Brian Moran strikes out brother in big league debut
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brian Moran became the first player in major league history to make his debut while on the mound facing his brother, striking out younger sibling Colin in the Miami Marlins‘ 10-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night.
Brian (1-0) entered in the fourth inning with the Marlins trailing 5-2. After Bryan Reynolds led off with a groundout, Colin stepped to the plate having doubled in each of his first two at-bats.
The 30-year-old Brian fell behind 3-1 before throwing back-to-back sliders to strike out Colin looking. The 26-year-old Colin shouted toward the mound on his way back to the dugout. Moran hit Josh Bell with a pitch and then got Melky Cabrera to fly out in his only inning of work.
The Marlins rallied for four runs in the fifth, allowing Brian to get the win. Colin finished 2 for 4.
They became the first siblings to face each other in a pitcher-batter scenario with one of the brothers making his major league debut, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Dario Agrazal (4-4) surrendered six runs, five earned, in 4 1/3 innings.
Jose Quintana (13-8) allowed four runs and in five innings to improve to 9-1 in his last 12 starts.
ASTROS 11, MARINERS 9, 13 INNINGS
Houston rookie Kyle Tucker hit his first major league homer in the sixth and tied the score 9-all in the 12th with an RBI single. Josh Reddick also went deep and Jose Altuve had a two-run triple for the AL West leaders, who were down 7-0 in the second.
Josh James (5-0) gave up Seager’s homer in the 12th but struck out five in two innings for the win.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dakota Hudson (15-6) pitched six innings of one-hit ball and hit a two-run single for his first big league RBIs.
Paul DeJong hit a two-run homer in a three-run first for the Cardinals, who won for the sixth time in seven games.
San Francisco has lost five of six and eight of 10, dropping 9½ games back for the NL’s second wild card at 67-73.
Génesis Cabrera finished the four-hitter for his first big league save. Logan Webb (1-1) allowed eight runs — seven earned — eight hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Phillip Ervin homered against Nick Vincent (1-3) leading off the 11th, an opposite-field drive to right that barely eluded Bryce Harper’s attempt at a leaping catch, and Philadelphia dropped four games behind the Cubs.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Robbie Grossman hit a two-run triple over center fielder Mike Trout as part of a seven-run eighth inning, when Oakland benefited from four consecutive walks, and the Athletics rallied from a 6-1 deficit to complete a three-game sweep. The A’s opened a one-game lead over Cleveland for the second AL wild card and are a half-game behind Tampa Bay for the top wild card.
A.J. Puk (1-0) retired six batters for his first big league. Puk, one of Oakland’s top pitching prospects, had not pitched since Aug. 26.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Reynaldo López (9-12) pitched a one-hitter for his first complete game in 75 career big league starts, and Cleveland lost for the fifth time in seven games. The Indians fell 6½ games behind the AL Central-leading Twins heading into a three-game series at Minnesota.
López (9-12) allowed an RBI double in the second to Kevin Plawecki.
Minnesota starter Martín Pérez (10-6) allowed one run and two hits in six innings, and Taylor Rogers got his 24th save.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — All-Star Austin Meadows broke a 4-4 tie against Buddy Boshers (0-3) when he led off the seventh with his 27th homer, then added an RBI double in the eighth against Ryan Tepera.
Tampa Bay, seeking its first postseason appearance since 2013, drew just 5,962, the second-smallest crowd this season at Tropicana Field.
Bichette homered in a 13-pitch at-bat leading off the first and the score 4-4 with a two-run drive in the seventh off Oliver Drake (4-2).
Emilio Pagán retired Cavan Biggio on a game-ending flyout with runners at the corners for his 18th save.
Mark Melancon made things interesting in the ninth, giving up a two-run homer to Victor Robles and a single to Juan Soto that brought the potential tying run to the plate. Howie Kendrick hit a game-ending groundout.
The Braves jumped on Strasburg (16-5) for two runs in the first, sparked by Ronald Acuña Jr.’s leadoff single. Acuña added to the lead in the fifth with his 37th homer,
Trailing the Braves by seven games with just over three weeks left, the wild card-leading Nationals likely needed to win at least three of four in SunTrust Park to have any chance to overtake the Braves and avoid the wild-card game.
Kansas City built a 3-0 lead in the second against Matthew Boyd (8-10) when Whit Merrifield hit a two-run single and scored on Adalberto Mondesi’s double. Merrifield had four hits, one shy of his career high.
Harold Castro started the comeback with an RBI single in the third, and Detroit took a 4-3 lead in the fourth off Glenn Sparkman (3-11) when Brandon Dixon and Dawel Lugo homered on consecutive pitches with one out and Mercer went deep with two outs.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Rookie Kolby Allard (4-0) allowed one run and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings to won his third straight start, and Nick Solak hit a go-ahead, two-run homer off John Means (10-10) in the seventh inning.
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