MLB recap: Shane Bieber of the Indians stacks Ks, beats Reds

April 18, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; The Cleveland Indians, who start pitcher Shane Bieber (57), throw the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Shane Bieber threw eight innings and became the first pitcher in modern baseball history to hit at least ten batters in his first four starts when the Cleveland Indians demolished the Cincinnati Reds seven-game home winning streak with a 6-3 win on Sunday.

To help the Indians avoid getting swept, Bieber (2-1) allowed three runs, six hits, and fanned out a season high of 13 while walking two. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Bieber is the first major leaguer since Hill was placed at its current distance in 1893 to score at least 10 hits in his first four starts.

On Sunday, Bieber was assisted by a three run homer from Roberto Perez, Jordan Luplow’s two run shot and a solo blast over Jose Ramirez. Yu Chang also had two hits when Cleveland completed a 3-4 road trip.

Joey Votto had three hits with two RBIs and ex-Indian Tyler Naquin hit his sixth homer for the Reds, falling 7-2 at home.

Phillies 2, Cardinals 0

Aaron Nola threw a two-hit shutout, Bryce Harper scored and hosts Philadelphia defeated St. Louis to reach the finals of a three-game weekend series.

Harper made it safely to the base every four times, doubling up, singing, and walking. Jean Segura added two hits and increased his hit rate to nine in a row. Nola (1-1) hit 10 and didn’t leave. It was Nola’s 17th career game with at least 10 spikes. He threw 109 pitches for his first full nine-inning game of his career.

Cardinal starter John Gant (0-2) held five innings and allowed five hits and two runs. Gant’s control was spotty with five strikes and five walks.

Braves 13, Cubs 4

Freddie Freeman, Travis d’Arnaud, Ehire Adrianza and Guillermo Heredia met for the first home runs against Kyle Hendricks, and Heredia secured a grand slam in the sixth inning to drive the Atlanta Braves past hosts Chicago.

Hendricks (0-2) became the first pitcher in Cubs history to give up four home runs in the first inning and ninth all-time. He allowed seven runs with seven hits in four innings with three walks and two swings. Anthony Rizzo scored twice for Chicago.

Bryse Wilson threw five innings, giving up seven hits and three runs (two of which were earned) for Atlanta. Wilson (1-0) took a step and hit while throwing 50 of his 69 pitches for strikes. Atlanta used a 14-hit attack in the series finals to play two of three games, with Heredia going 3v4 with six RBIs.

Giants 1, Marlins 0

Alex Wood threw five goalless innings on his San Francisco debut, a win over hosts Miami that avoided a three-game game.

The Giants got an RBI single from Alex Dickerson and four perfect innings from their bullpen. Tyler Rogers finished ninth, making his fourth and first careers that season.

Miami’s Pablo Lopez (0-2) beat nine batters at career height in six innings – but still got the loss. He allowed six hits, two walks and an inexperienced run. Marlin midfielder Starling Marte left the game in the ninth inning with an unspecified injury. Marte, who has suffered oblique injuries in the past, went off in the middle of his blow and grabbed him by his side.

Rays 4, Yankees 2

Yoshi Tsutsugo scored a brace with one goal in the seventh inning ahead of Gerrit Cole and took the visit to Tampa Bay because of the difficult New York.

The Rays completed their fourth round of at least three Yankees games in New York. It was her second run in the last three series in New York after Tampa Bay had done the feat twice in the previous 51 Road series of at least three games.

Cole (2-1) knocked out 13 straight hitters before Joey Wendle scorched a single in the middle. Three pitches later, Tsutsugo made a 1: 1 change to the warning lane in the field on the right in the middle, so that Wendle was able to score points from the start.

Padres 5, Dodgers 2

Eric Hosmer broke a tie with a two-out RBI single at the end of eighth place and Tommy Pham dropped a double in two runs as hosts San Diego ended their eight-game winning streak in Los Angeles.

In the seventh round, Hosmer followed Manny Machado’s third single of the game with an RBI double to make the 2-all result. One inning later, he grounded a single to hit Jurickson Profar and is now hitting .750 (9-for-12) with runners in goal and two outs.

Chris Taylor scored a two-part home run for the Dodgers, while Los Angeles starter Trevor Bauer only allowed one run over six innings and took a 2-1 lead.

Diamondbacks 5, Nationals 2

Josh Rojas and Carson Kelly met, and Arizona defeated hosts Washington to earn a four-game series split.

Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner (1-2) made his best appearance of the young season, allowing for a two-hit run and a five innings walk. He turned down five. Stefan Crichton threw ninth place for his first parade.

Paolo Espino (0-1), who was promoted after Stephen Strasburg was injured with a shoulder infection, allowed two runs with five hits in 4 1/3 innings to make up for the loss. Trea Turner hit two solo homers for Washington.

White Sox 3, Red Sox 2 (Game 1)

Tim Anderson started with a home run, Dallas Keuchel threw five strong innings and Chicago prevailed at the start of a split double header against hosts Boston.

Anderson finished the 3v4 race when the White Sox made a two-game skid. Keuchel (1-0) gave up two runs with six hits, didn’t go and knocked out one. Liam Hendriks was working on a two-out single in the lower part of the seventh for his second save.

Enrique Hernandez scored a home run and Bobby Dalbec ended the game with two goals for the Red Sox, who had lost for the second time in their last 12 games.

White Sox 5, Red Sox 1 (Game 2)

Yermin Mercedes returned on its first start in 2 1/2 years to endorse an electric Michael Kopech, and Chicago took the double-header sweep in Boston.

Kopech hit four, allowing a one-hit run and stroll for more than three innings when he started for the first time since September 5, 2018. He threw himself in the bullpen after Tommy John’s surgery before unsubscribing from the 2020 campaign. Matt Foster (1-1) threw 1 2/3 innings of relief for the win.

JD Martinez single-handedly drove for the Red Sox, which have lost three out of four in nine wins.

Mets 2, Rockies 1

Marcus Stroman threw eight strong innings as Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto scored two hits apiece to lift New York over hosts Colorado.

The Mets have won two of the three games in a series cut to two days after the competition was postponed on Friday due to bad weather. Stroman (3-0) was consistently dominant – allowing a run with three hits – and needed only 58 pitch to survive six innings and 90 before leaving the competition.

Trevor Story had two hits for the Rockies, who have lost eight of their last nine games.

Mariners 7, Astros 2

Mitch Haniger had a double, triple and three RBIs and six pitchers in one stroke when Seattle beat the Houston visit.

Ty France scored and doubled for Seattle, which regained first place in the American League West. Relievers Ljay Newsome (1-0), Casey Sadler, Anthony Misiewicz, Rafael Montero and Drew Steckenrider together scored five goals without innings after starter Nick Margevicius was eliminated in the fifth inning with an obvious arm injury.

The Astros was left without second baseman Jose Altuve, third baseman Alex Bregman, batsman Yordan Alvarez, catcher Martín Maldonado and infielder Robel García, all of whom are on the injured list due to COVID-19 logs.

Athletics 3, Tiger 2

Matt Olson made the decisive run with a throwing error by Jeimer Candelario in the ninth inning to give Oakland a home win over Detroit.

The A’s have won the home series with four games against Detroit and won eight games in a row. Right-handed Chris Bassitt started for the A’s, hit eight, walked two, allowing two runs and five hits in six innings. Sean Murphy went deep into Oakland.

The Tigers finished a 10-game road trip 3-7. Harold Castro had three hits and knocked for Detroit in both runs, wasting a great foray from starter Matthew Boyd, who gave up two runs, four hits, one step and hit five in 7 1/3 innings of work.

Rangers 1, Orioles 0 (10 innings)

Texas won a pitcher duel at Arlington when Nate Lowe beat Baltimore in the tenth inning.

Lowe’s single through the left side of the infield against Travis Lakins (1: 1) came after a field player’s choice, two wild fields and two walks burdened the bases. John King (1-0) took the win after surviving a threat from Baltimore up in tenth place that gave the go-ahead.

Rangers starter Gibson didn’t give up a walk in eight innings, giving up four hits and hitting six. Orioles’s John Means scored seven innings, allowing three hits with nine strikeouts and two steps to bring his ERA down to 1.52.

Royals 2, Blue Jays 0

Salvador Perez faced Kansas City in his second straight game to visit Toronto in a missed opportunity game when the teams left 15 men on the base in the first four innings.

The Royals won three of the series’ four games when Perez, who ended Saturday’s second game with a walk-off home run, struck his homer 441 feet into the fountain in the center-left for the fifth time in the young season.

Kyle Zimmer (1-0) took the win. Greg Holland took his second save. Royals pitchers withdrew the last 18 Toronto Batters.

Pirates 6, Brewers 5

Colin Moran started the game with a double in the 10th inning and had four RBIs when Pittsburgh beat hosts Milwaukee.

Moran, who also had a three-run homer, doubled right-handed JP Feyereisen (0-1) in the right corner to break a 5-all tie to meet Bryan Reynolds. Richard Rodriguez (1-0) threw two perfect innings and knocked out Travis Shaw to end the game.

Milwaukee’s Daniel Vogelbach scored two home runs with three RBIs, and Avisail Garcia went 2-5 with a home run. Jackie Bradley Jr. added two hits with a double and a run.

– Field level media

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