Major League Baseball roundup
Rangers 5, Angels 4
Shin-Soo Choo sat on opening day and wasn't happy about not being in rookie Texas manager Chris Woodward's first lineup.
The only All-Star for the Rangers in 2018 said he still thought of himself as an everyday player. The 36-year-old from South Korea has been showing it, too.
Choo delivered a tiebreaking two-run triple while reaching base his first three times from the leadoff spot, and the Rangers finished a three-game sweep of the Angels with a victory Wednesday night.
"I think after that happened I think good for me, good for Woody," said Choo, referring to a 30-minute conversation they had that day in late March. "You know each other better. So now we have more respect. Better communication."
Texas closer Jose Leclerc earned his fifth save in six chances despite loading the bases with no outs with a two-run lead in the ninth, capped by hitting Mike Trout with a pitch.
The right-hander got a called third strike on Justin Bour that led to Bour's ejection before an RBI fielder's choice by Andrelton Simmons, who drove in two runs. Brian Goodwin was called out on a check swing strikeout to end the game.
"I know it was a ball and I'm not the type of person that's going to make a scene like that," Bour said. "I never have been thrown out of a game. It was a ball, plain and simple, just frustrated. Obviously, could have lost the game."
Lance Lynn (2-1) won his second straight decision in the right-hander's first season with Texas, allowing 10 baserunners (seven hits, three walks) but just two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
The Rangers swept the Angels in a series of at least three games for the first time since 2013 after LA won the last three of four in Anaheim two weekends ago. Texas has its first four-game winning streak since last July.
Choo's go-ahead liner into the right field corner ended Matt Harvey's night with one out in the fifth after the right-hander had allowed one unearned run on one hit through four innings. Choo is hitting .400 in 13 games since starting 1 for 10.
"He's the most prepared, the most professional player I think I've ever been around," Woodward said. "His success doesn't surprise me after watching him all spring, after watching him do his work in the cage, do his work in the outfield, do his work during BP."
Both losses for Harvey (0-2) in his first season with the Angels are against the Rangers. The former Fitch High School and New York Mets star gave up five runs, four earned, and five hits in 4 1/3 innings after tying his career high by allowing eight runs — five in the first — in an 11-4 loss to Texas in his second LA start.
"This time it was the fifth, which is I guess progress from giving it up in the first," said Harvey, whose ERA is at 9.64. "Just got to keep working and kind of dial in those first four innings and be able to get deeper into the game."
Trout walked and singled and has reached base in all 15 games he has played, extending the longest season-opening streak of his career. The two-time AL MVP was the designated hitter for a third straight game, staying out of center field after missing three games with a left groin strain.
Tommy La Stella hit his fourth homer, a solo shot in the eighth, to get the Angels within two.
Simmons, Brian Goodwin and Jonathan Lucroy had three straight singles for a 1-0 LA lead in the second before Trout scored on Simmons' double in the third.
After Choo scored on La Stella's two-out error in the fourth, the Rangers got even in the fifth on consecutive singles from Asdrubal Cabrera, Logan Forsythe and Isiah Kiner-Falefa before Choo's second triple of the season.
Rays 8, Orioles 1
Brandon Lowe, Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz homered and Tampa Bay beat Baltimore on Wednesday night.
Choi reached based four straight times on two hits and two walks, and Mike Zunino had three of the rays' 13 hits as they won for the eighth time in nine games.
Yonny Chrinos (3-0) replaced opener Ryne Stanek in the second inning and gave up one hit in five scoreless innings get the win. He struck out six of the first seven batters he faced.
It was the eighth straight home game in which the Rays gave up two runs or fewer. They have given up nine runs in their last eight games at home.
Rio Ruiz hit his second home run for the Orioles, who have lost seven of nine.
After singles by Austin Meadows and Choi in the first inning, Lowe hit a long three-run homer off Baltimore starter David Hess (1-3). It was Lowe's fourth homer in seven games and his fifth of the season.
Between back-to-back homers by Choi and Diaz in the third, Orioles field coordinator Tim Cossins was ejected by home plate umpire CB Bucknor. Choi's home run was his first of the season, and Diaz hit his fourth.
Hess gave up six runs and eight hits in two innings.
The Orioles’ Renato Nunez got his first start in the field when 1B Chris Davis missed a second straight game with a stomach virus, leaving the Orioles with a two-man bench.
Indians 1, Mariners 0
Carlos Carrasco rebounded from one of his worst starts with 12 strikeouts, Jake Bauers hit a solo homer and Cleveland completed a three-game sweep.
Carrasco (2-2) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, dominating as the Indians handed Seattle its sixth straight loss. The right-hander struck out the side three times and only allowed one baserunner to reach third base.
The Mariners ended their 20-game home run streak, a record to open a season. Seattle appeared to make it to 21 games in the third, when Ryon Healy hit a line drive down the left field line that was initially ruled a homer. It was overturned to a foul ball via replay, and Healy struck out.
Nick Wittgren pitched the final two innings for his first career save.
Seattle's Erik Swanson (0-1) pitched six innings of two-hit ball but allowed Bauers' homer in his first big league start.
Royals 4, White Sox 3 (10)
Fiercely energetic Tim Anderson spiked his bat to celebrate a home run and Kansas City's Brad Keller responded by drilling him with a fastball, setting off a benches-clearing fracas in the Royals' victory over the White Sox.
Anderson tossed his bat toward the White Sox dugout following his two-run drive in the fourth inning. Keller hit him in the buttocks with his first pitch leading off the sixth.
Anderson, the AL's leading hitter, was restrained by Royals catcher Martin Maldonado but kept jawing with Keller on the way to first base. The dugouts and bullpens emptied, though no punches appeared to be thrown. White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum shoved each other, and the usually mild-mannered Renteria was particularly animated.
There were four ejections — Anderson, Keller, Renteria and Sveum.
Hunter Dozier led off the 10th with a tiebreaking homer against Nate Jones (0-1). His drive to left on a 2-0 fastball made a winner of Wily Peralta (2-1), who worked two innings.
Twins 4, Blue Jays 1
Nelson Cruz had two hits and two RBIs, helping Jake Odorizzi and Minnesota beat Toronto following a 54-minute rain delay.
Odorizzi (1-2) won for the first time in four starts this season, striking out six in 5 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits, one run and one walk. Blake Parker got his fourth save with a perfect ninth inning.
Blue Jays starter Trent Thornton (0-2) allowed four of the first five Twins to reach base before settling in and lasting until recording the first two outs in the fifth.
Athletics 2, Astros 1
Frankie Montas pitched into the seventh inning to stop Houston's 10-game winning streak, Matt Chapman homered for the third time in six games and the Athletics beat the Astros.
Jurickson Profar added two hits including an RBI double to make up for his team-leading fifth error. Profar has driven in 10 runs over his last eight games after batting .106 with zero RBIs in the first 12.
It's the A's first win over the Astros in five games.
Montas (3-1) didn't allow a hit until Yuli Gurriel's one-out single up the middle in the fifth. He also gave up an RBI single to Michael Brantley in the sixth and left after Josh Reddick's one-out single in the seventh.
Lou Trivinio struck out three of the five hitters he faced. Blake Treinen retired three batters for his sixth save.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 3
Michael Wacha cooled off NL MVP Christian Yelich, Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna each went deep, and St. Louis beat Milwaukee to avoid being swept.
Yelich came in batting .556 with four home runs and 10 RBIs in the series, but he was 0 for 2 with a strikeout and a walk against Wacha. Yelich did single in a run in the eighth off Andrew Miller.
Wacha (1-0) bounced back after a tough start Thursday against the Dodgers. He struck out seven over six innings, allowing two runs and five hits to improve to 6-0 career against the Brewers. Jordan Hicks pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Milwaukee starter Corbin Burnes (0-2) got beat by the long ball again. He surrendered three home runs in each of his first three starts, then coughed up two more against St. Louis. He's allowed a major league-most 11 on the season.
Dodgers 3, Reds 2
A.J. Pollock hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and Los Angeles tied the major league record by homering in its 32nd consecutive home game.
Pollock broke open a scoreless game when he connected off Sonny Gray (0-3). Los Angeles has homered in every regular season game at Dodger Stadium since last Aug. 21, including 13 straight this season.
The Dodgers matched the mark set by the Colorado Rockies in 1999 but won't get the chance to break it until April 26 when they return from a road trip.
Walker Buehler (2-0) pitched three-hit ball into the seventh inning for the Dodgers, striking out eight and allowing one unearned run.
Diamondbacks 3, Braves 2 (10)
Adam Jones worked a bases-loaded walk against Jesse Biddle in the 10th inning and also homered, lifting Arizona over Atlanta.
Biddle (0-1) filled the bases and then walked Jones on six pitches. Jones also homered in the fourth inning and scored the tying run in the seventh on Ketel Marte's double. Arizona has won a season-best three-straight.
Arizona's Greg Holland struck out Josh Donaldson and Freddie Freeman in the 10th before Ronald Acuña Jr. looped an opposite-field single to right. Holland ended it by getting Nick Markakis to line out for his fourth save. Archie Bradley (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings.
Nationals 9, Giants 6
Juan Soto and Howie Kendrick hit first-inning home runs, Matt Adams and Kurt Suzuki connected in the seventh, and Washington beat San Francisco.
Soto's two-run drive, Kendrick's solo shot and an RBI single by Adam Eaton put Washington ahead 4-0 against Jeff Samardzija (1-1) in the second.
Gerardo Parra and Steven Duggar each hit two-run homers in the ninth for San Francisco off rookie Austen Williams. Jeremy Hellickson (2-0) allowed two runs and five hits over 5 2/3 innings for the Nationals.
Cubs 6, Marlins 0
Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and Chicago completed a three-game sweep of Miami.
Hamels (3-0) allowed three hits and did not walk a batter. He struck out eight while throwing 65 of his 97 pitches for strikes. Daniel Descalso had two hits and three RBIs, Javier Baez homered and knocked in two, and Jason Heyward also drove in a run for the Cubs, who have won five of six.
Descalso started the scoring for the Cubs with a base hit in the second off Sandy Alcantara (1-2).
Pirates 3, Tigers 2 (10)
Colin Moran hit an RBI single in the 10th inning and Pittsburgh beat Detroit in extras for a second straight night. It was Pittsburgh's sixth extra-inning game already this season. The Pirates are 4-2 in those.
The game was played in rainy conditions, and Tigers left fielder Christin Stewart slipped and fell while catching Bell's flyball in the eighth. Stewart stayed in for his plate appearance in the bottom of the inning, then left with a right medial quad spasm.
Adam Frazier led off the 10th with a double off Buck Farmer (1-1), and Starling Marte and Moran followed with singles, giving the Pirates the lead. Nick Burdi (2-1) pitched a perfect ninth, and Felipe Vázquez finished for his fifth save in five chances.
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