Sept. 4 – Right-hander Dylan Cease hit a one-hit shutout, missing a no-hitter, and Elvis Andrus started a grand slam as the host Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 13-0 on Saturday night.
Cease narrowly missed the 21st no-hitter in club history, allowing American League batting leader Luis Arraez a two-out single in ninth place. Cease (13-6), also the major league leader in walks, handed out free tickets to Jake Cave, who led the third inning and Gilberto Celestino in the sixth, and knocked out seven.
The White Sox hit four runs in the first inning against Twins starter Tyler Mahle, three on a home run by Eloy Jimenez to right midfield. White Sox rookie Romy Gonzalez connected for a three-run home run in the fourth, his first home run in the majors.
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Mahle rallied to withdraw six of the next seven hitters he faced to end a shortened night. Mahle (6-8) made his first appearance since landing on the injured list with a right shoulder sore, allowing four carries and five hits in two innings while throwing 37 pitches. He left the game after aggravating the injury.
Giants 5, Phillies 4
Joc Pederson continued his RBI rampage with three more and San Francisco notched back-to-back wins over visiting Philadelphia.
After two lead changes and four ties, the Giants got the deciding run when Pederson gave Brad Hand (3-2) a 5-4 lead with two outs and a bases-loaded walk for sixth.
Bryson Stott and Jean Segura had big games for the Phillies. Stott had a homer, two singles and three runs while Segura slashed two doubles, a single and two RBIs.
Red Sox 5, Rangers 3
Brayan Bello threw six shutout innings and Rafael Devers drove in two runs as Boston held his visit to Texas.
Bello (1-4) allowed just three hits and a walk while hitting five en route to his first major league win of his career and leading Boston to their fourth consecutive triumph.
Devers, Xander Bogaerts and Trevor Story all went 2-for-4. Bogaerts scored twice while Story hit two doubles to reach 20 in the season. Devers hit a run-scoring double in the first inning to ignite Boston’s offense and set the base for a seventh straight plate appearance since breaking a career-long 0-for-24 sled on Thursday.
Rays 2, Yankees 1
Corey Kluber pitched seven outstanding innings and host Tampa Bay advanced to New York in the American League East with a win in four games.
The Rays won their fifth straight win and are closest to the lead since May 11th. Tampa Bay improved to 16-4 since Aug. 13. Yandy Diaz hit a two-run single against New York fill-in starter Clarke Schmidt (5-4). ) as the Rays defeated the Yankees for the fourth time in five games. New York is 1-6 in its last seven games.
Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 52nd homer to lead in ninth, matching his career high from his 2017 rookie season. Schmidt allowed two runs for four hits in 4 1/3 innings. He hit two and walked none.
Royals 12, Tigers 2
Four Kansas City players hit home runs in their win in Detroit.
MJ Melendez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs for Kansas City. Nick Pratto went 2-for-4 with a home run, Bobby Witt Jr. had a 3-run home run, Kyle Isbel hit a grand slam and Nick Eaton went 4-for-5 with two RBIs to win the Royals 15 win to lead punch attack.
Jonathan Heasley (3-7) threw seven innings to earn the win, allowing for two carries and eight hits.
Nationals 7, Mets 1
Luis Garcia had four hits, including a home run, and Lane Thomas homed as part of his three-hit night to put Washington past hosts New York.
Patrick Corbin, who leads the majors in losses, had one of his best games of the season. The left-hander (6-17) allowed just one run on three hits with five strikeouts and a walk in seven innings before being handed off by Carl Edwards Jr. in the eighth inning.
Mets starter Max Scherzer disregarded the decision after conceding a three-hit run with five strikeouts and a walk in five innings before being replaced by Tommy Hunter. Scherzer wanted to join Justin Verlander (242 wins) and Zack Greinke (223) as the only active pitcher with at least 200 wins.
Blue Jays 4, Pirates 1
Bo Bichette hit a tie three-run double in the seventh inning to lead the Toronto guest to a win over Pittsburgh.
The Blue Jays have won 11 of 16 while fighting for one of the last playoff spots in the American League. Toronto went with a bullpen game, with Trevor Richards opening. He threw two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and no walks, with three strikeouts. Yimi Garcia (4-4) threw 1 2/3 innings scoreless and Jordan Romano threw the ninth for his 29th save.
Oneil Cruz posted an RBI triple for the Pirates, who have lost three straights and 17-of-21. Pittsburgh starter Roansy Contreras allowed one run and four hits in six innings, with five strikeouts and two walks, while Duane Underwood Jr. (1-4) picked up the loss.
Cardinals 8, young 4
Yadier Molina hit a three-run double and Paul Goldschmidt laced up a two-run homer as St. Louis drove by while visiting Chicago.
Tommy Edman and Tyler O’Neill hit solo homers for the Cardinals, who are top of the National League Central and winning for the sixth time in seven games. They improved to 44-22 at home and 37-20 within their division.
Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (10-9) allowed four runs with nine hits and two walks in five innings. Wainwright and Molina celebrated their 323rd career starts as battery mates, one behind the Detroit Tigers’ Bill Freehan and Mickey Lolich for the most in baseball history.
Orioles 8, Athletics 1
Ryan Mountcastle hit two homers in two heats and Baltimore defeated the visit to Oakland for their fourth straight win.
Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander and Adleyrutschman also went deep as the Orioles hit their season high with five home runs.
Baltimore starter Austin Voth was raised after 70 pitches with loaded bases and an out in the fourth, and Keegan Akin (3-1) worked two scoreless innings for the win.
Sailors 4, Wardens 0
Robbie Ray threw six shutout innings to help Seattle visit to a win over Cleveland.
Ray (12-8) allowed six hits, hit out three and went without a hitter in the middle game of the three-game streak. It was the reigning AL Cy Young winner’s second straight appearance against the Guardians after he faded them out in a 4-0 three-hit seven-inning win on August 28.
Ty France scored for the Mariners, who have won six in a row, to tighten their grip on an AL wildcard berth. Steven Kwan and Owen Miller had two hits each for the Guardians, who combined for a run while losing their last four games but remain a game ahead of the Minnesota Twins for first place in the AL Central.
Brave 2, Marlin 1
Robbie Grossman pulled a walk-off walk and Austin Riley scored his fourth straight game, leading Atlanta past a visit to Miami.
Matt Olson worked reliever Steven Okert (5-2) in the ninth inning to take third place with a double from Michael Harris II. After Vaughn Grissom intentionally walked and Travis d’Arnaud lined out, Grossman took a 3-1 pitch low.
Miami’s Edward Cabrera conceded just four hits and one run while hitting seven batters in five innings. However, he went three batters, boosted his pitch count (98) and forced his early exit.
Dodgers 12, Padres 1
Mookie Betts elevated his career with home runs in a season and Julio Urias hit six strong innings as Los Angeles clinched a win over San Diego to end a three-game losing streak.
Trea Turner, Justin Turner and Will Smith also hit home runs as the Dodgers improved to 24-8 since July 31 despite their recent slip.
Manny Machado hit a home run for the Padres while starter Sean Manaea (7-8) was roughed up for eight runs with nine hits and three homers over 4 1/3 innings. San Diego saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.
Brewers 8, Diamondbacks 6 (10 innings)
Tyrone Taylor hit two homers – including a two-run blast in the top of the 10th inning – as Milwaukee rallied to beat host Arizona.
After dropping the first two games of the four-game set, Milwaukee trailed 6-5 in the ninth inning before pinch hitter Rowdy Tellez hit Ian Kennedy on the midfield pitches with a solo homer.
Taylor had three hits and three runs, and he capped the comeback with his leading homer in the 10th against Joe Mantiply (2-5), scoring automatic runner Esteury Ruiz. Devin Williams (6-3) earned the win with a scoreless ninth inning, and Taylor Rogers made his 30th save.
Angels 2, Astros 1 (12 innings)
Matt Duffy’s two-out single at the end of the 12th inning propelled Taylor Ward home from second base to lift Los Angeles over Houston in Anaheim, California.
Duffy hit a full-count pitch from Astros-Relief Seth Martinez to shallow right center where center fielder Mauricio Dubon attempted a dive to catch the ball. A review of the replay confirmed that Dubon bounced the ball short and gave the Angels the win.
Angels reliever Ryan Tepera (3-2) pitched a scoreless 12th inning to earn the win over Will Smith (0-2). Tepera and the Angels escaped a backlog in the top of the 12. The Astros had runners in the corners with no outs as they got into a doubles game, but the runner couldn’t score from third and the nearest batsman was pulled back to to end the threat.
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