MLB Roundup: Romine helps Yankees past Diamondbacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Austin Romine hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning and New York beat Arizona, 7-5, on Wednesday while the Diamondbacks completed a deal to send ace Zack Greinke to Houston.

The Yankees had been shopping for pitching and may have eyed Greinke ahead of the 4 p.m. trade deadline. The veteran right-hander gave them an impressive firsthand look, striking out seven and pitching five innings of two-run ball. He was in line for the win before Romine’s shot off Yoshihisa Hirano (3-5).

Instead, the 35-year-old Greinke is off to Houston, where he’ll play for a rival AL pennant contender. The Diamondbacks got a quartet of prospects in return.

Mets 4, White Sox 2

CHICAGO — Todd Frazier hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, Michael Conforto added a two-run single and New York beat Chicago for its season-best sixth straight victory.

Mets ace Jacob deGrom struck out 11 in a tight pitching duel with Lucas Giolito. Both 2019 All-Stars allowed just one run in seven innings.

Justin Wilson (2-1) pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth to get the win. Diaz gave up a solo homer to Leury Garcia but got three outs for his 24th save in 29 chances.

White Sox closer Alex Colome (3-2) took the loss. Chicago has dropped seven of eight.

Twins 7, Marlins 4

MIAMI — Jose Berrios struck out a season-high 11 in seven innings and Minnesota hit three homers in a win over Miami.

Max Kepler hit his 29th homer of the season, Mitch Garver added a three-run shot and Eddie Rosario had a two-run home run as the Twins won for the fifth time in six games.

Berrios (10-5) retired the first 12 batters he faced, including six on strikeouts, before Neil Walker led off the fifth inning with a dribbler down the third-base line. Starlin Castro followed with a base hit to center.

Miami’s Brian Anderson hit a grand slam in the ninth inning for the Marlins.

Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (4-10) allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Brewers 4, Athletics 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Lorenzo Cain hit a leadoff homer and Jordan Lyles pitched well in his return to the Milwaukee Brewers, earning a win over Oakland.

Christian Yelich added an RBI double to extend his hitting streak to 18 games, matching a career high. Orlando Arcia singled twice and scored.

Hours after completing a pair of trades that sent slumping slugger Jesus Aguilar to Tampa Bay and added lefty Drew Pomeranz to Milwaukee’s bullpen, the Brewers grabbed an early lead against A’s starter Brett Anderson and held on behind Lyles and four relievers.


Rays 8, Red Sox 5

BOSTON — Kevin Kiermaier homered on the first pitch he saw after coming off the injured list, and Austin Meadows hit a three-run shot to lead Tampa Bay over Boston.

The Rays jumped to a 5-0 lead against Boston starter Rick Porcello (9-8). He allowed six runs on nine hits and one walk, striking out seven in 5 2/3 innings.

Willy Adames also homered for Tampa Bay, which won for the fifth time in six games since losing seven of eight to fall behind Boston in the wild-card race.

Indians 10, Astros 4

CLEVELAND — Roberto Perez homered twice, Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis each hit a three-run shot and Cleveland capped a power-packed day with a win over Houston.

Perez hit a three-run homer in the second inning off rookie Jose Urquidy (1-1) and a solo shot in the sixth as the Indians stayed on Minnesota’s heels in the AL Central.

Rangers 9, Mariners 7

ARLINGTON, Texas — All-Star lefty Mike Minor won for the first time in more than a month, Shin-Soo Choo hit a solo homer and Texas beat Seattle.

Minor trailed 5-3 when he left after the top of the fifth, but Willie Calhoun’s three-run homer in the bottom of the inning put the Rangers in front before they went to the bullpen.

Austin Nola and Keon Broxton homered for the Mariners, who saw the end of a six-game winning streak that had matched their longest of the season.

Blue Jays 4, Royals 1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Freddy Galvis and rookie Bo Bichette hit solo home runs as Toronto completed a three-game sweep over Kansas City.

Rookie Jacob Waguespack (2-1) went six innings for his second win in his fourth big-league start. He held the Royals to three hits and one run.

Tigers 9, Angels 1

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Jake Rogers, Brandon Dixon and Gordon Beckham went deep, Daniel Norris picked up his first win since May 12 and Detroit swept the three-game series.

Rogers opened the scoring in the third with his first big league homer.

Dixon and Beckham homered during a five-run eighth inning off Luis Garcia. Dixon — who ended up with four RBIs — had a two-run blast to left-center and Beckham’s was a three-run shot to right center.

Norris (3-8) allowed only three hits over five innings with five strikeouts.

American League home run leader Mike Trout supplied the Angels’ lone run with a solo shot in the sixth.


Braves 5, Nationals 4

WASHINGTON — Josh Donaldson homered against Sean Doolittle in the top of the 10th, and the Atlanta Braves pulled out a 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday to take two of three in the series and pad their NL East lead to 6 1/2 games.

After the Nationals scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game, Donaldson swatted a fastball from Doolittle over the center-field wall for his 25th homer of the season.

Adam Duvall homered for the fourth time in five games. Ronald Acuna Jr., Ozzie Albies and Tyler Flowers also drove in runs for the Braves, who won consecutive series in Washington for the first time since 2013. They also won two of three in late June.

Reds 4, Pirates 1

CINCINNATI — Clint Hurdle and David Bell had little interaction while exchanging lineup cards one day after their teams fought on the field, and the two teams were on good behavior during Cincinnati’s victory over Pittsburgh behind a strong outing from Luis Castillo.

Bell and three Reds, including now-traded Yasiel Puig, were ejected for a ninth-inning brawl during the Pirates’ 11-4 win on Tuesday night. Four Pirates also were ejected. Major League Baseball was reviewing video of the fight Wednesday and was expected to hand down suspensions over the second fracas between the NL Central rivals this season.

Bell went after Hurdle during the fight and was restrained in a headlock by batting coach Rick Eckstein. Bell repeatedly cursed Hurdle as he left the field. A day later, the two managers didn’t say much while handing lineup cards to the umpires.

Castillo (10-4) gave up six hits and a run over seven innings. Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez homered off rookie Dario Agrazal (2-2), who lasted only 3 2/3 innings.

The two teams aren’t done with each other. They meet again at PNC Park on Aug. 23, and wrap up the season in Pittsburgh Sept. 27-29.

Cubs 2, Cardinals 0

ST. LOUIS — Kyle Hendricks struck out seven in seven innings and Ian Happ hit an RBI single in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie as Chicago beat St. Louis and moved into a tie with the Cardinals atop the NL Central.

The teams have identical 57-50 records. The Cardinals have lost three of their last four.

Giants 5, Phillies 1

PHILADELPHIA — Jeff Samardzija tossed three-hit ball over six scoreless innings, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Kevin Pillar homered in a five-run fifth and short-handed San Francisco beat Philadelphia.

The Giants were down three relievers after a flurry of moves before the trade deadline, but Samardzija (8-8) handcuffed Philadelphia for his fifth straight road win.

Dodgers 5, Rockies 1

DENVER — Will Smith hit a three-run home run in the ninth inning to break open a scoreless game and lead Los Angeles over Colorado.

Kristopher Negron also went deep during the rally and Alex Verdugo had four hits. Joe Kelly (5-3) pitched the eighth inning to earn the win.

Rockies starter German Marquez was helped off the field at the start of the seventh inning with what the team said was full-body cramping. The right-hander fanned 10 through six innings.

The Rockies lost because of a bad ninth inning. Closer Wade Davis (1-5) walked Cody Bellinger and gave up a single to Corey Seager with one out. Smith followed with a homer to center, his fifth of the season. Verdugo then singled and Negron homered for the second straight game.

By Paul Wager

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