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Marcell Ozuna's 19th homer leads Braves past Rays

Marcell Ozuna's 19th homer leads Braves past Rays

Marcell Ozuna blasted his National League-leading 19th home run to highlight a five-run first inning that sent the Atlanta Braves to a 7-3 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays on Friday.

Ozuna's three-run, opposite-field shot landed well into the stands in right field. It gave him 60 RBIs, also tops in the NL.

The Braves' Austin Riley ended a 5-for-34 (.147) slump by going 3-for-4 with homer and a double.

Atlanta starter Chris Sale (9-2) pitched seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Both walks were followed by inning-ending double plays. Sale now has 206 career strikeouts against the Rays, second most against the Tampa Bay franchise.

Raisel Iglesias entered the ninth inning with two runners on base and got Yandy Diaz on a grounder for the final out, earning his 18th save.

Tampa Bay starter Zack Littell (2-5) had his worst outing of the season. He pitched two innings and allowed a season-high seven runs, six earned, on eight hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

The Rays scored a run in the first inning on Amed Rosario's RBI double.

The Braves responded with five runs in the bottom of the first. After Ozuna's home run, Matt Olson and Riley hit back-to-back doubles for a 4-1 edge. Riley scored when Littell fielded Adam Duvall's comebacker and airmailed the throw to first base for an error.

Riley added a two-run homer in the second inning to expand the lead to 7-1. It was Riley's fourth home run and first since May 3.

Tampa Bay cut the deficit to 7-2 in the seventh inning on a two-out, run-scoring double by Richie Palacios.

The Rays scored a run in the ninth off Dylan Lee. Jose Siri doubled and scored on a two-out single by Palacios, two batters after Atlanta left fielder Jarred Kelenic took a homer away from Jonny DeLuca.

Atlanta center fielder Michael Harris II was injured in the first inning while going from first to third. He was removed due to left hamstring tightness.

Alex Verdugo, in return to Boston, lifts Yanks past Red Sox

Alex Verdugo, in return to Boston, lifts Yanks past Red Sox

Alex Verdugo went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBIs to lead the visiting New York Yankees past the Boston Red Sox 8-1 on Friday.

The Yankees became the first team in the majors to reach the 50-win plateau this year.

Verdugo, in his first game against his former team, contributed to all three of the Yankees' multi-run innings. He hit a two-run homer in the first, added an RBI double in a two-run fifth and contributed a run-scoring single in a three-run ninth.

Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Jose Trevino homered and Luis Gil (9-1) pitched one-run ball for five innings of one-run ball for New York. Gil yielded four hits and four walks while striking out six.

The Red Sox were limited to five hits and went scoreless against four New York relievers. Enmanuel Valdez had the team' lone RBI.

Boston's Brayan Bello (6-4) allowed five runs (four earned) in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up six hits and three walks and struck out five.

Making his first appearance in Boston since being traded to New York in December, Verdugo cranked the first Bello pitch he saw into the center field seats for a two-run homer in the first.

Bello looked to escape damage after inducing a Gleyber Torres double play in New York's fourth, but Giancarlo Stanton scored to make it 3-0 as the Boston pitcher couldn't catch first baseman Dominic Smith's flip while covering on an Oswaldo Cabrera grounder.

Rafael Devers and Masataka Yoshida drew consecutive walks to start the Boston half of the fourth, and Valdez hit a run-scoring double off the wall in center. Gil stranded a runner on third by striking out the next two batters.

The Yankees chased Bello in the fifth. Anthony Volpe hit a leadoff single and stole second and third before Aaron Judge walked. Verdugo continued his big night with a run-scoring double off the Green Monster in left.

After Cam Booser replaced Bello, Rizzo's ground-ball single into right increased the New York lead to 5-1.

Trevino hit a towering one-out homer in the ninth. The inning continued with an Aaron Judge RBI double off the Monster and another Verdugo knock to right, both with two outs.

Will Brennan, Logan Allen lead Guardians past Blue Jays

Will Brennan, Logan Allen lead Guardians past Blue Jays

Will Brennan had a solo home run, a double and scored two runs and the visiting Cleveland Guardians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 on Friday night.

Logan Allen allowed one run in five-plus innings for the Guardians in the opener of the three-game series.

Allen (7-3) allowed three hits and three walks with three strikeouts as the Guardians improved to 4-2 on their eight-game road trip.

The Blue Jays were held to three hits in the opener of a six-game homestand that follows a 3-3 trip.

Toronto's Kevin Gausman (5-5) allowed three runs and eight hits while striking out six without a walk in 5 1/3 innings.

The Guardians scored once in the second inning. Brennan doubled off the right-field wall with one out and scored on Daniel Schneemann's double to left center.

After a single and a double play in the fourth, Brennan drove a fastball to left for his sixth home run of the season and a 2-0 Cleveland lead.

The Guardians added a run in the fifth. Brayan Rocchio led off with a double to right and scored on a two-out single to right by Andres Gimenez.

Ernie Clement led off the home sixth with his second double of the game -- and Toronto's second hit -- and scored on Davis Schneider's single to center. Cade Smith replaced Allen to get the next three outs.

Cleveland's Scott Barlow allowed a two-out walk in the seventh inning and was replaced by Sam Hentges who struck out pinch hitter Alejandro Kirk.

Hunter Gaddis pitched a clean eighth for the Guardians with a strikeout and a good play by Rocchio on Schneider's grounder to shortstop.

Emmanuel Clase had a perfect bottom of the ninth with a strikeout to earn his 21st save of the season.

Toronto's Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts and is in an 0-for-17 drought.

Toronto recalled third baseman/outfielder Addison Barger from Triple-A Buffalo on Friday and designated DH Daniel Vogelbach for assignment. Barger did not play on Friday.

Phillies outlast Orioles in 11th after long rain delay

Phillies outlast Orioles in 11th after long rain delay

Alec Bohm hit a two-run double in the 11th inning and the Philadelphia Phillies finished off the host Baltimore Orioles, 5-3, on Friday night

The series opener between teams with two of the best records in the major leagues included a rain delay of more than an hour prior to the 11th inning.

Kyle Schwarber led off the game with a home run and provided a go-ahead, two-out single in the 10th inning for the Phillies. Philadelphia catcher Rafael Marchan, playing in just his second big-league game since 2021, homered in the fifth inning to break an early tie.

Anthony Santander's solo blast for the Orioles tied the score with two outs in the eighth.

Cedric Mullins scored the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th when Orion Kerkering (2-0) threw a wild pitch. Mullins was initially called out on Marchan's tag at home before the ruling was overturned by replay. Kerkering retired Santander on a flyout on the next pitch, sending the game to the 11th.

Then a rain delay interfered.

Phillies starter Ranger Suarez, who tops the majors with 10 wins, went 6 2/3 innings and was in line for the victory when he departed. He allowed one run on six hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

Two of Philadelphia's three hits through eight innings were home runs. Bohm's go-ahead hit in the 11th came after the Orioles intentionally walked Bryce Harper with one out.

The Orioles have lost on back-to-back days after a season-best six-game winning streak. Jacob Webb (1-4) took the loss.

Baltimore starter Kyle Bradish went five innings, giving up two runs on three hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

The Orioles had back-to-back singles from Santander and Austin Hays to begin the fourth inning but didn't score.

Baltimore threatened in the seventh. James McCann singled and Jordan Westburg hit a two-out double. Jeff Hoffman entered and struck out Adley Rutschman on a full-count pitch.

Orioles reliever Keegan Akin logged three hitless innings with four strikeouts and no walks.

Seven-run inning sparks Nationals' rout of Marlins

Seven-run inning sparks Nationals' rout of Marlins

Lane Thomas hit a three-run homer to highlight a seven-run third inning and the Washington Nationals cruised to an 8-1 victory against the visiting Miami Marlins in the opener of a three-game series on Friday.

CJ Abrams had three hits and drove in two runs, Jacob Young added two hits and two runs, Jesse Winker and Luis Garcia Jr. each had two hits and a run and Joey Meneses knocked in two runs for the Nationals, who have won six of seven.

Washington left-hander MacKenzie Gore (6-5) allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out 10, did not walk a batter and produced 25 swings and misses, tied with Jared Jones of the Pittsburgh Pirates for the most in a major league game this season.

Miami right-hander Shaun Anderson made his first big-league start since 2019 and departed after giving up seven consecutive hits to start the third inning.

Anderson (0-2) was tagged for all seven runs in the inning and 10 hits. He struck out one and didn't walk a batter.

Tim Anderson had three hits, his fourth straight multi-hit game, as the Marlins lost their three straight contest.

The Marlins had runners on second and third with two outs in the second inning when Nick Fortes hit a chopper to deep third and he beat the throw from Nick Senzel to score Anderson for a 1-0 lead.

In between innings, Gore approached Senzel and was shoved away by Senzel before they were separated.

Young singled to lead off the third and Abrams then hit a grounder up the middle that second baseman Otto Lopez stopped with a sliding backhand. Lopez tried to pitch the ball from his glove to Tim Anderson covering second, and the ball went wide.

Thomas then hit a high fly off the left field foul pole for a three-run homer and a 3-1 lead.

Tim Anderson couldn't make a play on a grounder up the middle by Winker and Eddie Rosario then doubled to right, putting runners on second and third. A grounder up the middle by Meneses got through, driving in both runners for a 5-1 lead.

Huascar Brazoban replaced Shaun Anderson after the starter surrendered another single. Brazoban was tagged for a two-out, two-run single by Abrams for a 7-1 lead.

Winker added an RBI single in the sixth.

Blue Jays designate Daniel Vogelbach for assignment

Blue Jays designate Daniel Vogelbach for assignment

The Toronto Blue Jays designated Daniel Vogelbach for assignment on Friday and recalled prized prospect Addison Barger from Triple-A Buffalo.

The 31-year-old Vogelbach is batting just .186 with one homer and eight RBIs in 31 games for Toronto. The designated hitter had struck out 17 times in 70 at-bats.

Vogelbach, 31, has played with five teams and was an All-Star for the Seattle Mariners in 2019 when he established career bests of 30 homers and 76 RBIs.

"Just want to point out -- thanking Vogey for everything he did," Blue Jays manager John Schneider said prior to Friday's home game against the Cleveland Guardians. "Obviously it was a tough runway for him playing-time-wise. ... But just wanted to say how well-liked he was in here and he just went about things the right way."

Barger's promotion comes two days after Toronto formally traded infielder Cavan Biggio to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Barger is the No. 6 prospect in the Blue Jays' organization, according to MLB Pipeline.

Schneider said Barger will see action at third base and in the outfield. The left-hander hitter had a .256 average, eight homers and 34 RBIs in 50 games at Buffalo.

"Hopefully there's a pretty good runway for him to be in there against right-handed pitching," Schneider said.

Earlier this season, Barger made his major league debut with the Blue Jays and went 1-for-18 with six strikeouts in five games.

Reports: MLB umpire Pat Hoberg disciplined for gambling violation

Reports: MLB umpire Pat Hoberg disciplined for gambling violation

Umpire Pat Hoberg has been disciplined for violating Major League Baseball's gambling rules and is appealing the decision, The Athletic and ESPN reported on Friday.

Per ESPN, Hoberg -- who has not umpired a game this season -- has denied betting on baseball. MLB issued a statement but did not clarify what discipline Hoberg could face.

"During this year's Spring Training, Major League Baseball commenced an investigation regarding a potential violation of MLB's sports betting policies by Umpire Pat Hoberg," MLB's statement read. "Mr. Hoberg was removed from the field during the pendency of that investigation. While MLB's investigation did not find any evidence that games worked by Mr. Hoberg were compromised or manipulated in any way, MLB determined that discipline was warranted. Mr. Hoberg has chosen to appeal that determination. Therefore, we cannot comment further until the appeal process is concluded."

MLB would not reveal more while the appeal is pending, per The Athletic. The appeal will be heard by commissioner Rob Manfred.

Hoberg released a statement to ESPN saying in part that "it would not be appropriate" to discuss his case while his appeal is under review.

"That said, I have devoted my adult life to the profession of umpiring, and the integrity of baseball is of the utmost importance to me. I look forward to the appeal process, and I am grateful that the Major League Baseball Umpires Association is supporting me in the appeal," Hoberg said.

Hoberg, 37, became a professional umpire in 2019, a full-time major league ump in 2017 and worked his first World Series game in 2022, according to MLB's umpires media guide. In that World Series, he earned a perfect score in the game he served as plate umpire from tracking site umpscorecards.com.

Hoberg's reported discipline comes in the wake of other gambling-related issues in baseball and other professional sports in 2024. Earlier this month, former major leaguer Tucupita Marcano was banned for life for gambling on baseball, while four other players received a one-year suspension.

Earlier this spring, Ippei Mizuhara pleaded guilty to fraud for stealing money from Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani to settle gambling debts. David Fletcher, Ohtani's former teammate with the Los Angeles Angels, is being investigated by MLB for allegedly placing wagers with an illegal bookmaker, per ESPN.

Umpires are covered by the same MLB statute that regulates player gambling, officially known as Rule 21. Those who gamble on games in which they weren't involved receive a one-year ban, but those who gamble on games they're involved are banned for life.

Rockies standout C Elias Diaz (calf) put on IL

Rockies standout C Elias Diaz (calf) put on IL

The Colorado Rockies placed standout catcher Elias Diaz on the 10-day injured list prior to Friday's home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The move was retroactive to Tuesday.

The reigning All-Star Game MVP sustained a strained left calf during Monday's loss to the Minnesota Twins. The club was hopeful Diaz could avoid an IL stint but the injury isn't healing fast enough.

Outfielder Nolan Jones (back) was activated from the IL in a corresponding move.

Diaz, 33, is batting .303 with five home runs and 28 RBIs in 55 games this season.

Diaz drove in a career-best 72 runs last season while hitting .267 with 14 homers. In the All-Star Game, Diaz hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning that held up for a 3-2 victory, giving the National League its first win since 2012.

Diaz has a .254 career average with 61 homers and 286 RBIs in 683 games over parts of 10 major league seasons with the Pirates (2015-19) and Rockies.

Jones batted just .170 with one homer and seven RBIs in 26 games before going on the IL on April 30. He had to shut down his first rehab stint in mid-May due to knee soreness.

Jones, 26, showed promise last season by batting .297 with 20 homers, 62 RBIs and 20 steals in 106 games.

White Sox activate OF Tommy Pham from injured list

White Sox activate OF Tommy Pham from injured list

The Chicago White Sox activated outfielder Tommy Pham from the 10-day injured list on Friday.

The 36-year-old veteran has been sidelined since June 2 with a sprained left ankle.

Pham is batting .280 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 33 games in his first season with the White Sox.

He is a lifetime .260 hitter with 133 homers and 443 RBIs in 1,038 games with eight major league teams.

Chicago also promoted right-hander Chad Kuhl from Triple-A Charlotte and optioned outfielder Zach DeLoach and right-hander Jordan Leasure to Triple-A.

Pedro Pages, Kyle Gibson lift Cardinals past Cubs

Pedro Pages, Kyle Gibson lift Cardinals past Cubs

Pedro Pages chose a good time to hit his first homer of the season, opening the top of the eighth with a solo shot to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-0 victory over the host Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon.

Pages had one of the nine hits on the day for St. Louis, which opened a three-game series with its third straight win overall.

The Cardinals' defense prevented Chicago from drawing even in the home half of the eighth, with Pages playing a role in cutting down the tying run at the plate.

Michael Busch opened the frame with a single before being replaced by pinch runner Pete Crow-Armstrong. Crow-Armstrong then stole second and advanced to third when Dansby Swanson grounded out, prompting St. Louis to pull in its infield.

Miguel Amaya sent a grounder to second baseman Nolan Gorman, who fired home to allow catcher Pages to apply the tag on Crow-Armstrong. JoJo Romero came on in relief and got Patrick Wisdom to fly out to the warning track for the final out of the inning.

Ivan Herrera (double) and Dylan Carlson (single) each had a run-scoring hit in the ninth to provide the Cardinals with some insurance.

Ryan Helsley worked around a pair of walks in the ninth for his 23rd save of the year.

St. Louis starter Kyle Gibson (5-2) got the win thanks to Pages' home run. He scattered just two hits across seven scoreless innings, walking one and striking out six.

Cubs starter Jordan Wicks lasted just 1 2/3 innings before exiting the game with an oblique injury. Kyle Hendricks took over and surrendered just two hits across 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

Hayden Wesneski (2-4) served up Pages' homer to take the loss.

Mike Tauchman and Amaya joined Busch with singles as Chicago finished with just three hits while losing for the third time in four games.

St. Louis had a chance to break through in the sixth, getting one-out singles from Masyn Winn and Alec Burleson. But Paul Goldschmidt flied out and Nolan Arenado grounded into a forceout to keep things scoreless.

Cubs' Jordan Wicks (oblique) exits game vs. Cardinals

Cubs' Jordan Wicks (oblique) exits game vs. Cardinals

Chicago Cubs left-hander Jordan Wicks exited Friday afternoon's game against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals after just 1 2/3 innings due to an oblique injury.

After striking out the first two batters of the second inning, Wicks allowed a single by Dylan Carlson and appeared to be experiencing some discomfort before Brendan Donovan stepped up to the plate. Wicks seemed to grab at his lower back while speaking with Chicago manager Craig Counsell and a trainer.

Wicks threw 28 pitches prior to his departure. He gave up two hits without allowing a run or walking anyone.

Right-hander Kyle Hendricks took over for Wicks.

Wicks, 24, was activated from the 15-day injured list last Friday after dealing with a left forearm strain. He owns a 1-2 record and 4.18 ERA across seven appearances (six starts) this season.

Astros release struggling slugger Jose Abreu

Astros release struggling slugger Jose Abreu

The Houston Astros released struggling slugger Jose Abreu from their major league roster on Friday.

The former American League MVP is batting just .124 with two homers and seven RBIs in 35 games this season.

Abreu was demoted to the Astros' Florida Complex League team on April 30. The three-time All-Star played five games there and two games at Triple-A Sugar Land before returning to the Houston lineup on May 27.

Abreu, 37, has batted .217 with 20 homers and 97 RBIs in 176 games since signing a three-year, $58.5 million deal with Houston in November 2022. He is due $19.5 million this season and the same amount in 2025.

Abreu was the AL Rookie of the Year with the Chicago White Sox in 2014 and made the All-Star teams with Chicago in 2014, 2018 and 2019.

He was crowned AL MVP in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign after batting .317 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs in just 60 games.

Across 11 seasons, Abreu has hit .283 in 1,446 games with 263 home runs and 960 RBIs for the White Sox (2014-22) and Astros. His 960 RBIs since his debut in 2014 are the most in the AL in that span.

Giants reinstate SS Nick Ahmed from injured list

Giants reinstate SS Nick Ahmed from injured list

The San Francisco Giants reinstated shortstop Nick Ahmed from the 10-day injured list on Friday.

He has been sidelined since being struck on the left wrist by a 108-mph line drive on May 9 at Colorado.

Ahmed, 34, is batting .236 with four doubles and 11 RBIs in 36 games in his first season with the Giants.

The two-time Gold Glove winner is a career .234 hitter with 70 homers and 333 RBIs in 924 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2014-23) and Giants.

San Francisco optioned infielder Casey Schmitt to Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday. The Giants also reinstated infielder Marco Luciano from the 10-day IL on Thursday and optioned him to Sacramento.

Michael Lorenzen guides Rangers to series win over Dodgers

Michael Lorenzen guides Rangers to series win over Dodgers

Michael Lorenzen went seven strong innings, Wyatt Langford had a pair of RBI singles over the first three innings and the visiting Texas Rangers finished off a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.

Adolis Garcia had two hits with two runs as the Rangers took the deciding game of the three-game series.

Lorenzen (4-3) gave up one run on four hits with a walk and two strikeouts, lowering his ERA over his past six starts to 1.46. David Robertson and Kirby Yates (10th save) closed out the victory by throwing one scoreless inning apiece.

Andy Pages homered for the Dodgers, who lost a series for the second time in three tries and fell for the fifth time in nine games. The Dodgers scored a total of three runs over consecutive defeats to the Rangers after scoring a season-high 15 runs in a victory over Texas on Tuesday.

The Dodgers turned to right-hander Michael Grove (4-3) to open a bullpen game, and he gave up two runs on three hits in his only inning.

After Josh Smith and Garcia had consecutive one-out hits in the first inning, Nathaniel Lowe gave Texas a 1-0 lead on a run-scoring groundout. Langford followed with an RBI single to right field.

Langford was at it again in the third inning, giving the Rangers a 3-0 lead with a bloop RBI single to right against Dodgers left-hander Ryan Yarbrough.

The Dodgers finally broke through in the seventh when Pages hit a one-out home run to left field against Lorenzen. It was the seventh home run for the rookie, who was thrown out at home plate as the potential tying run to end a loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

The Dodgers put two aboard against Robertson in the eighth inning, but for the second consecutive game, the veteran right-hander struck out Mookie Betts, Shohei Ohtani and Freddie Freeman in succession.

The Rangers' Corey Seager missed his second game of the series due to left hamstring tightness. The former Dodger has not played in five of the past six games.

MLB roundup: Royals stun Yanks with late rally

MLB roundup: Royals stun Yanks with late rally

Maikel Garcia's ninth-inning double boosted the host Kansas City Royals past the New York Yankees 4-3 on Thursday afternoon to avoid a four-game sweep.

Trailing 3-2, the Royals rallied with three hits against closer Clay Holmes (1-2). With one out, Drew Waters reached on an infield hit. MJ Melendez followed with a groundout that forced Waters at second. Kyle Isbel then singled with two outs. Garcia drove Holmes' 2-0 pitch into the left field corner, scoring both runners for the Royals' fourth walk-off win.

After getting just one hit against Kansas City starter Alec Marsh through seven innings, New York rallied for three runs in the eighth, starting with Anthony Rizzo's first homer since May 10. After Anthony Volpe hit a run-scoring groundout to tie the game, Juan Soto's single to right put the Yankees ahead.

Marsh walked two through six hitless frames before Soto broke up the no-hitter with a seventh-inning leadoff single. Marsh allowed just one runner past first and finished seven innings, striking out seven, including Aaron Judge three times.

Mets 3, Marlins 2

J.D. Martinez hit a walk-off, two-run homer for host New York, which was no-hit into the sixth inning before coming back to edge Miami in the decisive game of a three-game series.

The Mets had just two hits against starter Roddery Munoz and a pair of relievers before rallying in the ninth inning against Tanner Scott (5-5). Francisco Lindor drew a leadoff walk and stole second after Brandon Nimmo struck out. Martinez homered beyond the right-center field fence on a 3-1 slider, his sixth homer of the season.

Edwin Diaz (2-1) threw a perfect top of the ninth in his return from the injured list for the Mets, who won for the eighth time in 12 games. Starling Marte hit into a run-scoring double play in the seventh.

Braves 6, Orioles 3

Reynaldo Lopez held Baltimore to two singles across six innings and visiting Atlanta finally pieced together a few key hits to snap a season-worst five-game losing streak. Lopez (4-2) walked one and struck out eight while completing six innings in his third straight start.

Ozzie Albies supplied four hits and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs as the Braves wrapped up a nine-game road trip with a 3-6 record. Adam Duvall added two hits.

The Orioles' season-high six-game winning streak came to a close, even though Kyle Stowers drilled a three-run home run and Jordan Westburg had two hits.

Red Sox 9, Phillies 3

A pair of four-run innings helped Boston beat visiting Philadelphia, marking its second straight victory to claim the three-game series.

All nine Red Sox players recorded at least one hit as Boston finished with 14. Jarren Duran, Tyler O'Neill, Rafael Devers, Enmanuel Valdez and Ceddanne Rafaela each had two hits.

Kyle Schwarber (3-for-4, three RBIs) and Whit Merrifield (2-for-3, run) led the Phillies' offense.

Rays 3, Cubs 2

Yandy Diaz's RBI single capped a three-run, seventh-inning rally as Tampa Bay pushed past Chicago in St. Petersburg, Fla., to win the interleague series 2-1.

Trailing 2-0, the Rays rallied in the seventh against Mark Leiter Jr. (2-4) after Cubs starter Justin Steele was removed. Pinch hitters Josh Lowe (single) and Ben Rortvedt (groundout) tied the game with RBIs before Diaz slashed a single to center to send home Lowe for a 3-2 lead.

Rays right-hander Taj Bradley (2-4) tied his career high by working seven innings. Mark Leiter Jr (2-4) took the loss.

Twins 6, Athletics 2

Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as Minnesota pulled away for a series-opening win over Oakland Athletics in Minneapolis.

Byron Buxton finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Austin Martin went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Twins posted their fourth victory in five games. Right-hander Joe Ryan (5-5) allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings.

Tyler Soderstrom hit a two-run homer to lead Oakland. That marked the only extra-base hit of the game for the Athletics, who finished with four hits while losing their sixth game in a row. Right-hander Luis Medina (0-2) gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings.

Cardinals 4, Pirates 3

Brendan Donovan delivered a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning as host St. Louis edged Pittsburgh in the finale of a three-game series.

Paul Goldschmidt also went deep and Masyn Winn and Jose Fermin each had two hits and one run for St. Louis, which took the deciding game of the three-game set. Donovan's leadoff blast gave Chris Roycroft (1-0) his first major league win, and Andrew Kittredge notched his first save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Oneil Cruz finished with two RBIs as Pittsburgh lost for the third time in four games. Pirates starter Mitch Keller (8-4) lasted six innings, giving up four runs and eight hits. He didn't issue a walk and struck out four.

Tigers 7, Nationals 2

Justyn-Henry Malloy hit a solo home run with a two-run double as host Detroit snapped Washington's five-game winning streak.

Mark Canha supplied two hits and two RBIs, while Ryan Kreidler added two hits and scored twice. Malloy's two-run double capped a five-run seventh.

Shelby Miller (4-4) earned the win after starter Casey Mize gave up one run and four hits over six innings. Derek Law (3-2) took the loss and starter Patrick Corbin gave up one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Joc Pederson's slam helps D-backs demolish Angels

Joc Pederson's slam helps D-backs demolish Angels

Joc Pederson hit a grand slam and drove in five runs and Christian Walker had two homers and four RBIs as the Arizona Diamondbacks rolled to a 11-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday in Phoenix.

Kevin Newman went 3-for-4 with a two-run single for the Diamondbacks, who scored 23 runs while taking two of three games from the Angels. Arizona has won eight of its past 12 games overall.

Diamondbacks starter Brandon Pfaadt (3-5) struck out eight in six innings. He gave up one run, six hits and three walks while ending a three-start winless stretch.

Walker logged the 11th multihomer game of his career. He has gone deep three times over the past two games.

Luis Rengifo had two hits for the Angels, who have lost four of their past six games.

Griffin Canning (2-7) served up both of Walker's homers while allowing four runs and four hits over six innings. He struck out three and walked one as his winless streak increased to five starts.

Walker's first homer, a three-run shot, came in the opening inning and traveled 404 feet.

Ketel Marte doubled with one out and Pederson walked. Canning fell behind Walker 3-0 but later got the count full before Walker teed off on a fastball and sent it over the left field wall to make it 3-0.

Walker came up in the third inning with two outs and nobody on. On the fourth pitch, he hammered Canning's slider well over the left-center-field wall. The blast, his 15th of the season, traveled 464 feet.

The Angels got on the board in the fourth when Logan O'Hoppe doubled with one out and scored on Mickey Moniak's two-out single.

Arizona broke the game open with six runs in the seventh to increase its lead to 10-1.

Eugenio Suarez walked against Hunter Strickland and moved to third on a double by Gabriel Moreno. Newman followed with a bloop single into right field to score both and end Strickland's outing.

Luis Garcia entered and walked Corbin Carroll and Marte to load the bases. Pederson then emptied them by jumping on a first-pitch sweeper and hitting it 430 feet and over the pool in right-center. It was Pederson's eighth homer of the campaign.

Pederson added a run-scoring single in the eighth.

White Sox grab rare road win in Seattle

White Sox grab rare road win in Seattle

Andrew Vaughn drove in two runs, including the go-ahead score in the 10th inning, as the Chicago White Sox snapped a nine-game road losing streak with a 3-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

Seattle's Julio Rodriguez homered with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the score at 2-2 and force extras.

Despite allowing Rodriguez's homer, White Sox closer Michael Kopech (2-6) got the victory and Tanner Banks worked the 10th for his second save.

Mariners closer Andres Munoz (2-3) took the loss.

With Korey Lee the runner at second to start the 10th, Nicky Lopez grounded a one-out single to left with Lee advancing to third. Vaughn then hit a high chopper to third baseman Josh Rojas, who took the out at first base as Lee slid home safely.

Vaughn and Luis Robert Jr. hit back-to-back homers in the third inning as the White Sox avoided a four-game sweep at T-Mobile Park and improved to 6-29 away.

Chicago's Garrett Crochet pitched seven strong innings with a career-high 13 strikeouts. Crochet allowed one run on two hits and walked two.

Tyler Locklear hit his first major league homer for the Mariners, who had just three hits and struck out 19 times as their four-game winning streak came to an end.

The only hits Crochet allowed were a leadoff double off the base of the left-field wall by Victor Robles in the third inning and Locklear's solo shot with one out in the fifth.

Locklear's homer went off the end of the glove of leaping White Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi and bounced twice on top of wall before disappearing onto the ramp leading to the Mariners' bullpen.

The Mariners called up right-hander Emerson Hancock to start so they could push back ace Luis Castillo to face the defending World Series champion Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Hancock went seven innings and gave up two runs on six hits. The right-hander walked two and fanned one.

Hancock's only mistakes came with two outs in the third inning, as Vaughn hit a first-pitch sinker just over the wall in right-center field and Robert followed by lacing a 1-1 sinker deep to center.

Dodgers acquire lefty Jose Hernandez from Pirates

Dodgers acquire lefty Jose Hernandez from Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded left-handed reliever Jose Hernandez to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations, the clubs announced Thursday.

The Pirates designated the 26-year-old Hernandez for assignment on Tuesday. The move reunites Hernandez with the club that originally signed him as an international free agent in 2016.

To make room on the roster for Hernandez, the Dodgers transferred right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier to the 60-day injured list. Brasier has been out with a strained calf since late April.

Hernandez is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in seven games, all out of the bullpen, this season. He has one save. After the Pirates acquired Hernandez from the Dodgers in the Rule 5 draft in December 2022, he made his major league debut last season and pitched in 50 games.

The Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic native has a career 2-4 record with a 4.82 ERA and the one save in 57 career games. He has 66 strikeouts with 26 walks in 56 career innings.

Carlos Correa extends hot streak as Twins top A's

Carlos Correa extends hot streak as Twins top A's

Carlos Correa went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as the Minnesota Twins pulled away for a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday in Minneapolis.

Byron Buxton finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs for Minnesota, which won the opener of a four-game series. Austin Martin went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Twins posted their fourth victory in five games.

Tyler Soderstrom hit a two-run homer to lead Oakland. That marked the only extra-base hit of the game for the Athletics, who finished with four hits while losing their sixth game in a row.

Twins right-hander Joe Ryan (5-5) allowed two runs on three hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out five.

Athletics right-hander Luis Medina (0-2) gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings. He fanned three and walked one.

Twins relievers Griffin Jax and Jorge Alcala pitched one scoreless inning apiece to preserve the victory for Ryan.

The Athletics jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. Miguel Andujar drew a leadoff walk, and Soderstrom followed with a two-run shot that traveled 431 feet to center.

It was Soderstrom's fourth homer of the season and his third in the past four games.

The Twins pulled even at 2-2 in the bottom of the second. Buxton hit a two-run single to center field to score Max Kepler and Correa, both of whom had singled.

In the third, Correa ripped a go-ahead, RBI single to right field.

Minnesota made it 4-2 in the fourth on Martin's RBI fielder's-choice groundout.

Correa struck again in the seventh, belting a two-run homer. He pulled a 394-foot shot to left for his sixth long ball of the year.

The big performance gave Correa two home runs and 16 RBIs in his past 13 games. He is hitting .404 (21-for-52) during that span.

Martin joined the starting lineup and drove in a run on the same day that he was promoted from Triple-A St. Paul. He took the spot of Alex Kirilloff, who was demoted to Triple-A after hitting .201 with five homers and 20 RBIs in 57 games.

Mets' J.D. Martinez hits walk-off blast to sink Marlins

Mets' J.D. Martinez hits walk-off blast to sink Marlins

J.D. Martinez hit a walk-off, two-run homer Thursday night for the New York Mets, who were no-hit into the sixth inning before coming back to edge the Miami Marlins 3-2 in the decisive game of a three-game series.

The Mets had just two hits against Roddery Munoz and a pair of relievers before rallying in the ninth inning against Tanner Scott (5-5). Francisco Lindor drew a leadoff walk and stole second after Brandon Nimmo struck out.

Martinez homered beyond the right-center-field fence on a 3-1 slider, his sixth homer of the season.

Edwin Diaz (2-1) threw a perfect top of the ninth in his return from the injured list for the Mets, who won for the eighth time in 12 games. Starling Marte hit into a run-scoring double play in the seventh.

Jake Burger and Jazz Chisholm Jr. hit solo homers for the Marlins, who have lost eight of 10.

Munoz allowed one hit -- Harrison Bader's clean single with one out in the sixth -- and walked one while striking out five in six innings. The rookie, making his five major league appearance, all starts, also plunked Lindor leading off the game.

The Marlins stranded two runners apiece in the third, fourth and fifth innings against Luis Severino before Burger homered with one out in the sixth for the game's first run.

Chisholm extended the lead by homering against Drew Smith in the seventh before Munoz exited and the Mets began rallying against Anthony Bender.

In the bottom of the seventh, Nimmo worked a leadoff walk and Martinez followed with a double for the Mets' second hit before Pete Alonso walked to load the bases. Bender induced Marte's double-play grounder before Calvin Faucher retired Mark Vientos on a grounder to short.

Chisholm and Tim Anderson had two hits apiece. Anderson, who was on the bereavement list and missed last weekend's three-game series against the Cleveland Guardians, went 6-for-12 against the Mets after going 8-for-62 (.129) in his previous 17 games.

Severino gave up one run on seven hits and three walks while striking out two over six innings.

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