Highlights of Sunday's MLB games
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[July 31, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange)
Orioles 10, Rangers 6
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre made history on Sunday, but the
Baltimore Orioles got out of town with a 10-6 victory over Texas on
Sunday in the rubber game of a three-game series.
Beltre became the 31st player to collect 3,000 career hits when he
doubled in the fourth inning.
However, the Orioles got to Rangers starter Martin Perez (5-9) his
second time through the Baltimore lineup, tagging Perez with eight
earned runs before he was lifted in favor of reliever Jeremy
Jeffress in the fifth.
Welington Castillo had four RBIs for Baltimore, Jonathan Schoop
knocked in three runs, and Manny Machado collected three hits.
Blue Jays 11, Angels 10
Steve Pearce hit his second walk-off grand slam of the week, and
Toronto scored seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to
defeat Los Angeles.
Pearce also had a game-ending grand slam Thursday to beat the
Oakland Athletics. Toronto avoided a three-game sweep by Los Angeles
with the biggest ninth-inning comeback win in club history.
Ezequiel Carrera and Kevin Pillar also homered for the Blue Jays,
while Matt Dermody (1-0) allowed one run in three innings of relief
to earn his first major league victory. The Angels' Albert Pujols
had two homers, a single and four RBIs to end an 0-for-24 drought.
Dodgers 3, Giants 2 (11 innings)
Kyle Farmer, in his first major league at-bat, rifled a pinch-hit
double into the right field corner to score two runs in the bottom
of the 11th inning and give Los Angeles a walk-off win over San
The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep and earned their eighth win
in a row.
With two on and one out and the Giants leading 2-1, Farmer hit a
line drive into the corner off Albert Suarez (0-1) to score Corey
Seager, who had doubled, and Justin Turner, who had been
White Sox 3, Indians 1
Matt Davidson hit a walk-off, two-run homer as Chicago ended
Cleveland's nine-game winning streak.
Davidson homered against reliever Bryan Shaw (4-5) on a 1-1 pitch as
the White Sox won for only the second time in their past 16 games.
Chicago did not collect its first hit until left fielder Leury
Garcia smacked a solo home run with two outs in the sixth inning,
tying the game at 1-1.
The White Sox activated Garcia from the 10-day disabled list before
the game to take the roster spot of leadoff hitter and offensive
catalyst Melky Cabrera, who was traded to Kansas City on Sunday in
exchange for two minor league pitchers.
Cubs 4, Brewers 2
Rookie Victor Caratini hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning
to lift Chicago over Milwaukee.
By taking the rubber match of a three-game series between the top
teams in the National League Central, the Cubs increased their lead
to 2 1/2 games over the second-place Brewers.
Caratini was in the Cubs' lineup at first base in place of Anthony
Rizzo, who was unable to play because of back stiffness. Normally
the backup catcher, Caratini fell behind 0-2 before fouling off a
pair of pitches and taking a ball before drilling a fastball from
Zach Davies (12-5) out to dead center field for his first major
league home run.
Rays 5, Yankees 3
Jacob Faria and five relievers combined on a four-hitter as Tampa
Bay salvaged the finale of the four-game series with New York.
Faria did not qualify for the win after allowing three runs and
three hits in four-plus innings. Sergio Romo, Dan Jennings, Steve
Cishek (2-1), Tommy Hunter and Alex Colome (30th save) combined for
five scoreless innings of one-hit ball.
Corey Dickerson had a two-run single and Evan Longoria had two hits
for the Rays.
Royals 5, Red Sox 3
Alex Gordon smashed a two-run triple to cap a four-run eighth inning
as Kansas City rallied past Boston.
Gordon's heroics were preceded by a game-tying, two-run,
bases-loaded single from Alcides Escobar, who had three RBIs to help
the Royals take the rubber match of the three-game series.
Rafael Devers clubbed his first career homer at Fenway, a solo shot,
and his second since his major league debut last Tuesday after
Boston brought him up from Triple-A Pawtucket. The Red Sox have lost
seven of their past 10 games.
Tigers 13, Astros 1
Justin Upton hit a grand slam and tied a career best with six RBIs,
and Miguel Cabrera hit a milestone RBI double in Detroit's rout of
Justin Verlander (6-7) pitched six scoreless innings. He retired the
last seven batters he faced but left eight Houston runners on base
in the first four innings. Verlander is rumored to be a trade target
before the Monday deadline.
The Tigers broke the game open with three runs in the sixth, chasing
Lance McCullers Jr. (7-3), who gave up at least four runs in his
fourth straight start. McCullers Jr. allowed eight hits, walked
four, struck out four and was charged with five runs in five
Rockies 10, Nationals 6 (Game 1)
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Colorado blasted Washington's Erick Fedde in his
major league debut, scoring seven runs off the right-hander en route
to a victory in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu had three hits and two RBIs apiece for
the Rockies. Kyle Freeland (11-7) pitched five innings to earn the
victory, breaking a tie with teammate Antonio Senzatela for the most
wins among major league rookies.
Colorado's Greg Holland entered with the bases loaded in the ninth,
and after allowing Anthony Rendon's RBI single, got Howie Kendrick
to ground into a double play to secure his 33rd save in 34 tries.
Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in four runs for the
Nationals 3, Rockies 1 (Game 2)
Edwin Jackson pitched seven strong innings, and Adam Lind and Brian
Goodwin both homered in the fifth inning as Washington defeated
Colorado to salvage of the doubleheader.
Jackson (2-1) matched his longest outing of the season, allowing a
run on four hits and two walks. He struck out six while lowering his
ERA to 2.84 in three starts for the Nationals.
Ryan Madson pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Sean Doolittle
retired the Rockies in order in the ninth to earn his third save
with the Nationals.
Cardinals 3, Diamondbacks 2
Lance Lynn checked Arizona on two runs over six innings in St.
Lynn (9-6) gave up four hits and issued a season-high five walks,
striking out three. Lynn, who has allowed only four runs in his last
five starts, covering 31 1/3 innings, has been in trade rumors over
the last week.
Four relievers picked up the last nine outs, with Trevor Rosenthal
striking out the side in the ninth for his sixth save in eight
tries. Taijuan Walker (6-5) absorbed the loss for Arizona after
allowing three runs on four hits and striking out 10 over 5 2/3
Reds 6, Marlins 4
Rookie Luis Castillo beat his former organization, and Tucker
Barnhart produced a season-high three RBIs as Cincinnati snapped a
six-game losing streak.
The Reds held on despite Marcell Ozuna's three-run homer with one
out in the bottom of the ninth. Castillo (2-4), traded with two
other prospects from the Marlins to Cincinnati in January, lasted a
career-high eight innings. He gave up one run on three hits.
Dan Straily (7-7), the player Miami received in the Castillo deal,
lost his third straight start. He yielded two runs in six innings.
Phillies 2, Braves 1
Freddy Galvis delivered an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to
lift Philadelphia to its second straight walk-off win over Atlanta.
Galvis hit a line drive to right field to plate Andrew Knapp, who
led off the inning with a double. The Phillies loaded the bases with
nobody out when Ty Kelly walked and Cesar Hernandez reached on a
bunt single before Galvis came through.
It was the fourth straight win for the Phillies, who are 6-0 against
the Braves at home this season. The Braves took a fourth straight
loss and fell for the seventh time in eight games.
A's 6, Twins 5 (12 innings)
Yonder Alonso hit a solo walk-off home run with one out in the 12th
inning, powering Oakland past Minnesota.
Alonso launched reliever Tyler Duffey's first pitch into the right
field seats for his 22nd home run of the season. The Athletics beat
Minnesota with a walk-off homer for the second straight game. Rajai
Davis hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning Saturday.
Jaycob Brugman and Alonso each had a homer and three hits for the
Pirates 7, Padres 1
Andrew McCutchen had the third three-homer game of his career, and
Gerrit Cole held San Diego to one run on five hits over seven
innings as Pittsburgh ended its five-game losing streak.
McCutchen homered in the first off Clayton Richard (5-12). Then he
went deep in the eighth and ninth off Jose Torres, the third homer
hitting the right field foul pole.
Cole (9-7) issued two walks and hit a batter while striking out
Mariners 9, Mets 1
James Paxton pitched six scoreless innings and set a franchise
record as Seattle defeated New York.
Paxton (11-3) allowed six hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out
eight as the Mariners won two of three in the series. Paxton broke
the team mark for most victories in a month by a pitcher. He
finished July 6-0 with a 1.37 ERA, with 46 strikeouts and six walks
in 39 1/3 innings.
Nelson Cruz launched a three-run shot into the upper deck in left
field off Mets starter Seth Lugo (5-3) in the first inning, and
Leonys Martin homered in the second.
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