Brandon Belt homered on Walker Buehler’s fifth pitch of the game, and the host San Francisco Giants shelled the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace for a season-high six runs en route to a 6-4 win Sunday night to reclaim sole possession of first place in the National League West.
Nine pitchers combined on a six-hitter on a second consecutive bullpen day, allowing the Giants (87-50) to win for the second time in the three-game series and move one game up on the Dodgers (86-51) in both the West and the NL’s overall standings.
The victory also allowed San Francisco to win the season series 10-9, giving the Giants the tie-breaker advantage should they and the defending World Series champs finish the regular season tied atop the West. There are 25 games remaining.
Steven Duggar had a two-run triple off Buehler (13-3), who was pulled after three innings. The right-hander gave up six runs, seven hits, walked one and struck out one.
Brewers 6, Cardinals 5
Pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach hit a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Milwaukee over visiting St. Louis.
The Brewers took two of three games from the Cardinals, who carried a 5-1 lead into the ninth inning.
Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a ground-rule double off Giovanny Gallegos to start the comeback. Luke Maile hit an RBI single, Jace Peterson hit a double and Eduardo Escobar walked. Alex Reyes (5-8) relieved Gallegos and allowed Vogelbach’s slam.
Blue Jays 8, Athletics 0
Left-hander Robbie Ray struck out 10 and allowed one hit in 6 2/3 innings, Alejandro Kirk hit a three-run home run and Toronto defeated visiting Oakland.
Marcus Semien added his 35th home run of the season, a solo shot, as the Blue Jays completed a sweep of the three-game series. Bo Bichette was 4-for-4 with an RBI double, Kirk finished 3-for-4 and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 3-for-5 to extend his hit streak to a career-best 13 games.
Ray (11-5) allowed three walks as he became the first pitcher in franchise history to record 10 or more strikeouts in four consecutive starts. Roger Clemens had double-digit strikeouts in three straight starts.
Phillies 4, Marlins 3 (10)
Odubel Herrera grounded a two-out single to right in the top of the 10th inning, helping Philadelphia avoid a three-game sweep with a win over host Miami.
On Herrera’s hit, Freddy Galvis, the placed runner, scored from second base when right fielder Jesus Sanchez bobbled the ball.
Bryce Harper and Galvis homered for the Phillies (70-66), who had won six straight games entering this series.
Orioles 8, Yankees 7
Jorge Mateo hit a game-tying RBI single and Kelvin Gutierrez followed with a tiebreaking single in a four-run seventh inning as visiting Baltimore overcame a trio of three-run deficits and beat New York.
The Orioles (43-92) won for the fifth time in 30 games since Aug. 2. Baltimore also beat the Yankees for the seventh time in 16 meetings this year.
Mateo forged a 7-7 tie when he capped a 12-pitch at-bat off Andrew Heaney (8-9). He fouled off six pitches before lifting a single to short center field that went just past the reach of second baseman DJ LeMahieu.
Mets 13, Nationals 6
Javier Baez had four hits, drove in two runs and scored three times as New York continued its late-season push with a victory over host Washington.
Baez, Jonathan Villar, Francisco Lindor and Kevin Pillar each homered for the Mets (69-68), who beat the Nationals (56-80) for the fifth time in nine days to remain within striking distance of the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East.
Patrick Mazeika broke a 6-6 tie with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after Baez, Jeff McNeil and Pillar had led off the inning with consecutive singles. Lindor’s solo homer and a grand slam by Pillar, the third of his career, busted the game open in the ninth inning.
Indians 11, Red Sox 5
Franmil Reyes hit a third-inning solo blast for his second home run in as many days and had three RBIs to help Cleveland overpower host Boston.
Reyes finished a perfect 4-for-4, including his 26th homer of the season for Cleveland (68-66). The Indians have homered in 19 consecutive games to equal the franchise record set from May 7-28, 2000.
Bradley Zimmer had a two-run single to give Cleveland a six-run cushion after three innings before Boston (79-60) battled back to pull within 6-5 after six. Reyes later smacked a two-run double to highlight the Indians’ five-run ninth.
Tigers 4, Reds 1
Akil Baddoo had a double among his two hits and scored twice while Jeimer Candelario added a two-run triple as visiting Detroit defeated Cincinnati.
Jose Urena (3-8) pitched out of trouble in the fourth and fifth innings to earn the win for the Tigers (65-73), who won just their second series since Aug. 12. Gregory Soto fanned the Reds’ (73-65) Nick Castellanos and Joey Votto with two runners on in the eighth and pitched the ninth for his 18th save in 19 chances.
Casey Mize retired all nine batters he faced and struck out two before coming out after 34 pitches due to an organization-mandated pitch count.
Twins 6, Rays 5
Nick Gordon’s tiebreaking single in the top of the ninth inning through a drawn-in infield lifted Minnesota over host Tampa Bay.
With Josh Donaldson on third, Gordon punched a single to the left of second base off Andrew Kittredge (8-3) with the Rays positioning three infielders to the right side.
Gordon went 3-for-5 with a double, a run, two RBIs and a stolen base. Luis Arraez also had three hits for the Twins (59-77), who broke a four-game losing skid.
Royals 6, White Sox 0
Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer in the first inning as host Kansas City shut out Chicago.
The victory gave the Royals the series win as they took two of three from Chicago. Kansas City also earned the season win against the White Sox, taking 10 of the 19 games between the teams.
The Royals received a strong pitching performance from Brady Singer (4-9), who threw seven scoreless innings, giving up four hits with six strikeouts.
Braves 9, Rockies 2
Adam Duvall and Austin Riley homered and drove in three runs each, Ozzie Albies and Travis d’Arnaud also went deep, and Atlanta beat Colorado in Denver.
Jorge Soler had two hits and Charlie Morton (13-5) pitched seven strong innings for Atlanta, which maintained its two-game lead over Philadelphia in the NL East.
Colorado’s Ryan Feltner (0-1) struggled in his major-league debut, allowing six runs, five hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings.
Cubs 11, Pirates 8
Matt Duffy and Frank Schwindel each hit a grand slam, and Chicago rallied for a win over visiting Pittsburgh.
Duffy added a solo shot and Jason Heyward also homered for the Cubs, who completed a four-game sweep against the Pirates and won their sixth straight contest overall.
Bryan Reynolds hit a grand slam in a losing effort for the Pirates. Yoshi Tsutsugo had a solo home run for Pittsburgh, which has dropped six in a row.
Rangers 7, Angels 3
DJ Peters recorded four hits, including two home runs, and drove in four runs to lead Texas over host Los Angeles.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa contributed three hits and scored twice for the Rangers in the third game of the four-game series.
Rangers left-hander Taylor Hearn won his third consecutive start, allowing three runs and seven hits in a career-high seven innings. Hearn (5-4) struck out four and didn’t walk a batter.
Mariners 10, Diamondbacks 4 (11)
Kyle Seager’s two-run double broke a tie in the top of the 11th inning, and Seattle went on to defeat Arizona in Phoenix.
Pinch-hitter Jake Bauers added a two-run double later in the inning as the Mariners won their fifth game in a row and pulled within three games of the American League’s second and final wild-card playoff berth.
The Diamondbacks were swept in the three-game series and have lost eight of their past nine games. Right-hander Yohan Ramirez (1-2) pitched a scoreless 10th for his first major league victory.
Padres 4, Astros 3
Jake Cronenworth hit a walk-off home run with one out in the ninth inning as San Diego won the rubber match of its three-game series with visiting Houston.
Cronenworth drove a slider from Astros reliever Ryne Stanek (1-4) 407 feet into the seats in right field for his 20th home run.
Houston’s loss came in the finale of the team’s nine-game road trip.
–Field Level Media
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