MLB roundup: Red-hot Blackmon makes history in Rockies rout
|reuters.com 19 Jun 2019 at 01:57|
Charlie Blackmon became the first Colorado player to have at least three hits in five consecutive games as the Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-1 in Phoenix on Tuesday night.
Jun 18, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Carlos Estevez (54) and Colorado Rockies catcher Tony Wolters (14) celebrate after the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Blackmon, who set a major league record with 15 hits in a four-game series against the San Diego Padres last weekend, went 3-for-5 with a double on Tuesday. He is the 12th player since 1900 — and the first since Houston’s Jose Altuve (July 4-9, 2017) — with three hits or more in five consecutive games, per the Elias Sports Bureau.
Blackmon led off the game with a double and scored on Nolan Arenado’s two-out homer off Merrill Kelly (7-7) for a 2-0 lead. Blackmon singled in the third and seventh innings.
Colorado banged out 12 hits to support starter Antonio Senzatela (6-5). He pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run while scattering seven hits and four walks. He struck out five.
Marlins 6, Cardinals 0
In just his second major league appearance, Jordan Yamamoto extended his scoreless streak to 14 innings, leading Miami past host St. Louis.
Yamamoto (2-0) allowed just two hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out seven and keeping his ERA at 0.00. Yamamoto also beat the Cardinals 9-0 on June 12.
Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson hit home runs to lead Miami’s offense. Castro’s solo shot was his fifth homer of the season. Anderson’s two-run blast was his eighth homer of the year.
Yankees 6, Rays 3
Giancarlo Stanton returned to the lineup for host New York, but newcomer Edwin Encarnacion who stole the show, homering for the first time since joining the club in defeating Tampa Bay.
In the eighth inning Encarnacion hit his league-leading 22nd homer. Teammate Cameron Maybin homered for a career-high fourth straight game as the Yankees won their fourth straight. They also extended their streak of hitting at least one homer in 21 straight games, the longest in the majors this season and four shy of the team record set in 1941.
New York’s J.A. Happ (7-3) won his sixth straight decision, allowing two runs on seven hits in five innings. Happ struck out three, walked none and threw 87 pitches.
Mets 10, Braves 2
New York right-hander Jacob deGrom won for the first time since May 11, and rookie first baseman Pete Alonso picked up his first four-hit game to power New York past host Atlanta.
DeGrom (4-6) celebrated his 31st birthday a day early by winning for the first time. Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson ended his bid for a shutout by hitting back-to-back homers with one out in the ninth. He gave up five hits in 8 1/3 innings and was lifted after 113 pitches.
DeGrom struck out 10, his fourth time this season in double digits. He picked up his 1,107th career strikeout, moving him past Al Leiter and into seventh place on the team’s all-time list, and finished the night with 1,112.
Reds 4, Astros 3
Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich slugged home runs in the first inning before Kyle Farmer added a third homer against Justin Verlander in the seventh as host Cincinnati defeated Houston to saddle Houston with its first series loss since April 29-May 2.
Cincinnati has won three consecutive games for the first time since May 9-11.
It marked just the fifth time in his 15-year career that Verlander (9-3) had allowed two homers in the first inning. He allowed four runs on six hits and one walk with eight strikeouts over seven innings.
White Sox 3, Cubs 1
Eloy Jimenez launched a go-ahead, two-run home run in the ninth inning in his first game against his original organization, boosting the Chicago White Sox past the host Chicago Cubs.
Jimenez, a rookie left fielder, smacked a 1-0 pitch from Pedro Strop (1-3) into the left field bleachers for his 12th home run of the season and sixth in nine games.
Alex Colome pitched a perfect ninth for his 15th save in as many chances, capping a solid outing from the White Sox bullpen. The White Sox relief corps contributed four scoreless innings of two-hit ball with zero walks and four strikeouts.
Indians 10, Rangers 3
Rookie Zach Plesac allowed two hits over seven-plus innings, and Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis each drove in three runs as Cleveland knocked off Texas in Arlington, Texas.
Jake Bauers highlighted his three-hit performance by joining Roberto Perez and Tyler Naquin in belting back-to-back-to-back homers to open the seventh inning.
Rookie Oscar Mercado scored three times and Ramirez also homered as Cleveland banged out 14 hits en route to its ninth win in 13 outings. Plesac (2-2) worked around Rougned Odor’s solo homer in the fifth inning and Nomar Mazara’s single to lead off the seventh to allow just one run.
Angels 3, Blue Jays 1
Kole Calhoun and Brian Goodwin hit solo home runs, Tyler Skaggs pitched 7 1/3 effective innings, and Los Angeles defeated host Toronto.
The Angels have won the first two games of the four-game series and have taken all five games this season against the Blue Jays. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a home run for the Blue Jays.
Skaggs (6-6) allowed three hits, no walks and one run while striking out six. Ty Buttrey retired the last two batters in the eighth, and Hansel Robles pitched a perfect ninth with one strikeout for his 11th save of the season.
Tigers 5, Pirates 4
Detroit scored the winning run in the eighth inning with the help of host Pittsburgh’s mistake-prone defense and broke a four-game losing streak.
In a 4-4 game, Detroit loaded the bases with one out in the eighth on a walk by Nicholas Castellanos, a single by Miguel Cabrera and a pitch from reliever Kyle Crick (2-3) that grazed Christin Stewart’s foot. Brandon Dixon’s grounder might have been a double play, but second baseman Adam Frazier chose to go to first base first, and Castellanos scored to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead.
Castellanos had an RBI double and Cabrera an RBI single for the Tigers. Josh Bell homered, and Jung Ho Kang and Kevin Newman each hit an RBI triple for Pittsburgh, which was charged with three errors while losing for the ninth time in 11 games.
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Phillies at Nationals, ppd
The Philadelphia Phillies and the Washington Nationals had a scheduled game postponed due to rain for the second night in a row on Tuesday at Nationals Park. The scheduled Tuesday contest will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on Sept. 24 at 1:05 and 7:05 p.m. ET.