Rays top Yanks in 11 on Mead­ows HR

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Sports -

AustinMead­ows home­red off Luis Cessa in the 11th in­ning, and the Tampa Bay Rays ral­lied to beat the New York Yan­kees 2-1 Satur­day and re­gain the AL East lead af­ter dropping be­hind the Yan­kees for a day.

New York’s bullpen re­tired 13 in a row be­fore Mead­ows lined a slider from Cessa (0-1) into the right-field seats for his ninth homer.

Mead­ows saved a run in the sixth when he charged Gley­ber Tor­res’ two-out sin­gle to left and made a one-hop throw to the plate. Catcher Erik Kratz tagged Aaron Hicks, who tried to score from sec­ond and ran past third base coach Phil Nevin’s stop sign.

Masahiro Tanaka out­pitched AL Cy Young Award win­ner Blake Snell for the sec­ond time in less than a week and was pro­vided a lead when Snell threw a run-scor­ing wild pitch in the third.

Tanaka left with a bruised shin af­ter a grounder up themid­dle in the sixth. Bran­don Lowe tied the score in the sev­enth, home­r­ing on the sec­ond pitch from re­liever Tommy Kahnle.


White Sox 4, Blue Jays 1 (5): Lu­cas Gi­olito threw five solid in­nings, Leury Gar­cia home­red and Chicago beat Toronto at home in a game stopped af­ter 41⁄ 2 in­nings be­cause of rain. Gi­olito (5-1) struck out the side in the top of the fifth be­fore play was halted. The game was called af­ter a wait of three hours. Reds 4, Dodgers 0: Jesse Winker’s homer ended LA’s stretch of score­less pitch­ing, and Yasiel Puig sin­gled home a pair of runs, lead­ing Cincin­nati to a home vic­tory that snapped Los An­ge­les’ four-game win­ning streak. The Reds beat the Dodgers for the first time in five games this sea­son, in­clud­ing LA’s three-game sweep in April. The Dodgers are 34-23 at Great Amer­i­can Ball Park, the sec­ond-best mark by an NL team be­hind the Mets.

In­di­ans 4, Ori­oles 1: Adam Plutko, mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance of the sea­son, al­lowed one run in six in­nings – a solo homer by Trey Mancini for Baltimore’s only hit – and Cleve­land de­feated the Ori­oles at home.

Athletics 4, Tigers 1: DanielMeng­den pitched seven im­pres­sive in­nings and Nick Hund­ley and Chad Pin­der home­red to lift Oak­land to its 15th straight win over host Detroit.

Mar­lins 2, Mets 0: Mi­ami starter Pablo Lopez gave up a dou­ble on his first pitch, then com­bined with the bullpen to hold New York hit­less the rest of the way at home.


Rangers: Re­liever Shawn Kel­ley had two lumps sur­gi­cally re­moved from his throat this week.

Kel­ley says an ini­tial biopsy on the lumps was in­con­clu­sive, so doc­tors re­moved a cou­ple of “de­cent-sized” lumps on Thurs­day. The 35-year-old was put on the in­jured list May 9, five days af­ter he last pitched.

Kel­ley is 3-0 with two saves in his first sea­son with the Rangers.

Yan­kees: Didi Gre­go­rius is pro­jected to re­turn to New York next month, a faster re­cov­ery from Tommy John surgery than ex­pected. Gre­go­rius is sched­uled to play short­stop on Mon­day at ex­tended spring train­ing in Tampa, Florida, his first game ac­tion since surgery on Oct. 17 to re­place a torn ul­nar col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in his right el­bow.

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