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[July 29, 2017]
July 28 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights from Major League Baseball
games on Friday:
Mets 7, Mariners 5
Michael Conforto hit two home runs as the New York Mets defeated the
Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Conforto, a native of nearby Redmond, Wash. and playing a major
league game at Safeco Field for the first time, led off the third
and eighth innings with solo homers. His eighth-inning liner off
Marc Rzepczynski tied the score at 5-5.
Asdrubal Cabrera followed with a single off David Phelps (0-1), the
fourth Seattle pitcher, before Yoenis Cespedes looked at a called
third strike. Jay Bruce, who hit a two-run homer in the first
inning, singled to right but was then forced out at second on a
fielder's choice by Wilmer Flores.
Giants 6, Dodgers 4
Corey Seager slugged a two-run home run in the bottom of the
seventh, his second of the game, to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to
another late come-from-behind win, this time over the San Francisco
Trailing 4-2, the Dodgers got doubles from Joc Pederson and Chris
Taylor to tie the game and set Seager up for the game-winner.
Los Angeles only had two hits off Giants starter Matt Moore (3-11)
through six innings before Pederson's double knocked him out of the
game. George Kontos relieved and induced Yasiel Puig into a
run-scoring groundout, but then gave up Taylor's double to left to
tie the game.
Twins 6, Athletics 3
Left-hander Jaime Garcia threw 6 2/3 solid innings and picked up a
victory in his debut for the Minnesota Twins, who defeated the
Oakland Athletics and ended their four-game losing streak on Friday
night in the opener of a three-game series at Oakland Coliseum.
Garcia (5-7) allowed three runs and eight hits, struck out seven and
walked two. He was acquired along with catcher Anthony Recker from
the Atlanta Braves on Monday in a trade for minor-league pitcher
Jason Castro had two RBI doubles and scored a run for the Twins.
Ehire Adrianza went 2-for-3 with a walk, drove in a run and scored
Padres 3, Pirates 2
Travis Wood pitched six solid innings and added an RBI single in his
Padres debut, lifting San Diego over the Pittsburgh Pirates on
Cory Spangenberg had two extra-base hits for the Padres, one of
which drove in a run.
Three Padres relievers pitched the final three innings to combine
with Wood on a three-hitter. Brad Hand worked the ninth for his
sixth save as he extended his scoreless-innings streak to 19 1/3
Royals 4, Red Sox 2
Jason Vargas pitched out of a July slump and Salvador Perez and Mike
Moustakas homered, carrying the Kansas City Royals to their ninth
straight win, a 4-2 victory over the struggling Boston Red Sox on
The loss dropped the Red Sox, losers of five of their last six, out
of first place in the American League East for the first time since
June 29, falling a half-game behind the New York Yankees. Boston is
6-9 since the All-Star break.
Vargas, an All-Star who followed a 6-1 June with a 9.45 ERA in three
July starts, allowed a run on five hits through six innings to raise
his record to 12-4. Four relievers finished up, with Kelvin Herrera
working the ninth for his 22nd save.
Perez hit a solo homer off Rick Porcello (4-14) in the second inning
and Moustakas then banged his 30th of the year with two men on in
The Royals, who came into the game two games behind the equally hot
Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, have outscored their opposition
67-29 and outhomered their foes 20-2 during the winning streak.
Yankees 6, Rays 1
Masahiro Tanaka retired the first 17 hitters and set a career high
with 14 strikeouts in eight dominant innings as New York beat Tampa
Bay for its fifth straight win.
Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier homered off Austin
Pruitt but it was all about Tanaka as the Yankees won for the eighth
time in 10 games and improved to 10-5 since the All-Star break. Didi
Gregorius added an RBI single for New York's final run.
Tanaka (8-9) allowed a run and two hits and did not walk a batter.
He lost his perfect game bid when Adeiny Hechavarria hit his 69th
pitch just past the diving attempt of shortstop Gregorius and into
center field. Tanaka then rebounded and struck out Mallex Smith for
a third time to reach 10 strikeouts.
Astros 6, Tigers 5
Josh Reddick cracked a three-run homer in the eighth inning and also
had two sacrifice flies for a five-RBI night that rallied Houston to
a victory over Detroit.
Bruce Rondon (1-2) gave up two singles and Reddick's 10th home run
of the season, on a hanging slider, as he blew a 5-3 lead turned
over to him by Jordan Zimmermann. Zimmermann gave up six hits and
three runs in seven innings. It was Detroit's fourth loss in a row
and plopped the Tigers a season-low 11 games below .500.
Brad Peacock (9-1), displaced from the rotation by Dallas Keuchel,
picked up the win after four innings of three-hit, two-run relief.
Chris Devenski pitched the eighth and Ken Giles claimed his 22nd
save with a scoreless ninth.
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Angels 7, Blue Jays 2
Parker Bridwell allowed three hits in 7 1/3 innings and C. J. Cron
hit a two-run homer as Los Angeles defeated Toronto. The victory by
the Angels in the opener of a three-game series stopped their
three-game losing streak and ended a four-game winning streak by the
Blue Jays. In making his eighth major league start and ninth
appearance, Bridwell (5-1) allowed one run, one walk and struck out
four en route to his third straight win.
Kaleb Cowart had three hits and an RBI for the Angels. Justin Smoak
homered for the Blue Jays. Toronto starter J.A. Happ (3-8) remained
winless since July 4 when he allowed five hits, four walks and three
runs while striking out five in six innings.
Phillies 10, Braves 3
Philadelphia scored seven runs and hit three homers in an explosive
fifth inning to roll over Atlanta.
The offensive outpouring helped get Jake Thompson (1-0) a win in his
first major league start of the season. Less than 30 minutes before
the first pitch, the Phillies announced scheduled starter Jeremy
Hellickson was scratched but did not disclose a trade or injury.
The Phillies already led 1-0 before Aaron Altherr, the first batter
in the Phillies' fifth, launched a home run into the second deck of
the left field seats. He hit another solo homer in the eighth
inning, his 16th of the season.
Marlins 7, Reds 4
J.T. Realmuto snapped a tie score with a seventh-inning solo homer
down the left-field line as Miami rallied to defeat Cincinnati.
Realmuto came back from a bases-loaded strikeout in the first inning
and ended up with a huge game, finishing a triple shy of a cycle. He
went 3-for-4, including his career-high 12th homer of the season.
The Marlins have won six of their past eight games.
Cincinnati has lost five games in a row and 13 of its past 15. The
Reds have lost seven straight games at Marlins Park. Dusty McGowan
(6-1) earned the win with one scoreless inning of relief. Wandy
Peralta (3-2), who gave up Realmuto's homer, took the loss.
Indians 9, White Sox 3
Jose Ramirez had four hits with a homer and three RBIs and Danny
Salazar struck out eight and allowed only three hits as Cleveland
won its eighth straight game.
Salazar (4-5) didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning before he
departed in the seventh after allowing a two-run homer to Matt
Davidson. By then, the Indians had plenty of breathing room en route
to handing the White Sox their fourth straight loss and 16th in
their last 18 games.
Carlos Santana and Michael Brantley also homered for Cleveland,
which also got a pair of RBI singles from Yan Gomes.
Brewers 2, Cubs 1
Brent Suter struck out five over a career-high seven scoreless
innings as Milwaukee took a game back in the National League Central
race with a victory over Chicago.
Making his fifth start in place of right-hander Chase Anderson,
Suter (2-1) held the Cubs to four hits and a walk. He outdueled Cubs
lefty Jose Quintana (2-1), who took his first loss since being
traded from the crosstown White Sox after giving up two runs on four
hits and three walks while striking out six over six innings.
Anthony Rizzo created drama in the ninth, drawing a leadoff walk
against Brewers closer Corey Knebel. But Rizzo was left stranded at
third when Knebel struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Schwarber for his
18th save of the season.
Cardinals 1, Diamondbacks 0
Jedd Gyorko's one-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning
scored Tommy Pham with the only run of the night as St. Louis edged
Pham led off the inning by reaching on an error by third baseman
Daniel Descalso. After stealing second, Pham moved to third on Paul
DeJong's groundout. Gyorko lined a 2-2 pitch off Rubby De La Rosa
into center field.
Michael Wacha (8-4) worked six scoreless innings for his fifth win
in six starts. Wacha allowed only three hits and a walk, striking
out five. Reliever T.J. McFarland (4-3), who came in after Robbie
Ray was struck in the head with a liner in the bottom of the second,
was tagged with the loss.
Rangers 8, Orioles 2
Adrian Beltre inched closer to 3,000 career hits and Nomar Mazara
had a career-high three doubles as Texas pounded Baltimore.
Mazara's two-run double in the first inning got the offense going as
Texas never looked back in support of Andrew Cashner (6-8). Beltre
also had a hand in the rout, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs to put him
at 2,998 career hits.
The Orioles, who swept a four-game series against Texas earlier this
month, have now lost three straight and five of their last seven.
Texas led 8-0 after five innings, scoring all eight runs against
Baltimore starter Chris Tillman (1-6).
Rockies at Nationals postponed because of rain
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