July 6, 2019 / 7:08 AM / 14 days ago

MLB roundup: Padres top Dodgers as quake rattles stadium

Hunter Renfroe hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning and Eric Lauer pitched six strong innings as the visiting San Diego Padres ended their five-game losing streak with a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a game that was played through a strong earthquake.

With the Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez at the plate in the fourth inning, an earthquake centered just over 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles began shaking Dodger Stadium. Hernandez’s at-bat continued uninterrupted, although both foul poles swayed and the live broadcast shook through the center field camera shot.

Lauer gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts, and continues to have success against the Dodgers. He not only took a no-hitter into the fifth inning when he faced Los Angeles on May 3, he is now 4-0 with a 1.47 ERA against the Dodgers in five career starts.

Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits over seven innings with one walk and nine strikeouts as the Dodgers saw their nine-game home winning streak come to an end. Kershaw ended up with a no-decision, but it was the first time the Dodgers lost a home game started by Kershaw since August 13 of last season — ending a streak of 11 straight starts.

Twins 15, Rangers 6

Luis Arraez, Jorge Polanco, Jonathan Schoop and Mitch Garver each homered as Minnesota broke the major league record for most long balls before the All-Star break while cruising past Texas in Minneapolis.

The four home runs give Minnesota a total of 165 with two games remaining before the break, shattering the record of 161 set by the New York Yankees in 2018.

Schoop, who also had two doubles, went 3-for-5 with four RBIs, and Marwin Gonzalez finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs for the Twins, who finished with 20 hits — a team-record-tying 13 for extra bases. Byron Buxton had a pair of doubles while Polanco, Max Kepler, Garver, C.J. Cron and Arraez each finished with two hits.

Phillies 7, Mets 2

Jay Bruce exacted some revenge on his former team Friday night, when he laced a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning to jumpstart a five-run rally that lifted Philadelphia over New York in the opener of a three-game series.

Bruce got the go-ahead hit off Edwin Diaz a little more than seven months after he was dealt to the Seattle Mariners in a blockbuster trade that brought Diaz and Robinson Cano to the Mets. Bruce was traded by the Mariners to the Phillies on June 2.

The Phillies are just 9-14 since June 10, but they’ve won all five of their meetings against the Mets in that span. The Mets are a National League-worst 7-16 since June 10.

Yankees 8, Rays 4 (11 innings)

Aaron Judge hit his second homer of the game leading off the 11th inning, and Brett Gardner hit a three-run homer as New York beat Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Aaron Hicks tied the game at 4-4 two pitches into the eighth when he connected off Emilio Pagan. Judge gave the Yankees the lead again when he drove a first-pitch fastball from Ryne Stanek (0-2) over the center field fence.

Five batters later, Gardner added a three-run homer over the center field fence, helping New York beat Tampa Bay for the sixth straight time.

Brewers 7, Pirates 6 (10 innings)

After blowing a five-run lead in the ninth inning, visiting Milwaukee got an RBI single from Lorenzo Cain in the 10th to beat Pittsburgh.

Against Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez (2-1), Milwaukee’s Orlando Arcia, Manny Pina and Cain singled in succession to produce the winning run.

Jesus Aguilar and Pina each hit a two-run homer in the eighth, Aguilar added an RBI single and Arcia hit a solo homer for Milwaukee, which broke a three-game losing streak. Pittsburgh scored five runs in the ninth for a 6-6 tie, on Starling Marte’s sacrifice fly, Josh Bell’s three-run homer and Jung Ho Kang’s solo shot, his ninth of the season.

Orioles 4, Blue Jays 1

Chris Davis homered and drove in three runs, Dylan Bundy struck out six in 6 2/3 innings, and Baltimore won at Toronto.

Bundy (4-10) allowed one run, three hits and two walks to end a personal four-game losing streak. Left-hander Paul Fry pitched a perfect ninth inning to earn his second save.

Brandon Drury homered for the Blue Jays. Toronto right-hander Aaron Sanchez (3-12) allowed two runs, three hits and four walks while striking out five in five innings. He has not won since April 27, a span of 13 starts.

Angels 5, Astros 4

Jul 5, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Eric Lauer (46) pitches in the first inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Shohei Ohtani celebrated his 25th birthday with a home run, one of four clubbed by Los Angeles in a victory at Houston.

Ohtani blasted a 423-foot solo shot to straightaway center field in the Angels’ three-run third inning. It was his 13th home run of the season, and it came two plate appearances after Kole Calhoun hit a two-run dinger.

Mike Trout homered for the fourth time in the Angels’ past three games, and he matched the club record for home runs prior to the break. Garret Anderson set the mark in 2000, and Trout and Albert Pujols both matched it in 2015.

Royals 7, Nationals 4 (11 innings)

Adalberto Mondesi’s RBI single broke an 11th-inning tie, and two more runs scored on a throwing error by Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman as Kansas City won at Washington.

The Royals loaded the bases against lefty Jonny Venters (0-1) in the 11th, and Mondesi, who had three hits and scored twice, came through with the tiebreaking hit with one out. Alex Gordon then hit a hard grounder to Zimmerman, whose throw home got past the catcher.

The Nationals, who had won four straight and eight of nine, stranded 19 runners and could not take advantage of 11 walks. Zimmerman (three doubles) and Brian Dozier had RBI hits in the bottom of the ninth as Washington tied the game at 4-4 against Royals closer Ian Kennedy.

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 0

Christian Walker slugged two home runs, Zack Greinke pitched seven scoreless innings, and Arizona snapped an eight-game losing streak to Colorado with a victory in Phoenix.

Walker gave Arizona a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning on a two-run, opposite-field shot to right. He smacked a three-run homer in a six-run fifth inning for an 8-0 lead. That was Walker’s 17th home run of the season and marked his first career game with multiple home runs.

Greinke (10-3) gave up four hits, struck out nine and walked none, relying more than usual on his slow curveball, often inducing swings-and-misses by locating the pitch off the plate at speeds below 70 mph. He heads into his sixth All-Star Game having thrown 14 consecutive scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 2.73.

Red Sox 9, Tigers 6

Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs, and visiting Boston topped Detroit. The game was delayed 2 hours, 4 minutes by rain prior to the sixth inning.

Mookie Betts supplied three hits, scored three runs and knocked in another for the Red Sox. Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer and reached base three times. Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez (9-4) allowed one run on four hits in five innings to collect the victory.

Jeimer Candelario had two hits and drove in two runs for Detroit, while Brandon Dixon contributed two hits and scored twice. John Hicks also knocked in two runs, including hitting a solo homer in the ninth.

A’s 5, Mariners 2

Brett Anderson (9-5) pitched 6 1/3 strong innings as Oakland won at Seattle. The left-hander allowed two runs on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts as the A’s won for the eighth time in their past 10 games.

Liam Hendriks, announced earlier in the day as a substitute for the All-Star Game, pitched the ninth for his fourth save.

Anderson outdueled Mariners rookie left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (4-6), who allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out five. Seattle lost for the seventh time in eight games.

Braves 1, Marlins 0

Brian McCann lined a bases-loaded single into left field to drive in Freddie Freeman with the winning run in the ninth inning, giving host Atlanta the win over Miami.

Freeman led off the ninth with a double off the wall against Jose Quijada (0-3), and Josh Donaldson was intentionally walked. The runners advanced to second and third on a Nick Markakis infield grounder, and the Marlins intentionally walked Austin Riley to load the bases.

McCann then hit Quijada’s first-pitch fastball for the game-winner as Atlanta improved to 9-1 against the Marlins this year. The Braves have won the teams’ past eight meetings.

Cardinals 9, Giants 4

Jose Martinez hit the sixth pitch of the game an estimated 433 feet for a home run, and Paul Goldschmidt went ever farther with a Drew Pomeranz offering five pitches later for a two-run shot, sending St. Louis to a win at San Francisco.

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Dexter Fowler added a single, a triple and a home run for the Cardinals, who have won three in a row after opening a nine-game Western swing with three losses in four games. Dakota Hudson (7-4) pitched five innings of three-run ball for the win.

The loss ended San Francisco’s bid for its first five-game winning streak since May 30-June 4, 2018.

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