McMa­hon fuels Rock­ies’ win

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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.

AFP

The Rock­ies’ Ryan McMa­hon cel­e­brates hit­ting a three-run home run against the Dodgers at Coors Field on Sat­ur­day.

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