Phillies Hang On, Clip Braves
(Philadelphia, PA) — Jeremy Hellickson tossed seven innings of three-hit, two-run ball to help lift the Phillies past the Braves 4-3 in Philadelphia. Hellickson moved to 3-and-0 and Hector Neris picked up his second-straight save. Aaron Altherr keyed the Phillies offense with two-hits, and RBI and a run scored. Philly has won three of its last four overall. Adonis Garcia and Freddie Freeman hit solo-shots for Atlanta in defeat. The Braves have lost four-straight.
Wainwright, Cardinals Drop Brewers
(Milwaukee, WI) — Adam Wainwright was the hero as the Cardinals dropped the Brewers, 6-3, in Milwaukee. Wainwright struck out nine over five frames of two-run ball to earn the win, and also plated four runs on a two-run homer and a two-run single. Randal Grichuk slammed an RBI-double and Seung-Hwan Oh struck out the side in the ninth to get the save. The Cards have won four of their past five games. Wily Peralta allowed nine hits and six runs to take the loss for Milwaukee. Ryan Braun homered in defeat.
Pirates Nip Yankees
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Josh Bell and Jordy Mercer clubbed early homers as the Pirates nipped the Yankees, 6-3, in Pittsburgh. Mercer had a solo shot and Bell tacked on a two-run dinger to give Pittsburgh an early lead. The Bucs bullpen combined for four-and-a-third innings of shutout ball, with Juan Nicasio getting the win. David Freese had a pair of RBI-singles in the victory. C.C. Sabathia tossed five frames of four-run ball to take the loss for New York. The Yanks are 10-and-6 overall, but just 2-and-5 away from home.
O’s Blank Red Sox
(Baltimore, MD) — Dylan Bundy tossed seven-plus innings of shutout ball as the Orioles blanked the Red Sox, 2-0, at Camden Yards. Bundy allowed six hits and whiffed three to get his third win. Adam Jones singled in a run and Manny Machado went deep as the O’s opened the three-game set with a win. They’re 5-and-1 at home. Drew Pomeranz was tagged with the loss and the Red Sox batted 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Dustin Pedroia left in the second period after getting spiked on the left calf by Manny Machado.
Rangers Rip Royals
(Arlington, TX) — Cole Hamels tossed a gem as the Rangers ripped the Royals, 6-2, at Globe Life Park. Hamels tossed eight frames of one-run ball to earn his first win of 2017. Robinson Chirinos and Joey Gallo each homered twice to key the offense for Texas. The Rangers own a 2-0 lead in the four-game series. Nathan Karns got tagged with the loss for Kansas City, allowing five hits, six runs and four homers. Lorenzo Cain had an RBI-double in defeat.
Padres Down Marlins
(San Diego, CA) — The Padres reeled off four runs in the seventh inning as they downed the Marlins, 5-3, in San Diego. Austin Hedges launched a three-run homer to cap the inning for his second homer in as many days. Trevor Cahill tossed seven innings of one-run ball to secure the win. The Padres have won three straight games. Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton went deep in defeat for Miami. Adam Conley tossed six innings of one-run ball before David Phelps took the loss in relief.
Nationals Walk Over Mets In 11 Innings
(New York, NY) — Jeurys Familia walked Trea Turner with the bases loaded in the 11th inning to score Bryce Harper as the Nationals beat the Mets 4-3 at Citi Field. Harper doubled with one out in the 11th and belted a two-run homer in the first off Matt Harvey. Washington has won five straight. Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson homered for the Mets. Harvey allowed three runs on four hits over seven innings. The Mets lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Rockies Slam Giants
(Denver, CO) — Trevor Story hit his first grand slam as the Rockies nipped the Giants 6-5 in Denver. Story’s slam and Charlie Blackmon’s inside-the-park homer were part of a six-run fourth inning. The Rockies are 4-and-1 in their past five games. Johnny Cueto took the loss, ending his streak at seven straight wins. Brandon Belt homered for the Giants. San Francisco lost for the fourth time in five games.
Astros Earn Victory Over Rays
(St. Petersburg, FL) — Brian McMann and Yuli Gurriel each had three hits and drove in a run as the Astros beat the Rays 6-3 at Tropicana Field. Carlos Beltran homered for Houston and Neftali Feliz earned the relief win. The Astros are 8-and-1 in their past nine games. Evan Longoria, Logan Morrison and Corey Dickerson homered for Tampa Bay. The Rays had their six-game home winning streak snapped.
Kluber Dominates, Indians Blank White Sox
(Chicago, IL) — Corey Kluber tossed a complete-game shutout to lead the Indians past the White Sox 3-0 in Chicago. Kluber surrendered just three-hits while striking out nine as he picked up his second-straight victory. Austin Jackson scored on a wild-pitch in the third and Brandon Guyer launched a two-run bomb in the fourth. The Tribe has won four-straight. Jose Quintana lost for the fourth time in four starts. Avisail Garcia failed to reach base for the first time this season as the White Sox lost for the third time in four games.
Cubs Rally To Defeat Reds In Extra-Innings
(Cincinnati, OH) — Kris Bryant’s sacrifice fly in the 11th brought in the winning run as the Cubs beat the Reds 6-5 in Cincinnati. Anthony Rizzo hit a three-run home with two out in the ninth to tie it for Chicago. Jason Heyward and Javier Baez also homered for the Cubs. Chicago won its third straight. Tim Adleman held the Cubs to two runs and four hits over six innings and hit a two-run double. Robert Stephenson took the loss in relief. Cincinnati is 2-and-6 in its last eight games.
Twins Stun Tigers With Six-Run Sixth
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins used a six-run sixth inning to stun the Tigers, 6-3, at Target Field. Eddie Rosario clubbed the go-ahead three-run homer to cap the inning. Robbie Grossman had a two-run single and Jorge Polanco plated a run for the Twins. Hector Santiago earned the win, and Brandon Kintzler made his fourth save. The Twins ended a four-game slide. Justin Verlander allowed six walks, three hits and four runs over five-plus to take the loss for Detroit. James McCann homered in defeat.
Diamondbacks Blitz Dodgers
(Phoenix, AZ) — The Diamondbacks piled up nine runs in the eighth inning as they blitzed the Dodgers, 13-5, in Phoenix. Daniel Descalso plated the first run of the inning on a walk and the ninth run on an RBI-double. Yasmani Tomas, Paul Goldschmidt, and Chris Iannetta each had two-run base hits in the eighth to key Arizona. Archie Bradley earned the relief win for the D’backs, who are 7-and-1 at Chase Field. Kyle Seager plated three runs for the Dodgers, which included a two-run bomb. Chris Taylor homered and Ross Stripling took the loss.
Athletics Clip Mariners
(Oakland, CA) — Yonder Alonso and Trevor Plouffe homered to help lift the Athletics past the Mariners 3-1 in Oakland. Sean Manaea tossed six innings of one-run ball to pick up the win. Santiago Casilla notched his third save of the season. The A’s have won four-straight to improve to 9-and-8 overall. Hisashi Iwakuma gave up three-runs in five-and-a-third in the loss. Mitch Haniger had an RBI triple. The M’s fell to 1-and-8 on the road.
Celtics Rip Bulls In Game Three
(Chicago, IL) — The top-seeded Celtics earned their first win of the postseason by beating the Bulls, 104-87, in Chicago. Al Horford finished with 18 points and eight rebounds as Boston pulled away in the third quarter. Isaiah Thomas added 16 points and nine assists. The Celtics trail the Bulls, 2-1, in the seven-game series. Game Four is Sunday in Chicago. Dwyane Wade led the Bulls with 18 points. Rajon Rondo didn’t play and is out indefinitely with a fractured thumb.
Thunder Survive Rockets
(Oklahoma City, OK) — James Harden missed what would have been the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer as the Thunder survived the Rockets for a 115-113 Game Three win in Oklahoma City. Russell Westbrook finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists as OKC earned its first win of the series. Taj Gibson shot 10-of-13 from the field and scored 20 for the Thunder. Game Four is Sunday in OKC. James Harden posted 44 points for Houston. Lou Williams scored 22 points off the bench.
Clippers Rally Back, Top Jazz
(Salt Lake City, UT) — The Clippers erased a 14-point second-half deficit to top the Jazz, 111-106, in Game Three of their first round playoff series in Salt Lake City. Chris Paul led the way with 34 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds in the winning effort. DeAndre Jordan finished with 17 points and 13 boards. Blake Griffin left the game in the first half with a bruised toe and did not return. Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 40 points in defeat. Utah will look to even the series in Sunday’s Game Four.
Capitals Clip Maple Leafs In OT
(Washington, D.C.) — Justin Williams lit the lamp 1:04 into overtime to lift the Capitals past the Maple Leafs, 2-1, in Game Five of their opening round playoff series at the Verizon Center. It was the 36th career playoff goal for Williams. T.J. Oshie scored in the first period as Washington took a 3-2 series lead. Braden Holtby made 24 saves in the winning effort. Auston Matthews notched the lone Toronto goal in defeat. The Leafs will look to stave off elimination in Sunday’s Game Six at the Air Canada Centre.
Bruins Slip Past Senators, Take Game Five
(Ottawa, Ontario) — Sean Kuraly scored the winning goal in overtime as the Bruins slipped past the Senators, 3-2, in Ottawa to take Game Five of their first round playoff series. Kuraly also scored the tying goal with 2:55 left in the second for his first two goals of the postseason. David Pastrnak lit the lamp too as Boston still trails the series, 3-2. Game Six is Sunday in Boston. Mark Stone and Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored for the Ottawa. Craig Anderson made 36 saves in defeat.