Yankees top Red Sox 4-1 in 16th; Boston plays under protest
YANKEES 4, RED SOX 1 (16 INNINGS)
BOSTON — Didi Gregorius lined a go-ahead single in the 16th inning and the New York Yankees outlasted the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Saturday in the longest game between the bitter rivals at Fenway Park since 1966.
Matt Holliday hit a tying home run off Boston closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth, and it took 5 hours, 50 minutes and 512 pitches to finish. That is, if it’s really over — the Red Sox put the game under protest after a bizarre play on the bases involving Holliday in the 11th.
Both teams burned through their bullpens, and the relievers won’t get much rest. The Yankees and the AL East-leading Red Sox are set for a day-night doubleheader today.
Boston starter Chris Sale struck out 13 in 7 2/3 scoreless innings of three-hit ball. Yankees starter Luis Severino allowed one run and four hits in seven innings.
Ben Heller (2-0) went two innings. Doug Fister (0-3) gave up three runs in the 16th.
A day after Yankees blew a ninth-inning lead and lost, they rallied. Boston had been 43-0 when leading after eight.
RANGERS 1, ROYALS 0 Shin-Soo Choo flared a lazy fly ball down the left-field line with one out in the ninth inning, driving in the only run off Danny Duffy and giving the Texas Rangers a victory over the Kansas City Royals. Duffy and Rangers counterpart Cole Hamels matched each other through seven innings, neither bending before Hamels finally departed for reliever Jose Leclerc (2-2) with two out in the eighth. Duffy
(5-6) began the ninth and gave up a weak single to Jonathan Lucroy.
TIGERS 11, BLUE JAYS 1 Michael Fulmer pitched eight strong innings and J.D. Martinez drove in five runs as the Detroit Tigers went on to a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Nicholas Castellanos, Miguel Cabrera and Martinez homered for the Tigers. Fulmer (10-6) won his fourth straight start, giving up one run and two hits while walking one and striking out three. Kendrys Morales had a clean single in the second inning, but the Blue Jays didn’t get another hit until Troy Tulowitzki’s infield single in the eighth. Francisco Liriano (5-5) took the loss, allowing five runs, three hits and four walks in two-plus innings. He struck out two.
TWINS 4, ASTROS 2 Brian Dozier homered and Eddie Rosario’s two-run double in the sixth inning lifted the Minnesota Twins to a victory over the Houston Astros. The game was tied entering the sixth when a walk by Miguel Sano and consecutive singles by Max Kepler and Robbie Grossman loaded the bases with no outs in the inning to chase Joe Musgrove (4-8). He was replaced by Tony Sipp, who was greeted with the double by Rosario that put Minnesota up 4-2. That ball was deflected by Sipp and rolled just out of reach of a diving Jose Altuve and into shallow right field.
MARINERS 4, WHITE SOX 3 Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager homered, and the sloppy Seattle Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox for their third straight victory. Seattle committed three errors, and Felix Hernandez (5-3) plunked Jose Abreu twice and threw a wild pitch. But Cruz’s two-run shot off Anthony Swarzak (4-3) — just the second homer allowed by the reliever this season — made it 4-3 Mariners in the sixth, and their bullpen shut down the lowly White Sox the rest of the way. Steve Cishek, Tony Zych and Nick Vincent each pitched a scoreless inning before Edwin Diaz finished for his 15th save in 18 chances.
DODGERS 7, MARLINS 1 Cody Bellinger became the first Dodgers rookie to hit for the cycle and Alex Wood became the first Dodgers pitcher in more than a century to win his first 11 decisions in a season, helping the NL West leaders beat the Miami Marlins for their eighth straight victory. Bellinger singled in the first inning, hit a two-run homer in the third, added an RBI double in the fourth and hit his second career triple on the first pitch of the seventh. His triple off Nick Wittgren barely cleared the glove of right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who tried to making a running backhanded catch.
CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 0 Lance Lynn worked 6 1/3 innings and added a rare run-scoring double at the plate as the St. Louis Cardinals cooled off the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lynn (8-6) allowed eight hits and struck out three without issuing a walk to win his second straight start. Lynn hasn’t allowed a run in his last 13 1/3 innings of work. Tommy Pham had three hits and an RBI for St. Louis. Matt Carpenter went 2 for 4 with an RBI as the Cardinals sent the Pirates to just their second loss in the last eight games. Jameson Taillon (5-3) lost for the first time in nearly a month. The Cardinals pecked away at Taillon for four runs in five innings. Taillon struck out five but tied a season high by allowing eight hits. Francisco Cervelli went 2 for 4 with a double for Pirates. Pittsburgh left nine runners on base and went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
BREWERS 3, PHILLIES 2 Travis Shaw hit his 20th home run of the season leading off the bottom of the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers edged the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Saturday night. Shaw hit the center-field scoreboard when he crushed a 1-1 pitch right down the middle from Joaquin Benoit (1-4). The victory put the Brewers (52-41) a season-high 11 games over .500. Jacob Barnes (2-1) picked up the win when got out of jam in the top of the eighth thanks to a slick double play after walking two batters. Corey Knebel pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 20 chances.
METS 9, ROCKIES 3 Jay Bruce and pitcher Seth Lugo homered during an early barrage that sent the New York Mets past Colorado for their second straight lopsided victory over the reeling Rockies out of the All-Star break. Jose Reyes also went deep and Lucas Duda had a two-run double as New York took full advantage of an injury that knocked wild Colorado starter Tyler Chatwood from the game in the first inning. Lugo (4-2) worked into the seventh with a big lead, but Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes left early after slamming his right knee into the ground while trying to make a sliding catch. Chatwood (611) got only one out and threw just five of 19 pitches for strikes while walking three of the five batters he faced.
NATIONALS 10, REDS 7 Anthony Rendon hit his second career grand slam and added a two-run homer, and the Washington Nationals overcame Scooter Gennett’s four-RBI night to hold on for a victory over the Cincinnati Reds. Ryan Raburn homered to lead off the seventh, sparking a seven-run outburst capped by Rendon’s grand slam for his 18th homer of the season and a 10-0 lead. The Reds bounced back for two runs in the eighth inning and five in the ninth, three on Gennett’s 16th homer of the season, before Matt Grace logged his second save in two nights. Washington’s Max Scherzer (11-5), the National League’s strikeout leader, escaped trouble in the first and third innings.
BRAVES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 5 Little-used Lane Adams drove in three runs with a pinch-hit, bases-loaded double in the sixth, giving Atlanta the lead, and the Braves beat the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks. Adams was hitting only .214 in 28 at-bats before his double to the leftfield wall off Randall Delgado (1-2) cleared the bases. Arizona led 3-2 before Atlanta’s four-run inning. The Diamondbacks have lost seven of eight and 10 of 13. Brandon Phillips had three hits, including a homer. Ender Inciarte also had three hits. After Arizona scored two runs in the eighth to cut Atlanta’s lead to 7-5, Jace Peterson hit a pinch-hit homer off Jorge De La Rosa into the top level of seats in right field in the bottom of the inning.
PADRES 5, GIANTS 3 Hector Sanchez hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning and the San Diego Padres beat San Francisco to spoil the return of Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner pitched seven innings in his first start since being injured in a dirt bike accident three months ago. He left with the score tied at 3 after allowing four hits, including home runs by Matt Szczur and Jabari Blash, while striking out five and walking two. Blash started the winning rally when he singled leading off the ninth against Cory Gearrin (3-3) and advanced on Erick Aybar’s sacrifice bunt against Steven Okert.
CUBS 10, ORIOLES 3 Making his first appearance at Camden Yards since he was traded by Baltimore four years ago, Jake Arrieta settled down after a wild start to hold the Orioles to four hits over 6 2/3 innings and lead the Chicago Cubs to a win. Addison Russell homered for the second straight game, and Albert Almora and Anthony Rizzo also went deep for Chicago, which hit eight homers in winning the first two games of the series. Arrieta (9-7) walked three in the first two innings, then retired 11 of 12 batters before Caleb Joseph’s a solo home run in the fifth.