Red Sox Handle Braves
(Boston, MA) — Andrew Benintendi homered, tripled and drove in three runs as the Red Sox defeated the Braves 8-6 at Fenway Park. Mitch Moreland doubled, tripled and had a pair of RBIs. Steven Wright picked up the victory with three scoreless innings after starter Drew Pomeranz got knocked out in the fourth after yielding five runs. Boston won for the sixth time in seven games and welcomed back Dustin Pedroia after offseason knee surgery. Dansby Swanson belted a two-run homer for Atlanta, while Ronald Acuna Junior contributed a solo shot. Braves starter Sean Newcomb allowed three runs on six hits and four walks over three innings. The Braves dropped their third straight.
Mengden, A’s Blank Diamondbacks
(Oakland, CA) — Daniel Mengden threw a two-hit, complete game shutout as the A’s blanked the Diamondbacks 3-0 in Oakland. Mengden struck out five on 102 pitches to earn his fifth win. Matt Joyce, Matt Olson, and Chad Pinder each drilled solo homers for Oakland, which evened the three-game inter-league series at one win apiece. Clay Buchholz tossed six innings of one-run ball to take the tough loss for Arizona. Socrates Brito and David Peralta notched singles in defeat. The D’backs fell to 26-and-25.
Nationals Rally Past Marlins
(Miami, FL) — The Nationals reeled off three runs in the ninth inning as they rallied past the Marlins 4-1 in Miami. Wilmer Difo tied the game in the eighth with a solo homer before Mark Reynolds put the Nats up for good an inning later. Matt Adams and Trea Turner singled in runs to pad the lead. Tanner Roark tossed seven innings of one-run ball, and Justin Miller earned the win. Brett Anderson singled in a run in the fourth for the Fish. Wei-Yin Chen gave up a run over seven-and-a-third innings. Brad Ziegler took the loss for Miami.
Rays Pitching Stymies Orioles
(St. Petersburg, FL) — Anthony Banda allowed one run on three hits over six and-one-third innings as the Rays beat the Orioles 5-1 at Tropicana Field. C.J. Cron had two hits and drove in two Tampa Bay runs, while Daniel Robertson had three hits, including a double, and scored a run. The Rays are 8-and-4 in their last dozen games. Andrew Cashner gave up five runs on 11 hits and four walks over five innings to take the loss. Chris Davis’ seventh inning single scored Manny Machado with the Baltimore run. The Orioles are 3-and-5 in their last eight games.
Phillies Edge Blue Jays
(Philadelphia, PA) — Aaron Nola took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Phillies edged the Blue Jays 2-1 in Philadelphia. Nola struck out 10 while allowing a run and a hit in the no-decision. Seranthony Dominguez picked up the win and Luis Garcia locked down the save. Nick Williams hit the go-ahead, pinch-hit home run in the eighth and Maikel Franco also went deep in the winning effort. The Phillies moved into first in the NL east at 29-and-20. Toronto starter Jaime Garcia tossed seven frames of one-run ball and Joe Biagini took the loss in relief. Russell Martin broke up the no-no with an RBI single. The Jays have dropped three-of-four.
Cardinals Fold Pirates
(Pittsburgh, PA) — Jack Flaherty threw six sharp innings as the Cardinals folded the Pirates 4-1 in Pittsburgh. Flaherty gave up four hits and a run to earn his second win for St. Louis. Matt Carpenter homered and Jose Martinez finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. Bud Norris notched his 10th save as the Cards ended a three-game skid. Trevor Williams gave up four runs over four innings to take the loss for Pittsburgh. Starling Marte went deep for the Bucs, who fell to 28-and-23. They’re currently fourth in the stacked NL Central, where four-of-five teams have a winning record.
White Sox Hammer Tigers
(Detroit, MI) — Tim Anderson homered twice for the White Sox as they hammered the Tigers 8-4 in Detroit. Anderson launched a solo shot in the fifth inning, and tacked on a three-run homer in the sixth. Jose Abreu homered and doubled in a run, and Daniel Palka went deep as well. Hector Santiago fired five innings of three-run ball to secure the win. Francisco Liriano gave up five runs in five innings to take the loss for Detroit. Jeimer Candelario homered twice and plated three for the Tigers, and scored the other run on an error in the ninth. They have lost six-of-eight.
Rangers Walk-Off Royals In Tenth
(Arlington, TX) — Shin-Soo Choo led off the bottom-of-the-tenth with a home run as the Rangers walked off the Royals 4-3 in Arlington. Bartolo Colon allowed three runs over seven innings in a no-decision. Alex Claudio picked up the victory as the Rangers won for the fourth time in five games. Whit Merrifield laced a two-run double in the third as the Royals jumped out to a 3-0 advantage. Kevin McCarthy served up the home run to Choo to take the loss. Starter Ian Kennedy labored through five innings with 90 pitches, giving up two runs. The Royals dropped to 10-and-17 in road games.
Brewers Destroy Mets
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Brewers put the game out of reach with a seven-run seventh inning as they destroyed the Mets 17-6 at Miller Park. Jesus Aguilar and Erik Kratz homered for the Crew, while Christian Yelich finished with three runs and three RBI. Lorenzo Cain scored three runs and Hernan Perez finished with three RBI. Dan Jennings earned the win. Milwaukee owns the best record in the National League at 33-and-20. Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto went deep for the Mets. Jason Vargas gave up six hits and five runs over three innings, and Jacob Rhame took the loss. New York has lost four-of-five.
Indians Clip Astros
(Cleveland, OH) — The Indians ripped off four runs in the fourth inning to carry them to a 8-6 win over the Astros at Progressive Field. Edwin Encarnacion went 3-for-3 and blasted a two-run homer in the fifth to give Cleveland a 7-3 lead. Yonder Alonso, Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley also went deep in the winning effort. Carlos Carrasco earned the win despite giving up five runs over five-and-two-thirds frames. The Indians improved to 25-and-25. Jose Altuve went 4-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored for Houston. Lance McCullers Junior gave up seven runs over four-and-a-third to take the loss. The Astros had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Giants Take Down Cubs
(Chicago, IL) — Brandon Belt drove in two runs to help the Giants take down the Cubs 5-4 at Wrigley Field. Belt hit a RBI-single in the fifth inning to give San Francisco a 4-3 lead and a sac-fly in the seventh for insurance. Chris Stratton tossed five frames of three-run ball to get the win. The Giants snapped a three-game slide. Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez each homered in the losing effort. Jose Quintana was charged with the loss after he allowed four runs over four-and-one-third innings of work. The Cubs have dropped three-of-four.
Reds Surge Past Rockies
(Denver, CO) — The Reds used a three-run seventh inning to surge past the Rockies 6-5 at Coors Field. Jose Peraza’s RBI-single in the seventh gave Cincinnati a 5-4 lead. Scooter Gennett and Tony Cruz each homered in the winning effort. Reliever Michael Lorenzen picked up the win. The Reds improved to 19-and-34. David Dahl drove in three runs for the Rockies. Chris Rusin gave up two runs on two hits without recording an out in the seventh to take the loss. Colorado has dropped three-of-four as it fell to 27-and-25.
Mariners Walkoff Twins In Extras
(Seattle, WA) — Mike Zunino homered with two-outs in the 12th inning to lift the Mariners past the Twins 4-3 in Seattle. The walk-off shot was the M’s third home run of the game. Nelson Cruz and Jean Segura also went deep in the winning effort. Chasen Bradford earned the win in relief for Seattle as it won for the seventh time in eight games. Eduardo Escobar tied the game for Minnesota with an RBI single in the eighth inning. Matt Magill surrendered the walk-off bomb to take the loss. The Twins are on a three-game slide and fell to 21-and-26 overall.
Trout Carries Angels Past Yankees
(New York, NY) — Mike Trout had a huge night at the plate as the Angels cruised past the Yankees 11-4 in the Bronx. Trout went 5-for-5 with three doubles, a home run, and four RBI for the Halos. Jose Briceno homered in his major league debut and Albert Pujols drove in a pair in the winning effort. Jaime Barria tossed five innings of four-run ball as L.A. improved to 29-and-23. Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, and Austin Romine went deep for New York as it built an early 4-1 lead. Sonny Gray surrendered five runs across three-and-two-thirds to take the loss. The Yankees have dropped three-of-four and fell to 32-and-16 overall.
Warriors Race Past Rockets, Force Game Seven
(Oakland, CA) — The Western Conference Finals is heading to a Game Seven. The Warriors outscored the Rockets 64-25 in the second half on their way to a 115-86 Game Six win in Oakland. Golden State trailed by 17 after the first quarter and 10 at the half before turning it on and never looking back. Klay Thompson led the way with 35 points, including 9-of-14 from three. Steph Curry pitched in with 29 points and Kevin Durant scored 23 as the Warriors avoided elimination. James Harden scored 32 points to pace the Rockets, who managed just nine points as a team in the fourth quarter. Chris Paul was unavailable with a hamstring injury. The deciding Game Seven will be on Monday in Houston.