AROUND THE HORN | Sunday’s other MLB games
Mariners 5, Rays 4
ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.
Right fielder Mitch Haniger threw out Johnny Field at the plate to end the game, and the Seattle Mariners held off the Tampa Bay Rays for their 17th win in 22 games. Field tried to score from first on a two-out, bloop single by Carlos Gomez. James Paxton struck out 10 and Kyle Seager hit a go-ahead home run for Seattle.
Astros 8, Rangers 7
George Springer scored the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning on a balk after homering on the first pitch, and the Houston Astros swept their Texas rivals in a four-game series for the first time, beating the Rangers despite blowing a six-run lead. Texas closer Keone Kela had already thrown a pitch to Evan Gattis with two outs when Astros manager A.J. Hinch came out of the dugout apparently to question whether Kela had balked.
White Sox 5, Red Sox 2
Reynaldo Lopez pitched into the seventh inning, Daniel Palka had a two-run double and the Chicago White Sox beat the Red Sox. Lopez (2-4) gave up two runs and six hits while striking out six with three walks in 6 1/3 innings to improve to 1-3 in eight road starts this season. Jose Abreu,
Blue Jays 13, Orioles 3
Curtis Granderson had four hits and a career-high six RBIs, Marco Estrada pitched six innings to snap an eight-start winless streak and the Blue Jays routed the struggling Baltimore Orioles to complete a four-game sweep.
Twins 7, Angels 5
Jake Cave had a career-high three hits, including a home run, and the Minnesota Twins held on to beat the Los Angeles Angels. Eduardo Escobar doubled twice to take over the major league lead with 26 and the Minnesota bullpen threw 3 2/3 shutout innings before a two-run single by Albert Pujols in the ninth.
Athletics 3, Royals 2
Matt Chapman homered leading off the eighth, moments after shortstop Marcus Semien’s defensive gem, and the Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals. Stephen Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy both drove in runs for the A’s, who squandered numerous scoring chances before Chapman came through with a solo home run off Royals reliever Jason Adam (0-1).
Giants 2, Nationals 0
Brandon Crawford went 4 for 4 with a two-run homer, and the San Francisco Giants dealt Max Scherzer his first loss in more than two months, defeating the Washington Nationals. After Pablo Sandoval walked leading off the fourth, Crawford homered into the second deck in right for his eighth of the season. He singled in the first and doubled in the sixth and eighth innings. Since May 1, Crawford is hitting an MLB-best .439 (58-for-132) and has raised his average to .338.
Padres 3, Marlins 1
Clayton Richard became the latest pitcher to flirt with the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres’ history, losing his bid with two outs in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins. The Padres are the only team in the majors that has never thrown a no-hitter. They have played 7,881 games since starting out in 1969.
Dodgers 7, Braves 2
Max Muncy homered in his third straight game, Logan Forsythe and Enrique Hernandez also connected, and the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves. Muncy has 12 home runs, matching the total he hit last year while spending the whole season at Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Reds 6, Cardinals 3
Center fielder Billy Hamilton made a bunch of key defensive plays and the Reds ended their 13-game losing streak to St. Louis, beating the Cardinals. Hamilton threw out two runners, then made outstanding catches against the wall in the eighth and ninth innings.
Phillies 4, Brewers 3
Zach Eflin tied his career high with nine strikeouts over six innings and the Phillies snapped a four-game losing streak by holding off the Milwaukee Brewers. Eflin (3-2) had his second strong start after two subpar outings, allowing two runs and three hits with one walk.
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 3
Paul Goldschmidt doubled and tripled and had two RBIs to finish off a dominating series and the Arizona Diamondbacks earned a victory over the Colorado Rockies. Ketel Marte led off the second inning with his fourth home run of the season and added an RBI single in a three-run sixth. The single ended his streak of 10 straight hits for extra bases for Marte.
Mets 2, Yankees 0
Seth Lugo pitched six dominant innings in a stellar spot start, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer off Luis Severino, and the New York Mets beat the Yankees to snap an eight-game skid. Frazier went deep for the second consecutive night to help the Mets prevent a Subway Series sweep at Citi Field. They ended a 10-game home losing streak and avoided an 0-9 homestand that would have matched the worst in team history.