Around the Horn | Tuesday’s other MLB games
Rockies 8, Giants 1
Antonio Senzatela pitched seven scoreless innings in his first start of the season, Nolan Arenado hit his National League-leading 22nd home run and Colorado beat San Francisco. Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon had three hits, including his first homer since June 20. Trevor Story had an RBI triple for the Rockies, who have won five of their last six games. D.J. LeMahieu added a run-scoring double for Colorado, which has beaten the Giants in 14 of the past 16 games at Coors Field dating to Sept. 7, 2016.
Brewers 2 Twins 0
Eric Thames has a penchant for game-changing home runs this season. Thames hit a two-run homer that accounted for the game’s only runs as Milwaukee slipped past Minnesota. Thames has three home runs in the past six games. “I’d say that’s a hot streak,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. Eight of Thames’ 12 homers have put the Brewers on the board and seven have given his team a lead. Milwaukee broke through in the fifth against Minnesota starter Jake Odorizzi (3-6) when pinch-hitter Nate Orf walked and stole second before Thames lined a homer that just cleared the right-field fence. “It was a cutter that didn’t get in far enough,” Odorizzi said. “I just didn’t execute it, plain and simple. I just didn’t get enough break on it. Right pitch, just bad execution and it turns out to be the deciding factor.” Thames reached base three times in four at-bats. After the game, he credited Milwaukee’s pitching, which held Minnesota to two hits. “Our bullpen has been the hammer for us,” Thames said. “They have been the ones to pick us up, but we need to start scoring more, getting guys on base and driving them in and give them breathing room.”
Cubs 5, Tigers 3
Anthony Rizzo drove in his second run of the game in the seventh inning to snap a tie, Kyle Schwarber followed with a solo homer in the eighth and Chicago rebounded from an early three-run deficit to edge Detroit for a fifth straight win. With one out in the seventh, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist singled off Tigers reliever Daniel Stumpf (1-4). Rizzo’s slow bouncer up the middle resulted in a force of Zobrist at second, but Jose Iglesias’ throw to first was too late to double up Rizzo and Heyward scored from third to put Chicago ahead.
Red Sox 11, Nationals 4
Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer during a six-run fifth inning, J.D. Martinez and Eduardo Nunez also went deep, and Boston beat Washingtons. Martinez drove in four and leads the majors with 26 homers and 71 RBIs. Boston has won 17 of its last 19 interleague games. Red Sox starter Brian Johnson allowed two runs in 42/3 innings. Brandon Workman (1-0) pitched a perfect seventh.
Blue Jays 8, Mets 6
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the eighth inning and Toronto rallied from a five-run deficit to beat New York. Yangervis Solarte hit a game-tying three-run home run off Robert Gsellman in the seventh before Gurriel Jr. went deep off Tim Peterson (1-1) in the eighth as the Blue Jays won for the 11th time in 14 home games. John Axford (2-1) pitched 12/3 innings to earn the win. Tyler Clippard got the final out for his sixth save in 10 opportunities, stranding runners at first and second. In line for his first win in more than two months, Zack Wheeler had to watch as the bullpen turned a five-run lead into a two-run deficit. “Wheeler threw a gem,” said Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak, who allowed three runs. “We should have won this game.”
Yankees 8, Braves 5
Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka each homered and New York went ahead early and hung on to beat Atlanta. Aaron Judge had two hits and a walk, and he stole two bases for the first time in his career. Hicks also walked twice as New York drew eight free passes. The Yankees improved to a major league-best 21-6 against left-handed starters.
Phillies 3, Orioles 2
Zach Eflin pitched seven strong innings for his sixth straight victory, Andrew Knapp had the winning hit for the second straight game and Philadelphia beat Baltimore. Rhys Hoskins had a two-run double for the Phillies, who have won 11 of 16. Mark Trumbo homered for Baltimore.