MLB roundup: Reds’ Hamilton runs wild against Cardinals
Billy Hamilton reached base four times, stealing three bases and scoring three runs as Cincinnati beat St. Louis.
Hamilton walked to lead off the seventh inning, swiped second, moved to third on a lineout and scored on Joey Votto’s single up the middle to snap a 3-3 tie.
After St. Louis tied it in its half of the seventh on Brandon Moss’ two-out RBI single, Hamilton had a hand in Cincinnati’s three-run eighth. His infield single to second led to a Matt Carpenter error that allowed Tyler Holt, whose run-scoring double gave the Reds the lead for good, to scamper home from second. Hamilton then took second for his ninth steal in the last three games and came home on Zack Cozart’s pop fly single.
Pirates 6, Padres 4
PITTSBURGH — Gregory Polanco hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fifth inning and Pittsburgh turned two misplays by the San Diego infield into four runs.
Chad Kuhl (2-0) overcame a two-run Padres first — this one aided by a defensive mistake, as well — while pitching effectively for six innings to get the win.
David Freese singled and scored during each of his first three at-bats, Sean Rodriguez drove in two runs during a spot start at shortstop and Francisco Cervelli finished off Pittsburgh’s four-run fifth against Luis Perdomo (5-6) with an RBI double.
Indians 3, Nationals 1
Trevor Bauer bounced back from the worst outing of his career to pitch into the seventh inning, Jose Ramirez drove in two runs with two hits and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Bauer (8-5) pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, giving up four hits and two walks while striking out four. Cleveland bench coach Brad Mills managed the team after Terry Francona was taken ill before the game. The Indians said Francona, who expressed discomfort during his pregame media session, was examined by a ballpark EMT and remained at Nationals Park.
The Indians’ first visit to Nationals Park didn’t start well as Cleveland was hitless against Max Scherzer (12-7) until Francisco Lindor grounded a single up the middle with one out in the seventh. Scherzer’s errant pick-off throw allowed Lindor to go third, and Ramirez extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead. After Ramirez stole third, Lonnie Chisenhall’s single to left made it 2-0.
After Jayson Werth’s 14th homer — off Andrew Miller in the eighth — pulled Washington within one, Ramirez singled home Jason Kipnis in the ninth. Cody Allen pitched the bottom of the ninth for his 21st save of the season.
Red Sox 5, Yankees 3
BOSTON — Dustin Pedroia ended a slump with two doubles and three RBIs, Andrew Benintendi stroked three hits in his Fenway Park debut and Rick Porcello tied for the major league lead with his 15th victory as Boston hung on to defeat New York.
Boston closer Craig Kimbrel walked four, including the last three batters he faced, and threw 37 pitches with a three-run lead before Matt Barnes came on and caught Mark Teixeira looking at a 2-2 pitch for his first save.
Pedroia, 6-for-31 during Boston’s just-completed 5-6 road trip, doubled home two runs in the third and then doubled in another in the fifth. Benintendi, called up from Double-A during the road trip, singled and scored in the third, doubled home a run and then scored in the fifth, and singled in the seventh. He is 8-for-16 in his brief major league career.
Marlins 2, Giants 0
MIAMI — Tom Koehler pitched seven scoreless innings to lead Miami over San Francisco. Koehler (9-8) allowed two hits and three walks while striking out six.
Giancarlo Stanton had the go-ahead RBI with a first-inning double that shattered his bat in half.
Brandon Crawford, who became just the sixth player in major league history to crack seven hits in one game when he accomplished the feat on Monday, was not able to deliver an encore performance. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, leaving four Giants runners on base.
Diamondbacks 5, Mets 3
NEW YORK — Michael Bourn delivered a go-ahead two-run triple in the seventh inning as Arizona beat New York. Brandon Drury (second inning) and Paul Goldschmidt (sixth inning) each homered and had two hits apiece for the Diamondbacks.
A two-run homer by Neil Walker gave the Mets a 3-2 lead in the sixth and left Zack Greinke in line for the loss, but the Diamondbacks scored three times — all with two outs — while sending eight batters to the plate in the seventh against Hansel Robles (5-4).
The rally made a winner out of Greinke (11-3), who was activated from the disabled list before the game after missing five weeks with a left oblique injury. Greinke allowed three runs, five hits and one walk while striking out six in six innings.
Rays 9, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO — Evan Longoria had three RBIs, Logan Forsythe added a homer and two RBIs, Drew Smyly pitched six effective innings and Tampa Bay defeated Toronto.
Smyly (4-11) allowed six hits, three walks and two runs while striking out two in six innings for his second straight win.
Rangers 7, Rockies 5
DENVER — Texas won its fourth straight game, scoring four times in the eighth inning with Elvis Andrus driving in the go-ahead run with a two-out single against Colorado.
The loss was the third straight and fifth in six games for the Rockies, who concluded a 3-5 homestand. The Rangers ended a 5-3 road trip and head home, where they are 34-17 and will play 30 of their final 48 games.
Braves 2, Brewers 1
MILWAUKEE — Tyrell Jenkins allowed just one run over six solid innings, and Nick Markakis and Adonis Garcia hit back-to-back RBI doubles in the seventh inning to lead Atlanta past Milwaukee.
Jenkins scattered three hits and a walk while striking out three.
The only blemish on Jenkins’ line was a solo home run by Ryan Braun to lead off the fourth. It was only the third earned run allowed by Jenkins (2-2) over his past three starts, spanning 18 innings.
A’s 2, Orioles 1
OAKLAND, Calif. — Rookie Zach Neal allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings in his second career major league start, and Oakland defeated Baltimore. Neal (2-1) gave up two hits, struck out one, walked none and threw just 72 pitches.
With A’s starters Sonny Gray and Jesse Hahn on the disabled list and Daniel Mengden back at Triple-A Nashville, Neal moved from the bullpen to the rotation to help fill the void. Neal pitched three perfect innings before Adam Jones hit a leadoff homer in the fourth, his 22nd blast of the season.
After Neal exited, Liam Hendriks threw 1 2/3 perfect innings with two strikeouts. John Axford pitched a scoreless eighth, allowing no hits while striking out two. Ryan Madson pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save.
Dodgers 9, Phillies 3
LOS ANGELES — Howie Kendrick, Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner homered, and Los Angeles pulled into a first-place tie atop the National League West after a victory over Philadelphia.
The Dodgers won their fourth straight to match the Giants for the division lead. The Phillies lost for the third time in four games.
Kendrick drove in a game-high three runs, while Grandal homered for the second night in a row. Los Angeles starter Kenta Maeda (11-7) allowed three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and two walks in five innings. Maeda also doubled and scored a run.