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American League

Rays 5, Blue Jays 2

Brandon Lowe hit a pair of triples and Manuel Margot had a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, leading the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Friday night.

Lowe's RBI triple capped a three-run eighth as the Rays sent Toronto to its fifth straight loss.

“We’re probably pressing,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said. “What I know from experience is that good hitters are going to hit, and you can’t panic about a good offense when you have 129 games left. It’s just that right now, because we’ve played so many close games, everything gets magnified because everybody is expecting our offense to be one of the best in baseball.”

The Rays broke a 2-2 tie with three straight hits off starter Kevin Gausman (3-2).

Margot returned to the lineup after missing two games with a tight hamstring and extended his hitting streak to 10 games with his go-ahead single.

Andrew Kittredge (3-0) got the win in relief and Jason Adam pitched the ninth for his first major league save.

Lowe became the first player to hit two triples in a major league game this season. He thought the first was a home run and would have happy with a single on the second.

“I got that ball about as good as I’m going to get a ball,” he said of his 400-plus foot shot leading off the second that sent Toronto center fielder George Springer crashing into the ball. “I thought it was way out, honestly."

In the eighth, he hit a looper into short right-center that skipped between two outfielders.

“I saw (center fielder Raimel) Tapia making a run at it and everyone knows how fast he is,” Lowe said. “I was praying that I was going to get a single out of it. I saw it drop and the only thing going through my head was to run.”

Ji-Man Choi drove in the Rays' first run with a groundball after Lowe's first triple. A three-base throwing error on Gausman set up another Rays run in the fifth when Mike Zunino's RBI single made it 2-0.

Tapia led off the Toronto fifth with an infield single, moved up on a walk and scored on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s two-out single.

The Blue Jays made it 2-all in the seventh after pinch-hitter Vinny Capra led off with the first of three straight singles against Brooks Raley. It was Capra's first major league hit.

Gausman gave up five hits and one walk and struck out eight. It was his 16th straight start in which the right-hander has walked one or none.

“He gave us a chance again,” Montoyo said. “If he’s not the best pitcher in baseball, he’s one of the best.”

Rays starter Drew Rasmussen allowed one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings, leaving the game with a 2-1 lead and a chance to win his fourth straight start.

Big defensive plays by shortstop Wander Franco and left fielder Randy Arozarena helped Rasmussen keep Blue Jays off base.

“I think that's something that separates us from other teams,” Margot said through a translator. “We’re able to make plays that maybe others can’t make.”

Springer left the game with a sprained left ankle in the third inning after crashing into the wall while going after Lowe's first triple. Montoyo said there was no swelling and expects Springer to play Saturday.

Angels 2, Athletics 0

Chase Silseth allowed one hit in six strong innings while becoming the first player from last year’s draft to make his major league debut, leading Los Angeles past Oakland.

An 11th-round draft pick by the Angels last July, Silseth was still pitching in college for Arizona a year ago. He made eight appearances in the minors before getting called up from Double-A Rock City before the game to pitch for the big league club – five days before his 22nd birthday.

Silseth (1-0) dazzled the A’s with a fastball clocked at 98 mph and a steady sinker and slider that helped produce eight groundouts. The right-hander finished with four strikeouts and two walks during his 81-pitch outing and allowed only one runner to reach second base.

Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera each retired three batters. Raisel Iglesias pitched the ninth for his eighth save to complete the two-hitter.

Anthony Rendon had two hits for the Angels. Andrew Velazquez added his second career home run.

Jefferies (1-6) was the loser.

Twins 12, Indians 8

Royce Lewis hit a grand slam for his first big league homer, capping a nine-run fifth inning that sent Minnesota past coronavirus-struck Cleveland.

Byron Buxton, Jorge Polanco and Gary Sánchez also homered for Minnesota. The spree came after Minnesota was shut out in two of its three games against Houston.

The Guardians returned after having a game Wednesday at the Chicago White Sox called off — that was the first COVID-19-related postponement in the majors this season.

Cleveland pitching coach Carl Willis ran the team in place of manager Terry Francona, who entered MLB’s health and safety protocols this week. First base coach Sandy Alomar, third base coach Mike Sarbaugh, bench coach DeMarlo Hale, assistant pitching coach Joe Torres and hitting analyst Justin Toole also are out. Earlier Friday, Cleveland outfielder Josh Naylor was put on the COVID-19-related injured list.

Griffin Jax (3-0) got the win despite giving up four runs on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. Aaron Civale (1-3) was the loser.

Tigers 4, Orioles 2

Miguel Cabrera doubled and homered to help slumping Detroit beat Baltimore.

Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2) pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing five hits and walking four as the Tigers won for just the second time in 11 games. The Orioles left the bases loaded in each of the last three innings.

Cabrera gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the third. It was his 602nd career double, moving him ahead of Barry Bonds for sole possession of 17th place in major league history and drawing a standing ovation from the Comerica Park crowd.

His 504th career homer in the sixth inning made it 2-0. The homer moved him into a tie with Eddie Murray for 27th on the career list and gave him 1,123 extra-base hits, breaking a tie with Manny Ramirez for 17th place.

Trey Mancini and Anthony Santander homered for Baltimore on Jacob Barnes' first two pitches of the eighth, making it 4-2. Will Vest finished for his first career save.

Jordan Lyles (2-3) took the loss.


Astros 6, Nationals 1

Jose Altuve homered on the first pitch of the game, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel also went deep and Houston extended its winning streak to 11 games.

Houston manager Dusty Baker, who led Washington to consecutive NL East titles in 2016 and ‘17, won in his first game back at Nationals Park since he was fired after two seasons.

Framber Valdez (2-2) allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings for his first victory since April 7. Houston has allowed just 12 runs during its streak with an 0.91 ERA in that stretch.

Washington has lost seven of its last nine and is 4-14 at home. Its 11-23 record after 34 games is its worst since opening 9-25 in 2007.

Valdez struck out six during his longest outing of the year, yielding his only run on Alcides Escobar’s fielder’s choice grounder in the seventh.

Josiah Gray (4-3) allowed six runs and six hits in six innings.

Royals 14, Rockies 10

Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run homer and an RBI triple, Hunter Dozier had his first career five-hit game and Kansas City outscored Colorado.

Ryan O’Hearn also homered, Michael A. Taylor had three hits and drove in two, and Bobby Witt Jr. delivered a two-run triple for the Royals. They entered the night with the second fewest runs in the majors.

Brendan Rodgers hit a two-run homer, doubled twice and drove in four, and Sam Hilliard homered for the Rockies in their fifth straight loss. Kyle Freeland (1-4) allowed 12 of Kansas City’s 18 hits over 4 1/3 innings, and Colorado gave up six unearned runs.

Dylan Coleman (1-1) relieved Zack Greinke after Colorado got to 8-7 in the sixth and got out of the inning. Then Benintendi, who beat Kansas City in an arbitration hearing earlier in the day to earn an $8.5 salary, hit his second triple of the season in a four-run seventh against Alex Colome to give Kansas City another cushion.

National League

Phillies 12, Dodgers 10 (10 innings)

Nick Castellanos had a two-run double during the Phillies' three-run 10th inning, and Philadelphia battered slumping Los Angeles’ pitching staff for the second straight game.

Justin Turner hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth and drove in four runs for the Dodgers, who have lost three straight for the first time since July 21-23, 2021.

Bryce Harper hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the sixth and a solo homer in the eighth for the Phillies, who have 27 hits and 21 runs in their first two games against the NL's best pitching staff at Chavez Ravine. Kyle Schwarber homered, rookie Bryson Stott drove in a career-high three runs and Castellanos also had three RBIs.

Philadelphia shook off Turner's late heroics and mounted a rally off Brusdar Graterol (0-2) highlighted by Castellanos' double to left. Castellanos then stole third and scored on a throwing error.

The Dodgers loaded the bases with nobody out in the 10th against Francisco Morales, a 22-year-old right-hander making his second big league appearance.

Mookie Betts grounded into a double play to make it 12-10, and Morales completed his first career save when Freddie Freeman was forced out at second on Trea Turner's grounder.

Chris Taylor also homered for the Dodgers, but they dropped back into a first-place tie with San Diego atop the NL West with San Francisco a half-game behind.

The Dodgers still rallied to force extra innings against Jeurys Familia (1-0), the former Mets closer trying to earn his first save for his new team. Trea Turner got a leadoff single in the ninth, and Justin Turner blasted a one-out splitter into the left field bleachers to tie it.

Taylor flied out to the warning track to end the ninth.

Harper had three hits in his second straight monster game as a designated hitter since the Phillies revealed Thursday that he has a partially torn elbow ligament and won’t throw for a month. The two-time NL MVP went 2 for 4 with a homer and three RBIs on Thursday.

Walker Buehler struggled after abruptly moving up his scheduled start from Saturday to replace Clayton Kershaw, who went on the injured list Friday morning. While yielding five runs over five innings, Buehler gave up nine hits — his most allowed in 72 appearances since July 3, 2019.

Kyle Gibson gave up eight hits and six runs while failing to get out of the fourth inning in a rough start for the Phillies. His bullpen was sharp until Familia had to step in with closer Corey Knebel unavailable because he pitched the past two days.

Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 3

Ketel Marte had three hits and drove in a run, Zach Davies pitched effectively into the sixth inning and the Arizona beat the Cubs.

Marte struggled to start the season after signing a long-term contract in spring training but has started to round back into All-Star form the past couple of weeks. He had a pair of doubles off Drew Smyly (1-4) and finished 3 for 4, raising his average to .222.

Davies (2-1) allowed three runs and four hits with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Ian Kennedy worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth after shortstop Geraldo Perdromo's two-out error and Mark Melancon pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in eight chances.

Arizona has won eight of 10 to move three games over .500 after struggling at the start of the season.

Davies, who went 6-12 for the Cubs last season, had not allowed a earned run in 14 1/3 innings before facing his old team.

Reds 8, Pirates 2

Mike Moustakas homered twice and Brandon Drury drove in four runs to break out of a slump and lead resurgent Cincinnati past Pittsburgh,

Moustakas hit a solo shot into the right field stands in the fourth inning to break a 2-2 tie. In the seventh, he had another solo homer to make it 8-2, two batters after Drury had a two-run drive.

It was the 15th multihomer game for Moustakas, who has 199 career home runs. He helped the Reds win for the sixth time in eight games following a 3-22 start.

Tyler Mahle (2-4) won for the first time since opening day, snapping a six-start winless streak. Mitch Keller (0-5) remained winless.

Ben Gamel opened the scoring for Pittsburgh with his first career leadoff homer.

Brewers 2, Marlins 1

Jace Peterson walked against Anthony Bender with the bases loaded in the ninth inning to lift Milwaukee past Miami.

After starters Corbin Burnes and Pablo López dueled for seven innings, former Marlins star Christian Yelich reached on a leadoff single against Tanner Scott (0-1) in the ninth. Scott hit Luis Urías and surrendered pinch-hitter Tyrone Taylor’s single to right that loaded the bases.

Bender relieved and struck out Hunter Renfroe before walking Peterson on four pitches.

Devin Williams (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Josh Hader closed with a perfect ninth for his 13th save.

The Brewers struck quickly on Kolten Wong’s leadoff shot in the first. Miami tied it in the third on Jesús Aguilar’s solo homer.

Giants 8, Cardinals 2

Logan Webb pitched six strong innings and San Francisco Giants beat St. Louis for its sixth straight victory.

Curt Casali hit his first homer of the season during a five-run burst in the eighth inning. St. Louis has lost five of six.

Webb (5-1) gave up just one run despite allowing the leadoff batter to reach in five innings. He didn’t permit a hit until Brendan Donovan’s shift-aided single to lead off the fifth and his defense turned a pair of double plays behind him. Webb allowed three hits, walked three and struck out one.

Dominic Leone, Zack Littell and Jarlín García each pitched an inning to complete the combined six-hitter.

Paul Goldschmidt homered off Littell in the eighth to extend the Cardinals’ home run streak to nine games. Cardinals starter Jordan Hicks (1-3) was the loser.

Padres 11. Braves 6

Ha-Seong Kim hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning off reliever Will Smith, Wil Myers went deep in the sixth against Max Fried and San Diego beat Atlanta.

Kim homered for the fourth time after Eric Hosmer and Myers singled against Smith (0-1) to make it 7-6. Myers added a sacrifice fly in the ninth to make it 8-6. His solo shot to center in the sixth gave San Diego a 4-2 lead.

Kim, Hosmer and Myers each had three hits to help San Diego to a season-high 16.

Luis Garcia (1-2) pitched a scoreless seventh. Taylor Rogers got the last four outs for his 13th save.


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