Rowdy Tellez drove in eight runs with a grand slam, a two-run homer and a two-run double as the host Milwaukee Brewers pounded out an 18-4 victory over the free-falling Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.
Cincinnati, off to the worst start in franchise history at 3-21, has lost 19 of its last 20, including eight in a row, since beginning the season 2-2. The 12 consecutive road losses are the most since a 12-game skid in August 1945.
Tellez’s slam off Vladimir Gutierrez put the Brewers up 6-2 in the third inning. Willy Adames was hit by a pitch to open the inning, Christian Yelich walked on four pitches, and Andrew McCutchen singled to load the bases. Tellez then ripped a 1-0 pitch 453 feet to center for his sixth homer of the season and third career grand slam.
Tellez added a two-run homer in the sixth off reliever Dauri Moreta and a bases-loaded double to cap a five-run eighth. The eight RBIs is a Brewers franchise record. The Reds, off to their worst start in franchise history at 3-21, have lost 19 of their last 20, including eight in a row, since beginning the season 2-2.
Braves 9, Mets 2
Adam Duvall had a two-run double in a seven-run sixth inning as visiting Atlanta earned a victory over New York to split the four-game series between the National League East rivals.
The Mets failed to win a series for the first time in eight tries this season.
The teams combined to get just one runner beyond second base in the first five innings before the Braves unloaded against Tylor Megill (4-1), Adam Ottavino and Trevor Williams in the sixth. The Mets generated plenty of traffic against Ian Anderson in the first five innings but went just 1-for-10 with runners on base against the right-hander.
Cardinals 10, Royals 0
Nolan Arenado delivered his 10th career game of at least five RBIs as visiting St. Louis defeated Kansas City to get the best of a three-game interleague series between the Missouri rivals.
Arenado had a three-run home run three batters into the game and added a two-run single in the seventh as St. Louis won two of the three games. It was the third time the Royals were shut out in the past five games.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright (3-3) allowed just one hit — a single by Michael A. Taylor in the third — over seven scoreless innings, with two strikeouts and one walk.
Tigers 3, Pirates 2 (G1)
Detroit took advantage of two errors in the fifth inning to score all of their runs as they edged visiting Pittsburgh in the first game of a doubleheader.
The scheduled opener of the series Tuesday was postponed due to inclement weather and rescheduled as the second game of the doubleheader.
Detroit, which had just three hits, won for just the second time in the last nine games. Tigers starter Michael Pineda was charged with two runs on four hits in 4 1/3 innings. Alex Lange (1-1) pitched 2/3 of an inning and was credited with the win.
Pirates 7, Tigers 2 (G2)
Daniel Vogelbach homered and drove in three runs as Pittsburgh salvaged a doubleheader split with a win over host Detroit.
The Pirates won for just the second time in eight games. Detroit is 2-8 over its last 10 games.
Ben Gamel had three hits, scored two runs and knocked in another in the nightcap. Zach Thompson (1-3) tossed an inning of scoreless relief to get the win. David Bednar recorded a two-inning save. Robbie Grossman had two hits and an RBI for the Tigers.
Diamondbacks 8, Marlins 7
Pavin Smith hit a two-run, go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth inning and Arizona survived the first-inning ejection of pitcher Madison Bumgarner to complete a three-game sweep of host Miami.
Bumgarner, who allowed a solo homer to Jon Berti in his only inning of work, seemed upset with home plate umpire Ryan Wills’ balls and strikes calls. After the inning, first base umpire Dan Bellino performed the random check of Bumgarner’s glove and pitching hand. While that appeared to uncover nothing illegal, words were exchanged and Bumgarner was tossed.
Berti homered twice and Jesus Aguilar went deep once for the Marlins. All three were solo homers, and it wasn’t enough to avoid Miami’s fourth straight loss.
Padres 5, Guardians 4 (G1)
San Diego used a home run from Manny Machado and 4 2/3 innings from starter Mike Clevinger in his 2022 debut to beat host Cleveland in Game 1 of their doubleheader.
Machado, who had two of San Diego’s six hits, bashed a two-run homer in the third inning. Clevinger allowed three runs in his first appearance in almost two years. The right-hander allowed four hits and three walks. Clevinger, coming off Tommy John surgery, struck out four batters. He threw 95 pitches, 54 for strikes.
Steven Wilson (3-0) allowed two inherited runs to score to tie the game in the fifth, but he picked up the win when the Padres regained the lead in the top of the sixth. Josh Naylor had two hits and two RBIs for the Guardians. Starter Zach Plesac (1-3) allowed five runs, four earned, five hits and four walks. He struck out four.
Guardians 6, Padres 5 (G2, 10 innings)
Rookie Steven Kwan’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave host Cleveland the come-from-behind victory over San Diego and a split of their doubleheader.
Kwan, the American League Rookie of the Month for April, knocked in Owen Miller from second base with a ground ball to right field off Padres reliever Dinelson Lamet (0-1). Nick Sandlin (2-1) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th in relief.
Andres Gimenez and Austin Hedges each had two hits and one RBI for Cleveland. Starter Cal Quantrill worked six innings and allowed three runs, three hits and five walks with seven strikeouts. Eric Hosmer drove in two runs for the Padres, and starter MacKenzie Gore went 5 2/3 innings and allowed four hits, one run and three walks with two strikeouts.
Rays 3, A’s 0
Corey Kluber struck out seven in six shutout innings and Manuel Margot hit a two-out, two-run single in the eighth inning as Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of host Oakland.
J.P. Feyereisen (2-0), Colin Poche and closer Andrew Kittredge teamed with Kluber on a four-hitter, sending the A’s to their sixth straight defeat on a winless homestand.
Frankie Montas had worked the first seven innings for the A’s, shutting out the Rays on four hits. He walked one and struck out six.
Astros 7, Mariners 2
Justin Verlander produced another strong start, and Alex Bregman had three hits and three RBIs as Houston rolled past visiting Seattle to sweep the three-game series.
Verlander (3-1) allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings, leaving in the seventh after Eugenio Suarez’s two-run home run. Verlander racked up 101 pitches, the most since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2020, struck out three and did not walk a batter.
The Mariners did not get a runner to third base in the first two games of the series, when they were shut out 3-0 and 4-0, respectively. Suarez’s homer in the seventh marked the first time in the series that Seattle had a runner reach third base and ended a 26 1/3-inning scoreless streak for Astros pitching.
Orioles 9, Twins 4
Cedric Mullins and Ramon Urias each hit two-run homers in a six-run third inning as host Baltimore ended Minnesota’s four-game winning streak.
The Orioles roughed up Twins starter Dylan Bundy (3-2). The former Baltimore pitcher gave up all nine runs on 11 hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Trey Mancini had three hits and a walk for the Orioles, who tied a franchise record by turning five double plays.
White Sox 4, Cubs 3
AJ Pollock blooped a tie-breaking single in the sixth inning, and the visiting Chicago White Sox held on to sweep their two-game set against the crosstown rival Chicago Cubs.
Jose Abreu and Leury Garcia each homered and Gavin Sheets had an RBI for the White Sox, who have won three straight after losing 11 of 13.
White Sox starter Lucas Giolito (1-1) gave up a two-run homer to Nico Hoerner and a solo shot to Patrick Wisdom, both in the second inning, plus one other hit, while walking two and striking out 10 over 5 2/3 innings. The White Sox have won five in a row and nine of 11 at Wrigley Field.
Blue Jays 2, Yankees 1
Jordan Romano escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth inning as host Toronto held on for a victory over New York, whose 11-game winning streak ended.
Romano converted his major league-leading 12th save in 13 chances but not before withstanding some hairy moments. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. delivered the biggest hit of the game in the third for Toronto with a two-strike single to center field off Nestor Cortes (1-1). Matt Chapman also homered for the Blue Jays, who also saw Yusei Kikuchi (1-1) produce his finest outing of the season.
The loss was a frustrating one for Yankees manager Aaron Boone, particularly on called strikes to Aaron Judge. Boone was told to quiet down by plate umpire Marty Foster after a called strike three on Judge in the sixth and then was ejected by Foster following an intense argument after a called strike two to Judge in the eighth.
Rangers 2, Phillies 1 (10 innings)
Brad Miller hit a bloop two-run single to right field with two outs in the 10th inning to lift Texas past host Philadelphia.
Marcus Semien reached base three times with two hits and once after being hit by a pitch as the Rangers won their fourth in a row, including a two-game sweep of the Phillies.
Rangers starter Martin Perez threw seven shutout innings and gave up four hits to go along with four strikeouts and four walks. Matt Bush (1-1) earned the win after retiring one batter in the ninth. Joe Barlow picked up his third save in three opportunities despite allowing a run in the 10th.
Angels 10, Red Sox 5
Taylor Ward and Jared Walsh homered during the Angels’ six-run 10th inning as Los Angeles came from behind for a win over host Boston.
Ward’s one-out, two-run shot gave the Angels a 6-4 lead. Later in the inning, after Hirokazu Sawamura replaced Matt Barnes out of Boston’s bullpen, Anthony Rendon hit a run-scoring single to left and Walsh clubbed a three-run homer to left-center.
Walsh was 3-for-5, adding a double, two runs scored and four RBI for the Angels, who had been shut out in their previous two games. Max Stassi and Rendon also homered, as four of Los Angeles’ eight hits left the park. Rendon was 2-for-5, scored twice and drove in two more.
Rockies 5, Nationals 2
Ryan McMahon and Brendan Rodgers had two hits apiece, Austin Gomber pitched strongly into the seventh inning, and Colorado beat Washington in Denver.
Connor Joe had a two-run triple and Daniel Bard pitched the ninth for his seventh save for Colorado.
Lane Thomas homered and Yadiel Hernandez and Cesar Hernandez had two hits apiece for Washington, which wasted a complete game from lefty Patrick Corbin.
The start of the game was delayed 25 minutes due to wet weather that moved through the Denver area on Wednesday. Temperatures were in the mid-40s for the game.
Dodgers 9, Giants 1
Tony Gonsolin pitched five strong innings, while Mookie Betts and Max Muncy hit home runs, as Los Angeles earned a victory over visiting San Francisco to sweep a brief two-game series between National League West rivals.
Freddie Freeman had a two-run triple as the Dodgers won for the fourth time in their last five games.
Brandon Crawford hit a home run for the Giants, while Alex Wood pitched into the sixth inning as San Francisco lost for the fifth time in its last six games.Gonsolin (2-0), who wasn’t officially named the Dodgers starter until earlier Wednesday, gave up one run on three hits over five innings with one walk and five strikeouts.
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