Yan­kees beat Astros as Aoki pitches

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

— 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.

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