MLB roundup: Pirates outlast D-backs in marathon
Pedro Florimon’s triple in the bottom of the 15th inning gave the Pittsburgh Pirates a 9-8 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night after they blew a late five-run lead.
Francisco Cervelli hit a two-out single off rookie reliever Keith Hessler for his fourth hit of the game and Florimon, who entered the game at shortstop as a defensive replacement, followed with a triple off the right-field wall.
The Pirates led 8-3 after seven innings but the Diamondbacks scored three times in the eighth inning then two earned runs off closer Mark Melancon on a pair of errors in the ninth to force extra innings.
Jung Ho Kang and Starling Marte both homered and also had two hits along with Pedro Alvarez, Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen while reliever Joe Blanton pitched three scoreless relief innings for the win.
Blue Jays 8, Phillies 5
PHILADELPHIA — Josh Donaldson hit two homers and drove in four runs as Toronto beat the Philadelphia.
Donaldson, who went 3-for-4 in the game, put the Jays ahead to stay with a three-run shot off Philadelphia’s Jeanmar Gomez in Toronto’s five-run sixth inning.
It was Donaldson’s 33rd homer of the season, third multi-homer game of the season and the sixth of his career. Edwin Encarnacion also homered in the sixth for the Jays, who won for the 16th time in 19 games. They lead the American League wild-card race.
Red Sox 9, Indians 1
BOSTON — During the rout of Cleveland, Boston announced it hired Dave Dombrowski to be the club’s new president of baseball operations. He replaces president and CEO Larry Lucchino, who resigned.
In the game, rookie Eduardo Rodriguez pitched eight innings of six-hit ball and the Red Sox collected 16 hits to even the series between the last-place teams at 1-1.
Travis Shaw had four hits, second baseman Brock Holt three and David Ortiz picked up a pair.
Mariners 3, Rangers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas — Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma didn’t have no-hit stuff, but he was still good enough to cooled off Texas.
Iwakuma, who had a no-hitter in his last outing, gave up just five hits in seven innings to a Texas team that had won five-straight overall and eight straight at Globe Life Park.
The Mariners scored three times off Texas rookie Chi Chi Gonzalez in the first. Nelson Cruz lined an RBI double to left field and two batters later, Seth Smith hit a two-run homer into the Texas bullpen in right-center. The Rangers got a run off Iwakuma in the second inning on a solo homer by Rougned Odor.
Mets 5, Orioles 3
BALTIMORE — Jacob deGrom allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings, Curtis Granderson hit a pair of homers and the New York Mets took the series opener against Baltimore.
DeGrom gave up five hits with one walk and six strikeouts. He allowed seven runs in his past seven starts with the Mets winning each of those games.
Granderson passed Lucas Duda for the team lead in home runs with 22.
Astros 3, Rays 2 (10 innings)
HOUSTON — Marwin Gonzalez opened the bottom of the 10th inning with a walk-off home run, giving Houston its second walk-off win in three games a victory over Tampa Bay at Minute Maid Park.
Gonzalez, who finished 3-for-4, drilled a 3-2 pitch from Rays closer Brad Boxberger into the right-field seats to pull the Astros even in this four-game series.
Astros right-hander Luke Gregerson worked two perfect innings of relief to pick up the win. He followed Will Harris, whose perfect eighth inning set the tone for the Houston bullpen.
Marlins 9, Brewers 6
MILWAUKEE — Ichirio Suzuki had four hits and Miami’s bullpen bent but didn’t break, leaving the tying run stranded at first in a victory over Milwaukee at Miller Park.
The Marlins relievers had posted 4 1/3 scoreless innings, protected a five-run lead heading into the ninth.
Dee Gordon, Derek Dietrich and Cole Gillespie had two hits each as the Marlins collected 13 hits, seven of them at the expense of Brewers starter Tyler Cravy.
Royals 3, Reds 1 (13th inning)
CINCINNATI — After Ben Zobrist hit a game-tying solo homer off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth, Jarrod Dyson raced home on a throwing error in the 13th to lift Kansas City over Cincinnati to open a two-game interleague series at Great American Ball Park.
With the Royals trailing 1-0, Zobrist ended Chapman’s home saves streak at 56 games when he launched a 2-1 pitch into the left field seats leading off the ninth.
It was Chapman’s first blown save since Sept. 7, 2012, vs. Houston.
Giants 2, Cardinals 0
ST. LOUIS – Ryan Vogelsong authored six shutout innings as San Francisco blanked St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
In improving to 9-8, Vogelsong allowed two hits, walked one and fanned five. After slogging through a 30-pitch first inning, the right-hander retired 16 of his last 17 hitters, allowing only a leadoff double by shortstop Jhonny Peralta in the fourth.
Four relievers handled the last three innings for San Francisco, with Santiago Casilla garnering his 29th save.
Nationals 15, Rockies 6
DENVER — Washington, aided by some shoddy Colorado pitching, broke a six-game losing streak.
Rockies pitchers issued 10 walks (one intentional), and eight of those runners scored. The Nationals also scored two runs on wild pitches and a Rockies’ balk led to another run.
Jose Reyes had four hits for the Rockies. Washington’s Bryce Harper recorded four walks and four runs scored – both career highs. Ian Desmond had four RBIs for the Nationals and third baseman Yunel Escobar hit a two-run homer in the first and drove in three runs while scoring four.
Angels 5, White Sox 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels starter Garrett Richards went seven strong innings in a win over the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium.
Richards wasn’t dominant, but he was good enough, allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits, striking out four and walking none.
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had three hits off Richards, including an RBI double.
The Angels only had five hits in the game, but made the most of them. A two-run homer by Kole Calhoun and a solo homer by Albert Pujols in the first inning gave Richards an early cushion that would stand up.
Padres 9, Braves 0
SAN DIEGO — James Shields pitched six shutout innings and Melvin Upton Jr. hit a pair of two-run homers as San Diego thumped Atlanta.
Shields allowed five hits, walked two and struck out seven as the Braves lost their ninth straight at Petco Park. It was Shields’ second win in 14 starts and his first at home in more than a month.
It was the Upton’s seventh multi-homer game, with his second home run to left field coming in the seventh.
Athletics 5, Dodgers 4 (10 innings)
OAKLAND, Calif. — Designated hitter Billy Butler lined a walk-off double to right field in the bottom of the 10th inning, leading Oakland to victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers at the O.co Coliseum.
Mark Canha led off the inning with a double down the left-field line off right-hander Yimi Garcia, his career-high fourth hit of the game. Butler ended the game with his double to right.
Canha went 4-for-5 with two doubles, drove in two runs and scored three times. Danny Valencia went 2-for-5 and scored a run for the A’s, and left-hander Fernando Abad (2-2) got the win, blanking the Dodgers for two-thirds of an inning.
Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis went 1-for-1 with a three-run homer, walked a career-high tying four times and scored twice.
Tigers 10, Cubs 8
CHICAGO — J.D. Martinez’s eighth inning sacrifice ignited a three-run eighth as topped the Chicago Cubs in a storm-delayed contest.
The runs came off Cubs right-handed reliever Pedro Strop, who loaded the bases with none out.
The Cubs suffered their second straight loss while the Tigers won their third in five outings.