MLB MLB roundup: Shohei Ohtani, Angels end 14-game losing streak

Shohei Ohtani threw seven strong innings and hit a two-run homer as the Los Angeles Angels snapped a franchise-record 14-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.

Ohtani gave up four hits, walked two, struck out six and made 100 pitches as he helped end Boston’s seven-game winning streak.

Andrew Velazquez hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning to break open the game.

Boston starter Nick Pivetta (5-5) had won five consecutive starts, but he gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in five-plus innings and took his first loss since May 1. He struck out a season-high 11.

Marlins 7, Nationals 4

Jesus Sanchez, who missed Wednesday’s game due to back spasms, homered, doubled and drove in three runs, leading host Miami past Washington.

The Marlins spoiled the return of Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg, who hadn’t pitched in the majors since June 1, 2021, due to thoracic outlet surgery. Strasburg (0-1) lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five batters.

Trevor Rogers (3-5) got the win, allowing six hits, one walk and two runs in five innings. He fanned five. Tanner Scott pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save.

Yankees 10, Twins 7

Joey Gallo hit two home runs and DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Hicks also homered as New York rallied from an early four-run deficit to defeat Minnesota in the rubber game of a three-game series in Minneapolis.

Gallo, LeMahieu, Hicks, Anthony Rizzo, Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres each had two hits for the Yankees, and Gallo and Hicks had three RBIs apiece.

Byron Buxton homered twice and drove in four runs for Minnesota, which tied a major league record by hitting three straight home runs to start the game. Luis Arraez, Carlos Correa and Trevor Larnach homered off New York starter Gerrit Cole, who became the seventh Yankee to ever give up that many.

Braves 3, Pirates 1

Max Fried pitched six strong innings and earned his sixth straight victory as Atlanta beat visiting Pittsburgh for its eighth consecutive win.

Fried (6-2) allowed one run on eight hits, with no walks and eight strikeouts. Will Smith, A.J. Minter and Kenley Jansen each threw a scoreless inning to finish the game. Jansen fanned two and earned his 16th save.

JT Brubaker (0-6) pitched a season-high seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits, walked two and struck out seven for the Pirates, who lost their third game in a row.

Guardians 8, A’s 4

Andres Jimenez’s RBI single sparked a four-run uprising in the eighth inning as Cleveland sent visiting Oakland to its ninth consecutive loss. The Guardians won for the eighth time in 10 games.

Rookie Oscar Gonzalez went 4-for-4 to lead the Cleveland offense. Enyel De Los Santos (1-0) earned the victory by pitching a scoreless eighth.

The A’s got three hits, including a two-run homer, from Christian Bethancourt. Oakland reliever Lou Trivino (1-5) yielded four runs and got just one out.

Royals 7, Orioles 5

Carlos Santana hit a 423-foot home run to break a 4-4 tie as Kansas City defeated visiting Baltimore in the first game of a four-game series.

It was the first time the Royals had won back-to-back games since May 17-18. MJ Melendez walked to lead off the fifth before Santana hit his third home run of the season beyond the bullpen in right field.

Baltimore had put together a three-run top half of the inning prior to Santana’s blast. Cedric Mullins doubled and advanced to third on a single by Mancini. Austin Hays drove in Mullins with a single, ending Royals starter Kris Bubic’s night. Ryan Mountcastle then greeted reliever Collin Snider with a two-run double.

Dodgers 11, White Sox 9

Max Muncy homered and drove in five runs as visiting Los Angeles withstood a ninth-inning rally to beat Chicago in the rubber match of a three-game interleague series.

Freddie Freeman had three hits and three RBIs while Gavin Lux went 4-for-4 with an RBI for the Dodgers, who led 11-7 before Daniel Hudson allowed two runs in the ninth. Starter Tyler Anderson had his 28-inning scoreless streak snapped in the third inning. Anderson yielded four runs on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts over three innings.

Jake Burger homered for the second straight game for Chicago, which has lost eight of its past 12. White Sox starter Dylan Cease (4-3) cruised through the first four innings before running into trouble in the fifth, when Los Angeles sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six runs to take the lead.

Rays 2, Cardinals 1

Shane McClanahan fired eight strong innings to win his fifth consecutive start as Tampa Bay defeated St. Louis to sweep the three-game series in St. Petersburg, Fla.

McClanahan (7-2) allowed an unearned run on two hits, while striking out nine and walking one. Ji-Man Choi slugged a two-run homer and Kevin Kiermaier went 2-for-3 to account for the Rays’ three hits. Jason Adam handled the ninth to finish the two-hitter and earn his second save.

Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas (4-4) threw an eight-inning complete game, giving up two runs on three hits and no walks with nine strikeouts.

Diamondbacks 5, Reds 4

Josh Rojas singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in a four-run ninth inning as visiting Arizona rallied from a three-run deficit to beat Cincinnati.

Reds closer Tony Santillan (0-1) walked the leadoff batter in the ninth, committed a key throwing error and allowed four runs, two earned, while retiring just one batter. After Alek Thomas singled home Pavin Smith, Santillan’s throwing error to second base on a fielder’s choice put runners on first and second and none out. Rojas later brought them home.

The red-hot Joey Votto had two hits and knocked in two runs for the Reds. Cincinnati starter Tyler Mahle allowed just one run over six innings, while Arizona’s Mark Melancon (2-6) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win.

Phillies 8, Brewers 3

Kyle Schwarber and Odubel Herrera each belted two-run home runs and Bryce Harper had a solo shot to propel visiting Philadelphia over Milwaukee.

Didi Gregorius had an RBI double among his three hits to help the Phillies complete a three-game sweep. Philadelphia has scored 53 runs during its season-high, seven-game winning streak.

Willy Adames and Hunter Renfroe each belted a solo homer and former Phillie Andrew McCutchen added an RBI single for the Brewers, who have been outscored 38-9 during their six-game losing skid.

Rockies 4, Giants 2

Yonathan Daza delivered a tiebreaking RBI single in the fourth inning for Colorado, which took advantage of four errors to earn a victory at San Francisco.

Rockies starter Austin Gomber (3-6) allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five. Charlie Blackmon finished with three hits while McMahon and Garrett Hampson had two hits apiece.

The Giants’ Austin Wynns, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday, went 2-for-2 in his team debut and was the lone San Francisco player with multiple hits.

–Field Level Media

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