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Baseball roundup: Phillies walk off with needed win

  • Philadelphia Phillies' Maikel Franco follows through after hitting the game-winning home run off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Grace during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia Phillies' Maikel Franco, right, is doused by Bryce Harper after Franco hit the game-winning home run off Washington Nationals relief pitcher Matt Grace during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 4-3. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick, right, tries to run from Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto after being caught in a rundown after Adam Eaton hit into a fielder's choice during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. Kendrick was tagged out and Eaton was safe at first on the play. Philadelphia won 4-3.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia Phillies' J.T. Realmuto runs to first base after hitting an RBI-singe off Washington Nationals starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper bats against Washington Nationals starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Washington Nationals' Max Scherzer blows a bubble in the dugout during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Philadelphia Phillies' Jake Arrieta pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Washington Nationals' Anibal Sanchez pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

  • Washington Nationals' Matt Adams hits an RBI-single off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Jake Arrieta during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


The Associated Press
Sunday, July 14, 2019

PHILADELPHIA — Maikel Franco homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday.

J.T. Realmuto also went deep for the Phillies, who avoided a three-game sweep.

Franco drove the first pitch he saw from Matt Grace (0-2), a 93 mph fastball, over the wall in left. It was Franco’s 15th homer of the season and second career walkoff.

Hector Neris (2-4), who blew the save in Philadelphia’s 4-3 loss to the Nationals on Saturday, struck out the side swinging in the top of the ninth.

Mets 6, Marlins 2

MIAMI — Robinson Cano homered for the second consecutive game to help lead New York over Miami.

Cano finished 4-for-5 for his first four-hit game since May 7 at San Diego. It came a day after he hit a tiebreaking go-ahead homer in the eighth in the Mets’ victory.

Cardinals 5, Diamondbacks 2

ST. LOUIS — Paul Goldschmidt homered, Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings, and St. Louis held on to beat Arizona.

Wainwright (6-7), who was scratched from Friday’s start due to back spasms, relied on a mixture of cutters, change-ups and curve balls. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out seven as he improved 4-0 in day starts this season.

Cubs 8, Pirates 3

CHICAGO — Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber hit home runs and Chicago beat Pittsburgh for a three-game sweep.

The NL Central leaders posted their first series win since taking all three from St. Louis on June 7-9.

Giants 8, Brewers 3

MILWAUKEE — Tyler Beede pitched effectively into the seventh inning, had two hits and drove in the go-ahead run as San Francisco beat Milwaukee

Brandon Belt homered for the Giants, who took two out of three in the series. Belt’s solo homer with one out in the fifth, his 11th of the season, off Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin put the Giants in front, 2-1.

Rockies 10, Reds 9

DENVER — Ryan McMahon singled, doubled, tripled and drove in three runs as Colorado outslugged Cincinnati

A day after the Reds romped 17-9, Colorado bounced back with a couple of big innings. McMahon hit a two-run double as the Rockies scored four times in the first inning. He had an RBI triple in a six-run fifth that made it 10-5.

Braves 4, Padres 1

SAN DIEGO — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and All-Star rookie Mike Soroka struck out a career-high nine to win his 10th straight decision for Atlanta, which beat San Diego for a three-game sweep.

The NL East-leading Braves have won seven of eight.

Rays 4, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE — Tampa Bay took a combined perfect game into the ninth inning before Hanser Alberto beat the shift with a leadoff single against Ryan Yarbrough, wrecking history in the making and taking some of the edge off its victory over Baltimore.

Ryne Stanek pitched the first two innings before Yarbrough took over. Mixing a cut fastball with a sinker and a deceptive changeup, Yarbrough was literally unhittable — until the ninth.

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 2

NEW YORK — Masahiro Tanaka pitched six strong innings, Gio Urshela drove in two runs, and New York beat Toronto.

Tanaka (6-5) allowed two runs, four hits and struck out five without issuing a walk. The righty, who had three no-decisions in his past three starts, won for the first time since tossing a shutout over Tampa Bay on June 17.

Indians 4, Twins 3

CLEVELAND — Carlos Santana hit a solo home run that broke a seventh-inning tie and Cleveland avoided a sweep against AL Central-leading Minnesota.

After the Indians lost the first two matchups, All-Star MVP Shane Bieber helped Cleveland salvage the finale and close within 6½ games of the Twins.

Tigers 12, Royals 8

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeimer Candelario hit a bases-clearing double and Gordon Beckham added a two-run homer during a seven-run third inning, and Detroit took advantage of Kansas City’s late pitching switch.

Harold Castro had a pair of hits during the marathon frame, when the Tigers trotted 11 batters to the plate against fill-in starter Brian Flynn.

Astros 12, Rangers 4

ARLINGTON, Texas — Justin Verlander followed a two-run first inning with five no-hit innings and José Altuve hit Houston’s franchise-record ninth grand slam of the season as the Astros beat Texas.

Verlander (11-4) gave up four hits, all singles, and struck out seven. He retired his last 15 batters following a leadoff walk in the second inning as the Astros salvaged a split of the four-game series after losing the first two games.

Athletics 3, White Sox 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Chad Pinder scored all the way from first base when White Sox shortstop Jose Rondón made a throwing error trying to start a double play in the ninth inning and Oakland beat Chicago.

Angels 6, Mariners 3

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Rookie Matt Thaiss hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning, and Los Angeles completed a three-game sweep of Seattle.

Mike Trout left the game before the third inning due to right calf tightness, but the Angels (48-46) kept rolling two days after their cathartic no-hit victory in their first home game since the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

After Kole Calhoun walked and went to third on pinch-hitter Justin Bour’s two-out single off Anthony Bass (1-3), Thaiss connected off Seattle’s Roenis Elias for his first career homer.

The rookie’s blast barely cleared the fence in right, but it sent the Angels to their sixth win in nine games since Skaggs’ death.

Thaiss, the Angels’ first-round pick in 2016, was playing in just his fifth big-league game. He followed up his stellar defensive play at third base during the Angels’ no-hitter with the second and third hits of his big-league career Sunday.

Calhoun hit his 21st homer for the Angels and Shohei Ohtani got his 100th major league RBI with a game-tying sacrifice fly for the Angels, who also tagged out three Mariners at the plate.

Domingo Santana and Austin Nola hit early homers off Angels rookie José Suarez for the Mariners, who have lost seven of eight.

Ty Buttrey (5-4) pitched the eighth, and Hansel Robles finished for his 13th save.

Seattle starter Yusei Kikuchi yielded just two hits, but the Japanese left-hander also walked four and couldn’t get an out in the fifth inning. Ohtani walked and struck out in his latest meeting with his fellow product of Hanamaki Higashi High School in Japan.

Suarez pitched seven-hit ball through 4 1/3 innings in his seventh career start and left trailing 3-1.

Andrelton Simmons drew a bases-loaded walk in the fifth in his first plate appearance after replacing Trout in the lineup. Ohtani followed with a long fly that gave him 100 RBIs in 160 games with the Angels.

Trout’s incredible recent success at the plate was interrupted when he played just two innings in the series finale. The All-Star lined out to first in his only plate appearance, and he didn’t emerge from the dugout to start the third.

The two-time AL MVP had eight homers and 18 RBIs in his previous seven games, becoming just the sixth player in AL history to reach those totals in a seven-game span. He homered in each of this series’ first two games, including a first-pitch blast in the Angels’ no-hit victory Friday.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Sam Tuivailala will make at least one more appearance for Triple-A Tacoma before he returns from a torn Achilles tendon that has kept him out of the majors since last August.

Angels: C Jonathan Lucroy is expected to be out for about three weeks after he has surgery Tuesday on the fourth broken nose of his career. Lucroy also incurred his third diagnosed concussion in a collision with Houston’s Jake Marisnick before the All-Star break. ... OF Brian Goodwin could return Monday from a bruised right wrist.

UP NEXT

Mariners: After a day off, Marco Gonzales (10-7, 4.24 ERA) will go after his sixth win in seven impressive starts since June 7 when Seattle opens a road series against Oakland and Daniel Mengden (4-2, 4.73).

Angels: Rookie Griffin Canning (3-4, 4.43 ERA) gets his first look at the AL West-leading Houston Astros, who visit the Big A for a four-game series.

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