MLB roundup: Machado’s walk-off home run lifts Orioles past Angels
BALTIMORE — Long after a potential pitching duel between Jered Weaver and Chris Tillman disintegrated, a showdown between two of the best bullpens in the American League came down to one lamentable pitch.
Manny Machado led off the 12th inning with a solo shot off Cory Rasmus, and the Los Angeles Angels’ three-game winning streak ended with a 7-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.
Weaver and Tillman, two former All-Stars, left after the fifth inning with Baltimore leading 6-5.
Weaver gave up a season-high six earned runs and walked four. Tillman yielded five runs, three earned, and six hits — including three doubles and a home run.
After that, however, both bullpens were excellent.
Six Baltimore relievers combined to give up one run over seven innings. Angels’ relievers allowed only one run and three hits over six innings.
“You’re not going to be able to match up head-to-head with teams with good bullpens unless you are going to get the outs yourself,” Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia said. “Their pen is terrific. Our pen is terrific. You’re going to see games like that when you have two teams with good bullpens.”
Machado hit a 1-2 breaking ball from Rasmus (2-1) into the seats in left field to end the back-and-forth duel between AL contenders.
“I didn’t think it was a terrible pitch, but obviously not down enough,” Rasmus said. “He’s a good hitter and made me pay. That’s how it goes.”
Ryan Webb (3-1) worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the top of the 12th for the Orioles, who improved to 12-3 in extra innings.
“To do that, you’ve got to have a good effort out of your bullpen — and we did tonight,” manager Buck Showalter said.
Adam Jones and Nick Markakis homered for Baltimore, playing its first home game since the All-Star break.
Josh Hamilton homered and had three RBIs for the Angels, who have dropped eight of their last 11 against the Orioles.
After Hamilton delivered a run-scoring grounder in the top of the first, the Orioles scored twice in the bottom half. Jones drove an 0-2 fastball over the left-field wall — giving him 20 home runs for a fourth straight season — and J.J. Hardy added an RBI single.
YANKEES 12, RANGERS 11
ARLINGTON, Texas — Brett Gardner had four hits to go with a tremendous sliding catch and New York overcame J.P. Arencibia’s seven RBIs for Texas.
Gardner had a leadoff homer and two doubles, and he reached base twice in a seven-run sixth that put the Yankees ahead to stay.
He started the inning with a double and scored on Carlos Beltran’s two run-single, then reached on a three-base error that deflected off two outfielders and sent home the rally’s final run.
Brandon McCarthy (3-0) gave up four runs and nine hits in six innings for the Yankees.
Arencibia homered twice, including a grand slam. He also had two doubles to be the first Rangers player with four extra-base hits since Josh Hamilton’s four-homer game at Baltimore on May 8, 2012. The last player with at least seven RBIs in a loss was Jonathan Lucroy in 2012, when Milwaukee fell to the Cubs, STATS said.
Nick Martinez (1-7) allowed six runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings.
ATHLETICS 7, ASTROS 4
HOUSTON — Slumping Brandon Moss hit a go-ahead single during a six-run rally in the ninth inning to lift Oakland past Houston.
Josh Reddick homered for the AL West-leading A’s and Yoenis Cespedes had three hits, including two doubles.
Oakland trailed 4-1 in the ninth before pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo had a two-run single off closer Chad Qualls (1-2).
After Houston couldn’t turn a potential game-ending double play on John Jaso’s grounder, Jed Lowrie walked and Cespedes tied it with a single.
Moss ended an 0-for-14 rut with an RBI single off Tony Sipp and then Josh Donaldson hit a two-run double off Jose Veras.
Evan Scribner (1-0) got the win and Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his 16th save.
TWINS 2, ROYALS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kyle Gibson bounced back for a rocky start to shut down Kansas City, and Minnesota held on through a shaky ninth to beat James Shields and the Royals.
Gibson (9-8) allowed only a single by Alcides Escobar in the third inning and another by Nori Aoki in the sixth over seven dazzling innings. He was at his best toward the end, too, setting down the Royals in order in the seventh on four seemingly effortless pitches.
Casey Fien worked the eighth before Glen Perkins ran into trouble in the ninth, giving up a leadoff double to Omar Infante and an RBI single to Eric Hosmer. Perkins bounced back to get three straight pop outs and record his 26th save of the season.
Josh Willingham hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning and Brian Dozier provided a run-scoring single in the fifth off Shields (9-6).
MARLINS 3, NATIONALS 0
MIAMI — Henderson Alvarez outpitched Stephen Stasburg and surging Miami won its sixth straight.
Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs as the Marlins won for the ninth time in 10 games and evened their record at 53-53.
Alvarez (8-5) gave up three hits and issued a season-high four walks in seven innings. He escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second, helped when third baseman Casey McGehee made a diving catch to rob Nate McLouth of extra bases.
Steve Cishek loaded the bases in the ninth before striking out Anthony Rendon to record his 27th save in 30 chances.
Strasburg (7-9) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings.
WHITE SOX 11, TIGERS 4
DETROIT — Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn hit consecutive home runs during a seven-run seventh inning that sent Chicago past Detroit.
The White Sox sent 12 hitters to the plate in the seventh and broke the game open against Anibal Sanchez (7-5) and Joakim Soria. Alexei Ramirez added a three-run double in the inning.
Jose Quintana (6-7) allowed two runs and nine hits in six innings.
Detroit made three errors, including two in that seventh inning. Soria made his first home appearance since the Tigers acquired him in a trade with Texas. He retired only one of the seven hitters he faced and allowed his first two homers of the season.
Abreu hit his major league-leading 31st homer of the year. He finished with three hits, extending his hitting streak to 18 games.
MARINERS 5, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND — Hisashi Iwakuma kept his road record spotless since last July, pitching seven strong innings to lead Seattle.
Iwakuma (9-5) improved to 9-0 in his last 14 road starts, the second-longest such streak in club history. He is 5-0 outside Seattle this season.
Dustin Ackley hit a two-run double in Seattle’s four-run fourth against Trevor Bauer (4-6). Mike Zunino homered in the fifth for the Mariners, one of six teams scrapping for the AL’s second wild-card spot.
The Indians are 5-7 since the All-Star break and are trying to decide whether to be active before Thursday’s trade deadline.
BLUE JAYS 4, RED SOX 2
BOSTON — Marcus Stroman had his second solid start against Boston in five days and Colby Rasmus hit a solo homer to lead Toronto.
Anthony Gose had a tiebreaking two-run double for the Blue Jays, who won for the ninth time in 11 games and improved to 9-3 against the Red Sox this season.
Xander Bogaerts homered and Dustin Pedroia added an RBI double for Boston, which has dropped all five games in Fenway Park against Toronto.
The Red Sox lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Stroman (7-2) held Boston to one run and six hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking two. He took a no-hitter into the seventh last Thursday before giving up Shane Victorino’s leadoff single for his only hit allowed in seven innings.
Rubby De La Rosa (3-4) gave up three runs on nine hits in six innings.
RAYS 5, BREWERS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Alex Cobb struck out 12 in eight innings and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs to help Tampa Bay gets its 11th win in 12 games.
Zobrist hit his ninth home run in the sixth inning for the only run off Milwaukee starter Matt Garza. Zobrist’s double in the eighth off reliever Will Smith (1-3) put the Rays ahead for the first time. Pinch-hitter Logan Forsythe followed with another RBI double and the Rays went on to a four-run inning.
Cobb (7-6) gave up three hits and two walks in winning his third straight start. The right-hander is 5-0 in his last six starts.
Garza gave up five hits and two walks in seven innings, striking out two.
The Brewers have lost four of five.
PHILLIES 6, METS 0
NEW YORK — Cole Hamels pitched eight shutout innings and finally got some run support when Chase Utley hit a grand slam to lead Philadelphia.
Hamels (6-5) has won three straight starts for the first time in almost two years. He retired the final 13 batters to lower his ERA to 2.55. In his last three outings, he has 27 strikeouts and one walk.
For a while, it looked as though this one might end like his last two, 2-1 wins over the Braves and Giants. But with the Phillies up 2-0 and two outs in the seventh, Mets starter Dillon Gee (4-4) suddenly lost his control.
Gee left with the bases loaded and Josh Edgin came on for a lefty-lefty matchup. Utley drilled a 2-2 pitch into the upper deck in right field for his fifth career grand slam and first since 2010.
REDS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 0
CINCINNATI — Mike Leake pitched into the eighth inning and singled home a run for Cincinnati.
The Reds won for only the second time in 11 games since the All-Star break. The offense has been the biggest problem, scoring only 20 runs — by far the fewest in the majors over that span.
Leake (8-9) had a single off the glove of diving third baseman Martin Prado that drove in a run in the second off Trevor Cahill (1-8), who has yet to win as a starter this season. Todd Frazier and Brayan Pena had RBI singles off Cahill, who fell to 0-6 in seven starts this season.
Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for 23rd save. He extended his streak of at least one strikeout in 45 consecutive appearances, a major league record for a reliever.