MLB roundup: Cubs blast Reds again
Anthony Rizzo homered twice and Jason Hammel allowed only three hits in seven innings as Chicago defeated Cincinnati in the finale of a four-game series.
The Cubs (14-5) scored a combined 38 runs in the four-game series and now head back to Wrigley Field off to their best start since 1969.
Cubs second baseman Tommy La Stella made his first start in the leadoff spot and went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and his first homer.
Mets 7, Braves 2
ATLANTA — The New York Mets did not need to continue their home run blitz to make Jacob deGrom a winner in his return to the mound Sunday.
The right-hander worked into the sixth inning and the Mets won for the seventh straight time at Turner Field, completing the weekend sweep and 7-2 road trip with a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
DeGrom (2-0) gave up eight hits over 5 2/3 innings but all were singles. He walked none and struck out three, throwing 59 of his 82 pitches for strikes.
DeGrom hadn’t pitched since April 8. He missed one start because of a lat strain and another after his newborn son, Jaxson, had health issues.
Rays 8, Yankees 1
NEW YORK — Steven Souza Jr. homered twice, Drew Smyly pitched seven innings and Tampa Bay hit five home runs in the rout of New York.
Corey Dickerson, Steve Pearce and Logan Forsythe also homered for Tampa Bay, which scored more than three runs for the fourth time in its first 18 games. The Rays hit five home runs in a game for the first time since June 29, 2014, at Baltimore.
Alex Rodriguez had an RBI double for the Yankees but was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth with left oblique stiffness. The results of an MRI were negative. The Yankees made no immediate roster move, and Rodriguez is traveling with the team to Texas for Monday night’s game against the Rangers.
Indians 6, Tigers 3
DETROIT — Jose Ramirez scored two runs and knocked in two more as Cleveland overcame the injury loss of starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco to complete a three-game sweep of Detroit.
Carrasco suffered a left hamstring injury during the third inning as he raced over to cover first base on Andrew Romine’s grounder. He crumpled to the dirt after getting the out and had to be helped off the field, unable to put any pressure on the leg.
Detroit’s starting pitcher also had his day cut short by injury. Shane Greene (1-2) departed after issuing a leadoff walk to Francisco Lindor in the fourth with a blister on his middle finger.
Blue Jays 6, Athletics 3
TORONTO — Ezequiel Carrera and Jose Bautista hit home runs, Drew Hutchison pitched into the sixth inning and Toronto beat Oakland.
The Blue Jays took the final two games of the three-game series after dropping the opener and gave the Athletics their first losses on the road this season. The A’s had won their first seven road games.
Hutchison (1-0) allowed four hits, including two solo home runs, three walks and two runs in 5 2/3 innings after being recalled from Triple-A Buffalo for the spot start. The right-hander struck out five.
Brewers 8, Phillies 5
MILWAUKEE — Wily Peralta made his second quality start of the season and Milwaukee’s offense belted out eight extra-base hits to snap a three-game losing streak with a victory over Philadelphia.
Peralta worked a season-best six full innings and held the Phillies to four runs — three earned — on seven hits but didn’t walk a batter for the first time this season.
However, it was not smooth sailing throughout for Peralta (1-3), who has battled inconsistency through his first four outings.
Royals 6, Orioles 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Yordano Ventura allowed three hits over seven innings and Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer homered as Kansas City overpowered Baltimore.
Ventura (2-0) yielded a run in the first inning, but nothing after that. He allowed just a single and a walk after the first. His final line was one run on three hits, all singles, with two walks and four strikeouts. In his past two starts, he has given up three runs on nine hits in 12 innings.
Hosmer, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active streak in the majors, homered in the sixth to break a 1-1 deadlock. Hosmer reached base in in 26 consecutive games, dating to last season.
White Sox 4, Rangers 1
CHICAGO — Dioner Navarro carried the offense in his first game as Chicago’s everyday catcher. He homered and had a sacrifice fly as the White Sox beat Texas.
After sweeping the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field for the first time since 2012, the White Sox lead the American League with 13 wins.
Mat Latos continued his impressive streak. He allowed a run and a season-high seven hits in six innings. Latos is 4-0 after he went 4-10 with a 4.95 ERA with three teams last season.
Mariners 9, Angels 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Kyle Seager hit a three-run home run, and Leonys Martin and Seth Smith each added a two-run drive to lead Seattle past Los Angeles.
Wade Miley (1-2) retired 16 of the final 19 batters he faced, including 11 successive between the third and seventh innings. In 7 1/3 innings, Miley conceded four runs, six hits and two walks, collected three strikeouts and induced 13 groundouts, including two double plays.
Albert Pujols ended the longest slump of his career, 0-for-26, by hitting his 563rd career home run to tie Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson for 13th place all-time. Yunel Escobar added a solo home run for the hosts, who committed three errors.
Marlins 5, Giants 4
SAN FRANCISCO — J.T. Realmuto broke an eighth-inning tie with a home run, his fourth hit of the game, and David Phelps escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the eighth, lifting Miami to a victory over San Francisco.
The Giants failed to record what would have been their first three-game home sweep of the Marlins since 2001. Even after losing the first two games of the series, Miami owns a 16-9 record at AT&T Park since 2010.
Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton homered and finished with three hits. Dee Gordon compiled two hits, two stolen bases and two runs, and Marcell Ozuna added two hits for the Marlins, who totaled 14 hits against five Giants pitchers.
Nationals 6, Twins 5 (16 innings)
WASHINGTON — Chris Heisey hit a solo homer off Michael Tonkin to lead off the bottom of the 16th inning, pushing Washington past Minnesota.
It was Heisey’s first career walk-off homer. The game lasted five hours, 56 minutes, making it the longest regular-season game in Nationals history, since 2005, in terms of time.
The Nationals tied the game in the 15th when a throwing error by the Twins catcher John Ryan Murphy on a bunt by reliever and winning pitcher Oliver Perez (1-0) allowed Danny Espinosa to score the tying run also with two outs.
Bryce Harper tied the game at 4-4 with a pinch-hit homer to lead off the last of the ninth against Twins closer Kevin Jepsen. Harper then left the game and spent part of extra innings wearing his rally cap on the Washington bench.
Dodgers 12, Rockies 10
DENVER — Los Angeles jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the third inning, fell behind 10-5 when Colorado scored five in the eight, then erupted for five runs as they batted around in the ninth for a hard-earned win in the rubber game of the series.
Colorado’s Jake McGee gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases with one out in the ninth. A run scored when shortstop Trevor Story juggled a potential game-ending, double-play grounder. Pinch hitter A.J. Ellis’ single made it a one-run game.
The Dodgers tied it on McGee’s wild pitch and added two on back-to-back, run-scoring doubles by Chase Utley and Corey Seager. The latter hit finished McGee (0-1), who gave up five runs on five hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.
Cardinals 8, Padres 5
SAN DIEGO — Matt Carpenter broke a 5-5 tie with a run-scoring triple in the eighth inning, and Randal Grichuk added a two-run double as St. Louis rallied to defeat San Diego in the rubber match of a three-game series.
The Cardinals tied the game in the sixth on back-to-back homers by infielders Jedd Gyorko and Aledmys Diaz, the seventh and eighth hitters in the St. Louis order, in a span of five pitches off reliever Kevin Quackenbush.
Grichuk, Gyorko and Diaz finished with three hits apiece.
Pirates 12, Diamondbacks 10 (13 innings)
PHOENIX — Sean Rodriguez and pinch-hitter Jon Niese drove in runs in the top of the 13th inning and Pittsburgh right-hander Arquimedes Caminero recorded his first major league save in the Pirates’ 13-inning victory over Arizona at Chase Field.
Josh Harrison doubled off Evan Marshall (0-1) to open the 13th and scored on Rodriguez’s double off the wall in left. Rodriguez took third on a groundout and scored when pitcher Niese, pinch-hitting for Neftali Feliz (1-0), singled to left.
Caminero pitched the 13th for his first major league save.
Red Sox 7, Astros 5 (12 innings)
HOUSTON — After blowing a ninth-inning lead, Boston scored twice in the 12th to beat Houston.
In the 12th inning, with runners on second and third, Jackie Bradley Jr. roped a slider into right field, scoring Hanley Ramirez for the go-ahead run. Astros reliever Ken Giles (0-2) surrendered another run when a fastball got away from him for a wild pitch, allowing Ryan Hanigan to score.
Houston’s Colby Rasmus forced extra innings when he blasted a ninth-inning Craig Kimbrel pitch into the Astros’ bullpen for a two-out, two-run shot that tied the game.