AROUND THE HORN | Saturday’s other MLB games
Astros 9, Tigers 1
Gerrit Cole struck out eight in 52/3 strong innings, and the Houston Astros hit three home runs in a win over the Detroit Tigers. Cole (10-2) allowed one run and three hits with four walks after being activated from the bereavement list prior to the game. He threw six shutout innings in his last start Monday against Oakland. Josh Reddick and Evan Gattis hit back-to-back solo homers in the fifth to chase Detroit starter Michael Fulmer (3-9).
Royals 5, White Sox 0
Jorge Bonifacio homered for the first time since he was suspended for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox. Bonifacio hit a drive into the home bullpen in left after Whit Merrifield led off the game with a single. He also drove in Paulo Orlando with a triple to left-center in the fifth, providing more than enough support for Danny Duffy. Duffy (5-8) struck out eight while pitching seven innings of four-hit ball.
Rays 19, Twins 6
Jake Bauers homered for the second straight game and drove in four runs, Carlos Gomez homered and had two RBIs, and the Tampa Bay Ray scored 15 times in the final three innings to rally past the Minnesota Twins. C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer and Jesus Sucre, who entered in the sixth for injured catcher Wilson Ramos, drove in two runs for Tampa Bay. The Rays posted season-highs in runs and hits (20).
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 2
Xander Bogaerts hit a game-ending grand slam with one out in 10th inning, and J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 29th homer to carry the Boston Red Sox to a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Martinez increased his major league-leading RBI total to 80 with a solo shot and red-hot Mookie Betts extended his hitting streak to 12 games with three singles to raise his majors’ best average to .362 for Boston.
Orioles 1, Rangers 0
Rookie Yefry Ramirez and four relievers combined on a four-hitter, Jonathan Schoop drove in a run with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers. Making his fourth start and bidding for his first major league victory, Ramirez pitched five innings of two-hit ball before being pulled in a scoreless game. Brad Brach (1-2), Donnie Hart and Mychal Givens followed before Zach Britton worked the ninth for his third save.
Marlins 2, Phillies 0
All-Star Aaron Nola gave up two runs in the first inning and the punchless Philadelphia Phillies never recovered, losing to the Miami Marlins. The NL East-leading Phillies have scored only 24 runs in their past nine games. Nola (12-3) needed 31 pitches to get through the first. After he loaded the bases with none out, one run scored on a groundout, and another came home on Martin Prado’s two-out single. In that one inning, Nola surrendered as many runs as he had given up in his previous three starts combined.
Diamondbacks 3, Braves 0
Zack Greinke added another road win to his strong first half by allowing only four hits in 72/3 innings, extending Atlanta’s offensive slump, and the Arizona Diamondbacks shut out the Braves. Greinke (10-5), named to the NL All-Star team on Thursday as a replacement for Chicago’s Jon Lester, has won five straight decisions. Greinke controlled the game. He had seven strikeouts, did not walk a batter and allowed no more than one baserunner in any inning.
Mets 7, Nationals 4
Zack Wheeler won for the first time since April 29, Michael Conforto homered and the New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals. Wilmer Flores, Jose Reyes and Kevin Plawecki each had two hits as the light-hitting Mets scored seven runs for the first time since June 24. Wheeler (3-6) was brilliant for seven innings before tiring in the eighth. He struck out seven and allowed just one hit through the first five innings.
Reds 8, Cardinals 2
Jose Peraza had a career-best five hits, Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and the Cincinnati Reds waited out a pair of rain delays before beating the St. Louis Cardinals. Following the two days that totaled 2 hours, 43 minutes, Cincinnati trailed 2-0 after five innings before rallying for eight runs in its final four at-bats. Gennett hit a 100 mph fastball off Jordan Hicks (3-2) to right field for a single to drive in Billy Hamilton with the bases loaded in the seventh inning to put the Reds ahead 3-2.
Angels 5, Dodgers 4, 10 innings
Kole Calhoun homered on his first pitch from All-Star closer Kenley Jansen in the 10th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Angels to a victory over the Dodgers on Saturday night. Four of the Angels’ five games against the Dodgers this season have been decided by one run. The Angels lead the season series 3-2. Angels manager Mike Scioscia equaled fellow catcher-turned-manager Ralph Houk for 18th on the career victories list with his 1,619th. Calhoun’s ninth homer went over the right-field wall with two outs against Jansen (0-3). The Angels led 3-0 in the second and 4-3 in the seventh before the Dodgers rallied twice to tie the game. The Dodgers put the potential tying run on in the bottom of the 10th when Andrew Toles doubled to deep left. Justin Upton collided with the wall trying to make the catch and the trainer came out to check on him, although he stayed in the game. Toles took third on a passed ball by but pinch-hitter Chase Utley flied out to center and Yasmani Grandal struck out swinging against Jose Alvarez (4-3) to end the game.