German wins 7th, Yankees beat Rays 4-3 in AL East showdown
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Domingo German became the majors’ first seven-game winner, Gio Urshela got a key hit set up by a pair of odd bounces and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Friday night.
The injury-filled Yankees pulled within a half-game of the AL East-leading Rays in the first of 19 meetings between the teams this season.
German (7-1) was matched up against Tyler Glasnow (6-1), who left in the sixth inning with right forearm tightness.
Glasnow struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings. He signaled for a trainer after striking out Gleyber Torres and was pulled.
German allowed three runs and five hits over five innings. Aroldis Chapman, the fourth Yankees reliever, worked the ninth for his ninth save.
Gary Sanchez opened the Yankees sixth with an infield single on a popup that struck the highest of four overhanging catwalks — approximately 185 feet high — and fell in the infield as Tampa Bay players scrambled to catch the carom.
Clint Frazier followed with a single and Torres fanned, finishing Glasnow. Emilio Pagan relieved and Miguel Andujar hit a grounder that took a crooked hop off the mound and went for an infield single that loaded the bases. Urshela then delivered a two-run single for a 4-3 lead.
Boston (20-19) has won nine of 11, scoring 80 runs during the stretch. Seattle (20-21) lost for the 10th time in 12 games and is under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2017 season.
Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2) pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and striking out five to pick up his third win in four starts.
Rookie Erik Swanson (1-4) took the loss, allowing seven hits and seven runs over 4 2/3 innings. It marked the latest rough outing for a Mariners‘ pitching staff that has given up 11 or more runs four times in 12 games.
Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil also homered for the previously slumping Mets, who set a season best with 15 hits and matched their high for runs. Zack Wheeler (3-2) struck out 11 over seven innings, reaching double digits for the third time in four outings.
After totaling only 15 runs on a 1-5 road trip, the Mets broke loose back home against Pablo López (2-5) and the major league-worst Marlins (10-28). New York sent 13 batters to the plate in the first, with J.D. Davis and Robinson Canó each getting two of the team’s eight hits.
González outdueled José Quintana to help Milwaukee move into a virtual tie with Chicago for the NL Central lead. Yasmani Grandal and Jesús Aguilar each drove in two runs, and Hernán Pérez backed Gonzalez with a couple nice plays at second base.
Chicago (22-14) had won 10 of 11, but it was shut down by González (1-0) and five relievers. Quintana (4-2) allowed three runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings in his first loss since April 5.
The only hit off Verlander (6-1) was a single by Asdrubal Cabrera to lead off the fifth. The right-hander struck out eight, walked two and hit a batter.
Odorizzi (5-2) retired his last 20 batters after a first-inning double by Christin Stewart, striking out five without a walk while lowering his ERA to a career-best 2.32.
The Twins (24-12) have the best record in the majors, backed by a surging rotation and a lineup that’s suddenly full of sluggers.
Garver, part of a trio of catchers who have collectively been the most productive offensively in baseball this season, hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning off Tyson Ross (1-5) for his eighth shot in 21 games. Kepler went deep in the fifth.
The Tigers, who were shutout for the second straight game and an American League-most fifth time this season, have the second-fewest home runs in the majors with just one by 11-time All-Star Miguel Cabrera.
Grichuk’s two-out blast in the first inning was his sixth of the season and came off starter Dylan Covey (0-2).
Covey allowed four runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings.
Toronto’s scheduled starter, right-hander Clay Buchholz, was scratched and placed on the 10-day injured list because of a sore shoulder. Right-hander Daniel Hudson opened for Toronto and allowed a run in the first on back-to-back doubles by Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu.
Williams (2-1) stranded seven runners through the first four innings, and pitched around two fielding errors in the fourth inning. He allowed nine hits and limited the Cardinals to one hit in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Felipe Vázquez struck out Paul Goldschmidt to cap a perfect ninth and earn his 11th save.
Adam Wainwright went a season-high seven innings and retired the final 10 batters he faced. He struck out eight — five looking — and allowed five hits and no walks.
DENVER (AP) — German Marquez pitched effectively into the sixth inning and had a three-run double in Colorado’s seven-run fourth inning in a victory over San Diego.
Manny Machado and Ty France each had RBI singles for the Padres and Franmil Reyes had three hits. Eric Lauer (2-4) went three-plus innings in his shortest outing of the season and allowed a career-high eight runs and eight hits.
Marquez went 5 2/3 innings and allowed two runs and 10 hits. He struck out seven and walked none.
BALTIMORE (AP) — Mike Trout homered and drove in three runs, Andrelton Simmons had two RBIs and scored twice, and Los Angeles beat Baltimore in a game that included an rain delay of 1 hour, 49 minutes.
Trout hit a two-run drive in the third inning after a young fan he befriended last year asked him before the game to hit a homer. He added an RBI double in a five-run fifth. He also drew his major league leading 36th walk.
Trevor Cahill (2-3) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and four hits to win for the first time in five starts since April 8.
Homer Bailey (4-3) gave up one run and four hits in five-plus innings, and Scott Barlow struck out a career-high six in two innings of relief for the Royals. Jorge Soler added his team-leading 10th home run of the season.
Gordon’s solo shot in the fifth inning was the 1,500th hit of his career. It was also his fifth career multihomer game and first since August 20, 2016.
Acuña returned to the leadoff spot and smashed his eighth homer off Yoan Lopez (0-1). The shot was estimated at 466 feet, the longest of Acuña’s career.
Greinke allowed a run and five hits over seven innings. He didn’t walk a batter and reached a three-ball count against only two hitters.
David Peralta had two hits, including an RBI triple, for Arizona.
Julio Urías pitched three innings of scoreless relief for his second career save.
Anibal Sanchez (0-6) allowed three runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, including both of Pederson’s homers.
Pederson hit his 14th career leadoff homer in the first inning and struck again in the fifth.
Maeda (4-2) struck out six and walked two. Wilmer Difo had the only hit against him, a single leading off the third.
Yasiel Puig added a two-run single and Senzel got two hits.
Chapman hit a 3-2 pitch down the left field line for his first career game-ending hit. The homer was his 10th this season and the first allowed by Hand.
A’s starter Frankie Montas matched his career-high with seven strikeouts over six innings. Montas allowed two runs, eight hits and one walk.
José Ramirez had an infield single and a walk for Cleveland. The Indians third baseman has reached base in 19 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the AL and second in the majors to Kris Bryant of the Cubs who has a 20-game streak.
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