MLB roundup: Rookie Peralta helps Brewers blank Reds
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Rookie Freddy Peralta tossed seven scoreless innings and drove in a run with his first career hit, combining with two relievers on a five-hitter to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 on Wednesday.
Christian Yelich homered and finished a triple shy of the cycle, reaching base five times and driving in two runs for Milwaukee. He opened the first with his 21st homer, doubled in the third, walked in the fourth and singled in the sixth and eighth.
Peralta (6-4) allowed just three singles, striking out seven and walking two to win for the second time in seven starts. The 22-year-old right-hander did not allow a hit until Jose Peraza’s single to open the fourth.
NATIONALS 8, PHILLIES 7
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Washington over Philadelphia.
Juan Soto’s two-double against Seranthony Dominguez (1-4) set up Zimmerman. His drive landed just above the right-field wall and required review before the umpire crew acknowledged the homer. Zimmerman has 11 walk-off home runs for his career.
Maikel Franco, Justin Bour and Cesar Hernandez homered for the Phillies, who led 7-5 in the seventh. Philadelphia, which has lost nine of 13, fell three games behind NL East-leading Atlanta.
Stephen Strasburg allowed five runs and seven hits over four innings for Washington in his first start since being placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 26 with a cervical nerve impingement.
Matt Grace (1-1) worked 1/3 of an inning for Washington, which has won two in a row since trading second baseman Daniel Murphy and key reserve Matt Adams on Tuesday.
CUBS 8, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Jon Lester pitched into the sixth inning and Chicago homered three times in a win over Detroit.
The Cubs had scored exactly one run in each of their previous five games. David Bote ended that streak with a two-run homer in the fifth, and Lester (14-5) allowed a run and seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Five Chicago relievers finished. Pedro Strop came in with the bases loaded in the eighth and walked in a run, but he retired James McCann on a grounder to end that threat with the Cubs still up 4-2.
BRAVES 2, PIRATES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ronald Acuna Jr. hit another leadoff home run and Freddie Freeman had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning to lift Julio Teheran and Atlanta past Pittsburgh for a three-game sweep.
Acuna hit the fifth pitch out to right-center off Trevor Williams. It was the rookie’s 21st homer and sixth leading off the first inning, including four in the last two weeks.
The NL East leaders went ahead 2-1 in the eighth when Freeman sent a flyball to deep left field off Edgar Santana. That came after Atlanta loaded the bases against Kyle Crick (2-2), who did not retire any of the three batters he faced.
Freeman’s sac fly made a winner of Teheran (9-7), who allowed one run and two hits in seven innings while striking out five and walking one.
Brad Brach struck out pinch-hitter David Freese with a runner on third to end the eighth. Jonny Venters pitched a scoreless ninth, surviving Gregory Polanco’s double off the top of the 21-foot wall in right field with two outs, to complete the three-hitter and earn his second save.
RED SOX 10, INDIANS 4
BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts hit two solo homers, Andrew Benintendi had a three-run double to cap a big fourth inning and Boston beat Cleveland to halt a three-game losing streak.
Mitch Moreland added a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who lost the previous two nights in a matchup of AL division leaders.
YANKEES 9, MARLINS 3
MIAMI (AP) — Hours after All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman went on the disabled list with left knee tendinitis, Lance Lynn gave up five runs in the sixth inning and New York lost to last-place Miami.
Giancarlo Stanton, playing in Miami for the first time since the Marlins traded him last November, went 1 for 3 with an RBI and finished 3 for 9 in the series.
Lynn (8-9) had a 2-0 lead in the sixth, but Miguel Rojas’ three-run homer put the Marlins ahead.
ASTROS 10, MARINERS 7
SEATTLE (AP) — Martin Maldonado and Tyler White each homered and had three hits, helping Houston beat Seattle.
Maldonado had three RBIs and White had two. The Astros led 9-1 before the Mariners got one back in the fifth and added five more in the sixth.
Charlie Morton (13-3) got the win despite allowing six runs before leaving the game with no one out in the sixth.
RANGERS 4, ATHLETICS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mike Minor pitched six scoreless innings of one-hit ball to win his fourth straight, Joey Gallo hit his 33rd home run and Texas beat Oakland.
Adrian Beltre had a pair of RBI singles to help the Rangers end a six-game losing streak to the A’s. Jurickson Profar added two hits. Elvis Andrus singled and scored after going hitless in his previous 12 at-bats.
METS 5, GIANTS 3
NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Frazier homered and hit an RBI double, Noah Syndergaard pitched six effective innings and New York beat San Francisco.
Dominic Smith and Jose Bautista also went deep for New York. Jeff McNeil tripled and singled his first two times up to set a Mets rookie record with a hit in eight consecutive at-bats. The 26-year-old second baseman grounded out in his next chance at the plate.
Smith’s leadoff homer in the second off Giants starter Casey Kelly (0-2) gave New York a 1-0 lead, and consecutive run-scoring hits by McNeil (single) and Frazier (double) made it 3-0.
Syndergaard (9-3) allowed two runs and five hits while walking one and striking out six. Paul Sewald got two outs for his first major league save.
RAYS 6, ROYALS 3
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Brandon Lowe and Mallex Smith drove in two runs each, and Tampa Bay beat Kansas City to move five games over .500 for the first time this season.
Lowe, who drove in the first two runs with a second-inning single off Jakob Junis (6-12), and Smith were among six Rays who had two hits each.
Hunter Dozier added a two-run homer in the eighth, the second of the game off Yonny Chirinos (2-5). Dozier’s sixth homer of the season came on his 27th birthday.
Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 25 opportunities.
BLUE JAYS 6, ORIOLES 0
TORONTO (AP) — Kendrys Morales homered for the fourth consecutive game, Thomas Pannone and two relievers combined on a two-hitter and Toronto finished its home slate against Baltimore with a 10-0 record.
Devon Travis had a three-run shot in the eighth as the Blue Jays blew open the game with a five-run outburst against Miguel Castro, who uncorked three wild pitches and didn’t retire any of the five batters he faced.
Morales hit a two-out drive off Orioles right-hander David Hess (2-8) in the seventh, his fifth home run in the past four games and 19th of the season.
Making his first major league start after four relief appearances, the left-handed Pannone (1-0) pitched six no-hit innings before Baltimore’s Trey Mancini reached on a groundball single to begin the seventh.
WHITE SOX 7, TWINS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Adam Engel broke a tie with a two-run homer in a five-run fifth, Carlos Rodon continued his torrid stretch with six strong innings and Chicago beat Minnesota.
Nicky Delmonico and Tim Anderson also homered off Twins starter Kyle Gibson (7-10), helping send him to only his second loss in seven career decisions at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Chicago won for the sixth time in eight games.
The White Sox sent 11 batters to the plate against Gibson and Gabriel Moya in the fifth to snap a 2-2 tie.
Rodon (5-3) allowed four of the first five batters to reach base before he settled down. He allowed three hits and three walks and improved to 5-1 with a 2.31 ERA over his last 10 starts.