Albany Times Union

Cruz leads Rays past Phillies with bat, glove

Hits go-ahead two-run double in 8th, plays 1B for first time in career

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Nelson Cruz returned from the COVID -19 list, played first base for the first time in his career and hit a tiebreakin­g two-run double in the eighth inning for the Tampa Bay Rays, who beat the Philadelph­ia Phillies 3-1 on Tuesday night.

Cruz, 41, handled all his chances cleanly in his first action anywhere on defense since he played right field for Seattle in 2018. With two on in the first, Didi Gregorius hit a grounder that shortstop Wander Franco threw from the outfield grass, and Cruz made a nifty pick of a short hop to end the inning.

Rangers 7, Indians 3: Nathaniel Lowe was 5-for-5 with a three-run homer for Texas. Lowe homered in the first, singled in the third, seventh and ninth, and doubled in the fifth. DJ Peters also hit a three-run homer in the ninth and drove in four runs.

Nationals 5, Marlins 1: Tres Barrera had three hits, including a homer for Washington. Yadiel Hernadez singled and tripled, while Ryan Zimmerman also went deep for the Nationals. Erick Fedde (6-8) struck out a career-high 10 in 61⁄3 innings. He allowed one run, six hits and walked one. Miami struck out 15 times and has lost eight in a row.

White Sox 5, Blue Jays 2: Dylan Cease pitched seven effective innings, Jose Abreu hit a three-run homer and Chicago stopped a three-game skid. Cease (10-6) retired his first 11 batters, fanning six, before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. lined a single to right in the fourth. Cease allowed one run and four hits, matching his season high in innings. He has 177 strikeouts, third-most in the AL.

Pirates 4, Diamondbac­ks 2 :JT Brubaker pitched five scoreless innings for his first win in nearly three months for Pittsburgh. Brubaker (5-13) allowed four hits with six strikeouts, stranding five runners in scoring position. The 27-year-old right-hander got Diamondbac­ks starter Madison Bumgarner to line out with the bases loaded in the second and ended a threat with runners on second and third in the third by striking out David Peralta. In the fifth, Pavin Smith was stranded on third when Carson Kelly flew out to center.

Mariners 5, A’s 1: Luis Torrens hit a tiebreakin­g two-run single, Chris Flexen pitched neatly into the seventh and Seattle swept a quick two-game series.

Angels 14, Orioles 8: Jo Adell tripled and drove in four runs and Juan Lagares hit a two-run homer and RBI single as the Halos handed Baltimore its 19th consecutiv­e defeat.

Tigers 4, Cardinals 3: Miguel Cabrera and Robbie Grossman hit back-toback home runs to lead Detroit.

Cubs-rockies postponed:tuesday night’s game between Colorado and Chicago was postponed because of thundersto­rms and reschedule­d as part of a doublehead­er Wednesday.

Notes: Arizona lefty Caleb Smith was suspended 10 games and fined an undisclose­d amount for having a foreign substance on his glove last week.

 ?? Mitchell Leff / Getty Images ?? Nelson Cruz hits a tiebreakin­g two-run double for the Rays in the eighth against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday.
Mitchell Leff / Getty Images Nelson Cruz hits a tiebreakin­g two-run double for the Rays in the eighth against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Tuesday.

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