mlb roundup | Thursday’s games
Red Sox 5, Yankees 4
J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking home run against Dellin Betances leading off the eighth inning, just beyond Aaron Judge’s reach at the right-field wall, and the Boston Red Sox rebounded after wasting a four-run lead to beat New York. Boston moved back into a tie with the Yankees for the AL East lead at 26-11. Boston built a 4-0 lead against CC Sabathia as Hanley Ramirez drove in three runs with an RBI groundout in the first, an RBI single in a two-run third and a solo homer in the fifth just before a 55-minute rain delay.
Orioles 11, Royals 6
Adam Jones homered, scored three runs and had three RBIs, and the Baltimore Orioles outslugged the Kansas City Royals. Manny Machado and Trey Mancini also went deep for the Orioles, who trailed 4-0 in the first inning and 6-3 in the second before rallying to beat the Royals. Miguel Castro (1-1) replaced ineffective starter Chris Tillman and blanked Kansas City over 42/3 innings, his longest outing of the season. Salvador Perez hit a grand slam for the Royals. Staked to a 4-0 lead before taking the mound, Ian Kennedy (1-4) left with the Royals down 9-6. He went four innings and allowed eight hits, including three home runs. At least he lasted longer than Tillman, who yielded six runs in 11/3 innings.
Mariners 9, Blue Jays 3
Kyle Seager hit two home runs, including his fourth career grand slam, and Jean Segura had four hits as the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays. Mariners right-hander Mike Leake (4-3) matched a season high by pitching seven innings. He allowed two runs and six hits. Seager hit a two-out grand slam off left-hander J.A. Happ in the first inning and a leadoff shot against Jake Petricka in the fifth, his seventh career multihomer game. Ryon Healy and Mike Zunino added solo home runs for Seattle. Healy connected off Happ in the third, his sixth. Zunino went deep off Tim Mayza in the ninth, his sixth. Segura singled and scored in the first, doubled and scored in the second, singled in the fourth and singled again in the seventh. Russell Martin hit a two-run homer for Toronto, but the Blue Jays lost for sixth time in their past eight home games. Happ (4-3) allowed a season-worst seven runs and 10 hits in 31/3 innings.
Phillies 6, Giants 3
Vince Velasquez recovered from a slow start to strike out 12 in six innings, Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied past the San Francisco Giants for a four-game sweep. Odubel Herrera added three hits and drove in two runs, extending his on-base streak to 39 games for the Phillies. Gregor Blanco and Alen Hanson homered to give the Giants a 3-0 lead in the second inning before Velasquez (3-4) began a string of five straight strikeouts. The right-hander allowed five hits. Santana connected off Ty Blach (3-4) in a four-run fourth. Santana has driven in 15 runs in the past six games. Herrera added RBI singles off Will Smith in the fifth and Sam Dyson in the seventh. Rhys Hoskins had an RBI single off Blach, who gave up five runs and seven hits in 41/3 innings. Hector Neris earned his eighth save.
Braves 9, Marlins 2
Ozzie Albies hit Atlanta’s first grand slam of the season to highlight a seven-run sixth inning, Freddie Freeman had a career-high five hits and the NL East-leading Braves beat the Miami Marlins. Freeman also homered for the Braves in that sixth-inning outburst, when Atlanta got all of its runs with two out. Albies also had a run-scoring single in the ninth to cap his five-RBI night. Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz (3-2) gave up three hits and one unearned run in five innings, and Luiz Gohara got a three-inning save. Lewis Brinson homered in the ninth, and Martin Prado had two hits and an RBI for the Marlins. Jose Bautista got his first RBI with the Braves to open the scoring in the second. Marlins starter Caleb Smith (2-4) went 51/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and striking out five.