08/21 00:17 CDT Mets open crucial homestand with 9-2 win over Indians
Mets open crucial homestand with 9-2 win over Indians
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) --- Michael Conforto hit a tiebreaking homer moments after an
embarrassing error by Cleveland Indians left fielder Oscar Mercado, and the
resurgent New York Mets rolled from there to a 9-2 victory Tuesday night.
J.D. Davis also went deep and Steven Matz (8-7) permitted only one earned run
in 6 1/3 innings as the Mets opened a critical homestand against a trio of
playoff contenders with a resounding performance. New York (65-60), which began
the day two games out of a wild-card spot, improved to 25-10 since the All-Star
break and matched a season best at five games over .500.
Pete Alonso hit a two-run double to cap a four-run seventh that broke it open.
All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-6) gave up four runs --- two earned --- and
four hits in six innings for the Indians.
Jason Kipnis homered early and hit an RBI single for the Indians, but their
first trip to Queens since 2004 was a flop. Cleveland split a four-game series
at Yankee Stadium last weekend to begin an eight-day stay in New York City.
PHILLIES 3, RED SOX 2
BOSTON (AP) --- Aaron Nola pitched seven innings of four-hit ball to win for
the sixth time in his last seven decisions, getting three runs of support in
the first inning as Philadelphia cruised past Boston.
Three of the first four Philadelphia batters reached base, including
back-to-back doubles by Bryce Harper and Jean Segura. Boston made it 3-2 on
Jackie Bradley Jr.'s homer in the third but managed just four more hits the
rest of the game.
Nola (12-3) allowed two runs and one walk while striking out seven. Hector
Neris earned his 22nd save.
Red Sox starter Brian Johnson (1-2) allowed three runs, six hits and two walks,
striking out four in 3 2/3 innings as Boston ended a five-game winning streak.
ORIOLES 4, ROYALS 1
BALTIMORE (AP) --- Hanser Alberto hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the
eighth, and Baltimore ended an eight-game losing streak.
Royals reliever Jacob Barnes (1-2) sandwiched a pair of walks around two outs
before Alberto hit a 1-1 pitch into the Baltimore bullpen for his eighth home
Hunter Harvey (1-0) worked a perfect eighth to earn his first major league win
and Mychal Givens got three outs for his 10th save.
Baltimore had lost 13 of its previous 14 games.
Kansas City's lone run came in the second inning, when Meibrys Viloria hit a
sacrifice fly following singles by Alex Gordon and Ryan O'Hearn.
ANGELS 5, RANGERS 1, 1ST GAME
RANGERS 3, ANGELS 2, 11 INNINGS
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) --- Delino DeShields raced home from second with the
winning run in the 11th inning, giving the Texas a doubleheader split with Los
Angeles after an error by first baseman Albert Pujols.
Nick Solak, who hit his first career homer earlier in the game after making his
big league debut in the opener, hit a hard two-out shot that got past Pujols.
DeShields reached on a one-out single off Ty Buttrey (6-6). He stole second
base after Rougned Odor struck out before Logan Forsythe walked to bring up the
Emmanuel Clase (1-2) worked two perfect innings for his first major league
victory. He was the fifth Texas pitcher.
In the opener, Andrew Heaney (3-3) had a career-high 14 strikeouts without a
walk over eight innings and Mike Trout matched the MLB lead with his
career-best 42nd homer in the Angels' win. Luis Rengifo also went deep for Los
REDS 3, PADRES 2
CINCINNATI (AP) --- Freddy Galvis hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the sixth
inning, and Aristides Aquino added an RBI single as Cincinnati beat San Diego.
Galvis, claimed off waivers from Toronto on August 12, followed Josh VanMeter's
second hit of the game with an opposite-field drive to left. It was his second
home run in two nights and career-high 21st of the season.
Sonny Gray struck out 10 batters in six innings, reaching double figures for
the third time this season and seventh in his career. He won his third
consecutive start and improved to 4-0 in his last five outings. Gray (9-6) gave
up four hits and three walks.
Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Cal Quantrill (6-4) almost matched Gray strikeout-for-strikeout. He tied a
career-high with nine strikeouts with no walks in six innings, allowing five
hits and three runs.
BRAVES 5, MARLINS 1
ATLANTA (AP) --- Freddie Freeman homered twice and drove in four runs, Dallas
Keuchel kept working out of trouble and Atlanta defeated Miami.
Freeman sent one went the opposite way in the fourth. The next inning, the
Braves slugger went deep again with two outs to break a 1-1 tie, launching a
pitch from Tyler Kinley (1-1) into the right-field seats for his 33rd homer of
the season and second multi-homer game of the homestand.
The third Miami pitcher, Austin Brice, didn't fare any better against Freeman,
giving up a two-run single in the seventh.
Keuchel (4-5) went six innings, limiting the Marlins to Jon Berti's
Elieser Hernandez plunked Atlanta star Ronald Acua Jr. in the back with his
very first pitch of the game, rekindling tensions between the NL East rivals
and leading to the ejection of Braves manager Brian Snitker.
Hernandez was lifted after four innings because of a blister on his right
middle finger. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out five during a
ATHLETICS 6, YANKEES 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) --- Matt Olson and Mark Canha hit back-to-back homers in
the first inning to lead Oakland over New York for the A's fifth win in six
Olson connected on a two-run shot down the right field line with two outs in
the first off Domingo Germn (16-3) for his 26th homer, and Canha followed with
his 19th on a drive to right-center.
That outburst proved to be more than enough for Homer Bailey (11-8), who shut
the Yankees down after allowing a solo homer to Gary Snchez in the first
inning. Bailey allowed one run and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, walking none
and striking out eight.
Aaron Judge added a solo homer in the eighth for the Yankees. It wasn't enough
to prevent New York from losing its second straight.
PIRATES 4, NATIONALS 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) --- Starling Marte hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in eighth
inning, and Pittsburgh beat Washington.
After struggling to manage anything off Stephen Strasburg through seven
innings, Pittsburgh loaded the bases against Wander Suero (3-7) with nobody out
in the eighth when Adam Frazier bunted a single past the mound. Bryan Reynolds
tied it 1-1 with a sacrifice fly before Marte drove a fastball from Daniel
Hudson 397 feet to right-center for his 22nd homer of the season.
Pirates closer Felipe Vzquez (3-1) went 1 1/3 inning, allowing one hit with
Suero, who gave up two hits and one walk, was responsible for three of
Pittsburgh's four eighth-inning runs.
Strasburg allowed four hits and had six strikeouts in seven innings, and left
the game on track for what would have been his career-high 16th win. He has 15
wins in four of his first 10 major league seasons.
CUBS 5, GIANTS 3
CHICAGO (AP) --- Anthony Rizzo homered twice and Cole Hamels pitched six
innings for his first win in two months, helping Chicago top San Francisco.
Nicholas Castellanos also went deep as Chicago earned its third straight
victory. Jonathan Lucroy contributed a key run-scoring single after the Cubs
won a replay challenge.
Hamels (7-4) permitted three runs and five hits in his first win since June 12
Austin Slater hit a two-run homer and Kevin Pillar added a solo drive for the
Giants, who fell to 3-2 on their nine-game trip.
Fernando Abad (0-1) took the loss.
Kyle Ryan and Rowan Wick each got three outs before Craig Kimbrel finished for
his 10th save in 12 chances.
MARINERS 7, RAYS 4
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) --- Tom Murphy hit a tiebreaking homer, his sixth in
four games, in the sixth inning to lift Seattle over Tampa Bay.
Murphy's 16th homer of the season came off Jalen Beeks (5-3) after a walk to
Kyle Seager. Murphy became the first Mariners catcher to homer in four straight
The Rays began the day one game ahead of Oakland for the AL's second wild card.
The Athletics hosted the New York Yankees later.
Tommy Milone (3-7) got the win after giving up four runs in five innings of
relief, helping Seattle to its sixth victory in eight games. Matt Magill
pitched the ninth for his second save in two tries.
TWINS 14, WHITE SOX 4
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) --- Nelson Cruz homered and drove in three runs on four hits
in his second game back from a wrist injury as Minnesota beat Chicago.
Max Kepler hit a two-run homer to stay one ahead of Cruz for the team lead,
starting pitcher Michael Pineda (9-5) stayed strong for seven innings, and the
Twins raised their lead on Cleveland in the AL Central race to three games.
Cruz hit a career-high three doubles and became the first Twins player since
Michael Cuddyer in 2005 with four extra-base hits in a game.
Jose Abreu had a two-run homer after Tim Anderson's RBI double for a 3-0 lead
in the third. Anderson homered in the sixth inning, too, but the damage against
Reynaldo Lopez (7-11) was already done by then.
ASTROS 6, TIGERS 3
HOUSTON (AP) --- George Springer, Jose Altuve and Martn Maldonado homered to
lead Houston over Detroit.
The Astros jumped on Spencer Turnbull (3-12) for six hits and five runs in
three innings as he lost his eighth straight decision to remain winless since
Houston starter Aaron Sanchez didn't get out of the third inning. He allowed
four hits and three runs with two walks in a season-low 2 1/3 innings in his
fourth start since a trade from Toronto.
Brad Peacock (7-6) took over for Sanchez and struck out three in 1 2/3
scoreless innings. Roberto Osuna collected his 29th save in 34 opportunities
with a perfect ninth.
Victor Reyes hit his first career leadoff homer for the Tigers.
CARDINALS 9, BREWERS 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) --- Dexter Fowler hit a bases-loaded double and drove in four
runs, leading St. Louis past Milwaukee.
Tyler Webb (1-1) earned his first major-league victory with one-third inning of
work in his 79th career game. He struck out pinch-hitter Ben Gamel.
The Cardinals have won nine of their last 11 games, while the Brewers have lost
six of their last eight. St. Louis remained in first place by a half-game over
the Chicago Cubs, who beat San Francisco 5-3. Third-place Milwaukee is four
St. Louis broke the game open with a four-run sixth against three Milwaukee
relievers. Jeremy Jeffress (3-4) loaded the bases. Alex Claudio came in and
struck out Kolten Wong. Junior Guerra entered and walked Harrison Bader, who
was recalled earlier in the day. After striking out pinch-hitter Matt
Carpenter, Fowler hit a 3-2 pitch into short left field that fell between three
Brewers for a double and a 5-2 lead.
Wong hit a two-run single in the seventh, making it 7-2. The Cardinals added
two more runs when Fowler and Tommy Edman drew bases-loaded walks.
DIAMONDBACKS 8, GIANTS 7
PHOENIX (AP) --- Pinch-hitter Jake Lamb had a tiebreaking two-run single in the
sixth inning and Arizona held on to beat Colorado.
The Diamondbacks scored five runs in the sixth off Colorado starter Kyle
Freeland (3-11) and reliever Bryan Shaw. Three batters after Lamb's hit,
Eduardo Escobar had a two-run triple off Shaw.
Escobar became the third player in Diamondbacks history with 20-plus doubles,
20 or more home runs and at least 10 triples in a season, joining Steve Finley
(1999 and 2003) and Stephen Drew (2008). He also became the first National
League switch-hitter with 100 RBIs since Chase Headley accomplished the feat
with the San Diego Padres in 2012.
Nick Ahmed homered and drove in two runs. He set a career high for home runs
with his 17th and matched his career-best RBI total with 70.
David Peralta had three hits, Alex Young (5-3) lasted six innings with three
runs allowed and Archie Bradley got his sixth save.
Nolan Arenado homered in his 1,000th career game for the Rockies, and Trevor
Story had four hits and two RBIs
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