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Rays thump Cole, Yanks with 10-run inning to avoid sweep

Rays thump Cole, Yanks with 10-run inning to avoid sweep
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Luis Patiño outpitched Gerrit Cole, Brett Phillips hit a grand slam during a 10-run sixth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays avoided a three-game sweep by routing the New York Yankees 14-0 on Thursday.

Patiño (2-2) allowed three hits in six innings. The 21-year-old right-hander, acquired in the trade that sent Blake Snell to San Diego last December, struck out eight and walked two.

Cole (10-6) gave up a season-high eight runs — seven earned — on six hits over 5 1/3 innings and saw his ERA jump from 2.74 to 3.11. He had 10 strikeouts and two walks.

Austin Meadows homered twice and drove in five runs for the Rays. Louis Head and Ryan Sherriff completed a four-hitter.

All nine batters in the Rays’ lineup reached base in the sixth. It was the biggest scoring inning by Tampa Bay since a 10-run fifth at Miami on June 5, 2008.

NATIONALS 3, PHILLIES 1, GAME 1

PHILLIES 11, NATIONALS 8, 8 INNINGS, GAME 2

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Max Scherzer delivered a signature performance in what might be his last start for Washington, allowing three hits in six innings in the opener of a doubleheader split with Philadelphia.

Yan Gomes hit a two-run, seventh-inning homer off Philadelphia ace Zack Wheeler (8-6) to give Scherzer (8-4) his 92nd — and likely final — win as a National in seven seasons. Kyle Finnegan struck out two in the seventh for his first career save.

Wheeler went the distance in the seven-inning game, allowing seven hits, walking two and striking out five on 100 pitches.

In the second game, Brad Miller hit a grand slam in the eighth inning off Sam Clay (0-4) to give Philadelphia the win. The Nationals jumped ahead 7-0 before the Phillies rallied.

Ranger Suarez (5-3) allowed Ryan Zimmerman’s RBI single in the eighth that made it 8-7.

GIANTS 5, DODGERS 0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Crawford doubled home two runs in his first at-bat after coming back from a left oblique strain and San Francisco took two of three from Los Angeles.

Wilmer Flores, Austin Slater and LaMonte Wade Jr. also drove in runs for San Francisco, which extended its NL West lead over Los Angeles to three games. The Dodgers were shut out for the third time this season.
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