Cubs rally to win 5-4 on wild pitch against Marlins
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 04, 2016 04:50 PM
Chicago Cubs' Matt Szczur is mobbed by teammates after scoring the winning run on a wild pitch by Miami Marlins' A.J. Ramos during the ninth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Chicago. Chicago won 5-4. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's Matt Szczur scored on a wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning to give the Cubs a 5-4 comeback victory over Miami on Wednesday, dropping the Marlins out of the provisional wildcard berths in the National League.
The Cubs maintained their impressive nine-game lead in the NL Central division, while surging Colorado gained further ground in the NL West by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, reducing the gap between those teams to five games.
In the American League, Baltimore edged Texas to stay a game clear atop the AL East ahead of Toronto, which kept up the pressure by defeating Houston.
The Cubs trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. Miguel Montero led off with a double and went to third base on Javier Baez's single. A.J. Ramos then walked pinch-hitter Szczur to load the bases. Dexter Fowler made it 4-3 with a sacrifice fly and all the runners advanced.
Kris Bryant struck out looking on a full-count pitch for the second out. Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked to load the bases again, and Ramos walked Zobrist to tie it, and then unloaded a wild pitch to allow Szczur to get home for the winning run.It was only the second blown save of the season for Ramos in 33 chances.
Chicago swept the three-game series and has won seven of eight while the Marlins dropped half a game behind St. Louis for the second wildcard berth.
Colorado's Tyler Anderson allowed two runs in seven innings to guide the Rockies to a 12-2 rout of the Dodgers, and their 11th win in 13 games.
Carlos Gonzalez homered twice, taking his season tally to 23, before leaving in the bottom of the seventh after appearing to roll an ankle while at the plate.
There was more bad news off the field for Los Angeles, with ace pitcher Clayton Kershaw being moved to the 60-day disabled list.
Baltimore scored three runs in the first inning and that was enough to edge Texas 3-2.
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman gave up two runs in seven innings, striking out seven and walking just one, while Rangers starter Cole Hamels struggled through the first inning and that proved decisive despite retiring 13 of the next 14 batters without giving up a hit.
The victory kept the Orioles in front of Toronto, which won 3-1 at Houston.
Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada allowed only one run with seven strikeouts in his seven innings.
Josh Donaldson led off the fourth with a home run before hitting his 27th home run of the season in the sixth. It was Donaldson's third multi-homer game this season.
Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma rebounded from a season-worst performance in his previous start and guided the Mariners to a 3-1 win against Boston.
Iwakuma pitched 7-1/3 scoreless innings to notch his 12th win of the season, while all Seattle's runs came from solo homers.
Nelson Cruz hit his 27th homer of the season leading off the second inning, Mike Zunino went long leading off the sixth and Adam Lind capped Seattle's scoring with two outs in the seventh.
They were the only three hits allowed by Red Sox starter Rick Porcello (14-3) who suffered his first loss in almost three months.
Philadelphia's Maikel Franco drove home the winning run in the 12th inning to lift the Phillies past struggling San Francisco 5-4.
With the bases loaded and one out, Franco lined what appeared to be a clean single into right-center field. But young teammate Aaron Altherr, who was on first base, got so excited about the Phillies win that he rushed to congratulate Franco without ever touching second base.
Giants catcher Buster Posey noticed the blunder and took the throw at second that technically forced out Altherr. However Franco did indeed cross first base, so Tommy Joseph scored easily from third and the Giants had no chance at an inning-ending double play.
Detroit's J.D. Martinez broke an eighth-inning tie with a homer on the first pitch he had faced since June, giving the Tigers a 2-1 win against the Chicago White Sox and their eighth straight victory.
Playing for the first time since fracturing his elbow, Martinez was called up to pinch hit leading off the inning and launched Chris Sale's first pitch into the shrubs above the centerfield fence.
Sale had the rare and unfortunate feat of pitching a complete game and taking the loss.
In the all-New York game, the Yankees beat the Mets 9-5 in a game that included a bench-clearing dustup.
Mark Teixeira hit a three-run drive off Steven Matz in the second inning for his first home run against a left-hander in more than a year.
When Teixeira batted in the fifth, Matz's first pitch hit him below the left knee. Teixeira got up, started yelling and was walled off by catcher Rene Rivera. Players from both teams came onto the field, but there were no scuffles.
Washington's Max Scherzer struck out 11 in eight innings and had a two-run single in the Nationals' 8-3 victory over Arizona.
Minnesota's Joe Mauer had four hits and four RBIs to lead the Twins to a 13-5 victory over Cleveland.
St. Louis' Brandon Moss singled home two runs in a four-run first inning that set up a 5-4 win against Cincinnati.
Los Angeles' Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Angels an 8-6 victory over Oakland.
Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi had his third consecutive scoreless start as the Rays routed Kansas City 12-0.
San Diego's Edwin Jackson pitched seven scoreless innings and had an RBI double as the Padres cruised past Milwaukee 12-3.
Atlanta's Ender Inciarte broke a tie with a single in the fifth inning and the usually dormant Braves batters pounded out 15 hits in an 8-4 win against Pittsburgh.