LAMB HOMERS TWICE AS D-BACKS ROUT REDS 12-2 TO WIN SE­RIES

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

CINCIN­NATI» Jake Lamb hit a pair of three­run homers and Pa­trick Corbin pitched into the eighth in­ning dur­ing an emer­gency start Thurs­day, lead­ing the Di­a­mond­backs to a 12-2 vic­tory over the Reds.

Ari­zona sta­bi­lized it­self by tak­ing two of three in the se­ries. The Di­a­mond­backs had dropped eight of nine head­ing into the set, fall­ing be­hind Colorado for the sec­ond Na­tional League wild-card spot.

Lamb home­red in the first in­ning off Luis Castillo (1-3) and again in the ninth for a ca­reer-high six RBIs. Gre­gor Blanco and Ke­tel Marte added two-run shots as the Di­a­mond­backs con­cluded a wacky se­ries.

They won the opener 11-2 while get­ting out­fielder J.D. Martinez in a trade with Detroit. A day later, Martinez got hit on the left hand by a pitch in his Di­a­mond­backs de­but and left with a bruise. He didn’t play in the fi­nale.

Sched­uled starter Tai­juan Walker was scratched af­ter his wife, Heather, went into la­bor Thurs­day morn­ing. Corbin (7-9) was moved up a day and wound up with his first vic­tory since June 16. The left-han­der had gone 0-3 in his last five starts.

THURS­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Justin Smoak hit a pair of homers and Steve Pearce drove in two runs when Bos­ton sec­ond base­man Brock Holt lost his popup in the sun, and the Blue Jays held on to beat the Red Sox 8-6. The teams split the four-game se­ries. In­clud­ing the 15-in­ning game Tues­day with Toronto, the Amer­ica League East-lead­ing Red Sox played 76 in­nings in about 144 hours — the equiv­a­lent of 8½ games in six days. Do­minic Leone (2-0) earned the win. Starter Francisco Liri­ano got just five outs, al­low­ing three runs in the sec­ond, but Toronto came back with four in the third to take a 5-3 lead against Doug Fis­ter (0-4). Roberto Os­una pitched the ninth for his 24th save. Smoak has 26 homers this sea­son. His pre­vi­ous ca­reer high was 20, in 2013. … Gre­gory Polanco home­red, Chris Ste­wart added three hits and the Pi­rates com­pleted a four-game sweep of the NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Brew­ers with a 4-2 vic­tory. The Pi­rates have won 11-of-13 and moved within three games of the Brew­ers. Mil­wau­kee has lost five straight. Polanco hit a solo shot off Jimmy Nel­son (8-5) in the fourth in­ning, his ninth homer. Ste­wart scored the go-ahead run in the fifth on a sin­gle by Josh Har­ri­son. Jame­son Tail­lon (6-3) struck out a sea­son-high eight in 5L in­nings. … Car­di­nals pitcher Trevor Rosen­thal was late cov­er­ing first base on a two-out grounder by Jose Reyes that turned into a game-win­ning sin­gle in the ninth in­ning, lift­ing the Mets over St. Louis 3-2. A lead­off walk and T.J. Rivera’s sin­gle put run­ners on the corners with two outs. Reyes then hit a grounder up the first-base line, and Matt Car­pen­ter fielded it cleanly well be­hind the bag. … Jonathan Schoop and Adam Jones both home­red and drove in three runs, and the Ori­oles ral­lied to beat Cole Hamels and the Rangers 9-7 to com­plete a four-game sweep. … Bran­don Moss drove in four runs, Mike Mous­takas had three RBIs and the Roy­als routed the er­ror-prone Tigers 16-4. Eric Hos­mer and Whit Mer­ri­field home­red for the Roy­als, who moved within 1½ games of first-place Cleve­land in the AL Cen­tral. The 16 runs and 19 hits were sea­son highs for Kansas City.

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