Major League Baseball roundup
Athletics 5, Twins 4
Khris Davis had been a fixture in the cleanup spot for most of the past four seasons, putting together three straight 40-homer, 100-RBI seasons. He hadn't been living up to his usual standards in 2019 and he was slotted into the sixth spot in the batting order the past four games.
Oakland's designated hitter was in the right spot at the right time on Saturday.
Davis lined a two-out, two-run single off the glove of diving first baseman Ehire Adrianza in the ninth inning and the Athletics won again, beating Minnesota.
"I think most of all, it was big for Khris because he's come up big in those situations for us and if anybody needed a little bit of a spark, that would be Khris," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "That was a huge hit."
The A's won for the 21st time in 27 games.
Miguel Sanó, Mitch Garver and Nelson Cruz all homered for the AL Central-leading Twins, who have lost five of six.
"Nothing different; It's as plain as that, I guess," Minnesota reliever Taylor Rogers said. "No reason to change anything. The team showed good fight coming back. The team is not going to quit on us. No need to change anything."
Rogers (2-2) retired the first two batters in the ninth but then hit Mark Canha with a pitch and gave up a double to Ramón Laureano.
Davis followed by going the other way against the shift, and Adrianza made a dive into the hole and tried to backhand the ball, but it deflected off his mitt and rolled into shallow right field.
"I hit it and I was like, 'Good hit,'" Davis said. "Got lucky it nicked off his glove and great baserunning by Ramón ... I like the way it turned out."
The Twins loaded the bases against All-Star closer Liam Hendriks with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Hendriks got Garver to ground into a double play to end the game for his eighth save.
Blake Treinen (3-3) escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by getting Marwin Gonzalez to ground out.
Laureano had three hits for the A's, who had taken a 3-2 lead in the seventh before the Twins rallied. Canha had a two-run homer and Laureano added a solo homer in the inning.
Laureano is hitting .469 with 20 runs, seven doubles, seven home runs and 13 RBIs in 14 July games.
"Ramón's just on a tear right now," Davis said. "Hitting behind him is pretty fun."
Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson left the game after giving up Sanó's homer in the seventh. The team said he was lifted with a blister on his left middle finger.
Sanó's 14th home run of the season tied the game to lead off the seventh inning. With usual cleanup hitter Eddie Rosario out of the lineup, Sanó took his spot and reached base three times.
The Twins have tried to rework the swing of their big, slugging third baseman midseason after he slipped to a .195 average in late June. They've been pleased with the work, and Sanó has hit .346 with a .460 on-base percentage, five home runs and 11 RBIs in his last 17 games.
"I'm still working every day with my coaches," Sanó said. "I do the best I can every day to get myself ready for the game. Day by day I never stop. Never quit. Still working."
Blue Jays 7, Tigers 5
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first career grand slam, a 441-foot drive toward the bushes at Comerica Park that helped Toronto rally for a victory over Detroit.
Guerrero's home run erased a 5-1 deficit in the fifth, and Brandon Drury added a two-run shot an inning later to put Toronto ahead. Niko Goodrum and John Hicks went deep for the Tigers, who are 7-33 since the start of June.
Goodrum's two-run homer in the second gave Detroit a 3-1 lead, but a 59-minute rain delay in the fourth knocked out both starting pitchers.
Wilmer Font (2-0) came on in the bottom of the fourth and gave up a two-run homer to Hicks that put the Tigers up by four, but Gregory Soto (0-4) gave away the advantage quickly. Toronto loaded the bases in the fifth, then Guerrero hit his home run a bit to the left of straightaway center. It was the ninth homer of the season for the rookie slugger, who had three hits in a win Friday and two more on Saturday.
Drury's homer gave the Blue Jays the lead, and the Tigers didn't score again off the Toronto bullpen. Ken Giles struck out three in the ninth for his 14th save in 15 chances.
White Sox 2, Rays 1 (11 innings)
Yoán Moncada scored from first base on a single in the 11th inning and Chicago beat Tampa Bay.
Moncada drew a walk off Adam Kolarek (3-3) to lead off the 11th and sprinted around the bases when José Abreu punched a single into right field off Chaz Roe.
Jace Fry (2-4) got the win in relief, and Alex Colomé pitched the 11th for his 21st save in 22 attempts.
The loss was Tampa Bay's season-high fifth straight and dropped the Rays 10 games behind the AL East-leading New York Yankees.
James McCann homered in the top of the ninth to tie the game.
Avisaíl García homered in the seventh for Tampa Bay.
Royals 1, Indians 0
Hunter Dozier homered in the first inning and Jakob Junis pitched two-hit ball through six innings as Kansas City snapped Cleveland's six-game win streak.
Dozier sent a 349-foot shot to right off Adam Plutko for his 15th home run. That run stood up as Junis and three relievers combined for a three-hitter and the Royals' fourth shutout of the season.
Junis (6-8) struck out seven and walked three before being removed after 94 pitches on a steamy evening with a heat index of 99 degrees at the first pitch. The right-hander did not allow a runner past second base.
Scott Barlow and Jake Diekman followed, while Ian Kennedy worked a perfect ninth for his 17th save. Kansas City is 7-2 since the All-Star break, with Junis accounting for two of the victories.
Right-hander Plutko (3-2) worked a season-high seven innings, giving up two hits.
Astros 6, Rangers 1
José Urquidy threw seven dominant innings for his first major league win and Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer, sending Houston past Texas.
Making his third career start, Urquidy (1-0) held the Rangers to two baserunners — a homer by Shin-Soo Choo and an infield single by Hunter Pence. The 24-year-old rookie right-hander from Mexico struck out nine.
Tony Kemp also homered as Houston won its fourth straight and handed Texas its sixth consecutive defeat.
Urquidy retired his first nine batters before Choo's homer to center field in the fourth. Then he set down the next 11 hitters until Pence's single in the seventh.
Rangers starter Ariel Jurado (5-6) allowed five runs and eight hits while striking out five in five innings.
Angels 6, Mariners 2
David Fletcher singled home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, Mike Trout followed with a three-run homer and Los Angeles took advantage of a big mistake on defense by Seattle.
The Angels stopped a three-game skid.
With two outs in the ninth, the Mariners misplayed Luis Rengifo's popup into an infield single that left runners at the corners. Fletcher's single gave Los Angeles a 3-2 lead, and Trout connected off Roenis Elías (2-2) for his AL-leading 31st home run.
It was Rengifo who singled in the ninth Friday night for the Angels' only hit, ending Mike Leake's run at a perfect game.
Nationals 5, Braves 3
Aníbal Sánchez outpitched Mike Soroka and scored the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, Matt Adams homered, and Washington beat Atlanta.
Second-place Washington pulled within 5½ games of the NL East-leading Braves.
Sánchez (6-6) got a big assist in the bottom of the fifth when shortstop Trea Turner turned a bases-loaded double play. He allowed three runs and six hits.
Sean Doolittle got the last five outs for his 21st save in 25 chances.
Brian McCann hit a two-run homer, his ninth, in the sixth. Soroka (10-2) allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.
Dodgers 10, Marlins 6
Matt Beaty broke an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer and Los Angeles beat Miami after blowing a six-run lead.
Beaty's drive to right-center on a changeup by Elieser Hernandez (1-4) bailed out the Dodgers' bullpen and defense. Los Angeles led 6-0 through six innings after Clayton Kershaw had a season-high 10 strikeouts and allowed only two hits. Joc Pederson and Justin Turner provided the early lift on offense with home runs before the Marlins rallied to tie.
Miami took advantage of a Los Angeles bullpen that has struggled in middle relief and benefited from a pair of errors in a five-run eighth.
Starlin Castro homered in the seventh for the Marlins.
Cubs 6, Padres 5
Javier Báez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and Cubs relievers combined for one-hit ball over the final four innings, lifting Chicago over San Diego.
Anthony Rizzo had two hits and drove in two runs and Robel Garcia added an RBI triple as NL Central-leading Chicago improved to 7-1 since the All-Star break.
Manny Machado hit a two-run shot for his 200th career homer and Fernando Tatis Jr. and Hunter Renfroe also connected for San Diego.
Jose Quintana (8-7) won his fourth straight start despite allowing five runs on eight hits and three homers in five innings. Closer Craig Kimbrel earned his sixth save.
San Diego starter Joey Lucchesi (7-5) allowed six runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Reds 3, Cardinals 2
Yasiel Puig hit a game-tying double to end Miles Mikolas' shutout bid, Josh VanMeter followed with his first major league home run and Cincinnati snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over St. Louis.
VanMeter and Eugenio Suarez each had two hits for the Reds. Suarez led off the seventh with a walk and scored from first on a double into the left-center field gap by Puig. Two pitches later, VanMeter hit a two-run homer into the Cincinnati bullpen down the right field line.
Mikolas (6-10) allowed six hits and three runs with two walks and four strikeouts. He also hit a batter.
Amir Garrett (4-1) pitched a perfect seventh in his first appearance since July 2 after coming off the disabled list on Saturday.
Matt Wieters led off the sixth with his seventh homer of the season for the Cardinals, who had won three straight and six of seven to move into second place in the division. Harrison Bader scored from third on Jose Martinez's groundout in the eighth.
Michael Lorenzen earned his sixth save.
Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 3
Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the eighth and Milwaukee scored six runs after Zack Greinke left to beat Arizona.
Greinke, who also had a run-scoring double, allowed two runs and struck out nine in seven innings. He moved into 29th on baseball's all-time strikeouts list, leaving with a 3-2 lead.
He was replaced by Andrew Chafin (0-2), who allowed an infield single and a walk to set the table for Moustakas' 26th homer.
Keston Hiura had a two-run single in the ninth and Christian Yelich added a run-scoring double for his third hit.
Adrian Houser (3-4) allowed a hit in 1 1/3 innings and Eric Thames hit a solo homer for the Brewers, who have won four of five.
Greinke (2,548) passed No. 31 Tim Keefe (2,555) and No. 30 Jerry Koosman (2,556) on baseball's all-time strikeouts list.
Pirates 5, Phillies 1
Joe Musgrove scattered two hits over six innings, collected his first double of the season and scored on a textbook head-first slide to lead Pittsburgh over Philadelphia.
Musgrove (7-8) tied a season high with eight strikeouts, walked two and allowed only an unearned run in the sixth to win his third consecutive decision.
Starling Marte went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Corey Dickerson added two doubles and an RBI as Pittsburgh won for just second time in eight games.
The Phillies managed just three singles against Musgrove and three Pittsburgh relievers to fall to 4-5 since the All-Star break.
Zach Eflin (7-10) lasted just four innings, giving up three runs on five hits with three strikeouts.
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