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    Monday, March 04, 2024

    MLB roundup

    Tampa Bay's Brett Phillips reacts after his home run off Detroit starting pitcher Beau Brieske during the fifth inning of Tuesday's game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Tampa Bay won, 8-1. (Chris O'Meara/AP Photo)

    American League

    Rays 8, Tigers 1

    Kevin Kiermaier, Brett Phillips and Randy Arozarena homered and drove in two runs each, Shane McClanahan struck out seven in seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1 on Tuesday night.

    Ji-Man Choi also drove in two runs for the Rays, who broke Detroit's four-game winning streak before an announced crowd of just 8,475, Tampa Bay's lowest at home since April 29.

    “It’s always a treat to see,” said McClanahan of the Rays' three-homer, 11-hit offense. “When those guys are firing on all cylinders, it’s awesome. It’s special. ... It’s truly fun to be a part of.”

    Tampa Bay, which scored 19 runs in its eight previous games, said earlier Tuesday that Brandon Lowe had joined Manny Margot with a significant injury.

    “No doubt we’ve been a little inconsistent to start the season, but this game is really tough,” said Kiermaier, who raised his average to .200 with three hits. “It seems like pitchers get better year after year and we put a lot of pressure on ourselves. It's crazy how quickly you can dig yourselves into a hole offensively, but you try to make adjustments as the season goes along.”

    Jeimer Candelario hit a 430-foot homer off McClanahan in the fifth, his third homer of the season.

    Kiermaier's fourth homer led off the second against Beau Brieske, giving the Rays a 2-0 lead.

    McClanahan (3-2) breezed through three perfect innings on 27 pitches before giving up an infield single to Robbie Grossman. McClanahan allowed one run on four hits.

    “He has gotten so much batter from last year to this year and it seems like he gets better every start,” Kiermaier observed. “I knew he was dangerous before but he's got to be a top-three pitcher in the game. What he’s doing right now is incredible. He’s pitching with a lot of confidence and he should be.”

    Phillips homered for the second straight night, leading off the fifth with his fourth this season. Arozarena, who had 10 homers in the 2020 postseason, hit just his second homer of the season off Will Vest in the eighth. It came in his 148th plate appearance.

    “I’ve been struggling a little bit. I’ve had a slow start this year but I think I’m getting better as of late,” Arozarena said through a translator. “I’m glad I was able to connect on that. It felt pretty good.”

    “I was happy to see Randy smile, he’s had some rough luck here lately,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

    Brieske (0-3) gave up six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, striking out four in his fifth big league start.

    Grossman had two of Detroit's seven hits. including a ninth-inning single that loaded the bases with nobody out, but the Tigers did not score.

    Blue Jays 3, Mariners 0

    José Berríos and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, George Springer provided all the offense with a bases-loaded triple, and Toronto beat Seattle

    Berríos (3-2) stopped a two-start losing streak and matched his season high of seven innings. The right-hander allowed six hits, walked two and struck out four.

    David Phelps worked the eighth and Adam Cimber finished for his third save in five chances as the Blue Jays won back-to-back games for the first time since victories over Houston on April 30 and May 1.

    Logan Gilbert (4-2) allowed three runs and six hits in a season-high seven innings.

    Rangers 10, Angels 5

    Corey Seager triggered a seven-run eighth inning with a bloop double and Texas rallied to beat Los Angeles.

    Mike Trout put the Angels ahead 4-3 with a leadoff homer in the seventh before a wild eighth that started with Seager and Adolis García both beating the shift. Ryan Tepera (1-1) didn’t get an out while allowing five runs.

    Dennis Santana (1-1) struck out two in a scoreless eighth before the Texas rally.

    Kole Calhoun chased Reid Detmers with a tying two-run homer in the fourth. The left-hander made his first start since throwing a no-hitter.

    Athletics 5, Twins 2

    Seth Brown hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, Sean Murphy followed with a two-run single and Oakland stopped its four-game losing streak against Minnesota.

    Kevin Smith homered to end a long slump and help the Athletics break out of their collective offensive funk. The A’s entered with the lowest batting average in the majors (.199) and had scored one run in each of their previous three games.

    Royce Lewis and Gary Sánchez homered for the Twins.

    Zach Jackson (1-1) retired four batters for his first career win. Dany Jiménez got five outs for his seventh save.

    Josh Winder (2-2) took the loss.

    White Sox 3, Royals 0, Game 1

    Royals 2, White Sox 1, Game 2

    Brady Singer pitched seven scoreless innings to outduel Davis Martin, and Kansas City split a doubleheader with Chicago.

    M.J. Melendez hit his first career homer for the Royals.

    Singer (1-0) struck out a career-high nine batters, allowed four hits and didn’t walk anyone.

    Martin (0-1) permitted one run and five hits in five innings.

    Josh Staumont earned his third save in five chances.

    In the opener, Jose Abreu hit a two-run double in a three-run fifth inning and Dylan Cease pitched scoreless ball into the sixth for the White Sox.

    Cease (4-1) gave up seven hits in 5 2/3 innings, with nine strikeouts — several in clutch situations.

    Liam Hendriks worked the ninth for his 11th save in 14 opportunities.

    The Royals struck out 14 times overall, went 0 for 12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners.

    Jonathan Heasley (0-2) pitched around trouble until his final inning, the fifth.

    National League

    Cubs 7, Pirates 0

    Keegan Thompson combined with three relievers on a five-hitter, and Chicago shut out Pittsburgh for the second straight game while extending its winning streak to a season-best four.

    Jonathan Villar hit a go-ahead, solo homer in the third and added an RBI single.

    Thompson (3-0) allowed four hits and four walks in five innings, while striking out five in his second start this season.

    JT Brubaker (0-4) gave up six runs — four earned — and six hits in six innings while striking out a career-high 10.

    Braves 3, Brewers 0

    Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer and Atlanta ended its scoring drought while beating Milwaukee.

    Adam Duvall scored an unearned run in the fifth to end a string of 20 straight scoreless innings for the Braves. Ozuna extended the lead to 3-0 in the eighth with his sixth homer of the season, a 421-foot shot to left off Brad Boxberger.

    Tucker Davidson (1-0) threw five shutout innings for Atlanta after getting called up from Triple-A Gwinnett earlier in the day. Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth for his ninth save in as many opportunities.

    Adrian Houser (3-4) struck out six and allowed one run on four hits and two walks in six innings.

    Padres 3, Phillies 0

    Mike Clevinger tossed one-hit ball over five shutout innings and combined with two relievers to lead San Diego past Philadelphia.

    Clevinger (1-0) won for the first time in three starts this season. The righty tossed five innings for the first time this year, striking out five and walking none over 75 pitches.

    MacKenzie Gore struck out four in three scoreless innings and Taylor Rogers worked the ninth for his 14th save.

    Zach Eflin (1-3) nearly matched Clevinger with five strikeouts over six innings. He gave up a run in the fifth on a forceout.

    Giants 10, Rockies 7

    Tommy La Stella homered on the second pitch of the game and doubled twice as San Francisco extended its dominance against Colorado.

    The Giants have won 12 straight against their NL West rival.

    Randal Grichuk homered and C.J. Cron had three hits for the Rockies, who have dropped eight of nine overall.

    Alex Cobb (3-1) allowed seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Chad Kuhl (3-2) gave up six runs, five earned, in three innings. Camilo Doval pitched the ninth inning for his seventh save.

    Marlins 5, Nationals 1

    Miguel Rojas homered, doubled and singled to lead Miami past Washington.

    Jesús Sánchez also went deep and Jesús Aguilar had two hits for the Marlins, who will attempt to complete their second three-game sweep of the season against Washington on Wednesday.

    Miami starter Cody Poteet pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his first start of the season. Anthony Bender (1-3) relieved Poteet and threw one scoreless inning. Four additional Miami relievers combined to get the final 13 outs.

    Joan Adon (1-7) allowed one run, five hits, struck out two and hit a batter with a pitch in 4 2/3 innings.

    Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 6, Game 1

    Dodgers 12, Diamondbacks 3, Game 2

    Edwin Rios hit a three-run homer during a six-run second inning and Los Angeles erased another early deficit to sweep Arizona in the first doubleheader between the NL West rivals.

    In the opener of the day-night twinbill, Mookie Betts, Trea Turner and Justin Turner homered in a five-run sixth for the Dodgers.

    Trea Turner added two hits and four RBIs in the second game, and Freddie Freeman had three hits and three RBIs to help the Dodgers extend their winning streak to four games.

    Jordan Luplow and Christian Walker staked Arizona to a fast start with first-inning home runs. Walker has homered in the first three games of the series.

    Dodgers starter Tyler Anderson (4-0) managed to find his way quickly after Arizona flashed early power. He gave up two runs and seven hits over seven innings with no walks and seven strikeouts.

    Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly (3-2) gave up eight runs and five hits with four walks over two innings. He is 0-6 in nine starts against the Dodgers.

    It was the first doubleheader at Dodger Stadium since 1999, when the Dodgers and Colorado Rockies made up a rainout from earlier in the season. It was also the first scheduled doubleheader in Los Angeles since 1987.

    Justin Bruihl (1-1) won the opener in relief, and Tyler Gilbert (0-2) took the loss. Craig Kimbrel earned his seventh save.


    Reds 5, Guardians 4 (10 innings)

    Mike Moustakas drew the third straight walk in the 10th inning by Nick Sandlin to force in a run, and Cincinnati held on to beat Cleveland.

    Moustakas took three straight pitches from Sandlin (3-2) to bring in Matt Reynolds, who started the inning at second base.

    Art Warren (2-1) gave up Owen Miller’s tying, two-run homer in the ninth. Rookie reliever Alexis Díaz struck out Cleveland star José Ramírez with the bases loaded for the final out and his first save.

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