>>Nationals Annihilate Reds With 19-Hit Attack
(Washington, DC) — Michael Taylor went 4-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI as the Nationals annihilated the Reds 18-3 in D.C. Trea Turner went 5-for-5 and Daniel Murphy drove in four runs for Washington, which wrapped out 19 hits in all. Joe Ross pitched seven innings of one-run ball for the Nats. Homer Bailey gave up eight runs in less than two innings to take the loss in his season debut. Patrick Kivlehan homered for Cincinnati, which has lost 13-of-14.
Cubs Clip Marlins
(Miami, FL) — Jon Lester settled in after a rocky start to help lift the Cubs past the Marlins 5-3 in Miami. Lester gave up three in the first, but then tossed six scoreless frames to pick up his fifth win. Javier Baez keyed the offense with two hits and three RBI, including a go-ahead double in the sixth. Wade Davis notched his fifth save as Chicago improved to 38-and-36. J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run homer for the Marlins. Nick Wittgren took the loss in relief.
Braves Hang On, Clip Brewers
(Cumberland, GA) — R.A. Dickey tossed seven innings of one-run ball to lead the way as the Braves held off the Brewers 3-1 at SunTrust Park. Dickey improved to 6-and-5 and Jim Johnson notched his 15th save. Brandon Phillips’ two-run homer in the third put Atlanta up for good. Tyler Flowers had an RBI single as the Braves won their fourth straight. Matt Garza surrendered three runs over six frames to take the loss. The Brewers have dropped five-of-eight.
Mets Beat Giants Late
(San Francisco, CA) — Jay Bruce snapped a 1-all tie with an RBI single in the eighth inning and the Mets went on to beat the Giants 5-2 at AT&T Park. Wilmer Flores had a home run and an RBI double for New York, which won its second straight. Jacob deGrom pitched eight innings of one-run ball for his seventh win. Sam Dyson took the loss in relief of Johnny Cueto. Brandon Belt homered and Brandon Crawford singled in a run for San Francisco.
Pirates Cruise Past Cardinals
(St. Louis, MO) — The Pirates opened up a six-run lead after six innings and cruised past the Cardinals 7-3 in St. Louis. Jordy Mercer finished with a homer and three RBI, and Josh Harrison also went deep to go along with two RBI and two runs scored. Gerrit Cole tossed six innings of one-run ball to even his record at 6-and-6. Matt Carpenter led off the first with a home run for St. Louis. Lance Lynn took the loss for the Cards, who have dropped three straight.
D’backs Foil Phillies With Late-Inning Attack
(Phoenix, AZ) — David Peralta’s RBI single snapped a 2-all tie in the fifth inning and the Diamondbacks went on to foil the Phillies 9-2 at Chase Field. Arizona added three spots in both the sixth and seventh innings to pull away. Jake Lamb homered and Chris Herrmann had two hits and drove in three for the Snakes. Robbie Ray pitched into the seventh for his eighth win. Starting pitcher Ben Lively hit a two-run homer for Philly, but fell to 1-and-2 with the loss.
Dodgers, Kershaw Keep Rockies Quiet
(Los Angeles, CA) — Clayton Kershaw and three relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Dodgers shut out the Rockies 4-0 in Los Angeles. Kershaw struck out eight while allowing four hits and a walk to run his record to 11-and-2. Joc Pederson homered for LA, which led 4-0 after three innings en route to its ninth straight win. Tyler Chatwood gave up all four runs in less than four frames to fall to 6-and-8. DJ LeMahieu had two of Colorado’s five hits.
Rangers Rout Yankees Behind Bibens-Dirkx
(Bronx, NY) — Austin Bibens-Dirkx combined with two relievers on a five-hitter as the Rangers routed the Yankees 8-1 in the Bronx. He allowed five hits and one run over seven innings to move to 3-and-0. Carlos Gomez slugged a two-run homer and Robinson Chirinos also went deep for Texas, which has traded wins and losses in its last six. Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 26th home run for New York. Luis Cessa fell to 0-and-2 with the loss.
A’s Rout White Sox To Spoil Buehrle Ceremony
(Chicago, IL) — Matt Olson hit his first two career homers as the A’s routed the White Sox 10-2 in Chicago. Jaycob Brugman and Franklin Barreto also hit their first career homers for Oakland. Daniel Gossett gave up two unearned runs in six innings for his first career win. James Shields was torched for six runs, including three homers, in three-plus innings to take the loss. Chicago retired the number-56 of former pitcher Mark Buehrle before the game.
Orioles Pull Away From Rays Late
(St. Petersburg, FL) — Mark Trumbo doubled home the go-ahead runs in a four-run seventh inning and the Orioles went on to top the Rays 8-3 at Tropicana Field. Trumbo would score on Trey Mancini’s two-run homer as the O’s pulled away to snap a three-game slide. Adam Jones and Wellington Castillo also went deep for Baltimore. Dylan Bundy tossed seven frames of three-run ball to pick up the win. Corey Dickerson and Evan Longoria went back-to-back in the third for Tampa Bay. Jose Alvarado took the loss in relief, which is just the second in seven games for the Rays.
Twins Rally Late, Clip Indians
(Cleveland, OH) — Brian Dozier hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning as the Twins rallied to top the Indians 4-2 in Cleveland. Chris Gimenez added a solo shot in the ninth to give Minnesota some breathing room. The Twins used five pitchers, with Taylor Rogers picking up the win. Brandon Kintzler notched his 20th save. Corey Kluber struck out 13 over seven frames of two-run ball in a no-decision. Cody Allen surrendered the go-ahead homer and took the loss.
Angels Hang On, Clip Red Sox
(Boston, MA) — JC Ramirez tossed six innings of one-run ball to help lead the Angels past the Red Sox 6-3 at Fenway Park. Ramirez improved to 7-and-5 while Blake Parker recorded the final out to notch his first save of the season. Cameron Maybin doubled home a run in the seventh and later scored on a controversial balk. Boston manager John Farrell was ejected for arguing the call. David Price surrendered three runs over six frames to take the loss.
Astros Cool Off Mariners
(Seattle, WA) — Josh Reddick’s two-run homer in the third put the Astros in front to stay as they beat the Mariners 5-2 at Safeco Field. Brian McCann added a three-run double in the seventh to make it 5-1 Houston. Lance McCullers Jr. struck out eight over five innings of one-run ball to move to 7-and-1. Sam Gaviglio took the loss for Seattle. The Astros are an MLB-best 28-and-9 on the road. Robinson Cano singled in a run for the M’s, who had won six straight.
Padres Rally Late, Keep Tigers Reeling
(San Diego, CA) — Hector Sanchez hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer to give the Padres the lead in a five-run eighth inning as they rallied past the Tigers 7-3 in San Diego. Dinelson Lamet tossed six frames of three-run ball, with Kirby Yates earning the win in relief. Cory Spangenberg had two hits and two RBI for San Diego, which can sweep on Sunday. Andrew Romine drove in two runs for Detroit, which dropped its eighth straight. Shane Greene suffered the loss.