Toles hits grand slam, Dodgers rally for win over Rockies
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 01, 2016 03:42 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers' Andrew Toles watches his grand slam off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino during the ninth inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016, in Denver. Los Angeles came from behind to win 10-8. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER (AP) — Andrew Toles hit a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a late six-run deficit to beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 in Major League Baseball on Wednesday for a doubleheader split.
Down 8-2, the Dodgers scored three times in the eighth and added five more in the ninth. Toles capped the final inning with a homer off closer Adam Ottavino (0-1) for his first career slam.
Luis Avilan (1-0) threw a scoreless eighth for the victory. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 40th save.
In the opener, Tyler Anderson (5-5) pitched into the seventh inning in the Rockies' 7-0 victory, allowing six hits in 6 1/3 innings against the NL West leaders.
Elsewhere, Kris Bryant hit his 36th homer and made three solid plays at third base, helping the Chicago Cubs match its best August record in team history with a 6-5 win over Pittsburgh.
Addison Russell had two RBIs as Chicago finished the month with a 22-6 record, a feat also accomplished in 1932. It was the Cubs' first time with 22 wins in a month since it went 22-10 in September 1945.
The Cubs (85-47) are also rapidly closing in on their first division title since 2008. They begin September with MLB's best record at a season-high 38 games over .500 and a whopping 15-game lead over second-place St. Louis in the NL Central division.
In the AL West, the Texas Rangers (80-54) also moved a season-high 26 games over .500 with a fifth straight win, topping Seattle 14-1.
Rougned Odor homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs and Carlos Gomez connected for a grand slam off Felix Hernandez to lead the Rangers to victory.
The Rangers matched the 1999 and 2012 Texas teams as the fastest to reach 80 wins.
NL East-leading Washington, meanwhile, set a franchise record with its ninth straight victory over the Phillies, 2-1.
Jayson Werth homered and Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings to lead the Nationals to a three-game sweep of Philadelphia. Gonzalez (10-9) gave up one run and two hits with four strikeouts.
In Cleveland, Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 11 in his seventh straight victory to lead the Indians to an 8-4 win over Minnesota. It was the Twins' 13th straight loss — one shy of tying the club record.
Unbeaten since July 3, Kluber (15-8) allowed three runs and six hits in eight solid innings. The right-hander is 7-0 with a 1.94 ERA in his last 10 starts.
New York's Brian McCann had a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning and Dellin Betances shut down Kansas City in the bottom half in the Yankees' 5-4 victory.
Ben Heller (1-0) pitched a perfect 12th to earn his first MLB win.
In San Francisco, Matt Moore got his first career home victory, striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings to lead the Giants past Arizona 4-2.
Moore (2-3) looked strong in his first game since losing a no-hit bid with two outs in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium.
Houston's Evan Gattis hit an RBI single to cap a three-run rally in the eighth inning keyed by a wild pitch on a strikeout, leading the Astros past Oakland 4-3.
Chasing Baltimore for the second AL wild-card slot, Houston swept the three-game series and will open a three-game set Friday at AL West-leading Texas.
In Boston, Hanley Ramirez hit a grand slam and Aaron Hill later sliced an RBI single to break an eighth-inning tie to help the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay 8-6.
The Red Sox had lost five of its previous seven games after moving into a tie for first place in the AL East.
Toronto's Jose Bautista homered on the game's first pitch and Russell Martin went deep four batters later, leading the Blue Jays past Baltimore 5-3.
Toronto took two of the three games in the pivotal AL East series. The fading Orioles are four games behind the first-place Blue Jays and are tied with Detroit for the second wild card spot.
In other games, the New York Mets topped Miami 5-2, Milwaukee beat St. Louis 3-1, the Los Angeles Angels defeated Cincinnati 3-0, Detroit edged the Chicago White Sox 3-2, and Atlanta climbed out of the MLB cellar with an 8-1 win over San Diego.