Friday, June 30, 2017

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (3) vs. Oakland Athletics (1) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (3) vs. Oakland Athletics (1) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSMike Foltynewicz loses no-hit bid in ninth of 3-1 Braves winSTATS 13m ago. 4 min read OAKLAND, Calif. Mike Foltynewicz heard the noise and realized it was a rare standing ovation he had earned from a road crowd.He nearly threw a no-hitter, and even the home fans appreciated his performance.Foltynewicz lost his no-hit bid when Matt Olson clobbered a full-count pitch into the elevated right-field seats leading off the ninth inning of the Braves' 3-1 interleague victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.''It was very weird, after about the seventh or eighth (inning) our side of the dugout was getting very loud,'' Foltynewicz said. ''I was like, `This is weird,' but it was a very cool feeling getting taken out and all that stuff. It's something I'll never f orget.'' Trying for just the major leagues' second no-hitter of the season, Foltynewicz (6-5) struck out eight and walked four while pitching into the ninth for the first time and outdueling Sonny Gray. Free Sports Picks. The Braves have 14 no-hitters, the last by Kent Mercker at the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1994.Foltynewicz, the 19th overall pick in the 2010 draft, capped baseball's home-run heavy June with a career-best 119-pitch gem. He baffled the A's with fastballs at up to 97 mph, and thought he could have reached 135 pitches if it came to that to finish the feat.''I felt good all the way to the last pitch, there was nothing to worry about,'' he said.And there wasn't even a close defensive play on this night for the 25-year-old right-hander, a four-year veteran making his 52nd big league start. Gray (3-4) retired his final 14 batters.Miami's Edison Volquez no -hit Arizona on June 3.The A's avoided being no-hit for the first time since four Baltimore pitchers combined to do so in 1991.''I was just trying to have a good at-bat, the way he was throwing against us,'' Olson said. ''Hitting a home run to break up the no-hitter was just the cherry on top. ... I was seeing him fairly well all night and just missing. He had a lot of life on his fastball.'' Foltynewicz had only one rocky inning. He plunked Franklin Barreto with one out in the sixth then walked Matt Joyce. Olson struck out and Jed Lowrie was retired on a called third strike.After Olson's hit, Jim Johnson entered and finished for his 17th save.Foltynewicz hadn't even pitched great on the road, going 1-3 with a 4.62 ERA in eight outings and seven starts before Friday. He retired the first 12 Oakland batters in order before issuing a leadoff walk to Khris Davis in the fifth. Foltynewicz then recorded three straight outs to keep the n o-hit bid intact.Atlanta went ahead 1-0 on Dansby Swanson's RBI double in the third.Brandon Phillips and Matt Kemp added RBI singles in the ninth.Foltynewicz overcame blood clots in his pitching arm two years ago. On Friday, he topped his previous high in pitches of 112 at Colorado on July 21 last year. He had gone a previous-best eight innings against the Royals on May 14, 2016.This marked the Braves' first visit to Oakland since the franchise's lone other trip in 2003 to the Coliseum, where a pair of bird-themed kites are flying high above the upper decks in an effort to cut down on the number of sea gulls hovering low in the later innings. One is called ''Scott Hattebird'' after former A's first baseman Scott Hatteberg.Braves manager Brian Snitker watched a special performance visiting the last ballpark he had yet to see.''I crossed the last one off my list,'' he said.TRAINER'S ROOMBraves: INF Freddie Freeman, who has be en out since mid-May with a wrist injury, will make his first rehab appearance Saturday for Triple-A Gwinett at Charlotte - and play his first game at 3B since rookie ball. ... 1B Matt Adams, who exited Thursday's 6-0 defeat to the Padres with a bruised left foot, sat out but Snitker was hopeful to have him in Saturday's lineup.Athletics: Rookie 3B Matt Chapman is back doing baseball activities after being hospitalized with a knee infection. He remains on oral antibiotics after being on bed rest during his hospital stay last Wednesday-Sunday. ''I'm feeling back to normal. It's good to be back, good to be back out on the field and see my teammates again,'' he said. ''It seems to coming along nicely.'' The plan is for him to do two more days before a likely rehab game or two.WASH RETURNSLongtime A's third base coach Ron Washington returned to the Coliseum for the first time now in the same job with Atlanta. He was out on the field early as always, chatting with his old grounds crew pals and catching up with Oakland's Chad Pinder before getting to work on infield drills.Washington - who also managed Texas - took the job with the Braves to be closer to home in New Orleans, where his wife's family also resides. ''Wash'' left San Francisco on public transit about 10:45 to do some errands in the East Bay and arrived at noon to the Coliseum.''He's been a really good asset for us,'' Snitker said. ''He's passionate about the game. He loves the game.'' UP NEXTBraves: RHP knuckleballer R. A. Dickey (6-5) tries to win his third straight start and fourth in five. He is 4-6 with a 4.38 ERA in 19 outings for his career against the A's and would have his first three-start winning streak of the year.Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn, who came to the A's in a trade with Seattle that sent Danny Valencia to the Mariners, makes his major league de but Saturday. He's pitching in place of Jharel Cotton, pushed back a couple of extra days as he deals with a blister. He isn't scheduled to go on the DL.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (7) vs. Chicago White Sox (8) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (7) vs. Chicago White Sox (8) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSCabrera double caps 3-run ninth, White Sox beat Rangers 8-7STATS 1h ago. 1 min read CHICAGO Melky Cabrera hit a two-run double against closer Matt Bush to cap a three-run ninth inning and give the Chicago White Sox an 8-7 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.Todd Frazier hit two homers. Jose Abreu finally connected at home after setting a club record by hitting his first 13 on the road, and Chicago rallied for its fourth win in 12 games.Bush (2-4) came in with a 7-5 lead to start the ninth but quickly ran into trouble.Singles by Adam Engel and Willy Garcia put runners on first and second with one out before Alen Hanson drove an RBI single to center.Cabrera followed with a two-run double down the right-field line, with Hanson diving headfirst across the plate with the winning run. Catcher Jona than Lucroy attempted to make a swiping tag on the relay throw but never caught the ball.

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (0) vs. Detroit Tigers (0) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Cleveland Indians (0) vs. Detroit Tigers (0) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSTigers-Indians game postponed, to be made up in SeptemberSTATS 4h ago. 3 min read DETROIT If the Detroit Tigers want to be taken seriously as contenders in the AL Central, these next two series against Cleveland could be vital.First, though, the weather has to cooperate.The Tigers and Indians were rained out Friday night, and the game won't be made up until Sept. 1 as part of a split doubleheader. Detroit and Cleveland were supposed to play a four-game set at Comerica Park this week, then three games at Cleveland right before the All-Star break. Now the Tigers have one fewer opportunity to gain immediate ground on the division-leading Indians.These next few weeks are crucial for Detroit as the Tigers try to play well enough to avoid a deadline sell-off. Make Money Betting Sports. They are 35-43, seven games behind Cleveland.''We're playing within the division and they're above us in the standings,'' Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said. ''In that sense, it's a chance to make up for lost ground.'' The Tigers ended up having to wait for that chance. Hockey Handicappers. The game was called shortly before the scheduled start time of 7:10 p.m.Detroit and Cleveland now have to add another doubleheader to the schedule, in September. Free Picks Against the Spread. They're also set to play two games Saturday after they had a game postponed May 4.The Tigers may be running out of time to turn their season around. General manager Al Avila was already talking last offseason about cutting costs, and if Detroit doesn't show signs of improvement in the next month or so, players like J. D. Martinez, Justin Wilson and perhaps Ian Kinsler could become prime trade candidates.Ausmus is hopeful the offense will pick up the pace soon.''We lead baseball in hard-hit outs,'' Ausmus said. ''If you keep hitting the ball that hard, the numbers should correct themselves.'' The Indians have won 11 of their last 16 games, and although they have been unable to pull away in the division, Corey Kluber looks outstanding again. He's 7-2 with a 3.02 ERA, and on Thursday, he tied a franchise record held by Bob Feller when he reached double-digit strikeouts for a fourth straight game.''His level of consistency, the bar has been so high,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''He's in great shape, he's a hard worker, he's strong. So he's throwing the same pitches in the eighth as he was in the first.'' Rookie outfielder Bradley Zimmer is hitting .289 through his first 40 game s and has seven stolen bases.''The guy can kind of change the game with his legs, which is always welcome,'' Francona said. ''And he's been running everything down in the outfield.'' FEELING BETTERFrancona left Monday's game against Texas after he felt lightheaded and his heart rate increased. He returned Wednesday , and during a media session in his office Friday, he said he was feeling fine.''Kind of back to being the normal me,'' Francona said. ''Which, as these guys know, is like one step above comatose.'' UP NEXTIndians: RHP Josh Tomlin (4-9) starts the first game of Saturday's doubleheader. He was Cleveland's scheduled starter Friday and is being pushed back because of the rainout. RHP Carlos Carrasco (8-3) takes the mound in the nightcap.Tigers: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0) is being pushed back from Friday to the first game Saturday. Detroit will start RHP Jordan Zimmermann (5-5) in the second game. LHP Matthew Boyd had been scheduled to start one of the games in the doubleheader, but that's no longer necessary.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball---Follow Noah Trister at www. Twitter.com/noahtrister

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (7) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (4) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Boston Red Sox (7) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (4) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSBogaerts has tiebreaking hit, Red Sox beat Jays 7-4 in 11STATS 1h ago. 1 min read TORONTO Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking single in the 11th inning and the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday night.Hanley Ramirez doubled off Aaron Loup (2-2) to begin the 11th and moved to third on Jackie Bradley Jr.'s single. One out later, Bogaerts singled through the drawn-in infield.Deven Marrero had two hits and three RBIs as the AL East-leading Red Sox won their 13th straight game when scoring at least five runs.Bogaerts was held out of the starting lineup for the first time since April 21. He came on as a defensive replacement in the 10th.Blaine Boyer (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings and Craig Kimbrel finished for his 23rd save.Justin Smoak hit a three-run home run, his 22nd, and Tro y Tulowitzki added a solo blast for the Blue Jays, who have lost six of eight.

MLB Game Recap: San Francisco Giants (13) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (5) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: San Francisco Giants (13) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (5) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSGiants beat Pirates 13-5STATS 11m ago. 3 min read PITTSBURGH Coming into Friday night's game, the San Francisco Giants had scored 311 runs in the 2017 season, the fourth-lowest total in the majors.They didn't look like it against the Pittsburgh Pirates.Hunter Pence drove in five runs and the Giants pounced on Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole for seven runs then added six more against the bullpen to rout the Pirates 13-5.It all started at the top, as leadoff man Denard Span started the game with a solo home run and then went on to finish 4 for 5 with four runs scored.Batting second, Joe Panik went 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI and Pence had three hits as the Giants' first three hitters went a combined 10 for 14.''This is a small sample here, but it shows you what happens when you get timely hits,'' San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said. ''You have a much better chance of winning the ballgame. We're getting a ton of them right now. It's getting contagious.'' Trailing by a run entering the fourth, the Giants rattled off five straight hits in that inning to score three runs, then added five more on four hits in the sixth. Buster Posey and Brandon Belt each had two-run doubles in that rally. Belt added a solo homer in the eighth and finished with four RBIs.Johnny Cueto (6-7) fought through seven hits to get the win. After giving up three runs in the first, he settled down to hold the Pirates scoreless over his final four innings.''It was just very difficult to get on my groove, but I'm very thankful for my teammates to pick me up and score runs for me to get a win today,'' Cueto said through an interpreter.Cole (6-7) had seven strikeouts but gave up 10 hits. He dealt with an elevated pitch count al l night and took 114 to get through 5 1/3 innings.''Not his `A' game,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''He tried to battle and grind and they capitalized on missed location.'' PAIR OF FIRSTSGiants third baseman Ryder Jones entered the game in the sixth and recorded his first major league hit in the eighth on a single to center field. Jones had gone 0 for 18 to start his major league career.''The worst thing you can do when something like that happens is start getting passive and not being aggressive,'' he said. ''I'm a fairly aggressive hitter, so I just tried to stick with the plan and keep going. It was fun to get on base and score a run.'' Relief pitcher Dan Slania made his major league debut in the ninth.BUSY DAYAndrew McCutchen went 2 for 2, walked and reached on a hit by pitch, but left the game in the seventh inning after fouling a pitch off his foot. He completed the at-bat, singled, and then was li fted for a pinch-runner. McCutchen expects to be OK.''It's just something that's going to be sore for probably few days, but I'm all right,'' he said.Earlier in the day, he announced on Twitter that he and his wife, Maria, are expecting their first child this December.''I have been excited for a very long time now,'' he said. ''Now everyone else gets to enjoy that with us. It's a lot of fun.'' TRAINER'S ROOMGiants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (bruised ribs and left shoulder AC sprain) pitched in his second rehab start with Triple-A Sacramento. He went 3 2/3 innings and allowed four runs and seven hits while striking out one. Bumgarner had thrown three innings in his first rehab start. He hasn't pitched in the majors since April 19. ... 3B Eduardo Nunez (hamstring strain) will go on a two-game rehab assignment with Double-A Richmond.Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli (post-concussion symptoms) caught, ran and hit be fore the game. He remains day-to-day. He's been on the seven-day DL since June 22.UP NEXTGiants: LHP Matt Moore (3-8, 6.04 ERA) will start Saturday. Good Return on Investment. The Giants are 4-12 when Moore starts this season.Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (2-6, 5.58 ERA) will attempt to snap a streak of 12 consecutive starts of five innings or less.

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (2) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (3) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Miami Marlins (2) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (3) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSVogt's 2 home runs lead Brewers past Marlins 3-2STATS 1h ago. 2 min read MILWAUKEE Stephen Vogt, claimed off waivers earlier in the week, hit two home runs and the Milwaukee Brewers held off the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Friday night.The game was delayed about seven minutes with the Brewers batting in the fourth after a baseball apparently thrown from the stands struck first-base umpire Joe West in the back of the head. West remained in the game.Vogt, who was claimed from the Oakland Athletics, hit a solo home run in the fifth off Miami starter Edinson Volquez and a two-run shot in the seventh off reliever David Phelps (2-4).The Marlins broke through with two runs in the fifth against Brewers starter Matt Garza. J. Handicappers Free Picks. T. Realmuto led off with a single, stole second and scored on JT Riddle's base hit. Miami plated a second run on Dee Gordon's fielder's choice.Garza gave up two runs and six hits in five innings.Carlos Torres (4-4) got the win after pitching two scoreless innings in relief.Corey Knebel earned his 13th save in 16 chances but not before some tense moments. Realmuto, who led off the ninth with a walk, was thrown out at the plate attempting to score on Derek Dietrich's double. Handicapper Return on Investment. The out call was confirmed after a 58-second review. Knebel struck out Riddle and, after walking pinch-hitter Martin Prado, got Gordon looking.Volquez entered the game having surrendered 12 runs over his last three starts. He held the Brewers to three hits and one run over six innings. He struck out three and walked two.ROSTER MOVESThe Brewers traded INF/OF Nick Franklin to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash. He had been designated for assignment on Tuesday. Milwaukee claimed Franklin off waivers from Tampa Bay in April. He hit .195 in 53 games. Milwaukee also optioned RHP Jorge L?pez to Double-A Biloxi, outrighted RHP Tyler Cravy to Triple-A Colorado Springs and selected RHP Rob Scahill from Colorado Springs.TRAINER'S ROOMBrewers: 1B Eric Thames sat out for the second consecutive game. He's hitting .169 in June.UP NEXTMarlins: Tom Koehler (1-2) will make his first start since May 16. Koehler, who has a 7.04 ERA over eight starts this season, had been in the rotation until being demoted to Triple-A New Orleans earlier this month.Brewers: Zach Davies (8-4) is 2-1 with a 3.71 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins. Davies pitched seven shutout innings in his last start on Sunday at Atlanta.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (13) vs. Houston Astros (4) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (13) vs. Houston Astros (4) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSGardner hits slam with 6 RBIs as Yankees down Astros 13-4STATS 1h ago. 1 min read HOUSTON Brett Gardner tied a career-high with six RBIs and his seventh-inning grand slam helped the New York Yankees cruise to a 13-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.The Yankees started off slow, and trailed by two entering the sixth inning, after arriving at their hotel in Houston about 6 a.m. following an almost three-hour rain delay before the start of their game against the White Sox on Thursday night.They finally broke through in that inning, collecting five hits - all singles - and sending 10 batters to the plate to take a 6-3 lead.Gardner, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, drove in the go-ahead run in that inning before connecting off James Hoyt an inning later on his two-out, two-strike shot to right field to make it 10-3.Yankees starter Michael Pineda (8-4) yielded seven hits and three runs - two earned - in six innings for his first win since June 8. Bryan Mitchell allowed two hits and one run in three innings for his first save.

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (1) vs. Kansas City Royals (8) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (1) vs. Kansas City Royals (8) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSVargas earns 12th win in Royals' 8-1 victory over TwinsSTATS 1h ago. 2 min read KANSAS CITY, Mo. Jason Vargas picked up his American League-leading 12th victory, Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Friday night.Vargas (12-3) tied Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers for the major league lead in wins and lowered his ERA to 2.22, which tops the American League. He allowed two hits and one run over seven innings, while walking a season-high four.Ervin Santana (10-5) took the loss, yielding seven runs, five earned, and eight hits.It was the second time since 1990 that two pitchers with at least 10 wins and an ERA of less than 3.00 matched up. Free Soccer Picks. The previou s was June 16, 2002, with Boston's Derek Lowe (10 wins, 1.89 ERA) and Atlanta's Tom Glavine (11 wins, 1.53 ERA) squared off in an interleague game.Santana's throwing error in the fourth opened the floodgates for a five-run inning. After Jorge Bonifacio opened the inning with a single, Lorenzo Cain hit a sharp grounder to Santana for a probable double play. Santana's throw sailed wide right of second baseman Brian Dozier and into center field.Hosmer deposited Santana's first pitch into the left-field seats, tucking it just inside the foul pole, for his 10th home run.The Royals sent 10 men to the plate in the inning with Whit Merrifield and Alcides Escobar adding run-scoring singles.Mike Moustakas blasted his 21st home run to lead off the Kansas City sixth. Escobar tripled and scored on Alex Gordon's sacrifice fly for the other Royals' run in the inning. Gordon had another sacrifice fly in the eighth.Miguel Sano's two-out single in the third sco red Max Kepler, who had walked, for the only run Vargas would allow.FARRELL'S SON TO DEBUTRHP Luke Farrell, the son of Boston manager John Farrell, will start the first game of Saturday's doubleheader for the Royals. He went 7-3 record with a 3.83 ERA for Triple-A Omaha. ''A couple of hours before we told him, I texted John and said, `Look, I'm just giving you a heads up. Luke is going to make his major league debut on Saturday,''' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He was thrilled.'' TRAINER'S ROOMRoyals: LHP Danny Duffy (oblique strain) made his second minor league rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Omaha. He gave up one run and four hits, walked none and struck out five at Colorado Springs. Yost implied Duffy would likely start Tuesday at Seattle.MINOR LEAGUER SUSPENDEDRoyals minor league C Mark Sanchez is suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug, Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone. Sanchez hit .206 in 33 games with Low-A Lexington.ROSTER MOVESThe Royals recalled LHP Eric Skoglund, who was 1-1 with a 5.59 ERA in three starts earlier this season. Make Money Betting Sports. They optioned RHP Jake Junis, who was 2-2 with a 5.66 ERA in eight games, to Triple-A Omaha.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Jose Berrios will start the opener of a day-night doubleheader. RHP Felix Jorge will make his big league debut in the second game. He went 8-1 with a 3.26 ERA with Double-A Chattanooga.Royals: RHP Jason Hammel, who went 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA in June, will start the nightcap.

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (1) vs. St Louis Cardinals (8) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Washington Nationals (1) vs. St Louis Cardinals (8) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSLeake and Molina lead Cardinals to 8-1 win over NationalsSTATS 1h ago. 1 min read ST. LOUIS Mike Leake pitched eight strong innings and Yadier Molina drove in four runs to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-1 on Friday night.The Cardinals have won five of their past six, while the Nationals have dropped four of six.Leake (6-6) got his first win since he last went eight innings in a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 24. He was 0-4 with two no-decisions before picking up the victory Friday. He pitched eight innings, giving up one run on five hits, striking out four and walking three.A wild Tanner Roark (6-6) took the loss, lasting just three innings. He gave up four hits but walked a season-high five, the final two of which resulted in the Cardinals' first two runs. Of his 85 pitches in the game, only 46 were strikes.Molina extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a two-run single in the third and added another two-run hit as the Cardinals scored five times in the fourth off reliever Jacob Turner.

MLB Game Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (6) vs. Baltimore Orioles (4) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (6) vs. Baltimore Orioles (4) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSRays rally in 9th, use Souza HR in 10th to beat Orioles 6-4STATS 1h ago. 1 min read BALTIMORE Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tying single in the ninth inning and Steven Souza followed with a three-run homer in the 10th to carry the Tampa Bay Rays past the Baltimore Orioles 6-4 on Friday night.Hechavarria went 4 for 4 and Wilson Ramos hit his first homer with the Rays. Todays Free Sports Picks. They had nobody on with two outs in the ninth before rallying from a 3-2 deficit against closer Brad Brach.After issuing a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Shane Peterson, Brach committed a balk and threw a wild pitch Hechavarria singled to left. It was the fourth blown save for Brach, who's filling in for the injured Zach Britton.In the 10th, Darren O'D ay (1-2) issued two walks, the second one intentionally, before Souza went deep.Jumbo Diaz (1-3) worked the ninth and Alex Colome gave up a homer to Mark Trumbo in the 10th but got three outs for his 21st save.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (0) vs. Cincinnati Reds (5) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (0) vs. Cincinnati Reds (5) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSFeldman holds down depleted Cubs for Reds' 5-0 victorySTATS 1h ago. 1 min read CINCINNATI Scott Feldman held Chicago's depleted lineup to two singles over seven innings on Friday night, and Adam Duvall hit a three-run homer, powering the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-0 victory over the Cubs.The Reds won for only the sixth time in their last 29 games against the NL Central rival.Feldman (7-5) didn't allow a hit until Ian Happ singled with two outs in the sixth inning. Addison Russell singled in the seventh. Feldman walked two, struck out seven and threw 108 pitches.Michael Lorenzen and Wandy Peralta each pitched an inning, completing a combined three-hitter. All three of Chicago's hits were singles.Duvall connected for his third homer in four games off left-hander Mike Montgomery (1-5) in the four th inning. Best Free Sports Picks. The Reds also scored on Jose Peraza's squeeze bunt for a single in the sixth, and again on catcher Victor Caratini's throwing error in the eighth.

MLB Game Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (1) vs. New York Mets (2) - 6/30/2017

MLB Game Recap: Philadelphia Phillies (1) vs. New York Mets (2) - Date: 6/30/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSMets edge Phillies 2-1 behind 12 Ks from dominant deGromSTATS 33m ago. 3 min read NEW YORK Jacob deGrom struck out 12 in seven dominant innings to win his fourth consecutive start, and the New York Mets edged the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 on Friday night.Curtis Granderson and Travis d'Arnaud each had an RBI single for the Mets, who have won six of seven since getting swept in four games at Dodger Stadium. Sports Betting Profit. They returned from a 5-5 trip and managed just enough offense against the worst team in the majors to earn their third consecutive victory.Making a push for his second All-Star selection when rosters are announced Sunday night, deGrom (8-3) has permitted only three earned runs over 32 innings for a 0.84 ERA in his last four outings. He held the Phillies hitless until Granderson lost a routine fly in the darkening sky at dusk, giving catcher Andrew Knapp his first career triple with two outs in the fifth.Philadelphia immediately took advantage of the gift when New York chose to pitch to No. 8 batter Ty Kelly with first base open. Kelly lined a clean RBI single to left on a 1-2 pitch, prompting deGrom to drop his head as his shoulders slumped.But the only other blemish for deGrom was a two-out single in the seventh by Nick Williams, the first major league hit for the touted Phillies outfield prospect. Williams was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier in the day to make his major league debut.Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald combined on a scoreless eighth before Addison Reed got three quick outs for his 13th save.It was deGrom's sixth double-digit strikeout game this year, his most in one season, and the 16th of his career. Sports Handicap. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year walked just one.Philadelphia rookie Ben Lively (1-3) walked four of his first nine batters - including deGrom - and received two visits to the mound from pitching coach Bob McClure before there was an out in the bottom of the second. But the right-hander got two early double plays and settled down nicely to work 6 1/3 effective innings.Lively retired his final nine hitters after d'Arnaud grounded an RBI single through a drawn-in infield in the fourth. Football Picks. That scored Jose Reyes, who tripled off the glove of center fielder Odubel Herrera as he tried to make a running catch at the right-center fence.TRAINER'S ROOMPhillies: LF-2B Howie Kendrick was placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Wednesday, with a strained left hamstring.Mets: 1B Lucas Duda was a late scratch with flu-like symptoms that have kept him out of the starting line up the past three days. He was replaced by T. J. Rivera, who doubled and scored in the second. ... With RHP Zack Wheeler set to come off the DL on Saturday, the Mets are expected to make roster room by putting OF Michael Conforto (bruised left wrist) on the DL. Conforto has missed four straight games since getting hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative and he was sent Friday for an MRI and CT scan, general manager Sandy Alderson said.UP NEXTWheeler (3-5, 5.29 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday against Phillies RHP Jeremy Hellickson (5-5, 4.40 ERA). After missing the past two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery, Wheeler was pitching well, with a 3.45 ERA, before getting hit hard in two consecutive short starts and going on the DL retroactive to June 20 with biceps tendinitis. ''There had to be a blip someplace,'' New York manager Terry Collins said. ''I think the rest has helped out. He's had two very good bullpen sessions and that' s why we think he's ready.'' Hellickson is 2-4 with an 8.21 ERA in seven career starts against the Mets.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

Thursday, June 29, 2017

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (6) vs. Los Angeles Angels (2) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (6) vs. Los Angeles Angels (2) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSKershaw fans 12, Dodgers hit 3 homers to beat Angels 6-2STATS 1h ago. 2 min read ANAHEIM, Calif. Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 to become the majors' first 12-game winner, Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers salvaged a split of the Freeway Series with a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.Kershaw (12-2) yielded three hits and one unearned run over seven dominant innings, posting his fifth double-digit strikeout total of the season. He got ample support from the homer-happy NL leaders, who have won 18 of 21.After Yasiel Puig and Chase Utley homered in the fifth inning, Pederson's sixth-inning shot off J. C. Ramirez (7-6) gave the Dodgers 50 homers in June, breaking the 135-year-old franchise's record for homers in a calendar month, set i n 1953.Kole Calhoun had a late RBI single for the Angels.The local derby got some added spice when both benches and bullpens emptied in the eighth after Dodgers reliever Brandon Morrow hit Yunel Escobar with a fastball in the shoulder.No fights broke out, but Escobar was furious with his former Toronto Blue Jays teammate even though the pitch strongly appeared to be unintentional, and it loaded the bases for the Angels.Morrow then struck out Luis Valbuena, and the reliever made a conciliatory gesture at Escobar on first base while he left the mound.Kenley Jansen then retired Martin Maldonado on a long fly to center, and the Dodgers closer also pitched the ninth for his 18th save.After splitting four games with the Angels, the Dodgers (53-28) have taken a 2 1/2-game lead in the NL West over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who visit Dodger Stadium next week.In his 11th consecutive unbeaten start and his second straight without allowing an earned run, Kershaw struck out the side in t he first inning on 12 pitches.He did it again in the fifth inning on 10 pitches, part of five consecutive strikeouts overall. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The Angels' only extra-base hit was a sixth-inning double by Albert Pujols, a career .375 hitter (12 for 32) against Kershaw.Ramirez yielded seven hits and five earned runs before leaving in the sixth when he was hit by Puig's line drive.The Dodgers went ahead in the fifth when Puig cracked his 15th homer into the short left-field stands and Utley followed with his fifth of the season to right.Pederson has eight homers this season, including six in his last 14 games.Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager went 0 for 4 and left in the seventh inning of his return from a five-game absence with a right hamstring injury.TRAINER'S ROOMDodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu has no broken bones in his left foot after getting hit with a line drive during his start Wednesday, but he says it still feels sore. Manager Dave Roberts is hopeful Ryu won't need a stint on the DL.Angels: Closer Bud Norris threw a rehab inning in the minors. He could be activated this weekend after missing a week with knee inflammation.UP NEXTDodgers: Alex Wood (8-0, 1.86 ERA) looks to continue his spectacular start to the season when the Dodgers travel south to open a weekend series against the San Diego Padres.Angels: Parker Bridwell (2-0, 2.95 ERA) makes his fourth start of the season when Los Angeles opens a three-game series at Angel Stadium against the Seattle Mariners.---More MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (0) vs. San Diego Padres (6) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (0) vs. San Diego Padres (6) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSPadres blank Braves 6-0 behind Lamet's gemSTATS 5m ago. 3 min read SAN DIEGO Padres rookie Dinelson Lamet was so good against the Atlanta on Thursday night they thought he was cheating.Lamet allowed four hits over seven innings, and Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe hit two-run homers as San Diego beat the Braves 6-0.Lamet (3-2), in his seventh career start, was stellar as he spotted his mid-90s fastball and was able to get the Braves to chase his late-breaking slider. He struck out eight and walked one.Atlanta speculated something was awry and asked the umpires to check Lamet for a foreign substance in the sixth inning. Nothing was found on his pants leg, other than the mixture of dirt and saliva from where Lamet wipes his hand.''It's pretty simple really, if you're observing the baseba ll game,'' Padres manager Andy Green said. ''They either, through gamesmanship, or some desire to maybe see more than that was actually occurring out there. I think if you are going to put a foreign substance on yourself, you're not going to put it on your pants where everyone can see it.'' Lamet wasn't fazed about the Braves' allegations.''I always go to my mouth, then touch the mound and I go to my pants and that is going to create mud,'' Lamet said through a translator. ''For me it was something normal.'' Braves manager Brian Snitker thought something was amiss.''Some guys put sunscreen and all that,'' he said. ''I thought he had something on there because he kept going to it all the time. So I just wanted to check it.'' The win gave the Padres the three-game set, which snapped the surging Braves' streak of taking four consecutive series. After winning eight of 10 games , the Braves lost two straight to the Padres.Lamet was backed by Myers' blast in the second and Renfroe's shot in the fifth. It was the 16th homer for both Padres, which ties them for the team-high.''(Lamet) threw some really good fastballs out there today,'' Green said. ''And most of those guys didn't have a chance on them. He mixed in the slider, too, and it's a unique slider that when it's up, it plays and actually breaks.'' Jaime Garcia (2-6) lasted six innings, surrendering six runs and seven hits. He had six strikeouts with three walks.''I'm very disappointed in myself right now,'' Garcia said. ''Tough one.'' Lamet, a native of the Dominican Republic who signed as a free agent in 2014, was much better. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The right-hander retired the first 11 batters he faced until Nick Markakis singled sharply up the middle.It was Lamet's third straight quality start, although in the other two he didn't factor into the decisions. Lamet won for the first time since beating the Cubs on May 25 as two relievers finished off the Braves.Manuel Margot's third hit in the seventh, an RBI single, provided the Padres' final run.Renfroe's 439-foot homer in the fifth, with Myers aboard on a walk, pushed the Padres ahead 5-0. It was Renfroe's third hit.The Padres jumped ahead 3-0 on in the third, highlighted by Myers' two-run homer. Myers' long fly brought in Margot after he doubled. Margot's extra-base hit scored Jose Pirela from first, after he reached on a single.The Braves had two runners aboard in the fifth when Kurt Suzuki drew a one-out walk and advanced on Johan Camargo's infield single. But Lamet got Garcia to ground out to silence the threat.Atlanta had only two runners reach scoring position, and neither advanced past second base.TRAINER'S ROOMBraves: INF Freddie Freeman, who has been out since mid-May with a wrist injury, will play with Triple-A Gwinett this weekend in a rehab stint. ... 1B Matt Adams was removed from Thursday's game with a left foot contusion. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.Padres: RHP Trevor Cahill (sore right shoulder) will have at least one more minor-league rehab start for Triple-A El Paso.UP NEXTDodgers: LHP Alex Wood (8-0, 1.86 ERA) is the first Dodger since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 to start a season 8-0. And not since Orel Hersisher in 1985 have the Dodgers had a pitcher remain unbeaten after 11 starts into a season.Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (5-7, 4.42 ERA) has split his two decisions against the Dodgers this season. He's looking to rebound after allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Tigers on Sunday.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (3) vs. Boston Red Sox (6) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (3) vs. Boston Red Sox (6) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSPrice, Betts, Ramirez lead Red Sox over Twins 6-3STATS 1h ago. 2 min read BOSTON David Price won for the second time in three starts, Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez hit solo home runs, and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the Minnesota Twins 6-3 on Thursday night.Tzu-Wei Lin singled and tripled for his first big league multihit game. Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits and an RBI.Price (3-2) threw a season-high 112 pitches over seven innings, allowing three runs and six hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Craig Kimbrel pitched a one-hit ninth for his AL-leading 22nd save in 23 chances, finishing Boston's last home game before the All-Star break.Kyle Gibson (4-6) allowed five runs - three earned - and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.Betts started Boston's comeback when he homered heading off the fourth, and Bradley's RBI double pulled the Red Sox to 3-2 in the fifth. Left fielder Robbie Grossman got in position to field a carom off the Green Monster, but the ball hit the ladder above the scoreboard and dropped straight down, allowing Ramirez to score from first.Christian Vazquez followed with a grounder that hit the wrist of shortstop Jorge Polanco's glove hand and bounced away for an error.Deven Marrero hit a tying RBI grounder with one out on a dribbler to third, and Betts' single put Boston ahead 4-3.Ramirez's sixth-inning homer chased Gibson, and Lin - who made his big league debut Monday - tripled off Buddy Boshers starting the seventh and scored on Marrero's double.Minnesota built its lead on Joe Mauer's RBI grounder in the first and Polanco's two-run double in the fourth.Right-hander Phil Hughes, activated Wednesday following a rehab stint with Triple-A Rochester following a shoulder strain, came out of the bullpen in the seventh for his first relief appearance since June 9 last year. Hughes allowed one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings, struck out two and walked none. He had not pitched for the Twins since May 21.TRAINER'S ROOMRed Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia got the night off because of soreness in his left knee. ... Ramirez returned to the lineup after missing three straight games with a bruised left knee. Ramirez fouled a ball off his right foot during his first at-bat.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Ervin Santana (10-4, 2.80) is slated to start Friday when the Twins open a four-game series at Kansas City.Red Sox: RHP Doug Fister (0-1, 4.50), claimed off waivers last week, gets his second start for Boston when the Red Sox play at Toronto to open a 10-game trip.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (11) vs. Cincinnati Reds (3) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: Milwaukee Brewers (11) vs. Cincinnati Reds (3) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSBraun starts Brewers' 6-HR barrage for 11-3 win over RedsSTATS 18m ago. 3 min read CINCINNATI Ryan Braun's homer was as close as could be, smacking into the screen alongside the left field foul pole - a modest start to Milwaukee's big night.Braun began Milwaukee's six-homer barrage , hitting the first of three off Homer Bailey, and the Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 11-3 on Thursday night, salvaging the final game of their series.The NL Central leaders hit six homers for the first time since 2007, when they also did it in Cincinnati. Jonathan Villar connected twice as Milwaukee matched its season high for runs. Jesus Aguilar had a three-run homer among his three hits.''Everybody's got power here,'' Villar said .Jimmy Nelson (6-4) gave up three hits in seven inni ngs, including Joey Votto's 22nd and 23rd homers, and matched his season high with 11 strikeouts. Sports Free Picks. The teams combined for 19 homers during the three-game series.''You just knew we were going to break out of it, especially in a park like this,'' Nelson said.Braun returned at the start of the series after missing a month with a strained left calf. He homered twice in the series, including his solo shot in the first off Bailey (0-2), who has been hit hard in both of his starts since returning from elbow surgery.''I wasn't worried that he was going to hit,'' manager Craig Counsell said. ''He's going to hit.'' Braun's 24th career homer at Great American Ball Park moved him one ahead of Lance Berkman for most by a visiting player. Braun has 39 homers overall against the Reds since his rookie season of 2007, the most by any player against Ci ncinnati over that span.The Reds have allowed homers in 22 straight games, four shy of the major league record. Last-place Cincinnati has lost 15 of its last 19 games overall.Manny Pina and Villar had solo shots off Bailey, who had elbow spurs removed at the start of spring training. In two outings, he's given up 14 runs and 12 hits in 4 2/3 innings.''I'm getting back to the speed of the game,'' Bailey said. ''I have to be a little sharper. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. That little bit of sharpness is the difference between a home run and a ground ball or a pop up. It's going to take some time.'' Villar connected off Kevin Shackelford for his third career multi-homer game. Aguilar's three-run homer off the rookie made it 10-0 in the fourth inning.MAKING MOVESThe Brewers put RHP Chase Anderson on the 10-day DL with a strained left oblique and called up R HP reliever Jorge Lopez from Double-A. Basketball Handicappers. The Reds announced that RHP Jake Buchanan cleared outright waivers and decided to become a free agent rather than accept a move to the minors.REST FOR THAMESSlumping 1B Eric Thames got a day off. He's 4 for 41 in his last 11 games with 19 strikeouts. Counsell said he might get another day off, too.YOU'RE GONEReds manager Bryan Price was ejected for the second time this season by plate umpire Fieldin Culbreth in the third inning. He challenged a call that Aguilar's double was in play - the ball came to rest under a pad. The call was upheld on review, and Price was ejected for continuing to argue.STATSThe Brewers hit at least six homers for the sixth time in franchise history. The club record is seven at Cleveland on April 29, 1980. ... Votto's 23 homers before the All-Star break are a career high. It was his 13th multi-homer game and his f irst since last June 27 against the Cubs. ... The Reds' rotation's ERA jumped to 6.29, worst in the NL.TRAINER'S ROOMBrewers: Anderson will be examined when the Brewers return home on Friday, giving them a better idea how long he might be sidelined by the injury incurred on a swing Wednesday night.Reds: SS Zack Cozart got a day of rest in his rehab from a strained right thigh, which has sidelined him since June 19. He's expected to be activated during a weekend series against the Cubs at Great American Ball Park.UP NEXTBrewers: Milwaukee starts a six-game homestand with the first of three against Miami. RHP Matt Garza (3-4) is 3-3 career against the Marlins with a 5.11 ERA.Reds: RHP Scott Feldman (6-5) makes his second career start against the Cubs. He gave up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings of a 7-5 loss at Wrigley Field on May 17. The Cubs have won 23 of their last 28 games overall against the Reds.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (6) vs. Miami Marlins (3) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: New York Mets (6) vs. Miami Marlins (3) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSBruce's 2 RBIs help Mets take series by beating Marlins 6-3STATS 17m ago. 3 min read MIAMI Scoring early and often, the New York Mets made up for a slow start to their 10-game trip.The Mets took the lead in the first inning for the fourth game in a row and won the rubber game of their series against the Miami Marlins 6-3 Thursday.New York went 5-5 in three cities despite being swept in four games by the Dodgers starting the trip.''We'll take it,'' manager Terry Collins said. ''We didn't get down and pack up and go home. We showed up every day and played hard.'' Jay Bruce capped the trip by scoring twice and delivering a pair of RBI hits, including a single in the Mets' two-run first .''To get the momentum early is huge,'' Bruce said. '' ;The person it's probably the biggest for is our pitcher - to settle in and get in a groove and not have to feel like they have to make every single pitch.'' Seth Lugo (3-1), making his fourth start of the year, kept the lead. He went six innings and allowed three runs, including Giancarlo Stanton's 21st homer .''I struck him out on the same pitch the time before,'' Lugo said. ''It happens.'' Addison Reed, New York's fourth pitcher, pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth to earn his 12th save.T. J. Rivera had three hits and two RBIs, while Curtis Granderson scored twice and drove in a run for the Mets, who overtook Miami for third place in the NL East. Free Soccer Picks. They've outscored opponents 41-17 winning five of their past six games.''It's a steppingstone in the right direction,'' Collins said. ''We hope o ur starting pitching is starting to fall in place for us, and if it does we've got an exciting second half ahead of us.'' The Marlins, by contrast, are sputtering. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. They've scored only 21 runs in their past eight games.''We put ourselves in trouble every day in the series in the first inning getting behind,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''At some point, you're not going to be able to continue to get yourself back to win games.'' Jose Urena (6-3) gave up five runs, three earned, in six innings. He retired his final 11 batters but still lost for the first time in his past six decisions.Granderson led off the first with a double, Bruce hit an RBI single and Rivera doubled home a run.A bad throw by rookie shortstop J. NBA Handicappers. T. Riddle helped the Mets score three runs, t wo unearned, in the third. Bruce's bloop double scored one run, and another came home on Rivera's RBI single.Riddle made amends with a nifty unassisted double play in the eighth.The Marlins bunched three consecutive two-out singles and scored twice in the sixth. The rally might have been even bigger, but Dee Gordon was thrown out trying to steal early in the inning, a questionable move with his team down four runs.''He's probably thinking he's pretty sure he can get there,'' Mattingly said, ''but it does end up being something that hurts us.'' CLOSE CALLStanton was unhurt taking a nasty, awkward spill when he crossed home plate scoring from second on Martin Prado's single. Catcher Rene Rivera was shaken up but stayed in the game.''That was a bad play on my part,'' Stanton said. ''I wanted to slide I just couldn't get my timing and footing down.'' STILL RUNNINGMarlins 43-year-old Ichiro Su zuki started in left field for the third time this season and made a sliding catch in foul territory after a long run chasing Jose Reyes' popup.TRAINER'S ROOMMets: RHP Zack Wheeler (biceps tendinitis) threw a bullpen session, and barring a setback he'll be activated to start Saturday against the Phillies. ... OF Michael Conforto (bruised left wrist) missed his third game in a row and said he still feels discomfort swinging a bat. ... 1B Lucas Duda (flu) was held out of the starting lineup and struck out as a pinch hitter in the ninth.UP NEXTMets: RHP Jacob deGrom (7-3, 3.71) is scheduled to start Friday when the Mets open a three-game homestand against the Phillies and RHP Ben Lively (1-2, 3.90). In his past three starts, deGrom is 3-0 with an ERA of 0.72.Marlins: RHP Edinson Volquez (4-8, 4.15) is scheduled to start Friday when the Marlins begin an 11-game trip at Milwaukee against RHP Matt Garza (3-4, 4.43).---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball< /p>

MLB Game Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (0) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (4) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: Tampa Bay Rays (0) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (4) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSTaillon keeps Rays in check as Pirates roll to 4-0 victorySTATS 1h ago. 3 min read PITTSBURGH Jameson Taillon scattered seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, Gregory Polanco and John Jaso hit solo home runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Thursday night.Taillon (4-2) walked two and struck out four in his longest outing since returning from a battle with testicular cancer earlier this month, lowering his ERA to 2.97 despite allowing at least one base runner in six of the seven innings he worked. Andrew McCutchen went 3 for 3 with an RBI single. Handicapper Return on Investment. The 2013 National League MVP is hitting .397 since June 1.Chris Archer (6-5) allowed three runs in six innings, striking out five without issuing a walk for Tampa Bay, which has lost four of five.Logan Morrison and Shane Peterson had two hits apiece for the Rays but Tampa Bay went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.Less than two months removed from a stunning cancer diagnosis that threatened to derail his blossoming career, the 25-year-old Taillon looks stronger than ever.While the Rays kept pecking away at him, Taillon worked in and out of trouble with relative ease. Despite all the traffic, the Rays only reached third base once against Taillon, who left with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh. Handicappers Watchdog. Tony Watson, demoted from his closer's role earlier this month, struck out Corey Dickerson and got Evan Longoria to pop up to first base to end the threat.Archer, trying to win his third consecutive start, couldn't quite keep pace. Baseball Predictions. Three consecutive one-out Pittsburgh singles in the third, the last by the rejuvenated McCutchen, gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Jaso made it 2-0 with his sixth home run of the season leading off the fourth. Polanco, dropped from third to sixth in the batting order while mired in a deep slump, drilled his sixth homer to right center to push the advantage to 3-0.Josh Bell's RBI single in the seventh off reliever Chase Whitley made it 4-0 and Pittsburgh's bullpen made it stand up. A night after working four scoreless innings in a 6-2 win, Pirates' relievers kept the Rays in check for 2 2/3 innings as Pittsburgh won for the fourth time in six games.Tampa Bay left 21 runners on base while losing the final two games of the interleague series.SALUTING THE UMPPNC Park gave umpire John Tumpane a standing ovation before the first pitch, a way of saying thanks after Tumpane helped save a woman in distress on the Roberto Clemente Bridge on W ednesday. The rescue was caught by a photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Tumpane's selfless act made him an unlikely celebrity. Tumpane, who spent part of Thursday doing a series of interviews, continued to downplay his role, saying he was simply in the right place at the right time.TRAINER'S ROOMRays: Activated reliever Brad Boxberger off the 60-day DL and designated reliever Danny Farquhar for assignment. Boxberger was an All-Star in 2015 when he led the American League with 41 saves. He will work in a setup role for current Tampa Bay closer Alex Colome. Farquhar was 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in 37 appearances with the Rays this season.UP NEXTRays: Continue an eight-game trip in Baltimore on Friday when rookie Jake Faria (3-0, 2.10 ERA) takes the hill against Chris Tillman (1-5, 8.39 ERA). The Orioles took two of three from the Rays in Tampa last weekend.Pirates: Host the struggling San Francisco Giants in a weekend series starting Friday. Gerrit Cole (6-6, 4.11 ERA) looks for his fourth straight victory in the opener.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (2) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (0) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: Baltimore Orioles (2) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (0) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSJimenez allows 2 hits in 8 innings, Orioles beat Jays 2-0STATS 1h ago. 2 min read TORONTO Ubaldo Jimenez pitched two-hit ball over eight innings, Jonathan Schoop had two hits and an RBI and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Thursday night.Baltimore has won consecutive road series after going more than two months without one. Sports Bettors Email Leads. They took two of three at Cincinnati from April 18-20, then didn't win a series away from home before doing so in Tampa Bay last weekend.After allowing a season-worst nine runs in his previous start against the Rays, Jimenez (3-3) was sharp against Toronto, walking one and striking out a season-high eight. He retired his first eight batters before Ryan Goins doubled in the third, then got another five straight outs.Jimenez cut his career ERA in eight games at Rogers Centre from 6.33 to 4.89. He's 8-5 in 19 career games against Toronto, his most victories against any opponent other than San Diego (9).Blue Jays outfielders made spectacular catches to begin and finish the seventh. Center fielder Kevin Pillar leapt and slammed into the scoreboard to snare a drive by Ruben Tejada in right-center field for the first out, and left fielder Carrera raced in to make a diving catch on Schoop to end the inning.J. A. Happ (2-5) allowed eight hits and two runs in 6 1/3 innings for Toronto.Brad Brach picked up his 15th save in 18 chances.Schoop hit a sacrifice fly in the third, and Caleb Joseph, a late add to the lineup in place of injured catcher Welington Castillo, hit an RBI single in the sixth.TRAINER'S ROOMOrioles: Castillo was scratched because of a sprained left knee. ... LHP Zach Britton (strained forearm) struck out two in a perfect i nning at Double-A Bowie, throwing 14 pitches. He'll pitch one inning for Class A Frederick on Friday, then pitch for Triple-A Norfolk on Monday.Blue Jays: RHP Aaron Sanchez (blister) will make a second rehab start at Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, manager John Gibbons confirmed. Sanchez allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings in his first rehab start at Class A Dunedin on Tuesday.UP NEXTOrioles: RHP Chris Tillman (1-5, 8.39) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game home series against Tampa Bay on Friday. Handicappers Free Picks. Tillman returned to Baltimore earlier this week to be with his wife, who is expecting the couple's first child. RHP Jacob Faria (3-0, 2.10) will start for the Rays.Blue Jays: RHP Marco Estrada (4-6, 4.89) starts the opener of a three-game series against Boston. Estrada is 0-4 with a 10.03 ERA in five June starts. RHP Doug Fister (0-1, 4.50) starts for the Red Sox.---More baseball : https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (5) vs. Washington Nationals (4) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: Chicago Cubs (5) vs. Washington Nationals (4) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSCubs rally vs Treinen in 9th, beat Nats 5-4 on Jay's doubleSTATS 32m ago. 2 min read WASHINGTON Jon Jay hit a go-ahead two-run double during a three-run ninth-inning rally against Blake Treinen, lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Washington Nationals 5-4 on Thursday.Tommy La Stella drove in a run with a two-out single against Treinen (0-2), and Jay followed with a hit to right-center that brought home Javier Baez and La Stella.Wade Davis struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 16th save after Felix Pena (1-0) worked the eighth.Rookie Jeimer Candelario, who started for the injured Kris Bryant at third base, broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh by launching his first career homer off starter Joe Ross.Manager Dusty Baker was ejected for the first time in his two seasons with the Nationals after arguing a third-strike call in the sixth.Washington took a 4-2 lead in the seventh on Anthony Rendon's two-run homer and Brian Goodwin's RBI single.Candelario was hit by Treinen's fastball in the left knee to start the ninth-inning rally. Candelario appeared to be in significant pain and was visited by a team trainer, but stayed in the game. He went for an X-ray after the win.The Nationals blew their 13th save this season, tying the Mets and Phillies for most in the National League. Six pitchers have at least one save for Washington, and four of them also have at least two blown saves.The win split the four-game series and kept the defending World Series champions from falling under .500.Bryant, the 2016 NL MVP, is expected to miss at least a couple of games after spraining his right ankle in an 8-4 loss Wednesday.Trea Turner stole two bases, bumping up his total to seven in the series and 35 on the season. He entered the day tied for the NL lead with Cincinnati's Bil ly Hamilton.Cubs catcher Willson Contreras threw out two attempted base stealers, including Turner at third base in the first.Both teams scored a single run in the first inning before the starting pitchers dominated.Ross allowed two runs and five hits with seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. After allowing Contreras's RBI single in the first, Ross didn't allow a hit until the sixth or a run until Candelario's shot.Cubs starter Jon Lester gave up Ryan Zimmerman's RBI single in the first, but then blanked Washington over the next five innings. He struck out seven and allowed three hits. Over his last four starts, Lester is 2-0 with 2.42 ERA. He entered with a 5.49 road ERA this season.Nationals left fielder Ryan Raburn struck out swinging in the sixth, but replay showed he made contact with Lester's pitch. Baker argued with first base umpire David Rackley before his ejection.TRAINER'S ROOMCubs: Manager Joe Maddon said that with a day off Monday, he may let Bryant rest until Chicago hosts Tampa Bay Tuesday. ... SS Addison Russell (shoulder) batted fifth and finished 0 for 3 with a walk after not starting the previous three games.UP NEXTCubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (1-4, 2.50 ERA) makes his fifth start of the season as Chicago faces Cincinnati on Friday. Basketball Predictions. The Cubs are 5-1 against the Reds in 2017.Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (6-5, 5.1.5) opens a three-game series Friday at St. Louis against RHP Mike Leake (5-6, 3.12).---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (1) vs. Houston Astros (6) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (1) vs. Houston Astros (6) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSCorrea has 2 HRs, 4 RBIs to lead Astros over A's 6-1STATS 2h ago. 4 min read HOUSTON Carlos Correa succinctly summed up his big day which led the Houston Astros to yet another win on Thursday.''It's always good to hit a home run,'' he said. ''It's even better to hit two.'' Correa's two homers and four RBIs gave the Astros a 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics to improve their MLB-best record to 54-26.Correa's two-run shot in the fourth put the Astros up 2-1. He extended the lead to 5-1 with a two-run homer to straightaway center field with no outs in the sixth inning to chase rookie Daniel Gossett (1-3).''The first time through the order he was really tough,'' manager A. J. Hinch said of Gossett. ''Our guys looked like the second time around we really went out with a plan to hunt some pitches and we didn't miss them. Obviously when our guys get pitches to hit that they're looking for they can do some damage.'' It was the fourth career multi-home run game for Correa, who has reached safely in a career-high 17 straight games, and his first this season.The victory improves Houston to 10-2 against the Athletics this season and 17-2 against them since July 20, 2016.Houston starter Brad Peacock (5-1) allowed two hits, one run and struck out seven but lasted only five innings after tying a career high by walking six.Gossett, who was making his fourth major league start, allowed seven hits and five runs in five innings for his second loss to the Astros in 10 days.''I wasn't getting ahead very well ... 1-0, 2-0 to every batter,'' Gossett said. ''I've got to throw more pitches in the zone so stuff will happen. It's just quality of pitches late in the g ame.'' Josh Reddick had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh.The Athletics went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base as they lost for the second straight day.Adam Rosales grounded into a force out to drive Oakland's only run in the fourth inning.Gossett didn't allow a baserunner until Reddick doubled with one out in the fourth inning. He retired Jose Altuve before Correa's 15th homer this season landed in the bullpen in right field to give Houston a 2-1 lead.Reddick singled to start Houston's sixth before scoring on a double by Altuve to push the lead to 3-1 before Correa's second home run.TRAINER'S ROOMAthletics: Manager Bob Melvin expects RHP Jharel Cotton to start on Saturday after his scheduled start on Thursday was pushed back because of a blister on his right thumb. ... Melvin said he hoped that 1B Yonder Alonso would be back in the lineup on Friday after sitting out on Thu rsday after fouling a ball off his right knee the night before.Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (strained back muscle) threw a bullpen session on Thursday, but the Astros are still unsure if he'll need a third rehabilitation start or if he'll come off the disabled list to start on Sunday. ... LHP Dallas Keuchel (pinched nerve in neck) is throwing catch and making ''slow and steady'' progress toward a return according to manager A. J. Hinch. But he hasn't yet been cleared to throw off the mound and Hinch doesn't have a timetable for when that will happen.JUMPING JOYCERight fielder Matt Joyce robbed Reddick of a home run for the second out of the first inning when he reached into the stands to make the catch. As Reddick extended his arm into the stands, a man stood staring with a glove just behind him and a woman covered her face as the ball approached. Joyce fell to the ground for a second after making the catch before popping up and seeing Reddick t ip his cap in appreciation of the nifty grab.''Kind of Reddick-esque and apropos that he robbed him,'' Melvin said. ''I saw that he tipped his hat to him. Expert Sports Picks. That's a good play.'' Reddick agreed.''Anytime somebody makes a play on you like that it's just a great play,'' he said. ''So you've got to recognize it and tip your cap to him.'' HOMER HPYThe Astros have a major league-leading 128 homers. It's the second-most in franchise history before the All-Star break, trailing only the 2001 team which piled up 134.UP NEXTAthletics: Sonny Gray (3-3, 4.45 ERA) will start for Oakland on Friday when they open a three-game series against Atlanta. Gray allowed four hits and two runs - one earned - in seven innings of a 5-3 win over the White Sox in his previous start.Astros: Lance McCullers (7-1, 2.53) is scheduled to start for Ho uston in the opener of a three-game series against the Yankees on Friday. McCullers came off the disabled list and allowed four hits and one run while fanning eight in five innings of a win over Seattle in his previous start.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: St Louis Cardinals (10) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (4) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: St Louis Cardinals (10) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (4) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSGrichuk's 5 RBIs lead Cards over Diamondbacks 10-4STATS 41m ago. 1 min read PHOENIX Randal Grichuk hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning and drove in five runs, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-4 Thursday.Arizona led 3-2 with two outs in the seventh when pinch-hitter Luke Voit doubled off Ruby De La Rosa (0-1). Matt Carpenter was intentionally walked, and Grichuk sent a 1-2 slider into the left-field seats.Tommy Pham hit a two-run single off Randall Delgado in the eighth. Grichuk followed with a two-run double and scored on Stephen Piscotty's single.Lance Lynn (6-5) allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked one. St. Louis won two of three from the Diamondbacks, who had been trying to win their seventh st raight series.Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin gave up two runs and five hits in six innings.Gregor Blanco hit an RBI double in the third, but Jose Martinez had a two-run single in the fourth. Goldschmidt's 19th homer tied the score in the bottom half, and Jake Lamb hit an RBI grounder in the sixth after Blanco's triple.Lamb homered in the ninth against Mike Mayers.TRAINER'S ROOMDamondbacks: OF A. J. Pollock, who has not played for the Diamondbacks since May 14 because of groin and quadriceps injuries, is scheduled to play Friday for Triple-A and then be evaluated. Pollock probably won't return to Arizona's roster until next week, general manager Mike Hazen said.UP NEXTCardinals: Mike Leake (5-6) is to start Friday's homestand opener against Washington. Leake is 0-4 in his last six starts, but his 3.12 ERA is ninth in the NL among qualified pitchers.Diamondbacks: Robbie Ray (8-3, 2.87) starts Friday against visiting Colorado, which has lost a seaso n-high eight streak. Ray is 6-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last seven starts with 60 strikeouts.

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (3) vs. Detroit Tigers (7) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: Kansas City Royals (3) vs. Detroit Tigers (7) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSFulmer outstanding in Detroit's 7-3 win over RoyalsSTATS 1h ago. 2 min read DETROIT Michael Fulmer came within one out of a shutout, and the Detroit Tigers hit three home runs in a 7-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.Justin Upton, Ian Kinsler and Andrew Romine went deep for the Tigers. Fulmer (7-6) appeared headed for his second big league shutout, but Ramon Torres and Jorge Bonifacio singled with two out in the ninth, then Drew Butera drove them in with a double. Upton dropped Eric Hosmer's soft liner to left field for an error, allowing another run to come in.The crowd booed when manager Brad Ausmus pulled Fulmer after 104 pitches.Jakob Junis (2-2) allowed a three-run homer to Upton in the first, as well as a solo shot by Kinsler in the third and a two-run drive by Romine in the fourth.Fulmer retired the first nine Kansas City hitters, and the reigning AL Rookie of the Year faced only one batter above the minimum through eight innings. He ended up allowing seven hits, with seven strikeouts and no walks.The first four Detroit batters reached base off Junis. Upton opened the scoring with his 15th home run of the year. Kinsler made it 4-0 with his ninth.Romine's drive to right was his third home run of the year, a career high. He hit two in each of the previous three seasons.J. D. Martinez battled through a 15-pitch at-bat against reliever Kevin McCarthy in the seventh, finally hitting an RBI single to make it 7-0.Junis allowed six runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out five.TRAINER'S ROOMTigers: Alex Gordon hit a single in the sixth that bounced off Fulmer and through the left side of the infield. Detroit's trainer came out to check on Fulmer's right leg, but he was able to stay in the game. ... Martine z appeared to foul a pitch off his right foot during his long at-bat in the seventh. He was removed for a pinch-runner after his single.UP NEXTRoyals: Kansas City returns home to host Minnesota on Friday night. Royals LHP Jason Vargas (11-3) tries to become the AL's first 12-game winner when he takes on RHP Ervin Santana (10-4).Tigers: Detroit hosts Cleveland, with RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-0) taking the mound for the Tigers against RHP Josh Tomlin (4-9).---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (1) vs. Cleveland Indians (5) - 6/29/2017

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (1) vs. Cleveland Indians (5) - Date: 6/29/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSKluber strikes out 12 as Indians beat Rangers 5-1STATS 1h ago. 3 min read CLEVELAND Corey Kluber is moving into select company when it comes to striking out batters.Kluber allowed three hits and struck out 12 in eight innings to help the Cleveland Indians beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 on Thursday.Kluber (7-2) tied a franchise record held by Hall of Famer Bob Feller with four consecutive games with double-digit strikeouts. Feller struck out 10 or more batters in his last three starts in 1938 and his first start in 1939.''It's cool to do those kinds of things,'' Kluber said. ''You take a moment to appreciate it and move on. It's probably something you appreciate more down the road.'' It's the 30th time that Kluber has reached double figures in strikeouts in his ca reer. He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2014 and finished second in the voting last season.''It's like the last three years he's been pitching,'' second baseman Jason Kipnis said. ''It's who he's become.'' Kluber is 41-0 in 45 career starts when the Indians have scored five or more runs.Pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenhall had a two-run double in Cleveland's three-run sixth inning. Francisco Lindor and Edwin Encarnacion also had RBIs for the Indians, who won six of seven over the Rangers this season.Andrew Cashner (3-7) was struck on the right elbow by a broken bat in the sixth inning and was removed a batter later. Football Picks. The Rangers said he sustained a bruise and X-rays were negative.Cashner was hit when Encarnacion broke his bat hitting an RBI single. He went down on his knees behind the mound and held the elbow as manager Jeff Banister and a team tr ainer came out. Cashner threw a warmup pitch and remained in the game, but was removed after Jose Ramirez's single.''It was definitely very scary,'' Cashner said. ''I never saw it before it got to the mound.'' ''I'm sure he's going to be sore and stiff, but he dodged a bullet,'' Banister said. ''He got lucky.'' Cashner made his first start since June 14 after being on the disabled list with a strained left oblique.Kluber was in command other than Nomar Mazara's two-out homer in the first. Rougned Odor had a leadoff single in the second and Adrian Beltre singled with one out in the seventh.The right-hander, who walked one, is 4-0 with a 1.26 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 43 innings since coming off the disabled list on June 1. He was out for a month with a strained lower back.FAST ROOKIEBradley Zimmer beat out an infield hit and scored from third on a wild pitch that bounced a few feet from home plate in the third.''Talk about manufacturing with his legs,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''I don't know how many guys are able to beat that ball out. I don't know how many guys can score. All the way around, that was just his speed.'' NOT A FUN VISITRangers DH Mike Napoli received his AL championship ring and was cheered in every at-bat, but his return to Cleveland didn't go well at the plate. He was 1 for 10 with seven strikeouts.HE LIKES IT HEREAndrus was 1 for 4 and has hit in 33 of 35 career games at Progressive Field. He's batting .415 (56 for 135) in Cleveland's ballpark.TRAINER'S ROOMRangers: LHP Martin Perez (broken right thumb) continues to throw pitches every day, but has yet to play catch because his thumb cannot fit in a standard glove. He has been on the 10-day disabled list since June 24.Indians: OF Austin Jackson (strained left quad) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment in a couple of weeks. He was injured running the bases Sunday.UP NEXTRangers: RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx opens a three-game series against the White Sox in Chicago. Best Sports Picks Service. The 32-year-old rookie has won two straight starts on the road.Indians: RHP Josh Tomlin begins a four-game series in Detroit. He was tagged with his team-high ninth loss on June 25 against Minnesota, allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (2) vs. Los Angeles Angels (3) - 6/28/2017

MLB Game Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers (2) vs. Los Angeles Angels (3) - Date: 6/28/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSRevere gets wacky winner in Angels' 3-2 victory over DodgersSTATS 1h ago. 1 min read ANAHEIM, Calif. Ben Revere scored the winning run from second base on a passed ball and a throwing error by catcher Yasmani Grandal, and the Los Angeles Angels blew a ninth-inning lead before beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Wednesday night.Cameron Maybin ended up with a walk-off strikeout of sorts when Grandal lost control of Pedro Baez's third strike and then put his throw over Chase Utley's head at first, allowing Revere to score in bizarre fashion.Grandal had just hit a tying homer off Cam Bedrosian (2-0) with two outs in the ninth for the Dodgers, but the Angels rallied against Baez (2-1) to send the NL leaders to just their third loss in 20 games.Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer in t he sixth for the Angels.

MLB Game Recap: St Louis Cardinals (4) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (3) - 6/28/2017

MLB Game Recap: St Louis Cardinals (4) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (3) - Date: 6/28/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSWainwright, Molina, Gyorko help Cardinals beat D-backs, 4-3STATS 1h ago. 3 min read PHOENIX Adam Wainwright pitched into the seventh inning, Yadier Molina and Jedd Gyorko each drove in two runs and the St. Louis Cardinals held on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 Wednesday night.Wainwright (8-5) limited the Diamondbacks to two runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings He struck out eight.Arizona slugger Paul Goldschmidt went 0 for 4, the first time all season he has gone hitless in four at-bats in back-to-back games.Gyorko's RBI double in the eighth pushed St. Louis' lead to 4-2.The Diamondbacks nearly tied it against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth. Brandon Drury led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. One out later, Chris Herrmann walked and both runners advanced on pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco's grounder. Drury then scored on Rosenthal's wild pitch, with Herrmann moving up to third.After a walk to Daniel Descalso, Rosenthal got David Peralta on a grounder to pick up his fourth save.Zack Godley (3-2) took the loss, allowing three runs and two hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings. Sports Handicappers. The Diamondbacks snapped a four-game winning streak.Godley's wildness in the fourth inning proved costly. Sports Picks Free. The Cardinals loaded the bases with no outs as Godley walked Matt Carpenter, Tommy Pham singled and Stephen Piscotty was hit by a pitch that the Diamondbacks challenged but lost. Gambling Profit. Then came a walk to Gyorko to force in a run.Yadier Molina bounced a single to left field with the bags full to drive in two runs and make it 3-0 before Godley got out of the inning. The hit extended Molina's hitting streak to 14 games.The Diamondbacks got a run in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back doubles from Jake Lamb and Chris Owings. Wainwright then struck out the next three batters, and right after a called third strike to Jeff Mathis to end the inning, Mathis was ejected by home plate umpire D. J. Reyburn for arguing.That brought Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo out of the dugout, and he, too, was thrown out. The ejections were the first two for Arizona this season and the first for Lovullo as a manager.The Diamondbacks pulled within a run in the seventh after Descalso beat out a potential double-play grounder that would have ended the inning. Rey Fuentes scored, but reliever Tyler Lyons got Peralta to pop out.DIAZ TO TRIPLE-ACardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz was sent to Triple-A Memphis before the game, with the club purchasing the contract of infielder Alex Mejia from Memphis.Diaz was a National League All-Star last season, but had been in a hitting slump of late.AHMED TO DL, MARTE UPThe Diamondbacks placed infielder Nick Ahmed on the 10-day disabled list with a broken right hand, but Ahmed is more likely to be out up to eight weeks after a procedure to place three pins in the hand Wednesday, Lovullo said.Ahmed suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch from Rosenthal in the eighth inning Tuesday night. The Diamondbacks called up utility player Ketel Marte from Triple- A Reno in time for Wednesday's game.Marte, acquired in an offseason trade with Seattle, was batting .338 in 70 games for Reno. He flied out in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter in his Diamondbacks debut.TOP PICK SIGNSThe Cardinals announced the signing of Scott Hurst, this year's top first-year player draft pick, on Wednesday. Hurst, a left-handed hitting outfielder from Cal-State Fullerton, got a $450,000 signing bonus.TAURASI TOSSPhoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi, wh o recently became the WNBA's all-time leading scorer, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.TRAINER'S ROOMDiamondbacks: OF Yasmany Tomas (groin) went 0 for 2 in his first rehab game Tuesday night, playing five innings in left field with no pain. ... OF A. J. Pollock (groin) played six innings in center field and had four at-bats, including a double on his rehab assignment Tuesday.UP NEXTCardinals: RHP Lance Lynn (5-5) faces the Diamondbacks on Thursday. He has not lasted more than 5 2/3 innings in each of his last six starts, but is 3-0 against Arizona in his career.Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (6-7) is 5-2 in nine starts at home this season.

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (4) vs. San Diego Padres (7) - 6/28/2017

MLB Game Recap: Atlanta Braves (4) vs. San Diego Padres (7) - Date: 6/28/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSPadres beat Braves 7-4 as Colon struggles againSTATS 9m ago. 3 min read SAN DIEGO Luis Perdomo is making up for the odd beginning to his season.Perdomo pitched five scoreless innings and Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg contributed two RBIs apiece to help the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4 on Wednesday night.San Diego's Carlos Asuaje and Erick Aybar had three hits each.Perdomo (3-4), winless after his first 10 starts, won for the third time in his last four outings. Sports Picks Today. The right-hander went 5 1/3 innings and was charged with four runs and seven hits. He struck out four and walked two.''I was a lot more focused and that was the biggest difference,'' Perdomo said through a translator. '& #39;It was just more mental tonight. I tried to think about how to execute my game plan and that was what I was focused on.'' The Braves, who had won five straight over the Padres, chased Perdomo in the sixth when they scored four times. Earlier Perdomo was aided by two double-play balls as Atlanta lost for just the third time in 11 games.Brandon Maurer worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save as Perdomo went to 3-1 at Petco Park.The Padres' bullpen no-hit the Braves over the final 3 2/3 innings.''For 5 1/3 innings (Perdomo) was absolutely cruising,'' Padres manager Andy Green said.Veteran Bartolo Colon (2-8) turned in another disappointing start, pitching for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained left oblique on June 6. Colon, 44, surrendered six runs, eight hits and three walks over four innings. Best Sports Picks Service. The four-time All-Star struck out two in losing for the sixth time in his last eight starts as he failed to reach the fifth inning for the third consecutive outing.''I felt good, I just feel like I've kind of hit a rough streak to be honest and it's tough to just snap out of it,'' Colon said through a translator. ''The reality is that I've been getting hit hard and that's the truth and you can't dance around it.'' Braves manager Brain Snitker wasn't promising Colon another start.''I'm going to process tonight and then kind of see what's going on,'' he said.The Braves batted around and pulled to 6-4 in the sixth on former Padre Matt Kemp's two-run single, Tyler Flowers getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and pinch-hitter Lane Adams' fielder's choice.Renfroe sliced his first career triple the opposite way to right field in the fourth, bringing around Manuel Margot and Wil Myers in extending the Padres' lead to 6-0.In the third San Diego padded its lead to 4-0 on Myers' RBI infield single and Asuaje's run-scoring hit. Margot stole two bases and Myers advanced on a wild pitch in the inning as Colon struggled to restrict the Padres' running game.''You can find a lot of positives with our offensive game,'' said Green, after the team scored its most runs of the season without the benefit of a homer. ''I thought the quality of our two-out, (run-scoring) at-bats was something we haven't seen a ton of this year.'' The Padres struck quickly, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. They converted walks from Colon to Margot and Renfroe as they scored on Spangenberg's double down the left-field line.TRAINER'S ROOMBraves: INF Freddie Freeman, who has been out since mid-May with a wrist injury, took batting practice on Wednesday. He co uld be sent out for rehab games this weekend. ... C Tyler Flowers was struck by a pitch on his left forearm. The Braves didn't think it was serious but Flowers could miss Thursday's series-finale.Padres: RHP Trevor Cahill (sore right shoulder) had a minor-league rehab start for Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday. He threw scoreless ball in three of his four innings.UP NEXTBraves: LHP Jaime Garcia (2-5, 4.03 ERA) allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings, but got a no-decision when facing the Padres in the season's opening week. Garcia seeks his first win since beating the Giants on May 26.Padres: RHP Dinelson Lamet (2-4, 6.60 ERA) has dropped his last two decisions over his previous four outings. Despite not getting a decision in his last two starts, he went at least six innings in both---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (12) vs. Chicago White Sox (3) - 6/28/2017

MLB Game Recap: New York Yankees (12) vs. Chicago White Sox (3) - Date: 6/28/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSAndujar has 3 hits in debut, Yankees pound White Sox 12-3STATS 1h ago. 1 min read CHICAGO Miguel Andujar had three hits and four RBIs in his major league debut, Aaron Judge added his major league-leading 27th homer and the struggling New York Yankees pounded the Chicago White Sox 12-3 on Wednesday night.Andujar made a good impression after being called up from Triple-A with Matt Holliday going on the disabled list because of an illness. He gave New York a 3-0 lead with a two-run single against Carlos Rodon in the first. He also singled in the third, walked in the eighth and drove in two more with a double in the ninth.Judge's two-run drive capped a five-run sixth against reliever Jake Petricka, breaking open a 3-2 game. And New York came away with a lopsided win after dropping 11 of 14.The Whit e Sox lost for the eighth time in 10 games, with Rodon (0-1) struggling in his season debut and manager Rick Renteria getting ejected yet again.Masahiro Tanaka (6-7) went six innings for his first win since May 8. Sports Handicappers Rankings. The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits after going 0-6 in his previous eight starts.

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (8) vs. Houston Astros (11) - 6/28/2017

MLB Game Recap: Oakland Athletics (8) vs. Houston Astros (11) - Date: 6/28/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSReddick and Springer lead Astros over Athletics 11-8STATS 8m ago. 4 min read HOUSTON Houston manager A. J. Hinch didn't even take a second to think about it when he was asked about how well Josh Reddick has been playing lately.''We should talk more about how good a baseball player Josh Reddick is,'' Hinch said. ''He is really good at virtually everything ... he does something to help you win every night.'' That was on display Wednesday night when Reddick and George Springer had three hits each and combined for five RBIs as the Astros used a five-run third inning to take the lead and hold on for an 11-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics.Reddick has three doubles, one triple, two homers and seven RBIs in his last seven games since coming off the 7-day concussion lis t.''He can flat-out play and I'm glad he's hitting behind us and I'm glad he's on our team now,'' Springer said of Reddick, who spent five seasons with the Athletics.Houston rookie David Paulino allowed seven hits with a season-high seven runs in four-plus innings and Michael Feliz (4-1) struck out two in a scoreless fifth for the win. Ken Giles struck out two in the ninth for his 18th save.Houston was down one after a four-run third by the A's before Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran hit consecutive singles to chase Jesse Hahn with no outs in the bottom of the inning. Josh Smith came in to face Marwin Gonzalez whose RBI double tied it at 5-5. Soccer Predictions. The Astros took the lead when Beltran scored on a groundout by Yuli Gurriel before Springer's run-scoring double with two outs pushed the lead to 7-5.Reddick, who drove in three runs, hit an RBI single and Carlos Correa drove home another run with a single to make it 9-5.The Athletics hit a season-high five homers with two from Khris Davis and one each from Ryon Healy, Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie, but they struck out 17 times to end a four-game winning streak.Oakland starter Jesse Hahn (3-6) allowed a season-high nine hits and six runs in two-plus innings.''His stuff hasn't been as good the last two times out so he's going to have to make adjustments,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''That's what pitching is all about. Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. There's something he's going to have to tighten up a little bit.'' The solo shot by Olson cut the lead to 9-7 in the fifth, but the Astros added a run on a sacrifice fly by McCann in the sixth to extend the lead. Lowrie's home run came in the seventh before another RBI single from Reddick in the bottom of the inning pushed the lead back to three.Springer hit a leadoff homer in Houston's two-run first inning before the first home run by Davis made it 2-1 in the top of the second. Sports Handicapping Monitor. The Astros added two runs in the second to extend their lead to 4-1.Lowrie had an RBI single in the third inning before a three-run shot by Davis put Oakland up 5-4.Healy, who hit his first career grand slam on Tuesday night, had a solo shot to start the fourth inning and Olson began the fifth with a home run to cut the lead to 9-7 and end Paulino's night.TRAINER'S ROOMAthletics: 1B Yonder Alonso left the game in the eighth inning after fouling a ball off his right knee. Melvin said he didn't need X-rays and that it was bruised. ... RHP Kendall Graveman (shoulder) and reliever Ryan Dull (knee) will both throw bullpen sessions this weekend, Melvin said. Both threw from flat ground on Tuesday. Both pitch ers have been sidelined since a May 19 win over Boston.Astros: Hinch said they're unsure if RHP Charlie Morton (strained back muscle) will need another rehabilitation start or if he'll come off the DL to make his next start in Houston. Morton threw four scoreless innings in his second rehabilitation start for Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday night.LEADING OFFSpringer set a franchise record with his ninth leadoff home run this season. The previous mark of eight was set by Springer last season and Hall of Famer Craig Biggio in 2001. Nine leadoff homers before July 1 are the most in major league history and the most by an American League player in a season since Alfonso Soriano set a major league record by finishing with 13 in 2003.UP NEXTAthletics: Rookie RHP Daniel Gossett (1-2) will start in place of RHP Jharel Cotton (blister) on Thursday in the series finale. Melvin said Cotton threw a routine bullpen session on Wednesday and is on track to make a Saturday start against Atlanta.Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (4-1, 2.82 ERA) is scheduled to start on Thursday for Houston. Peacock, who was reinstated from the paternity list on Tuesday after the birth of his first child, allowed four hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings for the win against Oakland in his last start.---More baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (3) vs. Cleveland Indians (5) - 6/28/2017

MLB Game Recap: Texas Rangers (3) vs. Cleveland Indians (5) - Date: 6/28/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSBauer, Brantley spark Indians' 5-3 win in Francona's returnSTATS 1h ago. 2 min read CLEVELAND Trevor Bauer pitched into the seventh inning, Michael Brantley drove in two runs and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Texas Rangers 5-3 on Wednesday night in manager Terry Francona's return to the team.Francona was cleared to come back after another health scare forced him to leave Monday's game and miss Tuesday's contest. Best Sports Handicappers Free Picks. The 58-year-old Francona has been fitted with a heart monitor, but he said doctors have ruled out any serious health issues.Bauer (7-6) held Texas to one run - Robinson Chirinos' homer - and four hits in 6 1/3 innings.Brantley had RBI singles in the third and the sevent h. Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion also drove in runs.Yu Darvish (6-6) gave up three runs - two earned - in six innings and has one win in his last seven starts.Andrew Miller struck out four of the five batters he faced. Elvis Andrus hit a leadoff homer in the ninth off Cody Allen. Rougned Odor added an RBI single, but Allen struck out Chirinos to end the game.Cleveland has won five of six against Texas this season.Bauer was helped by two outstanding defensive plays. Rookie center fielder Bradley Zimmer took away an extra base hit from Shin-Soo Choo with a sliding catch in the fourth. Ramirez made a diving stop of Adrian Beltre's hard grounder behind third base and threw him out with two runners on in the sixth.Rangers left fiedler Nomar Mazara dropped Jason Kipnis' fly ball for a two-base error to begin Cleveland's first. Lindor's single to right put the Indians ahead.Francona was hospitalized for the second time this month with a rapid heart rate and feeling lightheaded during Monday's game and wasn't at the ballpark Tuesday.Pitching coach Mickey Callaway changed pitchers in the seventh inning, but Francona was in the dugout the entire game.TRAINER'S ROOMRangers: OF Carlos Gomez (sore back) was not in the lineup for the second day in a row. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.Indians: RHP Danny Salazar (sore shoulder) will throw a simulated game Friday at Double-A Akron.UP NEXTRangers: RHP Andrew Cashner will be activated off the 10-day DL to make his first start since June 14. He has been sidelined with a strained left oblique.Indians: RHP Corey Kluber struck out a season-high 13 against Minnesota on June 24. His three straight double-digit strikeout games are one shy of the franchise record.

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (4) vs. Boston Red Sox (1) - 6/28/2017

MLB Game Recap: Minnesota Twins (4) vs. Boston Red Sox (1) - Date: 6/28/2017 BOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYRECBOX SCOREPLAY-BY-PLAYTWEETSKepler, Mejia help Twins beat Red Sox 4-1STATS 1h ago. 2 min read BOSTON Adalberto Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and the Minnesota Twins rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston to beat the Red Sox 4-1 on Wednesday night.Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road.Mejia (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one. On Friday night at Cleveland, the rookie left-hander held the Indians to two hits over five innings in a victory.Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 21st save.Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-10) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. It was his 14th straight start going at least six innings, the AL's longest active streak.Red Sox manager John Farrell was back in the dugout after serving a one-game suspension Tuesday for poking umpire Bill Miller in the chest during an argument Saturday.With Minnesota leading 2-0 in the sixth, Kepler lined his homer off the back of Boston's bullpen.In the first, the Twins scored a pair of two-out runs when Sano hit his RBI double down the third-base line and scored on Kepler's broken-bat single.Xander Bogaerts drove in Boston's run with a bases-loaded grounder in the seventh.TRAINER'S ROOMTwins: LHP Glen Perkins resumed throwing Tuesday after a setback last week following offseason shoulder surgery. Manager Paul Molitor said the club is still formulating a plan for him. He's been sidelined all season and pitched in just two games last year.Red Sox: DH Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight game after getting hit by a pitch on the left knee Sunday. ''He'll go through a full workd ay today - on the field BP,'' Farrell said. ''He's feeling improved.'' MATCHES OWN RECORDRed Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia played his 98th consecutive error-less game, matching the best mark in club history he set for a second baseman from 2009-10.LOOKS FAMILIARThis season has started like 2015 for Porcello, the AL's reigning Cy Young Award winner.Two years ago when he struggled badly, the righty lost nine of his initial 13 decisions and finished 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA.ROSTER MOVEMinnesota right-hander Phil Hughes was activated from the 10-day disabled list and LHP Craig Breslow was put on with rib cage soreness.Hughes had been on the DL since complaining of a ''dead feeling'' in his pitching shoulder on May 21. He allowed one run in three innings during three rehabilitation appearances in Triple-A.Molitor plans to use him out of the bullpen.UP NEXTTwins: RHP Kyle Gibson (4-5, 6.23 ERA) looks to continue his success in Fenway Park in the series finale Thursday. He's allowed only one run over 15 innings in two career starts.Red Sox: LHP David Price (2-2, 4.76) has won his last five decisions against Minnesota, posting a 1.84 ERA.