MLB roundup: Astros hammer six home
runs to rout M's
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[August 03, 2019]
Rookie Yordan Alvarez slugged the first of Houston's
season-high six home runs as the Astros bashed their way to a 10-2
victory over the visiting Seattle Mariners on Friday.
The Astros posted three runs in the second, fourth and fifth
innings, all via the home run. Alvarez recorded a leadoff blast to
straightaway center field in the second to ignite the surge. Later
that frame, Jake Marisnick clubbed the first of the Astros' three
two-run homers, extending the lead to 3-0.
Houston homered twice more against Mariners rookie left-hander Yusei
Kikuchi (4-8), who is winless over his last six starts. The Astros
followed the same pattern in the fourth inning, with recently
acquired catcher Martin Maldonado slugging a solo home run the
opposite way to right three batters before Jose Altuve lined a
two-run shot to left.
George Springer tripled to right-center field with two outs prior to
Altuve's homer, the first of his four hits on the night.
White Sox 4, Phillies 3 (15)
Jose Abreu singled home Leury Garcia for the winning run in the top
of the 15th inning to lift visiting Chicago past Philadelphia.
Abreu's hit came against outfielder Roman Quinn, who entered the
game to open the 14th. J.T. Realmuto's attempted tag of Garcia at
the plate was reviewed, but the call of safe was upheld.
Abreu also homered, while Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson and Garcia had
two hits apiece for the White Sox. Matt Skole, in his season debut
and fifth career game, tied it with an RBI single against Jose
Alvarez with two outs in the ninth.
Pirates 8, Mets 4
Starling Marte hit a three-run homer, and Melky Cabrera had a
two-run double as host Pittsburgh snapped New York's seven-game win
Josh Bell, Jose Osuna and Elias Diaz each added an RBI single for
the Pirates, who rode a five-run fourth. They had lost 10 of their
Pete Alonso and J.D. Davis each had an RBI double for the Mets. New
York starter Steven Matz (6-7) lasted 3 2/3 innings, allowing five
runs and six hits, with four strikeouts and one walk -- vastly
different from Saturday, when he threw his first complete game, a
shutout against the Pirates.
Rangers 5, Tigers 4
Lance Lynn struck out 10 in seven innings, Hunter Pence and Rougned
Odor homered, and host Texas held off Detroit.
Lynn tied the Astros' Justin Verlander and the Nationals' Stephen
Strasburg for the major league lead with his 14th win. He allowed
one run on four hits with two walks.
Niko Goodrum had three hits, a run scored and an RBI for Detroit,
while Harold Castro added two hits and an RBI. Travis Demeritte
added a triple, two walks and a run scored in his major league
Yankees 4, Red Sox 2
James Paxton settled down after allowing a home run in the first
inning and pitched six effective innings as New York beat visiting
Boston in the opener of a four-game series.
The Yankees won for the third time in four games since dropping the
first three of last weekend's four-game set at Fenway Park. Boston
dropped its season-high fifth straight game, and it is the first
time since an eight-game skid in July 2015 that the Red Sox have
lost at least five in a row.
Gleyber Torres hit his second career grand slam in the bottom of the
first inning, after which no runs were scored. J.D. Martinez hit a
2-run shot in the top of the first for the Red Sox's only points.
Twins 11, Royals 9
Nelson Cruz hit a home run, doubled twice off the wall in
right-center and drove in five runs, while Max Kepler had two
doubles, two walks and scored three times to lead Minnesota to a
wild victory over visiting Kansas City.
Jorge Polanco went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and Eddie Rosario
went 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored for the Twins, who
remained three games in front of the Cleveland Indians in the
American League Central.
Hunter Dozier hit two home runs and Cam Gallagher also homered and
had two hits for Kansas City, which lost its fourth straight game.
Padres 5, Dodgers 2
Left-hander Eric Lauer spoiled the major league debut of Los Angeles
prospect Dustin May with six strong innings, pitching visiting San
Diego to victory.
Josh Naylor contributed a two-run double to a three-run sixth
inning, ending May's night and helping the Padres even the four-game
series after suffering an 8-2 loss on Thursday.
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Aug 2, 2019; Houston, TX,
USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez (44) hits a
home run during the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at
Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
The highly regarded May (0-1) was pulled after 5 2/3 innings,
charged with four runs (three earned) on nine hits. He struck out
three and did not walk a batter.
Blue Jays 5, Orioles 2
Freddy Galvis and Brandon Drury both homered as visiting Toronto
extended its winning streak to five games with a victory over
The Blue Jays have won the first two games of a four-game series
after taking three in a row against Kansas City.
Toronto banged out five homers in the opener Thursday, an 11-2
victory, and now has seven in the series. Baltimore's young pitching
staff has given up a major-league high 214 homers this season.
Indians 7, Angels 3
Yasiel Puig and Carlos Santana each drove in a pair of runs, and
Mike Clevinger tossed 6 1/3 strong innings as host Cleveland posted
a victory over Los Angeles.
Roberto Perez belted a solo homer, and Jose Ramirez had an RBI
double for the Indians, who have won 13 of their last 14 home games
versus Los Angeles.
Mike Trout launched his American League-leading 36th homer, and Matt
Thaiss had a pinch-hit two-run double in the ninth inning for the
Angels, who have lost six of their last eight contests.
Cubs 6, Brewers 2
Javier Baez had three hits, including a two-run homer, and drove in
three runs to lift Chicago over visiting Milwaukee in the opener of
their three-game series.
Kris Bryant had two hits, and Jason Heyward homered for the Cubs,
who had dropped seven of 10 coming into the series.
Chicago left-hander Jose Quintana (9-7) allowed two runs, seven hits
and struck out five in six innings. For the fourth straight game,
the Cubs' starter did not walk a batter. Quintana also drove in a
run with a single in the three-run third.
Nationals 3, Diamondbacks 0
Five pitchers combined on a one-hitter, Juan Soto homered for the
fourth time in five games and Washington beat Arizona in Phoenix.
Matt Adams' two-out, two-run double gave the Nationals a 2-0 lead in
the sixth inning before Soto's solo blast to right field in the
eighth. The 20-year-old has a seven-game RBI streak.
Starter Joe Ross (1-3) struggled early, walking five batters in the
first 2 1/3 innings, but he didn't give up a hit until rookie
pitcher Alex Young hustled to beat out an infield single with one
out in the fifth. Ross lasted 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and
Reds 5, Braves 2
Left-hander Alex Wood pitched 6 2/3 strong innings and earned his
first win of the season as visiting Cincinnati defeated Atlanta.
Wood (1-0) was making his second start of the season after coming
off the injured list with a back issue. He allowed two runs on four
hits with one walk and five strikeouts. It was his first win in a
Reds uniform and evened his career record against his former team to
Michael Lorenzen worked 1 1/3 perfect innings in relief of Wood.
Raisel Iglesias pitched a clean ninth and earned his 21st save, his
fifth since the All-Star break. Iglesias struck out Atlanta sluggers
Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson to end the game.
Rockies 5, Giants 4
Ryan McMahon and Trevor Story each homered, and the Colorado rallied
to beat San Francisco in Denver.
Rockies outfielder David Dahl was carted off the field in the top of
the sixth inning with what looked like a serious injury to his right
ankle, which buckled as he tried to reach back and catch Scooter
Mike Yastrzemski homered, and Steven Duggar had two hits for San
Francisco. The Giants had won four straight against the Rockies.
--Field Level Media
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