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MLB roundup


Blue Jays 4, Braves 1

Teoscar Hernández hit two homers and drove in three runs, Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven sharp innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Atlanta 4-1 on a cold Wednesday night to continue their dominance of the Braves.

Toronto improved to 5-0 against the Braves this season and have outscored them 35-16.

Hernández has hit four homers and driven in 15 runs in 12 games since returning from the COVID-19 injured list on April 30. He said he wasn't worried about falling behind on his baseball skills while missing 16 games.

“When I was at home during my recovery, I wasn’t doing a lot of baseball stuff,” Hernández said. “I was trying to get my body ready because I knew if my body was ready, the baseball stuff was going to be there.”

William Contreras hit a long homer in the fifth for the only run allowed by Ryu (3-2). Ryu gave up five hits, struck out six and walked one.

Ryu said the pitcher's duel with Max Fried helped him on the mound.

“In a situation like that we tend to focus more and be able to concentrate on all our pitches,” Ryu said through a translator.

Reliever Tyler Chatwood retired Ronald Acuña Jr., Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna in the eighth. A.J. Cole pitched the ninth for his first save.

Hernández hit the first pitch thrown by right-hander Luke Jackson (1-1) in the seventh over the center-field wall, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead. He added a two-run shot 464 feet to left-center off Josh Tomlin in the ninth.

On Tuesday, Hernández had a go-ahead infield single in the eighth in a 5-3 win over Atlanta. He said his swings are “in a good path” and added “”that’s what I’m going to try to keep doing."

The temperature for the first pitch was a brisk 52 degrees. Fans wore jackets and stocking caps and huddled under blankets, an unusual necessity for Atlanta in May.

Contreras pulled a knee-high pitch from Ryu 463 feet into the seats in left field for his second homer. The drive came exactly one week after Contreras, the younger brother of Chicago Cubs All-Star catcher Willson Contreras, hit his first homer at Washington.

The Blue Jays pulled even in the sixth. Cavan Biggio walked, stole second and scored on Marcus Semien's double to the left-field wall. Semien extended his hitting streak to 11 games.

Fried allowed only two hits and one run in six innings. The strong start by Fried was especially important after the Braves learned right-hander Mike Soroka might not pitch this season.

Before the game, Braves manager Brian Snitker said Soroka suffered a setback in his recovery from surgery to repair his torn right Achilles tendon suffered last season. Soroka will have a second surgery early next week in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to determine the cause of renewed discomfort.

Blue Jays outfielder George Springer (right quad strain) hit in the cage and plans to begin running on Thursday. INF Joe Panik (calf) also hit in the cage as neither team took normal batting practice outside following rain most of the day.

Dodgers 7, Mariners 1

Julio Urías pitched seven stellar innings of two-hit ball, Matt Beaty drove in three runs and Los Angeles beat Seattle for its first back-to-back victories in 25 days.

Max Muncy homered for the second straight game for the defending World Series champions, who opened a nine-game homestand by sweeping this two-game interleague series and interrupting their 3 1/2-week stretch of mostly terrible play.

Urías (5-1) bounced back superbly from last weekend in Anaheim, where he took his first loss since 2019. He retired Seattle's first 13 batters and yielded only two singles and a walk, striking out six.

Justin Dunn (1-1) unraveled in the fourth for Seattle, which finished a five-game road trip with four straight defeats. Dylan Moore had an RBI single for the Mariners, who managed just two singles in their 11th loss in 16 games.

Urías is 2-0 against Seattle this season with 17 strikeouts and only three hits allowed over 14 innings.

Indians 2, Cubs 1 (10 innings)

med Rosario’s bases-loaded single with two outs in the 10th inning gave Cleveland a win over Chicago.

Rosario, who drove in Cleveland’s first run with a sixth-inning double, singled to right on a 1-1 pitch from Keegan Thompson (1-1), giving the Indians a sweep of the two-game series.

Chicago threatened in every inning except the eighth but finished 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 15 baserunners. Joc Pederson drove in the Cubs’ only run with a double in the sixth.

Nick Martini was the Cubs’ automatic runner in the 10th against James Karinchak (1-0). Jason Heyward walked, but ldemaro Vargas struck out attempting to bunt. Pederson popped out, and Eric Sogard took a called third strike.

American League

Astros 9, Angels 1

José Altuve and Yuli Gurriel homered early as Houston hit a season-high five long balls against Los Angeles.

Altuve launched a leadoff homer and Gurriel, who also went deep Tuesday, added his two-run shot later in the first inning. Kyle Tucker also connected for a second straight game when he smacked a two-run drive off Andrew Heaney (1-3) in the sixth to make it 5-0.

Yordan Álvarez and Chas McCormick also homered to help the Astros win their second consecutive series.

Houston starter José Urquidy left in the fourth with posterior shoulder discomfort. Brandon Bielak (2-2) went 3 1/3 innings for the win.

Tigers 4, Royals 2

Miguel Cabrera drove in two runs and surpassed Omar Vizquel for the most major league hits by a Venezuelan player, leading Detroit past slumping Kansas City.

Cabrera's two RBI singles gave him 2,878, one more than Vizquel, who played his last game in 2012 and was a coach for Cabrera and the Tigers from 2014-17.

Kansas City lost its 10th straight. Danny Duffy (4-3) gave up a season-high four runs in six innings.

Casey Mize (2-3) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in six innings. He hit one batter and struck out four. Three Detroit relievers finished, with Gregory Soto pitching the ninth for his fourth save.

White Sox 13, Twins 8

Touted rookie Andrew Vaughn hit his first career home run, Yasmani Grandal connected for the second straight day and Chicago outslugged Minnesota for its fifth win in a row.

José Abreu drove in three runs and Billy Hamilton matched his career high with four hits and also scored three times as the White Sox boosted the best record in the majors to 21-13.

Nelson Cruz hit his ninth homer for the Twins, who have dropped three straight and seven of eight. Josh Donaldson drove in three runs.

Dallas Keuchel (2-1) won for the first time since April 18. He allowed eight hits and six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.

J.A. Happ (2-1) was tagged for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings, including Vaughn’s two-run homer in the fourth.

National League

Phillies 5, Nationals 2

Rhys Hoskins hit a go-ahead single in the 10th inning as Philadelphia rallied and then took the lead against struggling Washington closer Brad Hand.

Philadelphia, which has taken seven of its last nine, won consecutive road games for the first time this season. Washington dropped its fourth in a row and seventh of eight to sink a season-worst six games below .500.

Hand (2-2) was staked to a 2-1 lead in the ninth. He quickly gave it back on Odúbel Herrera's one-out home run. He allowed a leadoff single to Bryce Harper in the 10th, moving automatic runner Andrew McCutchen to third. Kyle Finnegan entered and promptly surrendered Hoskins' RBI single.

José Alvarado (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth, and Héctor Neris worked a perfect 10th for his seventh save.

Padres 5, Rockies 3, Game 1

Rockies 3, Padres 2 (8 innings), Game 2

Josh Fuentes capped a big night with a two-out, walk-off single in the eighth inning after earlier hitting a two-run homer and Colorado salvaged a doubleheader split against virus-hampered San Diego.

The Padres, missing starters Fernando Tatis Jr., Eric Hosmer, Wil Myers and two others because of COVID-19 concerns, won the opener 5-3. Austin Nola, who's normally a catcher but was playing second base for short-handed San Diego, made a nifty catch with the bases loaded for the final out.

In the nightcap, Fuentes drove a changeup from reliever Nick Ramirez (0-1) to deep center to set off a celebration near second base as the Rockies snapped a five-game skid. Fuentes' bat provided all the run production — he homered in the second.

Yency Almonte (1-1) got the win in the late game.

Victor Caratini lined a two-out grand slam in sixth to put the Padres ahead in the first game. It came on a belt-high fastball from reliever Robert Stephenson, who was summoned after starter Jon Gray (4-3) loaded the bases.

Emilio Pagán (3-0) picked up the win with a scoreless fifth inning. Mark Melancon earned a five-out save.

Brewers 4, Cardinals 1

Travis Shaw hit a tiebreaking double and Avisaíl García added a two-run homer in the eighth inning as Milwaukee capitalized on some good fortune to defeat St. Louis.

The decisive rally that snapped the Cardinals' four-game winning streak came after it appeared Ryan Helsley (3-1) would retire the side in order. An apparent inning-ending strikeout of Daniel Vogelbach was foiled when the third strike got past catcher Yadier Molina for a wild pitch, enabling Vogelbach to reach first.

The Cardinals tied it in the top of the eighth on Tyler O'Neill's homer to right off Brandon Woodruff, who struck out 10 and gave up just three hits and one walk in 7 2/3 splendid innings.

Devin Williams (1-0) retired Tommy Edman on a grounder with a runner on first to make sure the Cardinals did no more damage in the eighth.

Reds 5, Pirates (10 innings)

Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez combined to drive in four runs in the 10th inning as Cincinnati’s bullpen threw 5 1/3 hitless innings.

Winker singled off reliever Duane Underwood Jr. (1-2) to lead off the 10th, scoring designated runner Nick Senzel. Nick Castellanos singled and Mike Moustakas walked ahead of Suárez, who drove a pitch into the left-center gap for a three-run double.

Lucas Sims (2-1) worked two perfect innings with four strikeouts to earn the win. The Cincinnati bullpen struck out nine without allowing a hit in relief of Sonny Gray.

Marlins 3, Diamondbacks 2

Cody Poteet won his major league debut and Jesús Aguilar homered for a third consecutive game as Miami edged Arizona.

The 26-year-old Poteet (1-0) gave up a run in the first inning and a solo homer to pinch-hitter Andrew Young in the fifth but was otherwise solid. The right-hander struck out six and didn't walk anyone in five innings.

The Marlins closed it out with four scoreless innings from their bullpen. Yimi García pitched the ninth for his sixth save, getting the final two outs when Aguilar made a leaping catch of Eduardo Escobar's line drive and stepped on first base to double off Tim Locastro.

Aguilar leads the National League with 31 RBIs. He hit a two-run homer that clanged off the left-field foul pole against Matt Peacock (1-1) in the first for his ninth long ball of the season.

Sandy Leon added a solo homer in the second.

Peacock went five innings in his first career start, necessitated because scheduled starter Zac Gallen was placed on the 10-day injured list earlier in the day with a sprained elbow ligament.


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