Major League Baseball roundup
Braves 2, Phillies 1
Julio Teheran found his go-to slider for the first time since the Braves moved into their new home last season.
Teheran outpitched Aaron Nola for a rare night of success at SunTrust Park and Atlanta snapped Philadelphia’s six-game winning streak with a victory Monday night.
Teheran (1-1) allowed one run, five hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in six innings. He began the night 3-10 with a 6.20 ERA and 21 homers allowed in 19 starts at the Braves' second-year stadium, but Teheran kept the Phillies guessing.
"I used a lot of my slider and my fastball," Teheran said. "I was thinking first strike and I was doing really good. Whenever I throw a first-pitch strike, it's different then. That's something I've really been working on."
Teheran has been trying for two years to make his slider the swing-and-missing offering that used to bolster his repertoire. He recalled Monday that hitters used to swing through it, even when they know it was coming.
"It's easy whenever you have a pitch like that that you can throw in there and you have the confidence to throw it 3-2," Teheran said. "That's something I did a lot. It was an advantage for me."
After setup man A.J. Minter escaped a shaky eighth, Atlanta became the last team in the majors to record a save as closer Arodys Vizcaino retired two of the first three batters he faced and ended it on Carlos Santana's groundout.
Nola (1-1) gave up four hits, two runs and two walks in six innings. The Phillies' 24-year-old ace struck out two in a solid outing that wasn't good enough for a right-hander who has held opponents to a .182 average over his last six starts dating to Sept. 13.
"Teheran threw a good game," Nola said. "I think all their pitchers did. It was one nights where obviously in low-scoring games are hard-fought for both teams."
Kurt Suzuki's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning scored Ozzie Albies to put the Braves up 2-1. Suzuki hit the ball to shallow center field, where Odubel Herrera pulled up to let strong-armed right fielder Aaron Altherr make the play. Albies' beat Altherr's throw with a headfirst slide, and the 5-foot-8 second baseman's helmet flew off as he dashed past catcher Jorge Alfaro's tag attempt.
"I wasn't seeing the play happen because the third baseman was in front of me," Albies said. "When I saw one of them was confused, I said, 'I'm going.'"
Albies went 2 for 3 and is hitting .426 in 47 at-bats since beginning his first full season 2 for 20.
The Phillies were trying for their first seven-game winning streak since Sept. 5-12, 2012.
Herrera's first homer of the season made it 1-0 in the first. Atlanta made it 1-1 in the bottom half of the inning when Ender Inciate walked, stole second, advanced to third on Albies' single and scored on a double-play grounder by Freddie Freeman.
Teheran stranded a runner in scoring position in the third, fourth and sixth innings with a strikeout each.
He improved to 9-6 with a 3.43 ERA in 20 career starts and one relief appearance against Philadelphia.
Rays 8, Rangers 4
Mallex Smith had four hits and Blake Snell struck out nine to help Tampa Bay stop a four-game losing streak.
Smith bunted for a single against Martin Perez (1-2) in a four-run second inning that gave the Rays a 5-0 lead. He doubled and scored in the third on his way to a second four-hit game in eight days.
Snell (2-1) gave up one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Joey Gallo became the first left-handed hitter to homer against Snell, who has made 47 career starts. Nomar Mazara added a three-run shot in the eighth.
Wilson Ramos had three hits for the Rays and drove in two runs. C.J. Cron and Daniel Robertson homered for Tampa Bay. Perez gave up seven earned runs and 10 hits in four innings.
Mariners 2, Astros 1
James Paxton delivered six strong innings, Nelson Cruz took Dallas Keuchel deep and Seattle ended a six-game skid against Houston.
Paxton (1-1) allowed a leadoff homer to George Springer in the first inning but was solid after that, striking out seven over six innings.
Nelson Cruz hit his third home run in five games with his tying solo blast off Keuchel (0-3) with two outs in the fourth. Dee Gordon's RBI double made it 2-1 in the sixth, putting Paxton in line for the win.
Nick Vincent and Juan Nicasio got the ball to closer Edwin Diaz, and he pitched a scoreless ninth for his AL-leading seventh save.
Dodgers 10, Padres 3
Yasmani Grandal hit a grand slam, Matt Kemp had a three-run homer and Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-0) struck out nine in six strong innings.
Grandal, acquired from San Diego in a trade for Kemp in December 2014, hit his third career slam with two outs in the ninth off Kazuhisa Makita.
Kemp drove the first pitch he saw from lefty Robbie Erlin (0-2) to left-center to highlight the third inning, which was a mess for the Padres.
Third baseman Christian Villanueva and right fielder Hunter Renfroe committed errors that allowed Chris Taylor and Corey Seager to reach safely at the start of the inning. Enrique Hernandez hit an RBI single, Cody Bellinger had a base hit and Kemp launched his second home run for a 6-2 lead.
Rockies 6, Pirates 2
Trevor Story drilled a three-run home run, German Marquez pitched six effective innings and Colorado kept its road surge going.
Story bounced back from a miserable series in Washington by going 2 for 3 and driving in three runs, all of them coming when he sent a pitch from Steven Brault (2-1) into the bleachers in left field with one out in the fourth at frigid and blustery PNC Park to break open a close game.
Charlie Blackmon added his team-leading seventh home run of the season for Colorado. The Rockies have won five of six overall and are 8-2 in their last 10 games away from Coors Field.
Marquez (1-1) held the Pirates without a hit until a one-out triple by Francisco Cervelli in the fifth. He left after six innings, giving up two runs, two hits and two walks with six strikeouts.
Reds 10, Brewers 4
Billy Hamilton drove in three runs and Cincinnati ended an eight-game losing streak.
The Reds won for just the third time in 16 games this season. Cincinnati is tied with Kansas City for the fewest wins in the majors. Joey Votto had an RBI double for his first extra-base hit of the season.
Cincinnati starter Luis Castillo (1-2) shut out the Brewers for six innings before allowing four runs in the seventh.
Milwaukee starter Brent Suter (1-2) allowed three runs and six hits over five innings and struck out four.
Athletics 8, White Sox 1
Daniel Mengden carried a shutout into the ninth inning in his best start of the season and Oakland won before another sparse crowd at the Coliseum.
Matt Olson homered, Jed Lowrie drove in three runs and Stephen Piscotty had two hits and an RBI for the A's. Oakland has won consecutive games for the first time this season.
Mengden (2-2) had allowed three earned runs or more in each of his first three starts but was dominant against Chicago.
Reynaldo Lopez (0-2) allowed a leadoff homer to Olson in the fourth and gave up two runs over six innings.
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