Nationals Nip Mets On Raburn’s Walk-Off Hit
(Washington, DC) — Ryan Raburn’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth gave the Nationals a 3-2 win over the Mets in DC. The pinch-hit winner came after Curtis Granderson launched a tying two-run homer in the top of the ninth. Michael Taylor hit a two-run homer for the Nats in the opener of the three-game set. Washington’s Stephen Strasburg and New York’s Steven Matz each tossed seven shutout innings. Matt Albers got the win and Paul Sewald took the loss.
Phillies Shut Out Pirates
(Philadelphia, PA) — Aaron Nola struck out eight and yielded four hits over seven innings as the Phillies shut out the Pirates 4-0 in Philadelphia. Nola won his third straight start. Freddy Galvis and Maikel Franco belted two-run homers. Philadelphia is 4-and-2 in its last six games. Ivan Nova took the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits over six innings. The Pirates have dropped four straight.
Cardinals Clobber Marlins
(St. Louis, MO) — Luke Voit homered and plated four as the Cardinals clobbered the Marlins 14-6 in the opener of a four-game set in St. Louis. Tommy Pham went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI for the Cards, who have won five of six. Adam Wainwright went five innings to improve to 9-and-5. Marcell Ozuna smacked a three-run double during a six-run fifth for Miami. Jeff Locke allowed 11 runs and 11 hits in less than three innings to fall to 0-and-5.
Rockies Sink Reds
(Denver, CO) — Jeff Hoffman got the job done for the Rockies in their 5-3 win over the Reds to open a four-game series at Coors Field. Hoffman improved to 5-and-1, allowing three runs in seven innings. Colorado is trying to right the ship after a 1-and-10 stretch. Raimel Tapia was a single short of the cycle, while Charlie Blackmon also left the yard. Greg Holland earned his 27th save. Scooter Gennett hit a home run in the loss. Luis Castillo fell to 0-and-1 for Cincinnati, which is 35-and-47.
Headley, Tanaka Help Yankees Double Up Blue Jays
(Bronx, NY) — Chase Headley went 2-for-3 with three RBI as the Yankees doubled up the Blue Jays 6-3 in the Bronx. Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez each had two hits and scored twice for New York. The Yankees broke open a 2-1 game with a four-run eighth and then held on in the ninth to end a two-game skid. Masahiro Tanaka struck out eight over seven innings of five-hit, one-run ball to even his record at 7-and-7. Marcus Stroman allowed two runs in five frames to fall to 8-and-5 with the loss. Darwin Barney had a pair of run-scoring singles for Toronto, which lost its fifth straight.
Red Sox Top Rangers In 11
(Arlington, TX) — Andrew Benintendi’s two-run single in the top of the 11th lifted the Red Sox to a 7-5 win over the Rangers in Texas. Dustin Pedroia had three hits and four RBI for Boston, which has reeled off five straight wins. Heath Hembree tossed two scoreless innings to earn his first victory. Mike Napoli hit a solo homer in the ninth to force extras for Texas, which has dropped six of its last eight. Ernesto Frieri took the loss.
Twins Topple Angels
(Minneapolis, MN) — Max Kepler went 4-for-4 with a homer, double, walk and three RBI as the Twins beat the Angels 9-5 at Target Field. Joe Mauer hit a two-run homer, while Miguel Sano contributed three hits and drove in two runs. Adalberto Mejia won his third straight start. Martin Maldonado and Luis Valbuena homered for the Angels. LA starter Alex Meyer took the loss, allowing five runs in five innings.
White Sox Bounce A’s
(Oakland, CA) — Todd Frazier’s two-run double pulled the White Sox ahead in the third and they beat the Athletics 7-2 in the first of three at The Coliseum. Frazier finished with two hits and two runs scored. Carlos Rodon improved to 1-and-1, piling up 10 strikeouts and holding Oakland to two runs over six-and-one-third innings. Chicago has won four-of-five. Jharel Cotton took the loss, while Adam Rosales had both RBI. The A’s have lost six straight.
Royals Ride Kennedy To Win Over M’s
(Seattle, WA) — Ian Kennedy and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as the Royals beat the Mariners 3-1 at Safeco Field. Kennedy struck out seven while allowing four hits and two runs over six and two thirds innings for his third straight win. Joakim Soria worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save. Mike Moustakas clubbed his career-high 23rd home run and Alex Gordon also went deep for KC, which has won four of its last five games. Andrew Moore started and lost for Seattle, which has dropped six of its last eight games. Danny Valencia had three of the M’s four hits in defeat.
Brewers Blast Orioles
(Milwaukee, WI) — The Brewers scored four runs in the first inning and three more in the second as they blasted the Orioles 8-1 in the opener of a three-game series at Miller Park. Manny Pina led the way with three hits and three RBI for the Crew, who have won four-of-five. Brent Suter struck out eight while yielding just four hits and an unearned run in six innings to even his record at 1-and-1. Jimmy Yacabonis plated Baltimore’s only run with a groundout. Wade Miley didn’t make it out of the second inning and fell to 3-and-7 with the loss. Baltimore has lost three-of-four.