MLB Roundup: Yankees allow one hit to top Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Aroldis Chapman earned his first save since being removed as closer to finish a one-hitter in the New York Yankees’ 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.

Tyler Austin hit a go-ahead single in the ninth inning for the wild card-leading Yankees.

Texas’ only hit was a run-scoring double in the fifth inning off Luis Severino, who went seven innings in his first no-decision since July 15 at Boston.

Chapman struck out two in a perfect ninth for his team-leading 17th save in 21 chances and first since Aug. 15. David Robertson (7-2) had a strikeout in a perfect eighth.

Chase Headley drove in two runs without a hit — a tying sacrifice fly in the eighth and a bases-loaded walk for a 3-1 lead in the ninth.

Texas starter Andrew Cashner had a shutout while pitching into the eighth inning for just the second time this season, but left after hitting Todd Frazier with the first pitch of the eighth.

Alex Claudio gave up a single to pinch-hitter Matt Holliday, putting Frazier at third with no outs and setting up Headley’s sacrifice fly an out later.

Claudio (4-2) allowed four singles among eight batters he faced. Frazier was hit by a pitch again in the ninth by Ricky Rodriguez, who allowed Austin’s go-ahead hit and Headley’s walk.

Nicholas’ double into the right-field corner scored Will Middlebrooks from first base. Middlebrooks was the only runner past second against Severino.

Aaron Judge walked in the second inning to tie the major league rookie record of 106 by Cleveland’s Les Fleming in 1942.

Blue Jays 5, Tigers 4

TORONTO — Kevin Pillar had four hits for Toronto, including a tiebreaking home run, and Brett Anderson pitched six innings for his first victory with the Blue Jays.

Pillar broke a 2-all tie with a leadoff drive against Warwick Saupold (3-2) in the sixth, helping Toronto snap a three-game losing streak against Detroit.

Pillar’s 15th homer came one inning after he jumped into the center field wall to snare a deep drive by Tigers infielder Dixon Machado.

The loss ensures the Tigers will not have a winning record for the second time in seven years.

Red Sox 9, Rays 0

BOSTON — Chris Sale struck out eight over six innings and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run homer in the first to get Boston’s offense off to a fast start, carrying the Red Sox to a victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

It was the fourth consecutive win for the AL East-leading Red Sox, who remained 4 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Yankees.

Andrew Benintendi had three hits and three RBIs and Mitch Moreland drove in three for Boston.

Tampa Bay lost its third in a row, and has allowed nine runs or more in each game. The Rays entered the day 4 1/2 games behind the AL’s second wild-card spot.

Danny Espinosa had three singles for the Rays.

Sale (16-7) allowed six singles, walked two and increased his major-league leading strikeout total to 278. He lowered his ERA to 2.76.

Athletics 11, Astros 1,

first game

OAKLAND, Calif. — Houston’s bullpen forced in five runs with bases-loaded walks and the team tied a franchise record with 13 free passes in the opener of a doubleheader.

Oakland led 3-1 before Tyler Clippard issued the first bases-loaded walk to Jed Lowrie in the sixth inning. Reymin Guduan brought in three more while issuing five straight walks on 28 pitches in the eighth.

Infielder J.D. Davis relieved Guduan and struck out Marcus Semien and Khris Davis, but also allowed another run by walking Chad Pinder.

A’s right-hander Daniel Gossett (4-8) had a career-high seven strikeouts and allowed one run over six-plus innings. It was his first win since Aug. 2 and the A’s third straight overall.

Indians 4, Orioles 2

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians earned their 17th straight win Saturday, topping the Baltimore Orioles 4-2 behind a pair of timely swings for Jay Bruce and Francisco Lindor.

Bruce’s fourth-inning single put the Indians ahead to stay as Cleveland became just the second team in the expansion era — since 1961 — to win 17 straight in a season.

The crowd of 30,459 stood throughout the ninth inning as Cody Allen retired the heart of Baltimore’s order for his 25th save.

Cleveland’s franchise-record streak is the longest in the majors since Oakland won 20 straight in 2002.

Lindor added his 28th homer in the seventh for the Indians, who haven’t lost since Aug. 23. Josh Tomlin (9-9) pitched five-plus innings for the win.

Baltimore rookie Gabriel Ynoa (1-1), making his first start of the season, allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Mets 6, Reds 1

NEW YORK — Rafael Montero overcame five walks to win his third straight start, Kevin Plawecki hit a two-run homer and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds.

After losing five of six, the Mets have won four straight for the first time since July 19-22.

Cincinnati’s third consecutive defeat ensured its fourth losing season in a row and 14th in 17 years.

Montero (5-9) was lifted with a 2-1 lead after throwing 97 pitches, weaving in and out of trouble over five innings.

Braves 6, Marlins 5

ATLANTA — Ender Inciarte’s bases-loaded walk from Kyle Barraclough with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Atlanta Braves to a victory over the Miami Marlins.

Barraclough threw four straight balls to Inciarte. While Barraclough began his slow walk off the field, Inciarte was swarmed by his teammates in an impromptu celebration near first base.

It was the Braves’ second ninth-inning win in the series.

Phillies 5, Nationals 4

WASHINGTON — Rhys Hoskins went deep and drew three walks, Maikel Franco hit his 20th home run and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals.

Edwin Jackson (5-5) allowed both homers and was charged with five runs in 3 1/3 innings. Washington’s magic number to clinch the NL East dropped to two when Miami lost to Atlanta.

Hoskins hit his 14th homer in 30 games since making his major league debut on Aug. 10, and Franco went long two batters later in the second inning. Cesar Hernandez added three hits for the Phillies.

Former Amsterdam Mohawk Mark Leiter Jr. (3-5) allowed four runs and six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

Cardinals 4, Pirates 3

ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates to gain ground in the NL Central.

St. Louis pulled within three games of division-leading Chicago with its sixth victory in seven games. Tyler Lyons (4-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, and Juan Nicasio got three outs for his second save since he was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Brewers 15, Cubs 2

CHICAGO — Hernan Perez homered and drove in five runs, powering the Brewers to the runaway win.

Chase Anderson (9-3) pitched five scoreless innings as Milwaukee pulled within three games of NL Central-leading Chicago. Anderson also helped himself with two hits and two RBIs hours after the Brewers announced Jimmy Nelson has a shoulder injury that will sideline the right-hander for the rest of the season.

INTERLEAGUE

White Sox 13, Giants 1

CHICAGO — Jose Abreu became the first White Sox player to hit for the cycle in 17 years, among six Chicago players to go deep in a rout of the San Francisco Giants.

Abreu hit his 29th homer in the first off former White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija (9-13), doubled in the third, struck out in the fifth, singled in the seventh against Josh Osich and hit a two-run triple in the eighth versus Roberto Gomez. The previous White Sox player to hit for the cycle was Jose Valentin against the Baltimore Orioles on April 27, 2000.

Tim Anderson, Avisail Garcia and Yoan Moncada also hit solo home runs, Nicky Delmonico had a two-run drive and Yolmer Sanchez added a three-run homer, the 13th time Chicago hit six or more in a game.

By Paul Wager

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