Ryan Braun’s two-run single with one out in the bottom of the 18th inning Saturday night finally capped a marathon game and lifted the host Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 win over the New York Mets.
The Brewers have won the first two games of the three-game series from the Mets, who took the lead in the top of the 18th on Jeff McNeil’s RBI single before falling below .500 (16-17) for the first time this season.
Braun’s career-high sixth hit ended the longest game for the Brewers since a 10-9, 19-inning win over the Chicago White Sox on May 1, 1991. It was the Mets’ longest game since a 3-1, 18-inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals on July 19, 2015.
Braun was the only Milwaukee player with multiple hits Saturday. His six-hit game was the first in the majors since teammate Christian Yelich went 6-for-6 against the Cincinnati Reds last Aug. 29. McNeil had three hits, while Alonso and Hechavarria had two apiece.
Red Sox 15, White Sox 2
Xander Bogaerts and Eduardo Nunez hit two-run homers, and rookie Michael Chavis added a solo shot to highlight a nine-run third inning that saw visiting Boston string together 10 consecutive two-out hits en route to a blowout over Chicago.
Chavis also homered in the fifth, his third in two games, and finished 4-for-6 with three RBIs, while Christian Vazquez also went 4-for-5 with a run scored. Every Boston starter except Vazquez had at least one RBI, as the Red Sox finished with a season-high 20 hits.
Eduardo Rodriguez (3-2) allowed one run on six hits over six innings, striking out six. Chicago starter Manny Banuelos (2-1) retired the first eight batters he faced before the Red Sox broke loose in the third with 11 consecutive batters reaching base, the first 10 on hits.
Orioles 3, Rays 0
Dwight Smith Jr. homered, and Dylan Bundy threw 7 1/3 shutout innings as Baltimore defeated visiting Tampa Bay.
Bundy (1-4) gave the Orioles his best start of the season. He gave up just three hits and had four strikeouts and one walk while becoming the first Baltimore starter to make it into the eighth inning this season.
Due to worries about the weather, the Rays made the unusual move of changing starting pitchers just over an hour before the game. They were going to go with Ryne Stanek as their opener, but instead shifted to Yonny Chirinos (4-1), who went 7 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits.
Twins 7, Yankees 3
Jake Odorizzi pitched six solid innings, and Minnesota hit three homers to halt an eight-game regular-season road losing streak to New York.
Odorizzi (4-2) struck out eight and worked around four walks to win his fourth straight start. He allowed a leadoff single to DJ LeMahieu in the third, a single by Miguel Andujar in the sixth and worked out of a jam in the fourth.
Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer while C.J. Cron and Nelson Cruz added solo homers, as the Twins won in New York for the first time since June 26, 2016. Including the playoffs, the Twins are 15-51 in the Bronx since 2002. New York left-hander J.A. Happ (1-3) allowed four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Indians 5, Mariners 4
Carlos Santana belted a go-ahead two-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning as Cleveland beat visiting Seattle.
Francisco Lindor homered to lead off the third inning, and Jake Bauers and Roberto Perez each had a two-out RBI single for the Indians, who have won five straight against the Mariners this season.
Former Cleveland slugger Edwin Encarnacion homered to lead off the second inning, Daniel Vogelbach followed suit in the fourth and Tim Beckham did the same in the eighth. Dylan Moore also went deep for slumping Seattle, which has lost six in a row and 15 of its last 20.
Nationals 10, Phillies 8
Kurt Suzuki hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the eighth inning off Adam Morgan, and Victor Robles followed with a solo shot off the lefty, as injury-plagued Washington battled back to beat Philadelphia in a wild contest.
The Nationals made three errors but won for just the fifth time in 15 games. Washington lost first baseman Matt Adams (jammed left shoulder) and center fielder Michael A. Taylor (hand) to injuries.
Morgan (1-1) entered the game having allowed no runs and just five hits in 16 outings this season. Jean Segura had three hits, and J.T. Realmuto drove in three runs for the Phillies, who had scored five in the seventh to lead 8-5 before the bullpen imploded.
Braves 9, Marlins 2
Ozzie Albies hit a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth inning, leading Atlanta to victory over host Miami.
Albies went 2-for-6 with five RBIs, but he wasn’t Atlanta’s only star. Catcher Brian McCann went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. tied his career high with four hits, going 4-for-4 and raising his batting average from .270 to .294.
Mike Soroka (3-1) earned the win, allowing three hits — all singles — two walks and two runs, none earned. Marlins reliever Nick Anderson (0-1) took the loss in relief, allowing five runs — including Albies’ slam — in 1 2/3 innings. His ERA rose from 2.08 to 4.91.
Astros 14, Angels 2
Houston scored in each of the first six innings and cruised over Los Angeles in Monterrey, Mexico, its sixth straight win against L.A., including the final five contests between the two teams last season.
Of the Astros’ 14 hits, 10 went for extra bases, including two home runs by Alex Bregman and one homer each by Michael Brantley, George Springer and Yuli Gurriel. Brantley also had a double and four RBIs, Gurriel had a triple and two RBIs, and Bregman had three hits and four RBIs.
For the first time this season, Angels outfielder Mike Trout did not reach base via a hit or walk, going 0-for-4 with one strikeout. He had reached base in his first 29 games of the season, setting a new club record.
Rangers 8, Blue Jays 5
Isiah Kiner-Falefa had a career-high four RBIs, and Texas evened the three-game series against Toronto in Arlington, Texas.
Kiner-Falefa delivered a three-run triple in the second inning and a run-scoring fielder’s choice in the third to help the Rangers to an 8-2 lead. Nomar Mazara homered, and Logan Forsythe drove in two runs for Texas, which lost 1-0 in 12 innings in the series opener on Friday night.
Rowdy Tellez and Billy McKinney each had two hits, Eric Sogard had two RBIs and scored twice, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. drove in his first major league run for the Blue Jays.
Dodgers 7, Padres 6
Alex Verdugo drew a bases-loaded walk from San Diego closer Kirby Yates with two out in the ninth inning to give visiting Los Angeles Dodgers a one-run win.
Yates (0-2) has been the losing pitcher each of the last two nights after converting 14 straight save opportunities to be named the National League Relief Pitcher of Month for April.
Ross Stripling (2-2) earned the win for the Dodgers. Kenley Jansen picked up his second save in as many nights to give him 12 on the season. The game lasted four hours and 12 minutes — the longest nine-inning game in the history of Petco Park.
Diamondbacks 9, Rockies 2
Nick Ahmed, Carson Kelly and David Peralta clubbed homers as Arizona rolled over Colorado in Denver.
Right-hander Luke Weaver (3-1) gave up one run and three hits over seven innings for the Diamondbacks. Weaver struck out eight and walked one while winning his third straight decision.
Arizona has scored 19 runs while winning the first two games of the series. The Diamondbacks have won four straight and nine of their past 11 games, while Colorado has dropped five of seven.
Reds 9, Giants 2
Five Reds players smacked home runs, and host Cincinnati didn’t let a big lead slip away this time around in an easy win over San Francisco in the second game of a four-game series.
One day after blowing an eight-run lead, the Reds used home runs by Eugenio Suarez, Tucker Barnhart, Derek Dietrich, Nick Senzel and Yasiel Puig to build a seven-run advantage in the rematch, which was more than enough for Cincinnati starter Tanner Roark (2-1) and two relievers.
Puig had three of Cincinnati’s nine hits as the Reds continued an offensive dominance over Giants pitching that dates back three years. The Reds have won eight of their last nine at home against the Giants, scoring 77 runs in those games. Duggar had two of San Francisco’s five hits.
Cubs 6, Cardinals 5
Javier Baez hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, and Chicago rallied to beat visiting St. Louis.
Backup catcher Taylor Davis clubbed a grand slam for his first career home run for Chicago, which won its sixth game in a row. The Cubs will go for the three-game sweep against the Cardinals in the series finale Sunday night.
Matt Carpenter and pitcher Michael Wacha drove in two runs apiece to lead the Cardinals at the plate.
Pirates 6, A’s 4
Kevin Newman’s two-run triple and Francisco Cervelli’s RBI single produced a three-run seventh inning as Pittsburgh rallied past visiting Oakland.
Josh Bell homered twice for Pittsburgh, which has won three of its past four. Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings, with five strikeouts and one walk. Michael Feliz (1-0) pitched one scoreless inning. Felipe Vazquez pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
Khris Davis was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored for the A’s, who have lost seven of eight. Oakland starter Chris Bassitt gave up three runs and five hits in five innings, with six strikeouts and two walks. J.B. Wendelken (0-1) gave up the three runs in the seventh.
Royals 15, Tigers 3
Alex Gordon had three hits, including a homer, and drove in five runs as visiting Kansas City routed Detroit while setting season highs in runs and hits (19).
Whit Merrifield homered, rookie Kelvin Gutierrez had his first career four-hit game, Jorge Soler had three hits and two RBIs, and Adalberto Mondesi had two hits, three RBIs and three runs scored as the Royals evened the series.
Jeimer Candelario and Ronny Rodriguez homered for the Tigers, whose pitching staff allowed 10 walks in defeat.
–Field Level Media