Story's Monster slam lands in former Red Sox player's hands
BOSTON -- Trevor Story hit a grand slam over the Green Monster - and into the hands of a former Red Sox player - a night after hitting three over Fenway Park's fabled left field wall, leading Boston to a 7-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Story connected on a thigh-high 1-2 slider off Robbie Ray (4-4), driving it into the first row of seats to give Boston a 4-0 lead in the third inning. Former Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes, a member of Boston's 2013 World Series champions, was seated atop the Monster. He moved a few steps to his right and caught Story's slam against his body, high-fiving the person next to him with a big smile.
Jackie Bradley Jr. added a three-run shot for the Red Sox, who won for the seventh time in 10 games following a season-high five-game losing streak.
Austin Davis (1-1) relieved starter Michael Wacha with two on and two outs in the fifth, striking out J.P. Crawford before working a perfect sixth for the victory.
Abraham Toro hit a two-run homer for the Mariners, who have dropped four of five.
DIAMONDBACKS 10, CUBS 6
CHICAGO -- Josh Rojas launched his first three longballs of the season and Arizona powered past Chicago in a game of home run derby at Wrigley Field.
With a strong wind blowing out on a warm day, the teams combined to clear the walls 11 times - the Diamondbacks connected seven times. David Peralta went deep twice and Alek Thomas and Christian Walker added solo shots as the Diamondbacks won their second straight after a six-game slide. Humberto Castellanos (3-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings for the win.
Rojas posted his first three-homer game and third career multi-homer effort. After a flyout in the first inning, he hit a solo homer in the third, a two-run drive in the fifth and another solo home run in the seventh.
Jonathan Villar homered and doubled for the Cubs in his 1,000th big league game. Patrick Wisdom hit his seventh homer to end an 0-for-10 slump Cubs rookie Christopher Morel and Ildemaro Vargas also homered. Kyle Hendricks (2-4) yielded a season-high seven runs and eight hits in five innings.
BRAVES 5, MARLINS 3
MIAMI -- Ronald Acuña Jr. led off the game with a deep double and later singled and stole a base as Atlanta beat Miami in the Braves slugger's first game at the stadium where he sustained a season-ending knee injury last year.
Acuña didn't play in the World Series after tearing his knee in a game at Miami on July 10. Because of the synthetic surface at loanDepot Park, the star outfielder is scheduled to be the designated hitter during the weekend series.
Marcell Ozuna homered for the third consecutive game, while Dansby Swanson and Travis d'Arnaud also went deep for the Braves. Charlie Morton (3-3) pitched 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball. Will Smith threw a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Jorge Soler hit his eighth homer for Miami. It was his first against Atlanta since he was the MVP of the World Series for the champion Braves last season.
Atlanta struck quickly against Trevor Rogers (2-5) in the first. Ozzie Albies hit a single that scored Acuña, and Ozuna followed with a two-run shot. Swanson made it 4-0 when he led off the second with his fifth homer. Rogers allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings.
RANGERS 3, ASTROS 0
HOUSTON -- Martín Pérez pitched his first shutout since 2014, scattering seven singles as Texas ended Houston's nine-game home winning streak.
It was the first complete-game shutout for Texas since Kyle Gibson beat the Astros 1-0 on Sept. 16, 2020.
Pérez (3-2) struck out five, walked one and threw 108 pitches. The 31-year-old lefty won his third straight start and has a 1.64 ERA in eight outings this season. Pérez last threw a shutout on April 23, 2014, against Oakland.
Kole Calhoun homered for the Rangers, who snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Astros in Houston. They won for the first time at Minute Maid Park since Sept. 16, 2020.
Cristian Javier (2-2) yielded one run on three hits with a career-high tying nine strikeouts in six innings.
DODGERS 4, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA -- Freddie Freeman singled three times and drove in two runs, Julio Urías pitched five shutout innings and Los Angeles beat Philadelphia for its sixth straight victory.
Trea Turner doubled and had an RBI for the NL West-leading Dodgers, who opened a 10-day, 10-game road trip.
Urías (3-3) gave up two hits and struck out five with no walks. Craig Kimbrel got one out for his eighth save in as many tries.
The Phillies continued to struggle without slugger Bryce Harper, who missed his fifth straight game after having a platelet-rich plasma injection in his injured right elbow on Sunday. Philadelphia lost for the fourth time in the last five and avoided its third shutout defeat over that stretch when J.T. Realmuto hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth.
Ranger Suarez (4-2) lasted just three innings, allowing three runs and five hits with five strikeouts and two walks.
BLUE JAYS 2, REDS 1
TORONTO -- Hyun Jin Ryu pitched six shutout innings to earn his first victory of the season, and Toronto held Cincinnati star Joey Votto in check in his return from COVID-19.
Making his fourth start of the season and his second after being activated off the injured list because of a sore forearm, Ryu (1-0) allowed six hits, including five doubles, walked none and struck out three. Jordan Romano got three outs for his 13th save in 15 chances as Toronto improved to 11-6 in one-run games. The Blue Jays are 21-18 overall.
Playing a series in his Canadian hometown for the fourth time, and the first since 2017, Votto went 1 for 4 with a double. He was activated off the COVID-19 injured list before the game. He last played in the majors on May 1.
Luis Castillo (0-2) made his third start of the season and lost his second straight outing, allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings. The right-hander walked none and struck out five.
GUARDIANS 6, TIGERS 1
CLEVELAND -- José Ramírez hit a three-run homer and tripled a day after avoiding a serious injury when he fouled a ball off his leg, and Cleveland defeated Detroit.
Both teams were without their managers for the series opener. Detroit's A.J. Hinch wasn't feeling well, though he tested negative for COVID-19. Bench coach George Lombard managed the team. Cleveland's Terry Francona missed the game to have a minor surgical procedure and was expected back Saturday. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale filled in.
Ramirez's three-run homer off reliever Jacob Barnes (3-1) in the sixth gave Cleveland a 4-0 lead. Barnes was in the game because of yet another injury to a Detroit starting pitcher. Tarik Skubal extended his scoreless innings streak to 19, but left the game after being struck on the leg by a line drive after pitching five scoreless innings.
Cleveland starter Aaron Civale (2-3) improved to 7-0 in eight career starts against Detroit, but he was removed in the seventh with an apparent injury. The right-hander tripped while running toward first base after fielding a grounder.
BREWERS 7, NATIONALS 0
MILWAUKEE -- Eric Lauer pitched seven sharp innings and Rowdy Tellez and Tyrone Taylor homered as Milwaukee defeated Washington.
The Nationals didn't score, but they did provide a couple of highlights as they unsuccessfully attempted an inside-the-park homer in the top of the seventh and executed a triple play in the bottom of the inning. It was the Nationals' first triple play since July 30, 2016, at San Francisco.
Lauer (4-1) and Nationals starter Erick Fedde (2-3) each had a shutout going when Luis Urías drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the sixth. After Christian Yelich hit into a fielder's choice, Tellez hit Fedde's next pitch into the second deck beyond the right-field wall.
Lauer struck out five and allowed five hits and no walks. Fedde gave up the two runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
CARDINALS 5, PIRATES 3
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings of one-run ball to extend his domination of Pittsburgh, and battery-mate Yadier Molina keyed a four-run sixth inning with a two-run single as St. Louis beat the Pirates.
Wainwright has won 10 straight decisions against the Pirates and gone 19 starts since last losing to Pittsburgh in 2016, on opening day. He scattered four hits, walked three and struck out three to improve his career record to 23-7 vs. Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals scored a run on a fielder's choice in the first inning, and broke it open in the sixth, extending their lead to 5-0. Molina's single with the bases loaded was sandwiched between RBI singles by Dylan Carlson and Harrison Bader.
Michael Chavis hit a solo home run in the seventh to end Wainwright's 38 1/3-inning scoreless streak against the Pirates. Bryan Reynolds had an RBI single and Yoshi Tsutsugo added a run-producing grounder.
Zach Thompson (2-4) allowed one run and five hits in five innings with two strikeouts and a walk.
ORIOLES 8, RAYS 6, 13 INNINGS
BALTIMORE -- Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer in the 13th inning and Baltimore snapped a 15-game losing streak to Tampa Bay.
The Orioles' last win over Tampa Bay was on July 19 at Tropicana Field, and Baltimore hadn't beaten the Rays at home since Sept. 20, 2020. The 15-game run had been the longest active winning streak over a single opponent in the majors.
The Rays appeared to take the lead in the 13th against Nick Vespi (1-0) on a single by Kevin Kiermaier, but Wander Franco was ruled out at the plate on a throw by left fielder Austin Hays after a review.
In the bottom half, Ramon Urias had a sacrifice bunt before Odor pounded a 1-1 pitch from Ralph Garza (0-1) to the flag court in right field.
The Rays took leads in the 10th and 11th innings, only to see the Orioles tie it again.
TWINS 6, ROYALS 4
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kyle Garlick and Jose Miranda each drove in two runs, leading Devin Smeltzer and Minnesota past Kansas City.
Garlick put Minnesota on the scoreboard with an RBI single in a three-run first inning and added a sacrifice fly in the second. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth. Miranda had two hits, including a two-run double with two outs in the eighth that made it 6-3.
Smeltzer (1-0) allowed one run and five hits over 5 1/3 innings, throwing 74 pitches in his second major league start this season. He walked one and did not record a strikeout. Jhoan Duran worked 1 2/3 hitless innings to set up Emilio Pagán for his sixth save. Pagán gave up three hits in the ninth, including Emmanuel Rivera's solo homer.
Carlos Santana also had a solo shot for the Royals. Starter Daniel Lynch (2-3) gave up four runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings.
PADRES 8, GIANTS 7, 10 INNINGS
SAN FRANCISCO -- Manny Machado hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and San Diego won in manager Bob Melvin's return less than two weeks after undergoing prostate surgery May 11.
Jake Cronenworth homered, Wil Myers doubled in two late runs and the Padres recovered after blowing leads of 4-1 and 6-4. Machado finished with three hits, raising his batting average to .359.
Darin Ruf homered twice for San Francisco, which has lost four of six.
After the Giants tied it on Wilmer Flores' two-run single off Luis García (2-2) with two outs in the ninth, Machado drove a slider on the outside of the plate from Camilo Doval (0-2) deep into center field to drive in Cronenworth. Two batters later, Jurickson Profar - who was booed throughout the game after getting into an exchange with fans in the third inning - hit an RBI single that appeared to ricochet off Doval's foot, scoring Machado.
ATHLETICS 4, ANGELS 2
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Seth Brown hit a go-ahead home run in the fifth inning and Oakland topped skidding Los Angeles.
After Jed Lowrie walked with one out, Brown drove a fastball from Chase Silseth (1-1) down the right-field line to give the A's a 3-2 lead. The outfielder began the night batting .186 but is 5 for 12 over the last four games after starting the month with a 4-for-39 slump.
Lowrie also went deep and scored two runs for Oakland, which had dropped four of five. Sam Moll (1-0) got the win and Dany Jimenez picked up his eighth save.
Anthony Rendon had two hits and drove in a run for the Angels, who have lost a season-high four straight games.
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