Victor Caratini lined a three-run home run with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-2 walk-off victory over the visiting Chicago Cubs on Monday in the opener of a three-game series.
Rowdy Tellez was walked intentionally with one out in the 10th to put runners at first and second. Luis Urias popped out. Caratini, who had struck out in his previous four at-bats, lined a 2-1 pitch from Scott Effross (1-4) over the wall in center for his seventh home run.
Chicago took a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth on an inside-the-park home run by Seiya Suzuki off Brewers closer Josh Hader. Suzuki, activated earlier Monday after missing almost five weeks with a sprained finger, lined a 2-0 pitch off the wall in left-center. The ball caromed back past center fielder Jonathan Davis and Suzuki didn’t hesitate rounding third, sliding home just ahead of the relay throw for his fifth homer.
The Brewers answered with a run in the bottom half. Urias opened with a single to right off closer David Robertson. Keston Hiura bounced a one-out drive over the wall in left-center for a ground-rule double, holding Urias at third. Kolten Wong was hit by a pitch with two outs to load the bases and Christian Yelich walked to force in the tying run.
Astros 7, Royals 6
Yordan Alvarez hit a walk-off home run with two outs in the ninth inning as host Houston capped a five-run rally against Kansas City.
Alvarez drilled a 3-1 slider from Royals closer Scott Barlow (2-2) to right-center field for his 24th home run. It marked the second consecutive walk-off win for Houston, winners of 12 of 14.
Handcuffed by Royals right-hander Jonathan Heasley, who allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits over six solid innings, the Astros rallied for three runs in the eighth off a pair of Kansas City relievers. Houston’s rally negated a multi-homer game for Royals catcher MJ Melendez, whose second homer of the game gave Kansas City a 6-3 lead in the top of the eighth.
Orioles 7, Rangers 6 (10 innings)
Jorge Mateo was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Baltimore a victory against visiting Texas.
The Orioles posted their final run without the ball leaving the infield, with an infield single and intentional walk coming before Matt Moore’s wayward pitch ended the game as ghost runner Austin Hays scored. Mateo, who was hit in the back of the left knee, was helped to first base by teammates in order to complete the victory.
Marcus Semien led off the ninth inning with a home run to put Texas ahead 6-5, while Mitch Garver’s three-run home run capped a five-run fifth inning for the Rangers.
Marlins 3, Nationals 2 (10 innings)
Bryan De La Cruz hit a tiebreaking two-run home run with two outs in the 10th inning as visiting Miami beat Washington to complete a four-game sweep.
The Nationals’ Tanner Rainey (1-3) opened the 10th by striking out Jesus Aguilar and Brian Anderson. De La Cruz then unloaded on a 98-mph fastball to left field that caromed off the foul pole, his fifth homer of the season. Nationals automatic runner Maikel Franco scored from third on a double-play groundout to cut the deficit to 3-2, but they couldn’t complete the rally.
Marlins starter Braxton Garrett allowed one run on four hits, struck out four and walked one in a career-high 7 1/3 innings. Washington starter Patrick Corbin allowed one run and eight hits in seven innings. Corbin struck out four, walked one and frequently escaped trouble.
Red Sox 4, Rays 0
Kutter Crawford struck out a career-high eight batters in 5 1/3 two-hit, shutout innings and Trevor Story homered in the fourth to propel Boston over visiting Tampa Bay.
Story went 2-for-4 and joined Rafael Devers and Christian Arroyo (both 2-for-4) as repeat hitters for the Red Sox, who have won back-to-back games thanks to their seventh shutout win of the season.
The Boston pitching trio of Austin Davis, Crawford (2-2) and John Schreiber held Tampa Bay to just a pair of singles by Yandy Diaz and Wander Franco. Josh Fleming (2-4) worked five innings of relief for the Rays, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits.
Tigers 4, Guardians 1 (Game 1)
Garrett Hill won his major league debut by pitching six strong innings and Miguel Cabrera delivered a two-run single as host Detroit beat Cleveland in the first game of a doubleheader.
Hill was called up from Triple-A Toledo and became the 14th pitcher to start for Detroit this season. He limited the Guardians to one run, two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Gregory Soto pitched the ninth and collected his 16th save despite walking two batters. Jonathan Schoop supplied four hits and scored twice for the Tigers.
Guardians starter Zach Plesac (2-6) gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. Cleveland’s Josh Naylor hit a solo homer in the fourth inning but left the game in the seventh due to a back injury.
Tigers 5, Guardians 3 (Game 2)
Eric Haase homered, Riley Greene knocked in two runs and host Detroit completed a doubleheader sweep of Cleveland.
Jonathan Schoop supplied two hits, a run and an RBI for the Tigers in the nightcap, and he finished the doubleheader with six hits. Tyler Alexander (2-3) tossed 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after Detroit starter Alex Faedo departed in the fourth inning due to a right hip injury.
Franmil Reyes scored a run and drove in another for the Guardians. Trevor Stephan (3-3) took the loss in relief.
Braves 6, Cardinals 3
Dansby Swanson’s bases-clearing double sparked a five-run outburst in the second inning and Atlanta hung on to beat visiting St. Louis. The game was delayed two hours and 37 minutes after the fourth inning because of rain.
Darren O’Day (2-2) pitched a scoreless relief inning for the win. Will Smith got out of a base-loaded jam in the ninth and earned his fifth save.
Juan Yepez and Conner Capel homered for the Cardinals. Dakota Hudson (6-5) gave up six runs in four innings.
Twins 6, White Sox 3 (10 innings)
Luis Arraez had three hits, Alex Kirilloff had two hits and two RBIs and Byron Buxton smacked a two-run home run to lift Minnesota to a 10-inning win at Chicago.
Along with his offensive heroics, Buxton contributed a game-saving catch that led to a triple play in the Chicago seventh. The play wound up as the first 8-5 (right fielder to third baseman) triple play in major league history.
Emilio Pagan (3-3) tossed a scoreless ninth inning to get the win. Joe Kelly (0-2) took the loss, allowing four runs, three earned, in two-thirds of an inning. Jose Abreu homered for the White Sox.
Athletics 5, Blue Jays 1
Ramon Laureano and Stephen Vogt homered, Cole Irvin snapped a nine-game start streak and Oakland kicked off a six-game homestand with a victory over Toronto.
Irvin (3-6) combined with Zach Jackson on a five-hitter as the A’s won at home for just the second time in their last 15 tries. Winless since April 24, Irvin gave up just one run on four hits in eight innings.
Alek Manoah (9-3), who had been beaten just once in his past eight starts, went 5 2/3 innings for Toronto and was charged with five runs (four earned).
Dodgers 5, Rockies 3
Trayce Thompson hit a three-run homer and Julio Urias tossed six solid innings as Los Angeles opened a three-game series against visiting Colorado with a victory.
Urias (7-6) allowed one run on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts while throwing a season-high 99 pitches. Los Angeles recorded its 50th victory this season and has won five of its past six games.
Jose Iglesias and C.J. Cron homered for the Rockies, who had won four of their previous first six meetings against the Dodgers this season.
Mariners 8, Padres 2
Chris Flexen tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, Cal Raleigh drove in four runs and rookie Julio Rodriguez hit a tape-measure, two-run homer as visiting Seattle defeated San Diego.
Flexen (5-8) allowed four hits and three walks while fanning eight as the Mariners earned their sixth win in seven games. The Padres are 2-7 over their past nine games.
San Diego starter Sean Manaea (3-4) yielded four runs off in 3 1/3 innings. Trent Grisham homered in the ninth for the Padres’ only runs.
Diamondbacks 8, Giants 3
Daulton Varsho went 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead Arizona past San Francisco in Phoenix.
Buddy Kennedy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Josh Rojas had two hits and an RBI for the Diamondbacks, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Madison Bumgarner (4-8) picked up the win, allowing three runs on five hits over five innings.
David Villar, called up earlier Monday from Triple-A Sacramento, doubled on the first major league pitch he saw and had two hits for the Giants. Carlos Rodon (7-5) gave up four runs in five innings for San Francisco, which lost its fifth straight game.
Mets 7, Reds 4
Francisco Lindor and Brandon Nimmo homered to power visiting New York past Cincinnati.
Mets starter Taijuan Walker (7-2) allowed three runs and four hits over six innings to earn his fourth straight winning decision. Seth Lugo pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save as New York won for the third time in four games.
Brandon Drury and Nick Senzel homered for the Reds, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Hunter Greene (3-10) gave up six runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
–Field Level Media