AROUND THE HORN Saturday’s other MLB games
Angels 6, Orioles 2
Albert Pujols’ RBI double highlighted a five-run eighth inning and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Orioles, extending Baltimore’s latest losing streak to seven games. After Mychal Givens (0-6) issued a pair of one-out walks, Pujols tied it with his 632nd career double, tying David Ortiz for 10th place on the all-time list. An intentional walk followed, and the go-ahead run scored when Chris Young hit into a force play at third base. Tanner Scott hit Martin Maldonado with a pitch to force in a run, and David Fletcher capped the uprising with a two-run single.
Rays 5, Astros 2
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Wilson Ramos drove in four runs in the first two innings against Justin Verlander, and Tampa Bay went on to defeat Houston. Matt Duffy finished with three hits, including two in the first two innings, to help the Rays win for the seventh time in eight tames to move to .500 (41-41) for the first time since June 1. Tampa Bay has held opponents to two runs or fewer in five straight games for only the second time in franchise history. Ramos got the Rays on the scoreboard with a two-run double in the first, and made it 5-0 with a two-run single in the second.
Blue Jays 4, Tigers 3
Justin Smoak led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run and Toronto beat Detroit, handing the Tigers their 11th straight loss. Smoak connected against reliever Joe Jimenez (3-1) for his 11th homer of the season. Seyunghwan Oh (4-2) worked one inning for the win. Randal Grichuk also homered for the Blue Jays, who have won 10 of 11 at home.
Red Sox 11, Yankees 0
Chris Sale pitched his latest Bronx gem, Rafael Devers went 5 for 5 with a first-inning grand slam and Boston held the New York Yankees to two hits to take back baseball’s best record. Sale (8-4) allowed only Giancarlo Stanton’s clean single over seven innings, striking out 11. He has a 1.73 career ERA against the Yankees, best among pitchers with at least 10 starts against them since 1920. His ERA at Yankee Stadium is 1.86, second only to Seattle’s Felix Hernandez among pitchers with five starts. Boston is a major league-leading 56-28, just ahead of the Yankees at 53-27. New York held the majors’ best mark by percentage points after winning Friday’s series opener 8-1.
Reds 12, Brewers 3
Reliever Michael Lorenzen hit the second grand slam by a Reds pitcher in a week, and Cincinnati pulled away to a victory. Lorenzen’s pinch-hit grand slam off Jacob Barnes in the seventh inning completed an eight-run rally — Cincinnati’s biggest of the season. Lorenzen’s fifth career homer drew a curtain call from the crowd of 24,640. The reliever has homered in his last three at-bats. He also connected Friday during Milwaukee’s 8-2 win.
Marlins 5, Mets 2
Brian Anderson hit a two-run homer off Jacob deGrom and Miami climbed out of last place in the NL East by rallying past the New York Mets. For the second game in a row, a Marlins pitcher beat the Mets while making his first major league start. Pablo Lopez (1-0) allowed two runs in six innings in his big league debut. The Mets (32-48) lost for the 10th time in 11 games and fell into last place for the first time this year.
Phillies 3, Nationals 2
Hit on his pitching arm by a line drive, Phillies right-hander Vince Velasquez made a dazzling throw with his left hand, and Philadelphia overcame an injury to its starting pitcher to beat Washington. Velasquez was struck in the forearm by Adam Eaton’s liner in the second inning. He dropped his glove, hustled to retrieve the ball as it deflected toward third base, and unleashed a strong throw with his opposite arm that nipped the speedy Eaton at first for the final out. Victor Arano (1-0) followed Velasquez with two scoreless innings of relief.
Rockies 3, Dodgers 1
German Marquez pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and Ian Desmond homered as Colorado beat the Los Angeles Dodgers. Marquez (6-8) retired his first 15 batters before Enrique Hernandez connected for a home run off the left-field foul pole leading off the sixth. The right-hander struck out nine and walked none after entering with a 5.53 ERA, third-worst among qualified National League starters. Adam Ottavino pitched the ninth for his second save.
Braves 11, Cardinals 4
Nick Markakis hit a grand slam, Max Fried took a shutout into the seventh inning and Atlanta beat St. Louis. Fried (1-2) stymied the Cardinals on 101 pitches before being pulled with two outs in the seventh. Recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to start the game, he struck out 11, allowed four singles and walked three.
Cubs 14, Twins 9
Minnesota’s Eddie Rosario, Bobby Wilson and Max Kepler all left early because of heat illness on a scorching afternoon at Wrigley Field. Rosario homered in the top of the fifth inning, then was pulled from left field shortly after fielding a hit by Anthony Rizzo in the bottom half. The Cubs said it was 96 degrees at the time with a heat index of 107. Jason Heyward had four of the Cubs’ 20 hits, Ben Zobrist had three RBIs and Chicago had a pair of five-run innings.