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Skaggs shuts down Astros; Angels win 2-0 after call reversed

Skaggs shuts down Astros; Angels win 2-0 after call reversed

News 24 Apr 2018, 12:01 IST
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HOUSTON (AP) — Yuli Gurriel was thrown out at third base by catcher Martin Maldonado to end the game after an original safe call was reversed on replay, giving the Los Angeles Angels a 2-0 win over Houston on Monday night that ended the Astros' six-game winning streak.

Third base umpire Cory Blaser signaled safe. Blaser also called Colorado's Nolan Arenado safe at home plate Sunday trying to advance on a ball in the dirt. That call was then reversed on replay for the final out in the Chicago Cubs' 9-7 win.

Tyler Skaggs (3-1) allowed four hits in seven innings for the Angels, and Keynan Middleton earned his sixth save. The Astros outscored the White Sox 27-2 during a three-game sweep last weekend.

Kole Calhoun had an RBI single and Justin Upton added an RBI double. Los Angeles had lost five of six following a seven-game winning streak. The Angels are 10-1 on the road, but 5-7 at home.

Gerrit Cole (2-1) retired his first 13 hitters, striking out five. He gave up two runs and four hits in seven innings.

YANKEES 14, TWINS 1

NEW YORK (AP) — Streaking rookie Miguel Andujar homered and doubled to extend his barrage of extra-base hits, Didi Gregorius had a grand slam and New York hammered Minnesota for its first three-game winning streak under new manager Aaron Boone.

Slumping slugger Giancarlo Stanton homered in going 4 for 4 and Gleyber Torres singled for his first major league hit, a day after the prized 21-year-old made his debut with the Yankees. Gary Sanchez socked a two-run double.

The teams hadn't met since New York topped the Twins 8-4 in the AL wild-card game last October at Yankee Stadium. This was no contest as Minnesota lost its fourth in a row and brought in center fielder Ryan LaMarre to pitch in the eighth inning — Tyler Austin tagged him for a two-run homer.

Andujar delivered an extra-base hit in his seventh straight game — tied with Pittsburgh's Corey Dickerson for the longest streak in the majors this year. Andujar is 15 for 29 (.517) during that span with eight doubles, a triple and three home runs, raising his season average from .107 to .316.

Masahiro Tanaka (3-2) gave up three hits in 6 2/3 innings. He's won all five career starts against the Twins.

Jake Odorizzi (1-2) was pulled after Stanton's solo homer in the fifth.

DODGERS 2, MARLINS 1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Bellinger drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth, prized prospect Walker Buehler tossed five scoreless innings in his first major league start and Los Angeles defeated Miami.

Buehler topped out at 99 mph while allowing four hits in an 89-pitch outing. The 23-year-old right-hander struck out five and walked three in helping the Dodgers (11-10) move above .500 for the first time this season with their third straight win.

Enrique Hernandez homered off Marlins starter Jarlin Garcia to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Hernandez also backed Buehler with two sparkling defensive plays at shortstop.

Miami tied it in the eighth on Brian Anderson's RBI single off J.T. Chargois.

Chris Taylor doubled leading off the bottom half, went to third on Hernandez's bunt single and scored on Bellinger's lineout to right.

Adam Liberatore (1-0) got the win in relief. Josh Fields pitched the ninth for his first save.

Kyle Barraclough (0-1) took the loss.

GIANTS 4, NATIONALS 2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Mac Williamson hit a two-run homer to lead Chris Stratton and San Francisco past Washington.

Stratton (2-1) struck out five over 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and four hits.

Williamson connected in the sixth off Shawn Kelley after he relieved starter Gio Gonzalez (2-2). The 464-foot shot marked the longest homer by the Giants this year. Williamson also drove in his team's first run on a fielder's choice in the fourth.

Hunter Strickland got his fourth save.

San Francisco won back-to-back games for the second time this season and first since April 4-7. The Giants were coming off their first series victory of the year against the Angels.

INDIANS 2, ORIOLES 1

BALTIMORE (AP) — Carlos Carrasco outpitched Kevin Gausman in a tight duel, and Yonder Alonso's two-run homer carried Cleveland past struggling Baltimore.

Carrasco (4-0) allowed one run and six hits over 7 1/3 innings to win his 10th straight decision since Aug. 27. He struck out seven and walked two.

Andrew Miller got the last two outs in the eighth and Cody Allen struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

Gausman (1-2) gave up two runs and four hits over eight innings, striking out seven with only one walk.

The Orioles lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

Cleveland took three of four from the Orioles and is 9-2 against Baltimore over the last two seasons.

REDS 10, BRAVES 4

CINCINNATI (AP) — Jesse Winker's bases-loaded single provided Cincinnati's first lead in six games, and the Reds — off to the worst start in their history — rallied to beat Atlanta for their first victory under interim manager Jim Riggleman.

The Reds are 4-18, the worst start in the majors since Baltimore opened with an identical mark in 2010. They fired manager Bryan Price on Thursday and got swept in a three-game series at St. Louis under Riggleman.

The smallest crowd at Great American Ball Park in nine years (9,463) saw the Reds get only their second win at home and match their season high in runs.

Cincinnati scored five times in the sixth inning. Winker's single off Peter Moylan broke a 2-all tie, and Scooter Gennett had a two-run single.

Scott Schebler hit a two-run homer earlier for the Reds.

Sal Romano (1-2) allowed four hits in six innings, including Nick Markakis' homer. Markakis added a two-run single in the eighth, but Raisel Iglesias got four outs for his third save.

Sam Freeman (0-1) took the loss.

WHITE SOX 10, MARINERS 4

CHICAGO (AP) — Jose Abreu had four hits, including two home runs, Yoan Moncada was a single shy of the cycle and Chicago beat Seattle to stop a seven-game losing streak.

The White Sox became the first big league team to open a game with seven straight hits since Colorado against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 17, 2014, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Moncada's leadoff triple was followed by five straight singles and Matt Davidson's double off Mike Leake (2-2) in a five-run first inning.

After getting outscored 27-2 in three losses to Houston, Chicago had a season-high 18 hits.

Starting on short notice because Miguel Gonzalez was placed on the disabled list, Carson Fulmer (1-1) allowed two runs and three hits in a season-high six innings. He retired 12 straight before Mitch Haniger doubled in the fifth and Mike Zunino homered.

Chris Beck, called up from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, finished for his first major league save.

ATHLETICS 9, RANGERS 4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marcus Semien hit a tiebreaking homer on the first pitch of the ninth inning and Oakland defeated Texas for its third straight victory.

The Athletics (12-11) have won seven of eight, and have a winning record for the first time since they won their season opener before a three-game losing streak.

Semien's third homer of the season, off Kevin Jepsen (0-3), snapped a 3-all tie and ignited a six-run outburst. Matt Chapman had an RBI triple with two outs and scored on a single by Mark Canha before Jake Smolinski hit a two-run triple.

Ryan Buchter (1-0) retired the only two batters he faced.

Robinson Chirinos hit a two-run homer for the Rangers, who are 3-11 at home this season.

Khris Davis had a two-run double for Oakland, giving him 21 RBIs.

PADRES 13, ROCKIES 5

DENVER (AP) — Carlos Asuaje homered and had a career-high four RBIs, Franchy Cordero went deep during a nine-run seventh inning and San Diego romped past Colorado.

Asuaje hit a three-run shot in a four-run first and Cordero added a two-run drive during a 45-minute seventh for the Padres. Wil Myers had four hits and two RBIs, and Eric Hosmer drew a career-high four walks to go with his two hits.

The Padres won for just the second time in seven games. The nine runs were their most in an inning since they also scored nine against the Chicago Cubs on July 24, 2014.

It was the eighth meeting of the year between the teams and their first since a bench-clearing brawl on April 11. There were no further altercations in this one.

Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story homered for the Rockies, who dropped to 3-7 at home. Jake McGee (0-1) got just one out and gave up four runs.

Robbie Erlin (1-2) won in relief of starter Bryan Mitchell.

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