Francisco Lindor’s two-run single keyed a six-run seventh inning as the visiting Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals 8-4 Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.
Jose Ramirez hit two home runs for the Indians in the series finale, which included a 2 1/2-hour rain delay. All three games in the series ended with four-run margins.
The Indians won their fourth straight, while the Royals dropped their fourth in a row and seventh of eight.
Adam Cimber (4-2), the third of four Cleveland relievers, pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win. Kansas City’s Jorge Lopez (1-7) gave up hits to all four batters he faced, and all of them scored.
Nationals 5, Marlins 2
Anthony Rendon and Gerardo Parra each had two hits and drove in two runs, and Anibal Sanchez won his fifth decision in a row as host Washington defeated Miami, sweeping the three-game series.
The Nationals have won eight of nine and are 26-10 since May 24 — the best mark in the majors in that span.
Sanchez (5-6) allowed just two runs (one earned) in six innings with three walks and two strikeouts. Rendon hit his 20th homer of the season. Miguel Rojas cracked his first homer of the year for the Marlins.
Reds 1, Brewers 0
Luis Castillo took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, leading host Cincinnati to a win over Milwaukee.
Castillo, in his first start since being named a National League All-Star, allowed just one hit and one walk in 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine. Jesse Winker had three hits for the Reds and scored the game’s only run in the first inning.
Keston Hiura’s leadoff single in the seventh against Castillo, and Christian Yelich’s leadoff double in the ninth were the Brewers’ only hits. Raisel Iglesias stranded Yelich at third base for his 16th save.
Tigers 11, White Sox 5
Matthew Boyd tied his career high with 13 strikeouts, Niko Goodrum led a balanced offensive attack with a two-run homer among three hits, and visiting Detroit pounded Chicago.
Miguel Cabrera and Jeimer Candelario also homered for Detroit. Cabrera, Harold Castro and Victor Reyes each contributed two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Nicholas Castellanos and John Hicks drove in two runs apiece for the Tigers. Boyd (6-6) allowed four runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Eloy Jimenez homered and drove in three runs for the White Sox. Jose Rondon blasted a two-run homer. Reynaldo Lopez (4-8) gave up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Cubs 11, Pirates 3
Kris Bryant highlighted his four-hit performance with a homer, and he scored three runs as Chicago averted a four-game sweep with a victory at Pittsburgh.
Robel Garcia, who was playing in his second career game, joined Willson Contreras in belting a homer among three hits, and Albert Almora Jr. also went deep for the Cubs.
Tempers flared in the fourth inning as Chicago manager Joe Maddon was ejected after All-Star shortstop Javier Baez was nearly hit by a pitch from Pittsburgh starter Jordan Lyles (5-5), who had surrendered three home runs. Maddon bolted out of the dugout and appeared to be yelling at Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before being tossed by plate umpire Joe West.
A’s 7, Twins 2
Marcus Semien hit two home runs, including a grand slam in the eighth inning, and Wei-Chung Wang recorded his first major league win as host Oakland made it two of three over Minnesota.
Wang (1-0) combined with Lou Trivino and Joakim Soria for 4 1/3 innings of two-hit, no-run relief. The strong bullpen work gave Oakland the opportunity to rally from a 2-1 deficit for a fifth win in its past six games.
Chris Herrmann went 4-for-4 for the A’s, and Robbie Grossman added three hits, making him 7-for-10 in the series in his first head-to-head meeting with his former team.
Cardinals 5, Mariners 4
Tommy Edman got the winning hit for the second consecutive day as St. Louis won at Seattle.
Matt Wieters and Dexter Fowler hit home runs for the Cardinals, who took two of three games in the interleague series. Four St. Louis relievers combined for 5 2/3 scoreless innings.
Edman’s two-run single in the seventh inning gave the Cardinals their first lead and gave Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-0) his first major league win in his 16th appearance. J.P. Crawford and Tim Beckham homered for the Mariners, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.
Yankees 8, Rays 4 (10 innings)
DJ LeMahieu laced a tiebreaking, two-run single through a drawn-in infield in the 10th inning to lift New York to a win over Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Yankees, who blew a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, have won 15 of their past 17 games. Tampa Bay has lost two straight following a four-game winning streak.
LeMahieu improved to 9-for-11 with 20 RBIs in 13 plate appearances this season with the bases loaded. Aroldis Chapman (2-1) earned the win despite squandering a two-run lead in the ninth inning.
Dodgers 5, Padres 1
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched six scoreless innings, Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger hit solo homers, and Los Angeles defeated visiting San Diego.
Ryu, the leading candidate to start for the National League All-Star team next Tuesday, improved to 10-2 while lowering his ERA to 1.73. He held the Padres to three hits over six innings, although his three walks marked the first time in 17 starts this season that he walked multiple batters. He had five strikeouts.
The Dodgers earned a fourth straight win while the Padres absorbed their fifth straight defeat.
Rangers 9, Angels 3
Rougned Odor homered twice, and he matched his career high with five RBIs as Texas ended a four-game losing streak with a win over Los Angeles in Arlington, Texas.
Rangers starter Lance Lynn moved into a tie for the major league lead with his 11th win, allowing two runs and nine hits over seven innings. Lynn (11-4) struck out five and didn’t walk a batter while winning his fourth straight start and fifth consecutive decision.
Texas’ Nomar Mazara matched his career high with four hits, including a two-run double. Los Angeles’ Trout belted his ninth homer of the season against the Rangers in the first inning, tying the team record for the most against a single opponent in a season.
Braves 12, Phillies 6
Shortstop Dansby Swanson hit two home runs, and each of the team’s infielders belted a homer as the Braves overcame an early four-run deficit to beat visiting Philadelphia.
Atlanta also got home runs from second baseman Ozzie Albies, first baseman Freddie Freeman and third baseman Josh Donaldson. It was the first time all four of the team’s infielders had homered in the same game since the team moved to Atlanta in 1966.
Swanson finished 3-for-5 with five RBIs. Nick Markakis also had three hits for the Braves.
Red Sox 8, Blue Jays 7
Pinch hitter Marco Hernandez homered with one out in the ninth inning, and Boston won at Toronto. It was the second homer of the season for Hernandez and the second homer allowed this year by Blue Jays closer Ken Giles (1-2).
Michael Chavis hit a three-run homer and Rafael Devers hit a solo shot for the Red Sox, who overcame a 6-1 deficit to take a 7-6 lead in the sixth in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Brandon Workman (8-1) allowed doubles to Danny Jansen and Eric Sogard in the eighth as the Blue Jays tied the score at 7. Workman pitched around two walks in the ninth. Jansen also homered twice for the Blue Jays, and Freddy Galvis added a two-run blast.
–Field Level Media