MLB Roundup: Gonzalez, Buxton hit home runs, Twins get past Rays, 6-2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Marwin Gonzalez and Byron Buxton both homered and drove in two runs as the Minnesota Twins kept scoring, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Saturday.

Minnesota, which owns the best record in the majors at 39-18, has scored at least three runs in 25 straight games, setting a single-season franchise record.

The Twins, who lead the majors with 108 homers, failed to go deep while splitting the first two games of the series at Tropicana Field.

Kyle Gibson (6-2) allowed one unearned run and six hits over five innings for Minnesota.

Minnesota went up 2-1 on consecutive RBI doubles by Jorge Polanco and Gonzalez in the third off Yonny Chirinos (6-2).

After Buxton had an RBI single during the fourth, Gonzalez made it 4-1 on a fifth-inning solo shot.

The Twins took a 5-1 lead on Buxton’s homer in the sixth off Hunter Wood.

Miguel Sano had an RBI double during the seventh to complete a stretch where Minnesota scored in five consecutive innings.

Travis d’Arnaud had a run-scoring single in the second for the Rays.

Indians 5, White Sox 2

CHICAGO — Carlos Santana and Leonys Martin homered and Cleveland took advantage of a blunder on the bases to end Chicago’s five-game streak.

The Indians climbed back to .500 and prevented the White Sox from reaching the break-even mark for the first time since April 5.

Chicago loaded the bases with no outs in the third on a single by Tim Anderson and walks to Yolmer Sanchez and Charlie Tilson. Leury Garcia hit a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead, but pitcher Jefry Rodriguez escaped further damage when he caught Sanchez off second on pickoff attempt.

Sanchez got caught in a rundown and was tagged out by third baseman Jose Ramirez, who then threw over to first base to get Tilson retreating to the bag to end the inning.

Indians reliever Oliver Perez (1-0) went 1 2/3 innings for the win. Brad Hand pitched a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 16 chances.

Ivan Nova (3-5) allowed six hits and three earned runs in seven innings, striking out 3.

Rangers 6, Royals 2

ARLINGTON, Texas — Joey Gallo hit a tie-breaking home run for the second straight game before leaving in the fifth inning due to injury as Texas beat Kansas City.

Gallo was removed because of tightness in his left oblique while batting. He initially felt the injury while in the outfield and then again on a check swing during a plate appearance. He had an MRI and passed some strength tests after the game.

Lance Lynn (7-4) allowed both runs. He yielded six hits and a hit batter, striking out seven for his fifth straight quality start.

The Rangers have won four of five, improved to 19-9 at home and moved two games over .500 at 29-27.

Homer Bailey (4-6) gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings for his fourth straight start without a victory.

The Royals have lost five of their last six games and have the worst road record in the majors at 8-22. Kansas City left seven runners on base and was 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

Angels 6, Mariners 3

SEATTLE — Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout homered late, Andrew Heaney struck out 10 and the Los Angeles Angels overcame two home runs by Edwin Encarnacion and beat the Seattle Mariners.

Calhoun’s second home run of the series broke a 3-3 tie and helped overcome Encarnacion’s 34th multi-home run game. The Mariners’ designated hitter tied the game in the sixth inning with a two-run shot, his second of the game and 15th this season.

Cesar Puello beat out a slow roller to third in the eighth inning that chased reliever Brandon Brennan (2-3). Two outs later, Calhoun homered on a 3-2 pitch to give the Angels a 5-3 lead.

Trout added an insurance run in the ninth with his 14th home run of the season.

Seattle’s Tommy Milone started the game with a walk of David Fletcher and Albert Pujols took advantage, sending a two-run homer to left field for an early two-run lead.

Fletcher doubled to lead off the third inning and Puello hit an RBI double to make it 3-0.

Heaney made that lead stand up for five innings. At one point, he retired 10 straight batters. He also struck out four straight, including the Seattle side in the second. But Encarnacion did him in with a solo homer in the fourth to left field and the two-run shot in the sixth. Heaney got out of the inning with two straight strikeouts, but was replaced to start the seventh.

Cam Bedrosian (2-3) earned the win in relief and Hansel Robles earned his seventh save. Bedrosian, Ty Buttrey and Robles each pitched one inning of relief with one strikeout.


Nationals 5, Reds 2

CINCINNATI — Gerardo Parra hit a three-run homer that ended Tanner Roark’s streak of keeping the ball in the park and Matt Adams added a solo shot, leading Washington over Cincinnati.

Washington has won nine of its last 10 at Great American Ball Park. Overall, the Nationals are 17-5 against the Reds since 2016.

The Nationals faced Roark (4-4) for the first time since trading him to the Reds in the offseason. Parra’s homer in the second inning ended Roark’s string of 36 2/3 innings without allowing a homer, the second longest of his career.

Tanner Rainey (1-1) entered in the fifth inning and fanned three of the five batters he faced for his first major league win. Sean Doolittle picked up his 11th save in 13 chances.

Washington’s Juan Soto went 0 for 4, ending his career-best hitting streak at 14 games.

Brewers 12, Pirates 10, 13 innings

PITTSBURGH — Orlando Arcia hit his second homer of the game, a two-run drive in the 13th inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Both teams blew late leads before Arcia connected with two outs off Alex McRae (0-1) for his first multi-homer game in the majors. Hours earlier, Arcia hit a two-run homer in the second.

Starling Marte had four hits for Pittsburgh, including a three-run homer off Josh Hader in the eighth for a 10-8 lead. It was Hader’s first blown save in 14 chances this season.

Keston Hiura hit a tying, two-run homer with one out in the Milwaukee ninth off Felipe Vazquez.

Christian Yelich ended a 1-for-14 slump over his last six games in a big way. He hit his major league-leading 22nd homer, tripled and drove in four runs for Milwaukee.

Mike Moustakas hit his third home run in as many games for the Brewers — his 16th of the year plunged into the Allegheny River. But he left in the ninth inning after suffering a right hand bruise from being hit by a pitch.

Pinch-hitter Jose Osuna homered for the Pirates while Elias Diaz got three hits and drove in four runs.

Milwaukee’s lineup capitalized on struggling Nick Kingham, who lasted just three innings and gave up five runs on six hits with two home runs.

Down 5-0, the Pirates scored four times in the third. Melky Cabrera started with an RBI single and Diaz hit a three-run double.

Diaz hit an RBI single to make it 5-all in the fifth and two batters later, Osuna’s third pinch-hit homer of his career gave Pittsburgh a 7-5 lead.

Milwaukee starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff was charged with six runs over four innings, allowing a season-high 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts.


Giants 8, Orioles 2

BALTIMORE — Brandon Belt drove in four runs, Buster Posey homered and San Francisco used a rare offensive outburst to breeze past Baltimore.

San Francisco built a 7-1 lead in the fifth inning and cruised to only its second win in 10 games.

Mike Yastrzemski scored twice and had an RBI for the Giants, who made it easy for rookie right-hander Shaun Anderson to earn his first major league victory.

Anderson (1-1) allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings in his fourth big league start. Anderson ended a run of 40 consecutive starts of fewer than seven innings by Giants pitchers — the team’s longest such streak in the last 100 years.

San Francisco scored all its runs off David Hess (1-7). Since April 1, Hess has gone 0-7 over 10 starts.

Renato Nunez hit his 15th home run for Baltimore, the eighth in 12 games.

Braves 10, Tigers 5

ATLANTA — Mike Soroka won his sixth straight decision, Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley each hit a two-run homer, and Atlanta beat Detroit to snap a three-game skid.

Soroka (6-1) scuffled a bit, allowing season highs of three runs and seven hits and striking out five in 6 2/3 innings.

Braves closer Luke Jackson earned a five-out save, his eighth overall this season in 12 chances.

Daniel Norris (2-4) allowed six hits, one walk and six runs — five earned — and struck out four.

By Paul Wager

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