MLB recap: Joey Votto Homers within the Reds document sixth sport in a row

7/30/2021 7:35:49 AM GMT + 00: 00 – Joey Votto has hit the best sixth game in a row in the franchise and Tucker Barnhart picked up a two-run green single in the sixth inning to give the Cincinnati Reds a 7 -4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

Votto responded to consecutive two-homer performances by smacking a two-run shot in the first inning. The 2010 National League MVP has dipped eight times in the last six games to push his home run total to 20, marking the ninth season he has hit that plateau.

Kyle Farmer added an RBI double and faced Aristides Aquinos sacrificial flies for the Reds, who won three of the four games in the series this season and nine of 13 against Chicago this season.

Luis Castillo (5-10) won his second straight start after allowing three runs on seven hits while beating eight batters in six innings. Heath Hembree gave Ian Happ a solo homer in the ninth inning before sealing the win.

Chicago’s Willson Contreras started a two-run homer and Patrick Wisdom also went deep to start the fourth inning. Javier Baez went 2-for-4 on his return to the line-up after missing time with a heel bruise for the Cubs, who have lost three in a row and eight of their last 12 games.

Padres 3, Rockies 0

Joe Musgrove hit 11 over seven shutout innings when hosts San Diego ruled Colorado out.

Fernando Tatis Jr. hit an RBI double in the first inning and Jake Cronenworth hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning. Musgrove (7-7) hid the Rockies on three hits and a walk over seven innings.

Colorado’s Kyle Freeland (1-6) retired from a run with eight hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings.

Giants 5, Dodgers 0

Johnny Cueto tossed 5 2/3 shutout innings and Brandon Crawford hit a double with two runs on his first record appearance from the injured list and helped hosts San Francisco beat Los Angeles.

The Giants won two out of three in the series to slide three games ahead of the World Series defending champions in the National League West.

Cueto (7-5), without a win in four July starts, limited the Dodgers to four hits and two walks while hitting five.

Brewer 12, pirate 0

Manny Pina homered twice, Rowdy Tellez went deep too, and the Milwaukee visit ended a three-game series sweep of Pittsburgh.

Tellez, Tyrone Taylor and Pablo Reyes each added an RBI double, while Lorenzo Cain had a two-run single for the Brewers, who put together a sixth place in five runs and won for the fifth time in six games.

Brewers right-hander Freddy Peralta (8-3) put up six innings and combined with relievers Miguel Sanchez, Devin Williams and Jandel Gustave for a shutout with three hits.

Nationals 3, Phillies 1 (Game 1)

In what might be his last start for Washington, Max Scherzer took his eighth win of the season when the Nationals defeated hosts Philadelphia in their first double game.

Scherzer, a World Series champion and three-time Cy Young Award winner, is expected to be dealt with by the Nationals before Friday’s close of trading. He went six strong innings and allowed one run three hits with five strikeouts.

With the 1-1 draw, Gerardo Parra led the seventh inning with a double, then came home on Yan Gomes’ 429-foot homer to center against Philadelphia starter Zack Wheeler (8-6).

Phillies 11, Nationals 8 (Game 2)

Brad Miller defeated a walk-off grand slam in extra innings as Philadelphia bounced back from a seven-run deficit to avoid a double-header sweep against Washington.

Ryan Zimmerman delivered the tiebreaker single in the top of the eighth inning to give Washington an 8-7 lead before Miller’s exploits were at the bottom of the frame. The homer was Miller’s 10th of the season.

Rhys Hoskins, Andrew McCutchen and Alec Bohm also scored for the Phillies Homers. Josh Harrison hit a two-run homer and Yadiel Hernandez added a two-run double for the Nationals.

Athletics 4, Angels 0

Frankie Montas threw seven shutout innings to give Oakland a shutout win over Los Angeles at the start of a four-game run in Anaheim, California.

Montas (9-8) allowed three hits, hit 10 and walked three. He reached a career high for wins while hitting a season high of 109 pitches. Ramon Laureano delivered a double with two runs in the first inning of the Athletics, who won six in a row against the Angels, in the first inning of three runs, holding them six down from second AL wildcard place.

Dylan Bundy (1-8) made his first start for Los Angeles since being demoted to the bullpen a month ago. After a rocky start, Bundy bounced back to throw 4 1/3 innings, allowing for three runs and two hits. He hit two, went four, and hit a batsman.

Rays 14, Yankees 0

Austin Meadows homered before an out was recorded and added another homer in a tenth sixth inning when Tampa Bay hosts Gerrit Cole mixed up and drove to a win over New York in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Hitting a single in the sixth to start a stretch that 11 straight hitters could safely reach, Meadows went 3-for-5. His second homer crowned Tampa Bay’s biggest inning since a 10-run frame against the Marlins on June 25, 2008.

Cole (10-6) dropped to 1-6 for his regular season career against the Rays, making his worst appearance as a Yankee despite cutting 10. He allowed eight runs (seven earned) on six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Tiger 6, Orioles 2

Miguel Cabrera hit two solo homers, Casey Mize limited Baltimore to an undeserved run in seven innings, and Detroit defeated the Gastorioles.

Cabrera walked 3 for 3, and Eric Haase had two hits and two RBIs for the Tigers. Jeimer Candelario delivered three hits at the start of a four-game series, including an RBI triple.

Mize (6-5) recorded his first win since June 26th while allowing four hits and two walks. He deleted two. Orioles starter Alexander Wells (1-1) gave up four runs with seven hits in five innings. He went three and fanned four.

Blue jay 13, Red Sox 1

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. started a triple home run and Hyun Jin Ryu hit five over six goalless innings to bolster Toronto in a loss to hosts Boston.

It was the 33rd homer of the season for Guerrero (2-for-5), leaving only Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani (37) behind for the Major League lead. Ryu (10-5) only allowed two hits and didn’t leave to deserve the win. Every batter on the Blue Jays grid ran at least one run during the 16-hit attack.

Bobby Dalbec doubled the lone run for the Red Sox. Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez (7-6) was bumped around for six runs with seven hits while he went four and hit eight in just 3 1/3 innings.

Royals 5, White Sox 0

Carlos Hernandez threw six goalless innings when hosts Kansas City defeated Chicago, and won three of the four games in the series with the first White Sox.

Hernandez (2-1) gave up four hits, with one walk and four strikeouts. He allowed a runner to reach third base.

Salvador Perez hit a double home run in the first inning, and Michael A. Taylor hit a solo homer and drove another run for Kansas City.

Braves 6, Mets 3

Austin Riley continued his hot hit with his 21st home run and three RBIs when he visited Atlanta, which won his third game in the five-game series against New York.

Riley was 2 for 4, and his two-run homer sparked a three-run breakout in the fourth inning that took the Braves to the top to stay. He added a run-scoring single to the fifth, his 10th RBI in the series. Riley expanded his hitting streak to eight games, where he’s 14 for 32 (.438) with nine extra base hits and 13 RBIs. He has homered in the last three games and five of the last seven.

Atlanta also received home runs from Abraham Almonte, his fifth run, and Dansby Swanson, whose solo shot gave him a career high. Ozzie Albies was team leader in his 69th run.

–Field-level media

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