Cody Bellinger hit the last of Los Angeles’ four homers, Rich Hill stuck out a season-high 10 and the Dodgers won their fourth in a row Friday night, 6-0 over the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati.
Corey Seager, Joc Pederson and Max Muncy also homered at one of the Dodgers’ most comfortable road stops. They’re 34-22 at Great American Ball Park, the second-best mark by any NL team, trailing only the Mets’ 32-19 record.
Bellinger also had a double, raising his batting average to .410.
Hill (1-1) gave by far his best performance in four starts since returning from a sprained right knee. The left-hander allowed two hits and didn’t walk a batter in six innings. He fanned 10 for the first time since June 29 last year against Colorado. Hill also extended the Dodgers’ stretch of solid starts. Since April 25, LA’s rotation is 11-1 with a 2.19 ERA.
The Reds came in with a .219 team batting average that was second worst in the league, ahead of only Miami. They couldn’t overcome another subpar start by Anthony DeSclafani (2-2), who lasted only four innings for the second time in a row.
Cincinnati was blanked for the sixth time, second most in the majors. Only Miami is worse with nine shutouts.
Yankees 4, Rays 3
NEW YORK – CC Sabathia shouted salty insults at Tampa Bay and said he tried to hit one of the Rays’ batters, but both sides otherwise kept cool as New York rallied for three runs in the ninth inning and moved into first place in the AL East.
Gio Urshela singled over Kevin Kiermaier’s head in deep right-center field to drive home the winning run with two outs. Luke Voit homered on the first pitch from Jose Alvarado (0-3) in the bottom of the ninth to make it 3-2, and New York tied it when pinch-runner Thairo Estrada scored on Alvarado’s bases-loaded wild pitch.
Voit and Urshela had three hits apiece. Kendrys Morales clubbed an early solo shot for his first home run since joining the Yankees.
Willy Adames homered off Sabathia, who pitched six effective innings, and rookie Brandon Lowe hit a tiebreaking double against Chad Green with two outs in the eighth. Tampa Bay added another run on shortstop Gleyber Torres’ throwing error before rain caused a 35-minute delay in the bottom of the inning.
Torres doubled in the ninth to put runners at second and third with one out.
Jonathan Holder (3-1) struck out two in a perfect inning for the win.
Astros 3, Red Sox 1
BOSTON – George Springer hit his American League-leading 17th home run and Houston picked up its ninth straight victory by beating Boston.
Springer’s two-run shot in the eighth off Rick Porcello put the Astros up 2-1 and Houston held on. The Astros improved to 12-3 this month and matched the 2017 World Series championship team for the best start in franchise history at 30-15.
Will Harris (1-0) got the win with one scoreless inning of relief. Roberto Osuna picked up his 11th save.
Houston won the opener of the three-game series between the last two World Series winners and a rematch of last year’s ALCS, which Boston won in five games.
Christian Vazquez went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI for Boston, which stranded 11 runners and went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position.
Porcello (3-4) pitched seven shutout innings for Boston. He allowed two runs and six hits and a walk with three strikeouts.
Gerrit Cole pitched five scoreless innings for Houston, allowing six hits, walking one and striking out three.
Pirates 5, Padres 3
SAN DIEGO – Rookie Bryan Reynolds hit a go-ahead, two-run home run and Jordan Lyles struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings in Pittsburgh’s win over San Diego.
Reynolds homered to right-center with one out in the fourth off left-hander Joey Lucchesi (3-3), his second, for a 2-1 lead. Josh Bell was aboard on a single.
Lyles (4-1) allowed Franmil Reyes’ 14th homer with one out in the first, and then didn’t allow a baserunner past first until the sixth, when he got into and out of trouble. Manny Machado extended his hitting streak to 10 with a single to right with one out in the sixth and advanced to third on Eric Hosmer’s hit-and-run single. But Lyles struck out Wil Myers and got rookie Ty France to fly out.
Lyles, who pitched for the Padres for parts of the 2017 and 2018 seasons, allowed one run and five hits.
San Diego rookie Ty France hit a two-run homer in the ninth, his second.
Angels 5, Royals 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Mike Trout and Albert Pujols had two hits each and Los Angeles beat Kansas City.
Matt Harvey pitched two-run ball for five innings, and the Angels opened a nine-game homestand with a win after dropping three of four.
The Royals have lost three in a row and five of six.
Harvey (2-3) retired eight of his first nine batters and didn’t give up a hit until the third inning. He struck out six, allowed four hits and walked four in five-plus innings. Hansel Robles earned his fifth save.
Pujols passed Alex Rodriguez for 20th on the career hit list with 3,116.
Ryan O’Hearn hit a two-run single to left to pull the Royals within 4-2 in the sixth. The Royals had just six hits.
Royals starter Brad Keller (2-5) walked three during a three-run second. Keller allowed four earned runs on seven hits and five walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Orioles 5, Indians 1
CLEVELAND – Dylan Bundy kept Cleveland’s lineup in check – and in the ballpark – for 5 2/3 innings and Jonathan Villar hit a three-run homer as Baltimore ended a three-game slide.
Bundy (2-5) didn’t allow an earned run on three hits. He struck out seven and threw a season-high 118 pitches.
Villar connected in the third inning off Jefry Rodriguez (1-3) and Stevie Wilkerson homered in the fifth to help the Orioles win for just the second time in nine games.
Wilkerson added an RBI double in the eighth, and the Orioles racked up a season-high seven extra-base hits – two homers, five doubles.
Bundy improved to 4-1 in six career appearances against Cleveland. The 26-year-old had the Indians off-balance while managing to work around some trouble in the third, fifth and sixth innings.
Athletics 7, Tigers 2
DETROIT – Frankie Montas pitched two-run ball into the ninth inning and Oakland beat Detroit for the 14th straight meeting.
Montas (5-2) pitched a career-best 8 2/3 innings, allowing four hits while striking out a career-high 10. Lou Trivino relieved and got the final out after Montas allowed an RBI double to Miguel Cabrera.
Mark Canha and Chad Pinder homered for the A’s, and Khris Davis had three hits.
Oakland’s winning streak against Detroit is tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history, two short of a 16-game streak over the New York Yankees in 1989-91.
Daniel Norris (2-2) allowed six runs, seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings.
Detroit has lost the first five games of a 10-game homestand and been outscored 48-11 in the process.
Marlins 8, Mets 6
MIAMI – The Marlins scored for the first time in 27 innings, pounded Jacob deGrom for seven runs and snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating New York.
Garrett Cooper’s two-run single in the third brought home Miami’s first runs since Saturday – also against deGrom. Jorge Alfaro hit a 456-foot home run, only the Marlins’ second homer this month, and drove in three. Brian Anderson doubled twice and scored twice.
DeGrom (3-5) gave up nine hits, and the run total against him was a season high.
New York’s Pete Alonso hit two solo home runs, giving him 14 this year. J.D. Davis added his fourth homer for the Mets.
Trevor Richards (1-5) allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings for his first victory in nine starts this year. Sergio Romo stranded two runners in the eighth and got the final six outs for his seventh save, and the first two-inning save of his career.
The Marlins ended a streak of seven consecutive losses to New York. Miami’s 11 victories this year, fewest in the majors, include three wins against former Cy Young winners – deGrom, Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber.
Phillies 5, Rockies 4
PHILADELPHIA – Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run homer, Bryce Harper lined a two-run double and Cole Irvin tossed six effective innings to lead Philadelphia past Colorado.
Irvin (2-0) gave up four runs – three earned – and five hits to win his second career start. Jose Alvarez and Pat Neshek each tossed a scoreless inning and Hector Neris finished for his sixth save in six tries.
Ian Desmond ripped a two-run homer for Colorado. Rockies starter Jon Gray (3-4) allowed five runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings.
The NL East-leading Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak.
Carlos Estevez replaced Gray and surrendered Harper’s first RBIs since he hit a grand slam on May 7. Harper had been 4 for 29 with 15 strikeouts before the hit. He heard boos after striking out in his first two at-bats.
Braves 12, Brewers 8
ATLANTA – Max Fried allowed two hits in six scoreless innings, Dansby Swanson hit a drought-breaking, three-run homer and Atlanta beat Milwaukee in a matchup of second-place teams.
Swanson, Josh Donaldson and Tyler Flowers hit home runs off right-hander Corbin Burnes in a nine-run sixth inning. Freddie Freeman homered and drove in two runs.
Fried (6-2) had five strikeouts and walked two batters. The Braves led 12-0 before three relievers gave up eight runs in three innings.
Jacob Nottingham homered and drove in four runs for the Brewers, who had their three-game winning streak halted.
Jhoulys Chacin (3-5) allowed three runs in five innings.
Rangers 7, Cardinals 3
ARLINGTON, Texas – Rougned Odor and Shin-Soo Choo homered in a seven-run second inning, Adrian Sampson got his first career win following opener Jose Leclerc in his first major league start and Texas beat St. Louis for its third straight win.
Joey Gallo had both his hits in the highest-scoring inning this season for Texas, which beat the Cardinals in their first game in Arlington since losing Game 5 of the 2011 World Series.
Leclerc struck out two in a perfect first inning. Sampson (1-3) gave up seven hits and two runs – one earned – in 5 1/3 innings for his first win in his 16th career appearance over three seasons.
Miles Mikolas (4-4), facing his former team for the first time, gave up nine hits and seven runs in 1 1/3 innings, the shortest outing in 52 starts for his career.
After 13 Rangers batted in the second inning, St. Louis relievers retired 18 of the final 20 Texas hitters with 10 strikeouts.
Cubs 14, Nationals 6
WASHINGTON – Kris Bryant matched a career high with three home runs and drove in five as Chicago routed Washington.
Albert Almora Jr., Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras also homered to help the NL Central-leading Cubs snap a two-game skid. Javier Baez extended the majors’ longest hitting streak to 15 games.
Bryant homered in the seventh, eighth and ninth, making him the 12th player to homer in three straight innings. He finished with four hits and extended his on-base streak to 26 games, a career best and the longest active run in the majors.
Contreras also had four hits. Chicago starter Cole Hamels (4-0) won for the fourth time in five starts.
Max Scherzer (2-5) walked a season-high four and gave up a two-run homer to Almora in the second. Scherzer also struck out eight before exiting.
Blue Jays 10, White Sox 2
CHICAGO – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered and Toronto used an offensive barrage to beat Chicago.
Justin Smoak and Danny Jansen also hit home runs as the Blue Jays tied their highest run total of the season. All nine starters had at least one hit, and eight of them scored at least a run.
Guerrero went 1 for 4 with a walk, two runs and two RBIs.
Aaron Sanchez allowed two runs in three innings before leaving the game in the fourth with a blister on his right middle finger. Sam Gaviglio (3-0) came on in relief and tossed three scoreless innings to earn the win. Javy Guerra finished with three scoreless innings for his first save.
Ivan Nova (2-4) allowed nine runs and eight hits with four walks in three innings.
Diamondbacks 7, Giants 0
PHOENIX – Eduardo Escobar hit a three-run triple and David Peralta homered, lifting Arizona over San Francisco.
Peralta hit a solo homer off Jeff Samardzija (2-2) and Escobar cleared the bases with a slicing triple against Derek Holland in the seventh.
Adam Jones had a run-scoring double among his three hits to help Torey Lovullo win his 200th game as Arizona’s manager.
Merrill Kelly (4-4) worked around a high early pitch count in 5 1/3 scoreless innings after two shaky outings. He allowed six hits and struck out four.
Samardzija allowed three runs on five hits and walked three in 5 1/3 innings. He did not strike out a batter for the first time in 101 career starts.
Twins 7, Mariners 1
SEATTLE – Martin Perez rebounded from his first loss of the season to overpower Seattle into the seventh inning and Max Kepler drove in three runs as Minnesota won its fourth straight.
Perez (6-1) allowed five hits and struck out seven while matching a season high with four walks over 6 2/3 innings.
Seattle’s run came on Edwin Encarnacion’s two-out RBI single in the sixth inning.
Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (5-3) lost his third straight decision. He allowed five runs and seven hits in the fourth and fifth innings.
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