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MLB roundup: Braves’ Spencer Strider flirts with no-no vs. Marlins
Braves 11, Marlins 0
Spencer Strider struck out a season-high 13 batters in eight scoreless innings, and Sam Hilliard hit a pair of home runs to help the Atlanta Braves end their four-game losing streak with an 11-0 win over the visiting Miami Marlins on Monday.
Strider retired the first 18 batters he faced. The perfect-game bid ended in the seventh when Jazz Chisholm Jr. reached on an error, rolling a routine grounder through the legs of first baseman Matt Olson. Jean Segura snapped the no-hitter with a line-drive single to left with one out in the eighth.
Strider (3-0) allowed two hits in his longest stint of the season and did not walk a batter. He has pitched 16 consecutive scoreless innings and has allowed three hits during that span. Joe Jimenez pitched a scoreless ninth inning to finish the game.
Edward Cabrera (1-2), who allowed a season-high four runs on four hits, took the loss. He yielded two homers and four walks with six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.
Rockies 6, Guardians 0
Jurickson Profar homered and drove in three runs as Colorado snapped a three-game losing skid with a win at Cleveland.
Mike Moustakas had three hits, and Ezequiel Tovar had two RBIs for the Rockies, who had lost 11 of their previous 12 games. Austin Gomber (1-4) allowed three hits over five shutout innings for his first win since July 12, 2022.
The Guardians were limited to four hits and lost for the sixth time in their past eight games. Steven Kwan had three of the hits.
Orioles 5, Red Sox 4
Baltimore overcame a four-run deficit and extended its winning streak to seven games by beating visiting Boston in the opener of a three-game series.
It was a 4-4 game until Austin Hays drove in Jorge Mateo with a single in the fifth inning. Rafael Devers hit his American League-leading ninth home run of the season for Boston, which received a solo home run from Triston Casas and three hits from Masataka Yoshida.
Baltimore starter Dean Kremer (2-0) allowed four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one. Yennier Cano pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his first career save.
Reds 7, Rangers 6
TJ Friedl hit a walk-off single as Cincinnati ended its six-game losing streak with a win over visiting Texas.
Spencer Steer went 2-for-4 with a two-run triple and two runs, while Friedl went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run, and Jonathan India went 1-for-3 with three runs for the Reds. Alexis Diaz (1-1) pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the win to culminate a stellar performance by the Reds’ bullpen, which allowed just one hit over the final five innings.
Josh Jung went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs, and Ezequiel Duran went 3-for-4 with a double and a run for Texas, which lost for just the second time in eight games.
Blue Jays 5, White Sox 2
Cavan Biggio hit a go-ahead, three-run home run in the fourth inning, and Toronto defeated visiting Chicago in the opener of a three-game series.
It was the fifth loss in a row for the White Sox, while the Blue Jays have won two straight. Toronto’s Chris Bassitt (3-2) allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings before exiting because of lower back tightness. Three relievers completed the Blue Jays’ three-hitter, with Jordan Romano earning his eighth save by tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Chicago right-hander Lance Lynn (0-3) allowed four runs in five innings.
Tigers 4, Brewers 2
Nick Maton hit a three-run homer, and visiting Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating Milwaukee.
Javier Baez reached base three times and scored a run for Detroit in the opener of a three-game interleague series. Matthew Boyd (1-1) gave up two runs on five hits in five innings. He struck out eight and walked one. Alex Lange fanned two in a perfect ninth inning for his second save.
William Contreras and Mike Brosseau hit solo homers for the Brewers. Colin Rea (0-1) allowed four runs in five innings.
Twins 6, Yankees 1
Two ex-New York players came through for Minnesota as Sonny Gray pitched seven scoreless innings, and Joey Gallo hit his sixth home run of the season in the Twins’ win at Minneapolis.
Gray (3-0), who posted a 4.51 ERA in 41 games with the Yankees in the final two months of 2017 and all of 2018, held the Yankees to three hits and two walks while striking out eight. He ended the night with a major-league-best 0.62 ERA.
Gallo socked his third homer since returning from a right intercostal strain that prevented him from playing in the teams’ four-game series April 13-16 in New York. The Yankees lost for the third time in four games and were held to three runs or fewer for the ninth time in 11 games.
Giants 4, Cardinals 0
Alex Cobb threw the second shutout of his 12-year career, and the San Francisco Giants opened a four-game home series against the St. Louis Cardinals with a 4-0 victory on Monday. J.D. Davis capped a four-run seventh inning with a three-run home run.
Activated off the injured list before the game to make his Giants debut, Mitch Haniger contributed a sacrifice fly to the seventh-inning uprising.The big inning, combined with Cobb’s pitching, sent San Francisco to its third consecutive win. St. Louis lost for the third time in four games to begin its 10-game West Coast road trip.
Diamondbacks 5, Royals 4
Geraldo Perdomo and Pavin Smith each collected two hits, and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored the go-ahead run on an eighth-inning error in a 5-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday in Phoenix. Arizona had lost four of its five previous games. Kansas City fell for the ninth time in 10 games.
With one out in the bottom of the eighth, Christian Walker walked and Gabriel Moreno singled, moving Walker to third against Kansas City reliever Aroldis Chapman (0-1).Nick Ahmed followed with a ground ball to first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino, whose errant throw to home plate allowed Walker to score.
Athletics 11, Angels 10
Brent Rooker and Jesus Aguilar hit back-to-back homers in both the first and third innings, but it was a two-run double by Ryan Noda in the 10th that snapped a tie and helped lift the Oakland Athletics to an 11-10 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night in Anaheim, Calif.
After the A’s scored three times in the top of the 10th, the Angels got a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning from Brandon Drury, his second of the game. However, Jeurys Familia was able to post his second save by getting Mike Trout to hit into a force play with the potential tying and winning runs on base.
The Angels rallied from an early 7-1 deficit and took an 8-7 lead on a two-out, RBI single by Drury in the seventh inning. The Athletics tied the game with a run in the ninth before putting up three in the 10th against Angels reliever Jaime Barria (1-1).
–Field Level Media