Dodgers 3, Padres 1
After Tony Gonsolin quieted San Diego’s bats for seven innings, the Los Angeles Dodgers still weren't in the clear until Kenley Jansen got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth.
Jansen struck out Wil Myers and rookie Jake Cronenworth — both of whom hit grand slams this year — to save the win for Gonsolin on Tuesday night. The Dodgers snapped the Padres’ eight-game winning streak and regained a 2 ½-game lead in the NL West.
Jansen earned his 11th save in 13 chances.
“I was very proud of him,” manager Dave Roberts said. “I actually thought he threw the ball well. Big punchout to Myers and Cronenworth, so I really feel good about his outing.”
The seven-time NL West champion Dodgers, being pushed by a Padres team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since winning the division in 2006, bounced back from a 7-2 loss in the opener of the series between the NL’s two best teams.
The Padres, cruising toward a berth in the expanded playoffs, lost for just the third time in 15 games.
Justin Turner had three singles in his return from the injured list, including an RBI hit in the first off Zach Davies (7-3), who had his career-high streak of five straight victories snapped.
Reigning NL MVP Cody Bellinger also had an RBI single, in the third, and Rios made it 3-1 when he homered deep into the seats in right leading off the fifth, his fourth.
Gonsolin (1-1) held the Padres to one run and four hits, struck out two and walked none in his longest outing so far.
The 26-year-old rookie kept the Padres off balance except for the third, when they manufactured one run. Jurickson Profar hit a leadoff double over right fielder Mookie Betts, advanced on Greg Garcia’s sacrifice and scored when Trent Grisham beat out a bunt for a single.
After Grisham’s single, Gonsolin retired 14 of the next 15 batters.
“We’ve seen some good ones from Tony. For him to go seven was really remarkable,” Roberts said. “He worked ahead all night long. He was in control, which was really good to see.”
Gonsolin said he didn’t feel any pressure after the loss Monday night.
“Every game I go out there it’s the biggest game for me,” he said. “I just want to go out there and throw strikes.”
Gonsolin “has been tough on the entire league this year,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said. "That’s the second time we’ve seen him this season. We actually saw him four or five innings in spring training. He’s good. He’s been a tough matchup for us. I thought his velo even picked up later in the game.”
Davies, who also lost to the Dodgers on Aug. 12, allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out five and walked one.
Brewers 18, Cardinals 3
Christian Yelich broke out of his slump with a home run and three hits, Ryan Braun also went deep, and Milwaukee routed St. Louis.
Keston Hiura and Daniel Vogelbach also homered for the Brewers.
With St. Louis leading 1-0 in the first, Yelich and Braun hit back-to-back solo home runs off Jack Flaherty (3-2). Yelich, who singled, and Braun, who walked, hurt Flaherty again in the third inning. They scored on a double by Vogelbach, a designated hitter claimed off waivers Sept. 3.
The game broke loose in the fourth, after Flaherty gave up two singles and a walk to load the bases. There were still no outs when three runs crossed the plate, giving Milwaukee a 7-1 lead, and Flaherty was pulled.
Milwaukee left-hander Brett Anderson (3-3) gave up an RBI double and a bases-loaded walk, both to Paul Goldschmidt.
Reds 4, Pirates 1
Tucker Barnhart hit a home run and Brian Goodwin prevented one with a leaping catch as Cincinnati extended its winning streak to a season-high four games with a win over Pittsburgh.
Michael Lorenzen (2-1) looked sharp in a spot start. Lorenzen made his first 2020 start. He allowed one run and four hits in five innings with no walks and six strikeouts. Amir Garrett pitched the ninth for his first save.
Pittsburgh’s only run came in the fourth on Ke’Bryan Hayes’ double and Colin Moran’s single.
The Reds took a 3-0 lead in the first. Shogo Akiyama and Nick Castellanos opened the inning with singles and Joey Votto walked. Jesse Winker forced Votto at the plate with a chopper to Musgrove, but the right-hander hit Mike Moustakas on the left foot with a pitch to force in a run. Votto scored on Goodwin’s sacrifice fly. Freddy Galvis followed with an RBI single.
Musgrove (0-5) gave up six hits, four runs and one walk. He retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced.
Astros 4, Rangers 1
George Springer and Martín Maldonado homered, Alex Bregman hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning and Houston got a needed win over Texas.
Their victory was tempered by an injury to shortstop Carlos Correa, who had to be helped off the field after fouling a ball off his left ankle or foot. There was no immediate update on Correa’s condition.
Houston starter José Urquidy (1-1) allowed three hits and one run in seven innings for his first win in his third start of the season. Ryan Pressly allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth for his 10th save.
The Rangers managed just four hits, all singles, and fell to 4-18 on the road. They have lost seven straight road games, their longest such streak since also losing seven in a row in 2014.
White Sox 6, Twins 2
Dane Dunning pitched seven effective innings, Luis Robert had a key two-run single and the White Sox strengthened their hold on the AL Central by topping Minnesota.
Dunning (2-0) permitted one earned run and three hits. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out seven and walked two in the longest outing of his career.
Tim Anderson and James McCann homered as Chicago (32-16) posted its sixth straight win and moved three games ahead of second-place Minnesota, which won the AL Central last year.
Byron Buxton hit his third career inside-the-park homer for Minnesota, but the Twins finished with just four hits. Randy Dobnak (6-4) allowed four runs and eight hits over 4 1/3 innings in his second straight loss.
Rays 6, Nationals 1
Ryan Yarbrough stopped a personal 16-game winless streak, Nate Lowe homered, and AL East-leading Tampa Bay beat Washington.
Yarbrough (1-3) followed opener John Curtiss in the second inning and gave up one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings for his first win since Aug 11, 2019, at Seattle.
Nick Anderson replaced Ryan Sherriff with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth and struck out Luis García and pinch-hitter Yadiel Hernandez to get this fifth save.
Washington got a sixth-inning RBI grounder from Kurt Suzuki.
Tigers 6, Royals 0
Miguel Cabrera hit a homer and a double to help Detroit beat Kansas City.
Matthew Boyd (2-6) bounced back from a rough outing with a strong performance, throwing five-plus scoreless innings and giving up just two hits.
Jakob Junis (0-2) started in place of Danny Duffy, who missed the team’s flight to Detroit. Junis gave up five runs and seven hits over 2 1-3 innings.
Detroit had lost three straight and 10 of its last 13 games. Kansas City had won six straight.
Niko Goodrum, in his first at-bat after being on the 10-day injured list, hit an RBI single in the first. Jorge Bonifacio followed with a two-run double to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.
Boyd struck out five and walked four. His 105-pitch outing ended with two on and two outs in the sixth and Edward Olivares hit into an inning-ending groundout.
Braves 5, Orioles 1
Adam Duvall tied a Braves record with his 10th homer in September, and Atlanta used six pitchers to beat Baltimore.
Freddie Freeman had three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles, to help the Braves bounce back from a 14-1 drubbing by Baltimore a night earlier.
Duvall hit a solo shot off Thomas Eshelman (3-1) to make it 2-0 in the fourth inning. The score stayed that way until Freeman doubled and scored in a three-run ninth.
Darren O’Day (4-0) worked the fifth, the first of five pitchers to throw one inning apiece.
José Iglesias had two hits and a ninth-inning RBI for the Orioles, who have lost six of seven.
Cubs 6, Indians 5
Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin were plunked by consecutive pitches from Cleveland reliever Nick Wittgren in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run for the Cubs.
After Cleveland tied the game at 5 with two runs in the top of the ninth, left-hander Oliver Pérez (1-1) allowed a one-out walk to Kris Bryant in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Rizzo followed with a single that advanced Bryant to third. Wittgren drilled Contreras with a 1-1 fastball, then hit Maybin with a bases-loaded changeup.
Trailing 5-3 in the ninth, Josh Naylor drew a leadoff walk from Cubs closer Jeremy Jeffress. One out later, Francisco Lindor hit a two-run shot to left to tie the game. It was his eighth of the season and the second blown save for Jeffress (4-1).
Javier Báez also homered for the Cubs, who increased their lead to five games in the NL Central.
Lindor’s home run took away a victory for Cubs starter Yu Darvish. The NL Cy Young Award candidate allowed three runs and nine hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one as he bounced back from a loss to the Reds in his last outing.
Rookie Tyler Naquin was 4 for 4 for the Indians, who lost their season-high seventh straight game.
Rockies 3, Athletics 1
Antonio Senzatela pitched the first complete game of his career and Elias Díaz hit a two-run homer to lead Colorado over Oakland.
Senzatela allowed six hits and retired the last eight batters he faced against the AL West leaders for Colorado’s first complete game since German Marquez went the distance in April 2019.
Senzatela (4-2) struck out three and walked one. He threw 74 of his 109 pitches for strikes in a rare pitching gem at Coors Field.
Oakland struck first when Tony Kemp’s sacrifice fly scored Lamb in the second inning. It stayed that way until the fifth when Josh Fuentes, who had two hits, singled and went to third on a throwing error by shortstop Marcus Semien. Diaz fell behind 0-2 but lined Sean Manaea’s curveball into the left-field seats to put Colorado ahead 2-1 with his first home run of the season.
Fuentes came up big again in the sixth when he hit a sacrifice fly to score his cousin, Nolan Arenado, and chase Manaea (4-3).
Diamondbacks 9, Angels 8
David Peralta hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning, and Arizona blew a seven-run lead before rallying to beat the Angels.
Longtime Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had two homers, three hits and a career-high five RBIs in his return to Angel Stadium with the Diamondbacks, who hung on for their third win in 10 games after leading 8-1 in the fifth.
Justin Upton and Jared Walsh homered for the Angels,
Madison Bumgarner yielded a career-high 13 hits and matched his career worst with eight runs allowed in his first appearance against the Angels. The veteran left-hander blew a seven-run lead and stayed winless with the Diamondbacks.
Carson Kelly and Daulton Varsho also homered for the Diamondbacks.
Keury Mella (1-0) pitched the seventh for his first major league victory, and Stefan Crichton worked the ninth for his second save.
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