McMahon fuels Rockies’ win
DENVER: Ryan McMahon hit a three-run home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in Denver on Saturday night.
It was the second straight night McMahon hit a game-winning home run against LA. His two-run homer in the seventh inning on Friday night gave the Rockies a 5-4 win.
Trevor Story started the rally with a oneout double off Scott Alexander. JT Chargois came on to face pinch hitter Nolan Arenado, who didn’t start because of a sore right shoulder that forced him out of Friday’s game.
Chargois (2-4) hit Arenado to put runners on first and second, and then got Ian Desmond on a force play that put runners on the corners.
McMahon hit a 1-0 fastball over the fence in right-centre field to give the Rockies the win and deny the Dodgers an opportunity to move into sole possession of first place in the National League West.
Pinch hitter Tucker Barnhart hit a tworun, go-ahead double in a four-run eighth inning to lead Cincinnati past visiting Arizona 6-3.
Barnhart hit a two-out double on a 3-2 pitch from Archie Bradley (3-4), and Billy Hamilton and Joey Votto added RBIs singles off reliever TJ McFarland as the Reds improved to 14-5 in their last six series against division leaders.
David Peralta and Eduardo Escobar homered for the Diamondbacks, who have lost three of four. The game was delayed 40 minutes at the start because of rain.
Rookie Miguel Andujar hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning, Aroldis Chapman escaped a basesloaded jam in the top of the ninth and New York held off Texas 5-3 at Yankee Stadium.
Andujar broke a 3-3 deadlock when he lined a first-pitch 151kph fastball from Chris Martin (1-3) into the right-centre-field seats. It was Andujar’s 17th homer — fifth since the All-Star break — and 50th extrabase hit, the most among all first-year players in the MLB.
Before the eventful seventh, the Yankees took a 3-1 lead on Giancarlo Stanton’s fourth homer in five games in the first inning, combined with an RBI double by Greg Bird in the first and a run-scoring single by Neil Walker in the sixth.
Jackie Bradley Jr homered t wice and Eduardo Nunez added one more while starter David Price struck out 10 in six innings as Boston defeated hosts Baltimore 5-0 in the opener of a daynight doubleheader.
Price (12-6) always has been dominant at Camden Yards and turned in another solid performance in this win. The lefthander scattered five hits in those six shutout innings and didn’t surrender a walk.
The victory improved Price to 8-0 in his career at Baltimore. His 10 strikeouts were a season high and the most he’s had in a game since July 10, 2016.
JD Martinez homered twice, and the second one was a two-run tie-breaking shot that gave Boston a 6-4 victory and a sweep of the doubleheader at Baltimore.
Martinez hit a solo homer earlier in the game, but his big hit came off Mike Wright Jr (3-1) in the eighth. The two-run shot to left-centre snapped a 3-3 tie.
Martinez finished 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs and three RBIs. He now has 37 homers and 104 RBIs, leading the majors in both categories.
The Rockies’ Ryan McMahon celebrates hitting a three-run home run against the Dodgers at Coors Field on Saturday.