MLB roundup: Bour homers, Marlins cool off Pirates in victory

ASSOCIATED PRESS Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson slides safely into second base past Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell during the second inning on Friday at Chicago.

MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bour homered and drove in two runs, and the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-2, on Friday night.

JB Shuck had a career-high four hits in his first major league game since 2016, and Miguel Rojas added three hits for the Marlins, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Miami posted season highs in runs and in hits with 14.

Dillon Peters (2-1) allowed two runs on four hits in six innings.

Chad Kuhl (1-1) worked five innings and allowed 11 hits and five runs, four of them earned.

The Pirates, who entered leading the NL in batting average and runs scored, were held to five hits.

Elias Diaz drove in both runs for the Pirates on a double for a 2-1 lead in the fifth.

Braves 4, Cubs 0

CHICAGO (AP) — Anibal Sanchez pitched three-hit ball over six innings, Preston Tucker backed him with a three-run homer and Atlanta spoiled Yu Darvish’s first home start for Chicago.

Sanchez struck out six and walked one. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 1.29 through two starts and three appearances after signing a minor league deal in mid-March.

Tucker delivered the big blow in the fifth when he drove a long homer to right, and the Braves did all of the scoring in the inning while chasing Darvish.

Mets 6, Brewers 5

NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Frazier hit his first two home runs with the Mets, new catcher Jose Lobaton tripled in his first at-bat with the team, and New York extended its winning streak to nine with a victory over Milwaukee.

Steven Matz ended an 11-start winless streak dating to June 28 as New York improved to 11-1 under new manager Mickey Callaway, the best start in team history.

Rockies 2, Nationals 1

WASHINGTON (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez homered and had a sacrifice fly to drive in both of Colorado’s runs, leading the Rockies to their third straight victory with a win over Washington.

Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning with his third homer of the season, and hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Cardinals 5, Reds 3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Yadier Molina homered and drove in three runs Friday night, leading St. Louis to a victory that deepened Cincinnati’s worst season-opening slump since 1955.

St. Louis came into the series with a stagnant offense but broke out during two games against the worst pitching staff in the majors, piling up 18 runs and 25 hits.

Yankees 8, Tigers 6

DETROIT (AP) — Aaron Hicks hit an inside-the-park home run in the second inning, then added a solo shot over the fence in the sixth to send New York to a victory over the skidding Tigers.

Hicks came up with a runner on second and hit a drive to right-center that bounced off the wall and past center fielder Leonys Martin.

Twins postpone game vs. CHICAGO DUE TO rain

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have postponed their game against the Chicago White Sox because of rain, with wintry weather also threatening the rest of the series.