Freddie Fermin and the host Kansas City Royals were defeated 4-3 by the Chicago White Sox on a rainy Thursday afternoon.
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With runners on the corners and one out in the ninth inning, Fermin executed a perfect safety squeeze bunt that struck out Nick Prato for the Royals’ first walk-off win since September 7, 2022, over the Cleveland Guardians. Won by -1.
Scott Barlow (1-2) pitched the top of the ninth to earn the win. Kansas City starter Brady Singer threw six innings, allowing one run on five hits, striking out four and walking two.
White Sox starting pitcher Mike Clevinger allowed three runs on three hits, walking two and striking out two in six innings.
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Rays 8, Yankees 2
Drew Rasmussen struck out Aaron Judge three times and pitched seven scoreless innings on two-hit ball as Tampa Bay defeated New York in the first of a four-game series.
Josh Lowe hit a two-run homer and drove in a career-high five runs for the Rays, who beat the Yankees for the third time in four meetings this season. Taylor Walls added an RBI double in the seventh and Isaac Paredes contributed a run-scoring double in the eighth as the Rays became the first team to reach 30 wins, doing so in their 39th game.
Rasmussen (4-2), who allowed two singles to former Tampa Bay outfielder Jake Bowers, pitched 21 scoreless innings in four career appearances against the Yankees. He struck out seven, walked none and had nine outs on groundouts while throwing 57 of 76 pitches for strikes.
Reds 5, Mets 0
Four pitchers combined for a six-hit shutout and Spencer Steyer added a solo home run as Cincinnati won the rubber match of the three-game series when it went to New York.
Right-hander Ben Lively (1-0), who was recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday, picked up his first major league win since Sept. 29, 2017. He scattered four hits over three innings of relief.
The Reds jumped on Mets starter Kodai Senga (4-2) for four runs with two outs in the first inning. The Reds made it 5–0 in the fifth inning on Steuer’s fifth homer of the season, a soar into the seats in left field. New York has dropped 13 of its last 17 games.
Twins 5, Padres 3
Carlos Correa led off a seventh-inning rally with a two-run double as Minnesota defeated San Diego in the rubber match of the three-game series in Minneapolis.
After Max Kepler grounded into a forceout to bring home a run and tie it at 3–3, Correa pulled a ball down the third base line to give the Twins their first lead. San Diego loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Brock Stewart struck out Trent Grisham to escape the jam. Jorge López worked a 1–2–3 ninth for his third save.
Joey Gallo went 2-for-3 for Minnesota, which improved to 2–1 on the six-game homestand. Minnesota’s comeback spoiled a stellar outing from Padres starter Yu Darvish, who allowed two runs on four hits through six innings. He used to walk once and used to do seven airs. Fernando Tatis Jr. and Rugged Odor each hit solo shots for San Diego.
– Field Level Media