MLB Wrap: Story’s homer starts Red Sox to 4-0 win over Rays
BOSTON (AP) — Trevor Story hit a solo homer, Kutter Crawford pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-hit relief and the Boston Red Sox won their eighth straight Fourth of July game, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 on Monday.
Franchy Cordero added an RBI single for the Red Sox, who won their second straight game and improved to just 9-16 against AL East rivals.
Tampa Bay had its three-game winning streak halted. The Rays had just two hits, both singles.
Crawford (2-2) struck out eight and walked one, and John Schreiber got five outs for third save. Josh Fleming (2-4) gave up four runs in five innings of relief.
ORIOLES 7, RANGERS 6
BALTIMORE (AP) — Jorge Mateo limped to first base when Matt Moore (3-1) hit him near the left knee with the bases loaded in the 10th.
Rookie Adley Rutschman tied the score against Joe Barlow with a two-out RBI double in the ninth that hit off the right-field wall.
Baltimore got its sixth walkoff win and reached the season’s midpoint at 37-44, a vast improvement from 27-54 at the halfway point last year. Bryan Baker (3-3) struck out two in a hitless 10th.
MARLINS 3, NATIONALS 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryan De La Cruz hit a two-run homer off the foul pole in the 10th, a drive off Tanner Rainey (1-3).
Miami beat the Nationals for the 12th time in 13 games this year, including seven in a row. They extended their winning streak to five.
Jimmy Yacabonis (1-1) got the win after pitching a scoreless ninth, and Dylan Floro got his second save in as many days — his first two this season.
ASTROS 7, ROYALS 6
HOUSTON (AP) — Yordan Alvarez his 24th homer, a tiebreaking, two-out drive off Scott Barlow (2-2) in the ninth as Houston overcame a 5-0 fourth-inning deficit and won its seventh straight.
Kyle Tucker sparked a three-run eighth with a two-run single, and Houston won for the 15th time in 18 games.
Ryne Stanek (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth.
MARINERS 8, PADRES 2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Prized rookie Julio Rodriguez hit a monster two-run homer, Cal Raleigh drove in four runs and Chris Flexen pitched Seattle past San Diego.
The Mariners won their third straight and sixth in seven games. The Padres lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
Flexen (5-8) permitted four hits in 6 2/3 innings before three relievers finished off the slumping Padres. Trent Grisham hit a two-run homer in the ninth.
Rodriguez connected off Sean Manaea (3-4) in the fourth to make it 4-0. It was his 15th homer this season and 12th in his last 40 games. He became the first player in big league history with 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases in his first 81 games.
METS 7, REDS 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor homered to lead New York over Cincinnati.
Taijuan Walker (7-2) struck out nine in six innings as the Mets won their second straight after losing four of five. The NL East leaders improved to 50-30, and ace right-hander Max Scherzer returns Tuesday night after being sidelined since May 18 by a strained left oblique muscle.
Nick Senzel and Brandon Drury homered for last-place Cincinnati, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Reds rookie Hunter Greene (3-10) was tagged for six runs in 5 1/3 innings.
Walker allowed three runs and four hits. Seth Lugo pitched the ninth for his third save.
DIAMONDACKS 8, GIANTS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Madison Bumgarner beat his former team and Arizona sent San Francisco to its fifth straight loss.
Last season, the Giants went 17-2 against Arizona in winning the NL West title. But in the first of their 19 meetings this year, Bumgarner (4-8) and the Diamondbacks prevailed.
Bumgarner, now in his third season with Arizona after helping the Giants win three World Series championships, allowed three runs in five innings.
Carlos Rodon (7-5) gave up four runs in five innings, striking out seven.
TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 3, 10 INNINGS
CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Arraez had three hits, including a tiebreaking single in Minnesota’s four-run 10th inning against Chicago.
Arraez’s leadoff grounder against Joe Kelly (0-2) drove in pinch-runner Gilberto Celestino. Jorge Polanco added a sacrifice fly, and Alex Kirilloff made it 6-2 with a two-run single.
Kelly hurt himself with consecutive walks. Chicago manager Tony La Russa was ejected by plate umpire David Rackley as the 10th inning fell apart for the White Sox.
Chicago also ran itself into a triple play with an embarrassing baserunning display in the seventh.
The AL Central contenders faced off hours after a gunman opened fire on an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, killing at least six people. The White Sox talked to Major League Baseball about postponing the game, but it went on as scheduled.
The postgame fireworks show was canceled, and a moment of silence was observed before the first pitch.
Emilio Pagan (3-3) got three outs for the win. Jhoan Duran allowed AJ Pollock’s RBI single in the 10th before closing it out.
Arraez hiked his major league-leading batting average to .348. Byron Buxton hit a two-run homer for the first-place Twins.
Jose Abreu homered for the White Sox.
ATHLETICS 5, BLUE JAYS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Vogt hit a home run and a sacrifice fly, treating his family to a big performance after they just arrived for the summer, and Oakland defeated Toronto.
Ramon Laureano also went deep and Elvis Andrus had an early two-run double to back Cole Irvin’s gem for the A’s, who drew a season-high 24,403 fans on a Fourth of July fireworks night.
Irvin (3-6) retired his first 11 batters and didn’t issue a walk over a season-best eight innings to earn his first win in nine starts since returning from the injured list May 22. He had been 0-5 during that stretch, with four straight losses.
Alek Manoah (9-3) was tagged for five runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.