Highlights of Sunday's MLB games
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[September 12, 2016]
Sept 11 (The Sports Xchange)
Rays 4, Yankees 2
Corey Dickerson hit one of three home runs for the Tampa Bay Rays,
who ended a season-high seven-game winning streak by the New York
Yankees with a 4-2 victory Sunday afternoon.
The Rays handed New York its first loss since Sept. 3 by upping its
home run total to 194, five shy of the 2009 team record.
Logan Forsythe and Brad Miller also homered for Tampa Bay, which won
for the second time in eight games.
Chase Headley homered and Brett Gardner had an RBI single for the
Yankees, who were denied their first eight-game winning streak since
a 10-game run June 8-18, 2012.
Nationals 3, Phillies 2
Anthony Rendon broke a tie with an RBI double in the seventh and Gio
Gonzalez allowed just one run in seven innings as first-place
Washington posted a victory over Philadelphia.
The Nationals, who took three of four from the Phillies, started the
day nine games ahead of the second-place New York Mets in the
National League East. The Phillies are 5-14 against Washington this
Mets 10, Braves 3
Yoenis Cespedes clubbed his 30th home run, a long grand slam, and
drove in five runs, to help New York beat Atlanta in their final
appearance at Turner Field.
The beneficiary of the support was right-hander Seth Lugo, who won
his fourth straight start. Lugo avoided major difficulty in the
fourth inning when he got out of a bases-loaded mess with only one
run scoring. He pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on six
hits, one walk and five strikeouts in his first career appearance
Orioles 3, Tigers 1
Chris Tillman threw six strong innings in his return from the
disabled list and Michael Bourn added a two-run home run to lead
Baltimore over Detroit in the rubber match of a crucial three-game
series at Comerica Park.
The Orioles entered Detroit on Friday a game ahead of the Tigers for
the final wild-card spot in the American League. They left two games
up after winning the final two contests of the series.
After going on the disabled list for shoulder bursitis, Tillman
outdueled Tigers ace Justin Verlander on the latter's home turf,
allowing just one run on four hits in six innings to earn the
Reds 8, Pirates 0
Four Cincinnati pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout and Tyler
Holt drove in three runs in a win vs. Pittsburgh at PNC Park.
The Reds, far out of the playoff chase, scored five runs in the
second and never looked back. They won three of the four games in
the weekend series against Pittsburgh, which fell 6 1/2 games behind
a National League wild-card spot. The Pirates have lost three in a
row and 11 of their past 13.
The win was the 200th of Cincinnati manager Bryan Price's career.
Brewers 2, Cardinals 1
Ryan Braun slammed his 27th homer of the year with one out in the
ninth inning to give Milwaukee the win over St. Louis.
Braun's homer, his first this season against the Cardinals, came on
a 3-2 pitch off reliever Kevin Siegrist after the Cardinals had tied
the game in the bottom of the eighth.
The loss, combined with the Mets' win over the Braves, dropped the
Cardinals out of the second wild-card spot, a half-game behind New
Red Sox 11, Blue Jays 8
David Ortiz hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to provide the
go-ahead runs as Boston came back to defeat Toronto in the rubber
match of a three-game series.
Ortiz's homer against reliever Joaquin Benoit brought the Red Sox
from behind into a 10-8 lead as they extended their advantage over
the Blue Jays in the American League East to two games.
Jackie Bradley Jr. also hit a three-run homer for the Red Sox and
Hanley Ramirez added a solo shot. Troy Tulowitzki hit a grand slam
and Edwin Encarnacion added two homers for the Blue Jays.
Mariners 3, Athletics 2
Mike Zunino hit a two-run homer in the second inning and sparked a
ninth-inning rally with a leadoff double, leading Seattle to its
fifth straight victory.
The Mariners remained 3 1/2 games back in the race for the American
League's second wild-card spot. They swept the A's in Oakland for a
second time this season, a franchise first.
The Mariners snapped a 2-2 tie with a run in the top of the ninth
inning off A's closer Ryan Madson (5-5). Zunino lined a leadoff
double down the left-field line and then gave way to pinch running
Ben Gamel. Gamel moved to third on Leonys Martin's single to right
and scored when Ketel Marte singled sharply to center.
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Angels 3, Rangers 2
Andrelton Simmons hit two solo home runs to lead Los Angeles over
Yunel Escobar added a solo homer as the Angels broke a four-game
losing streak and prevented the Rangers from reducing their magic
number for winning the American League West to less than 10.
Right-hander Jered Weaver amassed a season-high eight strikeouts in
6 2/3 innings while earning his third successive victory.
Adrian Beltre hit two solo blasts for Texas and now has 442 career
homers, tying Dave Kingman for 40th place all-time. Beltre added a
single and finished 3-for-4.
Royals 2, White Sox 0
Ian Kennedy pitched six strong innings and Kendrys Morales and Eric
Hosmer each belted a solo homer as Kansas City held on for a win
The Royals won its second consecutive series and finished a six-game
road trip with a 4-2 record.
Adam Eaton singled twice to mark the only two hits for the White
Sox. Chicago dropped to 4-11 this season against the Royals.
Marlins 3, Dodgers 0
Jose Urena pitched 8 2/3 scoreless innings to lead Miami over Los
Angeles at Marlins Park.
Urena, who threw 108 pitches, was lifted after Josh Reddick slapped
a two-out, opposite-field single in the ninth. A.J. Ramos got the
final out on the only batter he faced for his 34th save of the
The Marlins, who have been projected to have just a 0.8 percent
chance to make the playoffs this year, took two out of three games
from the Dodgers, who lead the NL West.
Indians 7, Twins 1
Corey Kluber continued his strong second-half run with seven
effective innings and Carlos Santana hit a three-run home run to
lead Cleveland over Minnesota.
Kluber topped 200 strikeouts for the third straight season in
striking out 10 Twins hitters. Santana's 31st homer of the season
went deep into the right field plaza at Target Field to open the
scoring in the second inning off Minnesota rookie starter Jose
Abraham Almonte added three hits and two runs scored for the
Indians, who won for the fourth time in five games and extended
their lead in the American League Central to seven games over
Giants 5, Diamondbacks 3
Denard Span homered, and Hunter Pence added a two-run double to help
San Francisco beat Arizona and complete a three-game sweep.
Matt Moore (3-4) threw seven strong innings for the Giants, allowing
two runs while scattering eight hits. Moore struck out 11, matching
a season high, and walked one.
Welington Castillo homered for the Diamondbacks, who have dropped
six straight and seven of their past nine.
Rockies 3, Padres 2 (10 innings)
Mark Reynolds led off the top of the 10th inning with the 250th
homer of his career to give Colorado a split of the four-game series
with San Diego.
Reynolds' 370-foot drive off Kevin Quackenbush (7-6) reached the
second row of seats in left. His 13th homer of the season came on a
Jake McGee (2-3) picked up the win for the Rockies. Adam Ottavino
secured his fourth save on the season and his second of the series.
Cubs 9, Astros 5
Addison Russell and Javier Baez produced multi-hit games, and
Chicago claimed the rubber match of an interleague series against
Russell finished 3-for-4 with three runs plus his 20th home run,
while Baez went 2-for-4 with an RBI in support of right-hander Jake
Arrieta allowed three runs on four hits and two walks with three
strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings. (Editing by Simon Jennings)
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