Indians beat White Sox 9-4 for 13th straight win
CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Ramirez hit two more homers and Austin Jackson also connected as the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 9-4 on Tuesday night for their 13th straight victory, the longest run by a major league team this season.
Danny Salazar got just two outs in his return from right elbow inflammation, but Cleveland’s deep bullpen took over from there. Seven relievers combined for 8 1/3 scoreless innings as the Indians moved within one of their franchise-record 14-game win streak last year.
Jackson and Ramirez hit back-to-back homers during a three-run first against David Holmberg (2-4). Ramirez added another solo shot in the second, and the AL Central leaders went ahead to stay on Greg Allen’s tiebreaking, two-run double in the third. Yan Gomes tacked on a three-run shot in the ninth.
Ramirez has five homers in his last three games. He is batting .500 (17 for 34) with seven homers and nine RBIs on Cleveland’s 11-game road trip.
Matt Davidson hit a three-run drive for last-place Chicago, which has dropped six of eight. Top prospect Yoan Moncada went 1 for 5 in his return from a bruised right shin.
When the White Sox led 4-3 in the first, it was the first time the Indians had trailed since they were down by one against the Yankees on Aug. 28.
Dan Otero (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
RED SOX 3, BLUE JAYS 2, 19 INNINGS
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox won their own version of a Boston marathon, beating Toronto in the 19th inning on an RBI single by Hanley Ramirez in a game that took six hours.
Mookie Betts led off with a double and Ramirez followed with a bloop single to end it at 1:11 a.m. The AL East leaders stopped a three-game losing streak and increased their cushion to 3 1/2 games over the second-place Yankees.
About 700 fans stayed until the end to see Boston win the longest game in the majors since July 2016, when Cleveland beat Toronto 2-1 in 19 innings. The Red Sox forced extra innings by rallying for two runs in the ninth to hand Roberto Osuna his 10th blown save.
Boston first baseman Mitch Moreland was 31 years old when his RBI grounder tied it at 2 — he turned 32 when his birthday came at midnight, and celebrated with a win.
This was the second-longest game ever at Fenway Park, which opened in 1912. The Red Sox lost to Seattle 8-7 in 20 innings in 1981 — that game was suspended after 19 innings past 1 a.m. because of an American League curfew rule, and resumed about 18 hours later.
Boston used 12 pitchers against the Blue Jays, tying an American League record set a day earlier by the Angels.
Hector Velazquez (3-1) picked up the win. Chris Rowley (1-2) lost in his fourth inning of relief. Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. helped save it when he threw out Jose Bautista at the plate to end the top of the 11th.
DIAMONDBACKS 3, DODGERS 1, 10 INNINGS
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Drury hit a grounder to third base that scored the go-ahead runs when Justin Turner’s throw home got away, and Arizona beat slumping Los Angeles to equal a franchise record with its 12th straight victory.
Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez (3-4) issued consecutive walks to open the 10th. He retired J.D. Martinez, who tied a major league record with four home runs in a 13-0 blowout Monday, on a broken-bat groundout that left runners at second and third.
Drury grounded to Turner just inside the third base line, and he fired home to catcher Yasmani Grandal. The throw appeared to ricochet off pinch-runner Chris Hermann and then Grandal’s shoulder before bouncing away. Hermann and A.J. Pollock scored, Drury was safe at second and Grandal was charged with an error.
Arizona matched the club record for consecutive wins set in June 2003. The victory earned the Diamondbacks their first season series win over Los Angeles since 2013.
The Dodgers lost their fifth in a row and 10th in 11 games, although they remain baseball’s top team at 92-46.
David Hernandez (3-0) got the victory in relief. Fernando Rodney got his 35th save.
Arizona starter Zack Greinke gave up one run and four hits in seven innings against his former team.
ASTROS 3, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched six strong innings and won his Astros debut after Cameron Maybin hit a two-run homer with one out in the seventh for Houston’s first hit against Seattle.
With all the attention on Verlander’s first game for a team other than the Detroit Tigers, it was another deadline acquisition that sent Houston to its sixth straight victory. Maybin was claimed off waivers from the Angels on Aug. 31 and hit his second home run since joining the Astros to snap a 1-all tie.
Seattle starter Ariel Miranda threw 112 pitches over six hitless innings that included six walks — three of which led to Houston’s first run in the third on Alex Bregman’s sacrifice fly.
James Pazos (4-5) relieved in the seventh and walked Brian McCann with one out. Pazos was replaced by Emilio Pagan, who gave up Maybin’s eighth homer on a 3-2 pitch.
Verlander (11-8), the 2011 AL MVP and a six-time All-Star, allowed six hits and struck out seven. Joe Musgrove threw two innings of scoreless relief and Ken Giles got his 29th save.
Kyle Seager homered off Verlander.
ORIOLES 7, YANKEES 6
BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado hit a two-run homer off Dellin Betances with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, capping a big comeback that lifted Baltimore over New York.
Betances (3-6) retired the first two batters in the ninth before Tim Beckham walked. Machado then drove a hanging breaking ball far over the center-field wall to provide the Orioles an unlikely victory after New York scored six runs in the third to go ahead 6-1.
It was Machado’s second homer of the game and team-high 32nd of the season. Jonathan Schoop and Mark Trumbo also went deep for the Orioles, who closed within a half-game of Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
Zach Britton (2-0), Baltimore’s sixth reliever, worked the ninth.
New York, which holds the top wild card, dropped 3 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.
The start was delayed by rain for 2 hours, 14 minutes.
ANGELS 8, ATHLETICS 7, 10 INNINGS
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ben Revere lined a go-ahead single in the 10th inning that diving left fielder Matt Joyce just missed, and Los Angeles took over the second AL wild-card spot by beating Oakland.
The Angels moved a half-game ahead of Minnesota, which lost at Tampa Bay. The Angels (72-67) are five games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2015 season.
Oakland lost its eighth in a row, matching its longest skid over the last five years.
Cam Bedrosian (5-4) pitched a scoreless ninth. Eduardo Paredes retired Jed Lowrie on a flyball to escape a bases-loaded jam for his first career save.
Blake Treinen (1-4) retired the first two batters in the 10th. He then hit a batter, C.J. Cron singled and Revere followed with his hit.
Cron hit a two-run homer in the sixth and an RBI triple in the eighth. Albert Pujols hit a run-scoring single and sacrifice fly, giving him 14 RBIs in his last six games for the Angels.
Khris Davis hit his 38th home run and Matt Olson connected for the third time in two games for Oakland.
Angels starter Garrett Richards retired his first seven batters while pitching for just the second time this season. He allowed one run and four hits in 3 1/3 innings. The game came five months to the day after he strained his right biceps at Oakland in his season debut.
CARDINALS, 8, PADRES 4
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jose Martinez hit two home runs, rookie Harrison Bader had three RBIs and Michael Wacha overcame a shaky start to last six innings as St. Louis defeated San Diego.
Martinez added a double and finished 3 for 3 with three RBIs.
Bader, called up on Friday, smacked his third home run and had his third multihit game since being summoned from the minors.
Wacha (11-7), who blanked the Padres over his last four innings, was charged with four runs (three earned) and seven hits. Three relievers shut out San Diego the rest of the way.
Travis Wood (2-2) lasted two-plus innings and was rocked for seven runs (six earned) and seven hits.
PIRATES 4, CUBS 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Max Moroff and David Freese each hit an RBI single off Carl Edwards Jr. in the eighth inning as Pittsburgh rallied past Chicago.
Pinch-hitter John Jaso led off the eighth with a walk and scored when Moroff hit a bloop single off Edwards (3-4) to tie the game. Freese drove home Moroff three batters later after the Cubs intentionally walked rookie Josh Bell.
Jordan Luplow hit the second home run of his career for Pittsburgh. Wade LeBlanc (5-2) earned the win in relief. Felipe Rivero worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save. The Pirates ran their winning streak to four on the same day the club announced contract extensions for manager Clint Hurdle and general manager Neal Huntington.
Chicago, which leads the NL Central, has dropped three straight.
REDS 9, BREWERS 3
CINCINNATI (AP) — Robert Stephenson escaped threats while pitching into the seventh, and Scooter Gennett hit a three-run homer during Cincinnati’s five-run rally in the bottom of the inning against Milwaukee.
The last-place Reds have taken the first two games in the series from Milwaukee, which is trying to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2011. The Brewers remained 3½ games behind Chicago in the NL Central. They also trail Arizona and Colorado in the wild-card race.
Stephenson (4-4) wriggled out of a bases-loaded, none-out threat in the fourth inning, fanning the next three. The Reds turned three double plays behind the rookie to scuttle rallies.
Raisel Iglesias got six outs for his 25th save in 26 chances.
Zach Davies (16-8) allowed two runs — one earned — in 5 2/3 innings. He dropped to 8-2 in 15 road starts.
NATIONALS 2, MARLINS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Stephen Strasburg pitched six solid innings to help Washington edge Miami.
Daniel Murphy hit his 22nd homer and Pedro Severino also drove in a run for the Nationals, who have won seven straight against the Marlins.
Sean Doolittle worked the ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances. Doolittle allowed a bloop single to Marcell Ozuna, who scored on a sacrifice fly by Derek Dietrich, but got Brian Anderson to line out to end the game.
Strasburg (12-4) gave up a single in each of his six innings, but was able to keep the Marlins from getting into scoring position. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter, lowering his ERA to 2.78.
Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and did not add to his home run total of 53, but did take a home run away from Murphy when he leaped above the right-center field wall to make a catch in the third.
Odrisamer Despaigne (0-3) permitted one run and five hits in seven innings.
The Marlins have lost eight of nine.
RAYS 2, TWINS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Jake Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in front of a tiny home crowd, helping Tampa Bay top Minnesota.
Lucas Duda homered off Bartolo Colon (6-11) and hit an RBI double for the Rays (70-70), who moved within two games of Minnesota for the second AL wild card.
Joe Mauer got the Twins’ first hit — and extended his hitting streak to 14 games — with a grounder that caromed off second base with one out in the seventh. Odorizzi (8-7) was lifted for reliever Dan Jennings after striking out the next batter.
The only other hitter to reach base against Odorizzi was Eddie Rosario, who walked leading off the fifth.
The announced attendance of 6,509 was the smallest ever for a Rays home game.
Robbie Grossman homered in the ninth off Alex Colome, who earned his AL-leading 42nd save in 47 opportunities.
ROCKIES 9, GIANTS 6
DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story homered and Colorado beat San Francisco for its 10th straight win over the Giants at Coors Field.
The Rockies held off a late rally by San Francisco to increase their lead to 2 1/2 games over Milwaukee for the second NL wild card. Nolan Arenado doubled in a four-run sixth for his 112th RBI, tying Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton for most in the majors.
After spot starter Tyler Chatwood lasted three innings, Colorado used eight relievers. Chris Rusin (4-0) earned the win and Greg Holland pitched a perfect ninth for his 37th save.
Denver native Ty Blach (8-12) allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings for the Giants on the anniversary of his big league debut at Coors Field.
Joe Panik had four hits for San Francisco. Pablo Sandoval went 0 for 4 and is hitless in his last 37 at-bats.
TIGERS 13, ROYALS 2
DETROIT (AP) — JaCoby Jones and John Hicks each hit two of Detroit’s six homers in a rout of Kansas City.
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez threw only five pitches and was knocked out of the game in the first inning after getting hit in the right leg by Whit Merrifield’s single. Sanchez exited with a bruised calf.
Myles Jaye (1-0) replaced Sanchez and pitched 2 1/3 innings for the win.
Jason Vargas (14-10) allowed seven earned runs and six hits in two innings.
Mikie Mahtook and Jose Iglesias also homered for the Tigers.
PHILLIES 9, METS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Ben Lively homered and drove in four runs off Mets ace Jacob deGrom, and also pitched seven strong innings to lead Philadelphia over New York.
A day after falling behind the Mets 10-0 by the fourth inning, it was the Phillies’ turn to answer back.
DeGrom (14-9) struck out the side in the first, but wound up allowing a career-worst nine runs — six earned — and 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Lively (3-5) hit a two-run single in the second that made it 3-1. The rookie, who homered in his last start against Miami, hit a two-run drive in a six-run fourth.
Lively is 6 for 21 (.286) with two home runs and eight RBIs in his first major league season.
Odubel Herrera extended his hitting streak to 19 games and Nick Williams drove in three runs for Philadelphia. Highly touted Phillies prospect J.P. Crawford got a hit in his first big league game.