Ohtani has first 2-homer game in majors, Angels beat Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit two home runs in a game for the first time in the major leagues, and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Friday night.
Ohtani, whose four hits were also the most of his big league career, singled in the eighth and scored the go-ahead run on David Fletcher’s double.
The Angels won at Progressive Field for the first time since June 17, 2014, breaking a 10-game skid.
Ohtani hit a two-run homer in the first and a solo home run in the third off Mike Clevinger.
Justin Anderson (3-2) pitched the seventh and the Angels’ bullpen held the Indians to one run over the final four innings.
Cleveland’s bullpen allowed four runs in the eighth to break a 3-all tie. Ohtani started the rally with a one-out single off Oliver Perez (0-1). He stole second and Albert Pujols was intentionally walked with a 3-0 count.
RED SOX 4, YANKEES 1
BOSTON (AP) — Rick Porcello pitched a one-hitter, Steve Pearce homered for the fourth time in two nights and Boston beat New York after manager Alex Cora’s ejection to open a season-high 7½-game lead in the AL East.
Miguel Andujar’s leadoff homer in the third was the only hit allowed by Porcello (13-4), who matched his season high with nine strikeouts and walked none. He retired the last 21 batters and needed only 86 pitches in his first complete game this season.
Cora was ejected one pitch into the bottom of the first. Porcello hit Brett Gardner with an 0-2 pitch starting the game, and New York’s Luis Severino (14-5) answered with a high-and-inside fastball when Mookie Betts led off the bottom half.
Severino (14-5) pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and three walks.
ATHLETICS 1, TIGERS 0, 13 innings
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ramon Laureano singled home the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning for his first major league hit in his big league debut, sending Oakland past Detroit.
After going hitless with two strikeouts before his milestone hit, Laureano finally ended the game that went 3 hours, 32 minutes with a clean hit to right against Buck Farmer (3-4). Laureano knew it, too, and clapped his hands.
Jose Iglesias hit a two-out single in the top of the 13th against winner Emilio Pagan (3-0) and stole second. When catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s throw went into center, Iglesias tried for third and was got thrown out — a play that was upheld on replay review when the Tigers challenged.
Neither starter gave up a hit until the sixth inning. Oakland’s Brett Anderson retired his first 16 batters in order before Iglesias doubled with one out in the sixth. Detroit’s Blaine Hardy gave up Jed Lowrie’s infield single to begin the seventh inning for the A’s first hit.
BREWERS 5, ROCKIES 3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth off embattled Rockies closer Wade Davis, and Milwaukee beat Colorado.
It was Davis’ sixth blown save of the season and his second in as many days after losing in St. Louis on Thursday.
Davis (1-5) struck out Mike Moustakas to start the inning before allowing a pair of one-out walks. After Jonathan Schoop popped out, Thames hit a 1-1 pitch deep into the right-field bleachers to end it.
Miller Park continues to be a house of horrors for Davis, who also allowed a walk-off homer to Travis Shaw in his last appearance at Milwaukee with the Cubs on Sept. 23, 2017.
Corbin Burnes (2-0) came in with a runner on first in the ninth and retired the side for the win.
PIRATES 7, CARDINALS 6
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Frazier’s RBI single in the eighth inning helped Pittsburgh beat St. Louis in Chris Archer’s Pirates debut.
Pittsburgh overcame a rough outing by Archer, acquired from Tampa Bay earlier in the week, as gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked four.
The Pirates broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth when Josh Harrison singled with one out off Jordan Hicks (3-3) and Jordy Mercer walked. After pinch-hitter Jose Osuna struck out, Frazier drove in Harrison by grounding a single into center field.
Kyle Crick (2-1) gave up Jedd Gyorko’s tying RBI grounder in the top of the eighth.
Felipe Vazquez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 25th save, the most in a season by a Pirates left-hander.
BRAVES 2, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Ozzie Albies hit a tiebreaking double off Jacob deGrom, Anibal Sanchez pitched six effective innings and Atlanta beat New York for its fifth straight win.
Johan Camargo homered in the second, a drive off the facing of the second deck in right field. DeGrom hit a tying single in the third against Anibal Sanchez (5-7), then allowed Ozzie Albies’ go-ahead double in the fifth.
DeGrom (5-7) gave up six hits in eight inning innings while striking out nine and retiring his final 12 batters after Albies doubled. He leads the major leagues with a 1.85 ERA but is 0-5 in seven starts since June 18, tying the most consecutive decisions he has lost in his big league career.
A.J. Minter worked around an error in the ninth to remain perfect in eight save chances.
CUBS 5, PADRES 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez tied his career high with his 23rd home run and took over the National League lead with 84 RBIs, helping Chicago beat San Diego.
Jose Quintana (10-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, leaving with a 3-1 lead.
Pedro Strop nearly wasted a 5-2 advantage, allowing Cory Spangenberg’s RBI double and Travis Jankowski’s run-scoring grounder before third baseman David Bote threw out Spangenberg at the plate trying to score on Manuel Margot’s grounder. Baez had thrown out Jankowski at the plate in the eighth when Jankowski tried to score on Hunter Renfroe’s grounder to second.
Strop struck out pinch-hitter Austin Hedges with a man on for his sixth save in nine chances.
Tyson Ross (6-9) gave up three runs and six hits in five innings as the Padres lost for the eighth time in their last nine games.
PHILLIES 5, MARLINS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez allowed two hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings to lead Philadelphia past Miami.
Seranthony Dominguez recorded the final four outs for his 12th save in 13 chances as the Phillies won their third straight to remain a half-game in front of Atlanta for first place in the NL East.
Velasquez (8-8) struck out seven and walked one to continue his strong form. The right-hander has a 0.71 ERA in his last five appearances. Velasquez didn’t allow a hit until Miguel Rojas’ two-out single in the fifth.
Brian Anderson had two hits with a double and an RBI for the Marlins, who have lost four in a row.
Velasquez helped himself in the third when the Phillies took a 1-0 lead. He led off with a double to right off Trevor Richards (3-6) for his second extra-base hit in his 97th career at-bat and scored on Rhys Hoskins’ single.
WHITE SOX 3, RAYS 2, 10 INNINGS
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Yoan Moncada hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, lifting Chicago past Tampa Bay.
Nicky Delmonico had a two-out double in the 10th off Jose Alvarado (1-4) and was replaced by pinch-runner Adam Engel. Tim Anderson was intentionally walked, and Moncada hit a liner over left fielder Jake Bauers.
Tyler Danish (1-0) struck out Jesus Sucre with two on and two outs in the ninth, and Hector Santiago got his first save since 2012. He walked Mallex Smith leading off the bottom half of the 10th, Kevin Kiermaier popped up a bunt and Matt Duffy grounded into a double play.
Jose Abreu homered for the White Sox, who won for the ninth time in 24 games and are just 39-70. Tampa Bay is 20-5 at home since June 11.
RANGERS 11, ORIOLES 3
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rougned Odor hit a grand slam and Joey Gallo and Robinson Chirinos had back-to-back homers in a seven-run fourth inning as Texas beat Baltimore.
Texas has outscored the Orioles 28-11 in winning the first two of a four-game series between last-place teams.
Rookie right-hander Ariel Jurado (2-1) won his second straight start for Texas after a loss in his major league debut. He has twice been recalled from Double-A Frisco, where he was 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA.
Another rookie, Baltimore’s David Hess (2-6), didn’t make it out of the fourth inning in his 10th major league start.
DIAMONDBACKS 6, GIANTS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit the 200th homer of his career as part of a five-run first inning to lead Arizona.
David Peralta had three hits, including a homer, to help the Diamondbacks win without manager Torey Lovullo, who was out with an illness. Peralta has seven hits in his past two games and Arizona has won five of seven.
The Giants lost catcher Buster Posey to concussion symptoms in the third inning after he took a hard foul tip off his mask in the second. Posey reached first base on the second of two singles, then after seeing a trainer was escorted back to the dugout.
Chris Stratton (8-7) allowed six runs on 10 hits and walked four in three innings for the Giants.
Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (8-4) allowed three runs and seven hits with eight stirkeouts in six innings.
BLUE JAYS 7, MARINERS 2
SEATTLE (AP) — Ryan Borucki held down Seattle’s offense and Toronto got home runs from Russell Martin and Devon Travis.
Borucki (1-2), a rookie left-hander making his seventh start, gave up one run and four hits in eight innings, striking out two without issuing a walk to earn his first win in the majors.
The Blue Jays supported Borucki right away. Randal Grichuk led off the game with a double down the first-base line against Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (12-6) and Travis singled him in. Toronto extended its lead to 2-0 in the fourth inning when Martin hit a solo homer to left-center field.
The Mariners got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth on Kyle Seager’s RBI single, but Travis hit a two-run homer in the fifth and scored three in the ninth.
ASTROS 2, DODGERS 1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out 14 and George Springer had a two-run double as the Houston appeared to pick up where last fall’s World Series left off in beating Los Angeles.
Verlander (11-6) won his first career regular-season start at Dodger Stadium, giving up one run and four hits over 7 2/3 innings. He pitched well in last year’s World Series but had a loss and a no-decision in his two starts.
Hector Rondon recorded the final four outs for his 11th save.
Springer was the unquestioned star of last year’s World Series against the Dodgers. He had five home runs, including homers in games 4, 5, 6 and 7. It appeared to be more of the same Friday when he worked a walk in the first inning and ripped a two-run double to left in the second off Dodgers starter Alex Wood (7-6).
The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson led off in the first inning with a home run off Verlander. It was his second straight game he’s led off with a homer and fifth time this season. He has eight in his career.
TWINS 6, ROYALS 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Cave drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning and Minnesota endured a pair of rain delays before finally beating Kansas City.
Play was halted for 1 hour, 31 minutes in the top of the fourth inning and again for 53 minutes in the bottom of the sixth. The game concluded at 12:56 a.m. local time.
Minnesota held a one-run lead when heavy rain forced the game’s first stoppage. After the delay, Kansas City scored two runs off reliever Gabriel Moya (1-0) in the top of the fifth to take a 4-3 advantage.
The Twins responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning, including one on the walk by Cave off Brian Flynn (2-3). Minnesota added a run in the sixth before more rain stopped the action once again for nearly an hour.