MLB roundup: Verlander reaches strikeout milestone, beats Twins

MLB roundup: Verlander reaches strikeout milestone, beats Twins

Justin Verlander recorded his 2,000th strikeout, Ian Kinsler homered for the fourth straight game and the Detroit Tigers complete a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins with a 6-3 win on Wednesday.

Verlander (3-4) did not give up a run until the seventh as the Tigers won their fourth straight. He was charged with three runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings while striking out 10.

Verlander reached his milestone by blowing a high fastball past Eddie Rosario during the fourth inning. The only other pitcher in franchise history to record that many strikeouts was Mickey Lolich, who had 2,679.

Kinsler, who hit 11 home runs in 154 games last season, drove his team-high 10th homer of the season over the left field wall in the sixth. He also had two singles while scoring two runs and driving in a pair.

Phillies 4, Marlins 2

PHILADELPHIA — Jeremy Hellickson settled down to throw six strong innings and Cameron Rupp knocked in two runs as Philadelphia took the rubber game of a series with Miami.

Hellickson (4-2) allowed two runs and five hits, striking out four after a shaky start. David Hernandez and Hector Neris threw a scoreless seventh and eighth, respectively, before Jeanmar Gomez came on for his major-league-leading 16th save of the season.

Tyler Goeddel hit his first career major league home run with one out in the eighth for the Phillies.

Royals 3, Red Sox 2 (Game 1)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer, while Jarrod Dyson tripled, scored the go-ahead run and threw out a runner at third base as the Kansas City edged Boston in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.

Alcides Escobar led off the first with a single and scored on Hosmer’s eighth home run and his second in as many games. Hosmer hammered a 2-1 Steven Wright pitch over the center field fence, an estimated 428 feet.

After Hosmer’s blast, the Royals would not get another hit off the knuckleballer Wright until Dyson, who was in a 5-for-40 slump, laced a triple into the right field corner to lead off the sixth. Lorenzo Cain’s fly ball to left fielder Chris Young was deep enough to get the speedy Dyson home.

A’s 8, Rangers 1

OAKLAND, Calif. — Khris Davis homered again, and Oakland completed its first home sweep of the season, taking three in a row from Texas.

The Athletics swept a series of three or more games at the Coliseum for the first time since taking four in a row against the Toronto Blue Jays in July 2014.

Davis, the hero Tuesday night’s win with a walk-off grand slam, went deep again as part of a 2-for-2 game with a two walks and two runs. Rich Hill (6-3) went six innings, allowing one run on three hits and one walk. He struck out six.

Braves 3, Pirates 1

PITTSBURGH — The Braves became the last team in the major leagues to reach the 10-win mark, using a strong start by right-hander Julio Teheran to end Pittsburgh’s three-game winning streak.

It was the first win in two tries for Atlanta interim manager Brian Snitker, who replaced the fired Fredi Gonzalez.

Teheran (1-4) held the Pirates to five hits and struck out three in 7 2/3 innings. He had stellar numbers coming into the game — a 1.44 ERA and a .202 opponent batting average over his previous five starts — but had been the victim of poor run support.

Tyler Flowers had a home run and Chase d’Arnaud drove in another run with a double in the ninth. Jung Ho Kang homered in the ninth for the Pirates.

Rays 6, Blue Jays 3

TORONTO — Logan Morrison, Desmond Jennings and Kevin Kiermaier hit home runs for Toronto, and Jake Odorizzi pitched five innings for his first win of the season.

Morrison had three hits and Kiermaier had two RBIs as the Rays completed a three-game sweep of the Blue Jays, outscoring Toronto 31-7 in the process.

Jimmy Paredes, Michael Saunders and Edwin Encarnacion homered for Toronto.

Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey (2-5) allowed three home runs among eight hits, one walk and five runs (four earned).

Orioles 5, Mariners 2

BALTIMORE — Mark Trumbo and Matt Wieters both homered for the Orioles, and Baltimore starter Chris Tillman stretched his winning streak to five games.

Trumbo snapped an 0-for-7 skid when he homered to start the second. Wieters, who finished 3-for-4, followed with another solo homer and also added an RBI double that broke a 2-2 tie in the fourth.

Tillman who improved to 6-1 and has won each of his last five starts. He allowed two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander allowed just his second homer of the year, a solo shot from Leonys Martin.

Cardinals 2, Rockies 0

ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright had his best start of the season, shutting out Colorado for 6 2/3 innings, and Matt Holliday drove in two runs to lead St. Louis to a shut out victory.

The loss stopped a five-game winning streak for the Rockies.

Making his ninth start of the season, Wainwright snapped a streak in which he had allowed at least three earned runs in all eight of his previous starts. He still won three of the last four, getting a no-decision in the other game.

Astros 5, White Sox 3

CHICAGO — Jose Altuve went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Jason Castro went 2-for-3 and scored three runs to lead Houston to a win against Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Astros have won the first two games of the three-game series to match their season high for consecutive wins. The White Sox, despite converting their second triple play of the season, have lost four straight games and six of their last seven.

Doug Fister (4-3) allowed three runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn the win. Luke Gregerson, who blew a save in the series opener on Tuesday and had blown three of his past four save opportunities, picked up his ninth save.

Nationals 7, Mets 1

NEW YORK — Anthony Rendon laced a tie-breaking two-out single in the fifth inning and left-hander Gio Gonzalez continued his mastery at Citi Field by throwing 6 1/3 solid innings as Washington beat New York.

The Nationals won the middle game of a three-game series to retain sole possession of first place in the National League East. Washington is a half-game ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies and 1 1/2 games up on the third-place Mets.

Ex-Met Daniel Murphy had two RBIs — via a third-inning single and a seventh-inning sacrifice fly – for the Nationals. Danny Espinosa drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh while Wilson Ramos added a two-run single in the ninth. Jayson Werth scored three runs and reached base in all five plate appearances (2-for-2 with three walks).

Indians 8, Reds 7 (12 innings)

CINCINNATI — Francisco Lindor’s home run in the top of the 12th inning lifted Cleveland to a victory over Cincinnati at Great American Ball Park.

After Rajai Davis’ second home run of the night, a two-run shot, tied the score in the ninth, Lindor went deep on the first pitch from Keyvius Sampson leading off the 12th.

Sampson (0-1) was recalled from Triple-A prior to Wednesday’s game.

Daniel Otero pitched the bottom of the 12th to earn his first save of the season, second of his career. Cody Allen (1-3) got the win for Cleveland.

Giants 2, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO — Johnny Cueto hurled a complete-game gem, and Hunter Pence smacked a two-run homer as streaking San Francisco defeated San Diego.

Cueto was masterful as he notched his second nine-inning victory over the Padres this season. He allowed one run, four hits and two walks while striking out eight as the Giants’ pitching proved too tough for the Padres for the second consecutive night.

Madison Bumgarner earned a complete-game victory with 11 strikeouts on Tuesday.

Yankees 4, Diamondbacks 2

PHOENIX — Nathan Eovaldi allowed one hit in six innings and retired the final 18 hitters he faced to help New York earn a win over Arizona.

Brett Gardner’s first-inning, two-run homer gave the Yankees the lead for good. Jacoby Ellsbury had three of New York’s 11 hits and drove in the third run with a sixth-inning single against Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller, who was in trouble from the start but wiggled out of several jams.