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MLB Roundup: Rookie Powers Rangers Past Yanks

  • Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Detroit Tigers' Niko Goodrum rounds the bases after his two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Detroit Tigers' Niko Goodrum is greeted by third base coach Dave Clark after hitting a two-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

  • Texas Rangers' Ronald Guzman reacts as he crosses the plate after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)



Friday, August 10, 2018

New York — Ronald Guzman became the first rookie to hit three home runs in a game against the Yankees, powering the Texas Rangers past New York, 12-7, on Friday night.

Eight days after Boston’s Steve Pearce connected three times off the Yankees, Guzman duplicated the feat in ending New York’s four-game winning streak.

Guzman grounded out his first time up, then hit solo home runs in three straight at-bats. The 23-year-old first baseman batted again in the eighth with a chance to tie the big league record for homers in a game — no rookie has ever hit four — but struck out swinging against Chad Green.

Guzman’s two homers off Masahiro Tanaka and one off A.J. Cole made him the first Texas player to hit three home runs in a game since teammate Adrian Beltre in 2012. Guzman became the first Rangers rookie to accomplish the feat.

Overall, Guzman has 12 home runs this season, six against the Yankees.

Beltre also joined in the fun with his seventh homer of the season, tying recent Hall of Fame inductee Chipper Jones for the 33rd spot on baseball’s all-time list with 469.

Rays 7, Blue Jays 0

Toronto — Blake Snell pitched five perfect innings and then was pulled, Michael Perez hit his first career home run and Tampa Bay beat Toronto.

Making his second start since spending time on the disabled list because of shoulder fatigue, Snell (13-5) threw 47 pitches. The All-Star lefty struck out six.

Tigers 5, Twins 3

Detroit — Niko Goodrum and Jose Iglesias homered as Detroit broke a six-game losing streak.

Detroit only scored eight runs while being swept in a pair of three-game road series against the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels.

Jordan Zimmermann (5-4) gave up two unearned runs on eight hits in 6⅓ innings. He struck out one batter and didn’t issue a walk.

Cubs 3, Nationals 2

Chicago — Jason Heyward broke up a no-hitter with a tying two-run single in the sixth inning, Anthony Rizzo drew a bases-loaded walk in the seventh and Chicago beat Washington.

In the first meeting between the teams since Chicago beat Washington in the NL Division Series, the Cubs won even though they didn’t get a hit against Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson.

Rizzo walked three times. Manager Joe Maddon got ejected, but the Cubs pulled out the victory.

Reds 3, Diamondbacks 0

Cincinnati — Anthony DeSclafani struck out a season-high nine to outduel Clay Buchholz and scored one of Cincinnati’s two runs on Billy Hamilton’s suicide-squeeze bunt to help the Reds beat Arizona.

DeSclafani (6-3) allowed three hits and no walks while pitching into the eighth inning of his second straight shutdown outing.

Mets 6, Marlins 2

Miami — Zack Wheeler won his fifth straight start, pitching seven solid innings and New York sent Miami to its ninth loss in 10 games.

Wheeler (7-6) allowed four hits and two runs. He struck out eight and walked one.

Braves 10, Brewers 1

Atlanta — Kevin Gausman pitched eight strong innings to win his SunTrust Park debut, Ender Inciarte drove in four runs and Atlanta beat Milwaukee.

Nick Markakis added three RBIs and Johan Camargo had two, helping the Braves win for the ninth time in 12 games.

Mariners 5, Astros 2

Houston — Nelson Cruz hit a tiebreaking two-run double in a three-run eighth inning to lift Seattle over Houston.

Mitch Haniger doubled with one out in the eighth, and Denard Span singled to chase starter Gerrit Cole (10-5).

White Sox 1, Indians 0

Chicago — Daniel Palka led off the ninth inning with a home run, Carlos Rodon matched a career high by throwing eight innings of scoreless four-hit ball and Chicago beat Cleveland.

Palka launched a 1-2 pitch from Neil Ramirez (0-2) six rows up into the left field seats for his 18th homer. The shot ended Chicago's three-game losing streak.

Jace Fry (1-2), the White Sox's third reliever, got the last two outs for his first major league victory.