Around the Horn
Monday’s other MLB games
Red Sox 10, Royals 6
Xander Bogaerts hit a grand slam over the Green Monster and Boston finished April with its most wins ever by beating Kansas City. Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and had three hits along with Bogaerts for the Red Sox. Whit Merrifield had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals. Hector Velazquez (4-0), the first of three relievers, worked two scoreless innings of relief for the victory. Trailing 3-0, Boston scored a run in the second on Moreland’s homer and five off Jason Hammel (0-3) in a third inning highlighted by Bogaerts’ slam that completely left Fenway Park. It was chilly night with temperatures in the mid-40s and a light rain falling most of the game. “It’s not the best weather to play in,” Bogaerts said. “But, it’s playable.” It was Boston’s sixth slam of the season, tying the then-Montreal Expos from 1996 for most ever in the majors by May 1.
Rays 3, Tigers 2
C.J. Cron and Brad Miller each homered in the ninth inning and Tampa Bay held on for a victory over Detroit. With the game scoreless, Detroit closer Shane Greene (1-2) walked Denard Span to start the ninth. Cron followed by hitting a 2-0 fastball into the right-center field seats for his seventh homer of the season. After Matt Duffy popped out, Brad Miller homered into the left-field bullpens to make it 3-0 and end Greene’s night. Jose Alvarado replaced Chaz Roe and allowed a two-run single to Victor Martinez, then retired James McCann before walking John Hicks to load the bases again. Dixon Machado then grounded into a game-ending force at second to give Alvarado his first career save. Rays starter Jake Faria (2-1) had the longest outing of his career, holding the Tigers scoreless for eight innings. He gave up three hits and a walk with six strikeouts in his second win in 11 starts. Tigers starter Jordan Zimmermann didn’t get a decision after pitching seven scoreless innings. He allowed two hits, walked one and struck out five.
Blue Jays 7, Twins 5
Justin Smoak and Russell Martin homered, Yangervis Solarte had three hits and Toronto edged Minnesota. Smoak hit a towering, two-run shot to cap a three-run fourth inning to stake Toronto to a 5-0 lead. Martin added a solo homer to the second deck in left field an inning later as the Blue Jays won their second game in a row. Aaron Sanchez (2-2) pitched six innings and allowed four runs and six hits and three walks. Roberto Osuna allowed two hits in the ninth, but stranded runners at second and third to earn his seventh save in eight chances. Minnesota’s Lance Lynn (0-3) struggled with his command again and couldn’t get past the fifth inning for the fourth time in five starts this season. Lynn gave up six runs in five innings. He allowed seven hits and walked five batters. Eduardo Escobar hit his fourth homer of the season for Minnesota, a two-run blast to the berm in straightaway center in the fifth. Max Kepler had three hits, including an RBI double in the seventh.
Astros 2, Yankees 1
Charlie Morton pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning and struck out 10 as Houston snapped New York’s nine-game winning streak with a victory. Carlos Correa had two hits and an RBI for Houston in the first meeting between the teams since Game 7 of last year’s AL Championship Series. Morton (4-0) had allowed just one hit when Gleyber Torres chased him with a two-out double in the eighth. Chris Devenski was greeted with an RBI single by Brett Gardner that cut the lead to 2-1 in the eighth. Ken Giles struck out the side in the ninth for his third save. Sonny Gray (1-2) yielded four hits and two runs while walking three in six innings to snap a streak of three straight starts in which he didn’t get out of the fifth inning. Houston grabbed a 1-0 lead when George Springer scored as Correa grounded out. Jose Altuve singled to start the fourth before Correa drew a walk. A double by Yuli Gurriel sent Altuve home to make it 2-0.
Cubs 3, Rockies 2
Jon Lester pitched effectively into the sixth inning, continuing an impressive stretch for Chicago’s rotation and helping the Cubs beat Colorado for their season-high fifth straight victory. Lester allowed two runs and five hits, struck out five and walked three. Luke Farrell (1-0) worked 11/3 innings of perfect relief for his first career win, and Steve Cishek got two outs for his first save. Colorado wasted a solid start by Kyle Freeland (1-4) in its third straight loss. The left-hander pitched seven innings of three-run ball, allowing six hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Charlie Blackmon blooped an RBI single into center and Arenado hit a tiebreaking double. Albert Almora Jr.’s RBI single in the bottom half. Kris Bryant sent a triple high off the wall in left for his first hit since he was beaned by Colorado on April 22. Bryant then scampered home when Anthony Rizzo followed with a grounder to second.
Brewers 6, Reds 5
Homers by Manny Pina and Lorenzo Cain ended Milwaukee’s’ historically bad slump, and Domingo Santana doubled home the go-ahead runs in the seventh inning for a victory over Cincinnati. Pina ended their streak of 23 scoreless innings with a solo homer in the fourth off left-hander Brandon Finnegan. Cain added a two-run shot in the fifth, and the Brewers overcame a 5-3 deficit in the seventh. Wandy Peralta (1-2) gave up a hit and a pair of walks to fuel the rally. A throwing error by catcher Tucker Barnhart let in one run, and Santana doubled over Billy Hamilton’s head in center field for a 6-5 lead. Brandon Woodruff (1-0) retired the four batters he faced. Josh Hader got the last eight outs — all on strikeouts — for his fourth save in as many chances.
Marlins 8, Phillies 4
Brian Anderson homered, drove in four runs and made a diving catch in right field with the bases loaded to preserve a lead, helping Miami beat Jake Arrieta and Philadelphia . Arrieta (3-1) lasted only 32/3 innings. He allowed six earned runs after giving up three or fewer in each of his past 18 starts. The Marlins reached him for eight hits, including five doubles. Anderson hit a two-run double in the third, the first of his three hits, and added a Stanton-esque two-run homer high off the home run sculpture in the seventh. Just as impressive was the rookie’s lunging, backhand catch with one out in the seventh, which helped Kyle Barraclough escape a jam as the Marlins retained a 6-4 lead. Miami starter Dan Straily wasn’t sharp in his season debut, allowing four runs in four innings. Jorge Alfaro and Maikel Franco each hit a two-run homer off Straily. The Phillies’ Odubel Herrera singled in the first inning to reach base safely in his 30th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the majors. Merandy Gonzalez (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings.