Highlights of Monday's MLB games
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[June 21, 2016]
June 20 (The Sports Xchange) -
Highlights of Monday's Major League Baseball games:
Pirates 1, Giants 0
Erik Kratz hit a home run and starter Jeff Locke led a contingent of
four Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers in shutting down the high-flying
San Francisco Giants 1-0 Monday.
The Pirates not only busted up a five-game losing streak, but they
did it against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner and against a San
Francisco team that had won eight games in a row.
Locke (6-5), who had given up a combined 18 runs over his previous
two starts, both losses, pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up
five hits, striking out three and walking none. He was pulled after
Jarrett Parker hit a two-out double to the center-field wall in the
Against San Francisco, Locke had been 0-1 with a 9.42 ERA in three
Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 20th save.
Bumgarner (8-3), who entered the game with a career-best seven-game
winning streak, threw a five-hit complete game in the loss.
In the fifth, with two outs, Kratz sent the first pitch from
Bumgarner to left. The ball barely cleared the wall, and left
fielder Angel Pagan timed it well and leaped -- only to have the
ball go off of his glove. Pagan slammed the glove onto the warning
track in disgust. It was Kratz's first home run since Aug. 18, 2014.
Rockies 5, Marlins 3
In a game that featured eight solo home runs, Mark Reynolds hit the
go-ahead homer in the sixth inning to lead the Rockies to victory.
It was Reynolds' second homer of the game and it came off reliever
Brian Ellington (1-1), snapping a streak of 15 straight scoreless
innings by Miami's bullpen in the past week. The Marlins' relievers
allowed just two hits in that span.
The eight solo homers are the most in a major-league game this
season. In addition, it also set a major-league record for most solo
blasts in a game in which all the runs scored were courtesy of the
Two of the blasts were hit by Miami center fielder Marcell Ozuna,
who has 15 homers this season, including three in two games.
Indians 7, Rays 4
Francisco Lindor belted a solo home run to snap a tie in the eighth
inning and Juan Uribe added a two-run blast to lead the Indians'
Leading off the eighth, Lindor hit the first pitch thrown by
reliever Erasmo Ramirez (7-5) into the seats for his eighth home
run. One out later, Carlos Santana singled and Uribe followed two
batters later with a home run over the wall in center, marking the
third consecutive game in which he has gone deep.
The Indians extended their winning streak to four games and Tampa
Bay's losing streak to five straight.
Bryan Shaw (1-3) struck out the side in the top of the eighth to get
the win. Cody Allen pitched the ninth to earn his 14th save.
Evan Longoria then belted his 18th home run over the left-field
wall, giving Tampa Bay a 2-0 lead.
Diamondbacks 3, Phillies 1
The Diamondbacks scored three runs before Phillies starter Jeremy
Hellickson could even get an out and rode those runs all the way to
a win and a four-game series sweep over the Phillies.
For the Phillies (30-41), their seventh loss in a row matches a
season high and drops the club to season-worst 11 games under .500.
The damage was done on exactly 10 pitches: three for a Jean Segura
double, two for a Phil Gosselin RBI single to score the second
baseman and five for a Jake Lamb home run to bring home Gosselin.
Arizona starter Shelby Miller (2-6) went 6 2/3 innings in his return
from a right index finger sprain that sent him to the 15-day disable
White Sox 3, Red Sox 1 (10 innings)
Reliever Zach Duke pitched out of a bases-loaded, nobody-out
situation in the ninth inning and Jose Abreu delivered a two-run
double in the 10th to give the struggling Chicago White Sox a
Abreu hammered a 2-2 pitch from Craig Kimbrel (0-3) to right-center
field with two outs in the 10th to give the White Sox only their
11th win in 37 games after a 23-10 start. A walk to Avisail Garcia
and a single by J.B. Shuck set up the winning hit.
Kimbrel had 17 straight scoreless outings at Fenway Park since the
season opener and turned in 17 scoreless outings in his last 18
Duke (2-0) used two strikeouts around a force at the plate to escape
the ninth and deny Red Sox starter Steven Wright his ninth victory
of the season.
Rangers 4, Orioles 3
The Rangers rallied from a three-run deficit to win a battle of
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Texas (46-25) extended its season-high winning streak to seven after
coming from behind for the 23rd time this season. That's the most in
the majors, with three in the last three days.
Baltimore squandered a 3-0 lead and missed several chances to extend
the lead against Rangers starter Derek Holland. The O's outhit the
Shin-Soo Choo drove in the two go-ahead runs and Ian Desmond hit his
11th home run of the season for Texas in the opener of a six-game
Shawn Tolleson (2-2) picked up the win in relief, with Sam Dyson
working the ninth for his 14th save of the year. The Texas bullpen
pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings.
Cardinals 3, Cubs 2
Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta each homered and starter Jaime
Garcia tossed seven strong innings as the visiting Cardinals claimed
The Cardinals (36-33) snapped the Cubs' three-game winning streak
and trimmed their gap to 11 1/2 games behind Chicago in the NL
Central race in the opener of a three-game series at Wrigley Field.
Garcia (5-6) worked 6 2/3 innings, allowed two runs on six hits,
walked two and struck out six. Trevor Rosenthal permitted three
baserunners in a shaky but successful ninth to claim his 13th save
of the season.
Cubs starter John Lackey (7-3) lost for the first time in three
starts this season against his former team and suffered his first
setback since May 11 against San Diego. He worked six innings,
allowed three earned runs on seven hits while striking out six and
Ben Zobrist had three hits to pace the Cubs.
Astros 10, Angels 7
Doug Fister extended his winning streak to seven games and the
Astros provided him ample run support in their win.
Five Houston starters recorded multi-hit games and every member of
the lineup reached base at least once, with catcher Jason Castro
joining the hit parade with his sixth home run to lead off the
Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa also went deep in support of Fister
(8-3) as the Astros (35-36) won for the 10th consecutive time in a
game Fister started. Carlos Gomez and Colby Rasmus recorded three
hits apiece to pace an offense in which seven different starters
scored at least once.
Second baseman Gregorio Petit belted his first career grand slam -
and the first for the Angels this season - off Astros left-hander
Tony Sipp with one out in the ninth. Pat Neshek got the final two
outs for his first save.
Tigers 8, Mariners 7 (12 innings)
Justin Upton hit his second home run of the game to lead off the
12th inning as the Tigers snapped a three-game losing skid.
With Vidal Nuno (0-1) working his third inning, Upton cranked a 2-2
pitch over the fence in left-center to end the contest. It was his
eighth home run of the season.
Anibal Sanchez (4-7) received the victory for working a scoreless
top of the 12th and stranding a runner on third with one out.
Upton hit a two-run home run to dead center field with one out in
the seventh inning to give Detroit a 7-6 lead, but Seattle tied it
in the eighth on a two-out double by Ketel Marte followed by an RBI
single by Leonys Martin.
Dodgers 4, Nationals 1
Justin Turner and Joc Pederson homered and Clayton Kershaw won his
10th consecutive start in the Dodgers' victory.
The anticipated pitching matchup between Kershaw and Stephen
Strasburg of the Nationals didn't materialize after Strasburg (10-0,
2.90 ERA) was scratched with an upper back strain less than two
hours before the opening pitch.
Kershaw (11-1) limited the Nationals to a run and six hits with
eight strikeouts and no walks in seven innings. Kershaw beat
Washington for the eighth straight time.
The Nationals (43-28) have dropped three in a row.
Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save of the
season, becoming the Dodgers' franchise leader with 162 and breaking
Eric Gagne's mark. Jansen also is the first Dodger with 20 saves in
Yusmeiro Petit replaced Strasburg. Petit (2-1) gave up three runs
and five hits with five strikeouts and a walk in six innings.
(Editing by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru)
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