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    Monday, March 04, 2024

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    Royals starting pitcher Matt Harvey comes out of the game during the second inning of Tuesday's game against Cleveland in Kansas City, Mo. Cleveland won, 10-1. (Charlie Riedel/AP Photo)

    American League

    Indians 10, Royals 1

    Mystic's Matt Harvey gave up five runs and six hits in 1 1/3 innings, with all the runs coming on home runs, in Kansas City's loss to Cleveland on Tuesday night.

    Harvey (0-2) had failed to get out of the third inning in his first two starts with Kansas City, but this was his shortest outing yet.

    "They were taking pretty good swings today," was all Kansas City manager Mike Matheny would say about the Indians' offensive attack.

    Zach Plesac returned to the Indians with six solid innings after being punished for breaking coronavirus protocols. The right-hander allowed a run and four hits, striking out six and walking none. The 25-year-old has a 1.33 ERA in three starts this season.

    Plesac (2-1) hadn’t pitched since Aug. 8 after being caught breaking curfew with rotation-mate Mike Clevinger. Plesac and Clevinger were placed on the restricted list and later demoted to the alternate site as punishment. Clevinger returned and made one start last week before being traded to San Diego on Monday, opening a spot for Plesac.

    “I definitely had butterflies,” Plesac said. “I wanted to come in and give these guys a chance to win.

    “This group of guys are special. There has been a lot of learning for myself and my teammates. I think it’s something we can look forward and know that we have each other’s backs.”

    Plesac also apologized for a video he posted to social media days after being sent home from the team, in which he complained about his public portrayal and claimed his night out with eight friends wasn't irresponsible. He filmed the video driving a car and not wearing a seatbelt.

    “I don't think my words came out as clear as I would have liked them to,” Plesac said.

    Francisco Lindor and Franmil Reyes homered in the first and Roberto Perez homered in the second, all off Harvey. Reyes, who had never had a four-hit game, went 5 for 5 with two doubles and a homer.

    “I’m seeing the ball well,” Reyes said. “I decided to not guess up there. Hopefully I recognize the pitch early.”

    He did acknowledge that he was thinking about the cycle in his last two at-bats with a homer, single and double.

    “Right before the inning started, I went to stretch my legs,” he said, “just in case."

    Cleveland’s Cesar Hernandez led off the first inning with an infield single, and with one out, Lindor ripped one just inside the foul pole for a two-run home run. One out later, Reyes launched a shot to right center for a 3-0 lead.

    Perez extended Harvey’s trouble with a two-run home run into the right field bullpen. After allowing another hit and a walk, Harvey was done for the night.

    Plesac continued to cruise. He retired 12 straight and faced one over the minimum through four innings.

    The Indians added a run in the sixth. Delino DeShields reached on a single and went to second on a wild pitch. Jose Ramirez hit a sharp single off the glove of first baseman Ryan O’Hearn, and DeShields scored.

    The Royals finally got a run off Plesac in the sixth when Hunter Dozier lined a home run into the bullpen in right field.

    Cleveland got three more runs in the seventh, and one in the eighth on Ramirez’s eighth home run.

    Twins 3, White Sox 2

    Byron Buxton returned with a bang and so did Michael Pineda, rallying Minnesota past the White Sox to snap a six-game losing streak.

    Buxton came off the injured list and had two hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning.

    Pineda pitched six strong innings, giving up two runs and six hits in his first outing after being suspended 60 games last year for using a banned diuretic.

    Caleb Thielbar (1-0) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief after the Twins rallied against Chicago’s bullpen. Matt Wisler got his second career save.

    Jimmy Cordero (0-2) permitted two runs in relief of White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel.

    Tim Anderson had three hits and Eloy Jiménez delivered a two-run double, but Chicago lost for just the third time in 15 games and fell into a tie with Cleveland atop the AL Central.

    Rangers 6, Astros 5 (10 innings)

    Elvis Andrus hit a tying solo homer in the ninth inning and Texas got two runs in the 10th on a balk and two errors to beat Houston.

    Scott Heineman started the 10th on second base and advanced to third on a groundout by Shin-Soo Choo. The Rangers took the lead when he scored on a balk by Blake Taylor (1-1). The balk was called when the rookie stepped off the mound as Heineman took off as if he was heading home.

    Isiah Kiner-Falefa then reached on an error by shortstop Carlos Correa and scored from first with two outs when Joey Gallo bunted, and catcher Martín Maldonado overthrew first base for another error.

    Jose Altuve, who had three hits, started the 10th on second and scored when Michael Brantley singled off Rafael Montero to make it 6-5. Yuli Gurriel grounded into a double play, and Montero retired Kyle Tucker for his seventh save.

    Jonathan Hernández (5-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

    Houston starter Framber Valdez yielded five hits and three runs with eight strikeouts in seven innings.

    National League

    Phillies 6, Nationals 0

    Aaron Nola tossed two-hit ball over eight innings, Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and Alec Bohm also went deep to lead Philadelphia past Washington.

    Nola (4-2) threw 113 pitches in his latest dominant outing before he yielded to Hector Neris for the ninth. He struck out nine and allowed two or fewer runs for the fifth time this season.

    Bohm’s solo shot to left field for his second homer of the season and J.T. Realmuto’s RBI single off Washington starter Patrick Corbin (2-3) gave the Phillies a two-run lead in the fifth.

    The Phillies have won 11 of 17 games to move a game over .500 (16-15) and remain in an NL playoff spot.

    Cardinals 16, Reds 2

    Brad Miller homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs, and the Cardinals pounded Sonny Gray on the way to their third straight win.

    Miller sparked St. Louis’ six-run first inning against Gray (5-2) with a two-run double that glanced off the glove of diving first baseman Joey Votto and bounced down the line. He hit a two-run shot in the second, an RBI single in the fifth and another two-run homer in the eighth.

    Kolten Wong went 4 for 4 and scored four times as the Cardinals set season highs for runs and hits with 23. Kwang Hyun Kim (2-0) pitched five scoreless innings for the win.

    It was the worst loss of the season for the free-falling Reds, who have dropped three straight and four of five.

    Giants 23, Rockies 5

    Alex Dickerson hit three home runs and matched a career high with six RBIs, highlighting one of the biggest offensive shows ever at Coors Field as San Francisco beat Colorado.

    Brandon Crawford also homered among his three hits and had six RBIs, and Donovan Solano had four hits and six RBIs. Brandon Belt and Joey Bart added three hits apiece as the Giants collected 27 overall and scored in every inning except the ninth in winning for the 10th time in 13 games.

    The 23 runs were the third-most allowed by the Rockies in team history. The Chicago Cubs scored 26 against Colorado on Aug. 18, 1995, and the Cincinnati Reds scored 24 on May 19, 1999. The 27 hits by the Giants were the second-most ever allowed by the Rockies, matching the Cubs’ hit total in the 1995 game.

    Giants starter Kevin Gausman (2-2) went five innings and allowed two hits and two runs, both on homers by Garrett Hampson.

    Catcher Drew Butera pitched the last two innings for the Rockies.

    Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 3

    Chris Taylor drove in a season-high four runs and Julio Urías pitched six innings of four-hit ball in the Dodgers’ victory over Arizona.

    Taylor, AJ Pollock and Max Muncy had two hits apiece as Los Angeles opened a six-game homestand with its third straight victory.

    Carson Kelly homered again at Dodger Stadium, and Nick Ahmed added a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth for the last-place Diamondbacks, who have lost 11 of 12.

    Kelly’s homer was the only big hit off Urías (3-0), who got five strikeouts and allowed no walks to earn his first victory since Aug. 13.

    Kenley Jansen struck out Daulton Varsho for his 10th save in 11 chances.

    Alex Young (1-2) yielded six hits and two earned runs over five innings in his fourth start of the season for Arizona.

    Cubs 8, Pirates 6 (11 innings)

    Ian Happ singled home Nico Hoerner in the 11th inning, leading the Cubs to the victory.

    Happ also led off the game with a home run. He finished with three hits and two RBIs for the NL Central leaders.

    Pittsburgh prospect Ke’Bryan Hayes, the son of longtime major league infielder Charlie Hayes, had two hits and scored three times in his big league debut. Hayes hit a tying homer in the eighth and added an RBI double.

    Happ put the Pirates away when he sent a sharp single to center off Kyle Crick (0-1) in the 11th. Jeremy Jeffress (3-1) held Pittsburgh scoreless in the bottom of the inning as Chicago won for the third time in four games.

    Happ and Kyle Schwarber each hit their 10th homer of the season for the Cubs.


    Marlins 3, Blue Jays 2

    Starling Marte celebrated his Miami debut with a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning.

    Marte, who was acquired in a trade with Arizona on Monday, drove a 1-0 pitch from Shun Yamaguchi (1-3) deep to left-center for his third homer. He also reached on an error in the sixth and scored from first on Garrett Cooper’s double.

    James Hoyt (1-0) got the win, and Brandon Kintzler pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save.

    Jon Berti homered for Miami, which moved back above .500 at 16-15.

    Robbie Ray made his debut for Toronto, pitching 3 1/3 innings in relief of Julian Merryweather. Ray, who came over in a trade with the Diamondbacks on Monday, allowed two runs, one earned, and four hits.

    Tigers 12, Brewers 1

    Victor Reyes had four hits and five RBIs, and Detroit pounded Milwaukee for its sixth straight victory.

    Detroit moved back above .500 at 17-16, but it lost starting outfielder JaCoby Jones to a fractured left hand. Jones was hit by a pitch from Phil Bickford in the eighth inning in the reliever’s big league debut.

    Reyes hit an RBI single in the fourth, a two-run homer in the sixth and a two-run double in the eighth. He also singled in the third.

    Willi Castro doubled, tripled and scored two runs for Detroit. Christin Stewart and Grayson Greiner each hit a solo shot.

    The Tigers were working on a shutout before Christian Yelich hit his ninth homer for the Brewers in the sixth.

    Detroit’s Daniel Norris (3-1) struck out five over 2 1/3 innings in relief.

    Brewers starter Josh Lindblom (1-3) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings.

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