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(New York, NY) — Masahiro Tanaka put together a solid start as the Yankees topped the Red Sox, 5-1, in New York. Tanaka tossed seven-plus innings of one-run ball to help give the Yankees a 2-1 series lead in their four-game set versus Boston. Matt Holliday broke one-all tie in the sixth inning with a three-run homer. Chase Headley added a solo shot in the win. Drew Pomeranz gave up four runs over five-and-a-third innings to take the loss for Boston. Eduardo Nunez scored the lone run on a wild pitch. The Red Sox are four-and-a-half games ahead of the Yankees in the AL East division race.
Cubs Outlast Braves In Offensive Showdown
(Chicago, IL) — The Cubs and Braves each hit three home runs and combined for 29 hits but the Cubs pulled away, 14-12, at Wrigley Field. Rene Rivera belted a grand slam in the second inning, while Javier Baez and Jason Heyward added solo shots for the Cubs. Anthony Rizzo nailed a bases-clearing triple and Jon Lester hung around for five innings to pick up the win. Chicago needs a win Sunday to complete the four-game sweep. Freddie Freeman, Matt Kemp, and Rio Ruiz left the yard for Atlanta. Lucas Sims got chased after three-plus innings and fell to 2-and-5. The Braves have lost six of their past eight games.
Padres Walk-Off Against Dodgers
(San Diego, CA) — Yangervis Solarte [[ YAWN-hair-vis SO-lahr-tay ]] drilled the walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Padres stunned the Dodgers, 6-5, in the opener of a doubleheader in San Diego. Wil Myers clubbed an RBI-triple for the Padres and starter Clayton Richard fired six innings of three-run ball in a no-decision. Brad Hand earned the win. The Padres have won 3-of-4. Justin Turner belted the tying two-run homer in the top of the ninth for the Dodgers. Cody Bellinger had a solo shot in the fourth. Pedro Baez was charged with the loss.
Padres Cruise Past Dodgers, Sweep Doubleheader
(San Diego, CA) — The Padres scored four runs in the third inning to take the lead and held on to top the Dodgers 7-2 in the nightcap of their doubleheader at Petco Park. San Diego swept the double-dip, winning the first game 6-5, and has now won four-of-five overall. Matt Szczur had an RBI double and Carlos Asuaje homered in the four-run third. Buddy Baumann earned the win in relief of starter Jordan Lyles. Yu Darvish surrendered five runs over three-plus frames to take the loss for L.A. The Dodgers have lost seven of their last eight.
Hundley Lifts Giants Past Cardinals In Extras
(San Francisco, CA) — Nick Hundley launched the walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Giants edged the Cardinals, 2-1, in San Francisco. Buster Posey tied the game in the ninth with an RBI-single. Jeff Samardzija fired seven innings of one-run ball in a no-decision, and Sam Dyson earned the win. The Giants ended a four-game slide. Lance Lynn gave up one hit over eight shutout innings for St. Louis. Dexter Fowler singled in a run in the fourth for the Cards, and Ryan Sherriff gave up the losing homer to take the loss.
Indians Win Again, Top Tigers
(Detroit, MI) — Corey Kluber picked up his 14th victory as the Indians extended their winning streak to 10 games, beating the Tigers 5-2 in Detroit. Kluber allowed one run, struck out seven and walked none over eight innings. Abraham Almonte drove in three Cleveland runs. Jordan Zimmermann yielded five runs on 12 hits in five innings to take the loss for Detroit. Alex Presley went 4-for-4 in defeat. The Tigers were without Miguel Cabrera, Alex Wilson and manager Brad Ausmus, who all began serving suspensions from an August 24th melee with the Yankees.
Nationals Rally Past Brewers
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Nationals rallied for two runs in the eighth inning and clipped the Brewers 3-2 in Milwaukee. Michael Taylor tied the game with a solo-homer and a Trea Turner RBI double put the Nats’ up for good. Max Scherzer left in the fifth after being hit on the calf with a batted ball. Ryan Madson earned the win and Sean Doolittle notched the save. Washington snapped a two-game slide. Josh Hader surrendered two runs in less than an inning of relief to take the loss for the Brewers. Eric Thames notched an RBI-double and Neil Walker scored on an error as Milwaukee lost for just the second time in seven games.
Twins Thrash Royals
(Minneapolis, MN) — Eduardo Escobar had two homers and a triple as the Twins thrashed the Royals, 17-0, at Target Field. Escobar drove in six runs as the Twins had a power surge offensively. Brian Dozier clubbed a three-run homer in the victory. Byron Buxton, Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco plated two runs apiece. Kyle Gibson fired six shutout innings to get the win. Royals starter Onelki Garcia gave up four hits and four runs while recording just one out to take the loss. Kansas City managed seven hits, but stranded six men on base and batted 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. The rubber match is Sunday.
White Sox Hang On, Clip Rays
(Chicago, IL) — The White Sox homered four times as a team and held on to clip the Rays 5-4 in Chicago. Alen Hanson and Yolmer Sanchez led off the bottom-of-the-first with back-to-back home runs to give the Sox an early lead. Omar Narvaez and Avisail Garcia also went deep as Chicago snapped a four-game slide. Carson Fulmer tossed two-innings of scoreless relief to earn the win and Juan Minaya notched the save. Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer left the game with forearm stiffness in the first and took the loss. Logan Morrison hit his 35th homer in defeat.
Marlins Hang On, Clip Phillies
(Miami, FL) — Giancarlo Stanton hit his 52nd home run of the year and the Marlins held off a late rally to top the Phillies 10-9 in Miami. Marcell Ozuna added three hits, including his 32nd homer and four RBI for the Fish. Derek Dietrich hit a pinch-hit three-run bomb in the seventh which proved to be the difference as Miami snapped a three-game slide. Marlins’ starter Dan Straily tossed five frames of four-run ball to pick up the win. Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola surrendered six runs over five innings to take the loss. Rookie Rhys Hoskins and Tommy Joseph went deep in defeat.
Angels Clip Rangers In Extras
(Arlington, TX) — Kole Calhoun’s two-run single in the 10th inning put the Angels on top as they went on to clip the Rangers 7-4 in Arlington. C.J. Cron tied the game with a two-run homer in the ninth and added a sac-fly for insurance in the 10th. Albert Pujols added a pair of RBI singles in the winning effort. Los Angeles is a game-and-a-half out of the final A.L. wild card spot. Rangers’ reliever Ricky Rodriguez surrendered the game-tying home run in the ninth to blow the save. Jose Leclerc did not record an out in the tenth and gave up three runs to take the loss. Carlos Gomez homered in defeat.
Pirates Shut Down Reds
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Jordan Luplow hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and four Pirates pitchers combined on a five-hitter to defeat the Reds 5-0 in Pittsburgh. Luplow’s homer was the first of his career. A.J. Schugel [[ SHOO-ghoul ]] claimed the win in relief. Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon gave up three hits over six innings. Cincinnati right-hander Tyler Mahle threw six scoreless innings in a no-decision. Reds reliever Michael Lorenzen was tagged with the loss.
Diamondbacks Win Ninth In Row, Best Rockies
(Denver, CO) — J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the first and added a RBI-single in the ninth to help the Diamondbacks win their ninth straight, topping the Rockies 6-2 in Denver. Patrick Corbin allowed one earned run and two hits to notch his 13th victory. Arizona has opened up a five-and-a-half game lead over Colorado in the wild card standings. Jon Gray permitted three runs in five innings to take the loss. DJ LeMahieu tripled, walked and scored both Rockies runs. Colorado has lost three straight and four of five.
Mariners Rally, Walk Off On Athletics
(Seattle, WA) — Jean Segura scored on a wild pitch in the bottom-of-the-ninth to give the Mariners a walk-off win over the Athletics, 7-6, in Seattle. Segura homered and finished with two RBI and two runs scored as the Mariners improved to 68-and-68. The M’s rallied from four-runs down and tied the game on a Mike Zunino solo-shot in the eighth. Robinson Cano and Yonder Alonso also went deep in the winning effort. Blake Treinen uncorked the game-deciding wild pitch and took the loss for Oakland. Bruce Maxwell, Khris Davis, and Matt Joyce homered as the A’s dropped their fifth straight.
Astros Sweep Doubleheader
(Houston, TX) — The Astros returned home for the first time since Tropical Storm Harvey and swept their doubleheader with the Mets at Minute Maid Park. The Stros’ jumped out to a seven-run lead after two innings and cruised in to a 12-8 win in Game One.. George Springer hit his 30th homer and J.D. Davis also went deep in the winning effort. Houston scored four-times in the sixth to take the nightcap 4-1. Joe Musgrove earned the relief win and Ken Giles notched his 28th save. New York starter Matt Harvey surrendered seven-runs over two innings to take the loss in the first game. Seth Lugo was tagged with the loss in game two. The Mets have dropped five-of-six.
#1 Alabama Drops #3 Florida State
(Atlanta, GA) — The top-ranked Crimson Tide used a stingy defense to drop number-three Florida State, 24-7, in Atlanta. Sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts accounted for 150 total yards and hit Calvin Ridley on a 53-yard touchdown pass. Damien Harris rushed for a score and Alabama forced three turnovers in the season-opening victory. Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois threw for 210 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions before leaving in the fourth quarter with a knee injury. The Seminoles are now 0-and-1.
Michigan Knocks Off Florida
(Arlington, TX) — The ninth-ranked Michigan Wolverines scored 23 unanswered points as they knocked off number-16 Florida, 33-17, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Michigan overcame a pair of second quarter pick-sixes and went up for good with a three-yard touchdown run from Karan Higdon early in the second half. Michigan forced three fumbles, and Noah Furbush recovered the final one in Florida’s end zone to put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter. The Gators managed just 192 total yards and three points on offense. Quarterback Malik Zaire was 9-of-17 for 106 yards and had eight rushes for negative-29 yards and a lost fumble.
Maryland Knocks Off Texas
(Austin, TX) — The Tom Herman era of Texas football is starting on a low note. The 23rd-ranked Longhorns were upset 51-41, by the Maryland Terrapins in Austin on Saturday. Terps quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as they built a 30-14 halftime lead. Antoine Brooks scored on a 71-yard blocked field goal for Maryland. The Longhorns came withing three points in the second half, but the Terps closed the door and pulled off the season-opening road win. Shane Buechele threw for 375 yards and accounted for three touchdowns for Texas. Holton Hill recorded a 31-yard pick-six, and added a 65-yard touchdown on a blocked field goal in defeat.