Major League Baseball roundup
Astros 5, Angels 2
Alex Bregman changed his approach, and his results.
Bregman hit his career-high 32nd homer and Wade Miley earned his seventh straight win as Houston defeated the Angels on Saturday night.
"I've been chasing a little higher rate lately because I think I was trying to chase hits, I guess, instead of chase good pitches to hit," Bregman said. "I kind of made that adjustment today and started swinging at pitches I could hit."
Bregman upped the lead to 5-0 with a three-run homer in the third — the All-Star infielder hit 31 home runs last season.
"His year is excellent," Houston manager AJ Hinch said. "The way he's gone about it, the way he's responded to a few different parts of his season has been very mature. It's really ironic he's having a ton of success and getting a lot of hits, yet he's still chasing quite a bit which is leaving him a little hungry to figure out the best version of himself."
The AL-West leading Astros tied the New York Yankees for the best record in the AL at 84-47. The Angels lost their fourth in a row.
Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a two-run homer in the first inning.
Miley (13-4) yielded one run on five hits with four strikeouts over five innings. He retired the first nine batters before David Fletcher doubled to lead off the fourth.
Miley ran into trouble in the fifth, loading the bases with two outs, but induced a flyout by Mike Trout to end the inning.
"I was locating the ball really well," Miley said. "That was a weird fifth inning. It happened a lot early. I kind of lost command a little bit. I wasn't landing pitches where I wanted to, but end of the day, we walk out of here with a win."
Will Harris pitched the ninth for his first save of the season.
Luis Rengifo hit a solo home run in the Angels fifth. Trout cut the lead to 5-2 with an RBI single in the seventh.
"We've had chances, for sure," Trout said. "We lost some tough ones in Texas, obviously we had our chances tonight and yesterday."
Dillon Peters (3-2) allowed five runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings. The left-hander gave up five runs for a second straight start.
"That's his track record, when he locates, he has the ability to pitch really well, when he doesn't that's when he gets in trouble," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. "That's what happened today."
Houston rookie Yordan Alvarez launched a home run during batting practice that hit the bottom right hand corner of the Astros' massive scoreboard above right field. The monster drive darkened a panel on the board. During the first inning, a message in that corner of the scoreboard read "Alvarez hit the ball here during BP."
"I was definitely not thinking about that, but from the time I've been here, the players have been asking me 'When are you going to hit one off the scoreboard? When are you going to do that,'" Alvarez said through a translator. "I was just trying to hit the ball hard, and it ended up hitting the scoreboard."
Twins 8, Tigers 5
Miguel Sano's three-run homer capped a five-run rally in the fifth inning, Jake Cave and Max Kepler also connected and AL Central-leading Minnesota beat Detroit.
Sano and Cave homered twice Friday night in a 9-6 loss to the Tigers, who have the worst record in the league. The Twins trailed 4-1 in this game before their comeback.
Cave led off the fifth with a double, Kepler doubled home a run and Nelson Cruz hit an RBI single. Sano pulled his 26th homer into the second deck in left off Edwin Jackson (3-7).
Cave hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Matt Hall. Kepler had three hits, including his 35th home run and sixth leadoff shot of the season.
Kyle Gibson (12-6) struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings while charged with five runs, four earned. He won for the first time since Aug. 3. Taylor Rogers secured the final five outs for his 20th save.
Orioles 7, Rays 1
Pedro Severino hit his first career grand slam, Hanser Alberto and Jonathan Villar homered on successive pitches and Baltimore beat Tampa Bay.
John Means (9-9) allowed one run and five hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked none.
Michael Brosseau homered for the Rays.
After hitting into a double play with the bases loaded in the first inning, Severino got a second chance with the bases filled in the third and sent an 0-1 pitch from Austin Pruitt into the left-field seats. In the fourth, Alberto hit a solo shot off Pruitt and Villar connected on the following pitch for a 7-0 lead.
José Alvarado (1-6) made his first major league start for Tampa Bay and lasted for only 24 pitches.
Indians 4, Royals 2
Franmil Reyes hit a three-run homer to help Cleveland beat Kansas City in a game in which the Indians lost third baseman Jose Ramirez to a right wrist injury.
Reyes' 30th homer of the season highlighted a four-run third inning against the Royals' Glenn Sparkman (3-9).
With the win, Cleveland moved ahead of Tampa Bay into one of the two AL wild-card spots.
Ramirez, a two-time All-Star, left the game in the first inning after fouling off a pitch. He immediately bent over in pain before walking off the field with a trainer. A team spokesman said he exited with "right wrist discomfort."
Mike Clevinger (9-2) struck out eight and allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings, remaining unbeaten in his career against Kansas City and improving to 4-0 at home this season. Brad Hand worked a scoreless ninth for his 31st save.
Sparkman allowed four runs in 4 1/3 innings, extending his winless streak to seven starts.
Blue Jays 7, Mariners 5
Bo Bichette and Teoscar Hernandez hit solo home runs, and Toronto spoiled Felix Hernandez's return to the mound, beating Seattle.
Felix Hernandez struck out four over 5 2/3 innings and allowed just three hits in his first appearance since May 11. However, Toronto took advantage of Seattle's bullpen and rallied with a four-run seventh inning to snap a six-game losing streak.
Billy McKinney, Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Rowdy Tellez drove in runs in the inning as the Blue Jays batted around.
Brock Stewart (3-0) earned the win in his return from the 60-day injured list. He gave up seven hits and three runs, while striking out four.
Rangers 4, White Sox 0
Willie Calhoun and Danny Santana homered, rookie Kolby Allard pitched into the seventh inning and Texas beat Chicago.
Allard (2-0) allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked none in his fourth start since he was acquired in a trade with Atlanta last month.
Calhoun and Nick Solak had two hits apiece for the Rangers, who had dropped seven of 10.
Jose Abreu had two of Chicago's eight hits, giving him 1,001 for his career
Iván Nova (9-10) was charged with an earned run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He was 5-0 with a 0.85 ERA in his previous six starts.
Nationals 7, Cubs 2
Trea Turner reached base four times and scored twice, Yan Gomes and Howie Kendrick each drove in two runs and surging Washington beat Chicago.
Washington has won four straight and six of seven to extend its lead over Chicago for the top NL wild-card spot to three games.
Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo exited in the fifth inning with tightness in his middle back — he missed time in May with back trouble.
Turner got Washington off to a quick start, going 2 for 3 with two walks and a stolen base to extend his streak of reaching base safely to 31 games, the longest current streak in the majors. Anthony Rendon stretched his hitting streak to 11 games and drove in a run.
Washington starter Joe Ross allowed two runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Five Nationals relievers combined to hold Chicago to one hit over the final 4 2/3 innings. Wander Suero (4-7) got the final two outs of the fifth to get the win.
Jose Quintana (11-8) allowed four earned runs in four innings and had his career-high streak of seven straight wins snapped. Nicholas Castellanos had two hits and an RBI for the Cubs.
Phillies 9, Marlins 3
Corey Dickerson had four hits and five RBIs as Philadelphia beat Miami.
Zach Eflin pitched six solid innings for his first win since June 24. Eflin (8-11) allowed two runs, six hits and struck out two. Three Phillies relievers allowed one run — on Jorge Alfaro's homer off Mike Morin in the seventh — over the final three innings.
Scott Kingery's three-run homer off Miami rookie starter Jordan Yamamoto highlighted a six-run fourth and erased a 1-0 deficit.
Yamamoto (4-5) allowed six runs, six hits, walked four and struck out three. After winning his first four major league decisions, Yamamoto is winless since July 16 with an ERA of 8.18 in his last seven outings.
Cardinals 6, Rockies 0
Harrison Bader homered, Dakota Hudson allowed just two hits over six innings, and St. Louis defeated Colorado.
Hudson (13-6) extended his consecutive scoreless innings streak to a career-high 18 2/3 as the Cardinals won their third straight and sixth in their last seven games.
The Cardinals moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the Cubs for first place in the NL Central.
Hudson struck out two and walked three before being lifted for a pinch hitter after throwing 95 pitches. Tyler Webb, Giovanny Gallegos and Dominic Leone completed the four-hit shutout.
Paul Goldschmidt's 29th home run of the season capped the scoring in the seventh.
Rockies starter Chi Chi González (0-5) walked six and allowed five runs over 4 1/3 innings as the Rockies lost their third straight.
Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 0
Eric Thames and Trent Grisham hit back-to-back homers, Keston Hiura knocked in two runs and Chase Anderson pitched five strong innings as Milwaukee blanked Arizona.
With the win, Milwaukee pulled within two games of Chicago in the race for the second NL wild-card spot. Arizona dropped 5½ games back of the Cubs, who lost to the Nationals earlier in the day.
Arizona had just four hits, three of which came against Anderson.
Anderson (6-3) picked up the win. Of his 87 total pitches, the right-hander threw 60 for strikes in front of a capacity crowd of 41,737.
Thames put the Brewers on the board in the fourth with a solo home run to right field off right-hander Zac Gallen. Grisham followed with a solo shot of his own two pitches later.
Gallen (2-4) struck out eight but failed to get enough run support and dropped the second of his last three decisions.
Pirates 14, Reds 0
Josh Bell topped 100 RBIs for the first time in the majors, hitting a three-run homer as Pittsburgh routed Cincinnati.
After Colin Moran gave Pittsburgh a 7-0 lead with a pinch-hit grand slam in the sixth inning, Bell lined a fastball from Kevin Gausman into the left-field bleachers in the seventh to reach 102 RBIs.
Bell's career-high 32 home runs matched Bobby Bonilla's mark from 1990 for the most by a Pirates switch-hitter.
Moran's grand slam was his fourth in the majors.
Trevor Williams (6-6) allowed three hits with three strikeouts in six innings.
Reds starter Alex Wood (1-3) allowed four earned runs on two hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Giants 10, Athletics 5
Stephen Vogt's three-run homer highlighted an eight-run eighth and broke it open against his former club, Kevin Pillar hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in San Francisco's biggest inning of 2019, and the Giants beat Oakland.
Brandon Crawford homered in the fifth and hit an RBI single in the eighth, when San Francisco tied it on a wild pitch by A.J. Puk, before Pillar's double to right. Evan Longoria had RBI singles in the sixth and eighth off loser Yusmeiro Petit (3-3).
Sam Coonrod (3-0) recorded two outs for the win.
Marcus Semien and Matt Olson had RBI singles in the seventh for the A's, whose bullpen couldn't hold the lead.
Mark Canha homered, and Matt Chapman added an RBI double for Oakland, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.
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