Ramirez hits 2 homers, Cleveland pulls level with Twins
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 18, 2017 11:04 AM
Cleveland Indians' Jose Ramirez, right, is congratulated as he enters the dugout following his solo home run off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Alex Wimmers in the sixth inning during game one of a baseball doubleheader, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Minneapolis. Ramirez also homered in the first. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered twice, doubled and drove in four runs as the Cleveland Indians pulled even with Minnesota atop the AL Central by beating the Twins 9-3 Saturday in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Ramirez touched off a three-run first inning with a two-out homer off Adam Wilk (0-2). He chased the spot starter with a two-run double in the fourth and added another solo shot off Alex Wimmers in the sixth. It was the second multihomer game of Ramirez's career, both this season.
Zach McAllister (1-0) pitched two hitless innings, striking out three. He worked in relief of starter Ryan Merritt, who made his season debut. McAllister, Bryan Shaw and Dan Otero combined for five scoreless innings in relief.
ATHLETICS 5, YANKEES 2
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Ryon Healy went deep twice for his third multihomer game in two weeks and Matt Joyce also hit a long ball as Oakland beat New York.
Joyce reached base five times, Jesse Hahn (3-4) pitched five innings to defeat New York for the first time in his career and Jed Lowrie had an RBI single to keep the A's rolling at home. Oakland has won six of its last eight at the Coliseum, including three straight against the Yankees.
Austin Romine and Brett Gardner drove in runs for New York, which has lost a season-high five straight. The Yankees entered the day with a one-game lead over Boston in the AL East.
Joyce homered leading off the game against Masahiro Tanaka (5-7).
Sean Doolittle retired three batters for his second save.
NATIONALS 7, METS 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Trea Turner hit a leadoff homer and Washington backed Stephen Strasburg (8-2) with three long balls, beating New York to stay undefeated at Citi Field this season.
Adam Lind added a two-run shot and Jose Lobaton also went deep for the NL East leaders, who can finish a four-game sweep Sunday afternoon. Washington is 6-0 in Queens this year — part of an impressive 24-12 mark on the road — and has won 12 of 16 at the Mets' home ballpark since the start of last season.
Yoenis Cespedes homered and had four hits for third-place New York, which dropped 11 1/2 games out of first. Seth Lugo (1-1) allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Strasburg (8-2) permitted two runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings, rebounding from his worst start of the season. He struck out five and walked two.
PADRES 7, BREWERS 5, 11 INNINGS
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Cory Spangenberg and Chase d'Arnaud each hit solo home runs in the 11th inning, lifting San Diego over Milwaukee in yet another slugfest.
The teams have combined for 15 home runs in the first two games of the three-game series. The Padres totaled a season-best five home runs Saturday, including two by Yangervis Solarte and one by Wil Myers, while Milwaukee got a homer each from Orlando Arcia, Eric Thames and Keon Broxton. On Friday night, Thames' game-ending shot in the 10th was the seventh home run of the game.
Spangenberg hit the first pitch from reliever Oliver Drake (2-2) leading off, and two outs later, d'Arnaud followed with his first homer of the season.
Jose Torres (4-2) picked up the win in relief. Phil Maton pitched the 11th for his first career save.
ORIOLES 15, CARDINALS 7
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jonathan Schoop homered twice and drove in four runs, Manny Machado went deep in a seven-run second inning against Adam Wainwright and Baltimore beat St. Louis.
Adam Jones and Mark Trumbo got Baltimore started with successive first-inning shots, and Schoop finished the long-ball display with drives in the fourth and seventh.
Wade Miley (3-4) picked up his second win since April 14 despite allowing six runs, five earned, in 5 2/3 innings.
Wainwright (7-5) gave up nine runs and seven hits, including three home runs, over 1 2/3 innings — the shortest of his 268 career starts. The nine runs and three homers matched the most he's allowed in any outing.
DODGERS 10, REDS 2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Yasiel Puig hit two of the Dodgers' four homers, powering Los Angeles to a victory that took the edge off Cincinnati's latest honor for its banned hits king.
Pete Rose unveiled a bronze sculpture of his headfirst slide in front of Great American Ball Park before the game. Thousands of packed-in fans cheered when he said, "Let's get those Reds in high gear."
Instead, the Dodgers flexed their muscle and added to their domination of Cincinnati, beating the Reds for the seventh straight time.
Cody Bellinger had three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs. Joc Pederson homered for the second straight game as the Dodgers piled up seven extra-base hits.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-6) allowed two runs in five innings for Los Angeles. Asher Wojciechowski (1-1) took the loss.
ROCKIES 5, GIANTS 1
DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland tossed six solid innings, Tony Wolters drove in two runs and Colorado beat San Francisco again.
The Rockies are 9-1 against San Francisco this season and have won the last eight against the Giants.
Freeland (8-4) pitched with runners on base in every inning but held the Giants to one run and eight hits. The rookie left-hander exited with a 2-1 lead and pumped his fist after striking out pinch-hitter Brandon Belt to end the sixth with a runner on second.
Matt Cain (3-6) lost for the fifth time in six starts.
RANGERS 10, MARINERS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Mike Napoli hit two home runs, connecting along with Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo in the sixth inning to power Texas past Seattle.
Napoli's two-run drive capped a five-run first that sent the Rangers to their seventh win in eight games. Seattle lost its third in a row.
Martin Perez (3-6) won for the first time since May 18. He left with a 5-4 lead with one out in the sixth after giving up a 463-foot, three-run homer to straightaway center by Mike Zunino.
Yovani Gallardo (3-7) retired the first two batters in the opening inning before giving up five straight hits.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run double and also made a key catch, boosting Arizona over Philadelphia for its sixth straight victory.
The Diamondbacks improved to 43-26, matching the best 69-game start in team history.
Jorge De La Rosa (3-1) won in relief of Zack Godley, who struck out a career-high eight in 5 2/3 innings.
Edubray Ramos (0-4) relieved Jerad Eickhoff and gave up the first three runs of Arizona's four-run seventh.
RAYS 3, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Chris Archer pitched six strong innings, Daniel Robertson drove in two runs and scored a third, and Tampa Bay bounced back to beat Detroit.
Detroit had won the first two games of the series, outscoring the Rays 18-7.
Archer (5-4) gave up two runs, six hits and a walk, striking out eight. Two relievers finished, with Jesus Colome getting five outs for his 19th save.
Mikie Mahtook led off the Detroit ninth with an infield single and took second on Jose Iglesias's sacrifice, but Colome retired the next two batters.
Michael Fulmer (6-5) allowed three runs on six hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings. He made his first start since receiving a cortisone shot to reduce inflammation in his pitching shoulder.
WHITE SOX 5, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Todd Frazier and Matt Davidson hit consecutive home runs to lead Chicago over Toronto.
Jose Abreu also went deep to help the White Sox win their fourth straight series against the Blue Jays, beating them for the ninth time in the in the last 10 games.
Mike Pelfrey (3-5) earned his second road win of the season, limiting Toronto to one run and four hits in six innings. He retired 10 straight batters between the second and sixth innings.
David Robertson worked the ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman (7-3) gave up six hits and three runs — all on the solo homers — in seven innings. He walked one and struck out five.
BRAVES 8, MARLINS 7, 10 INNINGS
ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Phillips drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, Matt Adams had four RBIs and Atlanta rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Miami.
Johan Camargo led off the 10th with a single, advanced on a sacrifice and scored when Phillips lined a ball up the middle off A.J. Ramos (1-3).
Nick Markakis' RBI double in the ninth sent the game into extra innings. Arodys Vizcaino (3-2), the seventh Atlanta pitcher, faced four batters in the 10th to get the win.