MLB ROUNDUP: BRAVES BELT 6 HRS IN 21-3 PASTING OF METS
Allan Winans tossed seven shutout innings on Saturday afternoon for the visiting Atlanta Braves, who hit six home runs while cruising to a 21-3 win over the New York Mets in the first game of a day/night doubleheader.
Major league home run leader Matt Olson hit two homers for the Braves, while Ozzie Albies hit a two-run homer and finished with six RBIs. Nicky Lopez hit the last of Atlanta’s homers and had five RBIs.
Winans (1-0), making his second career start, allowed four hits, walked two and struck out nine. Two Braves relievers — including Lopez, a middle infielder — finished the six-hitter for the Braves.
Daniel Vogelbach hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning for the Mets. Vogelbach, Jeff McNeil and Omar Narvaez all had two hits apiece. Mets starter Denyi Reyes (0-2) gave up five runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Braves 6, Mets 0 (Game 2)
Kevin Pillar snapped a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the fifth inning for visiting Atlanta, which beat New York to complete a doubleheader sweep.
Marcell Ozuna had two hits, including a two-run double during a three-run eighth inning. Ozzie Albies added a two-run shot an inning later. The Mets got just three runners as far as second base against Braves starter Spencer Strider (13-4), who allowed three hits while walking four and striking out six over seven innings.
Jose Quintana (0-4) took the loss after allowing one run on four hits over six innings. Brandon Nimmo had two hits for the Mets.
Marlins 3, Yankees 1
Sandy Alcantara struck out a season-high 10 batters to highlight his third complete game of 2023, lifting host Miami over New York.
Alcantara (5-10) allowed one run on five hits to secure his 12th career complete game. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner struck out the side in the eighth inning and fanned one more batter in the ninth. Luis Arraez belted a two-run homer in the first inning for Miami’s third win in its last four games.
New York’s Isiah Kiner-Falefa ripped an RBI single in the seventh inning. Gleyber Torres had a single in the ninth inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games for the Yankees, who have lost four of their last six contests.
Orioles 1, Mariners 0 (10 innings)
Ryan Mountcastle drove in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning as Baltimore ended host Seattle’s eight-game winning streak.
Cedric Mullins started the 10th at second base as the automatic runner and stole third off Mariners reliever Andres Munoz (2-5). With one out, Mountcastle singled up the middle. Orioles closer Felix Bautista (7-2) pitched two innings and struck out four, including the side in the 10th.
On a night in which Felix Hernandez was inducted into the Mariners’ Hall of Fame, right-hander George Kirby pitched nine scoreless innings, allowing just three hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out seven. Orioles left-hander Cole Irvin, making his first start since July 7 as Baltimore switches to a six-man rotation, stymied Seattle for five innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out six.
Cardinals 5, Royals 4
Tommy Edman homered twice in support of six strong innings from Steven Matz as St. Louis beat host Kansas City.
The Cardinals grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Edman’s two-out, two-run home run to left-center. His 10th homer, a solo shot in the eighth inning, capped St. Louis’ scoring. Matz (4-7) allowed two runs on four hits with five strikeouts.
Cole Ragans (3-4) took his first loss in a Royals uniform. In five innings, he surrendered four runs on seven hits and four walks. He struck out five.
Diamondbacks 3, Padres 0
Zac Gallen logged six scoreless innings and Christian Walker hit his 24th home run of the season to help Arizona snap a nine-game losing streak with a shutout win over San Diego in Phoenix.
Arizona won for the first time since July 31 thanks in large part to Gallen (12-5), who scattered just four hits while walking one and striking out eight. Paul Sewald, recently acquired from the Seattle Mariners before the Aug. 1 trade deadline, allowed a leadoff single to Juan Soto in the ninth before getting three consecutive outs to earn his first save with the Diamondbacks.
Padres left-hander Rich Hill (7-12) gave up three runs on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings. He is now 1-9 with a 6.27 ERA in 14 career starts against Arizona.
Rangers 9, Giants 3
Ezequiel Duran had a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring single as part of a three-hit night as visiting Texas made it two in a row in manager Bruce Bochy’s homecoming against a former team with a victory over San Francisco.
Mitch Garver drove in three runs with three hits, and Corey Seager chipped in with two hits, three runs and two RBIs for the Rangers, who won for the 10th time in their last 11 games.
Giants starter Alex Cobb (6-4) was charged with all six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three.
Rays 6, Guardians 5
Randy Arozarena capped a three-run ninth inning with a walk-off RBI single to give Tampa Bay a win over Cleveland in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Josh Lowe started off the ninth with a single off closer Emmanuel Clase (1-7). Yandy Diaz, who had three hits, collected a one-out RBI double, and Brandon Lowe tied the game on a two-out infield single.
Cleveland held a 5-2 lead in the eighth inning after Kole Calhoun and Cam Gallagher each had RBI singles in the inning. Guardians starter Gavin Williams struck out 10 and allowed one run in five innings.
Astros 11, Angels 3
Kyle Tucker homered among his three hits and drove in four runs, while rookie J.P. France continued his string of quality starts with seven strong innings as host Houston walloped Los Angeles.
France (9-3) notched his seventh consecutive winning decision by limiting the Angels to two runs on four hits and one walk with five strikeouts. He has amassed four consecutive quality starts. He also has quality starts in 10 of his last 11 starts.
Tucker hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning off Angels left-hander Tyler Anderson (5-4) and added an RBI single in the fifth. Jose Altuve had three hits and three runs, and Alex Bregman added two hits, two runs and two RBIs for the Astros.
Cubs 5, Blue Jays 4
Christopher Morel hit the go-ahead double in the ninth inning and Chicago went on to defeat host Toronto.
Dansby Swanson hit a three-run home run for the Cubs, who have won the first two games of the three-game series.
Whit Merrifield hit a two-run homer for the Blue Jays, who have lost three in a row.
Tigers 6, Red Sox 2
Kerry Carpenter hit two solo home runs to help propel Detroit past host Boston.
Carpenter opened the scoring by belting a solo home run against Red Sox starter Brayan Bello to lead off the second inning. He followed with his 15th home run of the season in the eighth against Kyle Barraclough. Carpenter also homered on Friday night.
Eric Haase and Spencer Torkelson also hit solo home runs for the Tigers.
Brewers 3, White Sox 2
Brandon Woodruff pitched into the seventh inning and Tyrone Taylor keyed a go-ahead rally with a two-run double to lift Milwaukee past host Chicago.
Mark Canha walked and Andruw Monasterio singled ahead of Taylor’s game-tying, two-run double in the seventh. Taylor scored the go-ahead run on William Contreras’ single against reliever Bryan Shaw two batters later.
Woodruff (2-1) earned his first victory since April 7 behind 6 1/3 innings of two-run, four-hit ball, with one walk and five strikeouts. Yoan Moncada hit a solo home run for the White Sox.
Twins 8, Phillies 1
Joey Gallo homered twice, singled twice and drove in four runs to lift Minnesota past host Philadelphia.
Matt Wallner hit a home run, a single and knocked in two runs for the Twins, who snapped a four-game losing streak. Minnesota starter Pablo Lopez (8-6) gave up four hits and no runs with seven strikeouts and one walk in six innings.
Trea Turner stayed red hot with three hits for the Phillies, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Philadelphia went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base. Taijuan Walker (13-5) took the loss.
Nationals 3, Athletics 2
Keibert Ruiz led off the bottom of the ninth with a game-winning home run as Washington beat visiting Oakland. His 14th homer of the season came off Lucas Erceg (2-3).
Lane Thomas tied the game with a pinch-hit, bases-loaded single before the Athletics recorded an out in the eighth inning. Yet the Nationals didn’t score again in the inning. Kyle Finnegan (6-3) worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, with two strikeouts.
Brent Rooker and JJ Bleday homered for the Athletics, who lost for the eighth time in their last 11 games. Rooker’s 19th homer of the season came off Nationals starter Jake Irvin and put the Athletics ahead 2-1 in the sixth inning. In 6 2/3 innings, Irvin surrendered two runs on seven hits without a walk. He struck out six.
Dodgers 4, Rockies 1
Will Smith, James Outman and Amed Rosario homered, Tony Gonsolin rebounded after his first pitch of the game was hit out of the park, and Los Angeles defeated visiting Colorado.
Enrique Hernandez had two hits, reached base three times and scored a run as the Dodgers increased their winning streak to seven games while winning 11 of their last 12.
Gonsolin (8-4) settled in to give up one run on three hits over six innings, with no walks and six strikeouts.
GUARDIANS’ STAR RAMÍREZ HAS MLB SUSPENSION FOR FIGHTING REDUCED, 3B WILL SERVE 2 GAMES IN TAMPA
(AP) — Cleveland Guardians All-Star third baseman José Ramírez had his MLB suspension for fighting with Chicago’s Tim Anderson reduced from three games to two on Saturday.
Ramírez, who knocked Anderson to the ground with a wild, well-placed punch, will serve the suspension this weekend during Cleveland’s series in Tampa Bay. Ramírez won’t play Saturday or Sunday.
“Not having him for 10 minutes isn’t fun, let alone two (games),” Guardians manager Terry Francona said before Saturday’s game with the Rays. “But I’m glad it’s two instead of three. We got the final verdict this morning.”
Anderson was suspended six games for fighting with Ramirez near second base and triggering a benches-clearing melee on Aug. 5 between the Guardians and White Sox that went on for several minutes and included several other flareups.
MLB handed out its punishment two days after the brawl, but Ramírez continued playing this week until his appeal could be heard. Anderson also appealed his suspension.
Ramírez is hitting .156 (5 or 32) in 10 games this month.
“I told him, I said ‘Hey, take a breath’ because he really didn’t get an All-Star break,” Francona said. “He went to Seattle (for the All-Star Game). Hopefully this will be really good for him, and we’ll try to make do without him, which isn’t fun.”
Gabriel Arias started at third base on Saturday.
Francona, third base coach Mike Sarbaugh and closer Emmanuel Clase were all suspended one game. Chicago manager Pedro Frifol also was suspended a game.
One of baseball’s best all-around players, Ramírez is batting .282 with 18 homers and 65 RBIs in 113 games. He’ll likely be back in Cleveland’s lineup on Tuesday, when the Guardians, who trail first-place Minnesota by 3 1/2 games in the AL Central, open a two-game series in Cincinnati.