Nick Pivetta overtook history-seeking Jacob deGrom on Wednesday night when the Boston right-hander threw five goalless innings, combined with three reliefs on a two-hitter, and won when the Red Sox beat the New York Mets 1-0.
Christian Vazquez had an RBI double in the second inning for the Red Sox, who swept the Interleague series with two games.
deGrom (2-2), who became the first pitcher to beat at least 14 batters in four consecutive starts, suffered a known pitch loss after allowing the one three-hit run and one run while scoring nine-over-six innings.
The nine strikes raised deGrom’s overall season to 59 – the most ever scored by a pitcher’s first five starts in a year with Nolan Ryan (1978).
Phillies 5, Cardinals 3
Philadelphia defeated hosts St. Louis but saw right fielder Bryce Harper exit the game after being hit by a 97-mile pitch in the sixth inning. Harper was bloody but he left the field on his own and said after the game that he had avoided serious injuries.
Reliever Genesis Cabrera (0-1), who suffered the defeat, also hit Didi Gregorius with his next pitch, this time in the back of the chest, and the Phillies kicked off later in the inning. Phillies reliever Brandon Kintzler (1-0) took the win and Hector Neris took his fifth save.
Brad Miller hit a homer with two runs for Philadelphia. Tyler O’Neill hit a two-run shot and Paul Goldschmidt also went deep for the Cardinals.
Giants 7, Rockies 3
Alex Wood won his third straight start and Camilo Doval threw himself out of a mess in the seventh inning with minimal damage as hosts San Francisco held Colorado back to fifth in their last seven games.
Mike Tauchman racked up three hits on his Giants debut, while Brandon Belt took one hit and Curt Casali took two base-laden walks in two runs apiece. Wood (3-0), who wore a no-hitter in the sixth inning, worked over six innings and was charged with two runs with four hits. He went two and struck nine.
German Marquez (1-2) took the defeat after four runs and four hits in four innings. He spent three walks and turned down five.
Astros 7, Mariners 5
Houston contested an impressive four-run rally in the eighth inning, claiming a straight win over Seattle.
The Astros fought for a 5-3 deficit in game eight and initiated the comeback against Mariners right-hander Rafael Montero (2-1) with a one-off single from Kyle Tucker, who later scored a throwing error from Seattle baseman Evan White.
Ryne Stanek was a perfect ninth for Houston and scored his first save. Joe Smith (1: 1) won with relief.
Twins 10, Indians 2
Minnesota got the bats going early, scoring seven runs in the first three innings to beat hosts Cleveland.
The twins avoided a series sweep of the Indians on a large scale and took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Minnesota had lost eight of its last nine games.
Minnesota scored a total of six home runs in victory, two of them by Mitch Garver. The franchise record of eight homers in one game was set against the Washington Senators in 1963.
Marlins 6, Brewers 2
Sandy Alcantara allowed two runs over a season high of seven innings and Jesus Aguilar scored for the fifth time in their last six games to lead Miami over hosts Milwaukee.
Both runs against Alcantara (1-2) were contested by Kolten Wong with a homer in the third inning. Alcantara allowed five hits and struck four without taking a walk in 93 fields.
Brewer starter Zack Godley (0-1) hit five and allowed only one hit, but he gave up four runs (three deserved) and went five. Godley left after three innings on his Brewers debut with a finger injury.
Dodgers 8, Reds 0
Clayton Kershaw was up to his old tricks, throwing seven scoreless innings as he led Los Angeles to a win over Cincinnati to close a disappointing homestand on an uplifting note.
Justin Turner hit a home run and the Dodgers blew the game late with a sixth inning with six runs. Kershaw (4-2) made sure the team on the hill had what it needed, giving up four one-step hits and eight strokes for his 96th career win at Dodger Stadium over 186 starts.
Nick Senzel had four hits for the Reds, three ahead of Kershaw, while starter Sonny Gray scored eleven hits over 5 2/3 innings. Gray (0-2) delivered two runs with four hits and three walks.
Royals 9, pirates 6
Jorge Soler was 3-5, running in three runs with two doubles and one singles as Kansas City led hosts Pittsburgh to share a two-game series.
Hunter Dozier added a two-run triple, Andrew Benintendi a two-run double, and Salvador Perez hit three hits, including a double, and ran one run for the Royals. Kyle Zimmer (2-0) followed starter Mike Minor with a scoreless two-thirds inning to take the win, and Josh Staumont tossed the final 3-1 innings for his third save.
Erik Gonzalez hit a two run homer, Jacob Stallings hit a two run homer, Todd Frazier hit a two run double, and Phillip Evans hit an RBI single for Pittsburgh.
Padres 12, Diamondbacks 3
The San Diego break-in set a franchise record of seven direct hits to open an inning that was capped by Manny Machado’s triple-laden triple in fifth en route to Arizona defeat at Phoenix.
Prior to the six-run burst, the Padres had only made one run with seven hits in the first 13 innings in Arizona. They finished with 15 hits on Wednesday.
Five San Diego batters got two hits apiece, which came at a price. Rookie left-hander Ryan Weathers left the game after an inning with something called an arm pain.
Angel 4, Rangers 3
Los Angeles took seven scoreless innings from their bullpen and got four first inning runs in a win in Arlington, Texas.
Anthony Rendon and Jose Iglesias each had a single with two runs in Rangers starter Dane Dunning’s first inning. That would be enough thanks to four Angels reliefs, which together allowed for just two hits and a walk after starter Alex Cobb made just two innings.
The Rangers walked away at the top of the Angels, got an RBI infield single from Nate Lowe at the end of the first and then pooled four hits in the second inning, leading to two more runs to bring their deficit down to 4-3.
Braves 10, Cubs 0
Freddie Freeman and Austin Riley both went 4-5 home and Huascar Ynoa threw 5 1/3 innings while delivering one of five Atlanta homers on a visit to Chicago.
The Braves won their third straight against the Cubs to start the series, beating them 18-5. Atlanta will play four games on Thursday. Chicago has lost five times in a row. The Cubs have failed to score for 20 consecutive innings.
Atlanta reached Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks for 11 runs with seven hits in 3 2/3 innings to beat the right-handed for the second time in 10 days. Ynoa (2-1) scattered four hits and two walks while scoring nine of the eleven strikeouts recorded by Braves Pitching.
Rays 2, athletics 0
Tyler Glasnow hit 10 over seven scoreless innings, Mike Zunino hit a mammoth homer from a runway and Tampa Bay defeated Oakland in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In another dominant game, Glasnow (3: 1) allowed five hits and two walks over 97 pitches. For the third time in six starts this season he hit double-digit numbers.
Oakland’s Cole Irvin (2-3) threw six innings and only gave up two runs with seven hits with one step. He fanned out a season high of eight goals.
Yankees 7, Orioles 0
Gio Urshela hit a triple homer and starter Domingo German threw seven innings when a visit to New York defeated Baltimore.
Mike Ford and Clint Frazier both added solo homers. DJ LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton, Gleyber Torres and Urshela together scored nine hits, five runs and four RBIs, which was more than enough for Germans (2-2).
Baltimore starter Dean Kremer (0-2) allowed six runs with 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Nationals 8, Blue Jays 2
Josh Harrison hit a triple home run, Josh Bell had a two-part win, and a visit to Washington defeated Toronto in Dunedin, Florida.
Trea Turner added four hits for the Nationals, who split in the two-game set. Washington starter Erick Fedde (2-2) allowed one run, two hits and three walks in six innings.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Bo Bichette faced Toronto. Steven Matz (4-1) delivered six runs, eight hits and one walk in 3 2/3 innings. He fanned out two.
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