Highlights of Sunday's MLB games
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[June 26, 2017]
June 25 (The Sports Xchange) -
Highlights of Major League Baseball games on Sunday.
Twins 4, Indians 0
Eddie Rosario had three hits, including a home run, and Ervin
Santana pitched six scoreless innings as the Minnesota Twins
completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 4-0
victory on Sunday.
The Twins, who were swept by Cleveland in a four-game series in
Minnesota last weekend, returned the favor this weekend in
Cleveland. They shut out the Indians in two of the three games and
outscored them 13-2.
Santana (10-4) gave up nine hits, with seven strikeouts and no
walks. Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin (4-9) pitched 5 2/3 innings,
giving up four runs on nine hits with five strikeouts and a
season-high three walks.
Reds 6, Nationals 2
Scooter Gennett went 4-for-5, including a homer, and drove in two
runs, and Tucker Barnhart was 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Cincinnati
beat first-place Washington, salvaging the finale of the three-game
series and breaking a four-game skid.
Gennett was 8-for-13 in the series with three RBIs. It was the
second four-hit game for Gennett in less than a month, as he had
five hits (four home runs) on June 6 against the St. Louis
Reds starter Scott Feldman (6-5) gave up two runs in seven innings
as last-place Cincinnati won for just the second time in 15 games.
Washington starter Tanner Roark (6-5) gave up nine hits and six runs
in six innings.
Marlins 4, Cubs 2
Edinson Volquez maintained his perfect record against Chicago as
Miami defeated the defending World Series champions.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo home run, his 20th long ball of the
season, and Martin Prado added a two-run double to lead the Marlins,
who split their four-game series against the Cubs. Volquez (4-8) is
8-0 with a 3.12 ERA against the Cubs in 13 career appearances.
Cubs left-hander Mike Montgomery (1-4) allowed four hits, two walks,
three runs (none earned) in six innings. Chicago scored its runs on
two sacrifice flies -- by Anthony Rizzo in the fourth and Tommy La
Stella in the fifth.
Rangers 7, Yankees 6
Adrian Beltre and Shin-Soo Choo homered in the first two innings as
Texas took a seven-run lead and held on for the victory over New
Beltre hit a two-run homer and Choo added a three-run shot off
Michael Pineda (7-4). Drew Robinson also homered as Texas won for
the 11th time in 16 games.
Gary Sanchez hit a three-run homer and Ronald Torreyes hit a solo
homer for the Yankees. New York was unable to complete the comeback
as Matt Bush ended his ninth save by striking out Sanchez with Aaron
Judge on first base.
Brewers 7, Braves 0
Davies bounced back from his worst outing with one of his best, and
the Milwaukee offense awoke from its slumber as the Brewers beat
Davies (8-4) allowed a career-high eight runs in his previous start,
but he fired seven shutout innings against Atlanta to help the
Brewers salvage one game in the three-game series. Davies scattered
four hits and walked one batter, retired the last eight men he faced
and silencing an Atlanta team that had scored 128 runs in June, the
second most in the major leagues.
Atlanta starter Julio Teheran (6-6) continued to struggle at home.
He lasted only three innings and allowed seven runs and seven hits,
two of them homers, and two walks. In nine starts at SunTrust Park,
Teheran is 1-6 with a 7.58 ERA. He is 5-0 with a 2.89 ERA on road
Orioles 8, Rays 5
Baltimore rallied to tie the game in the eighth, then won it with
three in the ninth to take a three-game series against Tampa Bay.
In a tie game in the ninth, Rays closer Alex Colome (1-3) gave up an
RBI double to Joey Rickard, then after loading the bases with an
intentional walk, he hit Jonathan Schoop to bring in a second run.
Rickard scored on a sacrifice fly by Adam Jones.
The Rays had been 35-3 this season when leading after seven innings,
and the Orioles had been 3-34 when trailing after seven. Tampa Bay
starter Jake Odorizzi served up a homer in his 11th straight
appearance, matching the franchise mark set by Wilson Alvarez
Angels 4, Red Sox 2
Los Angeles spoiled the Boston debut of Doug Fister.
Fister went six innings, giving up three runs on seven hits with
three walks and six strikeouts. He was recently waived by the Angels
after three minor league outings, and the Red Sox claimed him on
Angels rookie right-hander Parker Bridwell (2-0) went 6 2/3 innings,
giving up two runs on seven hits with no walks, four strikeouts and
a hit batter. Juan Graterol contributed a two-run single for Los
Athletics 5, White Sox 3
Yonder Alonso and Khris Davis drove in runs in the eighth inning as
Oakland rallied past Chicago to complete a three-game sweep.
The Athletics swept a three-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field for
the first time since July 2005. They also won their first road
series since April 10-13 at Kansas City.
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Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce homered for two insurance
runs in the ninth -- the fourth time this season Oakland has hit
back-to-back home runs. Melky Cabrera homered in the ninth for the
White Sox, who have lost six of seven.
Blue Jays 8, Royals 2
Francisco Liriano pitched six-plus sharp innings, Jose Bautista
drove in four runs, and Toronto rolled past Kansas City.
Liriano (4-3) picked up first victory since June 2 and only his
second since April 29 as he stymied the Royals on six hits and two
runs. The Blue Jays took control by pushing across five runs in the
Bautista homered with Ryan Goins aboard in the fifth
to tie the score at 2. Bautista got the green light on a 3-0 Jason
Hammel pitch and hammered it an estimated 450 feet to the left-field
Astros 8, Mariners 2
Houston hit three tape-measure home runs and got a solid performance
from its bullpen in a victory over Seattle.
Four Houston relievers -- Michael Feliz, Chris Devenski, Will Harris
and Luke Gregerson -- combined for seven scoreless innings of
three-hit relief as the Astros won the final two games of the
George Springer and Yuli Gurriel both homered in a four-run fourth
inning against Seattle starter Ariel Miranda. Springer hit his 22nd
home run, a 456-foot blast to straightaway center field, and Gurriel
hit his eighth homer, a two-run shot into the upper deck in left
field that was estimated at 420 feet.
Evan Gattis hit a two-run shot into the upper deck in left field in
the ninth off Mariners reliever James Pazos.
Dodgers 12, Rockies 6
Cody Bellinger hit two home runs to give him a league-leading 24,
and Los Angeles scored five runs on four wild pitches by Colorado
reliever Adam Ottavino in the seventh and eighth innings, helping
the Dodgers to their 10th straight win.
The Dodgers trailed 6-4 but had the bases loaded when Ottavino (1-2)
threw a hard cutter past catcher Tony Wolters, allowing a run to
score. The right-hander's next pitch hit the same spot and it
bounced past Wolters all the way to the backstop, allowing Forsythe
and Barnes to score for a 7-6 lead.
In the eighth, Ottavino threw two more wild pitches with runners on
third, pushing the lead to 9-6.
Tigers 7, Padres 5
Mikie Mahtook grounded a tiebreaking, two-run, two-out, ninth-inning
single to right off Brandon Maurer to give the Detroit the win over
The victory snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Tigers and
halted a three-game winning streak for the Padres.
The Tigers rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 5-3 to get the win.
Right-hander Bruce Rondon (1-1) was credited with the win, with
Justin Wilson earning his sixth save.
Mets 8, Giants 2
Rene Rivera hit two home runs to help New York complete a three-game
sweep of San Francisco.
Rafael Montero limited the Giants to one run in 5 2/3 innings for
his second career win, helping the Mets record their second road
sweep of the season and first in San Francisco since 2013.
Rivera, who began the day with just three homers, smacked a two-run
shot in the second inning and a solo blast in the fourth, both off
Giants left-hander Matt Moore. Jay Bruce added a two-run homer in
the eighth inning and Curtis Granderson hit a solo shot in the
ninth, increasing the Mets' total of road home runs this season to a
Diamondbacks 2, Phillies 1 (11 innings)
Daniel Descalso singled home the winning run with two outs in the
11th inning, and Arizona extended its best start in franchise
history with the win over Philadelphia.
Paul Goldschmidt singled to center with two outs in the 11th off
Edubray Ramos (0-7) before Chris Owings walked on a 12-pitch at-bat.
Descalso hit the first pitch he saw to right field for the D-backs'
fourth walk-off victory of the season.
Arizona (48-28) is 20 games over .500 for the first time this season
and is two games ahead of the pace set by the 2001 team.
Philadelphia has lost 15 of 18.
Cardinals 8, Pirates 4
Catcher Yadier Molina's RBI single in the bottom of the seventh
snapped a tie and helped St. Louis avoid a series sweep at the hands
The Cardinals halted a three-game losing streak, banging out 11 hits
and taking advantage of two walks, a hit batter and an error in a
four-run seventh that saw them manage only two hits. The other hit
was a two-run single through a drawn-in infield by Paul DeJong,
plating Molina and Aledmys Diaz to cap the inning.
The Cardinals trailed 4-2 in the sixth when Randal Grichuk blasted a
478-foot solo homer into the third deck in left field, the
second-longest homer in Busch Stadium III history. Pinch hitter Jedd
Gyorko tied the game with a two-out, RBI ground-rule double to
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