MLB roundup: Nationals rally in 9th for wild win
Starlin Castro went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and delivered a go-ahead, two-run single in the ninth to propel the Washington Nationals to a wild 13-12 comeback win over the host Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday afternoon.
The Nationals erased three deficits overall, including five-run and four-run Phillies leads, on their way to their fourth consecutive victory. The Phillies lost their third in a row and sixth in their past eight games.
Hector Neris (1-4) gave up back-to-back singles to Josh Bell and Josh Harrison to open the ninth, setting up Castro’s go-ahead hit. It was Neris’ fifth blown save. Washington’s Paolo Espino picked up his first career save.
Trea Turner went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, and Bell went 2 for 4 and hit his second career grand slam in the sixth off reliever David Hale, which capped a six-run inning and gave the Nationals an 11-9 lead.
Giants 9, Angels 3 (13)
Mike Tauchman’s three-run home run capped a seven-run 13th inning that lifted San Francisco to a victory over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.
The Giants took advantage of four walks in the inning, including one intentional walk, by the Angels bullpen to complete a two-game series sweep and win for the eighth time in nine games. The Angels have dropped three in a row.
The Angels had to play much of the 12th inning with pitcher Griffin Canning in left field and Taylor Ward moving from left field to catcher, a position he had not played since 2017 when he was in the minors.
White Sox 4, Pirates 3
Yasmani Grandal hit a tiebreaking two-run double in the fifth inning as Chicago snapped a five-game losing streak with a win over host Pittsburgh.
Leury Garcia added a solo homer and Tim Anderson an RBI double for the White Sox, who split a two-game set in Pittsburgh. Chicago starter Dylan Cease (6-3) allowed two runs, one earned, and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a pair of RBI singles for the Pirates, who had won three of four. Pittsburgh starter Chase De Jong (0-2) pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs and seven hits, with two walks and six strikeouts.
Tigers 6, Cardinals 2
Jonathan Schoop homered and drove in three runs, Matt Manning notched his first major league victory and host Detroit topped St. Louis to sweep the two-game interleague series.
Schoop’s long ball was his 10th this month and 15th of the season. Daz Cameron also homered and scored two runs for the Tigers. Manning (1-1) gave up two runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out one.
Cardinals starter John Gant (4-6) lasted just three-plus innings and gave up three runs on two hits and four walks while fanning four. Nolan Arenado homered for St. Louis, and Lars Nootbaar contributed his first major league hit, a triple, and scored a run.
Rockies 5, Mariners 2
German Marquez allowed just one run on two hits in eight innings and Trevor Story hit two home runs as Colorado defeated host Seattle.
The Rockies, who won for just the sixth time in 34 road games this season. Marquez (6-6) retired the first 17 he faced before Seattle’s Taylor Trammell hit a solo shot with two outs in the sixth inning. Rockies leadoff hitter Raimel Tapia went 0-for-4 with a walk, ending the majors’ longest active hitting streak at 18 games.
The Mariners had their five-game winning streak snapped, which equaled a season high, and finished 7-2 on their nine-game homestand.
Brewers 3, Diamondbacks 2
The Brewers took the rubber match 3-2 with the hapless Diamondbacks, losers of 33 of their last 36, thanks to Brandon Woodruff, who tossed seven good innings and knocked in a run to help his own cause.
Woodruff (6-3) finished with nine strikeouts and allowed one run on three hits with two walks.
The Brewers were paced offensively by Tyrone Taylor and Jace Peterson, who each recorded a pair of hits, and Avisail Garcia, who drove in a run and drew two walks.
Astros 13, Orioles 0
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Abraham Toro hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs, and Jose Urquidy threw seven solid innings as Houston won its 10th straight game by blanking host Baltimore.
The victory let the Astros complete a sweep of the three-game series with the Orioles, who now have dropped five straight games. Houston outscored Baltimore 26-3 in this series.
Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez and Chas McCormick also homered for Houston, and Kyle Tucker returned from the injured list and went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Urquidy (6-3) has won six of his last seven decisions. The right-hander gave up just three hits, striking out six with one walk.
Rangers 5, Athletics 3
Adolis Garcia belted two solo homers to give him a team-leading 20 and Nate Lowe also went deep to lift Texas over Oakland in Arlington, Texas.
Jonah Heim ripped an RBI double and Brock Holt had a run-scoring single for the Rangers, who have won two of the first three contests of the four-game series. Sean Murphy homered and Skye Bolt and Matt Chapman each added an RBI single for the Athletics, who have lost four of their past five games.
Oakland’s Yusmeiro Petit (7-1) relieved starter James Kaprielian to start the inning and promptly saw Lowe deposit his first-pitch changeup over the wall in center field. Petit gave up two runs in one inning. Winning pitcher Brett Martin (2-2) did not allow a hit over 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Yankees 6, Royals 5
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Luke Voit hit a game-winning single with one out in the ninth inning and New York survived a meltdown by Aroldis Chapman to pull out a victory over Kansas City at Yankee Stadium.
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez hit a tying homer off Greg Holland (2-3) by lining a 1-2 fastball down the left field line for his 12th homer in the ninth. Voit won it with his first career walk-off hit and second career walk-off RBI.
Kansas City left-hander Danny Duffy issued three walks in two scoreless innings in his return from missing 31 games with a forearm strain.
Mets 7, Braves 3
Francisco Lindor’s two-run homer highlighted a three-run second inning, and New York salvaged a split a four-game set with Atlanta in Queens, N.Y.
Lindor also added a late RBI single, Jeff McNeil recorded three hits with an RBI and Michael Conforto — back from more than a month down with a hamstring injury — had two hits and scored twice for the Mets, who posted 13 hits. In his big-league debut, New York’s Tylor Megill pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out four.
Freddie Freeman had four hits and Austin Riley doubled twice for the Braves, who lost for the third time in eight games. Wright (0-1, 9.95 ERA), called up from Triple-A Gwinnett with Max Fried (blister) on the injured list, allowed five runs, plus four hits, three walks and a strikeout in just two innings for Atlanta.
Rays 8, Red Sox 2
Austin Meadows, Mike Zunino and Brandon Lowe cracked home runs as Tampa Bay snapped its season-worst seven-game losing streak with a win over Boston in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Meadows popped his club-leading 16th homer in the first, Zunino added his 15th in the second and Lowe unloaded his 14th in the seventh for the Rays, who inched to within a half-game of the American League East-leading Red Sox by beating them for the first time in five tries.
Boston’s Garrett Richards (4-5) was roughed up for five runs (four earned) and three hits and lasted just 1 2/3 innings. He walked four and hit a batter in a tedious 54-pitch start.
Blue Jays 3, Marlins 1
Bo Bichette, who leads the majors with 61 runs scored, played a key role in a pair of rallies, propelling Toronto to a win over host Miami.
Toronto took all four games from Miami this season, including both contests in the just-concluded series. The Blue Jays have won four in a row overall while the Marlins have dropped three straight.
Robbie Ray (5-3) earned the win, allowing four hits, one walk and one run in six innings. He struck out six.
Padres 5, Dodgers 3
Trent Grisham drew a tiebreaking, bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning and host San Diego beat Los Angeles to complete a three-game sweep.
San Diego earned its seventh straight victory overall. Los Angeles entered the series with six wins in its past seven games.
Jake Cronenworth, Manny Machado and Victor Caratini homered for the Padres. Tim Hill (4-3) got the win after retiring the only batter he faced to end the top of the eighth. Max Muncy had two of Los Angeles’ five hits and scored twice. Losing pitcher Blake Treinen (1-3) gave up two runs on two hits in one inning.
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