MLB Roundup: Bruce’s home run lift Mets past Cardinals in 10 innings

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jay Bruce hit a tiebreaking homer in the 10th inning, Yoenis Cespedes launched a majestic, three-run shot and the New York Mets rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 on Tuesday night.

Bruce began the game batting .194 but broke out of his slump with three hits, including an RBI triple.

After his decisive drive to center field off Matt Bowman (0-1), the Cardinals claimed he missed first base and challenged. A 56-second replay review confirmed Bruce touched the bag, and the NL East-leading Mets (15-6) closed it out for their 10th comeback victory of the season.

“It feels good to help the ballclub a little bit,” Bruce said.

Cespedes’ homer off starter Luke Weaver tied it 4-all in the fifth. The drive traveled an estimated 463 feet to left field, the third-longest by an opposing player in the history of Busch Stadium III.

Bruce’s eighth-inning single sent Todd Frazier from first to third before Adrian Gonzalez tied it at 5 with a sacrifice fly.

Mets starter Zack Wheeler lasted a season-low four innings and gave up four runs. Former ace Matt Harvey gave up a run over two innings in his first relief appearance since being demoted to the bullpen.

Back-to-back doubles by Dexter Fowler and Paul DeJong off Harvey with two outs in the fifth gave St. Louis a 5-4 lead.

Robert Gsellman (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win, and Jeurys Familia earned his ninth save.

Bruce’s sinking line drive got by left fielder Marcell Ozuna in the second for an RBI triple. It was Bruce’s first triple in 174 games with the Mets.

Weaver lasted 4 2/3 innings. He gave up four runs and walked a career-high six as St. Louis had its three-game winning streak snapped.

Tommy Pham drove Wheeler’s 95 mph fastball 420 feet to center for a home run that gave the Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

Kolten Wong doubled in a run and scored on Weaver’s single in the fourth to make it 4-1. Weaver’s single was the first time the Mets allowed an opposing pitcher to reach safely in 42 plate appearances this season.

Giants 4, Nationals 3

SAN FRANCISCO — Mac Williamson homered for the second straight game, hitting a tiebreaking shot in the sixth inning to lead San Francisco past Washington.

Brandon Belt hit his fifth home run in six games, Joe Panik added three hits and scored twice, and the Giants won their third straight and fourth in the last five.

One night after hitting a 464-foot homer in the series opener, Williamson hit a first-pitch solo shot to center off Tanner Roark (1-2) with two outs in the sixth inning to break a 3-all tie.

Michael Taylor had a three-run homer for Washington, which has lost four straight and 14 of 20 since opening the season 4-0.

Reyes Moronta (1-0) retired six batters for his first career win. Hunter Strickland worked the ninth for his fifth save.

Marlins 3, Dodgers 2

LOS ANGELES — Cameron Maybin doubled home the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and Miami edged Los Angeles, snapping its season-high five-game skid.

Brian Anderson singled against Pedro Baez (1-1) and scored on Maybin’s double to deep left field. The Marlins had lost eight of nine and 11 of 13.

Drew Steckenrider (1-0) got the win with one inning of relief. Brad Ziegler retired the side in the ninth for his second save.

The loss sent the Dodgers back to .500 one game after they had gotten above the mark for the first time this season.

Starlin Castro’s two-out RBI double off Tony Cingrani tied the game 2-all in the eighth.

J.T. Realmuto homered off Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda.

Rockies 8, Padres 0

DENVER — Trevor Story hit the second grand slam of his career, Kyle Freeland scattered three hits over seven sharp innings and Colorado blanked San Diego.

Rockies outfielder Noel Cuevas got his first major league hit — a single down the line that looked like a sure double before he slipped on first base. That was about the only stumble for the Rockies in a game delayed 46 minutes by rain on a 37-degree evening.

Freeland (1-3) struck out a season-high eight to earn his first win since July 30.

Padres lefty Eric Lauer (0-1) had a rough outing in his major league debut. He allowed seven runs, six earned, over three innings.

Reds 9, Braves 7, 12 innings

CINCINNATI — Tyler Mahle lost his no-hit bid on Freddie Freeman’s homer in the seventh inning, and Cincinnati blew a big late lead before Scooter Gennett connected in the 12th.

Gennett hit his second homer of the game off left-hander Max Fried (0-1) for his first career game-ending shot.

Freeman started the Braves’ late seven-run surge with his homer off Mahle, only the third ball the Braves managed to get out of the infield against the rookie right-hander. Freeman connected again as Atlanta scored four times in the ninth.

Jared Hughes (1-2) escaped a two-on threat in the 10th and got the last eight outs.

Diamondbacks 8, Phillies 4

PHILADELPHIA — Alex Avila homered among his three hits and drove in two runs, Robbie Ray struck out 11 while pitching into the fifth inning Arizona beat Philadelphia.

Daniel Descalso and Jarrod Dyson also homered for the Diamondbacks, who upped their NL-best record to 16-6.

Ray was lifted after 107 pitches with two outs in the fifth and couldn’t earn the victory. He gave up three runs and five hits and walked three while raising his strikeout total to 43 in 26 1/3 innings.

Fernando Salas (3-1) pitched an inning of relief for the victory.

Avila started his big night by leading off the third with a towering homer to deep right-center off Vince Velasquez (1-3) that caromed off the base of the second deck.


Blue Jays 4, Red Sox 3, 10 innings

TORONTO — Curtis Granderson hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning to give the Toronto Blue Jays a win over Boston and hand the Red Sox their season-worst third straight defeat.

Boston (17-5) still owns the best record in the majors.

Granderon’s his third home run of the season came off Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel (0-1), a towering solo blast off the facing of the third deck in right field. He went 3 for 5 with three RBIs in the Blue Jays’ first game since a deadly van attack in Toronto a day earlier. The victims of the attack, which killed 10 and injured 14, were honored along with first responders before the game.

Tyler Clippard (3-0) worked a scoreless 10th for the win.

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was handed a 3-1 lead in the ninth but allowed the Red Sox to tie it, his first blown save in seven chances. Left fielder Granderson threw out Eduardo Nunez at the plate to prevent Boston from taking the lead.

Mariners 1, White Sox 0

CHICAGO — Marco Gonzales and four relievers combined on a five-hitter, Mitch Haniger singled home the only run and Seattle beat Chicago.

At 5-15, the rebuilding White Sox are off to their worst start since the 1950 season.

Gonzales (2-2) was in control almost from the start, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out eight in six-plus innings. The left-hander snapped a run of three starts in which he lasted no more than 4 2/3 innings.

Seattle broke out on top against fill-in starter Chris Volstad (0-1) in the fourth when Kyle Seager doubled and scored on Haniger’s base hit, both with two outs.

Edwin Diaz worked the ninth for his ninth save in as many tries.

Athletics 3, Rangers 2

ARLINGTON, Texas — Jed Lowrie hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning, and Oakland tagged Texas’ Cole Hamels with his fourth loss before the end of April for the first time in the left-hander’s career.

Texas slugger Adrian Beltre exited with a left hamstring strain in the eighth after pulling up at first base on what would have been a double but was instead a single for his 3,075th career hit.

Lowrie’s liner over the glove of diving center fielder Delino DeShields came against reliever Matt Bush after two doubles off Hamels (1-4) in an inning that included a pair of Oakland baserunners getting thrown out at third base.

Andrew Triggs (2-0) allowed one run in six innings with six strikeouts, and former closer Santiago Casilla pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Angels 8, Astros 7

HOUSTON — Mike Trout hit his major league-leading 10th homer and Los Angeles overcame another shaky start by Shohei Ohtani to beat Houston, tying a team record with its 11th straight road win.

Andrelton Simmons homered twice with a career-high five RBIs, connecting for a tiebreaking, three-run drive in the seventh inning. The Angels also won 11 in a row outside Anaheim in 1988.

Ohtani yielded four runs on six hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. The two-way rookie star from Japan was tagged by Boston in his previous start and left after two innings because of a blister problem.

Ohtani struck out seven and has fanned 26 this year, a record for an Angels pitcher after the first four career games of his career.

Derek Fisher and Brian McCann each hit a two-run homer for the World Series champion Astros.

Jim Johnson (2-0) got the win. Justin Anderson wriggled out of a bases-loaded jam to preserve the lead, and Cam Bedrosian worked a scoreless ninth for his first save.


Brewers 5, Royals 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lorenzo Cain homered while reaching base four times in his return to Kauffman Stadium, and Milwaukee beat Kansas City.

Travis Shaw added a three-run homer for the Brewers, while Zach Davies (2-2) pitched six innings of four-hit ball. Ryan Braun had two hits, walked twice and drove in a run.

Matt Albers, Dan Jennings and Jeremy Jeffress combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Salvador Perez homered for Kansas City in his return from the disabled list, and Alex Gordon doubled and scored in his return from the DL.

Cubs 10, Indians 3

CLEVELAND — Kyle Schwarber hit two solo home runs and Chicago defeated Cleveland in the first meeting between the teams since their classic 2016 World Series.

The Cubs won three games in Cleveland’s ballpark during the 2016 Series and continued the trend against Josh Tomlin (0-3), who allowed all four homers. Schwarber connected leading off the second and fourth. Willson Contreras went deep in the third and Ian Happ homered in the fourth.

Tyler Chatwood (1-3) won for the first time with the Cubs, allowing one run in six-plus innings. He was pulled after a leadoff single in the seventh.

By Paul Wager

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