MLB roundup: Perez helps lift Indians
CLEVELAND (AP) — Roberto Perez hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning against reliever Alex Wilson, lifting the Cleveland Indians over the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, on Tuesday night.
Perez belted a 2-0 pitch to center field that landed in the seats in front of the bullpen to give Cleveland its ninth straight win over Detroit. The Indians are 29-10 against the Tigers since the start of the 2016 season.
Jose Ramirez’s two-out homer in the first put Cleveland ahead, a lead that lasted until Jeimer Candelario’s seventh-inning double. It was Detroit’s first run in 23 innings.
Phillies 6, Reds 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Aaron Nola pitched eight stellar innings and Scott Kingery hit a grand slam, leading Philadelphia to a victory.
Nola (1-0) gave up three hits while striking out six and walking three as Philadelphia won for the fourth time in five games. The Reds have lost three in a row.
Nola threw 103 pitches, two starts after rookie manager Gabe Kaplerás disputed decision to lift the Phillies ace through 68 pitches with a lead in a season-opening loss at Atlanta. The right-hander improved to 9-3 with a 2.04 ERA in his last 12 home starts.
Blue Jays 2, Orioles 1
BALTIMORE (AP) — Aaron Sanchez lost his no-hit bid when Baltimore’s Tim Beckham led off the eighth inning with a sharp grounder through the legs of third baseman Josh Donaldson, and Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth to carry Toronto over the Orioles.
Seeking to throw the second no-hitter in Blue Jays history, Sanchez walked four and hit a batter before it all came apart.
Nationals 4, Braves 1
WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg threw eight scoreless innings, Ryan Zimmerman had a two-run triple and Washington defeated Atlanta. A night after Washington starter Max Scherzer stymied the Braves with a two-hit shutout, Strasburg (2-1) was nearly as effective against Atlanta.
Strasburg allowed three hits and two walks while striking out eight, at one point retiring 12 in a row.