Kyle Schwarber hit the ground in the ninth inning to give hosts Washington Nationals a 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday.
Against Alex Young (0-3), Schwarber hit with a 2-1 sinker for a 463-foot explosion in the right center. It was Schwarber’s first homer as a national player, and it broke a 0-for-12 run.
Brad Hand (1-0) threw a goalless ninth inning for victory. Three Washington pitchers limited the diamondbacks to three hits and two walks while scoring 13 hits.
National starter Max Scherzer fired seven dominant innings. He allowed two singles while hitting 10 and walking two over 106 pitches. Scherzer (2,808 career strikes) overtook Cy Young (2,803) and finished 22nd on the all-time whiff list. Arizona starter Taylor Widener threw six scoreless innings.
Reds 10, Indians 3
Joey Votto’s homer in two runs highlighted a third inning in seven runs, and Cincinnati won their sixth straight home win, defeating Cleveland.
Nick Castellanos also scored for one of his two goals and had two RBIs, along with Eugenio Suarez and Tyler Stephenson for the Reds, who averaged 9.6 runs and scored 10 or more four times while starting 6-1 at home. Cincinnati has just returned from a 2-4 road trip.
Jordan Luplow finished ninth and Josh Naylor scored three goals for the Indians, who lost for the third time in their last nine games against Cincinnati.
Angel 10, Gemini 3
Justin Upton’s Grand Slam in the seventh inning opened a close game and brought Los Angeles to a win over Minnesota in Anaheim, California.
The Angels were busy, getting a homer and a two-run single by Jared Walsh, a two-run single by Mike Trout, and two hits apiece by David Fletcher and Jose Iglesias.
Aaron Slegers (1-0) won despite taking the lead in the sixth inning.
Mariners 6, Astros 5
Ty France’s single took the winning run in the ninth inning when hosts Seattle beat shorthanded Houston in the opener of a three-game series.
Seattle’s Evan White hit a solo homer in game eight, making it 5-5. Mariners left-handed Anthony Misiewicz (2-0) threw a goalless inning of relief for the win. Houston right-hander Ryne Stanek (0-1) lost.
The Astros were without Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Martin Maldonado and Robel Garcia, who landed on the injured list on Wednesday due to COVID-19 logs.
Braves 5, Cubs 2
Marcell Ozuna had three hits and an RBI. Ronald Acuna Jr. delivered a split single and five relievers along with 4 1/3 innings to help Atlanta beat Chicago.
Chicago went 8-0 with runners on goal and knocked out 12 times, while losing for the fifth time in six games. Joc Pederson struggled with the charged bases as a potential winning run in the ninth, but sniffed Will Smith to end the game.
Willson Contreras had two hits for the Cubs, including a solo home run in the fifth.
Pirate 6, Brewer 1
Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco got off to a strong start from JT Brubaker when they visited Pittsburgh at the helm of Milwaukee.
Adam Frazier added a two-run triple while Bryan Reynolds had an RBI double for the Pirates, who have won five of their last seven games. Brubaker (2-0) gave up one run and four hits without walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.
Tyrone Taylor scored an RBI double for the Brewers, who lost two of their last three. Milwaukee starter Adrian Houser (1-2) threw 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs with five hits.
Rays 8, Yankees 2
Michael Wacha tossed six sharp innings of a one-hit ball when visiting Tampa Bay and capitalizing on New York’s poor defense for a win.
Thanks to Wacha’s jewel and his opportunistic teammates, the Rays improved to 13-3 in the last 16 regular season meetings with the Yankees. Brandon Lowe scored a brace in the first and the Rays never looked back. They added four in the fifth, taking advantage of two mistakes.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a homer in two runs in the seventh, but the Yankees lost their third straight, falling to 2-6 in their last eight games, while being booed at various points by fans.
Phillies 9, Cardinals 2
Zach Eflin threw more than seven solid innings, JT Realmuto scored and drove in two runs, and hosts Philadelphia scored six goals in the second inning en route to a win over St. Louis.
Jean Segura had three hits while Andrew McCutchen added two hits and three RBIs for the Phillies, who suffered a three-game loss. Bryce Harper also drove in two runs. The Phillies won six out of seven at home. Eflin (1-0) allowed six hits and two runs, hit six and didn’t leave.
Justin Williams hit his first home run of his career and Tommy Edman had two hits for the Cardinals. The St. Louis starter Carlos Martinez (0-3) allowed five hits and six runs in five innings. He hit five and went two.
Marlins 4, Giants 1
Starling Marte’s third home run of the season, a three in the eighth inning, pushed hosts Miami past San Francisco.
Giants Reliever Wandy Peralta gave up the homer, Matt Wisler (0: 2) lost after 1 1/3 innings. Anthony Bass (1-2), the third Marlins pitcher, won, and Yimi Garcia took a goalless ninth place for the third time this season.
Miami also got a solo homer from Jazz Chisholm Jr. on a line ride to right midfield, which tied the score in the fifth inning. Mike Yastrzemski led the Giants by going 2v4 with a triple and a double, collecting half of the team’s hits.
Orioles 5, Rangers 2
Freddy Galvis and Cedric Mullins each hit two hits and Jorge Lopez delivered a bounce back performance on the hill to lead Baltimore to a win in Arlington, Texas.
The Orioles entered the series offensively, losing eight of their last ten games. However, Baltimore took the Rangers’ winning streak in three games by scoring two homers and six extra-base hits against Mike Foltynewicz (3-0).
Lopez (1-2) gave up only two runs and two hits, solo homers by David Dahl and Nick Solak, in five innigs. He struck eight and went one.
Athletics 3, Tiger 0
Matt Chapman hit his team-leading third home run of the season and four Oakland pitchers together scored an Eleven in a four-goal when the A’s visited Detroit twice in a row.
Frankie Montas (2-1) worked on the first six innings of Oakland’s first shutout of the season, extending Oakland’s winning streak to six games just a week after the American League West defending champions lost six straight.
Jose Urena (0-3) was the unlucky loser for the Tigers, who entered the four-game set with a three-game winning streak. Urena went seven innings and was charged with two runs with seven hits. He went two and struck eight.
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