MLB Roundup: Jaso’s RBI singles in ninth, 10th rally Pirates past Mets
PITTSBURGH (AP) — John Jaso singled home the tying run in the ninth inning and the winning run in the 10th, and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame Andrew McCutchen’s baserunning blunder to beat the New York Mets 5-4 Saturday night.
Jordy Mercer doubled off the center-field wall against Addison Reed with one out in the ninth. Jaso pinch hit for Felipe Rivera, Reed threw a wild pitch and Jaso lined a single, Reed’s second blown save in eight chances.
Tony Watson (3-1) struck out Travis d’Arnaud to strand two runners in the 10th, and the Pirates loaded the bases in the bottom half against Tyler Pill (0-1), who made his big league debut.
David Freese singled with one out, McCutchen was hit by a pitch and Francisco Cervelli walked. Gift Ngoepe flied out to Jay Bruce in shallow right, and left-hander Josh Edgin came in to face the right-handed hitting Jason, who was 0 for 10 against lefties this season and 1 for 20 last year. With the count full, Jason lined the ninth pitch of the at-bat over Bruce.
On manager Terry Collins’ 68th birthday, the Mets blew a save for the fifth time in their last seven chances.
New York led 4-2 before McCutchen’s RBI double with two outs in the sixth. Francisco Cervelli grounded into the shortstop hole, where Asdrubal Cabrera went to a knee and prevented the ball from going into the outfield, holding Cervelli to an infield hit. McCutchen kept on running and Cabrera’s throw home beat McCutchen by 25 feet.
Jay Bruce, d’Arnaud and Lucas Duda homered off Gerrit Cole, who allowed three homers in a game for the first time in his big league career.
Cole gave up four runs and 10 hits in five innings,
Duda’s homer was as 451-foot drive to right-center in the sixth; he also doubled and is 9 for 18 with four with four walks in his last five games.
Mets starter Zack Wheeler, bothered by a blister on his pitching hand, allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. He gave up a two-run homer to McCutchen in the second that tied the score 2-all.
Dodgers 5, Cubs 0
LOS ANGELES — Chase Utley drove in three runs with a pair of two-out singles, and Brandon McCarthy and Ross Stripling combined on a three-hitter that led the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Chicago Cubs for their eighth win in 10 games.
Chicago has been shut out in three consecutive road games and held scoreless in four of its last six games away from Wrigley Field, scoring five runs in that span. The Cubs have not scored in 29 consecutive road innings, including a 3-0 defeat to St. Louis on May 14, and a 4-0 loss to the Dodgers on Friday night.
McCarthy (5-1) allowed two-out singles to Ian Happ in the fourth and Addison Russell in the fifth. He struck out six and walked one, winning his second straight start and lowering his ERA to 3.28.
Naionals 3, Padres 0
WASHINGTON — Stephen Strasburg struck out a career-high 15 while allowing three hits over seven innings to lead the Washington Nationals over the Padres.
Strasburg (6-1) singled and scored Washington’s first run on Bryce Harper’s third-inning grounder, and Michael A. Taylor hit a two-run homer for the second consecutive game. Matt Albers and Koda Glover provided hitless relief, with Glover getting his fifth save.
Clayton Richard (3-6) gave up three runs and 10 hits in six innings.
Phillies 4, Reds 3
PHILADELPHIA — Tommy Joseph hit a solo homer in the fourth inning and a game-ending single in the ninth off Michael Lorenzen (3-1) as Philadelphia won for the third time in 13 games. Cesar Hernandez and Michael Saunders also homered for the Phillies.
Hector Neris (2-2) pitched a scoreless ninth. combining with Edubray Ramos, Pat Neshek and Joaquin Benoit for 3 2/3 shutout innings.
Brewers 6, Diamondbacks 1
MILWAUKEE — Chase Anderson (3-1) didn’t allow a hit until Nick Ahmed singled up the middle off the glove of second baseman Eric Sogard leading off the eighth. On Aug. 16, 2015, Ahmed blooped a single to right-center leading off the eighth inning for the Diamondbacks’ first hit against Atlanta’s Shelby Miller.
Anderson (3-1), who then left, struck out a career-high 11 and walked three, throwing a career-high 114 pitches.
Jett Bandy hit a three-run double off Zack Greinke (6-3) in the fourth, and Jesus Aguilar homered. Arizona had won its previous five games.
Red Sox 6, Mariners 0
BOSTON — Brian Johnson pitched a five-hitter in his first big league appearance at Fenway Park, and the Boston Red Sox stretched their winning streak to a season-high six games with a victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Brought up from Triple-A Pawtucket, Johnson (2-0) gave up five singles, struck out eight and walked none. The 26-year-old left-hander’s only previous big league starts were at Houston on July 21, 2015, and at Toronto on April 18 this year.
Johnson became the first Red Sox pitcher to throw a shutout in his first Fenway start since Pedro Martinez on April 11, 1998. In Johnson’s first start in Fenway — his fourth as a professional — he sustained a season-ending facial fracture when he hit by a line drive while pitching for Class A Lowell in 2012.
Johnson was helped by a semi-leaping catch by center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at the wall in the sixth, Bradley’s diving grab of Nelson Cruz’s sinking liner in the ninth and Bradley’s game-ending running catch of Kyle Seager’s drive.
Xander Bogaerts’ RBI single triggered a three-run first inning and Bradley hit a two-run homer in the sixth
Shut out for the second straight day, Seattle has lost seven of eight.
Rob Whalen (0-1) gave up five runs and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings in his Mariners’ debut, his first big league start since Aug. 23 for Atlanta. He is Seattle’s 12th starting pitcher, the most in the major leagues.
Andrew Benintendi and Sandy Leon also had RBI singles in the first, when the Red Sox had two batters hit by pitches, two walks and two runners thrown out on the bases — Dustin Pedroia at third for the first out and Hanley Ramirez at the plate for the last.
Astros 5, Orioles 2
HOUSTON — Dallas Keuchel had a solid performance in his return from the disabled list, and George Springer hit a two-run homer to help the Houston Astros to a victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Keuchel (8-0), who missed one start with a pinched nerve in his neck, allowed four hits and one run while fanning eight in six innings.
His eight wins this season lead the majors and he’s just one win away from matching his total from last year, when he struggled in the follow-up to his stellar 2015 season during which he won 20 games and the American League Cy Young Award.
Will Harris struck out two in a perfect ninth for his second save.
Houston led by 1 in the fourth before Springer homered off Wade Miley (1-3) to make it 4-1.
Welington Castillo had an RBI single for the Orioles, whose season-high skid reached six games.
Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1
TORONTO — Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer in the fifth off Yu Darvish (5-3) and Toronto matched its longest winning streak this season at five.
Shin-soo Choo homered on the first pitch of the game from Marco Estrada (4-2), who allowed four hits in six innings. Roberto Osuna threw a perfect ninth for his ninth save, completing a six-hitter.
White Sox 3, Tigers 0, first game
Tigers 4, White Sox 3, second game
CHICAGO — Buck Farmer (1-0) struck out a career-high 11 and allowed three hits in 6 1/3 innings of a doubleheader nightcap, getting his first big league win after going 0-6 with a 6.84 ERA in 32 games since his debut in 2014.
Yolmer Sanchez hit a two-run triple with one out in the ninth off Justin Wilson, who struck out Todd Frazier and rookie Adam Engel.
John Hicks and Victor Martinez homered for Detroit. Derek Holland (4-4) allowed seven hits and four walks in six innings.
Tyler Danish (1-0) worked around six walks in the opener while allowing three hits over five innings for his first major league win, and David Robertson finished the four-hitter for his sixth save in seven chances.
Michael Fulmer (5-3) allowed nine hits in his first complete game this season.
Tim Anderson scored on a double play in the fifth, and Leury Garcia hit an RBI triple in the eighth and scored on Jose Abreu’s single.
Twins 5, Rays 3
MINNEAPOLIS — Brian Dozier hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Tommy Hunter with two outs in the eighth, an inning that began when Danny Farquhar (2-2) walked Chris Gimenez.
Taylor Rogers (2-1) followed with a perfect bottom half, and Brandon Kintzler got his 13th save, despite a two-out home run by Colby Rasmus.
Royals 5, Indians 2
CLEVELAND — Alex Gordon hit a tying single off Boone Logan in the sixth inning and scored on Alcides Escobar’s two-run double against Nick Goody. Danny Salazar (3-5) walked Whit Merrifield starting the inning.
Jason Vargas (6-3) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Kelvin Herrera worked the ninth for his second save in two days and No. 11 on the season.
Angels 5, Marlins 2
MIAMI — Mike Trout hit his major league-leading 16th homer, a first-inning drive into the left field beer garden estimated at 443 feet.
J.C. Ramirez (5-3) limited Miami to an unearned run in seven innings.
Cameron Maybin put Los Angeles ahead to stay in the third when he tripled and scored on Andrelton Simmons’ groundout. Maybin also singled, stole two bases and scored three times.
Vance Worley (0-2) allowed two runs and two hits in five innings.