MLB recap: Shohei Ohtani’s successful streak ends in an unpleasant loss to Astros

9/11/2021 6:08:16 AM GMT + 00: 00 – Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa saw three-hit games when the Houston Astros struck right-handed Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels at their 10-5 home Tested victory on Friday.

The Astros saddled Ohtani (9-2), the leader of the American League Most Valuable Player, with his first loss since May 28, a spread of 13 starts and eight consecutive victories. Houston made up a two-run deficit by plating three runs in the third inning before chasing Ohtani with a fourth six-run run that saw 11 thugs hit the plate.

Ohtani allowed six runs at a season high, nine hits, and no walks with a season low binding one strikeout over 3 1/3 innings. Altuve finished 3-for-4 and scored three runs, while Bregman went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Correa went 3 for 5 with an RBI and a run made when the Astros scored 16 hits, just three for extra bases.

Astro’s left-hander Framber Valdez (10-5) struggled but held out the five innings required to claim victory. He handed solo home runs in the first inning to Ohtani (league-high 44th) and Jared Walsh (26th) in the second, his first homers beaten to left-handers that season.

Orioles 6, blue jay 3

Anthony Santander broke a tie with a triple home run in the seventh inning and Baltimore defeated visiting Toronto, which ended its winning streak with eight games by dropping the series opener with four games.

Ryan McKenna hit a two run home run and Cedric Mullins had a solo shot for Baltimore and Austin Hays went 2 for 5 with a triple and extended his hitting streak to 16 games.

The Blue Jays got two hits each from Marcus Semien, Bo Bichette and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. but only went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base.

Giant 6, young 1

Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt hit two runs in the seventh inning to kick off their three-game run from San Francisco to Chicago.

Kris Bryant returned to Wrigley Field for the first time since the Cubs traded former National League Rookie of the Year and MVP for the Giants on July 30th. Bryant got a standing ovation on his first at-bat, then hit runners in first and third places to end the first inning.

Frank Schwindel homered for the Cubs, who had won eight out of nine.

Tiger 10, rays 4

Jonathan Schoop kicked off the Grand Slam in the seventh inning and hosts Detroit defeated Tampa Bay.

Ray’s rookie shortstop Wander Franco extended his streak to 39 games on the base but left the game moments later with a right hamstring injury. Franco went single in the first inning, then felt uncomfortable after going from first to third with a Nelson Cruz double.

Ji-Man Choi had a pinch hit, three runs for Tampa Bay, which lost its second game in a row.

Royals 6, Twins 4 (11 innings)

Andrew Benintendi scored two home runs, including a double shot in the top of the 11th inning that emerged as the game winner when Kansas City defeated Minnesota at Minneapolis.

Benintendi lined Juan Minaya’s first field of play to open 11th in the front row of the left grandstand for his 15th homer of the season. Benintendi finished 4-for-5 with three runs and five RBIs, while Nicky Lopez extended his streak on the base to 20 games with two hits, including a double, for Kansas City.

Byron Buxton and Josh Donaldson both had homered and Andrelton Simmons had two hits to lead Minnesota. Minaya (2-1) took the loss, allowing two runs, one earned, two hits and two walks over two innings.

White Sox 4, Red Sox 3

Jose Abreu beat a three-run home run early on, and the bullpen barely held on to take hosts Chicago past Boston in the start of their streak with three games.

Yoan Moncada hit the base four times for the White Sox, claiming a double-digit lead over first place in the AL Central. Left-hander Carlos Rodon (12-5) returned with a sore shoulder from a few days extra hiatus to allow for a three-hit run over five innings. He sniffed seven and didn’t leave.

Bobby Dalbec homered and tripled for the Red Sox, who lost four out of five. Boston stayed at the top of the AL wildcard standings with one game. Starter Tanner Houck (0-4) gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks and hit one in 3 2/3 innings.

Mets 10, Yankees 3

Tylor Megill held seven innings on a career high and scooped the top 10 of his career when hosts New York Mets exploited multiple mistakes by the New York Yankees in a three-game subway series opener.

The Mets stayed five games behind Atlanta in the National League East and started five games behind San Diego for the second NL wildcard on Friday. The Yankees, who stayed half a game ahead of Toronto for the second AL wildcard, have lost seven straights and 11 of 13.

Megill (3-4) allowed two four-shot runs while she ran one. He allowed one run apiece in the first two innings – Brett Gardner tripled in the first with an out and scored a groundout at Aaron Judges before Joey Gallo homered in the second – but retired 16 of the last 19 batter, those he faced.

Red 4, Cardinals 2

Jose Barrero hit the decisive RBI double to push the guest in Cincinnati past St. Louis.

Barrero broke a 2-2 draw in the ninth inning with his doubles and finished third when Aristides Aquino scored a goal. Barrero then came home when the Reds won a fourth time in 12 games.

Yadier Molina scored a double homer for the Cardinals (71-69), who lost for the fifth time in seven games. Cardinal’s starting pitcher Jon Lester allowed two runs on three hits and four walks in seven innings.

Rockies 11, Phillies 2

Trevor Story and CJ Cron hit consecutive home runs in the seventh inning to push Colorado past hosts Philadelphia.

Elias Diaz added a grand slam in ninth place for Colorado, which won its second in a row. Rockies starter German Marquez (12-10) threw six goalless innings and allowed six hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Didi Gregorius scored a solo home run and Jean Segura and Bryce Harper each had two hits for the fighting Phillies, who lost their fourth game in a row. They fell 4 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National League East.

Brewer 10, Indian 3

Lorenzo Cain smashed his third grand slam of his career to highlight a fifth inning with six runs as Milwaukee defeated hosts Cleveland for their ninth win in their last 12 games.

Eduardo Escobar led both the fifth and sixth innings, and Luis Urias had a shot in two runs to atone for two mistakes in the field. Adrian Houser (9-6) worked around five walks, six stolen bases and two mistakes to allow only two runs – both undeserved – on a hit in six innings.

Bobby Bradley had a two-run single in the first inning and ended with two of the three hits for the Indians, who have lost six of their last eight games. Rookie Eli Morgan (2-7) allowed eight runs – seven deserved – with eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings.

Braves 6, Marlins 2

Jorge Soler has hit a green two-run single in a fifth five-run inning, leading hosts Atlanta past Miami.

The Braves, who lead the National League East by 4 1/2 games, have won for the fourth time in their last five games. Good left-field player Adam Duvall had ripped his homer streak from four games. However, the former standout of the Marlins extended his hit series to nine games.

Marlins Batters struck 17 times as Miami (59-82) fell to 21-48 on the street. Marlin’s rookie Trevor Rogers (7-7), who missed a month on the bereavement list and hasn’t won a game since June 10, only lasted 4 1/3 innings. He allowed three hits, one walk, and four runs while cutting six.

Pirates 4, Nationals 3

Ke’Bryan Hayes’ RBI single in the ninth inning, his first career walk-off hit, crowned a two-run rally that gave hosts Pittsburgh a win over Washington.

With a 3-2 deficit from Pittsburgh and an opponent Patrick Murphy (0-2), Anthony Alford led the ninth with a singles into the right center and finished second in a wild place. Ben Gamel left and both runners advanced on another wild field.

Cole Tucker got out before Alberto Baldonado replaced Murphy. Pinch hitter Colin Moran landed on shortstop, with Alford hitting to tie it. Hayes’ base hit to the right caused Gamel to quit the game.

Dodgers 3, Padres 0

Max Muncy made a home run and Julio Urias took his 17th Major League victory when Los Angeles returned home from a bumpy road trip to claim a shutout win over San Diego.

Chris Taylor drove a run when the Dodgers won their fourth straight game against the Padres to even reach the season 7-7. Los Angeles stayed 2 1/2 games behind the first-placed San Francisco Giants in the National League West. San Diego came out with the Cincinnati Reds for second place for the NL wildcard.

Fernando Tatis Jr. had two goals for the Padres who started a phase in which they will end the regular season with 22 consecutive games against teams with winning records.

A’s 10, Rangers 5

Matt Olson crowned a second six-run inning with a single to clear bases in a four-hit, four RBI performance when Oakland opened a three-game home series with a win over Texas.

The win was a huge win for the A’s, who gained ground against all three teams ahead of them in the American League wildcard race. Oakland is now just one game in the losing column behind each of the three – the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays.

Deolis Guerra (4-1) threw 2 1/3 goalless innings for the win. Oakland’s Starling Marte and Tony Kemp finished with three hits each. Leody Taveras had two hits for the Rangers, including an RBI double.

Mariners 5, Diamondbacks 4

Tom Murphy scored two home runs and Marco Gonzales won his seventh straight decision when Seattle beat Visiting Arizona.

JP Crawford also played for Seattle, which advanced within a game from the New York Yankees in pursuit of the American League’s second and final wildcard playoff spot. Gonzales (8-5) allowed three runs, all undeserved, over six innings.

Henry Ramos and pinch hitter Seth Beer both scored their first major league home runs for the Diamondbacks, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games, including the last six in a row. Arizona was overrun by Seattle in a series of three games last weekend in Phoenix.

–Field-level media

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