Wainwright gets 150th win as Cards sweep Brewers
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright was warm enough on a cool day, allowing one run in six innings for his 150th career victory, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep.
Last year’s MVP, Christian Yelich, had most of the day off but still had a chance to rescue the Brewers. He came up as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded in the ninth inning, but Jordan Hicks struck him out to pick up his seventh save in eight chances.
Wainwright (2-2) matched his season low in runs allowed, and it was his first quality start in a game with a starting temperature of 60 degrees or cooler since May 27, 2017.
Marcell Ozuna and Yadier Molina homered for the Cardinals as part of a four-run fourth.
St. Louis’ three-game sweep of Milwaukee was its first against its NL Central rival since July 1-3, 2016.
Jhoulys Chacin (2-3) lasted four innings, allowing four runs on five hits.
PHILLIES 6, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Rhys Hoskins homered off reliever Jacob Rhame and taunted him with a slow jog around the bases a night after Rhame buzzed him with two fastballs, and struggling Philadelphia beat New York.
Hoskins was furious after Rhame sailed two pitches over his head with two outs in the ninth inning of New York’s 9-0 win Tuesday. The slugger faced Rhame again in the ninth Wednesday, flipping his bat emphatically after hooking a two-run shot over the wall in left.
It took Hoskins 34.23 seconds to touch ’em all, the slowest trot in the majors this season.
Velasquez (1-0) struck out six and allowed three hits in five innings, dropping his ERA to 1.99, as the Phillies avoided a three-game sweep.
Jason Vargas (1-1) allowed Bryce Harper’s RBI double in the first but was otherwise strong.
PADRES 1, MARINERS 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rookie Chris Paddack shut down baseball’s highest-scoring offense for his first victory, holding Seattle to one hit in seven innings and retiring his final 19 batters, nine by strikeout, San Diego beat AL West-leading Seattle.
Paddack and relievers Trey Wingenter and Kirby Yates combined on a two-hitter.
Ian Kinsler homered off Felix Hernandez (1-2) and the Padres swept the two-game series. They’ve beaten the Mariners six straight times and won three straight overall following a six-game losing streak.
The 23-year-old Paddack (1-1), who lowered his ERA from 2.25 to 1.67, was brilliant in his fifth big league start. He got into and out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, and after that it was lights out.
Yates pitched the ninth for his 12th save in as many chances.
CUBS 7, DODGERS 6
CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez and Jason Heyward each hit three-run homers in the sixth inning, and Chicago overcame a wild start by Cole Hamels to beat Los Angeles.
Baez chased Walker Buehler with a long, tying drive to left on an 0-2 pitch with two outs.
Pinch-hitter David Bote followed with a double to deep center against Scott Alexander (1-1). Willson Contreras was intentionally walked and Heyward lined a 2-2 pitch to the basket in left-center.
Hamels matched his highest walk total in three seasons with six over 5 2/3 innings after issuing none in winning his previous three starts.
Brad Brach (2-0) got the final two outs in the sixth. Pedro Strop walked pinch hitter Max Muncy leading off the ninth. But he struck out Enrique and got Justin Turner to hit into a double play for his third save in four chances.
GIANTS 4, BLUE JAYS 0
TORONTO (AP) — Drew Pomeranz and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, Pablo Sandoval homered for the second straight game, and San Francisco completed a two-game sweep of Toronto.
Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria all hit RBI doubles as the Giants won their second straight following a season-high four-game losing streak.
The Blue Jays were shut out for the first time since opening day, when they lost 2-0 to Detroit in 10 innings.
Pomeranz (1-2) allowed two hits, both singles, in a season-high six innings. He walked two and struck out five to win for the first time since Aug. 10, 2018, with Boston.
Clay Buchholz (0-1) allowed four runs and six hits in five-plus innings. He walked none and struck out two.
ASTROS 7, TWINS 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched eight dominant innings, and Carlos Correa, Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick all homered to lead Houston past Minnesota.
Verlander (4-0) retired the first 10 batters before Jorge Polanco crushed a pitch into the second deck in right field in the fourth inning. Verlander retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced.
In Verlander’s last three starts, he has given up three runs in 21 innings with 27 strikeouts.
Kohl Stewart (0-1) gave up five runs and eight hits, striking out one and walking three in six innings.
RED SOX 11, TIGERS 4
BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez had three hits and Eduardo Rodriguez pitched six strong innings as Boston rebounded from a doubleheader sweep to beat Detroit.
The defending World Series champion Red Sox avoided their fourth losing streak of three games or more.
Martinez hit two singles, a double and drove in a run, and Christian Vázquez had two RBI singles.
Nicholas Castellanos had an RBI single for the Tigers, a day after their first doubleheader sweep in Boston since 1965.
Rodriguez (2-2) gave up a run on two hits, striking out seven and walking three.
Tyson Ross (1-3) allowed four runs in five innings.
ROYALS 10, RAYS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay ace Blake Snell lasted one out into the fourth inning in his return from a broken right fourth toe as Kansas City cruised to victory.
The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner, who hurt the toe attempting to move a decorative display in his bathroom on April 14, allowed three runs, five hits, two walks and struck out three during a 65-pitch outing.
The left-hander (2-2) had given up one run and nine hits over 19 innings in three starts prior to the injury.
Adalberto Mondesi hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs, Billy Hamilton had two hits and two RBIs, and Jakob Junis (2-2) gave up one run and four hits in five innings for the Royals, who stopped a five-game losing streak.
INDIANS 6, MARLINS 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, Jake Bauers’ eighth-inning single scored the go-ahead run and Cleveland beat Miami.
Martin Prado’s two-out homer for Miami tied the game in the top of the eighth, but the Indians responded by scoring four times to snap a three-game losing streak.
Ramirez hit a two-out homer in the first and had an RBI single in the third. His eighth-inning double added two runs and capped Cleveland’s big inning.
Adam Conley (0-3) walked Carlos Gonzalez to begin the eighth. Bauers slapped a ground ball through the open left side of the infield to score Gonzalez. Francisco Lindor’s two-out single added another run. Leonys Martin was hit by a pitch and Ramirez doubled into the right field corner.
Nick Wittgren (1-0) struck out two in the eighth.
ATHLETICS 6, RANGERS 5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Chad Pinder’s two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted Oakland over Texas.
Stephen Piscotty singled with one out off Chris Martin (1-1) and then stole second base. After Khris Davis flied out, Pinder looped a soft hit into right field. Piscotty slid into home plate to beat a wide throw home from Nomar Mazara as the A’s dugout emptied, mobbing Pinder near first base.
Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien homered to help the A’s complete a three-game sweep.
Mazara homered twice for Texas and Logan Forsythe also went deep as the Rangers fell to 2-7 on the road.
Blake Treinen (1-1) retired three batters and got a big double play in the ninth to earn the win.
ROCKIES 9, NATIONALS 5
DENVER (AP) — Raimel Tapia had two doubles and drove in three runs to back a solid outing from German Marquez, and Colorado beat Washington.
Charlie Blackmon homered and Trevor Story extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a double and a triple. Nolan Arenado had three RBIs, David Dahl had three hits and Wade Davis picked up his third save. The Rockies have won eight of their last 10.
Juan Soto homered for the Nationals, who have yet to win more than two games in a row this season.
Marquez (3-1) pitched in pain in his previous start because of an infected tooth. He had it pulled after the loss to Philadelphia on Friday and battled through seven innings Wednesday.
The Rockies scored the next nine runs off Anibal Sanchez (0-3) and Washington’s bullpen.
DIAMONDBACKS 11, PIRATES 2
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ketel Marte homered twice and Arizona won at Pittsburgh for the ninth straight time.
Marte extended Arizona’s lead to 5-1 with a solo shot in the fifth inning and drove a three-run shot, his sixth homer this season, into the left-field bleachers in the eighth.
Arizona’s nine-game winning streak at PNC Park is its longest in an opponent’s stadium. The Diamondbacks have not lost in Pittsburgh since May 29, 2017.
Merrill Kelly (2-2) gave up two runs on six hits in seven innings, walking two and striking out five.
Jordan Lyles (2-1) lasted five innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits with three strikeouts.
BRAVES 3, REDS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Ozzie Albies homered on the game’s first pitch and Ronald Acuna Jr. scored from first base on Yasiel Puig’s fifth-inning error, helping Atlanta beat Cincinnati.
Acuna scored easily when Puig misplayed Nick Markakis’s line drive single to right, allowing it to skip under his glove and roll to the wall for a two-base error.
Mike Soroka (1-1), in his second start of the season and seventh of his career, tied his career high with seven strikeouts while allowing five hits and one run with three walks in 5 2/3 innings.
A.J. Minter pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
Tanner Roark (1-1) got through five innings, allowing six hits and two runs with three walks and four strikeouts. He also hit a batter.
ORIOLES 4, WHITE SOX 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Stevie Wilkerson hit his first major league homer, John Means pitched five effective innings on his birthday and Baltimore beat Chicago.
Baltimore won two of three to capture its first series since April 1-3 in Toronto. The two straight victories are the Orioles’ most since a four-game run that began at Yankee Stadium on March 30.
Wilkerson’s second-chance solo shot off Ervin Santana (0-2) put the Orioles up 4-1 in the fourth. Earlier in the at-bat, Wilkerson walked to first base after apparently being hit by a pitch, but a replay proved otherwise.
Means (3-2) marked his 26th birthday with a career-high six strikeouts. The lefty allowed one run and four hits.
Mychal Givens worked the final two innings for his first save.
YANKEES 6, ANGELS 5
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — DJ LeMahieu singled home Tyler Wade with the tiebreaking run in the ninth, and the Yankees rallied from a five-run deficit for their sixth consecutive victory, over the hapless Angels.
Wade made up for an earlier baserunning mishap when he got a two-out single off Ty Buttrey (1-1) and stole second. LeMahieu then drove in his third run of the night for the Yankees, who trailed 5-0 after five innings before rallying to win at Angel Stadium for a franchise-record sixth straight time.
CC Sabathia fell short of recording his 3,000th career strikeout while yielding four earned runs and six hits over five innings for the Yankees.
Andrelton Simmons hit two homers off Sabathia, and Kole Calhoun added a three-run homer during the Los Angeles’ four-run fourth inning.
But the last-place Angels blew it all in their ninth loss in 10 games, and the no-name Yankees just kept winning.
Jonathan Loáisiga (1-0) pitched three innings of two-hit relief in his first game back from the minors. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his fourth save.