Major League Baseball roundup
Orioles 5, Tampa Bay 4
Pinch-hitter Pat Valaika singled in the winning run in the 11th inning, and Baltimore beat Tampa Bay on Saturday night to extend the Rays' losing streak to four games.
Newcomer Bryan Holaday scored the deciding run after making a sensational diving catch in the top of the 11th to start an inning-ending double play. Holaday was added to the roster to replace Richard Bleier, who was traded after midnight on Saturday.
Holaday advanced from second to third on a sacrifice bunt off Oliver Drake (0-2), and with two outs came home on Valaika’s opposite-field liner to right off Chaz Roe.
Travis Lakins (1-0) pitched the 11th to earn his first major league win.
The rules this season call for a runner to start at second base in extra innings. This was the first time the Orioles experienced it, and the result was satisfying.
“I didn't know what it was going to be like, but that was a lot of fun," manager Brandon Hyde said. ‘’I'm glad to get that under my belt. I enjoyed it."
Baltimore turned a double play in each of the two extra innings, including what Hyde claimed to be “the first leadoff double play in Major League history." Yoshi Tsutsugo began the 10th with a fly to deep left, and Ji-Man Choi was thrown out at third trying to advance.
In the 11th, Holoday dived to his right, snagged a liner off the bat of Manuel Margot and easily doubled up Kevin Kiermaier off second.
“I had scoring on my mind, and the ball’s hit so hard," Kiermaier said. “Manny hits it right to the guy, and it didn’t work in our favor right there. That’s just kind of how it’s been for us lately.”
Coming off a playoff appearance in 2019, the Rays opened this abbreviated season with a 4-1 record before losing two in Atlanta and two to the lowly Orioles, who lost 115 games in 2018 and 108 last year.
With a victory Sunday, Baltimore will have its first series sweep since taking three from Toronto in August 2018.
Tampa Bay trailed 4-1 in the eighth before mounting a rally fueled by a pivotal throwing error.
After Orioles reliever Shawn Armstrong snagged a comebacker and threw past second base on a potential double-play ball, the Rays got an RBI single from Joe Martinez, a run-scoring grounder by pinch-hitter Brandon Lowe and a pinch-hit RBI single from Kiermaier.
“We didn't field our position in the eighth and that really hurt us," Hyde said.
The Orioles opened the home portion of their season Wednesday against the Yankees instead of the Marlins, who went into quarantine Monday after several players and coaches tested positive for COVID-19.
Now, Baltimore faces another schedule change: Miami is slated to return to action Tuesday night at Camden Yards for a four-game series over three days. Two of the games will make up for the Marlins' planned visit on July 29-30, and Miami will be the “host" team in the other two to make up for games versus Baltimore scheduled in Florida on July 27-28.
“Obviously, the schedule is on wheels right now," Orioles GM Mike Elias said.
Hyde said, “Every day I put on my fireman's hat and try to put out fires until 7:35."
The Rays, meanwhile, had their Aug. 6 game against the Yankees rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 8.
A shortened season isn't going to slow Elias' effort to build the Orioles into a winner. The second-year GM traded Bleier to Miami for a player to be named.
“It's part of the process and the transition this club is going through," Elias said. “We're going to get something back that is meaningful for our future."
Angels 5, Astros 4
Matt Thaiss scored on Michael Hermosillo’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels snapped their three-game skid with a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Jason Castro delivered a tying RBI double in the ninth for the Angels, who improved the majors’ worst record to 3-6 despite blowing a two-run lead in the ninth.
David Fletcher hit a leadoff single in the 10th off Nivaldo Rodriguez (0-1), sending Thaiss to third. After the Astros walked Anthony Rendon to load the bases, Thaiss scored on Josh Reddick’s inaccurate throw from medium right field.
Angels reliever Noé Ramirez got two outs in the 10th, and Ryan Buchter (2-0) struck out Abraham Toro with the bases loaded in a rare bright moment for the Halos’ struggling relievers.
Twins 3, Indians 0
Miguel Sanó homered twice and Kenta Maeda pitched six scoreless innings in his home debut for Minnesota.
Eddie Rosario added a solo homer for the Twins, who got another strong start from a veteran newcomer to its starting rotation. Maeda (2-0) retired 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and didn’t allow a hit until Bradley Zimmer beat out a weak ground ball to second base in the fifth inning.
Carlos Carrasco (1-1) gave up six hits in six innings for Cleveland and was done in by three solo home runs from the Twins.
Maeda, acquired in an offseason trade from the Dodgers, was one of three key additions to strengthen Minnesota’s rotation along with Rich Hill and Homer Bailey.
White Sox 11, Royals 5
Gio Gonzalez made his first start for the hot-hitting Chicago White Sox more than 16 years after they drafted him, and the veteran responded by holding the Kansas City Royals scoreless into the fourth inning.
Eloy Jimenez hit a three-run homer and finished with a career-high four hits, and rookie Luis Robert had four hits while finishing a triple shy of the cycle, leading a White Sox barrage of 21 hits in all. Leury Garcia also pounded out four hits, Yoan Moncada added three and Yasmani Grandal had a pair of hits while driving in two runs.
That was plenty of support for Gonzalez, who scattered five hits and three walks while striking out six in 3 2/3 innings. Matt Foster (1-0), one of six White Sox relievers, got the win.
Much of Chicago’s damage came off spot starter Ronald Bolanos (0-2), who allowed five runs in 1 2/3 innings.
Whit Merrifield hit a two-run homer for the Royals. Ryan O’Hearn drove in their other two runs.
Athletics 3, Mariners 2 (10 innings)
Pinch-hitter Robbie Grossman lined an RBI double to score Tony Kemp in the top of the 10th inning to lift Oakland.
The A's snapped a three-game losing streak, escaping a major jam in the bottom of the ninth inning before Grossman came through in the 10th. Hitting for Ryan Murphy, Grossman lined a pitch from Dan Altavilla (1-1) into the right-center field gap to easily score Kemp.
Liam Hendriks pitched the 10th for his second save of the season.
Oakland’s Joakim Soria (1-0) escaped a jam in the ninth after Seattle loaded the bases with one out. Soria struck out Jose Marmolejos and Shed Long Jr. to send the game to extra innings, leaving pinch-runner Dee Gordon stranded at third base.
Oakland trailed 2-0 until Chad Pinder’s two-out, two-run home run in the seventh inning off Seattle reliever Nick Margevicius.
Rockies 6, Padres 1
Kyle Freeland pitched six innings of two-hit ball and was backed by the superb defense of Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado as Colorado beat San Diego.
Freeland (2-0) allowed a two-out single to Tommy Pham in the first and then retired 13 in a row before Francisco Mejia’s double in the sixth. The left-hander struck out four and walked one in throwing an economical 83 pitches.
Story contributed at the plate as well with a solo shot in the fourth. It was his second straight game with a homer. Matt Kemp hit a solo homer in the third for the Rockies.
Padres lefty Joey Lucchesi (0-1) had a forgettable outing in going 1 2/3 innings and giving up three runs.
Trent Grisham homered to center in the eighth off Rockies reliever Yency Almonte.
Dodgers 11, Diamondbacks 2
Chris Taylor hit a three-run homer, A.J. Pollock and Edwin Ríos added two-run shots and Los Angeles rolled past Arizona.
The bottom of the Dodgers' order showed big power in the fourth inning when Ríos — who was hitting seventh — smashed a two-run homer over the 413-foot sign in center field. Two batters later, Matt Beaty ripped another homer that barely stayed fair down the right-field line.
D-backs starter Luke Weaver (0-2) took the loss after giving up six runs in four-plus innings.
The Dodgers broke the game open with a five-run fifth when the first six batters reached base on Weaver and reliever Yoan López. Justin Turner hit a two-run triple and Pollock added a two-run homer as Los Angeles pushed its lead to 8-2. Taylor’s three-run homer in the eighth made it 11-2.
Dodgers starter Julio Urías (1-0) gave up two runs over six innings while striking out five.
Cubs 4, Pirates 3
Tyler Chatwood matched a career high with 11 strikeouts in another terrific performance, and Chicago used the long ball to beat Pittsburgh.
Javier Báez, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ hit home runs as Chicago won for the fifth time in six games. The Cubs have homered in each of their first eight games for the first time since 1958. Schwarber’s two-run shot in the eighth made it 4-0.
Chatwood (2-0) departed after Pittsburgh loaded the bases with two out in the seventh. Jeremy Jeffress came in and retired Phillip Evans on a grounder to third.
The Pirates got three in the ninth on Colin Moran’s two-run homer off Kyle Ryan and Gregory Polanco’s run-scoring groundout. But Rowan Wick got pinch hitter José Osuna to bounce into a fielder’s choice for his third career save.
The Pirates finished with six hits in their fourth loss in five games. Pittsburgh also lost Mitch Keller (1-1) in the third inning because of left side discomfort.
Giants 7, Rangers 3
Donovan Solano hit a two-run single for an early lead and San Francisco overcame an injury to starting pitcher Drew Smyly.
Smyly experienced discomfort in his left index finger while pitching to Rob Refsnyder leading off the fifth. The lefty was pulled and Caleb Baragar (2-0) later recorded the final out in the inning.
Todd Frazier hit a two-run single in the first for Texas and Evan Longoria’s two-run double tied it in the bottom half. Solano’s single made it 4-2 in the third.
Mike Yastrzemski drew a bases-loaded walk — one of his four free passes — In the sixth to give the Giants insurance and Solano singled in another run in the eighth.
Jordan Lyles (0-1) walked five and allowed four runs on three hits in four innings making his first start of the year for Texas.
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