(The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Tuesday’s Major League Baseball games:
Phillies 6, Dodgers 2
Rhys Hoskins delivered a bases-clearing, two-out double in the seventh inning to lift Philadelphia past Los Angeles.
It was another stellar night at the plate for Hoskins, a 24-year-old first baseman. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs, raising his average to .299 with 43 RBIs (and 18 home runs) in his first 39 career games.
Batting with one out in the seventh inning after Odubel Herrera drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 2-2, Hoskins worked a 10-pitch at-bat against Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez (3-6) before shooting a 97 mph fastball through the gap in left-center.
Cubs 2, Rays 1
Mike Montgomery took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, and Chicago manager Joe Maddon won in his return to Tropicana Field as the Cubs claimed their seventh straight victory, holding the Tampa Bay Rays to one hit in a 2-1 win Tuesday.
Chicago got a solo home run from Kyle Schwarber and an RBI double from Javier Baez while limiting Tampa Bay to Brad Miller’s solo home run in the sixth inning. Maddon managed the Rays for nine seasons (2006-14), guiding them to their only American League pennant in 2008.
Red Sox 1, Orioles 0 (11 innings)
Jackie Bradley Jr. scored on a Brad Brach wild pitch with two outs in the top of the 11th inning as Boston improved to 15-3 in extra-inning games this season.
Bradley reached when grounding into a force for the first out of the 11th against Brach (4-5), and Xander Bogaerts’ groundout moved him to second. Andrew Benintendi and Mookie Betts both followed with walks, loading the bases with two outs.
Yankees 5, Twins 2
CC Sabathia pitched six solid innings as New York widened its lead in the AL wild-card race over Minnesota.
After the first pitch was delayed 65 minutes by heavy rain, Sabathia (12-5) helped the Yankees take a six-game lead over the Twins and remain three games behind the Boston Red Sox in the AL East.
Giants 4, Rockies 3
Hunter Pence’s sacrifice fly to center field scored pinch runner Orlando Calixte with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning as San Francisco defeated Colorado.
Pence earlier had a two-run homer and Pablo Sandoval collected three hits for the Giants. Sam Dyson (3-2), the fourth San Francisco pitcher, got the win after pitching into and out of a ninth-inning jam.
Brewers 1, Pirates 0
Domingo Santana’s solo home run held up as Milwaukee edged Pittsburgh.
Santana’s homer, his 26th of the season, just cleared the short wall near the left field foul pole in the fourth inning. It traveled only 338 feet and was the only damage the Brewers could muster against Pirates starter Trevor Williams (6-9).
Indians 6, Angels 3
Austin Jackson had four hits, and Roberto Perez had two hits including a home run as Cleveland defeated Los Angeles for its 25th victory in its last 26 games.
The Indians’ Mike Clevinger (11-5) gave up one run and three hits in six innings while Jay Bruce led a 14-hit attack by coming a home run short of hitting for the cycle. Cleveland leads Houston by 1 1/2 games for the best record in the AL.
Astros 3, White Sox 1
Jose Altuve matched his career high for home runs, and a four-man bullpen turned in an exceptional performance in Houston’s victory over Chicago.
Altuve smacked an opposite-field homer off White Sox starter Lucas Giolito (2-3) with one out in the fourth inning, pulling the Astros even at 1-1 with his 24th dinger.
Nationals 4, Braves 2
Ryan Zimmerman’s three hits were the centerpiece of an 11-hit attack and supported seven strong innings from starter Max Scherzer as Washington beat Atlanta.
Zimmerman was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. The double was his 30th of the season, the sixth time he reached that milestone. He has driven in 101 runs, the third time he surpassed 100 and nine shy of his career best.
Padres 6, Diamondbacks 2
Travis Wood gave up only a pair of A.J. Pollock solo homers over six innings and added a two-run, two-out single to lead San Diego past Arizona.
Wood (3-3) allowed three hits and two walks with three strikeouts his 10th start as a Padre. San Diego relievers Phil Maton, Buddy Baumann and Jose Torres each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the win.
Rangers 3, Mariners 1
Shin-Soo Choo broke open a tie game with a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning, and Elvis Andrus added an RBI single as Texas defeated Seattle.
Carlos Gomez led off in the decisive eighth with a double to right. Delino DeShields then beat out a bunt, with pinch runner Will Middlebrooks going to third.
Cardinals 8, Reds 7 (10 innings)
Dexter Fowler tied the score with a solo home run in the eighth inning and drove home the go-ahead run with a double in the 10th to lift St. Louis over Cincinnati.
Juan Nicasio (4-5) earned the victory after pitching 1 1/3 innings, allowing a run on two hits. Scooter Gennett homered off Nicasio to make it a one-run game leading off bottom of the 10th. Tyler Lyons retired both batters he faced to earn his third save.
Marlins 5, Mets 4 (10 innings)
J.T. Realmuto hit a walk-off homer in the 10th inning as Miami rallied to defeat New York.
Realmuto’s homer, off reliever Paul Sewald (0-6), was his 17th of the season. It was Realmuto’s second career walk-off hit and his first career walk-off homer. Kyle Barraclough (6-2) earned the win after tossing a scoreless top of the 10th.
Athletics 9, Tigers 8
Jed Lowrie hit a go-ahead grand slam and drove in five runs, and Matt Olson homered for the fifth straight game to power Oakland past Detroit.
Lowrie also tied the franchise single-season record with his 47th double. Jason Giambi established the mark in 2001. Olson’s solo shot in the second was his 15th long ball over the past 21 games and his 23rd of the year.
Blue Jays 5, Royals 2
Marcus Stroman pitched seven strong innings, and Darwin Barney homered and drove in three runs as Toronto defeated Kansas City.
Russell Martin also hit a two-run double for the Blue Jays. Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to earn his 37th save of the season.