Rays top Yanks in 11 on Meadows HR
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.