Gard­ner's walk-off sin­gle lifts Yan­kees to vic­tory over Rays 5-4

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NEW YORK (AP) — This lat­est hit by Brett Gard­ner pro­duced an­other walkoff win for the New York Yan­kees — with­out any mishaps, ei­ther.

Gard­ner hit an RBI sin­gle with the bases loaded in the ninth in­ning, send­ing the AL East lead­ers over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 for their sixth straight win.

"Makes me feel good," Gard­ner said. "It's an ex­cit­ing win for us — a very im­por­tant game against a tough op­po­nent."

Gard­ner won the se­ries opener against the Rays on Thurs­day night with an 11th-in­ning home run. That sparked a wild cel­e­bra­tion at home plate, and Yan­kees rookie slug­ger Aaron Judge was ac­ci­den­tally hit by Gard­ner's hel­met and lost half of his front left tooth.

A day af­ter Judge went to the den­tist for a fix, he steered clear this time, in­stead pour­ing Ga­torade on Gard­ner and nim­bly avoid­ing the happy group.

Chase Headley and Gary Sanchez hit long home runs for New York. The con­tend­ing Rays lost their sixth straight game at Yan­kee Sta­dium.

"That team is on fire right now," Tampa Bay man­ager Kevin Cash said. "Seems like a lot of things are go­ing their way. They're in such a good spot right now as a club."

Tigers 5, Astros 3. DETROIT (AP) — Jose Igle­sias hit two RBI dou­bles, Matt Boyd pitched into the sev­enth in­ning and the Detroit Tigers beat the Hous­ton Astros 5-3 on Sat­ur­day night.

Igle­sias' sec­ond run-scor­ing dou­ble tied the game at 3 in the sev­enth. Ian Kinsler then flared a sin­gle to cen­ter to give Detroit the lead.

Kinsler fol­lowed up the sin­gle with a spec­tac­u­lar de­fen­sive play, rac­ing down the right-field line and lean­ing into the stands to catch Josh Red­dick's pop fly.

Vic­tor Martinez made it 5-3 with an RBI sin­gle in the eighth.

Boyd (5-5) al­lowed three runs on eight hits in 7 1/3 in­nings. He struck out five with­out walk­ing a bat­ter. Justin Wil­son, the sub­ject of trade ru­mors, pitched the ninth for his 13th save.

Mak­ing his sec­ond start of the sea­son, Collin McHugh dom­i­nated the Tigers, al­low­ing one run on four hits in six in­nings. He struck out seven.

Fran­cis Martes (3-1) took the loss af­ter re­liev­ing McHugh in the sev­enth. He was lifted af­ter Igle­sias' game-ty­ing dou­ble and was charged with three runs on two hits.

Evan Gat­tis gave the Astros a 2-0 lead with a long homer to left in the first in­ning. Derek Fisher drove home Hous­ton's third run with a triple in the fourth, but Boyd struck out the next two bat­ters to avoid fur­ther dam­age.

An­gels 6, Blue Jays 5. TORONTO (AP) — Troy Scrib­ner's ma­jor league de­but was al­ready done by the time the nerves set in. When they did, it was be­cause his first shot at a vic­tory was on the line.

Scrib­ner (1-0) pitched three in­nings, Cliff Pen­ning­ton drove in the tiebreak­ing run with a sac­ri­fice fly in the ninth and the Los An­ge­les An­gels ral­lied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5 on Sat­ur­day.

Trail­ing 5-3 against Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna (3-1), the An­gels took the lead with a three-run ninth. Kole Cal­houn hit a one-out sin­gle, Martin Mal­don­ado was hit by a pitch, Ben Re­vere hit an RBI dou­ble, and pinch-run­ner Kaleb Cowart scored on a wild pitch, send­ing Re­vere to third. Re­vere scored the go-ahead run on Pen­ning­ton's sac­ri­fice fly to shal­low cen­ter.

Los An­ge­les won for the 13th time in its past 17 games at Rogers Cen­tre.

The blown save was Osuna's fifth of the sea­son, three of which came be­fore April 28.

"One of those days," Blue Jays man­ager John Gib­bons said. "You don't see too of­ten. Got to move on."

Scrib­ner had been in line for the loss af­ter giv­ing up Miguel Mon­tero's tiebreak­ing two-run homer in the sixth. Darwin Bar­ney fol­lowed with a sin­gle but Scrib­ner re­tired the next seven in a row.

"He gave us three in­nings that we re­ally needed," man­ager Mike Scios­cia said. "Ev­ery­body you talk to say he's got great make-up, he's ag­gres­sive, all the things you're look­ing for in a young pitcher. He bounced back af­ter the home run."

Rock­ies 4, Na­tion­als 2. WASH­ING­TON (AP) — Ger­man Mar­quez car­ried a per­fect game into the sixth in­ning, Trevor Story home­red and the Colorado Rock­ies beat the Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als 4-2 on Sat­ur­day night in a matchup of play­off con­tenders.

Mar­quez (9-4) set down his first 16 bat­ters be­fore al­low­ing three hits in a span of four hit­ters in the sixth in­ning. The right-han­der struck out a ca­reer-high 10 while al­low­ing two runs and three hits in seven in­nings.

Pat Neshek, who was ac­quired in a trade with Philadel­phia on Wed­nes­day, pitched a per­fect eighth in his Rock­ies de­but. Greg Hol­land, who was ac­ti­vated from the pa­ter­nity list Sat­ur­day, com­pleted a 1-2-3 ninth for his 32nd save in 33 tries.

Mar­lins 7, Reds 3. MI­AMI (AP) — Adam Con­ley won con­sec­u­tive starts for the first time this sea­son, Chris­tian Yelich hit a three-run homer and the Mi­ami Mar­lins beat the reel­ing Cincin­nati Reds 7-3 on Sat­ur­day night.

Dee Gor­don had three hits, Gian­carlo Stan­ton drove in two runs and Mar­cell Ozuna dou­bled twice for the Mar­lins, who have won four straight.

Con­ley (4-3) went 7 2/3 in­nings, al­low­ing two runs and five hits while strik­ing out a sea­son-best seven. The lefty be­gan the sea­son with Mi­ami, strug­gled and got sent to the mi­nors, and re­joined the Mar­lins late this month.

Joey Votto hit his 27th home run and Adam Du­vall hit his 23rd for the Reds, who have dropped six in a row and are 2-14 since the All-Star break. Reds starter Tim Adle­man (5-9) al­lowed six runs and six hits in 4 1/3 in­nings.

Adle­man's un­do­ing came in the fifth, which started with a lead­off walk to Con­ley — the sec­ond drawn by the Mar­lins pitcher in three big league sea­sons. Gor­don fol­lowed with his third hit, Stan­ton brought both home stand­ing up with a dou­ble to cen­ter and Ozuna chased Adle­man with an RBI dou­ble to left to make it 6-2.

Yelich's home run put Mi­ami on top for good in the third, an op­po­site-field shot for a 3-1 lead.

Votto opened the scor­ing with his homer to straight­away cen­ter in the first. Du­vall con­nected in the fourth, and has now home­red in three of his last four games. Tucker Barn­hart had an RBI ground­out in the ninth for the Reds.

Dodgers 2, Giants 1. LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts felt it was a per­fect time to get Rich Hill out of the game.

No rea­son to push any­one th­ese days.

Hill pitched two-hit ball into the sixth in­ning, help­ing the Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1 Sat­ur­day for their sev­enth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

Corey Sea­ger had three hits and Cody Bellinger drove in two runs as ma­jor league-lead­ing Los An­ge­les won for the 38th time in 44 games. At 73-31, the Dodgers are 42 games over .500 for the first time since fin­ish­ing 10260 in 1974.

"I think that's what you see from this team every sin­gle day," Hill said. "Guys are get­ting their work in, they're stay­ing true to the process to what they need to do to get bet­ter every sin­gle time they come to the field."

Hill (8-4) struck out three and walked two in 5 2/3 in­nings. The oft-in­jured left­hander im­proved to 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA in five July starts.

Hunter Pence home­red in the fourth and Gorkys Her­nan­dez dou­bled in the fifth for San Fran­cisco's only hits against Hill. With Pence com­ing to the plate in the sixth, Roberts de­cided to bring in Pe­dro Baez.

"Where we're at right now, every game is dif­fer­ent, but I think for the next month and a half me, (pitching coach) Rick (Hon­ey­cutt) are aware of the pitch­ers, their us­age, and try­ing to make sure guys are fresh," Roberts said.

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