Highlights of Thursday's MLB games
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[May 05, 2017]
May 4 (The Sports Xchange) -
Highlights of Thursday's Major League Baseball games:
Nationals 4 Diamondbacks 2
Max Scherzer gave up just two hits, had two hits of his own and
drove in the first run against his former team as the Washington
Nationals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Thursday, taking two of
three games in the series.
Scherzer (4-2) struck out a season-high 11 batters and allowed two
walks while throwing 107 pitches in seven innings. He is now 5-0 in
his career against the Diamondbacks.
Bryce Harper was replaced in the top of the seventh by Chris Heisey.
There was no immediate word on the condition of Harper, who made a
diving catch on a bloop off the bat of Braden Shipley in the third.
Jake Lamb hit his seventh homer for Arizona, and Paul Goldschmidt
smacked his fifth homer.
Mariners 11, Angels 3
Ariel Miranda threw seven strong innings and got plenty of support
from the offense as Seattle routed Los Angeles.
Danny Valencia had four hits, including a home run, drove in three
and scored two for the Mariners. Ben Gamel and Guillermo Heredia
also had three hits and two RBIs apiece for Seattle, which tallied
Miranda gave up only a two-out, two-run single to the Angels' No. 9
hitter -- catcher Juan Graterol -- in the second inning and let the
Mariners' bats handle the rest as Seattle took two of three in the
series. Yunel Escobar had four hits for Los Angeles.
Athletics 8, Twins 5
Jharel Cotton pitched six effective innings and Oakland tied a
season high with 14 hits in a win against Minnesota, which snapped a
three-game losing streak.
Cotton (3-3) allowed two solo homers in the second inning but
otherwise stayed out of trouble for the A's, who had lost eight of
their previous nine games.
Santiago Castilla loaded the bases in the ninth but converted his
fifth save in six chances by striking out Miguel Sano looking.
Kyle Gibson (0-4) surrendered four runs in four innings on eight
hits and three walks for the Twins and was sent down to Triple-A
Rochester after the game.
White Sox 8, Royals 3
Derek Holland pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and Jose
Abreu and Matt Davidson homered as Chicago dumped Kansas City.
Davidson, who was inserted into the lineup after third baseman Todd
Frazier was scratched with back tightness, smashed his homer into
the Kauffman Stadium waterfalls, an estimated 452 feet away.
Holland (3-2) allowed one earned run on three hits over 6 2/3
innings, striking out seven and walking one. He lowered his ERA to
Rangers 10, Astros 4
Joey Gallo crushed a two-run home run in the eighth inning to stem
the Houston tide and help Texas salvage the finale of this four-game
Gallo followed a leadoff double from Carlos Gomez with his ninth
homer, launching the first pitch from Astros right-hander Luke
Gregerson for a home run and an 8-4 lead.
Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin (3-0) allowed two runs (one
earned) on six hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over five
innings. Griffin remained unbeaten in eight career starts against
Reds 4, Pirates 2
Joey Votto had a pair of RBI doubles and Adam Duvall added a triple
and two RBIs to lift Cincinnati over Pittsburgh on a soggy afternoon
at Great American Ball Park.
Arismendy Alcantara collected three hits in a rare start for the
Reds, who took three of four in the series and improved to 6-1 this
season against the Pirates, who have lost four of five overall.
Right-hander Tim Adleman (1-1) started for Cincinnati and allowed
two earned runs with a walk and a strikeout through six innings to
earn his first victory of the season. Raisel Iglesias earned his
fifth save in five attempts.
Cubs 5, Phillies 4 (13 innings)
Albert Almora Jr. scored the winning run in the bottom of the 13th
for Chicago on a throwing error by Philadelphia shortstop Freddy
Almora had a leadoff double, and runners were at first and second
with one out when Matt Szczur hit a grounder to second. The runner
was forced at second but instead of an inning-ending double play, an
errant throw by Galvis allowed Almora to head for home.
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Reliever Koji Uehara -- the Cubs' eighth pitcher of
the game -- earned the victory as Chicago won its third straight.
Cesar Hernandez went 4-for-7 with two runs scored for the Phillies.
Kris Bryant led the Cubs with a 4-for-5 afternoon with a walk.
Rockies 3, Padres 2 (11 innings)
Ryan Hanigan, who had homered earlier in the game, drove home Ian
Desmond with a two-out infield single off reliever Brad Hand in the
top of the 11th to give Colorado a victory over San Diego in the
rubber-match of a three-game series at Petco Park.
Hanigan hit a bases-loaded grounder to the left of shortstop Erick
Aybar, who fielded the ball but was wide on his back-handed flip in
an attempt to get the third out at second on a force play.
Desmond had reached first on a force out -- barely beating the relay
on a potential, inning-ending double-play grounder. He advanced to
second on Mark Reynolds' single and to third when Alexi Amarista
drew a walk to load the bases.
Rays 5, Marlins 1
Matt Andriese pitched seven shutout innings and Tim Beckham hit a
pair of two-run home runs, helping Tampa Bay to a win and a series
victory over Miami Marlins at Tropicana Field.
The Rays saw Andriese (2-1) last seven innings for the second
straight start -- this after 18 straight starts of six innings or
less -- and got all the offense they needed from Beckham, who had
his second multi-HR game in eight days. The Marlins lost three of
four against the Rays to drop the intra-state rivalry for this
Andriese scattered five hits in the first four innings, then got
through the next three innings without allowing a hit. And one day
after the Rays bullpen gave up eight runs in turning a 4-2
sixth-inning lead into a 10-6 loss, Tampa Bay's relievers got the
job done, giving up one run in two innings.
Orioles 8, Red Sox 3
Manny Machado hit a three-run homer and Seth Smith had four of
Baltimore's season-high-tying 17 hits and two RBIs as the Orioles
beat Boston at Fenway Park.
Machado has a team-leading seven homers this season, including three
in the Orioles' heated four-game series with Boston. Baltimore split
the set with Boston.
Smith also stole home, and J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones each had an
Baltimore's Tyler Wilson (2-1) gave up three runs and six hits with
one strikeout in his six-inning spot start.
Brewers 5, Cardinals 4
Getting 4 1/3 scoreless innings from their relievers and a
tie-breaking home run from Jesus Aguilar in the seventh, Milwaukee
edged St. Louis at Busch Stadium.
Aguilar clouted his first big league homer with two outs off Matt
Bowman (1-1) over the Brewers' bullpen in left-center to snap a 4-4
Oliver Drake (2-0) got his second win with a scoreless sixth and
Neftali Feliz, the last of five relievers, pitched the ninth for his
eighth save. The result gave Milwaukee its first series win over St.
Louis since April 2014, a span of 17 series that saw it lose 15 and
For the second time this season, a game between New York and Atlanta
has been postponed because of rain.
Heavy rain in the area caused play to stop at 8:44 p.m., with the
Mets leading 3-1 with two outs in the fourth inning. The game was
postponed after a delay of 1 hour and 59 minutes.
The makeup date has not been determined. The Mets have two future
series in Atlanta, one in June and another in September. They
already have a double-header scheduled for Sept. 25 to make up for
the earlier rainout in New York.
Inclement weather forced a postponement of the series finale between
Cleveland and host Detroit. The contest was called approximately
three hours before the scheduled first pitch. There was no immediate
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