Gonzalez, Buxton hit homers, Twins beat Rays 6-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Gary Sánchez hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the fifth inning, Aroldis Chapman escaped trouble in the ninth and the New York Yankees bullpen held tight again to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Saturday night.
After starter Domingo Germán was chased early, six Yankee relievers combined for 5 1/3 scoreless innings to lock down another victory over the rival Red Sox — New York is 4-0 to start the season series, a first since 2012.
Boston went 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position, including seven strikeouts. The Red Sox tied a season high with 14 strikeouts and matched a season most with their fourth straight loss.
The Yankees have won 15 of 18 and clinched their ninth straight series victory, a first for the franchise since 1998.
Xander Bogaerts homered and had three hits for the Red Sox, who have lost 6 of 8 and fell 9 1/2 games behind New York for the AL East lead. That is Boston’s biggest deficit in the division since finishing 15 games out in 2015.
Rick Porcello (4-5) allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings.
The Twins, who lead the majors with 108 homers, failed to go deep while splitting the first two games of the series at Tropicana Field.
Kyle Gibson (6-2) allowed one unearned run and six hits over five innings for Minnesota.
After Buxton had an RBI single during the fourth, Gonzalez made it 4-1 on a fifth-inning solo shot.
The Twins took a 5-1 lead on Buxton’s homer in the sixth off Hunter Wood.
Miguel Sano had an RBI double during the seventh to complete a stretch where Minnesota scored in five consecutive innings.
Travis d’Arnaud had a run-scoring single in the second for the Rays.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Orlando Arcia hit his second homer of the game, a two-run drive in the 13th inning that sent Milwaukee over Pittsburgh.
Both teams blew late leads before Arcia connected with two outs off Alex McRae (0-1) for his first multi-homer game in the majors. Earlier, Arcia hit a two-run homer in the second.
Starling Marte had four hits for Pittsburgh, including a three-run homer in the eighth for a 10-8 lead.
Pinch-hitter José Osuna homered for the Pirates while Elias Dîaz got three hits and drove in four runs.
Milwaukee starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff was charged with six runs over four innings, allowing a season-high 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Chicago loaded the bases with no outs in the third on a single by Tim Anderson and walks to Yolmer Sanchez and Charlie Tilson. Leury Garcia hit a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead, but pitcher Jefry Rodriguez escaped further damage when he caught Sanchez off second on pickoff attempt.
Sanchez got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by third baseman Jose Ramirez, who then threw over to first base to get Tilson retreating to the bag to end the inning.
Ivan Nova (3-5) allowed six hits and three earned runs in seven innings, striking out 3.
Gallo was removed because of tightness in his left oblique while batting. He initially felt the injury while in the outfield and then again on a check swing during a plate appearance. He had an MRI and passed some strength tests after the game.
Lance Lynn (7-4) allowed both runs. He yielded six hits and a hit batter, striking out seven for his fifth straight quality start.
The Rangers have won four of five, improved to 19-9 at home and moved two games over .500 at 29-27.
Homer Bailey (4-6) gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings for his fourth straight start without a victory.
The Royals have lost five of their last six games and have the worst road record in the majors at 8-22. Kansas City left seven runners on base and was 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
San Francisco built a 7-1 lead in the fifth inning and cruised to only its second win in 10 games.
Anderson (1-1) allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings in his fourth big league start. Anderson ended a run of 40 consecutive starts of fewer than seven innings by Giants pitchers — the team’s longest such streak in the last 100 years.
San Francisco scored all its runs off David Hess (1-7). Since April 1, Hess has gone 0-7 over 10 starts.
Renato Núñez hit his 15th home run for Baltimore, the eighth in 12 games.
The Nationals faced Roark (4-4) for the first time since trading him to the Reds in the offseason. Parra’s homer in the second inning ended Roark’s string of 36 2/3 innings without allowing a homer, the second longest of his career.
Washington’s Juan Soto went 0 for 4, ending his career-best hitting streak at 14 games.
Soroka (6-1) scuffled a bit, allowing season highs of three runs and seven hits and striking out five in 6 2/3 innings.
Daniel Norris (2-4) allowed six hits, one walk and six runs — five earned — and struck out four.
Calhoun’s second home run of the series broke a 3-3 tie and helped overcome Encarnacion’s 34th multi-home run game. The Mariners‘ designated hitter tied the game in the sixth inning with a two-run shot, his second of the game and 15th this season.
Trout added an insurance run in the ninth with his 14th home run of the season.
Gray (5-4) allowed two hits in 6 2/3 innings and didn’t allow a run for the second time this season.
Gray’s scoreless outing overshadowed a strong start by Toronto’s Marcus Stroman (3-7). The right-hander settled down after a rough first, giving up four runs, three earned, in seven innings.
Raimel Tapia extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double in the fifth inning.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Smith hit a towering, tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Los Angeles a comeback victory over Philadelphia in a matchup of division leaders and the two best teams in the National League.
With one out, Smith smashed his first career homer into the left field pavilion off Hèctor Neris (1-2).
Clayton Kershaw allowed one run and six hits, struck out six and walked none.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out eight over eight innings and moved into a share of the major league lead with his ninth win, pitching Houston past Oakland.
Verlander (9-2) allowed one run on four hits and walked two, allowing only Stephen Piscotty’s second-inning homer. He also passed Cy Young (2,806) for 22nd place in major league history for strikeouts and now has 2,809.
Robinson Chirinos added a two-run drive in the ninth for the Astros.
Oakland starter Brett Anderson (6-4) exited in the sixth, allowing three runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
A’s slugger Khris Davis returned from a stint on the injured list with a bruised left hip and went 0 for 4.
The Marlins sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth, with Garrett Cooper hitting two singles, driving in one run and scoring one run. The first six Marlins batters reached to knock out rookie lefty Nick Margevicius and give the Marlins a 4-2 lead. Ramirez’s two-run double was followed by RBI singles by Martin Prado and Miguel Rojas. Luis Perdomo came on and got two outs before first baseman Eric Hosmer’s error loaded the bases. Cooper followed with an RBI single.
Holaday hit a line-shot homer off Adam Warren in the sixth for his first of the season. Ramirez added an RBI grounder in the ninth.
Urena (4-6) held San Diego to three runs and three hits in six innings, struck out six and walked three.
He allowed rookie Josh Naylor’s first career homer and Hosmer’s RBI single in the sixth.
Margevicius (2-6) allowed five runs — four earned — and six hits in three-plus innings, struck out one and walked one.
PHOENIX (AP) — Tim Locastro drove in the tie-breaking run with one out in the 11th inning, giving Arizona a win over New York.
Kevin Cron, called up from Triple-A Reno before the game, doubled off Mets reliever Tyler Bashlor (0-3) to start the bottom of the 11th inning. He took third on Nick Ahmed’s sacrifice bunt, and after an intentional walk, Locastro came up as the Mets brought Juan Lagares in from center field as an extra infielder. Locastro drove a 2-2 pitch beyond the reach of the Mets’ two-man outfield.
Yoshihisa Hirano (2-3) pitched a scoreless 11th inning for the win.
Todd Frazier and Dominic Smith homered for Mets, who have 19 home runs in their last nine games.
Jacob deGrom limited the Diamondbacks to one run over 6 2/3 innings before leaving Saturday’s game with a trainer. DeGrom struck out seven and held the Diamondbacks hitless from the second through the fifth innings.
Arizona ace Zack Greinke allowed four runs on seven hits and is winless in his last three starts.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dexter Fowler and Harrison Bader hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning, and St. Louis outlasted Chicago in a game that ended early Sunday after a rain delay of over three hours.
Paul Goldschmidt also hit a home run for the Cardinals (29-28), who have won three straight for the first time since a five-game streak in late April. It was also St. Louis’ first series win since April 30 against Washington.
Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty allowed two runs and five hits and struck out eight in five innings. He was replaced by Gant.
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