Wilson Ramos produced an RBI single in the eighth inning, and the visiting Tampa Bay Rays snapped the Houston Astros’ 12-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.
Ramos, who leads all American League catchers in voting for the All-Star Game, lined a pitch from Astros right-hander Hector Rondon that just cleared the glove of leaping third baseman Yuli Gurriel and scored Matt Duffy, who opened the frame with a double to right field.
Rondon (1-2) had worked 13 consecutive scoreless appearances, and he stranded Adeiny Hechavarria at second base after entering in relief of Justin Verlander with two outs in the seventh. Duffy and Ramos both went 2-for-4 while Joey Wendle also posted a multi-hit game.
The Rays prevented Houston from setting a franchise record for consecutive wins. Right-hander Sergio Romo notched his fourth save by recording the final two outs of the ninth.
Cardinals 7, Phillies 6
Matt Carpenter hit the tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning as part of a three-RBI performance as St. Louis edged host Philadelphia.
Carpenter deposited an 0-2 pitch from Phillies right-hander Seranthony Dominguez (1-1) just inside the right-field foul pole with two outs in the ninth.
Tommy Pham and Kolten Wong added solo homers for the Cardinals. Odubel Herrera and Carlos Santana homered for Philadelphia, the 11th for each.
Giants 6, Marlins 3
Buster Posey homered and then got involved in a beanball war that prompted the ejection of Miami starting pitcher Dan Straily and manager Don Mattingly, helping San Francisco to extract a small measure of revenge with a win at AT&T Park.
After Giants starter Dereck Rodriguez plunked Lewis Brinson, one of the heroes of Miami’s come-from-behind win Monday, in the top of the second inning, both pitchers and benches were warned to avoid further retaliation. Mattingly complained to the umpires after they’d warned his team even though it was Brinson who was hit Tuesday night, closing his argument by saying to Posey, “You’re next.”
Sure enough, after the Giants had increased their lead to 3-0 in the third inning, Straily nailed Posey, resulting in the pitcher’s ejection, as well as his manager’s.
Angels 5, Diamondbacks 4
Ian Kinsler homered and Mike Trout reached base four times for the second game in a row, helping Los Angeles snap a three-game losing streak with a narrow win over Arizona.
Angels pitcher Felix Pena, making his first career major league start, gave up one run on two hits and three walks, but lasted just four innings. Four Angels relievers combined to pitch the final five innings, Blake Parker pitching the eighth and ninth for his eighth save.
Trout drove in two runs with a single, walked twice and reached on catcher’s interference, raising his on-base percentage to a major league-best .469.
Rockies 10, Mets 8
Nolan Arenado hit the first of three consecutive home runs in a six-run third inning, and Colorado held on to beat visiting New York.
Trevor Story and Ian Desmond also homered in the third to help the Rockies end an eight-game home losing streak. It was the longest home losing streak since Colorado lost nine in a row at Mile High Stadium in its inaugural 1993 season.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Kevin Plawecki had two hits apiece for New York, which had its three-game winning streak snapped.
Twins 6, Red Sox 2
Eduardo Escobar knocked a tiebreaking single to center field that plated two runs in a four-run eighth inning to help Minnesota beat Boston to start a three-game series.
Escobar’s hit trickled past Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. for his second error of the season, scoring Ryan LaMarre from second and Joe Mauer from first to make it 4-2. Escobar went to third on the error.
Minnesota reliever Zach Duke (3-2) got the win despite allowing a run on two hits in the eighth inning. Boston reliever Robby Scott (0-1) took the loss in his season debut, permitting two runs on no hits and a walk in one-third of an inning.
Dodgers 4, Cubs 3 (Game 1)
Pinch hitter Kyle Farmer hit a two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning to give visiting Los Angeles a win over Chicago in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
The afternoon game was rescheduled from Monday night after rain and a failing bank of lights at Wrigley Field forced the postponement of the series opener. It was the first of seven games to be played between the two teams in a span of 10 days.
The Dodgers were 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position before Farmer pulled a pitch from Justin Wilson (1-2) down the left field line and into the corner.
Cubs 2, Dodgers 1 (10) (Game 2)
Albert Almora hit a walk-off RBI single to right field in the 10th inning as Chicago earned a doubleheader split against Los Angeles in the nightcap.
Kris Bryant tripled into the right field corner to open the bottom of the 10th against Dodgers reliever Brock Stewart (0-1). Javy Baez was intentionally walked before Almora delivered his game-winning hit.
Rob Zastryzny (1-0) picked up the victory after recording one out in the 10th when he retired Yasmani Grandal on a fly ball to right field with the bases loaded. The Dodgers were 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Rangers 4, Royals 1
Cole Hamels allowed just four hits and an unearned run in seven innings and rookie third baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa and right fielder Nomar Mazara each had three-hit games to lead visiting Texas past Kansas City for its fourth straight win.
Keone Kela picked up his 17th save in 17 opportunities in 2018 and 19th in a row dating back to last season with a 1-2-3 ninth for the Rangers. Jake Diekman struck out two in a perfect eighth to garner his eighth hold.
Hamels (4-6), who has a 1.45 ERA and .176 opponent batting average in his last five road games, walked three and struck out seven and departed after throwing 108 pitches, 72 of which were strikes.
A’s 4, Padres 2 (10)
Jed Lowrie hit a two-run homer with two outs in the top of the 10th inning after his team tied the game on a two-out homer in the ninth to give Oakland an inspiring win over San Diego in the opener of a short two-game series at Petco Park
Marcus Semien singled with one out in the 10th and was at third on a stolen base and a throwing error by catcher Raffy Lopez when Lowrie connected on a 374-foot drive to right off Padres right-handed reliever Adam Cimber (3-3).
Right-hander Lou Trivino (4-1) struck out two in two perfect innings to earn the win as A’s relievers retired 10 of the final 11 Padres batters to end the game. Right-hander Blake Treinen got his 16th save.
Nationals 9, Orioles 7
Anthony Rendon’s two-run double to left in the seventh proved to be the game-winning hit as Washington came from behind to beat visiting Baltimore in the first of a three-game interleague series.
Trailing 6-5 in the seventh, Washington jumped to the lead for good off Tanner Scott (0-1), the fourth of five Orioles pitchers.
Justin Miller (5-0) earned the win for Washington with two innings of one-run, two-hit pitching in relief of starter Jefry Rodriguez. Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth to earn his 19th save.
Reds 9, Tigers 5
Joey Votto blasted a grand slam and Sal Romano notched his second consecutive sharp performance as Cincinnati ended Detroit’s five-game winning streak.
Votto’s homer was his seventh of the year. He also walked twice and scored two runs.
Romano (4-7) tossed seven scoreless innings on Tuesday and recorded six strikeouts while allowing four hits and four walks. Detroit starter Matthew Boyd (4-5) lasted just four innings. He gave up five runs on six hits while striking out five.
Yankees 7, Mariners 2
Domingo German pitched seven outstanding innings as host New York hit four home runs to cruise past Seattle.
German (2-4) allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits while working quickly in his second career victory. He retired 19 straight after allowing the first two hitters to reach.
The only hits German allowed were Dee Gordon’s double four pitches into the game and Nelson Cruz’s 18th homer of the season.
Indians 6, White Sox 3
Mike Clevinger struck out 10 batters, and Francisco Lindor delivered a two-run single in a four-run second inning, as Cleveland remained undefeated at home against Chicago.
Clevinger (6-2) gave up one run on five hits over 7 2/3 innings as he improved to 3-0 against the White Sox this season. It was his second consecutive outing against the American League Central rival after striking out 11 on Thursday in Chicago. Cody Allen got the last out for his 15th save in 16 chances.
The White Sox dropped their sixth consecutive game and are 2-7 against the Indians this season. They are 11-23 against the AL Central.
Brewers 3, Pirates 2
Rookie right-hander Freddy Peralta continued the strong start to his career with six shutout innings and Jesus Aguilar hit a two-run homer and an RBI double Tuesday as Milwaukee edged host Pittsburgh.
The Brewers had lost three straight, while Pittsburgh had won four of five.
Peralta (2-0), who was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to make his third big league start, allowed two hits, both singles, with seven strikeouts and no walks. Over his three starts, the first two in May, Peralta, 22, has 25 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings.
Braves 11, Blue Jays 4
Johan Camargo hit his first career grand slam and had a career-best five RBIs in going 4-for-5 to lead visiting Atlanta over Toronto.
Charlie Culberson added a solo homer and made a spectacular catch in left field with two runners on base in the first inning for the Braves, who won their third in a row and ended Toronto’s three-game winning streak.
Ender Inciarte added three hits, had three RBIs and scored three runs for Atlanta.
—Field Level Media