Major League Baseball roundup
Reds 6, Cubs 5 (10)
Yasiel Puig got a chance to redeem his rough night and came through with his biggest moment yet in Cincinnati.
The struggling outfielder hit an RBI single with the bases loaded in the 10th inning Wednesday night, rallying the Reds to a victory over the Cubs. He tossed his bat away in celebration and got soaked with ice water by teammates.
"I finally made contact," Puig said. "That was amazing."
Puig's had a mostly disappointing debut with the Reds, who got him in an offseason trade with the Dodgers. He was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts when he came to bat in the 10th against Brad Brach (3-1). The bases were loaded, and the Cubs used five infielders, hoping for a groundball.
Instead, Puig drove the ball to center — it smacked off the base of the wall — and flipped his bat away in celebration. Puig is batting only .212.
"He brings a lot of energy," manager David Bell said. "He absolutely wanted to be up there in that spot. He saw it as an opportunity. He wasn't defensive."
Amir Garrett (3-1) escaped a two-on threat in the 10th inning.
The Cubs' stingy bullpen let a solid start by Yu Darvish go to waste. Darvish fanned 11 and Addison Russell hit a two-run homer — his first since returning from a 40-game suspension for domestic violence — to help the Cubs to a 5-3 lead.
Eugenio Suarez's homer off Carl Edwards Jr. tied it in the eighth, only the fourth time the Cubs have blown such a late lead.
The Cubs were encouraged by Darvish's best performance of the season. He allowed five hits and a pair of runs in 5 1/3 innings at the ballpark where his 2018 season ended.
The right-hander made only eight starts in his first year with the Cubs. He got a 6-1 win at Great American Ball Park on May 20 and missed the rest of the season with triceps and elbow problems, leading to surgery on Sept. 12.
He has struggled with his control this season. Back in Cincinnati, Darvish had his first 10-strikeout game since 2017. He didn't walk a batter while throwing 102 pitches and using a nasty slider.
"Obviously I'm trying to find my way," Darvish said. "I'm trying a lot of things."
The Cubs knew Darvish would need some time to get back in form after having most of 2018 wiped out.
"In each start, you're seeing something different that you can take away as a positive," catcher Taylor Davis said. "Everything is starting to pinwheel into putting everything together."
Russell and Albert Almora Jr. connected off Sonny Gray, who came to the Reds in an offseason trade with the Yankees and has yet to win in nine starts for the team he rooted for as a youth. Kyle Schwarber also homered.
The last time Darvish fanned 10 batters was Aug. 10, 2017, at Arizona with the Dodgers. It was the 35th 10-strikeout game of his career.
Kris Bryant singled in the 10th, extending his streak to 24 consecutive games reaching safely. It's the longest active streak in the majors and the longest by a Cub since Ben Zobrist reached in 25 straight games in 2017. Javier Baez singled in the 10th, extending his career-best hitting streak to 13 games.
Darvish singled for his first hit of the season and only the sixth of his career. In the first two games of the series, Cubs starters have four hits. Kyle Hendricks had a career-high three hits in a 3-1 win on Tuesday.
Dodgers 2, Padres 0
Kenta Maeda struck out 12 batters and drove in both runs as Los Angeles beat San Diego.
The right-hander gave up three hits in 6 2/3 innings and reached double-digit strikeouts for the fifth time in the majors. He finished one short of his career high for Ks set in 2016 against San Diego.
Maeda (5-2) also helped his own cause at the plate with two hits, including a two-out, two-run bloop single to right field in the second. He became the first Dodgers pitcher to have two hits and two RBIs in a game since Zack Greinke in 2014.
Corey Seager also had two hits for the Dodgers. Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his 14th save.
Four Dodgers pitchers combined for a season-high 16 strikeouts.
Matt Strahm (1-3) went five innings and allowed two runs on seven hits. Eric Hosmer had three of San Diego's four hits.
The Padres dropped four of five on their road trip and are 4-7 in their last 11 games overall.
Braves 4, Cardinals 0
Austin Riley made a splash in his big league debut, homering off Michael Wacha to lead Atlanta over St. Louis.
Mike Soroka (4-1) pitched three-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.
The 22-year-old Riley was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game after Ender Inciarte went on the 10-day injured list with a sore back. He struck out swinging in the first at-bat. Leading off the fourth, he launched a high fastball deep into the left-field seats, a 438-foot drive that gave the Braves a 2-0 lead. Riley hit another drive to the edge of the warning track his next time up.
Wacha (3-1) surrendered only four hits and one earned run over five innings.
Diamondbacks 11, Pirates 1
Zack Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning before exiting with abdominal tightness and Arizona routed Chris Archer and Pittsburgh.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Greinke would get an MRI on Friday.
Greinke (6-1) allowed four hits in 7 2-3 innings, then walked off the mound with a trainer with a 2-2 count on the Pirates' Cole Tucker. Greinke struck out five, walked none.
Blake Swihart hit a two-run, inside-the-park home run in the eighth, and Eduardo Escobar and Adam Jones also homered for the Diamondbacks, who went 6-1 against the Pirates this season. Jarrod Dyson had two hits, scored three runs and stole two bases.
Melky Cabrera drove in the Pirates' run with a two-out single in the ninth.
Pirates pitcher Chris Archer walked the bases loaded in the first inning, and all three runners scored. Archer (1-3) lasted just 3 2-3 innings, allowing six earned runs on four hits with four walks and a wild pitch.
Brewers 5, Phillies 2
Gio Gonzalez continued to make the most of his second stint in Milwaukee, allowing one run while pitching into the sixth inning in a win over Philadelphia.
Gonzalez (2-0) allowed seven hits, walked one and struck out three.
Jesus Aguilar ripped a two-run single off Jake Arrieta (4-4) in the third to give the Brewers a 4-1 lead and they hung on to take two of the first three games of a four-game set. Josh Hader tossed a scoreless ninth for his 11th save.
Bryce Harper lined a double to left field and made a sliding catch in right a day after he banged his left knee into the wall on a sliding catch. His double snapped an 0-for-15 slump.
Twins 8, Angels 7
Reliever Mike Morin hit former teammate Mike Trout with a bases-loaded pitch that forced in a run in the ninth inning before retiring Shohei Ohtani to end the game on a groundout and preserve Minnesota's win over Los Angeles.
Jonathan Lucroy had an RBI double and David Fletcher drove in a run with a single against Trevor Hildenberger in the three-run ninth, before the Twins turned to Morin for the final two outs and his first save this season. Morin gave up two of the season-high 18 hits by the Angels and plunked Trout on the shoulder.
Byron Buxton and Jason Castro each hit two-run homers and Ehire Adrianza added a two-run double for the Twins, who took the three-game set from the Angels and improved their series record this season to 8-4-2. They've won 10 of their last 15 games.
Twins starter Jake Odorizzi (6-2) had his scoreless streak stopped at 22 innings. He gave up nine hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Angels starter Trevor Cahill (2-4) allowed six hits and six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He failed to finish the fifth for the fifth time in his last six turns.
The Angels went 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position, leaving 14 men on base.
Astros 5, Tigers 1
Justin Verlander allowed two hits in seven impressive innings against his former team, and Houston beat Detroit for its eighth straight win.
Verlander (7-1) struck out nine in his second start at Comerica Park since his 2017 trade from Detroit to Houston. JaCoby Jones homered off him in the third for the Tigers' only run.
Alex Bregman hit his 14th homer of the season, a solo shot off Gregory Soto (0-2) to open the scoring.
Jake Marisnick hit an RBI single for Houston in the second, and Robinson Chirinos added a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Detroit made two errors in the sixth, helping the Astros score another run. Marisnick hit a run-scoring triple in the eighth to make it 5-1.
Ryan Pressly pitched the eighth for Houston, which has won 11 of 12.
Rangers 6, Royals 1
Ronald Guzman and Willie Calhoun hit two-run homers in Texas' win over Kansas City.
Shin-Soo Choo added a solo shot in the ninth and Nomar Mazara matched a career high with four hits as the Rangers snapped a five-game skid.
Mike Minor (4-3) got through five rocky innings, allowing one run on eight hits and two walks.
Guzman drove in a run in the fourth before sending a hanging pitch from Jorge Lopez (0-5) booming into the center field seats in the sixth. The two-out shot broke open a 3-1 game and sent Lopez, who had plunked two batters and struggled with command all night, toward the showers.
Lopez allowed seven hits and two walks while striking out seven.
The Rangers' bullpen allowed only one hit over the final four innings.
Blue Jays 4, Giants 3
Edwin Jackson became the first player in major league history to play for 14 teams when he made Toronto debut and pitched five innings in a loss to San Francisco.
The 35-year-old right-hander allowed three runs — two earned — and six hits in five innings. He struck out two, walked one, hit a batter and left after 77 pitches with the score 3-3.
Brandon Crawford hit a tiebreaking home run in the sixth off Ryan Tepera (0-2).
Mark Melancon (1-0) pitched out of a first-and-third, no-outs jam in the sixth for the win. Will Smith struck out the side in the ninth to remain perfect in 11 save chances.
Toronto acquired Jackson from Oakland on Saturday for $30,000. He began his tenure with his new team by throwing an 88 mph cutter that Joe Panik took for a called strike.
Jackson had been tied with Octavio Dotel for most teams. Jackson agreed last month to a minor league contract with the A's and was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in three minor league starts.
In addition to the Blue Jays and Athletics, Jackson has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Arizona, the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis, Washington, the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta, Miami, San Diego and Baltimore.
Rays 1, Marlins 0
Seven pitchers combined on a seven-hitter, and Tampa Bay shut out Miami for the second straight game.
The Marlins (10-31) lost their seventh consecutive game and are on pace for 122 losses.
Tampa Bay's run scored in the second inning when catcher Anthony Bemboom doubled for his first major league hit and RBI.
The Marlins stranded 11 runners and went 0 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Tampa Bay starter Ryne Stanek went one inning. Jalen Beeks (3-0) threw three scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Diego Castillo pitched around a one-out walk in the ninth for his fifth save.
Jose Ureña (1-6) allowed only one run in six innings. He has an ERA of 2.77 over his past six starts but is 1-3 during that span.
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