Jimenez goes seven as Ori­oles top the Roy­als 2-1

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

ORI­OLES 2, ROY­ALS 1

BAL­TI­MORE — Just when it seemed safe to write off Ubaldo Jimenez for good, the be­lea­guered Ori­oles right-han­der puts to­gether back-to-back strong starts to pre­serve his place in the start­ing ro­ta­tion.

Jimenez, who pitched a strong six in­nings in a tough loss to the Tampa Rays last Wed­nes­day, came back to de­liver an im­pres­sive seven-in­ning per­for­mance in the Ori­oles’ walk-off 2-1 vic­tory over the siz­zling Kansas City Roy­als be­fore 20,663 at Ori­ole Park.

The Roy­als came into the game with 10 wins in their last 11 games, but Jimenez held them to just a run on five hits. He struck out six and walked just two to re­duce his ERA to 6.56.

The O’s won the game with in the ninth in­ning on a two-out sin­gle by No. 9 hit­ter Craig Gen­try, who poked a grounder through the mid­dle of the in­field to scored Caleb Joseph and give the Ori­oles their third straight vic­tory. It was Gen­try’s first ca­reer walk-off hit.

The only Kansas City run scored off Jimenez came in the first in­ning on a pair of solid dou­bles by Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hos­mer. The Ori­oles came back to tie the game against Roy­als starter Danny Duffy in the fifth in­ning, when Manny Machado dou­bled Duffy turned in a per­for­mance that was al­most iden­ti­cal to Jimenez’s, pitch­ing seven in­nings and al­low­ing a run on seven hits. He also struck out six.

Nei­ther starter would be around for the de­ci­sion. My­chal Givens took over for Jimenez in the eighth and right-han­der Peter Moy­lan re­placed Duffy. Zach Brit­ton came on in the ninth for the Ori­oles and got the vic­tory. Joakim So­ria took the loss.

Machado con­tin­ues to dig out of the low .200s af­ter a long strug­gle to make his bat­ting av­er­age more con­sis­tent with his solid run-pro­duc­tion num­bers. He dou­bled in two of his first three at-bats to raise his av­er­age to .246. Machado ranks 18th among third base­men in bat­ting av­er­age, but is among the top 10 in

dou­bles (23) and home runs (18).

Some­times, it’s bet­ter to be lucky than good. Schoop was both on Mon­day. He de­liv­ered another multi — hit game, reach­ing base on a squir­relly ground ball that eluded to field­ers and driv­ing home the game-ty­ing run in the fifth in­ning with a soft fly­ball sin­gle in the fifth. That raised his team-lead­ing av­er­age to .307.

Givens pitched a per­fect eighth in­ning, strik­ing out two, to com­plete a very im­pres­sive month. He al­lowed just one run in July — on a

home run by Tampa Bay’s Je­sus Su­cre — over 12 ap­pear­ances and 121/3 in­nings. He struck out 18 and walked just one.

RED SOX 6, IN­DI­ANS 2 Doug Fis­ter fi­nally ended a long drought and rookie Rafael Dev­ers con­tin­ued his tor­rid start in the big leagues. Fis­ter took a shutout into the eighth in­ning, Dev­ers went 4 for 4 and drove in a run and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleve­land In­di­ans 6-2 on Mon­day night. In six big-league games, the 20-year-old Dev­ers is bat­ting .417 (10 for 24) with four RBIs. For the 33-year-old Fis­ter, it was his first win since Aug. 22 of last sea­son when he was with Hous­ton, end­ing a 10-game los­ing streak. Mookie Betts stopped his mini-slump by driv­ing in three runs with two sin­gles, and Ed­uardo Nunez added three hits and two RBIs for the Red Sox.

YAN­KEES 7, TIGERS 3 Aaron Judge broke out of a slump with his 34th home run, re­gain­ing sole pos­ses­sion of the ma­jor league lead, and Chase Headley sparked the New York Yan­kees at the plate Mon­day night in their 7-3 vic­tory over the Detroit Tigers. Luis Sev­erino beat Michael Ful­mer in a matchup of young All-Stars on the mound, though nei­ther was at his best. Hours af­ter ac­quir­ing Sonny Gray from Oakland at the trade dead­line, Headley put the AL East lead­ers ahead to stay with a two-run dou­ble in a four-run fourth in­ning. Todd Fra­zier fol­lowed with a tworun sin­gle, and Judge hit a solo shot in the fifth. Headley fin­ished with three hits as New York won for the ninth time in 11 games.

NA­TIONAL LEAGUE

NA­TION­ALS 1, MAR­LINS 0 Wash­ing­ton lefty Gio Gon­za­lez lost his no-hit bid in the ninth in­ning when Dee Gor­don led off with a clean sin­gle, and the Na­tion­als beat the Mi­ami Mar­lins 1-0 Mon­day night. Gon­za­lez was pulled af­ter Gor­don hit a soft liner the op­po­site way to left-cen­ter field. He threw 106 pitches. Gon­za­lez (9-5), who grew up in nearby Hialeah, walked three, hit a bat­ter and struck out five. He re­tired 14 in a row dur­ing one stretch. Sean Doolit­tle re­lieved and got NL home run leader Gian­carlo Stan­ton to ground into a dou­ble play. Af­ter Chris­tian Yelich beat out an in­field sin­gle, Mar­cell Ozuna popped out, giv­ing Doolit­tle his fourth save since be­ing ac­quired from Oakland and sev­enth this sea­son. The game was the Na­tion­als’ first at Mar­lins Park since ace Max Scherzer took a no-hit­ter into the eighth but lost on June 21. There has been only one no-hit­ter in the ma­jors this year — Mi­ami’s Edin­son Volquez threw it at this ball­park last month against Ari­zona. Jose Urena (9-5) al­lowed just three hits in eight in­nings.

PHILLIES 7, BRAVES 6 Odubel Her­rera and Maikel Franco hit homers, Nick Pivetta threw six sharp in­nings and the Philadel­phia Phillies beat the At­lanta Braves 7-6 Mon­day af­ter­noon to com­plete a four-game sweep. Pivetta (4-6) gave up one run and three hits, strik­ing out five. Kurt Suzuki and Fred­die Free­man went deep for At­lanta. Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz (9-6) al­lowed five runs and seven hits in four in­nings. The Phillies have won five in a row.

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