Red Sox rally to beat Cardinals 5-4
ABS-CBN Sports on Aug 17, 2017 02:41 PM
Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts celebrates after his walk-off two-RBI double during the bottom of the ninth inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Boston, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. The Red Sox won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON (AP) — Mookie Betts lined a two-run double off the left-field wall with two outs in the ninth inning, capping a three-run rally that lifted the Boston Red Sox over the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 on Wednesday.
Xander Bogaerts hit a solo homer for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who won for the 12th time in 14 games and maintained their 4 1/2-game lead over the second-place New York Yankees.
Kolten Wong had three hits, including an RBI single in St. Louis' four-run second inning. It was just the third loss in 11 games for the Cardinals, who were swept in the two-game series, their first visit to Fenway Park since losing the 2013 World Series.
Trevor Rosenthal gave up Bogaerts' homer into the Green Monster seats in the ninth. Zach Duke (0-1) struck out a batter and walked one before John Brebbia gave up Betts' hit.
Craig Kimbrel (5-0) pitched one hitless inning for the win.
MARLINS 8, GIANTS 1
MIAMI (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton's homer streak ended, but he got two hits and helped Miami beat San Francisco.
Stanton had homered in a team-record six consecutive games and leads the majors with 44. The major league record for the longest home run streak is eight games.
Matt Cain (3-10) fell to 0-9 in his past 13 starts.
Jose Urena (11-5) limited the Giants to an unearned run in five innings.
RANGERS 12, TIGERS 6
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Elvis Andrus had the go-ahead home run among his four RBIs, Cole Hamels won again despite a shaky outing and Texas swept a three-game series from Detroit.
Ian Kinsler led off the game with a homer for Detroit, then after taking his position at second base in the bottom of the first received an on-field handshake from the longtime umpire who he said should get another job.
A day after Kinsler's harsh and extended criticism of Angel Hernandez, the umpire was working second base for the series finale. Kinsler was ejected from the opener Monday when questioning balls and strikes during the middle of an at-bat while Hernandez worked behind the plate, and the second baseman lashed out the following day.
Joey Gallo homered for the third straight game and AL-high 10th time in 14 games this month. He has 35 homers this year. Adrian Beltre and Nomar Mazara also homered for Texas.
Hamels (8-1) gave up four runs and eight hits with a season-high five walks in six innings. Chad Bell (0-1) took the loss.
CUBS 7, REDS 6
CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam in the first inning and Javier Baez scored on a wild pitch in the ninth as Chicago beat Cincinnati.
Baez opened the bottom of the ninth with a double off Wandy Peralta (3-3) and pinch-hitter Jon Jay walked. Then, Ben Zobrist moved the runners with a groundout.
Reliever Blake Wood came in and struck out Albert Almora Jr. With two outs and Kris Bryant batting, Wood threw a breaking pitch that got away from catcher Tucker Barnhart for the game winner.
Cincinnati's Joey Votto had his streak of reaching base at least twice in a game come to an end. Votto did reach once but he fell one game shy of tying Ted Williams' record of 21 straight games.
Wade Davis (3-1) pitched a perfect ninth.
ANGELS 3, NATIONALS 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Luis Valbuena and Kole Calhoun homered, Ricky Nolasco bounced back from a rocky first inning before exiting with an injury and Los Angeles split the two-game series with NL East-leading Washington.
The Angels won for the seventh time in eight games.
Tanner Roark (9-8) allowed four hits in seven innings for Washington, but was done in by the two home runs.
Nolasco (6-12) threw 31 of his 112 pitches in the first inning, but he escaped trouble in the third and fourth to allow only two runs while striking out five.
YANKEES 5, METS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge launched a titanic homer, Didi Gregorius snapped a seventh-inning tie with a two-run double and the New York Yankees beat the Mets for their third straight victory in the Subway Series.
Judge enjoyed his first game at Citi Field, hitting a solo drive into the rarely reached third deck in left. Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes never even budged as Judge's AL-leading 37th home run, projected at 457 feet, soared way over his head.
The rookie slugger also struck out in the ninth inning to extend a dubious streak: Judge has fanned in 33 consecutive games, three shy of the record for a position player set by Adam Dunn from 2011-2012.
Rene Rivera homered for the Mets, who will try to prevent a four-game sweep by the Yankees in the series finale Thursday night.
Tommy Kahnle (2-3) retired both batters he faced. David Robertson struck out two in a hitless ninth for his 14th save, and first since rejoining the Yankees. Paul Sewald (0-5) took the loss.
BREWERS 7, PIRATES 6
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Manny Pina hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Milwaukee over Pittsburgh.
Keon Broxton homered twice and Neil Walker and Travis Shaw also went deep as the Brewers completed a sweep of the two-game series with their fourth straight win after an extended offensive slump.
Pina's shot came off reliever Juan Nicasio (1-5). Anthony Swarzak (1-0) got the win and Corey Knebel earned his 24th save in 29 chances.
BLUE JAYS 3, RAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Stroman pitched 6 1/3 innings, Steve Pearce homered and scored twice and Toronto beat Tampa Bay.
Stroman (11-6) allowed two runs and six hits to beat the Rays for the first time in five career meetings at Rogers Centre. The right-hander entered 0-3 with a 6.38 ERA in four home starts against the AL East rivals.
Roberto Osuna pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 31st save in 38 chances.
Jake Faria (5-4) lost his third straight start, allowing three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
ASTROS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 5
HOUSTON (AP) — Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer in a four-run eighth inning as Houston defeated Arizona.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer and J.D. Martinez followed with a home run as the Diamondbacks pulled within 5-4 in the eighth.
Morton (10-5) gave up one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out nine.
Taijuan Walker (6-7) allowed five runs — three earned — on nine hits in five innings.
MARINERS 7, ORIOLES 6
SEATTLE (AP) — Recently acquired Yonder Alonso hit his first homer for Seattle and drove in three runs, and Marc Rzepczynski struck out Chris Davis with the bases loaded to end a win over Baltimore.
Alonso, acquired in a trade with Oakland on Aug. 6, hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, his 23rd of the season. He added an RBI single during a three-run fifth and also singled in the seventh.
Leonys Martin opened the sixth with his third home run to put Seattle up 7-4.
Tony Zych (6-3) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. Ubaldo Jimenez (5-8) allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
ROYALS 7, ATHLETICS 6
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Alex Gordon hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning and Kansas City topped Oakland.
Alcides Escobar doubled to start the ninth against Blake Treinen (1-1), matching his season high with three hits. Then Gordon delivered his second run-scoring single of the series finale.
Oakland's Matt Chapman hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth against Brandon Maurer (1-1), who wound up the winner.
Kelvin Herrera finished for his 26th save in 29 chances after allowing Ryon Healy's two-out infield single.
PADRES 3, PHILLIES 0
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Richard pitched a three-hitter for his first shutout since 2012 and Wil Myers stole three bases in an inning as San Diego completed a three-game sweep of Philadelphia.
Richard (6-12) struck out six and walked one and ended his four-game losing streak.
Nick Pivetta (4-8) struck out nine of the first 10 batters, and fanned a career-high 11 in five-plus innings.
Myers, who has scuffled since the All-Star break, reached base four times. He became the first player since the Marlins' Dee Gordon in 2011 to swipe second, third and home in an inning and the first ever Padre to do so.
Myers' final swipe came when he scored on the back end a double steal after Austin Hedges broke from first base. As Hedges was caught in a rundown, Myers headed for the plate and just got his hand in before Cameron Rupp's tag.
ROCKIES 17, BRAVES 2
DENVER (AP) — Trevor Story had two homers and a career-high six RBIs, Jon Gray pitched six strong innings and Colorado routed Atlanta.
Mark Reynolds also homered and drove in four runs, and DJ LeMahieu had a double and RBI single in his fifth four-hit game of the season for the Rockies.
Gerardo Parra added three hits and four RBIs for Colorado.
Gray (5-2) allowed two runs and five hits. Mike Foltynewicz (10-8) went 3 1/3 innings and allowed eight hits and career-high nine runs.
DODGERS 5, WHITE SOX 4
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yasiel Puig's two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Dodgers over the White Sox for their second comeback win in as many games.
Puig sent a 3-2 pitch from Jake Petricka (1-1) into center field, scoring Logan Forsythe and Austin Barnes.
The victory salvaged the much-anticipated home debut of Yu Darvish, who didn't figure in the decision while pitching on his 31st birthday.
Chicago's Leury Garcia, Nicky Deltmonico and Jose Abreu homered off Darvish, who gave up three runs and eight hits in six innings.
Ross Stripling (2-4) got the victory with one inning of relief.