Yankees beat Astros as Aoki pitches
Brett Gardner tied a career high with six RBIs and his seventh-inning grand slam helped New York to a 13-4 win over Houston, whose veteran Japanese outfielder Nori Aoki pitched for the first time in Major League Baseball. The Yankees started off slow, and trailed by two entering the sixth inning, after arriving at their hotel in Houston about 6 a.m. following an almost three-hour rain delay before the start of their game at the Chicago White Sox on Thursday night. They finally broke through in that inning, hitting five singles and sending 10 batters to the plate to take a 6-3 lead. Gardner, who finished a triple shy of the cycle, drove in the go-ahead run in that inning and connected off James Hoyt an inning later on his two-out, two-strike shot to make it 10-3. Michael Pineda (8-4) yielded seven hits and three runs - two earned - in six innings for his first win since June 8. Bryan Mitchell allowed two hits and one run in three innings for his first save. Michael Feliz (4-2) allowed four hits and three runs in a third of an inning for the loss. Aoki made his first career pitching appearance in the ninth. The 35-year-old allowed one hit with two walks and three runs while throwing mostly in the high 70s.
BRAVES 3, ATHLETICS 1
Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz lost his no-hit bid when Matt Olson clobbered a full-count pitch into the elevated right-field seats leading off the ninth inning of the Braves’ interleague victory over the Athletics. Trying for just the major leagues’ second no-hitter of the season, Foltynewicz (6-5) struck out eight and walked four while pitching into the ninth for the first time and outdueling Sonny Gray. The Braves have 14 no-hitters, the last by Kent Mercker at the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1994. Foltynewicz, the 19th overall pick in the 2010 draft, capped baseball’s home-run heavy June with a career-best 119-pitch gem. He baffled the A’s with fastballs at up to 97 mph. And there wasn’t even a close defensive play on this night for the 25-year-old right-hander, a four-year veteran making his 52nd big league start. Gray (3-4) retired his final 14 batters.
REDS 5, CUBS 0
Scott Feldman held the Chicago Cubs’ depleted lineup to two singles over seven innings and Adam Duvall hit a three-run homer, powering the Cincinnati Reds to victory. The Reds won for only the sixth time in their last 29 games against their NL Central rival. Feldman (7-5) didn’t allow a hit until Ian Happ singled with two outs in the sixth. Addison Russell singled in the seventh. Feldman walked two, struck out seven and threw 108 pitches. Michael Lorenzen and Wandy Peralta each pitched an inning, completing a combined three hitter. Duvall connected for his third homer in four games off left-hander Mike Montgomery (1-5) in the fourth inning. The Reds also scored on Jose Peraza’s squeeze bunt for a single in the sixth, and again on catcher Victor Caratini’s throwing error in the eighth. The defending World Series champions were missing third baseman Kris Bryant for the second straight game, sidelined by a sprained right ankle. Jayson Heyward and Ben Zobrist remain on the disabled list.
METS 2, PHILLIES 1
Jacob deGrom struck out 12 in seven dominant innings to win his fourth consecutive start, leading New York past Philadelphia. Curtis Granderson and Travis d’Arnaud each had an RBI single for the Mets, who have won six of seven since getting swept in four games at Dodger Stadium. They returned from a 5-5 trip and managed just enough offense against the worst team in the majors to earn their third consecutive victory. DeGrom (8-3) has permitted only three earned runs over 32 innings for a 0.84 ERA in his last four outings. He held the Phillies hitless until Granderson lost a routine fly in the darkening sky at dusk, giving catcher Andrew Knapp his first career triple with two outs in the fifth. Jerry Blevins and Paul Sewald combined on a scoreless eighth, and Addison Reed got three quick outs for his 13th save. Philadelphia rookie Ben Lively (1-3) was the loser.
RAYS 6, ORIOLES 4, 10 INNINGS
Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tying single in the ninth inning and Steven Souza followed with a three-run homer in the 10th to carry Tampa Bay past Baltimore. Hechavarria went 4 for 4 and Wilson Ramos hit his first homer with the Rays. They had nobody on with two outs in the ninth before rallying from a 3-2 deficit against closer Brad Brach. After issuing a two-out walk to pinch-hitter Shane Peterson, Brach committed a balk and threw a wild pitch Hechavarria singled to left. It was the fourth blown save for Brach, who’s filling in for the injured Zach Britton. In the 10th, Darren O’Day (1-2) issued two walks, the second one intentionally, before Souza homered. Jumbo Diaz (13) worked the ninth and Alex Colome gave up a homer to Mark Trumbo in the 10th but got three outs for his 21st save. Baltimore’s Joey Rickard hit an RBI double in the third inning and made it 2-all with a solo shot in the sixth.
ROYALS 8, TWINS 1
Jason Vargas picked up his American League-leading 12th victory and Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer to help Kansas City beat Minnesota. Vargas (12-3) tied Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers for the major league lead in wins and lowered his ERA to 2.22, which tops the American League. He allowed two hits and one run over seven innings. Ervin Santana (10-5) took the loss, yielding seven runs, five earned, and eight hits. It was the second time since 1990 that two pitchers with at least 10 wins and an ERA of less than 3.00 matched up. The previous was June 16, 2002, with Boston’s Derek Lowe (10 wins, 1.89 ERA) and Atlanta’s Tom Glavine (11 wins, 1.53 ERA) squared off in an interleague game. Santana’s throwing error in the fourth opened the floodgates for a five-run inning. After Jorge Bonifacio opened the inning with a single, Lorenzo Cain hit a sharp grounder to Santana for a probable double play. Santana’s throw sailed wide right of second baseman Brian Dozier and into center field.
GIANTS 13, PIRATES 5
Hunter Pence drove in four runs and San Francisco pounced on Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole for seven runs then added six more against the bullpen. Leadoff man Denard Span went 4 for 5 with a home run and scored four times, Joe Panik went 3 for 5 with a run and an RBI, and Pence was 3 for 4. Trailing by a run entering the fourth, the Giants rattled off five straight hits in the inning to score three runs, then added five more on four hits in the sixth. Buster Posey and Brandon Belt each had two-run doubles. Belt added a solo homer in the eighth and finished with four RBIs. Johny Cueto (67) was the winner. Cole (6-7) had seven strikeouts but gave up 10 hits.
CARDINALS 8, NATIONALS 1
Mike Leake pitched eight strong innings and Yadier Molina drove in four runs to help St. Louis beat Washington. The Cardinals have won five of their past six, while the Nationals have dropped four of six. Leake (6-6) got his first win since he last went eight innings in a victory over Los Angeles on May 24. He pitched eight innings, giving up one run on five hits, striking out four and walking three. Tanner Roark (6-6) took the loss, lasting just three innings. He gave up four hits and walked a season-high five, the final two of which resulted in the Cardinals’ first two runs. Molina extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a two-run single in the third and added another two-run hit as the Cardinals scored five times in the fourth off reliever Jacob Turner.
BREWERS 3 MARLINS 2
Stephen Vogt, claimed off waivers this week from Oakland, hit two home runs as Milwaukee held off Miami. The game was delayed in the fourth inning after a baseball apparently thrown from the stands struck first-base umpire Joe West in the back of the head. The 64-year-old West remained in the game. He worked his 5,000th career regular-season game last week, and has spent a record 40 seasons in the majors. Vogt hit a solo home run in the fifth off Miami starter Edinson Volquez and a two-run shot in the seventh off reliever David Phelps (2-4). Carlos Torres (4-4) got the win with two scoreless innings of relief. Corey Knebel earned his 13th save in 16 chances.
RED SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 4, 11 INNINGS
Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking single in the 11th inning as Boston beat Toronto. Hanley Ramirez doubled off Aaron Loup (22) to begin the 11th and moved to third on Jackie Bradley Jr.’s single. One out later, Bogaerts singled through the drawn-in infield. Deven Marrero had two hits and three RBIs for the AL East-leading Red Sox. Bogaerts was held out of the starting lineup for the first time since April 21. He came on as a defensive replacement in the 10th. Blaine Boyer (1-1) pitched two scoreless innings and Craig Kimbrel finished for his 23rd save. Justin Smoak hit a three-run home run, his 22nd, and Troy Tulowitzki added a solo blast for the Blue Jays. They have lost six of eight.
WHITE SOX 8, RANGERS 7
Melky Cabrera hit a two-run double against closer Matt Bush to cap a three-run ninth inning and lift Chicago past Texas. Todd Frazier hit two homers. Jose Abreu finally connected at home after setting a club record by hitting his first 13 on the road, and Chicago rallied for its fourth win in 12 games. Bush (2-4) came in with a 7-5 lead to start the ninth. Singles by Adam Engel and Willy Garcia put runners on first and second with one out before Alen Hanson drove an RBI single to center. Cabrera followed with a two-run double down the right-field line, with Hanson diving headfirst across the plate with the winning run. Anthony Swarzak (4-2) pitched an inning for victory.
DODGERS 10, PADRES 4
Austin Barnes hit two homers and drove in seven runs to help the Dodgers to a victory over the Padres. Barnes hit his first career grand slam and a three-run shot. The two managers weren’t around to see it as Dave Roberts and Andy Green got into an altercation and were ejected between the first and second innings. Justin Turner was 3-for-3 with a two-run home run as the Dodgers finished June with 53 home runs, a franchise record for any month. Alex Wood (9-0) exited with one run allowed in six innings to lower his ERA to 1.83 - but not before yelling at Padres baserunner Jose Pirela in the first inning and later joining a stand-off after the tiff between managers. Plate umpire Greg Gibson issued a warning to both teams following the Wood-Pirela exchange.
ROCKIES 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3
Jon Gray struck out 10 over six innings in his first start since April and rookie Raimel Tapia hit his first career home run, helping the Rockies end an eight-game skid with a win over the Diamondbacks. Gray, making his first start since April 13, allowed two runs on seven hits for his first victory of the season. Colorado’s opening day starter, Gray broke a bone in his left foot in the fourth inning of his third start of the season and went on the disabled list. Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray (8-4) lasted six innings and threw a career high 122 pitches. He allowed four runs on five hits with nine strikeouts and walked five, tying a season high.
MARINERS 10, ANGELS 0
Robinson Cano hit two home runs while Ariel Miranda allowed only two hits in seven innings as the Mariners snapped a fourgame losing streak with a victory over the Angels. Cano’s 15th and 16th home runs of the season gave him five RBIs. Miranda (7-4) threw his finest game of the season. The only hits he allowed were a bloop single to Kory Calhoun in the fourth and a double to Andrelton Simmons in the fifth. He walked two and struck out four. Los Angeles’ Parker Bridwell (2-1) was hit hard all night in his first career loss, surrendering 11 hits and three home runs. Catcher Mike Zunino started Seattle’s scoring with a solo home run in the third. Kyle Seager added a solo shot in the ninth, his 10th on the season. Ben Gamel and Seager each had four hits, while Cano had three.—AP
HOUSTON: New York Yankees’ Brett Gardner, right, hits an RBI-single to score Ronald Torreyes as Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann reaches for the pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, in Houston.