Around the Horn | Monday’s MLB games
Rangers 7, Tigers 6
Jurickson Profar hit a tiebreaking RBI triple, Nomar Mazara homered again and the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers on Monday night after a strange game-deciding seventh inning. Delino DeShields and Shin-Soo Choo both scored from first in the seventh. DeShields reached on a two-out error and then raced around the bases when Choo singled on a grounder that trickled off the outstretched glove of second baseman Dixon Machado into shallow right field. Profar followed with his big hit.
Mets 7, Reds 6
Jay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the ballpark where he had his best moment, rounding the bases to a familiar “BRUUUCE” chant, and Adrian Gonzalez connected twice, powering the New York Mets to a slump-ending victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Michael Conforto got the Mets going with a leadoff homer against Homer Bailey (0-5), and Bruce had a two-run shot off his former teammate in the third for a 4-0 lead. Bruce’s 136 career homers at Great American Ball Park rank second to Joey Votto’s 144. Bruce considers his division-clinching walk-off homer at GABP in 2010 as his top moment in the majors. Gonzalez had a pair of solo shots as the Mets set a season high with four homers. Left-hander P.J. Conlon lasted 32/3 innings in his major league debut. Conlon also had a single off Bailey, who gave up six runs in four innings. Robert Gsellman (4-0) gave up only a solo homer in 22/3 innings for the win. Jeurys Familia retired the side in order in the ninth with two strikeouts for his 10th save in 13 chances. Billy Hamilton, Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett hit solo homers for the Reds.
Phillies 11, Giants 0
Odubel Herrera homered twice and drove in five runs, helping Zach Eflin and the Philadelphia Phillies rout the San Francisco Giants. Carlos Santana and Cesar Hernandez also connected for Philadelphia. Santana drove in four runs, and Hernandez had two RBIs. Eflin (1-0) struck out a career-high nine in 62/3 innings. He allowed four hits and walked three. Herrera hit a three-run drive off Jeff Samardzija (1-2) in the first and a two-run shot off D.J. Snelten in the sixth.
Cubs 14, Marlins 2
Ian Happ homered from both sides of the plate, and the Chicago Cubs stopped a five-game slide by routing the Miami Marlins. The Cubs collected 15 hits after scoring three or fewer runs in 10 of the previous 11 games. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez connected, and Happ finished with five RBIs. Kyle Hendricks also provided a lift for Chicago by pitching eight innings of two-run ball. The Cubs dropped their previous two on game-ending hits in St. Louis, taxing their bullpen. The only downer for the Cubs was an early exit for Baez, who departed in the sixth with right groin tightness. Miami starter Jarlin Garcia (1-1), who entered with a major league-best 1.09 ERA, was rocked for seven runs and six hits in four innings. The 25-year-old left-hander allowed just two earned runs in 23 innings in his previous four starts. Before Monday, the Cubs’ last 13 homers had been solo drives. Bryant stopped that streak with a two-run shot in the first. Baez then made it 5-0 with a three-run drive to center in the third — one pitch after losing his balance on a hard swing and miss. Happ added a two-run shot in the fourth. Batting from the left side in the seventh, he belted a three-run drive to left against Tyler Cloyd. Bryant finished with three hits and scored three times, and Addison Russell had two hits and two RBIs. Cameron Maybin had two hits and drove in a run for Miami, which had won six of eight.
Twins 6, Cardinals 0
Fernando Romero didn’t allow a run for the second straight start to begin his major league career, throwing six sharp innings to lead the Minnesota Twins over the St. Louis Cardinals. The victory was a season-high fourth straight for the Twins, who have won 13 of their last 16 games against National League opponents dating to last year. St. Louis had its season-best five-game winning streak snapped, one night after finishing a weekend sweep of the rival Chicago Cubs at nearly 1 a.m. Romero (2-0) permitted just three hits and struck out nine while throwing 97 pitches. The 23-year-old right-hander tossed 52/3 scoreless innings in his debut last week, a win over Toronto. Eddie Rosario helped keep Romero’s shutout streak intact in the first inning. The left fielder crashed into the wall and reached over it to catch what likely would have been a two-run homer for St. Louis’ Dexter Fowler. Robbie Grossman went 3 for 4 with two RBIs, and Bobby Wilson knocked in two runs for Minnesota. John Gant (1-1) gave up six hits and four runs in 51/3 innings for the Cardinals. Paul DeJong had three of St. Louis’ four hits.