Sept 13 (The Sports Xchange) – Highlights of Wednesday’s Major League Baseball games:
Indians 5, Tigers 3
The 2002 Oakland Athletics previously held the AL record with a 20-game winning streak.
The Indians are also tied with the 1935 Chicago Cubs for the second-longest winning streak in major league history. The longest is 26 games by the 1916 New York Giants, although there was a tie game during that streak.
Mike Clevinger (10-5) gave up one earned run in 5 2/3 innings. Cody Allen pitched the ninth inning to earn his 27th save.
Twins 3, Padres 1 (10 innings)
Eddie Rosario‘s two-run, two-out homer in the 10th inning sent Minnesota past San Diego.
Joe Mauer hit a one-out single, and Rosario followed with a towering homer to right field off rookie Phil Maton (3-1) on a 2-0 count. Matt Belisle (2-2) pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings for the Twins, who have won two in a row and five of their past seven.
The Padres left two runners on after Austin Hedges hit his 17th homer of the season in the eighth to tie the score. San Diego stranded two more in the eighth.
Dodgers 4, Giants 1
Cody Bellinger backed the strong pitching of right-hander Yu Darvish with an RBI triple and a two-run homer to help Los Angeles beat San Francisco.
Darvish (9-12) pitched seven shutout innings and combined with Brandon Morrow and Walker Buehler on a five-hitter. The Dodgers, who sealed a playoff berth with their victory, lowered their magic number to win the National League West to seven.
The Giants advanced only one baserunner into scoring position against Darvish. He had lost his three previous starts, getting ripped for 13 runs and 19 hits in 12 1/3 innings.
Cubs 17, Mets 5
Jon Lester improved to 3-0 since returning from the disabled list, with a steady six-inning outing as Chicago routed New York.
Lester (11-7) allowed two runs on six hits in his 29th start of the season and third September appearance. Albert Almora Jr. came off the bench to hit a three-run homer and a three-run triple for the Cubs. Javier Baez went 4-for-5 with a home run in Chicago’s 16-hit attack.
Mets starter Matt Harvey (5-5) gave up five runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. He slipped to 1-2 since an Aug. 27 return from the disabled list.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 2
A.J. Pollock had three hits, including a three-run homer, and left-hander Patrick Corbin won for the fifth time in six starts as Arizona beat Colorado.
Pollock doubled home a run in the fifth inning and tied a season high with four RBIs. Jake Lamb had two hits and two RBIs, and David Peralta, Paul Goldschmidt and Corbin added two hits apiece for the Diamondbacks.
Corbin (14-12) gave up one run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings in his second victory over Colorado in 12 days. DJ LeMahieu homered in the sixth inning for the Rockies, who had their six-game winning streak broken, one victory short of a season high.
Yankees 3, Rays 2
Jaime Garcia allowed one run but came an out shy of qualifying for a win as New York scored in the top of the second inning and held on to defeat Tampa Bay in a game relocated to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma’s impact on Florida.
The Yankees improved to 9-4 in 13 games since getting swept by the Indians at home Aug. 28-30.
Garcia joined CC Sabathia as the second Yankees starting pitcher to get pulled just shy of qualifying for a win in the series. In each instance, it was so they would not face Tampa Bay slugger Evan Longoria for a third time.
Phillies 8, Marlins 1
Rhys Hoskins hit his 17th home run in his 33rd career game, setting another record as the fastest player to do so, and Odubel Herrera also went deep to lead Philadelphia past Miami.
With the Phillies ahead 3-1 and Freddy Galvis on first after hitting a popup that fell in for a hit in right field, Hoskins belted an elevated fastball by Dan Straily (9-9). An inning later, Herrera’s two-run blast to the upper deck in right field upped the lead to 7-1.
That support was more than enough for Aaron Nola (11-10), who struck out a career-high 11 in seven innings.
Athletics 7, Red Sox 3
Rookie Matt Olson’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run first inning that led Oakland to its sixth victory in seven games.
The last-place Athletics, who lost to first-place Boston on Tuesday after sweeping four games from the first-place Houston Astros, scored six runs in the first three innings against Boston’s Doug Fister (5-8) and never trailed.
Oakland’s Jed Lowrie hit a triple, a double and a single, drove in two runs and scored two against one of his former teams. Olson hit his 18th homer in only 49 games. Rookie Jharel Cotton (8-10) worked the first five innings, allowing three runs and six hits.
Brewers 8, Pirates 2
Chase Anderson worked 5 1/3 innings and Brett Phillips drove in three runs to lead Milwaukee past Pittsburgh.
Anderson (10-3), pitching on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, held the Pirates to two runs (one earned) and seven hits and a walk while striking out a pair. Phillips collected two hits and set a career high with three RBIs.
Tyler Glasnow (2-7), back in the big leagues for the first time in three months, walking six batters — one intentionally — while allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings. Andrew McCutchen hit his 25th home run of the season and 200th of his career for Pittsburgh.
Angels 9, Astros 1
Tyler Skaggs threw seven shutout innings to earn his first victory since April 22, and Los Angeles supported him with eight extra-base hits in a romp over Houston.
Skaggs (2-5) allowed three hits, all in the first three innings, struck out five and walked one in an 85-pitch effort. Luis Valbuena homered in a five-run first inning, and Justin Upton launched the 250th home run of his 11-year career.
Both benches were warned in the fourth inning by plate umpire Cory Blaser after Mike Fiers threw a fastball about 5 feet over the head of Valbuena, who has gained notice for his celebratory bat flips after home runs and other productive at-bats.
Reds 6, Cardinals 0
Rookie Tyler Mahle maneuvered his way through five scoreless innings to pick up his first big league win as Cincinnati blanked St. Louis.
Eugenio Suarez’s fifth-inning grand slam was the game’s biggest hit. Mahle (1-2) scattered four hits, walked three and fanned four in his fourth start since being called up last month from Triple-A Louisville.
Jack Flaherty (0-1) absorbed the loss in his third big league outing. Flaherty lasted 4 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and three runs with two walks and three strikeouts.
Mariners 8, Rangers 1
Mike Leake remained perfect since coming to Seattle after defeating Texas in a key game in the American League wild-card race.
The Mariners moved a half-game ahead of the Rangers in the logjam for the second wild-card spot. Mike Zunino hit two home runs to run his season total to 23, and Jean Segura clubbed another for Seattle.
Leake (10-12) improved to 3-0 since coming to the Mariners in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals in late August. The 29-year-old right-hander went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run and five hits. He struck out five and walked one.
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 1
The Orioles scored two unearned runs in the first inning, and Kevin Gausman made them stand up by pitching seven strong innings as Baltimore ended a six-game losing streak.
Gausman (11-10) allowed one run and had six strikeouts, improving to 3-0 in six starts against Toronto this season. Darren O’Day tossed a perfect eighth inning with two strikeouts, and Zach Britton overcame a single in the ninth to earn the save.
Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman (11-8) allowed six hits, three walks and two unearned runs while striking out seven in six innings. Stroman has not won since Aug. 16, a span of five starts.
Braves 8, Nationals 2
Matt Kemp hit a grand slam to cap a six-run seventh inning, and Luiz Gohara earned his first major league win as Atlanta cruised past Washington.
Lane Adams was 3-for-4 and scored twice for the Braves. It was Kemp’s 19th homer of the year and seventh of his career. Gohara (1-1) yielded two runs (one earned) and six hits in six innings, with six strikeouts and no walks.
Max Scherzer (14-6) had his worst outing of the season, giving up seven runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He finished with six walks and seven strikeouts.
White Sox 5, Royals 3
Adam Engel and Tyler Saladino, two batters hitting less than .200, combined to drive in three runs as Chicago defeated Kansas City.
Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu drove in runs in the ninth to snap a 3-3 tie. Garcia’s single scored Yoan Moncada, while Abreu’s sacrifice fly got Tim Anderson home.
Juan Minaya (3-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.