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MLB roundup: Dodgers win season-high 10th straight game

MLB roundup: Dodgers win season-high 10th straight game

Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and Joey Gallo hit home runs Wednesday and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their season-best winning streak to 10 games with an 8-5 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Trea Turner and Will Smith also had RBI hits as the Dodgers improved to 13-4 in interleague play this season. Los Angeles also improved to 32-5 since June 29 while pushing their major-league-best record to 77-33.

Jorge Polanco and Gary Sanchez hit home runs for the Twins, who lost all four games to the Dodgers this season. Luis Arraez had three hits for Minnesota.

Gallo's pinch-hit home run in the seventh inning, a three-run shot, gave the Dodgers some breathing room at 8-4. It was his 13th homer of the season and first since joining the Dodgers at the trade deadline.

Mets 10, Reds 2

Daniel Vogelbach drove in three runs and Francisco Lindor had two hits, three runs and two RBIs as host New York crushed Cincinnati to sweep the three-game series.

Tyler Naquin homered for the Mets, Pete Alonso had three hits and an RBI, and Jeff McNeil drove in two runs. The Mets scored in five of the first six innings as they won their sixth straight game and 15th of their past 17.

Mets right-hander Taijuan Walker (10-3), who saw a personal six-game winning streak stopped in his last start, gave up two runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in six innings.

Brewers 4, Rays 3 (10 innings)

Rowdy Tellez hit a game-tying home run to lead off the ninth inning and Willy Adames had a walk-off RBI single in the 10th to lift Milwaukee over visiting Tampa Bay in the finale of a two-game series.

Devin Williams (3-2) started the 10th for the Brewers with Francisco Mejia on second base. Taylor Walls hit a hard ground ball to Tellez at first and he threw across the diamond to get Mejia at third for the first out. Walls was then thrown out trying to steal before Williams made the final out.

Ryan Thompson (3-3) began the 10th with Tyrone Taylor on second. Christian Yelich was intentionally walked before Adames came through with his winning hit. Yu Chang and Randy Arozarena homered for the Rays.

Cubs 4, Nationals 2

Nico Hoerner's solo home run opened the door to a four-run seventh inning as Chicago rallied past visiting Washington.

With the Cubs down 2-0 in the seventh, Hoerner drove a Josiah Gray pitch into the left-field seats to open the frame. Nick Madrigal eventually tied the game with a single off ex-Cub Steve Cishek (1-3), and Chicago went ahead on Rafael Ortega's sacrifice fly. Chicago starter Justin Steele yielded two runs on eight hits, striking out nine without a walk over six innings.

Gray allowed his major league-leading 29th homer and two runs total. He gave up seven hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Nationals while striking out five without a walk. Rookie Joey Meneses homered in his third consecutive game.

Mariners 4, Yankees 3

Carlos Santana hit a two-run home run with one out in the seventh inning as Seattle overcame Aaron Judge's major league-leading 45th home run of the season to defeat visiting New York.

New York's Nestor Cortes and Seattle's Robbie Ray were locked in a scoreless draw through five innings before Sam Haggerty broke up Cortes' no-hit bid with a homer in the sixth. Kyle Higashioka responded for the Yankees with a two-run shot off Ray in the seventh. Judge gave the Yankees a 3-1 lead before Santana hit his go-ahead home run off Albert Abreu (2-2).

Cortes pitched six-plus innings and allowed three runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out 10. Ray went 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits, with five walks and seven strikeouts.

Cardinals 9, Rockies 5

Albert Pujols homered and finished with four hits, Nolan Arenado also went deep among his three hits, and St. Louis beat Colorado in Denver.

Paul DeJong had four hits, Lars Nootbaar had two triples and Yadier Molina finished with two hits for St. Louis. Starter Jose Quintana (4-5) went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and fanned six to pick up the win.

Brendan Rodgers had three hits and Jose Iglesias, Yonathan Daza and Elehuris Montero had two hits each for the Rockies. Iglesias drove in two runs as well. Colorado starter Kyle Freeland (7-8) allowed six runs on 10 hits and struck out just one in 4 1/3 innings.

Guardians 3, Tigers 2

Steven Kwan and Andres Gimenez each had two hits and scored a run as Cleveland won its fourth straight by edging host Detroit.

Will Benson notched his first major league RBI, while Cleveland pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts. Bryan Shaw (5-2) pitched an inning of scoreless relief and was credited with the win. Cleveland starter Aaron Civale, who was making his first start since July 13, gave up two runs and three hits in four innings.

Riley Greene had two hits and scored a run for Detroit. Kerry Carpenter went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in his major league debut.

Rangers 8, Astros 4 (10 innings)

Leody Taveras delivered a bases-clearing double in the top of the 10th inning, the decisive blow in a five-run frame that keyed Texas' win over Houston.

Taveras finished 2-for-4 with a career-high five RBIs. Marcus Semien and Corey Seager (3-for-5, run) produced RBIs prior to Taveras' critical extra-base hit. Texas rookie right-hander Glenn Otto allowed two runs on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts over five innings.

Astros right-hander Justin Verlander allowed three runs on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over six innings. The Rangers seized a 3-2 lead against Verlander in the sixth inning, marking the first time in seven weeks that he allowed more than two runs in a start.

Angels 5, Athletics 4 (12 innings)

Magneuris Sierra doubled home automatic runner Steven Duggar with one out in the 12th inning and Los Angeles held on to complete a three-game sweep of host Oakland with a victory.

In a game that featured a pair of three-run hits -- a sixth-inning home run by Luis Rengifo and a seventh-inning double by Tony Kemp -- both teams scored once in the 10th before Sierra lashed his double to right field off the Athletics' seventh pitcher, Austin Pruitt (0-1), as the second batter of the 12th.

Jaime Barria (2-2) pitched the final three innings to get the win, including retiring the A's in order in the bottom of the 12th after Elvis Andrus had been placed on second base to start the inning.

Padres 13, Giants 7

San Diego, paced by a three-run home run by Brandon Drury and a two-run homer by Austin Nola, scored seven times with two outs in sixth inning to score a victory over visiting San Francisco in the rubber match of a three-game series.

The Giants scored three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 7-6 lead and San Francisco reliever Yunior Marte retired the first two Padres he faced in the bottom of the inning. The Padres then reeled off seven straight hits, ending with Nola's homer.

Robert Suarez (3-1) returned from the injured list to pitch 1 2/3 scoreless innings and pick up the win. Marte (0-1) allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits in an inning.

Phillies 4, Marlins 3

J.T. Realmuto capped a three-run rally in the eighth inning with a tie-breaking RBI single as Philadelphia came back to beat visiting Miami for their seventh straight victory.

Andrew Bellatti (3-3) allowed one run in the top of the eighth before Seranthony Dominguez retired the Marlins in order in the ninth for his eighth save.

Schwarber had three hits and two RBIs for Philadelphia, which won its sixth straight against Miami and improved to 14 games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 17, 2018.

Braves 8, Red Sox 4

Marcell Ozuna belted a three-run homer and top prospect Vaughn Grissom added a two-run shot in his major league debut, lifting visiting Atlanta over Boston.

Eddie Rosario ripped an RBI double, Dansby Swanson had a run-scoring single and Ozuna added a sacrifice fly to help the Braves complete a two-game sweep over the Red Sox. Kyle Wright (14-5) picked up the win after allowing one run on six hits and striking out five in six innings.

Tommy Pham crushed a three-run homer and Bobby Dalbec had two hits and two runs for the Red Sox, who have lost four in a row and six of their last seven games.

Royals 8, White Sox 3

MJ Melendez hit a home run in the seventh inning as host Kansas City defeated Chicago in the third game of a four-game series.

Melendez finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs. He gave the Royals a 4-3 lead with his 14th home run, a solo shot into the bullpen in right. The Royals added four runs in the eighth on a two-run single by Kyle Isbel and RBI singles by Melendez and Salvador Perez.

Josh Staumont (3-1) pitched a perfect seventh for the victory. Jake Diekman (5-2) took the loss for the White Sox, who scored all their runs in the sixth.

Pirates 6, Diamondbacks 4

Ben Gamel drove in three runs and Kevin Newman had three hits as Pittsburgh notched a victory over Arizona in Phoenix.

Rodolfo Castro added two hits and Tucupita Marcano and Greg Allen each drove in a run as the Pirates defeated Arizona after losing the first two contests of the four-game set. Winning pitcher Mitch Keller (4-8) gave up three runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Alek Thomas had two hits and scored twice for the Diamondbacks, who had won 21 of their previous 27 contests against Pittsburgh. Madison Bumgarner (6-11) allowed five runs and eight hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

Dodgers blast Twins for 10th straight victory

Dodgers blast Twins for 10th straight victory

Max Muncy, Chris Taylor and Joey Gallo hit home runs Wednesday and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their season-best winning streak to 10 games with an 8-5 victory over the visiting Minnesota Twins.

Trea Turner and Will Smith also had RBI hits as the Dodgers improved to 14-4 in interleague play this season. Los Angeles also improved to 32-5 since June 29 while pushing their major league-best record to 77-33.

Jorge Polanco and Gary Sanchez hit home runs for the Twins, who lost all four games to the Dodgers this season. Luis Arraez had three hits as Minnesota fell to 6-13 all-time against the Dodgers and are now 1-7 at Dodger Stadium.

Twins right-hander Sonny Gray gave up four runs (three earned) over 4 2/3 innings. Dodgers right-hander Ryan Pepiot gave up four runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings of his fifth career start after he was recalled earlier Wednesday.

The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Muncy's 13th home run of the season and his fourth since Aug. 1. After entering the month with a .161 batting average, Muncy is on a seven-game hitting streak.

Cody Bellinger added a run-scoring sacrifice fly in the second inning to give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead.

The Twins jumped in front 3-2 in the third inning on a three-run home run from Polanco off Pepiot, his 15th of the season. In the fifth, Sanchez added a solo shot off Pepiot, his 11th, as Minnesota led 4-2.

The Dodgers got even in the fifth inning on an RBI single from Turner and a run-scoring double from Smith.

Taylor's home run in the sixth inning, his seventh, came off losing pitcher Michael Fulmer (4-5) and gave the Dodgers a 5-4 lead. Gallo made it 8-4 in the seventh with a three-run shot as a pinch hitter, his first homer since joining the Dodgers at the trade deadline. It was Gallo's 13th of the season.

Arraez scored on a wild pitch by the Dodgers' Craig Kimbrel in the ninth.

Left-hander David Price (1-0) had a scoreless inning for the Dodgers to earn the victory.

Ben Gamel's 3 RBIs help Pirates get past D-backs

Ben Gamel's 3 RBIs help Pirates get past D-backs

Ben Gamel drove in three runs and Kevin Newman had three hits as the Pittsburgh Pirates notched a 6-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Phoenix.

Rodolfo Castro added two hits and Tucupita Marcano and Greg Allen each drove in a run as the Pirates defeated Arizona after losing the first two contests of the four-game set.

Alek Thomas had two hits and scored twice for the Diamondbacks, who had won 21 of their previous 27 contests against Pittsburgh.

Mitch Keller (4-8) gave up three runs and five hits over 5 1/3 innings for the Pirates. He struck out three and walked one.

Colin Holderman hit a batter but retired the other five batters he faced and Wil Crowe pitched a perfect eighth before running into trouble in the ninth.

Arizona's Daulton Varsho and Emmanuel Rivera began the inning with singles and Crowe walked Seth Beer to load the bases.

Carson Kelly then hit a liner that Pirates third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes fielded on the short hop and turned into a rare double play. Pinch-runner Sergio Alcantara was forced out at second and with the force off, Rivera was caught between second and third and was forced back to second on the rundown and tagged out.

Eric Stout then entered and retired pinch-hitter Jordan Luplow on a fly to right for his first career save.

Arizona's Madison Bumgarner (6-11) allowed five runs and eight hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked two.

Gamel's two-run double to deep right center gave Pittsburgh the early lead in the third.

Bumgarner recorded the first two outs in the fourth before plunking Marcano with a pitch and allowing a single to Jason Delay that sent Marcano to third. Then on a pickoff play to first, Marcano sprinted home to make it 3-0 and Delay was tagged out in a rundown.

The Diamondbacks scored twice in the fourth on Ketel Marte's RBI single to right and Christian Walker's sacrifice fly.

Bumgarner again got the first two outs in the sixth before faltering. Castro tripled to deep right, Allen followed with a deep run-scoring double to right center and Marcano lined a single to right to give Pittsburgh a 5-2 advantage.

The Diamondbacks tacked on a run in the bottom of the sixth as Thomas reached on an infield single, moved to third on Walker's one-out single to right and scored on Varsho's sacrifice fly to center.

Gamel's fielder's choice in the ninth gave Pittsburgh a 6-3 lead.

Albert Pujols homers, leads Cardinals past Rockies

Albert Pujols homers, leads Cardinals past Rockies

Albert Pujols homered and finished with four hits, Nolan Arenado also went deep among his three hits, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 9-5 in Denver on Wednesday night.

Paul DeJong had four hits, Lars Nootbar had two triples and Yadier Molina finished with two hits for St. Louis.

Brendan Rodgers had three hits and Jose Iglesias, Yonathan Daza and Elehuris Montero had two hits each for the Rockies.

The Cardinals took an early lead on Colorado starter Kyle Freeland (7-8). With one out in the first, Goldschmidt singled to put runners on first and second and Arenado doubled to drive in Tommy Edman.

Pujols singled to bring home another run and Tyler O'Neill's double made it 3-0. DeJong had an RBI single and, after Molina was hit by a pitch, Nootbar hit a sacrifice fly to cap the five-run inning.

The Rockies broke through against St. Louis starter Jose Quintana in the third inning. Daza and Charlie Blackmon led off with singles to put runners at first and third, and Daza came home on a sacrifice fly by Iglesias.

It stayed that way until the fifth inning when DeJong doubled with one out and scored on a single by Molina.

That ended Freeland's night. He allowed six runs on 10 hits and struck out just one in 4 1/3 innings.

Austin Gomber came on and got the final two outs of the inning.

The Rockies got one back in the bottom of the fifth. Iglesias doubled to left and, after Rodgers struck out, C.J. Cron tripled to make it 6-2.

Quintana (4-5) went six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and fanned six.

The Cardinals tacked on a couple more runs in the sixth when Arenado hit his 23rd home run of the season and Pujols followed with his eighth.

St. Louis struck again in the ninth when DeJong singled and came home on Nootbar's second triple of the night. Colorado rallied in the bottom of the inning on RBI singles by Daza, Iglesias and Rodgers.

MJ Melendez homers to lead Royals past White Sox

MJ Melendez homers to lead Royals past White Sox

MJ Melendez hit a home run in the seventh inning as the Royals defeated the Chicago White Sox 8-3 Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game series Kansas City.

Melendez finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs.

Josh Staumont (3-1) pitched a perfect seventh for the victory. Jake Diekman (5-2) took the loss.

Neither starter factored in the decision. Kris Bubic allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He managed to avoid trouble until the sixth when the White Sox got all three runs off him. Johnny Cueto allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits through six.

Bubic worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second. He allowed a leadoff double to Jose Abreu, then walked Andrew Vaughn. With one out, he walked Yasmani Grandal. But he got Gavin Sheets to line out to short left and got Lenyn Sosa to strike out to end the inning.

Bobby Witt Jr. put the Royals ahead in the third with a two-out single. Kyle Isbel reached on a one-out double that was scorched past first baseman Jose Abreu. Witt then drove him home with a solid single through the hole at short.

Bubic had a runner on second four times in the first six innings. He loaded the bases with one out again in the sixth. Sheets' line drive ate up Michael Massey at second, which was ruled an error and scored two runs. Josh Harrison singled with two outs to score Grandal and end Bubic's night.

Witt beat out an infield hit leading off the sixth and then scored on a double by Salvador Perez. Perez went to third on an error on third baseman Yoan Moncada, allowing Hunter Dozier to reach base. With two outs, Massey singled to the opposite field, scoring Perez.

Melendez then gave the Royals the lead with his 14th home run into the bullpen in right. The Royals added four more in the eighth on a two-run single by Isbel, and RBI singles by Melendez and Perez.

Leody Taveras comes through in 10th as Rangers beat Astros

Leody Taveras comes through in 10th as Rangers beat Astros

Leody Taveras delivered a bases-clearing double in the top of the 10th inning, the decisive blow in a five-run frame that keyed the Texas Rangers' 8-4 win over the Houston Astros Wednesday.

Taveras finished 2-for-4 with a career-high five RBIs. His 12th double of the season came off Astros reliever Bryan Abreu with two outs, but Texas initiated its uprising against Phil Maton (0-2), who was charged with five runs (four earned) on three hits and a walk while retiring just one of the five batters he faced.

Marcus Semien and Corey Seager (3-for-5, run) produced RBIs prior to Taveras' critical extra-base hit.

Houston pulled even at 2-2 against Texas rookie right-hander Glenn Otto when Kyle Tucker slugged his 20th home run leading off the fourth. The blast marked the first homer for Tucker since July 26.

Three innings later, Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez emerged from his slump.

Otto allowed two runs on four hits and four walks with five strikeouts over five innings. Left-hander Brock Burke provided effective relief until Alvarez bashed his 31st home run with one out in the seventh, a line drive to right that knotted the score at 3-3. Alvarez had gone 10 games without a homer, batting .139 with nine strikeouts and one extra-base hit in that span.

Astros right-hander Justin Verlander won his previous seven starts, recording a 0.76 ERA while allowing one or fewer earned runs in each. In the fourth, Texas broke through for a pair of runs.

Verlander then retired six consecutive batters before running into trouble again in the sixth, this time when Adolis Garcia stroked a leadoff single.

Garcia was initially ruled out on his attempted steal of second base. But Texas manager Chris Woodward challenged the call and it was reversed, setting the table for Garcia to score on Taveras' sacrifice fly to center two batters later.

The Rangers seized a 3-2 lead against Verlander, marking the first time in seven weeks that he allowed more than two runs in a start.

Verlander allowed three runs on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over six innings.

Garcia finished 3-for-4 with a walk and scored twice.

Guardians edge Tigers 3-2 for fourth straight win

Guardians edge Tigers 3-2 for fourth straight win

Steven Kwan and Andres Gimenez each had two hits and scored a run as the Cleveland Guardians won their fourth straight by edging the host Detroit Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday.

Will Benson notched his first major league RBI, while Cleveland pitchers recorded 14 strikeouts. Bryan Shaw (5-2) pitched an inning of scoreless relief and was credited with the win. Emmanuel Clase collected his 26th save.

Cleveland starter Aaron Civale, who was making his first start since July 13, gave up two runs and three hits in four innings. He was on the 15-day injured list with a ligament strain and right wrist inflammation.

Riley Greene had two hits and scored a run for Detroit. Kerry Carpenter went 0-for-4 and struck out three times in his major league debut.

Detroit starter Drew Hutchison (1-6) gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings.

The Guardians scored a first-inning run when Kwan tripled to right field and scored on Jose Ramirez's one-out single.

Detroit cut the Guardians' lead to one in the fourth. Greene led off with a double, the first batter to reach base against Civale. Javier Baez was hit by a pitch with one out and Harold Castro followed with an RBI single. Eric Haase ripped a double to bring home Baez before Civale set down the next two batters.

With Sam Hentges on the mound, the Tigers put runners on the corners with no outs in the fifth. Greene hit into a fielder's choice, as Jonathan Schoop was thrown out at home. After a strikeout, Nick Sandlin induced Baez to hit into a fielder's choice.

The Tigers loaded the bases with one out in the eighth against James Karinchak on singles by Greene and Castro, sandwiching a hit by pitch. Karinchak then struck out Haase and Carpenter to end the inning.

Powerful showing allows Braves to sweep Red Sox

Powerful showing allows Braves to sweep Red Sox

Marcell Ozuna belted a three-run homer and top prospect Vaughn Grissom added a two-run shot in his major league debut, lifting the visiting Atlanta Braves to an 8-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday.

Eddie Rosario ripped an RBI double, Dansby Swanson had a run-scoring single and Ozuna added a sacrifice fly to help the Braves complete a two-game sweep over the Red Sox.

Kyle Wright (14-5) picked up the win after allowing one run on six hits and striking out five in six innings. He rebounded from a four-homer, six-run performance in his last outing and also avenged a six-run effort in a 9-4 loss to Boston on May 10.

Tommy Pham crushed a three-run homer and Bobby Dalbec had two hits and two runs for the Red Sox, who have lost four in a row and six of their last seven games.

Atlanta opened the scoring after Austin Riley singled to lead off the fourth inning and Rosario worked a two-out walk from Nick Pivetta (8-9). Ozuna made Pivetta pay by depositing a 1-1 fastball over the wall in left-center field for his 20th homer of the season.

Dalbec scored on a double play to trim Boston's deficit in the fifth inning before Atlanta tacked on two more runs in the seventh.

Rookie Michael Harris II reached on an infield single before Grissom sent a first-pitch fastball from Darwinzon Hernandez over the Green Monster. The hit was the first in the career of the 21-year-old Grissom, who went 2-for-4 in his first game after being recalled from Double-A Mississippi earlier on Wednesday.

Dylan Lee relieved Wright and surrendered consecutive one-out singles before Pham sent a 2-2 fastball over the wall in center field. The homer was Pham's 14th of the season and third in as many games.

The Braves halted the momentum again in the eighth with Rosario's double to center plating Matt Olson, and Ozuna's sacrifice fly bringing home William Contreras.

Swanson provided insurance by plating Grissom with an RBI single in the ninth inning.

Pivetta took the loss after permitting three runs on five hits in six innings to fall to 0-4 in his last seven starts.

Phillies come back to stun Marlins, win seventh straight

Phillies come back to stun Marlins, win seventh straight

J.T. Realmuto capped a three-run rally in the eighth inning with a tie-breaking RBI single as the Philadelphia Phillies came back to beat the visiting Miami Marlins 4-3 for their seventh straight victory on Wednesday.

Kyle Schwarber and Brandon Marsh each singled in a run in the decisive eighth inning against Sandy Alcantara (10-5), who had allowed just two hits over the first seven frames.

Andrew Bellatti (3-3) allowed one run in the top of the eighth before Seranthony Dominguez retired the Marlins in order in the ninth for his eighth save.

Schwarber had three hits and two RBIs for Philadelphia, which won its sixth straight against Miami and improved to 14 games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 17, 2018.

Miami took an early lead with a run in the second inning against Noah Syndergaard, who was making his second start since being acquired from the Los Angeles Angels.

JJ Bleday singled to begin the inning and scored on Jacob Stallings' two-out single. Bleday went 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI for the Marlins, who have lost nine of 11.

Miami tacked on another run in the fourth when Bleday hit a leadoff triple and scored on Charles Leblanc's single to right-center field.

Syndergaard allowed two runs on six hits in six innings with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Phillies cut the lead in half in the sixth when Bryson Stott drew a leadoff walk and scored on Schwarber's one-out double.

After Miami extended its lead to 3-1 on Bleday's run-scoring double in the eighth, Philadelphia responded with three runs in the bottom half.

Alcantara, who entered the game with a National League-best 1.88 ERA, began the inning by allowing consecutive singles to Jean Segura and Stott.

Marsh then singled in a run and Schwarber followed with a run-scoring single to tie the game. After Alec Bohm singled with two outs, Realmuto put the Phillies ahead with an RBI single to left field.

Alcantara yielded four runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four.

Blue Jays-Orioles rained out; makeup set for Labor Day

Blue Jays-Orioles rained out; makeup set for Labor Day

The Baltimore Orioles' series finale against the visiting Toronto Blue Jays was rained out Wednesday night and will be made up as part of a Labor Day doubleheader Sept. 5.

The first game of the traditional doubleheader will begin at 1:05 p.m. ET that day. Game 2 will follow about 30 minutes after the end of the first.

The Orioles were vying for a three-game sweep of their American League East rivals, which would have tightened the divisional and wild-card races even further. Toronto is 60-50 and in possession of the first AL wild-card spot entering Wednesday's play. The Orioles are 58-52, just two games back and tied with another AL East foe, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the last wild-card position.

The Blue Jays and Orioles will play one another 12 more times down the stretch. They'll reconvene in Toronto next week for a three-game series, play six times in September and finish the regular season with a three-game set in Baltimore Oct. 3-5.

For now, the Blue Jays will return home for a weekend series against the Cleveland Guardians that begins Friday. The O's will head to Boston for a single makeup game with the Red Sox before flying south to Tampa Bay for a three-game series.

Blue Jays right-hander Jose Berrios (8-4, 5.19 ERA) was scheduled to start opposite O's righty Dean Kremer (4-3, 3.43 ERA) on Wednesday.

Astros RHP Lance McCullers Jr. set to return Saturday

Astros RHP Lance McCullers Jr. set to return Saturday

Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. will make his season debut against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday after a right flexor pronator strain sidelined him for the past 10 months.

McCullers hasn't taken the mound for Houston since Game 4 of last season's American League Division Series against the Chicago White Sox.

In a rehab outing with Triple-A Sugarland on Sunday, McCullers went five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with three walks and five strikeouts. He threw 86 pitches.

Rather than giving him another minor league start, Houston elected to put McCullers back in the rotation after he threw a bullpen session ahead of Wednesday's game against the Texas Rangers.

McCullers, 28, went 13-5 with a 3.16 ERA across 28 starts last season. He walked a major-league-leading 76 batters in 162 1/3 innings while striking out 185.

The right-hander has spent his entire six-year career with the Astros. In 122 games (119 starts), he is 45-30 with a 3.57 ERA.

Houston's pitching staff currently sports the second-best ERA in the major leagues (2.99). No other team has held opposing batters to a lower batting average, either, as hitters are batting just .210 against Astros pitchers.

Rangers RHP Spencer Howard (shoulder) moved to IL

Rangers RHP Spencer Howard (shoulder) moved to IL

The Texas Rangers placed right-handed pitcher Spencer Howard on the 15-day injured list on Wednesday with right shoulder impingement.

The move is retroactive to Aug. 8, and left-hander John King has been recalled from Triple-A Round Rock.

Howard, 26, is 2-4 with a 7.41 ERA in 10 appearances (eight starts) this season. He will be eligible to return Aug. 23.

Despite appearing in 10 games for Round Rock, the 27-year-old King has spent the majority of the season with the major league club. In 29 relief appearances with the Rangers, the southpaw is 1-3 with a 4.60 ERA.

King has not pitched for Texas since July 5 and will be available for the Rangers' game against the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

Carlos Santana's HR puts Mariners past Yanks

Carlos Santana's HR puts Mariners past Yanks

Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer with one out in the seventh inning as the Seattle Mariners overcame Aaron Judge's major-league-leading 45th home run of the season and defeated the visiting New York Yankees 4-3 Wednesday afternoon.

Sam Haggerty also homered for Seattle and Kyle Higashioka went deep for the Yankees, who lost for the seventh time in their past eight games.

It was a quick turnaround for the teams after the Mariners won 1-0 in 13 innings Tuesday night in a game that finished at 11:18 p.m. on the West Coast.

New York's Nestor Cortes and Seattle's Robbie Ray were locked in a scoreless draw through five innings.

Haggerty broke up a no-hit bid by Cortes with a solo shot off the left field foul pole with one out in the bottom of the sixth.

The Yankees responded in the seventh against Ray, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner.

With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa walked on a 3-2 pitch and No. 9 hitter Higashioka went deep to left-center field, also on a full count, to end Ray's afternoon after a season-high 115 pitches. An out later, Judge homered to left off Penn Murfee (3-0) to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead.

Cortes ran out of steam in the seventh, as Ty France grounded a single into right field, advanced to second on a passed ball by Higashioka and scored on Mitch Haniger's line-drive single to left. Albert Abreu (2-2) replaced Cortes and struck out Eugenio Suarez before Santana hit a 1-1 pitch into the first row of seats in right to give the Mariners a 4-3 lead.

Diego Castillo worked a perfect eighth for the Mariners and Paul Sewald did the same in the ninth to record his 15th save.

Cortes pitched six-plus innings and allowed three runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out 10.

Ray went 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits, with five walks and seven strikeouts.

Padres use two big innings to pummel Giants 13-7

Padres use two big innings to pummel Giants 13-7

The San Diego Padres, paced by a three-run home run by Brandon Drury and a two-run homer by Austin Nola, scored seven times with two outs in sixth inning Wednesday afternoon to score a 13-7 victory over the visiting San Francisco Giants in the rubber match of a three-game series.

The Giants scored three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 7-6 lead and San Francisco reliever Yunior Marte retired the first two Padres he faced in the bottom of the inning. The Padres then reeled off seven straight hits, ending with Nola's homer.

Manny Machado opened the seven-run rally with a single and moved to third on Josh Bell's infield single. Drury followed with his second homer as a Padre -- a line drive into the left field seats -- to give the Padres a 9-7 lead.

Jake Cronenworth then singled and scored on Ha-Seong Kim's double to right center. Trent Grisham greeted reliever Jarlin Garcia by driving in Kim and Nola blasted his homer to left to conclude the scoring.

Earlier in the game, the Giants took leads of 1-0 (on a J.D. Davis homer in the second) and 4-0 off Padres starter Sean Manaea before the Padres scored six runs in the bottom of the third against Giants starter Jakob Junis to take a 6-4 lead. Seven straight Padres reached base to open the third and there were three bases-loaded hits.

The Padres loaded the bases on Nola's leadoff walk and back-to-back singles by Jurickson Profar and Juan Soto. Machado followed with a two-run double. After Bell walked to reload the bases, Drury singled to score Soto and keep the bases loaded. Cronenworth and Grisham followed with RBI singles and the sixth run scored on a groundout by Nola.

Robert Suarez (3-1) returned from the injured list to pitch 1 2/3 scoreless innings and pick up the win. Marte (0-1) allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits in an inning.

Drury was 2-for-5 with four RBIs and Nola had three RBIs and two runs for the Padres. Machado had two doubles and a single with two RBIs and two runs. Cronenworth also had three hits for San Diego.

Davis, Wilmer Flores, Thairo Estrada and Joc Pederson each had an RBI for the Giants.

Magneuris Sierra, Angels outlast A's in 12 innings

Magneuris Sierra, Angels outlast A's in 12 innings

Magneuris Sierra doubled home designated runner Steven Duggar with one out in the 12th inning and the Los Angeles Angels held on to complete a three-game sweep of the host Oakland Athletics with a 5-4 victory Wednesday afternoon.

In a game that featured a pair of three-run hits -- a sixth-inning home run by Luis Rengifo and a seventh-inning double by Tony Kemp -- both teams scored once in the 10th before Sierra lashed his double to right field off the A's seventh pitcher, Austin Pruitt (0-1), as the second batter of the 12th.

Jaime Barria (2-2) pitched the final three innings to get the win, including retiring the A's in order in the bottom of the 12th after Elvis Andrus had been placed on second base to start the inning.

Sierra and the Athletics' Ramon Laureano had driven in the 10th-inning runs, extending a game that began as a surprising pitching duel between recent minor-leaguers Touki Toussaint and J.P. Sears.

Making just his third start for the Angels after Los Angeles acquired him from the Atlanta Braves last month, Toussaint shut out Oakland for five innings, allowing two hits. He walked two and struck out six.

Sears -- acquired by the A's when they dealt Frankie Montas to the New York Yankees at the deadline -- was summoned from Triple-A Las Vegas when Wednesday's scheduled starter, All-Star Paul Blackburn, had to go on the injured list with an inflamed right middle finger.

Sears matched Toussaint with five scoreless innings, then left after consecutive one-out singles by Andrew Velazquez and David Fletcher in the sixth.

Sam Moll came on and, after a wild pitch, struck out Shohei Ohtani for the second out, before Rengifo bombed his second homer of the series, a three-run blast to left that got the Angels on the board first.

Sears was charged with two of the runs. He allowed three hits in his 5 1/3 innings, with three strikeouts and no walks.

The Los Angeles lead lasted until the seventh, when three walks loaded the bases with two outs and Kemp cleared them with a double to center field. Kemp was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple, but all three runs were determined to have crossed the plate before the inning-ending out was recorded.

Duggar scored twice and Sierra, who was 0-for-3 before the start of extra innings, finished with two hits and two RBIs for the Angels. They improved their record against Oakland this season to 9-4.

Laureano had three hits and Kemp a pair of doubles for the A's, who lost a fifth straight despite out-hitting the Angels 7-6.

Tigers fire GM Al Avila

Tigers fire GM Al Avila

The Detroit Tigers fired longtime general manager Al Avila on Wednesday.

Avila, 64, has been the team's GM since August 2015. He started his tenure with the club in 2002 as assistant GM.

Tigers chairman and CEO Christopher Ilitch said he would oversee the search process for a new GM. Assistant GM Sam Menzin will serve as the day-to-day point of contact for the Tigers.

"Once I decided to make a change, I sat down with Al and thanked him for nearly 22 years of service to our organization," Ilitch said in a statement. "Al's loyalty and dedication has served as an example to all during his time as a leader in our baseball operations department."

The Tigers sit last in the American League Central with the second-worst record in the AL.

"I want to re-establish our momentum and progress towards building a winning team and I am driven to find a talented executive to help us do that. They'll be entering an organization with many foundational elements in place and an exciting path forward. Tigers fans deserve winning teams, and I'm highly focused and committed to deliver that to the people of Detroit and Michigan," Ilitch said.

Ilitch will meet with the media later Wednesday.

The Tigers went 404-573 during Avila's tenure as GM.

"To Tigers fans, you're the best and you deserve a winner. I wish the results would have been better this season but know there is a lot to look forward to in the coming years," Avila said in the statement. "God Bless everyone."

Clutch hitting allows Brewers to edge Rays

Clutch hitting allows Brewers to edge Rays

Rowdy Tellez hit a game-tying home run to lead off the ninth inning and Willy Adames had a walk-off RBI single in the 10th to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of a two-game series on Wednesday afternoon.

Devin Williams (3-2) started the 10th for Milwaukee with Francisco Mejia on second base. Taylor Walls hit a hard ground ball to Tellez at first and he threw across the diamond to get Mejia at third for the first out. Walls was then thrown out trying to steal before Williams got the final out.

Ryan Thompson (3-3) began the 10th with Tyrone Taylor on second. Christian Yelich was intentionally walked before Adames came through with his winning hit.

Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff allowed three runs and four hits in seven innings. He struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

Yu Chang and Randy Arozarena homered for the Rays.

Rays starter Jeffrey Springs went five innings, allowing two runs and four hits. The 29-year-old left-hander struck out eight and walked two.

Chang led off the fifth with a two-strike home run to tie the score 2-2.

Arozarena took Woodruff deep in the seventh to put the Rays in front 3-2.

The Brewers scored both their runs in the first inning with two out to take an early lead.

Andrew McCutchen doubled and came home on a single into shallow left from Mike Brosseau. Hunter Renfroe then walked, bringing Keston Hiura to the plate, and he delivered another RBI single for a 2-0 lead.

Mejia doubled on the first pitch of the third for the Rays. Woodruff retired the next two batters, but David Peralta came through with an RBI single to cut the lead to 2-1.

Springs settled in after the first inning and had a 1-2-3 second, struck out three in the third and struck out the side in order in the fourth. He had another 1-2-3 inning in the fifth before he was replaced by Jason Adam, who stranded two runners in the sixth.

The Rays had a chance to add to their lead in the eighth, but Hoby Milner came in and struck out back-to-back batters with the bases loaded.

Alleged victim sues Trevor Bauer, claims sexual battery

Alleged victim sues Trevor Bauer, claims sexual battery

The woman who accused suspended Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer of sexual assault a year ago is suing him for sexual battery.

The Southern California woman filed suit Tuesday in federal court in Los Angeles, the latest legal salvo between the two parties. The lawsuit is a counterclaim to a suit Bauer filed against her and her attorney in April, contending they defamed him.

In the suit, the woman claims Bauer committed acts of violence during sex, including choking her until she lost consciousness. She also said that she woke up to him punching her between the legs in one instance and to him having non-consensual sex with her in another.

She contends she sustained emotional distress, physical injury and humiliation due to Bauer's alleged actions.

Bauer and the woman both have said they engaged in sexual activity twice during the pitcher's debut season with the Dodgers. Bauer has said it was consensual and that he didn't do anything the woman didn't ask him to do.

A Los Angeles judge denied the woman's request for a restraining order last summer, and the district attorney's office later declined to press charges.

Bauer, 31, hasn't pitched since June 28, 2021, and he was placed on administrative leave the following month. Following a Major League Baseball investigation, commissioner Rob Manfred in April suspended Bauer for two years for violating MLB's policy on sexual assault and domestic violence.

Bauer has appealed the suspension, and the Los Angeles Times reported last week that legal action in the case is expected to continue until after the conclusion of the World Series.

The Dodgers signed Bauer, who won the 2020 National League Cy Young Award, to a three-year, $102 million contract after that season. He was paid while on administrative leave.

Cubs rally past Nationals with 4-run seventh

Cubs rally past Nationals with 4-run seventh

Nico Hoerner's solo homer opened the door to a four-run seventh inning as the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 4-2 victory over the visiting Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

With Chicago down 2-0 in the seventh, Hoerner (2-for-4) drove a Josiah Gray pitch into the left-field seats to open the frame. Nick Madrigal (2-for-3) eventually tied the game with a single off ex-Cub Steve Cishek (1-3), and Chicago went ahead on Rafael Ortega's sacrifice fly.

Ian Happ's RBI single against Carl Edwards Jr. added some insurance later in the frame for Chicago, which took two of three from the Nationals for a third straight winning home series.

Meanwhile, Chicago starter Justin Steele yielded two runs on eight hits, striking out nine without a walk over six innings. The Cubs, though, have now failed to score a run in the last three games that Steele was still in the game.

Gray allowed his major-league leading 29th homer and two runs total. He gave up seven hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out five without a walk during his best outing since giving up two runs in seven innings at Texas on June 25.

Rookie Joey Meneses homered in his third consecutive game, but Washington went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position on the day and lost for the 11th time in 14 contests.

Washington opened the scoring in the third inning when Cesar Hernandez's second hit of the day got past a sliding Ortega in center, bringing Tres Barrera home from first base with two outs.

The game's next run didn't come until the sixth, when Meneses went deep into the left-center field bleachers for his fourth home run and sixth RBI in seven career major league contests.

Michael Rucker (1-1) pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the victory. Meanwhile, Rowan Wick went 1 1/3 innings to record his career-high sixth save.

Recently released by Cleveland, Franmil Reyes added two more hits in his second game since Chicago picked him up

Daniel Vogelbach drives in three as Mets pummel Reds, sweep series

Daniel Vogelbach drives in three as Mets pummel Reds, sweep series

Daniel Vogelbach drove in three runs and Francisco Lindor had two hits, three runs and two RBIs as the host New York Mets crushed the Cincinnati Reds 10-2 on Wednesday to sweep their three-game series.

Tyler Naquin homered for the Mets, Pete Alonso had three hits and an RBI, and Jeff McNeil drove in two runs. The Mets scored in five of the first six innings as they won their sixth straight game and 15th of their past 17.

In six innings, Mets right-hander Taijuan Walker (10-3), who saw a personal six-game winning streak stopped in his last start, gave up two runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts.

The Mets feasted on Cincinnati starter T.J. Zeuch (0-1), who was making his first appearance for the Reds after two starters were traded and Hunter Greene went on the injured list with a strained shoulder.

Zeuch needed 91 pitches to get through four innings. He surrendered six runs on six hits, two walks and two hit batters. Zeuch fanned four.

Joey Votto reached base three times, including two hits, and drove in a run for the Reds. Kyle Farmer also had two hits. Vogelbach, Naquin and Luis Guillorme had two each for the Mets.

Seth Lugo, Trevor Williams and Adonis Medina each pitched a scoreless inning for New York.

The Mets jumped on Zeuch at the outset, getting a hit batter and a walk to start the first and cashing in on Alonso's single and McNeil's sacrifice fly.

New York began to pull away in a three-run second inning, getting a two-run single from Lindor and an RBI single by Vogelbach, who has driven in 10 runs in his past seven games.

In the third, Naquin, whom the Reds dealt to the Mets at the trade deadline, hit his 10th homer of the season and third with New York, to make it 6-0.

The Reds countered with Votto's RBI double and Jake Fraley's sacrifice fly to cut their deficit to 6-2 in the fourth, but they couldn't capitalize in the fifth after loading the bases with two out against Walker.

The Mets added an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth, then padded their cushion in a three-run sixth, highlighted by Vogelbach's two-run double and McNeil's double. The hit extended McNeil's hitting streak to 13 games.