Braun’s 6th hit for Brewers ends 18-inning game vs. Mets

May 5, 2019 GMT
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Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun is doused by teammates after his game-winning, two-run single against the New York Mets during the 18th inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
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Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun is doused by teammates after his game-winning, two-run single against the New York Mets during the 18th inning of a baseball game Saturday, May 4, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun’s career-high sixth hit, a two-run single with one out in the 18th inning, lifted the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 comeback victory over the New York Mets on Saturday night in the longest game in Miller Park history.

Braun stood on first base with his hands raised above his head as Yasmani Grandal slid across home plate with the winning run, ending the game that lasted 5 hours and 22 minutes. A jubilant bunch of Brewers ran out to greet Braun, who was the only Milwaukee player to have multiple hits.

The Mets took a 3-2 lead in the top of the 18th on Jeff McNeil’s run-scoring single off Taylor Williams (1-1), who was Milwaukee’s eighth and final pitcher.

But the Brewers were far from done. Eric Thames drew a leadoff walk from Chris Flexen (0-2), who then got Mike Moustakas to fly out to center. Flexen, just recalled from Triple-A Syracuse earlier in the day, walked Grandal and Travis Shaw to load the bases for Braun. The Brewers’ longest-tenured hit a sharp grounder past first baseman Pete Alonso and into right field, scoring the tying and winning runs.

Miller Park, which opened in 2001, had two previous 17-inning games: in 2003 and 2015. Both teams used eight pitchers and all of their position players in this one.


CHICAGO (AP) — The Boston Red Sox strung together 10 straight hits against White Sox left-hander Manny Bañuelos, ending one hit shy of the major league record during a nine-run third inning in a rout of Chicago.

Bañuelos (2-1) retired his first eight batters before Christian Vázquez opened Boston’s two-out rally with a single. Xander Bogaerts, Michael Chavis and Eduardo Núñez each homered, Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez had RBI doubles, and Vázquez capped the streak with another single before White Sox manager Rick Renteria pulled Bañuelos with a 9-1 deficit. Carson Fulmer replaced Bañuelos and interrupted the hit parade by walking Andrew Benintendi. Betts flew out to right to end the inning after 14 batters.


The Colorado Rockies had a major league-record 11 straight hits during a 17-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field on July 30, 2010.

Chavis added another solo shot in the fifth for his first multihomer game and finished with four hits and three RBIs. All of the Red Sox starters except Vázquez had at least one RBI. Eduardo Rodriguez (3-2) worked six innings and scattered six hits.

Jose Abreu homered for the White Sox.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Senzel hit his first major league homer two innings after being robbed of one by center fielder Kevin Pillar, and the Reds beat the San Francisco Giants.

Pillar climbed the fence and made a spectacular grab on Senzel’s drive in the third, but Cincinnati’s top prospect left no doubt his next time up in the fifth. He followed Derek Dietrich’s third homer in two games with his own solo shot into the right-field seats, one of five homers for the Reds.

Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run drive, Puig added a no-doubter among his season-high three hits, and Tucker Barnhart also went deep, boosting Cincinnati’s count to eight over the last two games. The outburst Saturday was more than enough for Tanner Roark (2-1), who set season highs with 6 2/3 innings pitched and seven strikeouts. He allowed four hits, two runs and two walks while improving to 7-1 in nine career games against the Giants.

Dereck Rodriguez (3-4) gave up four of Cincinnati’s homers on the way to his first loss in four road starts this season.


MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Alex Bregman hit two of Houston’s five home runs and the Astros broke out the bats in a big way, routing the Los Angeles Angels.

Michael Brantley, Yuli Gurriel and George Springer also homered for Houston in the opener of a two-game series in Mexico. After totaling just four runs in losing their previous two games to Minnesota, the Astros teed off at the raucous Estadio de Beisbol de Monterrey. Houston scored in each of the first six innings in building a 10-2 lead.


Albert Pujols hit a solo homer for the Angels, who had won four in a row. He now has 1,999 career RBIs.

Wade Miley (2-2) allowed two runs in six innings. Trevor Cahill (1-3) was tagged for six runs in 3 1/3 innings.

The Angels and Astros both played a regular-season game in Mexico for the first time. Both teams had played exhibition games in the country.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kurt Suzuki and Victor Robles hit consecutive home runs in the eighth inning to rally the Washington Nationals past the Phillies.

It was just the third win in the last 10 for the Nationals, whose injuries continued to pile up. Already without Ryan Zimmerman (foot), Anthony Rendon (elbow) and Trea Turner (finger), Washington placed left fielder Juan Soto (back) on the 10-day injured list before the game. The Nationals suffered two injuries during the game, with first baseman Matt Adams jamming his left shoulder and center fielder Michael Taylor injuring his left wrist.

Washington was so short-handed that ace right-hander Max Scherzer pinch-hit with the bases loaded in the ninth. Scherzer, a career .190 hitter, lined a ball hard just foul down the right-field line before grounding out to end the inning.

After giving up five runs in the seventh, the Nationals came back with four two-out runs in the eighth to make a winner out of Tony Sipp (1-1). Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save. Brian Dozier homered for Washington.

Adam Morgan (1-1) took the loss.


MIAMI (AP) — Ozzie Albies hit a grand slam, Ronald Acuña Jr. tied a career best with four hits and the Atlanta Braves topped the Marlins.

Brian McCann drove in three runs for Atlanta, which trailed 2-0 after five innings before breaking out against Miami’s bullpen. Even Braves starter Mike Soroka got in on the offense, collecting his first career RBI with a seventh-inning single — his first hit of 2019 and the second of his brief big league career. Albies tied a career best with five RBIs. The other time he did that: May 10, 2018, also at Marlins Park.

Soroka (3-1) allowed three hits, struck out six and walked only two in seven innings, and the two runs Miami scratched out with him on the mound were unearned.

The Marlins’ major league-worst record fell to 9-23, the third-worst in franchise history through 32 games. Nick Anderson (0-1) gave up five runs in 1 1/3 relief innings, including the grand slam by Albies, to take the loss.


NEW YORK (AP) — Jake Odorizzi kept up his impressive run, pitching two-hit ball over six shutout innings and leading the Minnesota Twins past the Yankees.

The Twins had lost nine straight times at Yankee Stadium, including the 2017 AL wild-card game, before Odorizzi and three home runs boosted them. Odorizzi (4-2) won his fourth start in a row.

Mitch Garver and C.J. Cron homered off J.A. Happ (1-3) and Nelson Cruz went deep in the ninth. Happ allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Gary Sanchez homered for New York, his third in two games.

The Yankees activated third baseman Miguel Andujar from their abundant injured list after he missed 28 games with a shoulder tear. He went 1 for 3 with a walk but also made two errors, misplaying a grounder early and later making a wild throw.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Indians rallied past Seattle, sending the Mariners to their sixth straight loss.

Santana tagged Connor Sadzeck (0-1) for his fifth home run of the season.

Tim Beckham hit a leadoff home run to break a 3-all tie in the eighth — Seattle’s fourth solo homer of the game. Edwin Encarnacion, Daniel Vogelbach and Dylan Moore also connected for Seattle, which leads the AL with 65 home runs. Carlos Carrasco allowed all four home runs, a career high for the right-hander, who struck out nine in 7 2/3 innings.

Tyler Olson (1-0) retired the final hitter in the eighth for the win. Brad Hand walked Encarnacion to begin the ninth, then struck out the next three hitters for his 10th save.


CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking homer, and the surging Cubs wiped out a four-run deficit to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

Baez drove a 2-2 pitch from John Brebbia (1-1) to right for his 11th homer, sending the Cubs to their season-high sixth straight win.

Taylor Davis hit a tying grand slam in the fourth against Michael Wacha for his first career homer.

Brandon Kintzler (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth for the victory. Pedro Strop retired all three batters in the ninth for his fourth save in five chances as the Cubs cut St. Louis’ lead in the NL Central to a half-game.


BALTIMORE (AP) — Dylan Bundy took a two-hitter into the eighth inning, Dwight Smith Jr. homered and the Orioles blanked the Rays.

In a matchup between the team with the best record in the majors and the rebuilding, last-place Orioles, Bundy (1-4) was the difference. The right-hander gave up three hits in 7 1/3 innings, struck out four, walked one and hit a batter. Mychal Givens worked the ninth for his third save.

The victory improved Baltimore’s major league-worst home record to 4-11 and dropped the Rays’ road mark to 12-5, still the best the big leagues.

Ryne Stanek was scheduled to start for Tampa Bay, but the threat of rain caused manager Kevin Cash to switch to Yonny Chirinos, whom he thought was better suited to handle a delay. The rain never came, and Chirinos allowed three runs and seven hits over 7 1/3 innings to absorb his first loss since Aug. 17, 2018, at Boston. He had won eight straight.


PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kevin Newman hit a go-ahead two-run triple in the seventh inning and the Pirates rallied past the Oakland Athletics.

Newman, in his at first-bat in nearly a month thanks to a cut on his right middle finger, ripped a shot down the right-field line off J.B. Wendelken (0-1) to bring home Gregory Polanco and Bryan Reynolds with two outs in the seventh as the Pirates won for the third time in four games. Francisco Cervelli followed with an RBI single to give Pittsburgh a boost on the same day it lost ace Jameson Taillon for at least a month with a strained right (throwing) elbow.

Josh Bell homered twice for Pittsburgh, taking Oakland starter Chris Bassitt deep in both the second and third innings for the first two-home run game of the first baseman’s career.

Michael Feliz (1-0) picked up the win in relief after coming on in the seventh when Keone Kela exited with discomfort in his right shoulder. Felipe Vazquez worked around a two-out single by Marcus Semien to collect his ninth save.


DETROIT (AP) — Alex Gordon homered as part of a four-run first inning, and the Kansas City Royals routed the Tigers after chasing Tyson Ross (1-4) in the second inning and scored the game’s first seven runs.

Homer Bailey (3-3) allowed two runs in six innings in a solid outing for Kansas City.

Whit Merrifield also homered for the Royals, and Jeimer Candelario and Ronny Rodriguez went deep for the Tigers. Kelvin Gutierrez had four hits and a stolen base for Kansas City in his eighth major league game.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a bases-loaded triple during a four-run second inning and drove in a career-high four, as the Rangers ended a three-game skid by scoring eight runs in the first three innings.

Lance Lynn (4-2) won for the fourth time in five starts despite allowing five runs in six innings. He walked five, struck out three and threw two wild pitches. Shawn Kelley retired three straight batters in the ninth on eight pitches for his second save in three attempts.

Thomas Pannone (1-3) allowed seven runs in 2 1/3 innings in making his second spot start of the season for the Blue Jays, who have gone to a four-man rotation after Matt Shoemaker’s season-ending knee injury. Pannone gave up five hits and three walks while striking out one.

Nomar Mazara hit his sixth homer of the season in the first inning.


DENVER (AP) — Luke Weaver pitched seven strong innings, Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly hit back-to-back home runs in a three-run second and the Arizona Diamondbacks earned their ninth win in 11 games.

David Peralta also homered for the Diamondbacks, who have won six straight on the road. Wilmer Flores and Christian Walker hit RBI doubles, and Weaver helped himself with a sacrifice fly.

Weaver (3-1) kept the Rockies off balance, holding them to three hits while allowing one run in winning his third straight decision. He had eight strikeouts — one off his season high — and joined Patrick Corbin (2013) and Randy Johnson (2002) as the only Diamondbacks pitchers to go seven or more innings and allow three or fewer hits at Coors Field.

Kyle Freeland (2-5) allowed a career-high eight runs on nine hits in six innings.


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Alex Verdugo drew a bases-loaded walk from Kirby Yates to bring in the go-ahead run with two outs in the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame two home runs by former teammate Manny Machado to beat the Padres.

Max Muncy hit a three-run homer in the five-run sixth for the Dodgers, who won for the seventh time in nine games.

Yates (0-2), the Padres’ closer who has 14 saves, lost for the second straight night after once again coming into a tie game.

Ross Stripling (2-2) pitched a perfect eighth for the win, and Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 12th save.


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