Today is Monday, May 1, 2017.
|Monday, May 1, 2017|
|Major League Baseball|
|White Sox||vs.||Royals||8:15 (EDT)|
|Blue Jays||vs.||Yankees||7:05 (EDT) Preview|
Bottom's up: Blue Jays open series at Yankees
Sunday, April 30 at 11:43 PM (EDT)
NEW YORK -- April meant different things for the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.
Projected to compete with the Boston Red Sox for American League East supremacy, the Blue Jays stumbled out of the gate and still are trying to recover.
Projected to be in the middle of the division, the Yankees followed up the best record in spring training by tying for the best record in the AL through the first month.
The disappointing Blue Jays and surprising New York get together for the first time this season Monday night in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees (15-8) are off to their best start since 2010. They are 14-4 in their past 18 games, a run that started with a 7-3 comeback win at Baltimore on April 9.
"Nobody gets trophies for anything in April, but I'll take how we're playing right now," New York general manager Brian Cashman said before the Yankees' wild 7-4, 11-inning loss to the Orioles on Sunday. "I'll take the wins that are coming with it, especially when we have some of our key components down."
Those components include shortstop Didi Gregorius and catcher Gary Sanchez. Gregorius missed the first 20 games with a strained shoulder, while Sanchez has missed the past three weeks due to a strained biceps.
Gregorius went 7-for-15 in his first three games, including the game-tying single in the ninth Sunday. Sanchez will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, and he could return next weekend against the Chicago Cubs.
"I'm really pleased with how we started out of the gate," Cashman said. "It's not just the month. I remind people we came out of spring training with the best record in the entire game, and we followed that up with the best record in April. So I feel we got some momentum building, and hopefully we can add to it."
A year ago, the Yankees started 8-17, and only a strong surge in August and early September enabled them to finish with a winning record.
The Blue Jays are coming off consecutive appearances in the AL Championship Series after not reaching the postseason since their 1993 World Championship season. Toronto, however, is 8-17 after scoring three times in the eighth inning to take a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.
Jose Bautista hit the game-tying double and scored on Russell Martin's single in the finale against the Rays. Those hits raised Bautista's average to .178 (16-for-90) and Martin's average to .219 (14-for-64).
Until those hits, the Blue Jays nearly went the first month without getting a series win and consecutive victories.
"It's pretty amazing to go through a whole month without winning two in a row until the very end. In a lot of ways, that's hard to do," Toronto manager John Gibbons said.
If Toronto wound up losing, it would have been the first time since June 1981 that it did not win a series in a month, according to STATS, LLC.
The Blue Jays have scored three runs or fewer 12 times, and 12 of their losses came by two runs or fewer.
"We may be down, but we make a run at it every night," Gibbons said. "And they keep competing. I haven't seen a lack of effort. I've said many times, this group, as tough as things have been, and they've been real tough, they compete."
The Blue Jays have been attempting to get wins without shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (hamstring) and third baseman Josh Donaldson (strained right calf). Tulowitzki has yet to test his hamstring, while Donaldson recently started taking batting practice.
Luis Severino starts the series opener for the Yankees. He is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts after allowing three hits in seven scoreless innings Wednesday in a 3-1 win at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox. He has totaled 27 of his 33 strikeouts in his past four starts.
In five appearances against Toronto, Severino is 0-2 with a 5.89 ERA. In his last start vs. the Blue Jays on Sept. 26 in Toronto, Severino was ejected for hitting Justin Smoak after also plunking Donaldson.
Marco Estrada starts for the Blue Jays and hopes for some better run support. He is 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in five starts, as Toronto has scored just 13 runs for him. Six of those runs came when he allowed two runs and six hits over six innings in a no-decision last Tuesday during the Blue Jays' 6-5, 10-inning win at St. Louis.
Estrada is 3-2 with a 3.75 ERA in 10 appearances (nine starts) against New York.
|Indians||vs.||Tigers||7:10 (EDT) Preview|
Tigers' Adduci looks to stay hot vs. Indians
Monday, May 1 at 1:34 AM (EDT)
DETROIT -- Jim Adduci is either causing Detroit a problem or providing the Tigers with a solution.
Adduci, who turns 32 on May 15, has been swinging a hot bat in the week's worth of games he has played since Detroit called him up after center fielder JaCoby Jones took a pitch to the face April 22.
His RBI double to left-center played a key part in Detroit's four-run fourth inning Sunday in a 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. His left-handed bat means he is likely to be in right field again Monday when right-hander Trevor Bauer (2-2, 6.26 ERA) pitches for Cleveland in the opener of a four-game series against the Tigers at Comerica Park.
Adduci is hitting .400 through seven games with the Tigers.
It would seem Adduci will survive the cut when first baseman Miguel Cabrera returns from the disabled list on Tuesday. Catcher/first baseman John Hicks, hitting .423 in his seven games with the Tigers, is a leading candidate to be returned to the minors.
Jones is currently on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo. And while the Tigers say they sent him there just to deal with the fear factor that can follow taking a pitch to the head, it is likely they will keep him there to deal with the pitch-recognition problems that were plaguing him just before he got hurt.
When Detroit does determine Jones and his excellent center field skills are needed, someone will have to go. That will also be the case when J.D. Martinez, on the disabled list since spring training with a Lisfranc strain in his right foot, returns to action sometime around mid-May.
Adduci spent the last two seasons in South Korea, where he hit .314 with 28 home runs and 106 RBIs two years ago and .256 with nine home runs and 52 RBIs for three teams last year.
"Try to stay in the moment," Adduci said Sunday of what he learned overseas. "The important thing is today."
The Tigers have a young, up-and-down left-hander, Daniel Norris, starting Monday night against the Indians.
Norris threw six innings of two-hit shutout ball three starts ago, but the southpaw's two starts since were not good. The two losses dropped him to 1-2 with a 4.71 ERA.
Cleveland has yet to beat Norris. In four career starts against the Indians, he is 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA.
Bauer has had trouble with Detroit in the past, losing his only decision to the Tigers this year. Overall, he is 4-4 with a 7.24 ERA against the Tigers.
Cleveland finished 14-10 in April, the first time in five years the Indians posted a winning mark in the first true month of the season.
"Our mindset is to win every series and be one run better than the other team in every game," said Cleveland's winning pitcher Sunday, Josh Tomlin. "We're getting into that groove now as a team.
"You always want to have a winning record in every month. This bodes well for us going into May. Hopefully we can keep it going."
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor added, "April is about surviving. You don't want to fall too far behind. We've been playing awesome. Now we want to build off this month and see where it takes us."
Cleveland manager Terry Francona has been careful in his use of right-handed closer Cody Allen and left-handed setup man Andrew Miller, although he says he isn't overly worried about their arduous 2016 postseason.
"It's nice to see them kind of hit the ground running," Francona said, "but I wasn't maybe as concerned as other people were about that. It's not that I don't care. I just think the way they work and their talent, I think they're going to be just fine."
|Orioles||vs.||Red Sox||7:10 (EDT) Preview|
Orioles, Red Sox talk down beanball carryover
Monday, May 1 at 1:43 AM (EDT)
BOSTON -- Will there be a beanfest in Beantown?
That is the big question ahead of the Baltimore Orioles' visit to Fenway Park for a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox that opens Monday night.
The drama began April 21 in Baltimore, when Orioles third baseman Manny Machado spiked Boston's Dustin Pedroia on an eighth-inning slide at second base.
Pedroia said he didn't think the play was dirty, but that wasn't good enough for Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes, who buzzed Machado's head with a pitch in the April 23 series finale.
Barnes was ejected and suspended four games for the incident, and Pedroia has since spoken spoke out against the ill-advised head-hunting.
Pedroia missed three games with left knee and ankle injuries that stemmed from the play, and Barnes returned from his suspension Sunday night to earn a win against the Chicago Cubs.
Don't expect either side to be particularly keen to talk about last weekend's events. Boston's Hanley Ramirez, for one, has already moved on.
"OK, no more talking about what happened in Baltimore. It's over," Ramirez said in the aftermath last week. "We're ready to play baseball out there and keep winning."
Any retaliation from Baltimore could begin with right-hander Dylan Bundy (3-1, 1.65 ERA), who also started the game in which Machado injured Pedroia.
But for now, he is playing coy.
"I don't have any thoughts about it," Bundy said in New York on Sunday. "To me, that's blown over. We're playing baseball now. We try not to worry about stuff that we can't control, so we're just going to go in there and look to win."
Bundy held Boston scoreless on six hits and a walk while fanning three over seven innings in the Orioles' 2-0 victory on April 21.
His first start against the Red Sox this season didn't go as well. On April 11, he surrendered three runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in a 6 1/3-inning defeat at Fenway.
Bundy is 2-3 with a 4.76 ERA in nine career outings (five starts) versus Boston. He is 1-1 with a 4.02 ERA in five prior appearances (two starts) at Fenway.
He coughed up two solo home runs in a 6 1/3-inning no-decision against the Tampa Bay Rays last Wednesday, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out three.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter considered pushing Bundy back until Tuesday, but said in New York on Saturday that he decided to start him Monday.
Pedroia is 6-for-15 (.400) with three RBIs lifetime against Bundy. Mookie Betts (5-for-15, .333) has a pair of homers and three RBIs versus the right-hander.
Boston's Monday starter, Rick Porcello (1-3, 4.75 ERA), looks to reverse his early-season struggles after a rare four-walk game his last time out against the New York Yankees on Wednesday.
The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner had not walked that many batters since May 29, 2014, a span of 88 starts. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out nine.
Like his counterpart, Porcello has also struggled against his Monday opponent, going 4-8 with a 4.88 ERA over 15 career starts against the Orioles.
Adam Jones (11-for-45, .244) has three homers and nine RBIs against Porcello. Chris Davis (8-for-36, .222) and Mark Trumbo (8-for-26, .308) also have three homers and seven RBIs apiece off the right-hander.
Baltimore (15-8) enters the series after losses in two of three games against the Yankees, while Boston (13-11) took two of three games against the visiting Cubs.
The Orioles have won three of their first five games against the Red Sox this season with 14 left to play. Boston went 11-8 in its season series with Baltimore last year.
|Pirates||vs.||Reds||7:10 (EDT) Preview|
Reds' Garrett aims to rebound vs. Pirates
Monday, May 1 at 1:52 AM (EDT)
CINCINNATI -- There were concerns that Amir Garrett's last outing might hurt his confidence. Truth is, not much bothers the Cincinnati Reds' 6-foot-5, 228-pound left-hander.
The outstanding start to Garrett's career hit a speed bump last week when he gave up nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of an 11-7 loss at Milwaukee. With a short bullpen, he was left out there to take his lumps, something manager Bryan Price regretted doing with a rookie.
However, Garrett (2-2, 5.09 ERA) didn't appear any worse for wear.
"I just wasn't myself today," Garrett said. "Everything I threw they were able to hit, they were able to capitalize on my missed pitches, which I had a lot of today. There's going to be days like this. It's how you bounce back. I am definitely going to bounce back from this."
He gets his chance Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park. Garrett has faced the Bucs once before, allowing two runs with no walks and five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings on April 12.
That was one of three wins Cincinnati got to sweep the series at PNC Park. The Reds went 9-10 against the Pirates last season, including 4-5 at home.
Garrett began his major league career with 12 scoreless innings over his first two starts before allowing a two-run homer to the Pirates' David Freese in the seventh inning on April 12. His 12-inning scoreless streak tied Billy Rhines (1890) for second longest to begin a Reds career. In 1970, Wayne Simpson began his Reds career with 15 scoreless innings.
On Monday night, Garrett will show how he responds to the first adversity he has experienced in his fledgling big-league career.
Gerrit Cole will make his 100th career start for the Pirates, hoping to reverse his fortunes against the Reds. In eight career starts against them, Cole is 0-6 with a 5.44 ERA in 43 innings. He went 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA against Cincinnati last season.
Cole (1-3, 3.60 ERA) is coming off a tough 1-0 loss to Kyle Hendricks and the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday in which he gave up just one run over seven innings.
Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett has been a Cole killer in his career, batting .471 against him while with the Brewers.
Right fielder Adam Duvall went 4-for-5 with three doubles in the Reds' come-from-behind, 5-4 win at St. Louis on Sunday. He was 2-for-17 on the road trip coming in.
Cincinnati has lost 11 of 15. Pittsburgh fell 10-3 at Miami on Sunday to snap a three-game winning streak.
When the teams meet at Great American Ball Park, the beanball watch will be on again. Few matchups in the major leagues feature more hit batters than Pirates vs. Reds.
On May 11, 2016, the Reds and Bucs combined to hit six batters to tie a modern National League record.
"Just a lot went on," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said following that game.
Pirates catcher Elias Diaz is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday with Francisco Cervelli still dealing with a foot injury that hobbled him in spring training. On Sunday, Class A catcher John Bormann got an emergency call-up by Pittsburgh from Class A Bradenton merely due to his proximity to Miami, and he struck out in his major league debut.
|Rays||vs.||Marlins||7:10 (EDT) Preview|
Struggling Rays, Marlins look to get on track
Monday, May 1 at 12:10 AM (EDT)
MIAMI -- The major leagues' two Florida franchises -- both playing less than .500 ball -- get together for four games in the next four days.
It is not exactly a World Series preview: The Miami Marlins (11-12) have lost four of their past five games, and the Tampa Bay Rays (12-14) have lost two games in a row as well as three consecutive series.
On Monday and Tuesday at Marlins Park, both teams will try to change those trends before the scene shifts to Tampa Bay for games Wednesday and Thursday.
Rays manager Kevin Cash -- ever the optimist -- is confident his team is close to getting on a positive run.
"I'm excited about the way the guys have played," Cash told said during the weekend. "But it's tough because we don't accept playing (below) .500 ball."
The Rays have dealt with significant injury issues.
Tampa Bay has not had starting shortstop Matt Duffy, starting left fielder Colby Rasmus and relievers Shawn Tolleson and Brad Boxberger all season. Along the way, the Rays lost their second-string left fielder (Mallex Smith), their No. 2 starter (Jake Odorizzi) and their only lefty reliever (Xavier Cedeno).
In total, they have already placed 11 players on the disabled list, and that does not include three advanced pitching prospects who might have been able to help had they also not gone down.
The good news is Odorizzi (1-1, 4.15 ERA) is set to come off the disabled list to make the start Monday at Miami. Odorizzi, who has been out since April 15 due to a strained left hamstring, is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his lone Marlins Park start.
Miami will counter Odorizzi with lefty Wei-Yin Chen (2-1, 4.71).
Chen, in his second season of a five-year, $80 million free agent contract he signed after bolting away from the Baltimore Orioles, has not pitched well at Marlins Park. Last year, he was 1-1 in 11 starts there, posting a 5.49 ERA. This year, in one Marlins Park start, he is 0-0 with an 18.00 ERA.
As a former Orioles pitcher, Chen faced the Rays in quite a few AL East battles. He is 5-6 with a 3.76 ERA against the Rays, and his 20 appearances against Tampa Bay are the most he has against any team.
Chen hopes to get some support on Monday. His Marlins, after getting shut out on 95 pitches by Pittsburgh Pirates ace Ivan Nova on Saturday, bounced back on Sunday to defeat the Bucs 10-3.
"That was a huge team win," said Marlins starter Tom Koehler, who failed to go the minimum of five innings and therefore got a no-decision despite the huge offensive outburst. "To be able to explode a bit at the end was nice. Hopefully, we can carry that into the next series."
Given that backup catcher A.J. Ellis started on Sunday, the Marlins are expected to go back on Monday to J.T. Realmuto, who has been their most consistent hitter, leading the team in batting average (.342) and on-base percentage (.383).
Ellis, meanwhile, is batting just .136.
However, the Marlins are 4-1 when Ellis starts and just 7-11 when Realmuto is that game's catcher.
In addition, Marlins pitchers have a 3.00 ERA when they throw to Ellis and a 4.68 ERA when Realmuto is behind the plate.
Maybe not. Realmuto's catching ERA was similarly poor last season, and the veteran Ellis is known as a leader who does well handling a pitching staff.
It will be interesting to see how or if Realmuto helps Chen navigate a lineup that includes six hitters who are batting below .230. Tampa Bay has just one .300 hitter -- Corey Dickerson (.330).
Odorizzi, on the other hand, will face a tougher lineup that is healthy and has seven hitters batting over .265. The eighth hitter in Miami lineup is first baseman Justin Bour, who on Sunday had a career day with four hits and six RBIs.
"It was really just a matter of time for Justin to break out, to do something like this," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "I know he cares, and I know he has a good swing."
|Mets||vs.||Braves||7:35 (EDT) Preview|
Mets, Braves meet for third series in young season
Monday, May 1 at 1:59 AM (EDT)
ATLANTA -- It is only the first day of May, but the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets are about to start their third series against each other. And keeping with the theme of familiarity, two starting pitchers who squared off last week will meet again Monday in the opener of the four-game series.
Atlanta right-hander Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.38 ERA) will have a rematch with New York right-hander Robert Gsellman (0-2, 8.23) in the first game.
The Braves just completed a 4-4 road trip and have won four of the last five games. The Mets won two of three at Washington over the weekend but have lost 11 of their past 14 and were beaten 23-5 by the Nationals on Sunday.
The Braves swept a two-game series in New York last week.
Teheran pitched 6 1/3 strong innings in an 8-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday. He got some run support early, and he allowed two runs and four walks while striking out four.
Gsellman lasted only four innings and gave up six runs (five earned), 10 hits and three walks.
Teheran has produced four quality starts in five appearances this season. The only blip was a seven-run, four-inning stint against Washington, a team that has hit him hard throughout his career.
Teheran has fared well in his career against the Mets. He is 8-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) vs. New York, including 4-0 with an 0.72 ERA in his seven most recent starts against the Mets.
"Whenever you have a lineup you do well against and you see them coming upon the schedule, you're happy," Teheran said. "Now I face them again at home."
Gsellman made one relief appearance to start the season (one shutout inning against Atlanta) before jumping into the rotation. In four starts, Gsellman has pitched more than five innings only once -- a seven-inning stint against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Gsellman made two starts against the Braves in 2016, going 0-1 with a 5.23 ERA. He allowed six runs and 12 hits with 12 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings.
"He fell behind in counts," Mets manager Terry Collins said of Gsellman's last start. "When you fall behind in counts in the big leagues, you're going to get in trouble."
The Braves are eager to get home after an eight-game road trip that took them to Philadelphia, New York and Milwaukee. Atlanta played only seven games in new Sun Trust Park in April and will make up for it with 16 home dates in May.
Atlanta's offense is clicking, scoring 39 runs in the past five games. Nick Markakis has a six-game hitting streak and has reached base in 20 of his past 22 games.
New York will await news about ace Noah Syndergaard, who had to leave the Sunday game after 1 1/3 innings with a possible lat strain. Syndergaard missed a start due to biceps tendinitis and refused to get an MRI.
The right-hander allowed five runs in the first inning and departed in pain after throwing one pitch to Bryce Harper in the second.
|Sunday, April 30, 2017|
|Major League Baseball|
|Cubs||2||vs.||6||Red Sox||Final Recap|
Red Sox ride four-run eighth to win over Cubs
Monday, May 1 at 12:41 AM (EDT)
BOSTON -- A burst of speed helped the Boston Red Sox earn a series win over the defending World Series champions.
Marco Hernandez reached base on a bang-bang play to open the eighth inning, then charged home to score the go-ahead run later in the frame as the Red Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 on Sunday night at Fenway Park.
"It was a quick jolt of energy that we got," Red Sox manager John Farrell said of Hernandez's inning-opening play after Boston scored four runs in the eighth to break a 2-2 tie.
Hernandez was called safe at first as his foot hit the bag at the same time as Cubs reliever Koji Uehara to open the eighth. The Red Sox third baseman was credited with an infield single after hitting a grounder to first base.
"I see (Uehara) slowing down, and then I (ran as) hard as heck," Hernandez said.
Chicago challenged the ruling, but it was upheld.
Boston proceeded to load the bases against Uehara with no outs before Pedro Strop relieved Uehara and struck out Mookie Betts.
Strop's wild pitch to Hanley Ramirez in the next at-bat proved costly, allowing Hernandez to score.
"I was looking for the wild pitch because I saw him throwing too many breaking balls down," Hernandez said. "As soon as I saw the ball bounce ... I (broke for home)."
After an intentional walk to Ramirez, Mitch Moreland drove in another run on a groundout.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo's fielding error on a throw from shortstop Addison Russell after Dustin Pedroia's grounder allowed Boston to tack on two more runs.
Boston (13-11) took two of three games in Chicago's first visit to Fenway since 2014.
Ramirez also homered for the second straight game, launching a two-run shot for his third of the season.
For the Cubs, Kris Bryant extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his fourth homer, a solo shot, and Jon Jay also scored a run.
Chicago (13-11) had won seven of 10 before Sunday, while Boston had dropped six of nine. The Cubs won two of three in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh before heading to Boston.
"I'll take a 5-4 road trip. I will," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "I'll take a winning month. I will.
"We're not clicking on all cylinders. We had opportunities to score more runs early, didn't do it."
Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez recorded seven straight outs via strikeout and finished with nine K's. He allowed one run on five hits and two walks in a six-inning no-decision.
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks also didn't factor into the decision, as the product of nearby Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., tossed six innings, allowing two runs, three hits and three walks. He struck out six.
Matt Barnes (3-0), making his return from a four-game suspension for buzzing Baltimore's Manny Machado with a pitch last Sunday, got the win after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. Uehara (0-2) took the loss.
Ramirez stroked a first-pitch sinker from Hendricks approximately 439 feet over the Green Monster in left field with two outs in the first inning. He also slugged a Monster shot Saturday in the Cubs' 7-4 win.
Bryant mimicked Ramirez with his own Monster blast, directing an 0-1 Rodriguez fastball an estimated 410 feet into the seats in left-center with one out in the Chicago fifth.
Bryant, who also homered Friday in Chicago's series-opening, 5-4 loss, joined Nate Schierholtz (two) as the only two Cubs players who have hit multiple homers at Fenway.
Jay hustled home from second base to tie it after a wild pitch from reliever Joe Kelly bounced off catcher Christian Vazquez and skated to the backstop with one out in the seventh.
Vazquez recovered the ball and fired it to Kelly at the plate, and Jay was called out by plate umpire Bruce Dreckman.
Chicago issued a two-part challenge on the play, contesting the no-collision rule at the plate as well as the out. The challenge of the collision rule was denied, but the out call was overturned.
NOTES: Boston 3B Pablo Sandoval (right knee sprain) still has no timetable to resume baseball activities. ... Chicago pitching coach Chris Bosio is expected to rejoin the team Monday. Bosio has been away since last Monday tending to a personal matter. ...Cubs manager Joe Maddon had some high praise for 22-year-old Red Sox LF Andrew Benintendi. "I'm not afraid to say it, but that's Freddie Lynn reincarnated," Maddon said before the game. ... Both the Red Sox's 2004 and the Cubs' 2016 World Series trophies were on display for a photo op with fans on Sunday at Fenway, making for a combined 194 years of curse-breaking hardware. ... Cubs LHP Brett Anderson (2-0, 3.54 ERA) opposes Phillies RHP Vince Velasquez (1-2, 6.33), and Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello (1-3, 4.75 ERA) counters Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (3-1, 1.65 ERA) on Monday.
Orioles claim 7-4 win over Yankees in 11 innings
Sunday, April 30 at 7:52 PM (EDT)
NEW YORK -- With a runner on second base in the ninth inning, Darren O'Day lifted his left leg, turned around and attempted to get a game-ending pickoff.
Then he heard plate umpire Stu Scheuwater call him for a balk on a move the right-hander has used for his entire career.
Moments later, the Baltimore Orioles let another lead at Yankee Stadium slip away, but this time they overcame the disputed balk.
Mark Trumbo hit the tiebreaking single with two outs in the top of the 11th inning and Logan Verrett highlighted his season debut with by striking out slugger Aaron Judge with the bases loaded for the final out of the 10th as Baltimore blew a two-run lead in the ninth before getting a wild 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees.
The Yankees had runners at first and second when O'Day attempted to pick Starlin Castro off second base. His throw wound up sailing past shortstop J.J. Hardy and into center field.
Scheuwater did not immediately signal a balk but the call was made as the ball went by Hardy.
"I've been doing the same move my whole career and nobody's ever called it balk," O'Day said. "So it's a bit surprising that he could see that from back there. He called a balk. It would have been interesting if I made a good throw and picked him off because that would have been the game."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter immediately came out to argue but was quickly tossed without getting little explanation.
"There wasn't a lot of give and take," Showalter said. "The same thing he's been doing for eight or nine years. One out of four saw something that wasn't there. I think we call it over-officiating in basketball. He had a pretty good game going until that."
The Orioles blew their second lead of the series in the ninth inning when Didi Gregorius slapped a single up the middle off left-hander Donnie Hart.
This time, Baltimore kept the game tied thanks to Verrett (1-0), who loaded the bases by allowing a single to Austin Romine, making a low throw to second on a sacrifice bunt attempt by Brett Gardner and hitting pinch hitter Greg Bird.
Verrett had help from Hardy for the second out when Romine was thrown out at the plate and catcher Welington Castillo held on to the low throw. He then fanned Judge on a 1-and-2 breaking ball.
"It was awesome," O'Day said. "It takes a special kind of guy. He believes in himself and he was great. He came in there and made some big pitches after some exciting plays in the infield."
Said Verrett: "I thought to myself this is an opportunity for me to have a big moment here at Yankee Stadium and to put a stamp on my Orioles debut. It was a lot of fun out there, it's a long game but I'm glad we came out on top."
Shortly after Verrett finished the 10th, Trumbo lined a 2-and-1 fastball from Bryan Mitchell (1-1) into right field. Joey Rickard scored on the hit.
The Orioles added a second run on Castillo's single and a third run when Trumbo scored after third baseman Chase Headley dropped a throw from Castro.
Verrett then closed it out with a perfect 11th, capping a 4-hour, 37-minute marathon that saw the Yankees use Mitchell at first base in the 10th while Aroldis Chapman was pitching.
Citing Chapman's probability for strikeouts and a lack of other pitchers, the Yankees put Mitchell at first base. He was charged for an error on a pop-up by Castillo, but earned cheers for catching one by Jonathan Schoop.
Long before the wild ending, Matt Holliday homered in the first and Headley hit an RBI single to give New York a 2-1 lead in the third. The Orioles scored three times in the sixth and took a 4-2 lead on Schoop's double and a groundout by Craig Gentry.
Both starters danced around trouble, leaving it up to the bullpens to settle matters.
Wade Miley pulled a five-inning escape act, allowing two runs and eight hits in five innings. He threw 114 pitches -- six shy of his career-high -- and survived five walks.
The Yankees were 2-for-13 with men on base against Miley. New York stranded 16, went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and lost for the fourth time in its last 18 games.
"We were never able to get that hit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We had a ton of chances. We kept putting them on. I thought it was going to happen but it didn't."
Said New York reliever Dellin Betances said: "I thought we had it, but we came up short,"
New York rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery allowed three runs and three hits in five-plus innings.
NOTES: New York C Gary Sanchez (strained biceps) will start a rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Both manager Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman said it is possible that Sanchez could return for next weekend's series at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. ... The Orioles added two bullpen arms by recalling LHP Richard Bleier and RHP Logan Verrett from Triple-A Norfolk. They replaced LHPs Vidal Nuno and Jayson Aquino, who each allowed home runs in the first two games of the series. ... The Yankees announced IF Pete Kozma was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers. Kozma was designated for assignment when SS Didi Gregorius was activated from the disabled list Friday. ... Baltimore LHP Zach Britton (strained left forearm) threw a scoreless inning in his second rehab appearance for Double-A Bowie.
|Rays||1||vs.||3||Blue Jays||Final Recap|
Jays rally late to top Rays
Sunday, April 30 at 7:06 PM (EDT)
TORONTO -- What began as the return of Aaron Sanchez turned out to be a day of redemption for the Toronto Blue Jays' bullpen in a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
By winning the rubber match of the three-game series, the Blue Jays won a series for the first time this season and it was the first time they have won two games in a row.
Sanchez left his start Sunday after one inning with a split nail on his right middle finger -- the finger that had developed a blister that put him on the disabled list -- and a bullpen that has been criticized took over.
Led by Ryan Tepera's 3 1/3 innings, six Toronto relievers held the Rays (12-14) to an eighth-inning run.
"They did a tremendous job," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "The way it matched up and the way their guys came in and executed, they did a really nice job."
The Blue Jays (8-17) scored three runs in the eighth, tying the game on a double that was Jose Bautista's 1,000 th hit as a Blue Jay and taking the lead on a single by Russell Martin.
"It was a great game, we had our backs against the wall, Sanchy had to come out and you look at what our bullpen did," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. "It's pretty amazing to go through a whole month without winning two in a row until the very end. In a lot of ways that's hard to do."
Sanchez had not pitched since April 14 and was put in the DL with the blister. A procedure on April 18 removed part of the finger nail.
Sanchez said he first noticed the split nail Sunday after a leadoff walk to Corey Dickerson. "I looked down and it was bleeding," Sanchez said. "I came in and I found my nail split the opposite way they cut it in the procedure. It's just one of those things, you know, you get something done and you have to adjust."
When asked if this would rule him out of his next start, he said, "I hope not."
Sanchez got out of the first with a strikeout and a double-play grounder.
"I wouldn't have been out there if I throught it was something that was going to happen," Sanchez said. "So, I really didn't know coming in today that it was going to be an issue. I think once you get to game mode and game speed, the pressure on that nail began to disperse to different areas, maybe it wasn't strong enough because it was cut. Honestly, we don't know, we just have to go from here."
J.P. Howell (1-1) allowed a walk in one-third of an inning to pick up the win.
Roberto Osuna pitched around an error by shortstop Ryan Goins and an infield single in the ninth for his third save of the season.
Alex Colome (0-2) allowed three hits, an intentional walk and two runs in one-third of an inning to take the loss.
Tepera took over for Sanchez in the second inning, striking out five while allowing one hit.
"I think Ryan is coming into his own," Gibbons said. "He's locating the ball."
In the bottom of the first, Chris Archer's first pitch to Bautista went behind the Toronto right fielder. Both teams were warned.
"I was just trying to go inside and the ball got away from me a little bit," Archer said.
Archer did not factor in the decision, allowing four hits, two walks and one run in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five.
"Archer was outstanding," Cash said. "I couldn't be happier or more impressed with the way Arch threw the ball. He gave us a chance to win. His first three innings he was just pumping strikes."
"It was good but not good enough to win," Archer said.
Aaron Loup survived two walks over two innings.
Dominic Leone allowed one hit and had a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning.
Joe Smith allowed a leadoff walk to Logan Morrison in the eighth followed by a single to Derek Norris. Morrison took third after tagging up on Shane Peterson's deep foul out to first and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Daniel Robertson.
Howell replaced Smith and walked Dickerson before ending the inning on Kevin Kiermaier's fly to right.
Archer walked Darwin Barney to start the bottom of the eighth. Kevin Pillar's hard ground ball deflected off Evan Longoria to Robertson at shortstop, who got the out at first as Barney took second.
Colome replaced Archer and gave up a double to Bautista off the left-field fence to tie the game. Kendrys Morales was intentionally walked. Justin Smoak struck out and Martin hit a single down the right-field line to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.
Pinch-hitter Ezequiel Carrera hit an infield single up the middle to extend his hit streak to 10 games to put Toronto ahead 3-1.
NOTES: Tampa Bay RF Steven Souza Jr. (left-hand contusion) was not in the starting lineup Sunday. He left the game Saturday in the seventh inning after being hit on the hand by a pitch from RHP Joe Biagini. X-rays were negative and he is listed as day to day. ...Toronto LHP Matt Dermody was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo Sunday to make room on the 25-man roster for RHP Aaron Sanchez (right middle finger blister). ... Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (strained right hamstring) will make his first start since April 15 Monday when he faces the Miami Marlins. Odorizzi (1-1, 4.15 ERA) will face Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-1, 4.71 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series at Miami. ... Toronto RHP Marco Estrada (0-1, 2.70 ERA) will face New York RHP Luis Severino (2-1, 3.00 ERA) on Monday in the opener of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
Indians rout Mariners as Lindor, Brantley homer
Sunday, April 30 at 5:46 PM (EDT)
CLEVELAND -- Eight-run innings are a manager's best friend, and Terry Francona enjoyed the Cleveland Indians' third inning on Sunday at Progressive Field.
Francisco Lindor had two hits, including a home run and three RBIs, and Michael Brantley capped an eight-run third inning with a home run as the Indians routed the Seattle Mariners 12-4.
Abraham Almonte and Roberto Perez, Cleveland's Nos. 8 and 9 hitters, were a combined 6-for-8 with five RBIs. The Indians collected 15 hits overall in support of starter Josh Tomlin (2-3), who gave up four runs in five innings but got the win.
The Indians broke open a 1-1 game with that eight-run, six-hit third inning.
"We swung the bats well, were aggressive, and kept the line moving," Francona said.
Tomlin was also a beneficiary of the Indians' offensive explosion.
"That was huge," he said. "Especially for a guy like me who is prone to giving up the long ball. With a big lead like that, I can just concentrate on going out there and throwing strikes."
The manager in the other dugout didn't enjoy the eight-run inning as much as Francona did.
"It's a loss that hurts. We just didn't play well today," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "I thought we'd score some runs, but it didn't happen."
The Indians won two of the three games of the series, which concluded a 10-game road trip for Seattle. The Mariners went 4-6 on the trip.
"A win today would have given us a split on the trip, but it didn't happen," Servais said. "It's unfortunate to end the trip this way.
"It's still early in the season. We've been scuffling with some injuries, but I still like our team."
The Indians went 4-2 against Houston and Seattle in a homestand that ended with Sunday's win. The Indians (14-10) have their first winning April in five years.
"April is about surviving," Lindor said. "You don't want to fall too far behind. We're playing awesome, but there's still a long way to go."
Right-hander Chase De Jong (0-2) made his first major league start for the Mariners, and it didn't last long. He gave up six runs and nine hits in 2 2/ 3 innings.
"It's tough to make your first major league start against a team that was in the World Series the year before," Servais said of De Jong. "He hung in there for a couple innings but then it got a little crazy after that."
Lindor's solo home run in the first inning gave the Indians a 1-0 lead. Nelson Cruz tied the score with a home run in the second, but it was all Cleveland after that.
The Indians knocked De Jong out of the game with their eight-run third in which they sent 11 men to the plate. The big hits in that inning were a two-run double by Lindor and a two-run homer by Brantley.
Brantley's home run pushed the lead to 9-1.
Tomlin held Seattle to one run and four hits through the first five innings, but the Mariners knocked him out of the game in the sixth.
That inning began with six consecutive Seattle hits. Robinson Cano, Cruz and Kyle Seager all drove in runs in the inning. At that point, it was 9-4 with nobody out and the bases loaded.
"The final score looks one-sided, but it didn't feel like it in the sixth inning," Francona said.
But reliever Nick Goody struck out Taylor Motter, then got Carlos Ruiz to line into an inning-ending double play.
"Goody did a great job," Tomlin said. "One swing of the bat there, a grand slam, and it changes everything in a hurry."
The Indians scored three more runs in the seventh on an RBI single by Almonte and a two-run double by Perez.
NOTES: The Indians' last winning record in April was a 11-9 mark in 2012. Last year, they were 10-11 in April. ... RHP Trevor Bauer will start for the Indians on Monday in Detroit. In 12 career appearances vs. the Tigers, Bauer has a 7.24 ERA. ... Mariners DH Nelson Cruz had reached base in 18 consecutive games, hitting .406 (26-for-64), with seven home runs and 21 RBIs in that span. ... LHP James Paxton, who will start Tuesday against the Angels as the Mariners begin a six-game homestand, was 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA in five starts in April.
Bour powers Marlins past Pirates
Sunday, April 30 at 6:50 PM (EDT)
MIAMI -- Marlins first baseman Justin Bour entered Miami's Sunday game in a miserable slump, batting just .184.
"There was a patch there when I thought I wouldn't get a hit the rest of the season," Bour said. "There are 162 games, and I won't get a hit."
Bour need not worry about that as he used game No. 23 to crank out four hits and six RBIs to lead Miami to a 10-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park.
The four hits and six RBIs were career highs for Bour, who fell a triple short of the cycle and capped his performance with a two-run homer to the right-field upper deck in the seventh.
Bour, who went 4-for-5, helped the Marlins (11-12) break a four-game losing streak. Bour is now hitting .222 after becoming the sixth player in Marlins history to have four hits and six RBIs in one game.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said it was a matter of time before Bour got hot.
"I know he cares, and I know he has a good swing," Mattingly said. "That combination is going to work itself out."
The Pirates (11-13) had their four-game win streak snapped and missed out on what would've been their first road sweep of the Marlins since 1993.
Both starting pitchers were credited with just four innings.
Pirates starter Chad Kuhl left the game immediately after Dee Gordon led off the bottom of the fifth inning with a hard one-hopper off his right knee.
Kuhl, who allowed seven hits, one walk and three runs (two earned), doesn't believe he will miss a start.
"It's a right knee contusion," Kuhl said. "It happened so quick. It was pretty intense pain. I wanted to stay back out there, but I got taken out.
"I iced it down. My plan is to be out there in five days."
Marlins starter Tom Koehler allowed six hits, one walk and three runs, which all came in the first inning.
Josh Harrison led off the opening inning with a double to left, and Josh Bell pulled a two-run homer to right, hitting an 85 mph off-speed pitch that was elevated. The Pirates capped the frame with a double by Gregory Polanco, and John Jaso's RBI single to right.
The Marlins ended an 11-inning scoreless drought with a run in the second on consecutive doubles by Marcell Ozuna and Bour.
Miami cut its deficit to 3-2 in the fourth as Bour's single to right scored Giancarlo Stanton, who had walked and advanced to third on an error by Harrison at third.
In the fifth, Bour came through again, stroking a two-out, bases-loaded single to right, giving Miami a 4-3 advantage. It was the Marlins' first lead of the series, and Bour's hit was the only ball that left the infield in the inning as Miami used an infield single and two walks to jam the bases.
The Marlins broke the game open with a six-run seventh inning. After Bour's homer, the Marlins got RBI singles from Adeiny Hechavarria and Martin Prado.
That was pretty much it for the Pirates, who still enjoyed a special moment with one out in the ninth. John Bormann made his major league debut as a pinch hitter and struck out.
Here's why it was so special:
Bormann, 24, started his day as the catcher for the Pirates high Class A affiliate in Bradenton, Fla. But when Pirates starting catcher Francisco Cervelli showed up at Marlins Park with right foot discomfort, Pittsburgh put a call out to Bormann because of geography.
Being in Bradenton, he was the closest catcher available to serve as a backup to Chris Stewart. The ride from Bradenton is three hours, but Bormann said he and the assistant coach who drove him made it to Miami in 2:15.
"I had those two hours to spread the word," Bormann said of his friends and family. "The best part of it the whole ride over here was just hearing the reactions to my news and just living my dream out but also for them.
"Hearing the excitement in their voices -- they were just as dumbfounded as I was."
Added Kuhl, his teammate at least for a day: "Some people play in the minor leagues and never get this opportunity. He's (now) a major-leaguer forever."
NOTES: Miami is 4-1 when C A.J. Ellis starts and 7-11 when C J.T. Realmuto starts. ... It was Japanese Heritage Day at Marlins Park on Sunday. Japan native Ichiro Suzuki was part of a pregame ceremony that honored his feat last year of reaching 3,000 hits. ... Pirates RHP Ivan Nova, who beat Miami on Saturday, has more complete games (five) than walks allowed (four) since Pittsburgh acquired him on Aug. 1. His 1.04 WHIP since August 1 is the fourth-best mark in the majors during that span. ... The Pirates open up a four-game series at the Cincinnati Reds on Monday. ... The Marlins will play their next four games against the Tampa Bay Rays. The first two games of the series will be played at Marlins Park, and the Rays will host the following two.
|White Sox||3||vs.||7||Tigers||Final Recap|
Tigers beat White Sox to snap four-game losing streak
Sunday, April 30 at 6:20 PM (EDT)
DETROIT -- Jordan Zimmermann hopes he has fixed some bad habits that crept in while he was hurt most of last season.
Zimmermann was pegged one of the keys to Detroit's season by Tigers manager Brad Ausmus during the winter and he's off to a 3-1 start despite a 6.18 ERA.
Zimmerman lasted just one batter into the sixth inning Sunday, but he was the beneficiary of an offensive surge that allowed Detroit to end a four-game losing streak and the Chicago White Sox's six-game winning streak with a 7-3 victory.
Jim Adduci keyed a four-run fourth with an RBI double, Jose Iglesias had a two-run double and Justin Upton tagged a solo home run.
"I never was really comfortable (after April) last year," Zimmermann said. "I had a good spring and I felt good, but I had a couple of bad starts and wasn't feeling comfortable. I looked at film from early last year and when I was with Washington.
"I saw what I saw. I worked on it in one bullpen and I felt good."
Zimmermann, who allowed three runs and seven hits, is standing up straighter with his feet closer together pitching out of the stretch and he has eliminated some moving parts to his windup delivery.
"He was good," Ausmus said. "He was a little bit sharper, slider had a little bit more depth. It was good.
"I know he was trying to get back to where he was with the Nationals, mechanically speaking. Hopefully, this is the start of a good run for him, that can clean it up."
Todd Frazier chased Zimmermann when he led off the sixth with his third home run of the season, a liner to deep left center that made it 7-3.
Blaine Hardy, Shane Greene, Alex Wilson and Francisco Rodriguez each worked a scoreless inning of relief to nail down the win for Detroit.
Iglesias' two-run double put Detroit up 7-2 in the fifth after Chicago pulled up to 5-2 on an RBI single to center by Melky Cabrera in the top of the inning.
Adduci's RBI double broke a 1-1 tie and started the four-run fourth against Miguel Gonzalez (3-1). John Hicks grounded an RBI single to center, Iglesias had an RBI groundout and Nick Castellanos lined an RBI single to right for a 5-1 Tigers lead.
Adduci is hitting .400 in six games and fellow call-up Hicks is batting .423 in seven games. Alex Avila had three hits for the Tigers.
"They've been a tremendous help, especially offensively," Ausmus said of one-week wonders Adduci and HIcks. "They've helped on the defensive side as well.
"But offensively, they've filled in for some pretty good offensive players in (injured) Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez. It gives us a little flexibility with a left-handed bat -- right-handed bat for Hicks -- and we can move guys around, whereas normally, we have just a set lineup. But the games we won, they've been a bit part of the offense."
Gonzalez was roughed up for 14 hits in six innings, with one of his seven runs allowed being unearned. He walked one and fanned one.
"I thought all things being equal, with Gonzo, the outcome wasn't the best, but he sure did eat up some innings, save our 'pen," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "He did a very nice job of continuing to grind. We were still in the ballgame. We never really were out of it."
Chris Beck turned in two hitless shutout innings of relief to let Renteria rest some relievers he had been calling on a lot lately.
"He was very good," Renteria said. "I thought we needed to have a couple of innings eaten up and he did the job. Big. Very big. We talk to the relievers about getting outs and he did."
Upton opened the second inning by hitting his fifth home run for Detroit, a shot to left tying the score at 1.
Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the first on a two-out single to right by Cabrera plus an RBI triple to right center by Jose Abreu.
NOTES: Detroit manager Brad Ausmus said 1B Miguel Cabrera (right groin) is on track to come off the disabled list Tuesday when eligible. ... OF Jacob May hasn't started for the White Sox since April 23, but manager Rick Renteria said Sunday, "You'll see him in the next couple days (in Kansas City), I'm sure." ... The Tigers have played the most day games in the majors through Sunday (17) and are 10-7 in those games. ... White Sox RF Avisail Garcia left in the fifth inning with left groin tightness.
Nats wallop Mets 23-5 behind Rendon's 3 HRs, 10 RBIs
Sunday, April 30 at 6:45 PM (EDT)
WASHINGTON -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo met the media Sunday morning to talk about the knee injury to Adam Eaton that could sideline the Washington center fielder for the rest of the season.
"We think we have the offense to compensate for Adam," Rizzo said.
A few hours later, he looked clairvoyant.
The first-place Nationals set several franchise records in a 23-5 victory over the New York Mets as they salvaged the series finale with a 23-hit onslaught that included seven homers.
Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon went 6-for-6 with three home runs and a career-high 10 RBIs. He set a Montreal/Washington franchise record for RBIs in a game. Matt Wieters added two homers, and Ryan Zimmerman had three hits and two RBIs, giving him a team record 29 RBIs in April.
"That was ridiculous," struggling Nationals starting pitcher Joe Ross said of the reserved Rendon. "It is pretty ridiculous. He is swinging it."
The Nationals scored at least 10 runs for the fourth time in less than a week. Washington set a franchise record for runs and homers in a game.
"A hit parade," Washington manager Dusty Baker said. "A big day for us."
Rendon said, "It was fun to see."
It wasn't much fun for Mets manager Terry Collins, who was livid when asked if he was upset to see starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard leave in the second inning with a possible right lat strain.
"You think? What do you think?" he hollered at a reporter who inferred that Collins seemed upset with the Syndergaard injury. "Certainly it was something we didn't need to see. It is big."
The Mets' ace right-hander headed back to New York to get an MRI, something he refused to do a few days ago after he was scratched from his start on Thursday in Atlanta against the Braves with a tired arm.
"We have no misgivings at all about making the start," Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "We asked him how he felt (before pitching Sunday). He said he felt fine. We took him at face value.
"But he also threw a (bullpen session Friday). He was good to go. I expect he will have another pitcher here tomorrow )if Syndergaard goes on the disabled list)."
Collins pointed out that Syndergaard's fastball hit 100 mph on the stadium radar gun in the first inning.
"We could tell something was wrong with Syndergaard," Baker said. "(His fastball) wasn't moving like usual. You don't want to see anyone hurt."
It was the first multi-homer game in the career of Rendon, who entered the day with five RBIs. He set a career high with the six hits and lifted his average from .226 to .278.
Rendon had a two-run single in the first inning, a solo homer in the third, a three-run homer in the fourth, a three-run double in the fifth and a solo homer in the eighth off Kevin Plawecki, normally a catcher.
The major league record for RBIs in a game is 12, shared by Jim Bottomley and Mark Whiten.
The Nationals are the first team in MLB history to score at least 14 runs five times in April, according to STATS, LLC.
Syndergaard (1-2) left his start in the second inning while pitching to Bryce Harper. He gave up five hits and five earned runs in 1 1/3 innings, with two walks, a wild pitch and two strikeouts.
The winning pitcher was Matt Albers (1-0), who threw two scoreless innings. Ross gave up five runs in four innings.
Plawecki came on to pitch in the seventh, and the first batter he faced was Rafael Bautista, who flied out to center in his first major league at-bat. The catcher-turned-pitcher later gave up homers to Harper and Adam Lind in the eighth.
But the day belonged to Rendon, who had just one RBI in April 2016.
"It couldn't happen to a finer guy," Baker said. "He finished extremely strong this April."
NOTES: Washington CF Adam Eaton has an ACL tear in his left leg, and he likely will miss the rest of the season, general manager Mike Rizzo said Sunday. "His return to this season is unlikely, but we don't know until the doctors get in there and we'll see what the surgery leads us to believe," Rizzo said. "It's a big piece of our team that's been taken from us, but we can't dwell on that." ... Mets RHP Robert Gsellman (0-2, 6.23 ERA) will face Braves RHP Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.38) on Monday in Atlanta. ... Washington RHP Tanner Roark (3-0, 3.64) will pitch at home Tuesday against Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (3-1, 3.94).
Keuchel goes to 5-0 as Astros stop A's
Sunday, April 30 at 7:20 PM (EDT)
HOUSTON -- Left-hander Dallas Keuchel often sets the tone for the Houston rotation and the team, so when he scuffled last April, so too did the Astros. The opening month of this season was significantly better for both parties.
Keuchel became the first pitcher in the majors to reach five victories this year, carrying a shutout into the eighth inning of the Astros' 7-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.
Keuchel (5-0) was one strike shy of working eight complete innings, but Athletics shortstop Adam Rosales' two-out single facilitated a pitching change. Rosales subsequently scored when Ryon Healy slapped a single to center field off Astros right-hander Luke Gregerson, who limited the damage to one run.
Keuchel allowed three hits and two walks while striking out nine in 7 2/3 innings. It marked the fifth time in six starts that Keuchel surrendered one earned run or none.
He matched right-hander Roger Clemens for the franchise record for victories in April. Clemens also won five games for Houston in 2004.
"I don't know about best stuff, but that's probably the best command I have had in a while," said Keuchel, who tossed 99 pitches. "I'm going to continue to attack the zone and get some early contact and let the defense work.
"I have such a great defense that it's kind of fun to release the ball and let the guys go get it."
As the Astros (16-9) stumbled to a 7-17 record heading into May 2016, Keuchel went 2-3 with a 4.41 ERA. On Sunday, he lowered his ERA to 1.21 with his 11th consecutive quality start against the Athletics (11-14).
"It is satisfying for sure, but it's only April," Keuchel said. "We have a long ways to go. We are playing some quality ball, but we get sloppy every once in a while. We couldn't have asked for a better start to the season. We will take that."
Astros center fielder George Springer went 2-for-4 with two runs, and Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Brian McCann also had multi-hit games. McCann finished 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs.
Correa plated Springer with an RBI double off Athletics right-hander Jesse Hahn (1-2) in the first inning. McCann delivered a two-run single off Hahn in the fifth, scoring Springer and right fielder Josh Reddick, who reached base on a catcher's interference for the third time this series.
Marwin Gonzalez broke the game open with a three-run homer, his fifth home run of the season, with two outs in the eighth.
"We haven't all put it together, which is a good sign," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "There are areas for us to get better ... but with one month down and obviously a long way to go, we had a very successful month."
Keuchel worked around a Trevor Plouffe one-out double in the first, rallying to retire 10 consecutive batters. He retired the Athletics in order in the second, third and sixth. Plouffe was the only baserunner to reach scoring position with Keuchel on the mound.
"He's got a good sinker, good cutter, good slider, good changeup -- he's got four pitches, and you just try to grind on him a little bit and stay close to him," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
"Hopefully, you can get him out of the game. We kept grinding and got their closer (Ken Giles) into the game, but it wasn't enough."
Athletics catcher Josh Phegley said, "You've kind of got to pick your poison -- beat it in the ground or take it low in the zone for a strike. He just doesn't make a lot of mistakes, and he definitely takes advantage of your aggression. We go up there wanting to swing the bat and he knows it."
Houston won two of three in the weekend series.
NOTES: Athletics LHP Sean Manaea (shoulder tightness) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Manaea was set to have his turn in the rotation skipped after leaving his previous start on April 26, so he went on the DL retroactive to April 27. ... Astros CF Jake Marisnick made a second rehab start with Double-A Corpus Christi and will be recalled on Monday. Astros OF Tony Kemp was optioned to Triple-A Fresno. ... Astros RHP Jandel Gustave will throw a second bullpen on Monday before a decision is made on the location of his rehab assignment. Gustave was placed on the 10-day DL on April 19 with right forearm tightness. ... Athletics CF Rajai Davis ran without issue and is scheduled to be activated from the 10-day DL on Tuesday in Minnesota. He has been out since April 22 with a strained left hamstring.
Santana, Garza lead Brewers over Braves
Sunday, April 30 at 9:11 PM (EDT)
MILWAUKEE -- For the first month of the season, the Milwaukee Brewers got big contributions from the core players in the middle of the order to lead the major leagues in home runs. As more players' bats come alive, they may become even more dangerous.
Domingo Santana, who entered the game hitting just .176, provided all of Milwaukee's offense with two swings, and Matt Garza turned in his best start of the season to lead the Brewers to a 4-3 victory Sunday over the Atlanta Braves.
Santana forged a 1-1 tie with a long blast leading off the fifth, Milwaukee's first hit of the game against Mike Foltynewicz (0-3).
After Freddie Freeman put the Braves back on top with a homer in the top of the sixth, Santana delivered again.
An error by shortstop Dansby Swanson gave the Brewers an extra out, and Santana made it hurt immediately. He put a charge into a first-pitch, 82-mph slider, sending it to the Braves bullpen in right center to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead.
The Swanson error loomed large, but Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn't about to blame Swanson. The Braves hadn't committed an error in the previous eight games.
"That's going to happen," Snitker said. "Shoot, that kid has saved us so many runs. He's got us off the field with tough plays and everything. That's just one of those things. I don't think anybody feels any worse than he does."
Garza ran into two-out trouble in the seventh, and Brandon Phillips pulled the Braves within 4-3 with an RBI single off reliever Corey Knebel. But Knebel got the final out of the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth. Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
Santana homered Friday night to end an 0-for-18 slump on Friday night with a homer, and Sunday's performance raised his average to .197.
"I was just looking to put a good swing on everything, like I've done," Santana said. "I'm so glad that I had a great game and the team won. I've been battling the whole season, so I was really happy."
Garza stopped the Braves, allowing three runs on six hits through 6 2/3 innings after Atlanta scored 21 runs on 32 hits the previous two nights. Garza (1-0) earned his first victory in his second start after missing the first three weeks of the season with a strained groin.
"Last outing, I was trying to knock the cobwebs off and I didn't feel good rhythmically until the fourth inning," Garza said. "Today, again right out of the gates, first pitch, the guy was swinging. It was, jump right back in the fire. So I battled that first inning and then finally found the groove and kept running with it. I told (catcher Jett) Bandy, 'Just follow me here. I got this.'"
After posting 20 hits Saturday night, the Braves jumped to a quick lead in the first. Ender Inciarte singled and stole second and third. Inciarte scored on Matt Kemp's soft liner just out of the reach of second baseman Jonathan Villar. Nick Markakis followed with a single, but Garza prevented further damage by getting Kurt Suzuki to pop out.
Garza settled from there, with Suzuki's popup being the first of 15 straight batters set down.
Foltynewicz, meanwhile, was even better. He set down the first 11 Milwaukee batters -- six via strikeouts -- before Ryan Braun reached on an error when third baseman Adonis Garcia's throw pulled Freeman off the base.
Despite lowering his ERA to 2.81, Foltynewicz was disappointed by the result.
"I think I did OK," he said. "But the team gave me the lead twice and I gave it right back up. At the end of the day, that's what happened."
Santana's fifth-inning homer tied it, and his sixth-inning homer delivered all the offense Milwaukee would need.
"He drove the bus offensively, for sure," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. To break out in a game is one thing, but in a game where you're doing all the damage, that's a satisfying feeling. It puts all the struggles behind you, hopefully."
NOTES: Braves 2B Brandon Phillips did not start but still extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI single in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter. Phillips' single pulled the Braves within 4-3. ... Atlanta RHP Mike Foltynewicz lowered his ERA from 3.20 to 2.81 but still fell to 0-3 thanks to three unearned runs. He has yet to allow more than two earned runs in any of his four starts. ... Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman homered Sunday and finished the Braves' road trip 10-for-30 with three home runs. Freeman hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the ninth on Friday. ... After hitting three homers Saturday night, Atlanta OF Matt Kemp delivered an RBI single in the first inning. Kemp finished the series going 5 for 15 (.357) with three homers, a double and nine RBIs. ... Milwaukee 3B Travis Shaw was not in the starting lineup Sunday after being hit on the right hand by a Jaime Garcia pitch Saturday night. X-rays taken Saturday were negative, and Shaw said before the game he felt much better Sunday. He stayed in the game Saturday after being hit, but left two innings later. ... Milwaukee INF-OF Hernan Perez made his fourth start of the season at third base Sunday after starting in center field Saturday night. Perez also has started four games at shortstop, four in right field and three in center. He started games at six different positions in 2016. Perez has forced himself into the lineup by going 9-for-15 over a four-game span with two homers, two triples and three doubles in a four-game span before going 0-for-3 Saturday night. ... Milwaukee LF Ryan Braun left Sunday's game after six innings with tightness in his right trapezius -- the muscle that extends from the back of the shoulder to the spine. Brewers manager Craig Counsell called Braun's status "day-to-day," but Braun suggested he might miss a few days. "In all likelihood it'll be more than a day but hopefully it's not too long," he said.
Votto caps Reds' comeback win vs. Cards
Sunday, April 30 at 7:28 PM (EDT)
ST. LOUIS -- Facing a bases-loaded situation in the eighth inning of a tie game, managers would not prefer many hitters other than Joey Votto to be at the plate.
"We had to get to that point first," Cincinnati Reds skipper Bryan Price said.
The Reds did that by rallying from a four-run deficit, and then Votto delivered the game-winning run with a single off Trevor Rosenthal to give Cincinnati a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
Adam Duvall matched his career high with four hits as the Reds broke a four-game losing streak with only their second win in the past 10 games.
"We've got to continue to chug along and get better," Votto said. "We've got to take it. We have to go out there and take it. Games like this are how you set that sort of tone."
The Reds got five scoreless innings from their bullpen to allow the offense time to come back and win the game.
"We never stopped fighting," Duvall said. "That's kind of what I see from this team. We're not out of it until it's over. That was a satisfying win."
On the other side, it was a tough loss for the Cardinals.
"We make a big deal when we come back from a 4-0 deficit, and I think the same thing has to be said on the opposite side when you blow a 4-0 lead," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Those hurt. That's one of those games you're going to look at and realize you need to put away."
The Reds began their comeback with a run in the sixth off Cardinals starter Mike Leake. Duvall led off the inning with a double, and he scored on a one-out single by Scott Schebler.
In the seventh, the Duvall-Schebler combination struck again, this time against relievers Matt Bowman and Brett Cecil. Duvall's two-out double, his fourth hit and third double, drove in Billy Hamilton, and Duvall scored on a single by Eugenio Suarez to cut the deficit to 4-3.
Cecil relieved Bowman and was greeted by a double by Schebler, his third hit and second double, which drove in the tying run.
The Reds completed the rally in the eighth against Rosenthal. A leadoff walk, a single and another walk loaded the bases with no outs. Rosenthal struck out Zack Cozart, but Votto's single off a 100 mph fastball drove in the go-ahead run.
"The typical dream doesn't involve Trevor Rosenthal," Votto said of his game-winning hit. "He's a tough guy to match up against. He's throwing hard as ever. I missed two of them, and I happened to put the third one in play. He broke my bat on it, too."
In his career against Rosenthal, Votto had been 0-of-5 with three strikeouts.
"Joey had to kind of respect the changeup and the breaking ball," Price said. "He had the two foul balls to the left side. So I'm sure in that situation, the whole bag of tricks is open -- the 100 mile-an-hour fastball and a really, really good changeup -- and he had to respect both of them and he battled."
Reds closer Raisel Iglesias was able to protect the one-run lead for the final two innings, stranding a runner at third in the ninth, to earn his fourth save.
"You've got to give credit to them for continuing to put pressure on us," Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter said. "Certainly we felt we had the game in hand, but it just didn't work out."
Carpenter's bases-loaded double in the fifth staked the Cardinals to the 4-0 lead. Carpenter is now 19-for-32 (.594) in his career with the bases loaded plus three walks and 14 sacrifice flies.
"I've always been a guy who is patient at the plate," Carpenter said. "In that situation, pitchers can't afford to walk you. I feel like I get good pitches to hit more often in that spot because there is no place to put you."
The loss was only the third in the past 12 games for the Cardinals, who started the year 3-9 but ended April with a .500 record at 12-12.
"We've been playing well," Carpenter said. "Today's game just got away from us. That's really all there is to it."
NOTES: A makeup date has not been announced for the game rained out on Saturday. The Reds (11-13) have one more scheduled trip to St. Louis, in September. ... The Cardinals were rained out three times at home in April, after having three games total postponed in the first month of the season in the first 11 years at the latest Busch Stadium. ... Reds C Devin Mesoraco, who played his first game in the majors in more than a year on Friday, will catch five of the next 10 games so he can work with each of the team's starters. ... Lucas Wacha, brother of the Cardinals' Michael Wacha, signed a free agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys following the NFL draft. Lucas Wacha was a linebacker at Wyoming.
Sano drives in five as Twins top Royals
Sunday, April 30 at 8:18 PM (EDT)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Miguel Sano struck out in his first at-bat Sunday. In his next three at-bats, he drove in five runs.
Sano's big day at the plate and Phil Hughes' effective pitching into the sixth inning allowed the Minnesota Twins to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-5 on Sunday.
"My first at-bat, I didn't see the ball," Sano said. "It was hard to see."
Then he put on sunglasses and turned out the lights for any chances of a Royals victory.
After losing 15 of 19 games to the Royals last season, the Twins are 5-0 against them this year.
Minnesota (12-11) swept the abbreviated two-game series. Kansas City (7-16) has lost nine in a row overall.
"You've just got to have a short memory," said Whit Merrifield, who homered in the ninth for the Royals. "Turn around and come out and play tomorrow, because it's a long season and there's a lot of baseball left to be played.
"Regardless of how April was, this is a really good team. We know what we're capable of. We've just got to come out tomorrow and try to stop this skid run and get hot."
Sano hit a three-run homer in the third inning to erase an early 2-0 deficit. He hammered a first pitch from Jason Hammel with Byron Buxton and Max Kepler aboard after they both walked.
"As hot as Miggy's been, you hope he comes up in those situations," Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Sano's singles in the fourth and sixth innings scored Buxton. Sano had his fourth consecutive multi-hit game, raising his average to .316.
"He's got off to a really good start," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "He's very strong. We saw that the first game here when he took the ball over the right field fence. He hit the ball hard, and he's just swinging the bat well right now. He's hot. You make a mistake, he's going to hit it hard somewhere."
Hughes (4-1) was charged with four runs and 10 hits, including a Lorenzo Cain home run, in 5 2/3 innings. He walked none and struck out four.
Brandon Kintzler collected his seventh save of the season in as many chances but not before giving up a homer to Merrifield with two outs in the ninth, the first run he has allowed this year in 11 appearances covering 11 1/3 innings.
"Kintzler is off the perfection mark with his ERA, but he was able to hang on," Molitor said.
Royals right-hander Jason Hammel (0-3) is winless in five starts. He faced 19 batters and nine reached base -- six hits and three walks. He permitted five runs in three-plus innings.
"I'm trying to do too much, I think," Hammel said. "Trying to make a perfect pitch every time and working myself into bad counts. The hits in the fourth inning, I can kind of look away and forget about those -- bad contact and a ground ball. It is what it is. It's frustrating, and I'm looking forward to the turn of May, for sure."
Jorge Polanco's infield single in the ninth scored pinch runner Danny Santana for the final Minnesota run.
Kansas City scored two runs in the second on four hits. Eric Hosmer started it with a fly-ball single to shallow left and scored on Salvador Perez's double. Perez stopped at third on Alex Gordon's single and scored on Brandon Moss' two-out single.
Perez led off the sixth with his second double and scored on Alcides Escobar's two-out single, finishing Hughes' afternoon.
Cain hit a bases-empty home run, his first homer of the season, with two outs in the fifth.
The Royals ended April hitting .210 with a .270 on-base percentage.
"We've definitely got to get going," Cain said. "As a group, we've definitely been struggling."
NOTES: Royals DH Brandon Moss had two singles with runners in scoring position. He was 0-for-9 with a sacrifice fly with RISP before Sunday. ... Twins SS Eddie Rosario singled in the fourth inning to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest for a Twins player this season. ... Royals LHP Jason Vargas and Chicago White Sox RHP Dylan Covey are the pitching probables Monday to begin a four-game series in Kansas City. ... The Twins are off Monday before opening a three-game series at home with the Oakland Athletics.
Angels take series with 5-2 win over Rangers
Sunday, April 30 at 8:08 PM (EDT)
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jefry Marte drove in three runs with a home run and a single to lead a 10-hit attack as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 5-2 on Sunday to take the rubber match of a three-game series.
Marte snapped a 1-1 tie with a two-run single in the fifth. Marte's homer was a solo shot in the ninth that capped the scoring.
"I feel good every day," Marte said through an interpreter after the game. "I give the best effort I can. This is a difficult sport, and you have to battle. ... I'm trying not to swing at bad pitches, so I'm being more selective and I'm getting more results."
Marte's manager also spoke in positive terms about his first baseman.
"The base hit is huge in the fifth inning," Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. "... The insurance run, also. He made adjustments. They've been pitching him soft. It was a changeup he hit, but he stayed on it and got it up the middle more. On the home run, he got the barrel on it."
Angels starter JC Ramirez (3-2) lasted 5 1/3 innings, giving up four hits, two walks and two runs while striking out nine. Ramirez's counterpart, Texas left-hander Martin Perez (1-4), lasted 5 2/3 innings, striking out just one, walking four and allowing four runs on eight hits.
"I think I threw good," Perez said after the game. "I just gave up a couple bloopers on good pitches, but that's the game. That's baseball. I threw hard, attacked the zone every time, but I didn't throw the pitch I have to throw with two strikes to a couple of guys, but ... a couple of bloopers, man. Changed the game."
Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos agreed with Perez's assessment.
"I think he did a good job," Chirinos added. "He was throwing more strikes today than his previous outing. He was attacking hitters, but those guys hit two changeups back up the middle, and that was it."
Bud Norris pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, striking out four, to post his fifth save.
The Rangers scored first when Delino DeShields continued his torrid week by walking, stealing a base, and scoring on a Carlos Gomez single. But Kole Calhoun threw out Gomez trying to score on a Rougned Odor single to hold the score at 1-0.
Two innings later, Calhoun hit a leadoff home run in the third inning to tie the game, and Marte put his team ahead to stay with the two-run single in the fifth.
The game featured a number of missed opportunities on either side. In the top of the first, with the bases loaded and one out, Mike Trout misread Marte's line drive up the middle and broke for third as the ball settled into second baseman Odor's glove. Odor touched second base to complete the inning-ending double play.
Similarly, in the sixth inning, after Trout walked to load the bases, Albert Pujols swung and missed at an 89 mph changeup from Jeremy Jeffress to strand all three runners.
The Rangers, too, squandered an opportunity in the eighth inning while trailing 4-2. Nomar Mazara was initially called out on an attempted stolen base, but the call was reversed. Gomez walked on the next pitch and Odor came to bat as the go-ahead run. However, with a three-ball count, Odor swung at three consecutive pitches outside the strike zone, striking out to end the inning.
Ultimately, the close game was decided by the one opportunity that was not squandered. After Trout was intentionally walked to load the bases in the fifth, Perez retired Pujols on a pop out to first base for the second out of the inning. However, Marte followed with a liner to center, driving in two.
The Rangers got back a run in the bottom of the fifth when Shin-Soo Choo led off with a home run, but the Angels re-established a two-run lead in the top of the sixth when Yunel Escobar's bloop single scored Martin Maldonado.
Marte's solo home run off deposed Rangers closer Sam Dyson in the ninth made it 5-2.
NOTES: Before the game, the Rangers announced that they claimed INF Pete Kozma off waivers from the New York Yankees. After the game, it was announced that Jurickson Profar had been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to make room for Kozma on the 25-man roster. Kozma was designated for assignment by New York on Friday. He was 1-for-9 this season in three starts at shortstop. ... With a single in the first inning, Angels CF Mike Trout extended his hitting streak to 14 games. During that stretch, he is hitting .415 (22-for-53). ... Los Angeles RF Kole Calhoun's home run against LHP Martin Perez was the first homer allowed by Perez to a left-handed hitter in Globe Life Park since May 10, 2014, when Boston's David Ortiz took him deep.
Myers, Padres dump Giants in 12th inning
Sunday, April 30 at 8:52 PM (EDT)
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers didn't look to be a likely hero after going 0-for-5. But that sixth at-bat in the 12th inning changed everything.
Myers belted his second three-run homer in two days -- this one breaking a tie -- to lead the San Diego Padres to a 5-2 comeback win over the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on Sunday.
"I felt good all game," Myers said. "I swung the bat real well yesterday, felt really good today. I put three good swings on balls, didn't really get anything in return, but was able to stay with it there that last at-bat and put a good swing on it."
That good swing, accounting for his seventh home run, enabled the Padres to win the weekend series after facing a 2-0 deficit in the Sunday game as late as with one out in the ninth.
That was when former Giant Hector Sanchez stroked a pinch-hit, two-run home run off San Francisco closer Mark Melancon, who was 5-for-5 in save opportunities since blowing a lead in the season opener on April 2.
"Today was on me 100 percent," Melancon said. "A cutter, down the middle, right where he was looking. You leave pitches out over the plate, that's what's going to happen."
San Diego reliever Ryan Buchter (2-1) pitched the 10th and 11th to pick up the win, and Jose Torres earned his first career save with a 1-2-3 12th.
"If we don't get our act together, it's going to get ugly," Melancon said of the 9-17 Giants. "There are too many good teams out there ready to go after us. This energy level needs to get going. We need to pick up our play, throw quality strikes, and we need to figure it out."
San Diego's Luis Sardinas reached on an error by Giants shortstop Eduardo Nunez to start the ninth before Sanchez produced his third career pinch homer, and first of the season, after Melancon struck out Hunter Renfroe.
"That was incredible, just a great at-bat," Myers said of Sanchez. "I even told (Austin) Hedges before, 'He's going to hit a home run right here.'"
In the 12th, Myers hit a 1-1 pitch off Giants reliever George Kontos after Cory Spangenberg and Erick Aybar hit soft singles to the outfield.
"For Wil, that's a huge step forward," Padres manager Andy Green said. "It wasn't a great day for him offensively. He swung the bat well early but didn't have anything to show for it. Walking through the day with an 0-fer, then steps up with a big swing late."
Kontos (0-2) said he was trying to get ball inside to Myers, but he made a mistake with his location.
"Gave up the first couple of bloop singles that just fell in front of our outfielders, and I didn't execute that pitch inside enough to him," Kontos said. "He's had a hot series. A mistake to a guy like that, he's going to put a good swing on it. He's a tough out. He definitely made me pay for it, unfortunately."
The Giants broke through with the game's first run in the fifth inning.
Joe Panik led off by getting hit by a 2-1 pitch. Gorkys Hernandez failed on a first-pitch bunt attempt, then laced an 0-2 fastball into the right field corner to give the hosts runners at second and third with no one out.
Giants starting pitcher Ty Blach fell behind at the plate 0-2 but managed to lift a sacrifice fly to medium center, and Panik scored uncontested with the throw going to third. Padres starter Clayton Richard worked out of the jam, as second baseman Yangervis Solarte dived to his left to glove Nunez's bid for a ground-ball single to right before Brandon Belt struck out.
The Giants tacked on another run in the sixth and chased Richard in the process. Hunter Pence drew a leadoff walk and moved to second on Buster Posey's excuse-me swing and groundout to third.
Michael Morse followed with a ringing double high off the right field fence to plate Pence and end Richard's outing. Lefty reliever Brad Hand induced two grounders to third to end the threat.
Blach, who was in line for the win, surrendered three hits in seven shutout innings. The left-hander finished with a flurry, retiring the last nine he faced. He worked out of a pair of two-on jams in the third and fourth innings when the game was still scoreless.
Richard was charged with two runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Padres (11-16).
NOTES: The Giants recalled veteran RHP Bryan Morris from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, and they designated RHP Neil Ramirez for assignment in a corresponding move. The 30-year-old Morris will be asked to add depth to a struggling bullpen while the Giants hope to retain Ramirez and send him to Sacramento if he goes unclaimed. Ramirez is out of options. ... An error in the second inning by Giants 2B Joe Panik, on a ground ball, was only his second in 94 chances this season. ... San Diego LHP Clayton Richard went 2-for-2 with a pair of hits that touched the right field wall, but both were only singles.
Dodgers' Ryu finally gets a win, beats Phillies
Sunday, April 30 at 8:52 PM (EDT)
LOS ANGELES -- It is a bit generic to note that Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu won his first game since 2014, 5-3 over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Knowing the exact number of days -- 973 -- puts it in better perspective. Ryu won 14 games in each of his first two major league seasons, then spent the next two seasons in operating rooms and rehab centers after major shoulder surgery in 2015 and elbow surgery in 2016.
"Definitely," the soft-spoken Ryu said when asked if it was a milestone. "It's been (almost) a thousand days since I had a win. I didn't see (the injuries) coming, especially the elbow surgery. It's been a long time. I don't think (the comeback) is complete. I knew what I want to do in the last two starts, but I still need to improve my velocity."
Ryu allowed just three hits and struck out nine in 5 1/3 innings, and might not have allowed a run at all if Yasiel Puig hadn't let a Cesar Hernandez dive off the tip of his glove for a game-opening triple. It was a solid performance on the heels of a one-run, six-inning outing against the Giants.
After the first three batters, Ryu retired 14 of the next 17 Phillies, exiting only in the sixth because he was up to 93 pitches and manager Dave Roberts played the percentages with right-handers coming up.
"He was good," Roberts said. "He had a nice mix of pitches and his changeup was very good. If you look at his starts this season, you can pull a handful of pitches out of them and see that his quality of work has been good."
The win was the Dodgers sixth in their last eight games. Ryu was backed by a 13-hit attack that included three hits each by Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal and a three-run home run by Andrew Toles that gave the Dodgers a 5-1 lead in the sixth. Turner extended his major league leading hit streak to 16 games and he's hitting .433 during it, with six doubles and nine RBIs.
The Phillies left the park downcast, having come into the series with a six-game winning streak. They let 5-2 ninth inning lead get away from them Saturday and did little damage Sunday until Odubel Herrera's two-run home run in the ninth.
"We didn't do much with the chances we had," Phillies manager Pete Mackinan said. "(Nick Pivetta) kept us in the game. Our problems have come from the bullpen."
The Phillies rank third in the majors in home runs allowed, and allowed
Right-hander Pivetta (0-1) made his major lead debut and worked around trouble, allowing just two runs through five innings. Jeanmar Gomez relieved in the sixth and gave up a leadoff double to Grandal, issued a two-out walk to Chase Utley and then Toles' three-run home run to center field.
Sergio Romo, Luis Avilan and Pedro Baez worked 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Grant Dayton was touched for a two-run home run in the ninth by pinch-hitter Odubel Herrera with two outs in the ninth, and Kenley Jansen came to record the last out.
NOTES: The Dodgers expect to get three position players back from the disabled list in the next five-to-10 days -- 2B Logan Forsthye (toe), OF Joc Pederson (groin) and OF Franklin Gutierrez (knee). Their return will force some roster juggling. Rookie Cody Bellinger, who hit two home runs in Saturday's win, may return to Triple-A Oklahoma City so he can play every day rather than be a reserve. ... Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (blisters) pitched a three-inning simulate game before Sunday's game and is expected to make a rehab start Thursday. ... The Dodgers will add long-time announcer Vin Scully to the team's ring of honor in pregame ceremonies Wednesday. ... Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (back) won't be activated from the disabled list as expected. He suffered pain in his back after a bullpen session. ... Phillies 3B Maikel Franco, who had 32 plate appearances without a strikeout, struck out in his first three at-bats Sunday. ... Phillies SS Freddy Galvis extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He's hitting .340 in the streak.
D-backs beat Rockies on Descalso's homer in 13th
Sunday, April 30 at 10:31 PM (EDT)
PHOENIX -- Over and over, two of the major league's best offensive teams flailed away at each other's pitches only to come up empty Sunday afternoon.
Finally, after 30 combined strikeouts and zero runs on the scoreboard, somebody got the barrel of the bat squarely on the baseball in the 13th inning.
Daniel Descalso belted an 0-2 pitch from Jordan Lyles into the swimming pool in right-center field as the Arizona Diamondbacks scored the game's only runs against the Colorado Rockies for a 2-0 win.
Descalso drove in Brandon Drury, who barely beat out an infield hit.
The game was the first ever to go scoreless past the 11th inning at Chase Field, which opened in 1998.
"I not trying to hit a home run there," said Descalso, who hit his first career walk-off homer against one of his old teams. "It is an 0-2 count, and he made a pitch over the middle of the plate. I put a good swing on it "
Lyles (1-0) lamented that his slider was down the middle.
"I tried to bounce it and I missed middle-middle with it," he said. "Our bullpen did a really good job, but I threw a really bad pitch. ... It's a tough way for a game to end, for it to come down to one bad pitch by me."
The Diamondbacks (16-11) rejoiced that they salvaged the final game of the three-game series with the Rockies (16-10).
"Wow, great win," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "A great win. Everybody at some point in time chipped in for the moment.
"The pitching was unbelievable. It kept a very good offensive team scoreless and gave us a chance to maneuver and do some things to win the ballgame."
Rockies manager Bud Black, when asked his reaction to his team's 17 strikeouts, said, "We have some guys who have power who have swings that generate some bat speed that are susceptible to the strikeout.
"I'm going to say today was just one of those days where I think the pitchers just got us."
Colorado right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, who went 1-for-5, said, "They pitched well. At the end, it got a little harder to hit with the shadows, but I don't think that's an excuse. We didn't hit.
"It was a grind, a battle the whole time. I knew one swing was going to end the game."
D-backs starter Patrick Corbin allowed no runs and just two hits in 6 1/3 innings. Rockies starter German Marquez matched him by shutting out Arizona through six innings while allowing six hits.
The Arizona staff struck out 11-plus batters for the seventh consecutive game, extending a National League record.
The seventh Diamondbacks pitcher, Randall Delgado (1-0), threw three innings of one-hit ball for the win.
The D-backs loaded the bases with two outs in the 12th, but Lyles got Jake Lamb to ground out.
Arizona also had a chance to win in the 10th.
With one out, pinch hitter A.J. Pollock singled. Then Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu collided with Pollock, who was running to second on an infield chopper to the right side by David Peralta.
LeMahieu, perhaps sensing he would be late in throwing the ball to first, appeared to bump into Pollock rather than try to field the chopper, according to replays. The play was not reviewable.
Pollock advanced to third, but -- after discussion by the umpires -- was called out for interference.
Then, Paul Goldschmidt struck out to end the inning.
In the 11th, LeMahieu led off by drawing a walk off Delgado. With one out Carlos Gonzalez beat out an infield hit. Delgado, though, ended the threat by getting Mark Reynolds to ground into a double play.
Descalso went 3-for-6, while Goldschmidt, Drury and Pollock each had two hits.
For the Rockies, Dustin Garneau went 2-for-5.
Corbin dominated the Rockies through four innings. Then, in the fifth, he seemed to lose his command.
Corbin walked Mark Reynolds, then gave up a single to Ian Desmond that went under third baseman Lamb's glove. Corbin walked Trevor Story to load the bases with nobody out.
Corbin got Dustin Garneau to pop out and Marquez to ground to Lamb, who threw to the plate to force out Reynolds.
Then Corbin faced Charlie Blackmon, who carried a 14-game hitting streak into the game. Blackmon rolled to first baseman Goldschmidt to end the threat.
Corbin lowered his season ERA to 2.29.
Marquez was just about as effective. He allowed a single by Goldschmidt and a double by Lamb in the first with two outs, but got Drury to ground out to end the inning.
Drury doubled to open the fourth but was unable to advance.
NOTES: 1B/OF Ian Desmond was activated and made his Rockies debut in left field. Desmond had been out due to a fractured hand. To prepare, he played in extended spring training in nearby Scottsdale, Ariz., but did not go on a rehab assignment with a minor league affiliate. He went 1-for-5 on Sunday. ... The Rockies designated INF Cristhian Adames for assignment. ... Arizona RHP Archie Bradley will remain in the bullpen and not replace RHP Shelby Miller, out for the year as he undergoes Tommy John surgery, in the rotation. The Diamondbacks have yet to determine who will start Thursday at Washington. LHP Anthony Banda, now pitching for Triple-A Reno, appears to be a candidate, though manager Torey Lovullo would only say the pitcher likely will come from the minor leagues. "We have a lot of great candidates," he said.