MLB roundup: Freeman hits for cycle as Braves edge Reds
Chase d’Arnaud drove in the winning run with a single and the Atlanta Braves scored three times in the 13th inning to stun the Cincinnati Reds and score a 9-8 win on Wednesday at Turner Field.
With Alfredo Simon pitching (2-7), Adonis Garcia and Nick Markakis singled to lead off the inning. Garcia scored on a double by Jace Peterson and Flowers tied the game with a single through the drawn-in infield.
After an intentional walk to Erick Aybar to load the bases, d’Arnaud hit a fly ball to center field that went over the head of the drawn-in outfield to score Peterson with the winning run.
The winning pitcher was Alexi Ogando (2-1).
The Reds scored twice in the top of the 13th against Ogando on a bases-loaded walk to Jose Peraza and a single by Joe Votto.
Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman became the seventh player in Braves franchise history to hit for the cycle and the first since Mark Kotsay on Aug. 14, 2008 against the Chicago Cubs.
Astros 4, Cardinals 1
ST. LOUIS — George Springer’s two-out, two-run homer in the eighth inning gave Houston the lead for good as it completed a two-game interleague sweep over St. Louis.
Tony Sipp picked up the final out of the seventh for the win. Ken Giles worked a scoreless eighth and Will Harris pitched the ninth for his fifth save.
Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright, who entered the game 13-1 against Houston in his career, fired seven shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walking three and fanning six.
Mets 11, Pirates 2
NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard carried a shutout into the ninth inning and New York snapped out of an offensive funk by delivering a season-high 19 hits in a win over Pittsburgh at Citi Field.
The Mets, who were limited to three hits in a 4-0 loss to the Pirates on Tuesday, snapped a three-game losing streak. The 11 runs were more than New York scored in the last four games combined (nine).
The Pirates lost six of seven.
Rays 3, Mariners 2 (13 innings)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Logan Forsythe tripled in the bottom of the 13th, then scored on a bases-loaded walk by Logan Morrison as Tampa Bay won its longest game of the season over Seattle at Tropicana Field.
Rays starter Drew Smyly had his best start since April, striking out a career-high 12 batters and holding Seattle to two runs on four hits in his 6.2 innings.
Seattle held a 2-0 lead on Nelson Cruz’s two-run home run in the fourth inning. The Rays scored their first run in the bottom of the inning on Dickerson’s sacrifice fly.
Padres 6, Marlins 3
SAN DIEGO — Luis Perdomo allowed three runs in six innings and Melvin Upton Jr. and Derek Norris each drove in two runs as San Diego defeated Miami to salvage the finale of a three-game series.
Marlins right fielder Ichiro Suzuki doubled off Padres closer Fernando Rodney with two outs in the top of the ninth inning for his 4,257th professional hit in Japan and the United States.
Suzuki’s total is one more than the major league record held by Pete Rose. The 42-year-old Suzuki has 2,979 hits in the major leagues after getting 1,278 in his nine-season career in Japan.
Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 2
PHOENIX — Scott Van Slyke hit a three-run homer and Clayton Kershaw won his eighth straight decision for Los Angeles.
Adrian Gonzalez and Howie Kendrick singled with two outs in the sixth inning before Van Slyke hit his first homer of the season off Patrick Corbin for a 3-1 lead.
Kershaw (10-1) gave up five hits, including a second-inning homer by Rickie Weeks Jr., while tying Jake Arrieta, Stephen Strasburg and Chris Sale for the major league lead in victories. Kershaw struck out 11 and walked one in 7 1/3 innings.
Rockies 6, Yankees 3
DENVER — Chad Bettis returned to form and Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer as Colorado beat New York to sweep a two-game series.
The Rockies equaled a season best with their fourth straight victory and went 5-1 on a just-concluded homestand, giving it six wins in its past seven games. The loss was the fourth straight for the Yankees.
DJ LeMahieu finished a home run shy of the cycle and drove in two runs. Bettis allowed three runs (two earned), seven singles and no walks with five strikeouts in six innings. He got 10 outs on ground balls, including the first two outs in the sixth.
Blue Jays 7, Phillies 2
PHILADELPHIA — Marco Estrada ran his personal winning streak to four and Edwin Encarnacion homered for the fifth time in as many games as Toronto beat Philadelphia.
Josh Donaldson also homered for the Blue Jays, who won for the fifth time in six games, and Ryan Goins and Devon Travis each contributed two hits and two RBIs.
Cody Asche went 3-for-4 and drove in both of the Phillies’ runs, with a solo homer and a double. Philadelphia lost for the sixth time in seven games, and is 6-19 since May 18.
Red Sox 6, Orioles 4
BOSTON — Steven Wright continued his marvelous first half, helping Boston back into a tie with Baltimore atop the American League with a victory.
The knuckleballer, who made the Red Sox rotation out of spring training only because of an injury to Eduardo Rodriguez, won his fifth straight start and raised his record to 8-4 with 7 1/3 strong innings as Boston evened the early first-place showdown at a game apiece.
Hanley Ramirez hit his first home run in a span of 105 at-bats since May 10, a three-run shot that left Fenway Park entirely in a five-run third inning.
Royals 9, Indians 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer and Ian Kennedy pitched effectively into the seventh inning as Kansas City topped Cleveland to sweep the three-game series.
The Royals have won five straight games to move into a first-place tie with the Indians in the American League Central after enduring an eight-game losing streak.
Perez’s three-run homer capped off a four-run fifth.
Kennedy allowed four runs on five hits, including a pair of two-run homers, in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two before Luke Hochevar relieved him after 113 pitches.