MLB roundup: Bogaerts helps Red Sox beat White Sox in extra innings
Craig Kimbrel pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the top of the 10th inning, and Xander Bogaerts singled home the winner in the bottom half as Boston averted a four-game sweep.
The White Sox were gunning for their first four-game sweep at Fenway Park since 1927 and handed the game away both offensive and defensively.
After Kimbrel (1-3) performed his magic act, striking out the last two hitters, Marco Hernandez led off the bottom of the 10th with a walk against Matt Purke (0-1) and was forced at second by Mookie Betts. Dustin Pedroia worked a walk, and Bogaerts ended the game by dropping his fourth career walk-off hit into short right-center field.
Jose Abreu cracked a three-run homer to give the White Sox a 7-5 lead in the seventh, but the Red Sox scored runs in the seventh, eighth and 10th to escape.
Tigers 5, Mariners 4
Steve Cishek’s wild pitch to Ian Kinsler with the bases loaded and two outs in the 10th inning scored pinch runner Cameron Maybin from third base to give the Detroit Tigers a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday and a sweep of their four-game series.
The first pitch to Kinsler from Cishek (2-4) was away and in the dirt, with Maybin scoring when the ball eluded catcher Chris Ianetta.
Kyle Ryan (3-2) picked up his second win in as many games with one inning of scoreless relief.
Nelson Cruz’s second home run of the game and 18th of the season came off Bruce Rondon’s first pitch in relief of Daniel Norris to open the sixth and tied the score 4-4.
Athletics 5, Angels 4
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Anaheim’s Tim Lincecum lasted only three innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks, in Oakland’s victory.
Lincecum, who signed with the Angels on May 20 and made three minor league starts after recovering from hip surgery performed last September, beat the Athletics on June 18 with a solid performance over six innings, giving up one run and four hits.
Oakland tagged him for six hits in the second inning alone Thursday, including a three-run homer by Marcus Semien that set the tone for the game.
Khris Davis added a solo homer in the fifth inning for the Athletics, who got at least one hit from everybody in the starting lineup.
Giants 5, Pirates 3
PITTSBURGH — Joe Panik had a bases-clearing triple in the third inning that propelled San Francisco over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.
Mac Williamson also drove in a run in the third and another in the fifth with his second career home run.
San Francisco took three of four in the series and has won 11 of their past 12 games.
Phillies 7, Twins 3
MINNEAPOLIS — Freddy Galvis had a career-high five RBIs to lead Philadelphia over Minnesota at Target Field. The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Phillies, giving them their first win since June 13.
Galvis knocked in a run on a safety squeeze in the second inning and an RBI triple in the sixth. He capped his day with a three-run homer off Kevin Jepsen in the eighth.
Ryan Howard also homered and had his first two-hit day since the end of April. Cesar Hernandez contributed four hits and a walk and scored three times.
Braves 4, Mets 3
ATLANTA — Adonis Garcia celebrated his return to the starting lineup with a game-winning, two-run homer in Atlanta’s victory over New York.
Garcia started for the first time since June 16, when he injured his left ankle against the Reds. After going hitless in his first three at-bats, he slammed a two-run homer, his fourth, against Addison Reed (1-2) in the eighth inning to put the Braves ahead for the first time.
Jim Johnson (1-4) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the win. Arodys Vizcaino threw a scoreless ninth to earn his ninth save.
Marlins 4, Cubs 2
MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton homered and hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to lift Miami over suddenly slumping Chicago.
The Cubs own the best record in baseball, but they have lost four games in a row, their longest skid of the season.
Miami broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in the eighth. Christian Yelich walked, advanced on a wild pitch by reliever Pedro Strop (1-2) and scored on Stanton’s two-out, opposite-field single to right. J.T. Realmuto doubled to drive in Stanton.
Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 6
DENVER — Nick Ahmed’s single with two outs in the ninth inning gave Arizona the victory over Colorado.
The hit came off closer Carlos Estevez, who started the inning by striking out the first two batters he faced including Paul Goldschmidt on a 100 mph fastball. But Jake Lamb singled and Chris Herrmann lined a single off the glove of Estevez (1-4) to set the stage for Ahmed, who entered the game in the eighth.
Ahmed was 7-for-31 with runners in scoring position and two outs when he grounded a first-pitch 99 mph fastball up the middle, scoring Lamb from second.
Padres 7, Reds 4
CINCINNATI — Derek Norris hit a three-run home run and Matt Kemp added a solo shot, lifting San Diego to a victory over Cincinnati in the opener of a four-game series.
The Padres trailed 4-3 in the seventh before Norris connected for his three-run shot off J.C. Ramirez (1-3). It was the 54th home run allowed by the Reds’ bullpen this season.
Melvin Upton Jr. went 2-for-4 and scored twice for San Diego. Adam Duvall had two hits, including a homer, for Cincinnati.