Major League Baseball roundup
Indians 2, Orioles 1
An outstanding pitchers’ duel between Carlos Carrasco and Kevin Gausman was ultimately decided by one mighty swing and two nifty defensive plays.
Carrasco outpitched Gausman to win his 10th straight decision, and Yonder Alonso’s two-run homer carried Cleveland past struggling Baltimore on Monday night.
Carrasco (4-0) allowed one run and six hits over 7 1/3 innings. He struck out seven, walked two and snared a line drive off the bat of Anthony Santander to start a pivotal double play in the second.
“He dodged a bullet. He made a nice play, helping himself up the middle,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said.
In the sixth, Indians center fielder Bradley Zimmer made a sliding catch to double up Manny Machado, who thought for sure the ball was going to drop.
“Zim made a nice play,” Francona said. “And in a game like this, it’s probably the game either way, if somebody doesn’t make a play.”
Andrew Miller got the last two outs in the eighth and Cody Allen struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.
Gausman (1-2) gave up two runs and four hits over eight innings, striking out seven with only one walk — to leadoff hitter Francisco Lindor in the first inning.
In the seventh, Gausman fanned Alonso, Yan Gomes and Zimmer on nine pitches. The right-hander retired the final 10 batters he faced and 16 of the last 17, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Orioles from losing for the ninth time in 10 games.
“When you get that type of pitching performance, you feel like you need to win the game,” manager Buck Showalter said. “But they got a good pitching performance, and that’s why they’re as successful as they are. You’re sitting there looking at Carrasco and you’re looking at Miller and Allen, it’s pretty tough going.”
Alonso put the Indians up 2-0 in the second inning with a drive to center field after Edwin Encarnacion hit a leadoff single.
Baltimore got a run back in the bottom half on singles by Adam Jones, Chris Davis and Chance Sisco before Carrasco snagged Santander’s liner.
The Indians had only two baserunners over the final seven innings, and Baltimore ended up going 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position.
Cleveland took three of four from the Orioles and is 9-2 against Baltimore over the last two seasons.
“They probably have got one of the best pitching staffs in all of baseball and a really good bullpen,” Gausman said. “So every one of these games their starter pitched really well. Then they’ve got guys like Andrew Miller coming out. Just tough matchup for our hitters.”
Angels 2, Astros 0
Yuli Gurriel was thrown out at third base by catcher Martin Maldonado to end the game after an original safe call was reversed on replay, giving Los Angeles a win over Houston on Monday night that ended the Astros' six-game winning streak.
Third base umpire Cory Blaser signaled safe. Blaser also called Colorado's Nolan Arenado safe at home plate Sunday trying to advance on a ball in the dirt. That call was then reversed on replay for the final out in the Chicago Cubs' 9-7 win.
Tyler Skaggs (3-1) allowed four hits in seven innings for the Angels, and Keynan Middleton earned his sixth save. The Astros outscored the White Sox 27-2 during a three-game sweep last weekend.
Kole Calhoun had an RBI single and Justin Upton added an RBI double. Los Angeles had lost five of six following a seven-game winning streak. The Angels are 10-1 on the road, but 5-7 at home.
Gerrit Cole (2-1) retired his first 13 hitters, striking out five. He gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings.
Reds 10, Braves 4
Jesse Winker's bases-loaded single provided Cincinnati's first lead in six games, and the Reds — off to the worst start in their history — rallied to beat Atlanta for their first victory under interim manager Jim Riggleman.
The Reds are 4-18, the worst start in the majors since Baltimore opened with an identical mark in 2010. They fired manager Bryan Price on Thursday and got swept in a three-game series at St. Louis under Riggleman.
The smallest crowd at Great American Ball Park in nine years (9,463) saw the Reds get only their second win at home and match their season high in runs.
Cincinnati scored five times in the sixth inning. Winker's single off Peter Moylan broke a 2-all tie, and Scooter Gennett had a two-run single.
Scott Schebler hit a two-run homer earlier for the Reds.
Sal Romano (1-2) allowed four hits in six innings, including Nick Markakis' homer. Markakis added a two-run single in the eighth, but Raisel Iglesias got four outs for his third save.
Sam Freeman (0-1) took the loss.
White Sox 10, Mariners 4
Jose Abreu had four hits, including two home runs, Yoan Moncada was a single shy of the cycle and Chicago beat Seattle to stop a seven-game losing streak.
The White Sox became the first big league team to open a game with seven straight hits since Colorado against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 17, 2014, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Moncada's leadoff triple was followed by five straight singles and Matt Davidson's double off Mike Leake (2-2) in a five-run first inning.
After getting outscored 27-2 in three losses to Houston, Chicago had a season-high 18 hits.
Starting on short notice because Miguel Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list, Carson Fulmer (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in a season-high six innings. He retired 12 straight before Mitch Haniger doubled in the fifth and Mike Zunino homered.
Chris Beck, called up from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, finished for his first major league save.
Athletics 9, Rangers 4
Marcus Semien hit a tiebreaking homer on the first pitch of the ninth inning and Oakland defeated Texas for its third straight victory.
The Athletics (12-11) have won seven of eight, and have a winning record for the first time since they won their season opener before a three-game losing streak.
Semien's third homer of the season, off Kevin Jepsen (0-3), snapped a 3-all tie and ignited a six-run outburst. Matt Chapman had an RBI triple with two outs and scored on a single by Mark Canha before Jake Smolinski hit a two-run triple.
Ryan Buchter (1-0) retired the only two batters he faced.
Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer for the Rangers, who are 3-11 at home this season.
Khris Davis had a two-run double for Oakland, giving him 21 RBIs.
Dodgers 2, Marlins 1
Cody Bellinger drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth, prized prospect Walker Buehler tossed five scoreless innings in his first major league start and Los Angeles defeated Miami.
Buehler topped out at 99 mph while allowing four hits in an 89-pitch outing. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked three in helping the Dodgers (11-10) move above .500 for the first time this season with their third straight win.
Enrique Hernandez homered off Marlins starter Jarlin Garcia to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Hernandez also backed Buehler with two sparkling defensive plays at shortstop.
Miami tied it in the eighth on Brian Anderson's RBI single off J.T. Chargois.
Chris Taylor doubled leading off the bottom half, went to third on Hernandez's bunt single and scored on Bellinger's lineout to right.
Adam Liberatore (1-0) got the win in relief. Josh Fields pitched the ninth for his first save.
Kyle Barraclough (0-1) took the loss.
Giants 4, Nationals 2
Mac Williamson hit a two-run homer to lead Chris Stratton and San Francisco past Washington.
Stratton (2-1) struck out five over 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits.
Williamson connected in the sixth off Shawn Kelley after he relieved starter Gio Gonzalez (2-2). The 464-foot shot marked the longest homer by the Giants this year. Williamson also drove in his team's first run on a fielder's choice in the fourth.
Hunter Strickland got his fourth save.
San Francisco won back-to-back games for the second time this season and first since April 4-7. The Giants were coming off their first series victory of the year against the Angels.
Padres 13, Rockies 5
Carlos Asuaje homered and had a career-high four RBIs, Franchy Cordero went deep during a nine-run seventh inning and San Diego romped past Colorado.
Asuaje hit a three-run shot in a four-run first and Cordero added a two-run drive during a 45-minute seventh for the Padres. Wil Myers had four hits and two RBIs, and Eric Hosmer drew a career-high four walks to go with his two hits.
The Padres won for just the second time in seven games. The nine runs were their most in an inning since they also scored nine against the Chicago Cubs on July 24, 2014.
It was the eighth meeting of the year between the teams and their first since a bench-clearing brawl on April 11. There were no further altercations in this one.
Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story homered for the Rockies, who dropped to 3-7 at home. Jake McGee (0-1) got just one out and gave up four runs.
Robbie Erlin (1-2) won in relief of starter Bryan Mitchell.
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