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    Sunday, December 04, 2022

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    Toronto starter Kevin Gausman pitches to Tampa Bay during the first inning of Tuesday night’s game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Gausman allowed one hit and struck out 10 over eight innings as the Blue Jays won, 3-1. (Chris O'Meara/AP Photo)

    American League

    Blue Jays 3, Rays 1

    Kevin Gausman allowed one hit and struck out 10 over eight masterful innings and the Toronto Blue Jays opened a nine-game trip with a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night.

    The Blue Jays have won 11 of 13 and increased their lead over Tampa Bay to four games for the top AL wild-card spot.

    Jordan Romano worked the ninth to get his AL-best 25th save despite allowing Taylor Walls leadoff homer in the ninth.

    The Blue Jays were busy before the trade deadline an hour before first pitch. They acquired two-time AL All-Star utilityman Whit Merrifield from Kansas City and got relievers Anthony Bass and Zach Pop from Miami.

    “I think I'm feeling great,” Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider said. “We're excited. We're confident with our team. We have a really good team with the guys that are in here right now and we just made it better.”

    Gausman (8-8) walked Randy Arozarena leading off the first, hit Isaac Paredes with a pitch with one out then retired 14 in a row before Walls singled for the Rays' first hit to start the sixth. The right-hander threw 75 of 103 pitches for strikes.

    “He was locating his heater ... He was nasty,” Schneider said. “When he puts that where he wants it in the zone with his spilt, he's really, really tough to hit. He was just basically dominant tonight."

    Gausman had a 5.74 ERA (10 earned runs, 15 2/3 innings) over his previous three starts.

    “Delivery-wise, felt in rhythm,” Gausman said. “I just think I matched up pretty well against a lot of them. We just didn't make any mistakes.”

    Toronto went up 1-0 in the first when Vladimir Guerrero Jr. doubled and scored on a single by Bo Bichette off Drew Rasmussen (6-4). Guerrero has a 13-game hitting streak.

    Danny Jansen flared a two-run single to center with two outs in ninth.

    Rasmussen gave up one run and six hits over six innings.

    Tampa Bay is 3-8 since the All-Star break and averaging three runs a game over the stretch.

    “This is a game where you might come in one day and have 15 hits and the next day you have zero,” Walls said.

    Center fielder Jose Siri, acquired from Houston on Monday, went 0 for 3 in his Rays debut. He made a nifty sliding catch to take a hit away from Bichette with two on and two outs in the third and just missed making a diving catch on Jansen's single.

    “Unbelievable play," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said. “Kind came out of nowhere. Very encouraged. He was frustrated with himself that he didn't catch the final one (Jansen's hit). I'm not sure how many center fielder's do catch that one.”

    Despite making only a minor deal Tuesday, sending OF Brett Phillips to Baltimore for $100,000, Tampa Bay should be getting big-time help in late August or early September from within.

    President of Baseball Operations Erik Neander said SS Wander Franco (right hamate bone surgery) and OFs Harold Ramirez (fractured right thumb) and Manuel Margot (right patellar tendon strain) could all be back during the timeframe.

    Orioles 8, Rangers 2

    Jorge Mateo homered twice and drove in five runs to help Baltimore beat Texas.

    Batting ninth in the lineup, Mateo set his single-game highs for home runs and RBIs. He has 10 homers and 32 RBIs this season.

    Texas starter Spencer Howard (2-3) retired the first six Baltimore batters. He hit Ramon Urias with a pitch leading off the third inning and walked rookie Terrin Vavra before giving up Mateo’s first homer. Adley Rutschman singled home a fourth run, and the lead grew to 5-0 on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Mountcastle.

    Winning pitcher Jordan Lyles (8-8) allowed one run and scattered seven hits over 6 1/3 innings against his former team.

    Viloria scored both Texas runs. He hit his second homer this season leading off the ninth against left-hander Nick Vespi.

    Tigers 5, Twins 3

    Riley Greene had two hits and two RBIs as Detroit snapped a three-game skid and spoiled Minnesota’s big trade deadline day.

    Minnesota made big moves to bolster its hopes for a division title by acquiring starter Tyler Mahle and right-handed relievers Jorge López and Michael Fulmer before the deadline. Fulmer made the short walk from one clubhouse to the other after the trade from Detroit was announced.

    But it was the last-place Tigers who earned a win. Greene, Akil Baddoo and Javier Báez had RBI singles in a three-run seventh inning.

    Jason Foley (1-0) earned his first career win with a scoreless inning in relief of starter Matt Manning. Gregory Soto earned his 20th save.

    Griffin Jax (5-3) retired just one batter and allowed three runs on three hits in the seventh for Minnesota. Mark Contreras hit his first career homer for the Twins, who have lost five of seven.

    White Sox 9, Royals 2

    Eloy Jiménez had three hits and four RBIs, José Abreu homered and Chicago pounded Kansas City.

    The White Sox made no major moves prior to the trade deadline and will bank on improvement from within as they try to overtake Minnesota and Cleveland to win their second straight AL Central championship.

    Jiménez singled and scored in a three-run first inning and smacked a two-run double in the fourth to bump Chicago’s lead to 5-2. He added a long sacrifice fly in the sixth before Abreu chased Royals starter Brad Keller (5-12) with a two-run homer off the left-field foul pole, making it 8-2.

    Gavin Sheets hit a solo homer in the seventh, helping Chicago move back above .500 at 52-51. The White Sox are 24-29 at home.

    Lucas Giolito (7-6) went five innings, allowing two runs and five hits, in his first win at Guaranteed Rate Field since beating Boston on May 25. The right-hander struck out seven and walked three after posting a 6.75 ERA in his previous nine outings.

    Angels 3, Athletics 1

    David Fletcher hit a leadoff homer, José Suarez didn’t allow an earned run in his second consecutive start and Los Angeles defeated Oakland.

    Elvis Andrus had three hits and Sean Murphy reached base three times along with driving in a run for the Athletics, who have dropped three straight following a four-game winning streak.

    Fletcher — who missed 69 games due to a left hip strain — drove a fastball from Cole Irvin (6-8) over the left-field wall in the first inning.

    Suarez (3-4) was the planned last-minute starter after Noah Syndergaard was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies before the game. Suarez went five innings and gave up an unearned run on five hits. He struck out five. Jose Quijada picked up his second save.

    National League

    Dodgers 9, Giants 5

    In a game played as Vin Scully's death was announced by the Dodgers, Los Angeles beat San Francisco behind Mookie Betts' home run and three RBIs.

    The Giants played a tribute on their video board after the final out at Oracle Park, the stadium where in October 2016 Scully broadcast the final game of his 67 seasons with the Dodgers. He died Tuesday at age 94.

    “It was first-class by the Giants," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “It's sort of an emotional roller-coaster and it was kind of a little subdued.”

    Los Angeles won its six straight game over the Giants and improved the major leagues' best record to 70-33.

    Tyler Anderson (12-1) won his fourth straight decision, Betts finished a triple shy of the cycle and Gavin Lux and Cody Bellinger drove in two runs apiece. Trea Turner and Austin Barnes added RBIs for Los Angeles, which has won six of its last seven games.

    Turner extended his hitting streak to 20 games.

    Anderson (12-1) allowed five runs and six hits in five innings with four walks and three strikeouts.

    Joey Bart homered for San Francisco, which fell to 3-10 since the All-Star break. David Villar and Luis González also drove in runs for the Giants.

    The Dodgers jumped to a 6-0 lead against Alex Wood (7-9), who had stints with the Dodgers from 2015-18 and in 2020. He gave up six runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

    San Francisco closed with a five-run fourth.

    Los Angeles extended its lead in the eighth inning, scoring three runs on four consecutive extra-base hits from Lux, Barnes, Bellinger and Betts.

    Dodgers relievers Evan Phillips, Alex Vesia, Chris Martin and David Price combined to pitch the final four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit.

    Ahead of Tuesday’s trade deadline, the Dodgers acquired OF Joey Gallo from the New York Yankees for minor league RHP Clayton Beeter.

    Los Angeles also traded IF/OF Jake Lamb to the Seattle Mariners for cash and sent RHP Mitch White and minor league IF Alex De Jesus to the Toronto Blue Jays for minor league pitchers Nick Frasso and Moises Brito.

    The Giants traded IF/OF Darin Ruf to the New York Mets for INF/OF J.D. Davis and minor league pitchers Carson Seymour, Nick Zwack and Thomas Szapucki.

    San Francisco also traded RHP Trevor Rosenthal to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league OF Tristan Peters and C Curt Casali and LHP Matthew Boyd to the Mariners for minor league RHP Michael Stryffeler and C Andy Thomas.

    The Giants assigned RHP Angel Rondón outright to Triple-A Sacramento and recalled LHP Alex Young, while RHP Tobias Myers was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox and RHP Kervin Castro was claimed by the Cubs.

    Padres 13, Rockies 5 (first game)

    Padres 3, Rockies 2 (second game)

    Trent Grisham hit a game-ending home run in the ninth inning, Josh Hader got the win in his San Diego debut and the Padres completed a doubleheader sweep of Colorado hours after obtaining superstar Juan Soto in a blockbuster trade.

    It was the second homer of the day for Grisham, who also went deep in the opener as the Padres won behind Jurickson Profar’s career-high five hits.

    Profar added two more singles in the nightcap, and Hader (2-4) pitched a scoreless ninth one day after the All-Star closer was acquired in a trade with Milwaukee.

    Grisham connected with one out on a full-count pitch from reliever Alex Colome (2-4).

    Early in the day, the Padres obtained Soto from the Washington Nationals in one of the biggest trades in baseball history. The deal was announced a few minutes before first pitch of the first game.

    Profar drove in two runs in the first game, and Ha-seong Kim had a career-best four hits and two RBIs. Jake Cronenworth added a two-run homer.

    Yu Darvish (10-4) allowed a two-run home run by Randal Grichuk and a solo shot by Brendan Rodgers in the win. Jake Bird (1-3) took the loss.

    Braves 13, Phillies 1

    Spencer Strider struck out a career-high 13 in six-plus innings, Eddie Rosario tied a career high with five RBIs and Atlanta beat Philadelphia for its fourth straight win.

    The defending World Series champions moved within 2½ games of the NL East-leading New York Mets.

    Strider (6-3) allowed one run and three hits. He won consecutive starts against Phillies after beating them 6-3 last Tuesday at Philadelphia. Only two of his last 18 batters reached, a walk to Kyle Schwarber in the third and a single by Darick Hall that ended Strider’s night.

    Atlanta scored six runs in the fifth, five off Corey Knebel. Orlando Arcia hit his sixth homer, a two-run shot, for an 8-1 lead.

    Philadelphia used a bullpen game that featured six pitchers. Opener Nick Nelson (3-2) gave up two runs and two hits in two-plus innings.

    Cardinals 6, Cubs 0

    Adam Wainwright pitched seven spotless innings with longtime catcher Yadier Molina back behind the plate, and St. Louis beat Chicago.

    Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in three runs to lead the St. Louis offense. Dylan Carlson hit a two-run shot and made a nice catch in center field. Nolan Arenado also went deep.

    Wainwright (8-8) allowed six hits and struck out four without a walk.

    Wainwright and Molina made their 317th career start as batterymates, passing the Boston/Milwaukee Braves duo of Warren Spahn and Del Crandall for sole possession of second place in major league history since 1901. The only pair in front is Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan (324) of the Detroit Tigers (1963-75).

    Cubs starter Keegan Thompson (8-5) gave up five runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

    Pirates 5, Brewers 3

    Rookie Oneil Cruz hit a three-run homer to spark a five-run sixth inning as Pittsburgh rallied past NL Central-leading Milwaukee, snapping a seven-game skid.

    Cruz hit a blast to dead center field off reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes, pulling the Pirates into a 3-all tie. Pittsburgh then added two runs to win for the first time since July 23.

    The Brewers had their four-game winning streak snapped, one day after trading All-Star closer Josh Hader to San Diego. Milwaukee had also won seven of eight.

    Pittsburgh managed just four hits, but Burnes (8-5) walked five in 5 1/3 innings as his five-game winning streak ended. Burnes was charged with four runs and struck out six to raise his NL-leading total to 166.

    Colin Holderman (5-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win. Wil Crowe pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

    Reds 2, Marlins 1

    Graham Ashcraft allowed one unearned run in a career high 8 1/3 innings and Cincinnati beat Miami to extend its winning streak to four games.

    The 24-year-old Ashcraft (5-2) scattered five hits and struck out three. He was lifted after Jesús Aguilar’s one-out double in the ninth. Alexis Díaz relieved and retired the next two batters for his fourth save.

    The Reds had only three hits against four Marlins pitchers, but Aristides Aquino’s two-run single in the first was enough.

    Braxton Garrett (2-5) settled down after the first inning and matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander allowed three hits, walked two and hit a batter.

    Interleague

    Diamondbacks 6, Guardians 3

    Christian Walker hit a three-run homer, Alek Thomas had a two-run double and Arizona beat Cleveland to stop a four-game losing streak.

    Carson Kelly hit a solo homer, had three hits and scored two runs for Arizona, which never trailed in winning at Progressive Field for the first time since Aug. 13, 2014.

    Zac Gallen (6-2) allowed three runs. six hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, striking out five. Ian Kennedy picked up his fifth save.

    Right-hander Triston McKenzie (7-8) surrendered Walker’s three-run drive in the first and lost his second straight start. He struck out seven over six innings and gave up five runs, four earned.

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