FRIDAY’S OTHER MLB GAMES
Tigers 3, Royals 2, 10 innings, 1st game. Royals 3, Tigers 2, 2nd game
Detroit rookie first baseman Niko Goodrum dropped Jon Jay’s grounder and then made a wild throw, allowing the tiebreaking run to score in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak, rallying past the Tigers in the second game of a split doubleheader. Detroit won the afternoon opener on a 10th-inning solo homer by JaCoby Jones. The Tigers led 2-1 in the ninth of the nightcap before pinch hitter Abraham Almonte lined a tying single with one out. With runners at first and second, Jay hit a grounder to Goodrum, who didn’t handle it cleanly. Goodrum then he compounded his problems by flipping the ball over the head of pitcher Shane Greene (1-1), who was covering the bag. Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his third save, ended Detroit’s four-game winning streak.
Blue Jays 8, Yankees 5
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. made an impressive major league debut with two hits and three RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees. Teoscar Hernandez homered and drove in three runs and Yangervis Solarte also connected for the Blue Jays, who have won nine of their last 11 games. Gurriel hit a two-run single in the fourth that gave Toronto a 5-4 lead, then had an RBI single in the fifth that put the Blue Jays ahead to stay at 6-5.
Rays 8, Twins 7, 10 innings
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Pinch-runner Johnny Field scored the game-winning run from second base in the 10th inning as reliever Zach Duke missed first base after taking a flip from first baseman Joe Mauer on Denard Span’s two-out grounder, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to victory over the Minnesota Twins. Wilson Ramos had a one-out double off Duke (1-1). After Mallex Smith struck out and Adeiny Hechavarria was intentionally walked, Mauer made a diving catch on Span’s ball and made a toss to Duke, who missed touching the base on two attempts that allowed Field to score. The safe call was upheld after a 2-minute, 16-second video review.
Alex Colome (1-2) worked a perfect 10th for the win.
Astros 10, White Sox 0
Justin Verlander pitched six sparkling innings, Carlos Correa homered twice and the Houston Astros pounded the Chicago White Sox. George Springer also drove in four runs with a pair of doubles in Houston’s fourth straight victory. Brian McCann walked twice, scored two runs and contributed an RBI single in the Astros’ five-run fourth.
Mariners 6, Rangers 2
Jean Segura hit a two-run double in a four-run ninth inning after Mitch Haniger’s tying homer in the eighth, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Texas Rangers. The liner to right center from Segura chased Texas closer Keone Kela (2-1), who gave up singles to Daniel Vogelbach and Dee Gordon and got his only out on Guillermo Heredia’s sacrifice bunt.
Cardinals 4, Reds 2
Michael Wacha kept up his strong pitching against Cincinnati, Yadier Molina hit two-run double in the first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals won to spoil Jim Riggleman’s debut as Reds interim manager. Wacha (3-1) gave up one run and six hits in 62/3 innings, his longest outing of the year, to improve to 10-1 in his career against the Reds. Jose Martinez had three hits and an RBI, raising his batting average to .358 this season. Bud Norris picked up his fifth save in five chances despite allowing a two-out RBI single to Alex Blandino, helping the Cardinals won for the sixth time in seven games.
Mets 5, Braves 3, 12 innings
Yoenis Cespedes, who struck out in his previous four at-bats, hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 12th inning to lift the New York Mets to a win over the Atlanta Braves. Cespedes’ single to right field drove in winning pitcher Robert Gsellman from second base. Cespedes scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s double off Josh Ravin (0-1) to right field. Cabrera ran halfway to third before stopping and trying to return to second. A review showed he was out at second, overturning the original call. Ravin hit Gsellman with a pitch to open the 12th. Gsellman moved to second on Amed Rosario’s sacrifice. Michael Conforto popped out before Cespedes delivered the go-ahead hit.