Chris Sale struck out 13 in seven innings as the Boston Red Sox defeated the visiting Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park.
Sale (7-4) allowed only four hits and walked one. Mitch Moreland homered for the Red Sox, who took two of three games in the weekend series after splitting a four-game set last week in Seattle.
Joe Kelly and Matt Barnes each pitched a perfect inning of relief for the Red Sox to complete the shutout.
Sale didn’t reach a three-ball count on a batter until walking Guillermo Heredia with two outs in the seventh. Seattle left-hander Marco Gonzales (7-5) matched Sale for the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth and taking the loss.
Reds 8, Cubs 6
Pinch hitter Jesse Winker smashed a three-run homer and Joey Votto hit a go-ahead, RBI double as host Cincinnati rallied to win its seventh straight game and sweep a four-game series from Chicago.
The Reds won the game with a seven-run seventh inning that included RBI hits by Winker, Votto, Tucker Barnhart and Jose Peraza, who had two run-scoring plate appearances in the frame with a single and a walk.
The Reds scored a run earlier as pitcher Michael Lorenzen hit a pinch-hit solo homer. It was his third career homer. Chicago, which blew a five-run lead, was swept in a four-game series by the Reds for the first time since April 1983.
Rays 7, Yankees 6 (12 innings)
Rookie Jake Bauers homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the 12th inning as host Tampa Bay completed a three-game sweep of New York in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Bauers lifted a fastball from Chasen Shreve (2-2) over the center field fence. It was his second career homer and Tampa Bay’s first hit since the third inning.
It also occurred after Bauers nearly hit a grand slam off Shreve in Saturday’s 4-0 win, and four innings after Giancarlo Stanton hit a game-tying homer off Vidal Nuno.
Indians 12, Tigers 2
Jose Ramirez had a home run among his three hits, Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam, and Adam Plutko gave up two runs over six innings in his return to the rotation as host Cleveland extended its winning streak to seven games by beating Detroit.
Ramirez extended his on-base streak to 31 games as the Indians moved to a season-best 10 games over .500 with the three-game sweep. Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis also hit home runs.
Tigers starter Matthew Boyd (4-6) lasted just three-plus innings as Detroit saw its losing streak reach five games.
Dodgers 8, Mets 7 (11 innings)
Justin Turner capped a homer-happy game for Los Angeles by hitting a solo shot in the 11th inning to beat host New York at Citi Field.
Enrique Hernandez and Cody Bellinger hit two solo homers apiece for the Dodgers, who swept the three-game series and have won nine of 12, while Max Muncy and Joc Pederson had a solo shot apiece. The seven homers tied for the second-highest single-game total in team history, and the seven solo shots matched the major league record.
Kevin Plawecki had a homer and a career-high four RBIs for the Mets, who have lost six straight and 18 of their past 22.
Braves 7, Orioles 3
Nick Markakis had two hits and drove in a run against his former team to help Atlanta defeat visiting Baltimore.
Markakis, who played for the Orioles from 2006-14, was 2-for-4 and went 6-for-14 against the Orioles in the three-game series.
Brandon McCarthy (6-3) earned the win in his first start since June 15 as the Braves salvaged a game in the weekend series. The big right-hander allowed three runs on five hits in five innings, striking out five. He gave up home runs to Trey Mancini and Mark Trumbo.
Twins 2, Rangers 0
Jose Berrios struck out a career-high 12 batters during seven shutout innings as host Minnesota snapped Texas’ seven-game win streak.
Berrios (8-5) allowed just three hits in picking up his fifth win in his past six decisions. He walked two and left after throwing 107 pitches, 70 of which were strikes.
Robbie Grossman and Eddie Rosario each had two hits for the Twins, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Fernando Rodney struck out the side in the ninth to pick up his 17th save.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 2
Jose Martinez capped a five-run fourth inning with a three-run home run, sending St. Louis past host Milwaukee.
Luke Weaver (4-6) struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings, limiting Milwaukee to two runs as the Cardinals gained a split of the four-game series.
Christian Yelich homered for the Brewers, who had allowed three or fewer runs in eight of their previous 10 games.
White Sox 10, Athletics 3
Oakland set a major league record for consecutive road games with a home run, but host Chicago erupted with two big innings for the win.
Yoan Moncada went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and a career-high six RBIs for the White Sox. Chicago scored five runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth to salvage a series split.
Mark Canha’s blast in the fifth gave Oakland a home run in 25 games in a row on the road. That surpassed the previous mark of 24 straight road games with a homer, which was set by a 1996 Baltimore Orioles squad that featured Brady Anderson, Rafael Palmeiro, Bobby Bonilla and Cal Ripken Jr.
Astros 11, Royals 3
Yuli Gurriel recorded three extra-base hits, including a grand slam to cap an eight-run second inning, pacing host Houston in the rubber match of the three-game series with Kansas City.
Gurriel finished 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs, but it was his second career grand slam that turned the tide fully in favor of the Astros. He struck the decisive blow in the two-out rally against Jason Hammel (2-9), posting his fourth home run of the season and second in as many days to double the Houston lead to 8-0 in the second.
Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole (9-1) struck out eight while throwing five innings of one-run ball.
Giants 3, Padres 2 (11 innings)
Hunter Pence connected on his second career walk-off hit against San Diego closer Brad Hand, a bases-loaded, two-run double in the bottom of the 11th inning to give host San Francisco the win.
The Giants responded after Manuel Margot celebrated a return to the leadoff spot by walking and scoring the go-ahead run on a two-out single by Cory Spangenberg in the top off the 11th, giving the Padres a 2-1 lead.
Seeking his 22nd save of the season, Hand (1-4) struck out Brandon Belt to start the 12th before Andrew McCutchen laced a double. The Padres intentionally walked Buster Posey, but Hand hit Brandon Crawford in the back to load the bases with one out. Pence then sliced a liner past Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer.
Blue Jays 7, Angels 6 (10 innings)
Kendrys Morales’ two-out, pinch-hit home run in the top of the 10th inning lifted Toronto over Los Angeles in Anaheim, Calif.
Morales was pinch-hitting for Aledmys Diaz, who homered earlier in the game. Angels reliever Hansel Robles threw a 2-1 slider that Morales hit into the right field bleachers for his eighth homer of the season.
The Blue Jays hammered four homers in the game, also getting long balls from Devon Travis and Curtis Granderson. Justin Smoak chipped in with three hits, including two doubles. Ryan Tepera (5-2) got the win, and Tyler Clippard pitched the 10th for his fourth save.
Marlins 8, Rockies 5
Derek Dietrich homered for the third straight game and tied a career high with four hits, and visiting Miami overcame the loss of starter Caleb Smith to beat Colorado. Dietrich matched his career high with four hits, first accomplishing the feat earlier this month at St. Louis.
Nolan Arenado and Gerardo Parra homered for the Rockies. The start of the game was delayed 1 hour, 31 minutes when heavy rain and hail hit Coors Field shortly before first pitch.
Smith exited in the second inning due to left shoulder tightness. He is day-to-day. Drew Rucinski (2-1) tossed 2 2/3 innings for the win, and Kyle Barraclough earned his seventh save.
Diamondbacks 3, Pirates 0
David Peralta and John Ryan Murphy hit early homers to power Arizona to a four-game series sweep of host Pittsburgh.
After a strong start, Arizona’s Clay Buchholz (2-1) left after five innings because of tightness in his left side. He gave up two hits while striking out five and walking none. Buchholz later said he hoped he would be ready for his next scheduled start.
Brad Boxberger pitched the ninth inning for his 17th save.
Nationals 8, Phillies 6
Daniel Murphy lined a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals rallied for an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday night at Nationals Park.
Philadelphia took a 6-2 lead in the fifth inning before the Nationals came back. Washington scored the game’s final six runs, capped by three in the eighth.
The Phillies were ahead 6-5 in the eighth when the Nationals loaded the bases with two outs. Murphy then scooped an ankle-high pitch for a single to right against Seranthony Dominguez (1-2), scoring both Brian Goodwin and Bryce Harper for a 7-6 lead.
Michael A. Taylor then made it 8-6 with an RBI single to right. Washington finished with 17 hits.
Harper, Murphy and Taylor each finished with three hits.
—Field Level Media