Marwin Gonzalez had a solo home run in the second inning and Josh Reddick added a three-run homer in a seven-run eighth as the visiting Houston Astros rolled to a 14-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.
Jake Marisnick tacked on a ninth-inning homer, while Yulieski Gurriel and Martin Maldonado each had two-run doubles as Astros won the first two games of the 2017 World Series rematch. They will try for a three-game sweep on Sunday afternoon.
The Dodgers have scored just one run with seven hits in the two games against the Astros, after collecting 21 runs with 18 hits in a victory Thursday against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Dodgers have not scored in 17 consecutive innings.
The Astros improved to a major league-best 39-17 on the road, while winning their fourth consecutive game following a five-game losing streak. Astros starter Lance McCullers pitched well, but left after four innings following a visit from a member of the Houston medical staff. He was diagnosed with right elbow discomfort.
Red Sox 4, Yankees 1
J.D. Martinez homered over the Green Monster, Nathan Eovaldi pitched eight scoreless innings and Boston survived a rough outing by closer Craig Kimbrel to hold on for a victory over visiting New York.
The Red Sox won for the 22nd time in 27 games and moved a season-high 8 1/2 games ahead of the Yankees. They have outscored the Yankees 23-9 in winning the first three games of the series. The Yankees have lost a season-high four straight games.
Martinez hit his major league-leading 33rd homer in the fourth inning and gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead when he lifted a 1-1 fastball from Yankees rookie Chance Adams (0-1) over the left-field fence. Martinez’s latest homer upped his major league-leading RBI total to 91.
Phillies 8, Marlins 3
Zach Eflin pitched a season-high eight innings, and Philadelphia supported him with four home runs to defeat visiting Miami.
Eflin (8-3) gave up three runs, four hits and no walks while striking out six. Nick Williams hit a three-run homer in the first inning, Asdrubal Cabrera and Cesar Hernandez each added two-run blasts, and Carlos Santana chipped in with a solo shot in the Phillies’ fourth straight win.
Marlins starter Jose Urena (3-11) gave up six runs, eight hits (including three of the home runs), and two walks while striking out three in five innings. Miguel Rojas hit a two-run blast and Justin Bour added a solo homer for the Marlins.
Reds 7, Nationals 1 (Game 1)
Phillip Ervin hit a three-run homer and drove in four overall, and Anthony DeSclafani threw seven strong innings as Cincinnati won at Washington in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
Ervin’s three-run homer gave the Reds an early 4-0 lead and was his first this season. He finished 2-for-2 with those four RBIs, two walks and two runs scored. Brandon Dixon also homered (his second this year) and drove in two runs for the Reds, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Washington starter Gio Gonzalez (6-8) never found his way. The left-hander allowed six runs (five earned) on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings and struggled with his command throughout — a big reason Gonzalez threw 94 pitches in less than four frames.
Nationals 6, Reds 2 (Game 2)
Matt Adams homered and knocked in two runs, and Anthony Rendon and Wilmer Difo each added two RBIs as Washington defeated visiting Cincinnati and earned a split of its day-night doubleheader.
Adams (2-for-3), Rendon (3-for-5) and Difo (2-for-4) led the way on offense as each knocked in two runs. Juan Soto also helped by going 2-for-4 with three runs scored.
Nationals star outfielder Bryce Harper was pulled in the top of the seventh after being hit on the right leg/shin by an Austin Brice pitch in the sixth. Harper appeared to be limping or in pain while running for Mason Williams’ double that started the seventh, and manager Davey Martinez replaced him with Adam Eaton.
Diamondbacks 9, Giants 3
Shortstop Nick Ahmed had three hits, including his second career two-homer game, and four RBIs, while Steven Souza Jr. doubled, tripled and drove in three runs as Arizona beat visiting San Francisco.
Ahmed scored three runs, Ketel Marte had two hits, including a homer, and Paul Goldschmidt also had two hits as the Diamondbacks won for the third time in four games and sixth time in their last eight.
Andrew McCutchen had five hits, including a homer and two RBIs, and Steven Duggar hit his first career homer for the Giants, who have lost two in a row after winning four straight.
A’s 2, Tigers 1
Matt Chapman and Khris Davis homered, and host Oakland continued to dominate punchless Detroit.
Edwin Jackson (3-2) gave up one unearned run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings while collecting the victory. Blake Treinen pitched the ninth and recorded his 28th save for the Athletics, who have won five straight during their sustained push for a playoff spot.
Detroit is 0-6 against the Athletics this season after dropping the first two games of the series, including a 1-0, 13-inning loss on Friday. Dating back to last season, the Tigers have lost 11 straight to Oakland.
Cardinals 8, Pirates 4
Jedd Gyorko and Jose Martinez each hit two doubles and combined for four RBIs, and Matt Carpenter homered as visiting St. Louis won at Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth, all against reliever Alex McRae (0-1), making his second major league appearance. The teams have split the first two games of the series and have identical 57-54 records, tied for third in the National League Central.
David Freese homered and Adam Frazier hit a two-run double for the Pirates.
Blue Jays 5, Mariners 1
Marco Estrada allowed one hit in seven-plus innings as Toronto won at Seattle
Estrada (5-8) took a no-hitter into the seventh before Mitch Haniger doubled with one out. The right-hander walked two and struck out four. Aledmys Diaz hit a home run for the Blue Jays, who have won the first three games of the series and will go for the sweep Sunday afternoon.
The Mariners, who matched their season-high with their fifth consecutive loss, had only one baserunner through the first six innings as Nelson Cruz walked on a 3-2 pitch leading off the second.
Mets 3, Braves 0
Zack Wheeler continued his resurgence, as the right-hander earned his fourth straight win by tossing seven scoreless innings as New York beat visiting Atlanta.
The Mets ended a four-game losing streak and won for only the second time in eight games. The Braves had their five-game winning streak snapped and fell 1 1/2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East.
Wheeler (6-6), whose name was bandied about in rumors leading up to Tuesday’s trade deadline, allowed just three hits and issued one walk while striking out nine. The Braves only got one runner beyond first base against Wheeler, whose winning streak is the longest by a Mets pitcher since Jacob deGrom won eight straight starts last season.
Indians 3, Angels 0
Corey Kluber threw a three-hit shutout to lead Cleveland to victory over visiting Los Angeles.
It was Kluber’s second complete game of the season and his first shutout, and he finished strong by retiring the final 10 batters he faced. He struck out seven and walked one while making 98 pitches, and improved to 14-6, tied for the American League lead in victories.
Angels starter Felix Pena matched Kluber zero for zero through five innings. Though he walked the first two batters of the game and another in the fourth, he didn’t allow a hit through five innings. But Pena allowed a leadoff homer to Leonys Martin to begin the sixth as part of a decisive two-run inning.
Brewers 8, Rockies 4
Travis Shaw hit a grand slam as part of a six-run first inning and Milwaukee beat visiting Colorado.
Hernan Perez and Ryan Braun also homered while Freddy Peralta continued his mastery of Colorado with another strong outing. Peralta (5-2) gave up two runs on two hits and struck out eight in six innings. Milwaukee has won two straight to keep pace with first-place Chicago in the NL Central.
Trevor Story homered twice for Colorado, which has lost four straight after going 17-6 in July.
White Sox 2, Rays 1
Tim Anderson scored from second base when third baseman Matt Duffy threw wildly to first on Leury Garcia’s bunt single in the ninth inning, sending visiting Chicago to a win at Tampa Bay, spoiling All-Star Blake Snell’s return from the disabled list.
Carlos Rodon limited the Rays to one unearned run in six innings and three relievers pitched hitless ball the rest of the way, allowing the White Sox to record a second straight one-run win in the three-game series.
Snell, out since July 12 because of fatigue in his left (throwing) shoulder, went the first four innings after being reinstated from the disabled list. He held the White Sox to one run and three hits. He walked two and struck out three in his 59-pitch outing.
Cubs 5, Padres 4
Kyle Schwarber and Anthony Rizzo homered during a five-run second inning, and Cubs relievers retired 10 straight to end the game as Chicago held on for a second straight game to defeat visiting San Diego.
Walker Lockett (0-2) allowed six hits and all five runs in the Cubs second to take the loss. In the other four innings he worked, Lockett allowed no runs on three hits and two walks.
With the wind blowing out, Schwarber opened the second with his 20th homer of the season, a full-count line drive to right-center to break a scoreless game. Rizzo then homered in a second straight game, his drive to center making it 4-0 on his 17th homer of the season.
Twins, 8, Royals 2
Max Kepler hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the fourth inning, Jose Berrios pitched seven effective innings and Minnesota beat visiting Kansas City.
After the Twins inducted left-hander Johan Santana in their Hall of Fame in a pregame ceremony, Kepler produced his fourth three-hit game of the season and 12th of his career. He sandwiched two singles around his 14th homer, a drive to right field off Burch Smith (1-3) that put Minnesota ahead 3-2.
Berrios (11-8) allowed three runs on five hits, all singles, and completed seven innings for the 12th time. The right-hander struck out six, walked three and improved to 17-3 at home since the start of last season. Eddie Rosario reached 20 homers for the second straight season for the Twins.
Rangers 3, Orioles 1
Joey Gallo spoiled Dylan Bundy’s Southwest homecoming with a two-run home run, sending Texas to victory over visiting Baltimore.
Left-hander Mike Minor (8-6), who couldn’t get out of the third inning in a loss at Baltimore last month, won a pitchers’ duel over Bundy after the Rangers had slugged their way to 17-8 and 11-3 victories in the first two games of the four-game series.
Bundy (7-10), the Gatorade National Athlete of the Year as a senior in 2011 at Owasso High near Tulsa, was making his first major-league start at the site about 250 miles from his childhood home. He allowed seven hits in six innings, one being Gallo’s 29th home run of the season.
—Field Level Media