MLB roundup: Indians beat Jays in 19 for 14th straight win

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[July 02, 2016]  The Sports Xchange

TORONTO -- Carlos Santana led off the 19th inning with his 17th homer of the season against infielder Darwin Barney, who was pitching, and the Cleveland Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 on Friday afternoon to win their club-record 14th straight game.

The Blue Jays sent out infielder Ryan Goins to pitch the 18th inning. He allowed singles to Jose Ramirez and Lonnie Chisenhall, who had five hits after the sixth inning that put runners at the corners, but got out of the jam.

Barney (0-1), who made the third out of the 18th inning, became the 10th Blue Jays position player to pitch in the 19th. Barney allowed the home run, then retired his next three batters.

Trevor Bauer (7-2), scheduled to be Cleveland's starter on Saturday, entered the game in the 15th inning and picked up the win allowing two hits and three walks while striking out three.

Tigers 10, Rays 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Victor Martinez crushed two three-run home runs and Detroit cruised past Tampa Bay.

Detroit starter Michael Fulmer held the Rays to two hits in seven scoreless innings.

Martinez had six RBIs, with home runs in the seventh and ninth innings against a struggling Rays bullpen.

Phillies 4, Royals 3

PHILADELPHIA -- Jeremy Hellickson won his second consecutive start and Odubel Herrera homered as Philadelphia won its fourth straight.

Cameron Rupp went 3-for-4 and Maikel Franco was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Phillies.

Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer for Kansas City, which lost for just the second time in six games.

Nationals 3, Reds 2, 14 innings

WASHINGTON -- Ben Revere had an RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the 14th off Ross Ohlendorf as Washington beat Cincinnati.

Danny Espinosa scored the winning run after being hit by a pitch and advancing to second on a groundout.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win, while Ohlendorf, a former Nationals pitcher, was saddled with the loss. The Nationals won their sixth game in a row while the Reds (29-52) lost for the ninth time in 10 outings.

Cardinals 7, Brewers 1

ST. LOUIS -- Thanks to Jaime Garcia's pitching and Matt Holliday's hitting, St. Louis Cardinals broke a seven-game, 26-day home losing streak with a win over Milwaukee.

Garcia checked the Brewers on four hits over eight innings while Holliday drove in three runs.

Garcia fanned six and walked four, enabling the Cardinals to notch their first home victory since June 5 against San Francisco.

Astros 5, White Sox 0

HOUSTON -- Carlos Gomez belted a two-run home run in the seventh inning to provide Houston some insurance in a win over Chicago.

Gomez cranked his fourth homer of the season with one out off White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez, who had allowed only two hits.

Astros second baseman Jose Altuve finished 0-for-4, ending his streak of reaching base safely at 32 consecutive games.

Rangers 3, Twins 2, 10 innings

MINNEAPOLIS -- Ian Desmond's solo homer to lead off the top of the 10th inning lifted Texas over Minnesota.

Desmond's blast, which traveled 418 feet into the upper deck in right-center field, was his 15th of the season and came off Twins left-hander Fernando Abad, who was charged with a loss for the second time in as many days.

Desmond, who hit .358 in the month of June, got his July off to a solid start, finishing a triple short of the cycle.

Mets 10, Cubs 2

NEW YORK -- Asdrubal Cabrera's first two-homer game in more than three years highlighted an unexpected offensive outburst and New York routed Chicago in a game delayed three times by rain.

 

The second game of a four-game series between last season's National League Championship Series combatants was delayed 11 minutes at the start. Rains returned twice more and resulted in a 68-minute delay after the second and a 40-minute delay in the top of the sixth.

The Mets have won the series' first two games by a combined 14-5 margin over the Cubs. New York scored just 13 runs in its six games prior to Thursday.

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Marlins 7, Braves 5

ATLANTA -- Ace pitcher Jose Fernandez, called upon to pinch-hit in the 12th inning, belted a two-run double to help Miami break a three-game losing streak.

The Marlins had runners on first and second, but had used all their position players and opted for Fernandez, Saturday's starting pitcher.

Fernandez, a .222 hitter, pounced on a pitch from loser Casey Kelly and split the gap to score Miguel Rojas and J.T. Realmuto.

Red Sox 5, Angels 4

BOSTON -- David Ortiz drilled a home run and two singles and Steven Wright won his ninth game as struggling Boston opened a nine-game homestand by hanging on for a rain-interrupted 5-4 win over last-place Los Angeles.

Ortiz's fifth-inning solo homer helped the Red Sox build a 5-0 lead. Wright surrendered a sixth-inning grand slam to C.J. Cron before rain stopped the game for 95 minutes in the bottom of the inning.

The Angels, 8-19 in June, have lost 10 of their last 11, but twice came within inches of tying the game late.

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 4

PHOENIX -- Conor Gillaspie had three hits and scored twice and right-hander Johnny Cueto became the National League's second 12-game winner in the San Francisco Giants' 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday at Chase Field.

Gillaspie finished a triple short of a cycle and had a hand in second-, fourth- and sixth-inning rallies as the Giants overcame 3-0 and 4-1 deficits to hand Arizona its sixth loss in a row.

Cueto (12-1) won his ninth straight decision to tie the Cubs' defending NL Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta for the NL lead in victories.

Pirates 7, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison and Matt Joyce each had two hits, and Pittsburgh rallied to defeat Oakland.

The Pirates beat the A's in Oakland for the first time in seven tries and improved to 2-11 overall in the interleague series.

Jeff Locke allowed three runs on three hits over five innings and extended his winning streak to three games. He struck out three, walked three and threw 95 pitches.

Mariners 5, Orioles 2

SEATTLE - Journeyman Wade LeBlanc turned in his second solid performance in as many starts, and Seattle rode home runs from Seth Smith, Kyle Seager and Dae-Ho Lee to the win.

LeBlanc, who threw six shutout innings in his Mariners debut last week, allowed just two runs on three hits over six innings..

Lee went 3-for-4 with a single, a double and a two-run homer that opened up a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Lee took Baltimore reliever Chaz Roe deep for a one-out homer that gave the Mariners some insurance runs after Seager's two-run blast in the sixth put Seattle ahead, 3-2.

Dodgers 5, Rockies 0

LOS ANGELES -- Bud Norris and four relievers combined on a three-hit shutout to lead Los Angeles past Colorado.

Norris (4-7) amassed eight strikeouts while permitting two hits, a walk and a hit batsman in earning his third consecutive victory in his team debut. The Dodgers acquired the right-hander on Thursday from the Atlanta Braves in a five-player trade after putting Clayton Kershaw on the disabled list.

Adrian Gonzalez had two hits and two RBIs for the Dodgers.

Padres 7, Yankees 6

SAN DIEGO -- Colin Rea allowed two runs over six innings, and San Diego survived a four-run, ninth-inning Yankees rally to defeat New York.

Wil Myers paced the Padres with a two-run homer -- his 12th in his last 27 games -- while Yangervis Solarte reached base in all four plate appearances and rookie Ryan Schimpf added a solo homer.

Rea (5-3) picked up the win while Brandon Maurer earned his first save after the Padres traded closer Fernando Rodney to the Miami Marlins on Thursday.

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