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Apr 29, 2024 12:05 am

MLB roundup: Aaron Judge, Yankees ride 7-run inning to win

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Aaron Judge homered early and then triggered a seven-run sixth inning with a handy slide, propelling the visiting New York Yankees to a 15-5 rout of the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday to clinch the three-game series win.

Judge staked the Yankees to a 1-0 lead with his sixth homer with two outs in the first. With the game tied 4-4, Judge walked to open the sixth against reliever Abner Uribe (2-2). Alex Verdugo hit a tailor-made double-play bouncer to second, but Willy Adames’ relay throw hit Judge’s upraised hand, allowing Verdugo to reach. Crew chief Andy Fletcher later said that interference should have been called on Judge.

Anthony Rizzo walked with two outs and Gleyber Torres singled in Verdugo to make it 5-4. Oswaldo Cabrera walked and Jose Trevino followed with a two-run single. Elvis Peguero relieved Uribe and uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch for an 8-4 Yankees lead. Juan Soto added an RBI single and Judge capped the 11-batter inning with a two-run single.

Rizzo’s two-run homer, his fifth of the season and 300th of his career, put the Yankees up 15-5 in the eighth. Rizzo went 4-for-4 and scored three runs, while former Yankee Jake Bauers had a three-run shot for the Brewers.

Mets 4, Cardinals 2 (11 innings)

Mark Vientos hit a walk-off homer in the 11th inning for host New York, which came back to beat St. Louis.

The Mets were down to their final strike before Harrison Bader laced the game-tying single off Matthew Liberatore (0-1) to score automatic runner DJ Stewart. Vientos, who was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday, hit a 1-2 pitch over the center-field wall just beyond the reach of a leaping Michael Siani.

The Cardinals, whose three-game winning streak was snapped, ran themselves out of a potential multi-run inning in the top of the 11th against Garrett. Brendan Donovan led off with an RBI single but was thrown out in a rundown as Siani, the automatic runner, scored from second. Willson Contreras then walked but was doubled up on Nolan Arenado’s pop-up to Francisco Lindor in shallow left-center.

Red Sox 5, Cubs 4

Tyler O’Neill hit a walk-off bloop single into shallow left field to score Jarren Duran in the bottom of the ninth inning as host Boston beat Chicago.

Duran drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and advanced to third on Rafael Devers’ single to left before scoring the winning run. Red Sox starter Tanner Houck gave up one run on four hits and no walks and nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

The Cubs rallied to tie the score off Boston reliever Chris Martin, who gave up two singles to lead off the eighth. Mike Tauchman followed with a three-run home run, his third of the season, to knot it at 4-4.

Astros 8, Rockies 2

Kyle Tucker, Jose Altuve and Jeremy Pena each hit solo home runs as Houston completed a two-game sweep of Colorado with a win in the Mexico City Series.

Yainer Diaz added a two-run double for Houston, which had scored a total of 22 runs over its prior nine games before scoring 20 during the high-altitude international series. Framber Valdez (1-0) returned from the injured list and tossed five strong innings in his first start since April 2. Rafael Montero, Bryan Abreu, Ryan Pressly and Josh Hader combined for four scoreless innings in relief to help Houston record its first series sweep of the season.

Elias Diaz had two hits for Colorado, which has trailed in each of their first 28 games.

Athletics 7, Orioles 6

Kyle McCann hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and visiting Oakland rallied past Baltimore to take the rubber game of the series.

With the Athletics trailing 6-5, Darell Hernaiz walked on four pitches against Craig Kimbrel (3-1) to open the ninth. After Kimbrel threw his fifth straight ball, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde and the team trainer came out to check on him. Kimbrel stayed in and went to full count on McCann, who then fouled off three straight fastballs before sending the fourth one just over the scoreboard in right.

Tyler Nevin had two hits, including a homer, and Seth Brown also homered for the A’s, who completed a 4-6 road trip. Ryan Mountcastle had three hits including a two-run homer for the O’s, and Adley Rutschman and Ramon Urias also homered.

Braves 4, Guardians 3 (10 innings)

Austin Riley’s one-out single in the 10th inning drove in automatic runner Ronald Acuna Jr. to give Atlanta a victory over visiting Cleveland in the rubber game of a three-game set between two division-leading teams.

The Braves’ Ozzie Albies extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the first inning and added an RBI double in the eighth, driving in Acuna. Albies went to third on Riley’s long flyout and scored on Matt Olson’s broken-bat flare to right field to tie the game.

Base-running mistakes robbed the Guardians in the top of the 10th. Steven Kwan, the automatic runner, was picked off at second base by Minter with one out, rendering Jose Ramirez’ ensuing single worthless. Ramirez was then thrown out trying to steal second base.

Blue Jays 3, Dodgers 1

Alejandro Kirk was 3-for-3 with a homer, right-hander Kevin Gausman pitched seven strong innings and Toronto defeated visiting Los Angeles.

The Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep and ended a five-game losing streak.

Freddie Freeman homered for the Dodgers, who had a six-game winning streak end. They are 5-1 on a nine-game road trip.

Tigers 4, Royals 1

Tarik Skubal pitched seven strong innings, Wenceel Perez blasted his first career home run and host Detroit defeated Kansas City.

Jake Rogers had two hits, including a solo homer, and scored two runs for the Tigers. Detroit won two of three games during the weekend series.

Royals starter Michael Wacha (1-3) gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked none and struck out three. Bobby Witt Jr. drove in the only run for Kansas City.

Nationals 12, Marlins 9

Nick Senzel homered twice and drove in five runs as visiting Washington rallied from a seven-run deficit to beat Miami.

The Marlins blew a 7-0 second-inning lead and lost their sixth straight game. Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit a grand slam that was part of the Marlins’ six-run first inning, but Senzel’s three-run homer in the fifth put the Nationals ahead for good at 9-7.

Jacob Young finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs for the Nationals.

White Sox 4, Rays 2

Erick Fedde pitched effectively into the ninth inning and Andrew Benintendi provided key insurance with a two-run single in the eighth as host Chicago topped Tampa Bay to complete a three-game sweep.

Fedde (2-0) dominated the Rays over 8 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits with zero walks. He struck out nine, two off the career high he set Tuesday, while throwing 72 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

The White Sox made the most of 12 hits, including three each from Gavin Sheets and Eloy Jimenez and two from Benintendi. Tampa Bay chased Fedde from the game on Harold Ramirez’s RBI double in the ninth, but Jordan Leasure retired the final two hitters for his first save.

Twins 11, Angels 5

Jose Miranda went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs and Minnesota cruised past Los Angeles to complete a three-game sweep in Anaheim, Calif.

Alex Kirilloff and Austin Martin also drove in two runs apiece for Minnesota, which won its seventh in a row. Ryan Jeffers went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs and an RBI.

Luis Rengifo and Nolan Schanuel homered for the Angels. Jo Adell and Mike Trout added one RBI apiece.

Diamondbacks 3, Mariners 2

Ketel Marte’s tiebreaking RBI double off the right field wall with two outs in the eighth inning gave Arizona a comeback victory against host Seattle.

Christian Walker had a home run and a double for the Diamondbacks, who snapped a three-game skid. Five of Arizona’s six hits went for extra bases.

Josh Rojas homered for the American League West-leading Mariners, who had won three in a row.

Rangers 4, Reds 3

Wyatt Langford hit an inside-the-park home run to highlight a four-run first inning and Adolis Garcia also homered to lead Texas over visiting Cincinnati in the rubber game of their three-game series.

Langford became the fourth player in Rangers history to hit an inside-the-park home run for his first career major league home run, joining Josh Smith (2022), Craig Gentry (2011) and Marc Sagmoen (1997). Nathaniel Lowe also had two hits for the Rangers.

Andrew Abbott (1-3) took the loss for the Reds, allowing four runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven without a walk.

Giants 3, Pirates 2

Keaton Winn won his third straight start with six strong innings, Thairo Estrada and Mike Yastrzemski belted their team’s first back-to-back home runs of the season and San Francisco prevailed in another low-scoring affair with visiting Pittsburgh.

The homers by Estrada, his fourth of the year, and Yastrzemski, his second, came as part of a three-run third against Pirates starter Jared Jones (2-3). LaMonte Wade Jr.’s sacrifice fly scored Tyler Fitzgerald with the third run of the inning.

The three runs were sufficient for Winn (3-3) and three relievers, who combined on a five-hitter. The Giants won two of three in the series despite never scoring more than three runs.

Phillies 8, Padres 6

Bryson Stott homered twice and J.T. Realmuto added a two-run home run as Philadelphia completed a road sweep of San Diego.

Taijuan Walker (1-0) got the win in his first start of the year, lasting 6 1/3 innings and allowing six runs off eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts for the Phillies. Three relievers brought it home, with Jose Alvarado striking out two in the ninth for his fifth save.

Michael King (2-3) was tagged with the loss after allowing six hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings, walking three and fanning six. It was the Padres’ season-high fourth straight loss.

–Field Level Media

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