Rays 3, Blue Jays 2
Hits by newly acquired Jose Siri and David Peralta produced the winning run for the Tampa Bay Rays in a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday.
Siri led off the Tampa Bay sixth with a single off Adam Cimber (8-4). He stole second, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Peralta's tiebreaking single.
Peralta had two of Tampa Bay's six hits, all singles, after they managed just two hits in Tuesday night's 3-1 loss.
Peralta was acquired in a trade with Arizona on Saturday, and Siri came over from Houston in a three-way trade on Monday.
“I had a lot of pressure,” Peralta said after driving in his first run for the Rays. "I got here Sunday. We lost. Yesterday we lost and I’m like, ‘Come on. You've got to do something.’ We needed to start winning.
“But I was trying not to do too much. I knew it was going to happen, but it happened today.”
Ryan Thompson (3-2) got the win after pitching two hitless innings. Jason Adam worked the ninth for his fifth save in six attempts.
Teoscar Hernández drove in Toronto's runs with a first-inning double and his 15th homer in the fourth.
Yusei Kikuchi allowed two runs and three hits in four innings, striking out five. He threw 74 pitches in his second start after a three-week layoff due to a neck strain.
“Overall I felt good,” Kikuchi said through a translator. “All three pitches were working so I feel like I’m going to keep getting better and better.”
Rays opener Jalen Beeks pitched one inning and Ryan Yarbrough followed with four innings, giving up Hernández's homer as his only hit. It was Hernández’s sixth career homer off Yarbrough.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.'s eighth-inning single was Toronto’s only hit in four innings against Thompson, Pete Fairbanks and Adam. The Blue Jays got only four men on base after the first inning and one was doubled up on a line drive.
“(Toronto has) arguably one of the best lineups in the league so anytime you can shut them down like that, that’s a big win for us," Adam said. “Hopefully we can use some of that momentum and roll it into a nice little streak here.”
The Blue Jays (58-46) began the day as the AL’s wild-card leader after winning 13 of their previous 16 games. The Rays (55-49) won for only the third time in 11 games.
“You want to end a homestand on a good note, especially against someone we’re chasing right now in the wild-card standings,” Yarbrough said. “So everyone’s in a good spot right now, and we've got a couple of new additions on the team.”
Whit Merrifield, a two-time All-Star second baseman who was acquired by Toronto in a trade with Kansas City on Tuesday, has a week to decide whether to get vaccinated so he can play in Canada.
Merrifield was one of 10 unvaccinated Royals who could not play in the July 14-17 series in Toronto because of Canadian travel restrictions.
“Obviously we knew he wasn’t there (with the Royals) in Toronto, but it’s a personal choice for him,” interim Toronto manager John Schneider said. “I’m sure he’s had conversations with his family and other people. So we’re looking forward to having him tomorrow in Minnesota.”
The Blue Jays will play in Minnesota this weekend and in Baltimore next week before returning to Toronto on Aug. 12 to open a six-game homestand.
Orioles 6, Rangers 3
Pinch-hitter Terrin Vavra lined a tiebreaking RBI double right after a disputed stolen base in the eighth inning, and the Orioles completed their first season series sweep against Texas.
The Rangers challenged when Jorge Mateo was ruled safe on a stolen base with two outs, and the call stood after a replay review of the bang-bang play. Vavra then doubled into left-center for a 3-2 lead, and Robinson Chirinos singled him home with his third hit.
Chirinos and Ryan McKenna homered for the Orioles (54-51), who swept all three games in Texas like they did at home a month ago. Cionel Pérez (6-1) got the win.
Jonah Heim and Marcus Semien homered for the Rangers, who dropped a season-worst 12 games under .500 at 46-58 overall. Jose Leclerc (0-1) got the loss.
Twins 4, Tigers 1
Jorge López got his first save with his new team and newcomer Sandy León drove in two runs, leading Minnesota to the win.
Carlos Correa and Gio Urshela each drove in a run for the AL Central leaders. Joe Ryan (8-4) pitched five innings of one-run ball, bouncing back nicely after a rough outing at San Diego.
López, an All-Star acquired Tuesday from Baltimore, earned his 20th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Harold Castro had three of Detroit’s four hits. Tyler Alexander (2-5) allowed two runs in five innings.
White Sox 4, Royals 1
Lance Lynn pitched six effective innings and José Abreu homered for the second consecutive game, leading the White Sox to the victory.
Lynn (2-4) allowed one run on rookie Bobby Witt Jr.'s 15th homer in the sixth. He struck out eight and walked none.
Liam Hendriks worked the ninth for his 21st save.
The White Sox (53-51) won for the third time in four games while remaining two games behind the Twins and one behind the Guardians in the AL Central. The Royals lost for the seventh time in nine games.
Witt and Michael Massey each had two hits for Kansas City. Brady Singer (4-4) allowed a season-high 11 hits in six innings.
The game was delayed because of rain for 1 hour, 5 minutes with two outs in the bottom of the second.
Teoscar Hernández drove in Toronto’s runs with a first-inning double and his 15th homer in the fourth.
Athletics 3, Angels 1
Sean Murphy homered and drove in three runs off Shohei Ohtani, leading Oakland past Los Angeles.
James Kaprielian (3-5) pitched six-hit ball into the sixth as the A’s snapped their three-game losing streak by beating Ohtani (9-7), who has no victories over Oakland in five mound appearances since 2018. Zach Jackson pitched the ninth for his third save.
Ohtani yielded seven hits and two earned runs while pitching into the sixth inning of his third straight defeat, again falling short of his career-best 10th mound victory. The two-way AL MVP struck out seven A’s.
The Angels’ offense again failed to provide run support for Ohtani, who went 0 for 3 as the designated hitter before getting pulled for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.
Luis Rengifo had a tying RBI double in the fifth for the Angels, who have lost four of six in another dismal season.
Murphy had an RBI single in the fourth before driving a two-run homer to left in the sixth for Oakland.
Phillies 3, Braves 1
Nick Castellanos hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning as Philadelphia took full advantage of an overturned call.
The Phillies looked to be down to their final three outs when J.T. Realmuto grounded into what was ruled an inning-ending double play with the Braves nursing a 1-0 lead.
But Philadelphia challenged the call, and the replay showed Realmuto’s foot getting to the bag ahead of the relay throw while Rhys Hoskins trotted home from third.
With the game now tied at 1, Collin McHugh (2-2) fell behind 2-0 in the count before grooving one to Castellanos, who connected for his ninth homer.
Zack Wheeler (10-5) pitched seven innings for the win. David Robertson, acquired Tuesday in a trade with the Chicago Cubs, worked a scoreless ninth for his first Philadelphia save.
Orlando Arcia homered for Atlanta, which had won four straight.
Padres 9, Rockies 1
Juan Soto got multiple ovations in his first game with the Padres and Brandon Drury did even better, hitting a grand slam on the first pitch he saw with his new team to lead San Diego to a victory against Colorado.
The Padres unveiled their new-look lineup with Soto batting second and Josh Bell hitting cleanup a day after they were obtained from Washington in one of the biggest deadline deals ever. Drury was also obtained on Tuesday, from Cincinnati, and put a charge into the already festive atmosphere with a grand slam off Chad Kuhl with one out in the first.
Manny Machado homered leading off the fifth and finished a triple short of the cycle in San Diego’s fifth straight win. Jake Cronenworth had a two-run shot. The big beneficiary was left-hander Blake Snell (4-5), who struck out nine in six innings and won his third straight start.
Soto got a standing ovation from the sellout crowd when he ran out to his position in right field in the first inning. The fans rose and cheered again when he came to bat with one out in the bottom of the inning and drew a walk.
Snell had a third straight strong start. He held the Rockies to one run and four hits in six innings, with no walks.
Kuhl (6-7) allowed nine runs and eight hits in five innings, struck out four and walked three.
Dodgers 3, Giants 0
Julio Urias won his eighth consecutive decision and Miguel Vargas drove in two runs in his major league debut as Los Angeles beat San Francisco.
Urias (11-6) threw six scoreless innings, struck out six and didn’t issue a walk. The Dodgers -- who wore patches on their gray jerseys to honor Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully, who died Tuesday -- won their fourth in a row and for the seventh time in eight games.
San Francisco threatened in the ninth, loading the bases with one out against Craig Kimbrel. But Kimbrel got Mike Yastrzemski to pop out and struck out Austin Slater looking to notch his 19th save.
The Giants dropped their seventh in a row to the Dodgers, their longest losing streak against Los Angeles in a season since also losing seven straight in 1980.
Alex Cobb (3-6) gave up three runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander hasn’t won since May 17 at Colorado.
Pirates 8, Brewers 7
Bryan Reynolds hit a solo homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning, powering Pittsburgh past NL Central-leading Milwaukee.
Facing a 2-0 count, Reynolds sent a fastball from Devin Williams (2-1) 425 feet to right-center field for a lead-off blast. Reynolds’ 16th homer of the season and first walk-off in the majors ended a drought of 15 games since he hit three against the Washington Nationals on June 26.
Wil Crowe (4-6) struck out one without allowing a hit in the final 1 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh.
Willy Adames had four RBIs for the Brewers, the final two coming on a two-out single in the eighth that cut into a three-run deficit. Rowdy Tellez then sent an RBI single down the line in right, tying it at 7.
Marlins 3, Reds 0
Sandy Alcantara threw his major league-leading third complete game and Miami beat Cincinnati to snap a nine-game home losing streak.
The All-Star right-hander allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three on 105 pitches for his third career shutout. Alcantara (10-4) is the first Marlins pitcher to reach double-digit victories in a season since Caleb Smith won 10 in 2019.
Luke Williams had three hits and stole three bases, while Jesús Aguilar homered for the Marlins.
Reds starter Mike Minor (1-8) was lifted after 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander allowed three runs, five hits, walked three and struck out six.
Guardians 7, Diamondbacks 4
Amed Rosario hit a mammoth three-run homer and rookie Oscar Gonzalez added a solo shot, sending Cleveland to the victory.
Rosario’s 450-foot drive to dead center was the longest of the season at Progressive Field.
Shane Bieber (6-6) struck out eight over six innings in his 100th career start, extending his winning streak in interleague games to eight.
The Guardians remained one game behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.
Arizona left-hander Tommy Henry (0-1) pitched five innings in his major league debut, surrendering four runs and four hits.
Alek Thomas and Geraldo Perdomo homered for the Diamondbacks.