Matt Holliday, Danny Salazar, Eric Thames and the MLB roundup

Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana (41) and Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) during the ninth inning at Target Field. Cleveland Indians won 3-1. (Photo: Jordan Johnson-USA TODAY Sports)

Boston Red Sox (8-5) 4
Tampa Bay Rays (6-8) 3
BOSTON, MA– Andrew Benintendi had his second straight three-hit game to go along with a go ahead two-run single in the Red Sox’ win on Patriots’ Day. Steven Wright took the mound for Boston, allowing three runs (one earned) on nine hits in six and one-third innings. Getting the start for the Rays was Blake Snell who ate up five innings while giving up four runs, only one being earned. Steven Souza Jr. finished the game two for four with two RBI.

New York Yankees (9-4) 7
Chicago White Sox (6-6) 4
NEW YORK, NY– Matt Holliday hit a 459 foot three-run home run during the Yankees’ five-run third inning to propel them to their eighth consecutive victory. Also contributing were Starlin Castro who had three hits, and Aaron Judge who homered and drove in three. Jordan Montgomery picked up his first career win after tossing six innings with three runs allowed on seven hits. Yolmer Sanchez broke up the shutout bid in the seventh inning with a three-run home run. Derek Holland tossed four and two-thirds innings for the White Sox and was tagged with seven runs (six earned) on ten hits.

Cleveland Indians (6-7) 3
Minnesota Twins (7-6) 1
MINNEAPOLIS, MN–  Danny Salazar retired fifteen of the last eighteen batters he faced and struck out seven to pick up the win for the Indians. Michael Brantley continued his dominance against Twins starter Kyle Gibson as he hit a long ball and had two RBI to raise his career average to .385. Gibson’s day consisted of hurling five and one-third innings while allowing three runs on two walks and eight hits. Driving in the lone run for Minnesota was Eddie Rosario on a second inning RBI single.

Houston Astros (9-4) 3
Los Angeles Angels (6-8) 0
HOUSTON, TX– Jose Altuve drove in two runs on a double and a sacrifice fly as the Astros shutout the Angels. Charlie Morton started for the Astros and tossed five shutout innings giving up five hits and two walks en route to his first scoreless appearance since April 12, 2016. Opposing him on the mound was Jesse Chavez who made it seven innings for the Angels allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out five.

Texas Rangers (5-8) 7
Oakland Athletics (5-8) 0
OAKLAND, CA– Nomar Mazara was the catalyst of the Rangers’ offense driving in three runs on two hits and also scoring a run in their shutout win over the A’s. A.J. Griffin held Oakland scoreless through six innings while striking out eight and retiring the last fourteen batters he faced. Jharel Cotton struggled for the Athletics letting up five runs and walking four in five and one third innings.

Seattle Mariners (6-8) 6
Miami Marlins (7-6) 1
SEATTLE, WA– Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz hit back-to-back home runs in the first inning to help the Mariners win their fourth straight game. Ariel Miranda pitched a gem for Seattle, going seven scoreless innings, while giving up just four singles and striking out five. The Marlins’ run came off of a Christian Yelich home run in the ninth inning. Tom Koehler got the start for Miami and was knocked out after getting chased for five runs in four innings.

Atlanta Braves (6-6) 5
San Diego Padres (5-9) 4
ATLANTA, GA– Dansby Swanson picked the perfect time to get his first base knock of the game as he hit an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Braves a four game sweep of the Padres. Freddie Freeman also had four hits for Atlanta with two of those being home runs to go along with three RBI. Getting the start for the Braves was Jaime Garcia who limited the Padres to two runs on five hits through six and one third innings. Austin Hedges finished the game two for three with a two-run home run and a double. Jered Weaver started for San Diego, striking out three while giving up three runs (two earned) in six innings of work.

Arizona Diamondbacks (9-5) 4
Los Angeles Dodgers (7-7) 2
LOS ANGELES, CA– A.J. Pollock and David Peralta each had four hits and combined for three RBI to lead the Diamondbacks over their division rival, Dodgers. Robbie Ray continued his strong start to the season for Arizona allowing just two runs (one earned) while striking out ten in six innings of work. Enrique Hernandez hit his first home run of the season and Logan Forsythe had a sacrifice fly accounting for both of the Dodgers’ runs. Brandon McCarthy got the opportunity to face his former team and earned a no decision as he allowed two runs and struck out eight in five innings.

St. Louis Cardinals (4-9) 2
Pittsburgh Pirates (6-7) 1
ST. LOUIS, MO– Jose Martinez smacked a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning to help snap the Cardinals’ three-game losing streak. The Cardinals’ starter, Lance Lynn, held the Pirates scoreless through seven and allowed just three hits and one walk. Gregory Polanco made the game interesting in the ninth when he hit a pinch hit RBI double to cut St. Louis’ lead to just one. Ivan Nova started for Pittsburgh, going eight innings while giving up two runs on five hits and no walks.

Milwaukee Brewers (8-6) 6
Chicago Cubs (6-7) 3
CHICAGO, IL– Eric Thames tied a club record as he hit a home run for the fifth straight game in the Brewers’ sixth win in their past seven games. Hitting right after Thames in the lineup, Ryan Braun went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI. Chase Anderson was credited with the win after throwing five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks. Albert Almora Jr. provided two runs for the Cubs with a double in the third inning. John Lackey was prone to the home run ball as he fell victim to three different Brewers hitting dingers. He finished his night letting up four runs on seven hits in six innings pitched.

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