MLB Roundup: Braves rally past Familia, Mets for 4-3 victory

ATLANTA (AP) — Johan Camargo tripled home the tying run, then scored on Ender Inciarte’s bunt single as the Atlanta Braves scored twice in the ninth inning off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to beat New York 4-3 Saturday night.

A crowd of 41,396 that was the largest of the season at SunTrust Stadium saw starters Jacob deGrom and Julio Teheran each pitch seven scoreless innings. After they left, the bullpens wilted.

Familia issued a leadoff walk to Dansby Swanson and Camargo followed with a triple that made it 3-all. With one out and runners at the corners, Inciarte put down a bunt to the right side. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez made a quick throw home, but Camargo was already across the plate with a headfirst dive.

Familia (1-1) entered the game unscored upon and tied for the major league lead with eight saves.

Each starting pitcher allowed just four hits. DeGrom struck out 10 for the Mets and Teheran fanned six.

Atlanta lefty Sam Freeman replaced Teheran to start the eighth and Wilmer Flores, pinch-hitting for deGrom, drew a walk. Jose Reyes followed with his third hit, a perfect bunt.

Reyes had his first three hits of the season to break an 0-for-20 streak.

Michael Conforto followed with a grounder to third base and Camargo threw to second base, where Ozzie Albies tried to turn a double play. But Albies dropped the ball and, a video replay reversed the call and ruled all runners safe.

With the bases loaded, Atlanta righty Shane Carle came on to face the right-handed Yoenis Cespedes, who struck out three times against Teheran. Cespedes flied out, but Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run single and Jay Bruce added an RBI single.

Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double off Jerry Blevins in the bottom of the eighth. Freeman hit two doubles.

Jesse Biddle (1-0) went one inning for the win.

Brewers 6, Marlins 5

MILWAUKEE — Jesus Aguilar homered on the 13th pitch leading off the bottom of the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers rallied past the Miami Marlins for their fifth consecutive win.

Aguilar, who entered the game as a late-inning replacement, hit his first home run of the season off Junichi Tazawa (0-1).

Milwaukee tied the score in the eighth when Miami left fielder Derek Dietrich misplayed Eric Sogard’s two-out popup to left, allowing Travis Shaw to score from second. Eric Thames was thrown out at the plate attempting to score the go-ahead run from first.

Jeremy Jeffress (2-0) pitched a scoreless inning of relief to get the win.

The Marlins, who have lost six of seven, jumped out to 1-0 lead on Dietrich’s homer off Brent Suter in the first inning. Lewis Brinson’s three-run shot in the second extended Miami’s lead to 4-0.

Shaw’s leadoff home run in the bottom of the second off Jose Urena got the Brewers on the scoreboard. Shaw has reached first base 11 times (six walks, four hits, including two home runs, and hit by pitch) in the first three games against the Marlins.

Phillies 6, Pirates 2

PHILADELPHIA — Rhys Hoskins hit a go-ahead three-run homer, Aaron Nola tossed seven impressive innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Nola (2-1) allowed two runs, six hits and struck out nine to help the Phillies win their third straight game and improve to 8-1 at home.

The Pirates have lost five of six after an 11-4 start.

Pittsburgh’s Steven Brault gave up two runs and two hits in 5 1/3 innings. The lefty took a shutout into the sixth before things unraveled.

Brault hit Carlos Santana with a pitch and Odubel Herrera followed with a single. Michael Feliz (0-1) entered to face Hoskins, who drove a 1-2 pitch into the left-field seats for a 3-2 lead.

Luis Garcia got two outs in the eighth and Hector Neris got the last four for his fourth save.

The Phillies, who lost 96 games in 2016, are six games over .500 for the first time since they were 25-19 on May 22, 2016.

Sean Rodriguez hit Nola’s second pitch the opposite way off the scoreboard on the facing of the second deck in right field for his first career leadoff homer.

Starling Marte’s RBI single on a shallow fly that bounced off second baseman Cesar Hernandez’s glove gave the Pirates a 2-0 lead in the sixth.

Hoskins and Scott Kingery had RBI singles in a three-run eighth for Philadelphia.

Cardinals 4, Reds 3

ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning and rookie reliever Jordan Hicks got Scooter Gennett to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals have won seven of eight, including six against the Reds. The Reds dropped their fourth straight, and second under interim manager Jim Riggleman, and fell to 3-17 this season.

St. Louis has won 10 in a row from the Reds dating to last season, matching its longest streak against them since 1949, when the Cardinals won 11 straight.

Hicks (1-0) recorded the final seven outs. Jared Hughes (0-2) gave up Molina’s sixth homer, a solo drive.

Cincinnati scored three times in the seventh to tie it. The Reds strung together four singles and a walk, with Gennett’s two-run hit making it 3-all. Hicks used one pitch to get Cliff Pennington to fly out, ending the inning with runners at the corners.

Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez pitched six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and striking out seven. He was pulled after 91 pitches and exited with an 18-inning scoreless streak, leaving with a 1.42 ERA.

Home runs by Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler helped the Cardinals build a 3-0 lead through six.

Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, striking four and walking two.

DeJong hit his sixth home run in the second. Fowler’s third homer opened the sixth for the Cardinals.


Indians 4, Orioles 0

BALTIMORE — Mike Clevenger pitched a two-hitter in his first career complete game, and the Cleveland Indians hit three solo homers off Chris Tillman in a victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Jose Ramirez went 3 for 4 with his team-leading fifth home run. Yan Gomes and Yonder Alonso also went deep for Cleveland, which came into the game ranked second-to-last in the AL in runs and last in batting average.

Clevenger (2-0) hardly needed the offensive support. Pitching on seven days’ rest, the right-hander struck out three, walked two and allowed only one runner past first base.

The only two hits he allowed were singles by Manny Machado in the fourth inning and Chance Sisco in the fifth.

It was Clevenger’s 35th career start. His previous longest outing was 7 1/3 innings, earlier this month against Kansas City.

While Clevenger is unbeaten in 11 starts since July 31, Tillman has experienced an opposite fate. This was his 22nd straight start without a victory, dating back to his first outing last season.

Tillman (0-4) gave up four runs, eight hits and a walk in six innings. The three home runs were one more than he yielded in his first three starts this season.

Tigers 12, Royals 4

DETROIT — Nicholas Castellanos homered and drove in three runs, and the Detroit Tigers routed the Kansas City Royals.

The Tigers have won five of six. Detroit broke a 3-all tie with three runs in the fifth on a day when both starting pitchers were in almost constant trouble.

Mike Fiers (2-1) allowed two earned runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Tigers, and Royals starter Danny Duffy (0-3) yielded six runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Warwick Saupold pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings for his first career save.

Abraham Almonte had three hits for Kansas City, which has lost 10 of 11. The Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak Friday night when they rallied in the ninth inning to salvage a split of a day-night doubleheader.

JaCoby Jones, whose home run won the first game of that doubleheader, went deep again for the Tigers on Saturday.

Castellanos finished a triple shy of the cycle. He opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first, and his two-run homer made it 3-1 in the third. The Tigers gave up two runs in the fourth, thanks in part to an error by catcher James McCann that loaded the bases with nobody out, but Detroit took the lead back for good in the fifth.

Dixon Machado hit an RBI single with two outs to make it 4-3, chasing Duffy. Reliever Tim Hill allowed a bunt single to Leonys Martin that loaded the bases, then the left-hander walked Jeimer Candelario and Miguel Cabrera to force in two more runs.

Jones hit a solo shot in the sixth to give the Tigers a 7-4 lead, and Cabrera’s two-run single made it 9-4 in the seventh.

Rays 10, Twins 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — C.J. Cron hit a pair of two-run homers and Blake Snell won his third straight start in the Tampa Bay Rays’ victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Cron’s homer in the third inning put the Rays up 2-1 after Adeiny Hechavarria singled for their first hit off Kyle Gibson. Cron connected again in the seventh off Gabriel Moya, capping a five-run inning. It was his fourth homer of the season. Joey Wendle had three hits and scored twice for the Rays, who won their third straight for the first time this year.

Snell (3-1) surrendered just one run for his third consecutive start, striking out six and allowing five hits in seven innings. In 15 starts since his recall from the minors last August, the left-hander is 8-2 with a 2.74 ERA.

Gibson (1-1) gave up four runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven.

Daniel Robertson homered in the eighth for Tampa Bay, his second.

Astros 10, White Sox 1

CHICAGO — Josh Reddick hit a grand slam and solo homer, and the Houston Astros pounded the reeling Chicago White Sox for their fifth straight win.

Already struggling on the field — and especially on the mound — the White Sox were dealt another blow Saturday when they learned that reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage while collapsing in the dugout Friday night.

Dallas Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, cruised to his first victory after being staked to a big lead early. Keuchel (1-3) allowed one run and four hits in six innings while striking out six.

Marwin Gonzalez drove in two runs with a double, and Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel each had an RBI as Houston routed Chicago for a second straight night. Six of the seven Astros batters walked by White Sox starter Lucas Giolito scored.

Recently re-acquired Trayce Thompson hit his first homer for the White Sox, who lost their sixth straight and 11th of 12. Chicago dropped to 1-7 at Guaranteed Rate Field, matching its worst start at home since 1971.

The White Sox have allowed 50 runs in their last five games.

Farquhar collapsed after recording two outs in the sixth inning of Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. The 31-year-old was in critical but stable condition in the neurosurgical intensive care unit at nearby Rush University Medical Center. The White Sox hung Farquhar’s No. 43 jersey in their bullpen.

Giolito (0-3) was rocked for nine runs in two-plus innings in his first start since April 12 after the team had three straight games postponed by inclement weather in Minnesota. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed five hits and threw only 31 of 72 pitches for strikes.

By Paul Wager

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