a two-run homer by Matt Kemp against Jesse Chavez (1-2), who picked up the win.
Yankees 6, Astros 3
HOUSTON — CC Sabathia snapped a six-start winless streak and New York claimed its third consecutive series with a victory over Houston at Minute Maid Park.
Sabathia (6-8) produced his best start since mid-June, allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. He has surrendered at least four runs and seven hits in each of his six starts dating back to a 4-1 win over the Twins on June 16.
Jacoby Ellsbury finished 3-for-5 with Carlos Beltran, Mark Teixeira and Starling Castro recorded two hits apiece to pace the Yankees offense. The bottom third of the Yankees order produced five RBIs.
Angels 13, Royals 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yunel Escobar had five hits, matching his career high, and Carlos Perez contributed four hits, including a home run, as Los Angeles topped Kansas City.
Johnny Giavotella had three hits, including two doubles, and Kole Calhoun drove in four runs as the Angels accumulated 22 hits, equaling their season high. Mike Trout drove in three runs with two hits.
The Angels are 5-0 this season against the Royals.
Indians 7, Nationals 6
CLEVELAND — Francisco Lindor’s RBI single capped a three-run bottom of the ninth inning as Cleveland rallied for a wild win over Washington at Progressive Field.
Reliever Bryan Shaw (2-4) got the win for Cleveland while Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon (2-4) took the loss.
After Washington scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to extend its lead to 6-4, Jose Ramirez led off the bottom of the ninth inning by drawing a walk from Papelbon. Tyler Naquin, pinch hitting for Juan Uribe, lined a double into the gap in left center field, scoring Ramirez to make it 6-5.
Athletics 6, Rangers 3
ARLINGTON, Texas — Sonny Gray remained undefeated in Texas, Josh Reddick drove in three runs and Oakland beat the Rangers at Globe Life Park.
The A’s evened the three-game series at a game apiece against the American League West leaders. Texas had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Gray put together another strong start against the Rangers, particularly in Texas. The righty went six innings and allowed three runs on five hits, striking out a season-high eight. Gray improved to 5-9 on the season and 8-3 lifetime against Texas, including 6-0 in Arlington.
Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 4
MILWAUKEE — Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Villar each hit two-run singles in the eighth inning as Milwaukee rallied for a victory over Arizona at Miller Park.
Gennett put Milwaukee ahead 4-3 with an RBI single in the sixth, but an error on left-hander Will Smith led to Arizona tying the score in the seventh.
Daniel Hudson (1-2) allowed three of his first four batters to reach base in the eighth and Gennett made him pay with a base hit up the middle that put the Brewers in front.
Dodgers 3, Rays 2
LOS ANGELES — Yasmani Grandal’s seventh-inning home run was the difference as Los Angeles held on for a victory over Tampa Bay before 46,960 fans at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers starter Bud Norris blanked the Rays for 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and allowing just two hits with two walks (one intentional). Norris (6-9) also recorded his 1,000 strikeout during the win, striking out Kevin Kiermaier in the fourth.
Closer Kenley Jansen earned his 30th save with a scoreless ninth.