Nolan Arenado hit three hits and ran one run as the visiting St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 in a rubber match of a three-game series on Thursday.
Arenado’s two-part right-handed Corbin Burnes (2-3) in the first inning scored Tommy Edman, who led the game as a single player.
Burnes set the record for consecutive no-walk strikes, extending his run to 58 before issuing his first free pass of the season in the fifth inning. The old mark of 56 was held by Gerrit Cole (2021) and Curt Schilling (2002), with Cole’s streak still active.
The old record for no-walk strike at the beginning of a season was 51, held by Kenley Jansen (2017).
Jack Flaherty (7-0) hit six and gave up four hits over six innings for St. Louis, who have won for the 15th time in their last 20 games.
Rockies 13, Reds 8
Josh Fuentes crossed the finish line with three hits and made four career runs. Garrett Hampson went down too, and hosts Colorado beat Cincinnati.
Chi Chi Gonzalez threw seven innings, Yonathan Daza had three hits, and Ryan McMahon, Connor Joe and Raimel Tapia each had two hits for Colorado.
Jonathan India had two hits in the eighth inning, including a three-run homer, while Tyler Stephenson also scored for the Reds. Cincinnati midfielder Nick Senzel left the third inning with a bruised left heel and Mike Moustakas left the fifth inning with an apparent hand injury.
Astros 4, Rangers 3 (11)
Myles Straw hit a wild field with two outs in the 11th inning when Houston beat Texas.
Texas left-hander Brett Martin uncorked a curveball that handcuffed catcher Jonah Heim and allowed Straw to score from third base.
Houston managed just three runs in five innings ahead of Mike Foltynewicz, all of which ended up on a Jose Altuve double with an out in the second inning. Foltynewicz gave up eight hits and three walks while scoring three hits.
Red Sox 8, Athletics 1
Xander Bogaerts scored a two-part home run and ended with three RBIs as hosts Boston suffered a three-game loss and avoided a three-game win for Oakland.
Bobby Dalbec added a two run homer and JD Martinez had his 33rd RBI as a team leader for the Red Sox. Boston took back a share of the lead in the major league with 23 wins.
Ex-Red Sox’s first baseman Mitch Moreland went 2-4 for the A’s, and Matt Olson drove in the individual race for Oakland, which had won four of five and seven of its last ten.
Giants 3, Pirates 1
Steven Duggar scored and Anthony DeSclafani allowed a goal over five scoreless innings when a visit to San Francisco defeated Pittsburgh in a series opening game.
Mike Yastrzemski added an RBI triple for the Giants, who have won three games in a row. DeSclafani (3-1) went one and hit five. The only hit he gave up was Jacob Stallings’ single in the first.
Will Craig went with the pirates who have been 3-11 for the past 14 years.
Indians 4, Mariners 2
Zach Plesac threw eight innings with two hits and two runs when Cleveland won in Seattle. The right-hander, who lost two no-hitters this season, kept the Mariners off without a hit for the first seven innings.
Plesac (3-3) went three and knocked out two. Emmanuel Clase got two outs in the ninth, but then went the next three batters to load the bases. Bryan Shaw came on to beat Luis Torrens for his first save of the season.
Franmil Reyes and Jose Ramirez scored homers for the Indians, who spoiled Logan Gilbert’s debut in the Major League (0-1). The Seattle right-hander allowed four runs with five hits in four innings, no walks and five strikeouts. The Mariners got a homer from Dylan Moore in the eighth.
White Sox 4, Twins 2
Tim Anderson and Jake Lamb each scored solo home runs, and Chicago campaigned for a win to claim a three-game win over Minnesota.
Andrew Vaughn and Yermin Mercedes also competed for Chicago, which won its sixth game in a row. After losing eight of their first 14 games, the White Sox have the best record in the major leagues with 22-13.
Max Kepler came home to lead the twins on the plate. Jorge Polanco and Trevor Larnach each doubled for Minnesota, which has lost four straight games and seven of its last eight games.
Blue Jays 8, Braves 4
Bo Bichette drove in three runs, including two in doubles, which fueled a ninth run in four runs to give Toronto a win over Atlanta from behind.
Danny Jansen and Marcus Semien set the table with soft singles against the closer Will Smith (0: 3), and Bichette drove both in with a double to the right. Cavan Biggio drove a double at Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez hit Gurriel Jr.
Atlanta right fielder Ronald Acuna Jr., the Major League home leader, had to leave the game in the seventh inning with an ankle injury. Acuna fell awkwardly and tried to score a hit in the infield. Acuna led the game with a 442-foot homer, his 12th and 21st leadoff homers of his career.
Nationals 5, Phillies 1
Patrick Corbin threw seven strong innings and Washington defeated visiting Philadelphia to save the final of the three-game series.
Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell each hit two first-inning homers for Washington, who lost four straights and seven of their previous eight. Starlin Castro extended its streak, which began on May 1, to 11 games. He has beaten .500 (11 against 22) in his last six games.
Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin (2-2) gave up five runs with seven hits and two runs while scoring nine over six innings.
Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 1
Trevor Rogers, the reigning rookie of the month in the National League, threw six effective innings to lead Miami to a win over Arizona in Phoenix. The teams split the four-game series, with Miami playing the last two competitions.
Rogers (5-2) allowed four hits, two walks and one run in six innings while scoring seven hits. Jesus Aguilar led Miami’s offense, taking an RBI 3 against 5. Miguel Rojas, Adam Duvall and Corey Dickerson each had two hits and an RBI.
Not only did Arizona lose the game, they also lost first baseman Asdrubal Cabrera to a strained right Achilles tendon. Cabrera, who went 2v3 and increased his batting average to .289, was sixth but was then injured when he stole the second.
Rays 9, Yankees 1
Rich Hill ran out 6 2/3 innings, Austin Meadows produced four RBIs, and Tampa Bay walled New York in St. Petersburg, Florida to save the final of a three-game series.
Hill (2-1) allowed three hits and three walks while scoring nine hits. Meadows had two doubles and a homer, and Randy Arozarena went deep into Tampa Bay. Yandy Diaz added two hits and two RBIs for the Rays, who won a second time in six games.
Gary Sanchez had two of the five hits for the Yankees, whose winning streak ended in four games.
Tiger 4, Royals 3
Spencer Turnbull tossed 6 1/3 innings and hosts Detroit scored four runs in the second round to lose Kansas City for the eleventh consecutive year.
Turnbull (2-2) kept the Royals to one run with six hits, while he scored seven hits with one step. The Tigers, who were defeated in a four-game series against the Royals earlier this season, completed a three-game sweep and extended their winning streak to four.
Rookie Daniel Lynch (0-2), who made his third career start, gave up all Detroit runs with seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. One of the runs was unmatched. Salvador Perez had two hits and an RBI.
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