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