Major League Baseball Results | Thursday | Sports

MIAMI – Avisaíl García gave the go-ahead to a rushing defensive player in the eighth inning, and Miami completed a three-game sweep over Colorado.

Four relievers combined to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings for the Marlins, including Steven Okert (5-0), who pitched a scoreless eighth for his second win of the series.

Garcia beat the relay pitch on a ground ball to shortstop against Alex Colomé (2-2), scoring pinch runner Luke Williams.

Tanner Scott hit the side in the ninth for his seventh save.

ATLANTA — Dansby Swanson hit two home runs and the Atlanta Braves took a big early lead before holding off the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Thursday for their 18th win in 21 games this month.

Swason had three hits and drove in three runs. He hit a first home run in the first and connected again in the fourth, his 12th, for a 7-1 lead. It was his seventh career multihomer match.

Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run single in a five-run second inning as the Braves scored Alex Wood (5-6).

Atlanta starter Kyle Wright (8-4) allowed 10 hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The defending World Series Braves champion moved 11 games above .500 for the first time this season.

Pirates 8, Cubs 7 (10 innings)

PITTSBURGH — Michael Chavis hit a game-tying home run in the eighth before hitting a defensive gem and delivering a game-ending single in the 10th, sending Pittsburgh over Chicago.

Chavis’ solo homer scored 7-all after the Cubs scored five times in the top of the eighth.

On the 10th, Chavis charged a slow fielder from Jason Heyward to first base and threw Patrick Wisdom home.

In the bottom half, Chavis hit a right single from Scott Effross (1-3) and auto-runner Ke’Bryan Hayes scored on a collision with receiver Wilson Contreras.

Chris Stratton (4-3) pitched the 10th.

MINNEAPOLIS — Nick Gordon hit a third-inning home run that defended starter Devin Smeltzer, and Minnesota chilled Cleveland to dodge a sweep.

Gordon drove a 1-2 curveball from Zach Plesac (3-4) into the grass berm past the wall in center.

Smeltzer (4-1) went six innings, allowing just two singles and a double while striking out three.

The Guardians have grounded runners against Minnesota’s struggling bullpen in each of the past three innings. Caleb Thielbar recorded his first save by striking out pinch hitter Steven Kwan to end the game.

MILWAUKEE — Tyrone Taylor hit a three-run homer, Willy Adames added a solo shot and Milwaukee beat St. Louis to split a four-game series.

Taylor’s drive to left field on a 2-1 lead by Dakota Hudson (5-4) in the fourth inning gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead.

The Brewers, who have won five of seven games, moved back into a tie for first place with the Cardinals atop the NL Central.

Jason Alexander (2-0) allowed four runs on six hits, working until the sixth inning. Josh Hader had the ninth for his 21st save in 22 chances.

OAKLAND, — Frankie Montas took a no-hitter bid in the eighth inning, but reliever AJ Puk threw a pair of wild pitches with two outs in the ninth that gave Seattle a win over Oakland.

The Mariners loaded the bases with three walks and rallied on Puk’s wayward throws to complete a three-game sweep.

Montas didn’t allow a hit until Adam Frazier lined up a two-out single to left field in the eighth. Montas allowed another hit and was put out after the inning.

Montas struck out eight in eight innings, a season high, and came out with a 1-0 lead — he received one or zero runs in 11 of his 15 starts.

Zach Jackson (1-2) came in for the ninth and walked twice before Puk came in with two outs and two overs.

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge doubled down a game-winning single on the eve of his salary arbitration, closing a four-run ninth inning that included Aaron Hicks’ three-run tie against Ryan Pressly in the New York Yankees’ 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night.

Batting with two against Ryne Stanek, Judge smoked a 3-0 splitter in the left field corner to score Jose Trevino from second base. It was the Yankees’ ninth win in 70 games this season – their best since 1943 – and one that seemed highly unlikely when they went into the final inning with just two hits.

New York won Game 1 of a much-anticipated four-game series between the American League’s top two teams, winning for the 19th time in 22 games to improve to 52-18 – the third-best start in 70 games in the major since 1930.

New York also extended its home winning streak to 15 games, the team’s longest since 1961.

Alex Bregman and Giancarlo Stanton traded three-run homers in the first inning. Yordan Alvarez added a three-point shot in the third against Yankees starter Jameson Taillon.

CHICAGO — Vaunted rookie Adley Rutschman homered, doubled and drove in three runs to lead Baltimore past Chicago.

Ryan Mountcastle had two doubles among his three hits as the Orioles won for the third time in four games. Dean Kremer (2-1) pitched 5 2/3 innings before three relievers completed a nine-hit shutout.

Jorge Lopez came in with one out in the ninth and two runners. He knocked out Tim Anderson and Andrew Vaughn for his 12th save.

SAN DIEGO — Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run homer, JT Realmuto added a three-run shot, and Philadelphia handed San Diego starter Joe Musgrove his first loss of the season to break a three-game losing streak.

Musgrove (8-1) saw his ERA drop from 1.59, which was the second-lowest in the majors, to 2.12. The right-hander was activated from the COVID-19 injured list earlier today. He was placed on the roster last Friday, a day after pitching seven good innings in a win over the Chicago Cubs.

Musgrove went four hitless innings before an RBI single from Odubel Herrera tied it at 1.

Ranger Suárez (6-4) kicked the eighth for the first time this season. He allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings.

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