roundup: Cubs win on Bryant's 10th-inning blast
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[August 27, 2016]
The Sports Xchange
LOS ANGELES -- Kris Bryant homered twice, including a game-winning
two-run homer in the 10th, and rallied the Chicago Cubs to a 6-4
victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night before 48,609
at Dodger Stadium.
Bryant, who went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, tagged Dodgers reliever
Adam Liberatore (2-1) after Dexter Fowler singled to start the
inning. It was his National League-best 35th home run, boosting the
Cubs (82-45) to their fourth straight win.
Reliever Travis Wood (4-0) worked a perfect ninth for the decision.
Arnoldis Chapman earned his 30th save with a scoreless 10th.
Los Angeles (71-57) had its lead in the National League West dwindle
to a game with the San Francisco Giants beating the Atlanta Braves.
Yankees 14, Orioles 4
NEW YORK -- Gary Sanchez highlighted another big night at the plate
with a long two-run homer and New York rolled to a victory over
Sanchez drove in four runs and had three hits in his first four
at-bats but it was his long home run to deep left field off Vance
Worley that prompted chants of "Gary Sanchez" from the crowd. Before
hitting his 10th home run, the rookie catcher singled and had a
two-run double while scoring two runs.
Sanchez recorded his fifth career game with at least three hits and
his latest showing raised his average 14 points to .403.
Diamondbacks 4, Reds 3 (11 innings)
PHOENIX -- Brandon Drury doubled down the left-field line in the
11th inning, took third on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch in
Arizona's victory over Cincinnati at Chase Field.
After Tuffy Gosewisch walked to put runners on first and third with
two outs, Blake Wood (5-3) threw a wild pitch on his first pitch to
Jean Segura, and Drury scored easily.
All three of the Diamondbacks' victories in the last five games have
Blue Jays 15, Twins 8
TORONTO -- Justin Smoak and Russell Martin each had five RBIs,
Francisco Liriano earned his first win for the Blue Jays and Toronto
used four home runs to defeat Minnesota.
Smoak, Martin, Josh Donaldson and Darwin Barney homered for the Blue
Jays. Donaldson added three RBIs.
The Blue Jays took a one-game lead in the American League East with
the Boston Red Sox loss to the Royals Friday.
Astros 5, Rays 4
HOUSTON -- Evan Gattis launched a walk-off home run to cap a wild
ninth inning in Houston's victory over Tampa Bay at Minute Maid
After Carlos Correa drilled an opposite-field home run to right
field on the first pitch from Rays closer Alex Colome (1-4) in the
ninth inning, Gattis worked the count full before crushing a 3-2
pitch deep to left field. Correa smacked his 19th home run while
Gattis crushed his 21st for Houston, which has won six of seven
The Rays trailed 3-0 before mounting a methodical comeback,
scratching across single runs against Astros right-hander Mike Fiers
in the third, fifth and seventh innings before Mike Mahtook blasted
a two-out solo home run off Astros closer Ken Giles (2-3) in the
ninth inning that gave Tampa Bay a 4-3 lead.
Nationals 8, Rockies 5
WASHINGTON -- Veteran lefty Gio Gonzalez picked up his 100th career
win and Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper each had two hits and two RBIs
as Washington beat Colorado.
Gonzalez (9-9) allowed two runs and just four hits in six innings
before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the last of the sixth.
The Miami-area product, now 100-75 in his career, gave up just one
walk with five strikeouts and threw 85 pitches.
Rookie right-hander Koda Glover took over in the seventh and retired
all three batters, including the first two via strikeouts.
Royals 6, Red Sox 3
BOSTON -- The hottest pitching staff in baseball slowed down the
best offense in baseball.
Kansas City, who boasts the best ERA in the majors in August, held
Boston at bay, and the Royals bullpen extended its franchise-record
scoreless-innings streak to 42 innings before a ninth-inning hiccup
in a win at Fenway Park.
Starter Ian Kennedy (9-9) earned the win for the Royals (67-61), who
have won 11 of their past 12 games and 16 of their past 19. The
Royals had a 1.19 ERA in their past 10 games and a 2.26 ERA in
August before Friday.
Mets 9, Phillies 4
NEW YORK -- Bartolo Colon contributed with his arm and his bat
Friday night, when the right-hander earned the win by pitching into
the eighth inning while collecting two hits and scoring two runs as
New York cruised past Philadelphia at Citi Field.
The Mets won for the fifth time in six games to remain 3 1/2 games
behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the National League's
second wild card.
The Phillies have lost three of four.
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White Sox 1
CHICAGO -- Felix Hernandez pitched 7 1/3 innings of one-run ball and
Edwin Diaz pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning as
Seattle beat Chicago at U.S. Cellular Field.
Hernandez (9-4) outdueled White Sox ace Chris Sale, who took the
loss despite striking out 14 in a complete-game effort. Hernandez
scattered eight hits and allowed only a Todd Frazier solo home run
in the seventh inning to win his fifth straight game.
Sale (15-7) allowed five hits, but pitched five innings of no-hit
ball in the tough-luck loss in the battle of aces.
DETROIT -- Justin Upton hit his fourth home run of the week, a
two-run drive to left in a three-run sixth inning, and Justin
Verlander retired 20 of 21 batters between singles in the first and
eighth innings to power Detroit to a victory over Los Angeles and
its fifth straight win.
Albert Pujols reached Verlander for his 585th career home run, one
shy of tying Frank Robinson for ninth place on the all-time list, in
the opening inning.
Verlander (14-7), who walked one and struck out eight, gave up a
one-out single to Kaleb Cowart in the eighth then a two-out RBI
double to right to Kole Calhoun that cut Detroit's lead to 4-2
before being taken out.
Cardinals 3, Athletics 1
ST. LOUIS -- Luke Weaver's third major league start netted his first
Working six solid innings, Weaver helped St. Louis tighten its hold
on a National League wild-card spot with a victory over Oakland at
Weaver (1-1), making his first home appearance after road starts
against the Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies, allowed four
hits and a run. He walked two and fanned seven.
Marlins 7, Padres 6
MIAMI -- Chris Johnson's walk-off RBI double in the bottom of the
ninth inning lifted Miami to a victory over San Diego.
Facing San Diego closer Brandon Maurer, Johnson hit a shot that
bounced over the wall in right field and scored Jeff Francoeur from
second for the winning run.
Fernando Rodney (2-3) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.
Indians 12, Rangers 1
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber improved to
4-0 this month and the Indians offense got going in a win over
Kluber (14-8) allowed just one run in six innings and had plenty of
offense as Abraham Almonte matched his career high with four RBIs
and Roberto Perez set a career high with four hits. The 12 runs were
the most scored by the Indians since Aug. 12.
The Indians got on the board in the third inning with an RBI double
from Jason Kipnis and tacked on two runs against Texas left-hander
Martin Perez (8-10) in the fourth. Jose Ramirez made it 2-0 on a
grounder and Almonte added a run-scoring double.
Pirates 5, Brewers 3
MILWAUKEE -- Jordy Mercer hit his first career grand slam and Ryan
Vogelsong struck out six as Pittsburgh handed Milwaukee a loss at
Vogelsong (3-3), making his fifth start since coming off the
disabled list, worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs, four hits
and four walks. He's 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA in his last five starts
Brewers starter Matt Garza (4-6) went 5 1/3 innings and struck out a
season-high nine batters but was doomed by a pair of errors by
Jonathan Villar and an intentional walk that set up Mercer's blast
in the sixth.
Giants 7, Braves 0
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Samardzija shut out Atlanta over seven
innings, leading San Francisco to a victory in the opener of a
Angel Pagan connected on a two-run home run, and Brandon Belt and
Joe Panik also drove in a pair of runs, as the Giants won for just
the third time in the opening game of their last 13 series.
Pitching one night after left-hander Matt Moore came within one out
of no-hitting the Los Angeles Dodgers, Samardzija gave up a double
to the first batter he faced, Braves center fielder Ender Inciarte.
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