MLB ROUNDUP: Giants manager Bochy earns 1,500th career win in twinbill split
Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run double in the first inning to help Bruce Bochy earn his 1,500th win as a manager, and the San Francisco Giants split a straight doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-3 victory in the nightcap Tuesday.
Hunter Pence hit an RBI single, Gregor Blanco had a sacrifice fly, and Brandon Belt added an RBI groundout in San Francisco’s first win in six tries against the Reds this season after being outscored 34-6 in the first five meetings — including 11-0 on Monday night and 9-3 in the opener Tuesday.
In the opener, the Reds banged out 15 hits, including three home runs.
Punxsutawney native Devin Mesoraco had one of those homers for the Reds as he homered for the second straight game. His three-run shot highlighted the Reds’ four-run second inning, and he finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. He went 0-for-2 in the second game.
The teams were making up a July 4 rainout at Great American Ball Park. Cincinnati batted last and wore home uniforms as the visiting team.
CARDINALS 4, PHILLIES 1: Shelby Miller threw six shutout innings and Allen Craig drove in a pair of runs to lead St. Louis. Miller (10-6) gave up three hits while striking out six and walking one. He is the third St. Louis starter to reach double-digits in wins, joining Adam Wainwright (13-5) and Lance Lynn (11-5).
The Cardinals have won four of five and 10 of 13 and maintained their 1½-game lead on Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
METS 4, BRAVES 1: Carlos Torres pitched six impressive innings as a fill-in starter and had an RBI single, and Ike Davis had a go-ahead double in a three-run sixth to lead New York.
John Buck had a run-scoring single and Juan Lagares a sacrifice fly in a sixth inning that helped the Mets beat Atlanta’s Kris Medlen (6-10) for the first time in eight starts.
MARLINS 4, ROCKIES 2: Rookie Jose Fernandez tossed seven strong innings and Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in his major league debut to lift Miami.
Fernandez (6-5) baffled the Rockies all evening as he held one of the league’s top-hitting teams to five hits and two runs. He struck out eight.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo homer in the eighth and Adeiny Hechavarria had an RBI double for Florida.
PADRES 6, BREWERS 2: Nick Hundley and Will Venable each homered, and Tyson Ross won for the first time in over a year as San Diego beat Milwaukee.
Hundley was 3-for-4 with three runs batted in for San Diego, which won back-to-back games for the first time since June 20-21.
Ross (1-4) earned his first victory since May 14, 2012. The right-hander gave up just two hits and one run. He struck out six and walked two in a season-high six innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, CUBS 4: A.J. Pollock doubled, tripled and drove in three runs, and Patrick Corbin scattered four hits over six innings to help Arizona beat Chicago.
Corbin (12-1) allowed one run, struck out six and walked three for the Diamondbacks, who remained a half-game behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
Eric Chavez also tripled and had three RBIs. Martin Prado homered and Paul Goldschmidt added a run-scoring double for Arizona, which reached 10 runs for the first time since June 21.
RED SOX 6, RAYS 2: Jon Lester matched his season high with eight strikeouts and overcame homers by Wil Myers and Evan Longoria as Boston remained in first place. The Red Sox moved 1½ games ahead of the Rays in the AL East and stayed atop the division for the 58th consecutive day.
The loss ended the Rays’ six-game winning streak and was just their third in 21 games, a surge that began when they were in fourth place, trailing the Red Sox by seven games.
YANKEES 5, RANGERS 4: Eduardo Nunez hit a tying triple, Brent Lillibridge followed with a go-ahead single and New York rallied against All-Star closer Joe Nathan in the ninth inning to beat Texas.
The Yankees’ comeback got started when Vernon Wells drew a one-out walk against Nathan (1-1), who had converted 15 consecutive save chances and 31 of 32 this season. Texas had been 51-0 when leading after eight innings.
Mariano Rivera struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 32nd save, extending his career record to 640.
The Rangers erased a 3-0 deficit with four unearned runs in the sixth after Lillibridge’s error at third base.
TIGERS 6, WHITE SOX 2: Rick Porcello pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, Jhonny Peralta homered and Detroit took advantage of four errors in a victory over Chicago.
With MVP and Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera sidelined by a sore hip, the AL Central leaders again got all the help they needed from Chicago. One night after matching what was a season high with three errors and giving up five unearned runs in a 7-3 loss to the Tigers, the White Sox managed to outdo themselves.
ROYALS 3, ORIOLES 2: Bruce Chen tossed six strong innings, Greg Holland pitched out of a ninth-inning jam and Kansas City held on to end Baltimore’s five-game winning streak.
Holland gave up a leadoff single in the ninth to Nick Markakis and an RBI triple to Adam Jones. Holland preserved the victory by striking out Chris Davis and retiring J.J. Hardy and Henry Urrutia on grounders. Chen (4-0) limited the Orioles to three hits and one run.
Manny Machado homered for Baltimore.
MARINERS 4, INDIANS 3: Kyle Seager had three hits, Mike Zunino drove in the go-ahead run for the second straight night and surging Seattle beat Cleveland for its eighth straight victory. The Mariners took advantage of defensive miscues by the Indians and received solid pitching to extend the longest current win streak in the majors. The last time Seattle won nine in a row was 2003.
Erasmo Ramirez (1-1) pitched 5 2-3 innings for the win.
ASTROS 5, ATHLETICS 4: Jonathan Villar scored the winning run from second base in the ninth inning on a throwing error by catcher Derek Norris to give Houston a comeback win over Oakland. The Astros improved to 1-10 against the A’s this season and ended a six-game skid overall.
Houston trailed 4-2 entering the ninth before Matt Dominguez hit a two-run homer off closer Grant Balfour (0-2). That ended a franchise-record streak of 44 straight saves for Balfour, the sixth-longest run in major league history. It was his first blown save since April 29, 2012.
TWINS 10, ANGELS 3, 10 INNINGS: Chris Herrmann, making an emergency start behind the plate for expectant father Joe Mauer, hit his first career grand slam in a seven-run 10th inning that sent Minnesota past Los Angeles.
Ryan Doumit snapped a 3-all tie in the 10th with an RBI double against closer Ernesto Frieri (0-2). Herrmann followed a one-out intentional walk to Clete Thomas with his second big league homer and Minnesota’s first grand slam since Sept. 1.
Albert Pujols and Mark Trumbo homered for L.A.
DODGERS 10, BLUE JAYS 9: Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, Andre Ethier and Jerry Hairston Jr. added solo shots and the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers beat Toronto for their fifth straight victory and 22nd in 27 games. Gonzalez, Ethier and Mark Ellis each had three RBIs as the Dodgers won their ninth straight road game, matching their longest streak since July 2004.
Hairston homered in the sixth and Gonzalez erased an 8-6 deficit with a drive to center in the eighth. One out later, Ethier went deep.
Former Blue Jays right-hander Brandon League (4-3) got two outs for the win.
Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista and Mark DeRosa homered for the struggling Blue Jays, who closed their clubhouse for a players-only meeting before the game but couldn’t hold onto an 8-3 lead after six innings.
Toronto has lost six straight and 13 of 17.