PHOENIX – Tyson Ross lost his bid to pitch the first no-hitter in the history of the San Diego Padres when rookie center fielder Franchy Cordero appeared to misplay a ball with two outs in the eighth inning Friday night of a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Playing their 7,835th game since joining the majors in 1969, the Padres again came agonizingly close to their first no-no. They remain the only team in the big leagues that has never thrown a no-hitter.
Ross had a 1-0 lead with two outs in the eighth when Christian Walker lined a drive to deep center. Cordero seemed to get a late break on the ball, then had it sail just over his outstretched glove for a double that made it 1-all. Ross was pulled after throwing a career-high 127 pitches. The right-hander, who turns 31 on Sunday, struck out 10 and walked three. He retired 18 straight after walking Jarrod Dyson in the first. Brad Hand (1-2) relieved Ross and got the last four outs – they combined on the 29th one-hitter in Padres’ history.
This was the second no-hit bid to end with two outs in the eighth in the same ballpark in four nights. Arizona’s Patrick Corbin came close in a one-hit, 1-0 win over San Francisco on Tuesday.
Christian Villaneuva hit an RBI single off Brad Boxberger (0-2) in a three-run ninth.
Mets 5, Braves 3 (12)
ATLANTA – Yoenis Cespedes, who struck out in his previous four at-bats, hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the 12th to lift the New York Mets over the Braves.
Cespedes’ single to right field drove in winning pitcher Robert Gsellman from second base. Cespedes scored on Asdrubal Cabrera’s double off Josh Ravin (0-1) to right field. Cabrera ran halfway to third before stopping and trying to return to second. A review showed he was out at second, overturning the original call. Ravin hit Gsellman with a pitch to open the 12th. Gsellman moved to second on Amed Rosario’s sacrifice. Michael Conforto popped out before Cespedes delivered the go-ahead hit.
Gsellman (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings. Jeurys Familia pitched a perfect 12th for his eighth save.
Astros 10, White Sox 0
CHICAGO – Justin Verlander pitched six sparkling innings, Carlos Correa homered twice and the Houston Astros pounded the White Sox.
George Springer also drove in four runs with a pair of doubles in Houston’s fourth straight victory. Verlander (3-0) allowed two hits and walked three while improving to 2-0 with a microscopic 0.43 ERA in his last three starts. The ace right-hander also struck out five to reach 2,455 for his career, passing Sam McDowell for 38th on baseball’s all-time Ks list.
James Shields (1-2) took the loss for the White Sox, who managed just two hits in their 10th loss in 11 games. But the deep slide became a secondary concern after a scary scene in the sixth.
Reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in Chicago’s dugout after recording the last two outs in the top of the inning. He was attended to team medical personnel and on-site EMTs. The White Sox said he regained consciousness before he was taken to a hospital by ambulance for further testing.
Tigers 3-2, Royals 2-3
DETROIT – Detroit rookie first baseman Niko Goodrum dropped Jon Jay’s grounder and then made a wild throw, allowing the tiebreaking run to score in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak, rallying past the Tigers in the second game of a split doubleheader.
Detroit won the afternoon opener on a solo homer by JaCoby Jones in the 10th.
The Tigers led 2-1 in the ninth of the nightcap before pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte lined a tying single with one out. With runners at first and second, Jay hit a grounder to Goodrum, who didn’t handle it cleanly. Goodrum then flipped the ball over the head of pitcher Shane Greene (1-1), who was covering. Kelvin Herrera pitched the ninth for his third save, ending Detroit’s four-game winning streak.
Jakob Junis (3-1) allowed two runs and four hits in eight innings for the Royals.
With one out in the 10th of the first game, Jones hit a fastball from Brad Keller (0-1) deep to left and immediately put up his right index finger in celebration. Joe Jimenez (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th to earn the win.
Orioles 3, Indians 1
BALTIMORE – Dylan Bundy pitched six innings of five-hit ball and struck out nine to secure his elusive first win of the season, and the Orioles beat the Cleveland Indians to end a six-game losing streak.
Manny Machado homered and Trey Mancini doubled in two runs for Baltimore, which was outscored 43-22 during an 0-6 trip through Boston and Detroit.
Bundy (1-2) came in with a 1.40 ERA after allowing only four earned runs in four starts while being victimized by a lack of run support. In this one, Baltimore did just enough damage against Trevor Bauer (1-2) to get Bundy his first victory since Aug. 29.
Richard Bleier worked two innings – aided by a fine defensive play by Machado at shortstop – and Darren O’Day got three outs for his first save.
Cardinals 4, Reds 2
ST. LOUIS – Michael Wacha kept up his strong pitching against Cincinnati, Yadier Molina hit two-run double in the first inning, and the Cardinals spoiled Jim Riggleman’s debut as Reds interim manager.
Riggleman replaced Bryan Price, who was fired Thursday after Cincinnati lost 15 of its first 18 games.
Wacha (3-1) gave up one run and six hits in 6 2/3 innings, his longest outing of the year, to improve to 10-1 in his career against the Reds. Bud Norris picked up his fifth save in five chances despite allowing a two-out RBI single to Alex Blandino, helping the Cardinals win for the sixth time in seven games.
Brandon Finnegan (0-2) lost for the second time in two starts against the Cardinals this year.
Blue Jays 8, Yankees 5
NEW YORK – Lourdes Gurriel Jr. made an impressive major league debut with two hits and three RBIs as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees.
Teoscar Hernandez homered and drove in three runs and Yangervis Solarte also connected for the Blue Jays, who have won nine of their last 11.
Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton broke a 50 at-bat homerless slump with his fourth shot of the season, a drive that put New York ahead 4-2 in the third. Miguel Andujar and Tyler Austin also homered for New York.
Toronto starter Marco Estrada (2-1) was charged with five runs and seven hits, three of them home runs, in five innings. Roberto Osuna pitched the ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.
The Blue Jays chased Sonny Gray (1-2) by sending nine to the plate in the fourth. Gray allowed five hits and five runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Phillies 2, Pirates 1
PHILADELPHIA – Odubel Herrera hit a go-ahead triple in the eighth inning to lift the Phillies over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Herrera, Cesar Hernandez, Carlos Santana and Maikel Franco each had two hits for the Phillies, who have won nine of 11 overall while improving to 7-1 at home. It is Philadelphia’s best start at home since it won seven of eight to begin the 1981 season.
Luis Garcia (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth inning, and Hector Neris blanked Pittsburgh in the ninth to earn his third save in four tries.
After Hernandez led off the eighth with a double and Santana grounded out, Herrera lined an 86-mph cutter from George Kontos (1-2) on a 1-2 count just inside the first-base bag to score Hernandez and give the Phillies a 2-1 lead.
Rays 8, Twins 7 (10)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Pinch-runner Johnny Field scored the winning run from second base in the 10th as reliever Zach Duke missed first base after taking a flip from Joe Mauer on Denard Span’s two-out grounder, leading the Tampa Bay Rays past the Minnesota Twins.
Wilson Ramos had a one-out double off Duke (1-1). After Mallex Smith struck out and Adeiny Hechavarria was intentionally walked, Mauer made a diving catch on Span’s ball and made a toss to Duke, who missed touching the base on two attempts that allowed Field to score. The safe call was upheld after a 2-minute, 16-second video review.
Alex Colome (1-2) worked a perfect 10th for the win.
Tampa Bay forced extra innings when Carlos Gomez was hit by a pitch from Fernando Rodney with two outs in the ninth, stole second and scored on Brad Miller’s RBI single to tie it at 7.
Mariners 6, Rangers 2
ARLINGTON, Texas – Jean Segura hit a two-run double in a four-run ninth inning after Mitch Haniger’s tying homer in the eighth, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Rangers.
The liner to right center from Segura chased Texas closer Keone Kela (2-1), who gave up singles to Daniel Vogelbach and Dee Gordon and got his only out on Guillermo Heredia’s sacrifice bunt.
Haniger’s fifth homer was a two-out shot to the berm in center field against Chris Martin. Haniger and Kyle Seager added RBI singles in the ninth off Jake Diekman as the Rangers remained the only team in the majors without a win in a series opener, dropping to 0-7.
Juan Nicasio (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Edwin Diaz struck out two in the ninth around a walk and a hit batter.
Brewers 8, Marlins 0
MILWAUKEE – Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw hit back-to-back homers, helping the Brewers to a victory over the Miami Marlins.
It was the fourth consecutive win for Milwaukee, which has outscored Miami 20-3 in the first two games of the series.
Jhoulys Chacin (1-1) picked up his first win since signing with the Brewers as a free agent during the offseason. The right-hander pitched six innings, scattering four hits and three walks while striking out five.
Miami starter Trevor Richards (0-2) lasted only 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on five hits and six walks while striking out five.
Cubs 16, Rockies 5
DENVER – Javier Baez and Kyle Schwarber each had a homer and four RBIs, and the Chicago Cubs used a seven-run sixth inning to rout the Rockies.
Baez had four hits, finishing a triple shy of the cycle. Schwarber had three hits, connecting for his fourth home run of the season in the sixth to help break open the game. Albert Amora Jr. added four hits, including a double and RBI single.
Kyle Hendricks (1-1) struck out six and allowed three runs on five hits in five innings to pick up his first win of the season.
Nolan Arenado homered for Colorado in his return from a five-game suspension stemming from his involvement in a brawl against San Diego earlier this month. Jon Gray (1-4) allowed seven runs – five earned – in five-plus innings.
Giants 8, Angels 1
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Andrew McCutchen hit a towering, three-run homer, Mac Williamson slugged a two-run homer in his first big league game this season and Nick Hundley also connected to back Jeff Samardzija in the San Francisco Giants’ win against the Los Angeles Angels.
The Angels had only five hits, including a homer by Mike Trout, a double by Albert Pujols for his 2,991st career hit and two singles by Shohei Ohtani.
Samardzija (1-0) just made it through five innings to qualify for the win. He allowed two hits in five innings, struck out four and walked four.
McCutchen, the designated hitter, drove a 1-2 pitch from Andrew Heaney (0-1) into the Giants’ bullpen beyond the left-field fence with one out in the fifth to chase the left-hander.
Nationals 5, Dodgers 2
LOS ANGELES – Max Scherzer scattered four hits over six innings against Clayton Kershaw in the 13th all-time meeting of three-time Cy Young Award winners and the Washington Nationals beat the Dodgers.
Scherzer (4-1) struck out nine and walked a season-high three in the first such matchup since 2006. Kershaw (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in seven innings while striking out a season-low four against no walks.
Washington improved to 7-3 on the road and ended the Dodgers’ four-game winning streak. Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
Red Sox 7, Athletics 3
OAKLAND, Calif. – Mitch Moreland hit a grand slam, Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-run homer and the streaking Boston Red Sox won their eighth in a row, beating the Athletics.
Boston kept up the best start in the franchise’s 118-year history, improving to a major league-leading 17-2. They’ve won 17 of 18 since losing to Tampa Bay on opening day. Hundreds of Boston fans decked in red showed up at the Oakland Coliseum. They saw Moreland hit the fifth grand slam by the Red Sox this season – they didn’t hit any last year.
Jed Lowrie matched his career high with four hits for Oakland. Lowrie, who doubled in a run in the first, leads the majors in hits (32) and RBIs (22). Kendall Graveman (0-4) took the loss for the A’s, who had won four in a row.
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