Red Sox Roll Past Twins
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Red Sox piled up eight runs in the second inning as they rolled past the Twins, 11-1, in Minneapolis. Dustin Pedroia’s three-run double broke the game open. Andrew Benintendi added a two-run double in the frame. Chris Young had a pair of solo homers, and Sandy Leon went deep as well. Rick Porcello threw seven innings of one-run ball to secure the win for Boston. Nick Tepesch didn’t make it out of the second inning and took the loss for Minnesota. Robbie Grossman went deep in defeat.
Indians Clip Royals
(Kansas City, MO) — Carlos Santana clubbed the go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning as the Indians clipped the Royals, 3-1, at Kauffman Stadium. Jason Kipnis tied it with an RBI-single in the eighth, and Francisco Lindor homered to add insurance. Josh Tomlin tossed seven innings of one-run ball, with Andrew Miller getting the relief win. Cody Allen made his eighth save. Jason Vargas tossed six shutout innings, but Kelvin Herrera took the loss for Kansas City.
Pirates Walk-Off Against Brewers
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Josh Harrison nailed the walk-off single in the 10th inning as the Pirates knocked off the Brewers, 2-1, in Pittsburgh. Gerrit Cole tossed seven innings of one-run ball with eight strikeouts, and Tony Watson earned the win with two frames of relief. Gregory Polanco plated Pittsburgh’s other run on a groundout. Matt Garza tossed seven frames of one-run ball, but Carlos Torres took the loss for Milwaukee. Hernan Perez belted a solo homer.
Nationals Cruise Past Phillies
(Philadelphia, PA) — Ryan Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 13-games as the Nationals cruised past the Phillies, 6-2, in Philadelphia. Zimmerman crushed his 13th homer to go along with a double and three RBI in the winning effort. Anthony Rendon added a three-run bomb as the Nats’ improved to 21-and-9. A.J. Cole tossed six innings of one-run ball to pick up the win. Cameron Rupp went deep and drove in both Philly runs. Vince Velasquez took the loss. The Phillies have lost five-straight and eight-of-nine overall.
Orioles Hang On, Clip White Sox
(Baltimore, MD) — Trey Mancini’s fifth inning homer proved to be the difference as the Orioles held off the White Sox. 6-5, in Baltimore. Mancini added an RBI double in the first and finished with three RBI. Manny Machado also went deep in the winning effort. Dylan Bundy tossed six innings of three run ball for the win and Darren O’Day notched the save. Cody Asche and Jose Abreu homered for Chicago. Dylan Covey was tagged with the loss. The White Sox have lost five-of-seven.
Mets Cruise Past Marlins
(New York, NY) — Jay Bruce notched two doubles and three RBI to help lead the Mets past the Marlins, 11-3, in New York. Michael Conforto drove in a pair of runs with two bases-loaded walks. Robert Gsellman tossed five innings of three-run ball to earn the win. The Mets have won three-straight and six-of-eight overall. Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna homered for Miami. Fill-in starter Odrisamer Despaigne was tagged with the loss. The Marlins have dropped nine of their last 11 games.
Yankees Crush Cubs
(Chicago, IL) — The Yankees jumped out to a five-run lead after one inning as they crushed the Cubs, 11-6, at Wrigley Field. Aaron Hicks finished 4-for-5 with three runs and a three-run homer. Starlin Castro also went deep and finished with three RBI as the Yanks take a 2-0 series lead. Mike Montgomery pitched into the seventh to earn the win. Brett Anderson recorded just one out before getting chased in the first for Chicago. He was dealing with back pain. Miguel Montero had a pinch-hit two-run single in the loss and also pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
Reds Crush Giants
(Cincinnati, OH) — Billy Hamilton keyed an offensive outburst as the Reds cruised past the Giants, 14-2, in Cincinnati. Hamilton finished with three hits, two RBI, two runs scored, and a stolen base. Adam Duvall, Eugenio Suarez, and Patrick Kivlehan each went deep as the Reds piled up 18 hits as a team. Cincy has won four-straight and six-of-seven overall. Losing pitcher Ty Blach was pounded to the tune of 11 hits and 10 runs in three innings of work. San Francisco has been outscored 27-5 in the first two of this three-game-set.
Cardinals Nip Braves
(Cumberland, GA) — Mike Leake tossed seven strong innings as the Cardinals nipped the Braves, 5-3, in Atlanta. Leake hurled seven frames of three-run ball to get his fourth win. Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams each went deep for the Cards. Aledmys Diaz plated a pair of runs as St. Louis took a 2-0 series lead. Adonis Garcia slammed a three-run homer for the Braves. Julio Teheran took the loss for Atlanta, his third.
Rockies Slam D’backs
(Denver, CO) — The Rockies led 4-0 after one inning as they slammed the Diamondbacks, 9-1, in Denver. Tyler Anderson struck out 10 over six innings of one-run ball to earn the win. Charlie Blackmon finished a homer shy of the cycle, while Nolan Arenado and Mark Reynolds left the yard for the Rox. Chris Rusin tossed three innings of relief to get the save. Patrick Corbin allowed nine hits and eight runs to take the loss for Arizona. Gregor Blanco prevented the shutout with an RBI-single.
Dodgers Rough Up Padres
(San Diego, CA) — Cody Bellinger nailed his third home run in four games as the Dodgers roughed up the Padres, 10-2, in San Diego. Bellinger launched a grand slam and has nine RBI for the series. Enrique Hernandez had a two-run double for the Dodgers. Clayton Kershaw allowed five hits and a run in his fifth win. Clayton Richard took the loss for San Diego. Ryan Schimpf went long in defeat.
A’s Rally Late, Clip Tigers
(Oakland, CA) — Adam Rosales’ two-run single in the ninth gave the Athletics a walk-off victory over the Tigers, 6-5, in Oakland. Yonder Alonso homered twice as the A’s won for just the third time in 12 games. Ryon Healy also went deep for Oakland. Frankie Montas picked up the win in relief. Nick Castellanos and Andrew Romine had two RBI apiece for Detroit. Francisco Rodriguez blew his third save of the season and took the loss. The Tigers fell to 15-and-14.
Angels Edge Astros
(Anaheim, CA) — Andrelton Simmons singled in the walk-off run as the Angels edged the Astros, 2-1, in Anaheim. J.C. Ramirez tossed six innings of one-run ball, with Bud Norris earning the relief win. Cameron Maybin also plated a run for the Halos. Mike Trout was scratched from the starting lineup with tightness in his hamstring. Carlos Beltran doubled in Houston’s only run. Lance McCullers Junior allowed one unearned over seven innings. Chris Devenski took the loss in relief.
Mariners Cruise Past Rangers
(Seattle, WA) — Chase De Jong put together a solid outing in place of Felix Hernandez to help lead the Mariners past the Rangers, 8-2, in Seattle. De Jong tossed six innings of one-run ball in his third straight start in place of the injured “King Felix”. James Pazos picked up the win with one frame of scoreless relief. Danny Valencia and Ben Gamel keyed the M’s offense with a pair of RBI apiece. Joey Gallo and Mike Napoli homered for Texas. Martin Perez took the loss. The Rangers have dropped five-of-seven.
Warriors Down Jazz, Extend Series Lead
(Salt Lake City, UT) — Kevin Durant led the charge as the Warriors downed the Jazz, 102-91, in Game Three of their semifinal series from Salt Lake City. Durant posted 38 points and 13 rebounds as the Dubs pulled away down the stretch. Steph Curry put up 23 points, and Draymond Green had nine points, 10 boards and five assists. Golden State owns a 3-0 series lead and can advance with a Game Four win on Monday. Gordon Hayward keyed Utah with 29 points. Rudy Gobert [[ go-BEAR ]] added 21 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.
Senators Down Rangers In OT
(Ottawa, Ontario) — Kyle Turris scored the winning goal 6:28 into overtime as the Senators downed the Rangers, 5-4, in Game Five of their playoff series in Ottawa. Derick Brassard sent the game to OT with by netting the tying goal with 1:26 left in regulation. Erik Karlsson finished with three assists as the Sens take a 3-2 lead in the series. Game Six is in New York on Tuesday. Jimmy Vesey and Jesper Fast tallied a goal and assist apiece for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves in defeat.
Capitals Stave Off Elimination, Clip Penguins
(Washington, D.C.) — Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin scored 27-seconds apart in the third period to lift the Capitals past the Penguins, 4-2, in Game Five of their conference semifinal series in Washington. Nicklas Backstrom also found the back of the net in the final period. Andre Burakovsky notched a goal and an assist as the Caps’ staved off elimination. Carl Hagelin and Phil Kessel lit the lamp in defeat for the Pens. Sidney Crosby had an assist in his first game back from a concussion. The series now shifts to Pittsburgh for Monday’s Game Six.
Always Dreaming Wins 143rd Kentucky Derby
(Louisville, KY) — Always Dreaming is the winner of the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Always Dreaming finished with a time of 2:03:59 to take home first place in muddy conditions. The horse was ridden by jockey John Velazquez and trained by Todd Pletcher, who each won their second Kentucky Derbies. Velazquez rode Animal Kindgom to a Derby win in 2011, while Pletcher trained Super Saver to a title in 2010. Lookin at Lee finished in second place behind Always Dreaming, and Battle of Midway came in third. Always Dreaming has won three consecutive races in 2017.
The Kentucky Derby serves as the first race of the Triple Crown, which also features the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. The Preakness goes down in Baltimore on May 20th, while the Belmont runs on June 10th New York.