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MLB capsules: Jonathan Villar hits record-setting HR, O’s beat Dodgers 7-3

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019

Baltimore’s Jonathan Villar celebrates his three-run home run during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Sept. 11,  in Baltimore. Villar connected for the 6,106th homer in the majors this season. That topped the mark of 6,105 set in 2017. The Orioles won 7-3. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)
Baltimore’s Jonathan Villar celebrates his three-run home run during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Wednesday, Sept. 11, in Baltimore. Villar connected for the 6,106th homer in the majors this season. That topped the mark of 6,105 set in 2017. The Orioles won 7-3. (Nick Wass / Associated Press)
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BALTIMORE – Jonathan Villar hit a tiebreaking, record-setting three-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday night to end a six-game losing streak.

Villar’s drive off Caleb Ferguson (1-2) was the 6,106th in the majors this season, breaking the previous mark of 6,105 in 2017. The milestone shot came on a fastball that Villar sent deep into the left-field seats to snap a 2-2 deadlock.

Pedro Severino added a two-run drive in the eighth.

Having clinched the NL West title on Tuesday night, manager Dave Roberts rested starters Joc Pederson and Justin Turner. Starting pitcher Ross Stripling toiled for only three innings before getting the rest of the night off and a first-inning double by David Freese was Los Angeles’ only hit off John Means through the fifth.

The Dodgers finished with six hits, the most notable a two-run drive by A.J. Pollock.

The victory was Baltimore’s 47th of the season, matching its total from last year. The Orioles are two defeats away from their second straight 100-loss season.

Shawn Armstrong (1-1) followed Means with 1 2/3 innings of one-hit relief to earn his second career victory in 100 appearances.

Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 0

TORONTO – Trent Thornton and three others combined on a two-hitter, Teoscar Hernandez and Rowdy Tellez homered, and Toronto beat Boston.

The slumping Red Sox have lost five straight. They had just four baserunners, and none advanced past second base.

Thornton (5-9) followed an opener with five hitless innings, walking one and striking out seven in his first career relief appearance.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had three RBIs and Cavan Biggio had two hits and scored twice as the Blue Jays won their second straight following a season-long seven game losing streak.

Rafael Devers and Brock Holt each had singles for the Red Sox, who were blanked for the second time in three games.

Padres 4, Cubs 0

SAN DIEGO – Rookie Chris Paddack pitched six brilliant innings and San Diego beat Chicago, dropping the Cubs into a tie with Milwaukee for the second NL wild-card spot.

Manuel Margot homered off San Diegan Cole Hamels and also made a spectacular catch in center field for the Padres.

The Cubs lost for the second straight night and for the fifth time in six games. Philadelphia and the New York Mets are two games behind the Cubs and Brewers.

Hamels (7-7) didn’t get out of the fifth. The left-hander, who went to Rancho Bernardo High, allowed one run on four hits, struck out six and walked four in 4 1/3 innings.

Paddack (9-7) held Chicago to three hits while striking out seven and walking one. The right-hander retired the side in order in three of his first four innings. After Anthony Rizzo tripled to right leading off the second, Paddack retired the side in order.

Brewers 7, Marlins 5

MIAMI – Mike Moustakas homered twice, including a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the ninth as Milwaukee defeated Miami in its first game following star outfielder Christian Yelich’s season-ending injury.

The Brewers won their sixth in a row.

Trent Grisham, one of the outfielders expected to get additional playing time in Yelich’s absence, led off the game with a home run.

Moustakas broke a 5-all tie with a homer off Miami reliever Jose Urena (4-9).

Brent Suter (2-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the win. Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth for his 30th save.

Mets 9, Diamondbacks 0

NEW YORK – Todd Frazier and Jeff McNeil each homered twice and surging New York beat Arizona ace Robbie Ray.

The Mets (75-70) have won the first three games of the pivotal four-game series to move past the Diamondbacks (75-71) in the race for the second NL wild card. New York entered Wednesday three games behind the Chicago Cubs, who played later Wednesday at San Diego.

Arizona has lost four straight.

Steven Matz (10-8) tossed six scoreless innings for the Mets, who jumped on Ray (12-8) for five runs before chasing him with two outs in the first. Wilson Ramos (groundout) and J.D. Davis (single) had RBIs before Frazier and Brandon Nimmo homered on consecutive pitches.

Ray gave up five hits and struck out one.

Braves 3, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA – Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer, Dallas Keuchel struck out eight in six innings and NL East-leading Atlanta beat Philadelphia.

The Braves reduced their magic number to eight. The Phillies entered two games behind the Cubs for the second NL wild-card spot.

Keuchel (8-5) gave up one run and three hits to win his fifth straight start. Mark Melancon finished for his 10th save in 10 tries with Atlanta.

Phillies starter Zach Eflin (8-12) allowed three unearned runs and three hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins hit consecutive singles to start the bottom half of the inning. Harper scored on Scott Kingery’s fielder’s choice grounder to cut it to 3-1.

Nationals 6, Twins 2

MINNEAPOLIS – Ryan Zimmerman homered and drove in three runs in support of Stephen Strasburg as Washington beat Minnesota for its third win in the last nine games.

Strasburg (17-6) gave up a two-run homer to Jorge Polanco in the third. He allowed only four hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

Trea Turner added a late home and four relievers kept the Twins from scoring.

The Nationals, who trailed Atlanta by 9 1/2 games entering the evening in the National League East, took a 2 1/2-game cushion between them and the Chicago Cubs for the two wild card spots. They were 3 1/2 games above the cut, ahead of Milwaukee.

Indians 4, Angels 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Carlos Santana and Francisco Lindor homered, Carlos Carrasco won in relief and Cleveland defeated Los Angeles.

Cleveland is a half-game behind Oakland for the second AL wild-card spot. The Indians trail AL Central-leading Minnesota by four games heading into a three-game series at home against the Twins this weekend.

Carrasco (5-7) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings with two walks and two strikeouts.

Adam Cimber struck out Albert Pujols with a runner on first for his first major league save.

Dillon Peters (3-3) took the loss.

Rangers 10, Rays 9

ARLINGTON, Texas – Rougned Odor hit a go-ahead, three-run homer and Texas beat Tampa Bay to end a six-game winning streak by the Rays, who have the AL’s top wild-card spot.

Tampa Bay (87-60) had four runners thrown out on the bases and saw its lead over Oakland for the top wild-card spot trimmed to a half-game after the A’s won at Houston.

After their first seven-run first inning at home in 13 years, the Rangers didn’t score again until Odor’s 25th homer with two outs in the seventh off Nick Anderson (3-1).

Matt Duffy’s two-out RBI single in the first gave the Rays an early lead. They tied the game at 7 on Ji-Man Choi’s three-run homer in the second, and went ahead 8-7 when Duffy hit a sacrifice fly to deep center with the bases loaded in the fourth.

Ian Gibaut (1-0) threw two scoreless innings for his first big league victory. Jose Leclerc earned his 12th save in 16 chances.

Athletics 5, Astros 3

HOUSTON – Sean Murphy and Marcus Semien homered, hyped pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo looked sharp in his major league debut, and Oakland beat Houston.

Oakland won for the fourth time in five games. The A’s opened the day 1 1/2 games behind Tampa Bay for the top AL wild card and a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the second spot.

Houston fell a half-game back of the New York Yankees for the best record in the majors. New York’s scheduled game with Detroit was postponed.

Astros starter Jose Urquidy struck out 10 and pitched one-hit, one-run ball over five innings.

Josh James (5-1) took the loss. Astros star George Springer matched a career high with his 34th home run, a solo shot in the third.

Brett Anderson (12-9) yielded two runs and seven hits with four strikeouts in five innings. Liam Hendriks pitched the ninth for his 20th save.

Royals 8, White Sox 6

CHICAGO – Jorge Soler hit a pair of two-run homers among his career high-matching four hits, leading Kansas City to a win over Chicago.

Adalberto Mondesi homered and had three hits, and Bubba Starling and Ryan O’Hearn also connected as the Royals beat Chicago for the fifth time in six games.

Rookie Eloy Jimenez homered, his 26th, and drove in four runs, and Jose Abreu added a two-run shot for the White Sox.

Glenn Sparkman (4-11) allowed three runs on four hits and snapped a nine-start winless streak. Ian Kennedy pitched the ninth for his 28th save.

Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez (9-13) was roughed up for six runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Rockies 2, Cardinals 1

DENVER – Antonio Senzatela pitched six strong innings for his first win in two months, Ian Desmond hit a go-ahead home run and Colorado beat St. Louis.

Tony Wolters had two hits, including an RBI double. Paul Goldschmidt had an RBI double for the Cardinals’ run.

Senzatela (9-10) allowed a run on four hits. He struck out five and walked two in his first win since July 14.

Dakota Hudson (15-7) pitched nearly as well, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked five, one intentionally, and saw his career-high five-game winning streak snapped.

Pirates 6, Giants 3

SAN FRANCISCO – Felipe Vazquez earned his 27th save two days after fighting a teammate in the clubhouse and Pittsburgh beat San Francisco.

Cole Tucker hit an RBI double for a key insurance run in the sixth, and Jose Osuna added a pair of doubles.

Jaylin Davis singled home a run, Corban Joseph had an RBI groundout and Mauricio Dubon drew a bases-loaded walk as the Giants got on the board before winner Michael Feliz (3-4) took over.

Adam Frazier and Kevin Kramer added RBI singles for the Pirates.

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