MLB ROUNDUP: Giants knock off Cardinals
Michael Morse homered and drove in three runs, and Pablo Sandoval homered and scored twice, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
The Giants have won seven of eight and the Cardinals have dropped three of four to start a nine-game home-stand.
Gregor Blanco scored from second on Angel Pagan’s single to center off Carlos Martinez (0-3) to tie the score at 4-all in the eighth. Pagan moved to second on Peter Bourjos’ throwing error. After Sandoval was intentionally walked, Morse doubled to deep center to drive in Pagan and Sandoval for a 6-4 lead.
Javier Lopez (1-0) got two groundouts in relief of Ryan Vogelsong for his first win since Sept. 22, 2013.
METS 4, PHILLIES 1: Chris Young hit a two-run homer, and Zack Wheeler struck out nine in 6 1-3 innings to lead New York over Philadelphia in the opener of a rare five-game series.
The Mets, who opened an 11-game road trip, matched a season best with their third straight victory while beating the Phillies for the sixth straight time at Citizens Bank Park.
Marlon Byrd homered for the Phillies, who struck out a season-high 15 times.
The series originally was scheduled for four games, but the teams will make up their April 30 rainout on Monday, which originally was a day off for both teams.
Wheeler (2-5) retired eight of the first 10 batters via strikeout.
David Buchanan (1-1) left after giving up four runs — three earned — and seven hits with two strikeouts and walks.’
DIAMONDBACKS 4, REDS 0: Josh Collmenter faced the minimum in a three-hitter, Aaron Hill homered and had two RBIs, and Arizona beat light-hitting Cincinnati.
Collmenter (4-2) breezed through his first career complete game, joining Randy Johnson as the only Arizona pitcher to face the minimum 27 batters in a nine-inning game. Johnson did it during his perfect game against Atlanta in 2004.
Hill had three hits, including a solo homer in the sixth inning off Tony Cingrani (2-5). A.J. Pollock had a double, a triple and scored two runs from the leadoff spot for the Diamondbacks, who have won five of seven.
RED SOX 4, BRAVES 3: Tommy La Stella’s failure to catch a force attempt at second base allowed Jackie Bradley Jr. to score from second with none out in the ninth inning, giving Boston its fourth straight win after a 10-game skid.
The Red Sox took advantage of two more Atlanta errors to score twice in the eighth to tie it 3-all and set up closer Koji Uehara (1-1) for the win.
Bradley and Brock Holt drew back-to-back walks off closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1). Xander Bogaerts followed with a hard grounder to Chris Johnson at third base for an infield single. Johnson stopped it and made a strong throw, but Stella missed the catch with Holt bearing down, and Bradley scored.
TIGERS 5, ATHLETICS 4: Miguel Cabrera hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the fifth to back Rick Porcello’s eighth victory, and Detroit beat Oakland for a split of the four-game series between division leaders.
Porcello (8-2) overcame a career-high six walks, three shy of his season total coming into Thursday’s start. Joe Nathan earned his 13th save after allowing Josh Donaldson’s leadoff double, an RBI infield single by Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick’s run-scoring double.
It was Nathan’s first outing since he surrendered Donaldson’s game-ending three-run homer in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss for his fourth blown save opportunity.
Victor Martinez doubled home two runs in the seventh and Cabrera also had an RBI groundout for the Tigers, who head to Seattle for the weekend before returning home.
Nick Punto hit a two-run homer in the fourth for Oakland, which wasted chances all game to lose for only the seventh time in 20 games. Jesse Chavez (4-3) lost consecutive starts for the first time this season following a two-game winning streak.
ROYALS 8, BLUE JAYS 6: Omar Infante hit a two-run single in the 10th inning, and Kansas City overcame two home runs by Edwin Encarnacion to beat Toronto, snapping the Blue Jays’ winning streak at nine games.
Facing Todd Redmond (0-4), Alcides Escobar singled to begin the 10th. Pedro Ciriaco was hit on the front of the helmet while squaring to bunt and Nori Aoki advanced the runners with a sacrifice before Infante lined a single just over the reach of leaping third baseman Brett Lawrie.
Wade Davis (4-1) worked two innings for the win and Greg Holland closed it out for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Encarnacion matched a major league record with his fifth multihomer game in a month. Albert Belle did it in September 1995 and Harmon Killebrew in May 1959.
The blasts were Encarnacion’s 15th and 16th in May, breaking Bautista’s team record for homers in a month.
RANGERS 5, TWINS 4: Leonys Martin doubled twice and scored three times, including the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and Texas beat Minnesota won its second straight four-game series on the road.
Shin-Soo Choo hit a three-run double in the second for the Rangers, but the Twins took a 4-3 lead in the fifth inning on Josh Willingham’s first home run of the season, a no-doubt drive to the second deck above left-center field.
Alexi Ogando (2-2) got four outs for the win, and Joakim Soria retired the last two batters for his 10th save. Soria saved the last two games of the series after he had his first blown chance of the season in Tuesday’s 4-3 loss.
Martin hit a leadoff double in the eighth against Casey Fien (3-2), moved up on a sacrifice bunt and scored on Rougned Odor’s sacrifice fly. Texas has won eight of 11.
ANGELS 7, MARINERS 5: Erick Aybar hit a three-run homer, Matt Shoemaker pitched effectively into the sixth inning, and Los Angeles beat Seattle.
Recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, Shoemaker (3-1) set down the side in order four times in 5 1-3 innings. He allowed three runs on four hits, equaled a career-high six strikeouts and did not walk a batter.
Brandon Maurer (1-4) lasted just four innings.
HOUSTON 3, BALTIMORE 1: George Springer hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Houston extended its winning streak to six with a victory over Baltimore.
Springer’s shot to left off Preston Guilmet (0-1) extended the rookie’s hitting streak to 11 games and was his seventh homer in his last seven games.
Brad Peacock allowed a run on six hits with eight strikeouts in six innings.
Josh Fields (1-3) threw two scoreless innings for the win, and Chad Qualls pitched the ninth for his fourth save.
The Orioles’ Ubaldo Jimenez allowed one run on three hits with eight strikeouts in six innings.