Cole wins again, pitches Astros to sweep in Oakland
NEW YORK (AP) Brett Gardner capped a slump-busting performance with a go-ahead, two-run triple off Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning, Aaron Judge followed with a homer and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-6 Wednesday night for their 17th victory in 18 games.
Kimbrel entered with two on and one out to face Gardner seeking the first five-out save of his career. Gardner drilled a full-count pitch into left-center field, well over the head of center fielder Mookie Betts, who was playing shallow. Neil Walker scored easily from third and rookie Gleyber Torres raced from first and slid past a lunging tag attempted by catcher Christian Vazquez.
Judge followed with a line drive to center measured at 117 mph off the bat, his ninth homer of the season. He had three hits and three RBIs as New York won its eighth straight overall and 11th in a row at home.
Kimbrel replaced Matt Barnes (0-1) after a double by Walker and a one-out walk to Torres.
Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
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Max Stassi and Derek Fisher hit consecutive home runs with two outs in the seventh off Daniel Mengden (2-4) for a 2-1 lead. Yuli Gurriel added a two-run double against Yusmiero Petit that extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
Cole (4-1) allowed one run, four hits and three walks in six innings. His 1.43 ERA is second in the major leagues behind the 1.17 of teammate Justin Verlander.
Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save and second in two days. Before Tuesday, he had not pitched since allowing four runs in the ninth inning of a May 1 loss to the New York Yankees.
The scuffling Dodgers improved to 4-8 against their division rivals this season. Their three-game skid ended on a night when they got back one of their injured stars. Yasiel Puig went 3 for 4 with two runs scored in his return from the disabled list.
The Diamondbacks‘ three-game winning streak was stopped.
Fernando Salas (3-3) took the loss.
Pivetta (2-2) bounced back from an awful start against the Nationals in which he lasted only one inning and allowed six runs. He scattered four hits and didn’t walk anyone.
Santana ripped an RBI double to right field in the first inning and scored on Maikel Franco’s single to left. Franco drove his seventh homer to deep left-center for a 3-0 lead in the fourth.
Santana’s two-run single in the fifth made it 5-0. He added another two-run single during a six-run sixth against San Francisco’s bullpen. Santana raised his batting average to .191 and tied a career best with the five RBIs.
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Josh Donaldson doubled and scored on Solarte’s hit and Solarte was replaced by pinch runner Anthony Alford, who scored on Smoak’s double to right. Kevin Pillar hit an RBI single to left, but was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double. Russell Martin ended Nicasio’s outing with a double.
Wilson Ramos‘ two-run single with two outs in the eighth ended a string of 34 straight shutout innings for the Braves, who won for the seventh straight time on the road. That is the longest streak for the Braves in the modern era (after 1900), according to the Elias Sports Bureau, surpassing the 30 consecutive innings by Atlanta’s staff in July 1992.
Ramos’ hit extended his hitting streak to 16 games, the longest active streak in the majors.
Julio Teheran (3-1) struck out seven in six shutout innings, the third time in four starts that the right-hander has not given up a run. Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth for his sixth save in seven opportunities.
Markakis’ seventh homer of the season capped a four-run third inning against Rays starter Ryan Yarbrough (2-2) that gave the Braves with a 5-0 lead.
Lucas Duda homered and drove in three runs for the Royals.
With two outs in the eighth, Manny Machado legged out a slow roller to third base for an infield single and Schoop sent him to third with a double. Trumbo then hit a liner up the middle that knocked Kansas City pitcher Kevin McCarthy (3-1) off his feet.
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Duvall connected for his first career game-ending homer, a drive off A.J. Ramos (1-2).
Raisel Iglesias (1-0) retired six straight batters.
New York got off to a rough start in the first, when Wilmer Flores fanned for the second out and Asdrubal Cabrera doubled, following the announced batting order. But the lineup card the Mets turned into the umpires had those two switched in the order and plate umpire Gabe Morales called an out.
Carrasco (5-1) gave up five hits, walked one and threw 117 pitches in his second complete game this season. He also hit an RBI single.
Naquin hit a three-run drive off Junior Guerra (2-3). Milwaukee closer Corey Knebel, who had been out since April 5 with a hamstring injury, was activated from the disabled list and gave up Lindor’s leadoff home run in the seventh.
The 26-yar-old Bryant hit a drive about halfway up the bleachers in left-center in the first inning for his third homer in four games, and later had an RBI double.
Jose Quintana (4-2) returned the favor after getting hit hard in a loss at Miami on April 1. Wei-Yin Chen (1-2) was tagged.
Barria (3-1) allowed five hits and struck out seven over 5 1/3 innings.
Tyler Anderson (2-1) struggled over five innings and allowed four runs. His outing snapped Colorado’s string of nine straight quality starts.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Nomar Mazara led off the 10th inning with his second homer of the game, giving Texas its first winning home series this season.
Mazara pulled a 1-0 pitch into the right field seats off Warwick Saupold (1-1), the sixth Detroit pitcher. It was his first career game-ending homer. He has 10 home runs this season, seven in May.
Rangers closer Keone Kela (3-2) struck out three in two innings.
Texas took two of three, but are still 7-16 overall at home. The Rangers had lost their first six home series, their most ever to start a season.
SAN DIEGO (AP) – Matt Szczur hit a go-ahead double in the seventh inning and San Diego’s bullpen pitched four scoreless innings against Washington.
With the game tied at 1, Manuel Margot opened the seventh with a single – his third hit of the game – and stole second before advancing to third on catcher Matt Wieters’ throwing error. Szczur doubled off reliever Trevor Gott (0-2).
Anthony Rendon homered for the Nationals, who had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Craig Stammen (1-0) pitched out of trouble in the seventh for the win.
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