MLB roundup: A-Rod, Yankees stop skids

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[April 18, 2016]  The Sports Xchange
 
 NEW YORK -- Moved down to sixth in the lineup, Alex Rodriguez homered on the first pitch he saw Sunday as the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 4-3, ending their four-game losing streak.

Hitless in 19 at-bats since hitting a long home run off Mike Pelfrey during the first inning in Detroit on April 9, Rodriguez was moved down three spots after going 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and two groundouts Saturday to drop his batting average to .100.

With a runner on first base and nobody out in the second inning, Rodriguez lined a pitch clocked at 86 mph from Hisashi Iwakuma (0-2) into the left field seats. It was his 689th career home run and fourth hit of the season and the hit gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead.

Rodriguez struck out in the third and fouled out in the fifth against Iwakuma. He struck out in the eighth against Nick Vincent and is batting .118 (4-for-34) with 13 strikeouts.

Rockies 2, Cubs 0

CHICAGO --Tyler Chatwood's perfect game bid fell short but he still outdueled Chicago ace Jon Lester as Colorado claimed a victory and series win.

Nolan Arenado supplied both runs -- a fourth-inning solo homer and another in the ninth -- as the Rockies won their fourth game in five starts and took two of three from the Cubs.

The Rockies right-hander (2-1) gave up two hits, struck out seven and walked one in a seven-inning effort in his third start of the season and only his third since April 29, 2014. Lester (1-1) departed after 7 1/3 innings after giving up just one run on four hits, striking out 10 and walking just two.

Phillies 3, Nationals 2 (10 innings)

PHILADELPHIA -- Freddy Galvis hit an RBI double off Jonathan Papelbon with two outs in the 10th inning to lift Philadelphia over Washington.

Galvis drove a Papelbon fastball the other way, deep into left field over the head of Jayson Werth to drive in Andres Blanco for the game-winning run, ending the Nationals' seven-game winning streak.

Bryce Harper crushed a deep shot into right-center field in the top of the 10th inning to break a 1-1 tie. The homer was his sixth of the season and 15th RBI.

Mets 6, Indians 0

CLEVELAND -- New York jumped on former Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber for six runs in the first two innings, Steven Matz pitched seven scoreless innings and the Mets blanked Cleveland.

Matz (1-1) gave up three hits, struck out nine and walked two to pick up the victory as the Mets won two of three games in the weekend series.

The Mets scored three runs in each of the first two innings.

Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 3

BOSTON -- Aaron Sanchez gave up just one run on two hits and struck out seven over seven innings, and Jose Bautista hit a solo home run and had two RBIs as Toronto beat Boston.

Bautista's homer was his third of the season and 18th at Fenway Park since 2010. Chris Colabello, Josh Donaldson, and Edwin Encarnacion also drove in a runs for the Blue Jays.

Steven Wright (0-1) was the victim of poor run support again in his second start of 2016 for the Red Sox, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out six over six innings.

Braves 6, Marlins 5 (10 innings)

MIAMI -- Mallex Smith had a game-winning RBI single in the top of the 10th inning as Atlanta defeated Miami.

The Braves swept the series after arriving in Miami on Friday as a winless team. The Marlins are off to a 0-5 start at home.

Jhoulys Chacin, who had a perfect game until Martin Prado singled with one out in the fourth inning, had an RBI single but had to settle for a no-decision. He took a shutout into the sixth inning, when Miami struck for three runs.

Rays 3, White Sox 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay got strong pitching from Matt Moore and an offensive spark from Brandon Guyer, edging Chicago to take two of three games.

The Rays saw Guyer go 4-for-4 with two runs scored, and Moore struck out 10 while pitching into the seventh inning. Alex Colome got the final five outs for the Rays' first save of the season.

The White Sox were held in check for the second day in a row after coming to town with a four-game win streak.

Pirates 9, Brewers 3

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh gained the upper hand early with a five-run third inning and Juan Nicasio delivered a quality start to beat Milwaukee.

The Pirates took two of three games from the Brewers to earn their first series victory since they swept the St. Louis Cardinals to start the season.

After Andrew McCutchen grounded out and David Freese walked to start the third, the Pirates rapped out six hits and capitalized on Milwaukee's defensive miscues to score five runs.

Cardinals 4, Reds 3

ST. LOUIS -- Eric Fryer made his first start of the season one to remember. The St. Louis catcher, giving ironman starter Yadier Molina the day off, went 3-for-3 and doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Cardinals a decision over Cincinnati.

Fryer hit a 1-0 pitch from reliever Ross Ohlendorf (2-1) to the wall in left-center field with two outs, easily scoring Aledmys Diaz from first for his sixth hit in as many at-bats this year. Diaz started the inning by pinch-hitting for Matt Adams and drawing a walk.

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Kevin Siegrist (2-0) worked 1 1/3 innings in relief to earn the win, while Trevor Rosenthal pitched a clean ninth for his third save in as many chances as St. Louis improved to 4-2 on its nine-game homestand.

Astros 5, Tigers 4

HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve provided offense early and often and Houston held off Detroit Tigers to claim the rubber match of this three-game series.

Altuve went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run that got the Astros going, plus a two-run double that followed an error by Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

The Astros built a 5-0 lead in support of right-hander Mike Fiers (1-1) before the Tigers chipped away at that advantage.

Athletics 3, Royals 2

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Josh Reddick hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to score the speedy Billy Burns with what turned out to be the winning run.

Burns tripled into the right-field corner leading off the eighth to set up the go-ahead run and make a winner out of John Axford (2-0), who pitched a scoreless eighth.

Joakim Soria (1-1) pitched an inning and took the loss, his first setback since last July 11 against the Minnesota Twins.

Jed Lowrie, who came on as a pinch hitter for Billy Butler in the seventh, singled home the tying run in the seventh. Coco Crisp scored on a passed ball in the fourth.

Mike Moustakas hit his fourth homer of the season for Kansas City.

Twins 3, Angels 2 (12 innings)

MINNEAPOLIS -- Oswaldo Arcia's two-out single in the bottom of the 12th inning off Angels closer Huston Street drove in Byron Buxton with the winning run.

Twins right-hander Michael Tonkin pitched two innings of shutout relief for his first win as Minnesota swept the Angels.

Angels right-hander Cory Rasmus was charged with the loss after allowing one run on a hit and a walk in one-third of an inning.

Albert Pujols' two-run blast off Kyle Gibson gave the Angels a 2-0 lead just four batters into the game.

Diamondbacks 7, Padres 3

SAN DIEGO -- Yasmany Tomas drove in three runs with a pair of homers and Brandon Drury added a two-run homer to help Arizona win the rubber match of a three-game series.

All three homers were off Padres left-handed starter Robbie Erlin (1-2), who allowed six runs on eight hits in six innings.

Phil Gosselin added a fourth homer for the Diamondbacks, as he greeted right-handed Padres reliever Kevin Quackenbush with a 412-foot shot leading off the eighth.

Left-hander Patrick Corbin (1-1) picked up the win for the Diamondbacks, holding the Padres to three runs (one earned) on six hits in 6 2/3 innings. His outing was a boost for the Diamondbacks, who used nine pitchers in a 14-inning, 5-3 loss to the Padres Saturday night.

Dodgers 3, Giants 1

LOS ANGELES -- Kenta Maeda outpitched Jeff Samardzija as Los Angeles beat rival San Francisco to take two of three at Dodger Stadium this weekend.
 


Maeda gave up a solo home run to the Giants' Joe Panik with two outs in the third inning. It was the first run Maeda had allowed in his first three starts for the Dodgers, snapping a 14 2/3 scoreless innings streak to start his major league career.

Maeda had to pick his way through the first four innings, allowing three hits and walking three in that time. But the Giants stranded four and hit into one double play. Maeda settled in after that, retiring nine of the last 10 batters he faced (four by strikeout) and going seven innings for the first time in his rookie season with the Dodgers.

Orioles-Rangers ppd.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The game between Texas and Orioles was postponed due to inclement weather in the area.

The game has been rescheduled for June 20 at Globe Life Park. The rainout ends a 448-game stretch without a rainout for the Rangers -- the longest streak in the majors. The last time the Rangers had a game rained out was May 29, 2013 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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