WEST POINT GRADUATE ROWLEY WINS DEBUT AS JAYS BEAT PIRATES 7-2
TORONTO» Chris Rowley pitched 5L innings to win his major-league debut Saturday and Jose Bautista scored two runs as the Blue Jays beat the Pirates 7-2.
A former first lieutenant in the U.S. Army — and the first graduate of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., to reach the majors — Rowley (1-0) missed all of the 2014 and 2015 minor-league seasons while on active-duty service, including a stint in Bulgaria.
The right-hander, who began the season in Double-a, allowed one run and five hits Saturday. He walked one and struck out three. The only run off him came in the second inning when Josh Bell hit a leadoff triple and scored on a two-out hit by Jordy Mercer, who added a solo home run off Leonel Campos in the ninth.
Rookie Andrew Benintendi rocketed a pair of three-run homers off all-star Luis Severino and the Red Sox bounced back from a tough loss to beat the Yankees 10-5. A day after blowing a late lead, the AL East leaders battered Severino for a career-worst 10 runs. … Justin Upton hit a walk-off, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to send the Tigers past the Twins 12-11. … Jay Bruce drove in his first two runs for the Indians and Mike Clevinger struck out nine in seven innings in a 3-0 victory over the Rays. Bruce, acquired in a trade from the Mets on Wednesday, drove in the first run with a two-out fly ball. … Randal Grichuk and Paul Dejong homered and the Cardinals stretched their winning streak to eight games with a 6-5 victory over the Braves. Carlos Martinez (9-9) tossed six solid innings and also drove in a run for the Cardinals. … Patrick Corbin sruck out eight over 6M innings and the Diamondbacks held the Cubs to five hits through eight innings in a 6-2 victory. The loss dropped the Cubs in the division into a tie for first place with the Cardinals. … Melky Cabrera hit a goahead, two-run homer against his former team in the eighth inning, and the Royals beat the White Sox 5-4 to stop a five-game losing streak. Cabrera, acquired from Kansas City on July 30, homered with one out off Aaron Bummer (1-3). … Eric Sogard scampered home with the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th as the Brewers beat the Reds 6-5. … Aaron Nola struck out eight over seven innings and the beat the 3-1.