Highlights of Thursday's MLB games
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[April 28, 2017]
April 27 (The Sports Xchange)
Yankees 3, Red Sox 0
Masahiro Tanaka outdueled Chris Sale in a battle of aces, and the
New York Yankees completed a two-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox
with a 3-0 victory on Thursday night.
Tanaka (3-1) tossed a three-hitter to win a third consecutive start.
It was the fifth complete game of his career and his first since
2015. He didn't walk anyone, and he struck out three in becoming the
first Yankee to throw a complete-game shutout against Boston since
Mike Mussina in 2002.
Tanaka retired the last 14 batters, good for 15 outs, and needed 97
pitches to complete his second career shutout. New York, which
started the season 1-4, is 12-3 since.
Nationals 16, Rockies 5
Washington erupted for 11 runs in the seventh inning and crushed
Colorado with another stunning offensive display.
While winning the final three contests of a four-game series, the
Nationals outscored the Rockies 42-21. The Colorado bullpen, which
allowed 20 runs in the first 19 games, was torched for 26 runs in
the past three contests.
Adam Eaton, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy homered for Washington,
which had 19 hits Thursday and 47 in the past three games, including
seven homers. Gio Gonzalez (3-0) gave up two runs and seven hits in
6 2/3 innings.
Cardinals 8, Blue Jays 4 (1st game, 11 innings)
Matt Carpenter walloped his first career grand slam with one out in
the bottom of the 11th inning to give St. Louis the victory over
Toronto in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Kolten Wong led off the 11th with a triple down the right-field line
against Ryan Tepera. After Toronto gave intentional walks to Randal
Grichuk and Dexter Fowler, Aledmys Diaz flew out to shallow left.
But Carpenter unloaded on a 3-2 breaking ball from J.P. Howell.
Toronto held a two-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth and was
one out away from winning its first series of the year. But Randal
Grichuk belted a two-run homer off Roberto Osuna to force extra
Cardinals 6, Blue Jays 4 (2nd game)
Scoring in each of the first four innings in the nightcap of a
day-night doubleheader, St. Louis finished off a sweep of Toronto.
Dexter Fowler homered and went 3-for-4, Matt Adams and Greg Garcia
each went 3-for-3, and Adam Wainwright picked up his second
consecutive victory for the Cardinals. Wainwright (2-3) allowed nine
hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings, walking one and striking out
four in his first outing past five innings this year.
Blue Jays rookie right-hander Casey Lawrence (0-3) was strafed for
10 hits and six runs in five innings in his second big league start,
walking three and fanning one.
Diamondbacks 6, Padres 2
Chris Owings hit a pair of homers, and Arizona starter Taijuan
Walker kept San Diego in check.
Owings hit solo homers in consecutive at-bats. His shot in the third
inning tied the game 1-1, and his next in the fourth made it 4-1. In
between, Yasmany Tomas hit a two-run blast in the fourth.
Walker matched a career high with 11 strikeouts while allowing two
runs and four hits in eight innings. J.J. Hoover pitched a scoreless
ninth for Arizona, which leads Colorado by one-half game.
Indians 4, Astros 3
Francisco Lindor's two-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning
lifted Cleveland over Houston.
With the Indians trailing 3-2 and Yan Gomes, who had walked, on
first, Lindor pounded a 2-0 pitch from Chris Devenski (1-1) over the
wall in center field. Lindor's sixth home run was estimated at 456
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Cleveland's Corey Kluber (3-1) struck out 10 in seven
innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits and four walks. Bryan
Shaw retired the side in order in the eighth, and Cody Allen pitched
around three hits in the ninth to earn his fifth save.
Angels 2, Athletics 1
Albert Pujols and C.J. Cron drove in runs in the first inning, and
starter Ricky Nolasco made it stand up as Los Angeles swept Oakland.
Nolasco (2-2) gave up one run on three hits and two walks in 5 2/3
innings to earn his second win in a row. Blake Parker got the final
out in the sixth, and David Hernandez, Jose Alvarez and Bud Norris
(fourth save) combined to pitch the final three innings.
Oakland's Kendall Graveman (2-1) made his first start since April
14, having recovered from a strained right shoulder. After a bumpy
first inning, Graveman settled in and pitched well, allowing two
runs and six hits without walking a batter in six innings.
Dodgers 5, Giants 1 (10 innings)
Chase Utley tagged up and scored on a foul out to the first baseman
as part of a four-run 10th inning as Los Angeles defeated San
Enrique Hernandez hit a high pop fly down the right-field line,
which Giants first baseman Buster Posey was able to catch after
bobbling. Utley tagged and slid home safely on what was scored a
Kenley Jansen (1-0), who pitched a scoreless ninth inning, got the
win for the Dodgers. Chris Hatcher retired San Francisco in the
bottom of the 10th.
Phillies 3, Marlins 2
Starter Jeremy Hellickson and the bullpen helped Philadelphia win
its sixth game in a row.
Hellickson (4-0) outdueled Miami's Edinson Volquez (0-3) to stay
undefeated. Hellickson allowed one run on seven hits and struck out
only one batter against zero walks, lowering his ERA to 1.80 and his
WHIP to 0.80.
The Phillies tallied a run in the first thanks to a Dee Gordon
throwing error. They scored again in the third on an Odubel Herrera
RBI groundout to take a 2-0 lead.
Mariners 2, Tigers 1
Ben Gamel smacked a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth as
Seattle defeated Detroit.
Gamel knocked in Kyle Seager from second base after Seager doubled
off reliever Francisco Rodriguez (1-2). Seager knocked in the
Mariners' other run with a single in the sixth.
Reliever Tony Zych (1-0) recorded his second major league win with 1
2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Edwin Diaz collected his third
Braves 7, Mets 5
Kurt Suzuki's three-run homer capped a four-run fifth inning as
Atlanta swept the two-game series versus New York.
The Braves never trailed in their consecutive wins over the Mets,
who finished 1-8 on their longest homestand of the first half.
Worse yet for New York, its injury-wracked roster took two more hits
when ace right-hander Noah Syndergaard was scratched hours before
first pitch because of biceps tendinitis and left fielder Yoenis
Cespedes exited in the fourth inning after aggravating a left
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