Zach Davies wins 7th, Brewers beat Pirates 5-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Zach Davies became the first Milwaukee starter to win his first seven decisions in a season, hanging on for five innings Saturday before the Brewers' bullpen finished off a 5-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Milwaukee moved a season-high nine games over .500 and beat the Pirates for the fifth time in six games this year.
Davies (7-0) gave up seven hits and left with a 4-3 lead. Four relievers blanked the Pirates on one hit, with Josh Hader striking out the side in the ninth for his 15th save.
Pirates starter Jordan Lyles lasted only three innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks.
Michael Feliz (2-2) took the loss.
Ohtani's fourth-inning homer was the Angels' third consecutive dinger in four pitches off Kikuchi (3-4), who was chased from his rough start shortly afterward. Tommy La Stella and Mike Trout also homered before Ohtani hit the first big league homer by a Japanese-born hitter off a Japanese-born pitcher since 2009.
The Angels' designated hitter won the much-anticipated first stateside meeting between the stars, who also faced off five times in their domestic league.
Meanwhile, Ohtani added an RBI double in the fifth inning off Tayler Scott, who made his major league debut in relief of Kikuchi.
Scott became the second South African player in major league history, and the first pitcher. The 27-year-old Johannesburg native yielded four hits and three runs while striking out four in 2 2/3 innings.
The Braves won despite getting only three hits and improved to 5-0 this season at Marlins Park. Miami had just four hits.
Teheran (4-4) gave up two hits and struck out five. Luke Jackson recorded four outs for his ninth save.
Richards gave up two hits in seven innings.
DETROIT (AP) — JaCoby Jones homered twice and drove in a career-high five runs in Detroit's win over Minnesota.
Nick Ramirez (2-0), Detroit's second pitcher in a bullpen game, gave up one run and three hits with three walks in three innings.
Kyle Gibson (6-3) gave up five runs and eight hits with two walks in five innings.
Jones hit a three-run homer in the second and a tw-run homer in the eighth. Stewart led off the bottom of the third with his fifth homer.
Sabathia (3-3), denied the 250th win of his career for the second straight outing, appeared to injure his leg fielding a groundball earlier in the fifth. The 38-year-old left-hander was removed after the fifth, allowing four runs.
Adam Plutko (2-1), called up from Triple-A Columbus before the game, retired 16 of the final 17 hitters he faced following Gregorius' two-run homer in the first. The right-hander sent down the last 10 hitters, giving up two runs in six innings.
HOUSTON (AP) — Renato Núñez hit his 16th homer, Richie Martin added a two-run shot in the ninth and Baltimore snapped a three-game skid by beating Houston.
It was still tied in the eighth when Will Harris (1-1) took over for starter Framber Valdéz and Hanser Alberto greeted him with a double to left field. Trey Mancini singled, and Núñez reached when Alberto got caught in a rundown between third and home for the first out.
Paul Fry (1-3) struck out two in 1 2/3 innings, and Miguel Castro got the last four outs for his second save.
Valdéz yielded five hits and one run in a career-high seven innings in his first start this season after making 14 relief appearances.
Pivetta (4-1) allowed six hits in his third start since his demotion to the minors. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
J.T. Realmuto hit a solo homer for the NL East leaders.
Pivetta retired 17 straight batters after allowing two hits to start the game. He hadn't gone more than 7 1/3 innings in his previous 64 career starts.
RED SOX 5, RAYS 1, 2ND GAME
BOSTON (AP) — Marco Hernández hit a key two-run double in his first major league start in over two years, David Price pitched six solid innings in his 300th career start as Boston beat Tampa Bay to salvage a split of a day-night doubleheader.
It was Boston's first home win over the Rays this season after losing the first four meetings, including the opener.
Tampa Bay's four-game winning streak ended.
Price (4-2) gave up a run on five hits, matched his season-high with 10 strikeouts and walked two.
Reliver Colin Poche took the loss in his major league debut, giving up two runs in 1 1/3 innings.
In the opener, Ryan Yarbrough held Boston to an unearned run into the eighth inning and Travis d'Arnaud hit a three-run homer.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a solo homer for Boston, which has dropped the first two of a four-game series.
The 27-year-old Yarbrough (5-2) limited Boston to three singles, striking out seven without issuing a walk before Bradley homered off the Pesky Pole in the eighth.
The Rays jumped ahead 4-0 in the second against Josh Smith (0-2).
RANGERS 3, ATHLETICS 1, 2ND GAME
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Sampson threw a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and Texas wrapped up a doubleheader sweep over Oakland.
Sampson (5-3) struck out seven and walked one over 109 pitches to win his fifth game in a row.
Danny Santana got the first hit for Texas in the nightcap with a one-out single in the fifth and scored before adding an RBI triple an inning later.
Mark Canha's 10th homer, in the fourth, accounted for the only Oakland run.
Texas went ahead to stay with a three-run first off Paul Blackburn (0-1), who was called up as Oakland's 26th player for the doubleheader after being in Triple-A Las Vegas all season. The right-hander gave up five runs in three innings.
Between games, Texas celebrated the retirement of the No. 29 jersey of former third baseman Adrián Beltré.
Giolito (9-1) allowed three hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings.
Rookie Eloy Jiménez hit a two-run homer in the second inning off Keller (3-8), who worked eight innings, allowing two runs on five hits, with one walk and four strikeouts.
Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 13th save in as many chances.
Toronto was blanked for the fifth time this season. The Blue Jays have scored two runs or fewer five times in their past seven games. They went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left seven men stranded.
Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-7) allowed five runs and six hits in six innings.
Matz (5-4) threw 120 pitches in six innings. He gave up two earned runs on six hits and two walks.
Alonso led off the seventh with his 21st home run — it came with some drama, too.
Alonso's drive was just beyond the glove of left fielder David Dahl and off the orange line atop the fence. The ball bounced back onto the field, Alonso kept running and he slid into third. An umpire crew review showed it was indeed a home run. Alonso moved within five of matching Darryl Strawberry's rookie record.
Jon Gray (5-5) allowed four runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out eight over 5 2/3 innings.
CHICAGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Victor Caratini hit a tiebreaking bases-loaded double in Chicago's four-run sixth inning in a win over St. Louis.
Hitting for starting pitcher Jon Lester with the bases loaded, Caratini lined the first pitch from John Gant to left field. Marcell Ozuna attempted a sliding catch, but the ball dropped and rolled to the wall, allowing three runs to score.
Lester (5-4) was hit hard early, allowing all four St. Louis runs in the first inning on long homers by Ozuna and Harrison Bader. He retired the last 11 hitters he faced in five-hit, six-inning outing.
John Brebbia (1-3), the first of five St. Louis relievers, allowed two runs in 1 1/3 innings and took the loss.
Rich Hill (3-1) allowed two runs in five innings, escaping a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth.
Jeff Samardzija (3-5) worked 5 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, and three earned runs while striking out five and walking two.
Scherzer (4-5) allowed six hits and issued only one walk, an intentional pass. Sean Doolittle got the final out for his 14th save.
Eric Lauer (5-5) had won three straight starts coming in. He allowed four runs, three earned, on seven hits in seven innings and struck out five.