MLB Roundup: Braves record win over Mets
NEW YORK (AP) — Ozzie Albies hit a tiebreaking double off Jacob deGrom, Anibal Sanchez pitched six effective innings and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 2-1 Friday night for their fifth straight win.
Albies gave the Braves a 2-1 lead in the fifth when he doubled to left field corner as Ronald Acuna Jr. easily scored from second after getting a two-out double.
Johan Camargo hit his 13th homer off the facing of the second deck in right field to put Atlanta up 1-0 in the second, a day after hitting a two-run double Thursday off Jason Vargas.
Mixing in an effective cutter with his splitter, Sanchez (6-3) allowed one run and two hits. He struck out a season-high nine, including Michael Conforto and Todd Frazier to end the sixth after issuing a one-out walk to Jose Bautista.
Three pitchers followed with hitless relief as Atlanta beat the Mets for the 11th time in 14 meetings. Dan Winkler allowed a leadoff walk to Austin Jackson in the seventh but got Rosario on a double play. Jesse Biddle was aided by right fielder Nick Markakis’ second diving catch of the game and pitched a perfect eighth.
A.J. Minter worked around a two-out error by Camargo at third in the ninth to remain perfect in eight save chances.
The Braves are 5-0 in games they have faced deGrom, though they have scored just four runs off him.
DeGrom (5-7) allowed two runs and six hits in eight inning innings while striking out nine. He retired the final 12 hitters after Albies doubled, and also drove in New York’s run with an RBI single in the third that scored Amed Rosario.
The right-hander also recorded his 14th straight quality start, the longest single-season streak since Johan Santana also had 14 straight for the Mets in 2008. He also allowed three runs or fewer for the 19th straight start, the second-longest single-season streak in team history.
The Mets have scored 54 runs with deGrom on the mound in his 22 starts this season, including 28 in his last 16 starts dating back to May 2. DeGrom is 2-7 in that stretch.
New York dropped a season-high 19 games under .500 at 44-63. The Mets have lost 42 of their last 61 games overall and 24 of their last 33 home games.
The Mets matched a season-low by getting held to two hits for the fourth time.
Cubs 5, Padres 4
CHICAGO — Javier Baez tied his career high with his 23rd home run and took over the National League lead with 84 RBIs, helping the Chicago Cubs defeat the San Diego Padres.
Jose Quintana (10-7) allowed one run and four hits in six innings, leaving with a 3-1 lead.
Pedro Strop nearly wasted a 5-2 advantage, allowing Cory Spangenberg’s RBI double and Travis Jankowski’s run-scoring grounder before third baseman David Bote threw out Spangenberg at the plate trying to score on Manuel Margot’s grounder. Baez had thrown out Jankowski at the plate in the eighth when Jankowski tried to score on Hunter Renfroe’s grounder to second.
Strop struck out pinch-hitter Austin Hedges with a man on for his sixth save in nine chances.
Anthony Rizzo homered and had three hits, and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs for the NL Central-leading Cubs, who entered one game ahead of Milwaukee.
Baez’s solo shot in the second inning gave the All-Star 84 RBIs.
Tyson Ross (6-9) gave up three runs and six hits in five innings as the Padres lost for the eighth time in their last nine games. San Diego is an NL-worst 43-69.
Pirates 7, Cardinals 6
PITTSBURGH — Adam Frazier’s RBI single in the eighth inning helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win in Chris Archer’s debut, beating the St. Louis Cardinals.
Pittsburgh overcame a rough outing by Archer, acquired from Tampa Bay earlier in the week, as gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked four. Despite the uneven performance, the right-hander — winless in his last eight starts — received a standing ovation when he was removed during a three-run fifth inning.
The Pirates broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth when Josh Harrison singled with one out off Jordan Hicks (3-3) and Jordy Mercer walked. After pinch-hitter Jose Osuna struck out, Frazier drove in Harrison by grounding a single into center field.
Kyle Crick (2-1) gave up Jedd Gyorko’s tying RBI grounder in the top of the eighth.
Felipe Vazquez pitched a scoreless ninth for his 25th save, the most in a season by a Pirates’ left-hander. Mike Gonzalez had 24 in 2006.
Pittsburgh improved to a major league-best 17-5 since July 8.
Phillies 5, Marlins 1
PHILADELPHIA — Vince Velasquez allowed two hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a victory over the Miami Marlins.
Seranthony Dominguez recorded the final four outs for his 12th save in 13 chances as the Phillies won their third straight to remain a half-game in front of Atlanta for first place in the NL East.
Velasquez (8-8) struck out seven and walked one to continue his strong form. The right-hander has a 0.71 ERA in his last five appearances. Velasquez didn’t allow a hit until Miguel Rojas’ two-out single in the fifth.
Brian Anderson had two hits with a double and an RBI for the Marlins, who have lost four in a row.
Dominguez pitched out of a jam in the eighth, striking out J.T. Realmuto on three pitches with runners on first and third. Miami had pulled within 2-1 on Anderson’s two-out RBI single off Pat Neshek, who gave up a run for the first time since last September to snap his scoreless streak at 14 innings.
Angels 7, Indians 4
CLEVELAND — Shohei Ohtani hit two home runs in a game for the first time in the major leagues, and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Cleveland Indians.
Ohtani, whose four hits were also the most of his big league career, singled in the eighth and scored the go-ahead run on David Fletcher’s double.
The Angels won at Progressive Field for the first time since June 17, 2014, breaking a 10-game skid.
Ohtani also hit his first home run on the road and has 11 in his rookie season. The Japanese two-way star has homered four times and is batting .643 (9 for 14) against the Indians in four games this season. Ohtani was sidelined from June 7-July 2 with a sprained ligament in his right elbow.
Ohtani, starting for the first time since Tuesday, took a 5-for-37 slump into the game. He hit a two-run homer in the first and a solo home run in the third off Mike Clevinger.
Angels star Mike Trout missed his second straight game because of a bruised right wrist but hopes to return today.
White Sox 3, Rays 2, 10 innings
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Yoan Moncada hit a go-ahead double in the 10th inning, lifting the Chicago White Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays.
Nicky Delmonico had a two-out double in the 10th off Jose Alvarado (1-4) and was replaced by pinch-runner Adam Engel. Tim Anderson was intentionally walked, and Moncada hit a liner over left fielder Jake Bauers.
Tyler Danish (1-0) struck out Jesus Sucre with two on and two outs in the ninth, and Hector Santiago got his first save since 2012. He walked Mallex Smith leading off the bottom half of the 10th, Kevin Kiermaier popped up a bunt and Matt Duffy grounded into a double play.
Jose Abreu homered for the White Sox, who won for the ninth time in 24 games and are just 39-70. Tampa Bay is 20-5 at home since June 11.