2021-07-31 08:47:46 GMT + 00: 00 – Joey Votto homered for the seventh game in a row and Jonathan India went deep twice as the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 6-2 on Friday night.
Votto was within one of the major league records for consecutive games with a homer. Dale Long succeeded in 1956 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Don Mattingly succeeded in 1987 with the New York Yankees and Ken Griffey Jr. succeeded in 1993 with the Seattle Mariners.
Votto has gone deep nine times in its last seven games and has also run a run for an eighth game in a row. The team record is held by Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, who had RBIs in 10 straight games in 1976.
Jeff McNeil and Brandon Drury beat RBI doubles for the Mets. Carlos Carrasco allowed a run on three hits in four innings after missing three months with an Achilles tendon injury.
Yankees 3, Marlins 1
Anthony Rizzo hit a 449-foot homer on his New York debut and led his new team to a win over hosts Miami.
Jameson Taillon (7-4) hit 5 2/3 goalless innings to take the win. Rizzo, acquired in trading with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, went through with a base on balls 2-3. Former Texas Rangers star Joey Gallo also made his Yankees debut and went 0-for-4 with a walk.
Marlins rookie Zach Thompson (2-4) suffered a loss of bad luck and only allowed the solo homer in Rizzo’s sixth inning in 5 2/3 innings. He skipped five, walked four and only gave up three hits.
Rockies 9, Padres 4
Ryan McMahon’s Grand Slam in the first inning was the first of four homers Colorado met in a win in San Diego.
However, the Padres suffered an even greater loss when shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. partially dislocated his left shoulder while slipping to third in the first inning. He left the game immediately and was later listed as Day After Day.
Rockies starter Jon Gray (7-6) held the Padres on two runs with four hits and three walks with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings to score his second win over the Padres in 19 days.
Astros 9, giant 6
Jose Altuve’s second home run of the game, a grand slam in the sixth inning, broke up a close affair and sent Houston to a win in San Francisco.
Altuve ended with three hits, three runs and five RBIs as the Astros won their third straight win. The Grand Slam was the sixth in Altuve’s career. The two-home game was his third in 2021 and increased his team lead total for the season to 25.
Donovan Solano, Buster Posey, Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Crawford all had two hits for the Giants.
Rays 7, Red Sox 3
Yandy Diaz shot a two-run shot for one of Tampa Bay’s three home runs, Wander Franco took two runs, and the Rays won Boston in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Mike Zunino and Randy Arozarena added solo homers for Tampa Bay, who have won two in a row after being hurled for three games. Rays starter Josh Fleming (8-5) allowed three runs on eight hits with a pair of walks and seven strikeouts over five innings.
Christian Vazquez, Bobby Dalbec and Hunter Renfroe each drove for Boston.
Brewers 9, Braves 5
Avisall Garcia had three hits, including a homer in three runs, to help Milwaukee make up an early four-run deficit and beat Atlanta.
The Brewers scored three home runs and extended their winning streak to four, beating their opponents 37-8. Eduardo Escobar, who played his first game since being taken over by the Brewers, scored his 23rd homer of the season in the ninth inning.
Atlanta starter Touki Toussaint (1-2) made his worst appearance since returning to the rotation. He only lasted 3 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs with six hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 5 (10 innings)
Asdrubal Cabrera scored a run scoring bloop double into left field with an out in the 10th inning and gave Arizona a win over Los Angeles in Phoenix.
Josh VanMeter had three doubles and three RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who have won seven of their last ten games. Cabrera reached the base five times in two hits and three walks and also drove in two runs.
Chris Taylor homered and had three RBIs for the Dodgers, who have lost eight of their last twelve games. Los Angeles fell 1-11 in extra inning games.
Seafarer 9, Ranger 5
Jarred Kelenic homered and drove four runs and fellow rookie Logan Gilbert won his fifth straight decision when Seattle prevailed in Arlington, Texas.
Adolis Garcia, Jonah Heim and Jason Martin scored solo homers for the Rangers, who lost for the 14th time in their last 15 games. Gilbert (5-2) allowed four runs with six hits in 5 2/3 innings with one walk and six strikeouts.
Rangers starter Kolby Allard (2-9) was marked for seven runs – six earned – on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts in three innings.
White Sox 6, Indians 4
Tim Anderson kicked off with a single in the eighth inning, and Yoan Moncada had three hits – including a home run that bounced off a Cleveland outfielder – battling for victory as hosts Chicago.
The White Sox drew a 4-all two-run tie in the eighth inning when an Indian mistake and a pass ball set the stage for Anderson, who scored two.
Jose Ruiz (1-1) earned the win by stranding two runners while giving up all three thugs he faced in eighth place. Liam Hendriks threw a goalless ninth for his 26th save. James Karinchak (7-3) was the loser after allowing two runs with three hits and one walk without registering an out.
Cardinals 5, Gemini 1
Tommy Edman drove in three runs to lift St. Louis over a visit to Minnesota.
Wade LeBlanc kept the Twins on six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings on one run while hitting three. Ryan Helsley (6-4) took the win with relief, posting four outs for the Cardinals, who have won for the eighth time in 12 games.
In his third start in the Major League, Griffin Jax kept the Cardinals on a run of two hits and two walks in five innings, adding a pair of strikeouts while throwing 83 pitches. Reliever Tyler Duffey (2-3) conceded the defeat for the Twins, who fell for the 11th time in 15 games.
Nationals 4, Cubs 3
Josh Bell and Luis Garcia homered and Washington dejected on a visit to Chicago.
Sergio Alcantara and Rafael Ortega each had two goals for the Cubs, who have lost four in a row. Chicago starter Jake Arrieta (5-10) gave up two runs on six hits over four innings, with one walk and three strikeouts.
Nationals starter Paolo Espino (3-2) allowed a run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. He went one and hit six. Kyle Finnegan threw ninth place for his second save.
Pirates 7, Phillies 0
Gregory Polanco and Kevin Newman each ran two runs and Wil Crowe hit six scoreless innings when Pittsburgh burst from a four-game streak of bad luck with a win over visiting Philadelphia.
Crowe (3-5) combined with the helpers Chasen Shreve and Duane Underwood Jr. in a one-hit shutout. Bryan Reynolds added an RBI triple and Rodolfo Castro and Ke’Bryan Hayes each scored an RBI double for the Pirates, who lost eight of their last 10 games.
Alec Bohm ushered in the second with a single for the Phillies’ only hit of the evening. Philadelphia starter Vince Velasquez (3-6) lasted only two innings, allowing five runs and six hits with a walk and a strikeout.
Athletics 2, Angels 0
Chris Bassitt threw seven scoreless innings and led Oakland to a shutout win over Los Angeles in Anaheim, California.
Bassitt (11-3), an all-star for the first time this season at the age of 32, struck seven and left one. Jed Lowrie and Elvis Andrus had two hits each and Matt Chapman homered for the A’s.
Angels starter Patrick Sandoval (3-5), who was almost no hitter in his previous start, only gave up one run with four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He cut six, but also left six.
Blue Jay 6, Royals 4
Bo Bichette scored a two-run home run, Teoscar Hernandez had a solo shot, and Toronto won their true home opener by beating Kansas City.
George Springer has been in the Blue Jays’ first game 3-for-4 at the Rogers Center since September 29, 2019. They had played their home games in Dunedin, Florida and Buffalo due to COVID-19 restrictions. Toronto’s Ross Stripling (4-6) allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Royals starter Daniel Lynch (1-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings. He fanned out two and walked two. Salvador Perez hit his 26th homer of the season.
Golden Oriole 4, Tiger 3
Pedro Severino scored two solo home runs, Matt Harvey threw 6 1/3 goalless innings and Baltimore held hosts Detroit.
Ryan Mountcastle also played for the Orioles. Harvey (6-10) scattered six hits and didn’t spend a walk while striking five. He has not allowed a run in his last three starts. Cole Sulser recorded his fourth save with a perfect ninth inning.
Miguel Cabrera had two hits and an RBI for the Tigers. Tarik Skubal (6-10) gave up all four Baltimore runs with seven hits in 5 2/3 innings. He went one and turned down four.
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