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Jun 2, 2024 8:17 pm

MLB roundup: Juan Soto’s 2 HRs help Yankees sweep Giants

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Juan Soto drilled a go-ahead home run in a four-run ninth inning and the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the host San Francisco Giants with a 7-5 victory Sunday afternoon.

Aaron Judge, after homering three times in his first two Northern California homecoming games, had two singles and two walks in five plate appearances, capping a 6-for-10 series with five runs and six RBIs. Soto’s other homer was a first-inning shot off San Francisco’s Blake Snell.

Anthony Volpe finished with two hits for the Yankees, who completed a 7-2 Western swing.

Seeking his first win as a Giant, Snell had to leave the game one out from qualifying for a potential win when he experienced left groin tightness in the top of the fifth. The Giants led 3-1 when Snell left, but Alex Verdugo hit reliever Erik Miller’s fifth pitch for a two-run double to tie the score.

Braves 3, Athletics 1

Sean Murphy’s bloop double produced the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and helped Atlanta beat visiting Oakland to win the rubber game of their three-game series. Murphy, who spent four seasons with the A’s before being acquired by the Braves in 2023, lofted a perfectly placed double near the right field line to drive home Adam Duvall, whose one-out walk began the rally against Austin Adams (0-1).

Atlanta’s starting pitcher Charlie Morton bounced back from a poor start on Monday when he allowed eight runs against Washington. The veteran right-hander pitched six scoreless innings on one hit, five walks and six strikeouts. It was his third scoreless start of the season.

Oakland’s Luis Medina made his first appearance of the season. The right-hander sprained the MCL in his right knee during spring training and missed the first 60 games. He pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed one run (unearned) on two hits, two walks and six strikeouts.

Rays 4, Orioles 3

Jose Siri’s two-run double in the eighth inning allowed Tampa Bay to overcome what had been a three-run deficit in a victory against host Baltimore.

Jose Caballero homered and Amed Rosario had three hits for the Rays, who were in danger of enduring a three-game series sweep. They won for the fourth time in their past 13 games.

Gunnar Henderson, who homered, and Adley Rutschman both had three hits for the Orioles, who lost for just the second time in their past 10 games.

Twins 4, Astros 3

Jose Miranda clubbed a game-tying home run in the sixth inning before producing a go-ahead, run-scoring double in the top of the eighth as visiting Minnesota topped Houston to claim the rubber match of this three-game weekend series.

Miranda finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs to help Minnesota improve to 9-3 in its past 12 games. His sixth home run, a solo shot to left-center field, knotted the score at 3-3. Miranda delivered again with one out in the eighth, stroking an RBI double against Astros reliever Ryan Pressly (0-3).

Victor Caratini belted a solo shot and Alex Bregman ripped a two-run homer for Houston, which has lost five of its past seven. Starter Hunter Brown allowed three runs on five hits and one walk with seven strikeouts over six solid innings.

Tigers 8, Red Sox 4 (10 innings)

Wenceel Perez had three hits and scored twice while Javier Baez drove in two key insurance runs for Detroit, which rattled off a four-run 10th inning to finish a come-from-behind win over host Boston.

Baez hit a two-run single that highlighted the go-ahead inning against Red Sox reliever Cam Booser (0-2), helping Detroit salvage a four-game series split. Andrew Chafin (1-1) recorded the last four outs to earn the win.

After Detroit climbed out of a 3-0 deficit with four straight runs between the fifth and seventh innings, Boston’s Rafael Devers hit a game-tying solo shot off Alex Faedo in the eighth, clearing the Green Monster in left-center field.

Blue Jays 5, Pirates 4

Daniel Vogelbach hit a go-ahead two-run double in the fifth inning and Toronto defeated visiting Pittsburgh.

Davis Schneider added an RBI double for Toronto in the rubber match of the three-game series. Former Blue Jay Rowdy Tellez had three hits, a walk and four RBIs for the Pirates, who completed a 2-3 road trip.

Toronto right-hander Chris Bassitt (6-6) allowed three runs, eight hits and one walk with seven strikeouts in five innings. Pittsburgh right-hander Quinn Priester (0-5), recalled from Triple-A for the start, gave up four runs and eight hits with three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.

Rangers 6, Marlins 0

Andrew Heaney struck out seven across six scoreless innings to lead Texas to victory over host Miami in the rubber match of a three-game series.

Heaney (2-6) yielded just four hits and didn’t issue a walk as Texas blanked Miami for the second time in as many days. Jacob Latz worked around a pair of singles in the seventh and David Robertson struck out Dane Myers before inducing a double play to end the eighth. Grant Anderson then fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth.

Adolis Garcia went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs for the Rangers, who won for the fifth time in their past six games. Teammate Josh Smith also finished with two hits. All seven of the Marlins’ hits were singles.

Nationals 5, Guardians 2

Jake Irvin allowed two runs and struck out six over six solid innings, while Joey Meneses and Lane Thomas each had two RBIs, as Washington cooled off host Cleveland.

ldemaro Vargas added two hits with an RBI for the Nationals, who avoided a series sweep by halting the Guardians’ nine-game home winning streak. Irvin (3-5) yielded five hits and one walk.

Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco (2-5), who returned from a brief stint on the injured list with neck spasms, allowed five runs and seven hits in four innings. Daniel Schneemann lined the first pitch he saw in his major league career into the right-field corner for a two-run double, but the AL Central-leading Guardians mustered nothing more in losing for just the fourth time in 19 games.

Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4

Ketel Marte hit two homers Sunday afternoon, including the go-ahead two-run shot in the ninth inning, as Arizona beat host New York to salvage a split of the four-game series.

Marte led off the game by homering against Jose Quintana, who then gave up a one-out homer in the first to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and an RBI groundout to Kevin Newman in the second before the Mets scored four times in the third against Brandon Pfaadt. Gabriel Moreno led off the ninth with a pinch-hit double before Marte homered beyond the wall in left-center field.

Pete Alonso opened the scoring for the Mets in the third with a run-scoring single immediately before Brandon Nimmo and J.D. Martinez laced the game-tying and go-ahead RBI triples in back-to-back fashion.

Brewers 6, White Sox 3

Rookie Jackson Chourio belted a three-run homer and Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep over visiting Chicago, extending Chicago’s season-high losing streak to 11 games.

The White Sox have lost 11 straight for the first time since 1956. Chicago has lost 15 of its past 16 games and 17 of 20.

The Brewers, winners of five straight, erased a 2-0 deficit with four runs after two outs in the second, capped by Chourio’s three-run homer. Joey Ortiz singled with two outs and Jake Bauers followed with an RBI double to right. Gary Sanchez was hit by a pitch. Chourio, who entered the game hitting .207, then jumped on the first pitch for his sixth homer, and first since May 15.

Reds 5, Cubs 2

Jake Fraley went 3-for-3 and Nick Lodolo was solid through six innings to help Cincinnati take the series against host Chicago.

Lodolo (5-2) gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out three in six innings. Alexis Diaz tossed a hitless ninth for his 12th save. Cubs starter Ben Brown (1-2) pitched five innings, allowing five runs on six hits and fanning six.

The Reds jumped out to a big lead in the second. Jonathan India drove in a run with a sacrifice fly to put Cincinnati ahead 1-0. TJ Friedl later cleared the bases with a three-run shot to right-center field, pushing it to 4-0.

Dodgers 4, Rockies 0

Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman hit first-inning home runs to help Los Angeles beat visiting Colorado.

Gavin Stone went five scoreless innings as the Dodgers won for the fifth time in their past six games and won a home series for the fourth time in their past five tries. Stone (6-2) gave up four hits with two walks and six strikeouts one start after he went seven scoreless against the New York Mets.

Austin Gomber gave up three runs in just three innings for the Rockies after skipping his last start with a sore elbow. Colorado had five hits and dropped two of three at Los Angeles after winning consecutive home series against the Philadelphia Phillies and Cleveland Guardians.

Mariners 5, Angels 1

Luis Castillo pitched seven scoreless innings as Seattle defeated visiting Los Angeles to sweep the three-game series between the American League West rivals.

Luke Raley homered and was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Mitch Garver added a three-run double for the division-leading Mariners, who have won seven of their past eight games. Castillo (5-6) allowed just two hits and struck out six with three bases on balls.

The last-place Angels, who have lost eight of nine, avoided a second consecutive shutout by scoring an unearned run in the ninth. Starter Griffin Canning (2-5) nearly matched Castillo. The righty gave up one run on four hits in 6 2/3 innings, with one walk and four strikeouts.

–Field Level Media

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