MLB Roundup: Pirates blow four-run lead, lose to Dodgers

MLB Roundup: Pirates blow four-run lead, lose to Dodgers

Los Angeles rode a four-run fifth inning to a victory over Pittsburgh to avoid a four-game series sweep.

The Pirates blew an early 4-0 lead as the Dodgers ended an eight-game losing streak at PNC Park.

With the win, the Dodgers avoided their first four-game series sweep against Pittsburgh since 1944.

Rangers 9, Yankees 6

NEW YORK — Texas was annoyed with one out in the top of the ninth inning when New York asked for the tarp to be put on the field because Aroldis Chapman could not grip the ball.

Nearly four hours later, the dugout erupted in jubilation.

Adrian Beltre and Elvis Andrus created the joy with two-run singles off Kirby Yates and the Rangers left Yankee Stadium with a win in a game that was twice delayed by rain for nearly four hours and ended 7 1/2 hours after the scheduled first pitch.

Chapman took the mound with a heavy downpour and could not find the strike zone, prompting Yankees manager Joe Girardi to ask umpires to put the tarp on the field. Play was halted at 10:40 pm and the Rangers were angered.

Players were yelling at umpires about how they had to pitch in the same conditions and Banister made his feelings known during an animated discussion with umpires that featured several hand gestures before he headed back to the clubhouse.

Rays 13, Red Sox 7

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay ended its 11-game losing streak, tagging Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez for nine runs in the first three innings and cruising to a win at Tropicana Field.

The Rays hadn’t scored more than six runs during the losing streak, but found their bats Monday, with six hits in the first eight batters and a 9-0 lead after three. Boston has dropped six of its last seven, giving up at least six runs in six straight as well. The 13 Rays runs match their most and the most allowed by Boston this season, and the 18 hits is their season high and the most allowed by Red Sox pitching.

The Rays got a career-high five RBIs from designated hitter Nick Franklin, who got his first three hits of the season after being recalled Tuesday. Logan Forsythe went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, two on a home run that chased Rodriguez (1-3) from the game before he could finish the third inning.

Indians 8, Braves 3

ATLANTA — Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis homered, Trevor Bauer turned in his sixth consecutive quality start and Cleveland stretched its winning streak to 10 games with an interleague victory over Atlanta.

The Indians are a perfect 11-0 at home in June, but had been just a .500 team on the road before sweeping a three-game series in Detroit before coming to Atlanta.

The three-run homer by Chisenhall and solo blast by Kipnis gave the Indians 21 homers during the winning streak, and they have outscored foes 68-22 over the 10 games.

Nationals 11, Mets 4

WASHINGTON — Ben Revere had four hits and stole three bases, Danny Espinosa had three hits and drove in two runs and Anthony Rendon had two hits and drove in three as hit-happy Washington overcame an early 4-0 deficit to record a win against New York.

The first-place Nationals are now four games ahead of the Mets, who won two of three in Washington last month. Washington tied a franchise record with six steals in the game and had 17 hits.

Every starter in the Nationals starting lineup had at least one hit, while Bryce Harper had two hits after batting just .232 in his previous 15 games. Daniel Murphy added two hits for Washington to lift his average to .350.

Rockies 9, Blue Jays 5

DENVER — Colorado erupted for six runs in the seventh inning to beat Toronto.

This is just the Blue Jays’ third trip to Coors Field, where they have played and lost seven games. This one was close for six innings with the Blue Jays building a 4-0 lead thanks to Devon Travis’ homer in the first and Edwin Encarnacion’s three-run shot with two outs in the sixth.

In the bottom of the inning, Carlos Gonzalez got those three runs back with one swing when he lofted a three-run homer to right. Starter Marco Estrada walked leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon and Crishtian Adames followed with a double to left. With one out, Gonzalez hit his 17th homer and his 189th with the Rockies, enabling him to pass Troy Tulowitzki for fifth all-time in Rockies history.

Phillies 8, Diamondbacks 0

PHOENIX — Cesar Hernandez had three hits, including two hits and two RBIs in a six-run seventh inning, and Odubel Herrera tied a career high with four hits in Philadelphia’s victory over Arizona at Chase Field.Monday.

Hernandez singled off left-hander Robbie Ray (4-7) to open the seventh inning and scored on Cody Asche’s hit-and-run double into the right-field corner to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead. Ray was removed with an apparent injury to his pitching hand, and the Phillies broke the game open with four more runs off relievers Jake Barrett and Josh Collmenter to make it 8-0.

Maikel Franco and Hernandez had two-run singles in the seventh to complete the scoring for the Phillies, who were outscored 22-5 while being swept by Arizona in a four-game series at home June 17-20.

Athletics 8, Giants 3

SAN FRANCISCO — Marcus Semien blasted a three-run homer off former trade partner Jeff Samardzija in a five-run second inning and rookie Daniel Mengden posted his first major-league win with 7 2/3 strong innings as Oakland blitzed San Francisco in the opener of a four-game interleague series.

Semien drove in four runs and Khris Davis two, helping the A’s extend the all-time lead over their San Francisco Bay Area rival to 55-52.

The series continues Tuesday night in San Francisco, after which it moves across the San Francisco Bay Bridge to Oakland for games Wednesday and

Astros 4, Angels 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Carlos Correa’s sacrifice fly scored Jason Castro from third base in the top of the ninth inning, breaking a tie and helping lift Houston to a win over Los Angeles at Angel Stadium.

The Astros rallied in the later innings after falling behind 2-0 through six innings. Mike Trout scored both runs for Los Angeles, hitting a solo homer in the fourth inning and scoring from second on a C.J. Cron single after reaching on a double in the sixth. Trout also had a double in the eighth.

The Astros put together their winning rally in the ninth when Castro hit the first pitch of the inning by Fernando Salas for a double. A walk to George Springer and a single by Luis Vabuena loaded the bases for Jose Altuve.