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    Thursday, August 11, 2022

    MLB roundup

    Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner catches a pop out by the Giants' LaMonte Wade in foul territory for the final out of Monday’s game in San Francisco. The Dodgers won, 8-2. (Jeff Chiu/AP Photo)

    National League

    Dodgers 8, Giants 2

    Trea Turner homered to extend his hitting streak to 19 games, Max Muncy also went deep, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 8-2 Monday night.

    Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs as the Dodgers won for the fifth time in six games to improve to 23-5 since June 30.

    Wilmer Flores hit his team-leading 16th homer for the Giants, who are 3-9 since the All-Star break after winning five of their previous six.

    Turner had a sacrifice fly, Freeman hit an RBI single and Will Smith added a run-scoring double off Giants starter Logan Webb (9-5) in a three-run third in which Los Angeles broke open a 2-1 game. Smith had another RBI double in the sixth to push Los Angeles' lead to 6-1.

    Webb gave up six earned runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked one. The Giants have lost eight of their staff ace’s last 12 starts.

    “I just thought that we had a really good game plan and to the credit of the players, they took it into the game,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think with Webb you’ve got to be able to use the whole field, the big part of the field and we did a really nice job.”

    Andrew Heaney gave up one run and four hits in four innings in his second start since coming of the injured list (left shoulder inflammation). He struck out seven and walked two.

    Caleb Ferguson (1-0) worked a scoreless sixth for the win.

    Muncy’s homer, a two-run shot off Webb, gave Los Angeles a 2-1 lead in the second after Heaney walked in a run in the first inning.

    “I don’t necessarily like coming here, but I seem to hit pretty good here, so maybe I should enjoy it a little bit more," Muncy said. "But it’s just good to go out there and get a win and its more important for me to do something to help the team win.”

    Flores homered off Chris Martin for the only run the newly acquired right-hander allowed in his Dodgers debut.

    “He’s been very consistent, not just this year but over the last couple of years, and this is best defensive play we’ve seen from him period (at second base),” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said of Flores. “You couldn’t ask for anything more of him.”

    Dodgers rookie James Outman was 2 for 2 with double. He’s 5 for 6 through his first two career games after going 3 for 4 with a homer Sunday in his major league debut in Colorado.

    “It’s pretty rare and good to see a young player just player not let the emotions get to you and speed the game up,” Roberts said.

    Webb’s six runs allowed was the most he’s ever given up in a home game. He hadn’t given up six earned runs since May 5, 2021 at Colorado. He also gave up six earned runs in Oakland, Sept. 18, 2020. Webb allowed a career-worst seven earned runs in his fourth career start at St. Louis on Sept. 5, 2019.

    “When he’s commanding all three of his pitches, he’s really tough but today I think he caught some plate against some really good hitters,” Kapler said.

    The Dodgers acquired OF German Tapia in a trade with the Tampa Bay Ray in exchange for LHP Garrett Cleavinger.

    The Giants dealt RHP Jeremy Walker to Tampa Bay in exchange for C/IF Ford Proctor. The Giants designated RHP Kervin Castro for assignment.

    Padres 4, Rockies 1

    Jurickson Profar homered for the third straight game and Mike Clevinger pitched seven impressive innings for the Padres, who beat the Rockies in the opener of a five-game series.

    Trent Grisham also connected for the Padres, who won for just the fourth time in 12 games against the pesky Rockies this season.

    Profar homered on the second pitch from Antonio Senzatela (3-6), his third career leadoff homer and the first time he’s ever homered in three consecutive games. His shot to right field was his 12th.

    Profar also made a diving catch of Randal Grichuk’s sinking liner in left field for the second out of the fourth.

    Clevinger (3-3) won for the first time in five start.

    Reds 3, Marlins 1

    Rookie right-hander Hunter Greene won for the first time in nearly two months, allowing one hit in six scoreless innings to lead the Reds over the reeling Marlins.

    Albert Almora Jr. had three hits, including two doubles, in his first game off the injured list. Joey Votto walked twice and singled for the Reds, who won their third in a row as they began a four-city, 10-game trip.

    Cincinnati outfielder Tommy Pham was in the original lineup, then removed and traded to Boston for a player to be named or cash.

    Miami has lost eight straight home games and 11 of 15 overall.

    Greene (4-12) struck out eight and walked none. He had been 0-5 in eight starts since beating Arizona on June 6.

    American League

    Orioles 7, Rangers 2

    Cedric Mullins homered leading off Baltimore’s first game without Trey Mancini, Anthony Santander extended his hitting streak to 12 games with an RBI single and the Orioles matched their 2021 win total with a win over the Rangers.

    Hours after the Orioles traded their longest-tenured player and fan favorite, with Mancini going to Houston in a three-team deal, they won their 52nd game to get back over .500 and within 2 1/2 games of the American League’s final wildcard spot. Baltimore was 52-110 last season.

    Spenser Watkins (4-1) struck out five without a walk over six innings. The only run allowed by the right-hander was on a solo homer by Corey Seager in the sixth inning.

    Twins 5, Tigers 3 (10 innings)

    Gio Urshela hit a game-ending, two-run homer in the 10th inning and Jose Miranda had three RBIs as the Twins came back to beat the Tigers and maintain their one-game lead in the AL Central.

    Miranda hit a tying, two-run single in the eighth, long after Tigers starter Tarik Skubal was pulled following five scoreless innings with left arm fatigue.

    Akil Baddoo delivered a go-ahead single in the top of the 10th off Griffin Jax (5-2) against the team that drafted him six years ago.

    Miranda responded in the bottom of the inning by driving in the automatic runner with a single, and then Urshela finished it with his high drive onto the grass berm beyond center field against Alex Lange (4-2). That kept the Twins alone in first place, just ahead of Cleveland after the Guardians beat Arizona in 11 innings.

    Royals 2, White Sox 1

    Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield hit solo home runs, Daniel Lynch took a shutout into the sixth inning in his return from the injured list and the Royals edged the White Sox.

    Perez launched a monster blast for the second straight game and his third homer in four contests after missing 31 games with a left thumb injury and surgery. The seven-time All Star has eight RBIs in the span.

    Merrifield’s drive into the left-field bullpen off Michael Kopech (4-7) in the sixth might have been his last with Kansas City. A two-time All Star in seven seasons with the Royals, the second baseman has been the subject of trade rumors heading into Tuesday’s deadline.

    Tim Anderson and Andrew Vaughn each had two hits off Lynch (4-7), but the White Sox slipped back to .500 (51-51). Pinch-hitter Gavin Sheets drove in a run with sac fly in the seventh.


    Guardians 6, Diamondbacks (11 innings)

    Amed Rosario homered early and singled in the winning run in the 11th inning for his third hit of the game as the Guardians beat the Diamondbacks.

    Rosario hit a line drive past a diving Christian Walker at first base and into right field to score rookie Will Benson from third, setting off a celebration behind the mound.

    Rosario, who launched a two-run homer in the third, lined a 1-0 pitch in the 11th from Mark Melancon (3-10), the Diamondbacks’ 10th pitcher. Benson began the inning as the automatic runner at second and moved to third on Austin Hedges’ bunt.

    Steven Kwan walked and stole second, but Myles Straw grounded out before Rosario gave Cleveland its fifth walk-off win of the season.

    Arizona advanced a runner to third with one out in the 11th, but Sam Hentges (3-2) retired Jake McCarthy on a line drive to second baseman Andrés Giménez, and pinch-hitter Buddy Kennedy struck out.

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