MLB review: Cardinals rally with Padres and widen lead over jokers
2021-09-19 06:27:29 GMT + 00: 00 – Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run homer to rally the St. Louis Cardinals past the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Saturday for their seventh straight win .
O’Neill’s eighth inning reliever Emilio Pagan (4-2) erased San Diego’s 2-1 lead. The Cardinals pushed their lead over the Cincinnati Reds to two games and the Padres to 2-1 / 2 games in the race for the National League’s second wildcard slot.
Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings. Justin Miller (1-0) threw a scoreless eighth inning for the win, and Giovanny Gallegos closed the game with his ninth save.
Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish pitched seven scoreless innings. He struck out nine batters and allowed just three hits and one walk.
Indians 11, Yankees 3
Andres Gimenez capped a seven-run fifth inning with a three-runner homerun, and Franmil Reyes added a two-run homerun in the sixth, as visiting Cleveland claimed a victory over New York.
Reyes produced three runs while Yu Chang scored three runs for the Indians. Jose Ramirez added a late homer as Cleveland won just the fifth time in 15 games and rebounded well after being shut out in Game 1 of the series on Friday.
The Yankees lost for the 14th time in 21 games after their 13-game winning streak August 14-27. New York also saw slugger Joey Gallo come out with a tight neck after the third inning.
Red Sox 9, Orioles 3
Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homerun to highlight his three-hit performance as Boston extended their winning streak to four games with the win over Baltimore.
Rafael Devers had three hits and scored three runs for the Red Sox, who hold the No. 1 wildcard in the American League with 12 games remaining.
Four Boston relievers combined for 5 scoreless 1/3 innings. Tanner Houck (1-4) struck out three strikes in 2 2/3 innings to register the victory.
Dodgers 5, Red 1
Max Scherzer extended his personal winning streak to 11 games after pitching seven scoreless innings during his visit to Los Angeles, enjoying a shoddy defense in a win over Cincinnati.
Scherzer (15-4), who had a perfect game in the eighth inning of his previous start, struck out seven strikes and two walks. The strong pitcher’s performance sent the Dodgers to their seventh victory in the last eight games.
Scherzer is 7-0 with a 0.78 ERA in his nine starts with the Dodgers since being acquired from the Washington Nationals on the trade deadline. The Reds were only able to collect three hits and must win on Sunday to avoid losing their eighth straight series.
Giants 2, Braves 0
Southpaw Alex Wood returned from a COVID-19 absence to start a seven-man shutout effort as San Francisco beat Atlanta, which saw its National League lead reduced to one game.
Curt Casali led a two-run single down right field to produce the game’s only points in the fourth inning, helping the Giants beat the Braves for the second straight night.
Braves starter Charlie Morton (13-6) was called out after five innings, charged with two runs on four hits. He walked three and pulled out three.
Blue Jays 6, Twins 2
Teoscar Hernandez hit a three-run homer, Marcus Semien hit a solo shot and Toronto beat visiting Minnesota.
Bo Bichette added three singles and two RBIs for the Blue Jays, who earned a split after two games in the three-game series.
Toronto holds the American League’s second wild card by half a game against New York. The Blue Jays had lost their previous eight games to the Twins at Rogers Center dating back to 2017.
Rockies 6, Nationals 0
Kyle Freeland pitched six solid innings and visiting Colorado beat Washington.
Brendan Rodgers had three hits, including a homerun, and Trevor Story added a three-run homerun for the Rockies, who have won five in a row. Freeland (6-8) allowed seven hits and one walk while striking out seven. He threw 80 pitches.
Juan Soto had a single and a walk for Washington, who have lost three games in a row. The Nationals went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and were shut out for the second time this week.
Tigers 4, Rays 3
Jeimer Candelario notched a three-run homer in the first inning and his visit to Detroit pushed Tampa Bay back.
Dustin Garneau also scored for Detroit, which lost the first two games of the four-game series. Jose Urena (4-8) allowed a run in 3 1/3 innings relief while striking out four for the victory. Michael Fulmer worked the ninth to recover his 10th save.
Tigers center fielder Derek Hill left the game in the fifth inning with an apparent leg injury after colliding with Tampa Bay first baseman Ji-Man Choi.
Pirates 6, Marlins 3
Last-place Pittsburgh won its fourth straight series for the first time this season, beating host Miami.
Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled twice and scored two runs to lead the Pirates. They’ll go for a three-game Marlins sweep on Sunday. Cole Tucker went 3-for-5 – his first three-hit game of the season – and Hoy Park and Kevin Newman each had two RBIs.
Marlins wide receiver Nick Fortes, who made his major league debut, went 2 for 3 with a two-run homerun. He also scored a single on his first stint at bat.
Rangers 2, White Sox 1
Isiah Kiner-Falefa, Nathaniel Lowe and Andy Ibanez had two hits apiece, and five combined pitchers on three hits to lead host Texas to a victory over Chicago.
The White Sox failed to come close to the Central American League title. Chicago’s magic number remains at five over the Cleveland Indians, who routed the New York Yankees.
Texas sent Chicago to their third loss in four games behind a nine-hit offense and resilient pitching staff. The Rangers allowed seven walks but still neutralized the White Sox one night after Chicago went 8-0.
Royals 8, Mariners 1
Kris Bubic allowed a run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings as host Kansas City beat Seattle mid-game in a three-game series. The Mariners’ playoff odds took a hit, as they only had three hits.
Bubic (5-6) has claimed his first victory in his last five starts. This is his best outing since allowing two runs on a single hitting against the Cubs at Wrigley Field on August 21. He struck out two batters and walked four.
Yusei Kikuchi (7-9) lasted just three innings for the Mariners. He allowed three runs on eight hits, throwing 86 shots.
Brewers 6, Cubs 4
Manny Pina broke a tie in the eighth inning with his second solo homer of the game to help welcome Milwaukee to a victory over Chicago.
Devin Williams (8-2) struck out three batters in the eighth and Josh Hader finished for his 33rd save on 34 occasions, despite a walk and a single.
Jace Peterson and Eduardo Escobar also recorded solo homers for Milwaukee, who nabbed a playoff berth thanks to losses to the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
Diamondbacks 6, Astros 4 (10 rounds)
Daulton Varsho hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning and his visit to Arizona squared his interleave streak against Houston.
Varsho’s explosion followed a single RBI from Kole Calhoun that broke a 3-3 tie. Varsho’s 11th home run, a two-point shot from Astros right-hander Yimi Garcia (3-9), brought 431 feet down center.
Tyler Clippard gave Jason Castro an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th, but Arizona improved to 6-10 in extra games winning on the road only for the 20th time in 2021.
Phillies 5, Mets 3
Jean Segura surrounded two homers, Bryce Harper scored a two-run brace in the seventh inning and the visit to Philadelphia continued its ascent with a victory over New York.
The Phillies won for the fifth time in seven games and beat the Mets for the fifth consecutive time. They moved closer to an Atlanta Braves game in eastern NL, thanks to Atlanta’s loss to the Giants in San Francisco later Saturday.
Philadelphia right-hander Aaron Nola (8-8) allowed one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings for his first win since July 25. He struck out nine, walked one in 96 shots and went 9-3 for life against the Mets.
A 3, Angels 1
James Kaprielian allowed two hits in six clean innings to lead Oakland to a win over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.
He struck out the first six batters of the game until Jose Rojas scored a single to lead the third. But Kaprielian responded by taking out the Angels’ next 10 hitters in a row until Jack Mayfield doubled up with a sixth putout.
Kaprielian (8-5) came out of the inning and finished after six, having thrown 90 pitches, put out five and stepped on no one.
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