AROUND THE HORN Saturday’s other MLB games
Red Sox 4, Yankees 1
Nathan Eovaldi pitched eight dominant innings and closer Craig Kimbrel held on during a shaky ninth to help Boston beat the second-place Yankees for the third game in a row and expand their lead in the AL East to season-high 81/2 games. One night after Rick Porcello threw an 86-pitch, one-hit complete game, Eovaldi shut out the Yankees on three hits in sending them to their season-high fourth straight loss. Down to their last strike, the Yankees rallied against Kimbrel on back-to-back doubles by Giancarlo Stanton and Didi Gregorius. A pair of walks loaded the bases before Greg Bird hit a routine flyball for the final out. J.D. Martinez hit his big league-leading 33rd home run and Mitch Moreland also connected against Chance Adams, who made his debut in the majors.
White Sox 2, Rays 1
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Tim Anderson scored when Matt Duffy committed a throwing error on Leury Garcia’s two-strike bunt in the ninth inning, and Chicago beat Tampa Bay for a third straight win. Anderson led off the ninth with a double off Yonny Chirinos (0-4). Garcia then bunted a 0-2 pitch toward third, and Duffy threw wildly toward first. Xavier Cedeno (2-0) got the last out of the eighth for the win, and Thyago Vieira pitched the ninth for his first major league save.
Rangers 3, Orioles 1
Joey Gallo and Rougned Odor both homered for the third straight game, Mike Minor worked an efficient seven innings and Texas beat Baltimore. Gallo hit a scorching liner into the right field seats right after Adrian Beltre started the fourth by reaching on a throwing error by third baseman Renato Nunez. His 29th homer of the season put the Rangers up 2-0 against Baltimore starter Dylan Bundy (7-10). Odor went deep in the eighth, a towering 445-foot solo shot beyond the Rangers bullpen in right-center. It was his 13th homer.
Twins 8, Kansas City 2
Max Kepler had three hits, including a two-run homer that put Minnesota ahead to stay, and Jose Berrios threw seven sharp innings to help the Twins beat the Kansas City Royals. Eddie Rosario and Logan Morrison also homered as the Twins won their second straight against the Royals. Kepler went 3 for 3 with a walk and scored two runs. Berrios (11-8) had trouble throwing strikes in his middle innings and allowed the Royals to take a 2-1 lead after walking the bases loaded in the third. But the All-Star right-hander settled down and remained unbeaten against AL Central opponents this season.
Cubs 5, Padres 4
Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo homered in a five-run second inning and the Chicago Cubs hung on from there to beat the San Diego Padres. Jason Heyward added three hits and an RBI for the NL Central leaders. Kyle Hendricks (8-9) allowed four runs on five hits in 52/3 innings to win his second straight start. He struck out seven and walked none. The Chicago bullpen backed Hendricks with 31/3 hitless innings. Steve Cishek and Brandon Kintzler combined to retire seven straight batters, and Pedro Strop worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save.
Reds 7, Nationals 1, Game 1
Phillip Ervin hit a three-run homer, Brandon Dixon had a solo shot and the Cincinnati Reds snapped a three-game losing streak with a win over the Washington Nationals in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. Anthony DeSclafani (5-3) allowed one run and six hits in seven innings. Cincinnati had six runs — five earned — and 10 hits against Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (6-8), who lasted only 32/3 innings. Dixon added an RBI groundout and Ervin tacked on Cincinnati’s final run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Jose Peraza had three hits.
Nationals 6, Reds 2, Game 2
Nationals slugger Bryce Harper was forced to leave soon after being hit by a pitch, then Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto went wild when he got drilled Saturday night as Washington won to split a doubleheader. Things quickly turned testy in the nightcap. Harper was hit in the right kneecap in the sixth by a pitch from Austin Brice. In the eighth, Votto was hit for the second time in the game and gestured at pitch Ryan Madson as he took first base. After being retired on a forceout at second to end the inning, Votto waved at Washington’s dugout, prompting plate umpire Andy Fletcher to warn both teams.
Mets 3, Braves 0
Kevin Gausman was outpitched in his Braves debut by a blossoming Zack Wheeler, and the New York Mets won to stop Atlanta’s five-game winning streak. Rookie second baseman Jeff McNeil went 4 for 4, and Austin Jackson had an RBI infield single as the Mets halted a four-game skid. They improved to 4-11 against Atlanta this year and won for only the 10th time in their last 34 home games. Pitching against his hometown team, Wheeler (6-6) matched a season high with nine strikeouts over seven innings of three-hit ball and extended his shutout streak to 17 innings.
Phillies 8, Marlins 3
Carlos Santana had three hits, including one of Philadelphia’s four homers, and Zach Eflin allowed three runs in eight strong innings to lead the Phillies to victory over the Miami Marlins. Cesar Hernandez, Nick Williams and Asdrubal Cabrera also went deep for the Phillies, who won their fourth straight to move 11/2 games ahead of Atlanta for first place in the NL East.
Brewers 8, Rockies 4
Travis Shaw hit a grand slam during Milwaukee’s six-run first inning, and the Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies. Milwaukee won for the fourth time in six games. Rookie Freddy Peralta pitched six effective innings in his second win over Colorado this season. Trevor Story hit two two-run homers for the Rockies, who have dropped five of six.
Diamondbacks 9, Giants 3
Nick Ahmed homered twice and had four RBIs, Steven Souza Jr. drove in three more runs and the Arizona Diamondbacks jumped on the San Francisco Giants early. Souza hit a two-run triple and Ketel Marte hit a two-run homer off Andrew Suarez (4-7) in Arizona’s second-straight five-run first inning against the Giants. Ahmed had a run-scoring single in the first, a two-run homer in the fifth and a solo shot in the eighth.