MLB Roundup: Goldschmidt leads Diamondbacks to 10-3 win over Rockies
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 23, 2017 12:34 PM
Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt follows through on a three-run home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Antonio Senzatela during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Denver. Arizona won 10-3. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
The Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings hit three-run homers, Zack Godley threw well into the eighth inning, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 10-3 on Thursday.
Goldschmidt finished with three hits and four RBIs to increase his season total to 64, tops in the majors.
Arizona took two of three in the NL West matchup and is now tied with Colorado for second place in the division behind the Dodgers. The Diamondbacks have won 12 of 14 and are a season-high 19 games above .500.
Godley (3-1) gave up a home run to Charlie Blackmon to lead off the first inning, but shut down the Rockies from there. He allowed three runs and four hits and struck out eight in seven-plus innings. He also helped himself with an RBI single in the eighth.
The Diamondbacks hit a Colorado rookie pitcher hard for the second straight night. Wednesday they scored 10 runs in the fourth off Jeff Hoffman, and Thursday they battered right-hander Antonio Senzatela (9-3) for nine runs in five innings.
ASTROS 12, ATHLETICS 9
OAKLAND, California (AP) — Josh Reddick homered and scored four runs, Jake Marisnick and Marwin Gonzalez each went deep for Houston.
The major league-leading Astros completed a four-game sweep with their 10th straight victory in Oakland and their 15th win in 16 games against the A's overall. They've won 12 of their last 14 road games. Their 27-8 record away from home is the best in the majors.
Reddick also doubled, tripled and drew a walk, and Marisnick and Gonzalez each drove in three runs.
David Paulino (2-0) struck out six and gave up three runs, seven hits and two walks. The 23-year-old rookie right-hander struck out five of his first six batters in his sixth career start.
Astros center fielder George Springer left with a left hand contusion after being struck by a fastball from Jesse Hahn (3-5) leading off the game. The ball also grazed Springer's left shoulder. He's day-to-day.
BREWERS 4, PIRATES 2
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Corey Knebel broke Aroldis Chapman's modern-era record for consecutive games by a reliever with a strikeout at a season's start, fanning a batter for the 38th straight game and closing out the win.
Knebel struck out Josh Bell on a foul tip leading off the ninth. The 25-year-old right-hander retired Elias Diaz and Andrew McCutchen on popouts, finishing a four-hitter for his 12th save in 15 chances. Chapman had set the mark as part of a streak of 49 games for Cincinnati that began in August 2013 and ended the following August.
Travis Shaw drove in three runs with a homer and two doubles, and he came within inches of a second home run. Chase Anderson (6-2) allowed two runs and two hits in six innings.
Ivan Nova (7-5) gave up four runs and 11 hits — matching his career high — in seven innings. He threw a season-high 107 pitches.
PHILLIES 5, CARDINALS 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning, Freddy Galvis and Tommy Joseph homered, and the Phillies ended a five-game losing streak.
Joseph drove in three runs as Philadelphia, a major league-worst 23-48, won for just the second time in 15 games.
Nola (4-5) allowed one run, four hits and two walks in 7 1/3 innings and struck out eight.
Paul DeJong homered leading off the eighth, pulling the Cardinals to 3-1, and Matt Carpenter walked with one out. Pat Neshek relieved and got Tommy Pham to ground into an inning-ending double play, and Luis Garcia followed with a perfect ninth.
Carlos Martinez (6-6) gave up three runs — two earned — and six hits with four strikeouts in six innings. The Cardinals, who made three errors, had won their previous five games against the Phillies.
RANGERS 11, BLUE JAYS 4
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carlos Gomez homered twice to drive in five runs, and Mike Napoli and Robinson Chirinos also homered for the Rangers off Marcus Stroman (7-4).
Gomez has five homers in his six games since returning from the disabled list last week after missing a month with a right hamstring strain. His three-run shot in the third ricocheted off the left-field foul pole and put Texas up 6-0, then he added a two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Cesar Valdez. Texas (36-36) won for the ninth time in 13 games to get back to .500 before playing 20 of its next 26 games on the road.
The Blue Jays (35-37), who beat Texas in the AL Division Series each of the past two seasons, lost for the ninth straight time when they had a chance to reach .500 for the first time this season. They have been outscored 73-24 in those nine losses.
Martin Perez (4-6) went six innings, and all four runs he allowed came in the fifth.