MLB roundup: Cubs take 3 of 4 from Diamondbacks

MLB roundup: Cubs take 3 of 4 from Diamondbacks

Jake Arrieta hit a two-run home run in his 13th consecutive regular-season victory, and Jorge Soler added a homer and two RBIs in Chicago’s victory over Arizona at Chase Field.

Reigning NL Cy Young winner Arrieta gave up three runs in seven innings while making his 22nd straight regular-season quality start. He gave up eight hits and struck out six without issuing a walk. He has not lost since July 25, 2015.

Tommy La Stella had three hits and an RBI in his first start of the season, and Miguel Montero added two doubles and an RBI for the Cubs, who play their home opener Monday against the Cincinnati Reds.

Paul Goldschmidt and rookie Socrates Brito each had two hits and a homer for the Diamondbacks, and Jake Lamb contributed two hits and an RBI.

Orioles 5, Rays 3

Manny Machado went 4-for-4, including his third home run of the season, and the Baltimore Orioles are off to their best start in nearly 50 years with a 5-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

The Orioles took both games against their American League East rivals after Saturday’s game was postponed because of rain. Baltimore improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1970.

Mark Trumbo had a pair of singles and is 9-for-19 on the season for Baltimore. Brad Brach (1-0) got the win by throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, while closer Zach Britton picked up his second save with a perfect ninth.

Phillies 5, Mets 2

NEW YORK — Jeremy Hellickson threw 5 2/3 solid innings and Odubel Herrera hit a two-run homer as Philadelphia won its second straight game with a victory over New York.

The Phillies took two of three from the Mets for their first series win at Citi Field since May 9-11, 2014. Prior to Saturday, Philadelphia had dropped 14 of its last 17 at Citi Field.

Herrera’s first homer of the season in the top of the sixth extended the Phillies’ lead to 3-0 and provided valuable insurance for Hellickson, who allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out five in earning his first win for Philadelphia since he was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in November.

Blue Jays 3, Red Sox 0

TORONTO — Right-hander Marco Estrada pitched seven scoreless innings, Josh Donaldson homered and Toronto ended a four-game losing streak with a victory over Boston.

The Blue Jays avoided being swept in the three-game series by the Red Sox. Estrada (1-0) allowed five hits and two walks while striking out eight in seven innings.

Red Sox right-hander Steven Wright (0-1) allowed six hits and two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings. The knuckleballer walked three and struck out five while making 118 pitches.

Nationals 4, Marlins 2

WASHINGTON — Jayson Werth had a bloop single with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning as Washington beat Miami to split the two-game series.

It was the first hit of the season in 14 at-bats for Werth, whose one-out hit came against former teammate Edwin Jackson.

The blooper into short center scored Anthony Rendon, who singled for his third hit of the game, and went to third on a double by Bryce Harper. Daniel Murphy was given an intentional walk to load the bases before Jackson came on to face Werth. Two batters later Clint Robinson drove in two runs with a sharp liner to left-center off Jackson to make it 4-1.

Reds 2, Pirates 1

CINCINNATI — Jay Bruce’s triple in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Brandon Phillips from first base to lift Cincinnati over Pittsburgh in the finale of a three-game series.

Phillips led off the ninth with a single. Two batters later, Bruce ripped a pitch from Arquimedes Caminero (0-1) to right and Phillips raced home with the winning run. Ross Ohlendorf (2-0) earned the victory for Cincinnati.

Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez continued his torrid pace at the plate with three hits, including a game-tying homer in the sixth.

Royals 4, Twins 3 (10 innings)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Terrance Gore scored an unearned run on a wild pitch with two outs in the 10th inning to give Kansas City the win.

Gore, running for Christian Colon, who led off the inning with a walk, took third on reliever Trevor May’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt. May’s wild pitch got Gore home with a head-first slide. The Royals did not have a hit in the inning.

The Royals’ offense, which was inept for the first eight innings, scored two runs in the ninth to tie the score at 3. With one out Lorenzo Cain singled and scored on Eric Hosmer’s triple. Hosmer, who snapped an 0-for-14 slump with the hit, scored on Kendrys Morales’ sacrifice fly.

Twins starter Ricky Nolasco limited the Royals to three hits and one run — a Mike Moustakas home run in the sixth — over seven innings and departed with a 3-1 lead. It was a lead that Twins left-handed closer Glen Perkins could not hold.

Cardinals 12, Braves 7

ATLANTA – The Cardinals scored twice after two outs in the eighth inning to take the lead and added five runs in the ninth to complete their first three-game sweep in Atlanta since 1988.

Brandon Moss and Matt Carpenter each had three-run homers for the Cardinals, and the Braves fell to 0-5 for their worst start since losing the first 10 games of the 1988 season.

Jeremy Hazelbaker had the tying RBI in the eighth inning on a single and then Stephen Piscotty delivered the go-ahead run with another hit off Jim Johnson (0-1), who had hit Carpenter with a pitch to start the two-out rally.

Braves rookie reliever Dan Winkler fractured his right elbow on a pitch in the seventh inning, making the Braves loss that much worse.

Brewers 3, Astros 2

MILWAUKEE — Jimmy Nelson struck out nine and Aaron Hill drove in a pair of runs as the Brewers won their first series of the season.

Nelson (1-1) worked six-plus innings and scattered three hits while walking four. Jose Altuve crushed Nelson’s first offering of the game for a home run to left and George Springer followed with a base hit on pitch No. 2.

But Nelson escaped as Springer was caught stealing, Carlos Correa struck out and Colby Rasmus grounded out.

Dallas Kuechel took the loss, who went 5 2/3 innings and gave up six hits with six walks while striking out eight.

Giants 9, Dodgers 6

SAN FRANCISCO — Joe Panik hit a two-run, tiebreaking double in the sixth inning and Johnny Cueto overcame a shaky start to strike out eight in seven innings of work as San Francisco won for the third time in their four-game series with Los Angeles.

Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan hit home runs for the Giants, who homered in all seven of their games in the first week of the season, a franchise record for the start of a year.

The Dodgers have lost 11 of their last 14 games in San Francisco.

A’s 2, Mariners 1 (10 innings)

SEATTLE — Coco Crisp picked a good time to hit his first home run in more than 19 months, sending a two-out solo shot into the right-field seats in the top of the 10th inning Sunday to lead Oakland to a win and series sweep over Seattle.

John Axford earned the win, while Seattle’s Nick Vincent (1-1) suffered the loss after serving up the Crisp homer.

The Mariners wasted a Cy Young-type outing from starter Felix Hernandez, who threw seven shutout innings while allowing just three hits and striking out 10. Hernandez left with a 1-0 lead after seven innings, then reliever Joel Peralta gave up a leadoff homer to the first batter he faced, A’s shortstop Marcus Semien, in the eighth.

Rockies 6, Padres 3

DENVER — Chad Bettis had a much-needed strong start, and Colorado walloped five home runs in a win over San Diego.

Carlos Gonzalez homered twice, and Trevor Story homered for the seventh time in his first six major league games for the Rockies.

Padres starter James Shields got 14 ground-ball outs in seven innings. However, he gave up two homers in the first, another in the seventh and yielded a key single that helped the Rockies score a run in the fifth to go ahead. Shields was touched for four runs on six hits and two walks. He struck out two.

Angels 3, Rangers 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jered Weaver won his first start of the season as Los Angeles defeated Texas at Angel Stadium.

Weaver allowed six hits, one run, one walk and one hit batter in six innings while striking out four and throwing 84 pitches. With the win, the right-hander surpasses Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan to take over second place in career victories for the club with 139.

Nomar Mazara got three hits in his first three major-league at-bats and hit his first home run after being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day by the Rangers.

Indians-White Sox, ppd.

CHICAGO — Rain postponed the series finale between Chicago and Cleveland.

The game will be made up at 4:10 p.m. CT on May 23 as part of a straight doubleheader, the White Sox announced. The teams will play their originally scheduled game at 7:10 p.m. CT, or 30 minutes after the opener.

Yankees-Tigers, ppd.

DETROIT — Early morning snow that morphed into rain prompted Detroit to call off its scheduled nationally televised night game against New York.

No makeup date was immediately announced but this was the Yankees’ only visit to Comerica Park this season. The teams will have to find a mutually satisfactory date when both are not scheduled to play to make up the game.