MLB Roundup: Cleveland Wins 17th straight, A’s sweep DH from Astros, White Sox Hit 6 Homers and Aroldis Chapman regains closer role for Yanks

St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (16) forces out Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Chris Bostick (63) as he turns the double play in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium. (Photo: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

CLEVELAND INDIANS (86-56) 4
BALTIMORE ORIOLES (71-71) 2
BALTIMORE, MD- Cleveland won their 17th consecutive game on Saturday and remain the hottest team in baseball. Baltimore jumped on Indians’ starter, Josh Tomlin, in the first with a Trey Mancini RBI single, but Tomlin settled in to allow two earned runs over five frames. Cleveland took 2-1 lead on a Jay Bruce RBI single in the fourth and extended the lead to 3-1 on a fifth inning RBI double from Carlos Santana. Tim Beckham cut the Indians lead to one with a sixth inning home run but Francisco Lindor responded in the seventh with a home run of his own. Cody Allen threw a scoreless ninth to earn his 25th save of the season.

NEW YORK YANKEES (76-65) 3
TEXAS RANGERS (71-70) 1
ARLINGTON, TX- Luis Severino and Andrew Cashner were locked into a pitchers’ duel, heading into the eighth inning with Texas up 1-0. The Yankees tied it in the eighth with a Chase Headley sacrifice fly and then took the lead in the ninth on a Tyler Austin RBI single. Aroldis Chapman regained the closer role for the Yankees, throwing a scoreless ninth, his 17th save of the season. Luis Severino finished with seven innings of one-run ball and ten strikeouts.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS (74-68) 15
CHICAGO CUBS (77-65) 2
CHICAGO, IL- Hernan Perez led the Brewers on an offensive explosion, going 2-5 with a home run and five RBI. Orlando Arcia went 3-5 with a double and three RBI while Keon Broxton converted a hit and three walks into four runs of his own. Chase Anderson had a day on both the mound and at the plate, throwing five scoreless innings and allowing only two baserunners while also going 2-3 with two RBI.

HOUSTON ASTROS (86-55) 1
OAKLAND ATHLETICS (61-80) 11
(Game One)
OAKLAND, CA- The bottom of the A’s lineup powered game one, with their five though eight hitters scoring eight of their eleven runs. Boog Powell led the way, going 2-3 with a double, three runs and two RBIs. Daniel Gossett threw six innings of one-run ball with seven punch outs to earn the win.

HOUSTON ASTROS (86-56) 4
OAKLAND ATHLETICS (62-80) 11
(Game Two)
OAKLAND, CA- The A’s put up another eleven runs in game two, matching their total from game one. Chad Pinder led the way, going 2-5 with two home runs and five RBI. Boog Powell and Matt Olson each went 2-4 with three and two RBI, respectively. Daniel Mengden earned a quality start for Oakland, allowing three earned runs over six innings and striking out four. Jose Altuve added his 23rd home run of the season for the Astros.

DETROIT TIGERS (60-81) 4
TORONTO BLUE JAYS (65-77) 5
TORONTO, CANDADA- Detroit jumped on Brett Anderson early with Miguel Cabrera launching a first inning two run shot to left field. That was not enough though as Kevin Pillar led the way for the Jays, going 4-4 with a home run and two RBI. The Tigers entered the ninth down 5-2 and were able to cut the lead to one on a James McCann RBI single, but runners were stranded one first and third base as Ryan Tepera earned his second save on the season.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES (54-88) 5
WASHINGTON NATIONALS (87-55) 4
WASHINGTON, DC- Rookie Rhys Hoskins stayed hot, hitting his 14th home run of the season while also walking three times. Maikel Franco hit his 20th homer on the year and Cesar Hernandez also added three hits for the Phillies. Michael Taylor tried to lead a comeback for the Nats, cutting the lead to two with a fourth inning two run shot and then cutting the lead again to one with a sixth-inning RBI single. The Phillies bullpen locked it down though, throwing three scoreless innings after starter, Mark Leiter Jr, was pulled after six. Hector Neris earned his 20th save on the season.

TAMPA BAY RAYS (70-73) 0
BOSTON RED SOX (81-61) 9
BOSTON, MA- Chris Sale bounced back from his rough start against the Yankees, throwing six scoreless innings and striking out eight. Dustin Pedroia hit his first home run since returning from the DL while Andrew Benintendi went 3-5 with a double and three RBI. With the win, the Red Sox remain 4.5 games up on the Yankees for the AL East division lead.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (56-88) 1
CHICAGO WHITE SOX (55-86) 13
CHICAGO, IL- Six of the White Sox nine starters all homered on Saturday, including Jose Abreu who hit for the cycle. The other five home runs came from Tim Anderson, Yolmer Sanchez, Avisail Garcia, Yoan Moncada and Nick Delmonico. James Shields had arguably one of his best starts of the season, allowing only one run over seven innings and striking out five.

MIAMI MARLINS (68-74) 5
ATLANTA BRAVES (63-78) 6
ATLANTA, GA- The Marlins jumped on Max Fried early, putting up four runs in the first four innings, including a first inning home run from Giancarlo Stanton, his league leading 54th on the year. Johan Comargo led the comeback for Atlanta, closing the 4-0 gap to two with a two run shot and then cutting a 5-3 gap to one with an RBI single. After Freddie Freeman knotted the game in the sixth, the Braved walked off in the ninth with a bases loaded Ender Inciarte walk, scoring Dansby Swanson.

CINCINNATI REDS (61-82) 1
NEW YORK METS (63-79) 6
NEW YORK, NY- Rafael Montero continued to show signs of improvement, allowing only one run over five innings and striking out five. Control continues to be his weak spot as he still walked five batters. The Mets’ bullpen threw a scoreless remaining four innings while battery mate, Kevin Plawecki, hit his second home run of the season.

MINNESOTA TWINS (74-68) 2
KANSAS CITY ROYALS (70-71) 5
KANSAS CITY, MO- Rookie Jake Junis had another quality outing, allowing two runs over six and a third and striking out seven. Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain each added three hits for the Royals while Alex Gordon hit his seventh home run of the season. Even with the loss, the Twins still maintain the second AL Wild Card position, with a two game lead over the Angels. Brandon Maurer recorded his second save of the year for the Royals.

PITTSBURGH PIRATES (67-76) 3
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (74-68) 4
ST. LOUIS, MO- The Pirates jumped off to an early 2-0 lead thanks to doubles from Chad Kuhl and Adam Frazier, but Yadier Molina tied the game in the bottom of the second with a two run homer. Offenses remained scoreless until the seventh when Frazier hit an inside-the-park home run to go up one, but that lead was erased when Matt Carpenter hit a solo shot in the bottom half to tie it up. Paul DeJong came in on an RBI groundout from Randal Grichuk to go up one, and the lead was protected in the ninth as Juan Nicasio earned his fourth save of the season in his first outing for the Cardinals, against the team that had just traded him a few days earlier. Both starters, Kuhl and Carlos Martinez earned quality starts, each throwing six innings a piece while each giving up two runs. Rochester’s Chris Bostick made a pinch-running appearance.

SAN DIEGO PADRES
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS
PHOENIX, AZ- Arizona led 6-0 after six innings, including a solo shot from Daniel Descalso. Wil Myers cut the lead to four in the seventh on a two run homer but David Peralta increased the lead to five in the eighth on an RBI single. Myers led the charge in the ninth, hitting his second homer of the day and starting a six run inning to steal a game from Arizona. Carlos Asuaje hit a go-ahead two-run single scoring Erick Aybar and Manuel Margot. Brad Hand threw a scoreless ninth as he earned his 17th save of the season. Zack Godley had another solid outing for Arizona, throwing seven innings of two run ball, striking out nine. This was Arizona’s second consecutive loss after their thirteen game winning streak was snapped last night.

LOS ANGELES ANGELS (72-70) 1
SEATTLE MARINERS (71-71) 8
SEATTLE, WA- Andrew Albers had another solid outing, throwing six scoreless innings and striking out four. Mitch Haniger led the way for the Mariners, going 3-4 with a triple and a home run. Robinson Cano also tallied three hits for Seattle. The Angels now sit two games back behind the Twins for the second AL Wild Card berth, while the Mariners are now three games back.

COLORADO ROCKIES (77-65) 6
LOS ANGELES DODGERS (92-50) 5
LOS ANGELES, CA- The Dodgers late season woes continued, losing their ninth straight game and fourteen of their last fifteen. Trevor Story led the way, going 2-5 with a home run and three RBI. Gerardo Parra and Nolan Arenado also added three hits for Colorado, who sit three games up on the second NL Wild Card spot. The Dodgers’ lead on home field advantage in the NL has shrunk to five games over the NL East leading Nationals.

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