Baseball Roundup: Phillies Run Streak to Six

  • Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Aaron Altherr, right, high-fives second baseman Scott Kingery after they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays in a baseball game Sunday, April 15, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

  • New York Mets left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, right, douses teammate Wilmer Flores after Flores hit a ninth-inning walkoff home run in a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Cincinnati Reds' Scooter Gennett leaps out of the way of an inside pitch by St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Carlos Martinez during the first inning of a baseball game, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, left, slides around a tag by Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery after hitting a single and taking second during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 15, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Kiermaier injured his hand on the play and left the game at the end of the inning. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Monday, April 16, 2018

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Aaron Altherr hit a three-run homer, Scott Kingery had a three-run double and the Philadelphia Phillies won their sixth game in a row and completed an interleague sweep of the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, 10-4.

Kingery’s two-out drive off the center field wall capped a four-run burst in the third inning that put Philadelphia ahead 4-2. The rookie has 12 RBIs over his past eight games.

Philadelphia took a commanding 10-3 advantage during a five-run eighth when Maikel Franco hit a two-run single and Altherr homered off Andrew Kittredge.

Reliever Yacksel Rios (2-0) went 1⅓ scoreless innings.

Mets 3, Brewers 2

New York — Wilmer Flores hit a game-winning home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and New York beat Milwaukee to improve the best start in team history to 12-2.

Noah Syndergaard struck out eight batters in a row, two shy of Tom Seaver’s major league record, and Brandon Nimmo finished a double shy of the cycle. Nimmo connected for a tying home run against Taylor Williams leading off the sixth on a cold, blustery afternoon at Citi Field.

Flores broke a 2-all tie with a drive over the left-center wall against Matt Albers (2-1) for his second home run this year. New York has opened a season with five straight series wins for the first time.

Rockies 6, Nationals 5

Washington — Ian Desmond hit a tiebreaking, two-out homer in the ninth inning against his former team, Charlie Blackmon drove in three runs and Colorado rallied to beat Washington.

After Sean Doolittle (0-1) struck out Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra to open the ninth, Desmond sent a belt-high, 3-2 fastball over the 402-foot sign in straightaway center as Colorado took three out of four in its only visit to Washington.

Pirates 7, Marlins 3

Miami — Starling Marte went 5 for 5 with a ninth-inning homer to help Pittsburgh beat Miami.

Marte’s five hits were a career high, and his average rose from .241 to .305. He scored four times and hit his third homer off Junichi Tazawa.

Cardinals 3, Reds 2

Cincinnati — Carlos Martinez struck out a season-high 11 batters in seven shutout innings and Harrison Bader’s two-run home run helped St. Louis complete its first four-game sweep in Cincinnati since 1949.

Martinez (2-1) allowed two hits and four walks while helping send the Reds to their eighth consecutive loss, one short of matching their longest losing streak of last season.

Athletics 2, Mariners 1

Seattle — Sean Manaea pitched seven strong innings and Jed Lowrie hit an early two-run homer off Felix Hernandez to lead Oakland over Seattle.

Oakland avoided a series sweep as Manaea (2-2) gave up just two hits and struck out four. It was the third time in four starts this season he has lasted at least seven innings.

Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 2

Los Angeles — Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 and pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and Los Angeles Dodgers ended an 11-game losing streak against Arizona in the regular season.

Los Angeles had been 0-5 versus the Diamondbacks this year, and hadn’t beaten them in the regular season since last August. But the Dodgers swept Arizona 3-0 last year in the NL Division Series.

Padres 10, Giants 1

San Diego — Joey Lucchesi struck out nine in six innings, fellow rookie Christian Villanueva homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and San Diego cruised past San Francisco.

Jose Pirela was a home run short of the cycle and had three RBIs for the Padres, who have won five of seven. The Giants have lost four of five.

Lucchesi (2-0) was sharp in outpitching Tyler Beede (0-1) in a matchup of 24-year-old rookies. Lucchesi walked none and his nine strikeouts were his most in four big league starts. The lefty allowed one run and five hits.