Lorenzen’s 9th-inning pinch double lifts Reds over D-Backs
CINCINNATI (AP) — Relief pitcher Michael Lorenzen lined a game-ending, pinch-hit double in the ninth inning to lift the Cincinnati Reds over Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 Sunday and stop the Diamondbacks’ five-game winning streak.
Lorenzen became the first Cincinnati pitcher with a walk-off hit since Randy Keisler in May 2005. It was Lorenzen’s fifth career pinch hit and occurred four days after the reliever became the first player since Babe Ruth in 1921 to homer, play the outfield and earn a victory on the mound in the same game.
Pinch-hitter José Peraza and Phillip Ervin singled with one out off Yoan López (2-6) before Lorenzen delivered against T.J. McFarland.
Arizona lost for the second time in the 13 games and remained 1½ games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild card.
Eugenio Suarez homered twice and has 44, one behind leaders Mike Trout and Pete Alonso.
Raisel Iglesias (3-11) pitched the ninth.
INDIANS 5, TWINS 2
Mike Clevinger (11-2) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his 10th straight decision, and Cleveland closed within 5½ games if AL Central-leading Minnesota and remained 1½ games behind Oakland for the second wild card.
Brad Hand pitched around a walk and a hit batter in the ninth for his 34th save.
Franmil Reyes hit a two-run single in the second off Randy Dobnak (0-1). Carlos Santana homered against Devin Smeltzer in the third and Francisco Lindor went deep in the fifth for a 4-1 lead.
RAYS 8, BLUE JAYS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Glasnow struck out five over two innings in his return from a four-month layoff caused by a strained right forearm. Tampa Bay’s four-game sweep left the Blue Jays as the fifth major league team on pace to lose 100 games.
Austin Meadows and Avisail García homered for the Rays, who remained one game ahead of Oakland for the top AL wild card.
Toronto has lost seven straight, its longest skid since April 2017. At 55-89, the Blue Jays are on pace to lose 100 games for the first time since 1977-79, their first three seasons. Detroit, Baltimore, Miami and Kansas City also are on pace to lose 100 games. The most teams to finish with 100 losses was four in 2002.
Trevor Richards (5-12) allowed one hit in 2 2/3 innings scoreless innings. Jacob Waguespack (4-4) gave up six runs in seven hits in 4 1/3 innings.
ATHLETICS 3, TIGERS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sean Manaea (1-0) matched his career high by striking out 10 in his second start following shoulder surgery, and Oakland gave Detroit its first 100-loss season since 2003.
Manaea (1-0) allowed two hits over seven innings and has a 0.75 ERA after two starts. Yusmeiro Petit pitched around a walk in the eighth and Liam Hendriks threw a perfect ninth for his 19th save, completing a two-hitter.
Khris Davis had a two-run double for Oakland.
At 42-100, Detroit is headed to its poorest record since going 43-119 in 2003.
Detroit starter Daniel Norris (3-12) was removed after three innings for his sixth straight start, part of the Tigers’ plan to limit his workload.
CARDINALS 2, PIRATES 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jack Flaherty (10-7) scattered five hits over eight innings and struck out 10 to help St. Louis widen its NL Central lead to 4½ games over the second-place Cubs.
Flaherty won for the sixth time in eight starts and dropped his post All-Star break ERA to 0.76. Carlos Martinez worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save. St. Louis has won eight of 11 overall.
Pittsburgh rookie James Marvel (0-1) gave up two runs and five hits over five-plus innings in his first major league start.
Carlos Martinez worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save as St. Louis finished the season series 14-5.
NATIONALS 9, BRAVES 4
ATLANTA (AP) — Max Scherzer (10-5) won for the first time in two months, Juan Soto homered and Washington stopped Atlanta’s nine-game winning streak, the Braves’ longest in five years.
Scherzer (10-5) allowed one run and two hits in six innings with nine strikeouts. He had not gotten a decision in four starts since beating Kansas City on July 6, a span that included nearly a month on the injured list because of a bad back.
Yan Gomes homered twice, and Adam Eaton and Asdrúbal Cabrera each had three RBIs to help Washington end a four-game skid. The Nationals are nine games back of the NL East-leading Braves wbut opened a three-game lead over the Cubs for the top NL wild card.
Mike Soroka (11-4) gave up four runs and seven hits in six innings.
PHILLIES 10, METS 7
NEW YORK (AP) — Maikel Franco, Scott Kingery and Adam Haseley homered as Philadelphia overcame a 3-0 deficit and closed within two games of Chicago for the second NL wild-card spot. The Mets stayed four back of the Cubs.
The game took 4 hours, 29 minutes — a minute short of matching the longest nine-inning game in NL history.
Bryce Harper drew a bases-loaded walk as a pinch-hitter, capping a three-run seventh to put the Phillies ahead 10-6. That came shortly after a sensational catch by right fielder Sean Rodríguez preserved a slim lead.
Ranger Suárez (5-1) got two outs for the win and Héctor Neris closed for his 24th save. Paul Sewald (0-1) took the loss.
BREWERS 8, CUBS 5
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tyler Austin drove a pinch-hit, three-run homer during the a five-run fourth against Jon Lester (12-10), and Milwaukee pulled within two games of the Cubs.
Staked to a 3-1 lead, Lester (12-10) allowed RBI hits to Ryan Braun and Hernan Perez before Austin’s fourth pinch homer this season.
Lester allowed eight runs, seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Brent Suter (1-0) gave up one hit in two scoreless innings, and Josh Hader struck out two batters for his 29th save.
Chicago’s Addison Russell was hit in the face by a 94 mph fastball from Adrian Houser in the third and left in the middle of the inning. He had a bruised nose and was under evaluation for a possible concussion.
DODGERS 5, GIANTS 0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Corey Seager and Matt Beaty homered off Dereck Rodriguez (5-9) as Los Angeles (93-52) cut its magic number to clinch the NL West to two.
Kenta Maeda (9-8) gave up one hit and struck out six during four innings of relief, and four pitchers completed a four-hitter.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy was on the bench for the last time in a game at Dodger Stadium. He finished 107-108 in the ballpark and has the most victories of any visiting manager there.
ASTROS 21, MARINERS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole (16-5) celebrated his 29th birthday by allowing one hit with 15 strikeouts in a season-high eight innings and winning his 12th straight decision. He joined Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in major league history with 14 or more strikeouts in three straight games. Cole leads the major league with a career-high 281 strikeouts.
Chris Devenski struck out two in a perfect ninth, finishing a series in which Houston outscored the Mariners 41-15 in a four-game sweep.
Félix Hernández (1-6) tied his career high, allowing 11 runs. He lasted just two-plus innings and gave up seven hits.
Jake Marisnick and George Springer homered, and rookie Yordan Álvarez had six RBIs and hit three of Houston’s team-record 11 doubles. The Astros are 16-1 against Seattle this year, winning 11 in a row.
MARLINS 9, ROYALS 0
MIAMI (AP) — Sandy Alcantara (5-12) threw a four-hitter and became the first Marlins pitcher with two shutouts in his rookie season since Dontrelle Willis in 2003.
Starlin Castro hit his 18th home run and drove in two runs.
Mike Montgomery (3-8) allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings.
RANGERS 10, ORIOLES 4
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rookie Nick Solak had three hits and four RBIs, Ronald Guzmán and Rougned Odor homered and Texas completed its first four-game sweep at Baltimore since July 1972 at Memorial Stadium.
Playing in his 19th big league game, Solak has six RBIs against Baltimore and five against everyone else.
Mike Minor (13-8) allowed two runs over eight innings.
Texas had 20 hits off Asher Wojciechowski (2-8) and six relievers.
WHITE SOX 5, ANGELS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Danny Mendick hit his first career home run and José Abreu got his 31st this season.
Mendick, Matt Skole and James McCann had two hits apiece for the White Sox, who avoided a three-game sweep.
Michael Hermosillo had two hits in the ninth spot for the Angels, who finished with five hits without the injured Mike Trout and have lost 17 of their last 22 road games.
Josh Osich (2-0) threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the victory.
Jaime Barria (4-8) allowed both home runs in 4 1/3 innings.
PADRES 2, ROCKIES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers singled off Yency Almonte with one out in the 10th to drive in Manny Machado, who walked against Jesús Tinoco (0-2).
Craig Stammen (8-7) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.