Cubs beat Pirates, Brewers defeat Reds
ABS-CBN Sports on Apr 25, 2017 02:16 PM
Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell drives in a run with a single off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl in the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Monday, April 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)PITTSBURGH (AP) — Addison Russell set a career high with four hits while Jason Heyward homered for the third time in four games and drove in four runs as the Chicago Cubs jumped on the Pittsburgh Pirates early in a 14-3 victory on Monday night.
Ben Zobrist added three RBIs for Chicago as the defending World Series champions won for the fifth time in six games. Anthony Rizzo had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 13 games.
Chicago scored four runs with two outs in the first inning off Chad Kuhl (1-2) and added five more in the second to give Brett Anderson (2-0) all the breathing room he would need.
BREWERS 11, REDS 7
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames homered twice to raise his major league-leading total to 10 while Hernan Perez added a three-run shot and Matt Garza pitched for the first time this season as the Brewers beat the Reds.
The left-handed batting Thames got just enough muscle on an 0-2 pitch from Amir Garrett (2-2) to slice an opposite-field, two-run homer in the second. He extended his home-run streak against the Reds this season to five consecutive games with a solo shot to right in the first. Perez's three-run homer capped that inning.
Garza allowed one earned run on four hits. Five relievers followed and Carlos Torres (1-2) picked up the win.
ORIOLES 6, RAYS 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Adam Jones hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh inning while Hyun Soo Kim and Jonathan Schoop also went deep as the Orioles beat the Rays on a cold, damp night at Camden Yards.
All three home runs were off Chris Archer (2-1), who gave up five runs, six hits and five walks in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander didn't allow a long ball in his previous four starts this season.
Baltimore trailed 3-1 before Kim and Schoop connected on successive pitches in the sixth inning. In the seventh, Archer hit Seth Smith with a pitch and Jones followed with a drive deep into the left-field seats.
It was the fifth win in seven games for the Orioles, whose 13-5 record is best in the American League.
TWINS 3, RANGERS 2
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Brian Dozier hit a bases-clearing double as the Twins beat Texas, ending the Rangers' AL-best four-game winning streak.
Dozier's two-out double in the fifth came after Martin Perez (1-3) walked the bases loaded, giving free passes to three of the bottom four batters in the Twins lineup. Dozier had only three RBIs his first 17 games this season.
The Rangers (9-11), the AL West champion the past two seasons, missed a chance to reach .500 for the first time this year. They were coming off a four-game series sweep against Kansas City.
WHITE SOX 12, ROYALS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Matt Davidson had two hits and three RBIs in an eight-run sixth, Chicago's highest-scoring inning in five years, as the White Sox routed the struggling Royals.
Miguel Gonzalez (3-0) lowered his ERA to 2.00, allowing an unearned run and two hits in eight innings.
Davidson set a career-high with three hits and tied his best with four RBIs. Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier and Tyler Saladino drove in two runs each for the White Sox, who out-hit the Royals 15-2.
Chicago put together its high-scoring inning since a nine-run fifth against Texas on July 3, 2012. The Royals have lost five straight and scored a major league-low 47 runs.
Jason Vargas (3-1) gave up four runs — three earned — and seven hits in five innings. His ERA rose from a big league-best 0.44 to 1.40.