Toronto Blue Jays pound Tampa Bay Rays 20-1, while Gerrit Cole becomes third fastest to 2,000 Ks
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had six RBI and the Toronto Blue Jays stopped a five-game losing streak with a 20-1 rout of the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, scoring their last 10 runs off position players.
Guerrero put Toronto ahead with an RBI single off Taj Bradley (3-1) in the first, had a run-scoring single in the fifth that opened a 10-0 lead and hit a 423-foot grand slam in a nine-run ninth against Luke Raley.
Guerrero is hitting .300 with eight homers and 33 RBI. His six RBI were one shy of his career high.
All 12 Toronto batters in the game had hits, and the Blue Jays finished with 27 hits — their most since getting 29 against Boston in a 28-5 win last July 22.
Tampa Bay entered with the second-fewest runs allowed in the majors at 170 and gave up its most since a 20-8 loss at Boston on Aug. 11, 2021.
Toronto Blue Jays’ Daulton Varsho (25) and Kevin Kiermaier (right) congratulate Danny Jansen
George Springer had four hits, and Bo Bichette, Whit Merrifield, Guerrero and Danny Jansen had three apiece. Springer hit his seventh homer, a solo drive in the third.
Raley, an outfielder and first baseman, allowed seven runs and eight hits over 1 2/3 innings. He threw 27 pitches of 47-54 mph, striking out Guerrero in the eighth.
Catcher Christian Bethancourt entered with two outs in the ninth and gave up Daulton Varsho’s RBI single and Jansen’s two-run homer.
Raley’s ERA is 30.38 after his second mound appearance this season. Bethancourt’s ERA is 81.00.
Zack Burdi gave up six runs in the fifth, five of them earned.
Jose Berrios (4-4) allowed one run, five hits and two walks, striking out five.
Isaac Paredes homered for the Rays, who dropped to 22-5 at home this season. Tampa Bay leads the majors with 95 home runs.
Bradley gave up four runs and nine hits in four innings.
YANKEES 6, ORIOLES 5
Aaron Judge hit a tying homer in the ninth inning and rookie Anthony Volpe drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 10th as the streaking New York Yankees rallied past the Baltimore Orioles 6-5.
Harrison Bader homered to begin New York’s comeback from an early 4-0 deficit, and Judge took Gerrit Cole off the hook for his first loss in 11 starts this season.
Back home from a 6-1 trip, the Yankees (30-20) won their fifth straight in a series opener between AL East rivals who both entered on a roll. They improved to 15-5 in their last 20 games, moving 10 games above .500 for the first time this season.
Cole, who reached 2,000 strikeouts in the second, was pulled after giving up back-to-back singles to start the sixth.
New York Yankees’ Gerrit Cole became the third fastest pitcher to 2,000 strikeouts on Tuesday
RANGERS 6, PIRATES 1
Nathan Eovaldi pitched a complete game for the second time in five starts after throwing just two in the first 226 of his major league career, leading the Texas Rangers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1.
Eovaldi (6-2) allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one, his fifth straight start of at least seven innings.
The 33-year-old right-hander, a 12-year big league veteran, pitched a three-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over the Yankees on April 29.
Rangers pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (right) celebrates team’s 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates
CARDINALS 8, REDS 5
Paul Goldschmidt homered in his first two at-bats and Adam Wainwright earned his first victory over Cincinnati since 2019 as the Cardinals defeated the Reds 8-5.
Since starting the season 10-24, the Cardinals have won 12 of their last 16 games.
Goldschmidt hit solo homers in the first and third innings off Reds starter Graham Ashcraft. He has nine home runs this season and has had three multi-homer games this year and 26 in his career.
St. Louis Cardinals’ Tommy Edman hits a two-run triple during the fourth inning on Tuesday
WHITE SOX 4, GUARDIANS 2
Romy Gonzalez’s two-run double broke a seventh-inning tie and sent the Chicago White Sox to a 4-2 win over the Cleveland Guardians.
Gonzalez snapped a 2-2 tie with his hard hit off rookie Logan Allen (1-2), who was probably left in the game one batter too many by manager Terry Francona.
Yasmani Grandal homered for the White Sox, who started 7-21 but have won six of eight to stay within striking distance in the wide open and winnable AL Central.
White Sox’s Yasmani Grandal celebrates with Clint Frazier (15) after hitting a solo home run
DIAMONDBACKS 4, PHILLIES 3
Corbin Carroll singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning for his third hit and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 on Tuesday night for their ninth victory in 11 games.
At 29-20, Arizona moved nine games over .500 for the first time since September 11, 2018, when it was 77-68.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. extended his hitting streak to 16 games – the longest active run in the majors – with a leadoff double in the eighth off Seranthony Dominguez (1-2). After advancing to third on a passed ball by J.T. Realmuto, Gurriel scored on Carroll’s single to left field through a drawn in infield.
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Gabriel Moreno follows through after hitting a two-run home run
DODGERS 8, BRAVES 1
Bobby Miller won a duel of hard-throwing pitchers, allowing one run over five innings in his big league debut to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to an 8-1 victory over Spencer Strider and the Atlanta Braves.
J.D. Martinez and Jason Heyward homered for the Dodgers, who also got three RBIs from Will Smith.
Strider fanned 11 hitters to add to his MLB-leading strikeout total – his fourth start this season with double-digit Ks and 10th of his young career.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller delivers in the first inning vs. Atlanta
PADRES 7, NATIONALS 4
Juan Soto hit his ninth home run and had three hits to begin a three-game visit to his former team as the San Diego Padres earned a 7-4 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Jake Cronenworth followed Soto’s seventh-inning solo shot with a two-run homer two batters later as the Padres scored four times off Nationals reliever Erasmo Ramirez (2-2).
Xander Bogaerts and Brandon Dixon also went deep earlier against Nationals left-hander MacKenzie Gore, the headliner of six players the rebuilding Nationals received from the Padres in exchange for Soto and Josh Bell at last year’s trade deadline.
Padres’ Xander Bogaerts celebrates with Juan Soto after their game against Washington
CUBS 7, METS 2
Christopher Morel, Matt Mervis and Seiya Suzuki homered as the Chicago Cubs cooled off the New York Mets with a 7-2 victory.
Mervis had three RBI for the Cubs in the opener of a nine-game homestand. Dansby Swanson and Yan Gomes each contributed a run-scoring single, and Drew Smyly pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning.
Morel extended his homer streak to five games with a solo shot against Stephen Nogosek in the seventh. He became the first player with such a streak for the Cubs since Sammy Sosa in June 1998.
Seiya Suzuki (left) and Yan Gomes of the Chicago Cubs celebrate after the 7-2 victory
ROYALS 4, TIGERS 1
Maikel Garcia had three hits, an RBI and a run as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 4-1 to snap a four-game losing streak.
Mike Mayers allowed one run on six hits in 4 2/3 innings in his first start for the Royals. He struck out a career-high eight and walked one.
Jose Cuas (3-0) was the winner, and Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Mike Mayers throws during the first inning against the Tigers
BREWERS 6, ASTROS 0
Joey Wiemer and Owen Miller homered, Colin Rea combined on a five-hitter as the Milwaukee Brewers stopped the Houston Astros’ eight-game winning streak with a 6-0 victory.
Houston second baseman Jose Altuve left in the bottom of the sixth inning. The 33-year-old, playing his fourth game of the season after recovering from a broken right thumb, walked off the field with athletic trainers during a pitching change.
An eight-time All-Star and the 2017 AL MVP, Altuve broke his thumb on March 18 when hit by a pitch from Daniel Bard while playing for Venezuela against the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.
Brewers’ Owen Miller is congratulated after hitting a two-run home run during eighth inning
GIANTS 4, TWINS 3
Michael Conforto doubled to spark a slow-developing sixth-inning rally and hit the go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh for the San Francisco Giants, who rallied to beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 for their seventh win in eight games.
Giants starter Alex Cobb (4-1) finished seven innings for the third time in four starts this month, deftly working around a two-run home run by Byron Buxton in the first inning and a solo shot by Michael Taylor in the fifth that gave the Twins a 3-0 lead.
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