Red Sox avoid series sweep, snap Astros’ 10-game win streak
BOSTON (AP) — Michael Chavis homered, Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox averted a series sweep against Houston with a 4-3 victory Sunday that snapped the Astros‘ 10-game winning streak.
Mookie Betts scored three runs for Boston, which lost the first two games in its first meeting with the Astros since beating them in the 2018 AL Championship Series.
Astros outfielder George Springer, who began the day leading the American League with 17 homers, exited with lower back stiffness after striking out three times against Sale.
Bogaerts’ double to deep left-center off Framber Valdez (1-2) scored Betts scored from first base.
Sale struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and four hits with five walks. In his previous start, he became the first major league pitcher to strike out 17 batters in seven innings.
The Yankees took their second straight weekend series from the Rays and moved a half-game in front atop the AL East. Aaron Hicks homered for the first time since returning from a back injury and DJ LeMahieu also connected to help New York win for the 10th time in 13 games.
Gardner, who hit a two-run homer off Charlie Morton in the second, started the Yankees sixth with an infield hit off the glove of Diego Castillo (0-3). Pinch-hitter Thairo Estrada delivered a three-run double off Casey Sadler, and Gardner capped the inning with an RBI double.
Harper’s tiebreaking, two-run shot in the sixth inning wasn’t as prodigious as his 466-foot drive in Saturday’s 2-1 victory, but this 404-footer had plenty of distance to clear the right-center wall for the NL East leaders.
The $330 million slugger also had a single and an RBI groundout.
Struggling starter Kyle Freeland lasted just 1 2/3 innings for Colorado.
MARLINS 3, METS 0
A day after being shut out on just one hit, the Mets lost their fifth in a row. The latest defeat against a team with baseball’s worst record is sure to intensify speculation about the job security of manager Mickey Callaway.
Alcantara (2-4) struck out eight, walked one and needed only 89 pitches for the Marlins‘ first complete game shutout since Edinson Volquez tossed a no-hitter against Arizona in June 2017. The 23-year-old righty threw his first complete game in the majors.
Syndergaard (3-4) retired his first 12 batters and allowed two runs in seven innings.
The Mets (20-25) have their longest losing streak of the year and are a season-worst five games under .500. They went 1-5 on their trip and have dropped 16 of their past 20 road games.
The Marlins (13-31), who came into the series with a seven-game losing streak, have their first three-game winning streak of the season. Curtis Granderson homered for their final run in the eighth.
All five runs in the game came on homers.
Gamel’s drive off Wes Parsons (1-2) helped the Brewers end Atlanta’s four-game winning streak. Christian Yelich and Keston Hiura also connected for Milwaukee, which avoided a three-game sweep in a matchup of 2018 NL division winners.
Ryu (6-1) had baserunners in each of his first five innings, but none of them got past second and he retired his last eight batters. The left-hander allowed five hits with one walk and five strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 1.52.
Verdugo’s RBI double gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead in the second inning and they added a run in the third on a fielder’s choice.
Bellinger’s two-run shot that glanced off the glove of a leaping Nick Senzel in center field made it 4-0 in the seventh.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber struck out a career-high 15 in his first major league complete game and Cleveland routed Baltimore.
A day after being held to one hit, the Orioles were overmatched against Bieber (3-2).
The 23-year-old right-hander gave up five hits, didn’t walk anyone and threw 107 pitches. He bounced back from allowing four home runs against the White Sox in his previous start.
Carlos Santana hit an RBI single in the first inning, then led off the third with his seventh home run.
Cleveland took three of four from the Orioles. Baltimore has lost nine of 11 and allowed a major league-high 94 home runs.
Yefry Ramirez (0-2) struggled in his first start of the season, giving up four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.
ATHLETICS 5, TIGERS 3, 7 INNINGS, SUSPENDED
Oakland scored twice in the top of the seventh to take the lead, but the teams were unable to complete the inning before it began to rain hard and the tarp was brought onto the field. The game will resume Sept. 6 before the Tigers play a series in Oakland.
It was the finale of a four-game series that marked Oakland’s only scheduled trip to Detroit this season.
Play was called after a delay of 1 hour, 41 minutes.
Stephen Piscotty hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh, putting Oakland in position for its 16th straight victory over the Tigers — but the A’s will have to wait 3½ months before trying to close it out.
Mike Fiers allowed three runs in six innings for Oakland. Fiers pitched for the Tigers last season before he was traded to the A’s in August.
Detroit was trying to snap a six-game losing streak.
Guerrero has hit all four of his homers in the last six games. The highly touted 20-year-old didn’t homer in his first 13 games after making his major league debut in late April.
Guerrero’s two-run drive broke a 1-all tie in the eighth inning. Jansen added a two-run homer in the ninth.
José Abreu drove in two runs for the White Sox.
Kelvin Herrera (1-3) took the loss.
Both teams blew leads in the late innings.
Dexter Fowler’s solo homer in the ninth off Rangers reliever Chris Martin made it 3-all. The Cardinals went ahead in the 10th when Harrison Bader doubled off Jeanmar Gomez (1-0) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Paul DeJong.
Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff homer for the Rangers. Santana gave Texas a 3-2 lead in the eighth with a pinch-hit home run.
DeJong drove in three runs for the Cardinals.
Hunter Dozier hit a two-run double and Duffy (3-1) allowed five hits in six effective innings. The veteran left-hander from California had about 40 friends and family members in attendance. He struck out five and walked three.
Tyler Skaggs (4-4) permitted four runs — three earned — on 110 pitches in 5 2/3 innings.
SEATTLE (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion made several nice plays at first base early in the game, then hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to help Seattle snap Minnesota’s five-game winning streak.
Yusei Kikuchi (3-1) gave up one earned run in six innings, striking out six.
The Diamondbacks appeared to have the game won when Adam Jones hit a grounder into the hole off Sam Dyson (2-0) with a runner on third with two outs in the ninth. Crawford made a spectacular play to save the Giants, diving to his right and hopping up to make a throw that beat Jones by a step.
Sandoval had a pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning of San Francisco’s 8-5 win Saturday night and added another off Yoshihisa Hirano (1-2).
Will Smith struck out the side for his 12th save in 12 opportunities.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Colin Moran hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs, and Joe Musgrove beat his hometown Padres for the second time in two seasons as Pittsburgh won to take three of four from San Diego.
The big right-hander took a one-hit shutout into the seventh inning before the Padres broke out for four runs, the big blow coming on Hunter Renfroe’s three-run homer.
Felipe Vazquez pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
Kyle Hendricks (4-4) retired the first 11 Washington batters and didn’t allow a hit until Kurt Suzuki’s single leading off the fifth, but finished by giving up four runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. Steve Cishek pitched a 2 1/3 scoreless innings for his fourth save as the Cubs took two of three from the Nationals and improved to 10-1-1 in their past 12 series.
Washington starter Jeremy Hellickson (2-3) allowed three runs and four hits with three walks in three innings.
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