Michael Conforto laced an RBI single to right field to cap a four-run, ninth-inning comeback by the scorching New York Mets, who earned a stunning 7-6 win over the visiting Washington Nationals.
The Mets won their seventh straight contest. The Nationals had a three-game winning streak snapped.
The Mets trailed 6-3 entering the ninth inning, when J.D. Davis led off with a double against Sean Doolittle (6-4). Wilson Ramos followed with a single before Todd Frazier hit a homer well beyond the left field fence and just fair.
Joe Panik, who was signed earlier in the day by the Mets, followed with a single. Panik was forced at second on a bunt by Juan Lagares. After Jeff McNeil flied out to right, Amed Rosario singled to bring up Conforto, who hit a ball well over the head of drawn-in right fielder Adam Eaton to set off a wild celebration.
Indians 6, Twins 2
Jose Ramirez went 3-for-4, including an RBI double to highlight a five-run fifth inning, and Shane Bieber struck out 11 while picking up his 12th win of the season as Cleveland moved into a tie for first place in the American League Central with a victory over Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Yasiel Puig went 3-for-5 with an RBI and run, and Oscar Mercado and Greg Allen each had two hits for Cleveland, which won its fourth straight game. The Indians, who trailed Minnesota by 11 1/2 games on June 3, have won 41 of their past 57 games.
Bieber (12-4) allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings. It marked the sixth start this season in which he registered double-digits strikeouts.
Cardinals 6, Pirates 2
Marcell Ozuna’s two-run homer highlighted St. Louis’ four-run eighth inning in a won over visiting Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals snapped a five-game losing streak as Carlos Martinez (3-2), the fifth St. Louis pitcher, earned the victory on manager Mike Shildt’s 51st birthday.
The reeling Pirates lost for the 22nd time in 26 games since the All-Star break. Josh Bell hit two doubles, running his National League-leading total to 36, and scored twice for Pittsburgh.
Red Sox 16, Angels 4
J.D. Martinez homered twice among his four hits to lead host Boston past Los Angeles.
Martinez also doubled twice and had four RBIs, and Mookie Betts crushed a tiebreaking two-run home run in the fifth inning as Boston overcame an early three-run deficit to win consecutive games for the first time since July 26-27.
Marcus Walden (7-1) got the victory as part of a bullpen game, pitching 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Five Red Sox pitchers combined to hold the Angels to one hit the rest of the way after Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer with two outs in the first.
Blue Jays 8, Yankees 2
Teoscar Hernandez hit two home runs and had three RBIs and Toronto defeated visiting New York.
Danny Jansen added a three-run homer and Randal Grichuk had a two-run blast for the Blue Jays, who have split the first two games of the four-game series.
Mike Tauchman and Mike Ford hit solo homers for the Yankees, who had a nine-game winning streak stopped.
Braves 8, Marlins 4
Ronald Acuna Jr. slugged a pair of two-run homers and Ozzie Albies added a solo blast as Atlanta won at Miami.
Julio Teheran (7-7) tied his season high with seven innings while allowing five hits, one walk and one run. He struck out seven. The right-hander has pitched 25 innings against the Marlins this year, allowing just one run.
Acuna, who went 3-for-5, has 32 home runs this season. He has homered in four consecutive games and has gone deep seven times in his past eight contests.
Astros 3, Orioles 2
Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve each drove in a run as visiting Houston defeated Baltimore in the opener of a three-game series.
Houston has won seven straight games. Baltimore has dropped four in a row, all on the current 10-game homestand, in which the Orioles are 3-5.
The Astros had a number of scoring chances but went just 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Left-hander Wade Miley (11-4), who pitched two seasons for the Orioles, tossed 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball to earn his fifth straight victory.
Reds 5, Cubs 2
Trevor Bauer struck out 11 over seven innings in his home debut, and Cincinnati slugged three homers en route to a victory over Chicago.
Rookie Aristides Aquino belted a two-run shot, and Eugenio Suarez and Joey Votto also went deep for the Reds, who have won nine of their past 13 games.
Bauer (10-8), who was acquired from Cleveland in a three-team deal prior to the trade deadline, allowed just one run on three hits to improve to 4-0 in four career starts versus Chicago. The 28-year-old boosted his season strikeout total to 200, marking the second straight season that he reached that plateau.
Tigers 5, Royals 2
Edwin Jackson pitched 6 1/3 strong innings in his first game with Detroit in 10 seasons as the host Tigers defeated Kansas City.
Jackson (2-5) gave up one run and four hits, striking out four and walking two. The right-hander signed with the Tigers after being released by the Toronto Blue Jays last month.
Dawel Lugo had three hits and drove in two runs for the Tigers, who won back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game winning streak in late May.
Athletics 7, White Sox 0
Matt Chapman, Stephen Piscotty and Chad Pinder homered in support of another strong pitching performance by Mike Fiers, lifting visiting Oakland to a shutout victory over Chicago in the opener of a three-game series.
Mark Canha added two hits and Dustin Garneau contributed a two-run double, helping the A’s enjoy success on the South Side of Chicago after losing two of three on the North Side to the Cubs earlier in the week.
Fiers (11-3) extended his streak of unbeaten starts to 17 with seven shutout innings, allowing three hits and no walks. He struck out eight.
Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 2 (11 innings)
Carson Kelly hit a game-tying home run in the ninth and a go-ahead homer in the 11th to lift Arizona to a win in Los Angeles, ending the Dodgers’ five-game winning streak.
Kelly hit a two-run homer off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to tie the score at 2-2 and deny the win for starter Walker Buehler, who threw six shutout innings.
Kelly homered again off Julio Urias (4-3) to start the 11th. Kelly has 16 home runs this season. The Dodgers managed just two hits, both in the second inning, when they scored both of their runs.
Brewers 6, Rangers 5
Eric Thames hit a game-winning homer with two outs in the ninth inning as host Milwaukee overcame a blown save by Josh Hader and pulled out a victory over Texas.
The Brewers won the 4-hour, 1-minute marathon when Thames connected on a 3-1 cutter by Emmanuel Clase (0-1), who was making his third career appearance, and lifted the ball into the second deck in right field.
Milwaukee won its fourth straight and overcame Hader (2-5) blowing his fourth save, when he allowed an Elvis Andrus homer in the ninth.
Phillies 9, Giants 6
Bryce Harper’s second home run of the game, a three-run shot in the seventh inning, put visiting Philadelphia ahead for good in a victory over San Francisco.
Corey Dickerson added a three-run triple for the Phillies, who blew a three-run lead before erasing a 6-5 deficit with a four-run seventh.
Adam Haseley opened the seventh against Tony Watson (2-1) with a single, and pinch hitter Sean Rodriguez drew a walk. That set the stage for Harper, who crushed a shot an estimated 456 feet, delivering the Phillies an 8-6 lead.
Padres 7, Rockies 1
Cal Quantrill threw seven shutout innings as San Diego topped visiting Colorado to record back-to-back victories for the first time since the All-Star break.
Quantrill (5-3) gave up five hits and no walks with five strikeouts while matching the longest outing of his career.
San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-run double to extend his hitting streak to a career-long 13 games. Luis Urias was 2-for-4 with three runs and an RBI, and pinch hitter Josh Naylor capped a four-run eighth inning with a three-run homer.
Rays 5, Mariners 3
Tampa Bay scored three runs on just one hit in the ninth inning to break a tie and win at Seattle.
With the score 2-2 entering the ninth, the Rays’ Eric Sogard led off by lining a single to right field off Anthony Bass (1-4). Kevin Kiermaier walked, and Michael Brosseau put down a sacrifice bunt to move up the runners. Bass then walked Willy Adames intentionally to load the bases with one out.
Pinch hitter Ji-Man Choi walked to bring home the go-ahead run. The second run scored when shortstop J.P. Crawford made an error on Tommy Pham’s grounder, and the third came home on Austin Meadows’ groundout. The Mariners got a run in the bottom of the ninth on Ryan Court’s first major league homer.
–Field Level Media