Wednesday’s Other MLB Games
Brewers 2, Reds 0
Milwaukee center fielder Christian Yelich returned from the disabled list and made a snazzy sliding catch on a fly ball that deflected off the glove of left fielder Hernan Perez, and Milwaukee beat Cincinnati. Zach Davies allowed three hits over 61/3 innings to win for the first time in four starts this season, and Eric Thames hit a two-run homer. Yelich, acquired from the Miami Marlins during the offseason, played for the first time since April 4 after recovering from a strained right oblique. Yelich, who was activated Tuesday but did not play, went 1 for 2 with a strikeout and a pair of walks. Davies (1-2) struck out two, walked two and hit a batter. Thames homered on a slider from Tyler Mahle (1-3) in the third inning. Mahle, the only rookie to begin this season in the Reds’ starting rotation, gave up seven hits and four walks — one intentional — in five innings.
Mets 11, Nationals 5
Yoenis Cespedes launched a grand slam during a nine-run outburst in the eighth inning that rallied New York past Washington, preventing a three-game sweep. Todd Frazier tied it at 4 with a two-run single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares put New York ahead for the first time with a two-run double off ineffective setup man Ryan Madson (0-2). Shut down by Tanner Roark for seven innings, the first-place Mets broke loose in the eighth and improved to 13-4. Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, tripled and drove in four runs for the Nationals. Roark limited the Mets to two hits and left leading 4-2. Michael Conforto, Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera singled off Madson to load the bases with nobody out in the eighth. Frazier smacked a two-run single up the middle and advanced to second on the throw home. Lagares lined a two-run double the other way, just inside the right-field line at the outer edge of the infield grass, to put the Mets up 6-4. Sammy Solis walked Amed Rosario and Conforto to force in a run. Cespedes connected for his sixth career slam off A.J. Cole, sending fans into a frenzy.
Braves 7, Phillies 3
Ryan Flaherty homered and drove in four runs, Brandon McCarthy outpitched Vince Velasquez and Atlanta beat Philadelphia. McCarthy (3-0) allowed one run on five hits and two walks in 51/3 innings. Flaherty’s three-run homer off Velasquez (1-2) in the fifth gave Atlanta a 3-1 lead. The Phillies got within one in the seventh before Dansby Swanson’s homer off Edubray Ramos in the bottom of the inning put Atlanta ahead 4-2. Flaherty added a run-scoring single in the Braves’ three-run eighth. Velasquez allowed three runs in six innings. Charlie Culberson scored on Kurt Suzuki’s single. Flaherty strengthened his job security by hitting a 93-mph fastball from Velasquez into the seats in right-center. The homer, the first allowed by Velasquez this season, drove in Preston Tucker, who walked, and Swanson, who singled.
Blue Jays 15, Royals 5
Teoscar Hernandez had four hits, including a two-run home run, Curtis Granderson hit his ninth career grand slam and Toronto routed Kansas City to complete a three-game sweep. Hernandez singled and scored in the first, homered in the third, flied out in the fourth, singled in the sixth and hit a two-run triple in the seventh. Granderson’s slam, which came off Justin Grimm, was the big blow in a six-run eighth. Yangervis Solarte also homered for the Blue Jays, a solo shot in the third. Solarte had two hits and a walk and scored each time he reached base. J.A. Happ (3-1) allowed five hits and four runs in six innings. Whit Merrifield had a two-run homer and Jorge Soler hit a solo blast, but the Royals’ April slide continued.
Tigers 6, Orioles 5
Dixon Machado led off the bottom of the ninth with a home run, capping a wild final two innings and lifting Detroit over Baltimore. Detroit led 2-1 before each team scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth. Baltimore’s Luis Sardinas tied it with a solo shot off Shane Greene (1-0) in the top of the ninth, but then Machado hit a line drive off Pedro Araujo (1-2) that cleared the fence in left field. Miguel Cabrera went deep on his 35th birthday, and Jeimer Candelario and John Hicks also homered for Detroit. Hicks hit a three-run shot in the eighth that put the Tigers up 5-4. Danny Valencia hit a solo homer for the Orioles, who have lost five straight.
Athletics 12, White Sox 11
Matt Olson singled over left fielder Nicky Delmonico to drive in Marcus Semien with two outs in the 14th inning and Oakland beat Chicago in a wild game that lasted nearly six hours. The A’s trailed 6-1, 9-4 and 10-8, then gave up a tying run in the ninth before scoring the winning run off James Shields (1-1) five innings later. The teams combined for 33 hits and 18 walks in a game that lasted 5 hours and 48 minutes. After Shields walked Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis, Olson lined an 0-1 pitch deep to left, and Delmonico watched it go over his head. Lou Trevino (1-0) pitched three innings for his first major league win.
Rays 4, Rangers 2
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
Jake Faria won for the first time since last July 25, allowing one run over six innings to lead Tampa Bay over Cole Hamels and Texas. Faria (1-1) struck out six and walked one. Hamels (1-3) gave up two hits through five scoreless innings before the Rays rallied to take a 3-1 in the sixth on Daniel Robertson’s RBI double, C.J Cron’s run-scoring single and Adeiny Hechavarria’s sacrifice fly. Hamels allowed four runs and seven hits in 61/3 innings. Alex Colome got his fourth save despite allowing Drew Robinson’s RBI single in the ninth. Texas’ Shin-Soo Choo homered for the second straight game, an opposite-field solo shot to left-center in the third.