ROUNDUP Soroka shines for Braves as Mets bow

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - BASEBALL -

AT­LANTA — Mike Soroka did not al­low a hit un­til the sev­enth in­ning, Fred­die Free­man home­red and drove in both runs, and the At­lanta Braves beat the New York Mets 2-0 on Wed­nes­day.

Soroka, the youngest pitcher in the ma­jor leagues and one of base­ball’s top prospects, re­turned from a right shoul­der strain that side­lined him since May 17 to out­pitch NL ERA leader Ja­cob deGrom in a game that lasted only 2 hours, 12 min­utes.

Mak­ing his fourth ca­reer start, Soroka (2-1) gave up one hit, one walk and struck out four in 6 1/3 in­nings.

Free­man, the NL bat­ting leader, has hit safely in 23 of his past 24 games. He drove in the first run with a sin­gle in the fourth off deGrom (4-2). He home­red off Jeremy Blevins in the eighth.

Brew­ers 1, Cubs 0: Lorenzo Cain home­red and Jhoulys Chacin com­bined with three re­liev­ers on a six-hit­ter to give Mil­wau­kee its sec­ond straight shutout of vis­it­ing Chicago.

Chacin (6-1) al­lowed four hits in six in­nings, strik­ing out seven and walk­ing four to win his sixth con­sec­u­tive de­ci­sion. Jeremy Jef­fress pitched the sev­enth, Josh Hader struck out the side in the eighth and Cory Knebel fin­ished with a per­fect ninth for his sixth save.

Red Sox 5, Ori­oles 1: Chris Sale took a twohit­ter into the sev­enth in­ning be­fore be­ing ejected, and Bos­ton com­pleted a three-game sweep of Bal­ti­more with a road vic­tory.

After is­su­ing two walks to open the sev­enth in a 5-0 game, Sale (6-4) was lifted by man­ager Alex Cora. As he was mak­ing his way to the dugout, the left-han­der yelled at home plate um­pire Brian Knight and was ejected.

It was the sec­ond ca­reer ejec­tion for Sale, the other com­ing in April 2015 when he was with the White Sox.

Sale struck out nine, al­lowed one run and gave up two hits.

Mariners 8, An­gels 6: Mitch Haniger hit a two-run home run in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning to give Seat­tle a home vic­tory and sweep of the three-game series over Los An­ge­les.

After Jean Se­gura sin­gled to cen­ter off re­liever Oliver Drake (0-1), Haniger launched his 16th homer of the sea­son over the left­field wall to fin­ish the sweep. Nel­son Cruz and Ryon Healy also home­red for Seat­tle, and Healy’s up­per-deck shot in the eighth in­ning tied the game at 6-6.

Rock­ies 7, Phillies 2: Ian Des­mond hit a tworun homer in a five-run fourth in­ning, Tyler An­der­son pitched seven strong in­nings and vis­it­ing Colorado routed Philadel­phia to end a five-game los­ing streak.

Pi­rates 5, Diamondbacks 4: Jordy Mercer home­red and had three RBIs, Jameson Tail­lon pitched seven ef­fec­tive in­nings and Pitts­burgh avoided a sweep with a road vic­tory over Ari­zona.

Rays 1, Blue Jays 0: Matt Duffy’s RBI sin­gle with two outs in the ninth drove in the game’s only run in Tampa Bay’s win over Toronto in St. Peters­burg, Fla. Duffy drove in Mallex Smith, who dou­bled with one out and moved to third base on a ground ball.

Mar­lins 5, Giants 4: Brian An­der­son hit a game-end­ing sac­ri­fice fly in the ninth in­ning to lift Mi­ami to a home win over San Fran­cisco.

J.T. Real­muto had two hits and scored twice for the Mar­lins, who have won three straight.

White Sox 3, In­di­ans 2: Dy­lan Covey car­ried a shutout into the eighth in­ning, con­tin­u­ing his im­pres­sive June and help­ing Chicago beat Trevor Bauer and vis­it­ing Cleve­land.

Covey (3-1) al­lowed 10 hits — all sin­gles — and walked none. The 26-year-old righthander im­proved to 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA in five starts since he was re­called from Triple-A Char­lotte last month.

Padres 4, Car­di­nals 2: Eric Lauer car­ried a shutout into the sixth in­ning, Manuel Mar­got had three hits and vis­it­ing San Diego beat St. Louis to win its fifth straight series.

Freddy Galvis drove in two first-in­ning runs for San Diego, which has won five of seven. The Padres hadn’t won five con­sec­u­tive series since 2010.

Tigers 5, Twins 2: Vic­tor Reyes’s RBI sin­gle keyed a four-run eighth in­ning and Detroit ral­lied to beat vis­it­ing Min­nesota.

Reds 7, Roy­als 0: Tyler Mahle al­lowed three hits while pitch­ing into the sev­enth, Adam Du­vall hit a ninth-in­ning grand slam and Cincin­nati claimed a road win over Kansas City.


White Sox: Chicago placed right-han­der Nate Jones on the 10-day dis­abled list with a mus­cle strain in his fore­arm. Man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said Jones told the team about the is­sue after he faced three bat­ters dur­ing Tues­day night’s 5-1 vic­tory over Cleve­land.

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