Red Sox beat Verlander, Astros 4-1 to avoid 3-game sweep
Eduardo Rodriguez (5-3) held Houston to one run and four hits in six innings, improving to 5-1 in his last eight starts.
The Astros lost for just the fifth time in 22 games and finished the regular season 4-2 against the Red Sox, who beat them 4-1 in the ALCS last season on the way to a World Series championship.
Devers’ solo shot in the fourth gave the Red Sox a 2-1 lead. It was Devers’ seventh homer of the season and fourth in six games.
Marcus Walden earned his second major league save and first this season.
Verlander (8-2) permitted three runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out six.
ATHLETICS 7, MARINERS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Chapman homered for the second consecutive day, Josh Phegley also went deep and had three RBIs, and the streaking Oakland Athletics won their ninth straight, beating Seattle to complete a three-game sweep.
Brett Anderson allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings to win after being forced out of his previous start with a cervical strain. Anderson (6-3) struck out four and walked four, but got the Mariners to hit into double plays in three straight innings.
Seattle’s Jay Bruce hit his 300th career double in the second and his 299th homer in the seventh. Bruce needs one home run to become the eighth active player with 300 doubles and 300 homers.
Mike Leake (3-6) took the loss.
Merrifield hit a sharp, two-out grounder toward third baseman Gio Urshela with speedster Billy Hamilton at second. The ball skipped over Urshela’s head, giving Hamilton time to race home. Hamilton had walked against Jonathan Holder (3-2) and stole second.
Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler homered on back-to-back pitches in the fifth inning and Martin Maldonado and Ryan O’Hearn also went deep as Kansas City hit four home runs in a game for the first time this season. New York’s Aaron Hicks tied it in the ninth with a two-run single off Ian Kennedy as the Yankees scored three runs with two outs to make it 7-all.
Kevin McCarthy (2-1) threw a scoreless 10th to earn the win.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Justin Turner had five hits after taking a day off, Joc Pederson homered during a six-run sixth inning that featured consecutive bases-loaded plunkings and Los Angeles beat Pittsburgh to complete a three-game sweep.
Matt Beaty had four RBIs and Corey Seager drove in two for the Dodgers, who got five innings of three-run ball from Kenta Maeda (6-2) in his return from the injured list. Los Angeles has won nine of 11.
Chris Archer (1-5) lost his fifth straight start. He allowed six walks and six hits over five innings of four-run ball, striking out three while throwing 105 pitches.
The Braves have won 12 of 16 and captured their fifth successive series by winning two of three from St. Louis.
In the 10th, Freddie Freeman reached on an infield single with one out and moved to second on a walk to Josh Donaldson and advanced to third on Nick Markakis‘ fly ball to center field. After a Austin Riley was intentionally walked to load the bases, McCann drew a five-pitch walk from Tyler Webb (0-1) that brought in Freeman with the go-ahead run.
The Cardinals have lost four of six and have not won back-to-back games since May 1.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brandon Woodruff allowed a solo homer but was otherwise perfect over eight innings, Christian Yelich hit his NL-leading 21st home run and Milwaukee connected five times against Philadelphia.
Woodruff (7-1) retired his first 15 batters before Andrew Knapp opened the sixth with his first homer. Woodruff struck out a career-high 10, fanning the final batter in each of his innings while matching a career high with 24 outs — a mark he set in his previous outing against Atlanta.
Zach Eflin (5-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Tampa Bay (31-19) is a season-high 12 games over .500 after taking three of four in the series. The Indians (26-26) fell to .500 for the first time since April 4, when they were 3-3. Cleveland has dropped six of seven and finished 4-7 on its longest homestand of the season.
Trevor Bauer (4-4) allowed four runs in six innings and hasn’t won since April 30.
Odorizzi (7-2) won his seventh straight decision and finished without allowing a run for the fifth time in his past six starts. He combined with four relievers for Minnesota’s sixth shutout of the season.
The Twins have won 11 of their past 12 games and swept a series for the seventh time this year. They swept eight series all of last season.
Rosario hit his 16th home run, second in the American League to Houston’s George Springer, to cap a four-run third against starter Dylan Covey. Kepler’s 12th home run came in the seventh, traveling an estimated 429 feet off the new wall of juniper bushes in center field.
Minnesota has a major league-best 104 home runs this season and has the top home run differential at plus-43.
Covey (0-4) allowed four runs in six innings.
Led by Senzel, the top third of Cincinnati’s lineup collected seven of the team’s season-high 17 hits. Joey Votto singled twice in his third consecutive multihit game, and Eugenio Suárez finished with two hits and three RBIs.
The last-place Reds also got five scoreless innings from Roark (4-3) in the rubber game of their weekend set against the NL Central leaders. Cincinnati lost 14 of its previous 19 series against Chicago.
The Cubs were hurt by a shaky performance by José Quintana (4-4), and their decidedly dreary afternoon got even worse when Kris Bryant departed with an injury after colliding with center fielder Jason Heyward in the sixth inning.
With his Hall of Fame father Craig watching from the stands, Biggio got his first hit with a ground single through the right side in the second. He hit a solo home run into the fourth deck off left-hander Matt Wisler in the fourth, then added an RBI single in Toronto’s four-run fifth.
Marcus Stroman (3-6) pitched five innings to win consecutive starts for the first time this season.
Robbie Erlin (0-1) allowed one run and three hits in two innings.
Adeiny Hechavarria’s three-run homer off rookie starter Spencer Turnbull (2-4) helped the Mets rally from an early 3-0 deficit and reach the .500 mark. New York has trailed in all but one of these recent victories, with each of them coming at Citi Field.
Wheeler (4-3) retired 13 batters in a row and singled twice, boosting his batting average to .308.
Edwin Diaz escaped a jam in the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances.
The Nationals have won the first three games against NL-worst Miami in a four-game series that wraps Monday. They entered on a five-game losing streak.
DENVER (AP) — Nolan Arenado homered for the third straight game, pitcher German Marquez tripled and drove in three runs, and Colorado scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally past Baltimore.
Wolters had three hits for the Rockies, who took two of three in the interleague series — a rare Baltimore visit to Coors Field. The major league-worst Orioles (16-37) have dropped eight of nine and haven’t won a series since April 22-24 against the White Sox.
Paul Fry (0-2) took the loss.
Baltimore scored three runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to rally from a 5-1 deficit.
Trout hit a solo shot in the first, his 12th home run of the year. He was 2 for 3 with a walk and two RBIs.
Shohei Ohtani tied it at 5 in the seventh with a sacrifice fly off reliever Jeffrey Springs (2-1). Trout and Calhoun then scored on wild pitches in consecutive plate appearances. Luis Rengifo had a two-run single during the rally.
Choo and Hunter Pence each hit a solo homer for Texas.
Andrew Heaney pitched well in his season debut for Los Angeles. Heaney, bothered by elbow inflammation in spring training, struck out 10 and allowed two hits — both home runs — in five innings.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ketel Marte homered for the third time in three games, Eduardo Escobar had three hits and Arizona completed a sweep of San Francisco, tying a franchise record for scoring in a three-game series.
Mike Yastrzemski, the 23-year-old grandson of Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, had the first three hits of his career for the Giants, who lost their fifth straight and finished a 1-6 homestand.
The Diamondbacks outscored the Giants 34-8 in the series, matching a club mark they set at home in September 2016 against Colorado.
Marte went deep in the first inning off Shaun Anderson (0-1), who gave up six runs — four earned — and nine hits with two wild pitches in five innings.
Luke Weaver (4-3) pitched five-plus innings of six-hit ball for the win. He struck out six and gave up one run before exiting with right forearm tightness.
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