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MLB roundup: Blue Jays slip past Red Sox in ninth

Field Level Media
29 Jun 2022, 16:19 GMT+10

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. capped a two-run ninth inning with a walk-off single as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the visiting Boston Red Sox 6-5 on Tuesday.

Pinch hitter Alejandro Kirk singled to lead off the bottom of the ninth against Tyler Danish (2-1), and George Springer walked. Hansel Robles replaced Danish and allowed Bo Bichette's single that scored pinch runner Bradley Zimmer to tie the game to set up Guerrero's winning hit.

Jordan Romano (2-2) pitched around a walk in the top of the ninth. Toronto starter Ross Stripling allowed two runs in five innings, while Boston's Michael Wacha gave up four runs in five innings.

Rob Refsnyder hit a two-run home run and Trevor Story added a solo shot for the Red Sox, who have lost the first two games of the three-game series.

Astros 9, Mets 1

Framber Valdez tossed eight shutout innings and Yordan Alvarez, Yuli Gurriel and Kyle Tucker homered as visiting Houston pummeled New York.

Alvarez had three hits and reached base five times for Houston, and Alex Bregman also contributed three hits. Valdez (8-3) allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five as the Astros won for the sixth time in eight games.

New York's Starling Marte had three hits, including two doubles. Carlos Carrasco (8-4) yielded six runs in 4 1/3 innings as the Mets lost for just the third time in their past 16 home games.

Mariners 2, Orioles 0

Jesse Winker hit a tiebreaking, two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning as Seattle beat visiting Baltimore.

With two outs in the decisive eighth, J.P. Crawford lined a single off Cionel Perez (4-1). Felix Bautista came on to face Julio Rodriguez, who hit a one-hopper off the pitcher's leg and beat a diving tag attempt by first baseman Ryan Mountcastle. Winker then hit a deep drive to right, scoring both runners.

Diego Castillo (5-1) pitched the eighth and Paul Sewald worked the ninth for his seventh save to wrap up Seattle's one-hitter. The Orioles' lone hit was a fourth-inning, line-drive single to right field by Mountcastle off Mariners starter Robbie Ray, who threw seven sharp innings.

Rockies 7, Dodgers 4

Charlie Blackmon went 4-for-5 with two runs and one RBI as Colorado roughed up Clayton Kershaw while beating Los Angeles in Denver.

Randal Grichuk and Elias Diaz smacked homers off Kershaw as the Rockies topped the Dodgers for the second straight night and fourth time in five 2022 meetings. Kyle Freeland (4-5) limited Los Angeles to three runs in six innings.

Kershaw (5-2) lasted just four innings and allowed season worsts of six runs and nine hits. Hanser Alberto, Max Muncy and Trea Turner hit solo homers for the Dodgers, who have lost three of their past four games.

Guardians 3, Twins 2 (Game 1)

Amed Rosario's two-run single in the eighth inning was the difference as host Cleveland snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over Minnesota in the opening game of a doubleheader.

Rosario's clutch hit drove in Myles Straw and Steven Kwan, both of whom had walked off Twins reliever Emilio Pagan (1-3). Both runners had moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Rosario finished 3-for-4 with one run and two RBIs.

Guardians reliever Sam Hentges (2-0) failed to hold the lead in the eighth inning but earned the victory anyway. The left-hander allowed a leadoff home run to Carlos Correa, which snapped a 1-1 tie. Correa's ninth of the season gave him a home run in each of the first two games of the series.

Twins 6, Guardians 0 (Game 2)

Jorge Polanco made his return to Minnesota's lineup with a two-run home run and three RBIs as the visiting Twins topped Cleveland in the second game of the doubleheader.

The Guardians have been shut out four times this season, twice in the past week.

Minnesota starter Josh Winder (3-2), called up as the Twins' 27th man for the doubleheader, performed like a seasoned veteran. The right-hander pitched six scoreless innings and allowed four hits and one walk. He struck out one.

Brewers 5, Rays 3

Andrew McCutchen and Luis Urias hit two-run home runs in the sixth inning and Brandon Woodruff struck out 10 as Milwaukee rallied past Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Kolten Wong had a hit and scored two runs in his return from the injured list as the Brewers won for the fourth time in the past five games. Woodruff (6-3) tossed five innings of one-run ball in his return from the injured list.

Randy Arozarena had an RBI single and Wander Franco added a run-scoring fly ball for the Rays, whose three-game winning streak ended.

Nationals 3, Pirates 1

Pinch hitter Yadiel Hernandez smacked a two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning to lift Washington to a win against Pittsburgh.

The Nationals' Josh Bell beat out an infield hit leading off the eighth against Wil Crowe (3-5). After Nelson Cruz struck out, Luis Garcia pinch-hit for Maikel Franco and grounded into a fielder's choice. Cesar Hernandez drew a walk and Yadiel Hernandez sent a 0-1 changeup just beyond the reach of right fielder Diego Castillo and to the wall.

Patrick Corbin (4-10) gave up one run on five hits and two walks in eight innings. He threw 113 pitches and struck out 12 batters, his most since joining Washington in 2019 and matching his career high.

White Sox 11, Angels 4

Chicago erupted for 17 hits -- including three each from Tim Anderson, Luis Robert and Jose Abreu -- in a rout of Los Angeles at Anaheim, Calif.

White Sox starter Johnny Cueto (2-4) gave up three solo homers but otherwise kept the Angels off the scoreboard and managed to work his way through six innings. Josh Harrison and Robert went deep for Chicago.

Andrew Velazquez, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani homered for the Angels, and Ohtani added two doubles. Reliever Oliver Ortega (1-3) took the loss.

Yankees 2, A's 1

Rookie JP Sears pitched 5 2/3 effective innings in his second successful spot start of the season and host New York held on for a victory over Oakland.

Sears (3-0) was called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre so the Yankees could give their five starters an extra day of rest. He allowed three hits, struck out one and walked one. He threw 78 pitches and recorded nine of his 17 outs via groundouts while also getting help from his defense.

Oakland starter Frankie Montas (4-7) allowed two runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two. Tuesday marked the eighth time in his past 11 starts that the A's scored one run or none.

Braves 5, Phillies 3

Matt Olson hit two home runs, Travis d'Arnaud homered, singled and drove in two runs and Atlanta won at Philadelphia.

Collin McHugh (1-1) earned the win in relief, and A.J. Minter threw a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first save. The Braves won for the sixth time in nine games.

Kyle Schwarber hit a solo home run and walked twice for the Phillies, who fell for just the seventh time in June. Andrew Bellatti (1-3) took the loss.

Cardinals 5, Marlins 3

Dylan Carlson drove in two runs and scored once as St. Louis rallied past visiting Miami.

Tommy Edman went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs for St. Louis, and Edmundo Sosa hit a run-scoring triple and scored a run.

Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson (6-4) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. Junior Fernandez followed with two scoreless innings, Giovanny Gallegos handled the eighth inning, and Ryan Helsley struck out the side in the ninth to earn his sixth save.

Rangers 8, Royals 3

Marcus Semien had three hits, including a three-run home run, and scored three runs as visiting Texas defeated Kansas City.

Semien drove in four runs, and Corey Seager had a pair of hits and drove in two. Rangers starter Jon Gray (4-3) allowed one run on five hits in a season-high-tying seven innings. He walked two and struck out eight.

Royals starter Jonathan Heasley (1-4) allowed seven runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Reds 5, Cubs 3

Luis Castillo struck out a season-high 11 over six scoreless innings and Jonathan India clubbed a three-run homer in the seventh as Cincinnati held off host Chicago.

Castillo (3-4) yielded five hits and three walks while throwing a career-high 123 pitches. The right-hander got Yan Gomes to fly out and strand the bases loaded in the sixth on his final pitch.

The teams struck out a combined 27 times, with Cubs leadoff hitter Christopher Morel fanning four times.

Diamondbacks 7, Padres 6

Josh Rojas raced home from second base in the ninth inning when the Padres failed to convert a two-out grounder into a forceout as Arizona rallied from a six-run deficit to defeat San Diego in Phoenix.

The Diamondbacks trailed 6-0 before scoring four times in the seventh inning, then pulled level in the eighth on back-to-back RBI hit batters.

Jorge Alfaro capped San Diego's six-run fifth inning with a three-run double off Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen.

Giants 4, Tigers 3

Evan Longoria and Mike Yastrzemski stroked two-out, two-run hits and closer Camilo Doval stranded the bases loaded in the eighth inning as San Francisco held on to beat visiting Detroit.

Longoria hit a first-inning single off Tigers starter Tarik Skubal (5-6) that scored Wilmer Flores and Joc Pederson. Skubal, who was pulled after 4 2/3 innings, was charged with three runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out five.

Giants starter Carlos Rodon (7-4) lost a shutout bid in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Miguel Cabrera. The left-hander called it a night after six innings, having limited the Tigers to one run on seven hits. He struck out four and did not issue a walk.

--Field Level Media

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