FRAZIER’S RUN-SCORING TRIPLE PLAY HELPS YANKS TOP REDS 4-2
NEW YORK» Todd Frazier had an unforgettable first at-bat in his home debut at Yankee Stadium, grounding into a rare run-scoring triple play as New York beat the Reds 4-2 on Tuesday night.
Rookie Jordan Montgomery took a no-hit try into the sixth inning, and Didi Gregorius homered to boost the AL East contenders, his third in two games.
Billy Hamilton’s bid for a tying extrabase hit in the eighth was thwarted when pinch-runner Zack Cozart, out of the starting lineup to rest his tender quadriceps, hobbled into third.
Back in the Bronx for the first time since the all-star break, the Yankees brought along Frazier and relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle, all acquired last week in a trade with the White Sox.
Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam in the 11th inning as the Indians wasted a seven-run lead, then beat the Angels 11-7. Encarncion’s shot into the left-field bleachers off Bud Norris capped a strange night for the Indians, who led 7-0 after two innings. … Willson Contreras drove in four runs and Carl Edwards Jr. provided some timely relief, helping the Cubs beat the White Sox 7-2. Ben Zobrist reached four times from the leadoff spot as the Cubs won for the ninth time in 11 games since the all-star break. John Lackey (7-9) became the first major leaguer in two years to hit four batters, but managed to get into the sixth inning for his second straight win. … Derek Fisher drove in two runs just hours after arriving in Philadelphia and Charlie Morton pitched seven innings to lead the Astros to a 5-0 victory over the Phillies. Jose Altuve extended his hitting streak to 17 straight games with a sixth-inning double to help the AL West-leading Astros improve to an American Leaguebest 67-33. Houston is 9-0 in interleague play. … Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Manny Pina homered, Zach Davies tossed 7M shutout innings and the Brewers beat the Nationals 8-0. Shaw’s threerun blast highlighted a four-run fourth inning. Thames and Pina went back-toback off Edwin Jackson (1-1) in the fifth inning. … Cesar Valdez pitched a careerhigh six innings to win for the first time since his major-league debut more than seven years ago, Ryan Goins had two RBIs, and the Blue Jays beat the Athletics 4-1. Making his first start with Toronto and just the fourth of his career, Valdez (1-0) allowed one run and five hits, walked one and struck out four. … Tim Beckham’s three-run homer capped a five-run inning for Tampa Bay and rookie Jake Faria pitched into the eighth inning to help the Rays snap a five-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over the Orioles. … Faria (5-1) posted his eighth quality start in nine starts, giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out five in 7L innings. … Whit Merrifield homered on the first pitch of the game and the Royals led the rest of the way, beating the Tigers 3-1 for their seventh consecutive victory. Danny Duffy (7-6) pitched into the seventh inning for the Royals, who added two runs in the fourth. … Joey Gallo homered twice, Mike Napoli and Rougned Odor also went deep, and the Rangers slugged past the Marlins 10-4. When Gallo led off the third inning with a towering blast into the second deck of seats, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton never even moved. That broke a 1-all tie.