Josh Naylor hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the 10th inning, and the visiting Cleveland Guardians overcame a blown four-run lead in the ninth to beat the Chicago Cubs 8-6 on Sunday night.
With runners on second and third in the extra frame, Naylor singled up the middle against Adbert Alzolay (1-4) to break the 6-6 tie. Sam Hentges (1-0) then held Chicago scoreless in its half of the 10th for Cleveland, which led 6-0 after 4 1/2 innings.
After Cleveland starter Aaron Civale held the Cubs to a run on three hits through six innings, Christopher Morel clubbed his team-leading 15th homer of the season in the eighth. Chicago then erased a 6-2 hole by scoring four times against Guardians All-Star closer Emmanuel Clase in the ninth.
Jared Young led off the ninth with a walk and ended up on third via two passed balls by Cleveland catcher Cam Gallagher. He scored on a single by Trey Mancini, who eventually came home on Morel’s two-run single. Cody Bellinger tied the game with a sacrifice fly.
Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4
Alex Verdugo led off the ninth inning with a tiebreaking home run and visiting Boston completed a three-game sweep with a win over Toronto.
Jarren Duran tied a Red Sox franchise record with four doubles and finished 5-for-5 with three runs. Boston right-hander Garrett Whitlock (right elbow tightness) allowed one run before being removed after the first inning, and Chris Martin (2-1) earned the win with a 1-2-3 eighth.
Verdugo hit his sixth home run of the season on the first pitch of the ninth off Blue Jays closer Jordan Romano (3-4) for the decisive run. Brandon Belt hit two solo home runs for Toronto, which was held to six hits.
Mets 8, Giants 4
Pete Alonso homered and finished with three RBIs for host New York, which finally earned a series win by beating San Francisco in the finale of a three-game set.
Alonso, a two-time Home Run Derby champion who announced earlier in the evening his plans to participate in this year’s contest, had two hits, a base-loaded walk and three RBIs. Tommy Pham finished with three hits, two runs and an RBI for the Mets, who hadn’t won a series since sweeping the Philadelphia Phillies from May 30 through June 1. New York went 0-7-1 in its next eight series.
Blake Sabol hit a two-run, pinch-hit homer as part of the Giants’ short-lived, three-run rally in the seventh. Luis Matos added two hits for San Francisco.
Orioles 2, Twins 1
Jordan Westburg drove in the go-ahead run after being hit by a pitch in the eighth inning to lift host Baltimore to a win over Minnesota.
The Orioles, who snapped a season-high four-game skid, were five outs from being swept for the first time this season. After Aaron Hicks’ RBI single in the eighth tied it, Jhoan Duran (2-3) hit Westburg three batters late to force in the go-ahead run. Felix Bautista struck out the side in the ninth for his 22nd save.
Twins starter Sonny Gray pitched six scoreless innings, allowing two hits while walking three and striking out seven. Willi Castro drove in Minnesota’s lone run with a double in the fifth off Baltimore starter Cole Irvin, who allowed a run on six hits over five innings.
Reds 4, Padres 3
Tyler Stephenson hit a two-run, opposite-field, tie-breaking home run off reliever Nick Martinez with two outs in the bottom of the eighth to lead Cincinnati over visiting San Diego in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Stephenson hit Martinez’s first pitch 370 feet down the line in right while pinch-hitting for Joey Votto as the Reds improved to 16-4 over their last 20 games. Cincinnati rookie starter Andrew Abbott had a no-decision despite a brilliant start, giving up just one run and four hits with 12 strikeouts through 7 2/3 innings.
The Padres had tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the eighth on back-to-back, two-out homers by Ha-Seong Kim and Fernando Tatis Jr. San Diego finished a 1-5 trip and has lost seven of its past eight games.
Brewers 6, Pirates 3
William Contreras hit a home run to help visiting Milwaukee defeat Pittsburgh in the deciding game of a three-game series.
Andruw Monasterio added an RBI double for the Brewers, who went 7-3 on a 10-game road trip. Milwaukee starter Colin Rea (5-4) pitched a season-high 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and five hits, with three strikeouts and one walk. Devin Williams pitched the ninth for Milwaukee and earned his 17th save.
Nick Gonzales hit a two-run homer and Josh Palacios had an RBI double for the Pirates, who have lost consecutive games after a four-game winning streak.
Braves 6, Marlins 3
Orlando Arcia, Ozzie Albies and Travis d’Arnaud each homered and Spencer Strider won his sixth consecutive decision as streaking Atlanta beat visiting Miami.
The Braves swept the three-game series and have won eight games in a row. Strider (10-2) allowed three runs (two earned) with one walk and nine strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings.
Miami scored two runs on four hits in the second inning for its first lead of the series. Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (3-7) was lifted after giving up four runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts over five innings.
Nationals 5, Phillies 4
Stone Garrett hit his second grand slam of the season to help visiting Washington to a win against Philadelphia in the rubber game of their three-game series.
Jeimer Candelario also homered for the Nationals, who have won six of eight. Washington starter Trevor Williams (5-4) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out one and walked two.
Nick Castellanos and J.T. Realmuto homered while Bryce Harper and Brandon Marsh each had two hits for Philadelphia, which had won five of six. Phillies starter Ranger Suarez (2-3) allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked three, two of whom came home on the slam.
Royals 9, Dodgers 1
Brady Singer hurled seven solid innings and Nicky Lopez drove in four runs as Kansas City drubbed Los Angeles for its first series win since mid-May.
The Dodgers had baserunners in each of the first six innings against Singer (5-7) but scored just once. Matching a season high with seven innings, Singer allowed one run on four hits to collect his first win since June 4. Maikel Garcia had an RBI single among his career-high four hits, notched nine in the series.
In 3 2/3 innings, Los Angeles starter Tony Gonsolin (4-3) allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. David Peralta had three of the Dodgers’ six hits.
Cardinals 5, Yankees 1
Jordan Montgomery held his former team to an unearned run on two hits over 6 2/3 innings as St. Louis defeated visiting New York.
Montgomery (6-7) walked three and struck out six while holding the Yankees hitless into the sixth inning. Brendan Donovan went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer for the Cardinals.
New York starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (8-2) allowed two runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out five with two walks. Gleyber Torres broke up Montgomery’s no-hit bid with a double with two outs in the sixth inning.
Astros 5, Rangers 3
Chas McCormick’s eighth-inning, three-run triple was the difference in Houston’s victory over Texas in Arlington, Texas.
With two outs and the bases loaded, McCormick broke the 1-1 tie, driving a pitch from Josh Sborz to right field, as all three baserunners scored. Hector Neris (4-2) earned the win for Houston with one scoreless inning and two strikeouts.
Sborz (4-3) allowed three runs on two hits in two-thirds of an inning. Reliever Aroldis Chapman made his debut for Texas, completing a scoreless seventh inning with two strikeouts. Texas starter Andrew Heaney pitched five scoreless innings and struck out eight.
Angels 5, Diamondbacks 2
Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 31st home run of the season, but it was Mickey Moniak’s three-run shot in the second inning that gave Los Angeles the lead for good in a win over Arizona in Anaheim, Calif.
Ohtani’s blast in the eighth inning was estimated at 454 feet, the ball going into the tunnel that leads to the concession stands behind the right-field seats.
For Moniak, his homer was less majestic but had a bigger impact. With two on and two out in the second against Arizona starter Zac Gallen, Moniak fell behind in the count 0-2 until evening the count before hitting an offspeed pitch over the fence in left-center for a three-run homer and 4-2 Angels lead.
Mariners 7, Rays 6
Jose Caballero was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, bringing home the go-ahead run as Seattle rallied to defeat visiting Tampa Bay.
Eugenio Suarez and Tom Murphy homered for Seattle, which trailed 6-1 through 2 1/2 innings. Mariners reliever Andres Munoz (1-1) got the victory and Paul Sewald earned his 16th save.
Randy Arozarena and Isaac Paredes went deep for the Rays. Reliever Jason Adam (2-2) didn’t allow a hit in the seventh but walked two and hit two to bring home the decisive run.
White Sox 8, Athletics 7
Zach Remillard capped a five-run third inning with a deflected two-run hit, Jake Burger chipped in with a home run and Chicago avoided a sweep at the hands of the American League’s losingest team with a victory over host Oakland.
Eloy Jimenez also had two RBIs for the White Sox, who salvaged a 3-4 California trip after losing their first two games in Anaheim against the Angels. Jake Burger homered and scored twice for the White Sox, who out-hit the hosts 12-10.
Tony Kemp collected two hits and scored twice for the A’s, while JJ Bleday and Seth Brown joined first-time All-Star Brent Rooker, who homered, with two RBIs apiece. Bleday and Tyler Wade also had two hits each for Oakland, which concluded a 3-3 homestand.
Tigers 14, Rockies 9
Javier Baez and Jake Marisnick both hit grand slams, Spencer Torkelson and Kerry Carpenter homered and each finished with two hits and Detroit beat Colorado in Denver.
Jake Rogers also went deep and Zach McKinstry and Matt Vierling had two hits apiece for Detroit, which took two of the three games in the weekend series. Matt Manning (2-1) earned the win.
Randal Grichuk homered among his two hits, Ryan McMahon homered, Harold Castro had three hits as Kris Bryant and Jurickson Profar each contributed two hits for the Rockies. Connor Seabold (1-5) took the loss.
–Field Level Media
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