MLB roundup: Judge (2 HRs) leads Yankees

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[May 03, 2017]  The Sports Xchange

NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit two more home runs and the New York Yankees slugged five in an 11-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.

Judge capitalized on a 23 mph wind blowing out to right field with a two-run homer off Mat Latos (0-1) with nobody out in the second. He added a long three-run homer into the left field seats with nobody out in the seventh off Jason Grilli.

Judge finished with four RBIs and recorded his second career multi-home run game. The right fielder has hit five of his 12 home runs and recorded 10 RBIs in his last five games.

Brett Gardner also homered twice for the Yankees, who won for the 15th time in 20 games. It marked the first time the Yankees had two players hit two home runs in a game at home since Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson on Oct. 3, 2012.

Red Sox 5, Orioles 2

BOSTON -- Chris Sale, given offensive support for the first time by his new team, threw eight strong innings and Hanley Ramirez hit two long solo homers to power Boston.

Sale, who had received four runs of support in his first five starts with the Red Sox, allowed three hits and two runs while striking out 11 -- his fifth straight double-figure strikeout game. Sale (2-2) walked two. His ERA rose from 1.19 to 1.38.

Sale also extended the Manny Machado drama by throwing behind him in the first inning. That brought a warning to both benches -- and the end to anything else Tuesday. Machado later homered off Sale.

Astros 8, Rangers 7

HOUSTON -- Marwin Gonzalez cranked his first career grand slam with two outs in the eighth inning, lifting Houston to a comeback victory.

Gonzalez lofted a 2-1 fastball from Texas right-hander Keone Kela (0-1) just inside the right field foul pole for his second home run of the night and seventh this season. Gonzalez also bashed a leadoff homer off Rangers spot starter Alex Claudio in the sixth and finished 2-for-3 with a career-high five RBIs.

Jose Altuve belted a two-run homer off Claudio in the fourth inning to kick-start the comeback as the Astros rallied from five runs down. Houston recorded its 12th come-from-behind win of the season.

Angels 6, Mariners 4 (11 innings)

SEATTLE -- Albert Pujols doubled home Mike Trout with the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and set up the insurance score by stealing third to propel Los Angeles to victory.

Trout drew his third walk of the game with one out off James Pazos (0-1), who entered to start the 11th. Pujols then sliced a 3-2 pitch the opposite way that got past the diving attempt of right fielder Ben Gamel, allowing Trout to score from first.

Deolis Guerra (2-1) pitched the final two innings for the victory, the Angels' seventh in the past eight games. Seattle's Robinson Cano singled home the tying run with two outs in the ninth off Los Angeles closer Bud Norris.

Dodgers 13, Giants 5

LOS ANGELES -- Franklin Gutierrez homered in his first at-bat off the disabled list, and Yasiel Puig drove in four runs to lead Los Angeles.

Rookie Cody Bellinger had three RBIs for the Dodgers, who defeated San Francisco for the 11th time in the past 15 meetings at home. Puig went 3-for-5, while Gutierrez was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Justin Turner also drove in two runs.

Los Angeles' Alex Wood (2-0) gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits with eight strikeouts and a walk in five innings. Giants starter Matt Moore (1-4) served up nine runs on six hits with five walks and three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.

Cubs 8, Phillies 3

CHICAGO -- Kyle Schwarber clubbed a three-run homer while Kris Bryant and Javier Baez each added solo shots as Chicago defeated Philadelphia.

Baez also tripled and had a career-high four hits as the Cubs snapped a two-game losing streak. Schwarber went 1-for-5 with his first home run since April 18 while Bryant was 2-for-4 with his fifth homer and first triple.

Chicago's Jon Lester (1-1) worked five innings for his first win after four no-decisions and a loss while improving to 7-0 all-time against the Phillies. Philadelphia's Jeremy Hellickson (4-1) pitched a season-low four innings.

Tigers 5, Indians 2

DETROIT -- Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer in his return from the disabled list and Detroit won its third straight game.

Cabrera, who hit his sixth career homer off Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, missed the previous nine games with a right groin strain. He was removed prior to the eighth inning after going 1-for-4.

Kluber (3-2) lasted three innings, surrendering five runs on seven hits before leaving with lower back discomfort. The Tigers' Justin Verlander (2-2) tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits while walking four and striking out five.

Twins 9, Athletics 1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Sano continued his hot streak at the plate while Ervin Santana pitched another gem as Minnesota defeated Oakland.

Sano's two-run homer was one of six home runs hit by the Twins. Brian Dozier hit a pair while Jason Castro, Byron Buxton and Joe Mauer also cleared the fences.

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Santana (5-0) lowered his ERA to 0.66 after allowing three hits and striking out seven in six scoreless innings. Sano has homered in three straight games and is 12-for-20 with four home runs and 13 RBIs during a five-game hitting streak.
 Braves 9, Mets 7
 ATLANTA -- Atlanta got the best of Matt Harvey for the second time in less than a week, again scoring six runs against the New York right-hander en route to victory
 Ender Inciarte had three hits and drove in three runs, and Freddie Freeman belted his 10th homer of the season in the first inning. Jay Bruce made it close as he blasted a grand slam -- his second homer of the game -- with two outs in the ninth.

Braves starter R.A. Dickey gave up a two-run homer to Bruce and a bases-empty blast to Asdrubal Cabrera on fastballs, but that was the only damage as the knuckleballer improved to 4-0 against the team he won a NL Cy Young Award with in 2012.

Diamondbacks 6, Nationals 3

WASHINGTON -- Chris Herrmann went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and Arizona hit three long balls to defeat Washington.

Herrmann entered the game batting .167 after going 3-for-16 on a recent homestand. He hit his second homer of the season in a three-run fourth inning that included a solo shot from Jake Lamb.

Chris Owings added an insurance run in the seventh with an RBI single to make it 5-3. Diamondbacks reserve Jeremy Hazelbaker hit his first homer in the ninth for a 6-3 cushion.

White Sox 6, Royals 0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jose Quintana threw eight strong innings and Yolmer Sanchez had three hits and drove in a run as Chicago beat Kansas City.

Quintana (2-4) gave up four singles and threw 102 pitches, 65 for strikes, before being replaced by Anthony Swarzak. He walked two and struck out seven.

Kansas City's Danny Duffy (2-2) did not make it out of the sixth inning. He was roughed up for six runs on 10 hits and two walks. The White Sox have beaten Duffy in back-to-back starts. It was the 10th defeat in the last 11 games for the Royals.

Cardinals 2, Brewers 1

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez bounced back from a series of poor starts, allowing one unearned run on four hits over 7 1/3 innings while leading St. Louis to victory.

The win was the first of the season for Martinez (1-3), coming in his sixth start and after he had allowed 15 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings in his previous four starts for a 6.33 ERA. Kolten Wong had two hits and an RBI for the Cardinals.

Wily Peralta (4-2) lost his ninth consecutive decision against St. Louis in his last 11 starts. He has not defeated the Cardinals since Aug. 1, 2014. He gave up two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Rays 3, Marlins 1

MIAMI -- Logan Morrison homered against his former team, Alex Cobb pitched six scoreless innings and Tampa Bay defeated Miami.

Marlins starter Edinson Volquez (0-4), who left the game after 4 1/3 innings due to a blister on his right thumb, became the first pitcher in the modern era to post at least nine strikeouts and eight walks in less than five innings.

Cobb (2-2) was much more efficient, allowing four hits and two walks, striking out two. The Rays drew at least one walk in each of the first eight innings. Tampa Bay's Brad Miller, who is hitting .217, drew four.

Pirates 12, Reds 3

CINCINNATI -- Josh Harrison hit a three-run homer and Tyler Glasnow pitched six innings to earn his first career victory while adding a two-run single to lift Pittsburgh.

Harrison continued to haunt his hometown team with his third home run in two games. Alen Hanson went 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs for the Pirates, who have won four of six.

Glasnow (1-1) reached base three times with a single and two walks. Wade LeBlanc earned his first save of the season and third of his career, allowing one hit and striking out four over three scoreless innings.

Padres 6, Rockies 2

SAN DIEGO -- Trevor Cahill surrendered an unearned run over six innings and was supported by back-to-back home runs from Yangervis Solarte and Ryan Schimpf as San Diego defeated Colorado.

Cahill (2-2) won his second straight decision at Petco Park, allowing three hits. He struck out six with no walks.

Tyler Chatwood (2-4) was breezing through the Padres during the game's first half, then unraveled his third time through their order. San Diego broke through with a five-run sixth inning when they chased Chatwood.


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