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Baseball Roundup: Nationals Flait Back to .500

  • Pittsburgh Pirates' Starling Marte watches his two-run home run off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez in the third inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Minnesota Twins' Brian Dozier jogs home after hitting a two-run home run off Kansas City Royals reliever Enny Romero, left, in the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, left, celebrates with C.J. Cron, center, after he scored with Matt Duffy, right, on Cron's three-run home run off Detroit Tigers' Jordan Zimmerman during the seventh inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

  • San Francisco Giants' Buster Posey has water poured on him as he celebrates after driving in the winning run against the Chicago Cubs in the 13th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • New York Mets' Brandon Nimmo (9) runs toward home plate and waiting teammates on a walk-off three-run home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in New York. The Mets won 3-0. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

  • Toronto Blue Jays' Devon Travis celebrates hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Wednesday, July 11, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)



Thursday, July 12, 2018

Pittsburgh — Starling Marte hit a two-run home run and Trevor Williams combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals, 2-0, on Wednesday.

Williams (7-7) won for just the second time in his past 10 starts, giving up four hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

Gio Gonzalez (6-6) remained winless since May 28 despite allowing just two runs, six hits and one walk while striking out four.

Washington lost for the 11th time in 16 games and fell back to .500.

Twins 8, Royals 5

Minneapolis — Brian Dozier hit a two-run home run, going deep for the second straight game to give Minnesota a boost on its way to a win over Kansas City.

Lance Lynn (7-7) recovered from a three-run homer by Salvador Perez in the first inning to win his second straight start for the Twins, who used the bottom third of their lineup to launch rallies in the second and the fourth against Royals starter Burch Smith (0-1).

Mike Moustakas homered twice for the Royals, who have the fewest home runs in MLB, but took the Twins deep five times over the last two games of this series.

Rays 4, Tigers 2

St. Petersburg, Fla. — C.J. Cron’s three-run home run in the seventh inning carried Tampa Bay Rays to its fifth straight win, a victory over Detroit.

Cron’s 18th homer came off Jordan Zimmermann after singles by Kevin Kiermaier and Matt Duffy.

The Tigers, who struck out 14 times against five Tampa Bay pitchers, have lost four straight and 18 of 22.

Giants 5, Cubs 4 (13)

San Francisco — Buster Posey singled off the right-field wall in the 13th inning for his fifth career game-ending hit, sending San Francisco past Chicago.

Brandon Belt drew a two-out walk from James Norwood (0-1). Andrew McCutchen then singled to bring up Posey, who ended the 4-hour, 30-minute game with San Francisco’s first run since scoring four in the first.

Dereck Rodriguez (4-1) pitched three scoreless innings for the win. He also had three of San Francisco’s 16 strikeouts.

Yankees 9, Orioles 0

Baltimore — Greg Bird hit his first career grand slam to back a dominating pitching performance by Sonny Gray, and New York beat Baltimore for a split of the four-game series.

Rookie Tyler Wade and Austin Romine also homered for the Yankees, and Giancarlo Stanton had four hits.

Facing Dylan Bundy (6-9) in the third inning, Bird launched a drive off the right-field foul pole to put New York up 5-0. It was the second night in a row he homered and had four RBIs.

Indians 19, Reds 4

Cleveland — Jose Ramirez homered twice and drove in five runs as Cleveland took out some frustrations following a brutal loss with a thumping of Cincinnati.

Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Tyler Mahle (7-7) and connected for a three-run shot in Cleveland’s nine-run third. With the Indians up 17-0, the All-Star was replaced in the fifth inning by manager Terry Francona before he could inflict further damage.

Francisco Lindor added a three-run homer and Jason Kipnis homered as the Indians salvaged the interleague series finale by pounding their neighbors from southern Ohio and ending a four-game slide.

Mets 3, Phillies 0 (10)

New York — Pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning and New York got another dominant outing from All-Star Jacob deGrom in a victory over Philadephia.

Amed Rosario, who had two of New York’s four hits, began the winning rally with a two-out double off Mark Leiter Jr. (0-1) — the first hit for the Mets since the fourth inning. Jose Reyes walked and Nimmo drove Leiter’s next pitch well over the wall in right-center for his first career walk-off RBIs.

It was New York’s third game-ending homer in the last six days. Jose Bautista beat Tampa Bay with a grand slam last Friday, and Wilmer Flores connected Monday in the series opener against Philadelphia to help the Mets earn a four-game split.

Braves 9, Blue Jays 5

Atlanta — Ozzie Albies snapped Atlanta’s power drought with two homers, and the Braves beat the Toronto to move back into a tie for the NL East lead.

Mike Foltynewicz (7-5) and the Braves led 7-0 before Toronto scored five runs in the seventh on Justin Smoak’s leadoff homer and a grand slam by Devon Travis. But Albies hit a two-run shot in the eighth to help Atlanta hold on for just its second win in eight games.

White Sox 4, Cardinals 0

Chicago — Carlos Rodon pitched three-hit, shutout ball into the eighth inning to outduel Luke Weaver and Chicago over St. Louis.

Tim Anderson tripled and had two RBIs. Charlie Tilson singled in a run off reliever Mike Mayers in Chicago’s two-run seventh and Jose Abreu added an RBI groundout as White Sox ended a six-game losing streak and won for just the third time in their last 13.

Rodon (2-3) allowed only two singles and a double while walking two and striking out a season-high seven though 7⅓ innings.

The 25-year-old left-hander, who spent the first two months of 2018 on the disabled list rehabbing from shoulder surgery, sparkled in just his seventh start this season.

Joakim Soria got the final four outs for his 13th save in 16 chances.

Weaver (5-8) allowed one run on three hits and fanned seven his second straight impressive start. The right-hander pitched two-hit ball over a career-high eight innings last week in San Francisco.

Jose Martinez grounded a sharp single off Rodon with two outs in the first. Then the White Sox lefty didn’t allow another hit — and retired 14 of 15 batters — before Matt Carpenter doubled with one out in the sixth.

Rodon was coming off his strongest outing this season, when he allowed two runs on five hits in a six-inning no-decision at Houston last week.

The White Sox managed only three baserunners — with Yolmer Sanchez singling twice — before the fifth, when Chicago took a 1-0 lead.

Leury Garcia walked to lead off, advanced to third on Omar Narvaez’s single and came home when Anderson grounded into a force at second.

The White Sox scored twice with two outs in the seventh to make it 3-0. Narvaez singled, then scored on Anderson’s triple to the left field corner. Tilson’s single plated Anderson.

The Cardinals loaded the bases with one out in the eighth to chase Rodon. Paul DeJong led off with a single, Kolten Wong reached on an error and Carpenter walked.

But Juan Minaya fanned Tommy Pham for the second out, then Soria struck out Martinez to end the threat.

The White Sox added a run in the eighth when Yoan Moncada came home on Abreu’s groundout.

ALL-STAR NIX

Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas was removed from the National League’s active roster for the All-Star Game next Tuesday because he’s scheduled to start Sunday against Cincinnati. Los Angeles Dodgers righty Ross Stripling was added to the NL pitching staff Wednesday as Mikolas’ replacement.

Mikolas is 10-3 with a 2.65 ERA and was selected to his first All-Star team last weekend. The 29-year-old is enjoying a resurgent season in the majors after three years in Japan.

ROSTER MOVES

The White Sox designated RHP Bruce Rondon for assignment and purchased the contract of RHP Jeanmar Gomez from Triple-A Charlotte before the game The 27-year-old Rondon went 2-3 with an 8.49 ERA and one save in 35 games. The reliever got one out and issued three walks in Tuesday night’s 14-2 loss to St. Louis.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: CF Tommy Pham (bruised left ankle) was back in the lineup after being a last-minute scratch on Tuesday and struck out four times. Pham fouled a ball off his foot on Sunday. . Manager Mike Matheny said LHP Tyler Lyons (sprained left elbow) is close to returning from his rehab assignment. . RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement) could be activated this weekend, but Matheny didn’t have a date.

White Sox: RHP Nate Jones (right forearm muscle strain) tossed live batting practice on Wednesday. Jones said he felt good and threw at “90-100 percent,” but the next steps in the right-hander’s recovery haven’t been determined . RHP Miguel Gonzales underwent right shoulder surgery in Los Angeles on Wednesday. His recovery time is expected to be nine to 12 months.

UP NEXT

Cardinals: RHP Carlos Martinez (6-4, 3.05) looks for his fourth straight win when he takes the mound against Cincinnati’s Matt Harvey (4-5, 4.80) on Friday in the opener of a three-game home series.

White Sox: RHP James Shields (3-10, 4.53) squares off against Kansas City RHP Brad Kelley (2-3, 2.52) on Friday in Chicago.

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