MLB Roundup: Red Sox avoid series sweep, snap Astros’ 10-game win streak
BOSTON (AP) — Michael Chavis homered, Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox averted a series sweep against Houston with a 4-3 victory Sunday that snapped the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Mookie Betts scored three runs for Boston, which lost the first two games in its first meeting with the Astros since beating them in the 2018 AL Championship Series.
Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer off Chris Sale for Houston, which is 13-4 in May.
Astros outfielder George Springer, who began the day leading the American League with 17 homers, exited with lower back stiffness after striking out three times against Sale.
Bogaerts’ double to deep left-center off Framber Valdez (1-2) scored Betts scored from first base.
Sale struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and four hits with five walks.
In his previous start, he became the first major league pitcher to strike out 17 batters in seven innings.
Marcus Walden (6-0) escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam and tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Brandon Workman got three outs for his first career save.
Indians 10, Orioles 0
CLEVELAND — Shane Bieber struck out a career-high 15 in his first major league complete game and Cleveland routed Baltimore.
A day after being held to one hit, the Orioles were overmatched against Bieber (3-2).
The 23-year-old right-hander gave up five hits, didn’t walk anyone and threw 107 pitches. He bounced back from allowing four home runs against the White Sox in his previous start.
Carlos Santana hit an RBI single in the first inning, then led off the third with his seventh home run.
Cleveland took three of four from the Orioles. Baltimore has lost nine of 11 and allowed a major league-high 94 home runs.
Blue Jays 5, White Sox 2
CHICAGO — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit another home run, Danny Jansen and Billy McKinney also connected and Toronto beat Chicago.
Guerrero has hit all four of his homers in the last six games. The highly touted 20-year-old didn’t homer in his first 13 games after making his major league debut in late April.
Guerrero’s two-run drive broke a 1-all tie in the eighth inning. Jansen added a two-run homer in the ninth.
Jose Abreu drove in two runs for the White Sox.
Royals 5, Angels 1
ANAHEIM — Danny Duffy won his third straight start and Kansas City beat Los Angeles to stop a four-game skid.
Hunter Dozier hit a two-run double and Duffy (3-1) allowed five hits in six effective innings. The veteran left-hander from California had about 40 friends and family members in attendance. He struck out five and walked three.
Tyler Skaggs (4-4) permitted four runs — three earned — on 110 pitches in 5 2/3 innings.
Mariners 7, Twins 4
SEATTLE — Edwin Encarnacion made several nice plays at first base early in the game, then hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to help Seattle snap Minnesota’s five-game winning streak.
Mitch Haniger and Daniel Vogelbach hit back-to-back homers off Kyle Gibson (4-2) as the Mariners ended a three-game skid, one day after an 18-4 drubbing.
Yusei Kikuchi (3-1) gave up one earned run in six innings, striking out six.
Jorge Polanco had four hits for the Twins.
Phillies 7, Rockies 5
PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper homered for the second straight day and pinch-hitter J.T. Realmuto also went deep to help Philadelphia complete a three-game sweep of Colorado.
Harper’s tiebreaking, two-run shot in the sixth inning wasn’t as prodigious as his 466-foot drive in Saturday’s 2-1 victory, but this 404-footer had plenty of distance to clear the right-center wall for the NL East leaders.
The $330 million slugger also had a single and an RBI groundout.
Ryan McMahon hit two homers, and Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story also went deep. But the Rockies, who dropped 9¢ games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West, have lost four straight.
Brewers 3, Braves 2, 10 innings
ATLANTA — Ben Gamel led off the 10th inning with a home run that lifted Milwaukee over Atlanta.
All five runs in the game came on homers.
Dodgers 8, Reds 3
CINCINNATI — Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven shutout innings to extend his major league-leading streak to 31, and Cody Bellinger hit his 17th homer as Los Angeles defeated Cincinnati.
Ryu (6-1) had baserunners in each of his first five innings, but none of them got past second and he retired his last eight batters.
The left-hander allowed five hits with one walk and five strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 1.52.
Giants 3, Diamondbacks 2, 10 innings
PHOENIX — Pablo Sandoval opened the 10th inning with a pinch-hit homer after shortstop Brandon Crawford made a game-saving stop in the ninth, sending San Francisco past Arizona.
Pirates 6, Padres 4
SAN DIEGO — Colin Moran hit a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs, and Joe Musgrove beat his hometown Padres for the second time in two seasons as Pittsburgh won to take three of four from San Diego.
Cubs 6, Nationals 5
WASHINGTON — Anthony Rizzo homered, Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and Chicago held off Washington.
Chicago led 6-1 before Washington closed to within a run on a three-run homer by Anthony Rendon in the sixth inning and a solo home run by Howie Kendrick in the seventh.
Rangers 5, Cardinals 4, 10 Innings
ARLINGTON, Texas — Nomar Mazara hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Carlos Martinez to cap a two-run rally in the 10th inning that lifted Texas over St. Louis. Both teams blew leads in the late innings.
Dexter Fowler’s solo homer in the ninth off Rangers reliever Chris Martin made it 3-all. The Cardinals went ahead in the 10th when Harrison Bader doubled off Jeanmar Gomez (1-0) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Paul DeJong.
Rougned Odor opened the Texas 10th with a single off Jordan Hicks (1-2). Danny Santana walked and pinch-hitter Willie Calhoun had a tying single.
Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff homer for the Rangers. Santana gave Texas a 3-2 lead in the eighth with a pinch-hit home run.
DeJong drove in three runs for the Cardinals.