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    Exactly 40,065 showed up for an Oakland home game, a sentence that seemingly hasn’t been written since the 1980s, the long-gone decade the team celebrates with iconography around every crevice of the green and grey fortress. In a season where sub-10,000 attendance days have been the norm, seeing the Coliseum teem with fans from both sides of the Bay was a welcome change of pace. The East Bay contingent left the unhappier half after the A’s (41-67) dropped the weekend opener 7-3 to the Giants (52-55). Adam Oller was quite fortunate to exit the first inning with only one earned run to his name. The starter with a 7.68 ERA loaded the bases with two walks and a single, but worked himself out of trouble. The only run he allowed in the first was off a Brandon belt walk. In the second, he gave up another run when Joc Pederson lined a ball into right and drove LaMonte Wade Jr. across the plate. Both teams spent the next couple innings putting runners on second, but neither club could drive them...
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dylan Cease pitched six strong innings, Eloy Jimenez hit a tiebreaking solo home run and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Friday night. The first start in August for Cease (12-4) resembled those of the past eight weeks, when he was selected the AL pitcher of the month for June and July. He gave up a run and two hits to lower his earned run average to 1.98, second in the AL, and won his fifth straight start. Cease hasn’t allowed more than one run in a game since June 9, when he was tagged for six unearned runs, and hasn’t given up more than one earned run in any of his last 13 starts. He gave up a first-inning run on back-to-back two-out walks and an opposite-field RBI single by Adolis Garcia. He had not allowed a first-inning run since July 2. Cease didn’t allow a hit after Bubba Thompson’s second-inning single. He struck out five and walked three, one after the first inning. Chicago tied the score 1-1 in...
    DETROIT (AP) — Brandon Lowe hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning for the Tampa Bay Rays, who walked a franchise-record 13 times while rallying to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday night. Three of the walks came in Tampa Bay’s three-run eighth. The Rays trailed 3-0 after two innings before coming back to win their third straight game. The Rays had walked 12 times in an 11-inning win over the Marlins on June 19, 2010, and had walked 11 times in several nine-inning games. The Tigers led 3-2 going into the eighth before Joe Jimenez (3-1) walked the first two batters —Tampa Bay’s 11th and 12th walks — and Lowe followed with a two-run double. Isaac Paredes, traded from Detroit to the Rays in the spring, made it 5-3 with an RBI single. Jalen Beeks (2-1) picked up the win with a scoreless seventh. The Tigers brought the winning run to the plate in the ninth before Colin Poche struck out Riley Greene for his seventh save. Rays starter Corey Kluber allowed three runs on seven...
    As the Mets try to figure out how their new pieces fit and what it all means for their eventual World Series chances, they should try to remember that going down 8-0 in the second inning is not conducive to winning. Taijuan Walker couldn’t get out of the second inning in the Mets’ 9-6 loss to the Braves on Friday night. His eight earned runs stick out like a sore thumb, but failing to get a single whiff on his four-seam fastball or splitter (his two most-used pitches of the season) is really what did him in. When Walker was pulled with nobody out and runners on the corners in the top of the second inning, he sauntered off the mound knowing he had just turned in his worst performance as a Met. The 33-pitch first inning will likely spin around in his brain like clothes in a washing machine. At least he can say he didn’t walk anybody. The eight earned runs were the most Walker had allowed since April 10, 2015, when he was still a Seattle Mariner....
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a line drive, three-run homer run to break open a close game and finished with four RBIs, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. Perez’s blast in the seventh inning appeared to hit the wall below a railing in left field. The play was reviewed and the original call stood. The call prompted Boston manager Alex Cora to argue with home plate umpire Bill Welke, who tossed Cora. Bobby Witt Jr. broke a 3-all tie with an RBI single prior to Perez’s home run. Former Royals star Eric Hosmer made his Boston debut, returning to Kauffman Stadium for the first time since the final game of the 2017 season. He finished 0 for 3 with a walk. Taylor Clarke (3-1) earned the win, despite blowing the lead in the top of the seventh. Darwinzon Hernandez (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs in the seventh. Kris Bubic recorded his fourth straight quality start in a no-decision. He allowed two runs on four...
    WASHINGTON — It was just as beautiful as one would dream it to be. On a steamy Wednesday afternoon in our nation’s capital, Daniel Vogelbach connected for his first home run as a Met. At its glorious apex, the ball sat 125 feet in the air, coming down only when it was ready to land for a grand slam. “It’s always good to hit home runs,” Vogelbach pointed out. “But more importantly, we won a series. This was a really, really good team win. [Chris] Bassitt threw the ball unbelievably and we had good at-bats from inning one.” The four-run trot put the Mets ahead 6-0, and they coasted from there to a 9-5 win. Chris Bassitt was his typically understated self, getting just four strikeouts and scattering six hits across seven innings but keeping the Nationals from scoring a run thanks to three double plays. Fielding an unrecognizable lineup that not only is without Juan Soto and Josh Bell now, but also did not include resting veterans Nelson Cruz and Maikel Franco, the Nats tried and failed to come...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Trey Mancini homered in his first start for Houston to back a sterling performance by Jose Urquidy, and the Astros beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1 Wednesday. Mancini, who was traded from Baltimore on Monday to bolster the offense with first baseman Yuli Gurriel struggling, grounded out as a pinch-hitter in his Astros debut Tuesday night. Things went much better in his first at-bat Wednesday, when he knocked a pitch from Rich Hill (4-5) into the seats in left field for a two-run shot that made it 4-0 with no outs in the second inning. Urquidy (10-4) allowed two hits and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in seven shutout innings. He retired the first 13 batters before plunking Alex Verdugo with one out in the fifth. He sat down the next two batters in that inning before Reese McGuire got Boston’s first hit on a single to open the sixth. Tommy Pham doubled with two outs in the inning, but Urquidy struck out Rafael Devers to end the threat. Jose Altuve...
    In the wake of a very active 48 hours leading into the trade deadline, GM Brian Cashman and manager Aaron Boone were talking about all they added to make this a championship-caliber team. In the clubhouse, there was a moment of adjustment and recognition that losing Jordan Montgomery was a hit to the roster, before looking ahead to the addition of front-line starter Frankie Montas. Still, the loss of Montgomery on the heels of trading away top pitching prospects, leads to the obvious question of whether they have enough pitching to make a legitimate run at a World Series title. Wednesday, facing off against Luis Castillo, who the Yankees had tried to acquire, Gerrit Cole didn’t exactly give the Bombers much confidence. Cole got hammered in the first inning and the Yankees could not dig their way out, falling to the Mariners 7-3 at the Stadium. It was the second straight loss for the Yankees (70-36) and they dropped the series to the Mariners (57-49), who are a legitimate American League playoff contender. It was the first series in the last...
    Aug. 4 1884 — Pud Galvin pitched the most lopsided no-hitter in major league history as the Buffalo Bisons routed the Detroit Wolverines 18-0. It is the second career no-hitter for Galvin. 1910 — Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia A’s and Ed Walsh of the Chicago White Sox hooked up in a 16-inning scoreless tie. Coombs struck out 18 and allowed three hits. 1945 — Bill Salkeld of Pittsburgh hit for the cycle in a 6-5 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. The Pirate catcher went 5 for 5 and drove in all five runs. 1945 — Boston’s Tom McBride became the third player to drive in six runs in an inning as the Red Sox pounded Washington 15-4. McBride had a bases-loaded double and triple during the Red Sox’s 12-run fourth inning. 1953 — New York’s Vic Raschi set a record for a pitcher by driving in seven runs in a 15-0 win over the Detroit Tigers. 1963 — New York’s Mickey Mantle, batting for the first time in two months after breaking his left foot, hit a pinch...
    Jacob deGrom made his long-awaited return to the Mets on Tuesday night and looked right in form with a dominant performance that was immediately ruined. For the first time since early July 2021, Jacob deGrom took the mound for the New York Mets on Tuesday night. And it looked like he’d never missed an instant in the Big Apple. Not only did he hit triple-digits numerous times with his fastball in the first inning, including registering at 102 mph with the third pitch of his outing, but he looked great overall. Though he was limited to 59 pitches on the night, he lasted five innings with just three hits and one earned run allowed while striking out six batters. Against the Washington Nationals, a team that gutted their roster of Juan Soto and Josh Bell at the trade deadline, that should’ve been more than enough for the Mets to get deGrom his first win in over a year. The bullpen, however, had other plans — ones that they enacted immediately.Mets bullpen ruins Jacob deGrom’s dominant returnStephen Nogosek relieved deGrom in...
    Aug. 3 1901 — Cleveland pitcher Ed Scott pitched a complete game and hit a solo home run off Bill Reidy in the top of the 10th for an 8-7 win against Milwaukee. It was the last game of Scott’s major league career. 1906 — Washington pitcher Tom Hughes hit a solo home run off Fred Glade in the tenth inning for 1-0 win over the St. Louis Browns. He became the first pitcher to win a 1-0 extra-inning game with his own home run. 1914 — New York Yankee catcher Les Nunamaker threw out three Detroit Tigers trying to steal second base on one inning. It will be the only time a backstop has accomplished this feat this century. 1923 — Major League Baseball canceled all games following the death of U.S. President Warren G. Harding in San Francisco on Aug. 2. 1933 — Lefty Grove of the Philadelphia A’s became the first pitcher since Aug. 2, 1931 — a span of 308 games — to shut out the New York Yankees, winning 7-0. 1944 — Tommy Brown, 16...
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Drury reached 20 homers for the first time in his big league career — when he hit a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. Drury broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth with his homer on a splitter off Felix Bautista (3-3). ″I was trying to stay on the fastball,” Drury said. “I was a little bit late on one. I was trying to cover for the split. He threw the split and I barreled it.” Drury, whose previous high was 16 homers for Arizona in 2016, entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning. “Really good players, great players want to be up in that spot,” Reds manager David Bell said. Cincinnati went 14-12 in July following a 6-4 homestand. Alexis Díaz (3-1) won despite allowing a tying home run in the eighth to Anthony Santander. Buck Farmer got his first career save in six chances after an eventful ninth inning. “It has been a long time coming, six years...
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Tyler Mahle recovered from a rocky start to pitch well in a potential trade deadline audition, Joey Votto hit one of Cincinnati’s three homers and the Reds beat the Baltimore Orioles 8-2 Saturday night. Jonathan India and Jake Fraley also connected for Cincinnati, which is selling pieces to contenders after dealing Luis Castillo to Seattle on Friday night. Mahle could be the next player out before Tuesday’s deadline. Mahle’s outing got off to a rough start when he allowed three straight singles and balked in a run, giving the Orioles a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Those were the only runs Mahle (5-7) allowed. He struck out seven and did not walk batter. He retired his final 13 batters. Orioles right fielder Anthony Santander threw out Jake Fraley trying to score on India’s fly ball to end the second inning. The Reds did their damage later off Dean Kremer. Kremer (3-3), who allowed four homers in 47 innings coming in, gave up a two-run homer to India in the fourth, and a solo homer to Votto...
    SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants’ are back to their losing ways after the Cubs handed them a 4-2 loss on Friday night at Oracle Park. Wilmer Flores’ two-run home run in the ninth inning salvaged a disappointing performance in which the Giants had collected 11 hits without a run to show for it until that point. The home run capped off a three-hit night for Flores, and he was one of three Giants to have multi-hit games. But they went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position. None scoring. After Alex Wood’s strong performance on Thursday to get the Giants out of a seven-game losing streak, Alex Cobb kept the strong start train rolling with a 11-strikeout performance. Working his splitter well, Cobb kept the Cubs off the bases for the first three innings. He hit Willson Contreras with a pitch in the fourth inning and Ian Happ singled up the middle for Cobb’s first hit allowed. Patrick Wisdom put the Cubs on the board in the fifth inning with a solo home run, his second home run in as many...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge became the first big leaguer with 40 homers this season, smashed a grand slam for No. 41 and robbed a home run in right field as the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 11-5 Friday night. Isiah Kiner-Falefa lined a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning as New York completed its major league-leading 29th comeback victory. A free agent at the end of the season, Judge is on pace for 66 home runs, which would top Roger Maris’ club record of 61 in 1961. Judge, Maris and Babe Ruth in 1928 are the only Yankees with at least 40 homers by the end of July, per MLB.com. Judge was lavished with “MVP!” chants throughout the night, none louder than after his slam in the eighth cemented yet another Yankees rally. He also had a single and finished with six RBIs. Judge and Anthony Rizzo homered early on a rainy night in the Bronx, but Kansas City came back against Gerrit Cole, with Whit Merrifield’s two-run single in the fifth ending...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Nolan Gorman and Lars Nootbaar hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-2 Friday night. Washington’s Juan Soto went 1 for 4 in what could be his final homestand with Tuesday’s trade deadline looming. The Nationals were 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position. Miles Mikolas (8-8) allowed two runs in seven innings for St. Louis, which won consecutive games for the first time since July 15-16. Aníbal Sánchez lost his third consecutive start for Washington, which has a majors-worst record of 34-67. Sánchez (0-3) pitched into the sixth inning for the first time this season, and nearly escaped trailing just 3-1. Gorman hit a two-run homer to right on a full count to break the game open. Nootbaar then went deep on a liner to right-center to end Sánchez’s night. The home run came a pitch after Washington catcher Keibert Ruiz scampered to track down a pop foul, only to have it bounce out of his glove. He was not charged with an error on the...
    DENVER (AP) — Tyler Anderson and two relievers — including infielder Hanser Alberto — combined on a seven-hitter, and the Los Angeles Dodgers used another quick start to rout the sloppy Colorado Rockies 13-0 on Thursday night. Trea Turner had three hits for Los Angeles, including a three-run double. Gavin Lux also had three hits, and Will Smith finished with two hits and three RBIs. A day after racing to a 6-0 first-inning lead against Washington while snapping a two-game skid, the MLB-leading Dodgers scored two runs in the first and four in the second against José Ureña (1-3). LA’s 10th win in 12 games extended its NL West lead to a season-high 12 games over San Diego. Anderson (11-1) allowed four hits and struck out four against his former team, the only club he has lost to this season. About the only trouble the All-Star had in lowering his ERA to 2.61 was when plate umpire Andy Fletcher forced him to wipe a light-colored substance off the bill of his cap before he threw a pitch. Jake...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit his National League-leading 32nd homer and Zack Wheeler pitched seven strong innings as the Philadelphia Phillies built a large lead and then held on for an 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. Schwarber’s three-run shot to right-center field off Zach Thompson in the sixth inning gave the Phillies a 7-0 lead. In the seventh, rookie Cal Mitchell ended Wheeler’s shutout bid with a two-run homer. The Pirates scored five times in the ninth inning. Tyler Heineman doubled in two runs and Kevin Newman followed with a two-run triple off Jeurys Familia. Seranthony Dominguez replaced Familia and gave up Oneil Cruz’s RBI groundout that got the Pirates within a run. Dominguez then retired Ke’Bryan Hayes to end the game and earn his sixth save in seven chances. Nick Castellanos had three of the Phillies’ 15 hits. Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, Alec Bohm and Matt Vierling added two each for Philadelphia, which won for the third time in four games. The run-scoring outburst came a night after the Phillies wrapped up a homestand with...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kyle Schwarber hit his National League-leading 32nd homer and Zack Wheeler pitched seven strong innings as the Philadelphia Phillies built a large lead and then held on for an 8-7 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night. Schwarber’s three-run shot to right-center field off Zach Thompson in the sixth inning gave the Phillies a 7-0 lead. In the seventh, rookie Cal Mitchell ended Wheeler’s shutout bid with a two-run homer. READ MORE: New Sesame Place Video, Incident Emerges As Civil Rights Leaders Meet To Discuss Discrimination AllegationsThe Pirates scored five times in the ninth inning. Tyler Heineman doubled in two runs and Kevin Newman followed with a two-run triple off Jeurys Familia. Seranthony Dominguez replaced Familia and gave up Oneil Cruz’s RBI groundout that got the Pirates within a run. Dominguez then retired Ke’Bryan Hayes to end the game and earn his sixth save in seven chances. Nick Castellanos had three of the Phillies’ 15 hits. Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, Alec Bohm and Matt Vierling added two each for Philadelphia, which won for the third time in...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Julio Rodríguez connected again, hitting a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning and the Seattle Mariners finished off a three-game sweep by beating the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Wednesday. A day earlier, the 21-year-old rookie sensation hit a leadoff home run in the first inning. That was his first swing since the All-Star Game because of a sore left wrist that was initially injured in the final game before the break in Texas. Rodríguez had a breakout performance in the All-Star Home Run Derby, where he smashed 81 shots over the wall. This home run was his 18th of the season and came with one out against starter Jon Gray (7-5). Gray had allowed just one run on four hits to that point, but the 416-foot drive into the left-field bullpen erased Seattle’s 2-1 deficit. The homer ended Gray’s day. He struck out eight and walked four. Seattle starter Marco Gonzales (6-10) held the Rangers hitless through the first four innings while allowing just a single baserunner, with Adolis Garcia drawing a second-inning walk and...
    The first game of the 2022 Subway Series hit all the notes one would expect. Players on both sides stepping up, delivering big home runs and scintillating defensive plays? Check. Fans of both teams displaying behavior that should probably get them institutionalized? You bet. A game time well over three hours? Absolutely. In the end, the Mets won 6-3. They got a four-out save from Edwin Diaz — who has struck out more than half of the batters he’s faced this year — and an encouraging showing from their starting pitcher. Taijuan Walker, who figures to be a load-bearing beam in the Mets’ rotation down the stretch, overcame a brutal first inning to turn in a gutty performance. Walker went six innings for his ninth consecutive start, the longest streak of his career. His first inning began with a 104 mile per hour comebacker, which he snared on a bounce to throw out DJ LeMahieu. Then Aaron Judge sliced a ball over the right-center field fence to give the guests an early lead, and before the Yankee fan contingent could...
    OAKLAND –– Tony Kemp found a jolt of energy to break out of a slump and help the A’s his former team, the Houston Astros, 7-5 Monday night. Kemp was batting .161 over his last 21 games entering the series opener but went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and was part of a five-run inning that propelled the A’s (36-63) over the first-place Astros (64-33) in front of 4,105 fans at the Oakland Coliseum. The A’s have won four of six games since returning from the All-Star break. The A’s trailed after the first inning courtesy of a solo homer by Astros rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña, but Kemp tied the game in the third inning with a solo home run to left field. The A’s scored on back-to-back-to-back plays in the fourth inning that started with a single by Elvis Andrus that gave Oakland the 2-1 lead. With runners on first and second, Kemp barreled a double past centerfielder Jake Meyers, who was shaded toward left, that scored Andrus and Chad Pinder. Skye Bolt culminated the streak with a...
    Adolis Garcia saw, swung at, and promptly blasted the first ball he saw far above the Coliseum’s left field fence. Oakland’s Paul Blackburn’s rude welcome back from his first All-Star berth saw him give up that titanic two-run blast alongside a RBI double in the first inning of the A’s wild 11-8 loss to the Texas Rangers. Things didn’t get much better for Blackburn in what ended up being one of the silliest games of the season. If Texas’ first inning was all about power, their third inning displayed their ability to play so-called ‘small ball.’ Garcia smacked a single through a crack in the defense, and then he stole second. That gave him an opportunity to race home on a Leody Taveras single. Taveras followed up with a steal of his own, but couldn’t advance any further once Blackburn induced a flyout to left fielder Chad Pinder. The Rangers appeared to be poised for another big inning in the fourth when former A’s star Marcus Semien doubled off Sheldon Nuese’s glove at third. Corey Seager and his 22 home...
    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Nick Fortes and Miguel Rojas hit RBI singles in the 10th inning and the Miami Marlins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 on Sunday. Fortes led off the 10th with a go-ahead single against closer David Bednar (3-4) and took second on a bobble by right fielder Cal Mitchell. Rojas drove him in two batters later with a single. Jeff Brigham gave up a two-out, RBI single to Mitchell in the bottom half, then fanned Greg Allen to strand Ben Gamel at third for his second save in the majors and first since 2019. Miami let a 4-2 lead slip away in the ninth, when Yoshi Tsutsugo hit a two-run single off reliever Anthony Bass (2-3). Bass had not allowed a run in 17 straight appearances. An error by first baseman Jesús Aguilar set up the rally. The Marlins took two of three from the Pirates after losing their previous four. Miami ace Sandy Alcantara struck out 10 in six innings, allowing two runs and two hits and leaving with a 1.81 ERA. It was his first outing...
    The pickoff attempt from right-hander Albert Abreu didn’t squirt very far from first baseman DJ LeMahieu, but Orioles shortstop Jorge Mateo hardly needs an invitation to run. His helmet flew off his head as he rounded second base, chugging for third. His eyes were set on that base, and his head-first slide beat the throw across the diamond and brought the announced 36,361 fans to their feet — the New York Yankees contingent in exasperation and the Baltimore faithful in glee. It had been this way throughout Saturday night’s game, with speed on the bases a decisive difference-maker for the Orioles. Mateo and center fielder Cedric Mullins both swiped bags in the fifth inning, setting up the first breakthrough against the American League East-leading Yankees. And now it was that off-the-mark pickoff attempt from Abreu, his very first contribution since replacing right-hander Gerrit Cole, sending the go-ahead run blazing toward third. A few pitches later, Mullins’ sacrifice fly led to Mateo’s head-first slide into home, giving the Orioles a 4-3 lead in a game they’d go on to win, 6-3....
    Tony La Russa called the first game after the All-Star break “one of the most intriguing games of the season.” “Because you really don’t know what you’re going to get, either team,” the Chicago White Sox manager said before Friday’s game against the Cleveland Guardians. “All of a sudden, it switches back on.” The Guardians came out swinging, taking advantage of some hits that found holes before a two-run home run from Andrés Giménez during a four-run first. The Sox never recovered, losing 8-2 in front of 31,379 at Guaranteed Rate Field. “You bloop a couple in, hit a couple of seeing-eye ground balls. It’s part of the game,” La Russa said. “They had it going for them early. They jumped ahead. It could have been us, but it happened to them. “I don’t think that was part of first day back. Buzzard’s luck. Sometimes it’s for you. Sometimes it’s against you.” Sox starter Lucas Giolito (6-6) allowed six runs on nine hits in just three innings. “It was tough,” Giolito said. “Never fun giving up a bunch of runs...
    SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are no longer reeling. In fact, you could even say they enter the All-Star break on a roll. With a 9-5 win Sunday afternoon, the Giants took three of four games from the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers, ending the first half of the season with seven wins in their final nine games, after preceding this stretch by dropping 14 of 18. Logan Webb, who started the season with six innings of one-run ball on Opening Day, finished the first half with six more strong innings. A first-inning home run from Willy Adames amounted to the Brewers’ only damage off Webb, before he handed the game off to Jakob Junis, who allowed one inherited runner and three more to score in his first appearance since straining his hamstring last month. A splash hit from LaMonte Wade Jr. provided the final three runs of a five-run third inning that blew the game open, after the Giants had scratched across one run apiece in the first two frames. Brandon Belt came just short of McCovey Cove with a...
    CHICAGO – Instead of marching into the All-Star break with a four-game sweep, the Mets will have four days to forget the way they ended the first half. The Amazin’s, playing gritty baseball, wanted a better result in the series finale at Wrigley Field that wrapped up an otherwise successful road trip. Their one-run lead was erased in the eighth inning when Drew Smith coughed up three singles across five batters faced. When Buck Showalter trotted out of the dugout to yank Smith from his disappointing outing, it was too late. The damage had been done. The Mets offense failed to scratch a run against reliever David Robertson in the top of the ninth inning and they fell, 3-2, to the Cubs on Sunday at Wrigley Field. When the Amazin’s were six outs away from a five-game winning streak, their taxed and shaky relief corps couldn’t hang on. They took three out of four from the Cubs and still managed to win their 21st series of the year. David Peterson’s solid outing was spoiled by the bullpen, as has been...
    CHICAGO — The Mets could not have taken Game 1 of a doubleheader at Wrigley Field without J.D. Davis, who can pick it. In the bottom of the 10th inning of a tied game, Adam Ottavino had the pressure turned up when Frank Schwindel, the Cubs’ free runner at second, stole third. Ottavino, who was pitching a second straight inning, understood the assignment: a deep fly to the outfield would walk it off for the Cubs. With a killer instinct, he struck out his first two batters using nine pitches combined. “Once a guy is on third, you have to give it everything you got there,” said Ottavino, who leaned on his 12-year big-league experience to get through the 10th. Then came the kicker. Cubs second baseman Christopher Morel sent a grounder to Eduardo Escobar, who made a diving stop to his left and fired a long hop to Davis at first base. Davis, in just his fourth time playing first base this season, made a sensational pick while Morel was one step away from the bag to get the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge homered twice to match Roger Maris’ franchise record of 33 before the All-Star break, Matt Carpenter also connected twice and drove in seven runs, and the New York Yankees throttled the Boston Red Sox 14-1 Saturday night. The major league-leading Yankees had lost five of six, and they seemed to be stumbling again when Boston’s Rafael Devers hit a first-inning homer. Jameson Taillon steadied himself, retiring his final 17 batters while pitching one-run ball over six innings. Ryan Weber closed out New York’s three-hitter with a three-inning save — the first of his career — and the Yankees earned their big league-best 28th comeback win. Judge had a solo shot off Nick Pivetta in the fifth and a two-run drive against Kaleb Ort in the sixth. He’s on pace for 59 home runs, giving him a chance to threaten Maris’ club record of 61 set in 1961. Maris had 33 at the All-Star break that season. A season-high sellout of 47,997 fans pleaded Carpenter into a curtain call following his three-run drive against...
    As much as the Orioles’ fanbase begged for him to join the club’s major league roster and has since pleaded to watch him every day, Adley Rutschman won’t catch every game. Baltimore’s roster construction will likely keep the face of the franchise from the designated hitter spot most times, as well. But those days mean Rutschman can provide manager Brandon Hyde with a weapon off the bench, as he did Saturday in rocketing a pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning to tie a game the Orioles went on to win, 6-4, over the Tampa Bay Rays. Rutschman also lofted a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th before Ryan Mountcastle hit a game-winning two-run single in the 11th. The victory guarantees the Orioles (46-45) will finish the first half of the season with a record of .500 or better. It also snapped Baltimore’s streak of 10 straight losses at Tropicana Field. Friday’s series-opening defeat marked the first Rutschman played at the Rays’ home field, and with a game the next afternoon, he was out of Saturday’s lineup....
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mike Yastrzemski hit a grand slam off major league saves leader Josh Hader for San Francisco’s third homer of the ninth inning, and Giants rallied from a three-run deficit with a six-run outburst, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5 on Friday night. Hader was tagged with his second straight loss, two nights after giving up a walkoff three-run home run to Minnesota’s Jose Miranda in the ninth inning and taking the loss without retiring a batter. Hader (0-4) again had trouble keeping the ball in the park. Joey Bart started the comeback in the ninth with a leadoff home run. After pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores flew out, Darin Ruf connected to make it 5-4. Austin Slater followed with his fourth hit of the night and Hader hit Yermín Mercedes with a pitch before Thairo Estrada’s bloop hit to right loaded the bases. Yastrzemski then drilled the first pitch he saw from Hader over the center field fence, with Estrada pumping his fists in celebration before the ball cleared the fence. LaMonte Wade Jr. also homered for the...
    SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Crawford came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. The game tied and a Giants win in the balance, the veteran knew what he needed to do. So he sent Mark Melancon’s first pitch 300 feet into right field. Daulton Varsho couldn’t catch it. And the Giants beat the Diamondbacks, 4-3, on Wednesday afternoon in their first walk-off win since June 8. The ninth inning rally began with Brandon Belt’s leadoff single and Mike Yastrzemski’s second hit of the afternoon to set up a four-pitch walk to David Villar, setting up a potential double play. But Crawford, familiar with Melancon’s stuff, didn’t waste any time ending the game. It marked the fourth time the Giants claimed a win this year when trailing after seven innings. A late comeback squashed the Diamondbacks attempt to sneak away with a series win. Arizona scored three runs off Sammy Long — the Giants’ second arm out of the bullpen on a scheduled bullpen day. The first hit came in the second inning when Varsho sent a triple...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Madison Bumgarner pitched six effective innings, Josh Rojas had three RBIs, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 9-2 on Saturday. Bumgarner (5-8) gave up Kris Bryant’s third homer in two games in the first inning, but was sharp after that. He allowed two runs on six hits and struck out five to pass Catfish Hunter (84th) and Dan Haren (83rd) on baseball’s all-time strikeout list with 2,014. Jordan Luplow had a run-scoring single in Arizona’s three-run first inning against Kyle Freeland (4-7) and hit a solo homer in the fifth. Rojas had a two-run double in the seventh inning and a run-scoring double in the eighth to finish with three of Arizona’s 12 hits. Geraldo Perdomo added a two-run single. Bumgarner has struggled early in starts in his third season in the desert, allowing 27 runs the first two innings of his first 17 starts. The left-hander looked like he might be in for another rough beginning when Bryant, the second batter he faced, launched a solo homer over the Diamondbacks’ bullpen in left....
    The Chicago White Sox retired the first two batters in the top of the seventh Friday against the Detroit Tigers. A lot happened before they got the final out of the inning. The Tigers scored four runs in the frame on the way to beating the Sox 7-5 in front of 29,215 at Guaranteed Rate Field. The score was tied at 2 when the seventh began. But the Tigers got four hits and two walks in the process of scoring the four runs and then held off a late comeback attempt from the Sox. “I’ve got to give us a better chance there,” Sox starter Lucas Giolito said. “I was doing well and then I put us right in a hole that our offense had to try to climb out of. And they gave it a hell of a shot. “But I can’t let that get out of hand. I did.” Giolito allowed five runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in 6⅔ innings. “It was good and then it was really bad,” Giolito said. The home...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Austin Slater hit a tiebreaking bases-loaded double in the ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants rallied from an early four-run deficit, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 Wednesday night and snapping a six-game skid. The victory helped the Giants avoid a series sweep. The Diamondbacks, who were 2-17 against San Francisco last season, won the first two games of the series. Darin Ruf hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer off Joe Mantiply (1-2) in the eighth inning, tying the game at 4. Slater, also pinch-hitting, led off the inning with a bunt single. In the ninth, Mantiply hit Mike Yastrzemski with a pitch and Sean Poppen came on for Arizona. Pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores singled and, after a forceout, Tommy La Stella walked to load the bases. Slater then drilled a line drive past first base, scoring the go-ahead runs. Austin Wynns followed with a sacrifice fly to push the lead to three runs. John Brebbia (4-1) retired Arizona in order in the eighth and picked up the victory. Camilo Doval gave up an RBI single to Ketel Marte...
    As the Orioles trickled toward their final out in a game in which they held three leads and lost each, a fan in the bowl of Camden Yards yelled out. “This is all your fault, Roogie!” It’s doubtful Baltimore second baseman Rougned Odor heard that proclamation as he prepped to hit in Tuesday’s bottom of the ninth, but he surely felt some responsibility for the Orioles’ circumstances against his former Texas Rangers club. He fielded a grounder without hurry in the top half of the inning, allowing the potential tying run to reach. It scored when Corey Seager homered off Félix Bautista, the third straight inning Baltimore’s bullpen allowed a game-tying or go-ahead blast. With the Orioles down to their final out in the bottom of the ninth, Odor made up for his miscue, hammering a game-tying home run to right field. He took his time leaving the box and making his way to first, admiring his shot and perhaps giving those who had yelled out time to issue an apology before he began his trot. “He’s a warrior,” manager...
    TORONTO (AP) — Shane Baz pitched six innings for his first win of the season, Harold Ramírez and Randy Arozarena hit two-run home runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-3 on Sunday. Ji-Man Choi had a solo home run for the Rays in the six-run, seven-hit fifth inning — their biggest inning of the season. All of the damage came against Blue Jays right-handers Ross Stripling (4-3) and Trent Thornton. Tampa Bay lost the first two games of this five-game series, matching a season-worst four-game losing streak, then won the final three convincingly. Baz (1-1) allowed one run and seven hits to win for the first time in his five big-league starts in 2022. He walked two and matched a season-best by striking out seven. The Rays’ Cristofer Ogando made his major-league debut, allowing a sacrifice fly over two innings of relief. Shawn Armstrong got one out in the ninth but gave up an RBI double to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and left with the bases loaded. Jason Adam got the final two outs for...
    DENVER (AP) — Brendan Rodgers homered, Connor Joe had a three-run triple and the Colorado Rockies overcame a two-homer game by Arizona’s Christian Walker and beat the Diamondbacks 11-7 on Saturday night. Kris Bryant had three hits and an RBI, C.J. Cron added a pair of RBI singles and Charlie Blackmon added a two-run double for the Rockies. Ketel Marte homered, singled and drove in two runs, pinch-hitter Daulton Varsho hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning off Jhoulys Chacin, and Jordan Luplow added a pair of hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks. Trailing 7-2 going into the top of the sixth inning, the Diamondbacks scored three runs to cut their deficit to two runs. Luplow had an RBI single and Marte homered with two outs, chasing starter Austin Gomber, before Walker connected off reliever Jake Bird for his second homer of the game and 21st of the season. But the Rockies responded with another four-run inning in their half of the sixth, extending their lead to 11-5. Bryant’s third hit of the game drove in the...
    Oakland A’s pitcher James Kaprielian earned his first win of the season Friday night in Seattle as the A’s beat the Mariners 3-1. Kaprielian pitched six innings, allowed three hits and struck out four. This was his first win since Sept. 18, 2021, which came against the Los Angeles Angels. The A’s broke a four-game losing streak and started July with a victory after going 5-21 in June. Sean Murphy drove in the first run of the game on an opposite-field single in the fifth inning. Tony Kemp extended the A’s lead 2-0 with a line drive to center field that scored Sheldon Neuse. The Mariners cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth, but Murphy restored the two-run cushion with his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot to right field. The A’s preserved their 3-1 lead as reliever Zach Jackson escaped the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded by getting Winker to fly out to Ramón Laureano. Lou Trivino earned the save for Oakland in the absence of closer Dany Jiménez, who is...
    After a shaky first inning, Orioles pitchers blitzed through Friday’s next seven frames. Then came the ninth. Byron Buxton’s walk-off, two-run home run off Baltimore closer Jorge López gave the Minnesota Twins a 3-2 victory to open their series with the Orioles. Baltimore had been 29-0 when leading after eight innings. Luis Arraez opened the ninth with a single after a nine-pitch at-bat and Buxton followed with the walk-off blast. McKenna’s big game An injury to the hand of one of the Orioles’ core offensive pieces created an opportunity for McKenna. He showed off his arm, glove and legs. With Trey Mancini continuing to nurse a right hand injury first suffered more than two weeks ago, McKenna drew the start in left field and ended a long bottom of the first by throwing a runner out at the plate. The Orioles’ pitchers followed that throw by retiring the next 21, with McKenna contributing a diving catch to that effort. He began the eighth with a double, eventually scoring the go-ahead run. It’s been a second straight year of sporadic major...
    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Avisaíl García hit a two-run home run in the ninth inning and Sandy Alcantara pitched a complete game, lifting the Miami Marlins to a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night. With two outs, García hit the first pitch he saw from Ryan Helsley (3-1 ) 411 feet over the wall in center field for his fifth homer. Jesús Sánchez, who walked to begin the inning, also scored. It was the second blown save this season for Helsley. Dylan Carlson drove in two runs while Juan Yepez hit two doubles and Edmundo Sosa also had two hits, including a triple and two runs scored for the Cardinals. Alcantara (8-3) picked up his first victory against his original team. Alcantara improved to 1-3 in five starts against St. Louis. He gave up seven hits and three runs in his second complete game of the season. With runners on first and second in the ninth, Alcantara got out of the jam by getting Sosa to hit into a game-ending double play. Rookie...
    There may not have been the crowds chanting heatedly at the opponents. It was a Monday night and the Yankees got off to a slow start against the team with the worst record in baseball, but there was no letdown at the Stadium. The Bombers rallied with a six-run seventh inning in the series opener to beat the A’s 9-5. “Whatever gets thrown at us we respond really well, it’s all been a good test for us. Coming off a huge, huge series with the Astros, it’s a Monday, it could have been easy for us after [Jordan Montgomery] gives up five there for us to roll over,” Anthony Rizzo said. "But that’s not the type of thing we do.” The Yankees (54-20) have won two games in a row after losing two over the weekend to the Astros. It was their major league-leading 23rd come-from-behind win and their second in as many days. They maintained the best record in baseball, while the A’s (25-50) became the first team in the majors to lose 50 games this season. The Yankees...
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Mississippi scored twice on wild pitches in a three-run eighth inning and the Rebels won their first national baseball title, sweeping Oklahoma in the College World Series finals with a 4-2 victory Sunday. The Rebels (42-23) became the eighth national champion since 2009 to come out of the Southeastern Conference, and the trophy will stay in the Magnolia State for a second straight year. Mississippi State won last year. Ole Miss benefited from a runner-interference call that took a run away from Oklahoma (45-24) in the sixth inning. The Rebels also overcame a spectacular pitching performance by Cade Horton, who set a CWS finals record with 13 strikeouts. Brandon Johnson struck out the side in a 1-2-3 ninth inning, with catcher Hayden Dunhurst running to the mound to embrace and then tackle Johnson after Sebastian Orduno swung and missed on the final pitch. The Rebels, the last team to receive an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament, went into the eighth inning down 2-1. Trevin Michael relieved Horton with one out, and Jacob Gonzalez singled through...
    Jackson Tetreault allowed one run in six-plus innings in his third major league start, Josh Bell had his second three-hit game of the weekend and Nelson Cruz drove in three runs as the Washington Nationals beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 Sunday. The Nationals scored three runs in each of the first two innings. They’ve won four of their last six games and took their first road series since sweeping three at Cincinnati on June 3-5. Tetreault (2-1) took a shutout into the seventh and left with runners at second and third and none out. A run scored on a sacrifice fly by Jonah Heim off reliever Erasmo Ramirez. The Rangers scored three in the ninth inning against Francisco Perez on Nathaniel Lowe’s RBI single and Heim’s two-run homer. Tanner Rainey came on and earned his 10th save in 13 opportunities. Tetreault allowed four hits, two after the second inning, while striking out four and walking two on 99 pitches. Washington’s seventh-round draftee in 2017 made his first road start. Last time out, he limited Philadelphia to three unearned runs in...
    Nick Allen hit a two-run bloop single in the seventh inning Sunday to enable the Athletics to do something they hadn’t accomplished in over a month. With a 5-3 road win over the Kansas City Royals, the Athletics not only won back-to-back games for the first time this month but also took two out of three in the series. It was the first time the Athletics won consecutive games since May 25, when they won twice in Seattle. That also happens to be the last series the Athletics won. Their record during the month of June is 5-17 heading into a three-game series in New York against the Yankees. Seth Brown homered for the Athletics (25-49), a solo shot in the fourth inning. It was his 10th of the season.Sam Moll was the winning pitcher, coming in after starter James Kaprielian. Lou Trivino, coming off a two-inning save Saturday, pitched the ninth for his fourth save, stranding runners at second and third. All five A’s runs scored with two outs. Brady Singer, who pitched into the ninth inning for the...
    Nick Fortes crushed an Adam Ottavino slider for a walk-off homer as the Marlins sent the Mets back to Queens with a 3-2 loss Sunday afternoon. The Mets (47-27), who got a strong outing from David Peterson and a solo shot from Brandon Nimmo, couldn’t complete the three-game sweep in Miami. They now return to Citi Field to start a five-game homestand on Tuesday against the mighty Houston Astros and the Texas Rangers. The lefty Peterson did his job. He threw seven strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits with eight strikeouts. He didn’t walk a batter in his 104-pitch effort. He gave up an early run on a sac fly in the first inning and then gave up a solo home run to shortstop Miguel Rojas in the third inning. The Mets offense was held in check by Marlins lefty Daniel Castano. He also worked seven innings during the matinee. Nimmo homered off Castano in the third inning to knot the game at 1-1, then Pete Alonso — who went 1-for-3 after his two-homer performance on Saturday afternoon...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge lined a game-winning single on the eve of his arbitration showdown, capping a four-run ninth inning that included Aaron Hicks’ tying, three-run homer off closer Ryan Pressly in the New York Yankees’ 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night. Batting with two on against Ryne Stanek, Judge smoked a 3-0 splitter into the left-field corner to score Jose Trevino from second base. It was the Yankees’ ninth walk-off win in 70 games this season — their most since 1943 — and one that seemed mighty unlikely when they entered the last inning with only two hits. New York took the opener of a highly anticipated four-game series between the American League’s top two teams, winning for the 19th time in 22 games to improve to 52-18 — the third-best 70-game start in the majors since 1930. New York also extended its home winning streak to 15 games, the team’s longest since 1961. The Yankees entered Thursday tied for the major league lead with 20 comeback victories. No. 21 might be the...