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Tuesday’s other MLB games
Rays 4, Royals 1
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
Blake Snell helped Tampa Bay match a team record with 27 consecutive shutout innings.The scoreless stretch ended when Snell (15-5) allowed a fifth-inning solo homer to Ryan O’Hearn. Snell struck out 11 and gave up four hits in six innings. The left-hander has 13 straight home starts of allowing one earned run or fewer, which is longest stretch in the majors since 1913, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Tampa Bay’s Tommy Pham had three hits, an RBI and a walk but left in the eighth after he appeared to hurt his right hand/wrist area diving back to first base on a pick-off attempt.
Blue Jays 8, Orioles 2
Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales hit back-to-back home runs, Aledmys Diaz and Billy McKinney also connected as Toronto improved to 9-0 at home against struggling Baltimore. Blue Jays right-hander Sam Gaviglio (3-6) pitched seven innings to snap a 15-start winless streak, earning his first victory since May 25 at Philadelphia. Gaviglio allowed two runs and six hits. Smoak and Morales chased right-hander Dylan Bundy with solo blasts two pitches apart in the fifth. Smoak’s homer was his team-high 19th.
Reds 9, Brewers 7
Scooter Gennett burned his former team in a big way. Gennett hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two out in the ninth, helping Cincinnati prevent Milwaukee from gaining ground in the National League playoff race. Gennett drove a first-pitch slider from Dan Jennings (4-5) into the first row of the right-field bleachers. Cincinnati added an insurance run on Mason Williams’ RBI double against Corey Knebel. Milwaukee had tied the game in the eighth on Jonathan Schoop’s first career pinch-hit homer and Ryan Braun’s RBI double. The Brewers remained three games back of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs, who lost 2-1 at Detroit.
Padres 4, Rockies 3
Eric Hosmer and Austin Hedges homered off Tyler Anderson and San Diego cooled off surging Colorado. The Rockies arrived home after a 5-1 trip that included a four-game sweep of Atlanta. This had potential trap game written all over it: Colorado’s streak of 46 straight games against teams at or above .500 ended by facing a Padres squad that is hovering at the bottom of the NL. Over the stretch, the Rockies went 30-16 and pulled within a half-game of Arizona in the NL West entering the night.
Mets 6, Giants 3
Rookie Jeff McNeil went 4 for 4 and hit a go-ahead double with two outs in the eighth inning. McNeil equaled his career high by getting four hits for the second time since making his major league debut last month. Michael Conforto homered and drove in four runs. Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer for the Giants, who fell to 3-5 on an 11-game road trip — they’ve scored two runs or fewer five times. Longoria’s drive was San Francisco’s first homer since Andrew McCutchen connected last Wednesday.
Tigers 2, Cubs 1
Jordan Zimmermann pitched six effective innings, Victor Martinez had three hits and Detroit Tigers beat slumping Chicago. Zimmermann (6-5) allowed seven hits, struck out five and walked one, continuing Chicago’s misery. Drew VerHagen, Joe Jimenez and Shane Greene combined for three innings of one-hit relief, closing out Detroit’s second win in seven games. The NL Central-leading Cubs were held to one run via homer for the fifth straight game, dropping the last three in the offensive slide.
Yankees 2, Marlins 1, 12 innings
Giancarlo Stanton had two hits in his homecoming but closer Aroldis Chapman left the game accompanied by a trainer. After Yankees backup catcher Kyle Higashioka raced home on a sacrifice fly in the 12th, Chapman came on trying for his 32nd save, but he departed with none out when his troublesome knee flared up. Stanton, playing in Miami for the first time since he was traded after eight seasons with the Marlins, singled in the first and missed a homer by a few feet when he doubled off the left field wall in the fifth. He also struck out three times and grounded out to remain at 299 career homers. The Marlins had runners at the corners with none out in the ninth, and loaded the bases with none out in the 11th, but both times failed to score. Chad Green and A.J. Cole (3-0) pitched out of the jams.The Yankees (79-46) won their fourth game in a row to climb 33 games above .500 for the first time since 2011.