Twins bats come alive with big win over Texas
TWINS 13, RANGERS 6
ARLINGTON, Texas — Minnesota remained ahead of Cleveland in the American League Central as the Twins scored 10 runs in the first four innings.
The Twins got home runs from Miguel Sano (22), Eddie Rosario (27) and Luis Arraez (3).
Michael Pineda (8-5) pitched five innings to get the win, allowing three earned runs on six hits. Devin Smeltzer pitched four innings to earn the save.
PHILLIES 7, CUBS 5
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper blasted a grand slam with one out in the ninth inning, capping a six-run rally that sent the Philadelphia Phillies over the Chicago Cubs 7-5 Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
Harper delivered his biggest hit yet in his first season with the Phillies, celebrating while running around the bases and then getting mobbed by teammates at the plate.
Cubs starter Yu Darvish struck out 10, silencing Philadelphia’s bats for seven innings a night after the Phillies scored 11 runs in former manager Charlie Manuel’s debut as hitting coach.
But the Phillies rallied against Chicago’s bullpen and moved within one game of the Cubs for the second wild-card spot in the NL.
Ranger Suarez (4-1) tossed two scoreless innings to earn the win.
Pedro Strop (2-5) took the loss.
Kyle Schwarber slammed his 100th career homer and team-high 28th this season, and Anthony Rizzo hit his 22nd homer.
REDS 2, CARDINALS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sonny Gray struck out 10 while pitching five scoreless innings, and Cincinnati held off St. Louis.
Gray, Robert Stephenson, Michael Lorenzen and Raisel Iglesias combined for a two-hitter. Iglesias surrendered Kolten Wong’s check-swing RBI double in the ninth before retiring pinch-hitter Matt Wieters to finish his 24th save.
Nick Senzel and Eugenio Suárez each drove in a run for Cincinnati, which stopped a four-game slide.
St. Louis had won five in a row to move into a virtual tie with Chicago for the NL Central lead. The Cubs had a chance to move in front again, but they lost 7-5 at Philadelphia on Bryce Harper’s game-ending grand slam.
Gray (8-6) walked three and hit a batter while throwing 97 pitches.
Michael Wacha (6-6) extended the St. Louis pitching staff’s streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 22 before the Reds pushed across two runs in the fifth.
MIAMI (AP) –Miami turned the tables on Los Angeles, winning despite giving up four home runs, including Cody Bellinger’s 40th.
The Dodgers increased their homer total this week at pitcher-friendly Marlins Park to 14, a franchise record for a three-game series. Max Muncy hit his 29th, Corey Seager his 12th and Kyle Garlick his third.
Bellinger reached the 40 mark for the first time with a three-run shot in the seventh.
Brian Anderson, Starlin Castro, Jorge Alfaro and Lewis Brinson each had three RBIs for Miami, and Jon Berti scored three times. The last time Marlins had four players with three or more RBIs was in 2006.
Caleb Smith (8-6) needed 106 pitches to get through five innings but allowed only one hit and one run — on Garlick’s homer in the fifth.
Walker Buehler (10-3) allowed five runs in four-plus innings.
MARINERS 7, TIGERS 2
DETROIT (AP) — Dylan Moore homered and Kyle Seager drove in three runs in Seattle’s win over Detroit.
Mallex Smith stole two bases, giving him 34, the most in the majors. The Mariners won two of three after losing eight of their previous nine.
Detroit finished 4-7 on its 11-game homestand to fall to 17-43 at home. The Tigers need to win five of their last 21 games at Comerica Park to avoid becoming the first team to lose 60 times at home.
Tommy Milone (2-7) allowed two runs and six hits in four innings.
Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull (3-11) allowed three runs and six hits in five innings. Turnbull struck out seven batters in the first three innings, but only retired the side in order in the first. The Mariners put two runners on in the second and scored three runs in the third.