MLB roundup: Yankees stop tiny skid
NEW YORK (AP) — Left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Matt Olson at the plate with the help of a replay reversal to help Aroldis Chapman escape a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the ninth inning, and the Yankees beat the Oakland Athletics, 7-6, Saturday on Neil Walker’s run-scoring single on the 11th to avoid New York’s first three-game losing streak since last August.
Chapman walked three straight batters around a wild pitch starting the ninth, his velocity down 3-4 mph on the cool afternoon from the 100 mph-plus heat that overpowered Boston on warm spring nights earlier in the week. After visits to the mound by both pitching coach Larry Rothschild and a trainer to check on a cracked fingernail, Chapman struck out Mark Canha, and pinch-hitter Jonathan Lucroy followed with a 297-foot fly to left field.
Gardner’s one-hop throw to the plate was slightly to the first-base side, and Gary Sanchez had to reach for it and try for a sweep tag at the sliding Olson. Plate umpire James Hoye made an emphatic safe call, but the Yankees asked for a video review and replays appeared to show Sanchez’s mitt just glancing Olson’s jersey.
A.J. Cole (1-0), pitching for the first time since his Yankees debut on April 28, walked Oakland’s first two batters in the 10th, then struck out Jed Lowie and Chris Davis before retiring Olson on a foulout. Cole pitched a perfect 11th that included a pair of called strikeouts.
Tigers 4, Mariners 3
DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Boyd pitched impressively until the seventh inning, and JaCoby Jones made a diving catch in the ninth to help Detroit hold on for a victory over Seattle in the first game of a doubleheader.
Jose Iglesias hit a two-run homer for the Tigers, and Grayson Greiner contributed the first two RBIs of his big league career. Boyd (2-3) allowed three runs and three hits in six-plus innings.
Three relievers finished the game for Detroit, with Shane Greene pitching the ninth for his eighth save in 10 chances. After a one-out walk, Jones made a diving catch of Ryon Healy’s sinking liner to center field. Mike Zunino followed with a single, putting men on first and third, and another walk loaded the bases.
Orioles 6, Rays 3
RAYS 10, ORIOLES 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Brad Miller and C.J. Cron homered off former teammate Alex Cobb, and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore to earn a doubleheader split and snap a five-game losing streak.
In the opener, Orioles right-hander David Hess pitched six effective innings in his major league debut and Jonathan Schoop hit two home runs in a 6-3 victory.
Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk to serve as the 26th man in the single-admission doubleheader, Hess (1-0) gave up three runs and six hits, walking none and striking out three.
In the nightcap, the Rays scored a run in each of the first four innings against Cobb (0-5) and led 4-1 in the sixth when a thunderstorm stopped play for 1 hour, 19 minutes.
Cubs 8, White Sox 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras hit his third homer in two games and drove in three runs, and the Cubs beat the crosstown White Sox at a rainy and cold Wrigley Field.
Contreras continued his surge after hitting two home runs and setting a career high with seven RBIs in Friday’s 11-2 romp. He had an RBI single in the second, a two-run drive in the seventh and finished with three hits as the Cubs won their fifth in a row.
Contreras is 10 for 15 with eight extra-base hits and 11 RBIs over the past three games. His average has jumped from .230 to 281.
Nationals 2, Diamondbacks 1
PHOENIX (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings, and Washington beat Arizona for its third straight victory against the NL West leaders.
Strasburg (5-3) allowed one run and five hits in Washington’s sixth win in seven games. The Nationals stranded 11 baserunners, but Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon each drove in a run.
Sammy Solis and Shawn Kelley each got two outs before Ryan Madson finished the five-hitter for his third save.
Indians 6, Royals 2
CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor homered twice and and doubled twice to help Cleveland beat the Kansas City.
Lindor hit solo home runs in the third and seventh, and scored four runs. His third career four-hit game extended the All-Star shortstop’s hitting streak to 13 games.
Michael Brantley had three hits, drove in two runs and broke a 2-all tie with an RBI double in the sixth.
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 2
TORONTO (AP) — David Price pitched 5 1-3 innings to win his first start since being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run home run and Boston beat Toronto.
Price (3-4) skipped Wednesday’s start against the Yankees after experiencing numbness during a bullpen session last Sunday. Making his first start in nine days, the left-hander allowed two runs and five hits. He walked three and struck out six for his first victory since April 17. Price threw 93 pitches, 55 strikes.
Andrew Benintendi went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and Mookie Betts had three hits for the Red Sox, who have won 14 of their past 17 north of the border.
Astros 6, Rangers 1
HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven solid innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa all homered to back him up and help Houston to a win over Texas.
Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run without a walk to lower his ERA to 2.03 and extend his career-long winning streak to eight games dating back to last season.