Angels throw combined no-hitter in emotional return home
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Taylor Cole and Felix Pena of the Los Angeles Angels pitched the second combined no-hitter in franchise history, beating the Seattle Mariners 13-0 Friday night in the team’s first home game since the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.
It is the second no-hitter in the majors this season. Oakland’s Mike Fiers no-hit Cincinnati on May 7.
The right-handers combined for eight strikeouts and retired the first 13 batters. The only Seattle player to reach base was designated hitter Omar Narvaez, who walked with one out in the fifth inning.
The Red Sox, who beat the Dodgers in five games to win their ninth World Series title, returned from the All-Star break with their fifth straight victory.
Rodriguez (10-4) tied his season-high for strikeouts and held the Dodgers to five hits in seven innings.
The Dodgers fell to 1-6 at Fenway Park in the few regular-season meetings between the franchises.
Kenta Maeda (7-6) struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings for Los Angeles. He allowed three runs, two on solo homers by Devers and Vázquez, on four hits with one walk.
Carlos Santana connected for his 20th homer for Cleveland.
Indians starter Mike Clevinger allowed just one run — the homer to Nelson in the first — over five-plus innings and was in line to get the win before Cleveland’s bullpen had a rare meltdown.
Lowe had a career-high four hits and three RBIs, and Kevin Kiermaier had three hits, scored three runs and drove in two.
Yonny Chirinos (8-4) had an easy time earning his first victory in six starts since June 7. He gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings with eight strikeouts.
The Rays sent 11 batters to the plate in the first inning against Dylan Bundy (4-11). After Pham homered, Tampa Bay added four doubles and three singles in an uprising that Bundy fueled with a wild pitch and a walk.
Renato Núñez hit his 21st home run, but the Orioles fell to 11-32 at home and 27-63 overall.
New York has won 17 of 21 and boasts the American League’s best record at 58-31.
Germán (11-2) threw just 78 pitches, 54 for strikes, and retired 15 in a row following Eric Sogard’s leadoff hit. He had seven strikeouts. Tommy Kahnle and Chad Green combined for three scoreless innings in relief.
Aaron Sanchez (3-13) allowed four runs on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter in five innings. He leads the majors in losses.
Miami’s Caleb Smith (5-4) pitched six innings, allowing two unearned runs and three hits. He struck out six and worked around a season-high five walks.
Strasburg (11-4) allowed seven hits and walked one, extending his dominance over the Phillies. He’s 13-2 against them, 6-0 in Philadelphia.
Phillies starter Nick Pivetta (4-4) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings.
Bryce Harper was 2 for 4 against his former team.
Kris Bryant set up Heyward’s winning hit with a one-out walk off Kyle Crick (3-5). The All-Star slugger advanced on Victor Caratini’s two-out walk and then hustled home from second on Heyward’s opposite-field hit to left, sliding home just ahead of the tag attempt by catcher Elias Díaz.
Chicago blew a late 3-0 lead before earning its third win in its last four games in the opener of an important nine-game homestand.
Maldonado hit a solo homer that snapped a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning. Merrifield hit a double, stole third and scored on a wild pitch in the same inning. Soler added an insurance run, opening the eighth inning with his 24th homer of the season.
Blaine Hardy (1-1) allowed two hits and two earned runs with a strikeout in 2/3 of an inning for the loss.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Danny Santana lined a game-winning single with two outs in the ninth inning and Texas rallied from a four-run deficit after major league strikeout leader Gerrit Cole exited the game.
Elvis Andrus had a one-out single and a stolen base before Joey Gallo drew a walk off Roberto Osuna (3-2). Santana, who homered earlier, ended it with a liner just out of the reach of center fielder George Springer.
Shawn Kelley (5-2) had a perfect ninth.
The Rangers got even at 8 when Ronald Guzmán hit their fifth homer of the game.
Rookie Yordan Álvarez hit two of Houston’s four homers.
Cole struck out 13 in six innings. He threw 74 of 101 pitches for strikes. Three of the four hits Cole allowed were solo homers to Shin-Soo Choo, Santana and Gallo. Tim Federowicz also went deep for Texas.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Buster Posey hit a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning to lift San Francisco over Milwaukee.
Joe Panik singled, Mike Yastrzemski walked and Brandon Belt singled to load the bases for Posey who hit the first pitch from Matt Albers (4-3) to deep left-center. It was Posey’s fifth career grand slam and first this season.
Christian Yelich tripled off All-Star Will Smith (2-0) to start the bottom of the ninth and scored on Mike Moustakas‘ ground out to tie the game at 6. It was Smith’s first blown save of the season, but he picked up the win thanks to Posey’s fourth homer this season.
Ray (7-6) struck out eight and walked two as the Diamondbacks won their fourth straight.
Daniel Ponce de Leon, named the starter in place of ailing Adam Wainwright, gave up one run over a season-high 6 2/3 innings. He allowed three hits, struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter.
This game marked the first showdown between starters with the last name “Gray” — Sonny for Cincinnati, Jon for Colorado — according to Stats.
Sonny Gray went seven strong innings and allowed just five hits. His nine strikeouts tied a season high.
Jon Gray matched his counterpart pitch-for-pitch in going seven innings and scattering four hits.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mike Fiers pitched into the eighth inning to win his seventh consecutive decision, Oakland hit three solo home runs and the Athletics beat Chicago.
Ramón Laureano, Jurickson Profar and Mark Canha went deep for the A’s. Laureano and Profar went back-to-back in the second inning off Ivan Nova (4-8), the sixth time this season that manager Bob Melvin’s club has hit consecutive home runs.
Oakland has won eight of 10 and moved within six games of Houston in the AL West.
Yoán Moncada had three singles for Chicago to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. The White Sox have lost six of their last seven games at the Coliseum.
Fiers (9-3) allowed eight hits and struck out four in 7 2/3 innings to remain unbeaten over the past two months.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Josh Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs, Ronald Acuna Jr. had a 455-foot shot and Dallas Keuchel pitched seven strong innings to lead NL East-leading Atlanta over San Diego.
Keuchel (3-2) held San Diego to one run and six hits, struck out five and walked four in his fifth start since signing as a free agent on June 7. He also started the Braves‘ final game before the All-Star break, pitching 7 1/3 strong innings in a win against Miami.
Donaldson hit his 19th and 20th homers. It was his 18th career multihomer game and second this season.
Donaldson and Acuna hit impressive home runs off Dinelson Lamet (0-2), who was pitching at home for the first time since the 2017 season.
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