Jake Fraley launched a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the host Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday afternoon to extend their winning streak to 11 games.
Luke Mel also scored two runs and the Reds’ bullpen went three scoreless innings with five strikeouts in relief of rookie starter Andrew Abbott. Ian Gibut (8–1) took two out in the eighth for the win, and Buck Farmer earned his second save with a scoreless ninth.
The Rockies hit three of his six hits on solo home runs and lost their eighth straight game. They were swept in a three-game series in Cincinnati.
Reliever Daniel Byrd (3-1) took the loss after giving up two runs in the eighth. Fraley’s ninth homer of the season followed with a double by rookie Eli De La Cruz. It was the Reds’ longest winning streak since capturing 12 straight in 1957, and they came from behind to win for the 26th time this season.
Rays 7, Orioles 2
Randy Arrozarena and Isaac Paredes hit back-to-back homers, Taj Bradley pitched six strong innings, and Tampa Bay split a two-game series with Baltimore in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Arrojarena went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBIs. Bradley (5-3) allowed only three hits. Breaking their season-long three-game skid, the Rays improved to 32–8 at home and 70–40 against the Orioles since 2017.
Baltimore’s Ramon Urias and Gunnar Henderson homered, and Ryan O’Hearn extended his hitting streak to nine. Tyler Wells (6-3) allowed four runs on four hits in five innings, two earned runs.
Rangers 6, White Sox 3
Ezequiel Duran and Jonah Heim each had a home run between their two hits, and Martin Perez pitched seven strong innings to propel Texas past host Chicago in the rubber game of a three-game series.
Perez (7-3) scattered three runs (two earned) and four hits. Josh Soborz and Will Smith combined to retire the final six White Sox batters.
Chicago starter Michael Kopech (3-6) allowed three runs and four hits in four innings. Touki Toussaint pitched four scoreless, no-hit innings in his White Sox debut.
Blue Jays 6, Marlins 3
Toronto scored five runs in the second inning against Sandy Alcantara and defeated host Miami.
The Blue Jays were led by George Springer, who went 2-for-5 with two RBI, and Matt Chapman, who slugged his 10th homer of the season. Kevin Gausman (7-3) improved to 4-1 in his career against the Marlins. He allowed eight hits and three runs in six innings.
National League Cy Young Award winner Alcantara (2-6) gave up 10 hits and five runs in seven innings. Miami’s Luis Arraz went 2-for-5. He leads the majors with a .398 batting average.
Cubs 8, Pirates 3
Nico Horner hit a two-run triple as Pittsburgh sealed a three-game series sweep in Chicago.
Ian Happ added a two-run double and Nick Madrigal added a two-run single for the Cubs, who were up 10–2. Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks (3-2) gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Josh Palacios hit an RBI double for the Pirates, who were held to two hits and were swept by the Cubs, two in three straight series. Pittsburgh starter Rich Hill (6-7) allowed 5 runs (three earned) and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Diamondbacks 5, Brewers 1
Zack Gallen pitched seven innings of one-run ball, and Emmanuel Rivera and Alec Thomas had three hits and one RBI each as Arizona defeated host Milwaukee.
The Diamondbacks took a three-game series lead with their fourth win in six games. Arizona improves to 2-1 on a seven-game road trip, set to continue with a Thursday matinee makeup game in Washington before the team flies cross-country to open a series in San Francisco on Friday night.
The Brewers were shut out at 9–3 on the way to their eighth loss in 12 games. Starter Julio Teheran earned a no-decision after pitching five shutout innings, allowing two hits, four walks and three strikeouts.
Tigers 9, Royals 4
Zack Short had three hits, including a solo homer, and three runs saw host Detroit past Kansas City.
Eric Haase also drove in three runs and Javier Báez had two hits, including the 1,000th of his career, and drove in two runs. The bottom third of Detroit’s batting order scored seven runs.
Matthew Boyd (5-5) picked up his first home win this season, holding the Royals to two runs and six hits over six innings. Kansas City starter Brady Singer (4-7) allowed five runs and seven hits in seven innings. Freddy Firmin led the Royals’ attack with three hits and two RBI.
Nationals 3, Cardinals 0
Trevor Williams and three relievers combined on a seven-hitter to help Washington beat St. Louis to snap a five-game losing streak, the Nationals’ first home win in 10 tries.
Mason Thompson, Kyle Finnegan and Hunter Harvey worked in relief of Williams (4-4) as Washington pitchers posted the team’s second shutout of the season. St. Louis starter Miles Mikolas (4-5) allowed two runs on eight hits over seven innings.
CJ Abrams went 3-for-3 with a home run and Luis Garcia had two doubles and scored two runs to lead Washington’s 10-hit attack.
Astros 10, Mets 8
Alex Bregman hit the tiebreaking RBI single in the fourth inning and Yener Diaz hit what proved to be the decisive two-run homer for host Houston, putting New York past a back-and-forth game.
Chas McCormick also hit a two-run homer, while Bregman and Corey Julks had two RBI each for the Astros, who won the final two games of the three-game series after a five-game losing streak.
Daniel Vogelbach had three RBI and Pete Alonso hit a two-run homer for the Mets, who fell to 0-5-1 in their last six series, a span in which they are 4-13.
Yankees 4, Mariners 2
Rookie Johnny Brito pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings for the longest start of his career, and host New York defeated Seattle.
Jake Bowers and Billy McKinney homered off Luis Castillo (4-6) as the Yankees also won consecutive games for the first time since losing Aaron Judge. Rookie Anthony Volpe also connected in the seventh. Brito (4-3) struck out three and walked one.
Castillo, whom the Yankees tried to acquire from the Cincinnati Reds at last year’s deadline, allowed three runs on four hits over five innings for his fourth straight loss.
Patronage 7, Athletics 6
Josh Naylor had four hits, including a solo home run, to help Cleveland rally before going to Oakland in the second game of the three-game series.
Jose Ramirez had three hits and Steven Quan had two hits for the Guardians, who have won three in a row. Cleveland starter Gavin Williams pitched 5 2/3 innings in his major league debut. He allowed four runs (all in the third inning), four hits, and three walks.
Ryan Noda hit a three-run homer and Esteri Ruiz had three hits for the Athletics, who lost seven straight after a seven-game winning streak. Starter Paul Blackburn allowed four runs and nine hits over five innings.
Twins 5, Red Sox 4 (10 innings)
Kyle Farmer gave up a walk-off single in the 10th inning as Minnesota snapped a three-game skid with a win over Boston in Minneapolis.
The Twins had runners on second and third before Farmer’s single out off Caleb Ort (1–1) ended Boston’s six-game winning streak. Max Kepler homered and drove in two runs for Minnesota, which had lost five of its last six games. Jovani Moran (1-2) pitched 10th inning for the win.
Justin Turner, who has 14 RBI in his last nine games, had two of his hits and two runs for Boston, going 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
– Field Level Media