Santana hits grand slam as Indians beat Twins 7-3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Carlos Santana hit a grand slam in the 10th inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Minnesota Twins 7-3 on Sunday to win the four-game series and forge another tie for the AL Central lead.
As pinch-runner Ehire Adrianza tried to score the winning run from first base, left fielder Tyler Naquin grabbed the ball off the bounce from the wall and zipped a throw to shortstop Francisco Lindor, whose relay home was in perfect position for catcher Kevin Plawecki to tag Adrianza with ease.
Twins closer Taylor Rogers (2-3) allowed a single, a walk and another single on a bunt by Greg Allen to load the bases with none out for Santana, who quickly erased the late-inning drama with one big swing.
The Twins and Indians play six more times, all in September.
Houston scored three runs in the top of the ninth to go up 7-5 before the Orioles answered in the bottom half against Roberto Osuna (3-3). After Chris Davis hit a sacrifice fly, Chance Sisco was at first base when Ruiz launched a 2-2 pitch over the right-field wall.
Coming off a 23-2 defeat less than 24 hours earlier, Baltimore took the lead in the fifth against 2011 Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, blew the advantage and then mounted an improbable rally to end a five-game skid.
Richard Bleier (3-0) got three outs for the win.
Nationals star Juan Soto was injured on Cabrera’s bases-loaded hit in the seventh inning. Soto went from first to third but sprained his right ankle after getting a late stop sign from third base coach Bob Henley. The team said he is day to day after X-rays were negative.
Victor Robles replaced Soto and homered off Edwin Díaz in the ninth.
Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect ninth for his 26th save two nights after blowing a three-run lead in the final inning. The Nats bullpen had blown five consecutive save chances at Citi Field prior to Sunday.
The Mets dropped 1 1/2 games behind Washington for the top NL wild card.
Tanaka (8-6) allowed three hits, struck out four and walked none. The right-hander was pulled after Brandon Drury singled to begin the ninth.
Chapman came on to face pinch-hitter Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who fell behind 0-2, worked back to a full count, hit a foul ball off the fifth deck and finally grounded into a double play to end the 13-pitch encounter.
Ryu (12-2) made a seamless return from a 10-day stint on the injured list with minor neck stiffness. The majors’ ERA leader didn’t give up a hit until the fourth inning, and he pitched out of jams in the fifth and sixth while lowering his ERA to 1.45.
Ian Happ added a solo drive in the eighth as the NL Central leaders recovered after falling behind 3-0 in the fifth. David Phelps (1-0) pitched a perfect sixth for the win, and Pedro Strop got three outs for his 10th save.
Eugenio Suaréz homered for the third straight game and rookie sensation Aristides Aquino had a run-scoring single, but Cincinnati’s bullpen faltered after All-Star Luis Castillo was pulled in the seventh. Michael Lorenzen (0-3) got the loss.
MIAMI (AP) — Ronald Acuña Jr. hit his 33rd homer and sixth in as many games, helping Atlanta get the win.
Luke Jackson pitched a scoreless ninth despite allowing three hits, earning his 18th save in 25 chances.
The Braves split the four-games series and finished the year 8-2 at Marlins Park.
Miami’s Héctor Noesí (0-2) allowed five runs in six innings in his second start of the season and remained winless since 2014.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mike Minor struck out 11 in eight innings, and Texas avoided a series sweep.
Minor (11-6) allowed four hits and walked one. José Leclerc finished the four-hitter for his eighth save, securing Texas’ second win in in six games.
Milwaukee star Christian Yelich missed his fifth straight start due to back stiffness, but the reigning NL MVP batted for reliever Alex Claudio in the eighth. The sold-out crowd of 44,411 greeted Yelich with M-V-P chants but the slugger struck out.
Milwaukee had won five in a row. The Brewers dropped 2½ games back of NL Central-leading Chicago, which rallied for a win at Cincinnati.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lane Thomas hit a go-ahead grand slam for St. Louis in the seventh inning.
Kyle Crick (3-7) got the loss.
Yarbrough (11-3) retired his final 14 batters and struck out eight while throwing 8 2/3 innings of three-hit ball. He was replaced after 99 pitches by Emilio Pagan, who retired pinch-hitter Omar Narváez for his third save of the series and 12th overall.
Tampa Bay has won 10 of 12 to remain in position for the second AL wild card.
Sogard hit his 13th homer in the fourth against Wade LeBlanc (6-6).
Bassitt (8-5) permitted four hits, struck out seven and walked two. Liam Hendriks struck out two in the ninth for his 12th save in 17 opportunities.
Chicago right-hander Lucas Giolito (12-6) struck out a career-high 13 in six innings. The All-Star allowed two runs and five hits.
The White Sox had won five of seven.
The A’s went 3-3 during their week in Chicago, dropping two of three against the Cubs before splitting their first two on the South Side. Oakland won the season series against the White Sox 5-1.
Shohei Ohtani had three hits with a two-run single for Los Angeles, which won for only the second time in 10 games. The Angels halted an eight-game losing streak Saturday. Hansel Robles (4-0) got four outs for the victory.
Christian Vázquez hit a two-run homer for Boston, which rallied from an early 3-0 hole.
Bemboom, recalled earlier in the day, hit his single off Ryan Weber (1-2).
The Rockies won for just the seventh time in 26 games. They are 13-31 since June 21.
Colorado’s German Márquez (11-5) permitted three runs and five hits in eight innings. He also hit an RBI single in the sixth.
It was Dozier’s third career multihomer game, all of which have come on the current road trip. Soler went deep four times in the final three games of the series, and Whit Merrifield led off the game with a home run for the second time in three days.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Kevin Pillar hit a tiebreaking triple that scored Evan Longoria with two out in the bottom of the eighth inning, closer Will Smith followed with a two-run single in his first career at-bat and San Francisco rallied to beat Philadelphia.
César Hernández had three hits and two RBIs for Philadelphia. Bryce Harper drove in a pair of runs.
Longoria singled leading off the eighth against José Alvarez (3-3) and went to second on a wild pitch with two outs. Pillar, who had an RBI single in the third, followed with a drive into the gap in right-center off Nick Pivetta.
After Brandon Crawford was intentionally walked and stole second, Smith blooped a 3-1 pitch into right field to score Pillar and Crawford as the crowd at Oracle Park roared.
Smith (4-0) retired five batters and earned the win.
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