Thursday, September 7, 2017
Twins 10, Rays 6
Eduardo Escobar had three hits and three RBIs, Brian Dozier and Ehire Adrianza both homered, and Minnesota beat Tampa Bay. Dozier, who hit his 29th homer leading off the game, was walked by reliever Steve Cishek (2-1). Jorge Polanco then bunted and Cishek threw wildly past first base, allowing Dozier to come all the way around to score for a 7-6 lead with Polanco advancing to third. Robbie Grossman doubled off Austin Pruitt and pinch-hitter Joe Mauer was intentionally walked to load the bases, and Max Kepler followed with a run-scoring grounder. Taylor Rogers (6-3) pitched 11/3 innings for the win.
Athletics 3, Angels 1
Sean Manaea pitched six-plus innings of shutout ball and Khris Davis homered as Oakland Snapped a season-high eight-game losing streak with a victory over the Angels. The Angels were trying for their seventh series sweep and second against the A’s this year. Manaea (10-9) struck out six and allowed five hits and three walks. Alex Dull stranded both runners, retiring the next three batters in order. Davis hit an opposite field shot to right off Angels starter Tyler Skaggs (1-5) leading off the bottom of the fourth. His 39th home run broke a scoreless tie.
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 1
Doug Fister gave up one run over seven innings, Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs and Boston beat Toronto a day after the teams played a 19-inning marathon. The Red Sox took charge with a four-run fourth that was capped by Bradley’s homer. Fister (5-7) allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked three, improving to 3-1 in his last four starts with a 1.50 ERA. Joe Biagini (3-10) was tagged for five runs in 31/3 innings.
Royals 13, Tigers 2
Salvador Perez homered twice as Kansas City broke open a close game to rout Detroit. The Royals broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the seventh, then scored seven in the eighth. Perez drove in three runs, while Whit Merrifield had three doubles and three RBIs. Alcides Escobar had four hits, falling a homer short of the cycle. Jason Hammell (8-10) got the win, giving up two runs, nine hits and two walks in six innings. Tigers starter Matthew Boyd pitched six-plus innings, allowing four runs, seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
Mets 6, Phillies 3
Robert Gsellman pitched well in a winning return from the minors and Travis d’Arnaud homered to help New York beat Philadelphia in a game shortened to six innings because of rain. Asdrubal Cabrera went 3 for 3 with an RBI single and scored twice. Nick Williams hit a two-run homer and Cesar Hernandez was 3 for 3 with an RBI double for the Phillies, who trailed 6-0 before scoring three in the sixth off Gsellman (6-6) following Cabrera’s throwing error at third base. Rookie Nick Pivetta (5-10) gave up six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
Reds 7, Brewers 1
Rookie Luis Castillo struck out 10 in his final start of the season, Zack Cozart and Jose Peraza homered and last-place Cincinnati completed a three-game sweep of Milwaukee with a win. Neil Walker’s homer in the first inning was all Milwaukee could muster. Castillo (3-7) retired 11 straight batters in one stretch and 22 of the last 24 while pitching eight innings. He allowed four hits and didn’t walk anybody. Matt Garza (6-9) gave up five runs in 22/3 innings.
Nationals 8, Marlins 1
Gio Gonzalez and four relievers combined on a six-hitter, and Washington beat Miami for the eighth consecutive time. Gonzalez (14-6) pitched five scoreless innings. Ryan Zimmerman hit his 31st homer, and Michael A. Taylor added his 14th. The Nationals have outscored Miami 53-12 in their past eight meetings. Major league home run leader Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 3 and is 3 for 35 in the past 10 games. All three hits were homers, leaving him at 53 for the season.
Rangers 12, Braves 8 Braves 5, Rangers 4
Elvis Andrus drove in three runs with four hits, including a homer, and Texas beat Atlanta to spoil the major league debut of Luiz Gohara. Gohara (0-1), a 21-year-old native of Brazil, allowed six runs in four innings in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer off Matt Wisler in the fifth. Andrus hit a homer over the 400-foot mark on the center field wall in the first. Matt Kemp and Ender Inciarte hit homers off Rangers starter Miguel Gonzalez, who allowed four runs in three innings. Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double during Atlanta’s five-run second inning against Cole Hamels and the Braves held off a rally to beat Texas and split a doubleheader. Nomar Mazara had a two-run homer in the nightcap for Texas. Julio Teheran (10-11) earned his second straight home win, allowing three runs, five walks and five hits in five innings in Game 2.