MLB Roundup: Suzuki gets go-ahead pinch-single, Marlins top Mets, 6-3

MIAMI (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki had a pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh inning to put Miami ahead, Christian Yelich had three hits and the Marlins beat the New York Mets 6-3 Tuesday night.

Suzuki poked a pitch to the opposite field against Jerry Blevins for a 4-3 lead. The 43-year-old Suzuki leads the majors with 12 pinch-hits.

Yelich added a two-run single in the seventh, his third hit. Dan Straily allowed two runs in five innings, and A.J. Ramos pitched around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 13th save.

The Marlins have scored 18 runs in their past six games and won four of them.

New York’s Robert Gsellman left the game with a strained left hamstring after he pulled up trying unsuccessfully to beat out a grounder in the third inning. The injury-plagued Mets have already had five starting pitchers on the disabled list this year.

Gsellman allowed three runs, hiking his ERA to 6.16.

Neil Ramirez (0-1) faced two batters in the seventh, and both scored.

Curtis Granderson led off the game with his 11th homer of the year and his seventh this month. It was his 45th leadoff homer, most among active players.

Teammate Travis d’Arnaud tied the game in the seventh with his ninth homer off Kyle Barraclough (4-1). D’Arnaud also had an RBI single.

For the third consecutive game, the Marlins scored three in the first, all with two out. Justin Bour hit a two-run single on a 3-2 pitch, and then chugged home from first on Martin Prado’s double.

The Marlins have won 15 of their past 20 home games.

Diamondbacks 6, Cardinals 5

PHOENIX — Chris Herrmann hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

The surging Diamondbacks scored two in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings. They have won four in a row and 13 of 15.

Rey Fuentes opened the Arizona 10th with a single and advanced on a sacrifice by pinch-hitting pitcher Zack Godley. Herrmann singled off Matt Bowman (1-3).

Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney (2-2) pitched a 1-2-3 10th inning for the win.

Nationals 6, Cubs 1

WASHINGTON — Max Scherzer pitched six sharp innings, Trea Turner had four of Washington’s seven steals and the Nationals beat Jake Arrieta and the Cubs in a showdown of the past two NL Cy Young Award winners.

Scherzer (9-5) struck out six, walked none and retired 16 of his final 17 batters.

Arrieta (7-6) issued a season-high six walks and allowed five earned runs, getting the hook two batters into the fifth inning. Arrieta and catcher Miguel Montero allowed seven steals, matching the Montreal Expos/Nationals franchise record.

Michael Taylor had two hits and two RBIs for Washington, and Scherzer washed out the RBI triple he allowed to Kris Bryant in the first by driving in a run with an infield single in the fourth.

Reds 8, Brewers 6

CINCINNATI — Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth inning, helping the last-place Reds get the win.

Billy Hamilton, Adam Duvall and Eugenio Suarez also connected for Cincinnati, which scored its most runs in 19 games since Scooter Gennett hit four homers in its 13-1 win over St. Louis on June 6. Tim Adleman (5-4) pitched five innings and Raisel Iglesias got three outs for his 13th save.

Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun returned after missing 31 games with a strained left calf, but the NL Central-leading Brewers lost for the third time in four games. Braun went 1 for 5 with a double.

Travis Shaw, Manny Pina and Orlando Arcia homered for Milwaukee. Junior Guerra (1-2) set a career high by allowing eight runs in four-plus innings.

Braves 3, Padres 0

SAN DIEGO — Braves left-hander Sean Newcomb struck out eight over six-plus innings for his first major league victory.

Atlanta has won eight of 10. Johan Camargo had a two-run double off the left field wall in the fourth to begin the scoring, and Atlanta added an unearned run in the eighth.

Newcomb (1-2) allowed six hits and walked one. He made his major league debut June 10 and has a 1.48 ERA through four starts.

Padres starter Jhoulys Chacin (6-7) pitched seven innings of two-run ball.

Jim Johnson struck out three in the ninth for his 16th save.


Red Sox 9, Twins 2

BOSTON — Chris Young hit a three-run homer, Christian Vazquez went deep for the first time in more than a year and the Red Sox beat the Twins in a game delayed twice by stormy weather.

Drew Pomeranz (7-4) pitched five effective innings for Boston, which won consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks. Dustin Pedroia had three hits and scored twice.

The Red Sox capitalized on three errors by the Twins and took over first place in the AL East, moving a half-game ahead of the slumping Yankees.

Hector Santiago (4-7) returned for the Twins after a stint on the 10-day disabled list with a strained left shoulder. He allowed two runs and one hit in two innings.

Rangers 2, Indians 1

CLEVELAND — Adrian Beltre hit his 450th home run, a solo drive in the ninth inning off Cody Allen that lifted the Rangers to the road win.

Beltre drove the first pitch from Allen (0-4) into the left-field bleachers. The third baseman moved into sole possession of 39th place on the career homer list.

Keone Kela (4-1) stranded a runner in the eighth. Matt Bush allowed Michael Brantley’s one-out single in the ninth while getting his 10th save.

Indians manager Terry Francona missed the game after his second trip to the hospital this month.

Bench coach Brad Mills filled in for Francona, who is expected to return today.

Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1

TORONTO — Kevin Gausman won for the first time in four starts, Mark Trumbo hit an RBI double and Baltimore earned its third straight win.

The Orioles improved to 8-2 against the Blue Jays this season. Toronto lost for the fifth time in seven games.

Gausman (4-7) allowed four hits in 5 1/3 scoreless innings. The right-hander was 0-3 with a 9.20 ERA over his previous three starts.

Brad Brach gave up a two-out homer to Troy Tulowitzki in the ninth but held on for his 14th save.

Toronto right-hander Joe Biagini (2-7) allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings, losing for the fifth time in six starts.

Athletics 6, Astros 4

HOUSTON — Ryon Healy’s first career grand slam broke a tie in the sixth inning, and Oakland held on for its fourth straight win.

The score was 1-1 when Matt Joyce singled to start the sixth. Yonder Alonso drew a walk with two outs to load the bases and chase Mike Fiers (5-3). He was replaced by James Hoyt, who was greeted with Healy’s 18th homer — a full-count shot which landed in the second row of the seats in right field.

A’s left-hander Sean Manaea (7-4) allowed a season-high nine hits, but just one run in 5 2/3 innings.

Houston pulled within two on George Springer’s three-run homer off Liam Hendriks with no outs in the ninth. Santiago Casilla then allowed singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa before finishing for his 14th save.

Tigers 5, Royals 3

DETROIT — J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera homered for Detroit, and Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings.

Verlander (5-4) was down 3-0 before getting an out, but didn’t allow another run as the Tigers won their second straight after an eight-game losing streak. He gave up nine hits, struck out six and walked one.

Justin Wilson pitched the ninth for his seventh save.


Dodgers 4, Angels 0

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers right-hander Kenta Maeda pitched four-hit ball over seven innings in a spot start, and Joc Pederson hit a three-run homer.

Maeda (6-3) was moved to the bullpen earlier this month, but filled in Tuesday to give the rotation an extra day of rest. He stuck out six and walked none.

Angels starter Jesse Chavez (5-8) was pulled in the sixth after getting into a jam, and Cody Bellinger greeted Jose Alvarez with an RBI single. Pederson hit his seventh home run two batters later.

The Dodgers have won 17 of 19 and lead the National League with a 52-27 record.

Phillies 8, Mariners 2

SEATTLE — Maikel Franco and Arron Altherr homered for Philadelphia, and Aaron Nola pitched seven strong innings.

Franco opened the seventh with his 10th home run, sending a 1-0 pitch from James Paxton over the wall in left-center. The Phillies made it 4-2 in the eighth on an RBI single by Freddy Galvis and then added four unearned runs in the ninth, capped by Altherr’s two-run homer.

Nola (5-5) gave up five hits, including Jean Segura’s two-run homer in the third. He struck out a season-high nine.

Rays 4, Pirates 2, 10 innings

PITTSBURGH — David Freese misplayed a grounder at third base, allowing Steven Souza Jr. to score in the 10th inning and sending Tampa Bay to the victory.

With Souza at first base and no outs, Wilson Ramos hit a hard grounder off Felipe Rivero (3-2) that Freese missed while trying to backhand.

Adeiny Hechavarria added a sacrifice fly, giving him two RBIs in his first game since being traded from the Miami Marlins on Monday.

Tommy Hunter pitched the 10th for his first save of the season.

The Pirates were no-hit through six innings by Alex Cobb, but Andrew McCutchen forced extra innings with a two-run double in the ninth.

By Paul Wager

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