MAJOR LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Streaking Reds win for fifth time in six games
Pinch runner Billy Hamilton stole second in the 10th inning to set up Todd Frazier’s game-winning single, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3, on Saturday.
Ryan Ludwick opened the Cincinnati 10th with a leadoff walk against Brian Wilson (1-1). Reds manager Dusty Baker then went to the dynamic Hamilton, and the speedy prospect took second as catcher A.J. Ellis dropped the ball while taking it out of his glove.
Frazier followed with a line-drive single into right field to give Cincinnati five wins in its last six games. J.J. Hoover got three outs for the victory.
Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer for NL West-leading Los Angeles.
BREWERS 5, CUBS 3: Logan Schafer hit a three-run triple and Johnny Hellweg pitched six innings for his first career major league victory in the Brewers’ win over the Cubs.
Hellweg (1-3) allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out one and pitched around three walks to finally earn his first victory after flourishing in the minors.
Brewers relievers Rob Wooten and Brandon Kintzler each pitched a scoreless inning then Jim Henderson pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.
Jake Arrieta (2-2) took the loss.
PHILLIES 6, BRAVES 5: Freddy Galvis hit a game-ending homer with one out in the ninth inning to lift the Phillies to a win over the Braves.
Atlanta had trailed 5-3 going into the ninth, but Andrelton Simmons hit a two-out two-run homer off Jonathan Papelbon (5-1), who blew his seventh save in 32 opportunities.
Galvis, who had four hits, got Papelbon the win by connecting on a 1-0 pitch from Freddy Garcia (0-1) into the seats in right field. It was the first four-hit game for Galvis, who had been 0-for-7 since being recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sept. 3. It was his fifth homer of the season.
Carlos Ruiz singled, doubled and drove in three runs, and Cesar Hernandez and Kevin Frandsen each had three hits for the Phillies.
Freddie Freeman had two hits and two RBIs for NL East-leading Atlanta.
NATIONALS 9, MARLINS 2: Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in three runs, powering the Nationals to a victory over the Marlins.
Zimmerman hit a two-run shot in the first and a leadoff drive on Nathan Eovaldi’s first pitch of the third.
Tanner Roark (5-0) pitched six scoreless innings as the Nationals won for the third time in four games to remain on the fringe of the NL wild-card race.
PADRES 2, ROCKIES 1: Rookie Jedd Gyorko hit a go-ahead homer leading off the eighth inning to give the Padres a win over the Rockies.
Gyorko’s shot off Matt Belisle (5-6) came right after the Rockies tied the game at 1 in the eighth inning on a San Diego error.
Gyorko’s 17th home run just barely cleared the right field wall as it hit the top padding and avoided the leaping attempt of right fielder Michael Cuddyer.
DIAMONDBACKS 2, GIANTS 1: Brandon McCarthy pitched eight strong innings and Paul Goldschmidt had three hits, including a triple, to lift the Diamondbacks to a win over the Giants.
McCarthy (4-9) gave up one run and six hits while striking out six. Brad Ziegler pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances.
Goldschmidt broke a 1-1 tie with a triple to right center in the fifth inning that scored Adam Eaton, who walked.
Matt Cain (8-9) allowed eight hits and two runs in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out three and walked four. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game after missing 14 games with a contusion on his right forearm. Coming into the game Cain had just one win in his last nine starts at home, going 1-5 with a 5.36 era over that stretch.
RED SOX 13, YANKEES 9: Mike Napoli hit two home runs, Jonny Gomes and prized rookie Xander Bogaerts also connected, and the Red Sox kept up their dizzying scoring spree at Yankee Stadium, bashing New York for their fifth straight win.
The AL East leaders became the first visiting team in more than a century to score at least nine runs on three straight days against the Yankees. In fact, the last time it happened, they weren’t called the Yankees — Boston did it in 1912 to the Highlanders at Hilltop Park.
ORIOLES 4, WHITE SOX 3: Matt Wieters hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to lift Baltimore to its third consecutive win.
Pinch-hitter Henry Urrutia started the winning rally with a one-out infield single against closer Addison Reed (5-3). Pinch-runner Chris Dickerson then went all the way to third on Nick Markakis’ base hit. Reed bounced back with a strikeout of Nate McLouth, but Markakis stole second and both runners scored when Wieters lined a single into right field.
ATHLETICS 2, ASTROS 1: Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings to lead surging Oakland to another victory. Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie homered as the A’s won for the seventh time in nine games to remain on top of the AL West. They began the day with a half-game lead over Texas.
Straily (9-7) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked one in his third consecutive victory. The right-hander has a 1.50 ERA over 18 innings during his winning streak.
ROYALS 4, TIGERS 3: Salvador Perez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Justin Verlander in the sixth, helping Kansas City to the victory. Perez’s two-out drive to left made it 4-2. It was his 11th homer of the season.
Verlander (12-11) allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings. The ace right-hander dropped to 0-3 with a 4.17 ERA in his last six starts.
Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, who leads the American League with 133 RBIs, walked with the bases loaded in the fifth and singled home another run in the seventh.
BLUE JAYS 11, TWINS 2: Adam Lind hit a pair of three-run homers for Toronto, helping J.A. Happ snap a three-game losing streak. Lind connected for his 18th homer in the Blue Jays’ five-run first inning. He went deep again in the eighth for his second multihomer game this season.
Happ (4-5) was charged with an unearned run and five hits in 5 2-3 innings. The left-hander had a 7.71 ERA during his losing streak.
Twins starter Kevin Correia (9-11) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. The Twins have lost nine straight home games for the first time since April 27-May 23, 2011.
ANGELS 8, RANGERS 3: Garrett Richards pitched seven effective innings, and the Angels parlayed three errors and another mammoth home run by Mark Trumbo into five early runs against Derek Holland to beat the Rangers.
The Rangers’ fifth loss in six games, coupled with Oakland’s 2-1 victory against Houston, put Texas 1 1-2 games behind the Athletics in the AL West race.
Richards (6-6) allowed two runs — one earned — and six hits while striking out five and walking one. The right-hander, who finished his night by fanning the side on 18 pitches, is 4-0 with a 3.25 ERA in seven starts at home this season.
Holland (9-8) was charged with eight runs — four earned — and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.
MARINERS 6, RAYS 2: James Paxton threw six strong innings allowing just one earned run in his major league debut, Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales hit solo homers and the Mariners continued Tampa Bay on its West Coast slide.
Tampa Bay lost for the seventh time in nine games on its swing through Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles and saw its lead in the AL Wild Card race reduced to one game after both Cleveland and Baltimore won on Saturday. The Rays have spent 61 straight days in position for a postseason berth, but if they can’t avoid a sweep by the Mariners on Sunday, that run might finally end.
Paxton (1-0) became the latest Seattle prospect to make a successful debut, joining Taijuan Walker.
INDIANS 9, METS 4: Asdrubal Cabrera hit a three-run homer for the streaking Indians, and Nick Swisher had a solo shot.
Cleveland has won four in a row for the first time since it captured eight straight from July 24-Aug. 1. Swisher finished with two hits and two RBIs as the Indians stayed in the hunt for the AL’s second wild-card slot.
Corey Kluber (8-5), the first of seven Cleveland pitchers, allowed two runs in five-plus innings.
Cleveland began the day just two games back of Tampa Bay for the second wild card spot in the AL. The Indians and Orioles are tied with 76-65 records.