MLB Roundup: Braves beat pirates 20-1

May 21, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) scores a Grand Slam home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second inning at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ehire Adrianza hit Grand Slams and Austin Riley went down twice as the Atlanta Braves scored a 20-1 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Acuna cut a second inning pitch from Tyler Anderson towards right field for his 14th home run in the National League. He later added a prey fly, with his five RBIs hitting a career high.

Riley hit solo homer in the fifth and seventh innings, giving him seven long balls that season, and adding a double and a sacrificial fly to finish 3 on 4.

The Braves scored seven home runs, with Ozzie Albies, Marcell Ozuna and Dansby Swanson also joining. Adrianza’s Grand Slam came in the eighth inning against position player Wilmer Difo, who allowed eight runs.

Dodgers 2, Giants 1

Chris Taylor hit a homer with two runs and Trevor Bauer hit 11 in 6 1/3 innings to help Los Angeles kick off a three-game streak, beating hosts San Francisco.

Mookie Betts and Gavin Lux had two hits each as the Dodgers took their fifth straight win and ninth in their last 10 games. The Giants had stopped a five-game winning streak and lost for the fourth time in 14 competitions.

Bauer (5-2) gave up an inexperienced run with two hits and four walks in a 126-pitch excursion. Nate Jones retired five consecutive batters and Blake Treinen tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his second save.

Athletics 8, Angel 4

Chad Pinder scored a triple home run and Ramon Laureano a solo shot when Oakland got past Los Angeles in Anaheim, California.

Pinder had three hits, Laureano had four, and Mark Canha and Jed Lowrie also hit home runs for the A’s, while James Kaprielian was solid on his homecoming. Kaprielian, who attended high school in nearby Irvine, gave up two runs with four hits over 5 2/3 innings when he started his second career.

Jose Iglesias and Jared Walsh both scored home runs for the Angels, who have lost for the fourth time in the last five games since three-time MVP Mike Trout was out with a calf injury. Mike Mayers (1-3) gave up three runs with four hits and two walks in 1 1/3 relief innings.

Rays 9, Blue Jays 7 (12 innings)

Francisco Mejia’s 12th inning Grand Slam defeated hosts Toronto in Dunedin, Florida, and extended Tampa Bay’s winning streak to eight games.

Brandon Lowe hit two runs and finished with three RBIs for the Rays. Diego Castillo (1-2) threw 1 1/3 innings, allowing two runs (one deserved) with one hit for the win.

Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 3-5, twice homers and running in four runs, and Marcus Semien went 3-6 with two runs and two RBIs, a single failure for the cycle. Jeremy Beasley (0-1) allowed one hit and two walks, one on purpose, before giving up on Mejia’s explosion.

Padres 16, Mariners 1

Trent Grisham and Fernando Tatis Jr. hit the first two innings as hosts San Diego scored eight runs against Seattle starter Chris Flexen in 1 2/3 innings en route to a router.

Jake Cronenworth had a two-run double in the fifth and a three-run homer in the seventh to bring him five RBIs to career height as the Padres had their most runs at Petco Park in nearly 11 years. Tatis finished with four RBIs. The victorious pitcher Chris Paddack (2-3) allowed a run with three hits in six innings. He went two and hit six.

The Mariners scored the first run of the game on Kyle Seager’s single in the first inning when they scored two hits, but only had two hits the rest of the way. Flexen (4-2) gave up eight runs with 10 hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings.

Nationals 4, Orioles 2

Stephen Strasburg threw 5 1/3 goalless innings on his return from the injured list and Washington defeated Baltimore at the start of a three-game series.

Strasburg (1-1) allowed only one hit with four strikeouts and four walks while throwing 72 pitches. Josh Bell went 3-5 with an RBI and scored a run for Washington that drew a seasonally high crowd of 14,369.

Jorge Lopez (1-5) gave up two runs with seven hits with eight strokes and three runs over five innings for the Orioles, who lost for the eleventh time in their last 13 games.

Yankees 2, White Sox 1

Gleyber Torres hit a game-winning single with no outs in the ninth inning and New York took a win over visiting Chicago.

After Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela opened the inning with a win over Evan Marshall (0-2), Torres won it when he scored a move on the first pitch to left field, which Judge easily hit from second place. Torres’ fifth career walk-off hit and the second that season gave the Yankees their fourth straight win and tenth in 13 games.

In six innings, White Sox starter Carlos Rodon allowed two hits and hit 13, dwarfing his career-best whiff total for the second time this season.

Tiger 7, Royals 5

Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs, including his sixth career grand slam, and drove in five runs when Detroit beat hosts Kansas City. Cabrera finished the night 3-5.

Jose Urena (2-4) won despite allowing five runs with 10 hits in six innings. He turned you down and didn’t leave any. Michael Fulmer threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fourth save with just as many chances.

Michael A. Taylor hit a split homerun and Carlos Santana had a split single to run the Royals. Tyler Zuber (0-1) gave up two runs in a single and a walk in two-thirds of an inning in seventh place. The starting gun was fired when the next reliever, Greg Holland, Cabrera served the slam.

Cubs 12, Cardinals 3

Joc Pederson, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and David Bote each had two RBIs to lead Chicago to a win in St. Louis at the first meeting of the season between longtime rivals.

The Cubs have won six of their last eight games and the Cardinals have lost four of their last six games. Cubs starter Hendricks (4-4) threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, one deserved.

Chicago put 11 batters on the plate during an eight eighth innings. The rally broke into a close game when the Cardinals bullpen imploded after a good start from Carlos Martinez, who threw six innings with two run balls.

Twins 10, Indians 0

Randy Dobnak, who has just been recalled by the minors, threw six scoreless innings on his first start in 2021 and visited Minnesota nine times in the fourth inning when he defeated Cleveland.

Rookie Alex Kirilloff had two hits and two RBIs for the twins, which gave Dobnak more push than necessary when he won games for the first time since May 2nd and 3rd in a row. Dobnak (1-3) only delivered three singles while recording five strikeouts and two walks.

A double with two runs by Max Kepler and a single with two runs by Kirilloff highlighted the Twins’ fourth inning barrage.

Red Sox 11, Phillies 3

Rafael Devers scored, doubled and drove in three runs, Danny Santana scored and Boston beat hosts Philadelphia.

Christian Vazquez added two doubles and drove in three runs while Alex Verdugo added three hits and two runs before leaving because of the hamstring tightening. JD Martinez contributed two hits and Xander Bogaerts had two hits and two RBIs for the Red Sox, which won their third straight.

Jean Segura scored, scored twice and knocked in two runs while Alec Bohm added two hits and an RBI for the Phillies, who have lost three times in a row.

Reds 9, Brewers 4

Jesse Winker secured three home runs and Tyler Naquin added a towering three-run homer to help Cincinnati win a four-game skid and visit Milwaukee.

With his first career three-homer game, Winker continued his hot start into 2021 with four hits and a walk to push his average to .356. Jeff Hoffman (3-3) struggled early on, working four walks over five innings.

Brewers starter Adrian Houser (3-5) fought from the start, allowing six runs and five hits in more than four innings.

Mets 6, Marlins 5 (12 innings)

Khalil Lee scored a double in the 12th inning – his first Major League goal in eight playoff games – and led New York past hosts Miami.

Johneshwy Fargas followed Lee’s strike with a three-pack with two runs, despite being kicked out to bid for a homer in the park. New York pitchers knocked out 18 batters. Drew Smith (1-0) won, and Jacob Barnes scored his first save since 2018 by withdrawing the only batsman he faced.

The Marlins had two runs in 12th place with an RBI single from Miguel Rojas and a double play grounder with runs scoring from Corey Dickerson. Garrett Cooper hit a homer with two runs for Miami. Adam Cimber (0-1) allowed three runs, two of which were earned, in two innings.

Rangers 7, Astros 5 (10 innings)

Adolis Garcia hit a triple walk-in home run in extra innings to help Texas beat Houston in Arlington, Texas.

Garcia drilled a 1-0 fastball from Bryan Abreu (2-3) on the opposite path to right field with two outs and hit Willie Calhoun and Joey Gallo with his 12th home run.

Carlos Correa hit the grounder of a Jose Altuve outfield player in 10th place to give the Astros a 5-4 lead. Houston made up a three-run deficit in run eight when Correa and Jason Castro scored a double before Altuve extended his batting average to 15 games with an RBI single against Rangers closer to Ian Kennedy.

Rockies 7, Diamondbacks 1

Ryan McMahon hit two home runs, Raimel Tapia went down too, and Colorado beat Arizona in Denver.

The German Marquez threw seven goalless innings and CJ Cron, Charlie Blackmon and Dom Nunez each had two hits for the Rockies, who snapped up a five-game skid.

Eduardo Escobar had two hits for the Diamondbacks, who lost six in a row and eleven on the road.

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